By Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons Licensing [Flickr, Insignificance, February 24, 2008]When cultural values (such as the importance of family) conflict with other demands, the resulting stress can lead to a mental health issue. Alamilla, Kim, and Lam examined ethnic identity, cultural change, and mental health in a group of 130 Latino/a students at a predominately European American university to determine what influence cultural change would have on symptoms of anxiety, hostility, and somatization (complaints about physical symptoms not caused by physical disease) .The 130 students of Latino background (74 women and 56 men), 31% were first generation, 59% were second generation, 5% were third generation, and 5% were fourth, fifth, or did not report generation status. The students were assessed to determine:Adherence to traditional Latino/a values such as an emphasis on family, respect, dignity, and cultural prideOrientation towards a traditional Latino value system compared with a traditional Anglo cultureEthnic/minority student stresses (e.g., social climate, interracial relationships, discrimination)Perceived racismPsychological symptomsThe results of the study indicated that the higher the perceived racism, the higher the levels of anxiety, hostility, and somatic symptoms, regardless of level of acculturation. Minority student stresses were also found to predict psychological symptoms. Interestingly, level of acculturation or type of values did not seem to predict adjustment. This means that, while level of acculturation and type of values might be important in some regards, sense of racism, or stressors relating to being a minority can have a much greater impact. As a therapist, it will be important to be aware of the role that these sorts of stressors can play for Latino clients.References Alamilla, S. G., Kim, B. S. K., & Lam, N. A. (2010). Acculturation, enculturation, perceived racism, minority status stressors, and psychological symptomatology among Latino/as. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 32(1), 55-76. doi:10.1177/0739986309352770This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family evelopment (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: David Lee Sexton, Jr.What is the DVBIC?The Defense and Veteran Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) was founded by Congress in 1992 to serve as the pathway of care manager for traumatic brain injury (TBI) within the Military Health System (MHS). The center provides quality care for individuals ranging from initial injury to reintegration for service members, veterans, and their families to reduce the impact of mild to severe TBI.A Head for the FutureOne of the initiatives of the DVBIC is “A Head for the Future”, which provides resources to the military community prevent, recognize, and recover from TBI. The website’s page on prevention details ways in which individuals can protect themselves from TBI during non-combat situations, including details on helmet safety. Recognize describes what TBI is and provides details on common causes, signs and symptoms, and possible effects on mental health. Finally, Recover presents information on the rehabilitation and treatment process for TBI.TBI ChampionsIn addition to providing information on prevention, recognition, and treatment, “A Head for the Future” hosts several video testimonials of individuals who have experienced TBI, called “TBI Champion Stories”. These videos provide glimpses into the lives of a variety of people just like us who have suffered TBI themselves or cared for someone with TBI. These videos alone are a valuable resource because they provide support and hope for individuals going through similar battles, and when taken together they provide a resounding message: you are not alone.Want to Learn More?To learn more about traumatic brain injury and its effects on families, please take some time to watch the MFLN Family Development Team’s free, archived webinar presented by Heidi Knock, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Knock provides individual, marital, and group psychotherapy to veterans and their families. She also treats individuals on the polytrauma unit and the inpatient rehabilitation unit who have a combination of complex mental and physical health issues, such as traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, amputation, and posttraumatic stress disorder.The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also listen to our Anchored. podcast series via iTunes and our website.
