Colombia to Host Key Regional Armored Vehicles Conference

first_img“We have a very diverse range of people talking about operation usage or about the amount of armor that is necessary for an urban environment,” said Sophie Stewart, Conference Director of Armoured Vehicles Latin America 2015. “There are technical discussions about mobility, protection, firepower, night fight capabilities, and there’s also the possibility of having close contact with different nations to talk about experience sharing.” The scheduled speakers include two major generals, three brigadier generals, three colonels and several other senior officers from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, and the United States. Their talks will range from the use of armored vehicles for peacekeeping and disaster relief in Chile and Colombia, to the newest Brazilian Army 6×6 and the advantages of armor in combined task force operations. Colombian and regional Military and government officials will be able to apply for VIP guest passes. “It’s much more than being in a room for two days and listening to PowerPoint presentations,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to sit down over two days with your equivalent from some other nation to discuss future collaboration.” A diverse array of speakers Colombia is preparing to host the fourth annual Armored Vehicles Latin America conference ( www.armouredvehicleslatinamerica.com/more), a regional meeting organized by London-based military publication Defense IQ that will feature discussions and panels with active and retired Military personnel from more than six Latin American countries. Since the first International Armoured Vehicles conference took place in 2002, the event has attracted Military personnel, exhibitors, journalists, and academics from throughout the world. Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and America have hosted regional events for several years now. Latin America’s first conference took place in Brazil in 2012, following encouragement from the country’s Marine Corps. The meeting was successfully held there twice more before moving to Bogotá for the 2015 gathering. The conference in Bogotá, which will be chaired by Major General (retired) Victor J. Alvarez Vargas, a former Inspector General of the Colombian Armed Forces, is set to draw more than a hundred attendees at any given point, Stewart said. “We have a very diverse range of people talking about operation usage or about the amount of armor that is necessary for an urban environment,” said Sophie Stewart, Conference Director of Armoured Vehicles Latin America 2015. “There are technical discussions about mobility, protection, firepower, night fight capabilities, and there’s also the possibility of having close contact with different nations to talk about experience sharing.” Colombia’s annual Military spending nearly doubled from 2000 to 2010, and its expenditure is expected to rise from $7.5 billion in 2015 to $9.4 billion in 2019. A significant part of that money may end up going to non-conflict related activities such as border patrolling and counter-narcotic operations, scenarios where armored vehicles have a proven potential. The country has already spent more than $50 million in recent years on a modernization process, and analysts anticipate the investments in armored vehicles to rise through the end of the decade. A similar tendency is expected in the rest of Latin America, according to Defense IQ’s Global Armoured Vehicles Market Report 2015. “It’s much more than being in a room for two days and listening to PowerPoint presentations,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to sit down over two days with your equivalent from some other nation to discuss future collaboration.” Colombia’s annual Military spending nearly doubled from 2000 to 2010, and its expenditure is expected to rise from $7.5 billion in 2015 to $9.4 billion in 2019. A significant part of that money may end up going to non-conflict related activities such as border patrolling and counter-narcotic operations, scenarios where armored vehicles have a proven potential. The country has already spent more than $50 million in recent years on a modernization process, and analysts anticipate the investments in armored vehicles to rise through the end of the decade. A similar tendency is expected in the rest of Latin America, according to Defense IQ’s Global Armoured Vehicles Market Report 2015. center_img Colombia is preparing to host the fourth annual Armored Vehicles Latin America conference ( www.armouredvehicleslatinamerica.com/more), a regional meeting organized by London-based military publication Defense IQ that will feature discussions and panels with active and retired Military personnel from more than six Latin American countries. A diverse array of speakers The event, which will take place June 30-July 1 in Bogotá, will highlight the different prospects and effective uses of armored vehicles in the region, focusing not only on conventional warfare, but also on their operational capabilities and advantages in times of peace. The procurement and sustainability of armored vehicles in Latin America also will be discussed, as well as training. While the people are starving to death, the governments feed us with ships, armored cars and turn the world upside down. On my way through the city of Cucuta, I saw a program about the Army on a local channel, ATN. Good content. If there were companies in Colombia that provided jobs, there wouldn’t be so many criminals. So, why weapons? It would end so much bloodshed, because that is what Colombia needs. Edgar: before you write on such an important site as this..learn to spell…I am embarrassed for you…it’s sad…and I’m sure you’ll never learn… Since the first International Armoured Vehicles conference took place in 2002, the event has attracted Military personnel, exhibitors, journalists, and academics from throughout the world. Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and America have hosted regional events for several years now. Latin America’s first conference took place in Brazil in 2012, following encouragement from the country’s Marine Corps. The meeting was successfully held there twice more before moving to Bogotá for the 2015 gathering. The conference in Bogotá, which will be chaired by Major General (retired) Victor J. Alvarez Vargas, a former Inspector General of the Colombian Armed Forces, is set to draw more than a hundred attendees at any given point, Stewart said. By Dialogo June 02, 2015 The event, which will take place June 30-July 1 in Bogotá, will highlight the different prospects and effective uses of armored vehicles in the region, focusing not only on conventional warfare, but also on their operational capabilities and advantages in times of peace. The procurement and sustainability of armored vehicles in Latin America also will be discussed, as well as training. The scheduled speakers include two major generals, three brigadier generals, three colonels and several other senior officers from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, and the United States. Their talks will range from the use of armored vehicles for peacekeeping and disaster relief in Chile and Colombia, to the newest Brazilian Army 6×6 and the advantages of armor in combined task force operations. Colombian and regional Military and government officials will be able to apply for VIP guest passes. last_img read more

