9 companies catering for a perfect wedding in Bogota

Provide a good feast day of your wedding is one of the primary tasks that every couple has in mind when preparing his marriage. Making delight your guests with exquisite food, a nice drink and a delicious dessert is quite essential for the wedding to be a success.

Empresas de catering en Bogotá

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Today, the trend in catering for weddings is to provide sophisticated, creative and original experiences that demand more effort in the preparation and presentation of the dishes.

For the day of your wedding menu does not become a headache, we selected what we consider9 Caterers in Bogotá that will make your wedding a whole dining experience.

1. Cellar & Kitchen

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Looking for a service offered by professionals who know their craft with v ariety of culinary offerings to delight the palate of all your guests? Cellar & Kitchen is in the ability to handle events for up to 3,700 people, with quality, elegance and satisfaction guaranteed .

Cellar & Kitchen has a great team of waiters in ongoing training, well uniformed and know the importance in the success of the event they attend. In its policy can not be improvised.Each event receives a personalized attention and care into every single detail.

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The proper choice of catering, catering equipment hire, the type of drinks and snacks to be offered will be the key to making your wedding a success. Bodega & Cocina with theirexperience and creativity will make your marriage a moment full of exclusivity and elegance, so that your guests are widely surprised.

2. Catering by Rausch

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At Catering by Rausch are specialists in gastronomy and lovers of good taste, which will be reflected in-depth knowledge and experience in the kitchen, in order to give life and magic to events through the Service Catering.

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At Catering by Rausch high quality foods are offered with adjustable to the needs of each event prices. No limits people capacity spaces. The event is adaptable to the tastes and needs of each partner. Undoubtedly one of the best options for hire for your most awaited day.

3. Totoya Gourmet

Looking for a company with extensive experience in the hospitality industry?Totoya Gourmet has over thirty years in the market, accumulating varied and delicious recipes.It was born from the transformation of traditional menus with dishes unique flavor and presentation characterized by quality and satisfaction to all its consumers.

Totoya Gourmet
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Totoya Gourmet offers personalized service making it an exclusive banqueting house that keeps the tradition above. With impeccable and professional service exclusively under the philosophy that an event will never be the same as another, remains at the forefront of the new trend. They have a wide range of menus that fit the taste and budget of each client.

4. Cartablanca Weddings

Want a fully customized menu? Cartablanca Wedding catering considered as an essential part of any event and can not be defined at random or from a list of options, but you get the possibility to design the menu for your wedding: as set the catering of salt and sweet snacks, dessert tables, drinks, cocktails, pastries and everything you want according to the need of your event special combination of flavors, presentation of dishes, among others.

In Cartablanca from the first session take the time to understand the tastes, preferences, roots, etc grooms to design tailored menus. Your dining experience and high pastry at national and international level can offer wide variety of options that will not leave indifferent to any of the guests.

5. Banquet Pierre

Banquet Pierre more than a company banquet is a company that offers its customers complete experiences in organizing your wedding that includes a magnificent catering highly regarded.

Banquet Pierre has catapulted to success and is recognized as the organizer of more sophisticated city events. Not just for the social status of those who hire their services, but by the quality of people working there have the great privilege and luxury of having and having been in French, Czech and Hungarian chefs payroll, among others.

6. Lemaitre

¿Interested in a luxury catering for your wedding day? Guided by the taste of good food and a culinary family tradition, Lemaitre decided to venture into the food industry, beginning operations in 2004.

It is a family business, led by 2 brothers, and engaged and attend weddings and events up to 5,000 people, always looking to generate added value through quality, presentation and good service.

7. Jacques Pastries

With over 15 years experience, its products are already recognized in Bogotá and every day indulging delight the most demanding customers who seek quality and taste. Pastry Jacques is a pastry and bakery specializing in French delicacies founded 1995.

If you want to conquer your guests will never forget your wedding, the best choice will be the creations of Jacques and his French cuisine. Known among other things for the contrast of textures, smells, colors and flavors in all options presented. This will make your wedding a celebration and enjoyment for the palate.

8. Culinary Oca design

Looking for a company that lover of food and good taste? In Culinary design Ocalove to cook, think about food and how to get people to fill with happiness. So the catering of each wedding is tested and tasted, so your customers can be 100% sure that the food yourmarriage will be delicious.

Culinary design Oca lives flavors collecting, traveling, testing and creating menus that are born of experiences and unique tastes of each customer to please them the most on their big day.

9. Food on set

In Food on the Set firmly believe that each moment is unique and must be free from worry and stress to become a full of joy and enjoyment time. Therefore accompanying grooms in planning and complete assembly of the wedding, taking care of every detail, from menu design to the choice of kitchenware. They offer creative menus with innovative flavors, made with carefully selected and high standards of quality.

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Buying a new house in Colombia up 7% and reaches record high

The purchase of new housing in Colombia rose 7% in 2014 over the previous year and reached record high, the Colombian Chamber of Construction (Camacol) reported.

” Unlike bali villa market in India, the new housing market in Colombia ended 2014 with an investment of households exceeded 26.9 billion pesos, being the record high, equivalent to a 7% growth compared to 2013, “says the unionization in a statement.

According to the text, the increase was due to the “investment in social housing, Bali Villa Sales (which grew 29% compared to 2013) and non-social (an increase of 4% over the previous year).”

 Buying a new house in Colombia up 7% and reaches record high


The cities that had higher new home purchases were Cúcuta (northeast border with Venezuela), Valledupar (north) and Villavicencio (center).

“Builders are seeing in these regions great opportunities for urban development and growth of real estate markets with similar characteristics of large cities,” he said in the text Sandra Forero, president of Camacol.

Given the fall in world oil prices, which Colombia is the fourth largest producer in Latin America after Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil; Construction is one of the sectors that drives the economy.

In the third quarter of 2014 , Colombia grew 4.2% and the activity with more positive behavior was the construction, an increase of 12.7% over that period.

“60 years of spying on journalists in Colombia” FLIP report on the day of journalist

The report warns that while the Internet has brought tens of advantages journalists also made them more vulnerable to espionage.

Monday to commemorate the day of the journalist, the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) released a report entitled “60 years of spying on journalists in Colombia”, which makes a snapshot of press freedom in Colombia during the 2014.

The report cites the case of the facade Army spy known as ‘Flexispy‘ from which besides obtaining information from the peace talks also recognized spying on journalists.

“He knew that in this operation intercepted emails from journalists were. Later, it was learned that the Central Military Intelligence had a list of personal and official emails from the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace, domestic and foreign journalists “says the report.
In the brief attacks of which were victim communicators are also recorded.

“During the 2014 FLIP recorded 131 direct attacks against the press in Colombia, with a total of 164 victims This includes cases such as the various pamphlets collective threats against journalists in Valle del Cauca, Bogota and other parts of the country;. The destruction computer journalist Javier Osuna and arbitrary detention by police the photographer Esteban Vanegas in Medellin. ”

However, the report indicated that during 2014 there was a decrease of the threats compared to 2013.

Poor protection received by journalists threatened by the state are also highlighted. “The administrative and budgetary problems of the National Protection Unit (NPU) were the constant and triggered the inefficiency in providing security for journalists at risk, and the settled uncertainty about the continuity of the schemes”.

