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UN Launches 500 Days Of Action To Build A Better World

first_imgWith Malala Yousafzai by his side, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday marked 500 days of action until the deadline to reach the Millennium Development Goals, known worldwide as the “MDGs.”Ban Ki-moon with Malala Yousafzai and ABC News anchor Amy Robach Credit/Copyright: UN Photo/Mark Garten“Action now will save lives, build a solid foundation for sustainable development far beyond 2015 and help lay the groundwork for lasting peace and human dignity,” the Secretary-General said at a special event at the UN Headquarters in New York.He was joined by more than 500 young people, including Ms. Yousafzai, who became an education advocate after being attacked by the Taliban on a school bus.“The ideas and inspiration of young people have been especially critical in this effort and their role must grow even more,” Mr. Ban said, underscoring the progress made in development and the importance of youth involvement in national plans to accomplish even more.The eight MDGs, agreed by world leaders at UN summit in 2000, are described as a 15-year roadmap to fight poverty, hunger and disease, protect the environment and expand education, basic health and women’s empowerment.“Against the predictions of cynics, the MDGs have helped unite, inspire and transform,” Mr. Ban noted. He highlighted that poverty has been cut in half, more girls attend school, and fewer people are dying from malaria, tuberculosis and other deadly diseases.Inequality remains a challenge, however, as does childbirth, maternal mortality, universal education, and environmental sustainability, according to a report Mr. Ban presented to Member States in July.“Now is the time for MDG Momentum,” the UN chief stressed, noting that the international community now has many more tools at its disposal than when the targets were created, ranging from the expanding reach of technology to the growing understanding of what works and what does not.In recognition of the day, members of the UN Secretary-General’s MDG Advocacy Group – including Bob Geldof, Graça Machel, Jeffrey Sachs, Ted Turner and more – released the following statement:“The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history, opening the doors of opportunity to millions of people around the world. Over the next 500 days, our mission is clear: Keep the MDG momentum going so we pave the path for an end to extreme poverty. While we’ve come far, we have farther to go. We have an opportunity in the next 500 days to accelerate action on issues such as poverty, health, access to education, hunger, water and sanitation, and gender equality. We also have the chance to lay a strong foundation for the development agenda that will follow the MDGs.“As MDG Advocates, our aim is to foster support for and commitment to these important goals among governments, civil society, and the private sector. We look forward to publishing our MDG Advocates report next month at the UN General Assembly, which will include the viewpoints of leaders from around the globe to help focus our efforts as we move toward the MDG target date. We will need the partnership of leaders from all sectors of society if we hope to continue to make the kinds of gains that we have seen in recent years.“While our commitment to addressing the world’s most pressing challenges will continue far beyond the next 500 days, we must use this moment to encourage the world to accelerate progress and work with unfailing determination to reach these important targets. Please join us by taking part in the worldwide movement for #MDGMomentum and learn more by visiting www.mdg500.org.”last_img read more


Runaway 7yearold girl sneaks onto plane at Geneva airport

first_imgGENEVA – A Geneva airport spokesman says a runaway 7-year-old girl slipped through security checks and onto a plane without a boarding pass before being spotted by a crew member and handed over to police.Bernard Stampfli said Wednesday that authorities were enhancing measures to ensure that children are accompanied by adults when passing through security checks.In the incident Sunday, the girl, who was not identified, initially slipped away from her parents at Geneva’s main railway station and travelled by train to the airport. Stampfli said the girl repeatedly “took advantage of her small size” and employed a “ruse” to make it look like she was travelling with adults ahead or behind her.After a first attempt failed, she tried again and succeeded — getting aboard an EasyJet flight to Corsica.last_img read more


Tentative deal reached on farm workers hangup to immigration bill industry approval

