Japan Journal: Avoiding jet lag on the trip to Tokyo for A’s baseball

first_imgTOKYO, Japan — Konnichiwa!That’s about the extent of my knowledge of the Japanese language, unfortunately. But the good news is I have arrived in the land of the rising sun for MLB’s Opening Series between the A’s and Mariners.There are plenty of things I’d like to explore out here and will share with all of you by putting together these journal entries throughout the week.But they say the journey is just as important as the destination and the journey I’m coming off of is quite a unique …last_img

ReadWriteStart Events & Deadlines for Startups, 19 June 2010

first_imgTransfer Summit UKTransfer Summit will be held June 24-25 at Keble College in Oxford, England. The event, which includes a BarCamp, is focused on on Open Source technology/collaboration/innovation as it intersects industry, research, and academia. Our attendees are an amalgam of business executives and technologists, interested in streamlining the innovation and resource discovery process, cultivating partnerships, and accelerating the process of commercializing products. There are a lot of great activities happening in the startup world, and we would like to help you make sure you’re on top of these opportunities. The ReadWriteStart Calendar tracks both startup-oriented events as well as application deadlines (for competitions, grants, and incubators, for example).If you’d like to add something to the calendar, leave a comment here or email us.Here are some of the upcoming deadlines and events that caught our eye this past week: Creative Commons Catalyst Grants As we reported this week, Creative Commons is accepting applications for their Catalyst Grants through the end of the month. These grants are meant to seed activities that support the Creative Commons mission. Applications due June 30. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Women 2.0 Labs Women 2.0 is sponsoring Women 2.0 Labs, a new 5-week program (July 6 – August 5, 2010) for engineers, developers, biz dev folks, and marketing mavens to develop high-growth technology ventures in San Francisco, CA. Applications due June 20. Tags:#events#start Edmonton Startup Weekend Edmonton, Alberta’s Startup Weekend will take place June 25-27. As with the other Startup Weekend events, it promises to bring together “developers, designers, marketers, inventors, and anyone else interested in ideas and startups to see what they can build in 54 hours. “ audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Photo credits: Keble College photo by Flickr user Dimitry Blast_img read more

Leased Solar Panels May Complicate Home Sales

first_imgLeased photovoltaic (PV) systems that come with long-term contracts are proving to be a problem for some homeowners when they try to sell their homes, in some cases killing deals when potential buyers get cold feet, a report in the Los Angeles Times says.Although the article didn’t quantify the problem, it suggested the number of problem real estate transactions is growing as the number of leased PV installations increases.Lynn Farris, a real estate agent in Vacaville, California, a city of 94,000 between Sacramento and San Francisco, said that disputes over leased panels are “becoming an increasing problem” and predicted it would get worse.The article cites the example of homeowners Nora and Andrew Barber who were having trouble selling their house near Fresno, California, because potential buyers didn’t like the terms of the existing PV lease, or because of credit qualifications they’d have to meet to take over the lease. In the end, the Barbers paid $22,000 to get out of the lease so they could sell the house.“It was a nightmare,” Nora Barber told The Times. “We were in a panic.” Leasing companies say the problem is minorClean Power Finance, the company from whom the Barbers were leasing the panels, didn’t comment directly on their predicament but did say there were only “very few instances” of potential buyers balking at a sale because of leased PV systems.A company executive told the newspaper that in 95 percent of sales, the buyers take over the lease agreement, or the sellers prepays the agreement or purchases the panels.SolarCity, the largest PV leasing company in the country — a company doing business in 16 states — says that it has a 12-person team in place to facilitate the transfer of PV leases and has so far arranged nearly 3,000 transactions.But the problem has been reported elsewhere, including this 2014 report from Bloomberg that was picked up by PV Magazine. Owning a PV system can add valueWhile leased PV systems can be a problem for homeowners trying to sell, purchased systems add value, a study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found.Researchers studying sales records for 22,000 homes concluded buyers were willing to pay an average of $4 per watt, or $15,000, for an average-sized PV system of 3.6 kilowatts.It didn’t seem to make much difference whether the PV panels were on a new house or added to an older house.last_img read more

U.P. Police cremate Jhansi youth as family refuses to receive body alleging fake encounter

