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Biometric enrollment covers 39 wards of Varanasi

The work is in progress at Chittupur ward in Dashashwamedh zone. The Varanasi Municipal Corporation is the implementation agency of the enrollment plan in the district and additional municipal commissioner Sachchidanand Singh is the officer in-charge of the project.

More interestingly those in the VMC office for maintenance of NPR are not even aware of a Know your residence (KYR) form, though they give the form to every family to fill as based on which the rest of the work is done of NPR.

The staff of population register office at VMC said in the first phase of the national census 2011, domestic particulars of people were collected for the NPR whereas in the second phase of the enrollment process, the collection of biometric particulars of everyone over the age of five years will covered. Apart from this, the second phase will also cover domestic particulars of those who were missed out in the first phase of the national census 2011.

Biometric enrollment plan for NPR is being implemented via a public private partnership (PPP) model in which the domestic particulars and other manual aspects are being looked after by the VMC whereas the technological aspect of the process is being covered by a Pune based private company, Myphasis, which is working under the guidance of the government authorised company ECIL.

According to Manish Sharma, the project manager of the company, under the process every family of the ward being covered under the plan is given a Know your residence (KYR) form by aanganwadi workers hired by VMC for the purpose.

In this form, details of ID cards such as ration cards, MNREGA card number, voters’ ID card, PAN card, driving licence number, passport details, LPG connection details are to be mentioned by all the family members.

After all these details are verified by the implementing agency, collection of biometric particulars, including photographs, finger prints and retinal impressions, is done. To collect these biometric inputs, one centre is set up in every ward which is being covered under the enrollment plan.

For persons with disability, the facility of collection of biometric details would be provided at home as per the norms, however, the VMC office could not provide details about the disabled people who had been provided the facility at their home.

After the biometric enrollment there will be de-duplication and issuance of Unique Identification Numbers. And finally a smart card, Resident Identity Card, will be given to the applicant which has a micro-processor chip of 64 Kb capacity. The demographic and a few biometric attributes of each individual will be personalised in this chip, which would enable an off-line authentication of individual at remote locations using hand-held devices.

After the biometric enrollment there will be de-duplication and issuance of Unique Identification Numbers. And finally a smart card, Resident Identity Card, will be given to the applicant which has a micro-processor chip of 64 Kb capacity. The demographic and a few biometric attributes of each individual will be personalised in this chip, which would enable an off-line authentication of individual at remote locations using hand-held devices.

You’d expect a smart watch that could grab all of your phone notifications to be heavy, clunky and overall, kinda dumb, but that’s far from what the Pebble is. It’s not exactly sleek and sexy, but you have to admire the craftsmanship that has gone into making such a nifty little device. It’s not too thick, not too heavy, and most importantly, not too daggy. It’s perfect for the target market: geeks who want a smart watch but don’t want to look like huge dorks on purpose.

Notifications are also really well integrated into the device. A little vibration goes off (if you want it to) when you get a call, and email, an SMS or a social interaction, and a little card appears on your screen. If multiple notifications come in at once, you can then scroll through the cards which also have a sense of depth so you know there’s more than one you need to check out.

When it’s dark, the Pebble has a motion-activated backlight. A quick flick of your wrist sees the light turn on and illuminate your chosen watchface. It’s not enough to blind you when you’ve just woken up, which is nice, but don’t expect to use it to help you find your keys or anything.

What’s most exciting about the Pebble is the potential. Thousands of developers are in on the Pebble program, making watchfaces, apps and other gizmos we haven’t even thought of yet. It’s a market that will surely taper off over time, but right now it’s exciting to think what we might be able to do with our Pebbles in 12 months time. IFTTT support for iPhone came out overnight, and Pebble has been working with the IFTTT platform to get notifications working. It showed a prototype off at CES. Funny how things come about!

HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook review

Google’s Chromebook may not get much respect in some tech circles, but HP offers a vote of confidence with a Chrome-based laptop of its own, the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook. Blending the design aesthetics of a budget Pavilion laptop with the free web-centric Chrome OS, the 14in Pavilion Chromebook is the closest thing we’ve seen to a standard laptop coming out under the Google flag.

