first_imgiStock-686658416 was purchased from iStock.com by Military Families Learning Network under Member ID 18347305 on 28 September 2018 and was edited to include wording. Return to article. Long DescriptionHow do we address sex and sexual behaviors with children and youth? Talking about sex can be especially difficult for parents, as well as for teachers or other professionals who work with children and youth. Yet discussing sex and sexuality is very important for families and professionals when implementing strategies to keep kids safe during childhood and their youth. By normalizing sexual behaviors and having open, honest communication about sex with children and youth, it can make sexual development less of a taboo and build trust where children and youth can better express themselves.An additional issue that can make these talks even more difficult is when instances of child sexual abuse have occurred. How do we tell the differences between typical sexual behaviors and sexual behaviors that can be problematic? This fact sheet entitled, What We Can Do: Understanding Children and Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors from the National Children’s Alliance, breaks down these differences and provides red flags to watch out for. They also go into risk factors and protective factors, appropriate use of language when talking about these behaviors, and effective treatments.To continue the conversation on understanding typical as well as problematic sexualized behaviors, MFLN Family Development is pleased to announce our upcoming webinar, “Sexualized Behaviors in Children & Youth,” which will take place on May 22, 2019 at 11am EST. In this webinar, Dr. Shelley Martin, a Colonel in the US Air Force and a licensed child abuse pediatrician, will review her work on sexualized behaviors expressed by children and youth.This webinar will also provide opportunities to receive FREE CEUs! If you are unable to attend the live event, this webinar will be archived on our website for viewing at your convenience. CEUs will be available for this webinar until May 22, 2021.Additionally, if you are interested in this topic, we have an ongoing Sexual Behavior in Children and Youth Series that will continue throughout 2019. Within this series will be future webinars, podcast episodes, and other additional resources on this topic. Be sure to RSVP for all the upcoming events here!*Revised on 9/10/19 to reflect series title changeReferencesNational Children’s Alliance (2015). What We Can Do: Understanding Children and Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors. Retrieved from: http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2017-PSB-Fact-Sheet-Overview-3.pdfThis post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Learn more about us at https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/family-development, and connect with us on Facebook, and on Twitter.  Subscribe to our Anchored. podcast series on iTunes and via our podcast page.last_img read more

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first_img Smoke 2013 Tutorial: Working With Sync When the pre-trial (and later full versions) are avaliable you’ll already have the know-how from these useful Smoke 2013 tutorial videos. Smoke 2013 Tutorial: 3 Point & 4 Point Editing Smoke 2013 Tutorial:Track Patching Want to get started with Smoke?  Check out these info-filled video editing tutorials for Smoke 2013!This is an exciting time for video editors.  We’re having to say goodbye to our beloved Final Cut Pro 7, but new contenders are entering the video editing app market to take it’s place.  Many former editors may be migrating to Avid or Adobe’s Premiere Pro CS6…but a radical redesign of Autodesk’s Smoke now seems like a very attractive replacement as well.Autodesk announced a radically updated Smoke application at this year’s NAB show, specifically geared torward the video editor (not just the compositer or visual effects artist).  What makes Autodesk Smoke 2013 even more attractive is a drastically reduced price point – $3,495, as opposed to the $15k+ price tag of previous versions.  More details on the launch and Smoke 2013 product specs here.Although a full commercial version is not expected until later in 2012, a Smoke 2013 pre-release trial should be available sometime in June.  Sign up to be on the product trial list here.Free Smoke 2013 TutorialsAutodesk has setup a YouTube channel specifically geared torward the Smoke user, so subscribe to keep up with the latest video news and tutorials.The following free tutorial videos come from that SmokeHowTos YouTube channel and are geared specifically for the video editor.  Learn how to perform common video editing techniques in the Smoke interface.Click the topics below to check out each Smoke video tutorial: Smoke 2013 Tutorial: Splice, Extract, Sub-Clipping Smoke 2013 Tutorial: Trimming Smoke 2013 Tutorial: Viewing Source FootageSmoke 2013 Tutorial: Sequences Smoke 2013 Tutorial: Overwrite/Insert/DragSmoke 2013 Tutorial: Timeline Navigation  Smoke 2013 Tutorial: Moving Clips in the Sequencelast_img read more

