Colombian National Army protects oil infrastructure from the FARC

first_img Military authorities are responding by dedicating a high level of resources to the protection of oil pipelines and refineries. For example, members of the Colombian National Army are helping to protect “physical facilities, transport networks and equipment whose destruction or the interruption of its service would have a serious impact on the well being of the public, the development of the country, and the efficient functioning of the state,” according to Revista Ejercito. The approach is proving effective in thwarting a majority of attempted attacks by organized crime groups and terrorists on infrastructure, according to Restrepo. “Security forces are working assiduously. Sixty percent of the attacks attempted by the guerillas against infrastructure are thwarted by security forces, which is a very high percentage.” Army personnel are using military intelligence and unmanned aircraft to monitor the security of oil pipelines and ground operations at critical points. The Colombian Air Force and the Colombian National Police are working in cooperation with Army soldiers to protect the country’s infrastructure. Successful security operations Security forces have prevented dozens of potential attacks. For example, on Aug. 1, the José Domingo Caicedo Infantry Battalion and the Joint Explosives Groups of the Zeus task force foiled an attack by the FARC against the power pylon that supplies six towns in Tolima. The attack by the FARC could have deprived more than 100,000 people of power. In May, terrorist operatives damaged a power pylon, depriving six towns south of Tolima of power for 24 hours, according to an Army report. Terrorists operatives often recruit or force teenagers to place explosives which damage power pylons. Such explosive devices typically cost about 250,000 pesos, according to Vanguardia. On June 29, the ELN attacked a pipeline installation in the department of Arauca with a gas cylinder filled with shrapnel, authorities said. The explosion injured 13 people. These are the actions that need to be taken to neutralize the forces against the wealth in Colombia. What would have happened if the U.S. had chosen to negotiate with the Nazis or the Japanese traitors? There were very severe combats, without any dialogues, without truces, without fear, but they beat them with no conditions. You can’t make a pact with the “devil” because you’ll lose. Our homeland, by way of its armed forces, must maintain its dignity and eliminate the enemies of our suffering rural and urban populations. The FARC and the ELN live of extorting the oil companies, but now that drug trafficking control impairs their revenues, the resource of blowing up pipelines gives the oil companies lots of trouble and they are forced to pay high sums of money, to be able to operate in the supply of oil to the refineries. The damage is paid for by the citizens who need the product by paying higher prices! That is the peace offered to us at every moment by the narco guerrilla forces protected by the Colombian state Two fundamental issues for the peace agreements to which the government cannot leave any door ajar are the FARC’s drug trafficking, who will convince no one they don’t know what a coca or marijuana plant is, and the laying down of weapons. Because otherwise, the remedy will be worse than the illness. So, these are issues which I believe are most important and which would really guarantee true and long-lasting peace in the country. Attacks on oil facilities have cost petroleum companies hundreds of millions of dollars in 2014 – and they’ve disrupted the lives of Colombia’s citizens as well. A July 28 bombing by the FARC, for instance, left the 400,000 residents of Buenaventura without power for days. “For the many residents of Buenaventura, [who] are already struggling with soaring unemployment and a murder rate three times that of the capital, Bogotá, the power outage only makes things worse,” Dan Molinsko wrote for the Wall Street Journal. Attacks on the power grid can shut down hospitals, schools and other crucial public facilities, and can expose the infirm and elderly to roasting heat in the summer months. They also place citizens at risk of further attacks from gang members and other criminals who try to take advantage of darkened streets. The environmental devestation often hits Colombian civilians the hardest. Oil spills from pipeline attacks can poison the land and displace farmers and other residents. “This forces many residents in rural communities to move, or it forces them to buy water or fertilizer for their land, which increases their expenses,” Colombian environmentalist Gustavo Wilches told Infosurhoy.com. Between January and June 30, 2014, suspected terrorists committed 64 attacks on oil facilities throughout the country, according to the Colombian Petroleum Association (ACP). These attacks cost the petroleum industry more than $460 million (USD) in lost sales, according to the July 3 edition of El Pais. That figure does not include millions of dollars in repair expenses, or the costs of recovering spilled oil and cleaning up the environment. Colombian security forces have succeeded in disrupting many of the FARC’s and the ELN’s drug trafficking and illegal mining operations, said Jorge Alberto Restrepo, director of Colombia’s Conflict Analysis Resource Center (CERAC). So to raise funds, these groups increasingly extort petroleum companies. In some cases, the FARC and the ELN attack oil facilities when companies refuse to pay extortion. These attacks have increased in recent years, according to Restrepo: 31 in 2010; 84 in 2011; 151 in 2012; and 228 in 2013, according to Restrepo. Eighty percent of the attacks have occurred in the departments of Arauca, Norte de Santander, and Putumayo. The FARC, the ELN, and other terrorist groups are also attacking electrical power pylons. From January 1 2014 through late July, organized crime groups damaged five power transmission units, authorities said. To protect these important facilities from terrorist attacks, security forces have increased their patrols in areas near transmission units. A strong response By Dialogo September 17, 2014 The Colombian National Army is carrying out operations to protect the country’s infrastructure, including oil producing facilities, in response to attacks by terrorist organizations. In January, the Colombian government created the Centers for Special Operations for the Security of the State’s Critical Infrastructure (COPEI). COPEI coordinates the exchange of information between public security forces, state institutions and the private sector. Improved coordination helps authorities react quickly to threats and attacks on oil facilities. Attacks cost citizens, companies alikelast_img read more

