23 December 2020

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California builds field hospitals and considers rationing care as virus spreads unabated.TheWashingtonTime.comLOS ANGELES — As California’s new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to soar, the nation’s most populous state has emerged as the epicenter of the pandemic heading into a dangerous holiday week. With just 2.5 percent of the…
Covid-19’s long-term impact on economies, markets and ESGBusiness Times SingaporeCOVID-19 has been one of the biggest public health crises in more than a century. Unlike in other economic crises, the scale of closures across society – from shops, schools and restaurants to factories and offices – has been unprecedented, while…
Readers React: Are you using California’s coronavirus contact tracing app? Tell us why or why not.San Diego Union TribuneSince the launch of California’s COVID-19 alert system for smartphones, more than 6 million people have signed up. Those who sign up are asked to keep Bluetooth on so they can be notified if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested…
Suicide numbers dropped in 2020, despite impact of pandemicIllawarra MercuryOne piece of slightly positive news has emerged just before Christmas with figures showing the number of lives lost to suicide had decreased over the year 2020. There was a 5 per cent decrease in the number of suicides between November 2019 and…
Swedish confidence drops as economy grapples with virusEmirates-Business.aeBloomberg Swedish overall confidence levels ended a seven-month climb in December, as the Nordic region’s largest economy tightened curbs to battle a severe surge in Covid-19 infections. The overall economic tendency survey fell to 95.6, from a revised…
Trump demands U.S. Congress amend COVID-19 stimulus billGlobal News CanadaU.S. President Donald Trump took aim at the recent COVID-19 stimulus bill passed by Congress on Monday, calling on lawmakers to amend the bill to provide more than $600 in support to Americans and “immediately get rid of wasteful and unnecessary…
Trump threatens to not sign COVID-19 bill, wants bigger stimulus checksPhilippine Daily InquirerWASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday not to sign a $892-billion coronavirus relief bill that includes desperately needed money for individual Americans, saying it should be amended to increase the amount in the stimulus…
Trump threatens to not sign Covid-19 bill, want bigger stimulus checksBusiness Times Singapore– 9:56 AM [WASHINGTON] US President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday not to sign a US$892-billion coronavirus relief bill that includes desperately needed money for individual Americans, saying it should be amended to increase the amount in the…
Youth homelessness on the riseBBCSince Covid-19 more young people are being forced out onto the streets due to losing their jobs or the breakdown of family relationships. Three quarters of youth homelessness charities expect to see an increase in the numbers of young people sleeping…
Geopolitical Impact
Britain finds itself isolated ahead of Brexit, hundreds of truck drivers strandedstuff.co.nzHundreds of stranded truck drivers hoped to get the green light to leave Britain on Tuesday (local time) as the country found itself increasingly isolated and its trade bottled up, cut off by neighbours afraid of a new strain of the coronavirus…
China expels US ship from disputed waters in fresh escalation in South China SeaYahoo! IndiaChina on Tuesday claimed its military had “expelled” a US Navy destroyer after it “trespassed” into Chinese territorial waters close to the Spratly Islands, in a fresh escalation of tensions between Washington and Beijing over the South China Sea. The…
China mulls curbing Opposition’s influence in Hong KongYahoo! IndiaBeijing [China], December 22 (ANI): Beijing authorities are working to scrap 117 seats in Hong Kong which are likely to be controlled by opposition district councillors in the 2022 elections. According to an exclusive report by South China Morning…
China, Russia FMs vow stable bilateral ties amid world turbulenceGlobal TimesChina-Russia Photo: VCG The more turbulent the world becomes, the more stable China-Russia relations should be, said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in a phone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday,…
China, Russia hold second joint aerial strategic patrol, which could become ‘routine’Global TimesA H-6 strategic bomber attached to a bomber regiment of the naval aviation force under the PLA Southern Theater Command takes off for a recent realistic flight training exercise. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Gao Hongwei) The air forces of China and…
China, US, UK, Russia have started vaccinating, says Rahul Gandhi, questions India’s progressHindustan TimesCongress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not deploying coronavirus vaccines in the country despite other countries beginning their respective vaccination drives. “23 lakh people in the world have already received Covid…
Covid-19 logjams in UK are an ugly dress rehearsal for Brexit chaosIrish TimesLong traffic jams raise questions about viability of Irish transit route through Britain Your Web Browser may be out of date. If you are using Internet Explorer 9, 10 or 11 our Audio player will not work properly. For a better experience use Google…
