Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionA new day, a new school shooting, the same old reactions. The gun lobby will inevitably tell us that this is a mental health issue, or perhaps if school personnel were armed, then casualties may have been avoided.I’m aware facts don’t seem to play a big role in such debates, but let’s look at a few anyway. The United States has a gun death rate that is approximately 25 times higher than other developed countries. Statistics on mental health are difficult to compile and compare. However, mental health disorders are present in every society. There’s no question that we should have a health care system that addresses mental health seriously.But it’s clear the gun/death problem is a gun problem. The United States leads the world in gun ownership per capita. U.S. gun proponents tend to view gun ownership as a right. Most countries view it as a privilege This privilege should be earned. Universal background checks, training classes, the end of the gun-show loophole, and the ban of assault weapons are all common sense steps to a safer society.The same old rhetoric will get us the same old result. It’s well past time to stop worrying about our precious guns and start doing something for our precious children.Frank GiordanoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
The community of Cruit Island have vowed not to forget an Italian victim who was unfortunately killed during the Second World War after being the victim of internment. The incredible story of Ernesto Moruzzi, whose remains was washed up on Cloughglass in July, 1940 was retold on Cruit Island’s fantastic Facebook page.The full story is outlined below: The small poppy crosses stand in silence at Reilig Cill Bhride on Cruit Island today in memory of those seamen killed during the Second World War and whose remains found their way onto the shores around Cruit and Cloughlass in the summer of 1940.But what commemoration for the men who never asked or volunteered to be involved in the conflict but suffered the same fate as the soldiers and seamen washed up on the west coast of Ireland in 1940? Men like Ernesto Moruzzi.Moruzzi was a café/shop owner from Italy who had settled and made his home in Neath, Wales. Following Mussolini’s declaration of war on Britain in 1940, the British Government became terrified of the threat of Italian spies infiltrating British society and affecting the war effort. The Government decided to take direct and immediate action and commenced immediate arrest and internment of men from Italian, German or similar ethnic backgrounds who had not taken British citizenship. These arrests and internments were largely unjustified with many innocent men being rounded up purely because of their ethic origin/background. Moruzzi was one of those arrested and interned.While some of those interned were sent to the Isle of Man to work, some of the less unfortunate – such as Moruzzi – were put on board the doomed Arandora Star which was to sail from Liverpool docks to internment camps in Canada. The Arandora Star was built as an ocean liner and was converted into a cruise ship in 1929. But her final journey was certainly no cruise. Designed to carry around 500 passengers and crew, in late June 1940 the boat set sail from Liverpool for Canada’s east-coast with near 1500 people – including 734 interned Italian men, 479 interned German men, 86 German prisoners of war – on-board. Advertisement The Arandora Star looked like a troopship and had no Red Cross markings. It has been suggested that it is because of this absence of markings that at around 6.15am on 2 July 1940, around 100 miles northwest of Bloody Foreland, a torpedo was fired from the infamous Gunther Prien’s U-47. Apparently unaware that he was attacking his fellow countrymen and their Italian allies on board, the torpedo from Prien’s U-47 hit the Arandora Star and within half an hour the ship was making its way to the Atlantic sea-bed. 470 Italians and 243 Germans drowned, as did 37 guards.Ernesto Moruzzi’s body was found on 30 July 1940 at Cloughglass. He was accompanied only by a few personal belongings including a receipt for his yearly subscription to the Neath Constitutional Club, five religious medals and a small crucifix.Today Moruzzi’s grave lies at the back of the graveyard on Cruit Island. He has lain there for 75 years. Unlike the British seamen buried at the entrance to the graveyard, there are no fresh poppies or crosses on Ernesto’s grave today to commemorate his life. Let us not forget such men. Cruit Island community vows not to forget unfortunate victim of Second World War was last modified: November 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Untreated sewage is being pumped into the environment of eight areas across Donegal, the Environmental Protection Agency warns.Deficiences in waste water treatment infrastructure is causing the release of untreated water into coastal waters and rivers of 21 Irish towns and cities and 36 smaller towns and villages every