Born at 11:11am on 11/11/11

first_imgHappy Veterans Day!What better way for a veteran to celebrate Veterans Day than to bring a new little one into the world?According to an article in the Huffington Post, that is exactly what happened to Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Saydeh and his veteran wife (also Air Force), Danielle.On November 11, 2011, at 11:11am at the Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, N.J., the couple’s newest addition to the family was born.Jacob Anthony Saydeh entered the world at the perfect time to help his veteran mom celebrate Veterans Day.Jacob who weighed in at 8 pounds, 13 ounces was born to a third-generation military family. Any predictions on his career goals?So, what about your family? How was your Veterans Day? Share your memories in the comments section below.last_img

Military Caregiving Webinar Reminder

first_imgDon’t forget to join us next week at 11:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 27 as we provide a special healthcare needs webinar for military service providers on the TRICARE® Extended Care Health Options (ECHO) program.Presenters from the Defense Health Agency (DHA) will provide participants with an overview of the ECHO program, which provides supplemental services to active duty family members with qualifying mental or physical disabilities, and highlight services beyond those offered by the basic TRICARE® health benefits program. Learning objectives include:Understanding conditions to qualify for ECHO coverageIdentifying benefits to programReview ECHO Home Health Care servicesDetermine how ECHO and the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) work togetherUnderstand ECHO and the Autism Care Demonstration (ACD)You can register for this free professional development opportunity by going to the event page. Continuing education (CE) credit will be provided to credentialed participants from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), as well as certificates of completion for those interested in receiving training hours.For more information about this webinar including the speakers, continuing education credits and how to join, please visit our announcement blog from June entitled Upcoming Webinar – TRICARE® Extended Care Health Option (ECHO).This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on July 22, 2016.last_img read more

Building Healthy Military Communities pilot program

first_imgNow, more than ever, Military Service members and their families are living off the installation. The Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC) pilot is a multi-year initiative that aims to better understand and address the unique challenges faced by these geographically dispersed Service members and their families that may impact their readiness, resiliency, and well-being.We want to better understand how we can strengthen partnerships with communities. The pilot is being conducted in Florida, Indiana, Oklahoma, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, and New Mexico.Our team includes seven on-the-ground State Coordinators, currently making meaningful connections and partnerships to brainstorm solutions to gaps in resources. Many of these partnerships include strong and growing partnerships with Cooperative Extension. My office within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Personnel Risk & Resiliency (PRR), works closely with members of the National Guard Bureau, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), the Defense State Liaison Office (DSLO), and the Reserve Components, to execute the BHMC pilot.In the next few months, our team will be heading out to conduct an on-the-ground needs assessment in each of the seven pilot states. The BHMC pilot is going off the installation in an unprecedented way – our teams will be collecting information from both DoD resources and non-DoD resources, such as state resources, federal resources, and community non-profits. This will allow us to get a holistic view of the well-being resources available to Service members and their families.National Guard and Reserve members, particularly those who are geographically dispersed, tend to have civilian lives separate from the installation where they drill. This makes it especially important for the BHMC pilot to understand both the capabilities of the DoD resources, as well as those community resources off the installation.We hope that this needs assessment, in conjunction with our team’s ongoing analysis of quantitative data sources, will allow us to create and implement informed Strategic Plans for each state. We may find that there is not a lack of resources available, but there is a lack of awareness about these resources. We may find that the best resources are not reaching the geographically dispersed population. We may find, that as a community, DoD and civilian, we can do more to support our Service members and their families. Once we have a better sense of the unique challenges in each state, we will be able to implement the most effective solutions to assist in creating a healthy, ready, and resilient total force.I am excited to be a part of such a powerful and groundbreaking program. The DoD is continuously and increasingly relying on the National Guard and Reserve populations in combat and recovery situations, so now more than ever, it is imperative that we make sure this population is optimally ready and resilient.For more information about BHMC, contact the BHMC mailbox: osd.pentagon.ousd-p-r.mbx.bhmc@mail.mil.CAPT Kimberly ElenbergDirector, Operation Live WellPersonnel Risk & Resiliency (PRR)Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness (OASD(R))Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness (OUSD(P&R))4000 Defense Pentagon, Suite 2E593, Washington DC 20301-4000CAPT Kimberly Elenberg directs the development and implementation of Operation Live Well (OLW), the DoD’s long-term strategy for achieving population health. OLW aligns, integrates, and coordinates policies and initiatives among the Services, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to optimize the readiness, resilience, and well-being of Service members and their families. In this role, Elenberg also leads the Building Healthy Military Communities pilot, an initiative that aims to better understand the unique challenges faced by geographically dispersed Service members and their families. Previously, Elenberg was Director of Training and Manager of Medical Readiness in the Office of Force Readiness and Deployment, Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. She also served as Director for Biosurveillance and Emergency response at the Department of Agriculture and served on the Homeland Security Council, National Security Subcommittee. Elenberg earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Temple University on a four-year ROTC scholarship, a Master’s degree in informatics from the University of Maryland, and graduated summa cum laude with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Johns Hopkins University. Captain Kimberly Elenberg has been a steady supporter and ally in our efforts to better leverage the Cooperative Extension System as a force multiplier in Military Family Readiness  and Capacity Building.  We are pleased to get her take on Friday Field Notes!last_img read more

