NBA legend Julius Erving defends LeBron James’ NBA Finals record

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet NCAA: Letran scrapes past EAC for first win LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “Dr. J” Julius Erving (left) with fellow NBA legends Oscar Robinson and Bill Russell  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Despite taking part in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) last six Finals—with eight total appearances overall—LeBron James has drawn flak for his subpar 3-wins-and-5-losses championship record.Although his individual greatness on the court cannot be questioned, the NBA’s premier superstar remains hounded by pundits questioning his presumed lack of success on the league’s grandest stage.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Having won titles in both the NBA and ABA (American Basketball Association), Julius Erving put in his two cents on James’ record and what it means for his legacy.The retired legend, best known as “Dr. J,” who experienced several Finals setbacks of his own as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, said that LeBron’s past shortcomings do not entirely fall on his shoulders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“The game is a team sport, so individuals don’t win championships. Teams win championships,” he told FS1’s Undisputed. “You’re only as good as the team can take you. You can only go as far as the team can take you.”Knowing first-hand how hard it is to contend for a championship on a consistent basis, the NBA Hall of Famer also lauded James’ efforts throughout his storied career. LATEST STORIEScenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “So, 3-5 doesn’t mean anything. I’m more impressed with eight Finals than I am with the record in the Finals,” he said.“If he was 0-for-8 in Finals, that would still be an amazing achievement. That’s like going to eight Super Bowls.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Teach everyone to operate in a digital world

first_imgThe rise of robots, and opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, were some of the topics that were discussed at the annual Leading Women Summit in Johannesburg.Embracing the use of technology in the workplace is discussed at the Leading Women Summit in Johannesburg on 8 March 2017. The speakers on the panel are, from left: Jo-Ann Pohl of Telesure Investment Holdings, Lindani Dhlamini of SekelaXabisa, Bernice Samuels of MTN, and Gugulethu Cele, the moderator. (Image Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanDigital fluency was something we needed to teach everyone, Accenture’s Roze Phillips said at the Leading Women Summit. Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the second annual summit, themed “Disrupting the norm”, was held in Johannesburg on 8 March 2017.This complemented the International Women’s Day theme of “Be Bold for Change”. It is, according to the International Women’s Day site, a call on women to “help forge a better working world; a more inclusive, gender equal world”..The Leading Women Summit, hosted in collaboration with Forbes Woman Africa and MTN Business, was held at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg.More women needed in STEM careersMaria Tulumello, head of human resources for sub-Saharan Africa at General Electric (GE), spoke about the impact of having women in the technology and manufacturing sectors.Women were still underrepresented in the science, mathematics and engineering industries, she said. One of GE’s goals was 20,000 women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) roles by 2020. To date it had 13,700 women in STEM, said Tulumello.A discussion was held was about the business of social media influencers. Watch the session with social media influencers Aisha Baker, Theodora Lee and Tshepang Mollison, here:Will robots replace humans?Phillips, who is the managing director of consulting at Accenture, was on the panel discussion “Forbes Woman Africa Cover Story: The rise of the machines”. The discussion centred on whether robots would replace humans in the workplace.According to Phillips, everyone should be taught how to operate in the digital world. She suggested that people should teach those around them to be digitally fluent. “Teach your girls how to code; teach women, for example, how to do internet banking.”Artificial intelligence understood natural language, Phillips said. “They (robots) can sense things. They can act, these artificial robotics. Knowledge is no longer a commodity.”Although the rise of robotics would lead to job losses, other jobs would be created. “The choice of how we engage with technology is ours. The problems we have now, we should solve now.”Phillips added: “We have the opportunity to take the human-centred approach first.”Ryan Beech, managing director of and chief roboticist at Ryonic Robotics, said there would definitely be job losses. “But we can build skills and train people, especially to work on the robotics.”Charmaine Houvet, public policy director Africa at Cisco South Africa, said it was important to remember that robotics did not exist on their own. “There will be intelligence and we will be in charge of things like that.”But she warned: “Just because we don’t see it (artificial intelligence) taking over, does not mean it’s not happening.”People should be mindful that there were many jobs available in engineering, for example. “The top jobs available are, for example, web developers and system engineers.”Fuzlin Levy-Hassen, senior manager of new industries at the Industrial Development Corporation, said she did not believe that people would be replaced by robotics. “There are cases where we need robots, for example where there’s a health hazard concern for people in a working environment.”Creating sustainable employment was important to the corporation, she added.Using technology to our advantageSeveral speakers on the panel, “A for artificial intelligence, B for business, C for C-suite and D for disruption” spoke about how companies should adjust to technology in their businesses.Lindani Dhlamini, CEO of audit firm SekelaXabiso, said the firm had to embrace the use of technology to accommodate its clients. It would be irrelevant if it did not change according to its clients’ needs.“Technology is here to stay – we have to embrace the use of technology.”Dhlamini advised that businesses needed to be structured for change. “Businesses can leverage off their clients and their suppliers, for example. They must be built for change.”The biggest constraint to technology was how to humanise it, said Bernice Samuels, group executive manager at MTN.We needed to be adaptable and innovative, she said. “You need to read the market appropriately and see how you can be helpful in other people’s lives.”Trends seen on food apps“South Africa’s disruptive mobile apps” was another panel discussion. In this session moderator Alexander Liebner spoke to Cara Lee Hedding, the marketing manager at Zomato, and Ailyssa Khan, the restaurant operations manager at UberEats.Khan revealed that people mostly ordered healthy foods during the week through the UberEats app, while on weekends it was mostly pizzas and pastas. There was high orders traffic on Sunday evenings.Hedding said that 65% of Zomato’s users were women.Watch the session with people from the apps Zomato and UberEats:Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

