Metta World Peace not closing door on playing in PH

first_imgTeen gunned down in Masbate LATEST STORIES Given a chance, what excites the former Lakers forward is the opportunity to strut his stuff in front of fans who have never seen him play live.“I really want to play in front of fans that I have never played in front of. I’ve been in the NBA for just 18 seasons. I played in China for a season, and I wanted to play in China because I wanted to play in front of the Chinese fans and they were so supportive over the last couple of years. And then, I went to Italy and played in front of the Italian fans. It’s a great experience,” he said.“So if I do come here to play one day, I’ll be fortunate and I want to win.”However, World Peace said that everything is still up in the air right at this moment, with him still being undecided what to do next.“As of right now, I’m not sure where I’m going to play this year. I might go on business this year and play next year. But I really enjoy my business and I really enjoy playing basketball,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Injured Madarang hopes to play for Malditas in SEA Games RELATED VIDEO Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingscenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “I’m still in pretty good shape and I’d really like to play basketball. I think I’m going to play until I’m about 45,” World Peace shared on Sunday in a media conference.READ: Metta World Peace says Fil-Am son gets PH passport, hopes to play for GilasFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’World Peace did not hesitate when asked if he’d be open on taking his talents to the Philippines, noting that the idea of being an import in the PBA had been broached before.“I was planning to go to the Philippines two years ago. And I’m not gonna count it out,” he said. “I play basketball every day. It’s not hard to find an NBA team for me, it’s not hard to make a Filipino team or a European team. I can do that in my sleep,” he said. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Metta World Peace. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netAt 37 years of age, Metta World Peace is already at the twilight of his career.But the 2004 NBA Defensive Player of the Year begs to differ and said that as far as he’s concerned, he’s still in tip-top shape.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

Fort St. John teenager Taylor DeVos still making a difference day-by-day

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Taylor DeVos turns 15 in September, but as she gets older, she finds a way to make a bigger difference and bigger impact.You may remember that Taylor recently travelled to Haiti to visit the schools that she helped build.Well, now she is taking on another challenge. One that not many people pay much attention to. That is why Taylor and her sister Hanna walked around Staples in a wedding dresses wearing signs, to make people aware about childhood marriage in Africa and why it is a reason so many girls don’t get a proper education.“We are trying to show that girls in Malawi, Africa and other places, developing countries in the world, we’re trying to show how they live on a day-to-day basis with not being able to go to school because they are being married off at a young age.”- Advertisement -Taylor says the idea of wearing wedding dresses came from how girls in other countries live on a day-to-day basis and to symbolize what other girls in those countries go through.“Girls get married off before 18. Under the age of 18. So it is pretty crazy that in a few years, if I lived in a country like that, I would be married off already.”Advertisement She wants to see how many girls she can get to graduate, before she herself graduates.Taylor also has another project on the go. She is starting a group called K.I.D.S which stands for Kids Inspiring Dreams and Sustainability, where she says they will be trying to raise money which will then be sent to Malawi and will send as many girls to school as they can afford.For information on the club, you can contact Taylor via email or Facebook. They will also be at the Community One Stop Registration on September 1oth.last_img read more

Chetwynd Employer and CUPE create a new contract for Municipal workers.

first_imgFor the first time, the agreement includes the recognition of a new category of workers. Bargaining took place from October 28th, 2019 to October 30th, 2019.  The contract is effective from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2023. Chetwynd has a population of around 2,600 people. Advertisement According to CUPE, it took three days of negotiations, to reach the agreement that gives employees better scheduling of overtime, annual pay increases of two percent, a $600 signing bonus and improved standby and callout language. – Advertisement -“We hit a home run with this deal, which we are very pleased recognizes workers at the Recreation Centre and brings them into the bargaining unit,” said CUPE Local 3052 President Carla Sanford.center_img “Bargaining was respectful, and the employer really wanted to listen. We are proud of the agreement, and how it exemplifies the benefits of addressing affordability and scheduling challenges,” said Sanford. Local 3052 represents some 62 public workers, including for the first time, pool-side waterslide attendants. Other employees include indoor and outdoor workers, such as building service workers and trades. CHETWYND, B.C – CUPE Local 3052 and the District of Chetwynd have ratified a four-year collective agreement.last_img read more

