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  • Video Tutorial: Using RED Look Files to Improve Your Shooting

    first_imgRED shares a quick tutorial for creating and saving your looks to an Epic or Scarlet – great for visualizing a specific look on set.Say you’re looking to achieve a unique visual style with your project and are planning to apply a very specific color grade in post.  In most situations, the best you could do on set is estimate how these post-production treatments will effect your image, trying to account for them in your lighting and shot setup.  RED’s changing this precedent, by allowing the DP and crew to actually see these color grades through the camera monitor while shooting, using REDCINE-X PRO.The process of getting the look files from the camera, through a digital intermediate setup and back to camera is surprisingly simple. Capture a sample shot, save it to your RED Mag and open in REDCINE-X PRO. Apply color grading to the shot, save the RED Look file to the Mag and it’s back to camera.  Now you can actually see the grade applied to the live image and make adjustments to the lighting, setup, wardrobe, etc. before the camera even starts rolling.Because the RED ONE, Epic and Scarlet shoot data-rich RAW files, you have great latitude to further modify the image when you get it into post. The Look file is RED metadata (note the extension .RMD), making it easy to keep the grade you used on set, modify it or drop it altogether.Use the RED Look file to develop a good baseline for your shooting.  The ability to see color grades in camera is one way that RED is improving the production process and empowering the filmmaker.For more REDCINE-X PRO tutorials check out the official RED Digital Cinema Vimeo page.last_img read more

  • Video Showcase! Best Stop Motion Videos

    first_imgWe’ve rounded up 16 of the very best stop motion videos for your creative inspiration!The following roundup represents some of the very best stop motion videos today!  From detailed narratives to stripped down illustrations, these stop motion videos provide awesome inspiration for your creative projects!The featured stop motion videos showcase brilliant effects – frame by detailed frame.  Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments.GULP from Nokia HDADDRESS IS APPROXIMATE from The TheoryLOVE STORY IN STOP MOTION from Carlos LascanoPROTEIGON from BURAYANSKATEBOARD ANIMATION from Tilman SingerHUDSON “AGAINST THE GRAIN” from DropbearSORRY I’M LATE from Tomas Mankovsky(NOTES ON) BIOLOGY from ornana filmsTHE OLD MAN AND THE SEA from Marcel SchindlerZERO from Zealous CreativeTHIS IS WHERE WE LIVE from 4th EstateJOY OF DESTRUCTION from Xaver XylophonNO NOODLES from Tyler NicolsonWHAT’S COOKIN? from LRGSEED from Seed MovieAANAATT from Max Hattlerlast_img read more

  • How to Create a Hyperlapse Plus 3 Cool Example Videos

    first_imgHyperlapse is motion applied to timelapse…and it’s sweeping the pro video community. In this post learn how to create your own hyperlapse video and check out a few impressive examples.Image from Trey Ratcliff on FlickrOver the last few years hyperlapse has become a sought-after video shooting technique. Unlike timelapse which is usually shot from a fixed position (tripod) or with subtle movement (slider/dolly), Hyperlapse requires the camera to be moved through long distances. The result are visually dynamic shots, with the camera sweeping around an object in hyper speed.As if timelapse shots weren’t tricky enough, hyperlapse shots require an even greater degree of technical skill and tricks – making sure the camera is stable and moves at a set interval for each frame.In this entertaining video tutorial by Indy Mogul, you’ll get a quick primer on how to shoot your own hyperlapse video using a tripod, chalk, tape measure and camera with intervalometer (in-camera tool for taking shots at a set interval). Bonus tip: Using the After Effects warp stabilizer gives a nice smooth result to your Hyperlapse footage.Want to see more examples of Hyperlapse shooting? Check out the videos below that showcase Hyperlapse shots in a variety of conditions and environments. Then, get out there and experiment on your own!last_img read more

