However, in the line of duty these men and women’s heroism are put to the test. Their valor comes at the price of death, and for those few that are able to live to see another day, these individuals struggle with effects from a lifetime of war.Those heroes who live to see another day face a great challenge, a challenge so difficult it could make the wounded warrior seem as if they were back on the “front line.”What is this challenge? It is the “will to live;” to battle the scars from war.Yet during this new challenge wounded warriors has a different unit watching their backs…it is their families and those who support them.We often remember our fallen service members and veterans, what we often forget, are their caregivers.Cooperative Extension–Supporting our military family caregiversWhen a new initiative is introduced in the caring of Soldier and Families, Extension staff, working together with their military partners, meet the challenge to provide quality programs, activities and resources to assist the Soldier and Family in whatever they require.With an array of online resources for caregivers, it can be difficult at times to find resources at is relates to military caregiving and military medical conditions.With the help of Cooperative Extension, our Military-Extension partnership in particular, we are able to bring some of those resources to one location.Our military family caregiving initiative first began when Texas AgriLife Extension Service was charged with the task of providing educational programs, online resources and caregiving skills through the use of Military Families Learning Network for military caregivers.The materials for military family caregiving focus on loved ones (spouse, mom, dad, brother, sister, friend, partner, etc.) caring for a very seriously injured (VSI) or seriously injured (SI) service members.The medical conditions we are currently working on pertain to wounded warriors with post-traumatic stress disorder, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, severe burns, loss of limb, and loss of vision.Each topical article will offer a brief overview of the topic, what the military caregiver can expect from the condition of his/her wounded warrior, tips to reduce the caregiver burden, and resources to find more information.Continue to check back to this blog, Facebook, Twitter, and the Military Families Learning Network page for the latest Military Caregiving articles and resources. Photo provided by the Fort Hood SentinelMany believe our heroes are those fighting on the front line for a country that long stands to prosper and in turn adhere to our tradition of the “Land of the free, and home of the brave.”
Premiere Pro is getting updated! In this post we’re look at some of the improvements to the Timeline Panel in Premiere Pro CS Next, so you can get a running start when the updates roll out!Every new version of Premiere Pro includes cool new tools and can often encourage us to try new ways of working. Among the updates to the next version of Premiere (dubbed “CS Next”) is an updated Timeline Panel. Here’s what you need to know about it!Updated Timeline PanelPerhaps the first thing you notice is that the track headers are different to previous versions of Premiere Pro. They have been simplified and are now editable! If you right-click on a video track header you get the normal options from previous versions to add and delete tracks, but you also get a new ‘customize’ option at the bottom. If you click on that option you get the new Button Editor:New Customize Video Track Header ‘Button Editor’To remove a button from the track header, simply drag it out to the ‘Button Editor’ box. Similarly, to add a button back in drag it from the ‘Button Editor’ to the track header. You can even rearrange the order of the buttons while in this mode! Any changes you make to one header will affect all the headers of the same (video or audio) type.For example, here are the video track headers with ‘Sync Lock’ removed.Sync Lock Removed From Track HeaderAudio Track Header Button Editor with Audio Meter Being AddedAudio Track Header After Audio Meter AddedAnother really nice feature about the track header is that they can be expanded or closed by holding your mouse over the header you want to expand/close and scrolling your mouse wheel.Scrolling Track HeadersHowever, some people don’t like using the mouse for this kind of thing and so a great new series of keyboard short-cuts have been added to open and close tracks.Note: When I type ‘=’ and ‘–‘ these are to the right of the 0 key on the main keyboard and are sometimes called the plus and minus keys.Open all tracks:Shift and = (opens all tracks)Close all tracks:Shift and – (closes all tracks)Expand all VIDEO tracks as you push and hold the = key:CNTRL (PC) or CMD (Mac) and = Close all VIDEO tracks as you push and hold the – key:CNTRL (PC) or CMD (Mac) and – Expand all AUDIO tracks as you push and hold the = key:ALT and = Close all AUDIO tracks as you push and hold the – key:ALT and – Other changes have been made to the Panel Menu for the timeline panel.Panel Menu for the Timeline PanelNotice that there is now something called ‘Rectified Audio Waveform’. This is another way of viewing the audio waveform. It is like cutting the waveform in half along its length and only looking at the top part. However, you can get back to the older view by turning this option off in the PANEL MENU if you want. Having worked with this view for a while now I actually find it easier to work with – but it does take a little getting use to.Rectified Audio Waveform – Now DefaultStandard Audio Waveform by Turning this Option OffNotice also that the THUMBNAIL views for a track have been moved from the track header to the Panel Menu.Other functions removed from the header are now found under a new ‘Spanner’ icon in the timeline which also gives us some other valuable new functions (you may notice the options that says ‘Show Duplicate Frame Markers’ and ‘Show Through Edits’).Spanner Icon MenuIn addition to this, you can also change the START TIME for a sequence from the Panel Menu. By choosing this option you can, for example, choose for the timing of your sequence to start at 10 seconds rather than the default 0 seconds. This can be very useful for organizing your work-flow.Another big change for those who are used to working with the Work Area Bar is that it is now OFF by default – although can be turned on again from the Panel Menu.Work Area Bar OFF by DefaultWork Area Bar Turned On AgainThe idea of turning the work area bar off by default is to encourage us to use In points and Out points in the Premiere Pro timeline as a quicker workflow for selecting items.In and Out Points in the TimelineIn and out points are created with the ‘I’ and ‘O’ keys with the timeline panel selected and are valuable for working with the lift and extract functions. These have options and are cleared with a right click option in the ruler area at the top of the panel.The other new button to point out in the Timeline is the insert and overwrite sequences as nest:Insert and Overwrite Sequences as Nest or Individual ClipsBasically, this button enables us to insert clips from nested sequences as the original clips ‘unnested’ – which is a feature a lot of people have been asking for for a long time!Well, that should whet your appetite a little more for the next version of Première Pro and get you started extra fast when it arrives!