day.The latest Urban Waste Water Treatment report found that raw sewage is flowing from the following eight Donegal areas: BurtonportCoolatee Housing SchemeFalcarraghKerrykeelKilcarMovilleRameltonRathmullanWhile plans are in place to add treatment sytems in all affected areas, it will be two-to-five years before the county’s infrastructure is fully adequate.The EPA said the pace at which Irish Water is fixing the legacy of deficiencies in Ireland’s waste water treatment infrastructure is too slow.Dr Tom Ryan, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said: “Inadequately treated waste water can pollute our environment and is a risk to people’s health. We are seeing repeated delays in providing treatment for many areas and it is not acceptable that 13 towns and villages will still have no waste water treatment by the end of 2021. Irish Water must speed up its delivery of key infrastructure.” Raw sewage spilling from eight areas of Donegal was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Napoli president De Laurentiis mocks Juventus, Inter Milan spendingby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has taken aim at their Serie A rivals.ADL says they can be proud of the way they’ve progressed.“Our objectives are always the same: achieving the maximum, in the League, Coppa Italia and Champions League. We can’t do more than that,” he told Corriere dello Sport.“We’re doing this through intelligent management, which produces a positive balance, because we can’t go in the red.“That’s the reality: we’re not allowed to get into debt. This Napoli have had an international-calibre Coach like Benitez and now one with a universal profile like Ancelotti.“We haven’t missed anything. I’m a football industrialist, like it or not but that’s how it goes.“I have to combine the factors of production with economic ones. With Mazzarri, we got into the Champions League with a wage bill of €35m.“Now we can say it has quadrupled. Juve and Inter got themselves into debt, Milan are on the brink and we’ve always been righteous and competitive.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says improving energy efficiency is imperative if Jamaica is to realize savings in energy costs, which is estimated at US$10.4 million per month. He was speaking at the official launch of the ‘Developing an Energy Services Company (ESCO) in Jamaica’ project yesterday (November 8), at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. Jointly financed by the European Union (EU) and the Government of Jamaica at a cost of some $66 million (€576,546), the project will provide for the development of a sustainable energy industry that will deliver savings in cost and consumption of energy. It also has the potential to create new businesses, generate new jobs, and mitigate climate change through reduced carbon emissions. According to Minister Kellier, the development of an ESCO industry in Jamaica is crucial, given the country’s high dependence on and consumption of imported oil, and the fluctuating and often volatile price of the commodity. Nearly 95 per cent of the country’s energy consumption is generated from imports. In addition, Jamaica uses about two barrels of oil for every US$1,000 of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), as opposed to more energy efficient countries such as Costa Rica, which uses 0.75 of a barrel of oil per US$1,000 GDP. The Minister noted that the project is also consistent with and supports Jamaica’s National Energy Policy, National Energy Conservation and Efficiency Policy, and National Renewable Energy Policy. Head of Delegation of the EU to Jamaica, Ambassador Paola Amadei, said the organisation’s support, which comes through its Energy Facility, “signifies its commitment to assist Jamaica to mobilize the untapped potential for energy savings and to realise the financial returns of the investments”. “The European Union is committed to supporting Jamaica in realising its vision to provide for the country, a secure and sustainable energy supply, through diversification of the supply and promotion of energy efficiency and conservation measures,” she added. An ESCO is an energy services provider (ESP) that combines several efficiency and renewable energy measures to develop an energy savings project. It offers services such as auditing, technology upgrade or retrofit, design, implementation and maintenance. The ESCO Jamaica project, which is expected to last 36 months, provides for the introduction of new business models to enable increased levels of investment in and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects; and facilitates increased stakeholder dialogue, trust and confidence in the industry. It will also raise the level of awareness and understanding of the business of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The ESCO Jamaica project is being implemented by the Jamaica Productivity Centre, which falls under the Labour Ministry, with support from the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ).
