first_imgUS Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that 6,244 Medicare beneficiaries in Vermont, and three million people nationwide, have received prescription drug cost relief through the Affordable Care Act. To date, three million eligible beneficiaries who fell into the drug coverage gap known as the ‘donut hole’ during 2010 have been mailed a one-time, tax-free $250 rebate check.‘For too long, many seniors and people with disabilities have been forced to make impossible choices between paying for needed prescription medication and necessities like food and rent,’ said Secretary Sebelius. ‘The Affordable Care Act offers long overdue relief by lowering prescription drug costs each year until the donut hole is closed.’Eligible beneficiaries who fell into the coverage gap during 2010 are continuing to automatically receive rebate checks. These checks are only the first step in how the Affordable Care Act will reduce prescription drug costs for beneficiaries in the donut hole each year until it is closed in 2020. Starting this year, eligible beneficiaries in the coverage gap will receive a 50-percent discount on covered brand name medications while in the donut hole. In addition, in 2011 Medicare will begin paying 7-percent of the price for generic drugs during the coverage gap.Also today, Secretary Sebelius released a new video message on the new benefits the Affordable Care Act provides in 2011 for people on Medicare. You can watch the video message here.The closing of the donut hole is just one of the ways seniors benefit from the Affordable Care Act. In addition to savings on prescription drugs, the law provides new benefits to Medicare beneficiaries when they visit their doctor starting this year:As of January 1, 2011, Original Medicare no longer charges out-of-pocket costs for the ‘Welcome to Medicare’ physical exam and, for the first time since the Medicare program was created in 1965, Original Medicare now covers an annual wellness visit with a participating doctor, also at no cost.In addition to these annual wellness visits, most people with Medicare can now receive critical preventive services, including certain cancer screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies, for free.Also this year, the Affordable Care Act will provide qualifying doctors and other health care professionals providing primary care to people on Medicare a 10-percent bonus for primary care services. This will help ensure that those primary care providers can continue to be there for Medicare patients.People with Medicare can learn more about these new benefits, search for participating doctors in their area, and find other helpful information by contacting a trained customer service representative toll-free at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visiting www.Medicare.gov(link is external)Additionally, the Affordable Care Act makes Medicare stronger and more secure for all beneficiaries. These provisions under the new law increase benefits to beneficiaries and help to extend the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by 12 years.An analysis issued by the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that under the Affordable Care Act, average savings for those enrolled in traditional Medicare will amount to more than $3,500 over the next 10 years. Savings will be even higher ‘ as much as $12,300 over the next 10 years ‘ for seniors and people with disabilities who have high prescription drug costs. Total savings per beneficiary enrolled in traditional Medicare are estimated to be $86 in 2011, rising to $649 in 2020. For a beneficiary in the donut hole, estimated total savings increase from $553 in 2011 to $2,217 in 2020.The Affordable Care Act establishes a new Innovation Center that will research, develop, test, and expand innovative payment and delivery arrangements to improve the quality and reduce the cost of care provided to patient with Medicare, Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage. Innovations that are found to work can be rapidly expanded and applied more broadly’helping to transform the health care system into one that provides better care at lower cost.· The Affordable Care Act contains important new tools to help crack down on criminals seeking to scam seniors and steal taxpayer dollars. The law strengthens the screenings for health care providers who want to participate in Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP, enables enforcement officials to see health care claims data from around the country in a searchable database, and strengthens the penalties for criminal wrongdoing. The reduction in waste, fraud, and abuse returns savings to the Medicare Trust Fund to strengthen the program into the future. Seniors are encouraged to contact 1-800-MEDICARE to report any solicitations of personal information or suspected fraud, waste, or abuse, or go to www.StopMedicareFraud.gov(link is external).For more information on how the Affordable Care Act benefits seniors, visit www.HealthCare.gov(link is external). ###last_img read more


