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By Carol ChurchWhen the time comes to retire from the military, there are so many decisions to be made and transitions for service members and their families to think about. One major one is whether to stay in the community they’re currently living in or to move on to an area that may have more to offer in various ways. For many, this may be a welcome opportunity to return to an area where family live, or to a region they enjoyed when stationed there. But there’s more to consider, particularly from a financial point of view!The situation will, of course, vary from person to person. Many military retirees will be quite young and looking to start a second nonmilitary career. (Did you know that the average military retiree is only in his or her 40s?) Some may still have children in school, which comes with its own set of considerations. Of course, others will be at a different stage of life and feel ready to stop working and pursue hobbies, travel, or relaxation.So, keeping the diversity of the “military retiree” in mind, what are some possible considerations when choosing where to live after retiring from the military?Does the state tax military retirement pay?This can be a big one if the servicemember will be drawing a retirement pension. Of the 50 states, 9 have no state income tax. 14 of those that do have chosen not to tax military retirement pay. Another 20 offer some kind of tax credit or tax exemption for military retirees. Others offer no breaks. These laws change frequently, so it’s a very good idea to research the current laws for any state under consideration. Retirees may also want to compare state income tax rates, which vary widely. Some tax higher earners at a fairly significant rate.Are there industries in the area that draw on skills gained in the military, if planning to still work?Government and defense contract jobs are obvious choices, but the medical, security, manufacturing, and IT fields (among others) may all hold opportunity. The unemployment rate may also be something to consider if the “retiree” plans to pursue a second career or if his or her spouse will be looking for work.Are there VA hospitals in the region, and what do other vets and rating systems say about them?Although not every retiree will choose to utilize the VA system for healthcare, it can be important to have the option. VA systems vary, so just knowing there is one in the area may not be enough—it pays off to look into ratings.Is this a popular area for military retirees?The military is nothing if not a huge community, and for some it will be hard to leave. Retirement may feel more comfortable and enjoyable with other veterans in the area. It’s even possible to move to specialized military senior living communities, if this is of interest.How affordable is housing in the area?Military families may be excited to finally purchase a “forever home” after holding back from purchasing or “making do” during years of PCSing. The VA loan program makes this dream even more attainable. For some, however, the realities of home buying may also be a bit of shock. Doing background research on the price and attainability of housing stock in the area is a must.Are there any bases nearby?Though this may not be a big consideration for some, others enjoy being near bases and having access to the amenities they can provide, such as the commissary, exchange, Space-A flights, etc.What is the area’s cost of living?Retirees will want to see how the costs of common expenses like groceries, health care, utilities, and son compares from region to region. (Property and local taxes are a big factor, too.) While it can be difficult to obtain a reliable estimate of this figure, some sites offer cost of living calculators, like this one and this one.What about climate, cultural opportunities, and general demographics of the area?These are more typical “where to retire” considerations are still going to be relevant. Many websites and articles provide information on these factors.This is all quite a bit to consider—all the more reason to start thinking about these big choices early. Service members should start planning for retirement two to three years ahead of time. It will take time to get everything worked out and all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed. Many sites, lists, and articles rate the “best” cities, states, and area for military retirees, but of course, in the end, this decision will be very personal. Considering the financial implications of where to settle should certainly be part of the picture.We’re hosting a 3-day learning event June 6-8 focused on retirement issues. Learn more about this Virtual Learning Event here.
By Carol Church What is the Military Lending Act?The original Military Lending Act was passed in 2006. It was created to protect service members from predatory lenders who may target these young and somewhat unsophisticated consumers. Unfortunately, the combination of a steady income and lower financial literacy can make service members prone to financial exploitation, such as when lenders charge very high interest rates.The act’s protections are powerful because the US government has a vested interest in protecting its military from predatory lending practices. Predatory lending can negatively affect military readiness and create security risks, such as when a service member becomes prone to illegal behavior due to anxiety about debt.Because lenders found ways around the original MLA, it was updated. New provisions went into effect in October 2017.What types of loans does the MLA cover?Credit cardsPayday loansCar title loansTax refund anticipation loansDeposit advance loansInstallment loansUnsecured open-end lines of creditWhat types of loans are NOT covered under the MLA?MortgagesCar loansWho does the MLA apply to?Active duty service members (including those on active Guard or active Reserve duty) and their dependents, including spouses, children under age 21, children under age 23 who are attending college, and children of any age who are unable to support themselves due to disabilities.What are the MLA’s protections?Interest on covered loans is capped at 36% APR, which includes regular APRs as well as annual fees, application fees, finance charges, service fees, and credit default insurance.The idea behind this rule was to cap APRs while also protecting service members from products that advertise a low APR that is then made much higher by added fees. However, some fees, such as late payment fees, are considered typical and expected, and will not be included when making these calculations.Those covered may not be required to enter into mandatory arbitration.Many lenders require borrowers to sign papers agreeing to settle any problems through mandatory binding arbitration rather than through the court system. This rule means that service members do not have to do this if they don’t want to.Those required cannot be required to give up rights they have under consumer protection laws, such as the Service Members’ Civil Relief Act.Those covered cannot be charged a prepayment penalty for paying off their loans early.Those covered cannot be forced to repay loans via military paycheck allotment.An allotment takes money out of your military paycheck automatically, before any money gets to you.Who is responsible for making sure the rules are followed?The loan originator is responsible for determining whether borrowers are service members and for making sure that the rules are followed.Are there any downsides?A few people think so, yes. Because the MLA caps APRs, it makes it difficult for certain types of lenders, such as payday loan originators and pawnshops, to make money. Normally, these lenders would charge interest rates in excess of 36%. Rather than lower their APRs, in some cases, these businesses may simply refuse to do business with service members. This issue is still in flux.NAFCU’s Brandy Bruyere Shares the Latest MLA Status with a Couple of Concerns… from CUbroadcast on Vimeo.What should service members do if they think their rights under MLA are not being respected?Service members concerned about this can contact their local JAG office.References:Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (2016). What are my rights under the Military Lending Act? Retrieved from https://www.consumerfinance.gov/ask-cfpb/what-are-my-rights-under-the-military-lending-act-en-1783/Hudson Cook LLP. (2016). Uncle Sam Wants YOU to Comply with the Military Lending Act. Retrieved from https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=492746e8-8b3e-4cb9-9899-8ba924af01ebMeyer, B. The Military Lending Act – What You Need to Know. Retrieved from https://www.cudirect.com/blog/the-military-lending-act-what-you-need-to-know/US Department of Defense. (2015). Department of Defense Issues Final Military Lending Act Rule. Retrieved from https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/612795/
Don’t miss out on a few timesaving features of Adobe After Effects CC that flew under the radar. The following video gives a rundown on many of the hidden gems of AE CC.After Effects pro and Premiumbeat friend John Dickinson of Motionworks.net shares some of the best ‘hidden features’ of AE CC. Among the feature additions and changes to After Effects CC that you may have missed:Shift Parenting: holding shift while combining layers will inherent the anchor point of the parent layer…as well as the keyframes.Isolate AE comps that have missing elements: effects, fonts or footage.AE Brainstorm: you can brainstorm gradient colors for text and shapes.Quickly experiment with looks by reversing the colors in a Gradient Ramp.You can now set audio output to ‘auto’. The file will only output audio if there is audio present in the comp.Enable/disable the ‘render finished’ alert sound.If frames are missing when importing footage, know exactly which ones.You can export Effects.Reveal a layer in Finder by right-clicking it in the Timeline panel.Keep your project more organized (especially big projects) by using the new “close other timeline panels” feature.Quickly replace a layer with a precomp.Be sure to check out the video to see these features and more, as well as how to access them in Adobe After Effects CC. Thanks for sharing, John!
