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Keeping an NFL Stadium Secure: ACP Visits Home of Giants, Jets

May 5, 2015 11:33 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

On Friday, May 1, members of the Association of Contingency Planners’ Garden State Chapter were given an opportunity to tour MetLife Stadium, home of both the New York Giants and New York Jets, and learn about the ins and outs of how its security team manages the daunting task of keeping tens of thousands safe.

'We Need Help': Aid Scarce in Quake-Hit Nepal Villages

May 5, 2015 10:59 am | by Todd Pitman, Associated Press | News | Comments

One week after the strongest tremor to hit impoverished Nepal in eight decades, aid has been...

Baltimore Calm Wednesday, Protests Begin in Other Cities

April 30, 2015 12:18 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Baltimore saw another night of relative calm on Wednesday, with peaceful protesters...

Drought: California Governor Seeks Fine for Water Wasters

April 29, 2015 4:14 pm | by Fenit Nirappil and Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

California businesses and residents that waste the most water as the state copes with a drought...

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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.

Relative Calm in Baltimore Tuesday Following Riots

April 28, 2015 11:44 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

According to the Mayor's Office of Economic and Neighborhood Development in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has requested support from the National Guard, who have been deployed to the city to assist police.  A 24-hour emergency operations center has been established to assist in coordinating a response.

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.

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Fire at Taiwan Nuclear Power Plant Prompts Reactor Shutdown

April 27, 2015 11:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A reactor at a nuclear power plant in southern Taiwan was shut down following a fire that broke out this weekend, its operator said.Taiwan Power Co. spokesman Lin Te-fu told Kyodo News the fire occurred at the Maanshan Nuclear Power Plant at Hengchun, apparently caused by a short-circuited supplementary transformer.

Man Nabbed Over Drone may have Targeted U.S. Facility, Nuclear Plant

April 27, 2015 11:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A man arrested for flying a drone onto the prime minister's office with traces of radioactive material may have targeted a U.S. facility in Tokyo and a nuclear power plant in Kagoshima as well, sources close to the matter said.  A small four-propeller drone bearing a container holding sand with trace amounts of radioactive cesium was found on the roof of the prime minister's office.

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.

Exxon Mobil firms to Pay Nearly $5 Million for Arkansas Oil Spill

April 22, 2015 5:26 pm | by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil must pay almost $5 million in penalties for state and federal violations involving the 2013 Mayflower oil spill in central Arkansas, according to a consent decree filed in federal court.  Assistant Attorney General John Cruden said the company did not admit liability as part of the agreement.  

Almonds Get Roasted in Debate Over California Water Use

April 21, 2015 12:26 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

California almonds are becoming one of the world's favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts a staggering price from the land, consuming more water than all the showering, dish-washing and other indoor household water use of California's 39 million people.

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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.

Japanese Court Rejects Bid to Restart Two Nuclear Reactors

April 16, 2015 11:23 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A court issued an injunction ordering two nuclear reactors in western Japan to stay offline, rejecting regulators' safety approval of the reactors' planned restart later this year, a decision that could further delay the government's restart plans.

Power Outages Create Serious Continuity Problems

April 14, 2015 11:12 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

With new cyber threats and complex supply chain resilience on the minds of business continuity professionals more than ever, it can be hard to focus on the disruptions that they have been dealing with for years.  Some of the simplest issues can cause the biggest problems and few things cause headaches for BC pros like power outages.

Firms Push High-Tech Solutions to Fortify Airport Perimeters

April 14, 2015 11:05 am | by Martha Mendoza and Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Associated Press investigation this week documented 268 instances in which people hopped over, crawled under, drove cars through or otherwise breached the fences and gates protecting the perimeters of 31 of the nation's busiest airports from January 2004 through January 2015.

Power station blast in Maryland causes outages across DC

April 9, 2015 11:38 am | by Ben Nuckols, Associated Press | News | Comments

Widespread power outages affected the White House, the Capitol, museums, train stations and other sites across Washington and its suburbs Tuesday afternoon — all because of an explosion at a Maryland power station, officials said.  Many of the outages were brief, but some were longer and forced evacuations.

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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.

Could Water Scarcity Impact Business Continuity Professionals?

April 7, 2015 11:58 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Resource management is a critical concept when it comes to resilience.  An organization can’t function properly without the things it needs to do so.  While resources are important, there are few that are as universally needed as water.  Nathaniel Forbes of Forbes Calamity Prevention argues that the impact of restricted access to water is something more business continuity professionals should focus on.

Jerry Brown Defends Drought Order that Doesn't Limit Farmers

April 7, 2015 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As California endures a fourth year of drought, Brown's order this week requires towns and cities statewide to draw down water use by 25 percent compared with 2013 levels. While past reductions were voluntary, Brown said he is using his emergency powers to make the cuts mandatory.

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.

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.

BP Case Will be Heard by Jury

April 1, 2015 12:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge says Alabama's Gulf oil-spill-damage claims under the federal Oil Pollution Act can be heard by a jury.  BP had moved to block a jury trial for the state, saying that neither the Oil Pollution Act nor admiralty law provides the right to a trial by jury.

Continuity and Concrete Sea Walls in Japan

March 26, 2015 11:46 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

In 2011, an earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that struck northern Japan, leaving thousands dead and causing billions of dollars in damage.  It also resulted in nuclear meltdowns, including the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Plant.  Now, the government is considering something drastic: building a 250 mile chain of cement sea walls more than five stories tall.

Nuclear Plant Rests on Fault, Report Says

March 25, 2015 4:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulation Authority accepted a report that says a reactor at Japan Atomic Power Co.'s Tsuruga nuclear plant on the Sea of Japan coast sits right above an active geological fault, a move that may force the operator to permanently shut down the unit.

Companies Turn to Automation to Prevent Down Time

March 19, 2015 10:25 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Managing critical equipment and avoiding unplanned down time is key for any organization to remain profitable and conduct business effectively.  Some larger companies, like GE, are turning to data based solutions to help keep their own infrastructure, as well as that of their customers, running smoothly.

Freedom Industries Plant Manager Pleads Guilty to Pollution Charge

March 19, 2015 9:53 am | by John Raby, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A former plant manager at Freedom Industries pleaded guilty to a pollution charge Wednesday in last year's chemical spill in West Virginia that fouled the local tap water supply.  Federal investigators have said holes in a corroded tank's floor and roof likely helped cause the Jan. 9, 2014, spill. Freedom Industries filed for bankruptcy protection eight days later.

Businesses Re-Open as European Economy Recovers Slowly

March 19, 2015 9:24 am | by Barry Hatton, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Valadares factory in Portugal shut down in 2012 amid Europe's financial crisis, its huge debts and outdated business practices dooming it to bankruptcy. Now, on the factory floor, a few dozen former employees are back at their jobs and fighting to rebuild their lives after the business was reopened by private investors.  

Active Volcano Impacts Chile's Tourism Industry

March 19, 2015 9:09 am | by Dave Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Located in Chile's Lake District in the southeast portion of the Province of Cautín, Pucon and the surrounding area is home to Lake Villarrica and the Villarrica volcano. It's about 11 hours (700 kilometers) by bus traveling south from Santiago, Chile's capital.

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