Exploring Books with Children Using Guided Discussion Questions

first_imgImage from pixabay.com, CCOBy Allison M. LothropThe MFLN Early Intervention team seeks to provide practitioners with resources that support the important work they do with military families. The guided discussion questions below, based on 8 different children’s books, are designed to be used with children from ages 3-6 at home or in preschool settings. These books and the accompanying questions can be used with children who have a loved one in the military or children who want to gain a better understanding of military life. Guided discussion questions can be used in large or small group settings or with individual children.For each book we developed between 7-11 questions. These discussion questions are meant to help facilitate a conversation with a child, extending the book content beyond simply reading the story. Most questions are open-ended to elicit conversation. Questions range from specific topics related to military life to more general questions related to emotions that a child might face. Though each question covers a different aspect of the book, adults can select questions from this list; there is no need to ask all of the questions for it is important to keep children engaged and make sure that story reading is a fun and positive experience. These guided discussion questions also can be shared with parents as a resource.Please click each title to view and/or print the discussion guide associated with each book.Daddy’s Home by Carolina NadelHero Mom by Melinda HardinHome Again by Dorinda Silver WilliamsLove Spots by Karen PanierMy Father’s Shirt by Sally HussMy Mother’s Wings by Sally HussWhy is Dad So Mad by Seth KastleWhy is Mom So Mad by Seth KastleThis post and the guided discussion questions were edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.last_img read more

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Create Awesome Animations with the 3D Camera in After Effects

first_imgAdd another dimension to your video and animation projects by using the 3D camera in After Effects!After Effects’ 3D camera can be used to quickly create motion and add depth to your animation projects, but understanding how to make it work effectively can be complex for the unfamiliar.   Talented After Effects designer and online instructor Dan Stevers presents this comprehensive tutorial on how to use the After Effects 3D camera in your projects.Dan provides downloadable After Effects project files and media elements so you can walk through the 3D camera tutorial step-by-step.  In this tutorial you’ll learn how to:Bring PSDs into your AE projectResize images and graphicsUse the After Effects 3D camera to move in X, Y and Z spaceKeyframe camera movementSmooth camera moves by modifying keyframe interpolation and “Rove Across Time”Change After Effects camera viewsDefine focus distance (set foreground or background to be out of focus) and modify apertureDiscover how using the 3D After Effects camera can speed up your post-workflow and make your projects more dynamic!last_img read more

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5 After Effects Tips & Tricks for Video Editors

first_imgHere are 5 must-know tips and tricks to increase your speed and efficiency in Adobe After Effects.At first glance Adobe After Effects seems similiar to FCP, Premiere Pro, or Media Composer.  In reality,  it is more like Photoshop in motion.  Bearing that in mind, here are 5 After Effects tips to help you avoid common ‘gotchas’ and make you a better user.Nudge an AE layer with arrowsA common way to navigate in video editing applications is to use the LEFT and RIGHT ARROWS to move up or down the timeline a frame at a time.  In After Effects however using a LEFT or RIGHT ARROW button will actually nudge an entire layer.Instead in After Effects, the PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN buttons will move navigate a frame left or right.  Holding down SHIFT while tapping SHIFT UP or DOWN will move you 10 frames.  As an alternative you can hold COMMAND (Mac) or CONTROL (PC) and tap the LEFT or RIGHT arrows, to move a frame left or right in the timeline.A bit of advice:  pick one of the above and stick to it!  There are generally 3-4 ways to do everything in After Effects.  If you commit to one way it it will cut down on mistakes, be easier to memorize and make you more efficient.Go to Time – Timecode And +/- framesIf you type in numbers, After Effects will move you to the appropriate timecode. 2 is 2 frames and 200 or 2. (two with a period) is 2 seconds.If you add a + it will move you that many frames in your AE timeline. The gotcha here is that if you type -10 it moves you 10 frames before the start of the composition. You need to type +-10 to move 10 frames earlier.Navigating with J & KIn video editing apps the J, K and L keys are used to shuttle left (J), stop (K), and shuttle right (L). In After Effects, tap J to move to the previous keyframe, & K to the next keyframe. This is important when creating keyframes, because if you are not on a frame (and you think you are), you create a keyframe where the playhead is. So use J & K instead of moving the playhead manually to avoid accidental keyframes in AE.You can’t modify AE keyboard shortcutsUnlike like Premiere Pro, FCP, & Media Composer, you can’t modify the After Effects Shortcuts. To do this, you need to download the free script KeyEd Up.  This will allow you to create your own custom shortcuts in After Effects.  You need to register with Adobe, but it’s free.Composition & Layer MarkersIf an After Effect layer is selected and you press * (asterisk), you put a marker on the layer. Double click on the marker in AE to open the dialog box to add comments and change duration, or Option/Alt click to create a marker and open the dialog box.If a layer isn’t selected and you press * this creates a composition marker.You can also create numbered composition markers. Press Shift + the number to create a numbered composition marker. You can then type the number to move to the marker.Learn more about working with markers in After Effects on the Adobe site.Were these AE tips helpful?  Got an After Effects tip to share?Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Video Tutorial: 3D Folder in After Effects

