Wordless Wednesday – May I Have this Dance?

first_imgThe perfect photo following Valentine’s Day!This photo was embedded from the  United States Marine Corps Official Page Flickr page.This post was created by Anne Adrian, Military Families Learning Network Social Media Strategist.last_img

Part I: How Learning Styles Can Alter the Way Military Families Process Information

first_imgHave you ever thought about how your military caregivers, families, service members and colleagues process information?  As helping professionals we tend to take-in information differently as we learn new things and the same can be said for the military families that we serve. By understanding the various learning styles it may help you, the service provider, better connect with families in order to provide the highest quality educational information to meet their individual needs.There are four principles of adult learning identified by Malcolm Knowles, the pioneer of adult learning: (1) Autonomous and Self-Directed, (2) Life Experiences and Knowledge, (3) Goal-Oriented and Relevancy-Oriented and (4) Practical.In today’s blog, we are focusing on principal #1 (Autonomy and Self-Direction) of adult learning and how the learning style can be applied to those you serve.Autonomy and Self-DirectionAdults that tend to favor Autonomy and Self-Direction like to direct their own learning, and often times like to take on the leadership roles. They prefer to be actively involved in learning and work around their personal goals and specific interests.As a service provider, some things to keep in mind when providing education and training to military families is to have them discuss their personal learning goals for the meeting, session or training that you are providing. When you are working with families, help the individual to reflect on what they have learned and set new goals as a result of the reflection. As their provider, there will be times that you need to also help them modify their goals as needed.Over the course of the next few months the MFLN Military Caregiving concentration will be discussing the remaining three principles of adult learning, as well as adult learning styles. Our goal with this series is to provide military service providers with a better understanding of how adults process information and learn. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on July 1, 2016.last_img read more

Resource Discovery| BeThere Peer Assistance Line

first_imghttps://www.betherepeersupport.org/who-we-are/By: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT“Asking for help is a sign of strength. The deployments, reintegration, and relocations that are a part of military life require coping skills, various resources and planning to navigate.” -Department of DefenseIf anyone understands the importance of having a support system in place at all times, it’s the Department of Defense. Because of this, they offer the BeThere Peer Support Call and Outreach Center which is available to all service members and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This resource utilizes the assistance of Veteran service members and spouses of Veteran service members who act as the peer coaches to provide support services through chat, email, phone, and text.The Center offers resources and support from people who understand what it is like to be a part of the military community on many levels, having been there themselves. Based on the comfort level of the caller, they are able to choose to speak with a Veteran or a military spouse, in addition to a male or female. The Center encourages callers to utilize this service concerning any topic they wish including but not limited to: relationships, stress, family, financial, parenting, PTSD, depression, anxiety, anger, sleep, etc.All communication between the caller and the peer specialist is completely confidential unless there is an indication that the caller poses a threat to themselves or others. Callers can contact the center whenever they wish and as frequently as they wish. They can choose to have their peer specialist follow up with them as much and for as long as the caller would like at whatever capacity desired. This service is FREE of charge.Callers may contact the Center in the following ways:Calling: 1-844-357-PEER (7337)Texting: 1-480-360-6188Chatting Online: https://www.BeTherePeerSupport.orgThis post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for 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 concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Is the AJA CION the Biggest Bust in Modern Filmmaking?

