Big numbers for Beijing

first_imgThe IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 could potentially be the biggest world championship in the 15 editions of the event, which started in 1983 and ranks among the world’s leading sports events.With one week to go, final entries indicate that 207 IAAF member federations will send representatives to the Chinese capital for the most important sporting event of the year.The previous highest number of participating federations was 203, at the last championships in Moscow two years ago.No less than 1,936 athletes (1043 men and 893 women) have been entered.SLIGHTLY LESS NUMBERSAlthough the number of athletes that will finally participate in Beijing will be slightly less, as is normal, this figure still compares favourably with the current highest total of 1895 who competed at the 2009 championships in Berlin.The numbers have been boosted by the IAAF’s innovative system introduced ahead of these championships of inviting athletes who had not already been entered by the deadline of midnight (Central European Time) Monday, August 10, on the basis of them being among the best ranked in their event (apart from in long distance and walking disciplines) in order to bring an event up to an optimum number of competitors as established by the IAAF.The IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015, is expected to set the standard for the sport’s future championships, with the world’s best athletes going through their paces in the same magnificent Bird’s Nest stadium that was the centrepiece for the 2008 Olympic Games.As already announced, the Bird’s Nest stadium will be full for all the evening sessions across the nine days with an audience of 50,000 spectators.- IAAFlast_img read more

Imam Kamara Appeals for ‘Secular State’

first_imgImam Sheik Omaru Kamara has appealed to Liberians to let Liberia remain a secular state to ensure peace and freedom of worship in the country for all.Speaking to over one hundred worshippers at the 72nd SKD Boulevard Mosque at the regular Friday prayers, which coincided with the observance of the National Fast and Prayer Day, Imam Kamara, who is also chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia, said worshipping God (Arabic Allah) is a blessed privilege that must not be undermined. According to the Islamic preacher, Liberians should pray to God for forgiveness of their sins, and for guidance and strength to serve the nation.“That is why Muslims pray five times a day. There is no problem in the world that has not been solved by the mercy and compassion of God even during the days of Adam and Eve,” he said.The Chief Imam condemned any proposition that could undermine the stability of the functions of other religions and their followers. God is watching over everybody and the need for Muslims as well as every other Liberian worshipper of God to live free and in peace cannot be overemphasized, said the Muslim cleric.Imam Kamara called on Liberians to stop insulting and condemning government officials and other leaders unnecessarily, saying it is only good to oppose a leader when he goes against the teachings of God such as denying justice to people and the freedom to have a fair share of what belongs to the general population.He narrated the story of Jonah (in the Holy Qu’ran and Bible) which teaches a lesson on disobedience and explained that Jonah, who was also one of the prophets of God, disobeyed God and was punished by allowing a ship’s crew to throw him into the sea. “This,” he said, “was meant to teach Jonah a lesson that disobeying God’s orders meant denying himself true life.”The Imam said God rescued Jonah and re-ordered him to go and preach the message to the people of Nineveh so they may repent of their sins and worship God.Imam Kamara explained that the essence of Jonah’s story is to tell Liberians that God has already saved the nation from many calamities for which Liberians are yet to satisfactorily glorify Him.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MVTC Seeks Autonomous Status

