Make plans to attend the Caregiver Communication Skills: A Voice for Change web conference at 11:00 a.m. CST on Thursday, December 6, presented by Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D. and Rachel Brauner.The caregiver communication conference is a 75-minute webinar tailored to older adult caregivers and military caregivers.Focusing on Caregiver Communication SkillsCaregivers communicate with their care receiver, family members, and health care professionals throughout their caregiver journey. Sometimes conversations go awry resulting in misunderstandings which can lead to heated and emotional exchanges, hurt feelings and even relationship problems.Learning and practicing how to use the communication skills of “I” messages, Assertive and Aikido will help caregivers change the way they have communicated in the past. By gaining this new knowledge they can prepare for difficult conversations they have been avoiding or putting off.Program Objectives:After this program, participants will be able to:Distinguish the differences between the communication skills of “I” messages, Assertive, and Aikido and the types of situations they are best used in.Identify caregiver situations in their life where one of the communication skills could be used.Prepare to use one of the communication skills in a conversation they need or want to have in the near future.PresentersDr. Mary Brintnall-Peterson, owner of MBP Consulting, LLC, provides over 25 years’ experience in educating family caregivers. Having both personal and professional caregiving experience has made Dr. Brintnall-Peterson passionate about family caregiving. Mary is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Extension. She has worked with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service–Wounded Warrior Program, with whom she met Rachel Brauner.Brauner is an Extension Associate at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for the Wounded Warrior Program. While working for the Wounded Warrior Program, Brauner has strived to create educational programs for military caregivers that address specific warrior medical conditions, coping and resiliency strategies, and concerns of the seriously wounded service member families.No registration is required to join the web conference, simply go to Caregiver Communication Skills: A Voice for Change to attend.This blog post is part of a series of Military Caregiving articles published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License
This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on February 19, 2016. Subscribe to our mailing list for monthly eNewslettersEmail Address First Name Last Name Mark your calendars for our upcoming MFLN Military Caregiving professional development webinar entitled, An Introduction to TRICARE®!Time: 11:00 a.m. EasternDate: Tuesday, February 23, 2016Event Location: An Introduction to TRICARE®This session will provide you with an overview of the TRICARE® benefit for service members and their families. The webinar includes details about eligibility, TRICARE® program options, priority access to military hospitals and clinics, the TRICARE® Pharmacy Program, how Medicare affects TRICARE®, and the Affordable Care Act.Our Presenter for this event is Lennya Bonivento a Health Systems Specialist in the TRICARE® Management Activity area for the Department of Defense.Registration is required to join the webinar, but can be completed on the day of the event. Also, we will be offering Continuing Education Credits as well as Certificates of Completion for those that may be interested in receiving training hours for attending the event.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join the webinar, simply click on An Introduction to TRICARE®. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense Connect System (DCS), but is open to the public.For those who cannot connect to the DCS site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on Ustream. Mobile option for Ustream is available for Apple and Android devices.
This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on July 29, 2016. Listening Session: Working Together in Addressing Sensitive TopicsDate: August 10, 2016Time: 11:00 a.m. EasternThe MFLN Military Caregiving concentration would like to invite you to join us at 11:00 a.m. ET, August 10, 2016 for a Listening Session entitled, Working Together in Addressing Sensitive Topics. Yep, you read that right…Listening Session. The session will offer an opportunity for your voice to be heard and for you to actively communicate your client concerns with fellow peers and colleagues.Often caregivers find it difficult to discuss sensitive topics such as finances, asking for help, intimacy, mental health and other topics with military service providers. During the listening session you will have a chance to identify specific sensitive topics that can be found within your field, as well as challenges you face when communicating these sensitive topics. The session will briefly introduce the importance of interpersonal relationships and its effects on varying adult learning styles, followed by an in-depth, engaged session from you, the service provider.The information we gather from this listening session will set the stage for our Military Caregiving concentration’s three-part Virtual Learning Event (VLE), held this fall on Communicating Sensitive Topics: A Service providers Approach to Working with Caregivers. Be ready to share your sensitive topics, case studies, scenarios and questions with colleagues on August 10th in similar special healthcare disciplines. Certificate of CompletionThe MFLN Military Caregiving concentration will offer a certificate of completion following the webinar.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join the webinar, simply click on Listening Session: Working Together in Addressing Sensitive Topics. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on Ustream. Mobile options for Ustream are available on all Apple and Android devices.
This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on November 18, 2016. Autism ConceptNext month the MFLN Military Caregiving concentration area will host presenters from the Defense Health Agency in a webinar entitled TRICARE® Autism Care Demonstration.Autism Care Demonstration (ACD) provides supplemental services to qualifying dependents of active duty service members, retirees and certain National Guard and Reserve members. In this FREE session, presenters will offer advice for service providers and military families on how to best assist beneficiaries under the ACD. Also, information covering the cost of ACD and identifying points of contacts for specific TRICARE® regions will be provided.NASW Credit Available!The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration has applied for 1.0 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) continuing education credit for credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well. For more information on CEU credits go to: NASW Continuing Education Instructions.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join this event, simply click on TRICARE® Autism Care Demonstration. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on YouTube Live. Mobile options for YouTube Live are available on all Apple and Android devices.
