Spud and his Crazy 8 gang. The Guv and Spud share a moment.(Images: Spud: The Movie)MEDIA CONTACTS • Trevor CrightonPublicist+27 83 652 7713April McAlisterBased on the best-selling book series by John van de Ruit, Spud: The Movie hits the South African circuit on 3 December 2010 and is billed as a film not to be missed.The first Spud novel became an instant hit, breaking all South African publishing records in 2005, and recently came in as number 11 on Exclusive Books’ list of 101 Books to Read Before You Die.Two more Spuds have followed since then, with another one in the pipeline.The first book sold over 200 000 copies, with an estimated readership of 600 000 in South Africa alone. It launched internationally in 2007 to great acclaim and has been published in the US, Italy, Russia, Brazil, the UK, India, and other Commonwealth countries.The film, which is set to launch internationally in February 2011, was produced by Cape Town-based Rogue Star Films and BLM Productions in Durban, and premiered at selected cinemas in November.Coming of ageThe 13-year-old John Milton wins a cricket scholarship and enrolls at Michaelhouse, a prestigious all-boys boarding school where author Van de Ruit spent his secondary school years, in the year 1990.With Nelson Mandela’s release imminent, this is a time of change for his country as well as for the boy. The school, and his odd new assortment of friends, prove to be daunting and challenging.Milton is nicknamed Spud because of his late development, but despite this unfortunate situation he manages to attract the attention of the opposite sex. Dealing with strange emotions causes a few awkward moments and results in hard decisions.An only child who suffers from dysfunctional middle class parents, a senile granny and a domestic worker who has more sense than his parents, Spud faces some embarrassing but hilarious situations.Fresh from his role as young Logan in the blockbuster X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 14-year-old Troye Sivan, South African-born and now living in Australia, plays the title role. His experience as Oliver in a theatre production proved useful as Spud lands the lead role in the school production of Oliver under the guidance of the burly Viking, his drama teacher.His friends, known as The Crazy 8, run the gamut from the subdued to gregarious, with names like Mad Dog, Boggo, Gecko, Rambo and Fatty. We are led through the fast-paced trials of teenage boys and the mischievous stunts they perform.The role of the Guv, a cantankerous and eccentric English teacher, was given to none other than British film veteran John Cleese, who is perfectly cast. The Guv soon spots Spud’s talent for writing and recognises something of himself in the lad. A bond forms between the two and they share memorable lunchtimes discussing women while the Guv consumes copious quantities of wine.In an interview Cleese said that he thoroughly enjoyed working on Spud and would do it again if the producers decide on a sequel.“The last time that I saw a script that I liked as much as this was in 1995 for Clockwise,” he said.Local talentThe rest of the cast is drawn from local talent. All but one of the Crazy 8 gang are pupils from local schools, and the eighth is studying for a degree in theatre and performance at Cape Town University.Lehasa Moloi plays PJ Luthuli, the head of house, who commands respect and is Spud’s hero figure. Luthuli is aware of the political significance of the goings-on around him and helps Spud to see the darker side of South African history.Debbie “the Mermaid”, who steals Spud’s heart forever, is played by young Genna Blair; Charlbi Dean is Amanda, who seduces Spud; and Tanit Phoenix plays the sultry Eve, the housemaster’s wife.Adaptation of the novel for the big screen began in 2008 when Rogue Star Films founder Ross Garland brought writer/director Donovan Marsh onto the project. The team has worked closely with Van de Ruit, which has helped them to keep the high-paced script true to the story of Spud.Rogue Star has produced other notable films such as U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, a modern-day African version of Bizet’s dramatic 19th century opera Carmen. U-Carmen eKhayalitsha scooped the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival and was in the selection at the Cannes Film Festival Tous les Cinemas du Monde, Toronto Film Festival, London Film Festival, Ebert Film Festival, Dublin Film Festival and the Pusan Film Festival.Films like Neill Blomkamp’s Oscar-nominated District 9, Regardt van den Berg’s Faith Like Potatoes and Jann Turner’s White Wedding have been received well locally and internationally, showing that the calibre of the filmmaking industry is on the up.Spud and White Wedding both show that South Africans have the ability to laugh at themselves in an easy manner and are able to see the humorous side to life in most respects.With world-class crew and production companies, and local talent such as Troye Sivan, Sharlto Copley, Rapulana Seiphemo, Arnold Vosloo and Frank Rautenbach, South Africa’s film sector is proving to be competitive and more in demand than ever before.
