The Deets: Nick Bosa’s already the 49ers’ best defender and Dee Ford is nearing “bust” territory

first_imgConsidering how fast media and fans want to hand out grades following the NFL Draft, I don’t feel at all premature in making a declaration:Nick Bosa, the No. 2 overall pick in last April’s NFL Draft, has been an A-plus pick for the 49ers.Yes, he’s only played three games, but what more do you need to see to know that he was the best possible selection the 49ers could have made in the spring?And this might put me out on a limb, but as I argued on KNBR Tonight on Monday, the rookie has been …last_img

Absa in Barclays Africa franchise deal

first_img26 February 2013South African bank Absa is to step up its African expansion following shareholder approval for an R18.3-billion deal to combine with Barclays Africa, enabling it to start serving 14.4-million customers across 10 countries on the continent.The deal will see Absa Group Limited combine with Barclays Africa and change the name of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company to Barclays Africa Group Limited in order to illustrate the “enlarged nature of the business”, the firm said in a statement following the shareholders’ vote on Monday.“This is an exciting and transformational deal that will create a high quality franchise in Africa with a leading network of more than 1 300 outlets and 10 400 [automated teller machines] across 10 countries,” said Absa Group chief executive Maria Ramos.“The vote of confidence from Absa’s independent shareholders is an important milestone in our journey towards becoming the ‘go-to’ bank across Africa.”The deal also got the green light from South Africa’s biggest institutional investor, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC).The PIC is owned by the South African government, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as its shareholder representative; it was established in 1911 and has become one of the continent’s largest investment managers, investing funds on behalf of public sector organisations and representing over R1.17-trillion in assets.The PIC said the deal, worth R18.3-billion, afforded the bank the chance to diversify its income outside of the South African market. “We support the deal primarily because this provides Absa with an immediate exposure to a higher growth trajectory market,” it said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Time to scout: Here’s what to watch for

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Now is an optimum time to scout your corn and soybean fields. This time of year you can begin to gain knowledge on the progress and condition of your crop.Some key items to assess in the corn crop can be, but aren’t limited to: pollination, kernel development, and amount and/or type of foliar disease present in corn fields. Some soybean key items to assess can be: pod set, flower development, pod fill and amount and/or type of foliar disease. However, there seems to be fairly common objections from growers when it comes to scouting fields during this time frame. Whether it has to do with the heat, humidity, pollen shed or wet soybean canopies from morning dews, whatever your objection might be, let’s take a look at the disease triangle and how it can help guide our scouting trips to make them more efficient and productive. Three things must be present for diseases to occur, also known as the three legs of the disease triangle. These include: disease inoculums, susceptible host and favorable conditions.The first leg of the disease triangle to consider is that the disease inoculums must be present. Each plant disease has differing modes for diseases to be introduced. Some diseases over winter on residue, others move in on storm fronts, others reside in the soil, and or they can come from multiple points. For example, frogeye leaf spot can over winter on residue or it can be deposited via storm fronts from southern regions of the country. Non-rotated fields and no-till fields favor higher residue levels and will have more residue present to overwinter disease inoculums. Field history can determine which fields have the highest probability of having disease inoculums present. By taking management practices and field history into account, you can start narrowing down which fields you need to scout for certain diseases.The second leg of the disease triangle is a susceptible host. These fields can also be narrowed down in the office before you start your scouting trips. Corn hybrids and soybean varieties have differing susceptibilities to foliar diseases due to differences in genetic background. There are three sources to use to determine which hybrids or varieties are more susceptible than others. The first is your local seed dealer. The second is literature or seed guides from the respective seed company. The third is your own experience with a hybrid or variety.Seed companies, publish ratings for the common foliar diseases on a rating scale or they may rate a product’s response to foliar fungicides. It is important to reference the legend for the ratings, as each company may use a different scale for ratings. For example, a rating of 1 from company A represents the best and a rating of 1 from company B represents the poorest. Also, ratings are only relative to that company’s product ratings and cannot be used in comparison to another company’s product. The third source of information is your own experience with a product, which can be the most influential source. Past experiences with a product may be your best indictor of whether or not it is susceptible since it was in your fields and under your management practices. However, remember that the other two legs will influence the amount of disease that is present, especially the third leg.The third leg of the disease triangle is favorable conditions — the most variable and dynamic influencer on disease presence is the environmental conditions. This is due to the fact that each disease favors slightly different conditions for acceleration and that environmental conditions change so rapidly across a field, across time, and throughout the day. For example, gray leaf spot thrives in warm wet periods with temperatures between 75degrees F to 85degrees F and 90% relative humidity. In contrast, northern corn leaf blight favors more moderate temperatures 64degrees F to 81degrees F and high relative humidity. Conditions that favor disease development may be present in bottom fields, fields bordered by woods, irrigated fields, or environments that foster higher relative humidity.Consideration of the three legs of the disease triangle: disease present, susceptible host and favorable conditions can help prioritize your scouting trips to make them more efficient and productive. Then you can use the information you have gathered from product ratings, field history, environmental conditions and your in-field observations to determine whether or not further management practices need to be implemented. Additionally, Extension publications can be helpful for disease identification, fungicide timing or trigger levels or future management tools.last_img read more

