Resource Discovery: Online Courses

first_imgThis post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT.  Both are members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. By Rachel Dorman, M.S. & Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFTCoursera (2014). Drugs and the Brain. Caltech. Retrieved from’s Resource Discovery features the Coursera website which provides free online courses from universities around the world, such as Duke University and Princeton University. Some courses even come with a certificate of completion and each course can range in length from a few weeks to a few months long. Individuals looking to further their education can scroll through the course listings to find disciplines ranging from Social Sciences to Business to Health and Society to Engineering. There are over 400 courses provided. For example, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) provides Drugs and the Brain and Johns Hopkins University offers Care of Elders with Alzheimer’s Disease and other Major Neurocognitive Disorders. Stanford University’s Child Nutrition and Cooking 2.0 is also one of the many courses that Coursera provides. This resource can be useful not only to those having a hard time finding courses on a budget, but also for individuals and families, like those in the military, that need more flexibility with course scheduling.last_img read more

Celiac Disease Symptoms in Adults and Children

first_imgCC Wikimedia Commons photo by Nephronby Joanna ManeroIf you missed the webinar by Amy Jones MS, RDN, LD on theThe Scoop on Gluten Free: Research and Practice TipsYou can still watch the recording and earn 1.0 CPEU by visiting the event page.Gluten-free eating may be a popular trend among fad dieters; however, to a person with Celiac disease, it may not look so glamorous.  Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which the ingestion of gluten leads to an immune attack to the small intestine.  The villi in the small intestine become damaged, which leads to malabsorption of nutrients.According to a large multicenter study carried out by Alessio Fasano and his research team (2003), celiac disease affects 1 in 133 Americans; however, when people have first-degree relatives with the disease, the incidence increases to 1 in 22.  Unfortunately, the average length of time for a symptomatic person to reach a diagnosis is four years. This delay can lead to substantial damage to the intestine that can take years to repair leading to further complications.  This difficulty in diagnosis is likely because celiac disease can present itself so differently from one person to the next.  Some people may even be asymptomatic. However, about 200 symptoms have been associated with the disease.  The most common symptoms are below.In Children:Abdominal bloating and painAttention-deficit/hyperactivity disorderBehavioral issuesChronic diarrheaConstipationDelayed growth and pubertyDental enamel defects of the permanent teethFailure to thriveFatigueShort statureVomitingWeight lossIn Adults:ArthritisBone lossBone or joint painCanker soresDepression or anxietyFatigueInfertility or recurrent miscarriageIron-deficiency anemiaLiver or biliary tract disordersMissed menstrual periodsPeripheral neuropathySeizures or migrainesSkin rashYou can see how many of these symptoms overlap with those of other diseases, making diagnosis challenging.  If you are suffering from one or more of these symptoms do not start a gluten free diet without getting a diagnosis first!  This is very important to accurately identify what is causing your symptoms.  Once you are diagnosed see a Dietitian to help you with the diet.As of now, the only form of treatment for this disease is a strict gluten-free diet.  Once a client is diagnosed with celiac disease, eliminating gluten from their diet may seem like the next daunting task.  So what exactly is left to eat? Foods that are naturally gluten-free may be a place to start. These foods include:Beans, Legumes, and NutsDairyFruitsFish and SeafoodMeat and PoultryVegetablesThere’s also a variety of grains and other starchy foods that are gluten free. These include beans, cassava, chia, corn, flax, potato, quinoa, rice, sorghum, soy, tapioca, and yucca.  And finally, with a higher incidence of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, the number of gluten-free products has also increased.  Most supermarkets now have sections dedicated to gluten-free versions of products that were once thought to be a distant memory for those suffering from the disease.What are your experiences with celiac disease and gluten intolerance?  Do your clients have a hard time getting a diagnosis as the literature suggests? Share your opinions on gluten-free diets without medical reason below!Celiac Disease Foundation: Gluten-Free FoodsCeliac Disease Foundation: Symptoms of Celiac DiseaseCeliac Disease Facts and Figures. The University of Chicago Medicine  Prevalence of Celiac Disease in At-Risk and Not-At-Risk Groups in the United States This was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

The Beauty of Slow Motion: High Speed Shooting + Motion Control

first_imgHigh-speed Phantom camera shooting gets combined with state-of-the art motion control to create stunning visual effects.Not able to acheive the high-end effects they wanted for their high speed shooting, German special effects company The Marmalde set out to build a cutting edge motion control system.  The result is SPIKE, a high speed motion control device that operates more like a cutting edge robot than a piece of production gear.  SPIKE was designed to be used specifically with the Phantom camera, shooting gorgeous slow motion shots at up 1000 frames a second.In the following video, go behind-the-scenes at The Marmalade and learn how SPIKE operates, what it takes to create complex high speed shots and see examples of their gorgeous video work (best viewed in HQ):By programming the motion speed and position coordinates into SPIKE’s computer, high speed camera moves are combined with the incredible slow motion shooting of the Phantom.  This gives The Marmalade the ability to create moves that previously were only possible with animation.The results are pretty spectacular, don’t you think?Let us know what you think in the comments!last_img read more