SA newspaper in AfriLeaks launch

first_img15 January 2015Whistle-blowers can now leak information anonymously via AfriLeaks, a new website set up by 19 media outlets and activist groups across the continent, which is committed to “speaking truth to power”, according to the platform.AfriLeaks is a secure and anonymous method of leaking information to any one of the 19 receiver newsrooms, which include Mail & Guardian, News Day, The Africa Report, The Zimbabwean, Botswana Guardian and 100 Reporters. The platform is a joint project of the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR) and the Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights (Hermes).It uses GlobaLeaks software, which AfriLeaks explains is specifically designed to protect the identities of the submitter and receiver in the exchange of leaked materials. The software is developed by Hermes, a non-profit organisation.GlobaLeaks is an open source project aimed at creating a worldwide, anonymous, censorship-resistant, distributed whistle-blowing platform.AfriLeaks aims to expose politicians and businessmen who abuse power in Africa, and its founders say it is an attempt to boost investigative journalism to expose widespread corruption and human rights abuses. It will also help to circumvent growing surveillance by governments and corporate firms, they say – necessary in a post-Snowden world.“We’ve designed a system that helps you to share [confidential documents of public interest] while protecting your own identity, so that it becomes impossible to identify you as the source of the leak,” the founders explain on the site.Whistle-blowers are able to send documents and select which of AfriLeaks’ member organisations should investigate it. The whistle-blower is also able to stay in touch and answer further questions without revealing his or her name or contact information.However, they are advised to take precautions in leaking sensitive information. “Leaking is never without risk. AfriLeaks tries, as much as possible, to protect information and to provide information about the risks.“The system makes finding the source of a leak close to impossible. Our receivers are journalists [who] have been trained in the use of state-of-the-art security tools and procedures.”The Mail & Guardian says AfriLeaks is an offshoot of GlobaLeaks, an initiative which aims to help media houses in Europe in the same way, with the aim of making whistle-blowing safer. “In the post-Snowden world in which we live, with government and corporate surveillance a reality, it has become critically important for journalists and whistle-blowers to take every precaution to ensure their digital safety,” the paper reports.Edward Snowden, a former American security contractor, is in exile in Russia. The US wants to put him on trial for leaking to the media in 2013 details of mass surveillance programmes.“We are confident that AfriLeaks is the safest way to anonymously leak to us,” the Mail & Guardian says. “We take the safety of our sources very seriously, and strongly recommend that whistle-blowers use this programme when leaking sensitive information to us.”There is a step-by-step guide explaining to whistle-blowers how to upload documents, how to secure devices as much as possible, and how to keep in touch with the platform after contact has been made.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Time To Plug In, Retailers: Smartphone Use To Double In Two Years [Infographic]