first_imgWe had high hopes for the AJA CION – but it seems like the camera might flare out before it even gets started. Let’s take a look a the CION situation.Top Image Courtesy of Film and Digital Times.If you’ve been following us here at PremiumBeat you might recall the NAB 2014 post we wrote about the AJA CION. If you don’t remember the article, well, it basically said that we were excited to get our hands on the camera. In 2014 things were looking good for Cion, but the camera quickly ran into problems. Namely, it wasn’t released on time. While it’s not uncommon for a camera to be delayed, the Cion was released almost 6 months late on December 22 2014, to the dismay of all those who pre-ordered.It was only a 3 months later at NAB 2015 that Blackmagic announced updates to the URSA, and then introduced us to the URSA Mini. Suddenly things seemed bleak for the CION. So, while at NAB 2015, AJA decided to lend the CION to filmmakers, as a way to show professionals what the camera could do. AJA President Nick Rashby said in a statement:AJA is known for its generosity to customers with our support, return, and warranty programs, and as a private, diverse company we can make bold moves to show the community that we’re very committed to the professional camera market. We’ve invested heavily in building out a special try-and-buy loaner pool of CION cameras that we’re making available so that any interested shooters can experience this camera and the incredible film-like beauty of these images for themselves before committing to a purchase.This move was seen by many as a move of desperation, almost as if they couldn’t give the CION away in light of low sales numbers. However, when you actually sit down with the camera and look at what all it can do, you come away impressed — and before NAB 2015 the $9000 price point seemed reasonable. But again, Blackmagic dropped the URSA update and the URSA Mini.Now you can buy a 4.6K camera with 15 stops of dynamic range for $5000 and a standard 4K Mini that utilizes 12 stops of dynamic range, the same as the CION, for $3000. In order to compete with this, AJA announced their “Summer of Savings” promotion which cuts the CION price nearly in half, down to $5000. But is it enough? Only time and sales will answer that question. And to be honest, AJA may be extremely limited on time.The Dynamic Range ProblemCinema5D did a comprehensive overview of the CION which shows us the ins and outs of the camera. They also made the discovery that while the camera is listed to have 12 stops of dynamic range, it actually measures out at 8.2. Even if the dynamic range measurement of the URSA fell short, it would still be around 11 stops.With all of the doom and gloom, it hasn’t stopped directors and cinematographers like TJ Derry from using it on pro-level commercials. And we have to say, the image quality does look great, but is it worthy of dropping $2000 more on a camera, or even paying the same price for a 4.6K URSA Mini?ConclusionSo, the original question was: Is the AJA CION the biggest bust in modern filmmaking? It has the potential to be if AJA can’t right the ship and garner strong sales. But I’m not calling it yet, as others have. I say this because there are filmmakers out there who have used it and love it. Had the camera been released earlier it may have had a little stronger footing and an install base to really compete. But then again, given what they are having to compete against, going toe-to-toe with Blackmagic is easier said than done.Want more up to date news and cameras and gear? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.Choosing Between The Blackmagic URSA and URSA Mini8 Killer Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000Dream Camera Loadouts: RED Digital CinemaWhat are your thoughts on the CION? Do you believe it’s a doomed camera? Have you used it? Are you like the many who have used it and loved it? Sound off in the comments below.last_img read more

The Power of Point of View (POV) Shots

first_imgPoint of View (POV) shots have been around since the early days of filmmaking. This “subjective camera” is still commonly used to captivate audiences.A point of view shot, also known as POV shot, is an angle that shows what a character is looking at. Typically POV shots are placed in between a shot of a character looking at something and a shot showing the character’s reaction.Before jumping in depth, check out this great montage of POV shots from Leigh Singer.It’s incredibly difficult to pinpoint to first use of a POV shot in cinema history, but there are certainly instances that became classic. Going back to 1927’s Napoleon, director Abel Gance wanted to film a fight scene from Napoleon’s point of view. To achieve the shot, they wrapped the camera and lens body in sponge padding and had the actors punch the camera. By 1931, a two minute long sequence of POV shots were used in the transformation scenes of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.The 1940s and 50s really propelled the use of POV shots. The era of horror, mystery, and sci-fi films used the technique to captivate and scare audiences. In 1947, the Lady in the Lake used POV shots like never before. The subjective camera, a POV shot term referring to the view of the subject, was used throughout the entire film. The movie’s star, Robert Montgomery, was only ever seen in the reflection of windows and mirrors. To spike attendance, MGM billed the film with the tagline “You and Robert Montgomery solve a murder mystery together!”POV shots became a staple of legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. From Vertigo to The Birds, Hitchcock’s use of the technique was everywhere, but he masterfully crafted an entire film around POV shots with Rear Window. In fact, POV shots were used so often in Rear Window, filmmaker Jeff Desom was able to create an entire timelapse of the film just using the POV shots.POV shots tend to represent what an actor sees. However, POV shots can also be used for inanimate objects. These shots were notoriously used throughout the television series Breaking Bad. We are given the point of view of everything from a stovetop to a dryer. Here’s a wonderful look at Breaking Bad’s POV shots compiled by kogonada.In the 1970s, Steven Spielberg dazzled and terrified audiences with his POV shots in Duel and Jaws. By the 1980s and 90s, these shots were frequently used as a technological first person view from the Terminator, Predator, and RoboCop. Viewers were also introduced to Quentin Tarantino’s trunk shot. Recently POV shots have become synonymous with superheroes. Whether web slinging through New York with Spider-Man or flying inside of Iron Man’s armor. All of which you can see in this incredible compilation from Jacob T. Swinney.Looking for more on classic filmmaking? Check out these posts from PremiumBeat:4 Iconic Editing TechniquesThe Art of Perspective and Symmetry in Cinematography7 Iconic Hollywood Cinematography TechniquesDid we skip your favorite POV shot? Want more posts like this? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Yesterday’s Cinematography Tool Reinvented for Tomorrow