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first_imgThe Adobe Creative Cloud is live! There are a lot of new features and improvements for video editors and creative professionals, but where do you start?Some folks are taking a “wait and see approach” to the new Adobe Creative Cloud, but if you are ready to jump in these resources will save you time and frustration. In this post we look at a few resources for learning the new Creative Cloud apps that are most relevant to video professionals.I have previously written about my favorite features in the Creative Cloud versions of Prelude, After Effects and Premiere Pro (here and here).Personally, I think the Creative Cloud upgrade is a big one for video professionals. The ability to sync custom settings (preferences, keyboard shortcuts, effect presets and custom workspaces) is probably the biggest plus for me.After Effects CC adding Cinema 4D Litewill open the door for editors and designers who want to learn 3D without having to buy a separate app (Cinema 4D Lite is comparable to the previous Prime version at $995).Creative Cloud: Adobe BlogsAdobe’s useful blogs give you an overview of the changes of Creative Cloud and look at the new features in detail.  Also, there’s loads of links to video tutorials and other resources. Adobe TV is also another helpful Adobe resource for video tutorials.Premiere ProAfter EffectsSpeedgradePhotoshopLightroomCreative Cloud TrainingAndrew Devis  &  Kevin P McAuliffe have free tutorials on using Premiere Pro CC & After Effects CC at Creative Cow.Grayscale Gorilla has a free training series on using Cinema 4D Lite and Cineware that come with After Effects CC. If you are looking to jump into learning 3D, this a great place to start.Maxon’s Cineversity (they make of Cinema 4D) has free tutorials on using Cinema 4D Lite and Cineware with After Effects CC.Larry Jordan has a series of upcoming webinars on Premiere Pro CC.Lynda.com has already launched training for Photoshop/Lightroom, Prelude, Premiere, After Effects, Audition, and Speedgrade.Infinite Skills has training available for Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects & Audition.Creative Cloud Tools from Around the WebRetooled has launched “Color reTooled”  a collection of color grading presets for Premiere Pro CC and Speed Grade CC.  The intro price for the preset pack is $12.99.You can drag and drop the presets in Premiere Pro or open SpeedGrade and customize the looks there.Vashi Nedomansky has a free template for Premiere Pro CC & CS6. This gives you use his time saving “pancake layout” of 2 timelines stacked on top of each other.Creative Impatience is already looking at workflows and possible issues, like the changes to using RGB and Luma Curves in Premiere Pro CC.Rich Young at Pro Video Coalition rounds up his favorites resources, tips, and tutorials on Premiere Pro CC and the cloud in general.OnlineVideo.net  offers an informative read on “The Top Ten Reasons to Upgrade to Adobe Premiere Pro CC”Know of Creative Cloud resources that didn’t make the list?Share in the comments below!last_img read more

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first_imgWe’ve been busy adding to our team of world-class composers! Check out some of the best new tracks to hit our royalty free music library.We’re always expanding our composer lineup, bringing you the best royalty free music you can’t find anywhere else. We’ve recently gone through the newest additions to the PremiumBeat royalty free music library and pulled out some of our favorites. Take a listen below.Need a trendy, electro-pop track to inject your project with energy? The new Liam Aidan and Reaktor Productions tracks really bring it. Maybe your project requires something more peaceful and laid back? Max Brodie’s Touches is a new favorite – warm folk rock with a nostalgic, Americana vibe.You’ve asked for music with lyrics and we’ve delivered. Check out some of our newest composers and their tracks with vocal versions (starred below). Be on the lookout for more royalty free music with lyrics in the future.If there is a particular style or mood track you’re looking for get in touch! We’re happy to help you locate it in our library…or we’ll add it to our ‘wish list’ for future library additions.last_img read more