Were it not for the candy-coloured Google Chrome logo on the lid of the laptop, the HP Pavilion Chromebook would look like a 14in version of the HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15z, HP’s inexpensive, AMD-powered Ultrabook alternative. The chassis uses the same plastic construction, with a glossy “sparkling black” finish. The entire laptop is also fairly lightweight, tipping the scales at just 1.8kg.

The chiclet keyboard feels like an HP keyboard, with comfortable spacing but a slightly insubstantial feel when typing. Unlike other HP laptops, the Pavilion Chromebook features a layout that has been tweaked specifically for use with Google’s Chrome OS. Instead of a Windows key, there’s a search key that opens up a fresh Google search screen.

The F1-F12 buttons have also picked up a few Chrome-specific functions – going across from left to right, these are: Escape, Back, Forward, Reload, Full Screen, Next Window, Brightness Down/Up, Volume Mute/Down/Up, Power. Also, there’s a row of keys along the right-hand edge of the keyboard adding a few familiar functions not offered on the smaller Chromebooks, like a Delete key, along with Home, Page Up, Page Down, and End keys.

The touchpad is also a bit closer to the Windows-norm than the buttonless clickpads seen on the Samsung The Pavilion Chromebook is the largest Chromebook yet, with a 14in display that dwarfs the 11in displays seen on the Acer C7 and the Samsung Series 3. The Google Chromebook Pixel (LTE) comes closer in size (12.85in) but with its Retina-like resolution, touch capability, and unique 3:2 aspect ratio, the Pixel’s display isn’t really comparable to any of the inexpensive Chromebooks. Instead, the Pavilion Chromebook, with its 14in screen and 1,366 x 768 resolution display, is again most similar to the HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15z, which was actually a bit bigger at 15.6in.

What sets Chromebooks apart from any other laptop is Chrome OS, Google’s web-centric operating system. It’s a different approach to the operating system, focusing almost exclusively on the web browser and shifting many of the familiar tools of a PC into the browser by way of browser extensions, cloud services, and apps. Most of your basic functions are still there, with a basic file manager, Google Drive (Google’s Office effort), Google Media Player for video and music playback, and Gmail, all with an offline option for those times you’re away from a Wi-Fi connection.

Google’s growing stable of apps and browser extensions do the work of locally installed software, but with a cloud-based twist – most (but not all) apps rely on online data, or shift storage or processing demands elsewhere. Whether it’s photo editing (Pixlr), accounting (Wave Accounting), CRM and sales tracking (base), and a wide array of games and entertainment options, Google’s thousands of apps and extensions should fill most of the needs fulfilled by traditionally installed software in other circumstances. It may require shifting your perceptions and necessitates embracing the always online mentality, but there’s not a lot you can do with a laptop that you can’t also do (to some degree) using Chrome OS.

The Pavilion 14 Chromebook is equipped with three USB 2.0 ports, a headset jack, a wired LAN connection, HDMI output, and a full-size, full-depth SD card slot – in contrast, the SD slot on the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook irritatingly left half the card sticking out when in use. Internally, the 14in Chromebook boasts 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, along with an HP TrueVision webcam and integrated microphone.

As with the Samsung Series 3, the Pavilion 14 Chromebook offers little in the way of local storage – a mere 16GB – but the lack of on-board storage is meant to encourage storing data in the cloud. To ease this transition, Google gives new Chromebook owners a free 100GB of added capacity in Google Drive for storing all of their documents, media, and files.

HP also covers the Pavilion 14 Chromebook with a one year warranty, as well as one year of hardware support and a year of software support (with product registration, otherwise it’s 30 days). Customer reviews on sites like Amazon, however, suggest that HP’s normally excellent tech support may not be trained to deal with Chrome OS, so troubleshooting may be more problematic.

The HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook is outfitted with a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor, paired with 2GB of RAM, which can be upgraded to 4GB. This is the same processor found in the Acer C7 Chromebook, and the performance is similar, though not identical. According to BrowserMark test results, the Pavilion 14 Chromebook is slightly faster than the Samsung Series 3, but falls a bit behind the Acer C7. The newer Acer C7, which also uses an Intel Celeron 847 but with 4GB of RAM, continues to reign as the fastest of the inexpensive Chromebooks.

