Israeli destruction of Palestinian homes in West Bank not compatible with international

Israel’s Supreme Court has reportedly ruled that the houses were built too close to the separation barrier in the occupied West Bank, violating a construction ban. “Among other things, the destruction of private property in occupied territory is only permissible where rendered absolutely necessary for military operations, which is not applicable”, said Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Gwyn Lewis, Director of West Bank Operations for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and James Heenan, Head of the UN Human Rights Office in the area.Demolitions reported in Sur Bahir this morning— OCHA oPt (Palestine) (@ochaopt) July 22, 2019 “Furthermore”, the statement continued, “it results in forced evictions, and contributes to the risk of forcible transfer facing many Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem”.The statement said that Israeli forces entered the community early on Monday morning, while it was still dark.  The large-scale operation forced families out of their homes and demolished a number of residential buildings on the East Jerusalem side of the Barrier. “Among those forcibly displaced or otherwise impacted are Palestine refugees, some of whom today are facing the reality of a second displacement in living memory”, the UN officials flagged.They stated that while humanitarian partners are poised to provide emergency response to those displaced or otherwise affected by the destruction of their private property, “no amount of humanitarian assistance can replace a home or cover the massive financial losses sustained today by the owners”. Several of the affected people report having invested their life savings in the properties, after securing the required building permits from the Palestinian Authority. “What happened today in Sur Bahir is of even greater significance, as many other homes and structures now risk the same fate” said the senior UN officials.Against international lawIn 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), ruled against constructing the Israeli Barrier and found that the parts running inside the West Bank, including East Jerusalem – including the Sur Bahir homes – “cannot be justified by military exigencies and thus violates Israel’s obligations under international law”, said the statement.Moreover, in a resolution of 20 July 2004, the UN General Assembly, demanded that Israel comply with its legal obligations as stated in the ICJ’s advisory opinion.“Had there been concrete action to ensure respect for these principles, and for international humanitarian and human rights law, generally, the people of Sur Bahir would not be experiencing the trauma they are today, and violations of their rights”, the statement concluded. read more

Communities Ministry usurping NPTAB functions warns PPPC

The Opposition says that recent decisions by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan to usurp the powers — as set out under law – of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) have not gone unnoticed.The body has since been called on by the political Opposition to “stand its ground” and administer the legislative requirements, as outlined under the laws of Guyana and to protect its supervision of national procurement.Communities Minister Ronald BulkanThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has since written to NPTAB Chairman Berkley Wickham, and has called on him to take immediate steps to ensure that the agency ensures that Ministries comply with the laws of Guyana.The formal complaint was inked by former Minister within the Finance Ministry and Opposition frontbencher, Juan Edghill.The correspondence dated Friday last has also been copied to the Communities Ministry Permanent Secretary, Emile McGarrel; Public Procurement Commission (PPC) Chairperson Carol Corbin; Auditor General Deodat Sharma; Public Accounts Committee Chairman Irfaan Ali and each of the Chairpersons of the Regional Democratic Councils across the country.According to Edghill, in his complaint, “we have been advised that the Ministry of Communities has written and requested that each Regional Administration submit two nominees to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communities for their Regional Tender Boards; the letter indicates that the Regional Chairman should nominate one nominee and the Regional Executive Officer nominate the other.”Edghill reminded that the PPP/C’s contention is “that it is solely the National Board (NPTAB), by statute as laid out in Sections 17 (1), 19 (1) and (2), that has such responsibility”.According to the PPP Executive, the law does not provide for any such role by any line Ministry, and, in this particular case, the Communities Ministry cannot become involved in the process of the appointment of the Regional Tender Boards.The Opposition has since called on the NPTAB in light of this development to take immediate steps to invoke the relevant sections of the Procurement Act and ensure that they were complied with by all Ministries.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo“In this particular case, we call on the Board to immediately advise the Ministry of Communities to desist from further action on the appointment of the Regional Tender Boards, and, furthermore the NPTAB assume responsibility and communicate directly with the respective Regional Democratic Councils on their two appointees to each Regional Tender Board in keeping with Section 19.”The complaint by Edghill comes on the heels of similar lamentations by Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, who, during his weekly press engagement, had raised concerns about the Executive wanting to take on functions which fall under the purview of the PPC. According to him, with the establishment of the PPC, functions undertaken by the NPTAB should have ceased in 2016.The Opposition Leader had at the time observed that “a prime candidate for a Police audit in the future will be the Central Tender Administration. They are complicit in a ton of illegalities”.Jagdeo had also highlighted too that the matter of public procurement would be among the key issues to be raised by PPP representatives during the upcoming two-day Business Summit organised by the Private Sector Commission (PSC).On the matter of procurement, the former President had told media operatives, “public procurement will be a major feature – the lack of transparency, the breaches of the Procurement Act and Cabinet’s continued participation in the award of contracts”.According to the Opposition Leader, “Government procurement is the largest source of economic activity for the Private Sector … So procurement has to be part of a Business Summit. In every panel, on procurement issues, we will be seeking answers.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew Demerara River Crossing: IDB’s credibility now at stake­­­­- TeixeiraSeptember 23, 2017In “Business”OAS anti-corruption review team visits GuyanaSeptember 25, 2017In “latest news”New Demerara River crossing: Dutch company awarded $146M contract without tendering- PPP/CSeptember 21, 2017In “Business” read more

