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Colombian military industry markets weapons and technology on international stage

first_img The CIAC performs the maintenance and repair of highly complex aircraft. The company is also modernizing the EMB 312 T27 Tucano aircraft used by the Colombian Air Force (FAC). As part of the modernization program, the Tucano aircraft will be fitted with new wings and landing gear, as well as a new Rockwell Collins navigation and communications system. In late 2013, Embraer Defense & Security, a Brazilian company, agreed to certify CIAC to become the only company able to modernize Tucano aircraft, except those belonging to the Brazilian Air Force. The weapons and technological innovations developed by the military industry are important to Colombia’s national defense, Sahid Garnica explained. “Colombia realized that to develop the power of the state in traditional terms, a sustained military industry is required,” Sahid Garnica said. “Defense industry technology is important in the fight against crime. Intelligence work is the most powerful weapon that the Armed Forces has to dismantle the structures of transnational organized crime.” The defense industry can make a difference in the field of operations by producing weapons and technology which provide security forces with a strategic advantage, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón said in November 2013, at the inauguration of the First Meeting of the Defense Industry. In 2013, the Colombian military industry contributed to the success of part of the security initiative knowna as “Sword of Honor,” which involved Colombia’s four naval forces and the Joint Task Force against Drug Trafficking, ‘Poseidón’, according to El Tiempo. The Colombian Navy captured 417 alleged drug traffickers, including 154 suspected gang members, authorities said. Naval forces also seized 64 tons of cocaine, which were worth an estimated $16 billion (USD). International market As its military industry sells more goods and services on the international market, Colombia should forge “broad alliances” when it comes to marketing products overseas, Pérez Mejía said. Conducting research to develop new technology and other products is very expensive for military industry companies, Sahid Garnica said. Nonetheless, Colombia has the ability to export quality military technology at affordable prices, and can also provide insight and training from troops who have experience in “asymmetrical fighting” against a guerrilla organization, Sahid Garnica said. “Colombia has managed to mix doctrine and practice,” the security analyst said. Exponential growth Colombia’s security forces have grown dramatically during the last decade. In 2001, the country had 300,000 National Police agents and military troops. By 2012, the number of National Police agents and military troops had grown to 450,000, according to published reports. So too as the country’s military industry, which has developed and produced tactical and strategic weapons for the military’s use against the FARC and transnational criminal organizations, such as the National Liberation Army (ELN), the Urabenos, and the Rastrojos. These groups engage in drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, and other criminal enterprises. Colombian companies drive innovation The CIAC is also producing the T-90 Calima aircraft, which officials will use to strengthen the capabilities of the Flight Training Group (GRUEV) of the Colombian Air Force. The Colombian government is studying the possibility of building a plant to produce ammonium nitrate explosives because the infrastructure development programs in Colombia in the next few years will focus on the construction of roads, railways, and tunnels,” Gen. Pérez Mejía said. The Colombian defense industry collaborates with South Korea in the construction of oceanic patrol vessels and with Israel in the manufacture of parts for the Galil rifle. In addition to producing weapons and technology to improve security, some military industry companies also help countries cooperate in the battle against organized crime. For instance, COTECMAR in recent years developed, built and exported four LPR-40 MKII river patrol boats to Brazil. Brazil and Colombia worked together to develop and design the patrol boat for use in the Amazon River. Naval officials from both countries have been working on the initiative since 2011. Among the Colombian countries which are developing innovations in technology related to security are INDUMIL (Military Industry of Colombia), COTECMAR (Science and Technology Corporation for the Development of the Naval, Maritime, and Fluvial Industry), CODALTEC (High