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Airport security Who said security had to be an unremittingly earnest business? Few scenarios in modern life are fraught with more tension and frustration than airport customs (does anyone else feel nervous even though they re carrying nothing illegal?). However, the Transport Security Administration, a US body created in response to the 9/11 terror attacks, has shown it has a sense of humour via its Instagram account.

Racking up 1,320 posts and 795,000 followers, the TSA account features tongue-in-cheek requests sent in by the public, an array of confiscated weaponary and some weird and wonderful items that landed in lost property. From a knife-nana and nun-chuks to an abandoned Grim Reaper and 61 firearms seized in one week across all US airports, it s phenomenal what airport security staff find in the course of their day. Below we ve picked out some of the funniest/most shocking posts but you can check out the account itself here . Live WWI grenades Knife-nana Is it a gun or a camera? Just a week s work My, oh my Banana-based weapons are a running theme it seems Cattle prod Who has the Grim Reaper come for? Post-apocalyptic bullet-adorned mask Mummified head of Jeremy Bentham Gun mug (or mug gun?) Nun-chucks Free Download: Securing the UK s borders. Getting national security and Brexit right first time is crucial , we do not want to get this wrong.

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Cost-cutting Credit: George Allison under CC BY-SA 4.0 An architect who helped design Scotland s largest hospital has warned that corners were cut in the construction of the 14-storey complex in the name of keeping down costs. Robert Menzies, now retired from his role at BMJ Architects, believes the installation of a sprinkler system in Glasgow s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital has been used as an excuse for flouting other building standards. He says the complex, which includes a children s hospital, adult hospital and laboratory, lacks exit stairways and exceeds size limits on fire compartments, while a hose-reel for firefighters is too short and some fire doors open in the wrong direction.

Insulation panels used in Grenfell tower are also fitted to the hospital, although the health board has insisted they are safe. Menzies drew up the hospital s exemplar design which sets criteria that firms bidding for construction projects must meet as senior healthcare architect at BMJ. He says the construction contract was given to London-based Brookfield Multiplex in defiance of architects recommendations that a bid from Balfour Beatty be accepted on the basis of cost , he suspects. They ve then made the stairs the minimum width possible. Surely you d want to make them wider to compensate for not having enough stairways in the first place? Robert Menzies, BMJ Architect We thought we would provide a monitoring role right through to completion of the actual build, in terms of where this is compliant and where it s not, so we were surprised to be told we were no longer required, Menzies told the Glasgow Evening Times. I had read the winning bidder s fire strategy and it concerned me a lot. It was almost like they the health board didn t want us around asking questions. It was very odd.

Lack of stairways On the lack of stairways he said: They are supposed to provide three stairways minimum as an emergency escape route if there are more than 100 people per storey. In the adult tower, there are 112 patients per floor but only two stairways. They are only slightly over, but that s just the patients there are also staff and visitors. They ve then made the stairs the minimum width possible. Surely you d want to make them wider to compensate for not having enough stairways in the first place? At least one fire compartment was too big in the original designs, says Menzies at least for the limit prescribed in Scotland, set at 1500sq, whereas it did meet the 2,000sq metre limit set in England. Pointing to the high failure rate of sprinklers in US hospitals 20% of which have had fires where sprinklers failed Menzies told the Glasgow Evening Times that an over-reliance on sprinklers was foolish. If you re putting sprinklers in and you re saying a fire will never occur as a consequence, then why do you need escape stairs? Why do you need anything?

But what happens when the sprinkler system fails? They re not 100%. A spokesman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde did not dispute the veracity of Menzies claims, but pointed out that all buildings in the hospital complex were certified as compliant with Scottish fire safety and building standards by Glasgow City Council in 2015. Health Facilities Scotland also endorsed the hospital s fire strategy, he said. He said: It is important that everyone working in and coming to these world class facilities for healthcare know that we take fire safety extremely seriously and that there are heat/smoke detection and early warning fire alarm systems combined with automatic fire suppression sprinkler systems fitted in all areas. The hospitals are further protected by designated fire-fighting and fire evacuation lifts, as well as multiple fire escape stairwells. A spokeswoman for Brookfield Multiplex said: The final design met all the requirements of the building regulations and was signed off progressively through construction by Glasgow City Council s building control office.

