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Resilience and positivity in the Philippines

imagesUIBZYSICAny views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.  ShelterBox Response Team members working on the island of Panay in response to Typhoon Haiyan have been inspired by the resilience and positivity shown by Filipino families. At first glance, life on Panay has returned to some level of normality since Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall across the central Philippine islands. The main streets around Pontevedra Municipal Hall are busy, vibrant and full of life; a real sense of ‘business as usual’. Trees that were stripped have new growth, roads are clear and tradesmen are rebuilding…

PANAY/PHILIPPINES. March 2014. Members of Agsam community moments before the celebration they held when ShelterBox returned to carry out the final tent inspection (Matt White/ShelterBox).

PANAY/PHILIPPINES. March 2014. Members of Agsam community moments before the celebration they held when ShelterBox returned to carry out the final tent inspection (Matt White/ShelterBox).

Secrets of resilient companies

The key to remaining resilient and keeping brands and reputations intact is responding quickly and appropriately, according to a recent report from Airmic.  Take the Cumbria rail crash in February 2007, which resulted in one death and several injuries. The crash involved a Virgin Trains’ train. Immediately after the crash, Richard Branson cut short a family holiday to visit the scene of the accident and the hospitals treating injured passengers…

Fukushima disaster: Plan to send residents home three years after nuclear accident labelled ‘irresponsible’

images6ME7BWE3A nuclear industry insider has told the ABC that the situation at the stricken Fukushima reactor is still not under control, three years after the disaster there. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced he wants 30,000 residents to return to their homes and the reactors to be switched back on within two years…

 

Fukushima Three Years Later: How One Town Is Coping

Three years after the earthquake that triggered a tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, new research reveals a high-than-normal incidence of PTSD symptoms among survivors in Hirono, Fukushima. But the study also sheds light on how to buffer oneself from mental illness following such disaster…

Ericsson supports disaster relief

Ericsson recently signed an agreement with disaster relief agency Save the Children, to provide telecoms solutions in a bid to speed up emergency responses in disaster-struck areas. Under the agreement, Ericsson will set up WiFi spots for Internet connection and distribute mobile phones for free calls over a portable container-based GSM network…

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