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Former CEO of MASLOC, Sedinam Tamakloe Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

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Former CEO of MASLOC, Sedinam Tamakloe, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labor, while the former Chief Operating Officer, Daniel Axim, has received a five-year prison term with hard labor after being on trial since 2019.

They were both found guilty on 78 counts, including causing financial loss to the state, stealing, conspiracy to steal, money laundering, and causing loss to public property in contravention of public procurement laws

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Elon Musk claims “two homicidal maniacs” have tried to kill him in the last 7 months

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Elon Musk has claimed that two individuals he described as “homicidal maniacs” have attempted to assassinate him in the last seven months. This assertion was made during a Tesla shareholder meeting, where Musk was asked about his personal safety in light of his high profile. He mentioned that these individuals did not have a specific issue they articulated, but were simply in the “homicidal maniac” category.

Musk’s comments suggest a heightened sense of personal risk, which he attributes to his fame and the unpredictability of the world. He expressed a desire to be more open and approachable but acknowledged the need for caution given the circumstances.

The claim of assassination attempts adds another layer to the public discussion about the personal risks faced by high-profile figures like Musk. It also raises questions about the security measures that should be in place for such individuals.

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House Republican proposes to put former President Donald Trump on $500 bill

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The House Republicans are at it again, turning the political landscape into a circus. This time, they’ve proposed putting former President Donald Trump on a $500 bill.

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., on Wednesday filed legislation to have the Federal Reserve print a $500 note featuring the 45th president. His bill is called the “Treasury Reserve Unveiling Memorable Portrait (TRUMP) Act.”

“As Bidenflation continues to devalue our currency, the issuance of $500 bills featuring President Trump by the Treasury offers several practical advantages,” Gosar said in a news release.

The last version of a $500 bill featured a portrait of President William McKinley and was printed in 1945. The denomination was discontinued 24 years later, according to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Historically, U.S. currencies in higher denominations than $100 were used by banking institutions for large money transactions, but by 1969 technology had outpaced the need for large bills. The largest U.S. dollar denomination ever printed was the $100,000 Gold Certificate, which featured a portrait of President Woodrow Wilson, who created the Federal Reserve in 1917.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment

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TikTok faces new charges over children privacy

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The US Federal Trade Commission (FTD) has decided to throw some fresh charges at TikTok over child privacy issues.

The FTC says its own investigation “uncovered reason to believe” that the firms “are violating or are about to violate the law”.

In a statement to BBC News, a TikTok spokesperson said they were disappointed by the decision.

The case is separate from legislation passed earlier this year to ban TikTok in the US if ByteDance does not sell the business.

The regulator said its investigation focused on potential violations of the FTC Act and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

The FTC also said it does not usually announce that it has referred a complaint to the DOJ but in this instance felt doing so was in the public interest.

COPPA governs the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by online services about children under 13-years-old.

The FTC Act targets “unfair or deceptive acts or practices” by companies.

In response, a TikTok spokesperson said the company disagreed with the allegations and that it had “been working with the FTC for more than a year to address its concerns.”

“We’re disappointed the agency is pursuing litigation instead of continuing to work with us on a reasonable solution,” they added.

A DOJ spokesperson told BBC News they “cannot comment on the substance of the referral from the FTC against TikTok.”

“Consistent with our normal approach, the Justice Department consulted with FTC in advance of this referral and will continue to do so as we consider the claims,” they added.

The law was introduced to address concerns that TikTok might share user data with Chinese authorities – claims the company has denied.

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