first_img6Add a new point light to add shadows. 8Turn on cast shadows to the front layer. 10Precompose the front and back layers. Turn on the 3Dd button and the collapse transformations button. Have any tips for making 3D folders in After Effects?Share in the comments below. 3Pre-compose duplicated solid and name it “Front”. 14Create some text and stylize however you want in the pre-comp. 15Precompose the text and move the anchor point to the bottom of the text. Keyframe the position of the text to come out when the folder opens and go back in when before the folder closes. Rotate the paper forward and set motion blur on. In this Premiumbeat exclusive tutorial we show you how to create a 3D folder in Adobe After Effects.A 3D file folder could make a fitting addition to your next corporate video or presentation. In the following video tutorial we’ll show you how to create such a folder in After Effects. Tweak the settings and customize to give it your own look.The After Effects video tutorial covers:Using 3D layersUsing lights and shadowsLayer stylesPrecomposing 1Create a new composition and new brown solid. 7Rotate the back layer across the x axis just a few degrees.center_img Pay close attention to the way lights work with 3D objects. If you can’t see any shadows make sure your 3D layer has ‘accept shadows’ selected in the drop-down menu.Don’t want to watch the video? Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below. Click any image for larger view.  12Keyframe a 5 frame rotation transitions. Have the folder rotate for 3 seconds and rotate back for 5 frames. 11Duplicate the light and parent one light to the front of the folder. Rotate 180 degrees and parent the other light to the folder. 9Make a new solid for the background. 5Add a white sticker label using a shaper layer, then add a hand written font on the tab. 4Mask out a folder tab using the pen tool. 13Go into the pre comp and set the x rotation of the front to 3 degrees, move forward 5 frames and set the rotation to 45 degrees. Set keyframes to simulate a “bounce”. 2Place the anchor point on the bottom of the solid and name it back. Duplicate.last_img read more

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PremiumGrades: 20 Free Color Grading Presets for After Effects

first_imgGive your footage a distinct custom look with these free color grading presets for After Effects!When it comes to creating captivating film and video, there’s a lot to think about, especially when it comes to selecting the color grading. Picking the right color grade is not only important for aesthetics, it’s also an important tool in the storytelling process. Color, when combined with music, composition, and performance, can tell your audience how to feel and think. Good color choices will inevitably breath life into your film’s story… and bad color choices will lead to distracting and uninspired results.All that said color grading is no easy task. People spend their entire careers coloring footage, so it would be foolish to think that you could get Hollywood quality grades by simply adding in a color grading preset. However, if you’re looking for a good starting point to create your own custom grade (or simply need to add in some quick stylization to a short film) a preset is a great option.This Above image uses the ‘City of Stone’ Preset included in PremiumGradesNow there are a lot of presets out there, including free ones, but one thing we noticed was most grading presets tend to be very destructive — meaning they destroy details in your image. Sometimes this is ok, but other times it’s better to simply add subtle changes to your videos without completely compromising the quality of your footage. This is how PremiumGrades were born.PremiumGradesPremiumGrades are a custom collection of 20 premium After Effects effects presets designed to give your footage a stylized punch. Each stylized preset can be used to give your footage character, each with their own unique style and tone. The presets were designed to be used in short films, style pieces, and motion graphics projects. Here’s a quick clip of all 20 presets in action:Music by PremiumBeat ‘Earth, Wind and Power‘Demo Footage from ShutterstockUsing the EffectsThe effects presets were designed to be easily dragged and dropped into your layers in After Effects. But first things first, you need to download the free effects presets. In order to do so, just click on the following button:DOWNLOAD ‘PREMIUMGRADES’ 20 FREE AFTER EFFECTS COLOR PRESETSThe file will download as a .zip file. Simply unzip the file and you will find a folder called PremiumGrades and a PDF file. The PDF file is simply legal documentation and installation instructions, but you don’t need it to install the effect presets. Please note that PremiumGrades will only work in versions of After Effects CC 2012 or higher.Above image uses the ‘Young and Free’ Preset included in PremiumGradesCopy the folder PremiumGrades to the Presets folder in your Adobe After Effects applications folder. The next time you open After Effects, you should see the effects presets in your Effects/Presets panel when you navigate to Animation Presets>PremiumGrades. The presets are named based on the essence in which they give off, but you can change the names in the ‘Presets’ folder.To apply an effects preset to your composition, simply drag and drop it onto your footage in the After Effects timeline. If you want to apply the preset to your entire composition, you can either create a new adjustment layer and drag the effect preset onto the adjustment layer or precompose the entire composition and apply the effects preset to the new composition.How will you use these effects presets? Need any help installing? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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Industry Insights: A Conversation with Actor and Director Melanie Mayron

