A Hunger Games theme park has just opened in Dubai

first_img Posted by A Hunger Games theme park has just opened in Dubai Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Tags: Dubai, Theme Parks & Attractions Sharecenter_img DUBAI — Remember the movie ‘The Hunger Games’? Remember how miserable everyone looked and how dreary the districts were? It only makes sense then that a new theme park has opened based on the blockbuster film and best-selling books.The ‘World Hunger Games’ theme park has just opened at Motiongate in Dubai, featuring all 12 Districts, the Capitol Bullet Train (it has a vertical loop and a 90-degree reverse spike!), Peacekeepers on the ground and even a presidential welcome from President Snow himself. Guests can also dine at Peta’s Bakery and meet the colourful Effie Trinket and Caesar Flickerman.Judging by initial photos of the park, it all looks pretty accurate. But don’t worry, unlike the books and movies, there’s absolutely no risk of being murdered or hunted down by a gang of crazed kids. The odds, as they say, are ever in your favour. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Transats Europe more accessible than ever with Find Your Seat Sale

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Air Transat, Europe, sale, Transat Posted by MONTREAL — There’s still time to book Air Transat’s Find Your Seat Sale, with a focus on the company’s 25 European destinations, all offering savings when booked by Feb. 5.Transat’s packages, guided tours, cruises and à la carte getaways throughout Europe cater to all interests, says the company. Numerous connections offer flexibility to build an itinerary tailored to each client’s needs.Here are more details on Transat’s program for some of Canadians’ top vacation spots.With its flights to Zagreb, Air Transat will be giving Canadians easy access to Croatia, one of the most sought-after destinations right now. Transat is offering three direct flights from Toronto and connecting flights from Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. The tour operator is also featuring five packages to Croatia in addition to à la carte visits, including excursions to Krka National Park’s famous waterfalls.Meanwhile getting to Greece is a breeze with Air Transat offering direct flights to Athens from Montreal and Toronto, with four weekly flights each. From there, it’s easy to get to Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes. Packages, guided tours and all‑in-one cruise packages are all offered by Transat in Greece.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backTo Italy, Transat has direct flights to Venice from Toronto (two times a week) and Montreal (three times a week). And to Rome Air Transat will fly direct from Toronto (daily) and Montreal (six times a week). To the south, in the heart of Calabria, lies Lamezia, known for its coastlines. It’s also the gateway to Sicily and Air Transat will fly twice a week to Lamezia from Toronto, and from Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary with a connecting flight. Vacation options include packages, guided tours and a la carte components as well as Med cruises.Meanwhile with direct flights from Montreal and Toronto to Lisbon (five weekly flights from Montreal and four from Toronto) and Porto (three from Toronto and three from Montreal), Air Transat has never offered so many options for exploring these two must-see Portuguese cities.Clients looking to visit one or more of these destinations will have their pick of two‑ and three-city packages, which can be paired with à la carte visits.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongAnd to France Air Transat offers daily direct flights from Montreal year‑round to Paris. The city will also be accessible via direct flights from Toronto (five weekly flights), Vancouver (three weekly flights) and Quebec City (three weekly flights). Transat also offers Bordeaux to Nice, Toulouse, Nantes, Lyon and Marseille.And finally to Ireland and Switzerland Transat has direct flights from Montreal (twice weekly), and departures from Toronto, Quebec City and Vancouver with connecting flights. Travelweek Group center_img Share Transat’s Europe more accessible than ever with Find Your Seat Sale Wednesday, January 23, 2019 last_img read more

