i-focus finds new flavour

first_imgGlacéau vitaminwater has launched a strawberry and kiwi variant, called i-focus. It contains Vitamins A, B and C and is available in a 500ml bottle.i-focus is the second new flavour to join the range. The launch will be supported by a marketing campaign entitled ’Show us your vits’.”The vibrant pink colour of the new variant will increase shelf stand-out against the remaining seven colours of the glacéau vitaminwater range,” commented Jason Hood, head of glacéau at Coca-Cola Enterprises. He said growth in the functional stills sector has been led by glacéau vitaminwater with the brand now worth £8m in retail sales.last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s welcomes prospective first years

first_imgAccepted members of Saint Mary’s class of 2018 were invited to the College Sunday for Meet Me at the Avenue, a program for students to meet each other and learn more about the campus community.Vice president for enrollment management Mona Bowe said Meet Me at the Avenue is important for prospective students because it is often a young woman’s first visit to campus and the first opportunity for students to meet one another.“Students get to talk to other students and meet their future classmates,” Bowe said.“There are still many months to make decisions about college so [Meet Me at the Avenue] allows students to answer questions they have.”The day began with a ceremony to welcome accepted students to campus, Bowe said. Saint Mary’s president Carol Ann Mooney welcomed students, as well as Sister Veronique Wiedower, vice president for Mission. Incoming student body president McKenna Schuster welcomed the young women on behalf of Student Government Association and the larger student body.Bowe said the prospective students heard from many departments on campus throughout the day, including Information Technology, Sodexho Dining Services and Student Accounts, to discuss the next steps of the acceptance process.This year, the admissions office received the largest number of applications in the recorded history of Saint Mary’s, Bowe said. The office received about 1660 applications, but Saint Mary’s plans to keep the class size at about 430 women.Current students served as greeters, panelists and tour guides in each of the buildings on campus, Bowe said.“We always get comments from visitors about how friendly our students are,” Bowe said. “We want to thank the community for their help.”Junior Rachel Wall served as a student liaison for the Rome study abroad program at the event. She spoke with students interested in the program about her own study abroad experience in Rome and how it shaped her overall Saint Mary’s experience.“The College offers such a unique experience to its students that it would be a shame for anyone to pass it up,” Wall said.Wall said she hoped to get the prospective students and their parents excited about the opportunities that Saint Mary’s and the Rome program have to offer.The day provided an opportunity for current students to interact with prospective students during the academic open house, Wall said. Students and professors from their respective departments discussed what common classroom and study abroad experiences are like at Saint Mary’s.“Meet Me at the Avenue is important to Saint Mary’s because it occurs at a pivotal point in a high school senior’s year,” Wall said. “Saint Mary’s has the opportunity to seal the deal in the minds of the student’s visiting campus.“For many prospective students, today marks the day they can finally see themselves at Saint Mary’s.”Wall said the event served as a pleasant reminder of her own decision to come to Saint Mary’s.“Being involved with Meet Me at the Avenue has made me realize how quickly my time at Saint Mary’s has flown by,” Wall said. “Not too long ago, I was in the shoes of the seniors visiting campus today. … I’m hopeful that all of these young women will find a special place in their heart for Saint Mary’s College.”Tags: Meet Me at the Avenuelast_img read more

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Sports can come back but without fans: Fauci

