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first_img6 March 2013 Liam Neeson, the star of recent box office hit Taken 2, has signed on to play a malevolent leopard in South African animated film Khumba. The multi-award winning actor has played a number of key roles in box office franchise hits, including the latest Batman and Star Wars trilogies. He is also the voice of Narnia’s Aslan and will be appearing in the upcoming animated film, Lego, from the directors of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Khumba is the second animated feature to be produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, which has seen a successful global release of Adventures in Zambezia. According to the film’s pre-publicity, Khumba tells the story of a half-striped zebra who is blamed for the drought by his superstitious herd. He leaves his home in search of the magic waterhole where, legend has it, the first zebras got their stripes. Teaming up with an overprotective, sassy wildebeest and a self-obsessed ostrich, the plucky young zebra meets an array of wacky characters in an unforgettable adventure through the Great Karoo desert to earn his stripes. The original story was penned by Triggerfish writers Raffaella Delle Donne and Anthony Silverston in consultation with Jonathan Roberts, co-writer of The Lion King. Silverston, who is also the director, is proud to have someone of Liam Neeson’s calibre in the role of the villain. “He brought a real menacing gravitas to this key character with his powerful, distinctive voice,” Silverston said in a statement last week. “The fact that he took part in our movie is a testament to the quality of animation produced in South Africa, and I am immensely proud of what our team has achieved.” The film is represented by LA-based sales agent CMG and will be theatrically distributed by Millennium Entertainment in the US later this year. The rest of the cast to date includes rising stars Jake T Austin (Rio, New Years Eve), AnnaSophia Robb (The Carrie Diaries, Soul Surfer) and Joey Richter (A Very Potter Musical), as well as Emmy-award winner Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy, Crash), Richard E Grant (The Iron Lady, Corpse Bride) and British comedy actress Catherine Tate (The Catherine Tate Show, Doctor Who). SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Steven Maurer announced that nearly 100,000 Ohio farms that enrolled in safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will receive financial assistance for the 2015 crop year. The programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues due to market downturns.“These safety-net programs provide help when price and revenues fall below normal, unlike the previous direct payments program that provided funds even in good years,” Maurer said. “These payments will help provide reassurance to Ohio farm families, who are standing strong against low commodity prices compounded by unfavorable growing conditions.”More details on the price and yield information used to calculate the financing assistance from the safety-net programs is available on the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc and www.fsa.usda.gov/oh.“Payments by county can vary because average county yields and guarantees will differ,” Maurer said. “In some cases, the average price for a crop for the market year was higher than the historical benchmark established by the program, so financial assistance did not occur.”Statewide, over 86,000 farms participated in ARC-County and over 9,000 farms participated in PLC.  More details on the price and yield information used to calculate the financing assistance from the safety-net programs is available on the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc andwww.fsa.usda.gov/oh.last_img read more

first_imgAt InfoWorld‘s Executive Forum on SOA in March more than one speaker voiced the opinion that ERP vendors had better watch out because SOA would soon be a major challenge.  What these SOA evangelists are saying is not that ERP functionality is going away, but that the current generation of monolithic systems is being replaced with a more modular/componentized approach.  Next-generation ERP systems will carve up functionality into smaller easier-to-maintain interoperable services that are orchestrated by SOA tools.The concept of ERP was that a single system could house all corporate data.  Whether you were in finance, HR or manufacturing, given appropriate access rights, you could see any piece of corporate data from anywhere in the company.  Prior to ERP, data would flow from one departmental system into another, and tasks like tracking the location and status of an order could be time-consuming.  ERP tried to solve that problem by aggregating data into a single unified system.  The selling point of ERP was that a single system could be bought that required no service work to integrate many smaller component systems.But while ERP eliminated the integration of multiple systems, successful ERP implementations usually required extensive customizations.  