World news letter – November 25, 2022

This newsletter covers COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Greece, Ireland’s power grid connection, a controversial colonial statue in Namibia, cost of addictions in Australia, Hawaii regenerative tourism, and more.

Extension of COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in Greece deemed unconstitutional due to lack of reassessment

The Council of State of Greece considers the extension of the suspension for healthcare workers who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 is unconstitutional because it lacks reassessment based on scientific epidemiological data.


Ireland and France sign a deal to directly connect Irish electricity to European mainland power grid

With the Celtic interconnector, Ireland will be connected to mainland Europe’s power grid for the first time, allowing Ireland and France to import and export electricity when needed.


Controversial statue of German colonial officer in Namibia’s capital Windhoek removed

A controversial statue of German officer Curt von Francois erected 57 years ago to celebrate him as founder of Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, has been removed. The fact he actually founded the city when Namibia was a German colony is challenged.


During official defense visit, South Korea President wears for the first time sunglasses received as gift from U.S. President Biden

The president of South Korea Yoon Suk Yeol wore the sunglasses offered by the United States President Joe Biden when he came to Seoul back in May. Mr Yoon was on an official visit of the defense industry as he plans to boost its exports. An official from the presidential office said wearing the Ray Bans, a signature of Mr Biden’s look, showed the importance of Korean defense industry.


Colombia President ready to expropriate private properties to relocate families affected by harsh winter and heavy rains

The president of Colombia instructed the use of a law that enables acquisition and expropriation of private properties in order to relocate families because of the intense rainfall caused by El Niña that lead to the declaration of a state of national disaster.


Productivity loss the first driver of costs related to addictions in Australia, report shows

A report shows that productivity losses in Australia account for almost half of the 80 billion Australian dollars addictions cost to the country’s economy Before law enforcement and healthcare costs.


Halfway through its plan for ‘regenerative tourism’, Hawaii can get more revenue from tourism despite fewer tourists

Popular touristic destination for its wildlife and natural landscape, Hawaii promotes a form of “regenerative tourism” which seems compatible with revenue growth for 2022. But it doesn’t mean the State wants to reduce tourism activity for the sake of nature conservation.

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