American console sales continue to decline throughout April

Friday, May 29, 2009

The latest console data from the NPD Group shows that, in April, Nintendo’s DSi handheld console outsold all other consoles in America in its first month of release. Apart from the Nintendo Wii and the original Nintendo DS, all other consoles sold under 200,000 units.

A worrying trend for the industry is that the Xbox 360, Wii and the Playstation 3 all had lower sales on a month-over-month and a year-over-year basis.

Hardware sales for the month in America fell 8% year-over-year, down to $391 million. Year-to-date sales are down 1%, sitting at $1.83 billion.

The fall in hardware sales year-over-year can be attributed to major title releases last year in the month of April such as Grand Theft Auto IV and Mario Kart Wii.

Below are the full results provided by NPD:

Console Sales
Nintendo DSi 827,000
Wii 340,000
Nintendo DS Lite 215,000
Xbox 360 175,000
Playstation 2 172,000
Playstation 3 127,000
PSP 116,000

Bush: Congress should approve ‘vital’ bill

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Speaking in his radio address on Saturday, George W. Bush said that the US will lose its ability to carry out surveillance against suspected terrorists abroad as the US Congress did not approve a renewal of the law which allows the US Intelligence agencies to record phone calls without a warrant.

Mr. Bush started by saying that “At the stroke of midnight tonight, a vital intelligence law that is helping protect our nation will expire.” Right from the opening of his speech, he made it clear that he believed Congress should have passed the bill. During the speech, Bush also said that he believes “Congress had the power to prevent this [the bill not being renewed] from happening, but chose not to.”

In a statement, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to the speech by saying that “Their [George Bush’s] true concern here is not national security.” They said that Bush wants “to protect the financial interests of telecommunications companies and avoid judicial scrutiny of their warrantless wiretapping program.”

The address comes as George Bush leaves on his trip to Africa, with the address being pre-recorded to allow him to make the visit to Africa.

Bush concluded the speech by stating that he believes “the Senate has shown the way by approving a good, bipartisan bill,” and that “the House [of Representatives] must pass that bill as soon as they return to Washington from their latest recess.” He added that he believes that “at this moment, somewhere in the world, terrorists are planning a new attack on America.” and that “Congress has no higher responsibility than ensuring we have the tools to stop them.”

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Submitted by: Jeffrey Richard

Everyone from large contracting companies to do it yourselfers are looking for ways to save money on their next project. Have you ever considered buying a reconditioned tool over a new one? Here are a few reasons why you should think about it.

What are reconditioned tools?

Reconditioned tools are power tools that have been returned to the manufacture for one reason or another. Most power tool manufactures have a 30 day no questions asked return policy. If you the tool doesnt fit the bill for you or it fails or even if you change your mind in the first 30 days, they will take it back. Sometimes tools will have a defect and the manufacture will recall them and replace the bad part and sell them as a reconditioned tool. Many times, reconditioned tools may have never even have been used.

What if they break?

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Most reconditioned tools come with a one year warranty. This may be something to consider as many new tools now come with a 3 year warranty. Still good quality reconditioned tools should give you just as much service as a new tool would. Even if the tool had gone back to the manufacturer for a major problem, it is going to get fully tested, maybe even more than a new tool before it goes back to market.

Where can you buy reconditioned tools?

Many commercial power tool suppliers will offer reconditioned tools from time to time. Some years ago we sold close to 100 cordless tools that had a bad shifter in them and were recalled then rebuilt. These tools had never even been used and we were able to offer them with a huge discount to our customers. You can also find them online from many tool warehouses and even on eBay. Many online warehouses offer free shipping on these tools. There inventory may change from time to time so it is worth checking back.

Who typically would buy a reconditioned tool?

As mentioned at the outset, anyone who is looking to save some money on their next project may benefit from a reconditioned tool. I think one of the bigger winners in this market is the do it yourselfer. The better pricing on reconditioned tools allows you to justify buying a better quality tool then you may really need to get the job done. There is nothing like having professional grade tools to use around the house.

A word of caution.

If you are looking at buying a reconditioned tool, you should know what the cost of the tool would be new. Compare shipping prices and consider the warranty. Also if you see a new tool advertised at a unusually low price, make sure you ask the seller specifically if this is a reconditioned tool or not.

