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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Congress Wants to Know how Thieves Stole Tax Info From IRS

May 27, 2015 3:46 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is demanding answers about how identity thieves were able to steal the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website.  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch has requested a confidential briefing by IRS officials by the end of next week.


UN Agency to Hire Mountain Guides, Porters for Nepal Relief

May 27, 2015 3:30 pm | by Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.N. food agency is hiring thousands of mountain and trekking guides, porters and other workers to carry food, medicine, tents and supplies to Nepal's mostly inaccessible northern villages where two powerful earthquakes destroyed houses, officials said.


About 1,100 People Dead as Summer Temperatures Soar in India

May 27, 2015 3:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 852 people have died from the stifling heat in Andhra Pradesh since May 13, a government statement said. In neighboring Telengana 266 have died from heat-related causes, Bhambal Ram Meena, a top official in the disaster management department, said.  Over the last two days temperatures in both states have reduced marginally but continue to hover near 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit).


Japan Nuclear Plant Clears Regulator's Safety Screening

May 27, 2015 3:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A nuclear plant owned by Kyushu Electric Power Co. cleared all of the regulator's safety screening, with only on-site pre-operational checks left for the utility before it is allowed to restart the Sendai complex in southwestern Japan.  


Video: Diversity and the Evolution of Business Continuity

May 26, 2015 12:33 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Mark Armour, Global Director of Business Continuity for Brinks, Inc., discusses where he thinks the business continuity industry is headed.  He also discusses why it is important to have a wide range of opinions from people with different backgrounds when building a program.    


Severe Storms a Reminder of the Danger of Catastrophic Weather

May 26, 2015 10:56 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Severe storms and flash flooding in Texas and Oklahoma have left eight dead and others missing.  Tornadoes that struck just across the border in Mexico have added to the chaos as the impact of record rainfall is still being felt.  These latest storms are a reminder of just how damaging weather events can be and how difficult to plan for they are.


VOLO Thundercall Weather Warning Helps AnMed Healthcare

May 26, 2015 10:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

As part of their active business continuity efforts AnMed Healthcare Systems, a premier provider of healthcare services with over 60 locations on the East coast of the United States subscribes to the Volo Recovery System including Volo’s ThunderCall Weather Warning service.


12 Missing After Flooding in Texas Sweeps Away Vacation Home

May 26, 2015 10:33 am | by Seth Robbins and Paul Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recovery teams were resuming the search  for 12 members of two families who are missing after a rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream.  The hunt for the missing picked up after a holiday weekend of terrible storms that dumped record rainfall on the Plains and Midwest.


Man Diagnosed with Lassa Fever Dies in US After Liberia Trip

May 26, 2015 10:29 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A New Jersey man died after been diagnosed with Lassa fever — a frightening infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the United States, a federal health official said.  The man recently returned from Liberia, arriving at New York City's JFK International Airport.


Adult Dating Site Investigating Breach of User Data

May 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Brandon Bailey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of a popular adult dating website said it's investigating a data security breach following reports that hackers stole names, email addresses and information about the sexual orientation or habits of up to 4 million members. 


Once Vilified, BP Now Getting Credit for Gulf Tourism Boom

May 26, 2015 10:24 am | by Jay Reeves, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five years after the BP disaster, the petroleum giant that was vilified during heated town hall meetings for killing a way of life is now being praised by some along the coast for spending more than $230 million to help lure visitors back to an area that some feared would die because of the spill.


Data on Thousands of Patients Stolen at New Jersey Hospitals

May 26, 2015 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of patients at three northern New Jersey hospitals have been alerted that their personal information was stolen in a data breach.  Officials said an employee with Medical Management LLC gave away names, Social Security numbers and birth dates of patients.


California Looks to Australia for Tips on Surviving Drought

May 26, 2015 10:08 am | by Kristen Gelineau and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.  Australia's drought response was hardly perfect, and some of its gains might be slipping away, but Americans suffering their own "Big Dry" may benefit from some comparisons.


Finding Cause of California Oil Spill Could Take Months

May 26, 2015 10:00 am | by Brian Melley, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of an oil pipeline that broke and spilled thousands of gallons of crude across a scenic California shoreline says it could take weeks or even months before investigators find what caused the disaster.  Crews have yet to excavate the broken piece of pipeline, which under the law must be done in the presence of federal regulators and a third party.


US State Dept. Employee Faces Cyber-Stalking, Hacking Charges

May 26, 2015 9:57 am | by Jeff Martin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. State Department employee is accused of sending threatening emails to college-aged women in the U.S. from his computer at the U.S. Embassy in London, authorities said.  A federal complaint unsealed this week in Atlanta states that Michael C. Ford accessed computer accounts of young women to obtain sexually explicit images of them.



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