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first_img Comments Syracuse (12-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) dropped its second straight conference game in a 51-49 loss to Notre Dame (13-3, 3-0) Saturday afternoon. The Orange entered halftime with a nine-point lead, but gave it all up in the second half as it was dominated on the glass by the Irish. Tyus Battle found his stroke once again and SU was hot from the outside, but the second chances for Notre Dame proved too costly for the Orange in the end, eventually losing the game on a putback layup attempt with just a few seconds remaining.Listen to our beat writers discuss the game: Published on January 6, 2018 at 8:51 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img


first_img17 January 2013This year’s World Economic Forum annual meeting opens on 22 January under the theme “resilient dynamism”. As in previous years, Team South Africa is going in with guns blazing.President Jacob Zuma is leading a team of top businesspeople and government representatives to the flagship event of the Swiss non-profit, which takes place every year at the end of January and is attended by heads of state, heads of corporations, academics, religious leaders, NGO officials and hundreds of journalists.South African delegatesFrom the private sector, South Africa’s delegates include Adrian Gore, CEO of Discovery Holdings; distinguished film producer Anant Singh; Eskom CEO Brian Dames; Sasol CEO David Constable; CEO of the Industrial Development Corporation Geoffrey Qhena; Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola; Telkom chairperson Jabu Mabuza; Mark Cutifani, the newly appointed CEO of AngloGold Ashanti; Cape Town University vice-chancellor Max Price; billionaire mining tycoon Patrice Motsepe; and Stephen Koseff, CEO of Investec, among others.Government representatives include Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, and Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Also travelling with the delegation is King Leruo Molotlegi, king of the Royal Bafokeng Nation.The main focus of this year’s Davos event is on global health. A number of sessions will focus on the development of sustainable national health systems and the continuation of workplace wellness and individual health.Major organisations including the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Gavi Alliance, known previously as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, will be present in Davos.How Davos benefits South AfricaBy mingling with the best in the world, Team South Africa can learn from the insights of others, thereby enriching its focus towards improving the economy and the livelihoods of citizens.But Team South Africa is not just a bystander at this important global event, and with ever-increasing evidence of the African continent’s steady growth and development, Davos is the perfect platform to showcase the opportunities for investment and business.This year South Africa is taking part in various forums, and on 23 January will host a high-level thought leader session under the theme “Africa’s dynamism”. Here, key South Africans and their international counterparts will make a case for more foreign direct investment into Africa, highlighting the fact that the continent is a leading investment destination for good returns and sustainable socio-economic growth.South Africa and the continentA 2012 Ernst & Young report titled Repositioning the South African Investment Case, (PDF, 1.44MB) reveals that between 2007 and 2011, foreign direct investment (FDI) projects into Africa increased at a compound rate of almost 20%, while Africa’s global share of FDI relating to new projects rose from 4.5% in 2010 to 5.5% in 2011.South Africa itself is also a driver of growth in Africa. A November 2012 report published by the Financial Times indicates that South Africa’s trade with the rest of the continent grew to US$30-billion (R263-billion) in 2011. This is a threefold increase over the decade before.In addition, the report reveals that by the early 2000s, South Africa had become the largest single source of FDI into the continent outside of the oil and gas industry. The latter is an indication of the strength of South Africa’s diversified economy, and the high value goods and services it offers in the African market.MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterlast_img read more


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first_imgMuch like Google’s Suggest feature, Yahoo offers suggestions, as you type, for popular search queries with a feature called “Search Assist”. Today, Yahoo announced that it is trying to make its own feature that much more useful by offering near real-time suggestions when you enter a phrase into the search box. Unlike Google, however, it looks like Yahoo gives time relevance a higher priority in its suggestion algorithm, separating the two suggestion services. Yahoo offers an example of the new functionality in its blog post. Typing “Netherlands vs.” into Yahoo this morning will give a number of suggestions, the first of which is “Netherlands vs. Brazil”, today’s game. Google, on the other hand, offers “Netherlands vs. Mexico” as its first suggestion, never actually offering today’s game in the search suggestions. The implication here is that Yahoo suggests the most relevant information based on what’s going on, right now, while Google suggests a search based on the number of searches, which could be hours or even days old. The fact that today’s match doesn’t even make the radar of Google Suggest is telling in how the two services differ.Yahoo said that it will also offer similar near real-time suggestions in Yahoo News search, an obvious use for real-time search suggestions.While Yahoo has increased the importance of real-time information in its search suggestions, Google recently took a similar step, but instead focused on localizaing its suggestions. We have to wonder when all of the real-time information made available to Yahoo through a number of websites – including Facebook, Buzz, Flickr, YouTube, Delicious and more – will makeits way into its Search Assist results, if it hasn’t already. mike melanson Related Posts Tags:#Real-Time Web#search#web#Yahoo A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more


