04 March 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • 19 new Covid-19 infections in Singapore, including 1 in the community (Today Online)
  • A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Thursday, March 4, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • Arguments for ‘right to disconnect’ draw more attention in Japan amid pandemic (Mainichi JP)
  • Australia’s China Dream (Al Jazeera)
  • BLOGGING THE VIEW: South Africa’s coronaversary – a timeline of Covid-19 (Zululand Observer)
  • Closure of 1.5 million schools due to COVID-19 impacted 247 million children in India: UNICEF study (Financial Express)
  • Coronavirus pandemic spawns Nigeria banking agent boom (NationalPost.com)
  • ECB could tweak its pandemic stimulus as bond yields surge, Germany’s Weidmann says (CNBC)
  • Finland’s Hospitals Come Under Strain as Infections Hit Record (Bloomberg)
  • France, Germany may ease; Tokyo tightens (The West Australian)
  • Germany extends lockdown but paves way to relax more rules (star-telegram.com)
  • Germany’s clothing sector stripped bare of orders in the pandemic (Deutsche Welle)
  • Germany, France and Sweden blame EU and governments for vaccine shambles (Mail Online UK)
  • Germany’s new roadmap to ease restrictions a document of doubt (Irish Times)
  • Poland Keeps Rates on Hold in Defiance of Accelerating Inflation (Bloomberg)
  • Poland’s Allegro Q4 core profit beats estimates as e-commerce booms (Nasdaq)
  • Raging coronavirus pandemic shuts down Sao Paulo as Brazil nears Pfizer deal (The Straits Times All News)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, March 3, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Budget 2021: Evening Standard analysis of Rishi Sunak’s whirlwind statement (London Evening Standard)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak announces coronavirus support package worth more than £400 billion (Telegraph)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak announces £5bn restart grant scheme for shops, pubs and restaurants (Manchester Evening News)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak lays out UK coronavirus response in budget – video highlights (The Guardian)
  • UK – The British government extends wage supports but looks toward the pandemic’s end. (New York Times)
  • US – A year of COVID-19 in Hawaii (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – As Texas Reopens From Covid (New York Times)
  • US – Biden calls Texas, Mississippi’s decision to relax COVID-19 restrictions as ‘Neanderthal thinking’ (Ani News)
  • US – CDC chief says next two months are ‘pivotal’ in pandemic, urges people to not let their guard down (Boston Globe)
  • US – CDC director warns Americans to ‘stay strong’ as recent progress against COVID-19 is under threat (Deseret News)
  • US – California to designate 40% of vaccine doses for poorest areas and revise metrics for quicker business reopenings (Washington Post)
  • US – California’s governor calls Texas’ decision to reopen ‘absolutely reckless’ (Deseret News)
  • US – Is it finally safe for California to reopen? It’s happening fast, despite lingering risks (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Some Republican governors stand by mask mandates as Texas and Mississippi accelerate reopening (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Texas is about to reopen. Here’s how you can stay safe amid COVID (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Texas lifts mask mandate and other COVID-19 restrictions despite health officials’ warnings (CBS News)
  • US – Texas, Mississippi lift mask mandates, reopen businesses (Global News Canada)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Wind Overtakes Gas in France’s Power Mix Amid Slumping Demand (Bloomberg)
Actions by Companies
  • AirAsia calls for standardised global protocols to facilitate cross-border air travel recovery (Bernama)
  • Amazon Expands in N.Y.C. as Pandemic Sends Shoppers Online (New York Times)
  • AstraZeneca delivery due Thursday night (Philippines Daily Tribune)
  • Capgemini initiates free Covid-19 vaccination for all its employees and dependents (Hindu Business Line)
  • Dollar Tree to introduce more one-stop stores during pandemic (Today Online)
  • Energy firm ExxonMobil to slash 300 jobs in Singapore arm (Singapore Business Review)
  • Evonik sees 2021 core profit rising after pandemic hit (Mail Online UK)
  • Facebook will allow political ads again starting March 4 (CNBC)
  • Genting Malaysia to cut pay again as Covid-19 curbs hit ops (The Straits Times Print Business News)
  • Germany to recommend AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab for over-65s (The Straits Times All News)
  • Germany to recommend AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab for over-65s: Merkel (Straits Times)
  • Gov’t to check if seniors fit for AstraZeneca shots (Philippines Daily Tribune)
  • Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto offer steep discounts to push key segment sales (Business Standard India)
  • Hong Kong vaccination centres deem dozens unfit for Sinovac jab; city expects fewer than 10 new Covid-19 cases (South China Morning Post)
  • In Manila, 300 doses of Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine get #blessed (Philippine Star)
  • Infosys to cover COVID-19 vaccination cost for employees, immediate family members (Business Today India)
  • Infosys, Accenture to pay for COVID-19 vaccination of their staff (Mid Day)
  • Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Idaho (Idaho Statesman)
  • Lufthansa warns of pandemic’s ‘negative effect on security situation’ (The Independent)
