Warriors-Rockets TV ratings: Series off to a solid start

first_imgA lot of eyes were on Sunday’s drama-filled clash between the Warriors and Rockets in Oakland.According to ABC, the game generated the network’s highest ratings for an NBA Conference Semifinals broadcast since 2011. The playoff contest, won by Golden State, delivered a 5.9 metered market rating — up 34 percent from last year’s comparable game. It peaked with an 8.1 rating in the final quarter hour, according to Nielsen.Not surprisingly, the game drew robust numbers in the Bay Area and …last_img read more

South African economy well positioned to recover from current slowdown

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 6 October 2015 – Brand South Africa notes the statement by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry that the country’s Business Confidence Index has fallen to its lowest level since 1993.It cannot be disputed that the South African economy is experiencing challenges with the World Bank and the South African Reserve Bank having revised growth targets downwards in the recent weeks.However South Africa has a range of strengths which can be leveraged to turn the economic situation around. To name a few:• The World Economic Forum in its 2015 Global Competitiveness Index last week said that “South Africa hosts the continent’s most efficient financial market (12/140) and benefits from a sound goods market (38/140), which is driven by strong domestic competition (28/140).”• The Ibrahim Index on African Governance in its 2015 assessment of 54 countries in Africa, released yesterday, found that South Africa ranks number 2 in the continent in terms of business environment and number 1 in terms of public management.• The Department of Trade and Industry earlier this week announced that FDI inflows into South Africa amounted to US$3.31 billion from January 2015 to July 2015. This indicates confidence in South Africa’s investment climate by foreign investors.• South Africa is also currently implementing a 9-Point Plan comprising simultaneous actions in key strategic areas, aimed at revitalising the economy.These statistics show that despite challenges in the South African economy which are contributing negatively to business confidence, the South African economy remains strong and well positioned to recover in terms of business confidence.Minister Radebe speaking at the Black Management Forum earlier today said, “Faced with a stagnating economy, it is imperative that we find effective and sustainable ways to accelerate the growth rate [and] we need develop the country’s industrial capabilities and reduce dependence on commodity exports.”The commitment by government and collaboration by the corporate sector will see South Africa being to leverage the strengths highlighted above to reverse the current economic situation in the country.Notes to the EditorThe statement by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry can be found on their website.last_img read more

What the Tweetmeme Toyota Portal Looks Like Under the Hood

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Data Services#news#web Halstead’s company got a big boost from this deal, but Tweetmeme has been cash-flow positive for at least the last 3 months. “I think the more interesting fact,” he says, “is that I started this company for the sole purpose of doing this and companies are now only just starting to recognize the value in this kind of proposition. I think that shows how far social media has grown up. And that you have to stick at what you know is right – even if people ignore it to start with.”No word yet on when this system will be opened up to the public, but used in conjunction with other media types like Toyota has it sure seems like there’s a lot of potential here.Disclosure: FM Publishing, a partner in the Toyota project, is also RWW’s advertising network. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Auto manufacturer Toyota launched a new Twitter-based portal called Toyota Conversations tonight and the site is getting a whole lot of press. Most people are focused on how the site seems to contain more positive Tweets than the world at large, but there are a lot of negative links on the site as well.We got a look at the back-end infrastructure of the Tweetmeme portal system and have screenshots displayed below. These aren’t for the Toyota project in particular, but they are the same tools being put to use in a different campaign. We know you feed and data geeks fantasize about building the ultimate feed moderation system. Check out the one that Toyota put down no small sum to get to use. It’s a nice combination of heavy duty and easy to use, just like you’d expect for a big corporate customer like this. The best news? This system will be opened up to the public soon.No Cover Up HereBelow, an item page for a popular link shared about Toyota. Below is what appears to be the company’s direct response. Thus the name of the site, Conversations.Easy to Use Logic ChainsTweetmeme portal customers set up complex combinations of rules for which tweets to display using what company founder Nick Halstead calls “a mini-programming language – with a drag + drop interface for setting them up. Rules can be based on tweet, text from the story, title, meta data from the story, geo location data, twitter users who are tweeting…almost any data that is associated with twitter and the linked story that we spider as well. Each channel can have a number of chains – each chain can work separately – but be valued differently – i.e. have a confidence factor associated with it.”The Big Dashboard in the SkyThis is what Tweetmeme HQ looks at, standing on top of all the channels. The ten person team calls its big set of rules “the pickle matrix”. Every time someone Tweets a tweet with a new link in it, or a Retweet, that data is thrown against the pickle matrix. That’s the field “access count.” Then an optimized process of rules are matched. “The data isn’t the problem,” Halstead says, “it’s the number of rules we put against it. This is 1,000 times more powerful than Twitter’s Track or search because we can apply tens of thousands of rules to every Tweet we see.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola tribute to Sterling after goalscoring cameo

