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Hazard and Event Risks 

  • In Pakistan, a Supreme Court panel decided last week to dismiss a petition to overturn the acquittal of a Christian woman sentenced to death over a case of blasphemy.
  • Last week, the Philippine military initiated airstrikes to support police officers 'efforts to stop the Abu Sayyaf terrorist organization which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
  • In the UK, due to an increase of cases of norovirus last week, the York TeachingHospital has decided to implement temporary restrictions on visitation.

Operational and Physical Risks

  • In Mexico, leaders from the union of education workers warned last week they would continue to block the railway lines passing through Michoacan State. 
  • Last week, the Good Governance Initiative – a Nigerian advocacy group – called on their federal government to adopt a national energy policy, because the national electrical power supply continues to be unreliable. 
  • In Spain, taxi drivers have protested last week in the streets of Madrid. 

Technology and Information Risks

  • Last week in the US, Discover Financial Services Inc. informed the Office ofCalifornia’s Attorney General of a data breach that they discovered in August 2018, and might affect some of its clients. 
  • Recently, Airbus announced that a data breach was detected in the first days of the year in the “Commercial Aircraft Business” systems, specifically those containingAirbus employees’ personal information. 
  • Last week, open sources reported a bug on Apple's Facetime that allows hackers to hear and see other users without them knowing. 

Market and Economic Risks

  • The U.S. announced last week a series of sanctions against Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela. 
  • Recently a spokesperson from Hyundai Motors announced that the company is currently considering making significant cuts of production in China as well as offering early retirement plans to employees in an attempt to cope with the first slowdown in sales in 28 years. 
  • And in our last story this week, the Japanese government recently announced plans to increase regulations to control brokers that hire foreign blue-collar workers.

February 04, 2019

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