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  1. Nickname: Rei Your favorite section from Devil's Club Category?:you tube Tag your Friends:All newlife and vgr staff
  2. The world of Linux operating systems can fill a new user with high expectations only to be met with glaring disappointment in a later reunion. That describes my experience with a Linux distro not well known beyond Europe, Austrumi Linux 2.2.9. I first stumbled on Austrumi Linux last year and was immediately drawn to its innovative nature. I loved the small group of Latvian developers' interesting approach to providing a computing platform dangling numerous trinkets of usefulness. Now, after revisiting the latest upgrade, version 2.2.9 released on June 8, I feel somewhat like a jilted lover mumbling, "Is that all there is, still?" Austrumi Linux is an unusual distribution. With a little more polish, it could be a good tool for running the Linux operating system on any computer you touch without changing anything on the hard drive. There lies the reason for my disappointment. That hope for polish is still missing.Austrumi is a bootable live Linux distribution based on Slackware, an old yet still reliable Linux family that spawned numerous portable installations. It requires limited system resources, and the entire operating system with all of its applications run from RAM, making this distro a fast and functional system. Austrumi runs blazingly fast on any old or new computer. I have several really old Intel-compatible computers with 512MB of RAM that remain very functional on distros such as Austrumi and Puppy Linux. Once you burn the ISO file to a CD-ROM or USB drive, you can choose to run Austrumi Linux by first loading it into the host computer's memory. That lets you remove the CD or USB storage after booting the computer to use the optical drive or USB port for other purposes. You can plug the Austrumi bootable medium into any computer. Booting from the CD or USB, with or without transferring it completely to the host computer's memory, allows you to turn any computer into a Linux box without ever touching the hard drive. Save your data to a USB stick or the cloud (if you have an Internet connection). Turn off the computer, and your presence on that machine is non-existent. Some other well-known Linux distros have that same ability. However, Austrumi has the added advantage of allowing users to choose options at each bootup with absolutely no special setup required for use. Austrumi Linux is a handy, all-purpose Linux OS. It can be an instant fix for data rescue. It is credited as being among the fastest Linux distributions with 3D support for ATI, Nvidia, and Intel video cards. So its performance is no slacker. Something Different One of the things that makes Austrumi Linux so interesting is its desktop -- FVWM, or Feeble Virtual Window Manager. The FVWM environment provides a basic desktop display that does not get in the way. FVWM is clean and simple. It is also easy to use. Over the years, its default desktop appearance changed. The current release makes it easy to click an icon that gives you a totally different look. For example, the default desktop look has a panel bar across the top of the screen and a transparent favorites panel anchored along the right edge of the screen. Right-click on the desktop to get a pop-up menu. This default view offers basic displays and menus. It has a virtual workspace switcher at the bottom of the favorites panel with three workspaces.Austrumi Linux's new default desktop is sparse, with a panel bar on top and a favorites bar along the right edge of the screen. Much of the desktop's functionality is similar to using other really lightweight environments like Openbox and Xfce. However, FVWM is much less configurable and simpler to use. Click and Change With Austrumi Linux, you do not have to spend considerable time fiddling with style and theme configurations to change the look and feel. All you have to do is use the change option in system settings. It took a single click to morph the default desktop view into a more modern looking desktop with a MacOS-style dock at the bottom, and several docky-style applets on the desktop. In this setup, you no longer have the transparent panel hanging off the right edge of the screen. It is a much neater look. Persistent Language Failure The problem with Austrumi is the same issue that existed in my initial hands-on review last year. The developers basically ignore language localization. If you speak Latvian, you will feel right at home. Other languages are available that include Russian, English, Greek, and a few more. But you cannot download a language-specific ISO to install the language of your choice. There is only one download file. Its default language is Latvian. I was hoping that this situation was updated with this latest upgrade release. It is not. If or when this problem is corrected, Austrumi Linux has the potential to gain far more notoriety than is provided by its limited exposure in central Europe. It's really too bad the developers continue to ignore this language laziness legacy. Many of the features, along with the ease of use, makes this distro an option over more established and more po[CENSORED]r Linux distros. How the developer team mishandles language localization in this distro removes most incentive for using Austrumi Linux unless, like me, you are a Linux distro-hopping nerd. Dare to Use It Austrumi booted straight into the Latvian language. Obviously, this is confusing. Those users who have a sense for the Linux OSes and how desktop menus work can make their way through the system to get a sense for how Austrumi works. I admit to being a language nerd of sorts. That, coupled with my familiarity with last year's earlier version, became a puzzle-solving challenge. This latest release, however, was uniquely changed. The desktop design's appearance was different. But the built-in language tool remained. To change the Latvian menus to English, click on the Top Menu label at the far right of the panel bar at the top of the screen. Then count down five Latvian words to the wrench and screwdriver (system) icon, and right-click it. Then select the last label in the list (flag icon-Voladyus) to open a short list of languages in a drop-down panel.
