Risk Digest: 28th April 2017

Risk Digest

Here’s your Risk Digest for the Week Ending 28th April 2017

Information Security

Air Force Issues Challenge to “Hack the Air Force”

The Air Force is inviting vetted computer security specialists from across the U.S. and select partner nations to do their best to hack some of its key public websites.


A Glimpse into the Dark Web

It’s important for PMs to have a basic understanding of the darker side of digital, says Richard Beck, Head of Cyber Security at QA.

Health & Safety

Brecon Beacon soldier deaths – Army ‘drifted towards failure’

A military inquiry into the death of three soldiers on the Brecon Beacons in 2013 has found that more Army reservists risk dying on SAS selection training because commanders are not sufficiently preparing them for the gruelling test.


Death of construction worker would have been avoidable if firm had planned work

A court has heard how a worker was struck by a concrete drainage cover as he stood in an excavation area. He later died from severe head injuries.

Business Continuity

Nestle to cut hundreds of jobs in UK amid Poland move

Confectionery giant Nestle is planning to cut almost 300 jobs in the UK while moving the production of one of its biggest biscuit brands abroad.


Amazon to create 1,200 new UK jobs by opening site in Warrington

In February the company announced that it intends to expand its workforce in the country by 5,000, despite the uncertainty unleashed by Brexit

Food Safety


Poundworld faces £500,000 fine for ‘selling food covered in mouse urine and droppings’

Health inspectors allegedly found mice ‘swarming’ throughout the outlet


TfL to spend £18m on preparing London for new electric black cabs

Upgrade of capital’s power grids will enable energy companies to install 300 fast-charging stations by 2020.


Record-breaking weather is being driven by global warming, scientists say

‘The world isn’t yet at a place where every single record-setting hot event has a human fingerprint, but we are getting close to that point,’ climatologist says evidence suggests

Solar Panels


Millions of households could claim back energy credit

British households could be owed an average of £117 for energy they paid for but did not use this winter.


Gas producers attack export controls as industrial users cheer ‘bold’ changes

Malcolm Turnbull forced to clarify that though wholesale costs may halve under plan, prices paid by households will not

Mental Health


10 money-saving tips for a lean but green spring

Alice Vincent makes the most of a tiny balcony.


Three Reasons Running Makes You Better

My dad has been jogging three days a week for the better part of 50 years. That’s a half century of pounding pavement.


New flying car ‘could be on sale by end of the year’

The futuristic dream of being able to travel around in a flying car may soon be a reality thanks to an ambitious vehicle by a Silicon Valley-based company.


Belfast Has Best UK Mobile Coverage Of Any Major UK City But Where’s London?

Belfast has good mobile coverage but London, Bristol, Hull and Cardiff must do better it seems, according to RootMetrics

Pension IGCs


Holidaymakers take advantage of improving currency rates as snap election called

Currency sales have jumped this week after a snap general election was called, Post Office Travel Money has said.


EBRD 2017 Annual Meeting: the private sector and economic inclusion

Opening up economic opportunities to under-served social groups is integral to development in EBRD countries especially in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) where youth unemployment is high and the participation of women in the workforce is low.


A quarter of retirees fear Brexit hit to their finances – Prudential

Research finds a sizeable number of people planning to retire this year are altering their plans in the wake of the Brexit vote


Deutsche: Brexit risk to up to 4,000 UK jobs

Deutsche Bank could move up to 4,000 jobs out of the UK as a result of Brexit – nearly half its UK workforce.

The Lighter Side

Last remaining male rhino goes on Tinder to highlight crisis

Sudan, aged 41, 6ft tall and 5,000lbs, is described as “the most eligible bachelor in the world”.


Rare US Declaration of Independence copy discovered in Sussex

It’s unclear why the document – which seems to have some text mysteriously erased – ended up hidden away in England


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