17 Ways to Hide a Lavalier Mic

first_imgThe latest video from Aputure offers an extremely fun and helpful tutorial on how to properly mic up wildly different costumes.Recording good, clean audio is one of the hardest things to do in filmmaking. Setting a lavalier microphone on a bulky, scratchy, or nonexistent costume is one of the trickiest feats out there. Luckily, this in-depth tutorial from Aputure gives us everything we need to know (like the best gear to use), plus some handy examples and extremely helpful advice.We recommend checking out Aputure’s YouTube channel for more helpful content with production and filmmaking.Major HighlightsImage via AputureTed Sim and Stephen Harrod discuss some of the many ways to efficiently mic your subject, regardless of their costume, and cover the challenges of working with latex, chain — and no costume at all. Harrod lists several different items available to help conceal and secure your lav, items that are easy to find and very affordable. For example:Moleskin PlusThis Dr. Scholl’s product is cheap and helps create separation between costume and microphone, avoiding that muffled scratchy sound you’ve inevitably picked up before.Vapon TopstickFor sticking the mic securely on the talent, Harrod recommends this easy-to-use pain-free adhesive.Rycoat OvercoversThis tiny dead cat is perfect for preventing rustles and scratches from clothing. These are crucial when the talent is wearing multiple layers of clothing.Helpful HintsImage via AputureHiding in the HairWorking with spaghetti straps and tank tops can be a challenge. Harrod suggests trying to hide the mic on the sternum or in the cleavage. And if that doesn’t work? Try hiding the mic in the hairline!Dress ShirtsTaping the mic on the sternum, in between the buttons of the shirt, should guarantee security and quality audio. However, if a tie is being worn, consider placing the mic in the knot of the tie instead of on the sternum.Sew the Mic InFor narrative endeavors, never rule out extensive pre-production with your costumes. Harrod dives into the possibilities of sewing the mic into the fabric and how beneficial this strategy can be.Helmets GaloreThough it might seem obvious, anytime a subject wears a helmet, you’ve got a clear shot for good audio. The helmet will provide a great place to attach our mic with little to no chance of being seen.Ditching the LavIt’s inevitable. Sometimes wardrobe and audio just aren’t going to work well together. When in doubt, get the boom out.Consider the CameraThis might seem like the most obvious hint, but always mind the camera’s blocking and position at all times. A receiver sticking out at the bottom of the screen is never a good look.Combinations CoveredImage via AputureYou might not encounter some of the big-budget challenges Harrod covers in the video, but his advice is crucial for approaching difficult situations. From leather cowboy garb and chain-mail armor, to Batsuits and birthday suits, a reasonable lavalier solution can be found.Know of any other sneaky spots to hide the mic? Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

