AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 25:30 a.m. Begin intravenous green tea nutritional regimen to ensure maximum caffeine intake and prevent visible fatigue during media stops. 6 a.m. Staff meeting, emphasizing goal of three photo ops per hour. 6:30 a.m. Begin first of nine pancake breakfasts, flipping no more than three flapjacks per event. 7 9:30 a.m. Smile, pose and eat pancakes. 10 a.m. Run 5K to burn off massive caloric intake of pancakes and reduce caffeine-induced hypertension. 11 a.m. Shower, haircut, apply hair gel and teeth whitener. New clean white shirt. 11:30 a.m. Begin series of quick lunch stops across state in order to meet the most influential political backers in the shortest amount of time. 12:30 p.m. Remind staff to have mayor use the “I’m on the 2 yard line and I want the ball” analogy for any applicable issues, including takeover of LAUSD. 1 p.m. Assemble crisis-management team to address failure to meet goal of three photo ops per hour. 1:10 p.m. Alternative plan created: Airlift mayor out of Los Angeles, fly over accident scene looking concerned, then land in suburbs and cruise neighborhoods looking for birthday parties, store openings, etc. Emphasis on cameras being present. 3 p.m. Begin work on 15th draft of speech titled: “To The Citizens of Council District 14, I Was Just Kidding When I Promised to Serve Out My Full Term.” 4-5 p.m. Back to office, have staff consolidate all local news events and map out strategy to have mayor on the scene in control at most newsworthy events. 5:30-11:30 p.m. Show up at all newsworthy events in town, being sure to use the clever “I’m on the 2 yard line and I want the ball” line as much as possible. Last shower, haircut and application of hair gel and teeth whitener. Quick stop at home to pick up extra clean white shirts when supply runs dangerously low. Midnight: Disconnect green-tea IV, sleep for five hours, dream of ways to make “Your next president” and “Villaraigosa” rhyme. Whew. Try that for seven days, will ya? Maybe it would be better to slow it down just a bit, Mr. Mayor. It’s for your own good, and ours, too. After all, as any truly great statesman knows, it’s not about the show that you put on when the cameras are rolling. It’s about the work that you do when they are off that really matters. William R. Paxton lives in Los Angeles.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I’M a little worried about our mayor. No, it’s not because of the seemingly ever-growing list of promises that he has made that he will never be able to keep (though if he adds “end world hunger” to that list I’ll swear I’m listening to a Miss America finalist). On the contrary, I’m concerned about the pace of public appearances that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is keeping. Some of the local media outlets are purported to have obtained copies of the mayor’s typical daily agenda, but these don’t do the man justice. I have been lucky to obtain an actual copy of one of our mayor’s daily agendas, which I would like to share with you: 5 a.m. Shower, haircut, apply hair gel and teeth whitener. Lay out supply of clean, long-sleeve white shirts for day.
Paul Mackenzie has been appointed chief operations officer of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), responsible for managing its day-to-day operations. The COO is a new position, created to add management capacity to the IMC as it continues to grow and expand its staffing numbers, projects and influence. The role of the COO includes planning; financial oversight and compliance; HR development; and operational management.Prior to joining the IMC, Paul was general manager of the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE), a leading economic policy research and advocacy organisation. He has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg.The IMC was established in 2000 to create a positive, united image for South Africa. Using the slogan, “South Africa: Alive with Possibility” its mission is to articulate a brand for South Africa in order to attract tourism, trade and investment and to build national support for Brand South Africa.