If you are looking to save some money on your next power tool and especially if you are a do it yourselfer, take a look at reconditioned tools. They can help you stretch you power tool dollar just a little farther.

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U.S. senators reach compromise on use of filibuster

Monday, May 23, 2005


A compromise was reached late Monday in the United States Senate about the use of filibusters against several judicial nominees of President George W. Bush. Seven Republicans joined with seven Democrats to make the deal.

The compromise was announced by Senator John McCain (Rep., Ariz.). McCain said, “We have reached an agreement to try to avert a crisis in the United States Senate and pull the institution back from a precipice that would have had, in the view of all 14 of us, lasting impact, damaging impact on the institution.” Future nominees will continue to be filibustered under the terms of this deal but only “under extraordinary circumstances”, according to McCain.

Bush made 218 nominations in his first term of office, of which 10 were prevented from receiving an up-or-down vote by the Democrats’ use of the filibuster. The filibuster is a form of extended debate in which senators hold the floor by speaking continuously, often on unrelated topics, with the purpose of delaying a decision. Senate procedures require 60 votes for “cloture“, a term for ending the debate and forcing a vote. Since Republicans hold just 55 of the 100 seats in the Senate, they lack the power to force a vote without cooperation from Senate Democrats.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist was not a party to the deal. Frist, along with other Senate Republicans, had been planning to push for a vote to abolish the use of the filibuster on judicial nominees entirely. This widely debated tactic, called either the “nuclear option” or the “constitutional option”, may have been part of the impetus behind the current deal. If the “nuclear option” succeeded, some Senate Democrats had threatened to bring non-vital business of the Senate to a halt in protest.

Under the current deal, the 14 Senators agree to vote for cloture and allow three judicial nominees to come to a vote: Janice Rogers Brown, William Pryor, and Priscilla Owen. Two other nominees were not part of the deal and may still be filibustered: William Myers and Henry Saad.

Some of Bush’s nominees have been waiting for confirmation for four years. Bush continues to express support for all of his nominees and to request that each one get a vote. On Monday, Bush said, “I have made my position very clear, and that is my job is to pick people who will interpret the Constitution, not use the bench from which to write law. That’s what I campaigned on. I said, if I’m the President, I will pick people who… bring great credit to the bench. And that’s exactly what I’ve done, consistent with judicial philosophy in my picks, as well as the character of the people I pick. And I expect them to get an up or down vote… And I think the American people expect that, as well. People ought to have a fair hearing and they ought to get an up or down vote on the floor.”

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Dem., Nevada) opposed Bush’s view in a statement Monday. “[T]he filibuster is one of the Senate’s most important tools that guarantees minorities a voice in their government,” said Reid.

Alternative to controversial hotel proposed to Buffalo, N.Y. business owners and residents

Buffalo, N.Y. Hotel Proposal Controversy
Recent Developments
  • “120 year-old documents threaten development on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, November 21, 2006
  • “Proposal for Buffalo, N.Y. hotel reportedly dead: parcels for sale “by owner”” — Wikinews, November 16, 2006
  • “Contract to buy properties on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal extended” — Wikinews, October 2, 2006
  • “Court date “as needed” for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, August 14, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal rescheduled” — Wikinews, July 26, 2006
  • “Elmwood Village Hotel proposal in Buffalo, N.Y. withdrawn” — Wikinews, July 13, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal delayed” — Wikinews, June 2, 2006
Original Story
  • “Hotel development proposal could displace Buffalo, NY business owners” — Wikinews, February 17, 2006

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Buffalo, New York —

Residents and business owners in the Elmwood Avenue neighborhood and surrounding area in Buffalo heard a competing proposal for development in their neighborhood at the February 22 meeting held at the Burchfield-Penney Art Gallery, at Buffalo State College. The meeting, attended by at least 140, was originally to consider the Elmwood Village Hotel but also included a new revitalization proposal from Rocco Termini which would increase retail space, but involves less demolition and no hotel.

Rocco Termini, a Buffalo, New York developer wants to develop the corner of Elmwood and Forest, the same spot where Savarino Construction Services Corporation want to build the Elmwood Village Hotel.

Termini proposed that a similar revitalization take place on the intersection like one that incorporated 3 buildings on Aurburn and Elmwood just last year. Termini’s proposal will add more retail space than Savarino’s proposal with the possibility of including up to seven retail outlets.

