By Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons [Flickr, 120829-F-MQ656-368, August 29, 2012]In a recent article published in Military Medicine, researchers Chapman and colleagues compared the attitudes and behaviors toward help-seeking and stigma in a group of U.S. Army Combat Medics who had been deployed versus those who had not been deployed . The researchers hypothesized that combat medics with mental health care issues would be more likely to report more stigma and barriers to care than those who had not been identified as needing care.The study included 799 enlisted soldiers (E1 to E9) in the U.S. Army. Combat medics with combat-related physical injuries were excluded from the study. Participants were divided into three groups: (1) 347 medics surveyed 3 months after returning from a 12 month deployment; (2) 196 medics surveyed 12 months after their 12 month deployment; and, (3) 256 medics who had never been deployed. Participants in the study completed surveys measuring mental health care utilization, perceived stigma and barriers to care, and symptoms of PTSD and depression. Over one-half (62%) of the medics were E1-E4 with no leadership responsibilities, and 39% were classified as E5-E9 non-commissioned officers. Twenty-six percent of the participants were women. The majority (69%) of the population’s race/ethnicity identified as white, 16% identified as black, and 15% were classified as “other.”Approximately 18% to 30% of all combat medics sought care from a mental health care professional and an additional 18% to 30% sought help from someone other than a clinician, such as a physician, military chaplain, or other soldier. Combat medics who had been previously deployed were more likely to seek help for mental health care issues than those soldiers who had not deployed. Those who met the screening criteria for mental health problems were 2 to 3 times more likely to report issues with perceived stigma and barriers to care, with the exception of the question “I don’t know where to get help”. The most common issues related to the stigma of seeking mental health care varied by participant group as shown below:Combat medics who met screening criteria for psychological issues (117 participants):62% reported “my unit leadership might treat me differently”.53% endorsed “I would be seen as weak”.Combat medics who did not meet screening criteria for psychological issues (697 participants):36% endorsed “my unit leadership might treat me differently”.33% reported “members of my unit would have less confidence in me”.Seeking help for mental health care issues is an act of bravery. Overcoming the perceived stigma of seeking care, especially in light of the complexities of serving in dual roles as health care providers and warriors in the military, should be recognized when treating combat medics or other health and mental health care providers in a military setting.References Chapman, P. L., Elnitsky, C., Pitts, B., Figley, C., Thurman, R. M., & Unwin, B. (2014). Mental health, help seeking, and stigma and barriers to care among 3- and 12-month postdeployed and never deployed U.S. Army Combat Medics. Military Medicine, 179(8), 55-62. doi:10.7205/MILMED-D-12-00367This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) 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, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, email@example.com Service members and their families make many financial sacrifices to serve their country. Many reservists and National Guard members, for example, find themselves living on a reduced military paycheck, compared to their civilian income, when they are deployed. There are also those expensive PCS moves between military installations, job transfers that military members can’t say “no” to like private sector workers sometimes can.U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Areca t. Wilson/ReleasedFor military families, relocation is a way of life and the salaries of young military personnel are modest and, in some cases, even qualify families for food stamps and other public benefits. Another financial challenge is managing money from joint accounts when a deployed service member and spouse are in different locations.Below are nine military-specific financial tips to share with service members:Prepare for Deployment- Get your financial affairs in order. Suggested strategies include direct deposit of military pay and other regular income, automatic bill-paying, a review and update (if needed) of beneficiary designations on retirement savings plans and life insurance policies, and drafting or reviewing a will.Practice Living on a Reduced Income– Do this for two reasons: to prepare for reduced income following deployment and to build up emergency savings of three, and better still, six months expenses.Communicate about Money Matters– Make sure that your spouse knows the location of investments, insurance policies, and important financial records.Make it Easy to Manage Money– Use direct deposit and automatic bill payment. Deploying service members may also want a duplicate ATM card to make deposits and withdrawals anywhere they are stationed. Designate a trusted friend or family member to contact in case of a financial emergency.Get Help When Needed– Investigate services available from military family support groups and community agencies. National Guard members or Reservists should inquire if their employer will pay them anything during their deployment. While not required to, some employers continue deployed workers’ full pay or pay the difference between regular pay and military pay indefinitely or for a specified period.Save Voluntarily in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)- Maximize savings opportunities in the TSP, which is the defined contribution retirement plan for service members. The longer contributions are made, the more time compound interest has to build up an account balance. Contribute $200 a month during 20 years of active duty pay status and you’ll accumulate almost $118,000, assuming an 8 percent average annual return.Know the TSP Rules- Set up TSP deposits via payroll deduction. Contributions are meant to be used for retirement so there is a 10% penalty for withdrawals before age 59 ½. Upon separation from military service, TSP accounts can be rolled over into an IRA or other tax-deferred retirement savings plan or left within the TSP to continue to earn interest until retirement.Learn About Military Retirement Plans– Know your rights to present and future benefits related to military service. All service members who entered the military after January 1, 2018 are automatically enrolled in the new military retirement plan, the Blended Retirement System (BRS).Avoid High-Cost Loans- Beware of high-cost loans offered by predatory lenders and other scams targeted toward service members or military veterans. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Check it out with a state securities regulator, consumer protection agency, or Better Business Bureau.Military Consumer Protection Day is held each July to highlight the financial stresses faced by military families. Visit https://www.militaryconsumer.gov/ to order free resources from the FTC and more than 35 federal, state and municipal agencies, consumer advocates, and military support groups.
