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Revealed: The 50 most dangerous cities in the world


12 March 2018 - RPS PartnershipSouth and Central America currently dominate a list of the most violent cities on earth, with the United States and South Africa also making an appearance.  RPS Partnership offers courses, such...

International Women's Day


08 March 2018 - RPS PARTNERSHIPAs  the world celebrated International Women's Day yesterday, we at RPS Partnership, wanted to recognise the wonderful work our female trainers are doing around the world working with some amaz...

Training in Lebanon


5 March 2018 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership is running its next Hostile Environment (HET/HEFAT/HEAT) course 19-21 March 2018, at our training school near to Bracknell, Hampshire. we are about 45 minutes from London Heathro...

RPS Partnership gets great feedback from its latest courses


20 February 2018 - RPS PartnershipWe have had a busy month with two courses running after each other and we are proud to say that all our feeback was positive with some ideas for what to add for future courses.Feedback from ...

Namibia: Hepatitis E Outbreak


RPS Partnership - 15 February 2018A new alert has just come in which we think you may wish to be aware of, if you are travelling in Africa. Contract us on info@rpspartnership.com for all your travel security questions and tr...

South Sudan youths attack journalists


6 February 2018 - RPS PartnershipNews Flash...here is the full articleContact us on info@rpspartnership.com if you are going to South Sudan as we are running a Hostile Environment Training course 12-14 February 2018.A foreig...

Hundreds of women at risk of 'stress' heart attacks, research suggests


6 February 2018 - RPS PartnershipWe run First-Aid and remote trauma courses for those working in remote, fragile and hostile environments. This interesting article below highlights how heart attacks in women are often missed...

Heading to Brazil for work or for the Carnival - read on


RPS Partnership - 31 January 2018Are you heading out to Brazil in the near future or planning to go to carnival which starts this week? Our Brazilian colleague and friend on the ground in Rio de Janeiro, Herculano Barreto Fi...

Jamaica - State of Emergency declared


20 January 2017 - RPS PartnershipFor those travelling or working in Jamaica, it is advisable to adhere to the latest travel advice given by the British Government.Contact us if you are in Jamaica and need assistance or are p...

Digital New Year's Resolutions


10 January 2018 - RPS PartnershipBased on the article we posted yesterday, we thought we would remind you of digital good practice. Many may say that this is so simplified, but we find that if people are not protecting thems...

Meltdown & Spectre: How to protect yourself from these CPU security flaws


9 January 2018 - RPS PartnershipWith the start of 2018, RPS Partnership is bringing you news of the latest cyber issue to hit our computers. You may find this information useful. If you need any further information, do conta...

Are you a journalist planning to cover the World Cup in 2018? Get ready early


So as 2017 is finishing we are looking to 2018 and the Football World Cup in the summer 2018; it may seem a long way in the future, but it is important to get ready early. So here are some thoughts just as everyone is gettin...

RPS Partnership Study and Training Day


22 November 2017 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership recently ran its annual study and training day for the senior management  and training team. Ryan Swindale and Caroline Neil both welcomed their team and as part of the train...

Zimbabwe finally gets its Regime change - "coup" in progress


17 November 2017 - RPS PartnershipUpdate on 17 November 2017Some Media trying to get into Zimbabwe on tourist visas are getting stopped and sent back to the country they came from.The Media Commission has now confirmed that ...

Safety Resources for Freelance Journalists


10 November 2017 - RPS PartnershipCath Mossom, RPS Partnership's Head of Training, has been working with IWMF and the ACOS Alliance over the last year running First Aid training with security training. She was interviewed by...

Kenyan Elections becoming increasingly violent


27 October 2017 - RPS PartnershipBACKGROUNDYesterday, Thursday 26 October 2017, Kenyans went to the polls in the controversial re-run of the presidential election between the prominent politicians, Mr Raila Odinga and the in...

Brazil - Manaus is a dangerous place to work


22 October 2017 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership has been working hard to train organistaions working in Brazil, in particular in Manaus. If you are interested in the work we are doing there, please contact us for more infor...

Investigative journalists killed in Malta - 6 car bombs in the country in 18 months


RPS Partnership - 20 October 2017Investigative journalists in many countries of the world fight a daily battle to stay alive and none was more the case than Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed two days ago by a bomb place...

Earthquake in Mexico - photos from our course participants


RPS Partnership - 10 October 2017Cath Mossom, Head of Training for RPS Partnership, was in Mexico and witnessed first hand the destruction and panic that quickly spread across Mexico city.Cath was actually sat in a parked ta...

How to Recognise the Sound of Gunshots


RPS Partnership - 5 October 2017One of RPS Partnership's weapons exeprts speaks to Time magazine about how to recognise the sound of gunshots when caught up in a terrorist or lone gunman type of incident. Kevin Beale tells u...

How safe is it to visit Kenya?


RPS Partnership - 3 October 2017Ryan Swindale talks to Safe Travels Magazine here.He was asked how safe is it to visit Kenya? Here we bring you some of what he said to them.Kenya is a great place to visit for both work or a ...

How safe is it to visit Tunisia?


24 September 2017 - RPS PartenrshipWe provide training to your staff to prepare them for domestic and international travel - general crisis management training, security awareness and hostile environment training. Crisis man...

Tensions increase in Libya


22 Septebmer 2017 - RPS PartnershipWe have just received news that tensions have increased in Tripoli ahead of a demonstration scheduled to take place on Sept. 25 in Martyrs' Square.Contact us on  if you plan to travel to Li...

RPS Partnership's Head of Training caught in earthquake in Mexico


20 September 2017 - RPS PartnershipLast night UK time, RPS Partnership had to use its emergency protocols as our Head of Training, Cath Mossom, was caught in the earthquake which took place in Mexico city. She was fortunate ...

RPS Partnership working in South Sudan


19 September 2017 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership’s Head of Training, Cath Mossom, has just returned from a successful trip to South Sudan training the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF).Contact RPS Partnership o...

