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Business Continuity Professionals are Turning to Metrics: Part Two

March 30, 2015 2:33 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Organizations across a variety of industries are turning to metrics to determine whether their programs work and if they are getting a return on their investment.  Business continuity professionals are no exception.  More and more, BC pros are turning to metrics to determine how effective their programs are and convey that to senior management.

Germanwings Owner Lufthansa Could Face 'Unlimited' Compensation Claims

March 30, 2015 2:23 pm | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the...

West Virginia Rolls Back Chemical Spill Safeguards

March 30, 2015 2:01 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Less than a year after signing legislation with new safeguards in response to a 2014 chemical...

Sierra Leone Asks Residents to Stay Home for Three Days

March 30, 2015 1:51 pm | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except...

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Government Announces Five-Year Plan to Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

March 30, 2015 1:26 pm | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization said last year that bacteria resistant to antibiotics have spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections like strep throat could kill. Antibiotic resistance also threatens animal health, agriculture, and the economy.  In an interview with WebMD, President Barack Obama said over-prescribing antibiotics is a serious problem.

Business Continuity Professionals are Turning to Metrics: Part One

March 26, 2015 11:53 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Organizations across a variety of industries are turning to metrics to determine whether their programs work and if they are getting a return on their investment.  Business continuity professionals are no exception.  More and more, BC pros are turning to metrics to determine how effective their programs are and convey that to senior management.

Continuity and Concrete Sea Walls in Japan

March 26, 2015 11:46 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

In 2011, an earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that struck northern Japan, leaving thousands dead and causing billions of dollars in damage.  It also resulted in nuclear meltdowns, including the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Plant.  Now, the government is considering something drastic: building a 250 mile chain of cement sea walls more than five stories tall.

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New Cyber Security Bill Could be Coming Soon

March 25, 2015 4:21 pm | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

House intelligence committee leaders unveiled a bipartisan cyber security bill  amid signs of broad agreement on long-sought legislation that would allow private companies to share with the government details of how they are hacked, without fear of being sued.

Nuclear Plant Rests on Fault, Report Says

March 25, 2015 4:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulation Authority accepted a report that says a reactor at Japan Atomic Power Co.'s Tsuruga nuclear plant on the Sea of Japan coast sits right above an active geological fault, a move that may force the operator to permanently shut down the unit.

Could 'Common Sense' be the Solution to Railroad Safety?

March 25, 2015 3:50 pm | by Martha Waggoner, Associated Press | News | Comments

 America's railroads want five more years to stop train wrecks using a high-tech system costing more than $9 billion.  But experts tell The Associated Press that it won't keep trains and trucks from crashing together unless both industries use a common-sense solution available right away.

Washington Announces Investigation Into Premera Cyber Attack

March 25, 2015 2:51 pm | by Derrick Nunnally, Associated Press | News | Comments

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said he plans to work with his counterparts in Alaska and Oregon to look into operations at Premera, which is based in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. The investigation will explore the cyber attack disclosed by Premera last week, in which hackers accessed the personal information of 11 million consumers, including 6 million in Washington, between last May and the exploit's Jan. 29 discovery.  

Products from Areas of Japan Impacted by Nuclear Disaster Recalled

March 25, 2015 2:03 pm | News | Comments

Taiwanese health authorities have ordered a recall of all food products illegally imported from five Japanese prefectures affected by the 2011 earthquake and consequent nuclear disaster.  The Food and Drug Administration announced in October last year that it was planning to introduce regulations requiring foods imported from Japan to carry prefecture-specific labels of origin.

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Vendor Management Critical to Supply Chain Continuity

March 24, 2015 12:08 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Maintaining supply chain operations, especially across state and international borders, can be a major challenge for organizations.  Part of what makes supply chain continuity such a challenge is the reliance on and management of vendors.

During Cyclone, Vanuatu Residents did More With Less

March 24, 2015 12:04 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, the island nation of Vanuatu was hammered by a massive cyclone that destroyed or damaged 90 percent of the buildings in Port Vila, the nation’s capital.  The challenges of recovering from a catastrophic weather incident of this magnitude in a country like Vanuatu are going to be far more amplified than they would elsewhere.  Still, residents did their best to prepare for the storm. 