Romanian Princess Cristina Neagu I know Im like a lion

As you know, we where at the World Championship in Sweden and from there, brought some interesting interviews, as  with thes best IHF World female player of the Year 2010, Romanian youngstart, Cristina Neagu (22). Let’s read how she reacted on the biggest prize in the handball world:– This is just wonderful, the biggest moment of my career. I hope that I won’t stop with this. All time of this world is in front of me. I am looking forward to my future. Hopefully, I will keep to grow as a player.At the court, you are looking as a Lion and Princess in the same time?– It is true (laugh). When I am on the court, I don’t think about injuries, to break nail or neck. I just want to win every game in that 60 minutes. I know that I am like a Lion. I love that. Handball is my life…With a national team, you won bronze medal at the EHF EURO 2010 in Norway and Denmark. Obviously weren’t so easy to compete with three Scandinavians NT in the final stage?– It was so difficult. We played against Denmark in the Main Round and they weren’t hospitable to us. We managed to beat them for the bronze.  It was really tough game. Result 16:15 talking about everything. That is my first medal and I won’t stop. I hope that this is just beginning…You made a huge step in the promotion of handball in Romania…– Handball is popular, but nothing like a football. We have to do more. This prize is a result of that popularity, which grew up, when we won a medal. People were in front of TV, supported us, etc. That is why I don’t understand, why is football so popular, when they don’t have results…That is a global question. It was a rumour that you want to leave Oltchim and move to Viborg?– I signed a new contract with a team. I will stay in Valcea two more years. My biggest New Year’s wish was to win the EHF Champions League with Oltchim.  I have a great individual prizes and this bronze, but bronze isn’t a gold. As I told you, I am at the beginning.  I have all the time of this World to win everything in handball. Hopefully, God will be with us…Can you imagine, that you are a coach, who has to make a “dream team”. Who will be in (Romanian players are excluded)?– Very diffucult task. I am on the left back, of course (laugh). I would like young players in my team. Andrea Lekić would be at playmaker position. Right back and left wing, Danes, Camila Dalby and Mia Augustesen. On the right wing, Norwegian, Nora Mork. Sorry, but I can’t  remember all the players in the moment. For goalkeepers and line players, some youngstar. Actually, I don’t know any youngstar. Do you know? – ask Cristina journalist of and finished – They are all experienced and in the best ages. I told you that this is to tough task. One day, when I become a coach, I will tell you…ŽIKA BOGDANOVIĆ ← Previous Story Ruben Schelbert from next season in Schaffhausen Next Story → Henrik Toft Hansen in AG Copenhagen Cristina NeaguIHF best handball players read more

