Posted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Emily Puckart, Program Associate, MHTFClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)During the recent Woodrow Wilson International Center policy dialogue on maternal undernutrition both speakers highlighted the importance of including adolescent girls as targets and beneficiaries of maternal nutrition programs. After all, around the world girls under the age of 18 may be married as well as mothers. If they are not mothers already, reaching out to adolescent girls ensures that they will have necessary nutrition information and tools they need before they even become pregnant.Bhavishya Alliance is a Mumbai based multi-sector partnership with a focus on reducing undernutrition in Maharashtra, India. The Girls Gaining Ground (GGG) program is Bhavishya Alliance’s pilot nutrition and health intervention which focuses on adolescent girls as future mothers. GGG combines a strong focus on maternal nutrition and health along with a girl’s empowerment component, benefiting groups of girls in some of the most underserved tribal communities in Maharashtra state.The program itself focuses heavily on nutrition and health information, as well as giving girls the knowledge to access government health services. This includes information in accessing services such as iron supplements and access to facilities when giving birth. The groups take part in community mapping exercises which identify health and nutrition services near their communities.Local women serve as role-models and facilitators for each of the GGG groups, leading the curriculum on reproductive and sexual health, the importance of iron supplements, dispelling myths relating to foods during pregnancy, and the importance of delayed marriage and pregnancy for health. Storytelling, local songs and myths are emphasized in order for the curriculum to make an impact in the lives of the girls. For example, girls may enact plays, where the lead character, an adolescent girl, dies in childbirth after an early marriage and a difficult, unattended pregnancy.There is a special emphasis in the program on preparing girls nutritionally to become mothers. Facilitators chart hemoglobin levels and iron supplement intake and girls enrolled in the program use food diaries to record and discuss their daily intake of food. Where illiteracy is a challenge, facilitators use the girls’ verbal history to take down the diary. Along with a focus on quantity, facilitators use the colors of the Indian flag (green, orange and white) to ask girls and their families to diversify their food intake using locally available food sources. Some NGOs have supplemented the GGG program with seed distribution for families to start agricultural plots for food to be consumed within the family, rather than exported for sale outside the community.This innovative and exciting program may provide a model for other maternal nutrition programs that recognize the importance of including adolescent girls as beneficiaries of maternal nutrition programs.This is the third post by Emily Puckart on “Maternal Undernutrion: Evidence, Links, and Solutions.” Read the first and second.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 17: Fans of the Michigan Wolverines react to a 14-3 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 17, 2007 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)It may be June, but Ohio State and Michigan are in mid-season form in the trash talk department. Saturday night, Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith, taking exception to what appears to be a recruiting pamphlet produced by Michigan, blasted the Wolverines on Twitter. Smith, who is clearly ticked off that Michigan is is promoting its assistant coach Jedd Fisch as a better alternative for recruits to develop under, fired back, boasting about Ohio State’s three victories in a row over the Wolverines.Smith also predicted a fourth straight victory and posted a photo of all of the rings he’s won in his coaching years. It’s strong.U mad bro?? #LevelsToThis #IfTheyAintHatingYouAintPoppin pic.twitter.com/QhnJceNL4W— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, 2015@CoachZachSmith that’s all they got?!— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) June 7, 2015Check my Resume… And if it’s confusing… Check my live resume next November. It will be the same resume as the last 3 Novembers.— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, 2015Back to my regularly scheduled Saturday… #ThisAintWhatYouWant #Zone6 pic.twitter.com/6bxT0IoN3E— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, 2015Jim Harbaugh and his staff certainly aren’t bowing down to Ohio State. But the Wolverines may want to win a few games before they start comparing anything between the two schools.
WASHINGTON – There’s no question: The shock-and-awe approach to trade disputes is having an impact in the early days of the Trump administration, with the stunner of a 219-per-cent duty on Bombardier just the latest example of the new tariff-happy, America First climate in Washington.Donald Trump’s commerce secretary even bragged about it when announcing a first duty late Tuesday. In a statement, Wilbur Ross touted a 48 per cent increase from last year in anti-dumping and countervailing cases initiated by the U.S. Department of Commerce.That’s on the heels of a study that found a 26 per cent spike in U.S. trade actions against G20 partners in the first half of this year from the same period in 2016, according to the Center for Economic Policy Research’s Global Trade Alert.Just ask Canadian softwood-lumber producers. They’ve been tasting that punitive medicine for months.The latest decision rewarded Boeing with duties practically three times higher than the U.S. aerospace giant asked for, as it argued that Bombardier’s subsidies from Canadian taxpayers gave it an unfair entry into the U.S. market.Ross appeared to agree: ”The U.S. values its relationships with Canada, but even our closest allies must play by the rules.”It’s only the beginning.As a matter of fact, trade experts consulted late Monday agreed on two things: There’s time to fight back, and friendlier battlefields to fight on. They urged the Canadian government to choose its battles wisely, and not needlessly escalate the dispute.One trade-policy analyst at Washington’s free-market Cato Institute criticized the U.S. department that handled the initial decision.He said later arbiters won’t likely be as hostile.The raison d’etre of the Department of Commerce’s enforcement unit is to protect U.S. companies, said Dan Ikenson — it even offers counselling services to help U.S. companies prepare their complaint.It sides with American petitioners more than 90 per cent of the time and will certainly clobber Bombardier again with a new anti-dumping duty as early as next week, he said.”The Commerce Department is a pit bull,” Ikenson said.”They see it as a sign of success (when they impose a duty)… They’re political.”It’s different in other forums, he added.The case later heads back to the U.S. International Trade Commission, which must determine whether Boeing has actually suffered and, if not, could cancel the duties. Historical stats show a perfectly even track record: 39 per cent affirmative decisions, 39 negative, with 22 per cent of cases withdrawn.And he’s urging the Canadians to try their luck in a third venue: the U.S. domestic court system’s Court of International Trade. He said that court is actually friendlier to foreigners, siding with them in a majority of cases.He said that’s a smarter route than a fourth venue: NAFTA’s Chapter 19 dispute process. He said U.S. policy-makers might find Chapter 19 easier to ignore, given that the current Trump administration hates it, wants to get rid of it in the new NAFTA, and might relish the opportunity to pick a fight challenging its authority.”I’m convinced the courts will find mischief (from Boeing),” he said.”I can’t understand their claim of injury… They don’t even make these damned planes (Bombardier makes).”He compared Boeing’s complaint to a snow-plow salesman suing a bicycle-maker. He also noted the irony of Boeing suing anyone over government assistance, since it’s the No. 1 recipient of government support through the U.S. Export-Import Bank — referred to jokingly in Washington as “the Bank of Boeing.””Boeing is very much at the trough,” he said.Duties are still months away.That’s because the order of up to 125 Bombardier CS100s doesn’t start heading to Delta before the spring. That makes the dispute different from softwood, where producers got whacked immediately on log exports.That will buy both sides more time, said Canada-U.S. trade lawyer Mark Warner.”Everybody’s going to get worked up over this,” said Warner, of MAAW Law in Toronto. ”But calm down, everybody. There’s a ways to go.”It would be a mistake for the Canadian government to make rash decisions in two specific areas, Warner said: the purchase of Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets, and the Chapter 19 discussion in NAFTA negotiations.Canada, he said, should make those other decisions on their merits — and not muck up already-sensitive processes like military purchases and NAFTA.”Keep this out of NAFTA,” he said. ”Have a conversation about Chapter 19 that’s cold-blooded.”The same advice came from a Washington aviation consultant who said he thinks Boeing messed up. Richard Aboulafia said the giant risks hurting itself in a number of global partnerships, over a tiny plane purchase.But he thinks Canada would be compounding the mistake by dragging the issue into the NAFTA discussion: ”Will it? Yeah, you know it might,” he said. ”Should it? Oh God, no. Look this is a very discrete case best decided by experts.”
