Scene-setter: … ESPN’s outstanding basketball writer Jackie MacMullan recently endeavored to discover how elite NBA athletes handle pressure.Along the way she encountered the Warriors’ Stephen Curry who volunteered that he cost his team the 2016 NBA championship.Could it be?At the risk of undoing three years of intensive therapy, we take you back to Game 7 of that series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the score tied 89-89, just a little under one minute to play in regulation.
Rapelang Rabana addresses the groupat the WEF Young Global Shakers gathering in Davos. The keyword is access, says Rabana.(Images: Global Shapers) MEDIA CONTACTS • Yeigo Communications +27 21 424 2675 • Rapelang Rabana Global Research and Development The Telfree Group @rapelangrabana RELATED ARTICLES • Social media growing strong in SA • Africa’s telecoms growth potential • SA at Davos: 20 years after Mandela • Internet promotes African freedom • Education goes mobile with VodacomEmily van RijswijckSouth African ICT entrepreneur and businesswoman Rapelang Rabana was a member of the first-ever delegation of young global shapers to the recently concluded World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.The annual gathering took place from 25 to 29 January under the theme The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models.Global shapers are between the ages of 20 and 30 and are considered by WEF as having the potential to be leaders in all sectors of the global society.The 70-strong group included 20 young CEOs, a nanotechnology professor, a 24-year-old mayor from the Philippines and a bio-engineer who created a cardiac surgery simulator now used worldwide.The WEF website notes that with half of the world’s population under the age of 27, it is vital that young voices are heard at the annual meeting.WEF founder Klaus Schwab refers to his group of global shapers as “digital natives” who have grown up with the internet. The shapers were able to engage with world leaders during the annual meeting, and to give their perspectives on global problems such as unemployment among young people.Rabana, now 27, is no stranger to news headlines, having left her mark at a young age in the hugely competitive telecommunications field dominated largely by the huge conglomerates.In 2008 she was one of 200 young South Africans identified by the Mail & Guardian in their annual list of people with whom one should have lunch. The list, compiled by the weekly newspaper, showcases the country’s young trendsetters and trailblazers in their respective fields.Soft-spoken and eloquent, this University of Cape Town (UCT) business science graduate shared her vision on the WEF’s global shaper channel on YouTube. She said it is all about “access” – to opportunities, education, knowledge, ideas or other people – in order to secure a better future.She added: “I want to continue to find ways to deliver life-changing services. I see access to Davos as an opportunity to extend the reach and potential of my greatest aspirations.”Communication pioneerAnd helping people to have easier access to communications is exactly what Rabana set out to do when she started Yeigo Communications back in 2007 with two fellow UCT graduates.Yeigo was South Africa’s first mobile voice over internet protocol (Voip) company, and offered a software platform for voice calls made via mobile data networks. This was compatible with a wide range of mobile phones, and could be done at a fraction of the cost of conventional voice call networks.Yeigo’s business model worked on the same lines as Skype, another popular Voip application, and soon caught the attention of overseas investors.Just one year after starting to offer their services, Yeigo made a major global breakthrough with the multi-million sale of a stake in the company to US-based Quality One Wireless.Now heading up the Global Research and Development division at Swiss-based telecommunications company Telfree, with which Yeigo has partnered, Rabana’s dream is to continue doing what she does so well – making links and connecting ideas on a greater scale so that all South Africans can have some chance at changing their lives through mobile access.“Mobile broadband takes access to a new level,” she said. “These are engaging and exposing people to another world out there. The ways to make an impact are endless.”Ambassador for UN youth initiativeRabana was also chosen as ambassador for the 2011 World Summit Youth Awards (WSYA), a UN information communications technology initiative. In this role she encourages young South Africans in the fields of electronic technology to take part in the initiative and in so doing, receive recognition for their efforts. Getting recognition through WSYA, while it holds no monetary value, is a sure way to attract likeminded people.The competition selects the best digital projects, products, applications and services by young people. Projects are chosen for efforts in reducing poverty and hunger, tackling ill-health, gender inequality, lack of education, lack of access to clean water and environmental collapse – all issues which tap into the UN’s millennium development goals.The award is promoted throughout the 160 UN member states to encourage young people to use their knowledge of the internet and mobile technology to create ways to put the development goals into action.