Cairo- The screening of the Egyptian movie “Sweetness of Spirit” or “Halawet al roh” in Arabic starring Lebanese diva Haifa Wehbe was delayed by the Censorship Committee officials in Cairo.Scenes of Wehbe’s rape with actor Mohammad Lutfi and a scene of her kissing actor Basim Samrah in particular raised the concern of the committee, the news website noted.The committee refused to issue a permit for the film or any other decision regarding the movie because it was unfinished, Ahmad Awad, head of the Censorship Committee, told Al Arabiya News channel. No comments will be given nor censorship will be imposed until “Sweetness of spirit” is fully completed, Awad said.The London based daily news website Elaph reported that the Censorship Committee decided to delay the film’s release after they discovered it contained profanities and sexually provocative scenes.“Sweetness of spirit” revolves around a woman named Roh who tries to overcome the daily hardships of her life.Egypt already had restrictions on film makers in place under President Hosni Mubarak, requiring them to seek approval from the Censorship Bureau to screen their work.After his overthrow in 2011, film makers were hoping for more artistic freedom, but critics of the government say little has changed, according to Reuters.Wehbe is a renowned model, singer and socialite who is regarded by admirers and observers as an Arab beauty icon and as a ‘sex bomb’ by fans.Source: Al Arabiya
OSU Director of Athletics and Vice President Gene Smith in an interview with The Lantern Jan. 29.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorDivision I college athletes are now able to keep their bellies as full as they want with food from their respective institutions, and Gene Smith is pleased to hear they won’t be going hungry.The NCAA Legislative Council approved criteria Tuesday allowing Division I student-athletes an unrestricted amount of meals and snacks in accordance with their respective scholarships, and OSU’s director of athletics and vice president approves.“We have always been supportive of this type of legislation,” Smith said in an email to The Lantern Thursday. “It is deregulation of student-athlete welfare benefits and permissive, meaning schools can choose to do as they please based on their needs and capabilities.”The NCAA’s announcement comes more than a week after University of Connecticut senior guard Shabazz Napier said at times he goes to bed “starving” because he doesn’t have enough money to spend on food.“We as student-athletes get utilized for what we do so well, and we’re definitely blessed to get a scholarship to our universities,” Napier said April 7 after he and his team defeated Kentucky, 60-54, to win the National Championship. “But at the end of the day, that doesn’t cover everything. We do have hungry nights that we don’t have enough money to get food in. Sometimes money is needed.”The rule — which is not to be made official until the Division I Board of Directors meet and vote on it April 24 — not only applies to student-athletes who are on full scholarship, but walk-ons as well. If passed, the rule becomes effective Aug. 1.“The provision of meals approved (Tuesday) is in addition to the meal plan provided as part of a full scholarship,” the NCAA statement read. “Prior to this change, scholarship student-athletes received three meals a day or a food stipend.”Smith did not give the monetary figures requested by The Lantern representing how much is spent on snacks or meals for OSU student-athletes, instead forwarding the question on to Associate Athletics Director for Finance Peter Hagan. Hagan did not immediately respond.The decision to remove the straps and allow Division I athletes full access to as much food as they want also comes nearly three weeks after the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago district gave Northwestern football players the right to formally establish a union March 26, and could be another step in the movement of college athletes becoming employees.Smith’s comments on the expansion of the food benefits echo what he said in a Jan. 29 interview with The Lantern, during which he said he does “not believe student-athletes are employees.”“But I do believe we need to find ways to continue to provide additional benefits,” Smith said Jan. 29. “For example, I am a big believer in coming up with a cost of attendance model … I believe we need to lift some of the other small restrictions we have in place, whether it’s meals or travel or things of that nature that will help out a little bit.”In an attempt to get a comment from OSU football coach Urban Meyer on the situation, an OSU athletic spokesman told The Lantern in an email Tuesday that since there hasn’t been a vote from the board of directors on the issue, there was no comment. Meyer did not respond to an email requesting comment Thursday.One of Meyer’s players however, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, did say he would enjoy getting more of a stipend as a football player.“I mean the cost of living’s going up and I don’t think that our stipend is going up,” Bennett said after practice March 27. “So obviously a little bit more money is nice, but I’m not really in the business of trying to force people to do that.”