At Mining Indaba 2014, Brand South Africa makes a compelling business case for why investors should consider South Africa as an important trade and investment destination.Support and Partnership from Exploration to ProcessingInvestment workshop 5 February, Roof Terrace Room, CTICCSouth Africa is becoming an economic force to be reckoned with in this rapidly changing global economic – mainly due to the long-term socio-economic vision and associated policy-making of its government, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola tells participants at an investment workshop during Mining Indaba 2014.South Africa’s competitive advantage in the developing worldAmended legislation to ease doing business in South Africa February 6, 2014: Amendments to the National Environmental Management and the Mineral and Petroleum Development Acts will soon see a smoother process to licensing in the mining sector, improving the climate for investment in the country. More >South Africa: Sound investment destination, emerging market that mattersFebruary 5, 2014: South Africa is an important emerging market in the global stage, offering a solid and steadily growing economy with secure rewards for potential investors. That was the consensus at the Investment Promotion Workshop hosted by Brand South Africa at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on 5 February. More >Mining Indaba: South Africa – an emerging market that mattersFebruary 5, 2014 : There was overwhelming consensus at the Investment Promotion Workshop co-hosted by Brand South Africa and the Departments of Mineral Resources, Trade and Industry and Science and Technology at the Mining Indaba that South Africa is an emerging market that matters. More >Cape Town is open for business – De LilleFebruary 4, 2014: Having hosted the African Mining Indaba for the past 20 years, Cape Town is now looking to further relationships with sector businesses beyond the conference. More >Mining Indaba: Growing population to boost Africa’s mineral developmentFebruary 4, 2014: Speaking at the 2014 Mining Indaba, Minerals Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said a growing world population was a good sign for Africa’s development; Red Door Research’s Jim Lennon echoed this, saying China’s development needs would mean strong demand for the continent’s resources. More >Focus on African resources at Mining IndabaFebruary 3, 2014: With #MiningIndaba trending on Twitter, the first full day of the 20th Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town focused on transparency in the industry, and on the scramble for Africa’s resources – the continent accounts for 30% of mining resources in the world, much of it untapped. More >African mining: ‘prepare for a rebound’February 3, 2014: Investors should broaden their perspective, look beyond the obvious and prepare for African mining to rebound on the back of growing demand from recovering global economies, delegates heard at a private forum ahead of the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on the weekend. More >Africa, mining industry ‘must grow together’February 3, 2014: A major shift in how mining companies operate in Africa is required for the industry to contribute effectively to the continent’s growth, South African Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday. More >
13 months ago Read/WriteWeb published a review post about the leading “memetrackers” – i.e. sites that cluster and filter the latest tech news. Myconclusion at that time was that Techmemecame out on top, closely followed by Tailrankand Topix.net. My summary back then:“All in all, Memeorandum still comes out trumps in terms of clusteringlayout, speed and relevancy. Topix.net and TailRank are strong services too.Also I suspect Chuquet and Megite will pick up the pace once they’ve enhancedtheir interfaces. A very interesting space to watch!”Later in 2006 I also comparedTailRank to Techmeme. But it’s over a year since the original analysis andso time for an update. I have to admit that personally I’ve stuck with TechMeme,although I check out the others every now and then too. To do a proper update would take me at least a few hours of research. Luckily Stan Schroeder overat franticindustries has saved me the trouble, by publishing anin-depth overview of the Memetracker market, circa 2007. Stan covers 8memetrackers: Blogniscient,Buzzfeed, Chuquet,Daily Rotation,Feedable,Megite, Tailrank,Techmeme.Stan’s conclusion is that Techmeme, Tailrank and Megite are the leading threememetrackers, because “they have more features, index more sites, and bringthe news faster than the rest.”. He also noted that Daily Rotation (acustomizable news aggregator) and Buzzfeed (adds its own editorial commentary)“are a bit different than others”.Standid a little test at the end of his article, which pretty much shows the currentstate of the memetrackers:“While I was writing this article, a very important news item broke:ViacomÄôs lawsuit against Google. I was following the technology sections ofall 8 memetrackers. Techmeme picked up the news first, soon to be followed byMegite and Tailrank. Daily Rotation and Feedable followed soon, while Chuquetwas yet a bit more slower, and Blogniscient hasnÄôt picked up this news itemeven several hours after it broke out.” My experience has also been that Techmeme is usually the fastest, althoughI’ve taken to referring to the top stories on there as “Techmemescrums” – because when a top story breaks, there is a massive ‘me too’ pileon from tech blogs. It’s the same on TailRank and Megite – and this trend isgetting a little tiresome. Why? Because the business type stories (like thecurrent Cisco-Webex one dominating the news) tend to obscure the realweb tech stories too much… but that’s just me.This is why I supplement myTechmeme diet with the likes of Topix.netTech (not profiled by Stan) and my personal RSS filter feeds, which give memore variety and largely keep the ‘me too’ news blogs out of my results. Also Iget a great daily fix of headlines from OriginalSignal,which has a good variety of pages now. What do you think of the memetrackers and which is your favorite? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Analysis#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Leadership is a product of many different qualities that allow us to stand up and stand out. Yet one of the most important qualities of leadership is the ability to remain flexible, challenging our own limits and capabilities to bring out the best in ourselves.As each of these leaders clearly demonstrate this is true at every level of leadership, and is a character trait that must be continuously groomed as part of every individual’s professional development plan. Dedication and hard work is critically important to climb the professional ladder, but open minds also open opportunities, allowing us to expand our options and our careers.Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on their recent promotions and the versatility that each has shown to expand their professional development.- Sponsor – Michael Gray has been promoted to Senior Vice President at Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores. Michael was most recently Vice President and General Manager at Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores. He joined Sears Holdings in 2003 as Divisional Vice President of Loss Prevention before moving into operations as Region Vice President and General Manager for the retailer in 2009. Michael has also held loss prevention leadership positions with Things Remembered, PetSmart, and Builder’s Square over the course of his 22-year career. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Akron.Bobby DeAgostino has been named Safety Director at Atlanta-based Floor & Décor. Bobby was previously Regional Vice President for Family Dollar. Bobby has held leadership positions in both operations and loss prevention over the course of his 27 years in retail, starting as a loss prevention / operations manager for Hills Department Stores. He has also held leadership positions as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager, Divisional Loss Prevention Manager, Regional Asset Protection Manager and Regional Director of Operations with The Home Depot, as well as serving as a Store Team Leader with Target Stores. Bobby holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Penn State University.John Pool was appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Security and Fraud for Boston-based Eastern Bank. John began his retail career at Target as a store investigator in Memphis progressing to District AP Team Leader in Nashville, Investigations Team Leader in New York City and ultimately several positions with Target’s Corporate Security leadership team last being Senior Management Leader, Corporate Security. John holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminology from Indiana State University.Michael Ward has been promoted to Vice President of Loss Prevention & Safety at Lumber Liquidators. Michael was formerly the Director of Loss Prevention & Safety for the retailer. Michael began his loss prevention career 23 years ago working for Montgomery Ward, holding positions on both the stores and supply chain side of the business. He has held positions with increasing responsibility with Montgomery Ward, Eckerd Drugs as a Regional Loss Prevention Representative, and Michael’s, where he eventually became Director of Distribution Loss Prevention & Safety before joining Lumber Liquidators in 2013.James Wilhelm, LPC has been named Director, Asset Protection for Los Angeles based 99 Cents Only Stores. James began his 19-year career with Sears Roebuck and Company, and has held several leadership roles in his loss prevention/asset protection career to include Management Consultant/Account Manager at Protiviti, Regional Manager of Loss Prevention & Safety with Office Depot Supply Chain, Senior Manager Asset Protection for Harlem Furniture, and Corporate Manager – Retail Loss Prevention at Ace Hardware. James holds Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Southern New Hampshire University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.John Goldyn has been named Director of Loss Prevention for Bevmo Corporation. John most recently served with Family Dollar stores as regional vice president after joining the company as divisional vice president of loss prevention in 2001. He also served as Director of Loss Prevention at Pep Boys from 1998 – 2001. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Phoenix.Congratulations to each of these dedicated professionals on their recent moves and promotions.For a complete review of the March On the Move, click here. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Twitter appears to be preparing a new feature that will let you “contribute your shoutouts to peeps,” if the very official looking account @twittershoutout does in fact reflect a plan in the works.Startup consultant Louis Gray discovered the account this evening and suspects the account will correspond to a method of vouching publicly for Twitter users. This theory sounds viable, all the clues point to this being real and the feature makes a lot of sense.Update: Twitter HQ has emailed to say that our speculation was wrong and that this is in fact a tool for internal communication only. See that denial below, after we discuss why Twitter ought to offer a public shout out feature.Gray also found the account @twitteronnotice, apparently a way to put users “on notice”, linked to the shoutout account. These accounts look very official, just like @earlybird did when we discovered it a week before it was officially confirmed.Why an Endorsement Feature Makes SenseA “shout out” or endorsement would make a good compliment to friends, followers and lists on Twitter. Endorsements offered in 140 characters or less could become a meaningful form of social capital online.Scottish designer Sam Brown has been developing a startup called Endorse that allows Twitter users to endorse one another in particular areas of expertise. That service has been gaining some early traction and will be interesting to compare to Twitter’s own shout outs, presuming the official feature does in fact launch. See also ShoutWorthy, another related project.Follower numbers as a form of credibility on Twitter quickly proved easy to game, with users of questionable moral quality spending $20, $100 or more to buy software that would artificially inflate their followers by tens of thousands. Official endorsements, from known entities like your