Traumatic Experiences: Impacts and CopingIt’s no secret that children and youth can be profoundly impacted by instances of trauma and community violence. With all the latest research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), we can see that the effects of trauma and violence experienced during childhood can have lasting, lifelong consequences. Military families can also face unique circumstances and challenges around violent and traumatic events. In knowing this information, the question truly becomes what can parents, educators, and service professionals do to help children cope during and after a traumatic experience?One fantastic organization that provides tools and resources for many topic areas is Sesame Street for Military Families!Sesame Street for Military Families is a free, bilingual website with information and resources on a variety of topics with military families in mind. Several of these topics include deployments, homecomings, injuries, grief, self-expression, as well as trauma and community violence.On January 17, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. ET, Sabrina Huda and Antonio Freitas from Sesame Street for Military Families and the Sesame Street Workshop, will be facilitating a 90-minute webinar on the impact of childhood trauma and community violence, where they will highlight resources and activities to help children cope, as well as strategies that assist with self-care following a disturbing event.Participants can also receive FREE continuing education credits for this event! If you are unable to attend the live event, the webinar will be archived for viewing at your convenience. CEUs will be available for the archived event until January 17, 2020.We hope you will join us for this important webinar and share with others who may be interested in learning with us!Kids Serve Too SeriesKids Serve Too! is a webinar series designed to support service providers and education professionals who work with military children and families. This Sesame Street for Military Families and Military Families Learning Network collaborative webinar series invites you to explore resources and strategies related to community violence, military relocation, military caregiving, and young children with special needs.Learn more about the series, sign up for the mailing list and take a look at the other webinars in this series on the Kids Serve Too homepage!Kids Serve Too – Homepage
If you’re still stuck in the past using a traditional director’s viewfinder it’s time to step up your game with a smartphone app.Historically, film directors have used physical viewfinders to frame their shots with the correct aspect ratio, camera format and focal length. When shooting and location scouting these tools can save time in shot preparation without setting up the camera. Unfortunately though, these director’s viewfinders can be prohibitively expensive (the popular Alan Gordon Mark V will set you back nearly $700).For the uninitiated, NoFilmSchool’s done a rundown on “What is a Director’s Viewfinder and Why You Need One?”Now, digital viewfinders are taking the place of their more traditional counterparts. For the last few years, Artemis has led the way in the ‘smartphone as a viewfinder’ technology. The app will simulate different lens and camera combinations using the phone’s camera. Use the app on-set to frame your shots or take stills to create a storyboard. It’s available for iOS and Android for $29.99.This week a new player entered the ring with Cadrage, a viewfinder app from mobile developer distantblue. Available in both Android and iPhone versions, Cadrage has a large database of professional film/photo camera formats and lenses. Early reviews of the app are positive and it’s currently available for $10.99. Get more info here.Are you using a director’s viewfinder? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below!
Backing up libraries is a quick and easy way to protect your video editing work.If you have ever lost a project file than you can attest to how essential it is to properly backup libraries in FCPX. You could potentially save yourselves hours of wasted work for doing a few seconds of backup preparation. The following video by the always entertaining guys from MacBreak Studio explains how to backup libraries in FCPX, as well as some of the more technical aspects to backing up your files.The video covers:Auto back-upsChanging program defaultsOpening an early iteration of a projectMaking copies of your librariesBacking up files straight to Dropbox As stated in the video you can back up your files straight to Dropbox. This makes a lot of sense for video editors on-the-go, as the file is accessible from anywhere. Dropbox is a free and easy way to back up project files (and any files for that matter) in the cloud. If you become a power Dropbox user (like me) you can always pay for additional space.Thanks MacBreak guys for sharing this useful tutorial!If you have any tips for backing up files in FCPX please share in the comments below!
