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Pakistani village yearns for India visit

Úterý, Srpen 7th, 2012

Dust and dung coat the floor of the never-opened public-health center. Birds nest in the breezeway of the never-used boys’ high school. And staff never came to run the new women’s vocational center.

The government-designated “model village” of Gah, in the parched croplands of Punjab province, was supposed to serve as a thriving symbol of unity between Pakistan and India. Today it feels more like a ghost town, an embodiment of fitful, frequently stalled efforts by the two nations to settle their historical disputes.

Gah, a farming community of 300 squat, mud-brick homes about 60 miles southwest of Islamabad, is remarkable only as the birthplace of Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India. Last month, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari invited Singh to visit Gah, in the latest round of so-called “soft diplomacy” between the nuclear-armed countries.

The offer comes as their relationship is improving slightly, at least on trade matters. India’s decision last week to allow investments from Pakistani citizens and companies was taken as another sign of progress, but there has been no lowering of the guard militarily by either side.

This is Pakistan’s second such goodwill invitation to Singh. He had planned to come several years ago at the request of then-military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who embraced a peace process with India in 2004, when Singh assumed office.

Under Musharraf, money flowed into Gah from the Punjab provincial government that was dominated by Musharraf’s party, funding roads, water projects and social service facilities. Pakistan permitted a team of Indian technicians from an energy institute to come to Gah to install solar-powered street lamps, lighting for homes and a hot-water system for the village mosque.

Then Singh’s visit was scrubbed, amid the political turmoil in 2007 that led to Musharraf’s ouster in 2008. The attacks on Mumbai that November — which India blamed on Pakistan-sanctioned militants — severely strained a bilateral relationship already burdened by old enmities and suspicions.

Diplomats suspended regular talks on territorial disputes, including the central one of Kashmir, the Muslim-majority Himalayan region over which India and Pakistan have gone to war three times since both nations became independent from Britain 65 years ago.

“We resent that there was no follow-through,” said Ghulam Murtaza, a 38-year-old primary schoolteacher, standing outside the shuttered health clinic. “As a result, you see nothing here, and it hurts the poor people.”

His family donated land for the site of the boys’ high school, he said, when the Punjab government asked the community for help. “We kept our promises, and they have not. It’s all been a waste.”

To Abdul Khaliq, 51, a village leader who has long pushed for economic development, a visit by Singh would highlight a yearning among ordinary Pakistanis: “We very much want peace,” he said. “We believe that both countries need to sit together to resolve the issues, to spend more on the development side, not the defense side.”

Gah’s turn in the limelight started as soon as Singh became prime minister. His Pakistani counterpart, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, bestowed model village status on Gah and directed that its primary school be renamed after Singh, who had been a student there for several years. Former classmates wrote him congratulatory letters.

Today the locals treat with totemic reverence the original class register, which shows that Singh, the son of a merchant, entered first grade as pupil number 187 on April 17, 1937, and stayed through the fourth grade.

Sony BRAVIA KDL-55HX853 3D LED TV

Pátek, Květen 18th, 2012

The TV’s four HDMI ports are more than enough for average home use — we don’t expect many living rooms to have more than a Blu-ray player in them these days, especially since most TVs (including the Sony HX850) can record TV shows, making a PVR redundant. The HDMI ports are distributed across the side and bottom panels of the HX850’s rear.

An optional break-out connector lets the Sony HX850 receive analog composite and component video. There’s also a built-in analog composite video port on the TV’s rear facing outwards, along with two of the three total analog audio inputs.

There’s an Ethernet port on the bottom panel and two side-mounted USB 2.0 ports for Internet and external media connectivity respectively. NTFS file systems aren’t supported over USB, so you’ll need to make sure flash drives or hard drives are formatted using FAT. We had no problems playing MKV, AVI, MP4, MP3, WAV, JPG and BMP files on the Sony HX850 through either USB port off an external hard drive.

Wi-Fi is built into the Sony HX850, with 802.11b/g/n supported. The HX850 has Wi-Fi Direct, so content can be directly streamed to the TV from any compatible laptop, smartphone or other mobile device.

Like older Sony BRAVIA TVs, the HX850 supports an optional USB Skype camera which, in conjunction with a Skype app, turns the TV into a big-screen Web video phone.

The Sony BRAVIA KDL-46HX850 is the 46in version of the HX850 Series LED TV. There’s also a 55in KDL-55HX850, which comes with a $700 higher pricetag of $3999.

The 46in screen of our test Sony BRAVIA HX850 is, as you’d expect, a Full HD 1080p one with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The HX850 is equipped with Sony’s X-Reality Pro picture engine for a range of real-time picture quality enhancements like edge sharpening and dynamic contrast.

