29 November 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • “The structural problems that Portugal has will not be solved with the right-wing policy”, says João Ferreira (JornalEconomico.sapo.pt)
  • 180 doctors in Indonesia die during Coronavirus pandemic (United News of India)
  • 68-year-old man is Singapore’s 29th COVID-19 fatality; returned from work in Indonesia (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Brexit: New ferry freight route opens between France and Ireland (The Independent)
  • China Finds Covid-19 Virus on Chilean Seafood Packaging (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • China tells recovered Covid-19 patients to wait six months before giving blood (South China Morning Post)
  • Germany’s far right AfD holds congress despite virus curbs (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • Germany’s partial lockdown could extend into 2021: official (The Hill)
  • Iran reports 391 fatalities from Covid-19, infections 13,402 (Kuwait News Agency)
  • Malaysia will hold an election after coronavirus is over – PM (The Star SA)
  • Poland’s ‘revolution that we cannot stop’ (France24)
  • Resilience and Anti-Stress during COVID-19 Isolation in Spain: An Analysis through Audiovisual Spots (MDPI)
  • Russia’s Nord Stream 2 to resume pipe-laying in Germany’s Exclusive Economic Zone (Reuters UK)
  • S. Korea decides against tightening rules amid third wave (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Shops reopen in France as national lockdown eases (The Guardian)
  • Sweden shifts COVID-19 strategy as second wave surges (Global News Canada)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson is ‘in a lot of trouble’ (GoldCoastBulletin.com.au)
  • UK – Boris Johnson warned ‘good evidence’ needed for new Covid tiers as climbdown fails to halt rebellion (The Independent)
  • UK – Boris Johnson’s government must stop outsourcing COVID-19 contracts to friends of the Conservative party (Business Insider)
  • UK – If Rishi Sunak fears for the deficit, why does he back Brexit? (The Guardian)
  • UK – Rapid economic recovery next year could allow Rishi Sunak to delay tax rises until 2022 (Mail Online UK)
  • US – COVID-19 continues spread, Illinois faces post-holiday surge (star-telegram.com)
  • US – COVID-19 hospitalizations set a new daily record in North Carolina as surge continues (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • US – Colorado governor tests positive for coronavirus (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • US – Committed to serve: Oklahoma health commissioner take reins in pandemic after late military career (Tulsa World)
  • US – Coronavirus hospitalizations worsen in California, raising new alarms (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Deck the halls? Not at the Illinois Capitol due to virus (star-telegram.com)
  • US – From @WSJopinion: Even in an emergency, the U.S. government doesn’t wield unlimited powers; the Constitution prohib… https://t.co/7o9hheawdD (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – Minnesota hospitals fight to improve odds in COVID-19 ICUs (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • US – NIH Director: Politics have ‘nothing to do’ with COVID-19 vaccine approval (MSNBC)
  • US – North Dakota reports record camping numbers amid pandemic (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • US – Texas store owner on how COVID-19 pandemic affects Small Business Saturday (FOX Business – Video)
  • US – Virus spread continues on Long Island, New York, state figures show (Newsday)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • work stops at South Korean chip plant in China after positive test (South China Morning Post – News)
Actions by Companies
  • AIA Philam Life introduces Elite Funds (Manila Times)
  • Abolishing barriers to basic needs: Edmonton Facebook page tackles hunger during pandemic (CBC)
  • Aegon to sell Central and Eastern European business to Vienna Insurance (Reuters India)
  • Airtel vs Jio vs Vi: Best prepaid plans under Rs 200 (Indian Express)
  • Amazon cloud-computing outage Wednesday triggered by effort to boost system’s capacity (Washington Post)
  • Assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist ‘involved 62 people including 12 gunmen’ (Mail Online UK)
  • BMW 520d Touring review: why diesel is still relevant (Telegraph)
  • CEO says AstraZeneca likely to run new global trial of COVID-19 vaccine (The Korea Times News)
  • COVID-19 hero: ‘Costco Queen’ loses her job, but keeps neighbours’ shelves stocked (VancouverSun.com)
  • Can LG Energy Solution, SK Innovation ITC suit be delayed 3rd time? (Korea Herald)
  • Covid-19 drugs from Lilly and Regeneron raise access, timing concerns (The Straits Times All News)
  • Diwan of Royal Court and Bank Muscat enhance mutual relations with the bank’s digital solutions (Times of Oman)
  • HSBC may exit retail banking in US (Calcutta Telegraph)
