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Sasol backs SA women’s football

first_img26 June 2013Women’s football in South Africa has received a huge boost, with Sasol signing a new four-year deal with the SA Football Association (Safa).The petroleum and chemical company will remain as the headline sponsor of the South African national women’s team, Banyana Banyana, and will continue its support of the Sasol League, the country’s leading women’s football league.The deal sees an established partnership further cemented and the continuation of the work that was started four years ago when Sasol came on board as the sponsor of Banyana Banyana.Amaglug-glugSasol and football have a history dating back to the days of Amaglug-glug (South Africa’s under-23 national soccer team), which got its nickname from the petroleum giant’s sponsorship. The company has been involved in the development of local football ever since.In the last four years, it has played a leading role in the development of women’s football and has also been a key enabler of women empowerment through football, which is in line with the company’s position of supporting the South African campaign for gender equity.Olympic GamesMost notably, with Sasol’s support, Banyana Banyana qualified for the Olympic Games in 2012. The women’s football event featured only 12 teams, four fewer than the Women’s World Cup, which South Africa has not yet qualified to attend. The team’s results included a goalless draw with reigning World Cup champions Japan.Banyana Banyana are currently ranked 51st in the world and fourth in Africa. They finished as runners-up in the 2012 African Women’s Championship.“We are very proud that Sasol, in partnership with Safa, is making a significant impact on developing women in sport from the ground up,” Nolitha Fakude, executive director at Sasol, said in a statement on Tuesday.“Our players have done Sasol and South Africa proud as they have continued to improve and showcase their talent on the global sporting stage.”Sasol LeagueThe Sasol League has 144 teams nationwide and with each province having 16 teams. It has afforded many players the opportunity to further their studies at top tertiary institutions while still playing football.“The Sasol sponsorship has played an integral role in what we have been trying to achieve with women’s football,” said Safa president Kirsten Nematandani. “It has allowed our ladies to participate in international competitions and that has helped develop the national team.“We are excited by the renewal of the sponsorship as this allows us to extend the development opportunities to more female footballers and to continue our work in women’s football,” Nematandani said.“Our challenge to other corporate companies is to emulate the nation building spirit of Sasol.”SAinfo reporter and South African Football Associationlast_img read more

The Healthcare System: An Apple Tablet’s Biggest Opportunity

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike kirkwood Apple’s “iTablet” – whatever it may be – could be destined to transform our care delivery system in a major way. For years, key hardware vendors like Panasonic, Toshiba, HP and Intel have been working hard to embed tablet computers into hospitals. The promise of improved clinical information systems, based on real-time information updates across patient touchpoints could be a workflow game changer. If the tablet becomes the tool that is carried with a nurse or doctor on their travels from patient to patient, it will save time, money and lives by enabling the first “always updated” system.Unfulfilled OpportunityConsidering the massive expense of implementing an electronic health record (EHR) system – for example the $4 billion spent by Kaiser Permanente – data synchronization is a huge investment for the healthcare system. At the national level, the Office of National Coordinator (ONC) is administering billions of dollars of stimulus dollars to help systems move forward into the electronic realm. But early today, the ONC’s Charles Friedman told a FDA interoperability meeting that in 2008, a mere 4% of systems in the United States qualify as “fully functional” electronic health record systems. With all the fantastic and innovative work that has gone into creating a healthcare specific devices, such as Panasonic’s series of tablet PCs, it’s not the mainstream yet. A big part of this reason is usability of the software. Clearly, vendors have been building creative and durable machines. But in a similar way that earlier smartphones now seem clumsy compared to the iPhone, we haven’t yet seen a product that is amazing. Something like what we think the Apple tablet could be would change this landscape overnight and may be priced at a point that’s much less than other medical devices on the market. Mobile Health MomentumThe iPhone has already changed the face of healthcare. Apple shared this fact at last year’s iPhone OS 3.0 release and within the keynote at WWDC. The momentum that started with consumer applications has moved to forward-looking doctors and health providers. We know that it is becoming common practice for some doctors and nurses to carry both their company-issued Blackberry and their personally purchased iPhone. There are already amazing applications in the market. AirStrip allows doctors to monitor patient vital signs and receive alerts from afar. There are now personal health records that can be carried and updated from anywhere. Additionally, there are information-rich applications that allow nurses, doctors and patients to look up health information in real time. Last week during the Haiti tragedy, an injured individual was able to use an iPhone to treat himself using an first aid application on the iPhone. Clinician Ready Apple and EPIC systems have been collaborating to release the first version of MyChartManager on the iPhone. EPIC is a leading provider of EHR in the United States, and powers systems such as Kaiser Permanente and Palo Alto Medical Foundation in the Bay Area, to name a few. The application, named Haiku was released on Jan. 13, 2010, and several health systems are in the process of testing it. It’s a clear contender for the “killer app” in the hospital setting. Looking at the screenshots, it’s clear that more screen real estate would be ideal – which means it may be just the right time for an iTablet-like device to emerge on the market.It’s the AppsIt is nearly certain that iPhone OS 4.0 will create a path for existing applications to “upsize” to a tablet device, and this includes size. The medical category today is already the highest-aggregate-priced category on the App Store today, and with the promise of applications inside the clinical walls, the opportunity gets much larger. The iPhone-to-tablet combination may be the biggest reason that a tablet is successful in the market, since the entire iPhone developer community will be able to deliver on this new platform. With Apple’s success in having an integrated OS that shares core libraries across both the Mac and iPhone, it is likely that a table device will also connect with apps from both the iPhone and the Mac.Workflow Wish ListHaving had the opportunity to observe clinical workflow and talk with several healthcare providers – including Kaiser Permanente and the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital – we’ve compiled a list of device capabilities that would change healthcare. Our wishlist includes:Real-time observations, including vitals signs: It is amazing that many systems still require doctors or nurses to take down vitals on pencil and paper, even when an EHR is in place. Shift changes: Shift transitions between nurses can be greatly improved by having a device that is mobile and moves freely with each part of the staff, so that the shift exchange is a workflow generated process that isn’t tied to a physical location. Nurses move, the system should too.Rich content delivery: The ability to share with a patient what is going to happen in rich detail, including video, can be a major force in improving readiness of the patient.Video: Bringing remote feeds right into the emergency room, outpatient setting or other environment should be easier than ever before.Family and friends: Offering a feature for family and friends to directly communicate with the patient is a huge opportunity. A tablet may be the perfect device to enable more personal discussion and check-ins with family members in the hospital, near or far.PredictionIf Apple does in fact show a tablet device at the Jan. 27 event, hospitals around the country will react with pilot programs, and we will see tablets and Macs join the iPhone in helping deliver healthcare with a new era of style and grace. It is also true that Apple will have an uphill battle getting past corporate IT; getting support in the enterprise as a new class of device is a daunting challenge. But the “iTablet” will give visionary IT leaders more opportunity to change the status quo and look to the future.We can hear the doctor already: “Take two moments to fire up your iTablet, and teleconference me in the morning.”What do you think, could a tablet be the product that brings Apple inside the hospital walls and improve the system?Photo credit: Balazs Gal. 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Serena Williams wins Perth season-opener ahead of Grand Slam tilt

first_imgSerena Williams of the United States serves during her match against Maria Sakkari of Greece at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)PERTH, Australia — Serena Williams overcame a sluggish start to power past Maria Sakkari in straight-sets at the Hopman Cup on Monday in her first competitive match since melting down in the U.S. Open final.The 37-year-old was rusty and down an early break but did enough to record a comfortable 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory in one hour and 44 minutes in the women’s singles match.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was an error-strewn start for Williams, who struggled to land her first serve and was broken in the third game. She could have been in a bigger hole if not for saving break points in her first and third service games.A vocal Williams tried to pump herself up in a bid to shake off the stupor and raised her arms skyward after holding serve in the fifth game. A confident Sakkari held the edge until losing her nerve attempting to close out the set in the 10th game.Williams then found her range and dominated the tie break to wrap up the first set in 63 minutes. She broke twice in the second set and closed it out with an ace.Williams is a two-time Hopman Cup winner, having triumphed in 2003 with James Blake and five years later alongside Mardy Fish.In the earlier men’s singles match, No.15 ranked Tsitsipas overcame a second set wobble to defeat Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3. It was a confidence boost for the Greek rising star after his shock straight-sets loss to unheralded British played Cameron Norrie on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid The result leveled the tie between the United States and Greece, but Williams and playing partner Frances Tiafoe lost the later mixed doubles match in three sets to Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas .Even though both her ankles were strapped and required medical attention during the change of sets, Williams moved freely and looked sharper as the match wore on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“It was my first match back. I was making a lot of errors,” Williams said. “It was great to be back out on match day.”The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion lost an exhibition match against sister Venus in Abu Dhabi last week, but the Hopman Cup is her first competitive event since her controversial defeat to Japan’s Naomi Osaka at Flushing Meadows in September. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The fancied Greece kept its tournament alive with a 4-1, 1-4, 4-2 victory in the mixed doubles after an opening defeat against Britain.The United States will battle Switzerland in a showpiece fixture on Tuesday, which pits Williams against fellow tennis legend Roger Federer in the mixed doubles.“As a player it’s something that you would dream of playing Roger Federer,” Williams told reporters. “It’s only mixed doubles, but still it’s like a dream come true for me.”The 37-year-olds have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them — Federer a record 20 in men’s tennis — and are arguably the best ever.The match in Perth is expected to be a sellout.“I really look forward to sharing the stadium with him,” said Williams, who will be chasing a record-equaling 24th major at the Australian Open next month. “It’s going to be special.”Their showdown has added spice, with the United States’ title hopes hanging by a thread after the loss to Greece.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Genie Bouchard gives herself pass mark after comeback win PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more