How to Stay Safe When Playing Online Games

first_img January 13, 2020 at 12:45 pm It’s helpful to remember that part of staying safe online is in watching what you say to other players so they don’t get personal information. My wife wants to get a smartphone this year so she can start playing some apps. Making sure she knows how to stay safe would be important. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply […] Source link […] No matter what type of online games you and your children play, whether you enjoy simple single-player platforms or vast multiplayer RPGs, safe gaming must be at the forefront of your mind at all times. Should you forget to safeguard yourself and your family in this instance, any number of dangers could befall you. Know the risksIf you’re to truly remain safe while playing online games, you need to be aware of the risks that you face.Here are just some of the online gaming risks that both you and your children should be aware of:Not all the other players that your children engage with online won’t be their age or nice to themSome ‘gamers’ will have a motive for playing games — they will join gaming lobbies just to spread hate messages or to groom vulnerable co-playersSome games will display content that offends or upsets youIf you suspect that you or your kids are in danger of being impacted by any of these risks, you should seriously consider rethinking your online safety strategy.Invest in endpoint securityAre you serious about your gaming? If so, you also need to get serious when it comes to protecting yourself when you play online games. One way to do this to invest in McAfee endpoint security. This advanced security solution will allow you to safeguard a number of your gaming devices at one time, it will detect potential threats before they become full-blown attacks, it will provide you with proactive web security to ensure that your kids aren’t accessing anything they shouldn’t, and it will integrate an optimized firewall to ensure that hostile network attacks are blocked at all times.Turn on your privacy settingsThe games that you play should allow you to toggle your own personal privacy settings. To remain safe against all of the threats that you face when you jump online, you should be sure to turn on your privacy settings. This will hide your profile from external forces, and it will give you more control over who can/cannot get into contact with you.Don’t be afraid to block or reportIf another gamer ever makes you or your children feel uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to block or report them. Only when you take such action can you be sure that you are never going to come across this particular gamer ever again.Keep your private information safeAs stated, people that play online games aren’t always who they claim to be. For all you know, you could be playing with someone that is only interested in accruing personal information from you so that they can hack into your accounts and steal your financial data. If you don’t fancy being the victim of fraud or theft any time soon, you need to ensure that you and your kids keep your private information safe whenever you play online games with other people.Take the above advice and you’ll be able to protect yourself against all of the potential dangers that are associated with online gaming. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Oscar Morrison 2 COMMENTScenter_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate February 5, 2020 at 9:34 am Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSOnline Gaming Previous articleGroups sue to protect Florida Panther from deadly road projectsNext articleOrange County rainfall exceeded expected totals Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Learn how to Keep Secure When Taking part in On-line Video games – fooshya.com Reply last_img read more

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Victoria Park, E9 / Scenario

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/772125/victoria-park-e9-scenario Clipboard Projects Houses United Kingdom Year:  Save this picture!© Matt Clayton+ 20 Share Victoria Park, E9 / ScenarioSave this projectSaveVictoria Park, E9 / Scenario “COPY” Architects: Scenario Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily “COPY”center_img 2015 photographs:  Matt ClaytonPhotographs:  Matt ClaytonSave this picture!© Matt ClaytonRecommended ProductsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteApariciPorcelain Tiles – DwoodWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol Arte 66Wood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagGarages – CELLON® PanelsText description provided by the architects. The property is a two storey semi-detached house post war construction in the middle of a row of terrace houses. Our clients, a young couple, came to us to redesign the ground floor as the previous layout was not suitable for their style of living. The areas were dark and segregated and they ended up not using them at all. The house had previously a rear poorly made and non-insulated conservatory raised three steps from the rear garden, and a rear extension with ancillary spaces.Save this picture!© Matt ClaytonWe used the front side area for bicycle storage so that they would not pass the bikes through the house. The entrance space got redesigned to allow for a built in bench with shoe storage underneath. A hidden-when-open fire door creates the only barrier with the rest of the ground floor open plan. The reception area remained at the front of the house. The wall next to the previously non-functional fireplace got demolished to allow for passage and view to the kitchen. The fireplace got replaced with a two sided ”window” fireplace to allow both the reception area and the kitchen to benefit from it. A single wall division provides privacy for the shower room area on the ground floor and at the same time acts as a catwalk on the top for the couple’s two cats with access from the main staircase going up.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe kitchen floor is lowered to allow for a mental separation from the rest of the areas and its polished concrete with the reflective surface adds to the ambient light. A central island provides some additional work space and flexibility for the rest of the space as the kitchen table can slide and hide in it.Save this picture!© Matt ClaytonA newly created space next to the kitchen is being used as a Japanese style seating/ work area a bit more isolated from the rest of the areas but directly connected at the same time and can also assume various uses. This seating area and the kitchen have now direct connection to the garden with two large sliding folding doors.The new extension incorporates a green roof and a large skylight above the seating area.Save this picture!© Matt ClaytonProject gallerySee allShow lessUniversity Centre “des Quais” / Auer WeberSelected ProjectsH 1115-7 / AEA_Atelier Espace ArchitectesSelected Projects Share Victoria Park, E9 / Scenario ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/772125/victoria-park-e9-scenario Clipboard Photographs 2015 CopyHouses, Extension•London, United Kingdom Year:  CopyAbout this officeScenarioOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionLondonUnited KingdomPublished on August 22, 2015Cite: “Victoria Park, E9 / Scenario” 22 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – MetrisVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Cross HairlinePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®SinksThe Splash LabTrough Sink – Monolith A SeriesSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Helmkehof Cultural CenterBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USAWashroom AccessoriesConcrete FloorsSikaDecorative Floor CoatingsMetal PanelsSherwin-Williams Coil CoatingsFluropon® Coating in Thaden SchoolWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for Partition WallsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMMineral Wood Stain – Lignosil®-VeranoDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – MAGNEOSinksECOPIXELWashbasin – Light Basin LTBMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films

