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DynCorp to train Afghan Army engineers 
United Press International  |  30 January 2014
> DynCorp International to Provide Engineer Training to Afghan National Army

Daniel Ménard, ex-Canadian general jailed in Afghanistan, to be released  
CBC  |  30 January 2014
> A former Canadian brigadier-general who has spent the last three weeks in an Afghan jail is expected to be released "imminently," according to the company he works for.

International mandatory standard for PMSCs needs industry support  
Seatrade Global  |  30 January 2014
> Private maritime security companies should ideally be held to one internationally recognised standard, according to the European Commission.

A Brief Explanation of the Private Security Regulatory Initiatives – The Standards  
I.R. Consilium  |  29 January 2014
> The ICoC in Paragraph 7 set forth the key follow-on obligations of the process. First among these was the development of "objective and measurable standards for providing Security Services based upon this Code, with the objective of realizing common and internationally-recognized operational and business practice standards."

Mexican woman who died in detention at YVR had been arrested for unpaid transit ticket  
Global News  |  29 January 2014
> A 42-year-old Mexican woman who died after being detained by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) in December was being held by private security firm Genesis, under contract from CBSA.

Security industry seems likely to contest ownership law  
Sunday Times Business Day  |  29 January 2014
> POLICE Minister Nathi Mthethwa is now almost certain to face another Constitutional Court challenge after a parliamentary committee’s approval on Tuesday of legislation that will force foreign-owned private security companies to sell more than 50% of their shares to South Africans.

Uzbekistan bans private security agencies  
Trend News Agency  |  28 January 2014
> Starting from February 1, 2014, non-governmental organisations and individuals will be prohibited from engaging in security activities and provision of security services for other businesses and individuals in Uzbekistan.

United States Government Sues Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc. and Two Foreign Companies for Kickbacks and False Claims Relating to Iraq Support Services Contract  
U.S. Department of Justice  |  23 January 2014
> The government has filed a complaint against Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc. (KBR) and Kuwaiti companies La Nouvelle General Trading & Contracting Co. (La Nouvelle) and First Kuwaiti Trading Co. (First Kuwaiti) for submitting false claims in connection with KBR’s contract with the Army to provide logistical support in Iraq, the Department of Justice announced.

Ghosts of Baghdad: America's Army of Contractors Hasn't Gone Anywhere. They Just Work for The Iraqi Government 
Foreign Policy  |  23 January 2014
> The Pentagon says the last of its defense contractors left Iraq in December, just weeks before portions of the increasingly violent country were conquered by al-Qaeda. There's a catch, however: While the number of Iraq contractors on U.S. payrolls has plummeted, some of those same individuals are still there, working directly for the Iraqi government.

Aspida Maritime Security Open New Office 
MarineLink  |  20 January 2014
> Private Maritime Security Company Aspida Maritime Security said it has opened a new office in Copenhagen, adding to its locatons in London, Athens and Seoul.

KBR Won’t Face Human Trafficking Trial Over Nepali Workers 
BloombergBusinessweek  |  16 January 2014
> KBR Inc. won’t face a jury on human trafficking claims brought by families of Nepali workers killed while they were allegedly forced to work against their will at company sites in Iraq in 2004, a federal judge ruled.

Party files draft law against war mercenaries  |  16 January 2014
> The Social Democratic Party of Serbia (SDPS) filed a draft law to parliament on departure and recruitment of Serbian citizens for participation in wars abroad.

MAST delivers Time Expired Pyrotechnic training for UK Maritime Coastguard Agency 
EIN Presswire  |  16 January 2014
> MAST (‘Maritime Asset Security and Training’) Ltd, the leading maritime security and piracy protection specialist, has been appointed by EPC-UK plc to provide Pyrotechnic General Handler training for the delivery of its Time Expired Pyrotechnic (TEP) disposal contract with the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Somali Pirates Seize Fewest Ships Since 2004 on Guards 
Bloomberg News  |  15 January 2014
> Somali pirates hijacked the fewest merchant ships since 2004 last year as armed guards and naval patrols helped deter and repel attacks on a trade lane linking Europe to Asia.

Katti Is New President of CAPSI  |  15 January 2014
> TOPSGRUP, India's largest security group, today announced the appointment of Vishwanath V. Katti, South Zone MD, TOPSGRUP as the president of the Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI), the preeminent organization for security professionals that functions as a federal body representing the interest of the entire Private Security Industry (PSI) of India.

DVN shares surge as former Blackwater owner named chairman 
South China Morning Post  |  14 January 2014
> Shares of DVN Holdings, controlled by Hong Kong businessman Johnson Ko Chun-shun and state-owned Citic Group, surged 7.3 per cent after it appointed Erik Prince - former owner of controversial US security firm Blackwater - as chairman, and granted him more share options.

ICS paper looks at lessons learned on piracy 
MarineLog  |  13 January 2014
> A paper issued by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) draws on the international shipping industry's experience of Somali-based piracy from 2007 to 2013.

Firms 'place asylum seekers in sub-standard housing' 
BBC  |  9 January 2014
> Private security firms G4S and Serco have placed asylum seekers in sub-standard properties, according to a report by the National Audit Office.

Private security management firms mushroom in Gurgaon 
The Economic Times  |  9 January 2014
> The changing face of private security guards in India from being traditionally unorganised workforce to a well-managed manpower is a visible effect of liberalisation.According to stalwarts, the private security industry is growing at nearly 20 per cent annually.

PNP to hire private guards for Crame to get more cops on the streets 
Philippine News Agency  |  9 January 2014
> The Philippine National Police will soon be hiring private security guards to secure the gates of its national headquarters Camp Crame to free up more of its personnel for street patrols and improve peace and order.

Court revokes bail for Seaman Guard Ohio 35 
MarineLog  |  8 January 2014
> Indian authorities in the state of Tamil Nadhu continue to detain the 35 crew and security guards who were aboard the Seaman Guard Ohio which was seized October 12, 2013 on arms charges.

Security firms jump into the mobile security space 
Mobile Commerce Press  |  7 January 2014
> Two French security contractors are preparing to dive into the mobile security space after the revelation of widespread government surveillance in 2013.

Olympic response team: Security firm ready in wings 
USA Today  |  7 January 2014
> A private crisis-response firm assisting the U.S. ski and snowboard teams for the Winter Olympic Games in Russia has up to five aircraft on standby in the event that medical or security emergencies require an evacuation from Sochi.

Supreme Court defends private security in East Jerusalem 
The Times of Israel  |  7 January 2014
> The Supreme Court on Tuesday indicated it would uphold government funding for private security companies guarding dozens of Jewish compounds in East Jerusalem, rebuffing an appeal by local Palestinian residents and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

Firm tackling Somali piracy expecting £12m turnover 
Midnimo  |  7 January 2014
> A security firm which works to tackle Somali piracy on ships is expecting a turnover of more than £12million – two years after it was founded.

Basra invites British back for security role 
The Telegraph  |  3 January 2014
> Six years after the last British troops left amid a barrage of bombs and mortars, the Iraqi city of Basra is to re-enlist UK military expertise to oversee its security again.

Private security agencies to pay tax 
Pakistan Observer  |  2 January 2014
> Rejecting the demand to waive off or reduce the tax, the Sindh government has warned all the private security agencies to get registered their companies with the Sindh Revenue Board and ensure payment of GST on services to the provincial government.

Kenya: New Strategy for Kisumu Security 
AllAfrica  |  1 January 2014
> Police in Kisumu have partnered with private security firms to reduce insecurity in the county. Insecurity has been on the rise in the area for the last two months.

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