Getting to Know You: A Follow Up to Our Speech Development Webinar

first_imgby Mollie Romano, Ph.D., SLP-CCCImage from Pixabay.com, CC0Infants spend much of their very first year getting to know their caregivers, as caregivers get to know them! Even after a few weeks of life, sensitive and nurturing parents know what their baby likes and doesn’t like, their habits, their temperaments, and their quirks as they watch development unfold rapidly. While my own children are bigger now, I love watching my friends get to know their own newborns.  I follow their postings on Facebook as they muse over the way their newborn sleeps with his eyes partially open, or the funny sounds she makes after eating just before falling asleep. These little things mark the growing connection between caregivers and their children, and it sets the stage for communication development within the context of those early relationships. During our webinar on March 8, Dr. Woods and I discussed major milestones during that incredible first year, from vocalization development to gesture use to the emergence of a first true word.A few questions came up during our webinar regarding the early vocalizations infants begin to intentionally produce around 8 weeks of age.  I mentioned how the “control of phonation” stage typically involves vowel production. There is minimal normative data that points to a specific order of acquisition of vowel sounds. However, what is known about motor development provides some clues.  In most areas of development, babies master the easier skills first and use them to build more advanced skills. In terms of speech sounds, vowels are very easy to produce – all you have to do is move your tongue to a different spot in your mouth and send some sounds out of your vocal folds. Easy as pie compared to some consonant sounds that require specific positions in the mouth! Because infants in this age range do not yet have much head and neck control and are on their backs much of the time, gravity pulls the tongue back in the mouth. For this reason, the so-called back vowels, like “ah” and “oooo” are some of the early sounds infants begin to vocalize intentionally! But in short order, they begin playing around with other sounds too, and it is a delight to hear!Additionally, all that vocal play isn’t just about the sounds themselves, it is about drawing in a responsive partner who makes those silly sounds back and engages in a “conversation” with the baby. Yet some children do not produce the inventory of speech sounds we should hear in the first year of life. Children with hearing loss, for instance, do not vocalize with the same variety of sounds as a typical infant would, and this is an early marker for detecting a problem with hearing. Likewise, because these sounds develop in a social context, children with social communication difficulties like autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often show differences in speech sound production. Data indicate that infants and toddlers with ASD use speech sounds for communication at a lower rate than their peers, but they also vocalize to show distress at a higher rate than typical infants [1].  Other special populations begin to show differences in speech sound development in their first year as well. Infants with Down syndrome typically begin by vocalizing with vowels and at a similar rate as their peers, but by the end of the first year, they do not use as wide a range of consonants or patterns of syllables in their babbling [2].Parents and teachers can do so much to support sound development by imitating the sounds that a baby makes, and by adding on a few additional sounds! No fancy tools or gadgets are required! By engaging with the baby, copying her first, and adding on sounds in a simple and fun way, caregivers can build up or increase those sounds.In fact, many caregivers just do this naturally through what used to be called “motherese.”  “Motherese,” or the more gender equitable “infant-directed speech,” involves using an exaggerated intonation, a higher pitch, and lots more repetition. Interestingly, research shows that it works and that instinctively caregivers use infant-directed speech around the world!  Infant-directed speech keeps little ones more engaged and conversant and helps them participate in those early conversations. It may feel silly for some adults, but it works and is an effective way to draw infants into back and forth exchanges with a social partner. For children who are dual language learners, this fun, exaggerated speech could aid each of their language systems even more!There is so much more to learn and discuss about the first year of language development, and we will continue to build on it in the next webinar. We will focus more on dual language learners as well as how language builds up to conversations and toward pre-academic skills. Join us on June 28, 2018, for all that, and more!  To learn more about the upcoming webinar and to register visit the Learn Event page for more information.ReferencesPlumb, A. M., & Wetherby, A. M. (2013). Vocalization development in toddlers with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56(2), 721-734.Sokol, S. B., & Fey, M. E. (2013). Consonant and syllable complexity of toddlers with Down syndrome and mixed-aetiology developmental delays. International journal of speech-language pathology, 15(6), 575-585.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, Ph.D., members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on YouTube.last_img read more

Three Things You Need to Know About Gratitude

first_imgWritten by Caregiving Team Member Alicia Cassels, MA What is gratitude?“Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves.”– 2011 Mental Health Letter publication, Harvard Medical School The act of appreciative reflection is strongly associated with benefits such as:Greater happinessStronger relationshipsDealing more effectively with adversity among others (2011). Here are three things you need to know about gratitude: 1. Gratitude is more than saying ‘thank you’The act of saying “thank you,” is one of the earliest social lessons we learn as children. For many, remembering to offer a brief, “thank you,” without deeper reflection is the only role that gratitude plays in daily life. Researchers believe that there is much more for us to know about gratitude. What they know about the act of reflective appreciation can have significant impact on wellbeing, happiness, social connectedness, and much more.2. Practicing gratitude may have lasting impactsA large and growing number of studies have found that practicing gratitude is effective in improving wellbeing (Emmons RA, et al 2003, Sansone, R. A., & Sansone, L. A. 2010, Seligman MEP, et al. 2005, Wong et al. 2016, Wong, J., & Brown, J., 2017). Results of these studies indicate that individuals who practice gratitude consistently experience a number of benefits including:greater optimism,increased happiness,greater alertness,better sleep,less lonelinessreduced feelings of isolation3. Gratitude can be effectively practiced in as little as 10-15 minutes.Gratitude practices associated with wellbeing do not require a great deal of time. Three gratitude activities that can be practiced in 10-15 minutes include gratitude journaling, gratitude letter writing, and gratitude meditation. The Greater Good Science Center at the UC Berkley has excellent resources to help you learn more about each practice and get started. Would you like to try a gratitude practice?Try gratitude journalingTry writing a letter of gratitudeTry gratitude meditation This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 13, 2018. References:Emmons RA, et al. “Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology(Feb. 2003): Vol. 84, No. 2, pp. 377–89.“In Praise of Gratitude.” Harvard Mental Health Letter, Harvard Health Publishing, Nov. 2011, health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/in-praise-of-gratitude.Emmons 2010 Why Gratitude is Good. Greater Good Magazine. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_gratitude_is_goodSansone, R. A., & Sansone, L. A. (2010). Gratitude and Well Being: The Benefits of Appreciation. Psychiatry (Edgmont), 7(11), 18–22Seligman MEP, et al. “Empirical Validation of Interventions,” American Psychologist(July–Aug. 2005): Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 410–21.Wong, Joel, and Brown, Joshua. “How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain.” Greater Good, Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkley, June 2017, greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_changes_you_and_your_brainJoel Wong, Jesse Owen, Nicole T. Gabana, Joshua W. Brown, Sydney McInnis, Paul Toth & Lynn Gilman (2016) Does gratitude writing improve the mental health of psychotherapy clients? Evidence from a randomized controlled trial, Psychotherapy Research, 28:2, 192-202, DOI: 10.1080/10503307.2016.1169332last_img read more

