Exclusive – Gerrard transfer latest! Liverpool skipper to replace ex-Everton star?


first_imgFormer LA Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas believes Steven Gerrard could be the perfect replacement for ex-Everton star Landon Donovan at the MLS side.Liverpool skipper Gerrard has announced he will exit Anfield at the end of the season following an incredible 17 year stay with the Merseysiders.The 34-year-old will not remain in the Premier League and is hotly tipped for a move to the MLS once his contract runs out.And Lalas believes, with Donovan leaving Los Angeles, the move would be right for all parties involved.“If it is true it would make sense,” he told the Sports Bar, when asked about the rumours. “The Los Angeles Galaxy is one team he has been linked to and they are a team who are in desperate need of signing a big name player.“Landon Donovan who has been on that team now for a number of years has retired so there is a huge opening and I think it would make a lot of sense right now.“The guy is an absolute legend. I think he would be a wonderful addition to the Galaxy just from a practical standpoint on the field and off the field in terms of replacing him [Donovan] with a big name.”last_img read more

Juventus join Chelsea in race for Silva


first_img1 Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva Juventus have joined Chelsea and Manchester City in the race for Monaco star Bernardo Silva.The 21-year-old is one of the hottest prospects in world football and shone at the European Under-21 Championship in the summer.Both Chelsea and Manchester City are said to have scouted the Portuguese playmaker, who scored seven times for Monaco last season.But now, according to sources in France, Juventus have joined the hunt for Silva.The Italian champions reportedly scouted the former Benfica man during Monaco’s match over Lyon at the weekend, which ended in a 1-1 draw.Juventus are now weighing up whether to make a January move for Silva as they attempt to pip Chelsea and City to his signature.last_img

Satellite boost for African telecoms


first_imgOver half of the satellite’s capacity has already been reserved for several leading continental companies, including Vodacom International, Gateway Communications Africa, Zain Nigeria and Gilat Satcom. Debt and equity funding Intelsat will provide almost 75% of the equity funding, at approximately $25-million, while the remaining 25% will be provided by South African investment companies Convergence Partners and Altriah Telecoms. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Bermuda-based international satellite service provider Intelsat is partnering with a South African investor group led by Convergence Partners to build and launch a new satellite that will be ideally positioned to serve the African continent. SAinfo reporter Africa has been one of the fastest growing regions for fixed satellite services in recent years, fuelled by demand for critical infrastructure from communications providers and television broadcasters. Customers signed up “Convergence Partners believes that investments in African projects of this nature can offer superior returns while also accelerating the socio-economic development of the continent.”center_img Intelsat added that pre-orders for satellite capacity currently totalled more than $350-million, with some contracts for up to 15 years of service on the satellite. The project is expected to cost a total of about US$250-million (about R2.55-billion), and will be funded approximately 85% with debt and 15% with equity, with the largest participants in the debt funding consortium being South Africa’s Nedbank Capital and the Industrial Development Corporation. “Once in service, Intelsat New Dawn will be an integral part of our global, resilient satellite network, providing growth capacity and allowing us to further expand our services to our long-time customers in Africa.” Convergence Partners chairman Andile Ngcaba said the satellite would “provide world-class connectivity, allowing businesses to grow and rural communities to connect. 11 December 2008 “The New Dawn joint venture is a great example of the type of creative investments Intelsat will use to further develop our fleet in regions where we believe there is unmet demand,” Intelsat CEO David McGlade said in a statement this week. The satellite, to be called Intelsat New Dawn, will feature a payload optimised to deliver wireless backhaul, broadband and television programming to the continent, and is expected to enter service in early 2011.last_img read more