Is completely original art even possible? In this post we take a look at some examples of films who borrowed ideas from others to create something wholly original.Original ideas hold a lot of weight in our culture. As creatives we are pushed to create never before seen content. Government reinforces this with copyright protection. And while this protection is valuable in keeping your intellectual and artistic property protected, could it also contribute to the hindering of creative innovation?In the following article we will examine if completely original artwork is even possible – and why the focus should be placed on creating innovative work. We’ll examine a few films who pull influence directly from other films and expanded on their techniques/ideas…in some cases making them even better.“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” – Pablo PicassoHow We LearnWe learn by copying. From our infancy we learn to do basic life skills by mimicking those around us. For example, language isn’t something we just learn one day. We copy the sounds used by others because the words hold meaning to those hearing them. Without a common language we would all be speaking without mutual understanding thus making it impossible to transfer ideas or innovate in any way (i.e. Tower of Babel)Language however is more than just the words we speak. As artists we speak to the world through recognized mediums (film, paint, instruments) and styles. Just as a baby learns to use certain words when they are hungry or tired, artists select certain mediums to convey ideas to the outside world through their work.As we stated before, our society places a huge emphasis on being wholly creative, while at the same time rewarding artwork that resonates with that society. This harsh double standard impedes innovation by forcing many artists to focus more on creating original artwork than creating meaningful artwork.Let’s take a look at the insanely popular Star Wars franchise…Star Wars was a combination of dozens of previous ideas and common story arcs but it has arguably changed American culture more than any film in the last 50 years. Why? Because George Lucas knew that the secret to success was innovation, not necessarily originality.Lucas expertly combined well known film conventions (shots, character types, story structures, etc) in a unique way. The following video by Kirby Ferguson expertly articulates this point:In Ferguson’s third video he talks about the three elements of creativity: Copying, Transforming, and Combining. Each element builds off each other and the end result is an innovative product or piece of art that is useful to society.Innovation is the end goal, not simply copying. Innovation adds value while copying tries to steal value. Innovation takes the work and ideas developed by other fellow artists and combines them to create something with more value than the individual parts.Examples of Innovation: GoodFilmmaker and video editor Ali Shirazi has created montage videos that compare Scrosese’s Gangs of New York and Kill Bill against the directing work of Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino. The similarities are uncanny. Examples of Copying: BadThe line between copying and innovating can be a blurry one so always ask yourself…is my idea adding value?American Screenwriter and Playwright Willson Mizner said “Stealing from one is plagiarism, stealing form many is research.” In your quest to create meaning try utilizing the people and resources around you to build greater work than what could have been accomplished as alone. Copy, transform and combine elements and add in your own voice.More Resources Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative Everything is a Remix – Documentary Series
RED puts their 8K Super35 HELIUM sensor in the EPIC and WEAPON. Here’s everything you need to know.All images via REDAfter announcing the HELIUM 8K sensor back in July, RED has been quick to add the sensor to a multitude of custom-built cameras for the likes of directors like Michael Bay. That sensor is now rolling out into the new RED EPIC-W and WEAPON 8K.Both new cameras are part of the DSMC2 form factor, and RED is sweetening the deal for current RED owners (and those on waiting lists) with the ability to upgrade to a new 8K sensor package. According to RED’s website, orders placed today will ship in 7-10 business days. RED EPIC-W 8K S35The RED EPIC-W 8K S35 sports the 8K Super35 Helium sensor and can capture 8K footage up to 30fps. The camera can also capture 4K up to 150fps, as well as 2K up to 300fps.Check out the camera and some footage in this video from RED.The RED EPIC-W will set you back $29,500 for the camera BRAIN only. To show off the modular camera body, RED put together this awesome stop motion video.RED EPIC-W 8K S35 Specs:8K Super35 Helium Sensor (35.4 Megapixel CMOS)16.5+ Stops Dynamic Range30fps at 8K Full Frame (8192 x 4320), 30fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456)30fps at 7K Full Frame (7168 x 3780), 40fps at 7K 2.4:1 (7168 x 3024)75fps at 6K Full Frame (6144 x 3240), 100fps at 6K 2.4:1 (6144 x 2592)96fps at 5K Full Frame (5120 x 2700), 120fps at 5K 2.4:1 (5120 x 2160)120fps at 4K Full Frame (4096 x 2160), 150fps at 4K 2.4:1 (4096 x 1728)150fps at 3K Full Frame (3072 x 1620), 200fps at 3K 2.4:1 (3072 x 1296)240fps at 2K Full Frame (2048 x 1080), 300fps at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 x 864)For more technical specs and to order the RED EPIC-W, check out the official page here.RED WEAPON 8K S35The other new upgraded package is the RED WEAPON 8K. This is the third configuration to the 8K WEAPON line — WEAPON 8K S35, WEAPON 8K W, and WEAPON 8K ANA.The WEAPON 8K S35 also carries the HELIUM 8K S35 sensor, where as the 8K W and 8K ANA use the DRAGON sensor. The WEAPON 8K is actually the same cost as the WEAPON 6K, which also carries the company’s DRAGON sensor — $49,500 for the BRAIN.From the very beginning, we’ve strived to not only develop the best imaging technology on the planet, but also make it available to as many shooters as possible. The WEAPON remains our premier camera — and now comes with the option to either go with the 8K HELIUM sensor or 6K DRAGON sensor. — Jarred LandWEAPON 8K S35 Specs:8K Super35 Helium Sensor (35.4 Megapixel CMOS)16.5+ Stops Dynamic Range60fps at 8K Full Frame (8192 x 4320), 75fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456)60fps at 7K Full Frame (7168 x 3780), 75fps at 7K 2.4:1 (7168 x 3024)75fps at 6K Full Frame (6144 x 3240), 100fps at 6K 2.4:1 (6144 x 2592)96fps at 5K Full Frame (5120 x 2700), 120fps at 5K 2.4:1 (5120 x 2160)120fps at 4K Full Frame (4096 x 2160), 150fps at 4K 2.4:1 (4096 x 1728)150fps at 3K Full Frame (3072 x 1620), 200fps at 3K 2.4:1 (3072 x 1296)240fps at 2K Full Frame (2048 x 1080), 300fps at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 x 864)For more technical specs and to order the RED WEAPON 8K, check out the official page here.
