The Suns (9-28) have been near the bottom of the league’s standings all season. However, with a young promising core, Phoenix could provide a test for the inconsistent Warriors (24-13).Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, 6 p.m. (NBCSBA)Suns projected starters: De’Anthony Melton, TJ Warren, Mikal Bridges, DeAndre Ayton, De’Anthony Melton, Devin Booker Suns Stock Report: For the fourth consecutive campaign, Phoenix has started …
Improved inverter for photovoltaic systemsBuildingGreen calls the Sunny Boy inverters from SMA America “revolutionary” because they can provide power from grid-tied photovoltaic systems during a power outage. That’s not the case with conventional inverters; most grid-tied PV arrays can’t power so much as a single light bulb when utility power isn’t available.Alex Wilson wrote a GBA blog about the new Sunny Boy inverter in August 2013.The Sunny Boy inverters can switch from interactive operation to providing power to a dedicated outlet, delivering 1500 watts of electricity. That’s not enough to run a big appliance, BuildingGreen said, but it would be enough to charge a cell phone or laptop computer, and that might be just enough to make a difference in an emergency. Mineral wool board insulationRoxul’s ComfortBoard, a semi-rigid mineral wool board insulation, made the list on the strength of its high pre-consumer recycled content and low toxicity. It’s intended for residential and commercial use over exterior sheathing. RELATED ARTICLES Nov. 2012: BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Green Building Products Oct. 2011: Top 10 Green Building Products Nov. 2009: Top 10 Green Building Products BuildingGreen has posted its choices for the most innovative green products of the last 12 months, a list that includes products for both commercial and residential construction.“The products we’re recognizing this year are remarkable in their diversity and innovation,” said Alex Wilson, founder of BuildingGreen, in a press release announcing the choices. “We are thrilled to call attention to these products, which are helping to create more sustainable, greener buildings throughout North America.”The winners will be presented at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild convention Nov. 21 in Philadelphia. The award winners are picked by BuildingGreen editors from the hundreds of products reviewed in the past year.This year’s list includes a mix of product types, from dimensional stone manufactured from waste to a retrofit faÃ§ade system for commercial buildings that incorporates high-performance windows, insulation and cladding.Here’s a sampling of this year’s Top Ten products. Alex Wilson wrote a GBA blog about ComfortBoard in May 2013.ComfortBoard comes in two densities — 8 lb. per cubic foot (pcf) in the residential version and 11 pcf in the commercial product. BuildingGreen said its density makes it rigid enough to be used on the outside of a building as an affordable alternative to foam plastic insulation. BuildingGreen editors also liked ComfortBoard for its sound-absorption qualities and fire resistance without the use of flame retardants. Even when damp, it’s still a good insulator (R-4 to 4.2 per inch), so it can be used behind a rainscreen assembly on exterior walls.The primary material used in ComfortBoard is iron ore slag. It’s produced with a urea-extended phenol formaldehyde binder, but BuildingGreen said heat processing drives off most of the formaldehyde during production, “resulting in extremely low emissions.” A better light bulbSoraa’s Vivid MR-16 is a light-emitting diode (LED) assembly that produces a “full spectrum” light rivaling that of halogens. According to the manufacturer, the bulbs reach a 65-watt halogen equivalent output with 75% less energy. They also operate at much lower temperatures, and LEDs last much longer than other types of light bulbs.The color rendering index, a measure of how accurately light shows colors, is as high as 95 on a 100-point scale, and the lamps are available in three beam angles: 14, 25, and 36 degrees.Vivid LEDs are manufactured somewhat differently from other LEDs on the market to produce a full spectrum of light. Lamps cost $32.
running washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers during off-peak hours using fans instead of air conditioners in the summer turning the thermostat down just a few degrees in the winter For more information about free, easy ways to lower your electric bill, refer to nrdc.org/air/energy/genergy.asp.Browse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on August 5, 2013. By Barbara O’NeillHow can military families lower their energy costs in on-base housing when they can’t swap out any appliances or change the house itself?Many service members live in on-base housing that cannot be structurally modified, leaving fewer opportunities to lower energy costs compared to an off-base residence. Still, there are strategies to save some money on utility bills. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), families could save around $10 every month by simply unplugging seldom-used appliances. Unplugging chargers when not in use and using power strips to turn off televisions, stereos, and home theater equipment can also make a difference. Even when electronic devices are off, they are still consuming electricity while plugged in.Other high-impact energy saving strategies include:
By Carol ChurchI recently received a mysterious medical appointment reminder for an appointment I do not have from a provider I have never seen. When I called to inquire about the situation, I was told that somehow my phone number had been accidentally transposed onto the file of another patient. Although this seems to have just been a clerical error, the situation worried me, because it made me feel concerned about the possibility of medical identity theft.These days, almost everyone is probably familiar with the general idea of identity theft. However, most of us may be more likely to think of having a Social Security card number or credit card number stolen than to consider the concern of medical ID theft.Who is Affected?Photospin/Erwin WodickaUnfortunately, however, this is a serious problem affecting millions of Americans every year. And the aftermath can be just as devastating (or more so) than other types of identity theft. Victims of medical identity theft can end up on the hook for thousands of dollars of medical bills and may be denied coverage and services. Medical identity theft can even put your own health at risk, as when someone else’s health concerns, allergies, conditions, etc. become intertwined with yours and falsely appear on your medical records. Some medical identity theft victims have even been erroneously accused of crimes when criminals used their information to obtain painkillers.Sadly, veterans and service members are at elevated risk of all types of identity theft, including medical identity theft. This is for two reasons: first, their personal information is in many, many systems and frequently requested; second, unscrupulous people know that military medical benefits are highly valuable and wish to obtain access. For this reason, service members and those who work with them need to be informed about this lesser-known problem.What are the signs of medical identity theft?All of the following may be warning signs of medical identity theft:Receiving medical bills for procedures or office visits you do not recognize or that you did not authorizeSeeing charges, procedures, or visits on your EOBs (Explanation of Benefits) materials from your insurance company that are unfamiliarBeing told you have reached a cap or lifetime limit when you are not anywhere close to thisReceiving notices from creditors or being denied credit for medical bills you do not recognizeConfusing information in your health records that seems to not be yours (for instance, about conditions you do not have or procedures you never underwent)What should someone do if they suspect or believe they are a victim?If you suspect that you have been a victim of medical identity theft, the first step is to find the instances. Request your medical records from every provider that you know or think may have been involved. You have a right to these records, but unfortunately, there may be a fee.If you find mistakes, correct these with the providers. You may need to file a report with the police to help this process along.Alert your health insurer to the fraud.Medical identity theft victims may be the victims of other types of identity theft as well, so if you have identified this type of ID theft, it’s time to check other accounts, including credit cards, bank accounts, and your credit report.File a complaint at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov or by phone at 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338). Visit www.ftc.gov/idtheft for additional information.How can medical identity theft be prevented?Guard all sensitive military IDs, Social Security numbers, Medicare and Medicaid numbers, Tricare and insurance cards, etc. Securely store or shred papers containing these numbers.Always contact your insurance company and/or health care providers about unfamiliar charges, bills, or procedures. (Remember, however, that bills can be confusing and human error can occur. Not all mysterious charges are fraudulent.)Never “share” medical identities with someone, even if they are in dire need. And be careful about who has access to your personal records, even within your family. According to one study, the majority of medical identity thieves are someone who knew the victim.Medical identity theft is yet another type of crime that we need to be aware of in today’s changing world. Staying alert to the risk of this type of fraud is key.References and resources:Andrews, M. The rise of medical identity theft. Retrieved from http://www.consumerreports.org/medical-identity-theft/medical-identity-theft/Federal Trade Commission. (2011). Medical Identity Theft: FAQs for Health Care Providers and Health Plans. Retrieved from https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/medical-identity-theft-faqs-health-care-providers-health-plansOffice of Inspector General. Medical ID Theft / Fraud Information. Retrieved from https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/medical-id-theft/University of Texas at Austin Center for Identity. Medical Identity Theft Targeting Veterans and Active Service Personnel: What You Need to Know. Retrieved from https://identity.utexas.edu/veterans-and-active-service-personnel/medical-identity-theft-targeting-veterans-and-active-service-personnel-what-you-need-to-know
Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said days are not far off when it will be possible to unfurl the tricolour in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). “I have faith that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the way New India’s caravan is progressing ahead, that day is not far off when it will be possible to unfurl that tricolour or ‘Nishan’ for which Shyama Prasad Mukherj sacrificed his life in Pakistan occupied Kashmir,” Mr. Singh said at an event to rename Chenani-Nashri Tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir.Mr. Singh, credited Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari for accepting the proposal of renaming the tunnel after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee without wasting time. In 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dedicated to the nation this 9 km-long tunnel that reduces the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 31 km but due to “some compulsions” this could not be named after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, he said. He further noted that 66 years ago on May 11, 1953, Mukherjee was arrested from Lakhanpur in an illegal manner without any FIR, chargesheet or warning and was taken to Srinagar through this Chenani-Nashri road. After Mukherjee’s death on June 23, 1953 his mother wrote to then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to hold an enquiry into his death. “For some reasons then Prime Minister Nehru did not pay heed to that letter, no enquiry was done. It is a new era now. It was Nehru government then, today it is Modi government… That probe or lapse can not be compensated but this tribute for coming generation will preserve his heritage and memory. “The lapse on part of Nehru government has been atoned by Modi government,” he said. The decision to rename the tunnel comes over two months after abrogation of the provisions of Article 370. The ‘Chenani-Nashri Tunnel’ was built at the cost of ₹2,600 crore. The tunnel, bypassing snow-bound upper reaches, reduces the journey time by two hours and provide a safe, all-weather route to commuters travelling from Jammu and Udhampur to Ramban, Banihal and Srinagar. The key features of the tunnel are — it is a single-tube bi-directional tunnel, with a 9.35-metre carriageway, and a vertical clearance of 5 metres. There is also a parallel escape tunnel, with ‘Cross Passages’ connecting to the main tunnel at intervals of 300 metres. It also has smart features such as an integrated traffic control system; surveillance, ventilation and broadcast systems; fire fighting system; and SOS call-boxes at every 150 metres.
Restaurant review: TapBe A SportTap is modelled as a sports bar, but if you’re heading over to watch an important game, know that after it’s over, the screen will be rolled away, the projector turned off, and the space will transform into another city rarity – a bar that plays,Restaurant review: TapBe A SportTap is modelled as a sports bar, but if you’re heading over to watch an important game, know that after it’s over, the screen will be rolled away, the projector turned off, and the space will transform into another city rarity – a bar that plays Bollywood tunes.To extend the vibe of the former avatar, there are football-team pennants hanging from the ceiling and a token arcade dart game for patrons to enjoy in the al fresco area. That it’s simulated makes it a safe bet-darts and drinks aren’t exactly the best combination.Said drinks are aren’t inventive, but the staples are satisfactory. The red wine sangria is fruity but not too sweet; the LIIT needed a splash of alcohol, but once the friendly waitstaff obliged, it was potent and perfect. To keep up with stereotypes, enjoy the game with a chilled Tuborg, and if you want to mix things up a little, you can rarely go wrong with classics such as the mojito and cospmopolitan.To cushion the