Serbian youngstar Jelena Zivkovic changing NT – Montenegro or Hungary

New Women’s NT coach in Serbia, Sasa Boskovic, better atmosphere and two easy wins at the start of EURO 2012 qualification, weren’t enough for some young – talented players, who decided to change national T-shirts. At Monday, Serbia began November’s preparation in Kladovo, city close to the border with Romania and city of Severin, where will “Carpatia Cup” take place next weekend with Romania, Hungary, Macedonia and Serbia as competitors.Preparation started without two “silver U17 girls” from WCh in Slovakia – 2008, right wing, Zeljka Nikolic (decided to play for Montenegro) and right back, Jelena Zivkovic. Nikolic is already in Podgorica, where she is a member of Buducnost Podgorica from 2010 (most of the time in Biseri – Pljevlja on loan). She had four appearances for Serbian NT, but club’s influence, as in cases of Katarina Bulatovic, Mirjana Milenkovic, Ana Djokic and other Serbian players, who decided to play for Montenegro, was something special.Destiny of the second player, one of the best lefthanded players in her age, Jelena Zivkovic (1991) from Hungarian FTC is much more interesting.  She was unsatisfied with her status in Serbian NT, even she had chance to play at EHF EURO 2010 in Denmark and Norway where Serbia won 14th place. Zivkovic was the member of Serbian squad in WCh Qualification clashes against Croatia last June, which Serbia easily lost.  She was part of the squad for two games at the beginning of EURO 2012 qualification against Greece and Portugal, but not on the bench. That was obviosly the reason, why she doesn’t come to Kladovo and stayed offline for calls from Serbia.Serbian Media have already speculation about her future. Unofficial informations are saying that she is close to agreement with Hungarian Federation, country, where she played from the last summer (FTC Budapest). On the other side, some sources speaking about his future in Montenegro as that become routine for women’s handball in former Yugoslavia…With three years break, she will be ready for a new NT challenge in 2014… ← Previous Story VELUX EHF FINAL4 stays in Cologne until 2014 Next Story → Csaba Konkoly sacked – Gyori looking for a new coach read more

As of today you can now listen to music watch TV and

first_imgAs we mentioned previously, at the f8 keynote this afternoon, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Timeline, the revamped version of the Facebook profile that basically turns it into a living scrapbook. In addition to Timeline, there’s also some big changes with media integration, including music, TV, news, and movies.Though the new Timeline-style profile will be rolling out over the next few weeks, the beta is available today for developers. As for the new media integration, that’s available as of today for all users. If you checked out Facebook yesterday, a day in which the site saw half a billion users, you probably noticed a little news ticker in the upper right-hand corner and a new layout of your news feed. If you were annoyed with the new Ticker, today’s news might change your mind.Zuckerberg said in his keynote that Ticker was created to be a lightweight stream of everything going on around you. Not all of the activity that goes through your Ticker will be shown in your News Feed. After all, seeing every little thing go through your News Feed that every 500 of your friends are posting can get a little annoying. Instead, you can watch in the Ticker as your friends activities happen in real-time. The News Feed is now more specific posts that Facebook thinks you’ll be more interested in.Zuckerberg explained in today’s keynote that you can now listen to music, read news, and watch TV and movies right through Facebook. For some of the content, you can simply hover over your friends’ post that shows up in your news Ticker and instantly have access to that content. For example, if you see that a friend of yours is listening to REM via Spotify, you can simply click on their post and be instantly connected to the song they’re listening to and listen along with them. Then, you can open up your chat and talk with your friend about how sad you are that REM finally broke up.Once the Timeline feature is integrated, you’ll be able to click on your friends’ “movie” filter to see all the movies they’ve been watching. If you see something you like, you can just click on it and watch it straight through Facebook. As shown in the photo above, you can also get an idea of what your friends have been listening to by visiting the music part of their Timelines. The nice thing about the media integration is that you’re not physically posting the song you’re listening to on  Spotify to Facebook. Although we’re sure that’s still an option via each individual app’s settings, the apps are interconnected with Facebook so that if you’re listening to a song on Spotify, you don’t have to say you’re listening to it, it just appears on Facebook. Zuckerberg calls this “real-time serendipity.”There are tons of partners so far that will help Facebook integrate different types of music, such as Spotify, MOG, Rdio, Rhapsody,, VEVO, Slacker, Songza, TuneIn, iheartradio, Deezer, Earbits, Jelli, mixcloud, and more. For video, Facebook will integrate content from Hulu, Blockbuster, IMDB, Dailymotion, Flixter, and, of course, Netflix.last_img read more

Flying Buddy 2 is a mindcontrolled quadcopter

first_imgBeing able to control things using your mind isn’t exactly new technology, but it never stops being impressive. Mind control input devices have been around for a number of years, and now researchers at Zhejiang University in China have invented Flying Buddy 2, an AR quadcopter that can be flown with your mind.It’s designed to be a flying assistant for the disabled, giving users with limited physical movement a new way to see and explore the world as well as providing stimulating entertainment. To control it, users just have to think certain things while wearing the EEG (emotiv electroencephalography) headset. Thinking left hard allows you to take off and land, thinking left lightly makes the quadcopter rotate, think right to fly forward, think push to fly up, clenching allows you to fly downwards, and blinking means the quadcopter will take pictures.The control system works by detecting commands from your brain with the headset which then get transmitted to a computer via Bluetooth. The computer then sends these commands on to the quadcopter using a Wi-Fi connection. Users can also see the live video feed from the quadcopter on the computer screen, which is transmitted back from the quadcopter via Wi-Fi, too.The video above shows just how accurate the quadcopter controls seem to be, but it’s still in the early prototype stages so sadly it won’t be available to buy anytime soon. If it does become viable, I can see this system being a popular edition to the standard quadcopters you can buy today, albeit with a hefty price increase.via Wiredlast_img read more

