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  1. Australia heads for lowest virus count in three months By Byron Kaye Commuters wait on a train platform in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge at Circular Quay as the state of New South Wales continues to report relatively low numbers for new daily cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Sydney, Australia, September 7, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/Files SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia looked set to record its lowest daily increase in new coronavirus cases in three months on Sunday as a hard lockdown in the city of Melbourne brought the country's virus epicentre down sharply. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1183472-australia-heads-for-lowest-virus-count-in-three-months/
  2. Australia heads for lowest virus count in three months By Byron Kaye Commuters wait on a train platform in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge at Circular Quay as the state of New South Wales continues to report relatively low numbers for new daily cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Sydney, Australia, September 7, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/Files SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia looked set to record its lowest daily increase in new coronavirus cases in three months on Sunday as a hard lockdown in the city of Melbourne brought the country's virus epicentre down sharply. The second-most populous state Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, reported 14 new infections in the 24 hours to Sunday morning, down from 21 new cases the day prior and its lowest since June 19. That put Victoria, which has spent months under lockdown to slow a second wave of infections, on track to meet a target of keeping average daily increases below 50 by Sept. 28 when the authorities have said they may lift restrictions. Australia's biggest state New South Wales, which has Sydney as the capital, reported two new cases, while the Queensland state also reported two, bringing the national total to 18, the lowest national tally since June 23. The five other states and territories had not reported daily case numbers by Sunday morning, but have reported no increases most days for weeks. "There will of course always be debates about timing and whether we're on schedule, ahead of schedule, all of those things, (but) ultimately these numbers are cause for great optimism and positivity," Victorian state Premier Daniel Andrews told a televised news conference. Andrews, who has faced political pressure domestically for his hard-line approach to enforcing restrictions of movement, invoked recent spikes in infection rates in Europe as a warning about the possible effect of exiting the lockdown too soon. "It's heartbreaking to see, all that those communities have given, all the sacrifice that they've made, and now they've got cases running perhaps more wildly than their first wave," he said. "You've got to see it off." Melbourne has been under one of the toughest lockdowns in the world, including a nightly curfew, after a second outbreak in that state saw daily infection rates over 700 and prompted other states to close internal borders. Victoria also recorded five additional deaths associated with the virus and NSW reported one new death in the prior 24 hours, taking the national death toll to 850, according to government data. The country has reported just under 26,900 infections. (Reporting by Byron Kaye; Editing by David Gregorio and Michael Perry) -- © Copyright Reuters 2020-09-20 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  3. Phuket Opinion: Driving prices By The Phuket News Just getting transport prices right would be a giant step in the right direction in attracting Thai tourists. Photo: Patong Municipality PHUKET: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Deputy Executive Director ASEAN, South Asia and South Pacific Region, Kulpramote Wannalert delivered an interesting presentation on “TAT’s Tourism Plan and Updates during the COVID-19 pandemic for Expats living in Thailand” at the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce (AustCham Thailand) Joint Chambers Phuket Briefing and Sundowners at Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort, south of Patong, on Friday (Sept 18). Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1183470-phuket-opinion-driving-prices/
  4. Phuket Opinion: Driving prices By The Phuket News Just getting transport prices right would be a giant step in the right direction in attracting Thai tourists. Photo: Patong Municipality PHUKET: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Deputy Executive Director ASEAN, South Asia and South Pacific Region, Kulpramote Wannalert delivered an interesting presentation on “TAT’s Tourism Plan and Updates during the COVID-19 pandemic for Expats living in Thailand” at the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce (AustCham Thailand) Joint Chambers Phuket Briefing and Sundowners at Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort, south of Patong, on Friday (Sept 18). Ms Kulpramote highlighted what efforts are being made by the TAT’s 80-odd international offices around the globe to increase confidence among potential tourists to choose Thailand as a holiday destination once international travel resumes. Ms Kulpramote also explained what role the TAT was fulfilling in helping to boost domestic tourism, especially provinces such as Phuket whose residents heavily depend on tourism just to make ends meet. Especially highlighted was the domestic expat market, for which the TAT was seeking suggestions from expats themselves on what they would like to see offered in order to inspire or encourage them to travel within the country. Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-opinion-driving-prices-77377.php -- © Copyright Phuket News 2020-09-20 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  5. Indonesia reports its biggest daily rise in coronavirus infections FILE PHOTO: Healthcare workers take blood sample from citizen for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) rapid test in Denpasar, Bali Province, Indonesia in this June 21, 2020 photo taken by Antara. Antara Foto/Nyoman Hendra Wibowo via Reuters. JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia reported its biggest daily rise in coronavirus infections, with 4,168 new cases on Saturday, taking the total to 240,687, data from the country's health ministry showed. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1183469-indonesia-reports-its-biggest-daily-rise-in-coronavirus-infections/