A film production’s camera crew is responsible for setting up and using the camera. Here are the responsibilities of each crew member. The camera is the most important tool on set. Without a camera, there is no movie. The director is in charge of a film set. The senior creative crew member after the director is the director of photography, who will achieve the look of the film using the various departments they manage. Among those departments is the camera crew.Director of PhotographyImage: Director of Photography Roger Deakins on set of Skyfall, via filmmakeriq.comThe director of photography (DP or DoP) manages the camera department, lighting department, electrical, and grips. They are the chief of the camera crew. The film’s director will tell the DP how they want a shot to look. They will then work with these departments to choose cameras, lenses, filters, shot composition, light design and setup, and any necessary gear.Camera OperatorImage: Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, via tasteofcinema.comThe camera operator, or cameraman, is the person who actually operates the camera. They are the person behind the lens and controlling the camera. This position varies on every set and for every shot. A director may assume this position for certain shots, but the director of photography is typically the camera operator. When a DP is the cameraman, they are typically referred to as a cinematographer.Cinematographer and director of photography are used interchangeably. The director of photography in the credits is the chief cinematographer. The best DPs are invited to be part of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).If the DP has assigned another person to run the camera, or if multiple cameras are being used at once, the other cameramen are simply called camera operators.First Assistant Camera (1st AC, Focus Puller, Assistant Cameraman, B Camera)Image: 1st AC Larry Nielsen via NPRThe first assistant camera is in charge of the camera department. During a shoot, the 1st AC is responsible for keeping the camera in focus. This gave rise to the name focus puller. They are in charge of the maintenance and care of all cameras. During pre-production, the 1st AC will go to rental houses to test gear and make sure everything is ready on schedule.On-set, the 1st AC will build the camera, swap lenses, and move it from shot to shot. They are also responsible for updating the dope sheet. The dope sheet is a camera report that lists scenes that have already been shot. If shooting on film stock, the list will also contain the contents of each exposed reel.Most notably, the 1st AC should not look through a lens. They must be able to keep focus by paying attention to the distance between a subject and the camera.Second Assistant Camera (2nd AC, Camera Loader, Clapper Loader)2nd AC Geraldine Brezca on the set of Inglourious BasterdsThe second assistant camera works directly with the 1st AC. The 2nd AC operates the clapperboard at the beginning of each take. They also load film stock into camera magazines if there is no film loader on set. They note when film stock is received, used, and sent for development. The 2nd AC also oversees the transportation of camera equipment from one location to another.The second assistant camera will also tape down camera marks, the points where actors will perform. They update camera reports with camera settings, like aperture and focal length. This is recorded for any future pick-up shots or reshoots.Loader (Film Loader, Digital Loader)Image: Film Loader Milan Janicin on set of Transformers, via Edwards Air Force BaseThe loader is responsible for the actual medium that the camera shoots on, whether film stock or digital cards. Historically, the film loader was responsible for putting film into camera magazines. They would go into a dark room to open light-tight canisters of film stock to load into the magazine. They would then give the magazine to the 2nd AC, who would put it on the camera. When the 2nd AC finished a reel, the film loader would then take the footage back to their dark room or tent. The film loader puts the footage back into the light-tight canister and labels it for transport to the development lab.A digital loader works with memory cards, rather than film stock. Digital loaders manage inventory and back up footage. They work alongside the digital imaging technician to manage the digital data. The position is not very common on set, as 2nd ACs typically manage memory cards and give them directly to the DIT.Digital Imaging Technician (DIT)Image: Digital Imaging Technician Von Thomas, via Digital Tech NYCThe digital imaging technician is responsible for image quality control, on-set color correction, and managing a production’s workflow. The DIT manages all data and file distribution. They receive the camera’s memory cards and immediately dump and backup footage. They then send uncompressed files to the editors and make compressed file dailies for the director. DITs have a deep technical knowledge of all things digital like cameras, codecs, laptops, monitors, and more. Check out the constantly evolving role of a DIT.Steadicam OperatorImage: Steadicam Operator Chris Haarhoff on set of Birdman, via 1070noticias.comThe Steadicam operator is a specific camera operator that uses a Steadicam rig. Steadicam is a trademarked camera stabilization rig; the term should not be used to describe other types of stabilization devices like the MoVI and Ronin. The Steadicam operator wears the system on their body, which allows them to balance the camera while in motion.Camera Production Assistant (Camera PA, Camera Intern, Camera Trainee)Image: Camera PA Benito Sanchez on set of Nebraska, via University of Nebraska-LincolnThe camera production assistant helps the camera crew with any necessary duty. They are on set to learn by assisting every position listed above. Any camera intern will want to learn some camera crew slang, courtesy of Evan Luzi at The Black and Blue.Did you learn anything about camera crew jobs? Interested in more Filmmaking 101 posts like these? Let us know in the comments below!
