Overstaying permits are not a crime-fighting priority

first_imgDear Editor,It appears we are not only wasting the resources of our police, our incarceration system and our courts, but we are propagating an unethical, and uneconomic double-standard when we relentlessly prosecute illegal aliens and persons who have overstayed their permit in Guyana.On the assumption that the police, the prison service and the courts have limited resources, it is vital that as a nation, we set our crime-fighting priorities to address the greater ills in society.Now, we learn of persons being charged, incarcerated and denied bail for the offence of overstaying their visitor’s permit. These persons are detained in the most appalling circumstances. In one case, a woman’s crime was evidently tantamount to falling in love with a Guyanese and wishing to stay, thus forging a passport entry. Illegal? Yes. A crime-fighting priority? No. An ethical double standard? Certainly!I know of one case where a European visitor was under the impression that an entry to Caricom countries meant that he could visit all the Caricom countries, as is the case with the European Union Schengen countries. The guy had a PhD!Then in another case, another European thought he could visit Georgetown, since he was freely allowed to cross from Brazil to Lethem, as many shoppers did without immigration on a daily basis. Maybe our Immigration thought he was Brazilian, but he ended up spending a weekend in the Grove lockups, before the courts on Monday, fined and deported him. This gentleman was on a world tour!Could we then pause to consider the tens of thousands of Guyanese who reside illegally in our neighbouring countries, and the developed world, with fake IDs, Green Cards, etc?Or maybe, we could take into context the eleven million illegal aliens in the US and the debate over whether to prosecute them to ultimate deportation. Even the most hard-line politicians have softened their stance to only deporting those who commit felonies (serious crimes). The debate inevitably gravitates towards the economics of pursuing those so called, illegal aliens, their contribution to the GDP of the country and so on.Could we therefore take a minute to consider the time when Guyanese were pouring into Brazil, Venezuela and Suriname, when Guyana’s economy was down?In Guyana, where we are desperately short of persons, one would imagine that, from an economic point of view, once the person was not a vagrant, we would welcome all who would have the capacity, and would wish to live and work peacefully here. Our biggest strategic issue is that we have too few persons living in Guyana. Our economists would do well to note that we have among the lowest GDP densities in the world. Consequently, we have among the highest cost per capita for infrastructure.Thus, while illegal entry is quietly overlooked in most developed countries, or dealt with in a more humane manner, we seem to be allocating too much of our scarcer resources to a pursuit that has little economic, cultural or ethical justification.Sincerely,Keith Evelynlast_img read more

Indiana State Police and State Farm Partner to Host Car Seat Safety Day

first_imgThe Indiana State Police and State Farm encourage all parents and caregivers to take advantage of this service to make sure that their children are in the right car seats for their age and size, and that seats are installed correctly. Our goal is to educate parents and caregivers about the best ways to keep kids safe while traveling, no matter how short or long the trip. The Jasper Post of the Indiana State Police and State Farm Agent Debbie Allen have partnered to sponsor a Car Seat Safety Day during National Car Seat Safety Week.On Saturday, September 19, from 9:00 A.M. until noon, parents and caregivers who wish to have their car seats properly installed in their cars, have their car seats checked, or have questions concerning car seat safety, can come to the Indiana State Police Jasper Post. Troopers and members from Mrs. Allen’s staff will be on hand to assist.last_img read more