NAB 2019 Details and Timelines: What to Know Before You Go

first_imgBooths to Check OutImage via Blackmagic Design.Blackmagic DesignFresh off their recent announcement of Blackmagic RAW and the stellar URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2, Blackmagic is something to keep your eye on. Although there probably won’t be any major announcements, it’ll still be worth attending to see what the future holds for their superior products. Last year, they unveiled their massive DaVinci Resolve update (15). We’ll see what they do this year. Check out our coverage on their recent releases below:Blackmagic Design Announces the New URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2Blackmagic RAW Added to the BMPCC4K with Blackmagic Camera Update 6.2Location: SL5916 — South Hall (Lower)SonyThis is it folks. The moment we’ve all been waiting for — literally — years. Will Sony finally announce the new Sony a7sIII? We will see. Regardless, if they announce the new camera or not, it’s always interesting to see what they have up their sleeve. This is what their website divulges about NAB this year:Stop by our Exhibit C11001, April 8th — 11th, and discover how we’re driving efficiencies, streamlining workflows, and cutting capital expenses — all without sacrificing quality. Our portfolio of integrated Intelligent Media Services is designed to transform traditional media supply chains and unlock more value from your content. And, you’ll learn how our portfolio of products and services will transform the way you acquire, move, share, archive, manage, distribute, and monetize your content as never before, across an unprecedented range of platforms.*insert shrug emojiLocation: C11001 — Central HallAputureImage via Aputure.Just in time for NAB, our favorite lighting company always seems to raise the bar. Last year it was the RGB panel light, a Light Dome upgrade, and an upgrade to their beloved 120D. This year will most likely continue their winning streak, after releasing consumer-friendly, pro-level quality, lighting equipment.Location: C6513 — Central HallCheck Us out and Win a CameraCome see us! We’ll have a booth this year, and we would love for you to stop by. There will be a giveaway for a Sony a7II Mirrorless Camera!Location: C3333 — Central HallCover image via Mauromod.Looking for more filmmaking and video production? Check out these articles.SXSW Panel: How to Get People to Care About Your Film7 Master Cinematography Techniques from Iconic DirectorsThe Secrets Behind Apollo 11’s Success Are a Story All Their OwnInsights into the Cinematography of the Award-Winning Doc-Series “Tales By Light”Industry Interview: The Composers Behind American Gods With NAB right around the corner, here’s everything you need to know, options you didn’t know you had, and where to find it all.Are you going to Vegas this year? If so, it really helps to know your way around. At the very least, you need to know where your destinations are. With all your favorite brands announcing and showcasing their upcoming releases, it’s important to come prepared and know what to look for. So, we’ve rounded up some of the key panels, booths, and events you’ll want to attend. If you’re not going to NAB this year, make sure to stay tuned to our blog as we cover the event throughout the week.Matthew LibatiqueImage via Warner Bros.Join director of photography Matthew Libatique, ASC, in a conversation about his exceptionally varied and inventive body of work, including: A Star is Born, Iron Man, and Black Swan. The two-time Oscar nominee will discuss his approach to lighting, color, and the musical feel to his camera movement, which simultaneously enhances and maintains narrative flow.Date and Time: Monday, April 8 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PMLocation: S222/S223After Effects Essentials for Video EditorsTake your editing skills to the next step, using simple After Effects tools. Learn how to export your timeline from different NLEs while keeping your edits intact. Use After Effects’s wide array of tools to finish and upgrade your edit for a polished look. You’ll learn how to work with type, masks and keys, color techniques, tracking, and a handful of effects.Date and Time: Saturday, April 6 @ 12 PM – 3:00 PMLocation: S230 Editing Into The Spider-VerseImage via Sony Pictures.The editing team behind the Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will talk with moderator Norman Hollyn about the mysterious art of animation editing, shining a light on editors’ (often invisible) contributions. Join award-winning editor Robert Fisher, Jr. and his first assistant Sarah Cole for a discussion on their roles in creating the Spider-Verse.Date and Time: Monday, April 8 @ 10:45 AM – 11:45 AMLocation: S222/S223In-Depth: Mastering Color in Adobe Premiere ProThis in-depth session will cover basic and advanced color correction techniques in Adobe Premiere Pro. Attendees will learn how to use the Essential Color workspace — how to properly balance an image, correct problem media, color match clips in a sequence, and apply stylistic looks. This session digs deep into the power of the Lumetri color panel, not just showing what each control and slider does but also when, why, and how best to use them.Date and Time: Monday, April 6 @ 3:30 PM – 6:30 PMLocation: S228DP Track: Advanced Camera Techniques: Cameras, Crew, and On-Set WorkflowsExpand your knowledge to successfully handle larger, more professional productions with bigger camera setups in this full-day immersive course. You’ll learn everything from setting up your camera (from studio to handheld rigs) to the roles of crew members on a professional set, troubleshooting in the field, and the technical terms necessary to work on any size project. In addition, the class discusses the best ways to tackle the most common questions about technical specs prior to your shoot.Date and Time: Saturday, April 6 @ 9:30AM – 7:15PMLocation: S227Keynote Address: The Making of Apollo 11 by Todd Douglas MillerImage via NEON.Filmmaker Todd Douglas Miller will deliver this year’s Future of Cinema Conference keynote address, offering his perspective on the making of Apollo 11. This documentary is made up of pristine, unprocessed, never-before-seen 65 mm footage, recently discovered in the National Archives. Not to mention, 11,000 hours of uncatalogued NASA audio recordings. Furthermore, Miller and his team went about digitizing the raw material, creating an 8K transfer that the director has deemed “the highest quality digital collection of Apollo 11 footage in existence.”Date and Time: Saturday, April 6 @ 9:10 AM – 9:55 AMLocation: S222/S223 Location: S222/S223center_img Cinematography at Scale: The Impact of Massively Multiplayer Games on Cinema and Entertainment Gaming and eSports are starting to overtake traditional sports in viewership and revenue. Massive stadia. Millions of people viewing tournaments online. And, it’s growing year after year. How is gaming impacting entertainment? What lies ahead for this rapidly growing medium? What advances from the game world are feeding back into traditional channels? Where does eSports need improvement in order to raise the quality of broadcast? This session will discuss some major aspects of this space and what this means for cinema and entertainment.Date and Time: Saturday, April 6 @ 2:15 PM – 3:05 PM ASC 100th Anniversary: Full Circle — Past, Present, and Future of CinematographyThere’s not much info on this event, but come on! This sounds awesome. Speakers and panelists include Bill Bennett, Sam Nicholson, and David Stump. Anybody interested in cinematography? Are you currently a working cinematographer? Either way, you will most likely enjoy this optimistic look at the past and future of film.Date and Time: Wednesday, April 10 @ 11:30 AM – 12:30 PMLocation: N4last_img read more

