How to Create Export Presets in Premiere Pro

first_imgStep 1: Customize Export SettingsOnce you’re ready to export a sequence, select File > Export to launch the Export Settings dialog box. You have a plethora of options when exporting from Premiere Pro. Choose your preferred format, and then select from a collection of default presets provided within Premiere. You can choose to match your sequence settings, or completely customize the settings to your own liking. This includes frame size, frame rate, pixel aspect ratio, bitrate, and audio format. Step 3: Share and Import PresetsThe presets you create are saved in the Adobe > Adobe Media Encoder > 11.0 > Presets subfolder. You can copy and share these .epr files with other editors. To import a preset someone has sent you, simply select the Import Preset button located right next to the Save Preset button in the Export Settings dialog box. When you import, the .epr file will be automatically copied over to your Presets subfolder.Looking for additional Premiere Pro workflow tips? PremiumBeat’s got you covered. Got any Premiere Pro tricks of your own? Share them in the comments below! Step 2: Save PresetOnce you’ve customized your export settings, you can save out a preset for future use. To save, click on the Save Preset icon just to the right of the Presets drop-down menu. You’ll have the option to give your preset a name, and then select whether you want to include Effects and Publish settings in your preset.Both the Effects and Publish tabs offer all kinds of features for your export, including adding custom Lumetri Looks, image and timecode overlays, a video limiter, and the ability to automate your social media uploads. Creating a preset which automatically publishes your video to social media can clearly help automate your workflow and save you a significant amount of time.center_img Streamline your video editing workflow by creating custom export presets in Premiere Pro. It only takes three simple steps!Creating custom export presets in Premiere Pro – from frame rate to audio format and everything in between – is a great way to save time in your video editing workflow. Plus, once you’ve saved your presets, you can share them with your video editing peers.Here’s how to go about it.last_img read more

