Planning: Storms over the south-east

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China accuses US of ‘outright bullying’ over TikTok

first_img‘Global company’ On Monday, ByteDance said in a statement that it has always been committed to becoming a global company.”Based on the current situation, ByteDance is considering re-establishing TikTok headquarters in major markets outside the United States to better serve global users,” the statement said.UK media reported that it was considering a relocation to London.ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming also acknowledged on Monday “mounting complexities across the geopolitical landscape and significant external pressure” faced by the company, in a letter to staff, reported by Chinese media.He added that the company has “always been committed to ensuring user data security, as well as the platform neutrality and transparency”.Meanwhile, Wang urged the US on Tuesday to “refrain from politicizing economic issues” and to provide an open, fair and non-discriminatory environment for foreign market players. “It’s outright bullying.”The app has been under formal investigation on US national security grounds, because it collects large amounts of personal data on users and is legally bound to share it with authorities in Beijing if they demand it.Trump said that Microsoft was in talks to buy TikTok, and has given ByteDance until mid-September to strike a deal, a tactic that is almost unheard of.”It’s got to be an American company… it’s got to be owned here,” Trump said on Monday. “We don’t want to have any problem with security.” Beijing slammed the move as “political manipulation”.Wang told a regular press briefing Tuesday: “The US, without providing any evidence, has been using an abused concept of national security… unjustifiably suppressing certain non-US companies.”He said the national security grounds for the US’s clampdown on Chinese firms “does not hold water”, adding that the companies conduct their business activities in accordance with international rules and US laws.”But the US is cracking down on them on trumped-up charges,” said Wang, who warned the US not to “open Pandora’s box”.TikTok has as many as one billion worldwide users, who make quirky 60-second videos with its smartphone app.But the pressure for a sale of its US and international business, based in Los Angeles, has left the company and its Chinese parent ByteDance facing tough decisions. Topics : China accused the United States on Tuesday of “bullying” over popular video app TikTok, after President Donald Trump ramped up pressure for its US operations to be sold to an American company.In the latest of a series of diplomatic spats between the world’s two biggest economies, Beijing hit back after Trump gave TikTok six weeks to arrange a sale of its US operations — and said that his government wanted a financial benefit from the deal.”This goes against the principles of the market economy and the [World Trade Organization’s] principles of openness, transparency and non-discrimination,” said foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Awards Nearly $19 Million for Homelessness Assistance and Prevention

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 10, 2020 Economy,  Press Release,  Public Health Gov. Tom Wolf announced nearly $19 million in funding awards to assist in mitigating the impacts of the coronavirus on homeless families and individuals and to prevent future homelessness across the commonwealth.The Wolf Administration, through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), is awarding the first of two allocations of Emergency Solutions Grant CARES Act (ESG-CV) funding provided through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act supplemental appropriation.“The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected housing opportunities, safety, and reliability for thousands of Pennsylvanians. As we begin to recover our economy, we must also ensure that our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians and those at greatest risk of losing their homes and housing stability are able to recover as well,” Gov. Wolf said. “Our homeless providers and partners are working tirelessly in their communities to end and prevent homelessness, and these distributions will drive direct support and assistance to counties in need across the state.”The CARES Act provided for two allocations of homeless assistance funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts created by coronavirus. Sixty-three percent of funds awarded are targeted to address homelessness prevention, 22 percent to rapidly house those who are homeless and 8.4 percent to provide emergency shelter services and street outreach. The balance of funds awarded address data collection and administration needs.A total of $18,973,829 in ESG-CV funding was approved for the following recipients representing awards in 52 counties:Adams County Commissioners – $340,732Armstrong County Commissioners – $457,515Beaver County Commissioners – $49,820Berks County Commissioners – $300,000Blair County Community Action Program* – $1,385,373Bucks County Commissioners – $996,400Butler County Commissioners – $1,546,519Center for Community Action* – $312,700Central Susquehanna Opportunities* – $566,424Centre County Commissioners – $341,549Chester County Department of Community Development – $498,200Clinton County Housing Coalition* – $192,565Community Action Partnership of Cambria County* – $318,678Cumberland County Commissioners* – $79,500Dauphin County Commissioners – $628,633Domestic Violence Services of SWPA* – $403,711Franklin County Commissioners – $480,526Indiana County Commissioners – $99,640Lawrence County Social Services* – $3,355,362Lehigh County Commissioners – $305,004McKean County Commissioners – $150,148Mercer County Commissioners – $351,477Monroe County Commissioners* – $381,761Montgomery County Commissioners – $498,200Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services – $4,176,301Schuylkill County Commissioners – $448,335Union-Snyder Community Action Agency* – $131,440Wayne County Commissioners – $177,316*Asterisks note a regional grant.Blair County Community Action Program will distribute funding to Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties.Center for Community Action will distribute funding to Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, Mifflin, and Juniata counties.Central Susquehanna Opportunities will distribute funding to Columbia, Montour, and Northumberland counties.Clinton County Housing Coalition will distribute funding to Clinton, Lycoming, and Tioga counties.Community Action Partnership of Cambria County will distribute funding to Cambria and Somerset counties.Cumberland County Commissioners will distribute funding to Cumberland and Perry counties.Domestic Violence Services of SWPA will distribute funding to Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties.Lawrence County Social Services will distribute funding to Beaver, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clarion, Elk, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Potter, Venango, and Warren counties.Monroe County Commissioners will distribute funding to Monroe and Pike counties.Union-Snyder Community Action Agency will distribute funding to Union and Snyder counties.Applications were accepted from general-purpose units of local government, including cities, boroughs, townships, towns, counties, home rule municipalities, and communities that desire to apply “on behalf of” other municipalities. Local governments may apply “on behalf of” nonprofit organizations. Non-profit organizations can apply only for a regional project as long as it demonstrates a regional need and would serve multiple counties.To learn more about the ESG-CV funding, click here.Ver esta página en español.center_img Wolf Administration Awards Nearly $19 Million for Homelessness Assistance and Preventionlast_img read more