Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… curt hopkins Redmond, Washington’s Microvision, producers of miniaturized technologies, announced it has made its first big sale of its PicoP laser projection display engine. The unidentified customer “plans to embed the PicoP engine inside a high-end mobile media player for release in late 2010 and plans to announce its launch at that time.” It is worth noting that the company has made technology designed to be used by the iPod and iPhone. In early March, the company announced that their SHOWWX projector, powered by the engine, was available for sale to customers in the United States at $549.99. The pico projector uses laser light to produce high resolution, WVGA (848 X 480) images of up to 200 inches at a 5000:1 contrast ratio, which Microvision claims is five times higher than any of its competition. The projector can be attached to a computer or smart phone. It uses no focusing knobs or optics.The company hopes to see a broad spectrum of personal and professional technology devices using the engine and projector. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Apple#Multimedia#web
Mumbai-based realty major Lodha Developers on Tuesday announced plans to build the world’s tallest tower at a cost of Rs 2,000 crore in central Mumbai. Players in the real estate business are of the opinion that there would certainly be demand for this mammoth project.According to Yashwant Dalal, president of the Estate Agents Association of India, a project of such magnitude will surely invoke a lot of curiosity. The tower is expected to be ready by 2014.”The property prices in Worli in central Mumbai are anywhere between Rs 60,000 to Rs 65,000 per sq ft depending on the building and the amenities. A project of such big magnitude would surely be priced at a premium. We anticipate that there would be some demand for the project from high net worth individuals,” he said.For the project, Lodha Developers has tied up with New York-based architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed and Partners and structural engineering firm LERA. The project, christened World One, is to be built over 17 acres at Upper Worli.”Through the partnership with global architects, designers and engineers, the company seeks to bring to Mumbai a landmark, which would exemplify the spirit of Mumbai – to always soar higher through hard work and passion,” Abhisheck Lodha, director of Lodha Developers, is reported to have said.The company, which plans to launch a $650-million initial public offering (IPO) later this year, will start bookings by the end of June, 2010. The company plans to fund the project through a combination of customer receipts, accruals of the company and debt finance. “If need be, we might also go in for private equity funding,” Lodha added.advertisementThe building would include about 300 exclusive homes, including three-four bedroom World Residences, lavish World Villas with their own private pools and a limited number of uber-luxurious duplex-world mansions. The company plans to construct three residential towers, a high-end shopping avenue and a world-lass office building.”At over 1,450 ft in height, World One would be the tallest residential tower in the world, which would be rated as Gold Leed certified building,” Lodha added. The units would be ranged between Rs 7.5-Rs 50- crore. Lodha’s also stated that it has already received booking for a few units during prelaunch, which are priced at over Rs 25,000 per sq ft.”We have taken special measures to ensure the highest levels of fire safety and have designed the structure to manage the effect of wind and seismic movements,” Lodha said.The site would have over twolakh sq ft (or five acres) of landscape area for the residents, including a special 80,000 sq ft sports club at a height of 175-feet above ground.Pawan Swamy, managing director (western India), of Jones Lang Lasalle Meghraj, a global realty consultancy firm, said Lodha Developers have the necessary permissions to build a similar project at their recently acquired plot at Wadala for a whopping Rs 4,050 crore.Anand Gupta, Honorary treasurer of the All India Builders Association of India, said the project is something that all should all be proud of.”The structure and the skyline of the city symbolise the development and the progress of the city. If 10 to 20 such projects come up, it would not only mean a huge inflow in terms of revenue to the state government but also the growth the state is seeing,” he said.Earlier, in the first week of April, 2010, a 3,640- sq ft sea facing duplex flat on the 19th and the 20th floors of Samudra Mahal in Worli, Mumbai was sold for Rs 33 crore making it one of the most expensive deals in the country with a flat rate of over Rs 90,000 per sq ft.
Yesterday was of course Mother’s Day, and Penn State linebacker Nyeem Wartman elected to give his mother a very special gift this year. On Sunday, Wartman announced via Facebook that he was officially changing his name to Nyeem Wartman-White to honor his mother, Veronica White, and stepfather. A pretty amazing gesture from Wartman-White, who recorded 75 tackles last season, second-best on the Nittany Lions. It’ll be hard to top that Mother’s Day gift going forward, but seeing his new surname on the back of his jersey will be an awesome treat for his mom and stepfather come September.