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Safe, secure cities: IFSEC India Expo s advocacy for the industry

IFSEC India The International Fire & Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC) India Expo, South Asia s largest security, civil protection and fire safety show, by UBM India, is gearing up for its 11th edition between 6-8 December at New Delhi, later this year. The show brings together internationally renowned exhibitors, consultants, business experts and key government officials under one common platform. Significantly, in an industry where upgradation of technology is the very key to surviving competition, the IFSEC India Expo provides high-impact, informative demonstrations and a wealth of opportunities for visitors to network and learn about cutting-edge technologies, industry best practices, trends, challenges, market insights and discover the best solutions to keep their business and clients secured.

Over the past few editions, IFSEC India has included in its already formidable repertoire, products and technologies pertaining to biometrics, transport, access control, in addition to surveillance for the knowledge of end users and providers by global brands such as Bosch, Dahua, Aditya Infotech, D-Link, Honeywell Security, Panasonic, Toshiba, Zebronics, Autocop, Infinova, ADI, Lookman, Hi-Focus, Unv, Zkteco, Hanwha Techwin, Secureye, Seagate, Essl, Sparsh, ERD, Alba Urmet, Assa Abloy, Matrix, Wavesight, Tyco, Milestone and Godrej, to name just a few. embedded content The South Asia region, which the IFSEC India Expo brings within its radar, is an especially vulnerable as well as progressive zone when it comes to security and surveillance in a three pronged manner. Safety issues in a terror prone region : The constantly evolving cities in this geographical region face higher criminal activities, war and terrorism threats that are a source of critical concern for citizens in terms of disaster preparedness and prevention. Crowding of cities : A United Nations study revealed that about 66% of the global population will be living in cities by 2050, up from 53% today. Ninety percent of that increase will be accounted for by Africa and Asia, with the latter s urban population set to reach 2.7bn. As cities absorb thousands of new arrivals every year, Asian governments are increasingly turning to technology to cope with the strain more specifically, smart technology. The need for data security and privacy in the South Asian IT hub : The South Asian region, and India specifically, is rightly perceived as an IT hub with ambitious digital programmes, that while having tangible benefits, often struggle with issues like networks resiliency, privacy and data security. An IDC study projects that the threat of some form of major breach over IoT networks in the coming two years at no less than 90%. The IFSEC India Expo seeks to provide comprehensive solutions and pointers to the security and surveillance domain in the region.

Last year, in 2016, the IFSEC India Expo reached an important milestone and achieved a new momentum with the 10th anniversary of its inception, with the participation of over 20 participating countries such as Australia, China, Hungary, India, Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, UAE, UK and USA & over 300 big brands. While the percentage of unique visitors increased by 12 percent, Day 2 and 3 of the expo saw the number of visitors surpassing 6,000 a day, in itself a record achievement. Conferences centred around Creating a Smarter and Safer World with State-of-the-art Security Technology , Border Management Strategy , Challenges of Leftist Extremism and its Impact on National Security ; Public Transport Security and Securing the Digital Network were covered by industry stalwarts, which saw an impressive exchange of views. Rich legacy To commemorate the ten years, the first ever IFSEC India Awards was also launched, to recognise and reward innovation and excellence in the domain. Speaking on the ten years of IFSEC India s existence, Managing Director, UBM India, Mr Yogesh Mudras said, Over the years, IFSEC India owes its rich legacy to the 40-year-old IFSEC Global and success to the way the Indian edition has modified itself to suit the specific needs of this region. Recommended by industry experts as the pre-eminent authority on the global security and fire industry, the expo has nudged us on the path to a completely secure, smart and digitally enhanced world. He added, The 10th anniversary of IFSEC India Expo was extremely special to us. Apart from the plethora of impressive products, content-led conferences, key exhibitors and the presence of industry stalwarts, our intensive on-ground engagement and impeccable strategizing played a vital part in its success story. We reached out to small & large-scale Industrial hubs, manufacturing units and factories, private institutes, hardware and security markets, schools, offices & corporate houses, educating them on the importance of this industry s output.