Two plead guilty to murder of Cal Poly co-ed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Both defendants accepted plea bargains while jury selection was underway in their trial in Pomona Superior Court. Each was charged with murder in the 2001 death of Burmeister, the 20-year-old sorority woman who was kidnapped and slashed to death on her way to a fraternity party in Pomona. The Cerritos woman’s body was found inside her pickup truck on a turnout along Highway 39 above Azusa. Prosecutors say Singer and Dixon helped kidnap the woman and take her into the mountains. They say Dixon is the woman caught on a bank surveillance video using Burmeister’s ATM card to withdraw cash around the time of the kidnapping. Dixon’s husband, James Dixon, is also charged in the case. Prosecutors believe he delivered the fatal knife wound to Burmeister’s throat, and they are seeking the death penalty for him. His trial is set for February. In court on Thursday, Markeisha Dixon was forced to admit specific details of her role in the crime. She said she saw her husband approach Burmeister with a knife in his hand, but she turned away and did not see the killing itself. She said he later admitted the crime to her. Rosi Burmeister, who was in court with her husband and daughter Thursday morning, said the hearing brought mixed emotions. It satisfied her to hear Markeisha Dixon admit to her role in the killing, but the details of what she heard were almost too much for the family to bear. “I think we got a bird’s-eye view of our daughter’s last hours of life,” she said. “It was difficult to listen to that.” Singer’s plea bargain requires that he testify against James Dixon. If he testifies truthfully, he will receive the 25-years-to-life term. If he does not, he could be sentenced to life without parole. Prosecutors declined to comment on the pleas Thursday, saying they didn’t want to say anything that might jeopardize the case against James Dixon. Staff writer Neil Nisperos contributed to this story. r_leveque@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9325160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – Two of the three suspects charged in the slaying of a Cal Poly Pomona student pleaded guilty to murder this week on the eve of their trial. Henry Singer, 29, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the first-degree murder of Christina Burmeister. He will face a sentence of either 25 years to life in prison or life without the possibility of parole. His co-defendant, Markeisha Dixon, 26, admitted to a murder charge Thursday. She was immediately sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. “I think justice has been pretty well served at this point with these two,” said Burmeister’s mother, Rosi. “We’re satisfied with the sentences and I guess we’re glad that part of the process is done.” last_img read more

DONEGAL ANGER AS SELF-EMPLOYED & FARMERS HIT WITH ‘ASSETS’ MEANS TEST

first_imgFianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Brian Ó Domhnaill has called on the Government to scrap plans to include certain capital assets in the means testing for third level grants from next year.Questioning the Minister of State Seán Sherlock in the Seanad this week Senator Ó Domhnaill said the changes are highly discriminatory against farming families and the self employed.“The Government has set up a Capital Asset Test Implementation Group. This has been set up with the absolute intention of changing the criteria for student grants in a way that will certainly discriminate against the children of farm families,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. “Under the current grant application system, all farm income is assessed. If the Government goes ahead and also assess the value of the farmland as an income source on its own, this would be totally unfair and would amount to double assessment on the same land.“The myth that all farm families avail of Third Level Grants could not be further from the truth. A Higher Education Authority (HEA) survey completed on 72% of First year students in the 2009.2010 Academic Year showed that only 8.9% of new students were from farming backgrounds. Furthermore only 39.7% of the children from farmers were in receipt of Higher Education Grants.”Senator Ó Domhnaill appealed to Minister Sherlock to reconsider this discriminatory policy, but the Minister indicated that will go ahead as planned in 2013.Minister Sherlock said: “Given the increasing cost of providing student maintenance grants, the potential for this proposal to deliver cost savings on the student grant budget is also a critical consideration at this time. “While the introduction of a capital assets test for student grants may have traditionally been perceived as likely to impact particularly on the farming community, this is not the object of the proposal… The group has been charged with bringing forward detailed implementation proposals on new means testing arrangements for student grants, to include the value of assets, for new applicants from the 2013/14 Academic Year.”Speaking afterwards Senator Ó Domhnaill said, “I am very disappointed at the Government’s refusal to reconsider this targeted cut. Once again rural and farming communities have been singled out by the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn in an unfair and discriminatory manner.” DONEGAL ANGER AS SELF-EMPLOYED & FARMERS HIT WITH ‘ASSETS’ MEANS TEST was last modified: April 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sharks without three key players for do-or-die Game 6 vs. Blues

first_imgST. LOUIS — The Sharks were without center Tomas Hertl, defenseman Erik Karlsson and Joe Pavelski for a do-or-die Game 6 of their Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.Earlier Tuesday, coach Pete DeBoer said.Pavelski’s availability would be determined at game-time. But Pavelski, who traveled with the Sharks to St. Louis, did not take part in pregame warmups and missed his seventh game of these playoffs.Hertl and Karlsson, who played in all 19 Sharks playoff games …last_img

