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Hazard and Event Risks 

  • In Venezuela, demonstrations against and in favor Maduro’s regime took place last week in several major cities.
  • Last week, jihadists operating in the Sahel region in north Mali mounted an attack against a military outpost in the north of Burkina Faso. 
  • In Ireland, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization announced 24-hour protests last week, as the country’s Taoiseach rejected the request for the independent revision of nurses’ recruitment and retention claims. 

Operational and Physical Risks

  • Recently, the U.S. State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council released itsCentral Asia Earthquake Preparedness Report, prepared for OSAC constituent companies and their employees’ knowledge and contingency planning.
  • In the Congo, Ford Motor Company stated last week that the automotive industry would cause considerable strain on the world supply of cobalt due to the increase in production of electric vehicles. 
  • Last week, members of the National Union of Metal workers of South Africa the Soweto Action Committee, and the United Front conducted a picket outside the Soweto State Theater. 

Technology and Information Risks

  • In South Africa it surfaced last week that the state-owned power utility company Eskom may have exposed customer personal information in its online live database. 
  • Late last month, Tech Crunch disclosed an investigation regarding a specialized app distributed by Facebook via third parties and used to collect users’ smartphone activities. 
  • Open sources reported last week that widely used Remote Desktop Protocol has 25 security vulnerabilities that allow malicious servers to attack the client's computer. 

Market and Economic Risks

  • Four major steel companies in India issued complaints last week to the government due to alleged unfair market conditions that favor foreign steel and affect national producers. 
  • The European Competition Commission made public last week its decision to prohibit the takeover pushed forward by Alstoma and Siemens Mobility. 
  • And in our last story this week, the prices of Copper, Zinc, and Nickel have risen since the United States Federal Reserve announced that there would be no increase in the interest rates late last month. 

February 11, 2019

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