Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace offer deals to ex-QPR man – report


first_imgMiddlesbrough and Crystal Palace have offered contracts to Kieron Dyer following his release by QPR, according to The Sun on Sunday.It is claimed Boro manager Tony Mowbray, who played alongside Dyer at Ipswich Town, is willing to pay him £10,000 per game and that Palace’s former R’s boss Ian Holloway has also offered a pay-as-you-play deal.Southampton’s Luke Shaw is still on Chelsea’s radar as a possible long-term replacement for Ashley Cole, the Sunday Mirror say.It is claimed Ryan Bertrand will be given more first-team opportunities next season and that Shaw, who recently signed a new contract at St Mary’s, remains of interest.The Sunday People say David Beckham will try to convince Cole and other high-profile English players to finish their career in the United States.Everton boss David Moyes is again linked with the manager’s job at Chelsea, this time by the Daily Star Sunday.Moyes wants to sign Barnsley defender John Stones for £2m, the People say.Fulham are said to have made an approach for the highly-rated 18-year-old along with Sunderland.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Interviews With Geocaching Filmmakers – Part 2


first_imgThe Deadliest CacheA film by TheHuntingYoshi | Norway“A geocacher is going on an FTF-hunt. Turns out, he might have made it more difficult than he needed to.” Who or what inspired this film?We asked around for ideas and a fellow geocacher (Lordwadar) came up with the idea about the FTF-hunter. I really liked it because every geocacher that has been on an exciting geocache hunt would see her or himself in that situation, and not just the FTF-hunters.How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?Laffa and me are very good friends and we’d made some other films together. The hardest part was to come up a script that only had two actors. Because there were only the two of us doing all the work. I wrote it, shot it and directed it with Laffas help. Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?Every bit was both funny and challenging. But while I was behind the camera shooting, Laffa had to really do the hard work in this film. We had to shoot some of the scenes multiple times. The more tired he got, the funnier the scene seemed to become. In the final scene he jumps in the water fully clothed. I was afraid the water would be cold but he actually said the water was refreshing after rolling around in the woods all day long. If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?There is usually a trail going to the geocache. Look at the terrain difficulty to get a sense of how much bushing you need to do. What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?Learn good camera handling. Make it short. Make cuts often. What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?Watching the creativity of the Geocaching community is amazing! The GIFF is one of the most enjoyable nights of the summer! SharePrint RelatedInterviews With Geocaching Filmmakers – Part 3February 20, 2015In “GIFF”Interviews With Geocaching Filmmakers – Part 1February 16, 2015In “Events”5 Tips for getting your video into GIFF 2015June 15, 2015In “Community” CacheheartA film by MudMen_GER | Germany“The cache king is dead and a new one has to be found. To climb the throne, we have to find the holy and royal FTF.” Who or what inspired this film?Our daughter Elizabeth was so inspired by the 2013 GIFF, she very much wanted to participate this year. Our family talked around several different ideas and we thought this one was the funniest.How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?This was truly a family project. We each had multiple jobs: gathering supplies/costumes, acting, filming and editing.Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?We had several issues including overcast weather and dwindling camera batteries, but the kids were so motivated to make this happen that we just kept persevering.If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?Geocaching is a fun (and funny) adventure. Get out there and explore some new places and have a great time doing it!What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?Give it a try! Even if you have never done anything like this before, you CAN make a movie. We are excited to see what you come up with and we will be sitting in the audience to cheer you on next year.What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?Watching the creativity of the Geocaching community is amazing! The GIFF is one of the most enjoyable nights of the summer! Who or what inspired this film?Having found out about the competition we wanted to give our own take on what Geocaching means to us. Since we live in Cornwall, a beautiful part of the UK, we wanted to show off a bit of the greenery and make a video that is both entertaining and would inspire people to make their own films.How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?We were a crew of 3. Myself and Michael Bray were the creative force who put the whole thing together. We were also assisted by Ben Grocock, Michael’s friend who acted as Runner and Prop guy, as he provided the ammo crate for us! Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?We shot on a very hot day and poor old Michael had to wear that thick yellow hoodie for the whole shoot. He didn’t complain once and didn’t even take the thing off! We were limited to time when it came to Ben’s involvement as we could only shoot an hour with him so had to fit all his bits in first before he departed, but you wouldn’t have noticed it was shot completely out of order!If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?Getting the first to find is a great goal for any geocacher, but don’t let it ruin the experience and fun of the game. Some geocachers take the FTF too seriously and it ruins the fun of it! Just enjoy the experience whether or not you get there first!What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?Try and be creative! Have fun in making your film and make it to the best of your ability. It should reflect what you enjoy and should be a joy to watch. We expressed our interest through comedy sketch, but your film has to be something that you would enjoy watching if you were the audience. If you don’t enjoy watching your film then why should anyone else?What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?I am looking forward to perhaps giving it another crack. Being one of the 16 nominee’s was an honour and was really fun to travel the distance to attend. Fingers crossed for this year!That’s it for now, folks. Stay tuned for our next round of interviews with geocaching filmmakers on February 20th, 2015, where we’ll get a look at arguably the funniest geocaching videos around.Think your geocaching film has what it takes to have geocaching audiences cheering in approval? Visit the GIFF 2015 homepage and find out how to enter! For the first time in history, all 16 geocaching films from the 2014 Geocaching International Film Festival are available to watch at the click of a button. If you have just 59 minutes to spare (and not a minute more) make those minutes worth your while.Watch the full films and decide which should receive the Global GIFF Audience Award here: http://bit.ly/1vFapUU.Here today for your reading pleasure are exclusive interviews with some of the featured filmmakers. Go behind-the-scenes and hear what the producers have to say about geocaching, movies, and life.GeoDoubleA film by Owen15 | Canada“Have you ever found yourself itching to go out for a ‘First to Find’ but know you really shouldn’t? If so, GeoDouble is perfect for you!”center_img Share with your Friends:More First to Find — The Woodland HuntA film by CarboKnightLuke | United Kingdom“Two geocachers, Alan and Steve are on a mission to get the first to find, but unfortunately they are after the same cache. This can only mean trouble!” Geocaching With SasquatchA film by Frisky Biscuits | USA“A very clever Sasquatch figures out how to order up some snacks by publishing a geocache to attract people to his part of the forest.” Who or what inspired this film?The inspiration for our film came, because we were planing a geocaching tour to Scotland in Summer 2014. A wonderful country which we would like to visit since ages. So the story took place in a Scottish-like environment, but we never left Germany for shooting. The “Highlands” you can see in our film, is an old dump in the Ruhr district of Germany.How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?The story of “Cacheheart” was created together with our workmate and geocaching partner Hövel. We all have the same sense of humor, which is importatn when you work on a project like this. To get all the background actors to the set we made a geocaching event. Because of the guidelines of Geocaching.com, we did an “After-Shooting-Event”. First working on our set and then relaxing at a fine little geocaching event. One actor, McMario, traveled 300 miles from Hamburg to be a part of our film. Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?One of the funnist moments were as Hövel slipped into the costume of the Marshmallow Man. It was not planned, but it looks so wired that we decided to let the costume in the final film. Challenging were the weather conditions on the day of shooting. It was raining and one or two background actors slipped on theirs butts down hill.If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?Have fun, be creative and don’t care if you are the first , second or tenth finder of a geocache.What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?Don’t wait until tomorrow, start now. It makes so much fun to see how your GIFF film is growing. And if your film will be shown on the big screen in Seattle, it makes you proud.What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?We already have plans for a participation on GIFF2015. The script is finished and we will start shooting in the next one or two month. We don’t want to betray too much, but the story is about the magic of geocaching. Who or what inspired this film?I was inspired by Saturday Night Live’s comedic ads for fictitious products and wanted to make one myself… geocaching style!How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?That for me was the easiest part since I was the whole team! I had some free time on my own at the beginning of the summer and thought this would be a fun project, and it was!Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?The most challenging scenes to film were the ‘clone’ scenes where I had to fit two of me into the same picture. I had limited software so it took many tries to produce a satisfying result. Also, for certain scenes I had to leave the house and embarrass myself in public. I would wait until all muggles had cleared and then quickly set up, film, pack up and bike away, within a few minutes.If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?Never miss an opportunity to go geocaching!What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?I would recommend capturing an element of geocaching that you particularly enjoy and portray it in a creative way.What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?I really look forward to seeing another round of creative films and hopefully submitting one myself!last_img read more

