The odds are Stephen Curry will soon have that elusive NBA Finals MVP in his possession — at least if you believe the Caesars Palace Race and Sports Book.After Golden State’s Game 2 victory evened the series Sunday, the Warriors’ star has been installed as the favorite at -200 to capture MVP honors for the first time in his fifth trip to the Finals.Raptors star Kawhi Leonard, at +280, is the next best bet to take home the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP award. After Curry and Leonard, Caesars’ …
14 August 2012South Africans Bianca Buitendag and Sarah Baum maintained their challenge for coveted places on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) when they finished fifth and ninth respectively in the ASP six-star rated Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro at Oceanside in California on Saturday.Competing in peaky, small waves of only half-a-metre to a metre in size, 18-year-old Buitendag built on her confidence-boosting victory in Peru a fortnight earlier by advancing through a strong field of WCT and Star Tour competitors to reach the quarterfinals.She bowed out in the last eight to world number five, Courtney Conlogue of the USA, to finish in fifth place overall. The result was worth 1 560 rankings points, the second highest haul of the year to date for Buitendag.RankingIt sees sees the South African maintain her number five ranking on the ASP Women’s Star Rankings but with an increased lead of 773 points over sixth ranked Rebecca Woods of Australia.Six women qualify for the WCT from the Star rankings annually and with three of the four women above her in the rankings – Conlogue, Malia Manuel and Paige Hareb – having already qualified for the 2013 ASP WCT through their elite tour results, Buitendag is now effectively in second spot.Sarah Baum also had a good run in the Supergirl Pro, winning her opening heat ahead of Buitendag and placing second behind Conlogue to reach the last 12 where she was eliminated by ASP world number six Malia Manuel and Buitendag.RisingBaum picked up 920 points for her ninth place result, which moved her up from twelfth to tenth in the rankings.With four of those ahead of her already qualified for the WCT, she currently sits in an effective sixth place and on the cusp of giving South Africa two girls amongst the world’s top 17 ranked female surfers on the 2013 ASP Women’s WCT.Rosanne Hodge, the only other South African competing at Oceanside and a former four-year WCT member, produced her best result of 2012 with a 13th place finish.She finished third behind Baum and Conlogue in their round 24 encounter, and her 13th place was worth 650 points, which lifted her to 28th in the rankings.ASP WOMEN’S STAR RANKINGS(After Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro )Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11 810Sage Erickson (USA) 9 870Malia Manuel (Haw) 9 840Paige Hareb (NZ) 8 170Bianca Buitendag (RSA) 7 813Rebecca Woods (Aus) 7 040Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus) 7 000Pauline Ado (Fra) 6 890Sofia Mulanovich (Per) 6 050Sarah Baum (RSA) 5 490SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
10 August 2012BMW South Africa’s Rosslyn Plant outside Pretoria will begin exporting its 3 Series vehicles to China later this year, after receiving a China Quality Certification clearance permit from the authorities there last week.BMW South Africa is the first car manufacturer in the country to be awarded the permit since the establishment of the country’s Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) in 1995.The MIDP is a support programme aimed at the development of a sustainable, globally competitive automotive industry by providing South African manufacturers incentives such as a reduction on import duties.China is one of the fastest growing major markets in the world, and BMW sales in the country are growing by over 40% every year. “The South African-built vehicles will go a long way towards addressing the booming demand in this market,” BMW South Africa said in a statement.The Rosslyn Plant was awarded the China Quality Certification following a comprehensive audit which confirmed that the plant’s production and quality management systems met global standards.It follows a R2.2-billion upgrade of the plant, which re-opened in March this year. Its production capacity will increase significantly in the coming years to exceed 90 000 units per year, BMW South Africa’s managing director Bodo Donauer said.“The China certification is a great vote of confidence in our plant and our people. It bodes well not only for our sustainability as a company, but also for the broader motoring industry in South Africa,” Donauer said.“While our Chinese exports will start at a small level at first, the plan is for this market to ultimately make up around 10% of our total export volume. In 2012, we plan to export around 3 900 units to China.”The Rosslyn plant was the first BMW plant to be established outside Europe, in 1973. It currently exports 50% of the vehicles it produces to the USA, with the remainder going to local and African markets, Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.“With more than R10-billion invested, BMW South Africa has led the local motor industry in a number of respects in terms of production and export,” the company said.“At the same time, BMW’s development of its production and export programme has been the catalyst for the company’s sustainable growth and contribution to the South African economy.”SAinfo reporter
Manish DudharejiaFounder – E2M Solutions Inc Tags:#Digital Adoption Follow the Puck I am the President and Founder of E2M Solutions Inc, a San Diego Based Digital Agency that specializes in White Label Services for Website Design & Development and eCommerce SEO. With over 10 years of experience in the Technology and Digital Marketing industry, I am passionate about helping online businesses to take their branding to the next level. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Without a doubt, advances in technology have revolutionized the way that businesses operate in the modern world. Every year, companies allocate more of their budget toward adopting digital practices and tools to improve productivity and outcomes. Digital adoption, which can be thought of as an end goal of technological maximization. Digital adoption will always look a little different for every organization depending on factors like their industry and ultimate objectives. Additionally, every organization will have its own unique set of roadblocks. But three underlying issues can stop digital adoption dead in it tracks.Unfortunately, digital adoption has not been easy for many organizations. In fact, 84% of businesses that attempt digital transformation are unsuccessful. Often times, the barriers that stand in the way of digital adoption are rooted in issues with employee training, company culture, data management, and just about everything in between.Although these challenges are certainly not insurmountable, they can slow down progress or stand in the way of great results. Digital adoption is no longer optional for businesses that intend to stay competitive in today’s market. Therefore, it is crucial that every company not only identifies the barriers that stand in their way of digital adoption, but also knows how to overcome them.Let’s discuss.1. Muddled Vision of the Digital Customer JourneyThe customer experience (CX) matters more than ever these days. Consumers will be quick to jump ship to a competitor for a better one. Customer’s expectations are higher than ever before, and unfortunately, the majority of companies are not hitting the mark. According to Inc’s survey, only 7% of retailers offer end-to-end commerce experiences for a seamless digital customer journey.Omni-channel systems are essential to the digital customer experience. As business operations continue to evolve around customer-centricity, every move in the process of digital adoption needs to be done in accordance with the digital customer value proposition.Without a crystal-clear view of this, digital adoption is essentially like traveling without a destination in mind. There’s no room for guessing games when it comes to digital adoption in regards to the customer journey.Businesses must first create a customer journey map that is specific to their audience and backed up by behavioral data. This process will not be linear; the buyer’s journey is much more complicated than the simple four-step process that was taught in business school. This is largely due to the growth of e-commerce and digital consumer practices, which have essentially turned the customer journey map on its head.In order to create an accurate map for your specific customers, you will need to categorize your audience’s behavior.You will construct your customer map based on aspects like their goals, sentiments, expectations, and deciding factors. You will need to take a look at past behavioral data to formulate the typical path that leads consumers towards a conversion.What content draws them in?How long does it take from an initial interaction to a purchase decision?Where are the major falling off points?Once these questions are answered, you will be able to see the areas were digital programs can fit in to better support customers through this journey.2. Unscalable SystemsAnother reason why so many companies struggle to integrate digital programs successfully is because they are only looking at the present moment. When this happens, failing to consider how things will change can be all too easy. The standards of digitization are changing by the day – and they will continue to do so as time goes on.When you choose a system, the decision needs to be motivated by the need for scalability.Achieving digital adoption will allow your company to be more productive, operate at a lower cost, and service larger numbers of customers through automation. Therefore, your strategies need to be scalable for the long-term, but they also need to be integrated in a feasible way.This involves the adjustment to new workflows, technology, content presentation, data management, and so on. You must choose new technology carefully and be absolutely sure that it will offer the benefits that you want and need. Be sure that the tradeoff is worth it as well.In the beginning, it may take longer to transfer tasks to a digital program. This process can easily slow down productivity and use up lots of resources. Be sure to take all of the factors together and apply it to the bigger picture – and be sure that you build the correct process for implementation.3. Outdated or Inadequate TrainingEmployee training tends to be one of the most overlooked factors in digital adoption. When new programs are introduced, companies tend to cover just the basics or ask employees to do their own research and figure things out on their own. This “sink or swim” approach to training no longer flies when the bulk of business operations rely on tech systems, especially if they are highly specific to an industry or business department.Failing to train your staff to fully utilize new digital programs can almost always guarantee failure.Digital adoption, by definition, can only occur when an organization is utilizing technology to the fullest extent.Of course, introducing major changes (especially when it comes to technology) is never easy, and many employees may have some resistance towards the change. According to the previously mentioned study from Dimension Data, 54% of companies reported that members of their organization were resistant to digital adoption.In order to combat this opposition, businesses must make it clear to employees how these tools will benefit them by easing pain points, saving time, and allowing them to accomplish more. Organizations also need to keep up with the latest training formats, especially in a fast-paced digital environment where changes occur frequently.Training also needs to be more in-depth