Art Director Adam Rowe on Creating the Production Designer’s Vision

first_imgWe sat down with art director Adam Rowe to discuss his vision of success in the industry — inspiration, process, and hard work.Art Director Adam Rowe‘s résumé should include narration by Casey Kasem, as it could be a Top 40 countdown of some of the most beloved fan favorite hits on TV. From the acerbic wit of The Good Place and Parks and Recreation to the macabre of Dexter and American Crime Story, the tone of the series translates into a distinct look and feel by Rowe and his team.The unique visual identity of The Good Place. (Image via NBC.)PremiumBeat: On any given project, you’re tasked with facilitating the production designer’s intent, giving the film or television show its unique visual identity. Do you have a standard way of achieving that, or does it depend more on the way each production designer works?Adam Rowe: There are a lot of variables. The first being how prepared is the production: Is this just a concept? Is this really happening? Do they have scripts, set outlines, verbal descriptions, secret emails, or just holy crap make-it-now! I have worked on a range of projects that fit into all of those situations. That usually dictates the interactions.Regardless how the production designer develops their vision and wants to run their department, an art director interprets and makes. Collaborating with many other voices (directors, show runners, producers, craftspeople), I create whatever the project needs by navigating time, money, and space. I am always delivering something unique to the story we are telling and engaging with an audience.I’ll use this analogy. Who doesn’t love origami? If you were tasked with making an origami swan — something I think most people have done — Designer A says, “It’s a golden swan with a very long neck.” And Designer B says, “I think it should be inspiring and should fly.”You have to react differently to those objectives. For Designer A, you get various gold papers, phone an origami friend, watch YouTube, avoid paper cuts, and make a bunch of long-necked options.For Designer B, you interpret and inform. The bridges between words, visuals, and realizations can be different per job, but I utilize the same tools. Thankfully, the image banks on the internet have helped greatly. And we must not forget the value of a quick hand drawing or an improvised mock-up.For that flying swan, you’d conceptualize, develop, and formalize through the help of imagery and dialogue, then realize. Probably soliciting the help of (most likely) someone into paper airplanes. For these two designers, you produce two very different swans. But both unique, beautiful, and ready for their close-up.The gritty, complicated world of Mad Men. Image via Lionsgate Television.PB: How much does technology inform your work? Any software products that make your life easier or are indispensable to your flow?AR: Tech is almost immeasurable in the Art Department. For starters, it has influenced rendering styles. Through digital model making, or 3D printing and innovative sketching, producers and directors can more accurately see the world we are making.There is more fluid development for concepts. Group chats, virtual conferences, FaceTime, and amateur news reporting can bring critical voices closer to the development process. I say amateur because I have been known to make “Adam Rowe, reporting live!” videos to update and inform any number of collaborators. Things are easier to research and share.I remember on Mad Men having a connection to a local library staff member in the city that was where the fictitious Draper family lived. Even though I loved a weekly chat to learn about the local train station in 1953, I can now access the information online and have an endless world of historic tidbits, thanks to people who enthusiastically post information.Tech has completely changed and influenced how I work — efficiency, mobility, communication, development — like I said, it’s immeasurable. There is almost no part of the process that hasn’t been influenced by tech. Except for maybe human connection? The process of making something together is still tech free and daily inspiring. Equally important is that connection I can have with an audience when they laugh at a site gag on The Good Place or feel the exuberance in the Life Cafe in Rent.My favorite tools are my MacBook Pro and the Internet. I also frequently use Creative Cloud, SketchUp, iTunes, image banks. But, most importantly, I still use a good old-fashioned pen and notebook and my silver Toyota truck.The intricate task of choreographing and filming a live play. (Rent: Live via 20th Century Fox Television.)PB: Rent: Live had to be a challenging assignment. What were the preparations like, including the less glamorous aspects of budgeting, people management, and administrative duties? What was the biggest reward from putting that all together?AR: RENT was one of the most exciting projects I’ve been on for a myriad of reasons. It was inspiring to me as a young lover of theater and music. That appreciation and love helped lift up any heavy hauling that took place in making that project. The preparations were extensive, and I could write a long essay about it. But, in brief, we made that space from the ground up. Audience considerations, rehearsal spaces, camera, scheduling, staffing, music, backstage access, budgeting, budget changes, information tracking, distributing, fire effects, security, electrical, structural, rigging, tech support, storage, dressing rooms, don’t forget ramps, railings, and safety. And oh, the musical itself.Onto the less glamorous aspects … I don’t know how glamorous any of the above sounds, or how glamorous sitting in the construction site sound stage is after being wet from working in the rain. Trying to track down what mattress size was being used for the musical number “Contact” so we could turn a hospital bed into a light box that needed to be ready for rehearsals in ten minutes. The glamour is apparent when you see that uplit bed on camera with the dancers executing kick ass choreography, or when the joined two casts come on stage for the last act of the show and you’re sitting next to the stage manager singing your brains out along with them. That’s glamorous to me.I can’t say there’s a bigger reward than earning an Emmy for working on something you loved and dreamed of doing? I think it’s also knowing we inspired a new wave of audience members to love that musical.The earthy, yet ethereal feel of Forever. Image via Amazon Studios.PB: Forever had a very distinct aesthetic. You were going for the mundane, yet otherworldly. What were the considerations around creating that sterile world?AR: Mundane is a good word. Throughout the process in the art department, including set decoration and props, there were options that ranged from mundane to exciting, and often the mundane or “boring” decision was selected.Amy Williams had an affinity for mid-century modern. That comes with the line quality of tight, real, and clean. It rippled into a lot of decision-making. So, when making decisions on site, it wasn’t always the first instinct. You’d have to remember to breathe and think critically to try and make a look authentic to this vibe.We made tighter, smaller bricks in the house when developing its design. Grout was straight and narrower than what is common. The world was a quasi-purgatory. So, we had to restrain and think about what would be there.Regarding lamp selection, Amy and Melisa Jusufi curated a museum of fantastic lamps. Take a look at that set and tell me you don’t want every damn lamp in that house. It was careful, unique, and deliberate.One of my favorite things about working with that aesthetic was collaborating with our Greens Department on all the plants. Our Greensmen clipped and clipped and clipped to make sure those topiaries were tight, clean, not too dynamic, and weren’t going to upstage the others, and together on that street they looked otherworldly.The criminal terrain of American Crime Story. Image via FX Networks.PB: You’ve worked on many well-respected, prominent, and divergent projects such as The Good Place, American Crime Story, and Parks and Recreation. Any difference for you when you’re working on a show that’s in the middle of a successful run?AR: Thank you for saying that. I try very hard to find projects that I sense are special, interesting, and will resonate. I come to each project with the same mindset, and that usually carries through the whole creation. You don’t often know how successful a project is going to be when making it. Parks and Rec was rumored to be canceled and then renewed on airplane rides to and from NYC, several seasons in a row.I worked on The Hypnotist’s Love Story with the creator Katie Wech for ABC. Sadly, it was a pilot that was not picked up. However, I went into that show and maintained the same respect and enthusiasm as when making American Crime Story.The difference comes from how people react to me working on it. When working on Rizzoli and Isles, if people knew the show, they really knew the show and were very excited to talk about it. If they didn’t know the show, they’d say, “What’s Brazilian Isles?”Despite rumors of an early cancellation, Parks and Recreation lasted seven seasons. (Photo via NBC.)PB: Clearly, you need to have an intimate working relationship with the production designer, but what other stakeholders are key to executing your vision? How involved are producers and directors typically in your day-to-day work?AR: In no particular order, the construction coordinator, set decorator, and painter in charge on any project are key players. Collectively, they can expand or limit what a project is capable of. I have been very lucky to work with very skilled, well-resourced, and fun collaborators. It’s hard to take any one of those elements out of the equation and still produce a wonderful world.Producers and directors might not see me every day. Some might not even know what I do exactly. But, I have them in my head with each idea or decision. I’m not making a project in a vacuum. I’m doing it with them and for them, so I keep their notes and guidance in my mind.The dynamic, engaging energy of Rent: Live. Image via 20th Century Fox.PB: When you see something and are critical of the art direction, can you usually identify what is off or went wrong? And, if a project that you didn’t design impressed you, what about it worked so well?AR: It can be hard not to be critical. Even in my own work, I can watch something and say, “Why did we make that decision?” We are in a culture that loves opinions and probably prefers the bad ones. How often do you find yourself looking at the negative reviews on Yelp or Amazon?I try hard when I watch something to plug into the wonder and enthusiasm. Especially on shows like The Dark Crystal, Stranger Things, or even homemade YouTube videos. But I can admit it’s sometimes fun to watch a disaster.It’s healthy to be a spectator, to be engaged and just watch. I recently saw Le Reve in Las Vegas and it’s been two weeks and I’m still filled with “How’d they do that!” wonder. It worked well because it was filled with spectacle, surprise, and was like an amazing dessert. You can’t explain why it was so fun to enjoy, you can just experience it.Cover Image via FX Networks.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.The Ad Astra Editing Team On Creating “Quiet Intensity” in The EditInterview: Learan Kahanov, DP of “Madam Secretary”The Landscape of Sound: An Interview with Sound Designer Mandell WinterEditor Tom Jarvis on Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartneyIndustry Interview: Emmy-Nominated Editor Vera Drewlast_img read more