Want to optimize your video editing workflow? In this post we share 10 tips to work more efficiently using the apps in Adobe’s Creative Cloud!If you’re a Premiere Pro editor that’s looking to take advantage of the other tools in Adobe’s Creative Cloud then you will definitely want to check out the tips below.The Creative Cloud monthly membership gives you access to Adobe applications that you may not have previous experience using. Optimize your video production workflow by utilizing these Adobe apps in your post production pipeline – giving you access to more tools and features, while speeding up your video editing work.1. Adobe Story as a Pre-Production ToolAdobe Story can be an integral part of any pre-production planning and setup. Some tools you may not be using:Import scripts from other scriptwriting software (Movie Magic, Final Draft, Word) or create shooting scripts inside of Adobe Story.Connect scripts to Premiere Pro using speech analysis (in-depth tutorial on using that feature here).Create pre-production documents like call sheets and shooting schedules Use the mobile version to make changes to your documents and get updates or changes made by your team. 2. Start Bridge at Login/Add to FavoritesYou’ll gain some beneficial file organization tools when you start Adobe Bridge during system login. To set this up go into your Bridge Preferences (Preferences > Advanced) and check Start Bridge at Login.A few tips for digital asset management in Adobe Bridge:“Add to Favorites’ lets you quickly navigate to often used hard drives/folders. This is similar to adding Favorites in the Finder in OS X.I have a hard drive full of elements I often use for editing/motion graphics (light leaks, grain, textures). I will add folders and hard drives that I often use as a Favorite in Bridge. To do this, select the item, right click and choose “Add to Favorites”.Having your media files in Bridge allows you to keep them well organized with metadata, as well as take advantage of some of the tools within Bridge (we’ll cover a few below). 3. Batch Rename in BridgeBatch rename is handy when you have footage from multiple media cards and you want your clips to have unique names.In Bridge, select the clips, right click and select “Batch Rename”. Click the + under “New Filenames” to add text and date and time. Check “Preserve current filename in XMP Metadata”. This will allow you to better organize your media. 4. Adobe Bridge: Open in EncoreFrom Adobe Bridge you can send your media files to Encore (Adobe’s DVD authoring application).Navigate to the clips and stills in Bridge that you want to use in Encore. With them selected, go to File > Open in Encore as > Asset, Menu, Timeline or Slideshow.This is a quick and very visual way to add files to Encore – especially useful for making a quick Encore slideshow. Click on the various presets to audition them (they will play in the Preview panel). Double clicking a Preset applies it and takes you back to After Effects.9. After Effects Help MenuIn the After Effects Help Menu you have access to several handy reference guides (scripting, expressions, effects), as well as keyboard shortcuts and Tip of the Day.I recommend using Tip of the Day, as you can search for specific subjects – great for taking your After Effects knowledge to the next level.10. Audio Cleanup Workspace in AuditionIf you often use Adobe Audition to clean up and edit your audio from Premiere Pro (if not, you should be!) I suggest creating a custom workspace.Under the Window Menu select Diagnostics & Frequency Analysis. Diagnostics allows you to remove clicks and clipping, while Frequency Analysis allows you to see the frequencies used in real time (handy when using EQ).Diagnostics will automatically be added as a panel besides “Properties”. Manually add Frequency Analysis and save this as a new workspace. 5. Create a Photoshop File in Premiere ProOften times video editors will bring Photoshop files into their editing application, but how about the other way around? You can actually send a file from Premiere Pro to Photoshop for editing. Here’s how:With the media selected choose File > New > Adobe Photoshop File. This will create a new Photoshop file the same size as the selected sequence in Premiere Pro.Now, when you make changes to the file Photoshop and save it, the changes will automatically update in Premiere Pro.If you already have a Photoshop file in your Premiere Pro project, there’s a quick way to open it in Photoshop for further editing. If Photoshop is closed, select the Photoshop file in Premiere Pro, press Command + E (on Mac) or Control + E (on PC). This will open Photoshop and allow you to make changes to the file. Once the changes are made they will also be updated in Premiere. Note, this also works when sending files to Photoshop from Adobe After Effects.6. Media Usage in Premiere ProWorking on a big project and can’t remember if you’ve already used a clip in your timeline? There’s a quick way in Adobe Premiere Pro to see if a file has already been used in your project.In Icon view in the Project, yellow video/audio icons indicate that clips have been used in a sequence.Put your cursor over one to see how many times the clip has been used in a sequence.Want more info? If you click on the icon a popup will appear showing you the sequence(s) the clip is used in. Select the desired sequence and it will open with the playhead (CTI) on the clip. This is a great video editing timesaver!7. 32 Bit for Bright Looks in After Effects32 bits per channel works in floating point, which allows brightness values over 1 to create interesting looks in After EffectsHold Option (MAC) or Alt (PC) and click on 8bpc in the Project (marked in red below) to change to 16bpc. Click again to change to 32bpc.I added exposure & fast blur effects to an adjustment layer to create a bright, neon look. See these 32 & 8 bpc screenshots for comparison.8. After Effects Presets (AE & Bridge)The most visual way to pick animation presets in After Effects is actually to view them in Bridge.To do this, first select your layer in After Effects. Then go to Animation > Browse Presets.