Terrorist incident in London


15 September 2017 - RPS PartnershipContact us on info@rpspartnership.com for more information on how to stay safe and what to do during a terrorist attack. If you are worried today and in London and not sure what you do, ple...

Will you go to Tunisia on holiday?


22 August 2017 - RPS PartnershipAssessing whether there is a threat against you if you travel to a country is a tricky thing to do. Some organisations have a whole raft of staff who do this for a living and even then, they s...

Terrorist attack in Burkina Faso - contact us if you are concerned


14 August 2017 - RPS PartnershipContact RPS Partnership on info@rpspartenrship.com for advice and training if you are planning to travel to Burkina Faso in the next few days or weeks. If you are in Burkina Faso and need advi...

Travel Advice During The Kenya Elections


4 August 2017 – RPS PartnershipKenya goes to the polls on August 8th to vote in what has become an increasingly violent and bloody run up to the election this year.Contact RPS Partnership on info@rpspartenrship.com for advic...

Travelling in Venezuela? Think about your personal security


31 July 2017 - RPS PartenershipFatalities During Civil Unrest in Venezuela and on-going tensions as the election polls openVenezuela has been experiencing increasing political turmoil since April 2017 due to demonstrations a...

RPS Partnership talks about terrorism in Cumbria


26 July 2017 - RPS PartnershipIn this week's edition of The Cumberland News, Mark Green talks to RPS Partnership’s Managing Director, Caroline Neil and Chief Operating Officer Ryan Swindale, about how we are all a soft targe...

Life in Libya Today


Very little is known about what life is really like in Libya these days for the average Libyan.  At RPS Partnership we have a Libyan colleague, a former journalist,  based in Libya, who updates us about the local situation a...

Travel Warning for Tourists in Bolivia


16 July 2017 - RPS PartnershipBoth the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK and the US Department of State have issued travel warnings today for tourists in the Isla del Sol and Lake Titicaca area of Bolivia.If you ...

Egypt attck - contact us if you are concerned


14 July 2017 - RPS PartnershipContact us if you are concerned or need any training for travel overseas. Please call us for an informal chat if you are worried. You can reach us on info@rpspartnership.comAccording to initial ...

Update on the Internet in Mogadishu, Somalia


4 July 2017 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership's consultant has just returned from Mogadishu. We are getting up to the minute information on what is taking place on the ground in the capital of Somalia.Contact us on info@rpspa...

RPS Partnership trains 61 national and local journalists in Thailand and Brazil


28 June 2017 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership brings you exciting news on its latest projects supporting and training local journalists in South America and Asia.Our trainers have just returned from Brazil and Thailand, wher...

Update on the situation in Qatar


6 June 2017 - RPS PartnershipThe Middle East is changing and you may need advice or training to travel there or to work there. Contact us for Crisis Management Training, Travel Awareness or First Aid Training.We bring you th...

RPS Partnership teaches journalists to wait before rushing in after a bomb attack


3 June 2017 - RPS PartnershipWe have been running Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT), also named Hostile Environment Training (HET), for many years now and our trainers and consultants are experienced at being cau...

Planning a trip to Iran? Read on....


19 May 2017 - RPS PartnershipIran is one of those places to which everyone wants to go. But you are either too nervous, you believe the media reports and then you are too scared to go or you just think it is going to be plai...

Update on the Ivory Coast


17 May 2017 - RPS PartnershipContact us for more information on our training courses and to book your place on our next Hostile Environment Awareness Trainnig (HEAT) or sometimes referred to as Hostile Environment Training c...

Travel advice for Ivory Coast


15 May 2017 - RPS PartnershipFlash news from our contact, Richard Johnson of Northcott Global Solutions on the ground.At present the continued unrest in Abidjan and surrounding areas continues.  Areas of the city namely the ...

Update on Benghazi airport, Libya


5 May 2017 - RPS PartnershipFor those of you working in Libya, you may find this news of interest. Contact us if you plan to travel there to assist you with advice, training and support. Libya is still a dangerous country an...

Brazil disruption today


28 April 2017 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership has been working in Brazil for over 8 years and will be back there next month. So if you are planning to work or travel there, do get in touch with us for advice and training on...

The future of terrorism in Senegal - keep your eyes on Dakar


24 April 2017 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership has been working in Senegal since 2016 and brings you this interesting look at the future of terrorism in this country; one which does not appear much in international headlines...

Another whatsapp scam


19 April 2017 - RPS PartnershipEvery week brings us a new cyber scam. We wanted to let you know about this one, as we all use whatsapp on a daily basis. Contact us if we can help you. We have cyber experts who can advise, tr...

"I was in Stockholm today"


8 April 2017 - RPS PartnershipContact us if you are interested in Active Shooter Training info@rpspartnership.comJust as we were about to leave our meeting the terrorists struck in Stockholm. Thankfully we were not caught up...

Security update just in from Russia


3 April - RPS PartnershipWe have just received this security alert from Russia and wanted to share it as quickly as possible. Contact us on info@rpspartnership.com if you need any advice or training to travel to difficult or...

Update on flying from Beirut


26 March 2017 - RPS PartnershipWe posted on Friday about flying back from Lebanon before we had flown, said Caroline Neil of RPS Partnership.I think we were all hoping that they would not carry out the "laptop ban" this week...

Advice for concerned people in London


22 March 2017 - RPS PartnershipWe are posting this advice as the attack in London today is being treated as a terrorist attack. Contact us on info@rpspartnership.com if you need further information or advice on what to do fo...

New rules regarding laptops on planes will affect us all


21 March 2017 - RPS Partnership"Well today we greet the news that we will not be able to take laptops into the cabins of planes leaving the Middle East, Just the countries on the list?" says Caroline Neil, Director of RPS Pa...

Time for Journalists to encrypt everything?


15 March 2017 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership works with journalists all over the globe and is supporting the International Womens' Media Foundation in its training of national and international journalists in Africa and So...

