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first_imgdan lyons Groklaw’s AnalysisBest analysis of today’s debacle comes (again) from Groklaw, which is covering the hell out of this story and ripping the jury in the California case as a bunch of “goofballs” who ruled against Samsung “after a nonchalant few hours of deliberations, which apparently did not include spending effort on whether or not this was a valid patent.” Groklaw calls the California ruling “a gross miscarriage of justice.” One of the stunning things about the California verdict was that this was a really incredibly complicated case involving lots of gorpy technology and legalese, and yet the jury deliberated for only three days. One law blogger commented at the time that it would have taken him more than three days just to understand all the terms in the verdict – and he’s a lawyer! “Did you guys just flip a coin?” he wrote. The jury instructions alone were more than 100 pages long. A law professor told me at the time that it would take a day just to go through the instructions, though “they skipped that.”The jury foreman in the California case was a guy named Velvin Hogan, who went around giving lots of interviews after the verdit and who told reporters that he and his fellow jurors didn’t think it was their job to determine whether the patents at issue were valid or not – though in fact the judge had told them to do exactly that. Money quote from Groklaw:“So here’s a question. Does Samsung get any of its money back? I mean the money it spent and is spending to invalidate this stupid patent? The money it spent on trial over this stupid patent? The money it spent finding the prior art that Apple should have found before filing for this stupid patent? No. Nothing in US patent system is that fair.”Why This Is ScaryThink for a moment about the implications of what just happened here.What this tells us is that patents are granted so readily and with so little review that a company like Apple can waltz into the USPTO with inventions that other people invented first and still get patents granted on those inventions. Then Apple can use those bogus patents to sue rivals, cost them hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars in court judgments, legal costs and lost market opportunities, and then – wham – even if it all goes up in smoke the damage has been done.Basically the USPTO is so swamped that it cannot properly review patent applications, so it’s just tossing that work to the courts and letting people work it out in lawsuits.Apple has more than $100 billion in the bank. It can just keep doing this for years.And the real victim, ultimately, is all of us. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Apple#Patents#Samsung What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts This time it’s the so-called “pinch and zoom” patent getting rejected by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and this is a big deal since that patent was one that Apple used to achieve that huge $1 billion verdict against Samsung in a California kangaroo court last summer.Now what happens? Does the court in California go back and subtract all the damages that the jury awarded to Apple based on this patent that Apple should never have been granted?Apple took a big victory lap after that ruling but it’s looking like maybe it popped the champagne too early.The ruling by the USPTO is not final, and no doubt Apple will appeal the decision, but suddenly Apple isn’t looking so powerful. In fact, it is looking a bit, well, ridiculous. (And  that’s the kind word for it.)The patent was struck down because the USPTO found prior art. Meaning Apple didn’t actually invent the stuff it claimed to have invented. It copied it from others, then went and got a patent on it anyway, and then used that bogus patent to sue rivals.Worse yet for Apple, this new ruling from the USPTO comes just two weeks after the USPTO smacked down another of Apple’s patents, one that related to multitouch and was known as the “Steve Jobs” patent.I wrote at the time that Apple’s “thermonuclear patent war” was a farce. Now that farce seems even sillier.These Ideas Were Around Long Before Apple ‘Invented’ ThemThing is, did anyone really ever believe that Apple invented things like multi-touch and pinch-to-zoom? Those innovations were all floating around the industry for years before Apple suddenly claimed to have invented them.For just one example, here’s a video of Jeff Han, a scientist at New York University, showing off a multi-touch screen at a TED conference in February 2006 – a year and a half before the iPhone came out. (Han founded a company called Perceptive Pixel, and sold it to Microsoft in 2012.)last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s that time of year again – time for the most horrific waking nightmare in every techie’s life, the Consumer Electronics Show. A few years ago I just stopped going, because the whole thing seemed not just crowded and noisy and unpleasant, but also pointless. But this year I’m being dragged out to Las Vegas and will do my best to remain upbeat about ginormous television sets that no actual human being ever buys, the boring keynotes, the endless taxi queues, the terrible service, the horrible, overpriced food, the grim hawkers on the sidewalks snapping their fingers and shoving escort service flyers at you, the awkward briefings in hotel suites, the greasy bedcover on your bed, which you know is alive with bacteria. Pretending To CareI will pretend to give a crap about pixel counts and clock speeds and camera specs. I will feign excitement about a new kind of Wi-Fi and cars that promise to confuse and traumatize drivers by forcing them to use software made by Microsoft.Yes, friends, this is CES, and if there’s one bright spot this year it’s that Steve Ballmer will not be giving the keynote.Otherwise, it’s just the regular old tenth circle of hell, the four days in Vegas that make you lie awake at night wondering how your life has come to this and why didn’t you just go to medical school like your parents told you to do and what other jobs could you do to make a living that would not involve subjecting yourself to this horror show every January.But there is one thing that might redeem this show, and that is the opportunity to identify the absolute worst product of this year’s CES.Like this. Or this. Or this.You get the idea.The Best Of The WorstMy colleague Taylor Hatmaker and I will be scouring the show floors, peering through the dim dusty dark corners of the far-flung back rooms where only the cheapest, stupidest, most pointless and scammy products sit neglected on card tables, hawked by sad-eyed people who speak bad English and carry in their shabby clothing the odor of utter hopelessness, which for the record smells like cabbage. (Don’t ask how I know.)But there’s only so much two people can do. We can’t spend all of our time looking for crappy products. So we’d like to throw this out to everyone else who’s attending the show.Find something awful. Take photos of the awful thing. Send us the photos and a brief note explaining why it deserves to be named the worst product of the show.Send the note to: WorstOfCES.RW@gmail.comWhoever finds the best worst product will win a shiny new Nexus 7 tablet, with 4G capability. No kidding.The almost-but-not-quite-best-worst products will get posted on ReadWrite, with credit to the finder, so at the very least you’ll get your 15 minutes of fame.Also, if you want create any video the captures the horror of CES, please send that in too. We’d love to see it. Just keep it short. It’s not fair to the world to subject people to too much of this stuff.Again, please send all entries to: WorstOfCES.RW@gmail.comImage courtesy of TV Hat. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dan lyons Tags:#CES 2013 center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgTags:#Apple#earnings A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Apple just reported record results from the holiday quarter, and Wall Street is furious.The reason? Though sales were $54.5 billion, up 18 percent from last year, they were still below what analysts had been expecting. This was the third quarter in a row that Apple has come up short.Worst of all, sales of the iPhone were weak.That news sent Apple stock into a nosedive. Shares plunged $54, about 10%, after earnings were reported.Apple sold 47.8 million iPhone units last quarter, but analysts had been expecting 50 million. “Fifty-two million iPhones or above would be considered a blow-out, and that would be very favorably viewed,” one top analyst, Toni Sacconaghi of Sanford Bernstein told Wall St. Cheat Sheet before earnings came out. “I think 46 [million] or less would certainly be considered disappointing, and then it’s kind of your call on where it comes in between that range.”Earnings were flat at $13.078 billion versus $13.064 billion in the same period last year. Gross margins were also lower than what some analysts had hoped to see.Sales of Macs and iPods were down in the quarter. iPad sales were on target, but with Apple even that seems like a disappointment, as the company in recent years has trained everyone to expect massive blowouts.Future ShockLooking ahead, Apple told analysts to expect revenue of $41 billion to $43 billion in the current quarter, but that also spooked Wall Street because analysts had been expecting $45 billion. Apple also said it has changed the way it forecasts results, another weird and possibly scary move.The miss in a holiday quarter adds new urgency to the question that investors have been asking for the past few months: Is the party over for Apple?Wall Street seems to think so. Apple shares had been surging yesterday and climbed to $514 before the earnings came out, but once the numbers were released the stock began to drop in what TheStreet.com called “panic selling.” Almost immediately shares began to dive, plunging to $460 in after-hours trading. Shares are down 35% from a peak of $705 last September.Apple fans will say what they always say when Apple falls short of Wall Street expectations, which is that “Apple didn’t miss, Wall Street did.” In other words, investors simply expected too much.Apple supporters also will point out that the iPhone remains the best-selling smartphone on the Verizon network. Indeed, researcher Kantar Worldpanel just put out numbers showing Apple still controls the US smartphone market, with 51.2% market share versus 44% for Android and 2.6% for Windows Phone.Where’s The Innovation?Still, it seems Apple has hit a wall. It’s not just about sales and earnings, but also about innovation. It’s been years since Apple did something truly revolutionary. Rumors of Apple getting into the TV market continue to swirl, but so far it’s all just rumors.Even in core products Apple doesn’t seem to have any big plans, beyond making incremental changes to products. In a call with analysts after earnings came out, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company had no plans to build an iPhone with a larger screen to keep up with competitors who are pushing big-screen phones. “We put lot of thinking into screen size, and we believe we have picked right one,” Cook says.In other words, everything’s great, there’s nothing to worry about, no need for change, full steam ahead. As Cook was saying this, his stock was collapsing. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dan lyonscenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Guest author Steve Hamm is a strategist, writer and videographer in IBM’s corporate communications department.Last September, when Typhoon Sanba smashed into the Korean peninsula, it packed winds so strong that they sent rocks flying through the air like missiles and caused massive power outages. “Hwangsa” storms, carrying dense clouds of yellow dust from China’s Gobi Desert that are sometimes loaded with heavy metals and carcinogens, sweep across the peninsula from West to East.9.3 Petabytes Of Storage For The KMAMenaced by such destructive weather phenomena, South Korea is upgrading its national weather information system with the goal of understanding weather patterns better and predicting better the location and ferocity of weather events. The upgrade being installed by the Korean Meteorological Administration increases the agency’s data storage capacity by nearly 1,000% to 9.3 petabytes, making it Korea’s most capable storage system.The KMA project dramatically illustrates today’s big data phenomenon and its impact on weather forecasting. Thanks to the rapid spread of sensors and satellites, and to the increase in computer number-crunching speeds, it’s possible to forecast weather changes more accurately and with improved detail – potentially saving thousands of lives and safeguarding property. Increasing evidence of climate change worldwide is prompting governments and scientists to take action to protect people and property from its effects. But to take effective action, they need to know understand a lot more about the weather – everything from what’s going to happen tomorrow to what’s coming next year. For instance, leaders of the city of Hoboken, N.J., in the United States, which flooded badly last fall during Hurricane Sandy, are considering building a wall around Hoboken to keep the tidal Hudson River at bay. The problem is, if they don’t build high enough the wall could end up turning the city into a giant bathtub rather than keeping rising waters out.Listen To Deep ThunderIBM Research scientists are working to bring the most sophisticated data analytics to bear on weather forecasting. Their long-term weather analysis project, called Deep Thunder, combines data with sophisticated mathematical algorithms and computing power.The scientists established at test bed in the New York City metropolitan area, where they set up a three-dimensional grid of thousands of blocks. That makes it possible for them to run calculations that produce very precise weather forecasts for a particular locale. Using this capability, the team was able to predict with remarkable accuracy the snowfall totals in New York City during the mammoth snow storm that blanked the northeastern United States in February – and also to predict accurately when the snowfall would start and stop.Blame It On RioThe IBM Research team is putting their algorithms to work on behalf of cities around the world. For instance, Rio de Janeiro, because of its climate and terrain, has recurring flooding and landslide problems in many hilly neighborhoods. The researchers used data describing the physics of the atmosphere to create a mathematical model of how storms are likely to unfold in Rio. With it, they can predict up to 40 hours ahead of time how much rain will fall in a particular location — with 90% accuracy.In recent months, the Deep Thunder team, lead by Lloyd Treinish, has developed new techniques for ingesting many more measurements from weather sensors. The team is also extending its technology to new applications, including agriculture and wind farming.For detailed and super-accurate weather information to have maximum impact, it has to be accessible by a large number of people. That’s why IBM has created iPad and cloud applications that deliver the power of Deep Thunder to people’s hands wherever they may be. Hopefully, by the time Rio hosts the summer Olympics in 2016, practically everybody who attends will be able to get their hands on Deep Thunder data so they know exactly what to expect when they venture out to the various game venues.Note: This post originally appeared on IBM’s Smarter Planet blog. IBM provided the storage hardware and software for the KMA project. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Big Data#Government#IBM#international steve hammcenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgnick statt IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Microsoft#Microsoft Office Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… After weeks of heated customer backlash, Microsoft has reversed its bullying policy that would have locked most Office 2013 users into using the software on one, and only one, computer.Under the original policy, customers could only transfer Office 365 installations to a new computer if their old one failed while under warranty. So any crash outside of that window would mean that potential buyers couldn’t re-install the software on a new machine. In a February 19 blog post, Microsoft made this restriction painfully clear with a nice chart that provoked some, shall we say, less-than-polite comments. (See also Microsoft Bullies Users Into Office 365 Services)In a post published on the Office Blog this morning, Microsoft announced the reversal, stating:You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you, but not more than one time every 90 days (except due to hardware failure, in which case you may transfer sooner). If you transfer the software to another computer, that other computer becomes the “licensed computer.”“These transferability options are equivalent to those found in the Office 2010 retail license terms,” writes Jevon Fark of the Office Team. The new license terms apply to Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, and Office Professional 2013.(See also Microsoft: Buy Office 365, Not Office 2013. Or You’ll Get Left Behind)For full clarity, here is an outline of the revised terms as laid about by Microsoft:You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement before the transfer.Any time you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer and you may not retain any copies.While it’s certainly nice to see a company listen to its customers’ complaints, it shouldn’t take widespread hatred of a new policy and two weeks of deliberation for an outfit like Microsoft to see the light. The bad news here is the damage may already have been done, especially if some potential buyers have sworn off the lock-in license terms of Office and jumped ship entirely. This appears to be Microsoft’s plea to keep them onboard.  Lead image via user imagemaker on Shutterstock 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#now#privacy#surveillance We’ve long known that that online retailers track us across the Internet, and unsurprisingly, their brick-and-mortar counterparts are doing their best to follow us in real life as well. A New York Times report details how some retailers are experimenting with tracking customers via their smartphones, video surveillance and even facial cues as they browse in stores.(See also: How Retailers Fight Back Against Shoppers Who Use Them As Showrooms)Online retailers like Amazon and EBay track user activity to personally tailor their approach to each individual. Corey Capasso, president of the New York retailer Nomi, tells the NYT that the new wave of real-world customer tracking is “literally bringing the Amazon experience into the store.”Image via fair-use screen capture of NYT videocenter_img readwrite Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgRelated Posts Follow the Puck Tags:#CCTV#featured#Hitachi#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#top#video analytics Smart cities looking to generate more data insights are using cutting edge video analytics to mine feeds from old security cameras.In a recent commentary Hitachi Insight Group VP Mark Jules discussed how cities can generate data gold from trusty old school video cameras.He says video analytics are the secret to amping up the value of video feeds from cameras already installed around our cities. This new technology uses computer vision and intelligence to transform those old video cameras into Internet of Things (IoT) sensors. These souped-up cameras then have the potential to generate a variety alerts and insights.“A tried-and-true technology, video cameras already serve as vicarious eyes and ears in many locales, helping provide situational awareness to those who keep people and property safe,” says Jules.By utilizing data from these existing cameras, video analytics can analyse the movement of humans and vehicles to help cities become more livable. And the new source of data insight can help smart cities bridge the gap that still exists in making our urban environments more responsive.Jules gives an example of how added data insight from old video cameras can improve decision-making by businesses looking to understand shopper behavior.“Analysing how shoppers navigate streets and sidewalks can help store owners make smarter decisions about where they situate their shops or advertisements, or how much rent property owners can command,” he says. “Individual retailers can maximize their investments in floor space and inventory by tracing the rate at which customers enter their store and which products or displays attract and hold their interest.”Helping retailers figure out what you wantSuch information really begins to shine when the information generated by video analytics is merged with point-of-sale data, and retailers can make smarter decisions to attract customers.Another area where video analytics can mine old video cameras is at airports, which are not only for transportation but increasingly for shopping as well.“As travelers spend more time preparing for flights, airports are becoming retail centers too, capitalizing on a captive audience of consumers by beefing up the food, beverage and shopping destinations they host in their terminals,” he says.He says that video analytics can allow existing cameras to track the length of queues, optimize staff at security checkpoints and enhancing passport control processes so passengers can spend more time shopping and less time standing around. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Donal Power Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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first_imgTags:#America Invents Act (AIA)#business patent#Micro entity patent#patent#small entity patent#Software Patents#technology#USPTO Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry If you are in the position of potentially needing a patent, you will want to get some information before you file. The first two bullet points are entities for which you will want to become intimately acquainted.USPTO = United States Patent and Trademark Office. Applicants who qualify for small entity status can reduce many USPTO fees by 50 percent.America Invents Act (AIA)Qualifying as a Micro Entity or Small Entity before the USPTOIn 2011, the America Invents Act (AIA) created the new category of micro-entities who can reduce certain fees by 75 percent. An applicant who is neither a small entity nor a micro-entity is considered to be a large entity and must pay standard fees.A Small Entity is an Entity That:is a nonprofit organization;does not, together with all affiliates, have 500 or more employees;And, has not assigned, licensed or otherwise conveyed an interest in the invention to a non-small entity.The USPTO has defined four categories of concerns that qualify as “small-entity.” a university,a nonprofit organization,an individual inventor,or a small business concern.The definitions for a “university,” “nonprofit organization,” and “individual inventor” are defined in the patent regulations.Notably: a wholly owned subsidiary of a nonprofit organization or of a university is considered a part of the nonprofit organization or university and may claim small-entity status.The term “small business concern” is not defined in the patent regulations.The Small Business Administration (SBA) has sole jurisdiction over determinations of “small business concerns” and the USPTO will not accept petitions for size determinations.The SBA has