first_img Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Visual Arts Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films On view August 20, 2017–January 7, 2018 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 11:28 am Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Lisandro Trepeu, Singin’ in the Rain, 2009. Silkscreen, 29 15/16 x 20 1/16 inches. Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC). Courtesy of the Center for the Study of Political GraphicsHollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films, on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) August 20, 2017–January 7, 2018, assembles approximately 40 Cuban posters publicizing Hollywood films from the 1960s to 2009. Astonishing in their design, stylistic diversity, and artistic skill, these bold and vibrant posters helped create visual literacy among the Cuban population in the decades following the Cuban Revolution. The screenprints go beyond the glossy and celebrity-filled film posters that are ubiquitous in Los Angeles today and reawaken viewers to the nuanced visual signs that inform and shape their worldviews.Produced by the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC) or the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry, the posters were part of an initiative of the revolutionary government to develop cultural awareness and consciousness after Fidel Castro and the guerrilla forces overthrew the dictatorship of Fulgenico Batista in 1959. Today, the posters stand independent of the films they represent. Their magnetism and innovative use of design elements continue to spark conversation and understanding about the role of film, culture, art, and politics in Cuba as well as California.Poster designers working during the early years of the Revolution had few material resources and operated in an almost artisanal manner, using the silkscreen technique. While the limited resources imposed by the U.S. embargo inspired many of the design decisions, revolutionary ideals can also be cited as source material. Screenprints created for Cuban audiences to promote iconic American films, such as Modern Times, Singin’ in the Rain, Cabaret, Schindler’s List, and Silence of the Lambs, are in striking contrast to the vast majority of Hollywood posters for the same films, which formulaically feature faces of the movies’ stars. Instead, the imagery depicted often relates to an iconic element or moment in the film, such the umbrella in Singin’ in the Rain. ICAIC posters employ creativity and free expression as well as a variety of art styles, including Art Nouveau, abstraction, Pop, and Op, many of which mirror the American counter-culture of the times.Selected from the collection of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), the exhibited posters showcase the range and ingenuity of Cuban screenprinters and provide audiences an opportunity to understand a complex culture from a new perspective. “Based on a shared love of films, Hollywood in Havana identifies commonalities between Cubans and Californians,” says Carol A. Wells, curator of the exhibition and Founder and Executive Director of the CSPG. “The exhibition creates a dialogue not only about these visually stunning and easily approachable posters, but also regarding longstanding stereotypes about Cuba and its government.”During a time when momentous changes are underway for Cuban-American relations, Hollywood in Havana adds to the discourse between the two countries. Presenting Cuban film art in the film capital of the world encourages viewers to consider the power of these posters as well as the printed media and graphic designs that permeate their daily lives. The exhibition demonstrates how art, entertainment, and politics intersect and integrate to influence and reflect cross-cultural communication.Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films is co-organized by the Pasadena Museum of California (PMCA) art in partnership with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), curated by CSPG Founder and Executive Director Carol A. Wells, and accompanied by a brochure. The exhibition is supported by the PMCA Board of Directors, PMCA Ambassador Circle, and the California Visionary Fund.The exhibition is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. Your email address will not be published. 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Police arrest 10-year-old boy after he leads them on pursuit in stolen car

