Colombian and Peruvian Air Forces Cooperate to Fight Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo November 03, 2015 Discussing the lessons FAP and FAC officials learned during an interoperability exercise held by the two countries, an event that Brazil helped arrange concerning the application of International Humanitarian Law (DIH). Sharing their respective experiences using unmanned aircraft (ART), also known as drones; “The threats in border areas are offset by, among other things, combined aerial exercises, the real-time exchange of information concerning illegal air traffic, and the exchange of experiences at the operational and training levels.” Officials with the two Air Forces focused on four issues of cooperation between the FAP and FAC during the rest of 2015 and 2016: Cooperation in the fight against international drug trafficking is needed to fight transnational criminal organizations, which are constantly evolving to develop new air, maritime, and terrestrial transportation routes. Exchanging information about their respective experiences using the A-37 simulator for training purposes; “In this sense, the meeting of the Chiefs of Staff takes on great relevance with the common goal of closing spaces to drug trafficking,” Retired Lt. Gen. Bohórquez explained. “The problem of drug trafficking is very real, and the Colombian and Peruvian Air Forces are constantly updating much of their investigative work to keep up with the crime rings.” Cooperating to produce a Military aircraft; Officials from the two Air Forces discussed their respective capabilities and shared information about their facilities and equipment. Those from the FAP, including Lt. Gen. Valdez, spent part of their time during the joint meeting with officials from the FAC’s CACOM-4 — which is also known as “the Cradle of Rotary Wing Pilots” and is part of a larger technological, operational, and social project. They also visited the FAC’s Aerospatial Medicine Corporation (CEMAE) and the Military Transport Aerial Command (CATAM). The Air Forces’ accord builds on an agreement the FAP and FAC signed in 2002 to combat drug trafficking and related crimes, such as the smuggling of weapons and other contraband. “The standardization of phraseology, communication, the control of air traffic, and the capture of aircraft are essential in the fight against drug trafficking,” Retired FAP Lieutenant General Carlos Bohórquez Castellares told Diálogo. “This is a gargantuan task and requires a great deal of coordination…these procedures must be continuously updated by the two countries to keep up with the new multidimensional threats that arise every day at the regional level. These threats include organized crime, terrorism, illegal mining, and human trafficking.” The Peruvian Air Force (FAP, for its Spanish acronym) and the Colombian Air Force (FAC, for its Spanish acronym) have reached an accord to exchange information and conduct joint training sessions to combat drug-trafficking organizations. The meeting bolstered “the ties of friendship and cooperation between the Air Forces of Colombia and Peru,” according to the FAC. “The cooperative nature of the relationship between the two countries’ Air Forces is of great importance, and it is because of this that a Second-in-Command position has been created specifically for the needs of the Air Force. There is a significant number of overlapping themes and ample opportunity for mutual cooperation with the aim of strengthening operational capabilities, which will benefit regional security.” Colombian and Brazilian organized crime groups traffic drugs throughout the region where Brazil, Colombia, and Peru meet. The need for coordinated anti-drug efforts Those opportunities for cooperation extend to the other branches of the Armed Forces of Peru and Colombia. For instance, the General Armed Forces Command’s “Roundtable Talks of the Senior Officers of the Armed Forces of Colombia and Peru” has boasted participation from Second-inCommand personnel from each of the branches of the Armed Forces for 21 years. Strengthening ties Lieutenant General Julio César Valdez Pomareda, the FAP’s Chief of Staff, and Major General Luis Ignacio Barón Casas, Second-in-Command and Chief of Staff for the FAC, met during the first joint meeting of the Air Forces’ Chiefs of Staff from August 11-13 in Bogotá, Colombia. At the first of what is planned to be an annual meeting, they discussed how to “improve institutional capabilities and strengthen operational performance keeping in mind the hazards posed in border zones,” according to the FAC. Interoperability and training “However, the actual trading is supervised by smaller organizations with operating bases often located downstream in either Brazil or Peru, where much of the drug production in the area happens,” Insightcrime.org reported in April 2014.last_img read more

Moving house? Here’s how to guarantee to get your bond back

first_imgTenants Queensland has put out some tips for avoiding bond disputes.MOVING house is stressful enough without having to worry about getting your rental bond back.According to Tenants Queensland, disputes around fair wear and tear, repairs and cleaning are the most common reasons renters lose bond money at the end of a tenancy.Tenants Queensland chief executive Penny Carr said tenants frequently failed to keep adequate records of the condition of the premises when they moved in and when they vacated. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Ms Carr said it was vital tenants completed detailed RTA entry and exit condition reports of the property when they moved in and out, along with taking photos and keeping copies to avoid protracted disputes down the track.“Evidence of the state of the property on entering and exiting is the best insurance policy,providing protection for tenants to reclaim their bond money at the end of their tenancy.” Tenants Queensland has put out some tips for avoiding bond disputes. THE BRISBANE HOMES FOR AUCTION COAST’S NEW MILLION-DOLLAR SUBURB BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON CHOOSING A HOME HOW TO AVOID A BOND DISPUTE:  Ask for a receipt if you pay a bond or part bond in cash and sign the RTA BondLodgement form.  In general tenancies, the person you pay bond to must lodge your bond and the formwith the RTA within 10 days.  Fill in an Entry Condition Report and take photos to record the condition of thepremises when you move in. Keep a copy.  Read all documents carefully and never sign a blank or incomplete form, particularlya Form 4 Bond Return Form.  Use a Change of Bond Contributors form to update RTA signatures if people on theMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agobond change.  Keep copies of your receipts for bond or rent payments. Tenants Queensland has put out some tips for getting your bond back. Give written notice before you leave.  Tenants are responsible to leave the premises in the same state as they received itin but are not responsible for fair wear and tear.  When moving, it is the tenant’s responsibility to start the process of completing anExit Condition Report. Fill it out, keep a copy before giving it to the lessor or agent tofil in their side. Take photos of the premises, particularly any areas which you mightbe subject to a dispute. Keep copies of any cleaning receipts.  Return all keys when you leave. As soon as your notice period ends, if you don’t think you will come to an agreement with the agent or owner about the bond return, immediately send an RTA Form 4 Bond Return in to the RTA.  As soon as you move, notify the RTA of your new address in case the first claim ismade by the agent or lessor. (Source: Tenants Queensland)last_img read more