first_imgHow big is the smartphone market? Try these numbers on for size: from 1997 to 2012, there were 1.038 billion smartphones in use, enough for 1 for for every 6.7 people on the planet. But (and here’s the real mind blower), while it took 16 years to get the first billion smartphones online, the next one billion smartphones will be sold in the next two years.That’s one of many cool little factoids put together in an infographic published by NowSourcing on behalf of mobile developer Moovweb.There’s a lot to take in here, but one of my favorite bits of info justifies a position that many in the media have been pounding on for quite some time: sometime in 2013, according to a graph from Morgan Stanley Research embedded in the infographic, the number of mobile Internet users is expected to surpass the number of desktop Internet users.The days of the desktop user as the dominant Internet force are about to end.That can translate into big dollars, too. In 2011, for instance, global mobile transactions totaled about $241 billion. By 2015, that figure is projected to jump to more than $1 trillion.Clearly, Moovweb is making the argument that retailers had better get off their collective butts and get into this exploding marketplace. (The “52% of surveyed retailers do not yet have a mobile optimized website” is a bit of a giveaway on the booga-booga tactics.) Self-interest aside, they have a point: smartphones are the wallets of the future, and commercial organizations need to figure out a way to tap into this new source of revenue, fast.Check out the rest of the infographic to see what stats jump out at you. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#retail brian proffittlast_img read more