Google Never Needed To Merge Chrome OS & Android For Both To Succeed


first_imgForget what you think you heard and whatever conjecture the Internet has been throwing around. Google’s Android and Chrome operating systems are not going to merge into one. According to a report from Reuters, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said that the two operating systems may overlap features but will remain separate and distinct. Speculation arose earlier this month that Android and Chrome would merge when Google replaced Andy Rubin, the longtime head of its Android division, with Sundar Pichai, the manager of Chrome OS. Andy Rubin Prohibitive Technical ChallengesFrom a theoretical perspective, the move to merge Google’s mobile operating system and its desktop operating system has long made sense. Each OS could benefit from properties of the other and Google could streamline its device lineup by combining the two. From a business and technical perspective, folding Chrome into Android was never realistic. Android uses the Linux kernel but is very Java-based, as the public learned in a big way last year when Oracle sued Google over the use of Java in Android. Chrome is mostly Linux based. While it is possible to merge the two kernels, the work behind a combination would have been daunting to the point of being prohibitive for Google to even bother. Why would Google want to merge the two anyway? Android is the world’s most-used mobile operating system. It already has Chrome functionality as the default browser in most new devices such as the ability to sign in to your Google account, share search history and bookmarks. Chrome OS is a browser-based operating system that is tangential to the features that are offered in Android. Room For Both To GrowGoogle can continue to focus its efforts in Chrome OS towards laptops and notebooks, possibly tablets. Chrome OS competes in the realm of Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Despite declining PC sales, the market is still big enough to warrant Google’s attention with a dedicated operating system and Chrome is what Google has to bring to the fight. The fact of the matter is that Android does not need Chrome OS to grow and succeed in the mobile market. Chrome OS has the potential to grow into a significant business for Google, regardless of Android. The two can work well in cohort while still maintaining individual identities.Google’s game for both Android and Chrome OS is to get more people on the Web, using Google services such as search, Gmail and Maps. There is room for more than one operating system to fulfill that goal.Top image: Chrome plated Android statue at Google campus from Paul Wilcox. Tags:#Android#Chrome OS#Eric Schmidt What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Stars Create The BFG Dream Jar Trail For Save The Children


first_imgInspired by the release of the highly anticipated film, The BFG, and the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth, director Steven Spielberg, actor Mark Rylance, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Professor Stephen Hawking and the Delevingne sisters are among dozens of high-profile individuals supporting a project to raise money for children across the world.A new public art installation called The BFG Dream Jar Trail has launched in partnership with Unilever across the UK. The unique trail has seen the childhood dreams and aspirations of 50 celebrated famous people transformed into sculptures by talented artists. The whimsical sculptures have beenplaced in giant Dream Jars up to six feet tall to form an art trail in London and across the UK for everyone to see for free this summer.The trail is raising money for Save the Children to support their vital work in some of the toughest places in the world so that every child has the chance to make their dreams come true. It will also benefit a specialist nursing programme supported by Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. The jars are to be auctioned in collaboration with Paddle8 to raise money for both causes.The film’s Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg has dreamt of having; “All the sweets in the world but this child in a candy shop would have no ill effects from overindulgence”. Entitled ‘Sweet Dreams’, the jar has been designed by the director himself and will be on display in Leicester Square.Spielberg said: “All kids deserve to have the chance to dream big so I’m delighted to be a part of The BFG Dream Jar Trail so that we can share our dreams together and support the work of Save the Children across the world.”HRH The Duchess of Cornwall’s dream of sharing the magic of books has been brought