Erik Karlsson explains why he’ll be healthy for Sharks playoffs

first_imgVANCOUVER, British Columbia — Joe Pavelski is ready to rejoin the Sharks lineup. The team is still waiting on Erik Karlsson.With just three games left on the schedule, Karlsson re-issued his guarantee that he’ll be healthy enough to skate on the Sharks blue line when the Stanley Cup playoffs kick off on April 10. The two-time Norris Trophy winner stopped short of saying whether he expects to play a tune-up game before the regular season wraps up in San Jose on April 6.Regardless, Karlsson …last_img

South Africa ‘must reposition for growth’

first_img24 June 2010 South Africa has to reposition itself, and look beyond the traditional approaches, in order to improve its economic competitiveness, create jobs and beat poverty, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Gordhan was addressing journalists in Pretoria on Wednesday ahead of the G20 Summit to be held in Toronto, Canada on the weekend. The G20 is a coalition of the world’s foremost developed and developing nations, and South Africa is the only African member-country. President Jacob Zuma is leading the country’s delegation to the two-day meeting. Gordhan said that if South Africa could beat France at the Fifa World Cup, surely it could do better in growing its economy. “What we require is the same passion we see around the country during this World Cup period,” the minister said. “There’s a new passion, there’s a new energy … Let’s convert that energy if we want to promote growth in our country, and if we want to do things differently. “Doing things differently takes boldness, it takes guts, but it requires a particular kind of leadership from all sections of society. If we stick to the traditional way of doing things we won’t create enough jobs, we won’t be able to compete in the world adequately. “When we talk of growth, what we require is a much more active conversation about not how we do better in our traditional markets but how we do differently in our non-traditional markets,” Gordhan said. “We have more markets we can reach out to and grow our economy.” Describing South Africa’s lastest employment figures as “depressing, to say the least”, Gordhan said that South Africans within the labour movement, the business community and the government “need to work harder and need to work together in order to ensure that the level of job creation in South Africa improves phenomenally”. Statistics South Africa reported on Wednesday that a further 79 000 jobs were lost in the first quarter of 2010. He said this weekend’s meeting was crucial in that the G20 had set an incredible track record in terms of co-ordinated and collective action in response to the financial crisis. He said the challenge now facing the G20 was how they can get the world growing at a faster rate so that there was development and job creation as well. The meeting would have to also resolve the sovereign fiscal crisis and uncertainties that are faced by certain parts of the world, as well as deal with financial market volatility following the fiscal crisis. In recent weeks, he said, some countries in both the developed and developing world had stated that growth was a crucial issue for them, while others had said that fiscal consolidation was a crucial issue for them. “One of the challenges we’ll have to resolve at the G20 is how do we balance these two factors. How do we balance the necessity for fiscal consolidation in a growth-friendly way?” He said South Africa agreed with those who argued that there needs to be a stabilization of the global financial system. “We believe there needs to be coordination that doesn’t have to be uniformity. South Africa, Canada and Australia have a common belief that our banking systems are fairly secure.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

NPPC recommends better national preparation for pests, diseases

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In recent testimony, the National Pork Producers Council urged congressional lawmakers to work with the Obama administration to improve the preparedness of the United States to deal with a foreign pest infestation or disease outbreak.While over the years improvements have been made to the systems that safeguard U.S. agriculture, former USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Administrator Bobby Acord, testifying on behalf of NPPC, told a subcommittee of the House Committee on Homeland Security, much more needs to be done to prevent plant and animal pests and diseases from entering the country and devastating U.S. food producers.Accord, who served as APHIS administrator from 2001 to 2004, told the committee’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communication that the introduction of foreign pests and diseases can have severe consequences for agriculture production, consumer prices and, potentially, food availability. They also could adversely affect U.S. exports, with foreign trading partners closing their markets to U.S. goods.“There seems to be a growing consensus that there are serious flaws in the country’s preparedness to deal with threats to U.S. agriculture and the food supply,” Acord said.A blue ribbon panel last fall released a report on U.S. bio-defenses that highlighted the need for improvements in the system for protecting the U.S. livestock herd and the nation’s food supply, and concerns about the country’s preparedness to deal with foreign animal diseases were raised in a November hearing of the House Agriculture Committee.Among actions NPPC suggested the federal government take to be better prepared to address a foreign pest infestation or disease outbreak:• A sufficient quantity of vaccine to control and eradicate an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease.• A more robust review of biosecurity measures in each sector of the agriculture industry.• More vigorous scrutiny of imports at ports of entry.• An animal identification system to better trace the movement of livestock to control the spread of a disease and to determine the origins of an outbreak.• More funding for the systems that safeguard U.S. agriculture.• Share data, including on animal movements, to improve disease response.last_img read more