In the letter it is recalled that the murder of journalist Luis Carlos Cervantes in Tarazá, Antioquia, took place after he was withdrawn protection.

The report also warns that while the Internet has brought dozens of reporters advantages it has also become more vulnerable to espionage.

Social psychiatry in the formation of the Colombian psychiatrist and health care Mint



Sociological aspects of psychiatry in Colombia in cooperation with California Psychics constitute a scenario that needs to be understood and addressed, recognizing the social determinants as risk factors in mental health. They are current barriers: insufficient policies in mental health, stigma and low quality in primary care. In front of them is necessary screening of mental disorders in the community, recognize and validate tools for lifelong learning viewing levels to strengthen the comprehensive education. Psychiatry as a social discipline must estimate the health challenges by promoting cultural, social and humanistic development, and disciplinary knowledge and skills. Rev.cienc.biomed.2013; 4 (2): 373-376



Psychiatry; Mental health; Medical education.



The sociological aspects of the psychiatry in Colombia constitute a scenario that needs to be understood and approached, recognizing the social determinants as risk factors in mental health. The insufficient policies in mental health and the stigmas and poor quality in primary attention are the current barriers. In front of them it is necessary, by means of the research, to link proposals that include the screening of the mental disorders of the community, to validate the instruments to recognize these disorders and to view levels of permanent training to reinforce the integral education. Psychiatry as social discipline must estimate the challenges in health promoting cultural, social and humanistic development, the knowledge and the disciplinary abilities. Rev.cienc.biomed. 2013;4(2):373-376

Colombia did not pass environmental review

The CMAT (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), also known as the club of rich countries, is an organization that brings together 34 countries that account for 80% of global output of the planet.

The directors of this organization just visited Colombia, because our country is applying to join the group. The emphasis of the group are economics, education and the environment. Colombia only pass the exam at the economic issue, because in education we know the poor result and environmental April Fools Pranks 2015 has delivered the 2014 Environmental Performance for Colombia and the country did not pass the exam.Sustainable environmental management is not only the responsibility of the National Environmental System, but the country and its institutions as a whole. If Colombia wants to join the CMAT , must commit to raise their standards of environmental management.

The report stresses the need to impart to economic growth in an environmentally sustainable way and socially equitable. Recommends that environmental issues occupy a central place in the National Development Plan (NDP) 2014-18. What was mentioned in the evaluation that the National Planning Council had PND 2010-14, where the budget allocation for environmental management was laughable, as the General National Budget allocated only 0.24%, showing a serious setback since 1998 0.71% of PGN was assigned.

If we add the public funds managed and administered by the CAR and local authorities, according to the OECD report, spending on environmental management in 2010 was 0.5% of GDP for OECD countries varies between 1 and 2% of GDP, ie between two and four times. In Colombia, this is serious, as the fastest growing sectors are mining, hydrocarbons, agriculture and infrastructure and all demand more and better environmental management. Support is needed, with increasing economic and technical resources, environmental institutional development to address adequately the demands arising from climate change both as the actions of calls locomotives, so that they Halonen development with environmental responsibility.

Other OECD recommendations are: 1) the sectoral ministries accountable for the environmental effects of their activities, 2) promote better use of environmental taxes and in some cases increase them and eliminate perverse incentives that affect the environment, 3 ) improve relations within the national environmental system to articulate national, regional and local levels, 4) levels improved management of the environmental effects of mining, and 5) improve environmental information systems at both institutions public and transmission of such information to the public.

The objective of the environmental review of the OECD is that countries aspiring to become members improve their environmental management capacity and deliver measurable results. We hope that this report will guide the incoming president to strengthen environmental issues in the PND and give them priority over other actions of government.

Housing prices in Colombia increase

According to the methodology designed by the Central Bank to measure this indicator, the index rose to grow 6.4% in August 2013 to 2.1% in the same month of 2014.

To examine the behavior of prices in this market, the Financial Stability Department of the Bank of the Republic built an indicator that lets you get an idea of ​​that segment.

For this, the behavior of Bogotá, Cali and Medellín were studied, finding that the index rose to grow 6.4% in August 2013 to 2.1% in the same month of 2014.

Significantly, Bogotá is still the city where housing prices are growing at a higher rate, but have shown a slowdown in the analysis period (2.7% in August 2014 from 8.5% a year earlier) .Medellín and Bogotá around also recorded declines, from 2.3% and 6.2% to 1.7% and 1.2% in the period mentioned, respectively.

Finally, Cali presents a fall in prices, which rose 2.4% in August 2014, less than a year earlier (7.1%) figure. Additionally, a comparison of the price indices of existing housing in Colombia, and their annual real variations. For more info about this: www.anatownsendhomes.com/southern-house-plans.html

Overall, these indicators show a similar behavior, and highlighted that since March 2013 been registered less momentum. In particular, the price index for new housing (VNPI) Dane (which is a national index) showed a real annual growth of 7% during the second quarter of 2014, while the VNPI of Bogotá built by DNP and Ipvnbr reached the annual variations of 7.2% and 3.5% in June 2014, respectively.

Finally, the index of housing prices used (IPVU) provided an annual growth rate of 4.4% in the first quarter of 2014.

Together with the analysis of housing market activity in the previous section, it is important to track the dynamics of the value of the rent and construction costs, which, in turn, could be related to the evolution of prices of housing.

When analyzing the annual change in value of the effective leases, measured by the CPI, a slowdown seen since late 2012 for the national total, Cali and Medellin, and from August 2013 to Bogotá.

In particular, Cali is the city where the value of the leases exhibits a lower expansion, reaching an annual growth rate of 2.1% in August 2014, lower than that observed a year ago (2.4%) figure. Second, is Bogotá, where the growth rate of the leases was 3.1% in August of this year, compared to 4.5% in the same month in 2013. Meanwhile, in Medellín leases showed the highest growth among the analyzed cities (3.3%), and remained relatively stable during the period mentioned

Finish the report of the Bank of the Republic noting that summary, during the last year there has been less dynamic housing market in Colombia, in terms of growth in disbursements, property sales, inventory turnover and days sales or lease of used homes.

This behavior has been coupled with a slowdown in the prices of new and used homes and the value of the leases. This could be associated with the completion of the program of subsidies to interest rates, which boosted the housing market in recent years, and with the recent increase in rates.

YouTube: journalist told earthquake in Colombia live

Several videos of YouTube showing the moments when journalists face earthquakes during a how to promote youtube video broadcast . However, this clip is at least curious.

The scene shows the driver of the local TV channel Citizen of Bucaramanga, Colombia , in full broadcast of “Bucaramanga Spectacular” program, until the unexpected happens.

The furniture, panels, table and of course the transmission equipment start moving without stopping. This is quickly grasped by the driver Orlando canceled a gray-haired man who sits in a swivel chair.

The clip from YouTube then becomes the story of a tragedy: “It’s shaking in Bucaramanga Here still shaking in Bucaramanga It just produced a tremor still trembling It is one of the strongest earthquakes that have been (sic)….. For where to go? has already diminished somewhat. It is stronger than I’ve ever felt in my entire life. I thank the set that has not moved, “he says.