Pakistan update on latest bombings


5 March 2017 - RPS PartnershipWe bring you this edited analysis of the situation in Pakistan from PGI. Contact us on info@rpspartnership.com for information and training for travel to Pakistan. See our gallery for photos of ...

News from Libya - airports reopen


14 February 2017 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership brings you news for those travellers planning to work in Libya. Airports have been a big issue for travellers heading out to work in the country. Contact us on info@rpspartne...

Hostile Environment Awareness Training course - MARCH 2017


10 February 2017 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership has a few places left on the 3 day HEAT course taking place near Wokingham, West Berkshire on the following dates:Monday 5th - Wednesday 8th March 2017Contacts us on cath@rps...

Forewarning of demonstrations in Tunisia and Nigeria


3 March 2017 - RPS PartnershipWe are bringing you news from North and West Africa. News from Tunisia and Nigeria warns us of demonstrations next week.Contact us if you are travelling to either location and require training, ...

Hotel ransomed by hackers as guests locked out of rooms


30 January 2017 - RPS PartnershipContact us on info@rpspartnership.com for more advice on travel security and training. Have a look at our travel security awareness courses.This highlights hotel security posted on The Local ...

Travelling to China on business? Think about using a VPN


25 January 2016 - RPS PartnershipAnyone who has ever travelled to China on business will know that the Government is paranoid about digital security. Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a must to by pass the blanket fir...

Travelling to Beirut - increased security from this weekend


23 January 2016 - RPS PartnershipLebanonRPS Partnership has been travelling to Lebanon and Beirut for a number of years. The terrorist threat has been hanging over the city for many years and more recently the threat has bec...

Gambia political crisis: What happens next?


19 January 2017 - RPS Partnership"Yahya Jammeh is refusing to stand down and has the support of his army chief" is the headline from the BBC today, after RPS Partnership tweeted "what is the position of the Gambian Army?". H...

News Alert for Gambia


18 January 2017 - RPS PartnershipAs the political, and with it potentially the security, situation deteriorates in the Gambia, travellers are being advised to leave the country, when they can.The British Foreign and Commonwe...

News for North Kivu, Democratic Republic Congo


16 January 2017 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership brings this warning from the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The security situation is rated as high and dangerous for foreigners working the area.The Go...

Early Morning Run in... Khartoum


2 January 2017 - RPS PartnershipAs 2017 begins we bring you this light hearted blog (abridged) from RPS Partnership's good friend and colleague in West Africa, Mark Reading. If you have any travel queries or requirements for...

Travelling to South Korea or thinking of it? Read on as 2016 draws to close


31 December 2016 - RPS PartnershipAs 2016 draws to a close, we thought we would bring you this interesting blog from one of our RPS Partnership consultants who has recently returned from South Korea. Not a place which is oft...

RPS Partnership finishes 2016 with a course for IWMF


RPS Partnership - 27 December 2016As 2016 draws to a close, on behalf of the RPS Partnership Team, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support throughout the year.Our last Hostile Environment Awareness (also known as...

Understanding the threat following the Xmas market attack in Germany


21 December 2016 - RPS PartnershipThe attack in Germany this week will hit Europe and its neighbours hard. RPS Partenrship now offers "Active Shooter" Training which allows your staff to take control of their security if the...

DR Congo - Large-scale protests expected from 19 December


16 December 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership offers training, advice and assistance with any travel to Africa and we have up to date information from local colleagues on the ground in DR Congo - North Kivu.Contact us on...

Hostile Environment Awareness courses - 2017


13 December 2016 - RPS PartnershipHostile Environment Training Dates in 2017RPS Partnership is pleased to now be offering 3 day Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) courses. This is sometimes also called Hostile Env...

Planning to travel to Colombia in South America? Read on...


7 December 2016 - RPS PartnershipWe can provide you with advice and training for travel to Central and South America. Our Lead Consultant has just returned from Mexico and can provide up to date and up to the minute advice. ...

How to keep your money safe whilst travelling


30 November 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership can advise you on all your travel requirements overseas. Contact us on info@rpspartnership.com and have a look at our training packages.This great article shows you how to ke...

The 48 organisations that can see your entire online browsing history, even if you delete it


28 November 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership brings you this interesting article about the new laws just being brought in in the United Kingdom. A blogger has created a list of all the people who will be able to request...

Early Morning Run in… Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso


23 November 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership consultants have been running training in West Africa throughout 2016. We are proud to say that we have trained in excess of 300 staff in security, first aid and crisis manag...

Planning to travel to Northern Iraq? Read on...


8 November 2016 - RPS PartnershipTravel to ErbilErbil in Northern Iraq-Kudistan seems to be the hot place to go this November, particularly for journalists, NGO and humanitarian workers. We have a consultant in Erbil who bri...

What is the “true cost” of Active Shooter Training?


21 October 2016 - RPS PartnershipEarlier this month, RPS Partnership was privileged to speak at the Autumn Seminar for The UK Chapter of ASIS International (a leading organization for security professionals). RPS Partnership...

Ethiopia update


12 October 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership brings you this update for anyone travelling or planning to travel to Ethiopia in the coming weeks. Contact us for travel awareness training to this region on info@rpspartners...

What is Training of Trainers?


12 October 2016 - RPS PartnershipEvery thought about training your staff to be Trainers, whether in the UK or overseas?Have a look here to see our work with trainee Trainers; Syrian trainees - we have been training and mento...

Hostile Environment Awareness courses - what our delegates say


29 September 2016 - RPS PartnershipWe don't usually post testimonials from our course participants, however in this case we thought it may be good to give a feel for how much our delegates have enjoyed our courses. Contact u...

Gabon - unrest likely tomorrow 23 September 2016


22 September 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership is bringing you this travel warning for Gabon, for tomorrow. We have received an alert which has warned of widespread unrest in Gabon tomorrow - 23 September 2016. We urge t...