New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Monday condoled the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who passed away at his private residence in Panaji on Sunday evening after a prolonged battle with advanced pancreatic cancer. He was 63. The Cabinet also extended condolences to the former Defence Minister’s family and the people of Goa on behalf of the Central government and the entire nation. It observed a two-minute silence and also approved a day of mourning at the Centre and flying the national flag at half-mast on Monday across the country. Also Read – MP woman hangs herself after killing three children “The Cabinet expresses profound sorrow at the sad demise of Manohar Parrikar. In his passing away, the country has lost a veteran and distinguished leader, affectionately called as the Chief Minister of commoners,” a Cabinet statement said. It observed that Parrikar would be remembered for his simplicity and his abilities as an exceptional administrator. “His contribution to the building of modern Goa and to the modernization of India’s Armed Forces as well as improvement to the lives of ex-servicemen will never be forgotten.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Born on December 13, 1955, at Mapusa, Goa, Parrikar was educated at Loyola School, Margao and later graduated in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai in 1978. Before entering politics, Parrikar had joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at a young age and became a Mukhya Shikshak (Chief Instructor) in the final years of his schooling itself. After graduating from IIT, he resumed RSS work in Mapusa and became a Sanghchalak at the age of 26. As a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Parrikar was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Goa in 1994. He became the Chief Minister of Goa for the first time on October 24, 2000 and continued till February 27, 2002. He was re-elected as Chief Minister on June 3, 2002 and served till February 2, 2005. Parrikar became Chief Minister of Goa for the third time on March 9, 2012, and continued till November 8, 2014. On November 9, 2014, he became Union Minister of Defence and continued till March 13, 2017. He was again sworn in as Chief Minister of Goa on March 14, 2017. Parrikar was awarded the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’ by IIT Mumbai in 2001, Honorary Doctorate by National Institute of Technology, Goa in 2018 and the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Award in 2018, among others. He is survived by his two sons.
NEW DELHI: The Election Commission Tuesday turned down the AAP government’s request to release advertisements about summer camps in government schools prompting Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to write a letter to the poll body to reconsider its decision.The EC has pointed out that it has no objection to running summer camps which is part of AAP government’s Mission Buniyad Programme, subject to the condition that the appeal to send their wards to the camp has to be made to the parents through schools and not through print, TV or radio advertisements. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSisodia, who is also Delhi’s Education Minister, questioned the “basis” on which the request has been rejected. “I feel extremely disappointed that the ECI chose to look at this issue from a very narrow political lens, completely ignoring the interest of lakhs of children largely from marginalised section of society. The success of the camp is contingent upon support of parents which is ensured through regular reach out to them by government using print media, TV and radio,” Sisodia said in a letter to the ECI. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe said by exercising your power to stop a simple message to the poor parents asking them to send their children to school during summer vacation, do you really think you are aiding in conducting free and fair elections? “The elections will be over in the next one month but the loss to lakhs of children cannot be compensated if you allow your unjustified decision to stay on,” he added. During a press conference, Sisodia said,”Did the EC even think for a while as to what mode to be adopted by the school to ask the poor parents to come to school in the first place?” The summer camps in Delhi government’s school, an initiative of the AAP dispensation will be organised from May 16 to June 9 for classes 3 to 8.
Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton has reasons to believe Liverpool are very close to winning the Premier League title.It appears that every season Liverpool continue to make an attempt to grab the title and the most recent being under Jurgen Klopp who have spent over £175m this summer on four top signings.The new signings are Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker. Following Klopp’s new signings, Barton is concerned about his rivals’ championship chances.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“When we look across Stanley Park, no matter what any of us say, and see the big German [Klopp], the style they’re playing, and the way they have invested again – it’s nervous times for Evertonians,” Barton told talkSPORT as quoted in Sports Mole.“I honestly think they could get really close to their first title in 20-odd years. It will be really close.”Liverpool last won the English top-flight championship in 1990
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council will look at a resolution approving the request for accelerated funding for the Pre-Construction Engineering and Design Phase of the Kenai Bluffs Bank Stabilization Project up to the estimated cost of $1,000,000. Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander told the council at its meeting in December that he would be pursuing accelerated funding for the project through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ostrander: “What we are waiting on right now is the signing of the directors report, which is supposed to happen this month. Until that is signed, which signals the completion of the feasibility phase, they can’t move forward with the design phase. Once we get that signed report we will hopefully be moving forward with the design phase.” If the project goes through to construction, the PED phase contribution would be credited towards the City’s 35% matching requirement, according to Ostrander. The project consists of constructing a berm about 5,000 feet long below the Kenai Bluffs toe. It is designed to prevent flood tides from washing away material that collects at the bluff toe and coastal storms from eroding the lower portion of the bluff. Ostrander: “Already there has been a request submitted to the Corps to consider acceleration of the design. So, the corps needs to consider that request, and approve it. Assuming that the corps does approve the accelerated design process then the money would go towards that.” The Kenai City Council will look at the resolution at their meeting on Wednesday, January 16.