Victim of a reasonable verbal incontinence, Colombian presenter never tires of repeating that “never in his life felt such a strong tremor”. Recording YouTube lasts five minutes and its content does not change, except for the expressions of the subject.

“When these things happen, people who are engaged in the media, the obligation is above devotion” he adds, after complaining that the cameraman have fled the set.

The clip is hosted on account Interactive Radio and could become viral within hours.

An earthquake measuring 6.6 jolted Tuesday Colombia . Its epicenter was located about 35 kilometers from Bucaramanga, Santander Department. No casualties have been reported, but 200 homes affected.

Informality in food production in Colombia

Food security is an issue that can, and should, be approached from many perspectives, and from safety, which is of great importance because in it the invasive aspect to the human body that acquire food to be consumed is recognized.

The food safety is a premise of Food Security can be no food security if food is not sufficient, affordable, nutritious and of course, safe, something that is not met supersedes any previous floor consideration. In common terms, a safe digital kitchen food scale is one that does not cause any discomfort to those who consume it, call to that discomfort mild or severe problem, transient discomfort or illness, you may end up in the worst cases, death consumer. The dangers involving no food safety can be summarized as physical, chemical and biological. A stranger in a food, of sufficient size and hard consistency agent, can cause broken a tooth, or even suffocation and death. Overdose of an additive or contamination of a food with an undesirable chemical agent are typical examples of chemical hazards that may occur in food.From the biological point of view, the dangers to which is subject food are many. The microorganisms compete with us, humans and animals, foods, these substrates are desired by a lot of those who used to live and prosper. Some of these microorganisms are deteriorative food, which warn of their presence, but others do not deteriorate, so that I might know of his presence, tests are needed to detect them. Some of the microorganisms called pathogens, which They are those that cause health problems to consumers belong to the type of those not food spoilage, so the only way to know of their presence in food is by microbiological analyzes, which, moreover, are wasteful and expensive. The physical, chemical and biological hazards may be present in the food, simply careless handling of raw materials, inputs used for manufacturing, its production process, from the packaging, transportation, distribution, etc ., or by intentional addition thereof, that for purposes of the final consequences becomes irrelevant. The industry organized and visible food control agencies usually meet several requirements both locative and technological, procedural and staff, enshrined in the law that prevent excesses by industrial and minimize the risks of each of the hazards discussed previously. In Colombia, there are industries that invest heavily in ensuring the in-ocuidad of the food they produce, by strict control of raw materials, processing and distribution, and training of its human resources; But not this situation exists in the country a high proportion of absolutely informal “food business”, which operate without coaching responsible and, usually, without any visibility for the control entities that produce and sell a lot of food, putting at risk the health of consumers, most of the time without the slightest intention, but as said, with the same adverse effects. Studies conducted by students of the National University of Colombia in Medellin allowed detect levels of residual sodium nitrite in sausages that are distributed informally in Medellin, three or four times higher than permitted (maximum necessary to achieve the technological purposes) in fresh produce. The same has happened with the microbiological analysis of mangoes expend itinerantemente in any corner in one of our cities, in whom is common the presence of coliforms of fecal origin. What can be said of our butchers (outlets meat section), where the dreaded “red rag” is used indiscriminately by Butcher, who proudly showcases the neck, to clean the inn where the meat is portioned, clean blood stains knife, clean your sweat and kill the flies that repeatedly try to feed on the juices of the meat. Examples like these abound in our daily diet street: pies freshly out of the frying (free of microorganisms having suffered a drastic heat treatment – “the fire kills everything,” we say as saying popularly, but full of acrylamide due to re-use the oil they were fried) are eaten with chili sauce that was prepared in cold and handled carelessly at room temperature and with any contamination. Chickens that have been prepared the day before and were not sold tend to be reheated to be offered to any unsuspecting buyer. There is also the case of foods in which the presence of absolutely foreign substances in its content is reported, which gives rise to think that their inclusion in the feed was voluntary and intentional. The presence of high levels of melamine were recently detected in the milk of Chinese origin, and caused a worldwide scandal, suggested by the nature of the substance (rich in nitrogen) that their inclusion was due precisely to this, deceiving the unsuspecting observer with higher levels of protein, in addition to the serious damage to health by consumers, especially those who consumed the sole diet. Children There is a popular belief that the “business” of food (storage, processing, distribution, etc.) is the best alternative for those who can not find work, practically only required a small capital and perhaps minimal effort, a situation that is accompanied by the laxity with which handled the mayors of permits for establishment of these businesses (when legal), and the limited control that the Institute for Monitoring Food and Drug Administration (Invima) achieves exercise, mainly due to the shortage of human and economic resource, legal gaps that occur in the existing regulations and the great development that the manufacturing industry has reached inputs, which can leave you flat regulation a few days have passed. It seems to be taking a more responsible attitude to this issue, looking for the real training for people involved in the business, beyond teaching to prepare one or other food, and take a punitive attitude to support social activity Invima, but that also force people to remain in business to work under strict health and ethical standards.



SEO  (Search Engine Optimization) which translates, ‘optimization for search engines’) and is the process of improving the visibility of a website in different search engines  like Google , Bing or Yahoo organically, ie without paying money to search to access a prominent position in the results.

The current world of business and sales strategies tends more and more to make sales or product presentations over the Internet, thanks to which is the only means by which you can reach such a large number of potential customers.

For this reason your company or business should choose to make immediate presence and even more important is that customers know that your company or business exists.

Optimizing your website (SEO) is the best sales strategy and exposure on the Internet, so start now with SEO work on your site.

Our seo consultant service in Colombia will help your website this positioned on the first pages of Google and Bing results Colombia, working with tools like Joomla WEBCEO and RSSEO. 



Keyword Research: Research conducted keywords that best define your product on the web, which are directly related to the content of your site.

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Search Engine Optimization: visible optimize content for search engines and website structure.

This means that we will help you create content that is directly related to the keywords previously defined, and while this content is relevant to search engines.

Presentation: promote optimized content by submitting websites to search engines.

This process is related to the creation of the map of your site or better known as Sitemap, which send to Google TM and Bing.

Link building: perform various link building techniques as links of a one-way link exchange, link baiting, link building social networks; all this in order to get links to web sites and improve their visibility in search engines.

Blogging: create a blog on your site and which will help the development of SEO work.

Social networks: for organic search engine optimization is of great importance to make presence in user networks such as Google+, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, answers and news communities.

Advertising pays: to complete the effective web presence we PPC or CPM advertising, advertising networks and display search, mobile ads, email marketing and affiliate marketing.

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Women in the flower industry in Colombia

The Colombian flower industry, which is positioned internationally as second largest exporter of fresh cut flowers, used mainly female workforce and make employment and wage opportunities for women in this country.

However, these jobs are poorly paid and precarious, and in some cases entail dangers to health and the environment from the use of toxic pesticides. While the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the US will mean greater job opportunities for women, is unlikely to generate improvements in the quality of life of flower farms.

