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Showtime’s YouTube Gambit: Dexter And Homeland For Free

first_imgfruzsina eordogh Tags:#Internet TV#marketing#web The entire season 7 premiere of Dexter is on YouTube – and no, it’s not a pirated copy. Showtime posted the entire episode, as well as the season 2 premiere of Homeland. A capitulation to pirates? No, an effort to entice viewers to pay for premium television service.Bundled cable channels occasionally host episodes of their shows online, either through the video player on their site or through Hulu, but premium channels like HBO and Showtime have shied away from offering their content online. Until now. Showtime is not running ads with its YouTube content, indicating that the free online distribution is, indeed, a marketing ploy.Cable networks started experimenting with offering their content online last year. Fox led the charge in an unprecedented digital-first showing of Zooey Deschanel’s vehicle New Girl before the show aired on cable. The “sneak peak barrage” worked wonders for buzz, leading the network to try again this year with Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project. Fox’s success with digital premiers prompted NBC to try the same approach with Smash in January of this year, and again with its new fall shows Revolution and The New Normal. Showtime’s offering is available only to YouTube users in the U.S.This digital strategy seems to be successful at expanding the audience for new shows, but will it work for shows going into their 7th season?  So far, the answer appears to be a tentative yes. More than 40,000 people have tuned in since the Dexter episode was posted on the Showtime YouTube channel last night, meaning 40,000 people without Showtime didn’t pirate the episode. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Yes, Bill Gates Wants Better Condoms. But It’s No Joke

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt Let’s get all the snickering out of the way first: yes, Bill Gates is funding condom research. But the reasoning behind the new initiative is more important than improving awkward experiences by the glow of the dashboard light: this is about saving lives and enhancing quality of life in developing nations.First off, it’s not just Bill Gates that’s funding the research: the proposed initial funding of $100,000 is being provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has a well-established record of seeking solutions for health issues that many of us in Western nations take for granted.Condoms are one such issue in developing nations, where they are needed to control transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and the HIV virus that causes AIDS. Their success as a birth control method, which can be a hot button issue in some cultures, is nonetheless undisputed.Cultural issues aside, one of the perceived problems (from the male perspective) is “that condoms decrease pleasure as compared to no condom, creating a trade-off that many men find unacceptable, particularly given that the decisions about use must be made just prior to intercourse,” according to the Grand Challenges in Global Health announcement.“Likewise, female condoms can be an effective method for prevention of unplanned pregnancy or HIV infection, but suffer from some of the same liabilities as male condoms, require proper insertion training and are substantially more expensive than their male counterparts,” the program added.To help solve the problem, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is offering $100,000 in initial funding (and up to $1 million) for anyone who can come up with the “next generation condom.”“We are looking for a Next Generation Condom that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure, in order to improve uptake and regular use. Additional concepts that might increase uptake include attributes that increase ease-of-use for male and female condoms, for example better packaging or designs that are easier to properly apply. In addition, attributes that address and overcome cultural barriers are also desired,” according to the Challenge.Issues like this, which carry various ranges of cultural taboos, depending on your stance, are nothing new for the Foundation. Last August, the Foundation announced the winners of its $100,000 prize to come up with a better toilet. The lack of proper sanitation facilities is a huge problem for billions, and coming up with a cheap and effective means of waste disposal was important enough to weather the inevitable jokes.There is little doubt that reactions to this latest health initiative will contain similar jokes, because birth control is outside a lot of people’s comfort zones. But there are also serious cultural and theological issues to keep in mind as well, more so than the sanitation program ever started. It will be interesting to see if there can really be a solution that can beat this challenge. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#health#Sex Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Apple May Drop $3.2 Billion For Beats

first_imgRelated Posts The Financial Times reports Apple Inc. is closing in on a deal to buy Beats Electronics—specifically, the company’s headphones and streaming music service—in what would be the Cupertino company’s largest deal to date.Obviously, a deal like this would have huge implications for Apple—particularly its music-related divisions, including iTunes, the fledgling iTunes Radio streaming service, as well as the company’s mobile devices, which all ship with a pair of Apple’s white in-ear headphones, called “EarPods.”First, iTunes Radio will likely see a boost from Beats’ own streaming service, which launched earlier this year. Our review of Beats Music said the program felt like a human DJ “leading you from familiar places to unfamiliar ones all while keeping you in the proverbial groove.” We further predicted Beats Music could be the best music streaming service out there—perhaps Apple thought the same thing. In the meantime, Apple is expected to offer a few improvements to iTunes in iOS 8.Recently, ReadWrite ran a story about the possibility of Apple producing new headphones that would could measure one’s biometric activities, such as one’s pulse or oxygen levels. As we pointed out in that story, researchers have proven “the science is there” for in-ear monitoring systems that can inform doctors about cardiovascular risk factors, but “a health-oriented in-ear solution has never been perfected, especially at a mass scale,” simply because fitness devices need to be fashionable and “send the message that you’re into exercising and taking care of yourself.”Apple typically acquires smaller companies from time to time, usually under the radar—Apple quietly purchased 24 companies in the last 18 months, if you can believe that—but this potential deal for Beats would be a blockbuster, similar to the other recent billion-dollar acquisitions in Silicon Valley. Google purchased Nest Labs for $3.2 billion, while Facebook offered what amounted to roughly $19 billion for the messaging app WhatsApp.Beats’ music streaming service is performing well on the App Store charts, beating out its competitors Spotify, Pandora and SoundCloud, but as Business Insider’s Jay Yarow points out, Beats’ current hardware is hardly desirable and its software is arguably middle-of-the-road. This Google search doesn’t help Beats’ case much, either: dave smith Tags:#Apple#apple $3.2 billion#Apple acquisitions#apple earpods#apple headphones#beats#beats electronics#beats headphones What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology That said, any Apple executive would be quick to assert that music is, and will always be, a major part of the company’s DNA. So iTunes and Apple’s various music services—headphones, streaming software and otherwise—will always be a big focus, and in recent years, Beats has proven highly successful at selling its headphones and software services, particularly to the younger crowd. Apple would certainly find the company’s sway with music lovers desirable, and likely worth the $3.2 billion or so it is offering—which would be just a drop in the bucket compared to Apple’s $100 billion war chest.Co-founders and music producers Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre said the poor sound quality of Apple’s earbuds is what initially inspired them to create Beats Electronics in 2008.This story is developing, and we’ll continue to update this article as we learn more. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Can this new wearable provide insight into epilepsy?