Google, Fitbit deal may hamper competition: Australian regulator

first_imgAustralia’s consumer watchdog said on Thursday it had concerns that Alphabet Inc-owned Google’s planned US$2.1 billion acquisition of fitness tracker company Fitbit may hinder competition in digital advertising and health markets.The deal would give Google access to consumer health data, which may raise entry barriers for rivals and cement its dominant position, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said.The regulator described its concerns as “preliminary” and will announce the outcome of its review on August 13. “The ACCC’s investigation is focussed on certain online advertising services and nascent data-dependent health markets,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.“We will explore the uniqueness and potential value that Fitbit’s data poses for Google, and its likely competitors in these advertising and health markets.”It is the first regulator to voice competition concerns about the deal, although US and European antitrust regulators have said they are looking at the proposed acquisition following concerns from consumer and privacy groups.The ACCC also outlined worries over whether Google would favour its own wearable devices over competitors when suggesting services on its platforms such as WearOS, Google Maps and Google Play Store.A spokeswoman for Google declined to comment. Fitbit did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for a comment.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal stars mocked Unai Emery on plane home after Vitoria draw

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Nov 2019 1:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link544Shares Advertisement Emery lost the faith of the Arsenal squad (Picture: Getty)Arsenal players mocked Unai Emery in earshot of their manager on the team plane after a 1-1 draw with Vitoria Guimareas, reports say.Emery was sacked on Friday morning amid a dismal spell of results, which included a woeful display in Portugal against the Europa League minnows earlier this month.The Evening Standard claim that as Emery sat by himself on the club’s private plane, he could hear jokes about his management style from the players.‘How many captains do we have?’, was said in reference to Emery’s decision to have five captains and one lead skipper.ADVERTISEMENT Emery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt lossTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:03FullscreenEmery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt losshttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-defends-arsenal-teams-performance-frankfurt-loss-2059112/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Granit Xhaka was the captain before he was stripped of his duties and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was handed the armband.AdvertisementAdvertisementAs well as the taunting on the team plane, Arsenal players mocked Emery at their training base at London Colney.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPlayers impersonated Emery and mocked his grasp on English and stars were repeatedly caught out on social media ‘liking’ Instagram posts ridiculing their manager.Issues at the training ground included long team meetings and one-to-ones with Emery as he struggled to get his point across.The club hierarchy grew concerned by Emery’s judgement when he pushed for the loan signing of Denis Suarez last January. Arsenal stars mocked Unai Emery on plane home after Vitoria draw Comment Advertisement Arsenal’s players were confused by Emery’s orders (Picture: Getty)Suarez would leave Arsenal before the end of the campaign due to injury and Arsenal were then humiliated in the Europa League final by bitter rivals, Chelsea.Arsenal have appointed Freddie Ljungberg as interim coach and are considering Massimiliano Allegri, Nuno Espirito Santo and Mikel Arteta as their next permanent manager.Who should be Unai Emery’s permanent replacement at Arsenal?Freddie Ljungberg0%Mauricio Pochettino0%Mikel Arteta0%Carlo Ancelotti0%Nuno Espirito Santo0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Freddie Ljungberg demands unity from Arsenal’s players after Unai Emery’s sackingMORE: Mikel Arteta would welcome Arsenal approach despite being overlooked for Unai Emerylast_img read more