Cloud computing is all about “abstracting servers,” turning actual hardware into virtual machines and moving them out of your organization so you don’t have to worry about them. Big data’s non-relational databases and Hadoop clusters perform a similar level of abstraction on database administration. Software-defined networks (SDNs) may do the same thing with networking.SDN promises to make high-capacity networks cheaper to build and especially to re-configure on the fly – as well as potentially faster and more efficient. As more and more computing moves to the cloud, those network improvements will be critical to keeping everything affordable and available.It won’t be just cloud environments that will get SDN benefits, either. SDN could enable corporate networks to be reconfigured on-the-fly. Imagine being able to plug in a multimedia-intensive device in a conference room and the network adapting to effortlessly handle the sudden new load without grinding the rest of the building’s network traffic to a staggering halt. Or re-arranging cellular networks during a disaster to deliver connectivity when and where it matters most. That’s no doubt why analysts like IDG are predicting the business of SDN hitting $2 billion by the year 2016. But Software Defined Networks are incredibly complicated, so even as many networking professionals look forward to SDNs as the best thing since sliced bread, others are scratching their heads and wondering if the IT hype machine has gone completely off the rails.Who’s right? To answer that question we need to look at exactly what is a software-defined network, and how do you create them?Here’s The SDN TheoryThink about a traditional network and everything that entails. You have your routers, your switches, and lots and lots of CAT5 and CAT6 cable strung around: all physical hardware that, when connected in a certain way, defines the flow of data in the organization. Like laying down a network of highways, planning a network takes time; it has to be done right the first time because shuffling things around afterward is expensive.A network has to do two big things: deliver data and manage the flow of that data. If I am downloading a video from California, the network knows to get it to me here in Indiana. Shunting the data through India and Europe would not be the most efficient way to do it – unless, of course, some big physical failure occured between here and the West Coast that required the signal to be sent the long way around the planet.Inside a company, the same thing happens on a smaller scale. Data is passed back and forth, and that traffic is usually managed by software inside the physical devices – software that knows how to manage the day-to-day operations of the workplace.With cloud computing, the physical servers that hold the virtual machines are still networked together with the same routers and switches that are used in a workplace network. But the demands on that physical network can be much, much greater – at times – than anything your employees can dish out. (Which, really, is the whole point of using the cloud in the first place.)What SDN does is this: Assume you have the network cable laid out between every physical server in the cloud environment and all of the optimized routers and switches. The SDN layer essentially acts a virtual software switch or router in place of (or in conjunction with) the physical network devices.So instead of software embedded in the routers and switches managing the traffic, software from outside the devices takes over the job. The network layout, or topography, is no longer rooted in the physical. Instead, it’s flexible and adjustable to the systems’ needs on the fly.Properly implemented, this means an application running inside the cloud itself can take over the job of directing networking traffic. Or a third-party cloud-management application could do the job. That could make it easier to perform tasks such as load balancing devices across servers and automatically adjusting the network architecture to deliver the fastest and most efficient data paths at the right time.Rules Of The SDN RoadThere are risks involved in this kind of networking – namely those stemming from how complicated these kinds of operations can be.Traditionally, networking “decisions” have been left in the hands of the the devices on which the network actually runs. That’s what they are meant to do. Taking the control away from these specialized devices and the embedded software that runs them could be the prelude to a networking disaster, unless everything is done exactly right.Done improperly, this would be akin to letting every driver in Cleveland have independent control of all the traffic lights in town. Chaos. This is why there’s a gap between theorizing about SDN and actually implementing it.Right now, the Open Networking Foundation’s OpenFlow protocol and the Linux Foundation’s new OpenDaylight project are two open source projects working to establish a set of SDN traffic rules that applications can use to prevent such chaos.These protocols would also vastly simplify the work of application developers, who would not have to learn the nuances of networking control, but rather just call on one of these tools to handle the heavy lifting for planning the right path through a network, based on an application’s need.Think of it like getting a police escort through a strange city. You don’t have to know anything about the city or worry about stops – you just get in your car and follow the vehicles with the flashing lights, trusting that they know what they’re doing and where they’re going.SDN Benefits Could Be WidespreadBecause of its complexity, SDN won’t take off right away. But once SDN is implemented, the benefits will be immediately apparent. Cloud computing environments controlled by SDN will see significant increases in speed and efficiency, since their networks will be optimized for the applications running in that cloud environment. Corporate and mobile networks are also likely to gain benefits from SDN implementations.IT will have to lay down the rules of the road first, but no one can deny there is big potential in software-defined networks to bring more adaptable networking resources to businesses and consumers alike. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#networking#software defined networking How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … brian proffitt
Six Prime Ministers have visited Nagaland. But none of them, including Narendra Modi, has found as much space in the heart of the Nagas as Atal Bihari Vajpayee.It was not just because Vajpayee was the first Prime Minister to recognise the “unique history of the Nagas” and provide a development package. His choice of words at a public reception in the State capital Kohima on October 28, 2003, endeared him to the people who — because of years of separatism — had never thought highly of “Indian” leaders.His opening line in Nagamese, the State’s lingua franca, translated into: “My dear brothers and sisters, I am very happy to be in your midst on the soil of Nagaland.” “For too long, this fair land has been scarred and seared by violence … My government has been doing everything possible to stop this bloodshed, so that we can together inaugurate a new era of peace, development and prosperity in Nagaland,” he said.Abu Metha, a leader of the party Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio belongs to, was the editor of a local daily when Mr. Vajpayee visited the State that year. He recalled how he took a split-second decision to travel by road to Kohima from Dimapur when the helicopter trip was called off because of bad weather. “This decision by the Prime Minister to come to Kohima by road and travel for close to two hours has, indeed, won the hearts of the Naga people in more ways than one.While on the bumpy road, Mr. Vajpayee passed instructions for the road to be converted into four-lane.The Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland also recalled the role Mr. Vajayee played in taking the Naga peace process forward. “During his leadership, the unique history and situation of the Nagas was officially recognised by the Government of India on July 11, 2002,” it said on Thursday.
CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) program director Eric Altamirano said the bench tacticians attending the convention will get a treat listening to Coxsedge, who boasts over 20 years of professional experience as he will be talking about coaching multi-skilled players, creating a competitive environment, and developing a defensive style of play.“We are excited to have someone of the caliber of coach Brett teaching in the SM NBTC. The outside perspective is crucial also to the development of the game,” he said.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 shutoutAlso speaking in the meet are Alaska analytics coach Paolo Layug, Ateneo de Davao athletics director Noli Ayo, 360 Circuit Training founder Chappy Callanta, and columnist Quinito Henson.Altamirano also shared his elation with this chance for the coaches to listen from the experts first-hand. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Harden scores career-high 56 to lead Rockets past Jazz Aussie assistant coach blames Chot Reyes for Fiba World Cup violence PLAY LIST 01:36Aussie assistant coach blames Chot Reyes for Fiba World Cup violence03:07Anne Curtis headlines Araneta City’s Christmas tree lighting01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case01:37Protesters 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 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort SM NBTC program director Eric Altamirano. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSeeking to further improve the quality of coaching in the Philippines, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) brought in decorated mentors for the 6th MVP Sports Foundation Coaches Convention Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Australian coach Brett Coxsedge, Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes, Ateneo Blue Eagles mentor Tab Baldwin, and Alab Pilipinas tactician Jimmy Alapag headline the illustrious cast of speakers as around 1,500 coaches from 80 cities nationwide are expected to attend.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “Our main thrust is to develop skills, build characters, and raise leaders not only among the players but also the coaches. They play a vital role in the development of the ypung players, especially in the grassroots level,” the veteran mentor said.“Through the years, we noticed the growth in the coaches. Before, coaches from the provinces teach in a ‘bara bara’ style, but that’s different now, especially with how they mentor the players. We’ve seen the improvement outside the usual big cities, like in Olongapo and Cagayan de Oro to name a few. In the long run, this can only be good for the game.”