Save 150 on small groups and selfguided tours with Exodus

first_imgSave $150 on small groups and self-guided tours with Exodus Posted by Tags: Exodus Travels Travelweek Group Tuesday, May 21, 2019 center_img TORONTO — ‘Life is good’, says Exodus Travels, especially when it includes savings of $150.With its newly launched ‘Remember Life is Good’ promotion, the tour operator is reminding clients on how travel can improve their overall health and wellbeing. Running from May 20-June 13, the promo includes $150 off any small group of self-guided tours to over 100 countries around the world.The campaign encourages travellers to step out of their comfort zones and appreciate how unpredictable life can be. Experiences with Exodus includes sampling local Thai delicacies at Bangkok’s famed street markets, conquering the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, or spending time in the verdant vineyards of Tuscany.The offer must be booked between May 20, 2019 – June 13, 2019 for travel until Jan. 1, 2021, and applies to new bookings only (one cannot cancel their booking and then rebook). Offer is based upon availability and may not be combinable with other special offers or incentives. Savings are non-transferable, excludes tailormade private groups, further conditions may apply. Quote JuneAdventureCAN at time of the booking.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaFor more information, visit exodustravels.com/spring-sale. << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharelast_img read more

Rep VanderWall invites residents to his March coffee hours

first_img Categories: VanderWall News 27Feb Rep. VanderWall invites residents to his March coffee hours No appointment is necessary to attend coffee hours. Anyone unable to attend during the scheduled times may contact Rep. VanderWall at his office at (517) 373-0825 or CurtVanderWall@house.mi.gov.center_img State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington announced his upcoming coffee hours for the month of March.“Hearing from residents on a regular basis helps me best serve the people of Mason, Manistee, Benzie, and Leelanau counties,” VanderWall said. “I invite everyone to attend my coffee hours and to share their ideas for improving our community.”Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, March 168 to 9 a.m. at Scottville City Hall, 105 Main St. in Scottville;10 to 11 a.m. in the Manistee County Board of Commissioners Room, 415 Third St. in Manistee;1 to 2 p.m. in the Benzie County Board of Commissioners Room, 448 Court Place in Beulah; and3 to 4 p.m. in the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners Room, 8527 E. Government Center Drive in Suttons Bay.last_img read more

a6CHRIS MURPHYDERRY TO BELFASTHIGH COURT ALLOWS CH

first_img a6CHRIS MURPHYDERRY TO BELFASTHIGH COURT ALLOWS CHALLENGE TO £160m A6 UPGRADE PLANSINFRASTRUCTURE MINISTER CHRIS HAZZARDMOSSBAWN AN environmental campaigner has got permission to challenge a proposed new road through landscape made famous by poet Seamus Heaney.Chris Murphy was granted leave to pursue a judicial review of the A6 upgrade.It is the first stage in a bid to halt the £160m dual carriageway because of concerns over the impact on wildlife in and around Lough Neagh and Lough Beg. ShareTweet Mr Murphy said Heaney’s work was fundamental to the area’s landscape.“The wild and the wet inspired him and he immortalised it in his work,” he said.“You have got dozens of places in his poetry that will be destroyed by the impact of the noise of a motorway so close to Mossbawn”.The environmentalist issued proceedings after the upgrade was given the go ahead by Northern Ireland’s Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard.At today’s hearing, a judge said there was still uncertainty surrounding checks to determine the disturbance to wildlife in and around Lough Neagh and Lough Beg.The judge held that an arguable case has been established on an alleged breach of the habitats directive that gives protected status to both Loughs.He noted that further assessments have been carried out since the department first made checks on the presence of nesting birds, badgers and bats, and to ensure minimisation of disturbance to whooper swans.But the judge said he was unclear whether these actions were part of a fulfilment of the habitats directive obligations.“The court is left wondering about the impact or otherwise of the checks being carried out,” he said.The judge said that any concerns may be eased once further information is supplied.However, he ruled that the challenge should proceed to a full hearing early next year.“There’s substantial public interest involved in a case like this,” he said.“Stopping a major road project is a matter of considerable importance.”The disputed route for the dual carriageway was identified following a public inquiry nearly a decade ago.HIGH COURT ALLOWS CHALLENGE TO £160m A6 UPGRADE PLANS was last modified: November 24th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: A judge has ruled the challenge should proceed to a full hearing in 2017.The A6 is the main Derry to Belfast road and is heavily used.Mr Murphy, an ornithologist, was granted leave in the High Court to seek a judicial review over an alleged breach of a directive on a specially protected area close to a section of the Toome to Castledawson stretch of the upgrade.The A6 upgrade would also run through a landscape made famous by Heaney including an area near Mossbawn, County Londonderry, the former Nobel laureate’s childhood home.last_img read more