defined “small business concern” as, generally, a “concern, including its affiliates, that:is independently owned and operated;is not dominant in the field in which it is bidding on government contracts;and meets any applicable criteria for a particular industry concerning the number of employees (usually less than 500) or annual receipts (generally less than $7 million) or annual profits (usually more than $2 million).The SBA Size Determination Board: has construed the term “affiliate” broadly to encompass almost any situation where an otherwise small company may be interacting with a large business concern.The SBA considers factors such as: ownership, management, previous relationships with or ties to another concern, and contractual relationships worldwide in its determination whether “affiliation” for the purposes of size determination exists.The key factor, however, is control. Entities are considered affiliates of each other when one controls or has the power to control the other, or a third party controls or has the power to control both.The relative control over the entity rather than the actual percentage of investment or ownership in the entity is of significance for entity size determination at the SBA.For example, in Size Appeal of Novalar Pharmaceuticals, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-4977 (2008), the SBA Size Determination Board determined that an “affiliation” with an individual minority stockholder (a venture capital firm) transformed the otherwise small medical device startup company into a large business concern because the venture capital firm had the potential to block certain actions of the board constituting negative control of the entity.Similarly, in Size Appeal of TPG Consulting, LLC, SBA No. SIZ-5306 (2011), the SBA Size Determination Board found that a small Web design firm was a large business concern because the firm was economically dependent on a large manufacturing company as a customer.Clients need to be aware that their business may not qualify for small-entity status if its contractual relationships or other ties affiliate it with a large business concern.Even when any one factor is not dispositive of “affiliation,” the SBA will still consider all of the evidentiary findings under a “totality of circumstances” rule.The consequences of mis-declaring entity status can be severe. In cases where courts have found applicants paid the small entity fee without a good faith basis for considering themselves to be small entities, the courts have determined the affected patent to be invalid.Luckily, entity status can be easily corrected by paying the increased fee amounts and making appropriate certifications about lack of deceptive intent.Micro entity: There are two ways to qualify as a micro-entity.The first way to qualify as a micro-entity is under paragraph (a) of the new rule, requiring the following conditions that must be satisfied individually for each applicant, inventor, and joint inventor who:has not been named as an inventor on more than four prior patent applications (provisional applications, patent applications filed in a foreign country, e.g., the international applications system (PCT) for which the basic U.S. national fee was not paid;and applications that a party has assigned or is under an obligation to assign as a result of previous employment do not count);has a gross income less than three times the median household income in the U.S. for the preceding calendar year (for 2013 fees = $150,162, or 3X$50,054, the 2012 median household income.For parties not paid in U.S. dollars, the average currency exchange rate during the previous calendar year applies;has not assigned, licensed or otherwise granted an interest in the invention to an entity who has gross income more than the amount listed above (unless the entity relates to an institution of higher education);and also meets the requirement for small entity status.The second way, under paragraph (d) of the new rule:is by having a relationship with a U.S. institution of higher education.The applicant’s employer, from which the applicant obtains the majority of the applicant’s income, must be an institution of higher education.Or, the application must be assigned, granted, conveyed, or is under an obligation of contract or law to assign, grant, or convey, a license ownership interest in the particular application to the institution of higher education.Pursuant to paragraph (d), applicants employed by the university who derive a majority of their income from the university, or an applicant who has assigned or has an obligation to assign to a university:can also claim micro-entity status, regardless of income.Although perceived as a major loophole in the statute because an otherwise ineligible entity can become a “micro entity” if it nominally licenses or assigns its patents to a university:the USPTO has taken the position that no loophole exists because small-entity status needs to be established first in order to claim micro-entity status.To obtain micro-entity status under paragraph (d), the actual inventors, rather than the institution of higher education, must be named as the applicant.Also, since the definition of “institution of higher education” refers to the Higher Education Act of 1965, the institution of higher education referenced in paragraph (d) must be in the United States.For the purpose of micro-entity status, this is the only distinction between U.S. and non-U.S. entities.The procedure for claiming micro-entity status includes the following requirements:A certification of micro-entity status, which may be signed by a patent attorney, the assignee, or all applicants, must be filed with or before any payment of fees at the micro-entity rate. That is, if a micro-entity status is mistakenly not sought, the difference in fees will not be refunded.Whenever micro-entity status is no longer appropriate, a notification of loss of entitlement must be filed; simply paying the fee at a different rate does not suffice.The certification needs to be filed only once in each application.Other procedural requirements are as follows:Each related application, including each continuing, divisional, continuation-in-part, or reissue application, must have its own certification.If micro-entity status is established in good faith, but in error, the error will be excused upon payment of the fee deficiency and certain other formalities.Since the applicable rule specifies “will” rather than “may,” the remedy is by right rather than at the discretion of the USPTO once the requirements are met.The remedy does not apply to fraudulent attempts to establish micro-entity status.Large entity: any entity that is neither a small entity nor a micro entity. Feras MousilliTechnology Lawyer China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Feras Mousilli is a founding partner of Lloyd & Mousilli (www.lloydmousilli.com) and advises clients on technology law issues. He specializes in counseling start-ups through Fortune 100 companies on intellectual property. He served as Senior Corporate Counsel for Apple & Dell and as a patent attorney with the DLA Piper law firm.Mr. Mousilli acted as President Elect for the Association of Corporate Counsel in Austin and a Guest Lecturer at the University of Texas and UC Berkeley Schools of Law. He is the proud recipient of the Covington Pro Bono Award and was selected as a Texas Rising Star in Super Lawyers by Texas Monthly.Feras holds bachelor degrees in Biomedical Engineering & Computer Science, and a Masters in Computer Science Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law. 