South Africa’s trek to the start of time

first_img8 October 2010 It will be capable of probing the edges of our universe. It will search for gravitational waves, predicted but never detected. It will be a virtual time machine, enabling scientists to explore the origins of galaxies, stars and planets. And South Africans are at the heart of its development. Allied with eight other African countries, South Africa is competing against Australia (allied with New Zealand) to host the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an instrument 50-100 times more sensitive and 10 000 times faster than any radio imaging telescope yet built. The international SKA consortium is due to announce the winning bid in 2012, with construction likely to start in 2014 and finish by about 2022. The completed telescope will comprise around 3 000 antennas with a combined collecting area of roughly one square kilometre. South Africa plans to locate the core of these in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape – an arid, remote area blessed with exceptionally clear skies and minimal radio interference – with outlying stations in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia. The country is no newcomer to major league astronomy. The Northern Cape is already home to one of the world’s largest telescopes, the Southern African Large Telescope or SALT. South Africa also works closely with neighbour Nambia on the HESS gamma ray telescope, and is currently building an 80-dish precursor instrument for the SKA, the Karoo Array Telescope (also known as the MeerKAT), due to be commissioned in 2014/15 as the most sensitive radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere. In the process, South African engineers are already working on some of the SKA’s technological building blocks – such as a prototype dish antenna that combines new materials with innovative design processes to meet the SKA’s exacting precision, durability and cost criteria. If awarded to South Africa, the SKA would establish the southern African region as a major international astronomy hub. And the SKA consortium, comprising 55 institutions in 19 countries, is optimistic that the United States will be part of the project. In its latest report to the US National Research Council, released in August, the US Committee for a Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics endorsed the SKA, expressing “unqualified enthusiasm for the science that this facility could deliver and recognition that it represents the long-term future of radio astronomy.” This does not automatically translate into the 40% funding the SKA partners were hoping the US would provide. The committee noted that the SKA schedule and the US funding timetable are out of synch. At the same time, it urged funding for two other projects – HERA (Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array) and NANOGrav (North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves) – that could greatly assist the SKA. Responding to the report, SKA project director Richard Schilizzi said: “We are cautiously optimistic that the US will take part in the SKA.” This article was first published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB).last_img read more

