49ers mailbag: Might Cardinals swoop in on Nick Bosa?

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Draft week has arrived, and here are what 49ers questions we found on tap in our social-media mailbag on Twitter and Instagram:I prefer Allen over Bosa. What do you think, Cam? Greetings from Tijuana go Niners! (@elguerosfgiants)I see Bosa as a ready-made star. The 49ers have met with him at least four times, so perhaps they’re not as convinced. Offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey only needed a 15-minute sitdown at the combine to win them over for last year’s top pick.Related …last_img

Help for ‘over 14 000 small firms’

first_imgIn-house advisors In the Eastern Cape, for example, a number of municipalities had donated buildings and paid for rent so that Seda centres could be set up there. Lupuwana said the key to widening the agency’s support on a limited budget would be the partnerships it could forge with key partners such as provincial and local governments. Briefing a National Council of Provinces committee in Cape Town this week, Seda CEO Hlonela Lupuwana said that out of those, 46 695 clients’ needs were assessed and 14 373 were helped. Last week, a group of 25 Seda business advisers embarked on a seven-day visit to Taiwan, where they were expected to gather more diagnostic skills and training on helping business owners. Another group of 25 advisers were expected to visit Brazil later this year, Lupuwana said, adding that the visits were a cost-effective way of supporting advisers as Seda only had to pay for “minor expenses”. Lupuwana said a random survey of 902 clients had shown that 80% of clients found that Seda’s assistance had a positive effect on their business. This support had come amid limited resources, and despite a six-month moratorium on the provision of all services by the agency to small enterprises. 22 October 2009 The Seda technology programme assisted 835 small businesses with a total turnover of R129-million, through its network of 27 incubators, and also helped to create 224 new small enterprises, Lupuwana said. Forging partnerships The limited budget – the agency received R331.2-million for 2009/10 – was a “major problem” in terms of meeting the agency’s targets. South Africa’s Small Enterprise Development Agency helped over 14 000 clients with services ranging from business planning and registrations to cooperatives support and access to markets in 2008/09. Its Community Private Public Partnership programme, which offers support to co-operatives and community-owned projects, has also been revived. In all, 199 830 potential and existing small businesses accessed the agency’s services through its 42 branches countrywide, an increase of 7.3% over the previous year. Seda had decided to limit the use of consultants to the supply of more technical services, and to 20% of all services offered by Seda, with the remainder being offered by in-house advisors, Lupuwana said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Video Production: Create Flares with a DIY Crystal Filter

first_imgAdd flares to your video shots using this simple in-camera DIY solution.There’s a ton of ways to add flares to your videos in post, but there’s no substitute for achieving this organic effect in-camera. We’re digging this DIY technique by recent creativeLIVE presenter Lindsay Adler.In the short video below, Lindsay demonstrates how she created a custom flare filter using a cheap crystal (bought online) and a simple lens filter (a low cost UV filter does the trick). By gluing the crystal to directly to the filter, you can create unique refracted light effects that give the video image a dream-like quality. This DIY solution, is super cheap and easy to create.This isn’t a technique that you’ll use on a ton of shots – but given the right subject matter (fashion or weddings, for example) it’s one that can be really impactful.Check out the quick tutorial and example shots below – a snippet from Lindsay’s full creativeLIVE workshop “Keep it Simple: Video for Photographers“.Thanks to DIYPhotography.net for tipping us off to this video.last_img read more

Father calls Saifullah killed in Lucknow encounter a traitor, refuses to accept body