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:02 — 47.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSToday’s guest, John Spence, is an avid reader, researcher, and writer. John has worked in many high level positions, acting as owner or CEO for numerous companies. He is passionate about passing on insight he’s learned along the way. John began pouring over business books early in his career when he realized he needed to know more to do the job he was hired for. All his reading inspired John to eliminate the fluff as he began writing his own material, developing a successful presence and platform with e-books. John built his career from finding patterns in business. Tune in today and learn to identify patterns for your own growth and success.The ROI on John’s advice and experience is worth a listen, on this episode of In the Arena.Do the fundamentals flawlessly, with John SpenceClick To TweetFlawless fundamentals John Spence developed an equation for success that starts with the fundamentals. In John’s experience, without these fundamentals, there is no success. Six key factors discussed in today’s episode, as well as in John’s books, include vision, best people, robust communication, a sense of urgency, disciplined execution, and extreme customer focus. John starts simple, but breaks the formula down even further for business specific success. Do you have the talent, plus an extreme customer focus? One without the other does not add up in the equation for success. Are you bringing something unique, interesting and valuable to your customers? But are you executing it well? Learn how to do the fundamentals flawlessly, with John Spence. Kindle coachingReading John Spence’s books is like having a consultant in your living room. His short e-books provide coaching at your own convenience. One book, Letters to a CEO, is filled with actual letters to John’s real clients. When a client asks for advice, John does not immediately dish it out. He looks through his resources and sends them a letter in preparation to discuss matters later. These letters offer real and researched advice these CEO’s used and found helpful. New leaders can read these letters and decide what applies to their current situations. John tackles problem efficiently and dives in deep, for the price of e-book. Hear from John today!John Spence tackles key factors for a successful businessClick To TweetDefine success for yourselfSuccess is often defined by ideas and experiences from one’s culture, family, and surroundings. So, how do you define it for yourself? John Spence’s book, Strategies for Success, moves past the picture of money, fame and power as marks of success. John argues that success is when your self-concept and daily behaviors match your values. When what you value is in harmony with your reality, you are successful. You might be rich, famous, and powerful, or you might not be. But, if you get to be yourself, you are successful. Success has to be value based, because wealth and power might make you miserable or imprisoned by the fear of losing it all. Your definition of success changes as these values change. As we age, our values usually shift. John shares his own shift of values, after losing all his material possessions. How will you define your success? Brutally honest with yourselfWhen you are able to be brutally honest with yourself, John Spence says you will find a fulfilled life. Can you define your five core values? How well do you actually live those out? When you picture your life three years from now, are you doing things today to move in that direction? When you are living against your values, or traveling away from your goals, you are not happy or successful. It is time to get courageous and do the hard work to change. John encourages you to find congruence with yourself. Whether you are young and have the desire to change and improve, or if you are finding yourself more and more rigid in your beliefs, give John’s message a listen today, on In the Arena. Define success for yourself ~ John SpenceClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Introduction of John Spence. John’s love of books and writing, Awesomely Simple. Six conclusions from John’s book. Talking to leaders about implementation and execution. Patience and focus essential to real progress. Letters to a CEO. John’s message to young entrepreneurs. What does success mean? Hustle and happiness. Becoming brutally honest with yourself. How to stay in touch with John.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeJohn’s email: John(at)johnspence.comJohn’s website: http://johnspence.comTwitter: @awesomelysimpleB00II12AH4 B00II11VAG The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeDo the hard work to change ~ John SpenceClick To TweetFigure out what to say NO to ~ John SpenceClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below
So, you’ve changed have you? This year you kept your promises, and the changes you’ve made are visible, huh?Would the person closest to you in your life recognize the personal changes that you’ve made this year? Would they call those changes a “transformation?” Or would they say that you “did a little better?” Which were you playing for when you promised yourself?Would someone you’ve known for a long time immediately recognize that you have changed? If they spent a couple hours with you, would it become clear to them all the ways that you have transformed yourself over the last year? Or would they say you’re the same person they’ve always known and loved?If you report to someone, would that person be able to quickly rattle off one or two of the major ways that you have improved yourself this year? Or would they simply point to the one or two visible projects that you were involved in? Would they even know what you worked on?How about your clients? Would your clients rave about how the transformation you made this year had a massive impact on their results? Would they recount all the ways that your relationship has grown stronger because of the improvements that you have made? Would they even have noticed?Every year at this time we start thinking about what we need to improve in the coming year. Resolutions are quickly made, and those resolutions are just as quickly forgotten. As you take an accounting of this year, ask yourself whether you are going to be happy dabbling around the edges in hopes of improvement or whether you are going to transform yourself in some area of your life.
