30 November 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • 400 million to combat drought in Portugal (JornalEconomico.sapo.pt)
  • After contracting COVID-19 following a trip to Europe, a Singapore woman gives birth to a baby with antibodies (ABC Online)
  • Australia records first coronavirus death in over a month (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • Autumn Nations Cup: Wales aim to end poor 2020 with Italy double (BBC)
  • COVID-19 third wave hits South Korea; new restrictions imposed [see details] (International Business Times India)
  • Consumers in UAE, Saudi Arabia slash spending as COVID-19 hits finances (Zawya.com Zawya Exclusive)
  • Court orders France to rethink 30-person limit on worship (star-telegram.com)
  • Denmark Jobless Rate Falls In October (Business Insider)
  • Immigrants starting up in Germany face daunting challenges (Deutsche Welle)
  • Italy’s Calabria has two pandemics: Covid and the Mafia (BBC)
  • Italy’s fake hospital conspiracy theory debunked as post-truth era takes hold (New Zealand Herald)
  • Japan, China welcome restart of business travel amid pandemic (Mainichi JP)
  • Joe Biden presidency could reopen a window of opportunity for China: analysts (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Music festivals offer to help Belgium’s vaccination campaign (star-telegram.com)
  • Puurs, the Belgian town brewing beer and a Covid-19 vaccine (EFE)
  • South Korea decides against tightening Covid-19 rules despite third wave (The Straits Times All News)
  • Switzerland to Step Up Ethical Standards Despite Voters’ Rebuff (Bloomberg)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • UAE reviewing visa rules to reflect countries’ Covid-19 response (Abu Dhabi National)
  • UK – Boris Johnson appeals for unity as rebels demand ‘hard evidence’ to support new Covid tiers (The Independent)
  • UK – Boris Johnson is ‘greatest recruiting agent for independence’, Plaid Cymru leader tells SNP (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Boris Johnson is putting more lives at risk by yielding to the demands of backbenchers (The Independent)
  • UK – North East MPs reveal concern before voting on Boris Johnson’s new tier system for Covid-19 (Newcastle Evening Chronicle)
  • UK – Prime Minister Boris Johnson to announce £20m fund for the medicine manufacturing sector (Telegraph)
  • US – COVID-19 hospitalizations hit record in California (Xinhua News Agency)
  • US – Governors in NJ, Arkansas view lockdowns as last resort amid coronavirus surge (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Idaho faith column: Reach out for yourself, others to thrive during pandemic times (Idaho Statesman)
  • US – Minnesota companies reach out to Biden transition team to help with pandemic (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • US – Nebraska virus hospitalizations stabilize near record level (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • US – Officials urge Hawaii to remain wary of virus (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – Oregon Insight: Pandemic job losses concentrated in a handful of sectors; some others post gains (Oregonian)
  • US – Schumer pushes for U.S. Senate to vote on bill that would allow funding for state COVID-19 vaccine rollout (Global News Canada)
  • US – South Dakota’s governor encouraged people to go shopping the same day the state reported its highest single-day COVID-19 death total (Business Insider)
  • US – State sets pandemic record as coronavirus wave begins to crash into California hospitals (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – The World’s Most Popular Honeymoon Destinations, According To Pinterest (Forbes.com)
  • US – Virus news: Rhode Island offers tests upon airport arrival (STLtoday.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • Accenture: Have a growth mindset when managing liquidity (Digital News Asia)
  • AstraZeneca president discusses their vaccine (ENCA)
  • Axa Sells Gulf Operations to Kuwaiti Group in $269 Million Deal (Bloomberg)
  • BUSINESS MAVERICK INTERVIEW: Tiger Brands’ Noel Doyle: Janu-worry will be harsher than ever for consumers (Daily Maverick)
  • China’s rising debt woes should not be a ‘near-term’ concern for investors: Deutsche Bank (CNBC)
  • China’s Sinovac, Clover may start COVID-19 vax trials in PH by Dec. or early Jan. 2021 (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Cisco Outlines 4 Cybersecurity Trends In the Next Normal (Zawya.com)
  • Covid vaccine update: Lawsuits, probe shroud AstraZeneca vaccine trial in India over volunteer’s illness (India Today)
  • DP World, UAE Region and Jafza host webinar for Japanese companies in UAE (WAM.ae Emirates)
  • Do not part with your hard-earned cash, warns Transnet (Berea Mail Online)
  • Gazprom restarts work on controversial Russian-German gas pipeline (Yahoo! Finance UK and Ireland)
  • HSBC: ‘Slight underweight’ on Indian equities amid coronavirus recovery uncertainty (CNBC)
  • IIT Placements: Microsoft may match its top offer last year of Rs 1.2 cr (Business Standard India)
  • India regulators probe alleged AstraZeneca shot reaction, trial continues (Today Online)
  • India’s Covid tally surges over 94 lakh; Lawsuits, probe shroud AstraZeneca vaccine trial; more (India Today)
  • Italy antitrust fines Apple 10 mn euros for misleading commercial practices (Business Standard India)
  • Jin Air to resume flights to Fukuoka next month (Korea Herald)
  • KLM touts more short-haul rail connections (CH-Aviation)
  • Moody’s: 2021 outlook negative for emerging markets financial institutions amid COVID-19 recovery and uncertainty in asset risk (Business Insider)