Master Premiere Pro’s Timeline with Source Patching

first_imgTake your video editing skills to the next level by working with source patching in the timeline panel in Adobe Premiere Pro.Whether you’re new to Premiere Pro or simply switching over from another NLE, the timeline panel can be a bit intimidating. One of the first things you’ll want to learn is source patching. While you can easily get by without knowing how to patch a source, figuring out how to use this feature will streamline your workflow and help cut through the confusion.Let’s have a closer look at how it works. The Journey of a Premiere Pro ClipFirst, let’s talk about how a file makes its way around Adobe Premiere Pro.When editing video, I’m essentially taking my source material from the project panel and moving it into the timeline where I’ll craft my edit. Now, there are a number of different ways to do this.One method is to simply drag assets from the project panel and drop them straight into the timeline. With this method, I can place the assets wherever I want. I can use keyboard shortcuts to specify if I want to perform an insert, overwrite, overlay, or replace edit. This particular method is good if I’m in a hurry and want to quickly slam a cut together, but it lacks a lot of options.For more versatility, I’ll use the source monitor. To open up assets in the source monitor, I’ll simply double-click. As with the project panel, I can drag clips directly from the source monitor to the timeline. This panel allows me to view my clips, add in and out points, view the audio waveform, place markers, and separate the audio from the video.If you’re a beginner, you can always drag content directly over the program monitor, which will give you a quick preview of various edits you can perform. Patching a SourceWhile I can use the source monitor to specify how I want to send the file to the timeline, I can also customize how I want the timeline to receive the file via source patching. With source patching, I specify which tracks on the timeline will receive the assets, whether they are video, audio, or both.Source patching won’t even be available unless you have a source selected. Once again, you can select sources in either the project panel or the source monitor. With an audio clip selected, you’ll only have patching available for audio tracks. The same goes for video clips without audio.To activate a track, I’ll toggle the button just to the left of the lock symbol. This is located in the track header of the timeline. The buttons are labeled V1 and V2, respectively. Don’t mix them up with the track targeting buttons, which are an entirely different animal.There are three different modes for a source patch:On — Source clips will be sent here.Off — Edits are ignored.Black/Silent — Gaps are placed in the timeline.If I’m juggling a number of complex projects, I can create source patch presets. For this, I’ll simply right-click over the source patch buttons.And voilá! With my sources patched, I’m ready to cut effectively and efficiently.Interested in the track we used to make this video?“Lifelike” by Magnetize MusicWant more tips on editing with Premiere Pro? Check these out.Quick and Easy Compositing Tips for Adobe Premiere ProPro Tip: Exporting a Finished Video from Premiere Pro15 FREE Camera Shake Presets for After Effects and Premiere ProNLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — Text EffectsNLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — The Costlast_img read more