Jeb Blount visits me in Columbus to talk OutBound Conference 2018 and the importance of prospecting.
The Goa Cabinet on Monday sought three months’ time to workout an alternate site for off-shore casinos presently operating at the mouth of the river Mandovi .Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told The Hindu that it is not an extension given to casinos.“As the election code of conduct was in place, the government could not take any decision. The government will now identify alternate sites in three months for their relocation,” he said.
A CJM court on Friday rejected bail pleas of the 11 college students including two girls who allegedly blocked the convoy of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and showed him black flags on WednesdayEight of these students have also been suspended by the Lucknow University on charge of breaching security of the CM’s convoy when he was on his way to attend a programme in the varsity.Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Sunil Kumar rejected the bail pleas of the students on Friday after perusal of case diary produced by Hasanganj police. The court observed that the offence was of serious nature and, hence, the applicants did not deserve bail.On June 8, Chief Judicial Magistrate Sandhya Srivastava had sent the 11 students to four days judicial remand. The court had summoned the entire case diary on Friday for considering bail pleas of the students.Meanwhile, the Lucknow University said that eight students have been suspended and debarred from all student facilities in the university in the wake of the “security breach” of the CM’s convoy. “The names of suspended students are: Satwant Singh, Nitin Raj, Pooja Shukla, Anil Kumar Yadav, Ankit Kumar Singh, Rakesh Kumar, Madhurya Singh and Apoorva Verma,” N.K. Pandey director, Information, Publication and Public Relation, University of Lucknow said.Lending its support to the students, various Left-affiliated student unions, including SFI, AISA, NSUI, DYFI, RYA and AIPWA, attempted to stage a dharna at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Lucknow on Saturday but were soon asked to leave by the police. The students, however, submitted a memorandum of their demands to the Governor. They want the arrested students to be released immediately, the cases against them annulled and their suspension revoked. SP leaders meet studentsA delegation of Samajwadi Party leaders led by MLC Anand Bhadauria met the students in prison on Friday and claimed that they were being treated like criminals and mentally harassed. “The BJP government must keep in mind that these are students studying in the university, not criminals. They wanted to expose the irregularities in the university by demonstrating in front of the Chief Minister. Peaceful protest is not a crime in a democracy,” SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said. He demanded that the administration immediately stop the “inhuman treatment” meted out to the students and arrange for a separate barracks for the girls.Delhi joins chorusIn New Delhi, a large number of students protested outside the U.P. Bhavan demanding immediate withdrawal of cases against Lucknow University students.JNUSU president Mohit Pandey said, “It is shameful that the government is branding everyone who protests against them as Naxalites and anti-nationals. We have seen this in JNU and we are seeing the same with the Bhim Army and the students of Lucknow University who protested against Yogi Adityanath.” Those who protested outside the Uttar Pradesh Bhavan included students from Delhi University, JNU and Jamia Millia.(With inputs from PTI)
Dera chief lodged in make-shift jail in Rohtak A special CBI court in Panchkula on Friday found Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty in a rape case. He is facing a minimum imprisonment of seven years, and can go up to life imprisonment.Holding the 50-year-old Dera chief guilty of rape, CBI judge Jagdeep Singh said the quantum of sentence would be pronounced on August 28, CBI counsel HPS Verma told reporters outside the court.A former follower had accused Singh of repeatedly raping her inside the Dera campus near Sirsa in Haryana. The incident took place in 1999. An FIR was registered in 2002. The Dera chief and the management of the sect have denied the allegations.Also Read CBI filed the charge sheet against the Dera head in Ambala court in July 2007, about five years after the registration of the rape case. The charge sheet mentions sexual exploitation of two ‘Sadhvis’ (women followers) between 1999 and 2001.The Special CBI court framed charges against Ram Rahim under Sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC in September 2008.Between 2009 and 2010, the two complainants recorded their statements before the court.The Special CBI court shifted from Ambala to Panchkula and the case against the Dera chief too was transferred to Panchkula CBI Court.In July, 2017, the court ordered daily hearing. Arguments of prosecution and defence were concluded on August 17, 2017.The judge fixed August 25 as the date for pronouncement of the verdict and Ram Rahim was directed to appear in person before the court the same day.
