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Keeping Supply Chain Operations Running Critical for Any Business

March 5, 2015 10:43 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Global organizations rely on their supply chains to deliver products and services to their customers in a timely and efficient manner.  While these complex chains are critical to day-to-day operations, their complexity leaves them open to a wide range of problems, which can result in serious down time.

 

Could 'Marshall Plan' for Ebola be a Possibility?

March 4, 2015 3:38 pm | by Lorne Cook, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Liberia's president called for an Ebola "Marshall Plan" to help rebuild economies in West...

"Super Bug" Worth Watching for Business Continuity Professionals

March 3, 2015 11:43 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The death of two patients at the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles has renewed...

Government Mulling New Oil Train Car Regulations

March 2, 2015 4:15 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Fiery wrecks of trains hauling crude oil have intensified pressure on the Obama administration...

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Commuter May Have Exposed 1,500 to Measles

March 2, 2015 4:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say the commuter who may have exposed at least 1,500 Bay Area Rapid Transit riders to measles also ate at a popular Northern California restaurant.  BART warned commuters for a second time this month about possible exposure. 

United Nations Urges Persistence in Ebola Fight

March 2, 2015 3:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Nations is urging donors, organizations and countries fighting Ebola in West Africa not to give in to complacency as the death toll from the virus climbs toward 10,000.  U.N. experts said the spread of the disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has dropped to almost 10 percent of what it was in September.

Speaker's Soapbox: Nadav Davidai of Control Risks and Emily Lord of RX Response

February 26, 2015 9:49 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Nadav Davidai of Control Risks and Emily Lord of RX Response will present "Including Your Supply Chain Partners in Large-Scale Exercise Simulations."  Their presentation will focus on working with multiple partners to organize exercise that align with the objectives of everyone involved.

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U.S. Government Contracts with Quebec Biotech Company to Make Anti-Ebola Drug

February 26, 2015 8:57 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A Quebec City biotech company has been awarded a contract to make a ZMapp-like product to fight Ebola.  The U.S. government's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority issued a contract to make monoclonal Ebola antibodies to Medicago.

WHO Urges Europeans to Step Up Measles Vaccinations

February 26, 2015 8:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization is urging Europe to step up measles vaccination efforts as countries report thousands of cases of the disease.  WHO's regional office said cases in Europe and Central Asia fell by half from 2013 to 2014 but its goal of eliminating measles there this year is threatened.

Retired Doctor Discusses Experience With Measles

February 23, 2015 4:26 pm | by Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Dr. Frank Jagdis knows measles. As a medical student in the pre-vaccination 1960s and later as a practicing pediatrician in Victoria, he saw the toll that measles took on children who came down with the viral infection.

Federal Study Reveals Grim Projections on Train Derailments

February 23, 2015 4:12 pm | by Matthew Brown and Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S. 

North Korea Bans Foreigners from Marathon Over Ebola Concerns

February 23, 2015 3:19 pm | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

Further restricting travel to the already isolated country, North Korea barred foreigners from one of its most popular tourist events — the annual Pyongyang marathon — because of concerns over the Ebola virus, travel agencies said.  North Korean media have suggested Ebola was created by the U.S. military as a biological weapon.

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BC Pros Should be Aware of Emerging Issues

February 18, 2015 3:41 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference will feature several presentations from companies representing various industries that will focus on emerging issues.  Presenters will cover a wide range of topics that many BC pros will likely be faced with soon if they haven’t been working on them already.

Washington State Re-Considering Vaccine Exemptions

February 18, 2015 1:48 pm | by Rachel La Corte, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Personal or philosophical opposition to vaccines would not be an authorized exemption for the parents of school-age children under a measure that received a public hearing before a House committee, drawing at least two dozen opponents to the proposed change.

School Officials are Not Required to Be Vaccinated in Some States

February 17, 2015 11:30 am | by Christine Armario, Associated Press | News | Comments

 While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation's classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated.

Bankruptcy Judge Calls for Meeting in Freedom Industries Case

February 17, 2015 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A federal bankruptcy judge is calling for parties to meet to discuss how to conclude the case of Freedom Industries, whose January 2014 chemical spill caused a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.  A potential insurance settlement could pay for projects that benefit the affected residents, like additional water testing or health studies.

