Free Call Sheet for Film and Video Projects

first_imgOrganize your production with this free call sheet template.One of the most powerful tools for organizing your film and video shoots is a call sheet. A call sheet is, to a point, the way in which you communicate information regarding your shoot to your cast and crew. Call sheets range from extremely complex to incredibly simple, but at the end of the day it’s all about organization. To help you we’ve created a free call sheet template. You can download the free call sheet template below, but before that why not learn a little more about how a call sheet works. Let’s begin:What is a call sheet?Communication is key when it comes to a film/video set. There’s a lot of logistics involved in production coordination: call times, organizing crew and vendors, what to wear, where to park, where to be…the list goes on and on.A call sheet includes all of the most important information that needs to be conveyed to your cast and crew before they show up on set. This will save you the trouble of calling, texting, or emailing all of the information to individuals.Successful call sheets are typically highly organized and ultra-helpful, so they shouldn’t be taken lightly. A little time spent filling out a call sheet will help your sanity once it comes down to the day of the shoot. You don’t want to miscommunicate and have an actor not be able to show up. Been there done that…it’s not fun.On most productions an AD (Assistant Director) and production coordinator will fill out the call sheets for the next day, but may vary depending on the size (and reliability) of the crew.Ensure all the information is 100% accurate. One incorrect number in the address box and your camera equipment ends up across town.Once your call sheet is filled out you can either print them out (bad for trees), or you can email them via PDF (good for trees). Either way is fine, but the thing to remember is the sooner the call sheet goes out the better. If you wait around to the last minute you will inevitably run into scheduling conflicts with your cast and crew.How to Fill Out a Call SheetA call sheet is incredibly straight forward to fill out. Simply fill in the information presented on the form to the best of your knowledge. The more information you’re able to provide the better. The form will also help you organize and prepare for the shoot ahead. Things like parking can often go forgotten if you aren’t reminded by the call sheet.To fill out the following free call sheet, simply fill in the necessary fields with the appropriate information. On a Mac you can use preview to manipulate the interactive version. On a PC you can use Word. Feel free to download the call sheet template below.DOWNLOAD FREE CALL SHEETWant more free forms for your next video or film project? Check out a few of the following free forms here on PremiumBeat:Free Storyboard Template for Film and Video Projects Free Audition Sign-In Sheet for Film and Video Productions Free Talent Release Form for Film and Video Productions How do you typically use a call sheet? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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The 5 Tenets of Low-Budget Southern Gothic Filmmaking

first_imgChannel your inner southern goth and embrace the tenants of this DIY-friendly filmmaking style.Cover image via Shotgun Stories (Multicom Entertainment).Whether you’re aware of the genre or not, the southern gothic style has become a favorite in film and television. From True Detective to the recent Ozark to the entire filmography of Jeff Nichols, Southern Gothic stories resonate with audiences for their taboo subjects and gritty stylings — and with filmmakers for their sparse locales and DIY-friendly production elements.Here are the five basic tenets of what every southern gothic project should try to include. Secret Satanic cults and decayed cow skulls are also always a plus.1. Forces of Nature: Good vs. EvilImage from Killer Joe (LD Entertainment).One of the underlying themes throughout all southern gothic works is the eternal battle between good and evil. The characters, like the land they inhabit, are aware of how these two forces are at work in everything around them. Cinematic techniques like framing and juxtaposition of characters in their environment can help stack these elements starkly against each other.2. Deep South LocationImage from True Detective (HBO).Perhaps none more iconic than the Louisiana bayous in True Detective, the landscapes of the American south (from Texas to Florida) feature heavily in the most popular southern gothic films and shows. This may be due, in part, to states like Louisiana and Georgia that maintain film tax incentives to lure production. Regardless, as long as the lush fields and dark waterways are prevalent, filmmakers as far away as Australia can find the same great-looking locations.3. Stark Color Temperature and ContrastsImage via Ozark (Netflix).Most notable in the recent Netflix show Ozark, color temperatures can create a style and a mood that resonates throughout a film or television series. Here’s a great interview with Ozark‘s director of photography Pepe Avila del Pino at NoFilmSchool where he talks about subconscious visual genre stylization.4. Family vs. Family ThemesImage from Shotgun Stories (Multicom Entertainment).From the Hatfields to the McCoys, southern gothic families commonly hold grudges. As you can see in examples like Jeff Nichols’s Shotgun Stories, bloodlines against bloodlines are common plot elements that can create simple, direct conflicts — and quite often with very tragic and bloody results.5. Religious Imagery and Taboo SinsImage from Wise Blood (New Line).In the American south, religion plays a large part in the regional culture, casting its shadow on everything from small-town politics to local architecture. It also has deep roots in slavery and the original colonization doctrines. As such, southern gothic works make great use of religious imagery and iconography as something deeply tied with sinister acts and taboo sins.Looking to try out your own southern gothic project? Check out some of these resources.7 Tips for Low-Budget Filmmaking10 Zero Budget Filmmaking Tips15 Tips On Making Your First Micro-Budget Featurelast_img read more