One of the biggest miners unions in South Africa

first_imgOne of the biggest miners’ unions in South Africa is demanding doubled wages. The threat is for a massive strike like the one that had a big impact on platinum supply last year. Some gold bugs are hopeful this would boost the price of gold. Maybe even just the threat could give us a nice tailwind. Not so fast. Remember that while South Africa is the world’s top platinum producer, it lost that status for gold years ago. More important is that platinum is consumed as an industrial metal. Most of the gold ever mined is still within easy reach and in purified form, as bullion or jewelry. The potential supply of “recycled” gold is practically infinite, compared to the market. This makes mine supply a less important factor in the price of gold than it is for any other metal. For gold, it’s all about demand. That’s why we call it a “fear barometer.” As long as fear and chaos abound in global markets, demand will keep gold in high demand—and prices up. Place your bets accordingly.last_img read more

The US government may account for up to 378 billion due to

first_img Source:https://www.psu.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 12 2019The opioid epidemic may have cost U.S. state and federal governments up to $37.8 billion in lost tax revenue due to opioid-related employment loss, according to Penn State researchers.Additionally, the researchers found that Pennsylvania was one of the states with the most lost revenue, with approximately $638.2 million lost to income and sales tax. The study looked at data between 2000 and 2016.Joel Segel, assistant professor of Health Policy and Administration, said that the results — recently published in the journal Medical Care — could help governments that are hoping to make up for lost revenue.”This is a cost that was maybe not thought about as explicitly before, and a cost that governments could potentially try to recoup,” Segel said. “Instead of focusing on the cost of treating people with opioid use disorder, you could think about it in terms of a potential benefit to getting people healthy, back on their feet, and back in the workforce.”Previous research estimated that in 2016 there were nearly 2.1 million Americans with an opioid use disorder, and approximately 64,000 deaths were the result of an opioid overdose. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were 2,235 opioid-related overdose deaths­­­ in Pennsylvania alone.Segel said that while previous studies have looked at the cost of the opioid epidemic in terms of substance abuse treatment and other medical costs, he and the other researchers were interested in exploring other costs that may not have been captured before.”We wanted to take a systematic approach to how we could think about some of the tax revenue that is lost if someone is unable to work due to opioid use,” Segel said. “This could be an important consideration for either state or federal budgets.”Related StoriesTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue researchBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryResearch on cannabis use in women limited, finds new studyThe researchers used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, as well as information from a previous study that estimated declines in the labor force due to the opioid epidemic. They used the TAXSIM calculator from the National Bureau of Economic Research to estimate losses in tax revenue.After analyzing the data, the researchers found that from 2000 to 2016, there was an estimated decline of 1.6 million participants in the labor force, with about 68,000 of those in Pennsylvania. There were about 180,000 overdose deaths, with approximately 6,100 occurring in Pennsylvania.Additionally, the researchers estimated losses of $11.8 billion to state governments and $26 billion to the federal government in tax revenue due to reductions in the labor force. For state governments, this included lost sales tax and income tax revenue. Losses to the federal government were entirely due to lost income tax revenue.Segel said the results help show the value of treating people with opioid use disorder, and should be considered when treatment programs are being considered and evaluated.”The state of Pennsylvania has been developing some innovative programs, and our results are something to consider as these programs are being considered for implementation,” Segel said. “Not only are treatment programs beneficial to the individual and to society, but if you’re thinking about the total cost of these treatment programs, future earnings from tax revenue could help offset a piece of that.”Penn State has made a multi-year investment in bringing together researchers from many fields to address the challenges of substance abuse in Pennsylvania and beyond.​last_img read more