The backlight of the BRAVIA HX850 is made up of white LEDs arranged around the bezel of the TV. Being an ‘edge-lit’ LED TV the HX850 is reasonably thin compared to most plasma and LED back-lit TVs.

Sony rates the HX850 as a ‘MotionFlow XR 800’ TV. This means it’s a 200Hz panel with backlight scanning, which strobes the LED backlight in between video frames to help smooth out motion. This is the approach taken by most LED TV manufacturers. While the 200Hz mode’s overly-smooth effect may be too smooth for some viewers, having the option is a good thing for those that want it.

After adjusting the BRAVIA HX850’s various video settings — generally lowering colour gain and bias for individual colour channels, raising the colour temperature, moderating brightness and sharpness — we found that the TV’s picture quality went from good to excellent. We would strongly recommend getting this TV professionally calibrated if you purchase it — some minor adjustments can make its picture quality significantly more impressive than straight out of the box.

Colour performance is very good for an LED TV, with plenty of detail and fine gradation, and little to no crushing of detail in heavily saturated areas. Black levels are quite good — not as deep as a good plasma, though — and we didn’t notice any significant clouding or backlight bloom in dark scenes.

Oswego County HHW Facility Opens In May

Úterý, Duben 10th, 2012

Oswego County residents will once again be able to safely dispose of unwanted chemicals, pesticides, and other hazardous waste products at the Oswego County Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility at the Bristol Hill Landfill, 3125 State Route 3.

The service is free to Oswego County residents and is sponsored by the Oswego County Legislature and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

“This is the fourth year that the county has been able to provide a household hazardous waste collection facility for its residents,” said Frank Visser, director of the Oswego County Department of Solid Waste. “The program has proven to be a convenient and cost-effective way to dispose of unwanted hazardous waste.”

Customers should pull their vehicle up to the side of the building, which is located near the transfer station and solid waste offices. Drivers should remain in their vehicles and wait for materials to be unloaded by the solid waste department staff. For safety reasons, people should not bring children or pets to the collection site.

Smoking is prohibited in the unloading area.

The following items are accepted at the HHW facility: acids, adhesives, aerosols, airplane glue, antifreeze, auto batteries, light ballasts (non PCB), brake fluid, cements, charcoal lighters, chemistry sets, chlorine, cleaning fluids, compact fluorescent lamps and light bulbs and items that contain mercury, corrosives, degreasers, dioxin pesticides, disinfectants, drain cleaners, dry gas, epoxies, fiberglass resins, flea products, fluorescent lamps and light bulbs, furniture polish, hair removers, herbicides, hobby chemicals, inks, insecticides and insect repellents.

Also, lacquers, lighter fluids, lubricants, moth balls and flakes, nail polish and remover, “no pest” strips, oil-based paints, oven cleaners, paint removers and thinners, permanent solutions, pesticides, photo chemicals, pool chemicals, rat poisons, rubber cements, rug and upholstery cleaners, rust solvents, silvex, solvents, spot removers, toilet bowl cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, turpentine, varnish, waste fuels, weed killers, wood preservatives and wood stains.

Materials should be in their original containers and placed in sturdy cardboard boxes. Any leaking containers should be wrapped in newspaper and placed in a clear plastic bag.

Dried latex paint, used motor oil, household batteries, cell phones, computers, electronic equipment, and appliances containing CFC refrigerant are accepted year-round for recycling at all county transfer stations.

There is a $15 fee to recycle appliances that contain CFC refrigerant; however, there is no longer a charge for recycling electronics equipment such as computer monitors, microwave ovens, fax machines and televisions.

“The Department of Solid Waste also accepts hazardous wastes from Oswego County businesses that meet the regulatory requirements,” said Legislator James Oldenburg, District 14, chairman of the Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee. “Business owners should contact the solid waste office to find out if they qualify and to obtain a cost estimate for disposal of materials.”

A Family of Italian Twins That Took a Different Approach

Pondělí, Říjen 31st, 2011

The pride is felt in Italy, of course, not America, and the company, which sold its first bikes in 1921, does not date back nearly as far as Harley-Davidson. But like Harley, it has a rich history, and its current array of models seems to promise a competitive future for this niche brand.

A winner on the racetrack from its earliest days, with a string of world championships and memorable machines, including outrageously complex V-8 grand prix bikes in the 1950s, Moto Guzzi has, like Ducati, MV Agusta and other Italian brands, a devoted following. More than 20,000 fans arrived in the brand’s hometown, Mandello del Lario, for its 90th anniversary celebration last month.

