The Colombian Military Presence on the Border with Brazil

first_imgBy Dialogo August 24, 2011 As soon as you cross the border, a Colombian National Police post immediately attracts your attention. Armed officers carrying submachine guns closely observe who enters and leaves the country. Leticia is the capital of the department (state) of Amazonas and the largest Colombian city along the border with Brazil. It is also the export location for a significant portion of the drugs produced in the country, a portion which enters Brazil through Tabatinga. A strong military presence is noticeable on the city’s streets. Foot patrols by Army soldiers are frequently seen, at any hour of the day or night. The armed military personnel conduct random searches and check the documents of suspects. On the Solimões River, the Coast Guard and the Navy carry out patrols, searching for illicit cargoes and for guerrillas who might enter Brazil or Peru to obtain medicine and medical care. The region is a triple border area, and on the other bank of the Solimões is the Peruvian village of Santa Rosa. Leiticia is the site of the headquarters of the 26th Jungle Brigade, part of the 6th Division of the Colombian National Army. It is a special area command that carries out border-protection missions, missions to protect critical energy infrastructure, and river surveillance, in addition to joint interdiction operations with the Anti-narcotics Police in the fight against coca cultivation. The 26th Jungle Brigade is active throughout the department of Amazonas, along a border of 400 km with Brazil and 1600 km with Peru. Its components include the 50th Jungle Battalion, the 84th Counter-Guerrilla Battalion, and the 26th Service Battalion. This Colombian Army Jungle Brigade uses the Israeli Galil assault rifle as its basic weapon, in the 7.62-caliber and 5.56-caliber versions and the MAG 7.62 and .50 machine guns, as well as 81-mm and 60-mm mortars and 40-mm grenade launchers. As its primary mission, it has been conducting area-control military operations from its five bases in the region. Two of these bases are located opposite Brazilian Army Special Border Squads, and the other three are located along the Peruvian border. These operations are often conducted with support from the Navy – the Southern Naval Force –, from Leticia’s Coast Guard unit, or by way of the use of a Caravan aircraft from the attached air wing, which carries out reconnaissance missions to detect coca crops and unidentified movements along the border. For the past five years, no combat has been recorded in this region, because FARC units have abandoned the area, but military information indicates the existence of small core groups responsible for cocaine trafficking, which use the Apaporis River to reach Brazil and the Putumayo River to reach Peru. Although there is no visible guerrilla activity in the region, the presence of FARC cells performing intelligence work in Leticia has not been ruled out. In the course of military operations, extraordinary results were obtained in the form of crushing strikes against paramilitary groups, especially hitting their command-and-control capabilities. There were also a large number of demobilized individuals who no longer wished to continue causing harm to the country and who understood that they too had the possibility of living as good citizens. This is an important time to continue strengthening military and police action to eradicate once and for all this scourge that threatens and harms the country and all of Colombian society.last_img read more

Animating Text in After Effects

first_imgIn this video tutorial, learn how to control text in After Effects with text animators in three easy steps.Top image via Shutterstock.One of the most exciting aspects of working in After Effects is the variety of ways to animate text. The transform properties of a layer offer a variety of options for keyframing and animation. However, if you want full control over your text layers, you need to learn how to use text animators.Text animators allow you to animate specific characters, words, and lines. It’s as simple as picking a property, specifying a range, and then animating to your heart’s desire. Let’s take a look at how to use a text animator in three easy steps. Step 1: Add an AnimatorFirst, I’ll add several animators to specify which properties to animate. I’ve added three animators to my Text Animator text layer. These include animators for Line Spacing, Tracking, and Rotation. I renamed each animator to make my animation workflow simple. If another person opens my project, they can easily identify what’s going on.Step 2: Select the RangeNext, I’ll bring the animation to life with range selectors. Each animator has a range selector with start, end, and offset animation options. Think of range selectors like masks. I’m going to select the range of the text layer that I want the property change to affect. I can specify the range selection by characters, words, lines, and several other advanced options. To bring the animation to life, I’ve adjusted each property to its beginning position. Once I have a good starting point, I’ll add keyframes to each range selector’s end option.Step 3: Time the AnimationFinally, I’ll fine-tune and time my animation by adjusting the end keyframes to match my sound effects. To help make things easier, I’ve renamed the range selectors to the match the name of the properties. For my rotation animator, I’ve changed the range to effect words instead of just characters. Again, when using a text animator, it’s common to only add keyframes to the start or end options of the range selector.Do you know other text animation tips? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