first_imgFrom “Car Wash” to “Thirtysomething,” actor and director Melanie Mayron has appeared in a number of iconic film and TV roles.Melanie Mayron has been part of some of the most iconic film and television projects, and she made the seamless leap from in front of the camera to behind it. This prolific artist talked to PremiumBeat about where she’s been and how far we’ve all come.PremiumBeat: Your first feature film credits were Paul Mazursky’s Harry and Tonto with Art Carney and Ellen Burstyn, The Gambler with James Caan — and the TV movie Hustling with Lee Remick and Jill Clayburgh! I’m breathless! Were you at the time? Did you learn anything specific from being on set, watching and working with these legends?Melanie Mayron: I was 21 at the time — so super young — but couldn’t believe my luck getting the work! In The Gambler, I was hired as an extra, just a college student. They had us all sitting on the floor waiting to go into the room when the director and assistant director walked by and pointed at me, and said they were going to give me a line to say. All the other kids looked at me, like, “Wow, lucky you.” That’s how I was able to join the Screen Actors Guild.It was amazing getting cast in Harry and Tonto. I loved Paul Mazursky, and he started my film career. That year, Art Carney won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Harry and Tonto and Ellen Burstyn won the Academy Award for Best Actress in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. And there I was at 21, in my first film, having acted with both of them! Me and my parents couldn’t believe it!Image via Car Wash (Universal).PB: Car Wash was a seminal and groundbreaking film in 1976. It featured a predominately black ensemble cast, including Richard Pryor, Otis Day, and The Pointer Sisters. It had transsexual characters — George Carlin — and was written by Joel Shumacher. Ice Cube said it was influential in his crafting of the Friday franchise. I can remember laughing so hard when I first saw it, including a bit where your character was spied on in the bathroom. Through the lens of today, that feels problematic. What was your experience working on the film? At the time, did you feel uncomfortable with that storyline?MM: I didn’t feel uncomfortable. Even today, with the #metoo movement, I don’t think it’s a weird scene. Just a Peeping Tom moment, which happens no matter what. It was a really funny scene, too. That film was kind of groundbreaking in its time. Michael Schultz is an amazing director, and had just directed the film, Cooly High, which was amazing. I think people remember Car Wash as a comedy, but the storyline with Bill Duke made the film very very dramatic, as well. I feel it is a 1970s classic, but it was also ahead of its time — showing a mix of all the minorities that we have in America.Director Claudia Weill and Melanie Mayron in Girl Friends (Warner Bros).PB: In 1978, you starred in Claudia Weill’s independent film, Girl Friends. Incredibly, the piece was written by a woman (Vicki Polon), edited by a woman (Suzanne Pettit), produced by women (Patricia Churchill, Lilly Kilvert, and Claudia Weill), directed by a woman (Claudia Weill), and starred two women (you and Anita Skinner). In 2019, I would find that rare — in 1978, it seems almost absurd. The film was extremely well received, went to Cannes, and was picked up by Warner Brothers. At the time, did you have any idea how special the film was? How it would be praised? And why has the industry been so slow to get on board with women-driven projects?MM: At the time, none of us felt the film would be what it became. First off, before I shot Car Wash, we made it in NYC as a 10-minute short — about two roommates — and, at the end of the film, one marries and one doesn’t. What happened was, Claudia cut it together and showed it to people. And everyone wanted to know what happened to Susan, the one who didn’t get married. So Claudia and Vicki got together and came up with the rest of the story, and raised the money. A year later, she got the whole crew back together in NYC, and we shot the rest of the film. At the time, none of us suspected it would become what it did. It won the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, and Claudia got another big movie to direct, after that one. At the time, if there had been all the festivals for indie films there are now, I am sure it would have won many of them. I was lucky enough to win a BAFTA Award with Chris Reeves, for Best Newcomer. I also won the Bronze Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland for Best Actress for Girl Friends.And even now, within the industry, it is rare that there would be that many women involved at the top. It is so on Jane the Virgin, a TV show that I have directed 17 episodes, within the last 4 years. The showrunner, Jennie Snyder Urman, is very intent on seeing women hired, and is instrumental in seeing that they move up. But, it takes women running things to help other women — and hire other women.Thirtysomething (MGM Television).PB: Ten years after Girl Friends, you find yourself part of the pop culture phenomenon, Thirtysomething — great scripts, terrific characters, amazing chemistry between the cast. Also, the first TV show you directed. How did you make that leap? Had directing always been a goal of yours?MM: Ever since I had been a part of Girl Friends, I had a bit of an interest in directing. I really respected Claudia Weill, who had directed Girl Friends. She was so young and knew exactly what she wanted. She had been a documentary filmmaker and camera woman, and I thought that was just the coolest thing. I was also a photographer and took actors’ head shots for extra money. That was how I was getting by. So, I knew about light and lenses, and the 35 mm still camera was my second career.Getting cast on Thirtysomething was a gift beyond gifts. For four years, our little acting ensemble had the time of our lives, and we all learned so much. I asked if I could direct an episode after our second season was completed. Peter Horton got cast, but they knew he also was a director. On the series, Peter, Ken Olin, and Tim Busfield asked to direct. They were given the opportunity. I and Mel Harris asked to do it as well, and we were both given episodes. I got to do two of them, so that was how I was able to start on this other path. It was amazing to me because, as I was able to direct more, I saw that what I knew from all the years I had studied acting, and what I knew from my time being a photographer, well, it was a perfect marriage of skills that would carry me along the next road as a director.Checking Out with Jeff Daniels (Warner Bros).PB: You work nonstop. Seriously, I was tired for you just viewing your credits on IMDB. You also regularly move from acting projects to directing projects. How do you decide on where you want to put your artistic focus?MM: I have two kids who are in college now, and living in Los Angeles isn’t cheap. I have had to work to pay my bills, like most of us. I have had lean years and prosperous ones. I am grateful for what I have learned and how I have grown — both trying to get work and then doing the work itself. I am a people person and love being on set and working with so many talented experts, in so many different fields. It is a privilege and an honor, and I am very lucky when I get a job. I know that. As far as putting my artistic focus somewhere, I think you have to relate to the material, in some way. And if you can, then it would be a good fit.Girl Friends.PB: How often, when you work on a project, do you feel the female characters are as empowered as the men? And, in regards to the actor, in your experience on set, are women given the same agency as men, in terms of being heard and respected?MM: These days women are given the same agency as men. They are heard and, I would like to think, respected. In my experience, they are very much respected. I have done several shows with female leads, so the storylines are all about the woman-being-empowered period. So, that is a good thing. A very good thing.On set of Snapshots with Piper Laurie. (Photo by Elizabeth Kemp.)PB: Last year you directed the indie feature film, Snapshots, which did quite well on the festival circuit (38 wins, 25 nominations). How did you become involved with the project? Did the modest budget present any challenges in getting what you needed in production?MM: I was given the script by a producer who I had met for another project. She had wanted me to take a look at Snapshots, which I did. I met Jan Corran, whose true story it was and who had written the screenplay. We worked on it, developing the script for another year and a half. Then, one day they told me it was financed. It was a very low budget, but I really wanted to make the film. We picked shooting dates and started looking for locations and began the casting project. Something that low budget, I would be putting all the furniture in my house (practically) in the film, but I also got to work with some very dear friends. It truly was a labor of love and I am very proud of the film. Fifteen days and one camera. I am very proud of the work we all did on it.  It is available on Amazon and iTunes and numerous other streaming platforms.You Light Up My Life (Columbia).PB: Finally, having acted in You Light Up My Life, did you ever get sick of hearing the title song?MM: No. I actually, over the years, kept getting small residual checks because the song was such a gigantic hit. So, even to this day, I can honestly say I will never get tired of hearing that song. Bring it. 🙂Cover image via Olivia-Mayron-MortLooking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Insights: Below the Line Women Speak OutIndustry Insights: The Blasting Company on Animation ScoringThe Editor of “Us” on Working with Jordan Peele and the Horror GenreIndustry Insights: Composing for Supergirl, Riverdale, and Nancy DrewInsights into the Cinematography of the Award-Winning Doc-Series “Tales By Light”last_img read more