Building Resilience One Step at a Time

first_imgRegardless of where we are in life, we can all make small changes and set goals to build our resilience. Changes may be as simple as calling a friend or as complex as developing a new skill.ReferencesHow to build resiliency. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/resilience-training/in-depth/resilience/art-20046311. Published 2019. Accessed June 26, 2019.The road to resilience. https://www.apa.org. https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/road-resilience. Published 2019. Accessed June 26, 2019.Saletnik L. Building Personal Resilience. AORN J. 2018;107(2):175-178. doi:10.1002/aorn.12067Underferth D. When setting diet and exercise goals, be SMART. MD Anderson Cancer Center. https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/SMART-goals-diet-and-nutrition.h10-1591413.html. Published 2019. Accessed June 26, 2019. Self-care1, 2Take care of yourself first by eating healthy, participating in hobbies and regular physical activity, and getting plenty of sleepView yourself in a positive light and talk to yourself with careTake time to yourself for relaxation By: Annabelle Shaffer, BS, Master’s candidate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignWhat is resilience?We often think of resilience as our ability to tough it out through a bad situation alone.1 But, resilience is much more. It is a skill we consciously work to build and it allows us to adapt to undesired situations, such as workplace stressors or the death of a loved one.2 Having resilience also means we don’t attempt to face all of life’s’ challenges on our own, rather, we reach out to friends, family, and professionals for support. Resilience is great, how do we build it?Research shows that resilience is associated with optimism, self-confidence, humor, adaptability, self-esteem, hope, and flexibility.3 Several strategies to build personal resilience have been identified and relate to building and maintaining personal relationships, self-care, and maintaining a positive outlook on one’s professional and personal life.Building and maintain personal relationships1, 2Seek out opportunities to meet new people, such as faith groups, volunteering, or exercise clubsKeep in touch with close friends via electronics or in-person meetingsRemain close with family members and help one another whenever possiblecenter_img Maintaining a positive outlook on one’s professional and personal life1,2Accept that change is a part of living and look for the positives in each changeBe proactive in resolving challenges: create plans to resolve challenges and seek help when neededMove towards your personal and professional goals: always set realistic and achievable goals. Use the SMART goal method4 to ensure you can reach your goals:Specific: Do you know exactly what you are working to achieve?Measurable: Can you consistently measure your progress?Attainable: Do you have the necessary tools, time, and resources to reach your goal?Realistic: Based on where you are at currently, can you actually achieve this goal?Timely: Do you have a starting and ending date? Mark it on your calendar!last_img read more

Shooting Stunning Timelapse With Industry Pro Martin Heck

first_imgWant more content on film techniques? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat.Premiere Pro Tutorial: Compositing Live-Action and Timelapse FootageTimelapse Tips, Tricks, and Tools6 Tips for Filming OutdoorsAre you exploring timeplapse photography? Did this interview with Martin Heck help shed light on the process? Let us know in the comments below. 3. What are some of your favorite places that you’ve filmed? What made these places special to you?There have been a lot of amazing locations I’ve visited in the past few years. Talking about New Zealand and Patagonia: These places are widely considered as the most beautiful places on earth. But last year I had the chance to shoot in a glow-worm cave system in New Zealand. It’s was really a tough but incredible experience. Being in a cave for 36 hours, lit only by glow-worms and in absolute silence, really gives a feeling of being on another planet.Other amazing places are Fjordland (NZ), Torres-del-Paine (Chile), Fitz-Roy-nationalpark (Argentina) and the Dolimites in South Tyrol.Then there is of course the eruption of the Calbuco volcano in Chile in late April of this year. That was the most jaw-dropping thing I’ve ever experienced. It’s hard to describe but when you feel and hear the deep rumbling from 30KM (18 Miles) away it makes you feel very small.4. What techniques and advice could you give someone that is looking to get into timelapse photography. Are there things they should avoid?I always say timelapse is the art of predicting the future. Make sure you know as much as possible about your location before shooting. It is easy to get lost in the technical details, but avoid dealing too much with what gear to buy and so on. It’s really a thing of learning by doing. If you make mistakes you learn from it and will never do them again. I still learn things today that I never thought could have happen.When starting out keep everything simple. A tripod and a camera. Static exposure. Then you slowly get into more advanced techniques like exposure-ramping and motion control. Make sure you don’t underestimate the factor of post-processing. Always go for highest-quality route even if it takes much more effort. We spoke with filmmaker Martin Heck and asked him a few questions about the process of creating amazing timelapse videos. Here’s what he said.Images from Martin HeckIf you aren’t familiar with Martin Heck and his production company Timestorm Films, you soon will be. Martin is a freelance timelapse photographer from Germany who travels the world looking for that one composition. His work is stunningly beautiful and crisp, which doesn’t come from an ARRI or a RED but rather a Canon 6D and Sony A7S. We were lucky enough to catch Martin between productions and got his insight on how he creates these works of art.1. First and foremost, what made you want to get into time-lapse photography, and was this something that you were always interested in?My interest in timelapse-photography basically started with a very old 0.3mp webcam I found in our basement and discovered a basic intervalometer setting in the software. This was in 2008 when I was 15. In this time, timelapse wasn’t that common as it is today and really got my full attention as it was very cool for me to see all the time compressed in a little 15s video.Purchasing better cameras and figuring out how to edit those timelapses really taught me everything I know today. I began building my own motion-control equipment and shot timelapses every time I was on vacation.With the first inquiries for my stock footage coming in 2010 I began to realize that there might be a market for timelapse and I was slowly able to get into higher end tech from this income.Now I am a freelance timelapse photographer, shooting 8K and traveling the world for those shots.So to conclude this question: Time-lapse really was the reason to buy my very first camera. So I would say this was something I was always interested in.2. What is your process like for finding the right timelapse subject or space?I pick spots from seeing photos on the internet, Google Maps, or places I have been before but wasn’t able to timelapse them. The next thing I do is check the environmental situation over time: Where and at which time does the sun rise/set. Same thing for the moon rise/set. What the moon-phase is and where does the milkyway rise and set. Sometimes I check if there are nearby roads were headlights from passing cars can ruin the shot.Then there are weather conditions to be observed. When doing trips to foreign countries, I also consider which season is the best to capture the kind of shots I’m looking for. Even the the humidity sometimes plays an important role as it could condensate on the lens.Those are a lot of factors going into the decision of finding the right location and time. When on location I always try to frame my shots in the most interesting way possible, while keeping it “clean.” Meaning that if there is one thing in the scene I don’t like (sometimes a fence, a sign, lights, buildings etc.) I will move my camera until it’s right. I always ask myself how and why I do something. I also don’t like to use a slider every time just because I can. Often there’s no reason to have a moving camera, in fact keeping the camera still can make for some pretty epic shots. 7. How many cameras do you use to get the shots you’re after?In Patagonia we mostly used all of our three cameras we had with us. But, when hiking, I have to limit myself to what I can carry. Which is mostly two cameras, three lenses, slider and tripod.8. To get the smooth fluid motion in your shot,s do you use the eMotimo TB3 alone? Is there other gear?Beside the TB3, I customized my Dynamic Perception Stage One slider with very lightweight carbon rods and shaved of some weight to make it more backpacking-friendly. 5. What tools are in your toolbox? What does it take to get the amazing shots that you’re able to capture?I currently own a Canon 6D and Sony A7s. Those are my main workhorses, together with a bunch of lenses from Canon and Samyang. For motion control, I use an eMotimo TB3 Black and a customized Dynamic Perception Stage One slider.On our latest trip to Patagonia, I shot with the Pentax 645Z medium-format camera (25mm, 55mm and 120mm Pentax lenses) to get 8K resolution.That’s my “toolbox” and it helps to get the best quality possible, but it is far from mandatory for doing timelapses. I still shoot sometimes with my old Canon 550D/T2i. Still does a perfect job.But most important, in my opinion, is being dedicated about what you do. If you get up every 2 hours in the middle of the night when it’s 2°C to check if it’s started to rain or if condensation is building on the camera, you really know why you’re doing this. Those shots are most rewarding. It’s hard to get those shots and that can been seen in the footage.6. Could you give us a rundown of the your favorite cameras to use? Also, what have you used in the past?Currently, without doubt it’s the Pentax 645Z. With 51MP and an outstanding dynamic range, it’s a very powerful camera. It’s an expensive camera (That’s why I don’t own one) but clearly the best I’ve used so far. Besides this, I use a Canon 6D and Sony A7s. From the beginning, I used a Lumix TZ3, TZ7 and Canon 550D. New cameras appear almost on a daily basis these days, so my kit will change over the time.last_img read more

