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Despite Low Death Rate, Lassa Fever Worth Watching

May 28, 2015 11:33 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

A New Jersey man died Monday from Lassa Fever, a rare infectious disease that originates in West Africa, after returning from Liberia.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, the disease is endemic to West Africa and is named after the town in Nigeria where it was first discovered in 1969.  While the disease is uncommon in the United States, that is not the case in West Africa.

Man Diagnosed with Lassa Fever Dies in US After Liberia Trip

May 26, 2015 10:29 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A New Jersey man died after been diagnosed with Lassa fever — a frightening infectious disease...

California Looks to Australia for Tips on Surviving Drought

May 26, 2015 10:08 am | by Kristen Gelineau and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and...

Finding Cause of California Oil Spill Could Take Months

May 26, 2015 10:00 am | by Brian Melley, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of an oil pipeline that broke and spilled thousands of gallons of crude across a...

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Continuity of Supply a Growing Concern in Global Economy

May 21, 2015 10:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity of supply has become an increasingly important factor for resilience professionals as more organizations are beginning to rely on complex, global supply chains to deliver their products.  Supply chain disruptions can be extremely damaging to a business, especially one that relies on a large network of suppliers to create their products.

Takeaways on Cyber Security from CIMC 2015

May 21, 2015 10:12 am | by Jenny Chen, Senior Certified Expert IT Consultant, IBM | Blogs | Comments

Jenny Chen, Senior Certified Expert IT Consultant for IBM, discusses her experience at the 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference, including her takeaways about the state of cyber security and the good, bad and ugly ways in which BC pros deal with it.

Speakers Discuss Emerging Issues at Full-Day CPE Meeting

May 21, 2015 9:54 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

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Court Awards Some $1.8 Million to Phone Hacking Victims

May 21, 2015 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Merkel: Global Catastrophe Plan Needed After Ebola Crisis

May 19, 2015 9:13 am | by Kitsten Grieshaber, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Liberia is Ebola Free, but Virus Still Looms in Guinea, Sierra Leone

May 12, 2015 12:06 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

After more than 4,700 deaths, the Ebola outbreak has come to an end in Liberia.  According to reports, there have been no cases of the virus that has ravaged West Africa since last year for 42 days, twice the incubation period for the disease.  The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the last confirmed case in Liberia was buried on March 28.  This means the outbreak is over in one of the nations hardest hit by it.

Texas Attack Highlights Potential for Terrorist Action

May 7, 2015 11:35 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is claiming responsibility for an attack in Garland, Texas in which two gunmen opened fire on an event where attendees were asked to draw the prophet Muhammad.  Attacks like this should be a point of focus for business continuity professionals.

Jennie-O Lays Off 233 Workers Due to Bird Flu

May 6, 2015 1:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Jennie-O Turkey Store said it will lay off 233 employees at its processing plant in the southern Minnesota city of Faribault because of bird flu outbreaks that have cut its turkey supply.  In a statement, the country's second-largest turkey processor said the Faribault plant will switch to a single shift for the foreseeable future.

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Summer Camps with a Mission: To Create Cyber Security Experts

May 5, 2015 11:13 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The camps are part of an expanding but modestly funded program called GenCyber that is funded by the National Science Foundation and National Security Agency. The agencies are taking the long view in fulfilling an insatiable need for cyber security experts, both in government and private industry.

Report: Five Months After Infection, Man Spreads Ebola Via Sex

May 5, 2015 10:41 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials now think Ebola survivors can spread the disease through unprotected sex nearly twice as long as previously believed.  Scientists thought the Ebola virus could remain in semen for about three months. But a recent case in West Africa suggests infection through sex can happen more than five months later.

UN Says it will Try to Identify All Ebola Cases by June

April 29, 2015 4:05 pm | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

 The World Health Organization says it aims to identify and isolate all new Ebola cases in West Africa by the end of May to stop the spread of the lethal virus before the rainy season.  The U.N. health agency said it hopes to limit transmission of the virus to the coastal areas of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone before the rainy season begins, normally in April or May.

Bird Flu Found in Five More Northwest Iowa Poultry Farms

April 29, 2015 4:02 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The deadly bird flu virus was found in an egg-laying flock with 3.7 million chickens in northwest Iowa in addition to four more poultry farms, state agriculture officials said.  The virus will now cost Iowa egg producers about a sixth of the state's 60 million hens, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said, or nearly 9.8 million chickens that have either been or will be euthanized.