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands- November 14, 2017 – A grim outlook for reconstruction of Government buildings was laid bare to those attending a Government public meeting on Monday. The Ministers of Finance and Infrastructure, both reported that it will take millions to get critical government buildings and offices restored across the country.The good news from the Education Minister is that all of the children within the Providenciales government school system are now back in classes. The not so good news from the Infrastructure Minister, that some of the government schools will not be able to be rebuilt or refurbished within this fiscal year.Minister Karen Malcolm said of the 15 public schools, 11 were damaged by Hurricane Irma. Minister Goldray Ewing said the bill so far for reconstruction at the schools is at $6m.“It’s gonna take a pretty penny to get back to where we were,” said Minister Ewing whose office is tasked with overseeing the massive construction job.Both Ministers were among those presenting updates in the aftermath of the September storms to a scant audience at the Graceway Sports Center.The public meeting was in keeping with the PDM Administration’s promise to hold quarterly town meetings across the islands, Providenciales was the final stop during this series. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Next Game: at Duke 3/16/2019 | 1:00 PM ACC Network Extra Davis kept the offensive assault going in the seventh inning, sending his first collegiate home run over the left-centerfield wall. Preview The start to the weekend series was delayed two and a half hours because of rain, but it didn’t slow the Louisville offense. The Cardinals (14-4, 3-1 ACC) piled up 13 hits for the second consecutive game, helping UofL win for the ninth time in the last 10 games. DURHAM, N.C. – In its first road game of the season, the seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team jumped on No. 24 Duke early and cruised to an 8-3 victory on Friday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster The sixth got started with a bang for the Cardinals, as Ethan Stringer launched his first home run of the season with a towering shot over the high wall in left field. Tyler Fitzgerald then forced home another run as the attempt to throw him out trying to steal third sailed into the outfield. Live Stats Following the run in the first, Detmers shut down the Blue Devils with five consecutive zeros on the scoreboard. The southpaw finished the night with just one run allowed with nine strikeouts across six innings. For the season, Detmers has given up two runs in 33.2 innings with 50 punchouts. Reid Detmers (4-0) got off to an uncharacteristic start with consecutive doubles in the bottom of the first to snap his scoreless streak at 23.2 innings, but the sophomore settled down and returned to his dominant self. While Detmers was battling on the mound, the offense continued to add on. Campbell laced an 0-2 pitch to the right field wall for a run-scoring double in the third and Henry Davis brought home the fifth run of the game with a groundout in the fifth. Louisville jumped on the board in the first inning for the 11th time in 18 games this season. Jared Poland wrapped a two-out double to the wall in left to bring Jake Snider home to start the scoring. Drew Campbell then beat out a ball that was cued to third, allowing Logan Wyatt to score and double the lead, and a wild pitch later in the inning scored the third UofL run. Duke (12-6, 2-2) put a pair of runs on the board in the seventh inning, but Jack Perkins ended the Blue Devils’ rally and closed out the game with scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth. Eight of nine Louisville starters had at least one hit in the game, led by Campbell’s 3-for-5 night. Wyatt, Poland and Stringer each had two hits in the win. The series continues on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET. Print Friendly Version
Indian Abstracts: An Absence of Form is a seminal exhibition that charts the development of abstraction in modern Indian art, featuring close to 70 artists. The exhibition brings together for the first time a vast body of work spanning a vast range of styles that have evolved in modern Indian art. The retrospective is an investigation into the evolution of abstraction in Indian art from the early 1950s till current times. Part of a continued series, Indian Abstracts is Delhi Art Gallery’s attempt to continue to document the richly diverse and many less understood aspects of modern Indian art. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Featuring three hundred and fifty works by over 60 significant practitioners of Indian abstraction, Indian Abstracts: An Absence of Form explores the eventful and unique journey of abstraction in modern Indian art. Indian abstract artists drew on a range of influences in their work – Western abstract art, in particular the works of artists such as Klee, Rothko, Pollock or Calder, East- Asian influences, and significantly, a range of traditional, tribal, folk and tantric art – for their techniques, themes and approaches. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition features prominent and significant Indian abstractionists recognised for the maturity of their imagery such as – V S Gaitonde, S H Raza, Ram Kumar, Nasreen Mohammedi, Zarina Hashmi, Jeram Patel, Shanti Dave, Ganesh Haloi, Krishna Reddy, J Swaminathan and V Vishwanadhan. Additionally, it also brings together lesser-known abstract works of artists that are known for their fidelity to figurative or representative art – these feature artists such as M F Husain, Somnath Hore, Dharamnarayan Dasgupta, Benode Behari Mukherjee, Sunil Das and Rabin Mondal – their abstract works are a delight to behold and add significantly to our understanding of Indian modernism’s journey. An over 400-page, substantial volume of art scholarship will accompany this significant exhibition, featuring colour plates of artworks and scholarship by leading art historians examining the journey of the abstract in Indian art.Delhi Art Gallery presents this significant exhibition on Indian abstract art, at its premises in Hauz Khas Village. Art lovers don’t miss this!WHERE: Delhi Art Gallery, Hauz Khas Village WHEN: 10 August to 30 September