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The Hustler’s Playbook: Hustlers Do Not Play the Victim

first_img 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 Hustlers don’t believe that the world is operating on them. They believe that they are operating on the world.Hustlers don’t believe that they are victims of the circumstances of their birth, no matter how humble, or how painful. They don’t believe they are victims of their parents, their school, or any other external force. The hustler’s story is one of being free of these things, of overcoming.Hustlers don’t believe they are victims of the political party in power, right or left. They believe that the obstacles that their government places in their way are just another set of hurdles. They don’t believe that these hurdles are insurmountable, regardless of how loud the “victims” squeal. Hustlers hustle no matter which way the political winds blow.Hustlers aren’t victims of their their employer, their manager, or their supervisor. They set up their own shop inside the company they work for, and they build their own team, selling internally all of the time, converting the non-believers and leading the willing. They know that there is no way for victims to do anything worthwhile. Wherever they are, whomever they work for, they hustle.The victim mindset is disempowering. If you are a victim, you are powerless to change your own circumstances and powerless to make a difference. A victim believes they are powerless to live the life they would choose for themselves.The hustler never subscribes to the victim mindset. The hustler is the protagonist in the story they tell, not the victim. The hustler’s mindset is one of being empowered to act.Bro, do you even hustle?last_img read more

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8 Things High Performing Sales Organizations Do

first_imgHere are 8 observations about high performing sales organizations:Manage with Proper Metrics – High performing sales forces use a proper balance of activity metrics, outcome metrics, and financial metrics to measure results. They aren’t too heavy on lagging indicators, and they don’t believe activity tells the whole story.Use a Dynamic, Agile Sales Process – The highest performing sales forces have the ability to make decisions inside a structured sales process that changes to match accelerating, disruptive change. They are focused on outcomes, not inflexible rules.Create a Coaching Culture – The sales team members receive formal and informal coaching as the primary method to grow and develop their mindsets and skill sets. Everyone gets coaching, regardless of their level or tenure.Create Compelling, Differentiated Value – Ability to apply and execute company strategy and knows how to create compelling, differentiated value for their clients. They create a strong preference for themselves and their solution.Accountability for Results – Every team member is accountable for producing results and has a clear direction on what those results are, as well as the strategy for their attainment. The sales leaderships holds their sales force accountable, and they are accountable to their sales force in arming them to succeed.Build a Hunter’s Culture – High Performing Sales Organizations have a hunter culture that reinforces and rewards opportunity creation and opportunity capture. No one ever closes anything that they don’t first open. High performing sales organizations focus on creating opportunities.Peer and Trusted Advisor Role – High performing sales organizations focus on developing the sales force to possess the business acumen and situational knowledge of a peer and the ability to deliver tailored insights to their clients and prospects.Have a Cadence – The best sales forces use as regular, disciplined meeting cadence that includes a mix of short term and long term goals and KPIs. They practice territory and account reviews, pipeline reviews, opportunity reviews, and sales call plans and reviews.last_img read more

