After winning a gold medal at the 11th Zhengzhou China International Shaolin Wushu Festival in China, Liberia’s gold medalist Master Junior Pewee Russian has expressed frustration over the way in which Liberia’s Wushu Federation is being treated.As guest on ELBC’s Super Sports program, Master Russian said he is disappointed that his federation is yet to receive financial support from the government of Liberia.“Liberia would not have won this gold medal if the Chinese Embassy had not helped us,” Master Russian said.Master Russian emphasized that the federation, like any other federation, should be given equal support and attention.He added that if this was football, there would have been a special welcoming event set aside to welcome players, further stating that he has not received a call from an official of the Ministry of Youth and Sports despite winning Liberia’s first gold medal.“I am a Liberian and have represented Liberia in several competitions and brought pride to this country. It makes me angry to be treated like this, but I know nobody is going to kill my dream,” Master Russian said.The former taekwondo heavyweight, who returned from retirement in 2012, defeated five opponents to win the gold medal with 9.35 points for Liberia in the senior category at the 2016 Wushu Festival in China.The gold medalist, however, expressed hope that his gold medal will pave the way for the government to focus its attention to other national federations and individual athletes.Master Russian, who is vice president and technical director of the Liberia Wushu Federation, went along with a young athlete Amos Manneh Sawyer to participate in this year’s competition.Making his international debut, Young Sawyer managed to win a bronze medal in the junior category.“He was motivated after he witnessed me winning the gold medal and won a bronze medal due to lack of experience,” Master Russian said. Master Russian, who is also the coach for the Liberia Wushu Federation, disclosed that the federation will November 11 embark on an awareness campaign at the state-run University of Liberia.The awareness campaign, according to Coach Russian, is aimed at educating would-be Wushu athletes across Liberia and will be sponsored by the Chinese Ambassador accredited to Liberia.“After the campaign, if we get the number of members we want, then we will begin to host Wushu competitions in high schools,” the Wushu Coach said. “It was not being the best athlete in this competition that gave me this gold, but rather because of being humble and passionately driven, God picked me up,” Russian said.There are 30 athletes currently being trained by the Wushu Federation of Liberia. About 2,227 athletes from 67 countries across the world took part in this year’s event.The Zhengzhou China International Shaolin Wushu Festival, which was held on October 16-20, is an annual event that brings together hundreds of martial artists from across the world to compete in activities, including Wushu performances and Chinese Martial Arts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Standing in the way of the Flyers finishing in first are the Grande Prairie Athletics. The two teams have been neck and neck all season and a win by the Flyers on Saturday coupled with an Athletics loss next weekend would have Fort St. John finish in first place.Whenever the Flyers and Athletics have met this season the home team has always come out on top. If Fort St. John gets the win tomorrow they will finish the regular season with a record of 18-5-0-1 and 37 points. The playoffs in the North Peace Hockey League are slated to begin on February 11, and all series are a best of seven format.- Advertisement -The Flyers and Athletics drop the puck in Grande Prairie at 8:30 p.m.
