ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Zynga

Posted On Dec 15 2019 by

first_imgThe Players Mark Pincus, CEO: Mark Pincus is a smart guy, and he gets social media, having founded the push news service Freeloader and the social network Tribe Networks. He’s also not afraid of bending the rules to make a buck. In addition to the stock clawback, Pincus admits to dumping spyware on his users’ computers to turn a profit:I knew that I wanted to control my destiny, so I knew I needed revenues, right, f*cking, now. Like, I needed revenues now. So I funded the company myself but I did every horrible thing in the book to, just to get revenues right away. I mean we gave our users poker chips if they downloaded this Zwinky toolbar which was like, I don’t know, I downloaded it once and couldn’t get rid of it. *laughs* We did anything possible just to just get revenues so that we could grow and be a real business…So control your destiny. So that was a big lesson, controlling your business. So by the time we raised money we were profitable.Pincus got the company this far by being ahead of the curve. His challenge now is coming up with a way to stay there as the industry becomes more commoditized.The PrognosisZynga’s stock will not return to its peak for years, if ever. Its current franchises will likely hold onto a good deal of their market share, and the titles in the pipeline should perform well enough, but competition will eat into the company’s dominance. Within a few years, Zynga may still be the biggest social game publisher, but own a far smaller portion of a market valued far more conservatively than it is today. Unless it hits a major home run with one of its new initiatives (see below), there’s really no reason for anyone to acquire Zynga, so the company’s value will continue to float down to a point justified by its actual profit.Can This Company Be Saved?Zynga should continue to produce relevant, popular games, but to remain a power player in the social world, Pincus needs to win big with two moves.First is his push toward becoming an infrastructure provider. This will be an uphill climb, and there’s no good way to lock in developers who become successful on the Zynga platform.Second, and much riskier, is a jump into online gambling, a recurring theme that Pincus resurrected in July. Given the recent domestic troubles online gambling has faced, Zynga will likely be relying on years of Farmville sequels before gambling becomes a major revenue source.The Deathwatch So FarResearch In Motion: Amid Massive losses – more than 11 times worse than expected – the company has reportedly started pitching its long-delayed Blackberry 10 devices to carriers. And rumors are swirling that the company may do a licensing deal – or even a sale – with Samsung.HP: The company reported disappointing earnings last week, with declines in computer and printing revenues – and an $8.9 billion loss on a $10.8 billion writedown. Reports that HP is creating a new division to take another plunge into the consumer tablet market did not reassure anyone.Nokia: The mobile phone giant’s quarterly revenue and earnings exceeded expectations and it has reduced its cash burn rate, but the company lost money yet again and saw its debt ratings cut to junk status. And it still hasn’t cracked the U.S. smartphone market as it halves the retail price of its flagship Lumia 900 to $49.99.38 Studios: No changeBarnes & Noble: No changeSony: No changeGroupon: Groupon’s stock price continues to hit all-time lows as growth slows. T-Mobile USA: The company’s troubles continue to mount, reporting second quarter losses of 557,000 high-value contract customers, and a net loss of 205,000 customers. Netflix: No changeElectronic Arts: No changeBest Buy: After rejecting Richard Schulze’s takeover bid over the weekend, Best Buy hired Hubert Joly as its CEO. Joly is a turnaround mercenary who’s done good work in the past with companies like EDS, but whose primary experience is in the hospitality industry. Best Buy’s stock dropped 7% in an initial response.Motorola Mobility: no change Zynga’s Mafia Wars, Farmville and Bubble Safari are enormously popular pastimes that helped define social/casual gaming. But faced with a changing market and an unpopular leader, can Zynga innovate its way out of the hole it keeps digging for itself?The BasicsZynga’s climb to the top of social gaming didn’t take long. In 2007, Mark Pincus launched the Texas Hold’Em Poker app (now Zynga Poker) on Facebook. Within a year, he had acquired nearly $40 million of venture capital. A year later, Zynga reached 40 million active users on the back of Farmville, and an empire was born. Zynga went public in late 2011, and its stock took off, bolstered by strong performances from games like CityVille, Bubble Safari and Words With Friends. Since it peaked in March 2012 at nearly $15 per share, scandals and missed numbers have driven Zynga’s stock down to just over $3 per share. The company is now fighting to gain back the valuation, reputation and dominance it enjoyed just a few months ago.The ProblemsZynga’s biggest problems break down into four buckets. Some of them are Zynga’s fault, and others aren’t:1. The Brand Problem Mafia Wars has a loyal following. So do Words With Friends, Hidden Chronicles and Pioneer Trail. They’re all Zynga games, but Zynga itself does not command any loyalty. Social gamers are interested in individual game, not the companies producing them. That’s how something like OMGPOP’s Draw Something could come out of nowhere in a matter of days. Draw Something scared Zynga enough to prompt it to buy the company for $180 million. You can only do that so many times before the well runs dry, and hot apps can die as fast as they grow. The only way to stay on top is to keep churning out new hit games. That’s a tough business to maintain and scale.2. The ‘Book Problem Zynga and Facebook are tied together in a very unequal partnership. Sure, Zynga still dominates Facebook’s gaming channel, but there are plenty of other options for gamers, and Facebook is willing to test the waters. When Facebook made non-Zynga games easier to discover, Zynga’s business – and its stock – took a dive.On a recent earnings call, Mark Pincus acknowledged Zynga’s Facebook problem, noting that “getting beyond the Facebook Web footprint through mobile is going to give us more growth opportunities.” In the long run, that may be the case, though monetizing mobile traffic has been notoriously difficult for everyone. In the short term, Zynga has to hang on to as big a piece of the pie as Facebook will let them eat.3. The Bubble Problem Zynga isn’t the only social gaming company that’s disappointed. Electronic Arts’ PopCap acquisition is also starting to look like a bust. Social gaming is here to stay, but it seems tremendously overvalued. Zynga was funded in a bubble, built its expectations in a bubble and now has to meet bubble-sized expectations in a world that’s made a market correction. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 4. The Boss Problem Speaking of management, the former wunderkind at the top of the org chart hasn’t made a lot of friends. Despite all his talk about everyone being a CEO, Mark Pincus has always been known as a bit of a control freak. When he was on top of his game, everyone let it slide. Then it got ugly, and so did the public.In late 2010, we heard rumors of stock option clawbacks where Pincus allegedly demanded that certain employees return their options or be fired. Then, when Zynga executives cashed out before the stock tanked (and while everyday employees remained locked up), Pincus became the target of a class-action lawsuit alleging insider trading.Pincus doesn’t seem to care about the common employee, and when you make video games for a living, your employees are your only real asset. That helps competitors to swipe your best talent and makes it really easy to mock you in videos like this one from Kixeye (language not suitable for work):center_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Deathwatch#gaming#web cormac fosterlast_img read more