WASHINGTON – A tentative deal has been reached between agriculture workers and growers, a key senator said Tuesday, smoothing the way for a landmark immigration bill to be released within a week.Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who’s taken the lead on negotiating a resolution to the agriculture issue, didn’t provide details, and said growers had yet to sign off on the agreement. The farm workers union has been at odds with the agriculture industry over worker wages and how many visas should be offered in a new program to bring agriculture workers to the U.S.But Feinstein said she’s hoping for resolution in the next day or two.“There’s a tentative agreement on a number of things, and we’re waiting to see if it can get wrapped up,” Feinstein said in a brief interview at the Capitol.“I’m very hopeful. The train is leaving the station. We need a bill.”The development comes as a bipartisan group of senators hurries to finish legislation aimed at securing the border and putting 11 million immigrants here illegally on a path to citizenship, while also allowing tens of thousands of high- and low-skilled foreign workers into the U.S. on new visa programs. The agriculture dispute was the most prominent of a handful of unresolved issues. There’s also still some debate over plans to boost visas for high-tech workers.The group of four Republican and four Democratic senators has been hoping to release the landmark immigration bill this week, possibly as early as Thursday. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a leader of the group, said Tuesday that this week remains the goal. But it also looked possible it could slip into next week.Senators in the immigration group met Tuesday with Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who agreed to hold a hearing April 17 on the legislation, Senate aides said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deliberations were confidential.That’s something Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has been calling for in response to pressure from conservatives who argue the bill is being pushed too fast without enough time for debate. Given Judiciary Committee procedures that allow Republicans to push for extra time to review legislation, the committee could begin to vote on and amend the bill the week of May 6, an aide said.“The Judiciary Committee must have plenty of time to debate and improve the bipartisan group’s proposal, so it’s good that senators and the public will have weeks to study this proposal,” Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said.At least 50 per cent and as much as 70 per cent or 80 per cent of the nation’s approximately 2 million farm workers are here illegally, according to labour and industry estimates. Growers say they need a better way to hire labour legally, and advocates say workers can be exploited and need better protections and a way to earn permanent residence.Senators plan to offer a speeded-up pathway to citizenship to farm workers already in the country illegally who’ve worked in the industry for at least two years. In addition they’re seeking to create a new visa program to bring foreign agriculture workers to the U.S. But wages and visa caps have been sticking points, just as they were for a separate low-skilled worker program that was resolved recently with a deal between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO.After negotiations between the United Farm Workers and agriculture interests, including the Western Growers Association, stalled in recent weeks, the four senators working on the issue — Feinstein, Rubio, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah — developed a framework that would ultimately call for the agriculture secretary to set visa levels and wages, according to officials involved in the talks.But the uncertainty of that structure sparked concern on both sides, and talks between growers and agriculture reopened. There now have been numbers set for wages and where to cap visa levels that the United Farm Workers has agreed to, officials said, although details weren’t immediately available Tuesday. But growers emphasized they had yet to sign off.“We are working diligently on the final details on the important details of the wage and cap and are hopeful, but have not agreed to anything,” said Kristi Boswell, director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation.Even in absence of a formal OK from the growers side, Feinstein suggested that the senators were satisfied and would be moving forward with what they’ve settled on.“We hope we can get their acquiescence and support, otherwise we just need to proceed ahead,” she said.Meanwhile there were indications that the immigration debate, largely confined to behind-the-scenes negotiations so far, was moving into a more public phase.Pro-immigrant groups planned rallies around the country and outside the Capitol for Wednesday.And there was back-and-forth among GOP-leaning groups over the expected cost of a bill, with a conservative think-tank , the American Action Forum, releasing a report Tuesday arguing that immigration reform would grow the economy and reduce the deficit, partly because of growth in the labour force. That stood in contrast to a report by the Heritage Foundation released during the last immigration debate in 2007, and expected to be revived again this year, that contended the legislation cost taxpayers $2.6 trillion.The dispute was more evidence of a split in the GOP, with some favouring comprehensive immigration legislation, and others still strongly opposed.___Follow Erica Werner on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ericawerner Tentative deal reached on farm workers, hang-up to immigration bill; industry approval needed by Erica Werner, The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2013 5:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Prince Harry Is there any one of the royal family who wants