  6. Indonesia reports its biggest daily rise in coronavirus infections FILE PHOTO: Healthcare workers take blood sample from citizen for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) rapid test in Denpasar, Bali Province, Indonesia in this June 21, 2020 photo taken by Antara. Antara Foto/Nyoman Hendra Wibowo via Reuters. JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia reported its biggest daily rise in coronavirus infections, with 4,168 new cases on Saturday, taking the total to 240,687, data from the country's health ministry showed. The data added 112 new deaths, taking the total to 9,448, the biggest death toll in Southeast Asia. (Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa. Editing by Gerry Doyle) -- © Copyright Reuters 2020-09-20 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  7. Polluted stretch of Manila Bay gets fake white sand makeover Workers walk on artificial sand or crushed dolomite, dumped on a portion of Manila Bay as part of the government's efforts to rehabilitate and beautify the polluted waters, in Manila, Philippines, September 10, 2020. Picture taken September 10, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez MANILA (Reuters) - Residents of the Philippines' capital on Saturday flocked to an artificial white sand beach that the government has transformed from a polluted stretch of shoreline to mark International Coastal Cleanup day. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1183468-polluted-stretch-of-manila-bay-gets-fake-white-sand-makeover/
  8. Polluted stretch of Manila Bay gets fake white sand makeover Workers walk on artificial sand or crushed dolomite, dumped on a portion of Manila Bay as part of the government's efforts to rehabilitate and beautify the polluted waters, in Manila, Philippines, September 10, 2020. Picture taken September 10, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez MANILA (Reuters) - Residents of the Philippines' capital on Saturday flocked to an artificial white sand beach that the government has transformed from a polluted stretch of shoreline to mark International Coastal Cleanup day. Despite opposition from environmental campaigners, President Rodrigo Duterte's government has filled a 500-meter stretch of coastline beside the U.S. embassy in Manila with sand made from tonnes of crushed dolomite boulders from central Philippines. Manila Bay is a 60-km (37-mile) semi-enclosed estuary facing the South China Sea. Its waters are heavily polluted by oil, grease and trash from nearby residential areas and ports. The use of artificial sand has been met with criticism, with environmental groups saying the facelift focuses only on aesthetics and has little to do with rehabilitation. Fernando Hicap, president of fisherfolk group Pamalakaya, told Reuters that the pollution was killing fish stocks in the bay. "There is still so much garbage," he said. Despite fears that dolomite could be a health hazard, Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso assured the public that the cleanup and beautification project is not a threat to residents' well-being. "When we see something nice being done to our city and if we feel it is for the betterment of our city, we should always be supportive of that," Domagoso said in a speech to mark the opening of the beach to the public. (Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Ros Russell) -- © Copyright Reuters 2020-09-20 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  9. Philippines' Duterte keeps one metre social distancing rule FILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attends a plenary session at a regional summit in Bangkok, Thailand November 2, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to retain the 1 metre (three feet) social distance requirement on public transport to reduce coronavirus infecions, rejecting moves to reduce it to 30 centimetres (12 inches), his spokesman said on Saturday. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1183467-philippines-duterte-keeps-one-metre-social-distancing-rule/
  10. Philippines' Duterte keeps one metre social distancing rule FILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attends a plenary session at a regional summit in Bangkok, Thailand November 2, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to retain the 1 metre (three feet) social distance requirement on public transport to reduce coronavirus infecions, rejecting moves to reduce it to 30 centimetres (12 inches), his spokesman said on Saturday. Health experts have warned that reducing gaps between passengers in trains, buses and jeepneys could result in a surge of infections in the Philippines, which has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia. Duterte studied recommendations and decided to retain the 1 metre distancing requirement, including a ban on eating and speaking in public transport, presidential spokesman Harry Roque told state-run PTV4 network. Passengers