13 Questions To Review Your Progress This Week

first_imgThis post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet. Did you make progress on your two or three most important outcomes or goals? Did you move things forward?Did you make deposits in your relationships with your dream clients, those prospective clients you are going to relentlessly pursue because you can create so much value for them?Did you spend enough time prospecting to create the opportunities that you need to succeed? Did you plant the seeds that needed planting in order for you to have something to harvest when the time comes?Did you help your clients produce the better outcomes they need? Did you keep your commitment to being Level 4 and their trusted advisor?Did you help your team members deal with the challenges and obstacles that are preventing them from producing the outcomes you sold? Did you lead your team?Did you really listen? Did you really pay attention to the person who needed you to hear them? Could they feel that you cared?Did you learn something new this week? Did you learn something about yourself? Did you learn something that will improve your future performance?Did you bravely engage with your client in the difficult conversation you need to have about what’s really preventing them from achieving the results they need?Did you ask for the commitments you need? Did you ask for access to those stakeholders who are still holdouts? Did you ask for the information you need to know how to make a real difference?Did you exercise your resourcefulness to solve a challenge by generating new ideas?Did you work to improve yourself? Did you spend the time you needed developing yourself both personally and professionally? Did you sharpen your saw?Did you deepen the most important relationships in your life? Did you spend time connecting with the person in front of you while completely disconnected from distractions?Will you look back on this week happy at the progress you made? Will you be proud of how you invested your time and your energy?last_img read more

How to Retain Your Power in a Negotiation

first_img 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 The person who needs the deal the least has the most power in a negotiation. If you can’t afford to walk away from a deal, no matter how bad it is for you, then you have no power with which to bargain.The first and most obvious way to retain that power is to build a pipeline that protects you from having to negotiate in a way that allows your client to underinvest in the results they need or one that causes you to lack the investment necessary to deliver the results you promise. Building that pipeline should be something you do as a matter of course, but there are other things that you can do to level the playing field.You can also create a preference to work with you, your company, and your solution. There are a lot of ways that you can create a preference, as many ways as there are deals, in fact. By creating a preference, you increase your strength in a negotiation by creating leverage, namely by creating a scenario where your dream client must choose between you and something less than you.If you want to create greater leverage, you wire the building. You gain the consensus of the stakeholders who are going to either work with you—or work with someone they believe to be inferior to the experience they would have working with you. It might be easy to say no to you, but when you build consensus, the other party has to say no to you, to the people who need your help, to the leadership team who prefers you, and the people who have already spent time deciding that you are their choice.You can also be candid and transparent enough to have a conversation about what you will and will not be able to do in a negotiation. You can ask the stakeholders who prefer you to help you protect the investment in the results that you need them to make in order to give them what they want or need. You might also be transparent enough to share your model and explain where your prospect’s investment is going to go, how it benefits them to make that investment, and help them justify the delta between your price in the target they are trying to negotiate.If you want to level the playing field, you must do the work.last_img read more