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp New York mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday he doesn’t want to see large-scale sporting events and concerts with fans come back for a long time.“Those big events should be one of the last things we should bring back online. The last thing we should do is gather 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 people in one place,” de Blasio told CNN.“That is the opposite of social distancing, so I think it could take quite a while.”Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday that his California city might not host large gatherings, such as sporting events and concerts, before 2021.– More will die –“It would be very difficult to see that,” Garcetti said when asked if events would resume in this calendar year.Also, Jeffrey Smith, the chief executive for Santa Clara County in northern California, told ESPN that more people will die if events are staged too early and that only a “major miracle” could lead to the 2020 NFL season starting on time.“It puts the entire country at risk,” said Smith, who overseas the area that includes the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and the NHL’s San Jose Sharks as well as several US college teams.“The fundamental thing is sports is not a local event. If you have people travelling from all over and you have no way of knowing whether they’re infected or not — I mean, 50,000 of them in a stadium is not a good idea.” Dr Anthony Fauci says widespread testing, social distancing and empty stadiums are the key to getting US sports up and running againLos Angeles, United States | AFP |  The top US health and infectious disease specialist says the key to reopening professional sports leagues in America is to have the athletes play games in front of empty stadiums.Anthony Fauci, who is helping coordinate the US response to the global coronavirus pandemic, said reliable antibody testing and fast results are also crucial to the return of sports.“There’s a way of doing that,” Fauci told US Snapchat show “Good Luck America.” “Nobody comes to the stadiums. Put (athletes) in big hotels, wherever you want to play.“Keep them very well-surveilled, but have them tested like every week and make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their families, and just let them play the season out.”Professional sports leagues are in gridlock due to the pandemic that has so far killed nearly 28,000 Americans.The National Basketball Association is pondering a similar model for getting their 2019-20 season restarted in either Las Vegas or the Bahamas.The NBA shut down on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus, and the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer and the Professional Golfers’ Association Tour quickly followed suit.The PGA is reportedly considering a return on June 11 without fans in attendance, starting with a tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, which was originally scheduled for the weekend of May 21-24.The matches would not be played in front of fans, and the PGA may have to play on gallery-free courses for at least the months of June and July.Eight Tour events were postponed on March 17. The PGA Championship and Masters were rescheduled for later in the season.Major League Baseball’s 2020 season, which was due to start March 26, is on hold, as is the LPGA tour and motor racing, while the National Football League is just hoping it will be able to start its season on time in September.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JANUARY 14, 2016