first_imgShare on Messenger Sports science Read more Share via Email comment Share on Facebook Times have changed – a bit – since Michael Lewis wrote Moneyball but many in sport still prefer to trust their gut over any algorithm. Which is why a tweet last week from Thomas Bjørn, Europe’s 2018 Ryder Cup captain, was so unusual. After linking to a piece titled “How analytics helped reclaim the Ryder Cup”, written by Blake Wooster of the golf consultancy 15th Club, an enthusiastic Bjørn wrote “Stick to the plan!!! These guys played a vital role. Thanks for your hard work.”Bjørn, it turned out, had embraced data and analytics as “a useful addition to his toolbox” shortly after being named captain in December 2016, when he asked 15th Club whether he should pick two, three or four wildcards. The answer? Four. Because the data showed wildcards tend to perform better than those who qualify in the last couple of automatic spots. And so began a relationship that culminated in Europe’s thumping 17½ – 10½ victory over USA in September.Analytics also helped Bjørn answer tricky questions such as how important is experience versus form in the Ryder Cup, and which factors help determine success in foursomes and fourballs. They also reassured him that picking Sergio García as a wildcard made sense because the Spaniard’s underlying performance was better than his bare results implied.15th Club’s influence continued in Versailles, with analysts suggesting the ideal fourballs and foursomes pairings for every player based on the format, their strengths, and the course layout – which included the strong recommendation Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood should play together. Crucially they also had enough of Bjørn’s ear to reassure him and his vice-captains to “stick to the plan”’ on the first morning when Europe were about to go 3-1 down and were considering last-minute changes to the afternoon foursomes. Share on LinkedIn Golf There are plenty of Barkleys out there. So how were 15th Club able to make such a difference? Much of it was down to Bjørn, who encouraged rigorous and open discussion and, despite being a golf professional for 25 years, was intrigued by fresh ideas. But Wooster’s team also understood that, having failed to make an impact when part of Team Europe at Hazeltine in 2016, they had to forge deeper friendships and better understand when to intervene. As he came to realise: “The strength of your models is really just one part of the jigsaw – it is as much about emotional intelligence as analytical expertise.”This speaks to a wider point. The best teams know the choice between art and science is a false one. It is a combination of the two that works best, along with the mindset to be open to new ideas, whether they come from someone with 30 years in the trenches or a PhD in advanced algebra.Incidentally this is something Beane has long recognised. Despite his differences with Fuson over analytics, he recognised the scout’s unique talents when he brought him back to Oakland to be his special assistant in 2010. Ryder Cup Topics Mind games promise a sporting edge but may miss the heart of the matter Read more Since you’re here… Sean Ingle Support The Guardian Baseball US sports Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. There is a scene in Moneyball, the story of how the Oakland A’s defied a tiny budget to come close to reaching the 2002 World Series, that neatly encapsulates the friction between gnarly, gum-chewing scouts and the newer wave of analysts who seek truths in spreadsheets.“You don’t put a team together with a computer,” the A’s scouting director, Grady Fuson, scoffs at the general manager, Billy Beane, who has begun deep-mining data to find undervalued – and thus cheap – players. “Baseball isn’t just numbers. It isn’t science … there are intangibles that only baseball people understand.” Beane’s terse response? “Adapt or die.” Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter To coach elite child footballers, size – not age – matters As Wooster relates: “This was a critical moment, and one where all those months spent establishing relationships and trust came to the fore. We knew the foursomes was a very different format and our statistical simulations gave us a high level of confidence the afternoon would be ours.” Bjørn listened and stuck to the plan. Europe won the session 4-0 and never looked back.Such insight and influence is rare. Analytics in sport is increasingly mainstream – even Match of the Day shows expected goals – yet organisations guard even minor insights like diamonds. True, back in the day Sam Allardyce hailed his “fantastic four” metrics at Bolton, including the realisation that inswinging corners were much more successful than outswingers. Most teams, however, prefer to stay schtum.Anyone who has read another Lewis book, The Undoing Project, will understand how hard it can be for outsiders to convince old pros to embrace new ideas. The first chapter outlines howthe Houston Rockets general manager, Daryl Morey, a man smart enough to build statistical models to predict performances of pro basketball players, led the Rockets to the third-best record of the 30 NBA teams in his decade in charge. Yet as Morey admitted to Lewis, “there’s an intense feeling among basketball people that I don’t belong – they remain silent during periods of success and pop up when they sense weakness”.As Lewis relates, when the Rockets headed into the 2015 Western Conference finals, the former Olympic dream team player Charles Barkley dismissed Morey and analytics as “crap”, telling viewers: “All these guys who run these organisations who talk about analytics have one thing in common. They’re a bunch of guys who ain’t never played the game and they never got the girls in high school.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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