Money Monday

first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillDoes the military provide any type of compensation assistance for daily living activities?Yes. Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) was authorized by the Fiscal Year 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 111-84). This special monthly compensation is for eligible catastrophically injured or ill service members who require assistance with activities of daily living or who are at a high risk for personal safety and cannot live independently in the community without caregiver support. SCAADL provides financial assistance for non-medical care, support, and assistance by a primary caregiver for the service member. Catastrophically wounded, ill, and injured service members and their caregivers should discuss eligibility for this program with their primary care managers or care coordinators. To be eligible, service members must:have a catastrophic injury or illness incurred in the line of duty that compromises their ability to carry out activities of daily living such that they require personal or mechanical assistance to leave the home or bed or require constant supervision to avoid physical harm to themselves or others;be certified by a licensed physician to be in need of assistance from another person to perform the personal functions of everyday living; andrequire some form of residential institutional care in the absence of this provisionFor more information, click here.Browse more military personal finance webinars and blog posts by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on December 16, 2013last_img read more

Q&A with #MFLNMC: How is Medicaid affected by the Affordable Care Act?

first_imgAre you a military service provider or caregiver to a family member whose medical coverage falls under Medicaid? Are you unsure how their coverage may be affected by the Affordable Care Act? In today’s caregiving post we take a brief look at the impact the Affordable Care Act has on Medicaid.The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows states to expand Medicaid based on the percentage of the federal poverty level. About half of the U.S. has opted to do this as of early 2015. These states have expanded Medicaid eligibility to adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.The ACA also creates incentives for states to further develop Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and to incorporate the programs into their state Medicaid programs, making services more widely available. HCBS are provided under federal waivers that allow states to provide services to qualified individuals. As a result, the scope of services may be limited, the populations served may be specified, and the approval to operate the waiver time may be limited.  Medicaid is and remains a federal-state program that is administered by state governments.To learn more about Medicaid check out our Medicaid and Military Families: An Introduction training.Have a question for our military caregiving team? Let us know! We want to hear from you.last_img read more

Food Safety for Your Labor Day

first_imgCC Flickr Picnic food by Mark H. Anbinderby Joanna ManeroAlthough the summer is winding down and coming to an end, Labor Day is always a nice last hoorah.  It’s the perfect time to squeeze in one last picnic or trip to the lake or beach with the family.  Before embarking on the family fun, check out these picnic tips to make sure everyone enjoys their break without too many trips to the bathroom.  Don’t forget your food safety!Keep your hands clean– It can be tricky to wash your hands in an outdoor setting.  If facilities aren’t available, plan ahead and bring hand wipes or sanitizer to use before handling food.Keep cool things cool– If you have cold items, like potato salad or condiments, keep them in the cooler.  Keep the cooler in a shaded area and try to limit excessively opening the cooler to maintain cold temperature.  Keep ice packs or ice cubes in the cooler and everything in an air tight container to avoid cooler water from getting in the food.Don’t over-pack– Try to bring only the food you think you and your family will eat.  Don’t overpack food, to avoid dealing with leftovers.Leftovers–  If you happen to have leftovers, place them in sealed containers and stick them in a cooler to avoid leaving them in the temperature danger zone, the temperature range in which bacteria grow most rapidly, for too long.Save condiment packages– If you can, save a few small condiment packages from fast food restaurants or cafes to stick in your picnic basket.  It’ll take up less room and will be easier to share.Reverse pack your basket– Pack food items on the bottom of the basket with paper plates, silverware, and a tablecloth on top.  This way you will have a place to put your food when you get to it.GrillingMarinate– Make sure you marinate your food in the fridge and not on the counter at room temperature.  Don’t reuse marinade as sauce to pour over meat.  You can separate part of the marinade before using it on raw meat to pour over the finished meat later.Keep raw meat items separate– If you can, assign them their own cooler to keep food from cross-contamination.  If not, double bag meat items in air tight containers.Always cook food thoroughly– If you are doing any grilling, make sure food is cooked all the way through.  Although a meat thermometer is unlikely, cut the thickest piece of meat to evaluate if it is cooked thoroughly.Avoid cross-contamination– Make sure you have different utensils for cooked and raw products.I hope you found some of these tips fun and useful as you prepare for your last few family outings for the summer.  Don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray!  Most importantly, make the most of the summer before the kids go back to school.Check out the following websites for more tips and tricks for the perfect picnic! https://www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsafety/content/picnic-safetyhttps://www.fda.gov/food/resourcesforyou/Consumers/ucm109899.htmhttps://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/seasonal-recipes/how-to-plan-the-perfect-picnic This blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

GIVEAWAY! Win Retrograde – A Vintage Film Plugin for FCPX

first_imgGive your video footage a vintage film look with Retrograde, a film emulator for Final Cut Pro X. We’ve got 5 copies to give away!Retro looks are all the rage.  Instagram, Hipstamatic…Retrograde.Want to give your footage a cool vintage film look?  Crumplepop and Red Giant Software, makers of quality post production plugins and effects have released Retrograde – a vintage film emulator for FCPX.Crumplepop has provided us with 5 copies of Retrograde to give away!  Enter to win by following Premiumbeat and tweeting the message below!  You have until midnight on Friday, October 26th to send the tweet.  Winners will be contacted on the 27th.  Only enter once!  Multiple entries will be disqualified.1. Follow us on Twitter 2. Tweet the Following:GIVEAWAY! I just entered to win Retrograde for FCPX from @CrumplePop & @Premiumbeat! http://bit.ly/fcpx-retro #RetrogradeYou can quickly give your footage an 8mm or 16mm film look by dragging and dropping Retrograde onto your footage in Final Cut Pro X.  You’ll get the trademarks of shooting with analog film – grain, dust, scratches and a vintage tinged color palette.  No need to layer filters and effects.This FCPX effects pack was created using real analog source material giving it an organic analog effect.  Customize and tweak the effect to achieve your own unique look.DOWNLOAD RETROGRADE for $49 or test out the free trial.Retrograde in action:The Making of Retrograde:last_img read more

352 Free Letterbox Templates for Video Editing (8K, 4K, HD & More)

first_imgThe templates (seen above) can be used to convert footage into the following aspect ratios:1:1 Square4:3 Silent Film/NTSC1.37:1 Academy Ratio1.43:1 IMAX3:2 Classic 35mm7:4 Metroscope1.85:1 Vistavision2:1 Panascope & RED2.2:1 Todd AI2.35:1 Cinemascope2.39:1 Theatrical & Blu-ray2.55:1 Vintage Cinemascope2.75:1 Ultra Panavision2.76:1 MGM Camera 653:1 Extreme Scope4:1 PolyVisionAll of the templates are available in both black and white letterbox formats.Using the Free Letterbox TemplatesThese free letterbox templates are incredibly easy to use and manipulate. All of the files are PNG images with alpha channels. To use the templates, simply drag and drop the appropriate resolution letterbox above your sequence in your video editing application of choice.DOWNLOAD FREE LETTERBOX TEMPLATES Easily give your videos the cinematic cropping they deserve with these free high-res letterbox templates for video editing.Despite having the ability to export footage in virtually any resolution, filmmakers and video producers are still limited to showing their work on screens with a very specific aspect ratios. Because of this, you need to export your footage with letterboxes if you want to view your footage in an aspect ratio that’s different than 16:9.What Are Letterbox Templates?Simply put, letterboxes are small bars that can be applied to your footage to give them an irregular aspect ratio while still retaining their 16:9 size. Letterboxes can be used to crop footage shot in 16:9 to a more cinematic 2.35:1. They can also be a great tool for pre-visualizing how your video will be cropped on an irregularly sized screen.In the past if you wanted to drop letterboxes into your project, you had to either download a limited free template or create your own. These options aren’t ideal — so we created a future-proof pack full of letterbox templates for virtually every format in the world.What’s in the Free Letterbox Template Pack?Our free pack of 352 letterbox templates includes templates for every popular video resolution in the world, including:HD 720HD 10802K2.5K3K3K HD4K4K UHD5K6K8Klast_img read more

7 Easy Ways to Improve Your Cinematography

first_imgWatch TutorialsImage via Awesome Cinematography Tutorial: The Flip Shot.We truly live in a golden age of information as pretty much anything you want to learn, you can learn online by watching videos. Filmmaking may be one of the great examples of the democratization of knowledge, as there are an endless number of videos that can explain everything from cinematography basics to camera breakdowns to a litany of concepts, tips, and tricks.6 Filmmaking Tutorials for CinematographersCinematography Tutorials Will Help You Put Some Brains Behind Your Cinematic Choices20 Lighting Tutorials for Film and VideoYou can also keep developing your cinematography by subscribing to channels like PremiumBeat’s YouTube channel or keeping tabs on our archives here.What are your tips and tricks for improving at cinematography? Let us know in the comments. Use InstagramImage via Shutterstock.Like it or not, Instagram is not only a cultural phenomenon for sharing food pics, it’s also a powerful tool for aspiring cinematographers. Depending on how much you want to utilize its potential, Instagram can be a great means to try new perspectives and develop an understanding of what makes certain images stand out. With its in-depth editing options covering everything from contrast to pulling out colors in highlights and shadows, it’s a great program to keep you constantly trying new things.8 Cinematographers to Follow on InstagramHow Instagram Can Help Cinematographers!Ryan Booth on Career, Life and Instagram Try Different Cameras and LensesImage via Shutterstock.A good director of photography needs not only a comprehensive understanding of cinematography but also an astute knowledge of camera technology. Finding ways to shoot on different cameras — either by renting, borrowing, or buying — is a great way to expand your camera repertoire. When you do try different cameras, try to understand each camera’s strengths and weaknesses for your specific cinematography style.The 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000How To Choose The Best Camera For Your Video ProductionImportant Cameras of Cinematic History Use Different Aspect RatiosImage via Shutterstock.Another way to get a cinematographer out of his or her comfort zone (which is important for growth), is to practice shooting in different aspect ratios. A good cinematographer should have a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to shoot in everything from a 1:1 box to 2.35:1 cinemascope. A DP will have a major say in what aspect ratio is right for a project and will make their selections and recommendations based on what the story dictates.Using Aspect Ratios Like a Pro: Why Choose One Ratio Over Another?Movie Making Manual/Cinematography/Aspect ratios352 Free Letterbox Templates for Video Editing (8K, 4K, HD & More) Try out these 7 tips and tricks to expand your skill set and improve as a cinematographer.Cover image via Shutterstock.Like any artist, a good cinematographer must constantly look for ways to hone his or her craft. While it’s easy to say “practice, practice, practice,” it’s harder to find creative and pragmatic ways to expand your knowledge base, day in and day out.Let’s explore seven tips and tricks that can help you become a better cinematographer.Take Up PhotographyImage via Shutterstock.It’s simple and it’s true: cinematography shares many of its principles with photography. However, you could argue that the stakes are higher in photography as a single frame must maximize all of its elements to convey a feeling and tell a story. Camera settings like exposure, color temperature, and depth of field are as important as framing concepts like the rule of thirds; focus; and foreground, middleground, and background.Here are some resources on how to improve your cinematography with photography (and vice versa).Find Cinematic Inspiration with These Visionary PhotographersThree Ways Cinematography Can Improve Your PhotographyTranslating Your Photography Skills to CinematographyCinematography and Photography Concepts Simplified Learn to Color GradeImage via Shutterstock.As film crews are continuing to shrink and roles continuing to merge, a good cinematographer in today’s multifaceted environment needs a good understanding of color grading — if not how to double in that role altogether. If you think about it, it really makes sense for a DP to know how an image is going to color in post and how to shoot intentionally to prepare for those results.The Video Editor’s Guide to Color GradingThe Difference Between Color Correction and Color Grading35 Free LUTs for Color Grading Videos Practice StoryboardingImage via Shutterstock.While it may not be the most glamorous part of the profession, storyboarding is often a major part of a cinematographer’s job. A good cinematographer must often painstakingly storyboard every shot throughout an entire film — often by hand. If you’re a forward-looking individual, check out some of the many online and app options to streamline storyboarding. But make sure you’re ready to dive in deep, as storyboarding is where a true cinematographer can shine.Free Storyboard Template for Film and Video ProjectsThe Unifying Power of StoryboardsWorkflow Tip: Storyboard Your Animations in Adobe Illustratorlast_img read more