first_img“Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen?“I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.”Describing how he tries hard to maintain normality by doing his own supermarket shopping, he admitted making the Royal family accessible is a “tricky balancing act”, saying: “We don’t want to dilute the magic. The British public and the whole world need institutions like it.” “It has got me into trouble in the past, partly because I cannot stand the idea of people mincing around the subject rather than just getting on with it.”Prince Harry, along with other senior Royals, has gradually taken on more official duties, aiding the Queen and fighting for his own charitable causes. Prince Harry said he hopes to make a difference in the ‘smallish window’ before Prince George and Princess Charlotte take over Prince Harry champions the Invictus Games Prince Harry walks behind his mother’s coffin aged 12 Prince Harry said he hopes to make a difference in the 'smallish window' before Prince George and Princess Charlotte take over Prince Harry visits Borough Market Prince Harry attending the Household Division’s Beating Retreat at Horse Guards Parade Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Prince Harry walks behind his mother's coffin aged 12 “My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television,” he said.”I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.”Prince Harry has previously spoken frankly about his struggle to come to terms with his mother’s death, telling the Telegraph he had buried his grief for 20 years. The Prince also spoke of his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and her 1997 funeral at which he walked behind her coffin at the age of 12. Prince Harry attending the Household Division's Beating Retreat at Horse Guards Parade No-one in the Royal family really wants to be king or queen, Prince Harry has suggested, as he vows they will carry out their duty for the “greater good of the people”.Prince Harry, 32, said his family are “not doing this for ourselves”, as he speaks of trying to maintain an ordinary life alongside his extraordinary duties.Saying he is now involved in modernising the British monarchy, he added the young Royals are determined to continue the “positive atmosphere” his grandmother the Queen has inspired for more than 60 years.In an interview with Newsweek, an American magazine, he said: “We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people… Prince Harry champions the Invictus Games In an interview at Kensington Palace, he said: “I am now fired up and energized and love charity stuff, meeting people and making them laugh.“I sometimes still feel I am living in a goldfish bowl, but I now manage it better.“I still have a naughty streak too, which I enjoy and is how I relate to those individuals who have got themselves into trouble.”He added he “knows instinctively” which charities his mother would have liked him to work for, joking: “Sometimes, I can have too much passion. Saying he feels in a hurry to “make something of my life”, he said of his choice to focus on key causes: “The Queen has been fantastic in letting us choose. She tells us to take our time and really think things through. Prince Harry visits Borough MarketCredit:PA “We use our time wisely. We don’t want to turn up, shake hands but not get involved.”last_img read more


Here are the crazy military robots Google bought this week

first_imgBoston DynamicsThe Cheetah set a new record for the speediest robot. It can run faster than 29 miles per hour, completely destroying the previous record, set in 1989 at MIT, of 13.1 miles per hour. That’s faster than Jamaican sprint champion Usain Bolt.The Cheetah is powered by an off-board hydraulic pump, meaning that it can’t operated untethered.Watch the Cheetah sprint:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chPanW0QWhAWildCat: The free-running Cheetah I tried KFC’s new fried-chicken-and-doughnut sandwich, and it’s a near-perfect answer to the craze over the sold-out Popeyes sandwich (YUM) Stocks finished mixed as the Fed remains divided over further rate cuts Boston DynamicsBigDog is perhaps Boston Dynamics’ most bizarre-looking bot.About the size of a large dog or a small mule, BigDog can walk, climb and run through rubble, mud, water, and snow and carry heavy loads (up to 340 pounds).Check out BigDog climbing in the woods, jogging, and, kind of hilariously, slipping on ice:RiSE: The robot that can climb up walls How to delete a PlayStation 4 user account, if you’ve run out of space for accounts IT WAS BIG news this past week when Google bought Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that creates mobile research robots for the US military. This is the ninth robotics company that Google has purchased in the last six months.Boston Dynamics features nine robots on its website, and some of them are almost unbelievable. They can crawl, jump, climb, and gallop, even over tough terrain.Meet some of the most amazing (and kind of creepy) robots that Boston Dynamics has created:Atlas: The Humanoid RobotBoston DynamicsAtlas is a humanoid robot that can walk through rough terrain like a human and even climb using its hands. It can lift and carry things, and it has cameras and a laser range finder on its head. When hit from the side, the robot manages to keep its balance.Check out Atlas in action:Cheetah: The fastest robot in the world Boston Dynamics/YoutubeRiSE is six-legged robot that can climb up vertical terrains like walls, trees, and fences using its micro-claws. The robot uses its tail to help it balance and can change its posture to conform to the curvature of the climbing surface. RiSE is 0.25 meters long, weighs 2 kilograms, and travels 0.3 meters per second.Watch RiSE climb a building and a tree:- Jillian D’OnfroGoogle buys military robotics firm Boston Dynamics>Need a table? Need a chair? These tiny robots could join together to make one> Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens left a message from beyond the grave touting his Twitter rivalry with Drake and his favorite life lessons Boston Dynamics/YoutubeThe WildCat is Boston Dynamics’ free-running iteration of the Cheetah. Although it hasn’t reached Cheetah’s insane speeds yet, the four-legged robot can run up to 16 miles per hour on all types of terrain.The Wildcat can gallop, bound, and turn quickly.Big Dog: The huge robot that can carry almost 400lbslast_img read more