Travelling to South Sudan? Update on spread of diseases


11 September 2016 - RPS PartnershipAnyone travelling to South Sudan at present should be aware of the recent outbreak of infectious diseases. contact info@rpspartnership.com for more information and training courses to enabl...

Update for travellers in Gabon


1 September 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership brings you this update on the situation in Gabon. We are advising all travellers in Libreville to stay in their homes or hotels until the situation becomes clearer. We are ad...

Travelling to Gaziantap near the Syrian border - read here for our helpful travel safety advice


30 August 2016 - RPS PartnershipContact us for travel safety advice and training on info@rpspartnership.com. We can provide your staff with training so they can travel safely with confidence and you are assured they can deal...

Travelling to Beirut ? - Top Tips if your bags are delayed


25 August 2016 - RPS PartnershipWe offer travel awareness training for those travelling to difficult, remote and challenging locations. Contact us for more information on info@rpspartenrship.comTravelling to Lebanon? Read on...

Ukraine / Russia: Tensions escalate over alleged Ukrainian incursions into Crimea


10 August 2016 - RPS PartnershipNews from Ukraine is worrying, according to PGI risk assessments. RPS Partnership warns of the tensions and how it may affect travellers in the region and those planning to go there. Contact u...

Do YOU leave your bags with hotel reception after checking out?


4 August 2016 - RPS PartnershipDo YOU leave your bags with hotel reception after checking out? If luggage is stolen you could be left out of pocket by insurers. Contact us on info@rpspartnership.com for travel awareness cour...

Travelling to Thailand on holiday? Read our travel advice


28 July 2016 - RPS PartnershipWe offer travel awareness training for business travellers and holiday makers as well as those living and working overseas for a longer duration. Contact us on info@rpspartnership.com for detail...

RPS Partnership back in Kenya and giving you top tips for travel there.


21 July 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership has just returned from Kenya, where our Head of Training ran medical and security training for journalists going on assignment to Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African...

Turkey - security conditions remain tense and fluid following coup attempt


18 July 2916 - RPS PartnershipFollowing the unexpected coup attempt over the weekend, RPS advises that the situation is still tense in Istanbul and Ankara and travellers to Turkey may wish to heed the following update. If  y...

Update on South Sudan - limited flights to resume


14 July 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS is bringing you up to date information about South Sudan. If you are there or planning travel there, please contact us on info@rpspartnership.com for more information and advice. We can prov...

Kenya -ownership rule for foreign companies comes into force


12 July 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership has been working in Kenya for many years and we assist organisations to live and work there in Nairobi and up country as well as in the region. We run first aid courses, security...

South Sudan in turmoil again


11 July 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership has been monitoring South Sudan closely and the latest violence has now shaken the fragile peace that was holding in the area. We have recent news that the airport is not officia...

Do we need to be able to speak another language when working overseas?


24 April 2016 - RPS PartnershipWe run courses for staff who work overseas in remote challenging and often difficult locations. We provide training in security, first aid and crisis management. Have a look here for our range ...

Beware of thieves on scooters in London


21 April 2016 - RPS PartnershipContact info@rpspartnership.com for more information and training on personal security in both the UK and overseas. Motorbikes in Mali are common and often used in many countries to steal handb...

Update from Brazil on new intelligence received about ISIS and the Olympics


19 June 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership brings you this latest information from Brazil. O Globo newspaper has published this article about the threats of ISIS during the Olympic games. The information received was conf...

Reminder - Hostile Environments Awareness Course 5- 7 July register NOW


12 June 2016 - RPS PartnershipWe wanted to remind you that our next 3 day Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) courses takes place 5-7 July 2016. Our course is designed for those travelling to and working in difficu...

Training of Trainers for Libyan journalists


7 June 2016 - RPS PartnershipAs you know, RPS Partnership has just come back from Tunisia, where we ran phase two of our Training of Trainers for the the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), in collaboration with Chi...

Somalia hotel terror attack: Ten dead as 'Al-Shabaab gunmen' storm Mogadishu venue popular with Westerners


1 June 2016 - RPS PartnershipJust as everyone was starting to think it was "quiet in Mogadishu". We frequently get asked whether it is dangerous right now. Our answer is always the same. Just because there have not been any ...

RPS in Mali, Senegal and Ivory Coast


31 May 2016 - RPS PartnershipWe have had a busy month running training in West Africa in the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal. Personal security awareness training as well as emergency first aid for difficult and hostile situat...

RPS is back in Tunisia supporting Libyan journalists


16 May 2016 - RPS PartnershipContact info@rpspartnership.com for any queries about travel to the Middle East or North Africa. We provide advice, training and consultancy for any organisation working overseas in remote, diffi...

RPS works with the International Women's Media Foundation in Kenya


15 May 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS is proud to be supporting the IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation) with its African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, which was created in 2014, building on the success of earlier IW...

Top tips for working as a journalist in Turkey


12 May 2016 - RPS PartnershipThere are various security threats for international journalists working in Turkey right now and they all have different levels of seriousness depending on what you are doing and where you are go...

RPS works with the International Women's Media Foundation in Mexico and Kenya


29 April 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS is supporting the IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation) with its new "Latin America Reporting Initiative".Contact us for travel to Mexico and South America and for support and train...

Alert for travel to Mozambique


28 April 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS is bringing you an alert posted by PGI today. Contact us for any assistance if you are in Mozambique or are planning to travel there soon. We can advise, support and train you. Contact us o...

Landmark ruling may affect the way NGOs assess their security


25 April 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership offers training for and planning in crisis management. A landmark ruling and the court case that led to it, will have a significant impact on the aid and NGO sector. Contact inf...

Why volunteer to fight The Islamic State?


20 April 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership can advise you on travel to difficult, remote and hostile areas. Please contact us on info@rpspartnership.com for more details or browse through our training courses here.Emile ...