first_imgFDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… Amanda Razani A new wearable system was introduced last month that is designed to help epilepsy patients receive proper care when needed.  The system, named MyCareCentric Epilepsy, combines a Microsoft Band wristband, a mobile app, machine learning, shared care records, and data analysis tools.MyCareCentric Epilepsy works by placing a large variety of patient information into a single record, held in a CareCentric program from clinical records specialist Graphnet Health.Parts of that information come directly from patients themselves, by personally entering them into the mobile app or web portal, or via a Microsoft Band wristband that they wear, that is equipped with sensors measuring movement, sleep patterns, heart rate, exercise, temperature and galvanic skin response.This data can be very helpful in recognizing a seizure and identifying its type, says Dr. Rupert Page, a consultant neurologist and clinical lead at the Dorset Epilepsy Service Page. The patient’s GP, the healthcare Trust and other parts of the care community provide the rest of the patient information.See Also: Phillips launches ecosystems of connected health wearablesThe information is given to medical staff in a single dashboard view, with alerts that let them know when a patient has had a seizure. They’re also contacted if a patient has been admitted to a hospital, so that epilepsy specialists can be there to give advice and guidance to the other medics taking care of them.MyCareCentric has already greatly helped one patient who was admitted into a hospital with a fracture, not related to her epilepsy.  The orthopaedic team had planned to put her on a fast before her surgery.  However, not administering her medication could have caused her to have frequent seizures.  Luckily, her epilepsy team was able to know she was in the hospital, and informed the medical team looking after her about the medication she needed.Currently, myCareCentric is being piloted by several patients. As more join this program, they will collectively be providing important data that, according to Page, will be invaluable in helping medics analyze to what extent medication regimes and lifestyle factors affect the frequency and seriousness of seizures. This data analysis will be performed in Microsoft Azure, using machine learning technologies, and, eventually, it could help medics anticipate seizures before they start, and proactively help patients to avoid them.The unpredictability of epilepsy led to innovationAccording to the Epilepsy Society, one in 20 people will have an epileptic seizure at some time in their life.  However, this doesn’t necessarily equate to a patient going on to have epilepsy. One in 50 patients will have epilepsy for some part of their life, but not forever. Furthermore, those that do have epilepsy may get little warning of an imminent seizure, of which there are close to 40 different kinds. They can often forget they have even had one afterwards.It is that unpredictability making it difficult for doctors to properly support patients with this condition that prompted Dr. Rupert Page to lead a team to study the value of technology to help.  His work on creating a solution to this problem, along with a group of medic and IT professionals, is what led to the creation of MyCareCentric.According to Graphnet Health, patient Sean Hamilton signed up for the service right away, stating, “The one key thing for me is about being able to have a safety net and a support system so I can actually regain my independence. What tends to happen now, particularly if I am out on my own, is that I end up back in an ambulance or in A&E. I hope to get better control of my seizures and ideally to get the life back that I used to have.” Tags:#epilepsy#Internet of Things#IoT#MyCareCentric#seizures#wearable Related Posts center_img 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health…last_img read more

Voice Command – New Era of Alexa Based Online Shopping

first_imgSneak, tap and order — a lengthy process for Online Shopping? Now, say Alexa buy me this product, and Alexa will shop it for you?This Alexa process is not a fantasy — now you can shop your products with your simple voice command.If this selection is not from a past order, Alexa will even help you decide on new products to buy, if you choose to shop the new stuff.Amazon and Google sold 27 million voice devices in the U.S. as researched by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. Overview found that 29 percent of Echo and Google Home owners tended to shop through voice. Forty-one percent more shoppers are planning to do the same in the future.Walmart and Google also collaborated with this. Google Assistant can also examine your buy history and ask, “Would you like to reorder a pen set for $2.99?” It can likewise propose you buy floss at a rebate. Hey, use your a single word reaction, “yup,” and you’re finished.Video Source: Amazon YouTube ChannelVoice Command Represents a Massive Shift for e-Commerce MarketResearch demonstrates that four out of five purchasing clients depend on their mobile phones instead of a webapp. A more significant amount of retail and ecommerce dealers receives voice inquiry to finish online undertakings. People are begging for voice command ecommerce services. Echo is changing to a better voice command shopping experience all around.With voice-actuated shopping, brands can fabricate devotion while offering more. Amazon Prime Day is the perfect illustration for it. Let’s assume you’re a brand that offers natural face pack at a premium. By what means will anybody discover your item through voice to get some information about it? Yes, this is possible, Alexa responds to “What’s my Deals.” Isn’t that WOW!Alexa lets you DO all with SHOPPING.Voice AI stills feels like a novelty when Amazon added shopping functionality to it. Originally it was the Amazon Prime clients that requested they add the Alexa capabilities. Alexa looks through the client request history and puts. Siri and Google Assistant are catching up to offer their own particular capacities. Our mobile phones and virtual assistants can help us get our work done quicker. And all we want is the items that our voice assistant can get for us.Amazon comprehends something central about every one of us: We are sluggish. The less demanding it is to tap the “BUY” catch, the more Amazon will offer. To this end, Amazon has given us Amazon Prime, a single tick shopping and the Dash button to enable us to buy.Alexa makes it Much Simpler.Reordering.Alexa can draw on your current request history on Amazon. Suppose you’ve purchased a particular kind of AA battery from Amazon before. Alexa will enable you to reorder that item through “Alexa, reorder the product” voice command. Alexa will request that you affirm the request.New items.If it’s something new, Alexa will recommend an “Amazon Choice” item that meets the depiction. If you like the recommendation, you can affirm the decision and your request will be set.Add to cart.If you’re a little uncertain about the arrangement, you can request Alexa to add an item to shopping cart. What if the thing you include is non-exclusive like “A set of batteries”? Then Amazon will offer extra decisions in the classification.Deals.Ask Alexa about your daily deals, and she was pop-up with your special deals details for the day.Cancel or track order.Not only shopping, but Alexa can even cancel and track your package. All you need is to say is “Alexa, cancel my order, or Alexa, where’s my stuff for canceling and tracking?” Image Source: AmazonWant to order with Alexa but unaware of how to configure with your mobile? Look here.Alexa Voice Shopping Report.Technology news updates are telling us that Alexa isn’t being used as much for shopping yet. Per the information — out of about 50 million Alexa users — only about 100,000 shop something from voice interface more than once.Only two percent tried to shop through Alexa. Most don’t even know that this is possible. But, now you do know that you can do ecommerce based ordering — saving many hours. Most of the initial fixes are now in place making a better experience.Fix to Issues.1. Accidental or unauthorized purchases.Alexa is not always perfect. Yes, I’ve been frustrated too — when she may mishear the command. There are possibilities that she may pick up some other items — but this is rare. To avoid an error: Click ordering is especially the functionality implemented by Amazon for Alexa based shopping.Set a 4-digit number passcode to your Echo to avoid the unwanted orders. While placing the order, Alexa will ask for the passcode to confirm before placing the order. The good news is random orders can be returned — but the passcode will circumvent this error.2. Privacy concerns.Amazon users share their personal information on their accounts. But Alexa is quick to analyze your order history, wishlist and so on. Even the payment of card details shared with Amazon Pay for quick payments.With Alexa, it can check your pre-orders of a similar kind of products. This reordering is a convenience. Also, sharing the information is beneficiary too for a quick pick of products.3. Double-check order.Picking from Amazon App or Website is simple and easy with tons of convenience. But when it is with Alexa, it may mishear or misinterpret your pronunciation. To double check your orders on the new or unusual things that you order. Don’t let Alexa place the order until you feel solid about ordering. Rather, add the item to your cart and later confirm.4. Being a shopaholic.If you are becoming a shopaholic and you do not wish to be one. Take your card option off of Alexa. Stop.Now, all set to fill your cart?Prepare to shop with your Amazon Echo. Don’t hesitant — give it a shot. The convenience cannot be overstated. To have these items dispatched to your home with only a couple of words is so helpful.A Few Final Words.Alexa is not limited to Amazon; it also includes all other e-commerce platforms. Alexa is possible with Voice command based shopping for all ecommerce that is set up for this process.What about setting up an online ecommerce place from your retail site to make a place for yourself in this new technology wave? Maybe your own ecommerce website needs to be Alexa Echo enabled?Time almost stands still when you are buying your favorite bag at Nordstrom from an online store with voice command. You can practically see the health benefits to both business and shoppers. Vikash Kumar working as a Marketer at Tatvasoft.com, it’s a software development & android app development company. He generally likes to share his technical views on different technical aspects. Related Posts Vikash Kumar Tags:#Alexa#Amazon#Amazon Alexa#chat-bot#ecommerce#retail-ecommerce#Shop Follow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Ignoring Networks at Your Professional Peril

