Greater London Fund for the Blind invites applications

first_img Advertisement Greater London Fund for the Blind is inviting applications for funding through a refreshed Programme Fund, open until May 2019.The Programme Fund exists to support organisations who work, or wish to work, with blind and partially-sighted people within the M25 area. With new funding criteria and application guidelines, GLFB hopes that this fund will provide much needed support for innovative new programmes and vital existing services. Olivia Curno, Chief Executive of GLFB said: “We’re aware that fantastic work is going on across London, but too often this work faces an uncertain future. We wish to enable the people who are working creatively in our communities. We also wish to engage organisations which deliver specialist services which may not be accessible for those who are blind or partially-sighted.‘We therefore welcome applications both from the sight-loss sector and from organisations working in homelessness, mental health, domestic violence and a range of other critical areas who wish to ensure that they can reach and empower blind and partially-sighted people.”Applications should be for work which addresses one or several of GLFB’s priority areas in 2018/19:Improving access to education or employmentSupporting wellbeing and mental healthSupporting independenceWork with minority groupsEye care and prevention of sight lossSupporting blind and partially sighted people facing additional challenges (including, but not limited to, those facing domestic violence, homeless people, refugees, care leavers, parents and carers).The programme is rolling, but remaining quarterly meeting deadlines are:6th February 20198th May 2019 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  103 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14  104 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Greater London Fund for the Blind invites applications Tagged with: Funding London Howard Lake | 23 January 2019 | Newslast_img read more

Cricket News It is the darkest day of my life, says Mithali Raj on Powar’s allegations

first_imgMithali was dropped from the playing XI of the semi-final match against England despite performing well in the group stage matches.She even cleared the air that she had nothing against the T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur but didn’t like the way she gave support to the coach’s decision.Also Read | In Pics: Indian batsmen with MOST Test tons against AustraliaShe said, “I would also like to point out that I have nothing against the T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur except for the fact that her call to support the decision of the coach to leave me out of the eleven was baffling and hurtful’’.”I wanted to win the world cup for my country and it hurts me because we lost a golden opportunity’’, she added.   New Delhi: Legendary Indian woman skipper Mithali Raj on November 27 broke her silence finally on her omission from the World T20 semi-final against the English side and slammed Committee of Administrators’ member Diana Edulji and coach Ramesh Powar. On Thursday, the 35-year old cricketer again tweeted and wrote, ‘’I’m deeply saddened & hurt by the aspersions cast on me. My commitment to the game & 20yrs of playing for my country.The hard work, sweat, in vain. Today, my patriotism doubted, my skill set questioned & all the mudslinging- it’s the darkest day of my life. May god give strength’’.Also Read | Ramesh Powar on Mithali Raj: She was ‘aloof, difficult to handle’Earlier on Tuesday, she said, “For the first time in a 20-year long career, I felt deflated, depressed and let down. I am forced to think if my services to my country are of any value to a few people in power who are out to destroy me and break my confidence’’. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

NBA playoffs 2019: 3 reasons the postseason without LeBron James will be different