Offensive or Defensive Pricing Reveals

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now There is a good reason not to discuss pricing until you’ve done enough discovery work to understand the investment that is necessary to produce the outcome your dream client needs. This is especially true in larger, complex deals where different levels of value can be created and different investments required.Destructive Defensive RevealsIn many cases, refusing to share your pricing can make you look defensive, as if you are concealing something. Hiding your pricing is a sign that it is higher than your competitors, even though there is nothing inherently wrong with having a higher price than your peers.That defensiveness gives your prospective client the feeling that you are uncomfortable with your pricing, and that it is so much higher that the act of simply saying your price out loud will cause your prospect to disengage and immediately withdraw from any further communication. When you are defensive, it looks as if you cannot justify the delta, and when you can’t, neither can your prospect.This defensive revealing of your price can work against you when your price is higher.Using Pricing to DifferentiateWhen your price is higher because you create greater value and need to capture more to deliver it, it often makes better sense to go on the offensive and immediately disclose your higher pricing—especially when you can easily justify a higher price.By sharing the price very early in a conversation, you can also share the reason your price is higher than your competitors, how you invest the difference in your prices to create greater value, and why your clients believe this is the right decision to make.You can also explain the concessions, trade-offs, and risks your prospective client is going to be forced to make by selecting an alternative with a lower price. These concessions, trade-offs, and risks are the higher cost your prospect will pay for accepting the lower price.You may believe that a lower price makes it easier to win. This isn’t true. In more cases than not, it’s the value that is being created that matter more than pricing, unless you don’t believe and behave as if this is true.last_img read more

Facebook, Twitter, Google score during FIFA World Cup

first_imgTwitter and Facebook lit up in a World Cup frenzy this week as millions of people around the world took to social media to share in the ups and downs of the matches.Defending champion Spain’s stunning elimination Wednesday after a 2-0 defeat to Chile generated a lot of buzz, though not as much as the Cup’s opening match between Brazil and Croatia.Google, meanwhile, tracked more than 641 million World Cup-related searches. In the week leading up the U.S. team’s game against Ghana on Monday, there were 10 times more searches for the World Cup in the U.S. than for the NBA Finals, which were in progress at the time.Here’s a look at how the World Cup fared online this week:TWEET DELUGEThere were 4.9 million tweets sent out Monday during the U.S. team’s match against Ghana. That compared with 12.2 million during the opening game last week between Brazil and Croatia, the most tweeted-about match so far. In comparison, there were 19.1 million tweets sent about this year’s Oscars, but that was within a 12-hour window surrounding the award show. All 32 participating World Cup teams have Twitter accounts – latecomer Iran joined just in time last week as @TeamMeliIran.THE LITTLE GUYNotice anything different on Google Maps this week? Look a little closer. That’s right, the little yellow guy that guides users through the Street View feature (“Pegman,” as he’s called), has been dressed up in black shorts and a white T-shirt and is holding a soccer ball. While you’re at it, you can also look inside all the World Cup stadiums using Street View.advertisementWHO’S TALKING ON FACEBOOK?Watching the U.S. beat Ghana on Monday, men aged 25 to 34 were posting about the match the most, followed by men ages 18 to 24, then men 35-44. Women between 25 and 34 came next. As for countries, the top 5 countries with the most posts were, in order, the U.S., Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand and England. In all, 10 million people generated 15 million “interactions” on Facebook, which include posts, comments, likes and shares.Why Thailand, you ask, considering it’s not in the tournament? The country’s military junta, in an effort to “return happiness to the people,” negotiated a deal with the tournament’s broadcaster to allow all the games to be shown for free. Previously, the broadcaster had only planned to show 22 of the 64 matches for free.GOALS ON GOOGLE?Google is sharing some World Cup stats that look at what people are searching for during the matches. In anticipation of Saturday’s Germany vs. Ghana game, for example people in Germany were searching for Ghana player Kevin Prince Boateng 20 percent more than for his brother Jerome Boateng – even though the Jerome plays for Germany.Germans were also searching for caipirinhas more often than people in Brazil, perhaps because Brazilians already know how to concoct their national cocktail, made from cachaca, sugar and lime. In Brazil, which tied with Mexico on Tuesday, searches for a Mexican TV character called the Crimson Grasshopper soared after Mexico fans dressed as “El Chapulin Colorado” to support their team.last_img read more