HP has also equipped the Pavilion 14 Chromebook with a removable 37Wh, 4-Cell lithium-ion battery. This opens up the possibility of purchasing a second battery, which is almost a necessity – the battery only lasted 3 hours and 36 minutes in our streaming video rundown test. While this is about half an hour longer than the life of the first Acer C7, it falls short of the newer C7 which managed just over four hours, and the Samsung Series 3 which lasted for 5 hours and 25 minutes.

Bankers will face jail for reckless misconduct

The coalition has been accused of failing to implement key recommendations of a high-profile parliamentary report on cleaning up the City, despite having announced that bankers would now face jail for reckless misconduct.In its formal response to the parliamentary commission on banking standards, the government said it would introduce a licencing regime for top bankers, stop bonuses being paid to bosses of bailed out banks and look at ways to inject more competition into the industry.

But it failed to adopt ideas for sweeping changes to how the Bank of England is managed and rejected proposals to make banks financially stronger through tightening a measure of capital known as the leverage ratio. Nor would it give a clearer remit to the new regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority.It prompted Andrew Tyrie, the Conservative MP who chaired the commission set up in the wake of the Libor rigging scandal, to claim key elements of his 114 recommendations in last month’s report had been overlooked.

He said: “Our recommendations are designed to enhance culture and standards in banking. They can only do so if implemented as a package. On an initial reading, the government’s response appears to fall short on a number of important points, including the leverage ratio, proprietary trading, improving the governance of the Bank of England and reform of the FCA’s objectives.”

Tyrie also put the government on notice that he planned to pay close attention to amendments tabled to the banking reform bill currently being debated in parliament, which will implement the recommendations.Tyrie said amendments tabled by the government on Monday to “electrify” the ringfence that banks are required to set up to keep high street operations separate from investment banking were “virtually useless”. The commission, in an earlier report, wanted the ringfence toughened to stop the banks gaming the rules.

The highest profile recommendation in last month’s final report called for a law to jail bankers for reckless misconduct – although lawyers questioned whether it would ever be tested in the courts.Owen Watkins, barrister in the corporate department at Lewis Silkin, said: “The new offence of ‘reckless misconduct in the management of a bank’ will grab headlines, but I suspect that such a charge is unlikely to be brought in practice”.

Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, accused his Tory counterpart George Osborne of “continuing to duck the radical banking reform we need”.Osborne, who like Balls did not attend Monday’s Commons debate, said the commission’s main recommendations were being adopted.

“Cultural reform in the banking sector marks the next step in the government’s plan to move the whole sector from rescue to recovery and ensure that UK banks demonstrate the highest standards, and are able to support business and drive economic growth,” he said. “The government is determined to raise standards across the banking industry to create a stronger and safer banking system.”

Some recommendations can be implemented without legislation. The government will ask the Prudential Regulation Authority, which regulates the biggest banks and insurance companies, to look at ways of strengthening rules on blocking deferred bonuses and pensions at bailed-out banks.

But proposals to widen the scope of individuals covered by pay rules were rejected as they go “significantly beyond existing international standards”.The government response did not explicitly endorse proposals to force bankers to wait 10 years for their bonuses. “Firms should retain the flexibility to set deferral periods,” it said, although it supported the idea of deferring payouts beyond the usual 3-5 years.

It also responded to calls to analyse the different tax treatment banks receive when holding debt – which fuels private equity deals – and shares in companies. The Treasury pledged to conduct a review on so-called allowance for corporate equity by the time of next year’s budget.

There were also hints that the regime to make top bankers more accountable could be extended across the financial services industry. Bill Michael, head of financial services at accountants KPMG, said: “The government has not ruled out making the new senior persons regime applicable to the whole financial services industry, not just banking.

“Whilst this would not include the possibility of jail – that is reserved as a threat for bankers only – this would mean that executives in insurance and asset management would also be under a greater spotlight to be accountable and responsible for their actions. This would open the way for tougher scrutiny of pensions and investment product mis-selling.”