Make the most of FCPX in a collaborative workflow with these useful guides to shared editing.If you’ve not yet seen this behind the scenes making of video from That Studio, you’ll soon come to realize that global shared workflows are becoming more and more feasible, even for small teams of collaborative creators.Although this video is all about the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications, there are plenty of ways to use Final Cut Pro 10.1 in a shared workflow.FCPX Collaborative WorkflowAuthor and trainer Larry Jordan, is always an indispensable source of insight, especially on all things Final Cut X, and in this case you won’t be disappointed. In this excellent step by step guide, Larry walks you through how to correctly import and manage your media for a smooth collaborative workflow experience. Most helpfully he also details some common sharing scenarios, from two editors working on the same project, sharing networked media to having a producer create a rough cut remotely, which are a must read.Final Cut Pro X is designed with collaboration in mind, but it requires thinking differently about how and where to store your media. Libraries reduce the need for cloning drives, instead we simply need to copy files from one drive to the other. And the ability to move projects by containing them within libraries makes sure that all essential data transfers from one editor to another.If you are looking for a much more in-depth guide to using FCPX as the central point in a collaborative workflow then this free 57 page primer from the London based creative consultancy 10dot1, is probably the best you could possibly hope for. It is an outstanding paper covering all aspects of sharing, media management, and file backup in great detail.The paper covers four different ways in which you can collaborate and then goes on to elaborate on a further six different sharing scenarios, including XSAN storage, NAS storage and a 4k film workflow. You can directly download the free FCPX collaborative guide here.More Posts on FCPX WorkflowsIf all this talk of FCPX workflows has made you hungry for more information on the core topics of media management, file back up and organizational workflows, which all underpin getting any creative work done effectively, then you might want to check out some of the other rich resources right here on The Beat.Backing up your work is essential preparation for side-stepping any unexpected drive failure, system crash or corrupt project. This recent MacBreak episode talks you through it.In this short video you can learn in 4 minutes how powerful it can be to organise your FCPX Libraries with Smart Folders.Editor Aaron Williams shares this excellent article on his three top tips for handing over a project to another editor.Looking to learn FCPX? Check out this 30 minute introduction, recently posted by Caleb Ward.I also recently collected together a lot of great FCPX workflow tips, tricks and tutorials over on my blog, which might also be worth a look. Check out this recent FCPX Workflow Round Up. The post includes mastering metadata for an efficient feature film workflow, round tripping to DaVinci Resolve 10 and much much more.
Check out these video tutorials to get started in Assimilate Scratch 8 and MyAssimilate.If you’re after Pro Res encoding on a Windows machine, or 4k for the price of 2k, then Assimilate Scratch 8 might have the solution that you need. In the short interview above Steve Bannerman describes what Scratch can do and his take on the future of the 4k, 6k, 8k (and more) race, to Josh Apter from MEW and AOTG.Assimilate Scratch 8 and Scratch LAB are the two main products from Assimilate Inc. and if you’ve ever wondered what the differences are between them, then this quote will set you straight.“SCRATCH Lab is designed for production and VFX dailies review & comment, conform, primary colour correction, set looks, create LUTs and output multiple simultaneous deliverables. SCRATCH is a full end to end DI system that starts with dailies, and adds full secondary color correction, compositing, finishing and mastering features. It is a full DI house in a box.” – AssimilateWith 90-day free trial’s available of both systems t’s worth it to give Scratch a whirl for yourself. They’ve also recently announced MyAssimilate which is their collaborative cloud based solution, to allow greater flexibility for freelance artists to work remotely. Check out the brief animation below to understand how it all fits together.Scratch 8 Video TutorialsIn this fast-paced series of video tutorials, Laura Castelli,walks you through how to get started with the essential basics of Scratch 8:In this 5 minute tutorial you can learn how to create Apple certified Pro Res exports in Scratch 8 and Scratch LAB, a unique feature.In this last quick tutorial you can learn how to create a three-stripe colour grading process (similar to the Technicolor 3-stripe process) with Cyan, Magenta and Yellow, as well as getting to grips with the blending modes in Scratch 8.MyAssimilate Collaborative SolutionMy Assimilate works in conjunction with Scratch 8 and Scratch LAB to allow you to collaborate remotely with clients or other artists and consists of four elements: Remote, Project Repository, Scratch Web and the Gallery. Find out all about how they work in the short intro videos and tutorials below!Other PremiumBeat Posts on ScratchThere’s so much happening on the PremiumBeat these days, it can be hard to keep up. Check out these two previous posts for even more Scratch 8 related resources and to check out Scratch Play – the free universal media player.Scratch 8 Workflows and Webinars | Download Scratch Play for Free
Easily create your very own effect presets in Adobe After Effects. Using presets in Adobe After Effects is a great way to quickly add cool effects to your projects. Some presets online can sell for hundreds of dollars. Did you know that making your own presets only requires two mouse clicks?In the following video tutorial by Short-Form Video, they show you how to make effect presets in Adobe After Effects. The video covers:Saving effect presetsApplying presets to new compositionsProblems associated with not saving presets Making your own presets is a great way for motion designers to automate processes, saving time and effort. If you have links to effect presets that you have made, please share in the comments below.This video was first shared by Short-Form Video on their YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing!