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first_imgAt one time, every project needed a promotional website, but in the age of Facebook pages, is this still true?Cover Image via Shutterstock. Before the introduction of Facebook pages, one of the best ways to promote your film and create a following was through a website. At networking events, festivals, online, or wherever, you could quickly direct someone to your film’s URL, where they could see behind-the-scenes photographs, credentials, contact information, and so on. The more professional the site, the more professional you and your project looked. In today’s digital age, however, you can do all that and more on Facebook — for free.Creating a website is neither cheap nor easy. So let’s weigh the pros and cons between a Facebook page and a dedicated website.Image via Shutterstock.The CostIf you’ve never created a website before, let’s break down the very basics of the cost. We’re going to assume you’re using something like a wordpress.org hosting platform. (Learn the difference between .org and .com here). Using WordPress, you can find a ton of great short film or creative-oriented themes that you can build upon to create a unique website. While there is definitely a learning curve, you can pick up what you need to know relatively quickly. For your first purchase, you can also get the essentials at a discounted cost:Domain — (the website URL) $0.99 for a year’s registration, and around $10 after that.Hosting — $10 a month or at a discounted price for the year.WordPress.org theme — $40-$150+So for the basics, you’re looking at at least $150 for the initial year. If you’re working on a low-budget or no-budget film, that’s a substantial amount. This isn’t even taking into consideration the hours you have put in to get the site operational. Conversely, a Facebook page is free, and you can get one up and running in just ten minutes. There is no learning curve, there are no plug-ins to install, and there is no code to understand. (Although, you don’t own this page outright like you do a website.)Image via Shutterstock.If you want a completely new and unique website, you would have to hire a web designer, and this would very quickly enter into the thousands-of-dollars price range. Therefore, it’s usually wisest to stick with a theme and customize it to the point that it’s indistinguishable from the original — or at least hire a WordPress theme designer, which would be somewhat cheaper than building an entire website from the ground up.Social EngagementIf you decide to host the film or web-series on your own website rather than through YouTube, you have to consider the discoverability of your website as opposed to YouTube or even Facebook’s (not-so-good) video player. Webmasters spend months, even years, working on creating SEO-friendly pages and content to increase the page rankings of their website. If your site is solely going consist of a short film with no additional content, traffic will stop, and the site will ultimately fall in the search rankings.Image via Shutterstock.In the age of social media, we have to talk about the benefits of hosting your short film on Facebook rather than a website. Whether you build a website, create a Facebook page, or host the short film solely on Vimeo, at some point, the film will begin circulating on Facebook. However, the audience reach of people sharing your film’s Facebook page in comparison to your film’s website will be far greater. Facebook’s sharing algorithm strongly prefers content that keeps users on the site (more ad impressions = more revenue for Facebook). Therefore, if several audience members share your short film, then a lot more people will view the Facebook page than if the same group was sharing the link to your website.At this point, opting for a Facebook page should seem like the obvious choice. The nail in the coffin, however, is communicating with your audience at a moment’s notice.Image via Shutterstock.While you can configure WordPress on your phone, there’s nothing as easy as using the Facebook Pages app on a smartphone or tablet. You can essentially build a community around your film or web series on Facebook, and as communities tend to grow, so will your viewership. Unless you install forums on your website, which is tedious, this just wouldn’t be possible for your film’s web page.Ultimately, if you’re creating a low-budget short, setting up a website for promotional purposes isn’t feasible. It’s just going to be money that you’ll never get back. However, there is one situation wherein a website would reign supreme, and that’s if you’re selling merchandise. Currently, the Facebook merchandise feature is very fickle, although they are looking into making advancements. Therefore, if you think there is a market for merchandise and Blu-Rays, like RocketJump’s “Videogame Highschool,” it would likely be best to have a website for e-commerce.When to Build a WebsiteConversely to everything discussed above, when you have a body of work to showcase, it would then be in your interest to create a website. Followers and interested viewers can easily browse all your work on a single page — which is not possible on a Facebook page because you have to scroll through an endless sea of status updates.The verdict?Individual exhibition: Create a websiteShort film: Take advantage of Facebook’s fantastic page feature.AdvertisingIf you’ve already browsed your Facebook feed today, I’m sure you have already come across a sponsored post. These are paid promotions for posts from Facebook Pages that appear in the timeline of someone who has a similar interest. If you were to follow various Facebook Pages about the horror genre, vampires, and Dracula, and I promoted a post for my short film about Dracula’s Son and targeted those keywords, you would more than likely see the film appear in your timeline. While you can do almost the same thing with a website, the process is inherently a lot harder and requires the use of a third-party ad manager.Whether you love or loathe Facebook, it’s become an invaluable tool for filmmakers and creative types to promote their work, and I recommend you take advantage of it for your creative venture.Looking for more articles on using Facebook for promotion? Check out these:How to Properly Export Video for FacebookFacebook Hack: How to Optimize Your Video PostsCreate a Social Media Bumper and Lower Third for Your VideosExport Premiere Pro Projects Straight to Social MediaEngage Your Audience Faster With Adobe’s Social Publishing Panellast_img read more