first_imgBoard approves stricter advertising rules May 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Board approves stricter advertising rules Lawyer Web sites, radio, and television ads would face greater Bar oversight Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Virtually every radio and TV lawyer ad would have to be approved by The Florida Bar before it aired under recommended new advertising rules approved by the Board of Governors at its April 8 meeting.In addition, all Web sites would fall under Bar advertising rules, and the board rejected a suggested rule mandating delays in direct mail solicitations in criminal cases.The rule changes will now be submitted to the Supreme Court for review.The board took those actions as it reviewed the final recommendations from the Advertising Task Force 2004. The board accepted most of the task force’s suggestions, but changed several, including the review of electronic ads.The task force had proposed an incentive policy whereby lawyers who waited to publish or air their ads until the Bar reviewed them would receive immunity from any future-discovered violations of the advertising rules. That would not apply if the lawyer deliberately lied in the ad and concealed it from the Bar. The Bar would have 15 days to approve the ad, or request further information from the lawyer.The board approved that condition for printed media and direct mail ads, but voted to require prior approval for radio and TV ads. That standard would not apply to ads that conform with a “safe harbor” provision and provide only basic “tombstone” information and consequently do not have to be submitted for Bar review. Almost no radio or TV ads have fallen within the safe harbor provisions.The action on ad review came in executive session as the board received legal advice on that issue.Direct mail solicitations in criminal cases got more feedback than any other issue considered by the task force, according to its chair, Manny Morales. And, he noted, all but one or two of those who contacted the Bar opposed any restriction.The panel considered proposals to extend the 30-day ban on direct mail solicitation in personal injury cases to criminal and traffic cases. But the task force unanimously rejected that proposal and wound up making only minor editorial changes to Rule 4-7.4 on contact with potential clients. Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert said court rulings in other states struck down similar provisions. (The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Bar’s 30-day waiting period on direct mail solicitation in personal injury cases.)Board member Robert Rush was one of three board members who suggested an alternative in which lawyers wait five days for such a mailing and then be prohibited if another attorney has filed a notice of appearance.He said there are two problems with the present system. One is many people facing a criminal charge are being inundated with solicitations they don’t want, and many of those people already have an attorney.“It’s a very minimal delay, but I think it’s an important step,” Rush said. “Really, we’re chasing down criminal cases now the way the lawyers got a reputation for chasing down personal injury cases.”Board member Warren Lindsey agreed.“I think it’s very important not to interfere with the existing attorney-client relationship,” he said. “It would be a mistake for our board not to have an advertising lawyer check to see if a person is already represented.”But board member Hank Coxe said the first 48 hours after charges have been filed can be critical.“I don’t think you can have a system that says you have to check with the clerk’s office [to see if a client is represented before mailing a solicitation],” he said.Young Lawyers Division President Michael Faehner said many young lawyers and those opening their own practices after working for state attorneys or public defenders rely on such direct mail advertising. Eliminating it, he argued, would favor older, more established lawyers and law firms.“Most of the advertising is tasteful,” Faehner said. “We’re telling the public what their rights are, along with price advertising.”The board by a large majority rejected the proposed five-day waiting period.On lawyer Web sites, Morales said the task force recommended that those be treated as communications made at the request of a potential client. That would mean they would be exempt from advertising rules, but still governed by other Bar rules that would prohibit them from being deceptive, misleading, or dishonest.He warned that making Web sites subject to the ad rules would create an enforcement problem because the Bar doesn’t have the staff to review them. A Web site, printed out, can involve hundreds of pages of documents.Tarbert, in response to a question, also said making Web sites subject to the rules would change the status quo. Currently Web sites are covered by most existing Bar ad rules except that law firms can talk about past results and make statements characterizing their quality of legal services. Those would be prohibited under the proposed new rules. Web sites would continue to be exempt from filing requirements.Board members, though, said it would be inconsistent not to include Web sites under the ad rules. Board member Gary Leppla noted that the Disciplinary Procedure Committee reviewed the issue and voted 5-2 that Web sites should be covered.