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  4. One of the stories bubbling away in the background of the industry is the AMD self-imposed ‘25x20’ goal. Starting with performance in 2014, AMD committed to itself, to customers, and to investors that it would achieve an overall 25x improvement in ‘Performance Efficiency’ by 2020, which is a function of raw performance and power consumption. At the time AMD was defining its Kaveri mobile product as the baseline for the challenge – admittedly a very low bar – however each year AMD has updated us on its progress. With this year being 2020, the question on my lips ever since the launch of Zen2 for mobile was if AMD had achieved its goal, and if so, by how much? The answer is yes, and by a lot. In this article we will recap the 25x20 project, how the metrics are calculated, and what this means for AMD in the long term.The base value for AMD’s goal is on its Kaveri mobile processors, which by the standards of today set a very low bar. As AMD moved to Carrizo, it implemented new power monitoring features on chip that allowed the system to offer a better distribution of power and ran closer to the true voltage needed, not wasting power. After Carrizo came Bristol Ridge, still based on the older cores, but used a new DDR4 controller as well as lower powered processors that were better optimized for efficiency. A big leap came with Raven Ridge, with AMD combining its new highly efficient Zen x86 cores and Vega integrated graphics. This heralded a vast improvement in performance due to doubling the cores and improving the graphics, all within a similar power window as Bristol Ridge. This boosted up the important 25x20 metric and keeping it well above the ‘linear’ gain. From 2017-2019, this was ultimately a lull in AMD’s strategy, namely because there were no significant design changes. The versions of 2017/2018 Raven Ridge come down to slight SKU differences used for the metric, but ultimately when it came time to measure the systems AMD was a little out of cycle here. Moving from Raven Ridge to Picasso was a shift from using GlobalFoundries 14nm to 12nm, which affords a slight power gain but not so much on the performance. Going from 2017 to 2019 still yielded a 23.5% gain within the same product family, mainly due to minor manufacturing updates and better binning or power algorithms. It was around the Picasso time when OEM’s started taking AMD’s notebook platform more seriously, especially as the lead up to 2020’s Renoir. The jump from Picasso to Renoir has been well documented. Our first use of the CPUs, reviewed in the ASUS Zephyrus G14, left us with our mouths open, almost literally. We called it a ‘Mobile Revival’, showcasing AMD’s transition over from Zen+ to Zen2, from GF 12nm to TSMC 7nm, along with a lot of strong design and optimization on the graphics side. The changes from the 2019 to the 2020 chip include doubling the core count, from four to eight, improving the clock-for-clock performance by 15-20%, but also improving the graphics performance and frequencies despite moving down from an silicon design that had 11 compute units down to 8. This comes in line with a number of power updates, adhering to AHCI specifications, and as we discussed with Sam Naffziger, AMD Fellow, supporting the new S0ix low power states has helped tremendously. The reduction in the fabric power, along with additional memory bandwidth, offered large gains.The PT(x) options are the power consumed in those modes. The main thing to bring up about this metric is that it ends up being highly dependent on the device or laptop the processor is being used in. If you want the best result, you need a device that has a low powered, preferably low resolution but efficient display, a small efficient SSD, as few controllers as possible, and as much thermal headroom as possible. The best environment becomes this odd hybrid of premium components but low specifications. For this