We’ve rounded up 15 of the best iPhone video projects, representing a unique variety of genres and shooting styles.Although the iPhone’s video imager can hardly be considered a professional-grade camera, it’s portability and ease of use give way to new ways of exploring video creation. In this inspiration roundup, we’ve compiled some of the very best iPhone videos for your viewing enjoyment. Each of these projects is influenced by it’s mode of shooting, leveraging the mobility and simplicity of the iPhone. Much of the subject matter involves the documentation of a trip or travel experience, a topic that lends itself well to iPhone shooting.Many of the videos below were shot on iPhone 4S, taking advantage of it’s 1080P HD video capability and built-in image stabilization. Additionally, most of these iPhone videos were professionally edited and color corrected to give the final footage an even more polished look.Take a look at some of the very best iPhone videos being created today and you’ll likely find yourself amazed with the image quality and overall project execution – impressive videos for a pocket camera.iPhone 4s // Thailand by artislandYEEPENG FESTIVAL IN CHIANGMAI by tada archawong Framed – an iphone 4S short story from Mael SevestreDear Viary, Barcelona… by Stefan FriessnerAbandoned Places > 3 Years Time Lapse by françois vautierGalapagos – Shot with iPhone 4S by Miguel EndaraLaughter the Best Medicine by The Film Artist1 Second Everyday – Age 30 by Cesar KuriyamaiPhone 4S Movie: The hand pressed Cappuccino by F9photolife fragments by VitùcEx•pan•sions by RicksterWindow Seat by Michael Huttonfinn. [iPhone 4s movie] by Visual CooksPCH – An iPhone 4S short film by NiceAlaska by Johnfrank Isaac Dieguez
Go behind-the scenes to see how this high-tech, physically demanding television commercial was created. Using professional visual effects tools like Maya, Houdini, V-Ray, Nuke, Flame, a virtual world was built in post.You may have seen the ads for 5 Gum – you know, a human entering a world where their senses are exploding from all that intense gum flavor. Although the ads are always a visual delight, it would be past most viewers to consider the time and effort that it takes to pull them off. The following video takes you behind the scenes of a full-tilt commercial shoot for one of the newest ads in this campaign.Directed by Hollywood legend Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens, Swingers!). This spot has some incredible special effects…and the accompanying vfx breakdown video demonstrates the intense post-production work necessary to pull them off. Let’s first take a look at the original commercial spot:Art Director Kevin Lau notes that the spot was created using the top post production visual effects applications including Maya, Houdini, V-Ray, Nuke and Flame. One can only imagine the incredible keying and rotoscoping that must have been necessary to fabricate this seamless virtual world. Now, see for yourself how the spot was created in this very cool visual effects breakdown video:
FREE NUKE TRAINING SERIES from The Foundry Want to jump into Nuke, The Foundry’s professional compositing and visual effects app? Check out this series of quick video tutorials to get started!The Foundry’s NUKE is one of the post production industry’s leading compositing, rotoscoping and tracking applications. The biggest studios in the biz have used Nuke (Digital Domain, Weta Digital and Industrial Light & Magic, to name a few) and Nuke has created the visual effects in such films as Avatar, The Curious Case of Benajmin Button and Black Swan.As the price continues to drop for high end compositing applications (Smoke & Nuke being two big ones), they’re now more accessible than ever. However, professional node based compositing apps can be a bit intimidating to folks who previously have only worked with the traditional layout and workflow of non-linear video editing applications. So how do you get started with a node based compositing app like Nuke?Be intimidated no more. In the following 11 part Nuke training series from The Foundry, you’ll discover how to use Nuke for your post production needs. Among the topics covered are creating and applying effects with nodes, keyframing elements, rotoscoping, keying, tracking and working in stereoscopic 3D.To get started, check out the first video in the 11 part series: the Nuke Interface Overview. Once you’ve got a handle on the workspace, click on the links below to view the more targeted tutorials in this Nuke training series.Are you using Nuke? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
A few weeks ago, I posted an article titled 3 Reasons Why the Sony a7S Isn’t the Perfect Camera for Filmmakers. In this follow-up, I’ll clarify some of the points that I made.After reading my last article on the Sony a7S, many of you were shocked or even upset that I wasn’t raving about the camera and felt that my criticisms of the camera weren’t accurate. With that in mind, I felt that this follow-up article would be the best way to clear the air and address some of the comments that I made previously.Firstly, I want to point out that I really do think the a7S is a great camera. Understandably, this wasn’t made clear enough in my last post, which wasn’t intended to be a review, or a comprehensive look at the camera for that matter. It was just some food for thought, centered around three talking points related to the a7S.Before jumping into my rationale behind the three points I brought up in my previous post, I want to give all of this some context. In addition to writing for PremiumBeat, I have my own blog – www.noamkroll.com – where I have written extensively on the a7S. In fact, the a7S made my Top 3 list for best DSLRs for video.Yes, I know it’s a mirrorless camera and technically not a DSLR, but for the purpose of my list – it made the cut. I have also written articles on Sony as a company, and stated multiple times that I love how they are pushing the boundaries of camera technology forward.When read as a standalone article, my previous a7S critique may have appeared overly critical to some of you. But hopefully those of you that are familiar with the extent of my work (including the articles I referenced above) understand that my last post wasn’t meant to attack the a7S. It was simply intended to illustrate a few alternative points that I hadn’t seen addressed at that time.I don’t own an a7S, however I have shot with the camera many times – all in professional environments. The first production that I used it on was a budgeted music video that I directed using two RED DRAGON cameras, and an a7S for all of the night exterior work. Since then, I’ve used it as a B camera on multiple shoots, and have continued to use it regularly because I think it’s a great piece of kit, and the best tool for certain shooting environments.Often when a great new camera is released, we hope it will be the perfect solution for all of our shooting needs. Unfortunately though, that is never the case. I own half a dozen cameras myself simply for that reason: No one camera does it all. There has been a whole lot of hype surrounding the a7S, and in my last post I simply wanted to put out some alternative view points for potential buyers of this camera that might want to take into account every last consideration.While the Sony a7S can certainly be used as a great A-Camera across a multitude of shooting environments, it isn’t usually going to be my first choice. Not because it isn’t a great tool, but rather because there are tools that are often better suited for my work. Personally, I would normally choose to use the a7S as a specialty camera (to be used in low-light situations, where I need a small camera footprint).This sentiment has been echoed by many of my professional colleagues who are working DPs that shoot large scale productions, owners of rental houses that I work with regularly, and producers