Kolkata: Eight persons were killed and 16 others were injured, four of them seriously, after being struck by lightning in the state which experienced torrential rain accompanied by squall on Friday afternoon.Along with the city, South and North 24-Parganas received heavy rainfall as well. The Alipore Meteorological Office has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Kolkata and its neighbouring areas in the next 48 hours. The injured were taken to SSKM Hospital where one Subir Pal was declared brought dead, while 16 others were admitted. The condition of four persons is serious, the hospital sources said. Pal had come with his wife and son to visit Victoria Memorial, when the tragedy took place. His wife and son have been admitted to the hospital. Another woman, identified as Aparna Mondal (52), died after lightning struck her while she was working in her garden in Bansdroni. She was declared brought dead at M R Bangur Hospital. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSujit Bose, Minister of State for Fire and Emergency Services, went to SSKM Hospital, talked to the doctors and inquired about the condition of the injured persons. While two were killed in the city, six died in the districts. Three members of a family were killed by lightning at Raghunathpur in Bankura. The deceased were identified as Bina Bauri, her husband Abhijit and brother in-law Sanjay. The victims were working in the field when the incident took place. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) recorded 81mm rain in Behala Flying Club till 5pm. During the same period, Mominpur, Ballygunge, Palmar Bazaar, Chetla and Kalighat recorded 75mm, 83mm, 61mm, 56mm and 56.8mm rainfall respectively. The rainfall recorded in Thanthania, Ultadanga, Dhapa, Manicktala and Dutta Bagan pumping stations was 22mm, 29mm, 35mm, 19mm and 22mm respectively, during that period. The rainfall recorded by KMC shows that South Kolkata has received heavier rainfall than Central and North Kolkata. Mayor Firhad Hakim said the intensity of rain was so heavy that there was waterlogging in some of the important roads. All the pumps are functioning to clear the accumulated water and portable pumps have also been pressed into service. A special control room has been opened in KMC, where Hakim and other senior civic officials are overseeing the exercise to clear the accumulated water. Waterlogging was reported from Shilpara and its neighbourhood in Behala, vast areas in Bhowanipore and Kalighat, stretches on Asutosh Mukherjee Road and Park Street in South Kolkata. Stretches on Chittaranjan Avenue, areas surrounding Dharmatala and Thanthania Kalibari were under water as well. Because of waterlogging the traffic movement crawled to a very slow pace, which led to massive traffic jams in both South and North Kolkata, causing severe inconvenience to commuters. Vast areas in Sector V, the state’s IT hub, were inundated following the heavy downpour. The commuters waded through the waterlogged roads to reach home. Sinjini Guha, who works at an IT firm, said: “Because of rain the app cabs became infrequent and the auto-rickshaw services were withdrawn. It was really a trying time for the home-bound commuters,” she said. Akash Basu, a resident of Khardah who studies in a private engineering college, said: “Reaching home was difficult as no transport was available.” The flight movement at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport was also hit due to the rain. Six flights could not take off due to the heavy rain. However, they left for their destination after the rain subsided.
