I got out of my car to avoid hitting it and ... it was a huge tortoise.It slowly lumbered past my garage and stopped for a moment by my next-door neighbor s fence.Now, she and I go back almost four decades as neighbors, and we have some history with attempting to rescue small birds that our cats used to catch back in the day when folks let their cats roam.My neighbor and I decided the best course of action was to capture the tortoise in my recycling bin before a car crushed it.Now we had five adults with differing opinions about how to get the tortoise into the container, and a small child worried that we might hurt it or it might hurt him.Turned out the creature loved the bagged salad I was planning to eat for dinner.
The Irish government has spent decades courting U.S. and other foreign corporations with tax-friendly—and often secretive—initiatives.But since 2013, when the U.S. Senate investigated Apple s billions of dollars in untaxed overseas income, Ireland has made a concerted effort to rebut allegations that it is a tax shelter.The Irish government has taken several steps to be more transparent about its arrangements with foreign companies operating on its soil.I send out one message to the people of America, and the U.K., and every other country that wants to come into our little country: We re open for business and we ll do everything we can to make them feel at home, said Irish lawmaker Kevin Moran.It forced lawmakers to come back from recess, which was supposed to last until late September, for Wednesday s special session on appealing the EU decision.EU regulators said Irish officials gave Apple illegal state aid, via tax agreements in 1991 and 2007, that let the Silicon Valley company pay far less in taxes than other companies.
When designing the new $50 million Sandy Hook Elementary School to replace the building in which 20 children and six adults were killed in December 2012, architects Julia McFadden and Jay Brotman faced the challenge of creating a facility that would be both secure and nurturing.Many aspects of the school were designed with security in mind, from a perimeter fence to a garden that does double duty as landscaping and rampart, intended to funnel all visitors into one of the school s three entrances.Active shooter situations in the U.S. have surged, to an average of 19 such incidents annually since 2010, from fewer than nine annually in the prior decade.Still, few schools have the luxury of a complete security-focused redesign.The goal is to transform schools—as well as hospitals, offices, movie theaters and other public spaces—into hardened targets.In June, the Stanley Mechanical Solutions unit of Stanley Black & Decker Inc. SWK 0.19 % unveiled its Shelter system, designed to allow a teacher, security officer or administrator to lock the door to a classroom, or every room in a school, with the press of a button on a wireless pendant.
Munch actually painted four versions of his iconic masterpiece, and the one housed in the Norwegian National Museum is thought to be the earliest version.It is also distinctive for the strange white splatters on the surface, right by the shoulder of the central p. Many art historians theorised that the artist had painted this canvas outdoors—old photographs show him painting in the snow, with just a wooden shed for shelter—and the splotches were droppings from birds flying overhead.The Scream by Edvard Munch is stained by mysterious white spots.She had studied bird droppings collected from Norwegian churches under the microscope, and the splotches on the paintings looked very different.Bird excrements are known to have a corroding or macerating effect on many materials, a statement that most car owners can confirm, he said in a statement.Furthermore, the white substance lay on top of the paint—rather than corroding through it—and seemed to have flaked off in spots over the years.
A team of Belgian researchers has closed the case on the origins of a mysterious smudge on Norwegian painter Edvard Munch s most famous painting, the Scream.Munch actually painted four versions of his iconic masterpiece, and the one housed in the Norwegian National Museum is thought to be the earliest version.Many art historians theorized that the artist had painted this canvas outdoors—old photographs show him painting in the snow, with just a wooden shed for shelter—and the splotches were droppings from birds flying overhead.She had studied bird droppings collected from Norwegian churches under the microscope, and the splotches on the paintings looked very different.Bird excrements are known to have a corroding or macerating effect on many materials, a statement that most car owners can confirm, he said in a statement.Furthermore, the white substance lay on top of the paint—rather than corroding through it—and seemed to have flaked off in spots over the years.
The European Commission will rule against Ireland s tax dealings with Apple on Tuesday, two source familiar with the decision told Reuters, one of whom said Dublin would be told to recoup over 1 billion euros in back taxes.The European Commission accused Ireland in 2014 of dodging international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from tax collectors in return for maintaining jobs.The source said the Commission will recommend a figure in back taxes that it expects to be collected, but it will be up to Irish authorities to calculate exactly what is owed.A bill in excess of 1 billion euros $1.12 billion would be far more than the 30 million euros each the European Commission previously ordered Dutch authorities to recover from U.S. coffee chain Starbucks and Luxembourg from Fiat Chrysler for their tax deals.Both companies and countries have appealed those decisions.When it opened the Apple investigation in 2014, the Commission told the Irish government that tax rulings it agreed in 1991 and 2007 with the iPhone maker amounted to state aid and might have broken EU laws.
The European Commission EC will demand an additional €1bn $1.12bn from Apple in back taxes, according to Reuters.Back in 2014, the EC took issue with Ireland's tax arrangement with the electronics giant – Apple's European headquarters is in Dublin – and accused it of effectively allowing Apple to shelter tens of billions of dollars from tax authorities.It went so far as to call the approach "state aid."On Tuesday, the Commission is expected to rule that Ireland broke international tax rules, and to provide a figure for back taxes that Apple needs to pay: one billion euros.That figure won't be binding, since it will be up to the Irish tax authorities to decide what exactly needs to be paid, but it will act as a firm benchmark against which a final figure will be compared.Although $1.12bn is no small figure, it is significantly less than the $8bn that some analysts had expected to be levied against the company.
It s a scene straight out of Santa s worst nightmare: A lightning strike killed more than 300 reindeer at a park in southern Norway on Friday.The carcasses were found during a routine inspection by the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate.The Norwegian Environment Agency later confirmed the body count reached a total of 323 reindeer including 70 calves .Five of the animals had to be euthanized according to officials.Heavy thunderstorms clobbered the Hardangervidda region throughout the day on Friday, and inspectors believe the storm ultimately caused the demise of the large group of animals.Officials say the reindeer died at such a high rate because they were huddled closely to each other, seeking shelter from the storm.
Reuters — The European Commission will rule against Ireland s tax dealings with Apple on Tuesday, two source familiar with the decision told Reuters, one of whom said Dublin would be told to recoup over 1 billion euros in back taxes.The Commission declined to comment on Monday.The European Commission accused Ireland in 2014 of dodging international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from tax collectors in return for maintaining jobs.Apple and Ireland rejected the accusation and have both said they will appeal any adverse ruling.The source said the Commission will recommend a figure in back taxes that it expects to be collected but it will be up to Irish authorities to calculate exactly what is owed.Reporting by Padraic Halpin; editing by Ralph Boulton
Bethesda has updated its popular, free-to-play PC game and mobile app Fallout Shelter, giving amateur vault overseers access to a series of game-changing quests and special events that will roll out on a regular basis in the months ahead.Fallout Shelter s latest update also introduces an exclusive mission featuring Nuka World, a post-apocalyptic theme park that will make its debut as part of Fallout 4 s final batch of downloadable content launching at the end of this month.Released in 2015, Fallout Shelter is a simulation game that puts players in the role of a Vault-Tec overseer in the wake of a global nuclear war.Players manage the day-to-day operations of an underground vault, assigning residents jobs in order to collect resources, build expansions, and defend the bunker from outside threats.Fallout Shelter saw frequent updates after its initial release, and recent patches have introduced several new features including cloud saving, expanded inventory management options, and in-game pets.After installing version 1.7 of Fallout Shelter, players will see new quests pop up in the overseer s office after they accomplish various in-game objectives.
Nuclear fallout shelter 26 metres underground is now an archiving and long-term storage hub for Online.netA nuclear fallout shelter near the city centre of Paris has been converted into a data centre by French hosting provider Online.net.The data centre, which is situated 26 metres underneath a quarry, was originally built in 1937 and acted as a shelter for up to 90 people.In 1964, at the height of the Cold War, the shelter was converted into a nuclear fallout hideout capable of holding up to 300 people.Confidential until 1991, Online.net bought the building from the French government in 2012, and decided to convert it into a data centre.Online.net will use the data centre to store data from customers who use its C14 data archiving and long-term backup service.
French hosting company Online.net has revealed its new data centre resides in a former nuclear fallout shelter.The company explains that its new bit barn was once a passive defence shelter named Abri Lefebvre built in 1937 atop a disused quarry out in the fifteenth Arrondisement.In 1946 authorities decided Paris needed to harden up to cope with nuclear weapons.As Online.net's post explains, the bunker fell into dis-use for years and the French government eventually sold the buildings above in 2012.Online.net thought there was potential for a data centre so snapped up some of the land.The post we've linked to above outlines the considerable effort required to turn the bunker into a bit barn: suffice to say there's been digging, remediation of many sorts, waterproofing a-plenty, figuring out what to do with a well that wasn't on the maps, adventures with pre-stressed concrete and lots of graffiti removal.
Even a massive cargo ship can sometimes be no match for the massive storms brewing on the world s oceans.But when you add hundreds of thousands of tonnes of cargo into the mix, the last place you want to find yourself is on deck when cargo starts spilling overboard.Unless you re this guy, who not only doesn t take shelter inside, he actually insists on filming the whole thing going down.If you re going to lose millions of pounds of cargo to Poseidon s rage, you might as well get a few YouTube clicks in the process.