Behind the smart gadgets Amazon and Google are waging war

For the moment, voice competitors to Amazon and Google remain largely in the wings.Microsoft’s Cortana assistant, which is available on PCs running Windows 10, allows hundreds of millions of users to search the web using Bing. But it hasn’t been a huge factor in gadget announcements leading up to CES. In fact, Alexa is even starting to encroach on Cortana’s turf by making its way onto some PCs.Apple hasn’t been prominent this year, either. But many manufacturers have adopted its HomeKit software in order to ensure they’ll work easily with iPhones and Siri. Apple, however, had to push back release of the HomePod, its almost-$350 smart speaker, until “early” this year; it was originally scheduled for December 2017.Some analysts also say it’s too soon to rule out Bixby, Samsung’s AI assistant, which the company vowed to make a more central part of all its connected devices by 2020. General Electric is showing off a suite of smart kitchen gizmos that connect its “Geneva” voice assistant to those of Amazon and Google. For example, you can preheat your oven by saying, “Alexa, tell Geneva to preheat the upper oven to 350.” China’s Baidu on Monday announced it was integrating its voice assistant into a lamp speaker and dome ceiling lights.Whether people will truly pay more for the ability not to walk over and flip a switch themselves is unclear. But manufacturers aren’t taking the chance that they’ll be left behind if one or the other assistant becomes dominant.”Five years ago, no one could predict what was going to happen with the smart home,” says LG Electronics USA marketing vice president David VanderWaal. “Five years from now, we’re not quite sure either. So this open partner, open platform system, is definitely the way to go.”THE RUNNERS UP LG adds Google AI in ‘smart home’ push (Update) THE EVERPRESENT COMPUTER THE STAKESThe two companies—and to a lesser extent, Apple, with Siri, and Microsoft, with Cortana—are waging a fierce struggle to establish their assistants as de facto standards for a new generation of voice-controlled devices. It’s similar in some respects to the decade-old battle between the iPhone and Google’s Android system in smartphones, or to the much older fight between Apple’s Mac computers and Microsoft’s Windows PCs.Both companies see the competition in existential terms. Getting shut out of voice devices could imperil Google’s lucrative digital-advertising business, the source of its financial strength. Amazon, meanwhile, wants to ensure that its customers can directly access its “everything store” in contrast to now, when they mostly shop via devices and software systems controlled by Amazon’s rivals.For consumers, meanwhile, the spread of these assistants offers new convenience in the form of an ever-present digital concierge. But there could also be some uneasiness about revealing even more about their habits, preferences and routines to distant computers that are always listening for their commands. Zack Hicks, CEO of Toyota Connected, talks about Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant during a news conference at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In a video presentation by LG, one consumer cooks while reading a recipe from the smart screen of the company’s voice-activated robot CLOi. Another prepares to embark on a vacation and shuts off her lights by saying, “Hey, Google, I’m leaving.”Google said this week it’s integrating its voice assistant to allow remote control of some settings in Kia and Fiat Chrysler vehicles, while Toyota announced a similar arrangement with Amazon that enables drivers to ask Alexa turn the heat up at home before they arrive.But these smart products can—and sometimes do —support multiple assistants. Toyota Connected CEO Zack Hicks told reporters that “we’re not exclusive” with Amazon, and that nothing prevents Toyota from partnering with others. Both companies usually shun conventions like CES, preferring to debut gadgets at their own press events. But these tech giants have built an imposing presence here this year as they work to weave their voice-operated digital assistants more deeply into our personal lives.Google has plastered digital billboards and the Las Vegas Monorail with the “Hey Google” wake-up command. It’s announced a range of new gadgets featuring its assistant on everything from smart displays to pressure cookers. And it’s sent out the clowns—a jumpsuit-wearing army of advertising associates wearing brightly-colored Converse sneakers and hovering around partner firms’ booths to explain how Google’s technology works.Amazon, which grabbed an early lead in this market, opted for a more subtle approach. Instead of an advertising blitz, its Alexa digital assistant has merely been popping up regularly in “smart” products across the convention—everything from mirrors and toilets to headphones and car dashboards.Executives from both companies have also been turning up at press conferences held by other companies such as Panasonic, LG and Toyota. “What we’re seeing is heavy competition between all the personal assistants,” says Gartner analyst Brian Blau. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. A monorail with a Google advertisement passes the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES International, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Tom Gebhardt, right, chairman and CEO of Panasonic Corp. of North America, shakes hands with Amazon’s Tom Taylor after watching a presentation during a news conference at CES International, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Explore further The flash of the CES technology show in Las Vegas is all about robots, drones and smart gadgets. But its subtext is all about Google versus Amazon. People wait in line to enter the Google booth at CES International, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Citation: Behind the smart gadgets, Amazon and Google are waging war (2018, January 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-smart-gadgets-amazon-google-waging.html People look at home appliances that can be controlled by Amazon’s Alexa at the LG booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) read more