Hot Mess Pests

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — Weather extremes are a major threat to U.S. row crops, as 2019 demonstrated vividly. But some insects and diseases actually thrive in the chaos of flooding, drought, hail and heavy rainfalls, and they are poised to prosper in the years ahead.Diseases that prefer overly wet seasons, such as sudden death syndrome (SDS) and Physoderma brown spot, or overly dry seasons, such as charcoal rot, are posing greater challenges to Midwest farmers, said Iowa State University Extension plant pathologist Daren Mueller.Mueller hosted a webinar for the North Central Climate Collaborative (NC3) this week, where he highlighted how climate change — and the extreme weather it brings with it — may affect field crop pests.Other winners? Heat-loving insects, like thrips, and the diseases they vector, are on the rise, Mueller noted. Traditionally “Southern” diseases like Southern corn rust and frogeye leaf spot, are also becoming yield-challenging staples in the Midwest in recent years. And diseases with origins in equatorial regions and the Southern Hemisphere, like tar spot and bacterial leaf streak in corn, are suddenly surfacing in the middle of North America.The development and life cycles of diseases and insects are notoriously complex, and many factors influence their rise and fall in agriculture, from economic pressures to evolving pest management and farming practices, Mueller stressed in his presentation. But for many of these pests, the weather changes associated with climate changes can be linked to their ascent as major agricultural pests, he said.So let’s take a look at some of these climate change opportunists.THE EXTREMISTS: SDS, PHYSODERMA AND CHARCOL ROTSudden death syndrome is well known for the abrupt and highly visible interveinal yellowing and necrosis that occurs during the reproductive stages of a soybean field, usually in late July or early August. Entire patches within a field can turn brown and die, causing substantial yield loss.Long before these symptoms surface, the disease is already present, Mueller noted. The fungus, Fusarium virguliforme, thrives in cool, wet soils and infects plants’ roots during the seedling stage of development. When rainfall events occur later in the season during early to mid-reproductive stages, a toxin caused by the disease is flushed up into the plant, causing the dramatic symptoms and yield loss.SDS has become an extremely prominent disease in recent years, Mueller said. “It is now the No. 1 soybean fungal disease as far as yield loss across the north-central region and really across the U.S.,” he said. “It is now a major disease in most soybean-growing areas.”Physoderma brown spot in corn, caused by a fungus called Physoderma maydis, is also thriving in recent years, Mueller added. The disease’s swimming spores infect when heavy rainfall and flooding causes standing water in the whorl of a corn plant — a common phenomenon in the spring and summer of 2019. The fungus causes lesions to form on the leaves and stalks and can lead to a stalk rot later in the season, as well. “This is one where we’ve really seen an uptick in the last five years or so, and this is one that is directly related to having heavy rainfalls very early in the season,” Mueller said.On the other end is charcoal rot, a disease that thrives during hot, dry seasons. Tiny structures called microsclerotia grow inside the soybean’s taproot and stems, clogging the plant’s ability to move nutrients and water, and causing them to turn yellow and brown and wilt. Plant pathologists expect charcoal rot to become more prominent as extreme weather events like dry growing seasons become more common, Mueller said.“Extreme examples — one too much water, one too little water — and there are diseases ready for either condition,” he said.THE INSECT OF THE HOUR: THRIPSThrips love heat. These plant-sucking pests prefer to reproduce when temperatures rise into the 80s Fahrenheit, and they do best in dry conditions. During the drought of 2012, their populations swelled across the Midwest as they assaulted already stressed crops with their feeding, Mueller recalled.But thrips do more than bleed precious moisture from plants; they also vector viruses such as soybean vein necrosis virus, tobacco ringspot virus and tobacco streak virus. Between 2013 and 2017, plant pathologists have seen outbreaks of these viral diseases — a good indicator that thrips are doing very well, Mueller noted.In contrast, viral diseases vectored by another common pest, the soybean aphid, such as the soybean mosaic virus, have been on the decline. One factor seems to be that soybean aphids do not do well in hot, dry conditions — their reproductive abilities slow dramatically as temperatures push into the upper 80s, and they die within days when temperatures surpass 95 degrees, Mueller said.THE SOUTH IS RISING: SOUTHERN CORN RUST AND FROGEYE LEAF SPOTSouthern corn rust has been defying its name in recent years, sneaking into the Midwest as early as July, in time to infect cornfields and threaten yield loss. (See some DTN stories here: https://www.dtnpf.com/… and here: https://www.dtnpf.com/…). This year was no exception, as the disease arrived in Midwest states like Iowa and Nebraska in time to cause yield loss in 2019, Mueller said.The disease usually gets its start each year in Mexico and the Caribbean, but the disease may be overwintering farther north in recent years. Plant pathologists have responded by creating a tracking tool to help growers stay aware of the fast-moving disease during the growing season: https://corn.ipmpipe.org/….Likewise, frogeye leaf spot, long the bane of Southern soybean growers, is becoming a regular Midwest invader, Mueller said. The Crop Protection Network, a research collaboration by U.S. and Canadian university crop scientists, has developed a disease loss calculator for corn and soybeans. It shows that, on average, farmers lost around 460,000 bushels per year to frogeye leaf spot in the Midwestern states between 1996 and 2000 — a 4-cents-per-acre economic impact. In contrast, from 2013 to 2017, Midwestern growers lost 7.6 million bushels — or $1.15 per acre — to the disease. See that calculator here: https://loss.cropprotectionnetwork.org/….“So you can see a very dramatic increase in frogeye leaf spot in these Midwestern states over the last five years,” Mueller said.GLOBETROTTERS: TAR SPOT AND BACTERIAL LEAF STREAKYou have to look even farther south to find the origins of two new invaders — tar spot of corn and bacterial leaf streak of corn.Tar spot of corn was first discovered in the U.S. in 2015 in Illinois and Indiana and has since been documented in eight states, where it can cause serious yield losses in susceptible varieties. The disease’s arrival in the U.S. remains a mystery, as it was previously only found in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. See its spread in the U.S. this year here: https://corn.ipmpipe.org/….Likewise, bacterial leaf streak of corn surfaced in Nebraska in 2013 and has since been found in nine other states. The bacteria that causes the disease, Xanthomonas vasicola, was previously most common in the Southern Hemisphere, in places like the Caribbean, Central America, Africa and Australia. (See more from the University of Florida: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/…).How are these distant southern invaders getting here? Scientists are still hunting for answers to this question, but one prominent theory is that they may be moving north on the increasingly severe tropical storms that form near the equator in the Atlantic Ocean and besiege North America each year, Mueller noted.“There is a lot of aerobiology that needs to be sorted out,” he said. “But we are certainly continuing to see new or invasive disease and insects.”See more from this webinar here: https://northcentralclimate.org/….Emily Unglesbee can be reached at Emily.unglesbee@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(PS/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