Out-of-the-box ERP software seldom exactly matched the desired business processes, and getting the system to work the way that you wanted it to required significant amounts of customization.Implementing and supporting ERP is expensive and time consuming because:Costs to implement and customize are very highCosts for the annual license renewal are highCosts to upgrade or switch to a different vendor are very highThe average time to implement an ERP system is one to three yearsMany companies have paid huge amounts of money to create custom ERP implementations. Technology changes rapidly and those companies now find that to upgrade their customizations to newer versions of the software will be very expensive.  In an article this week, Oracle estimates that 94% of SAP customers have not yet migrated from the legacy R/3 system. Because of ERP’s high cost in terms of time and money, the IT budget of many organizations often has little room left for pursuing any other initiatives outside of ERP.  To top that off, individual modules within an ERP system tend to be mediocre in quality and capabilities.  Rather than to focus on a specific application category, the ERP vendor needs to spread development resources across all modules needed in an ERP system.  These can include manufacturing, finance/accounting, warehousing, logistics, HR, marketing and strategic management functionality.There is an ongoing debate about the advantages of using a single vendor’s ERP solution or whether integration of Best Of Breed (BoB) solutions is a better approach.  An integrated BoB approach usually provides much richer solutions.  EWeek found that users prefer the BoB approach, but often because of politics, the company will select a single-vendor ERP solution. ERP based on SOA will promote the BoB approach.  Customers will have more choices and be able to pick and choose services from any vendor.  Modern IT architectures will be based on SOA and it is inevitable that components of today’s ERP systems will become services within this infrastructure.Formtek has seen the migration towards SOA as being inevitable.  That’s why we’re prepared to work in that environment.  We’ve written our document and content web services from the ground up to play well in an SOA environment.The storage of and management of unstructured data is an essential component for almost every business process.  Offered up as a service, unstructured data management could easily be exposed and utilized company-wide.  In the past document solutions tended to be departmental and often one company had many different solutions across the company.  Plugging in the Formtek unstructured data management service into the SOA infrastructure can provide a consistent consolidated approach that can make the data available enterprise-wide.last_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… marcus austin How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img Tags:#cybersecurity#hackers#hacking#phishing#security Guest author Marcus Austin is a technical writer at computer security training firm Firebrand Training.Among the more popular products to debut at last month’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, were cross-over machines, tablets and PCs designed for double-duty – to be used at home and in the office.The shift towards BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) into the enterprise is unstoppable. Employees are happier – and more productive – when they’re able to use their computers. Unfortunately, computers that travel from location to location (often left in places where they can be stolen) can be an easy vehicle for hackers to get into corporate networks. Only The Paranoid SurviveLike many industry innovations, BYOD offers as much opportunity for wily cyber-thieves as it does for corporate efficiency. Unless enterprises ratchet up their level of vigilance, 2013 is poised to become the most destructive year on record. That will play out in four main areas:1. Mobile. Experts warn 2013 will be a banner year for mobile malware. Smartphones and tablets running Google‘s Android  operating system will hardest hit because of both its openness and the relative ease of adding apps. Historically, Windows machines presented the one target too big for hackers to ignore, and attacks on Windows PCs increased three-fold last year. But this year the action will expand to Windows 8 tablets. Out-of-the-box security features in Windows 8 make hacking harder. So many hackers are shifting their tactics to old-school methods like phishing and other techniques that rely on social-engineering of users instead of hacking the code itself2. Political. Most hackers are simply greedy. But an increasing number are motivated by politics. They want to bring down organizations or businesses they deem offensive. Some of these politically motivated attacks have aims than can be more subtle than just destroying data or interrupting service. The New York Times recently discovered that Chinese hackers had penetrated their computers systems for four months, seeking information on an investigation into the wealth of a top Chinese leader and his family. The hackers eventually obtained the passwords of all Times employees, and used them to break into the PCs of 53 employees. A day later, The Wall Street Journal reported a similar attack.3. New Gateways. HTML 5, the latest version of the HTML standard, allows users to personalize their browsing