An eight-year-old boy was mauled to death by stray dogs in Bhiwandi township of Thane district, a police official said on Monday.The child, a resident of Phogaon area in Bhiwandi, was walking on the road with a friend near his home on Sunday afternoon when he suddenly lost his balance and fell on a pack of stray dogs sitting there, he said.Bitten severely The canines bit him severely, the official said.The child was rushed to a nearby hospital. However, as his condition became critical, he was shifted to the Thane Civil Hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead, he said.The city police have registered a case of accidental death, the official added.
Two jawans manning the Line of Control (LoC) were killed in the Pakistan Army’s firing in the Pir Panjal valley’s Sunderbani sector, Rajouri, in the past 24 hours, the Army said on Tuesday.An Army spokesman said the Pakistan Army initiated “unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 5.15 p.m. in Sunderbani Sector on Monday”.“In the exchange of fire, rifleman Vinod Singh and rifleman Jaki Sharma were grievously injured and succumbed to their injuries,” said the spokesman. The deceased — Singh, 24, is from J&K’s Akhnoor and Sharma, 30, is from Hiranagar. The Army organised a wreath laying ceremony for the deceased at the Akhnoor Military Hospital.
A sweltering Tuesday afternoon at the bustling Chowk Bazar here seems to reflect the political mood of this small town, which was in the news two years back over claims that Hindus had begun to migrate out of fear of the town’s large Muslim population. It’s now in focus with the coming Lok Sabha bypoll, where the strategy of beating the BJP through Opposition unity will be put to test yet again on May 28. A united Opposition had tasted success in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypolls. The story, however, is the same: deep faultlines of communal polarisation are palpable in this town having mixed Hindu and Muslim populations. Muslims seem inclined towards the RLD while Hindu shopkeepers back the BJP vehemently. As this correspondent introduces himself to a hookah seller and asks his name, the shopkeeper, well in his late middle age, conceals his name but reveals his identity, saying ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in reply. ‘Crime has come down’All praise for the Yogi Adityanath government over its handling of law and order, he says: “In this very bazar, people were murdered in broad daylight during the Akhilesh Yadav regime. After Yogi came to power, crime has dramatically dipped.” He says Hindus are happy with the BJP and will vote for it. He refuses to buy the logic that Jats – a dominant Hindu caste in the region – are likely to vote for the Rashtriya Lok Dal of Ajit Singh, whose candidate Tabassum Begum has the support of all Opposition parties. His claim, however, is not borne out when one visits Jat villages in the constituency. The BJP has fielded Mriganka Singh, daughter of late BJP leader Hukum Singh, a Gujjar, and hopes to work the Hindu sentiment — combined with the loyalty of Gujjars, a powerful caste here, for the late BJP MP — to its advantage. At a general store in Chowk Bazar, shop owner Jagdish Prasad claims there was a time when Hindus were wanting to leave the town, reinforcing a controversial claim made by BJP leaders in the region. The problem has “stopped” after the BJP came to power, he says.However, a Gujjar Muslim lawyer who politely refuses to reveal his name says the reports were a BJP conspiracy and there was no Hindu exodus ever. In this constituency, where Muslim votes are often a gamechanger, the anti-BJP alliance has fielded Ms. Tabassum, who was earlier with the SP and BSP, in the hope of combining Muslim and Jat votes. Add Dalits to the mix and the combination can be very difficult to beat. However, her brother-in-law and her late husband Munawar Hasan’s younger brother Kanwar Hasan is also contesting from here, something that is being seen as an attempt to divide Muslim votes. “Be that as it may, he won’t be able to cut into Muslim votes beyond a point, as they will vote against the BJP,” says Sundar Singh, a Gujjar from a nearby village backing the saffron party to the hilt.
