The Air Forces of Colombia and Perú Train Together to Fight Terrorism, Drug Trafficking

first_img“We are training to combat mutual threats, such as drug trafficking, terrorism, smuggling, and illegal mining and logging,” said Lt. Gen. Julio Valdez Pomareda, commander of operations for the Peruvian Air Force (FAP) at the exercise’s opening ceremony. Operational chief of the Colombian Air Force Col. Carlos Eduardo Bueno Vargas was also in attendance. In one of the final training exercises, the air forces from each country crossed the border to help people in the other. On October 31, personnel from the Peruvian Air Force arrived at Marandúa in three DHC-6 Serier 400 planes from Iquitos, while personnel from the Colombian Air Force arrived at El Estrecho in C-295 and C-212 planes aboard flights from Bogotá and Leticia. The air forces transported medical personnel to help the civilian populations on both sides of the border. Teams of gynecologists and pediatricians provided examinations to about 1,000 people on both sides of the border. Medical personnel also provided vaccinations and donated medication, bottled water, and food. “We are training to combat mutual threats, such as drug trafficking, terrorism, smuggling, and illegal mining and logging,” said Lt. Gen. Julio Valdez Pomareda, commander of operations for the Peruvian Air Force (FAP) at the exercise’s opening ceremony. Operational chief of the Colombian Air Force Col. Carlos Eduardo Bueno Vargas was also in attendance. “These joint operations seek to standardized current operational procedures and to strengthen the air defense abilities and the aeronautical infrastructure available to both countries to combat effectively illegal flights,” the FAP reported. In the simulated missions and other exercises, the Peruvian Air Force participated with Cessna A-37 Dragonfly interceptors, Fairchild C-26B reconnaissance planes, Twin Otter DHC6-400 and Hercules L-100 transport planes, and a Bell 212 Twin Huey helicopter, according to the Colombian military website Infomil. The training included joint simulated missions against terrorists and international drug traffickers who use airplanes to transport drugs and weapons. Those missions included intercepting drug trafficking aircraft, reconnaissance and Aeronautical Search and Rescue (SAR) in airspace on both sides of the Peruvian-Colombian border. Simulated operations against terrorists and drug traffickers Continuing the simulation, prosecutors, Colombian National Police (PNC) officers, agents from the Solicitor’s Office, and a military canine trained in detecting illegal drugs, as well as its hander, arrived to investigate. FAP personnel from BACLA forced the aircraft’s pilots to disembark, and the pilots were questioned by military and police authorities. Their FAP drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of illegal substances, which PNC agents and prosecutors confirmed; police then arrested the pilot and the co-pilot. During Mission One, the FAC informed the Command and Control Center for Air Wing No. 5 that an unidentified aircraft had entered Peruvian airspace and was possibly involved in criminal activity. Quickly, two interceptor aircraft took off from the Santa Clara Air Base to look for the suspicious airplane. Within a few minutes, the air force pilots identified and approached the suspect aircraft and forced it to land on the main airstrip of the base. Providing social assistance Meanwhile, the Colombia Air Force participated with Embraer A-29B interceptors, Merlin SR-26B and King Air 350 reconnaissance planes, Caravan C-208 and CASA C-212 transport planes, as well as Black Hawk UH-60 Angel helicopters. “The joint exercises are an important, international effort where the Peruvian and Colombian Air Forces are working together to attack and seek (terrorists) and drug traffickers operating in these rural areas,” said César Ortiz Anderson, president of the Pro Citizen Security Association (APROSEC), headquartered in Perú. “These joint operations seek to standardized current operational procedures and to strengthen the air defense abilities and the aeronautical infrastructure available to both countries to combat effectively illegal flights,” the FAP reported. The training included joint simulated missions against terrorists and international drug traffickers who use airplanes to transport drugs and weapons. Those missions included intercepting drug trafficking aircraft, reconnaissance and Aeronautical Search and Rescue (SAR) in airspace on both sides of the Peruvian-Colombian border. Meanwhile, the Colombia Air Force participated with Embraer A-29B interceptors, Merlin SR-26B and King Air 350 reconnaissance planes, Caravan C-208 and CASA C-212 transport planes, as well as Black Hawk UH-60 Angel helicopters. At the end of the five days of exercises, the air forces from both countries conducted simultaneous seminars on social assistance in the framework of the Percol III joint training, concentrated in the border integration zone.. The Air Forces of Colombia and Perú recently trained together to maximize the effectiveness of their cooperative battle against international drug trafficking organizations and terrorist groups. The exercise, “Percol III,” featured simulated drug interdiction missions. It was held in Peru at the Santa Clara Air Base (BACLA) in the Department of Loreta and in Colombia at Leticia from October 27 to November 1. Providing social assistance The interdiction actions also included intelligence, monitoring and well-designed strategies to combat drug trafficking, said Ortiz Anderson. The interdiction actions also included intelligence, monitoring and well-designed strategies to combat drug trafficking, said Ortiz Anderson. In the simulated missions and other exercises, the Peruvian Air Force participated with Cessna A-37 Dragonfly interceptors, Fairchild C-26B reconnaissance planes, Twin Otter DHC6-400 and Hercules L-100 