  • Unleash the Power of the Premiere Pro Project Panel

    first_imgStaying organized is key for becoming a faster and more efficient editor. Here are a few ways to customize your Premiere Pro Project panel for your specific project.A lot of video editors don’t realize the power of the Premiere Pro Project panel. There are obvious workflow benefits and opportunities to streamline the editing process that come with organization and utilizing metadata. All of this organization and streamlining takes place in the Project panel.The Project PanelThe Project panel is the heart of your video project. It’s where all of your media assets reside. Graphics, video clips, audio — Adobe Premiere Pro is known for its ability to cater to a wide range of file types. You can view your assets in two different view modes: List or Icon. While in List View, the Project panel displays a row of columns containing information about each media asset. This information is the metadata.Don’t let the word metadata scare you away — it’s simply the information included with a media asset that gives detailed information about that particular file. It’s data about data. Metadata can include a very wide array of information, including the date the file was created, the camera used to create the image, the lens used, exposure settings, etc.These metadata columns in the Project panel can be customized through the Metadata Display window. You access this window by control-clicking one of the columns, or by simply going to the Project panel dropdown menu. Once you’re in the Metadata Display window, you’ll see just how much information can be displayed with an asset. The Premiere Pro Project Metadata section alone has 40+ properties for you to choose from.A Real World Example of Using Metadata to Organize Your WorkflowEvery so often I shoot and edit video content for submission to a stock house like Shutterstock. This includes shooting a variety of takes of the same subject matter, often in slightly different angles and setups. I name the clips with a short and simple description and number. In Premiere, I load up my clips in the source monitor for review and then place them in a timeline to prepare them for export, one clip at a time.In the beginning, I found myself looking back over into the Project panel, occasionally wondering which clips I had already prepped. If I took a break and came back to the project later, I would have to look through my sequences and find the last clip I had prepped for export. I needed a faster and more efficient way to see which clips were finished and which ones still needed to be prepped and exported. I created a Bin labeled ‘Exported,’ but it was still a bit clunky.To speed up the process, I added several metadata columns to my Project panel. Using the Metadata Display window, I added three columns: Video Usage, Good, and Label. The possibilities for customization are really limitless when it comes to organizing and streamlining via metadata in the Premiere Pro Project panel. I suggest you open up the Metadata Display window in your Project panel and poke around. You’ll streamline your workflow before you know it!How do you use the Premiere Pro project panel to keep your projects organized? Share in the comments below. Video Usage: As the name entails, Video Usage allows you to see if a clip has been used somewhere within your project. It will show you where and on what sequence the clip is being used, right down to the timecode. You can click and launch that sequence straight from the column. AMAZING.Good: This is a nothing more than a checkbox. By dragging this column next to my clip names, it allows me to quickly check off and see which clips I have used. As soon as I’m finished with a clip, I can check it as Good.Label: This is a simple color. Premiere offers you eight different color options. You can group your clips by color to help keep yourself organized.As you can see in the image above, I can use just one or all of these metadata columns to keep my project organized and help speed up my workflow. And I’m sure there are additional columns I could use to help speed things up, since there are 1,000 different ways to do the same thing within Premiere. You just have to find what works best for you.Now that I’ve customized the columns in my Project panel, I can save the layout by right clicking on any of the metadata columns and selecting ‘Metadata Display.’ This way, if I find myself jumping around between different types of productions, I can have several metadata display presets available for quick access.And finally, if you can’t find a metadata property that you like, you can create your own! Simply click on Add Property and you’ll see that you have four different flavors from which to choose:Integer: a whole numberReal: any number including decimals. (Quick Note: You can do real math equations by clicking into the number.)Text: a blank text box for editing.Boolean: a checkbox.last_img read more