Selfdriving cars must reduce traffic fatalities by at least 75 percent to

first_img Provided by Society for Risk Analysis Citation: Self-driving cars must reduce traffic fatalities by at least 75 percent to stay on the roads (2018, May 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-self-driving-cars-traffic-fatalities-percent.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain Phone-using drivers knowingly ignore the danger More information: Peng Liu et al, How Safe Is Safe Enough for Self-Driving Vehicles?, Risk Analysis (2018). DOI: 10.1111/risa.13116 The race is on for companies to present their driverless cars to the public, but recent collisions involving autonomous vehicles developed by Uber Technologies Inc. and Tesla Inc. have led consumers to questions whether these vehicles can alleviate traffic issues and increase safety. A new study published in Risk Analysis examined the question “How safe is safe enough for self-driving vehicles (SDVs)?”center_img Explore further To answer this question, researchers employed an expressed-preference approach—a method that has not previously been employed in this setting—to determine the socially acceptable risk of SDVs. The results showed that the public will not accept this new technology unless it is shown to be safer, approximately four to five times as safe as human-driven vehicles (HDVs). Despite the conveniences SDVs would bring to individuals, such as the ability to watch a movie, read a book, sleep or surf the internet, the public will be much less likely to accept, or even tolerate, SDVs if they have the same risk level as human driving. As suggested by previous studies, an individual increases his or her demand for safety when that safety is entrusted to an external factor, such as an automated vehicle.One of the major motivations behind the development of SDVs is to improve road safety. Human error is believed to cause 94 percent of all traffic crashes in the U.S., and 75 percent in the U.K. While SDVs have the potential to significantly reduce these types of crashes, they also introduce several new road risks, including accidents caused by cyber-attacks. Creating perfectly safe SDVs is both technologically and economically infeasible, but policies can require that the risk of having them on the road be as low as technically achievable.The study was conducted by Peng Liu and Run Yang, Tianjin University, and Zhigang Xu, of Chang’an University. The survey was distributed to a convenience sample of residents in Tianjin, China. Of the 499 respondents, half were randomly assigned to complete a version of the survey for HDVs, while the other half completed an SDV version. Risk frequencies were expressed as one fatality per a certain number of vehicle-kilometers traveled and as one fatality per a certain number of population, respectively. Respondents were asked to accept or reject each traffic risk scenario at one of four levels: never accept, hard to accept, easy to accept and fully accept.The results show that the respondents believe that SDVs should be four to five times as safe as HDVs. Current global traffic fatal risk is estimated at 17.4 per 100,000, which is 350 times greater than the frequency accepted by 50 percent of the respondents for SDVs. This implies that respondents expect SDVs to improve safety by two orders of magnitude against the current traffic risk.Based on the results, the researchers propose the following requirements for SDVs based on the tolerability of risk in industrial safety (a concept developed in the health and safety field) in which risks are distinguished by three criteria: unacceptable, tolerable and broadly acceptable. SDVs that are less safe than human drivers would be set as the unacceptable risk criterion. The tolerable risk is that SDVs be four to five times as safe, meaning they should be able to reduce 75-80 percent of current traffic fatalities. The broadly acceptable risk criterion for SDVs is set as two orders of magnitude lower than current global traffic risk, indicating a hundredfold improvement over current traffic risks, or the same order of magnitude experienced in public transportation modes, such as rail and commercial aviation.”Our results and method may help government authorities to establish clear safety requirements for regulating SDVs and also help SDV manufacturers find consumers’ expectations for SDVs that must be met,” states Liu, Ph.D., assistant professor of industrial engineering. Journal information: Risk Analysis This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Report Head of Verizons AOL Yahoo in talks to depart

