Pompeo says US looking at banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok

first_imgTopics : The app, which is not available in China, has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience and has emphasized its independence from China.Pompeo’s remarks also come amid increasing US-China tensions over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, China’s actions in Hong Kong and a nearly two-year trade war.TikTok, a short-form video app owned by China-based ByteDance, was recently banned in India along with 58 other Chinese apps after a border clash between India and China.Reuters reported late on Monday that TikTok would exit the Hong Kong market within days, deciding to do so after China’s establishment of a sweeping new national security law for the semi-autonomous city. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late on Monday that the United States is “certainly looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.”I don’t want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it’s something we’re looking at,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News.US lawmakers have raised national security concerns over TikTok’s handling of user data, saying they were worried about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies “to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”last_img read more

New Dutch coalition aims for pensions reform in early 2018

first_imgThe four coalition partners making up the Netherlands’ new government have said they aim to conclude an accord for a new pensions contract early in 2018.Their governing agreement – presented yesterday – made clear that the cabinet would also provide clarity about how a transition from average to age-related “degressive” pensions accrual would take shape.The necessary legislation must be approved by parliament by 2020 before the implementation of the new arrangements can start.In the governing accord, the coalition partners – the liberals (VVD), the Christian democrats (CDA), liberal democrats (D66) and small religious-right party CU – said that they would increase the freedom of choice for pension fund participants by introducing the option of a lump sum at retirement. They also promised that the government would contribute to the transition costs – largely as a compensation for the affected participants – to degressive pensions accrual. Costs have been estimated at between €25bn and €100bn.The coalition agreement also indicated that the new cabinet, which is still to be constructed, would keep the principle of mandatory participation. This comes despite three of the coalition partners initially advocating freedom to pick a pensions provider.The four parties also said that they would facilitate the collective transition of existing pension claims into individual pension assets.The new pensions contract is most likely to comprise individual pensions accrual combined with a certain amount of collective risk sharing, and is to be added to the existing range of pension arrangements.Recently, the coalition partners said they wanted to enable the social partners of employers and workers – which have been discussing the issue in the Social and Economic Council (SER) for the past two years – to come up with their own proposals.Commenting on the government’s plans, the Netherlands’ Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB), said that abolishing average pensions accrual would be bad for purchasing power. It estimated that combined pension contributions would have to rise by €1bn.The coalition agreement also said that deploying pension assets to pay off a mortgage would not be possible for the time being. This option would be looked at after the reform of the pensions system has been completed, the parties said.The governing accord did not mention plans to further limit the tax-facilitated pensions accrual either. Currently, the annual tax-friendly accrual is 1.875% for a salary of up to €103,317.The agreement explicitly stated that the new government rejected additional European pension rules, emphasising that “the pensions system would remain a local competence”.The new coalition government must operate cautiously, as it has the smallest possible majority in parliament.As a consequence, three of the four political leaders won’t take up a ministerial post, but instead will stay on as chair of their respective parliamentary parties.The new cabinet will again be headed by VVD leader Mark Rutte, who has been prime minister for the past two Dutch parliaments.last_img read more

​Premier League clubs planning friendlies

first_img While teams have played behind closed doors for the odd game, it is rather unusual for league matchups. read also:Eagles’ stars in Epl may undergo bi-weekly covid-19 test It is unclear how empty stadiums would impact the home advantage that teams usually enjoy in league fixtures. There is a league meeting on Friday to work on plans for a return to competitive action sometime in June. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became FriendsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 8 Most Fun Sylvester Stallone MoviesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In Europe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Premier League is making plans to stage friendly games so players can prepare before competitive action begins. It is not only going to help the players with their fitness, but these matches will be used as a trial of football without crowds. The Daily Mailreports that the league will be organising these friendlies at stadiums in accessible areas before the 19-20 season resumes. “You can do all the training in the world but it just doesn’t replicate the realism of a match,” one coach at a top-flight club told the source.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

12-member Senate committee still divided on revenue formula

first_imgThe committee has so far met with the commission on revenue allocation and treasury as they seek to find a middle ground.Also Read  SRC moves to address pay disparities  After nine attempts at unlocking the stalemate, Senators opted to appoint a 12 member team to find a suitable formula that will solve the puzzle on how to share out Ksh 316 billion among the 47 counties.Also Read  Uhuru extends curfew ahead of his address Tuesday next weekThe team will be co-chaired by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and his Nairobi counterpart  Johnson Sakaja.The committee will include Senators Mutula Kilonzo Jnr (Makueni), Mahamud Mohamed (Mandera), Steward Madzayo (Kilifi), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Samson Cherargei (Nandi), Moses Kajwang (Homa Bay), Anwar Oleitiptip (Lamu), Ledama Ole Kina (Narok) and John Kinyua (Laikipia). The journey towards finding an acceptable formula to share revenue among counties appears far from over after the 12 member Senate team tasked with building a consensus failed to solve the deadlock on Monday.This effectively dealt a blow to a planned sitting of the Senate on Tuesday to dispense with the matter that has sharply divided the House.Also Read  KUPPET calls on parents to prepare for early reopeningThe legislators spent hours in a closed door meeting for the better part of the day. Sources at the committee say the 12 Senators are yet to settle on an appropriate formula but says the committee is hopeful that by Thursday there will be a consensus on the divisive shilling.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

