first_img 6 Michael Owen – Swapping Real Madrid for Newcastle United is not the obvious career path, but it worked out OK in the end for Owen. His four-year spell at St James’ Park was punctuated by injuries and the Geordies probably never saw the best of him, but he’d done enough to earn a free transfer move to Manchester United when his contract expired. And, although he may have been a bit-part player at Old Trafford, he still ended his time there with his only Premier League winners’ medal. 6 6 6 Martin Keown – Keown played 22 games in three years at Arsenal in the mid-80s, and had a loan spell at Brighton in the middle, before being discarded for just £200,000 to an Aston Villa side that narrowly avoided relegation to the Second Division the previous season. But seven years later, via Everton, he returned to north London to become a stalwart of the Gunners side that won three Premier League titles and three FA Cups. Daniel Sturridge – OK, it’s hard to make the case that a move from Manchester City to Chelsea was a retrograde step, certainly not in 2009 anyway, but it was a way for the then 20-year-old to try to earn himself first-team football. He was never quite able to establish himself or fulfil his potential at Stamford Bridge, however, despite a decent medal haul, and it’s only since joining Liverpool that he’s developed into one of the Premier League’s most feared front-runners. Click the arrow for five stars who went backwards to go forwards – This picture pretty much sums up Jack Rodwell’s spell at Manchester City Samuel Eto’o – Widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation, the now 33-year-old was bombed out by Real Madrid in 2000 after making only three appearances in almost four years at the Bernabeu. After proving his potency at Mallorca however, he was signed by Barcelona for €24million and went on to win three La Liga titles, as well as the Champions League twice. Not so much Hala Madrid, as Haha Madrid. Jack Rodwell this week completed a £10million move to Sunderland from Manchester City.It will offer the 23-year-old a chance to kick-start his career following an ill-fated two years at the Etihad Stadium, but you can be sure it’s not quite where he thought he’d be when he left Everton in August 2012 for the team that had won the Premier League title for the first time three months previously.Now we don’t want to upset Sunderland fans – they’re a huge club in their own right – but they ain’t Manchester City, are they? But this move could turn out to be the best thing to happen to a player who was rated one of the best midfielders in England during his teenage years.And if you need further proof, take a look at these five players who went backwards to go forwards.You know what to do, just click the arrows… Diego Forlan – He famously couldn’t hit a cow’s arse with a banjo during his time at Old Trafford – except against Liverpool! – but, after leaving the north-west for Spain, he couldn’t stop scoring. He netted at a rate of better than a goal a game for Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, helping the latter win the Europa League in May 2010. And later that summer, he was named the best player at the World Cup in South Africa. 6 6last_img read more

first_imgLAS VEGAS–As their vision for 2019 continues to take shape, the San Francisco Giants hope to meet with Scott Boras, the agent representing free agent superstar Bryce Harper.Even with veteran starters returning on the left side of the infield, the Giants also plan to meet with Dan Lozano, the representative for power-hitting shortstop Manny Machado.Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has an extensive offseason shopping list and a busy itinerary in Las Vegas, but he’s indicated …last_img read more

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Infrastructure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Balfour, Mpumalanga province: Grain silos. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Modimolle, Limpopo province: Streets recently renamed after the late African National Congress stalwart Joe Slovo, and former South African president Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela Drive is the main street through the town of Modimolle. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Modimolle, Limpopo province: Streets recently renamed after the late African National Congress stalwart Joe Slovo, and former South African president Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela Drive is the main street through the town of Modimolle. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Polokwane, Limpopo province: A cellphone advertisement on a busy road. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Limpopo province: A line of trucks head south down the N1 Highway, just outside Polokwane. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Blyde River Dam wall. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Power lines and substation. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Solar panels. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Blyde River Dam wall. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res imageINFRASTRUCTURE 20: {loadposition infrastructure}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at read more

first_imgThere are no survivors from the crash of a Nepal Airlines DHC-6-300 Twin Otter, performing flight RA-183 from Pokhara to Jumla (Nepal) with 15 passengers and 3 crew.According to AFP Nepalese police have found the wreckage of a missing Nepal Airlines plane carrying 18 people in the country’s mountainous west but there are no survivors.“The plane crashed into a hill, police have found its wreckage in a village, but no survivors,” Bimlesh Lal Karna, chief air traffic controller at the country’s largest airport in Kathmandu, told AFP.According to the flight departed Pokhara at 12:43 local time but radio contact was lost about 30 minutes later while the aircraft attempted to divert to Siddharthanagar’s Bhairahawa Airport.The aircraft did not arrive at Jumla at the estimated time of arrival of 13:45 local or Bhairahawa Airport, and a search was initiated but hampered by bad says that “local residents reporting a burning object and a helicopter located the burning wreckage of the aircraft in the jungles near Khidim about 64km southwest of Pokhara and about 40km north of Siddharthanagar.” One of the passengers is from Denmark, according to airline spokesman Ram Hari Sharma.The rest of those on board – including Manab Sejuwal, a local politician from the ruling Nepali Congress party – are from Nepal. Neapal Airlines has been downgraded from a two-star airline to one-star by  as a result of the crash.last_img read more

first_img6 December 2012In a bid to raise awareness about the negative impact of abuse and empower young people to tackle the scourge, loveLife – an HIV prevention programme for young South Africans – is running a blog sharing experiences, advice and encouragement to take a stand against abuse.Afro-Pop star Kelly Khumalo and online marketing guru Khaya Dlanga are among the personalities contributing to the blog, which is running on throughout the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.Writers on loveLife’s media team, readers of loveLife’s UNCUT magazine and members of the organisation’s social media sites are also contributing to the blog, which is linked to loveLife’s Nakanjani campaign encouraging young people to “take charge of their destinies”.“On the blog, you can find a range of open, honest pieces including one from Kelly Khumalo, who speaks exclusively to loveLife as part of our 16 Days campaign about her experiences of violence and her turbulent relationship with Jub Jub,” loveLife said in a statement.“Taking a unique angle, Khaya Dlanga puts the spotlight on love, abuse and money. He looks at how men sometimes use money to get sex and how women can be dishonest about their true feelings, pretending to love a guy when all they’re really after is his assets and his cash.“Articles will also feature information and advice in topics ranging from emotional, mental and financial abuse right through to raising sons who don’t abuse.”The blog also provides practical tips for people experiencing abuse, as well as information about resources such as loveLife’s Youth Line on 0800 121 900 and Plz Cal Me service on 083 323 1023, both offering access to free, confidential telephonic counselling.Beathur Mgoza Baker, loveLife’s head of media, said the blog was “a unique way to highlight the devastation wrought by abuse by giving people the opportunity to share experiences of their own and others’ abuse.“It also serves as an empowerment tool, offering information on where to get help and fostering healing through providing a platform for survivors to express difficult thoughts and feelings,” Baker said.Baker added that loveLife’s healthy sexuality and positive lifestyle programmes included modules aimed at giving young South Africans the knowledge, skills and attitudes to stand up to abuse.“Youth with a good sense of self-esteem tend to value themselves too much to stay in abusive relationships,” the organisation says on its website. “By choosing healthy relationships, they lower their risk of contracting HIV as it is easier to demand condom use and stand up to an unfaithful partner.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_img5 July 2016This is my favorite film I have directed to date!!!! thanks so much to @greatbigstory— Dan Mace (@Dan_theDirector) May 23, 2016Cape Town film-maker Dan Mace’s two short documentaries, Mine Sniffing Rats and Gift have both won second prize in different categories at the Cannes Film Festival’s Young Director Awards.Mine Sniffing Rats, a frenetically edited and succinct film about the explosive-detecting rats of Mozambique, won silver in the Changing the World Frame by Frame category.Gift, an energetic vignette about a brassy youth on the streets of Cape Town, came second in the Short Film category.Thrilled about the two accolades and recognition, Mace believes the short film format is growing in popularity. He attributed the growth to online channels like YouTube and the ease of technology needed to make films: “(There) are youngsters that shoot and edit pieces (that are) amazing. The level of film is increasing.”This accessibility and spirit of experimentation could offer opportunities for budding South African film-makers to leave a global impact on the industry.Mace’s other projects, available to watch on his YouTube channel Dan the Director, includes music videos, nature documentaries and experimental films. Follow Dan on his various social media profiles for more on his film philosophy and advice on getting started:Tweets by Dan_theDirector Source: EWNlast_img read more

first_imgSpeed ramping is a mind-blowing technique that can really enhance the viewing experience. What is it and how should you use it?Speed ramping is a powerful tool for videographers and filmmakers, a distinctive technique that can really add drama and intensity to a scene —you just have to now how and when to use it. Let’s take a look at speed ramping, where it is used effectively, and how to produce the effect in the NLE software of your choice.So What Exactly Is Speed Ramping?Speed ramping is the process of ramping your footage speed up or down in order to gain a desired effect for the visual situation. You don’t just want to speed ramp everything; you want to be focused and targeted with your choice for speed ramping. Here are a few samples of speed ramping in major Hollywood films.King Leonidas Lays Waste in 300In this epic scene from 300, we watch as King Leonidas dispatches the enemy. The motions cuts from slow to normal to fast. The sequence was one of the first of its kind and was used to allow the audience to really get a sense for the brutal fighting tactics.Above video courtesy of MovieclipsSherlock and Moriarty’s Mental Fight ClubWith this scene from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, we watch Sherlock and Moriarty mentally run through a possible fight. The speed ramping works elegantly here because the slowdowns and speedups happen in conjunction with their thought patterns.Above video courtesy of SherlockHolmesFan314Speedup/Slowdown RocknRollaWe’re going to go with Guy Ritchie again, who loves to incorporate speed ramping. What’s interesting about the opening of RocknRolla is that while there are traditional elements of speed ramping, the majority of the ramping is happening during the animated title sequence.Above video courtesy of BennMackayInceptionIn this definitive shot from Inception, Christopher Nolan used speed ramping to effectively correlate the characters in the van with the characters in the next-level zero-gravity dream. This is a great example of using the technique to advance the narrative.Above video courtesy of MrInceptionFanaticHow Do You Execute Speed Ramping?Speed ramping is actually a fairly easy technique to grasp. It is literally just the process of slowing down or speeding up your footage. While it is indeed easy, there are some steps you need to take in order to get a smooth ramp. As you can see in the  compiled videos below, you can execute this technique in the software of your choice.Premiere ProAbove video courtesy of Brandon FordAfter EffectsAbove video courtesy of Surfaced StudioFinal Cut Pro XAbove video courtesy of Larry JordanAvid Media ComposerAbove video courtesy of GetGoing TutorialsWhat are your thoughts on speed ramping? Do you use this technique at all? Any tips or tricks you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

first_imgSunil GavaskarBangladesh continue to provide the odd surprise in this World Cup. Their comprehensive win over South Africa has made the fight for the last two berths for the semi-finals far more interesting than it looked at the start of the Super 8 stage of the tournament. On these West,Sunil GavaskarBangladesh continue to provide the odd surprise in this World Cup. Their comprehensive win over South Africa has made the fight for the last two berths for the semi-finals far more interesting than it looked at the start of the Super 8 stage of the tournament. On these West Indian pitches where there is something for the spin bowlers, it is important for a team to put up a total of around 250. Then, if they have quality spinners, they’ll be able to make life tough for the teams chasing their total.Bangladesh have three left-arm spinners who may look the same but are quite different in how they operate. Mohammad Rafique is by far the most popular player in Bangladesh, not so much for his bowling but for his lusty hitting and his ready smile. He may be on the wrong side of the 30s, but his enthusiasm is infectious. Abdur Razzak is different as he gets the ball to turn more from a flatter trajectory than Rafique’s. Saqibul Hasan, the third spinner, is relatively new and a mixture of Rafique and Razzak. They add variety to the attack, and if the new ball bowlers have picked up early wickets, they can really put pressure on the batsmen.On these spinner friendly pitches, it’s crucial to put up a score of 250. There are no surprises in how defending champions Australia have been mowing down their opponents- so brutally that the teams due to play them are worried even before a ball has been bowled. The batting has been explosive with Hayden leading the way and captain Ponting treating bowlers as if he were in the nets! So dominant has the Aussies’ top order been that the middle has hardly had a decent run in the middle or if they have had to go in, it is for a few final overs where they have to start hitting right away.South Africa’s loss to Bangladesh has given hope to England that they can qualify for the semis if they win all their matches. If Bangladesh sneak another win or so, they could also be in contention for a place in the semis. It is boiling down to a great finish with even the Australia vs New Zealand game being crucial to decide who will finish number one after the Super-8 stage. They certainly will not want to play each other in the semis, but would fancy their chances in the final.advertisementBangladesh cricket teamStill, it will be a psychological battle as the Australians will want to win that Super-8 game and show that what happened in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy was because they were not at full-strength and the team was a bit jaded after a heavy Ashes series at home. The Aussies have beaten England easily and avenged their defeat in the tri-series played in Australia. They have smashed South Africa who had usurped their number one ranking. Now the only team they have to beat to regain the psychological momentum is New Zealand. That will be the ‘final’ before the final for the Australians.Apart from the early exits of India and Pakistan, the other disappointing aspect was the abject surrender of the host team and to see a West Indies new ball bowler being hit for four sixes in an over. The previous generation West Indies speedsters were superb fielders in the deep with powerful throws coming right onto the stumps- the current lot shambles along as if chained down.Almost every former West Indian player has bemoaned the lack of pride in the current home team. That may not necessarily be true, but there’s no doubt that the effort level is not the greatest and the application perfunctory at best. It is sad to see the champions of the 1970s, ’80s and mid-’90s sink so badly, and that too without a semblance of a fight.In the meanwhile in India, cricket still continues to hog the headlines, not always for the right reasons. India’s early exit has made people realise that they need to look inwards and while it is too early to read the roadmap, the signs seem to be pointing in the right direction. Let’s just hope there are no road blocks or hurdles put by those resistant to change that will help Indian cricket.last_img read more

first_imgFitzelle noted that the down valuations show that global “economic conditions are having an impact in the b-to-b world.” Consumer magazine deals were all but non-existent in the second quarter, according to Whitestone Communications, a private equity firm that tracks media M&A activity. The number of transactions in the second quarter—five—matched the first quarter, and the total value of the deals—$19 million in the second quarter, $27 million in the first quarter—were similar. But those numbers paled in comparison to 2007’s consumer magazine deal market, when 10 mergers were completed, totaling $1.7 billion. (That number, however, is skewed by Primedia’s sale of its Enthusiast Media group to Source Interlink for $1.2 billion.)On the b-to-b side, there were 16 magazine or trade show deals, up from 14 in the first quarter and 12 in the second quarter of 2007. The total value of b-to-b deals dropped to $60 million from $249 million in the first quarter and $225 million in the same period last year. “This part of the publishing world has not been getting the respect that areas such as Internet content have been getting,” said Whitestone managing director Ed Fitzelle. “People see the trade magazine and trade show models as kind of ‘old school’ with advertisers and exhibitors hunting out new ways to promote their companies on the Web.”last_img read more

first_imgNR Narayana Murthy, co-founder of IT giant Infosys Ltd is gearing up to set foot into the e-commerce business in India in collaboration with global giant Amazon. The joint venture will be carried out through Murthy’s investment firm Catamaran Ventures, which will 51 percent stake in the business.”Catamaran is partnering with Amazon Asia to offer services that help offline seller and SMBs in India to get online and to take advantage of the fast-growing online customer base in the country,” Arjun Ramegowda Narayanswamy, who heads Catamaran Ventures told the Economic Times. “NRN does not have a board role at any of our investments.””Catamaran Ventures’s partnership with Amazon Asia will target small and medium-sized firms Narayanswamy, added in an email to Reuters on Friday.Murthy, the Indian IT industrialist, set up Catamaran Management Services Pvt Ltd, a venture capital fund in 2010. It made its debut investment in SKS Microfinance at 1.3 percent stake for ₹ 28.1 crore and later invested ₹ 200crore in Manipal Universal. However, the deal was called off after sometime.The VC firm has been known to invest in diverse sectors such as energy drink, healthcare and e-commerce. Bigshoebaazar India,, Healthspring, Kaizen Private Equity LLC, Hector Beverages Pvt. Ltd., Ace Creative Learning Pvt Ltd., NRB Bearings Ltd. are a few firms which boast of investments from the firm.Catamaran and Accel Partners, a venture firm, together invested ₹ 5crore in Bangalore-based Ace Creative Learning Pvt Ltd. in 2010, which provides education support services to schools and colleges. A similar amount was invested in NRB Bearings as well for 1.39 percent stake.In 2011, Catamaran along with Bangalore-based FootPrint Ventures invested ₹6 crore in Gurgaon-based Hector Beverages Pvt. Ltd., which is a rival of Red Bull. Murthy’s venture firm bought Bigshoebazaar, an online wholesaler and retailer of shoes, bags, accessories and gift items, at 13 percent stake for ₹26 crore in the same year.Catamaran, Ace Creative and Accel Partners also invested in Kaizen Private Equity LLC, India’s first educational focused PE fund, in 2012.Murthy who took Infosys into one of India’s top outsourcing service companies, stepped down as executive chairman earlier this monthlast_img read more