“We could not see the difference between the initiative of clicking or Googling and the initiative of picking up Yellow Pages [to find a lawyer],” he said. “You’re right, it [enforcement] is a practical problem; it’s a horrible practical problem. But we’re talking about supporting a recommendation [from the task force] that is an affirmative statement that says a Web site is not an advertisement and is not subject to the rules. We can’t do that.”“It is not logical to exempt this area of communications,” board member Scott Hawkins added. “It is not logical to say just because we have difficulty enforcing it, you should not regulate it.”The board voted that Web sites are subject to all ad rules, except the requirement that they be filed with the Bar for review. Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson said the enforcement issue will have to be studied further.On other ad rules issues, the board:• Rejected the task force’s recommendation to drop a requirement that attorneys only advertise in areas where they practice. Morales said the task force felt there was no practical way to enforce that provision, but board members argued it was important that lawyers be truthful with their abilities in their ads. Morales also noted that provision was aimed at attorneys who advertise for cases that they intend to refer out.“The public has the right to receive information about lawyers; it’s not the lawyers’ right to advertise,” said board member Tim Sullivan. “If a lawyer wants to start practicing in personal injury work and goes and studies up and then advertises, that’s okay. They practice in that area even if it’s their first case. But not people who just refer cases and don’t apply themselves to learn the law.”Board member Harold Melville agreed, saying, “When you advertise, you are making a representation that you are competent in that area. I don’t think it’s that hard to enforce.”• Rejected the task force recommendation, for the same reasons, to drop language that lawyers must disclose in an ad if they intend to refer cases generated by the ad.• Agreed with the task force recommendation to drop disclosure language required in print ads that the decision on hiring a lawyer should not be based entirely on an ad. Morales said the task force felt the language, which is not required in electronic ads, no longer served any useful purpose.• Agreed with the task force that a nonlawyer spokesperson in a radio or TV ad does not have to be identified as a nonlawyer if it is clear from the ad that person is not an attorney.• Agreed with the task force that a provision should be added making the rules apply to out-of-state attorneys who advertise in Florida.• Agreed with the task force on adding language clarifying that advertising rules do not apply to communications between attorneys, between attorneys and family members, between attorneys and current or former clients, and for communications provided at the request of a potential client. Those communications, though, are covered by other Bar rules that such information cannot be false, misleading, or deceitful.• Accepted the task force recommendation to expand the safe harbor provisions on what could be included in an ad that did not have to be submitted for Bar review. The board also approved a rearranging of a general rule on ads that creates three categories: information that must be included in ads, information that may be included, and information that cannot be included in ads.• Accepting the task force recommendation that lawyer referral services must clearly identify themselves as referral services in their ads.last_img read more


first_imgLifford Clonleigh Resource Centre ABC CENTRE: Enrolment for September will take place on Friday 4th May. If you are interested in a place in the playschool for your child, Please come along with your child between 10.30 – 12 p.m. If you have any further queries, Please contact Kathryn on 074 91 42860! Kids Klub: Friday 20th April @ 6p.m. is the official launch date for the new Kids Klub where children from the age of 5 – 12 years can take part in activities such as Football, Dancing, Photography, Cinema Nights, computers and much more. Entry is only €1 per week and if you have any queries, contact 91 41773.Creative Writing: Classes began on Wednesday 18th April and will run every week from 2-4p.m. The cost is €2 per week. Contact 91 41773 for further details.Plant Sale: The Lifford Clonleigh Garden Project are holding a plant sale. Produce includes Pea plants, Bean plants, Mint & Parsley bushes and much more. The group are also taking orders for flower baskets.Just for Me: Every Thursday from 11a.m. – 1p.m. in the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. Card making, Flower arranging, Zumba, Cookery and information sessions. €3 per week. If you are a mother and have a few hours to spare every week feel free to pop in or phone 91 41773.   LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES was last modified: April 25th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LIFFORD CLONLEIGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgA day’s treatment of antiretroviral drugs. South Africa’s new HIV treatment guidelines will benefit the most vulnerable: pregnant women and infants. (Image: Kate Holt, Irin Photo)New national treatment guidelines are set to make the world’s largest antiretroviral (ARV) programme even bigger as South Africa extends treatment to more HIV-positive infants, pregnant women and people with HIV-tuberculosis (TB) co-infection.Dr Nono Simelela, CEO of the South African National Aids Council (Sanac), confirmed that the revised guidelines were in the final stages of editing and would go to print in a few days; implementation is scheduled to begin on 1 April 2010.Major changes to the guidelines include providing ARVs to all HIV-positive infants less than one year old regardless of their CD4 count – which measures immune system strength – without having an expensive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm their HIV status. PCR tests are not widely available at clinics.Pregnant HIV-positive women will be able to start treatment at a new, higher CD4 count of 350, as will all TB/HIV co-infected patients, rather than having to wait until their CD4 counts fell to 200 or below as was previously the case. TB remains the leading cause of death among people living with HIV.The shifts in treatment could significantly reduce infant and maternal mortality due to HIV, and lower the rate of new infections. “Although the cost implications are huge, the treasury has already committed the additional resources to cover the expansion and we also have support from Pepfar,” Simelela said. Pepfar is the US’s President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief.The balancing actSouth Africa has lagged behind most countries in the region in adopting a CD4 count of 350 as the threshold for starting treatment to all those living with HIV and many activists said they had hoped the revised guidelines would bring South Africa in line with this international standard.However, indications are that the new, revised CD4 thresholds of 350 will apply only to infants younger than one year, HIV-positive pregnant women, and people co-infected with TB/HIV, and will not be universally extended.The country’s nine provinces have begun drafting plans to implement the guideline revisions – the first in about five years – that are the result of strong lobbying by both Sanac and civil society.Simelela said the guidelines were delayed for a number of reasons, including capacity constraints and the need to reconcile competing views on treatment within the HIV and Aids sector.“Protracted processes [were undertaken] to achieve consensus on some of the regimens,” she said. “A tricky balance had to be struck between the top-range [drug] regimens, which are costly, versus some regimens that are cheaper but have more side effects.”According to media reports, the guidelines indicate that the ARV stavudine, which is associated with an increased number of side effects in many patients, could be phased out and replaced by tenofovir.last_img read more


first_imgFort Campbell, the Army base on the Kentucky-Tennessee border that is home to the 101st Airborne Division, is now touting itself as the first U.S. military installation to include a net-zero-energy multifamily building among its residential projects.Groundbreaking for the duplex, which is part of a housing build-out underway in the installation’s 521-unit Woodlands neighborhood, was held this week by Fort Campbell Family Housing, which manages residential services on the base, and its development partner, Nashville-based Actus Lend Lease.The duplex includes renewables such as a ground-source heat pump, a PV array, and solar hot water. On its website, FCFH says Actus will track the performance and fine tune the duplex, which will be occupied by noncommissioned officers and their families, to develop a “lessons learned” strategy for other military housing projects.Among the variables the FCHC and Actus will be measuring is “how small changes in lifestyle can affect energy efficiency,” Joe Sharp, project manager for FCFH, told the Leaf-Chronicle, which serves the Clarksville, Tennessee, and Fort Campbell markets. Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Col. Perry Clark added that military budget strictures have made top priorities out of energy efficiency projects such as the NZE duplex.We’ve asked FCFH for further details on materials, construction techniques, and other aspects of the project, and will include them here when we hear back.last_img read more