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first_imgBy Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDViolence directed at a spouse or partner does not only affect the involved partners, but can also impact children that are at home and witness violence. Children witnessing violence are at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other emotional or behavioral problems. We’ve highlighted prevalence and effects of children’s exposure to violence in a previous blog. Today, we will focus on protective factors, or attributes that reduce the risk of a negative outcome, that can play an important role in a child’s development and adaptation under adverse conditions.[Flickr, To the 9s by are you my rik, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Schultz and colleagues [1] studied three potentially protective factors for children exposed to family violence and at risk of developing PTSD or behavioral problems: Self-control; Assertion; and Parent stress. Data were taken from the existing Safe Start Promising Approaches (SSPA) program evaluation dataset, which tracked children from 15 sites over time based on the type of intervention they received. The participants included in this study (children and their parents from a total of 350 families) were those who did not receive any intervention. Target children ranged in age from 1-12, so there were multiple types of measures used, including the Social Skills Rating System, Brief Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment, Parenting Stress Index – Short Form, Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children, and Behavior Problem Index, supplemented with 4 questions from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, and information regarding level of violence exposure. Protective factors and outcome measures were collected at the study baseline and in a 6 months follow-up interview.[Flickr, Ring Around the Roise by ThomasLife, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Results suggest that children who have better self-control, or have parents who reported less stress, showed fewer PTSD symptoms and fewer behavioral problems. Assertion (such as high self-confidence) did not seem to serve in a protective role related to the development of PTSD symptoms or behavioral problems.ImplicationsWhen working with a child who has been exposed to family violence, interventions that focus on reducing parental stress and increasing the child’s self-control may result in more positive outcomes, both for the child and the family.References[1] Schultz, D., Jaycox, L. H., Hickman, L. J., Setodji, C., Kofner, A., Harris, R., & Barnes, D. (2013). The relationship between protective factors and outcomes for children exposed to violence. Violence and Victims, 28(4), 697-714. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-12-00005This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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first_imgSee the video editing capabilities of Autodesk Smoke in action in this action packed demo film. Created as a promotional video for the video editing application, this fun film shows off Smoke’s industry leading video tools.What better way to market a video editing application then to showcase it’s capabilities in a narrative film.  That’s what Autodesk recently did with “Fix It In Post“.  In the film, the main character has his life transformed at the hands of a video editor that acts as the puppetmaster of his story.Jumping from the narrative to the edit ‘behind the story’, we can see the editor using Autodesk Smoke’s toolset to give the story an extra punch.  Composited explosions appear from nowhere, 3D extruded text flies through space and we’re shown a wide pallete of color grades.  The video succeeds at proving that Smoke is more than just a compositing application and should now be considered a workhorse video editing app.As a marketing tool, the video works great, demonstrating the strong compositing, editing and color correction features avaliable in Autodesk Smoke.  Any video editor (not only Smoke editors) will get a kick out of how the video blends the narrative with the post-prooduction ‘magic’ behind it.  Best watched full-screen HD.  Share your thoughts in the comments below!last_img read more

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first_imgBuilt-In FlashYes Memory CardSD & CF Still Images Per Second10fps Lens MountCanon EF Audio Monitoring1/8″ Headphone Video FormatFull HD, Uncompressed, HD, SD File FormatJPEG, RAW, H.264, MOV, MP4, AAC, Linear PCM Viewfinder Coverage100% Auto Focus65 Point Cross-Type Audio1/8″ Mic Video AutofocusDual Pixel CMOS AFcenter_img Display Screen3″ LCD Image ProcessorsDual DIGIC 6 Image Processors Some may find the biggest downside to the Canon 7D Mark II is that it has a cropped sensor.If the specs don’t excite you maybe this exclusive first look video created by Canon will. It showcases the amazing video that can be shot with the 7D and the extremely fast autofocus.Pricing and AvailabilityYou can pre-order the Canon 7D Mark II today for $1,799. However, you are going to have to wait at least until November before you can get your hands on it.What do you think of the 7D Mark II? Will you go out and get one or do you have your eye on another camera? Let us know in the comments below. Canon’s 7D Mark II is all we expected and more.The wait is over! This year has been full of amazing camera announcements, but Canon has been surprisingly quiet all year. Sure, they’ve released a few lenses and a couple lower-end cameras but nothing exceptional…until now.To the surprise of nobody, Canon has released the Canon 7D Mark II just one day before Photokina.Unlike it’s predecessor, or even other cameras in the Canon line, the 7D Mark II will have a native ISO of 16,000. This means you can comfortably shoot up to ISO 16000 without having to worry about too much noise in your image. The ISO does however extend all the way up to 512,000 giving it a similar ISO to the Sony A7S. We will be interested to see a low-light test of the Mark II’s capabilities.Filmmakers will enjoy this new camera because it features uncompressed 1080p video output. This camera also features an extended recording time allowing users to record a single video clip for 29 minutes and 59 seconds. Combine long recording clips with 512gb SD cards and you can literally record all day on a single card.Most notably is the addition of the dual pixel CMOS sensor which, like the 70D, allows users to utilize a predictive autofocus system that is surprisingly accurate. To utilize this autofocus the camera will utilize EF lenses with an STM motor. The STM motor lenses allow for smoother, silent autofocus. Speaking of autofocus, the 7D also has a 65 point autofocus when shooting stills, making it a very powerful tool for portrait and event photographers. The camera also has HDMI Output making it  great for on-set monitoring and the added microphone slot makes audio monitoring incredibly easy as well.Canon 7D Mark II Specs Clip Length29min. 59 seconds in all formats ISO16,000 Native ISO, Up to 512,000 Video Frame Rate1080p: 60, 30, 24fps720p: 60, 30fps480p: 30fps Sensor20.2 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor BatteryLP-E6Nlast_img read more

