This image was purchased by MFLNMC from iStock.com under member ID 8085767. This image (ID: 11429728) was purchased by MFLNMC from iStock.com under member ID 8085767. Return to article. Long DescriptionAnother strategy is to have the caregiver list the tasks they did before they became a caregiver and comparing it to what they do now. Doing this provides a visual of exactly what they are doing and validates why they are so tired and overwhelmed. Next look at the list and discuss possible responsibilities or tasks they really don’t like or feel uncomfortable doing. When working with caregivers I’ve found the tasks they feel most uncomfortable doing are the ones that create stress. These are not things like caring for a wound or monitoring medications, they are usually something that has an emotional response. Focus on those tasks and try to determine why they are uncomfortable doing those particular tasks. Often you will find it relates back to their identity—its’ not comfortable for a daughter to do personal care for her father, for a wife to be making major decisions on her own, or for a friend to take over finances. Each of these examples “break” a rule of the individual’s identity. In many families a daughter doesn’t see their father naked, thus when personal care is required they are uncomfortable doing the task. Friends typically don’t know about each other’s finances thus when they are required to assume the finances it “breaks” a rule. A couple typically makes major decisions together and when forced to do it alone the spouse feels uncomfortable. These simplistic examples attempt to illustrate how the task creates an emotional response. Understanding that the emotional response goes against a rule (often they don’t know they have the rule) that has guided their life. Their rules come from being in a family, experiences they have had, the communities they are a part of such as a religious group, the military, and even their heritage or culture.Rules and IdentityRules and identity go hand in hand and are complex and unique to each individual. They create emotional responses when caregivers assume a task or responsibility that goes against their rules. Helping caregivers understand that there are rules which they live by and when these rules are challenged they experience an emotional response. So, the goal is to “teach” caregivers to ask themselves why is what I’m doing making me emotional? What rule am I challenging and where did it come from? The reality is this process takes time and doesn’t have to be done while they are doing the task but can be explored at a later time. Help them focus on the items that create the most emotional stress and think about how that task can become less emotional for them. Some ways could include having someone else do the task, exploring the rule and determining if the rule is one you want to keep or not, change, throw out or modifying the task and/or rule so it doesn’t create stress. To learn more about the caregiver identity theory enroll in the free one-hour on-line course, Caregiver Identity Discrepancy and Implications for Practice.ResourcesMontgomery, R.J. V. & Kosloski. K. (2009). Caregiving as a Process of Changing Identity: Implications for Caregiver Support. Generations,33, 47-52.Montgomery, R. J. V. & Kwak. J. (2008). Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral (TCARE) process: An evidence-based model for effectively supporting caregivers. American Journal of Nursing, 108. 54-57.Savundranayagam, M.Y., & Montgomery, R.J.V. (2010). Impact of role discrepancies on caregiver burden among spouses. Research on Aging, 32, 175-199. Return to article. Long DescriptionWritten By: Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D., MBP Consulting, LLC, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin – ExtensionSeveral years ago, I was part of a team that conducted focus groups with military family caregivers to hear first-hand what they were experiencing and what types of educational programs they thought would be helpful to them. Our first hurdle was getting caregivers to participate in the focus groups because individuals didn’t identify themselves as caregivers. They didn’t realize they became a caregiver when notified of their loved one’s injury or long-term medical condition. Their life changed at that moment! In fact, it is often a professional who they interacted with, while providing care to their service member, that uses the term caregiver when talking with them. Over time they began to accept that they are indeed, a caregiver! By accepting that they are a caregiver, they take on a new identity.Caregiver IdentityThe caregiver identity comes with expectations, rules, and is sometimes in conflict with their identity as a spouse, parent, sibling, etc. As you work with caregivers explore how they feel about their new caregiver identity which forces them to become an advocate, nurse, and protector while still being a spouse, partner, friend, or parent. Sometimes being a caregiver comes in conflict with their husband, parent, or sibling identity and causes stress. They find themselves asking, “Do I act as the caregiver or do I act as a spouse or partner in this situation?”As professionals we can help these new military caregivers understand the conflict they are feeling when their identifies are in conflict with each other. An example of this conflict is a parent bathing their son who has a prothesis. As a parent and caregiver, the individual understands the need for bathing and why it’s important to have someone help but don’t understand the emotions that surface when they do the task. As a parent the individual is thinking, “I shouldn’t be bathing my adult son” but as a caregiver the individual is thinking “he can’t do it by himself and I’m the