Jamaica begins preparations

first_imgJamaica will start a training camp in preparation for a historic appearance at the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Futsal Championship to be held in Havana, Cuba, January 22-26.A 16-man squad was named by player/coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore to start training today at the National Indoors Sports Centre.A total of eight teams, divided into two groups, will participate in the CFU tournament.Group One comprises: Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, CuraÁao and Guyana, while Group Two features host Cuba, Guadeloupe, Jamaica and St Maarten.Jamaica is scheduled to face Guadeloupe on January 22 in the opening game at the Sala Polivalente Kid Chocolate Complex in Cuba.The top three from the CFU will advance to the CONCACAF Championship on May 8-15 in Costa Rica. After that, the top four will advance to the 2016 World Futsal Championship.The training squad is: Anthony Marks, Savian Maxwell, Loran Lewis, Jason Wint, Theodore Whitmore, Fabian Taylor, Edsel Scott, Ramone Sibley, Jerome Haughton, David Swaby, Marcelino Blackburn, Shavar Blake, Marvin Morgan, Michily Waul, Donovan Carey and Kemeel Wolfe.last_img read more

The green party is back

first_imgSo Shrek and sidekicks Donkey and Puss sail away to find Artie, the future King Arthur. Just as they leave, Fiona drops another bomb on her anti-social, kid-hating husband: There’s a little ogre on the way. Fiona stays behind at the palace, where Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Rapunzel throw her a baby shower. The gifts include one of the seven dwarfs as a live-in baby sitter (“Don’t worry,” Snow White tells Fiona. “I have six more at home.”). Palace life is interrupted by an invasion of fairy-tale villains, led by Prince Charming, whose happy-ever-after was dashed by Shrek in the first two films. The prince takes over the realm, forcing Fiona to teach her posse of pampered princesses to stand up for themselves rather than wait for a man to rescue them. “A big part of this film is just the theme of taking responsibility, be it fatherhood or kingship or whatever,” said Nick Walker, head of layout on the animation team for “Shrek the Third.” WHO’S BACK: The whole gang returns, led by the key foursome of Shrek (Myers), Donkey (Murphy), Fiona (Diaz) and Puss in Boots (Banderas). Shrek’s still barking at everyone in his Scottish brogue, though married life brings out his softer side more and more. “What I love about the Scottish people, which is part of my heritage, is they go from, `I love you, come here,’ to `You get out of my house!”‘ Myers said. “Scottish people are hilarious when they’re angry. They shift gears so fast.” Also back: Fiona’s mom, Queen Lillian (Julie Andrews, who in a dizzy moment hums “My Favorite Things,” a tune she sang in “The Sound of Music”); King Harold (John Cleese); villainous Prince Charming (Rupert Everett); and ugly stepsister Doris (Larry King). WHO’S NEW: The main new face is Arthur Pendragon, or Artie (Timberlake), a bumbling teen who’s first seen getting his butt kicked by jock Lancelot in a jousting match at his high school. When Shrek, Donkey and Puss arrive with the news that Artie’s in line to become a king, it swells his head after a lifetime spent a rung lower on the social scale than the school dorks who play a medieval variation of Dungeons and Dragons. Timberlake, whose poster appears as a gag on Fiona’s bedroom wall in “Shrek 2,” recently split in real life from Diaz, but it was not their personal relationship that led to the “Shrek the Third” gig. The filmmakers rang him up after catching Timberlake on “Saturday Night Live.” “We had seen him on `SNL’ and were blown away by how funny he was,” said “Shrek the Third” producer Aron Warner. Shrek, Donkey and Puss also run across magician Merlin (Eric Idle), who used to be a teacher at Artie’s school until he had a nervous breakdown. Other newcomers include the quartet of princesses, haughty Snow White (Amy Poehler); long-haired Rapunzel (Maya Rudolph); obsessive clean freak Cinderella (Amy Sedaris); and narcoleptic Sleeping Beauty (Cheri Oteri). Regis Philbin joins the voice cast as Mabel, another ugly stepsister, while Captain Hook, seen briefly singing a Tom Waits song in “Shrek 2,” advances to a speaking role, with vocals by Ian McShane. There are hordes of others, from palace flunkies to medieval Valley Girls to a Wicked Witch singing Charlene’s sappy 1980s hit “I’ve Never Been to Me” as a torch song. It was a juggling act for the filmmakers, with so many new and returning characters competing for screen time. They stuck to one principle to balance it all. “Shrek is going to drive the story. That is our goal from day one,” said Chris Miller, who moves up from head of story on the last movie to make his directing debut on “Shrek the Third.” “When you have all these characters, a lot of them you want to spend a lot of time with. They’re interesting. They all have a place in this film. But at the end of the day, it’s supporting Shrek’s story.” WHAT’S BETTER: With three more years of refinements to computer animation, what isn’t better about “Shrek the Third”? The 350 people who worked on the film created more realistic fire and water images, developed ways to mimic how light behaves in the real world and even simulated the slightly seasick oscillations of live-action shipboard scenes, where the camera lags just a tick behind the rocking of the waves. They scrapped the basic computer models of Shrek and other lead characters they had worked with since the first movie and rebuilt them from inside out to take advantage of the subtler anatomy now possible. The filmmakers had to resist the urge to make external improvements so they could remain true to the look of the original film. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “You feel you’ve got a lot to live up to, man,” Timberlake said about being the new kid on the block in the Shrek world. “Every character is so good. When you come into `Shrek,’ you definitely feel you have a lot to prove.” The gang is joined by a gargantuan cast as the filmmakers take advantage of advances in computer animation to load up on supporting players, among them magician Merlin, Captain Hook, wicked witches, ugly stepsisters and four of the fairy-tale world’s fairest princesses. Here’s a rundown of the players and their exploits for the film that hits theaters May 18: WHAT’S HAPPENING: Just when newlyweds Shrek and Fiona thought they could head home to peace and quiet in the swamp, Fiona’s dad, the frog King Harold, croaks. On his deathbed, he asks son-in-law Shrek to take over the throne of Far Far Away, a job the ogre dreads. Shrek’s only option: track down Fiona’s distant cousin Artie and groom him to become king. REDWOOD CITY Time to catch up with your ogre friend Shrek, his greenish bride, Fiona, and their two men Friday, the yammering Donkey and the overreaching Puss in Boots. The filmmakers behind “Shrek the Third” offered a sneak peek at their PDI-DreamWorks animation complex near San Francisco. From the 20 minutes of footage they showed, the film looks likely to meet expectations as one of summer’s hottest tickets. Key voice stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas return, with Justin Timberlake headlining the newcomers as geeky teenager Artie. last_img