Toshibas wipeclean Satellite L735D laptop for kids

first_imgAs an adult, when deciding to purchase a new laptop my major concerns are what the performance is like, how long can it last on a single charge, and is it light enough to not cause me injury carrying it around all day? When it comes to buying a laptop for a child, most of that thinking goes out of the window to be replaced with “which laptop will be able to withstand the torture?”Toshiba‘s take on the kid’s market is to offer up the Satellite L735D laptop, which is advertised as “wipeable”. More specifically, the most touched areas of the laptop-the keyboard- isn’t your typical chiclet solution. Toshiba has made it easy to wipe clean of whatever liquid or dirt happens to be on your child’s hands when they start typing. However, wipeable does not mean spill resistant or waterproof.The L735D doesn’t look overly impressive on the hardware front, but then that’s probably not a top priority. An AMD E-300 1.3GHz processor is coupled with a 320GB hard drive and a 13.3-inch display (with the unusual resolution of 1300 x 708). There’s also a built-in webcam and microphone for video chat. The amount of RAM isn’t specified, but the L730, which this laptop is clearly based on, carries 4GB as standard so we hope it’s the same in the L735D.Alongside a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium, Toshiba has included Lego Harry Potter which is sure to keep most kids happy away from the web. Concerned parents will also be pleased to here the KidZui web browser is included and default, meaning lots of entertainment while shielding your child from stuff they shouldn’t be able to access on the Internet.For $497.99 this isn’t a bad configuration, and certainly a contender for a child’s first laptop. Toshiba could have a popular laptop on its hands for parents to pick up when it is launched on October 2nd.More at Toshiba, via TechCrunchlast_img read more


Turks and Caicos Laws now available online

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Oct 2015 – The Attorney General’s Chambers is modernizing and now the laws of the country are available online. The announcement came this week in the House of Assembly from AG, Rhondalee Knowles who gave kudos to the government’s IT Unit, her own team including Tenecia Williams and the legislative drafters and she recognized the Regional Law Revision Center which assisted with the technicalities of getting all of the laws posted to the Chamber’s website. It was four months ago, in June that the Attorney General’s office told the public the 2014 revised edition of country laws were not only to come into force on June 15th, 2015 but that they would be available in an 11 volume, loose-leaf set and on CD-Rom. Those costs were put at $1,800 and $1,000 respectively. The laws now made available online are free and can be found at www.gov.tc/agc.com. AG’s Office warns against false Registrar of Lands accusations Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Attorney General announces 14 Law Reforms for 2016 Recommended for you Law enacted gives Governor and Planning Board more clout Related Items:attorney general, online, rhondalee knowles, turks and caicos lawlast_img read more


The top 10 most read stories 29 November5 December 2018

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 29 November and 5 December 2018 were:First pensions dashboard set for launch in 2019, says government reportGoogle, Microsoft and Netflix recognised as 2018’s most reputable employersAnglian Water, Microsoft and Google recognised on 2019 Best places to work: UK listEXCLUSIVE: A fifth of employees will not receive useful Christmas gift from their employerHymans Robertson to introduce financial education seminars for 850 UK staffCarnoustie Golf Links adopts mobile platform to increase employee engagementHalf of employees with money worries believe their work is suffering as a resultDiscovery Flexibles Limited chief executive banned from being a trusteeUniversity of Reading launches sustainability programme for 4,000 employeesTwo-fifths say their workplace does not offer mental health supportlast_img read more


