Colombia to get access to NATO technology to fight terrorism

first_img Colombia’s Armed Forces and National Police both have an excellent reputation for being effective and efficient in fighting global terrorism and domestic crime, Ortiz said. That reputation is why security officials from other countries seek training from Colombia’s military and police forces, he explained. “Colombia has played an increasingly prominent role in police training in Central America and has also built stronger ties with countries like Mexico, Peru and Chile through the Pacific Alliance,” Ortiz said. “There is nothing strange about Colombia looking to strengthen ties with both its existing Latin American partners as well as NATO member countries.” Colombia is not the only country whose security forces are known internationally. In recent years, the Armed Forces of Argentina and Chile have also provided support to NATO troops in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ortiz pointed out. Access to NATO technology When finalized, the agreement could give Colombian security officials access to advanced NATO technology, such as advanced computer simulations of maritime interdictions. Colombia and NATO have no training exercises or other activities scheduled. Colombian officials and NATO representatives will discuss the best way to maximize go forward with the accord, said Alexander Vershbow, NATO deputy secretary general. “We welcome Colombia’s interest in cooperating with NATO,” said Alexander Vershbow, NATO Deputy Secretary General. “While there is no immediate plan for establishing a formal partnership between the Alliance and Colombia, we are exploring the possibility of carrying out specific activities together.” The agreement will help Colombian security forces fight global terrorism, Pinzón said. “This agreement gives us the possibility to exchange information with an organization comprising the 28 most-recognized democracies in the world,” Pinzón said. “These countries can also gain access to Colombia’s experience in the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism.” International cooperation Access to advanced technology Colombia a ‘global player’ Colombia will not be able to become a member state of NATO because of its geographic location, Ortiz said. Colombia is a member of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), which is similar to NATO, Ortiz said. “It´s quite straightforward really. A stronger alliance with NATO offers Colombia access to (NATO’s) computer simulations advanced technological development techniques and its best practices in relation to transparency, humanitarian operations and strengthening the army,” Ortiz said. “On the other hand Colombia offers a wealth of expertise in using combined military and police tactics to root out terrorists in both remote rural enclaves and urban jungles.” In addition to computer simulations, NATO has other technology that could be helpful to Colombian security forces. For example, in September 2013, NATO tested a device which stops the vehicles of suicide bombers before they reach their targets. The device uses a high-intensity electromagnetic beam to turn off engine vehicles. Testing of the device is scheduled to be completed in 2014, according to published reports. center_img Colombia recently took an important step toward finalizing a cooperation agreement with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) involving the sharing of intelligence to fight international terrorism. On Sept. 11, 2013, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón presented a bill to Congress to approve the ratification of the cooperation agreement. That accord was informally reached on June 25, 2013, when Colombia’s Defense Ministry signed the cooperation agreement with NATO. “If we can achieve peace, the army will be in a place where it will be able to distinguish itself internationally as well. We are already doing it on many fronts,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said after the accord was signed. The cooperation agreement was signed four months after Colombian security officials attended NATO’s annual Building Integrity conference, held in February 2013 in Monterrey, California. By Dialogo October 30, 2013 Over the past decade, Colombian security forces have provided training in how to battle global terrorism to officials in Afghanistan and countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, and West Africa, according to Pinzón. Colombian security forces have trained more than 15,000 soldiers and police officers from more than 40 countries in how to fight drug trafficking and extortion and how to engage in maritime interdiction and jungle combat. The Colombian Armed Forces and National Police have earned a reputation for fighting terrorism, explained Roman Ortiz, the director of Decisive Points, a Colombian national security and defense affairs company. For decades, Colombian security forces have battled the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). “Colombia is now moving fast as a global player in exporting security know-how, built up through 50 years battling drug traffickers and organized crime groups,” Ortiz said. In October 2013, Colombia hosted a global conference in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and an General Assembly meeting of Interpol, in Cartagena. The primary threats faced by NATO countries include nuclear proliferation, terrorism, cyber-attacks, organized crime, drug trafficking, and the volatility within failed states, according to Carmen Romero, NATO Deputy Spokesperson. “No country or organisation can deal with these challenges on its own and that is why NATO is working with countries around the globe that share the same values and security concerns as NATO,” said Romero. “Colombia has strong expertise in counter-narcotics and counter-insurgency operations and we look forward to developing our dialogue with Bogota in these areas,” said Romero. Increasing prominencelast_img read more