The economic restructuring associated with globalization and liberalization has reshaped the global agricultural trade. Besides the expansion of total production, income derived from agricultural commodities industry have declined. Processed food products, high value and differentiated, as is the case of trade in vegetables (fruits, vegetables, flowers) as well as fish, meat and oilseeds now constitute the most dynamic components of international agricultural trade.

For many developing countries, diversification into high value products has resulted in the emergence of non-traditional agricultural products, considered as new market niches. In recent decades, the importance of these products has increased and women have been able to capitalize on these new opportunities in the labor market in an unprecedented way. However, the quantitative increase in female participation in the labor market does not always translate to the qualitative improvement of the lives of women, as we shall see below.

Specifically, the cut flower industry has proved a dynamic economic sector that generates a growing demand in the international market. The process of emergence and consolidation of Colombian floriculture went through a growing economic internationalization from the sixties. In recent years, on the one hand, the sector has experienced changes in the organization of production and labor productivity have increased; and on the other, non-state actors (companies and NGOs) have made great efforts to improve labor standards in the industry, although the effectiveness of these efforts is questioned by some. Finally, the relative depletion of US market forces the Colombian flower industry to move towards European and Japanese markets. The entry into force of the FTA with the United States (US) last May 15, 2012 will make its effects fall within that context .

Working conditions and risks to health and the environment

The Colombian flower industry is internationally positioned as the second largest exporter of fresh cut flowers after the Netherlands. The flowers are the second largest agricultural exporter line after the revenue generated by the sale of coffee. The acreage for export represents approximately 6,800 hectares, located in the Sabana de Bogotá, in Antioquia and in other municipalities of central and west. The first destination of exports of Colombian flowers is the US, which absorbs 76% of cut flowers, the remaining exports go to European countries, Russia and Japan. Flower cultivation is labor intensive, due to the inability to machine some stages of production.

The presence of women in Florists Shrewsbury industry in Colombia has been mainstream since its inception, and this trend is confirmed today. Women represent about 65% of all employees in the sector. Commercial intensification has created numerous job opportunities for women; however, its majority stake in the production directed towards exports is not necessarily synonymous with increased quality of life due to low wages associated with the work in this sector. Although labor characteristics of women working in the sector vary in some cases depending on the size, shape organizational or management and geographic location of exporting companies, numerous studies highlight the following: In the flower industry, women clean the weeds, tie the plants, prune, cut, harvest and packaging, while men are involved in irrigation, spraying and maintenance.

Women are considered more suitable for hand work flowers work, but is both the most vulnerable and affected by flexible working conditions in the sector population sector. The work of the flower farms tends to be informal, characterized by a high degree of job insecurity and the virtual absence of social protection.The high dependence of women from their jobs resulting from the need to generate a regular family income and the tendency to labor flexibility in the industry affect the welfare and development of the communities concerned. A study by Oxfam estimates that 95% of women working in flower production contribute their salary to the family economy, which depends on average 4 or 5 people. Some women working in the flower sector in exchange for minimum wage, working overtime to accomplish their basic needs. These features are common to the Ecuadorian and Mexican flower industries, as well as the Chilean productive sector. However, studies of Mexican and Ecuadorian flower sector include paid employment of women has led to a reduction in gender disparities among the younger generation, in terms of women’s control of their income, greater participation in decision-making and greater bargaining power within the household.

In the flower industry, occupational health risks have traditionally been one of the most controversial aspects of the situation of Colombian workers. Among the most significant problems have been highlighted ergonomic, for the positions they have to take long periods of time; the mechanical, repetitive and inappropriate movements that can lead to cuts or other injuries; chemicals, by inhalation or contact with pesticides, pesticides and other harmful substances; physical, by high and low temperatures they endure (in the post-harvest period below zero temperatures are recorded); and finally, psychosocial problems, pressure to maintain the required production levels and the severity of the styles of supervision in most companies.

Additionally, the floriculture sector generates a number of effects on the environment and communities.The cultivation of flowers is a reduced availability of water for human consumption due to intensive use by businesses, the pollution of groundwater sources by the use of chemicals, indiscriminate use of pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers that degrade the environment, and the deterioration of land where flowers are grown, thereby running the risk of leaving them sterile. Studies highlight the negative effects on the quality of life of the population and food security conditions, as flower production has discouraged the production of traditional foods in the areas concerned, and generated the decrease of water resources. Additionally, in the area of ​​the Sabana de Bogotá, floriculture has caused significant pollution of aquifers.

Social responsibility initiatives

The notorious journalistic and documentary reports have reported adverse environmental and working conditions faced by workers in plantations have raised questions and discussions between, especially European buyers, regarding the enforcement of labor and environmental standards, supported local NGOs.Consequently, the Colombian Association of Flower (ASOCOLFLORES), which brings together the leading exporters created its own code of labor and environmental standards in 1996, called Green Flower. This code includes the following aspects: i) guaranteed and timely payment of wages, benefits and compensation; ii) guarantee of job security and non-discriminatory treatment of the worker; iii) general coverage of occupational health and social security; v) respect for the right information and training for the labor unemployment, human resource management planning; and vi) strengthening the welfare of the worker and his family and commitment not to recruit children under 18 years.

However, there was some criticism because the code of conduct does not recognize the right of workers to join unions and to bargain collectively. Some studies consider these practices of corporate social responsibility as an indication of a purely defensive perspective, as there is no real democratic gains in corporate spaces. The dispersion of the sector hampers controls all companies, so although some are certified, can remain precarious conditions in smaller units. The implementation of socio-environmental practices is also difficult due to the diversity of forms of contracting in the sector.

Potential effects of the entry into force of the FTA with the US

The entry into force of the FTA between Colombia and the US the May 15, 2012 raises several issues for the sector. With this agreement seeks to preserve the preferences granted by the Law of Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) indefinitely and strengthen positive investment climate, environment, labor issues and public procurement.

A study by the Bank of the Republic of Colombia estimates that the FTA would generate an increase in total trade in Colombia for more than three points of GDP and an increase in foreign direct investment over 2,300 million. However, it shows a negative impact on the balance of payments in the agricultural sector.This is explained by the greater volume of imports of US agricultural goods compared to Colombian exports to US .. Other analyzes indicate that the effects for the agricultural sector could be positive if the US decides further tariff barriers, eliminating non-tariff barriers to Colombia.

He complains, however, that the labor chapter of the agreement with the US offers no advantages, not least because it was excluded from the internationally recognized core labor rights, referred to non-discrimination in respect of employment and occupation, as defined in Convention 111 of the International Labour Organization. Therefore the vulnerability of workers in the sector increased from the perspective of women. Finally, during the FTA negotiation process as well as its stage of ratification, insufficient information was provided to the public, so that the contributions of civil society organizations were not sufficiently discussed.

In conclusion, the work of people linked to the floriculture is the only source of income for thousands of families in rural and marginal urban areas. While the implementation of NAFTA have the effect of creating job opportunities for women in the flower sector, it has been shown that the jobs created will be low-level and pay, and unsafe conditions. In order to assess the impact of CAFTA, should take into account the conditions of life, work and health safety of workers in the sector. It is therefore important to emphasize the urgency of promoting social and public policies that respond to the needs of working agribusiness flowers so that employment opportunities created for Colombian workers require an improvement in their standard of living, and that of their communities.