Linda Medina named 2019 CUES Distinguished Director

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr President/CEO John Pembroke (left) and 2018 CUES Distinguished Director James Sackett were on hand to congratulate this year’s honoree, CUES member Linda Medina, chair of $175 million Guadalupe Credit Union, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Also a CUES member, Sackett is vice chair of $1.3 billion Firefly Credit Union, Burnsville, Minnesota. continue reading »center_img Linda Medina, board chair at $175 million Guadalupe Credit Union, Santa Fe, New Mexico, was named the 2019 CUES Distinguished Director at Directors Conference yesterday.A board member for 17 years, Medina played a key role in developing the credit union’s current mission to help its membership base become financially empowered.Medina’s passion to serve the surrounding community, which includes many recent immigrants and the underserved, was key in keeping the credit union focused on this mission and vision. As a result, Guadalupe CU became a Community Development Financial Institution and has since received over $3.8 million in funding. The institution has grown during this timeframe from under $20 million in assets serving residents of Santa Fe County to over $180 million in assets serving more than 20,000 members in seven counties.“What a great honor,” Medina said, accepting her award. “I’m very thankful to our CEO, [CUES member] Winona Nava, for nominating me, and CUES, for presenting me with this award. I’m also thankful to the members of Guadalupe Credit Union for allowing me to serve as a volunteer for the past 25 years.last_img read more

