QPR linked with move for out-of-favour Tottenham man

first_imgQPR manager Mark Hughes is considering signing David Bentley on loan from Tottenham next season, according to The People.Bentley, who has been out of favour at Spurs for some time, played under Hughes at Blackburn.The England international currently has a knee injury but has been tipped to be fit for the start of next term.The People also suggest that Chelsea are interested in signing Uruguay international Álvaro Pereira from Porto.Pereira, 26, is a left-sided player who can operate at full-back or further forward.It is claimed that Porto rate him at £23m and that Chelsea may offer £13m plus one of their young players.Click here for the QPR v Stoke quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

49ers-Rams pregame report: George Kittle looks good to go

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Tight end George Kittle has only missed one game in his 49ers career, and he won’t be missing today’s visit to the Los Angeles Rams despite Friday’s groin injury.Kittle looked OK in warmups about two hours before kickoff. He’s excelled in his previous two Coliseum appearances: his nine-catch, 149-yard effort last year sealed his NFL single-season record for tight ends (1,377 yards), and he had a 100-yard outing in the 2017 season finale that the 49ers won here.last_img

South African Airways ‘best in Africa’

first_img15 January 2013 South African Airways (SAA) has been chosen as “Best Business Class to Africa” and “Best Airline in Africa” in an annual survey done by readers of American travel magazine Business Traveler. The airline was presented with an award at a ceremony hosted by the magazine in New York City in the United States last week. “We acknowledge that Business Traveler’s readers are global travelers who expect the best on the airlines they fly,” said SAA’s executive vice president of North America, Todd Neuman. “These travelers have recognised the level of detail that SAA goes to in order to ensure their comfort, including the continual enhancements we make to our product both on the ground and in the air, which complement our convenient flight schedules and multitude of destinations served.” Changes have been made to the airline’s Premium Business Class service, including additional bedding for its 180 degree flatbed seats, as well as extra programming for its audiovisual entertainment systems and meals from South African Masterchef judge Benny Masekwameng. SAA also expanded its flight schedule by signing a bilateral code share agreement with US Airways on 19 December 2012. It offers greater access to destinations in both countries, including hubs in Philadelphia, Charlotte and Phoenix, as well as the opportunity for customers to earn and redeem Voyager miles. “South African Airways’ daily non-stop flight from New York to Johannesburg and its direct services from Washington (with a short stop in Dakar, Senegal) provide excellent connection opportunities to destinations throughout the airline’s extensive route network on the African continent,” the airline said in a statement. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Like Facebook, Starter Edition: Togetherville Launches for Kids (and Parents)