How to Successfully Ask For and Obtain Referrals

first_imgFor as long as anyone can remember, salespeople have suggested that the very best way to acquire a new client was through a warm referral from an existing client. The salespeople who would tell you they prefer referrals would also tell you that they would prefer not to make cold calls (a call to someone who is not expecting your call). If you pay attention, you will notice that many of the people who resist making cold calls also don’t ask for referrals either. If you look closely, you might see what cold calls and referrals have in common. But there are other reasons you might not ask that we can easily resolve. Here is how you can ask for and obtain referrals from your existing clients.You Waited too LongOne of the reasons salespeople don’t ask for referrals is because they wait too long. They develop a relationship, win the client’s business, deliver the result they promised, and then they disappear for some time. Because they waited such a long time to call their client to ask for the referral, it feels weird. Asking them to make an introduction feels like an imposition. There are a couple of factors at play here.The request for a referral is no longer connected to the value you created for your existing client because you have allowed too much time to pass. Instead of asking when your client was still experiencing the good feelings from the work you did, the value you created isn’t top of mind. Value degrades over time (What have you done for me lately?)Because you are outside the time frame that asking for a referral would have seemed appropriate, and are claiming new value without creating any for the client. You are also asking them to turn over their friends, family, and peers to a salesperson whose sole intention to sell them something.Your Fear of Hearing the Word NoSome people are afraid of hearing the word no when they make an ask. There is no reason to fear the word no when every client you will ever acquire and take care of is a solid no before they are a solid yes. No means a couple of things. First, it means I didn’t hear enough value in what you offered for me to say yes. Second, it means not now. Over time, you will have a prospect tell you they will never buy from you who will, at some point, become your client.The truth about asking for referrals is that no one is likely to tell you no. Mostly they politely agree to provide you with a referral and then do nothing. You will hear a yes followed by some form of a hedge, like: “Sure. Let me think about who it might make sense to introduce you to, and I’ll get back to you.” The client knows you are more likely to give up and go away than bother them about the very soft commitment they gave you.There is nothing to fear when asking for a meeting, requesting a referral, or asking for your client’s business. If they have concerns that cause them to reject your request, you can ask to resolve their concerns and try again. If the answer is an unqualified no, you move on and try again later (but not too much later).How to Ask for a ReferralIf you want referrals, there is a way to go about getting them that increases your effectiveness. Here is the setup.Start When You Sign a Contract: The best time to set up your future ask for a referral is when you are signing the contract with your new client. You want to ask for an introduction to someone in your client’s world early, contingent on them being happy with the outcomes you deliver.Explain Your Need for Referrals: While you are setting up the ability to ask for referrals in the future, you explain that your business is one that grows by referrals. You also tell them that it would be helpful if they could introduce you to someone who might value the outcomes you are about to create for your new client.Thank you. “Thank you for trusting me with your business. My business depends on my clients introducing me to other people who might value the outcomes I am going to create for you. If everything is perfect and I do good work, may I ask you to make an introduction to someone you believe might need my help in the future?”Here is how you ask:After Execution, Ask: When you are following up after you have generated the promised results, you now need to ask for a referral. If you don’t want the awkward feeling of asking after months (or years) have passed, ask when the value you created is still fresh in your client’s mind. The fact that you are following up will help you in getting the introduction.Forestall Their Concerns: Because someone is making an introduction, you need to assure them that you aren’t going to make them look bad by being a pushy, smarmy, self-oriented salesperson. You need to let them know that you will do nothing to damage their relationship and that it is okay if they don’t buy anything from you now or in the future.How you ask. “I am thrilled that you are pleased with the results. If you are completely satisfied, can I ask you to introduce me to one person who might benefit from these same results? I promise I will not pitch them, and even if they don’t need me now, they may need me later. Could you connect us with an email and ask them to take my call? “If you want to feel better about asking for referrals and increasing the likelihood of having your clients agree to make introductions, you might want to follow this formula or something like it.Earn ItIf you want to make acquiring referrals part of building your pipeline, the best thing you can do is to earn them by executing and producing results and asking early for the right to ask for them when you do. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Gujarat to tighten cow slaughter law

first_imgIf the newly elected BJP government in Uttar Pradesh launched a crackdown on illegal slaughter houses immediately after the Assembly polls, another BJP-ruled State, Gujarat, which goes to the polls later this year, came up with an amendment to make cow slaughter an offence punishable with life term, a first in the country.The most stringent provision in the amendment Bill is awarding maximum imprisonment up to life, but not less than 10 years, to those found involved in slaughter of cows, calves, bulls and bullocks.The Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, passed by the Assembly in the absence of Opposition members who were suspended from the House on the last day of the budget session, has also made cow slaughter, transportation of cow or beef and beef products a cognisable and non-bailable offence.Forfeiture of vehiclesThe Bill also bans transportation of animals from one place to another at night while providing for permanent forfeiture of vehicles involved in the transportation of progeny of cows, beef and beef products.It has also proposed a fine which “may extend to ₹5 lakh but shall not be less than ₹1 lakh” for those found guilty of cow slaughter.In the statement of objects of the Bill, the government noted that “it is considered necessary to provide for more deterrent punishment for offences committed by contravening the provisions of the Act and also to make the offences cognisable and non-bailable.”Under the existing Gujarat Animal Preservation Act 1954, which was amended in 2011 by the then government headed by Narendra Modi, the maximum jail term for cow slaughter was seven years, but not less than three years.However, seeking more stringent provisions, the government noted that curbing the menace of illegal slaughter required a tougher law.“The Gujarat Assembly passed a cow protection Bill, among the most stringent in the country, making cow slaughter a life-time punishable offence,” Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said, adding, “Protection of cows is the single most important principle towards saving the whole world from both moral and spiritual degradation.”Piloting the amendment Bill in the Assembly, junior Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja said, “Cows don’t only have a religious significance but also economic significance in our society and it is utmost necessary to enhance penal action to deter those involved in slaughtering cows and their progeny.”last_img read more

Congress calls for strike over chit fund scams

first_imgThe Congress party has called for a general strike in Tripura on May 18 citing “poor governance of the CPI(M)-led government” and “failure to detain kingpins of chit fund companies which allegedly embezzled hundreds of crores of rupees”.SIT probeThe ruling CPI(M) has opposed the decision to enforce the 12-hour bandh and made an appeal to the Congress leadership to withdraw it. In a statement, the CPI(M) said a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the directive of the High Court was investigating the financial scams that the chit fund companies were allegedly a part of. It added that the “State government will not spare anyone involved in duping people”.CPM misruleCongress leaders on Monday, however, rejected the appeal and said the strike call was part of their political campaign against the “misrule of the CPI(M)-led government and its reluctance to launch a thorough probe against the chit fund companies”. More than 100 non-banking financial companies had operated in the State. These groups, mainly Rose Valley and Sharada, allegedly raised hundreds of crores of rupees through false promises of high interest and returns. Only a few officials of the companies have been arrested in Tripura while investigation under the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Economic Offence Bureau made steadfast progress in in then States of West Bengal, Odisha and Assam.Six join TMCMeanwhile, the Congress has been seeing an exodus of sorts recently with members and leaders of all rank and file deserting the party. Six party MLAs left the Congress to join TMC and another resigned from the Assembly. Some former Congress leaders and workers are also appearing in the Bharatiya janata party camp. Even the Trinamool Congress is now losing leaders and supporters to the BJP, which is eyeing an overthrow of the CPI(M) in the next Assembly elections due in early 2018.last_img read more

No arrests yet in Rajasthan lynching case

first_imgNo arrests were made on Saturday in connection with the alleged lynching of social worker Zafar Hussain, who had tried to prevent a group of civic officials from taking photographs of women defecating in the open at Pratapgarh in Rajasthan.Mr. Hussain, 52, was a member of the Communist Party of India (Maxist-Leninist) and was associated with a campaign to get adequate funds under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for the construction of toilets in the slum’s households, and for getting public latrines repaired. People in the Bagwasa slum answer nature’s call in the open.Municipal council staff allegedly beat Mr. Hussain to death on Friday when he objected to their “naming and shaming” drive. Municipal Commissioner Ashok Jain is one of the accused named in the FIR.last_img

Militants hurl grenade at NC leader’s house, CRPF jawan hurt in Tral

first_imgMilitants on Sunday hurled a grenade at the residence of a National Conference (NC) leader in the Tral area of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir, resulting in injuries to a CRPF jawan, the police said. The militants lobbed the grenade at the residence of Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, son of former NC MLA Mohammad Subhan Bhat, in Tral town, a police official said. He added that a CRPF jawan was injured in the grenade attack. This was the third grenade attack targeting politicians in south Kashmir in the last three days. Earlier, militants had hurled grenades at the houses of ruling PDP MLAs at Real and Zainapora in Shopian district.last_img

Kashmir tense after Kulgam killings

first_imgKashmir remained tense on Thursday in the wake of four civilian deaths during a counter-militancy operation in Kulgam on Wednesday.The authorities closed all major colleges and schools “as a precautionary measure”. However, students of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Sopore, and the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar, held demonstrations on the campuses.Security restrictions were also imposed in parts of Srinagar and south Kashmir. Protesters clashed with security forces in Kulgam and Kupwara. However, they were dispersed by the security forces.A Hurriyat group held a protest at Eidgah.Shops and business establishments remained shut. Transport remained off the roads. Internet and train services were stopped in south Kashmir.last_img read more

Two convicted in 2007 Lucknow serial blasts case

first_imgMore than a decade after the civil court in Lucknow was hit by serial blasts, two persons accused in the case were on Thursday convicted by a special court here.Special judge Babita Rani, who heard the case in district jail Lucknow, concluded that Azamgarh resident Mohammad Tariq Qasmi and Mohammmad Akhtar, who hailed from Ramban in Jammu and Kashmir, were guilty.On November 23, 2007, two blasts took place in the premise of the Lucknow civil court—while one blast took place near a banyan tree the second one hit a cycle stand. No casualties were reported.Similar blasts were reported on the same day in Gorakhpur, Faizabad and Varanasi.According to the Uttar Pradesh police, the two accused were allegedly active members of banned terror outfit, HUJI (Harkat-ul-Jihad-ul-Islam).The UP police Special Task Force had claimed to pick up Qasmi along with another accused Khalid Mujahid from Barabanki on December 22, 2007, while Akhtar was shown arrested six days later from his home state.Mujahid died in police custody under mysterious conditions in May 2013 during the course of the trial while being transported from Barabanki court to Lucknow jail. A fourth accused had already been acquitted.The STF had claimed that Qasmi and Mujahid were arrested with explosive substances- gelatin rods, detonators and RDX- from the Barabanki Railway station. However, the one-man probe commission under retired judge R.D Nimish formed by the BSP government had noted discrepancies in the police versions and concluded that the arrests were “suspicious” and incongruous with the facts narrated in the FIR.The accused faced charges under criminal conspiracy, attempt to murder, waging a war against nation, along with several other clauses of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosives Substances Act.UP Anti-Terror Squad Inspector General Aseem Arun said the two accused were convicted on the evidence that the explosives recovered from them after their arrest was similar to the one used in the blasts, and on the basis of finger print match at the blast site, electronic surveillance and other circumstantial evidence.“With the help of mobile surveillance, local intelligence and informants they came under grasp, and upon inspection of their mobile numbers it was found that they would converse with the HUJI commander in Kashmir. The documents and explosives recovered from them confirmed their involvement,” Mr. Arun said.The quantum of punishment would be announced by the court on August 27. After the conviction, UP DGP O.P Singh had requested the government to hold special courts for speedy trials in terror cases.last_img read more

Voting for panchayat polls underway in Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgVoting for the penultimate phase of the nine-phased Panchayat polls is underway on Saturday at over 2,600 polling stations in Jammu and Kashmir.Polling began at 8 a.m. at 2,633 polling stations – 550 in Kashmir division and 2083 in Jammu division, officials said. They said 361 polling stations have been categorised as hypersensitive with 171 in Kashmir division and 190 in Jammu division.The officials said 6,304 candidates are in the fray for 331 Sarpanch and 2007 Panch seats in this phase, while 43 Sarpanchs and 681 Panchs have been elected unopposed. An electorate of 5,15,121 have the right to exercise their franchise for Sarpanch constituencies and 419775 for Panch constituencies, they said. The officials said all arrangements, including security related, have been put in place for the smooth conduct of the polls.At the end of seven phases of the Panchayat Polls, an overall voter turnout of 73.8 per cent has been recorded across the state, with a poll percentage of 44.4 per cent in the Kashmir division and 83.2 per cent in the Jammu division.last_img read more

Flight operations from Umroi airport: SC stays Meghalaya HC order

first_imgThe Supreme Court Thursday stayed the Meghalaya High Court order that had directed commercial airlines like Indigo and Spicejet to immediately begin flight operations from Umroi airport in the northeast state. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took note of the submissions of senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing Indigo airlines that there were no fire fighting and other facilities available at Umroi airport and flight operations cannot be started immediately.“The high court order shall remain stayed,” the bench which also comprised Justices S.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph said. The apex court had on Wednesday agreed to hear the plea of private airlines challenging the high court order asking it to start flight operations form the Umroi Airport, 30 km from the Meghalaya capital Shillong. The apex court was told that the High Court, on its own, had taken up the matter last week and asked the Director General of Civil Aviation, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airport Authority of India (AAI) Chairman to hold a meeting within a week on the issue of making the airport operational.last_img read more

Parrikar visits construction site of new bridge on Mandovi river

first_imgChief Minister Manohar Parrikar visited the construction site of an under-construction bridge across the Mandovi river along with officials to take stock of the activities onsite, on Sunday.The visit comes ahead of the Bombay High Court at Goa’s order on a petition seeking to know Mr. Parrikar’s health status. The photographs, some of which were released by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on social media platforms, showed a frail-looking Mr. Parrikar, with medical appendage suspended from his nose and wearing a safety helmet, speaking to Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation officials and L&T engineers at the construction site of the third bridge across the Mandovi river off Panaji.“CM later also inspected the ongoing works of the new Zuari bridge,” a statement issued by the CMO said on Sunday evening.On Saturday, the CMO released pictures of Mr. Parrikar unveiling a foundation plaque of NIT Goa’s new premises at his private residence in the presence of Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar. The Bombay High Court at Goa last week reserved its judgement, after hearing a petition filed by a local politician Trajano D’Mello who has sought that the Court direct Goa Chief Secretary to evaluate ailing Chief Minister’s health by a panel of expert doctors and release the medical report in public domain.The Chief Secretary in an affidavit filed before the Court has maintained that the petition was political in nature and has argued for Mr. Parrikar’s right to privacy.last_img read more

Tripura Minister protests attack on doctor

first_imgHours after Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Friday promised stringent action against those who assaulted a doctor and left him seriously wounded, Health Minister Sudip Roy Barman surrendered his security escort to express solidarity with the medical fraternity.Meanwhile, organisations representing private and government doctors called for an agitation against repeated incidents of assault and threats. Physicians in government health facilities ceased work for six hours and doctors shut their private clinics for a week to protest the attacks.Critically woundedIn Thursday’s incident, Dr. Dipankar Debnath, a doctor at the IGM Hospital here was critically wounded. He has been admitted to the Trauma Centre in GBP Hospital. In an earlier incident a senior doctor inside a government hospital at Sabroom in south Tripura was assaulted.The Chief Minister, who called a press conference at his residence, informed that five persons had been arrested and stiff IPC sections added in the case of assault on Dr. Debnath.He said security camps would be set up in major hospitals in the city and appealed to the doctors to withdraw their protest as they “might hinder service to patients.”The Health Minister, who had been critical over “lack of security” in health facilities and “inadequate action against perpetrators”, wrote a two-page letter to the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb to express his reservations.Mr. Barman informed the Chief Minister of his decision to surrender his security escort.last_img read more

‘No prayers outside places of worship’

first_imgThe administration of the Hailakandi district, where communal violence on May 10 left one person dead and several injured, has prohibited offering of prayers outside the boundaries of any place of worship.Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli said Section 144 was promulgated on Thursday following reports that “certain anti-social elements, vested groups and organisations are trying to flare-up sentiments through various means to disturb peace and tranquillity in the district”.The order “strictly prohibits the offering of prayer outside the demarcated boundary of any mosque, temple, church, namghar [place of congregation for the Vaishnav sect] and mazhar [mausoleum], on roads and in any public places that may create inconvenience to the general public and obstruct the movement of traffic”.On May 10, trouble ensued when two groups clashed over the offering of Friday prayers on the road outside a mosque at Marwari Patti in the southern Assam town. The administration dissuaded them from doing so as it would create traffic issues.The situation got out of hand after some miscreants threw stones at a gathering.The caretakers of the mosque said many people had come to offer prayers because of Ramzan but very few could be accommodated within. The law and order situation would not have arisen if some miscreants had not parked two-wheelers blocking the entrance to the mosque and some space beyond.A 28-year-old person died after the security personnel opened fire to control the mob.last_img read more

Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story of Sequestration

first_imgJonathan Dordick has seen sequestration, the 5% across-the-board spending cut imposed earlier this year on every federal agency, as both a scientist and a university administrator. But the twin vantage points haven’t helped much in clarifying what the cuts have meant to his lab, his institution, and the U.S. research enterprise. (For more, see today’s Science magazine story.)Yes, less research is being funded because of the sequester, which went into effect in March after Congress and the White House failed to agree on how to implement a 2011 budget agreement to reduce the federal deficit over the next decade. The 2013 budget of the largest federal research agency, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is down 5.5%, or $1.7 billion, to $29.15 billion. The National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) budget shrunk by 2.1%, to $6.88 billion, and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science fell by 5%, to $4.63 billion. But those three key agencies, along with universities, national laboratories, and individual scientists, have also proved adept at cushioning the impact of a blow they had long anticipated.Dordick is a prime example. As a professor of chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York, and an NIH grantee, he was told in January that he would receive 12.5% less than he had expected in the second year of a 4-year grant to develop a more efficient, high-throughput screening system to measure the impact of thousands of chemicals on adult neural stem cells. NIH routinely makes a 10% cut to ongoing grants when it has to start a new fiscal year without a final budget, but the looming sequestration forced NIH to be even more conservative.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(*)In response to the projected $61,000 cut in his $493,000 award for 2013, Dordick moved one of the two graduate students on the grant to a teaching assistantship for 6 months, and he didn’t replace a postdoc who took a job with industry. He also tapped some money left over from the first year of his NIH award.In July, Dordick and other NIH grantees got some good news. The agency restored $37,000 after deciding it would trim all ongoing grants by an average of 4.7%. That left Dordick only about $25,000 short of what he had hoped to receive this year, and work on the screening system has continued unabated.Sequestration has had even less impact on his other job, as RPI’s vice president for research. Despite the fiscal crunch in Washington—from which RPI receives three-quarters of its total research dollars—the university’s overall research expenditures rose by 1% over 2012, to $102 million. That growth continues a steady upward trend in research activity in recent years.RPI’s ability to withstand the initial shock wave from sequestration hasn’t surprised Dordick. “Rensselaer has invested heavily in new facilities, new faculty, and more Ph.D. students,” he says. “Our growth is due to a conscious decision [a decade ago] to expand our research programs.”Within Congress, influential legislators are also sending mixed messages about the impact of sequestration. And their views are filtered through a partisan lens. “We have to get our priorities straight. We need to say ‘no’ to the slash and crash of reckless cuts to American biomedical research,” says Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), chair of the House of Representatives science committee, agrees that “we need to prioritize federal investments in research and development if we want to remain a global leader in innovation.” But he thinks that “the current status of sequestration is a result of Democrat’s inaction.”With only a few days left in the 2013 fiscal year, federal agencies are still tallying up how they have spent their money this year. And the message varies by agency. An NSF spokesperson says that, “based on an initial review, we’re not seeing any noteworthy changes in the year-to-date numbers from last year.” In contrast, last week NIH Director Francis Collins announced that NIH would make 650 fewer new competitive awards in 2013, a 7% drop from 2012.Right now, policymakers are engulfed in a bitter battle over funding the government for the 2014 fiscal year that begins on Tuesday. Failure to reach an agreement will mean that federal agencies will shut down most operations on 1 October.Part of the debate is over whether to allow sequestration to remain in place for a second fiscal year. Should that happen, federal and university officials say, the bag of tricks that they tapped this year to sustain a preeminent research system will be empty, and the country will pay a steep price.For more on the effects of sequester, see today’s story on Science Careers focusing on whether budget cuts are leading to layoffs.With reporting by Jocelyn Kaiser.last_img read more

Sweeping plan to revamp biomedical innovation includes controversial ideas for NIH

first_imgA U.S. House of Representatives panel today released a widely anticipated proposal for speeding the development of new medical treatments. The massive, 393-page document, dubbed the 21st Century Cures Act, has been under development by Fred Upton (R–MI) and Diana DeGette (D–CO) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee since last April. It grew out of a series of hearings and roundtables last year on ways to spur biomedical research innovation and streamline clinical trials and the drug approval process. The result is a long list of ideas summarized in this document.The document is a “discussion draft,” the committee said in a statement. Upton has invited comments via the Twitter handle #Cures2015. “Some things may be dropped, some items may be added, but everything is on the table as we hope to trigger a thoughtful discussion toward a more polished product,” he said in a statement.DeGette, in a statement, said that she appreciated Upton’s effort “to publicly share possible legislative language on a number of proposals that might be included in an eventual bill. … While I don’t endorse the draft document, I know that with continued engagement, we can reach a bipartisan consensus to help advance biomedical research and cures.”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(*)Many parts of the draft aim to persuade drug developers to focus on diseases for which there are few treatments. One section, dubbed the Dormant Therapies Act, takes aim at drugs for complex diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, that are particularly time-consuming to develop and test. By setting a fixed period of patent exclusivity after such treatments win approval (and not when the drug is first identified), the bill would give drug developers more time to recover costs and make profits. Other provisions would extend the period of patent exclusivity on drugs to treat rare diseases, for novel antibiotics, and for improvements to an existing drug—such as a new formulation that reduces side effects.The draft proposal also aims to speed clinical trials and incorporate new kinds of data into the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s evaluation process. The agency would be required to set standards for how it will evaluate “surrogate endpoints”—measures of a patient’s biological response to a drug that can indicate benefits more quickly than measures such as survival and disease progression. It would also require the agency to develop a new process for incorporating patient feedback into the evaluation of a new treatment.The draft also proposes a 21st Century Cures Consortium, involving federal agencies, drug companies, patient groups, and other stakeholders, which would work together on ways to get drugs to patients faster. National Institutes of Health (NIH) grantees would be required to share data, and data from health care facilities would be made available for research.Some provisions aimed at NIH, which funds most of the nation’s basic biomedical research, were suggested by the agency. For instance, NIH’s drug development branch, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, would no longer be prohibited from funding clinical trials beyond the stage known as phase IIA.Other proposals from Representative Andy Harris (R–MD) may be more controversial. For example, the draft calls for setting aside a portion of NIH’s Common Fund to fund proposals from early-career scientists. Although that is a scaled back version of an earlier Harris plan that would have required that NIH bring down the average age of a first-time grantee, it could still draw concerns about such a set-aside. Harris also wants NIH to develop an overarching strategic plan. That idea flopped when the agency last attempted it more than 2 decades ago.Other sections remain to be filled in, including one on “precision medicine,” the topic of an initiative announced by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address last week.Biomedical research advocacy groups are offering praise. The draft “represents a promising opportunity,” said Carrie Wolinetz, president of the umbrella group United for Medical Research, in a statement. “Medical research funding has stalled over the past decade. … The 21st Century Cures initiative will help restart its engine.”“The Initiative could be a game changer for the medical innovation ecosystem,” said Mary Woolley, the president and CEO of the advocacy group Research!America, in a statement. “Among the many beneficial provisions Research!America fought for is a measure to reduce the administrative burden on researchers,” she noted. (Research universities have long complained about regulatory burdens.)The approach is also attracting interest in the U.S. Senate. A statement from senators Lamar Alexander (R–TN) and Patty Murray (D–WA), the top Republican and Democrat, respectively, on the Senate’s health committee, noted that one of their committee’s top priorities is also “modernizing the Food and Drug Administration, helping to get treatments and medicines to patients as quickly and as safely as possible.”The committee now plans to collect comments on the draft, with an eye to pushing the legislation forward later this year.*Update, 27 January, 5:31 p.m.: This story has been updated to clarify that the document is not a formal legislative proposal.last_img read more

Media Ignores Crisis Of Indian Illegal Immigrants

first_imgAs the media floods the airwaves with coverage of Central American migrants, they have all but ignored a major development along the Southern border – the massive increase in illegal aliens coming from India. While Indians still comprise the largest population of H-1B visa holders, they now represent the fastest-growing illegal immigrant group in the nation.Read it at Immigration Reform Related Itemslast_img