Just Start Again

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.You have good intentions. You want to keep your daily disciplines. You want to do what’s necessary to produce better results. And sometimes you do a brilliant job working your plan. But there are times when your intentions aren’t enough.Sometimes it’s difficult to follow your plan. It can be difficult to will yourself to do the work that you need to do. You get distracted. Your brain seeks variety. You get hooked on some new novelty. Just like that you’re off your plan and wasting time.And then you’re stressed out because you’re off plan. Stressed out isn’t a resourceful or productive state.Relax, it happens to everyone! In fact, it happens to some of the most productive people in the world. Really smart people, like Tony Schwartz, recommend you work only for 90 minutes and then take a break so to refresh the psychic energy it takes to focus on the work you really need to do.It takes energy, discipline, and focus to stay on your plan to do what you need to do. But when you fall off plan, don’t fret about it. Don’t agonize over having lost a few hours–or even a few days. The emotional energy you waste feeling bad about having lost the time does nothing to help get you back on plan.Accept that you fell off your plan. Accept that you could’ve done better. Forgive yourself for your all-too-human failings. Just start over. Today is a clean slate. There’s nothing you can do about anything that happened in the past, but you can do something about what you’re doing right now in this moment. And that’s where to focus your attention.You can start over today. You could start over right now. You could start this instant.QuestionsWhat causes you to lose focus?What distracts you and knocks you off your plan?How do you forgive yourself when you get off plan?What do you to get back on plan?last_img read more

It’s Easy for Your Prospect to Say No

first_imgA “no” is easier than a “yes” from your dream client. You have to work hard for a “yes.”Saying yes means leaving the status quo for the unknown. And the unknown means risk. It doesn’t matter to some people how much proof you provide, what your references say, or what guarantees you are prepared to give them, change is scary. Change is a roll of the dice. It’s putting your fate in the hands of chance. Even if the risk is nowhere near as great as your dream client perceives it to be, it’s easy to avoid the fear of making a mistake than it is to say “yes” and embrace the risk.It is easier to tell a salesperson “no” than it is to explain to your peers, your management team, and your leadership that you are making a significant change. Even though your dream client may have enough dissatisfaction that they should be compelled to change, building consensus and helping an organization change is difficult at best. A lot of your dream clients would rather live with problems that they know and understand than deal with the challenges of bringing the rest of their organization along with them. To give you a “yes,” they have to go collect a lot of “yes” answers. Telling you “no” can be much easier than pushing back against the powers that be.Telling a sales person no is likely a single event. Your dream client gets to say “no” once, and then they may have to do a little explaining to get you off their telephone. Telling a sales person “yes” can mean dozens and dozens of additional conversations that need to occur before a decision is made and even more once a new solution begins to be implemented.Even though you may be able to see the massive dissatisfaction and the compelling case for change, you may underestimate how difficult it is to gain a “yes.” The more significant the change, the more difficult it can be to get a “yes.”If you are going to be an effective salesperson, you are going to have to work very hard for a “yes.” Often harder than you expect.last_img read more

Who Killed Customer Loyalty

first_img“Customers are no longer loyal. They will leave to save a few dollars.”There is some truth to this statement. People are no longer as loyal to companies as they once were. They don’t feel the same undying loyalty they did at one time.The interesting question is not whether this statement is true. The interesting question is, “Who went first?”When we say people are no longer loyal, we need to identify of whom exactly we are speaking.Who Went First?Did the customer go first?Did the customer who was totally satisfied and thrilled beyond belief suddenly decide that it made no sense to be loyal and leave to find something better? Having all of their needs met by a company, did the bond on their side of the relationship weaken without any cause, destroying their loyalty?This doesn’t make sense, does it? When people are 100 percent satisfied and know that people care about them, they tend to be extremely loyal. This is true even when something better is available to them. You have relationships with companies where the individual people are important enough to you that you won’t change for a better offering or lower price.All things being equal, relationships win. This fact has been true for thousands of years. It will be true for thousands more.If the customer didn’t go first, who did?The High Price of a Low Transaction CostIs it possible that companies and businesses went first? Could the drive for increased profits have caused cost-cutting that reduced the service level and loosened the bonds between the company and their customers? Could a reliance on automation to reduce transaction costs under the guise of serving customers better have also eliminated many of the touch points on which deep, loyal relationships were built?You may have a deep relationship with a brand. But in large, complex business-to-business sales, it’s difficult for a brand to generate loyalty. It’s the people inside the brand with whom you have the relationship. And when you no longer have a relationship, you no longer feel a sense of loyalty.If you don’t care about your customers, if you have no intimacy, then why would you expect them to feel a sense of loyalty to you?If you treat people like a transaction, then that is how they will view your relationship. Anyone can deliver a transactional experience. Loyalty requires much more of you.last_img read more