Are You Ready for IPv6? You’ve Got 6 Months

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology 6UK is is a not-for-profit membership organization that helps the U.K. secure every competitive advantage available from the rapid adoption of the new Internet protocol, and to make sure no segment of U.K. industry and the wider society gets left behind.A worthy goal – even more so if you consider that, according to a research by Google, the Internet generated over £100 billion worth of business last year in the U.K., contributing to over 7% of its GDP. David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the U.K. announced that his government wants to build and deploy within 2015 the best, and fastest broadband network in Europe.Neither the business, nor the network can happen if the transition to IPv6 doesn’t happen in a planned, orderly fashion.Address translation and address trading are useful for extending the use of IPv4 as temporary measures.The transition has to be done in a planned way, and not in a panic. Even if among 6UK’s stakeholders there is BIS, a department of the Ministry of Communication, there is no direct government intervention being planned, with the government only providing guidance, and leadership (and as explicitly mentioned in the conference, substantial incentives through its purchases), and the private sector must recognize that the migration is in its own best interest.The Internet is already everywhere, and it is becoming even more widespread with the development of Internet of Things applications. Neelie Kroes, the Commissioner responsible for the EU’s Digital Agenda, wants all cars to be Internet-connected. The migration from IPv4 to IPv6 will be a long process, and through temporary technical solutions like address translation, and NAT (hated kludges complicating the networks, and making the development of exciting and disruptive applications like Skype more difficult) the two can and will coexist. Won’t the same problem present itself again with IPv6 also running out of available space? Well, never say never, but it will be a long time certainly before that happens. The available range of IPv6 numbers, three hundred forty undecillion (thanks, Wolfram | Alpha!), is so large, that it is difficult to find analogies to make any sense of it. So here’s my attempt, let me know if I succeeded. Instead of struggling to go beyond assigning a unique IP number as needed to merely a few billion mobile phones and computers, let’s be more ambitious, and squander the new abundance. Let’s assign a unique IP number to each cell in the human body! You’d think we’d run quickly out, but not so: we’d be able to manage a septillion (one million billion billion) humans… And without resorting to NAT!Are you eager to start to do something? Head over to www.ipv6actnow.org to learn what you can do today!Photo by thesaint guest author 1 Tags:#Google#Government#Internet of Things#mobile#web Are you ready for IPv6? Did you know you’d better soon be ready? Is your ISP, or even country ready, and do they know why?If you don’t even know what IPv6 is, you are not alone. There are billions of people who don’t know, and they shouldn’t, since this fundamental protocol – IPv6 being the latest version of IP, invented in the 1970s by Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn – is so deeply buried in the Internet services we use every day that when you are forced to see it, you know something is very, very wrong.Guest author David Orban is the Chairman of Humanity+, an organization dedicated to promoting understanding, interest, and participation in fields of emerging innovation. He is Advisor to the Singularity University, founder of both WideTag, Inc and Startupbusiness, is a Scientific Advisory Board Member for the Lifeboat Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging scientific advancements while helping humanity survive existential risks. Well, something is very, very wrong. We are quickly running out of IPv4 addresses, and what this means is that, simply put, the Internet will be clogged. It will not be possible to add new devices to it, no new computers, mobile phones, consumers, corporate users, nothing in addition of what is already connected.The projections are for the last sizable chunks of numbers to be allocated to providers around May 2011, who then will hand them out, at ever diminishing rates to their customers.If you are an individual, it will be of course the responsibility of your provider (the Comcasts, Verizons, if you are in the US, or BTs, for example, if you are in the U.K.), to make sure that your new cable modem, or next year’s iPhone model will keep working. And if you trust them, you can stop reading. But if you are a corporate user, or if you think that an additional voice being heard actually matters, then keep reading!Vint Cerf, the father of the Internet, is now employed by Google with the title of Evangelist, to go around the planet and raise awareness about the numerous issues that surround the healthy development of his creation. He was in the U.K. yesterday, and somebody on Facebook commented “ah, that’s why he wasn’t in China at an other meeting he was expected to attend” to talk at the launch of 6UK.Here is a video of Vint’s talk: Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

The State of the Online Help Desk

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting I had one of those terrible and all-too-typical experiences yesterday. I had to call a customer service number. I called, struggling with the voice-activated answering system, cursing vociferously in hopes of triggering some sort of special mechanism to connect me directly to a real person. Finally my turn in the phone queue came and – of course, this is always how the story goes – the customer service rep was able to pull up my account information, verify it, answer my question, mail me the necessary paperwork (seriously, in 2011) and tell me to have a nice day. I waited on hold for about 20 minutes; talking to someone took about four minutes.As I sat on hold, an automated voice reminded me that there were many things I could do if I went to the organization’s website instead. Alas, not in my case. The website had some forms and an FAQ, sure, but much to my chagrin, I had to call the toll-free number.This post is part of a series brought to you by GoToAssist.I may have a bias towards online help desks as opposed to phone-based ones; I live on the Web, not on the phone. And it may be that as we conduct more and more business and e-commerce online, the toll-free number and the customer service hotline will fade away. But how far away from an online-only – or even predominantly online – customer service world are we?Pretty far. Most companies do still rely on the phone for customer service, even if they have a website. But there are a number of tools that are moving the help desk online – from collecting simple feedback to more complicated troubleshooting.Forums: Forums are probably one of the oldest ways of communicating with users online, and as always, the usefulness of a forum for customer service depends on the level of activity there – from CSRs and from other users. There are several companies that offer Web services to set up public and private forums – for user feedback and inquiries – including Uservoice.Customer Service Apps: One of the benefits of using third-party services to help manage the online help desk is the ability to tap into a number of new apps. These allow customer service reps to answer questions and fulfill support tickets while mobile. (See Klint Flinley’s recent post 6 Help Desk and Customer Service Apps for the iPad.) The customer support software-as-a-service company ZenDesk offers an iPad app, for example, that gives agents the ability to manage their entire ticket workflow from the iPad by editing tickets, assigning them to different agents and tagging entries. Other companies offer remote access to users’ computers, so as to help assist them directly with problems on their machines.Social Media: Despite the buzz about social media, the vast majority of companies do not yet use social media to help with customer service efforts. But that’s changing, in no small part because customers are demanding it. Gartner predicts that within five years, social media will replace phone call centers in more than 40% of the top 1,000 companies.Clearly customer support is moving online. Having been on hold far too long, I can’t wait.Photo by atroszko A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#Real World#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Why You Love Online Quizzes