Cinematographers Who Establish an Instantly Recognizable Look

first_imgFollow in the footsteps of today’s top cinematographers by creating and maintaining your own unique vision.When you think of your favorite working filmmakers, be they directors or cinematographers, what’s the first aspect of their work that comes to mind? A specific scene in one of their films? The music from their films? Maybe the feeling you had when watching their work for the first time?One thing masterful filmmakers have is the ability to create a believable world, one that invites audiences in while telling an enthralling story worth revisiting. Directors often have cinematographers they prefer to collaborate with — think the Coen Brothers and Roger Deakins. Christopher Nolan and Wally Pfister. Paul Thomas Anderson and Robert Elswit.Image via ParamountSome pretty amazing things can happen when a director and cinematographer click. In my opinion, a film and a film’s director are only as good as the director of photography working on the film.Some cinematographers have an instantly recognizable look for each of their films. Some focus on character before atmosphere and vise versa, but every cinematographer sees the world in a different way and they allow us to step into their head for a few hours.Let’s take a look at some working DPs who excel at establishing their look with each new film they shoot.Hoyte Van HoytemaImage via ParamountMost notable for his work on Interstellar, Hoyte Van Hoytema has achieved mainstream success in the past few years. With recent credits like Spectre, Her, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Hoytema made a name for himself shooting Let the Right One In. With David O’Russell taking notice soon after, he enlisted the young cinematographer for The Fighter.Image via AnnapurnaHe doesn’t overexpose character faces like most cinematographers; his backgrounds are almost always the same light levels as their faces. As for focal lengths, his favorite for close-ups and mid-shots is 35mm, which, if you were shooting on a DSLR, would be a 50mm lens.He often shoots very wide with a shallow depth of field. This technique (plus minimal backlighting) isolates his characters from their surroundings, calling attention to emotion and action rather than the background. Watch out for Hoytema’s upcoming work on next year’s Dunkirk.Roger DeakinsImage via LionsgateWorking behind the lens since the late 1970s, Roger Deakins has established himself as one of the greatest cinematographers of all time. With thirteen Oscar nominations under his belt, he shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Deakins has proven to audiences to be a dependable artist and a top tier DP, a trend likely to continue with the upcoming Blade Runner sequel.As seen in the still above, Deakins overexposes the lit side of his subject’s face by a few stops. Unlike Hoytema, a trademark of his is to have the background lit oppositely of the talent, giving spacial separation while remaining in close proximity. Employing lighting in unheard of ways, Deakins finds endlessly inventive ways to light his subjects and fill the frame with visually arresting images.Image via Warner BrosFor exterior shots, Deakins often makes sure to keep the subjects as the focus of the frame while wowing us with expansive backdrops. Some of his best work in this department was on last years excellent Sicario. He’s expressed his deep love for shooting digital and his favorite lenses are ARRI master primes on an ALEXA body. Roger Deakins’ own website is a reliable source of information, providing insight into his past and current projects. The forums cover areas like lighting, cameras, and post-production. He even responds to questions posted on the site, so it’s definitely worth a visit.Reed MoranoImage via Sony Pictures ClassicsOver the past few years, Reed Morano has evolved into a force to be reckoned with. Working as a full-on director as well as DP, her projects are those of passion and depth. Working with Martin Scorsese on the recent HBO show Vinyl, her style is warm and intimate, as she prefers a shallow depth of field.Image via Sony PicturesThough Vinyl had Morano working with cranes, dollies, etc., she prefers to shoot handheld, giving her films a sense of intimacy. That intimacy is apparent in her 2015 directorial debut (in which she also served as DP) Meadowland, where Morano puts the viewer right in the actors’ faces, allowing us to feel like we’re there in that moment in time with the main characters.When you’re handheld, it’s the least restricted way. If you move a few steps in one direction, then an amazing flare could happen or you catch the right look from an actor from a not so typical angle. You can emotionally enable the audience and bring them deeper into the story and perspective of the characters — Reed Morano Emmanuel LubezkiImage via Magnolia PicturesAn obvious inclusion to this list is three-time Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki. Collaborating with prolific directors such as Terrence Malick, Alfonso Cuaron, and Alejandro G. Innaritu, Lubezki is the most unpredictable and groundbreaking artist working right now. Crafting long-takes with sweeping camera motions, working with natural and artificial light, no matter what the subject is, Lubezki seems to find a way to blow your mind and plug you into the world right from the first frame (see Gravity).Image via 20th Century FoxWorking exclusively with digital now, Lubezki’s experimental endeavors with the ARRI 65 broke new grounds on what lighting and camerawork mean for productions. The subjects are close and unavoidable in front of his lens, establishing a brand just from a single frame. His past three Oscar-winning films couldn’t be more different in tone and subject, but they still have the feel of Lubezki — alive and profound.Establishing Your Own LookEven though these