first_img1A Tools is offering a pre-order incentive until July 31st. You can pre-order the Alpha Wheels system starting at $1,800. Come August, the Alpha Wheels will retail with a starting price of $2,250. Alpha Wheels redesigns a classic filmmaking tool for the future of film gear. Gain absolute precision and control over camera movement on gimbal stabilizers with these futuristic hand wheels.All images via 1A ToolsHand wheels are one of the oldest tools cinematographers have utilized on set. They offer control over cranes, dollies, and a variety of camera mounts. The team at 1A Tools wanted to bring that same level of precision control to stabilizers like the MoVI and Ronin.Now, these aren’t the first hand wheels designed for gimbals — others, like the PLC Veracity Control Wheels, have been available since 2014. However, the Alpha Wheels feature a sleek and stunning design, and its open API offers endless possibilities. What also sets Alpha Wheels apart is the ability to use the wheels in Cine Designer, offering total control in previsualization.We’ve built the software to practice camera moves in a very realistic 3D environment. – Cinematography DatabaseHere’s a look at the Alpha Wheels in action.The Alpha Wheels system comes in two variations, lightweight aluminum or heavy-duty brass. The aluminum allows for easy transportation and remains incredibly responsive. The much more durable brass will fall in line with similar hand wheels already used on major sets. They are three times the weight of the aluminum wheels.I spoke with 1A Tools co-owner Boyd Hobbs about the new Alpha Wheels.As working DPs, when we conceived of the Alpha Wheels, we didn’t stop at gimbals and remote heads. We thought of all the platforms we want to use wheels for, and we imagined a set of wheels with an open, flexible design that we could use on every job, no matter the type or budget.For filmmakers with a MoVI, the Alpha Wheels are directly compatible with the MoVI controller. A single cable delivers both data and power. This setup allows operators access to multiple MoVI/MIMIC/joystick/Alpha Wheels combos. There are also updates coming to those with the DJI Ronin.We are actively working on improving the Ronin integration. It can work right now through any off-the-shelf Futaba controller for those that really want it. We want to finalize our recommended workflow. This workflow will be published before we ship. As previously mentioned, a standout feature is the ability to use the Alpha Wheels in pre-production. The system uses an API to integrate with Cine Designer. It isn’t just the Cine Designer angle that’s most exciting, but the public release of the API. The open API will allow endless possibilities.We walked through Cinegear this year with a prototype asking vendors what they thought and it was honestly incredible. The potential uses are endless. Everything from post VFX work, dynamic lighting grids, moving truss, new types of remote heads. The wheels are a great interface for cameras because they give you responsive, real-time, tactile control. And now that so much of the industry is gaining levels of remote control or motorization, there is a need for responsive, real-time, tactile control in so many corners of the industry. We would be thrilled to see it used outside the film industry. For many people once they see it in use and hear that it has an open API, that’s when lightning strikes and they can imagine a use in their own field. That’s why we are opening it up. Our creativity made the wheels. Now it’s open for anyone else’s creativity to apply them. Communication protocols will include: Serial via USB, Serial via Lemo, CAN BUS, Raw Encoder Data, and stepper motor compatible Step and Direction signal. 1A Tools will publish an open API on their website for each protocol as they become available.Technical Specs:Supported Outputs via InterfacesFreefly MoVI M15 via Spektrum DX7S/MOVI ControllerFreefly MoVI M10 via Spektrum DX7S/MOVI ControllerFreefly MoVI M5 via Spektrum DX7S/MOVI ControllerCine Designer via Micro USBDJI Ronin (Coming Soon)Weight6 lbs w/ aluminum wheels9.5 lbs w/ aluminum wheels and base16 lbs w/ brass wheels and baseOpen API Outputs (Subject to Change)Serial via USBSerial via IO PortCAN Bus via EXT PortStep and Direction Pulses via EXT PortRaw Encoder Data via EXT PortAnalog via IO PortPower Inputs7-30V Unregulated via 2-Pin Lemo (Arri Polarity)5V Regulated via IO Port5V Regulated via Micro USBlast_img read more

