Resource Discovery: Helping Couples Get Past the Affair

first_imgThis 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. By Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFTBaucom, D., Snyder, D., & Gordon, K. (2009). Helping Couples Get Past The Affair. The Guilford Press, New York City: NYIn a previous blog we’ve discussed how military couples are at increased risk for infidelity. This week’s Resource Discovery highlights the book “Helping Couples Get Past the Affair: A Clinician’s Guide” which describes the treatment approach discussed in our previous blog. This is resource for clinicians working with couples who want to overcome a hurdle that often leads to the end of a relationship. In this book, authors Douglas K. Snyder, Donald H. Baucom, and Kristina Coop Gordon, offer an effective approach to treating infidelity in couples. The book provides evidence-based strategies for assisting clients to overcome the initial shock of finding out about the affair and assisting with making sense of what happened and why. The authors also highlight intervention strategies that help couples regain trust, restore faith in each other, deal with resentment, shame, and anger, and strengthen connection to one another. Strategies to help clients work through viable options (i.e. reconciliation, separation. etc.) to determine what is in their best interest, as well learning to move on emotionally are also addressed. The text is full of clinical examples and exercises that can be used during sessions and at home. The authors also describe how clinicians can utilize the related self-help book, Getting Past the Affair, as a supplement resource for clients.ReferencesBaucom, D., Snyder, D. K., & Gordon, K. (2009). Helping Couples Get Past the Affair. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.last_img read more

5 Online Resources for Getting Started in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics

first_imgLooking to start a visual effects career or develop new motion graphics skills? These online VFX education resources are cost effective and convenient!Whether you just finished high school or are mid career, not everyone has the time or money to attend school full-time. In this post, we explore affordable online options to learn visual effects, CG and motion graphics.Check out each site, watch the preview videos and read the FAQs to find the online VFX education resource that best fits your needs and interests.1. FXPHDFXPHD mimics a traditional format of universities, giving you a 10-week schedule of training. You can join anytime during the 10 weeks and the classes are taught by industry professionals. Features:New classes weekly. Instructors (mentors) are well known industry artists. Focus:Broad. Subjects include 2D, 3D, CAD, Game Development and Video VFX. Also covers traditional skills (drawing, illustration, color theory), as well as a variety of software. Focus:Specific. Courses are limited to Maya software based training. How it Works:A suite of VFX training tutorials from VFXLearning.com Choose the FX Technical Director package for $300 or purchase case studies individually (1 for $50 or 4 for $150). How it Works:Standard three-course membership costs $359, includes required 4th class, Background Fundamentals. You download the classes, it is not a subscription service. You have 2 weeks to sample the available classes (first 2 classes) before committing to 3 classes. Focus:Broad. Though they offer a lot of VFX and motion graphics classes, as well as classes in cinematography, editing, color grading, and audio. They have 9 class tags, where you can search classes by subject. Focus:Specific to feature film style visual effects. How it Works:Annual Subscription $299.99 (includes training materials) or you can buy a video stream of any individual class. How it Works:Subscription service (Monthly Plan $45, 6 Months $225, Yearly $399) You have access to files to use for the classes and on your reel. Other Paid VFX Education OptionsIf you’re looking for a more traditional online VFX school, check out these options (all over $500) which offer a structured set of visual effects classes.Escape StudiosAnimation MentorGnomon School of VFXHow did you learn visual effects? Know any resources that were not included? Share your thoughts in the comments below! Focus:Specific. Hi-End VFX for movies and media (software include Nuke, Houdini, Maya). 4. Simply Maya How it Works:Video Credits allow you do download only the parts of a tutorial that you’d like to watch. You can also opt for a Lifetime Membership $395 or purchase a video tutorial from the Simply Maya Shop (individual downloads) Features:70 hours of training on Maya and RealFlow. The Technical Director package which covers how to create Hollywood style VFX. Each training video comes with project files. 3. CMIVFX 5. VFX Learning UVFX Learning U is an Indiegogo project (funding Dec. 2013) of VFX Learning. 2. Digital Tutors Features:Tutorials cover a range of Maya related topics including rigging, lighting, modeling, shading and rendering. There’s also an active Community Forum and Maya resources (models, rigs, shaders, materials, scripts). Features:1300+ courses with 24 Learning Paths that guide you to what classes to watch. Classes are broken into levels and offer quizzes and tests.A good starting place for beginners is CG 101, a collection of fundamentals for 2D & 3D. There are also tips on creating a demo reel and portfolio. They offer new classes each month (see listing below). Features:Access to a variety of software via VPN during the 10 weeks. Access to the class forums, where you can ask questions and interact with fellow students. You can also download hi-res footage that you can use for practice.Some of the intro classes offer certification exams. There are Challenges (background fundamentals) where you submit work for feedback.last_img read more

