Feelings are the key to successful change

first_imgFeelings are the key to successful changeOn 6 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Gordon Brown’s recent announcement that more than 40,000 roles will be cutfrom the Civil Service would seem a classic example of ‘old-style’, autocratic,change management. But how else could it have been done? Successful changeprogrammes are those that help people gain an emotional understanding of howchange will benefit them personally, and encourage them to take both individualand team responsibility for their future. In his book, The Heart of Change, John Kotter describes “a core patternassociated with successful change: See… Feel… Change”. To make changehappen, he argues, organisations must focus on getting people to feeldifferently instead of trying to make them think differently. He cites examples to prove that the key to successful organisational changelies in experiential learning: people must feel change before they can believein it – they must take on board the new reality in tangible, concrete ways.Most organisations rely on simply putting out a lot of information andexpecting employees to see the logic behind the strategy. Organisations, particularly in Western cultures, tend to focus on rationalanalysis when making the case for change, but rational analysis doesn’t excitepeople or motivate them to want to join up to a new cause. People almost alwayschange their behaviour for emotional and intuitive reasons – because theybelieve in something. Tackling restructuring will be a significant challenge for the HR teams atthe Inland Revenue, HM Customs & Excise, and the Department for Work andPensions. Yet it offers a tremendous opportunity for HR to take the lead. Itwill need to pull the best talent from inside and outside the HR function toensure a successful and sustainable transition and avoid creating a feast forconsultants. Efficiency may lead to job cuts, but job cuts don’t necessarily lead toefficiency. Brown’s driver is obviously cost reduction through efficiencysavings, but focusing on headcount reduction is the wrong place for HR tostart. Understanding the future service delivery requirements of each departmentand aligning theses with the organisation’s structure must come first. People make change happen, or they stop it happening. Having made hisannouncement so publicly, Brown has not helped those affected people to enterthe transition in the ideal way. HR needs to act quickly to reposition the workforce and prepare it forchange. Most employees will remain and they will need to feel and see that thefuture state looks like an exciting place to be. Putting highly-experienced managers right at the heart and demonstrating thenew culture through management behaviour will be critical to the CivilService’s future success. By Alan Bailey, head of business process outsourcing Xchanging Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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2021-05-12

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SUU Women’s Soccer Announces 2018 Schedule

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Thursday, Southern Utah University’s women’s soccer team announced its 2018 schedule which consists of nineteen games.The Thunderbirds will start things out August 10 with an exhibition match against Utah State in Cedar City.They then head to Michigan to face the Big Ten’s Michigan State Spartans August 17 and will then travel to Mount Pleasant, Mich. to face the Mid-American Conference’s Central Michigan Chippewas August 19.The first regular-season home match for the Thunderbirds is August 23 against UNLV and on September 16, SUU concludes its non-conference portion of the season by visiting Division I newcomer Cal Baptist.On September 21, the Thunderbirds commence the Big Sky Conference season with a road match at Weber State. One month later, October 21, the regular season concludes as the Thunderbirds will have Senior Day with a home match against Eastern Washington. Written by June 28, 2018 /Sports News – Local SUU Women’s Soccer Announces 2018 Schedule Tags: Cal Baptist/Central Michigan/Eastern Washington/Michigan State/SUU Soccer/UNLV Brad Jameslast_img read more

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2021-05-08

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Teenager arranges his own murder on net

first_imgA 14-year-old boy has appeared in court, charged with plotting his own murder. John, 14, used multiple personalities on the internet to convince Mark, 16, to stab him when they met up in Greater Manchester last June. The boys’ real names have not been disclosed to the press. John used a number of different characters on the internet and became friends with Mark after meeting him in chat rooms. One of John’s false personas – a 42 year-old woman claiming to work for MI5 – told Mark he had to murder his friend. He was told to say, “I love you bro” as he carried out the attack and was promised sexual favours and money if he was successful. After the stabbing John was left critically ill in hospital, although he has now recovered. He is said to have been having difficulties in school and was unsure about his sexuality. Both boys have been put under supervision orders.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more

