first_imgAbby Baierl’s three-point play propels Dons to road winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterRIB LAKE — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic girls basketball team kicked off its 2015-16 season with a come-from-behind 42-39 nonconference win at Rib Lake on Tuesday night.Jessica Trad had 16 points, and Marissa Immerfall added 11 for the Dons. Trad was 4-for-4, and Immerfall 5-for-6 from the free throw line.Columbus Catholic was down nine with seven minutes to go before rallying to take the lead with about 90 seconds left.After Rib Lake regained the lead, Abby Baierl converted a three-point play to put the Dons ahead 41-39.A Bailey Nieder free throw added to the Dons’ lead, and Rib Lake turned the ball over near midcourt to end the game.“I thought the girls did a great job on defense,” first-year coach Rhonda Keding said. “The last three minutes of the game I saw heart, not just from the ones on the court but even the ones sitting on the bench. That shows teamwork.”Complete statistics were not provided.Columbus Catholic’s next game is Tuesday, Nov. 24, with its home and Cloverbelt Conference East Division opener against Greenwood.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

first_img17 April 2013 South Africa’s historic 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy next year promises to be nothing short of spectacular, with government expected to pull out all the stops, says Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile. Speaking to SAnews on Tuesday, Mashatile said government was planning a spectacular line-up of events in the build-up to the 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy in 2014. The planning will start after President Jacob Zuma’s address on Freedom Day later this month. Freedom Day is an annual celebration of South Africa’s first non-racial democratic elections of 1994 and since the dawn of democracy, the country has been commemorating Freedom Day on 27 April every year. This year, President Zuma will give the keynote address at the Freedom Day celebration to be held at the Union Buildings under the theme: “Mobilising society towards our democracy and freedom,” Mashatile said. “Of significance is that we will use this year’s Freedom Day celebrations to launch a year-long build-up programme leading up to the historic 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy. “As we celebrate our 20th anniversary of liberation, we hope to be joined by the people of the world, many of whom have made it possible for us to achieve our freedom and to sustain it for two decades. “This year during the Freedom Month, the President will [give us] an indication on how we are going to celebrate the 20th anniversary of freedom and that will be the beginning of planning for the major celebration next year,’ he said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgThe move to electronic health records (EHR) is underway, albeit not as quick as some would like.  While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports that over 114,000 physicians and hospitals have registered for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, and thousands of physicians have moved to using EHRs, the adoption rate still remains fairly low.Somewhere in the range of only 15-20 percent of physicians have moved to EHRs.  Compared to some countries, like Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands where more than 90 percent of physicians have adopted EHRs, the US still has a lot of catching up to do.But momentum for EHRs seems to be building.  A report by Frost and Sullivan found that the Total market revenue for EHRs is expected to hit $6.5 billion in 2012, which is more than a sixfold increase from the $973.2 million posted in 2009.  Physicians are being motivated by both the incentives and the penalties associated with complying with the US federal government EHR incentive program.  The widespread use of tablet computers is also accelerating the move by physicians to EHRs — by one estimate more than 75 percent of physicians own a tablet device, like the iPad.The biggest monetary incentive to physicians is the HITECH Act of 2009 which allocates around $30 billion towards providing incentives and encouraging improvements to the use of IT in medicine.  But along with the incentives, there are penalties too.  For example, there are federal rules that now dictate electronic data interchange (EDI), patient privacy laws (HIPAA), and disease classification and coding (ICD-10), and compliance with these rules dictate the need to improve medial IT practices.   Other regulations, like Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010, are designed to improve health insurance and access to health care.Nancy Fabozzi, industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan, said that “The Hospitals absolutely understand that they have to have a new business model and EHRs are at the heart of that change.  It’s about collecting, analyzing and exchanging data–they can’t do that without an EHR, which is why for hospitals the adoption of an EHR is inevitable.” is designed to reform health insurance and improve access to care for millions of Americans by 2014.”Meredith Ressi, president of Manhattan Research, said that “growth in access of electronic health records by patients has been remarkable in the last year.  There’s been strong pent up demand from consumers over the years, but only now has the supply side caught up as a result of the government mandate. This is the beginning of a real shift in care delivery and patient engagement.”last_img read more

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Amazon#Amazon Prime#e-commerce#music#music streaming#spotify 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Amazon is officially in the music streaming business. Amazon today introduced Prime Music, a music streaming service available to Amazon Prime members. The new service will start with about 1 million songs and 90,000 albums, comprised of mostly older titles and hits from yesteryear. As part of Prime Music, Amazon is also consolidating its other music properties under the auspices of Amazon Music. The new Amazon Music will replace (but not substantially change) Amazon music services like its Cloud Player and the Amazon MP3 store. Users that use the Amazon vinyl AutoRip feature will find their music unchanged in Amazon Music. Prime Music will allow users to mix the music they own with music from the Prime catalogue to create as well as access hundreds of pre-arranged “Prime Playlists.” The service is completely advertising free for Prime members and will allow users to download songs from Prime Playlists to play on mobile devices. Kindle Fire HD and HDX owners will get Prime Music with an over-the-air update while the app will be available on iOS and Android as well.Prime Music is available to Amazon Prime members, the company’s subscription service that features two-day shipping on many items in the Amazon store as well as video streaming with Amazon Instant Video and the Kindle lending library. Amazon announced earlier this year that it would increase the yearly fee for Prime to $99 (from $79) starting this year.Serving The Prime BeastPrime Music itself is nothing special. The library is relatively limited to older music at launch (much like Amazon Prime Instant Video is limited to older movies and shows) and will launch without any music from one of the largest record labels in Universal Music Group, according to The New York Times. If you are a Spotify subscriber, Prime Music is going to be disappointing in its breadth of selection. Amazon doesn’t seem to care as the point of Prime Music is not necessarily to beat Spotify or other music streaming services, but rather to increase the value of Prime to gain and retain users after Amazon hiked up the price. Focusing just on what Amazon Music does and does not have in terms of library selection and features would be a disservice to what Amazon has put together with its Prime content strategy. Think about it like this: For basically $100 a year, you get access to unlimited streaming of a variety of movies and television shows, unlimited streaming a good amount of music, the ability to share books with other Kindle users and two-day shipping for almost everything Amazon.com sells. Compare all the aspects of Prime with what it would cost to maintain Netflix (starting at $7.99 a month) and Spotify ($9.99 a month) subscriptions, not to mention other services like HBO Go and Hulu Plus or Pandora’s ad-free premium service and Prime looks like a deal. The problem with Prime’s content vis-à-vis the competition is that you are limited to older content, but many users may make that compromise if it saves them between $100 and $200 a month.In the end, all of Amazon Prime’s content properties are tangential to its real purpose. The real objective of Prime is to get more people on Amazon, buying physical products from its warehouses. Amazon entices with free unlimited two-day shipping and all of the content included in Prime is just a way for Amazon to get more eyeballs on its site, buying more stuff. If music can help achieve that goal, it is an easy feature for Amazon to roll out to its Prime members. dan rowinskilast_img read more