By: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTpixabay[ thoughtful woman by Unsplash, February 2016, CCO]Connie is sitting in the lobby of her doctor’s office waiting for the door to open and her name to be called. In reality, she is waiting for so much more than that. Connie is waiting for her husband to come back from the longest deployment they have ever experienced as a family. She is waiting for her 2-year-old son to start using more words so that his tantrums will decrease. She is waiting for the phone call from her realtor that their house has finally sold so that they can prepare for their next move. She is waiting to find out why her body doesn’t seem to function like it did last year.This has been the hardest year of Connie’s life. In addition to all of the daily stressors of being a full-time working mother with a husband who has been deployed for most of the year, Connie has been experiencing a multitude of unexplainable symptoms. She has been referred to countless specialists who all seem to be just as mystified as she is about the decline in her health. Because she lives in a rural town, she has had to travel to be seen by most of the specialists only to be poked, prodded, and sent home with no answers again.Connie can’t sleep. Her hair is falling out. She is in pain more often than not. It appears as though none of her doctors have communicated with each other, as she has to repeat her story at each new visit. Her sick leave is running low at work and her desk is piled high with endless tasks that need to be completed. As she sits in the lobby today, Connie thinks about her children and her job and her husband and her friends. She closes her eyes tightly and uses her last ounce of hope on the thought that this may be the time she finally gets an answer.The diagnosis process for Connie is familiar to many people with chronic illness. Oftentimes, it is neither a simple nor quick process. Here are some things to consider when you have a family member or friend with a chronic illness:They may not look sick: If you don’t remember anything else from this list, remember this. Many chronic illnesses are invisible; meaning you are unable to see them from the outside. This does not make the illness any less significant or serious.Don’t ask them how they are doing unless you really want to know: This applies to everyone you ask, but especially those suffering from chronic illness. While you are certainly trying to sound considerate and supportive, this question can actually have the opposite effect if you really don’t want to know the answer. Many times, the person you ask is trying their very best to make you comfortable with their answer by saying that they are fine. The truth is, though, they are probably not “fine”.Don’t offer unsolicited advice: Telling a person with a chronic illness that they should try the latest and greatest remedy for their condition can be insulting. It can also be frustrating. What if they have already tried that remedy and it didn’t work? What if they just can’t muster up the energy to try anything else at the moment? What if they don’t want solutions, but just a place to vent or find support? So, unless someone asks you directly for advice, try to keep it to yourself.Offer support: While you may not be able to help “cure” your loved one, you can certainly be supportive. Ask them what you can do to help support them. Offer to go with them to an appointment, pick their children up from school on an especially hard day, etc.Remember that they are a person first: Before any illness comes the person. When your loved one is suffering from a chronic illness, remember this! They may not want to talk about their diagnosis or their symptoms. Perhaps they just want to tell you about something funny they saw on tv or an interesting meeting they had at work. Always keep the person and the illness separate.Be empathetic: No, you can’t put yourself in their shoes. It’s impossible to do that. Even if you had the exact same illness, your experience would be different. This doesn’t mean that you can’t be empathetic to their situation. Don’t compare their illness to someone else’s, don’t tell them you know how they feel. Do validate what they are feeling and do encourage them to talk to you.Next time you decide to reach out to someone with a chronic illness, try to consider these things. If you would like more information on ways to empower families in their journey surrounding chronic illness, check out our archived webinars here.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Ever wondered what it’s like to edit an animated feature? These professional video editors let you into their world.Editing an animated feature film is a long haul process which can take several years, as the film moves from animated storyboards (animatic), through story development, early animation and then final animation. In this recent #PostChat conversation, animation editor Christopher Murrie describes his work on stop-motion animation features such as Coraline and ParaNorman. This postchat conversation was one of the most active and detailed and you can read the entire thread here, definetly worth it. Thanks must go to @editorliam for putting the storify together and Jesse Averna for running #postchat!In this two part interview from AOTG.com you can hear how editor Ken Schretzmann handles the process of cutting a Pixar film. Ken has worked on several