DigitalTown looks to ease pain of smart city transformation

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first_imgTags:#DigitalTown#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Donal Power Related Posts How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …center_img DigitalTown’s new cloud-based platform is aimed at helping municipalities transform into smart cities. The Bellevue, Wa.-based startup recently launched its new smart city platform.The cloud-hosted platform offers a suite of web-based tools that enable local governments to evolve into smart cities. DigitalTown also provides features that city residents and tourists can use to improve their access to services and information.“We see DigitalTown as a comprehensive technology partner for city management. Our mission is to empower mayors and city managers to provide frictionless services to residents, as well as cost savings and new revenue sources for local governments,” said firm CEO Rob Monster. “City websites powered by DigitalTown will be a magnet for community and economic development.”The platform enables visitors and residents to access real-time data concerning municipal events, tourism, safety and recreation. DigitalTown also facilitates the booking of accommodations, shopping locally and conducting transactions with the city.“It’s a complete solution,” said Donald Boeder, Mayor of Gaylord, Minn. where a DigitalTown pilot program was run. “With DigitalTown, we have expedited becoming a Smart City, saved money and provided an incredible service to our residents.”Can DigitalTown save you from the DMV?The platform allows municipal administrators to enable web-based services for business permitting, licensing and asset management.It also facilitates the promotion of “buy local” campaigns by cities, that allow town merchants to springboard off the platform to reach potential customers around the world.“We are bringing cities advanced digital technology that can serve as the homepage for the entire community,” said Monster. “Our solution is easy for residents to use, and for city governments to implement in a way that can become a standard for counties, districts and states. We believe we have developed the most comprehensive Smart City platform in the space.”This comes as many municipal governments are finding themselves overwhelmed with the endless choices for smart city projects. Some experts in the field have advised city leaders to take a step back and develop multi-year roadmaps to guide smart city infrastructure investments. Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more


Google slashes needs for YouTube creators working on VR content

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first_imgFollow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Google is launching a new video standard for YouTube creators that want to shoot VR content. The new standard, VR180, records 180-degree videos, reducing the amount of specialized software and hardware needed to shoot in virtual reality.Not all VR content needs to have 360-degree viewing, especially if the content is designed to be viewed as the YouTuber would see it. It won’t be as immersive as 360-degree content, with black screen if you turn, but it should be a meet-in-the-middle compromise for YouTubers that don’t want to go through the hassle of purchasing high-end equipment.See Also: How recruiters are employing VR to impress candidatesThe reduction in size allows 180-degree videos to be uploaded in 4K resolution, YouTube’s highest resolution standard. It also offers a stereoscopic view, giving videos depth that is not available in 360-degree videos, which are usually shot with equipment that centers the action.Lenovo, LG, and Yi are planning to launch cameras that record 180-degree content. Though no prices are available yet, Google said costs should be similar to a mid-range point and shoot.Google is pushing hard to make VR relevant to mainstream audiences. It launched Daydream last year, a platform for developers to launch VR specific apps. The company also launched Daydream VR, a headset to pair with the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.YouTube is the best way to attract the mainstream audience, which may not want to splash out on a headset straight away. Having YouTubers that are already popular start uploading with VR helps to break that barrier, even if the VR content is not as professionally shot as other content on the Daydream platform. Related Posts David Currycenter_img Tags:#Android#featured#Google#Lenovo#LG#mobile#top#V180#virtual reality#VR#Yi#YouTube Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more


3 Ways the IoT Can Offer Innovative Solutions to Serious Environmental Problems

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first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Agriculture#environment#environmental regulations#environmental solutions#Internet of Things#IoT#machinery#operations Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry We typically don’t associate cutting-edge technology with environmental sustainability. Technology often gets blamed for our current environmental predicament, from internal combustion engines to electronic waste. But it’s not the technology itself that’s to blame, just the application. In the right hands, technology can help the planet solve urgent problems.The Internet of Things offers great examples. IoT devices allow aspects of society that used to operate independently and invisibly to participate in vast information-sharing networks. We all recognize the impact of smartphones. With devices like industrial sensors, the IoT now allows companies to track efficiency and productivity in ways that weren’t possible before.From an environmental standpoint, that kind of oversight is exactly what the global economy needs to confront big problems like climate change. Every aspect of the economy will have to adapt to become more sustainable if we’re going to avoid serious disruptions moving forward. IoT devices make those kinds of impactful improvements possible by allowing processes to be monitored in great depth and detail. As companies study the reality of where, when, and how they use resources, they can engineer upgrades throughout.“Clean” technologies, like wind-generated energy, helped avoid 189 million tons of carbon pollution in 2017. Smart technologies equipped with IoT connectivity can have an even broader impact — they offer applications in all aspects of life, industrial and otherwise. Here are some examples illustrating how the IoT can deliver big benefits in practical ways:Minimize Idling for Heavy EquipmentWhen a vehicle idles, it wastes fuel and taxes the engine — effects multiplied on big trucks and heavy equipment. Minimizing idling helps reduce carbon emissions by limiting fuel consumption. That means it not only helps the planet, but it also helps equipment operators save significantly on fuel costs.New York City has attempted to crack down on idling by instituting a bounty program. Citizens who see a vehicle idling for longer than the three minutes allowed by city ordinance can report the violation and receive a percentage of the fine levied against the operator. This program is novel, but it’s a reactive rather than proactive approach. “All governments should have stricter rules for idling on sites,” says Amit Rai, CEO of MachineMax, a wireless telematics company. “We should also monitor and manage heavy machines on construction and mining sites. These machines generate a lot more CO2 than cars or trucks while idling,” Rai notes.In fact, a large machine can burn one gallon of fuel per hour, on average, while idling, which may constitute up to 50 percent of all running time. Using connected devices to monitor when and where an engine is idling brings this problem into view. As a result, companies can strictly manage fuel consumption, abide by local idling laws, and leave a smaller environmental footprint.Save the Bees to Promote PollinationThe entire agricultural system relies on bees to pollinate plants. Recent declines in bee populations have put the future of this system in jeopardy, and rising costs for beekeepers have exacerbated the problem. “More beekeepers closing down would be bad news for the world’s food supply because many crops, including apples, watermelon, cherries, and cucumbers, currently rely on commercially raised honey bee colonies for pollination,” explains Brittney Goodrich, an agricultural economist at Auburn University.Scientists have begun studying this problem by placing IoT devices inside beehives. The devices track bees’ movement in and out of the hive, revealing important details about the colony’s health. Connected devices allow scientists to study bee health while allowing beekeepers to manage bee populations better. For instance, if there’s a problem within a hive needing attention, IoT sensors can send a notification.In another application, sensors inside the hive can detect a common parasite blamed for killing bees. Thanks to the IoT, we have an unparalleled perspective on the health of these vital pollinators. Being able to monitor the lives of millions of bees from inside the hive will uncover countless insights to help us preserve the bee population and promote future pollination.Maximize Agricultural ProductionIndustrial farming requires huge amounts of resources and produces surprising amounts of pollution. Yet with global populations rising, we need to grow more food than ever.IoT sensors allow farmers to monitor plants up close at all times. Sensors can track the weather, humidity, amount of moisture in the soil, and countless other variables affecting production. When those sensors are connected to an integrated platform, as well as automatic controls on irrigation systems, farmers can minimize water usage while maximizing yield. In addition to their use in crop management, IoT sensors can be placed on farm animals to monitor their health. “Globally, the farmers have started to realize that the IoT can be a driving force for increasing agricultural production in a cost-effective way,” says Mitesh Patel, digital marketing manager at STEMpedia, a STEM learning platform. The combination of accessibility and utility means that the IoT will become a fundamental part of tomorrow’s farms.At a time when effective environmental solutions are overdue, the IoT provides a lot of them. Most significantly, it helps align the interests of businesses and environmentalists in meaningful ways. For that reason alone, it’s going to attract a lot of enthusiastic advocates. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. 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How To Become a Video Editor: Advice from EditFest London 2015