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Shelbyville woman killed on I-74

first_imgSHELBYVILLE, Ind. — A Shelbyville woman was killed while walking on Interstate 74 late Wednesday night.According to police, Laura Goode, 33, was found deceased in the roadway along with two vehicles that may have possibly struck her.Emergency crews were called around 11:50 PM to mile marker 110 which is near the Indiana Grand Casino.Police believe Goode was crossing I-74 when she was initially struck by a car driven by Rebecca Weightman of Waldron.A second vehicle driven by Mark Collins of Shelbyville slid off into the median trying to avoid hitting Goode.Police do not believe alcohol was a factor in the incident.last_img

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Chris Cuomo Bashes CNN During Radio Show Meltdown

first_imgChris Cuomo is the brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. During the show, Cuomo said his battle with COVID-19 has made him rethink his values and question his position as a public figure.Speaking about his job as the host of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” the Queens-born anchor said he doesn’t want to spend his time “trafficking ridiculous stories” and wants to stop analyzing the president.Cuomo concluded his rant by saying that he “has to tolerate other people’s opinions of himself and that it’s just not worth it to him anymore.”I admire that. Why should you do what you don’t like? You’re smart. You can do things… https://t.co/NdknBAMjNQ— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) April 14, 2020 It could be the fever talking, but, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is saying, “I don’t like what I do.” Cuomo has been battling the coronavirus and it has caused him to re-assess his existence.As a result, Cuomo lashed out against CNN Monday on his radio show saying he’s tired of towing the company line. Cuomo says his COVID diagnosis has made him rethink his career: “I don’t like what I do, professionally, I’ve decided … I don’t value indulging irrationality, hyper-partisanship. I don’t think it’s worth my time anymore.”The longtime cable host had a mini-existential crisis on his SiriusXM show, bashing his primetime gig.CNN anchor Chris Cuomo says his COVID diagnosis has made him rethink his career: “I don’t like what I do, professionally, I’ve decided … I don’t value indulging irrationality, hyper-partisanship. I don’t think it’s worth my time anymore.”pic.twitter.com/AmkUsuoATY— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) April 14, 2020last_img read more

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Tennis News US Open 2019: Rafael Nadal Warns Fans, ‘Big Three’ Era Quickly Coming To An End

first_imgNew York: Rafael Nadal warns men’s tennis fans that the “Big Three” era is coming to an end very soon, and he’s not all that worried about it. The 33-year-old Spaniard, an 18-time major champion, will try to add to his trophy haul Sunday when he faces Russia’s fifth-ranked Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final.Together with 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer and 16-time Slam champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Nadal has been part of a historic trio whose members own 54 of the past 65 Grand Slam men’s singles titles — including the past 11 in a row. Toss in Britain’s Andy Murray, a three-time Grand Slam winner who is making a singles comeback after hip surgery, and you have a fourth star of the times.But, Nadal warns, it’s getting time to close that chapter.”We don’t need to hold this era anymore,” Nadal said.  “We have been here for 15 years almost. Hopefully, but for my personal interest. At some point, these days, going to happen sooner than later that this era going to end.””Is arriving to the end. I am 33. Novak is 32. Roger is 38. Andy is 32, too. The clock is not stopping. That’s part of the cycle of life.””I’m not much worried about this because in tennis always going to be great champions.”There are rising stars. Fourth-ranked Austrian Dominic Thiem (25) lost the past two French Open finals. Number five Medvedev (23) is in his first Slam final. Germany’s sixth-ranked Alexander Zverev (22) and Greece’s eight-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas (21) are charging toward the top as well.But the “Big Three” have dominated like no other generation in tennis, whether the 1960s era of Roy Emerson setting the record of 12 career Slam titles, or the American-dominated 1990s run of Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, whose 14 Slam wins became the new standard.Nadal owns 12 French Open titles. Federer has eight Wimbledon crowns and six from the Australian Open. Djokovic has captured seven titles in Australia and five more at Wimbledon.Since Federer won his first Slam title to launch the Big Three era at Wimbledon in 2003, only five men’s major finals have been played without either the Swiss star, Djokovic or Nadal being involved.Djokovic, winner in four of the previous five Slams, went out in the US Open fourth round to three-time Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, a left shoulder injury forcing the Serbian star to retire. And Federer, who lost an epic five-set Wimbledon final to Djokovic in July, was ousted in the quarter-finals by Grigor Dimitrov, who had lost their prior seven matches.Federer was blunt when asked what it meant for tennis not having two of the Big Three in the US Open’s last four.”Not much,” Federer said.Federer said he expects to have more chances at Grand Slam titles even at age 38.”I don’t have the crystal ball. Do you?” Federer said.”So we never know. I hope so, of course. I think still it’s been a positive season. Disappointing now, but I’ll get back up, I’ll be all right.”Djokovic Seeks RecordDjokovic, the youngest of the trio, says he is planning a comeback in Tokyo and his aim remains going to the top of the career Grand Slam win list, potentially after Nadal and Federer have retired.”I have, of course, desire and a goal to reach the most Slams and reach Roger’s record,” Djokovic said. “But at the same time, it’s a long road ahead hopefully for me.”I hope I can play for many more years. I’m planning to. I mean, I don’t see an end behind the corner at all. Now it’s a matter of keeping my body and mind in shape and trying to still peak at these kind of events.”Time is on Djokovic’s side, but Nadal sees the journey as more meaningful than the destination when it comes to the all-time Grand Slam title record.”Of course, I would love to be the one who achieve more Grand Slams, but I still sleep very well without being the one who has more Grand Slams,” Nadal said.”You cannot be all day frustrated or all day thinking about what’s your neighbor have better than you. You have to be happy with yourself. You have to do your way.””If you are the one to achieve more, fantastic. If not, at least I give my best during all my career.”  For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Helicopter Crashes into Woods in Coconut Creek