Pixar features including Toy Story 2, Monster’s Inc and Monster’s University. Another interview that is well worth checking out is this extensive article from Annellie Samuel over on the Canadian Cinema Editor’s blog, which brings together both a detailed description of the editorial process of editing an animated film, as well as great interviews with professional animation editors…Dan Lee: What I enjoy most about Animation Editorial is the Leica process or the “story reel”. I like to help tell the story (content, timing, jokes etc) with music and sound effects to really “nail” the scenes for the animators. The fast paced atmosphere of pre production is addictive and when the “colour” shows up months later it’s very satisfying to see the whole show come together. We can change the script, often “guiding” lines for a “pick up” later and change the direction of the show mush more easily then live action because nothing is actually “shot” yet. If a joke doesn’t play well, we can rewrite another one and board it quickly. If the camera work seems “clunky” we can re block it. A large degree of creativity exists in cartoons because if we can imagine it we can sketch it and put it in the show!UK based animation editor Judith Allen shared this excellent breakdown of what it’s like to edit an animated children’s TV series. What is especially useful about her post is the list of time-coded changes that will help you see just how many tiny details change over the course of a sequence being completed. Judith has also put together a detailed 3 part series on what her day to day work as an animation editor involves, and how that fits into whole creative process.At every stage in the edit, the considerations from previous stages should be taken into account. Blocking or animation may reveal problems with a camera angle (set during layout), while animation can fix or break the relationships between characters and objects. Ideas come forward about how to better relay a thought, and timing needs adjusting or dialogue needs replacing which was set during the animatic stage. As with all creative processes, especially those so heavily collaborative, flexibility is key.Editing Animation Part 1 – Editing the AnimaticEditing Animation Part 2 – Editing The AnimationEditing Animation Part 3 – The Final StagesAnimation Tips From Pro AnimatorsFrench animator Patrick Guisiano shared some key lessons he learned while working on Epic at Blue Sky Studios. It’s a fantastic window into the multifaceted world of a working animator’s life; having to combine personal performance, director’s notes, diverse visual references and more into one complex shot:Jeff Gabor, an animator who worked on Ice Age 4 Continental Drift, shared this ‘progression reel’ which demonstrates how much a shot can evolve from the original storyboards, low res first version to the final cinematic shot. He also worked on Epic for Blue Sky Studios and here you can see a quad view of the various stages of his work:If you’re sitting on an idea for an animated feature film, then M Dot Strange’s presentation at LACPUG should inspire you to get on with it and make something happen. M Dot Strange is a one man cinema machine, having created three full length animated feature films by himself:A Beginners Guide to AnimationLastly, if you’ve never fully understood the animation process then this short animation will take you through the process of creating an animated advert in 4 minutes.
Let us know you’re using the parallax effect for in the comments. Learn how to design and animate a parallax effect inside After Effects.Looking to add depth and style to your next explainer slideshow? In this After Effects tutorial, learn how you can create a stylistic slideshow with parallax. Creating the parallax effect is easy to do — you simply have to consider movement and depth. In order to create a great parallax effect, you must have at least two objects moving in separate directions. In the tutorial, we use several layers in After Effects that create dynamic movement and depth.There are multiple ways to achieve a parallax effect. In some scenarios, you might want to break up your main video or image and create several layers of motion with your main element. In our After Effects tutorial, we create the parallax effect using stock lens dust elements. While there are a few ways to create parallax, the essential elements are depth and movement.What You Will Learn from This After Effects TutorialHere are our takeaways from this parallax tutorial:Creating depth with multiple elements.Adding movement to cameras, textures, and images.Building a full slideshow that will save you time.Easily swapping new text and images for new slides.If you are working with titles, make sure the text is readable and doesn’t wash away into the parallax. Download the Free Parallax Project FilesClick the button below to download the FREE After Effects project file, so you can follow along with the tutorial.DOWNLOAD FREE PARALLAX PROJECT FILESGreat Photo/Video Parallax After Effects TemplatesPressed for time to create your own unique parallax slideshow? Here are a couple of great parallax templates from RocketStock.com.ViklanderViklander is a great template that features great movement for your video or photos with essential title overlays.SierraSierra features a great use of geometric patterns and movement to create a great parallax slideshow for video or photos.
