Sep 17, 2020
Jay Inslee gives maggot-infested apples to wildfire victims
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Washington state is known for its apples — but Gov. Jay Inslee didn’t appear to do the popular fruit any public-relations favors last week.
The Democrat, in an effort to bring comfort to communities in Eastern Washington devastated by recent wildfires, unknowingly and illegally gifted baskets of apples from his orchard in Olympia that were later found to be infested with apple maggot larvae, according to reports.
Thurston County, where Inslee lives, is an apple maggot quarantine area –meaning it was illegal for Inslee to bring homegrown apples from that area to a non-quarantine area like Douglas County, according to Q13 FOX in Seattle.
The governor expressed his regrets in a statement.
“Last week Trudi [Inslee’s wife] and I wanted to express comfort for the communities suffering from devastating fires,” Inslee said. “When I visited some of these areas, I took some apples we picked from our tree in Olympia. We regret this mistake. This is a good reminder of the importance of awareness around apple quarantine. We appreciate the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s efforts to help recover these apples and we are assisting to help make that happen.”
A basket of apples the governor gave to a retirement home in Omak, Wash., later tested positive for apple maggot larvae so officials were desperately trying to find the basket he left at a church in Omak, Wash., but no one knows where it went, according to the station.
Douglas County, west of Spokane, is currently pest-free and could be infected by the bad apples.
“Apple Maggots are an incredibly serious pest and could have dire consequences for the orchardists of Douglas County if we are unable to find the infected apples and mitigate the effects immediately,” Douglas County officials wrote on Facebook. “Douglas County orchardists, regulators, and processors have worked tirelessly to ensure that our area stays free of apple maggots and this event could have serious implications for the region. It is of the utmost importance these apples are safely disposed of immediately.”
Officials said they had reason to believe the apples may have been mixed with others that weren’t contaminated, according to Q13.
With apple orchards everywhere in the town, some in Bridgeport called the governor’s gift – contaminated or not — a “slap in the face,” according to Seattle’s KUOW-TV.
“Some people are living in tents; some people with relatives,” a 45-year resident of the devastated town said. “The most challenging thing is building back, you know. There’s people asking for money, which a lot of people don’t have it here.”
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Trump gives TikTok Oracle deal his ‘blessing’ and reveals Texas HQ and $5BN US education donation after ban threat
PRESIDENT Trump gave his blessing to a deal in which Oracle Corp would take over operations of the video-sharing app TikTok.
“I have given the deal my blessing," Trump told reporters.2Donald Trump has given his 'blessing' for a deal between TikTok and OracleCredit: AP:Associated Press 2A ban on TikTok is slated to begin on SundayCredit: AFP or licensors
He added that the China-owned app “will have nothing to do with China, it'll be totally secure, that's part of the deal,” Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs tweeted.
Trump added: "TikTok is moving along.”
TikTok US will reportedly also make a $5 billion donation to an education program, Jacobs reported.
"They're going to be setting up a very large fund … That's their contribution that I've been asking for," Trump said.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has pushed for TikTok to move its headquarters to the Lone Star State.
Oracle employs about 2,500 workers in Austin, where TikTok recently opened an office, The Austin American Statesman reported.
Oracle became the final remaining bidder after TikTok rejected Microsoft’s offer last Sunday.
The technology giants were competing to become a “technology partner” with ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, as the clock began to run out on an executive order from President Donald Trump threatening to ban the app until its American operations were sold.
The Commerce Department had said on Friday that Trump would be moving forward on a decision to ban downloads and maintenance of the China-owned app.
"At the President's direction, we have taken significant action to combat China's malicious collection of American citizens' personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.
Trump’s executive orders against TikTok and another China-owned app, WeChat, go into effect on Sunday – when the apps will likely disappear from online stores like those operated by Apple and Google.
Ross said companies will be prohibited from offering internet hosting and other services to WeChat beginning Sept. 20.
The same restrictions would go into effect on November 12 for TikTok unless the app is acquired by an American software company and Trump's concerns about national security implications are alleviated.
However, people who have already downloaded the apps will still be able to use them.
Concerns have recently grown about the app, which is popular among teens, as critics claim the app poses national security risks.
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He continued: "TikTok automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories."
Trump claimed that the app would allow the Chinese Communist Party to track federal employees and conduct corporate espionage.
Downloads of TikTok rose 12 percent to 247,000 in the US on Friday in anticipation of the ban, CNN reported.
WeChat reached 10,000 downloads on Friday – jumping into number 100 on a ranking of the most downloaded free iPhone apps, the outlet reported.
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