transport planes, and a Bell 212 Twin Huey helicopter, according to the Colombian military website Infomil. “All government institutions should add articulated efforts to combat this scourge that today truly is of concern to both nations,” said Ortiz Anderson. During Mission One, the FAC informed the Command and Control Center for Air Wing No. 5 that an unidentified aircraft had entered Peruvian airspace and was possibly involved in criminal activity. Quickly, two interceptor aircraft took off from the Santa Clara Air Base to look for the suspicious airplane. Within a few minutes, the air force pilots identified and approached the suspect aircraft and forced it to land on the main airstrip of the base. “All government institutions should add articulated efforts to combat this scourge that today truly is of concern to both nations,” said Ortiz Anderson. Continuing the simulation, prosecutors, Colombian National Police (PNC) officers, agents from the Solicitor’s Office, and a military canine trained in detecting illegal drugs, as well as its hander, arrived to investigate. FAP personnel from BACLA forced the aircraft’s pilots to disembark, and the pilots were questioned by military and police authorities. Their FAP drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of illegal substances, which PNC agents and prosecutors confirmed; police then arrested the pilot and the co-pilot. A successful military exercise The exercise, “Percol III,” featured simulated drug interdiction missions. It was held in Peru at the Santa Clara Air Base (BACLA) in the Department of Loreta and in Colombia at Leticia from October 27 to November 1. Throughout the five days of exercises, the two air forces used radar to command and monitor each mission. Both air forces also used VHF bands and satellites for communications. Throughout the five days of exercises, the two air forces used radar to command and monitor each mission. Both air forces also used VHF bands and satellites for communications. At the end of the five days of exercises, the air forces from both countries conducted simultaneous seminars on social assistance in the framework of the Percol III joint training, concentrated in the border integration zone.. Later, security forces from Colombia and Perú celebrated “masterfully completing this first ‘Consolidation’ in Percol III, an exercise that promises only more successes,” according to an October 28 FAP press release. FAP Col. Edgar Robles de la Cruz, from the Air Space Control Command, coordinated training exercises in which the air forces worked cooperatively to intercept the aircraft of drug traffickers. FAP Col. Marco Posito Luján coordinated the overall training. Simulated operations against terrorists and drug traffickers In one of the final training exercises, the air forces from each country crossed the border to help people in the other. On October 31, personnel from the Peruvian Air Force arrived at Marandúa in three DHC-6 Serier 400 planes from Iquitos, while personnel from the Colombian Air Force arrived at El Estrecho in C-295 and C-212 planes aboard flights from Bogotá and Leticia. The air forces transported medical personnel to help the civilian populations on both sides of the border. “The joint exercises are an important, international effort where the Peruvian and Colombian Air Forces are working together to attack and seek (terrorists) and drug traffickers operating in these rural areas,” said César Ortiz Anderson, president of the Pro Citizen Security Association (APROSEC), headquartered in Perú. A successful military exercise FAP Col. Edgar Robles de la Cruz, from the Air Space Control Command, coordinated training exercises in which the air forces worked cooperatively to intercept the aircraft of drug traffickers. FAP Col. Marco Posito Luján coordinated the overall training. Teams of gynecologists and pediatricians provided examinations to about 1,000 people on both sides of the border. Medical personnel also provided vaccinations and donated medication, bottled water, and food. By Dialogo December 01, 2014 The Air Forces of Colombia and Perú recently trained together to maximize the effectiveness of their cooperative battle against international drug trafficking organizations and terrorist groups. Later, security forces from Colombia and Perú celebrated “masterfully completing this first ‘Consolidation’ in Percol III, an exercise that promises only more successes,” according to an October 28 FAP press release. last_img read more

Optimizing your credit program at every stage of the cardholder lifecycle

first_imgCreating exceptional consumer experiences throughout the cardholder lifecycle generates high levels of engagement and precious word-of-mouth marketing. When you achieve both of those objectives, you are two steps closer to a fully optimized credit card portfolio – a product that can generate up to a quarter of your credit union’s net income.What follows is a breakdown of the cardholder lifecycle, along with insight into workable, measurable strategies for optimizing cardholder experiences within each phase.ProductThe credit card landscape is very competitive and only becoming more so as the economy experiences an uptick and consumer confidence reaches pre-recession levels. A credit union issuer does not have to compete on every aspect of a credit card product. However, cards teams should design a compelling product that takes into account the features, terms and conditions offered by those issuers going after the same segment(s) of consumers.While it’s important to have a competitive annual percentage rate (APR), rates should not be the only factor that differentiates a card from what is offered by the competition. Consider features and benefits like:Multi-product benefitsNo foreign transaction feesBureau score and educationCell phone protectionPrice protectionLocal merchant discount programAccount GenerationA steady stream of new, financially healthy applicants will help keep your portfolio balanced and profitable. Today, credit unions have a plethora of channels through which to drum up new business. Consider the following omni-channel account generation opportunities.Branch: To get the most out of a branch sales strategy, set goals for each of your locations based on the overall sales goal of the credit card program and the member segment best represented by its location. Motivate front-line staff with achievable outcomes and incentives.Online: Generating applications online is a great way to reach younger generations. Be prepared for a lower approval rate, however, as you will tend to get more of what are known as “credit-seekers” through this channel. Credit seekers are individuals who apply for credit with above-average frequency, as they are often denied based on their less-than-stellar credit profile.Phone: Cross-selling through phone service channels can be very successful in the right environment. Follow-up calls to an acquisition campaign, for example, can provide a lift in overall response. Ensure you are following Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) guidelines with any efforts done via phone.Direct Mail: With the right segmentation and targeting strategy, direct mail is still extremely effective, even in the digital era. In fact, recent studies show it is still much more effective for response than email. Consider pre-approvals and response modeling to improve your success and cost per account.Email: Email has proven to have a much lower response rate than direct mail. However, the cost to deploy is also much lower, providing a higher ROI. Consider utilizing both direct mail and email in conjunction to maximize your new account acquisition results.Social Media: While generating applications may be difficult through social media, the proper strategy can definitely help you obtain referral business and engagement.Activation / UsageThe first 60 days of a new account is the most important time in the cardholder lifecycle. This is when card activation occurs, as does the best chance of earning top-of-wallet status. Therefore, having an early life-on-books strategy is key. Cards teams should strive for activation within the first 45 days. Follow-up campaigns to those who haven’t activated within 30 days are often very successful, particularly if paired with new cardholder perks.To establish top-of-wallet behavior, consider offering a first-use bonus, such as double or triple rewards points for the first 60 days. Another effective strategy is to offer bonus points for frequently recurring purchases, such as gas, groceries or regular payments, like utilities or auto loans. This establishes a pattern of behavior, puts the card in a default auto-pay position and quickly elevates your card from something new to something essential.Account ManagementEncourage cards and marketing teams to collaborate on the creation of an ongoing promotions calendar to keep your cardholders engaged. The goal should be to stimulate purchase activity and balance growth. Your calendar should also account for keeping cardholders engaged even during those times of the year when transactions typically lessen. Likewise, ensuring cardholders have you top-of-wallet during busy spending seasons will be important.Also, consider including strategies for ongoing line management and potential product upgrades. Recognizing and adapting to consumer life stages, like college graduation, marriage, a new job or retirement, will undoubtedly keep cardholders engaged. Remember, as more consumers automate the sharing of their personal data, more competitors are able to target them with customized and tailored credit card offerings. Staying attuned to the information your members are regularly sharing via social media, digital apps and retailer loyalty programs is important as you continue to compete inside the Big Data revolution.ServiceToday, every business is operating in the Age of the Consumer, where the voice of your member has a better chance of being heard and applied than ever before. For this reason, cards teams can’t overlook the importance of consistent and friendly cardholder service.Ensure your service representatives are properly trained to field questions and concerns. One bad experience can have far-reaching implications, as today’s connected consumers are not shy about sharing their impressions of a financial institution. Employ one-call resolution and staff empowerment strategies that give your representatives the control they need to ensure a positive outcome. Consider:Offering a courtesy fee waiver one time per yearAllowing reversal of finance charges under a certain dollar amountWaiving a replacement card fee with basic criteriaFor delinquent cardholders especially, it’s important to continue acknowledging the reasons they chose to do business with a credit union in the first place. Often, it’s because of the cooperative’s focus on individuals, not dollars. Therefore, an empathetic approach to collections – especially in the earlier stages – may be the most effective way to ensure payment while also providing a continued positive experience.Managing the consumer experience within each phase of the cardholder cycle can be simple. With just a few tweaks here or a minor adjustment there, your cards can turn into the type of product that reignites the loyalty of existing cardholders – and brings new ones through the door.To learn more about optimizing credit card portfolios, download the white paper “Getting the Most Out of Your Credit Card Program.” 65SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Davis Davis is vice president of SmartGrowth™ for payments processor TMG, which offers clients across North America a full-suite of products from credit, debit and ATM to prepaid and digital wallet … Web: www.tmg.global Detailslast_img read more

Not afraid of the NRA, Mr. President? Then prove it.