Healthcare and real estate media and events company Vendome Group has acquired the Healthcare and Capital Markets Conference (HCap), from Lincoln Healthcare Leadership, the company announced. “We are actively looking at all sorts of investment opportunities in the healthcare market and beyond,” Butler adds. “While events have been a strong focus over the past years, we remain very interested in digital and print media and related areas as well.” “In December of 2015, Vendome’s Behavioral Healthcare business unit launched its first investor-oriented event with great success,” Vendome founder and CEO Jane Butler tells Folio: in an email exchange. “We became aware of the Healthcare and Capital Markets Conference through a mutual exhibitor and saw an immediate opportunity to replicate [that success].” The company declined to share financial terms of the acquisition. In September, the company announced a partnership with credentialing standards developer IC&RC to expand several of its 2016 events with content from IC&RC’s Annual Training Conference. That announcement came just weeks after Vendome acquired the Ben Franklin Institute, an addiction and behavioral healthcare information provider. Most recently, Vendome launched the iASC, which Butler describes as “an ongoing educational warehouse for those who operate and work in long-term care settings.” Over 30 national or regional events are planned for 2016 across Vendome’s various divisions, according to Butler. Launched in 2006, HCap aims to bring together healthcare executives and private equity or venture capital investors. It will join Vendome’s Healthcare group, which produces magazine titles Healthcare Informatics and Addiction Professional, among others, as well as a series of live events such as the National Conference on Addiction Disorders. Dates for the next Healthcare and Capital Markets Conference, traditionally held in Washington, D.C. in November or December, are forthcoming, according to a prepared statement. Within the Healthcare group, HCap will become part of Vendome’s Senior/Long-Term Care unit, which includes the magazine brand Long-Term Living, and will be integrated with Vendome’s newly-launched Institute for the Advancement of Senior Care (iASC). Vendome’s event business has grown exponentially in recent years, Butler tells Folio:, now comprising 40 percent of company revenues.
MANCHESTER, CT — 59-year-old Mark Geanakakis, of Wilmington, suffered life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle car accident on Interstate 84 in Connecticut during the early morning of Saturday, August 3, 2019.According to Connecticut State Police, Geanakakis was driving east on I-84, near Exit 63, around 2:50am on Saturday when his SUV was struck from behind by another SUV driven by 37-year-old Jermaine Clark, of East Hartford.Geanakakis was ejected from his vehicle, which rolled over and caught fire.Geanakakis suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital.Clark suffered minor injuries and was evaluated on scene by emergency personnel.The accident remains under investigation.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Man Injured In Fatal Car Crash In WoburnIn “Police Log”REPORTS: Wilmington Man Killed In Crane Accident In New HampshireIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 29: Car vs. Pole; Raccoon ConcernsIn “Police Log”
The ringleader of a gang of forest robbers was killed in an internal clash over establishing supremacy in the Sundarbans’ Satkhira range.The deceased is Nur Hossain, the fearsome leader of a feared gang known as Nur Bahini.Shyamnagar police station officer-in-charge Syed Mannan Ali said Nur Hossain was stabbed to death by his fellow robbers in what amounted to a coup.Later locals spotted the body at Chaltebari Khal (canal) area and rushed it to Hariharnagar Bazar.The Shyamnagar OC said on information police recovered the body on Monday from the Bazar. OC added that several stab wounds were found on the body.
Yaba. File PhotoDespite being found guilty of selling about one million yaba pills, recovered in an anti-drug drive, to drug traders, 12 policemen including an SP and two ASPs remain secure in their positions, found a Prothom Alo investigation.The police headquaters’ inquiry committee submitted a final report stating the officers were guilty. Eleven of of the accused police officers are serving in Cox’s Bazar and one in Chattogram.Those accused of selling yaba are the inspector Monirul Islam and Sukendra Chandra Sarkar of Cox’s Bazar DB police, sub-inspector Kamal Hossain, Masud Rana and Jabed Alam, ASI Masud Mia, constable Mobarak Hossain, Rubel and Kefayet Ullah.Cox’s Bazar district police superintendent AKM Iqbal Hossain, Ukhia circle additional police superintendent Chailau Marma and additional superintendent of Cox’s Bazar Sadar Afruzul Haque were also accused in the report.The police superintendent has been accused for embezzlement of money from yaba sales. The other two officials were charged with not investigating the case properly and for neglecting their duties.Several police officers on condition of anonymity told Prothom Alo that a team of Cox’s Bazar DB police recovered the huge number of yaba pills from Teknaf on 27 October night in 2017.“The accused are supposed to be dismissed right after such allegations and criminal cases should be filed against them,” they added.Sub-inspector Bashir Ahmed over phone and police inspector Sukendra Chandra Sarkar in person informed police superintendent AKM Iqbal Hossain that around 730,000 pieces of yaba had been recovered at the time.Another SI of DB police Jabed Alam, however, mentioned while filing case in Teknaf police station that only 10,000 pieces yaba were recovered.The investigation, later, found that the officers actually recovered one million pills of which they sold 990,000 pills to drug dealers. The incident came to light due to the dispute between two police officials, said an official unwilling to disclose his identity.SI Bashir Ahmed filed a complaint with the police headquarters saying one of the accused officers came to his house in Dhaka to offer a bribe to keep silent on the matter. The incident was even published in a daily newspaper at the time.Another team of police found evidence behind the allegations of offering the bribe.Cox’s Bazar district police superintendent AKM Iqbal Hossain told Prothom Alo, “The incident cannot be discussed as it is under investigation by the headquarters. However, as the police super, I can say that I am not involved in any wrongdoing.”Another accused additional police superintendent Chaylau Marma said,”I have not shown any negligence of duty.”The most serious allegation has been brought against the then inspector of DB police Monirul Islam. Monirul is now in charge of the sea beach police outpost.The investigation says, Monirul Islam knew that 990,000 yaba pills were sold. Not only did he seize a refrigerator with 500 yaba earlier and sold it, he is also allegedly using a microbus that he seized as evidence for another case.It is said in the investigation that Monirul sent SI Masud Rana to offer the bribe to Bashir Ahmed.SI Monirul said, “All these happened due to the dispute between two inspectors. One of them betrayed another..”Deputy inspector general (administration) Habibur Rahman told Prothom Alo that he received a copy of the investigation report.“The process of filing charges is underway,” said Habibur Rahman.Asked about what kind of action can be taken against police officers on such allegations, former inspector general of police Nur Mohammad said “The accused must first be dismissed. Action can then be taken according to the investigation report.”