Your film may be set for disaster before you even begin rolling. Here are a few filmmaking tips for optimizing your productions.Top image via Sociable FilmsSometimes, filmmakers get the short end of the stick; companies and clients don’t have the money, time, or true desire to make the most of each project. This can be rather frustrating for those seeking to progress in the industry by making each project better than the last. Here are a few filmmaking tips that can help you maximize time, money, and energy while giving clients the best value for their buck.1. Pre-ProductionImage via ShutterstockTime spent on planning is something most people tend to neglect on any sized budget, but it is essential when it comes to creating an organized piece. Not being prepared will cause setbacks, which, in the end, will be costly on set, both in time and money.These are often the most overlooked points of pre-production:Game-plans for shootingshot listsshooting schedulesquestion lists (for interviews)knowing the bio of the interview subjectlocation movesclean up and trash disposalplanning on lunch and mealsMissing these elements not only hurts your schedule and budget (because of overtime pay), but can hurt your personal image and work ethic as well. A crew can easily see the difference between a production that has been properly planned compared to one that’s just “winging it.” Typically, a set that’s well prepared will always start and end the day on time with minimal stress and a happy crew.Yes, the more experienced you are, the easier it is to just show up and “make it happen,” but the reality is that proper pre-production saves the morale of the crew. Nothing is worse than having a team of filmmakers NOT wanting to be actively present and who only show up for the paycheck.Time on SetImage via ShutterstockA few simple items can be overlooked when it feels like there’s too much packed into a day. Things like walkthroughs with the crew, department head meetings in the morning, or a simple team gathering for a schedule summary are all crucial to the flow.If everyone is on the same page, then the entire team can move towards the same goal.However, if that game plan is only known by the Director or Assistant Director, then the crew may be overworked trying to accomplish tasks that are irrelevant for the production.Many have seen it: the frustrating moment when a crew sets up lights, cameras, set dressing, and sound equipment because everyone thought the shot was facing the east — and then the director strolls in an hour late and says, “oh by the way, we’re facing west today.” Suddenly, that huge setup has to be taken apart and reset, and the rest of the day is delayed because of a difference in mentality.Good Effort vs. Wasted EffortImage via ShutterstockWe all want that cinematic look with perfect dolly shots, sliding shots, and great angles that give us the artistic style we all have grown to love. Unfortunately, when crushed for time, many of those shots are the first to go because there’s a higher demand for coverage.A great tip, when it comes to time management for shots, is to count the number of setups (camera moves, lens changes, etc.) that are needed for the day. If you’re “run and gun,” you’ll be maxed out at 50-60 setups in a 14 hour day — any more and you’ll be sacrificing the integrity of the film. For television production, 25-30 setups are average. In film, it’s closer to 20 or fewer in a day is normal. Don’t ever plan to shoot more than you can handle; be realistic in what you can accomplish, and stick to it.In the end, investing thought ahead of time will save time in the long run. Have a solid idea of what is needed before ever stepping foot on set. When that day comes, make sure to keep the crew updated so that all hands are on the same page. The number of setups is vital to a proper day of planning. Don’t be greedy, and plan for what you know you can accomplish. Following these tips will help make the most of your valuable time and energy on and off the set.What tips do you have for optimizing your film set? Share in the comments below.
In this video tutorial, learn how to improve your editing workflow with precise edits using Premiere Pro’s Trim Mode configuration.Many editors might not even know that Premiere’s Trim Mode exists, mainly due to the fact that it’s so well hidden. Nevertheless, this helpful display will allow you to quickly and precisely adjust an edit point, using a variety of different trim tools along the way. Use it to tweak dialogue scenes, change the pacing of an action sequence, or simply wow your colleagues. Let’s take a closer look at what you can accomplish in Premiere’s Trim Mode. Trim Mode ConfigurationIf you want to fine-tune an edit point, you can put the Program monitor into Trim Mode configuration. To do this, select Sequence > Trim Edit, or simply use keyboard shortcut T. Once open, the playhead on the timeline will snap to the closest edit point, and the Program monitor will switch to a two-screen display. These two screens show you the In and Out points of the adjacent clips along with their source timecode.Playback will loop when Trim Mode is active, giving you the opportunity to view changes to the edit point as you make them. Several buttons are available in this mode, including trim forward/backward options and an apply default transition button. Change the amount of frames in the trim forward/backward buttons in Preferences > Trim. Trimming in Trim ModeThe great thing about Trim Mode is that you can trim by clicking and dragging directly on the display. As you move your mouse over the panel, various trim tools become active, including the Rolling and Ripple edit tools. Use these tools by clicking and dragging on a particular window in the Program monitor. Again, the left display shows the Out point of the previous clip, while the right shows the In point of the upcoming clip.For more precise controls, use the trim forward/backward buttons or use Ctrl+Left to trim backward and Ctrl+Right to trim forward (use the Option modifier key on a Mac). To perform a Slip edit, first select the In and Out points of your clip with the Ripple Tool. Next, enter Trim Mode and adjust the clip accordingly. For a Slide edit, select the Out point of the previous clip and the In point of the next clip, open up Trim Mode and adjust accordingly.Looking for more Premiere Pro tips? Check out these articles.Shutterstock’s Free Plugin Brings 8 Million+ Clips to Premiere Pro15 FREE Camera Shake Presets for After Effects and Premiere ProImprove Your Edits with Better Audio in Premiere ProAudio Mixing in Premiere Pro’s Clip MixerOrganize Your Interviews Using Subclips in Premiere Pro
Here are nine FilmFreeway tips and tricks to give your film its best chance at success during festival submission season.Cover image by lapandr.It’s film festival submission season! There’s a whole industry full of empty lineups ready for up-and-coming filmmakers and budding film sensations. If you’ve recently completed a project (or are frantically finishing one up), chances are you’ll be logging into film submission websites like FilmFreeway (or Withoutabox) to find a good home for your film.However, before you hit submit (and the fees hit your bank account), here are nine tips and tricks you should consider when assembling your submission.1. Create Your ProfileImage via FilmFreeway.I’ll start by focusing on FilmFreeway: the platform strongly encourages you to not only create a profile for your film project but also profiles for yourself, your collaborators, and your crew. Your profile is a bigger part of your submission than you’d think — festivals want to get to know the filmmakers and their unique stories just as much as the projects they’re peddling. Don’t leave any section unfilled, and try to really give life to the who/what/when/where/why of your director bio and your project description.2. World PremiereImage by Bosko.Many film festival submission sites (as well as native platforms built into individual festivals) want you to indicate whether or not your film project already exists out in the world. This matters for a lot of reasons, but the main ones are simply importance and authority. Premiering a film is worth much more