first_imgOklahoma City Police Department(OKLAHOMA CITY) —  Body camera footage shows officers in Oklahoma taking a 10-year-old boy into custody Tuesday evening after he led police on a brief chase in a stolen car.In the video released by the Oklahoma City Police Department, officers are seen approaching a red vehicle stopped in the middle of the road, then smashing the driver’s side window with a stick.Officers are then heard telling the boy to shut the car’s engine off and leave the vehicle before taking him out and placing him in handcuffs.Master Sgt. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department told ABC News the boy was driving his aunt’s car.Knight said the boy locked himself in the vehicle after becoming angry and driving off as his aunt was trying to get him to leave the car. The aunt then notified police that her car was taken.A brief, low-speed pursuit took place in Northeast Oklahoma City, with police using stop sticks to slow him down, Knight said, and the car came to a stop in the road due to flat tires.The boy sideswiped a police car and hit a curb during the chase, Knight said, but no one was injured in the incident.Police took the boy to a juvenile facility, according to Knight, and he faces misdemeanor charges for traffic violations and attempting to elude police. Knight said the aunt declined to press charges against the boy for stealing the vehicle.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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How can employers plug the skills gap?

first_imgHow can employers plug the skills gap?On 30 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Recruitmentand retention are the buzzwords as the war for talent continues. So what aremanagers and trainers doing about it, asks Karen HigginbottomYetagain research has highlighted the acute challenges facing UK employers when itcomes to recruiting skilled staff. Thistime, more than 2,500 organisations took part in two major surveys publishedlast week which reveal the depth of the continuing crisis.Thelatest Lloyds TSB Commercial Business in Britain survey of more than 2,000organisations found that over 50 per cent of UK’s employers are experiencingdifficulties in finding skilled workers (News, 23 January 2001). TheReed Skills Index (RSI) survey of 550 organisations commissioned by the Reedrecruitment agency claimed a higher figure, with 68 per cent of employersstruggling to find suitably qualified staff. Theskills crisis is not new, but the question is, what are HR managers and UKtraining bodies doing to fight back?Thefigures are savage. Both surveys show that the Thames Valley is the worst hitregion for skills shortages in the UK. Theproblem is getting so acute that many desperate IT companies are sharing marketintelligence with competitors as a way of tackling recruitment problems.KarenPrice, chief executive of e-skills NTO, confirmed that this is common practiceamong IT companies in the Thames Valley. “There is a desire to shareinformation. This is one of the ways that employers try to address the skillsissue,” she said.TheRSI survey also shows that 20 per cent of employers found technical andengineering posts particularly difficult to fill.MikeTaylor, group divisional director of HR and development for building servicesengineering company Lorne Stewart, says, “We’re suffering from atremendous skills shortage. During the recession most employers stoppedtraining, which led to a huge shortage in skilled workers.”Hiscompany targets school-leavers by offering apprenticeships for mechanical andelectrical engineers but he admits recruitment is an uphill struggle.LorneStewart relies on the training initiatives of the Electrical tradingAssociation to plug the skills gap by advertising apprenticeships in colleges.Anotherissue that goes hand-in-hand with skills shortage is the retention of skilledstaff.Tayloradmits good apprentices may be poached by competitors. “We have particularshortages in the service and maintenance side of the business,” he said.”We offer employees salaried jobs rather than hourly contracts in thisarea. In addition, they are entitled to sick pay and benefits. This provides anadded incentive to recruit and retain staff.”Theconstruction industry has been one of the hardest hit sectors, with 61 per centof companies reporting a skills shortfall, according to the Lloyds TSB study.DonWard, chief executive of the Construction Industry Board, said, “Therecruitment situation in construction has been difficult for the past 15months. A major plank of our policy is to plug this skills shortage and makethe industry more attractive to young people. Over the past 10 years, we’ve put£10m into our recruitment and training campaigns.”TheConstruction in Training Body (CITB) has predicted that 370,000 newconstruction industry recruits will be required over the next five years. Butthere is more bad news in the financing/accounting sectors according to theRecruitment Confidence Index, produced in partnership with the Cranfield Schoolof Management and the Daily Telegraph, published last week. This shows thatmore than 40 per cent of organisations anticipate difficulties fillingmanagerial/professional vacancies in the next six months.CarmenBurton, HR executive manager for Reading-based firm of chartered accountantsNorton Practice, acknowledges that this is a problem. “For more qualifiedand experienced managers, we have considered the option of recruiting abroad,for example in Australia or South Africa. This method is alright if you need anumber of people, but isn’t cost-effective for one or two recruits.”Burtonadds that her firm used to rely on word of mouth. “We’ve broadened ourrecruitment by advertising in the Evening Standard. We have also put in place amore stringent recruitment method to ensure that we can get bums on seats.”Sheconcedes that this is only a short-term measure. “I think that businessesneed to be more forward-thinking, plan for the future, look at the staff theyhave and come up with a strategy for marrying the two together.”Figuresfrom the RSI survey show the situation in the Thames Valley is worsening. TheGovernment and training bodies need to behave responsibly and takeurgent action to tackle this crisis. www.cranfield.ac.uk/som/rci  www.reed.co.ukTheUK’s recruitment black spotTheThames Valley is a black spot for recruiting skilled staff, according toresearch by Reed Skills Index. Theregion, dubbed the UK’s Silicon Valley, reports 82 per cent of employersexperiencing problems recruiting skilled staff. Thisis compounded by the high cluster of IT companies combined withunder-employment in the region, says e-skills NTO, the IT training organisation.CarmenBurton, HR executive manager for chartered accountants the Norton Practice,said, “The accountancy market is very competitive in the Thames Valley.Unemployment is low and we are all trying to attract the limited source of goodpeople out there.”Sowhat are HR managers on the ground doing to tackle the problem?DeirdreMurphy, employment policy manager for software company ICL, says it tailors itsbenefits packages to the individual needs of its employees. “They can varythe level of contribution to their pension scheme or buy more holiday. We alsooffer additional voluntary benefits such as retail vouchers or pet insurance.” Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Former Mets, Phillies star Lenny Dykstra arrested after allegedly threatening to kill Uber driver

