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Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated in NCAA Division I, consisting of eleven schools coming from three states of the northeastern United States: Connecticut, New Jersey, New York. The members are all small private institutions, many of them Catholic or Catholic, the only exceptions being three private but secular institutions: Rider University and the conference's two newest members and Quinnipiac Universities; the conference headquarters is located in New Jersey. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference sponsors 22 sports and has many associate member institutions. Richard J. Ensor is the commissioner of the MAAC, a post he has held since 1988; the conference was founded in 1980 by six charter members: the U. S. Military Academy, Fairfield University, Fordham University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Saint Peter's College. Competition began the next year, in the sports of men’s cross-country and men’s soccer. Competition in men's and women's basketball began in the 1981–1982 season.

In 1984, the MAAC received an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, where Iona was the first team to represent the MAAC on the men's side. In 1982, Saint Peter's was the first women's basketball team to represent the MAAC in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament; the conference possesses 15 automatic bids to NCAA Championships. In 2012–13, the MAAC became eligible for its 15th NCAA Championship when Women's Rowing fulfilled qualifying requirements; the league added football in 1993. From 1997 to 2003, the MAAC sponsored ice hockey. At that time, the hockey league changed its name to Atlantic Hockey. In 1997, Marist College and Rider University moved the majority of their intercollegiate athletic programs to the MAAC with the intent the MAAC would enhance media exposure and competition to their men's and women's Division I basketball programs. In September 2011, the conference announced the launch of MAAC. TV, the league's first broadband network. In March 2012, for the first time in 16 years, the MAAC had two teams advance to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, with Loyola earning the league's automatic bid and Iona garnering an at-large bid.

In July 2013 Quinnipiac University and Monmouth University joined the MAAC to replace Loyola University Maryland, which departed to join the Patriot League. In 2013 the MAAC announced that it would add field hockey as its 25th sport with league play beginning in the 2013–14 academic year. However, field hockey was dropped after the 2018–19 academic year. Over the conference's history MAAC teams have achieved national and international acclaim in many sports. In the summer of 2002 the Marist men's varsity eight boat advanced to the semifinals of the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. In 2007, the Marist women's basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship; the Red Foxes have recorded five NCAA wins since their run in 2007. In the fall of 2011, the Iona men's cross country team finished tied for ninth place at the NCAA Championship race, extended the Gaels' streak to 10 straight Top 10 national finishes. In basketball MAAC teams have made a total of 80 NIT appearances and 50 NCAA basketball tournament appearances.

Notable MAAC student athletes include Mary Beth Riley, a 1991 graduate of Canisius, the first recipient of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award and Erin Whalen, a member of the Iona women's rowing team, who in the fall of 1998, was awarded one of the nation's 32 Rhodes Scholarships for academic achievement and civic leadership. The MAAC has 11 member institutions. For former associates in men's ice hockey, see Atlantic HockeyNotes The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference sponsors championship competition in 10 men's and 13 women's NCAA sanctioned sports; the conference sponsors a championship in men's rowing, not sanctioned by the NCAA. Notes Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference which are played by MAAC schools: Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference which are played by MAAC schools: Notes MAAC men's basketball conference tournament locations In 2012, inspired by one of their all around best players Sean Armand, which had lost in the semifinals of that year's MAAC tournament, received an NCAA at-large tournament bid.

This was the second time. After St. Peter’s won the 1995 MAAC tournament, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament selection committee awarded Manhattan College an at large bid; the Jaspers proved the committee correct by defeating Oklahoma in the first round. However, the same first-round success Manhattan enjoyed in the 1995 NCAA tournament could not be matched by Iona. In the 2012 NCAAs, the Gaels unexpectedly relinquished a 25-point, first-half lead to the BYU Cougars, falling 78–72 in Dayton, Ohio. Further, Iona's offense, the highest-scoring in the nation, managed just 17 points in the second half of that upset, it was the largest comeback in NCAA tournament history, besting the 22-point hole the Duke Blue Devils rallied from to defeat the Maryland Terrapins in the Final Four of the 2001 NCAA Tournament. Some of the notable sport figures who played collegiately and/or graduated from a MAAC school, include: Jack Armstrong, former MLB pitcher.