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Professor Brian Cox gave a thought-provoking lecture on the origin of the universe in front of a record audience at the Safety and Health Expo 2017 keynote theatre. Cox said the scale and challenge of his job as a cosmologist was shown by the fact our nearest galaxy is 23 million light years away . He said: What I m trying to say is the universe is big!

The challenge is to see our position. We are physically insignificant. Quoting cosmologist Carl Sagan, Cox said astronomy was a humbling experience , and then also American author, John Updike, who said astronomy is what we now have instead of theology: the terrors are less but the comforts are nil. Tour Cox then took the packed audience on a whistle-stop tour of the theories of the universe, including Einstein s theory of relativity, and how that grew out of his own thinking on gravity and light, which was from James Maxwell s 1860s experiments on light and rainbows. He said: Really simple benchtop experiments motivated Einstein to his theory. Depending on your feeling about maths, the equations are either gibberish or beautiful. Einstein had demolished the notion of absolute time one of the key theories of physics Cox said. Audacious leap Cox said it was an audacious leap from just some electricity and magnetism experiments that led to a theory of the creation of the universe. He then went onto explain how when you look further back in space, you can see everything is so hot that atoms can t form.

Can I see the Big Bang? The answer is yes, almost. He said. Seeing the oldest light in the universe, there are no stars and galaxies, it is just the glowing plasma of the young universe with dense dots of light. The different colours correspond to slightly different densities. This picture shows that the universe was very dense and very hot and that the universe is not eternal. He said that one physicist had described the dense spots like looking at the face of god as they collapsed to form the first stars and galaxies. When you put the image of the oldest light into a computer and simulate the expansion of the universe, the distribution of galaxies creates the cosmic web that we have today, he said. Inflation Speaking about what existed before the Big Bang, Cox said Inflation is the best theory , and which only became a mature concept in the 2000s.

He said: There is a little patch of space before big bang. The universe was still there, but it was empty and cold, and has a kind of stuff but if you put it into the universe it makes it stretch very fast. This theory starts with something a billionth of the size of the nucleus of an atom. Ten to the minus 37 seconds stretching out. It doubles 100 times and possibly many more times, until it stops, and when it stops the entire observable universe is the size of the exhibition hall. And all the energy is dumped into the space, and it heats it up and it makes particles and it creates the Big Bang. That s the cause of the big bang itself. Circles Cox also said there was a prediction that if you look into the data map of the universe, you should see circles in the sky that are a direct prediction from the oldest light. Astronomers should be able to draw these circles through the distance between galaxies, by pairing galaxies up through a correlation function.

He said: The graph was only published three years ago it is true that it more likely to find these predictions than not. This is cutting edge cosmology we have been able to probe the origin of our universe from the billionth the size of an atom to today s trillions of galaxies through data. Questions Cox also took a number of questions from the floor, including why we haven t found any other intelligent life in the universe. He said: Biologists point to the history of life on earth. Complex life doesn t begin for 3.5 billion years, until then it is only single celled. The evolutionary events are extremely fortuitous. Someone one cell got inside another one and survived and then reproduced. It is mind-boggling how rare it is but it did happen and it happened here. One biologist told me, when looking at at my map of the Milky Way you should say out there, there is only slime.

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Brexit boosts fire industry exports but raises costs and tightens margins

FIA Market Conditions Review The Brexit vote has had a mixed impact on the fire sector, the latest FIA Market Conditions Survey suggests. Canvassing the observations of hundreds employed in the UK fire-safety industry the latest instalment Wave 8 reveals both positive and negative effects of the plunging pound. Nearly four in five (78%) of respondents agreed that supplier costs have risen noticeably in the previous six months.

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