Yearly Archives: 2013

Guard dogs for your protection

Posted on December 27, 2013 at 2:55 pm

A new house is a huge investment and thus security is very crucial to keep it safe. There are many home security systems that are reliable but these can be very expensive option. Guard dogs are the best and cheap way to improve your home security. These dogs can be anything from Black Lab to Doberman Retriever to a German Shepherd. You need to learn the ways to control these dogs.

Guard dogs are used for protecting your family and your property. These dogs are also trained to find burglars and criminals while some dog helps people with disabilities.

You can also train your guard dogs to perform many other functions. It is also used for different rescue purposes as they are trained to rescue people who face different types of difficult circumstances which include accident. These dogs can also be trained to detect different types of threats and chemicals by sniffing of dangerous substances.

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Facts about Finger Print Scanner

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Finger print scanner is an automated way of verifying the match between finger prints of two humans. Finger prints are used to recognize an individual and it verify the identity of that individual person. It is used as an USB embedded scanners and stand-alone devices. It play a huge role in the identification of the employees and securities. A certificate of the device by the FBI tells about the quality of the product.

Before purchasing finger print scanner one should surely look for the fact that the device is fast and at the same time it is reliable and accurate. One should also see that the images which are been taken by the sensor is high in resolution and is of high quality. The finger print scanner should be able to work in different environmental conditions like humidity and temperature changes. One should purchase a finger print scanner which is light in weight, compact and portable so it can be carried easily.

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Crime Deterrents

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 11:45 am

Crime is a global problem and every country would do anything to ensure that it’s citizens are safe. Therefore, some countries have adopted strategies aimed towards prevention of crime. Community policing is among the strategies adopted. It involves the society and it’s dwellers. Residents are required to report suspicious people or those who indulge in criminal activities. The intensity of criminal activities depends on the nature of the country or neighborhood. Developed countries tend to experience advanced types of criminal activities. That is why some of them use the death penalty for people who commit serious crimes. Although it seems as a violation of the human rights, research suggests that it has the capacity to deter criminal activities. In addition, the use of crime cameras is voted as a cost-effective crime deterrent. These cameras provide evidence used for prosecution of suspects. Another deterrent is the legalization of firearms. This will help people in terms of self defense. Although apprehension of suspects is widely used, it is not efficient in deterring crime.

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What Are The Benefits of Good Anti Spyware Software For Your Computer?

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm

The running of anti spyware software for computer safety is considered to be just as important as is having anti virus. This is because good anti spyware software for your computer is something that every computer should have for its own safety in the online world. What are the benefits of good anti spyware software for your computer? Anti spyware just like anti virus software is designed for one purpose. The one purpose that anti spyware was created for was to detect and get rid of any bad anti spyware that installs itself on your computer without your knowledge. It is a specialized form of software that has its own mission statement and that mission statement is the eradication of any anti spyware software that downloads on to your computer mysteriously. Good anti spyware software fully protects a computer on all fronts from the invasion of any spyware software that can pose a serious threat to your computer and your identity. Therefore, this is one of the most visible of all benefits, and this benefit is to maintain a strong security presence against any spyware that can try to get on to your computer system.

Another benefit of good anti spyware software for your computer is very clear. Not only does this software protect your computer from spyware. It also provides real time scanning that is always working in the background and watching the back of your computer for any possible spyware intrusions. It also has lots of automatic updates that is always keeping the anti spyware software up to date and where it should be from a anti spyware definition stance.

The benefits of having good anti spyware are just as great as the ones belonging to anti virus. Nonetheless, what anti spyware does give a person the most is this, and that is true peace of mind in knowing that their computer is just as safe from dangerous spyware as it is from computer viruses.

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Beware of Phishing Emails

Posted on October 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Article Content: Do not Become a Victim of Phishing Emails

The internet platform has opened doors to allow the human race to do business from any location. Fraudsters have used this privilege to steal from unsuspecting people. It is imperative to beware of phishing emails that request for your personal details. They use these details to log into your legitimate accounts. They can steal from your bank accounts; furthermore they may log into your email accounts to obtain your customers data for their advantage.

Beware of phishing emails that request for personal details to update your accounts. When you provide your details, they get access into your accounts; therefore they could change your passwords locking you out of your accounts.

Beware of phishing emails that may contain links that you are required to click to access more information. It is better to be safe than sorry; these links may contain harmful software that may corrupt your computer getting access to important details. Furthermore they could destroy sensitive data stored in your computer.