first_img Soon you can watch the NFL free on your phone on Yahoo © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this Dec. 3, 2014, file photo AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is interviewed during “Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo,” on the Fox Business Network, in New York. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Armstrong is in talks with parent company Verizon to depart. Armstrong has been leading Verizon’s media and advertising business, called Oath which incorporates digital media properties AOL and Yahoo. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) Explore further The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Verizon’s media and advertising chief, Tim Armstrong, is in talks to leave.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Report: Head of Verizon’s AOL, Yahoo in talks to depart (2018, September 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-verizon-aol-yahoo-depart.html Armstrong came to Verizon as part of its purchase of AOL in 2015 and began overseeing Yahoo as well after Verizon bought it in 2017. He was tasked with growing Verizon’s ad business in a challenge to Facebook and Google, but that business has been struggling and remains one of Verizon’s less profitable divisions.Armstrong was one of Google’s early employees and was key to developing its digital ad business before moving to AOL in 2009.The Journal report cites unnamed people familiar with the talks. Verizon spokesman Bob Varettoni says Verizon doesn’t comment on rumors and speculation.Telecoms have been buying content makers to diversify as the wireless industry slows.last_img read more

France unveils new tax for global internet giants

first_imgFrance wants to lead the way in making internet giants pay taxes on digital sales where they take place Paris says it is seeking “common ground” on the issue with fellow members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a group of the world’s advanced economies.Low-tax nationsBritain, Spain and Italy are also working on national versions of a new digital tax, while Japan, Singapore and India are planning schemes of their own.France’s move to legislate comes after aggressive action from tax authorities to pursue the companies in the courts, with mixed results.Apple said last month it had reached an agreement to settle 10 years of back taxes, reportedly for nearly 500 million euros.In 2017, however, France’s tax collection drive suffered a setback with a local court ruling that Google was not liable to pay 1.1 billion euros in taxes claimed on revenues transferred from France to Ireland.Raphael Pradeau from the anti-globalisation Attac lobby group said the proposed French tax is “symbolic and does not solve the problem of massive fiscal evasion”.”It’s as if we accept that such firms can practice tax evasion in return for a few crumbs,” he said. Lawmakers worldwide have struggled over how to effectively tax internet giants President Emmanuel Macron came to power in 2017 promising to increase levies on global tech and internet groups, seeing their often minimal tax rates as part of a backlash in France and Europe against globalisation.Having failed to persuade his European partners to introduce an EU-wide tax—because of objections from low-tax jurisdictions such as Ireland and fears of provoking US President Donald Trump—France is to go it alone with its own new mechanism.Under a proposal set to be discussed by cabinet ministers and submitted to parliament, large companies operating in France would face a tax of three percent on their digital sales in the country.”The amount obtained from this three percent tax on digital gross sales in France from January 1, 2019 should soon reach 500 million euros ($566 million),” Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire told the French daily Le Parisien at the weekend.The new levy is known as the “GAFA tax” in France—an acronym for US giants Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon—who have until now routed their sales in France through subsidiaries in low-tax EU members.In one of the most best known cases, the European Commission concluded that Apple had paid an effective corporate tax rate of just 0.005 percent on its European profits in 2014—equivalent to just 50 euros for every million.In 2016, it was ordered by the European Commission to pay 13 billion euros in back taxes to Ireland which were judged to amount to illegal state aid. France is set to unveil legislation Wednesday to increase taxes on global internet giants such as Google and Facebook, putting it among a vanguard of countries seeking to force the companies to pay more in the markets where they operate. Ireland, Denmark and Sweden have blocked EU efforts to devise a new tax for fear of detering investment, and Germany has proved lukewarm on the issue, fearing US retaliation against its car industry.Despite the failure to reach consensus at the European level, France is still hoping an agreement can be reached globally by 2020. Under EU law, internet giants can choose to report their income in any member state, prompting them to choose low-tax nations such as Ireland, the Netherlands or Luxembourg.Fiscal justiceUnder the draft legislation set to be presented by Le Maire on Wednesday, only digital companies with global annual sales of more than 750 million euros and sales in France of at least 25 million euros would be taxed.”If these two criteria are not met, the taxes will not be imposed,” Le Maire said.About 30 companies from the US, China, Germany, Spain and Britain as well as France would be affected, he said.For Le Maire, taxing the companies “is a question of fiscal justice” as “digital giants pay 14 percent less tax than small- and medium-sized European companies”. Citation: France unveils new tax for global internet giants (2019, March 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-france-unveils-tax-global-internet.html © 2019 AFP French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire says about 30 companies will be affected France tries to set trend with internet tax bill Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Tree Man Gets Pioneering Surgery for Rare Skin Condition

