Domestic Content Protection – Intersindical RTVV Tue, 21 Jun 2022 02:11:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Domestic Content Protection – Intersindical RTVV 32 32 Qantas removes mask mandate on some international flights – Tue, 21 Jun 2022 00:46:41 +0000

Qantas has confirmed it is ditching masks on some international flights as the travel industry continues to recover from the pandemic.

An internal email sent to staff revealed that from 00:01 a.m. AEST today masks would no longer be mandatory on non-stop flights from Queensland, NSW and WA to the US, UK and Rome .

However, crew and passengers on board international flights departing from Melbourne will still be required to wear a mask until further notice, along with all incoming international flights and domestic flights.


The move comes after mask mandates were lifted from our airport terminals last week following the recommendation of the Australian Key Health Officials Protection Committee.

“The change to in-flight mask requirements on some international flights is an important step in our transition to life with COVID, and we welcome this change,” Qantas said in the note to staff.

“The removal of mask mandates for airports and some international flights reinforces that lifting mask mandates on aircraft in all settings is the appropriate next step, with global studies showing that the risk of transmission to the cabin interior is very small.”

The airline giant said it will continue to offer masks for those who still wish to wear one.

“As more destination countries relax on-board mask requirements, we will continue to update coronavirus travel restrictions and notify you of other changes,” Qantas said.

US Court Approves LATAM Reorganization Plan Sun, 19 Jun 2022 03:33:00 +0000

Santiago, Chile, June 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LATAM Airlines Group and its subsidiaries in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and the United States announced that the US Southern District Bankruptcy Court of New York had approved the Plan of Reorganization filed by LATAM as part of its Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings. Supported by substantially all of LATAM’s creditors, the plan is the result of months of negotiations between the principal parties stakeholders, which included a long period of mediation. The Plan complies with US and Chilean legal requirements. The confirmation order issued today by the US court represents the final step in the US Chapter 11 process initiated by LATAM to ensure its long-term sustainability.

“We are very satisfied with the confirmation by the judge of our restructuring plan. This is a very important milestone in the Chapter 11 exit process, and we will continue to work hard to complete the remaining milestones in the coming months,” said Roberto Alvo, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group SA.

LATAM is now focused on implementing the corporate actions necessary to complete the exit from the Chapter 11 reorganization process in the coming months. This includes the approval by the Extraordinary General Meeting of the new capital structure provided for in the Plan, the registration of the shares and bonds in the securities register of the Commission des Marchés Financiers (CMF) and the implementation of the respective preferential offer periods of the convertible shares and the bonds in favor of the current shareholders of LATAM.

Once effective, the LATAM plan will inject approximately US$8 billion through a combination of capital raising, issuance of convertible bonds and new debt. This includes US$5.4 billion in funding backed by major shareholders (Delta Air Lines, Qatar Airways and Grupo Cueto) and major creditors of LATAM (i.e. ad hoc parent group creditors and some local bondholders). LATAM’s exit from the Chapter 11 process is expected in the second half of 2022.


LATAM Airlines Group SA and its subsidiaries are the main airline group in Latin America with a presence in five national markets in the region: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, in addition to international operations in Latin America and between it. ci and Europe, Oceania, USA and Caribbean. The group has a fleet of Boeing 767, 777, 787, Airbus A321, A320, A320neo and A319 aircraft.

LATAM Cargo Chile, LATAM Cargo Colombia and LATAM Cargo Brazil are the cargo subsidiaries of LATAM Airlines. In addition to having access to LATAM Airlines Group passenger cargo holds, they have a fleet of 14 freighters, which will gradually increase to a total of 21 freighters by 2023. They operate on the LATAM Group network Airlines, as well as on international routes used only for maritime transport. They offer a modern infrastructure, a wide variety of services and protection options to meet all customer needs.

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		UVM Medical Center nurses ask hospital to protect them from violence |  Health care |  Seven days
		Thu, 16 Jun 2022 23:16:11 +0000


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  • From left, UVM emergency department nurses Amanda Young, Megan Martin and Eisha Lichtenstein

A trio of nurses from the University of Vermont Medical Center held a press conference Thursday to issue a public plea to their bosses: Protect us.