5 Reasons to Wait for iPad 2.0

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 3. Annotations for iBooksOne thing the Kindle has going for it in the realm of e-books is its ability to allow for bookmarking, highlighting, and annotations of text. Not mentioned during the iPad demo of iBooks? Those three same features. In fact, no use case for education was even presented during the presentation and no giant e-textbook was projected on the screen behind Jobs’ head. Yet these features are especially are important in selling an e-reader, especially if you want to convince college students to buy the device. Today’s students, who mark up their textbooks with notes and highlighting, would have little use for an iBook’s “read-only” nature. That means if iBooks are ever to compete with Kindle e-books, Apple will have to add in more interactivity in a future version of the iPad. Until then, colleges are likely to hold off on recommending the device to students, just as they’re doing now. 2. Voice Calls to Come LaterAnother possibility for future iPad editions is that the (hopefully then webcam-enabled) device will also offer another critical component necessary for the implementation of video chat: voice. Although the iPad touts a microphone and speakers, how exactly voice chat will be implemented is still anyone’s guess. The most logical choice, though, would be to allow for VoIP functionality via an app as opposed to a full-on cellular voice plan and the accompanying monthly bill that would require. Instead, allowing for VoIP apps would be something that could be added to any iPad model – even the entry-level, Wi-Fi-only one. Plus, the iPad SDK reveals clues that this, too, could be coming in the future. Unless Apple just got really sloppy putting together the iPad emulator, then the “Touch to return to call” option that appears in some emulator screens could easily be a hint of things to come. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… With yesterday’s reveal of the iPad now past, we can finally put myth and speculation behind us and focus on the reality that is Apple’s entry into the tablet PC business. Whether the iPad is revolutionary or evolutionary is still hotly debated, but what we do know is that the computer, despite its elegance and blazing fast speed, is a decidedly first-generation device. Although one day after the product’s announcement may be too soon to discuss what’s coming in the next version of the iPad, we’ve already come across several reasons to wait… and some of those reasons are hidden away in the new iPad SDK (software development kit) itself. UPDATE, March 2, 2011. Version 2 of the iPad arrived just over 13 months after we published this post. Click here to check it out: All the Details on Apple’s iPad 2: Specs, Pricing, Release Date1. Wait for the Camera – It’s ComingAs Mike Melanson pointed out yesterday, the lack of a camera in the iPad is potentially a “killer” issue for this once highly anticipated device. Without the ability to capture images and video, the iPad looks a lot less functional than the netbooks Steve Jobs happily ridiculed as “cheap” on stage during the event. Cheap they may be, but at least video chat is possible! Even the Facebook app he demoed – the same one ported over from the iPhone – is missing key features: the ability to post photos and videos shot with your mobile device. But while the camera’s omission is troubling, all hope is not lost. According to some early looks at the iPhone/iPad’s SDK, there’s an interface for a camera already implemented. In the Contacts application found in the kit’s emulator, for example, you can tap the “Add Photo” button to add a picture to go along with the contact information. After doing so, a pop-up appears asking if you would like to “take photo” or “choose existing photo.” Really, take photo? Of course, this is by no means definitive proof that the camera is coming to the next gen iPad – Apple could have simply reused the iPhone’s Contacts app in the iPad emulator and forgot to remove this option. However it’s likely that, if anything, a camera will be the next big feature added in order to encourage sales of iPad 2.0. sarah perez Tags:#Analysis#Apple#NYT#web 4. Hold out for VerizonWhile there is no proof that Apple intends to end their exclusive contract with AT&T in order to offer a CDMA version of the iPhone (and now the iPad), there have been ongoing reports that the two companies are talking. Well, at least according to anonymous “sources,” that is. However, journalists covering the tech beat aren’t the only ones touting the imminent forthcoming Verizon partnership – analysts are saying so, too. According to Canaccord Adams analyst Mark Misek, a Verzion 4G iPhone model will arrive in June. Will a Verizon iPad soon follow? Possibly. But even if it doesn’t arrive by iPad 2.0’s launch, you’ll still have plenty of other features to dull the pain of having to sign up – yet again, iPhone owners – with AT&T. 5. Wait for Multitasking via OS 4.0Finally, there is the OS component. The iPad is built on the operating system that powers both iPhone and iPod Touch devices, iPhone OS. The current version of the tablet runs iPhone OS 3.2, but not, as hoped, a newer version of that same OS, version 4.0. According to sources, iPhone OS 4.0 is said to offer a new way to run applications in the background via multitasking. This feature, notably left out of the current operating system due to battery drain, says Apple, is a key selling point for the company’s latest competitor, Android, the mobile OS designed by Google.However, a somewhat overlooked bit from the iPad announcement is the news that the new device runs Apple’s own processor, the A4. This new, speedy, high-performance 1 GHz chip is also touted on Apple’s website as a “low-power system-on-a-chip.” Not only does this proprietary tech make the iPad “crazy fast,” its ability to use less power could mean that it will – you guessed it! – not drain the battery as fast as before. So why not let the iPad multitask right out-of-the-gate then? Because Apple wants to push the multitasking update to all its iPhone OS 4.0 devices at the same time. That means cramming a smaller version of the A4 into the power-hungry iPhones and iPod Touches then announcing that those people with the new devices can multitask thanks to the new technology. Speculation? Sure. But possible? Definitely. Of course, you probably won’t need new iPad 2.0 hardware for this – the feature will come via a software update and likely even sooner than iPad 2.0. It will just sweeten the deal when you get ready to buy the second generation tablet device. Let the Early Adopters Have This OneSo unless you’re an early adopter, serious Apple fanboy or girl, or fortunate enough to have a good bit of disposable income for gadget buys, holding out for the next generation iPad may be worthwhile if all the above comes to pass. That being said, those of us who pen reports such as these are already emptying our piggybanks and counting our change in anticipation of the iPad’s arrival in Apple Stores. We won’t hold it against you if you do the same. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Ducted Air-Source Heat Pumps from American Manufacturers