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first_imgAhmedabad: The Gujarat BJP on Wednesday constituted three committees, including the State Parliamentary Board, election campaign committee, and manifesto committee, ahead of the Assembly polls scheduled later this year. The 14-member Board, which will screen candidates for the Assembly seats, consists of senior leaders like Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, State party chief Jitu Vaghani, former CM Anandiben Patel, deputy CM Nitin Patel, and Union Minister Purushottam Rupala. Former minister Kaushik Patel is in-charge of the campaign committee. Another committee, consisting 14 members, has been constituted to prepare the party’s manifesto. The party also constituted a three-member disciplinary committee.last_img

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first_imgEstablished in 1854, the College of Engineering Pune (CoEP) is one of the oldest in Asia and one of the hallowed leaders in technical education, harnessing some of India’s best and the brightest.While the CoEP has many firsts to its credit, its inclusion under the Technical Engineering Education Quality Improvement Project (TEQUIP) — supported by the World Bank and implemented by the Ministry of Human Resource Development — has triggered a transformation in the institute’s philosophy, making it sharper enabler of innovation.The TEQIP — the World Bank’s longest-running project in the field of higher education — has proved to be the kiss of life for 163-year-old CoEP, rejuvenating the institute and its education standards.From 2003 onwards, when the college was chosen – through a nationally competitive process – to be one of the 127 engineering and technical institutes supported by the Government of India and World Bank’s Technical/Engineering Education Quality Improvement Project (TEQIP), the institute has undergone a major overhaul in its quality of education besides offering a diverse range of programs.“The Government of Maharashtra had granted us complete autonomy in 2003 as a precondition for participating in TEQIP. We then revamped our curriculum using IIT Bombay as the role model,” said Dr. Bharatkumar Ahuja, Director, CoEP, adding that the CoEP’s curriculum today changes by around 25 per cent each year.The practices under TEQIP- Phase II, like introducing a choice-based credit system, making Mathematics courses in all eight semesters in undergraduate and post-graduate programs mandatory and introducing mandatory courses on ‘Innovation’ and ‘Entrepreneurship’ in the second and third years has immensely bolstered the students’ ability to cope with industry demands.“For instance, given the growing importance of bio-medical engineering, the institute introduced a new course in biology way back in 2007. Now, IIT Bombay has emulated us by introducing a similar course,” he said.Prof. Ahuja commented that while CoEP has always blazed many a trail in technical innovation, it was the TEQIP (Phase II) that resulted in shoring up the college’s Post Graduation education standards. The institute received a massive fund influx of Rs. 25 crore 17.20 crore under TEQIP-II for bolstering their higher education programme.“We ended up introducing five new programs that eventually resulted in increased student intake,” said Dr. Ahuja, remarking that the TEQIP program has led to the empowerment of students and faculty.Its shibboleth of ‘faculty first and students’ always’ chimes in with TEQIP’s aim of producing more employable and higher quality engineers throughout the country.Before TEQIP, the CoEP had 99 regular faculty members of whom only 11 were Ph.D.’s. Now, the institute boasts 217 member-strong faculty — 118 of whom are Ph.D.’s.“There are programs at World Bank which endure for barely four years. But TEQIP has transcended time constraints,” said Prof. Franciso Marmolejo, Lead, Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education, World Bank.Prof. Marmolejo, who is also the World Bank’s Lead Education Specialist in India, observed of CoEP that its core virtues of transparency, a participatory approach, a willingness to learn and willingness to share has led to the institute not only bolstering its own standards, but actively taking the lead in mentoring ‘weaker institutes’ in economically challenged states.Since its inclusion under TEQIP in 2003, the CoEP’s TEQIP audit score has shot up from 5 grade points in 2005 to 9.5 in 2009.“TEQIP Phase- III, begun recently, will carry forward the quality-oriented reforms initiated under TEQIP-II. Its focus will be on shoring up the quality of engineering education system in India’s low-income states. Around 100 government engineering colleges from these states will be paired with well-performing colleges from previous phases of TEQIP, like CoEP,” he said, noting that an important feature of TEQIP has been to build bridges between institutes.“The project has leveraged the expertise of the best in the country — the IITs and IIMs — to improve the academic rigor in TEQIP colleges while also strengthening leadership practices,” said Tara Béteille, TEQIP’s project leader, adding that this kind of resource-sharing and leveraging was especially vital, given that India has more than 30,000 higher education institutes spread across the country.last_img read more