We went in-depth and behind the scenes with Nena Erb, the editor of Insecure, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Project Greenlight.Talking the world of editing with prolific cutter Nena Erb, three qualities stand out. She believes in serving the story. She believes in lifting those around her up. She believes in herself.Nena Erb (photo by Merie Wallace).PremiumBeat: Do you have a particular way you like to work, or does it wholly depend on the producers and directors?Nena Erb: When I start an episode, I usually reach out to the director to say hi or introduce myself, if we haven’t worked together before. I typically ask them how they like to work. Do they like to camp out and watch me address notes on the fly, or are they the type that likes to screen it with me, give me notes, and then leave me to do the work? There are benefits to both methods, and I’m used to running the session in whatever method they prefer.PB: Does a warm personal connection produce the best results, or have you had artistic conflicts with the major players and it actually upped your game? How hard do you fight for your vision, or do you feel your role is to serve the directors?NE: Editing is an interesting job. It requires you to be objective and subjective. Subjective so you can pick the right performances that will best tell the story, and hopefully resonate with viewers. Objective so you can pivot quickly if someone doesn’t agree with your vision.Once you’ve handed in your editor’s cut, it’s not your vision anymore. It’s about the director’s vision or the producer’s vision or the studio’s vision, and your job is to make their vision reality.And I find that there’s no upside to pushback or [confrontation], if people have a difference of opinion. It’s not about who’s right or who’s wrong. It’s about how you want to tell the story. As an editor, I’ve already gone through all the dailies and know where all the bodies are buried, but they haven’t. It’s my job to take them down that path — even if I’ve already been there — so they can discover things for themselves. I find sometimes revisiting dailies will spark another idea, so I’m all for it.PB: You came aboard Insecure in Season 3. What’s it like being the new kid on the block with a show that has its tenor and tone pretty well established?NE: I’ve loved the series from the beginning, so I was excited (but also nervous) when I signed on to work on Season 3. Working with an entirely new group of people comes with its own challenges — not to mention learning the style and tone of the show. Fortunately, Issa Rae, Prentice Penny, Deniese Davis . . . pretty much the entire crew . . . were wonderful. They were all very supportive. And Mark Sadlek, the returning editor on the series, had been there from the pilot, so he was a great resource if I had any questions. The entire team was incredibly supportive and made my first season of the show a wonderful experience.Editor Thelma Schoonmaker with Martin Scorsese (via IMDB).PB: Editing actually has a long history of women participating: Thelma Schoonmaker, Sally Menke, Barbara McLean, Anne Coates. What do you think it is about — the role of the editor — that made it a more practical way in for women?NE: Back in the day, people felt editing was women’s work because it’s similar to sewing. I’m not sure when in history or how the scales were tipped in the other direction, but it’s become a male-dominated field. It’s hard to give a concrete comparison without stats, but I’ve often been the only woman in the post-production department on my projects. It’s only recently that I’ve found my way to projects that made it a point to hire women editors. Having a female voice in post-production is important. Especially if it’s a show about women. Men and women see and react to things differently, so it’s beneficial to have both voices in editorial.PB: You won an Emmy for Project Greenlight, and you’ve worked robustly in non-scripted formats. What’s the rush and the challenge in editing documentaries or reality shows vs. narratives?NE: In nonfiction, the camera captures and documents the events that happen. You have no idea what the story is, and it’s your job to find it in hundreds of hours of footage. Regardless of the project or genre, it’s all about the story. For nonfiction, I prefer to remain truthful. I don’t want to manufacture false moments because I’m not a fan of putting words in people’s mouths, if it’s not what they’ve already stated.On a narrative project, you know what the story is and your job becomes more about finding performances and cutting the project in a way that elicits the right emotion, or reaction, that you need to tell the story.Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (via CBS).PB: You’re editing the final season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Is there any additional pressure to get it right?NE: The series was in Season 4, and there was a well-established look, sound, and tenor. The musical numbers, or videos, were what changed from episode to episode. That was challenging, not because it’s the final season but because they run the gamut in genre, and that’s what I love about the show.The look of the series is well-established, but you get to be creative in the way you cut the music videos. Cutting musical videos on Crazy Ex is a little different because these music videos are essentially Rebecca Bunch’s fantasy, so it’s important to establish the fantasy space vs. the reality of where she is in the show. This way the viewers aren’t confused as to what’s happening. That can be with a lighting change or an effect/treatment or sound design you put in post. And it’s also not just about the choreography in a big dance number, or the wow factor in dynamic camera moves — the most important thing is