World snapshot: Brazil's economy on the up due to Arab links

San Francisco Chronicles

The paper reports that as many as 25,000 Comcast customers in Oakland reportedly lost internet and cable services yesterday (Sunday) – and access to the big San Francisco 49ers football game – after the provider’s fibers were apparently severed by bullets.

The outage apparently began around 5am when bullets apparently cut Comcast fibers in multiple locations near 69th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, said Joan Hammel, a Comcast spokesman.

The outage came hours before the 3.40pm kickoff of the San Francisco 49ers’ match against the Los Angeles Rams in the National Football Conference championship game, leaving thousands of 49ers fans without options to watch.

Comcast crews were apparently able to tell from a “visual reference point” that the fibers had been severed by bullets, Hammel said. She could not provide additional information about the possible shooting.

“While this isn’t completely uncommon, it is pretty rare, but we know it when we see it,” Ms Hammel said, noting that it was not the first time Comcast fibers had been severed by bullets in Oakland.

Sur in English, Spain

The site reports that Manchego cheese is in short supply due to high demand and a shortage of farmers. It reports that, on the one hand, stocks of this product are running out due to the high demand in supermarkets and stores and the increase in exports, but on the other hand, there are fewer and fewer farmers dedicated to its production. It says the generational replacement is not taking effect in this sector, despite the fact that it is a profitable product.

It adds that the 47 cheese factories that produce Manchego cheese under its appellation of origin are selling out of their stock and even have waiting lists of customers.

According to the president of the Denominación de Origen Queso Manchego, Antonio Martínez, “The large distribution chains have introduced these cheeses to the national and European markets, incorporating them onto their shelves. But, as it is an item with such a limited production, this means that in the end there is not enough of it.

Apparently, not all cheese produced in Castilla-La Mancha, in central Spain, is authentic Manchego cheese. The milk must come from Manchego sheep, a breed that has “been kept pure for centuries”.

The Rio Times, Brazil

The site reports that the South American country was able to record huge sums in its transactions with Arab countries, with exports reaching $14.42 billion (£11 billion), the highest since 2012.

It said Brazilian exports to the Arab world have grown by 26.1 per cent, making it the third-largest importer of Brazilian exports and the fifth largest exporter to Brazil, according to the latest figures released by the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce..

The Brazilian–Arab trade balance has also recorded substantial growth over the past year – “enabling both sides to regain trade momentum and enhance mutual economic relations”.

It said statistics have shown that the Brazilian imports from the Arab world increased by 82.8 per cent, while the Brazilian–Arab trade had grown by 44.3 per cent.

DW, a German news site

The site reports that a pipeline intended to carry gas from Russia to Germany still has administrative hurdles to pass, according to a German regulator. Many hope it will remain stalled.

The controversial Nord Stream 2 project may not be able to start operations for several months, the head of Germany’s Federal Network Agency has reportedly warned.

Jochen Homann is said to have told the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that “further steps are missing” before a German-based subsidiary set up by Russian owner Gazprom could be added to the commercial register.

“A conclusion will unlikely be possible in the first half of the year,” Homann said in an interview to be published today (Monday).

With tensions escalating in Ukraine, both Berlin and Washington have warned that the project could be sanctioned if Russia launches an invasion of its neighbour.

The Japan Times

The newspaper reports that Fumio Kishida, the prime minister, was expected to come under further pressure this week to explore whether to again declare a virus state of emergency for Tokyo, where hospital beds have been increasingly occupied by Covid-19 patients.

The ratio of those hospital beds in the capital reportedly hit 48.5 per cent yesterday (Sunday), nearing the 50 per cent threshold for the metropolitan government to consider requesting a state of emergency in an attempt to bolster anti-coronavirus measures.

Tokyo, despite having introduced quasi-emergency steps this month, mainly to prevent the virus from spreading at restaurants and bars, reported an additional 15,895 coronavirus infections on yesterday as the omicron variant continues to wreak havoc.

According to the newspaper, the figure was up 6,427 from a week earlier, topping 10,000 for the first time on a Sunday. It was the sixth straight day that the capital saw more than 10,000 cases.

The number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms under the metropolitan government’s criteria climbed by one from Saturday to 23. One death was reported among those infected. The seven-day rolling average reportedly stood at 14,699.9, up 86 per cent from a week earlier.

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