Troopers Arrest Charge Teen With Arson For DeltaArea Fires

first_imgThe 16-year-old that Troopers arrested and charged Monday with setting a fire at a Delta Junction house on Sunday also is charged with torching the Clearwater Lodge, shown here on the morning of May 15th.Credit KUAC file photoAlaska State Troopers have arrested a 16-year-old male and charged him with arson for setting a house in Delta Junction on fire last weekend and for the May 15th fire that destroyed the Clearwater Lodge.Download AudioTroopers investigating the May 15th fire that destroyed the Clearwater Lodge got a big break in the case Monday when they were questioning the juvenile about another fire on Sunday that heavily damaged a Delta-area home.Troopers says they found evidence that showed the house had been broken-into and that items were stolen before it was set on fire.According to a Trooper report issued this morning, investigators were able to identify the suspect and the vehicle he allegedly was using. The report says the 16-year-old admitted to the theft and arson.During the investigation, Troopers also learned the juvenile was responsible for the Clearwater Lodge fire. The report is unclear as to how, but the implication is that he admitted to that crime as well.The juvenile’s identity hasn’t been released. Troopers don’t identify juveniles involved in criminal cases.Monday’s arrest was good news to Kevin Ewing, who along with his wife, Patsy, own the Lodge. Ewing says he hopes that others who he suspects also were involved also will be rounded up.“We’re very happy that this group (is) off the street and not doing this kind of stuff anymore,” he said.Ewing estimates the arsonists that destroyed his lodge will cost him about a million dollars. He says his insurance policy didn’t cover the half-million-dollar appraised value of the structure. And the Ewings plan to build a new lodge on the site of the old one on the banks of the Clearwater River east of Delta. The juvenile charged with arson was taken to Fairbanks Youth Facility Monday on multiple charges of arson, theft, and other offenses in connection with the two fires.Investigators can’t yet say whether others were involved in one or both fires. An investigation in both cases continues.last_img read more


Canned Salmon A New Face on an Old Product

first_imgPhoto: Clark Fair via kdlg.org.Despite the new ways of marketing and selling salmon, canned fish remains a major product in Bristol Bay.Download AudioIn 2013, 38 percent of the salmon coming out of the bay was put into cans. But they aren’t flying off the shelves. L.A. marketing professional Craig Caryl is working with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute to change that.“I think that canned salmon needs to be positioned with blueberries, literally, as a superfood,” Caryl said.He’s not the only one who wants to see a resurgence in canned salmon.“Brings tears to my eyes because it’s such a, it’s an old business but it’s such a staple business,” said Eric Weiss, who sells tin to canneries throughout Alaska, including some in Naknek. “And people need to eat more canned salmon.”Weiss works for Crown Cork N Seal, which has worked on developing new, smaller, cans that he thinks are more appealing to consumers.“We’ve actually introduced a new smaller size to the industry,” Weiss said. “It’s about the size of, the height of a quarter pound can and then the diameter of a half pound can.”But Weiss says there are challenges in getting that new can sold – from inefficiencies for processors in filling more smaller cans, to convincing stores to sell them.Caryl is trying to increase demand. His target audience? Millenial women, particularly pregnant women and new moms who might be interested in the health benefits of a can of fish, and also appreciate the sustainability of Alaska’s fisheries.Caryl’s wife is an integral part of that effort.“My wife has been developing these amazing salmon burgers, with like a caper lemon sauce that she mixes up. And the big test for us is, will our six year old son eat it? My six year old is pretty picky and he really digs these salmon burgers.”Caryl hopes that a website with 30 or so recipes tested by his wife will hit home with the mommy bloggers who can spur purchases and eventually help salmon capture a little of the tuna market.“It’s changing people’s perception about them and driving the consumer into the shop and forcing the shop to say ‘hey, you know, we gotta move this off the bottom shelf and put this four feet high so people can see it.’”last_img read more


Google Plus Goes Anonymous Users Can Now Sign Up Without Real Name

first_imgGoogle Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has finally ended a long-standing and deeply unpopular policy that forced users to use their real name when registering for a Google+ account.The Mountain View, California, company explained in a blog post Tuesday that users were restricted in what kind of name they could use in an attempt to “create a real community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names.””Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restriction on what name you can use,” the post continued.Google customers now need to simply enter their desired name in the “First” and “Last” name fields, although they are free to use any symbol or punctuation mark instead of an actual word. It’s still forbidden to use someone else’s name, though, and anything explicit that violates Google’s terms of service will be removed. There is also a limit on how many times someone is able to change his or her name, according toEndgadget: once every three months.last_img read more


Khaleda to be taken to BSMMU today Minister

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia was taken to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University for a medical check-up on 8 April.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will be taken from jail to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) today (Sunday), said law minister Anisul Huq.He said this while answering queries to journalists about Khaleda’s health condition at the secretariat on Sunday. After visiting Khaleda Zia in the jail on Saturday afternoon, her personal physicians claimed that the former prime minister suffered a mild stroke on Tuesday.Anisul Huq said the government is aware of Khaleda’s health condition.He said Khaleda Zia will be taken to BSMMU for her medical test as to whether he had suffered a mild stroke.Anisul Huq said, “Khaleda Zia was fasting. She was about to collapse at 3:30pm on Tuesday but her assistant Fatema held her. Immediately, physicians in the jail visited her.”As Khaleda Zia was fasting, her sugar level fell, Anisul quoted jail physicians as saying.last_img read more