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That’s Why We Call It Selling

first_imgHere are some of the things salespeople and entrepreneurs say that provide a glimpse into why they struggle to create and win opportunities.The prospective customer wants to control the process. It may be true that the potential customer has some idea as to what they need from you as a salesperson. When what they need from you as a seller doesn’t serve you and doesn’t serve them, you are obligated to sell them on another process. Gaining agreement on a better process isn’t easy, but that is why we call it selling.The prospect doesn’t want to give me access to the stakeholders I need. If you sell business-to-business, it’s likely that you require access and consensus from multiple stakeholders. You will, inevitably, run into contacts who do not want to allow you to meet with the additional stakeholders you need. Not gaining access massively increases the likelihood that you lose an opportunity. Gaining access to the stakeholders massively increases your odds of winning. You have to sell your prospect on the value that you will create by meeting with the stakeholders, as well as how you will protect your key stakeholder’s interests in the process.The contact won’t give me the information I need. In some cases, you need information to better understand your prospective client’s current state and propose the appropriate future state. There are some companies whose information must be kept private. But if not having access to that data prevents you from doing the best work you can for your prospective client and your company, then you have to sell your them on giving you access.The potential client doesn’t want to meet with me. She wants me to email information. This is the worst. No one really wants you to email them information. What they are doing is getting rid of you, so they don’t have to waste their time with a salesperson who they don’t believe will use their time wisely.You have to sell your prospect a value proposition that they can agree to, one in which you create value greater than the time they give you.They believe that the lowest price is the right decision. They don’t see the value in what we do. Many of your prospective customers have post-traumatic recessionary stress disorder. They are afraid to spend money. The fact that they cannot justify the delta between your price and your competitor’s price doesn’t mean that the greater value doesn’t exist. It means that you haven’t done enough work to justify the additional spending required. You have to sell your prospective client that there is a difference between price and cost.It isn’t easy to sell your prospective client on any of the five ideas contained in the paragraphs above. But that is why we call it “selling.” There is a difference between selling and taking orders. Taking orders is easy, and selling is difficult.The better you get at understanding and making all the small sales that occur before the final close, the greater your success.What sale do you need to make to overcome the obstacles and objections you hear from your prospective clients?last_img read more

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Targets Are Greater Than Leads – Episode 44

first_imgTargeting your dream clients is a better and more important activity than calling on leads, warm, hot, or cold.Subscribe to My YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/iannarino_Bio: Anthony Iannarino is a bestselling author and internationally recognized speaker on sales, success, personal development, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Anthony’s 3 privately held staffing firms generate annual revenues of $50M. These firms serve some of the most well-recognized brands in the United States. Anthony speaks to and provides transformational workshops to sales organizations throughout the world.His blog, www.thesalesblog.com, is read by 60,000 people each month, and he has published there daily since 2009. His widely acclaimed Sunday newsletter reaches 80,000 people.Anthony has continually been named one of the 25 most influential people in the world in sales and marketing._Subscribe to my Sunday Newsletter for Exclusive Content: https://thesalesblog.com/newsletterRead the Daily Blog: https://thesalesblog.comListen to the In the Arena Podcast: http://apple.co/2jlSKMr_Stay Connected Online:LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTwitter: http://www.twitter.com/iannarinoFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/thesalesblogInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/iannarinoSnapChat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/iannarinoSolutions Staffing: http://www.solutionsstaffing.comIannarino Fullen Group: http://www.iannarinofullen.comlast_img read more

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Tribunal dismisses plea that stray cattle caused accident

first_imgDismissing the plea that the accident had occurred due to a stray cow suddenly coming in the way on a highway, a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has awarded Rs. 18.4 lakh as compensation to the wife of a deceased.The driver of the vehicle, in his evidence, said that when he was driving his car within the speed limit of 80-90 kmph, a cow suddenly came rushing from the left side of the road. He tried to save the cow by turning the car to the right, and in the process hit the divider and turned turtle, causing the death of Ramesh Lal, who was sitting on the back seat along with other passengers.The accident had occurred on a highway in Patiala in Punjab in 2015. Opposing the claim petition, the counsel for the insurance company contented that there was no negligence on the part of the driver as the speed of the car was within limits. Dismissing its contention, the Presiding Officer of the Tribunal said: “A careful driver would have never done what the driver of the car in the present matter did. So it can be safely concluded that the accident had occurred due to rash and negligent driving of the vehicle by the driver.”last_img read more

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‘God-man’ held, six girls rescued

first_imgA self-styled ‘god-man’ was arrested and six minor girls rescued from his ashram built allegedly on an encroached land of the gram sabha in Bhadohi district of Uttar Pradesh, the police said on Tuesday.The police pulled down the ashram on Monday and got freed the land encroached by ‘god-man’ Rajendra Prasad for nearly four months in Natwa village, District Magistrate Vishakh G. said. Five people, including Prasad, have been arrested from the ashram from where six minor girls have been freed and sent to Bal Kalyan Samiti for counselling, the DM said.He added that like Ram Vriksha of Jawaharbagh in Mathura, Prasad also had prepared a team of lathi-wielding youths, scripted his own ‘constitution’ and had collected nearly ₹20 lakh in donation. He was also running his writ among the land grabbers. A case has been registered against nine named and 50 unnamed people, the DM added. SP Shachindra Patel said Prasad is a resident of Dattipurva village in Vindhyachal area of Mirzapur district and had earlier been arrested for immoral acts. He had been residing in Natwa village since his release on bail, the SP said, adding that preliminary inquiry suggests that the girls were being used for immoral activities. Prasad’s involvement in criminal activities as well as his links with the Maoists will also be probed, the SP said. According to Mr. Patel, several of his supporters fled when the police team reached the ashram.last_img read more