first_imgRelated Posts AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry How many times have you seen an online quiz and thought that it was silly, but took the quiz anyway? Glad you joined the quiz craze. Are you in a relationship and wondering if you’ve “The One?” Take this compatibility quiz to find out. Ever wondered, “What Career Should You Actually Have?” (Buzzfeed), over 5 million people took the quiz to find out. “What City Should You Actually Live In?” (Buzzfeed), has over 20M views. Why can’t you say no to quizzes? Why were these quizzes created in the first place? And how you develop addicting quizzes to grow your business?Why are quizzes so irresistible?We take quizzes because we are obsessed with finding out who we are. Tribalism, or the desire to belong to a community or network (in modern-day terms), is part of our human nature, and we can’t help but quench this desire. Whether it’s your inner circle of close friends or your favorite sports team, your hometown, or your home country, you hope to feel connected. It feels good to belong somewhere, so we always want to find out what groups we are part of. Sometimes, we want to be part of a tribe so bad we don’t even care what tribe it is. In 1970, British psychologist Henri Tajfel experimented to prove this. He invited a group of 64 boys to take a quiz, revealed their quiz results, and separated them into two groups based on their findings. While the boys believed that they were assigned to a group based on the quiz results, in reality, they were randomly assigned to a group. Afterward, Tajfel asked them to reward money to others, and the boys overwhelmingly favored the boys in their tribe. The results remained the same, even though people in their group were just randomly assigned.The meaning of this tells us that while the results of the quizzes were not significant, as long as we feel we belong to a tribe, we’ll feel good. In other words, we just want to be part of a tribe whether it’s a sports team, a country, or even a Harry Potter character that brings people together. How to create a viral quiz.Use this secret formula in your title.What do viral quizzes have in common? After analyzing over hundreds of viral quizzes, this study shows that all the titles follow this formula: Which ____ are you?The study shows that quizzes with this formula has twice as many views as quizzes without these keywords. Again, this shows that we crave to learn who we are and what tribe we belong to.Make it personal.Make the quiz as personalized as possible. The same study revealed that quizzes that use more pronouns like “you” have overwhelmingly more views than the ones without the pronoun. One of the most popular quizzes on Birdnest site is a quiz to help people find out what neighborhood best suits them. We made sure to include as many you’s and your’s in the ad, and it’s one of the best performing ads we have.Insert as many pronouns as you can, like this quiz.Keep it positive.People want to find out who they are, but they’ll only want to share it with others when the quiz results make them look good or help bolster their self-image. When a few thousand tweets of quiz results were analyzed, over 75% of them contained positive words such as “great” or “excellent.” Based on a study by The New York Times, 68% of people share and reshare content online “to give people a better sense of who they are and what they care about.” How can Marketers take advantage of this?As a growth marketer, we face the daily challenge of gathering and delivering marketing qualified leads (MQLs). Asking people to fill out a form, no matter how simple the form may be, is hard. People are skeptical about filling out forms and are becoming increasingly sensitive about sharing their personal information. Individuals don’t like to give their names and email addresses unless they’re absolutely interested and ready to make a purchase. But when you give them a quiz to reveal some new information, they are eager to learn the quiz results and share the quiz results about themselves with others. 96% of those who start a Buzzfeed quiz finishes them. For marketers, online quizzes can be one of the most powerful marketing tools to generate leads. You can collect thousands of leads just by creating an engaging quiz. Online quizzes can also be a powerful filter tool to help qualify leads to ensure you are engaging with the right audience. ConclusionHumans have an insatiable need to know who they are and what tribe they belong to. We are eager to answer questions about ourselves and share information about ourselves into an online quiz in order to find out the answer. If the results are positive, we will want to share it with others. All these factors have helped online quizzes become one of the most viral pieces of content. The quizzes are not just for fun; they can be a powerful way to help your customers filter information. You can help your customers find out new and useful information. Next time you’re trying to engage your audience, try creating an interactive quiz instead of sending them another piece of boring content that will never see the light of the day.  Tags:#b2b sales#Content Marketing#lead generation#marketing The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Nick is the Cofounder & CEO @ Birdnest, a curated, visual place for startups to find their dream office. Prior to Birdnest, Nick had grown venture-funded startup Shots to over 10M active users. Duke MBA, Princeton Engineering. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Nick Jianglast_img read more