Then the national media jumped on it, covering what GQ called “The Song of the Year.”The Washington Post called the music “amazing” and launched an online poll to determine its origin.BuzzFeed said, “People came for the visuals of snow falling…but stayed for THE INCREDIBLE MUSIC.”“New York’s hottest club is Paul Ryan’s freezing DC balcony,” said The Verge.Vice’s Motherboard, Romper, NBCNews, and Entertainment Weekly all joined the fray.THEN, The NY Daily News outted Liam Aidan as the composer of this catchy track.Whew, what a weekend for PremiumBeat music!More “Tropical Sex Jam Perfection”By the way, that was a direct quote from GQ on Aidan’s track.We can’t believe all the press this received and are elated that so many people liked Golden Skies. So, we rounded up a collection of other tracks in the PremiumBeat library with similar laid-back dance grooves.Have a listen. Then, license any of these tracks for your own video projects. Enjoy… and keep warm!Hear Our Tropical Chill Out PlaylistDisclaimer: PremiumBeat is not affiliated with any political party and promotes no particular political ideology. An Internet frenzy ensues after PremiumBeat’s Golden Skies is featured as the soundtrack to Paul Ryan’s Snowmageddon livestream.Top image via ShutterstockLast weekend, snow pummeled the northeast and US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan spiritedly captured the event in a three day Internet livestream from his balcony at the U.S. Capitol Building. Hundreds of thousands of users logged on to watch the downfall, but then something happened…Viewers became fixated on the three minute track looped in the background of the video stream, PremiumBeat’s Golden Skies by composer Liam Aidan. The pulsing rhythm, the tropical club beat… they took to the YouTube comments to find out the origin of the track:
Make Sure Your Footage of America is actually Footage of AmericaThe Spirit of Summer by ShutterstockThere’s nothing worse than making a US political campaign, only to be called out for using footage from foreign countries. Avoid this fiasco by using stock footage that has been cleared for political campaigns. Shutterstock has created a Made in the U.S.A. clipbox specifically for those working on political videos.If you need something more Fourth of July, you can browse the Spirit of Summer footage. Either way, these clips will keep you from making the wrong kind of headlines.Make Fireworks in After EffectsWant to create some fireworks in After Effects? Take a look at this classic tutorial from PremiumBeat, in which Evan Abrams guides you through the entire process. For step by step directions, check out the corresponding fireworks blog post. The United States is the home of the red, white, and blue. But, what are the exact shades of those colors?Top image via ShutterstockAs the Fourth of July nears for our US readers, here’s a quick guide for motion graphics artists who might be finalizing any holiday ads or video editors finishing up any political campaign ads.The Official Colors of the United States of America FlagWorking with the US flag in a CG video project? Making graphics for a political campaign? Then you’ll need to know the proper colors of the red, white, and blue. In fact, the US has two official colors — Old Glory Red (Pantone 193C) and Old Glory Blue (Pantone 282C).Old Glory RedOld Glory Red signifies hardiness and valor.HEX/HTML BF0D3ERGB 191, 13, 62CMYK 2, 99, 62, 11PANTONE 193CWhiteWhite signifies purity and innocence.HEX/HTML FFFFFFRGB 255, 255, 255CMYK 0, 0, 0, 0Old Glory BlueOld Glory Blue signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice.HEX/HTML 041E42RGB 4, 30, 66CMYK 100, 90, 13, 68PANTONE 282C Find the Perfect Patriotic TrackImage via ShutterstockTrying to find the big patriotic orchestral track? We’ve got you covered right here. From John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever to Yankee Doodle Dandy, the PremiumBeat Patriotic Playlist hits all the right notes.If you need something with more punch for that Fourth of July truck month ad, try some rockin’ tracks like Turning Out The Stars by Flash Fluharty or Universal from JAM Studio. You’re bound to find a song that will get viewers pumped.Have you ever considered shooting drone footage in a fireworks show? This helpful post has everything you need to know.