Inondations en Australie Brisbane sous les eaux

first_imgInondations en Australie : Brisbane sous les eauxDes milliers d’habitants ont été contraints de quitter leur maison, à Brisbane, en raison de la montée des eaux. Les inondations qui frappent le Queensland depuis Noël ont fait 16 morts et 67 disparus, selon un dernier bilan. Ce sont les inondations les plus graves en un siècle pour l’Australie. Les crues sont brutales et persistent depuis trois semaines déjà, touchant près de 200.000 habitants, impuissants face à cette montée des eaux “biblique”. Leur calvaire n’est pas encore terminé. Un pic des inondations est attendu demain : la marée sera haute à Brisbane, troisième ville du pays et capitale du Queensland, région touchée par ces inondations. Par ailleurs, les pluies doivent encore tomber la semaine prochaine.Selon Reuters, l’eau monte à la hauteur des genoux en centre-ville. Pas moins de 3.500 personnes sont hébergées dans des centres d’évacuation.Le Premier ministre australien, Julia Gillard, a déclaré être choquée par la violence des crues. Elle s’inquiète notamment pour l’économie du pays. Jusqu’à présent, les dégâts sont estimés à 6 milliards de dollars. Le 12 janvier 2011 à 08:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Brock Lesnar receives nine staples in head after HIAC PPV

first_img Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Google+ The Undertaker Charging 25k For Public Appearances Now Playing Up Next Braun Strowman Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Facebook Videos Articles Brock Lesnar Videos Articlescenter_img Twitter Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Courtesy of Lesnar suffers injuryDuring his Hell in a Cell Match against The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar suffered a large gash on his head after being pushed face-first into the steel ring post. The gash required medical attention during the contest, and has learned that The Beast Incarnate received as many as nine staples following the match.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBraun Strowman Still Not Cleared For MatchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career Wrestleview Live #63: Reviewing and discussing SummerSlam 2019 from Torontolast_img read more

Luis Suarez could miss Barca trip to Valencia

first_imgBarcelona star striker Luis Suarez could miss weekend’s showdown against Valencia after picking up a minor knee injury in a 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.Although the 31-year-old Uruguayan barely notched three goals in ten outings this season, his influence on the game was quite obvious at the Wembley Stadium.Now, according to the Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo, the former Liverpool man left London with a pain in his knee, which would require further assessment.Since Suarez might not be ready for Barca’s trip to Valencia, Munir El Haddadi, who scored a late equalizer versus Athletic Bilbao, could get another chance to impress.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Blaugrana will face-off against the Bats at the Estadio Mestalla this weekend, hoping to end a 3-game winless streak in La Liga.A positive thing for Ernesto Valverde is that international break will provide Barcelona medical team with more time to perform all additional tests to make Suarez ready for El Classico, which will take place immediately after players return to their respective clubs.last_img read more

FAPRI Report Shows Dangers of Market Distortions WTO Challenges Under House Farm

first_imgA new study released by the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri shows that the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program included in the House-passed version of the farm bill, which ties high target prices to farmers’ current-year planting decisions, would skew crop production. Additionally, the study highlights the potential for high, fixed target prices coupled to current plantings to cause global market distortions, which would increase U.S. farm program vulnerability to challenges under the World Trade Organization.“The FAPRI report shows that the disparity in the treatment of different crops under the House plan and the re-coupling of target prices to current plantings could result in distorted plantings and production,” said ASA President Danny Murphy. The report’s conclusions comparing the impacts of the House and Senate farm bills on planted acreage for various commodities are indicated in the following chart.The study makes clear, according to ASA, that target prices need to be decoupled from current-year planting decisions under any price-based program. “The FAPRI report drives home our concern that the House PLC program could cause planting distortions by tying target price payments to planted acres,” said Murphy. “For example, the report highlights the potential for significant increases in planting and production of barley, rice and peanuts, which would push down prices. While producers of these crops would receive larger government payments, the lower prices would also decrease market receipts for peanuts by $70 per acre, rice by $20 an acre, and barley by $15 an acre as seen in the chart below.While the report indicates that the price and revenue-based programs included in both the House and the Senate bills would likely be considered trade distorting domestic support under the WTO, it identifies the House PLC program as more likely to cause larger price declines for specific commodities and would make U.S. farm programs more vulnerable to potential WTO challenge.  Murphy stated that “these lower prices would then impact other countries that produce the same crops, potentially spurring WTO complaints similar to what we saw when Brazil successfully challenged the U.S. cotton program under the WTO.  While we didn’t like the WTO’s decision in the cotton case, legislators need to be mindful of the outcome of this case and avoid increasing the vulnerability of U.S. farm programs to potential challenges.”A full copy of the FAPRI report can be accessed by clicking here.last_img read more