that own multiple camera packages. Even still, that doesn’t mean it can’t be used as an A-camera or that I am claiming everyone should just use it for speciality shots. It’s just how I feel it fits best into the type of work that I do.Image from EOSHDSo without further ado, I want to address my three points from the previous article briefly:1. The low light isn’t useable past a certain point.Many readers were upset that I said I wasn’t happy with the results at ISO 25,600. There isn’t much I can say about this other than pointing out the fact that this is purely subjective. As far as my standards go for the work that I do, I am not satisfied with the quality of the images past that point.This isn’t strictly a comment on the noise/grain, but also on the image as a whole – including the color quality. But again, that’s just me. If you are able to get great results with it at high ISOs that are up to your standards, than more power to you. For me though, I would still rather keep this camera at 12,800 or lower. Which, by the way, is still impressive!2. The cost of shooting 4K nearly doubles the camera’s price.This point was simply intended to make potential buyers of the a7S aware of the additional cost of shooting 4K on the camera. I get e-mails from readers of my blog every day asking questions about different cameras, and more than once I’ve had people ask if internal 4K is an option on the a7S. Although this information is readily available, not everyone is as technically aware as you or I may be, and I felt that it was important to note that if you want to shoot 4K on this camera, you need to take the additional cost into account.3. Using a Speed Booster comes with its own set of issues.Many people commented on this point, stating the obvious fact that you aren’t going to use a Speed Booster on a full frame camera. However, on the Sony a7S, it can be preferable to shoot in APS-C mode in order to reduce rolling shutter, which is pretty dramatic when shooting in full frame mode.I should have made this clearer in the first post, and I apologize for any confusion. But my point is simply that a lot of a7S users are coming from Canon and therefore own a lot of Canon glass. Many of them are naturally going to want to use a Speed Booster to adapt their Canon glass to the A7S, so they can also benefit from the reduced rolling shutter in APS-C mode. For those shooters, they should be aware of the potential quirks of using a Speed Booster on the a7S.Final ThoughtsMy intention with the last article wasn’t to polarize users or upset any a7S owners. I am someone that (like many of you) has invested a lot of time and money into my equipment, and understand that it can be upsetting when you read something that comes across as negative about a tool you have spent your money on. That said, I hope that this follow-up post has clarified the fact that my original statements weren’t intended to be an attack on the a7S.No camera is perfect, and there certainly isn’t a single camera that can do everything. Is the a7S an amazing tool? Yes. I believe it’s capable of great things and I love what Sony is doing with their mirrorless lineup. Would I use the a7S as my only camera? No I wouldn’t, as it won’t cover all of my specific needs as a filmmaker. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t use it as your A-Cam, and that it isn’t capable of amazing things.Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts in the comment section below.
Try Out Different CombinationsYou can also change the number of exposures taken (which defaults to 2 and goes up to 9), as well as whether or not to save your source images. Once you’ve made your selections, you can begin to experiment with different combinations. The additive multiple exposure effect is a good place to start. Try just combining two photos at first to see how they overlay and what that looks like. You can always delete images that don’t work, as they can take up a lot of space rather quickly.Multiple Exposure in VideoImage via Vitalii Vitleo.While photos are great in their own right, they’re also a great way to learn some principles of multiple-exposure imaging. Pay attention to what makes your compositions pop, and what crosslayers might make things look muddled or awkward. Once you’ve mastered multiple-exposure photography, you can try it with video. (Here’s a great article on working with multiple exposures and blend modes in Premiere Pro here on PremiumBeat.)Cover image by kimberrywood.For more videography, photography, and exposure tips and resources, check out some of these articles:A Guide to the Best Multi-Purpose CamerasTranslating Your Photography Skills to Cinematography11 Ways to Make Money as a Videographer Right NowExplore The Captivating Art Of Double Exposure7 Simple Photography HacksAnd for more tips and tricks on working with the Canon 5D Mark IV, check out some of these articles:Using Canon 5D Mark IV’s Auto-Focus While Shooting VideoHarness the Power of the Canon 5D Mark IV’s Built-in IntervalometerA Field Guide to the Canon 5D Mark IV’s Built-in Wi-Fi Learn to unlock the potential of your Canon 5D Mark IV with this powerful, in-camera multiple-exposure photography functionality.The Canon 5D Mark IV is a powerful tool for both video production and photography. For videographers who could use a multi-purpose camera like the 5D, it’s important to understand some of the functionalities that you have at your fingertips with a camera like this. One of the most intriguing new features to the Canon 5D Mark IV is the built-in multiple exposure photo settings.Let’s look at how this feature works, so you can get your Canon 5D Mark IV shooting at its full potential.Turn On Multiple ExposureThe first step will be the hardest for seasoned videographers. You’ll first have to turn your Canon 5D over from video mode to photo mode. You can find this toggle on the ring outside your record start/stop button on the back right of your camera. You’ll also need to change the dial on the top left to the “P” mode.Once you’re in photo mode, you can either look through your viewfinder or on the back display screen (click on the start/stop button to switch between the two). To enter the creative picture controls controls, click the “Creative Photo” button on the top left. You’ll recognize it by an icon that looks like a pen in a box. From this menu, you can change picture styles or enter multiple exposure or HDR mode. Scroll to the multiple exposure controls and press the set button.Choose Your SettingsFrom here you can enable multiple exposure. Click on the top line (which should default to “disable”). You can activate multiple exposure in one of two ways — On: Func/Ctrl, which is the more convenient mode where you can check your images after you shoot, or the On: ContShtng, which is for continuous shooting of multiple-exposure photos.Let’s focus on the On: Func/Ctrl, which is better for trying out the effect for the first time. If you scroll down one line, you can change the multiple exposure control methods marked “Multi-expos ctrl.” You’ll see four options, detailed below (via Canon’s Knowledge base):Additive: Each exposure is added to the image cumulatively. Based on the [No. of exposures], set a negative exposure compensation. Refer to the basic guide below to set a negative exposure compensation.Average: Based on the [number of exposures], negative exposure compensation is set automatically as you shoot multiple exposures. If you shoot multiple exposures of the same scene, the exposure of the subject’s background will be automatically controlled to obtain a standard exposure.Bright/Dark: The brightness (darkness) of the base image and the images to be added are compared at the same position, and then the bright part (dark part) will be left in the picture. Depending on the overlapping colors, the colors may be mixed depending on the brightness ratio (darkness ratio) of the compared images.