Garth McVicar: Family breakdown is behind our high prison numbers

first_imgStuff nz co 24 July 2018Family First Comments: Well said, Garth…“How did one of the safest countries in the Western world end up spiralling to a totally unacceptable level of crime. Why is it that even locking people up doesn’t stop new criminals emerging? What is different about our country now that is creating this new breed of criminals? The one common denominator – that Mr Little and his colleagues won’t dare talk about – is the traditional family. I’m talking about a stable family unit; two parents and the children they bring into a loving cherished relationship – where the child grows up being taught right from wrong – and to become a law-abiding contributing citizen. The figures on the demise of the traditional family speak for themselves.”Read our report on this issue https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2018/06/prison-rates-reflect-weakening-of-family-structure-report/ OPINION: “We reap what we sow” originated from farming to highlight the experience that, if you don’t work in partnership with nature, you get a dud crop.This phrase comes to mind when I think about the latest twist in the crime and punishment debate: the numbers of people in prisons.The focus on the product of crime – prisoners and victims – gives little attention to the root causes of the problem. That is to say, we are worried by what we’re reaping and not enough by what we’re sowing.Justice Minister Andrew Little wants to find ways to reduce the prison population. Essentially, this will be achieved by softening bail legislation and making parole easier to get.The result will be more offenders on the streets. The streets will become more dangerous and public safety will suffer as a consequence.The inconvenient truth about high prison rates is that crime has fallen. New Zealand’s homicides peaked at 176 a year, but have now declined to about 80, and the rate is still falling.As New Zealand locked up its criminals for longer, the terrible crimes that resulted in the formation of the Sensible Sentencing Trust, such as the murders of Teresa Cormack, Kylie Smith, and Karla Cardno have declined.But locking people up is a response to criminals, not the complete answer to preventing the creation of criminals.I was born in 1951, at a time when New Zealand’s crime and prison numbers were incredibly low, averaging one or two homicides a year until the early 1960s.So what went wrong? How did one of the safest countries in the Western world end up spiralling to a totally unacceptable level of crime. Why is it that even locking people up doesn’t stop new criminals emerging? What is different about our country now that is creating this new breed of criminals?The one common denominator – that Mr Little and his colleagues won’t dare talk about – is the traditional family.I’m talking about a stable family unit; two parents and the children they bring into a loving cherished relationship – where the child grows up being taught right from wrong – and to become a law-abiding contributing citizen.The figures on the demise of the traditional family speak for themselves:* In 1961, 95 per cent children were born into a traditional family with married parents.* By 2015, only 53 per cent were brought into the world by parents who were married.* A child who grows up without a father is five times more likely to commit crime.* Evidence shows more children are abused in de-facto-type households, and a child that has been abused is 20 times more likely to end up in prison.For Māori the figures are worse:* In 1968, 72 per cent of Māori children were born to married parents.* By 2015, only 21 per cent were born into a traditional family, of mother and father married to each other.The stark fact is that the mantra “all forms of family/whānau are equal” is clearly absolute nonsense, and the statistics prove that to be so.The evidence is clear that a child needs a father who wants and loves them. This is the best way to raise a child to become a law-abiding contributing member of society.Mr Little’s justice summit won’t dare say anything like that.They fear they might offend the Left-wing liberals who have been at the forefront of breaking down the family unit. These liberals would rather focus on the problem of prison numbers than face the reality of what their social ideology has created.https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/105682015/garth-mcvicar-family-breakdown-is-behind-our-high-prison-numbers http://nzh.tw/12110093last_img read more

Nepal to resume flights

first_imgAll arriving and departing international passengers would need to have a certificate saying they are not carrying the virus. The Himalayan nation shut its airports in late March to combat the spread of the virus, which has so far infected 17,844 people and claimed 40 lives in the country. Agence France-Presse reporter Ammu Kannampilly (second from right) and Nepalese guide Pasang Sherpa stand on a ridge over a valley leading north into the Khumbu region as they try to get a clear view of Mt. Everest on April 18, 2015. AFP KATHMANDU – Nepal said Tuesday it would resume international commercial flights in mid-August, in a boost for its coronavirus-hit tourism sector. The shutdown hit just before the peak of the tourism season, when hundreds of mountaineers and trekkers visit Nepal, costing the industry – a key part of the economy – millions of dollars. The decision to restart commercial domestic and international flights from August 17 was taken in a cabinet meeting Monday, Nepal’s Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Yogesh Bhattarai said. Bhattarai said arriving travelers would also have to stay in quarantine, without specifying the duration. (AFP)last_img read more

My Way to Get 64

first_imgEven though the NCAA is over, I am still pondering a different way to determine the 64 teams who will participate.  I would like to take everything out of the hands of a committee.  I don’t want to see  North Carolina and Duke in every tournament.My way is to use only the RPI Index.  The first 32 teams would get an automatic bid.  The next 128 would go through a 2-game playoff.  This would determine the final 32 teams.  If you are not in the top 160 teams on this RPI index,  you have no business in the tournament.  After one game, you would be down to 64 and after 2 games you would be down to the final 32 who would participate with the automatic 32.  Number 1 would play #64, #2 would play #63, etc.  This would keep the committee from shafting the Big Ten year after year.  Maybe I am prejudiced against the committee, but this is how I see it.last_img read more