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Former Mets and Phillies star Lenny Dykstra was arrested in New Jersey on Wednesday after a dispute with an Uber driver, Linden police said.Dykstra, 55, who lives in Linden, was charged with making terroristic threats and drug offenses after he was allegedly found with cocaine, MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, and marijuana.After the Uber driver had picked him up in Linden, Dykstra wanted to change the destination, police said. When the driver refused, Dykstra put a weapon to his head and threatened to kill him, police said.No weapon was found but police allegedly found illegal drugs after the driver drove to the police station and honked his horn until officers came outside.Dykstra was released on a summons and is due back in court next month.ABC News has been unable to reach Dykstra, but he told the Daily News in New York that the Uber driver took him hostage during the early-morning ride.“The guy went nuclear on me,” Dykstra said. “He … kidnapped me and almost killed me going 100 mph. He locked me in his … car, and he wouldn’t let me out.”Dykstra also told the newspaper he had not been arrested. “No dude,” he said. “It’s another day in the life of Lenny Dykstra.”He has been in legal trouble before. He was sentenced to three years in prison for grand theft auto and filing false financial claims. He served six and a half months.Dykstra was a World Series champion with the 1986 Mets. He also reached the World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1993.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by May 23, 2018 /Sports News – National Former Mets, Phillies star Lenny Dykstra arrested after allegedly threatening to kill Uber drivercenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Adjunct Faculty – Mathematical Biology – (ADJ000416)

first_imgThe successful applicant will teach Mathematical Biology (Math4309/BIOL 4309/6309) a mixed-section course that introducesmathematical modeling of biological systems at multiple levels oforganization (e.g., molecules, cells, organisms, populations,communities, ecosystems) from multiple areas of biology (e.g.,biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, physiology,neuroscience, genetics, evolutionary biology, epidemiology,ecology). Models illustrate concepts and techniques from multipleareas of mathematics (e.g., dynamical systems, network theory,stochastic processes, pattern formation, linear algebra, gametheory). The University of Houston, with one of the most diversestudent bodies in the nation, seeks to recruit and retain a diversecommunity of scholars. Please attach CV, cover-letter and teachingphilosophy to the application. Incomplete applications may notreceive full considered.The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmativeaction employer. Minorities, women, veterans and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.Qualifications :Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline.Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for afaculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of finalcandidate. All positions at the University of Houston are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more

