Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in In many areas of the country, hundreds of stucco-clad homes have suffered wall rot. Although building scientists are still researching the causes of wall rot behind stucco, it’s clear that all of these walls got wet and were unable to dry.Among the reasons that have been proposed for the recent epidemic of stucco-clad homes with wall rot:If you’re planning to install stucco on a wood-framed wall, you can benefit from the many lessons learned from all of the failed stucco installations of the last twenty years. Before we tackle the question of how to avoid such failures, however, let’s delve into some stories from the recent wall-rot plague.I wrote a special report on rotting stucco-clad walls in Minnesota for the May 2006 issue of Energy Design Update. The article began, “In Minnesota, home inspectors have discovered that hundreds of recently built homes — especially stucco-clad homes — have rotting walls. In spite of years of efforts by construction experts to educate builders on improved water-management details, wet walls continue to take a staggering toll on builders and insurance companies.“According to Ron Glubka, the chief building official in Woodbury, Minnesota, the city’s wet walls represent ‘the largest construction defect problem in local history.’ … Glubka [reports that] the building department has issued permits for wall repair work for 344 out of the 670 stucco-clad homes built in Woodbury in the 1990s — a failure rate of 51%. … In most of the Minnesota cases, the necessary wall repair work has not been minor or cheap. In one case discussed in the November 19, 2005 issue of the Star Tribune, a Minneapolis newspaper, the stucco walls at the Woodbury home of Steve and Debbie Long required $174,860 of repairs; the total bill was paid by their builder’s insurance… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members
U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program has once again attracted a mixture of criticism and curiosity, this time in relation to a luxury condominium project planned for one of the most scenic settings on the San Francisco waterfront.The $345-million project, called 8 Washington, includes about 53,500 sq. ft. of recreation space, 29,600 sq. ft. of retail, and 165 condo units that are expected to list for between $3 million and $10 million apiece. Public transportation, including the Embarcadero entrance to the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, is steps away. The development plan calls for two waterfront parks where the public can bask in the breeze and take in the mostly unobstructed views, looking east, of San Francisco Bay. Topping things off, the marketing strategy of the developer, San Francisco Waterfront Partners LLC, includes building the project to the LEED Platinum standard.Familiar talking pointsBig construction projects – and even small ones – in San Francisco often attract media scrutiny, in addition to the attention they get from the Planning Department and Planning Commission. But an alternative weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, recently focused on 8 Washington not only for the presumed extravagance of its eventual occupants but for touting its LEED Platinum ambitions. In an article published July 5, the typically progressive Guardian also highlighted what is sees as deficiencies in the LEED program, particularly when it’s applied to a project whose homeowners, as one observer put it, will “burn tons of fossil fuels using their new condos as weekend getaways.”The Guardian cites criticisms of LEED familiar to most green builders, including the notion that even though addresses site use, water efficiency, energy use and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design and regional priority, it is not yet geared to certifying its energy efficiency performance.The Guardian also field comments from Henry Gifford, owner of Gifford Fuel Saving consultancy and lead plaintiff in a lawsuit alleging that USGBC misrepresented the performance of LEED certified buildings and altered study results to support its performance claims. Gifford argues in the Guardian that any rating service claiming to encourage energy efficiency needs to track energy usage in client buildings over time after they’re in full operation, a process that LEED has not yet imposed as a requirement for certification.“They say that the building is required to be energy efficient. But the building doesn’t have to be energy efficient — it just has to earn points, to promise it’s going to be energy efficient,” Gifford told the paper. “California is the promise land. All you’re required to do is provide a promise. The sad thing is that it removes all the integrity from the process — it encourages lying.”
RELATED ARTICLES The Smart Meter: Friend or Foe?EMFs and Human HealthOntario to Yank Some Smart MetersIn Nevada, Calls for a Smart Meter ProbeWhen Customers Challenge the Wisdom of Smart MetersFinding the Smartest Use for Smart MetersSmart Meter SmackdownThe Smart Meter’s Contentious OpponentsThe New ‘Smart’ Grid CMP originally won PUC approval for its $200 million conversion program in 2009. Critics took the PUC to court, and in 2012 the Maine Supreme Court ordered the PUC to revisit the issue. A PUC staff report delivered in March 2014 said that there were no credible studies linking the meters to ill health, and six months later commissioners voted to accept the staff report.The coalition appealed, first with written arguments and then the brief oral arguments on November 2. Just what are the threats?The safety of smart meters in Maine and elsewhere is part of a larger debate over the possible health effects of exposure to the many wireless devices people routinely come in contact with — microwave ovens, cell phones, and wireless routers as well as smart meters — and the radio frequency (RF) radiation they produce.Ed Friedman, the lead complainant in the Maine case, says that wireless technology represents “a public health and security emergency the likes of which we have never seen.” The coalition’s website refers to a half-dozen publications or reports dealing with the risks of radio frequency exposure.“In every state and country where smart meters have been or may be installed, there is continued opposition from citizen groups concerned with 24/7 radiation emissions deemed by the World Health Organization to be a possible human carcinogen, invasion of privacy for the electronic records the meters record, theft of personal data, infringement of several constitutional rights and compromising of personal and grid cybersecurity,” the Maine coalition says.Others consider these claims overblown.Writing at the Huffington Post scientists David Bailey and Jonathan Borwein said that claims that wireless radiation causes problem such as dizziness or memory loss are “absurd.” They said that a 2010 study commissioned by the World Health Organization found only a “very minimal and partially contradictory link” between cell phone use and brain cancer.“It is also instructive to compare the radiation levels of smart meters with those of other wireless devices,” they wrote. “Smart meters only transmit data for roughly 1.4 seconds per day, at very low wattage. And even if one stands less than one meter (3 feet) from a smart meter when it broadcasts its data, the resulting microwave exposure is 550 times less than standing in front of an active microwave oven, and 1100 times less than holding an active cell phone to one’s ear.”The American Cancer Society says at its website that it is “very unlikely” that smart meters increase the risk of cancer.No decision in the Maine case is expected for several months. A Maine group protesting the deployment of some 600,000 smart meters took its case back to the state supreme court, arguing the Public Utilities Commission erred when it found the wireless devices were not a threat to public health.The Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters is appealing a ruling by the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) last fall, which found no established connection between smart meters and health problems. The coalition claims that the meters can cause a number of health problems, including headaches, fatigue, loss of sleep and, potentially, cancer.Central Maine Power Company (CMP), owned by the Spanish energy conglomerate Iberdrola, says that the radio waves emitted by the devices are well below standards set by the Federal Communications Commission, according to an article in The Portland Press Herald.The hearing on November 2 was the most recent skirmish in a long-running dispute over the safety of the electronic devices that have largely replaced analog electric meters in Maine and elsewhere. Wireless smart meters allow utilities to track the distribution of electricity across the grid in real time and, at least in theory, give both consumers and utilities new ways of managing power consumption.
Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… selena larson Tags:#Embedded Posts#Google#wordpress Google+ launched two new features it said will help writers and other publishers get more attention on Google News and search. WordPress and TypePad powered blogs using Google+ Sign-In will now link all posts to the author’s Google+ account. The author’s name and information will appear in Google News and search results, thus increasing distribution and discovery, as well as making it easier for readers to engage with the author.Following the lead of Twitter and Facebook, Google+ also now allows publishers to embed public G+ updates in blog posts and on other websites. Users can follow the original update’s author and comment on or +1 the post as they would on the Google+ stream. Google claims this feature will tie conversations together, as comments will also appear wherever the post is embedded.The features are only available to WordPress and TypePad users, but Google is experimenting with other platforms including About.com, WikiHow, SkillPages and Examiner.com. It announced the updates at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference today. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos
See also: iOS 7: Is There Any Reason To Jailbreak Anymore?Apple has finally released the official version of iOS 7, its major upgrade to the software that runs iPhones and iPads. The temptation to snag the software update immediately may be tough to resist. But there are a few good reasons to hold off. See if any of these apply to you:Your existing device is jailbroken and you can’t do without one (or all) of your Cydia apps. The much-anticipated untethered jailbreak for iOS 7 isn’t out yet (though it’s only a matter of time). So if you rely on jailbreak apps like Activator, Browser Chooser, Winterboard or others, you’ll want to wait until the jailbreak artists, like the Evad3rs team, give the green light.You need a rock-solid, bug-free device. As of this moment, the official public release of iOS 7 is only hours old. Since it’s Apple’s biggest change to date for the mobile platform, it’s not a stretch to say bugs are likely to surface before long. (Anything released on such a major scale is bound to have some glitches. Anyone remember Apple Maps or Siri?) If having a fully functional, reliable device is paramount, then it’s not a bad idea to wait. That way the early adopters can ferret out the issues, whether big or small.Your crucial apps aren’t optimized for iOS 7 yet. App makers are stepping up in droves to assure users that, yes, they are compatible with the new software. But not all of them. This may be due to delays on the developer’s part or a backlog of approvals from the App Store. Either way, you’ll want to be sure your crucial apps work well with iOS 7 before you install it.See also: iOS 7 Is Now Available To The PublicYou struggle with change. When it comes to iOS 7, the alterations aren’t just skin-deep. This version looks, feels and, in many ways, works differently from any other iOS version before it. It features a new lockscreen, new Control Center, new multitasking cards, new icon designs in eye-popping colors and more. If you’ve been comfortably attached to iOS 6, you may feel like a stranger in a foreign land with the new version.That doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t grab the new software update. But if you find change hard to deal with, at least do yourself a favor: Don’t update in a hurry. Do it when you have some time to get acquainted with the new OS and interface changes in your most used apps. (For a peek at the old look against the new, check out these side-by-side-comparisons.) You have an older iDevice. Older handsets like the iPhone 3GS won’t get any love from iOS 7. The iPhone 4, 5th generation iPod touch, and iPad (2+) will. But even for most of those later model devices, the experience won’t be all it’s cracked up to be. Since the new software is optimized for the new hardware—i.e., iPhone 5S and 5C—you won’t get all of iOS 7’s new features on most of the older devices. Plus, other noticeable downsides may surface, like sluggish performance. (For more about legacy iOS devices and iOS 7 features, including a compatibility chart, click here.) You’re not ready to commit. Not sure how you feel about making the leap to iOS 7? Well, before you upgrade, there’s one more thing you need to know: Once you go 7, you may not be able to change your mind. Although iOS 7 betas were downgradeable, it remains to be seen whether you can also back out of the public release. It’s not likely, though, considering Apple typically hasn’t allowed downgrades in the past. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts adriana lee What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#iOS 7 Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces See also: How To Downgrade The iOS 7 Beta Back To iOS 6 The Easy WaySure, a new major software version can be exciting—like getting your hands on a brand new device without actually having to plunk down a fortune or extend your carrier contract. But when it comes to Apple’s latest, you’ll want to know what you’re getting into before making the commitment.And once you do, sit back and explore. Then let us know what you think of the changes. Share your thoughts on what you like and dislike the most in the comments below. UPDATE: Of course, if you haven’t updated yet, you may not have a choice but to wait. Apple’s servers are reportedly getting stormed, with users far and wide getting “failed” or “unavailable” error messages. According to CNNMoney: Combine the iOS update with the fact that every app developer is pushing out their iOS 7-ized updates (also delivered to you by Apple), and a perfect storm of server congestion starts brewing.This could be responsible for at least some of the early bugs reported from users who actually managed to download iOS 7.Indeed, the Apple Support Forums reveal user issues relating to activation errors and, in some cases, glitches with specific apps, like iMessage and FaceTime. As for the latter, at least some of those problems seem to surround older iOS devices, or iPhones or iPads that had one of the iOS 7 betas loaded onto them.