the jokes have to land.Nena Erb (photo by Rachel Luna).PB: I’m Jewish — you’re Asian — we’re basically the same people. We were raised with parents wanting us to become doctors and lawyers and around Majong games. How did you pitch your family on wanting to become an editor? (I’m asking this for the tons of readers who want to become part of this business, yet get major pushback from their families.)NE: There weren’t any major conversations with the parents where I shared what I wanted to do. I just kind of did it. And shockingly, they let me do my thing. I’m sure they thought if they let me do this for a little while, I’d get it out of my system and then go to medical school or law school. But after a little while, they realized that wasn’t happening and I was serious about having a career in the entertainment industry.I told my mom I loved what I was doing and that I can’t imagine doing anything else. And I remember asking her, if she were a patient, would she want a doctor who hated their job? She understood where I was coming from. I’m sure they were incredibly nervous for me but they let me forge on my own path. This is unusual because in Asian culture, it’s about the collective, not about the individual. So for them to allow me to do this went against everything they knew and believed in.Next of Kin.PB: I can’t help but notice that you do a lot of labor-of-love, low-profile projects. Many of them shorts. What draws you to these projects?NE: I’m drawn to the content. Powerful stories and well-written scripts are the reason I take on side projects. I enjoy collaborating with directors I’ve worked with before, or friends that I want to support. It’s also a great opportunity to try my hand in other genres, and it challenges me to solve problems, without having the backing of a big production. It really keeps me on my creative toes.Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies (via HBO).PB: Any bucket list genre or project you’d love to be doing? Someone you are dying to work with?NE: I would love to work on any of Reese Witherspoon’s projects, whether it’s a feature or one of her limited series. Big Little Lies was masterful, and she’s currently doing another limited series called Little Fires Everywhere, which was a book I loved. I feel she has great taste in the projects she picks, she’s a champion of women, and I love what she stands for.PB: Finally — any advice for someone who wants to be where you are?NE: For recent graduates or graduating seniors, look into ACE’s internship program. They will give you such an upper hand in getting into post-production. For those who are getting into post-production a little later in life, I’d say if you’re working as a PA, be the best PA you can be. Anticipate people’s needs and spend time with the assistant editors and learn as much as you can from them.For assistants wanting to move up, cut as much as you can get your hands on. No production will hire an unknown. Cut as many shorts on the side while working your day job and tell your editor you want to edit. Ask for scenes to cut or recaps to edit so you can be ready when the opportunity to get bumped up to the editor’s chair presents itself.Cover image via Insecure (HBO).Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Make Your Documentaries Matter with Awe-Inspiring MaterialComposer David Schwartz on VEEP, The Good Place and Arrested DevelopmentIndustry Insights: A Conversation with Actor and Director Melanie MayronIndustry Insights: Below the Line Women Speak OutIndustry Insights: The Blasting Company on Animation Scoring
Download the project fileThis project file is free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to redistribute this project file.Now, let’s walk through — step-by-step — creating the 8-bit look in After Effects.1. PosterizeFirst, create an Adjustment layer above all of the other layers in your composition. (This can be above motion graphics, animation, footage, etc.) Then, apply the Posterize effect to the Adjustment layer. The Posterize effect will limit the number of color tones on your image. For a retro game look, I prefer to set the Level between 5 and 15. (15 if you are creating a full-color look, and closer to 5 if you are creating a monotone look, like an original Game Boy screen.)2. CC Block LoadNow, to create the blocky-pixel look on our image, we need to apply the CC Block Load effect to the Adjustment layer. Make sure the Completion setting is set to 0. Then, set the Scans value to 3 and uncheck the Start Cleared option. You should now see a pixelized version of your image. The great thing about the CC Block Load effect is that it always creates perfectly square pixels, regardless of the aspect ratio of the composition.3. TintNext, you can apply the Tint effect to the Adjustment layer if you want to limit the color-palette to something more black and white. This is an option for stylistic choice. Set the Map White To option to a dull green tone to replicate the original Game Boy Screen.4. GridNow, we need to add some grid spacing between each pixel. This helps create the illusion of a low-resolution screen. Apply the Grid effect to the Adjustment layer. Set the Blending Mode in the options to Normal, and set the color to a dark grey. Next, set the Border value to 2. Finally, set the Anchor values to 0,0 and set the Corner values to 8,8. This should now leave you with a perfect grid around each “pixel block” on screen. (When CC Block Load is set to a Scan value of 3, each pixel block it creates is 8px by 8px.)5. Posterize TimeFinally, I recommend limiting the frame rate to better emulate the appearance of a retro video game. An easy way to do this is with the Posterize Time effect. Apply Posterize Time to the Adjustment layer, then I recommend setting the frame rate between 6 and 15. This will add a little bit of stutter to the movement onscreen. (Using Posterize Time is optional, depending on the look you are going for, and may not be necessary for more modern 8-bit animations.)6. Video FootageWhen applying the 8-bit look to video footage, you may encounter a lot of pixel flickering. You can reduce this using blur effects. Apply the 8-bit look to an Adjustment layer above your footage. Now apply a Gaussian Blur to your video footage. I recommenced a blurriness value between 4 and 8. This will help reduce the flickering, but it will also reduce