Posted On Dec 12 2019 by

first_imgWant to break into video editing? Leading TV and film editors from around the globe share their top insights on the post production business.I was lucky enough to attend the third annual American Cinema Editors EditFest London event, in which top film and TV editors gather to share their work, discuss their craft and generally open up the doors of the edit suite to the outside world.The EditFest is held in New York, Los Angeles and London are a rare opportunity to hear firsthand from some of the world’s foremost editors and I just want to publicly thank ACE for once again hopping across the pond to make something happen in London…it’s very much appreciated. It was fantastic to hear pearls of wisdom from such high caliber editors as Mark Sanger (Gravity), Barney Pilling (Grand Budapest Hotel), Lisa Gunning (Seven Psychopaths, 50 Shades of Grey) Anthony Boys (Veep, In the Loop) and Yan Miles (Sherlock, Band of Brothers) – to name just a few of the fine EditFest London panelists.In the course of the day the panelists – first TV editors and then feature film editors, topped off with an intimate conversation with legendary editor Terry Rawlings – covered a lot of ground, but I thought I’d draw out two particularly important points: how to get started in your editing career and how to move from assistant editing to editor.How to Break into the Edit SuiteImage from Blackmagic Design, DaVinci ResolveOne of the most obvious questions at an EditFest event is “How did you get started? How did you get your first break into the edit suite?” The consistent answer is: there is no one way. Everyone’s journey is different. Which is true, but, a common path is to start off as a runner in a post house and then work your way up as an assistant and then with a bit of luck and encouragement, step up to the editing chair itself.I got myself in as an assistant to editors. and I absolutely cherished that journey. The stuff that I learned in the room isn’t just about how to edit, it’s about the nuances, it’s about the personalities, it’s about the politics, it’s about the people in the room, it’s about the producers, it’s about what we eat for lunch, it’s about what time we start work, it’s about so many things and I wouldn’t have learned that at film school. I had to learn that from other editors. – Yan Miles ACEOne way the panelists all agreed would not get you into the suite was as a ‘know-it-all’ and that personality and simply ‘being a nice person’ was of huge importance.Technical skills are a good way in. Because most editors are so busy they need an assistant who can anticipate what the editor’s going to need next, and so if your gamut of experience is that you’re technically hot but also you’re genuinely interested and hungry for storytelling. And that you’re a nice person. That’s really important as well. Because it’s a tiny space and everyone get’s tired and grumpy but if you’re the sort of positive, happy, calm assistant, any editor will welcome you into their environment. Personality is so important in so many ways in the cutting room. – Caroline BleakleyI’d say it’s more important to be an nice person, than to be good at your job in fact. For an assistant I’d hire someone who I get on with more than someone whose got better credits. Because if they don’t know something you can teach them. But you still get on them. – Anthony Boys, ACEOne of the TV editing panelists, Emma Oxley, raised an important point concerning the changing nature of the industry, largely due to the explosion of footage that digital filmmaking enables, which alters the assistants role dramatically:Nowadays the system’s changed so much, the assistants don’t have time to assemble, they’re just transcoding or exporting. They don’t even see the media anymore… But we now have trainees who don’t even know the Avid at all. So rather than working as a runner in a post house and potentially getting stuck in a machine room for a few years, we’re always looking for an extra trainee who is on a lot less money than the 1st or 2nd assistant but once you’ve got a few trainee jobs, generally it’s much easier to get your first assisting job. And I think that’s probably one of the quicker routes. And if you’re good, you’ll be constantly busy. – Emma OxleyEditor Caroline Bleakley shared an excellent tip for those assistants or trainee’s lucky enough to find some time to sit over an editors shoulder, on making the most of your time in the edit suite:Try to get into other people’s cutting rooms. Try to absorb as much as you can, but also come wanting to learn something specific, because that’s always useful in terms of engaging an editor in a conversation. There’s nothing worse than being told, ”would you mind if someone comes and sits in the back of your cutting room for a whole day.” And you’re trying to do the job in this terribly tight schedule, but also you want to pass the knowledge on – so it’s always great to come wanting to learn something specific because that’s a great way to engage an editor, we can then have a very clear conversation, whilst carrying on editing.But how do you even get into an edit suite in the first place, especially if you don’t know anyone? VEEP editor, Anthony Boys ACE, shared a very modern perspective on the whole conundrum.Today, it’s much easier to connect with people. It’s the oldest phrase in the book “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” And it’s the same for all of us, we’re still working with directors who just bring us back time after time. When you’re just starting out getting those first relationships is very tough. But now it’s so much easier to connect with people. Get on Twitter, get on Reddit, get on all the different websites and forums you can. Offer your services for free. Because you might meet some director whose fresh out of film school who is making a short, and if you cut it for free and he likes you,  he might go on to become someone and you’ll work with him forever.Stepping up from Assistant to EditorSo if you have found your way into the edit suite and you’re working successfully as an assistant, how do you find the opportunity to step up into the editing chair? Moderator, John Wilson ACE, shared a useful insight on this from his own personal experience. I was working on the first three series of Downton Abbey, and my assistant showed immense enthusiasm and ability, he’s now edited three series of Downton Abbey, and not only has he been elevated as the series progresses – because if you get into something that’s going to be a long running series, that’s where you’ll have your opportunities because not only is the assistant now the editor but the production co-ordinator is now the producer and so on and there’s a lot of examples in that series of people coming through.Emma Oxley shared an interesting solution to the golden-handcuff problem of working as an assistant for highly established editors.I was assisting working with some high-end editors on ‘two-parters’ and ‘one-offs’, and even though it was fantastic and you were surrounded by great people and with great writers, it was harder to get that break into editing. But I was fortunate enough to have a friend assisting on Hotel Babylon [a British mainstream TV series] and he was promoted to editor and so he took me on. And I thought if he’s going to be promoted, then this company is big on seeing people moved up, and I’ll take the chance with them. A few months later I got to edit the B block. And that’s how we both got our breaks. I’m not saying Hotel Babylon wasn’t as good as the one off’s but it was more mainstream and in it’s 4th and 5th series, so it’s much easier to be given that chance.So it seems like it’s a great idea to a) work on a successful series for the long haul, b) have other friends who are assisting and might get promoted and or as I heard from another assistant c) wait for your show to be cancelled and then step up into the more senior positions while the established people flee to more stable gigs.last_img read more