first_imgSONGBIRD IN TUNE FOR HER THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUTTARIS STRETCHES OUT IN THE GRADE II LA CANADA BALTAS TRIO EYES MEGAHERTZ STAKES ON MONDAYMORE THAN LESS GOES IN MARATHON ASTRA STAKESECLIPSE AWARDS TO BE STREAMED ON XPRESSBET.COMARCADIA WALK OF FAME ANNOUNCES NEW INDUCTEES Richard Baltas2474129%50%$421,830 Alex Solis620133%50%$107,424 Mark Glatt2131114%24%$88,360 Mario Gutierrez4867513%38%$305,534 ECLIPSE AWARDS TO BE STREAMED LIVE ON XPRESSBET.COM & DRF.COMThoroughbred racing fans can find exclusive content from behind the scenes of the 45th Annual Eclipse Awards Saturday by following the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, @NTRA, on Twitter.Followers can expect plenty of candid images from backstage in the Sport of Kings Theatre at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino, featuring Eclipse Award winners and the presenters.To join in the social media conversation surrounding the Eclipse Awards, the NTRA is urging viewers to use the hashtag #EclipseAwards. Backstage scenes will be tagged #BehindtheCurtain.In addition to @NTRA, other accounts expected to be very active during the show include those of title sponsors Breeders’ Cup Ltd. (@BreedersCup) and Daily Racing Form (@DRFInsidePost), as well as the industry-supported fan development initiative America’s Best Racing (@ABRLive).The Eclipse Awards will be live streamed on DRF.com  and Xpressbet.com. Pre-show coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time with the ceremony set for 5 p.m.The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and foundation sire Eclipse, who began racing at age five and was undefeated in 18 starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies.The Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements in North America have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Those awards are voted by NTRA, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB). Eclipse Awards also are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing. TRAINER HOPES MORE IS BETTER FOR MORE THAN LESSMore Than Less tries an uncommon distance when she runs in Sunday’s $75,000 Astra Stakes at a mile-and-a-half on turf, but Peter Eurton is hoping for a big effort from a big filly.“She’s a big, tall filly but seems to have a steady pace about her,” the trainer said of the four-year-old daughter of More Than Ready owned by Marc Ferrell.“We think she can get the distance because of her size. The key thing is, hopefully she relaxes and kind of chills for a while.”The Astra will be the first stakes race for the five-year-old Kentucky-bred mare, who finished sixth in a one-mile overnight race Dec. 30, her first start in 10 months. Kent Desormeaux282657%46%$267,540 Patrick Gallagher1031130%50%$206,684 Kristin Mulhall1032130%60%$137,000 Joseph Talamo4378316%42%$337,030 Santiago Gonzalez64149422%42%$512,570 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 10) Peter Eurton1846322%72%$154,370 Rafael Bejarano571412425%53%$684,610 ARCADIA WALK OF CHAMPIONS ANNOUNCES INDUCTEESThe Arcadia Historical Society’s Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions will celebrate the induction of honorees for 2015 and 2016 at a gala on Tuesday, May 24.The event will be held from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the historic core of the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, site of Lucky Baldwin’s landmark Queen Anne Cottage and matching Carriage Barn and birthplace of racing in Southern California. The theme will be “Salute in Red and Black,” honoring Baldwin’s racing colors.Equine inductees will be champions Zenyatta and Lava Man. Champion jockey Chris McCarron, training stars Gary Jones, Ron McAnally, Mike Mitchell, and Mel Stute, and breeder/owner Buddy Johnston’s Old English Rancho also will be honored.Victor Espinoza, the only active jockey to have won racing’s Triple Crown will receive special recognition for his achievements in the sport and community service.Proceeds from the celebration will fund the placement of 24″ by 24″engraved informational bronze plaques in the sidewalks of downtown Arcadia.With the opening of the new Arcadia station of the Metro System Gold Line in March 2016, more attention than ever will be drawn to the business district adjacent to Santa Anita Park.In addition to the Walk of Champions, several other Thoroughbred racing charities will be beneficiaries of the gala, including California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation (which serves the backstretch community with health services), Winners Foundation (providing confidential assistance for troubled members of the community), and California Thoroughbred Foundation (dedicated to the advancement of equine research and education).The Steering Committee for the Walk of Champions includes Beth Costanza, Gail Marshall, and Sandy Snider, all with long ties to the City of Arcadia, who supervised its dedication in the historic downtown of the City of Arcadia on Sept. 27, 2014, as a permanent acknowledgement of the significant role racing has played in not only the city’s storied past, but also its promising future. Santa Anita Park is the Founding Sponsor of the Walk of Champions.The Arcadia Historical Society greatly appreciates any donation made in support of this educational outreach effort.The Society is a not‐for‐profit 501(c) (3), and contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, at Walk of Champions, PO Box 661332, Arcadia, CA, 91066‐1332.FINISH LINES: This Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Santa Anita will offer another of its popular