Voltron is an animated television series franchise that features a team of space explorers who pilot a giant Super Robot known as "Voltron". Produced by Ted Koplar through his production company World Events Productions, Voltron was an adaptation of several Japanese anime television series from Toei Animation; the original television series aired in syndication from September 10, 1984 to November 18, 1985. The first season of Voltron, featuring the "Lion Force Voltron", was adapted from the series Beast King GoLion; the second season, featuring the "Vehicle Team Voltron", was adapted from the unrelated series Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. Voltron: Defender of the Universe was the top-rated syndicated children's show for two years during its original run, it spawned three follow-up series, several comic books, a line of toys; the first series was edited from Beast King GoLion, it features a team of five young pilots commanding five robot lions which can be combined to form Voltron. In this undefined future era, the Voltron Force is in charge of protecting the planet Arus from the evil King Zarkon, his son Lotor, the witch Haggar, who creates huge "ro-beasts" to terrorize the Arusian people.

Despite being the first of the two robots to appear on American television, the "GoLion" version of Voltron was regarded as "Voltron III" within the storyline because, within the original planned "three-Voltron" continuity, Arus was the furthest setting from Earth's side of the universe. The second series was edited from Armored Fleet Dairugger XV, with the storyline changed. In this iteration of Voltron, the Galaxy Alliance's home planets are now overcrowded, a fleet of explorers is sent to search for new planets to colonize. Along the way, they attract the attention of the evil Drule Empire, long engaged in an ongoing war against the Alliance, the Drules proceed to interfere with the mission of the explorers and the colonists. Since the Arusian Voltron is too far away to help these explorers, a new Voltron has to be constructed to battle the Drule threat; this Voltron Force consists of fifteen members, divided into three teams of five, known as the Land and Air Teams. Each team is specialized in fighting in their area of expertise.

Each team can combine their vehicles into a bigger machine, with each combined vehicle differing among the three teams. These fighters are: The Aqua Fighter The Turbo Terrain Fighter The Strato Fighter When necessary, all fifteen vehicles combine to form the mighty Voltron. In the toyline this Voltron was referred to as Voltron I. However, the assembly of the Vehicle Team Voltron could not be maintained for longer than five minutes at a time; the proposed third season was to have been based on Lightspeed Electroid Albegas. Although Matchbox did produce and market toy versions of the three robots under the "Voltron II" name, the series never aired. Due to the extreme popularity of the Lion Force Voltron and the lack of popularity of the Vehicle Team Voltron series, World Events Productions elected against another alternate Voltron, plans to adapt Albegas were aborted. In 1986, World Events hired Toei Animation to produce the one-off crossover television special Voltron: Fleet of Doom, which mixed in GoLion and Dairugger XV footage with new animation.

The special was made for the international market and, as of the middle of September 2016, it had not been released in Japan. The computer-generated series Voltron: The Third Dimension was released in 1998, set five years after the end of the original Lion Voltron series; the series was met with a mixed response, due to various changes, such as the revamped looks of the Lion Voltron, King Zarkon, Prince Lotor. The series served as a sequel to the Lion Force Voltron series. After Voltron: The Third Dimension, World Events Productions went back to the drawing board to develop a more traditionally animated series in an attempt to recapture the spirit of the original. In July 2005, producer Mark Gordon announced plans to create a live-action film adaptation of the Voltron franchise in collaboration with producers Pharrell Williams, Mark Costa, Frank Oelman. Pharrell Williams was reported to compose the musical score for the film; the project's development was funded by Jim Young's Animus Films. In December 2006, screenwriter Enzo Marra was announced to have completed a script for Gordon.

In August 2007, the production entity New Regency entered negotiations with The Mark Gordon Company to adapt Voltron. Interest in the property heightened after the box office success of Transformers, another film involving shape-changing robots. Marks's script was described as "a post-apocalyptic tale set in New York City... five ragtag survivors of an alien attack band together and end up piloting the five lion-shaped robots that combine and form the massive sword-wielding Voltron that helps battle Earth's invaders." " On August 18, 2008, Relativity Media entered negotiations with New Regency to finance and produce the film, though on a more moderate budget, utilizing cost-saving CGI techniques such

BB FlashBack

BB FlashBack is a Windows-based screen recording program, distributed by Blueberry Software. It was renamed as simply'FlashBack', it allows the user to add text effects and paste movie footage and edit mouse movements. Recordings are saved in a proprietary format which can be opened and edited in the associated editor. Once editing is complete they can be exported to Flash, AVI, a variety of other formats. A PowerPoint plug-in is deployed with the program’s installer. A freeware version of this program was released in April 2009; the development company that makes the program began in 1997 as Blueberry Consultants, a software development company producing tailor-made software projects. In summer 2003, Blueberry Software was released the first version of BB FlashBack. In October 2014, Blueberry Software launched BB FlashBack 5, which adds the ability to record a video once and release it in multiple languages. New features in BB FlashBack 5 are: Features to enable localization of movies. Magnifier effect to enlarge parts of the movie.

