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Aldi, other chains offer 4 hours of pay to workers to get vaccinated

Aldi, other chains offer 4 hours of pay to workers to get vaccinated

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Supermarket chain, Aldi, has reportedly announced that it will provide two hours of pay to its workers for each of the two doses of COVID-19 vaccine they receive. The company has also emphasized that it would be covering the expenses associated with administration of the vaccine for those employees who wish to get vaccinated.

According to reliable sources, this move reportedly follows the initiatives of other prominent companies comprising Instacart, Dollar General, and Trader Joe’s.

On this note, Instacart is set to provide a vaccine support stipend of $25 commencing on the 1st of February 2021. According to the compan

Big US banks, corporations halt political donations after Capitol riot

Big US banks, corporations halt political donations after Capitol riot

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Major financial firms JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup have recently announced their decision to pause PAC (Political Action Committee) donations after supporters of President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol last week.

JPMorgan spokesman Steve O’Halloran stated that, the company, the largest U.S. bank by assets, will pause contributions for Republicans as well as Democrats for minimum six months. The New York-based bank is planning to utilize that time for contemplating certain potential changes in its strategies related to political-donations.

Commenting on the same, Peter Scher, head of corporate responsibili

Russian hack affects the U.S. Justice Department, federal court system

Russian hack affects the U.S. Justice Department, federal court system

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The U.S. Justice Department and the federal court system have recently revealed that they were among the few U.S. government agencies and private businesses affected by a broader and months long campaign of cyber espionage that the U.S. officials have linked to the elite Russia hackers. However, the extent of the damage was unclear.

The department stated that 3% of its Microsoft Office 365 email accounts were potentially affected, however, it did not disclose whom those accounts belonged to. The agency further stated that there are no indications of classified systems being affected. In this regard, Dmitri Alperovitch, former chief technical officer of the cybersecurity fi

Australian tourism industry to lose $2.9B amid state border closures

Australian tourism industry to lose $2.9B amid state border closures

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The tourism industry in Australia is bracing to lose over half its usual revenue in the upcoming Christmas-New Year period owing to state border closures, in turn prompting calls for financial support in the long term.

TTF Chief Executive, Margy Osmond, calls it a twofold setback, whereby not only the money will not be spent but also that it is the most crucial time of the year for this to occur. Osmond further added that there should be some sort of longer-term support for the sector and there should be a version of the JobKeeper.

The executive also added that the sector is more sensitive to the closure of borders and the lack of confi

European Union considers new fishing rights proposal from the UK

European Union considers new fishing rights proposal from the UK

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The European Union is reportedly considering a new fishing rights proposal from the United Kingdom as  Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes an effort to secure a last moment trade deal. According to the sources of knowledge, the latest proposal indicates that Britain has agreed to let the boats from EU to retain two thirds of the catch. Apparently, the United Kingdom was insisting that the EU must agree upon 60% cut last week.

It has been reported that the EU recently offered a 25% cut over a span of six years. However, France is not very comfortable with this proposal and this has fueled an outrage from the bloc’s fishing industry.

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UK-based BDO takes U-turn on repaying £4.1M in furlough money

UK-based BDO takes U-turn on repaying £4.1M in furlough money

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BDO, one of the leading accountancy firms in the UK, has reportedly made a U-turn on repaying a sum of £4.1 million in furlough money, that it had obtained from taxpayers following a backlash regarding massive payouts to partners. The company will be returning the amount to HM Revenue & Customs within days after witnessing the public mood, cited a statement by BDO.

According to BDO’s Managing Partner, Paul Eagland, the firm had obtained £4.1 million of furlough money from the government for protecting jobs that would otherwise be at risk. The company was planning to review the process of repayment by June 2021, the end of its ongoing financial year. H

South Korea’s President orders expansion of COVID-19 testing

South Korea’s President orders expansion of COVID-19 testing

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Moon Jae-in, the President of South Korea, has reportedly called for expanded COVID-19 testing along with more in-depth contact tracing as the nation is struggling to control its newest and biggest wave of coronavirus infections.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency has reported nearly 615 novel cases of coronavirus, completing a month of triple-digit daily surges that have led to about 8,311 confirmed patients in quarantine, the most seen ever.

The increasing number of cases has shocked the vaunted pandemic fighting system of the country, which successfully utilized invasive testing, tracing, as well as quarantines for avoid

20by2020 installs Safe Water Cube fountains in rural areas of Madagascar

20by2020 installs Safe Water Cube fountains in rural areas of Madagascar

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This move is expected to enhance the water quality of life for about 8,500 people living in these areas on a daily basis.

Reduced access to potable water is currently one of the pressing threats around the world. With more than over 58% of people across the rural communities of Madagascar experiencing lack of access to safe drinking water, it has become quite essential for the government and other organizations to come up with a plan to address this daunting issue.

That said, credible sources have reported that to curtail the prevailing challenge, the UAE-driven humanitarian initiative-20by2020, has recently announced

Watergen and Al Dhara ink deal to sell ‘water-from-air’ units in UAE

Watergen and Al Dhara ink deal to sell ‘water-from-air’ units in UAE

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Watergen, an innovative water-from-air startup, has reportedly announced that it has inked a new strategic partnership agreement with UAE-based firm Al Dahra, to export and market the Israeli solution across UAE as well as a number of other regional countries.

The said deal was signed Wednesday last week in Abu Dhabi by the president and CEO of Watergen, Michael Mirilashvili, and the co-founder as well as vice chairman of Al Dahra, Khadim Al Darei. The proposed collaboration would target a plethora of different sectors, which includes offices and apartment buildings, agriculture, and hotels and industrial plants, cited Watergen.

The two