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How to Suffer in Sales

first_imgThe first way that you might suffer in sales is wishing that you had hot, ready to buy leads burning up the phone lines. Ready to buy leads are much better than targets in the mind of those who suffer, because ready to buy leads don’t require that you sell. Targets, or what I call dream clients, require that you displace your competitor, which requires a relatively high level of skills as a salesperson.You might also suffer in sales by wishing that prospecting was easy. You might wish you didn’t need to use the telephone to make outbound calls to prospective clients. You wish that you could sit comfortably behind your screens sending emails to schedule meetings instead. You wish that your brand was big enough on LinkedIn that your prospects hunted you down instead of you having to hunt yourself. Selling is in large part about creating opportunities, and that requires prospecting.Believing that your client should not perceive you as a commodity, nor should they treat you as suspect just because you’re a salesperson will leave you disappointed. Wishing that the bar was lower and that you didn’t need the business acumen and the situational knowledge necessary to be perceived as a peer doesn’t in any way, shape, or form lower the bar. The reality is that your behavior determines how you are perceived. You decide whether you are a time waster or a value creator. You decide whether you are a commodity or a strategic partner.It may not seem fair that your prospective client is going to resist making the commitments that you need them to make in order to help them produce the result they believe is necessary now. They will resist having certain meetings, bringing in other stakeholders, and even something so little as providing you with the information you need to do an analysis of their current state. the fact that you must control the process, and you have to sell the client on making and keeping their commitments, well, that is what salespeople do. In fact, that’s why we call it selling.Being angry, upset, or disappointed by the things that happen in the normal course of business is a recipe for suffering. The fact that your operations team struggles to deliver the outcomes you sold is the reality of execution. Your client refusing to make the changes they agreed to make as you were going through the process and causing them not to be able to generate the results you promised, is also something happens in the normal course of business. If you are going to be upset over the things that happen in the normal course of business, you’re going to spend a lot of time being upset.The recipe for suffering is wishing that something was different than it is. In large part, we humans wish that things that are outside of our control were in our control, so we could have the certainty of outcomes we desire. The truth is, the only thing that you can control is yourself, and most of us are very good at that. If you are going to try to exercise control of yourself, you may as well start with working to control your response to things that are difficult, things that are uncomfortable and the things that are outside of your control. To do less is to suffer.last_img read more

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Productivity Means Doing What Makes an Impact

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The primary challenge in keeping long lists of tasks is that, on paper, they all seem to have the same importance. The first task on your list needs you to do something to mark it complete and remove it. The second task also makes the same demand on you as the first, as do all of the other tasks on your never-ending list of things you need to do, want to do, and have to do—even if you don’t want to.The reality is that some tasks, no matter whether you want to do them, need to do them, or have to do them are not equal in their importance—and can be even more disparate when it comes to their impact. Being productive isn’t a matter of completing tasks and being busy. Productivity, or time management, requires that you make values-based decisions.Productivity is About ValuesOne way to improve your work and your productivity is to evaluate what you are doing by the impact that it will have over time. The more value over a longer period is a good indication that some task is more valuable than some other work. A longer term view allows for better decisions.Yesterday I cleared my email inboxes, taking them all down to Inbox Zero, something I do twice a week. At the time of this writing, I have 56 emails in those same inboxes. No doubt, many of the emails in my inboxes are going to include a task I need to complete, and answering email itself is a task. It just isn’t the most important task, and over the long term, almost nothing in my email is going to produce a long-term impact.One of the tasks on my task list is to create a workflow for one of my projects. Once I establish this workflow, this project will be significantly improved, and it will serve the people in the workflow and me far into the future. That makes this task more important than many others because of its long-term impact.This is More Important Than ThatYou have to decide what you do with your time, and one way to determine what to do is to discriminate based on the value of the task or project or activity over a more extended period.When you start ranking things by their real importance and impact, almost everything on your task list reveals its real value. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have to do what you want to do, need to do, or have to do, just that you need first to make time to do your most important, most impactful work.last_img read more