Dollar Days, with draft beers, hot dogs and sodas on sale for just a buck. Santa Anita’s Infield will be open on MLK Day, this Monday. Santa Anita will be dark Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week. Live racing will resume Friday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. . . . Tomorrow’s Late Pick 4 has a guaranteed pool of $300,000, as does the Late Pick 4 on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This weekend, the Late Pick 4 guarantee balloons to $500,000 Saturday and Sunday . . . Two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder arrived Sunday at Santa Anita from Peacefield Farm in Temecula, underwent routine tests, and will head to Julie Adair-Stack‘s facility in Chino Hills to continue preparations for her return to the races, according to Richard Mandella, who has the Grade I Vanity Stakes on June 4 as a long-range goal for the daughter of Henny Hughes owned by B. Wayne Hughes . . . Jockey Mario Gutierrez rides Frank Conversation for Doug O’Neill in Saturday’s $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields . . . Jockey Ty Kennedy packed his tack for greener pastures Sunday, saying he just “needs a break.” He had one win from 19 mounts, with three seconds and two thirds, before departing . . . Guns Loaded, 5-2 morning line favorite in today’s fifth race, has been claimed four times in his last five races . . . Aces high: Out of Patience, 6-1 morning line chance in today’s second race, drew the one hole for the fourth straight time and for the sixth time in his last 10 races . . . Kent Desormeaux is suspended three days (Jan. 16, 17 and 18) for causing interference aboard Let’s Meet in Rio in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes. The horse finished second, and after a stewards’ inquiry, there was no disqualification. Flavien Prat3342612%36%$206,612 Bob Baffert2853518%46%$359,560 Tyler Baze5438106%39%$236,238 Peter Miller3242113%22%$135,520 Mike Smith2442217%33%$385,020 Martin Pedroza2832111%21%$62,260center_img Gary Stevens1631019%25%$360,080 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Karen Headley430075%75%$127,450 Victor Espinoza222319%27%$241,630 Martin Garcia2833611%43%$260,794 ‘SOLID’ THREESOME FOR BALTAS IN MEGAHERTZRichard Baltas expects to have three for the money in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature, the Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf.             “It’s the most I’ve entered in one race, certainly one stakes race,” said Santa Anita’s training leader through 11 racing days with seven victories from 24 starts, a dazzling 29 percent success rate.“All three are solid horses,” Baltas said, “although each has a different running style. We’ll let them run their own race and see how it works out.”Baltas plans to enter front-running Chaulk O Lattey, second in the Kathyrn Crosby at Del Mar Nov. 7; Miss America Stakes runner-up Journey On, who is usually on or in close attendance to the pace; and Tiz a Kiss, a stone closer making her stakes debut.Probable for the Megahertz: Beat of The Drum, Flavien Prat; Chaulk O Lattey, Rafael Bejarano; Glory, Mike Smith; Journey On, Mario Gutierrez; and Tiz a Kiss, Santiago Gonzalez. Steven Miyadi1133127%64%$75,980 Edwin Maldonado3771419%32%$194,390 Alonso Quinonez1935116%47%$126,390 LUCKY SEVEN GOOD SPOT FOR TARIS IN LA CANADA Taris tries to carry her vaunted speed further than she ever has when she runs in Saturday’s Grade II La Canada Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.She won Aqueduct’s Grade III Go for Wand at a mile on Nov. 27, but finished sixth in the Grade III Honeybee going 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park in March of 2014.The 5-year-old Flatter mare drew the outside post position in a field of seven, which should be to her advantage.“I think the outside post is pretty good,” trainer Simon Callaghan said. “I thought maybe there could be some other speed, but we’ll see how the race unfolds.“We’re on the outside and can pretty much go to the lead or sit off it. She’s very tractable or very easy to put wherever we want her.”The field: Tara’s Tango, Martin Garcia, 4-1; supplemental entry Illuminant, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Oscar Party, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1; Honey Ride, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Yahilwa, Mike Smith, 5-2; Birdatthewire, Drayden Van Dyke, 3-1; and Taris, Gary Stevens, 2-1. William Spawr1152045%64%$120,874 Doug O’Neill4043810%38%$202,942 SONGBIRD’S DRILL ‘JUST WHAT WE WANTED’Unbeaten Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird, who will officially be crowned Eclipse Award champion two-year-old filly of 2015 at the ceremonial dinner Saturday at Gulfstream Park, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Thursday in 1:14.40.The Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc. is scheduled to make her three-year-old debut in the Grade II, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile on Feb. 6.“It was real good,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said of the workout. “It was just what we wanted today. She galloped out (seven furlongs) in 1:28.”Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson had fractional times of 26 flat, 38.20, 50.20 and 1:02.40, with a gallop-out time of 1:27.80. TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won David Lopez3262719%47%$183,778 Drayden Van Dyke222119%18%$91,330 Fernando Perez4524114%38%$173,796 Abel Lezcano1621113%25%$84,810 Philip D’Amato2846814%64%$302,820 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Wonlast_img read more