Lack of competition in the industry, dominated by Barclays, HSBC and the two bailed-out banks Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group, is to be tackled by adopting the Tyrie recommendation to review whether banks could be forced to make it easier for customers to move their current accounts to rival providers.

At a recent Gang Violence Task Force meeting, she talked about her plan to have community groups reach out to people and offer tutoring. The community organizations took the idea and ran with it.Cassandra Minnieweather and Lakeesha Dumas are working through Straightway Services to offer GED tutoring as part of the organization’s other support services for families struggling with crime, addiction and poor access to education.

They were excited to become part of the closeout campaign when they heard Edwards talk about it.Dumas got her GED in 1996, when she was 18, and worked as a GED instructor at Portland Community College for a few months. She then struggled with addiction while trying to raise her son, but got clean two years ago and wanted to reach out to troubled youth. She is now one of six volunteer instructors for Straightway’s closeout campaign.

The main challenge will be to persuade people to come to classes, Minnieweather said. She plans to promote the program in church, at the food bank, at the clothes closet ministry, through fliers, Facebook, Twitter, at low-income housing facilities and out on the street.“Sometimes it takes incentives, maybe a meal, to bring them here,” she said. “People need to see success stories. They also need to understand that timing is key, and they’ll have access to tutors and other free resources.

Local Solar Companies Promoting ‘Buy Local’

The Solarize Mass program has seemingly taken off, bringing residents together for group buying to install residential photovoltaic arrays.But local installers aren’t very keen on how the program is being presented.Headed by the state’s Clean Energy Center, the program allows a town or group of towns to gather residents to purchase or lease solar arrays from a chosen company. The bulk purchasing is intended to lower the price for those who participate. Both Lee and Williamstown were chosen for the program and through a bid process, both chose Real Goods Solar from Colorado as the installer.

Local companies, however, say the program has also engendered salesmanship and misleading information from many out-of-state companies and that residents are getting rushed into making a decision without being fully educated on the options. They are now pleading their case for residents to buy local because once the program is gone, it’s the local installers who will still be here.

“I think it provides an educational tool for people to learn about it and get more involved with the tiered pricing offered by Real Goods Solar. But, I think one of the misnomers about it, unfortunately, is that they are eligible for an additional rebate or additional savings,” Andrew Guntlow, who manages New England Solar and Green Solutions in Williamstown, said recently.”It seems like there is a perception of [customers] getting more but that is not the case. All of the rebate programs, tax credits, are available to anyone.”

The companies bidding for a Solarize contract are required to provide leasing options. For a fixed cost, customers can have a system installed and pay a fixed price while benefiting from the energy savings. The leasing option alleviates the upfront cost of installing a system for the customer, increasing the number of participants in the program and thus, lowering the material costs in the group purchase.

But the installer also owns the system and so reaps the multiple tax benefits, then sells the tax credits at a profit.”The way it has been set up in Massachusetts is a winner take all,” said Chris Kilfoyle, who owns Berkshire Photovoltaics in Adams, another town seeking to join the Solarize program.

Kilfoyle said his company lost the bid on the Solarize contract for Williamstown. A leasing option is required in the bid but Kilfoyle says he doesn’t like offering them. Instead, he encourages customers to take out a home improvement loan to buy the system.Gutlow also said his company “isn’t’ comfortable” offering the leasing option after looking into it.”Far and away, owning your own system is far superior,” Guntlow said. “Individual ownership of a solar system is our priority to pass along the most benefit to the end user — it provides the most benefit over a leasing program.”

But it isn’t just the Solarize program that is changing the solar industry locally. The state has pushed solar power in recent years — far exceeding goals laid out by Gov. Deval Patrick to increase solar production. A mix of federal and the state tax credits have attracted larger companies from outside to the area.”The state incentive programs are so good that they are all rushing here to Massachusetts,” Kilfoyle said, adding that with the increased competition there has been an array of “sleazy salesmanship.”

“We’re trying to stop some of that exaggeration,” Kilfoyle said, pointing out a “0 down” advertisement for leasing options. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”State Sen. Benjamin Downing said the increasing presence of major firms creating tension with local contractors was something state officials “didn’t foresee.” The legislature formed the Clean Energy Center but didn’t expect the industry to take off like it did, he said.