The Costume Design of Star Trek, House of Cards, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding

first_imgWe spoke with costume designer Gersha Phillips about her bold designs for Star Trek: Discovery, all the suits in House of Cards, and working on My Big Fat Greek Wedding.Sonequa Martin-Green and Costume Designer Gersha Phillips on the Red Carpet during the Season 2 STAR TREK: DISCOVERY premiere party, held at the Conrad, New York on January, 17th. Photo Cr: Brad Barket/CBS © 2019 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.PremiumBeat: The Star Trek franchise is storied. Were you given a prime directive for the look and feel of Star Trek: Discovery? Or were you tasked to bring the creative team a vision first? How was it tackling something so iconic?Gersha Phillips: It is a huge responsibility, and it’s an amazing creative challenge. I am so grateful to have this opportunity! We hold the entire genre, the whole canon, and the fans in all of our creative processes and decision-making.It gives us an opportunity to look into current technology and the future and imagine the possibilities. And it adds a whole new element to costume design! It’s been an inspiring experience.And it’s also such an honor to think about my designs and my work and my team’s work being included in this iconic series of the Star Trek universe. It’s pretty cool!I was invited to the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas last year, and it was incredibly surreal, humbling, and amazing to see the Star Trek fans and cosplayers dressed in their versions of our costumes!Image via Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access).PB: When designing for women on the show — it’s been problematic in the past when the female characters were so sexualized (from the original Star Trek series with mini skirts to Seven of Nine in Voyager wearing body suits and high heels). What was your strategy to devise the sexy without the sexist?  Because the women look amazing, yet unexploited.GP: I find this part so fascinating. Sexy means something different to every person you talk to, and I love working with that. My goal was to empower the female and male cast equally.This creative journey gives us a great opportunity to showcase these very personal and culture-based concepts like “sexy” or “power” in terms of dress. We had to imagine what these things will mean far into the future and where we will be in terms of sexual politics, gender, sex, culture, and values. I think we knew very early on that Star Trek: Discovery was a progressive and inclusive show, and one of the major thoughts for me was that the definition of sex and gender would become irrelevant in the future. Working towards a non-binary element to costuming was really important to us, empowering all characters equally.Image via Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access).PB: You’ve worked on series and on features. We often hear that TV is a writer’s medium and film is the director’s purview. Where do you feel the costume designer enjoys the most creative freedom? Or is it impossible to generalize?GP: Twenty-two years ago, I would have said designing for film is definitely more creative without a doubt. But Star Trek: Discovery has become a case unto itself as we build 75-85 percent of the costumes on the show, and everyone is involved. I work closely with our showrunners, writers, producers, directors, production designer, DP, VFX, and props. It’s a very creative and collaborative environment to work in, and as an artist, I feel very grateful.As always, what we do is driven by the scripts. We are so fortunate on this show that we are given a tremendous amount of creative freedom.Image via House of Cards (Netflix).PB: You worked on the second season of House of Cards, which I imagine could simply have been a sea of red or blue ties and dark suits. Obama famously was called out for the audacity of once wearing a tan jacket. How do you find a character’s individual style in a series where political characters have the objective of blending in to remain uncontroversial?GP: This is an example of the art of costume design — recreating reality even when it’s all navy blue! This is the look of the world of American politics, and delivering anything other than that would have a really distracting effect. You never want the clothing to compete with the script or the world it operates in. As costume designers, we bring characters and stories to life, and we recreate worlds. Some days, it’s Brooks Brothers, and other days it’s outer space in year 2259.Image via My Big Fat Greek Wedding (IFC Films).PB: My Big Fat Greek Wedding was a smash, surprise hit. Your budget had to have been modest — how do you approach style economically?GP: I love this question because it’s another way that creativity and design work can be impacted — THE MONEY!Sometimes we have a great budget, and we can explore all sorts of possibilities, and other times less so, and then we get creative; we dig deeper, and sometimes we find gold. Depending on the look of a show, resale designer, used clothing, and rentals can really enhance the character and make the show more believable. This is less about budget and more about feeling and creating a world. It’s a really great topic because budgets are a huge part of our work in costume departments.PB: Finally, what do you want producers, directors, and talent to know to make your job more successful and seamless?GP: Making a film or a TV series like Star Trek: Discovery is an exciting challenge for everyone involved! For the producers, department heads, actors, and crew — we all work together and do our best. On Star Trek: Discovery we are so lucky to be heard and supported. The producers and directors are wonderful at meeting us halfway in order to serve an amazing final product.The most important things we keep in mind is to keep the conversations going, be flexible, and trust each other. We all know what we are talking about!Cover image via CBS All Access.Want more industry interviews? Check these out.The Story Behind Editing a Movie About Dungeons & DragonsIn Sundance Movie Paddleton, Limited Space and Time Yield A Genuine BromanceInterview: Christina Kallas on Writing and Directing Multi-Protagonist ScreenplaysTom Cross, ACE on Editing First Man and Working with IMAX FootageRound Table: Three Film Composers Converge on Sundancelast_img read more