some contrast. Alternatively, you can substitute Smart Blur in place of Gaussian Blur. Smart Blur will preserve more contrast, but it will take a lot longer to render. I recommend setting the Smart Blur radius to a value between 3 and 6.7. Alpha Channel FootageIf you are going to apply the 8-bit game look to footage with an alpha channel, I recommend applying the effects (or preset) directly on the footage. Then, in order to not have the pixel grid appear on the alpha channel part of the footage, navigate to the Blending Mode option for the Grid effect. Set it to one of the following four blending modes: Darken, Lighten, Difference, or Exclusion. The blending mode you choose will depend on the final look you want. I recommend viewing each one, then selecting the one that looks best.8. Installing the After Effects 8-Bit Game PresetInstalling the 8-Bit Game preset is easy — on both Mac and PC. Just navigate to your Documents folder, then Adobe, and then the After Effects CC folder, for your version of After Effects (the preset works with After Effects CC 2018and up). In your After Effects CC version folder, you will see a User Presets folder. Just drag-and-drop the 8-Bit Game preset into that folder. Now when you use After Effects, just search for “8-Bit Game” in the Effects & Presets panel.Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Never Gonna Let You Go” by Luciano Music Co.“Anyone but Me” by Luciano Music Co.“Digital Groove Connection” by Mattijs Muller“Wonder Man” by LATG Music“Positive Day On” by Make MusicLooking for more post-production video tutorials? Check these out.How to Alter the Color of Your Video Using Lumetri CurvesVideo Tutorial: How to Use Premiere’s New Freeform View6 New Features in Premiere Pro’s Essential Graphics PanelTutorial: Getting Started with Content-Aware Fill in After EffectsHow to Create the Double Exposure Effect in Four Manageable Steps In this video tutorial, learn how to create an 8-bit video game look in Adobe After Effects for motion graphics or footage — with free preset and project file!With the Nintendo Game Boy turning 30 years old this year, there is no better time to create some 8-bit video game-inspired looks, right in After Effects. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through how to create your own 8-bit look that you can apply to motion graphics or footage. This technique offers you a lot of easy customization, as well. (Be sure to download the project file that includes the free 8-Bit Game preset and some retro screen templates!)Ready to create some 8-bit video game art? Let’s get started!
Today, I am disappointed. Sad, really.My phone rang. I answered. It was someone who works for me. She said, “ is on the line. She insists she has an appointment with you at 2:30 PM.” I live on my calendar. How could I have been so careless? I open my calendar app, Tempo, on the iPhone. I don’t have an appointment. I asked, “What is this person’s name and what company are they with?”The answer is with .I don’t know . I do recognize the name of the organization. But only because they’ve continued to call me to try to sell their service. It’s something to do with federal contracts.In an attempt to speak with me, this salesperson lied. I am certain that had I taken her call, she would have told me that there was some misunderstanding, that she didn’t say that she had an appointment, that she was only trying to schedule an appointment.There’s a reason so few salespeople use lame, old, worthless tactics like these: Relationships are built on trust, and attempting to begin a relationship with a lie is its undoing.It doesn’t matter how bad you need business. It doesn’t matter how difficult it is to get someone on the phone. It doesn’t matter if it’s a little white lie. There isn’t any excuse for using any strategy for selling that is built on a lie. This is true even if from time to time this dreadful strategy works.If you are going to be a professional salesperson, the rule is this: The truth at any price, even the price of your deal. If you are going to be someone worth doing business with, then be that person.What disappoints me most is not that a salesperson would attempt to open an opportunity by lying about an appointment. What disappoints me most is that somewhere there is a sales organization and a sales manager that is teaching, training, and coaching this behavior. I wonder how they will feel when the salespeople they train end up being the salespeople that call on their elderly parents and grandparents. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
It isn’t always easy to lead. Leaders are called to do the tough job of making decisions.Leaders are required to make tough decisions. Most of the time you won’t have all of the information you need, and the information you do have won’t be perfect. You will be required to use your best judgment. Right or wrong, you will have to make the call.Leaders are required to make unpopular decisions. You will have to make decisions that other people oppose and with which they disagree. But your role as leader requires you to decide what is right, including the decisions where you can’t get a consensus agreement.Leaders decide on their own. You will take counsel from the people you trust, the people closest to the problem, and outside sources. Then you will make the decision because that is a leader’s charge.Leaders make mistakes. You live in a culture that loves to bring leaders down. Your mistakes will be broadcast louder and longer than your successes. You will be reminded that you are human and fallible. That will make you not unlike every other leader in history, not less than any other leader.Leaders make decisions based on values. There are some decisions that you will make that will be based on your values. When money is on the line, many people will expect you to decide to forego your values in the name of profit. They will question your judgment and your loyalty when you choose values over money. Your values will give strength against their criticism.Leaders are required to care for their people. You will make decisions to take care of your people. You will make decisions to help them when they need help, to give them time when they need more time, and to treat them as ends instead of means. You will be measured by how you treat the people you leave and how you have helped them improve.