still need to wear face shield and mask at all times, he added. The transport ministry, which cut the distance to 75cm on Monday, 50cm on Sept. 28 and 30cm on Oct. 12 to accommodate more passengers returning to work as the economy gradually reopens, said it will comply with the president's decision. "We shall aggressively comply and strictly enforce the 1-metre physical distancing in all public transport as envisioned and mandated," the transport ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The World Health Organization recommends at least 1 metre of distancing to avoid the spread of the virus. Manila's transport systems are notoriously crowded, with commutes typically involving long queues and several changes. Experts and medical professionals have described as dangerous and premature a reduction in distancing requirement, warning it could prolong a first wave of infections that the Philippines has been battling since March. The Philippines has nearly 280,000 infections, more than a third of which were reported in the past 30 days, and 4,830 deaths, the second most in Southeast Asia, next only to Indonesia. (Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Michael Perry) -- © Copyright Reuters 2020-09-20 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  11. Fear and resolve at Philippine maternity hospital amid pandemic By Adrian Portugal Mothers carrying their newborn babies queue for a check-up inside the maternity ward of the government-run Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Manila, Philippines, September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez MANILA (Reuters) - As the Philippines grapples with rising coronavirus infections, new mothers and medical staff at one of the world's busiest maternity hospitals face heightened anxiety during the pandemic. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1183465-fear-and-resolve-at-philippine-maternity-hospital-amid-pandemic/
  12. Fear and resolve at Philippine maternity hospital amid pandemic By Adrian Portugal Mothers carrying their newborn babies queue for a check-up inside the maternity ward of the government-run Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Manila, Philippines, September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez MANILA (Reuters) - As the Philippines grapples with rising coronavirus infections, new mothers and medical staff at one of the world's busiest maternity hospitals face heightened anxiety during the pandemic. In the Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila overcrowding has been a problem for years, with new mothers often having to share beds due to high admissions. At present, the hospital is caring for 589 patients, 181 more than its 408-bed capacity, with an average of 50 deliveries a day. "I'm scared that I will contract the virus here. I'm also scared for my baby, especially since her immune system is still weak," said Szarina Pusiquit, 21, who gave birth a few days ago. Since the outbreak started, around 120 health workers at the hospital have been infected with the coronavirus, a hospital spokeswoman said. Diana Cajipe, a obstetrician-gynaecologist who has spent 13 years at the hospital, says a big concern is the possibility that patients did not disclose symptoms of the coronavirus because of the fear of not being admitted. "I think that poses a great risk not only to us healthcare workers but to other patients as well," said Cajipe. The Philippines has recorded 279,526 coronavirus infections, the highest number in Southeast Asia with most cases being recorded in Manila, while 4,830 people have died. Despite the pressures, Cajipe said health workers in the hospital were coping. "I'm just glad I'm working with people in this institution who are resilient enough to stay by me during this pandemic," she said. "Exhaustion and fear have to be put aside, because our patients need us." (Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Mike Collett-White) -- © Copyright Reuters 2020-09-20 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  13. Most of Thailand remains in the grip of a rainy spell By The Nation Continuous rainfall and isolated heavy rains are likely in the North, the Northeast, the Central, the East and the upper South, the Thailand Meteorological Department forecast on Sunday. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1183464-most-of-thailand-remains-in-the-grip-of-a-rainy-spell/
  14. Most of Thailand remains in the grip of a rainy spell By The Nation Continuous rainfall and isolated heavy rains are likely in the North, the Northeast, the Central, the East and the upper South, the Thailand Meteorological Department forecast on Sunday. People living in the risky areas should beware of severe rains that may cause flash floods and water runoffs, the department said. A monsoon trough lies across the lower North, the upper Central and the Northeast with a low pressure cell in the Gulf of Tonkin, while a strong southwest monsoon prevails across the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf. Strong wind waves are likely in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. In the upper portion of the Andaman Sea waves 2-4 metres high are forecast and more than four metres high during thundershowers. In the upper portion of the Gulf of Thailand, waves 2-3 metres are likely and above three metres high during thundershowers. Ships have been advised caution, while small boats must stay ashore, the department said. The forecast for different parts of the country: North: Very cloudy with fairly widespread thundershowers with isolated heavy rains in Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Kamphaeng Phet, Sukhothai and Tak provinces; minimum temperature 23-25°C, maximum 29-32°C; southwesterly winds 10-30kph Northeast: Very cloudy with fairly widespread thundershowers; isolated heavy rains in Chaiyaphum and Nakhon Ratchasima provinces; minimum temperature 22-24°C, maximum 28-32°C; easterly winds 10-30kph. Central: Very cloudy with fairly widespread thundershowers and isolated heavy rains in Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Uthai Thani, Chainat and Nakhon Sawan provinces; minimum temperature 23-25°C, maximum 28-32°C; southwesterly winds 10-25kph. East: Very cloudy with fairly widespread thundershowers and isolated heavy rain in Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Chanthaburi and Trat provinces; minimum temperature 23-27°C, maximum 29-34°C; southwesterly winds 20-40kph; waves 2-3 metres high and above three metres during thundershowers. South (east coast): Very cloudy with fairly widespread thundershowers and isolated heavy rains in Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chumphon provinces; minimum temperature 23-25°C, maximum 30-34°C. From Surat Thani northwards: southwesterly winds 20-35kph; waves about two metres high and more than three metres high in thundershower areas. From Nakhon Si Thammarat southward: Southwesterly winds 15-35kph; waves 1-2 metres high and over two metres high in thundershower areas. South (west coast): Very cloudy with fairly widespread rain and thundershowers; isolated heavy rains in Ranong, Phang-Nga and Phuket provinces; minimum temperature 24-25°C, maximum 28-32°C. From Phuket northward: Southwesterly winds at 20-45kph; waves 2-4 metres high and above 4 metres during thundershowers. From Krabi southward: Southwesterly winds at 20-35kph; waves about two metres high and above two metres in thundershower areas. Bangkok and nearby areas: Very cloudy with fairly widespread rain and thundershowers; minimum temperature 25-26°C, maximum 30-32°C; southwesterly winds 10-25kph. Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30394826 -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-09-20 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  15. Energy Ministry puts agencies on alert to tackle impact from 'Noul' By THE NATION Agencies and subsidiaries of the Ministry of Energy have been told to monitor for unexpected situations and damage caused by tropical storm "Noul", Energy Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow said. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1183463-energy-ministry-puts-agencies-on-alert-to-tackle-impact-from-noul/
  16. Energy Ministry puts agencies on alert to tackle impact from 'Noul' By THE NATION Agencies and subsidiaries of the Ministry of Energy have been told to monitor for unexpected situations and damage caused by tropical storm "Noul", Energy Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow said. The minister explained that the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) had been assigned to monitor the situation around the clock, and provide facilities in emergency cases, such as reserve electric poles. Also, Egat staff were ready to generate electricity and maintain power plants. Relevant officials have been told to check dams in the North and Northeast, so as to ensure that electricity could be generated continuously without problem or obstruction. Besides, survival bags have been prepared for storm victims, the minister added. Meanwhile, PTT Oil and Retail Business' measure will ensure that underground fuel tanks are protected and checked, and PTT fuel will not be contaminated. Supattanapong added that provincial energy officials across the nation have advised locals to protect their electronic facilities, namely solar cells or parabola domes. On Saturday, the Thailand Meteorological Department reported that the category 3 tropical storm “Noul”, which made landfall in Mukdahan province on Friday afternoon, has been downgraded to a tropical depression in Khon Kaen province. Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30394825 -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-09-20 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  17. Kegs tapped in Munich pubs for mini-Oktoberfest in shadow of COVID-19 A server carries mugs during a barrel tapping at a beer garden near Theresienwiese where Oktoberfest would have started today as COVID-19 continues in Munich, Germany, September 19, 2020. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert MUNICH (Reuters) - Innkeepers in Munich tapped their barrels on Saturday for revellers determined to make the most of a scaled-down Oktoberfest after the world's biggest beer festival was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1183462-kegs-tapped-in-munich-pubs-for-mini-oktoberfest-in-shadow-of-covid-19/
  18. Kegs tapped in Munich pubs for mini-Oktoberfest in shadow of COVID-19 A server carries mugs during a barrel tapping at a beer garden near Theresienwiese where Oktoberfest would have started today as COVID-19 continues in Munich, Germany, September 19, 2020. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert MUNICH (Reuters) - Innkeepers in Munich tapped their barrels on Saturday for revellers determined to make the most of a scaled-down Oktoberfest after the world's biggest beer festival was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The specially brewed beer started flowing at midday at 54 pubs with locals in traditional lederhosen and dirndls sitting at spread out tables and, where possible, outside. "It is a great alternative because at last we can celebrate the Oktoberfest a bit. It's not the same as usual, but still," said Christine Bachmeier, smiling at a table laden with litre glasses of beer at the famous Hofbraeuhaus. However, it is a far cry from the six million visitors from all over the world who usually flock to the Bavarian capital to squeeze into tents with long wooden tables and benches to swig beer and sing and sway to catchy oompah band tunes. Each year, the partygoers consume more than 7 million litres of beer, more than 100 oxen and half a million chickens. The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 in honour of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage and now it typically brings Munich some 1.2 billion euros in annual revenues, though not this year. Still, in the pubs and sun-drenched gardens hosting the mini-Oktoberfest, guests put on a brave face. "It's the best we can do in corona times," said visitor Harald Posler. A spike in infections in Munich has increased worries about the coronavirus. Although Germany has kept the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths lower than many of its European neighbours, the number of infections rose on Saturday by 2,297, the highest daily increase since the end of April, the Robert Koch Institute said. That brings Germany's total tally of cases to 270,070, with 9,384 deaths, including six new fatalities reported on Saturday. (Reporting by Reuters Television; Writing by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Gareth Jones) -- © Copyright Reuters 2020-09-20 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  19. Trump gives blessing to deal to allow TikTok to continue to operate in U.S By David Shepardson, Alexandra Alper and Echo Wang A reflection of the U.S. flag is seen on the sign of the TikTok app in this illustration picture taken September 19, 2020. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he supports a deal that will allow TikTok to continue to operate in the United States, after threatening to ban the Chinese-owned app in August. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1183460-trump-gives-blessing-to-deal-to-allow-tiktok-to-continue-to-operate-in-us/
  20. Trump gives blessing to deal to allow TikTok to continue to operate in U.S By David Shepardson, Alexandra Alper and Echo Wang A reflection of the U.S. flag is seen on the sign of the TikTok app in this illustration picture taken September 19, 2020. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he supports a deal that will allow TikTok to continue to operate in the United States, after threatening to ban the Chinese-owned app in August. He told reporters at the White House he backs the deal with TikTok owner ByteDance, Oracle <ORCL.N> and Walmart <WMT.N> to create a new company that will assume TikTok's U.S. operations called TikTok Global. The U.S. Treasury said in a statement "Oracle will be responsible for key technology and security responsibilities to protect all U.S. user data. Approval of the transaction is subject to a closing with Oracle and Walmart and necessary documentation and conditions to be approved by" the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The Commerce Department said on Saturday it will delay by one week an order that had been set to take effect late Sunday that would stop Alphabet Inc's Google <GOOGL.O> and Apple Inc <AAPL.O> from offering TikTok in their U.S. app stores. A person briefed on the matter said the administration had given the parties a week to close the deal. U.S. shareholders are expected to control 53% of TikTok Global, a person briefed on the matter said, while Chinese investors will hold 36%. Trump said the new company will be "totally controlled by Oracle and Walmart ... All of the control is Oracle and Walmart." Oracle said it will take a 12.5% stake in TikTok Global. TikTok said under the deal, Oracle and Walmart will take part in a TikTok Global pre-IPO financing round in which they can take up to a 20% cumulative stake in the company. The remaining 80% will be held by ByteDance but is not clear if the ByteDance shares in TikTok Global will be distributed to ByteDance's investors when TikTok Global is incorporated, according to the source. U.S. investors currently own about 40% of ByteDance. TikTok said it was "pleased that the proposal by TikTok, Oracle, and Walmart will resolve the security concerns of the U.S. Administration and settle questions around TikTok's future in the U.S." TikTok said Oracle will become the company's "trusted technology provider, responsible for hosting all U.S. user data and securing associated computer systems to ensure U.S. national security requirements are fully satisfied." Trump offered strong support for the deal he said would create 25,000 U.S. jobs. "I have given the deal my blessing," Trump said. "I approve the deal in concept." About 100 million Americans use TikTok and U.S. officials have expressed concern about user data and the potential for China to access that data. "The security will be 100%," Trump told reporters. Reuters reported on Thursday that TikTok Global will have a majority of American directors, a U.S. chief executive and a security expert on the board. ByteDance has agreed to significant security safeguards on the data of U.S. users with Oracle housing all data and getting the right to inspect the TikTok source code. Walmart did not immediately comment. Trump expressed annoyance this week that government lawyers told him it was not permissible to demand a "chunk" of any TikTok sales price for the Treasury. He said there would be a $5 billion U.S. education fund as part of the deal. "That's their contribution I've been asking for," Trump said. He said the new company will most likely be incorporated in Texas and have at least 25,000 employees. Reuters reported on Thursday that ByteDance is planning a U.S. initial public offering of TikTok Global. The filing of an IPO for TikTok Global would be on a U.S. stock exchange and could come in about a year, the sources said, requesting anonymity because the matter is confidential. Part of the proceeds from the IPO are expected to be used to finance the $5 billion education fund, the source said. ByteDance and Oracle did not immediately respond to requests for comment. China still must approve the deal. "We'll see whether or not it all happens," Trump said. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said earlier on Twitter that he had talked to Trump about the deal. "I let him know that if he approves the deal Texas would be the perfect place for the HQ," Abbott said. (Reporting by Alexandra Alper, David Shepardson and Echo Wang; Writing by David Shepardson; Editing by Chris Reese and Daniel Wallis) -- © Copyright Reuters 2020-09-20 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  21. If you do not snooze you lose: sleep seen as essential for the brain By Will Dunham FILE PHOTO: A girl sleeps while waiting for the arrival of Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Parish church in the Sam Phran district of Nakhon Pathom Province, Thailand, November 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists are providing a fuller understanding of the essential role that sleep plays in brain health, identifying an abrupt transition at about 2.4 years of age when its primary purpose shifts from brain building to maintenance and repair. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1183459-if-you-do-not-snooze-you-lose-sleep-seen-as-essential-for-the-brain/
  22. If you do not snooze you lose: sleep seen as essential for the brain By Will Dunham FILE PHOTO: A girl sleeps while waiting for the arrival of Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Parish church in the Sam Phran district of Nakhon Pathom Province, Thailand, November 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists are providing a fuller understanding of the essential role that sleep plays in brain health, identifying an abrupt transition at about 2.4 years of age when its primary purpose shifts from brain building to maintenance and repair. Researchers on Friday said they conducted a statistical analysis on data from more than 60 sleep studies. They looked at sleep time, duration of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, brain size and body size, and devised a mathematical model for how sleep changes during development. There are basically two types of sleep, each tied to specific brain waves and neuronal activity. REM, with the eyes moving quickly from side to side behind closed eyelids, is deep sleep with vivid dreams. Non-REM sleep is largely dreamless. During REM sleep, the brain forms new neural connections by building and strengthening synapses - the junctions between nerve cells, or neurons - that enable them to communicate, reinforcing learning and consolidating memories. During sleep, the brain also repairs the modicum of daily neurological damage it typically experiences to genes and proteins within neurons as well as clearing out byproducts that build up. At about 2.4 years of age, the findings showed, sleep's primary function changed from building and cutting connections during REM sleep to neural repair during both REM and non-REM sleep. "It was shocking to us that this transition was like a switch and so sharp," said Van Savage, a UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and of computational medicine who is a senior author of the research published in the journal Science Advances. REM sleep declines with age. Newborns, who can sleep about 16 hours daily, spend about 50% of their sleeping time in REM, but there is a pronounced drop-off at around 2.4 years. It drops to about 25% by age 10 and to about 10% to 15% around age 50. "Sleep is required across the animal kingdom and is nearly as ubiquitous as eating and breathing," Van Savage said. "I'd say it is a pillar of human health." (Reporting by Will Dunham; editing by Jonathan Oatis) -- © Copyright Reuters 2020-09-20 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  23. Protesters from around the country arrive in Bangkok for anti-government rally Pro-democracy protesters across the nation reached Sanam Luang in Bangkok on Saturday to join the political rally later in the day, while four fire engines have been stationed at Government House for emergencies. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1183458-protesters-from-around-the-country-arrive-in-bangkok-for-anti-government-rally/
  24. Protesters from around the country arrive in Bangkok for anti-government rally By THE NATION Pro-democracy protesters across the nation reached Sanam Luang in Bangkok on Saturday to join the political rally later in the day, while four fire engines have been stationed at Government House for emergencies. At 8.30am, several people from Bangkok and other provinces started arriving to attend the political rally organised by the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group. Many of those from upcountry took interprovincial buses or vans and reached on Friday evening. Meanwhile, the situation at Government House was peaceful. There were no protesters, only media personnel and related officials. Four fire engines were stationed at the seat of government for unexpected situations, and some officials have rehearsed an operation to deal with the situation if large masses of people invade Government House. In addition, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has provided mobile toilets as well as other facilities for the protesters. Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30394814 -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-09-20 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  25. Zookeeper mauled by tiger in Pattaya Image: Siamchonn News A zookeeper suffered serious injuries after being mauled by a tiger at the Elephant Kingdom in Pattaya on Saturday. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1183457-zookeeper-mauled-by-tiger-in-pattaya/
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