Kolkata: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has come to know about more people from the northern p art of the country, who had allegedly extended support to the five Chinese nationals arrested for running a drug smuggling racket.Sources said the CID officers have recently come to know about these people, who have had close contact with the five arrested Chinese nationals. The investigation officers didn’t disclose the names and the CID officers didn’t reveal much about the places they belong for the sake of investigation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeInvestigating officers have come to know that it would not have been possible for the Chinese nationals to run the racket without their help. A team comprising CID officers are working in other states in this connection. The five Chinese nationals including Wang Zio Dong, Zeu Gong Hue, Chang Heu, Lee Chand and Lue Bouk Seoung were arrested a few weeks ago from Kolkata Station and around 197 kg drug, worth around Rs 39 crore was recovered from them. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe five persons were arrested by the Government Railway Police and the case was later taken up by the CID. The CID officers had conducted raids in this connection at Naoda in Murshidabad. Subsequently, a team comprising officers of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), US Department of Justice, interrogated the five Chinese nationals. Officers of the Narcotics Control Bureau accompanied the DEA agents during the interrogation. The CID continued its probe in this connection and came to know that three of the five arrested Chinese nationals had also worked in Gurgaon. In a bid to get more information in this connection, a team comprising officers of CID went to Gurgaon. The investigating officers also came to know that one of them used to work for a mobile manufacturing company and another used to work as a cook at some place. Later, they allegedly got involved in the racket of smuggling of drugs that include methamphetamine and amphetamine.
Independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid was on Thursday thrashed by some BJP legislators in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly for throwing a beef party here, triggering an uproar from the opposition which staged a walkout. The manhandling of the MLA, who had thrown a beef party at the MLA hostel here on Wednesday, came on a day the Assembly is scheduled to take up a bill on the ban on the meat.As BJP MLAs assaulted him, several NC and Congress MLAs rushed to save him. The assault on the floor of the House triggered an angry reaction from the opposition with National Conference leader Omar Abdullah saying it was impossible to digest the incident. “What happened today is impossible to digest. An honourable member being assaulted in the House. It seems that they wanted to murder him (Rashid). If he had done anything that was objectionable that should have been put on record,” the former Chief Minister said. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damCondemning the assault, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed said sentiments should be kept under check. “I condemn this incident. The House has good tradition ….sentiments should be kept under control. I ask Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh to apologise for the misconduct of his party MLAs,” he said.Singh on his part said, “We do not approve of what happened in the Assembly today. But what happened in the MLAs hostel yesterday was also wrong,” he said, referring to yesterday’s beef party. The Deputy Chief Minister stopped short of apologising for the incident following which the entire opposition staged a walkout.
June 1, 2006 Register Now » 6 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the June 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » You have your laptop, which could be as small as a 3-pound ultralight, and you have your smartphone for carrying important parts of your Windows desktop in your purse or pocket. Can you afford a handtop computer priced between those two? Do you need one?Several manufacturers think so–foremost among them the Wintel tag team. Microsoft has conceived a new tweener computing platform that’s being powered by Intel’s low-voltage CPUs and is due out in coming months from several PC makers who–no offense–aren’t exactly household names. Speaking of names, these bouncing baby handtops were once known by the lyrical code name Origami, but have since been saddled with the unfortunate moniker “ultramobile PC”–UMPC for short.Appointments will vary by manufacturer, of course. The basic template calls for a 2-pound slate dominated by a 7-inch touchscreen whose navigation