caregiver.” The conflict between parent and caregiver identities make the individual feel uncomfortable.One strategy to help the military caregiver understand the conflicting feelings or emotions is to have them jot down what they feel when it’s time to help bath their service member. When they put on their caregiver hat, are the emotions different or the same when they have their parent hat on? Then talk about the emotions and where did they come from? Past experiences? Unwritten rules that a parent doesn’t bathe an adult child? Expectations that adult children take care of themselves? Thoughts about what a parent should or shouldn’t do with their adult children? Family values, culture, etc.? What’s important is to have the caregiver identify their feelings when needing to do a task they feel uncomfortable with and to explore what is causing them to be uncomfortable.Caregiver Tasks
By: Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFT Return to article. Long DescriptionPixabay[Army Deployment by skeeze on June 30, 2014, CC0]As a service professional, it is important to understand the impact of deployment when working with members of military families. Deployments are a trying time for military families. There are also unique challenges that each member of a military family will face throughout the cycle of deployment.This blog from The National Military Family Association goes over the various phases that a military family can expect to go through. These are broken down into seven phases and highlight certain emotional responses within each. It is also important to note that each family is unique and may experience these phases differently or at different times. Let’s take a look at these different phases and how we as service professionals might help military families cope throughout the deployment cycle.Phase 1 focuses on the anticipation of loss and begins with receiving deployment orders.Phase 2 deals with the detachment and withdrawal that families may experience.Phase 3 is defined by a sense of disorganization, especially in disruption of routines and emotions.Phase 4 is all about reestablishing routines.Phase 5 focuses on the news and anticipation of homecoming for the service member.Phase 6 is when the service member finally returns home.And finally, Phase 7 addresses the reintegration of the family.It is important to note that this article further breaks down issues that may arise between couples as well as for children in the family. One key component to remember to share with family members is that they are not alone. Military families are strong and they can rely on each other and other families in their communities for support.For more on resources and programs that support military families, be sure to head over to the National Military Family Association website and learn more about their mission to help support military service members and their families year-round. Also, MFLN Family Development has lots of great resources! This past blog post, “From the Front Lines to the Front Door: Going Back to Family Life after Deployment,” addresses the reintegration process of returning military service members to their families.ReferencesBoice, M.J. (2017). Deployment Cycle of Emotions: No, You’re Not Crazy. National Military Family Association. Retrieved from: https://www.militaryfamily.org/deployment-cycle-of-emotions/This post was written by Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFT, 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 concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also listen to our Anchored. podcast series via iTunes and our website. Army Deployment of Soldiers lining up to get on a military plane
We’ve rounded up some of the best fan generated tv and film title sequences! Check out the reimagined opens of these popular programs.Some talented fans have decided to create their own unique take on the opening sequences for the following films and tv shows. These re-imagined title sequences utilize a variety of production and post techniques to extradorinary effect. Although they are fan generated show opens, the results are nothing short of professional!The Walking Deadby Daniel KanemotoIllustrations were animated in After Effects to create a unique 3D effect in this reimagined TV open for AMC’s popular zombie series.20,000 Leagues Under the Seaby MaximovBeautiful typography and clean graphic design create a minimalist spec title sequence with a vintage style.X-Men: First Classby Joe D! Retro reimagined title sequence for X-Men. 1960’s Saul Bass style illustration gets a grungy film treatment. Even the music is fitting!Breaking Badby VirtuosodaThe ‘scientific’ theme of the show gets a clean treatment in this reimagined TV opener. Utilizes both video and CG elements to impressive effect.Into the Wildby jurjen versteegExcellent pop-up animation creates a unique visual style. This clever title sequence excellently represents the theme of the film.Back to the Futureby Daniel ZhangQuick re-imagined title sequence with retro illustration style. Spot completed using Adobe After Effects, Flash, Illustrator and Photoshop.Mary Poppinsby Andrew ConlonExcellent title sequence utilizing a cutout graphic style. Great textures and layering effects!Dexterby FashionBuddhaIf Dexter were created in the 1960’s the title sequence may look like this. A Saul Bass inspired retro design!Black Swanby You Jin KimAn anxiety inducing fan generated title sequence for Black Swan. Utilizes interesting close ups and ink effects, this re-imagined open incorporates the same apprehension and guttural feeling of the film.Mad Menby Paul RogersA lighthearted retro take on the Mad Men opening sequence. Upbeat music, a playful animation style and dynamic transitions make the project clean and cohesive.