  • Masks, Johnson & Johnson supply, and teacher vaccine eligibility: Here’s what Governor Baker said about COVID-19 today (Boston Globe)
  • New Google COVID-19 database could hold key to disease’s mysteries (ABC News)
  • Ooredoo shareholders approve cash dividend of QR0.25 per share (Qatar Peninsula)
  • Qantas airlines offering ‘mystery flights’ to surprise destinations in Australia (FOXNews.com)
  • Ryanair hoping for restart for summer holidays as DfT clarifies earliest date for international travel (Yahoo! India)
  • Ryanair will slash ticket prices for a year in bid to resume 70% of flights by this summer (Mail Online UK)
  • Samsung considers four sites in US for $17 billion chip plant: Report (Business Standard India)
  • Should AstraZeneca be given to seniors? Doctor answers top COVID-19 questions (Global News Canada)
  • South Africa completes its first batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines (East Coast Radio)
  • Standard Bank warns of lower earnings (ENCA)
  • Starbucks, Target Among Companies to Still Mandate Masks in Texas Despite Lift on Covid-19 Restrictions (WSJ.com US Business)
  • Tech-enabled health and well-being top priority for consumers, Dentsu report (Livemint.com)
  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has arrived in Connecticut. Here is what that means for the state’s COVID-19 response (Hartford Courant)
  • ‘I only stayed there for two weeks,’ says Molefe on Eskom U-turn (Citizen.co.za)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Anti-Asian racism and violence spiking during pandemicMSNBCA wave of anti-Asian violence is surging across the country. Michelle Kim says on The ReidOut that, "We're seeing increased violence because, in part, the normalization of the rhetoric by the previous govt. But also because of the lack of safety net…
Feds extending COVID-19 wage and rent subsidy until JuneCTV NewsOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government will extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy until June of this year as the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. Trudeau said while there have…
Manchester’s hidden homelessness crisis is expected to snowball this yearManchester Evening NewsA worst case scenario drawn up by the council would see 700 more households needing temporary accommodation due to the impact of the pandemic. At the same time, the town hall is cutting millions from its homelessness budget The number of Manchester…
Riot policeman infected with Covid-19Bangkokpost.com Most recentA riot policeman deployed at anti-government protests in Bangkok after visiting his home in Samut Sakhon province last month has tested positive for Covid-19, according to his supervisor.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn calls COVID-19 stimulus bill ‘Biden bailout’FOX Business – VideoTennessee Republican praises Operation Warp Speed and criticizes COVID-19 relief bill spending.
Senate coronavirus bill lowers cutoffs for stimulus checksThe HillSenate Democrats have struck a deal to lower the income cut off for receiving a stimulus payment as part of the coronavirus bill, a Democratic aide confirmed to The Hill. The decision, which speeds up the phasing out of the checks, reflects a demand…
Shaming and judgment during COVID-19 hinder contact tracing in Hamilton: health officialCBCMedical officer of health and local health expert remind people that some can't follow COVID rules to a tee Hamilton's medical officer of health says people shaming each other for being unable to perfectly follow COVID-19 precautions is hindering…
South Korea economy shrank in 2020 for first time in over two decadesBusiness Standard IndiaSouth Korea's central bank says the country's economy shrank for the first time in 22 years in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic destroyed service industry jobs and depressed consumer spending South Korea's central bank says the country's economy…
Suicide rates in young people declined in Minnesota in 2020. Could the pandemic be the reason?TwinCities.comThe COVID-19 pandemic may have been a factor in an 18 percent drop in suicides among children and young adults in Minnesota in 2020 compared to the previous year. The state Department of Health released data Wednesday for 2020, showing an unexpected…
The COVID-19 relief Senate bill will narrow income eligibility for stimulus checks. Here are the detailsDeseret NewsPresident Joe Biden has agreed with moderate Democrats to change income eligibility for the next round of stimulus checks President Donald Trump’s name is seen on a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse economic effects of the…
Geopolitical Impact
Blinken Calls China Competition a Key Challenge for the U.S.BloombergSecretary of State Antony Blinken will say the U.S. relationship with China is the defining test of the century, part of a speech in which he’ll promise that the Biden administration will do more to make sure foreign policy benefits ordinary…
China advisers meet amid pandemic, Hong Kong crackdownDayton Daily NewsIn his opening address, the head of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Wang Yang, pledged support for calls that only “patriots” who show undivided loyalty to the ruling Communist Party should be allowed to hold elected office in…
China biggest geopolitical test for US: Antony BlinkenTimes of IndiaWASHINGTON: Secretary of state Antony Blinken on Wednesday singled out the US relationship with China as the main overseas focus of President Joe Biden’s administration and said the country posed “the biggest geopolitical test” of this century. In a…