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GRADED STAKES WINNER HEART TO HEART HEADS WEST IN HOPES OF WINNING THE GRADE I, $400,000 SHOEMAKER MILE ON TURF SATURDAY, JUNE 4

first_imgTHE GRADE I, $400,000 SHOEMAKER MILE IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTSRace 6 (of 11) Heart to Heart – Julien Leparoux – 121Twentytwentyvision – Flavien Prat – 121Tourist – Jose Lezcano – 121Home Run Kitten – Joe Talamo – 121Cape Wolfe – Mike Smith – 121Midnight Storm – Rafael Bejarano – 121For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit http://www.santaanita.com/horse-racing/live-racing/.Released on 6/1/16For more information, please contact Alexis Garske at [email protected] or call 626-574-6418. SHOEMAKER MILE FIRST BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE OF THE YEAR OFFERED AT GREAT RACE PLACE             ARCADIA, Calif. (June 1, 2016)–East Coast invader Heart to Heart will hope to take home a trophy to his New York base as the 5-year-old English-bred horse, trained by Brian Lynch heads a field of six in Saturday’s 73rd running of the Grade I, $400,000 Shoemaker Mile on turf for 3-year-olds and up.The Shoemaker Mile is the first of what will be eight total ‘Win & You’re In’ Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races leading up to the World Championships on Nov. 4 & 5 here at The Great Race Place. The Shoemaker Mile winner will be an automatic qualifier, with entry fees waived, into the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Mile.HEART TO HEART: A six-time overall graded stakes winner on the grass, Heart to Heart won the Grade III River City Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 26, the Grade II Ft. Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Jan. 9 and the Grade III Canadian Turf Stakes also at Gulfstream Feb. 27 before running second to Miss Temple City in his last outing, the Grade I, Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes at Keeneland on April 15. The 5-year-old English Channel horse earned a 105 Beyer speed figure for the Maker’s Mile effort, his fourth straight 100-plus rating.Owned by Terry Hamilton, Heart to Heart will again be ridden by East Coast based jockey Julien Leparoux and is 21-9-3-2 overall with $786,030 in earnings.TOURIST: The other East Coast invader, Tourist ships in for trainer Bill Mott and owners WinStar Farm, LLC, Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber and will be seeking his first graded stakes win. The 5-year-old horse by Tiznow last ran at Santa Anita in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Mile where he finished 13th behind Karakonite. Off for much of the early part of 2015, Tourist returned to the Winner’s Circle in his first race back, the More Than Ready Mile Stakes at Kentucky Downs Sept. 5 and followed that with solid third place finishes in the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile Oct. 3 and the Maker’s 46 Mile behind Miss Temple City and Heart to Heart April 15. He is 14-4-2-3 overall with $590,340 in earnings.center_img MIDNIGHT STORM: Second in last year’s edition of the Shoemaker Mile, Midnight Storm, the speedy 5-year-old horse by Pioneerof the Nile, trained by Phil D’Amato will hope to return to earlier form and will most likely find himself on the lead once again Saturday.A winner of the mile and a sixteenth Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar on Nov. 27, Midnight Storm has since run fourth in the Grade I, Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita and a disappointing seventh in the Grade I, mile and an eighth Turf Classic at Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Day. He is 15-5-3-0 overall with earnings of $591,110.TWENTYTWENTYVISION: The 5-year-old gelding by Pollard’s Vision trained by Richard Mandella will seek his first added money victory Saturday but is well on his way to making a name for himself. The least experienced in the field with only 10 lifetime starts but continually improving, Twentytwentyvision has never run out of the money, whether on dirt or grass and will be reunited with Flavien Prat Saturday. He is 10-4-3-3 overall with $289,480 in earnings.last_img read more

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SMA Solar opens state-of-the-art factory in Cape Town

first_img11 December 2014A multimillion-rand manufacturing facility will be opened in Cape Town by SMA Solar Technology, a German manufacturer of solar inverters, on Friday, 12 December.The facility includes a production line and quality test centre for SMA’s Sunny Central inverters, warehousing, as well as the African branch of the SMA Solar Academy training centre.This is the third renewable energy manufacturing facility, supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), to open in the country in the past four months.The factory would contribute to the drive to expand the capabilities of the South African manufacturing industry and to increase the country’s industrial base, the DTI said.Green economyThe green economy has been identified as a key focus area of the Industrial Policy Action Plan, and provides significant opportunities for job creation and economic growth.Minister Rob Davies said that Trade and Investment South Africa (Tisa), a division of his department, had facilitated investments to the value of R3-billion in the manufacturing of equipment and components for the renewable energy industry since the 2013/2014 financial year.“Investment in the green economy therefore contributed significantly to Tisa’s 2013/14 investment pipeline of R60-billion. The current pipeline for the 2014/15 financial year is at R27-billion, with a significant contribution from the green economy [at R10-billion],” he said.Supply chainSMA said it had made the decision to invest in South Africa’s manufacturing capacity in response to the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP), through which 1484 MW of solar photovoltaic projects have been procured.Thorsten Ronge, the managing director of SMA South Africa, said the group chose to set up its manufacturing base in Cape Town as it was close to the existing solar supply chain.The company has already supplied inverters to the recently completed 40MW Linde PV plant in Northern Cape province, as well as to the 75MW Kalkbult project, also in the Northern Cape.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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RWC 2023: South Africa bids for the rights