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first_imgMarking a clear departure from its stand against any out-of-court settlement in the long simmering Mahadayi water dispute with Karnataka, the Goa Minister for Water Resources, Vinod Palyekar, said on Thursday they were open to talks with Karnataka and Maharashtra to explore an out-of-tribunal settlement.He was replying to a question by The Hindu on the state government’s response to Karnataka Chief Minister’s letter requesting the Goa Chief Minister to come for talks to which Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis has also given support.Mr. Palyekar said that once Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar returns from U.S. on Friday, he will discuss the issue with him. When asked what made Goa government change its “very rigid stance” of sticking to tribunal verdict only, Mr. Palyekar, who represents the Goa Forward Party in the BJP-led coalition government in the state, remarked that all three States have been spending huge money over the dispute and the legal battle has been on for long. It would be in the fitness of things to explore an amicable solution, he said.When asked whether Goa would change its earlier stand that it will not allow one drop of water to Karnataka beyond what the tribunal accepted, as a precursor to talks for an out-of-court settlement, Mr. Palyekar said that Goa has only Mahadayi as its main source of water as against Karnataka which has many such sources. Therefore, he would not like to commit anything at this stage.“But they have some other suggestions, what is the harm in discussing and talking to find if some solution emerges which will not adversely affect us and at the same time will have something for them as well?” asked Mr. Palyekar.Mr. Palyekar said he had recently met Karnataka Minister for Water Resources M.B. Patil at a function in Karnataka where the latter broached the water dispute issue and indicated that they have some proposals like building power plants in joint association with Goa.“At least it is my personal view that it would be advisable for all the three States as well as for the country if we can sort out our issues through talks. It would save money as well as time and energy,” he said.When asked about the strong pressure exerted by environmentalists and civil society that with the tribunal expected to give its verdict next month before the expiry of its term, any deviation by the Goa government would compromise it’s interest, the Minister said that his view was that “talks is an option to negotiate and discuss issues, to have a give and take, to reduce the differences and to come to a solution where, as long as Goa’s interest is not compromised, there should not be any problem.”“I am of the opinion that it would be a better option to work for an out-of-court settlement by agreeing to discuss the issue. That is what I will tell the Chief Minister,” Mr. Palyekar reiterated.“We have made it clear that Goa cannot release water. But if they have some other suggestions, why not hear them and try and see of some solution can come out,” he said. asked the Minister when asked Goa has taken firm stand over some works continued by Karnataka despite tribunal order to the contrary.Goa and Karnataka are battling out the long simmering dispute over the latter’s controversial Kalsa-Bhandura dam projects across the Mahadayi, which is known as the Mandovi river once it enters Goa. Considered the lifeline in the northern parts of the state, it originates in Karnataka and meets the Arabian Sea in Panaji. While the river traverses 28.8 km in Karnataka, its major length of 81.2 km is in Goa. Karnataka plans to construct seven dams on the river, aimed at diverting the waters into its water-starved Malaprabha basin in North Karnataka. Goa has opposed any plans of Karnataka to divert waters from one basin to another. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, whose earlier attempts to get previous BJP Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar to come for talks for an out-of-court settlement failed, has written to Mr. Parrikar on Wednesday asking him to agree to a joint meeting with their Maharashtra counterpart in order to find an ‘out of court’ and amicable resolution to the Mahadayi water dispute issue.last_img read more