“I just think it’s necessary to preserve the streetscape that we have. That’s the whole point of living and shopping on Elmwood,” said Termini. “You should be able to go into little shops, that have unique items, and that bring people to Elmwood. When you bring a big box on Elmwood Avenue, it takes something away from the urban-streetscape, just as suburban areas do not want a big box Wal-Mart. We don’t want a big box on Elmwood avenue and I think that’s just what this (the hotel) does, brings a big box to Elmwood,” said Termini.

When asked if there were any development companies currently interested in his proposal Termini said, “I will be willing to take a look at this myself,” said Termini. “Or I would be more than happy to be partners with Sam, Sam Savarino,” who is President and Chief Executive Officer of Savarino Construction Services Corp.

An unnamed source close to the project stated, “Rocco has serious concerns that the Mobius’s asking price could make his project infeasible.”

It is unknown if Savarino Construction or the city of Buffalo will consider Termini’s proposal.

Termini purchased and developed several buildings and areas including the Ellicott Lofts on Ellicott Street in Buffalo, which opened in 2003, The Oak School Lofts which used to be a Buffalo Alternative School, and ‘IS’ Lofts on Oak Street in Buffalo.

Eva Hassett, Vice President of Savarino Construction, and Karl Frizlen an architect from The Frizlen Group and designer of the hotel commented on the development proposal. Hassett said, “We’ve been thinking about it and trying to put it together for the last few months, and it was made public a couple of weeks ago.”

“There are lots of different areas you can look at. This is an Elmwood Avenue hotel. Putting it somewhere else makes a completely different kind of hotel. We wanted a hotel that people could walk to from the business on Elmwood. We wanted a hotel that people could walk to from the Albright Knox Art Gallery. This is really a location for this kind of hotel. Other locations end up being for other kinds of hotels,” said Hassett

“We are excited about the concept of a boutique hotel at this corner. We think it makes sense to the various businesses in the area or the galleries just down the street. We also believe that this is a way for the visitors of Buffalo to experience what the best of what Buffalo has to offer. We think it will be a great way for people from out of town, to get to know what we know about the city,” said Hassett.

Although Hassett had said that the proposal has only been around “for a few months”, Karl Frizlen said that he came up with the idea “three years ago when Hans Mobius,” former owner of the properties at risk, “came to me and asked what we could do with these properties.” Frizlen also said that he introduced Mobius to “four different developers, who after seeing the properties, did not want to tackle them, saying that they felt like it was too much for them to take on.”

Hans Mobius did not attend last nights meeting.

Frizlen is also designing the former telephone company building at 504 Elmwood which would be a “mixed use building with retail on the lowest level and lofts on the other two floors.”

After speeches from developers, residents and business owners were invited to present questions and comments.

Mark Freelend, a Buffalo resident, and local artist, said “I’m looking at my house in the picture, and I’m picturing all the houses on Granger street behind me, and I’m realizing that, if this is implemented (the hotel), we will get zero sunlight. The Sun is supposed to be free, for everyone. The people on Granger are going to have eighty windows looking at them and their children being raised, and playing in the backyard, guests looking in the windows of their houses twenty-four hours a day. A million people starring into their houses. No sunlight, and they are on permanent reality TV. Put a price on that!”

“I think this hotel is totally out of scale to the area and it does not conform to the style (of Elmwood) at all. It will totally obscure the gateway of Elmwood. The gateway now has open arms that allow for passage and view into the commercial corridor. This hotel stands as a brick wall as far as I can tell,” said Nancy Pollina one of the owners of Don Apparel at 1119 Elmwood. Pollina referenced to the recent ‘revitalization’ project on Auburn and Elmwood saying, “That building was boarded up for years, and that was beautiful a renovation. That building was not in any less need of repair than Hans Mobius’s properties.”

Both residents and business owners in the area are concerned that the proposal is moving too quickly and said that the developers should wait before having any city meetings and wait for a consensus from the community on the hotel.

Mrs. Pollina said, “I think people feel passionate about their neighborhood, and this is their neighborhood. I feel that what was most shocking is that the city’s planning board meeting and Common Council meeting, which are they need to push this through, is next week without almost no notice. This (the proposal) is being rushed.