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Maoists torch vehicles, kill former SPO in Sukma

first_imgMaoists torched several vehicles and killed a former police officer in Sukma district on Monday night. The incident occurred on National Highway 30, which connects Sukma to Telangana.According to a police officer, a group of rebels stopped two passenger buses near Penta village, 5 km from Dornapal police station. The Maoists asked the passengers to get down, and set the vehicles and two passing trucks on fire.According to some local reports, former special police officer Sodi Munna was travelling in one of the buses. The rebels identified and killed him. They also left banners, in the name of Communist Party of India (Maoist), condemning the recent killing of 10 Maoists by the Greyhounds in Bijapur last week, and demanding a judicial inquiry.last_img read more

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HC reposes faith in election commission

first_imgCalcutta High Court on Thursday reposed its “faith and trust” in the State Election Commission pointing out that it has no independent machinery to assess the adequacy of security arrangements for the rural polls, thereby paving the way for the election to be held on May 14 as announced by the SEC.However, the Bench said if loss of life and property exceeds the one during the last panchayat polls in 2013, the State government will be liable to pay compensation.The Court also specified that the officials of the State government who submitted such report ( on security arrangements) will pay compensation and the State Election Commissioner who approved such report with regard to adequacy of such security arrangement will be personally liable to compensate such loss. The Division Bench, putting the responsibility of fixing dates of the polls to the SEC said that, “our hope and expectation that whenever the election will be held, steps will be taken so that election will be fair, peaceful and transparent in all respects…”. An earlier order by Justice Subrata Talukdar has said that the date of panchayat elections on May 14 should be treated as “tentative”. Meanwhile the SEC, issued another order during the day giving details for the counting process and clearly referring to “panchayat elections scheduled on 14 May, 2018”.The development, was welcomed by the ruling Trinamool Congress with senior party leader Partha Chatterjee saying that people of the State are happy that they can exercise their franchise on May 14. Mr Chatterjee said that the Trinamool Congress is fully prepared to participate in the rural polls on May 14 and there was a concerted attempt by the Opposition to thwart the process of rural polls in the State. Communist Party of India ( Marxist) leader and advocate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya who has appeared for the party before a number of courts of Calcutta High Court in connection with litigation regarding the panchayat poll expressed his disapproval to the order. “ I don’t know how effectively will police officers function if they have to pay compensation from their own salary. In my opinion fresh dates for the polls should have been announced and all political parties should have been taken in confidence,” Mr Bhattacharya said.Elections to three-tier panchayat polls in 20 districts of West Bengal was scheduled in the first week of May in three phases, but later SEC issued another notification saying that the polls be held on a single date on May 14. Almost 34 % seats in the rural polls have been won by the ruling Trinamool Congress without any contest.last_img read more

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Banker seeks sexual favours, booked in Maharashtra

first_imgThe Maharashtra Police have booked an official and a peon of the Central Bank of India for allegedly seeking sexual favours from the wife of a Dalit farmer, who had applied for a farm loan from the bank in Buldhana district.Rajesh Hivase, an official in the Datala branch, and the peon have been booked under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code and various sections of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.FIR against peon“We received a complaint on Thursday, and we registered an FIR on Friday. The farmer and his wife submitted a loan application to the bank one month ago. Mr. Hivase was trying to get in touch with the farmer’s wife before processing the application. The peon was asked to deliver the message to the woman. There were some phone conversations between the woman and Mr. Hivase, in which he sought sexual favours to process the loan,” Buldhana district Additional Superintendent of Police Sandip Doifode said.The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana staged a protest in front of the bank branch on Saturday, demanding Mr. Hivase’s immediate dismissal and arrest. “We will not allow the bank to function till it sacks Mr. Hivase. He called the farmer’s wife and asked for sexual favours to process the loan request. This is disgusting and highly condemnable,” Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader Ravinkant Tupkar said.Accused at largeThe Buldhana police have sent a special team to Wardha district, Mr. Hivase’s native place.“Both the accused are absconding but we hope to arrest them soon. A sub-divisional police official has been given responsibility of this case,” Mr. Doifode said.PTI adds:A shame, says Ashok ChavanCongress leader Ashok Chavan said the Buldhana episode was a “shame” and a “blot” on a progressive State like Maharashtra. The government should try the case in a fast-track court and punish the guilty as quickly as possible, he said in Mumbai.last_img read more

