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Former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini’s Plea For Quashing FIR In Multani Murder Case: Supreme Court Directs To Defer Hearing Before Magistrate

By on May 26, 2021

first_imgTop StoriesFormer DGP Sumedh Singh Saini’s Plea For Quashing FIR In Multani Murder Case: Supreme Court Directs To Defer Hearing Before Magistrate Mehal Jain5 Jan 2021 7:15 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday required the hearing on January 22 before the jurisdictional Magistrate in connection with the May, 2020 FIR against former Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini over a 1991 custodial death case to be postponed till the end of February.The bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan was hearing Saini’s SLP against the September 8, 2020 decision of the Punjab and Haryana High…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Tuesday required the hearing on January 22 before the jurisdictional Magistrate in connection with the May, 2020 FIR against former Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini over a 1991 custodial death case to be postponed till the end of February.The bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan was hearing Saini’s SLP against the September 8, 2020 decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissing his plea against the registration of the criminal case against him in Mohali regarding the disappearance of Balwant Singh Multani. Notably, the petitioner had sought directions to quash the FIR registered against him or refer the matter to CBI for the probe in the matter.”Since we are seized of the matter, it will be appropriate for the Magistrate to postpone the case to the end of February”, observed the bench on Tuesday.The bench then proceeded to direct the state of Punjab to bring on record the chargesheet in two weeks, listing the matter for hearing in the second week of February.Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, for the petitioner, advanced, “This is the other case of the DGP. Your Lordships had allowed anticipatory bail earlier. This is for the quashing of the FIR which has been dismissed by the High Court. This FIR is the fifth attempt in the last 30 years to rope this man in. The attitude of the state is eloquently vindictive”Senior Counsel Gopal Subramaniam, for the state, informed the bench that the chargesheet has been filed and the summons have been issued for January 22. “If the petitioner appears before the magistrate, he can be enlarged on bail. To be fair to the petitioner, the matter merits examination. No copy of the chargesheet has been shared so far as he is yet to appear before the court. But we will give the chargesheet”, he assured.”Your Lordships had noted in the anticipatory bail order whether there can be a third or fourth or fifth FIR? In this FIR, after 30 years, I am the only accused.There are posters all around Punjab that Sumedh Singh Saini is wanted dead or alive. My Z+ security has also been taken away by the state. This is a state overreach of the court, where in the peculiar circumstances of this case, the evidence is being examined by Your Lordships. Please stay the proceedings in the chargesheet. Your Lordships may examine the matter today or tomorrow, but I can’t be asked to appear on the 22nd. If the FIR is bad, how can the chargesheet proceed? It is also illegal!”, pressed Mr. Rohatgi.”You can apply for exemption. The Supreme Court is seized of this matter. Mr. Subramanian will place the chargesheet on record and then we will hear”, suggested Justice Bhushan.”There is a security threat to me. Please let me appear through a lawyer. If appearance is required even though the Supreme Court is seized of this matter, let my appearance there also be through a lawyer! This case is completely vindictive”, pressed Mr. Rohatgi.”No, no, this is a very serious case. Your Lordships may not pass that kind of an order”, interjected senior advocate Vikas Singh”We will not do anything to prejudice the proceedings of this court. Anything that transpires before the Magistrate will be subject to Your Lordships’ orders. Just because there is a chargesheet, we don’t have the hold. The matter is still within the seisin of this court. We will place the chargesheet on record and assist you to come to a conclusion. But because it is an offence of this kind, the petitioner would appear before the Magistrate and then he may be admitted to bail”, assured Mr. Subramaniam.Advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for the original complainant, advanced that Mr. Rohatgi is “absolutely wrong”- “No permission of Your Lordships’ was needed to register the FIR. The first FIR had been quashed on purely technical grounds. Your Lordships have since 1953 repeatedly said that if a FIR is null and void, a second FIR can be maintained. This is a serious case of kidnapping, torture and murder!””The FIR is between me and the state! The informant is nobody!”, argued Mr. Rohatgi.”Why can you not adjourn the matter?”, Justice Bhushan asked of Mr Subramaniam.”Some documents have to be given. It is a voluminous chargesheet of 500 pages, containing statements of several witnesses. By the time Your Lordships take up the matter in February, the petitioner will have appeared and we will make sure the petitioner has the documents. Your Lordships will have proper assistance from us…we will do nothing to prejudice the examination by Your Lordships”, replied Mr. Subramaniam.Ultimately, the bench granted 2 weeks’ time to the state to bring on record the charge-sheet, listing the SLP for the second week of February. Noting that the matter before the concerned Magistrate comes up on January 22, the bench noted that since the Supreme Court is seized of the matter, “it shall be appropriate” for the Magistrate to postpone the same to the end of February.The case had been registered against Saini under sections 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 201 (causing the disappearance of evidence of offence), 344 (wrongful confinement), 330 (voluntarily causes hurt), 219 and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) [Section 302 IPC added subsequently] of the Indian Penal Code at Mataur police station in Mohali.The Supreme Court had in December last year allowed Saini’s anticipatory bail plea in connection with the same.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Watch Anders Osborne And Tom Hamilton Jam On Grateful Dead’s ‘Bertha’ At The Cap