Password protection for recordings that need to be kept secure. Dedicated online video sharing website – FlashBack Connect, with customization options for marketing/branding movie pages. New Graphical User Interface. Team License option to eliminate the need to buy multiple licenses in an organization. Other features include: Fade Transitions: For adding transition effects to join clips when creating a movie. Gallery: A gallery of in-movie objects like textboxes, highlights etc. Blur Tool: For blurring out sensitive details in a movie. Notes to Textboxes: Converts notes made during recording into movie textboxes. Export to GIF Format: For easy embedding into Web pages. Arrow tool: The Arrow tool can create a number of arrow styles by selecting from a combination of key properties. Watermarks: For adding branding to the movie. Start and End Titles: For adding start and end titles to a movie. Insert video files: For adding a video file to add interest or clarify a point. Invisible Keystrokes: Displays invisible keystrokes such as function keys, so that the viewer can see what a user did during recording.

Scheduled Recording: For recording webinars and other online events. Text Formatting: Controls text formatting in text boxes. Export To Apple Devices: Exports movies in a format compatible with Apple devices. Precision Sound Editing: Inbuilt sound editing, with tracks shown as waveforms. Webcam and Picture-in-Picture Video: For creating “talking head” presentations and picture-in-picture video. Pause Objects: Create pauses in the movie by adding pause objects rather than by inserting frames. Recording wizard: A step-by-step guide for beginners. Highlight tool: Used to draw viewer’s attention to key sections of the screen. Mouse movement correction: To re-record mouse actions into smooth, ‘straight-line’, flowing movements. Highlight tool: Used to draw viewer’s attention to key sections of the screen. FlashBack files have default file extension as. FBR, which stands for "FlashBack Recording." A FBR file is a multimedia container format which includes the recorded screen and separate audio tracks. Standard FlashBack video is based off lossless GDI video but can be converted in the editor to lossy MPEG-4 format to reduce size.

Flashback SDK add screen recording, playback and exporting to any application. ActiveX/COM objects that integrate with MS Visual Studio and Borland IDEs. TestAssistant screen-recorder for software testing. Capture a screen to make movies of any defects. Flashback Rewind perpetual screen-recording so when a bug occurs users can press the icon in the system tray and share the last few minutes of their screen with others. FBX screen-recording designed for use with high frame-rate applications such as gaming. Comparison of screencasting software Official website

World Network of Biosphere Reserves

The UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves covers internationally designated protected areas, each known as biosphere reserves, that are meant to demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature. The World Network of Biosphere Reserves of the MAB Programme consists of a dynamic and interactive network of sites, it works to foster the harmonious integration of people and nature for sustainable development through participatory dialogue, knowledge sharing, poverty reduction, human well-being improvements, respect for cultural values and by improving society’s ability to cope with climate change. It promotes North-South and South-South collaboration and represents a unique tool for international cooperation through the exchange of experiences and know-how, capacity-building and the promotion of best practices; as of 2019 total membership had reached 686 biosphere reserves in 122 countries occurring in all regions of the world. Myanmar had its first biosphere reserve inscribed in 2015.

This takes into account some biosphere reserves that have been withdrawn or revised through the years, as the program’s focus has shifted from simple protection of nature to areas displaying close interaction between man and environment. 1 Includes the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean, shared between Morocco and Spain* Source - UNESCO Directory of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, 2019 Article 4 of the "Statutory Framework of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves". Defines the criteria for Biosphere Reserves, including it should encompass a mosaic of ecological systems representative of major bio geographical regions, including a graduation of human interventions It should be of significance for biological diversity conservation It should provide an opportunity to explore and demonstrate approaches to sustainable development on a regional scale It should have an appropriate size to fulfill the three functions of biosphere reserves It should include these functions through appropriate zonation, recognizing core and outer transition zones.