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Actor arrested for threatening co-star

first_imgAn actor has been arrested for allegedly threatening an actress by stopping her car in the middle of the road, the police said on Sunday. TV actor Sanjay Mukherjee, popular in the industry as Joy Mukherjee, was arrested by the police from the Tollygunge police station area on Saturday after actress Sayantika Banerjee lodged a complaint alleging that she was threatened by the actor and her car was stopped in the middle of the road.‘Assistant assaulted’ She also alleged that her assistant was assaulted by Joy, they said. According to Sayantika’s complaint, the incident happened on Friday afternoon when Joy overtook her and blocked the road when she was heading towards Southern Avenue in her chauffeur-driven car. She has alleged that Joy, after alighting from his car, walked up to Sayantika’s vehicle and tried to forcibly open the door, the police officer said quoting the actress’ complaint.Door handle damaged Joy could not open the door but his yanking damaged the door’s handle, he said. When Sayantika’s assistant stepped out and tried to pacify Joy, he was hit by the actor, the police said. Only after the passers-by intervened, Sayantika managed to leave the spot. Later in the evening, she lodged a complaint with the Tollygunge police station in this connection. Joy has been booked under sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 427 (mischief) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). “We are collecting evidence and going through the CCTV footages,” the police officer said. Sayantika and Joy paired in films like ‘Target’ and ’Shooter’last_img read more

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Whose dam is it, anyway?

first_imgThe impasse between West Bengal and Jharkhand over the Massanjore dam in Dumka showed no signs of easing on Monday. West Bengal’s irrigation Minister Soumen Mahapatra said that he has raised the issue with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and that Jharkhand will have to remove its logo from the dam.Built in the 1950s over the Mayurakshi river in Jharkhand, the reservoir is maintained by West Bengal’s Irrigation Department and caters to Birbhum, Burdwan and Murshidabad districts. However, a furore broke out last week over the decision to paint the reservoir in blue and white — the colours of the TMC government in West Bengal. On Thursday, members of BJP Yuva Morcha prevented workers from painting the dam. The Biswa Bangla logo of the West Bengal government was also allegedly removed by the locals. A war of words has since ensued between leaders of the ruling parties of the neighbouring States. Dumka MLA and Jharkhand Minister Louise Marandi warned against painting the dam which is in Jharkhand. She also alleged that the West Bengal authorities removed the logo of the Jharkhand government. A scheduled meeting between the officials of Birbhum district in West Bengal and Dumka on Monday was postponed. Mr Mahapatra meanwhile said the authorities in Jharkhand will have to understand that the dam is maintained by West Bengal as per a 1955 tripartite agreement between the Centre, Bengal and Bihar governments when the dam was built. He added that officials of both States were trying to find a solution to the issue.last_img read more

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32 infected with Zika in Jaipur

first_imgWith 32 persons having tested positive for Zika virus infection in Jaipur, the Rajasthan government is on an alert mode to check the spread of the virus. While the child born to a Zika-infected woman here earlier this week was found normal, three new infection cases were detected among the students at the Rajput Hostel here on Thursday.Isolation wardChief Secretary D.B. Gupta said the Zika infection cases were so far restricted to the State capital, where an isolation ward had been established for the patients in the government-run Kanwatia Hospital. “The Medical & Health Department has launched an awareness drive with the emphasis that it is not a life-threatening disease,” Mr. Gupta said after a video conference meeting with the Collectors of all districts.A seven-member high-level Central team from New Delhi has arrived here to assist the State government in the control measures. The Medical & Health Department’s teams have surveyed over 35,000 households in Jaipur as part of the screening, diagnosis and treatment exercise.The State government is facing the challenge to contain the spread of virus in the midst of preparations for the Assembly election after the imposition of model code of conduct. The health officials have apprised the people in the residential areas to prevent mosquitoes from breeding so as to safeguard themselves against the mosquito-borne disease.Additional Chief Secretary (Medical & Health) Veenu Gupta said the quality of cross-screening and anti-larva work in the affected areas would be improved. She said the condition of 25 of the 32 infected persons had improved and the doctors had found the clinical symptoms among them having subsided.Ms. Gupta said special attention was being paid to the screening of pregnant women in the first trimester, as this was a “sensitive period” for them. On any indication of Zika infection, samples were obtained and tested for confirmation, she said.last_img read more

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Install Sita’s statue alongside Lord Ram’s in Ayodhya: Congress leader Karan Singh

first_imgVeteran Congress leader Karan Singh has urged Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to give Sita her “rightful place in Ayodhya” and install her statue alongside the proposed grand statue of Lord Ram.In a letter to Adityanath on December 12, Singh stated that during a recent visit to Simariya in Mithilanchal, the birthplace of Sita, it stuck him that the government could reduce the height of Lord Ram’s statue by half and have one of Sita by its side.“After getting married, Sita came to Ayodhya, but soon after she had to accompany Ram and Laksmana on a 14-year exile. During that time, she was kidnapped by Ravana and had to live in captivity in Sri Lanka,” Singh said in the letter.After Sita was saved by Ram, she had to take the ‘agni pariksha’ (trial by fire), he said, adding that she spent the rest of her life in exile despite being pregnant.“At least after thousands of years, Sitaji should get her rightful place in Ayodhya,” he said, hoping that his suggestion would be accepted.Last month, the State government had announced that it would install a statue of Lord Ram in the temple town of Ayodhya.While the height of the Ram statue will be 151 metres, its overhead umbrella would be 20 metres and the pedestal would be 50 metres, making it the tallest statue in the country.last_img read more

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‘Don’t leave TMC for a few greedy leaders’

first_imgAdmitting that a few local leaders of the party may be “greedy”, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday urged people not to turn their anger against them into voting against the TMC, claiming that its central leadership is above such vices. The West Bengal Chief Minister said her government has showered the impoverished Jangalmahal area, which had once become a den of Maoists, with many benefits and schemes to lift their standard of life. The Jangalmahal area comprises forested areas of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura districts. “I cannot say 100% workers of my party are good, may be 2% are bad and we take action against them,” Ms. Banerjee said addressing public rallies in three places of Jangalmahal region. She said a few local leaders in the region have become greedy but they have been identified and thrown out. Ms. Banerjee urged people not to leave the TMC and go to the BJP, the Congress or the CPI(M) for the fault of a few. “Whatever happens, it is the TMC which will remain at your feet and be with you in all your needs and problems,” she said, in a bid to pacify anger among some sections of the people over the phenomenal rise of wealth of a few local TMC leaders. The Chief Minister said her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who is the TMC youth wing president, is in the party because of his concern for her. “Abhishek was a child when I was badly injured in an attack many years ago. Pained by my sufferings, he would roam about the house shouting slogans against the then Chief Minister Jyoti Basu seeking an answer on why I was attacked,” the TMC supremo said. Defending Abhishek’s rise in the party, she said the new generation should come forward and join politics to give a cleaner political environment. She said the TMC has ushered in a better life for the impoverished people of Jangalmahal, many of whom could not afford one square meal a day and would eat ants to quell their hunger.Welfare schemes Ms.Banerjee said her government is running many welfare schemes – from rice for ₹2 per kg to ‘Kanyashree’ for girl students and ‘Utkarsha Bangla’ for skill development for the benefit of the people. Claiming that Narendra Modi is the biggest “calamity for the country”, she said the country will be saved if he goes.last_img read more

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Michigan judge asks PubPeer to turn over anonymous user information

first_imgThe ongoing battle between PubPeer, a website that allows anonymous reviews of technical papers, and a researcher trying to unmask some of its users took a new turn yesterday when a county judge asked the site’s operators to hand over a piece of potentially identifying information.Last fall, cancer researcher Fazlul Sarkar of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, filed a lawsuit against several anonymous posters on the site, claiming that their comments about apparent discrepancies in his papers constituted defamation and had caused him to lose a job offer from the University of Mississippi. He subpoenaed PubPeer for any information about the commenters, but lawyers representing the website filed a motion to quash the subpoena in December.Earlier this month, Wayne County Circuit Judge Sheila Gibson mostly sided with PubPeer, but requested a separate hearing to discuss a comment from one user. It describes reporting discrepancies in Sarkar’s papers to Wayne State officials and receiving a response from the school’s secretary to the board of governors: “Thank you for your e-mail. … As you are aware, scientific misconduct investigations are by their nature confidential, and Wayne would not be able to comment on whether an inquiry into your allegations is under way … .”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In yesterday’s hearing, the judge inferred that the anonymous poster had accused Sarkar of misconduct in a previous e-mail, says Nicholas Jollymore, a libel lawyer with Jollymore Law Office, P.C. in San Francisco, California, who is representing PubPeer and attended the hearing. Gibson asked that PubPeer turn over identifying information to her and scheduled another hearing next Tuesday to decide whether to give that information to Sarkar and his lawyer.Jollymore says PubPeer doesn’t have the person’s name, address, or e-mail, just the IP address from which the comment was posted, which is outside the United States. Sarkar would still need to request the person’s identify from the Internet service provider, Jollymore says.Sarkar’s lawyer, Nicholas Roumel of Nacht, Roumel, Salvatore, Blanchard & Walker P.C. in Ann Arbor, Michigan, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but has indicated that he wants to ask the PubPeer user questions about how Sarkar lost his job offer at the University of Mississippi. “[W]e have no intention of publicly exposing this person’s name at this time, we just want to find out who it is,” Roumel told Retraction Watch. “We are willing to enter into a protective order and protect the identity of the commenter, and not expose it.”Still, Jollymore contends that turning over information to anyone violates free speech protections under the U.S. Constitution for the site’s users.One of PubPeer’s (anonymous) moderators told ScienceInsider: “If this decision creates a precedent, future online comment will be limited to trivial matters, while all discussion of serious matters will be discouraged by fear of legal entanglement.”Jollymore, along with lawyers at the American Civil Liberties Union representing PubPeer, intend to file an emergency appeal tomorrow to have Tuesday’s meeting canceled and hope to bring the case to the Michigan Supreme Court.last_img read more

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