  • Need to Blur a Face in Premiere Pro? Here’s How You Do It

    first_imgIn this video tutorial, learn how you can obscure your subject’s identity in Adobe Premiere Pro by using the mosaic effect.Cover image via Shutterstock.If you’ve worked in television or documentaries long enough, you’ve probably had to blur out a face once or twice. Maybe you don’t have a release form, or you want to protect someone’s identity from being exposed. Whatever the case may be, adding a mosaic to a person’s face in Premiere Pro is quick and easy. Premiere’s mosaic effect comes with user-friendly tools that will allow you to easily apply a mosaic to a moving face in just a few minutes. Let’s take a look at how we can do this. Step 1 — Add the Mosaic EffectFirst I need to apply the mosaic effect to my clip. This effect allows me to add horizontal and vertical blocks to my image. I can add keyframes to both of these attributes, and there’s an option to sharpen the colors of my mosaic. Also, as with most effects in Premiere Pro, there is a mask tool inside the mosaic effect. Now that I have applied the effect, it’s time to add a mask to our subject.Step 2 — Create a MaskThere are several different ways to add a mask with the mosaic effect. I can quickly create an ellipse or 4-point polygon mask, or I can use the pen tool to create a custom path. Since I’m masking a face, the ellipse tool will work just fine. Once I click the ellipse mask tool, I’ll position the mask over my subject’s face. Next, I need to track the mask to my subject’s face as she walks through the scene.Step 3 — Track Mask PathWhen tracking a mask path, there are three tracking methods from which to choose:PositionPosition and RotationPosition, Rotation, and ScaleSince my subject is moving toward the camera, I’ll leave the tracking method on the default Position, Rotation, and Scale method. I can track the mask forward or backward, frame by frame or with standard playback. It’s best to start the track when your subject is closer to the camera. Once the track is complete, I should be able to see keyframes on my mask path attribute.Step 4 — Fine-TuneAs long as my track was successful, I should now have a mosaic applied to the subject’s face. For the final step, I can fine-tune the effect. There’s a variety of different things I can do to fine-tune the effect, including adjusting the mask expansion, the mask feather, and the number of horizontal and vertical blocks. Again, since my subject is moving toward the camera, I can add keyframes to any of these attributes to have them change as the subject approaches.And there you have it. In just a few minutes, I’ve created a mosaic that follows my subject as she moves through the scene.Looking for more Premiere Pro tips? Check out these articles:How to Read Lumetri Scopes in Adobe Premiere ProShutterstock’s Free Plugin Brings 8 Million+ Clips to Premiere Pro15 FREE Camera Shake Presets for After Effects and Premiere ProImprove Your Edits with Better Audio in Premiere ProColor Grading: How to Change the Seasons in Premiere Prolast_img read more

  • Should You Ever Give Your Client The Unedited Project Footage?

