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Continuity of Supply a Growing Concern in Global Economy

May 21, 2015 10:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity of supply has become an increasingly important factor for resilience professionals as more organizations are beginning to rely on complex, global supply chains to deliver their products.  Supply chain disruptions can be extremely damaging to a business, especially one that relies on a large network of suppliers to create their products.

California Oil Sop-Up Starts, Thousands of Gallons Gathered

May 21, 2015 9:44 am | by Christopher Weber and Brian Melley, Associated Press | News | Comments

 More than 6,000 gallons of oil had been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched...

Unions Urge Amtrak to Put Second Crew Member in Locomotives

May 21, 2015 9:40 am | by Michael Sisak, Associated Press | News | Comments

The union for Amtrak's locomotive engineers urged the railroad  to put a second crew member at...

Survivors Stunned by Loss in Colombian Town Hit by Flood

May 21, 2015 9:19 am | by Luis Benavides, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the small mountain town of Salgar, Colombia began digging out, tales of human tragedy...

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California Farmers Propose Voluntary Cuts

May 21, 2015 9:17 am | by Scott Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues.

Amtrak Liable for no More Than $200 Million in Crash

May 19, 2015 10:30 am | by Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press | News | Comments

 For the first time, Amtrak could face a $200 million payout to train crash victims — the limit set by Congress. But that may be too low to cover the costs of the eight lives lost and more than 200 people injured in last week's derailment in Philadelphia.

Amtrak Trains Back in Service on busy Northeast Corridor

May 19, 2015 9:25 am | by Michael Sisak, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Amtrak trains began rolling on the busy Northeast Corridor early Monday, the first time in almost a week following a deadly crash in Philadelphia, and officials vowed to have safer trains and tracks while investigators worked to determine the cause of the derailment.

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Flood, Mudslide Sweep Away Homes in Colombia, Killing 49

May 19, 2015 9:16 am | by Luis Benavides, Associated Press | News | Comments

An avalanche of mud and debris roared down an alpine town in western Colombia before dawn Monday, killing at least 49 people in a flood and mudslide triggered by heavy rains.  Authorities called on volunteers to send water, food supplies and blankets to cope with what they described as a humanitarian emergency.

Merkel: Global Catastrophe Plan Needed After Ebola Crisis

May 19, 2015 9:13 am | by Kitsten Grieshaber, Associated Press | News | Comments

Looking forward, the chancellor said Germany would give 200 million euros ($228 million) to help developing countries build up better-functioning health care systems — which she said was essential to deal with future epidemic outbreaks. She said 70 million euros of this would go specifically to the Ebola-ridden countries in western Africa.

Tragic Derailment Presents Business Continuity Challenges

May 14, 2015 11:31 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Details are still being revealed after an Amtrak train derailed near Philadelphia Tuesday night, leaving seven dead and more than 200 injured.  For business continuity professionals, train derailments present a unique set of problems, particularly when they involve passenger trains.  One incident can result in a host of different potential disruptions.

Thousands Spend Night Outdoors as Death Toll Rises in Nepal

May 14, 2015 10:49 am | by Binaj Gurubacharya and Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of fear-stricken people spent the night outdoors after a new earthquake killed dozens of people and spread more misery in Nepal, which is still reeling from a devastating quake that killed more than 8,000 nearly three weeks ago.

How California Golf Courses are Saving Water

May 14, 2015 10:24 am | by Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press | News | Comments

California golf courses are teeing up water conservation measures as the state enters its fourth summer of epic drought. A look at some of the ways they are cutting back.  Small changes, such as watering less in areas that don't get a lot of foot traffic, can help cut back on waste.

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Amtrak Train Derails, Killing seven People; Investigation Begins

May 13, 2015 8:45 am | by Jeff Mulvihill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Daylight on Wednesday revealed the destruction and devastation caused by an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that left at least six people dead and injured dozens more, several critically, as survivors recalled a terrifying wreck that plunged them into darkness and chaos.

Liberia is Ebola Free, but Virus Still Looms in Guinea, Sierra Leone

May 12, 2015 12:06 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

After more than 4,700 deaths, the Ebola outbreak has come to an end in Liberia.  According to reports, there have been no cases of the virus that has ravaged West Africa since last year for 42 days, twice the incubation period for the disease.  The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the last confirmed case in Liberia was buried on March 28.  This means the outbreak is over in one of the nations hardest hit by it.

The Nepal Quakes, The Recovery Process and the Human Side of Resilience

May 12, 2015 10:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Less than one month after a massive earthquake killed more than 8.150 and flattened buildings in Nepal, the small South Asian nation has been struck again.  Another earthquake, this time a magnitude 7.3 quake, hit north of the country’s capital of Kathmandu.  Early reports put the death toll at 37 with at least 1,117 injured.  