to the festival than a second (or third, etc.) screening — and it’s much more important than screening a film that is already bouncing around online. However, you can obviously only have one official world premiere, so keep that mind when you check the box.3. Behind the Scenes AssetsImage by Janelle Lugge.Festivals love behind-the-scenes assets. Screengrabs and headshots are great, but nothing beats images of the actors on set, under lights, behind cameras, and holding scripts. There’s no reason to over do it, and you don’t have to send everything, but it’s common practice to have an on-set photographer — even if that only means grabbing a photographer friend for a day. Even phone photos and Instagram pics are worth adding to your submission.4. Customize Every SubmissionOne great upside of using platforms like FilmFreeway is that, after you create your own and your film’s profiles, you can search and submit to thousands of festivals with only a few clicks. The downside to this process is that, in the interest of time, it encourages boilerplate submissions. Avoid doing this at all costs (or you’ll quite literally just be throwing money away). Festivals can tell when they’re dealing with mass submissions versus genuine interest.5. Understand Each FestivalImage by Brian A. Jackson.By the same token, when you find a festival that truly matches your interest (and you match theirs), to create a genuine submission, you need to do your research and determine what makes the festival unique. Just like you and your film, each festival offers an unique angle, mission, audience, and community. If you know what makes the festival special, you can highlight how your submission fits their mission statement.6. Know Your Target AudienceJust as you should understand the makeup of each festival, it’s important to understand the audience. You can look at what the festival says about itself on its website, but you can also look at reviews or feedback elsewhere online. Find out which films have screened with the festival in the past — and how audiences received them. If you can see that your intended audience is tightly aligned with the festival’s usual audience, you may have found a match.7. Follow the RulesThis should be obvious, but people still mess this up — especially when submitting without thoroughly reading the guidelines. Many festivals have runtime restrictions that you can overlook if you aren’t reading the fine print. To some festivals, a short film is anything under 40 minutes, while others only want films under 10 minutes. If you’re operating in more abstract runtime spaces, like five-minute shorts or one-minute micro-films, these guidelines are absolutely crucial, as even a few seconds could disqualify a submission and waste your fee.8. The Importance of a Good StoryFinally, if you’re submitting a film to festival, we can assume that you’re a filmmaker. If you’re a filmmaker, you’re really a storyteller. So, when you’re submitting your film, it’s up to you to deliver a good story for the festival screeners. This requires a combination of personal narrative and the project’s narrative. Ask yourself why anyone would want to read about your film submission just as much as you’d ask yourself why anyone would want to see your film.9. Go PublicImage by elleon.Once your profile is finished and your films are submitted, platforms like FilmFreeway give you the option to make your profile private or public. If it stays private, only those reviewing your submissions can view your information. However, you have the option to make your profile and your films public, which means anyone can see what you’ve done and what you’re all about. If you’re serious about finding a home for your passion projects, putting yourself out there is perhaps the last, greatest hurdle you’ll need to leap. Who knows, maybe someone will find you.For more resources on film festivals and submissions, check out some of these articles.Why Independent Film Festivals Matter Now More Than EverThe 10 Best Film Festivals For Up-And-Coming Filmmakers5 Great Film Festivals for Your Short-Form Documentaries
REDIn 2018, RED announced they were aiming to simplify their camera lineup. Their latest step in doing so was announcing the just-released DSMC2 DRAGON-X. There are also fresh rumors circulating on the first Hydrogen One accessory.Image via RED.RED DSMC2 DRAGON-X“Entry-level” 5K S35 camera.16.5 stops of dynamic range.DSMC2 BRAIN.5K resolution up to 96 fps in full format, 120 fps at 5K 2.4:1.300 MB/s data transfer speeds and simultaneous recording of REDCODE® RAW and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD/HR.Kit Includes the following:480GB RED MINI-MAG.Canon lens mount.RED DSMC2 Touch LCD 4.7” monitor.RED DSMC2 Outrigger Handle.RED V-Lock I/O expander.Two IDX DUO-C98 batteries with VL-2X charger.G-Technology ev Series RED MINI-MAG reader.Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens.Nanuk heavy-duty camera case. Another new year, another round of juicy camera conjectures. Here’s your officially unofficial 2019 camera rumor roundup!2018 was a relatively solid year of new camera releases. We saw big releases from Canon, Blackmagic, Nikon, Panasonic, and others. So what’s in store for 2019? We rounded up all the latest camera rumors for you to dig through.Keep in mind, there are no guarantees here — these are only hopes and dreams. That said, here are the best rumors for cameras we may see released in 2019.ARRIThe Alexa Mini is still going strong, even as it’s heading into its fourth year on the market. So that makes us wonder if we will see an update to this model in 2019. It’s unlikely, as the Mini continues to exceed ARRI’s expectations.While originally built to be a smaller B or C-camera to use alongside the Alexa SXT, ARRI has seen quite a few productions use the Alexa Mini as an A-camera.Image via ARRI.In 2018, ARRI released the ALEXA LF (large format) camera, their first true 4K camera. Consumers everywhere have wondered if the company would create a MINI LF to go along with it. While the Alexa Mini’s product manager has admitted they faced quite a few technical challenges to build a worthy companion camera, it’s likely the company is well into R&D. That said, it’s likely not a 2019 camera, but we’re just here for the rumors.ARRI ALEXA MINI LFLarge Format ARRI ALEV III (A2X) CMOS sensor.4.5K up to 60fps.14+ stops.ARRIRAW/ProRes.8 lbs. Shipping now.DSMC2 DRAGON-X BRAIN starts at $14,950.DSMC2 DRAGON-X KIT starts at $19,950.RED LITHIUM 3D/4V CameraImage via RED Hydrogen.RED’s Hydrogen One phone was released (with mixed review) in 2018, and 2019 gives us a glimpse at the first accessory. RED partnered with Lucid Camera on the development of the first 8K 3D/4V camera.RED’s Jim Jannard shared the following in the h4v forums:Lithium is a standalone camera that uses HYDROGEN as the UI and monitor device. It shoots dual 4K stream images and converts to 4-view. You can save the dual stereo pair images as the master. It has variable I/O and 6x zoom with everything in sync. It will support AF and hand controller manual focus, iris and zoom. I should be posting more specs pretty soon along with a realistic delivery date.The 8K dual camera will convert to 4V in real time, also allowing users to adjust the distance of the lenses simultaneously. This allows for 3D focus and zoom similar to a traditional camera.Other RumorsThese are all the big rumors in the video world. Nikon isn’t a big player in this space, but 2018 gave us Nikon’s first full-frame mirrorless bodies. Olympus will have a new photo flagship on the way.Don’t expect any major new products from the likes of GoPro other than the traditional update to the HERO cameras. DJI has already announced their Osmo Pocket, and they will likely have new drones on the horizon soon. We are interested to see if DJI makes a splash with a new Hasselblad in the coming months.Cover image via Sony.Looking for more articles on film and video gear? Check these out.Video Gear: Is the Fuji X-T3 a Viable Option for Filmmakers?New Filmmaker Tips For Using The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4kHands-On Review: G-Technology’s G-Drive Mobile Pro SSDHands-On Review: The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4KUnlock Your Canon 5D Mark IV with These Tips and Tricks Rumor via Canon Rumors/Canon Watch/Additional SourcesCanon EOS 1D-X Mark III8K up to 30fps.4K up to 60fps.Announced end of 2019, released early 2020.Will ship for 2020 Olympics.Rumor via Canon Rumors/Additional SourcesCanon EOS 7D Mark III4K up to 30fps.1080p up to 120fps.EF, EF-S Mount.Single-lens reflex camera.APS-C.Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed.Battery level indication is displayed in 4 levels (same as 9000 D etc.).Maximum image size of test machine: 6000 × 4000.Released early 2019.Rumor via The New Camera/Canon Rumors/Additional SourcesNow there are plenty of other rumors for entry-level cameras, but we’re not here to talk about that. The only other crazy rumor worth noting is a bizarre multiple-lens camera system not drastically different the from the lackluster Light L16. While Canon has filed for a patent, it’s more likely that this will remain in the research and development division. That or maybe Canon has some crazy 360-camera up their sleeve.2019 seems to be more of an expansion year with updates to popular lines, as seemingly all camera manufacturers have their sights set on 2020. The Tokyo Olympics have set an 8K UHDTV standard for broadcast. Canon does not seem to be up to 8K, as their competition at Sony has already announced several upcoming 8K cameras.SonySony has been reigning supreme with their mirrorless camera line and their camera sensors. They don’t seem to be slowing down, as we expect to see updates to many of their popular models — many of them rumored to feature 8K video recording ahead of the Tokyo 2020 summer games. Note: that’s 8K recording, not necessarily 8K output. The current line of alpha series record in 6K but output in 4K.Image via Sony.And remember: for Sony, the Tokyo games means big money. The company has spent years preparing for 8K televisions to be in homes ahead of the Olympics. Just don’t expect to enjoy 8K at home in the U.S. though, as only Japan has officially announced an 8K broadcast standard.Don’t forget: Sony’s sensors are in a variety of other cameras and smartphones, so expect to see 8K recording coming to other cameras like the Panasonic Lumix G-series and Fujifilm X-T series.Sony FS7 Mark IIISuper 35-Sized CMOS sensor.E-Mount.8K up to 60fps.Internal 4K up to 120fps.12-bit 4:4.4.Supports Rec. 709 and BT-2020.Dual XQD Memory Card Slots.Late 2019 Announcement.Rumor via DVXUser/Additional SourcesSony a7R IV60MP (54MP) full-frame sensor.8K up to 60fps.4K up to 480fps.10-bit / 12-bit / 14-bit / 16-bit 18-parallel fast A/D conversion.4:4.4.Q3 2019 release.Rumor via The New Camera/Additional SourcesSony a7S III8K up to 60fps.4K up to 480fps.36.4MP full-frame sensor.Dual based ISO.4:2.2.10-bit.Increased battery performance.Improved AI auto-focus.Announced January 2019.Rumor via The New Camera/Sony Rumors/Additional SourcesSony a9 II8K up to 60fps.4K up to 480fps.36MP full-frame sensor.10-bit/12-bit/14-bit/16-bit 18-parallel fast A/D conversion.Improved AI auto-focus.Announced end of 2019, 2020 release.Rumor via Sony Alpha Rumors/EOSHD/Additional SourcesSony a6700 / a700026MP sensor.4K up to 60fps.10-bit.Announced January 2019.Rumor via The New Camera/Sony Alpha Rumors/Additional SourcesPanasonicWhile Pansonic does use Sony sensors in the GH5S, the company has also been working on their own sensors. One that will debut early this year is the already-announced S1 ans S1R. Official specs aren’t out yet — we expect a press release in early 2019.They plan to come out strong with new 4K cameras, and they are already developing an 8K micro 4/3 camera — which they admitted was not an easy task here: “8K on Micro 4/3 is complicated, if not impossible.”Panasonic has apparently admitted that their 8K developments will not be released in time for the Olympics, so don’t expect 8K from them until 2021 or beyond.Not too many rumblings about any new additions to the VariCam lineup as of now, so we’re not expecting any big news there.Image via Panasonic.Panasonic Lumix S1R47MP full-frame sensor.4K up to 60fps.Panasonic sensor.Dual IS.Dual card slots (1 XQD, 1 SD).Shipping April 2019.Rumor via The New CameraPanasonic Lumix S124MP full-frame sensor.4K up to 60fps.L-mount.Dual IS.Dual card slots (1 XQD, 1 SD).Shipping April 2019.Rumor via The New CameraPanasonic Lumix GH66K up to 24fps.V-Log.Summer 2019 announcement, 2020 release.Rumor via 43 Rumors/Mirrorless Times/Additional SourcesPansonic Lumix G90Same GH5S sensor.4K up to 60fps.Full HD 1080 up to 240fps.Built-in 5 axis IS.Dual Native ISO 400 and ISO 2500.Dual UHS-II SD Slots; Wi-Fi & Bluetooth.Advanced DFD AF System.Rumor via The New Camera/43 Rumors/Additional SourcesPanasonic Unnamed L-Mount Video CameraPanasonic is allegedly developing a video-specific camera. We don’t know many details, other than that it will be an L-mount.Per DPreview: “One of our assets is our experience of professional video, over more than 40 years. This is one of the areas where we contribute to the market, so in the future it’s possible that [our L-mount lineup] will expand to include such products”FujifilmIn terms of video recording, the Fujifilm X-T3 was just released, so we’re not expecting anything major in 2019. If anything, there will be slight improvements to the X-T20 in a new updateFujifilm X-T304K up to 30fps.$1000 or less.Similar specs to X-T20. BlackmagicFor years, and years, and years, and years, we’ve talked about a Pocket Cinema Camera II. 2018 saw the much-anticipated release of the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (our review here). Now that we finally got what we wanted, do we start the Pocket Cinema Camera 8K rumors?Image via Todd Blankenship.Realistically speaking, 2019 will likely see the announcement of another variation of the URSA Mini (our URSA Mini Pro review is here and URSA Mini 4.6K is here). Or will Blackmagic announce a return to a larger camera body and try to revive the URSA? Unlikely.URSA Mini Mark II6K up to 60fps.4.6K up to 120fps.Built in ND.EF, PL, F, and B4-Mount.Dual side display. CanonIt’s not crazy to say that Canon’s DSLR market has fallen off the map in terms of video production. Their DSLR line has been continuously beat out by Sony’s mirrorless cameras over the past few years. Rumors also suggest the Canon has already abandoned a DSLR in-development (allegedly another variation of the 5DS). Canon has been making a big push into the mirrorless market with the EOS M and EOS R line. It looks like that’s were they will continue to push hard in 2019.Image via Canon.In 2018, Canon tried once again to capitalize on the commercial television and cinema market with the release of the Canon EOS C700 FF, but at its price point, it seems to struggle to compete with the likes of the Panasonic VariCam and Sony CineAlta. If you’re going to pay that much more, it makes more sense to jump to ARRI or RED.The middle-tier Cinema EOS series still holds on strong with documentary and ENG markets, and for those looking for a new C300, we’ve got the rumors for you.Canon Cinema EOS C300 Mark III8K recording up to 30fps.6K up to 60 fps.4K internal recording up to 120 fps.4:4.4.Currently being tested.May be announced at NAB.Rumor via The New Camera/Canon Rumors/Additional SourcesCanon XC ILRNew XC camera with interchangeable lenses.RF-Mount.DSLR-style hand grip.top LCD screen.Looks unlike any other Canon camera models.Rumor via Canon Rumors/Rumors Dot Camera/Additional SourcesCanon EOS R (1 or 2 New Models)Canon released the EOS R in 2018, their new full-frame mirrorless camera. They’re investing serious time into developing the mirrorless line, and they even said EF lenses will not be a focus — RF lenses will get the most attention in the coming years.There is no naming structure in place yet for these R-series cameras, but 2019 may see a new entry-level R camera and new professional R camera. Here’s what you might see in 2019.75MP (professional version), 50MP (entry-level).5-axis image stabilization.4K up to 30fps.1080p up to 60fps.720p up to 120fps.10-bit 4:2.2.Canon Log.Headphone jack.3.5mm microphone input.4-7 new RF Lenses:16-35mm f/2.8.24-70mm f/2.8.70-200mm f/2.8.105mm f/1.4L.85mm f/1.8 IS STM.Macro lens.RF non-L kit lens.