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first_imgAt least 33 passengers of a bus were killed when the vehicle plunged into the Banas river in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan after its driver apparently lost control on a 100-foot-high bridge near Dubi village on Saturday. Among the victims were seven women and four children.The condition of two of the seven injured persons was stated to be critical. Twenty-six bodies were handed over to the families after post-mortem.The passengers included pilgrims from the nearby towns of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh going to visit the famous Ramdev temple at Malarna Chour village. Police said the private bus was travelling at a high speed. There was poor visibility due to the early morning fog. Reports also suggested that the driver was recklessly trying to overtake another vehicle on the bridge. The bus broke the railing of the bridge and fell into the river.The vehicle was carrying about 40 passengers. Local authorities fear the death toll could increase.Rescue workers used gas-cutters to enter the bus through its windows to retrieve the bodies. The bus was later brought out with the help of a crane.Sawai Madhopur Collector Kailash Chand Verma said ambulances were called in to rush the injured persons to a government hospital. All private medical institutions in the district were alerted for admitting the injured.Industries Minister Rajpal Singh Shekhwat, who is in charge of the district, announced financial assistance of ₹2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and ₹50,000 each to the injured persons. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said she had spoken to the district officers and instructed them to carry out rescue operations.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing anguish, said the State government was closely monitoring the situation.Union Minister of State Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot, former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Sawai Madhopur MLA Diya Kumari also expressed grief.last_img read more

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first_imgBJP MLA Vikram Saini, who waded into controversy with the claim that India is a country for Hindus as it is known as ‘Hindustan’, on Wednesday clarified that his outburst was against Pakistan and not Muslims.The Khatauli MLA publicly said on Monday that .“irresponsible leaders” had allowed some Muslims to live in India.“During Partition, due to them [Muslims], the Hindus are facing problem in the country. If they [Muslims] had not stopped in India, property of crores would be of the Hindus,” Mr. Saini had said.However, Mr. Saini on Wednesday sought to wriggle out of the controversy by saying he did not intend to hurt any religious sentiments.His remarks, he said, were directed against Pakistan in the backdrop of the discourteous treatment meted out to imprisoned Indian Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother in Islamabad.“I did not intend to hurt religious sentiments. I was enraged over Pakistan’s behaviour with Jadhav’s family members. My remarks were not against Muslims,” he said.Meanwhile, on Mr. Saini’s remarks, Uttar Pradesh Minister Dharam Singh Saini said they were his personal views.Last year, Mr. Saini sparked controversy when he threatened to break the limbs of those who kill and disrespect cows. Mr. Saini is an accused in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots case and was detained under the National Security Act.last_img read more

