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Incidents Reveal Weaknesses in Pipeline Management

January 29, 2015 11:12 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three powerful accidents in recent years highlight weaknesses in the oversight of how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said as they issued more than two dozen safety recommendations.

 

Winter Storm Brings Different Experiences in New York, New England

January 29, 2015 11:08 am | by Seth Borenstein and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wild world of...

Executive Uncertain Whether Other BP Entities Will Help With Fine

January 29, 2015 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An executive for the BP subsidiary that faces billions of dollars in possible fines for the 2010...

Authorities will Release Report on Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Plane

January 29, 2015 10:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Civil aviation authorities in Malaysia will release a required report on the disappearance of...

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World Health Organization Eyes Reform After Slow Ebola Response

January 26, 2015 10:46 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.  WHO's chief, Dr. Margaret Chan, acknowledged Sunday that WHO was too slow to grasp the significance of the Ebola outbreak, which is estimated to have killed more than 8,600 people.

Diesel Fuel Spill Leaves 12,000 Without Drinking Water

January 26, 2015 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A diesel fuel spill has left about 12,000 people in southeastern West Virginia without drinking water.  The city of Lewisburg says an estimated 3,975 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a tributary of the Greenbrier River when a tanker truck overturned on Route 92.

Armed Man Kills Co-Worker, Turns Gun on Himself

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

An employee at a Home Depot store in Manhattan argued with a co-worker before fatally shooting him and then killing himself, police said, sending panicked workers and shoppers rushing to get away from the gunfire.  The 31-year-old man  exchanged words with a 38-year-old co-worker in the store's lighting section and then pulled out a gun.

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Be Prepared for Outbreaks of All Sizes

January 22, 2015 10:57 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Those fighting Ebola need to stay on their toes and continue to battle the virus until the outbreak is over, just as business continuity professionals must do with any crisis. Most business continuity professionals have not and will not ever be directly affected by Ebola, but it is a good lens through which to examine their programs.

Measles Outbreak at Disneyland Infects 70

January 22, 2015 10:39 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Seventy people have been infected in a measles outbreak that led California public health officials to urge those who haven't been vaccinated against the disease, including children too young to be immunized, should avoid Disney parks where the spread originated. 

Reputation Management Critical for Organizations

January 21, 2015 4:21 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Reputation management is one of the most, if not the most, important aspects to a successful business continuity program.  Regardless of size, scope or industry, no one wants to do business with an organization that they perceive to be unethical, incompetent or unreliable.  That includes not only customers, but potential business partners or investors as well.      

Cancer-Causing Agent Found in Water Samples from Montana Town

January 21, 2015 4:09 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on bottled water Tuesday after authorities detected a cancer-causing component of oil in public water supplies downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill.  Elevated levels of benzene were found in water samples from a treatment plant that serves about 6,000 people in the agricultural community of Glendive, near North Dakota.

Top Officials Fired after New Year's Eve Stampede that Killed 36 in China

January 21, 2015 4:05 pm | by Ian Mader and Paul Traynor, Associated Press | News | Comments

Shanghai announced it fired four top officials and disciplined seven others over a New Year's Eve stampede that killed 36 people, saying some of the officials were attending an opulent banquet as the disaster unfolded.  An investigation report blamed top government, police and Communist Party officials in Shanghai's Huangpu District for insufficient precautions at the scene and for not responding fast enough to the disaster

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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.

Trust in Media, Business Falls After Turbulent 2014

January 20, 2015 11:24 am | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press | News | Comments

Trust in institutions has fallen to levels not seen since the financial crisis, after a year that produced the twin Malaysia Airlines disasters and the conflict in Ukraine, a global survey found.  Public relations firm Edelman found that general level of trust in institutions — among college-educated people around the globe — at levels not seen since 2009 in many of the markets it surveyed.

FEMA's PrepareAthon Discussed at ACP Meeting

January 16, 2015 11:18 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The New York Metro Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners hosted its first meeting of 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 15 at Metropolitan College of New York.  The event featured a presentation by FEMA’s Eric Goldman, who discussed America’s PrepareAthon, an initiative that invites individuals, businesses and community organizations to participate in disaster planning and drills.  