Coping With Vicarious Trauma Through Meditation

first_imgAleksandr Zykov, FlickrRothko ChapelIt’s called “vicarious trauma,” and it happens to a lot of people whose job it is to help.“It describes the phenomenon when professional service providers, such as doctors, interpreters, and therapists experience mental or emotional distress through their experience of helping others,” says Ashley Clemmer with the Rothko Chapel, where an event offers tools and meditational techniques. The idea is that so-called “helpers” will come away with a better sense of how to cope with job-related stress.Dr. Alejandro Chaoul from M.D. Anderson will guide participants at a Rothko event Thursday through a meditation. But that’s not all the event is about: physical spaces can also play a role.“The chapel is a sanctuary for all people to be able to come and be quiet with themselves,” according to Clemmer.As it turns out, with the largest medical center in the world and a sizable community of refugees from war-torn regions, Houstonians in particular could use this kind of help.“There’s a real need for it here in the city and there are a lot of professionals who are facing this kind of challenge in the work they do,” Clemmer agrees.But even if you’re just stressed out from sitting in Houston traffic, the Rothko welcomes you.For more information about vicarious trauma and this event, visit the Rothko Chapel’s website. Sharelast_img read more


Cardinals Primed for NCAA Championships

first_imgParking Advance parking is available online at Click and Park. Passes must be purchased by 10 p.m. the day prior to the event. Championship Central Wednesday Finals Broadcast Louisville Qualifiers Marcelo Acosta (200 free, 500 free, 1650 free)Nicolas Albiero (100 back, 100 fly, 200 fly)Andrej Barna (50 free, 100 free, 200 free)Zach Harting (200 free, 500 free, 200 fly)Bartosz Piszczorowicz (100 free, 200 free)Nikkos Sofianidis (100 fly, 100 back, 200 back)Evgenii Somov (100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM)Daniel Sos (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 fly)Mitchell Whyte (100 back, 200 back, 100 fly)Relay swimmers: Tanner Cummings, Mihalis Deliyiannis, Colton Paulson Print Friendly Version Tickets Standing room only tickets may become available the day of competition and will be sold at the door. Admission is free for the Wednesday evening session. Prelims standing room only is $10 each day, finals is $15 each day and diving prelims and consolation sessions are $10 each day.  Fellow Sophomore Evgenii Somov also returns as an All-American, finishing seventh in the 100 breast at the 2018 NCAA Championships. He enters the meet as the No. 12 seed in the 100 breast and No. 14 seed in the 200 breast. At ACCs, he earned his second consecutive gold in the 100 distance. Story Links Freshmen Mitchell Whyte and Bartosz Piszczorowicz are also seeded in scoring position in their individual events. Whyte had a breakout meet at the ACC Championships, earning a silver medal in the 200 back and finishing fourth in the 100 back. He is seeded No. 11 in the 100 back and No. 16 in the 200 distance. Piszczorowicz will be the No. 16 seed in the 200 free, an event where he won gold at his first ACC Championships. All five of the Cardinals’ relays are seeded in the top-16 heading into the NCAA Championships, highlighted by the No. 2 400 free relay. Louisville posted the fastest time in the nation in the event en route to ACC gold and a new school record with a time of 2:48.35. Seniors Zach Harting and Marcelo Acosta will look to make a splash at their final NCAA Championships as they are each seeded ninth in the 200 fly and 1650 free respectively. Acosta recorded a career-best fifth place finish at last year’s NCAAs in the 1650 free, while Harting took 13th overall in the 200 fly.center_img Event Schedule AUSTIN, Texas – Following a record-breaking ACC Championships campaign, the No. 8 University of Louisville men’s swimming team is gearing up to begin competition at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas on March 27-30. The Cardinals are led by sophomore Nicolas Albiero, who heads into the meet in scoring position in all three of his individual events as the No. 5 seed in the 100 backstroke, No. 6 seed in the 200 fly and No. 11 seed in the 100 fly. Albiero is a two-time ACC champion in the 200 fly and earned All-American honors at last year’s NCAA Championships by finishing sixth in the 100 back and 12th in the 200 fly. About the Cardinals Louisville enters the 2019 NCAA Championships following a ninth place showing at last year’s meet, which tied the program record for best NCAA finish. Nine Cardinals qualified individually in a combined 26 events for this year’s championships. Additionally, three relay alternates will make the trip to Austin. Championship Notes Broadcast Information Live digital coverage of the NCAA Championships will be provided on ESPN3 for the finals sessions on Thursday through Saturday evening. Tape delayed coverage of the championships will be shown on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET on April 8. The meet kicks off with the timed finals of the 800 freestyle relay on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. ET inside the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The remaining three days of competition will begin with prelims at 11 a.m. ET with the top-16 qualifiers in each event returning for finals each evening at 7 p.m. ET. Live Results last_img read more