than a crash introductory course.According to a survey from PWC, employees need an average of 15 hours’ worth of training and onboarding before they feel comfortable using that technology in their day-to-day.It is critical that companies choose their teachers wisely and make sure they are totally qualified to train employees.However, a blanketed one-size-fits-all training approach is not the best choice here, especially considering that employees in different departments and roles will need varying levels of onboarding. The more modern approach here is to use contextual learning, which employs algorithms to personalize the learning experience for each employee based on their needs, experience, and current skill levels.By using training programs that utilize contextual learning technology, sessions can be completely tailored to the individual. This can significantly cut down on training times and help employees be trained in their own unique learning style. This can help to improve the onboarding experience and combat the common resistance have towards adopting new technology.Additionally, as with any new strategy, be sure that there is a system in place to check progress and measure the results. Take your employee’s feelings and experiences into consideration as well. Follow up after training and see how prepared your organization feels.Did they feel that they received enough information to begin using the systems on their own without any assistance?Are they familiar with all of the features and which ones they will need to use the most?Are there any topics that did not seem to make sense or that were not covered enough?Digital adoption is often a process of trial and error. Make sure that its impact on your employees is a top priority to ensure that systems are implemented properly from the start.ConclusionChange is inevitable, but it seems to happen even more frequently in today’s modern digitally-focused business world. As more and more companies turn to technology to improve customer experiences, it is important that they take a strategic approach to achieve digital adoption. There are many barriers that stand in the way, but this does not mean that it is impossible.By understanding the core issue of the obstacles that could hinder the process, companies can face these barriers head-on and find the solutions that will make digital adoption truly possible. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry
In the following quick video tutorial you’ll see how to quickly spruce up boring text in After Effects. Make your text ‘pop’ by applying a few simple effects.The following video tutorial by our buddy Tyler at MotionArray.com shows a great way to create slick text in Adobe After Effects. Using the default tools in AE you can make any text ‘pop’ from the screen.MotionArray’s “sexy text” recipe includes:Adding multiple light sweeps to give the text a simulated rim lightAdding a Ramp (gradient) overlayTopping it off with a Lens Flare (he uses the great flares from VideoCopilot, but you could use the lens flares that come packaged with AE)This sleek style text is perfect for video intros and titles. It’s modern and bold – and just takes a few simple steps to create:
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry speaks at a news conference after Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)LOS ANGELES — Stephen Curry may be a sharpshooting three-time NBA champion, but he is quickly building a career away from the court to inspire the masses through his burgeoning production company.The Golden State Warriors superstar is strategically producing content that focuses on sports, family and faith through Unanimous Media , which he co-founded with Jeron Smith and Erick Peyton. The newly formed production company already has several projects under its belt including a major studio film, network television show and a couple documentaries in just a year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:42PH 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 World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games Stripped of Olympic status, boxing body calls new elections LATEST STORIES Urgent reply from Philippine football chief The upcoming season finale will focus on the Warriors’ injury-riddled playoff run that ended in the back-to-back champs losing the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors this month.“The finish this season was one of the most vulnerable ones,” he said. “Everybody wants the storybook ending where you have all these challenges and bumps in the road, but you end up at the finish line holding up the trophy, but it doesn’t always work out like that. But I learned a lot along the way, and I hope others can learn from watching my walk too.”Smith said it’s all a part of Curry’s plan to impact the world in a positive manner through media.“Everything is definitely by design,” said Smith, a former Nike brand manager and White House deputy of digital strategy during the Obama administration. He is the CEO, and Peyton serves as CCO for the production company.“The first thing executives at Sony told us was that this is a tough business,” he said. “But what has helped us be successful is that everything we’re doing is rooted in purpose. That purpose gives us a point of view as you’re moving forward, as opposed to how a traditional media company would do it.”ADVERTISEMENT The docuseries is among a slew of projects from Curry’s Unanimous Media, which is a play off him becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history in 2016.Last year, Unanimous Media struck a deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment to produce television and film projects. The production company will have its production headquarters on the Sony backlot in Culver City, California.So far, Curry has received executive producer credits with actress Viola Davis for the new documentary “Emanuel,” which explored life after a tragic South Carolina church shooting in 2015, and the inspirational film “Breakthrough,” a modestly budget faith-based movie that opened third at the box office earning $11.1 million in the first week.“It was powerful movie, but it wasn’t just about the money it made,” Curry said. “It was about the people who text, DM and texted me to get their take on life and faith. Those moments are special.”Unanimous is also behind a mini-golf competition show on ABC called “Holey Moley,” which drew 4.87 million viewers after it premiered June 20. The company is working on a docuseries about a storied high school basketball program in New Jersey called “Benedict Men,” which is expected to release when the streaming platform Quibi launches next year, and a documentary “JUMP SHOT,” which tells the story of Kenny Sailors, who developed the modern day jump shot in basketball.Curry is a part of a movement of NBA players who are creating production companies including LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Kobe Bryant won an Oscar for his animated short “Dear Basketball.” The Warriors point guard said he was inspired to move into the TV and film production space after seeing their success, but he wants to pave his own way with his own message.“Everybody needs examples,” Curry said. “But I’m going to do this my way. They’re doing amazing stuff. This space is big enough for everybody to win. In terms of our projects, we are going to stay true to ourselves. It’s all about changing people’s lives. I never want to get away from inspiring people.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The 31-year-old player said he wants to “uplift people who need to be uplifted.”“We’ve been very selective about the things we want to bring to our audience,” he said. “In our first year, we really wanted to make people think, feel, laugh, cry and challenge them. When I’m out on the court, I’m all about inspiring people with my faith — win or lose. I try to do it with glory and with a smile on my face. We’re trying to take that same idea to our projects.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesOne of Curry’s latest projects features himself in his original docuseries “Stephen vs. The Game ” on Facebook Watch, a video-on-demand service.The six-episode series chronicles his journey through this past season, featuring behind-the-scenes footage of Curry’s intense training regiment, family life and old videos from his youth basketball career. He and his wife, Ayesha, open up about their first date, and the reasoning behind his ritual of writing the partial Bible verse “I can do all things” on his basketball shoes since his days at Davidson College. The Currys have three children. View comments
Kolkata: The Kolkata Zonal Unit of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has seized a huge quantity of anesthetic drug Ketamine and arrested six Myanmarese nationals who were detained by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at Port Blair. According to NCB officials, on Saturday morning an ICG unit from Port Blair informed NCB about some suspicious drug which was being smuggled through Indian waters by some Myanmarese nationals. It was also informed that ICG intercepted the smuggling vessel and brought it to Port Blair. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaNCB officials soon sent a team to Port Blair in the next available flight. During search, the ICG team found 57 gunny bags containing 20 packets having suspicious white crystalline substances. Immediately, all six passengers including the gunny bags were shifted to the ICG vessel. After the NCB officials arrived, the accused persons were handed over along with the seized packets. During field testing, NCB officials came to know that the substance was Ketamine. After weighing, it was found that the accused were smuggling 1,155 kg of the drug from Myanmar to Malaysia.
Mumbai: Shahid Kapoor on Sunday said he approaches characters with fearless honesty, never succumbing to the pressure of being one of those actors who want to “manipulate” the audience to be liked. Shahid’s recent turn in “Kabir Singh” ignited a debate about romance and the toxicity in a relationship. While the film went on to become one of the biggest grossers of the year, it was also met with criticism for its hero-like portrayal of a flawed man. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “The first responsibility that an actor has towards the audience is to give them an honest portrayal. I think that happens very rarely. Because of these kind of pressures, people are so careful that ‘if I do this people will like me, if I do this people won’t.’ “That’s manipulating the audience to like you. I don’t want to be that kind of an actor,” Shahid said. The actor said if sometimes audiences react strongly towards his portrayal, it encourages him. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up “If that means that at certain points of time they don’t like me, I take that as a big compliment. That’s what acting is all about. You’re meant to play characters and represent life the way it is.” Shahid said even in reality, there is no one who has loved him at every point in his life. “I must’ve gone through phases where even my parents probably really disliked me. If I’m playing a character why should I be not showing all those facets? Why should we create this bubblegum reality which doesn’t exist. Today a film which is so real and raw is making Rs 280 crore. “We need to wake up and realise that the audience wants to see a little bit of the truth. They don’t want to watch single dimensional films.” The “Udta Punjab” star said audiences should have the freedom to make up their mind when they see a character on screen. “My responsibility to the audience is to give them a good, honest performance and hopefully for them to understand why my character behaves the way he does, what his reasons are. It’s on them to decide themselves whether they agree or disagree with his behaviour. Cinema is meant to make you reflect on life,” he added.