Meditative Ambient Music for Thoughtful Videos

first_imgRoyalty-free music to calm the soul. This playlist is perfect for meditation videos and more.Cover image via Shutterstock.It’s an interesting paradox that ambient soundtracks — with music that’s often designed to subtly establish mood and texture — end up having a big impact on viewers. Think of the soundscape Thomas Newman created for American Beauty or Vangelis’s score to Blade Runner. Both are soundtracks that people still talk about today.Whether it’s an accompaniment to a thoughtful Sci-Fi piece or a meditation instructional for YouTube, there are plenty of genres and project types that can benefit from a unique ambient sound. For example, see how the track “New Atmosphere” by Martin Riopel adds a chill, hypnotic texture to Jon Wright Photography‘s video below.Want to give your next project a similar New Age vibe? Our music team has curated a playlist featuring meditative, ambient cues. Each track is royalty free, too, so with the purchase of a simple license, you can the track of your choice online in as many videos as you want. Check all of our royalty free music here.last_img read more

How to Create Unique Effects by Editing Your Videos in Photoshop

first_imgYes, you can edit video in Photoshop, but should you? Here are a few tricks you can pull off to quickly and easily add a little life to your projects.Why would anyone want to do edit video in Photoshop when there are non-linear editing programs designed specifically for the task? Until a couple of months ago, I didn’t even know it was possible. However, editing video in Photoshop can be a creative way to add visual effects to your projects that your viewers have never seen.In this article, we’ll break down how to edit video in Photoshop, and then we’ll dive into some techniques you can use for your own special effects.Getting StartedIf you’re familiar with Adobe products, then learning to edit video in Photoshop shouldn’t be too difficult. Once you open PS, you need to switch your layout to “motion,” which you’ll find in the top-right corner of your screen. Once you’ve made this selection, a timeline should appear; click Create new sequence. I recommend doing most of your basic editing in Premiere f— or whichever editing program you use — before dropping your video into Photoshop. This way, you can focus on adding effects rather than worrying about timeline work.Once you’ve exported your sequence from your NLE of choice, import your video into the Photoshop timeline by clicking Add media next to Layer 1. Delete the default blank layer, and move your clip to the beginning of the sequence. Depending on the length and other specifics of your clip, you can set the two markers at the top as in and out points to focus on a specific section. This is particularly useful if you’re making small adjustments and want to analyze specific frames.For example, if you’re editing a photo, I recommend creating a new layer if you want to manipulate certain shapes or aspects of your image without changing the whole thing.What You Can Do in Photoshop1. Add Color and TextureA couple of months ago, I saw Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The animation style and the visual effects left me so inspired that I decided to try to make my own 30-second homage to the film. To recreate some of the comic book-like effects, I exported each clip into PS and used different brushes to create shading and highlights. By creating individual layers for each aspect of the image and then setting in and out keyframes, I was able to track the different layers to the moving image. The result was a short sequence inspired by the film with my own unique twist. (I made a full video about this process if you want to check it out.)2. Create Interesting Titles or Text OverlaysIn Photoshop, the possibilities are endless, whether it’s creating unique shapes or adding textures to text or backgrounds. Using these tools to add your own personal details makes your work unique.3. Use Animations to Add Emphasis and InterestThese images show two consecutive frames of a woman walking across the shot holding a baby. In order to make this more visually intriguing, I added a couple of different designs to emphasize her movement and create a more stylized look. First, I added a geometric outline to the woman that shifts with every frame. The three dots remain fixed in place and disappear as the subject overlaps with them. Inspired by a more illustrative, animated style, the half-moon shapes emphasize the subject’s movement and her swinging bag, creating more visual movement.Cover image via Sony Pictures.Looking for more video production tips and tricks? Check these out.How to Create a Mid-’90s DV Camcorder Look in After EffectsWhy You Should Be Using Film Grain on Digital Video + 5 Free Film Grain OverlaysQuick Tips: Improving Your Product Shots and Commercials3 Easy Stereo Recording Techniques For Your Next ProjectThe Whys and Hows of Tracking: Handheld vs. Stabilizedlast_img read more