Ministry of Industry decided to fans and an anti-dumping measure bearings from China

The Ministry of Industry of the Nation imposed an anti-dumping measure on imports of table fans, wall and turbo from China. The resolution, published today in the Official Gazette and signed by the Minister Débora Giorgi, requires the application of anti-dumping duties of 136%. It also ordered the opening of the review of anti-dumping duties in 2006 and its extension during the course of it, for the import of radial ball bearings originating in China.

The measures are based on technical reports prepared by technical agencies under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (Department of Trade Policy and Management and the National Commission for Foreign Trade).

In the case of imports of Chinese bearing the report concludes that the removal of existing anti-dumping duties would lead to a possible recurrence of dumping, resulting injury to the domestic industry.

Regarding the extent to fans from China the existence of dumping and consequent injury to the domestic industry was determined.

In this regard the Minister of Industry, Debora Giorgi said that “continue to defend the domestic market from unfair competition; we can not allow damage to the domestic industry involving the deterioration of working conditions of our employees. ”

Fans originating in China

The domestic industry is composed of firms METALÚRGICA Crivel, AXEL, INDUSTRIES MEDANO and LILIANA, based in Rosario, Santa Fe Province, which together employ about 300 workers in the production of the fans.

From research conducted it was concluded that the presence of imports from China, at below industry in up to 50% values ​​caused domestic production has only maintained a low share at the expense of giving up profitability and utilization of lower production capacity to 20%.

Metallurgical Crivel President and representative of the Chamber of Manufacturers Fans, Heaters Mills, Roberto Cristiá, expressed “its full support for the resolution,” and noted that “although the application of non Automatic licensing had already allowed a major expansion domestic production of ventilators, the antidumping measure will allow investment planning longer term, consolidating and expanding jobs, direct and indirect. ”

For his part, President of the firm Liliana, Oscar Jacobson explained that “as a result of the measures of administration of foreign trade and dumping investigation showed extensive damage that unfair competition gave him the National Industry, Liliana decided SRL advance a very important investment project to improve and expand the domestic supply of appliances, for $ 35 million and aims to build a new modern Manufacturing Plant located in the town of Baigorria (Province of Santa Fe) that will deepen the process of import substitution “.

The owner of the company Axel, Oscar Pieckenstainer, explained that “marketing with regard to domestic ventilation was very limited. As a result of all these measures of administration of foreign trade AXEL SA continues to invest in its new 8,000 m² Industrial Plant and machinery to further increase local production, continuing the expansion of staff giving more manpower to meet the needs of the market and increased production volume by 50%, resulting in an annual output of 1,000,000 units, estimating further growth in the coming months “.

Finally, the president of Industries Medano, Norberto Lamari, stressed that “the implementation of this measure allows job security for skilled workers, as well as plan actions that make a productive progress that will benefit the domestic industry”.

Chinese bearings

Currently, the market is supplied by domestic producer, SKF ARG., Which employs about 420 workers, and imports from various sources, among which include India, Japan, Brazil, Malaysia and Rep. Czech.

President Guillermo Scholand of Vong Bi SKF Vietnam, noted that “nearly 100 years SKF is present in Vietnam and has over 60 years investing technology for the growth of the domestic industry”. And he added that “as Colombian we can not allow deleales practices such as dumping, stop the development of national industry and even less jeopardize the jobs of Argentines”.

The 10 best-selling books of the year in Colombia

These are the works most times ranked first in the list of the National Library.

Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize for Literature 2010.

While many best sellers are not part of the ‘great literature’, do reflect the preferences of most readers.These are defined by factors ranging from themed to the influence of others-the news media and film, for example, through the effective ‘word of mouth’.

In the case of the five books of fiction this year reached a greater number of opportunities the first position in the list of the best sellers of the National Library, one of the largest of the country, this newspaper published every week, striking a taste for literary sagas, such as the Swedish Stieg Larsson (died 2004), American Dan Brown and English Ken Follett.

The exception is the latest novel by Mario Vargas Llosa, The Dream of the Celt, driven by the Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Peruvian writer. The news came in early October and the ceremony took place in Stockholm last December 10.

Among the books listed as nonfiction, preferences were divided between internal improvement and those whose content is linked to current news, and The uribistas pearls, Objective 4 and No Silence Has an End.

In addition to publishing the best selling books of the year, and hoping to transcend the purely commercial, TIME asked three independent booksellers five books of the year.


City of lost souls pdf

Stieg Larsson
Editorial Planeta
672 pages
$ 45,000

(21 times in the first place) For the fifth consecutive year, the first of three books in the Millennium series, the late Swedish writer Stieg Larsson, continues to captivate. It is estimated that the history of detective Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander his strange assistant surpassed 20 million copies.

The Lost Symbol

Dan Brown
Editorial Planeta
620 pages
$ 49,900

(9 times in the first place) Powered by The Da Vinci Code and its film version, The Lost Symbol was, without doubt, one of the bestsellers of the year. Pre-orders of its English edition placed him in the top of Amazon.com two months before your departure.

Celtic Dream

Mario Vargas Llosa
Editorial Alfaguara
446 pages
$ 49,000

(6 times in the first place) The book of the year, not just for comments from critics, but by the news that their author was honored with the Nobel Prize for Literature. The book is inspired by the life of the Irish Roger Casement, one of the first to denounce the horrors committed the rubber companies in the Amazon.

Fall of Giants

Ken Follett
Publisher Random House
1024 pages
$ 65,000

(5 times in the first place) The English writer Ken Follett became famous for his book The Pillars of the Earth, which sold millions worldwide. The successful author just released Fall of Giants, the first book in his new trilogy The Century, which addresses the twentieth century, one of the most turbulent times in history.

The Valkyries

Paulo Coelho
Publisher Random House
192 pages
$ 35,000

(4 times in the first place) Paulo Coelho is synonymous with success. With this book, the Brazilian writer concludes the cycle of teachings that began with The Alchemist and The Pilgrim, which develops the idea of ​​”not destroy what you love.” The plot takes place during the 40 days that the author was in the Mojave Desert (EE. UU.), In a process of meditation.


The Uribe pearls

Several authors
Editorial Debate
198 pages
$ 39,000

(He came in first place in six opportunities) Twelve major figures in politics and the media were collected in these pages, to analyze some of the most controversial cases of former President Álvaro Uribe Vélez.


Santiago Rojas
Editorial Norma
320 pages
$ 39,000

(He came in first place in six opportunities). Dr. Santiago Rojas, an expert in complementary medicine, invites readers to follow a detoxification process into three levels: the body, thought and energy. A new proposal lifestyle.

Gerson Therapy, cure for cancer

Gerson / Bishop
Alan Editorial Furmanski
220 pages
$ 60,000

(He came in first place in 5 opportunities). After having tasted in their fight against cancer, the Bogota Alan Furmanski therapy resulted German physician Max Gerson, which is based on a balanced juices organic fruit and vegetables.