APTN National News OTTAWA—An NDP MP wants to see the oath MPs swear before they take office amended to include text that acknowledges the treaties signed between the Crown and Indigenous peoples.Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash said he recited additional text during his swearing-in ceremony on Friday referencing the treaties.After reciting the formal oath, which includes promising allegiance to the Queen, and signing the Test Roll, a book with pages headed by the text of the oath, Saganash then pledged to uphold the treaties.“And, I solemnly affirm that, in the carrying out of my duties, I shall honour and respect the treaties signed with Indigenous peoples,” Saganash recited during his swearing-in ceremony last Friday.Quebec NDP Pierre Nantel also included the additional text during his swearing-in ceremony. Manitoba NDP MP Niki Ashton and Dene NDP MP Georgina Jolibois, who represents a Saskatchewan riding, also plan to use the text during their swearing-in ceremonies scheduled for this week.Saganash said he would like to see the oath MPs swear amended to include reference to the treaties. With the Justin Trudeau Liberal government promising to change the oath of citizenship to include a reference to the treaties—as was called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)—Saganash said the same should apply to MPs.“We have the TRC report and its 94 calls to action and 94 is a call to action to change the oath of citizenship,” said Saganash. “I said to myself, if it’s valid and appropriate to ask new citizens to respect our treaties, then parliamentarians in this country should do the same.”The Trudeau government has pledged to implement all the TRC’s recommendations.Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette said he supports Saganash’s push to change the text of the oath of MPs.“It sounds like a great idea,” said Ouellette, who is Cree. “I know when I was doing the oath it was with a bit of mixed emotion…I would love to work on it with (Saganash).”The text of the MP’s oath is contained in schedule 5 of the Constitution, but Saganash doesn’t believe it necessarily requires a constitutional change to amend the text. Saganash said it remains unclear whether the change could be done through federal legislation, or if it would require the re-opening of the Constitution.“There is a question of what is the status of schedules in the Constitution,” he said. “I have confronted many difficult issues, constitutional issues in my life and this one is no different…It’s something we need to consider…With respect to treaties in this country, it is the Crown foremost that signed the treaties.”APTN is awaiting a response from Citizenship and Immigration on when it plans to change the citizenship firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
SAN FRANCISCO — Federal prosecutors say a California utility’s role in igniting wildfires last year could allow a judge to find that it violated terms of its criminal conviction in a deadly gas pipeline explosion.In a court filing Monday, the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco cited investigations by state officials that blamed Pacific Gas & Electric power lines for some of the fires in October 2017. Investigators also said they found evidence PG&E violated state law.Prosecutors say a judge could use those facts to determine that the utility violated conditions of its probation in a conviction stemming from an explosion of one of its natural gas lines in 2010. The blast in the San Francisco Bay Area killed eight people.PG&E didn’t immediately return a request for comment.The Associated Press
BERLIN — A German labour union is calling on security staff at three German airports to stage a strike Thursday amid ongoing pay negotiations.The ver.di union said Wednesday that it’s urging workers to join a one-day walkout that is likely to cause disruptions for airline passengers.The strike will affect airports in Duesseldorf, Koeln-Bonn and Stuttgart.Security staff at Berlin’s two airports already staged a strike Monday that caused severe disruption to flights.The union wants hourly pay for all workers conducting security checks to rise to 20 ($22.81) euros. The employers association BDLS says this could amount to an increase of 30 per cent in some cases.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Light Horse Association (NPLHA) is holding their Annual Stacy Memorial Silent Auction Fundraiser.The NPLHA is a local not for profit, a member-run equestrian facility that’s goal is to promote skill in horsemanship, in both adults and juniors alike. The Silent Auction is in honour of member Stacy Michalski Ollenberger who passed away unexpectantly on November 4, 2015.The NPLHA shares that in Stacy’s quest of obtaining normalcy, she revived the Horse Show in 2012. Through her illness, she realized an appreciation of community and friends, therefore believing in paying it forward. In Stacy’s memory and to remind NPLHA members and the community of her commitment to the NPLHA a portion of the proceeds from the silent auction will be donated back into the community, to help a local school’s breakfast program this fall.The Auction has raised $5,904.51 of its $8,000.00 goal with new items being added to the silent auction daily. To view the Auction; CLICK HERE
Washington DC: A 31-year-old Indian national has been sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison on Monday for his involvement in a major call centre scam under which he and his co-conspirators extorted money from American residents by impersonating tax officers, the US Department of Justice said. Nishitkumar Patel, who had pleaded guilty to the charges on January 9, has also been asked by a Florida court to pay USD 2,00,000, forfeit cash and a 2015 Land Rover that was seized in October 2018. According to court documents, Patel connived with the US-based co-conspirators and the India-based call centres to extort money from American residents by impersonating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officers between 2014 and 2016. The IRS is the revenue service of the United States federal government. During this period, they mislead the victims in believing that they owed money to the IRS and would be arrested and fined if they did not pay their alleged taxes back immediately, as per the documents. The conspirators collected the fraud proceeds by withdrawing cash from prepaid cards purchased and funded by victims; hiring other conspirators (runners) to retrieve money wired by the victims to those runners; and/or hiring runners to open bank accounts into which victims deposited fraud proceeds, revealed the documents. The defendants collected the proceeds by providing the runners with the victims’ names, locations, and amounts paid. The runners were directed to retrieve the fraud proceeds in cash and turn the funds over to the defendants, often less a payment to the runner for opening the account or conducting the transaction, according to the documents. Four others have already pleaded guilty for their roles in the scheme. On March 25, Alejandro Juarez was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. Hemalkumar Shah, Sharvil Patel and Brenda Dozier are currently awaiting sentencing. “We here at IRS CI recognise the heartache and concern these crooks cause innocent people. This is why we are eager to team up with our law enforcement partners to track down these impersonators in whatever corner of the globe they may be hiding in,” said special agent in-charge Mary Hammond of IRS Criminal Investigations, Tampa Field Office.