By on March 2, 2021

first_imgLast Friday, February 26th, Anders Osborne came out firing for his first-ever headlining performance at the Capitol Theatre. Osborne has had a strong beginning of 2016, and has a new album called Spacedust & Ocean Views due out early this year. In celebration, Osborne brought his New Orleans-influenced sound to the famed Port Chester venue, with Tom Hamilton’s American Babies on as support.Naturally, fans who were keeping their fingers crossed for an Osborne-Hamilton collaboration got their wish, as the JRAD guitarist linked up with Osborne during the middle of his headlining set. Hamilton joined in for “Back On Dumaine,” an Osborne original, before segueing into a cover of Grateful Dead’s “Bertha.” Watch video below via Sean Roche:The band also covered Bob Dylan’s “Masters Of War,” seen below:Check out photos from the night, courtesy of Andrew Blackstein: Load remaining images Setlist: Anders Osborne at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 2/27/16Set: 5 Bullets, Pleasing You, Big Talk, Lafayette, Back On Dumaine > Bertha > Masters Of War, Pontchartrain > Coming Down, Windows, Move Back To Mississippi, Charlie Parker, Me And Lola (?)Encore: The Lucky One, It’s Gonna Be OkayCheck out Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography‘s full gallery below:last_img read more

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Gotta Dance Pushes Back Broadway Bow

By on January 18, 2021

first_img View Comments Half Time The much-buzzed about Gotta Dance will no longer land on the Main Stem this coming spring (or thus go up against Hamilton at the 2016 Tony Awards). Instead, the new tuner, which features a book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar and Nell Benjamin, with additional music by Marvin Hamlisch, is aiming to begin performances in the fall; no word yet on which Broadway house it will head to. The show is currently playing a limited engagement at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre.Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, the Chicago cast includes Tracy Jai Edwards, André De Shields, Georgia Engel, Lillias White, Stefanie Powers, Haven Burton, Lori Tan Chinn, Nancy Ticotin, Joanna Jones, Madeleine Doherty, Diane Findlay, Lenora Nemetz, Jonalyn Saxer and Kay Walbye.Gotta Dance tells the true story of a group of professional dancers, who, in 2007, were tasked with getting a basketball team’s senior citizen dance troupe performance-ready for their center court hip-hop debut. Through an unlikely art form and some hot moves, generation gaps are crossed and friendships are formed.The world premiere is now set to end its limited engagement in Chicago on January 17, 2016. The company also includes Alexander Aguilar, Adinah Alexander, Sydni Beaudoin, Holly Ann Butler, Paula Castelon, Ari Groover, Colby Lewis, Lance Roberts, Elise Santora, Austin Scott III and Virginia Ann Woodruff.center_img Related Showslast_img read more

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PensionDanmark invests DKK1.4bn in second UK biomass power plant

By on September 29, 2020

first_imgLast year, the venture invested DKK1.4bn in the Brigg project in Lincolnshire.The latest project – the Snetterton power plant – will have total investment from the joint venture of DKK1.6bn, with DKK200m of that coming from BWSC.BWSC will build, operate and maintain the power plant for 15 years.The plant is scheduled to be up and running by spring 2017, and will have a capacity of 44.2 MW – equivalent to the average energy usage of 82,000 households.The plant will run on straw, and supply of the fuel has been contracted for the next 12 years, PensionDanmark said. Labour-market pension fund PensionDanmark is investing DKK1.4bn (€188m) in a biomass power plant to be built in the UK’s East Anglia, as part of a joint venture with Danish company Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC).The DKK170bn Danish pension fund – which won this year’s Best European Pension Fund Award at the IPE Conference & Awards in Vienna – said the investment would be made via investment fund Copenhagen Infrastructure I, in which it is the sole investor. The joint venture is between the infrastructure fund and BWSC, and this will be the second biomass power plant deal in the UK it has signed.Torben Möger Pedersen, PensionDanmark’s chief executive, said: “We have to secure our members a good and steady return, and this cooperation delivers that.”last_img read more