Pixabay [Military Steps Security Protection by george_nick, February 14, 2016, CC0]By: David Lee Sexton Jr.Meet Dr. Thomas BrittDr. Thomas Britt was a Captain in the Army whose responsibility was to evaluate soldiers returning from Desert Storm during the late 1990s. Utilizing a variety of screening instruments, Britt and his colleagues sought to determine if returning soldiers suffered from medical or psychological health problems and designated certain cutoff scores which, when surpassed, indicated the need for an individual to speak to a medical or psychological professional (Caudle, 2018).The “Loony” LineBritt quickly noticed the presence of stigma associated with being sent to speak to a psychological professional. The peers and subordinates of individuals who were recommended for psychological intervention often referred to them as being in the “loony line” with the thought that they must be “crazy” and would likely no longer be fit for combat (Caudle, 2018). These observations led to Dr. Britt’s interest in the stigma surrounding mental health in the military and the challenges military personnel face that prevent them from seeking necessary mental health treatment.The Effects of StigmaBritt, Jennings, Cheung, Pury, and Zinzow (2015) indicate that active-duty military personnel are often reluctant to seek needed treatment for mental health problems for reasons similar to those reported by civilians. More specifically, the perception that others will think of them negatively due to stigma resulting in decreased feelings of self-worth. However, the military population also experiences unique barriers due to the preference of military personnel to handle their own issues and to “tough it out” (Britt et al., 2015; Caudle, 2018). Interestingly, Britt et al. (2018) later found that stigma associated with a soldier’s internalized perception of peers who seek mental health treatment may influence treatment-seeking decisions more than concerns about perceptions of stigma from others.These findings provide evidence that while military personnel’s views on mental illness have certainly improved since the days of General George C. Patton’s questionable method of handling shell-shocked soldiers in the 1940’s, there are still remnants of stigma despite valiant attempts to support the mental health needs of military personnel (Caudle, 2018). According to Britt, “there is this kind of sense that the climate has improved, and it probably has, but we saw in our qualitative research… that this stigma is alive and well.” (Caudle, 2018). In response, Dr. Britt is involved in projects aimed at applying academic research to create training programs with the end goal of overcoming stigma and changing the way in which military units view mental health treatment-seeking.Want to Learn More?More information on Dr. Britt, his team, and his current and past projects can be found here:http://twbritt.people.clemson.edu/ReferencesBritt, T. W., Jennings, K. S., Chueng, J. H., Pury, C. L., & Zinzow, H. M. (2015). The role of different stigma perceptions in treatment seeking and dropout among active duty military personnel. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 38, 142-149. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/prj0000120Caudle, N. (2018). When a warrior can’t go it alone. Glimpse Magazine, Clemson University. Retrieved from: http://glimpse.clemson.edu/6072/This post was written by a member of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Adobe Anywhere IntegrationAdobe Anywhere is Adobe’s enterprise collaborative workflow platform.Designed for teams it works on standard networks and doesn’t require proprietary hardware.Team members work with files on a shared server that doesn’t require downloading.This could be a game changer for those that need to work remotely with other team members.Will you be using Premiere Pro CC for video editing?Share your thoughts/experiences in the comments below! Fit ClipPreviously in Premiere Pro, when you had In & Out points in both the Source & Program, you got a dialog box that asked what In &Out points you wanted to use. This was confusing to FCP users as its behavior was to ignore the Out in the Source. Now Premiere Pro gives you the option to remember your choice so you only see the “Fit Clip” dialog once. Write Keyframes in Audio Clip MixerPremiere Pro CC adds a Clip Audio Mixer to make working with clip audio easier. They also add the ability to record audio keyframes by selecting the “write keyframes” button. Click the button and then move the Fader to record keyframes while the clip is playing. There is a Preference for thinning out keyframes so you can then modify them as needed. Improved MulticamTheir are several new time saving multicam features in Premiere Pro CC. Andrew Devis covers the new features in more detail here.In Premiere Pro CC you can mix different media, frame rate and sample rates. You have the new option of “sync to audio” which is handy if you have audio from a separate audio recorder that you want to sync to video clips (the video clips need audio). This gives you some of the features of Red Giant’s PluralEyes without needing a plugin. There are shortcuts for multicam and you can add additional ones as needed. Click