    first_imgSo you’ve finished a great video for your client. They’re happy. You’re happy. However, they want the footage files, too. What should you do?Cover image via Shutterstock. It’s happened to nearly every video producer at some point (and if it hasn’t happened yet, it will). You’ve gone through multiple rounds of revisions, you’ve perfected the client’s vision, and you’ve sent it off with fingers crossed. Good news: the client loves it — now the video appears as planned (YouTube, social, etc.). Then, a couple weeks later, the client wants you to hand over the project files and/or the footage.This is always a difficult moment. Your initial thought will probably be, “Well, what was wrong with what I delivered?” or “I never agreed to this” or even “They will have no idea how to use these files.”If you say no, the client might get upset. If you say yes, you might lose out on potential work in the future — or the client might take your work and make it terrible without your input. Even worse, they might release something terrible with your name still on it.Here are some of my personal thoughts on how to handle this situation.Expectations Are KeyImage via stockfour.Before you start any work on any project, you and the client both need to clearly lay out your expectations.I get it, though — sometimes a job just starts out weird. Every once in a while, you’ll just find yourself working for a client without having discussed contracts, expectations, or deliverables. Even though I have a pretty strict contract policy for my clients, every once in a while, I’ll find myself working on something without taking the necessary steps due to a time crunch or absent mindedness. It happens.This is almost always exactly when this situation arises.It’s crucial to make sure you don’t spend a single hour on a project working outside of the parameters you’ve agreed on. You need very clear expectations for project deliverables. When the client asks you if you are interested, the first thing you should tell them (after “yes”) is exactly what you will deliver — along with your quote.If you’ve already told your client that you don’t provide raw files unless you have previously agreed to do so, then you’ll have a leg to stand on when they ask for it.Know Your RoleImage via piaharrisphotography.This one might seem kind of obvious, but I wouldn’t mention it if I didn’t know about multiple cases when this idea didn’t come into consideration.There is a very big difference between being hired as a production company or as a shooter. As a shooter, your only job is probably providing footage. There’s no real high ground here when it comes to withholding footage. You have one job.If you are working as a production company, that means that you’re providing the works: shooting, editing, and producing. This is where you do have the high ground — the footage you shot is for the edit you will provide. The company is buying the final product, not your footage. If the client is absolutely hell-bent on getting their hands on your footage, you have every right to ask for more money.Don’t Be HeadstrongImage via Vulp.I understand that it can be frustrating to deal with a client who asks for a lot. But if you are dealing with a recurring client who brings you constant business, sometimes it’s easier to take the high road than fight tooth and nail. It’s a simple business decision: do you give something away for a small price (or even free) to secure work from this client in the future? If you burn a bridge because you don’t want to hand over raw footage, you might be in the right, but you might also lose out on thousands of dollars.On the other hand, if the client doesn’t respect your wishes and treats you terribly, then do you really want to work with them again in the future? If you politely decline to provide footage and they come back with expletives and threats to “ruin you in this town,” then bail. You don’t want that type of person on your client list.Play the SituationImage via nd3000.When it all boils down, the situation really helps you determine the best course of action. Is this client a repeat customer who pays on time? Is this a friend whom you don’t mind sharing with? Does the client have a good reason for raw footage (such as archival purposes)? Working out deals with people is straight-up business, and it’s a vital part of being a successful freelancer.And remember, If you really don’t want to hand over your raw footage, you still have the right to hold on to it if you are the one producing the video. If they politely ask for the footage, charge ’em. If they demand the footage . . .Charge ’em double.Looking for more information on video production? Check out these articles.Take Your Creative Briefs to the Next Level With Adobe InDesignFree AE Templates and Assets to Celebrate 25 Years of After EffectsEditing Tips: 8 Ways You Can Save a Shot in Post-ProductionWhy Video Producers Should Budget for Profit MarginsFreelance Tips: 7 Best Practices for Invoicing Clientlast_img read more