first_imgCampus of the MVTChosts over 300 trainees and faculty staff.The Joint Committee on Education, Youth and Sports and the Judiciary of the House of Representatives is reviewing a Bill to make the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) an autonomous (self-governing) agency.The draft law aims to detach the MVTC from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.MVTC is a governmental institution managed and supervised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports. It is located on the Somalia Drive, in Paynesville, outside Monrovia. The institution is the country’s largest vocational training center, with an aim to empower young people through skills training.Members of the House of Representatives during the 43rd day sitting on Thursday, July 5, forwarded the Act to the Joint Committee following a communication from Representative Jimmy Smith of Montserrado County District #2.“It will interest you to note that the MVTC, which is considered the largest vocational training center in our nation, is not given the appropriate attention and support by authorities at the Ministry of Youth and Sports to allow our youth get quality technical vocational education,” the communication said.“After a detailed research and analysis, I have come to realize that this is due to a bureaucratic bottleneck system at the Ministry of Youths and Sports that does not allow MVTC Director or any administrator to access funds the institution generate, least to talk about teachers’ payment, except the minister and his/her deputies at the Ministry of Youths and Sports,” Smith’s communication saidRep. Smith added, “I have also realized that MVTC under the supervision of the Ministry of Youths and Sports does not have an Act or Board of Directors, before we talk about the exploration of any possibility for sisterly relationship with other international technical institutions.”Further, Smith said: “This bureaucratic system has gone to the extent that even the MVTC’s director and his deputies cannot approve a petty cash for hygienic purpose, not even to purchase educational materials to benefit the students, except the Minister of Youths & Sports and his/her deputies.”He argued that granting the institution an autonomous status will greatly speed up its importance and give students the necessary quality technical vocational education that is needed to rebuild the nation.In 2015, the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) constructed new buildings and refurbished the compound. The MVTC, which covers 6,000 square meters, is equipped with sufficient and modern facilities, including designs to meet the needs of training more young Liberians. It has one teaching, laboratory, administrative building each for training purposes and two dormitories for faculty and students with a library which can host 300 persons at a time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A longtime problem

first_imgWHILE it’s good to see underperforming city workers fired for not doing their jobs, it’s still not clear how the removal of transportation chief Gloria Jeff will fix the city’s traffic problems. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa fired Jeff last week after just one year. She was brought in as someone who could solve L.A.’s problems, but either wasn’t up to the job or the problems were too big for her. But the department’s failings go back further than Jeff. In large part, the city’s traffic woes stem from things far outside the control of a mere bureaucrat. At their root, they are about the city’s political system, which has traditionally given carte blanche to politically friendly developers, with little consequences to long-term impacts such as traffic congestion. It’s time for a top-to-bottom shake-up of the Transportation Department, with strong leadership that will address the needs of the people, not the special interests.last_img read more

‘Aliens in London would be more likely!’ Foxes will NOT defend title – Ranieri

first_img1 Claudio Ranieri insists he is unlikely to get his hands of the Premier League title again Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri believes it is more likely that aliens will land in London than the Foxes will defend their Premier League title this season.The Italian expects big-spending Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea – all also boosted by the arrivals of new, top class, managers – to mount strong challenges after they all faltered last season.Leicester go to Hull on Saturday to start the defence of the shock league crown, which they won last season by an unprecedented runaway ten points, having been 5000-1 shots at the beginning of the campaign.But Ranieri, who signed a new contract until 2020 on Wednesday, has already dismissed their chances of retaining the title and believes extraterrestrials arriving in the capital is more likely.“It’s easier for ET to come to Piccadilly Circus,” he said. “I work to be safe and continue to build a team, anything more that happens is fantastic.“It is normal that we can’t win the league. For this reason I say the bookmakers must do 6,000-1.“It is impossible. It is more difficult than last season.“Of course they [Leicester’s title rivals] are stronger because they can’t make a mistake another year.“They lost one season and in the life of those big teams that can happen but, altogether, it only happens once in lifetime.“I am very curious, all the world is curious, what will happen with Leicester. I am very curious to see where we finish.“Of course the big teams are ready to fight for the title, we are ready to defend our title but we know it is a difficult gap, last season we made something unbelievable.“But now the big teams will come back, I am sure.”last_img read more

Chelsea face midfield blow ahead of Tottenham clash

first_img Latest Football News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 BEST OF huge blow Kovacic not even in the Croatia squad despite Rakitic’s absence. I just spoke to some Croatian journalists who said he didn’t train yesterday & there’s a suggestion of a small muscle injury #cfc— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) November 18, 2018When asked how the the injury is after the game, Kovacic replied: “Good, better.”Chelsea are not short of options in midfield, with Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek ready to fill in should Kovacic be unavailable.Barkley has staked his claim for a starting position ahead of Kovacic with three goals and three assists in the Premier League this season, while Loftus-Cheek bagged a hat-trick in the Europa League against BATE Borisov. Kovacic is racing to be fit for the derby Kovacic has impressed in his short time in west London Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Kovacic played no part in his country’s 2-1 defeat to England at Wembley on Sunday and ESPN reporter Liam Twoney revealed he did not train the previous day.However, there is hope the Real Madrid loanee will recover in time for the London derby. ADVICE center_img getty Chelsea could be without midfield star Mateo Kovacic when they face Tottenham on Saturday.The Croatian is a major doubt for the game after picking up a muscular injury during the international break. no dice The Blues signed Kovacic on a season-loan from the Bernabeu during the summer, as part of a move which saw Thibaut Courtois go to Madrid.While he is yet to open his Chelsea account, the midfielder has been an integral part of Maurizio Sarri’s incredible unbeaten run in all competitions.The west London side are the only team in Europe who remain undefeated this season, although they are four points behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move last_img read more

