First Operations Security Course Taught in Colombia

first_img“The OPSEC course essentially helped me to distinguish and differentiate between the procedures and protocols regarding classified information and sensitive/unclassified information that is still relevant to the mission, and also to protect our families’ information,” said Sergeant Jairo Florez, from the Special Operations Joint Command (CCOES per its Spanish acronym), who participated in the course. By Dialogo October 05, 2015 It’s important to prepare our armed forces for their military and personal future. The course was held August 10-15 at the Army Intelligence and Counterintelligence School in Bogotá with the assistance of two experts in Operations Security from SOUTHCOM and representatives from Information Operations at the U.S. Embassy Military Group in Colombia working in coordination with the Counterintelligence Office and the office of the Chief of Joint Integrated Actions at the General Command for the Armed Forces of Colombia. This first course, which was attended by 40 participants, including officers and NCOs from the Navy, Air Force and Army, was taught primarily by Counterintelligence and Integrated Actions experts at the joint actions level, because the Colombian Military needs to grow its capabilities in OPSEC that do not fall solely under intelligence, but that also creates a synergy that allows counterparts to work together at the operational and strategic levels (J2, J3 y J5). As part of the support plan the United States Southern Command maintains with Colombia on Integrated Actions, Bogotá hosted its first basic and intermediate course in Operations Security (OPSEC) with the support of the SOUTHCOM Information Operations Office (J39). Their goal, during the six day course, was to establish mechanisms to raise organizational awareness about information security — not only information that is classified or secret, but information considered to be mission critical for the Military’s operational missions — in addition to protecting the personal and family information of military and civilian personnel. Its importance lies in the fact that the students were specially selected so that they would spread their knowledge about OPSEC within their respective branches and offices, and so they might possibly become program directors within their units and contribute significantly to the creation, design and implementation of doctrine in this subject. In addition, the knowledge the students have in operations and tactical subjects serves as an example of battlefield experience and allows them to provide guidance in the process of establishing an OPSEC culture. The military units are already using the lessons learned at the Colombian course to hold internal training sessions. CCOES and the International Missions and Integrated Actions School (ESMAI per its Spanish acronyms) are the two units providing general knowledge, introductory courses on OPSEC. Those same offices hope to expand implementation of a formal awareness campaign through informational material that would be delivered to members of different military units and the Colombian Ministry of National Defense beginning in February 2016.last_img read more


Keeping the competitive edge: Trends to consider for 2019

first_imgFor credit unions, 2019 will continue to be a trend-driven industry with a complete disruption and reshaping of the payment landscape. Credit unions, in general, are undergoing a paradigm shift with an influx of technology, analytics, and regulatory dynamics. The member-facing perspective continues to expand with innovation, where payments become faster, smarter, and more innovative, while service providers are still grappling with back-end infrastructure requirements.Today, members expect their credit union to deliver the same personalized, immediate, and convenient experience at their fingertips as when they use their mobile device to order a pizza, locate a ride share or purchase online with the appropriate coupon applied.With an intense margin pressure, disruptive technology, and stringent regulations, for credit unions to adapt and gain the most success in the coming year – they need to take a holistic view of their member base and apply simplicity, convenience, and instantaneous results.  Improve Service Focus While credit unions have always focused on member service, the greater prevalence of exponential technologies will decrease the value of traditional competitive differentiators, resulting in decreased product revenue. This means future revenue needs to come from other means; likely differentiated services or experience.  Delivering on this change demands a digitally-savvy workforce aligned together to be able to deliver a frictionless user experience that is both convenient and accessible. Data AnalyticsCredit unions fall short of the skills needed to compete in a data-driven economy.  To translate data into direct, meaningful actions at the most optimal time is still a mystery, and despite a personalization push, most credit unions are challenged to leverage insights on a member level in real-time.Improving the member experience requires analytical insight, in addition to applying disparate data across multiple systems. Start with simple segmentation of your members; understanding their purchase patterns to encourage the necessary behavior.Rewards 3.0Gone are the days of regular rewards or cash back programs. In 2019, credit unions need to focus on the use of member data to create sophisticated reward programs. With the influx of data, reward programs are becoming more and more pervasive as they integrate the member’s path to purchase and as such become more relevant to individual consumers and their unique needs.While our industry is changing in front of our eyes, to remain competitive, we no longer can afford to react and need to start looking beyond the obvious. To maintain relevance, we need to jump in front of emerging trends and understand what payment solutions we can and should offer our members at the appropriate moment in their journey. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Aris Jerahian Aris is the AVP of Card Services at Orange County’s Credit Union.  A payment industry executive with more than 15 years of credit, debit portfolio management, consulting and operational … Web: www.orangecountyscu.org Detailslast_img read more