An FIR has been registered against film-maker Shirish Kunder with Hazratganj Police for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath .The FIR was registered based on a complaint filed by Amit Kumar Tiwari, Secretary of Thakurdwara Trust of Ayodhya, said Deputy SP Avnish Kumar Mishra.Mr. Kunder had wrote on Twitter: “Hoping a goon will stop rioting once he’s allowed to rule is like expecting a rapist to stop raping once he’s allowed to rape (sic)”.In another tweet, he had said: “Going by the logic of making a goon as CM so that he behaves, Dawood can be CBI director. And Mallya — RBI Governor (sic).”
Even as the date for the by-election to the Gurdaspur parliamentary seat is yet to be announced, preparations for the next electoral battle among key political parties including the BJP, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party have begun. Senior AAP leader H.S. Phoolka on Sunday told The Hindu that the party would be contesting the by-election for the seat, which has fallen vacant following the death of four-time MP and veteran actor Vinod Khanna. Meanwhile, sources said aspirants in the BJP have already started visiting the party office and meeting leaders in New Delhi. Dinesh Singh Babbu, MLA from Sujanpur, and former MLA from Pathankot, Ashwani Sharma, are being mentioned as possible contenders. In the Congress, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa MLA from Dera Baba Nanak is said to be in contention for the ticket.
Inspector General of the Darjeeling Range Manoj Verma said his team arrested at least 10 persons from Sikkim, suspected to be associated with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), on Friday. However, the Sikkim police “has not allowed” the Bengal police to take the arrested persons back to West Bengal, a senior Sikkim police official told The Hindu. “They [the Bengal Police] had no papers or warrants. They also did not inform the Sikkim police. They will have to approach a Sikkim court to take custody of the arrested men,” the official said.
The West Bengal government on Friday approached the Supreme Court against the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory for the benefits of various social welfare schemes.The petition is listed for hearing before a Bench comprising Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, and is likely to come up for hearing on October 30.On October 25, the Centre proposed to the Supreme Court its intention to extend the deadline for the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with PAN, bank accounts, mobile phones and several welfare schemes to March 31, 2018. Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal had mentioned before a Bench that the extension would apply only to those who do not have Aadhaar and are willing to enrol for it.
Mumbai is often hailed as India’s safest city for women, but here too, there have been incidents of harassment and rape that have left them feeling unsafe, especially after sundown. On January 13, people from various walks of life will participate in a 7-km run at Bandra Kurla Complex, called Urban Feet, to raise awareness on women’s safety and gender equality. Organised by UACTIV, a sports and fitness startup and Akshara Centre, a non-governmental organisation, the run will be open to all age groups. In its second year, the theme of the event is #SheRiseWeRise: a message to men that they grow too when when women find their wings.Bhavik Mehta, Co-founder, UACTIV, said the idea was to “break the fear barrier.” “Women feel insecure to go out alone, especially at night, or to dress the way they want to. We decided to challenge the situation and come up with a run at night.” UACTIV, which is one year old, looks at a community-based approach to make sports and fitness engaging through social networking.In its second year, the run will see participation from the Mumbai police and celebrities like Rahul Bose, Shabana Azmi, Monica Dogra, Yasmin Karachiwala and Cindy Jourdain. Over 100 girls from slums across the city and the Akshara Centre will also participate.Dr. Nandita Shah, founder and co-director of Akshara Centre, said, “When young women feel safe around the city, it builds confidence in society.” Akshara Centre has been working for women’s empowerment, safety and gender equality for the past decades, she said, and has partnered UACTIV for the second time.Chinmay Mhatre, a participant, said, “I am a part of the ‘Nike Run Club’ where 70% are women. We have heard that it is unsafe for them to run at night. The women have to think before stepping out for night runs, while we guys never have to give it a thought. The women feel safe only when they think of guys as harmless. Thus, it is men’s responsibility to make women feel safe. I participated for this run last year. I thought, why not this year? It’s a great initiative.”Anvita Dixit, founder of a fitness club at H.R. College and a participant in the run, said, “When I asked a few women if they were interested in joining me for the run, they refused because it was in the night. This itself shows us how anxious women feel about stepping out in the dark.”Once a woman has registered with Urban Feet, she is allowed to bring along a male runner for free — an attempt to increase awareness among men where the organisers believe it is most needed. Register on UACTIV app or lon on to https://www.uactiv.com/ urbanfeet.html.