Pulling a Clean Green Screen Chroma Key In DaVinci Resolve

first_imgDaVinci Resolve may be known as one of the world’s best color grading platforms, but its compositing/chroma key tools are just as impressive.Top image: background from Dume StudiosIn some cases when working as a colorist, you may be given pre-keyed footage. Your editor or VFX artist may have already gone ahead and keyed out a green screen shot for you, and will simply send you a composited shot to color grade.In other instances though, you’ll need to pull the key yourself. If you’re like many colorists who are DaVinci Resolve experts, but don’t necessarily have a lot of experience with other VFX software (such as Nuke or After Effects), you’ll likely be tempted to pull your color keys right inside of DaVinci Resolve. The good news is that Resolve has an extremely powerful keyer built right in, and you can absolutely use it for your chroma key work. This short tutorial from FilmmakerCentral will show you just how to do it:Here’s a breakdown of the steps in the video:1. Set up Your TimelineBefore getting started with your chroma key work, you need to set up your timeline by placing the background plate on track one and the green screen shot on track two, just as you would in any other NLE.2. Use the QualifierOnce you move back into your “color” tab on DaVinci Resolve, you’ll want to use the eyedropper/qualifier tool to isolate the green background. You can use the highlight visualizer to show you a black and white image of what’s selected vs. what isn’t.3. Invert Your SelectionBy default, your selection will of course be on the green elements in the frame. For the purpose of this process, you need to invert your selection in the qualifier tab. The goal is to have your background appear completely black, and the subject fully white.4. Fine TuneWith your selection still highlighted and inverted, adjust the threshold of your settings in the qualifier tab until you get the cleanest result possible.Image from Shutterstock5. Adjust the BlurOnce your key is looking solid, use the “blur radius” setting to add a little bit of softening to the edges. This will help to hide or smooth over any imperfections in the process.6. Create Alpha OutputWith your key now complete, you’ll need to tell DaVinci Resolve how to composite your footage. The first step is to right click in your node tree and select “Add alpha output.” You then need to drag a line from your green screen node (using the small triangle at the bottom of the node) to your alpha output, which will sit just under your normal output on the right side of the node window.7. Fine Tune Some MoreNow that you can actually see your image composited, you may notice some green spill or other areas of the key that still need to be fine tuned. Go back into your qualifier tab and fine tune the settings some more until you achieve an end result you’re satisfied with. One of the features in this video that was highlighted is the “in/out Ratio,” which can help to clean up your edges.Got any DaVinci Resolve tips/tricks/techniques to share? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Interview: Filmmaker Bradley Olsen and His FCPX Documentary “Off the Tracks”