Use Track Targeting to Navigate Premiere Pro’s Timeline

Posted On Dec 12 2019 by

first_imgSpeed up your Premiere Pro post-production workflow with the power of track targeting.The Adobe Premiere Pro timeline can be a confusing area, even for seasoned editors. With source patching, track targeting, sync and track lock, you can quickly become confused with how to navigate and properly use all of the tools within Premiere’s timeline panel. Let’s focus in on the power of track targeting.What’s a Track and How Do You Target It?Premiere’s timeline consists of both video and audio tracks. Video tracks are represented with a V and can be found above the audio tracks, which are denoted with an A. You’ll notice that every track in the timeline has a number. You can add, delete, and rename tracks as needed. To target a track, simply click on its number. Targeted tracks are highlighted with a blue color. You can target multiple tracks at a time. Three Benefits of Track Targeting1. NavigationLearning the ins and out of track targeting will help you to become a significantly faster editor, since targeting helps you navigate quickly through the timeline panel.Use the up and down arrow keys to immediately snap your playhead to in and out points of clips on targeted tracks. Again, you can have multiple tracks targeted at any given time, which will allow you to navigate the in and out points of any clip on the timeline. Target a track in your timeline and hit the up and down keys to give it a try. You’ll quickly realize how useful this feature is.2. Copy/PasteTrack targeting also gives you additional control over clips on the timeline when using copy/paste. When you copy and paste clips within your timeline, Premiere will always paste the clips to the lowest numerical track targeted. If you have no track targeted, the clip will paste to track 1.3. Match FrameTrack targeting also correlates with match frames. Match framing allows you to find the source frame of any frame in a sequence clip on the timeline, and brings it up in the source monitor. Premiere Pro will only match frame a clip when a track is targeted, and will always match the frame in the highest targeted track. As you can see, learning the ins and outs of track targeting will significantly speed up your post production workflow.Got any Premiere Pro workflow tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more


4 Older Cinema Cameras That Hold Up to Today’s Standards

Posted On Dec 12 2019 by

first_imgWith the announcements of so many new cinema cameras, we often forget about the cameras that paved the way for digital cinematography.When you revisit some of those catalytic cameras from the past, you’ll find that they can still produce beautiful, cinematic imagery that measures up to today’s standards. The best part is that you can now get these early cameras for a fraction of their original price.Let’s take a look at some of those cameras and, most importantly, the imagery they can create.Sony F35Originally priced at a whopping $250,000, the Sony F35 is a camera that has held up in terms of image quality and “filmic look.” In all honesty, this camera was almost ahead of its time. It was created to match up alongside film, which is why it only had white balance settings of 3200 and 5600.You can now easily snag this camera on sites like eBay for around $2,500-$5,000. Many cinematographers still hold this camera in high regard, and to this day, it will capture images you will be proud of.ARRI Alexa ClassicThe Alexa produces a beautiful image that many of us try to emulate. Although there have been multiple Alexa cameras over the years, most still revolve around the same sensor that was available in the very first Alexa — the ALEV III sensor.While this camera once cost over $70,000 (just for the body), you can now get a complete package for under $10,000.If you have projects that don’t require a true 4K delivery, and you want the Alexa look, then snagging an Alexa Classic may be the perfect option that won’t break the bank. (Plus, Skyfall was shot with this camera.)Sony F3I remember how exciting it was when the Sony F3 came out. It was an actual cinema camera with S-Log for just about $16,000. It was one of the first truly cinematic digital cameras to come (at that price point) with a log color profile. However, the camera was quickly forgotten when Canon entered the game with the C300 shortly after — and then Sony introduced the FS700. Now you can get this camera at an absolute steal — sometimes under $1,000 for a complete package.The Sony F3 was used to shoot the 2012 film Safety Not Guaranteed, starring Jake Johnson and Aubrey Plaza.RED One M-XThe RED One M-X was a game-changing camera from a company that has helped shape modern digital filmmaking. Along with the Alexa, these two cameras were the ones that really pushed us into the digital age. You can now find a complete package for this camera for well under $2,000.The RED One M-X camera was used to shoot the 2011 film Contagion, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon.Sometimes, capturing that cinematic image doesn’t require the latest advancements in camera technology. With a look to the past, we can find many great cameras that created the films that inspired us — all for a fraction of the price.Cover image via Sony.Looking for more on cameras? Check out these articles.Production Tip: How to Calculate Power for Your CameraIs the GoPro 7 Black the Best Action Camera on the Market?Four Reasons You Should Use (and Love) Your Camera’s Stock LensStabilizing Your Camera Movement: Gimbals vs. SteadicamsAdd Flavor to Your Footage by Implementing Color Sciencelast_img read more