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2021-05-03

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Helping the homeless in the cold

first_imgDear Editor:I would like to thank Hudson County leadership team: Freeholder O’Dea, Administrator Abe Antun, Director of Division of Correction Ronald Edwards, Director of Health & Humane Services Darice Toon, and Coordinator of the Office of Homeless Services Jonique Mosley for responding to help the chronic homeless persons during the recent cold days to stay at Kearny Warming Center. The Warming Center was operational 24 hours a day and conditions were improved; as a result, the number of people who have been going to the center has increased to over 80 persons per day from an average of 45 persons per day. I also want to thank them for organizing additional pick-up trips from Hoboken and Jersey City during the ‘code blue’ weather alert period. Special thanks to the outreach team who did an excellent job of coordinating, particularly from JSQ Path station.The county hotline for those seeking shelter from the cold is 800-624-0287 Riaz Wahidlast_img read more

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2021-05-02

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Up the function

first_imgOver the last year, healthy breads such as whole grain have experienced the fastest growth within the bread sector. The same period has also been marked by the widespread cleaning up of ingredients labels. This all amounts to great news for the shelf-life of the people eating the breads, but not so great for the bread itself.Dwindling shelf-life is just one of the challenges faced by manufacturers and retailers alike in this health-driven marketplace. Speciality bread has shown steady growth and now holds 15% of the total bread market, worth £300m, and is growing by 11% year-on-year, according to TNS Superpanel data for the year ending 20 April 2008. With that comes a demand for greater NPD on speciality products – especially those using wholegrain flours and mixes.So where do you turn to differentiate your products among a glut of healthy bread launches? One solution that product developers can explore is the use of heat-treated wholegrain flours. Heat-treated flours are nothing new, but they are increasingly finding favour in the development of wholegrain products because of the benefits they bring to shelf-life, processability and batch consistency. The bonus is that they’re also clean-label.French company Westhove, part of Limagrain’s food ingredient division, reckons its heat-treated flours can be used for anything from wholegrain wheat to speciality grains, such as spelt – a flour that’s finding favour with some less-sensitive coeliacs and wheat intolerance sufferers – to drive NPD.”The process pretty much stabilises the fat content in the grain, reducing the level of microbiological flora and enzymatic activity in the whole grain,” explains Paul Anderson, business development manager for Champagne Foods, which supplies the flours in the UK. “The thermal treatment does not change the fibre content or levels of vitamins and fatty acids – it just lasts for longer. The main problem with unprocessed whole grains lies in their organoleptic qualities, stability and processability. Our process enables these problems to be overcome.”As such, the business has developed a range of heat-treated functional flours and mixes that, it says, offer a number of functional benefits to products. Through the parent company Westhove has exclusive access to specific varieties of different cereals; combined with the Farigel process this enables the development of cereal ingredients with unique functionalities, claims Anderson.”The product range is huge and growing all the time,” he says. “The process is applied to a variety of cereal grains – wheat, maize, rice, barley, rye and oat.” All of these are available in wholegrain flours. Also available are brans from wheat and maize, and pea fibre. “All of these are natural food ingredients with clean ingredient declarations, and because of the heat treatment they have low microbial counts and oxidative stability,” he adds.The flours lend themselves to untapped markets for wholegrain cakes and biscuits, because the increased water absorption facilitates sheeting, he believes. Meanwhile, the functionality of heat-treated flours means they can help improve softness and reduce fat in cakes and muffins, thus helping to reduce the cost of the end-product.Westhove’s breadmaking research has shown that fat content in sandwich bread formulations can be reduced by 50-75% without modifying the characteristics of the dough (firmness, machinability) or the finished product (volume, colour, crumb structure) while retaining the same ingredient declaration.”The important part of the fat reduction is the