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first_imgLearning how to evenly light your green screen backdrop will give you better results when it comes time to edit your video.Lighting a green screen is fairly simple from a technical perspective, yet many DPs who don’t have much experience with chroma key work are prone to making some unfortunate mistakes on set. Unlike traditional film lighting, which is all about finding contrast and mood by balancing light and shadows, lighting a green screen is all about evenness and consistency.For the purpose of this post, I’ll describe a basic green screen lighting setup that involves only two background lights. While two lights might be all you need for many scenarios (such as an interview setup), keep in mind that the basic principles outlined here can be applied to wider and larger green screen setups too — you just may need to add more light.This image is inconsistently lit. The editor will have a difficult time keying the darker edges of the frame. The most crucial thing to remember when lighting your green screen: any area of the backdrop that appears in the frame must be lit perfectly even and exposed correctly. If your backdrop is lit properly on one side but underexposed on the other, your compositor or editor will have a very tough time pulling a clean key. The same applies to a backdrop that’s either over or underexposed. Any attempt to pull a key from a backdrop that isn’t actually reading as green on camera will inevitably be a failure.Lighting Green Screen BackdropsThe key is the same for achieving soft light in any other shooting scenario — use big, soft light sources. If you point a hard light source (such as tungsten light with no diffusion) at your green screen, you’re going to run into trouble. The light will have a hot spot and there will be a gradient surrounding it, ultimately giving you an uneven light to work with.Conversely, if you were to point a tungsten light (let’s say a 2K source) at the green screen, but use a large 8 x 8 frame with a silk to diffuse the light, you’ll be in great shape. Personally, I prefer to use double diffusion when shooting on a green screen. My ideal setup typically involves a bright light source that’s first diffused by a standard 4 x 4 silk on a C-stand, and another 8 x 8 frame in front of that silk for an additional layer of diffusion. This ensures that the light is as even and soft as possible.Placing Green Screen LightsAssuming your needs are relatively simple, you can use a minimum of two lights to illuminate your backdrop. Using the setup described above, I recommend placing one light (with diffusion) on either side of the green screen, a few feet back on a 45 degree angle.Right off the bat your results should be pretty close, and you can fine tune/adjust the angle of each light to make sure they’re not overlapping too much in the center. In other words, you don’t want to have a hotspot in the middle of your frame if both lights are spilling into each other. Be sure to adjust your lights and use flags when necessary, so your lighting is as even as possible.It should also go without saying that you’ll want to use the exact same lights on either side of the green screen for the sake of consistency. If you’re using two different lights, you could run into exposure issues (or even worse, color temperature issues) which could once again cause headaches in post. With regards to the rest of your lighting setup, these will be creative decisions and are ultimately up to you.If you want a more dramatic look on your talent, you can light them from the side. Alternatively, you might use two more flood lights on the talent’s face to create an even flat light. No matter what creative look you’re aiming for, the green screen will always need to be lit the exact same way.On bigger productions, you may need to use overhead lighting, additional sources, or more diffusion, but the basic principles outlined here will apply no matter what.For a quick video demonstration on a basic green screen lighting setup, check out this video from lynda.com:Got any tips for working with a green screen? Share them in the comments below.last_img read more

December 9, 2019 | | Post a Comment

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 Do your actions match your stated beliefs? Is what you do congruent with what you say you believe?Do your actions match your stated goals? Is what you do with your time moving you closer to you achieving your stated goals?Do your goals match your purpose in this life? If you achieve your goals will you make the contribution that you want to make?There is a power in congruity. There’s a certain efficiency in having your beliefs, your actions, your goals, and your purpose all aligned and in sync. It leads to faster and greater results. It leads to trust.last_img read more

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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 I read a magazine article this week in which the author described underperforming salespeople as “losers.” There was a time when I might have used similar language. I’ve heard some well known voices in the sales community use similar language.But underperforming salespeople are not losers; they’re just underperforming.Wrong RoleA lot of the time, the underperforming salesperson is in the wrong role. They are no more a loser than the hiring manager who put the underperforming salesperson in that role. They both may have made a mistake, the hiring manager by not recognizing that the person might not be a good fit or hiring out of desperation, and the non-salesperson for taking the wrong job.Lack Training and CoachingSome underperforming salespeople haven’t received any real training or development. They’ve never had good coaching. The organization that fails to deliver these things isn’t made up of a bunch of losers either. The organizations that fail these underperforming salespeople are stretched thin to provide all of the support their salespeople need, and most place too many internal burdens on their sales managers, eliminating time to help their sales force improve.Poor LeadershipSalespeople who fail often have poor leaders, and in the worst of cases, no leader. That doesn’t make them a loser, and it doesn’t mean their leader is a loser either. It means both could use some help. Many in sales management roles didn’t have a good model as a leader when they sold. They’re mostly doing what they’ve had done to them, whether that be micromanaging, focusing exclusively on activity, or plain neglect.Be KindWhen people hear you use words like “loser” to describe people with performance issues, they believe that you will be as judgmental when they have performance issues (worse still if you write it). It indicates that you believe that 100% of the blame lies with the underperforming “salesperson,” which is occasionally true.Using negative words to identify a poor-performing individual is a personal attack. These words betray a lack of respect. They destroy trust and moral authority.Notice this cat in the picture above has the L on backwards. That’s sometimes true.last_img read more

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first_imgYou don’t get paid to discover and keep track of the reasons you can’t do something. Deciding you can’t generate the outcomes you need by naming all of the things that make achieving those outcomes difficult doesn’t help anyone, least of all you. In the end, you are alone with your excuses. You create value worth paying for when you figure out how you can do something.You don’t get paid for being the devil’s advocate. You may have the purest of intentions when you count off all the reasons that an idea won’t work, how it’s failed in the past, and why it shouldn’t be pursued at all. You aren’t serving anyone by pointing out what won’t work and why. Exploring what will work and how it will work is necessary is a better role to play.You don’t get paid for helping people retain a too small vision of themselves. No one needs to be told that they can’t do something. No one needs to be discouraged. They don’t need to have their fears and insecurities reinforced. You can be the person who inspired someone to be more by encouraging them and believing in them, or you can be the person they proved wrong.You don’t get paid for giving up, giving in, or going home. Lots of people quit close to the finish line, but you don’t know their names. Giving up is being beaten by doubt. It’s forfeiting the game with time left on the clock. You get paid for persisting until you succeed.You don’t get paid for losing. You’re not supposed to lose. You’re not supposed to be dispassionate about what you do and the value you create for others. You’re supposed to compete. You get paid for learning from your failures, setbacks, missteps, and losses, and changing your approach. Eventually, you win.You don’t get paid for complaining. Whining doesn’t do anything to help you or anyone else. Commiserating with the cynics isn’t something that brings you success on any scale. You get paid for making things better.You don’t get paid for doing what you’ve always done. You get paid for growing, developing, taking greater accountability, and producing greater outcomes. If you want to be more, do more, have more, and contribute more, you have to grow more.last_img read more