They described an alarming series of physical and verbal attacks on nurses and other staff, which hospital data shows have occurred an average of 60 times a month this year.

About half of those incidents happened inside the emergency department, where staff were strangled, suffered broken bones, spat at and threatened with weapons, nurses said. During a single shift last week, three emergency room nurses were assaulted, each requiring medical attention.

The attacks, while not unheard of before the pandemic, have become much more common during it, the nurses said, and yet hospital leaders have responded only with empty promises. They demanded action – and fast.

“Workplace safety is our employer’s responsibility,” said Eisha Lichtenstein, one of the nurses. “We don’t feel that the UVMMC administration did everything in their power to protect us.”

UVM Medical Center President Dr. Stephen Leffler, who has worked in the emergency room for his entire three-decade career, confirmed in an interview on Thursday afternoon that the hospital has seen a “huge” increase in violence during the last years. He said the hospital is committed to making the emergency department a safer place and is already working to meet many requests from nurses. But he said it could take time due to staffing shortages.

“It breaks my heart,” he said of the nurses’ worries. “I worry about it every day. I lose sleep worrying about it. I want our people to feel totally safe when they come to work.

“We take this seriously,” he added.

Workplace violence has long been a concern in the medical profession. This is especially true for emergency department nurses, who routinely care for people at their most vulnerable points: patients in mental health crisis or having a bad reaction to medication; families receiving devastating news. A 2018 analysis by the US Department of Labor showed that healthcare workers suffered about three out of four non-fatal workplace injuries caused by violence.

The pandemic, which has added a new layer of stress and instability to most people’s lives, has only made the problem worse. But while some violent patients suffer from mental health or addiction issues, many others act “out of frustration, anger and entitlement,” said ER nurse Amanda Young.

“These are people who know what’s right and what’s wrong,” Lichtenstein added.

Noting that the Burlington Police Department routinely reports that it cannot immediately respond to incidents at the hospital due to staffing issues, the nurses called on the hospital to bolster its own security presence.

They called in armed officers and demanded that the hospital turn on a metal detector that had been gathering dust for months. “I personally took a cocked and loaded gun from a patient who had absolutely no skill to do it myself,” Young said. Vermont lawmakers passed a bill this session banning guns in hospitals; it comes into force on July 1.

Before the hospital can use the metal detector, however, it needs to hire more security guards, Leffler said, because not everyone can use the machine. “You need to be able to identify when someone potentially has a weapon, search it, and take it away from them,” Leffler said. The hospital is now trying to hire eight security guards to supplement its 36-member force.

According to the hospital, the average security salary is $19.45 plus benefits. The nurses say more money should be spent on this task, while the hospital says it cannot afford to pay more.

Meanwhile, the hospital ordered its existing security force to have a greater presence in the emergency department. There are now a minimum of two officers covering the service at all times, with a third on site from 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day.

But diverting more officers there would curtail other departments, where incidents also occasionally occur. It’s also not the same as having police protection: UVM security guards do not carry guns or tasers and have been assaulted themselves, said emergency nurses.

The hospital says it wants to establish a police presence within the ER and is willing to pay for coverage and training. But local police departments are suffering from their own staffing issues and have all had the same response to Leffler’s requests: “None of them have the manpower,” he said.

The prospect of cops patrolling the halls of Vermont’s busiest hospital likely won’t be accepted by everyone, especially as one of Burlington police’s most criticized use-of-force incidents happened just outside the medical center.

In March 2019 UVM security guards called the police in response to an upset man who had been denied access to see his wife inside the hospital. A responding BPD officer got into an argument with the man in the hospital’s ambulance bay and punched him, breaking several bones in his face. The man, Douglas Kilburn, was hospitalized, then found dead at his home a few days later. The town reached a $45,000 settlement with the Kilburn woman last year.

But unless the hospital finds a way to make the emergency department safer, it will continue to lose skilled workers, nurses said.

This includes Megan Martin, one of Thursday’s speakers, who said she was quitting her ER job to go to work as a school nurse. As a flight nurse who has spent time in the Middle East, “I know very well that I have to put myself in danger – for the right reasons,” she said.

“These are not the right reasons.”

NRF Protect will honor the best loss prevention professionals Wed, 15 Jun 2022 09:07:07 +0000

The National Retail Federation will honor two loss prevention veterans for their contributions to fighting retail crime on June 23 at the annual NRF PROTECT conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Loss prevention professionals embody the courage and character needed to protect the assets, employees and customers of retail businesses from evolving threats,” said Martine Reardon, NRF’s chief marketing officer and Executive Vice President of Content and Memberships. “We are proud to honor and celebrate this year’s Ring of Excellence winners for their significant and lasting impact on loss prevention and the retail industry.”

The Ring of Excellence Award is given to distinguished professionals who have helped shape the loss prevention industry through their leadership and innovation. This year’s recipients are Van Carney, Senior Security and Loss Prevention Consultant for Keizer Communications and Security LLC, and Alisa Dart, Group Vice President of Asset Protection for Albertsons Companies.

Carney has spent nearly three decades leading loss prevention, safety and security at Domino’s Pizza headquarters, as well as its largest franchise, MSK Management. He is currently employed at Keizer, where he developed the company’s physical security requirements and executive protection program. He recently uncovered a major embezzlement scheme, recovering a substantial portion of the $117,000 loss.

Carney is a member of the NRF’s Loss Prevention Advisory Council and a former member of the council’s Legislative Committee. He is also a former vice president and board member of the Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association. He is a graduate of the FBI’s Homeland Security Alliance Council Executive Training Program and has held the Certified Protection Professional and Certified Fraud Examiner designations.

Dart has been in the asset protection business for over 25 years. She oversees asset protection functions for more than 2,200 Albertsons Companies stores in 34 states and is a leader in setting standards and analytical functions to identify and reduce shrinkage. She also served as director of store losses at Nordstrom and national vice president of operations and asset protection at Macy’s Inc.

Dart values ​​diversity and inclusion and has taken advantage of this to attract new talent to the industry. She has been recognized for paving the way for other women leaders in the field and has mentored hundreds of asset protection professionals, many of whom now hold senior positions.

Retail security leaders from across the country are expected to attend NRF PROTECT at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland June 21-23 for three days of content with 29 sessions, more than 100 speakers and 200 exhibitors. Topics will cover the most important aspects of retail security, including workplace violence, cybersecurity, organized crime in retail, return fraud and more.

]]> Letter: G7 needs China to help avert debt crisis Mon, 13 Jun 2022 03:59:12 +0000

I welcome the FT’s thoughts on the scenario we could face if there were a series of developing country debt defaults (“Sri Lanka’s problems are a wake-up call for emerging markets” , FT View, June 2), but I think that overstates the extent to which the fate of the response is in China’s hands.

Without an effective process to link private creditors to debt restructurings, we will see, not only in China but among all official creditors, a monumental erosion of support for debt relief. It would not be long before the precarious sovereign debt restructuring mechanism currently in place, which relies heavily on the leadership of public sector creditors, collapses. A severe blow to the global financial system would result.

That’s why Jubilee USA applauds the recent introduction of the New York Taxpayer and International Debt Crises Protection Act in that state’s legislature. This bill would limit judicial relief for sovereign debt holders to the same proportion as that received by public creditors participating in an international debt relief initiative.

Conducted in a jurisdiction that governs more than half of outstanding sovereign bonds, the initiative promises considerable reach, but also needs the complement of similar ones in other key jurisdictions such as London.

At their Schloss Elmau summit in Germany later this month, G7 leaders can pledge to work together to promote similar national laws in their countries.

If fears of multiple debt crises in low- and middle-income countries materialize, China’s willingness to share the losses will undoubtedly play a significant role in shaping the response.

But G7 countries can positively influence China’s approach by sending an unequivocal signal that private creditors taking advantage of debt relief from China – or any other public creditor – will not be tolerated.

