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Hazard and Event Risks 

  • Last week, Bangladesh authorities announced that the dengue fever outbreak continues to spread through the country, becoming one of the deadliest outbursts in less than 20 years. 
  • As previously reported, violent protests continue throughout France, with the most recent reports stating clashes between 300,000 protesters and riot police in several parts of the country. 
  • Authorities from the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported last week that the Ebola outbreak announced on August 1 in the northeast area of the country has become one of the worst health outbreaks in the history of the DRC. 

Operational and Physical Risks

  •  In Argentina, The Argentine Confederation of Transport Workers launched a short strike nationwide last week. Union leaders accused President Mauricio Macri of going back on several campaign promises made in 2015 to limit income tax on workers in the sector. 
  • The New Zealand Transport Agency is contacting around 4,000 motorists to recheck their warrants of fitness issued by the Westland Automotive and Tyre certifier.
  • Last week, local authorities reported an explosion in the vicinity of a chemical plant in the city of Zhangjiakou, in the province of Hebei in northern China. 

Technology and Information Risks

  • Last week in the UK, Uber was fined by Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office 385,000 British pounds and Dutch officials imposed a 600,000 Euro fine for violating data protection laws. 
  • In the US, Atrium Health informed patients last week that personal information was compromised after a breach from this past September. 
  • As reported last week, Amazon user’s email addresses were exposed due to a technical error.

Market and Economic Risks

  • In Mexico last week, the Morena political party issued a law initiative in theSenate to modify the current Mining Law. 
  • The Japanese government last week promoted a revision of the Immigration ControlLaw to grant more work visas as of April 2019. 
  • The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the president of theEuropean Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, announced last week that they would propose a reform to make the World Trade Organization more efficient in the process of dispute resolutions at the G20 Summit.

December 3, 2018

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