first_imgAs hosts of the Rugby World Cup, the country would make rugby proud, the South African bid team told the sport’s world body. Revenue projects and fan numbers were also placed higher than those earned in England in 2015.Deputy president Ramaphosa with South Africa’s two World Cup winning captains. (Image: SA Rugby)Sulaiman PhilipThree years after South African rugby was welcomed back on to the international stage, the country hosted and, memorably, won the IRB Rugby World Cup. After three unsuccessful attempts, South Africa has again bid to host the 2023 World Cup.Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa headed a delegation that included South African Rugby Union president Mark Alexander and CEO Jurie Roux, as well as Sport and Recreation Minister Thulas Nxesi. Ramaphosa said South Africa alone could host a tournament that would make rugby proud. “We want to share our passion with the world and provide the sport with a carnival that’s vibrantly African, which will engulf our country, capture a continent and inspire the world.”Speaking of the iconic moments in 1995, Ramaphosa reminded the adjudicating panel that the 1995 World Cup helped to bind South Africa into one nation. “In 2023, we hope to use the Rugby World Cup to inspire and unite not only South Africans, but the global community of nations. In a world facing the threat of polarisation, intolerance and indifference, South Africa is best poised to demonstrate that rugby can break barriers, create hope and unite humanity. The people and government of South Africa are therefore wholeheartedly behind SA Rugby’s bid. We have proven we can deliver.”South Africa’s bid will be judged against those from Ireland and Fance, both rugby-loving nations. However, just as it was for the FIFA World Cup 2010, awarding South Africa the sporting spectacular will allow World Rugby, the sport’s international governing body, to reach new fans across Africa.The South African team believe the country can deliver a lucrative tournament that will beat income from the 2015 tournament in England, which doubled returns from the 2011 tournament, hosted by New Zealand.England attracted 2.47 million ticketed fans while New Zealand hosted 1.6 million in 2011. The South African bid projections suggested 2.9 million ticketed fans across the eight stadiums earmarked as host stadiums in seven cities.Brett Gosper, World Rugby CEO, said the 2015 tournament generated £250-million (R4.5-billion) in tickets revenues, with an £80-million surplus to World Rugby and £15-million surplus to the Rugby Football Union, England’s governing rugby body, to be invested in the development of rugby.South Africa’s bid advances the world body’s intent to create a global sport for all, while remaining true to its values of discipline, integrity, respect, solidarity and passion. For South African school children, the bid aims to introduce a million children to the game through the governing bodies’ Get into Rugby programme.The 2023 hosts will be announced on 15 November.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Does big data today keep the doctor away?

first_imgIs Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology … There’s a small cadre of highly skilled big data professionals and doctors who are leveraging technology to help you live a longer, healthier life. Armed with mountains of government-funded genomic data sets along with mature and easily accessible analytics tools, these technicians and doctors are building apps, tools, and systems which can help you diagnose and treat illnesses ranging from common to catastrophic.Leading that charge is Dexter Hadley, unique in that he is both an engineer and a doctor. Dexter runs the Hadley Lab – a big data laboratory at UCSF Health which develops tech to fight disease and promote health. The Hadley Lab has a mandate to derive value from the mountains of clinical data that UCSF continually generates.  With a research background in genomics and clinical training in pathology, Dexter likes to quip that he “uses big data to practice medicine.”We got a chance to ask Dexter about the innovations that are born at the intersection of technology and medicine and tell us about how the democratization of technology is really impacting people’s lives.So first off, people are probably wondering why and how you became both a doctor AND an engineer?I have always wanted to be a doctor, but my trajectory changed dramatically when I taught myself to program computers at the age of 10 years old. Since then, I have been obsessed with how to leverage computation to better facilitate medicine. That journey took me from an undergraduate education focused on computer programming to medical school at University of Pennsylvania where I earned a master’s degree in engineering, a Ph.D. in genomics, and an MD for good measure. Through stints practicing medicine in an internship in general surgery at Penn, and then later residency in pathology at Stanford, I developed a passion as a physician/scientist to integrate medicine and software engineering in order to improve the delivery of healthcare for doctors and their patients.So, what does the Hadley Lab do and how do you contribute?The Hadley Laboratory leverages big data to improve the practice of medicine and the delivery of healthcare.  Our work generates, annotates, and ultimately reasons over large and diverse data stores to better characterize disease. We develop state-of-the-art data-driven models of clinical intelligence that drive clinical applications to more precisely screen, diagnose, and manage disease. We integrate multiple large data stores to identify novel biomarkers and potential therapeutics for disease. The end point of our work is rapid proofs of concept clinical trials in humans that translate into better patient outcomes and reduced morbidity and mortality across the disease spectrum.  “I’m an equal opportunity scientist.  I care less about the best disease I can study, but more about what disease I can study best– it’s all driven by the data.   And what would you say is the present, future, and ideal state of R&D in this area?At present, I think we are experiencing a continued renaissance of medicine that started with the initial sequencing of the human genome well over a decade ago. Now, we are finally in a position to actually quantify human health and disease in “precision medicine,” a fundamentally different approach to healthcare research and its delivery where our focus is on identifying and correcting individual patient differences rather than making broader generalizations.  While genomics allows us to quantify our molecular self, I think the future is in leveraging all the technology at our fingertips today to better quantify our physical self. As the power of genomics lies in its objective ability to correlate with physical manifestations in the patient, the ideal state of R&D must involve data collection and analysis at both the molecular genotypic level and the more clinical phenotypic level of the patient.  For instance, in the context of a health system, my research integrates large clinical data stores with state-of-the-art big data algorithms, smartphones, web and mobile applications, etc. to first discover and then deliver precision medicine to patients.Sounds like a big part of that future is genomics?Genomics is indeed the future, except it’s clearly more complicated than we initially thought.  Most doctors don’t sit around looking at their patient’s genomic data to develop treatment plans. However, some specialist doctors look at images all day long, such as radiologists and pathologists for instance. We have technology and algorithms today that allows us to build ‘apps’ that can help these specialists. For instance, we are working on a mobile medical app for doctors and their patients to use smartphones to better screen for skin cancer. However, while digital health apps on smartphones represent a convenient screen for skin cancer, the actual diagnosis and subsequent management of skin cancer remains within the genomics realm.So, diagnosis is where the need is right now?The practice of medicine involves screening a general population and diagnosis of suspected cases before intervention on a specific patient. Much of precision medicine research has focused on diagnosis and intervention phases, with less focus on screening. My focus currently is using powerful big data algorithms for population screening of healthy individuals through digital apps. While “anybody” can build an app these days, not everybody has the knowledge, data, and access to the clinical infrastructure to develop clinical-grade algorithms for doctors and their patients.How big of an impact is the “democratization of technology” having on this space?About 6 years ago, Mark Andreessen penned a WSJ editorial that lays out the case for “Why Software Is Eating The World.” How does the average person shop today? Or bank? Or trade stocks? Or find a taxi? Mainly through innovative “apps” that we have come to depend on. I think that inevitably this phenomenon will percolate to our medical world where we now have all the ingredients to do magical things with tech, meaning cheap computation, awesome algorithms, and tons of big data that we continue to generate at breakneck speeds in clinical medicine.For instance, at UCSF Health, we literally have billions of clinical records over almost a million patients that must hold the keys to practice better medicine. If you think about it, the average clinical trial to prove efficacy of an intervention is practically limited to the order of hundreds of patients because of time and monetary constraints. Therefore, our modern health systems allow for the largest clinical trials most appropriately powered for rapid discovery of novel medical interventions. I think that building clinical grade apps based on this big data allows us to immediately deliver the innovative discovery power of our health systems to the hands of physicians and their patients.What would that involve, “building a clinical-grade app”?Building the app is actually the least rigorous part of the process as the ‘clinical-grade’ performance comes from the algorithms that we develop that underlie the app interface. The magic of what we are doing lies in learning patterns from big data that we generate in healthcare. Deep learning is one such method that is a paradigm shift towards ‘cognitive computing’ where computers are essentially trained to think like humans.  Deep learning on big data represents state-of-the-art machine learning today and repeatedly outperforms other more traditional methods. Data is the key piece of this process because these deep learning algorithms are incredibly complex. While much of statistics is based on linear models whose parameters can be accurately estimated with only a few data points, some of the most sophisticated deep learning algorithms have more parameters to estimate than there are atoms in the universe. Therefore, useful deep learning requires big data to accurately estimate parameters that are most predictive. Let’s say one of our readers is interested and wants to develop this app for you, what would you share with them to help get them started?I would definitely encourage them to reach out directly to me through my website. I’m also a member of the Institute for Computational Health Sciences at UCSF, which is dedicated to advancing computational health sciences in research, practice, and education in support of Precision Medicine for all.If any readers are interested in contributing to the project, you can reach Dexter at [email protected] do you think big data today will keep the doctor away? If you liked this article, read more stories about the data impact on the world at www.datamakespossible.com.This article was produced in partnership with Western Digital. 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Caguioa, Helterbrand close ‘Fast and Furious’ chapter of their careers

first_imgMOST READ “I’m happy, but sad at the same time. I’m happy that he’ll be able to spend time with his family and loved ones back in the United States. I’m sad because I’m not gonna be with him every day,” he said. “Sixteen years we’ve played together and we were basically with each other every single day. Now that he’ll be gone in practices and games, it’s gonna be a big adjustment for me. But for him, this one was the best way to go and that’s perfect.”READ: Helterbrand finds perfect time to call it a career Caguioa and Helterbrand had gone the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in the Ginebra franchise. They started as the upstart “Bandana Brothers” days and became the face of the franchise as “The Fast and the Furious” before settling as reliable veterans for this championship team.Though Caguioa admitted he tried to talk Helterbrand out of retiring last year, but he supports his brother’s decision to end his illustrious run in the pro league.“I kind of talked to him out of it after the first championship last year. But this season, I was ready for it. I kind of sensed it, and I know that he’s ready. I’m happy because he’s happy with that decision,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:41Helterbrand finds perfect time to call it a career03:06Ginebra, Meralco expect ‘tough, rough’ finals series to go the distance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Scary start: Cavs dealing with numerous early-season issues CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJayjay Helterbrand, who is capping off a triumphant 17-year career, has asked the Ginebra brass to hold off on any retirement ceremony for him until Mark Caguioa decides to hang up his sneakers too.“I told them that I want to wait until Mark retires and we’ll do it together. I think it will be fitting to do that,” said the 2009 PBA MVP.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH READ: Helterbrand to sign one-year extension with GinebraOverall, Caguioa is just grateful to have someone like Helterbrand for the most of his career, adding that their duo could arguably be one of the longest partnerships the league has ever saw.“It’s very rare to have a partner like him, your tandem for as long as 16 years. This might be the longest tandem the PBA has ever seen,” he said. It may be a long wait for Heltebrand as Caguioa isn’t ready to call it a career just yet.READ: Jayjay Helterbrand announces retirementFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I told him wait for about 10 years, when I’m 47 (years old),” said the MVP of the 2012 season.Caguioa shared that it was bittersweet to see his backcourt partner call it a career, but he also believes that it’s just right for Helterbrand to make his exit while on top with Ginebra’s back-to-back titles. View commentslast_img read more

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Craziest celebrity challenges so far!

first_imgActor Olivia Wilde is the latest entrant in the realm of the ever-popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has taken the celebrity world by storm. However Olivia chose to do things a bit differently!Olivia who gave birth to a baby boy in April, took the challenge by dousing herself with a bucket full of…wait…breast milk!Apparently since Olivia “couldn’t find any water”, she used a whole lot of breast milk for the purpose.She was nominated by Glee star Dianna Agron, and decided to pass on the challenge to Senator Cory Booker, writer Gloria Steinem, and The Artist formerly known as Prince.Here’s the video:So here’s a compilation of the wackiest celebrity ALS Ice Bucket challenges so far!Robert Pattinson’s completion of the challenge using a sauce pan and hoseActor Robert Pattinson after being challenged by Zac Efron to complete the ALS ice bucket challenge, took the help of a sauce pan and a garden hose to complete the dare.”Thanks for your nomination, Efron. Thanks very much,” the Twilight actor is seen telling the camera. “I couldn’t find a bucket on short notice so I had to improvise,” he adds before a friend pours ice over his head out of a sauce pan while another blasts him with a garden hose.Here’s the video:Liam Hemsworth’s fancy dress take on the ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeActor Liam Hemsworth sported a cute green Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles onesie in the Instagram video that was posted after the completion of the task.advertisementHere’s to Liam’s inner child!Take a look at the video:Chris Pratt’s vodkalicious ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeActor Chris Pratt too went the offbeat way when he produced a tiny bottle of Blue Ice Vodka, finishing it off quickly and then taking another challenge and gulping down a bottle of Smirnoff Ice.Smart!Here’s the video:Charlie Sheen’s green rain induced ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeCharlie Sheen turned things around and made it rain cash instead of water. The actor was seen pouring a bucket full of cash on himself, all of which of course he plans to donate to the cause.’Ice is going to melt,’ Sheen says, ‘but this money is going to actually help people.’Here’s the video:last_img read more

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