The Reason You Produce Inconsistent Sales Results

first_imgProducing consistent results in sales is difficult. Opportunities can die due to reasons beyond your control. You can lose deals that you expected to win. And some deals may not turn out to be as good as you expected them to be.One of the main reasons you produce inconsistent sales results has nothing to do with any of the reasons listed above. It has to do with a lack of prospecting.Consistency Is KeyHere are some easy numbers with which to illustrate this point and that you can model.Let’s say you schedule 3 new sales calls with prospective customers in week one. In week two or three—if you have gained the commitment you needed during these sales calls—you should have 2 or 3 future sales calls already on the books.In week two, you schedule another 3 new sales calls. Plus, you already have a couple sales calls from week one. If you schedule you next meeting before you leave these sales calls, you will have banked 2 or 3 more calls for week three or week four.In week three, you are consistent enough with your prospecting to schedule 3 more sales calls. You already have 4 to 6 other sales calls to make on the prospects that you had a first call with during weeks one and two. You are gaining momentum. You get the idea that the sales calls you make in one week are future sales calls.At some point (let’s assume a 90-day sales cycle), you start producing consistent wins. You might not have a new win every week, but they do start piling up because you have been so consistent about prospecting, gaining commitments, and following your sales process.How to Dig Yourself Into a Massive HoleSalespeople that take days off of prospecting often end up taking weeks off. One week turns into two weeks, and two weeks turns into months of no prospecting. The guilty parties who take time off from prospecting are often salespeople who create big opportunities and sit on them like a mother hen waiting for them to hatch, overconfident that they will win and doing no prospecting in the meantime.Because no prospecting was done in one week, there are no 2nd appointments in week two. The failure to prospect in week two means that there are no new sales calls and no 2nd calls on prospects in week three. At the 90-day mark, there are no new clients being won because no prospecting was done a few months early. Not prospecting for weeks and months is how you dig yourself a deep hole from which it is damn near impossible to extricate yourself.It’s the law of the farm. You plant in spring, and you reap in fall. The law is unforgiving and punishes those who don’t follow it, even when they are ignorant of the law.The reason you produce inconsistent sales results is because you are inconsistent in your prospecting. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

The Only Way to Get Better At Making Calls

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now There is only one way to get better at making outbound calls. To improve your skills and abilities making outbound calls, you have to make outbound calls.It’s important to have a killer script (or planned dialogue) for outbound calls, especially cold calls. That planned dialogue is going to help you with your confidence, but it isn’t going to make you good at cold calling.You need to know how to overcome the objections you are certain to get when you make an ask over the telephone, especially when you ask for that coveted first appointment with your dream client. It’s important that you know how to resolve concerns and get to yes over the telephone. The skill to deal with challenges is necessary, but it isn’t sufficient if you want to be good.A lot of salespeople (and entrepreneurs) resist making the calls necessary to creating and winning opportunities. They fear to make their calls because they aren’t good at it, because they don’t have all the answers, and because they don’t believe that they should have to make calls at all. None of these fears or beliefs will help you to improve the skill that is still the fastest, most effective way to create new opportunities.To improve your ability to make calls, you have to pick up the phone. You have to dial the phone and engage with your prospective customers. You have to experience it first hand.The more calls you make, the faster your skills will improve. The more people who reject your request for a meeting, the sooner you will start to understand what your prospects will perceive as the value you need to promise to gain the commitment you need.The longer you take to pick up the phone, the longer it will take you to learn to make calls. And the longer it will take you to schedule the appointments you need to create the opportunities you need.last_img read more

If You Want Better Outputs, Focus on Improving Inputs

first_imgYesterday I published a post on the idea that we like measuring objective inputs, mostly because they are easy to count. What we really want to measure are the subjective outputs of those inputs, where we struggle to know what measurements to take and how to assess them. Here is more for the sales leader, sales manager, or success-minded individual.If you are a sales leader, you might say something that sounds like, “Our highest priority is the acquisition of new clients.” That measurement is an output. To drive this output, the oldest of old-school leaders would say, “make more calls.” The slightly wiser old-school leader would say, “have more sales meetings,” recognizing that that outcome is greater than phone calls. The even wiser sales leaders would say, “in those meetings, do the things that create opportunities and that move an opportunity forward.”The wisest sales leader, however, would recognize that there are inputs that come before the activities and outcomes listed above, all of which are important, all of which have their place, and all of which are being pursued by the people that are doing this work, making the people themselves the critical input. Improving the output means improving all of the inputs, and the effectiveness of the persons doing the work is the primary variable.It’s easy to say make more calls and have more meetings, a recipe that works well when activity is your problem, and something that is probably necessary in a world where opportunity creation is avoided, even though it is required before opportunity capture is possible. What is more difficult is to invest the time, the energy, and the financial resources in training, developing, and coaching the individuals to improve the first and most important input. It’s difficult to invest the resources, and it’s more difficult to assess the improvement, especially when you simply check the box, making no real effort to transform the people on your team.The quality of the input is the quality of the output. More low-quality activity is not better than better quality activity and a higher quality outcome. In the age of constant, accelerating disruptive change, where you are under threat of being disintermediated and have almost certainly been commoditized, winning requires that you are different in a way that makes a difference. Believing this is something outside of people and culture is to concede. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

