The Power of Perspective

first_imgReferences:HAWKING (n.d.). Retrieved March 14, 2018, from http://www.pbs.org/program/hawking/SALTZ, GAIL M.D. POWER OF DIFFERENT: The Link between Disorder and Genius. FLATIRON BOOKS, 2018.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on March 23, 2018. Written by Caregiving Team Member Alicia Cassels, MALast week, something significant happened. We lost a gifted individual who has been called one of the greatest scientific minds of our time. His work, at the forefront of quantum mechanics and gravity has been truly revelatory, changing what we know about the very nature of our universe. Stephen Hawking was a scientific rock star in the truest sense, immensely respected by those in his field and by hordes of lay admirers around the world.Using Only His MindLike many, I have followed the work of Stephen Hawking in awe, but the evening of his passing provided me with the opportunity to watch a PBS documentary of his life, narrated by Dr. Hawking himself. I watched as, a brilliant, healthy young man was diagnosed with an illness predicted to take his life in two years. I watched as over time this young man lost his ability to move limbs, speak, write and physically care for himself. That Dr. Hawking was able to make and share any discoveries, scientific or otherwise given the physical challenges he faced is incredible.When completely unable to speak or write and before he received computer assisted communication support, it seemed unthinkable that Dr. Hawking would be able to continue his scientific work. Remarkably, rather than stopping Dr. Hawking persisted, mining an advantage that accompanied the physical setbacks he was experiencing. Unable to work through his thoughts and calculations on paper as he had always done, Dr. Hawking began to deeply explore concepts using only his mind, effectively visualizing problems and solutions. Later, in describing this response to completely losing his ability to write Dr. Hawking said, “By losing the dexterity of my hands I was forced to travel through the universe in my mind.”Dr. Hawking’s practice of traveling the universe, exploring, analyzing and solving problems in his mind eventually proved to be a great advantage in his work — one that he continued to employ throughout the duration of his exceptional career, even after computer technology provided him with the ability to communicate in voice and written form. There were no role models for making the greatest scientific discoveries of a generation while without the ability to engage direct speech or writing. Undeterred, Dr. Hawking built his own vision for what he could accomplish.Brain Differences – A Paradigm ShiftAs I watched the documentary of Dr. Hawking’s life, I was reminded of lessons in a book that I recently read. For me, The Power of Different, authored by Dr. Gail Saltz has one overarching motif. When it comes to diagnosis and prognosis, perspective is everything. In the book, Dr. Saltz, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell School of medicine and a psychoanalyst with the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, provides a science-based examination of cognitive advantages that tend to accompany common behavioral health diagnoses. Dr. Saltz argues that reframing the way we think about mental health diagnosis and treatment has the potential to significantly impact life and career trajectories. The book provides detailed discussion of brain advantages that have been associated with, Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Depression, ADD, Autism and a number of other common behavioral health diagnoses offering case studies of every day individuals to illustrate the achievements of those who have mined the cognitive advantages like greater empathy, creativity and strong cognitive abilities that have accompanied their diagnoses. Dr. Saltz also documents how some of the greatest thinkers, scientists and artists in history have employed strengths associated with their behavioral health symptoms to find advantage in achieving success in the face of very serious symptoms.Dr. Saltz boldly makes a case for re-labeling what psychiatrists now call mental disorders. Proposing instead that they should be called brain differences, a paradigm shift, that would allow for equal focus on symptom mitigation AND the identification of brain advantages that have been shown through research to be associated with various diagnoses. Dr. Saltz suggests that instead of thinking about an individual who has been diagnosed with a form of Anxiety as simply having symptoms of a disorder, we might begin to think about that individual as having a brain difference that has also been associated with greater accuracy in assessing emotion in others, performing to higher standards at work, and more accurately predicting outcomes.Mining AdvantagesAggressively mining advantages that accompany physical and behavioral health obstacles can be powerful. Imagine providing parents with a list of advantages that tend to accompany symptoms at the same time results of a child’s initial diagnosis are presented. Imagine school interventions focused in equal measure on mining areas of strength as well as symptom mitigation. When we see a child that has been diagnosed with Autism as having a brain difference that includes not only symptoms for mitigation but also cognitive advantages in need of mining, the difference in perspective means everything in terms of life trajectory and career prospects.Dr. Hawking provides evidence that how we think about and use our own potential, the potential of our children and the potential of individuals we encounter in our work and personal lives can have immeasurable impact on what we and they become. Obstacles, even those estimated by all conventional wisdom to be insurmountable have the potential to offer advantage when we understand how to mine, develop and employ the strengths that may be associated. Notwithstanding his incredible scientific teachings, I believe that one of the most powerful and enduring lessons Dr. Hawking has provided to us is about the human condition and the power of perspective. May his teaching inform our lives and professional practice.“However difficult life can seem. There is always something you can do to succeed at it.”-Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)last_img read more

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Resource Discovery| PsychArmor Institute

first_imgBy Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFT, & Kacy Mixon, PhDPixabay[Military Ranks by skeeze, February, 28, 2015, CC0]For an outsider, military culture and language can sometimes be difficult to navigate. There are all sorts of terms and lingo that carry great meaning for military personnel and their families, but don’t necessarily carry over to civilian life. This sheds light onto why it’s important for civilian professionals, such as educators, healthcare providers, and mental health professionals to become knowledgeable and aware of these differences. PsychArmor Institute, this month’s featured resource, provides training and information for civilians on military cultural competency.What is the PsychArmor Institute?The PsychArmor Institute is a national nonprofit organization that provides free online education courses for caregivers and professionals that work with military service members, veterans, and military families. Their courses are self-paced and their course library has topics specifically geared towards healthcare providers, employers, caregivers and families, volunteers, and educators, including K-12. Other courses focus primarily on understanding military culture. Along with their online educational resources, PsychArmor also provides a clinical support center, comprised of a team of clinicians and mental health professionals that can assist in many different situations.Want to Learn More?Be sure to check out the PsychArmor Institute and their full course library here: https://psycharmor.org/course-library/Find a course that can help bridge the gap between civilians and the military with courses on PTSD, depression, caregiving, couples and intimacy, stress, and many more!This post was written by Jason M. Jowers & Dr. Kacy Mixon of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

