International News

Cybersecurity seen as rising risk for airlines after 9/11

Eco/Invest/Demography       Sep 10, 2021

  New York, Sept 10: After remaking their security procedures following the 9/11 attacks to stop airline hijackings, carriers are now faced with rising threats targeting computers and electronic equipment critical to their operations and safety. Since the tragedy 20 years ago on Saturday, airlines and...

US President Joe Biden

Sweeping new vaccine mandates for 100 million Americans

  WASHINGTON: In his most forceful pandemic actions and words, President Joe Biden on Thursday ordered sweeping new federal vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans — private-sector employees as well as health care workers and federal contractors — in an all-out effort to...

Ida likely to become one of the costliest U.S. hurricanes: Aon

  CHICAGO:  In the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report,evaluating  the impact of natural disaster events worldwide during August 2021.Aon plc stated that Hurricane Ida will likely become one of the costliest U.S. mainland hurricanes on record both on a nominal and inflation-adjusted...

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia

Strengthening health emergency security systems top priority: WHO

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health       Sep 09, 2021

  Kathmandu: The World Health Organization and Member countries of South-East Asia Region discussed further strengthening health emergency security systems to effectively respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for future health emergencies. “The COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges. No country globally was prepared...

Covid-19 Pandemic risks worsening on Africa variants, scientists say

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       Sep 09, 2021

  The proliferation of Covid-19 variants in Africa, partly attributed to the low rates of vaccination on the continent, could lead to vaccine-evading mutations that complicate attempts to end the pandemic, a group of 112 African and 25 international organizations said. A study of genomes from...

Nerve disorder listed as ‘very rare’ side effect of AstraZeneca jab

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       Sep 09, 2021

  Sept 10: The European Medicines Agency has listed the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can cause temporary paralysis, as a “very rare” side effect of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. A causal relationship was “considered at least a reasonable possibility”, the EMA said in an update...

U.S. lawmakers seek $1 bln to fund FTC privacy probes

  Wahington, Sept 10 U.S. House Democratic lawmakers on Thursday proposed awarding the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) $1 billion to set up a bureau dedicated to improving data security and privacy and fighting identity theft. The proposal, which Democrats plan to include in a $3.5 trillion...

Russia's Yandex says it repelled biggest DDoS attack in history

Risk Management, Technology       Sep 08, 2021

MOSCOW: Sept 9: A cyber attack on Russian tech giant Yandex's servers (YNDX.O) in August and September was the largest known distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack in the history of the internet, the company said on Thursday. The DDoS attack, in which hackers try to flood...

World's largest plant capturing carbon from air starts in Iceland

  COPENHAGEN: The world's largest plant that sucks carbon dioxide directly from the air and deposits it underground is due to start operating on Wednesday, the company behind the nascent green technology said. Swiss start-up Climeworks AG, which specialises in capturing carbon dioxide directly from the...