Projecting Sharks’ 23-man roster: Who’s trending, and who’s fading

first_imgSAN JOSE – Two Sharks preseason games are in the books and while some younger prospects have shown flashes in camp, time is running out for some other roster hopefuls to make an impression.Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said earlier this week he wants his final 23-man roster to have mostly taken shape by the time the team plays its final two preseason games — Sept. 26 at home against the Calgary Flames and Sept. 29 on the road vs. the Vegas Golden Knights.The Sharks have 55 players in camp right …last_img read more

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Banyana qualify for African Women’s Champs

first_img28 May 2014Banyana Banyana qualified for the finals of the ninth edition of the African Women’s Championship (AWC) after the Comoros withdrew from qualifying on Tuesday.The Football Federation from the island nation wrote a letter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to ask to be allowed to withdraw after they lost the first leg of their qualifiers against the South African National women’s team by 13-0 on Friday.The Comoros was scheduled to travel to South Africa next week for the second leg, which was set to take place on Saturday, 7 June.Big winPortia Modise and Leandra Smeda starred in the away leg of the qualifier, played on the artificial turf of the Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh Stadium, by netting four goals each. Sanah Mollo addeda brace, while Mamello Makhabane, Nomathemba Ntsibande and Shiwe Nogwanya also found the back of the net.“We prepared very well for the match, and I’m happy that the ladies have started finding the back of the net,” Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw said after the match.“We did not change the team, but we also gave other players a chance in the second half. We were dominating the game, there was not much competition from the start.”2014 African Women’s ChampionshipThe 2014 African Women’s Championship will be held in Namibia from 11 to 25 October.The tournament is also being used as a qualifier for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup, with the top three finishers qualifying for the finals in Canada.‘Very unfortunate’“It is very unfortunate that Comoros had to withdraw from the qualifiers as it is not very good for the development of football in Africa,” Sasol Banyana Banyana coach Pauw said on Tuesday on hearing the news of the team’s withdrawal.“Even though I understand where they are coming from, I believe coming here to play their match would have been more beneficial for them as they would have learned a few other things.“But on the other hand I am quite ecstatic for qualifying for AWC in my first stint with Banyana Banyana, and I believe it is something worth celebrating.“I am really looking forward to the tournament, but we should not forget the bigger picture is to qualify for the Women’s World Cup in Canada. Going to AWC means we are a step closer to achieving that dream.”PreparationDespite the Comoros pulling out of AWC qualifying, Pauw said her preparation programme had not been dented.“Despite the setback of Comoros not coming, we are already looking for a match to play for that weekend because we need to keep the girls active. We will still be in camp regardless,” she said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Peering into the future of agricultural change

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USGS scientists led by Terry Sohl at the Earth Resources Observation and Science Center have created a crystal ball to better depict future agricultural land change and project outcomes. Sohl and his colleagues have modified the Forecasting Scenarios of Land-Use Change model to project agricultural change by parcel across a large region in the U.S. Great Plains.The new FORE-SCE model is unique in that instead of using small pixels, it uses ownership and land management boundaries from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. So scientists can mimic how farmers make decisions on the use of individual parcels of land, and then scale that up to regional and national levels.So, let’s say growing switchgrass to produce ethanol becomes more profitable for North Dakota farmers in the future. Or non-agricultural lands north of the Twin Cities prove advantageous for growing potatoes. The new FORE-SCE model can portray a broader geographic extent, higher spatial resolution at 30 meters, and higher thematic resolution with 28 land cover classes—including 14 different crop types—to project more realistic landscape pattern scenarios and better assess the ecological, economic, and climate outcomes from agricultural changes.That’s valuable knowledge not only in assessing how well agriculture in North Dakota can accommodate the need for more biofuel in the future, but also how large-scale agricultural change might affect biodiversity in the area—honey bees’ ability to pollinate, for example. With more realistic scenarios of increased potato farming in the Upper Mississippi River basin, the parcel-based model can help inform decision makers on how increased agricultural nutrients in groundwater might change water treatment requirements in the Twin Cities.Read more about the work of Sohl and his colleagues at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1747423X.2017.1340525last_img read more