Related Posts selena larson Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Since I deleted Facebook, I’ve felt somewhat alone. I suppose that could mean that I’m a terrible friend who has trouble maintaining long distance-relationships because of my selfish nature, or it means that Facebook does indeed strengthen our friendships, whether we want to admit it or not. I’ll concede that a little bit of both are true, and both factors contributed to my loneliness.Robin Dunbar, British anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist, says, “I suspect that Facebook’s one great contribution has been to slow down that rate of relationship decay by allowing us to keep in touch with friends over long distances.”So many of the relationships I valued in the past were reduced to Facebook friends after years of liking and commenting on statuses. And I really missed them. I made it my mission to strengthen those friendships by focusing more on the real interaction—calling someone or sending more personal photos in a text message instead of an Instagram post—and building up those relationships that had been reduced to a Like button.In a way, leaving Facebook made me realize who my real friends are. So now, rather than quitting Facebook, I’m going to cull my friends list from 418 to around 100 or so. It’s time to clean up Facebook. I’m no longer real friends with most of the people on my friends list, and I’m not getting pertinent news and information from the social network. By eliminating the noise and deleting some personal information, such as Likes and my location, I can go back to using Facebook for what it began as—a place for friends. Until there’s another service that all the people I care about use, I’m stuck under Facebook’s big, blue thumb. I can’t click Like on this situation. Lead image courtesy of Donna Larson; Dolores Park image by Selena Larson Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A few months ago, I began an experiment to see if I could abandon the social network that consumed so much of my precious free time online. I’ve since discovered that I rely on Facebook to help maintain friendships more than I want to admit. Abandoning Facebook meant abandoning those friends, which proved harder than I thought.On February 3, I posted:In honor of the 10th anniversary of Facebook, I am deactivating my account. There is too much to manage, and [to be honest] there is just too much noise. If you want to contact me, text is good, otherwise I’m on Twitter and Skype @selenalarson, or via email.My resolve didn’t last.After I said I was leaving Facebook, I received a handful of texts and Facebook messages saying, “No, don’t go!” But I wanted to stick with this experiment, so I just told my friends to text or tweet me if they wanted to stay in touch.I didn’t fully deactivate my account, because as the social reporter for ReadWrite, it’s impossible to cover Facebook without actually having an account. I still received occasional notifications that I had been tagged in a photo or invited to an event. But no one commented on my old photos, started conversations with me, or reached out to say hello. Give Up Friendships, Or Give Up Our Personal Data?My frustration with Facebook wasn’t that my friends posted too many Upworthy links—although they do, and I plan to remove them from my friends list. The problem was that Facebook knows more about me than many of those friends do. In order to use Facebook to stay in touch with people, I am giving it access to my own personal life on the Internet. Facebook knows what movies I like, where I live, who my best friends are, and what apps I use, because I have spent the last seven years giving it that information. Now that I’ve decided I prize my privacy more than my posts, it’s too late to back out. See Also: How To Remove Yourself From The InternetFacebook’s recent efforts to put more emphasis on personal privacy is a step in the right direction. But even the “anonymous login” feature Facebook introduced last week isn’t really anonymous. Third-party apps won’t know who you are, but Facebook will.Facebook is no longer just a place for friends, but a pervasive and invasive identity manager. The social network wants to be privy to what we do online, and control who gets that information. Facebook may be where my friends hang out, but it isn’t my friend. As real threats of invasive surveillance and data privacy violations continue to make citizens uncomfortable, tech companies are increasingly cognizant of maintaining the trust of their users. But it’s hard to take Facebook’s complaints about government surveillance seriously when it’s a far more efficient spy on our lives.Facebook: A Post Office For Virtual Pen PalsI moved to San Francisco just over a year ago after spending the previous two decades in Arizona. When I moved, I relied on social networks to keep me updated about what all my friends and family were doing. It made me a little sad that this was how we remained in touch, but I didn’t do much to change it. In the year since I’ve left Arizona, relationships have deteriorated. The friends I used to see every weekend while we basked in the sunshine have been replaced with digital incarnations of themselves, and most of them live on Facebook. Instead of getting face-to-face updates about who they’re dating, how their kids are growing up, or how challenging work is, I see it on Facebook.During the two months I spent away from the social network, I found myself missing those friends more than I had in the last year, and craved conversation and attention from them. I texted a few to say hello and that I missed them, and even called one (gasp!) and had an hour-long conversation. I’m embarrassed to admit that it was harder to remember to text my friends than Like their status on Facebook. Fear Of Missing Out Is A Real Thing Tags:#Facebook#facebook alternatives#privacy#Quit Facebook#social network
Follow the Puck Cate Lawrence How do we conceptualize aging and disability in an era where there’s a heady excitement about a future reality that surpasses our current lived experiences of health and old age? Consider future tech such as Elon Musk’s Neuralink, a growing movement of people into posthumanism and of course fiction like the TV series Black Mirror with the incredibly poignant San Junipero episode giving a fictional account of life beyond our physical beings.See also: Will data analytics change our healthcare system?With these thoughts in mind, it’s not every day that you talk to a hugely successful tech entrepreneur who comes out of retirement to create a company serving the aged and people with disabilities. CEO and co-founder of K4Connect, Scott Moody has done just that.You may recall Moody as the co-founder of AuthenTec, a company that provided mobile security software licenses to mobile manufacturing companies and biometrics sensor technology, such as fingerprint sensors and NFC technology to mobile and computer manufacturers. The company was acquired by Apple, in 2o12 for $356 million.From tech security to health and well-beingToday Moody heads a team of technologists intent on improving the health and well-being of the aged and people with disabilities. I met with Moody to learn about his new venture. Their first product, K4Community, leverages the power of our platform to deliver technology to the tens of millions of older adults living in senior living communities.Their mission is to serve the underserved with the belief that technology shouldn’t be just about the next generation but every generation. K4Community is specifically designed and tailored for the residents of senior living facilities, through three central pillars: Helping to make life simpler (integrated smart home); healthier (connected wellness); and happier (social engagement). As Moody explained:“We’re a mission centered technology companies really serving older adults and those living with disabilities and we achieve this through a software platform (which we call a connected life platform) to integrate all aspects of your life into a single application. This means a more independent life a that is oriented around IoT. This includes home automation, such as