Is the Panasonic GH4 sharper than RED Epic & 5D Mark III? This video says yes.As equipment gets cheaper to make, the gap between high-end professional video equipment and everyday consumer equipment becomes smaller and smaller. The following comparison video illustrates this perfectly by comparing the sharpness of a Panasonic GH4, RED Epic, and 5D Mark III.Now of course, this video only judges sharpness and not other important factors including dynamic range and color, but it does show us that times are changing. With a RED Epic package costing over $20,000 dollars, the lesser $1,700 GH4 is proving it’s worth in the filmmaking and video production world.Here’s the video:I know what you’re thinking, this can’t be true. Well we thought the same thing, but if you download the footage you can clearly see that the GH4 is much sharper than the other two.Joe Marine of NoFilmSchool states that he believes this overwhelming GH4 victory is due to the way the GH4 processes data. The Red and Mark III both do minimal internal sharpening when recording. The GH4 on the other hand does a lot of internal processing to minimize post processing.Even so, the GH4 is one of the best values on the market right now. But sharpness aside how does the GH4 compare overall to the Mark iii? The following video gives us a clear answer:What do you think of these results? Are you looking to buy a GH4? Share in the comments below.
2. DIY: Make Your Own Basic Lighting Kit at HomeIn this video tutorial, Luke Leonard, the Lighting Course Director of Full Sail University, walks us through the steps of building and using a DIY light kit from items you can find at your local hardware store for less than $100. Filmmaking can get expensive quick! Save yourself some cash and free up some of your budget with this collection of DIY lighting tips.Top image from WistiaThe high cost of filmmaking is tough to deny. Cameras, lenses, travel cases… the list of purchases goes on and on, and various lights can take up a big chunk of the list. Luckily, lighting is one field of filmmaking where you can find a lot of money-saving DIY options. Let’s take a look at some video tips and tutorials on DIY lighting that can help you come in under budget.1. DIY Light Bar!The great Ryan Connolly of Film Riot fame shows us how to build a DIY light bar for less than $60. You’ll probably have most of the materials sitting around your house, and the completed light bar will work with most bulbs. Check it out. 5. How-to: Powerful DIY video light (800 watt equivalent)In this video from Indy Mogul, Griffin Hammond builds a powerful video light for only $86, using hardware store parts, and eight 100-watt-equivalent compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. He also touches on the basics of three-point lighting. 3. DIY Bank LightsThe Basic Filmmaker is always an enthusiastic source of helpful DIY tips. In this video, he shows us how to make inexpensive DIY bank lights that can come in handy for your next green screen shoot. 4. Quick Tips: DIY Lighting Kit!Here’s one more from Ryan Connolly that covers a basic (some would say must-have) light kit that should cover most of your needs on set and in the studio. While you’re feeling motivated, why don’t you take a minute and check out these other PremiumBeat tips for DIY filmmakers:5 Effective DIY Dolly HacksHow to Create a DIY Ring LightHow to Create DIY Diffusion PanelsGot any DIY tips/tricks/hacks to share with the filmmaking community? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
Canon camera rumors gain traction leading up to the next major photo and video trade shows. (Yes. There are Canon 5D Mk IV updates.)Top image via ShutterstockIt’s been six months since our Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2016 roundup. In that time, many cameras like the Ursa Mini from Blackmagic, have made their way into their owner’s hands. There have been several major announcements revealing new cameras unlike any other. Some rumors transformed, like the rumored Sony a7000 turning out to be the new a6300. New cameras have come out of no where, like the just announced 8K Panavison DXL and the revolutionary Lytro Cinema Camera.Canon set themselves up to rule NAB 2016, but their announcements certainly fell flat. The company has really only revealed the ME200S-SH, a Super 35 camera using the same sensor as the C100 series. That said, there are plenty of rumors building for a big August or September announcement, likely at Photokina or IBC 2016. Canon 5D Mark IVImage via ShutterstockThe Canon 5D Mark IV officially-unofficially exists. The camera has not been announced, nor has the name been confirmed, but photographers are currently testing the camera ahead of an August or September announcement. Canon Rumors believes that the hardware isn’t set yet, but we can expect a camera that can shoot 4K internally and 1080p up to a staggering 120fps. The 4K capabilities aren’t set, but it is rumored to shoot 4K up to 60fps.I expect to hear something around late August or early September leading up to Photokina in Cologne, which takes place September 20-25. Hopefully that will get the camera on shelves in October.Rumored Specs:24.2MP Sensor61 AF Points (41 crosstype)DIGIC 7+ (Single)4K Video Recording1080p up to 120fpsISO 100-51,200 (expandable options)3.2″ touchscreen LCDCFast/SD card slotsWifi built-inGPS built-inBG-E20 battery