The New York City Chapter of the Contingency Planning Exchange (CPE) hosted its third annual full-day conference, which featured presentations about relevant and emerging business continuity issues. The organization aims to help business continuity professionals continue to educate themselves while also getting the opportunity to network with others in the the field.
More than 6,000 gallons of oil had been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast in a cleanup effort that is now going 24 hours a day, officials said, but that's some of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline.
The union for Amtrak's locomotive engineers urged the railroad to put a second crew member at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. Amtrak hasn't had a second crew member in the locomotive of its Northeast Corridor trains since Congress ended the requirement in the early 1980s.
A security researcher told federal agents he was able to hack into aircraft computer systems mid-flight numerous times through the in-flight entertainment systems, and at one point he caused a plane he was on to move sideways, according to an FBI agent's affidavit.
As the small mountain town of Salgar, Colombia began digging out, tales of human tragedy multiplied. Survivors recalled being stirred from their beds by a loud rumble and neighbors' shouts, barely having enough time to gather their loved ones.
Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues.
Britain's High Court has awarded actress Sadie Frost, sports star Paul Gascoigne and a group of other claimants some 1.2 million pounds ($1.8 million) in damages after their phones were hacked by journalists seeking scoops for the Mirror Group Newspapers.
David Lindstedt of Readiness Analytics continues his discussion on metrics, including how they can be used to gain executive support. He also discusses how metrics can cause business continuity professionals to look at the industry in a new light.
For the first time, Amtrak could face a $200 million payout to train crash victims — the limit set by Congress. But that may be too low to cover the costs of the eight lives lost and more than 200 people injured in last week's derailment in Philadelphia.
Federal water managers released a report projecting that Lake Mead's water levels will fall below a point in January 2017 that would force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada. The effects could be serious. Arizona's allocation of Colorado River water could be cut 11.4 percent, or by an amount normally used by more than 600,000 homes. Nevada's share could be reduced 4.3 percent.
Amtrak trains began rolling on the busy Northeast Corridor early Monday, the first time in almost a week following a deadly crash in Philadelphia, and officials vowed to have safer trains and tracks while investigators worked to determine the cause of the derailment.
Federal officials have issued a warning about the danger of inhaling chemicals at oil wells following the deaths of nine workers in the past five years. All the deaths involved people at crude production tanks. Colorado and North Dakota each had three deaths, and Texas, Oklahoma and Montana each had one death.
An avalanche of mud and debris roared down an alpine town in western Colombia before dawn Monday, killing at least 49 people in a flood and mudslide triggered by heavy rains. Authorities called on volunteers to send water, food supplies and blankets to cope with what they described as a humanitarian emergency.
Looking forward, the chancellor said Germany would give 200 million euros ($228 million) to help developing countries build up better-functioning health care systems — which she said was essential to deal with future epidemic outbreaks. She said 70 million euros of this would go specifically to the Ebola-ridden countries in western Africa.
Details are still being revealed after an Amtrak train derailed near Philadelphia Tuesday night, leaving seven dead and more than 200 injured. For business continuity professionals, train derailments present a unique set of problems, particularly when they involve passenger trains. One incident can result in a host of different potential disruptions.