Geek deals Dell Inspiron 3000 quadcore desktop for 559

first_imgDesktop PCs are affordable and powerful, but traditionally they’ve been hulking beasts. Thankfully, desktop towers have progressed in recent years. They’re smaller, more energy efficient, and less noisy on the whole — take this Inspiron 3000 from Dell for example. For just $559, you get a quad-core desktop with 16GB of RAM, and it’s small enough to tuck behind your monitor or under your desk. Dell Inspiron 3000 quad-core desktop for $559 (List price: $902.99 — Coupon code: DELLDT559) On the inside, it features a fourth generation quad-core 3.6GHz Intel Core i7-4790 CPU, integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600, 16GB of DDR3 RAM (1600MHz), a 2TB 7200RPM hard drive, a DVD burner, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi support. It also comes with a keyboard, a mouse, and an eight-in-one card reader.At this price, those internals are pretty superb. The CPU is plenty powerful, and there’s loads of RAM, but the lack of a dedicated graphics card is a bit of an issue if you want to play modern PC games. But if you’re willing to spend around 200 bucks on an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960, you’ll be able to play most releases with ease.This model comes with two USB 3.0 ports and six USB 2.0 ports, so it’s easy to expand your storage without ever opening up the tower. But if you prefer to keep your desk tidy, a simple upgrade to a 4TB internal drive will give you significantly more space to work with at a very reasonable asking price. For example, 3.5-inch 4TB drives can sell for as low as $110 a pop on sites like Amazon and NewEgg. Even with all of that horsepower, this desktop is only 14.5 inches high, seven inches wide, and 17 inches deep. This tower gives you loads of flexibility, but won’t take up too much space on your desk. Truly, this is a perfect match for an office, and it even serves as a fine living room PC. Hook up your HDTV over HDMI, and this full-fledged PC will outdo any ol’ set-top box.By default, Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) comes installed on this machine, and a license for Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) is included for free. With superb features like Xbox One local game streaming, the Cortana personal assistant, and Microsoft’s Edge browser, this new OS is pretty tantalizing. I’ve been running it since it was in beta, and it’s definitely worth going through the upgrade process.Usually, this configuration retails for about $903, but Dell currently has it on sale for $829. Even better, using coupon code “DELLDT559” during your checkout process will save you an additional $270 — a whopping 38% total discount. On top of that, shipping is free as well, so you’ll save even more.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more


City streets wear deserted look amid fear of clashes

first_imgKolkata: Streets in the city emptied by early Thursday evening amid fear of clashes, as election trends poured in with the ruling Trinamool Congress and the surging BJP locked in a neck and neck battle for the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal. People reached the safety of their homes before the formal declaration of results, fearing violent fallout of the poll outcome amid a bitter election battle between the two parties, leaders of which were involved in a no-holds barred attack in a gruelling two-month long campaign. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”In a state where political clashes are the norm during election season, we thought it is better to go back home early to avoid being caught up in some untoward incident,” said Moloy Banik, an employee of a private firm at Dalhousie in the heart of the city. His colleague Raju Basu nodded in agreement as they hurried towards a bus stop near their office. Small crowds gathered at tea shops and local clubs in various localities of the city, discussing the incoming trends and possible results in a hushed voice. “We are not venturing far from our homes after sundown so that we can get back fast in case of any incident,” said Manoj Roy, as he sipped tea with his friends at Lake Market area in the southern part of the city. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateStunned at the impending outcome of the elections, Trinamool Congress supporters were subdued in their celebrations though its candidates attained comfortable leads in the two Lok Sabha seats in the city – Kolkata South and Kolkata North. Party supremo Mamata Banerjee’s residence at Kalighat and the TMC headquarter at Eastern Metropolitan Bypass also wore deserted looks. In contrast, the BJP state headquarter in central Kolkata saw jubilant supporters distributing sweets and smearing each other with orange-coloured “gulal”. An official of Kolkata Police said there was no report of any incident or commotion with regard to the election results till evening. Additional forces have been deployed in many areas to prevent any incident, he said.last_img read more


