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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Fire in Pakistan Kills at Least 13

December 30, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire in a shopping mall in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed at least 13 people, local media reported.  The fire broke out at the oldest shopping center in the eastern city, which is considered Pakistan's cultural center.  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his grief over the deadly blaze, and directed the government to accelerate the rescue and relief efforts.

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Speaker's Soapbox: Stephen Myers of Paradigm Solutions International

December 26, 2014 10:54 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Stephen Myers of Paradigm Solutions International will Present "Conducting an Effective Tabletop Exercise: A Step-by-Step Approach."  His interactive presentation will focus on embeding effective tabletop exercises into a business continuity program and how to counduct an impactfula and relevant exercise.

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Ebola Survival Rate up in Hard-Hit Area of Sierra Leone

December 26, 2014 10:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One year into the world's worst Ebola outbreak, doctors are reporting an encouraging sign: About 70 percent of patients in a hard-hit area of Sierra Leone now survive.  The Ebola death rate has fallen even though there are no specific medicines or vaccines to fight the virus.

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Proposed Settlement Fund For Train Derailment Victims Nearing $500 Million

December 26, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposed settlement fund for victims of a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Canada is nearly halfway to a goal of $500 million in funding commitments ahead of its filing next month, the defunct railroad's bankruptcy trustee said.

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Sony Flip-Flops on 'Interview' Release

December 26, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony's flip-flop on releasing "The Interview" shows the studio is working furiously to try to chart the right course through political and public-opinion minefields.  Although analysts don't believe the decision will have any effect on Sony's image, it will at least give the movie-going public a chance to vote with their wallets and send North Korea a protest message.

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Recovery Begins After Tornado Strikes South

December 26, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tornadoes killed four people in southwest Mississippi on Tuesday as a storm system kicked off twisters across the region.  The storm cut power to 4,100 members of the Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association, but power was restored to the last 450 customers — whose homes were dark Christmas morning — by 3 p.m., said Kurt Brautigam, spokesman for the power association.

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Three Workers Die After Inhaling Toxic Gas

December 26, 2014 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Three South Korean workers died Friday after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a nuclear plant being built by South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company, which has come under recent threats by hackers, a company official said.

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BP Will Appeal Decision to Keep Claims Administrator

December 26, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC is asking the federal appeals court in New Orleans to kick out the administrator of damage settlement claims from its 2010 oil spill.  A 75-page brief submitted Tuesday to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals contends, among other things, that Patrick Juneau had secretly drafted court papers filed against BP before he was appointed claims administrator. 

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At Least Nine Killed in Sri Lanka Mudslide

December 26, 2014 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

At least nine people were killed in mudslides triggered by heavy rains in the central hills of Sri Lanka, officials said.  More than 60,000 people have been evacuated and 3,000 homes destroyed as floods and mudslides have covered many parts of the Indian Ocean island in the last four days, disaster officials said.

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Snow Shuts Down Air Traffic in Moscow

December 26, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive snowstorm in Moscow  caused delays to more than 150 flights and brought traffic to a standstill.  None of Moscow's three airports have been closed, but all three were hit with severe delays, including more than a hundred flights being delayed from Domodedovo south of the city.

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Business Continuity and the Sony Data Breach: Part 1

December 23, 2014 11:48 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

A massive data breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which experts believe was targeted by North Korea as retaliation for a film depicting the assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un, has led to an international incident that has gained the attention of business continuity professionals.

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Speaker's Soapbox: Barry Cardoza of Barry Cardoza, LLC.

December 23, 2014 11:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Barry Cardoza of Barry Cardoza, LLC, will present "Making BIA Data a High Value Strategic Advantage for Your Organization."  The presentation will cover how to use a BIA effectively to generate meaningful data for business continuity programs.  It will also cover how that data can be used to improve organizational resilience.

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South Korea Power Company Preparing for Cyber Attacks

December 23, 2014 11:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company said it began drills against possible cyberattacks after online threats of attack against its plants.  State-owned Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. said the two-day drills are meant to prepare workers in the event of hacking attacks aimed at disabling the plants' controlling systems.

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Despite Some Success, 2014 a Rough Year for Public Health

December 23, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials are celebrating some important victories in 2014, and Time magazine even named Ebola fighters the persons of the year. Nevertheless, this was a black-eye year for public health.  Some vital vaccines did not work well. Federal laboratories were careless with dangerous pathogens. And international health officials failed to stop a West Africa outbreak from exploding into the worst Ebola epidemic ever.

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Mine Still a Hazard 30 Years Later

December 23, 2014 11:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind.

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