How to Prioritize Your Work

first_imgIf you look at a list of tasks, you will notice that each task is something you need to do or something you have been asked to do, each sitting on a line of a page with a check box next to it, or instead in a software program with a similar design. Because each task is something you must do, each task appears to be equal, allowing us to view each task as being equal to 1.But all projects and tasks are not equal. While some have a weight of 1, other projects and tasks are worth many times more than 1, and some are worth far less, creating negative value. There is no such thing as time management, and what we mean when we use that popular phrase is prioritization.Prioritization is a Values-Based DecisionsIf you are going to have priorities, you have to make values-based decisions. You have to believe that one thing is more important than some other thing. You also have to be willing to see some things as negative, things that subtract from your goals and outcomes and purpose and meaning.You have great clarity about what your most important task is, but your email is piling up, and your friend just invited you to be part of a new and exciting project, one that you want to be part of. These simple routine conflicts require that you make decisions that consider the future you.What Is the ImpactLet’s stick with the idea that all tasks are given a weight of 1. How do you decide which tasks are a 10 and which are a negative 10? You have to start by testing the work to see what it is worth, and one test is the impact of completing that task.If you complete this task, does it move you closer to your goals and ambitions for the future? Does it impact the work you are here to do and is it something that contributes to your purpose and meaning? Or will this task only steal your time away from the things that make the greatest impact?Will the future you look back and be grateful that you spent time on a project or task, or will future you regret giving time to things that made no real impact? What is a ten on impact and what is a negative ten on impact? What looks like a ten on impact but will likely be zero and is only on your list because you don’t want to miss out on something that sounds like fun?How Important Is It to Your FutureThere is another test you might consider when prioritizing your projects and tasks: How important is it to your future?Some projects and tasks are more important to your future than others. The challenge for most of us is that we have more of the type of work that produces short-term results that we invest in those things to our detriment, leaving too little time for the projects and tasks that, seen from the future, are far more critical. Our balance here is often tilted in the wrong direction. Steeply, too.Without the context of looking backward from the future, it can be difficult to assess the difference between two projects or two tasks that both seem to be a ten as it pertains to their impact and importance. Asking which one is going to produce the greater long-term benefit is how you prioritize the most proactive, impactful, and meaningful projects and tasks.Let Future You Decide and Present You ActLet future you decide what is going to be most important to you and let present you block the time to do the work to make that future a reality. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Maharashtra announces scheme to increase farmers’ income

first_imgMumbai: Amidst demands of farm loan waiver in Maharashtra, the State government has announced ‘Advanced Farming – Enriched Farmer’ scheme, with an aim to increase farmers’ income by cutting production cost and increasing the output.The scheme will be launched in the upcoming kharif season. Under the initiative, the government has declared each tehsil in the State as a unit where planning will be done for agri-development. The major tasks that would be undertaken are: raising production of major crops (up to the level of its genetic yield potential), diversification of crops, introducing marketing techniques, uniting farmers through farm producers’ companies and making them financially stable.According to a government resolution published last week, each tehsil, under the scheme, will be given a production target for crops. The target would be planned keeping in mind that farmers, after selling their produce, receive more money than the loan they have obtained. For farmers who are already receiving more money than the loan obtained, the target is 20% more than their present production.Additionally, the government will also spend 60% of the fund available for mechanisation of farming on tractors, power tillers, transplanters, and machines for polishing, grading, and packing the produce. The grants will be deposited in farmers’ bank accounts linked to Aadhar.The government has also announced that it would increase grants for construction of green houses, onion shades, and shade nets, among others. A farmer outreach campaign will also be launched from May 25 to June 8, to inform farmers about the techniques to be used in agriculture ahead of the kharif season.The Opposition has been aggressively demanding farm loan waiver since the beginning of the Budget Session of the State Assembly in March. The major Opposition parties — the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) — are presently touring the State under Sangharsh Yatra to press for their demand.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that while his government wants to waive off the loan, a decision effecting the same will be taken only at “the right time” and not based on the Opposition’s demands. He has also said the State government would invest more in agriculture rather than announcing a loan waiver. State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, in his Budget speech last month, had also said that the government aims to double farmers’ income by 2022.last_img read more