The Centre will send more armed police forces to Assam as the deadline for the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) nears. A senior Home Ministry official said the State had requested additional forces, which were being sent as per the “assessment and availability.” The situation was not alarming but these were precautionary steps. A source said the Centre might move the Supreme Court to extend the deadline for the publication of the final draft from June 30 to July 8. “The State is affected by floods and there are several areas where the enumeration has been impacted. We need more time to complete the process.” As per the court direction, the Registrar-General of India is to publish the final list on June 30 to segregate Indian citizens from those who illegally entered the State from Bangladesh after March 25, 1971.“When the first draft was published on December 31, there were no law and order incidents reported. We have made adequate arrangements and forces would be on standby for the publication of the final draft,” said the official.“There are concerns in the State that those names that do not appear in the list cease to be Assamese citizens. There is another stage of claims and objections. If anyone has been excluded they can avail this option,” said the official. He explained that after the claims and objections have been rejected, the trial of such subjects would be held at Foreigners Tribunals. “There are around 100 such Tribunals in the State and till now we have not received any request from the Assam Government for creation of new ones,” said the official. The final draft will be put up at over 3,000 government “seva kendras” and be also be available on the website of RGI. The exercise to update the NRC is being carried out in Assam following a decision in 2005 after a series of meetings between the Central and State governments and the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) in an attempt to document the bona fide Indian citizens living in Assam.When the NRC was first prepared in Assam in 1951, the State had 80 lakh citizens.A six-year agitation demanding identification and deportation of illegal immigrants was launched by the AASU in 1979. It culminated in the signing of the Assam Accord on August 15, 1985 in the presence of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Residents of West Bengal’s Jhargram district staged a protest on Tuesday against the destruction of crops and damage to houses caused by wild elephants in the area. Hundreds of villagers blocked roads and disrupted traffic in Sankrail area of the district alleging that forest officials were not doing enough to drive the elephants away.Basav Raj, Divisional Forest Officer, Jhargram, said a herd of over 70 elephants, including a good number of calves, is living in the Lalgarh forest of the district.Admitting that people have complained about the movement of the elephants, the DFO said that trampling of crops is a regular phenomenon in the region with both humans and elephants competing for resources. “The forest department compensates villagers for loss of crops due to elephant movement,” he said.Over the past several years, forests of south Bengal have recorded highest cases of human-elephant conflict in the country.Earlier this month, three elephants. including a calf, were run over by a train at Gidhnih in Jhargram. Forest officials said that the accident occurred because there was no history of elephant movement in that particular stretch of forest.
Even after hospitalisation, Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel continues with his indefinite fast but has started having water and fruit juices on Saturday. After he was rushed to the government hospital on Friday evening, Hardik was shifted to a private hospital at midnight. He continues to be in the private hospital. On Saturday, several top leaders including former Union Ministers Sharad Yadav and A Raja visited Mr Patel and expressed support to his agitation seeking quota for Patidars and farm loan waiver. Mr Yadav also offered a glass of water to Hardik, who accepted it. Earlier on Thursday, Hardik had stopped taking water and liquid after his deadline to the state government to initiate talks on his issues elapsed without any concrete step by the state government. It may be noted that Mr Patel is on indefinite fast since August 25 and since then he has become a centre of anti-BJP forces as most of top leaders who are political opponents of BJP have visited him and expressed their support to his main issues. PAAS issues ultimatumOn September 5, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) issued an ultimatum to the Gujarat government to clarify its stand on the demands for quota and farm loan waiver for which its leader Hardik Patel has been on a fast for 12 days.“If the government does not clarify its stand in the next 24 hours, then Hardik will once again give up water,” said Manoj Panara, convener of PAAS, which spearheads the agitation in Gujarat.PAAS representatives accused the State government of misleading the people and slammed the government’s efforts to scuttle the agitation.PAAS leaders also targeted the Patidar community’s religious organisations and their trustees, calling them BJP’s agents. “It is for the organisations and their leaders to decide whether to be with the community or with the BJP government,” Mr. Panara said.To meet MPsFrom Thursday, PAAS members and volunteers will approach legislators and parliamentarians from the State to ascertain their stand on the issues the PAAS led by 25-year-old Hardik Patel is fighting for.Meanwhile, the State Cabinet meeting scheduled for Thursday is likely to discuss Mr. Patel’s demands and his indefinite fast, which is drawing support from leaders across parties.Leaders meet HardikOn Wednesday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray expressed his support for Hardik Patel. He requested him to continue his fight but end the fast as his health was deteriorating.A delegation of Congress leaders, consisting of AICC in charge of Gujarat Rajeev Satav, State party president Amit Chavda and leader of the Opposition Paresh Dhanani, met Mr. Patel to offer support.