first_imgAuthor: Jim LangcusterThis article was originally published Tuesday August 27, 2013 on the Military Families Learning Network blog.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Hi, AleX:You have always been a dedicated professional. Your work has always been about serving your clients, building one-on-one relationships grounded in trust.British Coffeehouses in the 17th century provided raucous places where ideas could be freely discussed and exchanged.It’s reflected in the way you regard network literacy. Admit it, AleX: Deep in the back of your mind, you still harbor this fear that any significant investment in social media will work to dilute these close relationships.That’s understandable. Just be warned: By ignoring emerging social networks, you’re imperiling your professional future.It’s important for you to come to terms with that fact, AleX.Granted, a handful of CEOs pointing to a clutch of online infographics, some specious at best, stubbornly maintain that networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are not only eroding the minds of young people but also costing the economy some $650 billion a year.Don’t buy into it, Alex.Truth is, the benefits of social networking have been apparent for a long time, a very long time — in fact, for as long as 500 years.Rudimentary forms of social networking have been traced as far back as 17th century English coffeehouses, raucous places in which people shared ideas freely and openly and that bore an uncanny resemblance to the emerging social media platforms of the 21st century.Many of the exchanges that grew out of these boisterous meeting places provided the basis for intellectual and material advances that have benefited countless millions of people and that are still being felt today, almost half a millennium later — a theme explored by famed science and technology writer Tom Standage in a recent article in the New York Times titled “Social Networking in the 1600s.”Proponents of conventional wisdom of the day derided these coffeehouses as venues of idle chitchat, much as their 21st century counterparts do with social media today.To be sure, lots of idle chitchat and gossip occurred in these haunts. Yet, something remarkable happened too. In addition to consuming copious amounts of coffee and indulging in idle gossip, not a few of these coffeehouse patrons read and shared the insights from the latest pamphlets and news sheets, many of which dealt with the prevailing scientific, literary, political and commercial themes of the day.In a diary entry dated in November, 1633, renowned diarist Samuel Pepys observed that discussion covered such diverse topics as how to store beer, the implications of a certain type of nautical weapon, and speculations about the outcome of an upcoming trial.Conventional academic leaders of the day heaped scorn on the low caliber of discourse that purportedly prevailed in these coffeehouses.“Why doth solid and serious learning decline, and few or none follow it now in the university,” Oxford academic Anthony Wood plaintively asked. “Answer: Because of Coffee Houses, where they spend all their time.”They were misinformed. Lots of serious discussion and learning ensued in these coffeehouses.Borrowing Standage’s picturesque term, these coffeehouses turned out to be “crucibles of creativity” — environments in which people representing diverse backgrounds and perspectives met and exchanged ideas. Many of these ideas, in the course of meeting and mating, provided the basis for new ways of thinking, which, in turn, spawned new concepts and inventions. Some ended up changing the course of history.One of the more noteworthy examples of coffeehouse exchanges: Lloyd’s of London, the world-renowned insurance firm, which grew out of Edward Lloyd’s coffeehouse, a popular haunt of ship captains, ship owners and maritime traders.One coffeehouse served as the nursery of modern economics: Adam Smith passed early drafts of “The Wealth of nations” among his acquaintances at the Cockspur Street coffeehouse, where many Scottish artists and intellectuals of his time gathered.Yet, why should we be surprised by this? For his part, Standage cites modern research demonstrating that students learn more effectively when they are interacting with other learners.Coffeehouses provided 17th century entrepreneurs, journalists, scientists and philosophers with highly generative, open-source platforms — foundations on which many of the predominant ideas, concepts and technologies of the modern era took form.This brings us back to the present-day, AleX. As Standage stresses in his article, the emerging social media platforms of the 21st century are providing us with the same kinds of highly generative platforms — places where people, in the course of exchanging ideas and sparking new ones, have the potential of improving the lives of countless millions of people for generations to come.Under the circumstances, is there any reason why you shouldn’t join into this conversation, AleX? This is part of the “Hi, AleX” series — advice to AleX NetLit about enhancing her levels of network literacy through day-to-day personal and professional social networking. AleX Netlit is a fictional persona created by Network Literacy Community of Practice to serve as a guide to Military Families Service professionals, Cooperative Extension educators and others seeking to learn more about using online networks in their work.More about Alex NetLitlast_img read more

The Health of Caregivers for Children with Special Needs

first_imgIn many of our caregiving blog articles we discuss issues and concerns surrounding the topic of military caregiving and wounded warriors. However, the role of “military caregivers” could encompass not only those families caring for wounded service members, but military families caring for someone with special needs.There are approximately 5.9 million children in this country with severe disabilities, most of which are being cared for at home by their parents and families in an informal caregiving setting [1]. Studies also suggest that informal caregiving for a child with disabilities is associated with poor emotional and physical health in caregivers. Below are a few examples of how a parent’s physical and emotional well-being can be negatively impacted by the demands of caregiving.Negative Impacts on Caregiver HealthChronic Fatigue – Example: Providing long-term care for severely disabledBack and shoulder pain – Example: Regularly lifting childrenDirect injury – Example: Injury resulting from child’s occasional violent behaviorsEmotional distress – Example: Concerns about the future; finances; meeting the day-to-day needs of child, etc.In additional to the physical and emotional toll that caregiving places on special needs parents, the unpredictable and uncontrollable nature of parenting a child with disabilities can cause caregiver stress. Caregivers may feel a lack of control of day-to-day activities, such as frequent requests from schools to immediately retrieve the child because he or she is too ill to participate.Also some parents may feel uncertain about how to care for their other children in the home and provide the necessary attention, in addition to caring for the special needs child. Even in a recent study conducted by the University of Utah, researchers found parents were using their respite time to care for other family members [2].Caregivers of all stripes need to meet their own needs in order to effectively care for another person. This is especially important when providing care for young persons with developmental disabilities as they may be less able to compensate than their adult counterparts. A caregiver who does not take care of her/himself may find that they are eventually unable to take care of anyone.References[1] Perrin, J. (2002). Health services research for children with disabilities. Milbank Quarterly, 80, 303-324.  [2] Murphy, N., Christian, B., Caplin, D., Young, P., (2006). The health of caregivers for children with disabilities: caregiver perspectives. Child: Care, Health and Development,         33, 2, 180-187.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on July 29, 2015.last_img read more

Field Talk: A Q&A with Providers Supporting Military Families

first_imgThis post was written by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. Field Talk is a monthly blog post sharing the voices of early childhood providers who serve or have served military families of young children with disabilities (birth to 5 years old).  We hope you find it to be educational, personable, and encouraging.This month we welcome Lana Sperry, M.A., CCC-SLP.  Lana works as a speech-language pathologist in Clarksville, TN.  The names within this interview have been changed and their stories used with permission.  This interview was edited for length and clarity.Describe your current role.I am a speech-language pathologist in a civilian hospital outpatient rehabilitation setting. In the clinic I see pediatric clients, where I am the sole provider of swallowing and feeding therapy for infants and children. I also provide augmentative communication device training, as well as speech and language therapy. Finally, I see adult and geriatric populations for whom provide swallowing, speech, language, voice, and cognitive therapy.What’s your favorite part of your current job?I love helping people. It’s an amazing feeling to see the smiles on people’s faces when they have accomplished a goal.Tell us about experiences you have had working with military families.In 2002, following graduate school, I moved to Clarksville, TN which is located very near Fort Campbell, KY. This area serves a large military population, and it was in in Clarksville that I began working with families in the military.The ages and diagnoses of individuals I have seen have ranged from infants to teens. These children have had diagnoses including: autism, spina bifida, developmental delays, Down syndrome, feeding difficulties, and speech-articulation impairments. I have learned that children with the same diagnosis can be very different.Fresh out of graduate school, I worked at a clinic that provided home health services to the birth to 3-year population. I vividly recall a 2 year old named ‘Sam,’ whose parents were young and the father was in the military. Sam was unable to communicate verbally. He would instead take adults to a desired object or bring an object to them. When upset he would escalate quickly and have difficulty calming himself. It was while working with Sam that I suspected he had autism. This was my first experience sharing my suspicions with parents. I referred them for further testing and this diagnosis was confirmed. Luckily the parents took the news well. It was important for them to remember that a diagnosis did not change their child. In therapy ‘Sam’ was able to use the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) to communicate. He was successful in using this system to request items such as toys and food. The family was reassigned and moved before we could try using an augmentative communication device with Sam. I will always remember ‘Sam’ as he was my first hands-on experience with a child with autism.Describe a rewarding experience working with military families.A few years ago I worked with a young child named Jessa. She had spina bifida, which resulted in her being paralyzed from the waist down. She was a cute little blonde who pushed herself around the clinic in a tiny wheelchair. Her communication skills were extremely limited due to severe oral and speech apraxia. She could produce a few basic vowels and would use these with appropriate voice inflection. A sentence such as “Look at that ball” might sound like “Oo aa aa ah.”I worked with Jessa 3 days a week, which allowed me to become close to her as well as her family. Progress was slow but present. We established that she could produce consonants such as “b” in “ball,” but she had to separate the word “buh – all”. Toward the end of her therapy, and prior to moving, Jessa could use a variety of word approximations involving many different consonants. When the family was preparing to move, the mom expressed sadness in having to leave the area and find a new speech therapist. It was very rewarding to have helped Jessa and to have given the parents a chance to see her progress. It is rewarding to have parents tell me that they wish they could take me with them to continue to treat their child. While I am pleased that parents have seen their child make progress, I am sad to say good-bye to them.Describe a challenging experience working with military families.Military families often move around a great deal which means frequent changes in medical and therapeutic providers. Therefore, it can be challenging to access therapy notes from former speech, physical, and occupational providers. Also, a child’s plan of care may not be met when a child is in my care for only a short amount of time due to military assignments.When one works with families for months or years there is a certain “sense of ownership” over the child’s intervention plan and their speech-language progress. So when a family has to leave and start working with another therapist, I feel a sense of loss. I do, however try to be available for the new therapist to answer questions.Also, as a civilian, I am not completely familiar with military terminology. This can be challenging when communicating with families. It is helpful to have some understanding of military acronyms.From your experience, how are military families similar and different from other types of families?Military families are generally in the area for shorter time periods than civilian families. I find that the parents, especially mothers, of children with disabilities are strong advocates for their children. In my experience, military mothers are often more assertive due to the need to fight for services for their child. In some ways, I adjust my practice when caring for a child in a military family. For example, if I know in advance that a family will only be living in the area for a short amount of time, I modify my plan of care to be more aggressive in an effort to address more targets during the family’s time here. However, in many ways I treat military families the same as civilian families.As providers, how can we support military parents who are deployed or away frequently due to trainings/school?  Communication between providers and families is essential. After every session I summarize the goals addressed in that session and the child’s performance on each goal. I send this home with the hope that it will help keep the caregiver informed of the child’s progress even when they cannot attend sessions.I try to understand the needs of each military family. If a family notifies me of upcoming travel or a deployment, and there is the need for the child to miss some appointments, I do my best to reserve availability on my schedule. For example, I am working with a child whose extended family is from another country. The mother has taken the children to visit family for the summer while the father is deployed. In this case, I did not discharge the child, but instead put his chart on “hold,” and when the child returns, I will re-evaluate him.Describe a specific stressor that military families with whom you have worked have shared or experienced.Military families who have children with disabilities have expressed stress when they have to re-establish services for their children in new towns. It can be difficult to move to a new city and try to find quality service providers. I generally try to do an Internet search or ask other SLPs to recommend providers. I also like to prepare a detailed letter including the child’s goals, test scores, and progress for the parent to give to the next therapist. This can help the new therapist initiate services.What “insider” tips or advice do you have for service providers working with military families who have young children with disabilities?Be open to and accepting of different cultures and ways of life. It is our place to listen to the parents and provide the best care possible to their children.If you could change or improve one thing for military families with young children with disabilities, what would it be?It would be nice if the military provided families with a list of physicians and service providers located near each military base.What types of resources have you sought out to feel more confident and competent at meeting the specific needs of military families? (e.g., trainings, blog posts, organizations, etc.)I have reached out to the parents of the children with whom I work. They are generally happy to explain the hierarchy of the military, the acronyms, the procedures, etc.last_img read more

Video Tutorial: 2D to 3D in Adobe After Effects

first_imgIn this Premiumbeat exclusive video tutorial you’ll learn how to use a displacement map in Adobe After Effects to give your still pictures a 3D effect.Add life to your two dimensional still pictures by giving them a simulated 3D look. There are multiple ways to achieve this in After Effects…and in the following video tutorial we’ll show you how it’s done with a displacement map. The 2D to 3D animation is surprisingly simple.This video tutorial covers:Using the puppet toolUsing the displacement map effectCreating a 3D depth mapThis is just one of the many scenarios in which using a displacement map might be helpful – so it’s a useful After Effects feature to know.Don’t want to watch the video? Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below. Click any image for larger view.  4Add a displacement map and set the map layer to the depth comp. 5Set the picture layer to 3D and rotate left to right over the y-axis for 3 seconds. Set keyframes to horizontal and vertical displacement. 7Use the puppet tool to keyframe a smile. 1Drag your picture into a new composition and duplicate. 2Use the brush tool to paint the background to black and the foreground to white on the top picture. If you have any questions regarding this tutorial or if you have any quick tips for using the displacement map in After Effects, please comment below! 6Precompose both layers and change the composition to 1280 x 720. 3Blur and precompose the top picture.last_img read more

How to Better Solve Problems

first_imgIf you are solving a problem, you first have to define the problem. What is it that’s wrong? What needs to change? What new result do you need to produce? Defining your problem is the critical first step of problem solving.But the second step is just as important. It’s identifying all of your options.Too Few OptionsOne of the reasons that resourcefulness is critical to success is that overcoming all of the challenges you encounter requires ideas.A lot of people find one solution to a problem and decide that is the only way the problem might be solved. Then they get hooked on that idea, usually the most obvious idea and the one that will make a lot of people unhappy.Most people identify two possible ways a problem might be solved. You can choose option 1 or option 2. Both options aren’t ideal, but at least it is a choice. But for most problems, there are far more that two options. But it’s work to identify them.By identifying a few ideas, none that are ideal, you don’t do the real work of problem solving.The Real WorkThe real work of solving problems is identifying all of the options available. You brainstorm; no idea is too wild, nothing’s off the table.You ask yourself what else is possible? Is there a substitution that can be made, a way to avoid solving the problem altogether? Is there a solution that means that you look for a different result than you were when you originally set out to solve the problem? Is there a new outcome that will leapfrog your present results?A Quick ExampleRight now I am helping to guide a startup Nano-technology firm to market. Most of the problems we encounter are complicated, but they generally revolve around resources. Most of the problems are framed up as a choice between A or B, neither of which is ever ideal.Instead of choosing between A or B, we have decided to spend more time identifying options. In one case, we thought we had two options, but it turns out that we have five options—one of which was never considered but eliminates any negative outcome. Even better, someone else has agreed to do it for us. We would have never gotten to that idea if we stopped at a choice between two ideas.Defining a problem is easy. Creating more than a few options to solve that problem is more challenging. But the more work you do here, the better your solution.QuestionsHow often do you solve problems by choosing the lesser of two evils?What problem are you trying to solve now?How many options have you identified?How many of those options allow you to do something very different than you first imagined?Who can you get to help you identify more options?last_img read more

Are You Really Negotiating?