first_imgWe interviewed professional colorist Alexis Van Hurkman and asked him to share how an aspiring colorist can tap into the competitive world of color grading.The niche world of color grading is filled with highly specialized artists that have made it their craft to perfect the subtle art of manipulating moving images, matching shots, and crafting grades that realize their creator’s vision. I recently chatted with Alexis Van Hurkman, one of the more visible personalities in the field.Hurkman has literally written the book on DaVinci Resolve, the instruction manual for the popular grading software that clocks in at a staggering one thousand pages, not to mention also having written The Color Correction Handbook and The Color Correction Lookbook.A still from the cover of Alexis Van Hurkman’s Color Correction Lookbook“The Handbook is the vegetables,” Hurkman says, “while the Lookbook is the dessert.” The Lookbook is the smaller of the two volumes, but Hurkman says it’s the more fun of the two, focusing on interesting grades more so than the Handbook, which teaches a budding colorist the practice of color grading through an application-agnostic methodology. “The Handbook is about fixing the images, and the Lookbook is about screwing them back up.”Hurkman also wrote an Encyclopedia of Color Correction which pertained to the now-defunct Final Cut Pro 7, but he’d written about color for Final Cut since software version 3 way back around 2001.In addition to writing technical documentation, Hurkman has also created half-a-dozen Ripple Training series for Resolve. And then of course there’s the regular darkened-room grind of the professional colorist.Best-Case ScenarioVideo still via Alexis Van HurkmanObviously, Hurkman’s got many pots on the kettle, but we first discussed his writing career, his entrance point into the world of color.When I write documentation like for Resolve, I consider myself to be the first end user for new features that have just been engineered or that are in the middle of being re-engineered. To make the writing resonate with an editor or colorist, it’s really helpful for me to know what users will want to use the new tools for. I try to present real-world examples on how to use the controls.Hurkman found color correction in much the same way I did: while he was working as an editor, clients would ask him to make a few color tweaks to their footage.Once you learn a little bit about color correction, you can’t unsee the problems. I’d make a few changes here and there. Gradually, clients came to me for that particular service.For a while, Hurkman still didn’t consider himself a colorist, but clients liked the image fixes. Over time, Hurkman realized that he enjoyed color grading. This was 2005, a time when clients not commanding considerable commercial budgets were considered an underserved market for color.As he started getting busier, Hurkman migrated to Final Touch, which later became the Color program in Final Cut Studio when it was acquired by Apple. He received a coincidental call around that time to write a user manual for the program, since he had written documentation for the color sections of Final Cut Pro in the past. It was a perfect fit and a great learning experience for the types of skills he was rapidly acquiring.It was nice to be an actively working colorist in a busy market while also being involved with the technology. I was able to bounce back and forth. That’s always suited me. I like being involved in development, but also being a practitioner of the arts. If all I did was client work, I’d probably get bored. I was looking to maintain a balance of technology and creative work. That’s my best-case scenario.When Apple pulled the plug on Color, many colorists were left without a supported software program. Good thing Blackmagic Design timed their release of Resolve as Color was on its way out. A colleague of Hurkman’s suggested he reach out to Blackmagic when he was working on the first version of his book on color correction. On the call, Hurkman suggested working on the Resolve user manual. Blackmagic was into the idea. Since Resolve 9, Hurkman has helmed writing the entire manual.At Blackmagic, Hurkman wasn’t interested in just being a writer.I made it clear that I wanted to participate in the design process. Over the years, as they got to know where I was coming from, and I piled on more feature requests, they were interested in me being part of the team.Hurkman now provides product consultation to Resolve’s development team.Approaches to ColorVideo still via Alexis Van HurkmanHurkman’s philosophy is about being as project-specific as possible.There are many different ways you can organize the grading of a project, even based on the different methods for grade management alone. For me it really depends on what kind of project it is. I’ll organize a thirty-second commercial much differently than I organize a feature-length documentary. How I organize the grades will affect how I approach the individual grades.First and foremost, the client comes first.I consider the first morning with a new client to be the most important part of any grade. That’s when my job is to reverse-engineer their aesthetic, try to figure out what they were going for, what they like, what they don’t like. I need to figure out what the client is all about. At the end of the day, if a client wants to do a certain thing, then I have to realize that as best I can. If I’m on the ball and doing my job well, by the second or third hour, I should start creating grades for new scenes that the client responds to positively right off the bat.I’ve had this exact experience in session, where my sensibilities have “tuned” to the client’s particular look over the session duration. The same goes for memory colors and skin tones: while the realm of acceptability are tiny percentages from each other, there is nonetheless a preference for where on the vectorscope clients prefer their skin tones to live.You have to communicate well with the client. You have no choice. Otherwise you don’t have a career.After all, these are the people cutting your checks.For people who are new to client service work, it can be difficult to hear the client, but you absolutely have to be flexible. If they want you to make the change that’s terrible, in your opinion, you still only have one choice: make a change.True. The mark of an amateur is considering the first pass of something to be the final.The diplomatic part of working with a client is to steer the change toward the one of ‘least harm.’ When a client has a change, it means something you have isn’t working. Their particular fix may or may not be the answer, and you may be able to suggest something that’s better, but what’s inarguable is that what you have now isn’t working. People without experience get the two confused.It’s also important to analyze what the client is actually saying to you, keeping in mind that color can be difficult for some to articulate. When certain clients say something should be brighter, they may actually want you to saturate it instead of increasing the luminance. If a client says something is “too warm,” there are a myriad of actions you can perform to cool the image off. Is there too much warmth in the highlights or the midtones? Or is it just in the subject’s face? Maybe they’re reacting to some color contamination in the shadows. If a client requests a “cross processed” look, what are they really asking for? Do they really want a vintage film look, or do they want something that resembles a contemporary Instagram filter?That’s where your creativity comes in and where you can be a hero. But you have to hear that ‘there is a problem here’ before you can do anything. If you don’t like what the client is suggesting, you better have a useful suggestion immediately.The State of the IndustryVideo still via Alexis Van HurkmanI brought up the topic of generalists versus specialists. Is having hooks into multiple job opportunities part of being a modern post professional, or a freelancer in general?I think it’s inarguable that below a certain budget, clients are looking for post professionals who wear multiple hats. They’re looking for one professional who can do multiple things for one price. That’s the reality for that market, but that creates opportunities for, say, editors who want to embrace finishing and color.For people who want to stay focused, that model may not work as well. Sharpening (and specializing in) a certain skill helps assure that you’ll get really good at it. And, as the adage goes: if you don’t use the skill, you’ll lose it.When you work with a client, one of the things they’re paying for is speed. They’re paying for you to not waste their time. That’s where specialization comes in, and I’d love to see more of a return to that. It shouldn’t just be reserved for high-end projects.Yet, Hurkman understands both sides of the equation. The tools are more capable than they’ve ever been, and accessible in most universities. With education and software availability, it’s gotten easier to jump into the game, and as a consequence there are a lot more players, and rates have slipped as a result.The middle of the market has been partially consumed by generalists. It was absolutely inevitable, once the technology reached a certain threshold.I wondered if the low-end, where the generalist might live, was in danger of bottoming out, or if that had already happened. After all, colorists can be replaced by flashy “look” filters, but of course nothing can replace the sheer skill (not to mention charm) of working with a flesh-and-blood colorist in session. Hurkman believed the generalists were already here.Three years ago, we were in a transition where color was being added to the generalist’s toolkit. Today, that’s already happened.Hurkman used the example of audio professionals he knew who had gradually been slid further and further downmarket, to the point where projects they were mixing were being taken by editors who mixed in Avid Symphony. This was also the time when ProTools was becoming more accessible (i.e. affordable) and served to dry up the midrange of their work.Those working in the industry for even half a decade can witness these transitions from other disciplines as well as their own, but Hurkman offered hope.There will always be a demand for premium post-production artists: editors, audio mixers, effects people, colorists. As long as there’s material that commands a budget, people working at that level will want to work with specialists, and with a structure and workflow that allows work to be done very efficiently. If you have one person doing edit, sound, and color, you are scheduling that person ‘in serial…’Which is a very colorist thing to say. In other words, that person would only be able to do one thing at one time. On jobs with larger budgets, it’s of course not uncommon for several processes to be occurring at once.The Future of the IndustryVideo still via Alexis Van HurkmanThat’s the state of the industry today. But