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The New One-Call Close

first_imgI am unaware of any sales organization or salesperson who believes they can execute a “one-call close” in a complex sale, though I do believe there must be a few. I don’t believe that I have ever witnessed a salesperson try to close a complex sale in a single call, although I would be keenly interested in observing someone give it a go.What has replaced the “one-call close” is the “one-call and emailed pricing close,” something so close to the “one-call close” to be a distinction without a difference. Instead of asking for the business at the end of the first call with the prospective client, they email pricing and proposal, something acceptable in a genuinely transactional sale, but would surely not increase a preference to buy from you, what one might consider the principal outcome of a sales calls.With all the metrics we use to understand and improve sales, we never look at something so simple as how much time it takes to win a complex deal. We look at the days it takes to get through our linear representation of the sales process, and when we are sophisticated, we look at days in stage, the amount of time in each phase. This is all well and good, but I wonder what it might look like to tally up the actual minutes spent with the prospective client and the many stakeholders involved in complex sales.In my experience, it takes hours to win a client. I have won huge deals in 4 hours with the prospect, and I have won others in something closer to 8 hours spent with the primary contact and/or their team. The process may have taken a couple of months, but the time spent with the contacts can be measured in hours.If you look at your calendar and add up all the time you spent with the prospect and their team face-to-face, on video meetings, or the phone in a deal you won, you can measure the time it takes, which might give you some idea about how much conversation needs to occur for you to win a complex sale. I would be surprised if you found you win deals in a single hour with your prospective client and even more astonished if emailing a proposal and pricing after that hour resulted in winning their business.How many hours of conversation does it take for you to win a prospect’s business? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Why You Can Never Have A Slow Week

first_imgDespite the somewhat hyperbolic title, it is possible to have a slow week. But for that to be true, it would indicate that you are reactive and that you’ve found a way to avoid doing your work. Because there is never an end of things that you need to do, you can’t have a slow week without it being a personal decision.Living In Reactive ModeThe only way you can set up a slow week at work is to live in reactive mode, waiting for work to show up in your email inbox, waiting for a client to call and ask for something, or waiting for your leadership to provide you with a task or a project. To have a slow week, you have to fill the time between the prompts that cause you to work by passively waiting for some force to move you to work. The longer you wait, the slower your week.The reasons one might live in reactive mode are many and varied, but there tend to be a couple of primary reasons. If you haven’t spent the time to review the work you need to do and planned it, it’s easy to slip into reactive mode. Starting the week without thoughtfully planning the week to ensure you have allotted time for what’s most important, the lack of a plan can cause you to wait for something—or someone—to move you.You cannot have a slow week if you have reviewed your work, prioritized it based on the impact on your results, and planned your week by blocking time for the work that matters.Avoiding Your Real WorkA slow week also requires that you avoid doing your real work. As a knowledge worker, you have a tremendous amount of autonomy to decide what you do, when you do it, and how you accomplish important outcomes. It’s unlikely your role requires you to wait for orders and directions to provide you with work.Proactive work is different from reactive work. The project you need to start is going to require you to have to think, and it’s going to mean you will have to make decisions, decisions you may want to avoid. Some of the work is going to require you to engage with people who have different ideas, providing a bit of conflict that will have to be sorted out. The large, transformational project that is so important is also so much work, you avoid it, even though it is critical. Or perhaps you need to call prospective clients and ask them for meetings, a type of work that is inexhaustible.Avoiding your real work doesn’t make it go away. Instead, it piles up. The longer you avoid the work, the more difficult it is to get started. Worse, you are pushing the result further into the future.The Amount of Work You DoThe amount of work you do is a personal decision. You decide what and how much you get done in a single week. The effort you put into your work is also an individual choice you make. Some people produce more exceptional results faster than others because they have willed themselves to do their most important work and to invest in it their full focus and attention, generating a greater quantity and quality of the outcomes.Whenever you choose, you can trade sitting in reactive mode for being an active role in determining what work you do, when you do it, and how you go about it. Your goals and your initiatives can be the internal force that prevents you from ever having to subject yourself to having someone have to ask you to do something that you should already be doing—or already have done. You can identify your priorities and plan and schedule your week in advance, preventive steps that ensure your week will not be slow, but will also move you closer to your goals.Filling Your WeekIf you fill your week with your most important work, the kind of work many resist, you will make real progress on what’s important, pulling those results towards you instead of pushing them further into the future. Even though you may have to make tough decisions and occasionally work through some conflict about ways or means, once you remove the obstacles, you can begin the work and make progress.The decision as to whether you have a slow week or a productive week (which is not the same as a busy week, those two ideas being in direct conflict), is your decision to make. If you want to be productive with your time, you will prioritize your work and plan your week. Not only will your week not be slow, but it will also be incredibly productive.last_img read more