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Going Tiny: Living Simpler and the Benefits for Military Families

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionPixabay[Tiny House on Wheels, by Viscious-Speed, June 1, 2019, CC0]When searching for our first home, my wife and I made a list of “must haves” and established a budget. It was important for us to have a house that fit our short term needs, while honoring our long term goals. Having always viewed our parents’ homes as our “home base,” we considered what it would look like to go “tiny.”So what makes a house considered “tiny”? A tiny home can be described as any home smaller than 500 square feet. This trend has been going on for several years now and has been a great alternative for those who want both personal and financial freedom.Families across the globe are going tiny and it may benefit some military families to get in on the action! Imagine for a moment, your family just received orders to PCS. Your next adventure is about to begin, in a new city a couple hundred miles away. In true seasoned home-makers fashion, your family prepares for the big transition. Indulge me in imagining a “move” where you can take your house with you.Tiny living is not avant-garde for military families. This blog, from military spouse Lauren Lomsdale, describes the adventure of trading in 4,500 square feet for a micro home and embracing military-family-friendly-tiny living. Lauren shares, “Although I loved our beautiful 4,500-square-foot home nestled in the backwoods of Virginia, I can say for certain now that I wouldn’t go back. Bigger doesn’t always mean better, and in military life I feel like having less stuff is the way to go. After all, that means you just have less boxes to unpack at your next duty station.”Decreasing your unpacking time isn’t the only advantage to going tiny. Going “tiny” could help military families:Save moneyCultivate togethernessHave more time for all the little thingsThe tiny house movement has not only caught on for active duty military families, but also for veteran communities looking for stable housing.One tiny house nation that has caught the attention of many, is the community built by the Veterans Community Project, offering stability for more than fifty unhoused veterans in Kansas City, MO.While my wife and I found a home that is not technically considered “tiny,” we are still pursuing an intentionally simpler life.  Tiny living may not be feasible for everyone – but the essence of tiny living can bring families closer together no matter where you live or how much square footage you have. The “tiny” movement has gained quite a bit of traction in the United States, particularly for individuals and families, looking to downsize. Many tiny homes pack a punch and include all the modern conveniences and even the aesthetic of a regular home. The possibilities are endless for military families looking to go tiny.For more info on life events, such as home-buying and relocation, tune into our archived webinar,  “Financial Planning for Life Events.” This webinar is part our MFLN Family Finances Series in which CEU opportunities are still available.Also, you can watch the recording for “Home Is Where Your Heart Is“, another MFLN webinar related to relocation transitions for military families with kids. This webinar is part of our larger Kids Serve Too Series, in collaboration with Sesame Street for Military Families. CEUs are available for this programming as well.ReferencesLomsdale, L. (2017). I Moved Into a Tiny House and I Love It. Military Spouse. Retrieved from: https://www.militaryspouse.com/spouse-101/at-home/i-moved-into-a-tiny-house-and-i-love-it/Veterans Community Project. (2019). Retrieved from: https://www.veteranscommunityproject.org/?utm_medium=googleThis post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Learn more about us at https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/family-development, and connect with us on Facebook, and on Twitter.  Subscribe to our Anchored. podcast series on iTunes and via our podcast page. Moving Truck and Tiny House Trailer By: Jason M. Jowers, M.S. MFTlast_img read more

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Adobe Premiere Pro: 10 Essential Right-Click Commands

first_imgAdobe Premiere Pro has a lot of useful commands that you can access by right-clicking on a clip in the Project or Sequence!If you’re an Adobe Premiere Pro editor looking to increase your efficiency, these must-know options will speed up your post workflow.  Right-clicking on a clip will give you access to commands to modify speed, audio and effects.1.  Modify>interpret footageClips shot in slow-motion (lot of DSLR’s now shoot 60fps) need to be adjusted so they play in slow motion, as they play normal speed by default. You can quickly change the frame rate of video clips in Adobe Premiere Pro.  Select the clip in the Project, right click>modify>interpret footage. Then, click the “assume this rate” box, and choose generally 23.94 or 29.97 (depends on what frame rate you are editing with). The length of the clip will change, and the clip now plays in slow-motion.2. Modify>audio channelsQuickly change your audio in your clips from mono to stereo.  First, select the clip in the Project, right click>modify>audio channels.  You can change from mono to stereo or vice versa.3. Reveal in…Right click on any clip and quickly locate where a clip lives on your hard drive.  Likewise, you can right-click a clip in Premiere and choose to see it in Adobe Bridge, where you can play, rate, and label it.4. Speed/DurationChange the Speed of a clip in the Project if you want all instances of the clip to be changed.  More common however, is to change the Speed of a clip in a Sequence, which just effects that clip.5.  Frame BlendTurn this on when you change the speed of a clip or output to a different frame rate.  Select a clip in the Sequence, right click and select Frame Blend.6. Remove Effects – Select the clips or clips you want to remove effects from. A Dialog Box will appear.  Uncheck the Effects you don’t want to remove.7. Reveal in Project – Right click on a clip in a Sequence to reveal where the clip lives in the Project.8. Analyze Content – Select a clip in the Project that you want to run speech analysis (better results with script) and/or face detection on. See Adobe’s site for a general background on using metadata.9. Edit Clip in Audition – Sends the selected clip from the Sequence to Adobe Audition.  Post pros can use Adobe Audition to clean up audio noise using “Noise Reduction”.  Then upon returning to Premiere Pro it will reference any changes made in Audition.10. Replace with After Effects Composition – The clip from the Sequence will be replaced with an After Effects Composition. Use this when you need to do Motion Tracking in After Effects or use an effect in AE that is not available in Premiere Pro. I suggest duplicating the Sequence with the clip you are replacing just in case you change your mind later.Don’t go digging through the menu bar, right clicking a clip in Adobe Premiere Pro quickly gives access to these commands.  Speed up your workflow!Got Adobe Premiere Pro tips to share?Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