metric AMD uses their internal reference platforms, which is often based on one of the first devices to launch with the new product. This is where we initially believe that AMD’s improvements kick in – the first devices in 2017 with Raven Ridge were, not to sugar coat it, rather middle-of-the-road. As reported by our sister website Laptop Mag, the HP Envy x360 with Raven Ridge was a repurposed chassis from HP’s catalogue, rather than something hyper optimized. It is likely that AMD’s reference design mirrors this unit a lot, as AMD and HP work very close together. But clearly room for some improvement. For those keeping track, again the base line for this value is referred back to Kaveri. Kaveri also sets a low bar here, being a 19W TDP processor to begin with, and Carrizo improved the metric a lot through its much more optimized power monitoring and delivery. The goal here is for a lower value, so while Kaveri scored a value of E of 1.00 as the baseline, Carrizo was 0.35, Bristol Ridge was 0.34, and Raven Ridge was 0.28, and also gave double the performance of Bristol Ridge. When it came time to Renoir 2020, performance was +75% over Picasso 2019, but also offered 40% lower power as measured by this metric, giving that 2.92x overall gain. Overall AMD has achieved a 5.02x performance gain with a 6.33x idle efficiency, which the company is wrapping up into a combined 31.77x performance efficiency metric. In speaking with AMD’s Sam Naffziger, he mentioned that when this project started, the company had created what it assumed would be the year-on-year targets for both the CPU and the GPU. Ultimately in 2014 AMD was very big on the heterogenous system architecture, attempting to meld GPU compute in with the CPU. While GPU acceleration has made it into some aspects of a standard laptop-style device, it perhaps isn’t as ubiquitous as was originally envisioned, however the ultimate end-point ended up being a distinct CPU and GPU gain anyway. Sam told me that based on those original targets back in 2014/2015, AMD exceeded his projects in CPU by some considerable margin, which offset some of the GPU projections. Sam mentioned that one of the key elements to helping achieve this metric was the work AMD has done in idle power management, which has a direct consequence on standard laptop use battery life. Because the 'efficiency' part of the calculation is heavliy weighted towards idle, decreasing the latency for a CPU to enter and exit a turbo mode helps a machine power to idle quicker. Also, optimizing the voltage characteristics of what defines an idle state amd supporting the S0ix power states was also a big leap in that metric. The ACPI standards have helped define some of that roadmap, and some of the requirements imposed by Microsoft in order to enable certain features have driven the design forward. AMD and x86 vs Arm As an aside, I did want to get Sam’s thoughts on how AMD is approaching the increasing competition from Arm based designs. Note that we had this briefing well before Apple announced its recent news. Sam stated that Arm designs still have to push both frequency and performance at the high-end, which is going to require some extensive work. He pointed to the tribal knowledge of driving x86 at high-performance and at scale – although he did concede that Arm’s partners have a number of impressive core and SoC designs, and they are keeping tabs on what that market is doing. On top of the core work, Arm’s partners still have the ISA/software porting task, and architecture transitions have to enable significant benefits and lots of investment to be taken advantage of. Sam’s point of view is that AMD has no intention of letting any advantage materialize from the Arm space, and aim to stay several steps ahead at all times. Sam was keen to point out that he believes competition is healthy, and not to dismiss Arm, but to acknowledge that AMD aims to be ahead of the curve if any competition does arise.