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‘Doctors are not God’ says health minister (Sth Africa)

By on September 27, 2020

first_imgNews24 3 May 2015Giving doctors the right to end a life is dangerous and could lead to a situation in which unscrupulous families arrange the premature deaths of their terminally ill loved ones to cash in on insurance payments.That was Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s reaction to a landmark court ruling in favour of a man who wanted his doctors to be granted permission to help him die.“This judgment has the potential to give rise to fraud and unethical behaviour among doctors,” Motsoaledi said.<a href=”http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/jump?iu=/8900/24.com/Web/News24/SouthAfrica/Articles&sz=600×50&c=1536174622&t=artid%3d31ab3f2b-2a01-4ee9-866b-178b2dbbdc16%26posno%3d1″ target=”_blank”><img src=”http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/ad?iu=/8900/24.com/Web/News24/SouthAfrica/Articles&sz=600×50&c=1536174622&t=artid%3d31ab3f2b-2a01-4ee9-866b-178b2dbbdc16%26posno%3d1″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>“Very soon we will start hearing stories of families colluding with doctors to end the life of their loved ones because they wanted to cash in on insurance policies. Some people may even start planning their deaths because they know that their policies are maturing.“We can’t have that situation in South Africa because it would be difficult to police and deal with. To prevent it, we must stop it before it goes any further,” he said.Motsoaledi said doctors should not be given the right to end a person’s life because they were not God.http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Doctors-are-not-God-20150503last_img read more

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Bee Brain Shows Design Matters Over Size

