Man United BLOW! Raphael Varane snubs Mourinho reunion to stay at Real Madrid

first_img1 Raphael Varane has decided to snub interest from Jose Mourinho and Manchester United to stay at Real Madrid next season.The French defender was considering his future at the Bernabeu amid worries he may spend another season deputising for first-choice central defensive pairing Sergio Ramos and Pepe.However, according to Le 10 Sport, Real manager Zinedine Zidane has reassured the 23-year-old he is a significant part of his plans for the upcoming season.Former Real boss Mourinho is a big admirer of Varane having brought him to the Spanish capital from Lens in 2011 during his time at the helm.The Portuguese is determined to buy another centre-back this summer, having already signed Eric Bailly from Villarreal, but will now have to look elsewhere after Varane informed Zidane he will be staying on next season. Raphael Varane was unsure about his Real Madrid future after a season deputising for first-choice defenders Sergio Ramos and Pepe last_img read more

QPR boss hoping to keep Hoddle

first_imgQPR manager Harry Redknapp has told Sky Sports News he hopes to avoid losing Glenn Hoddle to Crystal Palace.The former England boss, who recently joined Redknapp’s coaching team at Loftus Road, has been touted as a possible contender for the vacant manager’s job at Selhurst Park.Tim Sherwood and Malky Mackay are currently seen as the frontrunners to succeed Tony Pulis, but Palace co-owner Steve Parish is reportedly keen to speak to Hoddle.“I brought Glenn in, it was completely my idea, and I’m hoping he stays,” said Redknapp.“But football’s football. I brought Steve McClaren and Steve Cotterill in and they went off and managed other clubs.“Hopefully they [Palace] appoint someone else very quickly. I’m hoping to have Glenn here. I really want him to be part of our team this season.”See also:Six reasons Hoddle is ideal for QPR Hoddle laid foundations at Chelsea and could do the same at QPRFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Web Services and SOA rise — But So Do Over-Expectations

first_imgA number of recent announcements indicate that SOA and Web Services have reached a level of high acceptance.  But the worry is that the hype in the sector may be running equally high.A poll taken in May, 2006 of 139 members from the Society of Information Management and presented this week at their SIMposium conference showed that Web Services top the list of items most important to these technologists, with Security dropping back to third place.  Last year Web Services didn’t even rank. This year’s ranking is as follows:1. Web Services2. Business intelligence3. Security4. Business process management5. Customer portals6. Systems integrationJerry Luftman, the author of the report and SIM Vice President of Academic Community Affairs, attributed the reason for Web Services rising to the top was greater interest in both virtualization and SOA.  In the area of virtualization, they see a trend towards thin clients and virtualized servers.SOA Software is also reporting this week, somewhat reminiscent of McDonald’s “number of hamburgers sold here” advertising, that they have now processed more than 10 billion Web Service transactions for their large enterprise customers.SOA and Web Services clearly offer a better brand of technology, but it’s not without negatives.  They provide a great framework, but the execution/implementation of any technology is often more important to success than the technology used itself.  When even the MotleyFool has picked up on SOA and is offering advice for how best to play SOA as an investment, you may begin to wonder if the hype has gone too far. A backlash to the technology may be coming.  An InformationWeek article found a quarter of business tech pros responding that SOA projects fell short of their expectations, and 55% saying that SOA introduced added complexity.Web Services and SOA are excellent technologies to consider for adoption, but like any other technology, successful implementations require careful planning and analysis.last_img read more