images for larger view: These tips will save you time and you get up to speed quickly with the changes and new features in Premiere Pro CC!More and more editors are checking out Premiere Pro and the new version has a lot to offer former FCP & Media Composer editors. In this post, I share my 10 favorite Premiere Pro Creative Cloud tips that will get you up to speed editing in Premiere Pro.For more Premiere Pro quick tips, check out my previous post on 10 Premiere Pro Tips for FCP Editors. Premiere Pro CC will be available June 2013 via Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Project & Scratch Disk ChangesWhen you Launch Premiere Pro for the first time you are greeted with a “New Project” dialog box. Here you choose where your Project and Scratch Disk are being saved. Premiere Pro defaults to user/documents/Adobe/Premiere Pro (your Scratch Disks and Preview files follow the project by default). Be aware that if you are working with card media, they are considered imports and not captured media.You can now change the location of your Auto Save folder to anywhere on your computer or external HD. Under the Scratch Disk tab assign your “Auto Save Folder” where you’d like.Click image for larger view:Make your desired changes, click OK and Premiere Pro CC will launch. Previously this opened a “New Sequence” window. However, this new approach seems a more streamlined way of setting up your video editing projects and less intimidating to new users.Assembly WorkspacePremiere Pro CC adds the new Assembly Workspace. This is a workspace layout that has a large Project area with the Program & Source Monitors sharing space. This is a handy workspace if you like to use Premiere Pro’s Hover Scrub, then set In & Out and use shortcuts to quickly Insert or Overwrite edit.As the name suggests, this workspace is designed for quickly creating a rough cut in Premiere Pro.Click image for larger view: Increase Clip VolumeModifying clip audio levels was one of my most used shortcuts when I used Final Cut Pro 7.Premiere Pro CC adds shortcuts for increasing the volume of one clip or selected clips. This is a big addition, as I often want to quickly raise or lower the volume for clips.The shortcut for adjusting audio levels on clips in the timeline is left bracket “[“ for decrease and right bracket “]” for increase. CUDA and OpenCL GPU supportThe list of supported video cards has increased, which gives you more choices for GPU acceleration.This is big, as having a supported card offers noticeable performance improvement.Sync SettingsI previously mentioned the new Premiere Pro sync settings here, but it is a big enough feature to mention again. This lets you sync custom settings/presets/layouts to the cloud and access them from anywhere.The sync settings can be found on the Welcome Screen, in Preferences and from the Premiere Pro Menu (File Menu on PC).Add Edit & Duplicate FramesYou can access settings for “Show Through Edits” & “Show Duplicate Frame Markers” from the wrench (the Timeline Display Settings in the Sequence).Now you can choose to see through edits (from using add edit or the razor tool) and duplicate frames when you have used part of a clip multiple times. I used this often in Final Cut Pro and it is nice to have this option in Premiere Pro CC.
4. Lens WhackingLens whacking is done by detaching the lens from the mount and then holding it close enough to allow the sensor to still gain an image. The result is very surreal and ethereal. Why process those camera effects in post when you can do them directly in-camera? Check out these 5 easy in-camera effects, courtesy of Film Riot.Not all visual effects are done in post-production. In fact, some really awesome (and easy to achieve) effects can be done directly in-camera. Here’s a quick video from Film Riot’s Ryan Connolly that explains how a few of the most eye-opening in-camera effects are done.Here are the in-camera effects that Connolly covered in the above video.1. Forced PerspectiveForced perspective is a technique that uses spacing and distance to make objects appear larger or smaller in relation to other objects. 2. Lower Shutter SpeedUsing a lower shutter speed is generally done for two reasons. The first: because the location is dark and you need to let in more light. The second is to create motion blur to make the action seem more fluid. 5. Lens FlareLens flare is the natural effect of non-image forming light entering the lens and hitting the sensor, creating the characteristic streak of light.Bonus: Here’s how JJ Abrams achieves his legendary lens flares.Want to see more filmmaking and video production quick tips? Check out the following posts here on PremiumBeat:Tips for Shooting Like an Editor9 Tips for Shooting in Cold Weather15 Tips for Shooting Dynamic Video InterviewsHave you shot any in-camera effects that you’d like to show off? Any secrets you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below. 3. Faster Shutter SpeedA faster shutter speed is utilized extensively by professional sport filmmakers. Because of the high shutter speed, you can essentially “freeze” a moment. When using this in conjunction with camera movement, the action seemingly becomes more violent. This technique works great in combat sequences.
