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The U.S. Considers Ban on Exporting Surveillance Technology To China

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The South China Morning Post reports that the U.S. may be taking a stand against China. This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a new bill that would “tighten export controls on China-bound U.S. technology that could be used to ‘suppress individual privacy, freedom of movement and other basic human rights’ [and] ordering the U.S. president, within four months of the legislation’s enactment, to submit to Congress a list of Chinese officials deemed responsible for, or complicit in, human rights abuses in Xinjiang…

“The UIGHUR Act also demands that, on the same day, those individuals are subject to sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act, seizing their U.S.-based assets and barring them from entry onto U.S. soil.”

Reuters notes that American government officials “have sounded the alarm on China’s detention of at least a million Uighur Muslims, by U.N. estimates, in the northwestern region of Xinjiang as a grave abuse of human rights and religious freedom…”

U.S. congressional sources and China experts say Beijing appears especially sensitive to provisions in the Uighur Act passed by the House of Representatives this week banning exports to China of items that can be used for surveillance of individuals, including facial and voice-recognition technology…

A U.S. congressional source also said a Washington-based figure close to the Chinese government told him recently it disliked the Uighur bill more than the Hong Kong bill for “dollars and cents reasons,” because the former measure contained serious export controls on money-spinning security technology, while also threatening asset freezes and visa bans on individual officials. Victor Shih, an associate professor of China and Pacific Relations at the University of California, San Diego, said mass surveillance was big business in China and a number of tech companies there could be hurt by the law if it passes.

China spent roughly 1.24 trillion yuan ($176 billion) on domestic security in 2017 — 6.1% of total government spending and more than was spent on the military. Budgets for internal security, of which surveillance technology is a part, have doubled in regions including Xinjiang and Beijing.

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Vardy’s injury not as bad as first feared: Rodgers

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London – Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says Jamie Vardy’s glute injury is not as bad as first feared and he expects the club’s leading scorer to be back in action soon.

Vardy was forced off during the first half of Wednesday’s Premier League win against West Ham after initially trying to continue playing after he suffered the injury.

Vardy has scored 17 goals for Leicester this term, making him a key figure in the team’s unexpected surge into the top four.

It was feared the 33-year-old could be sidelined for several weeks in a blow to third-placed Leicester’s hopes of securing a spot in next season’s Champions League.

But while Vardy will not be involved in the FA Cup fourth round tie at Brentford on Saturday, Rodgers said there is an outside chance he could feature in Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final second leg against Aston Villa.

“He’s not available for the weekend and there will be a question mark for Tuesday, although it’s certainly not as serious as we first thought,” Rodgers told reporters on Friday.

“It’s not his hamstring, it’s a glute, so we’re hopeful for Tuesday, but there’s a little bit of work to do. He’ll get some work in with the medical team. He’ll stay with them for the weekend.

“He’s much better than directly after the game, when he was tight and sore and struggling to move. But today he was much better.”

Meanwhile, Leicester midfielder Nampalys Mendy was also injured in the first half against West Ham with a knee problem and Rodgers said he will be out for up to six weeks.



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Champion Tanak ‘fine’ after spectacular Monte Carlo crash

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Gap – World champion Ott Tanak and his co-driver escaped unscathed on Friday after their Hyundai somersaulted off an Alpine road at high speed in the Monte Carlo Rally.

WATCH | Tänak crashes out of Monte Carlo Rally

“Precautionary medical checks have confirmed that Ott Tanak and Martin Jarveoja are fine following their crash,” the team said in a statement after the pair had been checked over in hospital where they were due to remain overnight.

“But the Estonians will take no further part in the rally,” it added.

The Korean carmaker added that it had recovered the wrecked car.

Tanak, in his first rally for his new team, flew off an icy road on the fourth stage between Saint-Clement and Freissinieres.

The car’s nose dipped and hit the ground bouncing the vehicle into the air. It spun through a tree before landing 100m down the hillside.

The two Estonians miraculously climbed out of the car unscathed.

“I don’t know what happened,” said Hyundai team manager Andrea Adamo after the stage. “You saw what I saw, I’m waiting for him to come back but I was mostly concerned about his physical health.”

“Our priority in such situations is always the condition of the crew first and foremost,” Adamo later said. “It is customary after such incidents for hospital check-ups, the results of which were clear. They will remain there for monitoring overnight, which is again routine procedure.”

Tanak, 32, has never won the Monte Carlo Rally. He was in fourth place overall when he crashed.

His new team-mate Thierry Neuville was leading going into the stage but finished third.

“I was slowed down so much in that section,” Neuville, a Belgian, said. “I knew there was something when I saw Ott’s lines, so I lost quite a lot of time.”

Frenchman Sebastien Ogier, in a Toyota, finished second in the stage in which Tanak crashed.

“I hope Ott is okay,” the six-time former champion said. “It was a very fast section where he went off with a big compression.”

Welshman Elfyn Evans won the three morning sections to take the overall lead and held it even though Ogier took the first two afternoon stages as conditions changed as rain began to muddy the course.

Overnight temperature was below freezing and while there is not a lot of snow on the roads, there were still the patches of ice that had made the route difficult since the start the previous day.

After the two stages on Thursday evening. Tanak had complained about black ice and said: “I am happy to be alive!”

Several other drivers have been forced to retire after going off the road, including Britain’s Gus Greensmith (M-Sport Ford).