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We take a look here at the relative pros and cons of forming your own production company — and when it makes sense to do so.Many self-employed filmmakers aim to form a production company at some point but never get around to it. It’s cheaper and easier to continue doing business as an independent contractor. The change happens one day when a big job comes along, and they find themselves rushing to incorporate when time is critical. It actually makes more sense to incorporate before you need to, as it’ll save you money now.Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of forming your own production company.LegalIt’s important to retain legal advice before starting your own company or corporation. (Image via J. Henning Buchholz.)Since I’m writing for a global audience, I’m going to keep this advice general. You should consult the appropriately licensed tax and legal professionals in your respective area before creating a company or corporation.The most common reason to incorporate is the legal protection it provides you. When you operate as a company, you have less exposure to litigation that could result from any work you do.Filmmaking is a notoriously dangerous activity. If someone were to be injured on a company film set, the most they could potentially sue for is the assets of that company. If you’re an independent operator, your personal assets are at risk.It’s common practice in Hollywood to create a different company for each production, so a lawsuit affecting one film won’t jeopardize money raised for — or the profits of — other projects.I should note that this doesn’t protect you from being sued personally for negligence or damages, if someone gets hurt. You should always make safety your first priority — and carry insurance!TaxesKnow the different tax laws that apply to you for your country and state. (Image via Iocrifa.)Different countries and states have different tax laws, but generally speaking, companies have more permissible deductions than individuals and are only taxed on their profits, rather than their gross income. It’s normal, even expected, that companies reinvest their profits in their business and equipment to show no taxable income. If you try this for too long as an individual, your tax department will start asking questions.On the flip side, companies and corporations are usually taxed at a higher tax rate, and are more expensive to file taxes for. You’ll also have the added cost of filing taxes for both yourself and your company, since most countries require you to file personal taxes, regardless of your company ownership.BudgetsSeparating your work expenses from your personal expenses will simplify your taxes. (Image via gnepphoto.)One of the most overlooked advantages of incorporating is keeping your business and personal earnings and spending separate from one another. Work and pleasure expenses can become entangled throughout the year in a way that’s very hard to separate when tax time comes around. You’re often not sure how much you made, and how much it cost to make it. Having separate bank accounts and credit cards is a great way to keep things simple (and have a clear view of what you’re actually making).OpticsMost mid- to large-size companies expect to do business with other companies. Some aren’t set up to deal with or pay individuals, and this can delay payment — or worse, cost you the job altogether. It looks much more professional in filmmaking to present yourself as the owner of a production company, rather than just the guy who knows how to use a camera.ValueStarting your own company can eventually become an asset when ready to sell. (Image via bepsy.)If you do incorporate, and that company does well, over time, the company becomes an asset in itself. Production companies get bought and sold, just like any other asset. Some are worth millions. You can’t sell a share in your own future, or your contacts, but you can sell a company and its ongoing business.Forming and running a production company isn’t as intimidating as it may seem. There’s added expense and more red tape, but it’ll also create a valuable asset that’ll take your filmmaking to the next level.Cover image via Everett Collection.Looking for more on the film and video industry? Check out these articles.The Rules of Cinema Vérité Documentary FilmmakingThe Rise of TikTok and What It Means for Digital Video ProducersA Guide to Structuring Your Scripts and ScreenplaysBreaking Down the Role of the Video Editing SupervisorWhat ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ Teaches About Directing Styles
The military strategist Clausewitz described the fog of war as friction. For Clausewitz, war was different in practice than on paper. You can have a strategy, a plan, and well-rehearsed tactics, but as soon as you come into contact with the enemy, there are so many variables that much of your best laid plans go out the window. The opposing force is pursuing its own outcomes, outcomes diametrically opposed to yours.Your prospective client isn’t your enemy (and you should never think of them as such). And you never engage with your competitors in anything that resembles the kind of direct conflict that defines a military competitor (you’re both competing to win hearts and minds, you do this without ever engaging with each other as “enemies.”).But the metaphor still works. In sales, there is friction.Friction Inside Your Client’s CompanyYou encounter friction within your client’s company. The status quo (and it’s many defenders) produce friction by opposing change. The stakeholders that prefer a different solution or a different provider produce friction by opposing your efforts.Sometimes you encounter friction when another project pops up and takes precedence over a deal you’ve been working on. Or maybe the stakeholder that was sponsoring your initiative leaves the company, a loss that sinks your project (or at least sets it back).Competitive FrictionYour competitors also produce friction. They create value in a way that is different from the way you create value. The attractive parts of the value they create can cause your client to change their minds about what they want. It can also make them prefer something different, something you don’t offer.Your competitor’s pricing model can produce all kinds of friction, especially when you have very different business models.Your competitors are good at what they do, too; they are also winning hearts and minds–maybe some of the very hearts and minds that you need. This is another list that could continue on for pages.Dealing with FrictionFriction is inevitable. To combat friction, you need to follow the rules of this disruptive age.As a salesperson, you need to develop yourself so that you are better prepared to deal with friction. You need to observe what’s happening, orient yourself, decide what you need to do, and act (The OODA Loop). You need to think about what needs to change in order for you to win. You also need to study your wins and your losses so that you can duplicate what works and eliminate what doesn’t.As a sales leader, you need to spend your time preparing your sales force to think for themselves, to exercise their initiative, and to be resourceful. Effectively dealing with friction requires creative solutions. Mostly it requires creative solutions on the spot. A lot of the answers aren’t going to be found within the confines of your sales process (although the creative solutions should be captured and codified so they can be shared).QuestionsWhat are the challenges that occur as you pursue an opportunity where your sales strategy and sales process provide no guidance?How do you deal with obstacles to an opportunity when you’ve never before experienced that obstacle?How do you prepare for problems, challenges, and opportunities that haven’t yet occurred?How do you lead people in a way that allows them to successfully deal with new, unique, and difficult obstacles?
