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Philippines – The end of 2014 may just mark the start of El Niño in the country.

Philippines – The end of 2014 may just mark the start of El Niño in the country.

Asean launches two books on devastation caused by Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ in PH

he 10-member nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has launched two publications documenting experiences of the Philippines when it was hit by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November last year.In a statement issued by Asean Secretary-General Le Luong Minh, he said the two publications – the book on Typhoon Yolanda Y (It Happened), and the Asean book Weathering the Perfect Storm – serve as learning platforms for disaster management practitioners and humanitarian community when it comes to disaster management and mitigation.”These publications underscore the reality that in responding to a large-scale disaster, new modalities of work processes to cope with the situation are required,” he said.He said the book launch reminds the Asean community not only of the devastation and tragic losses caused by Typhoon Haiyan, but also the experiences of the Philippines and the humanitarian community in responding to devastation caused by one of the strongest tropical cyclones to ever hit land…

 

Disaster preparedness and your contingent workforce

Statistics indicate that more than 200 million people are affected by disasters each year. These range from man-made events to natural disasters, including fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, material spills, explosions etc. Most companies have some sort of disaster preparedness plan in place when it comes to their employees. However, often there is not much thought given to contingent workers. But there are things that one can do to include them. Here are a few tips…

 

What Steve Jobs can teach you about resilience

jobs‘I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life… Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.’ Steve Jobs, on being fired from Apple in 1984. In recent years, as ever, people have been faced with organisational downsizing, mergers, redundancies, working in a job that does not suit them, or in a lower paying job than their qualifications and skill set, not to mention the myriad of personal circumstances that can make life difficult…

 

El Niño may start in December

The end of 2014 may just mark the start of El Niño in the country. State weather bureau PAGASA now says that there is a 65% to 70% chance that El Niño will develop in December, 6 months later than the original announcement. Although there is a 15% decline from the previous forecast of the United Nations, most climate models still favor El Niño development towards the end of the year, according to PAGASA. El Niño is a weather phenomenon characterized by an unusual increase in ocean surface temperatures or warming in the center and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean…

 

New Jersey voting measures in the wake of Hurricane Sandy violated law: Report

A new study found that key emergency measures that were meant to allow voters to participate digitally in the days after 2012 Hurricane Sandy may have violated state law. Some of those steps, such as allowing people to request their mail-in ballots by fax and e-mail, led to confusion in many county precincts on Election Day. A critical report released by the Rutgers School of Law in Newark has found that key emergency measures that were meant to allow voters to participate digitally in the days after 2012 Hurricane Sandy may have violated state law…

 

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