$10K vs. $100K vs. $500K: Feature Film Budgets Compared

first_imgThat’s the breakdown for these different feature film budgets. I hope you’ll be making one in the very near future.Cover image via Janelle Lugge.Looking for more on the film and video industry? Check out these articles.The History and Power of Sound Design in the Film IndustryFilmmaking Fads and Trends: Don’t Let Them Bother YouThese Tribeca Docs Will Renew Your Faith In The Power of The CameraThe Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic UniverseBreakout Director Kat Candler on the Best Festivals for First-Time Filmmakers Making a Film on a $10,000 BudgetSo let’s start with $10K. I’m going to say $10K, but it’s really anywhere between $10-$25K. This is as much as most people have in savings or could put on a credit card (I don’t recommend the latter).It’s probably not going to be a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) project, so your actors will be non-union. Your film is certainly not going to be union for other departments, including cinematography, electrical, sound, grip, catering, etc. — these will all be way over your budget.You’re probably not going to pay anyone very much money, maybe around $50 a day. You’re going to shoot in under two weeks, and most of your money is going toward one main location and feeding everyone.You’ll have to choose a script that’s very contained (that only takes place in a couple of locations), and you’re going to have to know a lot of other filmmakers.At $10K, you won’t be able to afford to pay $700-1,500 a day for a professional sound person.You’re going to be working on your own script, or a script that someone has given to you (because you can’t afford to buy one).You’re going to be getting locations of friends, family, yourself, or shooting outside in a park or on the street, if your city allows you to shoot publicly without a permit.Generally, you’re going to have to cut every corner you can and only use your budget to bail you out of an emergency.So the money will go toward whatever your network can’t supply.Hiring a camera or lenses (but probably not both).Lights and grip (some you’ll probably borrow or get for free — either the DP or gaffer will have them).Post-production. If you’re not a colorist or sound editor or mixer or musician, you’re going to have to pay one of those people (but hopefully not all).You can make a movie for zero dollars; it just means that you’re going to be asking for favors from everyone, all the time, which can take longer than if you just worked to save up the money and paid for whatever you couldn’t get as a favor.The budget of a $10K movie isn’t that complicated because (basically) you set out to get everything for free, and then when something falls through, or when you just can’t find it no matter how hard you look, you have to dip into your limited resources.A lot of people do this every year. Some of them break out and find wider acceptance. It’s basically a film school. You get to spend a month preparing, a week shooting, and then 3-6 months in post. After that, you try to find an audience for your film.It’s a great training ground for filmmakers of all kinds.Making a Film on a $100,000 BudgetImage via 9387388673.At $100K, you have some money, but you don’t have enough money to pay full price for everything.You’re probably going to move up to SAG actors because you want a couple of recognizable faces (or names) in your film. These are people at the end or beginning of their careers — actors transitioning from TV or Broadway into movies.At this budget level, you’re going to pay everyone something.You’re going to shoot for 18 days or three weeks, taking Sunday off.You’re going to be able to hire camera, lenses, and a grip, but not at full rate.You’re going to have to find people who believe in the vision of the film in order to make it.You’re still going to be directing the movie yourself because you still can’t pay the $100K it costs to get someone from the DGA (Director’s Guild of America).Hopefully, you’ve made a $10K movie already, and you know the process. You’re aware of your blind spots from the first film, so you’re going into the second film with your eyes more open.You can probably afford a professional colorist, professional sound mix, and professional musicians — all at a reduced price. You can afford to pay $2K for a mix, not $20K, and generally you still need to beg, borrow, and steal everything. By the time you write the script, cast it, find all the locations, shoot it, post-produce it, and find a buyer for the film, a year will have gone by. $100K is real money. People expect a return. You need to sell that movie and get that money back, which can take a lot of time. That’s time that you’re not working at a regular job.$100k will allow you to give yourself a small wage, but you’re probably still going to need to work part-time in order to avoid dipping into the budget to support yourself while you make the film.Making a Film on a $500,000 BudgetImage via 9387388673.This really could be anywhere from $500K to $1 million. This is the first time you’re paying union rates for your sound mixers, transportation, union members, AC (Assistant Camera), post, etc. You simply find the people you want to work with and ask them what their rate is. You’re not going to pay them their TV commercial rate of $8K a day; you’ll pay their feature rate of maybe $800 dollars a day.You’re going to pay for a casting director who will handle all the SAG elements for you.You’ll probably give yourself a wage of about $50K, depending on your living expenses, and you’re probably going to have a producer (as well) at the same price, which needs to cover your costs so you can work on your film and sell it. Remember, it takes 18 months to get a feature film from inception to sale.Having said that, there is very little money in a $500K budget for any of the things that you see in major Hollywood movies.There’s very little money for visual effects.You can’t fix things in post.You’re probably going to get one “name actor” at Schedule F, which is $60-$70K. Everyone else is going to be a bit player or a favor.You’re certainly not going to get Brad Pitt or Charlize Theron. You’re just going to try and find a rising star who really wants to be in your film.You’re still going to have to work with the new, hungry post-production houses. You’re not going to walk into Industrial Light & Magic and say, “I want a CGI character.”You’re going to really have to keep it very bare bones, but at $500K-$1 million, you’re going to at least be able to pay for most of what you need.center_img These budget breakdowns demonstrate the wild difference money makes when shooting a feature film. Here’s what you can expect.$10K, $100K, and $500K — they all sound like a lot of money. And they are. But they are also not as much as you might think when it comes to producing a feature film — especially a feature that will be compared to projects with budgets of millions (or hundreds of millions) of dollars.Here’s what you can expect from these three sample budgets.last_img read more

