Corporations should prepare for terrorism: Last week, some 800 Austrian police officers conducted a series of raids in the capital of Vienna and in Graz which saw 16 separate domestic premises searched and led to the arrest of 14 radical Islamists who are thought to be connected to the Islamic State terror group. Police say the raid was the result of a two-year long investigation into the radical Salafist network, Die Presse reports. Authorities said they also found 140 digital storage items that will be forensically examined by the domestic intelligence service, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Christian Pilnacek, head of the criminal justice department in the Ministry of Justice, claimed the Islamists spoke of creating a “State of God” or an Islamic Caliphate theocracy. Police also allege that the group had recruited at least 40 people to engage in jihad.
This is a very significant case that illustrates the scope of the problem being experienced in Europe. Police and Intelligence operations in several nations are refocusing on shutting down terrorist networks that have gained strength in the last decade. Counterterrorism operations in Europe and elsewhere will be heavily influenced by changes expected from the Trump administration, which is reinforcing current federal law and planning major new policy development. Eliminating terrorist cells anywhere helps protect nations and people everywhere. Violent events in 2017 are expected to occur as ISIS territory shrinks, while their influence does not. Critical infrastructures like food, water and transportation will continue to be targets for ISIS and like-minded groups. Lone wolf events will continue to be problems for municipalities and law enforcement, seeking to shut down these threat actors before they strike. Corporations should plan in order to protect personnel and company brand. READ MORE
Food stamps for cash scam: A New Jersey man has admitted in federal court to running a food stamps-for-cash scheme that cost the government more than $800,000 over two years. Prosecutors say Miguel Antonio Azcona, 38, allowed customers at his Newark convenience store to trade Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for cash. Store employees would retain a portion of the transaction’s value for Azcona’s benefit, according to prosecutors. READ MORE
US Salmon may carry Japanese tapeworm: Adventurous diners may want to think twice before ordering that salmon sashimi. Researchers have discovered Japanese tapeworm larvae, originally thought to only infect fish caught in Asia, in salmon harvested off the coast of Alaska. According to a study published this month by Emerging Infectious Diseases by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salmon caught throughout the Pacific Coast region may harbor the parasite. READ MORE
The dangers of carbon monoxide: We’ve warned about how carbon monoxide can be a silent, insidious killer, and here’s another example. The Daily Mail reports that last week, a San Francisco couple and their two cats died from poisoning after a laser 3D printer filled their home with carbon monoxide. Roger Morash, 35, his wife Valerie Morash, 32, and their pets were found dead inside their apartment in Berkeley, Calif. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduates, both game developers, died from poisoning due the couple’s laser 3D printer, which emitted carbon monoxide in their residence, an officer said on Friday. When used in industry, the machine’s use of lasers on certain types of plastics can emit toxic gasses, including carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide. Researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology warned users against the potential dangers of 3D printers for home use, reported the Chicago Tribune. READ MORE
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How to get started raising chickens: There’s a lot to like about raising your own chickens.The eggs are a real temptation—tastier and fresher than any store eggs and better for baking, too. The shells, along with the chicken poop, can be tossed right into the compost pile. Much of the day, the birds entertain themselves, picking at grass, worms, beetles, and all of the good things that go into making those yummy farm eggs. READ MORE