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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 Occasionally I like to take note of what I see in the world of sales. The following obstacles to better sales results seem to be prevalent in companies – or pockets within those companies. Going into the world and displacing competitors, creating new opportunities, winning those opportunities, retaining clients, and growing revenue isn’t easy under the best of circumstances, let alone adding to it unforced errors.Outdated Approach: If your approach to sales is from 1988 (or even earlier), it is obsolete and of limited effectiveness. If your sales process and methodologies haven’t kept pace with the changes in the business environment, your results will suffer. As sales approaches evolve, your strategy, including your processes and methodologies, needs to evolve to match the times. If how you sell has not changed in any meaningful way, it will cause you to generate poor results. If you can’t compel change, your approach is outdated.Lack of Accountability: If there is an epidemic in sales organizations that causes them to produce poor results, it is the lack of accountability that plagues too many sales organizations. The twin problems of unengaged leaders and unwillingness to require people to do the work necessary to produce the results they need leads to results that continue to decline over time. Many leaders offer their people suggestions, allowing them the option to decide for themselves what they do and how they do it.Lack of Cadence: One of the reasons you might produce results that are less than what you need is because you lack an operating cadence for sales. There is no territory or account planning. There are no pipeline meetings, and if there are, they would be more accurately called mini-opportunity reviews. There is no real focus on managing and leading the sales force from week to week, and from quarter to quarter. You cannot stand up a sales organization without putting the necessary pieces in place.Not Enough Actual Selling: You would sell more if you spent more time selling and less time on everything else. The statistics on how little time salespeople spend selling are abysmal. If you have wished you had a larger sales force, you can double your sales efforts by merely removing the non-sales related tasks they spend their time on and allow them to focus on creating and winning new opportunities. One way to measure your selling time is to look at how much time you spend with your prospects and clients.Poor Execution: Some sales organizations have everything they need to reach their goals. They have the right people, the right approach, and the right value for their clients. What causes them to produce poor results is poor execution. Poor execution of their strategy, and poor execution of the primary tasks of their sales managers (coaching and development). It is possible to have everything you need to succeed and still fail due to a lack of execution. Selling well has never been easy. But the modern approach to sales is even more challenging to execute well. Execution challenges never resolve themselves.Too Little Prospecting: No opportunity is ever closed before it is opened. Salespeople, sales managers, and sales leaders love to focus on deals while trading prospecting as something less important. All of the deals you need to make your number all stem from your efforts to create new opportunities. It is a mistake not to treat opportunity creation as being as valuable—or more valuable—than deals. This is the same as wanting a good yield at harvest time without having planted the seeds necessary.Failure to Control the Process: You are supposed to have a sales process that outlines all the things you need to accomplish to create and win new deals. You are supposed to line your process up with your theory about your buyer’s journey (or their buying process). These ideas are honored in the breach. Where sales results are unsatisfactory, one of the reasons may be because the salesperson doesn’t have the ability—or willingness—to control the process. Instead, they let their prospective clients determine what they might do next—to the detriment of both the salesperson and their client.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. No Development Initiatives: If you are not getting better, you are getting worse. If you are not growing and improving, you are falling behind. The belief that sales problems can still be enhanced by technology hasn’t proven right. As technological solutions have proliferated over time, the number of salespeople reaching their goals has declined. Whether this is causation or correlation is irrelevant. The real challenge in effective selling is the interaction between the salesperson and their prospective clients. There is no decision your potential client will make that will be the result of the component parts of your sales stack. If there is no training, no development, and no coaching, you are not getting better.The symptoms of these root causes include sales results that are less than they should be. The way you improve those results is by treating the root causes.last_img read more

December 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe roads wear a deserted look as the GJM called for an indefinite total bandh in Darjeeling. A soldier patrols next to a burned out vehicle after clashes with supporters of the separatist GJM in Darjeeling.A man has been killed and dozens of police personnel injured in clashes between Indian security forces and protesters. A child rides her tricycle as paramilitary personnel stand guard during an indefinite strike in Darjeeling on June 16, 2017. Students, returning home after the closure of schools, walk past shuttered shops during a general strike called by the GJM. The imposition of Bengali in schools had sparked the protests for a separate state. A child rides her tricycle as paramilitary personnel stand guard during an indefinite strike in Darjeeling on June 16, 2017. Supporters of the separatist Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) group shout slogans while burning an effigy of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during an indefinite strike called in Darjeeling on June 19, 2017. Hundreds of protesters on June 18 paraded with coffins containing the bodies of two men they claimed were killed in clashes with Indian security forces in Darjeeling, as the hill resort reels from separatist unrest. Members of the Indian Muslim community take part in a rally in support of a separate state of Gorkhaland in Darjeeling on June 18, 2017. A tourist looks on as security personnel stop the supporters of the GJM during a protest amid a general strike in Darjeeling.Thousands of tourists fled the Indian hill resort of Darjeeling on June 12 after local activists demanding the creation of a new state warned that a general strike could degenerate into violence. Hundreds of troops and riot police patrolled the streets of the famed tea-producing resort in eastern India as panicked tourists packed their bags. Supporters of the separatist Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) group shout slogans while burning an effigy of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during an indefinite strike called in Darjeeling on June 19, 2017. Hundreds of protesters on June 18 paraded with coffins containing the bodies of two men they claimed were killed in clashes with Indian security forces in Darjeeling, as the hill resort reels from separatist unrest. center_img Members of the Indian Muslim community take part in a rally in support of a separate state of Gorkhaland in Darjeeling on June 18, 2017. The roads wear a deserted look as the GJM called for an indefinite total bandh in Darjeeling. An all-party meet convened by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) will chalk out their “next course of action” as the indefinite shutdown continued to cripple normal life in Darjeeling for the sixth consecutive day.The meeting, which was believed to have been attended by all the political parties of the hills, was scheduled to be held at Gymkhana Club at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.