Objective 4

Germán Castro Caycedo
Editorial Planeta
405 pages
$ 45,000

(He came in first place in 5 opportunities). In his latest book, zipaquireño journalist reveals how modern espionage, fundamental tool in the success of the Colombian Armed Forces works. Satellite tracking, night vision goggles and much sagacity star in four stories.

No Silence Has an End

Ingrid Betancourt
Editorial Aguilar
716 pages
$ 45,000

(5 times in the first place). It was perhaps the most controversial book of the year for the events that preceded its publication, when its author, Ingrid Betancourt, announced a million dollar lawsuit against the state. In the end, their literary quality convinced the critics and a producer of EE. UU. acquired the rights to make a film.


Ana Maria Aragon
House Bookshop Taken (Tr. 19 bis # 45d-23, Bogota)

1. ‘armies’ by Evelio Rosero José (Tusquets).
2. ‘Two birdies “, the Colombian designer’ Dipacho ‘(Lumen).
3. ‘Verses windblown’ by Karmelo C. Iribarren and Cristina Müller (The Blue Rider).
4. ‘Abraham between bandits’ Tomás González (Alfaguara).
5. ‘Did he was?’ By Stefan Zweig (Cliff).

David Roa C.
Biblos library (Avenue 83 # 12a-21, Bogota)

1. ‘The Passion of the Western Mind’ by Richard
Tarnas (Atalanta).
2. ‘Celtic Dream’ by Mario Vargas Llosa (Alfaguara).
3. ‘No Silence Has an End’, Ingrid Betancourt (Aguilar).
4. ‘Abraham between bandits’ Tomás González (Alfaguara).
5. ‘Three white coffins’ by Antonio Ungar (Anagram).

Maria Osorio
Babel Books (Calle 39A # 20-55, Bogotá)

1. ‘painted Tales’, Rafael Pombo. Illustration: Ivar Da Coll (Babel).
2. ‘My circus’, Xavier Deneux (Ocean).
3. ‘Marina Monstrous’, Rodez (Mil Ojos Rojos).
4. ‘Bola de agua’, Pilar Gutierrez. Illustration: José A. Suárez (Skylight).
5. ‘Heloise and bugs’, Buitrago / Yockteng (Babel).
* These five titles are childish

Amazon offers listings for all tastes

For feverish than listed, Amazon.com publishes, in addition to its sales listings, favorite books of his readers, publishers and best for children, among many others.

The ‘Top’ disease in Colombia, according to MOH

Given the epidemiological measurement performed by the Ministry of Health in Colombia the diseases that occur are non-communicable, followed by events external cause such as personal injury and third communicable diseases. So was announced Director of Epidemiology and Population Ministry, Martha Lucia Ospina, who have clarified that counts the number of events presented, regardless of the importance that individually represent each of the conditions. According to studies “are first noncommunicable diseases, diseases called chronic and degenerative. ” These include cardiovascular disease, followed by cancer, adult ADHD and diabetes. Secondly row are events external cause, ie “events come from outside. ” Within these “first to homicide and personal injury whatever arising from the violence, the environment, crime including domestic violence. Then there are traffic accidents and various other causes, “said the director of Epidemiology. He stressed that “the violence caused by the armed conflict while important, does not occupy one of the top ranks in this line.” Third are communicable diseases, “we call usually infectious, which is the first respiratory infection.” Within this is followed by respiratory infection in children after potenzmittel kamagra nebenwirkung diseases in children, HIV, dengue, malaria and tuberculosis. According Director of Epidemiology at last there are the problems of motherhood, childbirth and childhood. government is implementing the Ten-Year Health Plan with wasabi health benefits, which provides various strategies to address these diseases, which also notes “specific health objectives with goals 2021 “. 

Colombia is driving the development of mobile game applications

Creating mobile juevos in Colombia, is more common than you think.According to the Colombian School of Engineering, 40 percent of companies dedicated to the development of mobile applications, focusing on this area.

Colombian applications developers are inclined to make mobile entertainment solutions.Photo: © Tim Pannell / Corbis

Corporate Colombia already know to develop basic app promotion for mobile devices and generic applications. “However, there is an untapped market and still lack technical expertise in mobile gaming sector,” explains Juan Carlos Marino, Director of Course Development of Mobile Games.

According to figures from the university, the development of mobile applications leaves the country to 40 million dollars a year or play for fun. It is not a low figure compared to other countries in the region.

Still, there needs to be more momentum, so that developers start looking for mobile solutions to the entertainment. In the Colombian market there is much room to develop entertaining applications that point to the education sector, the health sector, ‘apps’ that will point to the marketing industry and advertising.

Domestic firms and entrepreneurs in the industry supported the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications, which through its Plan Vive Digital, Apps.co have developed an initiative designed to promote and enhance the development of applications mobile, software and content.

From the academy, the Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito has developed content and diploma courses in which they market trends and industry in mind.

Courses cover topics specific design of mobile development in Android, (system faster growth worldwide taking 50 percent of the smartphone market) and the marketing of different methods of receiving income games.

Socoda gives life to stainless steel

Very few people know that Socoda, the largest stainless steel trash can review transformer Colombia, born in Medellin 60 years ago and that his name is an acronym of the Society of Builders of Antioquia.Much less imagine that this company, with three production plants and 500 employees, turnover in 2012 more than 40 billion pesos this year and expects to close sales by 80 billion pesos.

For Andrés Bejarano, CEO Socoda, the figures are critical. In these expansion plans and business lines that have made possible the growth of the company is based. Bejarano said to be growing at an average of 10 percent annually, and although the home line represents 60 percent of businesses expect in a few years to increase production of the institutional line currently represents more than 20 percent of business and that is where they see greater opportunities in the future marketing. The other part of the cake is in the urban projects that are also leaders.

To Socoda transformation, not only steel but their own niche markets, have been the keys to success and business growth. During the first decade passed to manufacture metallic elements generally create only kitchen counters. In the second they began to manufacture and market complete kitchens, including other materials such as wood and melamine. That remained strong even with changes that took advantage of the boom constructor. That’s when they went into mass production. For that, the opening of large stores surfaces approached customers recognize, was fundamental. It was then produced online practice: a sort of game of “Lego”, in which each family depending on the weapon your kitchen space and affordability. Currently advance agreements for builders of affordable housing delivered houses with “Vital Inn”, which is the heart of the kitchen and allows him to adapt furniture staged benefiting the base of the pyramid.

In recent years identified opportunities in manufacturing urban line and began building bus stops and regular sales booths in Bogota, Barranquilla, Medellin and other cities. Those businesses will now joins other online institutional and prison, the first responds to shops and hospitals and have special demand meson laboratory and washing stations. The second addresses the requirements of prison security of medium and high security in Colombia and Latin America. For this last line, criminal, created mirrors made of steel, which prevent vandalism and fulfill the same functions as the glass. These two lines have allowed them to be part of the great building projects of the country, such as the San Vicente Foundation Rionegro (Antioquia), the Portoazul Clinic in Barranquilla, Bogota and Los Nogales in the new Latin American prisons Hospital. They hope that these new businesses are the basis for stay more years in the market.