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first_imgThe traditional tribal village authority of Kotlen in Kangpokpi district of Manipur has drawn flak for banishing six tribal families as a punishment for not sending their children to the local government school. They had put their wards in the school of the neighbouring Hengjol village. Village chieftain Dongjang Haokip asked the six families to leave by April 28, which they did after demolishing their tin-roofed houses.Tonglet Haokip, one of the victims, said that as there are not enough teachers, they had decided to send their children to the neighbouring village.Despite complaints by the victims, police are yet to intervene. The victimised families said the government school in the village is in a bad shape with two local youths, recruited as substitutes, looking after all the seven classes. District officials also admitted there were not enough teachers in the school. They further alleged that the chieftain, himself, was sending his children to schools in Imphal, the State capital.The victimised tribal families said they are taking shelter in Hengjol and Tintong Laijang villages. The village elders said the families had gone against the resolution of the authority that all parents shall send their children up to Class V to the local government school.The parents said they opted for the Tongsat Memorial Junior School in the neighbouring village about 1 km away. All the eight children of these six families are now studying there.last_img read more

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first_imgTerming the incident a violation of right to equality and dignity, the NHRC on Tuesday issued notices to the Madhya Pradesh government and police over candidates for the post of constable from reserved categories being stamped on their chests.The NHRC took suo motu cognisance of media reports on the issue. The photos led to the State police ordering a probe.According to reports, the NHRC said, the stamps were used in order to prevent confusion as the norms for height and chest measurements for general and reserved category applicants are different.last_img

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first_imgTwo of Kolkata’s oldest colonial buildings, Currency Building and Metcalfe Hall, both built in the 19th century, will soon become museums and galleries showcasing art and urban history. The three-storied Currency Building in Dalhousie Square was built in 1833. Designed in the Italian style with Venetian windows and cast iron gates, its vaults and strong room once housed some of India’s oldest banks, including Agra Bank and the Reserve Bank of India. But now the western wing is all set to become the office of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Once the NGMA moves in, the Currency Building will host an exhibition of sketches and sculptures by Ramkinkar Baij, a pioneer of modern Indian sculpture. “We are expecting that a portion of the Currency Building will be handed over to us by September. There are plans to have a large exhibition on Ramkinkar Baij,” said Adwaita Gadanayak, director general of NGMA. Archaeologists say the Currency Building was not a mint but a place where currency was kept. Till 1937, it was occupied by the RBI, after which it fell into neglect. Its central dome collapsed later. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) took over its upkeep in 2005. Barely 200 m away is Metcalfe Hall, with 30 Corinthian pillars built between 1840-1844. Located at the junction of Strand Road and Hare Street, it draws its name from Lord Metcalfe, the Governor General of India in 1835-36. It is in this structure that the city’s history will come alive as the ‘Calcutta to Kolkata’ exhibition. Renovation dilemma The ASI grappled with the question whether to rebuild the Currency Building’s dome, but decided to keep the existing structure. In Metcalfe Hall, it shifted one lakh books for repair work. “The exhibitions will bring them back to life,” said G. Maheswari, Superintend- ing Archaeologist, ASI, Kolkata circle.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday started an inquiry into the death of a youth in police custody.According to the police, Rizwan Pandit, a resident of Awantipora in south Kashmir, was in police custody and died during the night of March 18-19. Pandit was a schoolteacher by profession.”Pandit was held in pursuance of a militancy case under investigation,” said the police.A magisterial inquiry is underway in the case under Section 176 of the Code Of Criminal Procedure, the police said.The police also initiated a separate case of alleged violation of police jurisdiction. Pandit was allegedly lodged in the Cargo Camp of the police Special Operations Group in Srinagar.The authorities closed the Islamic University of Science and Technology in Awantipora on Tuesday. All the examinations were postponed due to precautionary measures.last_img read more

