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49ers Nick Mullens finds virtual-reality tool ‘pretty interesting’

first_imgSANTA CLARA — With 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens, there are reality checks and then there is virtual reality. This being Silicon Valley, let’s start with the latter.The 49ers, since 2015, offer a virtual-reality station to help players review practice film and the game plan, and Mullens dabbles in that tool a couple times each week.“It’s pretty interesting. You go in and you put the goggles on and kind of watch practice from the quarterback’s view, compared to just sitting and watching on …last_img

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Volkswagen SA opens R500m press shop

first_img18 March 2013Volkswagen Group South Africa officially opened a R500-million state-of-the-art press shop at its manufacturing plant in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape on Friday.Hubert Waltl, Volkswagen Group SA’s board chairman, said the opening of the press shop “reiterates our commitment to Volkswagen South Africa and South Africa. It also marks the culmination of our investment in enhancing the position of Volkswagen South Africa as one of our key manufacturing plants within the Volkswagen production network.”Volkswagen AG has invested over R5-billion in the modernisation of the Uitenhage plant over the past five years, making it one of the most energy-efficient plants in the southern hemisphere.It is also the first in the world to install a press line that combines wave motion technology with Cobra robotics technology. Wave motion technology, jointly developed by Spanish firm Fagor and German firm Kuka, allows presses to cycle in a wave pattern, unlike conventional press lines in which presses cycle together.The Cobra robot, named for their snake-like striking movement, moves parts through the press process much faster than conventional systems, leading to a 30% reduction in energy consumption.According to the company, the new press shop is currently in “ramp up” phase and will be fully operational in July.Volkswagen’s South African manufacturing plant produces right-hand drive Polo and CrossPolo passenger vehicles for the local and international markets, as well as the Polo Vivo for the South African market only. The Polo Vivo and Polo were South Africa’s best-selling passenger cars in 2012, with 34 873 and 28 667 sales respectively.“Volkswagen Group South Africa ended 2012 as the market leader of the passenger car segment in South Africa for the fourth consecutive year, with total sales of 99 106 units and overall market share of 22.3%,” said Volkswagen Group South Africa MD David Powels.“Polo Vivo and Polo accounted for 14.4% of the South African total passenger car market in 2012. This clearly indicates the significance of these two models, not only to us as Volkswagen but also to the South African passenger car market.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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The CEO Performance Review

first_imgaudrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#start center_img Being a CEO of a company is, as one CEO recently told me with a certain amount of exasperation and exhaustion, “a 24-hour-a-day, 7 days-a-week job.” It’s all-consuming, all-encompassing, and in many ways when it comes to the success or failure of a company, all-important. But despite the high-stakes involved in being a CEO, it’s a position that all-too-often only receives rigorous feedback and a thorough performance review when things goes desperately awry. And even then, the measurement of “a good CEO” is often merely just a reflection of “good financials.” But surely there’s more to it.Ben Horowitz recently posted a blog post on how Andreessen Horowitz evaluates CEOs. Although he admits, in writing it, it’s also a post that explains what Horowitz himself thinks is important in evaluating (and performing) the job of CEO. Horowitz says he looks at three key areas when evaluating CEOs:1. Does the CEO know what to do?2. Can the CEO get the company to do what she knows?3. Can the CEO achieve the desire results against an appropriate set of objectives?Horowitz divides the first question into two parts: strategy and decision making. In other words, does the CEO know where the company is headed? Horowitz calls this the company’s “story” and contends that while the CEO need not be the person responsible for creating that story, “she must be the keeper of the vision and the story. As such, the CEO ensures that the company story is clear and compelling.” This story will give meaning to the work that staff do but will also align these motivations with key decisions that must be made for the company’s direction. And it’s these decisions Horowitz contends are particularly important: “a CEO can most accurately be measured by the speed and quality of those decisions. Great decisions come from CEOs who display an elite combination of intelligence, logic, and courage. Courage is particularly important, because every decision that a CEO makes is based on incomplete information.”But making a decision only gets you so far, as a CEO must be able to get her company to actually follow through on the decision. Horowitz points to the leadership skills that compel and guide others to accomplish these things as being a fundamental part of what makes a good CEO. In other words, a CEO must build a strong team of capable, motivated individuals. But the CEO must also make sure that those individuals can focus on their work – and on the company’s mission – and not on bureaucracy or politics.Of course, it’s easy to be a rockstar CEO – if you set your standards low enough. And Horowitz notes that there’s a danger for CEOs “succeed” by setting objectives too low, but also a danger of “failing” by setting objectives too high. Horowitz closes by stating that “CEO evaluation need not be a byzantine, unstated art. All people, including CEOs, will perform better on a test if they know the questions ahead of time.” What other criteria would you add to a CEO’s evaluation? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Better Mobile Ads Won’t Fix Facebook’s Mobile Problem