When to Be Directive

Posted On Dec 9 2019 by

first_imgMy son is taking Algebra II. The class is part of the Common Core curriculum, and as such, the teacher is not allowed to instruct him. Instead, he has to work with three of his peers to teach himself Algebra II. He is having a difficult time.When to Be Non-DirectiveNon-directive approaches to development are particularly powerful when the person being developed has the experience and the subject matter expertise to be able to solve their own problem. Nudging and nurturing them to find their own solutions is powerful.It cures them of any learned helplessness. It creates an independent person instead of a dependent. It allows them to exercise their resourcefulness, their creativity, and their personal power.A lot of times, simply listening to a person describe their problem and asking them, “What are you going to do,” and listening to them describe their choices and their plan is all the help they really need.When Non-Directive Approaches FailBut non-directive approaches are wrong for people who don’t have the experience or the subject matter domain to know how to solve their own problems. They don’t have enough experience to know how to solve their own problems. They learn more when you are directive, when you teach, when you demonstrate, and when you instruct them.This approach allows you to give them the experience to learn the lesson and to practice on their own. It can also create independence.Which Approach and Why?The decision as to when to be directive and when to non-directive is pretty straightforward. When the person has the experience and the subject matter knowledge necessary, non-directive is a good choice. When the person lacks what they need to know to be able to learn, you need to provide them with direction and the experience and knowledge necessary.My son is responsible for getting his grade up. I have been very directive in pointing him to Khan Academy so that he can be instructed on the material he needs to know to improve his grade. I’ve also been very directive in explaining that it is his responsibility to learn the material, regardless of the obstacles, and regardless of things beyond his control. 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


Closing Faster

Posted On Dec 9 2019 by

first_imgThe unsolicited email pitch offered me the chance to close deals 500% faster than I am closing them now. Outstanding. Who doesn’t want to compress their sales cycle? Even your dream clients want to produce better results faster, so why not compress the sales cycle.Can You Make This Thing Go Faster?But let’s say your average deal closes in 90 days. If you were to close that deal 500% faster, it would close in 18 days. Maybe your normal sales cycle should be 18 days, but it isn’t likely if your real metrics shows 90 days.If your normal deal closes in 120 days, which is not uncommon for large, complex, business-to-business opportunities that require a lot of diagnosis, consensus, and technical conversations, closing it 500% faster means closing it in 24 days.Different businesses, different industries, and different customers can all have different sales cycles. This is not to say that most sales organizations couldn’t stand to improve their ability to compress their sales cycle time; most could.Too Fast or Too Slow?An unnaturally shortened timeframe comes with a cost.Taking less time to understand what your dream client needs can speed your time to proposal while also making it less likely that you hit all the right notes.Spending too little time with different stakeholder groups means forfeiting consensus for a faster decision, only to discover the decision is a “no decision” because your prospective client didn’t have agreement from their team.Treating complex, longer sales cycle prospects like they are simple, low-risk decisions creates a mismatch in what you want in the way of speed for what your dream client needs from you to make a good decision.You want to move through your sales cycle efficiently and effectively, but not at the cost of losing an opportunity. If you want to help your client move faster, than you will gain agreement on what the process needs to look like, and you will gain all the commitments you need as you move from target to close.Going 500% faster isn’t the right goal.last_img read more


The One Person Who Deserves Your Total Honesty

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now You knew the answer to the question about who deserves your total honesty when you clicked the link that brought you here. You knew that this post was going to be a not-so-gentle nudge and some tough love, didn’t you? Some part of your subconscious mind wants you to read this.You have to love yourself enough to be brutally honest with yourself.Maybe you are not in good physical shape, you aren’t exercising enough, and you aren’t eating right. You can lie to yourself and tell yourself that because you aren’t as bad as some other people, that you are okay. But you aren’t okay, and you know you need to make serious changes. Be honest.You aren’t happy in your work now. You know that you are not doing the proactive work that would allow you to love your job, so you lie to yourself and pretend it’s “the company,” “your manager,” or “your compensation package.” If you are honest with yourself, you will admit that you need to change your part of your relationship with your work. You will be the common denominator at the next place you work, you know, when you feel the same way you do now. It’s not “them.” It’s you that has to change.You are not earning or saving enough money. You know that you are not where you need to be now. You can lie to yourself and pretend that there will be time for you to make up what you haven’t earned and saved, but that time has been slipping away for a long time. If you are honest with yourself, you know that you need to take action now.We all lie to ourselves. We absolve ourselves of responsibility as a way to protect our identity, and our ego. But if you want to improve your life, you’ll stop lying to yourself.You are 100% responsible for your life. You are probably responsible for a lot of other people as well. Some of the people who love you will never call you on your own “stuff.” But because you alone are responsible for your life, you have to be brutally honest with yourself, especially when you don’t like the content of the internal dialogue.Being honest with yourself isn’t about beating yourself up. It’s about challenging yourself to become the best possible version of you. It’s about not letting yourself down. It’s about not letting other people down. It’s about living to your full potential.If the truth hurts, don’t try to avoid it. Make it so the content of that truth is no longer true.You owe yourself the truth.last_img read more