  • No FDA approval, no AstraZeneca’s vaccines in Phl, assures Duque (Philippines Daily Tribune)
  • Ooredoo’s new state-of-the-art Boushar Data Centre nears completion (Zawya.com)
  • Qantas adds to job cuts by outsourcing 2,000 roles (BBC News – Business)
  • Qantas to cut more than 2,000 ground crew jobs (ABC Online)
  • Qantas to outsource more than 2000 ground crew jobs due to pandemic (Radio New Zealand)
  • Quant-fuelled Bitcoin drop may have further to go: JPMorgan (Business Times Singapore)
  • S.Africa’s Standard Bank warns annual profits likely to fall by over 20% (Nasdaq)
  • SK Hynix halts its Chongqing factory after case reported (Taipei Times Online)
  • Tata Motors is delivering cars within a safety bubble to ward off covid fears (Livemint.com)
  • Tata Steel’s atmanirbhar: Reducing global presence, boosting local capacity (Business Standard India)
  • Top headlines: Tata sons to raise stake in AirAsia; Serum seeks damages (Business Standard India)
  • UK health workers likely to receive Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine in a week: Report (India Today)
  • UK set to be first nation to approve Pfizer vaccine with US following days later (Abu Dhabi National)
  • Vaccine a good start to containing Covid-19, but no ‘silver bullet’, say healthcare experts (Malay Mail)
  • Whole Foods CEO Warns: ‘Capitalism Cannot Be Replaced With Disastrous Socialism’ (Zero Hedge)
  • Yamaha for uninterrupted supply chain (Calcutta Telegraph)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
About 50 people came to protest COVID-19 restrictionsCTV NewsWINDSOR, ONT. — High cases of COVID-19 and the fact that Windsor is moving into the red zone Monday hasn't discouraged protesters from gathering once again this weekend. According to AM800's Gord Bacon, around 50 people came together at the Great…
Biden Will Need to Get Creative to Save the EconomyAsharq Al-AwsatJoe Biden has been elected to be the next President of the United States. Now he'll have to get creative. When the President-elect takes office, he’ll confront the country’s two most acute challenges: an ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the economic…
Hundreds of Calgarians protest against mandatory COVID-19 restrictionsGlobal News CanadaThe same day Alberta recorded its highest number of daily COVID-19 cases, a rally was held in downtown Calgary to protest government restrictions. Hundreds of people participated in the protest Saturday afternoon as the province announced 1,731…
Pollution, pandemic and pre-term birthIANS LivePhoto Credit: IANS IANSLive New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANSlife) Most pregnancies last 40 weeks; a baby is known as a premature or pre-term when her or she is born before the completion of 37th week. Based on the gestational age, pre-term babies are…
Saudi Central Bank Extends Pandemic Loan Support Into Next YearBloombergFollow us @middleeast for more news on the region. The Saudi central bank has extended a loan deferral program to help small businesses cope with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic until the end of the first quarter next year. The monetary…
Saudi central bank extends COVID-19 loan support into 2021Zawya.com Zawya ExclusiveLast week Central Bank governor, Ahmed al-Kholifey said there was no plan to introduce new liquidity measures
Scots most likely to follow coronavirus rules on public transport, survey findsThe ScotsmanNews Transport 90 per cent of Scots always wear a face covering when travelling on public transport, a new survey has found. Monday, 30th November 2020, 8:47 am It means Scots are more likely to comply with the rules on buses and trains than people…
State of the economy: Entering technical recession but recoveringBusiness Standard IndiaThe Covid-19 pandemic chipped away nearly one-sixth of India's real output in H1 India witnessed a moderation in economic contraction in the July-September quarter, compared to the previous one. As data for the first two quarters have been released,…
Turkey’s economy grows 6.7% in Q3 rebound from pandemic hitNasdaqISTANBUL, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Turkey's economy grew a more-than-expected 6.7% in the third quarter, data showed on Monday, rebounding after a contraction of nearly 10% the previous quarter due to a lockdown imposed to curb the initial coronavirus…
With No Social Distancing at Protests, Farmer Leaders Says New Laws Bigger Threat Than CoronavirusNews18.comFarmers protest at Singhu border against the Centre's farm laws. (PTI) There had been few signs of social distancing as thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana began their protest last week against the three new agro-marketing laws, setting off…
Geopolitical Impact
‘Stop wasting time’: China issues ‘serious’ warning amid further trade sanctionsYahoo! News AustraliaNeither China or Australia are showing any signs of compromise amid heavily-strained relations, leading to another scathing attack from Chinese state media . The latest bashing from the nation’s state media comes amid concerns further trade tariffs,…
Australia makes ‘no apologies’ and may take China to WTO over its trade warMail Online UKAustralia flags new willingness to take China to the World Trade Organisation  On the brink of WTO action over 80 per cent barley tariffs slapped on in May Some farmers worried it might provoke Beijing to worse retaliation Treasurer Josh Frydenberg:…