Advantages of FreelanceWhen freelancing, you have complete control of your schedule and the clients that you maintain. If you find yourself without the type of clients or work that you’d like, it’s entirely up to you to change. You’re accountable to yourself. And that accountability can be an advantage or disadvantage, depending on what you make of it. Depending on your position, as a freelancer, you may have a much higher chance of working on bigger productions, as they most often pull from pools of freelancers. However, there are many full-time positions for large brands creating phenomenal and consistent work. Disadvantages of FreelanceImage via ImageBySutipond.Taxes. Insurance. Maintaining clients. Owning gear. Scheduling. When you’re freelancing, there’s a whole slew of different things to manage to keep your business afloat. Often, you’re also investing in your own equipment and fronting the capital to do so. You manage your own books, write far more emails, and maintain strange and very inconsistent hours. Some filmmakers thrive with this degree of unpredictability and lack of structure, but others can really struggle with it.Deciding whether to go freelance or take an in-house position can be difficult. There’s no simple way to make this decision; however, by adequately weighing all of your options, you can make a decision that will provide you with adequate career opportunities and help you grow as a filmmaker — and, most importantly, make work that you’re proud of.Still thinking of pursuing a freelance video career? Here are some more articles and resources to check out to help you along your way.Freelance Tip: How To Make Sure You Get Paid By Your Clients7 Things Producers Look for When Using “Staff Me Up”Freelance Tip: How Do You Know When to Turn Down a Job?7 Things All Video Professionals Should Share with ClientsShould You Ever Give Your Client The Unedited Project Footage? Full-time film production opportunities are more common today than ever before. So does that mean you should stop considering freelance work?Just a few short years ago, finding a full-time, in-house production job wasn’t nearly as feasible as it is today. With a surge in video content creation, you can now find more full-time production opportunities than ever before. Choosing whether to go in-house and full-time or to navigate the unpredictability of the freelance world can be difficult. So, fully evaluating the different advantages and disadvantages of each is important. As someone who has personally worked a full-time, in-house position and freelanced, each opportunity offers a unique set of advantages and disadvantages.Advantages of Full-TimeBeing a filmmaker with a full-time position can have some great perks. For example, the consistent paycheck is enticing. Eliminating the unpredictability of not always knowing when your next payday is coming can provide a sense of relief and security. While in-house and full-time, you have the comfort of always knowing where your next job is coming from, too. You enjoy the luxury of health insurance, 401K packages, vacation time, and any of the other benefits your employer may provide. When it comes to equipment, you don’t have to personally worry about investing your own money into the best and newest equipment available. Your employer will assume all the financial responsibility of maintaining the best equipment for the job.Disadvantages of Full-TimeImage via guruXOX.One of the more difficult things that I always found about the in-house, full-time life was that you’re not in control of your schedule or the clients you maintain. When you’re freelancing, you’re in control of which clients you decide to take on. When full-time, you don’t have this ability. The company you’re a part of directs the type of projects and clientele you take on. That’s why it’s immensely important that you find a company who has clients that directly align with the type of work that you want to do. If not, you’ll most likely find less joy in your work. Looking for more info on working full-time at a video production company? Check out some of these resources for finding the right spot for you.Film & Video Production Jobs at ProductionHUBVideo Production Jobs on Indeed6 Great Websites for Finding Video Editing Jobs5 Reasons a Video Production Internship is Worth Your TimeHow to Land Your First Video Production Job Today Cover image via guruXOX.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.5 Reasons You Should Consider Volunteering at Film Festivals How To Become A Full-Time Freelance Filmmaker Right Now7 Things You Need to Start Your Own Video Production Company5 Reasons Why You Should Shoot Your Own Digital Web SeriesIndustry Insights: The Ins and Outs of Real Estate Video Production
Much of success boils down to your focus and your mindset.What Do You Want?Hustlers focus on what they want. They focus on their vision and how they can bring it to life. By focusing on their dreams and goals, they move towards them. Focusing on what you want is how you succeed, even if it takes more time than you would like.Non-hustlers focus on what they don’t want. And because they aren’t focusing on what they want, their only target is what they are trying to avoid. The non-hustler makes their fears bigger than their dreams, instead of making their dreams bigger than their fears.Resources and ResourcefulnessHustlers focus on the resources they have available to them. They try to get everything they can out of whatever they have. That gets them far enough to create greater resources, and it allows them to squeeze the most that they can out of everything. Hustlers see abundance and are grateful. They’re resourceful, and they find a way.Non-hustlers focus on what they don’t have. They believe that they have a lack of resources and that this lacking absolves them of the responsibility to make do with what they have. Unsuccessful people see scarcity where it doesn’t exist. Being ungrateful for what they have makes those resources useless to them. Non-hustlers lack resourcefulness.Dreams and FearsSuccessful people focus on doing everything necessary to move towards success. They take action, even when they may not be ready, and even when they lack the resources. As they move forward, they move from small victories to larger victories. This is how you build success, brick by brick.Unsuccessful people repel success away from themselves by focusing on what they don’t want and what they don’t have. They can’t close the gap between their current state and a better future state because they are always staring at the wrong target. They let their fears direct them.Hustlers have dreams bigger than their fears.
Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said his government will consider whether obesity needs to be treated as a disease.Mr. Parrikar was speaking at the inauguration of IFSO-APC Diabesity Conclave 2017 in south Goa. Earlier in the day, the organisers of the convention said the State government must declare obesity as a disease, considering the high rate of the condition in Goa.“Obesity affects everyone in the society. Goa will try to follow the steps taken by Maharashtra government to combat obesity,” the Chief Minister said.Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis was also present at the event. He said more awareness about the condition is needed. “Stigma should be removed and, like any other ailment, obesity should also be considered as a disease. Medical intervention should be accessible and affordable,” Mr. Fadnavis said. However, Mr. Parrikar sought more research-based data to find the triggers of obesity. Dr. Jayasshree Todkkar, said Maharashtra has already formed an Obesity Task Force to educate medical experts on treatment of obesity.