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Srinagar: Outrage over ‘assault’ on journalists

first_imgThe alleged thrashing of journalists by the police on Thursday invited sharp reaction from the fraternity in Srinagar, with journalists threatening to boycott all police functions in case no action is taken against the erring police officer.The Kashmir Press Photographers’ Association (KPPA), a body of photo-journalists, said the police swooped down on the journalists who had gone to cover the separatist leaders’ meeting at Srinagar’s Hyderpora on Thursday.5 journalists injuredThe association spokesman said senior photojournalist Tauseef Mustafa, Mubashir Khan of Greater Kashmir, Farooq Javed Khan of the European Photo Agency (EPA), Shauib Masoodi of The Indian Express and Umar Sheikh of Times Now were injured in the “attack.”‘Murder threat issued’“A police officer assaulted and caught hold of Mr. Mustafa’s throat and attempted to suffocate him. The officer abused the photojournalists and threatened Mustafa saying he was from Special Operations Group and would not hesitate in killing a photojournalist,” the spokesman alleged.The journalists later staged a protest at Press Enclave in Srinagar and demanded action against the police officer.“If no action is taken, the entire journalist community will participate in a protest march against the police brutality on Saturday and stop covering all the events of the Jammu and Kashmir Police,” the spokesman added.Action condemnedMeanwhile, the Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) strongly condemned the police action against newsmen.“The KEG has taken a strong exception to the misuse of power for muzzling the media. This has, unfortunately, been a routine than an exception,” a KEG spokesman said.“We demand intervention by the government at the highest level to ensure that the State’s principal arm does not exhibit an abnormal growth,” he added.last_img read more

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Odisha Crime Branch to probe cyber attack

first_imgThe Crime Branch will investigate the case of ‘ransomware’ virus attack on two computers at the Berhampur City Hospital in Ganjam district.These were the first computers in Odisha to fall prey to the recent threat of hackers. On Wednesday, a similar ‘ransomware’ attack was also reported from the Purushottampur Community Health Centre. Initially, three computers were suspected to have been affected. But two computers were made operational, while the third one remains affected by the virus, said Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) of Ganjam Manoj Kumar Behera.Special Director General of Police, Crime Branch, B. K. Sharma tweeted that a three-member team has been formed to investigate the case. Meanwhile, Additional District Medical Officer Saroj Mishra, who also happens to be Deputy Superintendent of City Hospital, has lodged an FIR about hacking of two computers at the Berhampur Town police station. According to the FIR, the hackers had demanded 300 dollars for recovery of data.A team of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) reached Berhampur City Hospital in the morning to enquire into the ‘ransomware’ attack. One of virus affected computers was being used for e-medicine while the other was part of the hospital management information system. The recent virus attack has encrypted data related to e-Aushadhi portal and Hospital Information Management System, which was stored in these two computers. Berhampur Sub-Divisional Police Officer Santanu Dash, who led the police investigation, claimed that not much data would be lost as there was backup for most of it and the remaining information could be reloaded from the hardcopy of filed documents.Helpline set upOdisha Information Technology Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera on Wednesday held a review meeting at the State Secretariat in Bhubaneswar. He declared that a toll-free number would be set up to create awareness about the recent virus threat and provide support to deal with it.last_img read more

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GJM calls off stir in Darjeeling after Rajnath Singh’s appeal