Aldo Caliari
Senior Director of Policy and Strategy
Jubilee USA, Washington, DC, USA

Cornyn and Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Bill to Strengthen Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention Policies in the Military Fri, 10 Jun 2022 16:05:40 +0000

WASHINGTON – US Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jon Ossoff (D-GA ) , and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Protecting Our Military Through the Proven Methods Actwhich would instruct the Secretary of Defense to collect comprehensive data on the causes of sexual assault and harassment and domestic violence in the military:

“The American military has answered the call to defend this nation and we need to make sure they are protected too,” said Senator Cornyn. “This legislation would improve policies and procedures to keep our brave men and women in uniform safe and eliminate some of the causes of sexual assault and domestic violence in the military.”

“We are improving the Department of Defense’s ability to protect Arizona service members from sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence,” said Senator Sinema. “I will continue to work to ensure our service members are treated with dignity and respect.”

“Our service members continue to be victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, despite decades of efforts to combat it,” said Senator Tillis. “We still don’t have enough data on why this continues to happen, which is why we have introduced this legislation to improve data collection within the Ministry of Defence. Understanding the causes and reasoning behind sexual assault and domestic violence will improve the protection of our service members by strengthening preventative measures.

“I have long said that we must prioritize the prevention of sexual abuse in our military, and this bipartisan effort is an important step in getting there by ensuring that DOD has both the best and most reliable data. comprehensive and be held accountable for providing top-notch sexual assault prevention and response training for our military,” said Senator Ernst, a survivor of sexual assault and the first female fighter elected to the US Senate.

“Our service members put their lives on the line when they choose to join the military, and they should never experience sexual assault or domestic violence as a result of that choice,” said Senator Rubio. “This bill will help address and prevent these abuses within our military.”

“Our bipartisan bill to strengthen military protections from sexual assault and domestic violence is critical because too many of our country’s heroes continue to be targeted while they serve,” said Senator Ossoff.


This legislation would improve sexual assault and domestic violence prevention policies within the Department of Defense (DoD) by directing the DoD to collect data on the causes of sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence in the Department of Defense (DoD). army. This legislation would also require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to compare these cases with similar data from civilian communities, other federal civilian agencies, and public universities.

Turkey mulls extra budget as costs rise and pound drops – sources Thu, 09 Jun 2022 15:18:21 +0000

By Orhan Coskun and Nevzat Devranoglu

ANKARA, June 9 (Reuters) – Turkey’s government is considering pushing through parliament a supplementary budget ahead of a recess next month to cover possible summer payments and rising costs from a weaker lira and of galloping inflation.

Two sources told Reuters that work on the supplementary budget was underway, but no final decision has been made on whether it will be needed.

The move comes as President Tayyip Erdogan faces a tough election by mid-2023, and his approval ratings have been hit by 73% annual inflation that has sent oil prices skyrocketing. food and gasoline.

The fiscal burden has increased due to rising energy costs, increases in public sector wages and pensions, the fall of the lira and the related increase in the cost of a deposit protection scheme (KKM) launched at the end of 2021 to mitigate the effects of a currency crisis.

“Electricity and gas costs in particular have had an impact (so) it seems impossible to stay on budget this year,” a senior official said on condition of anonymity.

“Additional budgeting seems inevitable.”

A Treasury source said a supplementary budget was not currently on the agenda.

Under pressure from Erdogan for monetary stimulus, the central bank cut rates last year, sending the lira to record highs and stoking inflation. The currency has lost 23% this year after losing 44% last year.

To ease the burden on Turks, Ankara introduced fuel, electricity and gas subsidies worth 200 billion liras ($11.6 billion) in 2021. They were expected to cost 300 billion liras this year, but energy costs have risen much more than expected.

The official said a few meetings have been held but the size of an additional budget is unclear and state institutions are in the process of determining their combined additional budget needs.

“The best option would be to get it through before the holidays,” he added.

Parliament usually rises from the beginning of July to the beginning of October.

“Work has begun to publish a supplementary budget during this legislature… (and) a final decision has not been taken,” another source familiar with the matter said.

The data suggests that the budget deficit was moderate at 2.5% of gross domestic product at the end of April, but the growing cost burden indicates that it will widen by the end of the year towards 5%, which would bring Turkey closer to the level of other developing markets.

The government also considered a supplementary budget at the end of 2021, but shelved the plan and faced rising costs with higher-than-expected revenues.