big time cinematographers have (occasionally) unlimited resources, they’ve made a name for themselves by having a good reputation with producers, directors, and anyone they came into contact with along the way. They know visuals and aesthetics as they apply for the story and find a way to put themselves in the work. This recognition and appreciation for the craft has gotten them a long way.Image via ASCWhether you like the films or not, a cinematographer’s work should always be deconstructed for intricacies and the care that has gone into the process. As long as you remain consistent/persistent with your work and strive to do better, people will notice and spread the word.This doesn’t just apply for films as well — commercial, corporate, music videos, and video production in general requires a dedication unlike any other. A podcast I’ve recently started listening to is Cinematography Database with Matt Workman. Talking to real DPs working in the industry, Cinematography Database is not only motivational but super informative, providing excellent advice and insight into how the industry works and why establishing your own brand is important.Episode Recommendation: Ryan Booth on Career, Life & InstagramFor more in-depth looks into the minds of cinematographers, Wolfcrow has an outstanding YouTube series that focuses on individual DPs and what makes their work great. A few other cinematographers with masterful style to check out are: Natasha Braier, Jeff Cronenweth, Wally Pfister, Janusz Kaminski, Robert D. Yeoman, and Benoit Delhomme.Who are some of your favorite cinematographers working today? Share in the comments below. Robert RichardsonImage via Paramount PicturesAnother frequent Scorsese collaborator, Robert Richardson’s work is most often associated Quentin Tarantinos. Richardson makes use of hot backlighting for his characters. This strong backlight allows a soft light to be bounced onto the front of the characters’ faces.His consistent collaboration with heavyweight directors has afforded him the comfort and trust to experiment and test the reaches of his craft. His most recent daring endeavor, The Hateful Eight, brought back shooting Ultra Panavision 70mm earning him an Oscar nomination.Image via MiramaxWith each film containing a new and expansive canvas, the DP specializes in shooting on film, giving his pictures an aged, timeless feel. Crafting beautiful wide shots like nobody else in the field, Richardson continues to put his skills to full effect with each new daunting project he takes on.Bradford YoungImage via A24In high demand after his stellar work on Ava DuVernay’s Selma and JC Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, Young’s next hit, Arrival, will be landing in theaters soon. Compared to others on this list, Young is just kicking his career off — but he’s already showing a consistently strong visual palette. One of his first projects — Pariah — garnered much praise and got him noticed by some big leaguers like DuVernay and David Lowery.Image via Paramount PicturesBy positioning his characters towards the edge of the frame, Young gives his projects a sense of scope and a classic feel. While shooting digitally to portray New York in the 80s and Alabama in the 60s , Young found a way to give the images a lived-in feel that the stories needed. A prominent theme in his work is underexposed images. This preferred method of choice gives his work a distinct feeling, and the subject matter he chooses to take on and the spacial awareness combined with the dimly lit characters establishes Young’s vision as unique.Robert ElswitImage via MiramaxHis crowning achievement to date, There Will Be Blood, won him the oscar for Cinematography in 2007 and things are only going up for Elswit. His work is an inspiration for anybody interested in long, wide camera work that paints a picture with each frame.For his frequent collaborations with Paul Thomas Anderson, Elswit shoots with film using anamorphic lenses. This move has produced some of the best looking movies to date. Elswit shoots his subject with 3/4 top light just in between soft and hard, while keeping the key side overexposed.Image via Open Road FilmsHaving recently worked on Nightcrawler and The Night Of using the ALEXA, Elswit has expressed warm feelings for shooting digitally, especially at night. This is a big shift from his usual work method of shooting only on film.ALEXA was a great way to go because it’s a little faster. The exposure index is twice as high as the fastest Kodak film stock, and you can get away with murder. By shooting in places that had a lot of street and business lighting, I didn’t have to light backgrounds. — Robert ElswitBenoit DebieImage via A24Working with rich colors and abstract landscapes, nobody makes images pop on screen like Benoit Debie. Working with Directors like Gaspar Noe, Wim Wenders, and Harmony Korine, Debie often lights the sides of characters and experiments with offbeat gels. Colors are pushed to the limits as his traditionalist style and methods blend perfectly with the weird subject tones of his films. Having just completed his next film with Wim Wenders, Debie is an excellent addition to your watchlist. Side note: He only shoots on film, making his technique and work that much more difficult.Image via Warner BrosWhen you shoot, you think in visual terms of light, contrast, and color. And then as the editing is getting closer to the end, you see things getting better together. Sometimes you can change your mind about color or contrast. You might have a very sad or intense sequence, and after you see it, it may seem too bright. Then, as you see an almost-finished movie, you might decide to change the intensity of the light, or make the colors deeper. It might not be a big change, but I would sometimes change a sequence when I feel that it will make the movie better.  — Benoit Debielast_img read more