8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next View comments NLEX trailed big at the start as the Picanto played with so much purpose after being maligned for all of the offseason with questionable manpower movement, and the Road Warriors needed a critical four-point play from the veteran Larry Fonacier with 66 seconds left to gut out the win.Magnolia got 30 points from Paul Lee in the nightcap, with a 108-95 victory over Alaska putting the Hotshots in the company of the Road Warriors and three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer as opening match winners.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 shutoutAfter having just five full practices with the squad in his return from an MCL injury, Lee hit 11-of-14 field goal attempts, making all but two of eight triple tries, in leading the undermanned Magnolia crew.Calvin Abueva had 20 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for Alaska. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In search of a franchise player ever since taking over and overhauling the NLEX Road Warriors at the start of last season, coach Yeng Guiao has now found one in Kiefer Ravena.Coming up three rebounds short of a triple double, Ravena’s 18 points and 12 assists helped the Road Warriors pull out a 119-115 decision of KIA Picanto as NLEX—although in quite a rocky manner—got its Philippine Cup bid off on the right foot Wednesday night at San Juan Arena.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ MOST READ NLEX 119—Ravena 18, Miranda 14, Alas 14, Mallari 13, Fonacier 12, Al-Hussaini 12, Quinahan 12, Tiongson 11, Baguio 5, Soyud 4, Ighalo 4, Taulava 0.KIA PICANTO 115—Camson 24, McCarthy 14, Corpuz 13, Reyes 12, Galanza 12, Celda 9, Ababou 9, Khobuntin 8, Paniamogan 7, Tubid 4, Yee 3, Caperal 0.Quarters: 36-40, 64-68, 90-92, 119-115MAGNOLIA 108 — ALASKA 95MAGNOLIA 108—Lee 30, Gamalinda 15, Sangalang 13, Dela Rosa 10, Simon 9, Herndon 9, K. Pascual 9, Barroca 6, Melton 3, Ramos 2, Brondial 2.ALASKA 95—Abueva 20, Manuel 20, Teng 16, Casio 10, R. Pascual 7, Enciso 5, Exciminiano 5, Banchero 4, Thoss 3, J. Pascual 2, Cruz 2, Magat 1, Racal 0.Quarters: 21-26, 57-47, 87-74, 108-95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Guiao maximized his bench, getting eight players in twin digits, and the Road Warriors will use this contest to fine-tune their game as they prepare to slug it out with the powerhouses in the league.“It was exactly what we expected, a hard game for us,” Guiao told reporters. “We will take this win how hard it came,” he went on. “We’re trying to build chemistry and we need to improve on a lot of things.”The 6-foot Ravena, a former college star with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, played just under 30 minutes and hit all five of his two-point attempts and 7-for-10 overall. His pro debut completely overshadowed that of his dad’s, former San Miguel Beer swingman Bong, who had just two points against Pepsi.Bong eventually went on to win the Rookie of the Year award in 1992 over Vergel Meneses.SCORESNLEX 119 — KIA 115ADVERTISEMENT Eala yields Jr Orange Bowl crown to top-ranked Czech foe
Premier League Crystal Palace vs Liverpool: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 14:00 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Premier League Liverpool Crystal Palace v Liverpool Crystal Palace The Merseyside men make the trip south to Selhurst Park as they resume league action after a two-week break Liverpool will look to keep the pressure on Manchester United in the race for second when they take on Crystal Palace as the Premier League returns on Saturday.Jurgen Klopp’s side are two points behind the Red Devils after losing to them at Old Trafford prior to the international break and they will be eager to make amends in the remaining games.Of course, Liverpool are looking ahead to a crunch Champions League quarter-final clash, which takes place four days after the Palace game, so a win will set them up nicely. 