  • Take Your Creative Briefs to the Next Level With Adobe InDesign

    first_imgMake your creative briefs pop with Adobe InDesign, and learn how to combine aesthetics and narrative into something that resonates with your clients.Cover image via Alexander Kirch.As freelancers, the primary reason we use creative briefs is to define the aesthetic and storyline of a project and align our creative vision with our client’s goals.However, we think of our proposals and treatments as opportunities to stand out in the crowd, make our clients feel special, and add some wow-factor to our projects.Often referred to as treatments, storyboards, or simply creative briefs, these documents combine several elements that outline the story, the aesthetic, and the creative approach to jaw-dropping projects.Simply put, our goal with each and every brief is to create a rich treatment that unveils our unique approach to the client’s needs.One of the ways we can do this is by getting out of the word processor and stepping into a more creative application, like Adobe InDesign.In this video tutorial, let’s take a look at just how to do that. What Comes After?It’s important to walk your client through the finished creative brief. Clarify anything they don’t understand, and brainstorm ways to improve or realign the aesthetic. Once the client has signed off on the treatment, your next step is to ramp up pre-production. Conduct location scouting and test shoots, build out your production design, and write a shooting script that expands the storyline.Looking for more filmmaking tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: Better, Faster, Stronger Editing TipsVideo Tutorial: How to Shoot Product Videos on a BudgetHow to Export Illustrator Icons to Use in After Effects and Premiere ProAnimate A ‘Top 10 Countdown’ Screen With After EffectsAnimate Clean Commercial Graphics in Adobe After Effects Why InDesign?Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing application for creating ebooks, presentations, magazines, and interactive PDFs. It’s an excellent tool for creating professional and eye-catching proposals.Users have full control over what goes on the page, without the formatting limitations of some word processors. However, InDesign’s greatest advantage for filmmakers and other creatives is that it lets you add and arrange visual material, such as photos, images, and interactive elements — like videos and animations.But before we talk about how to use the application, let’s talk about what elements your creative briefs should include.The Five Elements of a Creative BriefYour creative briefs need to be short (1-2 pages max.).Your clients will be busy running their businesses, and it’s likely that your project is just one among many that they’re balancing. Respect their time with a “one-pager” that answers the five key questions of any project.1. How does the idea unfold?This section should consist of a 5-7 sentence summary of your storyline. This is the meat of the proposal, and it should tell the client what the project is about.2. How will you film it?How will you shoot the project? Is there any key information that your client should know — things like capturing aerial footage, hiring actors, working in precarious locations, etc. Don’t bog them down with production lingo, but explain any scenes that would require extra equipment, team members, or setups.Take this opportunity to showcase your problem-solving skills. A well-thought out approach will show your client that you’re worth the big bucks — and what you do is more complicated than just pointing the camera at something and pressing record.3. How will viewers feel afterward?Emotional effect often ends up on the sidelines in most project proposals.This section is where you align your creative vision of the project to your client’s goals. How does this tie back to their target market? What calls to action should the spot include? Why does this film make their audience want to purchase, subscribe, visit, etc.?4. How long will the project be?Estimate the final length. At the outset, your client may specify a duration (such as a 30-sec television spot, etc.) However, if the project is more like a brand film, this could vary. Do you offer them a shorter vignette for their social media channels? List that information here.5. What kind of music will you use?Use this section of the proposal to outline a rough idea of the score. It’s a good idea to start this dialogue early for two reasons:To avoid post-production surprises.To get your music licensing coordinator started early.last_img read more