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After Effects Next: 10 Feature Refinements & Tweaks

first_imgImport AdditionsAfter Effects Next will offer support for DNxHD, Sony 4K and AVC-Intra 200 (Panasonic) footage.  RED .r3d Files now have more options in “Interpret Footage”.  Click “More Options” to bring up the Settings.Interpret Footage is the icon in the Project that looks like 2 audio cassettes (icon on the far left in this screenshot):You can choose REDcolor3 & Redgamma3, which is Red’s updated color science that gives you a better look without a lot of adjusting/tweaking.  Previously this required a separate download from Adobe Labs.Arri RAW files can now be adjusted in “Interpret Footage More Options” (image courtesy of Convergent Design). You can adjust color space, exposure index, white balance and tint:Layer SnappingPreviously you could snap an After Effects layer to guides, and align and distribute to arrange layers.  However, you couldn’t snap a layer to a layer.Now you can snap a layer to another layer (anchor point & center position to name a few), and snap items to any point on a mask path. To do this Command or Control click as you drag a layer or check the snapping box in the Tools panel.While dragging, 2 square outlines appear to show you where you are snapping to: Adobe Media Encoder ChangesAdobe Media Encoder is a separate application for encoding your video projects into a variety of codecs and file formats.  Encoder integrates with Premiere & After Effects.  Previously to use Media Encoder you added the After Effects Comps in Media Encoder. Now you have the ability in After Effects to send your compositions to Encoder via “Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue”.DNxHD export has been added to Adobe Media Encoder and the “Match Source Settings” now apply to more formats.  This is more streamlined than in the past, as don’t have to enter a bunch of settings to get your exports to match your composition settings.New Output OptionsIn Previous Versions of After Effects audio output was set to ‘off’ by default. Because of this it was easy to accidentally not output audio.After Effects Next will output audio by default.  Additionally, you will have the options for sample rate, bit depth, and stereo or mono.Lastly, if you are working with OS 10.8, ProRes export is automatically supported without having to install the codecs (only available for Mac users).Although most of these are small additions to After Effects, it shows that Adobe is dedicated to the pro user and is integrating features to keep the app up to date and more powerful than ever. Dependencies – Collect FilesProject management isn’t sexy but it is important for any successful post production workflow. A variety of project management options in After Effects are now consolidated under “File > Dependencies”.  Added to this is the ability to find missing effects/fonts/footage. Check out these 10 time saving tips to look forward to in the Next version of Adobe After Effects!Adobe announced the Next version of After Effects at NAB 2013. There were some big new features announced as well as some smaller but welcome tweaks and refinements.  They haven’t announced a release date, but if you have a Creative Cloud membership you can download it when it becomes available.Let’s jump in and look at 10 helpful feature additions in After Effects NEXT that you can look forward to in your future AE projects!Refine Edge ToolAfter Effects’ new Refine Edge Tool is about as close as you can come to an “easy button” when doing rotoscoping or isolation work on part of a video.This is a big addition that is borrowed from the “Refine Edge” tool in Photoshop. You could previously paint with the Roto Brush in After Effects to select part of a video, but it didn’t handle semi-transparent edges well.Rotobrush Without Refine Edge:Rotobrush With Refine Edge:Click and hold on the Roto Brush tool (man with a paint brush icon) to reveal the “Refine Edge Tool”.  Then, paint over the edges with this tool creating partial transparency for areas of fine detail.After you paint with the “Refine Edge Tool”, you will see the X ray view in Layer panel (the blue and tan X icon in bottom left) showing you a black/white outline where you have painted.You can also set an edge transparency by tweaking “Base Refine Edge Radius”. Time Saving Right Click OptionsNow you can quickly see where a layer in a composition lives on your hard drive –  a welcome time saver.Previously you had to first “reveal layer source in Project” and then “reveal in Finder”.  This may seem like a small After Effects feature but if you do this 15-20 times a session it adds up.Close Other Timeline Panels is another big time saver. Right-click (or Control-click for Mac OS) on the tab of the Timeline panel and select “Close Other Timeline Panels”. Think of it as your own virtual maid to keep your timelines neat and tidy.Pixel Motion BlurThis AE tool fakes motion blur, which is handy for adding blur to rendered video and animations. Pixel Motion Blur isn’t a new feature, it’s just easier to access now.In my example I used it on a stock animation clip to enhance the blur when the bowling ball hits the pins. Previously you had to use a third party effect to do this like ReelSmart Motion Blur or Kronos. Retooled has a helpful video tutorial on After Effects Pixel Motion Blur here.With Pixel Motion Blur:Without Pixel Motion Blur:Bicubic ScalingIn After Effects Next you can choose between the new bicubic, and the previous bilinear, sampling for selected layers scaling and other transformations.Bicubic sampling is generally the best choice for photos, while Bilinear is usually the best for working with graphics.You can select these choices by right clicking on a layer or clicking in the “Quality and Sampling” box for the layer (highlighted in red in the screenshot below).Gradient RampI use Gradient Ramp in After Effects when creating backgrounds and making text more visually interesting.  This effect was previously called the Ramp effect and the name change makes sense as it is easier to find.Adobe has also added the ability to swap colors with one click!last_img read more