  5. Game Informations Genre:Adventure Developer:Gian Sparrow Publisher:Annapurna Interactive Relase Date:Windows, PlayStation 4 April 25, 2017 Xbox One July 19, 2017 Nintendo Switch July 4, 2019 IIexpected What Remains of Edith Finch to be weird and vaguely menacing, but instead found it to be heartbreakingly sweet. Developer Giant Sparrow is no stranger to sadness. Its previous game, The Unfinished Swan, is about a young boy coming to terms with the death of his mother. Sadness is a difficult thing to convey convincingly in a game. Grief is more easily evoked — kill off a favorite character and boom, your player is sad and angry and hurt and all the things that come with a loss. But true sadness, inextricably interwoven with love, is not such an easy lever to pull. What Remains of Edith Finch is a very sad game, because it does the hard work of letting you get to know each member of the Finch family before taking them away. Those lives, experienced through brief flashbacks, make you love those people just enough to genuinely miss them when you remember they’re gone.You play as the titular Finch, returning home for the first time in seven years. Her entire family is gone, though that's no spoiler. In fact, it's the Finch family’s shtick. The Finches have always believed themselves to be under a curse, and they all died long before their time — sometimes mysteriously, sometimes tragically. The truth about those deaths was always a murky area for Edith; her mom didn’t like talking about the past, and the stories told by her grandma Edie were difficult to believe. In What Remains of Edith Finch, Edith moves from room to room, reading the stories of each demise and piecing together her family history, hoping the house will give up its secrets.One thing I absolutely love about the house itself is how incredibly lived-in in feels. It doesn’t come across as a set designed around the idea of a video game level, but rather a home that a dozen members of an impossibly creative family lived in over several generations. Part of this comes at the cost of interactivity – there’s very little in the house you can actually touch or mani[CENSORED]te. Like a museum, there’s a “look, but don’t touch” policy here. But honestly, this didn’t bother me given how much I enjoyed the act of meticulously looking at every beautiful detail of the world. To call What Remains of Edith Finch a game may be slightly disingenuous; it’s more of a storybook. You’ll open some journals, flip some switches and turn a key or two, but by and large you’re roaming the empty halls of the sprawling Finch house as the story is read to you. Edith learns about each character’s death by examining a note or diary left behind in their bedroom, the words spilling out on the screen as you take on the role of the doomed branch of her family tree. The creativity and care given to make sure each story feels uniquely tuned to the person it’s describing kept What Remains of Edith Finch from growing boring. It takes some monumentally deft storytelling to make the death of children — including a baby — anything other than horrifying. Instead, each tale is beautiful in its own sad way. Sam, Lewis and Barbara’s stories are particularly well-crafted, and Milton’s will be a joy for fans of The Unfinished Swan. But Gregory’s passing is the one that will stay with me for a long, long time. It's a crushingly ordinary moment, painful because unlike some other Finch tales, it’s all too plausible.What Remains of Edith Finch is focused almost entirely on several people dying in sometimes terrible ways, but it isn’t gruesome or creepy. Deaths aren’t played for effect, or self-indulgently drawn out to mani[CENSORED]te. They’re not unfair tragedies that a forgiving universe would never allow. Death is a thing that happens, and that’s how What Remains of Edith Finch treats it. It’s not about ends. It’s about Barbara, the child actress, and Lewis, who worked at the cannery. It’s about Sven, who enjoyed woodcarving, and Calvin, who liked rocket ships. It’s about remembering that people are more than just how they ended.Though it only took me just under two hours to complete, the second the credits stopped rolling I immediately restarted What Remains of Edith Finch. Each of the vignettes is so distinct and surprising that I didn’t have enough time to absorb and dissect what I had just played before being whisked away to the next one. But after fully piecing together the threads of the family and sifting through the allegories of their final moments, I was left with a beautiful, heartbreaking mosaic that exudes life, even when mired in death. Giant Sparrow seamlessly transports the player from one character to another, shifting viewpoints and time periods through three generations of a family. To describe any of the stories within the game is to say too much, as each chapter is so distinct from the last in terms of gameplay, aesthetic and setting. The only thing every episode shares is the first-person perspective and simple move, look and click controls. Only in one brief flying