Tips for Selling Your Cameras and Video Gear Online

first_imgBefore you post something for sale, check out these tips to make sure you get top dollar for your used cameras and video gear.Cover image by Dmitry Kalinovsky.When you’re in the film and video profession, updating cameras and gear seems like a yearly task. Cameras specifically are advancing at an amazing rate, and if you follow the industry closely, it may be hard not to covet the newest generation or latest pixel-size craze.So for those who are considering an upgrade, or have already made one, what do you do with your old gear? You know what you paid for it originally, and you’d like to recoup as much as possible. Follow these tips and best practices for selling your camera and gear online to get the best return on your investments.Research the MarketImage by Rawpixel.com.First and foremost, do your research, and know the going rate for your cameras and gear on the online market. Ebay is a great place to start, but also check Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and anywhere else you may see some organic selling online. Compare those numbers with the price of your cameras and gear new and check out used equipment on manufacturers’ sites. Look at bundle and package deals to see what kind of numbers others are getting.Once you get a strong sense of the market, you can tailor a price that is competitive yet ambitious (if you have some time to spare), or you can list a smart bargain if you’re looking to sell quickly and move on.Check Your CalendarImage by Africa Studio.Depending on your cameras and the gear in question, be sure to check your calendar and do some research online about release rumors to see what might be around the corner. If you’re looking to sell in late winter, keep your eye on NAB rumors, as there could be lots of news hitting the market that may affect the price of your camera or gear. Same thing for model release rumors: if you’re selling a Canon 5D Mark III, look out for upcoming price drops on the 5D Mark IV, which may drop your selling price as well.Take Great PicturesImage by Aleksandr Ivasenko.Now, if you want to make your gear look appealing, put it in the best light possible and take great pictures. Nothing scares away viewers more than sketchy photos or screenshots from manufacturers’ websites. You want to show that your gear is in fact real, available, and in good condition. For many sites, it’s common courtesy (and the right thing to do) to mention any scratches, nicks, or problems with your cameras or gear — and show pictures of them upfront. Your price may drop by doing so, but an eager buyer may be looking for a bargain.Bonus: here are some great resources for taking awesome product photos and videos for all types of situations.Give the Relevant DetailsImage by GaudiLab.By the same token, share as much information about your gear as possible. You don’t need to write a novel about it, but simple bullet points identifying all of your gear — and the specifics for each piece — will help viewers line-item and consider exactly what they’re getting. Even if things seem obvious to you, letting people know what type of lens mount your camera uses and the dimensions of your tripod legs may be the biggest factor in a potential buyer’s decision-making — and it only takes you a few seconds to list.Post AroundImage by Rawpixel.com.If you want to put all your eggs in one trusted basket, go for it. But if you’re looking to sell sooner rather than later (and at the best price you can get), then sharing your post on several different channels will be your best bet. The big ones like Craigslist, Facebook marketplace, and Ebay are great places to start, but local selling apps like OfferUp and 5Miles are options too — along with online film and video gear communities like Keh and Cameta Camera.Also, if you’re looking for even simpler options, many local camera and gear shops offer trade-ins and store credit for gear they’re interested in. It might be lower than you’d like sometimes, but you can trust the store and support local mom & pop businesses in the process.Find CommunitiesImage by FrameStockFootages.One of the best ways to keep things in your circle may be to post your gear in networks and communities of which you’re already a part. If you’re in a mid- to major city range, chances on there should be a local film and video community and some professional groups where you can meet, network, and swap gear with real people who you can stay in touch with for years to come.Create a NarrativeImage by oatawa.Finally, if you truly want to get the most bang for your buck, channel your inner salesperson and provide the narrative about why someone should buy your gear. If you’re selling a high-end camera, sew the narrative together by sharing how the camera can accommodate anything from weekend shorts to narrative features. If you’ve used your camera or gear on some cool projects, share examples of how great it’s been and why you’d recommend it to someone else. Make it fun, tell a story, and give your gear a good home.For more tips and tricks on buying and selling gear, check out some of these resources.How To Make Your Expensive Gear Investment Last ForeverThe Latest Film and Video Gear, Industry News, and Free AssetsBuyer’s Guide: Shoulder Rigs From Cheapest to Most Expensive6 Online Resources for Renting Camera GearWhat You Should Buy After You’ve Purchased a Cameralast_img read more

You Can Succeed In Sales

first_imgYou can succeed in sales. You can acquire new clients.You can create value for people who have challenges and problems. You know what they need to do. You know how they should do it. You can help them get where they need to go.You can make more calls than you believe you can make. And a lot of success in sales comes from taking more action than you believe should be necessary. You can push back when you get a “no” to a meeting request, knowing that your dream client reflexively says “no” to everyone, being unable to tell who is worth meeting.You can help your prospective clients become unhappy with the status quo. And you can help them to understand the root causes of their problems and challenges. You can help them understand the forces at work that require that they change. And you can help them build consensus within their own company.You can ask for the commitments you need. You can explain why you need what you need, what you intend to do when you have it, and how it will benefit for your prospective client. You can ask for the things you need to better serve your clients, and you can push for these commitments when not gaining them would hurt your dream client.You can negotiate to keep some of the value you create. You can help your prospect to make the investment that will ensure the results that they need. You can also make sure that your company is profitable enough to create even greater value in the future.You can go from quarter to quarter, always creating new value for your existing clients. You can discover ways to improve what you are doing together, and you can have quarterly meetings to make those improvements. You can increase your wallet share.You can do these things. Succeeding in sales requires that you be willing to do these things and take action even when you don’t want to.You can do this!What is really preventing you from succeeding in sales?What are the two or three changes you need to make to massively improve your results?What fears stop you from acting? What should you fear instead?last_img read more

What To Do During the Last Two Weeks of the Year

first_imgThere is a lot of whining this time of the year about how no one is in the office, and there is no work that a salesperson can reasonably do. It is not true that “no one” is at work. And there is always work you can do during the last two weeks of the year.If They Are at WorkA lot of the people who you need to call will be out during the last two weeks of the year. They will take time off for the holidays, and they may add vacation time on either end of the holidays.Just knowing that people are gone can sound like tough sledding. It’s difficult enough to get your prospective clients on the phone during a normal work week (you are using the phone, aren’t you?), let alone making calls when many people are not at work.But some people are at work. And those that are at work have very little to do. Many of them are simply killing time, cleaning their desk, and organizing themselves for the next year. Some are standing at the water cooler chatting it up.The people who are at work have time to kill.If You Have Chops and a PlanIf you have the chops to pick up the phone and schedule appointments, you will find people willing to speak with you (If you’ve been reading this blog for any reasonable period, you have the chops, don’t you?). Even if it isn’t the main contact that you feel you need to meet, there is much you can learn from other people who work inside your dream client’s company.Spend time with the people who agree to meet with you, doing as much discovery work as possible. Find out about the company, and find out about the other stakeholders you need to meet. And spend time on some personal chatter because that’s what people like to do around the holidays.When you schedule an appointment, stop by the store and pick up a couple of stockings and stuff them with candy. Give one to the person who is willing to meet with you, and leave one for the contact you are trying to reach with a note.If you are at work, work. Make appointments with people who are at work inside your dream client’s company, and start developing relationships and insights.last_img read more

You Are Not Defined By Your Problems. You Are Defined By Your Response.