How to Treat Other People So They Know They Matter

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first_imgWhen you are in a room with another person who needs your attention, do you give them your full focus? Or, does the small screen of infinite distractions make the experience less than it should be.Are you grateful for the relationships that you have and are you as gracious as you should be? My friend, Bob Burg, asked me to share this story.A few months ago, I took my son to see Alice Cooper. While I was buying those tickets, I noticed an option for a VIP experience, including a meet and greet with Alice himself. Being a fan of his music since I was 13 years old, I splurged and bought the tickets.Normally, a meet and greet means you get your picture taken, an autograph, and then you’re quickly rushed out of the room so the “star” can get on with their life. This wasn’t the case with Alice.When we showed up, we were ushered to the front of the stage to watch the band do their sound check. Then we toured the stage and got pictures with some of The Coop’s props. We were told to be at the backstage door as soon as the concert ended, and we were.Twelve of us were ushered into a room with chairs lining three of the walls, and on the fourth wall was a table and two chairs for Alice. It took a while for him to show up, because he had to take a shower and, oddly enough, eat White Castle. When he entered the room he bragged about being in the White Castle Hall of Fame; they sent him 200 hamburgers and milkshakes for his crew.And here is where the story gets interesting. The agreement says you get your picture taken with Alice and up to three items autographed. But he provided so much more than that, including a lesson in leadership and gratitude.One young woman sat next to Alice and opened a bag. In this bag she had three small ceramic dolls. They probably didn’t cost more than $10 each. The ceramic dolls were designed so that the person buying them could paint them however they wanted. She painted them to look like Alice Cooper, his wife, and his personal assistant.Alice was thrilled. He acknowledged her gift, and asked his assistants to come over and look at the wonderful artwork this young lady did. Then he made the photographer take pictures with him, her, and the small dolls. The young woman who painted the ceramic statues was beaming with joy. Clearly, it was the greatest experience of her life.Another woman asked Alice to draw a small devil on a piece of paper. He told her that he didn’t know how to draw a devil but he knew how to draw his profile. She said that would be wonderful, and he sketched out his profile with a sharpie. She then told him that she was going to have the profile and his signature tattooed on her leg. Alice, having no tattoos, asked to see all of her artwork. He took a sincere interest in each of her tattoos and asked her questions about each piece. There was no doubt in her mind that she was the most important person in the room at that moment.One man happened to catch a cane that Cooper threw into the audience at a concert many, many years ago. He brought the prop with him to ask Alice to sign it. Alice said, “I have a special gray marker just so I can sign something like this.” As he was signing the cane, the man asked him why there was black electrical tape all over the cane, suggesting it must be for the grip. Alice told him that it wasn’t for the grip, but for the balance. Then he made the gentleman stand up and he taught him to spin the cane just like he does on stage during his show. It’s impossible to describe the joy this man felt and being coached by Alice Cooper, one of his heroes.We were backstage with Mr. Cooper for 35 minutes. He was in no hurry to leave. He gave each person’s his undivided attention and focus, making them feel as if they were the most important person on earth. He was clearly grateful for their devotion, and as gracious as I’ve ever seen from any human being.It was a lesson in leadership. It was a lesson in how you treat other people, regardless of their station in life. It was a lesson in how important it is to give another human being your full attention and focus. I was impressed, and I was schooled by a master. 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 Nowlast_img read more


Your Hustle Starts On Sunday

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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 Sitting down to plan your week on Monday morning is a poor strategy. It’s a bad way to plan your day, too. It leaves you vulnerable to starting your week in reactive mode. By Tuesday, you’ve lost a day, and you have have lost the week.Your hustle starts on Sunday. Here’s how to make sure you own your week.Review last week’s calendar and make sure that you have followed up on every commitment that you made or that you have a plan to do so in this coming week. Do you owe someone a phone call? Do you need to send someone a thank you letter? How about a proposal? Reviewing your prior week will keep you from forgetting the commitments you made and failing to follow up.Review the coming week’s calendar to make sure that you are prepared for every call, every meeting, and every project that you need to move forward this week. If you have meetings, write the agendas for these meetings. If you have to make phone call, put it on the calendar. Doing this work gives you a running start into the week.Make a list of the three to five things that you absolutely must complete this week. Do it in this exact order. What is the one thing that you must complete that, if completed, would make this week a success if you did nothing else? Block the time you need to complete this task on your calendar. Then, move on to number two. Then move on to number three. Most people aren’t fortunate enough to be able to generate more than five major outcomes during the week. That doesn’t mean that you will only have five major outcomes. You are likely to have many minor outcomes throughout the week. But being productive means moving your big projects and big goals forward.Download the podcasts or audio books that you are going to listen to while you drive to work, while you drive home from work, while you fly to another city, or while you are working out. You have plenty of time for personal growth and development, you just have to take advantage of that time.Preparation is part of the formula for success. The few hours you spend planning and preparing your week will buy you back 4 to 5 times those hours and an incalculable increase in your real productivity.last_img read more


The New Rules of B2B Sales

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first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The loudest voices on the social channels will tell you the largest change in sales is the advent of those same social channels. They are all hyped up on digital transformation and social selling and all the shiny, digital objects that capture their attention. While it’s nice to have new tools, they are not even close to the largest change in sales over the last decade.Here are the new rules of B2B Sales:Rule 1: Your business acumen must now be equal to or greater than your sales acumen.The largest and most important change that has occurred in B2B sales is the requirement that the salesperson has the business acumen and situational knowledge to help their clients understand why and how they need to change what they are doing.It is no longer enough to show up with a slide deck that outlines your company’s storied history, your global or national footprint, your board of directors and investors, the logos of the big companies that buy from you, and your product and service offerings. It is no longer enough to talk features, benefits, and advantages, these providing no advice as it pertains to change. Overcoming objections provides clients zero value in a world where change is necessary and one in which real and valid concerns need to be addressed.If you are going to succeed in B2B sales, you are going to need to be someone with the advice and counsel your dream clients need.Rule 2: You must sell strategic outcomes.No one wants to buy your product or service or solution. With rare exceptions, no one cares about what you sell. Instead, they care about their business, their products and services and solutions, and their clients and customers. What they want most of all is better outcomes in all the areas where better outcomes would help them produce better results for their business.The reason you must be other-oriented instead of self-oriented is because the focus of the conversation you have with your dream clients and existing clients needs to be about the strategic outcomes they need. There has been a serious change to what clients want and need from salespeople, as well as what creates a preference to work with one over another. While it used to be enough to look for “dissatisfaction” or “pain,” unless you can very tightly tie what needs to change to some strategic outcome, you will struggle to displace your competitor in an account.This rule follows the first rule on business acumen. Without the business acumen, you aren’t going to be able to sell strategic outcomes. Instead, you’ll sell a solution that solves the client’s existing pain. And while this may be what they believe they want and need from you, you will struggle to maintain the margins you need to serve your clients, and you will not position yourself or your company as a strategic partner.Strategic business results are much more compelling than products, services, or solutions.Rule 3: You are responsible for controlling the process.There are a lot of pseudo-experts on sales who will tell you that buyers now have all the power, that the best thing you can do is provide them with the information they need when they ask for it, and that salespeople create no value. These beliefs are not only false, they are disempowering. The truth is quite the opposite.Right now, your dream clients need someone who knows what needs to change, why it needs to change, how it needs to change, and how guide them from their current state to a better future state. If your dream client knew what to do and how to do it, they would already be generating the better results they need. If they had a process that served them in understanding why and how they need to change, they’d have already done what you know they need to do.Your dream clients don’t know that they need to collaborate with you to design a solution that is going to work inside their company. It’s likely they have never considered who they need on their side to decide, and they may not have even considered how much consensus is going to be necessary to move forward with a new idea. It’s almost impossible that they believe that they are underinvesting in the results they need, nor do they know that they need to have all their concerns resolved before moving forward. You, on the other hand, know all these things.If your client has a process, it’s likely an RFP. If they don’t, they are going to flail around, avoiding making the commitments they need to make to produce the strategic outcomes they need. This makes controlling the process your responsibility.If you don’t control the process, the process will prevent your client from making good decisions—and it will cost you opportunities.Rule 4: You lead change initiatives.You lead change initiatives. You lead your team by owning the outcomes you sell and by ensuring they own the transactions (all the things they need to do to produce those outcomes). You also help lead your client’s team, educating them and ensuring they make the necessary changes on their side.There is no list of sales competencies that includes leadership, minus this one. It isn’t the way that we have historically thought about the role of salesperson. The attributes and skills that make one a good salesperson are very helpful for those who lead, and the lack of the tangibles and intangibles in leadership are as pronounced in sales as they are in leadership. Chief among these competencies are being able to share a compelling vision of the future, helping people make the changes they need to make, and marshaling the necessary resources.Salespeople also need to deal with the conflict that come with any real change initiative, including conflicting needs, conflicting priorities, and conflicting ideas about what needs to be done to succeed (the “how” to change). If the salesperson cannot—or will not—lead, then the strategic outcomes are almost certain to be put at risk.You must lead others in the pursuit of a better future state.Rule 5: You are accountable for what you sell.In the past, you may have sold a product or service and left it to the client to figure out for themselves how to achieve the results they needed. The end of your responsibility may have been ink on a contract and a signed statement of work or order form.If you want to be a trusted advisor and a strategic partner, the price of admission is that you own the outcomes you sell. It isn’t enough that you provide the advice, even though you must obey those rules (rules 1 and 2). It isn’t enough that you know how to help your dream client make a good decision (rule 3). The reason that you need to lead (rule 4) is because you are being measured on your ability to deliver the strategic outcomes you sell.The fact that your product or service is delivered is not enough. Without generating the outcome, your client is not going to get what they needed—and what they were promised—and you are not going to retain your client, nor will you have created the result that would give you an absolute right to propose the next change initiative that moves them closer to the better future results they need.You own the outcomes you sell.These are the new rules for success in B2B sales. Violate them at your peril.last_img read more


