Last week was an amazing week. We watched 25 as Intel partners were honored for their outstanding achievements, innovation and excellence.As I celebrated the partners and projects that won awards (including many of my customers), I started to notice a few common themes coming up again and again as the presenters highlighted the reasons these companies were selected by the judges to win this year’s award.Innovation is a given, but I noticed that companies winning awards last night had taken steps to adapt to a selling environment that has shifted. They realized that our customers are looking for partners who are more technical and solution centric and have been proactive in making the shift to their business model to accommodate our customers’ changing needs.While the memories are fresh, I wanted to share a few more of the themes I saw emerging from last night’s award winners.1. It doesn’t happen overnight: If we look at the achievements of the partners crossing the stage last night, you have to look back 24 to 36 months to see where it all started. They made the decision to invest in adapting their selling model, their training model and their hiring process to become more technical and more solution focused. That foresight and action to make the shift positioned them for success today.2. Prioritizing Upskilling: The partners that are outpacing the competition and winning more business have ramped up their investment in training to equip their staff with the skills needed to succeed in a solution selling environment. The guys who are holding on to a legacy business model and selling approaches aren’t not keeping up with the market and are falling behind. (And, I’ve said before we need to futureproof our skills to remain relevant).3. Solutions not Silos: The days of sending customers to different people for sales, marketing, and technical input are over. Account teams need a perfect blend of sales, technical expertise, solution enablement and marketing. It’s a bit of a holy grail but important to customers who are looking for a business partners and trusted advisor. They don’t want to navigate our internal structures to get their solution online.4. New Players = New Partners: With AI, IoT, advanced analytics and other new technologies coming to bear, new players are arriving on the scene (with cool logos and even cooler names). They have a very important role to play the ecosystem of tomorrow and leading partners know who they are, what their skills are and how to bring together the right people to the table so we can deliver the solutions our customers need.5. Old Tech & New Tech: Partners have to straddle two distinct worlds – you need one foot in old tech and one foot in new tech so you can help your customers make their own transitions effectively. Being able to blend the old and the new to deliver a cohesive strategy for partners is a recipe for success.6. Focus on Flexibility. The customer experience is personal, and sometimes that means throwing out the rulebook. It might mean adapting a tried and true program because you know a different approach will get you to the result you want. Start at the finish line with what you’re trying to achieve and work your way back to the tactics – you might find being flexible on the approach could yield the best results.7. They’ve done the hard work: Transitioning a business model to respond to new market conditions (and the solution selling model) is super tough. I think we need to recognize and acknowledge how hard it really is, but the companies who do the hard work will come out on top.An Award-Winning FutureCompanies with the foresight to invest in training and refining their business models towards a future-facing, solution-centric selling strategy are winning more than they are losing. We must give credit to the executive leadership and the sales leadership of these companies for making the investment to transform their business.Taking a page from our Partner of the Year winners, doing the hard work will pay off – not only with bragging rights now that you’ve won, but with bottom line results, increased sales, tighter customer relationship and a view to the future that’s flexible to adapt to ever changing market forces.Congratulations to all our winners last night. I’m proud to work with industry leaders like you. #iamintel
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Paulo Dybala feels Juventus “sent a signal, we have the necessary experience” to turn around difficult situations after his brace beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1. The Russians had taken a shock lead after 30 minutes, but La Joya scored at the 77th and 79th to transform the Champions League match in Turin. “I really needed these two goals. It was a good result for me and for the team, as we suffered, but have the necessary experience to keep calm and find a way through,” Dybala told Sky Sport Italia. Does this show that Juve can play with Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo together? “We can work on it, the Coach has his ideas and we’ll work on them in training to improve together.” The Bianconeri are still unbeaten in all competition this season, dropping points only to Fiorentina and Atletico Madrid. “We sent the usual signal, which is that this is not a Juventus side without experience or talent. We can have our say.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