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After Effects Fundamentals Lesson 1: Welcome to AE

first_imgLearn the basics of After Effects in Lesson 1 of our 10 part After Effects Fundamentals course.For the new user, Adobe After Effects can seem like the most fun, mind-blowing, and complicated program ever created. AE gives users the ability to blend motion graphics with VFX and everything in-between. It has been used to create VFX on the biggest Hollywood films including Avatar and the Avengers, and it’s the go-to industry standard for motion graphic design. But for new users After Effects can be incredibly daunting. If you’re not familiar with terms like masks, keyframes, alpha-channels and rendering, navigating After Effects may seem impossible.Well lucky for you, we’re offering a free video tutorial series on After Effects Fundamentals. The 10 part course will be presented over the course of 10 weeks, with a new lesson posted every Monday until we are finished with the series. By the end of the series you should be ready to create amazing animations and VFX in After Effects. If you have any questions along the way I’ll be happy to answer them. Simply ask in the comments below.In this first lesson we will introduce you to the After Effects workflow and go over a few key concepts including:The After Effects interfaceEffectsSolids and layersAnimationRenderingWith a little determination you’ll be creating amazing animations in no time.Best viewed full screen:We will post new lessons every Monday for the next 10 weeks. Check the Premiumbeat blog for future lessons. And while you’re there you can watch more After Effects tutorials, read the latest filmmaking news and pick up some post-production tricks.What did you think of the first lesson? Have any questions? Ask in the comments below.last_img read more

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7 Indie Films That Made Blockbuster Money

first_imgThese movies defied expectations by winning over audiences and critics alike to score huge box-office numbers.Top image via Warner Bros.Mega-blockbuster franchises — like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars Saga, or (frankly) any Disney property — yield massive global box office success. From a studio standpoint, this is a jackpot, but the studios don’t see these returns without first forking out millions upon millions in production and marketing costs. There is, however, a tiny sector wherein the micro-features of the world explode and rake in the cash. Each follows a different path, but they all strike a major chord with audiences. Let’s take a look at some of the most profitable small features of the 21st century.Napoleon DynamiteImage via Fox Searchlight Pictures.Premiering at Sundance in 2004, Napoleon Dynamite flew under the radar until word got out about the film’s quirky, offbeat comedy chops. The cast of unknowns contributed to the film’s sensibilities, and the audience responded in a big way. This success would later go on to boost director Jared Hess‘s career, landing him bigger and bigger directing opportunities — such as last year’s Masterminds. Fox believed in the property so much there was even an animated spin-off.Production Budget: $400,000Final Gross: $46,117,721Paranormal ActivityImage via Blumhouse.In the same vein as 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, this micro-budget found-footage hit took a different approach to its marketing plan. Early social media campaigns and viral attraction efforts to get students and audiences to “demand” the film at nearby theaters created mystery and anticipation for the film. The tactic worked, scaring upwards of $190 million — as well as five sequels.Traditionally, horror films offer the greatest return on investment. They’re cheap to make, and they draw huge crowds. Some other recent successes include Unfriended, Annabelle, The Devil Inside, Insidious, and Paranormal Activity 2.Production Budget: $15,000Final Gross: $193,355,800Magic MikeImage via Warner Bros.Steven Soderbergh’s stripper dramedy impressed critics and audiences alike by making quite an impact at the summer box office. Marketed as a broad comedy, this film surprised audiences — a broad comedy it is certainly not. However, it still earned back its budget — and then some. The studio took this formula of low-budget with big stars and energetic marketing and applied it again with the sequel Magic Mike XXL and hit another home run. Sidenote: securing names like Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey for your film can’t hurt it either.Production Budget: $7,000,000Final Gross: $167,221, 571The Passion of the ChristImage via 20th Century Fox.Mel Gibson’s controversial depiction of the last few hours of the life of Jesus Christ was a distribution nightmare. Gibson has stated before that nobody wanted to handle the picture. He took it to almost every major studio head, and despite his mega success with Braveheart, Gibson could not land distribution. The studio heads did not consider the graphic depiction of Jesus’s death a financially responsible decision. Breaking all expectations and records alike, The Passion of the Christ would go on to earn an incredible 1,749% profit.Production Budget: $35 millionFinal Gross: $612 millionThe Fault in Our StarsImage via 20th Century Fox.With big help from the popularity of its original source material, The Fault in Our Stars hit the Young Adult generation hard with an opening night theatrical release that broke records. 20th Century Fox produced the picture and enlisted Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (The Spectacular Now) to pen the script and The Secret Life of the American Teenager star Shailene Woodley for the lead role. The recipe was a critical and commercial mega success for Fox and director Josh Boone.Production Budget: $12,000,000Final Gross: $307,239,013The King’s SpeechImage via The Weinstein Company.Oscar glory almost always promises ticket sales, as the crew behind The King’s Speech discovered after winning Best Picture and Best Actor. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, gaining traction and building anticipation before its theatrical release. Considered the most successful independent British film to date, The King’s Speech is a masterclass in word-of-mouth marketing and the annual awards seasons push.Production Budget: $15,000,000Final Gross: $430,821,166My Big Fat Greek WeddingImage via IFC FilmsSpeaking of word-of-mouth, My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s rise to box office glory was slow but steady. The film surprisingly never hit the number 1 spot at the box office, but the money still poured in, eventually making the film one of the highest-grossing romantic comedies of all time. A sequel premiered in 2016, but it met worldwide disdain and barely earned back its budget.Production Budget: $5,000,000Final Gross: $368,744,044Have a favorite indie film success story? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Video Tutorial: A Brief Guide to the Warp Stabilizer