However; Sam Savarino did say that “some people have gotten emotional about this project. And I want to let the community know that we will listen to what you have to say. We’re not forcing this down anybody’s throat. If this is not something this community wants, we do not want to have it here.”

The city’s Planning Board is expected to meet on February 28, 2006 at 8:00am in room 901 on the 9th floor of City Hall. The city’s Legislative Committee meeting of Common Council is expected to take place on the same day at 2:00pm in Council Chambers on the 13th floor of City Hall.

It has just been confirmed from an unnamed source close to the project that “significant changes” will be made to the design of the Elmwood Village Hotel. “Its not being cancelled, just redesigned,” he said. The changes are not yet known, but they are could be released “tomorrow. He (Savarino) doesn’t want it released until he touches base with a few people today.”

Curfew in Haryana as protesters demand reservation for Jat quota

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A growing number of cities in the Indian state Haryana have been under curfew since Friday. At least eight people are reported dead, with government offices, property, dozens of buses, and eight railway stations burned after protests over job quotas for the Jat caste turned violent in several cities including Rohtak, Bhiwani, and Jhajjar. Reportedly some protesters broke into an armory in Rohtak, stealing arms and ammunition.

I appeal to all my fellow Haryanvis to maintain law & order in the State, and ensure that harmony is maintained in society.

Shoot-at-sight was ordered for Rohtak, Bhiwani, Sonipat, Panipat, Jhajjar, Jind and Hisar. Shops, hotels, and restaurants were set afire by protesters. Thirteen national army columns were called, and helicopters were used to reach various places in the state. Internet was disabled in affected districts, and the state government ordered blocks of all social networking websites.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar held a meeting to decide if Jats should also gain the reservation rights for government jobs and colleges by classifying them under Other Backwards Castes.

Burning of stations and uprooting of tracks affected 810 scheduled trains, according to The Indian Express. Police said protesters torched Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu’s house. The state might face water crises. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was to hold the Haryana Central Teacher Eligibility Test today, but cited “administrative difficulties” for suspending it.

Back in 2014, the UPA government appealed for a Jat quota which was rejected by the Supreme Court. This morning, Manohar Khattar tweeted “I appeal to all my fellow Haryanvis to maintain law & order in the State, and ensure that harmony is maintained in society.”

Last year, similar protest took place in Gujarat as Patels protested for reservation led by Hardik Patel.

Disneyland pranked overnight by graffiti artist Banksy; ride shut down

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Internationally acclaimed graffiti kingpin and art-saboteur, Banksy, successfully infiltrated the Disneyland themepark in Anaheim, California.

It is alleged that the graffiti bandit extraordinaire clandestinely entered the park over-night, then proceeded to install a piece depicting a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay at the themepark. Banksy installed a sculpture, a life-size doll dressed in an prison inmate’s orange jumpsuit and bound and shackled, behind the bars of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride.

Disneyland closed down the ride and removed the sculpture amid fears over public safety.

The Best Places To Find Middle Eastern Food In Sri Lanka}

The best places to find Middle Eastern food in Sri Lanka



Want your travel memories to last a bit longer for you, your friends or family? What better way than collecting some awesome souvenirs! During travel, one tends to get carried away absorbing the place that shopping for gifts tend to take a back seat. Issues like size, price and relevance of the gift comes into picture and may not be easy to choose the right giveaway at the fag end of the trip. When that happens, it can be really stressful! We would like to make it easy for you by showing you these 10 awesome souvenirs that your friends or family would appreciate. After all, who doesn’t want to be thoughtful? Wink


Spices are a great souvenir! To start with, they are not expensive and be easily picked up from a grocery store of the country you are visiting. They can be packaged beautifully and brings out the flavours of a particular destination. In addition, if the person you wish to gift enjoys cooking, this would be welcomed as a blessing. End of the way, well-spiced food gives one a happy tummy. Agree?


Move away from traditional gifts and present sand in a bottle as an unconventional giveaway. Sand can be stored in beautiful jars or containers with the place they have been picked from. Add a personal note and you have cracked it! Such a classy thing to do.

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Local handicrafts

We cannot stress on it enough and what a no brainer this can be. To start with, every country has handicrafts that beautifully depicts what they have or stand for. Secondly, by buying local handicrafts you end up helping the local community and therefore contribute to responsible tourism. Shop away!