Di Canio happy with Sunderland start

first_img He added: “I looked at the fixtures with not very high concentration because otherwise, you are going to distract yourself. “From the first day, I was focused on my players and their potential. “But if you asked if I would sign for six points in the first three games, even if I wanted to win every game, realistically I would say yes. “Even if I say I want to win every single game, in this specific situation, if you asked me, ‘Would sign for six points in the first three matches you have, Chelsea away, Newcastle away, Everton at home?’, I think everybody would sign. “I don’t know if we were quick. Obviously, we have got good results. I don’t know if it was quick or slow, but I know we have done well since the first match. “Straight away after the Chelsea game, I was even more confident because I saw the desire, the commitment, the discipline to try to get something more.” The Black Cats were hurtling towards the Barclays Premier League trapdoor when the 44-year-old Italian replaced Martin O’Neill at the helm last month with a daunting fixture list ahead of him. However, a narrow defeat at Chelsea was followed by derby victory at Newcastle and last weekend’s fine 1-0 home win over Everton, and a repeat at Aston Villa on Monday evening would all but assure the club of its top-flight status. Asked if he had expected to turn things around so quickly, Di Canio said: “I don’t know.” Press Associationcenter_img Paolo Di Canio has admitted he would willingly have taken six points from the first nine on offer the day he walked into Sunderland’s relegation fight.last_img read more

Rodgers: Balotelli going nowhere

first_img Rodgers said: “It’s not some thing that I have even thought about to be honest. We’ve had a lot of games this season in a lot of competitions. At this moment in time the key for me is trying to keep the squad together.” While Balotelli continues to struggle to find his feet at Anfield since his £16m move from AC Milan in the summer, Rodgers has been forced to juggle his forwards to find a combination which goes some way to fill the void left by the absence of Sturridge and the departed Luis Suarez. Raheem Sterling is currently the latest player leading the line and he performed admirably in that role again against Burnley on Boxing Day. His decisive strike on the hour took him to three goals in his last three matches, and Rodgers believes that he has a lot to offer in a position which he is quickly adapting to. “I think Raheem and anyone with that type of pace will always stretch teams and will always make defenders think,” he said. “He’s a different type and not your natural number nine. For me it’s more about the position than the player. For the team to function well, that pace in the team is very important for us.” Sterling is likely to be supported by both Phillipe Coutinho and Adam Lalanna when Swansea visit Anfield on Sunday. Rodgers was full of praise for the duo and the opportunities they have created for their team-mate -it was an inventive flick from the Brazilian which created the goal at Burnley. “I think that Adam and Philippe are playing in a role that suits them perfectly really. The key is obviously the work rate as well. They press the ball well, they work very, very hard.” Reports in the striker’s homeland have suggested that former club Inter Milan, where Balotelli rose to prominence, may be looking at a loan move for him in the new year in light of his poor start to life at Anfield. But Rodgers insists he has no plans to further weaken a forward line which is already lacking the injured Daniel Sturridge. There will be no route back to Italy for Mario Balotelli this January, according to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. Press Association And Emre Can was another who received praise from Rodgers. “He played centre half in one of the games I took in last year to go and see him. He played at centre half in a 4-2-3-1. He’s got a big future hear at Anfield it’s just been curtailed a little since the summer when he was trying to gain his fitness,” he said. “He had an ankle issue that made him miss training and he was in and out. He’s got great athleticism and you saw in his presence on the pitch yesterday (against Burnley) that he’s an outstanding footballer. “He’s a very young player just acclimatising to the game over here. His favourite position is as a more defensive player even though I’ve played him in a more attack role because I’d like him to do more of that. “But he’s a player that if you asked him his profile it would be to sit and play in that defensive role where he can play and dictate the game and be physical in the duel. “Him coming on against Burnley gave us that assurance in possession and also that physicality when we didn’t have the ball. He’s someone I know can play in a number of positions and someone I know his influence will become greater as the season goes on.” last_img read more

Munster’s Champions Cup quarter-final fixed for April 1st

first_imgThe match at Thomond Park will kick off at 5.45pm.Leinster’s last eight encounter in the competition is on the same day.Their clash with Wasps at the Aviva Stadium is due to get underway at 3.15pm. If Munster win against the French side they’ll be away to either Glasgow or Saracens in the semi-finals while a win for Leinster will mean a trip to France to face either Clermont or Toulon.last_img