Crews cap gas leak in Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Fire rescue crews were successfully able to cap a gas leak in Miami Beach, Monday.Miami Beach Fire Rescue temporarily closed traffic on Collins Avenue near 74th Street while crews fixed the issue.Crews later reopened traffic at around 3 p.m.The cause of the leak is unclear.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Former Miss USA Brings STEAM to DC Kids

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comOn June 1, District youth will be able to have fun while learning as former Miss USA (2017) Kára McCullough is offering her second annual, “Take Flight with SE4K,” a program to expose children to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) work in an interactive way.“The second annual ‘Take Flight with SE4K’ event is just another opportunity for us to introduce all of the opportunities within science and engineering for students,” McCullough told the AFRO in an exclusive interview.Former Miss USA and Miss D.C. Kára McCullough is bringing back the second annual “Take Flight with SE4K” at the Inclusive Innovation Incubator in Northwest, D.C. on June 1 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Courtesy Photo)Although known for her reign as a pageant queen, McCullough’s hard work is far beyond looking beautiful in ball gowns and swimsuits.  The former Miss USA is actually a scientist and her organization Science Exploration for Kids (SE4K), works diligently to ensure children are exposed to math and science in a fun and creative way and educate them on career opportunities within the fields.  Further, McCullough knew that SE4K was particularly important for children of color.“The program was started because I’ve always loved math and science, and I wanted to encourage all children that were in the same background demographically, such as myself… to fall in love with math and science,” she said. “And we really want to get them at a very impressionable age… so we know that our program is going to have a lasting effect on these children.”In order to engage children McCullough is offering programming from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. that will allow participants to get tactile experience doing STEAM work.“We have coding, we have wet chemistry, we have robotics, we have water engineering, we have basketball analytics- so that would be like physics- so we’re actually touching every part of STEM.  And the arts would be included because we’re doing all the hands-on activities.” McCullough, whose first title was Miss. D.C. USA, found it even more important to have her second annual program in the nation’s capital.“It’s definitely home and it’s definitely a place that deserves a lot of attention.  We know that D.C. offers so much history and so much job opportunities for students, so we started here,” she told the AFRO. “Starting here was just a chance for us to lay our roots and make an impact as much as possible, and as we build out we’ll be able to say that D.C. is where we started.”  Further, the scientist and beauty queen knows firsthand how important it is to offer programming to young people of color, as McCullough did not always see herself reflected on pageant stages or in laboratories. “It’s all about the representation.  So usually in media, you don’t see scientists that appear as African American women, women with natural hair, many African American guys.  So we’re here to change that rhetoric,” McCullough told the AFRO. “We know that usually the best way to encourage students to fall in love with something, is to give them something that mirrors them, so having opportunities to expose many minority students to what science and engineering has to offer, begins with us.”“The thing is just giving students the opportunity to have the exposure and to know that they are limitless,” McCullough added.Parents interested in exposing their children to the limitless world of STEAM, can go to, and click on the “Take Flight with SE4K,” event tab, to register for the June 1 (11 a.m.- 4p.m.) event at Inclusive Innovation Incubator, 2301 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.Besides the “Take Flight with SE4K,” event on June 1, McCullough is ironing out plans for another day-long workshop, due to the high demand, as well as a girls summer camp.In addition, the scientist, pageant queen and mentor has advice for parents with children who show interest in STEAM work.“Continue exposing your children to science and engineering if they have any interest in it, and if you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to the SE4K team, because we’re here to assist with that.”last_img read more