You can create dramatic compositions by bouncing hard light off something to make it soft, and create sharp edges and punchy, bold images.In general, filmmakers tend to light actors with soft sources, meaning using larger lights to create softer illumination. It makes things look beautiful, it makes shadows softer, and generally just gives everything a warm glow.This tendency means that people often neglect hard light and its many advantages. There are many benefits to using hard light on set. For example, you can place the lights far from your subject, or harness available sunlight.Hard light obviously creates hard edges and isn’t as “flattering” as soft light; however, that doesn’t mean that it can’t have its own aesthetic, which can be equally as beautiful as soft light.You need to know how to use hard light, so it doesn’t look like you’re lighting the set with a spotlight off-camera. You don’t want your subject to end up looking like a news reporter in front of a hurricane.Hard light doesn’t need to be bright light. Even though hard light sources like Fresnels create a huge output, they don’t necessarily need to be turned all the way up. Many companies make smaller spotlight fixtures that can run on batteries.A big part of making hard light look good is to use the angles that flatter the face. There are two ways to do this:On axis, which means almost exactly in front of and above the camera.Use hard light to create a Rembrandt-style light, which means that the shadows created still flatter the face and don’t create competing shadows. It also means they don’t mess up the lines of the face, so that you can make your subject look beautiful. Hard lights create hard shadows, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It is a very graphic, punchy, and bold look that produces an aesthetic you can embrace.Hard shadows look great when paired with bright colors, strong patterns, and bold choices. They can even serve to outline the subject against the background to make things really pop.If you’re worried about the shadows that hard light creates, you can bounce them out. Place a second source at a complementary angle and fill in the shadows that the hard light creates. It will allow you to get good illumination, and to separate your subject from your background. Lighting a subject in this way tends to cover up any blemishes or imperfections, and it can give your subject the beautiful lighting of a magazine cover.In truth, you shouldn’t always shy away from the imperfections of your talent. Sometimes, it can be wise to place your hard light directly side-on, as it can really accentuate the textures in their skin and eyes.Hard light, like the sun, illuminates everything evenly, and this is why it often has a bad reputation. If you’re using artificial hard light, you can use it to isolate your subject from the background. In order to do this, you would need to put at least three stops more on your subject than the background — to really make them stand out. It’s easier to get a bright hard light than a bright soft light.In summary, hard light can be your friend, and it’s an amazing tool. You don’t need to follow every trend and make every light as big, soft, and diffused as possible. Hard light will let you say a lot about your characters in film, as well as give you a punchy, bright, and distinctive look when taking photographs.Cover image via Kseniya Ivanova.Looking for more articles on lighting? Check these out.Why Filmmakers and Photographers Prefer to Use Soft LightInside the Electric Department: Lighting, Tools, and Safety SkillsEfficiently Lighting and Shooting Product Shots for YouTubeLighting in a Pinch: Five Tricks Using Your Mobile PhoneOn the Market: Five Great Key Lights for Five Different Budgets
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now It feels like theory precedes practice, but the opposite is true. Theory follows practice.It’s not uncommon for people to believe that a new theory is generated, and then that new theory is put into practice, and new and better results are generated. This is exactly backwards. The practice comes first, and then the theory is generated to provide that practice with a concept, a structure, and a set of rules.Look at something like The Challenger Sale. The idea that salespeople create value by challenging their dream clients with an insight that allows the client to break through their present thinking and discover a reason to change was a not a theory that was converted into a practice. Instead, it was what some salespeople were doing to succeed in creating and winning new opportunities. Only later was the idea codified so that is could be shared with other salespeople. (Watch this YouTube video on why I believe The Challenger Sale is one of the most important books on sales in the last two decades).While the theorists often get attention and the accolades, it’s the practitioners who are doing the real work of discovery. It’s the practitioner who grabs the machete and hacks a path through the jungle. The practitioner is the one sitting in front of customers making observations about what works, what doesn’t work, and making the adjustments that allow them to create and win new opportunities. It’s the practitioner who wins or loses, succeeds or fails.The person that provides the map of the terrain and the person that hacked the path are not often the same person. A practitioner would share with you what they know and believe about their map, and the theorist would explain why the map is correct. Another practitioner would show you a different way, and another theorist would happily explain to you how it is the right map. The theorist may have never seen the actual terrain.Theory is necessary, but not sufficient when it comes to producing better results. It provides a map, a useful tool for understanding the terrain. But if you want someone to guide you through the jungle, you might also be served by a practitioner, someone who as actually seen the terrain for themselves, and someone whose experience allows them to intuit what the right choices are when you run into trouble.