These versatile lenses continue to be high-performing video production assets.Cover image via ZEISS.The Zeiss Otus line of lenses have been on the market for a few years; however, I recently rediscovered them as I was looking for a quality lens option for a project that needed something more affordable than traditional cinema lenses. After reading numerous reviews, watching comparison videos, looking at stills, and seeing multiple charts, I believe these lenses will benefit any project.Image via ZEISS.SharpnessSimply put, these lenses are sharp. Each of the three lenses in the lineup features an F/1.4 aperture, and they are surprisingly sharp, even wide open. Most other lenses I was considering were very soft when wide open. Since I had night scenes coming up, I knew I would want a lens I could run wide open, if needed. After looking through numerous charts, the Otus line simply blew me away. You can view some charts here at The Digital Picture to exactly see just how well these lenses perform at F/1.4 compared to a Canon still lens option.Cinema Lens-Like Qualities and FeaturesA huge advantage these lenses have over other still lens options is a 0.8 gear, 32 pitch, and 300-degree barrel rotation. These lenses will feel and function like a traditional cinema lens, so you or your AC wont have difficulty pulling critical focus. Also featured are hard stops, which makes these lenses feel even more like a true cinema option. You can also attach a Cool-Lux LuxGear focus ring so you can easily attach the lens to any follow focus, making this even better for cinematic applications.ConsistencyMuch like the Arri Master Primes, these lenses feature a consistent aperture across the entire family. This is extremely useful when switching lenses because you do not have to adjust exposure for a lower focal length. Also notable is that these lenses perform extremely well across the entire image. Many lenses will lose their sharpness around the edges. However, the Otus line maintains great sharpness across the entire picture. You can view examples of this in the video below.ConclusionThese still lenses, crafted for video, should be strong contenders for your next shoot. They feature exceptional sharpness and cinema lens-like features, and they capture beautiful images. My only hope is that they’ll make more focal lengths.Have you used the Zeiss Otus line of lenses before? Let us know in the comments.
I like to support local businesses. To that end, for the last 10 years I’ve used a local dry cleaner. They’re a very small shop, and they’re inexpensive. I used them because they’re local.A few months ago, this little local dry cleaner damaged a really nice shirt. The word “damage” doesn’t go far enough; it was ruined.They’re a small business, and accidents happen, so I didn’t say anything about the damaged shirt. But then they completely mangled two more shirts, both of which were kind of expensive. I didn’t want to hurt them because they’re a small business. So I didn’t ask them to replace the shirts. But I did decide to save the rest of my shirts and find another dry cleaner.I didn’t know another dry cleaner that picked up and delivered dry cleaning, so I went to a larger chain. This meant I had to drop off and pick up my own dry cleaning. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but when you’re busy it isn’t something that you want to do. (Okay, to me it’s own of the worst things in the world. I hate having to take it in and pick it up.)Timing Is Everything (Almost)A few weeks ago another local dry cleaner, left a card on my door comparing their pricing to the big chain I was now using, also pointing out that they pick up and deliver. To sign up, all I had to do was call the number, sign up for service, set up billing, and basically take 20 minutes to organize the relationship. So I never did it.Then a few weeks later this new local dry cleaner dropped off another card, but this time they included a very nice branded plastic bag in which I could drop my dry cleaning. All I needed to do was put my clothes in the bag, fill out the information tab on the bottom, and leave it on the front porch. They would take care of everything from there.Establishing a relationship with a dry cleaner isn’t really very complicated. But this new dry cleaner got my business because they made it easy for me to buy.It’s Not Always ComplexA lot of what we talk about here at The Sales Blog is about the complex sale. It’s about identifying dream clients, creating value, building consensus, and capturing some of the value that we create. But sometimes winning new business means being there at the right time (something you’ll never be if you don’t prospect and if you don’t persist) and being easy to do business with.Remove the obstacles to a “yes.” Make it easy to order. Make it easy to pay. Everything matters. Everything counts.QuestionsCan you remove the obstacles between your client and a “yes?”What do you do that makes it difficult to buy?What can you do to make it easier to buy?How can you remove the obstacles that prevent your client from saying yes to your offer? 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
In the old days, to describe someone with sales skills people would say things like “He could sell ice to an eskimo.” That phrase was used to describe sales acumen, especially overcoming objections. But selling has changed. You would never sell ice to an eskimo. He doesn’t need ice. Selling someone something they really don’t want, don’t need, and can’t benefit from makes you selfish, self-oriented, and manipulative.If you want to make a sale to an eskimo today, you sell him a vision, a factory, and transportation so he can do something with the ice already surrounding him. That’s a bigger, more valuable sale for both you and your proverbial eskimo.