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A Reputable Security Company London Helps You in Your Hour of Danger

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 11:13 am

It doesn’t matter where you live or where you work, your premises are at risk to intruders, and more so  if you haven’t taken adequate precautionary measures. London is an enormous city and because it is such a tourism hub, the city contends with a high crime rate; anything from robbing tourists of their wallets to violent acts resulting in death, assault, fraud and theft. A security company London  includes a host of services such as alarm response, corporate security, event security, mobile patrols and much more.

Security companies are even able to provide well trained bodyguards which are allocated to VIP groups or individual guests attending business or social events of any kind. The bodyguards are trained to handle large groups of people in order to avoid violence and injury.

Choose Your Security Company Carefully

Security companies have their hands full supplying a wide range of security services and equipment, whether it is access control systems, garage automation, CCTV installations, burglar bars, electric fences and much more. Crime and terrorism is on the rise, and a security company has as their mission to provide Londoners with reputable and trustworthy service so that citizens can sleep peacefully at night.

For this reason you want to choose a security company carefully  and make sure they are licensed and reputable. Londoners looking for a reputable security provider can look for companies who are a member of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) because these members are registered and accredited. Their staff are properly trained, their conduct is always professional and they comply with all relevant British and European Standards and Codes of Practice within the security industry.

Patrolling to Combat Threats

A Security company London prevents and deters crime and their security officers are trained to handcuff people, they can write detailed reports, perform first aid along with other tasks. Some security officers also have additional training which gives them the right to carry weapons such as a baton, while others have advanced training to carry a firearm.

They also take up positions at building entrances or at gated properties where there is access control; assisting with visitors passing through who make use of some form of identification to enter. Patrolling is an important aspect of a security company and security guards patrol parking garages, large estates and shopping malls; all the while carrying their ID card and a security license.

We are Being Watched

Unfortunately today, because of crime, we live in a surveillance society and are constantly monitored in shopping malls and at work. There are Government buildings which are under constant surveillance, and a superior range of audio and surveillance equipment is offered by a good security company London.

This surveillance equipment enables the security company to prosecute those with criminal activity on their minds, and they play an important role in recouping some of the losses connected to theft. The equipment can be anything like closed-circuit television cameras which are more commonly known as CCTV, biometric equipment  which looks at certain characteristics of a person in order to identify them as well as fingerprint scanners, among others.

Security Companies Help us Lead Peaceful Lives

A leading security company London always co-operates with the police to ensure that their clients always enjoy the highest standard of services to meet all of their unique security requirements. This is to ensure that the citizens of London and surrounds can proceed with their lives as uninterrupted as possible.

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Polio and the Syrian Crisis: The Accidental Bioterrorist

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 8:51 pm

RUSI Analysis, 21 May 2014 By Jennifer Cole, Senior Research Fellow, Resilience & Emergency Management; Raffaello Pantucci, Senior Research Fellow

The World Health Organization’s recent declaration of a public-health emergency as a result re-emergence of polio in countries including Syria and Somalia highlights the nexus between insecurity, violent Islamist groups and the spread of deadly diseases.

Polio vaccine in Djibouti US Department of Defense photo

The continual use of chemical weapons in Syria has shocked the arena. It has also reopened speculation across the possible use of biological weapons. In January 2014, US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper suggested in an announcement to america Senate Intelligence Committee that the Assad regime is able to producing lethal agents, though it will probably not yet have a great delivery mechanism.

But the capability use of such weapons isn’t the most pressing biological threat emanating from Syria. Earlier this month, the realm Health Organization (WHO) declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHIEC)[1] attributable to an unintentional bio-crisis: the re-emergence of polio, a perilous killer which was almost eradicated. During the last 365 days, twenty-five cases of polio was confirmed in Syria, putting neighbouring Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey in danger. Sooner than its ongoing civil war, Syria have been polio-free for fourteen years however the country’s immunisation rates have plummeted from greater than 95 per cent of eligible children before the conflict to around 52 per cent on the time of the polio outbreak.[2] Tellingly, nearly all of the kids affected were born after the vaccination programme fell apart.

(In)security and Bio-Threats

The global, long-term impact of what seems to be a lost opportunity to rid the area of this crippling disease is simply as devastating as any deliberate act of bioterrorism.

The challenging security environment that has facilitated its spread should sound alarm bells for the long run. Genetic sequencing has linked the tension of polio answerable for the October 2013 outbreak within the Deir Al-Zour province in eastern Syria to 1 of Pakistani origin that has also been present in Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian territories in recent months. The idea is that Pakistani fighters battling the Assad regime, or Syrian military personnel who’ve undergone training in Pakistan, might have inadvertently brought the virus to Syria with them.