Yet again the shadow of Erdogan will loom large, with his image as a man who can deliver aiding the bid but his increasingly authoritarian reputation as a strongman presiding over an unprecedented crackdown a harmful factor.By extraordinary coincidence, Erdogan will be embarking Thursday on a visit to Germany — which has been bitterly critical on occasion of Turkey under his rule — and the outcome will make an interesting talking point in talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.The EU, which Turkey has tried unsuccessfully to join for half a century, and rights groups have decried the crackdown that followed the 2016 failed coup and saw tens of thousands arrested.UEFA itself, in an evaluation report that noted several positive aspects of the Turkish bid, said that the “lack of an action plan in the area of human rights is a matter of concern”.– ‘Eyes of the world’ –And rights is far from a theoretical issue after UEFA included it in the criteria in the bidding process for the first time in Euro 2024.“Wherever you look human rights abuses are rampant in Turkey,” said Andrew Gardner, Turkey researcher for Amnesty International.Turkey researcher for Amnesty International Andrew Gardner says that human rights abuses are “rampant” in Turkey, and UEFA would need to be clear with Erodgan that that “wouldn’t be acceptable” © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / SPENCER PLATT“UEFA needs to be clear with the Turkish government that that wouldn’t be acceptable during the Euro 2024 championship,” he told AFP, adding that protests would have to be allowed during the event.Jean Marcou, associate researcher at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies, said however that a squeaky clean rights record was hardly a prerequisite, citing the holding of the World Cup by Vladimir Putin’s Russia this summer.“In no way is a country chosen to hold a major sporting event expected to be a model of democracy and the rule of law,” he said.Gardner argued that hosting the Euro could even be good for the rights situation in Turkey as it would throw a spotlight on the country.“I think it does have an impact because just as you saw for example… in Russia, it really does put the eyes of the world and the focus on that country,” he said.– ‘More positive image’ –Even before Erdogan came to power, Turkey had bid unsuccessfully to hold both the Euro football and the Olympic Games.But the seriousness and clout of the bids grew under his rule and there was bad feeling in 2010 when Turkey lost out to France for the right to host Euro 2016 by one vote, amid controversy over the role played by UEFA’s then French chief Michel Platini.Erdogan expressed bitterness in 2013 when Istanbul’s bid lost out to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games, with its chances harmed by mass anti-government protests that swept the country that summer.The stadiums in Turkey and Germany for their Euro 2024 football championship bid © AFP / Thierry TRANCHANTErdogan was a semi-professional footballer in his youth and has overseen an unprecedented spree of new stadium building. But possibly on purpose, he has kept his distance from the Euro 2024 bid.Daghan Irak, a researcher at University Aix-Marseille, said that for this bid there had been a “great lack of motivation on the part of Turkish politicians and sports figures”.He said that with growth in the Turkish economy expected to slow markedly next year, this was probably for “financial reasons”.Yet hosting the competition would still be a boost for Erdogan and would allow him to bask in its glory one year after celebrating in 2023 the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the modern Republic.Marcou said hosting the Euro would make people forget the darker sides of modern Turkey “and give the country a more positive image, notably among those who don’t know it well”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The UEFA will determine if Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s dream will finally be realised when it chooses between Turkey and Germany over who will host the 20204 European Championship © AFP/File / OLI SCARFFISTANBUL, Turkey, Sep 26 – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an avid follower of sports who massively developed football infrastructure, has in 15 years in power always come away empty-handed from bids for Turkey to hold one of the world’s great sporting events.On Thursday, UEFA will determine if Erdogan’s dream will finally be realised when it chooses between Turkey and Germany over who will host the 2024 European Championship.
2 Eden Hazard scores against Real Madrid in Michigan 2 Missed the results from Saturday’s (30 July) friendlies, then check them out here (Premier League club and goal scorers in bold).Bournemouth 1-0 Cardiff City (Dean Court)IbeRangers 1-3 Burnley (Ibrox)Mee (OG)/ Gray (three)Chelsea 2-3 Real Madrid (Michigan, USA)Hazard (two)/ Marcelo (two), Mariano DiazFulham 3-1 Crystal Palace (Craven Cottage)Aluko, Matt Smith, Ayite/ AndersonReal Betis 1-1 (4-3 pens) Everton (Dresden, Germany)Pezzella/ Mandi (OG), Nottingham Forest 1-2 Hull City (City Ground)Burke/ Diomande (two)Paris St-Germain 4-0 Leicester City (California, USA)Cavani, Ikone, Lucas Moura, EdouardAC Milan 0-2 Liverpool (California, USA)Origi, Firmino Galatasaray 2-5 Manchester United (Gothenburg, Sweden)Gumus, Bruma/ Ibrahimovic, Rooney (two), Fellaini, MataAston Villa 1-3 Middlesbrough (Villa Park)Baker/ Negredo, Fischer, RhodesGroningen 0-1 Southampton (Groningen, Netherlands)AustinMontpellier 1-1 Sunderland (Aix-les-Bains, France)Camara/ BoriniWolverhampton Wanderers 0-4 Swansea City (Molineux)Routledge (two), Naughton, McBurnie Queens Park Rangers 2-0 Watford (Loftus Road)Polter, WashingtonPlymouth Argyle 0-0 West Bromwich Albion (Home Park)