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 No profit margin wouldn’t be an error; it would be a disaster. This is a different margin.It never fails that type-A personalities try to fill every block on the calendar. They try to cram as much as they possibly can onto the calendar because, in their minds anyway, they believe it’s necessary to achieving. And to some extent they’re right. A-type personalities do tend to be action-oriented, and they do tend to work hard.But filling every block on the calendar isn’t really a good plan. No matter how good your intentions, things are going to go wrong. You have existing clients that are going to have problems or challenges that require your attention. You’re going to have peers and teammates within your company that need your help to solve a particular problem or challenge. You have prospects that are going to need your time and attention when you have nothing scheduled because they need your help. And, life is going to require that you pay attention the things like your sick child, a dance recital in another city, and all kinds of other important tasks that require your attention.White SpaceYour calendar should be the place you keep the commitments you make to yourself. It should be the place where you block time for certain activities, like prospecting, follow up, or updating your salesforce automation. It’s important to block time for these activities.But you also need empty space, white space. You need time to catch up on the urgent and important tasks that show up on your desk. You need margin so that you can have the ad hoc conversations with clients, prospects, and teammates that pop up from time to time.Uncommitted Blocks Protect the Committed BlocksThese unplanned, uncommitted blocks of time are actually the buffer that allows you to better protect the blocks of time containing those commitments you make to yourself. They provide some psychological protection by giving you the security of knowing you will have time to effectively deal with the urgent and important tasks that pop up. Because you are confident that you have that time, you can commit the one and a half hour blocks to prospecting without too much concern that something is sitting in your email or voicemail unattended.Block time on your calendar for the most important activities you need to do each and everyday. And protect those blocks with margins so that you can do the work you need to do to and stay clean with all the other people and priorities that also need your attention.
To cure yourself of a negative mindset, for the next 30 days, follow these rules.Turn off your television. Don’t watch any television at all. But especially don’t watch any news. Don’t even have the news on as background noise while you are working. YouTube is sometimes television. Turn that off too.Turn off your radio. Don’t listen to any news on the radio, and don’t even listen to something you believe to be innocuous, like CNBC. Listen to something positive and productive like an audio program instead.Don’t read the newspaper. Don’t read the news online either. Especially don’t read provocative news sites like the Drudge Report or Politico. Don’t allow anything negative to seep through over the web.Don’t read anything on social media. That sounds crazy, doesn’t it? This one is tough. But you know your Facebook feed is full of people on both side of every political, societal, and cultural issue. You know you are going to get baited and you are going to get hooked. You can still broadcast using some tool like Buffer. Just don’t consume anything.Stay away from negative friends, family, and co-workers. There are some people in your life that are completely and totally negative. They are carriers. They spread the disease that is a negative mindset. You are going to have to avoid them. Not forever. Just long enough that you build up an immunity to virus.Instead of doing anything listed above, do this:Read great works that build a positive psychology. Read Stephen Covey. Read Anthony Robbins. Read Brian Tracy. Read Zig Ziglar. Read Les Brown. Read Napoleon Hill. Read Earl Nightingale. Read Elbert Hubbard. Read James Allen.Listen to audio programs by the group of people listed above. Listen to positive psychology audio programs while you are working out in the morning. Listen while you are driving to and from work. Listen while you are in the shower, grocery shopping, or doing chores around the house.Write a single entry in a gratitude journal every day upon waking. You have a lot to be grateful for, even if you sometimes don’t remember this fact. If you are really going to be aggressive about ridding yourself of negativity and adopting a positive personal psychology, do this twice a day.Increase your awareness of the infected. Over this 30 days, notice the language and the ideas of the negative people you come in contact with. Pay attention to what they say, and try to discover the fear that lives behind their negative mindset. As you notice their negativity, you will become aware of the infections that you have picked up. You will also come to realize just how negative are your thoughts and beliefs.Every day, take one action that moves you closer to your dream, your real purpose. No matter how small you believe the action to be, take one small step towards your dream every day. Do it first thing in the morning if you can, but if not, hustle at night if you have to.I can tell you from experience this recipe works. It will rid you of your negativity. It will help rid you of many of your self-limiting beliefs. It will cure you of many of your fears, including some you didn’t realize that you had.
Raipur: A former sarpanch of Chintagufa village in Sukma district, who has more than 100 cases against him, has been taken into custody.Pudium Panda, a former CPI member, was picked up in the forest near Minapa village, a week ago. According to police sources, he was first interrogated at Chintagufa police station and then taken to Sukma in a secretive way. His wife, who is the current sarpanch of Chintagufa, was also flown to Sukma by a chopper to identify him.Mr. Panda was named in almost every incident of maoist attack on security forces in the Dornapal-Jagargunda stretch in the last eight years, including the Tadmetla attack in which 76 CRPF men were killed in 2010.‘Never carried weapon’However, communist leader and former Sukma MLA Manish Kunjam claimed that Mr. Panda never carried any weapon and he was not involved in any violent incident. “They have not disclosed his arrest and we are afraid that he may be booked in many more cases. He was a sarpanch during Salwa Judum days and was associated with our party. In 2007, a controversial police officer launched a campaign against my party men in Bastar and many of my associates were jailed. Mr. Panda was also named in cases, including that of the Tadmetla massacre. He was forced to leave his village for his and his family’s safety, and he was roaming in the forest to save his life. He was afraid that if the police found him, he would be booked for offences which he never committed,” Mr. Kunjam, who is also the president of Adivasi Mahasabha, told The Hindu.Mediates release Mr. Panda had reportedly mediated to secure the release of many policemen and government servants, including former Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon in 2012, who were abducted by maoists.Mr. Kunjam denied that Mr. Panda was a maoist commander. “He was not involved in any maoist incident. He never carried a gun. Even when he was arrested, he was riding his bike. He was connected with former Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar. He used to talk to senior politicians and police officers on phone. How and why would a person talk to senior politicians and police officers if he was a maoist?”A political leader from Sukma, who didn’t want to be named, said it is difficult to say Mr. Panda was not in touch with maoists. “We cannot say that because if you are living in the forest, you are bound to come into contact with maoists.”During a meeting with this reporter in 2014 in south Sukma forest, Mr. Panda had claimed that he was being targeted for his ‘active opposition’ to Salwa Judum.Believes in developmentOne of his close associates had said that Mr. Panda advocated for roads and electricity in interior villages. He had even managed to bring some development projects in the area, but maoist leader Paparao had damaged the roads and electric polls.When asked about the reports of Mr. Panda’s arrest, P. Sundar Raj, Deputy Inspector General of Dantewada range, said, “Not arrested so far.”
Two persons arrested on charge of drug-peddling. A special “Clean Rohtak Operation” has been launched in the district against drug-peddling, illegal arms supply, bootlegging and gambling. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Dimpi Gulati, a relationship manager with a nationalised bank, being honoured by Mr. Nain for chasing and catching a snatcher. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in a meeting with senior police officers in Chandigarh recently announced a reward of ₹1 lakh for anyone providing information on snatchers, highlighting the growing menace.Drug abuseThe number of cases registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act this year till June 30 has increased more than double to 49 compared to 21 last year for the corresponding period.The Rohtak police have so far seized 12.18 kg opium, 700 gm Charas, 16.5 kg poppy husk, 55 gm smack, 112.5 kg ganja and 75 bottles of a cough syrup with the arrest of 52 people in one of the largest seizures over the past few years. The drugs are mostly supplied to this region from Jharkhand and Odisha and the consumption is on the rise on account of a huge population of students, said the police officers.‘Operation Clean Rohtak’Mr. Nain said that “Operation Clean Rohtak” was kicked off three months ago for improved detection of drug-peddling, illegal arms supply, bootlegging and gambling. The police officer claimed that the increased number of cases under these Acts proved that the operation was a success and would continue. “The action taken under the operation shows decrease in the number of heinous crimes such as murder and attempt to murder this year. Also, there has been no substantial increase in the number of theft cases and the incidents of burglary have actually come down,” said Mr. Nain. For a safer city: Rohtak SP Pankaj Nain cycling with over 200 students and teachers of MDN Public School to create awareness about traffic rules Crime RecordWoman chases down snatchersEven as the city police are struggling to deal with the increasing cases of snatching in Rohtak, a young woman relationship manager with a nationalised bank displayed exemplary courage to chase down a snatcher and get him arrested.Dimpi Gulati, a resident of Sector 1, was on her way to work on a two-wheeler on July 5 morning when a man on a motorcycle came from behind and snatched her bag containing cash, mobile phone and important bank documents. However, Dimpi followed the snatcher and rammed her two-wheeler into the motorcycle from behind.The accused fell on the road and Dimpi raised an alarm seeking help from the passers-by to catch him. The accused, Diwan Singh, a resident of Sunariya Khurd village, hit himself with a stone to implicate Dimpi, but he was arrested. Diwan purportedly told the police that he was a drugaddict and had snatched the bag to arrange money for drugs. Rohtak SP Pankaj Nain invited Dimpi and her family to his office and honoured her.Thieves flee leaving booty, pistolThe day Dimpi Gulati chased and caught the snatcher, two young men allegedly tried to flee with cash from the counter of a juice corner. According to the FIR, the accused came to Nandal Juice Corner at Bhiwani Chungi around 6.30 p.m. and ordered two glasses of juice. When the shop owner, Pawan, turned to serve juice to the duo, they ran off with the cash chest. Pawan, a resident of Rajendra Colony, gave them a chase and raised an alarm.At this, one of the two men allegedly fired on the ground to scare Pawan. When Pawan continued to chase them, they left the cash chest and pistol behind and ran away. Mohit, a passer-by, ran after them, but they managed to escape.Pawan in his complaint said that ₹500 was found missing from the chest. No arrests have been made in the case so far.Fire in ATM, cash missingIn February, three youth on a motorcycle set an ATM booth at Gandhi Camp in Rohtak afire and made off with the mobile phone of the security guard. The case was worked out within 24 hours with the arrest of four employees of a company entrusted with the replenishment of ATM booths of the bank.The story emerged that the accused loaded ₹4.5 lakh in the ATM at Gandhi Camp, but showed in their records that they had loaded ₹34 lakh so as to siphon off the remaining amount. They burnt the ATM to destroy the evidence. However, the investigation revealed that only ₹58,800 was recovered from the burnt ATM and ₹4 lakh was withdrawn form the machine. This exposed their plan. The police recovered ₹27.5 lakh from the arrested persons. While Arun and Balraj used to load cash in ATMs, Sukhwinder and Jaibir worked as gunmen with the firm.Double murder over ₹800While murders in Gurugram and Sonipat are mostly committed over property-related disputes, the motive behind most of the killings in Rohtak is found to be personal enmity or vendetta. In one such case, an auto-rickshaw driver and his tea-seller father were beaten to death with iron rods and bricks over delay in payment of just ₹800.Amit, a resident of Karor village, had bought a music-player, a speaker and a memory card from Rampal, also an auto-rickshaw driver, but was dilly-dallying over the payment of ₹800. Enraged, Rampal hatched a plan with his friends Sohan, Rohit and Sandeep and murdered Amit at his father’s tea shop on May 14 night. When his father, Shri Bhagwan, tried to stop them, they killed him as well. The double murder came to light the next morning when Amit’s brother found the bodies lying in the fields near the tea-stall. In a dramatic turn of events, Rampal too ended his life by jumping in front of a train. However, his three accomplices were arrested in the case. “We have observed during our meetings that Dalit women, migrant labourers, their girl children and physically or mentally challenged women are being increasingly targeted in Rohtak. The response of the police is found to be delayed and the government agencies such as the Social Welfare Department lack the resources to help the victims. The only so-called achievement of the present government in opening Mahila Thanas is already a failed experiment. It is at the best an attempt to adjust the women police officers due for promotions as male officers do not prefer to work under them,” said Ms. Sangwan.Snatching menaceEven as robbery and theft show an upward trend, coupled with poor work-out rate, there has been a sudden spurt in snatching cases in the town this year. While only 45 cases of snatching were reported last year till June 30, 85 cases have been reported this year so far. In 2014, only 70 snatching cases were reported. According to the police officers, the increase in the number of snatching cases is directly connected to the increase in drug abuse. “There are a few organised gangs involved in snatchings. Most of the accused arrested are drug addicts operating on their own to arrange money for drugs. In some cases, school and college students are also found involved,” said Rohtak Police, PRO, head constable Sunny. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Not to be left behind in this age of information technology, the Rohtak police now have presence on Facebook and Twitter to connect directly with the residents and share information on traffic situation and new initiatives.Police in a soupMr. Nain, after he took charge in December last year, not just ensured that the social networking websites of the Rohtak police were updated daily, but also launched a WhatsApp number announcing a reward of ₹1,000 for any complaint related to a police personnel.“A common man hardly goes to a police station to make a complaint against the police. So we decided to reach out to them through WhatsApp and also announced a reward. It was a huge success and we were inundated with pictures of police personnel violating traffic rules. It helps more and more residents connect with the police and also keeps a check on traffic violations by the policemen,” said Mr. Nain. One of Haryana’s fastest growing and politically important towns, Rohtak, around 70 km north-west of Delhi, has been in the news over the past few months for some of the most sensational and gruesome crime cases.The town recently grabbed national headlines when a young Dalit woman, kidnapped from neighbouring Sonipat, was gangraped and bludgeoned to death in Rohtak.A few months earlier, a man was killed and five others were injured after unidentified assailants dressed as women opened fired outside a court premises in Rohtak in broad daylight. In March last year, a national-level Kabaddi player, Sukhwinder, was shot dead point-blank in his village. Besides, the brutal gang-rape and murder of a mentally unstable Nepalese woman, a minor girl impregnated by her step-father and the murder of a politician sent shock waves across the region.Crimes against womenThe figures of crimes against women for the first six months this year, compared to the corresponding period last year, indicate a considerable increase in cases of molestation and dowry, even as there is no let-up in rape cases. Superintendent of Police, Rohtak, Pankaj Nain argued that a mechanism was put in place in the wake of the rape of a Dalit woman earlier this year, to ensure that FIRs were registered in all cases of crimes against women. This resulted in an increase in the number of cases registered.“The Women Helpline (1091) is informed about all complaints regarding crimes against women, a designated woman DSP speaks to all the complainants the next day and a case is promptly registered. I myself and the Inspector-General of Police office keep track of the serious cases of crime against women,” said Mr. Nain.Pressure on policeAll-India Democratic Women’s Association vice-president Jagmati Sangwan, a Rohtak resident, argued that though there was pressure on the police to register FIRs in cases of crime against women following the Nirbhaya gang-rape, there was no denying the fact that such cases were on the rise.