Making Space for What Is Most Important

first_imgWhat three projects deserve your attention this week?What small things and distractions do you need to avoid be productive when it comes to the most important things you need to do? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The number of hours you work is not nearly as important as what you do while you are working. There are countless people who spend a lot of time at their desk but get less done than others who work a fraction of that time.“Hours worked” and “outcomes achieved” are two very different metrics.Fewer, Bigger PrioritiesThe primary difference in results is found in one’s intentions.Some people show up to work and wait passively in front of their computer with their email open, sitting in reactive mode to respond to whatever comes their way. These people start work with the intention of doing whatever is required of them. Others direct their work.People who get more work done in half the time start work with different intentions. They close their web browser and their email program, and they work on the projects and tasks that will produce the results they need to produce right now. They direct their own work.Productivity is making progress on your biggest priorities. Productivity doesn’t have anything to do with the number of hours you are at work.Saying No to Small ThingsTo clear space for your biggest priorities, you have to prevent small things from creeping in and crowding out what’s most important. You have to say “no” to things that won’t help you produce the outcomes you really need.Email is full of thousands of small things that could command your time. The Internet is a never-ending source of new distractions and the deepest rabbit hole in which you can easily lose yourself—and where you can lose your focus on what’s important.When you say “yes” to small things, you are saying “no” what’s important.Less in a Day, More in WeekYou can get less done in a single day than you believe you can, but you can get far more done in a week than you think possible.Blocking three hours a day for your most important projects will transform your results. Those three highly-focused, undistracted hours will allow you to make progress on the outcomes you need regardless of what that outcome may be.That’s fifteen hours a week on your most important projects. For me, that would be five hours each on my three biggest projects over the course of a week.Less in a Week, More in a MonthYou can get less done in a week than you wish were possible, even if you block time for your most important projects. But you can make exponential progress on your most important projects over the course of a month.Blocking three hours a day for four weeks is sixty hours. You are unlikely to have any outcome that couldn’t be achieved in sixty hours. If what’s most important to you can’t be achieved in sixty hours, those hours will have moved you much, much closer to the finish line.For me, those sixty hours end up being invested in many different projects. I tend to overestimate the time it takes me to complete projects by underestimating how much work I can do in short bursts of focused, uninterrupted time.last_img read more

Admit It. You’re a Marketer.

first_imgSocial Media is fun, and interesting, and engaging. But it is not selling. It’s above the funnel, and it’s marketing, even if you are marketing yourself as a brand.last_img

HC sets aside conviction of man for wife’s suicide

first_imgThe Bombay High Court has set aside the conviction of a man in a case of abetment of suicide of his wife. “Merely because suicide was committed within seven years of a marriage, it would not automatically give rise to the presumption that suicide had been abetted by the husband,” the bench observed. A single bench of Justice A.S. Chandurkar was hearing an appeal filed by 24-year-old Sheshrao Dange, a labourer and agriculturist, against his conviction under section 306 (abetment of suicide) and 498 A (husband or relative of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) of the Indian Penal Code.Father filed complaintMr. Dange married Meena in April 2000 and the couple had a child. Meena died in April 2002 and soon thereafter, her father lodged a complaint alleging that his daughter had committed suicide because of demand for dowry. Mr. Dange, his parents and his sister were tried for the offences. While Mr. Dange was convicted, the others were acquitted.On August 26, 2003, Mr. Dange was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for five years under Section 306 and one year under Section 498 A of IPC. The additional public prosecutor in the case submitted that the death of the wife occurred within seven years of the marriage and there was, therefore, a presumption under the provisions of The Evidence Act.After examining the facts of the case, the Court concluded that the prosecution failed to prove its case against Mr. Dange beyond reasonable doubt.last_img read more

It’s 2018, but still tough to get online in the Andamans

first_img Airtel and Vodafone, the private players in the islands, provide patchy 2G services in urban pockets. Their VSAT-based bandwidth adds up to only about 30-40 Mbps. BSNL is the sole provider of telecoms to the Nicobar islands in the south.Unlike Car Nicobar, Kamorta and Great Nicobar (which hosts the INS Baaz naval base) manage with 2G. The less populated Katchal and Teressa have only voice service.On October 31, 2017, BSNL withdrew unlimited download plans enjoyed by its pre-2015 users. Now, its offers start at 2 GB of data for ₹350. But, without good bandwidth, the Andamans remains mostly offline. Visitors from the mainland are at first perplexed and then frustrated when they cannot ‘stay connected’ in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A strong Internet connection is rare here, data services for smartphones are almost non-existent even in Port Blair and voice calls drop frequently. Islanders face difficulty in banking and buying online, and GST returns are often filed late.Poor connections can potentially be disastrous. In October 2017, a bus with 39 students on its way to Billyground from a college in Mayabunder was gutted in a fire. There were no casualties, but Fire Services personnel reached late because mobile phones did not work at the site.“I have been staying at Diglipur since January 2017. Internet is almost non-existent and even the phone network doesn’t work for more than 15 days in a month,” says Dr. Punam Tripathi, author of Routledge’s forthcoming book, The Vulnerable Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A Study of Disasters and Response. The National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN), envisioned to cover 26 States and Union Territories in 2011, is yet to connect the Andaman islands, which rely on expensive satellite bandwidth. “Do you have BSNL?” is thus a frequently heard query. BSNL sources its bandwidth from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s GSAT 16 and GSAT 18 satellites. It has hired 24 transponders for 72 base transceiver stations (BTS) for 3G and 160 for 2G across the islands, and also has 52 landline exchanges and 480 leased circuits.Landline-linked broadband Internet is the most reliable data service here. Government authorities, banks and institutional users get 2 Mbps leased VSAT (very small aperture terminal) Internet lines. WhatsApp does work in areas where 3G coverage is not available, but is a lot slower. A plan to nearly double satellite bandwidth to 2 Gbps was approved by the Department of Telecommunications, but expansion has been hit by problems like unsuitability of old technology. Approximately 10% of the 1,300 MHz bandwidth that BSNL gets from ISRO is ‘lost in transmission’.Cost of service“Low-cost high-speed data services available in mainland India cannot be offered here because bandwidth is procured and maintained at very high cost,” BSNL’s Chief General Manager—A&N Islands, V. Jagadeesan, told The Hindu. Infrastructure overheads, like costly modems, are one limiting factor. The slow inter-island shipping services also add to costs, said Dr. Tripathi.Not all vessels can call at Car Nicobar, and ferry services are erratic, so it can take a month to move batteries and heavy equipment.last_img read more

