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Inaccurate Predictions a Challenge When Preparing for Storms

January 29, 2015 11:15 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Forecasts for Winter Storm Juno missed the mark in New York and New Jersey, prompting an outcry against what many believe was a major overreaction.  Some forecasters predicted Juno would drop significant.  While this prediction proved to be true in much of New England, it brought only a few inches to New York and New Jersey.

More Snow Could be Coming to New England

January 29, 2015 10:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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Relevant IT/DR Strategies a Necessity for Today's Business Continuity Pro

January 26, 2015 11:52 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Today’s businesses lean...

Armed Man Kills Co-Worker, Turns Gun on Himself

January 26, 2015 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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BP Calls Witnesses in Case to Lower Oil Spill Penalty

January 26, 2015 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

It will be oil giant BP's turn to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the U.S. government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  Last week, Government experts testified about environmental, economic and social damage arising from the spill. BP attorneys disputed much of that testimony, and have argued the recovery of the environment and the Gulf economy has been strong.

China's Slowing Economy Beginning to Impact Others

January 21, 2015 4:13 pm | by Kelvin Chan and Paul Wiseman, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

The global economy, slowed by stagnation in Europe and Japan, is being further hampered by China's decelerating growth.  The Chinese economy grew 7.4 percent in 2014, its weakest performance in nearly a quarter-century. And its growth is forecast to slow even more over the next two years.

Collapsed Overpass Shuts Down Major Ohio Highway

January 20, 2015 11:40 am | by Dan Sewell, Associated Press | News | Comments

A collapsed overpass covered southbound lanes of Interstate 75 with hundreds of tons of concrete and steel, following a construction accident that killed a worker and injured a truck driver.  The Ohio Department of Transportation said the busy artery through downtown Cincinnati will be closed at least two to three days.

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Drinking Water Shipped in After Traces of Oil Detected in Public Supply

January 20, 2015 11:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Truckloads of drinking water were being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive on Monday after traces of a major oil spill along the Yellowstone River were detected in public water supplies, raising concerns about a potential health risk.

Koroma Predicts Sierra Leone Will be 'Ebola Free' by May

January 16, 2015 10:41 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Even as his country registered 19 new Ebola cases over a 24-hour period, Sierra Leone's president is predicting there will be zero new confirmed cases by the end of March.  President Ernest Bai Koroma also predicted that his West African country  would be Ebola-free by World Health Organization standards by May. 

Pennsylvania Man to be Sentenced for Stealing Hundreds of Thousands from Former Employer

January 16, 2015 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A western Pennsylvania man faces sentencing for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his former company by submitting invoices from a phony company.  He pleaded guilty in September to mail fraud in the theft of almost $360,000 from Matthews International Corp. The losses have since been calculated at $415,000.

Airlines Will be Required to Collect, Analyze Safety Data

January 9, 2015 9:28 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

New U.S. government rules will require airlines to collect and analyze safety data in an effort to spot troubling trends and help prevent accidents.  The Federal Aviation Administration said the causes of 123 accidents between 2001 and 2010 could have been identified beforehand if airlines had safety management systems in place.

Making a 'Continuity Resolution' for the New Year

January 6, 2015 10:45 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

The book is closed on 2014 and with a new year comes a new set of resolutions.  To help grow your business continuity program, consider making a 'continuity resolution,' to build support from executives and change the way they look at resilience.

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Health Care Worker Being Monitored for Ebola at Nebraska Hospital

January 6, 2015 8:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An American health care worker who experienced high-risk exposure to the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone arrived at a Nebraska hospital for observation.  The patient has been transported to Nebraska Medical Center, which has a specialized biocontainment unit.

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.

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.

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.

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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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. 

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.

BP Will Appeal Decision to Keep Claims Administrator

December 26, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC is asking the federal appeals court in New Orleans to kick out the administrator of damage settlement claims from its 2010 oil spill.  A 75-page brief submitted Tuesday to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals contends, among other things, that Patrick Juneau had secretly drafted court papers filed against BP before he was appointed claims administrator. 

Snow Shuts Down Air Traffic in Moscow

December 26, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive snowstorm in Moscow  caused delays to more than 150 flights and brought traffic to a standstill.  None of Moscow's three airports have been closed, but all three were hit with severe delays, including more than a hundred flights being delayed from Domodedovo south of the city.

Mine Still a Hazard 30 Years Later

December 23, 2014 11:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind.

Coal Mines on Pace for All-Time Low in Work-Related Deaths

December 22, 2014 3:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation's coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths.  Officials point to their more aggressive use of team inspections at problem sites and other measures, which they say have fostered more responsible behavior below ground.

Spaniards Protest New Laws Throughout Country

December 22, 2014 2:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of people protested in Spanish cities against a proposed law that would set hefty fines for offenses such as burning the national flag and demonstrating outside parliament buildings or strategic installations.  The Public Security Law was approved by one house of parliament last week and is expected to be accepted by the other government-controlled one next month.

Study Says Federal Government Not Fully Prepared to Handle Nuclear Attack, Large Scale Catastrophe

December 19, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large scale natural catastrophe, lacking effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.

Collapse Kills 13 in Ecuador

December 15, 2014 3:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chinese embassy in Quito confirmed that 10 Ecuadorean and three Chinese workers were killed over the weekend at the construction site of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant. The Chinese firm Sinohydro is building the $2 billion 1,500-megawatt power plant.

IBM, State of Indiana to Settle Dispute in Court

December 11, 2014 4:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM Corp. and the state of Indiana are turning to mediation in hopes of settling their dispute over IBM's failed attempt to privatize Indiana's welfare services.  The two parties said in a court filing with the Indiana Supreme Court that they have agreed to mediation and chosen John R. Van Winkle of Indianapolis-based Van Winkle-Baten Dispute Resolution to hear their differences at a Feb. 25 mediation session.

Nurse Exposed to Ebola Being Monitored For Virus

December 11, 2014 4:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone is being admitted to the National Institutes of Health near Washington, D.C.  The NIH says in a statement that the nurse was expected to be admitted to the Bethesda, Maryland, facility on Thursday. 

FBI Affidavit Says Former Freedom Industries President Lied About Role in Chemical Spill

December 11, 2014 4:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In bankruptcy court hearings and meetings, former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern repeatedly said he had little to do with the company before it was sold a few weeks prior to the January chemical spill. But an FBI affidavit said Southern had overseen day-to-day operations at the chemical storage company, hired employees and executed contracts for several years, according to a complaint.

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