The Jammu and Kashmir government today said over 77% of 1.25 crore population have got their Aadhaar cards generated in the state and efforts were on to cover the remaining population. In a written reply to National Conference MLA Devender Singh Rana, Information Technology minister Imran Raza Ansari said there are 329 Aadhaar enrolment centres operational in the state.“As per the 2011 census, the total population of Jammu and Kashmir is 1.25 crore out of which 0.97 crore Aadhaar cards have been generated, while the remaining people shall be covered in the coming months,” Mr. Ansari said.“All the citizens residing in the state will be enrolled for Aadhaar. Till date 77.61% of population vis-a-vis 2011 census have got their Aadhaar generated,” he said. The minister said there is 5.96% generation in 0-5 age group, 59.91% in 5-18 age group and 99.42 in 18 and above age group. The government is already conducting enrolment through 329 enrolment centres in the state located in every district, he said. Ansari said the government was targeting the Aadhaar enrolment of less than 18 years of age group by establishing Aadhaar enrolment centres in the Anganwari centers and schools of the state. The mission directror of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and project director of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan have been made registrars by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for Aadhaar enrolment. He said the mission director of the ICDS and social welfare department would set up 141 permanent Aadhaar enrolment centers, 500 mobile enrolment centers in the ICDS projects and also conduct enrolment through nearly 1,800 mobile enrolment staff. The school education department through the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan was in the process of setting up 200 enrolment centers for the purpose, he said. In addition, the minister said the enrolment centers are being opened in over 158 bank branches of various banks and 87 post offices of the state have been identified for covering the left out population by the postal department.
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday retained the life imprisonment given to seven Uttarakhand policemen for killing a student in a fake encounter in Dehradun in 2009, saying that extra-judicial killing has no place in a system governed by the rule of law.However, the court set aside the conviction and life term of 10 other cops, who were held guilty for conspiring to kidnap and murder the MBA student.Ranbir Singh, 22, a resident of Ghaziabad, was gunned down by the police on July 3, 2009. The police had alleged that he was involved in an extortion racket. The investigation was entrusted to the Central Bureau of Investigation and the case transferred to Delhi by the Supreme Court.A Bench of Justices S. Muralidhar and I.S. Mehta in its 105-page judgment said fake encounter is “manifestation of the impunity with which armed forces, including the police, are prone to act in utter disregard of the rule of law”.“It is also symbolic of the cynicism with which the police themselves view the efficacy of the criminal justice system. The police, in this perception, are not just the accusers, but the prosecutor, the judge and the executioner,” the Bench said.‘Tragic case’The HC, which termed the incident a “tragic case”, upheld the trial court verdict convicting and sentencing to life Sub-Inspectors Santosh Kumar Jaiswal, Gopal Dutt Bhatt (SHO), Rajesh Bisht, Neeraj Kumar, Nitin Chauhan, Chander Mohan Singh Rawat and constable Ajit Singh.All seven are suspended.It also set aside the decision of the trial court by acquitting 10 others — constables Satbir Singh, Sunil Saini, Chander Pal, Saurabh Nautiyal, Nagender Rathi, Vikas Chander Baluni, Sanjay Rawat and Manoj Kumar, and drivers Mohan Singh Rana and Inderbhan Singh.These 10 policemen were convicted and sentenced to life by the trial court for the charges of conspiring with other cops to kidnap and murder the youth.However, the High Court concluded that there was lack of evidence against them to sustain the charge.Besides the 17, the last accused Jaspal Singh Gosain, then head operator at the city control room, who was sentenced to two years’ jail by the trial court for the offence of public servant framing incorrect record or writing with intent to save person from punishment, was also absolved by the High Court.
Goa government on Saturday issued an advisory to all its departments and public and private organisations to constitute Internal Complaint Committees (ICCs) or face penalty under Section 26 of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal ) Act, 2013.The advisory said failure to comply with provisions of the Act while constituting the committees would also attract a penalty. The advisory noted that sexual harassment of women at the workplace violates women’s right to gender equality, life and liberty. A writ petition (Civil) 1224 of 2017 has been filed before the Supreme Court to ensure implementation of the Act in all States and UTs. The Act provides protection to women at workplaces and redress of complaints.The committees should comprise a female presiding officer working at a senior level. At least two members should be committed to the cause of women or with experience in social work or with legal knowledge, and one member should be from NGOs working with issues related to women and sexual harassment.The Committee should be reconstituted every three years. Organisation that do not comply with the rules have to forward a copy of the Constitution of the Internal Complaint Committee within 15 days starting March 24.The District Magistrates of North Goa and South Goa are appointed as District Officers while Chief Officers of taluks and municipalities are appointed as Nodal Officers. As per the provisions of Section 4 of the Act, every department/organization/undertaking/industrial establishment, educational institutions/ private sector organization, hospitals, sport institutes, etc., are required to form ICCs.These ICCs should compose a ‘Presiding Officer’ who will be a woman employed at a senior level at workplace from among the employees; not less than two Members from among employees preferably committed to the cause of women or who have had experience in social work or have legal knowledge and one member from among non-governmental organizations or associations committed to the cause of women or a person familiar with the issues relating to sexual harassment.The Committee constituted will be in force for a period of three years and subsequently to be re-constituted. As per the provisions of Section 21 (1) of the Act, the ICCs are required to submit Annual reports to the respective District Officer.As per the provisions of Section 19 of the Act, the employer is required to create awareness programmes at regular intervals, display the gist of the provisions of the Act, etc.All those establishments which are required to constitute such committees are also requested to ensure the constitution/re-constitution of the ICCs at workplace also comply with the necessary information to their respective District Officers.Stakeholders who have not complied may forward a copy of the Constitution of Internal Complaint Committee within 15 days from March 24.
A day after Aam Aadmi Party legislator Amarjeet Singh Sandoa was assaulted allegedly by the sand mining mafia in Rupnagar district, a political blame game has begun in Punjab.While the AAP leaders on Friday accused the Amarinder Singh government of failing to maintain law and order in the State, the Congress alleged that Mr. Sandoa himself was a part of the sand mafia and was “directly-indirectly” involved in illegal mining.Punjab Congress leaders Pawan Dewan and Gurmail Singh Pahalwan alleged that Mr. Sandoa was extorting money from sand mining contractors and the attack was actually a “scuffle over payment of money”. “The AAP instead of crying wolf should take action against Mr. Sandoa,” the leaders said.The Shiromani Akali Dal has demanded a judicial investigation into the episode, alleging that video evidence from the site suggested that the people who attacked Mr. Sandoa were protesting against alleged extortion by the AAP legislator.“These allegations are very serious in nature and should be verified immediately,” said SAD spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema, adding that Mr. Sandoa should be given a chance to come clean and present his side before an independent inquiry panel.
Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav on Monday said the Congress should be at the forefront of a grand alliance of Opposition parties against the BJP in the 2019 general elections. The Opposition parties should forget their differences to oust the BJP from power and save democracy and the Constitution, he said.‘Need of the hour’Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Yadav said all Opposition parties were working to evolve a joint front against the BJP, which was the need of the hour. “The question as to who will become the Prime Minister is not important at this stage. The Opposition unity is more important to ensure that the BJP does not return to power.”Mr. Yadav was in the Rajasthan capital for two days apparently to find a political ground ahead of the State Assembly election due in December this year. He said the LJD would contest 50 seats in the Assembly polls.Mr. Yadav flayed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case and demanded that the matter be probed by a team headed by a retired judge. He said the Centre should convene an all-party meeting to discuss the issue of exclusion of 40 lakh people in the final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens.The LJD leader expressed surprise over Rajasthan Chief Minister undertaking a ‘Gaurav Yatra’ (march of pride), saying the ruling party’s task was to fulfil the promises made to the people rather than indulging in the “gimmick of yatra”.
Cyclone Titli and rains following it have started to degrade the mass nesting beach at Rushikulya river mouth in Odisha’s Ganjam district. Huge quantities of debris and waste materials washed away by flood waters has begun to get deposited on the coast.Continuous presence of this waste on the beach can be a threat to the mass nesting site as it can reduce the looseness of sand as well as its chemical property which may dissuade the olive ridleys to nest here next year.Rains following landfall of Titli cyclone on October 11 morning has caused a major flood in Ruhsikulya river and it has overflowed into several human habitats in Ganjam district. Waste materials of every kind along with huge amount of straw, weeds and broken trees got washed to the river mouth. This waste being poured into the sea is getting accumulated on the long stretch of sandy beach near the river mouth.According to Rabindranath Sahu of Rushikulya Sea Turtle Protection Committee (RSTPC), the seven-kilometre stretch of olive ridley nesting beach from Purunabandha to Prayagi is now covered by waste and debris carried by flood waters of Rushikulya river.A major clean-up Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Ashis Behera accepted large scale deposition of waste materials at the olive ridley mass nesting beach. He hoped that in the next few months tidal action of the sea may clean up the beach to some extent. “The biodegradable waste will decompose fast in salt water but we are worried about the plastic, polythene and other non-biodegradable waste that continues to pile up at the coast near the river mouth”, said Mr. Behera.Forest officials feel cleaning up the beach before the mass nesting time will be a tedious job because of this waste deposition this time.Rushikulya river mouth beach is a major nesting site of the endangered olive ridley turtles. This year mass nesting occurred here twice. In February it witnessed its highest ever mass nesting of olive ridleys numbering 4,45,091. Surprising all, mass nesting recurred at this coast from April 18 to 22, while mass hatching of earlier laid eggs continued. In the second phase, around 37,000 turtles nested here. It was this rare incident of double mass nesting at a single nesting site occurred because the beach was too clean and conducive for nesting.
The Aam Aadmi Party on Friday ruled out any alliance with the Congress for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and announced that it will field its candidates in all parliamentary constituencies in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.AAP’s Delhi convener Gopal Rai, while making the announcement at a press conference, said that the idea of an alliance between the AAP and the Congress to “counter the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo” was a “suggestion made by other parties”.Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit categorically denied even the possibility of talks of an alliance with the AAP. “No, there have not been any talks and nor are there going to be any talks of an alliance with the AAP in Delhi,” she told The Hindu.The BJP, on its part, argued that this “failed association” between the two parties was indicative of the fate of “all anti-Modi alliances across the country”.‘Other leaders’ advice’Mr. Rai said the AAP-Congress alliance was a suggestion made by “like-minded leaders”. “Farooq Abdullah, M.K. Stalin, Chandrababu Naidu, Mamata Banerjee among others stressed that despite disagreements with the Congress, we should fight the elections together in the interest of the country,” he said. “However, due to the arrogance which the Congress is still steeped in and the statements being made by Punjab CM Amarinder Singh and Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit, the AAP has decided to contest the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana on its own,” Mr. Rai said. The AAP, he added, will announce its candidates “soon” and will start its campaign from a rally in Barnala in Punjab on January 20, in the presence of its national convener Arvind Kejriwal.Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta said the “failed alliance had exposed the AAP”. “This failed alliance has exposed the fact that the AAP was, is and will always remain just a Delhi party till it survives. All these alliances against the Modi government will see a similar fate in the days to come,” he said.