Sprinter among Champion eight

first_img Second to Henderson’s ‘black aeroplane’ at Aintree was the Colin Tizzard-trained Cue Card, and he too still holds an engagement. Henderson has an alternative to Sprinter Sacre in Finian’s Rainbow, the former champion chaser who was fourth to his illustrious stablemate in the two-and-a-half-mile Melling Chase at Aintree. De Bromhead also has a second string to his bow in the shape of Days Hotel. Foildubh, Mad Moose and Noble Prince complete the octet. Sprinter Sacre stood his ground among eight entries remaining in the Boylesports.com Champion Chase at Punchestown on Tuesday. Press Associationcenter_img Nicky Henderson’s brilliant seven-year-old has again been imperious this season, taking his unbeaten run over fences to nine with victories at Sandown, twice at Cheltenham and most recently Aintree. Some 19 lengths behind Sprinter Sacre in the Queen Mother Champion Chase was Sizing Europe, and Henry de Bromhead’s 11-year-old, winner of this race 12 months ago, could reoppose. last_img read more

Redknapp tried to lure King to QPR

first_img King called time on his 13-year professional career last summer after finally admitting defeat in his battle against a chronic knee injury. After announcing his decision, King conceded there was no chance of him ever playing again, but that did not stop Redknapp attempting to persuade the 32-year-old to lace up his boots for one more season. Ledley King has revealed Harry Redknapp tried to persuade him to come out of retirement to play for QPR last season. With QPR struggling at the foot of the relegation zone, the Hoops boss needed all the help he could get, but King, who spent all his career at Spurs, could not accept the offer. “I believe (Redknapp) tried to (get me to come out of retirement), but he didn’t manage to get hold of me,” King told Press Association Sport at the launch of Vodafone 4G in Trafalgar Square. “I wouldn’t have done it though. I played at Tottenham my whole life and it would have been a bit silly to try and come back knowing I can’t do what I want, play the way I like to play. I have barely kicked a ball since I retired. “And I also have got such a great affiliation with Tottenham, so I would like to leave it there.” King was regarded as one of the best centre-backs of his generation, but his persistent knee troubles meant he only played 21 times for England. He has become an ambassador for Spurs since retiring, travelling the globe to promote the club and several of their initiatives. Being around the team, and youth coaches Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand, has ignited his desire to coach in the future. “Yeah, that is a definite possibility,” King said when asked whether he would like to coach. “Last season I did a little bit and this season I will try and push on with it a little bit more. “I have seen the likes of Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand working wonders at the club with the Under-21s and it intrigues me. I am around good people to learn from.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Injury blow for Negredo

first_img The Spain international, who played the first half of City’s friendly victory over Hearts on Friday, has broken the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. “I want to let you know that its going to be hard for the next few months, I fractured my 5th metatarsal and will be out a few months,” Negredo wrote on his Instagram account with an accompanying picture of him wearing a protective boot. Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo expects to be sidelined “for a few months” after breaking his foot. “I will be back stronger than ever. I will return with a vengeance.” Negredo appeared to sustain the injury shortly after setting up City’s opening goal against Hearts, scored by Scott Sinclair, with a brilliant through-ball. The 28-year-old joined City from Sevilla a year ago in a £16million-plus deal and quickly became a fans’ favourite after making an immediate impact. He scored an impressive 23 goals in his first 33 games in all competitions, including City’s first Champions League hat-trick in the 5-2 win over CSKA Moscow. However, from mid-January onwards he began to struggle and in 16 subsequent matches up to the end of the season he failed to score, which put additional pressure on City’s other strikers and midfielder Yaya Toure to come up with the goals which secured them a second Premier League title in three years. Earlier in the summer City manager Manuel Pellegrini was reported to be willing to listen to offers for the striker and Negredo was linked with a move back to Spain to rejoin former club Real Madrid for a second time, but his injury setback looks to have ended that prospect. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Warnock fumes over disallowed goal

first_img Press Association City moved level on points with Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea thanks to a brace from David Silva and Yaya Toure’s fourth goal in six matches. But Warnock thought his team could have taken something from the game had they not wrongly had a goal chalked off while the hosts were 2-0 up. “I think we could have come away with something. That’s why I am bitterly disappointed because we worked so hard all week and it’s nothing to do with us why that goal gets chalked off. We could have put them under the cosh for 20 minutes. “I wish I was still working in the media so I could say what I want without getting fined.” City had eight attempts in the first half, but Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni did not have a save to make because of City’s wayward finishing. The hosts improved after the break though and Silva put them ahead with a deflected shot that looped over Speroni. The Spaniard converted Aleksandar Kolarov’s square pass to double City’s lead before Toure sealed the win with nine minutes to go. “I was always confident (we would win),” Pellegrini said. “We had the patience to try to create the space. We did not allow them to have not one counter attack. “I was absolutely sure we were going to score and in the end we scored three goals against a difficult team that defended very well.” Pellegrini and his players came in for criticism at the start of the season for being unable to keep pace with Chelsea, but after a run of six straight league wins City are now equal on points with the Blues, who play Stoke on Monday. Pellegrini has been happy to see Toure return to form, but also pointed others out for praise following the win. “Yaya was very criticised at the beginning of the season but it was not only Yaya (who) was not putting in his best performance,” the Chilean said. “I said then, when our midfielders like Yaya, Fernandinho, (Samir) Nasri and Silva return to their normal performance, the team will play again the way we normally do. “I think that all of them this moment are in a very good moment, especially Fernandinho, Yaya and Nasri. They are playing regular and David is returning from a long injury with his knee the way he knows how to play.” Pellegrini was sure City would recover from their poor start to the campaign. “We are in a good moment,” said Pellegrini, who had to play James Milner up front because Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko were injured. “Maybe nobody believed one or two months ago we can continue in Champions League and be involved in the fight for the title but we always trust in what we do and the way we work every day and that is why I am so happy the squad demonstrates why we won the title last year. “You do not win the title in December but it is a key month. “If you want to be involved and have a chance to win the title, you must be as near as you can be to the lead of the table.” When asked whether any of his strikers would be fit for City’s game at West Brom on Boxing Day, Pellegrini said: “I don’t think so.” Manuel Pellegrini was happy to see Manchester City move joint top of the table, but Neil Warnock was in a much darker mood following Crystal Palace’s 3-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium. James McArthur’s effort was disallowed halfway through the second period even though he was played onside by City midfielder Fernandinho. “It was a disgraceful decision,” the Palace boss said. “The linesman was in a terrible position. “I don’t understand why top-class officials get it wrong like that. “There is no explanation for it. The linesman will be disappointed when he sees (a replay) but that’s no consolation to me. It was a game-changing decision. “You could tell the crowd were nervous. It could have been 2-1 with 20 minutes go but it’s a canter for them all because of that. “You have to do your job right if you are at the top level if you are a linesman. “It’s not hard to look over and see. It’s not even close, it’s miles onside. last_img read more

Hand sanitizer and fireworks could make for a dangerous combo, experts say

first_imgFourth of July will look a little different this year due to the pandemic.Many will be lighting fireworks, and now that hand sanitizer has become an essential for nearly everyone around the globe, it could make for a painful combination this Fourth of July when it comes to lighting fireworks.The NSC shared firework safety tips on nsc.org which include; leaving fireworks to the professionals,  understand your state’s laws because each state is different, adults should never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol, never allow young children to handle fireworks.Because fireworks are apart of the celebration for Fourth of July, and now hand sanitizer is apart of people’s daily routines, experts warn people that hand sanitizer contains alcohol which is highly flammable. “Alcohol and fire do not mix,” National Safety Council (NSC) spokeswoman Maureen Vogel told CNN. “You shouldn’t pair flammable items; it’s the proverbial recipe for disaster.”Stay safe everyone, and Happy Fourth of July!last_img read more

Goliath remains King!

first_imgIN front of a capacity crowd, the Team Mohamed’s enterprise Nissan GTR ‘Goliath’ remained unbeaten on the drag strip, setting a new quarter-mile record yesterday.With a new benchmark time of 8.5 seconds in a quarter-mile, Goliath stood tall.The mechanical issue that plagued the Ekanoo/Magnus Nissan GTR continued into Sunday, and while it did do an exhibition run, it was unable to produce the performance it was known for.Still, Goliath represented the team name well, most notably against the S&D performance Mazda Rx7 which was the most anticipated battle of the afternoon.Goliath was beaten off the line by the S&D Mazda RX-7, but the sheer power of the Team Mohamed’s Machine allowed it to pull alongside three-quarters way down the track.From there on there was no turning back, Goliath crossing the line by just over four-tenths quicker.There were wins for Mark Menez in the 1000cc and 600cc superbikes.Full Results16 second – Vickey Persaud15 second – Ramesh Persaud14 second – Eric watchmen (Suriname)13 second – Raymond John (Suriname)12 second – Avi samaroo11 second – Shawn Persaud10 second – Peter Davy1000cc Bikes – Mark Menez600cc Bikes – Mark Menezlast_img read more