specific varieties of wheat and maize used, which are exclusive to Limagrain,” says Anderson. “This gives unique rheological properties, allowing a reduction in fat in bread, brioches and milk rolls, for example. These ingredients are opening the way to a whole new world of products.”Dedicated to innovationSimilarly, Holgran, a part of the Hovis Division of Premier Foods, has stepped up its NPD in the arena of health bread mixes. In 2005, Holgran developed a new strategy that saw it switch focus from being purely a manufacturer of seeds and cereals to being a business dedicated to innovation. The firm now works on solutions for a range of food manufacturers, including those within the Premier Foods Group.Part of this shift in focus involved analysing consumer research and trends and converting it into practical ideas that can be applied to bakery products. Taking consumer insights from a variety of sources – the team is said to enjoy reading women’s magazines as much as formal scientific research – they ended up with a range of healthier bread products, which it is now marketing under the Healthwize brand.Launched as a range of bread concentrates at the Baking Industry Exhibition in April this year, Holgran commercial director Alan Marson says the brief was to enable bakers to produce healthier breads with specific health benefits.”We know that consumers are increasingly aware of health issues but they also demand a pleasurable eating experience,” he says. “Consumers require convenience and products that capture the imagination, but retailers need to add value and deliver a point of difference. The Healthwize range is skewed towards female and older consumers, who care about weight management and the health of the family.”Each concentrate focuses on a current trend in eating patterns. Among them is Oats for You, which uses the cholesterol-lowering properties of concentrated oat fibre; Holheart, featuring linseed-derived Omega 3; and Natural Balance, which uses the prebiotic inulin. Developed over a six-month period, the range has been trialled at Holgran’s development plant in Lichfield. But despite the nutritional and practical bakery brains behind the products, initial efforts proved that making a successful healthy bread isn’t just about bunging in some whole grain. “Having had the initial idea, our team of bakers and nutritionists set to work on devising recipes for great-tasting bread that is good for consumers,” says Marson. “This is not an easy task. But by using high-quality and unique ingredients, the team tested and re-tested these recipes on consumers and colleagues to perfect them. Around 250 people saw the range or tasted the bread pre-launch.”The key to success in this marketplace, then, is to find the right functionality of flour or mix, couple it with a well-drilled consumer profile and deliver it in a baker-friendly format. “As well as consumers, we have also listened to high street bakers,” says Marson. “They are looking for products which provide flexibility, while adding value to their own breads.”—-=== How does heat treatment work? ===One system – The Farigel Process – applies a controlled degree of heat treatment to the flour, producing a number of effects:l Flexible level of gelatinisation of the starch to alter the rheological properties of the flourl Stabilisation of any natural fat contained in the flour to prolong shelf-life (no rancidity)l Dramatic reduction in microbial contaminationl Enzymes are inactivated – improving the stability.—-=== Sharing ideas for better breads ===Following consumer mega-trends, such as the move towards higher-fibre, lower-fat products shouldn’t be a case of NPD teams working in isolation, but should involve the whole supply chain sharing information, says HGCA’s market development director, Alastair Dickie. The HGCA was involved in a supply chain partnership that helped bring about the Holgran project, which led to the launch of its Healthwize mixes.Between 2004 and 2007, HGCA and the Food Chain Centre ran the Cereals Industry Forum (CIF), a project designed to improve the competitiveness of the UK cereals industry. One of the key themes was the need for better innovation and new product development.The CIF revealed that while some companies at the customer-facing end of the supply chain were clearly very good at innovation, many others felt it was not a priority for them.As part of its Supply Chain Partnership, a follow-on project was designed to share the findings from CIF, showing examples of best practice.The HGCA has been keen to emphasise that innovation is everybody’s responsibility and helps the whole chain tap into key market trends. “Ultimately the consumer only sees the added-value product on the shelf, but everyone in the chain can benefit from this kind of innovation,” says Dickie.last_img read more

