US grants more time to wind down business with Rusal
Americans engaged with United Company Rusal PLC have until Oct. 23 to wind down their business with the aluminum giant amid U.S. sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Monday in a statement extending the time period.
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 15): Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng revealed today that the RM19.25 billion allegedly missing in the goods and services tax (GST) refunds trust account had affected 121,429 companies and individuals, who were not paid back in two weeks as required by law, stretching as far back as 2015.
In a statement today, Lim said the government faces a shortfall of RM19.25 billion because there was only RM148.6 million in the GST refunds trust account as at May 31, 2018.
Here’s a video which didn’t quite make sense as part of my new feature on Evernote, but is far too fascinating not to share.
Stepan Pachikov, the company’s founder, grew up in the Soviet Union, where he was an award-winning math and science prodigy. In 1964, when he was 14, he gave a speech at Siberia’s Novosibirsk State University to an audience of fellow kids. In it, he told them about his ambitious plan to move the Earth closer to the Sun, thereby warming the planet. Though it sounds like something a James Bond villain would come up with, Pachikov’s intentions were only virtuous: He wanted people who lived above the Arctic Circle to be able to eat fresh fruits and vegetables from their own gardens.
Fortunately for us, a snippet of the young scientist’s presentation made its way into a documentary which interspersed science-related clips with … Soviet-era pop music. Here’s a portion of that film; the Pachikov portion begins 50 seconds in, but I really advise you to watch the whole thing.
The rest of the story: Pachikov didn’t convince the world that global warming was a good idea, but it happened even without his help. Once he grew up, he did pioneering work in technologies such as handwriting recognition and VR, relocated to the U.S. in the process, and gave us Evernote, a product he initially devised mostly to please himself. You can read more about him in my story.
And hey, this charming video leaves me wishing that we had similar footage of other tech-industry notables at the age of 14. What’s the earliest video we have of, say, Elon Musk?
After launching for Samsung Galaxy phones with the debut of the Note 9, Epic Games is now bringing its popular last-player-standing shooter Fortnite to other Android devices. The developer is sending invites out to people who signed up on its website. If you’ve already done so, check your inbox for the link to get into […]