Peru and Colombia Exchange Knowledge to Counter Guerrilla Propaganda

first_imgBy Dialogo November 29, 2012 Representatives of the Colombian Army’s Military Information Support Operations, the United States Southern Command, and the U.S. Special Operations Command South, arrived in Lima, Peru, and traveled 200 kilometers to the Peruvian Military’s San Ramon Air Base in the province of Junín, in early September. Their objective was to demonstrate the capabilities of the “Radio-in-a-Box” (RIAB) technology being used by Colombia to counter terrorist organizations’ radio propaganda. “The purpose of the demonstration was to showcase the capabilities of the Tactical RIAB used by the Colombian Military to shape the information environment and to provide citizens with positive government messages and broadcasts,” said Captain Poquita Gibbs-Ferguson, from the U.S. Military Information Support Team in Peru. During the next three days, the Colombian Military team showed their Peruvian counterparts how to employ mobile broadcasting stations in remote areas where there is no access to signals from conventional broadcast stations as an information operations tool. In the Colombian case, they use this to oppose the messages transmitted by guerrilla groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and the Shining Path guerrilla, in the case of Peru. The Colombian Army has a total of 97 stations (both fixed and mobile), which cover more than 90 percent of the country’s territory, allowing them access to practically the entire nation. At a cost of 40,000 dollars, the units were customized for the Army through commercial off-the-shelf procurement. The system is run by a RIAB operator who is responsible for broadcasting content generated by the Colombian Special Psychological Operations Group with the aim of disseminating targeted adverse messages to terrorist radio propaganda over their own frequency. “This type of technological and knowledge exchanges allow us to share many capabilities that the Colombian Military has acquired and developed throughout our more than 50 years of conflict, and position us as one of the leading military forces in the Hemisphere,” said Major Luis Granados, who attended the presentation on behalf of the Colombian Army’s Information Operations Directorate. “We must work jointly because otherwise, we are our own enemy in the face of drug trafficking and terrorism networks that are working collaboratively,” he added. The San Ramón Air Base, located in similar terrain to that of the remote Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers valley, where the remnants of the guerrilla Shining Path are concentrated, was selected as the scenario of the exchange. “The RIAB equipment is a very positive method of communications because it can be adapted to any type of terrain, and more so when this one is rural or inaccessible,” said Peruvian Air Force Col. Daniel Iván Taipe Domínguez, a systems engineer who attended the demonstration. There, one of the mobile broadcast stations was tested to establish a connection between the Peruvian Military and the local civil population, and to show not only the RIAB’s counter-messaging capabilities, but also a way to address the troops. Since military service members spend long periods away from their homes and families, they can utilize the radio stations to communicate with their loved ones, a simple act that helps to maintain high troop morale. The radio stations can also be used to keep the troops abreast of education programs and benefits that the military institution itself may offer its service members, among other topics, as well as a conduit to propagate Human Rights training and doctrine. “Another very important use for the mobile stations is as a coordination instrument between the population and the authorities in case of natural disasters, a situation that we were able to witness during the last strong earthquake that shook our country [Pisco in 2007],” said Peruvian Air Force Cmdr. Juan Manuel Ponce Villarroel, an intelligence officer at the event. Despite the fact that Shining Path is no longer the organized movement it was in the 1980s, there are still remnant cells which uphold a ideology and thrive on resisting the government. This creates a need for the military to broadcast counterinsurgency and support messages so that the civil population can alert the authorities about any eventual risk of reorganization by the guerrillas. “Our country has the same geographic characteristics as Colombia, making radio transmissions unable to reach the entire population and leaving a part of it confined and removed from reality,” added Col. Taipe Domínguez. “All this added to turf wars between rival terrorists like the FARC, Shining Path and drug trafficking, which take advantage of the terrain to proselytize and carry out their criminal actions.” Still, Cdr. Ponce Villarroel highlighted the fact that, “the Peruvian reality is different than that of Colombia, but the operational concept itself is the same: sending positive messages to the population and our own service members.” For its part, the Colombian Military made it very clear that the RIAB is only part of a broader Information Operations and communications strategy campaign designed to accomplish a clear objective through various targeted actions. They stated that a sole mobile broadcast station would not achieve the same effect as executing several joint actions simultaneously to reach the objective that the Peruvian Joint Command expects, such as a television station and printed publications. One of the outcomes of the Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) between Colombia and Peru was the decision to have the Peruvian officers visit Colombia to witness firsthand the system currently in place there. In addition to fixed and mobile radio stations, the Colombian army structure currently has a television station, editing room, printed publications and the most important: the Information Operations and International Missions School, where military personnel can be trained in information and psychological operations that have proven effective as a non-kinetic weapon in the fight against counterinsurgents. “We hope that these interactions continue to be supported to allow information exchanges to take place in other areas as well, and to keep positioning Colombia as a regional example in topics related to Information Operations,” concluded Colombian Maj. Granados.last_img read more