The Centre has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Assam for one more month, declaring the entire state of Assam as a “disturbed” area due to various violent activities by insurgent groups ULFA, NDFB, and others.The Union home ministry also declared Meghalaya’s border areas adjoining Assam, and three districts in Arunachal Pradesh as “disturbed” under the AFSPA for two more months with effect from August 3.In separate gazette notifications, the home ministry said the entire state of Assam has been declared “disturbed” under the AFSPA with effect from August 3 till August 31.The ministry said the 20 km belt in Meghalaya bordering Assam will also continue to be a “disturbed area” under the AFSPA with effect from August 3 to September 30.It has also declared as “disturbed” under the AFSPA three districts of Arunachal Pradesh — Tirap, Changlang and Longding — and areas falling within the jurisdiction of 14 police stations in nine other districts of the state with effect from August 4 to September 30.The 14 police stations fall under the districts of Papumpare, West Siang, East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley, East Kameng, West Kameng, Namsai, Lohit district, Lower Subansiri in Arunachal Pradesh.A home ministry official said there were 75 incidents of violence in Assam in 2016 in which 33 people, including four security personnel, were killed and 14 others were abducted.The violence were perpetrated in Assam by insurgent groups like ULFA, NDFB and others, the official said. The official also added that continuing violence perpetrated by NSCN(IM), NSCN(K), ULFA, NDFB, and others were key reasons for continuing with AFSPA in Arunachal Pradesh.AFSPA has been continuing in Assam since November 1990. In the three Arunachal Pradesh districts, the AFSPA has been in force since January 2016.Meghalaya too has been witnessing violence by ULFA, NDFB militants in the recent past.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday sacked State Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout from the Council of Ministers in the wake of the latter’s remarks on the Brahmin community.“I strongly disapprove of anyone who makes derogatory remarks against any caste, creed or religion. I have dismissed Damodar Rout from the Council of Ministers. A letter has been sent this evening to the Governor to accept this dismissal,” Mr. Patnaik told journalists at the State Secretariat.Attending a district level festival in Malkangiri district on December 18, Dr. Rout had said that tribal people never beg even in any adverse situation: rather Brahmins beg for alms, if the situation arises.The Minister’s remarks had drawn severe criticism and protests from the the Brahmin community during the past few days.This is not for the first time that Dr. Rout’ remarks had created trouble for the ruling Biju Janata Dal and the State government.While Dr. Rout’s casteist remarks against a senior Dalit leader of the ruling party had attracted criticism in the past, his remarks about farmer suicides and Anganwadi workers had also faced criticism in the recent months.Meanwhile, Dr. Rout’s dismissal was welcomed by many leaders belonging to both ruling and opposition parties.(
Three-time MLA Amit Chavda was on Tuesday appointed as the new Gujarat Congress chief, replacing Bharatsinh Solanki, the party said in a statement here. Congress had lost the 2017 Gujarat Assembly election but improved its tally to 77 from 60 in the 2012 elections. Congress President Rahul Gandhi has appointed Amit Chavda, MLA, as the president of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee in place of Bharatsinh Solanki, the statement said. “The party recognises the service and contribution of Sri Bharatsinh Solanki, who has relinquished the responsibility ads the GPCC president,” it said.Mr. Solanki had met Mr. Gandhi. “I will do whatever work the party assigns me,” he had said later. “After the party’s defeat in the 2017 Gujarat polls, I had offered to resign but the high command asked me to continue working,” he added.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has urged agitating sections of the society to come together for the sake of peace and development of the state. In his Independence Day speech, after unfurling the flag at the state secretariat here, Mr. Fadnavis said his government has done everything possible to extend benefits to the existing creamy layer of the reserved categories and backward classes. The schemes meant for their welfare, growth, and jobs to the youth has been pushed by the government in all forms. Maharashtra has so far grown because fruits of economic growth were divided equally among all the section of the society, and this tradition must continue, he said. Growth vital“The economic growth of the State has been vital for development of backward and poorer sections of society. We must keep in mind that the unrest was never spread, and social harmony maintained because of this division,” he said.Maharashtra has been lately grappling with protests from various sections of the society agitating to demand reservations in jobs and education. Earlier this month, a combined bandh call was given by the Marathas, Dhangars and farmers, all pressing for different sets of demands from the government. Lauding the performance of the State even during times of farm crisis and drought, Mr. Fadnavis said Maharashtra’s performance on the development, ease of business, liveable cities and investment indexes is commendable. The CM claimed his government has outdone the growth and progress made in the past 15 years in just three years of its tenure.Committed to farmers “In the 15 years of the past regimes, the government had bought grains worth ₹ 450 crore. We have already bought grains worth ₹8,000 crore in the last three years. This is our commitment to the farmers of this state,” he said. The results of the implementation of the Ease of Business programmes are being seen, resulting in jobs and more investments in the State. A total of eight lakh jobs and 47% of total investment coming in the country have come into Maharashtra, he said. “It is for this reason we need to keep the harmony and social fabric intact,” ” said Mr. Fadnavis.