and control buttons are within easy reach of your thumbs. UMPCs are horizontally oriented and smaller than tablet PCs. They’re meant to fit comfortably in two hands like an open book or gaming controller. But they’re more computer than PDA or game device.Powered by an Intel laptop processor with at least 256MB RAM and 30GB storage, most include built-in Wi-Fi, fast Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0 and Ether-net for flexible connectivity to office hardware and web services. UMPCs run on the stable Windows XP Tablet PC edition (until Vista arrives) with a new Windows Touch Pack to help popular Windows applications respond to a finger or thumb as well as a stylus. Microsoft’s Office suite is ready for hand-tops. So is its tablet equivalent, OneNote 2003, which lets you take notes, draw, annotate or use desktop files.Volume data input could be a problem, though. The designated UMPC slate form factor has little room for anything other than an onscreen keyboard–albeit an innovative one called DialKeys that breaks qwerty into more thumbable groups. You could add an external keyboard like the one that will come with the MiniNote from China’s Founder Group. But that’s a somewhat clumsy arrangement, and even if you’re a BlackBerry veteran, DialKeys probably isn’t the best place to thumb-type your novel or build a spreadsheet.UMPCs are “mainly designed for content consumption,” says Intel, and the content most likely to be consumed is communications–e-mail, IM, blogs, podcasts, VoIP or whatever wacky wikiness might be coming down the pike next month. A 7-inch display also makes for fairly comfortable viewing of videos, TV and some games. It’s not hard to imagine how UMPC could become the platform of choice for those in-between times when you’re on the go–and maybe on your feet.Failure Is an OrphanIt certainly sounds like a bright idea, huh? But the predominant opinion expressed by those who’ve leaned over the bassinet so far is “What an ugly kid.”Besides keyboard shortcomings, little Umpic gets dinged for his price and his sub-three-hour battery life, which is likely to be very “sub.” The applications for which UMPCs are intended really suck up the milliwatts, and a skinny, 1-inch profile typical of all machines announced so far doesn’t leave much room for improving power and cooling. Intel’s low-voltage CPUs not-withstanding, it could be a while before little Umpic fills the tennies Microsoft has laid out for him–namely, to be the “go everywhere, do everything ultra-mobile PC you’ll always want with you.” Yes, by all means, go. Just don’t wander too far from an AC outlet.As for price, touchscreens aren’t cheap, and they’re not likely to get much cheaper until they’re manufactured in much greater quantities than a new market can typically support. Expect early UMPCs to be priced at the high end of the $600 to $1,000 projections given at their announcement. Fortunately, price is one spec that’s always on a downward trajectory. In fact, UMPCs are already $500 to $1,000 cheaper than the non-UMPC OQO and DualCor handtops that the press has been going gaga over for months.If you ask me, little Umpic is better appointed, too, but could still stand a couple of improvements. First, a 3G cellular modem would reach farther and connect more often than built-in Wi-Fi radios. Users might be able to husband enough power for both if they toggle the radios off when not in use. And why not a convertible or slider case with a keyboard like Intel’s Ruby prototype or T-Mobile’s MDA? A hybrid of Toshiba’s Li-bretto and Portege might be just right (hint, hint).Technology AdoptionGood, bad or ugly, count on UMPCs to stick around for a while because there is growing demand for something that can make communications and rich media easily accessible on the go. We may not have hit the tweener sweet spot yet, but we’ll need to pretty soon.Anyway, Microsoft considers UMPCs strategic, says Ross Rubin, The NPD Group’s director of industry analysis. And when it comes to markets related to its Windows franchise, Microsoft has the stick-to-itiveness of a pit bull. So it takes a few versions before UMPCs measure up to their billing–that’s tradition. The alternative–that the space be left to low-power Linux or Symbian handtops–is a prospect too horrible for Redmond to contemplate.All kidding aside, the long run-up to full UMPC-ness will be good for entrepreneurs. There’s more than one new business opportunity glittering beneath those shortcomings.Business computing is already being wagged faster every day by a generation of teens born with a cell phone in one hand and a PSP in the other. Like they won’t swarm all over communication- and recreation-oriented tweeners sooner or later. It’s we troglodyte boomers who could use the extra time to adjust to the new usage paradigm.No need to rush into a UMPC. But watch this space.New Kids On the Block The UMPCs announced so far all weigh about 1.7 pounds and have Intel processors clocking around 1GHz. The big question: How far will they go?Samsung Q1 : The prototypical UMPC, Q1 includes 512MB RAM, a 40GB hard drive and connectivity via Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and two USB ports.Founder MiniNote : With the same ports as Samsung’s Q1, MiniNote starts with only 256MB memory and a 30GB hard drive, but is bundled with a folding companion keyboard.Asus R2H : A high-resolution web-cam, integrated GPS and security bolstered by a finger-print reader set the R2H apart.Mike Hogan is Entrepreneur’s technology editor.