Join Intel’s Dena Lumbang and Dan Brunton at IDF 2013 in SFO

first_imgDena LumbangIntel SCS Product Marketing Engineer PC Client Group / Business Client Platform Division 17 Years @ Intel Use Intel SCS to configure, tune, and discover Intel technologies, including Intel Active Management Technology and Intel SSD Pro SeriesAugment 3rd party manageability business processes (e.g. management consoles) with the Intel SCS framework and toolsMaintain interoperability with Intel SCS, making for a consistent customer experience with your solutionWhen not presenting, Den Lumbang can be found at the Intel booth software demo. She’ll also be mingling with some of our key software partners throughout the week.“Software developers can take advantage of this extensibility, and focus on the value added use cases ‘post-provisioning’,” Dena Lumbang.Access to Intel IT experts won’t be limited to technical sessions. IDF 2013 attendees can interact with other IT professionals and participate in product demos performed by Intel IT experts in the Business Client pavilion.“When I’m not presenting, I will be in the Business Client Pavilion to answer questions and provide demos of our many technologies,” says Dan Brunton. “Dena Lumbang and I will be giving a session on the Intel Setup and Configuration Software. We hope that the attendees who join us in our session will walk away with a clear understanding of the capabilities of the Intel SCS and how it can be easily integrated into both IT and third party ISV solutions.”Be sure to join Dan, Dena and other Intel IT experts in the Business Client Pavilion or the Advanced Technology Pavilion.IDF13 will take place September 10-12th in San Francisco, CA at the Moscone Convention Center.To join the conversation, follow @IntelITS and @IntelvPro on Twitter. For more details, visit Intel® Setup and Configuration Software. For IDF13, we’ve renewed our commitment to go deep into our technology, and to share Intel’s roadmaps and plans. We look forward to seeing you there. You think you know IDF? Think again. All technical sessions will be presented by Intel and industry experts including, Dena Lumbang and Dan Brunton. Their session on Intel Setup and Configuration Software will explain the framework for discovering and enabling Intel architecture capabilities for the vPro platform. Topics will include: Dan BruntonSenior Implementation Architect PC Client Group / Business Client Platform Division 13 Years @Intellast_img read more