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2021-04-21

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Elkhart County COVID-19 Information Line now operational

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Elkhart County COVID-19 Information Line now operational Google+ By 95.3 MNC – March 29, 2020 0 203 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Twitter Facebook Facebook (“Telephone” by Esparta Palma, CC BY 2.0) The Elkhart County COVID-19 Information Line is available and answered by a live person. They are Elkhart County’s trusted source of accurate information. If they do not know the answer, you will be given a resource. This is an information line. They are not a source for a test authorization. The phone number for the Information Line is 574-523-2106. Calls will be accepted Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.As health leaders have said many times and will continue to say, the best way to protect from any respiratory illness, including COVID-19 is to:Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60% or higher alcohol.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Practice social distancing (no group functions such as book clubs, meetings, and or congregations of 10 or more)Stay home unless you need to go somewhere.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Previous articleNew map can show Hoosiers needing food where to find pantriesNext articlePolice: 6 dead after house fire in southern Indiana 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more

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2021-04-20

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Press release: New UK aid package will “stop dirty money in its tracks” and recover millions of pounds for developing countries

first_imgThe new commitments build on the UK’s existing leadership in tackling illicit financial flows, and over the last three years this has supported African law enforcement officials to develop skills which helped them to seize, confiscate or preserve over $76 million of illegal assets in 2017.Notes to editors Financial crime hurts the world’s poorest the most, taking money away from schools, hospitals and other vital services in developing countries. Today’s UK aid package will stop dirty money in its tracks and send a message to crooks that we are clamping down on spaces for them to hide their illegally gained wealth. Even small decreases in illegal financial flows will give developing countries millions of pounds more to invest in their economies, helping them to stand on their own two feet and create a more prosperous future. Disrupting organised global criminals before they can directly threaten the UK is firmly in our national interest, and will lead to better trade links with African countries by reassuring British businesses that they can invest with confidence. During the visit, Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin signed a new agreement with the Kenyan government to return stolen and corrupt funds that have been moved out of Kenya and are hidden in banks in the UK.All stolen funds found and returned to Kenya will be used exclusively for development projects, in sectors including education and health. This includes over £3.5 million in proceeds of crime seized by courts in Jersey.This agreement builds on our commitment made at the 2016 London Anti-Corruption Summit to stand shoulder to shoulder with countries who are committed to tackling corruption.International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: create new centres of British expertise in major financials hubs to tackle financial crime more effectively; strengthen efforts in southern and eastern Africa to recover illegal money flows from crime, fraud and corruption through the courts; support Kenyan authorities to bring people committing financial crimes to justice by helping to identify proceeds of crime and seizing criminal property; train and mentor law enforcements officials in southern and eastern Africa to improve criminal justice systems by tightening legislation and strengthen investigation techniques, which will help to build their capacity to clamp down on serious organised crime, ranging from drugs and people trafficking to rhino and elephant poaching; and make use of British asset recovery experts by connecting them with counterparts across the globe.center_img A series of major new UK aid programmes will help bring criminals to justice and recover millions of pounds of illegal assets in developing countries, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has announced.Illicit finance sees “dirty money” diverted away from people in poor countries to individuals involved in crime, terrorism and fraud. This not only harms economies and legitimate financial sectors, but also erodes the confidence of potential investors.The package, announced as Prime Minister Theresa May visits Kenya, will: The African Union and United Nations High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) from Africa claim that over the last 50 years, Africa is estimated to have lost in excess of $1 trillion in IFFs.last_img read more

