MSA’s Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) program deploys trained explosive detection dogs and their handlers to protect the personnel and property of corporate and government clients throughout the country. Our EDC blog highlights some of these hard working teams, both on and off the job!Read More
On Saturday, February 14, gunman Omar el-Hussein opened fire at three separate locations in Copenhagen, Denmark. Two victims were killed and five police officers injured over the course of the attacks. The first attack occurred at the Krudttonden cultural center, which was hosting a seminar on free speech, blasphemy and art. The event was attended by Lars Vilks, a controversial Swedish cartoonist who had published a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad, as well as the French Ambassador. Unable to gain entry into the event, Hussein opened fire outside the perimeter of the building, firing shots through the windows before fleeing the scene. The second attack occurred later in the day at a synagogue on Crystal Street in central Copenhagen. Police then traced Hussein to the city’s Norrebro district, where he engaged in a shootout, and was fatally shot by police. Two men accused of helping to hide Hussein and dispose of the weapon have also been detained.Read More
ATM "skimming” is an illegal activity that results in millions of dollars of theft annually from unsuspecting card holders worldwide. It is a two phase process in which criminals steal information from an ATM card’s magnetic strip and the associated Personal Identification (PIN) number. Though it is a common crime, a card holder who is aware of this danger and knows what signs to look for can protect himself and his wallet.
The Super Bowl is the single largest sporting event in the United States. This year, the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks will face off in Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The stadium has a capacity of 63,400 people, however the game is expected to draw a larger crowd of 100,000+ people, including tailgaters.
With that in mind, MSA has compiled a list of policies, guidelines, and helpful suggestions for fans attending or tailgating at the event. For live updates during the Super Bowl, follow us on twitter at the handle @MSASecurity or through our hashtag, #MSASuperBowlXLIX.
This past Saturday, January 24th, a nationwide blackout occurred in Pakistan. The blackout began just before midnight when two transmission pylons, in Naseerabad, Baluchistan province, were destroyed. As reported by the Express Tribune, this failure cascaded through the system, “tripping the 500 kVA national transmission line and forcing a number of power stations offline.” Pakistan’s Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, apologized for the outage and blamed separatist rebels in Baluchistan for the attack.
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Pakistan’s lack of investment in infrastructure and physical protections for transmission substations was a contributing factor in the shutdown, and is concerning. Lack of investment is due, in part, to regulated energy prices and limited funds. Though companies have increased their energy generation capacity to help cope with regulated prices, they have not been able to generate sufficient profits for necessary investments in transmission systems improvements.Read More
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Winter Storm “Juno” is underway and has been extremely severe in many parts of the tri-state area. Beginning on Monday morning and continuing through the early hours of Wednesday, the storm is expected to blanket the tri-state area in over 2 feet of snow. Though the storm appears to have slowed or stopped in many regions, snow bands continue to move across the area, and residents are urged to remain cautious. A state of emergency has been declared in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Travel bans were established in all 3 states as of 11pm Monday; all bans have been lifted with the exception of Suffolk County, NY and Connecticut. Newark and JFK Airports are scheduled to remain open on Tuesday, but with minimal flight activity. LaGuardia Airport is closed on Tuesday.
Topics: winter weather