first_imgTags:#Facebook#news#NYT#Product Reviews#Real World#security#social networks#Social Web#web sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Another important element to the site is the lack of anonymity. On Togetherville, children use their real name and an actual photo. That may be startling to some adults who have traditionally been told that posting your child’s picture online is dangerous, but in Togetherville’s safe, stranger-free environment, it’s not a concern. …And It’s Fun! Beyond the stringent safety measures, which should assure parents, Togetherville is actually fun to use. Site activities include posting “quips” (pre-screened status messages like “Aced the test! Oh yeah!”), playing games and creating art projects via third-party, pre-approved apps, watching (age-appropriate) funny videos and cartoons, sending virtual gifts, earning badges for positive behavior and earning a virtual “allowance” that can be spent on goods, games and gifts. (Virtual goods and the allowance launch later this summer.) Games, videos and creations made on-site by the child can also be liked and commented on by parents, and can be easily shared back the parent’s Facebook account for “instant bragging rights.” Growing Up Digital: Some ConcernsTogetherville is one of many new social networking sites aimed at introducing kids to the concept of digital identities in safe environments. Everloop, for example (still in private beta), is similar but is positioned towards older kids, tweens and young teens. The idea of using sites like these as safe training areas where children can learn best practices and good online behavior is brilliant. The only downside is that a child’s history of interactions, creations and friend lists don’t come with them when they move from site to site as they get older. Although Facebook Connect makes the set-up process easier, we wish the exiting experience could somehow be improved so that the child’s creations are archived off-site for later access. At the very least, it would be nice to export the child’s art projects as digital photos.One day, when these sites are no more (or simply forgotten about), so much can be lost. Unlike Crayola-made drawings hanging on the fridge, digital art and expression is harder to archive. Status messages that fade away into oblivion are more ephemeral than pen-and-ink diaries that are a kick to re-read after years have passed. But perhaps that’s just how it is these days. Impermanence is par for the course on grown-up social networking sites like Facebook; it’s best to prepare kids early on for that fact of digital life. Related Posts center_img Togetherville is a new social networking site launching today that’s aimed at young children under 10-years-old. Although some parents may balk at the idea of children this young establishing a social networking identity and presence, the purpose of the new service is to provide a training ground where parents can teach their kids important lessons about online communication, community building and what it means to be a good digital citizen. Instead of pretending that today’s youngest Internet users aren’t socializing online (even the most watchful parent can be surprised sometimes), Togetherville acknowledges the fact that children can and do play and learn using social networking services. The problem though, as any good parent will tell you, is that young children need to be taught how to use these types of services appropriately. They don’t instinctively know what details should and should not be shared, who is safe to friend and who isn’t (“don’t friend strangers” is the new “don’t talk to strangers,” it seems), and they certainly aren’t prepared for the real-world dangers of using larger social networking services like MySpace and Facebook where issues like digital stalking, harassment and cyberbullying are a sad consequence of public socializing. Enter Togetherville. Togetherville is SafeIn the press release, the site creators call Togetherville a social network with “training wheels” and the description couldn’t be more accurate. The network has been designed from the ground up as a safe place for children to try out social networking. Here, parents can be highly involved with their children’s online ventures. They don’t have to demand the login from their kids – they’re given their own login where they can access their child’s account and activity, as well as interact directly with what the child is doing. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos One of the most interesting aspects about the new service is how it establishes online friendships. Instead of leaving it up to the child to friend others, Togetherville uses the parent’s Facebook account (by way of Facebook Connect) to instantly build communities of trusted, real-world friends the child’s parent already knows. These communities, dubbed “neighborhoods” in Togetherville’s terminology, are made available to the parent who can then pick and choose which adults and children their child may connect to. Facebook Connect allows the parents to discover other Facebook friends who have already established an account on Togetherville. It streamlines the process so parents don’t have to “re-friend” their friends, they just “discover” them. When a child logs into Togetherville, the approved parent and child combos are seen as neighborhoods where “kids” are separated from the “grownups.” There is no way for other, unknown users to contact a child outside of this process. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