first_imgThe killing of a youth in an alleged police encounter in Jhansi took a political turn after his family as well as the Samajwadi Party accused the BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh police of murdering him.While SP president Akhilesh Yadav is scheduled to visit the house of the deceased person’s family on October 9, the youth Pushpendra Yadav was cremated by the police late on October 7 after his family refused to take his body till a murder case is lodged against the officer who shot him.Additional Superintendent of Police, Jhansi, Rahul Mithas said the body was cremated in the presence of a magistrate after the family refused to receive it till as late as 8 p.m. on October 7. “The body was decomposing,” Mr. Mithas said.The family members have been sitting in protest after Pushpendra Yadav was shot dead by police on the intervening night of October 5 and 6. They questioned the police version and termed the encounter a “cold-blooded murder”.According to the police, station house officer of Moth, Dharmendra Singh Chauhan, had on September 29 seized a truck belonging to Pushpendra in an alleged illegal mining case. On the night of October 5, Mr. Chauhan, who was returning to Jhansi from Kanpur in his private car after two days’ leave, received a call from Pushpendra regarding his seized truck. Mr. Chauhan then reached the Bamrauli intersection to meet Pushpendra, who then allegedly shot at the officer as soon as he rolled down his window pane.The bullet grazed Mr. Chauhan’s chin, said Jhansi SSP Om Prakash Singh, adding that the attackers drove away from the scene in his car but left behind their motorcycle for unknown reasons.Pushpendra and his two associates were later intercepted some distance away, police said. While he was shot and later pronounced dead, the other two escaped, the police added.The deceased’s brother, Ravindra Yadav, however, rejected the police version and called the encounter “fake”.“This is murder. They shot him on the spot. He didn’t even own a country-pistol or had any criminal case against him,” said Mr. Ravindra Yadav.Mr. Ravindra Yadav, who works with the Delhi Metro, said the police had initially included his name among the alleged attackers but on realising that their “story” would not hold up as he was on duty then, told him he would not be charged.Pushpendra Yadav’s wife alleged that the police were extorting money from him for his seized truck and that he had already paid them ₹1.5 lakh.While a magisterial probe has been ordered, the police have declined the family’s request to book the SHO for murder or have a separate FIR against him. “Their grievances and evidences will be included in the probe and if anyone is guilty, we will act against them,” said the SSP.SP Rajya Sabha MP Chandrapal Singh Yadav, who first raised the matter, demanded a CBI inquiry or a probe under a judge into what he termed a “fake encounter”.Mr. Chandrapal Singh Yadav said he had “solid information” that the police first committed the murder and then concocted the story of the shooting and stolen vehicle to cover it up. “This is a case of corruption. The police extorts money for illegal mining,” he said.Sidharth Nath Singh, U.P. government spokesperson and a Cabinet Minister, defended the “encounter” and said both sides fired at each other. He targeted Mr. Akhilesh Yadav for his scheduled visit to the house of the deceased saying it shows his affinity for “the mining mafia and casteism”. The Minister said, “To show sympathy for a mining mafia member who shoots at an inspector and then is killed in return fire, reflects Akhileshji’s thinking.”The Jhansi Police have released a list of crimes attributed to Pushpendra Yadav, mostly related to personal disputes. All five pertained to 2014 and 2015, and included charges such as abetment, enticing or taking away or detaining with criminal intent a married woman, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt.last_img read more

Back at 1: Kiefer Ravena on point in old spot

first_imgUichico is raving about Ravena’s ability to read game situations and make quick decisions.“I have to be smart because I am not as athletic as the other (point) guards in the team, or in theleague,” Ravena said. “I use that to offset some of my deficiencies, like being slower than the other guards.”While in college, the so called experts have declared that Ravena would be a “project” when he makes the jump to the PBA – being smaller and less athletic than the other swingmen who are dominating the league at the moment.If the 6-footer from Iloilo wasn’t as hot a prospect before, his performances for Gilas here has certainlychanged all that.And turning pro – which everyone knew to be inevitable – is like coming home for Kiefer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Kiefer Ravena has gone back to his roots and has gotten the chance to prepare for his pro career in the process.Playing point guard for Gilas Pilipinas in the Jones Cup Invitational here, Ravena has easily handled the transition back to his boyhood spot, which he abandoned when he tore the opposition while leading Ateneo to glory in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Well, fate had it that he wouldn’t do well in that game.“My stat line was consistent – zero points and most of everything else was the same,” he said with a smile.Then came the genius that is Black.“The following practice, and in our next games, coach Norman turned me into No. 2 (off guard) and had me playing alongside Eman,” Ravena said. “That was it. I was able to help the team more.”Jong Uichico, one of Chot Reyes’ assistants at Gilas, has become a Ravena fan ever since this team was assembled. And the veteran internationalist believes that there is no better spot for Ravena to play, especially when he turns pro.“He’s got instincts and IQ that you don’t see everyday,” Uichico said.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m very comfortable playing the point,” Ravena said after his fourth game. “It’s a spot I used to play in high school. I even came to college as a point guard.”Though his glorious collegiate career happened just a couple of years back, Ravena talked about it as if it were a lifetime ago because circumstances surrounding his conversion into a shooting guard has made him the hottest amateur of his time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAnd he has Norman Black to thank for it.“I remember my first game, it was against Adamson,” Ravena recounted. “I was excited, all pumped up and I was a point guard. I was Eman Monfort’s chief reliever and I knew I was going to play a lot even if I was a rookie.” Cavaliers sign Turkish talent Osman View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