Gratitude is completely free. You can say thank you over and over again, and it won’t cost you a thing. But, if said sincerely, it will be priceless to the recipient.Recognition also costs you nothing. Recognizing the effort someone made–win or lose–is easily done. There is always someone who has done something that deserves to be publicly celebrated. Priceless to them; free for you.You can ask someone if they need help. There are people who need your help. They need your support. You don’t have to open your wallet to help someone. Sometimes all you need to give them is a little bit of your time.People need to be heard. You can help them with that need by sitting quietly and listening. Make listening your agenda instead of listening to respond. If you really listen, you will be giving someone else an enormous gift. It costs you nothing.Ask someone to help you. Some people need to be needed. Asking them to share their opinion, to share their ideas, or to share their experience proves you believe their thoughts and feelings are important. Totally free.Encouragement is free. You can support someone in their endeavor by reminding them that you believe in them even when they don’t. It’s sometimes all they need.You know how I feel about relationships. People need friends. They need human relationships. You can offer your friendship to someone who needs it without spending a dime (if you don’t want to). Knowing that someone cares for and about you is a deep human need, easily satisfied by a thoughtful action.All of the things on this list will improve your results because they improve your relationships. They directly improve who you are a person (and especially as a leader). None of them costs you anything other than the tiniest bit of effort and your time. But they produce outsized results.Don’t skip the questions.QuestionsWho are you going to say thank you to right now?Who are you going to recognize right now?Who are you going to offer to help tomorrow morning at 8:35 AM?Who are you going to sit and listen to with no agenda other than ensuring that they know they’ve been heard?Who are you going to call to ensure that they know you need their advice?Who is about to give up and needs an encouraging word?Who could use a real friend? 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
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 When I was a teenager I fronted a rock-n-roll band. At 17 years old, I was playing in bars that I would not have been allowed in otherwise. In many cases, the bands that my band opened for were much older—and much better—than we were. It was there that I was infected with a negative belief structure.When a band was playing, the members of other bands would stand at the back of the bar and criticize the band that was playing. They would find something wrong with the singer, or the guitarist wasn’t really a shredder (as if that is even important when it comes to rock-n-roll, which is really more attitude than it is a competency). This was especially true for big, national acts who were experiencing the success that everyone else believed they deserved. Hanging around for a while, I learned to do the same thing. Like the others, I’d stand around being jealous.At some point, my competitive nature took over, and I started to look at the bands that were playing through a different lens. First and foremost, they were better than we were. Second, and more importantly, they drew bigger crowds. We were opening for them, and not the other way around. It struck me that instead of trying to find reasons to criticize other bands, I should be trying to discover why so many people like them—even though I didn’t particularly like them. This massively improved our results by helping my little outfit make changes, whereas criticizing other bands produced no measurable benefit.There are people who you may not like because you disagree with them on ideas or issues, and you may avoid looking at what they believe and why they believe it because you couldn’t be further apart in certain areas. This is a mistake because it prevents you from another perspective, a perspective that can improve your own. Instead of looking at what is wrong with what someone else does or what they believe, look instead to see if you can understand the value in their ideas, their beliefs, or their actions—or at least look to understand why they believe what they believe.When you don’t like something, it is worth your time and effort to explore it. If an idea makes you uncomfortable, that is almost always an idea that is valuable for you to explore.