first_img3 reasons the NBA playoffs will be different without LeBron James1. Other players in the East will get some much-deserved recognitionWe’ve already seen this throughout the season as Giannis Antetokounmpo has emerged as an MVP favorite after leading the Bucks (60-22) to the best record in the NBA. But with James out of the playoffs, the conversation should now be about the stars in the Eastern Conference.And there are absolutely stars. We already mentioned Antetokounmpo, but Joel Embiid with the 76ers — as long as he’s healthy — will be front and center in the national spotlight and not overshadowed by James. Jimmy Butler will make waves in the playoffs, as well, for Philadelphia, but then other lesser-known players like Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic of the Magic will get some looks, and Raptors forward Pascal Siakam will show everyone just how good he has become.Then players whose names you know will get a little more airtime, like Andre Drummond with the Pistons, D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie with the Nets and Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis with the Pacers.2. There’s intrigue in the EastWatching greatness is a wonderful thing. No one complained about seeing Magic Johnson and Larry Bird face each other year after year. Watching Michael Jordan get to six of eight finals in the ’90s was also great, but in all honesty, it’s nice to see something new.James went to eight straight NBA Finals with the Heat and Cavaliers. This will be the first time since 2010 we won’t be seeing LBJ play for a championship.In some ways, that’s sad, while in others, it’s exciting. We could see Antetokounmpo go up against the Warriors for a seven-game series, or Brad Stevens and the Celtics facing off with Steve Kerr and the Warriors.Kawhi Leonard helped the Spurs win a championship over James and could very well lead the Raptors to the finals. Butler may be the catalyst to get the 76ers over the top.Even the Pacers seem just scrappy enough to fight their way to the final series despite losing their best player, Victor Oladipo. It will be incredibly tough, but Nate McMillan has kept his team playing well, so it wouldn’t be absolutely crazy to see them advance.Sure, none of these teams has James, but everyone likes to see something new. We are guaranteed to get that out of the East this year.3. We actually get to talk about basketballDrama follows James. There is no way around it. Is that his fault? Well, to an extent yes, but, that’s just what happens in the current NBA landscape.Think about all of the storylines surrounding the Lakers this year. How many can you name that were centered around basketball?It’s not many. But you absolutely remember the Anthony Davis trade fiasco, Magic Johnson stepping down as president and rumors James didn’t want Luke Walton to be his coach. As much as that might be intriguing to get you through an 82-game regular season, it’s barely about basketball. Now that the playoffs have rolled around we can talk about Mike Budenholzer changing the Bucks’ game to make them one of the best shooting teams in the league, we can discuss how the Warriors’ weakness may be DeMarcus Cousins’ pick-and-roll defense, we can find out how a Russell Westbrook-Paul George combination works without Carmelo Anthony attached to it in the playoffs and we can see how Denver’s home-court advantage in the Mile High City will affect the postseason as a whole.And that’s just the surface stuff. This postseason can and should be about basketball — that is a great thing. For the first time since 2004-05, LeBron James will not be part of the NBA playoff conversation.His Lakers missed the postseason after posting a 37-45 record in his first year with the team and now some new discussions will open up. Stephen Curry injury update: Warriors have no concerns about star’s anklecenter_img With James not playing in the postseason, new stars have a chance to make it to the NBA Finals.So how does the conversation change with him being left out?  Related News NBA playoffs 2019: Updated odds to win the championshiplast_img read more

Breaking: Theresa May to resign as UK prime minister

first_imgTheresa May has announced that she will quit as Conservative leader and prime minister of the UK on 7th June.The Tory leader made an emotional statement outside Downing Street this Friday morning, saying that she has done her best to deliver a Brexit deal.She said: “I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal. Sadly I have not been able to do so.” Mrs May said that her failure to deliver Brexit would remain a matter of ‘great regret’.The process to select a new leader will begin in the week after Mrs May stands down on 7th June. Breaking: Theresa May to resign as UK prime minister was last modified: May 24th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Big Science Sullies Its Reputation