first_imgIn this video tutorial, we go over how (and when) you can use the Warp Stabilizer effect in Adobe Premiere Pro to smooth out shaky footage.Top image via Cocos.Bounty.Shaky footage is almost inevitable once you go handheld. Without a manual stabilizer (like a tripod, a gimbal, or a glide cam), your footage falls victim to walking, running, wind, and other elements — or just regular ol’ shaky hands. Many filmmakers still rely on handheld capture because it’s quick, intimate, and usually cheap. So how do they deal with shaky footage?A quick antidote for shaky footage is the Warp Stabilizer effect in Adobe Premiere Pro. The effect smooths out jittery footage with just a few clicks. It can’t fix everything – don’t expect to smooth out handheld clips you shot while running for a chase scene — but it can even out smaller shakes and jitters, like those that occur while you’re standing still or walking slowly. There aren’t many options for doctoring shaky footage in post, but the Warp Stabilizer just might be able to save your project.We made this quick video to walk you through a few situations when the warp stabilizer can help out. You’ll see the effect at work on shaky static shots, which is a good way to demonstrate its capabilities.So, how does the effects actually work? Well, according to Adobe,You can stabilize motion with the Warp Stabilizer effect. It removes jitter caused by camera movement, making it possible to transform shaky, handheld footage into steady, smooth shots.Now, within the effect, there are more ways you can control how it functions with the clip you’re adjusting. (All the specifics about how the effect will work or how you can alter it are available here.) Like any effect in Premiere, you’ll need to play around with the Effects Controls to figure out what your video needs.For another fantastic example of how Warp Stabilizer works (and when you can or should use it), check out this video by the always-trustworthy Sam and Niko.So, the Warp Stabilizer isn’t a perfect substitute for the art of smooth camera movement, but the tool can save you under the right circumstances. For more coverage of stabilization techniques, check out some of our other articles.Find Out Why You Should Stop Using a Gimbal On Every Shoot8 Ways You Can Save a Shot in Post-ProductionYou Can Pull Off These 4 Amazing Camera Shots with Zero GearCrafting Exposition That Won’t Bore Your AudienceGrip Tricks: Do-It-Yourself Camera Rigslast_img read more

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Rococo Romance: Give Your Video a Classical Cinematic Sound

first_imgWe’ve curated a royalty-free music playlist to match one of this year’s rising creative trends — rococo. Stay on top of the trend with these rich classical tracks. Each year, Shutterstock takes an in-depth look at what’s happening in the creative world to forecast top emerging trends. One of their rising trends for 2019 — Rococo Romance — caught our eye.Image via Stokkete.The 18th-century rococo artistic movement is known for its rich, ornamental aesthetic. Think intricate patterns, unashamed romanticism, and elegant textures. We love the classical-yet-inherently-cinematic nature of rococo, and now that it’s coming back into the spotlight, we thought it would be the perfect time to curate a rococo-inspired music playlist.The tracks that we picked are the perfect way to add a sophisticated, elegant sound to your videos. For a refined, classical vibe try “Wishing Star” by Big Score Audio. This rhythmic track for strings and piano creates a rich, heartfelt mood.As well as modern, original tracks, we’ve included newly recorded classical pieces too like Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G (1st Movement) and Elgar’s Salut D’Amour Op.12.So if you want to be a trendsetter this year, the classic rococo sound could be the way to go. All our tracks are royalty-free, so with one license, you can use your track in as many projects as you need. So dive into our playlist and find your video project’s perfect track. Or if you’re looking for a different orchestral sound, we recently recorded music with a full symphony orchestra — take a listen!Cover image via Sopotnicki.Looking for more playlists? Check these out.In the Shadows: The Changing Nature of Horror Music read more

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NAB 2019: Canon Announces its First PL Mount Prime Lens Lineup

first_imgLooking for more coverage of NAB 2019? Check out these articles.NAB 2019: G-Tech Releases a Virtually Indestructible DriveNAB 2019: Wipster Announces Collaborative Audio ReviewNAB 2019: CineMatch Plugin Matches Cameras in SecondsNAB 2019: Teradek Introduces an Inexpensive Wireless SystemNAB 2019: Aputure’s Secret Party and What They Announced At NAB 2019, Canon announced their new Sumire Prime Lens lineup as their answer to fans who hoped to get the “Cooke Look.”First off, Sumire is prounounced “Soo-mee-ray,” which led me to saying “These lenses are the Sam-u-rai of lenses.” It made me laugh (in my head). I hope you liked it, too.It’s been a long week already.Anyway, the lenses are beautiful. Canon’s previous lenses, like the Canon Cine Primes, were known for their sharpness, but many people expressed a desire for a more filmic look with more character. That brings us to now.The Sumire Lineup consists of seven fast T-stop prime lenses. This will help low-light shooting — as well as creating good bokeh. Another aspect that helps that warm softness we wanted is the 11-blade iris, which is supposed to produce more “rounded levels of bokeh.” The lenses also offer a 300-degree focus rotation angle and consistent gear positioning. These support 4K full-frame cameras, Super 35, APS-H and APS-C.At the NAB booth, there’s a sign that lists the “qualities” of the lens. This is what you’ll see:Associated with floral gentleness and beauty.Bright T-stops and Canon’s renowned warm energy.Unique optical design creates nuanced look as the lens aperture approaches its maximum setting.Subtly modifies the textual renderings of the human facial close-up.A smooth transition to the fall-off portions of the frame and a pleasing bokeh.Here’s a picture:Here’s the full Sumire lineup:CN-E14mm T3.1 FP XCN-E20mm T1.5 FP XCN-E24mm T1.5 FP XCN-E35mm T1.5 FP XCN-E50mm T1.3 FP XCN-E85mm T1.3 FP XCN-E135mm T2.2 FP XPrice: $7,410 per lensRelease: Late summer 2019 for the 24, 35, and 50mmFall 2019 for 14, 20, 85, and 135mmlast_img read more