Some of Obama's Cyber Threat Plans are Similar to Previous Legislation

January 16, 2015 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President, Obama laid out his plans this week as part of a push for new cybersecurity legislation that increases government information-sharing and protects businesses from lawsuits for revealing cyberthreats.  Yet the president's proposals are similar to congressional legislation that has been languishing on Capitol Hill, in part over privacy concerns. 

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. 

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Employees at Pesticide Plant May Have Been Exposed to Dangerous Fumes

January 16, 2015 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years.  As much as 600 parts per million of the gas an hour could have filled a poorly ventilated room, but federal guidelines say workers shouldn't be exposed to more than an average of 10 ppm per day of the gas.

'CyberCaliphate' Hacks Military Twitter and YouTube Accounts

January 13, 2015 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hackers supporting Islamic militants took over the Twitter and YouTube accounts of a major U.S. military command, in what the Pentagon called an annoying prank that did not breach military networks or access classified data.  The hacker group, calling itself CyberCaliphate, was already under FBI investigation for incursions into the Twitter feeds or websites of media outlets.

Both Black Boxes Recovered from Doomed AirAsia Flight

January 13, 2015 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Divers retrieved one black box and located the other from the AirAsia plane that crashed more than two weeks ago, key developments that should help investigators unravel what caused the aircraft to plummet into the Java Sea.  The flight data recorder was pulled from beneath a piece of the aircraft's wing and brought to the sea's surface, and the cockpit voice recorder was found hours later.

Accusing North Korea of Sony Hack Could Backfire on U.S. Government

January 9, 2015 10:00 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration's extraordinary decision to point fingers at North Korea over the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. could lead to a courtroom spectacle in the event charges are ultimately filed against someone without ties to the isolated country, such as a disgruntled employee or an unrelated hacker.

Extreme Cold Hammers Most of the United States

January 9, 2015 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dangerously cold air has sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits around the U.S., with wind chills driving them even lower. Throw in the snow some areas are getting and you've got a bone chilling mix that may also be super messy.

Shell to pay $83.5 Million to Nigerian Community Damaged by Oil Spill

January 9, 2015 9:06 am | by Michelle Faul, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil giant Shell has agreed to pay a Nigerian fishing community $83.5 million for the worst oil spill in Nigeria, an unprecedented settlement that experts say could open a floodgate of litigation there and abroad.  Shell also has agreed to a long-overdue cleanup, but a U.N. report has said it could take 30 years to properly restore the ruined mangrove swamps. 

Divers Continue Search for Black Box

January 9, 2015 8:54 am | by Achmad Ibrahim, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Strong currents and blinding silt thwarted divers' attempt to find AirAsia Flight 8501's black boxes, which are believed to still be in the recently discovered tail of the crashed plane.  The flight data and cockpit voice recorders are crucial to helping determine what caused the jet carrying 162 passengers and crew to vanish on Dec. 28, halfway into a two-hour flight between Surabaya, Indonesia, and Singapore.

North Korea Criticizes U.S. for Sanctions, Denies Sony Attacks Again

January 6, 2015 8:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea criticized the United States for slapping sanctions on Pyongyang officials and organizations for a cyberattack on Sony Pictures — the latest fallout from a Hollywood movie depicting the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Municipalities Near Nuclear Plant Upset with Sendai Owners

January 6, 2015 8:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Only about 20 percent of 160 prefectural and municipal governments that host or are located near nuclear plants support how a utility company in southwestern Japan went about getting the go-ahead for restarting its nuclear reactors, a Kyodo News poll showed.

Indonesia Cracking Down on Aviation in Wake of AirAsia Crash

January 6, 2015 8:19 am | by Tatan Syuflana, Associated Press | News | Comments

Highlighting the depth of Indonesia's air safety problems, the transportation ministry announced harsh measures against everyone who allowed AirAsia Flight 8501 to take off without proper permits — including the suspension of the airport's operator and officials in the control tower.

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.

AirAsia Search Will Continue as Long as Weather Permits

January 2, 2015 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More ships arrived with sensitive equipment to search for the fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501 and the more than 150 people still missing since it crashed five days ago.  Rear Marshal Henry Bambang Soelistyo, head of Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency, said the search would be stepped up as long as the weather allowed.

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