and swimming sequence did the interface feel like a hindrance; otherwise it is beautifully integrated. The analogue stick is used to turn a key in a lock, or wind up a music box and turn the pages of book. The effect is tactile rather than testing. The interior of the house is a character in itself, and to learn more about it, you have to explore. The level of detail means that really understanding a space takes more than a moment’s pause, but nothing in the world is surplus: the clutter has a narrative purpose. A wheelchair with an oxygen bottle attached tells one story, as does the modern stairlift in this old house. Even the takeaway boxes and the dishes still smeared with food have a tale to tell. And then there are the books. The Finches were obviously big readers because books are stacked everywhere. The titles vary depending on whose room you’re in – in one you may find Treasure Island sitting beside a book on Japanese manners, in another you’ll see a favourite family cookbook lying open on the table, as if it has been left mid-read. And the game itself acts as a book, with text sitting along the top of a gate or wrapping around the back of an armchair, as Edith narrates. Words may dissolve or letters scatter in the wind, depending where the story travels.Each beautifully detailed bedroom is a mausoleum for a Finch relative, but all the doors are locked, so the path inside is often ingenious and disorienting. A hatch in the floor of one room leads to a tunnel, which then leads to a ladder in another and then Edith climbs through a picture to find the story within. As she explores the rooms, she’s transported into tales of the characters’ last moments. These stories-within-a-story play with ideas of the unreliable narrator, as well as the blurring of fiction and reality. It’s a game about the stories families tell each other and how memories become fiction and then history, before morphing into their own kind of truth. What Remains of Edith Finch system requirements (minimum) Memory:2 GB Graphics Card:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 CPU:Intel Core i3-2125 What Remains of Edith Finch File Size:5 GB OS:Windows Vista SP2 64-bit or later (recommended) Memory:4 GB Graphics Card:NVIDIA GeForce 510 What Remains of Edith Finch CPU:Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
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  10. Fresh from launching its landmark first EV, Mini looks to be expanding its electrified line-up with a potential plug-in variant of its Cooper S five-door hatchback. The hatch is due a substantial facelift before 2023 - having only been subtly updated once in its seven-year lifespan - to bring it into line with newer rivals including the Audi A1, Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio. A prototype spotted by our photographers looks to be hiding only small styling tweaks beneath its front and rear camouflage wrap, but more interesting are clues that this is a plug-in hybrid.The 'E-FZG' sticker in the front windscreen means the mule's powertrain is composed of both combustion and electric elements, and given Mini has yet to introduce hybrid or mild-hybrid options to its line-up, it's likely to be a variation of the larger Countryman Cooper S E All4's plug-in powerplant. No charging socket is visible, but the Countryman's is on the opposite side of the car to the fuel filler cap. Such a move would make sense, given the company's gradual transition to a maker of pure EVs, and would secure Mini an early spot in the burgeoning plug-in family hatchback market, occupied by models including the VW Golf GTE, Hyundai Ioniq PHEV and Mercedes-Benz A250e. It's not yet known whether the Cooper S would be offered solely as a hybrid. Earlier this year, Autocar reported that BMW had delayed development of the next-gen Mini Hatch, both for reasons related to the cost of upgrading its Oxford factory, and because of uncertainty surrounding Britain's relationship with the EU. The model is set to move from its UKL1 underpinnings - new in 2014 - to a new platform, likely BMW's front-driven FAAR architecture or an entirely new platform developed in partnership with Chinese auto giant Great Wall. The FAAR architecture already underpins a plug-in variant of BMW's X1 SUV, but Mini's Countryman PHEV sits atop a four-wheel-drive platform. If it does follow in the footsteps of its larger sibling, the Cooper S PHEV can be expected to take its power from a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine delivering 134bhp and 162lb ft at a low 1250rpm, with a brushless electric motor serving up 87bhp and 122lb ft. It's likely to improve on the Countryman's 26-mile electric-only range, but will weigh substantially more than the current car, so performance figures will likely be affected. Elsewhere, expect updates to be in line with those of the recently refreshed Countryman. Design tweaks will be minimal, but the hatch is likely to receive the Mini Electric's digital instrument display, an optional 8.8in touchscreen and a raft of new personalisation options.
