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The Kittens dilemma

The compound our office is in (Bushehri Garden) is inundated with cats. It’s actually swarming with them. So it wasn’t too much of a surprise to hear some squeaks coming from our office garden this morning. Going to investigate, I found these little things…

Question is now, what do we do with them? Wring their necks or feed them?

What do you think?

Mark your calendars: July 24, 2010

Director Ridley Scott

For those of you who still believe that movies start and stop in television screens, think again. Ridley Scott is breaking boundaries and making films with crowd-sourced videos shared through YouTube to make a feature-length film:

Ridley Scott, director of films such as Gladiator and Alien, is to crowdsource a feature length documentary by getting members of the public to post snippets of a day in their life on YouTube.

Scott, who is collaborating with the State of Play director Kevin Macdonald and YouTube, intends to create a feature length documentary based on the clips called Life in a Day. The project aims to get individuals to upload to YouTube footage of a moment in their lives on 24 July.

Individuals whose footage makes it into the final film will be credited as co-directors and 20 will be flown to the Sundance Film Festival in January where the film will have its premiere. Life in a Day will also be shown for free on YouTube.

“Life in a Day is a time capsule that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on 24 July 2010,” said Macdonald, who will direct the project. “It is a unique experiment in social filmmaking, and what better way to gather a limitless array of footage than to engage the world’s online community?”

The project will be executive produced by Scott and produced by his company, Scott Free Productions.

Life in a Day follows two previous crowd-sourcing projects by the Google-owned videosharing website. The YouTube Symphony Orchestra gathered together classical musicians and a tie-up with the Guggenheim took artist submissions from around the world.

“Over the past five years, You Tube has changed the way media is created and consumed,” said Eric Schmidt, chief executive of Google. “We’re thrilled to give our community the opportunity to work with Kevin Macdonald and Ridley Scott and are grateful to our long-term partner, the Sundance Institute, for their support of this global initiative.”
The Guardian 7.7.2010

Russia Power (Russian Dub)

This particular commission represents our growing relationship with PennWell Corporation. In this production, Russia Power conference and exhibition which is now in its ninth successive year, was required to be recorded and edited into a promotional video for PennWell’s use in their websites.

We organised the production remotely by directing the cameramen from Moscow, then organised to receive the shot footage for editing in our studio in Bahrain.

The result was so much to the satisfaction of PennWell that they commissioned us to do a Russian edit and dub of the same program!

Please go to http://www.russia-power.org for more information about the event.

Mahmood Al-Yousif assumes the presidency of the Rotary Club of Adliya

Believing in rendering services to the community, Mahmood Al-Yousif became a Rotarian in 2007 through his introduction to the Rotary Club of Adliya, the youngest Rotary club in Bahrain with an honorable roll of achievements throughout its young history. The club has raised approximately BD300,000 (US$800k) the vast majority of which has gone directly into helping the local community.

Rotary Clubs around the world elect a new president every Rotary year, which runs from July 1st through to June 30th.

Past and Incoming Presidents cutting the cake inaugurating the Rotary hand-over ceremony

This year, Mahmood Al-Yousif, the founder and CEO of Gulf Broadcast, has the privilege and honour to serve as the Rotary Club of Adliya’s president. He and his board have already discussed various events which will be launched during the year to help raise necessary funds for the projects the Club will support.

Chief amongst these projects is the “Gift of Life – Bahrain” an initiative to create a diagnosis and treatment centre within the Salmaniya Medical Centre – the main health care institution in Bahrain – specifically designed to care for children with congenital cardiovascular defects.

Should you wish to contribute time, effort or money to this cause, please do contact Mahmood who will be happy to provide you with the information you require.

The club aims to raise BD100,000 to not only equip the centre, but also to train a doctor and some nurses in necessary techniques to help those affected children.

Together, we can make a difference.