first_img 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 Countless.That’s exactly how many times I have been told by sales managers, sales leaders, and entrepreneurs that their salespeople need negotiating training And who couldn’t benefit from more training in negotiation (especially in this Disruptive Age, when prospects want to commoditize you and your offering)?But the negotiation problem isn’t that they could use more training. It’s that they need to start negotiating.It’s All About PiesThere are two parts to negotiating:  increasing the size of the pie and claiming part of it.Negotiation starts with increasing the size of the pie. When someone asks you to sharpen your pencil and you run and ask your sales manager to allow you to discount the price, you aren’t increasing the size of he pie. Instead, you’ve moved on to the claiming phase. More accurately, you’ve let the client determine that you are in the claiming phase.To negotiate, you have to work on making the pie as big as possible. I see salespeople play small, afraid to create the maximum value for their prospective clients because they fear that it will increase the risk and the time it takes to win (and sales leadership should be indicted here for allowing a short term focus to outweigh long term goals and value creation).This is the first stage. What can you do to make the pie bigger for both of you?Slicing the PieThe second phase of negotiating is dividing up the pie. Doling out the price concessions isn’t the right approach when it comes to claiming value.Negotiating means ensuring that you negotiate the profit margins your business needs to execute on the what you’ve sold. It means that you find an agreement that allows you to capture value in proportion to what you create. It means you help your client makes the right investment. This isn’t easy. It never has been.You need to push back and reiterate the value you create. You also need to help your buyer justify your pricing internally.If you’re going to improve your negotiating, you have to start by actually negotiating.QuestionsHow much do you work on increasing the size and value of the pie?How much do you work on confirming that the value you create is the value your client really needs from you?When you negotiate, do you claim a portion of the value you create, or do you really just negotiate the discount?What do you do to reiterate the value that you create?How do yo help your clients justify the investment you are asking them to make?last_img read more

Trading Up

first_imgThe technological tools often make it easy to trade down to more impersonal, more transactional mediums. But you don’t have to trade down; you can just as easily trade up to more personal, more value-creating mediums. And by doing so, you can differentiate yourself and create deeper relationships.Email to Phone: Trade the next email you are going to send for a phone call. Instead of writing a note that is going to get lost in a sea of distractions, pick up the phone and make it personal. As small as this might seem, it is a major upgrade in communication. You can engage in a dialogue, and you can listen to your client.Phone to Face-to-Face: Trade the next phone call you are going to make for a face-to-face visit with your dream client. Instead of discussing whatever it is you need to discuss over the phone, have that discussion in person. Make your presence felt. Showing up demonstrates a greater commitment on your part. It says that you believe your client is worth the investment of time.Face-to-Face to Lunch: Trade the next face-to-face visit you are going to have for a working lunch or dinner. Go offsite, get away from the distractions, and spend time getting to know the person you are working with. Make it even more personal. The less formal the meeting, the more you can allow your client to open up and share more about themselves and their needs. This deepens your understanding, it deepens your relationship.Lunch to Working Group Meeting: Trade the next lunch you are going to have for a working lunch session for your team and your client’s team. You bring the food, and with it bring three or four big issues you can whiteboard together with your teams. Create greater value by working on big issues and problems. The time you spend working on issues together strengthens the bonds between your teams, and it helps demonstrate your commitment to making improvements.When the outcome you need is important (and if you are communicating with your client or dream client, it is), trade up to the most effective communication medium available. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Stop Underinvesting in Yourself

first_imgPosts about how your dream clients are underinvesting are popular here, here and here. You recognize that one of the biggest challenges you face is helping your prospective clients (and your existing clients) make an investment commensurate in the outcomes they need.You know underinvesting is a mistake, and you know your dream clients should be spending more and producing even greater results. They are just too stubborn and shortsighted to see it.But before you cast that stone, you may want to think about whether you are living in a glass house yourself.Ain’t Nobody Got TimeAre you investing the time necessary to improve in all the areas you recognize need improving?Self-improvement is almost always the first thing to go when you are busy. Because you are heads-down working, you don’t invest any time in your own personal growth or development.What happens when your dream clients underinvest happens to you when you underinvest. Problems linger unresolved. Opportunities pass by without even being pursued. You stagnate. You wither.If you don’t have 30 minutes a day for personal development and growth, spend an hour on personal development and growth. If you don’t have an hour, spend two hours. Invest time in the areas you need to improve.Money, Money, Money, MoneyHow much money have you spent on your personal and professional development in this calendar year? Do the math before you move on. Is it more than you’ve spent at Starbucks?“But wait,” you say. “Iannarino, I have bills to pay. I don’t have a budget for my own personal growth and development.” And as you read these words, who are you reminded of? You can see that client in your mind’s eye right now, can’t you? They say, “We don’t have the budget,” even though spending the money would make them more money—just like it would you.You know your dream clients and prospects are underinvesting in the results they need. You can see it plain as day, even when they can’t. Can you see how you are doing the same?You will never make a greater investment than the one you make in yourself. You will also never get a greater return than that investment.If you want your clients to stop underinvesting, you go first.last_img read more

Chandrababu Naidu, Amit Shah discuss alliance status

first_imgThe status of the Telugu Desam Party-BJP alliance came up for discussion between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and BJP national president Amit Shah at a meeting over lunch hosted by the Cheif Minister at his residence in Vijayawada on Thursday.Union Ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu and Suresh Prabhu, BJP’s State president K. Haribabu and Narsapuram MP Gokaraju Gangaraju took part in the deliberations.The TDP was represented by Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y.S. Chowdary, State Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Minister for IT and Panchayat Raj N. Lokesh and TDP State president K. Kala Venkat Rao.The two sides also reportedly dwelt on important issues such as the likely impact of the denial of Special Category Status (SCS) to A.P. and development of the State.The speculation that YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s support to the National Democratic Alliance’s presidential nominee and his meeting with the Prime Minister was also learnt to have come up during the discussions.last_img read more

