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Orión Naval Campaign III Seizes 69 Tons of Drugs in 45 Days

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo May 31, 2019 Representatives of armed forces of 18 nations met at Cartagena Naval Base, Colombia, on May 8 to deliver the results of the Orión Naval and Riverine Campaign III carried out in the first quarter of 2019. The campaign’s mission is to disrupt transnational narcotrafficking networks in the Caribbean Sea, the Pacific Ocean, and border rivers in the region. Orión III featured eight combined operations in the territorial waters of each participating country. The Colombian Navy, with the cooperation of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) coordinated the exercise. Authorities seized 48.3 tons of cocaine, 19.7 tons of marijuana, 1 ton of coca paste, and arrested 160 alleged narcotraffickers. Multinational operation “This campaign has yielded significant results for us,” U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Pat Dequattro, director of Joint Interagency Task Force South, told Diálogo. “We value the effort and success of the 18 countries. We hope to include more agencies and other forces.” The armed forces of Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, The Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and the United States joined the Orión III Campaign, while three countries participated as observers: Argentina, Canada, and Chile. Colombian Navy Vice Admiral Gabriel Alfonso Pérez Garcés, commander of Naval Operations, elaborated on the work conducted with SOUTHCOM. “With their help, we made a triangular cooperation plan for maritime and riverine interdiction and intelligence with several countries in the region, where we had mobile groups and generated better results in coordination, communication, and consolidation of operations,” he said. “The U.S. commitment is direct and permanent,” Vice Admiral Evelio Ramírez Gáfaro, commander of the Colombian Navy, told Diálogo. “Participating nations think of Orión as an effective and efficient operation. We know that more people will join.” Results “Here we fight against transnational enemies. We are happy to provide surface units and to prevent criminals from using the sea,” Vice Admiral Juan Randolfo Pardo Aguilar, commander of the Guatemalan Navy, told Diálogo. “We expect to participate with more units and equipment.” Since 2018, the Orión campaigns have seized 94 tons of cocaine and 27 tons of marijuana, valued at more than $3.3 billion. This result has a direct impact on consumption and lowers the supply in countries where the drugs would have been distributed. “Most of the drugs leave from Ecuador; that’s why operations were focused on the Pacific. Our country is greatly affected,” Ecuadorean Navy Rear Admiral Amílcar Villavicencio Palacios, commander of Naval Operations, told Diálogo. “This is a well-designed operation in the strategic, legal, and operational aspects.”last_img read more

Are your ATMs EMV-ready?

first_imgIf you haven’t updated your ATMs to accept the newer EMV-chip technology, it’s time to review your existing service specifications to determine what changes are required to ensure that your equipment is capable of meeting users’ demands. For example:Do you have the appropriate hardware and software to support the new industry expectations?Does your current operating system provide adequate processing and/or memory capacity to support current and emerging technology?In addition to ensuring EMV compatibility, are your ATMs in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements that specify special-use features to accommodate hearing and/or visually impaired users?Managing the impact of equipment upgradesMaintaining updated ATMs that function safely and efficiently while authorizing and processing transactions can be costly, especially if you are limited by contract terms that have been in place for years. And there is a big difference between ATM upgrade and replacement costs.If your financial institution doesn’t have the internal knowledge of what to look for when reviewing existing ATM or card contract terms and conditions, a professional review can most likely uncover areas for potential savings and improved service, or lead to recommendations for alternate providers that might offer better service and pricing options.With this information in hand, you can make a more informed decision regarding whether your existing agreement or vendor is meeting your needs, or if it is time to consider other options that offer better value, service, security and peace of mind. This type of review can also help you evaluate the terms of your maintenance agreement, and analyze the traffic and usage patterns of your existing ATMs to see if adding new features will help to address account holder preferences for increased convenience and security.A card brand vendor contract agreement review can offset ATM upgrade costsIf your financial institution hasn’t yet converted to EMV chip-enabled debit cards, consider this: A review of your existing card brand vendor agreement can lead to better overall contract terms and increased revenue opportunities that may help cover the cost of necessary ATM product upgrades. For example, for one of our clients meeting new EMV compliance standards meant facing the financial challenge of upgrading 14 ATMs and a mass conversion of all cards for their account holders.During a conversation about the benefits of vendor contract renegotiations, the institution’s CEO learned that by reviewing the current debit/credit brand agreement – and comparing the terms with other card brand vendors – achieving better terms and incentives could be realized to help offset the costly EMV-related equipment upgrades.For them, while using a third party to help negotiate on their behalf was not something they had considered in the past, it truly was worth the effort. In the end, they achieved great success. They not only received a signing bonus, they also received better interchange rates which in turn afforded them to:complete a mass card conversion;upgrade all of their ATMs to the new EMV specifications; andadd two new interactive ATM machines to their fleet.The extra benefit of the interactive technology was crucial since one of the new machines enabled services to continue in a community where a branch had closed.Other realized benefits included greater operational efficiencies and the added bonus of offering account holders the option of signing up for free identity theft protection. What’s more, with the help of a team of professional contract experts, the internal staff was able to stay focused on important account holder service initiatives throughout the contract review and negotiations process.Act now to increase ATM security and improve vendor contract termsWhether your financial institution has one ATM or a fleet, providing safeguards against the threat of potential fraud is essential for maintaining trusted account holder relationships and reducing your liability risk. An expert in contract review and negotiations can help to ensure that your ATM products are EMV-ready, while also providing valuable recommendations for better service and potential revenue opportunities that can have a major impact on your bottom line. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kelly Flynn Kelly has over 15 years of sales and management experience helping financial institutions of all sizes. She leads a team whose charter is to optimize the value of every contract … Web: www.JMFA.com Detailslast_img read more

Video: Man United and Arsenal target’s best bits

first_imgReal Madrid star Karim Benzema has been linked with a summer move to Manchester United and Arsenal.The France star is high up on the shopping list of the Premier League sides, and judging by this video you can see why!Benzema is expected to fetch around £40million for his services this summer, should the new Bernabeu chief decide to dispense with his services.You can watch a video of Karim Benzema’s best bits above and leave your comments about the Real Madrid star below…..last_img

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