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2021-04-20

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EMC & Lightstorm Entertainment Redefine the Film Industry for a Digital Future

first_imgBecause we’re 100 percent digital, our storage needs have evolved. We have to figure out, for example, how to take all of this data and keep it secure, and share it securely. How do we use digital technology to enhance what we can offer the consumer, or in our marketing of a movie when it comes out?Additional factors have a significant impact on our storage requirements. For example, these movies have to be designed; every illustration we do, every concept drawing – it’s digital. Every time we come on to a stage and do a test, and our performer does the right thing, the right stunt, the right action, we need to be able to store that data.With the next three Avatar sequels, we’re going to be pushing the boundaries of technology. These movies couldn’t even be thought about without digital technology, or without strategic partners like EMC that help us to manage all of this data that needs to be stored and pushed out to different teams across the world.When we were evaluating the EMC Isilon Scale-Out NAS system, our team found that it was the solution that delivers everything. It’s cost-effective, it’s reliable, it’s expedient and it’s efficient in how it operates. EMC was able to offer a package that served all of our data needs, and our data needs are huge.In the case of our Avatar sequels, the volumes of data are going to be in the numerous petabytes for both our Lightstorm Entertainment team here in Los Angeles, and for the Weta Digital visual effects team down in New Zealand. By comparison, for the first Avatar movie, we had 2 petabytes of storage with the Weta team alone, not including the production side.With the Avatar franchise, we’re not looking to have a number of partners in every area, we’re looking to have the gold-standard partners. The EMC Isilon system we have created brings us a new realm of possibilities around what we can do and how we can push technology even further.Truly, the door has just been cracked open on what we can do, and I think all of those answers are digital answers. We want to explore things like higher dynamic range and higher frame rates. We also believe that we’re going to be able to create a much higher-fidelity performance for our computer-generated characters thanks to a closer-knit marriage between Weta Digital in New Zealand and our team here in Los Angeles as we’re making this movie.Digital technology has enabled us to think of anything, and it’s now doable. It didn’t used to be. Whatever Jim (Lightstorm Entertainment co-founder James Cameron) conceives of, whatever our artists conceive of, we can create it, and we can create it not in isolation but with collaboration from the best of the best from around the world.To learn more about EMC’s relationship with Lightstorm Entertainment, check out the related video: Lighstorm Entertainment Transforms Film Industry with Isilon Data Lake Lightstorm Entertainment strives to push the boundaries of the film industry; with every movie we’ve done, from Titanic to Terminator 2: Judgment Day to Avatar. It’s interesting creatively for us to do things that stray from the norm, and that culture is reflected in the way we refer to our business.To me, there’s no such thing as a “film industry” anymore. Nobody works on film anymore; we certainly don’t. We are, unquestionably, 100 percent digital. Movies like Avatar – which grossed more than $2.7 billion worldwide – simply would not exist without digital technology.last_img read more

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2021-02-27

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Matt Harrington on His Stint as a Computer Hacker & Terrifying Tots in Matilda

first_img “My first-ever commercial was an anti-drinking P.S.A. with Jim Parsons. I remember saying, ‘I’m rich!’ and Jim telling me not to get excited until the check showed up. He mentioned being on unemployment and I thought, ‘Sucks for him!’ The commercial never aired. I made 300 bucks.” Stage & Screen Cred: After making his Broadway debut as an understudy in Harvey, Harrington appeared in the acclaimed productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night in the West End and on Broadway. His small screen credits include The Good Wife and Bored to Death. Related Shows “When I saw Mark Rylance in Jerusalem, he became my idol. So the first day of Richard III and Twelfth Night rehearsal, I was like, ‘Play it cool! Don’t be a fanboy! You’re a co-worker now.’ He’s a unique species of creature. An alien, in the best possible way.” “I really wanted to be a pilot—so when I was 12, my buddy and I saved up our allowance, said we were sleeping at each other’s houses and bought plane tickets to San Francisco. In cash. We hung out in the empty airport for five hours and took the first flight back to San Diego the next morning.” “I was a very amateur hacker in junior high. I would regularly hack into my school’s computers to find teachers’ records. But I’d never change my grades! I was a moral hacker.” Current Role: Mr. Wormwood, the loudmouthed, TV-obsessed dad audiences love to hate in Matilda on Broadway. View Commentscenter_img “Matilda is a fun musical, but it’s dark. In rehearsal, the associate director told me to stay strong with the kids: ‘I know these girls are sweet—they look cute and it feels weird, but don’t back down.'” Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Matilda Age: 32 Hometown: San Diego, CA “The only way to make it on Broadway these days is to be a movie star, do musicals or be in a really good British import, because those seem to be the only things that survive. This year, I’ve somehow pulled off two of the three!”last_img read more