M.P. Congress MLA booked for ‘inciting people to set ablaze police station’

first_imgCongress MLA Shakuntala Khatik has been booked on the charge of inciting people to set ablaze a police station during violent protests by farmers in Madhya Pradesh.A video, which recently went viral, purportedly showed Ms. Khatik indulging in the act.The video was shot on June 8, 2017 when Ms. Khatik, who represents the Karera Assembly segment in Shivpuri district, was staging a protest at the Karera Police Station against the killing of farmers in police firing Mandsaur.Karera’s Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Anurag Sujania said an FIR was registered against Ms. Khatik, block Congress president Venus Goyal and others early Tuesday.They were booked under IPC sections pertaining to rioting, unlawful assembly, punishment for obscene acts or words in public and assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty, he said.During the June 8 protest, an effigy of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was burnt. The police poured water on it to douse the flames, in which the woman legislator got partially drenched.This irked Ms. Khatik, who later sat on a protest at the police station along with her supporters and the video was shot during the sit-in. The video showed the MLA purportedly asking her supporters to set the police station on fire.The farmers’ protest in Madhya Pradesh that began on June 1, 2017 took a violent turn on June 6 when five farmers were killed in police firing in Mandsaur district.Subsequently, the farmers’ protests witnessed a bandh and arson as the agitation spread to other western Madhya Pradesh districts, including Neemuch, Dhar, Ratlam and Jhabua.Mr. Chouhan launched a fast in Bhopal on Saturday with an appeal for peace and met farmers’ leaders.However, he ended his fast on Sunday, saying peace has returned to the State. Before ending the fast, he assured people that those involved in the deaths of farmers in Mandsaur would be punished severely.last_img read more

Flood toll touches 200, thousands homeless

first_imgHuman toll in the floods and relentless rain across the country reached almost 200 by Wednesday even as thousands in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Assam, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand and elsewhere were forced out of their homes into temporary shelters.A horrible tragedy unfurled as waters receded in Banaskantha district of Gujarat, as bodies of 17 members of a single family were recovered from the banks of Banas river in Khariya village. Rescue workers found a total of 25 dead bodies in the area, and fear that more could be found in the coming days as water recedes. The area was completely inundated when the State authorities released 1.5 lakh cusec water from Dantiwada dam to the Banas river.On Wednesday, the Indian Air Force and Army intensified their rescue operations, mobilising a dozen choppers and motorboats to reach interior villages where thousands of people are still stranded in floodwaters. “More than 650 people were rescued by the agencies on Wednesday, including 272 people air lifted through Air Force choppers,” Principal Secretary (Revenue) Pankaj Kumar said.According to latest estimates, at least 111 people have lost lives in Gujarat since June 1.Over 50,000 people have been relocated to safer places, most of them residents of the worst affected districts in northern Gujarat, Banaskantha and Patan. In Rajasthan’s Pali district where rains continued to lash the remote areas on Wednesday, 26 of the 60 dams were overflowing and several far-off villages were still cut off. ‘PM ignored Assam’Authorities said the death toll in floods and rain in Assam was 77 as of Wednesday, as situation noticeably improved in the State. A seven-member inter-ministerial team from the Centre visited Assam on Wednesday to take stock of the situation, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi came under attack from opposition parties and activists for ignoring Assam’s flood situation.last_img read more

A fragile ark that shelters 2,626 creatures

first_imgIn a first, the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has published an compendium of animal species in the Indian Sundarbans, estimating that there are 2,626 of them in the fragile island ecosystem. The listing includes a diverse 25 phyla, as they are biologically classified.The Indian segment of the Sundarbans, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, forms part of the Ganga-Brahmaputra delta across 9,630 sq. km, distributed among 104 islands. The region hosts 2,487 species that come under the zoological kingdom of Animalia, and 140 under the more primitive Protista.“The publication titled Fauna of Sundarban Biosphere Reserve is the first consolidated and updated information of the faunal diversity of the Sundarbans. It lists over 2,600 species, including the new species described from the mangrove ecosystem as well as threats faced by them due to climate change,” ZSI Director Kailash Chandra told The Hindu.Biswajit Roy Chowdhury, secretary of Nature Environment and Wildlife Society, a non-governmental organisation and one of the authors of the publication, says it is encyclopedic in its scope.“When we talk about Sundarbans we refer to only a few major species in the reserve forest area in about 4,260 sq. km. The publication catalogues the entire faunal diversity of Sundarban Biosphere Reserve covering 9,630 sq. km spread over 19 blocks in South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas of West Bengal,” Mr. Roy Chowdhury said.Gone missingThe researchers document the famous tigers of these islands, which have adapted to aquatic conditions around, the human-tiger conflict, and behaviour of the big cat. The fortunes of 50 mammalian species including the Asian small-clawed Otter, Gangetic Dolphin, Grey and Marsh Mongoose and the wild Rhesus Monkey, the only primate here, are also documented.“Due to pressure on habitat from people and natural threats that have shrunk the mangrove swamp habitat, mammal numbers are declining,” the authors say. Two Rhinos, Swamp deer, Barking deer and Hog deer and Asiatic Wild Water Buffalo are not found in Sundarbans anymore, they say.There are 356 species of birds, the most spectacular being raptors, or birds of prey, that occupy the highest canopies of the forest. Osprey, Brahminy Kite and White-Bellied Sea Eagle are dominant, while Rose-ringed parakeets, flycatchers and warblers are also found in the middle tier, while in the lower tier, kingfishers abound — and the Sundarbans has nine of them. There are 11 turtles, including the famous Olive Ridley and Hawskbill sea turtles and the most threatened freshwater species, the River Terrapin. A crocodile, 13 lizards including three species of Monitor Lizards and five Geckos are found here. The rivers, creeks channels and the islands together harbour about 30 snake species, led by the King Cobra, considered vulnerable by IUCN. Others documented are the Monocellate or monocled cobra, Russell’s viper, common and banded kraits. Besides, ten species of frogs and toads are found.Cartilaginous fishThe mangrove ecosystem covers about 350 species of fish. Cartilaginous fish, which have skeletons of cartilage rather than bone, make up 10.3%. The IUCN conservation status shows 6.3% fish are near-threatened and 4.85% are threatened. Also, there are 173 molluscs. In another indication of its richness, 753 insect species are encountered in the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve. Of these, 210 are butterflies and moths. Moreover, Crustaceans — crabs, shrimp and prawns — constitute 334 species.last_img read more

Man questions MLA Samuel Sangma, gets beaten up

first_imgOne person was seriously injured in South Garo Hills district of Meghalaya after an MLA allegedly attacked him for asking “uncomfortable” questions in public on development works in his constituency, officials said on Saturday.According to the FIR filed at the Baghmara station, Freedom Marak sought answers from MLA Samuel Sangma about the tardy progress of development works. In a fit of rage, the MLA started beating up Mr. Marak, who was left with a swollen face and blackened eyes. Another resident was also allegedly beaten up though he did not file a complaint.South Garo Hills SP Abraham T. Sangma said, “We have received the complaint from one person who was allegedly beaten up by the MLA himself for questioning him.”He added, “The matter is currently under investigation and the person who was beaten up has been sent for a medical test.”Mr. Samuel was elected as an independent candidate from Baghmara constituency in the 2013 Assembly elections.A third-time MLA, Mr. Samuel is supporting the Congress government in the State.The incident and the photo of Mr. Marak went viral in the social network sites.“We condemn the attack on an innocent victim who sought to know as a voter. He [MLA] has no right to beat him up,” Civil Society Women Organisation president Agnes Kharshiing said.“A failed MLA should be taken to task and he should be arrested,” A. Rangad, convener, Thma U Rangli-Juki TUR), a progressive people’s group, said.last_img read more

No carpet of colours at Shillong festival, as cherry blossoms fail to appear

first_imgOver the past few days, excitement was palpable in the air in Shillong on the much-anticipated Cherry Blossom Festival. Posters and banners were put up across the town announcing its arrival and different venues were being prepared for the four-day festival beginning November 8. This was the second year and the organisers had another prefix – ‘International’ – to the festival name making it the India International Cherry Blossom Festival.All arrangements were in place: scores of stalls centred around the theme of cherry blossoms at the inauguration venue, dancers from the three major tribes of Meghalaya, Garo, Khasi and Jaintia ready to take the stage. As many as 15 different cultural events were planned. Among several events on the opening day, a story telling session was organised at the picturesque Ward’s Lake in the evening. The lake, in the heart of town, had another cluster of about 100 cherry trees, gently lit up, and hundreds of people gathered at the venue. At the inauguration at Polo Grounds, Meghalaya’s Forest and Environment Minister Clement Marak declared the Cherry Blossom festival a celebration of nature.Only, nature wasn’t co-operating. The cherry trees were not ready to come out in full bloom. Not one of the cherry trees in the cluster at Polo Grounds had blossomed.Since 2014, when experts began taking an interest in the tree, the blossoming had occurred in the first week of November. Dinabandhu Sahoo, director of the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), a Central government institute that has been working to organise the festival, said, “The rainfall pattern has been erratic this year. It rained till the last week of October. For cherry trees to blossom, a chill factor is required. There is a huge difference in the day and night temperature and it is delaying the blossoming.”No edible fruitIn countries like Japan, cherry blossoms appear in spring. The Japanese cherry blossom tree is Prunus yedoensis commonly known as Somei Yoshima. Cherry blossom in northeastern India, particularly around Shillong, is Prunus cerasoides. It is also known as Wild Himalayan Cherry and blossoms in autumn. The fruits are inedible but in perfect bloom the trees are full of pastel-hue pink and soft white blossoms.It was in Autumn of 2014 when Prof. Sahoo, during a visit to Shillong, saw cherry trees in full bloom. Even many locals are not aware that they were cherry trees.“Last year, when we had the festival in the second week of November, the blossoms had already started to fall. We decided to advance the festival this time. With no blossoms this year there are clear indications that climatic factors are affecting the life cycle of the species,” C.P. Marak, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, and Head of Forest Force, Meghalaya, told The Hindu. He said cherry trees had grown in the wild on their own. Though no enumeration has been done, the forest official put the number as low as 2000 trees in Shillong.Between May 2015 to June 2017 the State Forest department planted about 5,000 cherry trees in and around Shillong. “These include avenue plantations and along the highway passing through Shillong. In the next three to five years, these trees will be in full bloom,” Mr. Marak said.Cherry blossom spiritStudents from the Pearly Dew Higher Secondary School here tell the story about the Japanese legend of Sakura or cherry blossom tree. Natsume, a handsome boy met Sakura, a spirit who lived beside a beautiful tree that glowed by the moonlight and bloomed beautifully. They got married but soon Sakura’s time on earth came to an end. While leaving, she gave Natsume a seed, and promised to remain by his side forever. From then on, the tree was called Sakura or cherry blossom tree.At the festival, the wait for pink and soft white blossoms continued on the second day. Some residents say the trees could be in bloom in upper Shillong, near the Shillong peak. The blooms are first spotted in higher elevations and they enter town over the next few days.About eight kilometres from the town, in the 5th mile, a solitary branch of a majestic tree is in bloom and bees have already arrived. Albert Chiang, a scientist with IBSD came up with more good news. He had spotted a tree in bloom higher up in the 6th mile area. Inside the Horti Hub in 6th Mile area, beyond the pine trees, a lone cherry blossom tree was bathed in pink.Experts working on changing climate conditions in the north east underline the need for more and detailed scientific studies on plants particularly those having rich economic, cultural and aesthetic beauty. Partha Jyoti Das, head of Water Climate and Hazards Programme of Guwhati based think- tank Aranyak said some plants were more sensitive to climate change and he had come across reports of flowering of certain plants being delayed for almost a month due to climatic variations. Mr. Das said the changes in the post-monsoon period and winter rainfall had hit crops like paddy, potato, mustard and vegetables.The organisers have decided to keep the dates for the next year flexible and are also keen to take some technical help from Japan on predicting the blossoming phase.last_img read more

Panel suggests cancellation of 41 FIRs in Punjab

first_imgThe Justice (Retd.) Mehtab Singh Gill Commission, constituted by the ruling Congress government to probe “false cases” registered during the 10 years of Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP regime in Punjab, on Tuesday submitted its fifth interim report to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh recommending cancellation of FIRs in 41 cases. “Among the cases in which cancellation has been recommended are FIRs against Vijay Sayal, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Gurdaspur, and Sikh religious preacher Baljit Singh Daduwal, both of which the commission described as culmination of vendetta resulting from their refusal to obey the diktats of former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and former Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia,” said an official statement. The statement added that the commission report pointed out that Mr. Sayal was falsely implicated in an FIR registered by the Vigilance Bureau, Faridkot, for challaning a bus of Mr. Badal, who was also holding the portfolio of Home Department.In the case of Mr. Daduwal, the commission did not find anything seditious in his speech at a congregation held on November 10, 2015.Relief recommended“In the fifth report, out of 159 complaints, 118 complaints have been dismissed for lack of jurisdiction or for being without merit,” said the statement, adding that of the 655 complaints examined so far, the commission has recommended relief in 258 while dismissing the remaining 397.last_img read more