Inside the Electric Department: Lighting, Tools, and Safety Skills

first_imgThe Electric Department is the backbone of any production. Let’s look at the roles, tools, and responsibilities behind safely powering a set.The Electric Department is one of the most important on any production. Today, we’re taking a look at the jobs available to Electrics, the main kinds of lighting used on sets, as well as some of the common tools used on productions, then examining some of the basic safety skills necessary for all Electrics to possess.What Does the Electric Department Do?The Electric Department works alongside the Grip Department, under direction from the Director of Photography, in order to devise and execute the lighting plan for each shot in the production. The Grip and Electric departments are often referred to under the single title of G&E.The primary job of all members within the Electric Department is to provide power to everything on set. This means everything from the craft service’s microwave, talent trailers, video village, to each of the lights illuminating the set.As a result, the Electric Department forms the backbone of any production. Let’s take a look at the positions that comprise the core Electric team on most sets.Roles Within the Electric DepartmentImage via Media Whalestock.GafferThe Gaffer is the head of the Electric Department, and works directly under the Director of Photography, to develop and build the lighting plan on a shoot — in conjunction with the Key Grip and the Grip Department. In television, the gaffer is sometimes known as the Lighting Director. The Gaffer remains with the DP during the shoot to pass lighting changes to the Best Boy.Best BoyThe best boy, or best girl, is the main assistant to the gaffer and operates as the foreman of the Electric Department. The best boy oversees all operations of the Electric Department, passing directives from the gaffer to the set electricians, and assisting the electricians with setup and rigging of lights and cables. Best boys often are responsible for hiring and managing the Electric Department, in addition to assisting with the execution of the lighting plan. If the gaffer is unavailable for any reason, the best boy stands in to cover their responsibilities until the gaffer is available to return to set. The role of best boy is sometimes credited as the Assistant Chief Lighting Technician.Lighting TechnicianLighting Techs are the workforce of the Electric Department. They are frequently referred to as Electricians (or simply Electrics) on many productions, but might also be known as Sparks or Juicers. They are responsible for the loading and unloading of lighting equipment, execution of the lighting plan, and safely mounting lighting fixtures, cables, and other necessary light manipulators and equipment, out of the way of the cast and crew. Lighting techs are also responsible for managing set power, operating and running cables from generators, wall outlets, or other power sources on-set, to wherever it is needed by the crew.RiggingSome productions have a team of Electricians who move ahead of the production and pre-light sets, based on the gaffer’s plan. This helps productions move more quickly by keeping the amount of time spent moving and setting up lights to a minimum. Rigging Electricians work under a Rigging Gaffer, who has their own best boy, and reports to the head gaffer of the Electric Department.SwingsA swing is a member of the Electric or Grip Department who is able to assist either department, as needed. On larger productions, Swing Grips or Electrics help to substantially reduce set-up and tear-down times, as they are authorized to work with both Grip and Electric equipment.Now that we’ve got the basic roles within the Electric Department covered, let’s take a look at some of the tools these technicians use each day on set.Tools of the TradeLightPremiumBeat’s Michael Maher has a fantastic article detailing the basics of the main types of illumination used on set, as well as a great primer on Color Temperature. I’ll cover the basics here.Film lights are highly specialized tools, with many variants to fit the specific needs a production might have. On modern productions, Electrics use four main types of illumination: Tungsten, HMI, Fluorescent, and LED.TungstenImage via Alberto Laratro.3200 KelvinHigh Color Rendering Index (CRI)Hot, heavy, and inefficientHydrargyrum Medium-Arc Iodide (HMI)Image via cineuno.~5800 Kelvin after several hours of burn-inExtremely high CRINearly four times the output of Tungsten lamps per wattRequire use of magnetic or electronic ballasts for operationLamps use Mercury gas — dangerous if droppedFluorescentImage via Elizaveta Galitckaia.2700-6500 KelvinHigh CRISimilar output and draw as HMILow weight, low temperatureSoft, even lightingLarge lamps use Mercury gas — careful handling necessaryLight-Emitting Diodes (LED)Image via Jack Tompkins.Nearly any color temperature or color on the RGB spectrumVery low power draw; may be operated on battery powerNo dangerous gases, low temperature, very lightweightTechnology still developing, some types of fixtures do not have LED versions yetAll of these lighting technologies can be used in a variety of specific fixtures for various applications and effect.FresnelImage via Chernov Victor.Fresnel fixtures are some of the most commonly found lighting variants on set. The Fresnel gets its name from the Fresnel Lens inside the fixture, which creates an even dispersion of light, and allows the throw of the light to be widened or focused into a spotlight.EllipsoidalImage via Source Four.Ellipsoidal Reflector Spotlights are lensed fixtures that are used for the sharp edges and highly modifiable beam patterns they produce. Ellipsoidals contain a few features that set them apart from other fixtures. The barrel of the fixture can be extended and retracted to harden or soften the edges of the beam — this is referred to as the lens train. Additionally, the fixture contains shutters to shape the beam, as well as gobo slides which can pattern the throw of the light.ScoopImage via Altman.Ellipsoidal Reflector Floodlights (ERFs), or Scoop lights, are used for their soft and diffuse beam. These are typically some of the simplest lights used on set, consisting of only the lamp housed in a reflector. They produce very diffuse light and are primarily used as floods or background lights.PARImage via Altman.Uniquely, Parabolic Aluminized Reflectors refer to the lamps themselves rather than the light fixtures, which are known as PARCANs. Each lamp has an enclosed, contained reflector, with its own brightness and throw pattern. PARCANs are highly versatile, with many fixtures accepting lamps from 150 to 1,000 watt outputs with the switch of the lamp. The lamps are very cheap and widely available at department stores, making these fixtures a must-have in cases where lighting is needed after normal business hours or in remote locations.SoftlightImage via Mole Richardson.Softlight fixtures come in a variety of form factors, but all have a similar function — to create soft, shadowless illumination to be used for flat illumination or as a fill light source.CycloramaImage via Altman.Cyclorama (CYC) lights are similar to scoops in that they mostly consist of lamp and reflector. CYC’s have a broad, even throw that are used to light CYC walls or other backgrounds. They can also be mounted on the floor or to an overhead grid.GelsImage via Lee Filters.Electrics are also in charge of correcting or coloring lights using gels. Gels are made by a few different manufacturers that make hundreds of variants of color and diffusion gels, among other styles.The most commonly used gels are Color Temperature Orange (CTO) and Color Temperature Blue (CTB) at the strengths of 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2. These are used to correct daylight fixtures to tungsten and vice versa.Gels are based on the Micro Reciprocal Degree system, shortened to Mired. Mired measures color temperature like Kelvin does. To correctly choose a gel to bring a light source of a different color temperature (find the mired value) divide the color temperature of your scene by 1,000,000.For example, if you were trying to correct a Tungsten light (3200K) to an outdoor scene in direct sunlight (5600K), you would need to perform the operation on both values (1,000,000/3200 and 1,000,000/5200). Then, subtract the results to find the mired value to the nearest whole number. So, 313-179= 134 mired.If you want to skip the math, Lee filters has a handy calculator to save you a little time.GeneratorsImage via Radovan1.Generators are extremely common on film sets, and their operation is the duty of the Electric Department. On larger sets, a dedicated electric known as the Generator Operator handles the operation and distribution of power from the generator. Depending on the size and needs of a given production, generators range in size from ice chests to 18-wheelers.Commercially-available generators often need to be positioned far away from shooting, or rigged to dampen sound, due to their high operating noise. Generators made for film production, however, are sound-dampened and may be used much closer to the filming that is taking place.SkillsImage via Oleksandr Nagaiets.Electrical SafetyMembers of the Electric Department work with electricity — obviously. All members must have a solid understanding of electrical safety, as they operate tools and machinery carrying dangerous amounts of electricity.The University of Washington Environmental Health and Safety has a great starter guide for working with mains power. Always consult more experienced electricians if you don’t have experience working with high voltage sources. This could literally save your life. If you’re on a small set and don’t have experience with mains power, find an alternative like a generator.Cable SafetyCable runs can get long and complicated on any set. In order to keep yourself and other members of the crew safe, pay special attention to keeping your power runs properly secured.Before running cables, take a moment to notice how the crew is moving in and around the set. You want to minimize the chances that anyone will trip over your cables or other equipment. In general, the best method for running cables is long, straight runs with 90-degree turns when necessary. If time permits, secure your runs with gaff tape in the corners of the 90-degree junctions, and every few feet of straight runs. Always tape down runs that cross heavily trafficked areas of the set. When your fellow crew members are loading equipment in and out of set, unsecured runs can be extremely dangerous.Image via 9387388673.In order to keep your cables in good health, practice proper coiling and storage. It usually pays to ask your gaffer if they prefer over-under or over-over for power cables, as opinions vary on which is best. Either way, make sure that each member of the Electric Department is using the same method. Alternating between both on a single set leads to headaches and rapidly worn-down cables.Rigging SafetyWhile the Grip Department is responsible for securing and flying lights and their accessories, make sure that you are properly securing each light you rig with multiple points of failure. Most heavy fixtures from rental houses will have heavy-duty chains or cabling, which should be separately attached to the lighting trusses or on the stand itself. This keeps the lights from falling, should the stand or clamp it is attached to fall or lose its grip.The Electric Department requires some of the most diverse body of knowledge of any department on set. This mastery of tool and craft helps film sets move smoothly and efficiently. For more detailed information into the craft of the Electric Department, I highly recommend Cinelease’s Juicer’s Handbook.Cover image via kengc.Looking for more on the film industry? Check out these articles.Industry Insights: Filming Documentary Subjects in Conflict Zones10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets ComparedThe Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Phase ThreeThe Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Phase TwoThe Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic Universelast_img read more