first_imgIn a new documentary, Off the Tracks, Bradley Olsen explores why Apple made those fateful decisions when designing Final Cut Pro X.April 12, 2011. The date Apple unveiled what they anticipated was the future of video editing: FCPX. I was on a drive back from NAB when it all happened. I was sitting in the car’s passenger seat reading live updates from attendees on Twitter. Like many others, I was initially excited about what seemed like the future of video editing. I learned how to edit on the older version of Final Cut, and I was ready to embrace what was coming next.Leading up to the release, skepticism started to grow. Then, FCPX was officially released. First impressions were tragic. I personally remember cutting one project with it and then promptly downloading Premiere Pro and never looking back. Apple expected some criticism from the filmmaking community for their radical changes but not to this level. Final Cut’s user base plummeted, and many users, just like me, quickly jumped ship for Premiere.Image via “Off the Tracks.”The best thing that ever happened to FCPX was that launch.—Sam Mestman, President of LumaForgeYears later, it seems like FCPX is finally making a comeback. Through vast updates, improved features, better performance, and a growing users base, it’s becoming an NLE of choice once again.A new feature-length documentary by filmmaker and editor Bradley Olsen, Off The Tracks, explores the reasoning and logic behind Apple’s bold decision to try to revolutionize video editing. The film features the original Apple engineering team members behind FCPX as well as Hollywood editors, directors, and filmmakers. The film offers more insight into why Apple decided to flip Final Cut upside down and a look at those early filmmakers who chose to embrace the platform.We sat down with Olsen to discuss the film and the overall reactions to FCPX across the industry.Premium Beat: Apple did some marketing for films cut on FCPX like Focus and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Do you know of any other major films being cut with FCPX?Bradley Olsen: Sadly, Final Cut is largely ignored in Hollywood today. I believe that the filmmakers behind Focus and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot will continue to use Final Cut on their upcoming features, but they are the outliers. They’ve proven Final Cut can be used on large productions and that it has many advantages. However, there are still some workarounds to get Final Cut to work on those kinds of projects from the technical side. As Apple puts more attention into professional workflow features, such as built-in collaboration, that will enable industry movers and shakers like Michael Cioni and Sam Mestman to push Final Cut Pro X in Hollywood without any more excuses. But behavioral changes are very hard in an industry that’s very much set in its ways. I hope my documentary can be a tool to open some eyes and allow Final Cut to gain more acceptance because post-production in Hollywood is largely stuck in the past, and there is a desperate need for them to change. The rest of the world is quickly embracing new ways of doing things, and I am very interested to see how that shapes the kinds of projects we see in the future.Image via “Off the Tracks.”PB: How have critics of FCPX responded to the film?BO: We debuted Off The Tracks at LACPUG last month, and many people in attendance were not fans of Final Cut Pro X. We got a really good response from the audience: they were laughing in all the right places and got really into it — much more than I expected, actually. Afterward, more than a few people approached me, saying “You know, I hated Final Cut X when it came out, but your documentary has convinced me to take another look.” That was incredibly rewarding to hear. I made a huge effort to include different points of view about this controversial topic, and based on the response I got there, I think the documentary handles it in a balanced and fair way.PB: Did Apple have any input into the film?BO: What makes this project legitimate for the viewer is that it is was made independently of Apple. I made it without Apple’s input or permission. It reflects my honest opinions about Final Cut Pro X. There are many opinions expressed, especially about how Final Cut X was released, that you would never find in any Apple marketing material. I addressed real concerns people have with Final Cut Pro X head-on in a way that Apple probably wouldn’t be comfortable with. However, by the end of the movie, Final Cut Pro X is shown a very positive light, so I hope Apple is happy with what I made.You can watch the feature-length documentary Off the Tracks right now on VHX.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Best F[r]iends: Greg Sestero on Making Movies With Tommy WiseauInterview: Filmmaker America Young on Stunts, Directing, and PersistenceA Conversation with Lucian Read, Cinematographer of America DividedInterview: Actor Amy Stewart on the Work-Life Balancing ActInterview: Producer Toby Halbrooks Shares Indie Film Insightslast_img read more

Opposition presses for early debate on role of governors in Goa, Manipur

first_imgOpposition Congress on Monday pressed that the House speedily take up its substantive motion on the conduct of the Governors of Goa and Manipur in not calling the single largest party to form government after the assembly elections.Raising the issue, Congress MP Digvijaya Singh said he had moved a substantive motion under rule 168 on the conduct of Governors and wanted to know when it will be taken up.Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said the notice had been received and it was under consideration. “As and when Chairman decides on the admissibility, you will be intimated,” he said.He said “democracy is murdered” as the Governors called BJP, the second largest party, to form governments.The conduct of the Governors, he said, has gone against the established practice and constitutional propriety and urged that his motion be taken up expdeditiously, otherwise “the urgency is lost”.The Congress was the single largest party in both Goa and Manipur and had the first right of refusal in forming the government, he said.Singh had, on Friday, moved a notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of business to discuss the happenings in Goa but the Chair had ruled that the conduct of Governor can only be discussed under a substantive motion.Anand Sharma (Cong) charged the BJP of “committing theft (of mandate) by deceit.” Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad however said the phrase “murder of democracy” should not go on record, a plea which was vehemently opposed by the Congress and other opposition parties including Left.“Murder of democracy is not an unparliamentary phrase and it cannot be expunged,” said Tapan Sen (CPI-M).Prasad said the “in-house problems of Congress party should not be shifted to the Governor.” Sharad Yadav (JD-U) also supported the demand for early consideration of the motion saying an impression has been given that when the issue first figured in the House on Thursday and Friday, it would be taken up on Monday.“If a notice is given, there is a procedure. Chairman has to examine its admissibility,” Kurien said adding he will convey the feelings of the members about the urgency for a discussion to the Chairman.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Chairman will have to decide if such a motion is to be admitted and, if admitted, under what rule.Congress MP Jairam Ramesh gave an acronym of Modi, which was immediately expunged from the records.When Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the motion should be taken up for discussion at 2 pm on Monday, Kurien said a decision on the admissibility of the motion will be conveyed as early as possible.last_img read more

With anti-Romeo squad, eve-teasers in Lucknow on police radar

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police on Tuesday issued orders to constitute “anti-Romeo squad” in 11 districts of the Lucknow zone to prevent eve-teasing, as BJP had promised during the Assembly polls in its ‘sankalp patra’.“In a bid to check incidents of eve-teasing and passing of comments on them (women and girls), ‘anti-romeo dal’ would be constituted at the police station levels and action under Goonda Act taken against wrongdoers,” IG (Lucknow Zone) A Satish Ganesh said.The Lucknow zone comprises 11 districts adjoining the state capital.The IG’s order said that attempts should be made to check cow slaughter and cattle smuggling effectively and those involved should be booked.The IG said that in cases where investigation is complete, final report should be submitted in court and review of heinous crimes made so that those involved are sent behind bars.The IG also directed the police to effectively check crime against women, arrest criminals carrying rewards, follow up on cases lodged under the Gangster Act, check activities of land mafia and curb the sale of illicit liquor.The BJP’s “sankalp patra” during the Assembly polls promised constitution of “anti-Romeo” squads for checking eve-teasing besides checking activities of land mafia and cow slaughter.last_img read more

Congress leader sacked for calling Rahul ‘Pappu’

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) chief Raj Babbar on Tuesday removed Meerut district president of the party Vinay Pradhan for addressing Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as ‘Pappu’ in the party’s local WhatsApp group. Vinay Pradhan had on written a long post praising Mr. Gandhi for avoiding a lavish lifestyle and being “people’s leader”. “Rahul Gandhi is also known as Pappu by a section of people in this country. People of this country are witness to the fact that Pappu has never taken to lavish life style. Pappu never took part in the parties thrown by industrialists like Adani and Ambani because Pappu knew he would that these people would only exploit the common people’s resources. Pappu could have easily become the Prime Minister of this country but he did not,” goes the long post of Mr. Pradhan on the social media group After Mr. Pradhan’s post went viral, the district party spokesperson Abhimanyu Tyagi wrote to the senior party leaders leading to Mr. Pradhan’s removal from all party posts. Ramkrishna Dwivedi, the chairman of the disciplinary committee removed Mr. Pradhan after consulting with Mr. Babbar.last_img read more

Now, singer wants to mark Goa opinion poll jubilee at airport

first_imgPANAJI: The protests over BJP national president Amit Shah’s controversial meeting at Dablim Airport continued on Sunday, with singer-composer Sidhanath Buyao seeking permission to hold celebrations of the golden jubilee of Goa’s opinion poll on the airport premises on January 16, 2018.In a letter to the airport director, Mr. Buyao said, “This is a historic moment for every Goan to celebrate. On this occasion, we Buyao Theatres Goem, a prominent cultural organisation since 1967, wish to hold golden jubilee of opinion poll celebration meeting at Dabolim airport, with musical performances and the launch of a music album [of songs that were] used to canvas against the merger.” The letter goes on to say, that as Dabolim Airport has historic importance to Goa’s liberation, it would be a befitting venue for the occasion. “So we are approaching you to grant us permission for setting up stage, pandal, sound system and 1,000 chairs for our guests … Kindly allot us the same place where BJP national president Amit Shah’s meeting was held on July 1,” it says.The referendum to decide if Goa would merge with Maharashtra or remain a Union Territory — and if Daman & Diu would merge with Gujarat or remain part of the Union Territory of Goa — was held on January 16, 1967. Meanwhile, the petition filed by activist-lawyer Aires Rodrigues, seeking action against those responsible for Mr. Shah’s meeting, will come up for hearing at the Bombay High Court at Goa on Monday.last_img read more

RPF rescued 214 children till July in northeast frontier railway zone

first_imgThe Railway Protection Force rescued a total of 214 children until July end this year from different areas in Northeast Frontier Railway zone. While most of the minors were rescued from child traffickers, the figure also included those who went missing and runaway children.NFR’s Chief Public Relations Officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma on Wednesday informed that nine child traffickers were arrested by the RPF during the period. “RPF, which is continuously safeguarding railway passenger and railway property, is extending humanitarian service by remaining in the forefront of fight against child trafficking”, he stated on Wednesday.The CPRO detailed the RPF’s successes during the period from January to July this year. Another significant achievement was recoveries of huge quantity of explosive, gelatin sticks, detonator, fuse wire and fire arms from suspects at different railway points.Contraband goods worth over ₹ 3.2 crore were recovered and 27 criminals arrested during this period. On the other 18 criminals accused of drugging and looting belongings of passengers were captured and handed over to Government Railway Police for prosecution.“After receiving complaints on its helpline number 182, RPF personnel extended immediate support in 67 cases of stolen and left behind articles which were returned to actual owners,” Mr. Sharma added.As one of 17 railway zones in the country, Northeast Frontier Railway has jurisdiction over northeast India and northern part of West Bengal. It has five Railway Divisions at present and working to open two more new Divisions.last_img read more

Plan to set up liquor store at Srinagar airport scrapped

first_imgThe Airports Authority of India has scrapped a plan to set up a liquor store inside Srinagar international airport, citing “a section of society that was against” the idea.The tendering process for the duty-paid liquor shop, which had been recently initiated, has been cancelled with immediate effect, the authority said in a statement on Friday evening.It is observed through media and social media that a section of society is against having a duty paid liquor store in the Srinagar international airport and honouring local sentiments, the Airports Authority of India has decided to cancel the tender process, the statement said.“It is hoped that with this communication, all the controversies arising out will be placed at rest,” the AAI said.“The AAI believes and works towards better facilities for its passengers and endeavours to cater for more and more passenger friendly good initiatives towards customer satisfaction,” it noted.Apart from duty-free stores at international airports, some domestic airports in India, including Mumbai and Delhi have duty-paid liquor stores in their premises that domestic passengers can also shop at.last_img read more

U.P. Governor nod for abattoirs shift

first_imgUttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik has given approval to the Yogi Adityanath government’s proposal to shift abattoirs outside city limits which will effectively ban slaughtering of animals in the city shops.The State government had forwarded the ordinances, the Uttar Pradesh Nagar Nigam (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and the Uttar Pradesh Nagar Palika (Amendment) Bill, 2018 to the Governor. The State Cabinet on January 17 amended decades-old municipal laws and passed two Bills under which all slaughterhouses would have to operate from outside the limits of a city.The municipal corporations (Nagar Nigams) and municipal boards (Nagar Palikas) were stripped of powers to construct and run slaughterhouses and will now merely “regulate” them.The government said the slaughterhouses were being shifted out of cities from the viewpoint of environment and hygiene.The Cabinet’s decision and approval by the Governor come a few days ahead of the likely pronouncement of a verdict on January 31 by the Allahabad High Court in the appeal against shutting down of slaughterhouses by the Yogi Adityanath government.The All India Jamiatul Quresh, body of Qureshis, traditional Muslim butcher community, has said the decision will not only lead to a rise in prices butlast_img read more

Journey from the footpath to a Padma Shri

first_imgKanubhai Hasmukbhai Tailor has transposed his personal travails onto the social canvas, to forge common solutions for the handicapped. As founder-director of Disable Welfare Trust of India (DWTI), a school and college for children with impairments in Surat’s Umra locality, Kanubhai began his social work humbly encountering the harsh realities of life on the footpaths of the city’s Ved Road, but went on to get a Padma Shri. What spurred him as a youth was the inherent goodness of human nature to bring dignity to people with impairments. His current quest is to launch an exclusive home for the aged disabled. Last week, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh met him and urged him to start an agency in the State. Kanubhai’s initiative began in the late 1970s, when he faced the prospect of humiliation, because he could not meet the dress requirements at Ahmedabad’s Shree Sahajanand Arts and Commerce College. He would possibly have dropped out from the institution. The principal, however, came to his rescue, providing appropriate clothing.But the benefactor may not have expected to see the encouragement and moral strength his young ward derived from that gesture. Within months, the Gujarat University saw merit in Kanubhai’s plea to hold separate sporting competitions for disabled students. But he was disappointed and embarrassed, because the contest ultimately drew only meagre participation.The incident, nonetheless, put the spotlight on broader issues of freedom of access for Gujarat’s people with impairments. Kanubhai spearheaded an agitation seeking a better deal, resulting in concessions such as a full waiver of travel fares, a 50% discount for escorts and the earmarking of three seats in railway coaches. This landmark achievement pitch-forked the visionary onto the centre-stage of the campaign for equal opportunities.Morarji Desai, the then Prime Minister, designated Kanubhai to attend a UN conference on disabilities. On his return to India however, Kanubhai could hardly escape the thinking among his family elders that, given his locomotor impairment, he should be content with running a ‘paan’ shop.Spurning offers of ‘daan’ (charity) for ‘kam’ (work) has been the hallmark of Kanubhai’s approach in the decades since. During the inauguration of the DWTI by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was then Gujarat Chief Minister, Kanubhai made a forceful appeal that a hospital on the school premises was needed. Industrialist Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries, responded with a big financial grant, but was persuaded that nothing other than a full-fledged medical facility would satisfy the recipient.last_img read more

ED files fresh money laundering case against firm linked to Robert Vadra

first_imgIn fresh trouble for Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, the Enforcement Directorate has filed a money laundering case against a firm allegedly linked to him and a few others in connection with suspected financial and other irregularities in land deals in Haryana’s Gurgaon in 2008, officials said Monday.They said the central probe agency has filed a criminal FIR, known as enforcement case information report in official parlance, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The fresh case follows searches conducted by the ED in December last year on three people linked to Mr. Vadra. The searches were conducted in connection with its probe into alleged “commissions received by some suspects in defence deals” and illegal assets stashed abroad. The new charges were based on an FIR filed by Haryana Police in September last year, they said. According to the Haryana Police FIR, Skylight Hospitality Pvt. Ltd., a firm allegedly linked to Mr. Vadra, purchased 3.5 acres of land in Gurgaon’s Sector 83 from Onkareshwar Properties for ₹7.50 crore in 2008 when Bhupinder Singh Hooda of the Congress was the Chief Minister and also held the portfolio of the Town and County Planning Department. Later, Skylight Hospitality sold this land to realty major DLF at a price of ₹58 crore, after procuring a commercial licence for the development of the colony with the influence of Hooda, the police had alleged. The company thus made a profit of about Rs 50 crore, an allegation rejected by Mr. Vadra in the past. In return, the state government allotted 350 acres of land to DLF at Wazirabad in Gurgaon in violation of rules, the police had claimed. In the alleged quid pro quo, the realty major made ₹5,000 crore, it had said. The ED will probe if such a financial irregularity led to laundering of funds and creation of illegal assets by the accused, they said. Mr. Vadra is already being probed by the ED in connection with two PMLA cases — one related to land deals in Bikaner in Rajasthan and another linked to arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and illegal acquisition of overseas assets. It is also probing the role of Mr. Hooda in connection with a similar land deal case in Gurgaon’s Manesar area.last_img read more

More than half of children in Vikramgad kids are stunted: study

first_imgA diet of dal and rice in all three meals and zero intake of leafy vegetables, fruits, milk, fish, and eggs have proved to be a major setback for the tribal children from Vikramgad in Palghar district. A study published in the PLOS ONE journal on Wednesday has revealed that nearly 59% of children between one and six years of age suffered from stunting, an indicator of long-term and chronic nutritional deprivation.The study was conducted between April and June 2017 on 375 tribal children from the Vikramgad block of Palghar district. The findings revealed that the overall prevalence of wasting and underweight children in the area was 20% and 53% respectively. While stunting is calculated based on height-for-age, wasting is calculated by weight-for-height and ‘underweight’ is calculated by the weight-for-age formula. “The high prevalence of stunting is extremely worrisome as it suggests the prolonged nutritional deficits that these children have been suffering from,” said Dr. Soumitra Ghosh, a professor from the School of Health System Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, who carried out the study along with Dr. Sarika Varerkar, a former public health student from the institute.Palghar has been in the news for malnutrition since 2005, when 718 child deaths were reported from the area. In 2016, the number of deaths stood at 600. “The State announced a slew of measures to address child malnutrition in tribal- dominated areas. There has not been any study to check whether the nutritional scenario has improved since then in Palghar,” the paper points out. The assessment of nutritional status was carried out using the 2006 World Health Organisation Child Growth Standard.Dr. Ghosh said studying diet diversity was an important aspect of the paper. For this, the food eaten by the children during the last 24 hours before the survey date was classified into eight food groups: the first, cereals, roots and tubers; the second, legumes and nuts; the third, dairy products; the fourth, flesh foods; the fifth, eggs; the sixth, fish; the seventh, dark green leafy vegetables, and the eighth, fruits and other vegetables.While a child should consume food from a minimum of four groups to meet the daily energy and nutrient requirements, nearly 83% of children from Vikramgad were eating from three or fewer food groups. “They consumed dal and rice most of the time, which is extremely inadequate,” said Dr. Ghosh. Jawahar and Mokhada from Palghar district have always been in the news for malnutrition but Vikramgad, with similar problems, has not received enough attention. “This is why we chose this block for our study,” he said. Key factsThe Palghar district consists of eight talukas: Mokhada, Talasari, Vasai, Vikramgad, Jawhar, Palghar, Dahanu and Wada.The district has a large number of tribal villages, hamlets and small fishing villages.Vikramgad block is a scheduled area as a majority of the inhabitants of this block are tribals.Warli, Katkari and Malhar Koli are the tribal groups in Palghar district.last_img read more

Amid attention from both camps, Naveen keeps cards close to chest

first_imgAs the Lok Sabha election nears its completion, Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik is once again in demand with both NDA and UPA leaders trying to get him into their camp.While UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has invited Mr. Patnaik to attend a meeting of Opposition parties in New Delhi on May 23, BJP national president Amit Shah has praised the BJD president for the violence-free campaign in Odisha.Call from Kamal NathMr. Patnaik has already received a phone call from Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath inviting him to Ms. Gandhi’s meeting. Both Mr. Patnaik and Mr. Nath studied in Doon school.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Odisha days after Cyclone Fani hit the State, had praised the State government for its preparations to deal with the severe cyclone.Although the BJD earlier maintained equidistance from both the Congress and the BJP, Mr. Patnaik had said during his election rallies that no national party will win a majority and the BJD will play a key role in the formation of the next government at the Centre.In its manifesto, the BJD had said that it will extend support to any government at the Centre that will fulfil the just demands of Odisha.Although Mr. Patnaik has not reacted to the Congress invitation or the appreciation by Mr. Modi and Mr. Shah, BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra told journalists on Thursday that their party will take the “right decision at the right time”. “We have to wait till the election results are announced,” he said.“Mr. Patnaik can go either way, though his first preference will be the NDA if it will be able to form the next government. This will help him because the BJP, which is likely to emerge as the main Opposition in the State, will be in his side. He, however, may extend support to the UPA if the NDA falls short of numbers,” said political analyst Rabi Das.last_img read more

Video: Fish Feel Their Way Around Obstacles

first_imgIf you’ve ever stumbled back late at night to your dim apartment, where you tripped over a houseplant as you groped for the light switch, bluegill sunfish feel your pain. The freshwater swimmers (Lepomis macrochirus), notable for their flat bodies and yellow, orange, or red bellies, have to deal with numerous rocks and vegetation that block their path in the lakes and streams they call home. So how do they avoid accidents? They use their eyes, of course, but new research reveals that they also grope around like humans do. Scientists placed individual bluegills in separate tanks and had them swim through an obstacle course of acrylic tubes (video above). In order to ensure that the fish could rely only on their fins, the team turned out the lights or numbed the animals’ lateral line nervous system, which allows them to sense shifting water pressure and motion (another method they use to find their way around). In each case, the fish tapped the tubes with their pectoral fins as they approached, using the feedback to successfully navigate the course. The finding, researchers report today in The Journal of Experimental Biology, could improve the design of robotic fish and other mechanical creatures.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Studying Fur Seals Can Give Them a Heart Attack

first_imgWildlife veterinarians working on Chile’s remote Guafo Island discovered fatal heart damage, known as cardiomyopathy, in five South American fur seal pups that they had captured and placed in bags for up to 30 minutes, a standard practice to examine small seals. As part of an ongoing biological survey of the island, the researchers had caught and released fur seals for 4 years with no captivity-related deaths, but the sudden cluster triggered an investigation. Necropsies revealed that the pups had chronic hookworm infections, which aggravated their immune systems and sent their adrenal glands into hyperdrive. Adrenal glands produce stress hormones that accelerate the heart, so the team believes that captivity and trauma from bagging pushed the seal pups over the edge. The exams, reported in Marine Mammal Science, revealed the unmistakable lesions of cardiomyopathy in the pups’ heart muscles. Fur seals become only the second marine mammals, after dolphins, shown to develop heart disease after handling or captivity. The biologists suggest that fieldworkers should look for signs of chronic infections in seals—such as malaise or unusually rapid breathing—before handling the animals and risking further harm.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Distant Stellar Explosion Helps Map Universe’s Dark Ages

first_imgNear the beginning, the universe was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. That’s because until about a billion years after the big bang, there were no galaxies or stars to illuminate the heavens, which were then filled primarily with neutral hydrogen gas. But a rare ultra–high-energy stellar explosion called a gamma ray burst (GRB) has offered a new glimpse into this obscure period—the so-called cosmic dark ages—and may help nail down precisely when it ended. A study of the explosion’s afterglow suggests that such neutral hydrogen abounded a billion years after the big bang, so the dark ages weren’t quite over then, a team of Japanese astronomers reports.The dark ages lasted until the first stars and galaxies formed from gathering clumps of gas and their light broke apart, or reionized, the hydrogen atoms. (Today, the vast majority of hydrogen in intergalactic space is ionized.) To find out when that happened, researchers want to measure how much neutral hydrogen was still around at various times in the universe’s past.One way to do this is to detect the so-called 21-centimeter radiation, a faint radio signal emitted by neutral hydrogen. But the radio telescopes able to do this are not yet accurate enough to see that far back into the past. Astronomers can also look at the light from quasars, which are very bright galactic nuclei, to search for the absorption of telltale wavelengths of light by nearby neutral hydrogen surrounding the quasar. (Ionized hydrogen does not absorb optical radiation.) But quasar spectra can be harder to interpret because quasars reside in large galaxies and will likely have ionized much of the gas around them anyway.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A third way is to study GRBs, very rare but exceedingly powerful explosions that occur when a large, rapidly rotating star collapses and causes a supernova or hypernova. The explosion shoots a narrow beam of radiation into space which, if it is pointed toward Earth, appears as a flash of gamma rays in the sky that lasts seconds or minutes, followed by a longer lasting afterglow at longer wavelengths. As with a quasar, radiation from a GRB afterglow can be used to search for neutral hydrogen in the explosion’s neighborhood. GRBs are potentially cleaner as sources of light because they originate in small galaxies or away from galaxies altogether.Tomonori Totani, an astronomer at the University of Tokyo, and colleagues got a lucky glimpse of just such a GRB. GRB 130606A was detected last June by NASA’s Swift satellite. As is common for such an event these days, telescopes the world over swiveled to catch some of its light, including Japan’s Subaru Telescope in Hawaii. Because it was very bright, Subaru’s Faint Object Camera and Spectrograph was able to measure the spectrum of its afterglow precisely. What made this GRB special was that it was very distant, with a redshift of 5.913, which means that it exploded when the ever-expanding universe was just one-seventh its current size and only 1 billion years old.From the GRB’s spectrum, the researchers calculate that 10% of the intergalactic gas surrounding the burst consisted of neutral hydrogen, they report in a paper to be published in June in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan. The abundance of neutral hydrogen suggests that the reionization process that ended the dark ages was not yet complete at that time.“It’s an interesting result, and the best constraint on the Epoch of Reionization coming from a [GRB],” writes astrophysicist Avery Meiksin of the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom in an e-mail. But better data has come from a quasar discovered in 2010. Its redshift of 7.1 puts it just 770 million years after the big bang. Extensive analysis of its spectrum showed nearby gas to be at least 10% neutral hydrogen, and similar analysis would be needed to draw firm conclusions from this GRB, Meiksin says. “I’d say the main significance of this result is that it’s a GRB, which promises that there will be more data similar to it in the future,” he adds. Rennan Barkana, an astrophysicist at Tel Aviv University in Israel, agrees that the very high-quality spectrum provides “mild evidence” of neutral hydrogen, but there are many uncertainties. He says that evidence from GRBs is “very promising.”“The main limitation of this kind of study is the low event rate of such bright GRBs at sufficiently high redshift,” Totani writes in an e-mail. But that situation will likely improve in the next decade as the next generation of gigantic telescopes, such as the Thirty Meter Telescope and the European Extremely Large Telescope, come online, Totani says, as they should be able to spot much fainter and, hence, more abundant GRBs.last_img read more

Top stories: Rosetta’s comet results, a new drug that stops cancer spreading, and the Doomsday Clock

first_imgEight genes that make us brainiacsWhen it comes to certain parts of your brain, bigger is definitely better. Now, scientists have pinpointed eight genetic variations that help determine the size of key brain regions that influence everything from memory to motor control.By 98 to 1, U.S. Senate passes amendment saying climate change is real, not a hoaxSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)This week, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly—98 to 1—to approve an amendment affirming that climate change is real and “not a hoax.” But they still can’t agree on whether humans are causing it: Although two other measures declaring that humans contribute to climate change got a majority of votes, they fell short of the 60 votes needed to be adopted by the Senate.Nanoparticle drug stops cancer’s spread in miceWhen a person dies from cancer, the culprit usually isn’t the original tumor—it’s metastasis, the spread of cancer cells throughout the body. Now, researchers have managed to package a drug in nanoparticles so that it can target these cancer cells without interfering with normal cells—and report that they’ve stopped cancer cells from spreading in mice.Ten new Rosetta images that reveal comet 67P in all its gloryThis week, Science published the first scientific results from Rosetta at comet 67P, including discoveries from Rosetta’s main science camera, OSIRIS. Images like these reveal 67P to be a far more diverse place than anyone expected.Physicists read scrolls scorched by ancient volcanoIn 79 C.E., Mount Vesuvius erupted, destroying the city of Pompeii—and a nearby library filled with scrolls. Archaeologists have been trying to unroll these scorched scrolls since the 1750s, but the risk of damage was just too high. Now, physicists have figured out how to read them using high-powered x-rays.Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moves Doomsday Clock 2 minutes closer to midnightThe board that runs the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has decided to move the minute hand on its symbolic Doomsday Clock 2 minutes closer to disaster. The clock now shows 3 minutes before midnight because the “probability of global catastrophe is very high” as a result of continuing climate change and efforts to modernize nuclear weapons stockpiles.last_img read more