By on December 19, 2019

first_imgHoneybees can be trained to grasp conceptual relationships, new experiments show, demonstrating that it’s not just brain size that governs ability.Bee philosophy:  A series of clever experiments by French scientists (see PhysOrg) has shown that honeybees have a skill thought unique to primates: conceptual relationships.  When presented with varying patterns in mazes with rewards, they appear to understand left/right, up/down, and same/different concepts.   This was a big surprise to evolutionists:Scientists Aurore Avarguès-Weber and Martin Giurfa, both from the University of Toulouse and CNRS in Toulouse, France, have analyzed the implications of the honeybee’s ability to understand conceptual relationships, and have published a paper on the subject in a recent issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society B.“One thing that should be clear from this analysis is that, although it is always a matter of debate what is unique to humans and what to animals, these results show at least something that is not,” Giurfa told Phys.org. “While the capacity of conceptual elaboration has been considered (and is still considered) a higher-order capacity proper from primates and other ‘highly-evolved’ animals (the quotes are ironic in this case), the fact that a 950,000-neuron [honeybee] brain can achieve this kind of task shows that the frontier does not reside there.“The quotes are ironic in this case” indeed.  This throws a monkey wrench into the notion of “highly-evolved” animals.  The authors tried to understand this ability in evolutionary terms, since clearly, in their view, insects diverged from vertebrates as far back as the Cambrian explosion (i.e., most of animal evolutionary history), but left off with more questions than answers.  The bee brain is also wired differently.  It has no prefrontal cortex, as found in humans.“The obvious question would be then, what brings as advantage a 100-billion-neuron [human] brain? Obviously several advantages can be cited: language, for instance. Consciousness, whose existence is a matter of debate and of investigation in animals. And the idea that human brains have perhaps replicated redundant and modifiable modules to solve problems that small brains solve with single microcircuits at a smaller scale.”This explanation, however, begs the question of evolutionary “advantage” due to blind, unguided processes of natural selection. Just because “advantages can be cited,” it is a non-sequitur to assert that evolution brought them about.One of the most important implications of the study concerns paleoanthropology (the study of human evolution), which leans heavily on brain capacity as a proxy for evolutionary progress (see 10/18/13 entry).  For instance, based on the honeybee study, the smaller brain case of so-called Homo erectus may not be a fair measure of brain power:One of the most interesting implications of this research is that it challenges the assumption that large, complex brains (like ours) are superior to small brains when it comes to higher-order tasks such as understanding conceptual relationships. This raises some questions, such as whether the nature of these relationships as understood by honeybees is truly the same as to what humans understand, and whether conceptual relationships should be considered higher-order concepts or lower-order concepts. The researchers suggest that there may not be as great a division between large and small brains as we tend to assume.Studies continue on mental powers of apes.  New Scientist relied on Darwin’s suggestion that language evolved from ape screeches (“a song”) as the article describes it:Darwin suggested we sang our way to modern language, gradually moving from vocal flourishes designed to attract mates to primitive vocal communication that eventually developed into speech.This amounts to a just-so story, since there is a huge gap between the most advanced ape screech and a Shakespeare play.  Whether vocalizations or hand gestures led to language has been debated ever since “Darwin suggested” one story over the other.  Science Daily reported that chimps appear to sound alarm calls with the intent to warn others in the clan of dangers.  That’s not particularly helpful for human evolution, though, since crows do that.  Neither of the articles discussed chimpanzee mathematics or skill with abstract concepts.Kid math:  Speaking of human brains, another set of experiments shows that infants have some mathematical ability as early as six months.  Live Science reported on work at Duke University that shows “Math Ability Starts in Infancy” according to the headline.  Shown patterns of dots on screens, infants stare longer at ones that have the same number of dots, indicating a preliminary ability to perceive number.  Science Now concurs that “Babies are born with some math skills.”  Infant gaze with the patterns appears to be a predictor of math ability three years later.Experiments usually surprise evolutionists, but not creationists.  That’s because evolutionists have their minds already made up that humans evolved gradually from lower forms of life that were too primitive to do what humans do.  Well, the honeybee puts them to shame on two levels: a common ability designed on a physically different substrate, and an ability manifested at a vastly smaller scale of size. What are they going to call this?  Will they dredge up their rescue device of “convergent evolution”?Nothing in the other stories requires believing in evolution.  Our Creator designed the bodies, brains, and abilities of each creature for its function in the ecosystem, and for His glory.  The crowns of His creation, human beings, possess unique bodies and brains far removed from anything else in the living world.  In the physical biosphere, only humans use abstract concepts and language.  Only humans create true structured music, utilizing harmonic principles.  Only humans have souls that can ponder their origin and destiny.  Only humans pray.  Only humans are sinners in need of redemption.  Only humans can understand John 3:16.  Only humans were the object of Christ’s sacrificial love, as shown by His death on the cross to save them from their due punishment for rebellion.  Only humans will be resurrected.  Only redeemed humans will reign with Christ in heaven for eternity.  Whatever other marvels of creation exist in this world and the next, they show His omniscience, power, and creativity – but only the redeemed can understand and thank their Maker for His intelligent design, wisdom, and love.If you are an evolutionist, you hate this kind of talk.  Well, then, look at the best your Darwinian friends can do to explain human life when asked direct questions for evidence.  Tell us if you prefer the ethics and destiny they preach.  Tell us if they have better reasons to believe what they believe.  Watch this half-hour video. 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Wolfe Island Passive: First Year Reflections