The Horrible Right Now Nature of Email

first_imgThe person that delivers your mail pulls up to your house. They find your mail, and they put it in your mailbox. Then they drive to the next house. They won’t return to your house with more mail for 24 hours.You want to know what they left in your mailbox. You rush out to the street and open the box, and you anxiously bring the mail inside. You hope there is a check in the mail. You hope there is something interesting or worthwhile. Instead, there are two bills and five pieces of junk mail, nothing worthwhile.Two minutes later, the mailperson backs up their truck. They forgot something. They open your mailbox and place an envelope inside. You rush out to see what treasure awaits you. Another bill. Nothing novel, but at least your curiosity has been served.The mail is delivered once a day. You only have to open the box and process your mail once a day. Most of what shows up isn’t worth your time or attention. A good deal of it is routine maintenance, things like bills and statements that, while important, aren’t anything that needs your attention now. Having learned this over time, you are not so enthusiastic about physical mail anymore.Right NowImagine another scenario. Imagine that your mail delivery person parks their truck right in front of your mailbox. About once every 10 minutes, the mail carrier opens your mailbox and inserts one new envelope. Over the course of an hour, you receive 6 new pieces of mail. Would you walk to the mailbox every ten minutes to retrieve your mail, knowing that there isn’t likely to be anything that needs your attention there? Or would you wait a couple of hours while you do you work before you go and pick up your mail.This second scenario is exactly how email works. When you leave your inbox or web browser open, you are inviting interruptions. You are allowing yourself to be distracted, knowing that most of what comes into your inbox doesn’t require your attention, and knowing that your most important work isn’t going to be found in your inbox.The “right now” nature of email is that everything that enters your inbox is treated as being equally important. That newsletter subscription you keep meaning to unsubscribe from is at the very top of your list, prominently on display as the very first thing you have to look at. Beneath that are two news alerts you subscribed to. Now you know the Federal Reserve didn’t raise interest rates, and some team from Cleveland is getting things done. The fourth email in your list is a “for your information” email from a coworker who wants to make sure everyone on the distribution chain is aware that there is “no change” on the status of a project.Right now, you could be doing meaningful work. Right now, you could be face-to-face with a client, a prospect, or a co-worker getting things done. Right now you could be making phone calls to people who need your help or people who could help you. Most of the results you produce aren’t going to be produced in your inbox.Turn your browser off. Close your inbox. Do meaningful work for 90 minutes. Take 15 minutes to stand up, stretch, drink some water, and then check your email to see if anything needs your attention. This means you will check your email 4 times over the course of an 8 hour day. You can do excellent, meaningful, on purpose, intentional work in blocks of 90 minutes.last_img read more

The Death of the Death Of

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Right now, you might be reading a few self-loathing sales prognosticators suggesting that sales is dead. The narrative they have chosen to believe—and compiled enough “data” points around which to confirm their bias—is that salespeople no longer serve any purpose, thanks to the internet. This, despite the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that sales roles will grow by 6.5 percent over the next seven years, and Manpower’s surveys say sales is the third most difficult skill set to acquire when it comes to hiring.Others suggest that sales will be disintermediated by technology, that people will choose not to buy from people. Mostly these folks live in around San Francisco, and they dream of automating sales. Their bet is that you will feel more comfortable buying from a chatbot than a human being. Some have suggested that automation would provide the ability to sell more with higher margins, not taking into account that programming automation to sell more regardless of what the client  really needs is what we have spent so much energy correcting in humans over the last few decades.These seers overestimate what technology provides over the short run, and they massively underestimate what technology will do over the longer term. But what makes their predictions suspect is their underestimation of power of what makes us deeply human; things like trust, caring, and belonging.Surely transactional salespeople are going to be needed less and less in the future, but trusted advisors have been around since there have been leaders. They will be here in the future, and they will leverage technology and data, for certain.The charlatans who got to the internet early immediately proclaimed the death of the cold call. Even though the cold call is alive, well, and over indexing when it comes to creating opportunities.Many predicted the death of the office, and now the mother ship is calling her workers back home. Certain things that are good ideas in some cases are awful in others.A few weeks ago, after a first quarter that saw more retailers shutter their doors than the entire last year, the news reported the death of retail. Mark this as the start of the countdown to Retail’s Resurgence. I give it 24 months.For all of the changes in our economy, some things haven’t changed. You read the news, and it is paid for by advertisers. You buy things from retailers, and they ship it to you instead of to a store. We connect and share things with each other, and for all the information available, we still seek wisdom.Keep an eye on what changes. Make the changes necessary to adjust. Move quickly to adopt new ideas and new technologies. But be careful about believing that things that are still alive and well are dead.Sales is not now dead, nor will it be for some time into the future. If it ever dies, those of us who possess the mindset and skill set to sell will have what will look to others like superpowers.last_img read more

Integrity In Your Pipeline

first_imgOne surefire way to miss your goals is to have a pipeline that lacks integrity. The lack of integrity isn’t intentional. No one is really lying about their pipeline. Mostly, there is just a lack of rigor around opportunities. Here are a few of the root causes that you need to remove if you want a pipeline you can believe.Bad Dates: No client will ever tell you that they need to close a deal on the last day of the month, the last day of a quarter, or the last day of the year. Those as “salespeople dates” used as a placeholder for the date by which they believe they can wrap up a deal. A client may, however, want to go live on the first day of a quarter or a year, in which case, their contract will likely need to be signed some time before, allowing time to get through the process.Too Old: Problems don’t age well, and neither do deals. The age of a deal can tell you whether you are looking at something you have a shot of winning. If the deal has been in the pipeline long enough to have its third birthday or has covered two Presidential elections, it’s not something you want to bet on in most cases.Bad Deals: If a deal should have been disqualified, it doesn’t belong in your pipeline. A fast “no” to bad deals is much better—and much healthier—than a slow “no” to those same deals.Wrong Stage: Some of the aging deals in your pipeline may become your client someday. You may have deals that look they have progressed to the point where your prospect will make a decision even when that decision is still far away. The optimism that causes one to believe they are going to win a deal might be well-founded. That said, just because you gave a prospect a proposal don’t mean they are prepared to sign a contract. If you skipped some of the commitments in this book, you may need to go backwards to go forward.A pipeline that lacks integrity can give you a false sense of confidence, causing you to believe that you are closing to your goals than you are. A bad number that is true is less damaging that a good number that is false. It can also prevent you from recognizing what you need to do to produce the results you want. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