Infection scare after cataract surgeries

first_imgFive patients who underwent cataract surgeries at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Chhattisgarh’s capital city Raipur were shifted to the MGM Eye Hospital, also in Raipur, on Saturday.“The operations took place on April 5. The consultant re-examined the cases on the next day and some infection was found in the eyes of the operated patients. All precautionary measures were taken and out of five patients, three were nearly normal. But there was doubt in one case and the patient could have needed the Vitreous Procedure Chamber surgery. Since this facility is not available in AIIMS-Raipur, we contacted the hospital where it was available. It was decided to shift all five patients to the MGM Eye hospital in order to save their vision, even if there is any minor complaint,” Dr. Ajay Dani, medical superintendent, AIIIMS Raipur, told The Hindu.When asked if there was any lapse on the part of doctors or hospital staff leading to these infections, Dr. Dani said, “This doesn’t appear to be a case of negligence but it will have to be investigated. It is very difficult to say something immediately.”last_img read more

Hardik Patel, two aides sentenced to 2 years in jail

first_imgA court in Gujarat on Wednesday sentenced Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel and his aides, Lalji Patel and A.K. Patel, to two-year imprisonment in a rioting case.The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader and his aides were found guilty of rioting, arson, damage to property and unlawful assembly when they attacked BJP legislator Rushikesh Patel’s office in Visnagar on July 23, 2015 during the quota stir that rocked the State. The three have also been fined Rs 50,000 each. The court, however, granted bail to them with a direction that they will have to file an appeal in the Gujarat High Court within a month. In a complaint lodged against 18 persons, Hardik had been named as key accused as he led a rally of a group of around 500 people from the Patel community that turned violent, resulting in damage to property and assault on some media persons..last_img read more

Arunachal flash flood death toll rises to 4

first_imgWith the recovery of one more body from neighbouring Assam, the toll in the flash floods of Arunachal Pradesh has mounted to four while two others are still missing, an official said on Saturday. Triggered by incessant rain in the past few days, flash flood and landslides affected normal lives in several places of Itanagar, Capital Deputy Commissioner Prince Dhawan said. Twenty-six houses have been washed away while over 60 were fully or partially damaged at affected sites such as Modirijo, the Donyi Polo area, Chandra Nagar, Lobi, GSS Police colony, Press colony, Mr. Dhawan said.“The body of one person was recovered on Saturday from Dikrong river near Harmutty in Assam’s Lakhimpur district,” he said. The flash flood also claimed three other lives, while two persons have been missing. Mr. Dhawan said five teams of NDRF and four from SDRF were undertaking search and rescue operation since morning to trace the two missing persons. The approach road to Modirijo has been washed away while half of the culvert has been reported to be damaged in Donyi polo area. A few cars and bikes have also been reportedly swept away in the flood river. Mr. Dhawan said many schools in the capital complex have been designated as temporary relief shelters. Land protection wall of several nallahs and rivulets in the state capital have been badly damaged. The water plants at Poma and Itanagar were damaged causing disruption in water supply to people. PHED sources said minor repair works on the pants could be completed within two days while major repair works would take several days.last_img read more

Armed criminal nabbed

first_imgA hardcore criminal, Siva Shankar Panigrahi alias Jitu Kana, was nabbed after an exchange of fire with police at the Purunagada bypass near Jeypore in Odisha’s Koraput district on Tuesday.According to the police, a countrymade revolver along with live ammunition was seized from him. No one was injured in the incident although Panigrahi fired two rounds at the police.Acting on a tip-off, a police team tracked down Panigrahi and his associate near the bypass around 4.45 a.m. The duo was travelling on a motorbike. In a bid to escape they fired at the police. While Panigrahi was nabbed, his accomplice managed to escape. Panigrahi is named in a number of criminal cases. He was among the dacoits who had managed to escape following an exchange of fire with the police at Gopabandhu Nagar in Jeypore on August 18.last_img read more