10 VFX Moments That Changed the Industry Forever

first_imgThe history of filmmaking is marked by amazing moments of game-changing movie magic. Check out these jaw-dropping VFX innovations that radically changed the industry.Top image from LucasFilm.The debate over practical versus digital has been raging for a long time. Some argue that the look and feel of practical sets make things seem tangible and tactile. Others love digital movie sets because they free the filmmaker to insert things they otherwise couldn’t.No matter which side of the fence you plant your flag, both types of effects have been responsible for some iconic moments that changed the industry. Let’s take a look at a few game-changing VFX sequences.1. In the Beginning, There Was KongImage: King Kong via RKO Productions.Before Douglas Trumball wowed us with the Jupiter sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey and before ILM broke our brains with Star Wars and Jurassic Park, there was a man named Marcel Delgado. A master of stop-motion animation, Delgado revolutionized the industry with 1933’s King Kong, creating special effects unlike any that had previously been seen. You could equate this moment to the first time audiences saw Toy Story decades later. It was, as they say, a a big deal.Inn 1949, Delgado would team up with a young sculptor named Ray Harryhausen to perfect stop-motion techniques in a film called Mighty Joe Young.Video from Angus Lamont2. Harryhausen and the ArgonautsImage: Jason and the Argonauts via Columbia Pictures.After his fateful collaboration with Marcel Delgado, Ray Harryahusen would go on to develop many stop-motion animation sequences for film. But none of them had the impact that a certain 1963 film had. Just five years before 2001: A Space Odyssey, Harryhausen created magical animation sequences for the fantasy film Jason and the Argonauts. Regarded by Harryhausen as his greatest work, Jason and the Argonauts stunned audiences across the country with one of the most famous VFX scenes of all time as Jason and his Argonauts battled a host of skeleton warriors.The effects of this film would ignite the imaginations of many young up-and-coming visual effects artists like Stan Winston, Henry Selick, and Richard Taylor. Harryhausen would also be awarded the Academy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work and influence on the film industry. During the ceremony actor Tom Hanks said:Some people say Casablanca or Citizen Kane… I say Jason and the Argonauts is the greatest film ever made.Video from Jason and the Argonauts3. Douglas Trumbull’s Space OdysseyImage: 2001: A Space Odyssey via Warner Bros.Five years after Jason and the Argonauts was released, a sci-fi film would take things one step further. Using miniatures and massive sound stages, director Stanley Kubrick would gather a team to handcraft the future before our very eyes. Even though this was an amazing feat, the real game-changing VFX moment came during the “Star Gate” section at the end of the film. For this, a young special effects artist named Douglas Trumbull used a technique called slit-scan photography. He would also charge water with various inks, paints, and chemicals to create portions of space.These techniques had never been done before. When the film hit screens, it completely revolutionized the film industry — and inspired a young filmmaker named George Lucas to finally tackle a massive project he had been trying to develop for some time.Video from ziggyvs4. A New Hope With Industrial Light & MagicImage: Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope via Lucasfilm.In 1975, George Lucas began developing his latest film, The Adventures of Luke Starkiller. In order to fulfill the visual effects needs for production, Lucas reached out to VFX artist Douglas Trumbull. However, Trumbull declined the opportunity, as he had already committed himself to creating the VFX for a Steven Spielberg film called Close Encounters of the Third Kind. To help Lucas out, Trumbull suggested his assistant, John Dykstra. From this moment on, Lucas and Dykstra would form a visual effects company known as Industrial Light & Magic. Their first project? Star Wars.For Star Wars, Dykstra gathered a collection of amazing talent that included VFX artists like Ken Ralston, Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Joe Johnston, Phil Tippett, and Steve Gawley. This team developed a motion-controlled camera and used it against black backdrops in order to film highly detailed spacecraft models. The moving camera would pan around the models and give them a sense of motion that would then be superimposed.This could quite possibly be the biggest moment in all of film history, as Star Wars would go on to completely flip the industry on its head and inspire an entire generation of filmmakers and VFX artists.Video from Marcelo Zuniga5. Mr. Lasseter and the Stained Glass ManImage: Stained-Glass Man sequence via Paramount Pictures.In 1985, a young artist named John Lasseter (who worked with Industrial Light & Magic’s Graphics Group, later to be known as Pixar) developed the first fully functional computer-animated character for the big screen. This character was the “Stained Glass Man” from Young Sherlock Holmes. At the time of its creation, it truly was a remarkable feat. No one had seen a fully rendered character like that before. From this moment on, the world of VFX changed forever — but it didn’t just happen over night.It would take some time before the industry would trust the use of fully rendered animated characters. But this moment, though small and not always known by most people, was indeed a massive moment in film history. Of course, John Lasseter would go on to create and direct Toy Story, but the work he left behind at Industrial Light & Magic would inspire longtime VFX supervisor Dennis Muren to convince filmmaker Steven Spielberg to take a chance with 3D rendered characters for his next project.Video from Movieclips6. Rubber and Digital Dinos in the Same FrameImage: Jurassic Park via Universal Pictures.In order to prove that his team could pull off such a feat, Dennis Muren and his team at ILM collaborated with Stan Winston’s creature shop to bring 1993’s Jurassic Park to life on the big screen. This is where things really turned for the world of CG and visual effects. Now the industry had concrete evidence that the VFX industry could indeed create computer-animated imagery that looked real. ILM took a gamble, believing that if you give the audience enough tangible assets, you can extend that environment with optical illusions that they will accept. This is where we get into the theory of “the perfect blend,” which Jurassic Park nailed: mixing digital dinosaurs with the practical dinosaurs created by Stan Winston and his creature shop. This is the launching point for the type of VFX seen in many modern films.Video from Movieclips7. Bullets Fly Reeeeeeeally Slow in the MatrixImage: The Matrix via Warner Bros.Six years after Jurassic Park, the game changed once again as Neo twisted and leaned and ducked to avoid Agent Smith’s bullets on an urban rooftop. It wasn’t the choreography and gunplay that shocked people… It was the way the sequence was filmed, in 180 degrees of motion.VFX supervisor John Gaeta developed the process known as “bullet time” by using a large array of still photography cameras. These cameras would then flash and take pictures in quick succession. These still photographs would then be placed into an NLE system where they would be edited together to create a sweeping moment of slow-motion action.Video from Movieclips8. The Lords of MoCapImage: motion capture on the set of  The Lord of the Rings via Warner Bros.Just a short few years after The Matrix, director Peter Jackson and VFX supervisor Richard Taylor collaborated to bring the world of Middle Earth to the big screen when they developed The Lord of the Rings trilogy. While there were plenty of old-school SFX techniques on display, there was one process that made this one of the very best moments in VFX history: the introduction of Gollum and the process of Motion Capture or Performance Capture.Richard Taylor and his crew at Weta Digital had actor Andy Serkis wear a specialized suit that allowed them to capture the motion and facial expressions for the character. Once this performance was completed, the data was sent to artists who crafted the 3D version of Gollum. It wouldn’t take too long for this process to catch on in the industry — and soon a film would be created almost exclusively through this process.Video from Movieclips9. In the 3D Mindscape of James CameronDirector James Cameron has always been one to really push the limits of his film production. So it was no surprise when he released Avatar. While there were plenty of flesh-and-blood characters in the film, the majority of what is seen was accomplished through Performance Capture. Weta Digital expanded on what they learned with The Lord of the Rings to capture more facial emotions from the characters, including eye movement. The film also ushered in a new wave of 3D theater experiences, which exploded after the film’s release.Video from officiaIavatar10. Breaking Reality With the VirtualImage: Star Wars: The Force Awakens via LucasFilm.The world of entertainment is on the cusp of something pretty amazing. The idea of immersive cinema has been around for many decades. In fact, VFX legend Douglas Trumbull has been working on ways to make this a reality for many years. But the next game-changing technological leap might very well be virtual reality.With VR headsets and related camera tech waiting just around the corner, it wont be long before we begin to see the fruits of this new technology. In fact, you can already see some of it through the Industrial Light & Magic xLAB. This facility works toward the creation and development of immersive entertainment built around the Star Wars franchise. Check out the video below for a sneak peek.Video from The VergeWhat are your thoughts on these game-changing VFX moments? What did we leave off the list? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Fight breaks out at Grand Bahama Polling Centre