Dealing with Disasters at Dell: Lessons Learned and Solutions Found

April 28, 2015 2:33 pm | Webinars

The presenters will discuss the many “oops and gotchas” of Disaster Recovery, along with several lessons learned. For example, given the critical importance of email communication, learn how Dell ensures Email Availability and communication regardless of the outage or interruption. 

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Top Five Plenary Speaker Quotes from CIMC2015

April 28, 2015 11:30 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference featured sessions by business continuity professionals from every area of the industry, from emergency management to IT/disaster recovery. Here are the top five quotes from our three plenary speakers.

Expats Try Phones, Social Apps to Connect to Quake-Hit Nepal

April 27, 2015 2:08 pm | by Foster Klug, Associated Press | News | Comments

Power outages and communications problems have made life agonizing for the nearly 6 million Nepalese who live abroad — or about 22 percent of the population.  The earthquake Saturday hit the capital, Kathmandu, but also small villages and the slopes of Mount Everest, where an avalanche buried part of a base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing to try for the summit.

UN Chief Names New Head of Ebola Mission as Outbreak Calms

April 27, 2015 11:22 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The U.N. chief appointed a new head of the emergency mission responding to West Africa's Ebola crisis amid hopes that the world's deadliest outbreak of the virus will soon come to an end.  Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands will work closely with David Nabarro, the U.N.'s special Ebola envoy, in addressing an epidemic that has claimed more than 10,000 lives in the three hardest-hit countries: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

EU Charges Russia's Gazprom Gas Giant with Market Abuse

April 22, 2015 5:36 pm | by Raf Casert, Associate Press | News | Comments

The European Union on charged Russian state energy giant Gazprom of abusing its dominant position in central and eastern EU nations in an antitrust case that will further test tense relations between Brussels and Moscow.  EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Gazprom is strong-arming customer nations where it sometimes almost fully controls the gas market, by setting unfair pricing and contract restrictions.

California Measles Outbreak Over

April 21, 2015 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

California health authorities declared an end to a large measles outbreak in the U.S. that started at Disneyland and triggered a broader debate about vaccinations.  Disease detectives for months raced to contain the highly contagious disease, which surfaced at Disney theme parks in December and spread to a half-dozen U.S. states, Mexico and Canada.

Expert: Tale of Worker Asleep in Cargo Hold is a Warning

April 16, 2015 11:35 am | by Manuel Valdes and David Koenig, Associated Press | News | Comments

The misadventure of a baggage handler who fell asleep in the cargo hold of a jetliner should be a warning for airlines to improve security procedures, safety experts said.  The worker banged on the plane for help shortly after takeoff  from Seattle. Pilots heard the noise and quickly returned to the airport. The worker was not injured.

Investigators Warn Airplane Computers Could be Hacked

April 16, 2015 11:25 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

The finding by the Government Accountability Office presents chilling new scenarios for passengers. The report doesn't suggest it would be easy to do, or very likely. But it points out that as airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration attempt to modernize planes and flight tracking with Internet-based technology, attackers have a new vulnerability they could exploit.

Unseasonable Rain Causes Heartache for Many Indian Farmers

April 16, 2015 11:20 am | by Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press | News | Comments

April is usually a time of celebration for millions of farmers across northern India. The winter wheat crop is ready to be harvested, and there's money to clear past debts and plan future planting.  This year, however, unseasonable rain and hailstorms in March destroyed millions of acres of farmland in the region.

Companies Need Resources to Stay Up and Running

April 9, 2015 11:44 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Resource management is something that businesses of all shapes and sizes must deal with on some level almost every day.  Regardless of industry, access to resources is among the most critical things in keeping your business running.  While it may fall to other areas of the organization, BC pros should still have a hand in, or at least be informed about, how their company manages resources.

California Regulator Suggests Utility is Too Big to be Safe

April 9, 2015 11:36 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker said he would ask the commission's staff to study "the culture of safety" and the structure of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which has its gas and electricity operations under a single corporate board and chief executive.

Talking Turkey: How Bird Flu Outbreaks are Playing Out

April 9, 2015 11:22 am | by Steve Karnowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

A deadly strain of bird flu has reached the Midwest, killing or requiring hundreds of thousands of turkeys to be euthanized. H5N2 is a highly contagious virus that kills commercial poultry quickly once it gets into a barn, but risk to the public is considered low.

Pemex Begins to Restore Production at Fire-Damaged Platform

April 7, 2015 10:21 am | by Katherine Corcoran, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's state-run oil company continues to search for three missing workers from a platform fireball that killed four others, while beginning to restore production at the damaged Gulf of Mexico facility, officials said.  The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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