gripLP-E20 batterySlight weight reduction Canon C700Image Cinema EOS line via Canon There is a very strong chance that Canon will announce a new Cinema EOS camera ahead of IBC 2016 in September, and rumors suggest it to be the all new Canon C700. (No, not this sexy office scanner/copier.) This EOS camera would be a step above the C500 and would compete with the ARRI AMIRA. Internally, the camera is being referred to as the “C1,” hinting at the name of a new flagship camera.Canon Rumors suggest that the body will have a different form factor than the rest of the Cinema EOS line, which suggests this would be designed with a shoulder mount. The C700 is rumored to have a new Super35 sensor and a dynamic range of 15 stops that will shoot above 4K. The company has filed for patents which suggests the camera will support anamorphic lenses. There is as estimated cost of $30,000.Canon 1000mm and 28-560mm LensesImage Canon 800mm via CanonSay goodbye to the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS, and maybe say hello to the new Canon EF 1000m f/5.6 IS DO. Once again, Canon Rumors caught wind of a patent suggesting Canon is working on this new 1000mm lens. The also caught another patent for designs of the EF 28-560mm f/2.8-5.6, which would be a revolutionary announcement. The likelihood of seeing that in the near future is pretty slim.Be sure to keep up with the PremiumBeat blog for all the latest camera rumors and announcements!
Learn how to create a simple motion graphics workflow between Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects.Top image via Shutterstock. Method 1 — Create a New After Effects CompositionYou can easily create a new Adobe After Effects composition directly from within Adobe Premiere Pro. Simply go into the file menu and select Adobe Dynamic Link > New After Effects Composition. You can manually adjust your comp settings, but Premiere will default the settings to match the active sequence. If you already have an After Effects project open, a new comp will appear in the project. If not, After Effects will prompt you to create a new project.Method 2 — Replace with an After Effects CompositionYou can create a new composition in After Effects from existing clips in Premiere Pro. To do this, select the clips you would like to edit in After Effects and then select File > Adobe Dynamic Link > Replace with After Effects Composition. Depending on your workflow, you might want to choose this option. It really depends on personal preference.Method 3 — Import an Existing After Effects CompositionIf you already have an existing After Effects composition you’ve been working on, you can easily import it directly into Premiere Pro. Simply go to File > Adobe Dynamic Link > Import After Effects Composition, and then find your AE project. Select the specific comp you want to import.Once you have a dynamic link set up between Premiere and After Effects, you can easily make modifications. If you’re editing in Premiere and you need to make a change, Control/Right Click on your dynamically linked clip and select Edit Original. This will launch your AE project at the composition’s location. Make whatever changes you need, and save the AE project to watch the changes go live in Premiere.Be aware that when using dynamic linking, your system is going to take a performance hit. To get around this, either lower your program display resolution or render a preview to help the video playback smoothly.Know other workflow hacks? Let us know in the comments.
Cooke lenses offer one of the most distinctive looks for filmmakers. So what is the “Cooke look,” and what does it mean for you?Cover image via Cooke.When someone refers to “The Cooke Look,” what exactly are they referencing? As filmmakers, we hear the term constantly, but can we pinpoint the meaning of that look — or recall its history?Cooke lenses have shaped the film industry for most of the last century. Filmmakers have used Cookes on countless films, granting the lenses industry-staple status. We’re going to take a look at the history of Cooke and what exactly the Cooke Look is — and why these lenses may or may not be right for your film. The BeginningCooke has a long history of lens-making under its belt. Cooke began in 1893 with the now famous Cooke Triplet design, which eliminated the softness around the edges of telescope lenses. Eventually, the company leveraged this into making lenses for cinema applications. In 1921, Cooke began making their well-known and often-used Speed Panchro Series I lenses, which secured Cooke’s foundation in the world of cinematography lens-making. Interestingly enough, you can still find these original Panchro Series I lenses.In 1935, the Director of Photography of Metro-Goldwyn Mayer studios said, ‘… at least 50% of our productions are made with Speed Panchros. I will try to name a few pictures that were made with Speed Panchros: Rasputin, Reunion in Vienna, Viva Villa, Going Hollywood, Riptide, Treasure Island . . . and others too numerous to mention. As I said before all of our productions are made with Cooke Lenses as this Studio is practically 100% Cooke equipped.’Cooke Speed PanchrosThe legacy of the Cooke Look began with the Cooke Speed Panchro lenses. Created in three different series (I, II, III) these lenses were a staple in Hollywood for decades. They created a warm look with cinematic texture, great skin