thermostats, sensors, door locks and video doorbells. Then we wrap in healthier elements so that connected wellness and home products connect such as a garment activity tracker to a scale, a blood pressure monitor and tele-monitors.The happier element is that as your mobility is becoming reduced, the whole idea of being able to provide or keep a connection with family and friends. So those are things like video chat or Audio Chat, messaging, picture sharing.”The K4 platform is a patented software platform that is open, modular and scalable. As Moody explains,“One of the things that we’ve done is while everybody ran to the cloud we actually use a combination of the cloud and edge process. So you know if your internet is down, if your wifi is down, your house continues to live, the latency is exceedingly quick, So if grandma is getting out of bed at 2 a.m. in the morning, you want the light to come on almost immediately. You don’t want to delay it 20 or 30 seconds.”The adoption rate of K4Connect’s technology amongst senior residents is impressive. Moody says:“In the 11 communities that have K4Community installed, 100% actually use the home automation features. They may not use the app but they use the home automation. Lights are coming on automatically when they get out of bed. Thermostats are changing automatically depending on the time of day to make rooms comfortable or to aid sleep. And then 75% of the clients are using the app, on average for about 15 minutes a day. I know that if you had a Silicon Valley company come out and say that 75% of their target demographic use their app, it would be pretty big. 15 minutes a day is as much as you see on pinterest or almost anyone besides Facebook.” Related Posts Tags:#connected health#featured#health data#Home Automation#Internet of Things#IoT#IoT platform#sensor tech#top#wearables The value of IoT data to health diagnostics and researchIntrinsic to the work of K4Connect is the value of the data technology that is delivered through the home automation, wearables and social enhancement. Telemedicine is gradually become a reality, enabling people to access remote medical services from the comfort of their homes. As Moody explains, a smart home is able to enhance this experience:“The doctor can see if you’ve been getting out of bed at night or restless at night. They can see a record of your heart rate and other body metrics from wearable tech. They know whether you’ve bee leaving the home or talking to family, meaning that they have a greater body of information than they could glean in a simple 10-minute visit in the doctor’s surgery.One of the things that I find about older adults is that they are very willing to participate in studies to not only help themselves but help others so I think that in time we will be a ready resource for research through those volunteers. Just think, if you want to try out a new Multiple Sclerosis medication. You’re not only trying out the medication, all of a sudden we have all this other information we can provide separate to what is ascertained on their visit to the research clinic. We’re this platform where you can integrate a lot of different features, e.g. how much they’re sleeping, how much they’re communicating how much they’re moving around. All of this information that we can provide to that study that they wouldn’t have had otherwise.”K4Connect is at work on two related products, Casework home care which is for professional home care providers providing a service to clients in their homes and K4Life, a product for clients living in their own homes. With our rapidly aging population, we can expect this to be just the beginning. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…
This post was written by Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist. She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. Child Trends (2013). Child Trends logo. Retrieved fromhttp://www.childtrends.org/Please join the Military Families Learning Network for a #MilitaryKids Twitter chat on the risks facing, and the resources available to, military families with young children.[Flickr, Emerging Media- Twitter Bird by mkhmarketing, CC BY 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015On Wednesday, August 21 from 3-4pm ET, we’ll be chatting with representatives from @ChildTrends, Zero to Three, National Military Family Association, Blue Star Families and more about the challenges and risks facing young military children. We will also discuss best practices and provide various resources for helping them. Military family experts will be on hand to answer any questions that chat participants may have and you’ll have the opportunity to connect with others who work with and care about military families and young children! Find out how to access this twitter chat here.
Healing Our Heroes: Treatment Techniques to Support Family Resiliency – Part 2Date: July 14, 2016Time: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EasternLocation: Healing Our Heroes Part 2: Using & Practicing Treatment Techniques to Support Family Resiliency NaturallyFlickr[Fallen Comrade by Aubrey Arcangel, April 26, 2005, CC BY-ND 2.0]This session is being presented by Patricia Gerbarg, M.D. and Richard Brown, M.D. Patricia is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at NY Medical College and Richard is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University. They will be explaining how to use and practice techniques that will support the healing process for people who have endured extreme stress and trauma and strengthen their abilities to cope with future stress and reduce the effects of traumas. Join us on July 14th at 11:00 am Eastern!We offer 1.5 National Association of Social Worker CE credits and CE credits for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Georgia for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2016 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.
The City of Sambaby Jarbas Agnelli – This video of Carvanale in Rio de Janeiro uses tilt-shift to extraordinary effect. Tilt-shift was achieved primarily in-camera using Nikon D3 bodies with large format lenses on bellows.A Tiny Day in the Jackson Hole Backcountryby Tristan Greszko – This breathtaking miniature look at backwoods skiers was shot on the Canon 5D and 7D. The tilt-shift effect was applied to each video frame in Photoshop and the project was finished out in After Effects and FCP. MiniLook Kievby threeshot – Over 4,500 frames (from the 25k that were shot) make up this miniature perspective of the city of Kiev. Beautiful saturated colors and camera movement make for an engrossing watch.Small World Energyby Niles Heckman – This mesmerizing public service announcement applies the tilt-shift effect to visuals of the energy industry.Small Worldsby Keith Loutit – Keith is one of the masters of tilt-shift photography and this stunning video is a great example why. This short highlights video showcases a variety of locations and events in vibrant colors.Toy Soldiersby Alta Media Productions – This captivating video miniaturizes marching troops through the streets of Paris. Canon 5D’s captured the action at a slow 3.9 frames per second.The Villageby Flicka Mag – Unlike many of the urban focused videos in this roundup, The Village beautifully emphasizes the visuals of rural living.NEW YORKby Black Sheep Films – See all of New York City’s iconic sites like never before in this but this wonderfully executed tilt-shift video. Shot on Canon T2i and posted in After Effects.Coachellettaby Sam O’Hare – Commercial director Sam O’Hare created this compelling look at the Coachella Music Festival. Footage was shot at 4 fps and the tilt-shift depth of field was achieved in post.Tilt Shift Surfby DOUGH’NUT – Early morning surfing off the coast of the Netherlands. Excellent color grade!Everyone Is A Little Universeby MovieBrats – Take a trip across America in this lovely tilt-shift video. Comprised of over 3 months worth of shooting with the tilt-shift effect applied completely in post-production.Toy Thailandby Joerg Daiber – An interesting perspective on the sites of Thailand. Shot on the Lumix GH2 and posted in Final Cut Pro and After Effects.
Maximize basic geometry from Cinema 4D with plug-ins from After Effects.Whoa! We love this animation created in Cinema 4D and After Effects by motion design pro Aharon Rabinowitz. In the follow up tutorial, Aharon provides a load of insight into how simple geometry can be used, in conjunction with some really cool plugins, to create an interesting and detailed 3D animation.VFX BreakdownIn C4D Aharon creates a simple polygon object and then uses the C4D plug-in called Greebler. This plug-in allows for the addition of multiple artifacts in varying shapes and sizes on top of your geometry. Once the desired settings are in place through the Greebler plug-in Aharon exports the project out as a OBJ Sequence. He uses an add-on from AEScripts called the Plexus OBJ Exporter to export out an OBJ Sequence.Once the sequence has been exported he moves into After Effects. In AE he utilizes a number of plug-ins and add-ons such as Video Copilot‘s Element 3D, of which Version 2 is releasing this November. One of the issues that Aharon has with importing his sequence into Element 3D is the carry over of the UV Mapping. Since he exports it out as a sequence rather than an object, the texture mappings setting are different in Element 3D, which restrict mapping.After applying a standard material preset in Element 3D Aharon adds lighting, fog, ambient occlusion and depth of field through standard AE effects. Then he uses a combination of Red Giant plug-ins such as Knoll Light Factory EZ, Magic Bullet Looks, Mojo and Trapcode Shine.This is a great example of using a multi app, multi plugin workflow to impressive effect.
In Resolve go to Session and click Render.Under the Easy Setup tab select Avid AAF Round Trip (this will still work in Premiere).After selecting your desired export codec you can simply hit “Render”.Once completed you can jump into premiere and import the AAF file which will pop up as a single sequence.If you have multiple timelines you will need to export multiple AAF files. The clips should automatically pop up in Premiere. If a clip pops up the “media offline” error box you can relink the file by simply right clicking and selecting Relink. This technique also works with XML files out of Resolve as well.FCPX to PremiereTo export from FCPX to Premiere you have to use Resolve Lite.In Final Cut Pro X go to File > Export XML where you will be asked to name and save a new .fcpxml file format. The new .fcpxml file can be imported into Resolve.In Resolve click Load and select your FCPXML file.A dialogue box will pop up, click Ok. You will now be able to see your clips in the timeline.Inside of Resolve go to Session and Click Render.Under the Easy Setup tab select Avid AAF Round Trip (this works for Premiere, don’t worry).After selecting your desired export codec you can simply hit render. Your clips will now render.Once completed you can jump into Premiere and import the AAF file which will pop up as a single sequence.If you have multiple timelines you will need to export multiple AAF files. The clips should automatically pop up in Premiere.Migrating Timelines To FCPXPremiere to FCPXTo import Premiere Timelines into FCPX you must convert your Premiere project to a .fcpxml file format. The best way to use this is via DaVinci Resolve Lite which is free.In Premiere go to File>Export>AAF, choose a name, and click save.You can now import the .aaf file into Resolve Lite.Once inside Resolve go to Session>Export.In the dropdown menu Select Final Cut Pro XML Round Trip.Now select all the clips you want to send to Final Cut Pro and hit “start render”.Now jump back into FCPX and go to File>Import>XML.Avid to FCPX Move your video editing sequences from one application to another using these quick workflows.In an ideal world you would be able to open any video editing project file in any program, but it’s not that simple. Each video editing application has it’s own set of tools, workflow and effects, so the round tripping process is somewhat convoluted. This is where AAF and XML files come into play.AAF and XML files are designed to help migrate sequences between video editing apps. They make it possible to go from FCPX to Resolve to Avid to Premiere and anything in-between. However, there is a specific workflow that should be followed for each migration to ensure success. In the following post we will take a step-by-step look at the migration process between the big 4 editing softwares: Avid, Premiere, Resolve, and FCPX.For some of these workflows you will have to use DaVinci Resolve Lite as a bridge program. Thankfully Resolve Lite is free from BlackmagicDesign’s site.Migrating Timelines To PremiereAvid to PremiereImporting Avid sequences into Premiere is easy.In Avid, with your sequence or master clip selected in the bin, right click and hit “export.When the box pops up select “Untitled” from the dropdown menu and click the box that says “Options”.Under the “Export As” dropdown you can select AAF, click save.You will now be able to import the AAF file into Premiere. You can find out more information about this workflow by going to Avid’s site.Resolve to Premiere Migrating Timelines To ResolveFCPX to Resolve In Avid, with your sequence or master clip selected in the bin, right-click and hit “export.When the box pops up select “Untitled” from the dropdown menu and click the box that says options.Under the Export As dropdown you can select AAF and click save.You will now be able to import the AAF file into Resolve.In Resolve click the “Load” button.Select your AAF file and click Open.A dialogue box will pop up, click “Ok”. You should now see your Avid sequence in the timeline. Migrating Timelines To AvidResolve to Avid With your clips selected in Premiere go to File>Export>AAF.You will be asked to name the AAF file.You can now click import the file directly into Avid. Your sequence should auto populate the clips inside of Avid.FCPX to AvidTo export from FCPX to Avid you have to use Resolve Lite. Unfortunately this is the best workflow for going from FCPX to Avid.In Final Cut Pro X go to File > Export XML where you will be asked to name and save a new .fcpxml file format. The new .fcpxml file can be imported into Resolve.In Resolve click Load and select your FCPXML file.A dialogue box will pop up, click Ok.You will now be able to see your clips in the timeline.Inside of Resolve go to Session and Click Render.Under the Easy Setup tab select Avid AAF Round Trip.After selecting your desired export codec you can simply hit render. Your clips will now render.Once completed you can jump into Avid and import the AAF file which will pop up as a single sequence.If you have multiple timelines you will need to export multiple AAF files. The clips should automatically pop up in Avid. It’s a long process but it works.Have any other tips for migrating sequences between editing software? Share in the comments below.Resources:FCP X: Transfer Projects to Premiere Pro CC – Larry JordanExporting Projects for Other Applications – Adobe PremiereRound-Tripping with Avid Media Composer – Video 2 Brain In Final Cut Pro X go to File > Export XML where you will be asked to name and save a new .fcpxml file format.The new .fcpxml file can be imported into Resolve.In Resolve click Load and select your FCPXML file.A dialogue box will pop up, click “Ok”. You will now be able to see your clips in the timeline.Premiere to ResolveThe workflow from Premiere to Resolve is incredibly easy. Because Premiere has the ability to save AAF files or XML files you have options because Resolve accepts both AAF and XML files.In Premiere go to File>Export> AAF or XML.Save your file in the pop-up box.Jump to Resolve and click the Load button.You can now select either your AAF or XML file, select “Open”.A box will pop up, click Ok. You should now see your Premiere sequence in the timeline.Avid to Resolve Inside of Resolve go to Session and Click Render.Under the Easy Setup tab select Avid AAF Round Trip.After selecting your desired export codec you can simply hit render. Your clips will now render.Once completed you can jump into Avid and import the AAF file which will pop up as a single sequence.If you have multiple timelines you will need to export multiple AAF files. The clips should pop up in Avid.Premiere to Avid With your sequence or master clip selected in the bin right-click and hit “export”.When the box pops up select “Untitled” from the dropdown menu and click the box that says options.Under the ‘Export As’ dropdown you can select AAF and click save.FCPX can’t read AAF files so you will have to use DaVinci Resolve Lite, but don’t worry it’s free. You will now be able to import the AAF file into Resolve.In Resolve go to Session>Export.In the dropdown menu Select “Final Cut Pro XML Round Trip”.Now select all the clips you want to send to Final Cut Pro and hit “Start Render”. Your new .fcpxml file should be made.Now jump back into FCPX and go to File>Import>XML. You can now import the .fcpxml file in FCPX.Resolve to FCPXExporting to FCPX is easy in Resolve.Go to Session>Export.In the render settings dropdown menu labeled “Easy Setup” select “Final Cut Pro XML Round-Trip”.Now select all your clips in the timeline and hit “Start Render”.Resolve will create a .fcpxml file that you can now import into Final Cut Pro X.To do this in FCPX go to File>Import>XML and select your new .fcpxml file. You should now see your video clips in the timeline.
Catch up on the latest video tech with these seven innovative Kickstarter campaigns.Top image via Starslider.As any video professional will tell you, filmmaking technology is advancing at an incredible rate. Digital video technology is becoming smaller, faster, and more innovative so quickly that it can be hard to keep up. Fear not: if you want to stay ahead of the curve on the latest gear, get in on these innovative Kickstarter campaigns while the getting’s good.LitleCane — Take Cinematic Videos with Your PhoneThe LitleCane is a smartphone gimbal that offers a full range of smooth motion to your video projects. It has handheld joystick controls for filming on the go, and it offers both front and rear filming. Live streaming is a breeze, as is pretty much any other smartphone video shoot.With available auto-tracking, panorama, and time-lapse modes, this gimbal’s Kickstarter is off to a hot start. Accessories like a charging gimbal option and GoPro adapter will make you want to get in on some of the best investment options now.You can check the full LitleCane Kickstarter page here.Starslider — Smart and Modular Camera GearsThe Starslider is more than your average camera slider. It’s an entire ecosystem of professional video equipment that offers a full array of control, moves, and motorization. It’s sleek and easy, combining pans and tilts with pushes and pulls — giving you full control of time-lapse settings from your smartphone. Just look at this range of motion!The Starslider features three full axes of motion, and you can control it entirely via the intuitive smartphone app. The app allows you to program movements as complex as Bézier curves and bulb ramping. It’s well on its way to reach its $65,000 goal and then some.Check out the full Starslider Kickstarter here for a greater breakdown of its capabilities.MSE Rover — The Professional Smartphone Camera CageIf the majority of film and video Kickstarters in 2017 is any sign, smartphone filmmaking is definitely the way of the future. The MSE Rover is another great example of innovative adaptation of traditional filmmaking equipment.The MSE Rover is a smartphone mounting cage designed to give you complete motion freedom along with unparalleled protection and stability. It’s as tough and sturdy as it is light and steady — plus no batteries!The MSE Rover is also unique in that its adjustable frame gives you 360-degrees of rotation with customizable tension. The parts are interchangeable, and they can connect to tripods, sliders or whatever else you’d like — including the accessories offered by MSE.You can check out the full MSE Rover Kickstarter page here.DirectorsApp — Perfectly Cut Movies in SecondsUnless you speak German, you better check out this Kickstarter in a browser with a translate function. This German-engineered smartphone software gives directors the power to view their shots together through an app that automatically edits everything together. It’s like working with an intuitive storyboard that brings your ideas to life.While the app is free to download and use, backing the Kickstarter early gets you in on the ground floor (and some free video templates to boot).You can check out the full DirectorsApp Kickstarter here.MicRig — Universal Video Grip Handle with Built-in Stereo MicThe MicRig is a Kickstarter for “the world’s first universal video handle with an integrated microphone.” It offers a steady hand-held mount for your DSLR or GoPro and solves poor audio recording problems. It’s perfect for DIY enthusiasts looking to film on the run.The MicRig, made by Sevenoak, is already in production and is available as part of a full line of video production equipment. The Kickstarter is already halfway to its $45,000 goal.You can check out the full MicRig Kickstarter page here.Mine — Modular ControllerWhile technically suited more to an audio-recording professional or musician, the Mine Modular Controller would be great for video editors who do a lot of sound design and mixing. The modular controller offers a highly customizable set-up that you can easily arrange and rearrange. The Mine easily syncs to your Mac or PC.For those familiar with modular MIDI controllers, the customizable setup is incredibly popular. Mine’s modular controller offers hands-on control and flexibility.You can check out the full Mine Kickstarter here.TwoEyes VR — 360 cameraSay hello to Two Eyes VR, the first 360-degree, 4k video camera that mirrors human eyesight. The camera includes two pairs of 180-degree lenses that are 65mm apart to replicate the average distance between a person’s eyes.The design offers full 360-degree VR capture for unparalleled realism on social platforms like Youtube and Facebook.As you can see in the demo, the Two Eyes allows 36o-degree smartphone VR viewing, with both vertical and horizontal splits. The Kickstarter has already out-earned its $40,000 goal with $157,000 in pledges.You can check out the full TwoEyes Kickstarter here.Have any cool Kickstarter campaigns you’re looking to pledge to? Let us know in the comments!
I just received a copy of The New Sales Imperative: B2B Purchasing Has Become Too Complicated, You Need to Make It Easy For Your Customers To Buy, by Nick Toman, Brent Adamson, and Cristina Gomez of CEB.I can’t hide the fact that I take great joy in reading and sharing this article, as it validates my experience, much of what I have published here, as well as many of the major themes of my new book, The Lost Art of Closing. Some portion of the emails I receive continually argue against what CEB’s research shows to be true. This is an article that is worth studying.Let’s start with the fact that “Most B2B sellers think their customers are in the driver’s seat, empowered, armed to the teeth with information. They believe their customers are so clear about their needs that they don’t need to bother to engage with the suppliers until late in the process, when their decision is already “complete.” Let this statement dispel the myth that your buyers don’t need you, as CEB’s research shows. They are “deeply uncertain and stressed.” This is causing complex deals to bog down.The article continues to lay out the case that too much information is causing confusion, paralyzing the client. More people being involved in the deal makes consensus difficult—and in my experience working with some companies, closer to impossible. Too many choices slows the process, as buyers are concerned about risk.The remedy, say the authors: “Make buying easier.” Let us continue.“Sellers are striving to be more responsive than ever—taking the customer’s lead and providing whatever support is requested . . . driving an 18% decrease in purchasing ease.” What’s the remedy? How about a prescriptive approach?The article cites the need to “explain the process” and prescribe the course of action. In my words: Control the process. By controlling the process, you may not control the outcome, but you’ll have better results in helping the buyer with a process that gets them the result they need (Chapter 3 in The Lost Art of Closing). The authors then walk through the steps of prescribing. They start with “identifying whether they (the buyer) have a problem that merits attention,” or in my words in Chapter 4 of The Lost Art of Closing, “a problem worth solving,” the key to compelling real change.If your dream clients could produce the results they needed without you, they’d already be doing so. If your competitor knew how to help them make the real change they need to make, they’d have already done so.In a section on “Identifying Barriers,” one of the ideas covered is whether people who needed to be involved were brought into the process in a timely and effective way. This is about collaboration and consensus, Chapters 7 and 8, respectively, in The Lost Art. I don’t believe this is a recommendation. It is an imperative. The commitment to collaborate and build consensus are every bit as important as the Commitment to Decide to buy. Without gaining these commitments, you make a win unlikely. You are trying to help an organization with a complex challenge change, and you aren’t going to do that if you are single-threaded, working with what you believe to be your power sponsor, when there are really power sponsors).That section of the article also points out the buyer’s early stage challenges of making sense of the information they receive. This is dissonance. The buyer doesn’t understand what they are experiencing, and they struggle to find an answer that helps them decide what they need to do. This is why you need a prescriptive approach. You must teach them what they don’t know. While so many experts spout off about information parity, and how sellers have no ability to create real value, the evidence is in contradiction. Besides, if there is information parity, it’s your fault. Get you some chops!The authors state that the prescriptive approach must be “unbiased and credible,” “reduce indecision and compel action,” and “facilitate a process along a purchase path that the supplier is uniquely able to provide. I call this Proof (information from credible sources), Facts and Figures (data from validated sources), and Views and Values (what we believe the right answer to be and why). I had a free module available on Nurturing your Dream Clients online, but it is now behind a paywall.I am even more prescriptive than the team at CEB suggests with this article. The need to gain the necessary commitments to help clients change is non-negotiable. You have either gained the commitment to do what comes next, or you have not. What the authors describe as “customer verifiers,” I call commitments. If the contacts you are working with don’t believe they have to actually do something, you don’t have a commitment. And you likely aren’t helping them to change.Read the article here. Think deeply about whether or not you are serving your clients by assuming they have everything under control and that they don’t need you to lead (Chapter 18 of The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need).Here is a short video on The Challenger Sale. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Inevitably, some of your deals are going to push. Blame it on the non-linearity of the sales process in practice (as opposed to the theoretical sales process that moves smoothly from target to execution without so much as a pause or a backward step). Place the blame where you like, here is how I know your deal is going to push.It’s Not the Client’s Date: Here it is in the very first spot. Your client did not provide you with a date by which they would like to begin executing your solution. You chose the date, or more accurately, entered some random sequence of numbers into your CRM. If I were to call your client now and tell them you intend to show up with a contract next Tuesday, as per your entry, would they be surprised? Would you be concerned about me making that call? Where there is no commitment to a start date, your deal is going to push.No Commitment to Change: If there is one of the ten commitments in The Lost Art of Closing (my second book), it is the Commitment to Change. You can have a whole bunch of meetings that feel just like the meetings you would have if you were pursuing a deal with-out there being a deal. People will have a meeting with you, explore change, and review your proposal and pricing without ever having made the commitment to change. If you haven’t asked them if they are committed to changing, your deal is going to push (or more likely, it will die).A Pattern of Unkept Commitments: If you want to know if your client intends to keep their commitments, look at their track record. Have they kept all of the commitments that they have made up until this point? Or have they made commitments without keeping them and instead caused you to give chase over voicemail and email? If they haven’t kept commitments up until now, why would they start with the Commitment to Decide?You Don’t Know Who Is Deciding: If you don’t know who is actually making the decision, then your deal is extremely likely to push. If your contact is going to present to their leadership team on your behalf, a leadership team that has never met you, look for the push. If you don’t know who can say yes, it’s a push.You Missed Commitments: There are 10 commitments you need in a sale, especially a B2B sale. You can find them all here, and if you want a deeper dive, you can pick up the book at www.thelostartofclosing.com. For example, if you skipped building consensus or resolving concerns, you left major openings for bad things to happen, the kind of things that end in a deal being pushed.There are so many factors outside of your control that could cause your deal to push, you need to make sure that you do everything that is in your control to ensure that it doesn’t.
Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Each of us has an Inner Critic. It’s that voice you hear telling you that you cannot do what it is you want to do—or need to do, in some cases. That voice says horrible things to you, like “You are going to fail because you are not smart enough to do this. The people who are doing what you want to do all know way more than you.” The Inner Critic sows the seeds of doubt—and fear.The Inner Critic, never satisfied that it has protected you from harming yourself, continues, “You are going to make a fool of yourself, and people are going to judge you when you fail.” The Inner Critic then calls forth evidence to make sure it controls you with the reminder that, “You failed before, and you were mortified. What are you going to do when you fail again?”This voice, the Inner Critic, is a composite. It is, in part, your fears and doubts. When we humans gained consciousness, we also gained self-consciousness, the ability to feel shame. It is also the voice of your parents who tried to protect you from hurting yourself, which may have worked in the short term but harmed you in the long run, depriving you of the hormesis, the adaptation to small doses of adversity and discomfort that increase your adaptation to these things in higher doses.Thinking is mostly made up of talking to yourself. You ask yourself questions and you answer them. None of us hear what you are saying to yourself unless you speak the words out loud. One of the dominant voices for some of us is the Inner Critic, but it doesn’t have to be the dominant voice you hear.You can also have the voice of an Inner Coach. That voice is the polar opposite of the Inner Critic and, when it’s strong enough, it crowds out the Inner Critic. The Inner Coach says, “If other people are smart enough to figure this out, you’re smart enough to figure it out, too. Get busy working.” Instead of fear and doubt, the Inner Coach provides the confidence to try.Your Inner Coach won’t tell you that you are going to fail and embarrass yourself. Instead, what you’ll hear is: “This is going to work, and if it doesn’t you can make adjustments and try again. It isn’t the end of the world.” Your Inner Coach recognizes that the journey to success is fraught with failure along the path, and that no failure is final. Where the Inner Critic counsels you to, “Stop. Be safe,” the Inner Coach, says, “You’ve got this. Go!”Your Inner Critic is the voice of fear and self-doubt and scarcity and cynicism and pessimism. It is here to protect your ego from harm. Your Inner Coach is the voice of confidence and abundance and optimism and empowerment. Both of these voices are yours. Because thinking is made up of talking to yourself, the reply to all the statements from your Inner Critic can come from that bigger part of you that is your Inner Coach, the part of you that knows that you can be more, do more, have more, and contribute more.Becoming the best version of yourself is going to require that you liberate yourself from fear and self-doubt. You get to decide what each of these voices say to you and whose counsel you take. My Inner Coach duct-taped my Inner Critic to a chair and locked him in a closet a long time ago. I haven’t heard from him since (although I occasionally hear a small murmur from time to time, it’s hard to make out).
Sometimes things can get a little boring (or a lot boring, in some cases). You get stuck in a routine, even though you didn’t try to create or maintain that routine. You are doing the same things over and over, and what was once interesting no longer interests you. Nothing is riveting about a status quo that has lived on longer than it should have.Maybe I am talking about your work life. Alternatively, maybe you are reading this, and it calls some other part of your life to your mind’s eye. In some area, you have likely been lulled to sleep by comfort and competence, the combination that creates stasis in human beings. Comfort and competence are how one stops growing; you know how to do what you need to do, and you accept your current results.Giving Up What You KnowBut what if you were no longer competent? What if you raised the bar you set yourself higher than anyone else would dare to set it for you? What would you have to change to improve what you are doing so much that your current level of competence wasn’t good enough for the new standard you set for yourself?What if the level of performance of which you are capable is so far beyond what you have accepted that it would be worth pursuing? Could you give up the comfort of your current state—and the greater comfort of your competence? Could you adopt the beginner’s mind and look at something with new eyes, accepting that you have to let go of what you have to have what comes next?Post Traumatic Growth SyndromeI believe in post-traumatic growth syndrome, the adversity that causes people to grow from the experiences and challenges that life throws at them. However, you don’t have to wait for adversity to find you. You can challenge yourself.You can set new goals that require you to rethink and reimagine everything you know in order to produce results that are far greater than anything you have produced up until now. You can set new standards for yourself and your performance in some area where you lack the knowledge and skills and disciplines to reach that standard. You can challenge yourself, and in doing so, create your own adversity—the kind of adversity through which you transform into the better version of yourself, you 2.0, or 3.7, or 5.1, or whatever. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
Curfew was relaxed for four hours in Bhadrak town in Odisha, with no incidents of violence or arson reported since Friday evening. The curfew was relaxed from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday but later extended till 12 noon to allow people to procure essential commodities, even as security forces kept a close vigil, a senior official said. The administration, however, took no chances and extended curfew till 7 a.m. on Monday. Educational institutions and government offices will remain closed on Monday. As a precautionary measure, popular social networking sites — Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp — have been blocked at Bhadrak and surrounding areas for 48 hours from Sunday evening. 40 arrestsAs many as 40 people have been arrested so far for the incidents of violence and arson on Friday, which left several shops gutted and vehicles damaged, Bhadrak PS in-charge Jadunath Jena said.Prohibitory orders under Section 144 remained in force in nearby Dhamnagar and Basudevpur, a police official said. Deployment of security personnel was strengthened at vulnerable pockets and frequency in patrolling was increased.“There has been no fresh violence in the town. We are taking several confidence-building measures,” said A. B.Ota, Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Central).“The administration is not in a hurry to convene peace committee meeting. We are waiting for return of complete peace,” he said.Soon after the relaxation in curfew was announced through public address systems, people hurried to purchase milk, bread and vegetables which were available at a few shops. Traders in Kacheri Bazar came to check on their shops. Tension was palpable in Chandan Bazar, where both communities have sizeable populations.
In an attempt towards realising its poll promise to waive all farm debts in the State, the Punjab government has set up an expert group to assess the quantum of agricultural debt, and suggests ways and means for its waiver.Mr. T. Haque, former chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, has been appointed chairman of this expert group, which has been tasked with submitting its report within 60 days. The two other members are Pramod Kumar Joshi, Director-South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute and B.S. Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor of the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.An official notification issued in this regard by additional Chief Secretary (Development), said the expert group would be assisted by the officers of the State government, including additional Chief Secretary-cum-Financial Commissioner (Development) and Principal Secretary Finance.“Besides assessing the total amount of credit including institutional and non-institutional credit availed by different categories of farmers, the group will assess the quantum of bad loans or debt and suggest the methodology for remission of debt. It will also suggest ways and means to raise resources for the debt waiver,” said the notification.₹80,000 crore in allWhere Notably, the total farm debt in Punjab stands at more than ₹80,000 crore, including crop loans in the cooperative sector amounting to about ₹ 12,500 crore. The average debt per farm household in Punjab works out to ₹8 lakh (including crop loan).
The second national conference on ‘Paradigm Shift in Inclusive Schooling’ will be held in the city from June 26 to 29. Satish Kapoor, founder of Brotherhood, Delhi, said the conference will focus on preparing modules for inclusive education. The meet will mobilise stakeholders to deliberate on diverse aspects of inclusive education such as providing training to specialised teachers and institutions across the country. The conference will also document best practices for inclusive education.