first_imgAlmost 100 days after a near- total shutdown in Darjeeling hills demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung on Tuesday announced withdrawal of the bandh.From 6 a.m. on Wednesday, the strike will be withdrawn, Mr. Gurung told journalists in Darjeeling.The development came hours after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh made a fresh appeal to Mr. Gurung to withdraw the ongoing bandh.Talks to be heldMr. Singh also said that he had asked Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to convene an official-level meeting in the Ministry of Home Affairs within a fortnight to discuss all related issues.“Eleven precious lives have been lost so far, several have been injured and the entire people of Darjeeling hills have suffered a lot since the strike. I have been pained immensely by what has happened in Darjeeling hills,” a press statement issued by the PIB quoted the Home Minister as saying.The GJM has been demanding that a tripartite dialogue involving the Centre, State and the GJM be started for the strike to be lifted.While there was no direct assurance of tripartite talks by the Centre, the proposal of an official-level meeting was enough for the GJM.Pressure was mounting on the leadership to call off the strike as markets, tea gardens, markets and other commercial installations were slowly opening in the hills.The shutdown of administrative offices was announced on June 12 and on June 15 the GJM gave a call for a complete shutdown when police raided the house of Bimal Gurung.The 100-day shutdown has brought the life and livelihood of people in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts to a grinding halt.In the past three months, the hills also witnessed several incidents of violence as clashes broke out between Gorkhaland supporters and police.Two rounds of talks with the West Bengal government and hill parties on August 29 and September 12 failed to break the deadlock.Meanwhile during the day the State government restored Internet services in the hills.The government has been claiming that “normalcy in the hill districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong has been restored with active participation of the residents of the two districts.”last_img read more

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Former Union Minister Raghunath Jha passes away in Delhi

first_imgSenior Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and former Union Minister Raghunath Jha passed away late on Sunday at Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. He was suffering from kidney ailment.Raghunath Jha, 78, was Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise in the UPA government led by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.He was elected Member of Parliament twice from Gopalgunj and Bettiah Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar and was also six-time legislator from Sheohar Assembly constituency of the State.His political career included stints with several different political parties such as the Congress, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Socialist Party and the Samajwadi party.Mr. Jha was also one of the three prominent chief ministerial candidates in Bihar after the 1990 Assembly polls but Lalu Prasad succeeded in his bid to lead the State’s first Janata Dal government.Mr. Jha’s name had recently hit headlines as one of those close leaders and party workers who had donated land to the family of RJD chief Lalu Prasad.His son Ajit Jha too was an MLA from Sheohar constituency.The former Minister’s body will reach Patna in the afternoon and the last rites will be performed at his village in Sheohar district.Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, RJD leaders Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav and others have expressed their grief and sorrow over death of Mr. Jha.“For us, the demise of Raghunath Chacha (uncle) is irreparable…we express our deepest condolences at his death…I’m in Ranchi and will let our party leader Lalu Prasad know about Jha chacha’s death,” Mr. Tejashwi Yadav said.last_img read more

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Three new eel species found in Bay of Bengal

first_imgScientists have discovered three new species of eel along the northern Bay of Bengal coast in the past few months.Dark brown with white dots on the dorsal side, Gymnothorax pseudotile was discovered at the Digha coast of the Bay of Bengal. The other two species, Gymnothorax visakhaensis (uniformly brown) and Enchelycore propinqua (reddish brown body mottled with irregular creamy white spots), were discovered from the Visakhapatnam coast of the Bay of Bengal.While Gymnothorax pseudotile is about 1 feet to 1.5 feet long, Gymnothorax visakhaensis is about a foot long. Enchelycore propinqua is the smallest of them measuring less than a foot.A description of all the three new species was published in the journal Zootaxa.Anil Mohapatra, a Zoological Survey of India ( ZSI) scientist who is behind all the three discoveries, said that while the specimens of the first two species can be found upon a considerable search, the third one is relatively rare. Scientists and researchers David G. Smith, Subhrendu Sekhar Mishra , Swarup Ranjan Mohanty, Dipanjan Ray and Prasad C. Tudu have contributed to these discoveries.Eels are found mostly at the bottom of rivers and seas. Across the world about 1,000 species of eels have been identified. In India, the number is around 125. For species belonging to the family Muraenidae, referred commonly as Moray eels, there are records of about 200 species of which more than 30 species are found in India.  With these new discoveries, the Bay of Bengal coast has yielded at least five new species of eel. In 2016, Mr. Mohapatra and his team identified Gymnothorax indicus, an edible species.In 2015, a short brown unpatterned moray eel, named Gymnothorax mishrai (Bengal moray eel), was discovered from the coast of Bay of Bengal.The specimens of Gymnothorax pseudotile were collected in a trawl net by fishermen in the northern Bay of Bengal and were gathered by researchers from the Shankarpur fishing harbour, Digha, West Bengal. The specimens of Gymnothorax visakhaensis and Enchelycore propinqua were collected from the Visakhapatnam fishing harbour.“The newly discovered species are not consumed by people at this moment but with declining marine and freshwater fish resources in the country, the species can be used for food in the future. Gymnothorax pseudotile is a beautiful species and can be used as an ornamental species for aquarium,” Mr. Mohapatra said.last_img read more