Incredible statistic shows how much Chelsea have improved under Maurizio Sarri

first_img Chelsea players celebrate during their 4-1 win over Cardiff City. The victory against their Welsh opponents not only confirms they are up for a title challenge this season but proves they have significantly improved from last term.In 2017/18 the Blues finished fifth and their longest winning run at any point in the campaign was just four games long.This happened at two stages, once in October/November and then again in April/May.But their victories over Huddersfield, Arsenal, Newcastle, Bournemouth, and Cardiff City have got them five wins, blowing their top winning runs out of the water.And it could get even better with rivals West Ham United up next. Premier League table-toppers Chelsea have had a stunning start to the season.The Blues are five wins from five games after dispatching Cardiff City 4-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.center_img 1last_img read more

SA’s new crime-fighting TV show

first_img“We are confident that this partnership will yield tremendous results as we fight crime together with communities.” Mthethwa said that improving the safety of people in their homes, communities, places of work and entertainment would lead to a better quality of life for all South Africans. “Crime undermines our efforts aimed at defeating poverty, even as poverty contributes in various ways in creating conditions that breed crime,” the minister said. 13 October 2009 The SABC said it was pleased to continue to be part of helping the police to combat crime. “This also provides the public broadcaster with a platform to execute its role as a watchdog for the South African community,” said South African Broadcasting Corporation acting CEO Gab Mampone. Better quality of life A total of 300 episodes of Police File have been screened since 2003. Deputy Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said the true measure of success would be based on how When Duty Calls contributed to the decrease in crime, and not just in the number of viewers. “It should become a beacon of hope to vulnerable persons who have not seen their loved ones, while instilling fear in criminals. This is the kind of reflection we would like to see,” he said.center_img Beacon of hope When Duty Calls builds on the success of Police File, a former programme that yielded impressive results in finding missing persons and locating and arresting criminals. Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has launched When Duty Calls, a new television programme that gives information on wanted and missing persons and urges the public to come forward with information about crimes. National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele hoped the nation would respond to the programme. “As the police, our fundamental role is to maintain, restore public order, serve and protect our communities in our operations of fiercely fighting and combating crime,” he said. “In addition, the programme will provide the public with feedback on police crime investigation successes,” Mthethwa said at the launch of the programme in Krugersdorp in Gauteng’s West Rand last week. Source: BuaNews When Duty Calls started its weekly, Mondays at 6pm broadcast on SABC 2this week.last_img read more