experience, and lets businesses build browser-based applications. But reducing the layers of technology between the browser and internal systems removes obstacles for would-be hackers. As businesses make greater use of popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, hackers can gain access to personal data that can be used for phishing or other “social engineering” attacks. And there’s also the potential for corporate networks to be infected by malware from social networking sites.4. Hacking-as-a-Service? Believe it or not, hackers are providing suites of sophisticated tools so that even casual criminals can mount credible cyber-attacks. The availability of user-friendly hacking tools has the potential to expand the hacking universe by an order of magnitude.Forewarned Is ForearmedRemedies are available. Greater password security, network access restriction, firewalls, and abundant redundancies are some of the steps that can help prevent attacks. These are fixes for gaps in the system’s hardware and software created by the businesses themselves because they were poorly designed or were not thoroughly tested.The best way to thwart a would-be criminal hacker is often to hire an “ethical hacker” to design new applications and test them as well as the system as whole. It turns out that the most effective way to counter a hacker’s attacks is to provide him or her with a worthy – and human – opponent.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool VARce! Pathetic Liverpool’s wait for a trophy will be painfully long if they don’t find their feet fast Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:35 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(38) Liverpool Liverpool FA Cup Premier League Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion Opinion The Reds were abysmal in a 3-2 defeat, which saw them crash out of the FA Cup and leaves them in danger of further jeopardising their season Jurgen Klopp was a rare approver of Saturday’s 19:45 kick off time, suggesting that Liverpool supporters could head out of Anfield and into town for a night out if they fancied it.But there was no need for anyone to contemplate extra entertainment given that within half-an-hour against West Bromwich Albion, two cracking goals had been scored, with VAR disallowing another for the visitors before awarding a penalty for a foul on Mohamed Salah.Roberto Firmino took the spot-kick after a waiting period of around three minutes, but could only connect with the underside of the bar. If that wasn’t wild enough, the new technology was consulted for a third time before the break, when Joel Matip’s own goal stood making Alan Pardew’s men the first team to score thrice at Anfield in the first half since Real Madrid in October 2014. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player VAR in theory is a good idea, but the implementation was heavily flawed: there was no communication around each process, too much time taken with every decision and it was not used sparingly.It was such a baffling evening on Merseyside that even the scoreboard erred for a while, suggesting the FA Cup fourth-round tie was even at 2-2, when West Brom had just extended their advantage to 3-1. With so much in doubt during the encounter, there was a certainty: Liverpool were utterly appalling.Firmino’s wonderful chip on five minutes provided a rare piece of quality to applaud, but it couldn’t be savoured as the hosts ceded possession and were too passive in the centre of the park, with Jay Rodriguez free to smash in past Simon Mignolet.Four minutes later, he doubled his personal tally after Grzegorz Krychowiak dusted off Emre Can to feed Kieran Gibbs, who delivered a low cross in that the striker converted as Liverpool crumpled.The Reds midfield resembled an empty car park for large swathes of the game; there were so many spaces for the Baggies to to pick from without any pressure. Can will be hoping that Juventus or any of his other potential suitors opted not to tune in or, if they did, that were too caught up in the VAR commotion to notice his muddled showing.West Brom Liverpool VARAlex Oxlade Chamberlain registered 17 passes in total, less than Mignolet, and Gini Wijnaldum wasn’t much less anonymous. The trio had plenty of company in the putrid performance category, and in fact, perhaps only Sadio Mane, Firmino and Salah of the starters can feel they weren’t as shambolic as the rest of the XI.”In the decisive parts of the game around the goals it was poor,” Klopp said. “Bad defending. Bad defending most of the time means taking the wrong decision.” Simon Mignolet, switching in for Loris Karius, faced three shots on target and picked the ball out of his net the same amount of times. Liverpool have designs on recruiting a pedigreed goalkeeper in the summer, with Roma’s Allison of interest, and it is a position that has desperately needed to be upgraded for years.Klopp selected his strongest line-up possible as he was intent on progressing in the competition, with Jordan Henderson using his matchday programme notes to impress how deep the desire is in the dressing room to win trophies. That did not translate on the pitch and Liverpool have now turned in two abysmal displays in succession after making “the right statement” in the 4-3 victory over Manchester City.The Reds boss has continuously insisted he is happy with his options and there is no pressing need for the club to enhance their roster before the January deadline, but the manner of the defeats against Swansea and West Brom strongly suggest otherwise.Liverpool are in danger of desecrating the platform they’ve built for the season and need to rediscover their direction fast or face further dejection domestically and on the continent. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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It was one big party in Ohio Stadium last night, as No. 12 Ohio State beat down No. 21 Nebraska for a 63-38 victory. Here’s what we learned about the Buckeyes, who improved to 6-0 for the season. It was an exciting night for the program and Buckeye fans were treated to a historic night during OSU’s 100th Homecoming game. Quarterback Braxton Miller was once again spectacular. The sophomore ran for a career-high 186 yards, breaking his own school record for most rushing yards by a quarterback. “We have a quarterback that’s kind of ridiculous running the ball,” first-year coach Urban Meyer said. Ridiculous is a fair way of describing Miller. He has an innate ability to make opposing defenders look foolish, to turn a sure-loss into a long touchdown. He’s the perfect quarterback to lead an offense that was equally absurd Saturday night. On OSU’s first four possessions, the offense managed a meager seven yards. It looked bleak for the Buckeyes, who trailed 17-7 early in the second quarter. And then it happened. Miller did what he does best, veering through the Nebraska defense for a 72-yard run to move the ball down to the three-yard line for the Buckeyes.  Miller’s long run fired up the crowd and ignited the offensive barrage that would shortly ensue. In the team’s final ten possessions, the Buckeyes scored eight touchdowns en route to a 63-point performance. It was the first time OSU scored more than 60 points against a Big Ten opponent since Oct. 1, 1983, a 69-18 drubbing of Minnesota. Meyer-coached teams are famous for high-scoring affairs, but even the most optimistic Buckeye fans shouldn’t have expected OSU to look this good this early in his tenure. For one, Meyer is instilling a completely different offensive scheme, with inherited players that he didn’t recruit for his system. And the players he does have are young – OSU starts just three seniors on offense. It would be insane to think that the Buckeyes would be an offensive juggernaut in year one, there had to be hiccups. Well, the first quarter was a hiccup, and the team still managed 63 points against a defense that hadn’t allowed more than 36 points in a game this season. This offense still has plenty of room to improve, and that, is ridiculous. One B1G mess We’re halfway through the season, and OSU is the clear favorite to win the conference they are sanctioned from winning. The Buckeyes stand alone as the Big Ten’s only unbeaten team. The four preseason favorites – Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin – all have two losses, and only Michigan is unbeaten in conference play. Then there’s the league’s Leaders division, currently led by Penn State and OSU, the conference’s two teams banned from post-season play. If the season ended today, the division’s third-place team, Wisconsin, would play in the conference championship game. It’s been a tough season thus far for the Big Ten, whose top teams were beat down in non-conference play. Entering this weekend, only three teams were ranked in the top 25. Two of them lost on Saturday. Excluding last season, the Buckeyes have been the class of the conference for the past decade. That appears to be the case again this year, but given the team’s sanctions, it doesn’t bode well for the Big Ten. Give an extra helmet sticker to… Carlos Hyde, who had a career night for the Buckeyes. The junior running back rushed for 140 yards and four touchdowns, both personal bests. Perhaps more importantly, Hyde carried the ball a career-high 28 times. It was the first time an OSU running back had more than 20 carries since Miller took over as starting quarterback last season. A hot topic of conversation this year has been whether Miller receives too many carriers, and in turn too many hits, in Meyer’s system. It’s a lot easier to limit you best player’s touches when others can step up and provide production. Hyde did that Saturday night, and that bodes well for the Buckeyes moving forward. read more

