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Stubbs, Puzz send Panthers into Niclai

first_imgJake White and AJ Stubbs each had 15 points, Isaac Puzz added 14 more and the McKinleyville Panthers boys basketball team beat its rival, the Arcata Tigers, 70-56 Monday night, breaking a tie between the two teams for third place in the Big 5 Conference and securing the last available ticket to the Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament.“We love to battle with Arcata,” McKinleyville head coach Sonny Tripp said. “We knew tonight was going to be a great game.”The Panthers showed up prepared, quickly …last_img read more

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South Africa’s 2010 venues on target

first_imgAll eyes are on Johannesburg’s Soccer City, which will be the centre of the universe in just 16 months when it hosts both the opening ceremony and 2010 World Cup final. A recent major storm in Nelspruit resulted in some minor damage to the Mbombela Stadium, affecting 10 precast seating beams and one roof bay. However, the project is 60% complete, and is also on target to meet its deadlines. Former Dutch Sport Minister Erica Terpstra is rarely short of words, but when she led a delegation representing 37 Dutch companies on a 2010 World Cup Trade Mission to South Africa late last year, she was left speechless by Durban’s Moses Mabhida stadium. Again, project managers say they are satisfied with the progress and that the venue is now 67% complete. 16 January 2009 Like most of South Africa’s World Cup stadiums, Durban is firmly on track to meet its Fifa deadlines. The next step will be the construction of the compression ring, which will give the roof, bowl and arch the strength required to hold it together. Project managers say they are on target to meet all their deadlines. Cape Town’s Green Point stadium – the other semi-final venue – is now framed by a massive compression ring which will support the glass roof which is now being constructed in New York. That’s one less thing for South Africa to worry about with the biggest single-code sporting event in the world – let’s not mince words: the biggest spectator event in the world, period – looming fast. Of course, there have been some hiccups. Port Elizabeth is still licking its wounds after missing its deadlines for June’s Confederations Cup, but city officials say they have now set their sights on “the big one”, and that the stadium is 70% complete. In a nutshell, the army of architects, planners and construction workers tasked with building some of the finest stadiums in the world (in record time) are producing the goods. “Of all the stadiums we saw, that one is special – it would turn heads anywhere,” Terpstra said. All major refurbishments to the Confederations Cup stadiums – the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, and Ellis Park in Johannesburg – have been completed. In addition, the grass pitch is already being manicured on a farm in the Boland! This week, the last piece of the massive Y-shaped arch above the stadium was inserted to complete the 105 metre-high structure which has changed the city’s skyline. Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more

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Praise for SA’s efforts to transform accountancy profession

first_img24 April 2014 The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) has been recognised by the World Bank for its efforts to transform the profession through its Thuthuka bursary programme, as well as for upholding high standards in accounting and financial reporting in South Africa. The World Bank’s report on South Africa’s regulatory system was commissioned by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Released earlier this year, the report commended the bursary programme as a “world first”. The report, titled Coverage of Standards and Codes: Accounting and Auditing, said Saica had “taken decisive steps to transform the profession. The black membership of professional accountancy organisations has increased during the past 10 years with the implementation of the Thuthuka programme. “Universities are actively increasing their number of black students by participating in the Thuthuka initiative, and by allowing entrance into extended programmes for black students who do not fully meet the admission requirements,” the report stated.Student enrolment South Africa’s Council on Higher Education, an independent statutory body, reports that from 1994 to 2007, total student enrolment in higher education had grown from 425 000 students to 761 000 students, with the proportion of Africans growing from 43% in 1998 to 67% in 2007. “The gender and racial demographics for Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA) students have changed dramatically over the past nine years,” the report said. “In 2003 the number of female CTA students as a percentage of total enrolment was approximately 28% and increased to 50% in 2011. Black students comprised 25.8% of total CTA enrolment in 2003, compared to 38.8% in 2011.” A Saica senior executive Chantyl Mulder said, “I am pleased that an independent and credible body such as the World Bank recognise the ground-breaking work that Saica is doing in transforming the profession thus far.” World Bank representative Patrick Kabuya said: “South Africa has implemented a number of commendable accountancy profession reforms in the past decade that have contributed to strengthening its financial reporting systems. The systems have contributed to the advancement of governance and financial accountability which are critical pillars of enhancing business environment and country competitiveness.”Accreditation Saica works closely with its 13 accredited universities and is making progress in accrediting other universities, particularly historically disadvantaged universities, such as Walter Sisulu University and the University of Zululand. Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has asked Saica use the Thuthuka Bursary Fund model to target priority professions such as actuarial science, engineering, medicine and education, as part of South Africa’s Human Resources Development plan. [Saica’s] Thuthuka development model is also set to be exported to other African countries and developing nations, Business Day reported. Read the full report on the World Bank’s website. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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WEF Africa 2016: connecting Africa’s resources through digital transformation

first_imgWith Africa’s economy under pressure, the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, will look at how the continent’s technology industry can help overcome its challenges.Rwanda’s capital, Kigali will host this year’s WEF Africa. (Image: Flickr, Lori Howe)Africa’s positive economic outlook is under pressure – mainly due to adverse changes in the global economy – and is expected to remain just below 5% in 2016.As many countries in the region improve their investment climate and undertake macroeconomic policy reforms, foreign direct investment flows are expected to continue to grow, although at a slower pace.Low global prices for major commodity exports, currency devaluations and debt sustainability considerations, as well as geosecurity threats that have weakened growth in some countries underscore the urgent need for economic diversification for sustained inclusive growth.In this context, Africa’s leaders need to pursue new approaches to ignite structural transformation, particularly in the face of rapid technological changes that have the potential to create new industries and reduce inequality.Under the theme Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation, the 26th World Economic Forum on Africa, being held in Kigali, Rwanda, between 11-13 May, will bring together regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society.They will discuss digital economy catalysts that can drive radical structural transformation, strengthen public-private collaboration on key global and regional challenges, and agree on strategic actions that can deliver shared prosperity across the continent.Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, has dramatically transformed since the 1994 genocide. The country is emerging as a regional high-tech hub and boasts one of sub-Saharan Africa’s fastest GDP growth rates. It is one of the continent’s most competitive economies and a top reformer in improving the business environment.This remarkable progress showcases the country’s rapid evolution as a knowledge economy, powered by smart policies and investments. Nonetheless, further reforms and alliances are called for to accelerate development by leveraging digital transformation to expand socio-economic opportunities.South Africa will be sending a delegation to Kigali for the conference. Follow them on Twitter using #SAinKigali.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

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Tough love: Yeng Guiao downplays tongue-lashing towards Poy Erram in NLEX loss

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Alaska took a 23-17 lead after the first quarter and the Road Warriors ultimately folded under the Aces’ pressure.“Of course we’re very disappointed, I thought we could at least give ourselves a chance to win the game but we never got to the point where we threatened Alaska,” said Guiao. “So I guess that’s the more disappointing thing to us is that we were not able to give ourselves a chance to be in the game and put a little more pressure on Alaska.”“We know this is our most important game this conference but we did not play it the way the occasion was called for,” added Guiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew NLEX coach Yeng Guiao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Yeng Guiao is known for his fiery demeanor that he often unleashes during games.Be it on game officials, opposing players, or even his own team, no one is safe from Guiao’s competitive fire and it was once again in full display when NLEX lost to Alaska, 88-80, in the do-or-die game for the last playoffs spot in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Former Air Force receiver hoping NFL is a dream delayed Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “I admit what I did and I want to apologize for it,” said Erram. “My emotions got the best of me. Sorry for doing that, I’m only human. I make mistakes and now I regret it.”“Sometimes I do stupid things but that’s now who I am. I am a working progress. Again I sincerely apologize for this instance,” added Erram.Guiao said that him cursing and shouting at his players is normal for the team and the Road Warriors have accepted that kind of tough love.“That’s normal for us, they accept that,” said Guiao. “We talk about that prior to them joining the team, so it’s just part of our culture.Guiao said that he is disappointed with the loss especially with how the Road Warriors failed to put up a respectable fight against the Aces.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Guiao called a timeout with 3:32 left in the first quarter with the Aces leading 33-22 and it was star center Poy Erram who was on the receiving end of an earful from the multi-titled mentor.“Be stronger, you’re too easy to push around,” said Guiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsErram, though, took his criticism positively and he owned up to his mistake after finishing with 10 points ad 19 rebounds.The 6-foot-7 center took to Twitter to air his side regarding the incident where he acknowledged that he was wrong and Guiao was only motivating the Road Warriors.last_img read more