first_imgThe public will lose confidence in science if its institutions continue to side with the political left.Before reading the news about Big Science’s involvement with politics, let’s review some intuitive principles about science:Science has nothing to do with politics. Scientists are supposed to investigate the natural world.The taxpayers and their servants in government owe nothing to scientists. Anything scientists get is gravy.The government has every right to determine the amount and use of any taxpayer earnings redistributed to scientists.As radical as those principles sound in today’s culture of Big Government, Big Science and Big Media, they are true. A look at the history of science proves it. Although governments have occasionally chosen to support scientific research, most of the work was done privately (e.g., by Robert Boyle and James Joule) or by private institutions (e.g., the Royal Institution that sponsored Michael Faraday). The king of France supported the Paris Academy, but also dictated much of the direction of its research. Private universities have supported science since the Middle Ages, but some of the greatest scientific discoveries were made by individuals working alone, occasionally supported by magnanimous friends (e.g., Edmund Halley to Isaac Newton). Scientists pursued science because they were interested in the subject matter and wanted to know. The love for knowledge—the search to understand how the world works—must be paramount to keep science from corrupting itself. The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.Realistically, though, Big Science needs Big Government, and to a lesser extent, vice versa. Government can benefit from scientific research for national prestige (such as building a popular space program), for national defense (supporting basic research to improve the military), or to improve the life of its citizens with research that leads to cures, innovations (promoting business and trade) and conveniences. These goals often require huge institutions costing a lot of money. But the three principles listed above remain true: government does not owe a scientist anything. If a country wants to do nothing but protect its people, it could in all rights turn scientists loose to fund their own hobbies. Scientists could look for benefactors like Andrew Carnegie or Bill Gates who could give money willingly, instead of by coercion through taxation.Since World War II, however, there’s been an unholy alliance forged between government and science (see Footnote*). We now have the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as powerful interest groups like the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and numerous journal editors, whose lobbyists clamor for their teat on the government sow. Many university professors have left classroom lecturing to spend full time in research on the government dole. Their deans, complicit in the unholy alliance, want to keep the research funds flowing to enhance their institution’s prestige. Lucrative contract awards corrupt scientific ideals and lead to conflicts of interest. Many scientists these days practically view themselves as government employees. No wonder scientific integrity takes a back seat, leading to a crisis of confidence (2/25/17) that never seems to improve despite occasional episodes of hand-wringing by ethicists.Since Big-Government Democrats position themselves as friends of ‘science’ with few qualms about national indebtedness, Big Science (and their uncritical lapdogs in Big Media), tend to lean left in politics. That’s where they think the money will flow easier. (Whether or not that is true is a separate question.) Leftists and Democrats also tend to be less religious, favoring the materialist bias so prevalent in the Darwin-worshiping academy. American scientists, disavowing the American exceptionalism propounded by conservative Republicans, find kindred hearts in European socialist countries, where atheism rules.So closed to alternative viewpoints are university science departments and science reporters now, they can’t even think outside the Democrat box any more. The Pavlovian response (“vote Democrat, get money”) is evident in the following news items, where instinctively anything Republican or Trumpian is viewed as evil, anything Democrat or Clintonian is viewed as good. It’s a package deal. Once aligned with a political party, an institutional scientist will tend to support everything on that party’s platform, whether or not it has anything to do with science. Ring the Democrat bell: watch Big Science salivate. Ring the Republican bell: watch Big Science growl. For this reason, those few scientists outside the leftist echo chamber tend to keep their mouths shut. It’s not fun being surrounded by growling colleagues, even if they know it’s all BS (Big Science). What’s new since the election is political activism promoted by Big Science itself. The corruption is complete.Trump’s policies set to damage health and science, warns The BMJ (Medical Xpress). This blatantly partisan article presents Democrat talking points in the guise of a science story on a science news site. It claims Trump is evil on immigration, wrong in wanting to overturn Obamacare, and a liar because of talk of ‘alternative facts’ by an aide. All his reform proposals are wrong before even getting out the gate. Only leftists at the British Medical Journal get the microphone. Chuck Schumer couldn’t have said it better.Single-payer reform is ‘the only way to fulfill the president’s pledge’ on health care (Medical Xpress). This is an extremely biased argument for socialized medicine. But that’s what the plan by Democrats was all along, wasn’t it? Didn’t Jonathan Gruber (architect of Obamacare) let that cat out of the bag years ago? They had to lie to the stupid Americans, he said, to start the ball rolling.Demise of stream rule won’t revitalize coal industry (Science Magazine). If Trump is for it, the AAAS is against it. “Environmentalists were outraged earlier this month after the Republican-led Congress used an obscure law to erase a new regulation aimed at reducing the environmental damage caused by coal mining…” yada yada yada. Author Warren Cornwall is certainly welcome to his opinion on coal as he favorable quotes Sierra Club laywers, but is it inconceivable for a science society to present a balanced presentation, perhaps to include another view by a pro-energy-independence Republican scientist? In a looking-glass world, couldn’t a science society be outraged at Obama’s ‘attack’ on the coal industry? Couldn’t scientific institutions show concern for the thousands who lost their jobs? Instead, the AAAS publishes this piece as if it’s the only possible position for ‘science’ to take.US drinking water at risk from Trump’s cuts to pollution rules (New Scientist). It’s an old Democrat Party trick: scare people that Republicans are going to poison our water and pollute our air. New Scientist leads off with a photo of a little girl getting a drink of water out of the kitchen tap. You can almost hear the horror movie music coming. Trump’s going to dismantle the EPA with his cabinet pick Scott Pruitt (cue scream on soundtrack). Anything about the toxic spill the EPA caused in Colorado in 2015 under the Obama administration? (NBC News). Anything about the toxic drinking water in Flint, Michigan on Obama’s watch? (CNN). Of course not; only Republicans pollute.Trump’s policy changes put women’s sexual and reproductive health at risk, argues expert (Medical Xpress). So terrible to possibly limit access to abortions. So bad to threaten the ACA. So evil to discriminate against the gender-confused. This broken-record presentation of Clinton/Obama talking points, as expected, employs the Orwellian phrase “women’s reproductive health” as a euphemism for abortion. The reporter shows absolutely no concern whatsoever for the constitutional right to life for the unborn (half of whom are female). Fathers, of course, are ignored completely in the equation; they are not among the ‘oppressed’ in the mindset of identity politics (the latest incarnation of Marxist ideology).New AAAS president emphasizes making the case for science (Science Magazine). Susan Hockfield sees her role as making the AAAS a “force for science,” helping AAAS members “mobilize, energize, and equip science enthusiasts to raise their voices in the public domain.” Science Magazine published one member’s loyal response, “How I’m Standing Up for Science,” where Susan J. Cheng bravely announces her commitment to the cause in the face of the Trump threat (as filtered through Big Media). It reads like a love letter to Dear Leader Hockfield:The morning after President Trump’s inauguration, I woke up to an email from AAAS (the publisher of Science) asking me, “How will you stand up for science?” This was a question I hadn’t thought about or discussed much with other scientists, and I struggled to find my answer. However, after reading about how the Environmental Protection Agency was initially told to remove climate change information from its website and about travel restrictions that affected my colleagues, it was painfully clear that an answer was urgently needed. I wanted to do my part to protect science.Before diagnosing Trump as mentally ill, let’s ask what that actually means (The Conversation). Isn’t it noble that Meron Wondemaghen stands up to all the liberals calling Trump crazy, demanding he be removed as unfit for office? Isn’t it profound that she questions the meaning of ‘mental illness’? Isn’t it sweet that she comes to his defense, saying “Trump’s impulsivity, vulgarity, personal attacks, recklessness and fondness for misinformation are not necessarily symptoms of mental illness.” Such love.An Anti-Trump Incantation: What’s in a Magic Spell? (Live Science). When it comes to diagnosing mental illness, ask yourself what would cause a science reporter to give serious consideration to witchcraft. That’s right; Stephanie Pappas hates Trump so much, she has lost it. She would rather talk about witches casting spells on Trump in a ‘Live Science’ post than to condemn such practice as profoundly irrational, the polar opposite of scientific ideals. Nowhere does she condemn this. Maybe it’s time to change the name to Live Seance.*Footnote:*David Noble: “By about 1943-1944, there was discussion about what the postwar scientific establishment would look like. By this time, the corporations and the universities and the scientists who had been reluctant to take federal funds for fear of taxpayer involvement were now so enamored of the largess that they didn’t want to give it up. And they said, we can’t go backwards — this is the new game — we are going to be taking taxpayer money. But we don’t want the taxpayer involved in what we do….“…. what happened first is that Harley Kilgore, a senator from West Virginia, set up a plan for a ‘National Science Foundation’ whereby the taxpayer — an ordinary citizen, a non-scientist — would sit on committees and panels overseeing the allocation of research funds.“In response to that, Vannevar Bush and his friends put together a counterproposal calling for a ‘National Research Foundation’ — which became more or less what we have in today’s National Science Foundation.The Vannevar Bush et al. legislation said essentially that science would be funded by the taxpayer but controlled by scientists. Again, scientists — this is important to emphasize — are not simply scientists, but scientists and the corporation they work for….“There was a problem with the way the committees and panels overseeing the allocation of research funds would be set up. The problem had a name and the name is DEMOCRACY. The fundamental tenet of the democratic system is that the taxpayers funding something have control over what’s done with the money.“Harry Truman said it was the most undemocratic piece of legislation he'[d even seen and vetoed it. It went through minor changes and because what we have today — a scientific establishment run by scientists with very little political oversight. The key thing is how they kept the taxpayer out was through PEER REVIEW.” (Suzan Mazur, The Origin of Life Circus, pp. 426-427, in an interview with MIT scholar David Noble (1945-2010), whom she calls “The Tarzan of science and technology historians.”)======================Look at the liberals calling Trump crazy while endorsing witchcraft. Look at them calling Republicans intolerant as they engage in violence. Look at them protesting pipelines as they leave mountains of trash behind. You will know them by their fruits. (When they are all fruits and nuts, it’s easier to tell.)Big Science is Fake Science. Big Media is Fake News. Don’t be a mindless dupe like Susan Cheng; her type belong in North Korean army parades of goose-stepping, uniformed rubber ducks.Read history. Read philosophy. Get outside the echo chamber. Learn to think critically. Then, and only then, will you have some hope of understanding ‘science’.(Visited 72 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA Legacy campaign: programme

