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EU Charges Russia's Gazprom Gas Giant with Market Abuse

April 22, 2015 5:36 pm | by Raf Casert, Associate Press | News | Comments

The European Union on charged Russian state energy giant Gazprom of abusing its dominant position in central and eastern EU nations in an antitrust case that will further test tense relations between Brussels and Moscow.  EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Gazprom is strong-arming customer nations where it sometimes almost fully controls the gas market, by setting unfair pricing and contract restrictions.

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Chinese Officials Blame Chemical Plant Bosses for Explosion

April 22, 2015 5:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China's work safety watchdog blamed an explosion at a chemical plant in southeast China this month on the factory's management and failings in local government supervision.  The April 6 blast and ensuing hydrocarbon fire at the paraxylene plant in Fujian province left six people hospitalized and renewed discussion on China's social media about the potential dangers of factories that produce the toxic chemical.

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Exxon Mobil firms to Pay Nearly $5 Million for Arkansas Oil Spill

April 22, 2015 5:26 pm | by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil must pay almost $5 million in penalties for state and federal violations involving the 2013 Mayflower oil spill in central Arkansas, according to a consent decree filed in federal court.  Assistant Attorney General John Cruden said the company did not admit liability as part of the agreement.  

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O'Dell Discusses Cyber Security to Kick Off CIMC 2015

April 21, 2015 1:15 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference got underway Monday, April 20 as Pete O’Dell, founder of Swan Island Networks and author of Cyber 24-7: Risks, Leadership and Sharing, spoke to a capacity crowd about the risks and impacts of cyber attacks.

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CIMC Attendees Give Back through Continuity Cares

April 21, 2015 12:33 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Before the 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference officially got underway, attendees had the opportunity to give back to the local community through the annual Continuity Cares event. This year, attendees participated in The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s 2015 Earth Day Celebration,  which included wetlands planting and cleanup as well as other service activities.  

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Researcher Denied Airline Flight after Tweet About Hacking

April 21, 2015 12:30 pm | by Jack Gillum, Associated Press | News | Comments

United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight  following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline's onboard systems could be hacked.  The researcher, Chris Roberts, attempted to board a United flight from Colorado to San Francisco to speak at a major security conference there this week.  

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Almonds Get Roasted in Debate Over California Water Use

April 21, 2015 12:26 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

California almonds are becoming one of the world's favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts a staggering price from the land, consuming more water than all the showering, dish-washing and other indoor household water use of California's 39 million people.

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One Dead in Taiwan from Fire Sparked by Quake off South Japan

April 21, 2015 12:24 pm | by Associate Press | News | Comments

 A strong undersea earthquake struck between Taiwan and southern Japan, sparking a house fire that killed a person outside of Taiwan's capital and causing Japanese authorities to evacuate some schoolchildren as a tsunami precaution.  

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California Measles Outbreak Over

April 21, 2015 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

California health authorities declared an end to a large measles outbreak in the U.S. that started at Disneyland and triggered a broader debate about vaccinations.  Disease detectives for months raced to contain the highly contagious disease, which surfaced at Disney theme parks in December and spread to a half-dozen U.S. states, Mexico and Canada.

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Five Years After BP Spill, Drillers Push into Riskier Depths

April 21, 2015 12:18 pm | by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five years after the nation's worst offshore oil spill, the industry is working on drilling even further into the risky depths beneath the Gulf of Mexico to tap massive deposits once thought unreachable. Opening this new frontier, miles below the bottom of the Gulf, requires engineering feats far beyond those used at BP's much shallower Macondo well.

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Tornado Kills Two, Leaves 1,000 Homeless in Southern Brazil

April 21, 2015 12:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say two people have been killed and 1,000 have been left homeless by a tornado that struck a southern Brazilian city. The state of Santa Catarina's civil defense department said that the vast storm that blew through the city of Xanxere Monday night damaged about 500 homes. Lampposts were knocked down, and the strong winds flipped vehicles over and blew off the roofs of homes.

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2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference Begins Monday

April 16, 2015 12:07 pm | by CI Staff | Articles | Comments

The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference will kick off Monday, April 20, at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.  The event will feature presentations by business continuity and resilience professionals from a wide range of industries.  

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As Data Concerns Grow, Can DRaaS Help Business Continuity Professionals?

April 16, 2015 11:54 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

As organizations gather more data and turn to cloud-based solutions to store it, disaster recovery has become an even bigger focus.  Some companies have turned to disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) solutions in an effort to find a balance between cost efficiency and security.

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Positive Communication Increasing Resilience at Kaiser Permanente

April 16, 2015 11:46 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Communication is a critical part of any business.  Poor communication, whether it is between managers and subordinates or peers, can negatively impact a business and result in lost time and money.  By promoting positive communications throughout the organization, companies can engage their workforce and create an efficient work environment.

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Avalution Releases Emergency Notification Surveys and Expanded Customization Features for Catalyst Business Continuity Software

April 16, 2015 11:38 am Avalution Consulting Product Releases | Comments

Avalution Consulting  announced  the release of two new features for the Catalyst business continuity software suite – Bullhorn emergency notification surveys and the ability to further customize Catalyst by adding new fields.

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