A day after Sachin Andure, alleged by probe agencies to be one of the shooters of rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), a special court on Sunday directed the accused to be remanded to CBI custody till August 26.In yet another development, Shrikant Pangarkar, a former member of the Jalna Municipal Council, was detained on Sunday by the CBI following Andure’s interrogation. His home in Jalna was searched by agencies.According to authorities, Andure has alleged that Pangarkar was with him at the time of Dr. Dabholkar’s murder.Earlier in day, the CBI escorted Andure, a resident of Aurangabad’s Kuwarphalli area and produced him before the court of judicial magistrate first class, A. S. Mujumdar a little after noon amid robust police deployment. Arguing for a 14-day CBI custody, Special Public Prosecutor Vijaykumar Dhakane submitted before the court that as Andure was the main shooter, the agency would need more time to determine how and from whom had he obtained his instruction in firearms and what became of the weapon and the motorbike that was used during the crime.Advocate Dhakane further submitted that Dr. Virendra Tawde, the ENT specialist and radical Hindutva activist had masterminded the crime and that besides Andure and Sharad Kalaskar, two others were involved in the murder.Counsel for the defence, advocate Prakash Salsingikar, argued that Andure’s arrest was a clear case of political pressure on the probe agencies.“The CBI, in its September 2016 charge sheet against Dr. Tawde has already named Sanatan Sanstha activists Vinay Pawar and Sarang Akolkar as the assailants. So, where does the possibility of Sachin Andure as the principal shooter arise?” said advocate Salsingikar.Andure’s name cropped up during the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad’s (ATS) interrogation of Sharad Kalaskar. The ATS had arrested Kalaskar along with fringe rightwing activist Vaibhav Raut from Nallasopara in Mumbai, and Sudhanwa Gondhalekar from Pune on August 10, for allegedly planning disruptive activities in several parts of the State.According to the ATS, Kalaskar and Andure have confessed to being the motorcycle-borne assailants who had gunned down Dr. Dabholkar on August 20, 2013 during his morning stroll on the Omkareshwar Bridge in Pune.“Even if it is rather late in the day, it is still a step in the right direction. If the probe agencies and the police had taken cognizance of our suspicion that Dr. Dabholkar’s murder was part of a pre-meditated conspiracy, then the killings of Communist leader Govind Pansare, scholar M.M. Kalburgi and journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh might have been averted,” said Dr. Hamid Dabholkar, the slain rationalist’s son, speaking to The Hindu. “Still, this [Andure’s arrest] is an important development and the CBI needs to get to the mastermind of this conspiracy. The probe agency needs to ascertain who are the persons instilling hate among these youth who allegedly pulled the trigger,” said Dr. Hamid Dabholkar.He further said observed that the speedy investigation done by the Karnataka Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the Gauri Lankesh case stood in sharp contrast to the slipshod investigation into the Dabholkar and Pansare murders.“The Bombay High Court’s recent pulling up of the agencies for their tardy progress might have spurred them to action,” commented Dr. Hamid Dabholkar.Meanwhile, Andure’s brother, Pravin, and his wife Sheetal, have said that Sachin, who worked in a textile shop, was innocent of the charges and was being made a scapegoat after the Bombay High Court ticked off the CBI for slow progress in the case.Second major arrest in the caseThis is the second major arrest in the case after a gap of more than two years. In June 2016, the CBI effected its first breakthrough by arresting Virendra Tawde, an ENT specialist who was an activist of the radical Hindu Janajagruti Samiti [a splinter of the Goa-based Sanatan Sanstha] from Panvel near Mumbai.The case has yielded little in terms of concrete results during its protracted five-year investigation by local and central agencies.Dr. Dabholkar’s kin have continually expressed grave reservations about the sluggish pace of the investigation and State government’s apathetic attitude towards the case.A repeated request of the Dr. Dabholkar’s kin had been that the CBI ought to base its investigations in Pune where the murder occurred rather than operating from Mumbai.The Pune police’s investigations in the case have bordered on the downright bizarre after it was revealed that former Pune Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol had held a séance to summon Dr. Dabholkar’s spirit in order to solve the case.The CBI, which had taken over the probe from the Pune police in May 2014 on the directions of the Bombay High Court, released fresh sketches of the assailants in June 2015 – nearly 22 months after the crime.In July 2015, the kin of Dr. Dabholkar requested the Bombay High Court to monitor the CBI probe while questioning the agency’s ‘seriousness’ about the investigation.In May 2016, the Court rapped the CBI for its shoddy investigation into the case, prompting the agency to make fresh searches in Panvel and Pune.Following Tawde’s arrest by the agency in June 2016, there was speculation that the actual execution may have been carried out by the two absconding Sanatan Sanstha activists Sarang Akolkar and Rudra Patil, who have been on the lam since the 2009 Goa blast.From the scrutiny of Dr. Tawde’s e-mail and call records, it emerged that he had allegedly masterminded Dr. Dabholkar’s murder.The CBI probe further determined that Tawde nurtured a virulent hatred towards both Dr. Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, disrupting their public addresses in Kolhapur.Following the CBI’s quizzing, Tawde was handed over to the SIT in June 2016 to be grilled for his specific role in Mr. Pansare’s murder owing to the strong linkages among in the murders of both rationalists and the modi operandi of the killers.Mr. Pansare, and his wife Uma, were similarly shot at close range from two 7.65-mm country-made weapons while they were returning from their morning stroll outside their home in Kolhapur town.Likewise, the murder of scholar-rationalist Kalburgi outside his home in Dharwad in Karnataka and that of journalist Lankesh in Bengaluru fuelled speculation on part of activists that the killings were part of a pre-planned fundamentalist, right-wing Hindutva conspiracy.