Afghan Security personnel arrive as smoke rises from the site of an attack in Jalalabad on 28 July. Photo: AFPAn hours-long militant attack on a midwife training centre in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday killed at least two people and wounded five, police said, as the latest assault in the country was brought to an end by security forces.Nearly 70 people, including students and teachers, were inside the centre in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, at the time of the attack.Nangarhar police chief Ghulam Sanyee Stanikzai told AFP two people — a guard and a driver — were killed and five others wounded.Provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani put the casualty toll slightly higher at three dead and eight wounded. Afghan officials often give conflicting tolls in the aftermath of an attack.Some of the people inside the centre escaped while others were taken hostage by the gunmen.”They were freed by the police during the operation,” Stanikzai said.One attacker was wearing a suicide vest and blew himself up, while the other was killed by security forces, Khogyani said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack, but most of the recent assaults in the city have been carried out by the Islamic State group, which has a stronghold in Nangarhar.The Taliban denied involvement in a WhatsApp message sent to reporters.Provincial health department spokesman Inamullah Miakhil said 48 women from remote districts of the province were enrolled in the two-year midwifery course.The training facility, which is near the centre of Jalalabad in an area where several international organisations and consulates have offices, is funded by the Ministry of Public Health.”We don’t know why the midwife centre came under attack,” Miakhil told AFP, adding all NGOs and government bodies in Jalalabad were at risk.A witness in a nearby department told AFP he heard several explosions and then saw three gunmen enter the street where the midwife centre is located.Some of the security forces earlier appeared to dismantle improvised explosive devices apparently planted in the street by the militants, a witness told AFP.Jalalabad has been the scene of several attacks in recent months that have killed dozens, as US and Afghan forces continue offensive operations against IS and Taliban militants.- Health workers a target -Government buildings are a common target for insurgents, including hospitals and medical facilities.It is not known why the gunmen targeted the midwife training centre. Midwives have been attacked in the past for providing reproductive health services to women, though such attacks appear to be rare.Islamist groups — and many ordinary Afghans — also oppose women working outside the home.While thousands of women have been trained as midwives since the 2001 US-led invasion, Afghanistan still has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world.The last major attack in Jalalabad happened on July 11 when gunmen raided an education department compound in the city, sparking an hours-long battle with security forces.At least 11 people were killed in the attack. All were employees of the education department branch and included the director.A suicide bomb attack claimed by IS on a crowd of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus in Jalalabad on July 1 killed at least 19 people and wounded 21.The Taliban is Afghanistan’s largest militant group and IS has a relatively small but potent presence, mainly in the east and north of the country.It first emerged in Afghanistan in 2014 and quickly established a stronghold in Nangarhar.Intensified aerial and ground operations against the militants have failed to dislodge them.An unprecedented three-day ceasefire involving Afghan security forces and the Taliban last month did not include IS.The first formal nationwide truce since 2001 was marred by two IS suicide attacks in Nangarhar.While the Afghan government and its foreign backers are seeking to strike a peace deal with the Taliban, US forces have repeatedly said they plan to annihilate IS.
Davis LandDr. Andy Keller, Dr. Michelle Harper, and Dr. Seema Shah answer questions regarding a Meadows Mental Health Institute report detailing the mental health needs of Harris County children on October 30, 2017.A $20 million gift from two Houston philanthropists — Maureen and Jim Hackett — will create The Hackett Center for Mental Health, a project meant to strengthen access to mental health care for patients in the Houston region. The center will be a part of Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, which operates statewide. The new center, to be located in the Texas Medical Center, will focus specifically on the region surrounding Houston, according to a press release. “It’s transformative in the sense that’s it’s our first program that’s dedicated to a specific region and that is entirely about making that region work well,” Andy Keller, chief executive at Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, told Houston Public Media. A recent report from the institute, funded by Houston Endowment, recommends primary care providers move from referring patients to mental health specialists to an “integrated care” model, where mental health care is provided alongside traditional medicine. The Hackett Center for Mental Health, administrators say, will work towards that model.“I really think and have felt and believed for some time that integrated care is the only way to treat health,” said Susan Fordice, director of the new center. “For so long we have really detached the head from the body, and the only thing that makes sense is to reattach the head to the body when it comes to our health,” she said.Fordice said the center will partner with other organizations in Houston and bring together insights from its work in the mental health community to inform state policy. 00:00 /00:53 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share
By Mark Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, email@example.comWith the District of Columbia ready to make a strong run at luring the professional football franchise back to the place it represents, Gov. Larry Hogan appears ready to call a Hail Mary to try and keep the team from leaving the free state.According to MarylandMatters.org – an independent, non-partisan, non-profit website that covers state politics – the Hogan administration reached the parameters of a deal with the U.S. Department of Interior to gain control of land near National Harbor as part of a strategy to keep Washington’s NFL from heading back to D.C.Oxon Cove Park is one of the sites being considered for the new Redskins stadium. (Courtesy Photo)The memorandum of understating involves a 300-acre tract at Oxon Cove Park, which is located inside the Capital Beltway just prior to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. This clandestine deal was reportedly negotiated between Maryland officials in September 2017 but wasn’t made public until a recent story published in The Washington Post. It also reportedly involves two separate letters from Hogan and former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker sent to President Donald J. Trump to request the Department of Interior transfer the site to the county.Maryland’s new potential home site being eyed for a possible NFL stadium is home to two popular attractions — the Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm – that were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. According to The Post, the city’s lease on the stadium site, with the National Park Service, states the land must be used for “stadium purposes” or “recreational facilities, open space or public outdoor recreation opportunities,” only excluding commercial development.Washington’s NFL franchise has played in front of more empty seats despite a season where they remain in contention for the playoffs. However, despite the efforts of the new aggressive marketing team, they haven’t been able to improve the overall fan experience. Most games are filled with fans of opposing teams who purchase unused season tickets from disgruntled owners choosing not to brave the elements or deal with traffic problems heading into and leaving games.The original configuration has been altered as the team has removed thousands of seats due to declining fan interest. A new generation of fans – without allegiance to days when the franchise was among the NFL’s elite – have grown alienated and are not continuing the legacy of watching games in the stadium. During this dismal era – since Daniel M. Snyder wrestled the franchise away from Jack Kent Cook heirs – the organization confirms there is no longer a waiting list for season tickets.Another suburban Maryland stadium as home for the franchise appears to be a difficult sell for the fan base that has become disillusioned with traveling to FedEx Field, which has become antiquated. Despite attempts to remodel the facility it remains less than state of the art by standards set by the new generation of stadiums around the NFL. Snyder reportedly commissioned an architect to begin design work on a new stadium that would revive memories of RFK Stadium although the lease at FedEx Field runs through 2027.The Post also reported that the organization and certain congressional leaders are pushing for a provision in a federal budget deal that would enable the club to build a new stadium at the site of the old RFK Stadium in Northeast, D.C.Amelia Chasse, Hogan’s communications director, reportedly said he has met with Snyder at least twice to discuss the Oxon Cove site as an ideal location for a new stadium. However, elected officials in Prince George’s County feel they’ve been made bystanders on a high-profile project that would have a major impact on area residents.