  • HSBC to launch future skills programme for People of Determination in UAE (Zawya.com)
  • Harley Davidson owners relax; after-sales services, bike sales to continue from January (International Business Times India)
  • Hong Kong facing 114 new Covid-19 cases as 4th wave numbers continue to climb South China Morning Post (Asiaone)
  • Indonesia's Bio Farma says trials of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine “going smoothly” (indonesianews.net)
  • Korean Air’s Asiana takeover requires regulatory approval from 4 countries (Korea Herald)
  • Mashreq Bank and Mastercard launch tap on phone for small businesses in UAE (Zawya.com)
  • Mayo Clinic: Seek medical help, not Google for chest pains (Tucson.com)
  • Microsoft’s New Productivity Score: What Does It Mean For You? (Forbes.com)
  • Netcare fears medical aid cancellations (Times Live South Africa)
  • Nomura ups India s 2020 GDP forecast to -7 1 from -9 (Moneycontrol.com)
  • Occidental Petroleum Versus The Latest COVID-19 Spike (Seeking Alpha)
  • Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is reportedly being flown by United Airlines chartered flights to distribution hubs, in anticipation of FDA approval (Business Insider)
  • Philippines sign for AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine; total cases nears 430,000 on Sunday (Nov 29) (thestar.com.my)
  • Qantas has every right to only fly vaccinated passengers overseas (GoldCoastBulletin.com.au)
  • SII to seek emergency use authorisation for AstraZeneca Covid vaccine in 2 weeks: Poonawalla (IANS Live)
  • UK to become 1st country to approve Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine; approval likely by next week (Business Today India)
  • Woman causes $180k in damages after smashing Aldi alcohol (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • [Global Finance Awards] Mirae Asset Global shines with high returns from local, overseas investments (Korea Herald)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
‘Walk for Freedom’ rallies throughout Alberta protest pandemic health measuresCTV NewsCALGARY — Protesters will gather in several Alberta cities this weekend to protest what organizers call an infringement of Charter rights and freedoms. The group protests any type of shutdowns and mask-wearing as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pr…
Economic stimulus vary in size and composition across G-20 economiesQatar TribuneThe fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has already produced the largest global economic shock since World War II. As governments across different continents responded to the health crisis with tight social distancing measures and lockdowns, economic…
Economy in 2020, the year that wasn’tBernamaBy Harizah Hanim Mohamed & Zufazlin Baharuddin KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 – The ideal 2020 embedded in the mind of many Malaysians are the creation of a developed society, the assurance of economic justice and the birth of a competitive economy,…
Elite runners brave Delhi race despite Covid-19 surge, pollution concernsThe Straits Times All NewsNovember 29, 2020 1:55 PM More than 60 professional runners participated in the race, while several hundred enthusiasts ran in other cities.
How Thanksgiving Travel Will Impact Coronavirus NumbersNPRWe look at the possible pandemic fallout resulting from holiday travel in the U.S., how communities are responding to the latest round of restrictions, as well as the latest vaccine news.
More businesses set up in S’pore despite Covid-19 recessionThe Straits Times All NewsNovember 29, 2020 5:00 AM Despite Covid-19 tightening the noose around some businesses, more firms have been set up in the past five months than in the same period last year, with experts describing this new wave of entrepreneurs as a sign of…
More new business entities set up in Singapore despite Covid-19 recessionThe Straits Times All NewsNovember 29, 2020 5:00 AM Some 5,500 to 6,400 new businesses were formed monthly between June and October.
More people died of suicide in Japan in one month than the entire coronavirus pandemicFOXNews.comJapan is struggling with a mental health crisis as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, with more people dying in one month from suicide than from COVID-19 all year long. CHRISSY TEIGEN REVEALS SHE'S IN A 'GRIEF DEPRESSION HOLE': 'I'LL BE FIXED SOON' The…
Protesting Belarus doctors arrested amid pandemicDeutsche WelleBelarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has increasingly resorted to force to break up mass protests against his authoritarian rule. Among those who've been jailed are doctors battling the coronavirus pandemic.
South Korean youth trapped in unemployment hell made worse by Covid-19, changes in recruitmentThe Straits Times All NewsNovember 29, 2020 5:00 AM Landing a job, not to mention a dream job, is nowadays a mean feat for young people in South Korea.