first_imgSorry, Facebook shareholders, but your company won’t succeed in mobile until it can engage participants with ads.Initial reaction to Facebook’s new mobile-ad network yesterday was upbeat, with some generously describing the beta test as a new way to make money without irritating Facebook members.Facebook will deliver ads to its members based on their preferences, even when they’re using apps other than Facebook on their mobile devices.The news closely follows Facebook’s decision earlier this month to open its Facebook Exchange advertising program to more advertisers.Reaction to that move also has been positive, but fans are myopic here. More than $1 billion was spent on mobile advertising in 2011, but it generates low profits for publishers including Facebook because the ads are cheap to buy and don’t result in sufficient conversions.In Facebook’s latest moves, it is tackling ways to put relevant ads before its members’ eyes, which is fine as far as it goes. But these two tactics don’t address the most attractive aspect of Facebook for advertisers — its ability to enage people, ideally leading to ad conversions.“Watching (Facebook) push display ads to people seems akin to buying an iPhone 5 to use as a paperweight,” said SocialTwist President, Sanjiv Agrawal, who was formerly Google’s head of product marketing.“From an advertiser’s perspective, the [new mobile platforms are] a brilliant forum for engaging and sharing with their customers,” said Agrawal. But Facebook will miss its “best trick” if it stops with pushing ads. It needs to perfect “how to convert these customers into willing advocates for their products and brands.”J.T. Hroncich, president of Capitol Media Solutions, said Facebook will ultimately lag behind Twitter in mobile-ad revenue growth simply because Twitter has long been optimized for mobile, making it more effective at mobile conversions. Hroncich predicted Facebook will follow Google’s travails, watching mobile ads “cannibalize their site advertising at a lower margin since mobile ads are considerably cheaper.”In other words, more-effective targeting of Facebook mobile ads across apps and mobile Web properties is a good start for solving Facebook’s mobile problem, but it’s not the solution. Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit dave copeland The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Tags:#Facebook#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

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LVPI okays Valdez return to Creamline for playoffs

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ “It’s not my decision to make (playing for Creamline) but I would really love to play (in the PVL) and help because I have commitments with them too.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Alyssa Valdez will see action when Creamline starts its best-of-three Premier Volleyball League semifinals against BaliPure on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Team Caguioa rules Ginebra 3-on-3 Camarines Sur leg MOST READ Orchids Hotel is a stone’s throw away from Arellano University where the team practices twice a day.The highly bankable and explosive spiker said on Thursday that she would at least lend her presence for the Cool Smashers in the ongoing Open Conference.“I’m really hoping to help the team and contribute even by my presence or better yet by playing,” said Valdez, who joined the club practice hours after arriving with the national team from Japan, where they held an extensive training camp.Valdez said she’s focused on the national team as it aspires for a quarterfinal finish in the Asians and a medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 19 to 31.But she said she’s also concerned with Creamline, which has managed to win three matches while she was in Japan to sweep its way to the semifinals as the top seed.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant This after Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, the country’s national federation for the sport, gave her the green light to play with her club team.The approval has one condition, though.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Yes (she’s allowed to play) I already informed Rebisco. But she will stay with NT (quarters),” said LVPI acting president Pete Cayco.The Nationals will be quartered in Orchids Hotel in Manila starting Friday ahead of the Aug. 9 to 17 Asian Senior Women’s Championships in Biñan, Laguna. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