Lalu enforces peace, asks RJD leaders to exercise restraint

first_imgThe Janata Dal (United) on Sunday asked its alliance partner, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), to rein in its leaders from making adverse comments against party chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as “it would not be a good sign for the grand alliance”.The warning comes as tensions between the allies have risen after Mr. Kumar voiced his support for the NDA’s presidential nominee, Ram Nath Kovind, breaking ranks with other Opposition parties. In a swift response, RJD chief Lalu Prasad sent a message to party leaders to refrain from any attack on the JD(U). His younger son and Deputy Chief Minister, Tejaswi Yadav, said there was a “Himalayan unity” in the grand alliance.JD(U) State chief Basistha Narayan Singh’s warning followed the statement of RJD leaders Raguvansh Prasad Singh and Bhai Birendra accusing Mr. Kumar of abandoning alliance partners for his own political interests. “Our party has taken serious note of RJD leaders’ statements … I’d ask the RJD to rein in its leaders; otherwise, it will not be a good sign for the grand alliance,” Mr Singh told presspersons. Earlier on Saturday, Mr. Tejaswi Yadav commented on Mr. Kumar’s statement, saying the “Presidential election is not a walkout match”.last_img read more

Security beefed up on Manipur border

first_imgManipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had asked police and district administrations in Tengnoupal and Churachandpur to beef up security to check infiltration of Rohingya Muslims. These two districts have common border with Myanmar.S. Ibomcha, Superintendent of Police, Tengnoupal district, said, “Armed police and paramilitary personnel are patrolling the border round the clock. There is no report of any infiltration so far.”Meanwhile, Muslim organisations in Manipur have been staging demonstrations demanding that India declare refugee status for Rohingya. An activist Mohammad Jalal said, “What is happening in Myanmar is a human disaster. India should not remain a silent spectator.” Arjun Telhieba, convener of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System, also conceded that it was a human tragedy.last_img read more

Minor girl blackmailed, gang-raped in Meerut

first_imgA minor dalit girl from Meerut was allegedly gang-raped by three youths for several months. Police said on Thursday that the accused have been booked under IPC section 376 D (gang rape) and relevant sections of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.Threatened acid attackThe victim’s mother said one of the accused threatened to throw acid on the girl’s face if she went to the police. She said the youths had shot an “objectionable” video of the class X student and used it to blackmail her. “We did not know about this. But the school authorities approached us saying she has been missing from school for the last four months. When we asked her what is going on, my daughter broke down and narrated her ordeal. These youths used the objectionable video to force her to meet them,” the mother told the media. Kamlesh Shukla, in charge of the Civil Lines police station, said the culprits would be arrested soon.last_img read more

Poor response in Alipore zoo to animal adoption scheme

first_imgAlmost four years after the West Bengal government introduced a scheme to adopt animals in the Alipore Zoological Garden, the initiative seems to have lost steam with fewer individuals and companies approaching the authorities for adoption.The animal adoption scheme was announced in 2013 and in 2015-16 the revenue from the initiative increased up to ₹31.65 lakh. But in 2017-18, the money from the scheme dropped to ₹11.75 lakh. “The response is not good. The adoption involves monetary transactions and there are not many renewals,” Alipore Zoo director Asis Kumar Samanta told The Hindu.A closer look at the adoption of animals at the zoological garden indicates that almost ₹11 lakh came from a single source, a non-resident Indian. S.U. Rahaman, whose address in the zoo records was mentioned as Sutton, London, had adopted three tigers, two lions and one leopard.Incentives galoreMost of the organisations and individuals who had adopted the animals after 2014 had not renewed their contract with the zoo. Besides incentives like celebrating the birthday of the adopted animal inside the zoo, the scheme provides opportunity to use the animal’s photograph for publication in newspapers, magazines, in the letter head and website of individual or the institution.Adoption cost of tigers and lions was highest at ₹2 lakh per annum. Birds or porcupines could be adopted at ₹10,000 for a year. V.K. Yadav, member secretary, West Bengal Zoo Authority, said they would write to a prominent chamber of commerce in the city to adopt the animals.last_img read more

