While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 1
A selection of news stories that happened overnight, Aug 1, 2020.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
The move would be the culmination of US national security concerns over the safety of the personal data that TikTok handles. It would represent a major blow for the Beijing-based company, which became one of only a handful of truly global Chinese conglomerates thanks to TikTok’s commercial success.
It is was not immediately clear how the separation would happen and what ByteDance would do with the rest of TikTok’s global operations.An announcement on ByteDance’s plans for TikTok could come as early as Friday, the sources said, requesting anonymity because the matter is confidential.
READ MORE HEREUS to pay $2.9 billion to Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline in Covid-19 vaccine dealThe US government will pay US$2.1 billion (S$2.89 billion) to Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline for Covid-19 vaccines to cover 50 million people and to underwrite the drug makers' testing and manufacturing, the companies said on Friday. headtopics.com
The award is the biggest yet from 'Operation Warp Speed', the White House initiative aimed at accelerating access to vaccines and treatments to fight Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.The deal, announced by the US Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense, works out at a cost of around US$42 per person inoculated.
READ MORE HEREBritish government declares war on obesityThe British government is determined to force its people to lose weight and wants this to happen fast."Obesity is one of the greatest long-term health challenges that we face as a country. It not only puts a strain on our National Health Service and care system, but it also piles pressure on our bodies, making us more vulnerable to many diseases, including, of course, coronavirus," says British Health Secretary Matthew Hancock, who unveiled this week a slew of measures intended to"help people make healthier choices" in the food they consume.
But the measures are already under attack from opposition politicians who dismiss the initiative as merely intended to deflect attention from the government's own record in managing health crises, and from leaders in the food industry who complain that the new regulations are too costly.
READ MORE HEREArrest warrants issued for six Hong Kong democracy activists: Chinese state mediaChinese state television said on Friday that Hong Kong authorities had issued arrest warrants for six pro-democracy activists who fled the territory and are suspected of violating sweeping national security legislation that came into effect a month ago. headtopics.com
CCTV said the six were wanted on suspicion of secession or colluding with foreign forces, crimes that the new law punishes with up to life in prison.It named the six as Nathan Law, Wayne Chan Ka Kui, Honcques Laus, Samuel Chu, Simon Cheng and Ray Wong Toi Yeung.
READ MORE HEREApple tops Saudi Aramco as world's most valuable companyApple became the world's most valuable company with its market value overtaking Saudi Aramco in the wake of better-than-expected earnings.Apple jumped 10% on Friday, ending the day with a record market capitalisation of US$1.817 trillion.
It's the first time the company's valuation has surpassed that of Saudi Arabia's national oil company, which made its market debut in Riyadh in December, and is valued at US$1.76 trillion. Read more: The Straits Times »
Triad Trails: Former secret society members lead tour on Chinatown’s seedy past
SINGAPORE — Pointing to a row of shophouses along Pagoda Street leading up to Chinatown MRT Station, a heavily-tattooed man tells the group behind him that the shops used to be opium dens in the 19th century.
Libra Group gets interim extension of moratoria until Aug 20 hearingCATALIST-LISTED Libra Group and its sole operating subsidiary have been given interim debt moratoria until an adjourned court hearing on Aug 20, the board said on Friday night. Read more at The Business Times.
Covid-19: More attendees allowed for weddings, funerals from Aug 4
World Athletics to expel Russia unless it pays fine by Aug 15The global governing body for athletics said Thursday it would expel Russia unless it makes an outstanding payment of $6.3 million in fines and ...
Athletics: World Athletics to expel Russia's federation if fine unpaid by Aug 15MOSCOW/BERN (REUTERS) - The global governing body for athletics will expel Russia's federation, suspended since 2015 for having broken anti-doping rules, if it fails to pay a hefty fine before Aug 15, it said on Thursday (July 30).. Read more at straitstimes.com.
More people allowed at marriage solemnisations, wakes from Aug 4 as MOH eases Covid-19 limitsThe changes in guest limits are subject to the event venues' capacity limits based on safe management principles.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Coronavirus: Qualifying landlords will get notice of tenant rental waivers by mid-AugSINGAPORE - The majority of property owners with tenants that qualify for rent relief under the amended Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act should receive notices regarding their Government cash grants by mid-August, the Ministry of Law (MinLaw) said on Thursday (July 30).. Read more at straitstimes.com.