Senior outfielder Caitlin Conrad (left) arrives safely at 1st base during a game against Pittsburgh on March 31 at Buckeye Field. OSU won, 7-3.Credit: Stacie Jackson / Lantern PhotographerWith the Big Ten season coming down the home stretch, the Ohio State softball team wants to keep control of its own fate.“The key will be to beat the teams we know we can,” senior outfielder Caitlin Conrad said before the Buckeyes swept Michigan State last weekend. “By doing this, we can put ourselves in position to get a better seed come tournament time.”Conrad, one of four seniors on the squad, is currently among the hottest hitters on the team with a .394 batting average and is quickly approaching 40 runs batted in to complement her 35 runs scored so far this season.“Caitlin has been the most consistent player for us all season,” coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said before the team departed for East Lansing, Mich.The Buckeyes scored a total of 29 runs against the Spartans, and have either scored or given up double digits 17 times this season. Conrad said she believes the high-scoring affairs are new to Big Ten softball, changing the way she looks at scoring.“It used to be that if you scored seven runs in a game, you would win,” Conrad said. “Now you need to score 12 or so just to be in the game.”And scoring is what the Buckeyes have been doing lately.To sweep Michigan State, OSU tallied six, eight and 15 runs, respectively, over the course of the three games. The 15-5 win on Sunday came in just five innings.The sweep has the Buckeyes riding a four-game win streak entering a week when they will be facing both Penn State and Rutgers.All five of those games, two against the Nittany Lions and three against the Scarlet Knights, are crucial for the Buckeyes (22-16, 6-6) to get better position in the conference and achieve their ultimate goal: making it to regionals in the NCAA Tournament.“We need to keep winning in order to move up in the Big Ten standings,” senior pitcher Olivia O’Reilly said. “Doing this will put us in a position where we can make it to regionals.”The Buckeyes hit the road to face Penn State for a doubleheader on Wednesday. The team lost 7-6 in the first game before falling, 11-6, in the nightcap. They are then set to return home to face Rutgers over the weekend.Despite getting the opportunity to play all over the country, Schoenly said she believes there is nothing like playing at home.“I love to play at home,” Schoenly said. “Of course it’s great to travel other places but there is nothing like home. We love having fans come out to our games. Columbus has a really good softball community.”With home in mind, Schoenly and the Buckeyes make it a point to travel and play in each woman’s hometown at least once during a player’s career as a member of the Scarlet and Gray.“We have the opportunity to play all over the country,” Schoenly said. “So we try to travel to every girls’ hometown during their career.”With 13 Ohioans on the team, eight of whom are from Central Ohio, playing at home can be that much more welcoming.The Buckeyes’ series against Rutgers is set to start on Friday at 6 p.m. at Buckeye Field. read more

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho was seen scouting Burnley in their 1–1 draw against Olympiakos on Thursday night, according to Mirror Football.The United boss was in attendance as Burnley failed to overturn a 3-1 deficit which meant they failed to make it to the group stages of this season’s UEFA Europe League.Now, last season’s seventh place side can refocus on domestic affairs, after a difficult start to the season has left them with just one point from their opening three matchesThe Clarets next host Manchester United and Jose Mourinho who have had a difficult start to the season after suffering defeats in their last two games.United were dismantled 3-0 at home by Tottenham Hotspur on Monday and lost 3-2 away at Brighton & Hove Albion a well before that.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Mourinho’s position at United is under increasing scrutiny, particularly amid suggestions that his relationship with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is waning.The former Chelsea gaffer who was spotted wearing a hoodie and cap, was joined by members of his backroom staff as they evaluated Dyche’s side.The Special One may well have been trying to stay out of the limelight, but that didn’t stop one young fan seeking him out, with Mourinho smiling as he signed the boy’s programme.The enigmatic Portuguese was sat in the stands first-team coach Silvino Louro and scout Ricardo Formosinho.last_img read more

first_imgThe Fiorentina midfielder believes the French footballer can teach him to be better; he is also excited for today’s Lazio matchFor Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout, if a footballer wants to be the best in the world, he has to learn from the best athletes.Just before his match against Lazio today, Veretout has revealed how he admires French World Cup winner N’Golo Kante.“I often watch games with Kante so I can steal a few secrets from his playing style,” revealed Veretout to Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“He was in my view the symbol of the France side that won the World Cup this year. I am experimenting with this new tactical project of being a deep-lying playmaker in front of the defense and I really like it, but I have so much to learn.”“Fortunately, I have a great teacher in Stefano Pioli. He is demanding in training, but also very encouraging. I hope to continue working with him for many years,” he added.“I love everything about Italian football, from the focus on tactical details to the passion of the people and presence of so many great champions. You’ll see that after Cristiano Ronaldo, many more star names will follow.”“The key is to take it one day at a time with the objective of getting back into Europe,” added Veretout,” he concluded.last_img read more