Posted by Thursday, September 20, 2018 Share Travelweek Group TORONTO — Consumers have been advised not to purchase travel services from Toronto-based Millennium Leisure Travels Inc., whose registration has been temporarily suspended by TICO.As per a notice posted on its website, TICO made the move after having grounds to believe that the company contravenes the Travel Industry Act, 2002, or the terms of its registration. Clients are advised not to purchase services from Millennium Leisure Travels while its registration with TICO is suspended.As soon as the status of the suspension is either lifted or the registration is revoked, TICO will advise the public with an update on its website.According to TICO, Millennium Leisure Travels has the right of appeal to the Licence Appeal Tribunal, which will then determine whether the registration should be revoked or the suspension lifted, or continued to a hearing date.The suspension does not necessarily mean that Millennium’s registration with TICO will be revoked; it simply means that it has been ordered to stop its operations for a determined period of time.More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyDuring its suspension, Millennium will be allowed to finalize bookings paid in full prior to the suspension, but is prohibited from accepting new bookings. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Suspensions, TICO TICO suspends registration of Toronto’s Millennium Leisure Travels
Share Wednesday, May 1, 2019 OTTAWA — The federal plan to revamp Canada’s air-security screening system is running into headwinds from major airlines, which are urging the government to take things slow to get the changes right.In their last budget, the Liberals announced plans to turn the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, the Crown corporation responsible for screening people and baggage, into an independent, not-for-profit agency.Transport Minister Marc Garneau says the new model will benefit the travelling public.The National Airlines Council of Canada, which represents the country’s four largest carriers, told MPs on the House of Commons transport committee Tuesday that the government expects the new system to be in place by next April.However, the council says, many important questions still need to be answered.For instance, while the budget sets aside millions of dollars in transition funding, the council is unclear on how the government arrived at the figure or what it includes.The airline industry is already grappling with major challenges, including the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max airplanes and planning for new passenger rights rules, and “we are again confronted with a government-imposed deadline and process,” council president Massimo Bergamini told the committee.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong Kong“Surely no one would suggest that this way of conducting government business meets the standard of unhurried, prudent decision-making that our air carriers are expected to exemplify.”The current screening authority was created following the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the United States, and a new user-pay security levy was ushered in to support the agency.A federal transportation review three years ago found that the agency, while fulfilling its screening mandate, had been unable to meet the challenge of increasing demands with limited resources.The review noted that Canadian travellers were paying one of the highest aviation-security fees in the world, but screening queues were getting longer.The airlines council says the goal of screening 85 per cent of passengers within 15 minutes or less at Canada’s eight largest airports is not feasible with existing equipment and staffing levels.The government hopes that spinning off the agency will result in more modern, efficient screening. Garneau has compared the move to the 1990s privatization of air-traffic control services through the creation of Nav Canada.More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksThe airlines council says the comparison is “disingenuous at best.”“The success of the Nav Canada model was the result of almost two years of tough negotiations, with almost weekly meetings where everything was on the table,” Bergamini said Tuesday.When Transport Canada consulted industry players two years ago on the future of the screening authority, the airlines supported the principle of transferring its functions to a not-for-profit organization – with a number of serious questions and caveats, he said.But the government has not worked with the industry since to address the concerns, Bergamini said.Ferio Pugliese, an Air Canada vice-president, said reform of the air-screening agency must meet the needs of the industry and the travelling public.“A new model is necessary to improve efficiencies and to reduce wait times, delayed departures and missed connections for travellers,” he told the committee.“While this reform is welcomed, Air Canada cautions that in order to get it right, it must be done in a thoughtful, well-planned and fiscally responsible manner.” Tags: CATSA, Ottawa Canada’s airlines want longer runway for security screening overhaul By: The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>
Economy Freddie Mac Growth Housing Market indicators Price 2018-01-22 Staff Writer Will the Housing Market Maintain Momentum? January 22, 2018 560 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Low mortgage rates and accelerated economic growth has meant that the housing market has started the year with a bang. But will it maintain this momentum? According to Freddie Mac’s January Outlook, a monthly report that looks at the housing market and economic growth, although the housing markets have been improving every year for nearly a decade, it could see a slight moderation in activity through the next two years.“However, there are factors worth keeping an eye on in 2018, namely, is another recession on the horizon, how will housing markets respond to declining housing affordability and how will young adults move the housing market―more are living at home with their parents today than in 2000,” said Len Kiefer, Deputy Chief Economist at Freddie Mac.The report indicated that home sales, which stood at 6.35 million last month, housing construction at 1.3 million starts, and house prices that saw a 5.7 percent increase are all expected to be modestly higher in 2018 relative to 2017.However, the report indicated that the economy, even though it would remain positive, would not be able to keep pace with home prices, resulting in declining affordability, that could in turn lead to slow housing market activity.The report also indicated that with modest income growth, the high cost of living and high student debt meant that young adults were struggling to move out of their parents’ homes and forming their own households. Although a recession does not appear imminent, we will keep an eye on potential recession indicators, including the flattening (and potential inversion) of the U.S. Treasury yield curve and the current rate of unemployment (4.1 percent in December 2017). History has shown that an inverted yield curve and an unemployment rate below the natural rate usually leads to a recession in two-to-three years, the report said. Share