first_img10 September: Celebrate Our Beautiful Country Thousands of new visitors experienced South Africa during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ and went home with memories to last a lifetime. We impressed the world with our ability to unite for a common cause and create a legacy for our country and children. We now know what we can do when we stand together, so let’s do it again this Friday – by making sure our country stays beautiful for generations to come. Help a matric student with their homework.Collect old textbooks and give them to a library or school.Advise a student on post-matric career choices.Help a student to realise how important education is.Support your Class of 2010 – posterClass of 2010 Pledge – poster 3 September: Do Things Differently The 2010 Fifa World Cup™ marked a massive change in the way we see ourselves and the way the world sees us. This Friday, Fly the Flag for our ability to see things differently, to see challenges where others see obstacles, and no matter what, to make a plan. Do something differently, and acknowledge how each of us made the world see our country in a new light. Visit www.forgood.co.za for how to go about volunteering in your community.Find a young person in your community that you can mentor.Find out how you can work with your local SAPS to make your surroundings safer.Organise a visit to an old age home or hospice.Create your own volunteer project.Volunteer for an existing project.Do Good Week – poster Host a recycling day. Ask everyone to bring in paper, glass, plastic and tins to be recycled and given a new lease on life.Plant a tree at home, at school, at your office or in a community space.Host a clean-up day around the office, your school or community.Celebrate Our Beautiful Country – poster Instead of sending an e-mail, pick up the phone.Call an old friend.Celebrate those who have made a difference in your community, and join them. Put a suggestion box up where people can share their ideas on how to do things differently.Do Things Differently – poster Have a braai to celebrate your heritage – see Braai4Heritage.Wear clothes reflecting your culture.Spend time with someone else from a different culture and learn about their customs.Heritage Day – poster 25 August 2010 Each Friday for the next five weeks, South Africans have been called on to celebrate the things that combine to make them unique – each Friday offering a new theme, and new set of practical things that anyone can do to help build a united, prosperous country. Check out the programme. Put your soul into it!SA Legacy campaign explained27 August: Support your Class of 2010 During the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, South Africans united in support of their team and their country, in the process learning a valuable lesson – that together we can do anything we put our souls into. This Friday, pledge that same support to your Class of 2010 – by doing so, you can give them all the motivation and inspiration they need to succeed, not only in their final examinations, but also in life. Source: Brand South Africa 24 September 2010: Celebrate your Heritage We made the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ the most successful ever. We hosted the world and we celebrated our nation. If we were asked how we achieved what we did, the answer would be easy – because we are South Africans. This Friday, Fly the Flag for your South African Heritage and celebrate our diversity as our source of strength and resilience. We are the soul of South Africa. 17 September: Do Good Week When we stand as one, we can do anything. We can build stadiums. We can host the most successful Fifa World Cup™. So what if we all came together to do something good for each other? This Friday, Fly the Flag by volunteering some of your time and resources to South Africans who need it. last_img read more