“We will discuss with all the hill parties and chalk out our next course of action,” a GJM leader said.The hill parties have agreed that the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state was a “priority”.Security forces were patrolling the streets and Internet services remained suspended for the third day on Tuesday.Except medicine shops, all other shops remained closed.On Monday, effigies of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were burnt as thousands of protesters marched on the streets of Darjeeling demanding a separate state. A soldier patrols next to a burned out vehicle after clashes with supporters of the separatist GJM in Darjeeling.A man has been killed and dozens of police personnel injured in clashes between Indian security forces and protesters. A tourist looks on as security personnel stop the supporters of the GJM during a protest amid a general strike in Darjeeling.Thousands of tourists fled the Indian hill resort of Darjeeling on June 12 after local activists demanding the creation of a new state warned that a general strike could degenerate into violence. Hundreds of troops and riot police patrolled the streets of the famed tea-producing resort in eastern India as panicked tourists packed their bags. Students, returning home after the closure of schools, walk past shuttered shops during a general strike called by the GJM. The imposition of Bengali in schools had sparked the protests for a separate state. A tourist looks on as security personnel stop the supporters of the GJM during a protest amid a general strike in Darjeeling.Thousands of tourists fled the Indian hill resort of Darjeeling on June 12 after local activists demanding the creation of a new state warned that a general strike could degenerate into violence. Hundreds of troops and riot police patrolled the streets of the famed tea-producing resort in eastern India as panicked tourists packed their bags.last_img read more

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first_imgServitors of the 12th century Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri, have opposed the entry of non-Hindus into the shrine suggested by the Supreme Court of India.A 22-member servitors’ team accompanied by Maheswar Mohanty, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister, and Pinaki Mishra, Member of Parliament of Puri, on Sunday, met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to apprise him about the situation. Recently, a Supreme Court Bench had asked the temple management to consider if non-Hindus can be allowed to enter the shrine. The court was hearing a petition that highlighted difficulties faced by visitors.last_img read more

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first_imgThe residents of Titoli village in Haryana’s Rohtak district have adopted an oral resolution at a meeting asking the Muslim population to keep Hindu names and to not offer namaz in the open or display visible identity markers such as skull caps and long beards, among others. Half-a-dozen police personnel from the Titoli police post were present at the time of the meeting on Tuesday.A mob had attacked the house of a Muslim family in the village on August 22 accusing them of killing a calf. Two persons were arrested in this connection under the Indian Penal Code and The Punjab Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955.Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Rohtak, Rakesh Kumar told The Hindu over phone that the matter came to his knowledge on Wednesday evening and a probe would be conducted into it. “It is unconstitutional. I will speak to the village sarpanch in this connection,” said Mr. Kumar.More decisions Rohtak Tehsil Nambardars’ Association president Suresh Nambardar, who was present at the meeting, said it was held on Tuesday evening and the members of all castes and religious communities from the village were present. He said apart from the strictures, it was also decided that the Waqf Board land measuring over an acre in the middle of the village would be taken over by the panchayat and a plot given to the Muslims outside the village for burial.Mr. Suresh said Hindus and Muslims had been living in harmony in the village for several decades, but some new settlers from Uttar Pradesh have disturbed the peace of the village.It was also decided in the meeting that Yameen, who faces cow slaughter charges and whose house was attacked in August, would not be allowed to enter the village.Rajbir, a local Muslim leader, said the community accepted the decisions to maintain harmony. “Anyway, we have been keeping Hindu names since the Partition and do not wear skull caps or keep beards. Since there is no mosque in the village, we travel around 8-10 km to Rohtak city to offer namaz on Fridays and other occasions,” said Mr. Rajbir.He said he also donated ₹11,000 to the village gaushala on behalf of his community at the meeting.Muslim Ekta Manch president Shahzad Khan condemned the decisions as “unconstitutional” and said the locals were forced to accept it as they had no choice.last_img read more

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first_imgNearly a fortnight after he was jailed in a cheque bounce case, a 64-year-old debt-ridden farmer collapsed in a prison here and died, officials said on Wednesday.Ranvir Singh had complained of uneasiness before he collapsed in Bhiwani jail on Monday. He was rushed to a hospital here, where he died, police said.Initially his family refused to accept the body for cremation or join the magisterial inquiry. His kin agreed to a post-mortem and to conduct the last rites only after the district administration acceded to some of their demands, including a loan waiver and a job for a family member.“The (deceased’s) kin agreed to inquest under CrPC. The post-mortem examination was conducted on Wednesday,” Superintendent of Police Ganga Ram Punia said.Deputy Commissioner Anshaj Singh said Ranvir was sent to jail on September 21 following his conviction in a cheque bounce case.Cooperative bank loanRanvir had taken a loan from a cooperative bank here many years ago, he said.“He was convicted earlier and sent to jail on September 21. On Monday, he collapsed and later died. The post-mortem examination report says that he most probably died due to cardiac arrest,” the Deputy Commissioner said.Mr. Singh said the district administration will recommend to the State government to waive the deceased farmer’s loan.A kin of the deceased has also been promised a job.In Ranvir’s village, locals said the district administration has also promised his family a compensation of ₹5 lakh, but the officials remained tight-lipped. Ranvir had taken a loan of ₹1.50 lakh, which swelled to over ₹9 lakh by 2016, officials said.His cheques for loan repayment were dishonoured, after which the bank initiated proceedings against him. He was convicted by a trial court over two years ago and his appeal against the conviction was dismissed by a higher court last month.last_img read more