Binghamton announces it can test 200 people a day with new technology

first_imgThe city purchased a new COVID-19 testing work station that allows for same day coronavirus testing. Mayor David says the new technology will help prepare the region for the reopening of the economy. UHS will be supplied with the work station and will purchase an additional station later. This will allow them to test 200 people for the coronavirus a day. The mayor says city police officers and firefighters will be the first to be tested followed by other city employees.center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced a new partnership between the city, UHS and Rheonix Inc. of Ithaca. “Same day testing will also assist with quicker contact tracing across the board, ” he says. “Binghamton is the first municipality in the nation to utilize the Rheonix technology.”last_img read more


Public health statement issued for Vestal Red Robin and Cacciatore’s

first_imgA person who was at Cacciatore’s Restaurant (119 Harry L. Drive) on Sept. 26 between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. has tested positive A person who was at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews Restaurant (2545 Vestal Parkway East) on Sept. 26 between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. has tested positive. BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) — The Health Department of Broome County issued a public health statement regarding confirmed cases of the coronavirus in people who have visited two locations. center_img The Health Department asks anyone who was at these locations during the respective times to self quarantine until October 11.last_img read more


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Luxury island property hits the market at just $1.95m

first_imgWood finishes, louvres and able to be opened to the elements.“The home has been designed to maximise comfort and lifestyle from the impressive designer kitchen, to the parents’ retreat, and guest quarters. The home is a true example of how good life at Bribie Island can be.”She said the home had never been lived in before and would come fully furnished and “appeal to buyers who like to entertain or are looking to live the ultimate island lifestyle”.It feels like a luxury retreat. Water and pathways link various parts of the home.Located on a large 1,147sq m waterfront block on the Pacific Harbour canal, those with a passion for fishing and boating will love the fact that the property has direct ocean access through Pumicestone Passage.The 556sq m four bedroom home has three bathrooms and a layout that makes the most of the large block by creating separate pavilions for privacy and activities, all of which make the most of the waterfront views.Looking back towards the entry.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoRight on the water.Mr Clout designed the pavilions to be linked by a curved watercourse and stone walkway.Pacific Harbour’s Annette Mengel said the area was increasingly landing sales figures well into the millions because of its location and island lifestyle.“This lavish design continues Paul’s reputation for creating resort-style homes,” she said.“The opulent open plan design encompasses two levels of understated luxury, set off by a magnificent pool that is a masterpiece in itself.Lovely room to wake up in. Nice spot to watch the kids from.She said QM Properties and Pacific Harbour had a long-standing relationship with Mr Clout, whose designs continually reach record sales, some selling upwards of $3m.“Paul has evolved his designs that epitomised our award-winning Noosa Waters Estate, to create a unique tropical style for Pacific Harbour that captures the essence of a modern ‘sea change’.”FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKFREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOXcenter_img 119 Marina Boulevard, Banksia Beach.IF you want to know just how good life on Queensland’s popular Bribie Island can be, this home by Noosa designer Paul Clout is a must-see.Mr Clout’s unique tropical style has been kicking goals price-wise up and down the Queensland coast for years and in this one he has mastered open plan.The home at 119 Marine Boulevard, Banksia Beach, was being marketed as one of Bribie Island’s most luxurious homes, with a price tag of $1.95m.The home is made of separate pavilions.last_img read more