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionWho’s afraid of the National Rifle Association?Apparently, not President Donald Trump.At Wednesday’s White House gathering on guns, the president mocked Republican lawmakers for fearing NRA executive Wayne LaPierre and his team of D.C. lobbyists.“Some of you people are petrified of the NRA. You can’t be petrified,” the president told the bipartisan group of gobsmacked guests. “They have great power over you people, they have less power over me.” Even before the most recent mass shooting, the influence of LaPierre’s organization on elections was fading.In the Virginia governor’s race, Democratic candidate Ralph Northam cheerfully embraced his “F” rating from the NRA while campaigning for universal background checks.Despite the NRA pouring more than $1 million into ads against him, Northam easily defeated Republican Ed Gillespie.He is the second-straight candidate opposed by the NRA to be elected governor in the gun group’s home state.Tales of the gun lobby’s outsize influence also took a pounding in December’s Senate race in Alabama.There, the NRA spent nearly $55,000 on a mailer claiming that Democrat Doug Jones “can’t be trusted to support your Second Amendment rights” and “will be another vote for the Bloomberg-Schumer-Pelosi gun control agenda!”As did their counterparts in Virginia, Alabama residents ignored LaPierre’s fear tactics and voted again for the supposed gun-grabber. If LaPierre’s grip on Trump is loosening, perhaps it is because every poll published since the massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school shows that Americans want tougher gun-safety laws.Or maybe it is because the president spent the past week watching one Fortune 500 company after another sever ties with the NRA.For a businessman who holds corporate chief executives in far higher regard than he does political players such as LaPierre, the business world’s reaction to Parkland had to be eye-opening.Wal-Mart, the country’s largest private-sector employer, announced on Wednesday that it would immediately raise the minimum age for gun purchases to 21.The giant retailer emphasized that it already barred the sale of assault-style weapons, bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and “similar accessories.”Wal-Mart’s statement followed the announcement of Dick’s Sporting Goods that it, too, was ending the sale of assault-style weapons and raising its gun-purchase age to 21.The CEO of America’s largest sporting-goods chain, Edward Stack, told NBC News, “We don’t want to be a part of the story any longer.” Other corporate leaders reached that same conclusion earlier in the week.Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, MetLife, Avis, National Car Rental, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Lockton Affinity, First National Bank of Omaha and Republic Bank were some of the companies that cut ties with LaPierre’s lobbying organization after Parkland.FedEx, criticized for providing a standard discount to NRA members, took the extraordinary step of releasing a policy statement calling for a ban on assault-style weapons.“FedEx Corporation’s positions on the issue of gun policy and safety differ from those of the National Rifle Association,” it said.“FedEx opposes assault rifles being in the hands of civilians . . . [and] views assault rifles and large capacity magazines as inherent potential dangers to schools, workplaces, and communities.”The company then called for “urgent action” on the local, state and national level to prevent future tragedies.If Trump’s instinct is to fear the NRA less and follow the guidance of legendary business leaders such as FedEx’s Fred Smith more, data suggest it would be a wise political move. But that charge has proven to be just as baseless as the fear that Republican legislators in Congress hold for gun lobbyists – whose radical views are out of step even with Republican voters and many members of the NRA itself.Maybe Trump is finally on to something.Maybe he will decide that this is the time for real progress on common-sense gun-safety legislation.He could do it because it’s the right thing to do. Or he could do it because it’s the smart thing to do.But if he chooses instead to let his party continue to languish in fear, Republicans will just be giving Americans one more reason to vote them out of power – and relegate Trumpism to the ash heap of history.Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, hosts the MSNBC show “Morning Joe.”More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more