first_imgSelf-radicalised persons planted bomb on Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train, says U.P. ATS chief Several hours have passed since he made a bold statement about not accepting his youngest son and alleged terrorist Saifullah’s body. Sartaj Khan makes it clear that it was not an angry or a spontaneous reaction. But even as he stands by his decision, he demands that the allegations made by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad be proved, for he had never imagined that this day would come.According to a PTI report, Mr. Sartaj said: “A traitor cannot be my son, straight and simple.” He refused to take Saifullah’s body, saying, “A traitor cannot be related to me, let alone be my son.”Saifullah, he says, was indeed the black sheep in the family, despite being the only one among his three sons (Khalid and Mujahid are the other two) to enter college. But the tannery supervisor’s reason to complain was nowhere close to the narrative provided by the police.“His reluctance to support the family by taking up a job was why I was miffed. I can say with surety that there was nothing in his behaviour that suggested he could be a terrorist or even an outlaw,” says Mr. Sartaj. Also Read | Photo Credit: PTI Items recovered after suspected terrorist Saifullah was killed in a 12-hour operation on the outskirts of Lucknow on Wednesday.center_img  Religious his brother may have been, but Mr. Khalid never saw signs of radicalisation. “He enjoyed music and a lot of other things that hardliners may not approve of,” he says. Their mother died in an accident in 2014, but the family does not believe that brought about any change in Saifullah.As the conversations with Mr. Sartaj and Mr. Khalid is on, the other members of the family are in the next room. The door is closed and the only sound that can be heard is from the television of people lauding the father’s statement.Mr. Sartaj’s remarkable composure is missing in Mr. Khalid’s response to the tragedy. He says they won’t accept the body because “our father has made the decision and we stand by it.” The narrative too has changed a bit since the encounter in Lucknow. Investigators are now non-committal about the arrested persons being part of the Islamic State. Among other things, the family also wants a probe into the “seizure” of a huge cache of arms from the house where Saifullah was gunned down.The family’s theory is that even in the event of the allegations being true, it was more because of bad influence of others around him, rather than Saifullah’s own inclination towards radicalisation.This is where the focus shifts to the cousins Danish, Faisal and Imran, who were also arrested and are believed to have tipped off the police about Safiullah’s location.“They were welcome here like cousins anywhere else are. If there was anything beyond this, it’s for the police to find out,” says Mr. Sartaj. College dropoutThe strained relations between the father and son persisted for a long time. In between, Saifullah dropped out of Manohar Lal Mahavidyalaya after finishing second year, tried his hand at learning computer accounting and even assisted a lawyer in preparing sales tax cases. But for one reason or the other, stable employment eluded him and, with the passage of time, his father’s impatience only grew.Sitting in the courtyard of their single-storey house next to a mosque in Maqdoom Nagar, Mr. Sartaj recalls that fateful evening when he forced Saifullah to leave. “A couple of months ago we had a huge argument. I slapped him and asked him to leave the house. We never heard from him again,” he says.His eldest son and the only other accessible member of the family Mr. Khalid adds that Saifullah told them before leaving that he would look for opportunities in Mumbai and try to travel to Saudi Arabia for work. It is a rather curious coincidence that Danish, one of Saifullah’s three cousins arrested for allegedly being a part of the same module, left home after a similar argument with his father Naseem, Mr. Sartaj’s elder brother. last_img read more

Expelled Akali leaders to float new party

first_imgAs the three expelled leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Sunday announced that they will float a “new Akali Dal” soon, the SAD accused them of playing into the hands of the Congress party.In Amritsar, expelled MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura accused SAD president Sukhbir Badal of causing “irreparable damage” to the party. “We will launch a new party keeping intact the original values and ideology of the Akali Dal,” said Mr. Brahmpura, accompanied by the other expelled leaders — Sewa Singh Sekhwan and Rattan Singh Ajnala.“We will announce the name of the party on December 14,” the leaders added.Senior SAD leaders Nirmal Singh Kahlon and Gulzar Singh Ranike said the announcement by the expelled leaders that they will reach out to Sukhpal Khaira was proof that the new outfit was destined to be a Congress front.“By joining hands with Mr. Khaira [the suspended Aam Aadmi Party leader was formerly with the Congress], the expelled leaders have proved themselves to be Congress yes-man who are ready to do what their new political masters order,” alleged Mr. Kahlon and Mr. Ranike.“These expelled leaders believe that they are bigger than the SAD and will deliver the party to the Congress. However, people have seen through the opportunism of these discredited leaders and stand exposed before them,” said the leaders.last_img read more