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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives. WHO's chief, Dr. Margaret Chan, acknowledged Sunday that WHO was too slow to grasp the significance of the Ebola outbreak, which is estimated to have killed more than 8,600 people.
A diesel fuel spill has left about 12,000 people in southeastern West Virginia without drinking water. The city of Lewisburg says an estimated 3,975 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a tributary of the Greenbrier River when a tanker truck overturned on Route 92.
An employee at a Home Depot store in Manhattan argued with a co-worker before fatally shooting him and then killing himself, police said, sending panicked workers and shoppers rushing to get away from the gunfire. The 31-year-old man exchanged words with a 38-year-old co-worker in the store's lighting section and then pulled out a gun.
A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the rebuilt plant in New Albany has all the permits it needs to reopen. However, state and local officials don't know when that will happen. The explosion and fire on Jan. 22, 2013, all but leveled the plant, which converted chicken fat into biodiesel. Nobody was hurt. The estimated damage to property and contents was $3.5 million.
It will be oil giant BP's turn to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the U.S. government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Last week, Government experts testified about environmental, economic and social damage arising from the spill. BP attorneys disputed much of that testimony, and have argued the recovery of the environment and the Gulf economy has been strong.
Those fighting Ebola need to stay on their toes and continue to battle the virus until the outbreak is over, just as business continuity professionals must do with any crisis. Most business continuity professionals have not and will not ever be directly affected by Ebola, but it is a good lens through which to examine their programs.