Kidnap risk increases in Angola


17 April 2016 - RPS PartnershipWe bring you this alert from red24 who have just increased the kidnap risk rating for Angola from low to medium. This increase is in light of a reassessment of the risk in the capital, Luanda, ...

16th April - The People’s Assembly March in London


12 April 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership brings you this advice from the Metropolitan Police in Central London. This advice is mainly aimed at businesses in the area.Attached is their flyer for advice for local busines...

Welcome to Bhutan, the tiny Himalayan kingdom where happiness is more valuable than money!


8 April 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS brings you this fantastic article from Business Insider about a peaceful place where they say that happiness is more valuable than money.Contact us for travel advice and training for all ove...

3 day Hostile Environment Awareness Training Course 3 - 5 May 2016


6 April 2016 - RPS PartnershipWe will still have places on our May course; 3-5 May. Please get in touch to secure your place. You can download our registration form at the bottom of this page. Email this to RPS Head of Train...

The borders of Mexico - Ciudad Juarez is also the city of missing women


3 March 2016 - RPS PartnershipMexico: Ciudad Juarez, the city of missing women, says By Matthieu COMIN and Laurence CUVILLIER of France 24.We mostly think of the borders of Mexico as being lawless and run by drug Lords. Here...

South Sudan remains fragile


29 March 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS has a consultant travelling to South Sudan in April so if you have any travel concerns or require advice or training please do not hesitate to get in touch on info@rpspartnership.comToday w...

Southern Turkey getting tense


23 March 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS is bringing you an update from the Southern region of Turkey in the Nusaybin area to the south of Diyabakir. Our consultant on the ground is reporting that things are tense in the border ar...

Travel to Brussels


22 March 2016 - RPS PartnershipContact us on info@rpspartnership.com today if you have any travel concerns for Belgium and Turkey.A suspected terrorist bombing at Brussels Zaventem airport has left at least 11 people dead an...

An Early morning run in Juba - South Sudan


18 March 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS brings you another blog from Mark Reading, our expert advisor from West Africa. RPS will be running traning for an international NGO in Juba next month and will bring you an insight to trav...

Ivory Coast - hotels targeted on beach resort


14 March 2016 - RPS PartnershipContact info@rpspartnership.com for any travel to West Africa, particularly the Ivory Coast. RPS knows this area well and can give sound advice for travel there as well as design training cours...

Travelling to Indonesia? Take extra care right now


8 February 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership brings you the latest advice if you are thinking of travelling to Indonesia. We bring it to you from Focus Taiwan. Interesting if you are planning to work there or go off on h...

Brazil - Civil unrest to persist throughout 2016


7 March 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS has been working in Brazil for the last 3 years, supporting their media working in the favellas. Contact info@rpspartnership.com for all travel enquiries to Brazil. RPS brings this interesti...

RPS is pleased to announce 3 day Hostile Environment Awareness Training courses in April and May


2 February 2016 - RPS Partnership RPS is one of the leading providers of Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) courses in the UK. We uniquely have both male and female UK qualified trainers who are experienced at rec...

RPS security alert for Kenya


29 February 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS is bringing you an alert just received from various sources with regards to travel to Kenya. Contact info@rpspartnership.com for any planned travel to Kenya and for any travel awareness ...

How to stay safe in your hotel


23 February 2016 - RPS PartnershipGreat ideas for how to stay safe at your hotel, written by Stuart Anderson. We thought you may like to see his ideas and RPS will add some of its own to help you as you navigatge the world s...

RPS now offers Conflict Management and Disengagement Skills Training programmes


16 February 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS are delighted to announce that we now have male and female trainers who are qualified to deliver and certify Maybo Conflict Management and Physical Intervention skills. You may need thes...

A look at Abidjan, Ivory Coast - from a runner's perspective


15 February 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS knows Abidjan well and likes working in the vibrant city which is the capital of the Ivory Coast. Contact us if you are planning to live or work there. We can run training and provide su...

This week's update around the Middle East


8 February 2016 - RPS PartnershipFor any travel or training requirements for working specifically in the Middle East or North Africa please contact us on info@rpspartnership.comToday we are bringing you reports from around t...

RPS update for this week


5 February 2016 - RPS PartnershipContact info@rpspartnership.com for any travel concerns or queries on planning projects overseas in either complex, remote challenging or hostile enviroments.It is good to see trainees of RPS...

A backward rucksack - great new invention for travellers


20 January 2016 - RPS PartnershipContact info@rpspartnership.com for any travel concerns or training for frequent travellers. We offer travel security awareness training for those frequent travellers as well as staff who hav...

RPS is supporting freedom of expression for journalists in Libya


18 January 2016 - RPS PartnershipContact info@rpspartnership.com for any queries about travel to the Middle East or North Africa. We provide advice, training and consultancy for any organisation working overseas in remote, d...

Off to Tripoli in Libya? Read on for security advice


15 January 2016 - RPS PartnershipPlease contact us if you are thinking of working in Libya or travelling there for work. We can advise you on travel security, training and contingency planning. Contact us on info@rpspartners...

Travelling to Turkey? You may face tighter security in Istanbul


12 January 2016 - RPS PartnershipAs more suicide bombs go off around Europe and other regions, you may be concerned about your staff travelling abroad. RPS runs travel security awareness courses for staff travelling overseas...

The courier scam - don't get caught out!!!


7 January 2016 - RPS PartnershipContact us for any of your security concerns, whether it is travel queries,seucrity advice or crisis management planning. We can write your plans, policies and procedures if you need us to. Co...

Owning Gold Is One Thing, Storing It Quite Another


5 January 2016 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership offers security consultancy for any sector. We offer a review of your security procedures and protocols and if necessary can also write them for you. We can offer physical secu...

Travelling to New Zealand or interested in going there? Read on...


1 January 2016 - RPS PartnershipContact RPS Partnership for all your travel queries or concerns for personal security. If you are interested in crisis management training do get in touch. Wishing you a very happy New Year.Ou...

