With trackFinger you can ‘easily’ track your finger movements and place them in After Effects.As first reported by ProVideoCoalition, the Italian company Exmachina recently unveiled the latest in mobile motion graphic technology: trackFinger.Instead of using motion sketch and a mouse or trackpad, why not use your iPad or iPhone to track your finger movements? With trackFinger users can record finger movements on their mobile iOS device (sorry Android users!) and upload that information into After Effects. TrackFinger records finger movements from your mobile device and emails the tracked information to be copied the clipboard so you can easily impress all your motion graphic friends.The app features:Multiple project handling and track listFinger tracking with variable tracks per second.Fully customizable user interface.Online tutorials and resources Unfortunately, trackFinger‘s free version will not drop until the middle of January but a paid version is available for 39.99 in the app store. Feel free to watch the video below for a more in-depth look at trackFinger’s user interface.What do you think of this app? Is it just a silly novelty or could you see yourself actually using it in your post production and motion graphics work? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Apple’s latest patent showcases a GoPro style camera. Is this Apple’s next hardware play or simply an IP that will be Frankensteined into other products?Late Tuesday afternoon GoPro’s stock took a dive. What caused this sudden drop? Apple. Or rather, a patent that Apple was awarded. What’s really interesting is that the patent is based on an IP Apple received from the Kodak deal just a little less than 2 years ago.Here is a screenshot from the patent from TechCrunch:What We Know about the Apple PatentThe tech drawings still showcase Kodak’s logo. It also states that this camera can cover multiple angles, in multiple directions. It can also be mounted to multiple threaded options (the patent says the camera has various thread points around it).What separates Apple’s camera from the GoPro is the fact that it can be controlled via the iPhone, iPad and iWatch. Controlling this camera can happen in real-time, as it assumably doesn’t have the latency issues that the GoPro has in certain instances when being used with the iPhone or iPad.One thing to remember is that Apple files patents a lot. They also acquire intellectual property with the purpose of integrating them into other products. Whether Apple ever actually comes out with a camera is up in the air, but it’s interesting to see this patent awarded to them. Once the waves have settled people should expect the GoPro shares go back to normal (they’re already on the upswing).Now for Something Completely DifferentSomething that isn’t being talked about that much is another patent that Apple received recently. This patent, while not having anything to do with film/video production, may have an impact on the way you operate your Mac computer. What would you think if Apple allowed users to control their Macs like Tom Cruise in Minority Report?In 2013, we profiled the Leap Motion Controller and demonstrated how it allows you to edit your videos with hand motions. Obviously, this method of video editing hasn’t been widely adopted – and we’d put our bets that it never will. That said, there may be some unique uses for this technology, especially if Apple has taken the time to file the IP on it. Check out this article by the Daily Mail and these two images from the USPTO filing by Apple. What are your thoughts on these Apple filings? Let us know in the comments below!
Turbocharge your next project with this free After Effects template! It’s fully-loaded with automotive HUD elements, sound effects, and icons.If you’ve ever created HUD elements in After Effects, then you probably know how much effort it takes to create a well-designed animation with good timing. Well, we’ve found a quick template that can help you reach the finish line faster on your next project.This free After Effects template from RocketStock (appropriately titled ‘Engaged’) features sixteen unique elements designed to simulate various gauges found on cars and motorcycles. There are three different looks, all of which can all be animated, colored, and renamed to your liking. In addition to the individual elements, there are nine high-octane sound effects and five dashboard icons.RocketStock has also designed an awesome demo video to showcase the many ways it’s possible to use the elements. An interesting takeaway from the video is how well lens flares seem to blend with the car elements. Check it out:Pretty cool, huh? Some of the slickest parts of the demo video are the macro shots of each individual gauge. Luckily for us, the template actually includes two compositions with details about how they were able to simulate realism with 2D elements. (Hint: It’s a combination of depth of field and reflections)How to DownloadIf you want to download this free After Effects template, simply navigate to the corresponding blog post over at RocketStock and click the ‘download’ button.Want even more free After Effects templates? Check out a few of the following resources:10 Free After Effects Templates: Typography – PremiumBeatFree After Effects Template: Circle Bursts – RocketStockFree After Effects Templates: Title and Logo Effects – PremiumBeatDid this free After Effects template crank your engines? How are you going to use it in your next project? Let us know in the comments.
Understanding Lumetri ScopesIf you have never used scopes before, here is a quick breakdown of each scope.The Waveform MonitorWith a typical display of 0-100, the waveform measures your shot’s data and lays it out across the display. Information at 0 IRE (Institute of Radio Engineers) is black pixels, or clipped information. Data that peaks at 100 IRE is white, or blown-out information. Essentially, the waveform displays the exposure across your shot.A good rule of thumb when correcting for lighter skin tones is to keep the highlights around 70 IRE.The VectorscopeThe vectorscope measures chroma in the shot. It displays the red, yellow, green, cyan, blue, and magenta values. Depending on your shot, you’ll see the data favoring certain areas of the vector. For example, if your shot includes a grassy field, the data in the vectorscope will lean heavily toward the greens. When you saturate your image, the data will pull outwards to the edges of the scope.The ParadeThe parade is best for correcting multiple shots in the same sequence. The parade usually displays in RGB, which shows the dominance of each color. With the parade, you can easily balance the color in your shot and monitor how it matches up with the other shots in your scene.The HistogramSimilar to the waveform scope, the histogram displays your luma and RGB from 0 IRE to 100 IRE.Tips for Great Color CorrectionEven though you may be a motion graphics artist or a compositor, when you are color correcting and grading footage, you are a colorist. Your job as a colorist is to put the final touches on the story. Your grade needs to set the final mood and ensure that there are no distractions from shot to shot. Scopes make sure your video is good across all displays and that the end result is broadcast legal. There aren’t many wrong answers when it comes to grading. It’s important to create your style and make sure you deliver what the client wants.What’s your opinion on color correcting and grading footage in After Effects? Let us know in the comments. Learn how to color correct your video with the new Lumetri Scopes in After Effects.Cover image via Shutterstock.With the addition of Lumetri Scopes in After Effects, color correcting and grading footage is easier than ever for AE users. The update provides the four essential scopes: histogram, vectorscope, parade, and waveform. After Effects users can now accurately match light levels and color information in their shots. While DaVinci Resolve and even Adobe Premiere Pro are still the go-to options for correcting and grading, video producers who do compositing work can now keep a larger portion of their workflow in After Effects.Here’s what you’ll take away from our video tutorial:How to use Lumetri ScopesWhat multiple color correction filters can do for your footageUnderstanding how to color correct for skin tonesLet’s get started.
Learning a new application can mean spending hours stumped by usability issues. Here’s one we found in Resolve — and how to fix it.Every so often, we run across an issue that doesn’t have an apparent answer, partly because we’re not too sure what’s causing the problem. There’s one issue in Resolve that, when I was new to the platform, boggled me for hours, and that’s selecting multiple clips at once from the playheads position using the track select forward shortcut.If familiar with Premiere Pro, you’re likely familiar with this button:It’s the handy Track Select Tool, which allows you to move the contents of an entire track forward from the position of the playhead. You can also move multiple tracks by holding shift and selecting a different track. It’s an efficient way of moving multiple clips on numerous tracks forward or backward, without selecting all clips. As is the case in Resolve, if we were to select all clips (Ctrl+A) in the image below, we would be unable to move the clips back because track one already has clips that reach the start of the timeline, which acts as a wall.However, if we were to track-select Video 2 and Audio 1 and 2, we could then move all clips back to the desired position.We could, in theory, also hold shift and highlight the desired clips across the tracks to move them backward or forward. However, if you have a long timeline with multiple clips, that’s a recipe for disaster. I could happily sing the praises of Resolve’s user interface and design mechanics all day long. It’s very user-friendly, but every so often, I do run into a feature that could perform better. Selecting clips forward and backward is the heel today.In Resolve, we don’t exactly have a tool icon to select, nor is it available using the trim tool, but you can perform the operation by using a keyboard shortcut — which is Y or Ctrl+Y to select all clips back from the playhead position. However, as you can see in the GIF below, look what happens when I hit Y and Ctrl+Y after selecting the track region I want to move forward:The clips on the track above become selected, and the clips on track one, the track I selected, have been omitted from the process. This is because the track above is currently the designated video track, meaning if I were to insert a clip from the source viewer, it would appear on the secondary track. We can see that it’s the destination track because of the orange square active on the track header. So, even though I have selected track one because it’s not the active destination track, the select clips forward function does not work the way I need it to. To move the clips forward for the first video track, which is confusingly also called V1, you have to change the destination track — which you can do so by selecting the V1 button.A secondary issue when using these shortcuts is when you want to move clips forward from all tracks, which you do by pressing Alt+Y, or Ctrl+ALT+Y to select all tracks backward from your position. One would think that as you’re selecting all the tracks, there wouldn’t be an issue with having a designated video track as you’re selecting multiple. Yet, as you can see below, when hitting Alt+Y, only the clips from the one video track are selected.Why is this? Well, unlike having an active video track destination, this is now a result of autoselect (if you are unfamiliar with autoselect, you can read about that feature here). In the example, you can see that I don’t have autoselect active on any of the tracks. Therefore, to track-select all tracks, I need to activate autoselect. At first, this seems like a hindrance. However, it was designed this way — if you need to select all tracks except two, you can omit those two tracks by deselecting autoselect.So, the tl;dr:To change the track that you want to use the track select tool on, you have to change the designated video or audio track.To select multiple tracks, you have to turn autoselect on. Lewis McGregor is a certified DaVinci Resolve Trainer.Looking for more articles on DaVinci Resolve? Check these out.DaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit ToolsDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit PageDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Media PageColor Grading: Working with the Hue vs. Curves in DaVinci ResolveRevive Your Footage With Resolve 15’s Automatic Dirt Repair and Dust Buster Tools
Value Creators have a code. They have a certain mindset. It looks different to people who haven’t yet come to understand what the Value Creator knows. A lot of people have a mindset that is still diseased, poisoned by unhealthy beliefs and bad ideas.I Need a Motivator“My sales manager doesn’t motivate me.”Do you really need someone to motivate you? Okay, try this: If you don’t do the work I will fire you. Are you motivated yet? This is what motivation is, an external stimulus, a threat.Maybe what you really meant was that you wanted inspiration? So you need someone to convince you that your work is meaningful, that it is worth doing well, that it is worth giving yourself over to?If you ever want to do meaningful work, you are going to have to provide that meaning yourself. The only inspiration that lasts is the kind that comes from inside of you. Someone may come along on light the match that you are already holding, but you have to catch yourself on fire.I Need an IncentiveIncentives are bribes, aren’t they? If you do this, I’ll give you that. This is motivation, too. But instead of a threat it’s a reward.What it often says is that you are unwilling to do what is necessary unless someone is willing to bribe you to do it. Value Creators live by a different code. They are proactive. No one has to incentivize them to do what’s right. They have a greater internal incentives.I’ll Withhold Value“If they aren’t going to pay me what I am worth, I am not going to do the work.”That’ll teach them, won’t it, Sparky? It never pays to get value creation in the wrong order. If you want to capture value, you must first create value.Old Zig Ziglar said that you can have anything you want in this world if you help enough other people get what they want. He didn’t say withhold the value you can create for others until they give you what you want. Why not? because it doesn’t work that way. It never has.Never withhold. Do the work. The rewards will most surely follow.It’s Someone Else“My school system didn’t prepare me.”“My government should help me.”“This is all someone else’s fault.”Your school system didn’t prepare you. Your parents didn’t prepare you. Your first sales manager didn’t love you enough.You’ll never find the answers you are looking for by looking outside of yourself. You’ll never find what needs to change by looking to someone or something external. You will never find anyone more responsible for you than you. You are all you’ve got, make of it what you will.Believing or behaving differently is a diseased mindset.QuestionsWho is responsible for motivating or inspiring you?Why do you need incentives? What’s your real incentive for creating value?What do you gain by withholding the value you might create?Who is ultimately responsible for your results? 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 Now
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Earlier this week, Jenny Poore at Sales Engine posted My Start In Sales. She asked me to answer a bunch of questions, most of which I had already answered here. As I read her questions, I pulled the posts I wrote, so that I could give her some content.One question that I hadn’t answered was “What is your current mobile device?”Here is the gear I am using now.My main computer is a Mac Pro (Late 2013). I increased the RAM to 64GB so that I could do some of my video editing, without spending hours and hours waiting. I’ve got this computer connected to 27-inch Thunderbolt displays. All of this gear is sitting on a Geekdesk, standing desk (my posture is way better when I am working at the computer standing up, so it was a worthwhile investment for me).I also have a 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display and 16GB of RAM. This very well may be the very best laptop available today. It’s as powerful as a desktop, and it is an excellent box for anything, including video and audio work. But it is becomes heavy when you carry it through airports. Most of the time, it isn’t worth the extra weight. Depending on where I am going and what my work looks like, I might carry this box with me.For short trips and wandering around town, I use the new Macbook. It’s super thin, super light, and a bit underpowered. That said, it is the perfect laptop to carry if I only need PowerPoint, email, the Web, and for me, Scrivener (the application I am now using for all of my writing). For a short trip, carrying this computer does a tremendous job of lightening the weight of what I carry with me. I bought this computer hoping it would replace the 15-Inch MacBook Pro, but it isn’t anywhere near powerful enough. But it has replaced my iPad).Since everything I do is on Apple, I carry the iPhone 6 Plus with 128 GB of memory. I have just started capturing video for a more serious commitment to my YouTube channel, and I need the space for video. The big screen is one of the best features, and it works for me, especially when I have my contacts in.I also carry the Kindle Voyage. I still like physical books, but the Kindle allows me to highlight text and take notes while I am reading. A lot of people don’t know that Amazon stores your notes and highlights on a private page (which you can share, if you choose to). This private page makes it easy to review your highlights and pull text for writing or presentations. For me, this is better than typing notes into Evernote, or writing on index cards.That’s most of my gear. What are you using now?
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now If you want to develop your business acumen, your situational knowledge, and your ability to create value for your clients and your dream clients, you need to become intellectually curious. You have to seek to understand how things work, why people do things a certain way, why people want what they want, and when it makes sense to do something.When I was young and first started selling, I developed the practice of asking my clients questions. At first, the questions I asked were direct, and my goal was not to understand, but rather to elicit the client’s dissatisfaction. The word we used to describe “what is keeping the customer up at night,” assuming they knew what should be keeping them up at night and that they were willing to share it with a salesperson who might be able to help). Later, after I became a better salesperson from having studied Neil Rackham’s work, my questions switched to what his model called “implication” questions. I started asking the question, “What happens if you don’t do something different?”At some point, I realized that creating greater value for my clients meant learning more about their business. I started to ask a different set of questions designed to obtain a real understanding of how their business worked, how they thought about their business and the competitive landscape, and how I might be more helpful to them.One of my clients was responsible for an enormous logistics operations. In a meeting I attended, the attendees from his management team continuously talked about “throughput.” I knew what the word meant, and I had some understanding of how what I sold would impact their throughput, but I wasn’t certain. So I asked my client to explain it to me, and then to share with me how I might impact that metric in a meaningful way. And then I asked five more clients to give me their views on the same metric, and in doing so, I became more valuable to my clients and my dream clients.Ask HowIt is valuable to know how different business models work. If you want to create value for the teams that manage and run businesses, you need to know how things work. You want to understand their overall strategy as a business, something you can quickly learn to discern by reading The Discipline of Market Leaders by Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema. You can also learn a good bit by simply watching or listening to CNBC, especially in the morning, when they interview CEOs and business leaders.To be intellectually curious, you have to want to know how things work. You can ask your client how they compete in their marketplace and what they believe differentiates them from their competitors. You can ask how they handle some process or execute something that provides you with a better understanding of what they think they need to do to be successful. You can even ask how they feel about some strategic or tactical decision they need to make for their business.In exploratory or discovery calls, the depth and breadth of what you discover—and what you help the client discover about themselves—is going to be based on the level of questions you ask. Asking “What’s keeping you up at night” might still be a useful question, and you will have clients who want to share the answer and acquire some help solving those problems. However, that question doesn’t demonstrate a real interest in their business, nor does it indicate you have a deep enough understanding to be considered a future partner.If you work selling to and serving businesses and the people that run them, you have to intellectually curious enough to understand business principles.Ask WhyFrom time to time, you will be baffled by some of the things your clients and prospects do in pursuing some result. Sometimes you will see them doing something that doesn’t seem to make sense, only to find out is working well for them, giving you new insight as to how you might do something different or better. Other time you will see your dream client doing something so wrong that it’s difficult to believe. What you want to know is “why” they do what they do.If you are going to be intellectually curious, you are going to have to ask why, without being judgmental. You will have clients who seem to be doing things in ways that make the outcome they need difficult for them, only to find out there is a good reason why they do things in a certain way. How you provide a solution that gains their commitment to work with you may very well depend on you knowing how to improve their results in a way that doesn’t disrupt something that needs to be done in a certain way.But asking why often reveals areas where an improvement is available to your client because they don’t know there are better ways available to them. If you believe that salespeople are no longer necessary because their clients and prospects can research on the internet, likely, you don’t work in sales. The intellectually curious salesperson has the benefit of learning from clients and prospects, coupled with the experience of working with clients to know more about the nuances around decisions and solutions that exceed anything one might learn from researching company websites.Taking care of your clients and prospects requires the curiosity to understand why certain things are done, sometimes this way, and other times another way. You need to know how to think about trade-offs, what this is better than that, and when it makes sense to do something.What They WantSuccess in sales in large part depends on effectively working with and for other people. Even though you are supposed to believe relationships no longer matter in sales, the truth of the matter is that matter more now than ever in a world being pulled in two directions (super-transactional and super-relational). It pays to be intellectually curious about what human beings want and why.Let me give you an easy, sales-related example. I once heard a purchasing manager explain that his compensation was, in part, based on price savings over prior years. He wasn’t interested in cost savings if those savings weren’t visible as a reduction in price, as he was not compensated on the difficult to capture, but very real soft costs.Some leaders invest in outcomes and will willingly pay more for things like speed to market, greater market share, innovative ideas that create a competitive advantage, or any number of things they want. If you’re going to be intellectually curious, you’ll ask them why they want what they want, why it’s important to them. There may not be anything more interesting or useful than understating human psychology and motivation, something worth learning to understand (as much as it can be).If you want to be better in sales, a better sales manager, or more effective leader, and an all-around more successful person, being intellectually curious is as good a place to start as any.
Facing flak for its order directing women teachers not to wear ‘jeans, tops and bright suits’, the Punjab government on Tuesday withdrew the directive while suspending two employees of the Education Department in this regard.The State Education Department had yesterday imposed the dress code on government school teachers, especially women, asking them not to wear jeans, tops and bright suits as the outfits have a “bad” effect on students.The circular, which was issued to all circle education officers and district education officers, cited complaints received by the department regarding the “bright outfits” worn by women teachers.‘Effect on students’“In government schools, teachers, especially lady teachers, are wearing bright dresses while being on duty. Some teachers wear jeans, tops and several types of ‘provocative’ fashionable dresses when they are on duty. It has an effect on students,” said the order.“Therefore, the dress code should be implemented in government schools and regular checking should be done to ensure implementation of the order,” it said.‘Intolerable language’Condemning the Congress-led State government for issuing such a diktat, Democratic Teachers’ Front general secretary Davinder Punia said, “The language used in the order is intolerable for teachers. This is not the way such directives should be passed on to the teachers. We strongly condemn this order.”Meanwhile, Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary suspended Deputy Director Amrish Shukla and Assistant Director Amarbir Singh of the department.The Minister said the ‘controversial’ order containing “denigrating” language about women teachers was issued without proper authorisation. She said the two officials issued the order without taking the higher authorities into confidence.She made it clear that any affront to the dignity of the ‘nation builder’ teaching community would not be tolerated, adding that such a mindset needed to be condemned in this age of women empowerment. The Minister added that the order has been withdrawn.
Panaji: In a first, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) which manages around 126 airports, and Indigo 91.9 FM announced the launch of Goa Airport Radio at Dabolim International Airport on Saturday. Through the tie-up, Indigo 91.9 FM will now play specially curated music for the passengers at the airport. In addition, Goa Airport Radio shall have its exclusive jockey to enthral passengers by interacting with them, announcing flight-related information and playing passengers’ favourite music. With this, Dabolim International Airport has become the first airport among the airports being operated by AAI to have this type of facility for passengers.B.C.H. Negi, Airport Director, said, “Keeping the passenger profile in mind and to improve the customer experience, AAI decided to launch the radio station. at Goa airport in association with Indigo 91.9FM. This will help AAI to enhance the passenger experience and also make the time spent at airport a lot more engaging.” Mr. Satyanaryana Murthy, CEO, Indigo 91.9 FM, said, “As an International radio station, we at Indigo 91.9 FM have always endeavoured to offer niche services and We are confident that the flyers will have a great experience while enjoying our hand picked international music.”
With a ₹100 crore budget, Gujarat and the Centre are jointly developing the historical and ancient town of Vadnagar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birth place, as a major tourist hub. The town full of sites related to Hinduism and Buddhism is being showcased as a heritage destination.Among the eight projects in the works are the Vadnagar railway station, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi once sold tea while helping his father who used to run a tea stall at the railway station during his childhood. The projects cover Vadnagar’s famous Kirti Toran, Sharmishtha lake, Hatkeshwar Temple and archaeological sites.On February 3, Gujarat Chief Secretary J.N. Singh and Union Culture Secretary Raghavendra Singh visited the town to inspect the projects being developed under the Union government’s Swadesh Darshan scheme. A team of archaeologists and other experts accompanied the senior officials.“There are eight tourism-related projects which are being developed in Vadnagar. We are developing a heritage circuit from Vadnagar to Modhera Sun Temple and the historical step well in Patan,” Dr. Singh told The Hindu.The famous Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang who visited the place around AD 640 referred to it as Anandpur. He has recorded the existence of 10 Buddhist monasteries and said that about 100 monks were staying in them.“The government of India has allotted ₹100 crore to fund the tourism-related projects in Vadnagar and develop a heritage circuit in North Gujarat,” said S.J. Hyder, Gujarat’s Principal Secretary, Tourism.
Normal life here was affected due to a strike called by separatists to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to stay an FIR against Army personnel in the Shopian firing, while restrictions were imposed in parts of the city to maintain law and order.According to a police official, strict restrictions under CrPC Section 144 have been imposed in Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal and MR Gunj police station areas of the city, while partial restrictions were in force in Maisuma and Kralkhud areas.Restrictions have been imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, he said.Normal life was affected elsewhere in the city as most of the shops, business establishments and fuel stations remained shut, while public transport was off the roads, the official said.However, private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were seen plying in many areas of the city, he said, adding similar reports were received from other district headquarters of the Valley.Separatist groups on Thursday had called for a complete shutdown in Kashmir to protest against the court’s decision. The Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, had issued a statement criticising the Supreme Court for restraining the State Police from taking any coercive steps against Army officers accused in the Shopian firing case. Three civilians were killed when Army personnel fired at a stone-pelting mob in Ganovpora village in Shopian on January 27, prompting Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to order an inquiry into the incident.The FIR was registered against personnel of 10 Garhwal Rifles, including Major Aditya Kumar, under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Ranbir Penal Code.Father of Major Kumar, the officer named in the FIR, had approached the Supreme Court seeking the FIR be quashed. The Supreme Court on February 12 restrained the Jammu and Kashmir Police from taking any “coercive steps” against Army officers and asked the State government to file a response within two weeks.CRPF officer found dead An Assistant Sub-Inspector of the CRPF was found dead under suspicious circumstances in a stream along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, police said.The body of ASI Harinder Singh, posted with the 177th battalion of the CRPF, was found in the stream at Kelamore in Ramban district, a police official said.
A tableau on Shambhu Lal Raigar, who had allegedly hacked and burnt to death a 48-year-old Muslim labourer from West Bengal, Mohammed Afrazaul, at Rajsamand in December last year, was taken out during a Ram Navmi procession in Jodhpur on Sunday. The tableau depicted a Raigar lookalike man with a pickaxe in his hand.Dressed in clothes similar to what Raigar was wearing when he appeared on a video footage while killing Afrazul, a man bearing a striking resemblance with him sat on a throne-like chair in the tableau. For a brief duration, the tableau also showed a man lying in front of the Raigar look alike and the latter making a gesture of hitting him.A huge banner hung at the tableau called upon Hindus to “protect [their] sisters and daughters and liberate the country from Love Jihad”. It stated: “Hindu bhaiyon jago, apni bahan beti bachao. Love Jihad se desh ko azad karana chahiye.”The banner also carried pictures of the tableau’s sponsor, Shiv Sena leader Hari Singh, with folded hands, and Raigar along with a pickaxe.Raigar, lodged in the Jodhpur Central jail pending his trial, had filmed the act of killing Afrazul and posted the video on social media.Police were yet to take any action against the organisers. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Jodhpur East) Amandeep Singh said the police had not received any complaints. However, he said he had learnt about the tableau from the local media persons.The procession marking Ram Navmi has been taken out in Jodhpur for the last 35 years. For more than a decade, it has been organised under the banner of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). The organisers claim that the tableaux generally depict the subjects of public interest and current affairs.This is not the first instance of Raigar getting support from the hardline groups. A week after he was convicted, hundreds of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and VHP activists had taken out a protest march in Udaipur and clashed with the police at the Court Circle. The protesters had also unfurled a saffron flag on the District Court building.
A Himachal Pradesh court on Wednesday gave the death penalty to three people for the murder of a four-year-old boy Yug whose skeletal remains were found in a municipal water tank two years later.Shimla Sessions Judge Virender Singh had convicted Chander Sharma, Tajender Singh and Vikrant Bakshi on August 6 for the child’s murder, but deferred the hearing on the quantum of sentence.Yug’s father Vinod Kumar Gupta, mother Pinki Gupta and grandmother Chandralekha Gupta were present in the jam-packed court as the sentence was pronounced.“My son cannot come back but I am satisfied with the verdict of death penalty for the guilty,” Mr. Gupta told PTI.The boy was abducted from the busy Ram Bazar area in Shimla on June 14, 2014 and killed after seven days, even before a ransom call was made.His remains were recovered from a Shimla Municipal Corporation water tank in Kelston area on August 21, 2016, after the probe was handed over to the CID.The prosecution said Yug was tortured, starved and forcibly served liquor before being thrown alive into a water tank.A rock was tied to him when he was thrown into the tank, it said.Yug’s killing had sent shockwaves across the city and residents took out processions and candlelight marches to express rage.Mr. Gupta had filed a missing person’s complaint at Sadar police station the day his son was abducted.A criminal case was registered on June 16, while a letter seeking a ransom of ₹ 3.6 crore was received on June 27.Three more ransom letters were received subsequently.On January 29, 2016, some municipal corporation employees found his skeleton while cleaning the tank after a jaundice outbreak in the city.Public prosecutor Randip Singh Parmar told PTI that statements of 105 witnesses were recorded in the case.The death sentence would have to be confirmed by the high court. The convicts may file appeal against it in the high court within 30 days, he added.
Nine people, including seven militants, one soldier and a civilian, were killed during operations by security forces against militant outfits in south Kashmir on Sunday, ending the Valley’s bloodiest week this year with 26 casualties.A senior police officer said six militants, including Hizbul Mujahideen’s district commanders for Kulgam and Shopian, were surrounded by an operation team of the Army, the police and the CRPF in a pre-dawn offensive in the Batagund area of Kapran village in Shopian following specific inputs.The dead were identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Mir alias Hammad from Lashkar-e-Taiba, Mohammad Abass Bhatt, Umar Majeed Ganaie alias Maaz alias Abu Hanzalla, Muhammad Waseem Wagay alias Saifullah and Khalid Farooq Malik alias Rafi alias Talha, all from the Hizb.Massive protests broke out as news of the death of militants spread. A civilian, Nouman Ashraf Bhat, among 15 injured during clashes between locals and security forces in Shopian, was declared brought dead at a hospital. Bhat had firearm injuries. Four other critically wounded protesters were admitted to Srinagar hospitals. A two-year-old baby, Hiba, was among those admitted to Srinagar’s Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital for pellet injuries.In a separate operation, a Jaish-e-Muhammad militant was killed in a brief encounter in Pulwama’s Pampore area on Sunday evening.“With the elimination of the six local militants, all notorious terrorists of the [Shopian-Kupwara] belt have been successfully eliminated,” said the police spokesman.The police claimed Mohammad Abass Bhatt was involved in the brutal decapitating of 19-year-old civilian Huzaif Ashraf. A video of the killing had been posted online. “Bhatt was also wanted in the killing of Army officer Lt. Omar Fayaz, advocate Imtiyaz Khan and four police personnel in Shopian,” police said. The slain Pakistani militant was behind the gruesome killing of civilians, including slitting the throat of a local and uploading a video of it on the social media, said the police.Ganai, whose clicked pictures at Srinagar’s commercial hub Lal Chowk recently and uploaded them online, had earlier escaped from the Batamaloo encounter site in the city. The soldier killed in the encounter was identified as Nazir Ahmad of 162 Territorial Army from Kulgam.In a separate operation, one Jash-e-Muhammad militant was killed in an encounter in Pulwama’s Pampore area on Sunday evening. “Slain militant, Waseem, was a resident of Pakistan,” said the police.The separatist Joint Resistance Leaders (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, called for a total shutdown on Monday.
A three-year-old child was allegedly stopped on Tuesday from attending a programme addressed by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for wearing a black jacket.The incident happened before Mr. Sonowal was to lay the foundation stone of a spun silk mill at Borgang in north-eastern Assam’s Biswanath district.“The security personnel did not allow my son to enter the venue as he was wearing a black jacket,” the mother of the child said.The Chief Minister has asked Assam’s Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia to conduct a probe and submit a report to take necessary action.Security forces across Assam have been cracking down on people waving black flags at lawmakers and officials or wearing black clothes as a statement against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The BJP and affiliated organisations have been countering such protests with white flags.
Climate change will kill off many bird populations, but in some cases it’s not the heat that will do them in. Instead, less precipitation is likely to have the heaviest impact, according to a study published online ahead of print in Global Change Biology. To come to these findings, researchers analyzed the distribution and abundance of 132 bird species over a 32-year period in a region stretching from California to northern British Columbia. Precipitation was shown to be the most accurate predictor of bird population trends, acting as a factor in almost 60% of the species studied and playing the largest role in the wettest month, December. This is likely because winter snowfall has critical carry-over effects in spring and summer, as runoff from snowmelt can impact stream flow, plant growth, and the availability of insects. Because the Western region of North America is expected to experience fewer but more intense precipitation events, this will likely have further negative effects on species that require a consistently wetter environment in order to thrive. One species that is particularly vulnerable to drier conditions in the Pacific Northwest is the rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus, pictured), which is declining at a rate of 3% annually.
A researcher whose nutrition study in Chinese children was found in breach of ethical regulations is going to court to salvage a paper describing her results. Nutrition scientist Guangwen Tang is suing the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and Tufts University, where she has worked for more than 25 years, to prevent the retraction of her 2012 paper in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.The society intends to withdraw the paper because a Tufts investigative panel found ethical lapses in the study last year; Tang argues that retraction is tantamount to defamation, according to a report by Courthouse News Service, which states that she filed her suit on 9 July.According to Adrian Dubock, executive secretary of the Golden Rice Humanitarian Board in Switzerland, which was not directly involved in the study, ASN twice asked Tang and her six co-authors to withdraw the paper voluntarily, which they declined to do. The society recently decided to retract the paper on its own, Dubock says—but it has agreed to a 90-day stay after Tang filed her lawsuit, to see if the matter can be settled out of court. 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The journal’s editor, Dennis Bier of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, says that ASN’s lawyer is handling inquiries about the issue; ASN could not be reached this morning. Tang and a representative for Tufts University did not respond to an e-mailed request for comment.The controversial study was carried out in 2008 among 72 schoolchildren in Hunan province; it aimed to find out how well golden rice—a genetically modified crop aimed at fighting vitamin A deficiency and blindness—is converted into vitamin A in children’s bodies. A month after it was published in August 2012, the study caused a massive uproar in China, where Greenpeace and Chinese media claimed that U.S. researchers were conducting unethical experiments on Chinese children.An investigative panel at Tufts found several ethical problems with the study in a report released last year. Tang had provided “insufficient evidence” that the study was approved by a Chinese ethical panel, for instance; the researchers had not obtained all the necessary consent forms before the trial started; and dates on consent forms appeared to have been changed. Tang, who is Chinese-born, was barred from human research for 2 years and ordered to take a refresher course in clinical trial ethics.Dubock says that a few months ago, a wealthy philanthropist—whose name he declined to share—offered to bankroll Tang’s lawsuit. “My understanding is that this person is very troubled by socially important issues that affect the disadvantaged,” Dubock says. He says that Tang is also suing the university, where she closed her lab earlier this year, because “it’s Tufts’s actions that have caused the journal to decide to retract the paper.”The Declaration of Helsinki, a set of ethical principles for human studies, says that papers about “research not in accordance with the principles of this Declaration should not be accepted for publication”; it does not specifically recommend retraction of papers if ethical flaws are discovered after publication.
For us landlubbers, a few extra pounds can be energetically and aesthetically costly. But the opposite is true for northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris, pictured). Adding to their girth makes them more buoyant and more efficient swimmers, marine biologists report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Diving for marine mammals takes a lot of energy, and the more energy it takes to move, the less time they can spend underwater chasing down prey. Early research had indicated that it was good to be denser than water, as that made diving easier. But what about coming back up? Biologists made a special logger that counted flipper strokes per meter and measured depth and acceleration for months and attached them to 14 female northern elephant seals as they traveled as far as 4000 kilometers away from their breeding grounds in California. During breeding season, the females fast, becoming quite lean; they put on the pounds because they hunt as they migrate. Once they plump up, they need to take half as many strokes per meter and have an easier time ascending after a dive, the researchers say. As a result, the seals stayed underwater longer and hunted more, they said.