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first_imgSoon after the Naxal attack on policemen in Gadchiroli on Wednesday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis promising all help and calling the attack an “act of cowardice and desperation.” “Spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis regarding the tragic incident in Gadchiroli and expressed my grief at the loss of brave police personnel. MHA is in constant touch with the State administration,” the Minister said. Mr. Fadnavis said all help will be provided to the families of the jawans. “I strongly condemn this attack and we will fight this menace with even more and stronger efforts in the future,” he said. The latest attack takes the total death toll of security forces in naxal-related violence in Maharashtra to 163 since 1991. In 2015, an internal security report of the Maharashtra Police had assessed the security threat as ‘low’ after losing only two jawans, compared to 11 in the previous year, asking the forces to concentrate on the Southern parts of Gadchiroli. However, a senior police official said enough intelligence inputs were available of a possible strike in the Northern parts during the Lok Sabha elections, sources said. Denying any intelligence failure, Director General of Police Subodh Kumar Jaiswal said the attack was ‘indigenous’ and did not have support from any external organisation.last_img read more

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first_imgFermentation is critical to winemaking. But sometimes the yeast that ferments the wine shuts down prematurely, and bacteria consume the remaining sugar and spoil the drink—a chronic problem called stuck fermentation. Researchers report in the 28 August issue of Cell that they have discovered a biochemical communication system behind this problem. Normally, when grape sugar is present, a biological circuit based in the yeast’s cell membrane blocks the fungus from consuming carbon sources other than the sugar, a process called glucose repression that allows people to use yeast for winemaking and baking. But sometimes, bacteria can send signals that trigger prions—infectious, misfolded proteins infamous for causing mad cow disease in humans—to replicate on the yeast’s cell membranes. The prions interfere with the glucose repression process, enabling the yeast to consume other carbon sources and slow down glucose metabolism—which makes fermentation inefficient. The researchers suspect a similar mechanism might explain type 2 diabetes in humans: Cells monitoring blood sugar levels start to change their metabolism and ignore the glucose signal, possibly due to prion infection, leaving the sugar circulating in the blood. Prions that induce mad cow disease in humans work in a different manner, the researchers say. They suggest that winemakers can avoid the problem of stuck fermentation by adding sulfur dioxide early when crushing the grapes to kill bacteria that induce prion growth in the yeast.last_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C.—Reciting the days of the week is a trivial task for most of us, but then, most of us don’t have cooling probes in our brains. Scientists have discovered that by applying a small electrical cooling device to the brain during surgery they could slow down and distort speech patterns in patients. When the probe was activated in some regions of the brain associated with language and talking—like the premotor cortex—the patients’ speech became garbled and distorted, the team reported here yesterday at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting. As scientists moved the probe to other speech regions, such as the pars opercularis, the distortion lessened, but speech patterns slowed. (These zones and their effects are displayed graphically above.) “What emerged was this orderly map,” says team leader Michael Long, a neuroscientist at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City. The results suggest that one region of the brain organizes the rhythm and flow of language while another is responsible for the actual articulation of the words. The team was even able to map which word sounds were most likely to be elongated when the cooling probe was applied. “People preferentially stretched out their vowels,” Long says. “Instead of Tttuesssday, you get Tuuuesdaaay.” The technique is similar to the electrical probe stimulation that researchers have been using to identify the function of various brain regions, but the shocks often trigger epileptic seizures in sensitive patients. Long contends that the cooling probe is completely safe, and that in the future it may help neurosurgeons decide where to cut and where not to cut during surgery.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Donald Trump administration which will take charge on 20 January in the US has announced that it will push for legislative measures to curb misuse of H1-B and L1 work visas significantly used by Indian IT professionals. Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgUS-based business intelligence & visualization software provider Qlik has carried a unique survey, to find out how literate employees are when it comes to usage and knowledge of data and information.And India has secured top spot in all categories.When compared to countries in the Asia Pacific, the average data literacy rate was found to be just 20%; but when it comes to Indian employees, then the data literacy rate was found to be a staggering 45%, which is more than double of the average rate.Read it at Trak Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgThe U.S. trucking industry is so massive that not only does it cater to myriads of different verticals, but also houses different ethnicities under its roof, who are part of the industry as truckers, owner-operators, fleet owners, and even as people in gas stations, truck stops, and maintenance sheds. In this mix, the Punjabis or rather the Sikh population have built themselves a bastion in the North American trucking market that is second to none.Read it at Freight Waves Related Itemslast_img

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