Jewish group say K-Pop band BTS should apologize over Nazi-style hats
- Seoul, South Korea (CNN) - Korean boy band BTS have been criticized by a Jewish human rights group for posing in headgear featuring a Nazi-style symbol.
- In a statement posted on its website, the Simon Wiesenthal Center alleged that the popular K-pop group had posed in hats displaying the symbol of the SS Death's-Head -- the organization that oversaw the Nazi concentration camps.
- The Simon Wiesenthal Center statement links to a Reddit page which shows one of the band members, RM, wearing a camouflage hat with the infamous symbol apparently sewn onto its peak.
- Two years before that, South Korean pop group Pritz said they never intended to look like Nazis when they dressed in black shirts with red armbands in a music video.
Sleepy Caribbean island waking up to tourism
- The laid-back luxury resort -- centered around a ridgetop Great House, complete with infinity pool, gourmet restaurant and bar -- is just the first phase of a much larger plan to develop South Caicos in its low-density, eco-friendly image.
- A gradually expanding property, the resort currently offers 29 units -- from airy multi-bedroom beachfront villas with private pools to ridgetop suites with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Caicos Banks.
- While there are currently no dive operators on South Caicos, Sailrock can arrange excursions through off-island operators until local outfitters are up and running.
- The spa will offer signature salt scrub treatments in a nod to South Caicos' key role in the Turks and Caicos Islands' now-defunct salt industry.
- Its sheltered natural deep water harbor made South Caicos attractive for the production and export of sea salt, an industry that began in the Turks and Caicos in the 17th century.
World economic change to 2040 is Asia from South America to Southern Europe level
- The World economic transformation over the next twenty years is Asia moving past South America in the next five years on per capita income.
- Most of China moving to Southern European levels by 2030.
- Southern Asia (India, Indonesia) reaching South American levels in per capita income around 2030.
- India and ASEAN getting close to Southern European levels around 2040.
- From 2000 to 2010, Asia had one quarter to one-third of the per capita income of South America.
- Brazil is the dominates South America’s per capita GDP statistics.
- China and India dominate Asia GDP statistics.
- China will pass Brazil in per capita GDP in 2019.
- Around 2028 to 2035, India and the ASEAN countries will be around the per capita income level of South America.
- India and most of the population of the ASEAN countries are currently at the 25-30% of the per capita income level of South America.
France has been the most-visited country in the world for more than 20 years in a row — but experts think it's about to lose its crown
- France has held the title of most popular tourist destination in the world for more than 20 years running.
- In 2018 alone, 89 million tourists are estimated to have traveled to France.
- But France may soon be overtaken by another country as the world's foremost vacation hotspot.
- According to a report from market-research firm Euromonitor International, China is expected to become the world's most popular tourist destination by 2030.
- China is seeing an increasing number of tourists coming from nearby countries such as Vietnam, South Korea, and Japan.
- According to the report, China is also expected to become the biggest source of tourists in the world by 2030, surpassing the United States and Germany.
- In 2018, just shy of 100 million Chinese tourists visited other countries, but that figure is expected to skyrocket to 250 million in 2030.
An extinct monkey evolved to live like a sloth in the Caribbean
- About 11 million years ago, monkeys somehow crossed the sea from South America to the island of Jamaica in the Caribbean.
- It was related to South American monkeys, but it was unclear which group it belonged to or when its ancestors reached Jamaica.
- X. mcgregori does not look like a typical titi monkey, though, so arriving on the island evidently forced its ancestors to evolve.
- Xenothrix split from its closest South American relatives roughly 11 million years ago, suggesting that is when its ancestors reached Jamaica.
- Unfortunately, most of the Caribbean’s native species died out when humans first arrived on the islands, so are only known from preserved remains.
- “What we think but cannot demonstrate is that Xenothrix, like hundreds of other species, was a victim of either direct or indirect impacts by the first humans who got there,” says MacPhee.
Fascinating photos show what it's like to be a truck driver in different parts of the world — from driving pandas to the airport to spending $10,000 on truck art
- Truck transportation is a $1.45 trillion industry worldwide.
- That's more than air, ship, train, or any other individual method of moving goods.
- The lives of the people driving those many, many trucks are different all over the world.
- We found fascinating photos of truck drivers in Nigeria, Pakistan, the United States, England, China, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, and more to highlight what their days look like.
- Here's what a truck driver's day looks like in every continent...
- except Antarctica.
Samsung’s foldable ‘Galaxy F’ will reportedly launch next March – and it’ll be pricey
- After Samsung teased its foldable phone at an event last week, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported today that the company plans to launch the device in March 2019 – with a hefty price tag.
- If the report is accurate, the Galaxy F will be one of the most expensive phones you’ll be able to buy from a mainstream brand next year; it’s nearly double the price of the biggest phones of 2018, and there aren’t likely to be many devices that will bridge the price gap in the few months left until next March.
- He added that the idea is to use the phone in its folded state for quick tasks, like making calls, reading messages, and looking up maps; when unfolded, the device is said to allow for a seamless experience that expands the functionality of the apps you use, and support multiple windows simultaneously (for responding to messages while watching YouTube side-by-side, for example).
Microsoft absorbs RPG developers Obsidian and inXile
- Microsoft today announced the acquisition of two heavy-hitters in the RPG gaming world, namely inXile Entertainment and Obsidian Entertainment.
- What this means for gamers remains to be seen, Microsoft’s publishing arm has a reputation for enabling studios without squashing creativity – Bungie did quite well there, for awhile – but both inXile and Obsidian have a reputation for caring more about fans than bottom-lines.
- inXile is perhaps best known for its top-down perspective roleplaying games, such as Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera.
- Obsidian is also legendary for roleplaying games, but its titles tend to be a tad bit more action-oriented.
- Whether you like the news or not, it’s worth mentioning that any games either release on the Xbox platform should launch on Xbox Game Pass like all Microsoft Studios titles.