Retirement Webinar Series

first_imgPlease mark your calendars for two great web conferences designed to give a comprehensive view of retirement options and savings strategies for military and civilian personnel.On July 10 at 2 p.m. ET, Dr. Barbara O’Neill will present “Retire Ready: Financial Planning for Later Life,” which will cover retirement trends, retirement planning tools, 10 timeless retirement planning tips, sources of retirement income, and military retirement benefits. A member of the Military Families Learning Network’s Personal Finance concentration area’s leadership team, this is the second professional development web conference Dr. O’Neill has presented on behalf of the MFLN. Dr. O’Neill is a professor at Rutgers University and is Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Specialist in Financial Resource Management.On July 25 at 1 p.m. ET, Paula Gradwell of the Thrift Investment Board will present a web conference on Thrift Savings Plans, which will offer more details on this unique savings plan offered to military personnel.Both web conferences will be hosted on the DCA/DOD Adobe platform, which requires the installation of security certificates. Learn more about installation here.We hope to see you at these two informative conferences about retirement. However, if you cannot join these live events, please check Personal Finance webinars.last_img read more

UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid C.F.’s remarkable Cristiano Ronaldo again delivers when it matters

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo just seems to get better and better.On Saturday he made the difference yet again with two goals to help Real Madrid secure a third Champions League title in four years as they crushed Juventus 4-1 in a riveting final.For all the talk of tactics, the threat posed by the Italian champions and the romantic notion of Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon finally claiming a Champions League winner’s medal, Ronaldo yet again found a way to hog the headlines.Of course, Real’s win was about much more than the contribution of their Portugal forward.When Juventus enjoyed spells of pressure in the first half, they largely held firm. After Mario Mandzukic scored an incredible first-half equaliser with an audacious overhead kick, Real didn’t let the Italians get away from them.And whatever French coach Zinedine Zidane told his Real players at halftime succeeded in producing a display of dominance that, once Brazilian Casemiro had put them 2-1 up on the hour, never looked in danger of ending in anything other than celebrations.But it was impossible to ignore Ronaldo, as his team mate Toni Kroos was quick to point out.”You need a guy to score the goals and he did it again,” said the Germany international.Strikes in each half from Ronaldo made him the first player to score in three finals in the Champions League era, adding to his goals in the 2008 and 2014 showpieces for Manchester United and Real respectively.TOP SCORERHis second on Saturday, to make it 3-1 in the 64th minute, put the game beyond Juve and made him top scorer in this season’s Champions League with 12 goals — one more than Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who he is constantly compared to.advertisementIt also happened to be Ronaldo’s 600th career goal for club and country.The former Benfica and United winger-turned-striker turned 32 in February but far from fading he is as dangerous as ever — perhaps even more effective than in his younger days.In the past 12 months Ronaldo has won two Champions League titles, the European Championship with Portugal, claimed a Spanish league title and the World Club Cup and on an individual level been awarded the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s ‘Best’ award.”Again, I’ve had an amazing season. Me and my team-mates have done the double. The numbers don’t lie. I’m very happy – an amazing season, we’ve won trophies. This is one of the best moments of my career – I have the chance to say this every year,” he said.”The squad has been great and it’s been good for me individually, too. I prepared myself well for the final part of the season and I scored some important goals.”Ronaldo was handed the Man of the Match award by his former manager Alex Ferguson, a reminder of his early years as a devastatingly quick winger at Manchester United, with whom he won his first Champions League final, and of course scored.Now 32, most of the tricks are on show only in the warm up as he concentrates his efforts on that instinct and killer touch that all truly great strikers possess and that have helped him plunder at least 40 goals in each of the last seven seasons.His first goal at the Principality Stadium to put Real ahead in the 20th minute against Juve illustrated that perfectly as he had the wit to lay the ball off to Dani Carvajal on his right and then the smartness to hold, wait for the cut-back pass and then use his technique to bury the ball in the bottom corner.For his second, Ronaldo read and anticipated Luka Modric’s burst to the byline, timed his run perfectly and met the Croatian’s low cross with a deft touch that lifted the ball over the helpless Buffon.Class, quality and the killer touch, all when it matters most. Would anyone bet against him doing it all again next year?last_img read more