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Stop Being Defensive

first_imgSometimes you need to give your dream client proof that you’re the right partner. They challenges you with a concern, and you want to make your case. You want to resolve all of their concerns, offering proof point after proof point in an attempt to convince them that their doubts are unfounded.But being defensive can cause your client to defend his concerns. You cause them to continue to find reasons to object to what you’re saying and to defend their assertions. When you’re defensive, you cause your prospective client to entrench in their own defense when you really want to open them up to possibilities and new ideas.There are lots of occasions when you need to offer proof. But that isn’t always the right approach. Sometimes when your client is incredulous, the right response is to ask questions.Your dream client might say something like, “We’re not sure if you’re big enough to handle our business. ”You’re gut reaction might be rattle off the number of locations your company has, the size of the organization, and all the capabilities you have to serve that client. But another approach, a different approach, my be to ask a question. You might ask, “What would you need to see to be hundred percent confident in choosing a company our size?” You’re not defensive about your the size of your company, you’re not desperate, and your dream client is forced to consider the question.Or a prospective client might say something like, “I’m not exactly sure your solution would work.” Instead of defending your solution, blasting the client with all of the reasons that you believe your solution will work, you might say something that sounds like this, ” What would we need to change in order for you to be certain our solution would work? This doesn’t suggest that you’re not confident, it doesn’t suggest that your client’s belief is wrong, and it opens a dialogue about their beliefs and what might change them.One of the real benefits of not being defensive when challenged is that it can help to get the real issue out on the table. Instead guessing at what evidence or proof might be necessary to win your prospective client over, you let them tell you what they need to see. If you can provide it to them you have an excellent chance of winning their business. Being defensive and arguing your point can make winning much less likely. 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 Nowlast_img read more

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An Easy Answer for Choosing a Sales Process or Methodology

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Anonymous wrote to me to ask me which sales process or methodology I use. She’s asking this question because she wants to know what she should adopt and her sales practice.I don’t know anything about Anonymous or her business, so it would be criminal for me to make a recommendation as to what process or methodology she should use. But that said, I badly want to tell Anonymous that I don’t use a single, off-the-shelf process or methodology. I want to tell her something different. I want to tell her that I’m agnostic, that I’ve read hundreds of sales books, that I’ve been on thousands of sales calls, and that I’ve made distinctions that of help me choose what I believe to be effective based on the facts and circumstance confronting me. I do have a process, but it isn’t in a book.But that won’t help Anonymous. She doesn’t have the same experience that I have. I want to help her, so I am giving her an answer directly.Step 1Choose a book. Start with Spin Selling by Neil Rackham. Read the book from cover to cover. Make a list of questions that you can use on sales calls and adopt this questioning methodology. Try things. See what kinds of questions work for you AND create value for your clients.Step 2Then read my friend Mike Weinberg’s New Sales Simplified. Study Mike’s ideas about targeting and your sales story (your value proposition). Work on these ideas the way that Mike lays them out in the book. Figure out what a target looks like for you, and develop your sales story.Don’t forget what you learned from Spin Selling. Oh, and don’t miss the part about “advancing”  opportunities (pages 64 – 67, I think).Step 3When you’re done with that, pick up New Solution Selling by Keith Eades. The process might not work for you, but you’ll understand the principles of solutions selling, and you’ll get some ideas as to what an effective process might look like for you. Put those ideas to work in your practice, keep what works, drop what doesn’t.In Conjunction with These Steps, Do ThisAs you’re reading these books and taking new actions, keep a journal. Make notes on your experiences. Be honest with yourself. Track the mistakes that you make so that you can capture the learning outcome failure provides you. Also capture the things that you do well, the things that work for you, so you can do more of them.If you don’t like these choices, choose some other books.And ThisIf you can afford a seminar, a workshop, or online training, make that investment. Study. Study. Study. Act. Act. Act.Decide what you believe is true for you and what you believe may not be as effective in your particular situation. But don’t be too fast to judge an idea as wrong or because it makes you uncomfortable. A lot of people believe that the most effective processes and methodologies won’t work in their business–even though they’re almost always wrong.Repeat this process over and over again. Don’t ever stop.If you follow this path will become a better salesperson.last_img read more

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Your Income Equals Your Outcomes

first_imgYour income is going to equal your outcomes.If you produce little to no outcomes, you will have little or no income. If what you do creates only the tiniest bit of value, then you will only have an equally tiny income. Your income will never be significant when your outcomes are not.If you produce average outcomes, your income will also be average. A lot of people and companies try to equal their peers. Some companies try to follow the industry best practices, instead of trying to compete on greater value creation. The outcomes aren’t enough to command a greater income.If you produce extraordinary outcomes, you earn an extraordinary income. If you create greater value, then you are entitled to capture a greater share of the value that you create. The more people for whom you create extraordinary outcomes, the greater your income.If you want to improve your income, then you need to focus on improving the outcomes you create. Are you producing extraordinary outcomes, or are you producing something less?What do you need to do to improve the results that you are creating?How are your beliefs and actions limiting your income? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

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The Two Objections Rule

first_imgYou absolutely have to attempt to resolve your prospective client’s concerns that cause them to refuse to meet with you when you are prospecting. You have to give it a go, no matter what.You also have to make a second ask, one that might result in a second rejection. You can make a second, very respectful, and very direct attempt to resolve a second objection.But you cannot make a third attempt to overcome an objection.A Bridge Too FarIf you attempt to overcome the third objection, no matter how respectful you are, you have moved from resolving concerns to arguing. And you don’t yet have the relationship to allow you to argue with your prospective customer.Instead of coming across as persistent (something your prospective client will later value), you become disrespectful. No one wants to work with someone who is going to be so disrespectful as to ignore them.The third attempt moves you from a tenacious professional to a bullying amateur.Too many bites at the apple can prove to your prospective client that you are so attached to your outcome that you aren’t listening, and you don’t care about what they want or need. Arguing doesn’t make you someone with whom they are going to want to do business. It makes you someone they want to avoid.You can’t put your desire for an appointment above the relationship. It takes a long time to build relationships, and you do that by nurturing them. You can destroy all that you’ve worked to build in just a few minutes.You will get another chance to schedule an appointment. But you have to live to fight another day. If you follow the two objections rule.last_img read more

