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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Regulators To Investigate Outages After Ice Storm

January 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan regulators on Wednesday ordered an investigation into lengthy power outages stemming from a pre-Christmas ice storm that knocked out service to 660,000 customers statewide, the vast majority served by large utilities Consumers Energy and DTE Energy.

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Fatal Case Of H5N1 Bird Flu Reported In Canada

January 9, 2014 1:36 pm | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian health officials said Wednesday a fatal case of H5N1 bird flu has been reported in Canada, the first such case in North America. The victim was travelling from China when symptoms first appeared. Officials said the person began to feel ill on a flight to Canada from Beijing on Dec. 27.

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Seismometers To Monitor Seahawks-Saints Game

January 9, 2014 1:18 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Earthquake trackers are ready for the Seahawks' re-match with New Orleans on Saturday at CenturyLink Field — one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL. Pacific Northwest Seismic Network's Bill Steele told KIRO-FM that it has installed two more seismometers for the game. 

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NJ Transit Looks To Shelter Trains

January 9, 2014 1:14 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

New Jersey Transit is looking to better protect its rail cars from storms. NJ Transit was criticized for not moving rail cars and locomotives out of a rail yard in Kearny and another one in Hoboken during Superstorm Sandy. Flooding caused more than $100 million in damage. 

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Goodyear Sues Over 'Boss-Napping' In France

January 9, 2014 1:02 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear Dunlop Tires France — a subsidiary of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. of Akron, Ohio — said in a statement the lawsuit was filed Wednesday with the prosecutor in Amiens, France, because it can't accept "actions that endanger people and goods." 

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Continuity Insights Predictions For 2014

January 8, 2014 10:10 am | Articles | Comments

As we welcome 2014, it’s time to anticipate what the new year will bring to the world of business continuity and disaster recovery. In this year's predictions for 2014, we hear from some of the industry’s most influential leaders. Continuity Insights would like to wish everyone a wonderful new year. 

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What Is A Polar Vortex?

January 7, 2014 11:18 am | by BBC News | Videos | Comments

A "polar vortex" has caused record-low temperatures across the United States, leading to canceled flights, school closures and more. Temperatures could drop drastically as a result of cold, dense air. John Hammond from the BBC Weather Centre explains what causes the unusual phenomenon. 

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Snapchat: Will Make App More Secure

January 7, 2014 10:48 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The disappearing-message service popular with young people said in a blog post late Thursday that the updated version of its app would allow users to opt out of its "Find Friends" feature, which was apparently at the heart of the breach, and would stem future attempts to abuse its service.

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BCI North America Awards

January 7, 2014 10:33 am | by The BCI | News | Comments

The BCI North America Awards recognize the outstanding contribution of business continuity professionals and organizations living in or operating in the North America Region, including the USA and Canada. The deadline for entries is the January 31, 2014.

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The Nation’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System, Part 1

January 7, 2014 10:24 am | by Salimah LaForce, Research Analyst, Georgia Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Communications Policy, Wireless RERC | Articles | Comments

The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is the nation’s solution for effectively communicating emergency alerts and warnings. IPAWS incorporates existing and future technologies in order to provide public safety officials with a broad range of emergency communication options to save lives and protect property.

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BC Management’s 12th Annual BCM Compensation Study

January 7, 2014 9:53 am | by BC Management | News | Comments

BC Management’s 12th Annual BCM Compensation Study includes three compensation assessments to accommodate all BCM professionals. Only study participants will receive a complimentary copy of the world-renowned BCM Compensation Report. 

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Most Dangerous Temps In Decades Push Across U.S.

January 7, 2014 9:34 am | by RICK CALLAHAN & STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The coldest, most dangerous blast of polar air in decades gripped the Midwest and pushed toward the East and South, closing schools and day care centers, grounding flights and forcing people to pull their hoods and scarves tight to protect exposed skin from nearly instant frostbite.

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Global Disasters Killed More, Cost Less In 2013

January 7, 2014 9:23 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The German insurance company Munich Re says some 20,000 people died in natural disasters last year, about twice as many as in 2012. Most of the deaths resulted from Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines, Vietnam and China in November. 

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Winter Storm Brings Snow, Kills At Least 9

January 3, 2014 11:29 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI & SYLVIA WINGFIELD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A storm dropped a blanket of light, powdery snow across the Northeast and ushered in frigid temperatures Friday that were unusual even for cities accustomed to blasts of winter weather. The storm, which shut down major highways temporarily and grounded flights, was blamed for at least nine deaths in the eastern half of the country.

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Russia Bombings Spark Olympic Concerns

January 2, 2014 3:31 pm | by EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The suicide bombings in Russia serve as a chilling reminder of what the Winter Olympics represent to terrorists: a high-profile target with more than 2,500 athletes, some of them world famous, waving the flags of nearly 90 nations.         

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