Following the December currency crisis, the government raised wages and cut taxes to support low-income households, taking advantage of strong public finances and the lowest deficit among its peers until 2016.

Presidential and legislative elections are scheduled for June 2023.

“With the countdown to elections, the anticipation of accelerated spending…has already triggered additional fiscal studies,” said analyst Guldem Atabay of Istanbul Analytics.

The budget deficit-to-GDP ratio remained low around 1% from 2013 to 2016, boosting Turkish investment. It then increased to 1.5% in 2017 and reached 3.5% in 2020.

The KKM’s deposit protection scheme was worth 904 billion lira ($52.5 billion) last week, compared to 6.6 trillion lira in total deposits.

While the central bank is supporting part of the program, the Treasury said its payments to depositors amounted to 21.1 billion lira as of June 3.

Based on the lira at 17 to the dollar, bankers’ calculations show that the fiscal burden on the scheme will be 8 billion liras in June and 5 billion liras in July, with most of the costs transferred to the bank center from August.

($1 = L17.2264) (Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Jonathan Spicer and Toby Chopra)

Hochul signs gun and protection bills Wed, 08 Jun 2022 02:14:36 +0000

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NEW YORK STATE — Govt. Kathy Hochul on Monday, June 6, signed a legislative package to immediately strengthen state gun laws, close loopholes and implement other protections for New Yorkers in the wake of recent mass shootings. in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas. Hochul signed the bills at the YMCA of the Northeast Bronx, flanked by Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Speaker Carl Heastie, Legislature partners, Attorney General Letitia James and victims and survivors of gun violence .
Signed into law less than a month after the white supremacist act of terror in a Buffalo supermarket, this package of ten bills will: ban the sale of semi-automatic rifles to anyone under the age of 21 by requiring a Licence ; prohibit the purchase of bulletproof vests by anyone not exercising an eligible profession; Strengthen the Red Flag Act by expanding the list of people who can file Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) and requiring law enforcement to file ERPOs under a very specific set of circumstances; make the threat of mass attacks a crime; require micro-marking for new semi-automatic handguns; improve information sharing among state, local, and federal agencies when firearms are used in crimes and strengthen requirements for gun dealers to keep records and safeguard their inventory; close the “other weapon” loophole by revising and expanding the definition of a firearm; eliminate grandfathering of large capacity feeders; and requiring social media platforms to provide a mechanism for users to report hateful conduct.
Raising the age to buy semi-automatic rifles
S.9458/A.10503 legislation requires individuals to obtain a license before purchasing a semi-automatic rifle. Under preexisting New York State law, individuals must be 21 or older to acquire a firearms license.
Ban bulletproof vests
Legislation S.9407-B/A.10497 makes it illegal to buy and sell vests for anyone who does not practice an eligible occupation. Eligible occupations include law enforcement officers and other occupations, which will be designated by the Department of State in consultation with other agencies. It also requires that all sales of safety vests be done in person.
red flag law enforcement
Legislation S.9113-A/A.10502 expands who can file for an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) to include medical professionals who have examined a person within the last six months.
It amends the Firearms Licensing Act to ensure mental health practitioners’ reports of potentially dangerous people are scrutinized when determining whether to issue a license of firearms.
It also requires police and district attorneys to file ERPO petitions when they have obtained credible information that an individual is likely to engage in conduct that would cause serious harm, either to themselves or to others.
It requires the state police and Municipal Police Training Board to create and disseminate policies and procedures to identify when an ERPO petition may be warranted.
Micro stamping
Legislation S.4116-A/A.7926-A requires the Criminal Justice Services Division to certify or refuse to certify that micromark-enabled pistols are technologically viable and, if certified as viable, to establish programs and processes for implementing this technology. ; and establishes the crime of illegally selling a firearm without micromarking.
Micromarking is an innovative ammunition marking technique that marks bullets and casings with a unique fingerprint each time a firearm is unloaded. This allows investigators to link bullets and casings recovered from crime scenes to a specific firearm and potentially to other crimes.
Eliminate loopholes
Legislation S.9456/A.10504 expands the definition of a “firearm” to include any weapon not defined in criminal law that is designed or can be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive . This is intended to capture firearms that have been modified to be fired from an arm brace, which fall outside our current definitions of firearms and rifles.
The S.9229-A/A.10428-A legislation grandfathers large capacity ammunition feeders that were legally owned before the enactment of the Safety Act or manufactured before 1994.
Legislation S.89-B/A.6716-A creates the crimes of threat of collective harm and aggravated threat of collective harm.
Improve information sharing
S.4970-A/A.1023-A legislation requires enhanced reporting by law enforcement to state and federal firearms databases. Agencies must report seized or recovered firearms to the Criminal Firearms Clearinghouse; participate in the ATF’s collective data sharing program; and enter the gun’s make, model, caliber and serial number at the National Crime Information Center.
The law also requires arms dealers to adopt uniform security and reporting standards. It prohibits persons under the age of 18 unaccompanied by a parent from entering certain areas of an arms dealer’s premises and requires training for all employees on the conduct of firearms transfers, rifles and shotguns, including identifying and responding to illegal purchases. It also requires state police to conduct inspections of arms dealers every three years.
Improve response and reporting of hateful and threatening content on social media
Legislation S.4511-A/A.7865-A requires social media networks in New York to provide a clear and concise policy on how they would respond to incidents of hateful behavior on their platform and maintain mechanisms that are easily accessible. accessible to report hateful behavior on them. platforms.
Legislation S.9465/A.10501 creates a new social media and violent extremism task force. Housed in the Office of the Attorney General, the task force will study and investigate the role of social media companies in promoting and facilitating violent extremism and domestic terrorism online.