But if the presence of too many solar companies is a problem, it is a problem Downing said he’d rather have than not enough.”One way or the other, solar is solar,” said Downing, who is the chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy as well as sitting on the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change and the Joint Committee on Environment Natural Resources and Agriculture. “I’d rather being dealing with too many investors.”

Not all Solarize Mass contracts are going to out of state firms. SolarFlair of Framingham is providing installations for three groups in the east end of the state.Downing, however, agrees that the ownership model produces more benefits for the homeowner. And he agrees that local companies produce a larger benefit for the community because they employ local residents and the money is reinvested back into community.

“We are looking at different ways we can promote the clean energy economy,” Downing said, adding that the push for green jobs has produced between 60,000 and 70,000 jobs across the state in recent years.”That’s grown by 7 percent or 11 percent depending on how you measure it.”On the local level, the economic effects of the solar industry haven’t been analyzed. According to Berkshire Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Supranowicz, “the industry is so new that it isn’t calculated by federal standards.” But both Guntlow and Kilfoyle attest that they have grown tremendously in recent years.

As for the Solarize Mass program itself, Downing supports the program and the leasing option because it allows people who simply can’t afford ownership to benefit from stable and lower electricity costs. Not to mention the numerous environmental benefits.”The policies have been set up to get solar out as much as possible,” Downing said. “When people get a solar array on their roof, they get invested into the industry.”

Guntlow says there is a lot of “site specific” work that goes into designing a system and each one needs to be tailored to the property. That is where the local expertise is a benefit.New England Solar and Green Solutions is an offshoot of civil engineering company Guntlow and Associates, which has been located in Williamstown for more than 25 years. New England Solar and Green Solutions characterizes itself as a “one-stop shop” for all kinds of energy conservation work — from small wind power systems to solar to high-efficiency hot-water systems.

Guntlow knows the local electrical contractors who will be hooking the systems up and the steps needed to go through local building codes. Guntlow said he starts with a free estimate and will take the customer through every step — from executing a connection agreement to filing tax credit paperwork to turning the system on.”There are local contractors available in the Berkshires and, over the years, there has been a great campaign to buy in the Berkshires. We feel that is really important to let people know that New England Solar and Green Solutions is out here, in Williamstown, two doors down from Town Hall,” Guntlow said. “We like to honor our contracts with great service because we see these people, our customers in the grocery store and around town. We like to have a good name for ourselves.”

Berkshire Photovoltaics has been in business for 28 years, starting first in North Adams and later moving to Adams. Kilfoyle has installed the very first solar array in many of the Berkshire towns.”We’ve been doing this a long time. We know what works,” Kilfoyle said. “We’ve grown 500 percent since 1997.”Not only have the two companies been staples in the county, their owners say they help the economy in other ways. Kilfoyle said the steel and other material used in many of the installations are purchased from local companies and local electricians are hired.So with all of the rush toward the Solarize program, local companies are asking residents to relax and think about their options.

“We’re going to offer the best price we can give them without holding them to whether other people sign up or not. That is important, we’re not forcing somebody into something they are not ready to do,” Guntlow said. “We want to make sure people have a full understanding of the great benefits that come with owning a solar installation.”

Mission drivers license office adds more summer hours

The Mission driver licensing office,A Offering Best Upholstery Cleaning Services has real weight in your customer’s hand. which serves northeast Johnson County, will be open Mondays through the summer, beginning next week. The office is in the Mission West shopping center across from Hobby Lobby at 6507 Johnson Drive.

The office also conducts motorcycle skills tests in the parking lot at the area where a sink hole recently opened. That stopped testing for a little more than a week, but a new section of the lot has been repainted for the tests to continue.

The Mission branch and a branch in Wichita are the only ones in the state that will observe the extra day. The offices are normally closed on Monday. The offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Mondays through August 26 to alleviate long summer lines at the states busiest offices, according to the state.

During the summer, our offices are crowded as teenagers come in to get permits and licenses while they are out of school. This year, applications for concealed carry permits have also more than doubled, adding to the traffic, explained Vehicles Director Donna Shelite. While this can increase wait times at all of our offices, it is particularly problematic in our urban areas.