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 Roy Hodgson is preparing to welcome his former club to Selhurst Park and he will be hoping his players can pick up where they left off before the international break. Game Crystal Palace vs Liverpool Date Saturday, March 31 Time 12:30 BST / 07:30 ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Crystal Palace players Goalkeepers Speroni, Hennessey, Cavalieri, Henry Defenders Ward, Van Aanholt, Tomkins, Dann, Sakho, Schlupp, Souare, Fosu-Mensah, Delaney, Jach, Kelly, Phillips, Riedewald Midfielders Milivojevic, Cabaye, Loftus-Cheek, Townsend, Zaha, Lee, McArthur, Mutch, Sako, Eyenga-Lokilo, Wan-Bissaka, Rakip, Puncheon, Kirby Forwards Sorloth, Benteke, Wickham, Lumeka Wilfried Zaha is the main concern for Palace after suffering a knock while on international duty with Ivory Coast and the Eagles already have a long injury list to contend with.Jason Puncheon, Scott Dan and Bakary Sako are all out, while doubts linger over Jeff Schlupp, Alexander Sorloth and Joel Ward.Potential Crystal Palace starting XI: Hennessey; Van Aanholt, Sakho, Tomkins, Fosu-Mensah; Cabaye, Milivojevic, McArthur, Townsend, Wan-Bissaka; Benteke. Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Karius, Mignolet, Ward Defenders Clyne, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Klavan, Moreno, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold Midfielders Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Woodburn Forwards Salah, Mane, Firmino, Ings, Solanke, Brewster Liverpool will be without Joe Gomez, who suffered an ankle injury while on international duty, while Dejan Lovren, Emre Can and Nathaniel Clyne are both doubts.Potential Liverpool starting XI: Karius; Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Mane, Firmino.Betting & Match Odds Liverpool are favourites according to dabblebet, who offer odds of 8/15 on the Reds to win, while Crystal Palace are priced at 5/1. A draw is available at 7/2.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Liverpool’s players may have gone into the international break on the back of an emphatic 5-0 win over Watford, but their loss to Man United the week before left a deep wound.Not only did it knock the Reds off second place, it means that they can fall into fourth place should Tottenham – who are two points behind – win their game in hand, so the pressure is on.They return to action on Saturday with an away game against struggling Crystal Palace, but the Eagles will be buoyed by the fact that they managed to end an unbeaten streak that had stretched to seven games in their last outing against Huddersfield Town.A single Sadio Mane goal separated the teams when they met at Anfield all the way back in August but a lot has transpired in the intervening eight months and little can be read into that result.However, what is certain is that, with Spurs snapping at their heels in the league and Man City looming in the Champions League just four days later, it is shaping up to be an intense final phase for Liverpool and Klopp. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli reach agreement with Genoa for Christian Kouameby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli have found an agreement with Genoa for Christian Kouame, it has been revealed.Corriere dello Sport says the deal will be completed on Wednesday – which will include a medical.The move is believed to be worth €20m plus up to €5m from any future sale.The Ivorian striker will sign a five-year contract in the region of €500,000 per season.Kouame will spent the remainder of the season on-loan with Genoa.
Watford midfielder Chalobah seeks to help crocked Crichlowby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is helping one of the club’s injured Under-23 players by offering him accommodation and transport.Kane Crichlow, who joined Watford from AFC Wimbledon on a two-year contract in the summer, suffered a broken ankle in first-team training last month after going in for a tackle with defender Daryl Janmaat.The London Evening Standard says Chalobah is aware that Crichlow is far from his home in Bermuda so has invited him to stay with him in Hertfordshire, while the midfielder has also been providing the youngster with lifts to training.Chalobah is also able to offer support when it comes to recovering from long-term injuries after damaging his knee cap two years ago. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say