The rest of the staff and the rest of the brands—Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Jezebel, Kotaku, Jalopnik and Deadspin—are in the shelter of a Hispanic media company pursuing the broader multicultural and millennial audience.Writers like Richard Lawson, Caity Weaver, and Ashley Feinberg seemed to express themselves in an fresh but coded language new to professional media.When it became powerful enough to merit the New York magazine cover treatment, the package was called Gawker and The Age of Insolence, and illustrated with a keyboard of epithets popularized by the blog.TMZ, for instance, focuses its investigative energy on B-list celebrities; and is careful to maintain good relations with Hollywood lawyers and power players.They took on all subjects with equal vigor, often taking particular pride in undermining the behind-the-scenes players who had become accustomed to operating the celebrity machinery in anonymity.Tom Scocca s essay on Bill Cosby prompted a belated evaluation of sexual allegations against the sitcom star.
Even a massive cargo ship can sometimes be no match for the massive storms brewing on the world s oceans.But when you add hundreds of thousands of tons of cargo into the mix, the last place you want to find yourself is on deck when cargo starts spilling overboard.Unless you re this guy, who not only doesn t take shelter inside, he actually insists on filming the whole thing going down.If you re going to lose millions of dollars of cargo to Poseidon s rage, you might as well get a few YouTube clicks in the process.
I have written several pieces already on my deep concerns about the kind of society we re moving towards in the next 30-50 years as technology-induced changes sweep through society, rendering hundreds of millions of people unemployable.It seems to me that the end game in this thought experiment is the triumph of communism.A Universal Basic Income provides for the basic needs of human beings - food, shelter, clothing - and keeps society from imploding through crime and revolution.They don t strive to achieve anything.I am sure there will be interesting mechanisms to facilitate this process of vegetating - immersive computer games, ever-addictive social media, etc.Note, however, no one can afford anything beyond the basics, so don t think the entertainment industry will be thriving either.
Last September we reported on the world s largest 3D printer, Big Delta.The 20-foot-wide, 40-foot-tall structure was designed by Italy s WASP World s Advanced Saving Project to print low-cost houses out of dirt, clay, and straw.Though the houses themselves would be far from luxurious, they could provide protection from the elements for many displaced people in need.The ambitious project struck a chord with us for its social awareness and sustainable agenda, but we wondered if ambition got the best of its founders.Well, we re happy to see that WASP has constructed its first hive and Big Delta has nearly churned out a completed shelter for an astonishingly cheap $55, according to New Atlas.To develop the shelter, Big Delta piles 135 consecutive layers of clay, straw, and lime on top of each other.
In the wake of the historic floods in Louisiana that damaged 40,000 homes, Airbnb is making it a little easier for people in need to access free shelter.Airbnb activated its disaster response tool on Monday, which enables users to post their homes for free.Typically, hosts have to charge at least $10.We have an ability to help people, at least in the short term, to get a comfortable bed, a home-cooked meal ― which is a very different experience from what they d get in a shelter.ASSOCIATED PRESS A member of the St. George Fire Department assists residents as they wade through floodwaters from heavy rains in the Chateau Wein Apartments in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, Aug. 12, 2016.Airbnb is waiving service charges and allowing hosts to post for free through September 4.
If you re stuck in the big city and yearning for the rural life this summer, you can visit the countryside from the comfort of your couch instead.Farm Sanctuary, a national nonprofit dedicated to rescuing and protecting farm animals from cruelty, teamed up with Condition One VR to film farm tours in virtual reality.I think it is important for people to see these animals in a setting where they are happy and secure, Susie Coston, Farm Sanctuary s national shelter director, tells Digital Trends.Coston serves as the guide in the virtual tour, introducing viewers to the goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, and cows who seem endlessly interested in the 360 camera in their home.You can experience the tour in VR through the YouTube app on Android and iPhones, and through the Condition One app in the Oculus Store.Or just watch it with 360-degree controls from your laptop.
But it s more than a redesign; it s a brand new platform.Exploring the new Dwell.com feels more like using Pinterest or Tumblr than perusing a traditional online magazine.And rather than inundate them with content, the website asks users to shape what they see.Everyone gets a profile page, from which they can follow other users and collect stories related to their interests.Profile pages are also a home for stories, hand-picked by Dwell s editors and featured designers, that fit your users interests.But the new website is designed to place an emphasis on community, as well—a goal reflected by Dwell s description of the platform as an interest network.