Step 1 — Avoid Trendy TransitionsTransitions simply move the viewer from one scene to the next. But, used improperly, they begin to show the seams in the project. While some creators have made very successful careers out of using motion-driven transitions, this technique isn’t for everyone. I believe zoom, warp, and swoosh transitions have their places in specific timelines; however, excessive use will detract your audience from the intended experience.The key is motivation before movement. Emotion before motion (we will get to this later). If there is no motive behind the cinematic elements you’re adding to a scene, they won’t translate. Transitions are like salt. A little dash enhances the flavor, but too much spoils the broth.Step 2 — Avoid Influences from Other Travel VideosThe mistake I learned from a year ago is still relevant today. Instead going to other travel videos for inspiration, watch documentaries, dramas, music videos, Vimeo staff picks — basically, anything else. By diversifying what you watch, you’re changing up how your brain will come up with ideas. For example, when creating my latest across-Canada video, I drew inspiration from the double-exposure effect in the opening credits of True Detective.Step 3 — Music Is King!The right track can motivate the entire video. For me, finding a killer song to incorporate in my films before beginning the edit changes the entire creative process. Music is a good way to convey emotion, so I spend hours on end listening to either my friends’ music or selections from PremiumBeat.com. From there, I pick a track that eventually influences the rest of the project.Step 4 — Sound Effects Connect with Your AudienceHave you ever watched a video that was captured, composed, and edited beautifully, but it still lacked something? The issue was probably good audio. If you skip the sound design, you’re robbing the audience of auditory immersion. For example, if your video shows a waterfall, but your audience hears only music, they’re not getting the full experience. If I’ve captured shots rooted to a specific meaning, I like to apply the slightest bit of sound design to give them a kick.Step 5 — Emotion Before MotionWhen you’re starting your edit, try to remember what the experience felt like. Experience always trumps cinematic trends. I usually ask myself How did you feel when shooting this? And then I follow it with How do you want the audience to feel? Remember, the most significant, most profound films are usually those that nail the emotion corresponding to their scenes.(Tip: sometimes, when I capture scenes or moments, I’ll pull out a little pocket journal to jot down the essence of where I was. Later, I’ll reference the note to properly apply that feeling to my edit.)Looking for more video production tutorials? Check these out.How to Export with Transparency from Adobe After EffectsHow to Properly Pancake Timelines in Adobe Premiere ProVideo Tutorial: Determining The Best Lens for Your ProjectTutorial: Removing Audio Pops and Recording Audio DifferentlyHow to Change the Color of Exterior Lights in After Effects Travel videos can be a dime a dozen, so what can you do (and not do) to make your video stand out in a crowd of look-alikes?You’re back at home after your vacation. You have a hard drive full of epic, experiential shots from the trip, and you’re ready to cut the footage together. For inspiration, you check out some trendy YouTube travel videos. There’s only one small problem — they all look the same. You get quickly overwhelmed by zoom transitions, six packs, and back-flips. Your motivation dwindles, and now all you can think about is that you don’t have a six pack.This is how I felt a little over a year ago. Other than what I saw on YouTube, I didn’t know anything about travel videos. So, like most others, I fell into the internet’s creative vortex, copying a trend rather than creating something authentic.In the following post, I’ll go over how I broke free from the cliches and share how you can get your own original results.
Take a look at your target list.Some of the “prospects” on that list have been there for years. Many of them experienced changes in their business and no longer buy much of what you sell. A few of them don’t buy at all. They’re no longer prospects.Some of these “prospects” might buy a lot of what you sell, but they don’t value what you do enough to pay you for it. They buy on price alone, and you don’t compete on price. Because you can’t sell to them at a price they’re willing to pay, they’re no longer prospects either.Some of your “prospects” have needs that you can’t meet (even outside of price). They need delivery terms that don’t work for you, or payment terms that you can’t meet. Or maybe the way they need a solution work isn’t something you can deliver. They’re no longer prospects or leads.Target Companies That Buy NowTo upgrade your target list you need to build a list of dream clients and prospects that use what you sell now. Companies that are buying what you sell have orders now. You can only get orders from people that have orders to give you.Target Companies That Value What You DoYou also need to upgrade your list by identifying targets that value what is you do. Clients that value what you do will expect you to create that value, and they’ll also allow you to capture some of the value that you create.Target Companies That Don’t Need Exceptional ExceptionsIt’s tough to let go of targets that buy what you sell because you can’t meet their needs. You want to make exceptions, win the business, and move on. But sometimes your company’s business model, your processes, and the other unique ways you do business won’t allow for those exceptions. You’re better off targeting prospects that don’t need exceptions that you can’t make.Upgrade your target list. Eliminate the old stuff that hasn’t been good for years. Fill it back up with real leads and prospects that do buy what you sell, value what you do, and for whom your work will make a difference. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Negativity has no upside. You do not achieve greater outcomes nor greater return on investing negative emotional energy in your problems, challenges, and inconveniences.Negativity creates a disempowered mindset. By reminding yourself how unhappy you are about a certain situation, you are changing your focus and your mental state. You negative mindset will cut you off from potentially positive choices. Your negative focus will blind you to opportunity.You make a negative situation even worse by investing your negative emotional state in it. You amplify the negativity. When something is already difficult or stressful, ratcheting up the negativity ratchets up already heightened emotional states. This is how relationships are destroyed.Being negative doesn’t help you to solve problems or challenges faster. Nor does it allow you to solve them more effectively. In fact, the opposite is true of negativity. It can be debilitating.Negativity doesn’t draw people to your cause. In fact, it can repel the very people whose help you need. Negativity attracts negative people. But to break through difficult challenges, you need the positive, can-do people who believe greater things are possible.Negativity doesn’t make a difficult conversation any easier. Quite the opposite. Negativity can make a difficult conversation crushingly painful. The emotional state and mindset of negativity makes it more likely that you turn a difficult situation into irreconcilable differences. Negativity is how relationships are damaged (or worse).In business and in life, you are going to have to deal with challenging situations and circumstances. You are going to have to deal with unpleasant and difficult people. You are going to fail from time to time, even when failure is not an option.Being negative about any or all of the above does nothing to change the situation or circumstance, nor does it allow you to deal with the circumstances more effectively. You don’t produce a better result by being negative.Making yourself feel bad does nothing to make you feel better. Deciding to feel powerless is not a recipe for being empowered and taking whatever necessary actions are required of you.Negativity is really fear. You are afraid that something bad will happen to you. You are afraid that you aren’t going to get what you want, that you aren’t capable of succeeding, or that you are going to be harmed in some way.There is no upside to negativity. But the upside for optimism and an empowered mindset is limitless.
If you want to create velocity in sales, you need to prospect effectively, compel change to create real opporunities, and control the process.
It is infinitely more likely that you are failing to produce the results you want because of a lack of execution than a lack of knowledge. It is almost certain if you know what you want, that you also know what you need to do to have it.If it isn’t a lack of execution that is preventing the result you want to achieve, then it is almost certainly a lack of patient persistence. If you do the right thing long enough, you will eventually have what you want.If you know what you want and do not have it despite knowing what you need to do and patiently persisting, then your strategy for producing that outcome isn’t right. You can do almost everything right and be off in just one critical area. If you find the distinction between your strategy and someone who already has what you want, making a change will almost surely get you what you want.This is the recipe for achieving what you want to achieve. First, get great clarity about what you want. Two, learn what it is you need to do to have it and execute. Three, patiently persist until you achieve the result. Four, make any necessary adjustments and repeat. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
I am right now in a program with a framework that goes against my deepest beliefs and habits. I’ve been familiar with this program for a long time, and I never engaged with the content they provide, believing the program would not benefit me. But all of my growth has come from looking at beliefs, ideas, and strategies with which I disagree. So, I engaged and opened up the opportunity to change what I believe.Moving Towards That With Which You DisagreeIf you disagree with a belief or an idea or a strategy, the fact that other people have found value in it is evidence that it might be useful. While the fact that other people have found something helpful is not proof positive that it will be helpful for you, it is enough that it should cause you take note. Most people avoid idea with which they disagree, seeking information that confirms what they already believe. Growth, however, comes from changing your mind.If the ideas and beliefs and strategies you have now are capable of producing the results you want, you’d already be producing those results. If you want things to be different than they are now, you are the first thing that you need to change.The more you are locked into what you already know and believe, the more you are locked in and limited to your present state. If you are unwilling to even look at ideas that you find challenging, you eliminate new ideas, new beliefs, new strategies—and the new choices you might have available to you.Change Starts in the 8 inches Between Your EarsTwice in as many weeks, I have encountered a strategy I find difficult. It’s a rather simple idea, and I believe it has value. But part of me continues to argue that it is not possible for me. The idea is that you carry two smartphones. The first phone is your main phone, and the first step is to eliminate all social apps and email from that phone (now you know why this is difficult). The second phone (or device) is for your social apps and your email. By removing these potential sources of distraction, you give yourself the gift of greater focus. You are also intentional about how you process your email and your use of social apps.When confronted by this strategy, my mind immediately comes up with an exhaustive list of all the reasons my email must remain on my primary phone. Even though I would have another device with email a few feet away from me. It’s difficult to overstate the amount of power these devices have over our behavior—and our lives. And since I hate the idea, there are now two phones sitting next to me.Growth requires change—and that change invariably comes with discomfort.If you want to help other people change, there is no better training than learning to change yourself first. What beliefs, ideas, and strategies are you willing to give up and replace with new ones?
