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Olympics – Australia closer to sports lottery for funding athletes


MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s federal  athlete’s sports activities minister Greg Hunt has thrown his weight behind a push for a countywide lottery Olympics 
Australia had its worst medal haul in 24 years at the 2016 Rio Games, finishing tenth in the standings to continue a decline that has set in considering consecutive top-5 finishes at the house 2000 Sydney Games and in Athens 4 years later.
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The Inconsistencies of Pro Athletes


Professionalism is the competence or skill expected of a professional. A professional is a person engaged in a specific activity as one’s main paid occupation. An athlete is or should be proficient in sports and other forms of physical activity. So, at the end of the day, professional athletes get paid to play and are expected to do so, at the very least, on a more consistent basis than that of… non-professional athletes. However, most “professional” athletes do not play consistently and should be held accountable accordingly.

Being a professional athlete is or should be the highest level of athleticism possible, but that’s not the case because pro-athletes are always rated on the “what have you did for me lately?” theory, per-say, or the last time they had a chance to do something, what did they do? So they are constantly being rated and everything that they do, fail or succeed, is accounted for. Which would explain why there are professional stars and professionals that are not “stars”. And of course, the stars are the more consistent athletes in their particular field and obviously, they take their jobs more serious than the average pro-athlete.

Though I’ve played on many different non-professional teams of many different sports, I have never had the opportunity to play on a professional team, but there was always an implied expectation of everyone on the team, and if a player could not live up to that expectation, then change was very necessary, because nobody wants to lose, professional, nor non-professional, recreational or any other level of play. Sometimes, no… a lot of times, I watch professional sports and I don’t understand how these professional teams tolerate when these paid professional athletes don’t play up to their expectation. When we watch sports being played on TV, we expect to see how the sport should be played at it’s best, kind of like the example of perfection.

If a sales person doesn’t close the sale, then they don’t get paid. Most doctors and lawyers only get one chance to foul up a patient or a case, then their career is, at least, seriously tainted, therefore affecting their income. A mechanic that can’t fix a flat tire is not going to make any money. None of those professions are compensated nearly as much as pro-athletes but are held to much higher standards. Yet, somehow, a pro-athlete can drop a game-winning touchdown pass and not only keep his job, but also maintain his income while laughing and joking about how he disappointed his team and his fans. How is that? Anybody can do that. A professional baseball player that hasn’t gotten a hit in his last 15 games is still able to keep his job and his income is not affected at all. How is that? Anybody can NOT perform. Anybody can NOT live to up to the task. So, why are they still on the team and why are they still getting paid? I don’t understand. If I was the coach/owner I would be highly upset and change would definitely be necessary.

Most professional athletes take for granted the opportunity that they have been given. For every pro-athlete, there are much more non-professional undiscovered athletes that could do the same job just as well, if not better. Professional sports tolerate way too much failure. There are professional teams that have never won a championship, yet they employ the same members of their staff for several years. Why do they continue to allow this to happen? Pro athletes get paid a lot of money for doing basically nothing, enjoying their lives, playing in the backyard, and the least that they could do is take their “jobs” seriously and perform when it’s their turn to perform and set the example that is expected of them or is held accountable for not being up to the task.


Making the Unbelievable Possible – Saudi Arabia Women in the Olympics



It was among the most amazing incidents of Rio Olympics ever seen, Kariman Abuljudayal was participating in the 100 m sprint, but she was looking a bit different from the rest of the runners. Karima had a hijab put on her face and her whole body was covered in black velvet, making her one out of three girls of Saudi Arabia to participate in the biggest congregation of games; the Olympics.

Last year, Sara Akhtar from Saudi Arabia took part in the 4×800 m relay, she too had her entire body covered up and even after losing her share to brag the ticket to the finals, she did a commendable job.

It is customary in Saudi Arabia for women to be clad with a burka from head to toe, exposing her eyes and hands to carry on the daily household works, there are strict rules and regulations, especially for women where their entry is regularly monitored by the men of the family. Trusts and public hangouts or any form of physical and social communication with men outside family relation is viewed as liable for prosecution.

Sara moved to the states in her early twenties and left behind her the conservative lifestyle of women of Arab and had the freedom to choose her wardrobe by herself. Many women like the Sarah found the male dominant attitude of the society to be smothering their aspirations, most of them moved overseas and have established a life of dignity and self-respect.

The Saudi Arabia government imposes strict laws against women and even deprives them of the basic right of freedom of speech and expressions and restricting their life’s behind the smoky cauldron of the kitchen stands.

Until 2012 no women were allowed to participate in the Olympics and as of now, only a few sports have been given due allowance perceived by the Arabian government to be ” preservation of the dignified”, making the women stay out of the sports, which involves wearing taut outfits like gymnastics and wrestling.

One such incident happened when Kariman’s shirt slipped an inch and a half during running and it was feared that a fatwa might be released against her demanding her execution or the mob might pelt stones and make her bleed to death.

Such type of incidents are no longer uncommon in Saudi Arabia, it is the rape victims, who are blamed and given no rehabilitation at all, instead of providing them with proper counseling and medical supervision they are imprisoned and cracked whips upon.

Up till now, no measures have been taken to re-establish the status of women in the society. Saudi Arabia still remains to be the unfortunate country for women.

Managing Your Lottery Pool With a Mobile App



Last year in January, when the size of the jackpot in the Powerball lottery was increased by another $100 million, it made breaking news across the country as the grand prize reached an estimated $1.5 billion!

Lottery lovers went crazy and created groups to buy tickets together, sharing them with the hope that it would increase their chances of hitting the jackpot. Well, who wouldn’t be fascinated by incredibly huge jackpots?

Forming lottery pools is a smart idea, though. That’s because you get to benefit from the investment of your coworkers and friends and turn the odds of winning the jackpot – even the slightest bit – in your favor.

However, winning the lottery is easier said than done and it takes a lot of effort. After all, lottery pools may have tens of people who spend thousands of dollars month after month to buy tickets and it’s a daunting task to collect payment, manage tickets and distribute winnings without error.

Getting a mobile app that helps you manage your lottery pool can help you as it gives you the tools you need to manage large lottery pools and liberate yourself from human error and tedious tasks right on your smartphone.

How Can a Mobile App Help?

You need to work smart – and not hard – as a lottery pool captain. In addition to purchasing lottery tickets for the pool, you have to track tens (or even hundreds) of members, manage payments, share data on lottery tickets as well as calculate payouts for each individual member.

Maintaining a profitable lottery pool requires a lot of work, but with mobile apps, all of these tedious tasks are made simple. You may wonder, “How is that so?” Here’s a look at some of the features you should look for in a lottery pool management app:

Scan Tickets & Track Lottery Numbers

The lottery numbers on your tickets can easily be recognized and stored. All you have to do is take a picture and the rest is handled by the image processing technology and pattern matching algorithms. At the time of the draw, your numbers are automatically compared against winning numbers, and you are informed about the amount of money your pool wins.

Publish Images of Ticket as Proof

You can share every scanned ticket with each member of your pool via SMS, Email or social channels like Twitter, WhatsApp, and Facebook. This ensures an enjoyable Powerball lottery pool experience.

Individual Payout Calculation Ensures Timely Payments

You can track pool members and their individual payments. Each person could have different amounts of money to contribute across multiple draws, and tracking all of these numbers becomes a whole lot easier with mobile apps. Moreover, it also automatically notifies each member of the pool the amount of money they won.