tone, and the smooth sharpness that comprises the Cooke Look. In fact, these vintage cinema lenses have seen a huge resurgence in popularity in recent years. Many modern cinematographers are using rehoused versions of these lenses to create a more analog look in a digital world. New VenturesCooke has recently introduced the S7 line of lenses (to cover full-frame cameras), a set of anamorphic lenses, and a reissue of their vintage Speed Panchro set — due to increasing demand.Cooke lenses provided the foundations of many cinematographers’ careers. These lenses have been at the forefront of cinematography since nearly the beginning, and the Cooke Look will be around for generations to come.Looking for more information on lenses? Check out these articles.Hot Dog! You Can Now Make AR Lenses for Snapchat in Lens StudioGear Review: the Leica Summicron-C Series of LensesWorking with Vintage Lenses on Modern CamerasGear Tip: How to Clean your Lenses Like a ProfessionalUnderstanding Zoom Lenses and How to Use Them Properly Cooke S4s/ S4 MiniThe most commonly known and used Cooke lenses today, the S4s, debuted in 1998. These produced the classic Cooke Look and featured a fast 2.0 aperture. In 2005, Cooke introduced the S4/i lenses, which recorded digital protocol. That meant all recorded lens information was available in post-production.The Cooke S4 minis debuted in 2009 as lower-cost and -weight alternatives to the S4s. They featured an aperture of 2.8. From 2009 to 2012, the mini S4s carried the name “Cooke Panchros.” Due to confusion with the Speed Panchro series, Cooke rebranded them as the mini S4s.
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 Anonymous says, “I am not good at gaining rapport. I need to be better with people.” I don’t have all of the answers, but I have some ideas our friend anonymous might work with for a while.Smile: Want to know the quickest way to open people up and create rapport? Smile. It’s really that simple. A smile creates a positive response in the person you are meeting with. It says that you are a friend, that you are pleasant, that you are happy. All of these allow them to let their guard down.Be Human: Well, you’re already human. But be really human. Share the things that make you human. You have feelings. You have a husband or a wife or a significant other or kids or a hobby or something. Sharing the experiences that make you human make it safe for the person you are engaging with to share theirs. Boom! Connected.Be Vulnerable: Being vulnerable creates a connection. This is something more than just being human. Vulnerability means you are open enough that you can be hurt. That openness means that you trust someone with your vulnerability, and by giving your trust, you gain trust.Listen: If you want to generate rapport, be a great listener. A good set of questions that allows the other person to talk is better than any statements you might make. A good conversation is give and take, but if you want rapport, leave others more room than you believe is necessary. They won’t talk? Try being vulnerable and then be really, really quiet.Have a Sense of Humor: A sense of humor can really help create rapport. People want to be around people they enjoy spending time with. A sense of humor says that this can be fun—or at least pleasant. It can shrink seemingly big issues to a more manageable size. Humor can break the ice, and it can warm up a cold shoulder.Rapport isn’t “I like you.” Rapport is “I am like you.”What advice do you have for Anonymous?
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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 Adversity hurts you if you accept it. It only beats you if you don’t push back against it, if you don’t push through it. If you accept that somehow, the tough hand you have been dealt isn’t a hand you can play, you have given adversity the power instead of taking the power from it.Adversity hurts you if you define it through the negativity frame. The story you tell is is a survivor’s story or a thriver’s story. The survivor’s story is the story about how adversity prevents them from being more, doing more, having more, and contributing more. Those who have recognized the value in adversity tell another story. They tell the story of how adversity built them into someone who thrives.Adversity hurts you if you believe that it holds you back, that it disempowers you. If you believe that adversity prevents, it does indeed prevent. If you believe that an event prevents you from succeeding, it will. If you believe that that same event requires you to act in some new way, adversity propels your forward, stronger than you were before.Adversity hurts you if you use it as an excuse. If you want a reason to “not,” adversity will provide it. If you want an excuse for the things you believe you “can not” have, or the things that you “can not” do, or the person you ”can not” become, adversity will provide that excuse. Other people with the same or similar adversity use it as the reason they “can” and the motivation to “do.”You are human. You are certain to face adversity. The human condition makes it unavoidable. But it isn’t something that defines you in a negative or limiting way, unless you choose to define yourself by the adversity in a negative or limiting way.Pushing against adversity is one of the most potent and important ways that you grow stronger.