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YESTERYEAR: Ingle Coal Mine

first_imgOwing to the abundance of natural resources in southwestern Indiana when Evansville was founded over 200 years ago, many coal mines have existed in the region. This is Ingle Coal Mine as it appeared in 1901, about a half-century after it became the first coal mine to open in Indiana. It was located on the city’s west side at the base of a hill near the Ohio River. When the mine closed in 1918, the land was cleared so that the new West Side junior high school, which was later renamed Reitz High School, would have a less obstructed view of the river.FOOTNOTES: We want to thank Patricia Sides, Archivist of Willard Library for contributing this picture that shall increase people’s awareness and appreciation of Evansville’s rich history. If you have any historical pictures of Vanderburgh County or Evansville please contact please contact Patricia Sides, Archivist Willard Library at 812) 425-4309, ext. 114 or e-mail her at www.willard.lib.in.us.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Message to the Harvard community

first_imgLast night, several hundred demonstrators converged on the Harvard campus to express their support for the Occupy movement. The demonstrators consisted of people from within and outside the Harvard community. At the conclusion of the evening, Harvard students erected tents in the Yard, which remained through the night. We are writing now to explain the principles that have informed, and will continue to inform, our response to these activities.First, we respect and protect the rights of members of the Harvard community to express their views on matters of public debate. These rights, of course, are tempered by the rights of other members of our community to express their views, and our need to live, study, and work in an educationally appropriate environment. Last night, people with Harvard identification were permitted access to the Yard and, consistent with our values as an educational institution, had the ability to demonstrate, to speak, and to engage in other expressive conduct.Second, the University has a fundamental obligation to be attentive to the safety, security, and well-being of its students, faculty, and staff on campus. The events of last night raised safety concerns: The number of demonstrators was large, many of the demonstrators were not from Harvard, and specific behaviors were troubling. For this reason, the University took what we consider to be appropriate security precautions as the situation evolved during the evening.The decision by students and other members of the Harvard community to erect tents in the Yard will require that the University continue with heightened security measures for the time being. Most importantly, no one without a Harvard identification will be permitted into the Yard. We recognize and apologize for the inconvenience this will cause to students, faculty, staff, and neighbors. But securing access to the Yard is necessary for the safety of the freshmen and others who live and work there, for the students who will be sleeping outdoors as part of the protest, and for the overall campus.— Alan M. Garber, Provost— Katie Lapp, Executive Vice Presidentlast_img read more

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Drug Traffickers Become Producers in Mexico and Central America

first_img Ever more frequent seizures of chemicals used in the manufacture of synthetic drugs in Mexico and Central America are evidence that the drug traffickers who move drugs from that region to the United States are becoming producers, according to experts and authorities. In Mexico, “a shift in the criminal organizations’ business, toward producing synthetic drugs,” is underway, General Ricardo Trevilla, a spokesperson for the Mexican Secretariat of Defense, emphasized in a recently released report. Mexican authorities have not revealed production figures, but seizures of synthetic drugs and chemical precursors for their production are ever more frequent, as are discoveries of clandestine laboratories. During 2011, Mexico seized more than 1,200 tons of chemicals intended for the manufacture of amphetamine-type synthetic drugs, such as monomethylamine, a chemical precursor derived from ammonia. “Synthetic drugs represent a very attractive opportunity for criminal organizations because, unlike natural drugs, they can be produced anywhere, once the organization has access to the chemical precursors and basic know-how,” Antonio Mazzitelli, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime director for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, told AFP. The expert added that these drugs can be sent to consumption locations at a very low cost. In Guatemala, where cartels have already established themselves, security forces intercepted 30 tons of chemical products in 2011, and 6 tons have already been seized so far in 2012, according to official figures. In the United States, the form of methamphetamine known as ‘meth’ or ‘crystal,’ which has devastating effects, has displaced cocaine and heroin among the poorest users. This accessibly priced and highly addictive drug can generate mental disturbances such as schizophrenia or paranoia and contributes to the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, experts indicate. By Dialogo February 06, 2012last_img read more

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