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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,...

Travel to Egypt ? It is worth being more vigilant at the moment


At least two suspected militants were killed and one injured in Egypt's northern Sharqiya governorate on 21 March. The suspected militants were killed during the premature detonation of a bomb at a garage in Al Ibrahimia.The...

Threat of Kidnap in Libya and Sinai dramatically increases


The latest Islamic State (IS)’s English language magazine “Dabiq” was published on February 12. An article containing a picture of a group of men, paraded along the shore while dressed in orange jumpsuits and led by IS milit...

A Middle Eastern balance of power emerges


RPS brings you this interesting article by STRATFOR Geopolitical comment Austin TX www.stratfor.com. It is an interesting look at the way the lines are changing in the Middle East and provides a different insight into the wa...

Nigeria advancing against Boko Haram


Stratfor Global Intelligence has produced this interesting look at Boko Haram and RPS wanted to share these thoughts with you. SummaryAdvances are being made against Boko Haram, a fact made evident by the Nigerian President ...

How safe is your evacuation plan?


RPS brings you an insightful look at evacuating buildings in the USA. We can all learn lessons.Students were evacuated from Hamden High School in the USA for around two hours after a bomb threat on Friday morning. Students w...

"Be vigilant in shopping malls" Terrorists call for attacks in the west and in Jordan


Last week, the head of Homeland Security was urging shoppers to be vigilant after al-Shabaab, a terror group tied to al-Qaeda, named Mall of America among potential targets for attacks.The Secretary of Homeland Security warn...

What is happening in Libya? Is the Islamic State is gaining force?


What is going on in Libya with regards to the Islamic State?Throughout the last week within Libya we have again witnessed an increase in the potential Islamic State (IS) alignment and increase proved by further retaliation a...

Islamic State (IS) Expansion within Libya


RPS brings you this insight into the Islamic State in Libya, written by our friends at SNE Projects, based in Libya. With thanks to them for their analysis.‘While there is a lot of debate ongoing to the group's true extent i...

Updating you on what is happening in Iraq


Iraq is changing on a daily basis and this is the latest information from the country. RPS brings you an update of what is going on there behind the scenes, provided by our RPS consultant who has just returned from Northern ...

RPS in action around the world


RPS has been training around the world. Here we show you RPS in action and give you an idea of what we do and how we do it.We are specialists in security and medical training as well as off road driving at our centre in Nort...

Top safety tips to help avoid job scams


Are you looking for a job? There are a number of different ways in which job-seekers could be defrauded. These range from direct financial scams to misleading job descriptions.Safer-Jobs, the recruitment industry’s counter f...

Phone snatching in London - warning


BE ALERT FOR PHONE-SNATCHERSThe City of London Police is warning people to be on their guard following a number of incidents of mobile phone snatches in which the victim has been walking along the pavement with a phone in th...

How will the shooting at a Dubai airline affect other flights to Baghdad?


We use cookies to help us deliver our online services. By using our website or by closing this message box, you agree to our use of cookies as described in our Cookie Policy. WSJ EUROPE WSJ LIVE REALTOR.COM BARRON'S MEMBERSH...

Ukraine - is the latest push in Mariupol a sign of Russian intent to push further?


The latest report from Strator highlights the fragile situation in Ukraine. RPS brings you their analysis.Reports of heavy rocket artillery firing on the eastern parts of the city of Mariupol, Ukraine, as well as a statement...

How to create strong passwords to prevent your accounts being hacked


RPS is always being asked "how do I make myself more secure online? so here we have a short answer....how to create strong passwords to prevent your accounts being hacked.Fraudsters regularly hack into personal online accoun...

Israel braces for Hezbollah’s answer to an air strike


Written by Strafor, this article may be of interest to those who work in and around Israel. AnalysisIsrael has been beefing up its defensive capabilities along its borders with Syria and Lebanon since one of its helicopters...

RPS consultant in Iraq reports on the current situation


RPS's consultant on the ground in Northern Iraq paints a picture of the security issues around the country.North of IraqDiyala witnessed an airstrike against a house taken over by IS on the outskirts of the Sinsil Basin area...

More information from the RPS consultant in Iraq


North of IraqIn Diyala several kidnappings and low level IEDs were recorded as to was the discovery of a mass grave containing 25 victims. Neighbouring Salah ad Din saw ISF (Iraqi Security Forces) operations continue in the ...

Current Situation in Iraq - Brief Overview


NorthDiyala witnessed a Suicide bombing against a coffee shope resulting in at least a dozen civilians dead and injured whilst in neighbouring Salah ad Din Province activity declined with IEDs being reported IVO Tikrit and e...

Beyond Crisis in the DRC: The Dilemmas of International Engagement and Sustainable Change


Chatham House has published a paper by Ben Shepard, which RPS found interesting and would like to share with you. The paper is below:This research paper looks at the policy challenges and opportunities for change and sustain...

Security in South Africa


According to reports released yesterday, a Swedish tour group was robbed at gunpoint in the provincial capital of South Africa's Western Cape province, Cape Town, on 5 January.The group of 17 was reportedly touring the Khaye...

A new look at terrorism


With 17,958 people killed in terrorist attacks last year, there has never been a more crucial time to understand the impact of terrorism and to identify its underlying causes.The 2014 Global Terrorism Index provides a compre...

Update on travel to Libya - airports and general travel


Tripoli International Airport (TIP) – CURRENTLY CLOSEDTIP remains closed, with immense external and internal damages following the recent fighting, our sources have reported that a great deal of tidy up work has already take...

Update from Libya


As we start 2015, RPS brings you an update on the security situation in Libya.The ongoing clashes  between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and Islamist Militias continue as the rival groups seek to take control of Libya’s vas...