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Advertisement Advertisement The Prism Prize has announced the Top 10 best Canadian music videos of the year, as voted by a jury of more than 120 Canadian music, film and media arts professionals.One of these videos will be awarded the $15,000 Grand Prize at a screening and awards presentation on Sunday, May 13 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in TorontoTHE 2018 PRISM PRIZE TOP TEN (in alphabetical order): Alice Glass – Without Love (Director: Floria Sigismondi)Alvvays – Dreams Tonite (Director: Matt Johnson)Charlotte Day Wilson – Work (Director: Fantavious Fritz)Cri feat. Ouri – Rush (Director: Didier Charette)Daniel Caesar – Freudian, a Visual (Directors: Keavan Yazdani and Sean Brown)Feist – Century (Director: Scott Cudmore)Grimes feat. Janelle Monáe – Venus Fly (Director: Grimes)Jessie Reyez – Gatekeeper (Director: Peter Huang)Leonard Cohen – Leaving the Table (Director: Christopher Mills)PUP – Old Wounds (Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux)In a press release, Prism Prize Founder Louis Calabro explains that “each year we celebrate the most interesting artists and filmmakers working in Canada today, and this year is no different. The eclectic group of artists on the Top Ten list represent the next wave of Canadian music and filmmaking talent.”Along with the $15K to the best Canadian music video of the year, Prism Prize will present several other awards.The Audience Award is voted by members of the public, and all 20 Prism Prize shortlisted videos are eligible. Votes can now be registered on the voting site here:The Special Achievement Award (sponsored by Slaight Music) – for artistic achievements and exceptional world-wide contribution to music video art – will be announced on April 10.The Hi-Fidelity Award (sponsored by FACTOR) – an award given to a recording artist who has used video art to represent their work in a consistently creative and innovative way – will also be announced in the lead up to the May 13 event.Earlier this year, Toronto based director Karena Evans, who has worked with artists such as Belly, PLAZA and Drake, was announced as the recipient of the Lipsett Award for innovative and unique approaches to music video art. With this award, Prism Prize continues the flourishing partnership with Bell Media, who returns as sponsor of the Lipsett Award as well as presenting the Top 10 screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox on May 13.The winner in each category is to be awarded a newly designed Prism Prize statue and a $2500 grant from William F. White for production equipment rentals.Prism Prize videos and news can be viewed year-round at prismprize.com LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter
New Delhi: As the campaigning for the Lok Sabha election has reached in its last spell, Congress general secretary Priyanka Vadra Gandhi sought the blessing of Mahakal (Lord Shiva) at Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain to secure the victory of his party candidates at most of the remaining seats.The Congress general secretary offered her prayers at the Shiva temple along with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath. As per Nath, Priyanka Gandhi offered pooja archana and sought the blessings of Baba Mahakal for happiness and prosperity of the region. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe tradition of paying obeisance to Mahakal (the supreme form of Lord Shiva) is not new for the leaders of the Gandhi family. Earlier Indira Gandhi, the grandmother of Priyanka had visited the Mahakaleshwar Temple in December 1979 and came to power with an absolute majority by winning 353 seats in the Lok Sabha elections of 1980. Following the footsteps of her mother-in-law, Sonia Gandhi had also visited the Mahakaleshwar Temple in December in 2008 and won the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 and secured 206 seats. However, the Congress failed to win the Madhya Pradesh assembly poll which was held in 2008. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHoping a similar miracle, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had also visited the prominent Shiva temple in October 2018, just a few months ahead of the announcement of dates for the national elections of 2019. Priyanka is the fourth member of the Gandhi clan who sought the blessings of Lord Shiva prior to the polling for the last of the seven-phased general election. The last phase of polling is scheduled on May 19 and counting of votes will be done on May 23.