  • How to Take Photos with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

    first_imgWhile the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K won’t replace your go-to still camera, it can capture stills to make referencing and scouting much easier.Ever since the T2i, I’ve been writing tips and producing video tutorials on how to take a camera primarily made for capturing stills and using it to create the “cinematic” look in its video mode. And now, here we are taking a pocket camera that has been made for cinema, and looking at how to use it to capture stills (cue Inception music).This notion isn’t new. Back in 2009, two years after the release of the RED ONE, the camera captured a cover photo of Megan Fox for Esquire magazine.It’s interesting to read the take on the experience of the shoot, as a decade later, it reads like a lost relic:For the first time in Esquire‘s history (and, we imagine, magazine history in general), a cover image was shot as a video. Using the RED ONE, a video camera that captures images at four times the resolution of high-definition, photographer-director Greg Williams (see below) recorded ten minutes of loosely scripted footage with Fox . . . ‘She could run scenes, without being reminded by the sound of a shutter every four seconds that I was taking a picture. As in still photography, a lot of it is capturing unexpected moments. This takes that one step further.’The Pocket 4K has been rolling into new users’ hands over the last few weeks, and more filmmakers are looking to get the most out of the camera. While the camera only houses an eight-megapixel sensor, and doesn’t have the typical photo features found on a mirrorless/DSLR-turned-film camera, we can get stills if necessary, and the 4K resolution provides more than enough for quick reference snaps.There are two ways of doing so.Using the Still ButtonOn the top panel, situated next to the red record button, there’s a camera icon button, which you use to capture a still. However, unlike a typical shutter release button — which will capture images continuously until you lift your finger from the button — this will only take the one still image, then you’ll need to press the button again. When pressed, it’s not initially apparent that you may have taken a photograph. There’s no digital shutter sound, no beep, nor does the screen blink. Instead, you’ll see this small camera icon appear in the top-right of the LCD screen after pressing the camera still button.It’s not that obvious — even less so in bright conditions. To make matters even more confusing — or perhaps more beneficial to those filming who don’t want to view stills when browsing their takes — is that when browsing your media on the camera through the playback function, you can’t review your photos. Again, a stills camera this is not, but one would hope it’d be a feature, considering we have a stills button. Even if we had to go into the menu subsystem to find a separate stills folder to review the media, it’d be better than nothing.Upon hitting the stills button, a still (formatted at your current camera setting) will save as a single DNG frame in a new submenu on your card, aptly titled “Stills.” And, cleverly, the stills get renamed with new characters to avoid unnecessary imports when you’re just looking for video files. As with the GH5, for example, if you were to record video, it’d be titled P1040598, and then if you were to take a photo the second after, the photo would be titled P1040599. With the Pocket 4K, stills will continue to follow the naming conventions set on the Pocket 4K, but they will send with S001 and so forth.An alternative method, and one we’ve extensively covered in a previous article for Resolve, is to frame-grab a 4K still from your NLE. It’s the method behind the Megan Fox cover issue, and it’s the method I used to create the poster below.However, whether you choose to capture a still from the camera using the dedicated button or from a frame grab, you’re still limited in how you capture photographs. The camera, at default, is set to shutter angle, the primary shutter setting for cinema cameras.Why is this such a significant factor? Well, typically the shutter speed is the principle setting that controls how long the image is exposed to light, and it will affect the degree of blur. In cinema, the slight amount of blur we get from 24fps at 180-degree shutter is responsible for what many call the “film look” and is a staple of how we perceive cinematic images. The problem is, it’s not great for taking photographs, because even the slightest movement is going to result in a blurry image.To adjust this, we can enter the setup menu and switch the shutter measurement from shutter angle to shutter speed. This will present us to change the shutter measurement to a setting more familiarly found on DSLRs. It allows us to adjust the shutter speed from 1/24 to 1/2000.If you don’t want to continue switching between shutter measurements in the heat of the moment, you can follow the steps below to try and neutralize any motion blur.We want to change the shutter angle to 45-degrees, negating most of the blur from a moving subject (this really only pertains to frame grabs from a video file), and we want to increase the FPS to 60. In doing so, there will be more frames for any given movement, which again will further negate the motion blur with the 45-degree shutter angle. This will help you pluck a still image from your video file.A reference image captured on the BMPCC4K while location scouting.Truthfully, this camera was never designed for stills, and you shouldn’t treat it as such. Since the files are saved on a Cinema DNG frame, you can export the photo to grade quickly or to grab a reference frame when scouting without the burden of a huge video file. Don’t list your stills camera on eBay just yet — there’s still use for it.Cover image via Blackmagic.Looking for more articles on video gear? Check these out.The Teradek RT System: A Positive Change in Focus PullingThe 5 Best Sliders to Pair with Mirrorless Video CamerasCanon Announces an Affordable Full-Frame 24-240mm All-in-one Zoom LensViltrox vs. Metabones: Speed Booster for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera3 Cheap, Underappreciated Cameras Filmmakers Should Considerlast_img read more

  • Things That Won’t Get You Paid

    first_imgPossessing a Bad Attitude: Nothing repels money from you like a bad attitude. Negativity, cynicism, scarcity will all keep you from earning the money you want. A bad attitude will even prevent you from making money if you are smart and skilled. There are plenty of smart people with a bad attitude that never earn what they are capable of earning.Not Growing Personally and Professionally: It’s easy to stagnate. Comfort is your enemy. Discomfort is your ally. David Allen says, “The better you get, the better you better get.” You are capable of far more than you believe. Because you are your own greatest asset, the best investment you will ever make is the investment you make in yourself. You are being paid what you’re worth. Grow into the money you want.Doing the Bare Minimum and Poor Quality Work: The surest way to leave financial opportunity and earning on the table is to do the bare minimum. Poor quality work produces poor financial rewards (penalties, really). Money follows value. The more value you create, the more money you make. Good doesn’t pay. You get paid for being exceptional, for creating outsized value.Complaining: The time you spend complaining, griping, and standing around the water cooler with people who are unengaged and lack vision will prevent you from pecuniary advantages. The Founding Fathers, whose faces are captured on our money, hated whining and bellyaching. They were attracted to resourceful people who took initiate and solved problems.Avoiding Responsibility: Want to be paid more? Then be responsible for bigger and more strategic outcomes. You don’t get paid for doing nothing noteworthy. You don’t make money for producing nothing worthwhile. The reason earners earn is because they own bigger outcomes. If someone has to tell you what to do, you’re avoiding Benjamins.An Inability to Listen: Your ability to make money is directly proportional to your ability to listen. And your ability to communicate your ideas and your vision clearly. If you can’t listen, you can’t hear opportunities. It also betrays a self-orientation that makes it difficult to for people to believe that you care about them.Low Empathy: The less you care about other people, the less you understand what other people feel, the less you make. If you aren’t interested in other people’s feelings, you aren’t interested in other people. We are emotional creatures with a capacity to be rational and logical, not the other way around. The greater your ability to connect, the better your earnings.Lack of Confidence: You make what you believe you’re worth. If you have doubts about your worth, money will have doubts about you. No one believes before you believe. Once you believe, what you want follows.last_img read more