first_img 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 You should never be upset about the things that happen in the normal course of business. You should take these things seriously, and you should do your best to try to prevent the things that go wrong—especially if they are systemic. But when the things that are always going to go wrong do go wrong, being emotional isn’t of much use.I learned this from flying. Your plane is going to be delayed. Your crew is going to show up late, and so will your pilots. You will have mechanicals that prevent you from being able to fly, and you are going to get stuck for hours. Fortunately, if I have a laptop and a video camera, I have work available, and I have the time to do it (even if the environment isn’t always what I would want it to be).Your operations team is going to struggle to execute the solution you sold your dream client. They are going to miss deadlines, and your client is going to be unhappy—or worse. Sometimes it will be your team’s fault, and sometimes it will be your client that needs to make changes. Because it happens, there is no reason to respond emotionally, as that only makes it more difficult to make the changes you need to back to get things back on track.The accounts receivable department is going to bill your new client incorrectly. For five weeks in a row. You are only going to be notified when your client has overpaid tens of thousands of dollars, and only when the problem is large enough to make them question your integrity. There is no reason to rip into anyone for making a mistake. The only thing for you to do is to make sure it is corrected, and ensure that if the problem is systemic, that someone does something to put a new process in place.I promise you are going to have unreasonable clients, ones with unreasonable expectations who don’t pick up their end of the stick, and who are just difficult personalities. Almost none of their vitriol or hostility has anything to do with you. They didn’t sleep well. They are dehydrated. They have low blood sugar. They have an overdue bill they are having trouble paying. They have an elderly parent they are trying to take care of, and they are under stress taking care of their own family. All you can do is give them your very best effort to take care of them.Take problems seriously, but not personally. These challenges don’t define you, even when you created the problem or challenge. How you respond is what defines you. Are you positive, empowered, optimistic, and future-oriented? Your job is to define yourself by possessing these attributes, and by doing your very best work.last_img read more

You Can Do It. The Question is Will You?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The difference between “can” and “will” is measured in the difference between the result one produces and the result one is capable of producing.Even without knowing what one wants, it is almost certain that any individual can do what they need to do to have it. When said individual does not have what they want, there is almost a guaranteed lack of will, i.e., they are unwilling to pay the price to obtain it. The lack of “will do” is present even when a person denies lacking the will. In fact, you are every minute surrounded by overwhelming evidence of this truth.If you want something you don’t have, it’s because you have seen it. You have evidence that it is possible. You might even have noticed that the person who has what you want is not all that different from you, and they might even lack some of the skills, abilities, and other intangibles you already possess. There may also be a few who have what you want who didn’t have the knowledge or skills and had to pay the price to gain them before they achieved that thing you want. Either way, if they could do all those things necessary to produce some result, you can do the same. But the “can” isn’t what allows some to succeed where others fail. It’s the “will do.”People who succeed at achieving any goal exercise their will, their “me management.” They will themselves to do what others will not, and that willingness is visible in the results they produce. Those who achieve any worthwhile goal pay the price to have what they want, and they pay it in full, without fail, and without complaint.The willingness to pay the price in time, energy, and resources is what allows two people to produce wildly different results. The willingness to invest in the result you want instead of spending these resources on comfort and entertainment is how you achieve your goals. Your results exactly match your real goals.The question is not, “Can you?” The question is, “Will you?”last_img read more

The One Question You Must Ask When Hiring a Salesperson

first_imgIf you want to hire a salesperson, there is one question you must be able to answer. That question is, “Will my prospects and clients want to buy from this person?” Also a note here for people who want a job in sales to pick up the phone and call to schedule an interview. www.b2bsalestoolkit.comwww.b2bsalestraining.comlast_img

The One Way to Protect Yourself When You Lose a Major Account

first_imgYou have existing clients that need your time and attention. You also need to prospect. Your current clients need things now, and you need to communicate with them to help them—and retain them. Because they have needs you need to address now, you neglect prospecting and creating new opportunities. You may not pay the penalty for having not prospected until some time in the future, but eventually, know for sure that you will indeed pay. At some point, you will lose a very large client that generates an equally large portion of your revenue and most of your compensation. When this awful event occurs, you will be twelve to eighteen months behind acquiring a replacement.You Lost a Large ClientYou acquired your dream client years ago, and you have faithfully served them, taking care of their needs. You have deep relationships with the people who work there, and there is no hint of anything going wrong. One day, the company is acquired by a larger company that has a contractual relationship with your competitor. Or a new stakeholder decides to make a name for themselves by removing a supplier and bringing in the team they used to work with at their last job. Whatever the reason, you lost your largest account.Because you have not been prospecting, you have exposed yourself to the risk of not having a strong pipeline, the only thing that can inoculate you from losing the revenue and compensation when you lose a large client. You are now so far behind on prospecting and creating opportunities that you are some many months away from replacing your major account. The time to have created new opportunities was while you had your dream client up and running. How many months behind are you when it comes to winning a new major account?How Many Months BehindLarge clients don’t tend to change suppliers often. They tend to find a partner who will take care of them, and they live with some amount of errors and unfulfilled needs. Because these relationships are strategic, these large clients live with some problems and find ways to work around others. In short, they are not highly compelled to change. They are even less interested in switching only to end up with the same set of problems they already experience—or new challenges that might disrupt their business.A normal distribution curve would show you that there are fewer of these larger clients, and they wouldn’t be large targets for you if they weren’t already spending significantly on what you sell. To win a new large client, you are going to have to displace a competitor from a relatively small number of targets, a meager percentage of whom will change in a given year.During the time you were not calling on these prospective clients, your competitors were nurturing relationships, sharing insights and ideas, and scheduling meetings. The people who will decide to select a new partner when it is necessary to have your competitor’s business cards, and they are familiar enough with them to know whom they like and whom they won’t consider. You, however, are a complete unknown, making it unlikely you even get a call to compete.My guess is you are eighteen months away from winning your dream client. Even though you may be able to find a few dream clients who explore change, you aren’t likely lucky enough to win a large client on your first time when there is a competition (even though I hope you do!).Prospecting Isn’t About TodayProspecting isn’t designed to produce results today. The effect it produces doesn’t show up until some time in the future. When you decide not to prospect, you push the work of creating opportunities into the future, and in doing so, you push the acquisition of new clients even further into the future.I am more than fond of the idea of Year Negative One. When you are prospecting and nurturing your dream clients now, you don’t believe that they are going to change for three years. Year Negative One precedes Year Zero, the year in which the client starts to recognize some need to explore change. Year One is the year in which you compete for their business. You start Year Negative One when you commit to pursuing your dream client in earnest, building and sustaining a long term campaign to win their business.The idea isn’t that it is going to take three years to win business from a major account, even though it very well may take that long or longer. It’s a recognition that some small population of large clients is going to change in any given year and that you need to work to be in front of that decision, doing the work to be known and preferred.Perpetual MotionProspecting needs to be continuous and unceasing. The same is true for nurturing relationships and capturing mindshare. The more proactive and disciplined you are about this work, the more you are immune to the adverse events that occur in sales, including the loss of a significant client. Given a long enough timeline, you will lose your large accounts. Thankfully, that truth applies in equal measure to your competition. The only way to protect yourself for the inevitable loss of a large client is to have a pipeline full of potential replacements.last_img read more