There is a force that causes businesses to produce results that are far less than the those they are capable of creating. It causes them to lose the talented employees they need, and it causes them to treat their clients and customers poorly—and in some cases, to treat them as adversaries. Like all of the most powerful forces on Earth, it is invisible to the naked eye. This force is negativity.The Only Cancer That Spreads by Contact Negativity is the only cancer that spreads by contact. It is passed from Patient Zero, the carrier, to the people with whom they come into contact. It starts with Patient Zero complaining about “the way things are” and “the way things should be,” even though the person infected with negativity never does anything to make things better. To do something about things that might be better, you have to be a positive, optimistic, future-oriented individual with the ability to see things as better than they are and work towards that vision.Patient Zero’s complaints starts to infect susceptible Future Hosts with a seductive idea, the idea that none of the challenges or problems are the fault of Patient Zero or the Future Host. Instead, the problems are external forces working on Patient Zero and their prospective Host.The problems come from their unreasonable difficult clients, the ones that no one could serve because they are so needy, always asking for help producing the results they need. Other problems are the result of Patient Zero’s inept leadership team who is nowhere near as smart as Patient Zero. Then there are the other employees, the ones who actually believe that they do good work and make a difference for their clients. Over time, because Patient Zero continues to whisper in the ears of those who are keen to believe that nothing is their fault, there are new Hosts carrying the infection and infecting others. At some point, because the disease presses on unopposed, it runs rampant.Fighting the Infection The advice given to boxers before a fight is apt advice here: “Protect yourself at all times.” If you are a leader, protect your culture at all times.If you don’t know who Patient Zero is, it’s likely they are right now reshaping your culture to one that is negative. If you know who Patient Zero is and have done nothing to protect yourself, your team, and your culture, their infection is likely already spreading throughout your company, making your culture something that repels good people instead of attracting them.To create a positive, optimistic, future-oriented, and empowered culture, you have to remove people who work against those ends before they destroy your culture. You have to work twice as hard on shaping a culture around beliefs and values that bring out the best in people, that provide them with a sense of agency, and that allows to do meaningful work.
Heated exchanges were witnessed in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday on the issue of allotment of 22 acres to Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth at Sadhupul in Solan district in 2009. State Revenue Minister Kaul Singh Thakur revealed that the Cabinet had on February 17 given its nod to reconsider the lease of land to the Yogpeeth that was earlier cancelled by it in February 2013. The Congress government after coming to power in December 2012 had taken back the land given to the Yogpeeth on a 99 years lease by the previous BJP government because of certain anomalies and undue favours given to the Yog Guru, he said.Necessary formalitiesThe incumbent government would remove all irregularities and carry out the necessary formalities before finalising the land deal with the Yogpeeth, he added.Mr. Thakur claimed that the lease deed was signed in haste during the previous government and it had the signatures of someone else and not that of Acharya Balkrishan of the Yogpeeth who had further given the power of attorney to someone else.Some multi-storey buildings and hospitality units were being constructed there when the government took repossession of the land, he said.The Minister also maintained that if the Yogpeeth takes back its writ in the High Court against the government for illegally cancelling its lease deed, the incumbent government would take a relook at the matter and again register the lease in its name after carrying out the necessary preconditions.Some of the Congress MLAs also requested the government to not renew the lease deed with the Yogpeeth since it had openly violated the conditions in the memorandum and instead an orphanage or shelter for stray cattle should be constructed on the let out land.‘Unnecessary move’The BJP members blamed the government for unnecessarily cancelling the lease to the Yogpeeth earlier which was constructing a herbal garden and a branch of the Patanjali Yog Centre on behalf of its Trust.Leader of the Opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal and other BJP members wanted to know why the government was now planning to reinstate the lease deed in favour of Baba Ramdev who is close to the upper echelons of the Union government.
A whopping 322 of the 403 new lawmakers elected to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly are ‘crorepatis’ ( while as many as 143 have criminal cases, including of murder, pending against them.According to a report by the National Election Watch, the list of multi-millionaires elected members is headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Ajay Pratap Singh elected from the Colonelganj constituency in Gonda. As many as 1,455 multi—millionaires contested the assembly polls, the results of which were declared on Saturday. Of the 143 new legislaors who have declared pending criminal cases against them, 107 face serious charges including of murder and crimes against women. 40 womenOn the gender side, among the newly elected legislators only 40 are women.
Ending rumours about writer Gita Mehta being sent to Rajya Sabha by BJD from Odisha, her brother Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said she is not interested in politics.“My sister is not interested in any political positioning, not in the Rajya Sabha nor any other place,” Patnaik told reporters as the media was agog with the speculation that Mehta will be sent to the Rajya Sabha.The rumour mill worked overtime when BJD’s Rajya Sabnha MP Bishnu Charan Das, elected barely nine months ago, resigned from the post after being made the deputy chairman of the state Planning Board and also convenor of the party’s Dalit Cell.Patnaik chose to give the clarification on his elder sister’s stand, particularly after a group of senior leaders of the party welcomed her (Gita’s) entry into the politics.Senior party MP from Bhubaneswar Prasanna Patasani described Mehta as “a great lady of wisdom”. “Odisha will immensely benefit from her knowledge if she goes to Rajya Sabha,” he said, even though BJD’s senior leader and spokesman S.N. Patro in a statement two days ago had said the rumor on her joining politics was not true.BJD spokesperson Pratap Kumar Jena and MLA Debashis Samantaray added, “She (Mehta) is a learned lady and litterateur of an international repute. If she comes to Odisha, it will be a boon for all of us.” The rumor about Mehta, who is approching 80 years, picked up when BJD MP Baijayant Panda indicated her entry into Odisha politics in a newspaper article.Without mentioning Mehta’s name, Panda in a message for the Chief Minister said “Your (Patnaik’s) father always stood against promoting family politics. We hope you (Naveen) would also uphold the same principle.”
In an apparent profiling of the poor, the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Rajasthan has painted thousands of houses of Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in the villages of Dausa district with ‘I am poor…I get ration’ for eligibility to subsidised food grains under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).The move has sparked an outrage among social activists. The Congress charged the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with humiliating the poor and making a mockery of the Public Distribution System (PDS). The yellow ‘stamps of poverty’ on the walls of these houses carry the name of head of the household.The markings have come up in the Sikrai and Bandikui tehsils of Dausa district, where about 70% of the population benefits from the NFSA. Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and minorities are among the beneficiaries as BPL families.The embarrassed villagers say they feel insulted by the markings. “We are made to suffer this humiliation for 10 kilos of wheat…The government officials spoil our walls and people make fun of us,” a resident of the Kundera Dungar village told a television news channel.Dausa Zila Parishad Chief Executive Officer Rajendra Singh Kavia told The Hindu on Thursday that the markings were made in compliance with three-year-old directions of the State government. “The primary aim of the exercise is to identify the NFSA scheme’s beneficiaries and prevent pilferage of subsidies by ineligible people,” he said.Mr. Kavia said a similar exercise had been undertaken in several other districts, such as Pali and Baran, and there was no intention on part of the government officials to “name and shame” anyone. He said the “relevant information” was painted on houses via the Panchayat bodies in a transparent manner.The Opposition Congress has slammed the BJP government for the move, saying it was the legal right of the BPL beneficiaries to get ration under the NFSA. Pradesh Congress spokesperson Archana Sharma said it was a ploy of the ruling BJP to reduce the number of beneficiaries and deprive the poor people of their rights.Dr. Sharma also took exception to a charge reportedly made by Panchayati Raj Minister Rajendra Rathore that the practice of writing “BPL family” outside the houses of beneficiaries was started by the previous Congress regime. “There is no truth in it. In fact, the NFSA was brought by the UPA government to ensure food security of poor people and remove malnutrition,” she said.