The four levels of value provide an orienting generalization that gives guidance on what your dream clients value. Because value is in the eye of the beholder, creating value means providing something your client perceives as value (for a primer on value creation, read this post). The four levels also offer a way to think about winning big clients.As a disclaimer, what follows is a generalization. All generalizations are lies (including this statement, and also what follows), but they contain so much truth that they provide useful distinctions.Level 1: Your Product ItselfWhen you sell your product, you are selling what is generally the lowest level of value. The fact that “product” is the lowest level of value does not mean that it isn’t important—or even essential. You cannot reach higher levels of value creation without the value of your product. You cannot, for example, have the most strategic of ideas and approaches and fail because your product or service doesn’t work.For the most part, it is difficult to differentiate on your product alone because it is certain you have many competitors who, if you are honest, also have good products. It can be tough to displace a competitor when there is little difference between your product and your competitors. (For more on competitive displacements, see Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition).There are plenty of exceptions where the product itself rises to the level of strategic, especially when it is innovative and provides an enormous competitive advantage or solves a systemic challenge in a new way. Much of the time, however, problems at the higher levels create a more compelling case to change.Because there are so many organizations that make good products, you can find a lot of small deals around the product, and you can find bigger deals that are mostly transactional and treated as commodities.Level 2: Experience – Easy to Do Business WithOne level up from product is “experience.” The value here is what it’s like to do business with you. It includes your service and support. The level of value here transcends and includes of the lower level of value. If your product works but comes with problems and challenges, how well you resolve and eliminate those challenges is a differentiator.Perhaps because I spent a good part of my sales life selling and intangible, my experience has convinced me that we lose more clients to a poor experience than the product or service itself. If it is a problem that the product or service doesn’t work, the fact that your client can’t get the help they need makes things even worse. There isn’t a company on Earth that is without its challenges, problems, and failures. There is, however, enormous variations in their processes, their approaches, and their responses to those challenges.If the experience and the support and service are more valuable than the product, it’s often because your client uses more of what of the product and service and needs more help. Companies that don’t buy much of the product or service don’t tend to have as many problems.A little larger prospective client is likely to have more substantial problems.Level 3: Tangible Results – Solving ProblemsLet’s assume a hypothetical company manages insurance claims. The tangible result their clients seek is the effective management of the claims. Maybe they measure this result with a metric of cases handled. Because many companies can manage claims, it can be difficult to perceive any real differences outside of price. Most companies can solve their client’s problems, often without there being much different in their approaches.What makes the third level of value greater than one and two is that it includes both of them, and it usually means there is some solution, some problem you are solving. You and your competition can both solve the problem, even if you might do one way while they solve it using another approach. The fact that many companies can solve the problem means we have been commoditized at this level.When there is a need for a solution, there is more of a problem and more of a need. Bigger problems equal bigger deals.Level 4: Strategic ValueBecause of my long experience in staffing, it provides the most straightforward example for me to demonstrate the fourth and highest level of value. The level three value is providing an employee who can do the work required of their assignment. The fourth level might be providing an employee who can be hired full-time, reducing their turnover, improving their productivity, or reducing their overall cost of hiring.The problems listed about over are of a greater magnitude than those you find at lower levels. They’re systemic, difficult to improve, and strategic. Improvements here create more value than the gain at the lower levels, all of which is necessary of you to get to level four.If you need very little of something and going without it for long periods isn’t a problem, then the problem doesn’t rise to “strategic.” If you rely on something and going without puts your future at risk, it’s strategic.The Big Deal about Big DealsEvery day there are very, very large deals for products. However, even in sales where products are purchased, winning big deals almost always requires something more than price. Imagine a chip manufacturer who sells its components in hundreds of thousands, each with a minuscule amount of four cents. You can imagine the higher levels of value matter very much. The experience, support, and service are necessary. It’s also easy to believe that the failure rate (problems at the third level of value) would also be a factor, especially if the client discovers this fact after they assemble the product they produce with the chips.At level four, the supplying company’s willingness to invest in equipment to scale up their operation to serve their customer, to locate their factories close to their customer, to carry the cost of inventory, or to provide exclusivity to give their customer a competitive advantage would all be considered more strategic than the other levels of value.If you want to win bigger deals, you need to start solving bigger, more strategic problems. Essential Reading! 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Goa Police have filed a charge sheet against four employees of Fabindia in connection with the voyeurism case filed against them after Union Minister Smriti Irani alleged that the store had a CCTV camera in the trial room. Goa Police SP (Crime Branch) Karthik Kashyap said on September 10 that the charge sheet was filed a month ago before the Judicial Magistrate First Class court at Mapusa in North Goa.Paresh Bhagat, Prashant Naik, Karim Lakhani and Raju Payancha, all of them in-charge of sections at the Fabindia store have been named in the charge sheet. They were arrested and later released on bail. Crime Branch officials, however, said that Fabindia MD William Bissel and CEO Subrata Dutta have not been named in the charge sheet.Also read: Fabindia voyeur identified, case solved: Goa policeThe charge sheet has been filed under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354C (voyeurism), 509 (intruding privacy) of the IPC and 66E (punishment for violation of privacy) of the Information Technology Act, 2000.On April 3, 2015, a case of alleged voyeurism came to light at the Fabindia outlet in Goa’s Candolim after Ms. Irani raised an alarm over a CCTV camera in the trial room.