It’s Tax Season: Is Your Business Making the Most of Big Data and Tech?

first_imgFollow the Puck Ryan Ayers Related Posts Tags:#tax management#taxes#tech Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Ryan Ayers is a researcher and consultant within multiple industries including information technology, blockchain and business development. Always up for a challenge, Ayers enjoys working with startups as well as Fortune 500 companies. When not at work, Ayers loves reading science fiction novels and watching the LA Clippers. More and more, legislators leverage big data technology for the study and reform of important tax issues that affect businesses. In addition, accounting experts use technology to inform their decision-making when analyzing and debating tax reforms.When running an enterprise, there are many things to consider. Taxes are one thing, however, that you want to set up and do correctly, right from the start in your business. Accordingly, enterprises are leveraging big data technology to come out on top during tax season.Using Data to Mitigate Tax RisksThe IRS maintains a massive database that holds all the tax filings submitted by the nation’s enterprises. The database is freely accessible through the IRS Statistics of Income (SOI) website. Tax specialists use the database to assess clients’ risk for tax audits and to conduct research for client engagements.Big data systems allow enterprises, such as the IRS, to capture and analyze enormous amounts of information.However, tax specialists must have familiarity with the database as well as knowledge of how to use big data systems in order to make the most of this information. Business advisors and accountants are strategically positioned to take advantage of emerging big data technology. In fact, the largest accounting firms employ dedicated teams that use big data analytics technology to solve complex financial issues.The companies that use big data analytics presents an abundance of opportunities for accounting professionals skilled in using big data systems. Organizations – such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the American Accounting Association – provide continuing learning in this regard. For example, the organizations host yearly big data conferences in addition to seminars and webinars aimed at teaching accounting professionals how to leverage big data technology.Keeping Things in OrderToday, figuring out how to manage large amounts of data is one of the biggest challenges faced by enterprise leaders. As an example, Walmart completes over 1 million transactions per hour, generating more than 2.5 petabytes of information. That’s equivalent to 25 million gigabytes of data generated every hour of every day.Tax experts express that the business environment is growing increasingly complex, as the world becomes progressively globalized, and new financial laws continue to emerge.Due to these changes, organizations generate an astonishing amount of information. To remain competitive, they must have the ability to manage the relatively recent windfall of business and consumer data as well as quickly adapt to legislative changes. Some accounting professionals, for instance, need ways to leverage a large volume of information captured from emails and documents to comply with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA).There are two kinds of information from which finance specialists must draw this data: structured and unstructured. Structured data encompasses the type of information that big data systems can analyze easily, such as numbers and statistics. Unstructured data, however, consists of information such as the emails and documents that accounting experts need to comply with FACTA.Unstructured data may also include non-text information such as audio, image and video files. Now, the latest generation of big data systems allow specially trained accountants to find meaningful insights by evaluating unstructured information that is inherently difficult to scrutinize.The Future of Corporate Tax ManagementToday, executives increasingly recognize the value of data-driven decision-making. Using data to make decisions also applies to finance departments that manage complex tax issues. Using big data technology, financial specialists can help organizations overcome challenges such as navigating complicated international transactions or mergers and acquisitions with global partners. Big data systems allow them to intricately analyze these kinds of complex transactions and accurately predict how they will impact an organization’s finances, legal standing and operations.Historically, accounting professionals who are responsible for tax compliance have struggled to manage information stored across various company networks and systems.Thanks to advanced imaging technology, however, information specialists can now collect and evaluate physical documents to produce meaningful reports and build centralized repositories. For organizations that want to bring their accounting systems into a new era, merging their financial information into a centralized database is a powerful first step. Data warehouses eliminate redundancies and errors.For financial professionals, the data warehouse can be part of a company’s legacy network or a dedicated system explicitly used for accounting. Paired with a database extract, transform, load (ETL) function, which standardizes information collected from disparate sources, big data systems automate the gathering, storing and analysis of mission-critical intelligence for features such as tax analysis.Moreover, data mining technology allows financial specialists to find tax-related opportunities, identify risks and avoid the negative impact of uninformed decisions. These kinds of meaningful insights are only possible with the aid of modern big data technology. Big data systems that automate critical financial processes free personnel from tedious manual analyses.Contrary to widely held belief, however, the technology does not place financial professionals’ careers at risk. Instead, it presents an opportunity to use new skills to help organizations make powerful strides toward achieving desired outcomes. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industrylast_img read more