215 Free Motion Graphics, Sound Textures, Social Designs, and More

first_imgUp your filmmaking game with this mega-roundup of dynamic and unique motion design graphics, effects, and elements — 100% FREE.It’s just about the end of October, so you know what that means . . . we’ve just wrapped up another awesome Free Week here at PremiumBeat. For those who have followed in the past, or are finding this treasure-trove of goods for the first time, Free Week is all about giving you some truly powerful and dynamic digital assets to take your filmmaking and editing game to the next level.In the past, we’ve rounded up free motion graphic templates, free cinematic LUTs, free animated typefaces, free film grain overlays, and action compositing elements (plus lots more). And this year is no different — we have everything from hand-painted brush stroke motion graphics to musical textures and atmospheric sound files . . . to detailed social media marketing designs and elements.‘Tis the season to check out and download some truly game-changing packs of visual effects, motion graphics, sound textures and marketing elements . . . all for free!These assets are free for all personal or commercial use. By downloading, you agree not to redistribute these assets.21 FREE Hand-Painted Brush Stroke Motion GraphicsThese hand-painted brush stroke animations are a great way to give your videos that extra dose of character and sincerity.And they’re easy to use — the elements are pre-keyed and ready to go. Just choose your animations, shapes, or other paint brush graphics then drag-and-drop them on top of any shot or composition.This free brush stroke graphics pack also includes the following:21 5-second Quicktime .mov files in Prores 444, pre-keyed (with alpha) animated brush stroke graphics.11 different types of line animations, including thick, faded, dotted, and more.3 different circle animations with varied looks.7 various shape and symbol animations, like arrows, Xs, and check marks.A 15% off Shutterstock couponDownload 21 Free Brush Stroke Graphics51 FREE Eye-Catching Accent Animation Motion GraphicsSometimes the most powerful effects to add to a film or video project can be some of the most creative and simple. Designed to be quick to use, these accent animations are a great way to touch up any video with some motion graphics flair.This free accent animation motion graphics pack includes the following:51 FREE pre-keyed .mov video files with alpha channelsCircle animationsSquare animationsLine animationsBubble animationsGeometric shape animationsIsometric animationsBurst animationsSquiggly line animationsZig-zag animationsDownload 51 Free Accent Motion Graphics80+ FREE Cinematic Atmospheres: Musical Textures and Sound FilesAs any video editor knows, adding the right music track or sound atmosphere to a video can turn a boring and mundane project into something deep, dynamic, and truly awe-inspiring. While there is always a great selection here at PremiumBeat to check out, we have over 80 free and easy-to-use tracks to share with you here.Click to download each of the cinematic atmospheres packs below:Suite 1 — Beach SunriseSuite 2 — EndlessSuite 3 — Future RainSuite 4 — SerialSuite 5 — Stitches50+ FREE Social Media Marketing Elements and DesignsIn many ways, the trends in digital filmmaking aren’t going bigger — they’re getting smaller. Creating content for social media feeds over cinema screens might very well be the way of the future. In this “Social Pack” we have over 50 bright and sleek templates, tools, and assets to use in your social media marketing and campaign designs.Spice up your Instagram stories with 7 templates, which you can fully customize in Adobe Premiere Pro — and check out these social media icon animations and free animated text overlays.This free social media pack includes the following:7 Instagram Story template files for Premiere (.mogrts)6 Customizable text overlay animations for Premiere (.mogrts)26 animated social media icons (with alpha channel)21 curated colored Instagram backgrounds20 titles for adding quick typography to your designsDownload Free Social Media Pack13 FREE Textured Motion Graphics for Premiere ProSimilar to the brush stroke pack above, this handy pack of hand-painted, paper-textured, and torn-up graphics is a great resource for adding that extra dose of style to your film and video projects. All of the lower-third animations, title animations, and transitions are fully accessible and customizable in the Essential Graphics Panel in Premiere Pro. Try them out and see how much energy and style they can add to your projects!This free pack of motion graphic templates includes the following:13 motion graphics templates for Premiere (.mogrt)The After Effects project file used to create them7 title animations3 lower thirds3 video transitionsDownload 13+ Free Motion GraphicsFor more free downloads and filmmaking resources, check out these articles below.6 Lifesaving Hacks for Cropping Your Footage to a Wider Aspect RatioAfter Effects vs. Premiere Pro: Which Do You Need?Finding Perfect Music Is Easier and Faster with PremiumBeatTop Alternatives to Premiere Pro in 2019 — Free and PaidVideo Editing 101: How to Add Titles and Subtitles in Premiere ProFree Music Downloads available on PremiumBeatlast_img read more

Ray Allen watches PBA game, catches up with ex-teammate Bill Walker

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief One of the greatest shooters basketball had seen, Allen finished his 19-year career as the all-time leader in 3-point shots made with 2,973. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In an interview with Sports 5, Allen said that he is in the country for vacation.He said he doesn’t have anything concrete planned but it seems like he’s been checking out a lot of basketball here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe visited the Lyceum Pirates Tuesday night before watching the PBA at MOA where his former Celtics teammate and now Blackwater import Bill Walker was playing.The 42-year-old Allen announced his retirement in a letter on The Player’s Tribune in 2016, two years after playing in the NBA Finals which turned out to be his last game. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Read Next Dumaan dedicates pencak silat gold to family Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNBA legend Ray Allen surprised Filipino fans at Mall of Asia Arena as he showed up during a PBA game between TNT and Blackwater Wednesday.Allen, who is a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and the Miami Heat five years later, flew to Manila from Hong Kong on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoPSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utd