Globalization strikes back after COVID carnageDeutsche WelleGlobalization survived a scare after the virus virtually froze trade and exposed countries' overreliance on China. But international commerce has rallied since and is expected to thrive amid an obsession with low costs. A nondescript German biotech…
India, Japan oppose South China Sea status quo change…Deccan HeraldIndia and Japan on Tuesday sent out a strong message to China, stating that they would oppose any attempt to change the status quo in the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to his new counterpart in the…
India, Japan vow to oppose attempts to change status quo in East China Sea, South China Sea regionsYahoo! IndiaTokyo [Japan], December 22 (ANI): Reaffirming close cooperation, India and Japan on Tuesday vowed to continue exchanging views in light of the current events occurring in East China Sea and South China Sea region and agreed to send a clear message of…
International trade dips, Asia-Pacific performs better than rest of the worldBernamaBy Linda Khoo Hui Li BANGKOK, Dec 23 – The global international trade is projected to dip by 14.5 per cent this year, the worst economic performance since the Great Depression, but Asia and the Pacific is expected to perform better than the rest of…
Op-Ed: As Brexit and COVID-19 collide, Britain braces for 2020 endLos Angeles TimesBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson bungled the management of the country’s COVID-19 pandemic over the course of the summer and fall. This week, with a new, more contagious strain of the coronavirus raging in Britain, cases are soaring and deaths…
U.S., China ‘cold war’ poses immediate test for Joe BidenWashington TimesThe COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a “cold war” between communist China and the United States, with Beijing scrambling at levels previously unseen to try to undermine America’s status as the world’s leading superpower. Although the recent emergence…
UK faces chaos as coronavirus, Brexit and border closures collideSpecial Broadcasting ServiceWith record numbers of COVID-19 cases being recorded and Brexit on the horizon, the United Kingdom is in a state of chaos. For health and support measures currently in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in your language, visit …
Cybersecurity Impact
20 Words & phrases that defined 2020: Backdoor governmentStraits Times2020 has been a year of upheaval and crisis – one that was shaped by the coronavirus pandemic. It also saw significant developments, such as a general election in Singapore and the United States electing its next leader. In this 12-day series, The…
2020 – A Transformational Year in CybersecuritySecurity Bloggers NetworkLanguage English Tags: <a href='/blog?tag=Cybersecurity'>Cybersecurity</a> <a href='/blog?tag=IT Security'>IT Security</a> <a href='/blog?tag=Data Classification'>Data Classification</a>…
As technology develops in education so does the need for cybersecurityHelp Net Security – NewsThe COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on education, bringing about a sudden boom in remote and online learning. While the transition has forced many schools to implement innovative solutions, it has also revealed stark vulnerabilities in…
Cyber experts band together in joint defence pactAustralian Financial ReviewJonathan Porter Some of the nation’s biggest companies have joined forces with cyber security businesses across Australia and around the world to form an unofficial defensive pact to battle increasingly sophisticated hackers. The evolving cyber hacking…
How to Defend Against Malware, Phishing, and Scams During COVID-19 CrisisTHN : The Hacker NewsAs if the exponential rise in phishing scams and malware attacks in the last five years wasn't enough, the COVID-19 crisis has worsened it further. The current scenario has given a viable opportunity to cybercriminals to find a way to target…
InfoSecHotSpot – As technology develops in education so does the need for cybersecurity The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound imp… https://t.co/pD8jPRDutIInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterAs technology develops in education so does the need for cybersecurity The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on education, bringing about a sudden boom in remote and online learning. While the transition has forced many schools to implement…
No evidence cyber attack on US is under control, says BidenMalay MailUS President-elect Joe Biden speaks about the recent massive cyber attack against the US and also other Biden administration goals in Wilmington, Delaware December 22, 2020. — Reuters pic WILMINGTON, Dec 23 — President-elect Joe Biden said yesterday…
Stronger cybersecurity urged as pandemic forces people to surrender more personal dataPhilippine Daily InquirerIndividuals will have to surrender more personal data as an offshoot of the coronavirus pandemic in the coming year and companies and governments will have to redouble their efforts to protect that information, according to a glo­bal cybersecurity…
U.S. Government Warns of Phishing, Fraud Schemes Using COVID-19 Vaccine LuresSecurityWeek RSS FeedSeveral U.S. government organizations have issued warnings regarding various types of fraud and phishing schemes that use COVID-19 vaccine-related topics to lure potential victims. …
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