Last summer, we opened our Olathe and Wichita offices up on Monday for the first time since the state switched to the four-day work week almost 20 years ago, Shelite said. Being open those eight Mondays allowed us to serve an additional 4,556 customers C including 212 drive tests which take about three times as long to administer than normal transactions.

Once they have a place in line, people can roam freely while they wait, allowing them to stay at work or run errands instead of having to sit and wait in the office. The system will send them updates via text alerting them as their number progresses to the front of the line. The time displayed is not an appointment, but an estimate of how long before a customer will reach the front of the line.

Genetec, a pioneer in the physical security industry and a leading provider of world-class unified IP security solutions, today announced that Europe’s busiest exhibition center, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, UK, recently completed installation of Genetec Security Center as its unified security platform to manage its integrated security and traffic management requirements.

The NEC occupies a 610-acre site, with more than 186,000 square meters of covered exhibition space across 20 interconnecting halls. Every year, the venue welcomes more than 3 million visitors with 140 trade and consumer events, including one of the security industrys main European shows, IFSEC, as well as blockbusting concerts and sports events at LG Arena, located on the same site.

When the NEC embarked on a total overhaul of its ageing security and traffic control systems, they wanted to replace it with a brand new IP-based open platform solution.You will see Cleaning franchise , competitive price and first-class service. By choosing Genetec Security Center, the NEC was able to integrate its video surveillance with Genetec Omnicast, and traffic management with Genetec AutoVu, together with third party access control and video analytics solutions. Following a smooth installation with no interruption in service, the NEC has now installed 350 surveillance cameras throughout the venue, as well as 42 Genetec AutoVu fixed License Plate Recognition (LPR cameras) and one mobile LPR camera on a patrol vehicle to monitor traffic going in and out of the exhibition center.

Aside from traffic management, security personnel at the NEC also use AutoVu to monitor shuttle bus frequency, grant access to select parking areas, and get alerts when a wanted vehicle is identified, so NEC security personnel can immediately coordinate with local law enforcement authorities.

“The West Midlands Police receives all the number plate reads to their police control room and uses the system to check against hotlists for wanted criminals, stolen vehicles, or for general investigations as part of a much wider LPR network on the public roads and highways, says Gary Masters, NEC Group Security and Traffic Operations Manager.

Beyond Genetec Omnicast video and AutoVu LPR, the Genetec Security Center unified platform at the NEC also integrates a third-party access control solution with over 400 doors, as well as real-time video analytics software, an intrusion detection system, and an intercom system.

Inside the NEC Venue Operations Centreequipped with 12 46-inch video monitoring displays across five operator deskssecurity staff conduct both passive and active monitoring. When there is a tradeshow or conference in place, they can easily increase the number of operators working from the unified security platform.

Our operators have adapted extremely well to the new Genetec technology, said Gary Masters. In fact, the transition went much better than expected, and we have achieved some excellent outcomes, resulting in arrests thanks to the new system. Our operators are able to easily review the data, moving between systems to track incidents and provide excellent quality evidence.

One elimination for $1m Meadowlands Pace

After working hard to win the Max C. Hempt Memorial last weekend, Captaintreacherous will do no work at all to advance to the final of the Meadowlands Pace.

Captaintreacherous was among three horses to receive a bye based on seasonal earnings to the July 13 final after a total of 13 horses entered the race for 3-year-old pacers. A single 10-horse elimination will be held Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack, with the top seven finishers joining Captaintreacherous, Wake Up Peter and Twilight Bonfire in the final.

Tony Alagna, who trains Captaintreacherous, was hoping for such a scenario when he decided to skip the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes in Canada and focus on the North America Cup, Hempt and Meadowlands Pace.Captaintreacherous, undefeated in five starts this year with $808,293 in earnings, won the $980,000 North America Cup on June 15 at Mohawk Racetrack and the $500,000 Hempt on June 29 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

When we decided to go to the Hempt, we thought it was possible the Meadowlands Pace could have only the one elimination and we would get a bye, Alagna said. Everything has just been falling into place.

