Monthly Archives: July 2008

Dolly’s impact on Gulf of Mexico oil sector.

 Companies were returning workers to U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platforms and restoring output shut due to Dolly. Shut-in gas was 5.5 percent of Gulf output Thursday, July 24, down from 7.9 percent July 23, and shut-in oil … Continue reading

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Nigeria (Country threat level – 5):

Nigerian militants announced on 28 July 2008 that they successfully sabotaged two oil pipelines in Nigeria’s Rivers state. The two Niger Delta pipelines — located in Kula and Rumuekpe — are reportedly owned and operated by Royal Dutch Shell, and … Continue reading

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Australia (Country threat level – 3):

 On 27 July 2008 investigators announced that they believe a malfunctioning oxygen canister caused a minor explosion on a Qantas passenger aircraft two days earlier, forcing the flight to make an emergency landing in the Philippines. The London-to-Melbourne flight was … Continue reading

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DHS Awards $1.8 Billion in Preparedness Grants

The Department of Homeland Security announced approximately $1.8 billion in grants to bolster state, urban area and tribal government efforts to improve the nation’s readiness, response and recovery capabilities for both natural and man-made emergencies. The department will award approximately … Continue reading

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China (Country threat level – 3)

Chinese officials announced on 24 July 2008 that they have disabled a terrorist cell that was planning to attack football venues in Shanghai. Authorities have increased security in Beijing, the capital, over the past year in the lead-up to the … Continue reading

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Grim Reaper: Streamlined Killer Drone Begins Combat Operations in Iraq

BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq —  It looks more Star Wars than Iraq War, an unmanned aerial killer ready to fly its first combat mission in Iraq. But the MQ-9 Reaper is more than just a stunning sight — it may represent … Continue reading

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HHS and DHS Announce Guidance on Pandemic Vaccination Allocation

Release Date: July 23, 2008 For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary Contact: 202-282-8010 The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security (DHS) released guidance on allocating and targeting pandemic influenza vaccine. The guidance provides … Continue reading

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Shock Bracelet Considered For Airline Passengers, Border Control

(InfoWeek, 7/8/08)In order to enhance the security of air travel and to help manage illegal immigration, the Department of Homeland Security has solicited a proposal from a Canadian security company to develop a passenger stun bracelet. Like the pain collars … Continue reading

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The Spy in the Lab

 (Forbes.com, 7/17/08) U.S. companies need to be increasingly careful about what they tell their Chinese engineers.Last August J. Reece Roth, an electrical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, passed along a research paper to Sirous Nourgostar, a graduate student … Continue reading

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Virginia Hazardous Materials Conference and Expo (October 13-17; Hampton, VA)

This event, sponsored by the Virginia Association of Hazardous Materials Response Specialists in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, features over 60 educational workshops and an exhibition area featuring the latest products and technology for the hazardous materials … Continue reading

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