• “G-FORCE ONE” is the name of a converted Boeing 727 that offers customers the chance to float like astronauts in a zero-gravity environment. 
  • Zero Gravity Corporation is sending the flight across the country for flyers to experience weightlessness for a few minutes, though the price tag is quite high.
  • Extra precautions are being taken during the pandemic including requiring face masks, disinfecting the airplane before each flight, and limiting flight loads.
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The realm of zero gravity has historically been reserved for astronauts as they explore the depths of space but one aviation company is offering the opportunity to become weightless while very much still in Earth’s atmosphere.  The Zero Gravity Corporation, or ZERO-G, is the company behind “G-FORCE ONE,” a converted Boeing 727 airliner that can simulate the feeling of being in space through

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GENEVA (AP) — A former Chinese diplomat took center stage Tuesday at the World Trade Organization, announcing its revised prediction for a 9.2% percent decline in world merchandise trade this year and cautioning that a further hit could await if the coronavirus continues to spread.



In this photo provided by Nana Mariam Maiga, World Trade Organization Deputy Director General Yi Xiaozhun, centre,  speaks at a news conference in Geneva, Tuesday Oct. 6, 2020, as he presented the world trade body’s revised forecast for merchandise trade growth amid the coronavirus pandemic. The World Trade Organization is predicting a 9.2% drop in merchandise trade this year, saying the hit from the pandemic doesn’t appear to be bad as first thought.  At left is Robert Koopman, WTO chief economist, and at right, WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell. (Nana Mariam Maiga via AP)


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In this photo provided by Nana Mariam Maiga, World Trade Organization Deputy Director General Yi Xiaozhun, centre, speaks at a news conference in Geneva, Tuesday Oct. 6, 2020, as he presented the world trade body’s revised forecast for merchandise trade growth amid the coronavirus pandemic. The World Trade Organization is predicting a 9.2% drop in merchandise trade this year, saying the hit from the pandemic doesn’t appear to be bad as first thought. At left is Robert Koopman, WTO chief economist, and at right, WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell. (Nana Mariam Maiga via AP)

Deputy Director-General Yi Xiaozhun’s presentation of the

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Income tax is usually paid on most people’s earnings from employment but it can also be levied on some state benefits, pensions, rental incomes and interest on savings. As it stands, there is a personal allowance in place which allows people to receive income up to a certain limit before tax is charged.

The personal allowance in place will allow people to earn up to £12,500 a year before any tax is levied.

Beyond this, there is a basic rate paid on earnings between £12,501 and £50,000 of 20 percent.

Those with an income between £50,001 and £150,000 will be taxed at 40 percent, with people receiving more than £150,000 a year facing an additional rate of 45 percent.

As this tax will vary based on how much a person earns/receives in income, there will likely be huge range across the UK as to where the tax is generated.

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Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter attend an NCAA basketball game in Washington, D.C., January 30, 2010. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Senate Republicans released a report Wednesday detailing the extensive business dealings that Hunter Biden pursued with politically connected foreign nationals while his father Joe Biden was serving as vice president.

The 87-page interim report comes amid a months-long probe in which members of the Senate Homeland Security and Finance Committees and their staff reviewed more than 45,000 pages of Obama administration records and interviewed eight witnesses, many of whom are current or former U.S. officials.

“The Treasury records acquired by the Chairmen show potential criminal activity relating to transactions among and between Hunter Biden, his family, and his associates with Ukrainian, Russian, Kazakh and Chinese nationals,” the report reads. “In particular, these documents show that Hunter Biden received millions of dollars from foreign sources as a result of business

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House Financial Services Committee hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department's and Federal Reserve's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic response on Capitol Hill in Washington


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House Financial Services Committee hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department’s and Federal Reserve’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic response on Capitol Hill in Washington

(Reuters) – Top U.S. economic policymakers opened the door on Tuesday to further aid for small businesses hit by the coronavirus-triggered recession, but differed over how broad it might extend and the manner in which it should be delivered.

In testimony before the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell were pressed by lawmakers concerned the multi-trillion-dollar effort to battle the economic fallout from the pandemic had left a broad swathe of businesses vulnerable, from the smallest corner restaurants to commercial office properties and hotels.



a man talking on a cell phone: House Financial Services Committee hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department's and Federal Reserve's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic response on Capitol Hill in Washington


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House Financial Services Committee hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department’s and Federal Reserve’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic response on Capitol Hill

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The skyline of the central business district in Beijing on August 13, 2019. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP) (Photo credit should read

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BEIJING — The Chinese government is stepping up pressure on foreign businesses not to run afoul of Beijing, as the White House continues to target some of the Asian giant’s largest technology companies. 

China’s Ministry of Commerce released long-awaited provisions on its so-called “unreliable entity list” over the weekend. The vaguely worded document mirrors the U.S. Commerce Department’s entity list that restricts named companies from accessing items originating in the U.S. 

“Beijing will likely name at least one US company to the (unreliable entity list) between now and year-end – possibly even in coming days – but will use this tool in a targeted fashion, particularly in its early stages,” Michael Hirson, practice head, China and Northeast Asia, at consulting

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WhatsApp has revealed six previously undisclosed vulnerabilities in its service as part of its newly-published security advisory.

The Facebook-owned messaging service has created a dedicated page for its security advisories that details previously found vulnerabilities and security advisories for users.

“This advisory page provides a comprehensive list of WhatsApp security updates and associated Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE),” WhatsApp said.

Some vulnerabilities are found by the messaging service’s own security team, while others are reported under the Facebook Bug Bounty Program.

In a newly-published update for the year, the messaging service detailed various vulnerabilities that it had resolved, many of which could have allowed attackers to remotely access a user’s device or escalate privileges.

For instance, it found a stack overflow vulnerability that “could have allowed arbitrary code execution when playing a specially-crafted push to talk message.” The bug was found in the app’s Android version prior to v2.20.35, WhatsApp

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Congress general secretary in-charge of organisation KC Venugopal has written yet another letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman and CEO of Facebook reiterating his party’s demand for stopping the alleged nexus between the social media platform and the ruling BJP.

Citing an article appeared in Time magazine, he said the magazine revealed more information and evidence of biases and a quid-pro-quo relationship of Facebook India with the BJP. “This article makes three main points that are alarming and violate both the spirit and the law of operations of foreign companies in India,” he said.

He said the BJP has been allowed to exercise control of WhatsApp’s India operations in return for a possible license for its payment operations, which is critical for the future of Whatsapp in India. “More than just one person in your company’s leadership team in India are biased and partisan in favour of the ruling BJP in

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A report on Thursday afternoon added more details to the emerging story around TikTok’s sale in the U.S., with Oracle reportedly emerging as the front-runner to acquire the video sharing platform’s U.S. operations as retail giant Walmart annouced that it was joining Microsoft’s bid for the company.

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Oracle has emerged as the frontrunner in the race to acquire TikTok for a proposed deal of $20 billion according to a report by The Wrap, which notes that the deal will comprise $10 billion in cash, $10 billion in Oracle stock and 50% of annual TikTok profit to flow back to ByteDance, the platform’s Beijing-based parent company, for two years.

Oracle’s bid is being backed by venture capital firms General Atlantic and Sequoia Capital, both of whom are major investors in

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