Japan Hopes Sea Wall will Protect Against Tsunamis

March 23, 2015 10:49 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press | News | Comments

Opponents of the 820 billion yen ($6.8 billion) plan argue that the massive concrete barriers will damage marine ecology and scenery, hinder vital fisheries and actually do little to protect residents who are mostly supposed to relocate to higher ground. Those in favor say the sea walls are a necessary evil, and one that will provide some jobs, at least for a time.

Vanuatu Continues to Rebuild after Cyclone

March 23, 2015 10:30 am | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

A week after a cyclone tore through the South Pacific archipelago with winds of 168 miles per hour, people are focused on the task of rebuilding.  About 65,000 people across Vanuatu were left homeless by the cyclone, which killed 17 people.

Hacker Must Disclose Assets to Federal Judge

March 23, 2015 10:19 am | by Martha Bellisle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses to steal thousands of credit card numbers has two weeks to provide a list of all of his assets to a federal judge, who will then decide if he has to pay for his federal public defender.

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Liberians Volunteering for Ebola Vaccine Trial

March 23, 2015 10:12 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

The gruesome toll of West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 4,200 Liberians of the more than 10,000 who have succumbed to the disease, has intensified efforts to find a vaccine for a disease that previously infected relatively few people in remote areas.

Testing Delayed After School Computers Were Hacked

March 23, 2015 9:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Common Core testing for thousands of students had to be delayed after computers were hacked at a Colorado school district, officials said.  School districts in New Jersey and Florida reported similar problems in recent weeks, as the new, computerized assessment tests developed by several states were administered.

Two BNSF Trains Derail Over Weekend

March 23, 2015 9:50 am | News | Comments

 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.

Companies Turn to Automation to Prevent Down Time

March 19, 2015 10:25 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

Search Called for Remaining Crash Victims Called Off

March 19, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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. 

More Reactors Being Decommissioned in Japan

March 19, 2015 8:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Top Five: Reasons to Check out the BCI's Business Continuity Awareness Week

March 17, 2015 9:57 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

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.

Firefighters Battle Blaze in Chile

March 16, 2015 3:21 pm | by Patricia Luna, Associated Press | News | Comments

Firefighters in Chile gained the upper hand on a coastal blaze that had gotten close to the neighboring cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, but officials said strong winds could still pose a threat.  About 200 firefighters on the ground and water-dumping helicopters and planes were battling the wildfire, which started Friday afternoon at an illegal dump and quickly spread.

Ten Americans Evacuated After Ebola Exposure

March 16, 2015 3:15 pm | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay and Robbie Corey-Boulet, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ten health care workers with a Boston-based nonprofit organization responding to Sierra Leone's Ebola outbreak are to be evacuated to the United States after one of their colleagues was infected with the deadly disease.  The Partners in Health staffer who became infected has already been evacuated and is receiving treatment at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

CPE Meeting Focuses on Storm Resilience

March 12, 2015 11:31 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The New York Chapter of the Contingency Planning Exchange (CPE) hosted its half day quarterly event, which featured presentations and a panel discussion focusing on storm and flood resilience in New York City, on Wednesday, March 11 at Credit Suisse.

Soy Sauce Maker Endures After Tsunami

March 12, 2015 11:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

When the tsunami warning sounded, workers at the two-centuries-old soy sauce maker in northeastern Japan ran up a nearby hill to a shrine for safety, and watched in disbelief as towering waters swallowed their factory.  They all believed the business and its precious fungal cultures that give soy sauce its unique taste were lost forever. Everyone except for Michihiro Kono, the ninth-generation son of the founding family.

Canadian Government Proposes New Tank Car Regulations

March 12, 2015 11:14 am | by Rob Gillies and Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian government has proposed tough new standards for rail tank cars used to transport crude oil in response to a string of fiery crashes.  The proposal, posted online  by Transport Canada, would require the cars to have outer "jackets," a layer of thermal protection, and thicker steel walls.

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