Geopolitical Impact
China shifts blame on India as WHO gears up to investigate ‘origin’ of Covid-19 virusDNA IndiaAfter blaming Italy, US and Europe, the Chinese scientists now claim that the deadly novel coronavirus originated in India in the summer of 2019. As World Health Organisation (WHO) team geares up to investigate the origin of the Covid-19…
Ethiopia Says Military Operation In Tigray Region Is Over, Hunt For Tigray Leaders BeginsNews18.comADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI: The Ethiopian government launched a manhunt on Sunday for leaders of a rebellious faction in the northern region of Tigray after announcing federal troops had taken over the regional capital and military operations were complete. P…
Greencore food business roiled by a heady mix of Covid and BrexitIrish IndependentGreencore became the latest Irish PLC to raise fresh equity arising from the impact of Covid-19 on the business. T he business had no difficulty raising €90m on the market, which as with all the others, was presented as a pre-cautionary measure. Yet,…
India to host SCO meet on November 30, Pakistan PM Imran Khan to skipzeenews.comNew Delhi: India will host the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) heads of government virtual meeting on Monday (November 30, 2020) which will see the participation of 7 Prime Ministers – 6 from the member states of SCO itself Russia, China,…
North Korea reinforces border control amid mounting Covid-19 worriesThe Straits Times All NewsNovember 29, 2020 3:25 PM Pyongyang is also instructing major fish farms to follow more stringent antivirus guidelines
Shifting blame: China’s scientists now claim coronavirus originated in IndiaThe Freepress JournalA report, produced by a team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, have claimed that COVID-19 may have "emerged" in India or Bangladesh Representational ImageAFP In what comes as a purported attempt at shifting global blame for the coronavirus disease…
Cybersecurity Impact
Architecture of a ransomware (1/2)InfoSec Bug Bounty Write-ups – RSSLink to part 2: https://securityshenaningans.medium.com/architecture-of-a-ransomware-2-2-e22d8eb11cee Last couple of months we’ve seen a rise in ransomware related incidents, mostly due to the increase of remote work because of COVID-19….
Baltimore County Public Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday due to ransomware attackMail Online UKBaltimore County Public Schools are to remain will be closed, and distance learning is also canceled on Monday and Tuesday of next week It comes after a ransomware attack on the school district’s IT system  The attack was discovered on Wednesday…
Classes canceled in Baltimore County after cyber attackSan Antonio Express-News.comTOWNSON, Md. (AP) — Classes have been canceled for students in a Maryland school district that is the victim of a ransomware attack. Baltimore County Public Schools said Saturday that it will be closed for students on Monday and Tuesday next week so…
Financial sector sets up online platform vs fraudPhilippine Star(The Philippine Star) – November 29, 2020 – 12:00am Scam Proof MANILA, Philippines — The rapid shift of Filipinos to online transactions has also resulted in the increase of online scams and fraudulent activities. This accelerated further with the…
InfoSecHotSpot – WFH could heighten cyber security risks – experts The work-from-home (WFH) arrangement appeared to be the safest wa… https://t.co/Ou6m6m0JgyInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterWFH could heighten cyber security risks – experts The work-from-home (WFH) arrangement appeared to be the safest way for employees and businesses to continue operating during the pandemic, but it also exposes companies to heightened cyber security…
InfoSecHotSpot – WFH could heighten cyber security risks – experts The work-from-home (WFH) arrangement appeared to be the safest wa… https://t.co/owmXexXmFOInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterWFH could heighten cyber security risks – experts The work-from-home (WFH) arrangement appeared to be the safest way for employees and businesses to continue operating during the pandemic, but it also exposes companies to heightened cyber security…
Man arrested on suspicion of fraud in gaining travel couponsAsahi.comAn unemployed man was arrested on Nov. 28 on suspicion of fraudulently receiving 540,000 yen ($5,100) in coupons from the central government's Go To Travel campaign after booking stays at luxury Tokyo hotels, investigative sources said. Tokyo’s…
WFH could heighten cyber security risks – expertsManila BulletinThe work-from-home (WFH) arrangement appeared to be the safest way for employees and businesses to continue operating during the pandemic, but it also exposes companies to heightened cyber security risks, studies showed. In a presentation at the…
‘Here I Am, As A Human, Doing The Best I Can’: Bridging The Gap Of Covid-19 Denial With VulnerabilityForbes.comHere is something we don’t say out loud as healthcare professionals enough: we have reactions, feelings, and emotional responses. We feel angry or depressed or anxious and may not link these feelings to the news. We have worries about what is going…

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