At least 14 people were killed when the island nation of Madagascar was battered by a tropical storm, officials said. Tropical storm Chedza has displaced more than 36,000 Madagascans, said the National Office of Risk and Catastrophe Management. Most of the deaths were a result of landslides caused by heavy rain and building collapses as strong winds tore roofs from houses.
The Dutch navy says it has discovered three stowaways on board a ship that delivered aid to Ebola-hit nations in West Africa. According to the navy, the men were immediately given medical checks and showed no symptoms of Ebola or any other acute illness.
Roland Johnson of ClearView Continuity will present "Why Don't People Follow the Plan During an Incident?" He will discuss why people often disregard business continuity plans in the event of disasters and how BC managers can prevent them from doing so.
The New York Metro Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners hosted its first meeting of 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 15 at Metropolitan College of New York. The event featured a presentation by FEMA’s Eric Goldman, who discussed America’s PrepareAthon, an initiative that invites individuals, businesses and community organizations to participate in disaster planning and drills.
President, Obama laid out his plans this week as part of a push for new cybersecurity legislation that increases government information-sharing and protects businesses from lawsuits for revealing cyberthreats. Yet the president's proposals are similar to congressional legislation that has been languishing on Capitol Hill, in part over privacy concerns.
Even as his country registered 19 new Ebola cases over a 24-hour period, Sierra Leone's president is predicting there will be zero new confirmed cases by the end of March. President Ernest Bai Koroma also predicted that his West African country would be Ebola-free by World Health Organization standards by May.
The lawyer for a Russian accused by U.S. authorities of involvement in a huge computer hack that stole and sold at least 160 million credit and debit-card numbers called on a Dutch judge to ban his extradition to the United States. U.S. prosecutors have called the hack the largest data breach scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.
Authorities in a north Indian state suspended 23 officials in a crackdown on illegal liquor sales, as the death toll among villagers who drank from a bad batch of cheap alcohol climbed to 38. Hospitals were still treating more than 100 people poisoned by homemade alcohol bought from a village shop in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state.
Luxury goods maker Burberry is reporting falling sales in Asia because pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong disrupted trade during China's crucial "Golden Week" national holiday. Comparable sales were up 8 percent overall but in the Asia-Pacific region, the company delivered low single-digit percentage growth.
State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years. As much as 600 parts per million of the gas an hour could have filled a poorly ventilated room, but federal guidelines say workers shouldn't be exposed to more than an average of 10 ppm per day of the gas.
eavy flooding in Mozambique has killed 10 people and displaced nearly 20,000 more, the government disaster management office said. Mozambique's government Monday issued a red alert for disaster readiness for the central and northern provinces. The government also urged people in low-lying areas to find shelter on higher ground.
A western Pennsylvania man faces sentencing for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his former company by submitting invoices from a phony company. He pleaded guilty in September to mail fraud in the theft of almost $360,000 from Matthews International Corp. The losses have since been calculated at $415,000.
Virtual Corporation announced that The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has selected Sustainable Planner as their organizational resilience software.
In light of breaches at companies like Home Depot and Target, the president is proposing legislation that would require companies to inform their customers whether their data has been compromised within 30 days called the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act. The act would also make it a crime to sell customers’ identities overseas.
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