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The Leadership Playbook: 4 Intelligences Necessary for Leadership

first_img Free Webinar Series! Create a culture of value creation. Signup for this free webinar! In three, short, power-packed webinars, you will learn what you need to do to create a culture of value creators who create and win new opportunities. Download Now Howard Gardner, a developmental psychologist, made an important observation about human intelligence. That observation was that one’s cognitive abilities provide a view of only one type of intelligence, a general intelligence. Gardner posits a theory that is now well accepted, that there are additional types of intelligence, like musical intelligence, kinesthetic intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence, interpersonal intelligence.Cognitive: Leadership requires that one be able to assess the current state, envision a better future state, and to determine the strategy, tactics, and actions for bringing that future state into being. This work requires that one be intelligent enough to be able to do each of these things in an environment of accelerating, constant, and disruptive change with limited resources.Intrapersonal: This is the Ancient Greek admonition: “Know thyself.” The ability to understand one’s own feelings, thoughts, and motivations is a recognized form of intelligence. When a leader knows themselves, they know who they are, their strengths, their deficiencies, and what areas that they may need help. This intelligence is a large part of what allows the leader to develop and utilize the next intelligence.Interpersonal: The effectiveness of a leader is limited by their ability to lead the people in their charge. This requires a higher than average intelligence when it comes to people. This intelligence is what allows the leader to understand others, to interact with them in ways that cause them to grow, inspiring them to act, and recognizing their feelings. This is the ability to take multiple perspectives, especially 2nd person, 3rd person, and likely even greater numbers.Moral: Hitler was high enough on the cognitive line. He was also intelligent enough when it came to interpersonal skills. Certainly, we can guess that he was lacking as it pertains to intrapersonal intelligence. But when it comes to moral intelligence, he is one of four or five people in modern times vying for the lowest possible score. Every leader needs a list of non-negotiables, and much of that list will be values. Determining what those values are and building a culture around them requires a moral intelligence.Of all the human capacities, leadership is surely one of the most demanding. It is also one that requires the development of multiple lines of intelligence that make one an effective leader. You may believe that there are more intelligences necessary to lea, but you are unlikely to be able to subtract from these without also reducing the effectiveness of the leader.last_img read more

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Chris Beall: Outbound Sales and Prospecting Metrics and What They Tell Us About Success – Episode #103

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 Tweets you can use to share this episodeIn #outbound #sales, we should be paying attention to the metric of “the day.” @chris8649 of @ConnectAndSell shares about #SalesMetrics. Listen to this episode of #InTheArenaClick To Tweet#Outbound #salespeople who secure more meetings tend to produce more #referrals. Find out why from @chris8649 of @ConnectAndSell and how you can improve your #sals game. This episode of #InTheArenaClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 37:25 — 30.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSOutbound sales and prospecting are the sales approaches that most people shudder to think of. Dialing the phone, cold calling, getting past the gatekeepers – it’s enough to discourage anyone if you don’t approach it in the right way. This conversation with Chris Beall of Connect and Sell is powerful simply because it reveals some of the basics of why we go about sales that way in the first place. The numbers don’t lie, and Chris is definitely one to know the numbers. But more than knowing them, he’s effective at interpreting what they reveal about needed sales process improvements. If you want to learn how to do outbound sales and prospecting better than you ever have before, Chris is the guy to listen to. Get a feel for the kinds of things he has to share, on this episode.Chris Beall ( @chris8649 ) of @ConnectAndSell : #Outbound #sales and #prospecting metrics and what they tell us about #SalesSuccess. Listen to this episode of #InTheArenaClick To TweetIn outbound sales, we should be paying attention to the metric of “the day”There are thousands of metrics you could track when it comes to outbound sales. But Chris says that the most important metric is the metric of each day. In his mind, the strongest thing you can do is focus on doing the most you can in each day, even if that means taking some of the things you meant to do tomorrow into today’s workload. If you do that consistently, magic happens in your business, partially because you get more done per unit than you are spending. These are the kinds of observations Chris makes that are simple, yet so powerful. Take the time to listen to what he shares in our conversation, it will help you improve your outbound sales game.The first 8 to 10 seconds of an outbound sales call is the most importantOne of the things I was curious to know from Chris’s experience was whether or not people who make more outbound sales calls show improvement with the more calls they make. He said that’s not necessarily the case, but what does demonstrate improvement is when those making outbound calls are coached about what they say and how they say it, especially within the first eight to ten seconds of a call. Coaching is vital to enhance effectiveness because it’s through good coaching from an experienced salesperson that an ineffective caller can learn to express comfortable confidence that leads to effectiveness. Learn what Chris means by that on this episode of in the arena.The first 8 to 10 seconds of an #outbound #sales call is the most important. @chris8649 of @ConnectAndSell shares a quick win on #SalesCalls on this episode of #InTheArenaClick To TweetOutbound salespeople who secure more meetings tend to produce more referralsReferrals are not something we typically think of as being directly connected to outbound sales. But the statistics show that there is a direct correlation. The outbound salespeople who are able to secure more meetings are also the ones who produce more referrals. What’s the connection? It likely that the confidence and demeanor those sales professionals have that enables them to secure the meetings in the first place, is also what enables them to get referrals. Chris Beall has great insights into this phenomenon and explains what salespeople can do to increase their ability in both of those areas. You’ll want to hear this episode.Outbound sales reps should have as many conversations as possibleThe goal of outbound sales calls is to schedule appointments with prospects. It’s as simple as that. So outbound sales reps who are doing a good job should be scheduling as many conversations as possible. Chris and the team at Connect and Sell are all about making that scheduling process simpler and easier, and their implementation of technology to make it happen is revolutionary. Find out how 80 sales calls can be made, four actual conversations can happen, and appointments can be set – all within 1 hour. I told you it was revolutionary. Be sure you listen.#Outbound #sales reps should have as many conversations as possible. Find out how @ConnectAndSell can help you make it happen from @chris8649 on this episode of #InTheArenaClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Why I invited Chris Beall to be on the podcast The metrics Chris tracks and why he finds them interesting The exhaust from today’s efforts are likely to produce opportunities tomorrow The metric of dials per day: a production metric that has more to do with luck Meetings as a metric of effectiveness Referral metrics: The strongest producers of meetings are the strongest producers of referrals Outbound follow up calls produce two times as much as first contacts 30 minutes, 80 dials, 4 conversations, .5 appointments = Incredibly high ROI The Outbound Conference: How the conference exceeded Chris’ expectationsResources & Links mentioned in this episodeChris Beall on LinkedInChris on Twitter: @chris8649Connect and SellThe Outbound ConferenceIf You Only Had 8 Hours To Create a New Opportunity – Anthony’s postShawn McLaren, Founder and Executive Chairman of Connect and SaleThe 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/iannarinolast_img read more