Queens Park Rangers chief appalled by Championship restart plans

first_imgRelatedPosts Sheyi Ojo joins Cardiff City on season-long loan Crystal Palace boss relishes Eberechi Eze capture Crystal Palace insist on £20m Eberechi Eze Queens Park Rangers Chief Executive Lee Hoos has slammed the English Football League’s plan to resume the Championship (second-tier) season on June 20, saying clubs were informed of the decision only moments before it was made public.The Championship has been suspended since March 8 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the government has given the green light for elite sport to return from Monday behind closed doors provided strict conditions are met. Hoos told QPR’s website: “I am absolutely stunned by this announcement, as is our Director of Football, Les Ferdinand, and our manager, Mark Warburton.“Incredibly, there has been absolutely no consultation with individual clubs, nor with the Championship doctors’ working group by anyone in the Football League regarding this matter.“Having spoken with Les and Mark, they share my views. We are vehemently opposed to this schedule.”Clubs are set to resume full contact training this week and Hoos is worried players will not have time to get up to speed before the season’s restart.“I have made our feelings known to the EFL; having spoken with a number of CEOs at other Championship clubs, I am not a lone voice on this matter,” Hoos said, adding: “We are absolutely appalled.” QPR were 13th in the Championship, six points behind Preston North End, who occupied the final playoff spot when the season was halted.The top flight Premier League will resume on June 17, with all matches also to be played behind closed doors.Reuters/NAN.Tags: English Football LeagueLee HoosQueen’s Park Rangerslast_img read more

Indian River County gives out laptops to students for remote learning

first_imgIndian River County wants to make sure students are prepared for remote learning since all schools in Florida have been close through April 15 due to coronavirus.On Wednesday, school district officials started giving out laptops to students who don’t have access to them at home.School officials want all students to have access to laptops so they can do online lessons.The district has 10,000 laptops available, and the devices will be given out again on Thursday at six schools across Indian River County from 10am-2pm.People are lining up at VBE to check out a laptop for their household. There is a wait- but we are all smiles, and everything is running smoothly! If you do not have a device at home, please visit one of our 6 distribution sites between 10-2 and check one out! pic.twitter.com/RuiaKQBW1P— Indian River Schools (@IRCSchools) March 18, 2020 Here are the laptop distribution sites in Indian River County:Citrus Elementary School2771 4th StreetVero BeachMarch 18 & 1910 a.m. – 2 p.m.Dodgertown Elementary School4350 43rd AvenueVero BeachMarch 18 & 1910 a.m. – 2 p.m.March 195 p.m. – 7 p.m.Osceola Magnet Elementary School1110 18th Avenue SWVero BeachMarch 18 & 1910 a.m. – 2 p.m.Vero Beach Elementary School1770 12th StreetVero BeachMarch 18 & 1910 a.m. – 2 p.m.March 195 p.m. – 7 p.m.Fellsmere Elementary School50 N. Cypress StreetFellsmereMarch 18 & 1910 a.m. – 2 p.m.Sebastian Elementary School400 Sebastian BoulevardSebastianMarch 18 & 1910 a.m. – 2 p.m.March 195 p.m. – 7 p.m.last_img read more

