Murray to quit if baby comes early

first_imgAndy Murray will leave the Australian Open early if his wife goes into labour prematurely.Kim Sears isn’t expecting until mid-February, but Murray told the Daily Mail newspaper that he’s prepared to withdraw from the first major of the year if she goes into labour early.”I’d go home. For sure, yes,” Murray said in yesterday’s edition. “I want to make sure at the beginning I am there as much as I can be to try and help out, just be there for whatever is really required of me.”The Australian Open, where Murray has reached the final four times but never won, runs from January 18-31.Regardless of his result, Murray said he’s taking off all of February and won’t play again until the first round of the Davis Cup in early March at home against Japan. Britain will be defending the trophy that Murray led them to last month.The second-ranked Murray said he is looking forward to becoming a father.”I am excited about that,” he said. “People have asked me, ‘Do you think it will be a distraction?’ It might be a distraction, but it’s a good distraction.”It’s actually not good to all the time be just concentrating on tennis and your training all of the time. It is important … when you finish on the practice court, be able to just go away and be with your friends and your family.”Murray also reunited with coach Amelie Mauresmo and her first child Aaron in Dubai this week. Mauresmo gave birth in August and Murray hadn’t seen her since Wimbledon in July.”I really enjoy working with her,” he said. “The last six months not seeing her, it’s just nice to have her back as part of the team, and get that continuity going again.”last_img read more


first_imgMET EIREANN has issued a STATUS ORANGE weather alert for Donegal.This week’s lovely warm weather will be a distant memory by tomorrow, says the forecaster.The Rainfall Warning is for Connacht, Donegal, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary. There will be widespread, very heavy rain, with some thundery downpours will develop Thursday night and persist through Friday, leading to spot flooding and possibly accumulations of 35 to 50mm, but up to 70mm possibly on hilly ground and on mountains, said Met Eireann in its warning.The warning is valid from tomorrow, Friday 11 September 2015 00:01 to Friday 11 September 2015 23:59.Saturday will be better though – with sunshine and showers, some of them heavy.  AFTER THE SUNSHINE – MET EIREANN ISSUES ORANGE STATUS ALERT FOR HEAVY RAIN! was last modified: September 10th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalrainweather warninglast_img read more

SA man scoops business ‘Oscar’

first_img12 June 2006Bill Lynch, CEO of South Africa’s Imperial Holdings, was named 2006 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year at an awards ceremony in Monte Carlo on the weekend.Lynch, who built Imperial into South Africa’s largest transport and mobility conglomerate after arriving in the country 35 years ago with £2 000 and no job, beat a strong field of 32 national winners to take the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs.Today, Imperial Holdings has annual revenues of €6.5-billion across seven divisions and employs 36 000 people on three continents.The chairman of the nine-member judging panel, Bharti Enterprises founder Sunil Bharti Mittal, described Lynch as “the epitome of an entrepreneur – he started with nothing, but he grew an amazing business over 30 years, and today makes a huge positive impact in South Africa.“He does that not only through the jobs he creates but also through the training, education and other community support Imperial provides.”Ernst & Young’s Greg Ericksen said Lynch had “seen it all and done it all and is a great role model for entrepreneurs everywhere with his love of business and hard work.”“Bill’s story is a classic one,” said Ernst & Young CEO James Turley. “He started from humble origins and through hard work and smart diversification built a multi-billion dollar international business.”Hard work, love of businessIn 1971, aged 27, Lynch came to South Africa with his wife Ann, £2 000, no job and few prospects during a worsening recession.Armed with a village school education and a love of business that began the day he started work in a garage in rural Ireland, Lynch joined Imperial Motors, a car dealership losing €12 345 a year.Lynch led a turn-around, applying disciplines that were second nature to a manager raised in poverty.In 1973 he acquired 10% of Imperial – preferring to take a risk and buy 10% rather than accept a 5% stake for free – and led a growth strategy involving diversification into truck hire, logistics, car rental and leasing.Imperial listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in 1987 at nine cents a share, and today trades – on what is now the JSE Limited – at around R134 (€21) a share.In 1990, Lynch became Imperial’s executive chairman and showed his faith in South Africa’s future – at a time when many were predicting the country’s descent into political and economic chaos – by driving further expansion, transforming the core Toyota dealership into a multibrand network, among other initiatives.In 1998-99, Imperial expanded offshore, buying Thyssen-Krupp’s European logistics business and moving into aviation leasing.Group turnover since South Africa’s democratic transition in 1994 is up reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Positive outlook for IT in SA

