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Lewis makes 2016 Contender debut tonight

first_imgRamel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis, a former finalist in the ‘Wray & Nephew Contender’ series, will make his 2016 debut tonight against Fard ‘The Messenger’ Muhammad from Las Vegas, Nevada, in a five round fight.The fight will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica at 9.30 pm.Lewis, who has a record of six wins, which include three knockouts and three losses, has not fought since May 2014, when he lost to Tsetsi Davis in another Contender bout. He added a lot of weight during this time and had some difficulty coming down to the 147 welterweight limit.LOSING WEIGHTHis camp has stated that he has been working very hard over the past six weeks, that his weight is down to the welterweight limit, and that he is in good condition. He told The Gleaner recently that he is “feeling great, and looking forward to the first fight.”Lewis is known to be a hard-hitting fighter with power in both hands and is always a feared opponent. He is also quite vulnerable, however, as he leaves himself wide open at times.His opponent, Muhammad, is a late replacement and is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, who is making his debut as a professional boxer. His record shows that he has a 3-3 MMA professional record and fought as recently as February 20 as a bantamweight. Fighting as a welterweight tonight, he should not have any problems making that weight and could well be giving away a lot of pounds against Lewis.It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the cleaner style of professional boxing. In MMA, one can use hands and feet and wrestle an opponent to the canvas. Boxing skills are necessary, but are not the primary weapons in MMA. The rules of professional boxing are very different, and Muhammad will have to change his style a lot to cope with the new format.The boxers in the competition are vying for the Wray & Nephew Welterweight Contender 2016 title and prize money of $2 million for the champion, $500,000 for the runner-up, $250,000 for third place, and $200,000 for fourth place.last_img read more

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Spurs worry over Dawson after Fulham’s shock derby victory

first_imgTottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas was left with a potential injury headache following Fulham’s shock 1-0 victory against his team at White Hart Lane.Spurs defender Michael Dawson will be assessed by England’s medical staff after picking up a hamstring strain during the game.Dawson was substituted at half-time and Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted the player will probably miss the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.“Michael will be assessed by the England medical staff in communication with our own to find out if he can make it or not,” Villas-Boas confirmed.“It is something they will have to decide between them but he probably won’t [be available].“He felt his muscle going in the first half and if he’d have carried on he would have been at risk of a major injury.”See also:Spurs lacked organisation, AVB 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Harry: Spurs duo would be happy at QPR

first_imgHarry Redknapp insists a move to QPR would be good for Scott Parker and Jermain Defoe.The Rangers manager wants to sign both players from his former club Tottenham and has had an offer accepted for Parker, who has discussed personal terms but is also wanted by Fulham.Redknapp believes the midfielder, 32, might be better off playing for a promotion-chasing Championship side than choosing to stay in the top flight.“If you’re in this division and playing well it’s better than not playing,” he said.“Sometimes you get more enjoyment at a team looking to go somewhere than a team just hanging in there in the Premier League with no chance of winning anything and maybe in a battle all year to stay in the division.Fernandes is keen to sign Parker.“We feel we’re a club that’s looking to get back up.“If you ask Paul Merson he’ll say that getting promoted when I had him at Portsmouth was one of the happiest times of his career.“We made a good offer to Scott and agreed terms with Tottenham. It’s up to Scott what he wants to do.”Former West Ham star Parker was Tony Fernandes’ first-choice signing when the Malaysian took over as QPR chairman two years ago.He ended up moving to Spurs but Rangers are now hopeful they will be able to bring him to west London.Redknapp added: “We’d love to have him here but it’s up to Scott.“There was an agreement between us and Tottenham but if someone else comes in for him he’s entitled to go there.“The chairman has agreed a deal with [Spurs chairman] Daniel Levy and it’s now up to Scott whether he comes here or goes elsewhere.”There has been speculation that Defoe, 31, will consult England boss Roy Hodgson before deciding whether to join the R’s.And Redknapp, who signed the striker for Spurs and Portsmouth, does not believe Defoe’s chances of being selected for next year’s World Cup in Brazil would be affected should he drop down from the Premier League.Redknapp said: “The manager knows him and he’s not going to become a bad player because he’s playing in the Championship.“Roy knows what Scott Parker and Jermain Defoe can do. He knows who he wants to take and I don’t think whether they play in the Championship or not affects whether they’ll go to Brazil.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Warriors’ Steve Kerr with the latest on Kevin Durant’s injury

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON — Though Kevin Durant will sit out when the Warriors (45-21) visit the Houston Rockets on Wednesday (42-25) with a right ankle contusion, Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed uncertainty about Durant’s availability during the remainder of the team’s four-game trip.“I expect him at some point,” Kerr said. “I don’t know when.”The Warriors play in Oklahoma …last_img read more

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Qantas expects bumper annual profit of up to $A1.4 billion

first_imgAustralian carrier Qantas is predicting another bumper full-year underlying pre-tax profit of $A1.35 billion to $A1.4 billion, making it the second highest in the airline’s history.In a trading update released after the market closed, the airline said it had seen an improving performance from its domestic operations and a “slight moderation” in the challenging conditions facing it in the international market.The result compares to an underlying profit of $A1.53 billion and a net profit of $1.03 billion in 2015-16.“Last year we posted the highest earnings in Qantas’ history and our guidance today would make this year’s underlying profit the second best in almost 100 years. It shows we’re able to keep performing in a mixed global environment,” chief executive Alan Joyce said.“Between our domestic flying businesses, Qantas and Jetstar, and Loyalty we are delivering solid earnings growth.“Internationally it’s still tough, with high levels of capacity growth pushing fares down, but we’ve seen those conditions ease slightly. Because of the work we’ve done to transform Qantas and expand into growth markets, our international businesses are navigating the headwinds better than our key competitors.”Group revenue was down 1.4 per cent to $A3.96 billion in the third quarter and unit revenue was down 1.8 per cent.Domestic unit revenue rose 4.6 per cent compared to the third quarter last year as the airline reduced capacity by 3.7 per cent, including a 19 per cent reduction in the resource sector.It expects the positive trend to continue in the fourth quarter.The airline said tough conditions that have seen other airlines in the Asia-pacific record big profit falls had eased slightly in the third quarter as capacity growth in the broader market slowed.International unit revenue was down by 5.6 per cent year-on-year on a group international capacity increase of 2.2 per cent but the airline said it expected the decline to continue moderating in the fourth quarter as the capacity growth from competitors dropped from high first-half levels to around 5 per cent.“Taking this into account the Qantas Group expects to report an Underlying Profit Before Tax in the range of $1.35 billion to $1.40 billion for the financial year 2017,’’ it said.“This reflects improving performance from group domestic and Qantas Loyalty partially offsetting a relatively weaker, but resilient, group International performance in a highly competitive market.’’The airline said the guidance did not include the impact of bond rate movements which would have an adverse non-cash impact on the underlying profit of $A25 million.last_img read more

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Will data analytics transform our healthcare system?

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…center_img Ronald van Loon Tags:#AI#Big Data#Data analytics#featured#Healthcare#Internet of Things#IoT#IOTW17#top Big data analytics are entirely transforming business paradigms. Automated databases are enabling businesses to perform mundane tasks more efficiently. And, the commercial sector isn’t the only area to benefit from data analytics. Its impact is widespread and is being seen across many different sectors, including healthcare.Access to healthcare facilities is a basic, human need. However, the healthcare sector is extremely expensive, even when compared to the other developed economies. In the United States, the burden of the expense ultimately falls on the consumer since the sector is mostly dominated by private companies. America, however, ends up spending more on its public healthcare system than countries where the system is fully publicly funded.Under such circumstances where people are paying a significantly higher price, they deserve a service that matches the price tag. The question is then: how can data analytics help increase the efficiency of healthcare systems in the United States and around the world?Performance evaluationKeeping a tab on hospital activities by maintaining relevant databases can help administrators find inefficiencies in service provision. Based on the results found from data analysis, specific actions can be taken to reduce the overall costs of a healthcare facility. Reduced costs may be reflected in the form of reduced expense burden on the consumers of those healthcare facilities.According to U.S News and World Report, Beaufort Memorial Hospital in South Carolina found that they could save approximately $435,000 annually by implementing a simple act of discharging patients half a day early. Hospital administration didn’t just make a random decision. They reached their conclusion after carefully analyzing the data. Such is the scope of data analytics in the field of healthcare.Financial PlanningData Analysis also helps administrators to allocate funds efficiently. An organization can achieve maximum transparency in terms of finances by incorporating automated database systems. The chances of embezzlement and fraud can be reduced significantly. The United States spends approximately 7.4% of public spending on the healthcare sector. A significant amount of money is lost annually due to fraudulent activities in the health sector. George Zachariah, who is a consultant at Dynamics Research Corporation in Andover, says that “In recent times it has become imperative for the organizations to use analytics tools to track fraudulent behavior and incorrect payments.”Patient SatisfactionWe have already established the idea that by incorporating analytics in healthcare systems we can improve the efficiency of the organization in terms of administrative tasks. However, the core objective of a healthcare facility is to cater to the needs of patients. Data analytics has not only proven to be beneficial for the mundane tasks related to administration but also to have a positive impact on a patient’s overall experience. By maintaining a database of patients’ records and medical histories a hospital facility can cut down the cost of unnecessary, repetitive processes.In addition, analytics can help in keeping an updated record of a patient’s health. With the adoption of more advanced analytics techniques, healthcare facilities can even remind patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle and provide lifestyle choices based on their medical conditions. After all, the whole purpose of introducing digital technology in the health sector is to make sure that people are getting the best facilities at a subsidized cost.Healthcare managementAutomating the processes can help healthcare organizations to obtain useful metrics about the population. It can reveal information such as if a certain segment of the population is more prone to a certain disease. Moreover, if a healthcare facility is operated in multiple units, analytics can prove beneficial to ensure the consistency across all facilities and specific departments. For example, Blue Cross of Idaho used Pyramid Analytics BI office to create a population health program. The results were evident in the form of reduced ER visits and emergency cases.Quality scores and outcome analysisUnder certain circumstances, a patient requires consultation from various specialists. Analytics can play a significant role in filling the communication gaps between consultants in such situations. It is important for each of the consultants to coordinate for the patient’s quick recovery. However, owing to the busy schedules of the consultants most of the time it proves to be very inconvenient for them to communicate. Digitalizing can solve the problem by providing a communication medium where patients data, medical history, and current progress can be stored and reviewed by each individual working on that case. By keeping a continuous check on patients’ health, cases of readmission can also be greatly reduced. A regional medical center can employ analytics to strategically classify patients based on their quality scores and allocate maximum resources to patients most at risk.Labor utilizationIn addition to the patients’ data, hospitals and healthcare facilities can also store staff’s data. They can observe staff performance and find any loopholes or inefficiencies in the system. Based on the results, they can arrange that staff is divided strategically across departments. Some healthcare units call for more staff than others. Failure to understand the organization’s requirements will lead to a loss for both stakeholders.If you are interested in learning more about how data analytics will transform the healthcare systems in the United States and across the world, then join the Pyramid Analytics webinar hosted by Ronald van Loon and Angelika Klidas.For more interesting insights about Big Data Analytics follow me on Linkedin and Twitter.last_img read more