China passes U.S. as world leader in billionairesWashington TimesChina, guided in theory by the ruling Communist Party’s Marxist-Leninist ideals, has achieved an unlikely milestone — surpassing the United States as the country with the largest population of billionaires. According to the 2021 Hurun Global Rich List…
Coronavirus frees UK’s Rishi Sunak from a Brexit budgetPolitico.euPress play to listen to this article LONDON — Brexit might have triggered a recession in normal times but the pandemic means we'll never know. The British chancellor, Rishi Sunak, laid out his second budget on Wednesday as the U.K.’s fiscal hole yawns…
Hog-Disease Outbreak in China Triggers Surge in U.S. PricesBloombergHog prices surged as rising cases of the deadly African swine fever in China fueled meat-supply concerns. Thirty-six piglets were culled after the disease was detected in the province of Yunnan, in the third case this year in the Asian nation, the…
South China Sea security situation depends on future of China-US relationsChina Military OnlineBy Wu Shicun The year 2020 was not ordinary for the South China Sea. In the face of the common enemy of the COVID-19 pandemic, China and ASEAN countries were committed to properly managing maritime disputes, promoting pragmatic cooperation, and…
Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture minister criticizes China’s unfair trade practicesTaiwan News OnlineTAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Council of Agriculture minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) said on Thursday (March 4) that if Beijing does not improve its handling of international trade and continues to link trade with politics, its trading partners will unite and…
U.S., China have reasons to cooperate to stop pandemic: scholarsPekingpress.comBEIJING, March 3 (Xinhua) — The United States and China have reasons and must cooperate now to stop the COVID-19 pandemic which has entered its second year with new variants emerging around the wo
U.S., China should cooperate now to combat scholarsChinanationalnews.comWASHINGTON, March 3 (Xinhua) — The United States and China should cooperate immediately to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, two researchers with a Washington D.C.-based think tank have said. The
Cybersecurity Impact
2020: The Year Humanity Lost To HackersForbes.comChief Information Security Officer at  Crypto[.]com , overseeing the company's global cybersecurity and data privacy strategy. If there was any hope a year ago that 2020 would finally see a slowing of hacking activity, it was quickly dashed. Driven by…
Cyber pandemic: A rising global threatManila Times1 In every crisis there is opportunity, as the old adage goes, even for unscrupulous people. This especially applies to the coronavirus pandemic, which has opened opportunities for hackers to prey on distracted peoples and organizations in many…
Cybercriminals innovate to find vulnerabilities that can be monetizedHelp Net Security – NewsThe global pandemic had a dramatic influence on the cybersecurity landscape in 2020. Cymulate, released its report on the 2020 security landscape and its impact on security teams. Top threats Highlights include: A significant uplift in awareness…
Cybercriminals innovate to find vulnerabilities that can be monetized The global pandemic had a dramatic influence on the cybersecurity landscape in 2020. Cymulate, released its report on the 2020 security landscape and its impact on security teams. To… hxxps://bit[.]ly/3bYINlI hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1367417294310289408/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterCybercriminals innovate to find vulnerabilities that can be monetized The global pandemic had a dramatic influence on the cybersecurity landscape in 2020. Cymulate, released its report on the 2020 security landscape and its impact on security teams….
Emotions Used in Human HackingSecurity Through Education
Hackers, nation-states, target US black community to commit fraud, sow divisionSC Magazine USAfrican Americans are more highly impacted by fraud campaigns compared to other racial and ethnic groups, as disparities in financial literacy and wealth act as barriers to recovery from any resulting financial loss. These were only some of the…
Huge rise in ransomware cyberattacks on Japan firms an extreme threat: policeMainichi JPThis partially altered screenshot shows a message demanding a ransom payment that appeared on a computer attacked by ransomware. (Image courtesy of Trend Micro Inc.) TOKYO — Cases involving ransomware viruses that demand payments from the users of…
Pandemic drove criminal and political cyberattacks across the globe #CyberAttack hxxps://www[.]itproportal[.]com/news/pandemic-drove-criminal-and-political-cyberattacks-across-the-globe/cybersecboardrm – TwitterPandemic drove criminal and political cyberattacks across the globe #CyberAttack hxxps://www[.]itproportal[.]com/news/pandemic-drove-criminal-and-political-cyberattacks-across-the-globe/
Ryuk ransomware develops worm-like capabilities, France warnsCyberscoop – NewsA new sample of Ryuk ransomware appears to have worm-like capabilities, according to an analysis from the French National Agency for the Security of Information Systems (ANSSI), France’s national cybersecurity agency. With such …
Top 10 awards to enter for cybersecurity IT Security GuruThere’s no shortage of industry-specific awards companies can enter to boost the  amount  of badges they can include on their email signatures and impress their current and potential customers.  We’ve  dug out some of the best and most meaningful…

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