Netherlands roundup: Shipping scheme scraps individual DC plan

first_imgMembers owed average 15% indexation payments – surveyDutch pension fund participants and pensioners have missed out on 15% of indexation on average since 2010, a survey has suggested.According to Nibud, a foundation that researches and advises on family finances, only Dutch retirees with an additional pension of less than €5,000 had not lost purchasing power during the past eight years.  It found that Dutch retirees with highest additional pension had lost the most purchasing power.Pensioners with occupational and third pillar pensions of €10,000 losy 3.4%, while those with €30,000 had lost 8.3%, Nibud reported.Nibud, which assessed 10 pensioner households in a static situation, attributed the loss of purchasing power in particular to the lack of inflation compensation by pension funds.However, it said that the income of households had also been affected by new and means-tested fiscal rules.The survey – commissioned by 50Plus, the Dutch the political party for the elderly – found that retirees with an additional pension of €5,000 had gained 2.7% in purchasing power.Pensioners without an occupational pension, and dependent on the state pension (AOW), gained 4.4%.Dutch pension funds have granted barely any inflation compensation since 2010, with a number having been forced to cut pension payouts during 2013-14.In 2018, indexation has been 0.2% on average and Nibud said it expected a similar percentage to be granted in 2019.Of the five largest pension funds, only BpfBouw, the €58bn scheme for the building industry, has given its participants and pensioners inflation compensation this year, paying 0.59%. The €1.3bn Dutch Nedlloyd Pensioenfonds is to stop offering its individual defined contribution (DC) plan as of 2020.In its annual report for 2017, the pension fund explained that the DC arrangements would not remain viable because of the limited take up by employees.The company scheme for the Dutch workers of Danish shipping firm Maersk introduced the individual DC plan for the employees of the company’s six subsidiaries in the Netherlands in 2015, and has attracted roughly 480 participants.At the time, Nedlloyd was among the first Dutch schemes to offer members the option of converting part of their accrued pension rights into pension claims at from the scheme’s collective DC pot. Since 2015, the participants have accrued €10m under the individual DC arrangements.Nedlloyd said it had hoped to attract other Maersk subsidiaries in the Netherlands to join the individual DC plan, which was operated by the pension fund with assets run by Robeco.The number of members in this part of the scheme was too low to achieve benefits of scale, Nedlloyd said.The pension fund added that it was not yet sure that the assets accrued in the individual DC plan would be added to the scheme’s assets, as members had the legal right to transfer their pension savings to another provider at retirement.The Nedlloyd Pensioenfonds is to continue as a closed scheme as of 2020. Frans Dooren, its director, said he couldn’t provide additional details yet, as the employers involved hadn’t yet informed their workers.last_img read more


Update: GeoSea, CSBC Forming JV to Bid for OWF Construction in Taiwan

first_imgAs reported on Wednesday, GeoSea today (21 December) informed about the cooperation agreement with CSBC Corporation signed in Taiwan, adding that they will now establish a Taiwanese Joint Venture (JV) company which will bid for building the upcoming offshore wind farms immediately after it is officially set up with all regulatory approvals in place by mid-2018.Illustration; Image source: GeoSeaThe Joint Venture, reportedly named CSBC-DEME WIND ENGINEERING Co. Ltd, will be incorporated in Taipei and will specialise in transporting and installing foundations and wind turbines for Taiwan’s offshore wind projects.The Joint Venture will become a contractor in its own right, combining GeoSea’s advanced techniques, diverse fleet and know-how with CSBC’s Taiwanese market knowledge, their position as main proponent of the Taiwanese Government’s industrial strategy for offshore renewables and experience as a renowned shipbuilder capable of the most complex vessel construction and repair works.” GeoSeaTaiwan aims at having at least 3GW of offshore wind capacity installed by 2025, with a possibility that this target could go up to 5.5GW.Several developers have already submitted proposals for building offshore wind farms in Taiwan that could bring the total installed offshore wind capacity to 12GW or higher in the decade to come, according to GeoSea.The developers with proposals for constructing Taiwanese offshore wind farms include domestic companies such as Taipower, as well as global offshore wind players such as Ørsted and wpd.last_img read more


Storms Moving Through Area Wednesday Afternoon

first_imgBATESVILLE – A line of strong thunderstorms will impact the listening area Wednesday afternoon.The National Weather Service says the main threats include heavy rain, 40 mph winds and potential hail.Showers and storms are moving into multiple counties through the late afternoon hours.There is a chance of more rain later this evening with a low temperature of 68. Thunderstorms are possible Thursday.last_img


Amoth: Home-based care most effective in treating COVID-19 symptoms

first_imgDr Amoth said the country has made great progress in dealing with COVID-19 noting that from having to send the first COVID-19 samples to South Africa to having 33 testing laboratories across the country it has been a great effort.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 He noted that access to reagents is the biggest challenge to approving more testing labs adding that Kenya is among the top countries in Africa that have tested the most people with a per capita testing of six per 100 populations.Also Read  MOH told to vacate, fumigate schools ahead of reopeningOn his part, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the Ministry of Health is engaging elders in the communities that want to go ahead with initiation ceremonies including circumcision.Also Read  Uhuru extends curfew ahead of his address Tuesday next weekHe noted that while the government will not stop the ceremonies going ahead, those engaged in the ceremonies will be required to adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines in order to ensure that the initiates are not put to the danger of contracting COVID-19.Also Read  President Uhuru to make remarks in the 75th Session of UNGADevolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa who had accompanied Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe to Kakamega urged county governments to invest more in healthcare since health is one of the devolved functions. Acting Health Director-General Dr Patrick Amoth has maintained that home-based care has proved to be the most effective in treating COVID-19 asymptomatic cases.Amoth who spoke in Kakamega County said that the home-based care for asymptomatic COVID-19 cases is nine-times cheaper.He said the home environment has shown to be a catalyst for quick recovery.last_img read more