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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

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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Fire in Pakistan Kills at Least 13

December 30, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire in a shopping mall in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed at least 13 people, local media reported.  The fire broke out at the oldest shopping center in the eastern city, which is considered Pakistan's cultural center.  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his grief over the deadly blaze, and directed the government to accelerate the rescue and relief efforts.

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Speaker's Soapbox: Stephen Myers of Paradigm Solutions International

December 26, 2014 10:54 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Stephen Myers of Paradigm Solutions International will Present "Conducting an Effective Tabletop Exercise: A Step-by-Step Approach."  His interactive presentation will focus on embeding effective tabletop exercises into a business continuity program and how to counduct an impactfula and relevant exercise.

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Ebola Survival Rate up in Hard-Hit Area of Sierra Leone

December 26, 2014 10:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One year into the world's worst Ebola outbreak, doctors are reporting an encouraging sign: About 70 percent of patients in a hard-hit area of Sierra Leone now survive.  The Ebola death rate has fallen even though there are no specific medicines or vaccines to fight the virus.

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Proposed Settlement Fund For Train Derailment Victims Nearing $500 Million

December 26, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposed settlement fund for victims of a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Canada is nearly halfway to a goal of $500 million in funding commitments ahead of its filing next month, the defunct railroad's bankruptcy trustee said.

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Sony Flip-Flops on 'Interview' Release

December 26, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony's flip-flop on releasing "The Interview" shows the studio is working furiously to try to chart the right course through political and public-opinion minefields.  Although analysts don't believe the decision will have any effect on Sony's image, it will at least give the movie-going public a chance to vote with their wallets and send North Korea a protest message.

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Recovery Begins After Tornado Strikes South

December 26, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tornadoes killed four people in southwest Mississippi on Tuesday as a storm system kicked off twisters across the region.  The storm cut power to 4,100 members of the Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association, but power was restored to the last 450 customers — whose homes were dark Christmas morning — by 3 p.m., said Kurt Brautigam, spokesman for the power association.

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Three Workers Die After Inhaling Toxic Gas

December 26, 2014 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Three South Korean workers died Friday after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a nuclear plant being built by South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company, which has come under recent threats by hackers, a company official said.

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