Bernie Sanders should opt for a government-created vaccine from China or RussiaThe HillSen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) has long championed the ability of the government to provide high-quality health care more efficiently and at much lower costs than the private sector. Well, here’s his chance to put his health where his mouth is. He should…
Biden has chance to mend global trade riftsAlbuquerque JournalThe COVID-19 pandemic, the economic crisis, and a divided country. These are mammoth challenges facing President-elect Joe Biden as he puts together his agenda and assembles his team. During the past four years and even stretching back into the 2016…
China claims virus may have originated in IndiaKhaleej TimesChinese scientists suggest that coronavirus existed in the Indian subcontinent much before the Wuhan outbreak. As WHO seeks to find out the origins of Covid-19, Chinese scientists argue that the virus may have originated in India. Beijing claims that…
EU proposes new post-Trump alliance with U.S. in face of China threat: FTReuters India(Reuters) – The European Union is seeking to forge a new alliance with the United States to bury the tensions of the Trump era and meet the challenges posed by China, the Financial Times reported on.ft.com/3lijxJF on Sunday, citing a draft plan. The…
Expatriate Taiwanese rush home to avoid new border control regime involving COVID-19 testingFormosa Television (FTV)(2020/11/29) Starting Dec. 1, under a new fall and winter program to prevent the spread of COVID-19, everyone flying into Taiwan from abroad must provide a negative PCR COVID test result from one that was taken within three days before their…
In his own words: German ambassador to China on Hong Kong, the economy and the Indo-PacificSouth China Morning PostBerlin’s China envoy Clemens von Goetze reflects on a challenging year for bilateral relations and the future outlook Climate change, the coronavirus response, human rights and regional conflicts have been at the forefront
S. Korea mulls postponing U.N. peacekeeping conference amid pandemicYonhap News AgencySEOUL, Nov. 30 (Yonhap) — South Korea is considering postponing the hosting of a U.N. ministerial conference on peacekeeping operations slated for next year amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Monday. Defense Minister Suh Wook, Foreign…
SCO meet: India launches thinly veiled attack on Pakistan over terrorismHindustan TimesDuring a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO) council of heads of government, India on Monday launched a thinly veiled attack on Pakistan for using terrorism as an instrument of state policy and called for collective efforts to…
Cybersecurity Impact
90% of Companies Faced Increased Cyberattacks During COVID-19Security Bloggers NetworkA recent global study by Tanium of 1,000 CXOs reported on the effects of COVID-19 on enterprise and government organizations. 90 percent of those surveyed said they experienced an increase in cyberattacks due to the pandemic. But at the same time,…
BrianHonan – via @helpnetsecurity Pandemic thinking: What if there were a vaccine for OT ransomware? https://t.co/vZqhgmOqO0BrianHonan – Twittervia @helpnetsecurity Pandemic thinking: What if there were a vaccine for OT ransomware? https://bit.ly/3o05WIO
Cyberattack shuts Baltimore schools for two daysFOXNews.comSchools in Baltimore will shut down for two days this week — and a ransomware attack , not the coronavirus , is to blame. The Baltimore County Public Schools tweeted Saturday that there will be  no classes Monday and Tuesday  due to the computer…
Cyberthreats to financial organizations in 2021SecurelistA look back on the year 2020 and what to expect in 2021 It is hard to believe that a year has gone since our last article on financial attacks and our predictions for 2020. It has been a tough one, but first things first. Let us review the forecasts…
InfoSecHotSpot – Pandemic thinking: What if there were a vaccine for OT ransomware? The year 2020 has been defined globally by the C… https://t.co/yrgkhrPCJYInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterPandemic thinking: What if there were a vaccine for OT ransomware? The year 2020 has been defined globally by the COVID-19 pandemic. One of few silver linings for this difficult set of circumstances is innovation – redesigning normal processes so…
Pandemic thinking: What if there were a vaccine for OT ransomware?Help Net Security – NewsThe year 2020 has been defined globally by the COVID-19 pandemic. One of few silver linings for this difficult set of circumstances is innovation – redesigning normal processes so that life can carry on with some degree of regularity and…
The Top 20 Cybersecurity Startups To Watch In 2021 Based On CrunchbaseForbes.comCybersecurity, privacy and security startups have raised $10.7 billion so far this year, five times more than was raised throughout 2010 ($1.7 billion), according to a Crunchbase Pro query today. 22,156 startups who either compete in or rely on…
The year hackers and scammers exploited our COVID-19 fears to cheat usChannel NewsAsiaSINGAPORE: 2020 may be the year that a deadly infectious disease, COVID-19, stole. But a larger theft has gone mostly unnoticed. For years, people have been using digital platforms to purchase goods and services, bolstered by Singapore’s Smart Nation…
helpnetsecurity – Pandemic thinking: what if there were a vaccine for OT ransomware? https://t.co/bwzJqO9qHH – @WaterfallSecure… https://t.co/gp7jAGJTPrhelpnetsecurity – TwitterPandemic thinking: what if there were a vaccine for OT ransomware? https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2020/11/30/vaccine-ot-ransomware/ – @WaterfallSecure #cybersecurity #infosecurity #itsecurity…

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