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Abu Dhabi plans three-pronged alliance to export hydrogen for fuel

DUBAI : Abu Dhabi, the capital of the Untied Arab Emirates, has agreed a deal to produce and export hydrogen as fuel, its state media office announced on Sunday. So-called green hydrogen, created by splitting water into its two components using electricity from renewable energy...

Pfizer vaccine worries Norway as 29 elderly people die after taking shot

  Norway expressed increasing concern about the safety of the Pfizer Inc. vaccine on elderly people with serious underlying health conditions after raising an estimate of the number who died after receiving inoculations to 29. The latest figure adds six to the number of known fatalities...

Russia to reopen air travel with Finland, Vietnam, India and Qatar - government

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       Jan 16, 2021

MOSCOW: Russian authorities said on Saturday that flights between Moscow and the capitals of Finland, Vietnam, India and Qatar, suspended since the early weeks of the pandemic, would restart from Jan 27, after certain epidemiological criteria were met. A statement shared following a meeting of...

German specialists probing 10 deaths of people vaccinated against Covid-19

Berlin: Specialists from Germany's Paul Ehrlich Institute are looking into the deaths of 10 people who passed away soon after having been inoculated against the novel coronavirus disease, Brigitte Keller-Stanislawski, the head of the institute's department of the safety of medicinal products and medical devices,...

Over 22 billion records exposed in data breaches in 2020: Report

New Delhi: Over 22 billion records were exposed worldwide amid 730 publicly disclosed data breaches in 2020, a new report revealed on Friday. Thirty five percent of breaches were linked to ransomware attacks, resulting in tremendous financial cost, while 14 per cent of breaches were...

N.Y. health insurer Excellus reaches $5.1 mln deal with HHS over data breach

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Risk Management       Jan 15, 2021

New York health insurer Excellus Health Plan Inc will pay $5.1 million to resolve possible violations of federal health privacy and security rules related to a cyberattack the company discovered in 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Friday. Rochester-based Excellus also...

Axis Capital rules out insuring Arctic Oil and Gas Projects

  AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. said it won’t insure oil and gas projects in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, becoming the first North American underwriter to make the commitment after pressure from native Alaskans and environmentalists. The move follows similar pledges from France’s AXA SA and...

Insurers expect to settle over £1.8bn in Covid-19 related UK claims including BI policies

  London: The UK insurance industry expects to pay out over £1.8bn in Covid-19 related claims across a range of products, including business interruption policies after the UK Supreme Court ruled on Friday that thousands of businesses should be insured for some losses amassed after a...

WhatsApp delays new privacy policy by three months amid severe criticism

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health       Jan 16, 2021

  Houston : WhatsApp announced delaying by three months the implementation of a new privacy policy that has faced massive backlash with tens of millions of its users moving from the platform to rivals like Signal and Telegram. The policy change was originally scheduled to come...

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