NEWS: JUNE 30 – 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Canadian Politician Calls on Elon Musk to Help Protect ‘Free Speech’ in Canada

 

 

UCP candidate Danielle Smith tweeted  to Elon Musk, CEO of satellite internet service Starlink, to help overcome Bill C-11, introduced by Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

“Hey @elonmusk I’m running to be Premier of Alberta. We still value free speech here. Could Alberta setup an independent ISP using @starlink to bypass the new @justintrudeau internet censorship bill?” she tweeted.

On June 22, Bill C-11 was passed in the Canadian House of Commons and is now on its way to the Senate for approval. The bill aims to require streaming platforms like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Spotify, and others to recommend more “Canadian content” and to “contribute in an equitable manner to strongly support the creation, production and presentation of Canadian programming.”

Link: VISIONTIMES

 

 

 

RCMP Deploys Spyware That Enables Mics, Cameras to Eavesdrop on Targets, Agency Admits

 

 

Canada’s federal police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), has admitted it utilizes spyware that enables the microphones and cameras on devices to spy on targets it wishes to investigate.

The information became public, not through Canadian media, but instead through a June 29 article by U.S.-based Politico.

The outlet states that the RCMP “outlined the techniques” its Covert Access and Intercept Team (CAIT) employs in a document provided to the House of Commons during the week of June 27 in response to a question from an unnamed Conservative Party MP on how the agency gathers data from Canadians.

Link: VISIONTIMES

 

 

 

 

 

China Evergrande Group is facing a petition as an investor seeks to sue the Chinese property developer giant for not repurchasing shares of its unit.

According to Apollo News, the High Court of Hong Kong announced on its website that the investment holding firm Top Shine Global Limited had filed a winding-up petition against Evergrande.

In a winding-up petition, Evergrande could be compelled to sell its assets to repay debts if the court approves the case.

Link: NEWS MAX

 

 

 

Japan’s electricity grid creaked on Thursday under the strain of Tokyo’s hottest June since records began, but a power crunch that could have deprived tens of millions of electricity was narrowly averted and authorities prepared to lift warnings.

Temperatures of nearly 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) were marked in some parts of greater Tokyo, home to 37 million people, on the sixth day of a heatwave that began after the earliest end to the capital’s rainy season in decades.

Link: REUTERS

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon is limiting how many emergency contraceptives consumers can buy, joining other retailers who put in place similar caps following the Supreme Court decision overruling Roe v. Wade.

Amazon’s limit, which temporarily caps purchase of the contraceptives at three units per week, went into effect on Monday, a spokesperson for the e-commerce giant confirmed to The Associated Press. The company did not share further details on what emergency contraceptive products were limited for purchase, but a listing showed the cap applied to Plan B, the popular “morning after” pill.

Link: NEWS MAX

 

 

 

U.S. blacklists 5 Chinese firms for allegedly helping Russian military

 

 

Washington on June 28 included five Chinese companies on a trade blacklist for allegedly associating with the Russian military during the Ukraine war.

The five Chinese firms the U.S. Commerce Department named were Connec Electronic Limited, King Pai Technology Company Limited, Sinno Electronics Company Limited, Winninc Electronic, and World Jetta (Hong Kong) Logistics Limited.

Reuters noted that as a result of Beijing’s crackdown on the city’s autonomy, Hong Kong is now regarded as being a part of China on the grounds of U.S. export controls.

Link: THE BL

 

 

 

 

The Chinese government encourages the adoption of green technologies, including e-bikes or electric bicycles. Thanks to heavy subsidies from the government, China’s e-bike market has boomed recently.

As reported by Bloomberg, with the price range from 200 dollars to 600 dollars per item, 51,600 e-bike manufacturers joined the lucrative industry in 2020, up 83% compared to the previous year. As of February 2021, around 223,000 companies have been doing business related to the e-bike industry.

There are about 300 million electric bikes on China’s roads, making it “an E-bike nation,” as named by Bloomberg.

Link: THE BL

 

 

 

 

China Evergrande Group is facing a petition as an investor seeks to sue the Chinese property developer giant for not repurchasing shares of its unit.

According to Apollo News, the High Court of Hong Kong announced on its website that the investment holding firm Top Shine Global Limited had filed a winding-up petition against Evergrande.

In a winding-up petition, Evergrande could be compelled to sell its assets to repay debts if the court approves the case.

Link: THE BL

 

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