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Business Continuity Professionals are Turning to Metrics: Part Two

March 30, 2015 2:33 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Organizations across a variety of industries are turning to metrics to determine whether their programs work and if they are getting a return on their investment.  Business continuity professionals are no exception.  More and more, BC pros are turning to metrics to determine how effective their programs are and convey that to senior management.

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...

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,...

Government Announces Five-Year Plan to Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

March 30, 2015 1:26 pm | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization said last year that bacteria resistant to antibiotics have spread...

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Glitch Shows There's Still a Long Way to go in Fukushima

March 30, 2015 1:10 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The cutting-edge technology was billed as a way to decipher where exactly the morass of nuclear fuel might sit at the bottom of reactors in the Japanese power plant that went into multiple meltdowns four years ago.  But what went wrong, even in a simple demonstration for reporters Friday for the $5 million project, was a sobering reminder of the enormous challenges that lie ahead for the decommissioning of Fukushima Dai-ichi.

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.

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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.

Twitch Users' Accounts Hacked

March 25, 2015 2:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Amazon.com's video game streaming platform Twitch informed users that their accounts may have been hacked.  Twitch told users that it had taken steps to accelerate the expiration of their passwords and stream keys as a precaution, while disconnecting accounts from Twitter and YouTube.

Vendor Management Critical to Supply Chain Continuity

March 24, 2015 12:08 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Maintaining supply chain operations, especially across state and international borders, can be a major challenge for organizations.  Part of what makes supply chain continuity such a challenge is the reliance on and management of vendors.

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.

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.

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Lack of Snowpack Could Contribute to Continuing California Drought

March 23, 2015 10:00 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spring is arriving with the Pacific Northwest measuring near record-low-snowfall, and much of the rest of the West below average. But what California is experiencing is historically low snowpack — a meager accumulation that has serious implications not only for the state but potentially for the entire West if the drought not just of water, but of snow, persists.

Two BNSF Trains Derail Over Weekend

March 23, 2015 9:50 am | News | Comments

 While a crew worked Sunday to clean up the scene in Central Texas where the derailment of about a dozen train cars resulted in an industrial solvent leaking from one tanker, a train jumped its tracks in northern Colorado, dumping coal from more than two dozen cars.

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.

Judge Dismisses Class Action Suit Against Exxon Mobil

March 19, 2015 8:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corporation over a 2013 crude oil spill in central Arkansas has been dismissed by a federal judge, who acknowledged in his ruling that his decision seems unfair. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller on dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled.

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More Reactors Being Decommissioned in Japan

March 19, 2015 8:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kyushu Electric Power Co. and Chugoku Electric Power Co. decided  to decommission aging reactors, following a similar move the previous day by the operators of two nuclear power plants in Fukui Prefecture amid safety concerns in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Could Change in Climate, Environment Impact the Spread of Infectious Diseases?

March 17, 2015 10:05 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Could a changing climate and changing environments have an impact on the spread of infectious diseases?  At least one Zoologist thinks so.  In an article posted in February on Continuity Insights’ sister publications R&D,  Daniel Brooks of University of Nebraska-Lincoln discussed how the spread of infectious diseases like the West Nile Virus and Ebola could be linked to changing climate.

Social Security Data Error Raises Red Flags

March 16, 2015 3:36 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112.  Social Security does not have death records for millions of these people, with the oldest born in 1869, according to a report by the agency's inspector general.

Residents Concerned as Ohio River Hits Highest Level in Decades

March 16, 2015 3:26 pm | by Dan Sewell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ohio River crested  at its highest level in two decades, leaving riverside residents relieved but cautious as forecasters warned that flooding problems will linger much of the week ahead.  The National Weather Service said the river crested at around 6 a.m. at 57.7 feet, or seven feet below the 1997 level that caused severe, widespread flooding in the Cincinnati area and in Kentucky. 

Firefighters Battle Blaze in Chile

March 16, 2015 3:21 pm | by Patricia Luna, Associated Press | News | Comments

Firefighters in Chile gained the upper hand on a coastal blaze that had gotten close to the neighboring cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, but officials said strong winds could still pose a threat.  About 200 firefighters on the ground and water-dumping helicopters and planes were battling the wildfire, which started Friday afternoon at an illegal dump and quickly spread.

New Snow Record Set in Boston

March 16, 2015 3:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Boston finally has its snow record, and it could get more.  With 2.9 inches Sunday, Logan International Airport hit 108.6 inches for the season, topping the previous record of 107.6 inches set in 1995-96, according to the National Weather Service.

Train Service Halted after Mud Blocks Tracks

March 16, 2015 2:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Heavy rain over the weekend caused mudslides around western Washington, including one that has stopped passenger train service between Seattle and the city of Everett, about 25 miles north.  The National Weather Service says Sunday's rainfall broke records across western Washington.

CPE Meeting Focuses on Storm Resilience

March 12, 2015 11:31 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The New York Chapter of the Contingency Planning Exchange (CPE) hosted its half day quarterly event, which featured presentations and a panel discussion focusing on storm and flood resilience in New York City, on Wednesday, March 11 at Credit Suisse.

Dutch Judge Scraps Data Retention Law

March 12, 2015 10:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A judge scrapped the Netherlands' data retention law , saying that while it helps solve crimes it also breaches the privacy of telephone and Internet users.  The ruling by a judge in The Hague followed a similar decision in April by the European Union's top court that wiped out EU data collection legislation it deemed too broad and offering too few privacy safeguards.

Building Collapse in Bangladesh Kills Four

March 12, 2015 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The roof of a five-story cement factory under construction in Bangladesh collapsed Thursday, killing at least four workers and trapping many others.  About 150 workers were on duty when the collapse occurred at Mongla in Bagerhat district, fire official Mizanur Rahman said.

Hacking Charges Against National Weather Service Employee Dropped

March 12, 2015 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Charges have been dismissed against a National Weather Service employee accused of illegally accessing a restricted federal computer database containing information about the nation's dams, stealing information and lying to investigators.

The Importance of Infectious Disease Planning: A Personal Experience

March 10, 2015 11:12 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Infectious diseases are certainly not a new topic on here at Continuity Insights.  Ebola, Measles and MERS have all been in the news cycle in the last year and have been covered extensively on the website and in the CI Bulletin.   I am beginning to understand why experienced BC pros are concerned about and plan for infectious diseases even if the odds of getting them are unlikely.

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