The 10 horses that will try to join Captaintreacherous are (in post position order): Someplace Special, Johny Rock, Sir Carys Z Tam, Sir Richard Z Tam, Sunshine Beach, Resistance Futile, Lonewolf Currier, Rockin Amadeus, Beach Memories and Odds On Equuleus.

In the Hempt, Captaintreacherous started from the outermost post C No. 9 C raced three wide around the first turn and then was stuck on the outside the rest of the mile, including three wide coming off the final turn. He won by a neck over Vegas Vacation in 1:49.2 over a track turned sloppy by heavy rain an hour before the race.I have all the faith in the world in him C I know what kind of horse he is C and he even impressed me, Alagna said about Captaintreacherous performance in the Hempt. And Im not easily impressed. But that was a monster trip.He came out of the race super; excellent, Alagna added. Hes very good.

Captaintreacherous, the defending Pacer of the Year, is the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racings current Top 10 poll.Each plastic Offering Office cleaning Services is printed with high-resolution images from the artwork. He has won 13 of 15 career races and earned $1.72 million for the ownership group known as Captaintreacherous Racing.Alagna also trains Wake Up Peter, who is winless in six races this year but has earned $156,225 thanks to third-place finishes in the North America Cup and New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. Alagna said Wake Up Peter will qualify on Saturday at the Meadowlands to prep for the Meadowlands Pace final while Captaintreacherous will enjoy time off.

Twilight Bonfire has a win in four starts this year and finished second in the North America Cup. He has earned $304,336 this season for trainer Danny Collins and owner Bob Key.Also on Saturday night two eliminations for the William R. Haughton Memorial for older pacers will be contested. The top five finishers from each elim will advance to the July 13 final.

The first division is Golden Receiver, Warrawee Needy, A Rocknroll Dance, Sapphire City, Hugadragon, Heston Blue Chip, Razzle Dazzle, Our Lucky Chip and Foiled Again. The second is Aracache Hanover, Bettors Edge, Fred And Ginger, Bolt The Duer, Up The Credit, Pet Rock, Hurrikane Kingcole, Dynamic Youth and Sweet Lou.

Foiled Again won the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace last weekend at Pocono Downs to become the first pacer in harness racing history to surpass $5 million in career earnings. Earlier on the same card, Bolt The Duer won in 1:47.4, equaling the fastest mile ever for a pacer on a five-eighths-mile track.

Each year, 50,000 people are selected at random to immigrate to the United States. They dont need specialized job skills or even a relative in the US. What they need most is a little luck, some basic educational or work training qualifications, and to be from a country with few recent immigrants living in the US.

The Diversity Visa, better known as the Green Card Lottery, is a little-known program inside the US, but is played by millions of people worldwide each year. It was established in 1990 to diversify the immigration population in the US, designed, in part, to help more Irish settle in the United States.

Tamin is now a high school math teacher and entrepreneur in Newark, New Jersey. He talks about the high number of African immigrants who work in the healthcare fields, in nursing and in-home caregiving. Hes active in the movement to save the Green Card Lottery.Its something that is dear to my heart. I dont know how to put this, because Im so passionate about it.

So, he decided to express his passion through music. He recently produced this song, DV Lottery sung by the artist MayJa Money.This argument,We Engrave Get MVP quote for YOU. though, isnt convincing most leaders in Congress. Many Democrats have quietly turned their backs on the Diversity Visa, giving it up as a bargaining chip.

Republicans, like Congressman Bob Goodlatte from Virginia, have been more outspoken against it. Goodlattes office turned down an interview request, but here he is speaking against the Diversity Visa on the House floor last year.

In his floor speech, Goodlatte describes the Diversity Visa as unfair to people from more than a dozen countries around the world that stand in long lines, on waiting lists, and then watch somebody have their name drawn out of a computer at random with no particular job skills, no ties to this country, and they get to go right past them into a Green Card into the United States.

Mark Krikorian, the executive the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, a think tank that advocates for less immigration to the US, agrees with that. He said the Green Card Lottery is ripe for fraud, and that terrorists could steal a winning lottery number and enter the US illegally.