Serena Williams, Roger Federer ease into US Open’s 4th round

first_imgSerena Williams does not enjoy viewing videos of her losses. Not one bit.She used to engage in that sort of film work, Williams said, but “it was so painful; it was like stabbing myself.”So even though Williams knew her third-round opponent at the U.S. Open would be the same woman she lost to at the Australian Open, preparing by studying a replay of that January defeat simply was out of the question.Did not seem to matter at all.After splitting Saturday’s first eight games against 42nd-ranked Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, the fourth-seeded Williams got into high gear and breezed to a 6-4, 6-0 victory, reeling off the last eight games in a row.”Definitely was motivated. Knowing that I lost; could definitely happen again. Did not want that to happen,” said Williams, who hit 13 aces to raise her tour-leading total this season to 408.”I really hate watching matches that I lose, unless I’m punishing myself,” added the 14-time Grand Slam champion. “I didn’t punish myself.”She hasn’t been losing much lately.Since the only first-round Grand Slam exit of her career, against 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano at the French Open on May 29, Williams is 22-1 in singles, including the title at Wimbledon and gold medal at the London Olympics.That sort of excellence sure saves money for clothes: Williams said she threw out all of the dresses she brought to Paris to wear during matches there.No such problems so far in New York, where Williams has dropped only 12 games entering her fourth-round match against 82nd-round Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic. Hlavackova, the 2011 French Open doubles champion, bawled on court after her 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over 14th-seeded Maria Kirilenko, whose boyfriend, Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, was in New York to cheer for her.The woman Williams beat in the Wimbledon final, second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, dealt with the 90-degree heat and former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic with equal aplomb during a 6-3, 7-5 victory.”I was melting there,” Radwanska said. “I survived the match.”She wasn’t the only one who felt that way.Olympic champion Andy Murray, still seeking his first Grand Slam title after four losses in finals, eked out a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4) victory over No. 30 Feliciano Lopez, who led in each of the three tiebreakers before faltering.”Could have gone either way,” Murray acknowledged. “It was very hot and humid in the middle part of the match. I was struggling a bit with that.”The man he beat for the gold at the Summer Games, and lost to in the Wimbledon title match, Roger Federer, is also Murray’s potential semifinal opponent in New York. Federer, as is often the case, barely was bothered Saturday while dismissing No. 25 Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.Five of Federer ‘s record 17 Grand Slam titles came at Flushing Meadows, and he’s sure looking capable of adding to those numbers.”He didn’t give me many chances with his serve,” observed Verdasco, who held only one break point and failed to convert it.Federer also was pretty good at the net, winning 26 of the 27 points when he moved forward. He next will take on No. 23 Mardy Fish, who needed to set aside 75 unforced errors over more than 3 hours to beat No. 16 Gilles Simon 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in a match that ended after 1 a.m. Sunday.Asked in an on-court interview what he’ll need to do to beat Federer and reach the quarterfinals, Fish said: “I have no idea right now, to be honest. A lot more than I did today, but we’ll try to rest as best we can and see what we can do.”They didn’t start their match until past 10 p.m. Saturday night, after No. 1 Ana Ivanovic overcame a poor start, 56 unforced errors and a partisan crowd to beat 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2. Ivanovic also eliminated Stephens in the third round at Flushing Meadows a year ago.Murray gets No. 15 Milos Raonic, who hit his 29th ace of the day, and 89th of the week, to cap a 6-3, 6-0, 7-6 (3) victory against 32-year-old American wild-card entry James Blake.Other men winning Saturday included No. 11 Nicolas Almagro, who ended the run of 19-year-old American Jack Sock 7-6 (3), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-1 and now will play 2010 Wimledon runner-up Tomas Berdych, a four-set winner over No. 27 Sam Querrey; No. 12 Marin Cilic, who defeated No. 17 Kei Nishikori; and 50th-ranked Martin Klizan of Slovakia, who beat No. 32 Jeremy Chardy.On Saturday against Makarova, things were even at 4-all in the first set, before Williams held serve to go up 5-4. In the next game, Williams broke the left-handed Makarova for the first time to take the opening set and seize control in Arthur Ashe Stadium.At 15-all, Williams hit a backhand winner down the line. Then she earned a set point with big forehand to a corner that allowed her to put away a swinging backhand volley winner. And when Makarova pushed a down-the-line forehand long to cap the set, Williams let out a loud, excited yell of “Come on!”Beginning to put the match out of reach, Williams got another break point the next time Makarova served with a reflex forehand volley passing shot off an overhead, and followed up with a strong backhand approach that her opponent couldn’t handle. That made it 2-0 in the second set, and Williams’ older sister, seven-time major champion Venus, applauded from her seat in the stands.In all, Williams won 32 of 40 points on her serve and never faced a break point.By the time it was over, she also held a 31-10 edge in winners, moving a step closer to adding a fourth U.S. Open trophy to the ones she won in 1999, 2002 and 2008.The last time these two women played each other, it wasn’t close, either. The difference, surprisingly, was that Makarova won 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round in Melbourne. She got plenty of help from seven double-faults and 37 total unforced errors by Williams, who joked that day, “Maybe I should have started serving lefty.”That loss remains the only one for Williams in 22 Grand Slam matches against lefties.”She served so much better than she did in Australia. So when she’s serving that good, it’s really tough to play against her,” Makarova said. “I knew she would start aggressive, because that’s how it is anytime she loses and she really wants to beat someone.”After Saturday’s victory in the rematch, Williams, who turns 31 this month, was asked during an on-court interview about decisions by her contemporaries Andy Roddick, 30, and Kim Clijsters, 29, to quit professional tennis after the U.S. Open.”I’m nowhere near close to retiring,” Williams replied, drawing a roar of approval from the crowd. “I can’t leave you guys. I love this sport way too much, and now that Andy and Kim are done, I feel that I need to stay out here for the tennis. I’m not going anywhere.”The four-time major champion and former No. 1-ranked player headed into retirement after she and Bob Bryan lost their second-round mixed doubles match against Makarova and Bruno Soares. Clijsters announced months ago the U.S. Open would be her last tournament, and she already was out of singles and women’s doubles.Clijsters is.advertisementadvertisementClijsters bid adieu to the sport with her husband and 4-year-old daughter sitting in the stands at Court 17.”I’ve been telling her I’m going to be home a lot when this tournament is completely done,” Clijsters said. “I don’t think she understands the meaning of the word ‘retirement.'”advertisementlast_img read more