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola tribute to Sterling after goalscoring cameoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola was pleased to see Raheem Sterling on the scoresheet for victory over Everton.Sterling came off the bench to score in the 3-1 win.”Raheem – when he has no time to think in front of goal – he’s always good,” Guardiola said.”The cross was amazing from Fernandinho and it was a great finish. We are not the tallest team in the world but after just a few minutes, it was an important goal for him and everyone. “I see him so calm. I think he has handled the last years in many situations and rumours – not nice things about him or his family or the colour of his skin. I admire him and appreciate that it’s not easy for him.”He’s loved by all staff and in the locker room.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoChelsea striker Giroud: Cesc a great opportunity for Monaco

first_imgChelsea striker Giroud: Cesc a great opportunity for Monacoby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud has no doubts former Chelsea teammate Cesc Fabregas will be a success with AS Monaco.Cesc left Chelsea last week for ASM and made his debut in last night’s 1-1 draw at Olympique Marseille.Giroud told Telefoot: “Cesc is a great player, he has this quality of vision of the game, of intelligence of passes. “He’s one of the best players I’ve played with. “This is a great opportunity for Monaco.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

TIFF Stargazing 101 Getting close to celebs at the fest

first_img Twitter Actress Kate Mara takes a photo with Cynthia McLeod on the red carpet for the movie “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool” during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2017. Getting a front-row spot at film premieres requires a lot of waiting and patience. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement “Last year was the year that I upped my game,” said McLeod, who’s been snapping photos of celebrities at TIFF for the last five years since moving downtown.“And it all started because (Borg vs McEnroe’s) Shia LaBeouf, the very first opening night, because he didn’t want to talk to people on the red carpet, the reporters — you guys! — he went and did everybody else,” she said. “And he took a picture with everybody. He took everybody’s phone and he handed it back. He called me, ‘Darlin,’” she added with a laugh.Shia LaBeouf takes a selfie with Cynthia McLeod at the Borg/McEnroe premiere during the opening night of TIFF 2017 at Roy Thomson Hall.McLeod says over the years her best TIFF moments have been with the likes of Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Benedict Cumberbatch and worst – because they didn’t stop for fans who had waited to see them – couple Annette Bening and Warren Beatty and Toronto’s own Drake.“I don’t know if anybody wants to get excited about Drake,” she joked of the rapper, who will be introducing drama Monsters and Men on opening night. “I stood out there for Drake and he didn’t come over to fans. It can be kind of exhausting ‘cause if you do it hardcore, it can take hours.” Want to know how to cozy up to A Star is Born’s Bradley Cooper or Lady Gaga for a selfie at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, starting Thursday and running until Sept.16?Or how about getting an autograph from First Man’s Ryan Gosling, a native of London, Ont., or Beautiful Boy’s Timothee Chalamet of Call Me By Your Name fame?Veteran TIFF star gazer (and also the Toronto Sun’s assistant city editor) Cynthia McLeod says it takes time, patience, and a trusty foot stool, but the celebrity encounter is usually worth it in the long run. Facebooklast_img read more