Video: Ighalo nets wonder goal for United against LASK in UEL

first_imgOdion Ighalo’s fourth goal in a Manchester United shirt was his best yet, with the Nigerian scoring a wonderful goal to put his side 1-0 up away at LASK in the Europa League on Thursday night.In the first half, Bruno Fernandes picked out the Nigerian with a gorgeous outside of the boot pass and Ighalo controlled it superbly, performing two kick-ups to set himself and unleash a thunderous strike that went in off the bar with his weaker left foot. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reaction on the bench perfectly summed up the sensational piece of play from Ighalo.The stunning goal means Ighalo, who signed on loan from Shanghai Shenhua, has scored four goals in three starts against Brugge, Derby County and now LASK. However, the club are set to reimburse all 700 fans who bought tickets through the club. They will refund £350 for their travel, accommodation, in addition to tickets purchased, to the total cost of £245,000 to the club.A text from the club to supporters read: “We appreciate the lengths to which supporters go to follow the team wherever we are playing in Europe. We understand that, for many fans, the cost of travel and accommodation for the LASK game will have been non-refundable.Odion Ighalo has scored every time he has started for Manchester United and has now scored as many goals for the club as Radamel Falcao did (4). pic.twitter.com/xS7R2don3f— The Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) March 12, 2020Read Also:Europa: Ighalo’s goal inspires Man Utd’s 5-0 demolition of LASK“Given this unique occasion, we have chosen to pay a fixed sum of £350 to all supporters who were due to attend tonight’s game having purchased tickets through the club.“This is in addition to the match ticket refund which has now been processed and should be credited to your account within 3 working days.“The £350 will also be credited to your account within 5 working days and appear as a separate payment. Thanks.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growthcenter_img Loading… Unfortunately there were no Manchester United fans in the away end to see Odion Ighalo do his best Tony Yeboah impression and ripple the net.That’s because the Austrian government made a late decision to play the round of 16 first leg behind closed doors.last_img read more

Linkenhoker is a natural at Natural Bridge

first_imgBy Jim HainesNATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (April 16) ­– Anthony Linkenhoker was always at Natural Bridge Speedway, having grown up just 10 miles from the track, and Saturday night he was standing on the front stretch as winner of the Virginia Sprint Series main event.The IMCA EMI RaceSaver tour feature was paced by Linkenhoker and Tony Harris with Linkenhoker out first and Tony and Jerald Harris all in a row. Linkenhoker was smooth out front, running mid-track with Tony Harris high and Jerald Harris low close behind him.On lap 10, Jerald Harris went low and into second with Tom Humphries getting to third two laps later.The top three ran close enough to cover with a blanket until Humphries started to fade and allowing Brian Lawson to close in.Coming to the checkers, Linkenhoker stayed on line as Jerald Harris tried one last time but could only get to the rear of the car as they crossed the stripe as Lawson passed for third.Next Saturday, April 23, the dirt season continues at Eastside Speedway in Waynesboro.Feature results – 1. Anthony Linkenhoker; 2. Jerald Harris; 3. Brian Lawson; 4. Tom Humphries; 5. Tony Harris; 6. Bill Rice; 7. Troy Severin; 8. Glenn Worrell; 9. Daren Bolac; 10. Josh Perreault.last_img read more

GREAT WALKING WEEKEND UNDERWAY IN FALCARRAGH AND GORTAHORK

first_imgThe Tullaghobegley Heritage Walking Weekend is underway in Falcarrach and Gortahork, with this year’s theme focusing on World War I and its connections with the parish of Cloughaneely.It is estimated that as many as 50 men from the parish fought in the War, with at least 24 of those losing their lives and many being buried in Flanders in Belgium.Events got underway last night with a Historical Tour of the area, led by Seosamh O’Ceallaigh. Tonight (Friday), Tommy Francis will give a historical talk on the links between the parish and World War I at An Seanbheairic in Falcarrach at 8.0pm. The four days of activities has developed from the original ‘Turas an tSleibhe’ (Mountain Walk) which is now in its 22nd year and still forms the centrepiece of the weekend, taking place on Sunday, May 3rd. Starting at Mín an Iolair, Gaoth Dobhair, the walk retraces the old pilgrim burial route and finishes at Tullaghobegley graveyard, outside Falcarrach.Buses will depart for Mín an Iolair from the Shamrock in Falcarrach @ 12 noon and from Ostan Loch Altan in Gortahork @ 12.15 and will be available again in the evening.Before that on Saturday, there are two walks – one challenging and one leisurely – so all walkers are catered for. Both will depart from An Seanbheairic at 10.30am.Further details for all events can be found at www.anfalcarrachlecheile.com   GREAT WALKING WEEKEND UNDERWAY IN FALCARRAGH AND GORTAHORK was last modified: May 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalFalcarraghgortahorkwalking weekendlast_img read more