Two hospitals from Nashik and Ahmednagar have been suspended from the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MJPJAY), the State’s medical insurance scheme for the poor. While the Nashik hospital was found to have claimed money for a wrong procedure, the Ahmednagar hospital is alleged to have denied a particular medical package to a patient. MJPJAY’s chief operating officer Sudhakar Shinde confirmed that the two hospitals were suspended early this month. “The insurance scheme is completely cashless. We don’t want patients to face any problem while availing it,” said Mr Shinde. While the suspensions can be revoked after the hospitals assure that similar wrongdoings are not repeated, nearly 45 hospitals have been de-panelled from the scheme in May for frauds like taking cash from patients, offering expensive packages beyond the scheme, inflating bills, and refusal to treat under the scheme. The MJPJAY covers 2.2 crore families for 971 ailments and ₹1.5 lakh per year. The beneficiaries are yellow-and-orange ration-card holders. In the 14 farmer suicide-affected districts, the scheme also covers white ration-card holders. The newly launched Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojna (PMJAY), also known as Ayushman Bharat, has been integrated with this existing scheme. In order to curb illegal practices by hospitals under both these schemes, a government circular was released on September 21 which said hospitals would have to pay a penalty of five times the package rate. If a patient is asked to pay any additional amount, the hospital will not only have to return the amount but also pay an additional amount to the government. Besides suspension or de-pannelling from the scheme, the circular also mentions revoking licences if hospitals commit frauds or refuse patients under the scheme. “We have already started noticing the change. The complaints have drastically reduced,” Mr. Shinde said. 360 beneficiariesSince the launch of the scheme on September 23, more than 360 patients have undergone various procedures under the PMJAY scheme. While the MJPJAY is based on ration cards, the PMJAY beneficiaries have been identified on the basis of Socio-Economic Caste Census. The beneficiaries are issued a ATM-like card with a unique bar code to avail the hospital services. The 360 procedures carried out in Maharashtra over the past few weeks include coronary balloon angioplasty, hysterectomy, chemotherapy, and ventilatory care.
Asserting that factionalism in the Madhya Pradesh unit of the Congress party is a “thing of the past”, senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said the entire State leadership worked as a “united front” during the Assembly polls in a bid to dislodge the BJP government.‘Uprising for change’ Mr. Scindia, who spearheaded an energetic and spirited campaign for the Congress in Madhya Pradesh, said there is an “uprising for change” in the State.“During my campaign, I covered over 115 constituencies in Madhya Pradesh. There is an omnipotent energy – it is an uprising for change,” he said on Sunday.Exit polls predictionSome exit polls have given an edge to the Congress to form a government in the State after remaining in opposition for 15 years, while others have predicted a close finish for the grand old party and the ruling BJP. Counting of votes for the November 28 elections to 230 Assembly seats in the State will take place on December 11.“We will get a clear majority from the people of Madhya Pradesh,” Mr. Scindia said while responding to a question on the exit polls.Asked if he considers himself as a front-runner for the Chief Minister’s post in case the Congress wins the elections, Mr. Scindia said he does not want to answer hypothetical questions. The Guna MP said he has consistently maintained that the goal of the entire Congress party has been to unseat the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh.“Once that is achieved, the next step is for the party leadership to decide (on the chief ministerial face)” said Mr. Scindia, one of the top Congress leaders in the State who had won the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 despite a huge wave in favour of the BJP.CM contendersMr. Scindia and the State Congress chief Kamal Nath are being seen as main contenders for the Chief Minister’s post if Congress emerges victorious in the State.On whether the selection of the Chief Minister by the Congress in case of a win could leave some senior leaders “hard done”, Mr. Scindia said: “Not at all. One must understand, that we have to learn from our past. We have previously struggled with factionalism within the party. However, that time has passed.”He asserted that throughout this election in MP, the entire party machinery including senior leaders and every single party worker, worked as a “united front”.“Our strength, this time, has been in the unity of our campaign. And this will and must continue,” the 47-year-old leader said.