January 02, 2020

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Here are a list of the top ten most read blogs of 2019.



Lion Air and the Boeing 737 MAX

The Lion Air crash in 2018 continued to make headlines this past year as the investigation into the second of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes raised questions about the safety of the airline. In October 2019, the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee released its final report into the Lion Air crash. Boeing continues to address the faulty Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System sensors but concerns remain.


Haiti: Anti-government Protests and Unrest Continue Nationwide

Haiti’s economic crisis has been the driving force behind violent protests that have taken place across the country for much of 2019. Since taking power in 2017, President Jovenel Moïse has faced opposition protests over government corruption and severe economic conditions. Worsening living conditions for Haitians, coupled with the perceived impunity of corrupt government officials, has led to a climate of heightened government anti-sentiment and increased security threats.


Importance of Situational Awareness

An understanding of the 3 stages of situational awareness helps you activate your senses, especially during an active or heightened event, and can help mitigate your exposure to risk. A unique approach to situational awareness training includes mindfulness practices. A series of exercises practiced routinely can keep your senses on guard.


Al-Houthi Rebels Claim Responsibility for Attacks in Saudi Arabia

Yemen’s Shi'a Al-Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for launching at least 10 weaponized drones targeting Eastern Saudi Arabia in September. The short-term impact was evident in a 5% loss in daily crude production, which was the greatest loss since the first Gulf War in 1991. The increased attacks against Saudi Arabia coincided with a US campaign targeting Iran’s critical economic infrastructure, including the oil industry.


Unprecedented Bombings Shock Sri Lanka

In the worst single day of violence since the Sri Lankan Civil War ended, at least 321 people were killed and another 500 were wounded as a result of coordinated bombings of 8 locations. The Islamic State (IS) media claimed responsibility for the April 21 bombings that targeted Christian places of worship and hotels popular with foreign nationals in Sri Lanka.


Suspected Attacks on Oil Tankers in the Gulf of Oman

The attack of 6 oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on June 13 raised concerns about escalating tensions in the region. Between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf is the Strait of Hormuz - the only sea passageway from the Persian Gulf to the Indian Ocean. Approximately 40% of the seaborne oil crude is transited through the Strait of Hormuz. Insecurity in this key waterway would have a direct impact on the global supply of oil and disrupt shipping operations.


Aeroflot Accident Demonstrates Importance of Aircraft Evacuation Procedures

An accident aboard an Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet SSJ 100 in May highlighted the importance of aircraft evacuation procedures and highlights why passengers should listen to the pre-flight presentation. There were many factors that lead to the death of 41 of the 78 people on board. Of interest to investigators were the initial electrical failure, landing attempt, fire, and evacuation procedures.


China Travel Advisory

Amid increased economic political and economic tensions between the US and China, the US State Department issued a new travel advisory for China in January 2019. Many countries and organizations expressed concerns over the new advisory, however very little was changed from the previous advisory issued in early 2018. The latest advisory includes messaging around exit bans and the potential of increased security measures in Xinjiang and Tibet – tensions that have existed for quite some time. Nevertheless, the advisory brought attention to organizations with operations in the country.


7 Steps to Establish a Food Safety Culture

Every individual involved in food production, manufacturing, distribution, and consumption has a stake in the safety of food. Having a proactive food safety culture with a focus on training may help reduce the 600 million cases of foodborne illness reported globally each year.


 8 Airport Safety Tips

When moving through the airport, there are a number of events that take place from bag check to security, boarding the plane, and retrieving luggage. Know where your personal safety is most at risk at the airport – it’s probably not where you think.


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