2014-15Cleveland Cavaliers61.1Detroit Pistons38.9 SEASONWIN VS. GOOD TEAMOPP WIN %LOSS IN NEXT GAME VS. BAD TEAMOPP WIN % 2012-13New York Knicks65.7%Phoenix Suns31.6% 2014-15Houston Rockets69.7Utah Jazz34.3 The mind-boggling stat raises two questions: Why have the Bulls been so inconsistent for this long? And can this new group of players eventually find a way to break the troubling pattern?Several premises might help explain the Bulls’ bizarre showings in recent years.Although the injury bug didn’t necessarily bite Chicago way more frequently than other teams, the ailments hampered the Bulls in a way that few clubs could relate to.Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, now with the New York Knicks, suffered devastating injuries with the Bulls. But beyond those two, basically every other regular starter — Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich, Richard Hamilton and even Butler last season — battled something at one point that kept him out for a significant time. The locker room looking more like an infirmary often threw the club out of rhythm and prevented Thibodeau from being able to make full use of arguably the NBA’s best bench.It’s also fair to wonder whether the Bulls’ smothering, precision-based defense, ingrained by Thibodeau, might have left players worn down for their next game.“He loved to have his players go lay it all on the line,” Bulls power forward Taj Gibson said. “Everybody knew what kind of team we were: a hard-nosed, defensive team that was going to play hard till the last minute of the game.”The blood and sweat paid dividends: The Bulls were regularly among the NBA’s best defenses during Thibodeau’s five seasons, which started in 2010-11 and ended in 2015. Chicago also ranked near the top in terms of how much ground they covered each night despite playing at one of the slowest per-possession paces in the league. That means they moved considerably farther and faster than the average club on each play. (Looking at Minnesota’s repeated second-half meltdowns this season, the Wolves may be suffering some of the same fatigue problems.)The human nature part of all this: that a player, or a team, might get more amped to play some teams as opposed to others, as former Bull Pau Gasol surmised about his old team last week. “The Bulls usually get up against good teams,” he said. “The challenge is getting up against the not-so-good teams and winning those games.” (No one was more tightly wound than Noah when he’d play against LeBron James — a whopping 14 percent of Noah’s career technical fouls have come against James and his teams, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.)To be clear, it’s not out of the question that the Bulls could turn over a new leaf and start playing more consistently, regardless of the quality of their opponent. That trend of beating good teams and then immediately losing to bad ones occurred almost entirely under a previous regime, of which just a handful of players remain.Even with that in mind, it’s hard to ignore some of the unusual tendencies that started under Thibodeau and, at least for now, have continued under second-year coach Fred Hoiberg. Consider, for example, that the Bulls have won an astonishing 16 consecutive home games on TNT’s Thursday-night broadcasts since February 2013, beating, among others, the Heat, Rockets, Spurs, Thunder, Clippers and Cavs over that span.Since March 2013, the Bulls have snapped Miami’s 27-game win streak, the Knicks’ 13-game win streak, Golden State’s 19-game win streak at home and, last week, the Spurs’ 13-game win streak on the road — all in nationally televised games, either on ESPN, TNT or NBATV.Wild inconsistency has played a role in the national TV success, too. Fans often joked that Hinrich, the ex-Bull, seemed to morph into Michael Jordan whenever Chicago played on national television. But there appeared to be some truth to that. Hinrich’s best performances during each of his last three seasons as a pro — per Basketball-Reference.com’s Game Score stat — were during nationally televised games: a 14-point showing at Phoenix on ESPN last season, a 20-point night against Cleveland on ESPN in 2014-15, and a 19-point explosion on TNT during a blowout win over Houston in 2013-14.It probably isn’t a great omen, then, that one of Hinrich’s replacements once carried around a similar reputation, with at least a little statistical backing.As for these Bulls, sitting at 13-10 nearly a third of the way through the season, no one would say they’re without flaws.The perimeter shooting, red hot to start the season, has regressed to where many thought it would. In a league that prioritizes spacing and shooting more than ever before, Chicago ranks dead-last in 3-pointers made, 3-pointers attempted and 3-point percentage. (Things may get a bit better now that Doug McDermott, one of the precious few competent shooters on the team, is back after suffering two concussions. But it’s troubling that Nikola Mirotic’s game continues to oscillate between that of Channing Frye and a late-career Andrea Bargnani, who now finds himself playing overseas at age 31.)Crunch-time offense should be a concern for the Bulls, too, even if it hasn’t truly cost them yet.Despite the worries about the range-impaired backcourt featuring three players who each need the ball, Rondo, Wade and Butler haven’t gotten in each other’s way for the most part. The trio has handled opponents comfortably overall, winning by 6.3 points per 100 plays in 353 minutes.But things have played out far differently in clutch moments, when the game slows down and spacing gets cramped because teams refuse to guard Rondo near the arc. CHICAGO — After dealing a former most valuable player, letting a fiery, ex-defensive player of the year walk in free agency and signing a future, yet aging Hall of Famer, the Bulls were bound to change. We just didn’t know whether it’d be for better or for worse.But, ironically, even with a mostly new cast surrounding star swingman Jimmy Butler, one of the most bizarre tendencies from past Bulls’ teams persists: the baffling ability to take down some of the league’s best teams one night but lose to its very worst the next. Many have tried to explain the phenomenon, and the explanations range from an unfortunate run of injuries to team style and composition influencing consistency to the general wear and tear of life under the exacting rule of former coach Tom Thibodeau, who’s set to storm the opposing sideline in Chicago for the first time Tuesday night as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.The Bulls’ puzzling, two-faced play stands out most when it happens in consecutive games, as it did earlier this month. The club beat the defending-champion Cavaliers the night before getting drilled by the Dallas Mavericks, who, along with the Wolves and Sixers, have the worst record in the NBA.The showing wasn’t out of the ordinary. During the past five full seasons and what’s been played so far this year,1The data from Elias covers games from the start of the 2011-12 season through games played Sunday night. the Bulls have had nine instances — more than any other club2Five teams had eight. — in which they knocked off a team with a pre-game winning percentage of at least .600, only to then lose to an opponent with a .400 winning percentage or worse the next game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Bulls narrowly escaped laying another egg by holding on to beat a lowly Miami unit this weekend after an impressive win over San Antonio. 2016-17Cleveland Cavaliers76.5Dallas Mavericks16.7 2014-15Golden State Warriors85.7Los Angeles Lakers26.1 2012-13Golden State Warriors63.4Washington Wizards24.4 2014-15Toronto Raptors60.3Detroit Pistons35.3 2014-15Toronto Raptors87.5Indiana Pacers30.0 2012-13New York Knicks66.2Toronto Raptors38.5 Bulls wins against teams with .600 winning percentages or greater that were followed by a loss to a team with a .400 winning percentage or lower, since the 2011-12 seasonSource: Elias Sports Bureau That explains why the Bulls own the NBA’s worst field-goal percentage during the last five minutes of close games and how the same three players are losing by 12 points per 100 plays in fourth quarters.Nevertheless, the Bulls have been able to survive many of their late-game scares with solid defense. They’ve been surprisingly good on that end of the floor, limiting opponents to 18 free throws a game, second-fewest in the NBA, while also forcing turnovers at a better rate than last season.And for how horrible their shooting is, the Bulls make up for some of that with their newfound ability to draw fouls — never much of a strength of the old-look Bulls and their star. Their free-throw attempts — more consistent than relying on someone like Butler’s jump shot — are up more than 21 percent from the same point last season. Another welcome source of scoring: the offensive glass. Chicago, similar to the Bulls teams that Thibodeau coached, owns the best offensive-rebounding rate in the NBA and scores more second-chance points per night than any other club.By no means are these improvements enough to make the Bulls real contenders again, like they were under Thibodeau before Rose’s injuries took root. But they at least give Chicago a shot to find consistency with Butler and Hoiberg, both on national TV and otherwise.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Chicago Bulls: The NBA’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde