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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Judge's Decision in BP Trial Still Months Away

February 3, 2015 11:15 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest phase of a trial to determine how much BP should pay in Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill — which could reach $13.7 billion — ended Monday, but a decision from the judge is not expected for months. 

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Japan Puts Two More Reactors Back On Line

February 3, 2015 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two more idled nuclear reactors in Japan are set to obtain safety clearance from regulators, sources close to the matter said, giving another boost to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to revive atomic power following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.

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Train Derailments Raise New Concerns for Regulators

February 3, 2015 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Metro-North derailments in New York have renewed concerns among federal regulators over the commuter railroad's focus on safety.  No one was injured after trains left the tracks at Grand Central Terminal and White Plains, New York. The Federal Railroad Administration is investigating.

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Inaccurate Predictions a Challenge When Preparing for Storms

January 29, 2015 11:15 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Forecasts for Winter Storm Juno missed the mark in New York and New Jersey, prompting an outcry against what many believe was a major overreaction.  Some forecasters predicted Juno would drop significant.  While this prediction proved to be true in much of New England, it brought only a few inches to New York and New Jersey.

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Incidents Reveal Weaknesses in Pipeline Management

January 29, 2015 11:12 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three powerful accidents in recent years highlight weaknesses in the oversight of how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said as they issued more than two dozen safety recommendations. 

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Winter Storm Brings Different Experiences in New York, New England

January 29, 2015 11:08 am | by Seth Borenstein and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wild world of winter weather, location is everything, which New York and Massachusetts learned too well.  Small last-minute changes in the air morphed what was supposed to be crippling feet of snow into a handful of inches in New York, leading one forecaster to apologize, the National Weather Service boss to get defensive, politicians to explain themselves and some Northeast residents wondering where the much-hyped snow went.

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Executive Uncertain Whether Other BP Entities Will Help With Fine

January 29, 2015 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An executive for the BP subsidiary that faces billions of dollars in possible fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill testified that it is uncertain whether other BP entities would step in to help pay a steep penalty.  The April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers at BP's Macondo well and sent oil spewing into the Gulf for 87 days.

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Dutch Judge Approves Extradition Request for Russian Hacker

January 29, 2015 10:56 am | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | News | Comments

The ruling at The Hague District Court clears the way for Vladimir Drinkman to be sent to New Jersey, where he is one of four Russians and a Ukrainian charged in a sophisticated data breach that netted at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers and resulted in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars over seven years.

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More Snow Could be Coming to New England

January 29, 2015 10:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Forecasters are watching two weather systems that may bring significant snow in the coming days as New Englanders are just digging out from a historic blizzard.  Forecasters are also monitoring a storm loaded with moisture that's heading into the region over the weekend.

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Authorities will Release Report on Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Plane

January 29, 2015 10:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Civil aviation authorities in Malaysia will release a required report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 a day before the one-year anniversary, but it won't have any conclusion on what happened because the search is ongoing.

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Three Injured in Philadelphia Roof Collapse

January 29, 2015 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An athletic-wear store's roof partially collapsed, apparently as bricks fell from a taller building next door, injuring three women inside.  The three women were taken from the Lululemon store to a hospital but didn't have life-threatening injuries,

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Winter Storms, Working from Home and the BC of CI

January 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Technology has made working from home commonplace and allowed organizations to stay efficient and avoid downtime, particularly during weather events.  The benefits of being able to work without being in the office are clear and are a simple way to show the benefits of business continuity to senior management.

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Register for CIMC2015 to Win Free Roundtrip Tickets from Southwest

January 27, 2015 10:00 am | by CI Staff | Articles | Comments

Register for the Continuity Insights Management Conference by Saturday, Jan. 31 for a chance to win a pair of roundtrip ticket from Southwest Airlines.  CIMC2015 will take place at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 20-22.  The event will also include pre- and post-conference workshops beginning April 18 and ending April 24.

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Relevant IT/DR Strategies a Necessity for Today's Business Continuity Pro

January 26, 2015 11:52 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Today’s businesses lean more on technology then they ever have, which has made information technology and disaster recovery an important part of any business continuity plan. Business continuity and IT professionals must work together more than ever to keep their companies online while maintaining critical business functions.  

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Hackers Target Malaysia Airlines, Threaten to Release Customer Information

January 26, 2015 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack.  The airline's site was down for at least seven hours, replaced by a message from the Lizard Squad hacker group, before the company brought it back online by mid-afternoon in Malaysia.

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