  • Unpredictable contest in the offing in Pune, Pimpri

    first_imgPune: A combined 37 lakh voters across 73 panels in the Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad townships will exercise their franchise on Tuesday for the civic polls.Despite pretensions to being a ‘Smart City’, Pune continues to be ridden with nightmarish traffic snarls, rutty roads and chronic water shortages.Against the backdrop of these issues, candidates in the fray are acutely aware of the importance of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municiapl Corporation (PCMC) civic polls.In the PMC panel list, number 25 in the city’s Wanowrie area features a crucial contest between incumbent mayor Prashant Jagtap of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and the Bharatiya Janata Party loyalist Prasad Hole.The panel has a populace of Defence personnel and servicemen.The BJP has pulled out all stops to ensure the Mayor’s defeat. The party got Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to campaign in the area last week, in a bid to win the hearts and minds of servicemen.Dynastic tussleThe PMC’s panel 9, which comprises the Baner-Pashan-Balewadi area, is set to witness a dynastic tussle between political families who’ve owned land in this region.Chandrashekhar Nimhan, son of the Shiv Sena’s city unit chief Vinayak Nimhan, is seeking re-election for the second time on a Sena ticket after having been elected on a Congress ticket in 2012.Despite the area considered as a territory of the Nimhans, Mr. Chandrashekhar faces stiff competition from sitting NCP corporator Baburao Chandere. The panel is one of the clusters that are to be developed under the ‘Smart City’ project. A number of vital issues are at stake here, namely the rejuvenation of the ecologically sensitive Pashan Lake and the improvement of key roads connecting the Hinjewadi IT Park and the Balewadi Sports Complex.The PMC’s posh Model Colony panel will witness another critical fight; between the BJP’s Siddharth Shirole, son of the party’s city MP Anil Shirole, who takes on the NCP’s Balasaheb Bodke. Family against familyIn the NCP’s bastion of Pimpri-Chinchwad, the Pimple-Saudagar panel has the dominant Kate family pitted against each other, with Sheetal Kate of the NCP contesting against relative Shatrughan Kate, who jumped the NCP to contest on a BJP ticket.Despite the forced transformation of this panel into an upmarket area, key issues — like lack of good schools and recreational amenities like decent parks — continue to bedevil the area.The BJP has left no stone unturned to supplant the NCP’s 10-year rule in both the civic bodies, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, along with some Central Ministers, campaigning owing to the party’s lack of prominent faces in the city.Close contestThe NCP, while rattled by defections of its brass to the BJP in the PCMC, still appears to be in the reckoning owing to Sharad Pawar’s extensive campaigning.Egged on by Uddhav Thackeray, the Sena hopes to make steady gains. The Congress, despite campaigns by its top leaders, appears to lack focus. The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) hopes to eat into the minority votes previously held by the Congress and the NCP.One party whose stock appears to be on decline is Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, despite an impressive performance in the previous civic polls. This is reflected in the MNS’s haphazard campaign, which barely featured one curiously muted public address in the city by Mr. Thackeray. Election watcher Harshal Lohokare said, “The allure of the 2017 civic polls is its sheer unpredictability. While the BJP is poised to make gains in the PCMC, the NCP is not going to be easy to dislodge. It appears to be a neck-to-neck contest.”last_img read more