Festive Greetings from RPS Partnership


22 December 2015 - RPS PartnershipContact us for your travel concerns and for advice and training on info@rpspartnership.comHello and a warm festive greeting from RPS PartnershipWe would like to say thanks for the ongoing su...

Burkina Faso: Successful political transition improves long-term stability


15 December 2015 - RPS PartnershipContact us for more information on your travel plans and training requirements on info@rpspartnership.comRoch Marc Kabore’s election as president brings to a close more than a year of politi...

Are there 70,000 Syrian 'moderates' ready to back UK?


10 December 2015 - RPS PartnershipMichael Stephens asked the question "Are there 70,000 Syrian 'moderates' ready to back UK?" and has written this insightful article for Royal United Services Institute (Rusi), Doha. It makes...

Al Jazeera cameraman dies in Syria's Homs


8 December 2015 - RPS PartnershipLocal cameramen and women are often forgotten in the mist of conflict. RPS brings you this news and offers condolences to his family, who may take comfort that a lot of brave locals as well a...

Kenya update on security


1 November 2015 - RPS PartnershipRPS brings you three areas of updated information on Kenya. Authorities deploy more soldiers to Somali border amid ongoing insurgencyKenyan authorities deployed additional troops to the Kenya...

RUN HIDE BARRICADE - new advice on what to do if caught in Paris style gunman attack


19 November 2015 - RPS PartnershipRPS Partnership has been running training courses for dealing with lone gunman and terrorist style attacks for the last 4 years. We have now developed a one day training package on how to de...

Albania, Uganda and Kenya increase security following attacks in Paris


17 November 2015 - RPS PartnershipSecurity increases in Uganda and KenyaAs of 16 November 2015 security measures have been increased throughout Uganda in response to terror attacks in Paris, France on 13 November. Police and...

Latest security advice for Sharm el Sheik - Egypt


15 November 2015 - RPS PartnershipThe British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is providing the following advice for travel to Egypt - Sharm el Sheik.It is advising against all travel to:The Governorate of North Sinai d...

Who is stealing identities and how?


8 November 2015 - RPS PartnershipRobert Siciliano has posted yet another great article on who is stealing your identity and how. We are sharing this with you here, so you can not make the same mistakes. He writes:Identity th...

Safety through technology; devices that can save journalists' lives


27 October 2015 - RPS PartnershipEmerson Malone of the University of Oregon interviews RPS Partnership about tracking devices for a radio programme about how UKraine and how technology can save journalists' lives. He writes....

Do you have a moving lump under your skin after a trip abroad?


26 October 2015 - RPS PartnershipThese are the rarest (and scariest) tropical travel diseases, according to Dr Ron Behrens of London's Hospital for Tropical Diseases. RPS shares Katie Amey's article, published in the Mail wi...

Muharram celebrations in Muslim countries


22 October 2015 - RPS PartnershipMuharram is the first month  of Islamic New Year according to Lunar Calendar. This year it started on 15 Oct.It is also the month of mourning the tragic events resulting in the death of Hazra...

Weak passwords mean Data breaches


19 October 2015 - RPS PartnershipRobert Sicilano has written a great blog, which we are sharing with you here:Studies across the board indicate that weak usernames and passwords are one of the top causes of data breaches, an...

Are you a journalist going to work in a Natural Disaster area?


13 October 2015 - RPS partnershipIf you are a journalist going to work in a natural disaster area; whether that this is by earthquake, hurricane or tsunami, RPS has some advice gleaned from aid workers and others who work in...

UN is arranging evacuation flights out of Central African Republic


 3 October 2015 - RPS PartnershipThe British FCO is now advising all British nationals to leave the Central African Republic. The UN is arranging evacuation flights from Bangui, in the Central African Republic.Tensions are h...

Security warnings for Nigeria


24 September 2105 - RPS PartnershipThe U.S. Embassy has issued a Security Message for the following dates:24 September - today 25 September - tomorrow1 October 2015On 23 September 2015 the U.S. Embassy in Abuja issued a Secu...

The 10 most important things in the world right now


22 September 2015 - RPS PartnershipHere's what you need to know on Tuesday 22 September about what is happening in the world, brought to you by the Business Insider.1. Hungary gave its army the right to use weapons, such as ...

Advice and Support offered for people affected by the Tunisia attack of 26 June 2015


17 September 2015 - RPS PartnershipThe British Foreign Office has published this Advice and Support Sheet for those affected by the attacks in Tunisia this year. The British Government has also set up a Ministerial committee...

RPS Director goes to Islamabad and gives her thoughts on the city


15 September 2015 - RPS PartnershipYou land in Islamabad and are met by a sea of security followed by immigration chaps, who have their superior sitting on their shoulder monitoring them. You then step 10m and get your passp...

Ivory Coast - tensions ahead of the presidential poll


14 September 2015 - RPS PartnershipTensions are elevated in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) following violent protests on 10 and 11 September 2015 in which opposition protesters clashed with security forces.Protests were held in...

Japan - Impressions of Kyoto and Top Tips for Travel


9 September 2015 - RPS Partnership Director of Objective Travel Safety Charlie McGrath, as a partner of RPS, sends us this exclusive look at what it's like to travel in Japan and go off to Kyoto. This is his second blog, whi...

Yemen - NGOs now being deliberately targeted


3 September 2015 - RPS PartnershipTwo Red Cross staff were gunned down outside Sanaa and killed in their car.On 2 September 2015 a gunman opened fire on a Red Cross vehicle killing both the driver and a field officer in what...

10 Most Important Things In The World right now TODAY


2 September 2015 - RPS PartnershipHere's what you need to know today in the world, according to Business Insider:1. Budapest's main rail station was shut down to keep migrants from travelling through. Germany triggered a flo...

More journalists risk kidnap, despite improved safety protocols


1 September - RPS PartnershipAnne Mortensen interviews RPS Director, Caroline Neil, about safety for journalists. Here she writes about how more journalists are at risk today despite security training being more widespread a...