Fez – Riding in a grand taxi in Morocco often means cramming into the backseat of a Mercedes for an often too-close-for-comfort journey that has the car bursting at the seams with passengers. The backseat, made to seat three passengers comfortably, can squeeze up to four large men. While the front seat, made for the passenger-driver combo, often seats two passengers plus the driver. The safety hazards caused by this type of cram-commuting are clear. Having seven people on board a car fit for five creates a safety hazard that the Moroccan government is hoping to minimize.The main culprit vehicle of this passenger squeezing technique, which yields the cab driver more money since passengers pay per seat, is the Mercedes w123s (often 240Ds). The large yet antiquated sedan-like Mercedes is a favorite among cabbies not only for its durability but also for its ability to seat six passengers. An influx of these Mercedes 240Ds poured into the country from Europe back in the mid-nineties and early 2000s when used cars from Europe would sell for stiff rates upon arrival in Morocco. The Moroccan government even passed a law a few years ago that put the brakes on importing used cars, making it outrageously expensive to bring in used cars more than five years old.Grand taxis lined up in a row. Photo by Liz YaslikThe Moroccan government is putting the pedal to the metal to phase out these old Mercedes. The government aims to implement a trade-in program with cash incentives for drivers who hand-over their Mercedes cabs. The government will reportedly offer the drivers 50,000 Dh ($6,100) for their old Mercedes. Drivers can use that money toward a Renault Trafic van or Dacia Lodgy seven-seater minivan. The Dacia-Renault car company is offering up to 10,000 Dh towards a new car or van for cab drivers who choose to make the switch.Officials hope these new vehicles will upgrade the safety of traveling in grand taxis and also limit the amount of pollution caused by diesel chugging commuter vehicles.Many cab drivers implement their own safety rules and tactics inside their vehicles to maintain a level of control while the cab is in-transit. For example, many cab drivers purposefully remove the crank-shaft for the windows or the door handles from the back seats. This can be very dangerous and hazardous for passengers; in the case of an emergency it may leave passengers struggling to escape.Yet the Mercedes remains a trademark of inter-city transportation in Morocco and many view the large sedan as an essential piece of the Moroccan transit experience; most Moroccans cannot imagine a grand taxi any other way. Today, there are over 55,000 Mercedes w123s grand taxis on the streets of Morocco. The car has become a piece of the Moroccan culture so much so that it is rare to go a day without seeing one.It has yet to be seen whether a switch to the newer, roomier vans will up the safety standards of traveling in grand taxis. For now, it doesn’t seem like the end of the road is near for the Mercedes w123s as it remains in the fast lane of Moroccan commuting culture.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
7 December 2010United Nations officials today launched development efforts to help communities affected by a Nigerian-Cameroonian boundary settlement that saw several border modifications, including Nigeria’s transfer to Cameroon of the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula. At the request of both Governments, the UN country teams (UNCTs) in the two nations met during a meeting chaired by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for West Africa Said Djinnit in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to identify ways to create development programme synergies along the border, including in Bakassi and the Lake Chad area. “This collaboration between the two UNCTs will contribute to reinforcing confidence-building initiatives,” the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) said in a news release. Follow-up actions will build on ongoing reviews of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in both countries and development programmes designed by both Governments and UNCTs. UN support will be based on joint field assessments to identify areas of support in improving living conditions, reinforce confidence in the outcome of the 2002 border ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and provide sustainable development perspectives to the populations concerned. Mr. Djinnit is chairman of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, set up at the request of the two countries to implement the ICJ ruling.In 2006, in a pact signed under the auspices of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Nigeria recognized Cameroonian sovereignty over the Bakassi Peninsula on the Gulf of Guinea, a region at the centre of intense and sometimes violent disputes between the African neighbours for decades.
Before the Conference wraps up on 18 November, State Parties hope to define the rules for the accord and to lay out a viable plan for providing at least $100 billion a year to developing countries to support climate action.Adopted by 196 States Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) last December, the Paris Agreement, so-named after the French capital where it was approved, aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping the global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius. It entered into force in record time on 4 November 2016.The Marrakech Conference includes a number of meetings and high-level events, including the high-level segment to be attended by dozens of heads of State and Government, on Tuesday 15 November.So we really hit the ground with this unexpected success in many ways of the entry into force of the Agreement much earlier than expected. But now at the same time we have more urgency to get to work and finalize the elements we need in order to have a fully operational Paris AgreementDuring the first week of COP 22, in parallel with the negotiations between the Parties, a series of thematic days on forests, water, cities, energy and transport highlighted the crucial role of non-state actors, including businesses, cities and non-governmental organizations, to implement the Agreement.On Saturday, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, co-host of COP 22, welcomed the fact that 105 countries have now ratified the Paris Agreement. “It gives the Agreement a lot of weight and a lot of credibility”, she said at a press conference.“It has happened in record time”, she added. “So we really hit the ground with this unexpected success in many ways of the entry into force of the Agreement much earlier than expected. But now at the same time we have more urgency to get to work and finalize the elements we need in order to have a fully operational Paris Agreement”. The President of COP 22, Salaheddine Mezouar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Morocco, underscored “an extremely positive state of mind, a commitment of everyone to maintain the momentum and help COP 22 be the one we all wanted, a COP of action, a COP of commitment, a COP that confirms the determination of all Parties, the international community as a whole, to continue climate action”.Mr. Mezouar stressed that the main priorities of the Moroccan Presidency of COP 22 are to create a bridge between “the world of negotiations and the world of action”, to get Parties to increase their national commitments, to focus on climate finance and to transform climate initiatives launched at COP 21 into concrete projects.Asked about the uncertainties raised by the US presidential election, Mr. Mezouar said that the participants of the Marrakech Conference remained “confident” and that it was necessary “to stay the course” and “keep this extraordinary momentum”.
