Apple Inc said on Thursday it was rolling out a free online coding course for teachers, while beefing up its existing school coding programs with new material.
Wearing jerseys with the names of black victims of police brutality, the Philadelphia Union defeated New York City FC 1-0 Thursday in the Major League Soccer is Back Tournament.
Ma Jianguo, who killed two people at a roadblock set up to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, was executed in Yunnan province after China's top court approved his death penalty. The intermediate people's court in Honghe prefecture of the province announced the decision made by the Supreme People's Court to Ma on Thursday, and permitted him to meet his family members before the execution. Ma, a native of Luomeng village in Azhahe township of the prefecture, was sentenced to death by the intermediate people's court in the prefecture on March 1 after being convicted of killing two workers responsible for preventing and controlling the outbreak on Feb 6. Ma, with another resident, went to the roadblock in a minivan, and the second man tried to move the barricades and refused to obey the workers in charge.
SINGAPORE - While candidates took a breather from campaigning on Cooling-off Day, public servants set up 1,100 polling stations across the country for Singaporeans who will head to the ballot box on July 10. Polling booths were set up at void decks, precinct pavilions, schools and community clubs on Thursday afternoon (July 9), with tables arranged in neat rows for polling officers, and signs directing voters to the stations. Unlike in past elections, polling officers, who are public servants, have to implement extra measures to ensure safe distancing and hygiene, as some 2.65 million voters will be casting their votes under the cloud of the Covid-19 pandemic. Besides temperature-checking points, markers have been placed on floors to ensure voters maintain a 1m distance from one another. Hand sanitisers and disposable gloves will also be made available. The number of polling stations has been bumped up from 880 to 1,100 to spread out voters across more stations. This increase means each station will serve an average of 2,400 voters, down from 3,000.
The Elections Department has reiterated the voting arrangements for senior voters come July 10, to ensure that voting is safe in light of the Covid-19 situation. Here are the arrangements:
The Trump administration plans to finalise regulations this week that will bar the U.S. government from buying goods or services from any company that uses products from five Chinese companies including Huawei, Hikvision and Dahua, a U.S. official said.
Google will face a full-scale EU antitrust investigation into its planned US$2.1 billion bid for fitness tracker maker Fitbit unless it offers concessions to address competition concerns, people familiar with the matter said.
ViacomCBS Inc said on Thursday it had signed an agreement with European soccer's governing body UEFA to live-stream Champions League matches on CBS All Access in the United States, starting this season through 2024.
A new US$1 billion fund backed by 20 drugmakers including Merck & Co Inc and Pfizer Inc is aiming to bolster struggling antibiotic companies and sustain a pipeline for new treatments, an industry group said on Thursday.
Social media app TikTok said on Thursday it removed over 49 million videos that violated its guidelines or terms of service from its platform globally in the second half of last year.
Japan's Fast Retailing Co , owner of casual clothing brand Uniqlo, lowered its outlook for the year as the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on its global fashion business.
Samsung executive vice president Woojune Kim said the company was in active commercial discussions with European operators to supply network equipment, and was investing its resources in 4G, 5G and 6G rather than legacy technology.
Four times Tour de France champion Chris Froome will leave Team INEOS at the end of the season, the team said in a statement on Thursday.
A Turkish court is likely to announce on Friday that the 1934 conversion of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a museum was unlawful, two Turkish officials said, paving the way for its restoration as a mosque despite international concerns.
SINGAPORE - Singapore clinched three of the top five private equity and venture capital deals struck in the region in the first quarter amid markedly slower economic activity across South-east Asia due to the pandemic. There were 141 such deals worth US$1.4 billion (S$1.95 billion) in the region in the three months to March 31, Ernst & Young noted on Wednesday (July 8). This was 9 per cent down in terms of deal numbers and 65 per cent lower in value compared with the same period last year. Exit activity - the resale of acquired assets - remained largely muted. The report also found that the cash in hand for potential buyouts had reached record levels of US$439 billion by mid-May. The biggest first-quarter deal in the region was the US$706 million investment by Krungsri Finnovate and MUFG Innovation Partners in the Singapore-based ride-hailing software company Grab Holdings. The other two Singapore deals that made the top five were the US$75 million investment in eCommerce company ShopBack and the US$37 million in solar energy firm Sunseap Group by separate consortiums, both including Temasek Holdings.
SINGAPORE - Almost seven times as many Housing Board resale flats were sold in June compared with May, according to flash data released by real estate portal SRX Property on Thursday (July 9). Estimates showed that about 2,450 HDB resale flats were sold in June, up from 364 the month before. The surge in sales was likely due to the end of Singapore's circuit breaker period, said industry analysts. ERA Realty's head of research and consultancy Nicholas Mak said: «Pent-up demand accumulated in the eight-week circuit breaker had driven HDB resale transaction volume in June 2020 to be 6.7 times over the volume in the preceding month. »During the circuit breaker period, potential home buyers and property agents were not allowed to visit and view any properties offered for sale. When buyers were allowed to view properties in June, the result was a sharp increase in transactions of HDB resale flats.« He added that the resale volume in June was also the highest monthly volume since July 2018, when 2,553 units were transacted. »It was as if the HDB resale market was on steroids in June," said Mr Mak.
SINGAPORE - The grey skies and gloomy weather on Thursday morning (July 9) reflected the sombre mood of many in the local football fraternity, who learnt of the passing of «one of the nicest guys» in the local game. Former national player Hafiz Rahim died after he was involved in a traffic accident in Tampines. He was 36 and had been on his motorbike at the time of the tragedy. National goalkeeper Hassan Sunny, who played alongside Hafiz in the national Under-18 team and at S-League (now known as the Singapore Premier League) clubs Geylang United and Warriors FC, said his former teammate always had a sunny disposition and «was always bubbly». «He was like a brother to me,» said Hassan, who now plays for the Lion City Sailors. «When we were young, we used to have sleepovers at my place and my mum would cook up a feast… So when I received the news, I broke down immediately. »I saw him just last week at (futsal facility) Rainforest when I trained but because of the safety protocols (due to Covid-19), we did not get to talk to talk to each other, but we managed to wave at one another."
TikTok is under investigation for allegedly violating a settlement reached with U.S. authorities last year that resolved charges the popular app broke rules governing how children's personal information is treated online.
SINGAPORE - A search and rescue operation is underway in the waters off Tuas after the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was informed that three people had fallen overboard from a craft. The Malaysian authorities had informed the MPA at around 8am on Tuesday (July 7) of the incident on a craft approximately 2.1 nautical miles off Tuas. Following search and rescue (SAR) operations involving two MPA patrol craft, one Police Coast Guard (PCG) craft and one Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) vessel, the MPA received word at around 8.45am on Wednesday that the PCG had sighted a body. The PCG has since recovered the body, and the authorities are looking into whether the body is one of the people who had fallen overboard. «The MPA continues to coordinate the SAR operation with PCG and RSN for the other missing persons,» it said in a statement on Wednesday. The MPA has also been issuing navigational safety broadcasts to vessels in the vicinity to keep a lookout and to report any sightings of the missing persons.
SINGAPORE - City Harvest Church has filed a police report after a doctored photo of its founder Kong Hee wearing a People's Action Party (PAP) polo T-shirt was circulated online. In a note to members on Wednesday (July 8), the church said it was aware of the doctored photograph being circulated on social media, which had the 55-year-old wearing a white shirt with the PAP logo digitally superimposed onto it. The image «has been digitally altered», the church's management board clarified in the note, which was published on its website. «Pastor Kong and City Harvest Church are not, and have never been, part of or in any way associated with any political party or institution.»
SINGAPORE - Facebook has taken down the Critical Spectator page run by a Polish national in Singapore, Mr Michael Petraeus, ahead of the general election on Friday (July 10). In response to queries, a Facebook spokesman said on Wednesday (July 8) that the company has recently taken action on several accounts and pages in Singapore for violating its policies. «This is based on the violating behaviour of these accounts and pages and not based on the content they posted,» the spokesman added. Facebook declined to provide details of these other accounts or pages it said had been taken down recently. Last month, it took action against several accounts for misrepresentation as part of measures to protect the integrity of Singapore's general election. One of them is a Facebook page called Fabrications About the PAP (FAP) with more than 250,000 likes. It was taken down for violating Facebook's policies.
Mohamed Salah scored twice as champions Liverpool moved on to 92 points with a 3-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Wednesday.
In a new book, a niece of President Donald Trump applies her training in psychology to conclude that the president likely suffers from narcissism and other clinical disorders - and was boosted to success by a father who fuelled those traits.
A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a racketeering lawsuit General Motors Co had filed against smaller rival Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV , saying the No. 1 U.S. automaker's alleged injuries were not caused by FCA's alleged violations.
Organisers of the 2024 Paris Olympics will review the risk of extra expenditure for the event due to the coronavirus pandemic by the end of the year, sources said on Wednesday.
Hirving Lozano scored the winner as Napoli moved fifth in Serie A with a 2-1 victory at Genoa on Wednesday which left their opponents stuck in the relegation zone.
U.S. office and apartment vacancy rates rose marginally in the second quarter from a year earlier, as property owners were yet to feel the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to real estate research firm Reis Inc.