South Africa teams up with Mara Mentor


first_img4 June 2015A tangible outcome of the first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa was an agreement that the National Youth Development Agency would partner with the Mara Foundation to run the online mentorship scheme, Mara Mentor.The WEF on Africa is taking place in Cape Town. It ends on 5 June.The agreement was made with the founder and chairperson of the Mara Foundation, Ashish Thakkar, who spoke to President Jacob Zuma on the sidelines of the WEF on Africa about the innovative Mara Mentor online Mentoring Platform. It will provide mentorships to young South African entrepreneurs.The mentoring platform is an initiative of Brand South Africa, which initially linked up the foundation with The Presidency at the WEF in Davos, Switzerland, in January. It will be officially launched on 16 June, Youth Day, and will offer mentorships over a web platform as well as on mobile applications.Young people will be able to ask business leaders questions and seek advice on business issues.“Top business leaders in South Africa, including chairpersons and chief executives of companies, are already being asked to sign up as mentors for the South African youth to be able to provide them with support. The youth will be able to register as mentees at one of [the National Youth Development Agency’s] 14 offices countrywide,” said The Presidency.Mara Mentor has been successfully launched in six African countries to date. The e- platform has over 600 000 active entrepreneurs across 30 African countries with whom young people can interact.Brand South Africa chairperson Chichi Maponya said the programme was part of the agency’s initiative of not only promoting South Africa as an attractive business destination but also finding opportunities for socio-economic development for the country abroad.“We believe that it has the potential to empower thousands of young people who want to start up businesses or who are already in business. It also provides an opportunity for business leaders in the country to plough back by supporting youth development and empowerment.”Day twoSouth Africa is participating in a range of programmes at the WEF on Africa today, the second day of gathering.Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane is participating in a session on The Future of Water, while Tourism Minister Derick Hanekom is taking part in a session on Unlocking Africa. Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramathlodi is participating in a session focusing on mining in Africa. The 25th WEF on Africa opened yesterday, with the theme “Then and now: reimagining Africa’s future”.Team South Africa was well represented on the first day of WEF Africa and emphasised that South Africa was open for business on all platforms, according to acting cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams. The day began with Minister in the Presidency Minister Radebe participating, together with Ghanaian minister of foreign affairs Hanna Tetteh, in an interactive discussion on how competitive African nation brands could contribute to advancing the African Union’s Agenda 2063.“Both ministers and the participants at large concluded the discussions saying that the time has come for African countries to implement policies which will contribute to changing the socio-economic conditions on our continent. There was also a resounding call that Agenda 2063 must be brought to life through the implementation of national policies that support the pillars for growth and development,” said Williams.These included social issues like health, education and food security as well as infrastructure development. South Africa was committed to infrastructure development on the continent, and the country held the chairmanship of the African Union’s Programme for Infrastructure Development for Africa.It was focused on facilitating road, rail and air connectivity between countries on the continent, which would contribute to Africa’s integration, ease movement of people, goods and services throughout the continent as well as the continent’s ability to attract inward flows of investment.South Africa also hosted a welcome reception for WEF delegates, at which Hanekom reiterated that the country was open to all visitors and investors, while offering a range of diverse experiences that would cater for all visitors.President Jacob Zuma hosted a meeting of the Business Interaction Group, at which he said his government was committed to creating an enabling legislative and policy environment for business to create jobs and grow the economy.“As with similar engagements in the run up to WEF Africa 2015, there has been a willingness of both government and the private sector to work together to drive South Africa’s growth and development,” Williams said.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

5 Important Things to Consider When Buying a New Camera


first_imgReady for an upgrade? Here are five important things to consider before you invest in a new camera.I still remember when I bought my first video camera. It was a Canon 7D. I had been shopping around online for months, and I eventually bought it used from a friend of a friend who had posted about selling it on Facebook. I was familiar with several cameras, including the 7D, from working in-house at a video production company. We mostly shot on Canon 5Ds at the time, but after lots of research, I felt that a used 7D would be the best deal, while still affording me the majority of features I wanted and needed in my first camera.Flash forward to now. The market is littered with tons of great video camera options; you have high-end cinema cameras, full-frame mirrorless offerings, and even old and used DSLRs still hanging around to consider.But how do you decide which camera is right for you? Let’s take a look at five essential things to consider when you’re looking for a new video camera.1. Your Immediate NeedsBefore you start looking at all the flashy new cameras on the market, you need to take a hard look at yourself. Who are you as a filmmaker and what are your actual video camera needs? For me, for example, when I was starting out 4K was still a rare and exotic resolution option. I knew that I was just looking for a starter camera to shoot run-and-gun videos with my friends. I was planning to upload to Vimeo to build a portfolio and maybe try out some funny videos for Facebook.Neither of those needs warranted spending thousands extra on a 4K-capable camera. (Plus I was editing on an old Macbook at the time that would really struggle with that footage.)While we all might have dreams of buying a camera to shoot a feature film or build out a ridiculously cinematic demo reel, it’s best to be realistic. Assess your upcoming projects, goals, and ambitions separately to figure out which camera might be the right one for you.2. Online Reviews and Test FootageWe live in a golden age of user generated content. This means you can easily find camera reviews and test footage montages for pretty much every single camera on the market. These hands-on reviews help you see exactly how each camera’s footage can look. There are also plenty of comparison videos that compare and contrast cameras against each other so you can see how they stack up for aspects like low light and dynamic range.Speaking of which, here’s a great hands-on review on the BMPCC 4K.3. Your Existing Gear and WorkflowWhen deciding on your camera, be sure to take an accurate inventory of your gear and post-production workflow. As I mentioned above, when I was first starting out I was editing on a six-year-old MacBook Pro that was really pushing it in processing power. I also had a cheap tripod and homemade DIY camera mount rig that was designed for DSLRs, so I knew I could use that gear until I could upgrade later.If you do already have camera gear and an editing workflow, you’ll have to check to see if your new camera is a good fit, or if you’ll need to calculate in the expenses of upgrading everything.4. Older AlternativesImage by Nattapat.J.This is probably the hardest advice to give simply because buying a NEW camera is so much fun! You get to open the box (heck, make an unboxing video out of it!) and switch the camera on for the very first time. You get that good feeling that your camera will last for several years at least and include some great manufacturer warranties.However, you have to ask yourself if that good feeling is really worth it. Buying a new camera is a lot like buying a new car. Your investment will immediately drop in value the second you walk out of the store, so you better be willing to hold onto it for several years.In many cases, an older, used version is definitely worth considering. What are the biggest differences between the GH5s and the GH5? Or even the GH4? Would your clients notice the difference? Would you?5. Buying vs RentingAnother consideration, which is actually a great option for many professional videographers, is to rent instead of buying. If you do find yourself on lots of corporate shoots, you may find yourself needing to use several different cameras across different projects. Renting can be a great option to keep your hard costs down (and passed along to your clients), while freeing you up to try out and learn several different cameras at once.If you find yourself coming back to one camera more than the others, you can always consider buying it in the end.Cover image by welcomia.Looking for more camera buying, renting and operating tips and advice? Check out some of these articles below.What You Should Buy After You’ve Purchased a CameraThe 5 Best Cameras to Rent or Buy for Any Video ShootWhat Is the Life of a Camera Body, and Should You Buy or Rent?How To Make Your Expensive Gear Investment Last ForeverThe 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000last_img read more