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NSWCIS BREAK WINNING DROUGHT

first_imgYesterday was a historic day for NSW Combined Independent Schools (NSWCIS) putting all demons to rest with the girls winning their first game ever at an 18 Years National Championship. The girls defeated South West Queensland 9-5 with Cobie Morgan and Emma Sommerlad starring with three touchdowns each. Among the players is Sally Walker, daughter of Rugby Union legend Lloyd Walker. Sally was part of the NSWCIS team last year and is thrilled with the success her team has had so far this tournament. “Our first win was really exciting, and hopefully we can just continue to improve over the next few days,” she said. Their next game against Brisbane City Cobras should be a close one with both teams losing to Queensland Secondary Schools Touch by the same margin. With the exception of one player, all the girls were part of the NSWCIS 16 years team last year and have proceeded on to the 18 years team for these National Championships. NSWCIS Convener and manager of the girls team Chris Oliver, attributes the success to the change of approach to their touch sides by NSWCIS. “In the past we’ve lost players with potential to regional sides, but we’ve been concentrating on developing our juniors and retaining those players, taking them through to the 18 years teams,” said Ms Oliver. NSWCIS has had trouble improving over the years due to touch not being played frequently in the private school system, which tends to focus on rugby and netball. Through extended training camps and developing a greater sense of team spirit, the teams are enjoying their success. The boys are also progressing in the competition having won one of their two games yesterday. By Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

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2012 NYC/SOO Referee Appointments

first_imgCongratulations to the following referees on their appointments in the 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships finals and State of Origin Series. National Youth Championships Finals18’s Boys FinalRob BowenMichael WattTim Pearson18’s Girls FinalJustin ParsonsAmanda Single Liam Cooper18’s Boys Community FinalMarcus MullerZachary SchembriAaron Mackenzie18’s Boys Developing State FinalGiancarlo LeungChristian del CastilloKim White18’s Girls Community FinalJo MasonBrendan JonesJenny Madders18’s Girls Developing State FinalKai MarutaSitha MeadAnne Beetham State of Origin – Game OneMen’s OpenDavid BaggioDale LawrenceLuke McKenzieWomen’s Open Brad SmithMick MedlinMatt LaveryMixed OpenSam ClarkBrett FreshwaterDamien CarlsonMen’s 20’sScott CampbellGavin KingSimon JacksonWomen’s 20’sRebecca WardSam HaconMichael WattMen’s 30’sKim SkellyNathan BudgeMark KellyWomen’s 30’sBrenton TurnerBeau NewellAmanda SingleMen’s 35’sBill SladeTammey ChappelMack HovermanWomen’s 35’sTerri ThomasKaren DaviesJames SteinbergMen’s 40’sBernard O’DonohueRichard McIlroyAndrew SmithWomen’s 40’sAnton Van RensburgNic AltinRob WardMen’s 45’sJohn FrostChris MurrayPaul SullivanMen’s 50’sCraig HughesVictor NaumovskiKen GilbertState of Origin Game TwoMen’s OpenDavid BaggioDale LawrenceLuke McKenzieWomen’s Open Damien CarlsonSam ClarkMark KellyMixed OpenBrett FreshwaterNathan BudgeKim SkellyMen’s 20’s Scott CampbellGavin KingMack HovermanWomen’s 20’sRebecca WardSamantha HaconChris MurrayMen’s 30’sBrad SmithMick MedlinMatt LaveryWomen’s 30’sJames SteinbergTerri ThomasBrenton TurnerMen’s 35’s Simon JacksonBill SladeTammey ChappelWomen’s 35’sKaren DaviesNic AltinRob WardMen’s 40’sBernard O’DonohueAndrew SmithJohn FrostWomen’s 40’sMichael WattTim PearsonRob BowenMen’s 45’sRichard McIlroyPaul SullivanBeau NewellMen’s 50’sVictor NaumovskiCraig HughesAnton Van RensburgState of Origin Game ThreeMen’s Open David BaggioDale LawrenceLuke McKenzieWomen’s Open Damien CarlsonSam ClarkMark KellyMixed Open Brett FreshwaterNathan BudgeKim SkellyMen’s 20’sScott CampbellGavin KingMack HovermanWomen’s 20’sRebecca WardSamantha HaconChris MurrayMen’s 30’s Brad SmithMick MedlinMatt LaveryWomen’s 30’sTerri ThomasJames SteinbergAnton Van RensburgMen’s 35’sSimon JacksonBill SladeTammey ChappelWomen’s 35’sKaren DaviesRob WardNic AltinMen’s 40’sBernard O’DonohueAndrew SmithJohn FrostWomen’s 40’sRebecca WardJo MasonMarcus MullerMen’s 45’sBeau NewellRichard McIlroyBrenton TurnerMen’s 50’sPaul SullivanVictor NaumovskiCraig Hughes Related LinksReferee Appointmentslast_img read more