Technology Corporation), and CIAC (Colombian Aerospace Industry Corporation). Some of the companies are well-known worldwide. For example, military industry analysts consider INDUMIL to be a cutting edge technology company, with more than 57 years of experience in the production and sale of ammunition, explosives, and other weapons. The company is known for developing the assault rifles Galil SAR and Galil AR, the production of smart bombs for the Colombian Air Force, and the maintenance of the Army’s infantry vehicles. It also developed the Colombian Cordova handgun. Paraguay, Chile, Peru, and Ecuador are among the first countries to purchase the semi-automatic handgun. Naval cooperation By Dialogo January 25, 2014 Maintenance of Air Force aircraft In December 2013, COTECMAR delivered an Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) to the Armed Forces of Colombia. The company has a contract to eventually deliver six OPVs to the Armed Forces. The OPV is also known as “7 de Agosto.” Is designed to operate in collaboration with helicopters and high-speed interceptor boats. In addition to security tasks, the OPV can also help officials provide humanitarian assistance during natural disasters, and can be used in search and rescue operations. Colombia’s military industry is steadily building its capacity to develop and produce vessels, Sahid Garnica said. “In ten years, Colombia will be able to build a strategic fleet, frigates,” said Sahid Garnica. Production and modernization Colombia’s military equipment industry, which generated sales of $450 million (USD) in 2013, is seeking to increase international sales by aggressively marketing products and services which can help governments and private business battle organized crime groups. Colombian military products and services are of high quality and are in demand throughout the world, said Gen. José Javier Pérez Mejía, vice minister of the Social and Business Defense Group (GSED), told the Colombian news agency Innova in an article published on Dec. 30, 2013. The GSED is part of the Defense Ministry. The Colombian firm is responsible for directing and guiding the corporate policy of 19 companies serving the defense industry. “The future of the Colombian military industry is promising. We believe that in the coming years we could be in the big leagues during times of peace, not war,” General José Javier Pérez Mejía, Vice Minister of the Social and Business Defense Group (GSED), on December 30 to the news agency, Colombia Innova. The government is engaged in peace talks in Havana with representatives from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The FARC has fought the government for 50 years. A peace agreement would create more opportunities for the defense industry to focus on research and innovation, rather than producing weapons and ammunition needed by the Armed Forces to fight the FARC, Pérez Mejía said. In addition to providing equipment needed to battle the FARC, the military industry in recent years has worked hard to develop new products and technology to fight not just the guerrilla group, but other transnational criminal organizations, according to Germán Sahid Garnica, a security analyst at El Rosario University in Bogota. “The military industry is diversifying its portfolio of services and equipment that generate a strategic advantage against various criminal threats,” Sahid Garnica said. The ‘7 de Agosto’ Excellent investigation on arms trafficking A big hug to all the soldiers of our glorious Colombian army that live on the battlefield. Excellent information; congratulations for this important data. Foreseeing that within 10 years Colombia will have the technological capacity to produce frigates is very realistic and down to earth. What products are expected in 10 years for the FARCs and the ARMY? When will we produce an apc with 50-caliber machine gun, a grenade thrower and posts for missiles, and that can carry 8 marines or soldiers, but one that is ours. Anyone can assemble it and buy a tandem chassis and a 450 caterpillar engine and a box with five gears and you provide the armor. We can do this very well in Colombia. This is extraordinary, late but it started. This should have been done years ago. The country or the government have missed the opportunity to manufacture their own fighter aircraft, I understand that South Korea was interested in producing them in Colombia, but the Colombian government said no. Well, that opportunity was wasted, nothing is being said about the btr 80 manufactured in Colombia. I think you refer to fac or fuerza aerea colombiana , not farc Long live our Republic’s defense forces Defense industry helps provide security last_img read more