South Africa were 232/4 with Jacques Kallis (81) and Ashwell Prince (28) at the crease when stumps were drawn on Day 1 of the third Test at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday. SCOREPlaying cautiously, the two were trying hard to negate the India bowling that had assumed lethal proportions under the prevailing weather conditions.The rain-marred match saw the pacemen utilise the other-wise batsmen-friendly wicket to their advantage. This was after India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and put the hosts in to bat.S Sreesanth, who claimed two important wickets in the day, bowled with variety to get the desired result. Being his usual self he did display his on-field antics. Luckily for him and his skipper they were not of the nature to attract the umpire’s wrath.First Sreesanth accounted for Hashim Amla just when he was looking set and then got the better of AB de Villiers, who clearly wasn’t his usual self.While it was an out-swinger that foxed de Villiers (26) into edging an away moving ball to the keeper, it was a short ball that cost Hashim Amla (59) his wicket on 106/3.Amla along with Jacques Kallis had put on a 72-run partnership for the third wicket.The highlight for the day, however, was the intermittent rains. The first session’s proceedings were suspended when the hosts were batting on 21/1. The second session too started late owing to bad light and when it did start, it happened under floodlights. And even that was marred by drizzle.In the second session, Ishant Sharma claimed opener Alviro Petersen on 21. He pitched the ball on the off and it clipped Petersen’s bat to land in the safe gloves of Dhoni. South Africa score at this juncture was 34/2.advertisementIn the morning India pace spearhead Zaheer Khan got the man he was looking for. A fuller length ball entered the bat-pad gate of an out-of-form opposition skipper Graeme Smith to hit his back pad. He fell on six with LBW written against his initials and the Proteas scorecard read 17/1.
LATEST STORIES National football team coach Scott Cooper hailed the Azkals’ low-key training camp in Bangkok, Thailand, as a “massive success,” saying that they’ve identified several prospects for selection for future Under-23 and senior tournaments, particularly 2022 World Cup Qualifying late this year.While other Southeast Asian nations used the international break to play friendly matches and invitational tournaments, Cooper had 28 players under his wing for a week, giving them time to understand “the style, the philosophy, and culture that we want to build.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The camp has been a massive success,” Cooper told the Inquirer. “In a way, we were able to take a look at 15 players that we can tap for the future Under-23, Under-22 and SEA (Southeast Asian) Games and the senior team. But, of course, nobody has been ruled out for selection and we’re just following a careful plan that we’ve got to have the team ready for September (WCQ) and SEA Games.”Among the players who were invited for the camp were long-time prospect Michael Kempter, Enrique Linares, Diego Bardanca and Jose Carillo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKempter, who plays in the Swiss League, has been in the Azkals’ radar for quite some time but suffered an injury that ruled him out of selection for the Asian Cup.Linares, who plays in the third division in Spain, is the cousin of Azkals defender Alvaro Silva. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The 26-year-old Bardanca, a defender, has the most impressive resumé among the prospects as he currently plays in the second division in Poland. Bardanca is eligible to represent the country because of his Filipino grandmother.Carillo, a striker, whose great grandfather is Filipino, plays for Cordoba in the Spanish second division.Only four players based in the Philippines—Silva, Mike Ott, Curt Dizon and Kevin Ingreso—joined the camp.Thailand-based players Javier Patino, Stephan Palla, Marco Casambre, Mark Hartmann, Amin Nazari and Michael Falkesgaard also linked up with the team along with Malaysia-based Amani Aguinaldo.“This camp has been quiet, very professional and we built it up slowly,” said Cooper.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Pep rally for PH athletes up at Rizal diamond Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments