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Technical Writers are Vital for Technology Startups

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first_imgA technology start-up without a Technical Writer is similar to a new small business without a marketing plan. The first thought that comes to mind when most people think of a “technical writer” is an IT professional — blogging about the latest trends for a reputable technology website. But, actual technical writers are vital for technology startups.These skillful writers can turn a dull or complex topic into content that people of all educational backgrounds can understand to complete work-related responsibilities. If you hire an experienced technical writer, it can reduce costs on hiring a team for multiple writing needs.Let’s review what exactly technical writers do and the benefits of having one on your team.What Can Technical Writers Do for You?Technical writers are one of two types of professionals. A) An Enterprise, Full Stack Developer, or Systems Analyst that transitioned into a technical writer. B) A journalism or communications professional that decided to pursue a writing career in technology.Do you need an operational manual? Hire a technical writer. How about a Disaster Recovery Plan for critical applications? A technical writer can write this with the help of subject matter experts and strategic stakeholder interviews. These are the writing gurus that interview your tech team to produce masterful documentation often used for Information Management and Technology, Business Continuity, or Business Development.The Benefits of Hiring Technical Writers.Disaster Recovery Plans Can Save IT Infrastructure, and Lives.What happens when a critical application is unavailable? IT staff and employees can be confused on immediate steps to take during a natural disaster, human-induced incident, or a malicious IT attack.A Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) is a document produced by a technical writer with the help of conversations with subject matter experts. A start-up without a DRP can be faced with public humiliation, financial loss, disappointed customers, and potentially the loss of lives. What is inside of a DRP? A communications plan, information about the backup datacenter, key emergency contacts, Business Continuity information, IT security, and much more.A classic example of the necessity of a Disaster Recovery Plan is a 2017 massive storm in Houston with water entering the basement of a ConocoPhillips facility that holds critical IT equipment. The help of a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) supported the IT team with recovering service from ConocoPhillips backup facility in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.If ConocoPhillips did not have a Disaster Recovery Plan on site, we can imagine the negative financial and potential public impact that could have occurred.Tech Experts Prefer Not to WriteTechnical experts working in IT rarely have time to write procedures, let alone interview colleagues to produce documentation. It is the reason professional and technical writers are a valuable resource. Most of a writer’s day involves interviewing internal and external stakeholders.Research and writing documentation for employees, executives, or the general public requires an understanding of target audiences. The process can take a full day of writing, editing, interviewing, speaking with vendors, or visiting datacenters to understand the technical aspect of applications.Technical Writers Can Help to Reduce Employee CostsExperienced technical writers can produce communications, marketing, and business writing content. Most have an educational background in journalism, public relations, marketing, and media relations.As a result, a start-up can reduce the cost of having marketing, PR, or communications employee on site with one technical writer in the building. Imagine the reduction of hiring three to four professionals with a technical writer on site. It is a Startups dream come true.Contractors and Short-Term ProjectsA technical writer can be hired on contract for the duration of a project need. Most professional tech writers are employed through a recruitment agency which reduces the time and financial effort in a human resources team searching for talent.Imagine hiring a technical writer for three to 12 months with an option of extending the contract if needed. Also, it will cost double the expense of one full-time writer on site than it is to hire a contractor. Furthermore, if a start-up remains in contact with the writer after a contract ends, an option of rehiring the writer at a later date that understands the business can be beneficial to future project needs.Inspires the Start of Additional ProjectsAt times a start-up can discover that additional documentation is needed outside of a project in which a technical writer is hired. These writers are hired to complete documentation for applications and requested to complete operational guides. A business or tech writer is often asked to assist with internal business planning while working for organizations.In a large organization, a marketing team, business development, executives, or human resources can depend on a technical writer for assistance with online and offline content.Genius IT Ideas are CapturedA business without a technical writer can set itself up for failure. A startup can have brilliant enterprise architects, web analysts, and IT security staff with no documentation on file. The most game-changing ideas, processes, strategies, policies, guidelines, and contractual agreements need to be captured in documents. There are leading organizations that depend on employees to provide essential information based on data stored in an individual’s memory. It is not a good idea in today’s economy if an employee were to resign or a company needs to downsize valuable employees.Meet IT Auditor RequirementsA mistake that start-ups often make is waiting to develop a compliance component after a business is established rather than in the beginning. The reality is municipal, federal, and government laws in the technology space frequently change.To prevent an unexpected request from a government agency or the IRS requesting an internal audit with minimal to no existing documentation on file, it is best to hire a technical writer. A technical writer can work with your startup from the beginning to ensure contracts, and other legal documentation is produced in the event an audit request occurs.HOW TO FIND TECHNICAL WRITERSTechnical writers working on contract or freelancing can be discovered on freelance sites that include FreelanceMyWay, Upwork, Guru, and Work Hoppers. A variety of profiles of technical writers are available to review previous experience. Most companies who hire writers have writing samples and testimonials of other companies that use these sites. Furthermore, some of these sites complete a background check of contractors that include verifying profile photos to confirm identity.Final ThoughtsA technical writer can be a valuable resource to a new and existing IT startup. These experts are self-starters, interview employees, work with minimal supervision, and are open to working on a variety of projects. These writers can produce IT disaster recovery plans with instructions to recover critical applications during a natural disaster. These documents provide the contact information of key emergency personnel, a communications plan, and even a diagram of the Disaster Recovery infrastructure.These professionals are often on call because most work as contractors that work for leading organizations that include Microsoft, Google, Twitter, Government, and municipalities. This level of work experience can be an asset to a start-up with minimal cost in hiring a full-time technical writer.Also, documentation to ensure unexpected audits can prevent a potential closure of a startup from continuing business with existing documentation that can be updated and used for the entire life of a start-up. Tags:#Technical Writer#technical writers startup Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Makeda Waterman Follow the Puck Makeda Waterman is a Technical Writer of 5 years with features on CNBC Make It., and Yahoo Finance News. She has worked for the Government of Alberta and IT tech companies across North America. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturelast_img read more

Resource Discovery: 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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first_imgBy Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFTGottman, J. (2009). Making Relationships Work: Part 1. Gottman Institute. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLXX8wzvT7c&list=PLZFyvqrY0RjklYs_w_7FtK_GGC7xJ3UZZOur earlier post discussed relationship communication styles that can promotestability. Today’s Resource Discoveryprovides a video link to a talk that Dr. John Gottman gaveon the 4 communication styles in relationships that predict the relationshipfailure. He uses a biblical metaphor “Four Horsemen of theApocalypse” to describe the red flags that can be an indicationof the end of a relationship.[Flickr, by Caitee Smith, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015Gottman is Professor Emeritus of psychology at the University of Washington and heads both The Relationship Research Institute, a non-profit research facility, as well as The Gottman Institute, a for-profit therapist training organization. Gottman has spent 35 years as a research scientist exploring couple communication dynamics in efforts to provide information that better informs services, interventions, andprograms for couples.Professionals working with military couples can utilize this information in many ways. It can serve to inform not only assessment and  prevention strategies when working with couples, but it also can be useful when we collaborate with couples in coming up with strategies to build stronger bonds and healthy communication patterns within relationships.This post was written by Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist.  She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Career Sustaining Behaviors and Wellness

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first_imgBy Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDFlickr [Me. by Steve Maw, March 20, 2010, CC BY-ND 2.0]What activities used by therapists to enhance their professional quality of life are most associated with well-being?  Researchers Lawson and Myers [1] conducted a survey of professional counselors, measuring career sustaining behaviors (CSBs) and wellness, as well as other issues such as caseload type and setting of practice. They compared the CSBs and wellness scores to identify activities that were endorsed by therapists with high wellness scores.A total of 1000 members of the American Counseling Association were randomly selected to receive the survey, which was sent via mail, and 506 responded to the survey with usable data. The average age of participants was 49.9 years old and they had an average of 13.6 years of work experience.  More than two-thirds of the sample reported that they were licensed in their state as a professional counselor.  Participants responded to surveys measuring wellness and career sustaining behaviors, and provided demographic and caseload information. Measures used included:5F-Wel: A measure of wellness derived from the IS-Wel model.Career Sustaining Behavior Questionnaire (CSBQ): A measure used to rate strategies for maintaining effective functioning and positive attitudes in a professional role as a counselor.ProQOL, revision III: A measure tapping into professional quality of life.Researchers identified 19 significant career-sustaining behaviors reported more frequently by counselors with high wellness scores.The top CSBs reported by counselors (ranked highest to lowest) with high wellness scores were:Lawson & Myers, Career Sustaining Behaviors, 2011Additionally, engaging in private practice (as opposed to school, community or university-based practice), having a lower caseload number, and having fewer high risk patients (e.g., suicidal or self-injurious). As a therapist it is important to consider what you can do to increase your personal and professional well-being in order to avoid burnout or other negative impacts.References[1] Lawson, G., & Myers, J. E. (2011). Wellness, professional quality of life, and Career‐Sustaining behaviors: What keeps us well? Journal of Counseling & Development, 89(2), 163-171. doi:10.1002/j.1556-6678.2011.tb00074.x This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Somewhere between a rock and a hard place

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first_imgby JoDee ChristiansonHave you ever heard someone say, “I feel like I am caught somewhere between a rock and a hard place?” Growing up on dairy farm in central MN I learned this statement in the physical sense and in the hypothetical. The physical example being when you are out disking the fields and you get a rock stuck between the disk blades you have to pry it loose. If left alone the rock can be damaging to the equipment and ineffective in getting the job done. The hypothetical sense is when you’re faced with making a difficult decision as a result of change in your life made by an outside source (deployments, employers, health diagnosis). The irony in this statement is that I haven’t thought about it in years, but it couldn’t explain my current situation better. In reflection, I owe this trip down memory lane to my recent participation in a four day online conference hosted by the Military Families Learning Network, September 24-27, 2017.It’s important to bring you up to speed on what had been going on in my life in the two months prior to the conference, to fully understand how I found myself somewhere between a rock and a hard place. In July of this year, my oldest son underwent a second major airway reconstruction surgery for a congenital airway anomaly he has had since birth. During this time and the month that followed, I took intermittent family leave from work.We had been through a similar surgery with my son six years prior, so we went into this surgery with confidence and much anticipation for a great outcome, knowing we had been down this path before. We would get through it, and would be back to life as usual, before we knew it. As it turns out, we were confident in the process, but overlooked all of the emotions and sacrifices that came with this life changing moment. Those memories seemed to have faded in that six-year gap between surgeries. We again faced fear versus hope and a lack of trust versus connection and vulnerability. All of those things came back in full swing. As it turned out, even after a twelve-day stay in the ICU, my son healed remarkably quickly. Our stay in Philadelphia, PA for the surgery lessoned from an anticipated 12 weeks to only 4 weeks. The separation from my other two children, ages 6 and 3, lessoned from 12 weeks to 4 weeks, and my time away from work also lessoned from 12 weeks to 4 weeks. Which is great, right? I could get right back into it, work, family, and the kids starting a new school year on time, no problem. Because external healing equates internal healing, right? Wrong! I had been back to work for just 2 weeks when we had a medical emergency with my son, and knew we would have to return to Philadelphia. This set back was paired almost simultaneously with an organizational change within my job. On August 20th we came home from Philadelphia, by August 25th I received news that my supervisor would be changing, and by September 4th my son would have a medical event that stopped my world from spinning. I was cloaked in fear and guilt, looking back at the two weeks from the time of his event to the time we heard the Dr. say, “everything is okay”, I don’t recall doing anything outside of breathing.My son and I returned home September 16th to mountains of prayers that had been met, and the relief of those around us. Two days after our return home from Philadelphia, I was back to work. Relieved and refreshed of course, or so I thought I should have been. But really I hadn’t had time to deal with what all had happened and I was finding myself in the middle of two conflicting changes in my life, both completely out of my control. Everyone around me saw me smile, nod, and heard me say “uh-huh…yes that sounds great.” But I was absolutely paralyzed inside. I had experienced a traumatic event with my son and I was shutting down. What seemed a small shift at work, became profound and an easy target for blame and anger. I was shutting down. I was caught between a rock and a hard place.Enter, the MFLN online conference “Learning through Change: Adapt. Grow. Thrive.” Whether you believe in divine intervention or not, someone was definitely throwing me a life vest. It was up to me to put it on and so I registered and committed to attending each session of the 4-day conference.Now, remember when I talked about the rock in the disk blades when you’re out in the field? In order to dislodge that rock you need some tools — usually a crow bar, but you also need things like determination and persistence, and then with that, you literally have to pry and jolt that rock loose. Dr. Charles Figley’s keynote presentation “Seasons of Change: Promoting Growth during Times of Uncertainty” was my first jolt. I connected with what he had to say, I realized that caring for my son put me in the field of Compassion Fatigue. After the conclusion of his presentation, I spent the next hour clicking through every suggested resource. I reaped all that YouTube had to offer in regards to Dr. Figley’s research, applying it to my personal and professional situations.Feeling that rock, give way just a little after day one, my gateway had been opened. My next jolt came though the presentation by Trisha Wohlfeil titled, “Rising Strong ™ When Faced with Professional Change: My Story, My Ending”. I will forever be grateful for her introduction to the work of Dr. Brene Brown. What a profound message behind sharing your story. Again, I found myself in a click storm of resources that had been shared through the conference’s group chat feature; each one offering a jolt, producing movement. The power of vulnerability; bam! Listening to Shame; bam! To do so “daring greatly”, bam!Now, it would be wonderful to share that this conference has allowed me to completely break free from the hard places that hold on to me so tightly, but I don’t believe that was the purpose. Rather, just as no one presenter, community worker, or military family specialist can make that breakthrough for the audience they are working with. This conference provided connection to resources, tools and a place, for me to begin the work, which I need to do, to lean into, and “learn through change”!JoDee Christianson is a SNAP-Ed Educator with the University of Minnesota, Extension. JoDee is also a spouse, a parent caring for two sons with special medical needs and their sister, amidst the hardwoods of Minnesota.last_img read more

FODMAP Diet: What is it? Who can benefit?

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first_imgA review analyzing clinical and observational research studies supports the use of low FODMAP diets in IBS treatment: “There is now high-quality evidence supporting the low FODMAP diet as a first-line therapy in IBS, demonstrating significant improvement in symptoms in 70% of all subtypes of IBS patients.”5In conclusion, low FODMAP diets show promise in diminishing IBS symptoms. Patients should be assisted by a nutrition professional during the elimination and challenge phases of the FODMAP diet. Different foods will precipitate symptoms in IBS patients and therefore, the diet must be individualized.Bibliography: 1. Low FODMAP Diet. Stanfordhealthcare.org. https://stanfordhealthcare.org/medical-treatments/l/low-fodmap-diet.html. Published 2018. Accessed December 1, 2018.2. Mahan L, Raymond J. Krause’s Food & The Nutrition Care Process. 14th ed. [Philadelphia, Pa.]: Saunders; 2017:546-548.3. Halmos E, Power V, Shepherd S, Gibson P, Muir J. A Diet Low in FODMAPs Reduces Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Gastroenterology. 2014;146(1):67-75.e5. doi:10.1053/j.gastro.2013.09.0464. Pedersen N, Felding M, Ankersen D, Vegh Z, Burisch J, Munkholm P. Low FODMAP diet reduces irritable bowel symptoms and improves quality of life in patients with inflammatory bowel disease in a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis. 2014;8:S47. doi:10.1016/s1873-9946(14)60092-15. Manning L, Biesiekierski J. Use of dietary interventions for functional gastrointestinal disorders. Curr Opin Pharmacol. 2018;43:132-138. doi:10.1016/j.coph.2018.09.003 By: Annabelle Shaffer, Dietetics senior at University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignWhat is it? To begin, FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. These are types of carbohydrates that can be found in common food items, such as honey, dairy, onion, and garlic1. Once in the gut, these carbohydrates may be improperly absorbed leading to fermentation by the bacteria, or microbiota, naturally found in your gut1. Individuals who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) experience gas, bloating, cramping, and changes in stool frequency or form after eating a large amount of foods containing FODMAPs1. IBS is diagnosed by a physician specializing in gastroenterology.A FODMAP diet is a diet low in fructose, fructans, galactans, lactose, and polyols2. Fructose can be found in apples, honey, sugar snap peas, watermelon, and mango. Fructans and galactans can be found in wheat products, legumes, and cashews. Lactose is found in varying amounts in all dairy products. Polyols are in apricots, mushrooms, as well as sugar alternatives such as xylitol and sorbitol.FODMAP diets are not intended to be lifelong. Instead, with advisement from a healthcare professional, you would eliminate all high FODMAP containing foods and eat low FODMAP alternatives for 6-8 weeks2. After the elimination period, the patient begins the challenge phase2. In this phase, the patient adds FODMAP foods back into their diet one at a time and identifies any foods that precipitate symptoms2.Who can benefit? The FODMAP diet was developed by researchers at Monash University in Australia to ease the symptoms of IBS. Since the diet’s creation, studies have been done on the efficacy of a low FODMAP diet in IBS symptom reduction. Thus far, the research is promising:A controlled cross-over study found that low FODMAP diets reduced IBS symptoms in comparison to the study population’s typical diet: “The results of this study provide high-quality evidence that the low FODMAP diet is efficacious for treatment of functional gastrointestinal symptoms in unselected IBS with symptoms being halved compared with a typical Australian diet.”3 A randomized control study also concluded a low FODMAP diet was successful in IBS symptom reduction: “A low-FODMAP diet reduced IBS-like symptoms and increased quality of life in patients with IBD in remission.”4last_img read more

14 Inspirational (and Mind-Blowing) Hyperlapse Videos

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first_imgThese hyperlapse videos will be the greatest thing you’ll see all year. And that’s not hyperbole.Hyperlapse videos are fun to watch and incredibly difficult to shoot. When executed well, the payoff is worth it. In the case of most of the videos on this list, a solid hyperlapse can land you a Vimeo Staff Pick. Check out these inspiring hyperlapse videos and then get out there and shoot your own.1. Watchtower of TurkeyThis video by Leonardo Dalessandri was shot over the course of 20 days across 3,500 kilometers. You can read more information about this video in our ‘Editing Breakdown: Watchtower of Turkey‘ post.Created By: Leonardo Dalessandri2. Dubai Flow MotionDubai Flow Motion was researched, shot, and edited over the course of 3 months. The video can be viewed in 4K by visiting the Dubai Film YouTube channel.Created By: Rob Whitworth3. Google Street View HyperlapseThis video is an impressive example of the hyperlapse potential in Google’s street view images. All of the hyperlapses in this video were created using the Google Streetview Hyperlapse website. When you get done watching these videos, head over there and make your own!Created By: Teehan+Lax Labs4. Barcelona Go!This video shot in Barcelona took 363 hours to complete and over 26,000 photos. It was shot entirely on Nikon DSLRs.Created By: Rob Whitworth5. NightvisionNightvision features architectural landmarks from 36 cities across 21 countries. You can learn more about Nightvision by visiting the Nightvision website.Created By: Luke Shepard6. Time of RioTime of Rio is a visual poem that features various aspects of life in Rio de Janeiro. The video was edited in Lightroom, After Effects, and Final Cut X.Created By: MOOV7. Barcelona. Motion TimelapseOvercoming a broken camera, lost hard drives, and 480 gb of storage, filmmaker Alexandr Kravtsov brings us this inspiring hyperlapse from Barcelona.Created By: Alexandr Kravtsov8. Paris in Motion (Part 1)Using over 50,000 photographs, Mayeul Akpovi captured this stunning video of Paris. The video was shot using a Canon 5D Mark II and Mark III.Created By: Mayeul Akpovi9. Georgia – Hyper TravelThis hyperlapse through Georgia (the country, not the state) is unique in that it’s comprised of HDR images instead of just regular RAW images.Created By: Piotr Wancerz / Timelapse Media 10. Discovering VancouverThis video shot by Ryan Edmond immerses you in the sights and sounds of Vancouver.Created By: Ryan Edmond11. Brooklyn Brewery MashUsing a combination of 3000 photos and a few incredible slow motion shots, filmmaker Paul Trillo brings the community of Brooklyn to life.Created by: Paul Trillo12. Moving Through New YorkThis video by Geoff Tompkinson is an amazing example of hyperlapse through New York City. Tompkinson also teaches hyperlapse to those interested in learning. Visit his website for more info.Created By: Geoff Tompkinson13. Bern HyperlapsedUsing 3,500 images shot across 4 months, this video showcases the beauty of Bern, the capital of Switzerland.Created By: Studium-Punctum14. Paris in Motion (Part 4)In the fourth installment of the Paris in Motion series, filmmaker Mayeul Akpovi gives us yet another inspiring look at the City of Lights using hyperlapse and timelapse techniques.Created By: Mayeul AkpoviFeeling inspired to make your own hyperlapse video? Check out a few of the following resources:How to Create a HyperlapseEditing Breakdown: Watchtower of Turkey Hyperlapse for FilmmakersAny other inspiring Hyperlapse videos you’d like to share? Share your favorites in the comments below.last_img read more

360 Camera Buying Guide 2015

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first_imgThese 360 cameras are perfect for VR filmmaking and video production. Let’s take a closer look at what’s out there.If you’ve ever seen a 360 video in VR, then you know how amazing this emerging technology can be. However, 360 video is in its infancy and it can be confusing to sort out all of the new technologies hitting the market. So whether you’re looking to buy a new 360 camera or if you are simply interested in the industry, here is a buying guide for 360 spherical cameras.Quick Caveat: This post only includes cameras capable of shooting 360-degree spherical footage intended for VR headset use. If the camera is not capable of shooting directly above or below, it’s not on this list.Cameras Currently AvailableGoPro 360 Rig Type of Footage: HD Monoscopic (2D)Price: $799Pros: Easily Editable in Post-Production Software, Uses SD Cards, Multiplex and Equirectangular Mode, High Quality 14MP Images, App for MonitoringCons: Internal Battery, Below-Average Video QualityExpected Release Date: December 15thThe Bublcam is a unique design that is very rich in features, but is somewhat lacking in video quality. If you are looking to take 360 images, the Bublcam is great. But if you are looking for high-quality footage, you might want to steer clear. However, if you are looking for an all-in-one camera solution that can take SD cards, this camera might be for you.It’s safe to say that we will be seeing more and more 360 cameras as the years go by, but for now these are the 360 cameras you need to know about. We’ll create a new list when more cameras are announced.If you want to see even more 360 videos, I highly recommend checking out YouTube’s 360 video channel.What 360 cameras have you used? Do you have any personal recommendations? Share in the comments below. Ricoh Theta M15 Bublcam 360fly Type of Footage: HD Monoscopic (2D)Price: $350Pros: Long Exposure, 30fps, Live Streaming, F/2.0 Lens, App for PhoneCons: Footage is Average Quality,Expected Release Date: Fall 2015The Theta S is a much appreciated update to the original Theta. While early test footage is still not quite as sharp as a GoPro rig, it’s certainly a step in the right direction. I fully expect the Theta S to be a great 360 camera for casual 360 video lovers. Plus, the new Theta S will feature live-stream capabilities that will allow you to output HD 360 video via a mini HDMI port. And like the 360fly, the Theta S will have a live-view app for monitoring and editing your footage on the fly. Type of Footage: 4K Monoscopic (2D)Price: $1,999Pros: Global Shutter, Up to 60fps, Great Footage Quality, 8 Tripod Mounts,Cons: ExpensiveExpected Release Date: January 2016Out of all the cameras on this list, the Sphericam 2 is by far the most professional in terms of footage quality. Using six built-in cameras, the Sphericam 2 records live-stitched video in 4K at 30fps. If you want even higher-quality footage, you can record each camera to a separate card at 60fps. The camera has four built-in microphones for surround sound. The camera also has six tripod mounts, making it incredibly diverse. Type of Footage: HD Monoscopic (2D)Price: $399Pros: All-in-One Camera, Waterproof Design, 32GB Storage, Bluetooth Control, iOS App, Live StreamingCons: Internal Storage Only, Severe Chromatic Aberration, Low Resolution,If you want to shoot action footage, then a 360fly might be for you. The camera is incredibly rugged and can easily be attached to a helmet, car, skateboard, and more. Like the Theta, the 360fly shoots HD video, which is not necessarily a good thing for 360 footage. The 360fly also has some of the worst chromatic aberration (purple fringing) I’ve ever seen. On the plus side, you can review 360 footage using an iOS device via a bluetooth app. Type of Footage: 4K Monoscopic (2D)Price: $599Pros: Accompanying App, Cloud Storage, Up to 72 Hours ShootingCons: Must Be Connected to Wall Socket, Not Very Portable, 20fps Video OnlyExpected Release Date: October 2015The ALLie Home is more of an inside 360 camera, as it can only be used with a wall socket. However, the camera is incredibly diverse in terms of features. The camera can stream video to the cloud for up to 72 hours, making it a great camera for timelapse and security purposes. ALLie is being marketed as more of a security or event camera, so I don’t recommend buying one if you want to record outdoors.center_img 360Cam Type of Footage: Up To Monoscopic 8K or Stereoscopic 8KPrice: $1,995+ for Monoscopic, $3,995+ for StereoscopicPros: Best-Quality 360 Footage Available for Consumers, Fantastic Resolution, DurableCons: Expensive, More Cameras More Problems, Long Setup TimeThe majority of 360 videos shot by professionals utilize a multi-GoPro rig. This is mainly because GoPros shoot decent footage and are so small in size. While this technique can take a lot of time to setup, a GoPro rig is the way to go if quality is the most important thing for you. It’s also important to decide if you want to shoot in monoscopic (2D) or stereoscopic (3D). If you want to shoot in 2D, you can get by with as little as six cameras. But if you want to shoot in 3D Stereoscopic, you will at least twelve cameras. Google’s popular Jump rig uses sixteen individual GoPros which can cost a lot of money, as you can imagine.There are a lot of different places making GoPro rigs with different features. For example you can purchase a six-camera underwater rig or even 3D print your own GoPro 360 rig. Type of Footage: HD Monoscopic (2D)Price: $499Pros: GPS, Built-in Stabilization, Sleek Design, Easily Convert to Security CameraCons: 360 x 300 degree Field of View (Not Full 360), Average Image Quality, Some Chromatic Aberration, Purple FringingExpected Release Date: At Least Early 2016 (if you were not a Kickstarter backer)360Cam is a great camera that has been plagued by release delays. The footage we’ve seen is definitely comparable to the Theta S, but you can’t record directly below your feet when using this camera. The 360 Cam can record still photographs and video, both of which can be monitored with an accompanying iOS app. The 360Cam can also be mounted into a light socket for 360 security purposes. 360cam is also working on Google Street view integration so you can easily upload your 360 images. ALLie Home Type of Footage: Monoscopic HDPrice: $280Pros: Easy to Use, Point and Shoot,Cons: Average Quality Footage, Low Resolution, Only 3 Minutes of Continuous Recording, Internal Storage OnlyThe Ricoh Theta is probably the easiest 360 camera to use on this list. A Theta is an all-in-one camera that will produce seamless 360 footage that can easily be dropped into your video editing software of choice. The footage quality is not fantastic. In fact, if you are trying to shoot professional 360 footage, you might want to look for another camera. But if you simply want to shoot pain-free 360 footage, the Theta M15 is the way to go. Upcoming CamerasTheta S Sphericam 2last_img read more

Three Disciplines of Sales Management (A Note to the Sales Manager)

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first_imgThere are dozens of tasks and activities that dominate a sales manager’s day. There is no doubt that the sales manager’s job is one of the most difficult in business and there are hours of work each week just serving the sales organization. But there are three disciplines a sales manager absolutely must keep to succeed.These three disciplines should take precedence over other work, and they should be treated as the sales manager’s real priorities.Discipline 1: Ensuring a Healthy PipelineActivity management is crucial to a salesperson’s or sales organization’s success. But activity for activity’s sake doesn’t do anything to produce sales results. Activity has to produce outcomes, and the major outcomes that need measured are opportunities created and opportunities advanced. You can see the outcomes in the sales pipeline.One of the three primary disciplines of a sales manager is to ensure that they have a healthy pipeline. That means that the pipeline has to be inspected and managed with a fervor that borders on religious.Without enough opportunities, you cannot make your number. Without the right opportunities, you also can’t make your number. Poor deal velocity (slow moving opportunities) will also derail your ability to make your number. A healthy pipeline is critical and it will inoculate you from many risks.Ensuring that the pipeline is healthy and that it will produce the results you need is a discipline. You have to continually inspect the pipeline to ensure that your sales team is producing and managing the opportunities you need to succeed.Discipline 2: Coaching OpportunitiesIt would be wonderful if opportunities moved smoothly from target to close, but they don’t. Along the way, they get stuck, they stall, and they sometimes die. There are literally countless reasons why opportunities don’t make it smoothly from the top of the funnel to the small opening that some deals flow through.Coaching these opportunities is a primary discipline of a sales manager. Coaching opportunities is a discipline that must be done continuously.Sometimes the salesperson’s own actions—or lack thereof—are an obstacle to winning an opportunity. Sometimes the salesperson’s dream client produces obstacles that must be overcome, like unique and complex needs that require new ideas. And sometimes the salesperson’s company can get in the way of winning an opportunity.A sales manager has to spend time coaching their team, building their capacity to move opportunities through their funnel on their own, and helping to remove the obstacles that stall or kill opportunities.Coaching opportunities is on the shortest short list of sales manager disciplines.Discipline 3: Developing Your Sales TeamAs a sales manager, the better your sales team, the easier your job. The inverse of this is true, too: the worse your sales team, the more difficult your job. The reason coaching is so important to sales is that the more you develop your sales team, the better your sales team becomes. You improve your sales results by developing the only real asset you have producing sales results: your salespeople.Time spent coaching, teaching, training, and developing your salespeople produces outsized results. Investing time in helping your sales team learn to make the best decisions themselves improves their ability to sell well on their own. Time spent teaching and training your salespeople, providing them with the tools and the ideas to create an advance opportunities pays dividends deep into the future.It’s easy to get caught up in trying to get caught up. But without investing the time in developing your sales team, you will never create enough margin to catch up. Instead, you will create a set of dependents that need you to help them with challenges they could have been trained and developed to handle on their own.One of the most critical disciplines of the sales manager is building salespeople. Notch them up.QuestionsWhich of these three disciplines would most improve your sales results?What is the difference between a goal and a discipline?How do you make time to keep these three disciplines? Which one do you never give enough time or energy to?If you could make it four disciplines, what would you add?last_img read more

Coupling Insights in Your Pricing

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first_imgA salesperson sells their company’s products, services, and solutions. They create a level of value based on the value of the product, the value of the experience, or the value of the solution.A consultant does not sell a product, service, or a solution. A consultant sells their insight, their ideas, their change initiative.But now salespeople are responsible for having the insights, the ideas, and the ability to lead change, while also selling the product, service, and solution.Salesperson, Consultative, or Consultative SalespersonIf you lead with product, you are a pure salesperson. You can sell features and benefits, and you can let the product do the selling for you. But this is the fastest and surest way to be commoditized.If you sell your service alone, you are also a pure salesperson. You can sell the features and benefits your service provides your clients, and you might be able to create a slightly greater level of value for your customers by coupling your product and your service offerings.If you sell your company’s solutions, you’re entering into the muddy middle between a salesperson and a consultant. It’s likely that you have some insights and ideas that differentiate you, but your competitors may have some similar ability to generate the same outcomes.If you sell pure insights, you are a consultant. A consultant does not have to sell a product, service, or a solution, even though some consultants may be paid for doing the work to implement the change they recommend. This isn’t true for consultative salespeople.So here’s the rub. If you sell your product, or service alone, it is difficult to charge for your insights. Being a consultative salesperson means more than selling a product, service, or solution. It requires that you couple your insight with the products, services, and solutions that you sell, and that you capture some of the value that you create by charging a price that is greater than what you could sell the product, service, or solution for alone. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Impressive for More Than a Few Minutes

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first_imgThere was a salesperson in my territory who I continually found myself competing with for new business. This salesperson was attractive, aggressive, and professional. Any prospect who met this salesperson was immediately blown away, impressed beyond belief. During the first sales call.When this salesperson showed up for the second sales call, their performance wasn’t nearly as impressive. The salesperson was still attractive on the outside, and still aggressive. But they were topen aggressive and somewhat less professional. Still, this salesperson won clients.The longer this salesperson worked with a client, the less impressive they were. In fact, clients found this salesperson to be annoying and overbearing, nothing like their earlier experience. At some point, clients no longer wanted to work with this salesperson, and another person was hired to do all of the follow-up work with clients as a way to prevent churning what were essentially new clients.In sales, as in many other endeavors, there are plow horses and there are show horses.Show horses look really good, but they’re rather fragile. You would never use a show horse to plow a field. A plow horse is different. It’s not quite so pretty, but the amount of work it does is impressive. If you need to results, you need a plow horse.Some salespeople believe that the real action is in the boardroom, standing on their feet, going toe-to-toe with tough decision-makers over challenging scenarios. Some, like the salesperson in the story above, know all the right things to say and do on the first visit and are magnificent for a couple sales calls. Show horses fade, and when they fade, they fade fast.A plow horse is impressive over a longer period. They’re craftsmen and craftswomen who focus on transformational results that are more impressive and more interesting than drawing attention to themselves. They’re deeper in knowledge, deeper in experience, and deeper in expertise than the show horse, and they outwork and outlast the show horse, who is more focused on first impressions.What is really impressive is the ability to be impressive for more than a few minutes.last_img read more

Narendra Damodardas Modi is Negative Dalit Man: Mayawati

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first_imgBahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Monday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, terming him “Mr. Negative Dalit Man.”“Perturbed at the rising popularity of the BSP, the Prime Minister is indulging in cheap things and indulging in petty talk about its supreme leader and has termed BSP as ‘Behenji Sampatti Party’ [Behenji Assets Party],” she said at an election rally here.Ms. Mayawati is popularly known as ‘Behenji.’“He [Modi] is an expert in jumlebaazi [rhetoric] but when he will get a tit-for-tat reply he will forget all about it and today I have been compelled to do the same for him,” she said.“Narendra Damodardas Modi means Mr. Negative Dalit Man, he is anti-Dalit… This negative Dalit man does not like that common people give small contributions in running the movement which is also run through donations,” Ms. Mayawati said.Modi’s jibeThe BSP supremo’s retort came soon after Ms. Modi, at an election rally in Orai region of Jalaun in Bundelkhand region, noted that BSP is no longer Bahujan Samaj Party.”…bahujan toh Mayawati me simat gaya hai…it is Behenji Sampatti Party now. Those who deposit wealth for themselves, can they solve your problem?” Mr. Modi asked.Hitting back, Ms. Mayawati said, “He does not know that BSP is a movement first and then a political party….I have dedicated my entire life for making members of Dalit, deprived and weaker sections and Muslims stand on their feet.”On marital statusLaunching a personal attack on the Prime Minister, Mayawati said, “Unlike him I have not got married…he had got married and later left his wife, which is another thing….and I have only worked for the deprived sections of society.”“It is because of this dedication that people among the weaker sections do not consider me only as a leader but a big ‘sampatti’ [asset] for the movement,” Ms. Mayawati said.“He is giving a wrong definition of BSP…he does not know that deprived and weaker sections consider me as a big wealth of bahujan samaj who has given up her entire life for their progress,” she said.“This Dalit ke beti does not lack in anything and if he defined the BSP wrongfully, she is two steps ahead of him,” she said.last_img read more

In Pune, a freedom leader gets a museum

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first_imgAs India gets ready to celebrate the 70th year of Independence, in Pune, the house where Gopal Krishna Gokhale, one of the prominent leaders of the freedom movement, lived, is being converted into a museum. What is the project?The century-old red-tiled house stands on the campus of the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (GIPE). Gokhale lived in Deccan House, which is now under renovation, between 1907 and 1915. The idea to convert Gokhale’s graceful single-storey house into a museum gained traction in 2015-16, the former year marking his death centenary while the latter marking his sesquicentennial birth anniversary. The Heritage Cell of the Pune Municipal Corporation began restoration and renovation work on the residence a few months ago, after the civic body furnished a grant of ₹25 lakh last year. The house will also be included in Pune’s heritage tour circuit. The project is being conceived on the lines of Mahatma Phule’s house in the city, which too has been converted into a museum, showcasing the great reformer’s life and times.What will it showcase?The museum will exhibit extensive memorabilia, including mementos and utility objects used by Gokhale, like his famous turban, his awards and his personal belongings, including his books. The home currently houses hundreds of photographs from the era, showcasing Gokhale’s life and milieu. Significant portions of his voluminous correspondence, through which the public and tourists can glean insights into his literary and political associations, are expected to be archived soon. In addition, there is a plan to digitise his papers and documents for public access, with the objective of delineating Gokhale’s political thought. His speeches and writings on economics will also be showcased.What is the significance?His descendants say the essence of the project is a bid to keep Gokhale’s ideas relevant. Among the great nationalists, Gokhale believed in the reforming power of Western institutions. The project also includes seminars and talks on Gokhale in Pakistan and Bangladesh.What are the other museums?Pune has had a tradition of transforming the homes of great historical figures into museums. The last days of the great Maratha military leader Mahadji Scindia, who died in Wanowrie, is immortalised in the magnificent ‘Shinde Chhatri’ — a three-storied samadhi in the Rajput architectural style, which is among Pune’s most recognisable landmarks. Social reformer Mahatma Phule’s 19th century house in the city’s teeming Ganj Peth area was transformed into a museum, where the great liberator of untouchables and backward communities lived since 1852 along with his equally renowned wife, Savitribai. The wada languished in a dilapidated state until 1993 when it was restored and renovated by an initiative taken by the civic body in a bid to capture the socio-political milieu of reform in the State in the mid-nineteenth century.Where is the Gandhi museum?Similarly, the halls of Aga Khan palace are renowned for the Gandhi museum today and as the place where Mahatma Gandhi and his wife, Kasturba, along with Gandhi’s secretary Mahadev Desai and Sarojini Naidu were imprisoned during the ‘Quit India’ movement in 1942. Declared as a monument of national importance by the ASI, the palace houses the memorials of the Mahatma and his wife while containing the samadhis of Kasturba Gandhi and Desai, who died in captivity.last_img read more

Police inspector shot at near Pune

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first_imgA police inspector was shot at by a gang of miscreants, who made off with his car on Monday as he was driving along the Pune-Solapur road towards Daund Taluk.The incident occurred in the morning near a Maharashtra State Electricity Board centre in Yavat, around 50 km from the city.The inspector, Mahesh Telangji, newly-attached to the Principal Police Training Centre (also known as the State Reserve Police Force centre) in Nanveej in Daund Taluk, was driving in his Maruti Swift (MH 12 NU 9244) car when a group of four men in a Maruti Ertiga overtook him while signalling that the metallic disk (or hubcap) of one of his car tyres had allegedly come off.As Mr. Telangji stepped out to inspect the supposed damage to his vehicle, the Ertiga stopped ahead of him too. Out stepped two men from the car.One of them shot him twice, hitting his right leg and pinning him helplessly to the spot as the other man made off with his car.Superintendent of Police (Pune Rural) Suvez Haque, along with senior officers, rushed to the spot of the assault on hearing the news.Police sources said that a bullet was lodged in Mr. Telangji’s leg which prompted the injured policeman, initially undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Yavat, to be shifted immediately to Pune’s Sassoon hospital for further treatment.Mr. Telangji, who had been posted at the Nanveej training centre just two months back after a stint in Gadchiroli district, had come to spend the weekend at his home in suburban Manjari Budruk. He left his home early in the morning to cover the 70-odd km to the training school in Daund when the mishap occurred.A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code has been lodged at Yavat police station and further investigations are on.last_img read more

HC verdict likely on appeal in Aarushi case on Thursday

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first_imgThe Allahabad High Court is likely to pronounce its verdict on Thursday on an appeal filed by dentist couple, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, challenging their conviction for the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.Life sentenceThe couple were convicted for the double murder and sentenced to life imprisonment by a special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Ghaziabad in November 2013.They were also convicted for destruction of evidence with common intent, while Rajesh was additionally convicted of giving false statement to police.A Division Bench comprising Justices A.K. Mishra and B.K. Narayana had on January 11 reserved its judgment on the appeal filed by the doctor couple. However, the court decided to hear the appeals afresh due to contradictions in some submissions made by the CBI and resumed the hearing in August. The court thereafter reserved its judgment to be pronounced on October 12.Found deadAarushi Talwar, 14, was found dead with her throat slit in her bedroom in flat no. L-32 Jalvayu Vihar in Noida on May 16, 2008. The body of the family’s domestic help, Hemraj, who was initially suspected of her murder, was found in a pool of blood on the terrace of the flat the following day. The door of the terrace was found locked from inside.The case was handed over to the CBI after the Noida police were criticised for a botched up investigation, leading to the loss of crucial forensic evidence.Impeccable conclusionIn his judgment in 2013, special CBI judge S. Lal said that from the evidence tendered by the prosecution, this “court reaches to the irresistible and impeccable conclusion that only the accused persons [Talwars] are responsible for committing this ghastly crime.”The trial court had also ruled that there was no evidence to show that any outsider came inside the house after 9.30 p.m. on the night of the murder or that there was any forcible entry in the flat.The counsel for the Talwars had argued that the case against them had been based entirely on circumstantial evidence and that they were innocent.Tanveer Ahmed Mir, counsel for the Talwars, said the trial court verdict was riddled with “numerous infirmities” and that evidence was not properly appreciated.last_img read more

Odisha aims to complete 3,500 km roads by March

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first_imgOdisha, which is at the top of the list of States for implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, has set a target to complete 3,500 kilometre roads by March end, a top official said.So far, Odisha has constructed 43,222 km roads — which connect 19,682 villages — in 2017 at an investment of ₹18,624 crore under PMGSY, official sources said.The PMGSY is being implemented in Odisha on 60:40 sharing by the Centre and the State.Chief Secretary A.P. Padhi, who presided over a meeting of the State Level Sanctioning Committee of PMGSY here on Friday, said “I have asked the officials to complete road construction of 3,500 km under PMGSY by March 2018.”New roads, bridges approvedThe committee, which is headed by Mr. Padhi, also approved 165 new roads and 36 bridges spread across 582 km as new connectivity and upgradation projects.The projects are estimated at around ₹500 crore. The target was set to complete additional 14,000 km of roads during the coming fiscal.Mr. Padhi also directed officials to ensure better quality of construction and expedite completion through close monitoring on day-to-day basis.The engineers of the Department of Rural Development were advised to make use of waste materials in the construction of the roads, Mr. Padhi said, adding that Forest Department officers have been asked to provide necessary cooperation in connecting the unconnected villages.last_img read more

Specialist squad sniffs out poachers in the forest

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first_imgA set of sniffer dogs from Belgium are the newest friends of wildlife in Bengal. The four Belgian Malinois have been deployed in Jaldapara and Gorumara National Parks, Buxa Tiger Reserve and Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. Their assignment is to sniff out poachers in the forest. “It has proved to be an effective step,” says West Bengal’s Forest Minister Binay Krishna Barman. The deployment of the dogs has made tracking and prevention of poaching easier. “These dogs can not only trace carcasses of animals killed by poachers, but also track down the culprits,” the Minister says.The dogs arrived five months ago for their assignment. Four personnel of the Forest Department have been trained as handlers. So when Rani in Jaldapara set out on her schedule, she found a bison that had been killed by local poachers. “Our sniffer dogs tracked down all the accused within a couple of days with the scent from a piece of cloth that the poachers left beside the carcass,” said Mr. Barman. Day and night patrolThe dogs, which are about 26 inches at the shoulder, begin their work day at 6.30 a.m. and go on till 7.30 p.m. Their patrol includes checking vehicles for wildlife smuggling. Often they are on night duty as well. Karim does the rounds in Buxa tiger reserve and his unnamed counterpart is at Mahananda sanctuary. A senior Forest Department official said that the sniffer dogs act as a “deterrent” to poachers. “They help in recovering concealed wildlife artefacts,” he said. Forest guards feel a sense of security now with a sniffer dog around. The same breed has been trained in Madhya Pradesh too.last_img read more

Soon, NCERT syllabus in Tripura without Left ‘modifications’

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first_imgThe BJP government in Tripura would soon consult educationists to explore the possibility of introducing the NCERT syllabus at school level in the State without the “modifications made during the previous Left rule”, a Minister said on Wednesday.State Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said, “The NCERT course, with a lot of modifications, was introduced during the Left rule, as a result of which students from Tripura were facing tough situation in all-India competitive examinations. Despite good results they were not getting government jobs as expected. So, we have decided to consult acclaimed educationists to introduce the syllabus at school level without change.”The Minister alleged that due to modifications in the syllabi, names of many great Indians were deleted and the names of many others were included, which were not desirable.“I do not want controversy, so I would not mention whose names were deleted and whose names were included. I think if the syllabi is introduced in its original form, everything would be corrected,” Mr. Nath said.To a question, he said there is a provision for 10% modification in the NCERT course to introduce local (State) history and geography, and those would be included.Tripura has a literacy rate of 97%.last_img read more

Karnataka effect: RJD to stake claim for Bihar

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first_imgAfter Congress’ annoucement that they will stake claim to form government in Goa, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejaswi Yadav on Thursday said that the party MLAs will meet Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 17 to stake claim to form the goverment in the State.The RJD will also hold a one-day dharna across the State in protest of Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite BJP to form government in the State, Mr. Yadav said in a press conference.“I would like to ask BJP and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar whether they had made a mistake in Bihar by not inviting single largest party to form the government,” Mr. Yadav added. “Why the double standard? Single largest party gets invited to form government in Karnataka but not in Bihar. Why did the BJP come in through back door to form government with JD(U) in Bihar?” he asked.Though the RJD-JD(U) ‘mahagathbandhan’ won the 2015 Assembly elections in Bihar, the alliance broke in 2017 with Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) aligning with the BJP to form the government. The RJD, with 80 seats was the single largest party in the State. JD(U) won 71 seats, while the BJP won 53.Mr. Yadav in press conference also appealed to all Opposition parties to “join hands together and reach Karnataka to protest”.Mr. Yadav raised the issue of BJP being given 15 days to prove the majority and asked how would party reach the magic figure. “The BJP will reach the magic figure in 15 days? What will they do? Why (was) RJD was given just twi days time to form the government but BJP was given 15 days time to prove majority?” Mr. Yadav asked.He added that Mr. Yeddyurappa should not have taken oath on moral grounds.“Karnataka is not in South but in the country. We should all reach there to protest murder of democracy,” he said, and added that today it was Karnataka, tomorrow “they will replicate in other states too.”“It’s all BJP’s greed to form the government. Democracy is in danger in the country today,” he said.(With inputs from Amarnath Tewary)last_img read more

Two arrested in Jhansi after video shows boys molesting a girl

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first_imgA video clip showing a girl being molested by a group of youth in a rural area in Jhansi district went viral following which two persons were arrested on Tuesday, the police said. The incident, which is said to have taken place ten days ago, comes close on the heels of a similar incident in Unnao, where too the police acted after the video surfaced. “The video is old and no complaint was filed. However, prompt action was taken and two persons arrested on Tuesday,” DGP O.P. Singh said. The video from Jhansi shows the girl being molested by a group of boys and being dragged into a forest area. The girl can be seen shouting for help.last_img

Manu statue’s defacement shifts focus on long controversy

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first_imgThe defacement of ancient and legendary Hindu lawgiver Manu’s statue, installed in the Jaipur Bench of Rajasthan High Court, last week and the subsequent arrest of three persons on charges of spraying black paint on the sculpture has shifted focus on a long-drawn-out controversy. A section of activists have been raising objection to the statue’s presence on the High Court premises since its installation in 1989.Two women and a man from Aurangabad were arrested with the charges of destroying public property and hurting religious sentiments slapped on them. The women, Sheela Pawar and Kantabai Ahire, who reportedly wanted to meet the High Court’s Registrar with a request letter for removing the Manu statue, allegedly went to the court’s garden area on October 8 and smeared black paint on the stone sculpture.Accused in custodyAnother accused, Abdul Sheikh Dawood, an accomplice of the women activists, who had managed to escape, was arrested subsequently. All the accused are at present lodged in the Central Jail here under judicial custody and their bail application is yet to be heard.The women reportedly told the police that they opposed Manu’s philosophy and had sprayed paint on the statue as a mark of protest. On the other hand, lawyers have registered their protest against the lack of security in the High Court, because of which the accused walked up to the statue and tried to damage it.The issue of shifting the Manu statue from the High Court premises has been pending ever since its installation. Though it was built by the Rajasthan Judicial Officers’ Association and installed after the permission of the then Chief Justice, an agitation was launched with the demand for its immediate removal.Decision challengedAfter a Full Court resolution directed that the stone sculpture be relocated, Jaipur-based Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Acharya Dharmendra challenged the decision on the judicial side and obtained a stay order. Since then, the matter has come up in the court time and again without any final decision.‘Regressive laws’ Dalit activist Bhanwar Meghwanshi said here on Saturday that the Manusmriti, supposedly authored by Manu, had laid down “regressive laws” for women and the people of so-called lower castes. “Having the Manu statue on the High Court premises goes against the principles of justice and equality, which the court is supposed to uphold,” he said.last_img read more