Scholtz, Simmonds tops in Sun City tennis

first_img17 June 2014 Unseeded South African Nic Scholtz captured his second successive Sun City Futures tennis title on the weekend when he came from behind to upset third seeded fellow South African Fritz Wolmarans 4-6 6-2 6-4 in the final. Futures tournaments are part of the International Tennis Federation’s Pro Circuit and the first level of professional play, just below the ATP Challenger Tour. They’re a crucial stepping stone for many players aiming for careers on the ATP and WTA World Tours. The 23-year-old, after his best two weeks of tennis ever, ended the tournament on a 10-match winning streak. On his way to the two titles, he defeated seven seeds.‘A real battle’ “I knew today’s final was going to be a real battle,” Scholtz said after clinching victory.”Fritz is a hell of a player, with a big serve, so I had to pull out all the stops to take the match.” The contest prove to be a lengthy battle and lasted two hours and 25 minutes long. Scholtz started strongly breaking Wolmarans in the opening game of the match. However, in the fourth game, Wolmarans broke back to level at 2-2. The set then went with serve until the tenth game when Wolmarans broke to take the opener 6-4. In the second set, Scholtz regrouped early and broke serve twice to lead 4-0. After winning the second set 6-2, he needed only one break in the final set to clinch the set 6-4, and with it the match and title.‘I was able to take advantage’ “I was serving well but there were stages throughout the match that Fritz battled with his serve and I was able to take advantage,” said Scholtz. “In fact, Fritz surprisingly served quite a few double faults too, which helped me. “It was always going to be the battle of the big serves and with me serving better and Fritz struggling with his serve I had the upper hand,” he added. Wolmarans, despite the loss, said that he had enjoyed a good three weeks at Sun City. “To have won a title, reached a final, and a semifinal in the last three weeks, is more than I expected,” he admitted. “I came into Sun City without having played a lot of tournaments due to a long layoff from injury, did well here, and can leave with a lot of matches under my belt and added confidence.”Women’s singles In the women’s singles, top seed Chanel Simmonds showed her class and experience when she outplayed third seed Madrie le Roux 6-2 6-2 to claim the title in one hour and 28 minutes. Playing her best tennis of the tournament, Simmonds took control of the match in the fifth game of the first set when she broke serve to lead 3-2. Le Roux had put so much effort into the first four games that she looked like a tired and weary marathon runner on the changeover after the break. In fact, she broke Simmonds’ serve in the first game of the match and looked like a player on a mission. Simmonds, though, promptly broke back in the second game and both players then held serve until the sixth game when Simmonds broke to lead 4-2. She subsequently closed out the set 6-2.‘I was very consistent’ “I was very consistent, kept the ball going, yet played with good pace, which tired Madrie,” Simmonds said afterwards. “I was also playing the high ball, which forced Madrie to put in extra effort on her shots.” Simmonds broke early in the second set and raced into a 3-0 lead. Two further breaks in the sixth and eighth games gave her the set 6-2 and with it the match and title.Doubles Simmonds added the doubles title when she teamed up with fellow Fed Cup squad member Michelle Sammons to beat fourth seeds, Ilze Hattingh and Madrie Le Roux, 6- 3, 6-3, in the final. The men’s doubles title went to the top seeds Dean O’Brien and Ruan Roelofse. In the all South African final, they beat second seeds Nik Scholtz and Tucker Vorster 7- 6, 6-4. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


Understanding Dew Point

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. The dew point is a temperature. In my article on the psychrometric chart, I defined dew point as “the temperature at which moisture in the air begins to condense on hard surfaces.” Dew point can be measured or calculated for a specific point in time at a particular location, indoors or outdoors. No matter where it’s measured, the dew point can never be higher than the air temperature.Here are a few other definitions for “dew point”: Preventing moisture accumulation in sheathing If you are a designer or builder who cares about the moisture performance of your walls, you’re likely to encounter the term “dew point” in any discussion of wintertime moisture accumulation in wall sheathing. If we know the dew point of a home’s interior air, and we know the temperature of the wall sheathing, we know what will happen if any of that warm interior air contacts the wall sheathing. For example, if the dew point of the interior air is 40°F, and the wall sheathing is at 32°F, we know that the sheathing is cold enough to accumulate moisture when the interior air comes in contact with the cold sheathing.In this situation, we might say that “the sheathing is below the dew point of the interior air.”So far, so good. For me, and for most builders, “dew point” is a building science term that we can wrap our heads around, even if we have to slow down and think about it for a moment or two. But most of us don’t have an instinctive grasp of “dew point” as used by meteorologists.Air temperature is easy. I know what to expect when I… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more


Will big data provide a cure-all for ailing health budgets?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#Big Data#Cisco#e-health#featured#health#IBM#Internet of Things#IoT#Philips#Salesforce#top Related Posts Follow the Puck Donal Powercenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces As soaring health budgets continue to cause pain for governments and medical care providers, relief may be in sight thanks to big data.A new study by Lux Research found that advanced big data and analytics technologies are poised to help rein in runaway healthcare costs. The report “Industrial Big Data and Analytics in Digital Health” determined that deeper integration of relevant data will make the delivery of many therapies more affordable.“Whereas solving many past healthcare problems seemed to be a matter of scientific discovery, health policy, or adequate funding, today’s most pressing problems are due to a lack of information – or lack of understanding of what to do with it,” said Lux Research VP Mark Bünger.“Data and analytics technologies are now showing measurable benefits to cost and patient outcomes, and partnerships like Apple-IBM, Salesforce-Philips, and Cisco-University of California in San Francisco are forming to put them into practice,” he said.The participation of enterprise big data and analytics vendors will help create several major impacts on healthcare delivery according to Lux.Big data can personalize therapy deliveryFirstly, it predicts that big data and analytics will aid personalized therapy delivery, leading to reduced costs and better health outcomes when battling the most severe diseases. It will achieve this by using such cloud-based analytics as Molecular Match that will enable faster decision-making.Lux also anticipates that artificial intelligence (AI) will create more powerful methods for analyzing huge datasets. AI will enable machine vision that can study patient scans for disease and will power robots that monitor patients.Lastly, Lux sees big data as unlocking sources of additional revenue and cost reductions for hospitals. Cost cutting will come from semi-automated systems that can target expensive medical interventions much more efficiently.Meanwhile, additional revenues will emerge as data enables improved resource allocation based on conditions and volumes of patients.The report comes as health care providers are looking for other technological solutions like smart medicines to help reduce escalating costs. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more