The people of the country are taking decisions based on development and not “politics of vote bank”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Monday.At an official function in his Lok Sabha constituency, the Prime Minister launched projects estimated at over ₹2,400 crore, including two important highways in Varanasi, having a total length of 34 km and cost of more than ₹1,500 crore.People-centric Mr. Modi said for the governments run by the BJP, the country and the development of the people mattered most.“Now the country only wants politics of development. People take decisions on the basis of development and not politics of vote bank,” Mr. Modi said.The steps taken by the government since 2014 to develop modern infrastructure could now be visible, he added. Mr. Modi said while the rural sanitation coverage in the country in 2014 was less than 40%, today it was 95%.Mr. Modi also said his government was dedicated to cleaning the Ganga and that projects worth ₹23,000 crore had already been approved while schemes worth ₹5,000 crore were already functioning on the ground.“Our government is not throwing money meant for the Ganga into the water. We are busy in cleaning the dirty water that comes to the Ganga,” Mr. Modi said.Three sewage treatment plants were inaugurated by the Prime Minister.This is Mr. Modi’s 15th visit to Varanasi since his Lok Sabha victory, BJP State president Mahendra Nath Pandey said.After inaugurating several projects, Mr. Modi said Varanasi and the eastern U.P. region would transform into a “confluence of nature, culture and adventure,” along with modern amenities.Highways thrown openThe Varanasi Ring Road Phase-I and the Babatpur Airport highway, the two roads inaugurated by Mr. Modi, were built at a cost of ₹759.36 crore and ₹812.59 crore, said the PMO in a statement. The Ring Road is 16.55 km long, while the Babatpur highway, which is on National Highway 56 and is expected to ease travel for tourists, is 17.25 km long.In Varanasi, Mr. Modi also received the country’s first container consignment to be sent on an inland waterways vessel after 1947. He later inaugurated an inland waterways terminal on the Ganga, the first of the four multi-modal terminals being constructed as part of the Jal Marg Vikas project.
The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday announced its support for the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) in the Jind by-election. The BJP, the Congress and the JJP are locked in a three-cornered contest.The formal announcement for the support was made by AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Gupta at a press conference in Jind in the presence of senior JJP leader and Haryana unit chief Nishan Singh.The JJP was formed last month by Hisar Lok Sabha MP Dushyant Chautala following a split in the Indian National Lok Dal. Haryana AAP spokesperson Sudhir Yadav said the decision to support the JJP was taken after Mr. Chautala praised the work done by the Arvind Kejriwal government in the health and education sectors in Delhi and sought the party’s support. “Mr. Chautala at a public meeting on Sunday had sought the support of the AAP and also praised the party’s work in Delhi,” he said.The JJP, with a strong support base among the Jats, hopes to make inroads into the non-Jat segment, especially the Banias, following the support from the AAP. Non-committalOn the question of an alliance between the two parties for the upcoming Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections, Mr. Yadav said time alone would answer this.JJP nominee Digvijay Singh is contesting as an Independent since the party is yet to be formally registered.The voting for the Jind bypoll is scheduled for January 28. The counting of votes will be taken up on January 31.
Seven people were found dead at the end of an over 18-hour-long operation on Friday to save ten people who were trapped under several feet of snow when a major avalanche hit an installation near the Jawahar Tunnel in south Kashmir’s Kulgam on Thursday evening.“Three trapped policemen were rescued from the avalanche site,” said District Development Commissioner, Anantnag, Muhammad Younis Malik.Among the dead, five were policemen and two were alleged criminals. Difficult operationTen persons, including eight policemen from three different wings of the J&K police, were inside a facility close to the northern portal of the 2.85 km-long tunnel towards the Valley when the avalanche hit the area. Kulgam district, where the tunnel is located, witnessed more than four feet snow on Thursday.An official said a joint rescue team of the State Disaster Response Force, CRPF and the police had to enter the tunnel from the Jammu side towards the south on Thursday night. They used snow-cutters to drill a hole to reach the facility where the people were trapped on the other side of the tunnel in the north.12-hour ordeal“The first trapped policeman, Ghulam Nabi alias Gulzar Ahmed, was spotted alive on Friday morning, more than 12 hours after he was buried. He was quickly wrapped in warm blankets. Thereafter, two more policemen were found alive. Their condition is stable,” a senior official told The Hindu.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, February 9, 2019, said that a spate of development programmes in Tripura would transform the state into the gateway of southeast Asia. He said projects were underway to connect Ashuganj and Chittagong ports of Bangladesh with the state through waterways.Mr. Modi was speaking at a rally in Agartala in last leg of his whirlwind visit to three northeast States where he inaugurated and commissioned several projects. Thousands of people turned up at Vivekananda Stadium where Mr. Modi lashed out at his political opponents for their “opportunistic unity” to create a “weak government” at the centre.Development activities have risen in Tripura and other northeastern states are culmination of his perception of HIRA (H for highway, I for Internet way, R for roadways and A for Airways), he said. “Tripura in true sense has now connected with mainstream of the country due to our efforts in past 4.5 years,” he stated, adding that installation of new government in the State intensified development.He alleged that previous governments of the State and at the Centre had never cared for progress of the State and its people, and always deprived them. He said corruptions in all shapes spoiled development in the region.Mr. Modi did not speak about the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill at the rally in Agartala. Apart from the State’s Governor Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki and Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, two Tribal Ministers shared a dais with the Prime Minister.Earlier, the Prime Minister unveiled a statue of Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur at the Agartala airport. The airport was recently renamed after the King of Tripura who is credited with many development initiatives in the erstwhile princely State that joined Indian union on October 15, 1949.Bir Bikram’s grandson and present head of royal family Pradyut Kishore Manikya welcomed the renaming of the airport and installation of the statute of his grandfather. He confirmed that his mother ‘Rajmata’ Bibhu Kumari Devi received a formal invitation from Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, but could not attend.Meanwhile, the BJP alleged that vested groups carried a campaign for past few days with a call to boycott Prime Minister’s visit in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The party claimed the call yielded no impact with “tribals attending the rally in large number.”Mr. Modi also inaugurated the new complex of the Tripura Institute of Technology through a remote gadget at the rally venue in Vivekananda Stadium. He also dedicated the Garji-Belonia rail to the nation.