Manufacturing 

Chinese-Owned Factory Is Paying For Its ‘COVID-19 Sins’ In South Africa

The Chinese electronics manufacturer, Hisense, has had its celebrated factory in South Africa shuttered by government agents after appearing to violate the country’s COVID-19 control regulations. Hisense TV and appliance factory in Atlantis a community approximately 50 kilometres north of the Cape Town CBD  has been operating in South Africa since 2013, manufacturing flat-screen televisions and refrigerators and employing up to 500 people. Last week, the Employment and Labour Department found Hisense to be in contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act following an inspection. During the inspection, it…

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Oil and Gas 

Oil pipeline fire injures 17

A major fire broke out after a leakage of oil from the Shuqair-Mostorod pipeline next to a hectic highway in a Cairo suburban area on Tuesday and 17 individuals were injured, authorities said.The pipeline runs along a motorway on the outskirts of the capital and a spark triggered by passing vehicles sparked crude that was leaking from the pipeline, the petroleum ministry said.The pipeline’s valves were immediately closed in the location of the blaze and the flames were brought under control, it included a statement.There was no immediate word from…

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Aerospace Africa Healthcare 

Sierra Leone’s Lungi International Airport reopens next Wednesday – says President Bio

Last night, president Bio announced the reopening of the country’s international airport, as well as the resumption of religious worship. Speaking on national television, the president said: “Fellow citizens, in our fight to protect against and curtail COVID-19, we have taken well-considered measures to protect lives and also sustain livelihoods through an inclusive and rigorous consultative process with stakeholders and experts. Throughout, we have also urged strict compliance with all public health directives. “Citizens must take personal responsibility for protecting themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19. Persons who are…

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Covid19 Europe 

Why coronavirus sparked massive protests in Serbia

For many Serbs, it was the last straw: when the president announced the resumption of a weekend curfew to fight the coronavirus pandemic, thousands took to the streets in anger. Frustration has been building up over Serbia’s rollercoaster response to the coronavirus outbreak. After initially playing down the dangers, authorities swung from ultra-tight lockdowns to a speedy return to normal last month ahead of national elections that cemented Vucic’s grip on power. Critics blame Vucic for a second wave of infections, which shot up after the June 21 vote. “Our…

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Covid19 Europe 

Kazakhstan Declares July 13 As Day of National Mourning For COVID-19 Victims

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev addressed the nation July 9 on the nation’s fight against the pandemic and announced July 13 as the national day of mourning to honor the memory of citizens who died of coronavirus, which will be the ninth national mourning day in the history of independent Kazakhstan.  Kassym-Jomart Tokayev appeared on television channels July 9 addressing the nation. As of July 9, Kazakhstan reported 264 deaths and 53,021 cases, though after Alexey Tsoy became the new Health Care Minister replacing Yelzhan Birtanov on the post, who has…

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