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Jon Gruden called NFL games for ESPN for nine years, and during that time, America came to understand that one of his favorite plays in the world is called “Spider 2 Y Banana”.It seemed as if there wasn’t a Monday Night Football game where the play wasn’t mentioned. Spider 2 Y Banana became an inside joke of sorts for football nerds.But it’s a real play and Thursday night, Gruden called it just …
(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Several recent articles illustrate the mental struggle materialists have with human uniqueness, particularly the mind and consciousness.The animal continuum: Described as a “highly influential researcher studying animality (our animal nature),” Dominique Lestel thinks the human-animal divide is a false dichotomy, reported Science Daily. He takes issue with Western philosophy that elevates humanness above the beasts. He thinks man needs to “reactivate his animality and animalize himself anew.” One might wonder what college students would do with that advice. Another might ask what other animals do research and publish it in Social Science Information, a journal of SAGE.The consciousness debate goes on: Live Science described a panel discussion at the World Science Festival in New York between philosophers and scientists about consciousness. Tanya Lewis opened with the material angle: “As you read this sentence, the millions of neurons in your brain are frantically whispering to each other, resulting in the experience of conscious awareness.” Her article gave the edge to the materialists who believe “the brain gives rise to conscious phenomena.” Her opening question, though, “But can modern neuroscience ever hope to crack this mysterious phenomenon?” led to admissions that they’re not there yet. The article led to a lively discussion in the comments between monists and dualists (i.e., those who see mind as separate from matter).Is morality mental or natural? Bob Holmes on New Scientist reviewed two books about the origin of human morality: The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates by Frans de Waal, and How Animals Grieve by Barbara J. King. Both books “show that we must be careful when studying animals to learn about the origins of human traits and behaviours,” he said. He thought de Waal was more thoughtful than King, but Holmes was inclined to agree (and believes most of New Scientist’s readers will concur) that morality is relative, not absolute:If he’s right, then there may be no absolute code of right and wrong out there to be discovered. Instead, each individual’s evolved sense of empathy and concern for the group may help shape the group’s consensus on what kind of behaviour is appropriate. In short, says de Waal, morality may be something we all have to work out together. It’s a persuasive argument, and de Waal’s cautious and evidence-based approach is one that many New Scientist readers are sure to find congenial.Is neuroscience the answer? Another article on New Scientist cast a shadow on materialist hopes in neuroscience. David Robson reviewed two more books that challenge the notion that neuroscience will ever understand consciousness. The books are, Brainwashed: The seductive appeal of mindless neuroscience by Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld, and A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind: What neuroscience can and cannot tell us about ourselves by Robert A. Burton. The titles alone indicate that the authors aren’t ready to give neuroscience a free pass, and neither does Robson:NO CREVICE of the human experience is safe. Our deepest fears and desires, our pasts and our futures – all have been revealed, and all in the form of colourful images that look like lava bubbling under the skull.That, at least, is the popular conception of neuroscience – and it’s worth big money. The US and the European Union are throwing billions of dollars at two new projects to map the human brain. Yet there is also a growing anxiety that many of neuroscience’s findings don’t stand up to scrutiny. It’s not just sensational headlines reporting a “dark patch” in a psychopath’s brain, there are now serious concerns that some of the methods themselves are flawed.And that takes the discussion right back to philosophy, so long criticized as asking good questions but not providing good answers. “Neurology is not destiny,” Robson says, after pointing out some false positives using fMRI (functional MRI) and other tools of neuroscience. But Robson is not ready to throw out the neuroscience baby with the bathwater. He puts his hope in what neuroscience will learn some day.Game Theory: Meanwhile, evolutionists continue to speak of human mental traits in materialist, evolutionary terms. Michael Taborsky in Current Biology continued sounding the ongoing paradigm that human cooperation and altruism are a result of social evolution; Milot and Pelletier in Current Biology advanced the idea that human beings are still a playground for natural selection (but cf. Science Magazine’s review of Paleofantasy and our 3/13/13 entry). The scientific institutions pay little