Risk Digest 14th April 2017

Risk Digest

Here’s your Risk Digest for the Week Ending 14th April 2017


Information Security

Wifi-bug leaves Android & Iphone seriously Vulnerable to Hackers

Apple and Google handsets have been patched, but other Android devices may still be vulnerable to the Broadcom Wi-Fi chipset attack

Wonga data breach ‘affects 245,000 UK customers’

The payday loan firm Wonga has suffered a data breach which may have affected up to 245,000 customers in the UK.


Health & Safety

Manchester Hostel owners sentenced over asbestos failings

Two family run companies have been fined after admitting health and safety failings at a site in Manchester, where they were carrying out a basement conversion.

Electrician fined after apprentice left with life changing injuries

A Birmingham electrician has been ordered to carry out unpaid work in the community after his trainee fell three and a half metres through a plasterboard ceiling.


Business Continuity

Toshiba warns its survival is at risk as financial losses mount

The crisis-hit Japanese firm calls its own future into question as it says annual losses could top a trillion yen.


Environment

More than a quarter of UK birds face extinction risk or steep decline – study

Red list entries swell to 67 species as conservationists call for urgent action to save birds of Britain including warblers, curlews and puffins.

Government to ‘hit litter louts in the pocket’ with £150 fines

Litter louts in England could be hit with £150 fines under new plans unveiled by the Government.


Energy Saving

Energy

National Grid encourages large businesses to boost power demand this summer

Energy-intensive businesses are being urged to voluntarily shift their energy usage in exchange for a payment in the coming months, as the National Grid anticipates a summer of low peak demands on the system.

Labor says ageing coal-fired power stations need ‘orderly’ retirement plan

Opposition says Turnbull government must not fund new coal-fired power plants because they are not value for money


Wellbeing

Is coffee really good for you?

Put the kettle on – a new study from Harvard University has declared that drinking three cups of coffee a day  (even decaf) could help you live longer.

The simple workout that will stop you snoring and improve your sleep

Snoring is a common and sometimes embarrassing sleep complaint. But is there an easy solution?


Batteries

Tech

Should robots be given employment rights?

Alexandra Mizzi, an associate in the employment team at law firm Howard Kennedy, explores the problems that are arising, and could arise, as a result of increasing automation in the workplace.

Microsoft patches serious Word bug ‘targeted by scammers’

A bug in Word apparently targeted by scammers trying to steal banking logins will be patched, Microsoft has said.


Summer 2015 Budget

Finance

Does money really make Europeans happy?

Short-term business cycles, as well as long-term growth, determine happiness.

UK house price growth ‘picking up’

House price growth picked up in February, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).


Brexit       

Could Brexit lead to UK’s beaches littered with plastic?

Surfing campaigners say they fear the seas around the UK could become increasingly choked with plastic as the UK leaves the EU.

Ford sees a future in UK after Brexit, says CEO Mark Fields

Ford will be in the UK for “quite some time” despite concerns about the impact of the Brexit vote, the company’s chief executive has said.


The Lighter Side     

Friends take ‘random Joe’ on holiday to Spain after mate pulls out

When Joe McGrath first saw the invite from a group of strangers, he thought it was a hoax, but decided to investigate further.

McVitie’s confirm whether chocolate is on the top or bottom of biscuits – and upset a lot of people

They keep having to settle office and family debates on the subject


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