Local eats

The beauty about local eats is that it would fit in your luggage. Oleh Oleh from Malaysia, Pork Jerky from Taiwan, Ya Kun Kaya from Singapore, Nin Jiom herbal candy from Hong Kong, Parlans chocolate from Stockholm, Irish flapjacks from Ireland, Godiva chocolates from Brussels, Pierre Herm macarons from Paris, and the list goes on. But you get the picture right?


Most women appreciate jewellery. There are so many options to choose ranging from trinkets, bracelets, earrings, nose pins, rings and more. They are affordable and would fit your budget! Gifting men? Choose some funky bracelets instead.

Keychains and fridge magnets

This is the last resort and suitable for practically anyone who has no time. These souvenirs are available everywhere and the easiest to pick.

Every piece of souvenir has a story to tell. Are you telling yours with delight?

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Pherlure Review}

Submitted by: Joseph Tierney

Pherlure is a pheremone that attracts women with it’s main special ingredient Di-Dehydroepiandrosterone. There are dozens of studies out on the internet regarding how effective Di-Dehydroepiandrosterone really is at attracting women. Pherlure is the only pheremone cologne that actually contains Di-Dehydroepiandrosterone.

But did it really work for me?

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Well, I am a normal guy. I work on the internet from home and am not in the best shape that I could be – so I’m definitely not the ladies top choice. But lately, even just when going to the grocery store or out to rent a movie I am getting a lot more compliments. Some of the compliments are about “are you married”, “do you have a girlfriend”, “you smell really good”, you catch my drift…I definitely get a lot more numbers now.

Pherlure comes in a small spray bottle that lasts about 2 months. It isn’t priced too terribly high either, which was a plus for me because I didn’t know if it was a load of junk or not. Pherlure is also a scented cologne, so you don’t have to worry about having another bottle (but supposedly it works better that way). Personally I put the Pherlure on and either Davidoff Coolwater or Acqua Di Gio Cologne by Giorgio Armani.

The only negative thing about Pherlure that comes to mind is that it doesn’t have a dab on applicator, I don’t really like squirting stuff on my neck. Usually what I do is just squirt it in my hands then dab it on my neck with my fingers make sure you wash it off your hands though!

74% of the people tested using Pherlure experienced an increase in hugging, kissing, and sexual intercourse. If you’re looking for the woman of your dreams, pheromones are most likely playing a large and very clever role in mate attraction.

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Final US manufacturer ceases production of lethal injection drug; executions delayed

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The sole United States manufacturer of a key component of lethal injections announced Friday that it will cease production of the drug, contributing to shortages and delaying executions.

Sodium thiopental, the first of a three drug cocktail used in 34 states to render the prisoner to be executed unconscious, was manufactured in Italy until Italian authorities stated that they would only license the manufacture if it was used for medical purposes and not, crucially, for executions.

In a statement, the company, Hospira, said that they have never condoned the use of their drug, marketed as ‘Pentothal’, in executions, and that they could not “prevent the drug from being diverted to departments of corrections for use in capital punishment procedures”.

The move means that the United States is without a viable supplier for sodium thiopental. Although many European countries manufacture the drug, which is primarily used in Europe as an anæsthetic, no manufacturer has been found that is willing to supply it for use in conjunction with the death penalty, the abolition of which has been lobbied by the EU since 2008.

The shortage means that executions in California and Oklahoma have been delayed, with Texas’ last remaining stocks of the drug due to expire in March, weeks before two scheduled executions. These delays are likely to be prolonged as the legal process of drawing up new drugs to be used for injections is lengthy. Pentobarbital, an alternative which used at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, is used for lethal injections in Oregon, and has started to be used by Oklahoma.

Hospira’s decision caused mixed reactions throughout the medical community, with the American Society of Anesthesiologists stating Monday that sodium thiopental is an “important and medically necessary anesthetic agent” that is a “first-line anesthetic in many cases”, citing geriatric and cardiovascular conditions, among others. It said that, although they disagree with the death penalty, “we also do not condone using the issue as the basis to place undue burdens on the distribution of this critical drug to the United States. It is an unfortunate irony that many more lives will be lost or put in jeopardy as a result of not having the drug available for its legitimate medical use.”