News Burst 21 March 2020
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News Burst 21 March 2020
- YouTube and Netflix have said they will reduce the streaming quality of videos to avoid straining the internet due to the unprecedented usage during the coronavirus pandemic. “Streaming platforms, telecom operators and users… have a joint responsibility to take steps to ensure the smooth functioning of the internet during the battle against the virus propagation,” the EU’s markets and services commissioner, Thierry Breton, said yesterday.
- Even as the US stock market continued its free-fall due to the coronavirus pandemic, the top banker at Goldman Sucks got a pay raise to $2 million a year, $7.65 million cash bonus, plus stock options worth $17.85 million. David Solomon “led our development of the firm’s three-year business plan and a clear long-term strategy that leverages our foundational advantages, enhances the firm’s long-term mindset and instills a culture of innovation,” Goldman Sucks said in a federal filing disclosing the compensation.
- In an effort to find a cure for the COVID-19 coronavirus, researchers are using the world’s most powerful supercomputer, the IBM-built Summit, to find potential compounds that could be used to fight the pandemic. Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee are screening through more than 8,000 compounds to determine which ones can bind to a so-called S-protein spike. Viruses infect host cells when they inject them with a “spike” of the virus’s genetic material. If scientists find compounds that bind to the spike, they could potentially stop the virus from infecting host cells.
- US crude prices fell 29 percent on the week, recording their biggest weekly loss in almost 30 years, as the world’s top oil producers struggled to cope with the demand destruction caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. A fight for greater market share by Saudi Arabia, which has been underpricing its oil against competing for crude from rivals Russia and the United States, also weighed on the market.
- At least 14,854 migrants and refugees entered Europe via sea from the beginning of the year until mid-March. At least 219 people died in the attempt to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. This marked an increase of almost 50% on the same period last year, when there were 10,771 arrivals.
- United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today, federal criminal charges against 35 individuals for their role in two separate drug trafficking rings. “These methamphetamine trafficking organizations were fueling some of the violence that the citizens of central Indiana have been experiencing.” said Minkler. “Thirty illegally possessed guns, twenty-two pounds of methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, and approximately $70,000 in drug money support the decision to make custodial arrests today. Violent drug trafficking organizations should know that this national health crisis offers no safe harbor for them.”
- Finland is the happiest country in the world for the third time in a row, reveals the 2020 World Happiness Report by United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Finland’s top spot is followed by Denmark and Switzerland. Norway held P3 last year but has now dropped to the fifth place. All Nordic countries are featured in the top seven. The happiest country from the Americas region is Canada, which is P11 on the list. Last year it was ninth. The United States is in the P18 place preceded by Australia, Costa Rica and Germany. Italy P30, Philippines last of the list is P52.
- Almost a week since the Afghan Taliban trumpeted the defeat of the Islamic State in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, U.S. officials remain wary, though they concede the terror group’s grip on territory in rural areas appears to be slipping. The latest assessment is consistent with U.S. appraisals of previous claims by both Taliban and Afghan government officials, which they say, while based in fact, have at times overstated gains against one of the Islamic State’s most resilient and dangerous affiliates. “The Taliban’s campaign against ISIS-Khorasan in Kunar province is consistent with Taliban public statements to rout the group from Afghanistan,” a U.S. counterterrorism official said.
- On Saturday, Air Tahiti Nui set a record for the longest ever scheduled passenger flight – 15,715km from Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, to Paris. The flight usually stops over in Los Angeles, but due to US travel restrictions it flew straight from Tahiti to France. It broke the distance record previously held by Singapore Airlines’ 15,343km flight between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey. The journey took just under 16 hours, well under the record time of 18 hours and 45 minutes still held by the Singapore-Newark flight. The arcraft is a twin-engine Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
- This year’s Northern Hemisphere snowfall data, collated by those who know a thing or two about snow — the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) — reveals that the 2019/2020 season has become one of the snowiest Northern Hemisphere Winters on record, joining the uptick witnessed over the past few years.
- In 2013, the Guardian ran with the story that the Arctic would be “ice-free by 2015” due to a catastrophic methane-induced warming “pulse” and a lack of snowfall and ice.
- Ten years ago, the same rag claimed that Greenland was going to “collapse” within 10 years. And yet, according to NASA, its largest glacier, the Jacobshavn, has been growing for the past three years, and in Jan, 2020 the island actually set a new all-time record low temperature.
- In 2008, the AP ran with the headline “we’re toast,” and reported that NASA scientists claim “the Arctic will be ice-free by 2018” due to rapid ablation and a lack of snowfall.
- In 2000, the Independent wrote that scientists at the University of East Anglia are warning that “children won’t know what snow is,” as the white stuff “is starting to disappear from our lives.”
- Way back in 1988, the AFP were scaring us into believing the Maldives would be “completely under water in 30 years” due to warming temperatures and a melting Arctic, with that apocalyptic date potentially arriving as early as 1992 “if drinking water supplies dry up.”
Sunspot number: 0
Current Stretch: 10 days
2020 total: 60 days (75%)
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China’s telecommunications industry has developed rapidly in recent years. Recently, China Mobile announced operating data for the past two months, and about 7.254 million users were lost from the mainland of China Mobile’s 942 million users, the sharp decline in numbers still seemed unusual. Since 1997, China Mobile has regularly released user size related data every month. In January 2020, the number of China Mobile subscribers was 949.415 million, a decrease of 862,000 from the previous month, and the first regression in 23 years. As of February, China Mobile had 942,621 million subscribers, a significant decrease of 7.254 million compared to January, and a cumulative net decrease of 8.116 million in two months, resulting in a very serious user churn situation.
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