September CV registrations up 10.8% to 54,497 units; 269,456 commercial vehicles registered so far this year, up 12.6%.Van market continues to drive growth; up 18.1% year-to-date to 242,071, and 14.1% in September to 49,123 units.Truck registrations fell by 12.3% in September, continuing trend for the year-to-date – down 20.3%. Rolling year totals remain strong due to the pre-Euro-6 rush in late 2013.UK van and truck registrations: 2014 and % change on 2013 Click through to download the full September 2014 commercial vehicle news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) “With businesses feeling increased economic confidence and downsizing from larger vehicles, the van market has delivered another strong performance. This has also yielded growth in the whole commercial vehicle market, continuing the positivity seen throughout the majority of the year.” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “We are yet to see the truck market show signs of significant recovery following a flurry of registrations ahead of the Euro-6 introduction last year, which tempered demand going in to 2014.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHarmon says President remains in command of State; to return to Cuba on Tuesday for further treatmentNovember 30, 2018In “latest news”Cuban team satisfied with President Granger’s response to medial treatment- MOTPDecember 11, 2018In “latest news”President returns home after spending 3 weeks in CubaNovember 21, 2018In “latest news” ..Will not be back for LGEPresident David Granger and First Lady Sandra GrangerSources have confirmed that President David Granger’s return to Guyana which was scheduled for Sunday was delayed and as such, he will not be in his homeland to vote during the Local Government Election (LGE) on Monday.According to reports, Granger’s health is such that would not allow him to travel at this time. However, it is still unclear whether the President and First Lay, Sandra Granger will vote via proxy.The Head of State in the company of his wife left Guyana’s on October 30 2018 for the Centro de Investigaciones Medico Quirugicas or Centre for Medical, Surgical Research (CIMEQ) in Havana, Cuba to conduct a series of test.It was reported by the President’s Office that he experience unknown symptoms and as such, made the trip to Cuba to investigate same.“Clinical analyses are still incomplete and it is expected that the Guyana Embassy in Havana will issue a statement when enough evidence is available…at this time, there is no clear indication…of what the nature of the investigation is” Granger said via a video.“It’s a question of investigation and I think I can get the best advice in Cuba so I cannot say if there is or what is wrong and the doctors themselves have not specifically pointed to any ailment. It requires, you know, investigation and that’s what I’m going for,” President Granger said.However, it was reported late last week that the Commander-in-Chief responded satisfactorily to medical intervention and was said to be recuperating.Granger had previously assured the Guyanese public that they will be kept abreast of his health when the medical investigation is complete. In May of 2018, the First Couple had travelled to Trinidad and Tobago to undergo their annual check-up and the result indicated that they were both given a clean bill of health.
