first_imgBy Dialogo September 16, 2009 Me parece que si bien es cierto el problema es una herencia del pasado,No se han tomado las medidas adecuadas; 1o. Los nombramientos en Seguridad publica han sido de dedo, comenzando con Sr. Ministro y el director de la PNC,Quienes no tienen ninguna cualidad para el combate a la delincuencia, a pesar que formaron parte de la Ex-Guerrilla, asi el director de la PNC, su cualidad haber sido jefe de columna de la Ex-guerrilla, de esa forma el Presidente Funes y su gobierno no podran combatir a las bandas criminales,llamadas Maras y Narcotrafico. Finalmente quieren involucrar a la Fuerza Armada lo cual sera un tiro de gracia para esta Institucion la cual estan haciendo desaparecer por via presupuesto, sino veamos los ultimos anuncios para el año 2010, tendran 30 millones menos, en cambio a la policia le aumentan. La solucion esta en hacer una reestructuracion de la politica de seguridad publica, la cual integre a los actores nacionales, en el combate a la delincuencia. The president of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, considered insecurity to be the “greatest threat” affecting his country and the rest of Central America. “We should view insecurity as the greatest threat of El Salvador, and unfortunately, of all our Central American region as well,” Funes affirmed in a speech commemorating the 188th anniversary of El Salvador’s independence from the Spanish crown. He noted that the “Central American fatherland has been transformed into a route and a destination for drug trafficking and organized crime,” which, he said, “has become one of the great dangers for democratic society.” “And we should admit that on this terrain the policies implemented and actions taken to fight these plagues have been a series of failures. As a result, we know that this struggle is not won in isolation,” Funes indicated, after depositing a floral offering at the Monument to the Fathers of the Country in Liberty Park, in the center of San Salvador. In this context, he proposed developing within El Salvador’s borders “strict and strong policies articulated with the other countries in the region,” although he warned that insecurity is “too complex a subject to try to treat it with simple prescriptions.” Official figures indicate that between ten and twelve murders are reported daily in El Salvador, the most recent cases being those of a public-transportation driver and his assistant, who died on Monday in the locality of Ilopango, and four corpses found in a vehicle in San Salvador. For Funes, this process, “which began some years ago,” has “been growing and and growing and has taken over the communities, the cantons, the streets of the whole country.” “It’s not only a quantifiable phenomenon that comes and goes; the drama of insecurity, with its daily tragic manifestations and its impact on our lives, is an existential factor,” he lamented. He attributed this complex of problems to the “permanence of structural situations” like poverty, social exclusion, emigration, inequality, and lack of opportunities, as well as to the “great crisis of values” and the “aftereffects, still not analyzed and overcome, of the civil war that consumed so many lives in this country.” Funes met at the end of August with representatives of business, the academy, the Catholic Church, and the diplomatic corps, among others, to invite them to accompany his administration’s fight against crime. During the meeting, he indicated that his administration is not “standing with its arms folded” in the face of this plague, according to a statement issued by the President’s Office. The National Civil Police (PNC) revealed that 384 homicides were reported in May. The number dropped to 362 cases in June and again to 346 cases in July, and 278 deaths were reported through 26 August, according to the official statement. Figures from the Attorney General’s Office indicate that 2,265 complaints of extortion were filed through 6 August, a 55-percent increase compared to the same period in 2008. The majority of crimes are attributed to members of the “Mara-18” and “Mara Salvatrucha” gangs, which originated in the United States and spread to El Salvador in the late 1980s as a result of deportations of Salvadorans in contact with the gangs.last_img read more


first_imgAlan Bunney, Panda Global Co-Founder and CEOThere’s no doubt that esports is on the rise and with every new game release comes a new competitive atmosphere along with organisations popping up left and right. Some may assume it’s simple enough to put a team together, compete, and create an organisation from that. But if you want to be the best of the best you have to dedicate your life to it, which is why most organisations last barely months.Panda Global is one of those success stories. Created in 2015 by college friends Dr. Alan Bunney and David Wu, Panda Global vets primarily Fighting game players like Plup, Wobbles, and MVD. We talked to Dr. Bunney about the struggles of creating an esports organisation from the ground up, along with juggling a career in the medical field.Esports Insider: Take us through the history of Panda Global and how it was established to where it is today.Dr. Alan Bunney: So if we look back on my gaming history, my tag is SamuraiPanda and I was a known player in Super Smash Bros. for some time. Fighting games growing up were just my thing because back then they were the only two player games. Fast forward to sophomore year of college, I actually met David playing Melee. When Brawl was coming out there was a blog site where the Super Smash Bros. game director Masahiro Sakruai was writing emails and since I also speak Japanese I translated it. The internet didn’t believe me and one guy suggested that I go to the smashboards website. So I went to it, discovered competitive Smash, and ever since then I’ve been a competitive gamer.