A superb all-round performance by Puneri Paltan saw it register a comfortable 37-25 victory over Haryana Steelers in the fifth ProKabaddi League (PKL) here on Tuesday.Sandeep Narwal (nine points), Rajesh Mondal (seven points) were the main contributors but it was a team effort that led Pune to victory.Paltan raiders chipped in with 15 points whereas the defence contributed 17 points. For Haryana, Surjeet Singh was the sole performer as he ended up with 9 raid points.Puneri Paltan is now third in Zone A with 42 points from 11 matches. Haryana Steelers remain second with 49 points after 16 matches.Puneri Paltan led 2-0 in the first minute after scoring a raid and tackle point. Wazir Singh made a successful raid in the second minute to open Haryana Steelers’ account.Both teams were neck and neck after five minutes with score level at 4-4. Rajesh Mondal made a successful raid in the 9th minute to give Puneri Paltan 7-4 lead. Steelers made it 7-7 in the 10th minute.In the 17th minute, Deepak Hooda made a successful raid to give Puneri Paltan 10-9 lead, which it extended to 16-10 after inflicting an all out in the 18th minute.Haryana Steelers scored two points in a minute at the start of the second half to trail 12-17. Puneri Paltan looked in control of the match as it led 20-13 after 25 minutes.Haryana looked hapless and completely out of sorts as they couldn’t match Paltan’s intensity.In another match Patna Pirates beat Bengaluru Bulls 36-32.
Amit Pandey promises to make Lucknow “the first mosquito-free city in India.” In his appeal for votes, he also defines his “motto,” which says, “Har noto par Subash Chandra Bose ki photo.”While three-fourth of the election pamphlet introduces us to Mr. Pandey’s ideology, his 10-point manifesto and slogan, relegated to the lower end of it is the image of a sari-clad woman with folded hands. There is no detail about her work or profile but her relationship with Mr. Pandey, who runs an outfit called the Azad Hind Mahasangh, is mentioned.That’s Jyotsana Pandey, who is introduced as his “patni” (wife). It may appear that Mr. Pandey is contesting an election. It is not so. The Lucknow Mayor seat is reserved for women. His wife, a home-maker, is the nominated candidate. Mr. Pandey, who is into water trading business, defends the content of the pamphlet, saying his wife, though a home-maker, has been active in his political mission.Ms. Pandey, 41, also thinks it is fine to project her husband more prominently. “The motto is his. The demands are his. He has been the face of the mission though I have been part of it. Women empowerment starts from home. Who better to support you than your husband? Had he been contesting, I would have stood beside him like he stands for me,” says Ms. Pandey.If the seat was open to men, would her husband be the candidate? “Yes,” she says.The reasons may vary but the campaign of women candidates battling it out in the Uttar Pradesh urban body polls invariably cannot escape the imprint of their male family members. Unless the women are popular or politicians in their own right, it is common for their campaign to be run on the face, profile and reputation of the husband, brother, father or son, especially in reserved seats.Even mainstream parties, while releasing their lists, identify a woman candidate by a man —father or husband. The “pradhan-pati” or husband of the pradhan (woman) often enjoys more social recognition and public space than the elected wife.The most visible trait of this trend is the election campaign material, where the male relatives are showcased more prominently than women and, in some cases, the female candidate’s photo or background is missing altogether. The campaign stickers of Amina Begum, who is the BSP candidate from the Sajoini Nagar Nagar Palika Parishad ward in Lucknow, introduce her as the wife of Mohammad Ismael. The phone numbers listed are also under his name, not hers.Explaining the content, Mr. Ismael, a BSP worker, says his wife, who is a home-maker and illiterate, does not enjoy his popularity in the local circuit. “I have been active in politics for many years. People know me. If I don’t tell them that she is my wife, how will they know her? It is my compulsion,” says Mr. Ismael, adding that it was a practical decision. Ms. Amina was not reachable.Sadhna Singh Sachan, 52, criticises the alleged hijacking of women’s politics by men, saying they cannot be empowered till they are allowed to function according to their own values.However, her own campaign material for the Lucknow Mayor post cannot escape the identity of her husband, who is a retired colonel, although his picture is not displayed on the pamphlet. “Na rajneeti karne ayi hoon. Na farzi wada karne ayi hoon. Fauji ki patni hoon…” (I am not here to do politics, I