Goa Lokayukta seeks report on govt acquiring land from former MLA Subhash Shirodkar

first_imgA complaint was filed on Monday with Goa Lokayukta against former Shiroda MLA Subhash Shirodkar over alleged irregulaties over land acquisition to the tune of ₹70 crore. Mr. Shirodkar resigned as Congress MLA and joined BJP along with another MLA Dayanand Sopte last week upon which the issue of his land acquisition surfaced in public domain.Besides Mr. Shirodkar, complainant — activist-advocate Aires Rodrigues — has named Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and the Chief Secretary of Goa as respondents.Goa Lokayukta Justice P.K.Misra on Monday issued notice to the Chief Secretary seeking a report from him while also directing him to place the entire records of the said land acquisition and has fixed the matter for hearing on November 14. Mr. Rodrigues in his complaint has alleged that Mr. Shirodkar has “benefitted from a massive land scam in collusion with the Goa government’s gross act of maladministration.”Pointing out that in a “blatant illegality” the Goa Government has acquired 1,83,524 sq.m. of orchard land in Shiroda in South Goa from Mr. Shirodkar for a whopping ₹70 crore, Mr. Rodrigues has stated that “this deal was to deceptively reward Mr. Shirodkar for politically flirting with the BJP.”The complaint has stated that Vedanta Real Estate Developers owned by Mr. Shirodkar and his three brothers Amit, Umesh and Sattesh had purchased that land on October 19, 2006 for a mere ₹45/sq m, which the government has now acquired for a price of ₹3,500/ sq m.Mr. Rodrigues, in his complaint, also claimed that another land owner had by a letter dated April 5, 2018 addressed to the Chief Secretary had offered the government 1,40,650 sq.m. of his land in Shiroda for a mere ₹350/sq.m. and that a copy of that letter had been also sent to the then Cabinet Advisory Committee comprising ministers Sudin Dhavalikar, Francis D’Souza and Vijai Sardesai.Stating that any land acquisition by the Government is always for a particular purpose, the complaint claimed Mr.Shirodkar’s land was acquired by the State Industries department without having any plan in place for what purpose the acquired land would be used.Mr. Rodrigues also said the government has not taken any action till even even though he raised the issue with the Chief Secretary on May 29.last_img read more

Chandigarh cracks the whip on violators

first_imgThirty-seven people were arrested in Chandigarh as revellers in cities across Punjab and Haryana flouted the Supreme Court order which had limited the bursting of crackers to between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Diwali, the police said on Thursday. In Ludhiana, one of the most polluted city in the country, 14 cases were registered for flouting the apex court’s time frame on bursting crackers. In Chandigarh, altogether 38 cases were registered for violation of the apex court order. The cases were registered under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code for disobedience of an order promulgated by public authorities. The Air Quality Index (AQI) at several places in the two States was recorded as ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ on Thursday morning after Diwali night. The pollution-regulating authorities, however, said the air quality after this Diwali remained better than the last year’s.“We have registered 14 cases so far against unknown persons in connection with the violation (of the Supreme Court order),” Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashwani Kapoor said on Thursday. He said the police had appealed to the people before Diwali to adhere to the apex court’s 8-to-10 p.m. time frame for bursting crackers, adding as soon as the violators are verified, their names will be added in the FIR. The order was flouted at many places in the two States as people started bursting crackers well before 8 p.m. and continued beyond 10 p.m. The pollution level rose at several places in two States on Thursday morning.Poor AQI In Punjab, AQI on Thursday morning was found to be 221 in Ludhiana, 266 in Jalandhar, 221 in Amritsar, 271 in Patiala, 223 in Mandi Gobindgarh and 215 in Khanna. The AQI range between 201 and 300 falls under “poor” category. Before Diwali, the AQI in Punjab hovered around moderate to poor category. In Haryana, the AQI after Diwali reached 300 in Rohtak and 353 in Gurugram which is in ‘poor to very poor’ category. In Faridabad, the AQI was 401, just touching the ‘severe’ category. In Chandigarh, the AQI was 155, which is in the ‘moderate’ category, the officials said. The pollution level was about 25% to 30% less this year if compared with the air quality level during the last year’s Diwali. This year, the air quality was much better, Punjab Pollution Control Board’s Chief Environmental Engineer Karunesh Garg said. The AQI in many parts of Punjab after Diwali normally used to be beyond 300, Mr. Garg said, adding that the apex court order has helped a lot in creating awareness about disadvantages of bursting firecrackers.last_img read more

