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Death Toll Rises to 16 from Earthquake on Malaysia Mountain

June 9, 2015 11:05 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from an earthquake that trapped scores of climbers on Malaysia's highest peak rose to 16  as rescuers searched for two Singaporean climbers still missing.  A magnitude-5.9 earthquake sent rocks and boulders raining down the trekking routes on 4,095-meter (13,435-foot) Mount Kinabalu in eastern Sabah state on Borneo island.


Pipeline Firm Told California Oil Spill 'Extremely Unlikely'

June 9, 2015 10:57 am | by Michael Blood and Brian Melley, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas company whose ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years had assured the government that a break in the line while possible was "extremely unlikely" and state-of-the-art monitoring could quickly detect possible leaks and alert operators, documents show.


Video: Standards and Operational Resilience

June 4, 2015 11:27 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Lynnda Nelson, President of The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (The ICOR) discusses operational resilience and how BC professionals can use ISO and other standards to achieve high levels of continuity in their organizations. 


Staying Vigilant Critical for Infectious Disease Control

June 4, 2015 11:19 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, better known as MERS, has found itself back in the news as the first two deaths from the virus have been reported in South Korea.  These MERS cases in South Korea demonstrate why it is important to continue to stay vigilant when it comes to dangerous infectious diseases.


IRS Needs to do More to Fight Cyber Attacks, Watchdog Says

June 3, 2015 3:00 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The IRS has failed to implement dozens of security upgrades to combat cyberattacks, leaving the agency's computer systems vulnerable to hackers, a government watchdog told Congress.  The agency's inspector general outlined the security weaknesses a week after the IRS announced that criminals had stolen the personal information of 104,000 taxpayers from an IRS website.


South Korea Reports its First Two Deaths from MERS Virus

June 3, 2015 2:55 pm | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea confirmed the country's first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East. South Korea has reported 24 cases of the disease since diagnosing the country's first MERS illness last month in a man who had traveled to Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries.


Amtrak CEO Vows to Put Safety Technology into Operation

June 3, 2015 2:48 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

An emotional Amtrak CEO pledged to lawmakers that safety technology that could have prevented a deadly derailment last month in Philadelphia will be put into operation, while Democrats and Republicans exchanged barbs over whether Congress or the Obama administration is most to blame for railroads not installing the technology.


Californians Conserved More Water Ahead of Mandatory Cuts

June 3, 2015 2:41 pm | by Fenit Nirappil and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Californians are using less water, but they'll have to conserve a lot more to reach the mandatory drought cuts taking effect this month, according to the latest numbers.  California residents reduced overall water use by 13.5 percent in April compared to the same month in the benchmark year of 2013, water officials said.


Prosecution: Ex-BP Exec Lied; Defense: No Motive to Lie

June 3, 2015 2:29 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A former BP executive manipulated early estimates of the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico after a 2010 rig explosion to conform to a low government estimate, then lied about it to federal agents, a prosecutor told jurors.  


UN Chief Urges All Nations to Help End Ebola in West Africa

June 3, 2015 2:27 pm | by Edith Lederer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that as long as there is one Ebola case in West Africa "all countries are at risk" and urged all nations to support the final battles to wipe out the deadly disease in Sierra Leone and Guinea.  Liberia, once the worst affected country, is now Ebola free, but Ban warned that in Sierra Leone and Guinea "the battle has not yet been won" and "any lapse in vigilance could allow the virus to spread."


Storage Bunkers Sealed Off at Nuclear Dump Closed by Leak

June 3, 2015 2:22 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of containers of waste have been entombed at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico now that workers have closed off storage areas affected by a serious radiation leak, officials said.


Copter Chartered by Aid Group Crashes in Nepal, Killing Four

June 3, 2015 2:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A helicopter chartered by Doctors Without Borders crashed in quake-damaged northeast Nepal and four people on board were killed, police and the aid group said.  The helicopter was returning to Kathmandu when it crashed on Yamuna Danda hill near Balefi village, Nepal Police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam said.


Social Media Plays Critical Role in Reporting, Responding to and Humanizing Disasters

June 2, 2015 11:50 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Social media has changed, and is continuing to change, the way organizations and individuals understand, respond to and recover from disasters.  Now more than ever, the world can see the impact of events like the Texas floods as the happen through the eyes of those most affected by them.


Video: Cyber Attacks and Social Engineering

June 2, 2015 11:47 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Monika Stoeffl, Risk Intelligence Consultant at CR Solutions, discusses the impact social engineering has on cyber attacks as well as other risks it poses to organizations.  She also discusses why it is important to be aware of social engineering as it relates to physical risks.


The Flip Side of Years of No Hurricanes: Good Luck Runs Out

June 1, 2015 4:24 pm | by Seth Borenstein, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cities like Tampa, Houston, Jacksonville and Daytona Beach historically get hit with major hurricanes every 20 to 40 years, according to meteorologists. But those same places have now gone at least 70 years — sometimes more than a century — without getting smacked by those monster storms, according to data analyses by an MIT hurricane professor and The Associated Press.



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