Show-and-tell at ESC Silicon Valley 2017

first_imgI was just pondering the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley, which will take place December 5-7, 2017, at the San Jose Convention Center.Up until a few years ago, I used to bounce over Silicon Valley every couple of months or so. More recently, my trips to California have fallen off, while others have taken their place. In a couple of weeks’ time, for example, I’ll be traveling to Munich, Germany (to meet with some companies); then on to London, England (to meet with some more companies); then continuing to Herning, Denmark (to give the Keynote presentation at the Electronics of Tomorrow conference); after which I return to America just in time to attend ESC Minneapolis. Phew! I’m too young for all this excitement. The point is that, since I now visit Silicon Valley relatively infrequently, I’ll have a lot of catching up to do regarding seeing friends and visiting companies.But that’s not what I wanted to talk to you about LOL.In addition to all the tempting sessions at ESC Silicon Valley (check out the full schedule), and in addition to the fact I’ll be giving two sessions of my own (see Advanced Technologies for 21st Century Embedded Systems and Building an Artificial Brain ), one of the things we tend to do is a little “show and tell.”By “we” I mean some of the regular attendees and myself. And, by “show and tell” I mean that we bring interesting “things” (components, systems, bits of old technology, etc.) to pass around and discuss.One of the devices I’ll be bringing to this year’s show-and-tell is a smart lightbulb. I was introduced to these little beauties a couple of months ago by my chum, Rick Curl, who sent me a link to a website accompanied by a note saying, “Trust me, order a 4-pack of these right now.”Rick demonstrating one use for a smart lightbulb (Source: Rick Curl) I do trust Rick, so I bounced over to the website and ordered an 8-pack, just to make sure. I’ve been having fun showing these little scamps to people ever since.Another thing I’ll be bringing is a Lixie display. These have the “feel” of a Nixie tube, but they are illuminated by tri-state LEDs. The funny thing is that, even though these little scamps are state-of-the-art (laser-etched acrylic illuminated by semiconductor diodes), they are actually based on an early 1950s display technology.Lixie (Source: Connor Nishijima) I love these little rascals. In fact, I’m using 12 of the little beauties to create a Countdown Timer (see Awesome LED-Based Nixie Tubes and Building a Countdown Timer Using Lixies). Everyone who sees one “in the flesh” is really impressed, so I’m definitely going to be bringing an Arduino-driven Lixie to our show-and-tell.Last but certainly not least, I recently acquired a refurbished Western Electric #7 Dial for 500 series telephones from the 1950s.Lixie (Source: Max Maxfield) This really takes me back to when I was a kid and the only phones we knew boasted big, black, molded plastic housings covering a steel chassis with the rotary dialing mechanism in the center. These beasts were designed to handle the rigors of everyday use for a long, long time, which explains why so many of them continue to function to this day.There’s something strangely satisfying about using the rotary dial, which is why I’ve decided to employ it as one of the ways to enter a target date into my Countdown Timer (see Using Arduino and Rotary Telephone Dial to Control ‘Stuff’ and Lixies + Rotary Telephone Dial = ‘Ooh, Shiny!’).Yes, of course I’ll be bringing this little beauty to the show-and-tell. Will you be attending ESC Silicon Valley? If so, and if you see me ambling around, stop me to say “Hi” and I’ll be delighted to regale you with my show-and-tell offerings. I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention. Continue Reading Previous Brain-Stem-Storming at ESC Minneapolis 2017Next Maybe we aren’t as ready for IoT as we thought Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more