RIMES terms Titli cyclone ‘rarest of rare’

first_imgA vehicle is stuck on a road at Gopalpur, Odisha. The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) for Africa and Asia, a 45-nation international organisation on disaster warning, has termed ‘Titli’, the severe cyclonic storm that devastated Odisha in October, as ‘rarest cyclone’.“More than 200 years of cyclone track history in the Odisha coast reveals that the Titli cyclone is the rarest of rare in terms of its characteristics such as recurvature after landfall and retaining its destructive potential after landfall and recurvature away from the coastal areas for more than two days,” says RIMES in its latest report.Also Read A fisherman caught in the wind and rain as cyclone Titli makes landfall near Gopalpur coast. Cyclone Titli leaves behind a trail of misery in Odisha Fishermen take shelter near Gopalpur coast of Bay of Bengal Sea in Ganjam district of Odisha, 170 km away from Bhubaneswar.  The UN-registered organisation said: “Considering the history of cyclone tracks, no synthetic track projection captures the Titli type of cyclones. The forecast information available lacks actionable early warning information such as no indication of occurrence of secondary hazards, including landslides far away from the coasts.”The severe cyclonic storm left more than 60 people dead, mainly due to land slide in interior Gajapati district. Odisha, which takes immense pride in disaster preparedness, was confounded in the wake of the damage to both life and property caused by Titli in interior districts.Earlier, India Meteorological Department had called the formation of Titli as a ‘rarest of rare’ occurrence. The severe cyclone had changed its path after landfall. A water-logged road in Aska town in Ganjam district of Odisha. Flood affected area of Aska town is seen from a Navy helicopter deployed for relief work in Ganjam district of Odisha.  According to RIMES, the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority faced challenges in anticipating and managing Titli’s impact due to lack of impact-based actionable early warning information and prior experience not only in India but also elsewhere.“The OSDMA, by learning the lessons from Titli cyclone, could evolve measures to minimise impacts in both coastal and non-coastal regions more effectively in future,” it said.The international body said: “The State government actions linked to the cyclone-risk management are also heavily focused on the coastal areas where cyclones cross at their peak intensities. Therefore, coastal areas now have been largely well managed through evacuations and other protocols, leading to zero casualties in these areas.”“The highest number of casualties occurred in a village called Baraghara in Gajapati district due to landslides. People did not evacuate, as the risk is unknown and also not expected. There was no pin-pointed forecast available what will happen where,” it said.The RIMES has recommended that a detailed risk assessment has to be carried out for Odisha to understand the risks in the light of the Titli devastation. A man runs on the Arjipalli beach, Ganjam district. A water-logged road in Aska town in Ganjam district of Odisha. Rain and strong winds caused by the cyclonic storm named Titli, meaning butterfly, near Ganjam district. Rain and strong winds caused by the cyclonic storm named Titli, meaning butterfly, near Ganjam district. Fishermen take shelter near Gopalpur coast of Bay of Bengal Sea in Ganjam district of Odisha, 170 km away from Bhubaneswar. Fishermen leave the beach as Titli lands from the Bay of Bengal. A fisherman caught in the wind and rain as cyclone Titli makes landfall near Gopalpur coast. A vehicle is stuck on a road at Gopalpur, Odisha. A water-logged road in Aska town in Ganjam district of Odisha. Fishermen leave the beach as Titli lands from the Bay of Bengal. Flood affected area of Aska town is seen from a Navy helicopter deployed for relief work in Ganjam district of Odisha. A man runs on the Arjipalli beach, Ganjam district. last_img read more

Pre-poll effort: Cong. builds peace, puts zing in leadership

first_imgThe forming of various committees ahead of the general elections for the Congress’ Maharashtra unit has put three former chief ministers and senior leaders of the party in different committees, ensuring no clashes and smooth functioning of the election campaign in the State. The move is also aimed at revitalising the senior party leadership, which has been sidelined for some time now.Sushilkumar Shinde, Prithviraj Chavan and Ashok Chavan, the three former chief ministers, have been given responsibilities of the campaign, manifesto and election committees respectively. According to party sources, the responsibility of different committees will ensure that there is no clash of ideas and each leader can perform his duty without any interference. “We have ensured every leader gets his due and the party will contest as a unit. Everyone will do their best to fulfill their responsibility,” said a Delhi-based party leader, who is also involved with the Maharashtra unit.Mr. Shinde has been on the back foot, ever since his loss in the 2014 general election from Solapurconstituency. However, he will be contesting the 2019 polls and as chairman of the campaign committee, he will be travelling across the State.Mr. Prithviraj Chavan, who was chief minister in 2014, was criticised within and outside the party over the Congress’ loss in the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. He has been absent from the national scene for a while. “We will be making rational promises, which our government will fulfill, unlike the BJP,” said the leader from Delhi. Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil has also been tasked with the election committee. Former MLA and former Mumbai president Kripashankar Singh has also been appointed to the committee amid speculation that he will switch to the BJP. He has recently been acquitted in a disproportionate assets case.last_img read more