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UK contact-tracing phone app against coronavirus to miss deadline

World’s fastest internet, capable of downloading 1,000 films a SECOND, recorded in Australia – The Sun

THE world’s fastest internet data speed has been recorded, capable of downloading 1,000 high-definition films a second.

Researchers in Australia logged a speed of 44.2 terabits per second.

Britain’s average broadband speed is 64 megabits per second.

The record was achieved with a single chip called a micro-comb — which replaces 80 lasers in existing telecoms hardware with a single piece of equipment.

Experts say the breakthrough would help with increasing demand for home-working, streaming and socialising — and may also be used in self-driving cars, medicine and education.

The micro-comb was planted into infrastructure linking university campuses in Melbourne.

Dr Bill Corcoran of Monash University said: “We’re getting a sneak-peak of how the infrastructure for the internet will hold up in two to three years’ time.”

Micro-comb inventor Prof David Moss, of Swinburne University, said: “They offer enormous promise to meet in­satiable demand for bandwidth.”
A terabit is one trillion units of digital information. A megabit is one million.

Motorcyclist dies in two-vehicle crash in west Denver on Friday.

A motorcyclist died Friday in a two-vehicle crash in west Denver.

The crash, involving a motorcycle and an automobile, happened at the intersection of West Colfax Avenue and Knox Court, police said.

The motorcyclist was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. No other injuries were reported. An investigation is ongoing.

The intersection was shut down for several hours after the incident.


Amazon Turns A Seattle Office Building Into A Permanent Homeless Shelter

A permanent homeless shelter has been created by Amazon inside one of its headquarters buildings in downtown Seattle.

Amazon partnered with nonprofit organization Mary’s Place to open the Mary’s Place Family Center in The Regrade. The family shelter was built inside one of Amazon’s office buildings. The facility is kept separate from Amazon offices through priate entrances and acoustical isolation. The family shelter is an eight-floor, 63,000-square-foot facility.

The space has a large dining room, an industrial kitchen with commercial cooking equipment, office space for Amazon’s legal team to provide support to shelter residents, and recreation spaces for children and teens.

For those with medical conditions, Amazon will make on-site healthcare available. There are also community rooms available for meetings.

The shelter is housing 50 families in private rooms, but eventually will accommodate up to 100 families at the facility, with an anticipated 1,000 families per year being helped.

 “This new shelter, opening when it did, has been our saving grace,” said Mary’s Place executive director Marty Hartman in a statement. ” It was our neighbors at Amazon who recognized what we needed before we ever realized it, and this space ensures we don’t have to return families to homelessness during this unprecedented and trying time.”

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos posted pictures of the new space on his Instagram account.


Mexico receives two flights of Mexican nationals returned from U.S.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Two flights of Mexican nationals who were returned from the United States arrived in Mexico City on Friday, and the 189 passengers will be sent to their states of origin, the Mexican government said.

One flight came from California, and the other from Texas, Mexico’s interior ministry said. The people were screened by U.S. authorities for any signs of the coronavirus before being allowed to travel.

Thailand reports three new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

BANGKOK (REUTERS) – Thailand on Saturday (May 23) reported three new coronavirus cases and no new deaths, bringing the country’s total to 3,040 confirmed cases and 56 fatalities since the outbreak started in January.

The new cases are two Thai nationals recently returned from overseas and under quarantine and a 49-year-old Italian man living in Phuket, said Panprapa Yongtrakul, a spokeswoman for the government’s coronavirus task force.

There are 2,916 patients who have recovered and returned home since the outbreak started, Panprapa said.

‘Frugal Four’ EU Members Propose a Two-Year Emergency Fund

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The European Union’s budget hardliners proposed to create a temporary fund to make loans to deal with the coronavirus crisis, opposing the German-French plan to collectively finance the endeavor.

The plan proposes to set up a one-time, two-year emergency fund that makes loans to countries in need based on a needs assessment and targeting most-hit sectors, according to a joint position paper drafted by Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden and released by the Austrian Chancellery.

Indonesia reports 949 new coronavirus cases, 25 new deaths

JAKARTA (REUTERS) – Indonesia confirmed on Saturday (May 23) 949 new coronavirus infections, taking the total in the Southeast Asian country to 21,745, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said.

Dr Achmad reported 25 new deaths, taking the total to 1,351, while 5249 patients have recovered. Over 176,000 people have been tested for the virus.

UK contact-tracing phone app against coronavirus to miss deadline

Bureaucracy and new tweaks needed mean app for mobile phone contact tracing will miss June 1 deadline.

The UK health secretary’s deadline to roll out a mobile phone app to trace and contact possible coronavirus infections has been delayed.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to have a COVID-19 tracing system by June 1 in order to get businesses and schools going again.

The app is being tested on the Isle of Wight where the local member of Parliament says the system will still be good enough.

Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull reports from Isle of Wight, UK.

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