considerable punch of these concoctions, start with a plate of Tap’s Macho Nachos. They live up to their name in both effect and flavour, accompanied by a variety of dips and toppings.In true bar fashion, the establishment’s grub doesn’t quite match the quality of drinks, but makes for a satisfactory meal if you’re trying to sober up before the second innings of your night, and game.From an exhaustive multi-cuisine menu that has Mexican, Indian, Italian and Chinese food on offer, we recommend their Mexican fare, but suggest you steer clear of the Italian dishes.Meal for two Rs 2,500 At Royal Plaza, New Link Road, Andheri Lokhandwala, Andheri WestTel 42634002Timings Noon to 1.30 a.m.By Asmita BakshiadvertisementListingsEvam Standup Tamasha: August 27Lungis are not great for dancing. Everything above Bangalore is North India. Modi is not a wave. And Rajni is the true king. Catch Karthik Kumar, Aravind Subramanian, Naveen Richard, Aswin Rao and Bala Kumaran, who call themselves loudmouths from down South, offer such pearls of wisdom and more.At Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman PointTel 22824567Timings 7 p.m.Tickets Rs 300, Rs 250 and Rs 200; available at the box office and bookmyshow.com.Mix BagAugust 21 and 22Fashion, jewellery, beauty and wellness products from rising entrepreneurs and stalls showcasing arts and crafts of weavers and artisans from across India are the highlights of Indian Merchants’ Chamber Women Entrepreneurs exhibition.At World Trade Centre, Cuffe ParadeTimings 11 a.m. to p.m.Tel 66387272Jules et JimAugust 20Director Francois Truffaut’s landmark film, Jules et Jim, follows the story of Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) whose friendship faces its toughest test when they both fall for the same girl, Catherine (Jeanne Moreau).At Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, 40 New Marine LinesTel 22035993Timings 6.30 p.m.Entry FreeChar… The No-Man’s IslandAugust 29Sourav Sarangi’s documentary follows the fraught life of teenager Rubel, who smuggles rice from India to Bangladesh by crossing the river Ganga. It’s the same river which eroded his home in India when he was just four.At Prithvi House, 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, JuhuTel 26149546Timings 7 p.m.Trivial DisastersSeptember 6A man is unable to complete his sentences just when he wants to propose to his girlfriend. A talk show host interviews a serial killer. A man insists his broken kettle is under the warranty period. A son wants to reveal something important to his parents. A wife negotiates with the kidnappers of her husband. These are some of sketches enacted by Kalki Koechlin, Richa Chadda, Purab Kohli and Cyrus Sahukar in this play directed by Atul Kumar and written by Ajay Krishnan.At Sophia Bhabha Auditorium, Sophia College, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach CandyTickets From Rs 500Email firstname.lastname@example.orgShakkar Ke Paanch DaaneAugust 26In an hour long monologue, Rajkumar (Kumud Mishra) talks about his unremarkable life in a nondescript village and the five people who have stood out his drab life.At Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Church Road, JuhuTel 26149546Timings 9 p.m.Tickets Rs 150All Things Nice Wine WeekFrom August 25 to 31Oenophiles can avail a flat 30 per cent discount on any bottle of wine from all over the world or indulge in set course menus paired with wine at any of these restaurants: Four Season-Cafe Prato and San Qui, Sofitel Hotel ‘Jyran and Pondicherry Cafe, Trident BKC ‘ Maya and Botticino, Intercontinental Marine Drive-Long & Short and Kabab Corner, Novotel’s Olio, Out of the Blue, Serafina, Pizza Metro Pizza, O-Cha, Le Mangii, Cafe Mangi, Woodside Inn + All Day Bar & Eater, Viccinia, Di Napoli, Busaba in Colaba, The Tasting Room, Bungalow 9, Nico Bombay, Two One Two, Le Pain Quotidien, Olive Bandra, Smoke House Deli, Salt Water Caf, Cheval, Taj President, Grand Hyatt and Taj Land’s End.advertisementSoulmateAugust 20One of India’s leading blues bands, Shillong-based Soulmate return to the city. Rudy Wallang and Tipriti Kharbangar present a sonorous blend of blues-rock, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, funk and R&B.At Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower ParelTel 61586158Anish SoodSeptember 5Catch one of India’s busiest and biggest dance music artist Anish Sood, who has performed alongside giants such as David Guetta and Steve Aoki. Expect big room bass lines and trademark bootlegs.At Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel Tel 61586158War HeroesAugust 19 to 22See photographs depicting life and involvement of Indian Soldiers during World War I.At Galerie Max Mueller, Goethe Institut-Max Mueller Bhavan, K Dubash Marg, Kala GhodaTel 22027710Timings 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.Entry FreeLife Of A PhilosopherAugust 22 to September 15On the occasion of Albert Camus’ birth centenary, the Institut Franais and Gallimard edition offer a peek into the writer’s life through exclusive documents, pictures and videos related to his works.At Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, 40 New Marine Lines Tel 22035993 Entry Free