The small war memorial near the burial site of India’s 1971 war hero Albert Ekka has become a place for people, especially those visiting from Jharkhand, to pay tribute to soldiers.On Monday, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Sudarshan Bhagat visited the site. On an official tour to Tripura, Mr. Bhagat, who is an MP from Lohardaga in Jharkhand, paid floral tribute and observed a minute of silence.Ekka, who hailed from Jharkhand, was posted with the 14th Battalion of the Brigade of the Guards in Tripura when he was martyred during the Battle of Gangasagar. The regiment, in fact, had many soldiers from Jharkhand while it was stationed in Tripura.Memorial restoredAround six feet high, the memorial at Sripalli, south of Agartala, was restored after Ekka’s wife Balamdeena, her son and other family members paid a visit on January 11 last year. The family, which had refused to accept the urn of the Param Vir Chakra recipient from the Jharkhand government, had asked to visit the burial site instead.
A five-hour-long hartal observed by the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) against the steep rise in prices of petroleum products turned violent at many places, throwing life out of gear on Monday morning.Ministers, MLAs and party workers took to the streets to enforce the hartal at major traffic junctions, railway stations and bus terminals across Odisha. Commuters were allegedly not allowed to move an inch thanks to lathi-wielding BJD workers.Last-minute advisoryThe State government issued an advisory early on Monday morning stating that schools and colleges should remain closed in view of the hartal and that examinations be rescheduled to prevent inconvenience to students.However, many educational institutions had already opened by the time the advisory came into the public domain. Parents taking children to schools were allegedly chased away by BJD workers. Cars and two-wheelers were smashed even as police personnel remained mute spectators across the city. Even ambulances were not spared.People taking family members to hospitals in cars here were seen pleading with BJD workers to allow them to pass. However, their appeals were ignored. Some people took to Twitter to lodge their protest by tagging Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik. A video of a lone girl on a scooter being stopped and attacked by a group hartal supporters went viral, triggering outrage among the Twitterati.“This isn’t the party I assisted NP [Mr. Patnaik] to found 20 years ago. I am ashamed and angered by this. Biju babu [former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik] would have been too. Armchair strategists must go [sic],” tweeted senior BJD leader Baijayant Panda.He condemned the violence saying, “I disassociate myself from the violence. These goons must face action.” Press conferenceAddressing a press conference, BJD leaders clarified their stand saying the party did not endorse violence but that the people took to the streets as a spontaneous outpouring of anger against the rise in prices of petroleum products.Former Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said the Central government was cornering huge ‘revenue’ by imposing taxes on petroleum products while the common man was left to suffer. The BJD’s hartal affected vehicular movement. Dozens of trains were stranded at different places as BJD leaders and workers stopped trains. Passenger buses too remained off the road.
A third-year diploma student was attacked with acid on the MKCG Medical College campus in Odisha’s Berhampur on Thursday.The victim as well as her father alleged that the assailant was her husband, Niranjan Pradhan (30), who managed to abscond after the ghastly act.Two special police teams have been constituted to track down the accused, said Berhampur ASP Shantanu Dash.The incident occurred around 10.30 a.m. near the students’ common room on the campus. A team of doctors from different departments immediately initiated treatment of the victim. She was shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack in the afternoon. Condition stable According to physicians who treated her at the MKCG Medical College and Hospital, she suffered severe acid burns on the left side of her face, neck and arm. Her condition is said to be stable.The victim had got married on May 7 this year. She was staying at a private hostel in Berhampur to continue her studies. On Thursday morning, her husband allegedly entered the campus and managed to reach the area near the students’ common room on the second floor. He called the victim outside and allegedly threw acid on her face before fleeing from the spot.The victim’s father, Bipin Pradhan, said his daughter was not in good terms with her husband. Their relationship deteriorated within a few days of their marriage. “She had suffered torture at the hands of her husband and in-laws. We had lodged a complaint at the women’s police station,” he said.Following the incident, students at the medical college have demanded enhanced security on the campus. They pointed out that due to lack of proper security, the accused managed to reach the area near the students’ common room to splash acid on the victim.