Gain strategies for steering your credit union through the recession

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU’s Virtual CFO Summit is built by CFOs, for CFOs. If you’re a CFO, VP of Finance or Controller, there’s never been a more important year to join us. As a top credit union finance professional, you hold special responsibility for helping maneuver your credit union towards its goals and through the recession. At NAFCU’s Virtual CFO Summit, December 9 – 10, you’ll acquire the actionable data, strategies and tactics you need to make urgent decisions and guide your credit union through this pandemic-fueled recession. In addition to insights and strategies, you’ll learn how to:Strengthen your understanding of the most up-to-the-second economic and regulatory data trendsHarness current-environment best practices around branching, lending, risk management, and servicing collections Examine how the crisis has rapidly changed consumer behavior so you can adjust to take advantageUncover best practices for effectively managing COVID-19’s impact on your allowance, optimizing your product profitability, and enhancing your crisis leadership skillsYou’ll also earn 11 CPE credits towards your CPA. Take a look at our agenda to see the sessions and speakers we have lined up. We worked with a full steering committee of CFOs to design this event around exactly what you’re looking for. Unable to watch during the event dates, or want to re-watch a session? Your registration gives you access to on-demand recordings of all conference sessions! We also recognize that these are extraordinary times, so we created special virtual pricing for this conference to accommodate your budget:NAFCU Member: $1,299 $699NAFCU Nonmember: $1,799 $999last_img read more

Rohit Sharma reveals the only country where team India doesn’t get support

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCI/GettyAdvertisement zdx7NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1o0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebrl( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5b9Would you ever consider trying this?😱fl3Can your students do this? 🌚4hnu5gRoller skating! Powered by Firework Other than the enormous support in home series, the Indian cricket team never lacks the support from the stands even in tours, be it anywhere in the world, from New Zealand to West Indies. However, there is one place that Team India has no one to raise their voice in the stadium, and surprisingly, as Rohit Sharma reveals, its the immediate neighbours Bangladesh!Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/GettyAlthough not being a historical rival unlike Pakistan or Australia, the Bangladesh cricket team has been forming a rivalry with India, especially after the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup quarterfinal face off.Rohit Sharma recently went live on Facebook with Bangladeshi cricketing icon Tamim Iqbal, and discussing various topics regarding the sport, the Indian hit man opener talked about the team’s experience in playing in Bangladesh, and the enthusiastic crowd present in every match.Advertisement “India and Bangladesh have passionate cricket fans, when we make mistakes, we are criticised from all corners, I know it is similar in Bangladesh, I know how passionate fans can get in Bangladesh, when we come to the ground to play the match, it is unbelievable,” Sharma said during the live session. However, its the unusual lack of any backing for India from the spectators in the country, which Sharma points out, “India is not used to playing without any sort of crowd support, Bangladesh is the only place where we do not get any support. We get support wherever we go, Bangladesh is the only place where we do not get any support.”Advertisement Although, Sharma’s words carried a sense of appraisal for The Tigers, who have been transforming into an elite cricketing nation throughout the recent years.“I know Bangladesh fans really get behind you, this is a totally different Bangladesh side now, you have a sense of eagerness in your team now, everybody says that, we have seen with your performances during the 2019 World Cup as well,” the 33 year old Men in Blue opener added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Kevin Pietersen on Steve Smith vs Virat Kohli: One is a ‘freakshow’ and the other doesn’t even come close!4 Exciting Reasons Why Everyone Ought to Give Online Poker Games a Try  Advertisementlast_img read more

