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Hazard and Event Risks 

  • In Mexico, the Health Secretary of Mexico issued the Epidemiological Outlook of Dengue last week which reports a significant increase of dengue cases in several states of the country.
  • Last week it was reported at least 29 people were killed and six injured in two near-simultaneous attacks in Burkina Faso. 
  • Last week, the Japanese environment minister indicated that Japan would likely drop at least a million tons of radioactively contaminated water directly in the Pacific Ocean by 2020.

Operational and Physical Risks

  • In the U.S. and the U.K. last week, at least 15 environmental groups, including 350DC, Extinction Rebellion, and Earth Action, announced they would likely demonstrate on September 23 in Washington, D.C. –the same day as the United Nations climate summit is scheduled in New York City. 
  • Last week around 1,000 Amazon employees in the U.S, who are part of the group known as “Amazon Employees for Climate Justice,” said in a letter Amazon should “lead” and take action on climate change as it is considered one of the largest companies worldwide. 
  • On September 9 at midnight, British Airways pilots initiated the company’s first-ever pilots strike. 

Technology and Information Risks

  • As reported on earlier this month, the cybersecurity firm, vpnMentor revealed the existence of an open database from DK-Lok, the South Korean industrial manufacturer. 
  • Open sources recently reported that a cyber-security expert from Vulnerability-Lab found significant vulnerabilities in Telestar Digital GmbH Internet of Things radio devices. 
  • As reported on last week, the Malware Hunter Team discovered a new malware associated with the Ryuk Ransomware. 

Market and Economic Risks

  • The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, members in AbuDhabi, United Arab Emirates agreed to cut crude oil production to avoid an excessive supply amid increasing U.S. production and decelerating global economy. 
  • In Mexico it was reported last week that the Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit proposed a collection of the Special Tax on Production and Services to the provision of services, including transportation, and products of foreign companies that operate through digital platforms. 
  • H&M, one of the world most prominent fashion vendors, informed that the company would temporarily suspend the purchasing of Brazilian leather. 

September 16, 2019

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