to life by the renowned art director Michael Howells. The Duchess said: “The power of a good story is immense. It starts a voyage of discovery into different worlds that broadens and stimulates our minds. My dream is that every child learns to read and discovers the lifelong pleasure of books.”The unique art trail, which has been jointly organised by Save the Children, the Roald Dahl Literary Estate, Entertainment One and VisitLondon.com and supported by Unilever, will be on display in London and other parts of the UK from 9th July to 31 August. The auction will launch alongside the film’s premiere on 17th July at paddle8.com/bfg.Among the places hosting jars are The Museum of Modern Art in Glasgow, The Lowry in Manchester, The Hayes shopping area in Cardiff and world-famous London landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London, Leicester Square, Harrods, Emirates Stadium and The Shard.The BFG tells the extraordinary tale of a young girl named Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant County. Together they embark on a marvellous and buckswashling adventure filled with snozzcumbers, dream jars, frobscottle and even the Queen! The mismatched pair form an unlikely friendship that will inspire enormous bravery in the BFG and give Sophie a taste of the family she dreams of. The film stars three-time Tony Award, two-time Olivier Award, BAFTA and Oscar winner Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant; Penelope Wilton as the Queen; Rebecca Hall as Mary, the Queen’s handmaid and introduces newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie. It is released in cinemas on 22nd July.Professor Stephen Hawking based his dream jar on the thoughts of an ancient Chinese philosopher, who questioned whether our dreams are actually reality – a question Professor Hawking says can only be answered if we understand more about the universe.He added: “It is so important that everyone has the chance to dream, whatever their age and no matter where they live. I’m proud to share my dream about discovering the secrets of the universe and I am delighted that the money raised will give children everywhere the chance to make their own dreams come true.”Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams’, ‘A Whale’s Tale’, sees her dreaming of being tiny and swimming alongside a whale. “My dream is to be in my swimming costume underwater, when suddenly out of the blue comes a GIGANTIC SPERM WHALE. He swims right up to me and we are nose to nose. He’s huge and I’m very, very tiny, but we swim along together under the ocean waves.”One Direction’s Niall Horan’s, ‘Dream Date’, shows him in a hot air balloon floating high with the girl of his dreams above the Irish countryside; “As a little boy, I liked the idea of floating above the trees and looking down on the world from above. Now I like the idea of having someone with me for the ride.”Models Poppy and Cara Delevingne together with their sister Chloe, chose ‘Sisterhood’ as the theme of their dream: “We are strongest when we are together, our dream is that we will always be close and will support each other.”HRH The Countess of Wessex has worked with Irish Artist Ryan McElhinney to bring to life her dream of a safe internet for children: “It is imperative that we shelter the most precious thing we have, our children, from the online presences that threaten to destroy their innocence and happiness.”Other dream jars include granddaughter of the book’s author and writer in her own right Sophie Dahl’s ‘Happy Jumble of Life’ Simon Cowell’s ‘For the Love of Animals’ actor Helen Mirren’s, ‘Dream of England’, businessman Sir Richard Branson’s, ‘Reach for the Stars’, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s, ‘Life on Mars’, Team GB’s ‘Believe in Extraordinary’, Dominic West’s ‘Home is Where the Heart is’ and presenter Graham Norton’s, ‘Monkeying Around’.Initially 34 jars will go on display with others being unveiled in the following two weeks.Tanya Steele, Interim CEO of Save the Children, said: “Changing the world for children means giving them the chance to dream. That’s why Save the Children works in some of the toughest places in the world to make sure every child gets that chance. We do whatever it takes to help children get the healthiest start in life, providing access to life-changing education and protecting them in times of disaster. We’re thrilled to be a partner of The BFG Dream Jar Trail because, through the money raised, we’ll be able to make sure that more children get the opportunity to fulfil their potential no matter how big their dreams are. Together, we can rewrite the story for children everywhere.”Charlotte Carroll, Sustainability and Communications Director for Unilever UK, said: “We are excited to be supporting The BFG Dream Jar Trail to help inspire children to dream humungous and splendiferous dreams for a brighter future. At Unilever, we believe in creating a better world where everyone has enough food to eat and no child goes to bed hungry. Where every child lives beyond their fifth birthday and has the right to a happy childhood.”last_img read more

How the Edmonton Fringe revolutionized Canadian theatre