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Beware bank using Moneyweb’s logo, warns financial regulator

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The Financial Sector Conduct Authority has warned the public against a business which calls itself Moneyweb Private Bank, saying it is “fraudulently using” the logo of the financial news website to solicit investments. 

In a statement issued on Friday afternoon, the FSCA said it had “reason to believe” that Moneyweb Private Bank Limited was operating unlawfully as a financial services provider by rendering financial services without authorisation. 

The financial publication, Moneyweb itself, has released statements clarifying that it does not offer money transfer services. 

In its statement, the FSCA said operating unlawfully as a financial services provider could attract a hefty penalty.

“Any entities or individuals rendering financial services without a licence or being appointed as representatives are acting in contravention of the FAIS Act. Such a contravention is an offence which carries a fine not exceeding R10m or a period of imprisonment not exceeding 10 years,” the statement said.

The statement said Moneyweb Private Bank was not authorised in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act of 2002 to render any financial advice and intermediary services.

“According to information received by the FSCA, Moneyweb Private Bank is fraudulently using the logo of Moneyweb – a South African media company, to solicit investments from the public,” the statement said.

The FSCA urged members of the public to check that an entity or individual is registered with the authority to provide financial advisory and intermediary services.

The authority said some businesses registered to provide basic advisory services for a low-risk product offered services of a far more complex and risky nature.


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Wikipedia Now Has More Than 6 Million Articles in English

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Wikipedia has surpassed a notable milestone this week: The English version of the world’s largest online encyclopedia now has more than six million articles. From a report: The feat, which comes roughly 19 years after the website was founded, is a testament of “what humans can do together,” said Ryan Merkley, chief of staff at Wikimedia, the nonprofit organization that operates the omnipresent online encyclopedia. The 6 millionth article is about Maria Elise Turner Lauder, a 19th-century Canadian school teacher, travel writer and fiction writer. The article was written by Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight, a longtime editor of Wikipedia. Wikipedia is available in dozens of languages, but its English-language version has the most number of articles. The English edition is also the most visited project on the website. According to publicly disclosed figures, the English version of the website averages about 255 million pageviews a day. According to web analytics firm SimilarWeb, Wikipedia overall is the eighth most visited website.

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Unboxing the mid-range Samsung Galaxy A51 [Video]

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Earlier this week Samsung Mobile South Africa held a media event detailing three new devices that it was bringing into the country – the Galaxy A51, the Galaxy A71 and Galaxy Note 10 Lite. All three devices are expected to be available to purchase in early February, but is the A51 which we are focusing in on today.

This as we received the new mid-range smartphone for review, and have done an unboxing to give local consumers a better idea of what they’ll be getting if they purchase one.

Speaking of pricing, the Galaxy A51 carries a recommended retail price of R6 999, and is one of two new mid-range phones that Samsung unveiled in December last year. In terms of what the A51 is packing, the phone features the three key pillars that Samsung Mobile South Africa highlighted earlier in the week – great screen, great camera and long lasting battery.

In terms of those elements, the Galaxy A51 has a 6.5″ display, which has the an Infinity O design as the company terms it. This is essentially means there are minimal bezels and the the punch hole housing for the front-facing camera is placed centrally.

Said housing has a 32MP selfie camera. Switching to the rear a quad lens setup is found, consisting of a 32MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 5MP macro and 5MP depth sensing options. Lastly Samsung has given the A51 a large 4 000mAh battery to keep things ticking over for a long time. Whether it can last a full day will have to wait until our review of the device.

If the Galaxy A51 is a device that intrigues you, hit play on the video below and watch it be unboxed.

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Vukusic not worried about AmaZulu FC situation despite poor form – SABC Sport

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AmaZulu FC coach Jozef Vukusic insists he is not having any anxiety symptoms as fears of relegation continue to grow.

Usuthu are yet to win a match in 2020 despite having already played four so far. They have lost three of those games – to Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United and Maritzburg United – with the other game drawn with Cape Town City.

Those results have left them last on the Absa Premiership table, with 17 points from 19 games. On the positive side, there are three other teams on the same number of points and Vukusic says he is not yet panicking.

Usuthu travel to Soweto to face the in-form Orlando Pirates on Saturday. Pirates are on a role at the moment and have won four out of five matches under new coach Josef Zinnbauer and drawn the other one.

They are up to fifth on the table after that run. In contrast, AmaZulu began the new year with a 3-0 hammering at the hands of champions Sundowns, drew 2-2 away at the Citizens in Cape Town and then lost to SuperSport and Maritzburg in the KZN derby. It has been bleak reading so far and Vukusic knows it.

With more than a third of the campaign remaining, Vukusic still believes that time is on their side.

After playing Pirates in Orlando, the fixture list does get a bit kinder, with home matches against fellow strugglers Polokwane City and Golden Arrows to follow.

They are also scheduled to tackle Baroka FC, Bloemfontein Celtic, Black Leopards and Highlands Park in front of their home fans before the season closes and the Slovak coach is adamant that his team know exactly what to do.

Looking ahead to the Pirates game, Vukusic knows it will not be easy for his out-of-sorts team to get maximum points, which they need, from an in-form team like the Bucs.

But he says his players do have what it takes to challenge the Soweto side, adding that they will give everything come kick-off time of 6pm at Orlando Stadium on Saturday. – Report by Thahir Asmal

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