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Lessons Learned About Ebola in 2014

January 2, 2015 10:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

It's been nearly 40 years since Ebola first appeared on our radar, and in those years nearly two dozen outbreaks have occurred.  In 2014, the catastrophic and ongoing West African outbreak has taught the world a number of things about this deadly disease.

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New Year's Celebration Turns Deadly in Shanghai, 47 Dead

January 2, 2015 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Grieving relatives identified the bodies of loved ones a day after a stampede during New Year's celebrations along Shanghai's historic waterfront area killed 36 people. Some families lashed out at authorities, accusing them of being unresponsive to their plight and failing to prevent the disaster.

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AirAsia Search Will Continue as Long as Weather Permits

January 2, 2015 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More ships arrived with sensitive equipment to search for the fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501 and the more than 150 people still missing since it crashed five days ago.  Rear Marshal Henry Bambang Soelistyo, head of Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency, said the search would be stepped up as long as the weather allowed.

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Exxon Mobil Does Not Want to Release Information About Pipeline

January 2, 2015 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil said it shouldn't have to release any further information on a proposed but abandoned pipeline intended to run alongside the Pegasus pipeline that ruptured in 2013 in central Arkansas.  The company is facing a class-action lawsuit by landowners after the pipeline spilled more than 200,000 gallons of oil in a Mayflower subdivision.

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Winds Break Boats From Moorings, Killing Two

January 2, 2015 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A harbor patrolman and an unidentified man are dead after storm winds broke boats loose from moorings at Santa Catalina Island off the Southern California mainland.  The incident occurred in Avalon Harbor, where several power boats were pushed aground along the waterfront when 40 mph winds hit.

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Blaze Kills Three, Burns Shanties in Manila

January 2, 2015 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A huge blaze believed to have been ignited by firecrackers razed nearly a thousand shanties and killed three people in a creekside slum in the Philippine capital, one of more than a dozen fires across the country linked to raucous New Year's celebrations.

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Sony Expanding 'Interview' Availability

January 2, 2015 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Pictures Entertainment says it is expanding the digital availability of "The Interview" to top cable, satellite and telecom services, beginning Wednesday and increasing through the weekend.  Starting Thursday, the movie will also be available on PlayStation Network.

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Ebola Causing Difficulty for Nations Also Battling Malaria

December 30, 2014 11:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

West Africa's fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus.  In Gueckedou, near the village where Ebola first started killing people in Guinea's tropical southern forests a year ago, doctors say they have had to stop pricking fingers to do blood tests for Malaria.

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Business Continuity and the Sony Data Breach: Part 2

December 30, 2014 11:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

A massive data breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which experts believe was targeted by North Korea as retaliation for a film depicting the assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un, has led to an international incident that has gained the attention of business continuity professionals.

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Speaker's Soapbox: Geno Pandolfi of U.S. Bank and Peter Laz of Forsythe Solutions

December 30, 2014 11:28 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Geno Pandolfi of U.S. Bank and Peter Laz of Forsythe Solutions will present "Five Characteristics of Successful Enterprise Resiliency and Five Core Concepts for Partnership Success."  They will focus on the importance of enterprise-wide resiliency and how to build partnerships throughout an organization. 

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Weather, Murkiness Caused Difficulty for AirAsia Search Crew

December 30, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Searchers combing the Java Sea to find and recover debris and bodies from the AirAsia jet that crashed there have the advantage of working in much shallower waters than those found in the open ocean, but also face challenges that include monsoons, murkiness and trash.

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At Least 31 Dead After Storm Triggers Floods, Landslides

December 30, 2014 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Flash floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Jangmi left at least 31 people dead and seven missing in the Philippines, including in areas still recovering from last year's Typhoon Haiyan, officials said.  Jangmi, packing winds of 40 miles per hour and gusts of 50 mph, dumped heavy rains on southern Mindanao Island, where floods destroyed bridges and highways, sending thousands of residents to evacuation centers.

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Fireworks Company Fined after Safety Violation Led to Death

December 30, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries has fined a fireworks plant $1,200 for safety violations after investigating a fatal explosion in June.  Entertainment Fireworks in Tenino produces professional fireworks shows around the region. A 75-year-old man died after the explosion and two others were injured as workers were preparing shells for shipping.

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New Ebola Cases in Liberia a Major Setback

December 30, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Dozens of new Ebola cases have erupted in Liberia, near the border with Sierra Leone, Liberian health officials warned , marking a setback amid recent improvements.  The flare-up is due to a number of factors including people going in and out of Liberia and traditional practices such as the washing of bodies, said Liberia's Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah.

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Chinese Government Blocks Access to GMail

December 30, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese access to Google Inc.'s email service has been blocked amid government efforts to limit or possibly ban access to the U.S. company's services, which are popular among Chinese who seek to avoid government monitoring.  Data from Google's Transparency Report show online traffic from China to Gmail fell precipitously on Friday and dropped to nearly zero on Saturday, although there was a tiny pickup on Monday.

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