first_img 10 Strangest Medical Cases of 2018 Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoBirch Gold GroupThis IRS Tax Law is Sweeping the U.S.Birch Gold GroupUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndo 27 Oddest Medical Case Reports A man in Gaza with an extremely rare skin condition dubbed “tree man syndrome” says his life has been changed by a pioneering surgical treatment, according to news reports. The man, 44-year-old Mahmoud Taluli, has undergone four surgeries in the last two years to remove extensive, wood-like lesions on his hands, according to NPR. Prior to the surgeries, Taluli hadn’t been able to use his hands for more than a decade. “After years of suffering and solitude, I can finally live a normal life,” Taluli told NPR. “I can play with my children. I can go to family events. I no longer need to cover my hands when I go out in public.”Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65907-tree-man-gaza-surgery.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Taluli has a rare genetic condition called epidermodysplasia verruciformis, which makes him much more susceptible to skin infections caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), compared with the average person, according to a 2010 report of the condition published in the journal Disease Markers. People with this condition have immune system problems that prevent them from properly fighting off HPVs — a group of more than 150 related viruses. In healthy people, HPVs often don’t cause symptoms, but in people with epidermodysplasia verruciformis, the infections lead to the formation of wart-like skin lesions, which progress to malignant tumors in about 50% of patients, according to the 2010 report. There is no cure or standard treatment for the condition. Taluli’s treatment has involved doctors making deep incisions into the skin to remove thousands of lesions, NPR reported. This tissue removal often requires skin grafts from other parts of his body to help with healing. The treatment has allowed Taluli to use his hands again, but it is not a cure — new growths continue to show up, and Taluli will need a fifth operation this summer to remove these new lesions, as well as some scar tissue, NPR reported. Still, the treatment has been largely successful in improving Taluli’s hand function. “We didn’t know if there would be anything viable left of his hands, but thank God it’s working,” Dr. Michael Chernofsky, a hand and microvascular surgeon at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, who treated Taluli, told NPR. Ultimately, doctors hope to develop a treatment that can help Taluli’s immune system better fight HPV, NPR reported. Another man with epidermodysplasia verruciformis hasn’t fared as well. Last month, it was reported that Abul Bajandar of Bangladesh had asked doctors to amputate his hands due to pain from the condition, according to Fox News. Although Bajandar has had more than 20 surgeries to remove skin lesions, the growths appear to be coming back worse than before. Chernofsky told NPR that amputation is usually not a good idea, because the patient would likely still experience pain from severed nerves. 10 Medical Conditions That Sound Fake but Are Actually Reallast_img read more