respect to, or even notice of, the views of theologians or philosophical dualists.If the brain is a window, who is looking through it? If the brain is a computer, who is typing on the keyboard and watching the screen? If morality is a dark spot in an fMRI image, who is interpreting it?God help the disciples of Frans de Waal who think they can agree on a consensus for what is “appropriate” as a substitute for morality. Most likely, their consensus will be crushed by another culture with better weapons and more motivation for power. What will they say as they are dying? “You can’t do that. That’s not right!”Each of the authors above defeats materialism by arguing for it. Who is doing the arguing? Their brains? Who is deciding who is telling the truth? Someone who doesn’t accept that truth is real? Who is deciding who has the best arguments, someone who disbelieves in absolute morality? Those who think humans are “mere” animals (though even theologians acknowledge our animal natures) would make sense if they left off writing books, and concentrated on stuffing bananas into their mouths and scratching their bottoms. The moment they try to access the realms of the mind and consciousness, they become dualists in spite of themselves. The moment they assume truth exists and morality can be judged by each of us with sufficient accuracy, they become supernaturalists in spite of themselves. And the moment they say humans “should” do anything (like pay attention to their arguments rationally), they become theists in spite of themselves. You can’t argue for materialism without assuming the very thing you want to disprove: we are more than mere animals; we have a soul that is consciously aware of absolute truth and morality.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The 57th Presidential Inauguration falls on Monday, January 21st, this year, which coincidentally, also happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. day.“It’s almost like fate and history coming together,” U.S. Rep. John Lewis told the Associated Press. Lewis, the representative of Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, is a civil rights leader who worked closely with King in the 1950s and ’60s. “If it hadn’t been for Martin Luther King Jr., there would be no Barack Obama as president,” added Lewis.Lots Of PerformersPerformers at the inauguration include Beyonce and James Taylor, and the inauguration parade includes guests like Bobak Ferdowski, aka NASA’s Mohawk Guy.MSNBC estimates that up to 800,000 people will attend the inauguration this year, and scalpers are reportedly charging $2,000 for tickets. For those of us wanting to watch at home through our electronic devices, however, the options are entirely free.Both Apple and Google are offering free apps for their respective devices, with both companies dubbing them the “Inauguration 2013” app. Apple’s iOS app is available on iTunes, naturally, and Google’s Android app can be downloaded through Google Play, and both promise you “a front row seat at the ceremonial swearing-in with the app’s built-in live stream.” Both apps have been reviewed favorably. Fox News will be streaming on their site, and CNN will be livestreaming via CNN.com as well as through its apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Yahoo, meanwhile, has partnered with ABC News for its Inauguration Control Room, which promises not just all day interactive coverage, but commentary from a bunch of unusual pundits, including Buzzfeed’s editor-in-chief Ben Smith, former White House executive chef Walter Schieb and Michael Waldman, a former speechwriter for President Clinton.Or, if you are so inclined, you can watch the same coverage on ABCNews.com, GoodMorningAmerica.com, on the ABC News mobile app, or on the ABC News YouTube Channel.YouTube Is ReliableSpeaking of YouTube, while the Google-owned video sharing site has yet to announce its plans for the inauguration stream, it is more than likely a live stream will be available through its Election Hub, or through various partners’ individual YouTube channels, which include the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. The White House has also set up an Inauguration 2013 channel, and will be streaming here.As someone who has tried both individual news sites’ livestreams as well as YouTube’s, the live stream offered directly on YouTube is by far the most reliable. (YouTube did invest heavily in its livestreaming infrastructure to cover the Olympics, after all.)NASA will also offer a livestream of the inauguration parade, no doubt highlighting the Mars Curiosity Rover replica that will be rolling along with all the high-school bands and other attractions. NASA will broadcast on Ustream, which served it well during the Curiosity landing.Photo courtesy of Andrew F. Kazmierski / Shutterstock.com. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Government#politics#Streaming video fruzsina eordogh 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Companies and startups are turning to software-as-a-service solutions for their accounting needs more and more. Plenty of licensed software products exist in the market, but SaaS apps provide advantages that programs like Microsoft Excel can’t. First, SaaS accounting apps are often less expensive thanks to their subscription models and users’ ability to exclude features they don’t need. For smaller companies trying to scale, a low fee for a SaaS app subscription makes more sense than costly licensing for a big-name brand. Here is creating a lean and functional Saas Accounting App.SaaS accounting apps also offer integration that licensed software often doesn’t. Overall management is made much easier when accounting is integrated with customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning platforms. Good SaaS apps are also compatible across different browsers and operating systems, so there’s no need for software to be installed on every device.This integration is only possible with accessible data, perhaps the key benefit of the SaaS model. In a SaaS app, anyone who’s a privileged user can access data from any desktop or mobile device. Of course, this can lead to concerns about data security, but industry security standards can guide app developers in creating a trusted, secure end product.SaaS Accounting App FeaturesThe essential features of a SaaS accounting app will determine whether companies will consider buying it. Licensed software options can be bulky and inflexible, so SaaS accounting apps should only contain necessary features.Here are 10 foundational features that every accounting app should have:1. Accounting reports: A cornerstone of any accounting app should be the ability to see financial statements quickly and easily. Balance sheets and profit/loss reports will always be useful.2. Taxes: For an accounting app, a tax calculator that can handle compound taxes and multiple sales tax rates is a necessity. Companies that operate internationally will also require the ability to figure sales tax in different countries.3. Expenses: The app should make creating and submitting expense reports easy. Employees should be able to upload photos of receipts and track other expenses. Additionally, reimbursement should also be seamless.4. Invoices: When clients have an easy way to see and pay their invoices, they’ll be more likely to pay. Accounting apps should allow clients to view open, overdue, and paid invoices (as well as receive reminders and set up recurring invoices).5. Reporting and Analytics: A good app provides custom reports and data visualization that will help users see trends and distributions.6. Banking: Linked bank accounts should be a primary feature on an accounting app. With banking information linked to other elements of the app, accounts will be kept up-to-date in real time.7. Projects: Keeping track of projects is another useful function. Some features could include billed and unbilled hours, hourly rates, task lists, and progress reports.8. Customization: Users want a customized experience, especially if they can’t afford an expensive software license. Provide the option for users to switch off certain functions and only be charged for the services they use.9. Automation and machine learning: Accounting is often repetitive, and many tasks can be automated. Offloading functions like auditing and payroll onto capable AI will free up employees for other jobs.10. Offers: This feature isn’t 100% necessary in an accounting app, but with all the data on hand, it’s easy to implement. Customers and clients want estimates for what they plan on buying, so include the ability to send offers and estimates.Creating the FrameworkBehind the scenes, a SaaS accounting app needs the right framework to support these features. The following are pieces of the architecture that will make your app tick:• Stateless web servers: A defined, localized system simply won’t support the features required for an accounting app. An accessible, shared database allows several of the functions listed above.• Application programming interface: Customization is key for SaaS apps. APIs allow users to make your app what they want or need it to be. They also keep costs low. Clients won’t need to contact the app developer to ask for changes — they can just make those changes themselves.• Customer support: Of course, not every company will have the technical expertise to make changes, diagnose problems, and create solutions within an app. Some clients might need help, even on basic tasks. That’s why a 24/7 customer support team is necessary.• No hard coding: Because integration and compatibility are such vital parts of a SaaS app, it can’t have hard-coded values (like IP addresses). A considerable number of connections will likely exist, and they must all be flexible without any hard coding that will break in a different situation.• Single sign-on: Accounting apps present a paradox: They should be easy to access but also secure. A single sign-on allows users to enter the app, and secondary authentication ensures security.• Blockchain: Any app that features blockchain technology will stand out from the rest. The security and compatibility offered by blockchain lend itself well to the functions of an accounting app.When creating any new software, it’s critical first to consider your customers and their needs. The clients subscribing to a SaaS accounting app want something different from a tired spreadsheet. Build an app with the right features — underpinned with solid architecture — and it’ll be a success. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Dennis TurpitkaFounder and CEO of Apriorit Dennis Turpitka is founder and CEO of Apriorit, a software development company that provides engineering services globally to tech companies, including Fortune 500 tech giants. Related Posts Tags:#accounting#Fintech#saas#SaaS app#Software as a Service#Software Integration AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces