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Call for TikTok security check before HQ decision

Call for TikTok security check before HQ decision

Technology
An influential backbench MP has called on the government to carry out a security review of TikTok before its Chinese owner decides whether to base the app in the UK.Neil O'Brien - co-founder of the China Research Group of Tory MPs - said the intelligence services should publish a report into the matter.President Trump is threatening to ban TikTok in the US.This has forced the app to ditch plans to establish its headquarters there.TikTok had been expected to pick California or New York - where it already has offices - after appointing an American ex-Disney executive as its chief executive in May.However, the US president has since given it an ultimatum to sell its local business to an American firm."I set a date of around 15 Septe...
Experts pitch surveillance system to detect viruses in wildlife before next pandemic

Experts pitch surveillance system to detect viruses in wildlife before next pandemic

Science
July 9 (UPI) -- Scientific experts said Thursday that a wildlife surveillance system must be developed before the next pandemic emerges. Evidence shows the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, came from bats that likely passed the virus onto another species before infecting humans, according to the World Health Organization. Advertisement Infectious disease experts, ecologists, wildlife biologists and other experts argue, in a paper published in the journal Science, that a decentralized global system of wildlife surveillance must be established before the next pandemic. "It's impossible to know how often animal viruses spill over into the human population, but coronaviruses alone have caused outbreaks in people three times in the last 20 years," co-author Jennifer Philips said in a pre...
Before you hit the highway, here are the ins and outs of road trip insurance

Before you hit the highway, here are the ins and outs of road trip insurance

Finance
swissmediavisionThe seemingly endless nationwide pandemic lockdown has resulted in a lot of pent-up travel demand.As the second major long holiday weekend of summer gets underway, people looking to celebrate Independence Day are getting in their cars and campers for road trips — deemed by many a safer bet than air or cruise travel. "After weeks of being home, many Americans want a change of scenery," said Giorgos Zacharia, chief technology officer of travel site Kayak.com. "But, with international travel restrictions still in place and safety top of mind, road trips are most enticing to U.S. travelers right now." Kayak found that car rental searches for the July 4 weekend were up 20% compared to last year.Brittney Castro, in-house certified financial planner for personal financial man
They were struggling to repay their student loans before the pandemic. Now it’ll get worse

They were struggling to repay their student loans before the pandemic. Now it’ll get worse

Finance
Sam SeagravesSource: Sam SeagravesAlmost all of the money Sam Seagraves used to make as an actor in Portland, Oregon, went toward her monthly student loan bill of $ 1,083. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.With many production companies postponing or cancelling operations, Seagraves hasn't been hired for a role since March. The CARES Act granted people with federal student loans a break from their payments until the end of September, but Seagraves has had to dig into her small savings to continue paying her monthly private student loan bill of $ 700.  "I have enough saved to pay the private student loans through August; I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to pay them after that," Seagraves, 30, said. She owes around $ 75,000 nearly a decade after graduating fr...
Trump says he’s open to more stimulus checks. What to know before you count on the money

Trump says he’s open to more stimulus checks. What to know before you count on the money

Finance
U.S. President Donald Trump signs H.R. 748, the CARES Act in the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2020 in Washington, DC.Erin Schaff | Getty ImagesA political fight is brewing on Capitol Hill over what  the next coronavirus stimulus package will look like.But President Donald Trump made it clear this week another round of stimulus checks should be on the table.Trump answered affirmatively when asked in an interview this week whether Americans will receive more checks."We will be doing another stimulus package," Trump said. "It'll be very good. It'll be very generous."Yet before any checks go out in the mail, they would need  a green light from Congress. Plus, Americans may face another wait before they see the money.What comes nextThere are several possibilit...