A 12-year-old girl was slapped 168 times over a period of six days by her classmates at a residential school on the instructions of their teacher, the child’s father complained to school authorities and police. However, the school principal K. Sagar termed it a “friendly” punishment. “They were not strong slaps but mild and friendly ones. We will also talk to the parents. We don’t allow corporal punishment in the school. The girl is weak in studies and doesn’t complete her assignments,” Mr. Sagar said, adding that the teacher chose this form punishment to improve her performance in school. The incident took place at the Navodaya Vidyalaya in Thandla town here and the girl’s father, Shivpratap Singh, told police that she was slapped 168 times between January 11-16 for not completing her homework.The girl is a student of Class VI at the school.He told police that the school’s science teacher, Manoj Kumar Verma, on January 11, asked his daughter’s classmates to slap her as a form of punishment and 14 girls slapped her two times every day for six days.Mr. Singh also stated in his complaint, filed a couple of days ago, that his child was unwell and therefore was unable to complete her homework. He alleged that the school was aware of the child’s illness. He also told police that his daughter fell ill due to fear and distress and refused to go to school, following which she had to be admitted to a local hospital.Thandla police station in-charge S.S. Baghel confirmed that a complaint had been received but added that no injury was found during medical examination conducted on the girl. “We had received a complaint. No injury was found during the medical examination of the girl. Our team also visited the school and found that such an incident had occurred. We are investigating further. However, no formal case has been registered so far,” he said. District Collector Ashish Saxena said that the issue had come to his knowledge and he had ordered an investigation.
In what is perhaps the first case of extortion involving the crypto currency bitcoin, Gujarat police CID (Crime) has booked a police Inspector and nine other policemen for allegedly forcing a Surat-based builder and real estate player to part with 200 bitcoins, worth ₹12 crore. The police booked them after a complaint was received that Inspector Anant Patel abducted the businessman Shailesh Bhatt and forced him to transfer the bitcoins from his mobile wallet. Mr. Bhatt reportedly trades in crypto currencies. His business partner Kirit Paladiya is said to have warned him that he was under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate. On February 11, Mr. Paladiya called Mr. Bhatt for a meeting in Gandhinagar. As they were talking, a couple of police vehicles arrived at the scene and they were both taken to a farm house where Mr. Bhatt was asked to transfer the bitcoins to escape the probe. The police lodged an FIR naming 11 persons, including a private individual who reportedly played a fixer between the businessman and the police.
Lawyers from the Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) have expressed concern over the arrest of advocate Surendra Gadling in Nagpur, saying that it was part of a larger pattern wherein lawyers fighting cases of marginalised people were being targeted.Mr. Gadling was arrested from his house early on Wednesday in relation to the violence at Bhima-Koregaon near Pune in January when Dalits congregated to celebrate the British victory over Peshwas with the help of Mahar soldiers.More arrestsHead of the English department at Nagpur University Shoma Sen, Marathi poet Sudhir Dhavale, Rona Wilson of the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners and anti-displacement activist Mahesh Raut have also been arrested.Addressing the media here on Thursday, IAPL vice-president Sudha Bharadwaj said Mr. Gadling’s arrest was part of a pattern where “people’s lawyers” were being targeted. Advocates Upendra Nayak of Odisha, Murugan of Tamil Nadu and Satyendra Chaubey of Chhattisgarh too “have been implicated, which is absolutely unacceptable as per the United Nations principles”, a release from the IAPL said.
A senior leader of the All India Forward Bloc (AIFB), who was a Minister in the Left Front government, has joined the Trinamool Congress. After joining the TMC, Paresh Adhikari said that he has joined the party “being influenced by Mamata Banerjee’s movement against the NRC”. Mr. Adhikari, a four times MLA from the Mekhliganj constituency in Cooch Behar district, was the Food Minister in the Left Front Cabinet. While he lost to the TMC’s Arghya Roy Pradhan in the 2016 Assembly elections, he has a strong vote base in Mekhliganj sub-division of Cooch Behar district.However, the AIFB’s State leadership claimed that Mr. Adhikary’s joining the TMC will have no impact on the party. Claiming Mr. Adhikary to be a “political opportunist,” AIFB State secretary Naren Chatterjee said: “His actions have exposed him as a political opportunist. He will get a fitting reply from the people of Bengal.” Local TMC leaders said that Ms. Banerjee’s plan is to “groom Mr. Adhikary for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls”.