Another Major Earthquake Shakes Nepal, Killing at Least 37

May 12, 2015 10:23 am | by Binaj Gurubacharya and Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A major earthquake hit a remote mountain region of Nepal on Tuesday, killing at least 37 people while triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the Himalayan nation was ravaged by its worst quake in decades.  

New Malaysia Air CEO Vows Turnaround for Battered Airline

May 12, 2015 10:19 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

The new CEO of Malaysia Airlines said its financial situation is more challenging than anticipated and it will shrink in size as it tries to overcome a tarnished image with the travel industry and the public.  Malaysia Airlines was battered last year by double jet disasters. Its government owner has brought in a new CEO to oversee a 6 billion ringgit ($1.7 billion) turnaround.

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Typhoon Leaves Two Dead in Philippines; 3,500 Evacuated

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

A powerful typhoon that slammed into the northeastern tip of the Philippines left at least two people dead and prompted nearly 3,500 residents to flee to shelters following warnings to evacuate coastal and mountainous villages.  Typhoon Noul has weakened since making landfall in Cagayan province's coastal town of Santa Ana.

Engineers Inspect Quake-Damaged Homes in Nepal's Capital

May 6, 2015 2:25 pm | by Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than a thousand engineers were checking damaged houses in Nepal's capital Wednesday and advising people about whether they are safe.  About 13,000 families have requested inspections of their homes since the massive magnitude-7.8 earthquake near Kathmandu on April 25, Nepal Engineers Association General Secretary Kishore Kumar Jha said. More than 7,600 people died in the quake.

Report: Germanwings Crash Co-Pilot Tried Slow Descent before Bringing Plane Down

May 6, 2015 2:15 pm | by Jamey Keaten, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are still puzzling over why co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who had suffered from suicidal tendencies and depression in the past, sent the Barcelona-to-Duesseldorf flight straight into the French Alps on March 24, killing all 150 people on board.

California Regulators Approve Unprecedented Water Cutbacks

May 6, 2015 2:10 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

 California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation.  Although the rules are called mandatory, it's still unclear what punishment the state water board and local agencies will impose for those that don't meet the targets.

Oil train derailment prompts evacuation in North Dakota town

May 6, 2015 1:57 pm | by Blake Nicholson and Matt Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

An oil train derailed and caught fire in a rural area of central North Dakota, prompting the evacuation of a nearby town where about three dozen people live.  Firefighters from four area communities responded to the fire, and regional hazardous materials teams from Grand Forks and Devils Lake were sent to the scene.

Los Angeles Sues Wells Fargo, Alleging Fraud by Employees

May 6, 2015 1:43 pm | by Christopher Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wells Fargo Bank employees driven by strict sales pressure issued unwanted credit cards and opened unauthorized accounts that charged customers fees and damaged their credit, according to a lawsuit filed by the city of Los Angeles.

Nepal: 'We Will Need Huge Foreign Support for Reconstruction"

May 5, 2015 11:09 am | by Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Nepal's government will need immense international support as the Himalayan nation begins turning its attention toward reconstruction in the coming weeks, in the wake of the devastating April earthquake, a top official said.  Nepal is one of the world's poorest nations, and its economy, largely based on tourism, has been crippled by the earthquake.

What You Should Know: Updates from Baltimore

May 5, 2015 11:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Life is starting to return to normal in Baltimore after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake lifted a city-wide curfew that was in effect for five nights. The curfew followed the riots and looting after the funeral last week of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died after he was injured while in police custody.

'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 slow in reaching those who need it most. In many places it has not come at all.  U.N. humanitarian officials said  they were increasingly worried about the spread of disease. They said more helicopters were needed to reach isolated mountain villages like Pauwathok, which were hard to access even before the quake.

Report: Five Months After Infection, Man Spreads Ebola Via Sex

May 5, 2015 10:41 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials now think Ebola survivors can spread the disease through unprotected sex nearly twice as long as previously believed.  Scientists thought the Ebola virus could remain in semen for about three months. But a recent case in West Africa suggests infection through sex can happen more than five months later.

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 demonstrating before dispersing during the imposed 10 p.m. curfew.  However, protests took place in other cities across the country.  The protests revolve around the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.

'We are Hungry:' Aid Reaches Epicenter, Nepal Toll Tops 5,000

April 29, 2015 4:16 pm | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unlike in Nepal's capital, where most buildings were spared complete collapse, the tiny hamlets clinging to the remote mountainsides of Gorkha District have been ravaged. Entire clusters of homes were reduced to piles of stone and splintered wood. Orange plastic tarps used for shelter now dot the cliff sides and terraced rice paddies carved into the land.

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