Amit Shah a surprise guest in Nagpur

first_imgBJP president Amit Shah made a surprise visit to Nagpur, and called on the leadership of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh at its headquarters on Monday.The meeting comes in the backdrop of the presidential election to be held in July. The ruling National Democratic Alliance is yet to announce its candidate.The visit raised many eyebrows as it came hardly a couple of days after Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s birthday celebrations in the city for which Mr. Shah was invited but he did not attend.Mr. Shah met party election coordinators and office-bearers at Ravi Bhavan here before heading to the RSS headquarters.‘Courtesy visit’According to BJP media wing head, Chandan Goswami, the BJP president paid a “courtesy visit” to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi. Mr. Shah and Mr. Bhagwat had flown to Nagpur on the same flight in the morning.Mr. Shah did not speak to the media, but Nagpur city BJP president Sudhakar Kohale said the BJP president spoke to the office-bearers, MPs, MLAs and organisational secretaries from the Nagpur area, and asked them about the party’s “booth expansion project”. “He asked us about our preparations regarding this project. He also inquired about Ajivan Sahyog Nidhi,” Mr. Kohale said.last_img read more

Centre, State owe an explanation: Scindia

first_imgEnding the Bhopal leg of his 72-hour satyagraha in solidarity with farmers here on Friday, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said that based on extensive consultation with various ryot groups, he had prepared a ‘blueprint’ that he would take to other parts of the State. The Congress will now take the satyagraha to Khalghat in Dhar district where it will end with a major farmers’ meeting on Saturday. “The response has been unprecedented over three days here,” Mr. Scindia told The Hindu on the sidelines of the event held at the Dussehra Maidan here. “We have had between five to ten thousand farmers with us and I have interacted personally with over 200 delegations and met with thousands of farmers,” he said. Times of distress Over the course of these meetings, the Congress leader said that the widespread distress and despair in the agrarian sector was clear for everyone to see. “On input issues, like the prices of seeds, fertilizers, petrol and diesel farmers are facing difficulties across the board,” he said. Madhya Pradesh, he said, has the highest percentage of VAT on petrol and diesel while India has the highest rates for petrol and diesel in the world today compared with neighbours like Pakistan and Sri Lanka. “All of this requires an explanation from both the Central and State governments as to why prices have not come down despite global oil prices having dropped by 60 per cent since the days of the UPA government,” Mr. Scindia said. He also spoke of the falling prices of crops – from soyabean in Madhya Pradesh, to chillies in Andhra Pradesh, grapes in Maharashtra, peanuts in Gujarat and other crops like onion, tomatoes and potatoes where farmers are simply not able to find remunerative rates. “There have been 9 suicides in the last three days in Madhya Pradesh and there has still not been an adequate response to the shootings in Mandsaur,” he said.Major initiativeThe 72-hour satyagraha that Mr. Scindia started here on Wednesday afternoon and which will conclude in Khalghat on Saturday is seen as a major initiative for the Congress seen in recent years to have lost its organisational strength. The satyagraha drew large crowds and also provided some semblance of a unified leadership — former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh joined Mr. Scindia on Thursday while Congress’s other stalwart in MP, Kamal Nath, will join the public meeting in Khalghat. Assembly elections are due in Madhya Pradesh in 2018 and there is talk that Mr. Scindia, who cut short a holiday in the U.S. and returned to MP to lead the satyagraha, could take the lead in the fight against the incumbent BJP.last_img read more

On Id, Mamata appeals for unity

first_img “We are insaan (humans) first, Hindus, Muslims or Christians later,” she said amid cheers from the crowds.This was the first public appearance of the Chief Minister after receiving United Nations highest award for public service to State’s Kanyashree scheme. Ms. Banerjee received the award on June 23 which is UN Public Service Day at The Hague in Netherlands. Representatives of Muslim community congratulated the Chief Minister for receiving the award.Ms. Banerjee said that in times like this, one has to “show courage and conviction”. “Stay together. No one will be able to do anything to you,” she told the gathering. GJM set to intensify stir for Gorkhaland Urging people from different communities to stay united West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said there is an environment of intolerance in the country.“I know the atmosphere of intolerance has given this country a lot of pain. But, we do not think that way. We are here for all. We are united,” Ms. Banerjee said at a gathering on the city’s Red Road, where thousands of people observed Id-ul-Fitr prayers.Also Readlast_img read more

The stench of unfulfilled promises in ‘model’ Phulpur

first_img“This is our own little Prayagraj,” laughs Pramila Pal. Her sarcastic allusion to the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, is aimed at the huge pool of mud and slush formed at her door because of drain water running from different directions. “We face a lot of problems in moving about. But it becomes most embarrassing when we have visitors,” says Ms. Pal, who belongs to an OBC (Other Backward Class) community. She lives in Jaitwardih, a village roughly three kilometres from the banks of the Ganga in the Phaphamau region of Allahabad. While residents remember the village as always being bereft of civic amenities and basic infrastructure, their grouse is that there have been no real improvements despite its adoption as as a ‘model village’ after the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014. Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who adopted the village, was the local MP till last year and the upcoming bypoll on March 11 is to elect his successor.Barring a few patches, most of the roads and gullies in the village are kuccha, uneven and in a decrepit state, marked by overflowing drains. Lone developmentThe lone development that has taken place in the village since it was adopted was the installation of toilets, says Magru Yadav, a resident. Sachin Yadav, a property dealer, complains that Mr. Maurya never paid heed to the civic issues nor delivered on constructing the promised pathways. Locals also say that while the power supply is satisfactory, water supply in the village is irregular. A few blocks away, in the Jatav locality, Kanchan Bharatiya says the village “urgently needs a colony to come up as most of its residents were still living in mud houses.” Another issue facing the village is that of security. The solar lights in the local Sulabh complex were recently stolen.Mahavir Yadav, the pradhan, says the poor roads and the absence of a good drainage system are the bane of the village. He, however, says that a water tank, one Sulabh toilet complex and 92 electric panels have come up in the village after Mr. Maurya adopted it.Mr. Keshav Prasad Maurya was not available for comment.last_img read more