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Positive Communication Increasing Resilience at Kaiser Permanente

April 16, 2015 11:46 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Communication is a critical part of any business.  Poor communication, whether it is between managers and subordinates or peers, can negatively impact a business and result in lost time and money.  By promoting positive communications throughout the organization, companies can engage their workforce and create an efficient work environment.

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...

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...

Residents Allowed to Return to Tornado-Hit Illinois Town

April 14, 2015 10:57 am | by Kerry Lester, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Residents of a small northern Illinois farming community that took a direct hit from a half-...

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Siberian Fires Sweep Through Villages, Kill 15

April 14, 2015 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Out-of-control agricultural fires have killed at least 15 people, injured hundreds more and destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes in Siberia, authorities said.  The fires were started in Khakassia, a region in southeastern Siberia, by farmers burning the grass in their fields, but spread quickly because of strong winds.

Trial Begins over Turkey's Mine Disaster that Killed 301

April 14, 2015 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Forty-five managers and employees of a mine in the western Turkish town of Soma, went on trial accused of causing the deaths of 301 miners who perished in a fire last year in Turkey's worst mining disaster.  Inspection reports said the coal had been smoldering for days before the May 13 disaster, releasing toxic gases.

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.

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Californians celebrate rain, snow from rare spring storm

April 9, 2015 11:25 am | by Robert Jablon and Kristin Bender, Associated Press | News | Comments

The storm that had doused Northern California arrived in Southern California on Tuesday night, bringing mostly light but necessary rainfall across much of the region.  Thousands were without power for several hours because of the storm.  

Looking Back: Five Worst Airline Disasters of 2014

April 7, 2015 11:48 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The downing of Germanwings flight A320 has once again brought aviation disasters into the limelight.  While still very rare, plane crashes are attention grabbing because of their scope and scale.  Last year saw several incidents that dominated news coverage.  Here are five of the worst airline crashes of 2014.

Crash Pilot's Profile Prompts Questions, Deep Unease

April 7, 2015 10:51 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

The profile that has emerged of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has become more troubling by the day.  In the hours after Flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps two weeks ago, Lubitz was regarded as one of 150 victims in an unexplained disaster. Two days later he was the prime suspect of an unfathomable act.

Dallas hospital seeks dismissal of nurse's suit over Ebola

April 7, 2015 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A hospital operator denied allegations of poor training and improper preparation in seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by a nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first U.S. patient to succumb to the deadly disease.  Texas Health Resources filed a response to the March 2 lawsuit by nurse Nina Pham,

In Tragic Plane Crash, Lessons to be Learned for BC Pros

April 2, 2015 11:30 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Germanwings flight 9525 plane crash on March 24, 2015, will likely be remembered as one of history’s most tragic aviation disasters.  It can be difficult to dissect a recent, tragic case like this, especially when it is still near the top of news pages everywhere and is far from closed, but it is something business continuity professionals should keep an eye on.

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Hurricane Sandy Funds Went Toward Shoddy Work

April 1, 2015 2:06 pm | by Mike Balsamo, Associated Press | News | Comments

A program that was supposed to rebuild homes wrecked by Superstorm Sandy paid $6.8 million to contractors for work that was "flawed or incomplete," the city's comptroller said in an audit.  The audit examined whether the city properly ensured benefits to storm victims from June 2013 through August 2014.

Chief Executives Visit Site of Germanwings Crash

April 1, 2015 1:54 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associate Press | News | Comments

 Lufthansa's chief executive said it will take "a long, long time" to understand what led to a deadly crash in the Alps last week — but refused to say what the airline knew about the mental health of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately destroying the plane.

Truck Explodes after Attempted Gasoline Theft

April 1, 2015 1:11 pm | by Christopher Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in a gasoline tanker truck explosion in southeastern Mexico rose to 14 , the result of an attempted theft of fuel in an area that authorities say has a long reputation for roadside thefts.  Gasoline theft has been a persistent problem in Mexico, but siphoning directly from pipelines has received the most attention.

Fatal Floods, Landslides Strike India, Kashmir

April 1, 2015 12:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescuers recovered 16 bodies Tuesday from two houses hit by rain-triggered landslides in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, following its second major floods in six months. Elsewhere in India, fierce rain and lightning toppled houses and trees in Bihar state, killing 20 others.

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 French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said.  Several analysts said Lufthansa will probably reach settlements with relatives of victims to avoid going to court

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Tapped Gas Line May Have Caused NYC Explosion

March 30, 2015 2:13 pm | by Meghan Barr, Associated Press | News | Comments

After two bodies were pulled from the rubble of a Manhattan apartment building collapse, authorities shifted their focus to what caused the massive explosion and fire and the possibility that someone may have improperly tapped a gas line serving one of the buildings.

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 for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.  Thousands of teams were out reminding people how Ebola is spread and how to prevent it. Teams were also going to search for Ebola cases, particularly in regions around the capital and in the north, where flare-ups persist.

Flooding in Chile Kills Nine

March 30, 2015 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Communities in Chile's northern desert region are digging houses out of the mud and working to reopen roads after floods pummeled several cities and left nine people dead.  he heavy rains  swelled rivers and led to flash-flooding in cities including Copiapo, Chanaral, Tierra Amarilla and Taltal, all north of Santiago.

Germanwings Co-Pilot May Have Brought Plane Down Intentionally

March 25, 2015 4:17 pm | by David McHugh and Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and "intentionally" rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said.  

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.

Ebola Victim May Have Caught Virus from Survivor

March 25, 2015 2:38 pm | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman who tested positive for Ebola in Liberia last week is dating a survivor of the disease, a health official said, offering a possible explanation for how she became the country's first confirmed case in weeks.  The patient is now being treated at the Monrovia Medical Unit, a U.S.-built field hospital.

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.

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.

Residents Find Ways to Avoid Cyclone's Wrath in Vanuatu

March 19, 2015 10:14 am | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tanna Island in the southern part of the Vanuatu archipelago was one of the hardest hit when Cyclone Pam tore through the South Pacific nation early Saturday.  Among the island's 30,000 residents, however, there were just five confirmed deaths, a testament to their experience in dealing with cyclones as well as some narrow escapes.

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. 

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