The number of dials a salesperson makes is easily measured. So is the time they spend speaking with prospects and clients. The hours they work is also easily captured. You can also count the number of emails a salesperson has sent.The value of a potential opportunity is also easy to measure. Whether the opportunity is measured by revenue, gross profit, or margin, it’s relatively easy to determine the value of a deal.The days an opportunity has lived in a certain stage is very simple arithmetic. You subtract the date the opportunity entered the stage from today’s date to determine the number of days (or weeks, or months, or years if you allow your pipeline to be stuffed with what are actually leads).You can also verify that you have the necessary deals to reach your goals by ensuring that you have 300 percent of your goal in your pipeline at all times. This is easily measured and requires the smallest amount of math.While all of these measurements provide good and useful information, sales effectiveness cannot be collapsed into objective measures alone. The difference between success and struggling to produce results is found in more subjective measures, none of which lend themselves to objective measurement.Subjective Measurements and ContextHow effective is the salesperson making the calls or sending the emails? Is there enough value being created for the client who receives the communication to agree to their request for a meeting? If the results are not forthcoming, then focusing on objective measurements is of no use to you in making an improvement.The value of an opportunity, as easily measured as it may be, provides little to no information at all about the likelihood of your capturing it. It says nothing about how compelled the client is to change, how well the salesperson is doing helping them, or how susceptible you are to a competitive threat. You can only determine the real value of the opportunity to your organization by looking at more subjective factors.Why has a deal been in a stage for longer than normal? Why did a deal move through a stage faster than expected? Does more time mean the deal is at greater risk of being lost? Does less time mean that the deal is progressing fast because the client is seriously motivated to change or because they are skipping the commitments they need to make to really change?Objective measurements provide one small part of a much larger picture. Reducing everything to what can be measured is to ignore the subjective factors that give you a fuller picture of what is true. The subjective is more difficult to assess, but the conversations necessary to surface the subjective factors that can’t be easily quantified is how you improve your results.Qualitative measurements are what allows you to determine what the objective measurements mean. 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
A Border Security Force (BSF) officer was on Wednesday when an IED, apparently planted by Maoists, exploded while it was being defused by a bomb disposal squad (BDS) in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district. The incident took place near a BSF camp in Korenar village under Bande police station limits, a senior police official told PTI over phone. The injured was identified as Assistant Commandant Pradeep M, attached to the BSF’s 171 Battalion, he added. The home-made bomb was placed beneath the ground on a dirt track between Korenar village and the BSF camp, about 125 km from here, and it was spotted during a search operation by security personnel. A BDS unit of the BSF was summoned and when it was defusing the improvised explosive device (IED), it suddenly went off, injuring Pradeep who was standing nearby, he said. “The BSF official suffered splinter injuries. However, no harm was reported to the BDS members as they were in heavy protective suits,” he added. The injured official was rushed to a local hospital and then airlifted to the State capital Raipur for further treatment, he added.
With a view to reduce pollution in the State, the Haryana government on Monday announced that it would give subsidy of ₹61 crore to farmers for the optimum utilisation of crop residue up to December 2017. Renewable energy plants are being established for utilising the crop residue and there is a plan to generate 50 MW electricity from the stubble.The decision was taken at the 7th State-level meeting of a committee constituted to reduce pollution in National Capital Region, held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary D. S. Dhesi in Chandigarh. The panel was informed by the Agriculture Department that farmers were being encouraged not to burn crop residue and cases were being registered against violators. 236 FIRs so far As many as 2,955 cases of crop residue burning have so far come to light and 236 FIRs have been registered. As compared to last year, the cases of crop residue burning are considerably less this year. The Chief Secretary was informed by the Industries Department that as per the directions of the Supreme Court, the use of Pet Coke and Furnace Oil has been prohibited with effect from November 1, 2017.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim in his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat that he used to listen to “Rabindra Sangeet” — songs composed by Rabindranath Tagore — at 5.30 a.m. has created a controversy in the bard’s home State.Former All India Radio (AIR) officials and Opposition party leaders have questioned the claim.“Around 5.30 a.m., Rabindra Sangeet would play on radio and I had a habit of listening to Rabindra Sangeet waking up early in the morning. However, I didn’t know the language (Bengali),” the Prime Minister said in Sunday’s Mann Ki Baat. Former Assistant Director of AIR Kolkata Jagannath Basu said he was not aware of any radio station during that time (PM’s childhood) that broadcasted Rabindra Sangeet at 5.30 a.m. He pointed out that AIR Kolkata broadcasts Rabindra Sangeet in a programme at 7.45 a.m.‘Casual remark’“I am not aware whether any radio station broadcasts Rabindra Sangeet at that time (5.30 a.m). Everyone knows that Rabindra Sangeet is played on AIR Kolkata’s programme at 7.45 a.m. It was very popular back then,” Mr. Basu told The Hindu. Mr. Basu, however, added that perhaps the Prime Minister mentioned that time of 5.30 a.m. “casually” as it would be difficult for him to tell the specific time.Scoffing at the Prime Minister’s remarks, Trinamool Congress (TMC) general secretary and State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said: “The Prime Minister’s remarks show that he doesn’t practice what he preaches. He should know when Rabindra Sangeet is played on radio. I really cannot understand what radio station he was talking about.”State Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was sceptical about the Prime Minister’s comments. “I have never heard that Rabindra Sangeet was played on radio at 5.30 a.m. Hopefully, one can know through an RTI query,” he told journalists.‘Left with no issues’State BJP vice-president Sayantan Basu argued that the Opposition had no issues to speak about and hence were raising a hue and cry about the Prime Minister’s remark. “How do they know when Rabindra Sangeet was played on radio at that time (during Prime Minister’s childhood),” he asked.
A 117-year-old orphanage turned school in Shillong has virtually swept the Class 12 science and commerce results declared by the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) on Thursday.The success rate in Class 12 science exam dropped 2.18% from the 76.76% in 2017 while that in commerce increased by 7.97% from the 71.87% last year. While educationists feel the results could have been better, one school – St. Anthony’s Higher Secondary School, Shillong – is not complaining.Of the 12 students who made it bagged the top 10 ranks in the science stream, 11 are from St. Anthony’s. Seven of a dozen figuring in the commerce top 10 list are from this school too.Rishav Das topped the science stream with 480 marks, six more than second-placed Yash Agarwal and 14 more than third-placed Anuj Kundu – all from St. Anthony’s. Nishtha Barman Hajong from Don Bosco College in Tura, who secured the seventh position in the science stream, is the the lone student outside the school in the order-of-merit list.“The results speak for the quality of teaching and the dedication of our teachers, as well as the desire of our students to do well from an iconic school that educates young minds to be honest citizens besides successful,” Fr Surjit Tigga, the school’s principal, said.The Society of Divine Saviour or Savatorians had in 1901 established St. Anthony’s as an orphanage and a primary school. The Salesians of Don Bosco took over the school in 1922 and had it upgraded to a high school in 1931.St. Edmund’s Higher Secondary School, the other iconic school in Shillong 13 years younger than St. Anthony’s, was the next best educational institute with three of its students figuring in the Class 12 commerce top 10.St. Edmund’s Chongdeinem Guite secured the first position with 443 marks out of a total 500 followed by Yomiki Darryl Nongkynrih of St. Anthony’s with 436 and Uttam Sharma of BBS College, Shillong with 434.T.K. Laloo, MBoSE’s controller of examinations, said schools in Shillong are the reason why East Khasi Hills district has performed the best in science stream with a success rate of 82.78%. But some districts, such as South Garo Hills with a success rate of only 16.67% have a lot of catching up to do.In the commerce stream though, East Garo Hills district (93.75%) has fared much better than the East Khasi Hills district that scored 83.50%.