By on December 16, 2019

first_imgEditor’s note: David and Kayo Murakami Wood are building what they hope will be Ontario’s first certified Passive House on Wolfe Island, the largest of the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River. They are documenting their work at their blog, Wolfe Island Passive House. For a list of earlier posts in this series, see the sidebar below. BLOGS BY DAVID MURAKAMI WOOD A Performance ReportHeat Recovery VentilationSiding and a PorchReady for RoofingAdding the InsulationBuilding With Cross-Laminated TimberWindows, Doors, and UtilitiesThe EnvelopeWolfe Island Passive House — An Introduction No regrets on the fundamentalsThere is really nothing that has happened in this year of living in our new Passive House that has made us regret or rethink the building process or the big decisions we made in the design.The Zehnder ERV is a minor miracle. The air quality in the house is so good that it almost makes us forget the mold-infested air we used to put up with as normal in practically every other house we’ve ever lived in. It just keeps working in the background with minimal need for maintenance (occasional cleaning or replacement of filters).We still totally recommend using cross-laminated timber for the structure. However, we don’t think it’s necessary to use it for all interior walls. Combining CLT for the main structural walls, with more standard stick-frame and drywall for the other interior walls, would make for a more flexible design that would allow you to do things like changing your mind on where electrical sockets etc. go — and even where the walls themselves go.However, we know that Canadian manufacturers, at least in the east, are still not capable of doing the precise factory-cutting that we had done. Someone needs to make the necessary investment to do so, because CLT should be a standard material in home building here considering Canada’s timber resources and need for well-insulated homes in a world where we are at the end of the era of limitless oil and gas for heating. Were anyone to use Canadian CLT, however, you wouldn’t be limited, as we were, by the dimensions of shipping containers. You could be more flexible with your design. A lot of things in our design started from this, which meant we went down a certain route.We would still have the same advice for those considering using CLT as we had in this post back when it seemed that disaster was afflicting our build in January 2016: don’t start building in the fall in a climate like this, and do wrap your CLT structure in a breathable, water-proof housewrap as soon as it’s up. A problem with the porchThe second issue was noticed by Malcolm Isaacs, our Passive House consultant, in checking the performance report by Anthony Mach. He reckoned that the passive solar heat gain in winter is not as good as it was in the calculations we made. In other words, the house is not as warm as it could be. It’s not actually something we find uncomfortable, it’s more an optimum performance issue.The reason, we think, is that the downstairs porch roof overhang does not have quite the exact height, angle, and extension as in the original design. However, this means that to remedy the (small) differences, we’d almost have to rebuild the porch completely. There were at least two points at which things were changed in the design process that could have affected this, and as we were working not only with an architect and builder but also a Passive House design consultant and engineer, as well as a manufacturer (for the pre-fabricated CLT structure), there were even more communication issues to manage than in a normal build.These communication issues can be crucial and really, all calculations need to be checked and recalculated every time there is a change. And, of course, when you are working with any kind of pre-fab, there is a point after manufacturing has started that you can’t change anything about that any more and any changes from that point onwards have to be adaptations to what you’ve had manufactured.Had we known about the issue with passive solar heat gain, we probably would have had under-floor heating installed. In fact, we probably should have done that anyway as a kind of reserve. Had we done this, we probably wouldn’t have needed the little Thermolec air heating system we have as part of the ventilation system.We were assured that it would be so warm anyway that underfloor heating wouldn’t make any difference. That’s not really true in practice but it’s warm enough so we aren’t complaining! Again, at this point it would mean substantial rebuilding (ripping up and relaying our lovely wooden floors) to do this. The lesson is: lay the underfloor heating even if you end up not using it. It’s better to have the possibility than not. There are some remaining problems. The first is a building envelope tightness issue due to a manufacturing fault. The Optiwin Motura sliding door, which was a prototype, has never sealed as tightly as it should, and last winter and this, we’ve resorted to sealing it up with gasketing and tape to maintain the building envelope.However, this is fixable: Optiwin has been as thorough and responsible as ever, and not only issued us a partial refund for the door but also provided a very detailed analysis of the fault and how to remedy it, which we will be putting into place in the spring. I don’t think anyone else considering using Optiwin needs to worry about this — as I said, our door was an early version and the current models are already better.center_img Although there is always more to do, at the end of 2017 and after a year of living in our passive house, it’s a good time to reflect on the whole process.This place was the product of a shared dream between Kayo and I to create a sustainable and comfortable family house, and an experiment for all of those involved. Sitting here on a late December morning after a night when the temperature dropped to an unusually cold -24ºC (-11ºF), without wind-chill, and looking out on the sun shining on a half-metre of snow, while feeling totally comfortable inside at 21ºC (70ºF), we think we’ve achieved our dream and the experiment has been a success! We would even stand by the revised cost estimates we produced back in December 2015. The roof was probably too complicatedThe roof might also be something I would rethink were we starting again. We designed it to fulfill several functions: to be at a good angle for generating solar power in the shoulder seasons and winter, to provide shade for the upper-story windows in summer, and, of course, to be able to contain enough insulation.Originally, we were not going to use CLT panels for the roof, but the horror stories we heard about the practices of truss manufacturers around here convinced us to give it a go. With CLT roof panels, we got added structural strength, which will mean the weight of any number of solar panels is no problem. However, we had to have a floating rafter design (read this and this in order to retain the overhang.This looks beautiful but it was very complicated to engineer and caused the insulation installation to be much more difficult — cutting the wood-fiber insulation we used into exactly sized triangular sections was not easy (especially in the depths of winter). Had we started with CLT as our primary material, we might have made different decisions here: we could have gone for entirely different roof designs, and gone for ground-mounted solar panels, and considered other ways of shading. However, just aesthetically, I really like our roof and I like the fact that it goes against the grain of having roofs finish flush to the walls.In the end, we have a beautiful, sustainable, high-performance Passive House, which we love and which works. It was a long journey getting here but it was worth it. We will keep occasionally updating this blog with things that we are doing (we’ve still got to install a PV system in 2018, for a start) and performance updates, but in general there probably won’t be more than a post a month in 2018. And we’re always very happy to be contacted with questions from other people considering building sustainably. Small design issuesThe other remaining problems are small design issues that people thinking about building a Passive House, or even just any house, should note. The first is that although we really like our open-plan downstairs space, and visitors love it, Kayo would now want a more specific dedicated work area or work room. What we did design was inadequate. It’s difficult to see how we could have done this just by tweaking the design we have. So, if we were starting again, we would include this as one of the essential elements and design around it, as we did with the kitchen.The second minor element does relate more to Passive House design, and it is the way the entrance works. We have an amazing Austrian-manufactured Passive-House-certified front door from Tarredo. The only problem is that you still have to open it and once you open it, it doesn’t matter how insulated the door is.Of course, no one leaves the door open very long in winter in any house, but any heat loss is a problem in a Passive House in very cold climates. Back when we were still thinking about rebuilding our old house, we had designed what we referred to as an “air-lock” (like in space-ships), which was essentially an insulated porch outside the building shell. It had insulated doors to both outside and inside. Somehow, that element got lost when we moved to designing an entirely new house.I’d really recommend to anyone building a Passive House in a cold climate to think about this. Especially around the holiday season when you have people coming and going, the front door gets opened a lot more than you’d like from a Passive House point of view! The plus side is that the more parties you have, the more all those people in your house also heat it up. However, whichever way you are thinking about it, you have to factor people and behavior into your design.The good news is that this particular problem is easily resolved. We think what we will do is create a closed-in porch space outside the front door. We’ve got room. The only question is whether we make it permanent or seasonal and removable.last_img read more