first_imgAdvertisement It is almost impossible to believe, but this August will mark the 35th birthday of Edmonton’s Fringe Theatre Festival. Which makes for the perfect moment to reflect on this incredible, awe-inspiring annual event, one which has had an undeniably huge impact on Canadian theatre. The event, based on Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, has inspired sixteen Fringe festivals across Canada and many more in the United States. As critic Liz Nicholls told The Walrus in 2012, the festival is “the most strange and seductive thing Edmonton has ever produced… its most contagious export.”The Festival has helped to create new audiences for Canadian theatre, and has provided fertile ground for new and upcoming artists, many of who have since made profound contributions to our national theatre. And it began, oddly enough, as a result of an oil bust and some government cuts. In 1982, the Northern Lights Theatre Company was told their funding would be halved. The summer festival organizers said there was no way they could put on their productions at half the budget, so abandoned that effort, and asked Brian Paisley, then head of Edmonton’s Chinook Theatre, if he had any ideas.At the time, the Chinook offices were located in the basement of the Princess Cinema on Whyte Avenue, and Paisley took a walk around the block to brainstorm. “I thought to myself, ‘What a sleazy neighbourhood this is,’” he recalls. “Then the idea came to me.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Bell Media confirms CTV local news job cuts while phasing out sportscasts


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Unifor, the union representing on-air and broadcasting technicians at 17 CTV stations, estimates 50 jobs are being eliminated at Bell Media’s TV network alone in the latest round.It says CFTO sportscasters Joe Tilley and Lance Brown, along with on-air personalities such as BNN host Michael Kane and Ottawa CTV 2 hosts Melissa Lamb and Lianne Laing, are among those affected.With respect to sports, I can confirm that we are phasing out specific sportscasts and anchors wholly dedicated to sports … in response to evolving viewer behaviour.MATTHEW GARROW, BELL MEDIA SPOKESMANThe union said the cuts mean the end of local sports broadcasts as of Dec. 27 at CTV’s flagship station CFTO in Toronto, a move it claims has already been made at CTV stations in Edmonton, Calgary, and Montreal.In an email sent Monday, Bell Media spokesman Matthew Garrow confirmed a union report that a number of employees were told last week their jobs would end due to a reorganization designed in part to address declines in advertising revenue.“Like other Canadian broadcasters, we are confronting rapid change in the media marketplace including new broadcast technologies and viewing options and fast-growing international competition,” he said.CTV Vancouver news anchors Tamara Taggart and Mike Killeen appear on the set in Vancouver, B.C. on December 8, 2010. (Carmine Marinelli/QMI AGENCY)“As the media marketplace evolves, local radio and TV stations are facing significant declines in advertising, their only source of revenue. We need to reorganize and reduce costs to manage the impact.”Garrow said Bell is cutting its local sports presence but will continue to have sports in its local newscasts.“With respect to sports, I can confirm that we are phasing out specific sportscasts and anchors wholly dedicated to sports as an editorial decision to transition sports coverage in response to evolving viewer behaviour,” he said.Last January, Bell cited similar factors as it confirmed it was cutting an unspecified number of jobs at 24 of its locations across Canada.This latest round of layoffs isnu2019t just Bell Media’s penny-pinching, this one has been directly caused by the CRTC.JAKE MOORE, UNIFOR MEDIA COUNCIL CHAIRHoward Law, director of Unifor’s media sector, said the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, the federal broadcasting regulator, must take partial blame for the cuts because it has been issuing five-year broadcast licence renewals without imposing strong conditions to ensure quality local news continues.“What the CRTC did not do, despite our urging, was to set regulations that enforced ’quality’ over quantity, meaning that networks can continue to cut corners on staffing, actual news gathering, and allowing ’talking heads’ current affairs shows to be called ’news,”’ he said in an email.A construction worker works on a Bell building in Ottawa on January 31, 2017. (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)Bell Media is a division of BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE), Canada’s largest telecommunications company. It owns 30 local television stations and 105 licensed radio stations.Many media companies across Canada have been cutting staff to deal with increasing competition in advertising markets.Early this year, Rogers Media moved to trim its workforce by four per cent or 200 jobs, in a bid to improve efficiency.Newspaper chain Postmedia laid off 90 employees in January as part of a plan to cut $80 million in costs by mid-2017. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img CALGARY –Bell Media is laying off employees, including prominent on-air personalities, at radio and TV stations across Canada.However, the company won’t say how many, who or where. Login/Register With: Bell Media confirms job cuts at radio and TV stations, including Toronto sportscasters Joe Tilley and Lance Brown. Twitterlast_img read more