IAS officer gets notice over rape culture tweet

first_imgShah Faesal, who topped the UPSC exams in 2009, has been served with a notice for his tweet over growing rapes in the country.The Centre’s Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) underlined his tweet and termed the contents as “prima facie in contravention of the extant provision of the All India Service (Conduct Rules) 1968, All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969.”Mr. Faesal’s tweet referred to by the DoPT reads: “Patriarchy + Population + Illiteracy + Alcohol + Porn + Technology + Anarchy = Rapistan.” He posted it on April 22 in reference to frequent cases of rapes and sexual harassment reported by the media in the country. Mr. Faesal is on study leave in Harvard University. On Tuesday, he posted the notice on Twitter saying, “Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia. The Irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience. I’m sharing this to underscore the need for a rule change.”He termed the notice “a case of bureaucratic over-enthusiasm where people who are pushing the files at the top don’t understand the spirit of the times we are living in.”“The government employees can be hauled for criticism of the government policy, agreed. But in this case if you think rape is part of government policy only then you can take action against me which I believe it isn’t,” he added.last_img read more

3 tiger cubs mown down by train

first_imgThree tiger cubs were found killed after being hit by a train in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district on Thursday, officials said.While two cubs were found dead by railway tracks in the morning, the carcass of another cub was found half a kilometre away in the evening.The cubs, around six months old, were apparently hit by Balharshah-Gondia train near Junona village between Chandrapur and Nagbhid stations around 7.30 a.m., said Rishikesh Ranjan, general manager of the State-run Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra. Pug marks of a tigress, which could be the cub’s mother, were found in the vicinity, Chief Conservator of Forests S.V. Ramarao said.last_img

Seven get death for murder after volleyball game clash

first_imgA local court in Muzaffarnagar on Tuesday awarded death sentence to seven persons for firing indiscriminately at a group and murdering one person following a clash over a volleyball game eight years ago. District and Sessions judge Rajesh Bharadwaj found the accused guilty under Sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code, among others. They accused were also convicted under Section 25 of the Arms Act.Those convicted and awarded death penalty were identified as Sadiq, Sarfaraz, Shahid, Arshad, Rashid, Mumtaz and Farrukh.The incident took place in February 2010.According to details shared by Uttar Pradesh police, brothers Naseem and Khalil had got into a fight with some locals, the accused, during a game of volleyball in Harsoli village of the district. Following this, the accused persons allegedly barged into the house of the brothers “in a planned manner armed with guns and country-made weapons” and fired indiscriminately, said the note issued by the U.P. police. Shot five timesWhile Naseem, who was shot five times, died, his brothers Khalil and Raiyan, and nephew Shakeel received bullet injuries; the three were shot eight times. The incident had left locals terrorised, the court noted. A total of nine witnesses, including the three injured survivors, were produced in the case.last_img read more

Pumps to remove water from Meghalaya mine on Tuesday

first_imgPersonnel of multiple agencies engaged in the search and rescue operation for at least 13 miners trapped in a coal mine at Ksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills, found a wooden structure, coal and mud near the bottom of the pit on Monday.Six divers of the Indian Navy and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had on Sunday detected a few rat-holes – narrow tunnels where miners have to crawl into to extract coal.Ready for dewateringR. Susngi, spokesperson for the district administration, said the site had been cleared for the Odisha Fire Service to start pumping out water from the main shaft measuring about 150 sq ft in area and about 350 ft deep. Other shafts were being prepared to keep at least three of the 10 high-power pumps brought from Odisha operating for longer durations, he said.“The Navy divers entered the main shaft to survey the bottom using Under Water Remotely Operated Vehicle (UWROV). In three hours of their scan under water, they found some wooden structure, coal and mud other than a rat-hole with coal at its mouth. The visibility was poor, about one foot at the bottom,” Mr. Susngi said.A member of the Navy team, which was flown in last week from Vishakhapatnam, said the search for the trapped miners would be feasible when the level of the water goes down.The Navy requested the district authorities to assist in dewatering so that the level comes down to 30 metres or within a safe diving limit. The safety measures before commencing diving were being taken to rule out decompression sickness, officials said.Two teams of the NDRF have been providing all logistics and human resources to the other agencies including the Navy, Coal India Limited, the State Disaster Response Force and a team of firefighters from Odisha .200 personnel About 200 personnel from these agencies are involved in the exercise.Mining expert Jaswant Singh Gill, who is monitoring the rescue operation, said there are chances of survival of the miners despite the odds.Officials are not sure of the exact number of miners trapped in the coal mine. Saheb Ali, one of the five survivors of the disaster, claimed there were 22 miners who had entered the mine on that fateful day.Mr. Ali and the four others were closer to the entrance of the mine, positioned to relay the coal extracted by those below to the surface. They had escaped by climbing up ropes used by the miners, even as the shaft got flooded.last_img read more