Japan - Impressions of Tokyo and Top Tips for Travel


27 August 2015 - RPS PartnershipDirector of Objective Travel Safety Charlie McGrath, lands in Japan and as a partner of RPS sends us this exclusive look at what it's like to arrive in Tokyo for the first time. Since Japan is...

Bizarrely translated airport sign has English language travellers in confused hysterics


26 August 2015 - RPS PartnershipThis article by Kristie Mccrum will make you laugh. The perks of long-haul travel can be few and far between, but one airport in India put a smile on some weary travellers faces with this gem....

Are you working in or planning to work in Afghanistan and involved in Crisis Management?


23 August 2015 - RPS PartnershipAs Afghanistan becomes more volitile, ensuring that your organisation is ready for the worst is vital. You will notice we don't say becoming more dangerous, as Afghanistan ebbs and flows the t...

In India close to 40% of all abductions are of women for marriage


23 August 2015 - RPS PartnershipIn India, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reports that close to 40% of all abductions are of women for marriage. In New Dehli schoolchildren and teachers took to the streets to demons...

Abductions in Afghanistan - the basics


21 August 2015 RPS PartnershipWritten by RPS's colleague, Robert Ramos who is a Security Manager and Advisor in Afghanistan for ACTED. He writes in the first person from his experience about the kidnap situation in Kabul wit...

Will your resort be safe this year? The threat of ISIS attack hangs over holidaymakers


Headlines from the British Press scream as follows:Holiday companies cancel trips to Tunisia after foreign tourists killedRaises possibility terrorists spread to other countries popular with touristsBrits questioning which d...

Drones are threatening security at prisons in the USA


Someone Tried Flying A Drone Filled With Phones And Cigarettes Into A South Carolina Prison.Drones Are Being Used To Smuggle Drugs Into Canadian Prisons. A drone dropped heroin, marijuana and tobacco in an Ohio prison yard.T...

ISIS in Afghanistan declares war on the Taliban


ISIS in Afghanistan declares war on the Taliban without actually mentioning them. ISIS in Afghanistan/Pakistan (known as Khurasan Province) released an audio message in Pashtun by the self styled Emir of ISIS, Khurasan Haviz...

The Impact of the Syrian War on Kurdish Politics Across the Middle East


This paper was written at Chatham House by Cengiz Gunes, Associate Lecturer, Open University, UK and Robert Lowe, Manager, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). You will find it is an in...

It pays to pay attention - Thief takes $150k left by a forgetful ATM worker


Thief Takes $150k Left By Forgetful ATM Worker, amazing but true says RPS Partnership.The cash machine employee left the bag of cash on a lawn while moving items around in the back of the van during a stop.A bag containing $...

Fishing in Sierra Leone - a quirky story


A friend of RPS lives and works in Sierra Leone; a tricky place to live at the best of times. He writes a great blog for  roadrunnertns.blogspot and for those of you who work in "tricky places" you may find this will make yo...

Syria Kurds set-up oil refineries for first time on record


31 July 2015 RPS PartnershipThis an important development in the war in Syria. We have reports which were obtained yesterday on 30 July 2015 that indicate that Syria's Kurdish minority is operating an oil-refinery in the nor...

Syria Safe Zones Will Undermine US Fight Against ISIS


30 July 2105 RPS PartnershipNeil Quilliam as Acting Head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme together with Jonathan Friedman, Middle East Expert, Centre for Turkey Studies have written an interesting article for Ch...

RPS is supporting the British Heart Foundation's Heartstart initiative


26 July 2015 RPS PartnershipRPS is supporting the campagin to get more of the public to do CPR, so they know what to do if someone is having a heart attack or suffers a cardiac arrest. RPS was at the Penrith Show this weeken...

In Mexico, Crime Is Bigger Than a Crime Boss


21 Jul 2015 RPS PartnershipThis article from Stratfor analyses how the crime situation in Mexico is not just about one man who happens to have escaped from jail last week. SummaryThe July 11 escape of the notorious Sinaloa c...

Update on Africa - Djibouti, Gabon and DRC


20 July 2015 RPS Partnership Djibouti U.S. Department of State warns of terrorist threat to foreign nationals.On 17 July 2015 the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Warning for its citizens in Djibouti. The wa...

Staying in a hotel -is your hotel room as clean as you think?


13 July 2015 RPS Partnership Our spotless hotel room could really be infested with germs.What is the most contaminated spot in your room and it isn't the bathroom?  You haul your luggage into your hotel room, looking round w...

Terrorism in Egypt


12 July 2015 RPS Partnership There is a high threat from terrorism in Egypt. It is believed by UK security forces that terrorists continue to plan attacks. Attacks could be indiscriminate and occur without prior warning. Att...

EGYPT - Heightened security in Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada


Security has been heightened in Sharm el Sheikh, located in Egypt's eastern South Sinai governorate and Hurghada, located in the Red Sea governorate amid an escalation in terrorism across the country on 3 July.The UK's Forei...

SOUTH SUDAN - Increased cholera casualties in Juba county


If any of RPS travellers are going to South Sudan, they may wish to get in touch about the recent Cholera outbreak, so we can advise and assist you in your travel planning. Please contact us on info@rpspartnership.comA chole...

Daesh (IS, ISIS, ISIL) is more than a terrorist organization


There was an important subliminal message in Friday’s dual attacks in Kuwait and Tunis: Daesh, is much more than a terrorist organization wedged between Syria and Iraq; rather it’s a cross-border dogma that inspires and moti...

Egypt - heightened security measures around tourist sites


Over 900,000 British nationals visit Egypt every year. Most visits are trouble-free. However in the light of recent terrorist events in Tunisia, it is wise to know what is going on where you are going on holiday or on busine...

Kuwait - ISIS’ Wilayat Najd shatters GCC’s ironclad security perceptions


ISIS’ Wilayat Najd shatters GCC’s ironclad security perceptionsOn June 26, ISIS’s Saudi Arabia-based branch, known as Wilayat Najd, claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing against a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers i...