  11. It takes something special to win the world’s oldest motorcycle race, and even more to do it more times than anyone else. But to claim a third career hat-trick at the age of 48 years old, that takes something extraordinary. This is the story of the extraordinary ordinary man and his 2000 heroics: Joey Dunlop, a pub owner from Northern Ireland’s Ballymoney iwho raced bikes and was fairly good at it - so much so he went on to become a multiple world champion and factory Grand Prix rider for Honda. But 20 years ago today, just two weeks after his stunning triple TT victory, Dunlop was killed in a crash while competing in a low-key race in Estonia. Dunlop’s death left not just a sport in mourning, but an entire nation. More than 50,000 attended his funeral and many more watched on television. Northern Ireland had lost its favourite son at the time, and the sport had lost one of its greats.It was not just the success that made Dunlop so idolised. Of course having 26 TT wins under his belt helped, but it was his quiet, unassuming and reserved nature that left so many of his fans intrigued by his personality. Even his peers were perplexed by his private demeanour - many never knew whether he actually liked them or not when he passed - but for those who did, having his trust and respect meant an awful lot. Rarely does a conversation about the TT pass without the Dunlop name being mentioned, thanks to Joey’s legacy and that of his brother Robert and his sons Michael and the late William. Yet the stories that made Joey Dunlop so special rarely get told in full detail, so 20 years on from his final TT, we sought to find out about his finest achievement from those who witnessed it first-hand. John McGuinness, Michael Rutter and Ian Lougher have all forged their own successful reputations in the sport, but over that fortnight they could do nothing about stopping Dunlop from romping to success (along with David Jefferies, who equalled Dunlop with three victories that week). For some he was a rival, for others a friend, but for most he was a hero, and here is how theyDunlop is well remembered for thrashing the opposition in that race, finishing just short of a minute in front of Rutter, who relegated McGuinness to third and Lougher just off the podium in fourth. As predicted by Rutter, Jefferies was dicing with Dunlop for the lead when his bike gave up on the fifth lap, though his success would eventually come later in the week with victories in the Junior, Production and Senior TTs. This story could have been very different had Jefferies made it to the finish in the Formula One, but there was no doubting how well Dunlop was riding that year, as teammate McGuinness witnessed. “I’m on the superbike with a bit of pressure riding for the factory, I’m the new kid and now I’ve got the King of the Roads as a teammate,” said McGuinness. “So off we went to the North West and he stuck it on pole position at 48 years old, and the bike was horrendous. It was really slow, it was really unstable, I hated it. “ saw Joey Dunlop’s greatest week through their own eyes.“We were quite good friends, we got on as much as you could be a friend with someone like Joey,” said Lougher, a 10-time TT winner who stood on the podium with Dunlop that week and enjoyed more than his fair share of battles with him. “He was a very private person as everyone says, but when you’re one-to-one with him or only a couple of people that he liked were around him, you could get a good conversation going and a bit of banter out of him. You know, he was quite good fun. “But as soon as he came into a circle that was a little bit unknown to him or whatever, he would clam up. He was a really strange sort of person, but really when he died it was like I didn’t miss Joey just for the millions of battles that we had on the 125s and 250s and whatever, but I missed him for his personal side. He was a human being, and that’s what you missed because he was so kind and a good honest person. There was no bad side to him at all, he was a lot brighter than people thought and he wasn’t stupid by any means. People said if he felt like it he could drag a bike out the back of a van and go and beat you, but he wouldn’t. He put a lot of time and effort and work into it and I got to see that as well.” A native Welshman now living in Dunlop’s homeland across the Irish Sea, Lougher grew to know him as well as any rider in the TT paddock could realistically achieve without being either his brother or among his close circle of friends back home. He recalls many stories about their time riding together, so many in fact that as he remembers one, another quickly pops back into his head.It’s evident that the moments he cherishes the most are the ones they shared off the track, talking about what had just happened on it, which often took place over a beer or in the pub as was common in their day. After all, professionalism has taken a long time to infect the TT, and after racing at breakneck speeds nearing 200mph for 37.73-miles per lap, a pint is the least they deserve at the end of the day.It’s in these private chats where Lougher got to see the real Joey Dunlop: not the humble, silent and cheery rider the rest of us witnessed, but a man filled with emotions, with passion and - on the odd occasion - raw anger. He saw that most in the hours after Dunlop’s penultimate victory on the island, his 25th win that came in