first_imgUPDATED on July 20, 2018, with new information from Carrier.Mitsubishi and Fujitsu sell air-source heat pumps (ductless minisplits and ducted minisplits) that work well in cold climates. Many GBA readers report that these appliances are providing dependable space heating in climates as cold as Minnesota, Vermont, Maine, and Quebec, where temperatures drop to -20°F or colder.Traditionally, U.S. manufacturers of air-source heat pumps have favored ducted units over ductless units. Most air-source heat pumps sold by Bryant, Carrier, Lennox, and Trane, for example, are designed to be hooked up to forced-air ductwork, just like a typical furnace.Here at GBA, we often advise readers that ductless minisplits are a good way to heat and cool a compact well-insulated house. That said, ductless minisplits don’t work as well for large, spread-out homes or for homeowners who want uniform heating and cooling in every room, even when doors are kept closed.Most U.S. homes have forced-air HVAC systems — that is, systems that distribute heat and cooling through ducts. Some GBA readers wonder, “Are there any cold-climate heat pumps that can be hooked up to conventional forced-air ductwork — the type of ductwork found in a typical American house?” We’ll do our best to answer that question.Note that there is always an energy penalty associated with any heating or cooling equipment connected to ductwork. Equipment connected to ducts will never be as efficient as the best ductless equipment, because it takes a substantial amount of electricity to push air through ducts.Japanese manufacturers of ductless minisplits also manufacture ducted minisplits. Even though these units are designed to be connected with ductwork, they generally can’t be connected to the type of forced-air ductwork installed in a typical American house.Most ducted minisplit systems lack the type of powerful blower… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more