Underestimating Progress

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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 Sales is one of the few endeavors where so much of the focus is on results. We celebrate the results that we achieve, winning new business and reaching and exceeding goals. These things are worth celebrating. But the progress towards those results often goes unnoticed, unappreciated, and underestimated, even though 1 always comes before 2.The meeting with the dream client that has been locked down and served by your rival is progress worth noting. If a prospective client has been impossible to acquire a meeting with for 7 years, a meeting is the critical progress as it pertains to creating an opportunity.The creation of an opportunity and your dream client agreeing to engage in discovery, collaborating on the solution that moves them closer to the better future they need and bringing other stakeholders into the conversation is progress. Engagement is critical, and it a sign that you are closer to producing results.Your dream client inviting you to tour their business, meeting executive leadership, conduct a whiteboard exercise with members of their team, visiting one of your clients with you, calling to check your references, putting all the decision-makers in a boardroom to view your presentation and ask you question, or scheduling a call to ask follow-up questions indicates progress. The outcomes that indicate progress are the milestones that you passed through on your way to producing results.Because there are outcomes that occur all along the path to results, the outcomes are worth noticing and appreciating. Each outcome that results in progress are worth planning and executing well because they are important—and often critical—to producing results. When you pay attention to the outcomes that produce results, you increase the likelihood of producing those results.last_img read more


Accountability To Self Is The Key To Success

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first_imgStephen Covey wrote that one must become independent before becoming interdependent, that private victories are what allow for public victories later. You might think of this concept as personal leadership, the idea that you are responsible for leading yourself. The idea that you should hold yourself accountable is critical for success and productivity. If you want to live an effective life, you have to hold yourself accountable for creating the results you want.For What Are You ResponsibleYou may have someone you report to at work, and the person occupying that role may provide you with goals, initiatives, projects, or tasks you need to complete. That person should never have to ask you to do the work required of you. Your accountability to yourself should always exceed your accountability to others.When you hold yourself accountable for the results you need to produce, no one else will ever have to. This is the mindset of personal leadership, and it undergirds your success and your productivity.Health: You are responsible for your health and well-being. All of your results start with your health. Your energy, clarity, and stamina all begin with your physical health. You are accountable to no one other than yourself when it comes to your health, though it’s likely that others depend on you taking care of yourself.Wealth: The wealth you create–or don’t create—is something you alone determine for yourself. Other than paying your taxes, no one is going hold you accountable for creating whatever level of wealth you want. No one is going to try to stop you from creating it, either. When no one is going to hold you accountable, you can be confident that it is an area where you need strong disciplines.Growth: The education system is not responsible for your growth and development, even though it might have helped get you started. Neither are your parents after a certain age. As much as you believe it your company’s responsibility to develop you, it isn’t. All of these areas are too narrow a view of growth and inadequate to the task. You alone are responsible for reaching your full potential.Relationships: A large part of success and happiness is found in relationships. The development and maintenance of those relationships is an area that requires constant and continuous investments of time and energy. The quality of those relationships depends upon your proactive efforts, without which they will be less than you want for yourself—and less for the people who matter most.Contribution: It is hard to think about the contribution you want to make if you don’t have a vision for yourself and your life in the areas above and all the other areas of your life where you cannot expect anyone else to hold you accountable. Once you recognize your responsibility to yourself in these areas, you can start thinking about the contribution you want to make while you are here.That Which Gets PlannedThat which gets planned gets done. That which does not get planned does not get done. The antidote to “The Drift,” the idea that you allow external forces to drive your life where they will, is intentionality.If you give yourself two hours to plan your week, you will have a much more effective week than you would have should you have started each day without having already determined the most important outcomes you needed to create. The results you accomplish by planning will not only be more significant, but they will also be of a higher quality.As the Industrial Age ended and the Information Age began, we found ourselves working with our brains and not our and backs. We also found ourselves liberated from being directed by others in what work we do, how we do it, and when we do it. As oversight decreased, personal accountability increased.As it pertains to the more important areas of your life, such as your health, wealth, growth, and relationships, those have never belonged to anyone else. If you don’t have a vision for these areas, no one does. Without a plan, you won’t bring those visions to life.That What Gets MeasuredIf you are going to hold yourself accountable, you need a scorecard. You need a way to measure goals and your progress towards accomplishing them. Without a way to measure your results, you will never know how if you are progressing or if you need to make adjustments.Your scoreboard always tells the truth, which is why you might avoid looking at it. Being accountable to yourself requires that you step on the scale, even if you are not going to like what it tells you. It means looking at your finances when you know it’s not what you want it to be. In these areas, the metrics are known and easy to capture. But you need a way to keep score in other areas, like growth and relationships, even if the measurements you use are subjective.Your accountability to yourself requires that you take an accounting of how you are doing in every area that is important you, but most notably in the areas where there is no one else responsible for your results. If you are starting on this journey, you may want to look at your results more frequently, using a weekly scorecard to establish the disciplines. As you burn in the disciplines, you might move your reviews to a monthly cadence.No One ElseNo one should expect more from you than you. No one else should ever have to hold you accountable for your results, whether they are the personal categories here or the results you are responsible for at work. By holding yourself accountable, you prevent anyone else forever having to do so.last_img read more