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Youths beating jawans video: J&K DGP lauds CRPF men’s restraint

first_imgAttack on CRPF jawans in Srinagar: FIR registered Jammu and Kashmir DGP S. P. Vaid on Friday lauded the restraint shown by the CRPF jawans who were heckled by some youths in Budgham on Sunday, saying “any armed force in the world would have retaliated with force“.The police has registered an FIR on a complaint filed by the CRPF over a video clip showing some youths beating the jawans during by-poll to the Srinagar parliamentary constituency on April 9. “We have registered an FIR in police station Chadoora against the ruffians who heckled the CRPF personnel. They will be dealt with as per law,” DGP Vaid said.Also Read  The DGP lauded the restraint and patience shown by the CRPF jawans in the face of heckling and grave provocation by the miscreants. “I admire the patience of the CRPF personnel … any armed force in the world would have retaliated with force. It would have led to death of those ruffians,” he noted.A video about the heckling of CRPF personnel who were on poll duty in Chadoora area of the district on April 9, when by-polls for the Srinagar Parliamentary seat were held, went viral on social media, leading to uproar across the country.Other videos emergeThe DGP said an FIR has also been lodged in case of another video which showed a security force personnel shooting directly in the head of a stone-pelting protester outside a polling station in same area. “A case has been registered in connection with that incident also. It is a matter of investigation and action will be taken against whoever is found guilty,” the DGP added. Another video in which a youth was allegedly tied to an army jeep as a human shield against stone pelting has gone viral on social media in the state, leading to an outrage with former chief minister Omar Abdullah terming it as “shocking“.The video was reportedly shot in Beerwah area of Budgam district where miscreants disrupted polling during Sunday’s by-poll to Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.last_img read more

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Kashmiri students thrashed by locals in Rajasthan

first_imgSeven Kashmiri youths studying in a private university in Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan suffered injuries when they were thrashed allegedly by a group of locals. After the incident on Wednesday evening, the students staged a demonstration on the university campus and boycotted the hostel mess.The students had gone out of the Mewar University in Gangrar town to buy groceries. They entered into a scuffle with some locals on way to the market and were allegedly beaten up with sticks and bats.While three students escaped with bruises, four others sustained serious injuries and were taken to a hospital, Tauseef Qureshi, a B.Pharma student hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, told The Hindu. The four students were discharged from the hospital on Thursday.Mr. Qureshi said his friends were on way to the market when some youth stopped them and asked them where they were from. “When they said Kashmir, the youth asked them about a social media video of CRPF personnel heckled in Budgam district and began thrashing them.”last_img read more

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Heavy rain likely in 10 Odisha districts from December 8

first_imgMore than 10 districts of Odisha are likely to be lashed by heavy rain, coupled with squally winds, from December 8 due to a depression over the Bay of Bengal.The depression over southeast Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood moved northwards at a speed of about 35 kmph during the six hours and lay centred about 870 km southeast of Gopalpur at 11.30 a.m. IST on Thursday, the meteorological centre in Bhubaneswar said.The system is likely to move north-northwestwards and reach the north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts around December 9 morning, it said, adding the system may intensify further into a deep depression in the next 24 hours.However, there is a probability of slight weakening of the system when it reaches the coast near north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha.Under its impact, rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at some places in coastal districts and Koraput, Gajapati and Malkangiri districts by December 8. Widespread rain was expected in coastal districts and many places in interior districts till December 10, director of local met office S.C. Sahu said.Thereafter, heavy rain may lash some places in Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada, Khorda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Cuttack, Malkangiri and Koraput districts in the subsequent 48 hours, he said.The met office advised the hoisting of Distant Cautionary Signal Number One (DC-I) at Paradip and Gopalpur Ports in Odisha.Squally winds, with a speed of 40 to 50 kmph and gusting up to 60 kmph, are likely to prevail along and off Odisha coasts till December 10. Sea condition would be rough to very rough along and off Odisha and fishermen are advised not to venture into sea from December 10, it said.last_img read more

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Cabinet nod for AIIMS in Himachal Pradesh

first_imgThe Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved setting up of an AIIMS in Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh with an outlay of Rs. 1,350 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Surakhsa Yojna (PMSSY). According to an official statement, the 750-bed AIIMS will have a medical college with an intake capacity of 100 seats and a nursing college with 60 seats, an official statement said. The new AIIMS which will have 20 speciality and super speciality departments including 15 operation theatres will be completed in 48 months. It will also have residential complexes and allied facility services on the pattern of AIIMS, New Delhi, the statement said, adding that, there will also be an AYUSH department with 30 beds for treatment in traditional system of medicine.“The new AIIMS will also help create a large pool of doctors and other health workers in the region, who would be available for primary and secondary level institution facilities being created under National Health Mission,” the statement added.last_img read more

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