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Friday sought regulated mining with “utmost care on safety of miners and environment” to help the State tide over revenue loss and provide relief to people dependent on coal.“There is a need to have regulated mining in Meghalaya with utmost care on safety of miners and environment. The ban on mining has affected the socio-economic condition of the people who are dependent on coal as well as loss of revenue generation for the State,” Mr. Sangma told Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.The Chief Minister had called on Mr. Singh along with senior leaders of parties in his coalition government and officials from Meghalaya’s Department of Mining.State Mining Secretary C. Manjunath underscored how the ban on mining was affecting livelihood and pressed for tweaking provisions of rules governing mining in Meghalaya, a State covered by the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.Search haltedMeanwhile, the agencies engaged in the search and rescue operation at the coalmine where 15 miners have been trapped since December 13 are awaiting a decision from the local authorities on retrieving a body detected by an underwater Navy robot on Wednesday night.Efforts to pull the body up mechanically failed as it had decomposed. A few skeletons were also detected in the rat-hole mine at Ksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district.The search operation was halted on Friday since the district magistrate, doctor, forensics expert and the families have to be present to proceed forward, a Navy spokesperson said.
Taking potshots at the attempts to cobble up a mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) against the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday asked people to guard against this mahamilavat (highly adulterated) dispensation. In his maiden public rally after BJP lost power in the state last year, Mr. Modi said top Congress leaders were embroiled in legal tangles.“Most members of the (Gandhi) family are either out on bail or have obtained anticipatory bail,” the Prime Minister said, during the rally at Kodatarai in Raigarh district. Congress has betrayed and cheated Chhattisgarh farmers over the loan waiver in the state, he said. For electoral gains, Congress comes up with the promise of loan waiver in every ten years, he added. Loans of only those farmers who availed them from cooperative and rural banks were waived, he said.“What about loans of those who had borrowed from nationalised banks? Are they not entitled to the loan waiver,” he said.“Why did the Congress not inform people about the criteria for the loan waiver? This is cheating,” he said.“What about farmers who borrowed from ‘sahukar’ (private moneylender) and relatives. Who will waive their loans? In the name of the loan waiver, Congress has benefited ‘bichauliye’ (middlemen),” he said. Modi said the Congress government has decided to obstruct the CBI in the state. “If someone has not done anything (wrong), will he be afraid of an investigation,” he asked. “Can any agency enquire without any reason?” “People have no problem in this (CBI probe) but the Congress has,” Mr. Modi said. By opting out of the Ayushman Bharat scheme, the Congress government in Chhattisgarh has deprived poor of healthcare, Mr. Modi said.“I have come amidst you to get a new mandate for a new India,” Mr. Modi said. India’s poverty has started to decline due to efforts of the BJP-led government, he added.
Earth’s average temperature has remained more or less steady since 2001, despite rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases—a trend that has perplexed most climate scientists. A new study suggests that the missing heat has been temporarily stirred into the relatively shallow waters in the western Pacific by stronger-than-normal trade winds. Over the past 20 years or so, trade winds near the equator—which generally blow from east to west—have driven warm waters of the Pacific ahead of them, causing larger-than-normal volumes of cool, deep waters to rise to the surface along the western coasts of Central America and South America. (Cooler-than-average surface waters are depicted in shades of blue, image from late July and early August 2007.) Climate simulations suggest that that upwelling has generally cooled Earth’s climate, stifling about 0.1°C to 0.2°C in warming that would have occurred by 2012 if winds hadn’t been inordinately strong, the researchers reported online yesterday in Nature Climate Change. Both real-world observations and the team’s simulations reveal that the abnormally strong winds—driven by natural variation in a long-term climate cycle called the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation—have, for the time being, carried the “missing” heat to intermediate depths of the western Pacific Ocean. Eventually, possibly by the end of this decade, the inevitable slackening of the trade winds will bring the energy back to the ocean’s surface to be released to the atmosphere, fueling rapid warming, the scientists contend.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)