Minecraft is now available on the Samsung Gear VR

first_imgThere are about to be a lot more pixelated blocks in the eyeballs of VR gamers. The Gear VR version of Minecraft has been released after being announced last month. Minecraft: Gear VR Edition costs $6.99 and is available in the Oculus Store for Samsung devices.The Gear VR itself is just a $100 accessory for Samsung’s newer Galaxy phones. If you’ve got a device like the Galaxy S7, Note 5, or Galaxy S6, you can plug your device in and get ready to game in virtual reality. The Gear VR uses your device’s screen and processing power to run the game, with the headset adding external controls and better optics than you get in cheaper Google Cardboard viewers. There is a bit of a “screen door” pattern visible from the pixel array, but it looks alright.Samsung uses the Oculus Store for Gear VR content, and that’s where you’ll find the new version of Minecraft. Unlike many of the Gear VR’s offerings, you will need a Bluetooth controller to play Minecraft. There are two modes; one in which you are looking at a giant screen where your game takes place, and another where you are actually in the game. That’s the one shown in the demo video, and probably the one most people will play.Minecraft on the Gear VR is reportedly a bit disorienting because of the necessity to look around so much as you design and build. There are also fast camera movements called snap turns that are supposed to make VR less uncomfortable. Not everyone agrees, though. The game is listed in the Oculus Store as “Comfortable for some.” So, maybe take regular breaks. The game is scheduled to come to the full Oculus VR system soon, but the release date hasn’t been announced.last_img read more

Finance Ministry could lower Costa Rica income tax brackets

first_imgA decrease in Costa Rica’s Consumer Price Index over the past year could mean more of the country’s low-income workers will have to pay taxes next year, and some middle-income workers may have to pay higher taxes.Finance Ministry officials are evaluating whether to lower Costa Rica income tax brackets because of a 0.74 percent annual decrease in the CPI, the main indicator used to calculate tax adjustments. The ministry updates income brackets every September, which then apply starting Oct. 1, the day the new fiscal year begins.Currently some 952,000 workers earning a monthly salary of ₡793,000 ($1,460) or less are exempt from the tax, while 242,000 workers make enough to pay income tax. Those with monthly salaries between ₡793,000 and ₡1,190,000 ($2,195) pay 10 percent, and those with salaries equal to or greater than ₡1,190,000 pay 15 percent on income above that amount.Finance Vice Minister Fernando Rodríguez said Thursday he does not remember a recent period where the country recorded a year of deflation (decrease in price levels of goods and services). Costa Rican law states that, if deflation occurs, income brackets must be lowered accordingly.Albino Vargas Barrantes, Secretary General of the National Association of Public and Private Employees, said Friday that he’s strongly against what he called “the unfortunate and untimely attempt by the government to reduce the income figure used for calculating tax exemptions.”The leader of the country’s largest labor union said the decision would be worse than “the government’s equally deplorable decision to yield to the pressures of big business owners,” in reference to some lawmakers who fiercely oppose a series of fiscal reforms that seek to establish harsher sanctions for tax fraud and tax dodging.Vargas also questioned why, in a period of deflation, the government hasn’t implemented any price cuts on basic goods and public transportation fees. Facebook Comments Related posts:Finance Ministry updates income tax brackets, raises tax-exempt salary limit Restaurant owners say 2 percent bank charge on credit, debit transactions could cause problems Tax on Costa Rica corporations is unconstitutional, says court Finance Ministry submits tax reform bills to Legislative Assemblylast_img read more

Las Vegas Tourism annual report shows growth in visitor spending

first_imgVisitor spending is on the rise in multiple categories including food and beverage, local transportation, shows and entertainment, shopping and sightseeing, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s (LVCVA) 2016 Visitor Profile Study. Additionally, 27% of visitors were in Las Vegas for the first time, an 11% increase from 2015.“The Visitor Profile Study is a tremendous resource for determining the trends and visitor traits that are integral to formulating our future strategies for the LVCVA and our resort partners to market the destination,” said Kevin Bagger, Executive Director of the LVCVA Research Centre.He added, “This year’s study contains great insights into today’s visitor, including that visitor spending is on the rise and there is a change in the visitor demographic. We’re attracting more first-time visitors to the destination and those visitors are younger and more diverse than in years past. We also saw growth in the number of non-gaming visitors. However, the visitors who did participate in gaming budgeted to spend more on gaming than in previous years.”Visitor spending is up on average across all key areas. Average per trip spending on food & beverage increased from $292.42 in 2015 to $319.93 in 2016, an increase of 9.4%. Also showing significant increases over previous years was an average per trip spending on sightseeing at $35.93, up from $14.86 in 2015, and shopping at $156.91, up from $122.66 in 2015.Additionally in 2016, Las Vegas enjoyed record-breaking visitation for the third year in a row with 42.9 million visitors, and local tourism had an estimated local economic impact of $60 billion.last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

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