friends, or perhaps friends of your friends, could be a great way to help build trust in new connections made on the social network.Update: The next morning after reporting this, we’re hearing rumblings that this account is actually used for internal communication purposes and does not reflect a larger public feature in the works. We shall see…it sure seems like it would be a good public feature. Update X2: The NextWeb caught a failed private message from Twitter’s Sean Garrett that confirms that Shout Out is at least something official. “Louis Gray found Shout Out, can you handle?” he asked another member of the team.Finally, Garrett just sent out this email, explaining that Shout Out is in fact an internal communication tool. We’ll see…There have been reports of a Twitter Shout Out? product being launched on the market soon. We can neither confirm or deny a product at this time. Not even if you ask us really nicely*. However, what we can say is that we are always optimizing for user value and relevance. For example, just the other day Ev was saying that we should totally find ways to “give props” to users adding value on the system in a way that is organic to how people are already using Twitter. Someone told Ev that “give props” wasn’t something that people said anymore. Biz — or was it Jason? — then said that “shout out” was now a more common vernacular for a “kind mention of a homie” (Urban Dictionary). Anywho, where were we? Oh yeah, Twitter Shout Out? and that freakin’ leak. Or was it a leak? Or was it after-midnight sleuthing? You tell me. Or, maybe the this is all some sort of some special tease to later to be revealed during Dancing with the Stars or, better yet, at halftime of an exhibition football game. *However, what we can say is that it’s not a product. It’s an internal account where Twitter employees “give props” to each other.It sure would be nice if Twitter were to offer such a feature to the public! Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Stefano Pioli believes Milan can learn a great deal from their 2-2 draw with Lecce. “I saw positives, but we should’ve closed the game earlier.” The Coach saw his debut on the Rossoneri bench, and also his birthday, ruined by a stoppage-time Marco Calderoni screamer in this 2-2 draw. There was progress, as both Milan goals were from open play, as many as throughout Marco Giampaolo’s seven games in charge. “I struggled a little with players who I used to work with, Babacar and Calderoni,” Pioli told Sky Sport Italia. “It’s a pity, there were positives, but we wanted the win and didn’t get it because of our mistakes. I saw some good moves, quality and spirit, but if you leave the game open, you can have a nasty surprise at the end. “Milan players are well aware of their capabilities and the fact they are wearing a prestigious jersey. They will be able to judge their own performances and we’ll analyse them carefully, but in a way we paid for our generosity, as we ran after the ball and didn’t keep an eye on other players. I think we had deserved to win it. “Some of the positions we took were positive, others not so much. We tried to build from the back with a three-man defence, but that can change with a different opponent such as Roma next week. “After only a few days of training, I did see some of the ideas we had worked on and that bodes well for the future, even if there is a lot of work to be done. “I had hoped for a gift this evening for my birthday, but I saw some good things and I hope we can learn from these mistakes.” The equaliser for 2-2 was a ferocious Calderoni strike, but Pioli pointed to issues in the build-up. “We lacked a little collaboration on the final equaliser. Calderoni hit it well, but we had several opportunities to close that Lecce move earlier and if we had, we’d be here talking about a deserved victory. “In the Press conference yesterday, I was asked many questions about how I found the team. I tell you after this match, there are many positives. The big error was that a side like Milan has to kill games off. We could’ve even held on for 2-1 and kicked it out of play rather than misplace those passes. “This match will help us learn a great deal, for what we did and what we should’ve done. On the penalty, there were too many of us going after the ball and we left gaps. We weren’t set out well at all.” Rafael Leao started the match and was replaced by Krzysztof Piatek, but will we see them play together for Milan? “I think Leao and Piatek can play together when overall we are a more balanced team and I have a better idea of their characteristics. “I replaced Leao because the medic told me he had a slight muscular issue and we didn’t want to risk any further damage, while Paqueta also seemed tired.”
Parma will be without key duo Bruno Alves and Roberto Inglese for at least the next game after they suffered injuries. Parma thrashed Genoa 5-1 on Sunday to move up to eighth in Serie A – but at the expense of Inglese. That is because, as per the Ducali’s official website, the striker sprained his ankle and needs two weeks of treatment “and subsequent recovery”. He lasted just 12 minutes at the weekend and was replaced by Andreas Cornelius, who scored a quick-fire hat-trick. With the next international break scheduled for November 11-19, it seems unlikely Inglese will return before then. Alves, meanwhile, missed the win against Genoa with what Parma describe as “a grade-I injury to his left hamstring”. The defender should therefore miss only his side’s next match at Inter this Saturday, although there is a midweek round coming up. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
REVEALED: Man Utd made triple-threat check on Moussa Dembeleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are scouting Lyon striker Moussa Dembele leading up to the January market.The Daily Mail says United sent a scout to Wednesday’s draw with Brest, where Dembele scored, and Sunday’s clash with PSG. They also had a presence at the Champions League match against Zenit Saint-Petersburg last week.Dembele has been in fine form this season and already has six goals from six appearances in Ligue 1 — with all of his shots on target finding the back of the net. He is the top scorer in the division. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say