Author: Roosevelt Gonzales

The Chinese-owned video app has become a battleground as the U.S. and China duel for tech leadership. Shou Chew, the chief executive of TikTok, will testify before Congress for the first time on Thursday, in an appearance that is expected to reflect U.S. lawmakers’ escalating distrust of the short-form video app’s Chinese ownership. The hearing, which will begin at 10 a.m. before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will give lawmakers a rare opportunity to ask Mr. Chew questions directly about TikTok’s relationship with its Chinese owner, ByteDance, as well as about the app’s handling of sensitive U.S. user data…

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National government departments owed more than 3,000 companies over R90m by the end of December. This is according to the Pulse of the Public Service Commission Report on the state of the public service between October 1 and December 31. The report revealed that 3,186 government suppliers were not paid for their services by national departments at the end of December, amounting to a debt of R90,807,367. In November, 2,757 suppliers were owed just over R86m due to non-payment, while in October 659 suppliers were owed over R15m . ”Late or nonpayment of government suppliers may lead to the failure…

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PESHAWAR, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 13th Feb, 2023 ) :Children’s Mental Health week was celebrated at North West School of Medicine from Feb 6 to 12 with the objective of raising awareness and educating children and youth on mental health issues. According to a press release issued here on Monday, WHO’s theme for 2023 is “Let’s connect” to underscore the neglect of children’s mental health, especially regarding their problems in a digitalized world, being exposed to unrecognized hazards of overuse of digital technology and other stressful conditions inside and outside school. It is important to get young people…

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Israeli private detective, Aviram Azari has pleaded guilty for involvement in surveillance and cyber intelligence hack scheme in April 2022. Azari, who has been detained and under investigation in the United States since 2019, used New Delhi-based hacking company BellTroX Info Tech Services to conduct surveillance operations on Russian oligarchs. The Azari case surfaced the name of a Russian businessman and aluminium magnate, Oleg Deripaska as one of the Israeli private detective’s clients. Deripaska allegedly employed Azari in connection with a business dispute in Austria. Both BellTroX and Deripaska’s press secretary had denied being involved in the hacking and claimed that…

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Anxious residents are still demanding answers 12 days after a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in the small Ohio town of East Palestine. “It’s pretty dramatic right now,” said James Figley, who lives just blocks from the derailment site. “The whole town’s in an uproar.” Mr Figley, a 63-year-old graphic designer, was sitting on his sofa on the night of 3 February when he heard the horrifying sound of metal screeching to a halt. He and his wife got in the car to investigate, and discovered a hellish scene. “There were a series of explosions, continuing, and the smell was…

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A job-safeguarding sale has been agreed for a North West-based urban leisure wear brand which was co-founded by a Geordie Shore star and has had link ups with prominent sports people. Gym and loungewear brand 11 Degrees Ltd, which is based in Kendal in Cumbria, has been sold to Greystone House Brands Ltd and MCR Collective Ltd. The company was originally set up in 2014 by Gary “Gaz” Beadle of Geordie Shore fame and Andrew Hayton. Beadle was a director and a shareholder at the time of RSM’s appointment, but the administrators said he was not involved in the day-to-day management of the…

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Washington — The downing of a huge Chinese balloon off the U.S. coast, followed by the shootdowns of two smaller objects over Alaska and Canada — and another over Lake Huron on Sunday — has raised concerns about North American security and further strained relations with China. Here is what we know so far: What were the four objects? The drama began in late January, when a giant Chinese balloon — dubbed a spy craft by U.S. officials — drifted for days through U.S. skies before being shot down February 4 by an F-22 jet off the South Carolina coast.…

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The U.S. ambassador to Canada says U.S. President Joe Biden was referring to exclusively American — not North American — construction materials when he announced new Buy American rules for infrastructure projects in his State of the Union speech last week. But David Cohen insists the impacts on Canadian industries won’t be as significant as some fear. Cohen told CTV’s Question Period host Vassy Kapelos, in an interview airing Sunday, it’s “pretty clear he meant America” when Biden doubled down on his proposed ‘Buy American’ approach to infrastructure projects. “But it’s absolutely essential that I make the point and reinforce…

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