And like other Italian makes, it has changed hands a number of times, rarely a precursor of product integrity. Moto Guzzi’s fortunes in the United States have had highs and lows, the company struggling at times as its bikes were overshadowed by the features and technology of Japan’s makers. Worldwide, the company is projected to sell fewer than 6,000 motorcycles in 2011.

But nine decades after its founding, Moto Guzzi is part of Piaggio, the conglomerate that also makes Vespa scooters and Aprilia motorcycles. Though Guzzi is small, the Piaggio parentage has given it the ability to develop a diverse line of bikes in the touring, naked and custom cruiser categories — and even a lithe sports entry.

What ties the models together is a common architecture of 90-degree V-twin engines with a literal twist: the cylinders jut left and right, with the crankshaft in line with the bike’s frame rather than across it. This makes it logical and simple to engineer a shaft-drive system, a brand hallmark that Guzzi’s current models use.

This engine layout solves other problems, too, making cooling somewhat simpler (a Harley-type V-twin, with cylinders placed fore and aft, typically runs hotter on the rear cylinder). But it also brings challenges, including a characteristic torque reaction, felt when the engine is revved, that wants to rotate the bike to the right. A rider soon acclimates, but a new owner would find it disconcerting.

The latest of Moto Guzzi’s big twins use a four-valve-per-cylinder design that the company has been spreading to a wider selection of models. For instance, the Norge GT 8V, a large-scale touring machine with a deep sporting streak, now carries the Quattrovalvole engine in 102-horsepower form.

The Norge feels lighter than its 567 pounds, agile in traffic and easy to manage in stop-and-go situations. The thrill of riding it is in shooting through the gears with the engine pegged around 5,000 r.p.m. (At a stoplight, though, figuring out which gear the transmission is in can be tricky; finding neutral is easy, but the indicator light doesn’t always come on.)

The seat is very comfortable, meaning you could easily cruise for hours. It feels quite capable, though it doesn’t have the set-it-and-forget-it feel of stately ocean liners like the Honda Gold Wing or BMW’s touring flagships.

Magnalight by Larson Electronics Announces Addition of Pistol Grip Infrared LED Spotlight

Čtvrtek, Září 22nd, 2011

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight announced today the addition of the HL-85-3W1-IR Infrared LED spotlight to its available line of infrared LED lighting equipment. This handheld infrared LED spotlight can operate on any voltages ranging from 9 to 32 VDC and comes with an included 16 foot coil cord and cigarette plug to allow portable connection to most types of vehicles and equipment equipped with cigarette plug sockets. Extremely durable and capable of producing an infrared light beam reaching up to 1,800 feet in length, this IR spotlight is ideal for military and law enforcement applications using night vision equipment.

The HL-85-3W1-IR Infrared LED spotlight from Magnalight provides a powerful and effective infrared light source capable of illuminating objects up to 1,800 feet away. Available in 850nm and 940nm versions, this pistol grip LED spotlight is ideal for use with night vision equipment and produces enough IR illumination to discern details and identify persons at the far end of its range.

Designed for durability and high output, the housing on this unit is constructed from impact resistant nylon with a light head formed from machined aluminum with an unbreakable Lexan lens to protect the LED and reflector assembly. The 3 watt infrared LED in this unit is rated for over 50,000 hours of operation and produces an IR light beam approximately 1,800 feet in length by 175 feet in width. This light can operate on any voltage from 9 to 32 VDC and includes a 16 foot coil cord with cigarette plug, allowing the unit to be connected to most 12 volt civilian and 24 volt military vehicle and equipment electrical systems.

This infrared LED spotlight can be easily field serviced without tools and contains heavy 16 gauge internal wiring and heavy duty connectors which can be accessed through a simple snap on cover. The materials used in constructing this unit are UV, water, impact, and chemical resistant and the total power draw on a 12 volt electrical system is a mere .5 amps. The high power, light 10 ounce weight, and extreme durability of this unit make it a perfect choice for operators in military, law enforcement, and security operations who require an effective IR light source that can augment and improve their existing night visioning systems and equipment.

“The pistol grip style, low voltage handheld infrared light is available in 850nm or 940nm infrared,” said Rob Bresnahan with Larson Electronics’Magnalight. “While traditionally we have targeted the military and hunting markets for our infrared products, we have learned that there are numerous infrared lighting applications for manufacturing, non-destructive testing and inspection. To meet these expanding markets we scaled down our larger infrared emitters, i.e. the LEDLB-80X2E-IR, into an easy to hold, easy to move, form factor that operators can bring to bear on large or small parts.”