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Sponsor Advertisement JPMorgan is now short over 31 percent of the Comex futures market in silver all by themselves.The gold price was under pressure right from the 6:00 p.m. New York open on Sunday night…and by shortly before 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time, gold had hit its Far East low price tick of the day, which was around the $1,658 spot mark.From there, the price recovered a bit, before rolling over again about 9:00 am. in London, with the absolute low of the day [around $1,755 spot] coming just minutes after 11:00 a.m. BST.The subsequent rally took gold to its New York high which came just minutes before the 4:00 p.m. BST close in London…11:00 a.m. in New York. The gold price didn’t do a whole heck of a lot after that.Gold closed at $1,764.50 spot…down $8.50 on the day. Net volume was very heavy at 178,000 contracts, a big chunk of which were traded before the Hong Kong lunch hour, as volume was pretty heavy in early Far East trading.Silver’s price path was very similar, except for the 75 cent air pocket it hit at 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time. Nick Laird sent me the 1-minute tick chart on silver for the time period in question…and it took five minutes from start to finish. The high-frequency traders did their thing as the market went ‘no bid’. Here’s the chart for gold, as well as silver.The 11:00 a.m. time on the graph is the local time at Nick’s location on the East coast of Australia…and I thank him for this chart on your behalf. The ‘click to enlarge’ feature really helps here.After that crucifixion, silver rallied back to the $34.00 spot price…and traded within two bits of that price for the rest of the day.Silver closed at $33.97 spot…down 55 cents. Net volume was around 50,000 contracts, with 20 percent of that occurring before lunch was over in Hong Kong.The dollar index spiked down 25 basis points at the open, but recovered almost immediately…and I suspect that it was a data feed error rather than a true price move. The index rallied in fits and starts up until about 9:45 a.m. in London…and from there it traded mostly sideways until shortly after 10:00 a.m. in New York. From that point it went into a slow decline for the rest of the day…and by the 5:30 p.m. Eastern close, the dollar index was down to 79.54, but up 15 basis points from Friday’s close.I think it’s fair to say that there was no co-relation between the dollar index and the precious metal price action on Monday.The HUI gapped down…and stayed down for the rest of the day…closing right on its low, down 3.14%.The silver stocks got hit even harder…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down 3.95%.(Click on image to enlarge)Well, the CME’s Daily Delivery Report for Monday coughed up the last of the big holdouts in the September delivery month for silver. Last week it was Deutsche Bank coming clean…and yesterday it was Jefferies as the big short/issuer with 231 out of 240 silver contracts posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday. There was a fairly long list of stoppers, but taking the lion’s share, as usual, was JPMorgan and the Bank of Nova Scotia…with Jefferies a distant third. The Issuers and Stoppers Report is worth a look…and the link is here. By the way, there were only 2 gold contracts posted for delivery in yesterday’s report.It was a busy day in both the GLD and SLV ETFs on Monday. Gold continued to pour into GLD…and yesterday they took in another big chunk…290,833 troy ounces to be precise. Since September 1st, authorized participants have deposited 1.2 million ounces of gold in GLD. That’s a lot!The fork lifts were busy over at the SLV vaults as well, as they reported receiving 2,422,030 ounces of silver. Since September 1st, there have been about 9.5 million ounces of silver deposited in SLV, so they are getting caught up.The only question remaining is just how much of a short position still remains in SLV…and GLD for that matter. I’m sure lots of those positions are being covered as all this silver and gold has been deposited over the month. But most of that data won’t be in the next report from shortsqueeze.com which should be out any evening now…and as soon as it’s is posted, it will be in this space in my column the following morning.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they reported receiving 616,913 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 618,222 ounces of the stuff out the door. The link to that action is here.Here’s another chart from Nick Laird…showing the U.S. M3 money supply.(Click on image to enlarge)I apologize in advance for the large number of stories in today’s column. My attempts at ruthless editing three days worth of stories just didn’t pass muster last night, as there are a lot of events worthy of your attention…starting off with the first story, which is a must readEspecially over the past year or so, I have been taken aback by the all the different Internet commentary about JPMorgan manipulating the price of silver. Even though this commentary is now near-universal, it remains unprecedented and underappreciated that a collective accusatory finger is being pointed at such a high profile mega-bank. I can’t think of a similar previous example of such a circumstance. – Silver Analyst Ted Butler, September 22, 2012Well, the question that both Ted Butler and I were asking ourselves yesterday was whether Monday’s price action…starting with the sucker punch to both silver and gold [but especially silver] during the thinly-traded Far East market…was the beginning of the long-expected price correction in the precious metals.The short answer is…I don’t know. So is the long answer.Nobody knows for sure if JPMorgan et al can, or will, harvest all these newly-minted long contract holders…and ring the cash register at this point. If they do, how long will the process take…and how low will the price go? But maybe buyers with deep pockets will aggressively buy any and all dips. If that’s the case, then “da boyz” are screwed.But, in reality, there’s no way of knowing how this will turn out. Speaking for myself…and lot of others as well…I’d love to see all these short holders get blown up.Ted pointed out in his weekly commentary on Saturday that JPMorgan is now short over 31 percent of the Comex futures market in silver all by themselves…and he wondered out loud whether “they…and the regulators…have lost their collective minds?”This is beyond criminal, as everyone at the CFTC, the CME Group…and Jamie Dimon himself…should be doing the perp walk this morning in international orange jump suits.Anyway, here are the 6-month charts for silver and gold…and if JPMorgan et al want to liquidate as many longs as possible, they’ll have to take the prices of both metals down below both the 50 and 200-day moving averages. The averages in both metals are quite a ways down from current levels.(Click on image to enlarge)(Click on image to enlarge)But as I said a few paragraphs ago…can they…and/or will they? We will find out, as they say, in the fullness of time.It was pretty quiet in Far East trading in both metals on their Tuesday…and volumes were incredibly light, especially considering how monstrous they were this time on Monday. The Far East low came at 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time, about an hour before the 8:00 a.m. BST London open. Both silver and gold began to rally a bit off that low…and that has continued into the London trading session as well. Volumes have increased a bit, but still aren’t too high as I hit the ‘send’ button at 4:52 a.m. Eastern time…and the dollar index isn’t doing much.That’s more than enough for one day…too much, actually…and I’ll see you here tomorrow.
