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Speaker's Soapbox: Nadav Davidai of Control Risks and Emily Lord of RX Response

February 26, 2015 9:49 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Nadav Davidai of Control Risks and Emily Lord of RX Response will present "Including Your Supply Chain Partners in Large-Scale Exercise Simulations."  Their presentation will focus on working with multiple partners to organize exercise that align with the objectives of everyone involved.

Federal Study Reveals Grim Projections on Train Derailments

February 23, 2015 4:12 pm | by Matthew Brown and Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average...

BC Pros Should be Aware of Emerging Issues

February 18, 2015 3:41 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference will feature several presentations from...

Bankruptcy Judge Calls for Meeting in Freedom Industries Case

February 17, 2015 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A federal bankruptcy judge is calling for parties to meet to discuss how to conclude the case...

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New Mexico, U.S. Energy Department Continue to Spar Over $54 Million in Fines

February 12, 2015 10:12 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

 New Mexico's top environment officials and the U.S. Energy Department are wrangling over more than $54 million in fines levied in the wake of a radiological leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository.  Because negotiations with the federal government are ongoing, officials said the total penalties that could be assessed remains unclear.

Japan may Require Workers to Take Vacation Days

February 9, 2015 4:26 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation that will be submitted during the parliamentary session that began Jan. 26 aims to ensure workers get the rest they need. In a break with past practice, it will become the legal responsibility of employers to ensure workers take their holidays.  Japan has been studying such legislation for years.

Petrobras CEO, Five Others to Step Down Amid Scandal

February 5, 2015 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Embattled Brazilian oil company Petrobras said the company's chief executive officer and five other top figures stepped down amid a long-running and massive kickback scandal at the firm.  None of the top officials are facing charges of wrongdoing, but prosecutors have said the investigation is still in its early stages.

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Thinking About Business Continuity After Super Bowl XLIX

February 3, 2015 11:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

The game is one of the United States’ most high profile events of the year.  More than 70 thousand people attended the game itself, and millions more watched as home.  It could also make for an interesting business continuity case study, as dozens of BC topics are at play.

European Union, Polish Leaders Discuss Energy Plan

February 3, 2015 11:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union energy commissioner and Polish leaders discussed plans for an EU energy union aimed at greater security at a time of troubled ties with major gas supplier Russia.  Poland, dependent on Russia for some 60 percent of its gas, is urging greater EU energy security through steps like joint gas purchases, sharing of resources and lesser dependence on imports.

China's Slowing Economy Beginning to Impact Others

January 21, 2015 4:13 pm | by Kelvin Chan and Paul Wiseman, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

The global economy, slowed by stagnation in Europe and Japan, is being further hampered by China's decelerating growth.  The Chinese economy grew 7.4 percent in 2014, its weakest performance in nearly a quarter-century. And its growth is forecast to slow even more over the next two years.

Hong Kong Protests Hurting Burberry's Bottom Line

January 16, 2015 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Luxury goods maker Burberry is reporting falling sales in Asia because pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong disrupted trade during China's crucial "Golden Week" national holiday.  Comparable sales were up 8 percent overall but in the Asia-Pacific region, the company delivered low single-digit percentage growth.

FBI Affidavit Says Former Freedom Industries President Lied About Role in Chemical Spill

December 11, 2014 4:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In bankruptcy court hearings and meetings, former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern repeatedly said he had little to do with the company before it was sold a few weeks prior to the January chemical spill. But an FBI affidavit said Southern had overseen day-to-day operations at the chemical storage company, hired employees and executed contracts for several years, according to a complaint.

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Lack of Indictment in Ferguson Leads to More Protests

December 2, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Protesters turned out in several U.S. cities on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, Black Friday, in response to a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Supply Chain-wide Exercises are Key to Business Continuity

November 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Emily Lord, RX Response | Blogs | Comments

Emily Lord, Director of Operations for RX Response discusses supply chain resilience, the importance of staging exercises for organizations and the results and lessons learned from a nationwide digital exercise the group ran earlier this year.

Belgian Workers Protest Free-Market Reforms

November 7, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Belgium's biggest postwar labor demonstrations brought about 100,000 workers to the capital on Thursday to protest government free-market reforms and austerity measures that they claim undermine Belgium's vaunted welfare state.    

Initiative Will Attempt to Promote Trade, Investment in Ebola Stricken Nations

November 7, 2014 9:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The International Finance Corporation announced that the package will include $250 million in rapid response projects and at least $200 million in investment projects to support the economic recovery of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea after the Ebola outbreak is controlled.

Reactors Back On Line After Debris Removed

November 4, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 One of the two reactors at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant in southwestern Michigan is back online after rough waters on Lake Michigan forced a two-day shutdown.  The company says it shut the generators early Saturday after excessive debris from large lake swells damaged several water screens.

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Unmanned Shuttle Bound for International Space Station Explodes

October 31, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station.

Planning for Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases

October 28, 2014 10:50 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Goodyear | Articles | Comments

Mike Janko, Director of Global Business Continuity for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, discusses planning for infectious disease outbreaks and the importance of making your plans scalable.  He also discusses how outbreaks can effect your business regardless of where they occur.

Five Injured after Plant Explosion

October 27, 2014 4:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The mayor of Sarnia says five people have been sent to the hospital after an explosion at an industrial plant in the southwestern Ontario city.  Mayor Mike Bradley said the explosion occurred Saturday afternoon at the Veolia ES Canada Industrial Services Inc. plant.

Residents May Have to be Evacuated Due to Lava Flow

October 27, 2014 4:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say molten lava from a Hawaii volcano has been flowing steadily in an area where residents have been warned they might have to evacuate their homes.  Dozens of residents in the flow path have been told to complete all necessary preparations by Tuesday for a possible evacuation. The timeline could change, based on the flow rate.

Storm Could Complicate FairPoint Strike

October 24, 2014 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A nor'easter could deliver the first major test for replacement workers hired by FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, with driving rain and strong wind gusts possibly causing service disruptions as more than 1,700 workers remain on strike.

Protesters in Ferguson Commit Various Acts of Civil Disobedience in Surrounding Area

October 15, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pounding rain and tornado watches didn't deter hundreds of protesters Monday outside Ferguson police headquarters, where they stayed for almost four hours to mark how long 18-year-old Michael Brown's body was left in a street after he was fatally shot by police.  Organizers of the four-day Ferguson October protests committed acts of civil disobedience across the St. Louis region.

Fracking Could be to Blame for Small, Unnoticeable Earthquakes

October 15, 2014 3:50 pm | News | Comments

 A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique.  The report, which appears in the November issue of the journal Seismological Research Letters, identified nearly 400 tremors on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County between Oct. 1 and Dec. 13, 2013.

Area Evacuated After Gas Pumping Station Explosion

October 13, 2014 1:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion and fire at a gas pumping station in Saskatchewan on Saturday prompted an evacuation.  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the blast occurred at a TransGas facility.  Police say there have been no injuries reported.

Manufacturing Building Burns, Releasing Hazardous Chemicals

October 3, 2014 4:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle, sending a big plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals.  Both companies based in the building are considered  "large-quantity generators of hazardous waste."

Oil, Railroad Industries Want More Time to Upgrade Tank Cars

October 3, 2014 4:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil and railroad industries are urging U.S. regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.

Drought Could Have Serious Financial Impact on California Farmers

September 29, 2014 2:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought.  Economists at the University of California, Davis said that agriculture, once a $44 billion annual business in California, will suffer a financial hit of $2.2 billion due to revenue losses and higher water costs.

Oil Producers, North Dakota Government at Odds Over Potential Regulations

September 26, 2014 9:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil producers in North Dakota are objecting to any new state regulations that would require them to reduce the volatility of crude before it's loaded onto rail cars.  North Dakota's Industrial Commission is considering new rules that would require companies to remove certain liquids and gasses from crude oil train shipments, a process some say would make such transport safer.

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