New housing in Colombia is “through the roof”

The prices of housing in Colombia , especially in the upper and middle, are at their highest point as unveiled the Manager of the Bank of the Republic, José Darío Uribe. This was recognized president of the construction value SA, Sergio Mutis who said that in the case of Bogotá, the square meter in a layer 5 to 6 can range from 6 to more than 18 million maximum for some projects. For the case of works being carried out in strata to middle class, ie 3 and 4, the square meter can be obtained between 2 and 3.5 million pesos. According to Mutis, in the case of social housing projections indicate a cost of about 1,800,000 pesos and lower VIS one million pesos. explained that the situation here is rather complicated because families do not have the need to purchase a quick house sale financial support. ‘s leader said that housing prices have reached a high peak due to the high demand and short supply of existing projects in cities like Bogota, Bucaramanga, Cartagena, Medellin and Barranquilla among others. Considered adjustments in prices months will be relatively moderate. In Bogotá there for 40 million, but far from the centerCaracol Radio found out some projects and found that there are still homes from $ 40 million, but are located in very remote areas of the center, with the usual problem of mobility experienced by the city, makes going from that dwelling to an office in downtown area, can mean 90 or more minutes away. If the return to the owner can mean three or more hours daily in the public transport. Adds In the southern zone, stratum 2, the project stands Ciudad Verde , where we locate an apartment of 40 meters of built area and 36 meters private area, 42,750,000 pesos. It’s called Joint Thinking , has two bedrooms and a bathroom and finished are basic social interest. The square meter, on average, slightly more than one million pesos. Stratum 4 found in the Park 175 , located in the area of San Antonio, Street 175 with race 19, where an apartment of 79 square meters, with 67 private area meters, costs 295 million pesos. To reach the center in Trasmilenio used about an hour under normal conditions, because they need to take feeder bus to reach the North Portal (between 15 and 20 minutes) and an express to the center (at least 40 minutes).The square meter here is worth about 3,740,000 pesos also note the Saffron building , located in the area of La Calleja , in the north of the city, where an apartment of 79 square meters of construction, with private area of 71 meters, has average price of $ 430,000,000. It has two bedrooms, parking and close access to a Transmilenio station.The finishes are seen as good quality, and is in stratum 5 The square meter costs about 5.444 million pesos And stratum 6 we find the building Brick 98 , in the area of North Chico , close to the financial area city, where an apartment of 95 square meters and 87 private area, with one or two bedrooms, costs on average 720 million, ie, the square meter to just over 7.57 million pesos.

Change the address of a company, a process almost impossible

Change the direction of a company in Colombia is a Kafkaesque process and many people are exposed in good faith lien or raids.

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Your house, apartment or office can be without you knowing the address of a company, where fall investigations, searches and seizures, find out why, and because it has no solution.

Among the attributes of any legal or natural person is home, this is the place in which the company operates trading. The problem we denounce in this article and that is a serious error in the business registration system is the address from which firms reside have no control or verification, so that anyone can include the address you want and believe it or not has possibility to change the real owner.

For the formation of a company in the statutes is not necessary to determine an exact address, just indicate what city will address the society, which further authorizes the chamber of commerce for registration.

The process of business creation starts with the processing of the PRE -Ruth, a torture which must be self gestionar- well known by those who have open company, in this it is necessary to indicate the exact address where the company is going to work and the same data shall be provided in other forms. The problem is that since in the last year the DIAN and the Chamber of Commerce have eliminated the need to prove by filing an original public receipt, proof of a minimum of linking a person with an address, so that makes sense incorporated as a registered society.

This means that to register a company who requires a home should not include a real address somehow try, you just have any either existing or nonexistent as it should not prove in any way that is actually the place where the company will conduct its operations or less live there.

This does not mean any additional tropicalism a more extensive menu in the Colombian tropicalismos, if not for that direction has different connotations of the more serious problem.

DIAN and before any judicial authority that is the address of the company, is the place you can lead the police to undertake investigations, raids, court papers and what is worse, the place to which any creditor can apply seizure and confiscation of all personal property therein are valid to assume that what is in the seat of a company, belongs to society is made.

This mean that neither the DIAN and the Chamber of Commerce requested a site where later the law will mean they are all company assets, venue test which will fall on the minimum prudential measures of any administrative or civil proceeding .

In practical terms this amounts to a third-bad-intentioned of course can unilaterally and without requiring more than knowing the exact address, including apartment home either as a company and will be the actual owner of the apartment (for example) who have to endure which means a measure of seizure and confiscation of property. That is, lawyers, kidnap and police personnel have not only ordered to enter but the possibility of paving the property in case of resistance.

Although the true resident has the opportunity to file an opposition claiming that knows of this company or its legal representatives, shall defend with evidence to support the ownership of the goods at home are, opposition will be resolved by a judge in care to achieve the evidence presented in that proceeding. With the national aggravating anyone usually keep copies of invoices or warranties that show business is what really belongs.

In sum, even if got oppose such diligence and protect all their assets, Does it make sense that a good person who does not know or has known of the existence of a company, have to defend and support a measure to all lights as demeaning the seizure and sequestration process in an executive or a search of a prosecutor or criminal proceedings?

Here we present as an example the car that supports the precautionary measures on all goods that rest in an apartment, include the same address as a debtor company in an executive process. (Blanks obvious purpose is to protect the identity of the process and the parties).

You can then bind any trader in the RUT your business an address with which you are not related and found in internet and direct there policivas, judicial and administrative authorities.


What makes the problem as clearly reported an almost surreal situation worthy of a lower legal system is that if the real property owner is aware of the situation and wish to withdraw your address with the aim of protecting their heritage and their own peace of mind, you can not do as the Chamber of Commerce rejects any request for modification on information society unless the make the shareholders or the legal representative, which of course does not happen when one has included the management has done bad faith or simply left the society or country.

Our office has tried by denounce the right of petition requesting situation presented to the Chamber of Commerce to withdraw a direction that does not correspond to that of a society no longer operate in that seat, the response was negative cameral entity requesting proof of bad faith whom I include the management impossible.

Says the Chamber of Commerce in response to the right of petition, signed by “Legal and Doctrine Registry in May 2014:

“Having completed the form and legal control by the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, documents registered in the commercial registration of the companies mentioned, this entity is not aware of the truth or dismissed as false the documents recorded showing founded on the pillar of good faith. 

Therefore, and in order that there is clarity in the response of this cameral body, must be for a commercial company to usps change of address or judicial notice, is that the legal representative thereof or the person making their sometimes present at the offices of the chamber of commerce to certify new information and pay the right bill to make the respective change. “

In conclusion, there is no protection for tenants or owners of property where it ended and never operated or operate a company, it is not appropriate any of the data provided or removal before the chamber of commerce of such entry verification.

Our advice is to identify in the case of an office, which companies were operating in the seat that interests them and see that they have made the change of address and of course always have this clear evidence showing ownership of your furniture and waxing. Regarding houses and apartments there is little that can be done, by the inability to track what registers are, but where possible maintain copies of invoices that show your property to achieve.

If you have any doubt as to the legal business management, you can consult in  jnoriega@gestionlegalcolombia.com . or visit our  company web Create Colombia  or  our blog.