‘Solari is very similar to Zidane’

first_imgReal Madrid have made the perfect managerial appointment in the eyes of Borja Mayoral, with Santiago Solari considered to be “very similar” to Zinedine Zidane.Comparisons between bosses of the Blancos from past and present are easy to make, given the paths they have trodden to fill the coaching hot-seat at the Santiago Bernabeu.Both Zidane and Solari represented Real with distinction during their playing days, before then going on to cut their coaching teeth within the club’s academy system. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Having proved themselves at that level, the opportunity to take charge of the senior side has been presented to two club icons.Zidane revelled in his role, landing the Liga title and three Champions League crowns, and Solari is now hoping to follow that lead after being handed a three-year contract on the back of a productive caretaker stint.“He’s really close to the players, very similar to Zidane,” academy graduate Mayoral, who is currently on loan at Levante, told AS.“He’s very good at managing the squad, which is something Madrid always demand. I’m happy for him and pleased the club has put its faith in him.”Solari is also a coach to have talked up Mayoral’s potential in the past, which is offering the Spain U21 international striker hope of seeing more game time for Madrid.He said of those comments: “Yeah, I remember. He said it after a Youth League game.“The fact that the current Real Madrid coach said that about me makes me feel proud and gives me confidence.”Borja Mayoral Real MadridMayoral has made 31 first-team appearances for the Blancos, netting seven goals.He is, however, only 21 years of age and hopes a spell away from the Bernabeu spotlight will help to put him in a stronger position to push for more recognition in a star-studded squad.“Definitely,” he said when asked if it is still his intention to make the grade in the Spanish capital.“I’d love to do well at Madrid and with the national team, but I know it’s too soon for that and I have to focus on my current club, Levante.”Mayoral, who linked up with Levante on a season-long agreement at the end of August, has found the target on one occasion in seven outings for his loan employers.last_img read more


VIDEO Worlds Largest PCTC Transits the New Panama Canal

first_imgThe video above shows Höegh Target, a Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC) owned by the Norwegian RoRo shipping company Höegh Autoliners, transiting the Agua Clara locks of the newly expanded Panama Canal on September 8, 2016. With its 8,500 car capacity and 71,400 m² deck area, Höegh Target is said to be the largest PCTC in the world. The 22,068 dwt vessel features a length of 199.9 meters and a width of 36.8 meters.Delivered in 2015, the Höegh Target is the first in a series of six vessels under the New Horizon design that Höegh Autoliners will take delivery of by the end of this year.The company said it designed the six vessels with a larger beam while the Panama Project was underway.“We have anticipated this moment for some time, so it is with great pride we see one of our New Horizon vessels pass the newly expanded Panama Canal,” Steinar Løvdal, Chief Operating Officer – Deep Sea said.He added that the market for high and heavy cargo out of Asia to the US “has grown considerably and with the added flexibility these vessels provide we have been able to utilize the capacity of Höegh Target to its full extent.”The Höegh Target began its journey in Japan and is on its way to Mobile, Alabama.Image Courtesy: Panama Canal Authoritylast_img read more


Fincantieri Set to Build Cruise Ship Blocks in Australia

first_imgzoom Italian ship builder and ship designer Fincantieri, together with its selected subcontractor, will construct cruise ship blocks in Australia from 2018 to commence training the Australian shipbuilding workforce in Fincantieri tools and methods.For the purpose, the Italian giant hired the flat product steel producer BlueScope Steel, which now join Fincantieri’s global base of 80,000 subcontractors around the world, to supply steel for use in cruise ships and future test blocks of cruise ships constructed in Australia.“This order will ensure that cruise ships blocks built in Australia as part of our start-up activities will train an Australian shipbuilding workforce and use Australian steel,” Dario Deste, Chairman of Fincantieri Australia, said.The training activities lead into the start of production of the Future Frigate from 2020, as the company aims to bring its own work “to start up operations locally and create new markets for Australian industry.”The cruise ship blocks will be constructed by both Fincantieri’s own shipbuilding workforce and potential subcontractors to the Future Frigate Project, who will be invited to submit quotes in coming months to construct selected blocks.Fincantieri has also selected Hoffmann Engineering to manufacture a bow thruster for a Landing Platform Dock for a Middle Eastern Navy in Australia. Furthermore, the parties have entered a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly cooperate in the development of Fincantieri’s AUD 250 million global market (over 5 years) for the manufacture of marine systems and components.In association with its tendered proposal to the Australian Government for Project Sea 5000 Future Frigate, upon reaching the appropriate business content, Fincantieri said it will list its Australian business unit on the Australian stock exchange (ASX).Fincantieri presently lists two businesses within the group on public stock exchanges, being Fincantieri on the Italian exchange and Vard on the Singaporean Exchange.This announcement follows previous confirmation by the company that an Australian shipbuilding workforce will be used to build all the Future Frigates in Adelaide, Australia. An office of Fincantieri Australia will open in Adelaide on October 10, 2017.last_img read more