PBA: Bolts near twice-to-beat, push Aces to brink of elimination

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul San Beda trumps San Sebastian for 10th straight win View comments PBA IMAGESWith several new pieces added to the crew that finished second last season, coach Norman Black is not talking about – and has gotten the results contrary to – his Meralco Bolts needing to jell.“We’re starting to blend well together, starting to become cohesive,” Black said after the Bolts bamboozled Alaska, 106-78, to move within another victory of clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Rookie Mike Tolomia, added to the lineup less than a month ago, and Ranidel de Ocampo, the veteran superstar acquired from TNT KaTropa in a three-team deal who was playing his first game, were big as the Bolts broke loose in the second period and turned what was an anticipated close game into a ho-hum.It was the seventh win in nine games for Meralco, while the loss was the first in the last four games for the Aces, who slumped to a 3-7 card and are in danger of missing the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMeralco now effectively has a two-for-one chance of nailing a top four berth, as the Bolts close out opposite GlobalPort and then powerhouse San Miguel Beer.“There are a lot of teams fighting for top four spots,” Black stressed. “And this is the time of the conference where you need to win games, otherwise, you won’t get it. And a top four berth has been our goal right from the start.” Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Tolomia hit all five of his triple tries and finished with a career-high 24 points, while de Ocampo, six times a champion with the Texters, fit in so well with the new system that he scored 10 points in just 16 minutes.Allen Durham scattered 26 points, had 18 rebounds, six assists and two blocks to lead the Bolts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

IPL 2011: Kochi aim for upset against Super Kings

first_imgThe stunning win over Mumbai Indians gave Indian Premier League new comers Kochi Tuskers Kerala the fillip they desperately needed and the side would be aiming to spring a surprise once again when they take on defending champions Chennai Super Kings in Kochi on Monday.Kochi upstaged Mumbai by a comprehensive eight wickets to clinch their maiden IPL win after facing defeats in their opening two matches.Captain Mahela Jayawardene said the win should now ensure that rivals take his team more seriously.The destructive Brendon McCullum came into his own against Mumbai and with some crucial support from Jayawardene and all- rounder Ravindra Jadeja, Kochi managed to pip Mumbai despite a century by their captain Sachin Tendulkar.” We have to keep fighting till the last. I think the rival teams will take us a little more seriously now following this victory.It gives us confidence as well,” Jayawardene had said after the shock win.The Sri Lankan veteran would hope for a similar performance from his team against Chennai at the Nehru Stadium.The bowling, however, is a big concern for Kochi as pace spearhead Sreesanth and spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan have both been off colour, prompting Jayawardene to drop the duo in the match against Mumbai.RP Singh also continues to struggle to not just take wickets but also stem the flow of runs in the fourth edition of the league.R Vinay Kumar and Sri Lankan medium- pacer Thisara Perera can also expect to put through a tough test the formidable Chennai batting, bolstered by the return of Michael Hussey.advertisementBesides the prolific left- hander from Australia, Chennai, with the likes of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, veteran New Zealander Scott Styris and South Africa’s Albie Morkel, have the firepower to bat any opposition out of the game.Chairman of selectors Kris Srikkanth’s son S Aniruddha has also been in good form this edition of the league.Chennai have had a fairly successful campaign winning two of their three matches far – the only defeat being result of Paul Valthaty’s brilliance with the bat.Their bowlers too have been putting up decent performances with Morkel, Tim Southee, Ravichandran Ashwin and Suraj Randiv sharing the wickets among themselves.Going into Monday’s match, Chennai certainly have the momentum but Kochi too have a spring in their stride after the win over Mumbai.And given the unpredictability of the Twenty20 format, doesn’t take much for change in momentum.last_img read more

Hard work paying off as Lady Eagles run like well-oiled machine

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—It doesn’t look like Ateneo’s victorious run in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament would end anytime soon.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES The Lady Eagles easily swept Far Eastern University, 25-21, 25-10, 25-18, Wednesday to stretch their winning streak to nine straight games since losing the opener in February.No other team in this tournament has established a four-game winning streak wth University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle, and FEU only winning three straight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think it just shows our hard work is paying off and that it doesn’t matter what happened in the past, it doesn’t matter who it is, we just have to deal with it now,” said opposite hitter Kat Tolentino.“It’s the second round and we have to give everything and I think that’s what the team did,” added Tolentino, who finished with 11 points to lead the Lady Tamaraws. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ponggay Gaston, who also had 11 points in the game, said one of her teammates just barked “guys work together” when they were down 10-6 against the Lady Tamaraws in the third set.“There was a point when we were behind but that didn’t stop as because we knew we had to work as a team and there was someone in the court that said ‘guys work together’ then after that we just jelled,” said Gaston.Behind Ateneo’s offense, though, was Deanna Wong who orchestrated everything with 30 excellent sets for the Lady Eagles.Both Gaston and Tolentino were in awe of Wong’s playmaking but the setter would rather deflect the praise to her teammates.“Actually it’s not in my head how many excellent sets I get, this is a team win,” said Wong. “I just have to get the ball all the time and I’ll always be there for the team. I have excellent sets because of my spikers.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ABL: Alab Pilipinas title hopes go up in smoke with quarterfinals exitlast_img read more