the Lightweight 250 TT that fateful year, when a jubilant Dunlop was anything but. “I “I’d decided where I was going to pass him. It would have to be on the last lap, on the run down to the Creg-ny-Baa pub. There is always a massive crowd there, and it is one of the most iconic parts of the course - I mean, how many chances in a lifetime am I going to get to pass Joey Dunlop on the last lap of the Senior TT, at the end of an epic race on the road? It had to be at the Creg. It just had to be. “He was so neat in the way he sat on the bike and it never looked like he was trying. He was going so fast yet it looked effortless for him. I pulled up alongside of him out of his draught and I thought ‘I’ll have him here, I’ll show him’, but he hit his brakes so late that I thought ‘I’m not going to stop, and he isn’t going to stop either’. “I had gone from a picture in my mind of the most perfect overtake imaginable for a bike race to one where both of us end up in a heap on the floor of the pub car park. Somehow we both just got it stopped and round the corner. He had outbraked me, and I was supposed to be the big-shot short-circuit racer who was nearly half his age. I thought ‘bloody hell, this is amazing’. “We went through Signpost Corner and I was right on his back wheel, then we drove down towards Governor's, which is the very last place you can try and make a pass on anyone by outbraking them before the end of the lap. “He must have known that I was right behind him because he messed up a little bit. He braked so hard that - no word of a lie - his rear wheel was feet in the air; the bike must have been at 45 degrees, on its nose. He had to let the brake off or he was going to go right over his handlebars. I could tell he didn’t want to but he had no choice. “Obviously, I would have preferred to win the race, but racing that hard with such a massive legend for so long, on the greatest racetrack on the planet, went some way towards making up for not winning the overall race. “Joey and I shook hands, but he never said anything to me; not a word. I was absolutely buzzing but I had no idea if he enjoyed it or not. It was impossible to tell. “After the podium, I went into the press room with all the journalists.
  12. NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has lashed a Victorian man from a virus hot spot who arrived in Sydney by train, saying it should serve as a warning to others. Authorities intercepted the man, aged in his late 50s, at Central Station on Friday after he arrived on an XPT from Melbourne. When health authorities on the ground asked the man to produce his licence, it revealed an address located within one of the 10 Victorian hot-spot suburbs currently in lockdown following a new spike in COVID-19 cases. The man now faces up to $11,000 in fines or six months behind bars after earlier this week the Berejiklian Government announced those crossing the border into NSW from a virus hot spot would be penalised. Mr Hazzard is believed to have signed a public health order on Wednesday that would give police the power to fine people from Victoria’s virus-riddled areas who had disobeyed orders and entered the state.“Let this be a message for Victorians from a hot spot, do not come to NSW unless you have a very good reason or have an exemption to come here, particularly for a medical reason, or something else extraordinary,” he told reporters on Friday. Mr Hazzard said the Melbourne man argued he had not lived at the address listed on his licence for some time but he had visited a storage unit in one of the hot-spot areas. Currently NSW Health has 70 employees working on tracing in Victoria in order to provide some relief to health authorities in the southern state. The Health Minister said it was their job to “help cut the chain of transmission” by being able to ask the right questions. Mr Hazzard said the man’s arrival today should act as a warning to Victorians. “Nobody should be coming to NSW with identification showing you’ve come from that area,” he said. “We shouldn’t have NSW citizens put in that situation and we shouldn’t have our health staff having to dig into where you’ve come from.” The man’s accommodation in NSW had also been cancelled likely because the provider realised where the guest was travelling from, Mr Hazzard explained.“We have now had to provide accommodation for that gentleman in our health hotel, which is at the huge expense of the NSW taxpayer, unless we can find a way to get him or the Victorian Government to pay for it,” he said. “Don’t come to NSW on a half-baked situation which shows you have a licence coming from a hot spot but then claim you don’t come from there. We’ll assume you did and that’s how you’ll be treated.” When asked whether the man will be fined or jailed, Mr Hazzard said NSW Police would now review the case and whether the man intended to breach public health orders. He also urged the Andrews Government to implement a screening process at stations in Victoria for outgoing travellers. On Thursday NSW health authorities intercepted a female traveller who took a train from Melbourne to Sydney despite showing symptoms of COVID-19. She had also failed to wait to receive her pending test results. However, she was reportedly on the train prior to the new public health order kicking in. NSW recorded no new cases of coronavirus today, while Victoria registered 66 new COVID-19 cases.