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#fightingatpollingcentre, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 4, 2017 – Grand Bahama – A huge fight broke out between supporters of the Progressive Liberal Party and Free National Movement outside the advanced polling centre in Grand Bahama yesterday.A cell phone video shows a large group of PLP supporters wearing yellow shirts with Minister for Grand Bahama Dr Michael Darville’s name on it arguing with a smaller number of people wearing red shirts in support of FNM Pineridge candidate Fredrick McAlpine.Supporters were seen arguing with each other before a series of punches were thrown.One woman is heard exclaiming that people were throwing a “rock” at someone’s head, but this was not seen on the video. Police intervened to control the chaos, however the large, angry mob continued to shout in anger, even as officers tried to drag some people away from the scene.Later a man in yellow and blue screamed: “When we ga have a peaceful election? Whoever win, win. What wrong with these people?” At one point PLP incumbent for West End and Bimini Obie Wilchcombe is seen in the crowd, trying to calm things down.It is unclear what started the brawl.#magneticmedianews#fightingatpollingcentrelast_img read more

Miss Bahamas represents at Miss Universe

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #MissUniversepageant2017, #YasmineCooke Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMiss South Africa, Demi Leigh Nell Peters#UnitedStates, November 27, 2017 – Las Vegas – Miss Bahamas Universe Yasmine Cooke should have had a wonderful time in Las Vegas at the Miss Universe Pageant despite being unable to bring the coveted crown home to the 242.    Cooke, a medical student at the University of the West Indies was a part of a stellar constellation, the largest competition ever for Miss Universe with 92 women entered as beauty ambassadors for their countries.The show unfolded at Planet Hollywood on  Sunday night and creeping close to taking the crown, once again was Caribbean country, Jamaica.   Davina Bennett got 2nd runner up in the pageant.    First runner up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez and winning the title of Miss Universe 2017-2018, was Miss South Africa, Demi Leigh Nell Peters.#MagneticMediaNews#MissUniversepageant2017#YasmineCookelast_img read more

Moriyasu says Japan wont change tactics against next rival

first_imgThe Samurai Blue defeated Vietnam 1-0 in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinals and will now play against Iran in the Semifinals.A penalty kick goal by Ritsu Doan in the 57th minute was enough to give Japan the 1-0 win over Vietnam in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.The Japanese are looking for a fifth Asian Cup, as they take on Iran in the Semifinals.And for coach Hajime Moriyasu the team won’t change tactics against their next rivals.“It was very important that we won. Our players were able to keep the clean sheet. It was another experience for us in terms of development as a team,” said Moriyasu to The Khaleej Times.“Vietnam has a very tight defense and they never give up.”“So it was very difficult to create chances. But today Japan moved the ball well. Yes, at times we did lose the ball, but we managed to create chances,” he added.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“It would have been better if we had scored more. Vietnam played with patience. But we need to improve our accuracy in the final third.”“Overall the players did well. They did what they needed to do,” he explained.“It doesn’t matter who we will play. We will prepare for the game well in the next three days.”“Our approach would be same. Of course, your strategy changes depending on your opponent. We have had different experiences in different matches,” the coach added.“We had defended deep against Saudi Arabia. So we have learned from all these experiences.”Iran will meet Japan in the Semifinals on January 28th at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.last_img read more