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Independents win top posts in varsity polls

first_imgIndependent candidates, including a rebel of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), won the top three posts in the elections to the Rajasthan University Students’ Union (RUSU), the results of which were announced here on Tuesday. An Independent has won the president’s post in RUSU for the second consecutive year.The polling was held on the university campus on August 31. Vinod Jakhar, who left the NSUI and contested as an Independent, was elected the RUSU president. He defeated his nearest Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) rival Rajpal Chaudhary by a margin of 1,860 votes.Independent candidate Renu Chaudhary was elected vice-president, while another Independent, Aditya Pratap Singh, was declared elected as the RUSU general secretary. ABVP candidate Meenal Sharma won as the RUSU joint secretary.ABVP dissident Pawan Yadav had won the RUSU election for president as an Independent candidate last year. During the last five years, as many as 12 Independents won different seats of RUSU, mostly as the rebel candidates of NSUI and ABVP.A jubilant Mr. Jakhar said after his victory that the results had depicted the “students’ victory over the caste and money power politics”. Six candidates were in the fray for the president’s post and seven for the vice-president’s post this year.With the rebel candidates spoiling electoral equations of both the major student organisations, the RUSU election results may make an impact on the coming State Assembly polls. According to the political observers, the results are a clear indication of the mood prevailing among the youths in the State.last_img read more

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Three killed, 22 injured as bus falls into canal in Hooghly

first_imgAt least three passengers were killed and 22 others injured on Tuesday when a bus fell into a canal from a bridge at Haripal in Hooghly district, the police said. The Kolkata-bound bus rammed into cement railings of a bridge before breaking it and fell into the Dakatia khal near Gojarmore at around 9 am, killing three passengers on the spot, SP Sukesh Jain told PTI. At least 22 passengers were injured and condition of two persons was critical, he said, adding that all of them were taken to the Haripal hospital.Rescue operations are on. A team of state disaster management department has been sent to the spot, he said.last_img

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Kisan Mazdoor Sabha seeks enhanced social security pension

first_imgAll India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha (AIKMS) has demanded that the Odisha government enhance social security pension under Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY) to a minimum of ₹3,000 per month.AIKMS has decided to build up a mass movement in the State for the demand. It has started a signature campaign which will continue till February 15. It will also hold block-level demonstrations and gherao the Assembly, said national secretary of AIKMS, Bhala Chandra Sarangi.The organisation expressed its dissatisfaction over announcement by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to hike social security pension under MBPY by ₹200 per month. According to State government, around 48 lakh elderly, disabled, widows and destitute women will benefit by this enhancement of the social security pension.As per the enhanced pension, elderly persons aged over 60 years will get a revised old age pension of ₹500 per month as against ₹300 and those who are more than 80 years old, the pension will be ₹700 per month instead of ₹500 per month. Odisha government had launched the MBPY on January 1, 2008, by merging two pension schemes, Old Age Pension and Odisha Disability Pension schemes.Mr Sarangi said that in this time of high prices, ₹500 or 700 is too small an amount to provide a respectable life.last_img read more

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U.P. govt. told to furnish ₹25-crore guarantee