“I just saw a lot of behavior in esports that was just awful, specifically to people I was close to”After Brawl came out I played it competitively with David and ended up somewhere in the top five in the Midwest. Then in my first year of medical school I ended up becoming top 30 in the world in season one of League of Legends. Eventually I had to quit absolutely everything to finish medical school and when I moved it was around the same time that Smash 4 was coming out. Since I was moving I thought it would be a good way to make some friends while doing my residency, so I picked up Smash 4 and got introduced to the concept of esports.Some of my old friends became very well known in the competitive community but I saw a lot of them being mistreated by organisations. They were being treated like cattle and cash cows even though there wasn’t much cash to be made. I just saw a lot of behaviour in esports that was just awful, and specifically to people I was close to. So at one point I decided, after seeing a big blow up first hand, maybe I should just make my own esports team. At that point I had known David for 8 years or so and I asked him what he thought and he said yes. We both made a business plan together but it wasn’t enough to just be a team that treats players right we had to be professional and have goals, aspirations, and ideas so we ironed that out over the next two months. We ended up picking up MVD, ESAM and FilipinoChamp as our very first players and at CEO 2015 is where we discovered Plup and picked him up as well.Esports Insider: It seems like organisations are popping up left and right. Some make it but others don’t. Panda Global has really blown up, especially in FGC in the past year. Why do you think your organisation has been one of the ones to “make it this far” in the last two years?Dr. Bunney: I think a lot of it had to do with timing and luck in the very beginning. We were a little naive going into it and I feel like the vast majority of esports teams that pop up are naive in what they think. They think it’s going to be easy to get players and make money. No. You will not make money for a very long time. You will spend money if you want to be relevant. “Every single game Panda Global has is played by either David or myself”It’s not enough to just be a team, you have to be something more than a team. At Panda Global we always try to be a part of our communities and give back to them. Every single game Panda Global has is played by either David or myself. I think that passion and dedication really helped us. But at the same time if Panda Global started one month later we wouldn’t have survived. Esports is just blowing up a little too much. It’s a bubble and the bubble will burst.Esports Insider: What advice would you give someone that is interested in starting an esports organisation or getting invested in one?Dr. Bunney: Don’t do it. I’ll be honest; If I knew what I was getting into when I started Panda Global I don’t think I would have done it even though we’re this big now and even though we’ve done this much. I have more grey hairs from esports than I have from being a doctor, it’s not a joke, it’s stressful and it’s hard. If you are passionate and you really want to do it then you have to do it with capital and with players in mind that want to join in.Esports Insider: Where do you hope to see Panda Global in say, 3-5 years?Dr. Bunney: That is a loaded question [laughs]. A lot of it depends on where the markets go and what we think is a good fit. We’re pretty happy with our team but we have our eyes on one or two extra players and new games coming out. It’s tough to break into the new markets so we’re in a holding pattern just watching and waiting. “Instead of growing horizontally we think it’s the time for a little vertical growth”We’re happy with where Panda Global is right now and we’re actively growing our current roster and resources. We’re doing what we can to grow what Panda Global has, so I guess you could say instead of growing horizontally we think it’s time for a little vertical growth. Maybe when we get more sponsors and do a few other things we might decide it’s time to go into another title, but for now we’re pretty happy.Esports Insider: You personally have a really interesting story. You were a competitive gamer, then ventured into the medical field, then came back to competitive gaming to create Panda Global. Tell me what that was like and what your thought process was? It has to be difficult to juggle both being a doctor and an esports owner at  the same time. Dr. Bunney: Yeah it definitely is. I think that’s why I say I wouldn’t have done Panda Global if I knew what I was getting into. Residency is not easy. I’ll be done in two months but it’s been a rough ride. I work an 80 hour work week, I also do all the social media for Panda Global so literally between patients I’m tweeting about esports. I have friends who don’t know this side of me at all and I have friends that only know this side of me and don’t understand me as a doctor. That dichotomy is important in my life and gaming is just core to who I am. I have a bad habit of anything that I enjoy doing, I take it a little too far. When we decided to start this esports organisation it was actually a majority of David doing the legwork and that’s where the naivety came in. We thought that one person would be able to handle everything that came his way. There were so many things that needed to be done that David couldn’t catch up on so I had to pick up all these extra pieces and they just became my responsibilities. For me it’s a part time job but for him its a full time job. I’m pretty sure I put in hours that people would probably consider it a full time job.Esports Insider: Thanks so much for your time do you have anything else to add or any shout outs?Dr. Bunney: Shout outs to my team. We have not lost almost any of our players and even those that we did lose I still talk to them. I hate to say this because it’s so cliche, but I honestly feel like everyone in Panda Global is one big family and I don’t think I would be continuing this today if it wasn’t for them.last_img read more