Trouble ahead for Fadnavis’ dream project

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgMumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi road, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ dream project, is likely to face more hurdles as Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday announced a meeting with project-affected farmers from all 10 districts in Aurangabad on June 12.While Mr. Pawar did not specify whether he opposes or supports the ₹46,000 crore project, which will also have mega cities at select locations on the 800-kilometre road, he said several important aspects under the new land acquisition Act have not been followed while measuring the land to be acquired.“I headed the committee that finalised the draft of the new Act. After speaking to farmers, I realised that factors such as social impact assessment study, environment impact study, and the grampanchayat approval necessary for tribal areas, have not been followed,” said Mr. Pawar, adding that he has also met officials who are executing the project. He clarified that he would not oppose the project for the sake of opposition.last_img read more


Gujarat Congress heading for a split

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgWith six months to go for the Assembly elections in Gujarat, the ruling BJP, which has set itself a target of winning 150 out of 182 seats, is likely to succeed in breaking the faction-ridden Congress.Almost a dozen senior leaders, including several MLAs, are likely to join the saffron party.Severe infighting among senior leaders in the Gujarat Congress has provided the BJP an opportunity to poach MLAs who are upset with the party’s leadership for not “giving them their due.”“We can’t perpetually be dictated to by a coterie who have no base and can win even municipal election,” a senior Congress legislator told The Hindu, admitting that “he and others are in talks with BJP for a possible switchover.”According to top sources involved in the operation , BJP president Amit Shah and party general secretary in charge of the State Bhupendra Yadav are directly negotiating with Congress leaders and the defections are likely to take place this month.“The BJP leadership has decided to break the Opposition party with some of its top grass roots leaders set to join us,” a senior leader involved in the process told The Hindu. He claimed that “Congress leaders close to Shankarsinh Vaghela will shortly join the BJP.”With the Congress central leadership having rejected Mr Vaghela’s demand that he be projected as the chief minister candidate, the senior leader made no efforts to hide his unhappiness.He has avoided meeting party leaders to discuss poll strategy and on Monday skipped a crucial meeting with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on poll preparations.Congress leaders most likely to cross over to the BJP are Mr Vaghela, presently Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly; his MLA son Mahendrasinh Vaghela, senior legislator and industrialist Balwantsinh Rajput, Godhara MLA and former minister C.K. Raolji.The ruling party is focusing on attracting Opposition leaders in districts like Godhara, Jamnagar, Sabarkantha and Kheda where its prospects are weak.last_img read more


Mehbooba convenes all-party meet on GST

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first_imgWith Opposition parties alleging “compromise on J&K special status”, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday convened an all-party meeting on the implementation of new GST regime here.“The meet is to evolve a broad-based consensus on adopting any tax regime,” said Ms. Mufti at the venue of Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre in Srinagar. Senior Congress leader Nawang Rigzin Jora said his party sought details of the Cabinet meeting that passed the GST draft Bill last week. “We wanted to know if 101st amendment made to the constitution is in toto being ratified or a draft Bill is approved by the Cabinet. The government policy did not seem clear,” said Mr. Jora.Democratic Party Nationalist chairman Hassan Mir said his concern is that “how J&K could benefit from GST and retain taxation powers at the same time”.The all-party meet was attended by National Conference’s Abdul Rahim Rather, Devinder Singh Rana and Nasir Aslam Wani and Congress’ Nawang Rigzin Jora, Ajaz Ahmad Khan, Usman Majeed and G.N. Monga.last_img read more


Central forces get ready for Gujarat polls

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgMore than 32,000 personnel from the central armed police forces and around 55,000 from the State police are expected to be deployed for the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections, a senior Home Ministry official said.For the Himachal Pradesh polls on November 9, around 10,000 personnel from central armed police forces and 14,000 from the State police are expected to be deployed.The official said that deliberations with the Election Commission (EC) on deployment of security forces in these states were still going on. The EC has not yet announced the date of the Gujarat polls.last_img read more


Teacher beats up student for not producing Aadhaar card

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first_imgA Class V student of a school in Chinchwad was allegedly beaten up by his class teacher for failing to produce his Aadhaar card. The boy sustained severe leg injuries and had to undergo a surgery at a private hospital on October 5. He was discharged on October 16.Case lodgedThe police said that the incident took place late last month and the parents of the victim filed a complaint against the teacher on Monday. The police said that a case has been lodged against K. Kharath, a teacher at MSS High School, which is run by the Moraya Shikshan Sansthan.The parents said the school had launched an Aadhaar-linked mobile application system and Mr. Kharath beat up their son for not producing his Aadhaar card. The parents said their son was repeatedly hit on his lower leg and he did not report the incident out of fear. He later opened up when his mother questioned him about the injuries.Teacher out of town When the parents confronted Mr. Kharath, he denied hitting their son. The parents said a copy of the Aadhaar card had been submitted to the school along with the admission form. The class teacher was also given a copy of the card.The police is yet to question the teacher. A senior police officer of Chinchwad police station said, “We visited the teacher’s house, but he has left the town for the Deepavali break. We don’t know the precise nature of the events as the school is also closed now. We are yet to grill Kharath.”The police have booked a case under Section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code, and Section 75 (for cruelty to child) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act 2015.last_img read more