A Sniippet of weekly news #6 – May 2020

Welcome back to our second edition of a Sniippet of news. 

Our one-minute weekly recap looks at some big government announcements and the return of sport. In our article summaries, we look at federal government help for the housing industry, bike-paths, and Foxtel’s new streaming service.  

The one-minute weekly recap

Important for Sniipsters

Billion-dollar plan to escape housing’s ‘valley of death’ (The Australian Financial Review, 26 May)

  • The federal government is looking into a multi-billion dollar residential housing scheme to help the industry and stimulate the economy

  • Without help, the residential construction industry may decline by as much as 30 per cent in 2021 


Call to fast-track bike lanes to boost jobs and take advantage of lockdown-induced bicycle sales (The Guardian, 26 May)

  • Bike sales have increased while bike-path use has increased by 270 percent in some Australian cities

  • Pop-up bike lanes could help reduce social contact on public transport during the crisis

  • Berlin, Montreal and Paris have fast-tracked new permanent bike lanes; Australia could do the same


States must be virus-free before Qld opens borders (The Australian Financial Review, 26 May)

  • Queensland will reopen borders when NSW and Victoria have no local COVID-19 cases for a month

  • The QLD Premier can review the requirement if needed


WHO warns of ‘second peak’ in areas where COVID-19 declining (Yahoo News and Reuters, 25 May)

  • WHO emergencies head, Dr Mike Ryan, said that we are still in the first wave

  • But some countries may experience an immediate second wave if they relax restrictions too soon

  • Cases are still increasing in Central and South America, South Asia and Africa 

Binge, Foxtel’s new streaming service (ABC News, 25 May)

  • Launched on Monday with 10,000 hours of shows

  • Content deals with Warner Bros (owner of HBO), Sony and the BBC

  • Drawcards include Game of Thrones, the Fast and Furious movies, and the DC universe  

  • From $10 a month with a 14 day free trial


Brain food for Sniipsters

This 2,500 year old technique is the secret behind super human memory (Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof)

  • discovered in 477 B.C. but still used today by memory champions

  • Visualise walking through a location you know well and “store” the facts you want to remember at different points along your walk

  • Use striking imagery for the facts you want to remember


Sniip Trivia Fun

Microsoft Solitaire turns 30 years old today and still has 35 million monthly players (The Verge, 22 May)

Originally included as part of Windows 3.0 back in 1990 

  • It was designed specifically to teach users how to use a mouse

  • Shipped with over a billion PCs

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