Radford urges Windies batters to make crucial adjustments

first_imgCANTERBURY, England, (CMC) – Assistant coach Toby Radford has urged the West Indies batsmen to make critical adjustments to their technique in order to succeed in the challenging English conditions.Radford, who hails from Wales, warned that conditions were often seamer-friendly and it was therefore important the tourists made the most of their second three-day first-class match against Kent starting Sunday, in order to continue their acclimatisation process.The Windies played well in the first warm-up match against Essex last week, and will look for another solid workout when they face a Kent side led by England limited overs batsman Sam Billings.“The conditions in England, generally you get a lot of swing and seam. You think the ball is there to drive and then it dips and nips away, so what we’re urging is to play as late as possible and as straight as possible.“We know the conditions and we know what to expect. The last few days we have worked really hard and our preparations are coming along quite well.”West Indies arrived in England last Saturday and opened their tour a few days later against Essex at Chelmsford where they impressed in the outing.Roston Chase, one of the rookie batsmen on tour but who is expected to be a key member of the line-up, gathered half-centuries in the contest to immediately find his touch.The 25-year-old has played just 10 Tests but was the leading scorer in the recent three-Test series against Pakistan when he stroked 403 hundreds at an average of a 100, including two centuries.Only three members of the Windies 15-man squad – Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and Kieran Powell – have played a Test in England before but Radford said despite the inexperience, confidence was still very high.“We have a young side and we have a very talented side. We really believe we are developing and there is huge confidence in the dressing room,” he explained.“We are not the finished article, there is still a lot of work to be done but I believe in this team we have players who will entertain and show the world what we’ve got.”Following the upcoming match, West Indies will play a third three-day warm-up match against Derbyshire – a day/night contest using the pink ball as the visitors prepare for the first Test match under lights in England at Edgbaston starting August 17.last_img read more

Oduduru Chases NCAA History to Texas

first_imgTRACK & FIELDReigning NCAA Division I 200m champion, Divine Oduduru started his quest to become the second Nigerian man to successfully complete a sprint double at the Championships on an explosive note early yesterday morning at the Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas where he scorched to a wind-aided 10.96 seconds, the fastest time in the first round of the 100m event and 19.97 seconds, also the fastest time in the first round of the 200m event.The Texas Tech University undergraduate is bidding to become the second Nigerian after Olapade Adeniken to win the 100m and 200m titles at the same NCAA Division I Championships. Adeniken ran 10.09 seconds and 20.11 seconds in the colours of University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP) to successfully complete the sprint double at the championship in 1992 and became the second African to do so following Namibian, Frankie Fredericks’ feat a year earlier for Brigham Young University.Oduduru will thus become the third African to win the two titles if he succeeds in the finals on Saturday.And it seems it is going to be difficult to bet against the Nigerian who has taken the collegiate track world by storm since bursting on the scene last year and winning the 200m outdoor title out of lane eight at the championships in Eugene last June.This year, he has gone sub-20 in the 200m thrice and sub-10 in the 100m thrice – doing both in the span of a single hour at Baylor.He was the 10th man in world history to do so in the same day. He is the only man in the world to have gone sub-20 thrice this season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Betby goes live with Advabet

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Betby receives green light from MGA August 10, 2020 Betby’s Sergey Tsukanov: Esports is here to stay May 15, 2020 BETBY grows esports portfolio with Rocket League addition July 7, 2020 Sports betting supplier Betby has agreed a new partnership with Advabet which will make its sportsbook and Betby.Games esports offering available with the igaming solutions provider.Under the agreement, the Betby.Games offering will be available through the Advabet solution, which will include FIFA, NBA 2K and Rocket League competitions, with more events to be added.Leonid Pertsovskiy, Chief Executive Officer at Betby, said: “Advabet is an exciting, up and coming, innovative brand who we are proud to enter a commercial partnership with.“Our Betby.Games offering continues to go from strength to strength and with the return of live sports we see more appetite than ever to have a multi-product solution which appeals to a wide range of players. We look forward to a long and successful relationship.”Advabet white label and turnkey online casino solutions will now be strengthened by Betby’s sportsbook offering which covers over 50,000 sporting events each month, encompassing a range of more than 80 sports around the globe.Sergiu Cravcenco, Chief Executive Officer at Advabet, added: “Betby’s innovative products and customer-centric attitude are things that stood out for us in our search for new offerings for our platform.“We both share an exciting vision for the future and working together we will look to continue to grow at an exciting pace.” Sharelast_img read more