RIM Policy Implementation and Sensitisation Programme Launched

first_img The policy will govern records and information management across all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of the Government. Implementation of the RIM policy will facilitate accessible, efficient and effective service delivery to the citizenry; data sharing across MDAs; ease of doing business, research and attraction of investments; increased transparency and accountability through the creation, processing, maintenance, use and disposition of records in conformity with local policies, standards and international good practice; preservation of national and cultural identity; leveraging cultural assets; informing the citizenry; and the overall attainment of national development goals. Story Highlights The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in collaboration with the Office of the Cabinet, has launched the Records and Information Management (RIM) Policy Implementation and Sensitisation Programme, geared towards ensuring that all activities and decisions of the Government are fully and accurately documented, managed and monitored. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in collaboration with the Office of the Cabinet, has launched the Records and Information Management (RIM) Policy Implementation and Sensitisation Programme, geared towards ensuring that all activities and decisions of the Government are fully and accurately documented, managed and monitored.The policy will govern records and information management across all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of the Government.Implementation of the RIM policy will facilitate accessible, efficient and effective service delivery to the citizenry; data sharing across MDAs;  ease of doing business, research and attraction of investments; increased transparency and accountability through the creation, processing, maintenance, use and disposition of records in conformity with local policies, standards and international good practice; preservation of national and cultural identity; leveraging cultural assets; informing the citizenry; and the overall attainment of national development goals.At the launch, held on October 4 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the RIM policy is transformational and will help with the storage of important records.“Our reality today, in the digital age, is that every small unit has its own de facto registry, and each computer is host to volumes of official records, be it emails or documents, which are saved and stored, often in an unstructured way,” the Minister said.“While this experience is not at all unique to Jamaica, we accept that without a robust RIM system which provides ready access to relevant and historical documents and which evidences our work, we cannot truly offer to the people of Jamaica good governance, sound policy development and decision-making, efficient and effective services or accountability and transparency,” he added.The Minister called on the stakeholders present at the launch, who represented various government MDAs, to ensure that during the implementation there is adherence to managing their digital records in conformity with the prescriptions of the policy, especially with respect to emails, which are official records.Senator Reid also thanked members of the Cabinet Office for their effort, which is contributing to the success of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation (PSTM) Programme.Meanwhile, Director General, PSTM Programme, Office of the Cabinet, Veniece Pottinger-Scott, shared about the RIM policy.“Implementation of the RIM programme originated within the overall work of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme at the Cabinet Office, and is regarded as one of the major initiatives aimed at driving public-sector efficiency and enhancing the ease of doing business,” Mrs. Pottinger-Scott said.“It is aligned with Jamaica’s economic growth priorities articulated in the Vision 2030 – National Development Plan. It seeks to address systemic issues that significantly affect public-sector performance, [with] information management being one of them; and records. As such, it is prioritised that the improvement of the quality of government data and the strengthening of information sharing across government, must be our priority,” she added.Copies of the Government of Jamaica Records and Information Management Policy were also presented at the launch to Permanent Secretaries and Directors of Documentation, Information and Access Services in the various ministries.last_img read more

Father Joes homeless services during winter months

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Deacon Jim Vargas stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss how Father Joe’s Villages supports the community throughout the winter and the services it provides.For more information click here. December 21, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Father Joe’s homeless services during winter months KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 21, 2018last_img read more