SA launches new companies commission

first_img20 April 2011 The new Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, and the new Companies Act that it takes charge of, will simplify company registration and modernise business administration in South Africa, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Launching the new commission in Midrand, Johannesburg on Monday, Davies said it would guide the implementation of South Africa’s new Companies Act, which comes into effect in May. “I’m satisfied that the commission is in a state of readiness,” Davies said. “When we bring into force this legislation, we will be bringing to South Africans top notch legislation.” “We need to move from where we are in the interest of good governance, and this piece of legislation will help us in this regard,” the minister said, adding: “As we implement, we will sort out any problems that may arise. We will learn by doing.” With significantly expanded functions and powers, the new commission will combine the functions of the Office of Companies and Intellectual Property Enforcement (OCIPE) and Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (Cipro). Administrative functions currently assigned to the minister under the Companies Act are to be placed within the jurisdiction of the commission, which will act as an autonomous statutory body outside the public service. The Act also introduces a number of new responsibilities, which Cipro currently does not perform, but will be performed by the new commission. These include pro-active enforcement measures by way of compliance notices served on defaulting companies, investigations of all complaints and contraventions of the Act, and investigating the affairs of companies. Davies rejected criticism that the new commission would be Cipro, just under a new name. “Our intention is to actually ease processes, so it won’t be business as usual. We are aware that there will be challenges at first, but what we can assure businesspeople is that things will be totally different from now on.” The process of reorganising Cipro and retraining staff had taken more than a year of intensive work, according to the department’s deputy director-general, Zodwa Ntuli. The department’s former deputy director-general, Astrid Ludin, has been appointed to lead the commission and will be assisted by several deputy commissioners. Ludin said: “The challenge for the commission will be to make sure that we have systems in place that will ensure that we deliver on the simplicity that we promise to companies. Together, we will work hard to achieve an institution that will be a vehicle for business enterprises in this country.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Peerset Says Forget Demographics, Advertise by Interest

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In an effort to help advertisers reach key consumers, Peerset is launching what it describes as a “psycho-graphic targeting tool.” Not unlike dating algorithms, Peerset’s targeting algorithm takes keywords and meta data from online profiles and matches them with relevant information. With dating sites, users receive recommendations on potential mates; with Peerset, users receive advertisements and deals on relevant products and services. Video life-streaming network Justin.tv is just one of the groups already reaping the benefits of this system. Said Justin.tv’s Director of Advertising Operations, Scott Newton, “Peerset gives Justin.tv’s advertisers the ability to target users in unique and powerful ways. The company enables Justin.tv to go beyond demographic targeting and target by user interests. Advertisers benefit from a higher response rate when ads are targeted to passions and interests.”In the past, marketers have centered campaigns on a specific demographic group. Clients define key stakeholder groups, like 18- to 35-year-old urban male techies, and marketers look for corresponding ad placement packages. With Peerset, stakeholders are targeted after a brand has already been audited. Peerset scrapes data from millions of sites, profiles and status messages and compiles a series of word clusters. While seemingly unrelated, Grey’s Anatomy, John Mayer and Starbucks coffee are clustered together simply because a large number of users have expressed interest in all three topics. These users might come from vastly different demographic groups, but their interests are the same. The system can then serve ads to them by matching general word clusters or by targeting specific users who have expressed an interest in one or more core concepts. Peerset operates on the belief that this interest-based targeting outperforms traditional demographic targeting. The service price varies based on a percentage of your ad buy. Says Peerset CEO, Mike “JB” John-Baptiste, “We’re betting on the fact that if you can find commonality in data, you can scale it and generate sales.” To try Peerset visit Peerset.com. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshirolast_img read more

Germany vs Argentina: FIFA World Cup 2014 Final, Rio de Janeiro

first_imgArgentina’s Lionel Messi fights for the ball against Germany in World Cup final With two quick and sublimely deft touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany’s 24-year wait for another World Cup title. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to a few moments of individual skill.Goetze, who wasn’t born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post from five yards out.It was a goal that gave Germany its fourth World Cup title in its eighth final, and left Argentina star Lionel Messi still walking in the shadow of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title.Goetze went on as a substitute for Miroslav Klose toward the end of regulation time and the 22-year-old midfielder’s fresh legs made the difference.Team Lineups(from):Germany: Manuel Neuer; Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Howedes; Philipp Lahm, Christoph Kramer (Andre Schurrle, 31st), Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil (Per Mertesacker, 120th); Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose (Mario Gotze, 88th).Argentina: Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo; Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez (Fernando Gago, 86th); Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain (Rodrigo Palacio, 78th), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Sergio Aguero, 46th)last_img read more