ExGuinea junta leader to chair political party

first_img Top Stories The announcement comes ahead of elections slated for October.Political analyst Idrissa Sow said that Camara’s entry into politics now could deal a serious blow to President Alpha Conde, who wants to seek a second term in office.Camara seized power in a 2008 military coup, hours after the death of longtime despot Lansana Conte. Camara was shot in the head in 2009 by a top aide, and went to Burkina Faso as part of a peace deal. In his absence, the junta’s No. 2 seized the opportunity to arrange for the country’s much-tarnished military to step aside and allow elections to unfold.Guinea, which suffered through decades of dictatorship and strongman-rule, held its first democratic elections in 2010.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Men’s health affects baby’s health too New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — A new political party in Guinea has named as its chairman former strongman Moussa Dadis Camara, who took power by staging a coup and was later shot in the head and went into exile, his lawyer said Tuesday.Camara resigned from the army in March and was appointed to head the Patriotic Forces for Democracy and Development on Sunday, his lawyer Jean Baptiste Jocamey Haba said.“Guineans who trusted in him have invested in him as the head of the party on May 3,” the lawyer said, adding that since Camara had resigned from the army he dropped his former title of Captain. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more


Seneca Mortgage Investments Completes AMS Acquisition

first_img Share February 4, 2014 528 Views Acquisitions Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Servicing Rights Service Providers 2014-02-04 Tory Barringer “”Seneca Mortgage Investments LP””:http://senecamortgagemgmt.com/, a real estate investment firm focused on mortgage servicing rights (MSRs), announced it has closed on its purchase of AMS Servicing.[IMAGE]The acquisition was first announced in September 2013 by Seneca, a joint venture among affiliates of GSO Capital Partners LP, EJF Capital LLC, and Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC.””We are very excited to close on this new business venture,”” said Darren Richman, senior managing director of GSO Capital Partners. “”The evolution of the residential [COLUMN_BREAK]mortgage servicing marketplace, along with the strength of this partnership, presents an excellent opportunity for the Seneca Mortgage Companies, as a well-capitalized, non-bank, non-originator, to differentiate itself in the industry as a purchase of mortgage servicing rights, as evidenced by the significant growth we have seen in a short period of time.””The final approval builds on the progress of the last 90 days, during which Seneca has provided funding for AMS to acquire MSRs to assets with an aggregate unpaid principal balance of $9.7 billion. With licensing in all 50 states and approvals from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, all parties involved say the new joint venture “”is strongly positioned for continued growth.””””We are extremely pleased to be joining two very successful partners whose expertise and capital strength will help us collectively execute our core business strategy,”” said Ivan Kaufman, chairman and CEO of Arbor Commercial Mortgage. “”Going forward, this new partnership will certainly maximize our ability to capitalize on the many opportunities we see in the residential mortgage servicing marketplace and will greatly enhance and diversify the AMS Servicing platform.””center_img Seneca Mortgage Investments Completes AMS Acquisition in Servicinglast_img read more


EU watchdog looking at states €25bn coop deposit

first_imgThe European Commission’s competition watchdog will be looking at the government’s recent action to deposit €2.5bn to the co-op bank through the issuance of bonds, it emerged on Thursday.“The Commission is in touch with the Cypriot authorities about the issue,” a spokesman told the Cyprus News Agency.The Directorate-General for Competition will decide whether the move constitutes state aid. It will also have to be approved by the Single Supervision Mechanism, which oversees the co-op bank.Finance Minister Harris Georgiades told MPs on Wednesday that it was lawful state aid that the government must justify.The minister too said they were in daily contact with the directorate.The state, which nationalised the co-ops in 2013 through a €1.7bn injection, was forced to deposit €2.5bn earlier this month in a bid to boost confidence amid rumours that sparked a run on the lender.The cash was raised from several bonds, worth €2.35, issued to the Cooperative Central Bank and from its cash reserves.The government is in the process of finding an investor to dispose of the bank, or part of its assets in a process that started last month.You May LikeClearViewEvery Driver Should Have These Cheap Night Driving Glasses. They Are Genius!ClearViewUndoZoHealthy6 Habits Everyone with Type 2 Diabetes Should Make Part of Their RoutineZoHealthyUndoGreeningzRonda Rousey Stole The Red Carpet With This Mini DressGreeningzUndo Britain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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