News Reporting and navigating risk - RPS takes part in the Frontline Club panel


This Frontline Club event was organised by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) and the Frontline Freelance Register (FFR).Every year, women journalists are killed, assaulted, threatened and defamed – all in pur...

Key Vocabulary of Terrorism - this will enlighten you


Key Vocabulary of TerrorismHere we have compiled  a  list  of  key  terms  used  both  to  describe  ideological  and  regional issues. The purpose of this basic definitions list is not to create a fixed or alternative defin...

Suicide bombers kill dozens in Chad's capital


No claim of responsibility but Boko Haram suspected behind blasts targeting police HQ and police academy in N'Djamena.At least 27 people, including four suspected Boko Haram fighters, have been killed in a series of attacks ...

Crisis Management this week at Alton Towers


Accidents and disasters happen to all companies at some stage or another. This week it was the turn of Merlin Entertainements, which is the the company that owns Alton Towers, where the latest accident on a roller coaster to...

LEBANON - Fighting persists in the Qalamoun region (Bekaa governorate)


Fighting between Hezbollah and a number of Sunni extremist groupings, including the Islamic State (IS) and Jabhat al-Nusra (JN), continues to be reported in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa governorate.On 9 June, Hezbollah militia fo...

Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre on 4 June in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan


The anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in China's capital, Beijing, will be marked on 4 June.Increased security measures are expected throughout the country, particularly in Beijing, as a precaution. Solidarit...

Contextualising the Islamic States gains in Africa


Great article here written by Scott Stewart (STRATFOR Vice President Tactical Analysis) of STRATFOR Security. RPS thought you may enjoy the analysis. Please let us know what you think @rpspartnershipAnalysisThis week, milit...

Protests continue in Burundi: truce ends after opposition leader assassination


Protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term bid continued to escalate yesterday, 24 May 2015. Opposition parties officially ceased talks with the government on 24 May following the assassination of opposition l...

Violent clashes erupt in Bujumbura, Burundi - possible coup being reported


According to reports, violent protests erupted in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, on 12 May, which was yesterday.Clashes between anti-government protesters and police were reported in the capital's Butarere district, with poli...

Journalism under threat by RPS Director


The International News Safety Institute (INSI) is a charity which supports journalists around the globe. They provide information and training as well as conducting research to assist them in their jobs. RPS supports INSI in...

A view of Egypt by an international Radio correspondent living in Cairo


RPS was privilged to listen to an international radio correspondent from a european broadcaster talking about her views on Egypt and the Middle east. Here RPS outlines some of what she said. We have kept her name out of this...

2 May; Commemorative demonstrations to be held in Odessa


Activist and civic groups are scheduled to hold commemorative demonstrations in Odessa, Ukraine, on 2 May, which is tomorrow.The demonstrations have been called to mark the first anniversary of the 2 May 2014 protests, in wh...

Under Threat: Journalism has never been more dangerous according to major new INSI report on media safety


The International News Safety Institute (INSI) has just issued its new report on media safety. This report is a vital look at how safety has changed for the media.RPS has written an article for the report which may be found ...

Sinai's enduring insurgency - Egypt's Sinai crisis is likely to endure as long as the military's policies do not change


 RPS saw this article written by Omar Ashour, which gives an insightful look at Egypt's Sinai peninsula. We thought you may find it interesting.Don't send reinforcements to Sinai. Send your whole army. It will die in the des...

5 Online Security Tips You need to know


It’s up to the potential victim—the user—YOU—to make your computer or smartphone very difficult for Joe Hackster to infiltrate.PasswordsBeing that cyber crime has been a fixture of modern living for over a decade, you’d thin...

Funniest moments caught on surveillance video cameras


“Smile! You’re on Candid Camera.”Do you remember Candid Camera, that iconic American/British hidden camera/practical joke reality TV show that was popular before reality TV was even popular?The show, which focused on an unwi...

NIGER - Meningitis outbreak leaves scores dead throughout country


An ongoing outbreak of meningitis has killed at least 75 people and infected 345 others across Niger since 1 January 2015.According to reports released on 16 April, the presence of the disease has been reported in all admini...

How current and former employees can unwittingly fall prey to aggressive counter intelligence agents


A tale of two insiders is an article written by by Brian O’Shea and published in the US publication © FrontLine Security 2014 (Vol 9 No 3). It makes an interesting read and acts as a reminder for all comapnies. RPS is postin...

Updated advice for those wishing to leave Yemen from the British FCO


The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises against all travel to Yemen. This includes the mainland and all islands. RPS would recommend that all travellers in Yemen consider leaving now if they can, as hos...

SOUTH AFRICA 15 April; Anti-xenophobia march to take place in Durban


A mass anti-xenophobia demonstration is set to take place in the city of Durban, located in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, on 15 April, that is today.The event is scheduled to begin at Curries Fountain at 10:00 local...

Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar - Lunar New Year celebrations to be held in April


The annual Lunar New Year is scheduled to be celebrated in parts of South East Asia between 12 and 21 April.The Theravada Buddhist festival is known as Songkran in Thailand and will be held from 13 to 15 April.Chol Chnam Thm...

EGYPT - Attack in Alexandria over the weekend


Unidentified gunmen fired on a group of people exiting the Archangel Raphael church in the Al Agamy area of Alexandria, northern Egypt, on the evening of Sunday 5 April.The shooting, which followed a Christian Easter Sunday ...

Presentations and Communication in the workplace


RPS Partnership has trained people all over the world and its trainers are some of the best in the professional world of training. We can pass this knowledge which comes from over 25 years of experience of each of our traine...

NIGERIA 26 to 28 March; Elections to be held amid heightened security


General elections are scheduled to be held across Nigeria on 28 March.Security will be heightened across the country in the period leading up to, during and following the voting process. As of 00:01 (local time) on 26 March,...