am not here to make false promises, I am an army man’s wife) reads her appeal, in which she seeks votes with folded hands. Ms. Sachan, a social worker, however, disassociates it from patriarchal norms, stressing that it was a strategy to “appeal” and “unite” in her favour the “votebank” of servicemen who live in Lucknow in good numbers. “I never used my husband’s name to identify myself before this,” says Ms. Sachan.It is this male-dominated trend that Sarita Gautam, a Dalit social worker and Congress candidate from ward 27 in Allahabad, wants to defeat. In her appeal for votes, Ms. Gautam says: “Samarthan samaj sevika ka kare, patniyon se parhez kare (Support a social activist, reject wives).”Ms. Gautam, who works on women empowerment with focus on counselling, domestic violence and security, says the preponderance of “proxy” female candidates negates the efforts of women who are fighting it on their own for real social change. “Those sisters who have nothing to do with social work or politics are fielded by their husbands simply because the seat is reserved. Even if they are elected, they are kept at home and deprived of exercising their rights and duties,” says Ms. Gautam.“I clearly remember that once I had gone to meet an elected woman pradhan but her father-in-law did not allow me to speak to her. He insisted that I narrate my problem to him instead. I was livid at him for his attitude, more so when I found the elected woman rolling chappatis in the kitchen.”In 2012, four out the 12 Mayor seats in U.P., including one each for the OBC and the SC, were reserved for women. This time, as the posts have been increased to 16, six women will be elected as Mayors, including in Varanasi, Lucknow and Allahabad. Sixty-seven out of the 199 Nagar Palika Parishad seats are also reserved for women. Voting for the municipal polls in Uttar Pradesh is scheduled from November 22 in three phases. The counting is on December 1.
While the driver and Mr. Singh, 45, were killed on the spot, the two police gunners died during treatment at a nearby medical facility.District Magistrate Sarika Mohan and Superintendent of Police Anand Kulkarni had rushed to the scene of the accident.The gunners who lost their lives have been identified as Brijesh Mishra, 28, and Deepak Kumar, 30. A Bharatiya Janata Party MLA was killed on Wednesday in a road accident in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur while he was on his way to the Investors Meet in Lucknow, police said.Lokendra Singh, the Noorpur (BJP) legislator from Bijnore, was headed for the summit to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the day, when his SUV rammed head on with a truck coming from the opposite direction at Kakaiyyapara.His Fortuner car was going at high speed, an official told IANS. His two security guards and the driver have also died in the crash.Anguished by the demise of BJP MLA from Noorpur, Shri Lokendra Singh Ji due to an accident. His service towards society and role in building the BJP in UP will always be remembered. My thoughts are with his family and supporters in this hour of grief.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 21, 2018
A video of former Goa Tourism Minister Francisco alias Mickky Pacheco driving an SUV on a beach in South Goa and then allegedly threatening and assaulting a water sports operator went viral on social media on Monday.Melroy Da Silva, the water sports operator, uploaded a video of Mr. Pacheco confronting him. He post claimed that Mr. Pacheco ran over a parachute owned by him at Betalbatim beach on Sunday with his vehicle on the beach.It also alleges that after Mr. Da Silva confronted Mr. Pacheco at a shack at the adjoining beach at Utorda soon after the incident, Mr. Pacheco and his friends assaulted him and the former Minister repeatedly showed him the middle finger.“I followed the vehicle tyre-tracks and found it parked at Utorda beach. When I went inside the shack and asked him why he ran over the parachute and whether he could drive his car on the beach, Mr. Mickky and his three friends tried to assault me. He even tried to run his vehicle on me,” Mr. Da Silva has said in his social media post.Mr. Pacheco, however, insisted that he was innocent.On Monday, Mr. Pacheco told presspersons that he was innocent and only trying to pick up an ailing friend at the nearby Utorda beach village. He denied the allegations of assault, and said claiming he would be filing a complaint against Mr. Da Silva on Tuesday.“I was driving my jeep only to pick up a sick friend at Utorda as common ambulances cannot be driven on beaches. If I have broken a law by driving on the beach, I am ready to pay the fine to the authorities. Why should this man confront me and point a camera at me,” Mr. Pacheco asked.