A booth-level worker of the BJP, Sandip Ghosh, was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in West Bengal’s Paschim Bardhaman district on Sunday night. Another worker Joydeep Banerjee was severely injured in the attack, the police said. The two workers were returning home after a party meeting when they were attacked in the Malandighi area. BJP officials blamed Trinamool Congress for the attack, which the latter denied. “It is a fall out of the BJP’s internal feud,” a TMC district official said. The BJP has called for a bandh call in Durgapur subdivision on Tuesday. Sayantan Basu, a party general secretary, led a demonstration in front of the Kaksa police station in Paschim Bardhaman on Monday night. Union Minister Babul Supriyo, an MP from the area, has condemned the killing.
Members of the Amateur Radio Society of Odisha got together at an uninhabited island within the Chilika lake to test their operational skill and technology to help the public during natural calamities such as cyclonic storms.The team had chosen this island as it is inaccessible by conventional telecommunication network. During their two-day camp at the island that ended on Sunday evening, eight licensed private HAM radio operators of Odisha experimented transmission of messages to the outside world through radio signals.‘Used solar power’ It was an attempt to simulate real-life situation during any natural calamity when all conventional modes of communication cease to exist. “To simulate such a situation, we remained cut-off from the outside world for two days and used solar power to operate our HAM radios. A bamboo pole was used as an antenna tower,” said Gurudatta Panda, one of the participants. Amateur radio operators can link up with other HAM enthusiasts through ‘short wave’ radio frequency.Contacted 130 operators During the event, these operators, despite their lack of infrastructure, managed to contact around 130 Amateur radio operators around the world. Around 90 of these were from different parts of India while others were from countries including Denmark, Russia, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia. On Sunday morning they made contacts with HAM enthusiasts of neighbouring countries except Pakistan.According to ARSO members, the importance of HAM radios during natural calamities has not diminished in this era of advanced communication. According to them, during the Titli cyclone, Gajapati district was completely cut-off from the outside world for a few hours. During that time HAM radio with the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force became the main means of communication of the district administration with the outside world.A big help ARSO members feel that an increase in the number of Amateur radio enthusiasts in the State can be a major help to society in a cyclone and flood-prone State like Odisha. On Sunday, Puri district administration representatives arrived at the island to watch the experiments being conducted by the Amateur radio activists.“There are youths with technical education in electronics and telecommunication in all parts of Odisha who can take up Amateur radio as a hobby and help society at the time of need. In future, we may have HAM radio operators in all blocks of the State,” said Priti Ranjan Mekap, another participant.Apart from Mr. Panda and Mr. Mekap, other enthusiasts who participated in this event were Samir Ranjan Panda, Umakant Swain, Chandrasekhar Patnaik, Sunil Biswal, Tusharkant Mishra and Rajesh Kumar.
Quick: What’s the largest object in the solar system beyond Neptune? Pluto was what you learned long ago, and now there’s fresh evidence to indicate that old answer was right all along. Pluto belongs to the Edgeworth-Kuiper belt, which boasts more than a thousand known objects revolving around the sun beyond Neptune’s orbit. Most are much smaller than Pluto, but in 2005 astronomers discovered its biggest rival: Eris, which they claimed definitely surpassed Pluto in size. In 2010, however, Eris staged an underwhelming performance when it moved in front of a distant star. The short duration of this so-called occultation revealed that Eris is just 2326 kilometers across—possibly smaller than Pluto, whose diameter is somewhere between 2300 and 2400 kilometers. The uncertainty arises because Pluto, unlike Eris, has air that complicates the interpretation of observational data. Now, as astronomers will report in Icarus, analysis of methane gas in Pluto’s atmosphere suggests that Pluto is about 2368 kilometers across, in which case it’s larger than Eris and thus the champ of the Edgeworth-Kuiper belt. We’ll get a final verdict in July 2015, when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft (artist’s conception shown) flies past Pluto and measures its exact size.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)