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on June 3, 2022 Fri, 03 Jun 2022 20:30:00 +0000

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create stress and anxiety for many Canadians, especially those who do not have easy access to their usual support networks. Through the Wellness Together Canada online portal, people of all ages across the country can access immediate, free and confidential mental health and addictions supports 24 hours a day, seven days a week. PocketWell , a free companion app to the WTC Online Portal, offers another way to help Canadians access online resources about mental health and substance use, and measure and monitor aspects of their mental well-being.

OTTAWA (ON), June 3, 2022 /CNW/ – The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) continues to monitor epidemiological indicators of COVID-19 to quickly detect, understand and communicate emerging issues of concern. Here is a brief summary of the latest national trends.

For additional data and analysis on COVID-19, PHAC publishes the following reports:

While the SARS-CoV-2 virus is still circulating across the country, disease activity indicators continue to show a decrease in transmission in most areas. Nationally, lab test positivity in the last 7-day period (May 25-31, 2022) decreased to 8.4%. In the same way, sewage signals have plateaued or continue to decline in many regions, but there is variability between testing sites across the country.

While hospitalization rates remain high and variable, serious illness trends also continue to decline in most regions. Nevertheless, as we expect the SARS-CoV-2 virus to continuously evolve, we are closely monitoring the domestic and international situation and preparing for new variants, including possible recombinant variants that may result from mixing genetics when co-infected with two variants. Currently, the BA.2 subline of the Omicron variant remains predominant among the variants sequenced in Canada. Because the Omicron variant is immuno-evasive, two doses of COVID-19 vaccines provide less protection against Omicron than against previous variants. Fortunately, evidence shows that boosters can help increase antibody levels that decline over time after the second dose. Although vaccine efficacy against infection declines over time, evidence shows that two doses of mRNA vaccines generally maintain good efficacy against severe outcomes in all variants, and a boost further increases vaccine efficacy more than 90% against serious outcomes. Thus, health authorities continue to strongly recommend up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible individuals, including for those who may have been infected before.

In particular, receiving one or more booster doses, if you are eligible, helps improve protection that may have diminished since the second dose and provides even better protection against serious Omicron illnesses. This is particularly important for people aged 50 or over, since the risk of serious illness increases with age. Since June 2, 2022, more than 18.6 million third doses and from May 22, 2022 more than 2.5 million fourth doses have been administered to date. In addition, national data as of May 22, 2022 indicate that more than 86% of people aged 70 or over and 62% to 77% of people aged 50 to 69 received at least one additional dose.