Post-Partum Haemorrhage: Low-Tech Interventions, High Potential to Save Lives

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 7, 2010June 21, 2017By: Maria M. Pawlowska, Cambridge Gates ScholarClick 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)According to the latest WHO Countdown report, post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) is responsible for over a third of maternal deaths worldwide. During a session at the Global Maternal Health Conference last week, I learned about a number of prevention and treatment methods for PPH.Dr. Sydney A. Spangler, Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, stressed that with any intervention, it is very important to consider the context not only on the national level, but also on the community level.MisoprostolThe session focused to a large extent on misoprostol, a drug that is used for treating and, importantly, preventing post-partum haemorrhage in low-resource settings with minimal financial inputs but remarkably impressive health outputs.Notable characteristics of misoprostol:1.)   It is cheap2.)   It is widely available3.)   It has mild or no side affects4.)   It is chemically stable in high temperatures (i.e. no need to have access to refrigeration or reliable electricity supply).Misoprostol has an interesting background story. It was initially used to treat stomach ulcers. It was then discovered to be a safe method for inducing medical abortion (i.e. with no need for surgical interventions)—and it was soon realized that the same uterine contractions that lead to abortions in the first trimester can also stop or prevent excessive bleeding during labour, making it highly effective against post-partum haemorrhage.Blood Collection MatWhen exactly is bleeding excessive? There is always some blood loss associated with birth, and as mentioned by Shabram Shanaz from Pathfinder, women in places like Bangladesh give birth in their clothes, so it is often difficult to judge blood loss.  In order to help women and their families decide when there is need to seek referral to a health clinic, an absorbent mat has been developed which indicates when a threshold of 500ml blood loss is reached. The mat is now one of the supplies given out to pregnant women.Education Shabram Shanaz went on to describe how the Pathfinder project in Bangladesh taught women and their families life-saving procedures which can be implemented with or without the assistance of a skilled birth attendant. Dr. Shanaz stressed the importance of empowering women and their families. If families are provided with basic information in a clear and culturally appropriate fashion, they can quickly become skilled at labour risk management and empowered to make the right decisions–whether it be taking the appropriate medication at home or seeking hospital referral. Pathfinder not only provides educational workshops but the organization also provides women with a post-partum haemorrhage kit. The kit, packed in a bright red bag, includes everything that a woman might need–including mobile phone numbers for health workers in the area. Supplying the bags costs only US$1 per bag—but have had a huge impact on the lives of women and their families. They are empowered to act. In fact, in the Pathfinder study area, all of the women used the supply kits.Supplying misoprostol along with other basic equipment such as blood collection mats, in a way that is easily accessible when needed (i.e. in a container which is well-labelled and difficult to lose such as the red bags handed out by Pathfinder) is a low-tech and affordable, but effective way of improving maternal health. Gaps in research and funding are not the major barriers to making preventable maternal mortality a thing of the past––we know what works and many of the effective interventions are quite affordable.  Now, we need to think critically about how to get passed the barriers to implementing these proven interventions at scale.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.Visit the conference site here.Share this:last_img read more

2 days agoSon lauds Tottenham togetherness for Red Star Belgrade thrashing

first_imgSon lauds Tottenham togetherness for Red Star Belgrade thrashingby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSon Heung-min says Tottenham showed immense camaraderie to thrash Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday night.With their backs against the wall following three winless matches, Spurs smashed five past the Serbians in front of their own fans.Son told BT Sport: “We as a team stuck together from the start. We wanted to win. It was an amazing job and amazing performance.”The ball (for my first goal) was great and the timing perfect, then I finished well. Not important only the goal, the way we played was the most important thing.”We have got a long way to go, some big away games coming in the Champions League. But we take it step by step, think about Sunday and Liverpool and then think about the Champions League again after that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Womens soccer Buckeyes prepare for final home conference matches

Iowa freshman goalkeeper Claire Graves (1) can’t stop Ohio State senior forward Lindsey Agnew’s (20) shot during the second half in a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 25, 2016. The Buckeyes won the game 3-0. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorA motto and mindset was established at the beginning of the Ohio State women’s soccer season to always get one percent better.  After a weekend of strong offensive and overall play, the Buckeyes have their eyes set on doing just that, Thursday evening.The Indiana Hoosiers (5-7-3, 2-3-2 Big Ten) travel to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to face the Buckeyes (9-4-2, 3-2-2 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. After a long but victorious weekend trip to Maryland and Purdue, coach Lori Walker said her team feels calm and refreshed coming into Thursday’s matchup. “We were off on Monday, and yesterday we had a really good (practice) session,” Walker said. “The energy has been really good.  We’re excited to be back at home … it was a long trip.” Thursday’s game comes during OSU’s fall break, which Walker said has brought a mental calmness to the players, resulting in crisp play where their focus primarily on practice and the game.A focus in practice throughout the week for OSU has been that of precise play, especially coming off of a weekend scoring eight total goals, and defensively allowing just one goal. “We’re always trying to get one percent better. That’s what we’ve said from the beginning of the year,” Walker said. “We’ve got to continue to be sharper with our passing, continue to be sharper with our runs in the box.  We have got to continue to be sharper with our clearing defensively out of our own box. As those things continue to start to clean themselves up, I think we are continuing to be a dangerous team.”OSU junior forward Sammy Edwards was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, following her three goals in two games. Edwards said that her strong emphasis on teamwork, paired with a unified energy helped her strive over the weekend, has provided inspiration for Thursday’s game versus Indiana. “We need these wins, and so I think this week helped a lot in getting our energy up there and our confidence up there,” she said.  “However, that (last) weekend’s over, and I think our focus again is just one game at a time, and that happens to be Indiana.”Edwards continued to emphasize the presence of an energy and confidence going into Thursday’s match, also stressing a focus on defensive and offensive organization as a whole.OSU’s defense held strong in it’s past two games, only giving up one goal within 24 total shots on the weekend.  The season’s motto finds its focus defensively, as the number of goals given up continues to decline.“I think that as each game comes, we’re trying to get one percent better, as coach always says, so I think now, we did only allow one goal in,” said OSU freshman defender Haley Walker-Robinson.  “The goal is to not let any (goals) in.  I think that that will be a good thing to build off of.”Walker-Robinson said her approach to improving one percent while facing Indiana comes from the desire to becoming stronger mentally and physically.“Mentally for me, I think that I don’t want anyone to get inside of our box, maybe even 10 yards,” Walker-Robinson said.  “For our line, we have a ‘line of restraint.’  We don’t allow any nonsense in that area.”Coach Walker praised the defense’s play throughout the past few games, crediting success to the emphasis of knowing responsibility in the defensive system.  “You have to really work hard to create a goal and score off Ohio State,” Walker said.The Buckeyes host senior day Sunday, as they welcome the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-2-3, 4-1-2 Big Ten) to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m. read more

