Globally, over the last year there have been large numbers of both natural disasters and political turmoil. There has been the tsunami in Japan, earthquakes in Turkey and Brazil, and flooding in Australia, Brazil and Thailand, to name a few. In the US this summer, we’ve been hit with severe thunderstorms that knocked out power for days for large parts of the country and wildfires in the Rockies that destroyed millions of acres of land. Millions of people have been affected by these events.Businesses too are also often hard hit when disaster strikes. But very often the problem is that disaster preparation is seen as a low priority. Many small and medium sized companies cut corners when it comes to devoting resources towards disaster preparedness.A report from Aberdeen Research found that about 20 percent of companies have moved their Data Recovery operations to the cloud. But even cloud computing, which is often considered to be less vulnerable to regional disaster, was also hit by the recent storms which caused an outage in it’s Virginia facility. Netflix, Instagram, and Pinterest websites, for example, which depend on Amazon were affected by the outage.A report by HP found that:43 percent of businesses never reopen again after the disaster33 percent of businesses will close after two years50 percent of businesses never fully recoup their losses after a disaster.Jim Kirkos, Meadowlands Regional Chamber (MRC), said that “We need to get small businesses thinking about this. I don’t believe these severe weather incidents are going to stop. I think the days of the 100-year flood are gone.”Al Berman, executive director of the Disaster Recovery Institute, said that “Last year was the worst year we’ve had in the history of disasters.”Jim Beagle, chief executive officer of BridgeHead Software, said that “There is a lack of robust disaster recovery planning, despite the fact it appears to be a fundamental requirement for healthcare IT professionals… The situation is only going to get worse as…the datasets get larger and larger; this whole issue is becoming a growing problem for healthcare professionals.”
In the thirty-eighth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Men’s Open player, Mat Bird, speaks about what it means to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup and the biggest influences on his Touch Football career. Name: Mat BirdNickname: BirdyAge: 25Affiliate: BulldogsOccupation: Fire FighterPosition: WingDebut for Australia: 2005 Youth World Cup 2010 Men’s Open Trans TasmanCareer highlights so far: Vawdon Cup/State Cup double in 2007, Aussie Men’s Open debut in 2010.How you got involved in Touch Football: Family friend.Favourite player: Daniel Walsh.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: A massive privilege, not too many people can say they have represented their country. I’m blessed with the opportunity to be able to do this.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Pete Forrester and Daniel Walsh.Favourite sporting moment: Dragons 2010 premiers and Michael Jordan’s entire career. What do you know about Scotland: Great golf courses, castles, coldness, and William Wallace.Any superstitions: None that i know of.Funniest Australian teammate: Ziade (Anthony)Favourite quote: “Dare to dream.”Any travel plans for after World Cup: Running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain then winging it around Europe for five weeks with mates.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With less than a month to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus
PEACEFund will host its star-studded 1st annual paintball tournament next month in an effort to raise awareness and funds for children’s causes and support children plagued by troubling issues.The weekend will also strive to set a world record for the largest paintball battle.In addition to benefiting PEACEfund’s cause, this will be the first interactive paintball event that allows celebrities to represent their own charity, with the winning party choosing where proceeds will be donated.Among the stars expected to take part are Adrian Paul (Highlander), Robbie Jones (Tyler Perry’s Temptation), Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi (Shahs of Sunset), Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly (Big Brother), Jackie Long (VH1’s Real Husbands of Hollywood), Robbie Amell (CW’s The Tomorrow People), Bret Lockett (NFL Player), Stefano Langone (American Idol Finalist), Dan Bilzerian (Professional Poker Player), Wesley Jonathan (What I Like About You), Angelique Bates (Musician), Kyle Massey (ABC’s Dancing with the Stars), Walter Jones (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Jackie Christie (VH1’s Basketball Wives LA), Nate Adams (Pro BMX Rider), Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Jacqueline Toboni (NBC’s Grimm) and more.WHEN| Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7thRegistration Begins at: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.Celebrity Tournament Starts: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.WHERE | Camp Pendleton Paintball Park in Oceanside 1700 Vandegrift Blvd Oceanside, CA 92057Find out more here.
APTN National NewsDrivers will be putting the pedal to the metal this weekend in Montreal.They’re taking part in a NASCAR racing series.And two Mohawk racers are coming home to grab the checkered flag.APTN National News reporter Tom Fennerio has their story.