During the transition phase of the pandemic and beyond, our best advantage is to continue to exercise caution and preparedness as we prepare our surge capacity for future response, including personal protective habits. that we learned. At the individual level, this can best be achieved by keep COVID-19 vaccinations up to dateincluding obtaining a booster dose(s) as recommended to be better protected against serious illness and other complications of COVID-19 infection, including post-COVID-19 status (also known as COVID long). At the same time, continuing to follow public health advice appropriate to local epidemiology and circumstances can help guide your individual and family risk assessment and the use of personal protective practices to reduce your risk of exposure and spreading the virus. Especially, properly wearing a well-fitting and well-constructed face mask, avoid clutterand get the best possible ventilation in interior spaces, are layers of protection that can reduce your risk in any setting. As always, it is advised to stay home and away from others when you are sick or have COVID-like symptoms, even if mild. reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

We can also stay healthier by updating ourselves with other recommended vaccines and routine vaccines for children and adults. For more information on vaccination in your area, contact your local public health authoritieshealth care provider or other reliable and credible sources, such as and Canada.cawhich includes information to help Canadians understand benefits of being vaccinated against COVID-19.

Canadians can also go the extra mile by sharing credible Informations about COVID-19 Risks and Prevention Practices and measures to reduce COVID-19 in communities. Read my information document to learn more Information and resources on COVID-19 about ways to reduce risk and protect yourself and others, including information about COVID-19 vaccination.

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An opportunity for China to improve relations with foreign investors Tue, 31 May 2022 17:56:07 +0000

Signs that China’s economy, the world’s second-largest, may be flirting with recession in the second quarter of this year are worrying for global growth. But they offer an opportunity in Beijing. It could use these sobering indications to reconsider not only aspects of its “zero-Covid” policy but also its treatment of foreign direct investors; what is good for them is good for China’s own economy.

Foreign investors have poured hundreds of billions of US dollars into China’s economy since the mid-1980s, helping to foster a transformational economic boom that lifted 850 million people out of poverty. Foreign companies have also transferred technologies to their Chinese counterparts, trained personnel in crucial roles and helped open overseas markets to Chinese-made products.

Some have taken off dramatically in the world’s largest potential market. But many multinational corporations have made handsome profits – and have become the most powerful pro-China political lobbyists in their home countries. Today, surveys show growing disillusionment among foreign investors, many of whom are considering shifting their investments out of China.

Such sentiments do not stem solely from China’s heavy-handed zero-Covid policies, though canceled flights, visa complications and lengthy quarantines have contributed to foreign leaders’ frustrations. The deeper roots of disaffection lie in the sense that doing business in China has become more difficult as Beijing’s rivalry with the West intensifies.

As the United States screens selected investments through the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (Cfius), potential investors in China must navigate a maze. They must check that the business they want to start is not on either of the two negative lists, then apply for regulatory approval if it falls into one of the other 550 different categories.

Once a foreign company is up and running, it may come under pressure to transfer technology to its Chinese counterparts, sometimes as part of the “Made in China 2025” strategy, which envisions increasing market share from competitors. national over time. Under the Foreign Investment Act 2020, a national security review may be required for a project that “affects or may affect national security”. Other recent laws have added to the complexity. The Data Security Act and the Personal Information Protection Act, both passed last year, severely restrict the processing of customer data and its transfer overseas.

Add to that the current decline in growth amid tough Covid policies, and it’s no surprise that some high-profile overseas investors look gloomy. Michael Hart, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, warned of a potential “massive decline” in investment “in two, three, four years.” Joerg Wuttke, president of the EU Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, said the unpredictability was prompting the European business community to suspend investment in China.

Naturally, the well-being of foreign investors may not be the priority of Beijing’s rulers. In April, retail sales fell 11.1% year-on-year, industrial production fell 3.2%, unemployment rose, exports slowed considerably and bank credit also fell.

Shanghai’s limited reopening after two months of lockdown is a welcome signal that China may be relaxing its zero-Covid mantra, and there are signs that activity may pick up in response. But Beijing should also take steps to demonstrate that foreign investors remain a valuable part of the economy. Official statements to that end would set a positive tone. But a real focus on cutting red tape and ensuring equal treatment with local competitors would alleviate some of the gloom gripping the foreign business community in China.