Ohio State diver Bianca Alvarez aims for NCAA title

Ohio State senior diver Bianca Alvarez has her sights set on an NCAA title after winning two Big Ten titles this season. Alvarez and her teammates will be competing at an NCAA Zone Diving meet Thursday and Friday to qualify to compete in the women’s NCAA Championship. As her last year of eligibility comes to an end, Alvarez said she is happy to have won Big Ten titles along with placing second and third twice in previous years. “It feels great, obviously, especially being my last year in collegiate diving,” said Alvarez. “(It) really is a nice way to finish up my last Big Ten championship. I mean it’s been a goal of mine since the beginning. I know I’ve always been capable of it, but it was really nice to finally come to the meet and put my performance.” Alvarez won titles in the 1- and 3-meter diving events with 360.65 and 410.65, respectively. Fellow diver sophomore Cheyenne Cousineau won a Big Ten title competing in the 10-meter platform with 326.10. Senior Kristen Asman has also been a strong contender in the past. Asman placed fifth and ninth in the 3- and 1-meter diving competitions, respectively, and ninth in the 10-meter platform competition. Alvarez wasn’t always a diver; she started out as a gymnast. And she said her carefree, “fearless” nature is part of what has helped her excel at diving. “I was willing to do anything my coach said despite worrying about hitting the board or doing belly flops,” Alvarez said. “So I guess my progression was pretty rapid. I was able to start competing at the national level after three years of diving.” After coming to OSU, Alvarez worked with diving coach Vince Panzano, who she credits for helping her develop a more positive outlook. “I had a really bad attitude in the sense that I was very unwilling to accept adversity,” Alvarez said. “He’s just taught me how to be a student of the sport.” Cousineau said Alvarez plays a big role in her life, as a friend and teammate. “Having Bianca as a teammate is amazing,” Cousineau said. “Just to be able to see her work ethic, to be able to train together and support each other through it is great.” Cousineau said she hopes all of her teammates finish the season strong. “I’d like to see all of us make it to NCAAs,” Cousineau said. “We’re all capable of making it to NCAAs this year. “ Though swimming and diving are two different sports, they operate under the same program and each contributes to the success of the other at meets. “It’s swimming and diving. You’ve got two different disciplines that both score points for the same outcome,” said Bill Dorenkott, women’s swimming coach. Dorenkott said he often sees the diving team practicing during the swimming team’s practice time. “We may have one of the top three diving traditions in the world,” Dorenkott said. “And Bianca, for her five years at Ohio State, has been a big part of leading that program.” Dorenkott said Alvarez has made an impact on the program. “The most telling thing when a person is part of a team or a program or an organization is did they leave things better than they found them and will they be missed,” Dorenkott said. “I can’t speak to if she left things better than she found them because I don’t coach her on a daily basis, Vince Panzano does, but I can guarantee she’ll be missed.” After NCAAs, Alvarez has plans to qualify for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Diving Team and later pursue a master’s degree in medical sciences. Eventually, she hopes to attend the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami located in her hometown, Miami, Fla. “My ideal perfect plan would be to qualify for the Olympic games … and when I return, start graduate school,” Alvarez said. “That’s like my dream.” Dorenkott said the Buckeyes’ efforts will pay off. “We’re going to be outstanding next week at Auburn,” Dorenkott said. The 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship will be held March 15–17 in Auburn, Ala. read more