Protests by social and students’ organisation greeted the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill of 2016 as it began its two-day hearing in Meghalaya on Thursday.The bill, which the BJP-led NDA government wants to push through, seeks to grant citizenship to minority communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014 to escape from religious persecution.Organisations such as Khasi Students’ Union, Federation of Khasi-Jaintia and Garo People and Hynniewtrep National Youth Front staged protests outside the State Convention Centre in Shillong where the 16-member JPC team, led by BJP Lok Sabha member Rajendra Agarwal, conducted the hearing.The protests followed the decision of the Conrad K. Sangma Cabinet in the State to oppose the bill. “Constitutionally, Meghalaya is a tribal State, and naturalisation of illegal immigrants into full citizens will only result in influx to capture our already-limited social, economic and political spaces,” a spokesperson of one of the organisations said.The JPC’s three-day hearing in Assam since Monday saw the State being divided on the issue. While almost all organisations and non-BJP political parties in Assamese-speaking Brahmaputra Valley opposed the bill, the Bengali-speaking Barak Valley supported it.
With tent cards featuring little known para athletes, giant screens beaming para sports and waiters requesting guests to ‘adopt and sponsor’ para athletes, a pub in Kolkata is going the extra mile to promote para sports.Set up by IT and management professionals in the city’s Salt Lake Sector V area, Five Mad Men is a unique sports pub or “gastro play pub”, as the owners prefer calling it here, that focusses on making sports more accessible to people with disabilities.“When we decided on opening the pub, we knew that the theme would be around sports… We are trying to contribute to the sports scene in the country in our own small way,” Sayan Roy, one of the co- founders of the sports pub said.Spread over an area of 5,000 sq. feet, the sports pub can accommodate 450 people, and has one the biggest screen that any pub can boast of: 200 sq. feet.“Other than the giant screen, we have five big television screen playing different sports at any given time. Guests can also indulge in games such as poll, carom, foosball, dart boards, air hockey and X-box,” Sourav Sinha, another founder said.While the pub was launched a few months ago, the idea to promote para sports struck the founders earlier this month. As a beginning, they adopted two para athletes — Ajibur Rahman Molla and Sufia Molla — for one year and promised to take care of their nutritional and training requirements.They have also decided to charge ₹10 for each bill, which will be spent on the welfare of regional para-athletes.“Since we get around 200 visitors on a given day, we can set about ₹2,000 aside for the cause. The amount is enough for one para athlete’s nutritional and training requirements for a month,” Mr. Roy said. What is encouraging is that people are not turning down requests to pay extra. If all goes well, they may consider raising the amount in future. Shuvojit Moulik, founder of Civilian Welfare Foundation, who has worked with founders of Five Mad Men, pointed out that awareness about para sports in India is woefully low. “With initiatives like Five Mad Men, we hope to increase the awareness among the people,’” he said.‘Improves quality of life’Welcoming the initiative, Anusheela Brahmachary, a sports psychologists, said that sports can help in overcoming disability. Studies have shown that sports improves quality of life of people with disabilities and helps in their social inclusion.Sufia Molla, a national level para swimmer with hearing and speech disability and sponsored by the pub, said it is not just about individual athletes like her, but to all those people born with disabilities. Initiatives like these can instill confidence and help them compete in sports.
Campaigning for simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Arunachal Pradesh ended on Tuesday.The State has two parliamentary constituencies and 60 Assembly seats, but there will be contests in 57 only as three candidates of the BJP won their respective seats unopposed. The elections on April 11 will decide the fate of 181 candidates, including 11 women. Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju is one of seven candidates contesting from the Arunachal West Lok Sabha seat while five candidates are in fray for the Arunachal East parliamentary seat.The BJP candidates who won unopposed in the Assembly polls are Kento Jini from Along East constituency, Taba Tedir from Yachuli and Phurpa Tsering from Dirang. The campaign was by and large peaceful barring the killing of a National People’s Party worker and a civilian by suspected Naga extremists in Tirap and Longding districts.
A new, deadly H5N8 strain of avian influenza penetrated the biosecurity defenses of a National Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) campus, prompting authorities to cull all of the facility’s 11,000 hens and 5000 ducks.The devastating loss could set back poultry experiments at the NIAS lab for 2 years. “It will likely to take up to 95 weeks to fully rebuild [the flocks] and resume normal research,” says Kim Sung-Il, head of the contingency team at the Rural Development Administration, which oversees NIAS. Kim adds that the institute, which studies breed improvement and animal husbandry techniques, will reconstitute its flocks from birds kept at other facilities.A wild goose that died of the virus was found 10 kilometers from NIAS’s Suwon campus, near Seoul, on 1 February. The entire NIAS staff went to work disinfecting and shoeing away wild birds at the three centers that keep poultry. Despite those efforts, 30 ducks were found dead on 2 March at the Cheonan campus, 85 kilometers south of Seoul. The next day, authorities confirmed the cause of death as H5N8 avian influenza. 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He noted that NIAS has the country’s most secure facilities and most vigilant staff. Lee said they were looking at three possible routes the virus could have taken onto campus: wild birds, NIAS vehicles, and supply deliveries. “We will determine the reason for the infection, and we are going to hold those responsible accountable,” he said.The culprit H5N8 strain had never before been seen in such a deadly form when it surfaced on farms in central South Korea on 17 January. Despite control efforts that have included culling millions of chickens and ducks, the virus has spread virtually nationwide and outbreaks are still being reported. It has also killed hundreds of Baikal teal and other migratory birds. There have been no reports of human infections.*Clarification, 6 March, 8:25 a.m.: The text was revised to clarify that the H5N8 outbreak occurred on the Cheonan campus.