Article 9 of the Statutory Framework states that “the status of each biosphere reserve should be subject to a periodic review every ten years, based on a report prepared by the concerned authority, on the basis of the criteria of Article 4". If a biosphere reserve no longer satisfies the criteria contained in Article 4, it may be recommended the state concerned take measures to ensure conformity. Should a biosphere reserve still does not satisfy the criteria contained in Article 4, within a reasonable period, the area will no longer be referred to as a biosphere reserve, part of the network. Article 9 of the Statutory Framework gives a state the right to remove a biosphere reserve under its jurisdiction from the network; as of 2018, a total of 45 sites had been withdrawn from the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by 9 countries. Some reserves have been withdrawn after they no longer met newer, stricter criteria for reserves, for example on zonation or area size. In June 2017, during the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme meeting in Paris, the United States has withdrawn 17 sites from the program.

Searchable list of UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves

First Date (musical)

First Date is a musical with a book by Austin Winsberg and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. Based around the concept of a blind date, the musical made its world premiere during 2012 at Seattle's ACT Theatre in a 5th Avenue Theatre co-production and made its Broadway debut August 8, 2013 at the Longacre Theatre; the original production of the musical ran at Seattle's ACT Theatre, from March 10 until May 20, 2012. First Date began previews on July 9, 2013, at the Longacre Theatre, New York City, its official opening night was August 8, 2013; the show evolved from a book by Austin Winsberg, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, inspired by personal experiences. It is directed by Bill Berry, with musical staging by Josh Rhodes, orchestrations by August Eriksmoen, scenic design by David Gallo, lighting design by Mike Baldassari and sound design by Kai Harada. In May 2013, Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez were announced as the show's leads playing roles of Aaron and Casey.

The role of Aaron was played by Eric Ankrim for the July 16–21 preview dates due to a Comic-Con commitment for Levi. Ankrim played the part in Seattle; the Broadway production closed after a run of five months, on January 5, 2014, after 34 previews and 174 regular performances. It played to an average 71.54% capacity. Levi gave a speech on closing night. First Date debuted as the first non-English company in Japan in November 2014; the show, titled Cita a Ciegas, opened in Buenos Aires on May 10, 2016, in the Maipo Theatre on the Avenida Corrientes. The original run of 8 performances was extended with 43 performances in all. Cita a Ciegas received ten nominations for three different awards in 2016. Hugo Awards Best Musical Best Leading Actor Best Director Best Supporting Actor - winner Best Musical Arrangements Best Translation and/or Adaptation - winner Best Newcomer Florencio Sánchez Awards Best Leading Actor in a Musical Best Leading Actress in a Musical Trinidad Guevara AwardsBest Newcomer After a six-month break, the company returned with a second season of the show, which opened on May 4, 2017, still in the Maipo Kabaret.

Directed by Sebastián Prada and Victoria Loescher, with the performances of Mariano Zito, Lucía Mundstock, Mica Pierani Méndez, Lucas Gentili, Laura Montini, Mariano Condoluci and Nacho de Santis. Translation and adaptation of the script by Marcelo Kotliar, Lucía Mundstock and Sebastián Prada. Pursued by Bear mounted the Australian Production at Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne; the production ran from 1–11 September 2016. The cast included Rebecca Hetherington as Aaron and Casey. Daniel Cosgrove, Nicole Melloy, Danielle O'Malley, Adam Porter and Stephen Valeri made up the Ensemble; the creative team included Mark Taylor, Stephanie Lewendon-Lowe and Joel Anderson as the Director, Musical Director and Choreographer respectively. The band was made up of Stephanie Lewendon-Lowe on piano, Timothy Forrester on reeds, Caleb Garfinkel on guitar, Anthony Chircop on bass and Campbell Philips on drum kit, it was announced in December 2018 that First Date would be included in a Musical theatre festival at The Other Palace in London.