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Carwiz rent a car became the first Croatian rent a car operating in the Asian market

first_imgThe partnership enables Carwiz to directly connect with tourists from South Korea coming to Croatia using Dangbo Air Service, while the South Korean partner got a quality and reliable partner in Croatia, as well as throughout the entire Carwiz franchise network that grows from month to month. To date, Carwiz has successfully placed its franchise network on the markets of Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Latvia, Cyprus, Morocco, Turkey, Serbia, Albania and St. Petersburg. Matreen from the Caribbean. Thanks to modern design, brand positioning, marketing strategy and high quality service, we have established ourselves as leaders in innovative trends in the car rental industry. In this way, we recognized an interesting market and achieved business cooperation, he points out Krešimir Dobrilović, founder and director of CARWIZ rent a car, and adds: “Entering the Republic of Korea market is a step based on analysis and figures, so we are glad that the partners reluctantly accepted our proposal. It is important to point out that the market is changing, as well as the habits of South Korean tourists who in recent years, from tourists who exclusively use organized round trips, increasingly began to travel for sightseeing in their own arrangement.” CARWIZ BECAME A CROATIAN TOURIST EXPORT PRODUCT! THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODEL IT IS EXPANDING TO THE GLOBAL MARKET Related news: By signing a partnership with Dangbo Air Services, one of the largest and most professional groundhandling providers in South Korea, we became the first Croatian car rental company to follow the trends in recognizing the value of the Asian market in global tourism development, says Krešimir Dobrilović, founder and director of CARWIZ rent a cara.   The research of the Croatian National Tourist Board for 2018 indicates that it was over in Croatia 500 Korean tourists, and it is predicted that in 2019 Croatia will maintain the positive trend of growth of arrivals and overnight stays of South Korean tourists.  Also, as they point out from Carwiz, negotiations on franchise cooperation are currently underway with about 20 rent a car houses from all over the world – Among other things, the markets of Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine, Italy, Malta, Kosovo, Germany, and even potential partners from the US market.center_img Photo: Carwiz “South Korean tourists differ from European ones in that the age of the vehicle is extremely important to them, as well as all the accessories – from the GoPro camera to WiFi, without which they can hardly imagine life and travel. Compared to European tourists, Koreans are less price sensitive and therefore willing to set aside a larger budget to have everything they need to travel to create an unforgettable experience.” concluded Dobrilović. Tourists from Asian countries record the largest number of arrivals in Zagreb, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik with the intention of visiting destinations like Plitvice Lakes and Krka Waterfalls. We are almost equally visited by Asian tourists between 20 and 30 years of age, as well as those belonging to the age group of 40 to 59 years of age. A few days ago, Carwiz rent a car became the first Croatian rent a car operating in the Asian market. The number of arrivals of South Korean tourists in Croatia in 2018, compared to 2016, increased by almost 21%. Informatically very well versed, tourists from a country where slightly more than 90% of the population uses the Internet, want to nurture their habits on their travels. The needs of tourists are different, so Carwiz offers a wide range of accessories in cars with an average age of six months.last_img read more

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Brisbane home has it’s own private lake

first_img79 Camelot Pl, Bridgeman Downs, has its own lake crowned with a wooden bridge.Picture it. It’s a lazy Sunday morning on what is set to be another hot summer’s day. You’re stretched out by the pool catching up on the day’s news, when the sound of laughter draws your attention to the nearby lake. You see your children jump in a boat and row themselves across the water, setting off on their next big adventure.It sounds like a memory formed on an unforgettable family holiday, right? The house sits beside its own private lake in a tightly held street in Bridgeman Downs.Yet for Mick Foley and his two daughters aged 13 and 12, it is a scene they could recreate every weekend. The family have owned 79 Camelot Place, a sprawling house with six bedrooms in a tightly held street in Bridgeman Downs for the past four years. The property stretches to more than two acres and is made up of the house, manicured gardens, trees and lawns, where Mr Foley, who owns two helicopter charter companies, among other businesses, is able to land his personal chopper. The house has mulitple living spaces.Helicopters aside, the property’s biggest attraction has to be its picturesque lake, crowned with an arched wooden footbridge.Mr Foley said the family had spent a lot of time on the lake over the years and he would miss it greatly. The kitchen is the heart of the home.“It’s a very quiet spot, and there’s the fountain and lights on it at night, and the fire pit on the other side where I used to sit with the girls. It’s a special place,” Mr Foley.While the sheer enormity of the house may appear overwhelming, Mr Foley said that once you start living in it, you grow into the space and the floor plan has allowed the home to retain a sense of cosiness. There are plenty of places fro which to take in the lake views.“When you walk into it, it feels like a normal home, which is what attracted me to it in the first place. It’s northeast facing, perfectly positioned on the block, it just ticked all the boxes for me.”Three of the home’s six bedrooms reside on the upper level of the three-storey house, including the main which has an ensuite and walk-in robe. From this level you can capture stunning views of the lake.The remaining three bedrooms can be found on the middle storey, where again, you are hit with lake views. The bedrooms are generous in size.All the living areas, including the chef’s kitchen with stone bench tops, which Mr Foley said was the heart of the home, are on the lower level.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoAn informal eating area and family room adjacent to the kitchen has floor to ceiling glass walls to maximise on the lake views and natural light. Both these areas open out to an outdoor entertaining pavilion and deck, framed with balustrading for lakeside dining and The house has a cinema room.entertaining. Descend a set of stairs and follow a meandering path to the infinity edge pool, set on the edge of the lake. There is also a free-standing pavilion, for hosting parties, family and friends.Built in the late 1990s, the only thing that belies this home’s age is the terracotta tiling throughout, which Mr Foley admits to having become too busy to replace. Elsewhere, the house is timeless in its design and architecture. The house suits alarge family who want room to move.Unfortunately Mr Foley said that with the family’s schedule becoming far more busy, he felt the property wasn’t being used to its full potential and so made the difficult decision toput it on the market.“I think it suits a large family with early age kids that want the space, and I hope someone enjoys it as much as our family has. It really is a house in which memories can be made.”And who doesn’t want that?The property will be auctioned on Saturday, August 29 at 11am.last_img read more

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Californication complaint rejected

first_imgNZ Herald 23 Sep 2011The Broadcasting Standards Authority has declined to uphold a complaint by Family First against TVWorks that popular television show Californication breached the standards of good taste and decency. Family First’s complaint claimed “the quantity of offensive words in such a short period of programming plus the repetitive use of some of the most offensive words” in the episode – which screened on TV3 on April 18 – breached standards of good taste and decency…….But Family First argued in not upholding complaints against Californication, the BSA has “allowed a progressive lowering of standards to the point of hard pornography and extremely offensive language being common fare on our free-to-air channels”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10753681last_img read more

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Highs and lows of Wisconsin sports: Fall 2008

first_imgFootball:What started as unlimited expectations quickly became a disappointment of mass proportions for the UW football team. After starting 3-0 in non-conference play — including an impressive 13-10 victory over then-No. 21 Fresno State in Fresno — the Badgers dropped their first four Big Ten games, starting with a two-point loss to Michigan after blowing a 19-point lead. The wheels really started to fall off for UW after back-to-back, double-digit defeats at the mercy of Penn State (48-7 at home) and Iowa (38-16 on the road), but since that 0-4 conference start, Wisconsin is 4-1 overall and has a chance to end the season with a four-game win streak if it can beat Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 27 in Orlando, Fla.The season was highlighted by an inordinate amount of criticism aimed at head coach Bret Bielema, plus the emergence of freshman running back John Clay, sophomore wide receiver David Gilreath and junior quarterback Dustin Sherer, who will all look to contribute in big ways next season.— Derek ZetlinMen’s basketball:The Wisconsin men’s basketball team, led by seniors Joe Krabbenhoft and Marcus Landry, got off to a nice start, beginning the season with four straight wins before losing to No. 2 Connecticut in the Paradise Jam Tournament final.Freshmen Rob Wilson and Jordan Taylor have emerged as head coach Bo Ryan’s favorite first-year players, and Trevon Hughes has continued his play from last season, leading the Badgers with an average of 13.2 points per game.The Badgers’ strong play, however, came to an abrupt bump in the road Dec. 6 when Wisconsin traveled east to Milwaukee to take on rival Marquette. While UW led the Golden Eagles for most of the game, Jerel McNeal sparked Marquette to a comeback win, beating the Badgers 61-58 at the Bradley Center.Ryan’s squad survived a scare on Tuesday night, squeaking by Idaho State 60-58 behind junior guard Jason Bohannon’s 18 points.Wisconsin now has two games remaining before the highly anticipated bout with Texas. After that, the Badgers will travel to Ann Arbor, where they will face Michigan, who has beaten two top five teams in the young season.— Jonah BraunMen’s hockey:Talk about a roller coaster first half.The Badgers were dealt a tough blow early in the season, when senior co-captain Ben Street suffered a knee injury in the team’s fourth game of the season. Adding insult to injury was UW’s 0-6-1 start to the year, not earning a win until Nov. 1 against North Dakota.Since then, however, Wisconsin has been one of the hottest teams in the nation and has finally made its way into the national polls after the slow start. Mike Eaves’ team is 9-1-1 in its last 11 games, including a current five-game winning streak heading into the winter break.No one player has stood out offensively for the Badgers, who have seen contributions from the likes of John Mitchell, Tom Gorowsky, Brendan Smith and Jamie McBain.Like the team, goaltender Shane Connelly has settled down since the opening month, allowing just one goal in a three-game span against St. Cloud State, Michigan State and Michigan.— Tyler MasonWomen’s hockey:Undefeated and top-ranked, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team has had a very successful first half of the 2008-09 season.The lady Badgers have used a potent offensive attack, stringent defensive play and elite goaltending to stake their claim as the top team in the land. Wisconsin enters Christmas break at 18-0-2.All-American candidates include sophomore wing Hilary Knight, senior center Erika Lawler, junior center/wing Meghan Duggan, freshman center Brooke Ammerman and senior goaltender Jessie Vetter.Aided by great depth that includes six reliable defensemen, three very effective lines and superstar goaltender Jessie Vetter, the Badgers are the surefire midseason favorites to win the National Championship.Wins over top five opponents Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth and New Hampshire have toughened Coach Mark Johnson’s squad and prepared them for what is sure to be a grueling second half. Early 2009 trips to Duluth and Minnesota will present