Why You Should Create These 5 Keyboard Shortcuts in Premiere Pro

first_imgKeyboard shortcuts are essential for any serious editing project. Here are five important tasks that deserve custom shortcuts.Cover image via Shutterstock.There are so many shortcuts for Premiere Pro that it could take you just as long to learn them all as it would to learn to use the program. Although there are practical accessories like printout sheets and editing keyboards that will help you learn your shortcuts, many still go unused.However, there are also plenty of editing tasks without a shortcut that would benefit from one. Thankfully, Premiere Pro lets you customize pre-existing shortcuts and create new ones. Let’s take a look at some features that I think deserve the shortcut treatment. A few of these shortcuts are management-based rather than edit-orientated, but I find having shortcuts for them is very beneficial.Playback ResolutionThe playback resolution dictates the resolution of the footage in the program (or source) monitor. You can decrease the resolution by 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, or 1/18 (depending on the original resolution of the footage). This is a great feature if you’re working with a video file that has a high data rate or high compression, and the file is just too difficult for your system to handle. You can simply lower the resolution down to 1/4, which will enable you to scrub through and play your footage with ease.If you’re working with 4k files on a 1080p screen, you’re not going to see a significant decrease in the quality. However, a problem arises when you’re working with mixed resolutions. If I’m scrubbing through 4k files on a 1080p timeline, and then I encounter a segment of 1080p stock footage, the stock footage is going to look awful at 1/4, and I’m going to have to keep switching the resolution settings back and forth.You can eliminate the mouse movement with a few keyboard shortcuts.If necessary, you can do the same with the source monitor and the paused resolution.Zoom Monitor In or Out“Does this shot have soft focus or is it me?” — a line I’ve muttered at least a dozen times while editing. In Premiere, you can zoom in and out of the timeline using – or =, or you can hit Z for the zoom tool. What you cannot do is zoom in and out of the program or source monitor with a keyboard shortcut. You can quickly hit the dropdown menu under the program monitor, but the function becomes cumbersome if you need to zoom in and out while previewing your edit.I recommend the following shortcuts for quick and easy access to the program monitor zoom function.Again, you can also assign shortcuts for the source monitor.Reveal in ProjectRight-click on any media file in the timeline, and you can select “reveal in project,” which will take you straight to that media clip in the project panel. When you’re working with a limited number of clips, it’s not an important function. However, when you have many media clips tucked away in bins, finding a specific clip (especially if it carries a default filename) can become a hassle. While the “reveal in project” segment of the pop-up menu is relatively close to the mouse upon right-clicking, you can make things easier by assigning it a shortcut. I use Ctrl +1 (number pad). When I click a clip, I can now very quickly bring it up in the cluttered project panel.Reveal in ExplorerThere may also be a circumstance when you need to find the original media clip on your drive — perhaps to make a copy or transfer the file to someone else. I often find myself searching for a media clip on the drive, so I’ve learned to assign shortcuts for the task. Since this is similar to the reveal in project shortcut, I use Ctrl +2 (number pad). Strangely, you cannot perform this task from the timeline panel with a shortcut. You can only assign a keyboard shortcut to reveal in explore in the project panel window — despite the option to right-click in the timeline.Move Playhead to CursorEffective editors want to keep their hands on the keyboard as much as possible — switching back and forth to use the mouse eats up precious time. It’s always bothered me that if I work backward or forward away from the cursor on the timeline, I have to leave the keyboard to bring the playhead back to the cursor point — or perhaps you’ve just lost sight of the cursor and you don’t want to zoom out on the timeline. Whatever the case, you can eliminate the need to remove your hand from the keyboard with a shortcut. CTRL + P should be available (P for “playhead”).There are still many functions to which you cannot assign a keyboard shortcut, such as solo or muting individual audio tracks. Hopefully, Adobe will address these functions in the future, but in the meantime, take advantage of as many shortcuts as you can.Have you customized any keyboard shortcuts in Premiere Pro? Let us know in the comments..last_img read more