Sumo Has Its First Japanese Yokozuna In Nearly Two Decades

While the criteria for promotion to yokozuna aren’t set in stone, the most common catalyst is winning two Grand Tournaments in a row — or some “equivalent” performance.In this case, Yokozuna Deliberation Council likely considered the fact that Kisenosato had the most total match wins in the six Grand Tournaments of the 2016 season — including four second-place finishes, despite no overall tournament victories. Also, after Hakuho was upset on day 14, Kisenosato had the January tournament wrapped up before the final day, which is considered stronger than a normal tournament win. Then, in his final match against Hakuho, Kisenosato won with a spectacular sukuinage (“beltless arm throw”):For more on the past and present of sumo, including a deep dive into 250 years of data, see The Sumo Matchup Centuries In The Making. Japanese sumo has been in a bit of a funk this century. With the sport dominated by Mongolian yokozuna (“grand champions”) such as Asashoryu, Hakuho and Haramafuji, Japan went 58 tournaments between 2006 and 2016 without producing any tournament winners — despite strict limitations on how many foreigners are even allowed to train. Japan hasn’t produced a yokozuna since Wakanohana earned the rank in 1998, and hasn’t even had a yokozuna active in the sport since Wakanohana’s brother Takanohana retired in 2003.But that drought has suddenly (and somewhat unexpectedly) ended, as the Japan Sumo Association on Wednesday officially promoted January basho (tournament) winner Kisenosato to the sport’s most prestigious rank — despite this being his first ever-tournament win.1I don’t want to surmise what every sumo fan or analyst was thinking, but perusing Google search results from before the January basho, I found hardly anything discussing Kisenosato’s yokozuna chances. Note this is unlike when Goeido and Kotoshogiku won tournaments last year, when virtually all of the media coverage of the next basho was about their yokozuna quests.Kisenosato had previously finished in second place (called “jun-yusho”) a record 12 times without winning a tournament (“yusho”) — though he still has the record for most jun-yusho with only one yusho. Of course, that kind of thing happens when your career coincides with that of Hakuho, a living legend who, while less than a year older than Kisenosato, has won 37 tournaments (and counting). Nine of Kisenosato’s jun-yusho have been as runner-up to the “White Peng.” read more

Kentucky Needs Assessment of Cybersecurity Infrastructure Market Potential

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs is seeking a consultant to study the cybersecurity industry in the state.The study — made possible through assistance from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment — will analyze the state’s current cybersecurity infrastructure (power grids, air traffic controllers, financial systems, communication networks, stored personal identified information) to determine the overall readiness in protecting critical structures and information. Additionally, the study will assess how Kentucky can develop this sector for economic potential.Based on analysis of current readiness, the consultant will make recommendations concerning industry sector opportunities, education, legislation, economic incentives and workforce structure to ensure the commonwealth has efficient and robust systems in place in order to protect statewide infrastructure, organizations and the privacy of its citizens.The RFP is available on the state procurement website. Bid proposals are due June 30.For questions on RFP bid submissions, please contact Holly Callaghan, (502) 564-4932, [email protected] last_img read more