BJP jumps from No. 4 to No. 1

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) impressive performance in 25 Zilla Parishads and 283 Panchayat Samitis has elevated it to number one position among the four major political parties in the State. It previously stood at number four.As per results made available by State Election Commission (SEC), BJP topped the chart by winning 406 seats out of 1,509 which went to polls. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) steps down to second position with 360 seats and Congress to third from its previous second with 309 seats.Despite the tough fight it offered the BJP in Mumbai and Thane, Sena finds itself at number four with 271 seats.In 2012, the seats won by NCP, Congress, Sena and BJP were 511, 419, 243 and 165 respectively.“Our wins have made us more humble than ever before. Now it is our responsibility to deliver on the promises that we made,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said after the victory on Thursday.Spectacular performanceThe BJP’s spectacular performance can be gauged from the fact that except for Jalgaon, Jalna, Beed, Wardha and Chandrapur the party could not reach double digit mark in 2012.While it retained dominance in Jalgaon, Jalna, Wardha and Chandrapur it wrested Congress strongholds Latur in Marathwada and Sangli in western Maharashtra.The BJP also managed to dent the Congress bastion of Kolhapur and Ahmednagar.For the Congress, the polls have turned out to be a forgettable affair. Except for senior leader Narayan Rane’s hometown of Sindhudurg and State unit chief Ashok Chavan’s home pitch Nanded, it does not enjoy any power on its own.Consolation win for NCPIn Pune, though the BJP all but routed other major political players in the municipal corporations, the NCP managed to retain the ZP, bagging 41 of the 75 seats. The Shiv Sena came second, winning 13 while the BJP secured only six seats.“The results of the ZP and Panchayat Samiti elections prove we still have the support of the rural voters in Pune district. Likewise, in the case of Satara and Ahmednagar,” said NCP MP Supriya Sule.The NCP coasted along in the Satara ZP, winning 34 of 64 seats. It emerged as the single-largest party in the Solapur ZP as well, winning 23 of the 68 seats. The BJP came second here, securing 15 seats.But the NCP’s brightest spot was a small upset it managed in Marathwada, by denting the BJP’s base in Beed, winning 25 of the 60 seats.This setback for BJP leader Pankaja Munde on her home-turf caused her to offer to resign soon after the results were announced.The chief architect of Ms. Munde’s defeat was her estranged cousin, NCP leader Dhananjay Munde, which made her defeat personal.In fact, both the NCP and the Congress made decent gains in Zilla Parishad elections in the Marathwada division. The NCP won the Osmanabad ZP, snaring 26 of the 55 seats.The Congress came off even worse than the NCP in the municipal polls. It performed abysmally in the Solapur Municipal Corporation and was routed in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, where it failed to open its account.Yet, as consolation, it emerged as the single-largest party in the Ahmednagar Zilla Parishad poll, winning 20 of the 72 seats. The NCP came a close second bagging 17 seats.Another commendable win was in the Konkan region, where the Congress scored an absolute majority in the Sindhudurg Zilla Parishad, winning 27 of the 50 seats.Century for GadkariIn Nagpur, the BJP has become the first party to get a clear majority in 40 years.Despite being at the helm of the Nagpur Municipal Council in the last two terms, and was dependant on other parties for outside support.“I was expecting 80 to 85 seats but 108 out of 151 is a great victory,” Union Minister and Nagpur MP Nitin Gadkari told reporters at his residence on Thursday.According to political observers, infighting in the Congress was one of the main reasons for the BJP’s victory.Until 2014, Nagpur was a Congress bastion. In the Lok Sabha elections that year Mr. Gadkari defeated seven-time Congress MP from Nagpur, Vilas Muttemwar, by 2,84,000 votes. In the Assembly elections four months later, the BJP defeated Congress in all six Assembly segments.last_img read more

HC rejects Nagpur Cong. chief’s plea

first_imgNAGPUR: The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on Thursday rejected a petition filed by Nagpur Congress president Vikas Thakre demanding recognition of his nominated membership of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).A Division Bench of Justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Arun Upadhyay refused to admit Mr. Thakre’s petition challenging the election of Congress leader Kishor Jichkar as a nominated member of the NMC.Mr. Jichkar’s nomination was supported by a rebel Congress group, which had revolted against the party’s city unit and appointed its own leader of Opposition in the NMC earlier this year. Seventeen of the 29 Congress corporators were recognised as the original Congress group by the Nagpur Divisional Commissioner. The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court had also endorsed Tanaji Wanve’s appointment as the leader of Opposition by rejecting the city Congress’s petition challenging it.Mr. Thakre had alleged in his petition that his nomination to the NMC was the legal one as the rebel group was yet to be recognised by the Divisional Commissioner when he had filed his nomination. After Thursday’s ruling, he plans to move the Supreme Court. Both claim BJP hand“This is the BJP’s conspiracy to divide the Congress. They are scared that I would expose their scandals on the floor of the House. If this is allowed, everywhere people will walk away from the party and form their separate groups. The party will take action against the rebel group,” he told The Hindu.The rebel group, however, alleged that the revolt was forced because of Mr. Thakre and his mentor and former Nagpur MP Vilas Muttemwar’s “high-handedness”. “Under Mr. Thakre’s leadership, the party performed dismally in the NMC election earlier this year, and he lost his own seat. He was given a ticket to contest the Assembly election and lost, but still continues to be the city chief. How can one person be allowed to have a complete say in matters when he failed in elections continuously?” a corporator from the rebel group asked.He said, “Mr. Thakre has a secret understanding with the BJP and has weakened the Nagpur Congress. Our revolt has kept the real Congress alive in Nagpur.”last_img read more

Pawar to Rahul: premature to talk about prime ministership

first_imgPune: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday urged Congress president Rahul Gandhi to avoid making premature remarks about the prime ministership before the parliamentary polls. “There is a proverb in Marathi: bajaarat toori ani bhat bhatnila maari (the lentil pod is still in the market and the priest is beating up his wife). This means there is an argument about something that does not merit any discussion. So, let the ‘tur’ come first and then discuss,” Mr. Pawar said in Satara. “It is too early to talk or indulge in wishful thinking about future calculations. Let us first contest the elections and win a sizeable number of seats in order to be able to form a government,” Mr. Pawar said.At the same time, the NCP leader acknowledged that only the Congress, among all opposition parties, has a traditional presence in all states as opposed to the Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, or the Telangana Rashtra Samiti. Mr. Gandhi on Tuesday had said he is ready for the PM’s job if the Congress wins the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