Two-thirds of the 400 or so polio cases recorded globally in 2013 were because of strains imported to the affected country from elsewhere, again largely from Pakistan – while ninety-two actually occurred in Pakistan.[3]. Sixty-nine per cent of those were concentrated within the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA),[4] where the Taliban is especially active, while Peshawar – the most city that may be a way station for folk transiting to Afghanistan – is the most important polio reservoir on the earth.

Islamist Resistance to Vaccination

The apparent link between polio and Islamist activity is not any coincidence: efforts to eradicate the disease in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria – the simplest three countries where the disease remains endemic, with ‘wild’ or naturally occurring strains still circulating – have long been challenged by Islamist militants who claim that the vaccinations are a Western plot to make their children infertile, to spread AIDS, or that medical examiners are undercover Western spies. The latter claim just isn’t without substance: Dr Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani physician working for the CIA, famously obtained DNA from children in Abbottabad looking for Osama bin Laden, under the duvet of a pretend immunisation campaign. Such suspicion could have a devastating impact: twenty-seven polio workers was assassinated in Pakistan since December 2012.[5] Nonetheless, so long as the virus remains endemic in Pakistan, jihadist fighters could be in a position to inadvertently carry it to other areas of instability around the globe.

This problem will never be exclusive to Pakistan. In May 2013, cases of the disease were recorded in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu for the primary time since 2007, brought on by strains imported from northern Nigeria, where imams and native political leaders issued a polio-vaccination boycott in 2003. In February 2013, the Islamist group Boko Haram murdered nine younger women engaged on polio-vaccination programmes. Meanwhile, the spread of the disease across Somalia itself was further helped by Al-Qa’ida-affiliated Al-Shabaab extremists discouraging parents from vaccinating their children by claiming that the vaccines contain AIDS.

A Polio-Free World?

How the area reacts to this global public-health emergency within the coming months – particularly over the summer, which heralds what’s traditionally the high-transmission season for polio – will determine whether we are able to realistically continue to attempt for a global which is polio-free.

Co-ordinating international efforts to support vaccination programmes in failed and fragile states is one response. Another measure – that has now been implemented by WHO – is to restrict international travel from affected regions by people who was recently vaccinated.  – an approach that has also been replicated within countries. As an example, Pakistani President Nawaz Sharif has stipulated that no unvaccinated child from FATA be allowed to go into the settled areas of Pakistan. He has also ordered army protection for polio vaccinators going into volatile regions of the rustic.

Other more creative measures must also be considered. The Organization of the Islamic Conference has issued fatwas in support of polio vaccination, and Pakistan has encouraged senior imams to talk out at the topic. On 16 May, the White House issued an announcement that the CIA will not make operational use of vaccination workers.

But beyond these, there must be greater awareness amongst the wider security community of ways this niche problem can change into a world threat – an ancillary fabricated from instability and violence that could have deep, longer-term ramifications. Security issues and the success or failure of WHO’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative are clearly, if intricately, linked. As such, efforts to wipe out polio in its previous couple of remaining strongholds needs to be approached with both in mind.

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Posted on July 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm

RUSI UK Feed web@rusi.orgen-usCopyright 2013Anglo/French Joint Training: Developing the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force This December marks the 15th anniversary of the St Malo Joint Declaration on European Defence signed by Tony Blair and Jacques Chirac in 1998. This major step towards a eu capability to behave militarily if need be without US military support has began to tackle a tangible combat identity – the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force. Simon Michell takes a better take a look at the hot CJEF training

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European Natural-Gas Security in an Era of Import Dependence: A Strategic Overview

Posted on July 27, 2013 at 8:36 pm

RUSI Journal, Apr 2014, Vol. 159, No. 2 By David Koranyi

As the Crimean crisis continues to develop, it’s becoming clear that Ukraine’s reliance on Russia for gas imports may prove to be a fundamental weakness, with the latter wielding price increases as an economic weapon. With Russia threatening to easily bring to a halt these crucial supplies to its neighbour, the conflict has also served to underscore key questions on European energy security more broadly. David Koranyi assesses the established order before analysing Europe’s options for supply diversification, focusing totally on its central and southeastern regions.

