While a crew worked Sunday to clean up the scene in Central Texas where the derailment of about a dozen train cars resulted in an industrial solvent leaking from one tanker, a train jumped its tracks in northern Colorado, dumping coal from more than two dozen cars.
Managing critical equipment and avoiding unplanned down time is key for any organization to remain profitable and conduct business effectively. Some larger companies, like GE, are turning to data based solutions to help keep their own infrastructure, as well as that of their customers, running smoothly.
Tanna Island in the southern part of the Vanuatu archipelago was one of the hardest hit when Cyclone Pam tore through the South Pacific nation early Saturday. Among the island's 30,000 residents, however, there were just five confirmed deaths, a testament to their experience in dealing with cyclones as well as some narrow escapes.
A former plant manager at Freedom Industries pleaded guilty to a pollution charge Wednesday in last year's chemical spill in West Virginia that fouled the local tap water supply. Federal investigators have said holes in a corroded tank's floor and roof likely helped cause the Jan. 9, 2014, spill. Freedom Industries filed for bankruptcy protection eight days later.
The Valadares factory in Portugal shut down in 2012 amid Europe's financial crisis, its huge debts and outdated business practices dooming it to bankruptcy. Now, on the factory floor, a few dozen former employees are back at their jobs and fighting to rebuild their lives after the business was reopened by private investors.
Located in Chile's Lake District in the southeast portion of the Province of Cautín, Pucon and the surrounding area is home to Lake Villarrica and the Villarrica volcano. It's about 11 hours (700 kilometers) by bus traveling south from Santiago, Chile's capital.
All 162 people aboard Airbus A320-200 died when it went down Dec. 28 while flying from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, to Singapore. So far, 106 bodies have been recovered, with the last three pulled out from the underwater wreckage last week.
A federal class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corporation over a 2013 crude oil spill in central Arkansas has been dismissed by a federal judge, who acknowledged in his ruling that his decision seems unfair. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller on dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled.
Kyushu Electric Power Co. and Chugoku Electric Power Co. decided to decommission aging reactors, following a similar move the previous day by the operators of two nuclear power plants in Fukui Prefecture amid safety concerns in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.
The call for presentations for the 2015 Continuity Insights New York Conference is now open. This year's conference will tak place Oct. 20-21 and will once again be held at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel. Those who would like to submit a presentation for consideration on our program can do so here.
Could a changing climate and changing environments have an impact on the spread of infectious diseases? At least one Zoologist thinks so. In an article posted in February on Continuity Insights’ sister publications R&D, Daniel Brooks of University of Nebraska-Lincoln discussed how the spread of infectious diseases like the West Nile Virus and Ebola could be linked to changing climate.
The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has declared the week of March 16 Business Continuity Awareness Week. The theme this year will be “testing and exercising business continuity plans.” The BCI has gathered webinars, blogs, materials and other information in an effort to help both experienced business continuity professionals and those new to the industry.
The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has lost years of development progress and must "start anew" following a powerful cyclone that destroyed or damaged 90 percent of the buildings in the capital of Port Vila, the country's president said.
Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112. Social Security does not have death records for millions of these people, with the oldest born in 1869, according to a report by the agency's inspector general.
The Ohio River crested at its highest level in two decades, leaving riverside residents relieved but cautious as forecasters warned that flooding problems will linger much of the week ahead. The National Weather Service said the river crested at around 6 a.m. at 57.7 feet, or seven feet below the 1997 level that caused severe, widespread flooding in the Cincinnati area and in Kentucky.