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Adobe Premiere Pro: Applying Audio Effects to Multiple Tracks

first_imgUse the audio sub mix feature in Adobe Premiere Pro to apply audio effects to multiple tracks at once – a trick for working smarter, not harder!If you’re looking to speed up your workflow, improve consistency in the sound of your clips and better organize your audio, consider applying audio effects to submixes in Premiere Pro.  Submixes provide a quick and easy way for multiple audio clips (and tracks) to all use the same effects and filters.  Make one change to an effect and it will change all the audio clips associated with that submix.  Huge timesaver!In this Adobe Premiere Pro tutorial we’ll tackle:When to apply audio effects to multiple tracksUsing the Audio WorkspaceCreating a SubmixApplying audio effects to a SubmixWhen to Apply Audio Effects to Multiple Tracks in PremiereBefore we get into the details, lets talk about when you would need to apply audio effects to multiple tracks in Premiere Pro.Say that you have 2 tracks of  narration that you want to apply the same EQ to. The hard way would be to apply EQ to each clip on each track separately.The less hard way is to apply the effect to to each track, and the easiest is to apply the effect to a submit so the EQ effects multiple tracks.I tend to go ahead and make sub mixes in Premiere Pro even if I have just one audio track. That way if I do add multiple tracks later, the submit is already setup and I just assign the additional tracks.Using the Audio Workspace in Premiere ProUsing Premiere Pro’s workspaces save you time in that they set up a layout suited to specific tasks.  In this instace we’ll want to work with the Audio layout.Go to Window > Workspace> Audio. This workspace rearranges the layout, with the Audio Mixer on a tab with the Source Window and  the Project top left.Click on the triangle top left on the Audio Mixer to reveal the Effects and Sends panel.Creating a Submix in Premiere ProTo use the same effect on multiple Premiere Pro audio tracks, you create a submix and send both tracks to it, and apply the effect to the submix.For Audio 1, click in the Sends panel, and in the first slot click and select create stereo submix.Below that click on the Master pulldown and change it to submix 1.  Now Audio 1 is sent to submix 1.Repeat the steps to send other tracks to the submix.   Simple enough, right?  Now, let’s look at how to apply effects to submixes.Applying audio effects to a SubmixClick in the the top slot of the Effect panel (top left panel of the Audio Mixer) to add an Effect. (I added EQ).To adjust the EQ, double click  it to open the parameters for the EQ and adjust as needed (I rolled off the low and high end)You can add up to 5 effects and 5 submixes.  You can also rename your tracks and sub mixes as needed by clicking on their names (turns blue).Utilize the submix feature in Adobe Premiere Pro is a surefire way to make your editing more efficient!Got a Premiere Pro comment or tip to share?Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

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Maratha quota is a betrayal: OBC groups

first_imgA day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a new Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) category under which Marathas will be given reservation, organisations of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) said on Monday that this was an attempt to give a share of their reservation to that community. They said the BJP-led State government had betrayed the OBCs. “As per Section 340 of the Constitution, the term Socially and Educationally Backward Class is being used for the OBCs. How can Marathas be termed so and get the same reservation? This is nothing but an attempt to encroach on our legal share of reservation, and OBC organisations across the State will unite against this,” Shravan Deore, president, Maharashtra OBC Organisation, said.He said the State Backward Classes Commission report, by giving Marathas the SEBC status, had included them in the OBCs. They would hence be eligible for a share of OBC reservation. The Chief Minister’s claim it would not happen had no basis. “In addition, the report of the Backward Classes Commission, which the government is talking about, should be scrutinised. The commission had an overwhelming majority of Marathas, and the report came out in favour of Marathas,” he said. “We will show our power through vote bank. It was we who supported the BJP in 2014, and it will be us who will bring them down in 2019,” he said. The Opposition parties on Monday alleged that the government was delaying reservation for Marathas. Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that with the report of the Backward Classes Commission in hand, why was the Chief Minister waiting to announce the exact quantum of the reservation? “What’s the need of a sub-committee? Why has the report not been tabled in Assembly yet,” he asked.Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said this reservation would not help Marathas benefit in Central exams or services. “This government had announced reservation for Dhangars in the first Cabinet meeting. It has now passed the topic to the Centre,” he said.last_img read more

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