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Tue, 2015-05-19 11:36 PM
Washington, May 19 – Two new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grant programs will help coastal communities and their managers create on-the-ground projects to make them more...
Tue, 2015-05-19 11:02 PM
Washington, May 19 – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or...
Tue, 2015-05-19 08:19 PM
Washington, May 19 – Pilots will be able to file flight plans and receive the latest weather information on-line, effective immediately, under two new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contracts...
Tue, 2015-05-19 08:06 PM
Washington, May 14 – Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has presented the 2015 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary’s Award for Valor to 12 outstanding individuals who...
Tue, 2015-05-19 07:25 PM
Lanham, MD, May 13, 2015 – McMurdo, a trusted name in emergency readiness and response, has announced that it has opened the world’s first Emergency Readiness and Response Experience Center at its...
Tue, 2015-05-19 05:07 PM
Farmingdale, NY, May 18 – Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), has announced that its AN/APS-147 maritime surveillance radar system was instrumental...
Mon, 2015-05-18 05:08 PM
Washington, D.C., May 14 – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries has announced a new Species in the Spotlight campaign to focus recovery and public education...
Mon, 2015-05-18 01:39 AM
California, May 11 – After soliciting feedback from more than 100 stakeholders and employees, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released a service assessment that...
Mon, 2015-05-18 12:12 AM
Washington, May 14 – A new NASA study finds the last remaining section of Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is quickly weakening and likely to disintegrate...
Thu, 2015-05-14 04:09 PM
New York, NY, May 13 – The United Nations (UN) health agency has reported that by the end of 2015, the world will have met the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for turning around the epidemics of...
Wed, 2015-05-13 10:10 PM
San Francisco, CA, May 13 – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy joined Bay Area agencies to celebrate the Regional Renewable Energy Procurement Project (R-REP), the...
Wed, 2015-05-13 09:44 PM
Kathmandu, Nepal, May 13 – The earthquakes and the continuing aftershocks in Nepal highlight the importance of the efforts the Ministry of Health and Population and the World Health Organization...

Company News

Irvine, CA, April 28 – Getac Inc., a manufacturer of rugged computers, has released the updated V110 rugged convertible and the updated F110 rugged tablet, making Getac’s fastest-selling products even better. The second generation F110 and V110 products each feature a fifth generation Intel Processor, Intel HD Graphics 5500, an eight-megapixel rear camera, a front HD webcam and an updated LumiBond 2.0 touch screen that allows glove-on use.
San Diego, CA, April 28 – a major provider of long range acoustic hailing devices (AHDs) and advanced mass notification systems, has announced orders from the United States Navy totaling $560,000. Both orders are scheduled to ship this fiscal year. The United States Navy orders are being delivered under the multi-year $12.2 million firm-fixed-price, IDIQ contract the company was awarded in June 2013. The remotely operated LRAD-RX systems will be mounted on naval vessels for long-range communication, security and safety use.
Houston, TX, April 27 – The 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami killed 230,000 people in 14 countries, and swamped coastal communities with waves up to 100 feet (30 meters) high. Following this tragic event, the United Nations set up the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System, and although not directly affected by the 2004 disaster, the Philippines have set up a similar early warning system.
Chicago, April 21 – Intertek (LSE: ITRK), a provider of safety services to a wide range of industries around the world, has announced a strategic alliance with the Portable Lights American Trade Organization (PLATO). Through this collaborative relationship, Intertek will provide independent third-party testing and measurement in support of PLATO’s mission to advance the industry by elevating the quality of products.
Manchester, NH, April 22 – The University of New Hampshire at Manchester has announced a new Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security.
Dublin, Ireland, April 20 – Two Xtralis solutions have received prestigious awards at ISC West, the largest security industry trade show in the USA. VESDA-E VEA aspirating smoke detector (ASD) won the Security Industry Association (SIA) 2015 New Product Showcase (NPS) Best in Fire & Life Safety Award, and the HeiTel 4G Body-Worn Nano streaming video transmitter received an Honourable Mention. Both solutions bring Xtralis’ pro-active threat prevention innovation to new markets, providing vastly safer environments for people.
Cincinnati, OH, April 20 – Response Technologies Ltd., the manufacturer and distributor of the Centurion® line of emergency notification solutions, is launching an emergency safety grant program for eligible K-12 public schools in the U.S. This is the first year for the grant program, which will be conducted annually moving forward.
London, England, April 17 – E2S Warning Signals, a manufacturer of audible and visual signals, will be showcasing new additions to its extensive range of explosion proof, hazardous location and intrinsically safe warning devices.

Commentary and Opinions

The law firm representing ten families -- nine of whom lost family members in the Sandy Hook shooting, along with a teacher who was shot multiple times but survived -- has said they have initiated a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. The lawsuit alleges negligence and wrongful death.
In a letter addressed to Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest AIDS nonprofit organization in the U.S.
With security awareness, threat assessment, and risk analysis extending into new areas like international traveler health screening, vigilance at the doors of elementary schools, and intensified subway passenger safety, it’s important for government security professionals everywhere to keep their knowledge and credentials continuously up-to-date.
We’re almost through hurricane season, and so far we’ve been lucky: none of the hurricanes or tropical storms have caused significant damage. Even so, we’re not out of the woods yet. Researchers at Colorado State University predicted the 2014 hurricane season would see three storms making landfall, and one will be a Category 3 or higher.
Active shooter, suicide by cop, ambush by homegrown terrorism -- these real-life scenarios require different types of officer response, but the resulting stress on the officer generates the same physical and psychological results during the incident. The question Meggitt Training Systems asked is, “Can this stress be recreated within a simulated environment?” The answer is yes.
 

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