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Review: David Boyd Haycock’s A Crisis of Brilliance 1908 -1922

Posted on July 27, 2013 at 6:11 pm

RUSI Analysis, 18 Sep 2013

An exhibition of six British Post-modernists depict the impact of the comprehensive War 1914-18 on our society and culture. It provides a super entry point for the visual dimension of the 2014 programme marking the centenary.

Crisis of Brilliance - Paul Nash The Void Photo courtesy of MBAC, Tate London Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. Exhibition ends 22 September 2013

Review by Dr John Mackinlay

2014 is already programmed for a succession of commemorative 1914-18 events. Battlefield experts, military museum curators, war poet aficionados and art historians becomes increasingly visible at the small screen because the year unfolds and to a point this process has already begun with David Boyd Haycock’s A Crisis of Brilliance on the Dulwich Gallery. Within the richter scale of extravagant exhibitions this can be a modest certainly one of about seventy drawings and canvasses, but for anyone focused on the comprehensive War and its explosive effects on British society it provides a must-see introduction to the 2014 calendar.

Six British artists Nash, Nevinson, Carrington, Spencer , Bomberg, and Gertler who, even in today’s multicultural Britain, represented an outstanding diversity of race, class, politics and sexual preferences, were thrown together as prewar students on the Slade, at the moment London’s leading art school. The significance of this exhibition is that it compellingly brings together several prewar narratives of transition and confrontation throughout the pictures in addition to the person life stories of the Slade class.

The 1900s were uncertain times, the Victorian world was being eroded by speedier travel and collapsing social hierarchies. In 1910, the UK’s key communicators had didn’t understand or respond effectively to a spearhead exhibition in London introducing the ecu post-modernist movement including Matisse and Picasso. Consequently the emerging class on the Slade were crushed between their reactionary tutors and the irresistible pressures of the recent movement.

The same class of successful young painters were also caught within the mobilisation for war. Gertler became a conscious objector, Nash, Nevinson, Bomberg and Spencer went to the trenches. By 1916 the govt arranged to commission recognised painters as officers and supply them with an area or a vantage point from which to record the surroundings of front lines. This had a seismic impact at the nature in their art. A more immediate narrative was the students’ relationships with one another, their bonding, rivalry and sexual affiliations intensified by the pressures of war.

Generically they were expressionists; for them a tree didn’t should have each leaf exactly drawn, it was more important to convey the personality of the tree, its strength, movement and significance to the encompassing land.

A Crisis of Brilliance can therefore be engaged at different levels, visibly there are the hung paintings and drawings, and beyond, on an additional plane are the looming narratives of pre war Britain, now reinforced by Pat Barker’s recent novel Toby’s Room, during which an identical Slade students and  professors featured inside the exhibition,  are delivered to life with glowing intensity.

The Dulwich show is organised in six sections, three are dedicated to the Slade period and 3 to the war. Even without the foreknowledge of the underlying narratives, it’s possible to follow the maturing technique of the Slade class which then explodes or collapses on contact with the war. Within the first room you will need to spend a while studying a tremendous photo of the scholars with a number of their professors in a rural picnic setting to peer what they gave the impression of in black and white reality before passing onto their intense depictions of one another and themselves. The emerging talents of Spencer and Gertler were already visible, whereas Nash, Bomberg and Nevison , having did not make much impact with their orthodox drawing tutor were by 1912 creating a stir beyond the faculty in London’s alternative art scene.

The crisis of brilliance suggested inside the exhibition title occurs within the sections dedicated to the war. Gertler was individually wrestling with powerful anxieties thrust on him by the mobilisation of his colleagues. His tranquil green landscapes provided a spot for private escape but his canvas The Mill unconsciously betrays his deeper unease – with its unsettled skies, spikey windmill sails and strangely painted dogs. For the mobilised artists, contact with front line had an electrifying effect, particularly on Nash and Nevinson, whose candid statements on scale of devastation became iconic images of the nice War and should without doubt re-emerge within the 2014 calendar. Bomberg , a person before his time, had his initial work rejected by the British war art commissioners,  but almost a century later national galleries was buying his pictures at sky-high prices.

For RUSI readers who’ve not already seen this exhibition, the modest purpose is to clarify this crucially important introductory exhibition inside the context of the year that is to follow. In time A Crisis of Brilliance becomes an incredible milestone within the critique of the good War artists. That is well conceived and gives a really perfect entry point for the visual dimension of the 2014 programme. The show closes soon at the 22 September so there isn’t any time to lose, switch off your computer and get at the train to Dulwich. 

* Painting – Paul Nash,  The Void. Photo courtesy of MBAC, Tate London.

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