Yesterday at WWDC the big announcement was that 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with a gorgeous Retina Display. The MacBook Air was also updated and talked about, but the Mac Pro didn’t get a mention even though it also received a very minor spec bump.Many people have viewed Apple’s handling of the Mac Pro hardware, and the company’s failure to give it a refresh worthy of 2012 components, a sign that it is on its way out. The momentum certainly seems to be with Apple’s portable devices, but would they really leave the desktop and professional computing market behind completely?According to an Apple Executive, that’s definitely not the case.David Pogue of The New York Times asked the executive why the Mac Pro hadn’t received proper updates. It effectively still carries the 2010 spec, after all. His response was to just assure everyone that Apple hasn’t forgotten about the desktop computer and new designs are currently in the development stages. All we have to do is wait until 2013 in order for the Mac Pro to be brought bang up to date.While this confirms Apple doesn’t think desktop computers are dead, it does show they no longer hold as much importance for the company. Taking at least another 7 months to update the Mac Pro, which does not have consumers eagerly waiting to see how thin and light it is, is a little strange. The Mac Pro is, after all, all about the performance hardware inside, which is starting to look more than a little dated.Read more at The New York Times, via Macworld
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. To quote LMFAO, “If you not drunk ladies & gentlemen. Get ready to get…” Let’s pretend the following lyric is just “drunk.” And while we’re at it, let’s also pretend they wanted you to do it with some high-tech help.Anybody can pour shots, but to put some real geek stank on things you can’t go wrong with an AI-powered, liquor-dispensing robot. That’s exactly what the crew at Jim Beam has cooked up just in time for the holiday season.His name is JIM, and there’s a long list of advantages he has over more all-purpose assistants like Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Bixby. Jim Beam provided this handy chart for reference:No, JIM can’t tell you what the weather’s like outside, but he will tell you how to best enjoy bourbon. Well, he’ll tell you to drink it “any damn where you please,” but that’s about as much detail you really need if you’re gearing up for a round or three of bourbon shots.That — and the other no-nonsense advice — the AI decanter dispenses is voiced by Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe, the seventh generation of the Beam family to do the job. Fred has been in charge of making bourbon at Jim Beam for ten years now.Lest you think that JIM is just a viral publicity stunt, you really can order one over on the Jim Beam website for the ridiculously low price of $34.90. They’re only offering a very limited number, however, so you’ll have to move fast. This thing will probably sell out quicker than those kegs of ranch dressing did.You’ll also need to be of legal drinking age and prepared for a bit of disappointment. Some of JIM’s functionality depends on 3G connectivity and that will quit working halfway through 2018… at which point he’ll revert to being a regular old decanted, though one that provided plenty of amusement for a good six months.
Former Liverpool player Jamie Redknapp has tipped them for victory against Bournemouth on Saturday even though “they haven’t been playing at their brilliant best” this season.Liverpool have been widely considered as a serious title contender by fans and pundits alike as they currently trail Manchester City by two points, but Redknapp believes their best is yet to come this season.“Liverpool have suffered their own injury setback, with Joe Gomez ruled out after fracturing his leg,” Redknapp wrote on Sky Sports.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“He had been performing so well alongside Virgil van Dijk and with Dejan Lovren absent due to concussion, Bournemouth may sense an opportunity there.“Of course, Liverpool won their games against Bournemouth comfortably last season, 4-0 and 3-0, but while they haven’t been playing at their brilliant best yet this season they’ve been able to win games they struggled in last season, such as the midweek trip to Burnley.“I expect them to edge this one, too – but Bournemouth can’t be underestimated this season.”
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Andre Clements appeared in bond court Wednesday morning after exposing himself to an 11-year-old girl.The incident occurred on Nov. 26 inside the Target located in the area of 32nd Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard.The 36-year-old passed by the child and touched himself before he approached the girl and her mother, asking them a question about a clothing item he was holding.After the conversation, as the mother and daughter were leaving, the child looked back and said Clements had moved the piece of clothing from in front of him, exposing his genitals.The girl then told her mother who then notified security.Clements was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior.Hollywood Police officials are asking any other victims of Andre Clements to contact their Detective Bureau at 954-967-4411. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Game of ThronesGame of Thrones Official YoutubeGame of Thrones season 8 episode 3 “The Long Night” aired earlier today and we saw the death of several of our favorite characters. If Avengers: Endgame ending was heartbreaking, then Game of Thrones’ episode 3 shattered our hearts into million pieces.Major spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3:As we knew from the released promo of episode 3 that the fight between Night King and the living will cost us several of our favourite characters. There were predictions that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen will die during the fight but that did not happen. However, we did witness the loss of several characters. Here’s a list of all those fallen heroes:Dolorous Edd:In one of the tense moments, we see Samwell Tarly almost getting eaten up by the White Walkers but was saved by Edd … who instantly dies by a wight.Lyanna Mormont:A giant wight bust into the castle and tosses Lyanna Mormont along with her troop. Still, she manages to pick herself up and storms off towards the giant, who then picks her up and crushes every bone in her body. In her dying moment, she stabs the dragonglass in the giant’s eyes and makes him fall to the ground. Lyanna couldn’t survive the injury. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 promo detailsGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Jorah Mormont:From the very early episodes of Game of Thrones, we knew that Ser Jorah was immensely in love with Daenerys Targaryen. After meeting her, he dedicated his entire life to serving her. So, on the battleground when Daenerys is all alone and surrounded by hundreds of wights, we see Jorah coming to rescue her. He fights magnificently.Daenerys holds Jorah in her arms and cries her heart out as he draws his final breath.Beric Dondarrion:Beric Dondarrion was coming back to life for one true purpose — to save Arya Stark in the time of her need. Beric and Clegane fight several wights but in the end, he is deeply wounded and dies instantly while looking into Arya’s eyes.Theon Greyjoy:As stated in episode 2, Theon Greyjoy and his men went to Godswood to be with Bran Stark and help him in every way possible. Theon fights off several wights but in the end, he is murdered by Night King himself.For a character like Theon, the death was not cruel because he died surviving a Stark and in a poetic way, he did serve his true purpose.Melisandre will resurrect Jon Snow in the latest season.Facebook/Game of ThronesMelisandre:Back in season seven of Game of Thrones, Melisandre told Lord Varys that she will come to the Winterfell as she is destined to die in a foreign place. The character comes in the beginning and helps the Dothraki by using her magic.She then subtly tells Arya that she is meant to kill someone with Blue Eyes. After Arya finishes the task, Melisandre walks out of the castle and removes her magical necklace and dies immediately.Night King:We all thought that it would be Jon Snow who will put an end to Night King but everything got twisted when we saw Arya Stark jumping on the Night King and stabbing him with her Valyrian steel.As of now, we are not sure about Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon and Jon Snow’s Ghost.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “The Last War” will stream on May 5 in the United States and on May 6, 6:30 am in India on Hotstar.
00:00 /01:12 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share The Texas Legislature has committed $800 million to securing the Mexican border. But improving security in one part of the state may be reducing it in others.The goal for the program was a secure border. But Steve McCraw, Department of Public Safety Director, told the legislature Tuesday, that 12 of 14 border counties would be categorized as “minimally controlled” or “unsecured.”McCraw says, “The significant vulnerability to public safety and homeland security that the state faces is a porous international border with Mexico. And the organized crime threat is also the most significant organized crime threat and public safety threat that we face.”“The overwhelming amount of trafficking is occurring through the Rio Grande Valley. 53% of the total apprehensions, not just for Texas but for the nation, is happening in the Rio Grande Valley,” he added.Texas Department of Public SafetyIn 2015 the state approved the border security package hoping additional tools — including over 5,000 security cameras, and 250 patrol officers — would stem the tide of illegal activity. But, DPS is still 52 officers short of its 250-trooper goal. And placing all the new troopers on the border is not something McCraw is willing to do.“We can’t put all rookies down there. We cannot do that. It’s already a strain on our system of experienced field training officers to be able to provide that experience,” McCraw says.So far, the solution has been to pull experienced troopers from other parts of the state. And McCraw believes that has consequences.“Anytime we deploy troopers out of an area it has an impact on that area, and we’ve been doing that for two years now,” he said. “So, clearly is there a public safety impact in the area when they leave, absolutely.”McCraw thinks the patrol issue will be solved when the DPS hires the additional officers, which he hopes will happen by the end of the year. X Listen
Share X Ed MayberryDr. Peter Stout with the Houston Forensic Science Center, flanked by Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Mayor Sylvester Turner and others.The Houston Forensic Science Lab says a drug seized on June 7th — field-tested as methamphetamine — turned out to be carfentanil. Dr. Peter Stout with the crime lab held up a tiny baggie as an example.“So just to give you a perspective, this is sugar — I didn’t bring the real stuff with me, but this is sugar. But what we received was 80 milligrams of carfentanil. That much right there is enough for 4,000 lethal doses. The lethal dose of this, you can’t even see.”Ed MayberryDr. Peter Stout with the Houston Forensic Science Center, holds up a baggie of sugar that represents the small amount of Carfentanil needed to kill as many as 4,000 people.A lethal dose could be as little as 20 micrograms. That’s a problem for police officers and EMTs. If it gets on your finger and you touch your mouth or eyes, it can kill you. Fentanil and the more powerful Carfentanil are sometimes pressed into pills to look like vicodin or xanax. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says police are receiving special training.“We are urging all first responders to make the assumption that there’s fentanil in the drug that they’re dealing with. We are in the process of ordering better, thicker gloves for our personnel, and we’re actually asking them to put two layers of gloves on for the extra safety.”Better masks are being purchased for first responders. Narcotics officers now carry the antidote Narcan. Mayor Sylvester Turner says the city will find the dollars to equip more officers with the antidote. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:17