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2021-01-18

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Armed Forces Prepare to Combat Terror Threat at Rio 2016 Olympics

first_imgThe Armed Forces are preparing to provide security for the 2016 Olympics in numerous geographic regions. In Rio de Janeiro, the Olympic Games’ facilities are distributed over four different areas in the city. In addition to Rio, five other state capitals will host Olympics soccer matches: Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Manaus, Salvador, and São Paulo. Counter-terrorism training All venues will have a Center for Integrated Tactical Control that will operate alongside professionals from security forces and public agencies that are assembled at Area Defense Commands. Troops will be prepared to counter a variety of attacks, such as chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear. During one of the drills, 10 Troops stormed a room with cardboard targets inside, which Soldiers had to identify and take down following their superiors’ instructions. Brazil’s Federal Highway Police and National Public Security Force also participated in the exercise. By Dialogo December 29, 2015 Fantastic news to know that Brazil’s Armed Forces are active in defending the population!! This brings peace and hope to all of us. Congratulations. I congratulate the Armed Forces which has to be prepared against any threat. I am a reservist Good day Christ lives and reigns Honorio, really the narco terrorists are a scourge that affects the youth of the world and the blame goes to the capitalist countries. Just give the narco terrorists of the world a death sentence “Our personnel have a level of training that is highly specialized,” explained General Mauro Sinott Lopes, chief of the Brazilian Army’s Special Operations Command (COPESP) and the Joint Command for Preventing and Combating Terrorism. “We have already conducted a number of different training sessions this year – not only in joint environment of the Armed Forces, but also with other government agencies that contribute their skills to tackling terrorist threats.” While more than 10,500 athletes from around the world prepare themselves to participate at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, about 2,000 Brazilian service members have been training intensively to combat possible terrorist attacks during the event. A series of training programs, which will end in March, will be conducted at Olympic venues. The operations’ goal is to acclimate security personnel to each location’s environment. In addition, the Armed Forces will hold specific training sessions in March involving Navy and Army aircraft that will support counter-terrorism operations. Nationwide framework The most recent training session was held at COPESP’s headquarters in the city of Goiânia from November 8-14th. The session brought together Special Operations units from the Brazilian Navy, Army, and Air Force who used live ammunition during conflict simulations in an urban environment. The Armed Forces’ counter-terrorism measures that aim to protect the athletic delegations and the estimated 300,000 tourists who will attend Rio 2016 are being planned in line with the document “Risk Analysis,” which was produced by the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (ABIN) and other domestic and foreign institutions, including the International Police Criminal Organization. In total, the Brazilian Armed Forces will have about 38,000 service members in place to conduct counter-terrorism measures and security patrols. They will also help monitor explosives, protect strategic structures, and guard against cyber-attacks. These personnel will also be assigned to act as a contingency force in support of security agencies and provide protection for the authorities. “All Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defense units will be present at each Olympic venue to work in tandem with public security forces during rapid response actions,” Gen. Sinott said. The Joint Command for Preventing and Combating Terrorism, led by Gen. Sinott, is the nerve center of this counter-terrorism framework. During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Joint Command will be temporarily headquartered at the Eastern Military Command (CML) in Rio de Janeiro. Using a communications device mounted atop the CML, security and defense personnel will be able to follow the developments of security plans that will be implemented during the Olympics. Security officials have planned the regulations that spell out how the Ministry of Defense and the ABIN will counter terrorism. “Now, we will move forward to determine what the regional needs are,” Gen. Sinott added. last_img read more

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2020-12-20

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