Football for mental health- Josiah Gathura memorial cup

first_img0Shares0000Nairobi County Senator Johnson Sakaja joins Major Kariuki and his family during the launch of the Josiah Gathura Kariuki memorial Tournament. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 24 – Josiah Gathura Kariuki was your normal bubbly, jovial and quite playful 18-year old, moving about life and keeping his passion for football alive, every weekend hustling his dad to drive him to training.He had dreams not only of being a good footballer and probably going pro, but was also set to travel to the United Kingdom to study Business and Economics. But on a chilly morning on May 3, 2017, the dreams drowned in a pool of blood and with the biting bang of a bullet, Josiah took his own life with his father’s gun, at their home, in a bathroom.“It was one of those incidents that we never saw coming. Josiah was your normal kid; very agile, focused, hard working and everything was going on well for him. He looked like he was well into his way to the future. We couldn’t suspect anything,” his father, Major (Rtd) Michael Kariuki, Safaricom’s Head of Security told Capital Sport.What they did not know is that Josiah, who had previously struggled with depression, had come to his tether’s end. He had had enough with life and in the thick of the moment decided enough was enough.Major Michael Kariuki and his wife Kathy Kariuki during their interview at the Capital FM offices. PHOTO/Sam WanjohiDevastating news. His parents had been away on vacation in London and as soon as the news reached them, they cut short their trip. Josiah was admitted in intensive care but couldn’t hold on to his young life.The bullet, shot at close range with his father’s Ceska gun, had ripped through his head.“We knew that he had been dealing with depression and we had put in good support structures and had even retained a counsellor for him. But the thing about depression is that it pushes you to a corner that you feel obliged to fight back in a way that shows you as strong,” the retired Army Major further explained.For struggles that he had fought with for a while, the thick of the moment, the flicker of an eye, he was pushed to the extreme. Suicide.“As a parent, you ask yourself, why didn’t I see it happen? Could I have done better to prevent it?” his step mother Kathy Kariuki said.As the family commemorates one year since the unfortunate events, they have made a decision to help out other families and young people who might be headed to the same direction by putting up a two-day football event, Josiah’s first love.The Josiah Gathura Memorial Foundation Tournament at the Impala Ground on Saturday and Sunday will attract a total of 50 teams from the Under-18, 19 and 23 men’s category and an open women’s category for a prize money of Sh225,000.Major Michael Kariuki addresses guests during the launch of the Josiah Gathura Kariuki memorial Tournament. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Soccer is a very popular sport and therefore we felt it would be a good avenue to use to mobilize many young people and bring them into one space then together with mental health professionals influence them,” Major (Rtd) Kariuki noted.“Soccer was Josiah’s first love and we decided to use it because he loved the game and this will be a good memory for him,” he added.He has also hinted there are plans to have the tournament played across all the counties and probably more than once a year as they seek to alleviate the suicide problems as well as create awareness for mental health.“There’s a lot of stigma around the issues of mental health and no one wants to talk about it. The young men especially feel as though it is weak to come out and say ‘I am depressed’ because of the way society is set up,” Major Kariuki noted.“This is a problem that does not have boundaries whether you are rich, poor, old or young. It affects everyone.”Among plans that the foundation has include setting up a website and toll-free number where those suffering from mental health can voice their issues as well as seek professional help.The foundation will also seek to empower parents, teachers and the society at large especially in creating an environment where the young people will find comfort in voicing their issues.Major Michael Kariuki introduces his family during the launch of the Josiah Gathura Kariuki memorial Tournament. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Parents need to be aware of the environment their kids live in. There’s a lot of pressure now because it’s different times. As parents, we need to be present for these kids and listen to them,” Ms Kariuki said, sentiments that were shared by her husband.“Parenting is complex nowadays and our young people are faced with a lot of challenges, more than they can handle. It is important for us as parents to create time with our kids not just a matter of chasing money everywhere and living the responsibility of raising the kids to house helps or drivers. We need to create an environment at home that is conducive for our children to express themselves,” he noted.Last September, when the world marked the World Suicide Prevention Day, it was disclosed by the World Health organization that up to 7,000 suicides are reported in Kenya annually with tens of thousands more attempting to kill themselves in what is often blamed on depression.According to a Ministry of Health research also conducted then, about 7mn Kenyans had attempted suicide which accounts to almost 16pc of the entire population.According to a research conducted in June this year, the number of suicides reported in Kenya rose by 58 per cent between 2008 and 2017 to reach 421.Also, the research conducted by The World Population Review ranks Kenya at position 114 among 175 countries with the highest suicide rate.0Shares0000(Visited 126 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Believe it: Scotch and shuffleboard were the catalysts for 2007 Warriors’ playoff takedown of Dallas

first_imgAssuming Murdoch isn’t … Three Warriors walk into a bar.Bartender says, “We’re going to need bigger tumblers.”At least according to nbcsportsbayarea.com’s Logan Murdoch.Per Yahoo!: Murdoch is publishing an oral history of the “We Believe” Warriors, who rocked the NBA’s world in 2007 with their stunning playoff upset of the Dallas Mavericks. Part of that narrative involves an outing convened by coach Don Nelson with two of his players that was equal parts spirits and shuffleboard.last_img