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Users Screwed As Google & Apple Spar Over Mobile Maps

By on December 15, 2019

first_imgjohn paul titlow Boy, am I glad I didn’t upgrade my iPhone to iOS 6 last week. Apple’s new mobile operating system became available just as I was boarding a plane from Philadelphia to San Francisco to attend a conference and explore the city. I figured it would be better to wait on the upgrade than try and find my way around unfamiliar terrain using a brand new – and untested – mapping application. That turned out to be a good choice.The rivalry between Google and Apple isn’t new, but in the last several days, it’s gotten personal for users. As the companies butt heads, that’s who has ended up stuck in the middle, left with an experience that’s markedly worse than it was before.  Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tech blogs have been flooded with negative assessments of iOS 6 Maps. The main complaints have to do with the app’s lack of transit directions and local search, as well as the accuracy of some of the maps. There are enough visual bugs in the 3D Flyover maps to fill at least one dedicated Tumblr blog, but that’s more a cosmetic issue than a functional one. Apple Insider put together a thorough break-down of the key problems.  Some users reported a pain-free experience using Maps in iOS 6 in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s possible that the blowback has been disproportionate, but Apple still has a mess on its hands.  Why Did This Happen? Apple shipped a product that wasn’t entirely ready for its millions of users, however attractive and full of potential it may be, presumably to boot Google from the heart of iOS. Meanwhile, it sounds like Google has taken its time submitting its own native iOS Maps app (even though it was quick to push out its own version of YouTube to fill that particular gap on iOS 6 users’ home screens). Eric Schmidt told reporters today that the company’s engineers “haven’t done anything yet” on the iOS Maps front. It’s tempting to ascribe Google’s foot-dragging to a desire to drive frustrated users toward Android, but that theory is a stretch. Indeed, the launch of Apple’s new mapping app may have come as a total surprise to Google, as reported by The Verge. Allegedly, Apple’s sudden change came more than a year before its partnership with Google was supposed to end and left the search giant scrambling to cobble together its own iOS mapping solution. If this account is true, then what Schmidt meant by “haven’t done anything” was “haven’t submitted an app yet.” Still, some observers have expressed skepticism that Google was completely blindsided by this. While Google likely hasn’t deliberately delayed the app, the company probably doesn’t mind watching Apple take heat from users and the press. Whatever happened, it doesn’t serve users well. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Apple#web last_img read more

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