Juan Cuadrado Im working every day to raise my game further

first_imgJuventus midfielder Juan Cuadrado believes that there are still aspects of his own game that he must improveThe Colombia international started as a right wing-back for Juventus in Wednesday night’s Serie A game against Bologna.Goals from Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi inside the opening 16 minutes at Turin enabled Juventus to maintain their 100% winning start to the season after six games.“I am very happy with the team’s overall performance,” Cuadrado told the club website.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“When we play ball to feet, we’re effective and fun. I think we’ve made a great start to this season and we must keep up the good work.”But the 30-year-old, who gave Cristiano Ronaldo his no.7 jersey in the summer, feels there are aspects of his game that still need work.“As far as my own performance is concerned, I still have room for improvement and, when I attempt one-on-one moves, I must make the most of my characteristics, but I’m working every day to raise my game further.”Juventus will next face title rivals Napoli at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Saturday.last_img read more

Henry speaks for the first time about Monaco

first_imgThe former French footballer talked via Twitter for the first time after being appointed AS Monaco’s new manager for the next three yearsFormer Arsenal and France footballer Thierry Henry was appointed today as the new manager of Ligue 1 club AS Monaco.The football legend signed a three-year contract with the club where he started his professional career.And now for the first time since he signed, he spoke via Twitter about his new job.“I was fortunate to receive some very attractive offers over the last few months, but Monaco will always be close to my heart”, Henry wrote on Twitter.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Having started my footballing career with this great club, it seems fate that I will now begin my managerial career here too.”“I’m incredibly excited to be given this opportunity, but now the hard work must begin. Can’t wait,” he added in both French and English.pic.twitter.com/9iOQChkWh6— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) October 13, 2018last_img read more

Buffon I didnt join PSG for the money

first_imgItalian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has denied suggestions that he only joined Paris Saint-Germain for one last big chequeThe 40-year-old made the surprise switch to PSG in the summer from Juventus in order to continue his top-flight career.But there have been rumours going about suggesting that Buffon’s main reason for going to France was just for the money with nine of PSG’s players among the Ligue 1’s top 10 earners.The 2006 World Cup winner reportedly earns just under €5m a year at the Parc Des Princes.“There’s always a bit of envy, that’s human too,” Buffon told Corriere della Sera on those rumours.“The first rule is not to be conditioned by the judgements and ideas of others. I will never prostitute my ideals and dreams for money. If I was going to then I’d have done it long before now.Colin Dagba, France,How Dagba become one of PSG’s regulars Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 21-year-old full-back Colin Dagba had a very difficult time to break into professional football, but now he’s one of PSG’s regular players.“Money is important, it’s a means to live better, but I’m not venal.“They thought I was a madman, or a statue only missing the pigeons. My enthusiasm makes me young though, and if I want to continue I can’t be like an old grandpa.“Sometimes I’m more ‘stupid’ than someone who is 20 and people don’t realise my age.“I’m very proud to be here, because to receive an offer from a club like this is a big satisfaction.“I always gave my best, I am sure I behaved well and life rewarded me with this bonus.”Buffon has made 13 appearances for PSG in all competitions this season.last_img read more

Turks and Caicos prepares to encounter Hurricane Erika

first_img TCI Governor issues Salt Cay evacuation order Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Aug 2015 – By weekend, Tropical Storm Erika is forecast to be a category one hurricane and on its current trajectory the TCI is in her cross hairs. Red Cross has already began distributing sand bags and with the help of DEMA, you can fill those bags with sand. Remember to bring along a shovel. The weather is also becoming more windy, and that is likely the remnants of Danny impacting Providenciales; North Caicos told Magnetic Media there was rain off and on yesterday. Disaster Management and Emergencies confirmed late today that hurricane shelters are ready. The Bahamas Department of Meteorology issuing updates including a current severe weather alert for the Northern and Central Bahamas. Again, the remnants of Danny have brought heavy showers to this area of The Bahamas but also in the forecast are waterspouts and severe thunderstorm activity. Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are warned now to prepare, as a Tropical Storm warning could be issued as early as tomorrow for Erika, whose winds extend 80 miles from the center and which is with wind speeds at 45mph right now. TCI participates in CDB sponsored disaster strategy workshop Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:erika, hurricane, weekends Recommended for you TCI Disaster Office launches Hurricane Prep Monthlast_img read more