where’s it heading?That’s part of the greater conversation about careers in media. Right now, colorists are in the same boat as editors, sound mixers, filmmakers, and screenwriters, and the boat is a certain size that will only accommodate so many people to make a dedicated living. There aren’t unlimited jobs.Continuing a career takes a lot of hard work, networking, and may require moving to an area that’s underserved or that supplies more work.I can’t honestly say where it’s all going. It’s interesting, because at no time in human history has the creation of media been more accessible, the distribution more ubiquitous. But at the same time, how do you get paid? It’s sort of ironic. It’s never been easier to make and distribute media, but it’s getting harder than ever to actually profit.It’s also logical, though. It’s precisely because these tools are ubiquitous, and pretty much anyone can make something and upload it, that there is just more noise and less signal. There’s a lot more sifting to get to the really good stuff. Nonetheless, Hurkman had positive words of wisdom for those just starting down the color grading path.One good strategy is to try and figure out what you’re better at than anyone else you know, and what kind of work you’re really into more than anything else. Find your strengths and use those to market yourself and find a place in the industry. Find clients that benefit most from your combination of skills. If you find out what your superpower is, then you have an advantage in that you can have a goal for yourself. You can find the work that needs you. Finding a niche is incredibly helpful.The other thing I’ll say is for employers. Film majors have a unique skill set that not every college graduate has. If you’re required to make films, you learn about budgeting, management, leadership, how to organize and schedule a project, and the importance of preparation. Those are all powerful management and leadership skills, in any industry.It’s a really exciting time to be in the business right now, with the relentless spread of technology pervading so many aspects of our lives.Video is finding a place in more areas, from in the workplace as a communication tool to just posting videos for your friends. These video tools are accessible to any people who want to communicate effectively, not just for dedicated video professionals. Knowing your way around a simple editor and knowing how to make a few color adjustments is going to serve anybody well.Watch Alexis Van Hurkman’s award-winning short, The Place Where You Live, below.last_img read more


first_imgAfter returning to winning ways with a hard-fought triumph over Delhi Daredevils, the Kolkata Knight Riders will be hungry for more when they take on a formidable Kings XI Punjab at home in their Indian Premier League clash at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday.The win meant that the Knight Riders are at number two – ahead of Chennai Super Kings – at the midway stage of the Twenty20 tournament and as Gautam Gambhir pointed out on Thursday, it was morale-boosting. It remains to be seen whether Gambhir leads the pack, often in news for all the wrong reasons, to the pinnacle.As Knight Riders launch their mission to the next stage after completing half of their league phase, it is all about maintaining the momentum from hereafter.With three more home matches lined up – Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians – it is crucial for the Knight Riders not to lose the grip of it.At the slow Eden strip on Saturday, Gambhir will certainly give a thought about bringing in Bangladeshi skipper and left arm spinner Shakib al Hasan in the fourforeigner line-up. That English southpaw Eoin Morgan is yet to hit purple patch may give Gambhir an option.In Shakib and Iqbal Abdulla the Knight Riders should not worry about their bowling. Kings XI on their part might be lying low on seventh but the Kings are not in a much disadvantageous position considering that they have played only five matches compared to Kolkata’s seven. It’s a situation much like that of Kolkata a couple of matches ago.advertisementAfter three superb wins under their belt, Delhi outgunned Punjab in a run-fest in their previous match. In second leading run-getter Paul Valthaty, Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh, Kings XI have a threatening top-order. With David Hussey and Dinesh Karthik to follow, Kings XI have a formidable batting line-up and they will hope that the bowlers led by Praveen Kumar and World Cup winning leg-spinner Piyush Chawla do their job meticulously.last_img read more


first_img9th Race: The Star Trainer Plate Div-1 1400 Metres9th Race: The Star Trainer Plate Div-1 1400 Metres Eternal inspiration (Mr R. L. Agarwals)57.5 D.S.Daman First Never Say Never56 S Zervan SecondSimon Says 55 N S Parmar and Sovereign-sky 55 Suraj Narredu ThirdNot Run: Nil Favourites: Sovereign-sky Won By: 1 3/4 L, Snk, Dht Time: 1 Minute 26:70 Seconds Tote: Rs 42 for win, Rs 13, Rs 11, Rs 10 and Rs 6 for places Forecast: Rs 147 Shp: Rs 35 Quinella: Rs 49 Tanala: 70 per cent: Rs 85 on 245 tickets 30 per cent: Rs 48 on 187 tickets (More) PTI COR RDS NRB AHlast_img read more