The show begins with five New Yorkers sharing their dating disasters. The scene shifts to an unnamed restaurant in modern-day New York City. Aaron, a quirky man, begins to talk with the waiter. Based on how nervous he is, the waiter guesses. After the waiter seats Aaron, an artsy woman named, she spies Aaron putting in eye drops as he waits for her, making her dread the date more. Casey and Aaron exchange some small talk and it is revealed that the date was set up by Casey's sister, whose husband Kevin is a co-worker of Aaron's. Through the small talk, they both develop first impressions of each other. Casey's friend Reggie calls her during the date, offering for Casey to use his call as a way out of the date, but Casey thinks enough of Aaron to ignore the call. Aaron and Casey begin to bond over friends from summer camp and high school after discovering their hometowns are near each other. Aaron casually makes a joke about Jewish geography; this leads Aaron to a dream sequence where he imagines his dead Grandma Ida, who scolds Aaron for not dating a nice Jewish girl instead.

Casey's Christian father shows up in Aaron's dream sequence, tells Aaron that he is not happy with the idea of Aaron becoming his son in law. Next, Aaron imagines the son he could have with Casey confronting him about which religion to choose and how he wishes he wasn't born. Aaron nervously asks her questions about religion hoping that she does have some Jewish in her before discovering she is an atheist. Relieved, he makes a joke about Casey's views on spirituality, but it backfires when he accidentally insults her; this results in a long awkward pause. Casey is visited in her mind by her sister Lauren, who urges Casey not to screw this date up, because "Casey's biological clock is ticking," if she continues her current dating pattern of going the distance with bad boys on the f

Frederiksberg Station

Frederiksberg Station is an underground Copenhagen Metro station locatedat Falkonér Plads, off Falkonér Allé, in the Frederiksberg district of Copenhagen, Denmark. The station is an interchange station between the M1/M2 and M3 lines and is in fare zone 2. Nearby landmarks include Frederiksberg Centret, Falkoner Center, Frederiksberg Gymnasium, Frederiksberg Central Library and Copenhagen, Business School's Solbjerg Campus. Frederiksberg station opened on 17 October 1864 as an intermediate station on the main line between Copenhagen and Roskilde when the inner portion of that line was relocated from Copenhagen's first station to the second central station at present-day Kampmannsgade, which served North Line. West of Frederiksberg the line ran southwest to Vigerslev from which it followed the current alignment towards Roskilde. In 1879 a branch line towards Frederikssund connected to the main line at Frederiksberg, its innermost part followed what is now the route of the Metro between Vanløse.

In 1896 a double-tracked connection for freight opened between Frederiksberg and North Line's station at Nørrebro. Frederiksberg was now a sizeable railway junction with lines leaving in four directions, it grew to be a busy freight destination too with deliveries of fresh milk to several dairies located at Nyelandsvej north of the station. In 1911, Copenhagen Central Station was relocated once more, to its present position; the new main line did not pass Frederiksberg, for some years Frederiksberg had no passenger service at all. Following local protests, a modest passenger service was reestablished from 1914, in the form of a few shuttle trains a day to and from Vanløse. Throughout this period, freight traffic through Frederiksberg remained high, as the new central station was for passenger trains only. All freight towards destinations north of Copenhagen still passed through Frederiksberg on the old mainline from Vigerslev and the connecting curve to Nørrebro; the transiting freight disappeared in 1930.

The lines to Vigerslev and Nørrebro closed, Frederiksberg was now a dead-end station with only the line towards Vanløse left. It was still an important freight station, so the line to Vanløse was doubled and acquired a complex junction with the ring line. In 1934 the passenger service to Frederiksberg received a significant upgrade when the line to Vanløse was electrified and Frederiksberg became the terminus of Copenhagen's first S-train line. New platform tracks and a new station building with main entrance from Falkoner Allé were built for the S-trains. After 1934 Frederiksberg had a quiet existence until the 1990s when it was decided that the line between Frederiksberg and Vanløse would form part of Copenhagen's first Metro line; the once large freight volume had dwindled to nothing over the decades, the large freight track area was sold off for commercial development. Around 1995 the 1934 station building was demolished to make way for the mall construction, the S-trains terminated at a temporary platform just west of the mall until 20 June 1998 when S-train service to Frederiksberg ceased permanently.

Subsequently, the current underground Metro station was constructed. The original 1864 station is a listed building and has survived both mall and metro construction, though not without causing engineering headaches as the metro tunnel passes close to its foundations; the ticket sales store of the original state railway station is still in operation at Frederiksberg, though the station closed for traffic more than 10 years ago. It is the only place in Denmark where there is a train ticket shop, no station - the metro system is independent of the state railways. Bus routes 74 and ( A serve the station. Frederiksberg station on Frederiksberg station on