first_imgThis year Smoky Mountain was invited to the State Dual Championship for the second year in a row.  The Mustangs were seeded 5th in the top of the West bracket and slated to face number 4 seed Hunter Huss at Chase High School.  Chase was the 1 seed and they were facing 8 seed Monroe High School.When I matched us up against Hunter Huss on paper it looked like a close match.  I knew our lightweights were going to have a really tough night as all of the Huss lightweights were solid up to 138.  We knew we were getting a forfeit at 106 which Hunter Lassiter picked up but the rest were experienced upper classmen against our lineup of freshmen and one sophomore.  I adjusted our lineup to cover the opening we hat at 132 and to create a better match up at 120 but it didn’t work out as well as I had hoped.  We didn’t pick up a win until Jeffery Woodard stepped on the mat at 138.  He matched up against an excellent wrestler and fell behind in the first period but never lost his cool and wrestled at his pace and kept intense pressure on his opponent wearing him down and pinned him late in the second period.  Following Woodard’s win Andy Houston at 145 took a quick 1 minute pin and things picked up for us.  Tony Houston at 152 ran into an excellent counter wrestler and lost along with Gabe Rodriguez at 160.  Coleman Elders stepped in at 170 and at the end of the first period fought to a 0 to 0 score but took control in the second period and pinned his opponent with 30 seconds remaining in the period for the win.  From there we had a tough run through 182 to 220 but Andrew Lillard at 285 closed out the match with a hard fought decision win 6 to 1.The final score was Hunter Huss 51, Smoky Mountain 27.  This ended out dual meet season.  We are now focusing all of our efforts on the regional tournament set for 10 and 11 Feb at West Lincoln High School.last_img read more

first_img17 May 2004It was twenty-one minutes past noon in Switzerland when the envelope was opened, its contents withdrawn and Fifa President Sepp Blatter’s long-awaited words, barely audible above the noise, were spoken.At 12:21 on 15 May 2004, history had been made: it was the time of Africa and South Africa to stage the world’s greatest sporting festival.“I am delighted that an African association has earned the right to host the Fifa World Cup”, said the head of world football’s governing body as the South African bidding delegation embraced before a press conference at the World Trade Center in Zurich.Meanwhile elated journalists, many sporting workman’s helmets, blew “vuvuzela” plastic horns and sang the traditional African “Shosholoza” anthem in the packed auditorium.The South African team, including former president Nelson Mandela, bid chairman Irvin Khoza and chief executive Danny Jordaan, were invited onto the stage to answer questions.With 14 votes to Morocco’s 10 and Egypt’s none, South Africa had been chosen as hosts of the 2010 Fifa World Cup from the first round of voting.“Each member of the executive committee was called on by the general secretary to cast his vote by secret ballot. Under these conditions, we can only know the choice of each executive committee member by asking them individually”, Blatter said in reply to a journalist’s question before giving the floor to the winning delegation.“This is for Africa”, said a remarkably controlled Irwin Khoza. “For 44 million South Africans, this is for you. We have the jewel in the crown of sporting events.”‘I feel like a young man of 15’Over recent months, Nelson Mandela had campaigned tirelessly to promote his nation’s bid.Sitting next to Blatter, South Africa’s former president, who spent 27 of his 85 years in prison under the apartheid regime, could not hold back his tears, and they fell freely down his cheeks.“I feel like a young man of 15”, Mandela said to laughter. But, typically, his first thought was for others – the people of Morocco, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. “You must not be discouraged”, Mandela said. “It is no reflection of your efforts. Next time when you compete, you may be luckier.”“South Africans should treat this decision with humility and without arrogance because we are, after all, equal”, Mandela said with a booming voice that sent a shiver down the spine, prompting one Egyptian journalist to stand up and say: “We love you Nelson Mandela”.‘It is wonderful to be an African today’Speaking through experience, Danny Jordaan, who had been involved in South Africa’s one-vote final-round defeat four years ago, also took time to sympathise with his African “brothers”.“The World Cup decision is a big victory for one and a massive defeat for others”, he said. “But let us join hands and move forward to deliver an outstanding world cup – so we don’t have to wait 100 more years to stage another one.“The dream of a nation has come true today”, Jordaan said. “Some South Africans may not have food or a job, but they now have hope. Fifa has said Africa is worthy. It is wonderful to be an African today!”Speaking later, Jordaan said he believed the World Cup would not only be a success, but help unify a nation.“We have talked about this moment for four years. The world cup will help unify our people. If there is one thing on this planet that has the power to bind people together, it is football.“My country is ready to welcome the world”, Jordaan said. “With our colourful dress, songs and dances, I can assure you 2010 will be something the world has never seen before at a World Cup.”Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

first_imgEnterprises are expected to spend on average 34 percent of their IT budgets on cloud hosting and services in 2017, according to 451 Research.  That’s up from 28 percent 2016.The breakdown of cloud spending is as follows:31 percent – infrastructure42 percent – application services14 percent – managed services9 percent – security services5 percent – professional services for cloud enablementLiam Eagle, research manager at 451 Research, said that “the market for managed infrastructure and application services is a longer tail market, with greater opportunities for providers who emphasise expertise in operating, optimizing and securing the infrastructure and application products they deliver.”last_img read more