President of the All Bodo Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) Lafikul Islam Ahmed was gunned down by unidentified assailants in Kokrajhar town of Assam on Tuesday, police said.Two motorcycle-borne assailants opened fire from an AK-47 rifle at the popular minority leader near a shop where he had gone to buy tiles in Titaguri Market. He died on the spot and the shopkeeper was seriously injured, Superintendent of Police Rajen Singh said. Police recovered three empty AK-47 cartridges from the spot.Soon after the killing, protesters took to the streets. A volatile situation was reported from some places along the National Highway 31.The ABMSU has called an indefinite bandh in protest against the killing and demanded the immediate arrest of the culprits.Security in all the districts of Lower Assam have been intensified.“Investigation is on to nab the culprits. I have already asked one IG to rush to the spot and sent reinforcement to maintain peace and order,” Director-General of Assam Police Mukesh Sahay told PTI in Kokrajhar. Mr. Sahay said he would also visit the spot.Mr. Ahmed was very popular among minorities in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts and a strong voice of the youth from the community. He was attacked by some miscreants earlier also, after which police had provided him with personal bodyguards.Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has condemned the incident and asked the DGP to review the prevailing situation. A massive hunt has been launched to nab the killers and further investigation was on, the police said.Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora demanded a high level inquiry into the incident. “The Assam government must show its courage and sincerity by apprehending the culprits immediately and we demand the government to ensure security of the life and property of the people,” he wrote on Facebook.CPI(M) secretary Deben Bhattacharya demanded a proper inquiry and strict vigil by law enforcing agencies to maintain peace in the State. Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti president Akhil Gogoi termed it a political killing. He said there were “deep conspiracies behind this to destabilise the region and incite communal clash”.All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) secretary Haidor Hussain Bora said the culprits should get the maximum punishment for killing the very popular youth leader. The Democratic Youth Federation of India, the Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti, the Char-Chapori Sahitya Parishad and many other organisations too condemned the killing and demanded a speedy investigation.
Survivors and activists working with the victims of the 1984 Union Carbide gas accident in Bhopal have expressed dismay at the indifference of the State and central governments towards the imminent possibility of Dow Chemical, owner of Union Carbide, escaping criminal liability.The organisations noted on Saturday that Dow Chemical, owner of Union Carbide, after merging with another American multinational DuPont, has announced plans to split up in to three entities by June 2019. According to the victims of the gas tragedy, Union Carbide, which has evaded responsibility for the last 26 years, will cease to be criminally liable following the trifurcation. The organisations said they had written to the Prime Minister as well as various Ministries, asking them to take specific steps. The letters have not even been acknowledged. “We have sought the Prime Minister’s intervention in enlisting the support of U.S. agencies to ensure that Union Carbide and Dow Chemical abide by the orders of Indian courts. He is fully empowered by the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty between the two countries to do this but so far he has chosen not to use these powers.” said Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action.
The Punjab government on Thursday told the Supreme Court that the Punjab and Haryana High Court was correct in convicting its incumbent Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in a 1988 road rage case.The Supreme Court had granted bail to the cricketer-turned-politician, now Punjab’s Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, and Museums, after he was sentenced to three years in prison by the high court.Counsel for Punjab government told a Bench of Justices J. Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul that Patiala resident Gurnam Singh had died after a fist blow by Sidhu following an altercation between the two on December 27, 1988.‘False statement’The government said the trial court was wrong in its finding that Singh had died of cardiac arrest and not brain haemorrhage. The counsel also told the Supreme Court that the statement given by Mr. Sidhu denying his involvement in the case was false.“There is not a single evidence that suggest that the cause of death was cardiac arrest and not brain haemorrhage. The trial court verdict was rightly set aside by the High Court. Accused A1 (Navjot Singh Sidhu) had given feisty blow to deceased Gurnam Singh, leading to his death through brain haemorrhage,” the State government counsel told the Bench.‘Enhance sentence’Meanwhile, the victim’s family has appealed to the Supreme Court that the earlier sentence of three years given to Mr. Sidhu by the Punjab and Haryana High Court should be enhanced.(With ANI inputs)
The complete draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam will be published at 10 a.m. on Monday. It is expected to end the anxiety of less than half of the 3.29 crore applicants who did not make it to the first draft published on December 31 last year.The complete draft would also bring the curtain down on a major part of the exercise that began in September 2013 towards settling a touchy issue that has dominated the socio-political space in Assam since an anti-foreigners agitation from 1979 to 1985 that ‘martyred’ 855 people.Also Read One register to count them all — how the NRC fares NRC investigation in Assam: The unbearable being of a D-voter Anticipating violence, the State government has clamped Section 144 indefinitely in 10 of Assam’s 33 districts besides certain areas in and around major urban centres marked sensitive. The Centre also provided 220 additional companies of paramilitary forces to help maintain law and order.But the authorities in the sensitive districts do not expect the worst after Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s assurance that no one left out of the draft would be sent to detention centres for foreigners. “There will be opportunity for everyone to prove citizenship even after the complete draft is published,” he said.Also Read Many, though, are anxious. In Teentirki village, Haji Sofiulla’s family of five made it to the NRC first draft, but his daughter was sent a D-voter notice less than a month before the scheduled publication of the complete draft.“This is a draft, not the final list. People who miss out will be provided legal assistance,” Prateek Hajela, the State NRC Coordinator, said. “Genuine Indian citizens have nothing to fear,” he added.“Updating the NRC was my constitutional duty for the people of Assam and the country, and I was confident that NRC would be a success. The cooperation from all sections of the people made my task easier,” he said.Four websitesPeople are expected to crowd most of the 2,500 NRC Nagarik Seva Kendras (NSKs) that were set up across the State for the updating exercise.The draft can be found online at www.nrcassam.nic.in, www.assam.mygov.in, www.assam.gov.in, and www.homeandpolitical.assam.gov.in. The helpline numbers are 15107 (within Assam) and 18003453762.