The Ludhiana-based Punjab Agricultural University has developed a unique pumpkin variety that does not have a hard seed coat. “Plants of cucurbit family have a thick and leathery seed coat. Decorticated seeds of muskmelon, watermelon, longmelon and cucumber are commonly used for confectionery and home preparations in India. We have now developed a unique pumpkin variety that does not have the hard seed coat and can be used as it is. The Research Evaluation Committee and the State Varietal Approval Committee has approved this variety for cultivation in Punjab,” said Ajmer Singh Dhatt, Head of Department of Vegetable Science at PAU. Mr. Dhatt said it is the first variety of ‘soft’ seeded pumpkin in India and its cultivation at commercial level will meet the domestic requirement of snack seed and bakery industry as well as offer opportunities for exports. “Raw or roasted pumpkin seeds are used as snack food in many parts of the world. It is also used for cooking, baking, nutrient supplement and functional agent. Oil of pumpkin seeds is used in cooking and salad dressing, particularly in Europe and America,” he said, adding that export possibilities of this seed could help farmers in boosting their income.
CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS—For just one moment last night, you might have guessed this was a typical scientific awards ceremony. An international team of biologists led by Vlastimil Hart of the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague was describing an experiment on dogs. The researchers were trying to measure the animal’s ability to detect Earth’s magnetic field.But the moment of normalcy soon passed as the team explained its experimental method. After observing 70 dogs defecate 1893 times and urinate 5582 times over a 2-year period, the researchers noticed that the dogs sometimes aligned the axis of their bodies with the geomagnetic field. As the team reported last year in Frontiers in Zoology, on days with random geomagnetic fluctuations, the dog’s orientation while pooping and peeing also tended toward random. “And here’s the proof!” said Hart, as he and colleagues tossed baggies of what was claimed to be the experiment’s leftovers out to the audience in the packed Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. (This reporter did not check the contents.)Of course, this was no ordinary scientific award ceremony. Hart’s team was accepting one of the coveted 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes that celebrate research that “makes you laugh, and then makes you think.” The prize, organized by the Annals of Improbable Research, includes $10 trillion—actually a $10 trillion bill in Zimbabwean dollars, which is worthless—handed out on stage by one of several past winners of the real Nobel Prize, including Frank Wilczek and Richard Roberts.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(*)Many animals are known to be able to perceive magnetic fields, from pigeons to mice, but the assumed purpose is for navigation. Even if canines really can sense Earth’s magnetic field, why would they align their bodies while crouching momentarily in one place? In his paper, Hart argues that dogs may be “calibrating” their inner compass. Perhaps like humans, dogs do some useful cogitation while doing their business.Dog poop wasn’t the only research to scoop a prize this year. Also recognized was a study with an enticing title that read, in part, “Seeing Jesus in toast,” which was first published online this past January in the journal Cortex. If you do see Jesus, Elvis, or any other face in the random light and dark spots on a piece of toast, you are “completely normal,” explained Kang Lee, a neuroscientist at the University of Toronto in Canada. The human brain seems to be so finely tuned to detect faces that most people experience pareidolia, the perception of nonexistent objects such as faces in a random signal.To find out exactly where in the brain pareidolia arises, Kang and colleagues scanned the activity of people’s brains while showing them images of light and dark pixels arranged randomly. For half of those images, the researchers told their subjects that there was a hidden face or letters. Sure enough, the subjects claimed to see the nonexistent faces and letters 34% and 38% of the time, respectively. The part of the brain that lit up with activity during those moments of pareidolia was the right fusiform face area, known to be responsible for facial recognition.To confirm that the people’s brains really were processing images of faces, the team used a technique called classification, which creates a composite image by mapping people’s brain activity to different images. Eerily, a facelike classification image emerged from the collective brain activity of people experiencing pareidolia.The other winners of this year’s Ig Nobel Prizes were equally zany and creative, from a measurement of the friction between a shoe and a banana peel to the modulation of the pain caused by a burning laser while people viewed good or bad art. See the full list here.
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