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UK faces a long winter – but there is still a chance infections spike can be stemmed

UK faces a long winter – but there is still a chance infections spike can be stemmed

Technology
For the first time in many weeks, the official measures of the UK's coronavirus outbreak are all pointing in the wrong direction.The government says the R number in the UK is between 1.0 and 1.2, meaning it is now definitely above 1 for the first time since March. Scotland's R could be as high as 1.5. A large study from Imperial College even suggested that the R was more like 1.7, although like all these figures, there is a good deal of imprecision. The overall trend, from multiple studies, is the thing to watch: from this, we get the clear message that the virus is now spreading fast, albeit still among small numbers.This conclusion is confirmed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey, which tests 10,000 households to get a representative sample of the state of the outbreak. Li...
World faces staggering jobs challenge, says Microsoft president

World faces staggering jobs challenge, says Microsoft president

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device The world is facing a staggering jobs challenge with a quarter of a billion people set to lose their job this year, the president of Microsoft has said.Brad Smith says millions will need to learn new skills to get jobs, or even to hang on to their old one, as the digitisation of economies races ahead.Microsoft recently announced a plan to deliver skills and training to 25 million people globally this year.It will offer training, skills, certifications and help finding jobs.The firm will do this with the help of Microsoft-owned LinkedIn. However, Mr Smith admitted that many jobs in many countries would be beyond the reach of digital retraining."It's true that the nature of work varies widely around ...
‘UK faces mobile blackouts if Huawei 5G ban imposed by 2023’

‘UK faces mobile blackouts if Huawei 5G ban imposed by 2023’

Technology
BT and Vodafone have said their UK customers would face mobile phone signal blackouts if they are given three years or less to strip Huawei's equipment out of their 5G networks.Executives from the network providers told MPs that they wanted at least five years, and ideally seven, if such an order is made.The government is expected to announce new curbs on the use of the Chinese firm's kit within the next two weeks.Huawei has urged it to take more time."There isn't a burning bridge," said Huawei's UK vice president Jeremy Thompson, adding that it was too soon to determine what impact new US sanctions would have.The company also denied claims it would ever act against its clients' interests, even if told to do so by the Chinese government. ...
Alleged money launderer who flaunted wealth on Instagram faces charges in California

Alleged money launderer who flaunted wealth on Instagram faces charges in California

World
July 3 (UPI) -- Advertisement Federal prosecutors in California filed money laundering and financial fraud charges Friday against a Nigerian national from United Arab Emirates who flaunted his lavish lifestyle to millions of followers on social media. On his Instagram account "hushpuppi" and under the Snapchat handle "hushpuppi5," Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, 37, posted photos of himself that showed him "in designer clothes, wearing expensive watches, and posing in or with luxury cars and charter jets," according to a federal arrest affidavit filed in June in the Central District of California. Abbas and unnamed conspirators are accused of acquiring millions of dollars through financial fraud schemes including emails scams. They also hijacked accounts and laundered money stolen from a U.S. la...
Rayshard Brooks shooting: US policeman faces murder charge

Rayshard Brooks shooting: US policeman faces murder charge

World
A police officer who fatally shot a fleeing black man in the back last week in Atlanta, Georgia, will be charged with murder and assault, officials say.Garrett Rolfe, who has already been fired, faces 11 charges related to Rayshard Brooks' death. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.The other officer who was at the scene, Devin Brosnan, plans to testify as a witness in the case, officials said.The case comes amid US protests over police killings of black Americans.Lawmakers in Washington are currently debating new police reform laws.Officer Brosnan - who has already been placed on administrative leave - will be charged with assault for standing on Mr Brooks' shoulder as he lay dying. ...