AIDS Now Second Leading Cause for Adolescent Deaths Globally

February 17, 2015 11:03 am | by Tom Odula, Associated Press | News | Comments

AIDS has become the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally, global health agencies said.  About 120,000 people aged between 10-19 years died of AIDs-related illnesses in 2013.

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As U.S. Military Prepares to Leave, Liberia's President Vows to Have Zero Ebola Cases

February 12, 2015 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberia's president vowed  that the country would get to zero Ebola cases soon as the U.S. military announced it will be withdrawing most of its troops who have spent the last several months helping to battle the disease.  Only 100 U.S. troops will remain in West Africa after April 30, down from 2,800 initially deployed. 

New Mexico, U.S. Energy Department Continue to Spar Over $54 Million in Fines

February 12, 2015 10:12 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

 New Mexico's top environment officials and the U.S. Energy Department are wrangling over more than $54 million in fines levied in the wake of a radiological leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository.  Because negotiations with the federal government are ongoing, officials said the total penalties that could be assessed remains unclear.

Two More Infants Have Measles. Bringing Illinois' Total Cases to Ten

February 12, 2015 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Health officials say two more infants from a suburban Chicago day care have measles, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois to 10.  Chicago and Cook County health officials said  that nine of the 10 cases are associated with a KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine

When Communicating Online, Think Before you Send

February 10, 2015 11:20 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram allow for messages to be distributed to massive amounts of people very quickly and can be a valuable tool for business continuity professionals.  However, a single unfortunate message or poorly timed tweet can cause serious damage, especially to an organization or individual’s reputation.

Wireless Technology in Cars Difficult to Protect Against Cyber Threats

February 9, 2015 4:31 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, according to an analysis of information that manufacturers provided to  Democratic Sen. Edward Markey

Japan may Require Workers to Take Vacation Days

February 9, 2015 4:26 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation that will be submitted during the parliamentary session that began Jan. 26 aims to ensure workers get the rest they need. In a break with past practice, it will become the legal responsibility of employers to ensure workers take their holidays.  Japan has been studying such legislation for years.

Measles Outbreak Still a Major Concern for Public Health Officials

February 5, 2015 10:41 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The Disneyland outbreak has already spread well beyond the theme parks that attract tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe, who could then return home with the virus. Disease investigators for weeks raced to identify measles-stricken patients, track down potential contacts and quarantine them if necessary.

Petrobras CEO, Five Others to Step Down Amid Scandal

February 5, 2015 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Embattled Brazilian oil company Petrobras said the company's chief executive officer and five other top figures stepped down amid a long-running and massive kickback scandal at the firm.  None of the top officials are facing charges of wrongdoing, but prosecutors have said the investigation is still in its early stages.

Testing for Ebola Drug Stopped as Cases Decline

February 5, 2015 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Doctors Without Borders says that human testing on a potential Ebola drug is being stopped because there aren't enough patients because of a decline in Ebola cases.  The drop-off in Ebola infections is good news for Liberia, but it means there are not enough sick people to take part in the study.

Thinking About Business Continuity After Super Bowl XLIX

February 3, 2015 11:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

The game is one of the United States’ most high profile events of the year.  More than 70 thousand people attended the game itself, and millions more watched as home.  It could also make for an interesting business continuity case study, as dozens of BC topics are at play.

Human Testing of Potential Ebola Vaccine Begins in Liberia

February 3, 2015 11:32 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Large-scale human testing of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia's capital Monday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has now claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa.  There is currently no licensed treatment for Ebola, a ghastly virus that has killed at least 60 percent of even its hospitalized victims.

European Union, Polish Leaders Discuss Energy Plan

February 3, 2015 11:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union energy commissioner and Polish leaders discussed plans for an EU energy union aimed at greater security at a time of troubled ties with major gas supplier Russia.  Poland, dependent on Russia for some 60 percent of its gas, is urging greater EU energy security through steps like joint gas purchases, sharing of resources and lesser dependence on imports.

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