Imphal Police on Friday registered FIRs (First Information Reports) against the former Congress Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh (from 2002 to March 2017), three former Manipur Chief Secretaries D.S. Poonia, O. Nabakishore and P.C. Lawmkawna, and two officials Yambem Ningthem and S. Rojit, in connection with the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) probe into the alleged misuse of ₹179 crore pertaining to the Manipur Development Society (MDS) for providing water sports infrastructure at the Loktak lake.It was alleged that “officials and staff of the MDS had not observed prescribed procedures, establishment’s norms and extant rules” including “measurement books, detailed project reports and utilisation certification.”Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson K.Ranjit said the Congress, ““welcomes the investigation process”, adding, ���It will help find the out the truth. However, it is too early to say who is guilty and who is not.”Exposing the alleged corruption in the MDS was one of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) election promises. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said, “The cabinet approved the proposal to lodge the FIRs.” The government on Friday also suspended two police officers in connection with the controversial purchase of belts for police and paramilitary personnel. The officers are Superintendent of Police (SP) of the Senapati district P. Goulin and Additional Superintendent of Police of the Imphal East district M. Kumarjit . Retired IPS officer S. Manglemjao’s pension was suspended. The belts were purchased during their tenure. During a press conference, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh tore the belt with his hands. This was to show that the substandard belt was made mostly with paper. (Inputs from PTI)
The delegation comprised MPs Sougata Roy, Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Kakuli Ghosh Dastidar, along with State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim and Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari. The TMC delegation also held a rally in Malda condemning the murder.“Our government will stand beside the family in every possible way. Such brutality and violence is unprecedented anywhere in the country. I strongly condemn such acts of terror,” Mr. Hakim said after meeting Mohammad Afrazul’s family members in Kaliachak.Also Read Rajasthan labourer killing not a case of love jihad: Naqvi The Minister also blamed the Bharatiya Janata Partry (BJP) for the violence, saying the party “promoted intolerance” in the country. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh accused the ruling party of “playing the communal card”.Leaders from other political parties, among them State Congress President Adhir Chowdhury and Congress Rajya Sabha MP Pradeep Bhattacharya, also met the grieving family. A delegation of senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders, including three Lok Sabha MPs and two Ministers in the West Bengal government, visited the house of the labourer from West Bengal’s Malda district who was brutally killed in Rajasthan two days ago.Also Read Rajasthan offers ₹5 lakh aid to slain labourer’s relatives
Civil society activists in the past have expressed fears that the National Register of Citizens revision process may be used to target genuine citizens from the minority community by the first BJP government in Assam.Calling it an outcome of the “historical Assam Accord” signed between former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the All Assam Students Union in 1985, the Congress said on Monday that it would ensure that the process of update was carried out with “complete integrity, transparency and accountability”.To stand by citizens“We assure the people of Assam that Congress leaders and workers will leave no stone unturned to ensure that not a single claim of any citizen is left unaddressed and not a single family or a section of people suffers on account of lack of appropriate verification of their documents or claim,” said Randeep Surjewala, chief spokesperson of the Congress.Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal played down the possibility of the minority community being harassed.Rare possibility“There may be a one or two cases of mistaken identity. It is a Himalayan task of verifying over six crore documents. The entire process is being monitored by the Honourable Supreme Court. Some vested interests are trying to spread false ideas but I want to thank the people of the State who have taken part in the process irrespective of their religion, caste or region,” he said.“The security forces are there to inspire confidence among the people. But the entire process is supported by the people of Assam as it will settle the Foreigners’ debate for all times to come. It is in the nation’s interest and anyone who opposes is an anti-national,” the Chief Minister said.Warning against rumoursMr. Sonowal said people whose names did not figure in the draft NRC need not panic as “there is an in-built rectification process.”Mr. Sonowal warned against “inflammatory and objectionable posts in social media” on missing names. “People whose names have not appeared can go through the ‘claims and objection’ process and get their names in. If someone uses such instances to spread rumours and false information to create tensions, our government will hand out exemplary punishment,” he said, speaking to The Hindu.
Goa Congress leaders, including leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar, and party MLAs on Friday called on Governor Mridula Sinha and urged her to follow the immediate precedent set by Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala and invite the Congress in Goa, as the largest party to form government.The Goa Congress Legislative Party (CLP) has 16 MLAs in the Assembly. Mr. Kavlekar was accompanied by 13 MLAs as two MLAs are not in the state and one MLA is in hospital at the moment, said party spokesperson Siddnath Buyao.Coming out of the meeting with the Governor at Raj Bhavan, Mr. Kavlekar told presspersons that a representation had been submitted to the Governor, requesting her to “right the past wrong” of inviting the BJP to form the government in Goa in March 2017, and now invite the 16-member Congress party to form the government instead.“We have asked her to do what the Karnataka Governor has done recently and invite the Congress as the single largest party to form the government in Goa. This current government has to be dismissed,” said Mr. Kavlekar.He asserted that the Congress in Goa was capable of forming a government and prove its majority in the 40-member Assembly, if it was invited to do so by Ms. Sinha.“She has told us that she will respond to our letter in two days,” Mr. Kavlekar said.The February 2017 pollsThe BJP won 13 seats in the February 2017 elections, against 17 bagged by the Congress. The BJP staked its claim to power with two regional outfits and independent MLAs, and formed a coalition government after getting a prompt nod from Ms. Sinha.Subsequently, Congress MLA Vishwajit Rane quit the party after he remained absent on the floor of the House defying the party whip when Mr. Parrikar took a vote of confidence and joined the BJP to become a Minister, taking the BJP’s strength to 14.At present, the BJP-led alliance has a strength of 23 legislators, with 14 from the BJP, three each from regional parties Goa Forward and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and three Independents. The Opposition comprises 16 of the Congress and one NCP member.