CVC now probes recruitment done by Games OC; seizes documents

first_imgFile photo of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi.The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has initiated an inquiry into an alleged recruitment scam in the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) following complaints that it showed ghost employees on its muster rolls and violated norms while inducting people.A total of 2,100 people were shown as having worked between May 2009 and November 2010 in different capacities and together drew salary running into several crores.Sources said the anti-corruption watchdog officials have seized documents related to the employees who were recruited for organising the mega sporting event last year.They said the CVC has received several complaints claiming large scale irregularities in selecting officials for the Games OC. It was alleged that a large amount of money had been siphoned off as salary expenditure.”The CVC has got complaints that many staff members were selected by violating certain norms. The complaints also claimed presence of ghost employees on the OC muster rolls. We have taken those complaints seriously and are enquiring into them,” a CVC official said, requesting anonymity.The sources said it is a significant step following allegations of “fraudulent” recruitment process undertaken by the OC.They said that CVC has also asked the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Sports Ministry to probe irregularities in the whole recruitment process.In a related development, the Income tax department has also asked CWG OC furnish details of muster rolls, documents pertinent to selection of workforce, salary and Tax Deduction at Source among others to check the complaints of alleged fraud.advertisementThe OC has at present about 250 employees who are being relieved in a phased manner, the sources said.The anti-corruption watchdog is enquiring into over 30 complaints related to alleged corruption in Games works carried out by different civic and construction agency. It includes overlays works, workforce selection, hiring of equipment and public relation related projects executed by OC.The high-level Shunglu Committee, appointed by the Prime Minister to look into corruption and procedural lapses in the conduct of the Games, has asked information from public about the alleged recruitment scam.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on October 25 last year appointed the Committee under the chairmanship of former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu and asked it to submit its report within three months time.Besides, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered four FIRs naming some of the close aides of OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi for alleged criminal conspiracy and financial irregularities in executing certain contracts.The CBI has also questioned Kalmadi in connection with the cases.last_img read more

No holiday break

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao (left) is backwith trainer Freddie Roach. —TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.NETManny Pacquiao did not skip training on Christmas Day, and neither did his American challenger Adrien Broner.But while the two protagonists for the Jan. 19 WBA welterweight title fight posted their non-stop training on social media, Pacquiao and Broner offered contrasting pictures of how things are panning out.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, for Broner, it was a brash picture of vindication.The 29-year-old talent taking a shot at stardom despite a topsy-turvy career was seen on Instagram flashing his ripped body after crossfit training and plyometrics in his Miami camp.Roundly criticized for being too out of shape to provide Pacquiao any challenge, Broner has reportedly shed 30 pounds since appearing side by side with Pacquiao during their promotional tour in LA and New York City last month.And true to his character on and off the ring, Broner used hashtags that said he has “tunnel vision set for victory,” and that on Jan. 19, he would be “the biggest star in boxing.”Pacquiao vaulted to the top of the boxing world once again after stopping Argentinian Lucas Matthyse in July in Kuala Lumpur for his first knockout win since stopping Miguel Cotto in 2009.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? For Pacquiao, it was a quiet reunion with an old mentor.Pacquiao was reunited with Freddie Roach, his chief trainer for 17 years, right at Wild Card gym, which has served as a war room for their countless victories on boxing’s biggest theaters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe 40-year-old Filipino, working to put golden finishing touches to his glorious career, then jogged around his Los Angeles home last Tuesday with a flock of fans at his heel, according to philboxing.com.It was homecoming of sorts for the only eight-division champion in history, who will be staging his first fight in the United States in two years. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img And after Floyd Mayweather hinted of a rematch of their 2015 mega fight, his outfit, Premier Boxing Champions, made an offer for a Broner fight as some sort of a prelude.Broner is a four-division champ who has a knack for aping Mayweather’s counter-punching moves and irreverent behavior, minus the American great’s sharpness and discipline.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National doubles amateur unfolds at Aguinaldo Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

Alps Alpine develops compact solderless waterproof detector switch

first_img Continue Reading Previous A logical method of debugging embedded systemsNext Infineon: OPTIGA Trust M to improve security of cloud connected devices and services Alps Alpine has developed a SPVQ8 Series detector switch for use in detecting the opening and closing of side doors, hoods and other vehicle doors.Electrification of vehicles is progressing and cars are becoming lighter. The electronic components inside them therefore need to be smaller and lighter, too. The detector switch recently developed by Alps Alpine is intended for open/shut detection of side doors, hoods and other vehicle doors, as well as connection detection e.g. for seatbelt buckles. Each car has around 10 such products. This SPVQ8 Series detector switch has an optimized terminal shape – a short fork terminal – achieved using high-precision die manufacturing and stamping technology. This has reduced the overall thickness of the product by 25%, thereby contributing to thinner, lighter customer equipment. It is a solderless design – a popular feature of existing models allowing one-touch board mounting. The use of a double-sided sliding contact ensures stable contact even in shock and vibration environments.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Video: Watch This Short, Powerful Documentary About Clemson Quarterback Deshaun Watson

first_imgDeshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers stands with head coach Dabo Swinney after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 31: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers stands with head coach Dabo Swinney after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners with a score of 37 to 17 to win the 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of the best players in college football. He also has an excellent story to match his ability on the field. The ACC Digital Network and Havoline Football Saturdays put together a short documentary about Watson, covering his high school career and rise to five-star recruit, as well as the inspiration that he draws from his mother Deann, who survived a fight with tongue cancer during his high school career.Clemson fans will love this video, but it is worth a watch for all college football fans.last_img read more