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Uttar Pradesh government to furnish a performance guarantee of ₹25 crore to ensure compliance of solid waste management rules in Agra and especially at the Taj Trapezium Zone.A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “In view of the grave situation affecting public health in a big way and the failure of authorities in discharging their duties, we direct the State of U.P. to furnish a performance guarantee of ₹25 crore to comply with timelines in the action plan to be submitted.”Coming down heavily on the State government for failure in curbing open dumping and garbage burning, the Bench said, “Mere passing of orders by the Tribunal is of no value unless the same are faithfully executed. The authorities have not been fully successful in their performance of duties to protect the environment… damages can be recovered not only from the polluters but also State functionaries who collude with the polluters.”The Chief Secretary of the U.P. government has also been asked to be present before the tribunal on March 12.‘Punish the guilty’The green panel further directed the State government to determine the liability of erring officers, polluters and take appropriate action against them.“The concerned State authorities may take steps to recover appropriate compensation from the identified polluters in accordance with law and furnish an action taken report within three months,” the Bench said.last_img read more

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Gujjar stir: breakthrough likely today

first_imgThe Gujjar community’s agitation in Rajasthan for 5% reservation in government jobs and education entered its fifth day on Tuesday, with the unrest growing in size and intensity and one more major road, connecting Jaipur to Kota, being blocked at Chaksu town. As Gujjars continued to occupy the Delhi-Mumbai railway tracks, North Western Railway cancelled three trains and diverted two others. There were indications of a breakthrough by Wednesday, as the State Cabinet mulled over the options of bringing a Bill on the subject or adopting a resolution in the State Assembly’s ongoing budget session recommending urgent action by the Union government for giving quota to Gujjars. Minister of State for Youth Affairs Ashok Chandna said a “major decision” could be taken by Wednesday to end the agitation. “A decision is being finalised,” he added.last_img read more

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ScienceShot: Einstein’s Secret? A Well-Connected Brain

first_imgSmart, successful, and well-connected: a good description of Albert Einstein … and his brain. The father of relativity theory didn’t live to see modern brain imaging techniques, but after his death his brain was sliced into sections and photographed. Now, scientists have used those cross-sectional photos to reveal a larger-than-average corpus callosum—the bundle of nerve fibers connecting the brain’s two hemispheres. Researchers measured the thickness of the famous noggin’s corpus callosum (the lighter-colored, downward-curving region at the center of each hemisphere, above) at various points along its length, and compared it to MRIs from 15 elderly men and 52 young, healthy ones. The thickness of Einstein’s corpus callosum was greater than the average for both the elderly and the young subjects, the team reported online last week in the journal Brain. The authors posit that in Einstein’s brain, more nerve fibers connected key regions such as the two sides of the prefrontal cortex, which are responsible for complex thought and decision-making. Combined with previous evidence that parts of the physicist’s brain were unusually large and intricately folded, the researchers suggest that this feature helps account for his extraordinary gifts.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Top stories: Exploding stars, dominating dogs, and the Ebola outbreak

first_imgExperimental drug stops Ebola-like infectionAn experimental treatment against an Ebola-related virus can protect monkeys even when given up to 3 days after infection, the point at which they show the first signs of disease. The new results raise hopes that the treatment might be useful for human patients even if they don’t receive it until well after they’re infected.See all of Science’s coverage of the Ebola outbreak, including what Ebola actually does, the ethics of using experimental treatments, and the debate over “repurposed” drugs. 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Dogs, in contrast, form strict dominance hierarchies and demand obedience from lower ranking pack members. As wolves became dogs, the study suggests, they weren’t selected for a cooperative nature—they were bred to follow orders.Poaching drives overall elephant decline in AfricaA spike in poaching has tipped the African elephant into decline, a new study finds. As many as 40,000 elephants were killed in 2011, a 3% loss to the total number of elephants on the continent.China pulls plug on genetically modified rice and cornChina has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified (GM) rice and corn. The reasoning behind the move is not clear, and it has raised questions about the future of GM research in the country.Animal speech shows similarities to human languageAnimal sounds have long been considered fundamentally different from human language—indeed, so different that scientists haven’t been able to find any intermediate evolutionary steps between animal calls and language. Now, a new study reveals that the calls of animals contain more languagelike characteristics than previously believed—and that the gap between human language and animal calls is not so wide after all.The star that exploded at the dawn of timeAstronomers have discovered an ancient star just a thousand light-years away from Earth that may be preserving cosmic shrapnel from the death of one of the very first stars born after the big bang. If confirmed, the finding means that some of the universe’s first stars were so massive they died in exceptionally violent explosions that altered the growth of early galaxies.last_img read more

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