first_imgPSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utdby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel insists they won’t be underestimating Champions League opponents PSG.The two teams have been drawn for the round of 16 clash.Tuchel said: “I don’t think we are favourites.“It’s a challenge yet I have confidence in my side. We need to show respect to United — but we believe in ourselves.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoWolves goalscorer Matt Doherty happy beating Watford

first_imgWolves goalscorer Matt Doherty happy beating Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Matt Doherty felt they deserved their first victory of the Premier League season for the 2-0 win against Watford at Molineux.The wing-back broke the deadlock with 18 minutes on the clock.Doherty said, “It was a good win. I felt they had a lot of possession at times but didn’t really penetrate us that much, we defended really well and then went ahead.“The back three were immense today, all of them, especially Boly aside me, he just wins absolutely everything and takes it off people one-v-ones, nobody can get round him. It’s good that we were able to keep the clean sheet.“It was great to get the first league win, especially at home in front of another packed out crowd. It’s nice to get the first win on the board, even though it’s taken a bit longer than we would have expected.“This result has brought us a bit of relief, obviously we would’ve wanted it to come earlier than it has, because the longer that it doesn’t happen you start to get itchy. But I felt we played well today and thoroughly deserved to win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

15 days agoReal Sociedad striker Isak: Spanish football suits me well

first_imgReal Sociedad striker Isak: Spanish football suits me wellby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexander Isak admits he’s enjoying his football with Real Sociedad.The young Swede moved to La Real this summer from Borussia Dortmund.Isak said, “Spanish football suits me well and I have been able to adapt well and I get a lot out of my game. “It feels good and it feels like I will be able to develop.”Isak admits he is a little surprised at Real Sociedad’s fine start to the season. The team is fifth in La Liga.”I’m a little surprised. I arrived fairly recently and did not have a great look. Although I know it is a good team, the start has been surprisingly good.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ontario premier calls Trumps withdrawal from climate change agreement appalling

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s premier is joining a growing number of politicians condemning Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate-change agreement.Kathleen Wynne says the U.S. president’s rejection of the 190-country agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is appalling and shows he is abandoning his responsibility to fight the biggest threat currently confronting the world.Wynne’s criticism on Friday comes after the federal environment minister called Trump’s decision disappointing and suggested the president was costing the U.S. a key opportunity to profit from the inevitable growth of clean-tech initiatives around the globe.Wynne says co-operation between sub-national governments has become even more important after Trump’s announcement, and she pledged to continue to work with other leaders, particularly U.S. governors, to combat climate change.“It’s really appalling to me that the president of the United States would abdicate his responsibility in the face of the greatest threat confronting humanity,” Wynne said Friday, at an event in Barrie, Ont. “The reality is the whole world needs to be involved in fighting climate change.”A group of mayors from communities in the Great Lakes region issued similar criticism Friday.“The decision is short sighted, ill advised, and not in the best interests of the people of the United States, Canada, or the world,” said the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a coalition representing 130 Canadian and United States mayors and their communities of over 17 million people.Ontario’s Liberal government launched a cap-and-trade program this year, which puts caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit and allows polluters to buy allowances at auction or from other companies that come in under their limits.Ontario is expected to join the Quebec-California carbon market next year.Ontario’s four-year climate change action plan is funded by cap-and-trade revenues of between $5.9 billion and $8.3 billion, which will go to green initiatives such as social housing retrofits, an electric vehicle incentive program and public transit.Since Jan. 1, cap and trade has added 4.3 cents per litre to the price of gasoline and about $80 a year to natural gas home heating costs, in addition to indirect costs that will be passed onto consumers.The Liberals have been criticized in recent months for high electricity rates in the province, something the Progressive Conservatives seized upon during a byelection campaign in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., that resulted in a Tory win Thursday night.Wynne said Friday that she knew the race was going to be a tough one for her party and wished the winner — Progressive Conservative Ross Romano — well.The Liberals had held the seat from 2003 until December, when former Liberal cabinet minister David Orazietti stepped down.Romano won with about 40 per cent of the vote, followed by NDP candidate Joe Krmpotich with 33 per cent and Amaroso trailed behind, with 23 per cent.last_img read more