  13. The poor and vulnerable are already suffering the most from the COVID-19 pandemic; they must not be left to carry the economic burden of rescue packages as well. It is time for those who have the most – and have long avoided paying their fair share – to start pulling their weight. NEW YORK – The COVID-19 pandemic will leave the world economy bruised and bloody. And the wrong tax policies would compound the damage in the short term and impede longer-term recovery.Just a few months into the crisis, public-sector balance sheets are already under severe strain. As lockdowns and other social-distancing protocols curtail economic activity, many advanced-country governments have launched large-scale monetary- and fiscal-stimulus measures. Meanwhile, tax revenues are plummeting and unemployment is skyrocketing, implying a steep rise in future government expenditure. The outlook is especially bleak for developing countries, many of which lack the fiscal space to pursue stimulus and fear capital flight if they try. Some are even embracing fiscal austerity, which will make it virtually impossible to restart their economies and replenish government coffers. The unavoidable reality is that, in developed and developing countries alike, reviving demand – and thus GDP growth – will cost a lot of money. That money will, directly or indirectly, come primarily from government budgets. Even when large private corporations pledge to invest, they hold out for tax breaks, loan guarantees, and other expensive incentives. In some countries, such as the United States, the wealthy are getting their wish. But in the current context, tax cuts will do little to stimulate investment. There is too much excess capacity and too little certainty about future demand. It is impossible to say how far global tax revenues will fall as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. But, between tax breaks for corporations and falling incomes, it is safe to assume that the decline will be much larger than the 12% drop during the 2007-09 global financial crisis.Clearly, governments need to find a way to increase their revenues. Cutting taxes for corporations isn’t it. Nor is raising taxes on ordinary workers, which would exacerbate already-widening income and wealth inequality. As we argue in the latest report of the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation, governments should focus instead on boosting corporate tax revenues, including by introducing more progressive tax systems and putting a floor under tax rates, in order to curb competition. Potential new tax revenues obviously exist. Some multinationals are thriving during the pandemic. During the first quarter of 2020, when most economic activity ground to a halt, Amazon’s sales surged by 26%. Multinational pharmaceutical companies are scrambling to develop diagnostics, therapeutics, and a vaccine, in the expectation that patents will bring handsome profits. The S&P 500 has now recovered all of the losses it incurred since the start of the crisis. Furthermore, many multinationals operate as quasi-monopolies or oligopolies, and thus extract large rents on which they pay little or no tax. In fact, by exploiting loopholes and tax havens or low-tax jurisdictions, the largest companies often manage to pay less in taxes than small and medium-size enterprises. This is both unfair and undermines job creation. These rents should be taxed through progressive profit taxes, with higher rates on larger firms and lower rates on smaller firms in highly competitive sectors.The most effective response to such tax avoidance requires international cooperation. But multilateral reforms, pursued through the OECD’s inclusive framework on tax base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), will not be implemented until later this year at the earliest. The withdrawal of the United States from the negotiations has complicated matters further. And any additional revenues the reforms generated would not arrive until 2022 at the earliest. In the meantime, governments should move individually – or in the European Union’s case, at the regional level – to introduce a 25% effective minimum tax rate on multinationals’ global profits. Such an effort would actually build upon US minimum tax rules. Governments shouldn’t stop there. Following in the footsteps of France, India, and the United Kingdom, countries should introduce progressive digital-service taxes, which would force digital businesses to pay their fair share where their customers are located. Because digital multinationals often face negligible marginal costs, taxing turnover is equivalent to taxing profits. It is thus not distortionary.2 Boosting transparency would also go a long way toward combating tax avoidance. To that end, governments should require multinationals receiving support during the pandemic to publish country-by-country reports in which they reveal where they recorded profits and paid taxes (if any).The OECD can also help on this front. In 2018, almost 100 jurisdictions automatically exchanged information on 47 million financial accounts worth approximately €4.9 trillion ($5.5 trillion), through the OECD Global Forum’s Automatic Exchange Of Information program. Yet the aggregate data on overseas private wealth, by country of origin and destination, is not publicly available. The OECD should publish it. Doing so would enable taxpayers to hold their governments to account for failing to tax undeclared offshore assets.