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4-Star Point Guard Charlie Moore Announces Commitment To Memphis

first_imgCharlie Moore, a Memphis commit, playing basketball for his high school.YouTube/ballislife midwestMemphis basketball had a down year by program standards in 2014-15, going 18-14, but the Tigers got a big lift today, with the commitment of four-star Chicago point guard Charlie Moore.Charlie Moore at his press conference: “Today is a great day to be part of the Memphis Tiger program. Tiger up!”— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 12, 2015Josh Pastner and Memphis badly wanted a point guard in the 2016 class — it got one today in Charlie Moore. Quick, tough, aggressive.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 12, 2015Charlie Moore is the first local player to choose Memphis since Derrick Rose.— Michael O’Brien (@michaelsobrien) November 12, 2015Moore is rated as a four star player by every major recruiting site, and is the No. 1 player in Illinois, per 247Sports. last_img read more

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Energy stocks help Toronto market hit another high as oil prices inch

first_imgEnergy stocks helped lift Canada’s main stock index to another record close Tuesday as the price of oil also ticked higher, while the loonie was down a touch ahead of the Bank of Canada’s interest rate decision Wednesday.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 96.38 points at 16,548.72 to top the record close set a day earlier.The new high marks a significant recovery for the index, which is up more than 10 per cent from the lows of February, said Craig Jerusalim, portfolio manager at CIBC Asset Management.“It’s nice to see strength returning to the Canadian equity markets, largely being led by commodities, but financials have also done quite well as well as select other sectors.”The rise in equities comes as the price of crude has climbed about 25 per cent since its low of about US$59 a barrel in February. On Tuesday, crude was up slightly with a 26 cent gain to close at US$74.11 per barrel for the August contract.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average ended up 143.07 points at 24,919.66. The S&P 500 index closed up 9.67 at 2,793.84 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 3 points at 7,759.20.The S&P also closed at its highest since February, but Jerusalim noted that U.S. markets look to have higher expectations built into its valuations.“The nice thing about the TSX, as opposed to the S&P 500, is that valuations are still relatively close to longer-term averages for the TSX, whereas the S&P 500, the price to earnings multiple is not at all-time highs, but is at the higher end of the historic range, which means there’s further room to correct.”The lower valuations for Canadian stocks means it could be a better bet going forward, as long as trends aren’t destabilized, he said.“Looking forward, assuming that trade rhetoric doesn’t ramp up, and commodity prices don’t move drastically from where they are, I would be more favourable towards Canadian equities than U.S. equities, when looking out over the next year or so.”The Canadian dollar averaged 76.19 cents US, down 0.16 of a US cent. The loonie jumped last week on expectations of the Bank of Canada raising rates Wednesday, but has lost ground against the U.S. dollar as data looks even stronger to the south, said Jerusalim.“The pace of rate hikes is likely going to be more consistent from the Fed, which should lead, with all else equal, to a stronger U.S. dollar relative to the Canadian dollar.”He said the Bank of Canada is expected to release a dovish rate hike.“What that means is we’re likely going to see a rate hike accompanied by commentary that dampens the likelihood of further rate hikes any time soon.”The August natural gas contract was down four cents at US$2.79 per mmBTU. The August gold contract ended down $4.20 at US$1,255.40 an ounce and the September copper contract was down a penny at US$2.84 a pound.Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. closed up $3.80 or 6.67 per cent at $60.80 after the company, Canada’s largest by revenues, reported better than expected earnings.last_img read more

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