first_imgA stronger IT sector will attract more foreign investment to South Africa. (Image: Nelson Mandela Metro University)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa is the 37th most competitive country in information technology (IT), according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s How technology sectors grow – Benchmarking IT industry competitiveness 2008 report. The country’s ranking is unchanged from 2007.Established in 1946, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is a division of the Economist Group and is regarded as the world’s leading provider of country analysis, industry trends and management best practices. The IT study assessed 66 countries around the world on the extent to which they support the competitiveness of IT firms.The US is again the top-ranked country on the index, but a number of upstarts have moved into the top five, displacing traditional IT heavyweights such as Japan and South Korea. Taiwan came in at number two, followed by the UK, Sweden and Denmark. Although the top 20 countries did not change from 2007, the list was reshuffled with nine countries moving up and 11 moving down.Countries received a score out of 100 – South Africa’s score was 32.6. The IT competitiveness index is divided into six categories with varying weights, comprising 25 indicators in total. The categories are: overall business environment (10%), IT infrastructure (20%), human capital (20%), legal environment (10%), R&D environment (25%) and support for IT industry development (15%).Denis McCauley, director of global technology research at the EIU, stated in the report, “Few countries can hope to build strong IT production sectors without strong business and legal environments, deep pools of talent, support for innovation, and the widespread use of technology throughout society.”The current global economic climate indicates tough times ahead for IT, say experts, but the industry should remain competitive. In its report, the EIU predicts world gross domestic product to decline by a full percentage point in 2008, and this will be particularly apparent in the US and western Europe, the world’s largest IT markets.This will affect spending on IT, but, says the EIU, global technology companies will continue to invest in economies with a favourable environment for doing business. With South Africa coming in at a favourable position on the World Bank’s recently-released Doing Business index, this should be an encouraging sign, and the situation reflects on the Economist survey too, with South Africa obtaining a score of 76.9 in the business environment category.Emerging markets becoming more competitiveThe report showed that IT industry environments in emerging markets are becoming more competitive and the gap between them and the top countries is closing.South Africa was the second highest country in the Middle East-Africa region, behind Israel at number 16 and ahead of Turkey (38), Saudi Arabia (40) and Egypt (53). It also came in well ahead of India (48), a country known to boast a fast-growing IT sector, and China (50). Nigeria (64), Algeria (65) and Iran (66) were the other countries surveyed from this region.South Africa’s other strong showing was in the legal category, with a score of 63.5. The country is one of a few non-EU members to be signatory to the Convention on Cybercrime, a treaty endorsed by most EU countries. Drawn up in 2001 by the Council of Europe, the convention aims to harmonise national laws on cybercrime and to improve co-operation between countries in combating digital crime.Infrastructure a challengeIn South Africa, as with many other countries, a telecommunications monopoly has been detrimental to the development of a strong IT sector. The report states that in South Africa, despite many attributes that make it attractive to foreign investors including good skills and the widespread use of English, lack of access to good cost-effective broadband is hindering growth of local businesses – the country slots into 44th place in the infrastructure category with a meagre score of 8.4.The report cited Dimension Data, one of South Africa’s biggest IT services companies, as saying that liberalisation and deregulation have been factors in a number of its larger foreign investment decisions in regions such as central Europe, and the same could be expected to apply to South Africa.“Making the telecoms industry more competitive would be a huge stimulus for the South African economy,” said Brett Dawson, CEO of Dimension Data. “In service-related industries like call centres, massive industries could be created that would make a huge difference to our country.”Competitive broadband markets are conducive to strong IT sectors, for a number of reasons, according to the report. Technology firms need fast, secure and reliable internet access to interact with their business partners and to sell their products online. Good IT infrastructure also plays an important role in the development of IT skills, a valuable commodity.Alastair de Wet, chair of the South African chapter of the Business Software Alliance, which sponsored the survey, commented that, “South Africa has been identified, alongside Bulgaria, the Ukraine and Vietnam, as an emerging outsourcing destination and through the realisation of faster, more reliable and more secure internet access we can look forward to receiving a significant boost with fast, competition-led infrastructure development.”Human resources is another important factor influencing the status of the IT sector in developed countries, says the report, which also notes that the IT brain drain from emerging countries is declining and may possibly go into reverse, posing a serious challenge for developed IT markets.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at storiesSouth Africa’s economyBroadband centre launched in SAUseful linksEconomist Intelligence UnitThe EIU IT competitiveness study (pdf)Business Software AllianceSchool of Information and Communication Technology – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Universitylast_img read more

We will be prepared for a fight, says Protea coach

first_img2 March 2015Castle Lager Proteas captain AB de Villiers says his team’s 257-run win against the West Indies on Friday was a good step in the right direction for their ICC Cricket World Cup campaign.The Proteas put in an almost-perfect showcase at a jovial Sydney Cricket Ground, a performance De Villiers believes was inspired by sheer determination and motivation for a turnaround after the team’s heavy loss to India in their second group match.Having previously claimed the world records for the fastest ODI 50 and century in his previous destruction of the men from the Caribbean, De Villiers added the fastest 150 to his list of personal milestones with an unbeaten 162 off 66 balls (17 fours and 8 sixes).Proteas captain AB de Villiers attributes much of his record-setting innings against the West Indies at the ICC World Cup on Friday 27 February 2015 to his team mate, Rilee Rossouw. (Image: Cricket SA)The performance was an encouraging show of the depth and resources within the squad, with Rilee Rossouw and Kyle Abbott staking claims for more opportunities in the remainder of the tournament.“I’m happy with everyone’s performance,” De Villiers said after the game.The Proteas are in Canberra, where they will face Ireland at the Manuka Oval on Tuesday.Adrian Birrell, the Proteas assistant coach, is expected to play an integral role in the team’s preparations. Birrell coached Ireland from 2002 to 2007, and will be a key source of information having worked with most of their current crop of players at national and junior level.Birrell says he’s not surprised by Ireland’s current development and progress at international cricket, particularly their knack of “upsetting” the bigger cricketing nations at world events. “They have a strong culture and play an attractive brand of cricket,” he told the media on Sunday at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. “They have a number of good players and since probably 2005 a lot of their players are county players playing cricket fulltime, they are playing professionally.“In every World Cup they seem to beat a full-member team,” he said of Ireland’s expectations of reaching the knock-outs. “They did that in 2007 when they beat Pakistan and Bangladesh and tied with Zimbabwe. There is the famous win at the 2011 World Cup against England and they have already beaten the West Indies here, it’s very realistic. We are taking them seriously, they are a good team.”The Proteas’ last outing against Ireland at the 2011 World Cup resulted in a comfortable 131-run win, but Birrell admits they will be a are a stronger force with both bat and ball.Batting is one of Ireland’s strengths: “They bat long and deep. They know how to chase targets; four out of the top 10 World Cup chases are Ireland chases, three of them over 300 and two against full members. We are fully aware of what they can do, I am probably more aware than most. We will be prepared come Tuesday.”South Africa plays Ireland at the Manuka Oval in Canberra in an ICC Cricket World Cup Group B match. Match starts at 5.30am SA time.WORLD CUP MATCHESGroup matches15 February, 3am: South Africa beat Zimbabwe.22 February, 5.30am: India beat South Africa.27 February, 5.30am: South beat West Indies.3 March, 5.30am: South Africa v Ireland. Manuka Oval, Canberra7 March, 3am: South Africa v Pakistan. Eden Park, Auckland12 March, 3am: South Africa v United Arab Emirates. Westpac Stadium, WellingtonQuaterfinals18 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket Ground19 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket Ground20 March, 5.30am: Adelaide Oval21 March, 3am: Westpac Stadium, WellingtonSemifinals24 March, 3am: Eden Park, Auckland26 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket GroundFinal29 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket GroundSource: CricketSAlast_img read more

ARM has prescription for medical devices for chronic conditions

first_imgDigital health firm US TrustedCare and ARM, a leader in the semiconductor market, have announced a partnership to build medical devices for people with chronic conditions.The new collaboration will give third-parties access to variety of secure, authenticated, and auditable medical information. US TrustedCare said it will focus on the transition period, as patients recover at home.See Also: SoftBank banks hard into IoT with $32b ARM buyoutARM and US TrustedCare will build firmware, software, and APIs for healthcare and wellness, using existing industry standards. Third-parties will be able to integrate medical management systems seamlessly, according to ARM.“ARM is the most widely deployed processor technology in smartphones and wearables, devices we expect to be the main platform for securely gathering medical data and acquiring a patient’s biometric identity and consent,” said Shiv Ramamurthi, healthcare technology director at ARM.“US TrustedCare is a pioneer in remote monitoring and together we can help improve healthcare efficiency by enabling providers to gather trusted data, helping them make timely clinical decisions and deliver better care at lower cost.”ARM and US TrustedCare submitted a joint proposal to the “Move Health Data Forward Challenge”, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which was chosen as a winner of Phase 1.“TrustedCare is focused on allowing health care providers to work in a coordinated way to enable the sustained recovery of patients. We are excited to work with ARM to create a new level of capability that allows providers to deliver more positive outcomes for patients as well as benefiting from the shared savings that will be generated,” said TrustedCare CEO, Ramkrishna Prakash.Healthcare device development is fraught with perils — regulatory approvals, data security, and more recently, concerns that reading were not accurate — but the technology is becoming ubiquitous, so this type of development will only likely continue. David Curry How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#ARM#Healthcare#Internet of Things#IoT#medical#US TrustedCare#wearable center_img Follow the Puck Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more