first_imgWhat will the device be used for? Senior clinicians may use the device to look up information and monitor their patients when they are on call. Mid-level clinicians may use their mobile device to help them make better decisions and to seek guidance from more senior members of the care team.How much data entry will be performed on the device? Certain form factors lend themselves better to view only or capturing data in simple forms, requiring minimal data entry versus more intensive data entry where a keyboard and mouse would be necessary. Look for peripheral compatibility to ease the transition for new tablet users.What information will be presented on the device? Viewing medical images and videos requires a certain amount of screen real estate. High-definition screens improve the experience, especially when used for patient education and engagement.How long must the battery last per charge? Typical shifts last from 8 to 12 hours. Unless multiple docking stations are readily available that charge the device or batteries can be hot swapped, then battery life should last the duration of the longest shift for the unit.Are multitasking and collaboration required? The ability to open multiple windows and move between them, such as between a unified communication application and the EHR, helps improve clinician workflow. Clinician collaboration is made possible with the ability to share a screen view and use videoconferencing at the same time.”I think the real impact is going to come when some of these major vendors start writing applications for the native Windows 8 platform, with the swiping, pinch-and- zoom, and touch controls natively understood by the application and leveraged to their fullest extent,” said Timothy Young, end-user device engineering manager, Penn Medicine.The ability to deploy Intel-based tablets running Windows 8 Pro as a managed device is very attractive to IT executives. However, the underlying infrastructure — device management tools, security systems, WiFi networking — and the IT support staff must be ready to support Windows 8 from end to end before devices are widely deployed to end users.Part 2 of this blog series will feature real-world case studies of tablets in healthcare.To learn more about how tablets are enabling productivity at Shanghai Longhua Hospital, see the video below:Opens in a new window When an industry as time-sensitive as healthcare implements new technology, the priority is to make the transition as smooth as possible. Disruption is never ideal, but when patients’ lives are on the line, a drop in productivity could have significant consequences. To seamlessly integrate new technology, standardization and user familiarity are key. Once standardization and familiarity are taken into consideration, IT managers must consider employees’ needs from a holistic viewpoint.In the first of this 2-part series, I will feature the factors IDC Health Insights author Lynne A. Dunbrack believes that healthcare organizations should consider when choosing tablets. In the second part, I share some real-world case studies featuring PC tablet usage in healthcare.In the comments section, share what tablet features you think are most important in a health care environment.  For me, I value the ability to get the best information available to my Dr and attending nurses about both my personal medical history, my current diagnostics and any information from other specialists in their hands – while maintaining my personal privacy. Chris @chris_p_intelWhat’s Driving the Demand for Healthcare Tablets?The following three trends play a significant role in healthcare professionals’ tablet adoption:Increasing adoption of mobile technology, in particular tablets. According to the most recent Pew Internet Project statistics, 31% of consumers own a tablet computer and 45% own a smartphone.Consumerization of technology. As clinicians become more facile with tablet devices for personal use, they will want to use them professionally to care for their patients and will expect similar levels of capabilities; for example, on-demand access to healthcare information.Meaningful use mandates physician utilization of electronic health records (EHRs). To qualify for Stage 2 Meaningful Use incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), physicians will have to increase their use of certified EHRs. Tablets make it easier for highly mobile clinical workers to access health information and document care as they make their rounds through the hospital and see patients in the physician’s office.The Right Device for the Right TaskDifferent use cases will dictate different types of devices and form factors. Before selecting and deploying mobile point of care devices, healthcare organizations should ask the following questions: For more conversations about IT Center and tablets in healthcare, click on the hashtags below:#itcenter #InsideTabletslast_img read more

first_imgAfter winning three successive international tournaments, badminton mavin Saina Nehwal is confident of conquering the next month’s World Championship in Paris.”Considering the way I am playing and the results that I have achieved so far, I hope to win this tournament,” Saina said on the sidelines of a felicitation programme by BAI and Premier Brands.The world number three won the India Open Grand Prix Gold in Chennai, Singapore Open Super Series and also defended her Indonesian Open Super series crown recently.Her red-hot form also won her captain’s cap for the elite competition, where India are fielding a nine-member team.”I don’t know why I have been made the captain but I can say I will give my best and cheer my teammates. For everything else it has to be my coach Gopi sir,” said Saina, who was presented with 24-carat gold coins by Premier Brands, the official sponsor of the Indian team.The other members of the team for the August 23-29 competition, are Aditi Mutatkar, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa, Chetan Anand, P Kashyap, Sanave Thomas, Rupesh Kumar and V Diju.The Hyderabadi said she laid emphasis on her fitness and strokes in the last six months and it showed in her performance.”I worked on my fitness a lot and also playing less tournaments this year and devoting more time in training has helped me improve strokes as well. So my stamina and range of strokes came good during these matches,” she said.Saina said she does not fear facing strong Chinese player and is ready to take them on the World Championship.advertisement”Chinese are beatable and I have proved that in the past.They are the powerhouse of badminton but all the countries have also improved a lot now and I have always been comfortable against them,” Saina said.Asked about rankings, Saina said,” It is just a number.You play well, it moves up and you lose it goes down but I want to be the number one and I know if I can keep doing the hard work, I will.last_img read more

first_imgSanju Samson, who replaced injured Ambati Rayudu in the Indian squad for the remainder of Zimbabwe tour, today said he was happy and excited to don the country’s colours.”I am very happy and excited that I have been given a chance to play in the Indian team,” Samson told reporters.”The Indian team is the world’s best team. I am very lucky to get a call to play for the country,” he added.He said Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) president T C Mathew had informed him and congratulated him for his selection to the Indian team. The wicket keeper-batsman, who was unaware of his selection, said he was at a loss of words when Mathew congratulated him.”I asked him why I was being congratulated and he told me I had been selected to the Indian team,” said Samson.The young cricketer was all praise for KCA for giving him all support throughout his cricketing career. Samson plays for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.last_img read more