Now, 2 Chinese nationals fall foul of Bihar liquor law

first_imgTwo Chinese nationals were arrested in Patna after liquor bottles were seized from their rooms in a guest house of the mobile company they have been working with for the past six months. Bihar was declared a dry State from April, 2016 after the new stringent excise and prohibition law was enforced in the State.The two Chinese nationals, W. Chuynagyong and Tiyandong, were taken into custody on Sunday night from a guest house running in a four-storey house located at Ali Nagar area of Anisabad under Gardanibagh police station in Patna. The local police seized three Indian Made Foreign Liquor bottles from two rooms they were living in. Both the Chinese nationals are said to be employees of a Chinese mobile phone company and the guest house was booked in the name of Oppo Mobiles (DS) Private Limited.“One IMFL bottle was seized from room no. 201/B and two bottles from room no. 220/B in which the two Chinese nationals were staying for last six months with others from their country,” said a Gardanibagh police officer. Altogether nine Chinese nationals have been staying in the guest house for past several months and their passports and visas are being verified, the police officer told journalists.Test negativeThe breath analyser test conducted on the accused reported negative but under the new excise and prohibition law even possession of liquor bottles draws stringent punishment. The Chinese embassy has been informed about the arrest of their nationals, the police added. The manager and other employees of the guest house are being questioned by the police.Over 1,27,000 people have been arrested in the State connection with more than 1,05,000 FIRs lodged for prohibition violations so far. “Only 8,123 persons are behind bars for liquor offences,” Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had said on March 12 this year while addressing a function in Patna. Mr. Kumar, however, has hinted at some amendments to the new Bihar Excise and Prohibition Act, 2016 to stop its “misuse”.last_img read more

Bihar shelter home rape: Opposition leaders unite in protest

first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal successfully managed to bring the issue of alleged mass rape at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar at the centre stage with a joint opposition protest at Jantar Mantar on Saturday.RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav was joined by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D. Raja and Atul Kumar Anjan, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav and Trinamool Congress’ Dinesh Trivedi.Mr. Gandhi said that the country had made up its mind against the BJP government. Pointing out that the Opposition was united on the stage, Mr. Gandhi said, “On one side is the BJP/RSS and on the other is the rest of the country. Indians are saying that they do not like what happened in the last four years.”Mr. Gandhi said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar must immediately act against the culprits in the sexual assault case in the Muzzafarpur shelter.In a 12-minute speech, Tejashwi Yadav accused the Nitish Kumar government of turning a blind eye to the crime. “Nitish ji says he is hurt and is sad. Then why did he get the prime accused Brajesh Thakur’s name removed from the FIR… why did he take this long to act on social audit by TISS?” he questioned.He said that Bihar was living under ‘Rakshas Raj’, giving references from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. “In Bihar, Raavan is kidnapping Sita every minute. Every minute, a Duryodhan is de-robing a Draupadi,” he said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said fast track courts should be set up to award the death sentence to the accused for such a heinous crime.”I demand that this case be probed in three months and the accused be hanged,” he said.He also sought to remind the JD(U)-BJP government in Bihar that the foundation of the UPA government had been rocked following the protest over Nirbhaya’s rape.This was the first political protest where Mr. Gandhi shared the stage with Mr Kejriwal. During Mr Kejriwal’s protest at the Delhi Lieutenant Governor’s office, the Congress had refused to support AAP. CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said BJP’s slogan “beti bachao” needed reworking. “We need to change this government… the slogan of ‘beti bachao’ is now ‘save beti from BJP’,” he said. Former JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said the BJP was not saving the daughters of the country but was busy saving cows.last_img read more

Quota row: tribal MLAs in Maharashtra to open new front over Dhangars

first_imgAs the row over Dhangar reservation continues to stall Assembly proceedings, fearing encroachment on their constitutional reservation, tribal MLAs across all parties have decided to open up a new front to counter the possible inclusion of Dhangars in their quota.An all-party meeting of tribal MLAs has been called on Wednesday by K.C. Padvi (Congress) to discuss the possible encroachment on their reservation. “One of the major issues we will discuss is the demand for tabling of report on Dhangar reservation by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. We will also discuss the recommendations of this report as it will have direct impact on our constitutional right,” Mr. Padvi said.The Assembly has 26 tribal MLAs, from 25 seats reserved for ST candidates and one from the general category seat. While the ruling BJP and Shiv Sena have 12 and two MLAs respectively, the Congress has six, Nationalist Congress Party four, and Bahujan Vikas Aghadi and Communist Party of India (Marxist) one each. “All tribal MLAs are united on this issue. There is nothing wrong in demanding that TISS report be made public. We also need to analyse it and study,” said Mr. Padvi, who is also one of the senior most tribal MLAs in the current Assembly. Other issues likely to be discussed at the meeting include action on bogus enrolment in government jobs by securing fake Scheduled Tribe certificate, holding two meetings of Janjati Sallagar Parishad (a body formed of tribal MLAs headed by state governor which takes policy decisions on tribal issues) annually. “If the bogus tribals are shunted out, there will be a vacancy of around one lakh posts. This needs to be addressed at the earliest,” he said. Asked whether ruling party MLAs would also join the meeting, Mr. Padvi said they will, as any encroachment on tribal reservation would hurt them as well.last_img read more

Noida Police bust international computer virus scam

first_imgPolicemen carry seized computer hardware and other items after a press conference at a police station in Noida on November 29, 2018. Alleged fraudsters are presented before the media at a police station in Noida on November 29, 2018.  | Photo Credit: AP | Photo Credit: AP  Those arrested were mostly people in their 20s and early 30s who quit their jobs in call centres. Police recovered hard drives, servers, laptops, cellphones and computers from them, Mr. Sharma said.center_img  In 2016, 70 people were arrested in Mumbai for allegedly cheating thousands of Americans. They would call their victims from call centres in Mumbai and tell them that they owed unpaid taxes and should buy prepaid cash cards to settle the debts or face jail. Noida Police have said that that they have arrested nearly two dozen people on suspicion of defrauding people around the world by sending fake pop-up messages warning them that their computers were infected with a virus and offering to rectify the problem at a price. Noida Police officer Ajay Pal Sharma said those arrested on November 27 and November 28 posed as representatives of Microsoft and other companies and used their logos. The arrests were made after input from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol, Mr. Sharma said. Microsoft was the complainant in the case.The pop-up messages prompted victims in the United States, Britain, Australia and other countries to call a phone number shown on their computer screens, he said. They would then be scammed out of money in exchange for supposedly fixing the problem.last_img read more