first_imgAuthorities rescued a pilot on Thursday afternoon whose helicopter crashed into a heavily wooded area in Coconut Creek, police said.The crash happened at Tradewinds Park, in the 3600 block of West Sample Road.According to Coconut Creek police spokesman, Scotty Leamon, construction work was underway in the area at the time of the crash.He added that the pilot was believed to be the only person on board the chopper.A Miami-Dade County rescue team was reportedly brought in to help get the pilot out safely.No other details were immediately released.last_img

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Read which Indian cricketer tore up his Speed Post job to pursue his cricketing…

first_imgAdvertisement sd27kNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1qjWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E93l1h( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4qn89Would you ever consider trying this?😱6w2naCan your students do this? 🌚fjyRoller skating! Powered by Firework In a recent interview India all-rounder Krunal Pandya revealed that he almost started working for the government before opting to give cricket another chance. The 29-year-old arrived at the national cricketing scene much late in his career, but a fantastic season with the Mumbai Indians paved him the way to the Indian team back in 2018.Advertisement Like his brother, the elder Pandya of Indian cricket has seen much ups and downs in his life. During his early days, Krunal was going through a rough patch when he had two choices, either work for Speed-Post or appear for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy trials. He chose the latter and the rest is history,Advertisement “I still remember that I got a letter for that trial. So my father said that it was a nice opportunity and I would be paid around 25,000. But at the same time, I also had trial matches for Syed Mushtaq Ali. So, when I looked up at the letter, I thought, I worked hard for two and a half years, not for the government job. I worked for cricket,” Krunal said.“So, I tore up the letter and went for cricket trials. It so happened that I performed in the trial games, and managed to make it to the Baroda team for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. And coincidentally John Wright scouted us (Krunal and Hardik) in Mumbai and that was our ticket to the Mumbai Indians. So, my life changed thereon. So, I guess the letter that I threw away, worked for me” he added.Advertisement When asked about a life-changing moment of his career, the Baroda all-rounder revealed an incident during his time with the state’s Under-25 team.“It was a career-changing moment for me. We were playing an Under-25 game for Baroda against Karnataka, and on the final day, we had to save the game. On the second ball, I played a sweep shot and I got out and subsequently got dropped. So, I went home, and wept my eyes out.”“It suddenly dawned upon me that I had failed my parents. I had a moment of self-reflection and decided to cast out all the jealousy and toxicity out of my life. It was when my thought process towards life changed that things started falling into place.”But even though he is living his dream, Krunal still cannot forget how that incident changed his career and life for good.“In every 10-15 days, I have this realization that how my life has changed” he concluded. Advertisementlast_img read more

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