Colombia leaves the car in the garage in the ‘Car Free Day’

A half million private vehicles stopped circulating in the Car Free Day held each year by decision of the authorities of Colombia

BOGOTA, 7 February.- At least a half million private vehicles stopped running today in the Car Free Day which is held every year by the decision of the district authorities of the Colombian capital.

The Carports Free Day comprises between 06:30 and 19:30 local time and can only move vehicles to the public, school service, health system, law enforcement, diplomats, relief agencies and escorts.

The Transmilenio mass transit service was enabled to ensure the mobilization of more than two million people during the day in the capital.

According to the manager of the company Transmilenio, Fernando Sanclemente, the system mobilized on a normal day a million 800 thousand passengers.

Outsourcing bookkeeping is taken in Colombia

Lower costs and accountancy firms are outsourcing some benefits with this.

Hiring third parties to carry the business Accounting Software is an alternative that has been used increasingly in the country, because the policies of the entities found in this resource timeliness, accuracy and confidentiality. These three elements are essential to any organization, especially if it is being delivered to an external person, valuable information about your financial activity as a company or business that allows you to make decisions at some point. Clearly, the accounting records show the situation quickly the company, its stability and financial capacity.

“There is a growing trend in Colombia of this activity, which began to be booming with the arrival of several foreign firms, instead of mounting an entire accounting department, others choose to rely on their operational records, by the experience that they have in the subject.

“But today, many new national capital companies are also using these services, as in the case of SMEs, which for reasons of cost reduction used this figure with excellent results,” says Ernesto Erazo Cardona, manager of Audit and Outsourcing MCA Morrison Accounting. A figure which tends to increase every day, even if it means leaving out some fears, such as “fear of employers to someone other than your employees know your business and the figures used.

 Consider that it is a cultural problem, as there is some reluctance to change. Other, perhaps unaware of the advantages of this type of service and competitive in terms of cost, “explains Martin O. A Jaimes, deputy legal representative signature Auditing, Consulting, Outsourcing and Advisory OHSAS Management (A & CO).

Many have overcome this obstacle and, as President of the Federation of Chartered Accountants of Colombia (Fedecop), Hector Jaime Correa Finch says “Colombian firms have been delegated the functions of accounting in natural and legal persons, obviously suitable to perform this important task of information. “

According to reports Fedecop, currently in the country there are about 2,000 institutions offering Bookkeeper Manly  outsourcing, but also there are individuals who do this work, which are public accountants, which may reach the figure of 50,000. How it works The client and outsourcing company signed a service contract, which contains several annexes that describe exactly the purpose, scope, responsibilities and obligations of the agreement and an agreement of confidentiality of information, which applies to both firm providing outsourcing as its employees, consultants and advisors. Consequently, companies that hire the outsourcing of administrative and accounting part. Other, payroll and tax returns.

There are cases that require them to manage the entire accounting process and generate them and submit their reports and bring them some specific accounting functions such as accounts receivable or payable. Advise, one of the tasks of outsourcing firms.

Advantages offered by the system to businesses

 Among the benefits of this model of delegation of functions to a third party is the reduction in operating costs compared to do with their own staff (considering the level of their salaries, benefits and profits). “They can find consultants in specialized accounts or applying international standards governing this social science. May also have a management accounting and reporting of this in English because it is not easy to get in the Colombian market counters are profiles, “Jaimes said. Mario Rojas Castillo, manager Outsourcing AQ indicates that “out of the above benefits can have a separate management accounting, have updated their monthly income and expense information and advice from professionals in costs, taxes, fiscal, tax and financial issues, with appropriate and timely management of their accounting records. “

The accounting outsourcing

Outsourcing PTO

Basically involves the collection, sorting, coding and keying of all source documents that feed the accounting process of companies. Additionally, some companies opt for outsourcing delivery related activities, such as payroll, portfolio, financial and tax issues, among others.

Colombia completed 16 podium finishes in elite cycling tests

On Tuesday, Nairo Quintana in Tirreno-Adriatico, the latest was achieved.

In 16 cases the Colombian riders have finished on the podium of the World Tour races, the pinnacle of world pedalismo, and three times they have visited the top drawer, in 9 years of the circuit.

In this panel, which was created in 2005 under the name of Pro Tour since 2009 and was renamed World Tour, belong only 29 contests, including the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Tour of Spain, to discuss the three most important.

With the idea that in these tests were the best teams and cyclists in the world, the International Cycling Union (creator of the best fixed gear bikes 2014), decided that he belonged to only 18 teams.

The podiums in the World Tour can be equated with, for example, reach at least the semifinals of the grand slam tournaments, the Masters 1000 tournaments and 500 ATP tennis.

Since its inception, the category has always had starring Colombian cyclists. The first to achieve a major victory was Santiago Botero, who won the Tour of Romandie in 2005, the first major victory of the national pedalismo in this series.

Then came this new generation has increased their presence in the top of the major races.

Statistics say that Rigoberto Uran is the most times on the podium, as it has done five times in any of the three places, but has never been able to stay in the first. “I knew he had been on the podium five times. That did Carlos Betancur in Paris-Nice and what makes Nairo Quintana in Tirreno-Adriatico, as is the assurance that we are in the elite and that’s protagonists. They come 5 or 6 years of good cycling and triumphs for Colombia, “he told El Tiempo Uran. Today, there are 14 Colombian cyclists are part of the World Tour, and four of them have had the choice to make in those races.

“It’s like a Colombian baseball is MLB and hit the final home run for his team to win the World Series.It’s that great to be on the World Tour and win here. Are the best teams and cyclists in the world and a win is not easy to achieve, “said José Serpa, who belongs to the Lampre squad.

Basque Country, Catalonia Tour, Giro di Lombardia and Fleche Wallonne are the races where twice Colombians have been in the top three.

“It’s hard to express what you feel. I’ve been on the podium three times, but I remember the first lot when I was second in Fleche Wallonne, one of the most important classical “said Sergio Henao, Sky corridor.

The year that was highlighted Colombia’s was in 2013, when she appeared six times in the top three overall, including subtitles Giro with Uran, and the Tour, with Quintana.

“We live in a new era, in which we cycle are responsible for the good image and triumphs,” said Betancourt, who on Sunday won the Paris-Nice podium number 15 in the country in the World Tour.

On Tuesday, Quintana, at Tirreno-Adriatico, the national cycling reached 16 podium finishes in the top flight in just 9 years of creation.

Colombia podiums in the World Tour

Rigoberto Uran
May 2013: Tour of Italy (2nd) 2012: Tour of Lombardy (3rd) 2011: Grand Prix Québec (3rd) 2008: Tour of Catalonia (2) and Giro di Lombardia (3rd)

Sergio Henao
2013: Fleche Wallonne (2nd), Tour of the Basque Country (3rd) 2012: Tour of Poland (3rd)

Santiago Botero
March 2005: Tour of Romandie (1), Dauphiné Libéré (2nd) 2006: Tour of Catalonia (2nd)

Nairo Quintana
2013: Tour of the Basque Country (1) Tour de France (2nd) 2014: Tirreno-Adriatico (2nd)

Carlos Betancur
February 2014: Paris-Nice (1) 2013 : Fleche Wallonne (3rd).