tough challenges and ready the talented Badgers for postseason play.Being the No. 1 team in America brings certain burdens, most notably the target Wisconsin carries as the top dog.Every team Wisconsin faces is going to bring their best, and through 20 games, the Badgers look fit to take on all challengers. — Bobby DonohueVolleyball:At the outset of the season, there were high expectations for the Wisconsin volleyball team. They finished second in the Big Ten to eventual national champions Penn State and had a highly-touted freshman class coming in to replace five seniors who departed after last year’s record setting season.As the season wore on, however, the season became more of a rebuilding year than a continuation of the 2007 season. The Badgers failed to find consistency, only winning three matches between October 17 and November 29, including losing the final four contests of the season.Individually, many of last year’s statistics leaders are down. In 2007, outside hitter Brittney Dolgner averaged 4.63 kills per set on her way to become the first UW sophomore to be named All-American. This year, however, her numbers were down by more than a kill per set, averaging only 3.40 kills per set.While this year may have been disappointing by Wisconsin standards, as they didn’t make the NCAA tournament for the first time in 13 seasons, their future looks bright. Freshmen Janelle Gabrielsen and Elle Ohlander were named to the Big Ten Conference All-Freshman team. It was the first time two members of the Wisconsin volleyball team were named to the roster.— Ben SolochekWomen’s basketball:The Wisconsin women’s basketball team, picked to finish 10th in the Big Ten in preseason polls, has been anything but the team many thought they would be.The Badgers have jumped out to an 9-1 record, including nine straight victories — the team’s longest winning streak since the 2001-02 season. Most of their success has resulted from their excellent defensive play, as they have allowed only 56 points per game.UW has also had a very balanced scoring attack, led by shooting guard Alyssa Karel and point guard and team captain Rae Lin D’Alie, who average 14 and eight points per game, respectively.The team has already had its share of thrills only a month into the season. Wisconsin was able to capture the Paradise Jam title in the Virgin Islands after beating Villanova, Central Florida and upsetting then-No. 6 Baylor 59-58 on a Karel jumper with seven seconds to go. Other key wins for the Badgers included a victory over Drake — Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone’s former team — a double overtime win over in-state rival UW-Milwaukee, and a victory over Virginia Tech in the ACC/ Big Ten challenge.— Sam OlesonMen’s soccer:Although the Wisconsin men’s soccer team finished the season with a winning record, their performance in Big Ten play prevented the team from making the NCAA tournament for the 13th consecutive season.A 1-4-1 record in the Big Ten play this season, culminated by a first round loss to Michigan in the tournament, led to the eventual resignation of seventh year head coach Jeff Rohrman.In their tournament game, the Badgers came one shot away from pulling off the upset over the No. 10 Wolverines. After playing to a scoreless tie after two overtimes, the game was decided by a shootout. After UW forward Scott Lorenz failed to score in his opportunity, Michigan’s Perica Marosevic ended Wisconsin’s season.However, the Badgers did have some bright notes on the season. The biggest story of the year was the emergence of Lorenz, who led the team in goals and points. His 10 goals were good enough for fourth place in the Big Ten, and he was second in the conference in shots. Along with Lorenz, goalkeeper Alex Horwath and forward Brandon Miller will return for their senior seasons.— Tom HagerWomen’s soccer:For the Wisconsin women’s soccer team, 2008 was like a tale of two seasons — the non-conference season and the Big Ten season, the former being better than the latter.In the first month of the season, the Badgers enjoyed a four-game winning streak, a tournament victory in the Hoosier Classic and a 6-2-1 record. Senior Taylor Walsh also netted her first career hat trick in a 7-1 victory over Vermont and was on pace with the school season record with six goals in the first five games.Over the final one-and-a-half months, Wisconsin went 3-7 against Big Ten opponents, including losing its last three games to fail to reach the postseason for the second consecutive season.The Badgers’ most glaring problem — throughout both parts of the season — was an inability to win on their opponents’ home field. In seven road games, Wisconsin finished 0-6-1 and was outscored 20-2 in road games.Wisconsin’s brightest point in the 2008 season was the play of its freshmen. Forward Laurie Nosbusch led the team in points with 21 and finished second to Walsh with seven goals. Fellow freshmen Erin Jacobsen and Leigh Williams — both midfielders — were third and fourth, respectively, in both points and goals.— Jordan Schellinglast_img read more

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