You Change Others When You Change You First


first_imgI am sure I have written about Aikido a half a dozen times here before. I practiced for a year and half until I damaged my knee. I fell in the love with the art. In fact, I’m still in love, even though I no longer practice.When I first stepped on to the mat to practice, like everyone else, I knew nothing. The movements are completely counterintuitive and foreign. It takes thousands of repetitions to get your body to cooperate. But your body isn’t the most difficult thing you have to retrain.After some time on the mat, a number of san dan’s (high ranking black belts) cornered me to tell me I was hurting them. The idea in Aikido is that you get out of the way of force and redirect it. Instead, I was greeting force with greater force. I was anything but soft. This was a mindset problem.The best Aikidoist’s are so soft that they literally disappear; you don’t even know they’re touching you as the force you bring is redirected and you are thrown through the air. They don’t greet your force with force. To change you, they change themselves. They step backwards and change direction.And here is a metaphor worth adopting.MESSAGE!If you want to change the response you receive from someone else, first change yourself.If you want to change the outcome of some interaction, first change the way you approach that interaction.If you want your prospective client to change their response to your pitch, start by changing yourself.As Covey said, “If you think the problem is out there, that thought is the problem.”Get Out of Your Own WayFor six months I practiced on the Aikido mat, frustrated that I couldn’t get my practice partners to do what I needed them to do. When I failed, I tried greater force. But the strong message from my black belt friends didn’t cause me to change and improve my technique. It was something else.The dojo brought in a new class of students. They knew even less than I did. Practicing with them was very painful. Even though they didn’t mean to hurt me, their poor form and poorer understanding of the art made them dangerous to work with. Once I experienced what it felt like to work with them, I changed almost instantly. And my technique was immediately improved.QuestionsThink of someone you want to change? How do you change you to get that change from them?What part of you needs to change for you to produce the better results you want?Do you believe the problems is “out there?” Do you believe it is “them?” Does this belief empower you? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

11 students killed in Kashmir road accident


first_imgEleven students, including nine girls, died when the vehicle they were travelling in fell into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Thursday.The accident happened when the vehicle skidded off the road and rolled down the gorge near Pir Ki Gali. “Seven others were injured in the accident,” said the police. All the victims belonged to Poonch in the Pir Panjal Valley, and were students at a computer institute. They were on a excursion to Pir Ki Gali.“One critically injured person has been referred to a Srinagar hospital for specialised treatment,” said Deputy Commissioner, Shopian, Owais Ahmad.Governor Satya Pal Malik expressed grief over the loss of lives and announced an ex gratia payment of ₹5 lakh each to the next of the kin of the deceased.Hurriyat leaders as well as mainstream parties expressed their condolences to the bereaved families.last_img read more

PBA D-League: Diliman College dumps Trinity for 1st win


first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “For the past week and a half, we just concentrated on our execution, on defense and offense,” said Diliman head coach Rensy Bajar, whose squad improved to 1-1.The game was over early after Diliman outscored Trinity, 29-11, at the end of the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesGandjeto also had 11 rebounds and two blocks while Joseph Brutas added a double-double with 1 points and 11 rebounds.Michael Canete paced the White Stallions, who dropped to 0-2, with 15 points and nine rebounds. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES After Barcelona losses, Real Madrid only has Champions League left Read Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill raced to an early lead en route to an 88-51 rout of The Masterpiece Clothing-Trinity University of Asia in the 2019 PBA D-League Monday at Paco Arena in Manila.Kevin Gandjeto led the Blue Dragons’ fiery start, scoring 17 of his 21 points in the first half where his team extended its lead past the 20-point plateau.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 MOST READ View commentslast_img read more