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July 1, 2008 –shares Whether you’re building a new PC or overhauling an old one, a new motherboard is the place to start. Here’s our advice for choosing the right one. Brought to you by PCWorld 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue How to Buy a Motherboard Apply Now » Creating a custom PC is much easier than trying to guess which computer maker offers the right combination of features to satisfy your needs. Putting a system together yourself is pretty straightforward, and the job should take less than a single afternoon so long as you have a number of key ingredients.As with cooking a meal, preparation is crucial. The most important decision you’ll make for your custom PC is which motherboard to buy. Motherboard prices and specifications vary tremendously. And this isn’t a choice that you can make in a vacuum, either, since it has an impact on almost every aspect of the system, from the CPU to the storage.The Big PictureWhat factors are most important when comparing motherboards? The processor? The chip set? Storage? Find out how these and other features will affect your system’s performance. moreThe Specs ExplainedIs the fastest processor always the best choice? What type of memory should you look for? We explain which specs are most important, and why. moreMotherboard Shopping TipsYou’ll want to consider the price, performance, and priority of several features before you look for a new motherboard. Our tips help you find the best value. moreThe Big PictureIn many ways, the motherboard is the heart of the modern computer system, as it affects almost every other component. Choosing a motherboard is a fairly complicated task since you have seven to nine different factors to consider, of varying importance.Take some time to think about how you’ll use your system. Someone with a power meter that requires a serial port will care a lot more about the peripheral features than the average user will, while the hard-core gamer will probably focus on the GPU, CPU, and chip set while ignoring peripherals and form-factor issues.Key FeaturesCPU: The CPU, commonly referred to as the brains of a PC, is one of the key components (if not the key component) of a modern system. You have several mainstream options for your CPU. Intel currently has the highest-performing processor lineup, with the Core 2 Duo and the Core 2 Quad (which use the LGA775 socket). As the names imply, the Core 2 Duo is a dual-core CPU, while the Core 2 Quad is a four-core processor. AMD uses the AM2 and AM2+ socket and offers the Phenom (quad- or triple-core) and Athlon 64 (dual-core) CPUs. AMD’s products are solid, but they generally provide lower performance. A lesser-known third player, Via Technologies, produces the low-power C7 processor; the C7 is a much less common option since it offers dramatically less performance than mainstream processors from Intel or AMD do.Chip set: If the CPU is the brains of the PC, then the chip set is the spinal cord, responsible for tying together all of the different devices in the computer, and moving data among them. The chip set determines which CPUs, memory, and other devices can be used, and it can strongly influence performance.The chip set is the single most important component of a motherboard. Since motherboards using the same chip set will usually have identical performance (barring serious design mistakes), they’re differentiated by other features, such as the expansion slots, storage options, and other discrete chips that may be included.Chip sets typically employ two different chips referred to as the northbridge and southbridge. Generally speaking, the northbridge is responsible for dealing with high-performance devices, while less-sensitive devices tend to cluster around the southbridge.The northbridge traditionally includes the memory controller, plus integrated graphics or an interface for discrete graphics. (Note that AMD has the memory controller integrated into the CPU, rather than the chip set.) The southbridge includes networking, storage, audio, general peripherals, and other devices. The image here shows an example, the Intel X48 chip set with partitioning between the northbridge (or MCH) and southbridge (or ICH).The major options for chip sets consist of Intel, AMD, and nVidia, though SiS and Via have alternatives.Memory: Selecting memory for your PC is usually a simple decision: You just pick a reliable brand that’s as cheap as possible (unless you like overclocking, but that’s a whole different story). Every so often, however, memory types undergo a transition–and one happens to be going on right now. Most chip sets use DDR2 memory at up to 800 MHz (PC2 6400), but newer chip sets from Intel may also use DDR3. DDR3 offers more bandwidth (1066 to 1600 MHz), consumes less power, and will be mainstream in a year, but for the moment it is more expensive. DDR3 is more likely to be useful for later upgrades, but it will carry a price premium until sometime in 2009.Telling a DDR3 board from a DDR2 board without the manual or box isn’t particularly easy, since both slots use 240 pins. The difference is that the key (a small gap between the pins) is closer to the center of the DIMM (the memory module) for DDR2, while it is closer to the edge of the DDR3 DIMM. Remember: If the memory module doesn’t fit into the slot, don’t force it!Graphics hardware: The graphics hardware (the graphics processing unit, or the GPU) is the third-most-important component of a system, right after the CPU and chip set. The main considerations for graphics are cost, performance, and upgradability.The lowest-cost option is a chip set with integrated graphics. Integrated graphics processors (IGP in industry parlance) are intended for basic 2D and 3D functionality and often use system memory instead of dedicated graphics memory. All of the major vendors (AMD, Intel, nVidia, and VIA) offer integrated graphics with some chip sets. An IGP is a fine choice for users interested in a little multimedia, office work, and other lighter workloads.Integrated graphics will work fine for about 60 percent of the world, but the technology almost always lacks the performance necessary for gaming. For users who want to play on their PC, the next step up is a motherboard with a single PCI Express x16 slot, which accommodates a discrete graphics card from ATI/AMD or nVidia.PCI Express comes in two flavors, Gen 1 and Gen 2. The difference is that Gen 2 PCI Express slots run at 5 GHz, twice the speed of the previous generation. That distinction doesn’t particularly matter for current GPUs (or most other peripherals), but it will be an issue for upgrading in the future. For a motherboard that you expect to outlast the GPU you pair it with, springing for a faster PCI-E slot makes the most sense.If price is no object and maximum gaming performance is your goal, your selection is a bit different. True multi-GPU support is a very high-end feature and is priced accordingly. The only options for multiple GPUs are SLI (for nVidia cards) or CrossFire (for ATI cards). Given that nVidia is the clear performance leader, SLI is the superior choice for now; note, though, that SLI works only with nVidia chip sets and Intel’s Skulltrail motherboard.A separate but related concern is the graphics interface. You have three major alternatives: VGA, DVI, and HDMI. VGA is the traditional 15-pin analog monitor connector, designed for CRT displays. DVI is a digital connector specifically intended for use with LCD monitors, and HDMI is a variant of DVI with the DRM (digital rights management) technology required to play Blu-ray and other high-definition media. Technology 12 min read Next Article David Kanter The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Sound: Integrated sound, which comes in two major flavors, will meet the needs of all but the most selective users and audio enthusiasts. AC97 is an older audio standard that has been superseded by HD Audio (or “Azalia”). You really have no reason to settle for the older standard, although the newer tech might carry a modest premium. For the dedicated enthusiasts who would benefit from a discrete sound card, an extra PCI-E slot is easy enough to find.Storage: Like memory, basic storage tends to be relatively straightforward, but it gets tricky with some of the various options and platform transitions. In the past few years, storage experienced a transition from Parallel ATA to Serial ATA (SATA) and then to 3-gbps SATA. 1.5-gbps versus 3-gbps SATA can make a bit of a difference in performance, but typically only in video editing and other media-heavy workloads.Most hard drives use SATA, while some older DVD+/-RW drives use Parallel ATA. Most motherboards support four or more SATA ports (even as many as ten), which is sufficient for most users.eSATA is a relatively new standard for connecting external drives via SATA instead of FireWire or USB. eSATA offers higher performance than the other two, and also supports reliability and manageability features such as SMART (Self Monitoring And Reporting Technology). eSATA is not nearly as common as USB 2.0, but going forward it is likely to be more widely adopted, and it is certainly a better interface.The other real storage issue concerns RAID, which is standard with many modern motherboards. You can use RAID 0 or 1 with two hard drives; the former increases read and write performance, while the latter increases reliability and read performance. RAID 5 requires at least three drives, and RAID 6 (which is really for businesses only) needs at least four; both are oriented around increased reliability and read performance, with acceptable write performance and less overhead than RAID 1. Most systems simply don’t need that many drives, so in many ways 6 is a nice option but hardly a requirement. For video editing and other multimedia-rich tasks, basic RAID 0, 1, or 5 will do the trick and should be a requirement.Networking: Wired networking is dead simple, as any worthwhile chip set will have at least one integrated gigabit ethernet port. For the most part, Wi-Fi is not necessary for desktops, and most motherboards tend to avoid it simply to cut down costs; it’s an optional feature.Assorted peripherals: On a motherboard, the peripherals can include USB 2.0, FireWire, PS/2, serial and parallel ports, and a floppy drive. Of those options, USB 2.0 is an absolute necessity and FireWire can be nice, but the rest are pretty much obsolete unless you need a a specific peripheral device.Form factor: The last aspect of the motherboard to consider is the form factor. This is ultimately an aesthetic choice that the chassis for the system determines. Most motherboards use the ATX form factor, with the microATX design meeting the needs of space-conscious users. Quite a few other variants (which are beyond the scope of this article) are available for users with particular requirements, however.The Specs ExplainedIn the end, the key to building the right system is to understand how you will use your PC. As we mentioned before, the needs of an office worker are totally different than those of a video editing wizard or a gaming fanatic.Important consideration: Processor. When it comes to performance, the sweet spot for most users is Intel’s dual-core CPUs, as there aren’t yet enough advanced applications to make a quad-core a must-have. We recommend a 3-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, specifically the E8400, unless you use applications (video editing, for example) that are better suited to a quad-core processor.Somewhat important: Chip set. The best companion for the Intel E8400 is a motherboard based on the P35 chip set. You should choose the specific motherboard according to your desired storage, audio, and memory options.Important consideration: Memory. A modern desktop PC should have at least 2GB of memory, possibly 4GB for more demanding applications (not to mention Windows Vista).Important consideration: Graphics. Even if games aren’t a consideration, you might want to spend a little ($100) on a midrange GPU such as the ATI Radeon HD 3650, which offers a nice variety of video-output options. For gaming, a more powerful graphics card, such as something from nVidia’s 8800 GT family, would be appropriate.Somewhat important: Storage. Building a nice system but running out of storage space is frustrating. Given the way hard-drive pricing works, using a 500GB hard drive makes sense. Larger models cost much more, and smaller models won’t save you enough money. Make sure your DVD drive employs SATA so that you will be able to use it in the future.Motherboard Shopping TipsReady to buy a motherboard? Here are our recommendations.Pick the chip set first, then the motherboard: The difference between chip sets can be significant, but two motherboards with the same chip set will be nearly identical in performance. First figure out which chip sets will work for your system, and then compare the different motherboards with that chip set.Understand what kind of system you are building: Are you going for an affordable media PC, an office machine, or a gaming monster? These usage models all suggest different things about the features you’ll need. Focus only on the features that are important to you.Avoid SLI/CrossFire unless you absolutely need it: Enthusiasts always pay an arm and a leg for their hardware, and SLI and CrossFire technologies are for enthusiasts only. Simply buying a new video card instead of going from one card to multi-GPU is much more sensible.Stay with DDR2 memory unless you need the extra bandwidth and performance: DDR2 is vastly cheaper than DDR3. Unless you are planning to upgrade and reuse the memory in the near future, you should buy DDR2 now and wait for DDR3 prices to drop for a future system.Unless you really know what you are doing, avoid overclocking features: Quite a few motherboard vendors try to differentiate their products by having them support faster-than-specified memory or other exotic features. Remember, though, that such boards are targeted at enthusiasts and are priced accordingly.Make sure you have at least one high-performance PCI Express slot: Even if all you want right now is integrated graphics, buying a board with an extra x16 PCI-E slot costs very little, and could save you $100 down the road. Key Features continued