  • Cong blames govt for unemployment

    first_imgMany senior Congress leaders on Tuesday blamed the Narendra Modi government at the Centre for its failure to create jobs for the unemployed youth in the country.Addressing a rally organised by the youth wing of the party, the Congress leaders also accused the BJP of spreading religious intolerance.Braving the scorching heat, a large number of young people from different parts of the State attended the rally outside the State Assembly.Indian Youth Congress president Amrinder Singh Raja criticised both the Narendra Modi government and the Naveen Patnaik government in the State for their failure to provide employment to the youth as promised.Mr. Raja alleged that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had a tacit understanding with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was due to Mr. Modi’s pressure that the CBI was not properly investigating the multi-crore chit fund scam in Odisha, he added.The rally was also addressed by OPCC president Prasad Harichandan.last_img read more

  • Minister passes of Vietnam bridge as one in India

    first_imgChhattisgarh’s PWD Minister posted a picture of a bridge on his Facebook page on Tuesday, claiming that it was an under-construction bridge across a river in Raigarh district of north Chhattisgarh. The picture, however, turned out to be that of a bridge in Vietnam.Rajesh Munat, the BJP MLA from Raipur (West) constituency in Chhattisgarh and Minister for PWD, transport, housing and environment in the Raman Singh Cabinet, posted the bridge’s picture on his Facebook page at 11.59 p.m. on Tuesday. He claimed that it was a bridge being constructed across the Kelo river for Lamdaraha road in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh. PWD minister Rajesh Munat (left) posted the picture on Facebook, but later deleted it. The minister received over 2,000 ‘likes’ and 155 comments on the post, which was shared by more than 150 people on the social network.But an anonymous reader informed Alt News, a news portal, that the image posted by Mr. Munat was that of a bridge from Vietnam, and was taken from online portal Saigan Online.A closure look at the minister’s post suggested that the picture was that of the Cho Chien Bridge in Mekong Delta area in southern Vietnam, which was inaugurated on May 16, 2016. The minister appears to have taken the bridge’s image from a news report on Saigan Online portal.Despite repeated attempts, Mr. Munat could not be reached for his reaction as his phone was switched off.The minister removed the post from his Facebook page, but came under criticism on social media sites.The Hindu managed to get a screenshot of the post before it was deleted.Mr. Munat is the second BJP leader to face flak for sharing a wrong image on social media in recent times. Union Minister Piyush Goyal had recently shared a picture from another country to showcase an LED-lit street in India.last_img read more

  • Mannan Wani’s conduct not objectionable: AMU

    first_imgThe internal probe constituted by the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) into the conduct of Mannan Bashir Wani has found “nothing objectionable” against him in his stay and conduct as a student of the University. Mr. Wani was suspended by the AMU on January 8, 2018, immediately after a picture of him with an AK-47 surfaced on social media. The 109-page report by the University, however, describes him as a “brilliant student” and certifies his “good conduct”. Mr. Wani, 25, was studying as a Ph.D scholar in Applied Geology after completing his Masters and M.Phil. in geology from AMU. Immediately after suspending Mr. Wani, the AMU had constituted a two-member probe committee to submit a report on his activities at the University. The committee declared in its report that it found “nothing suspicious or objectionable against Wani as far as his stay in the university as a student was concerned”.The report has been submitted to the Aligarh Police, which is probing Mr. Wani’s disappearance. The AMU had filed a report with the police saying that Mr. Wani had gone missing since January 2. The University authorities had declared in the missing person complaint that if Mr. Wani was caught for his involvement in illegal activities, the AMU would not be held responsible for it. Aligarh Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rajesh Pandey confirmed receiving the committee’s report and said that the police will send it to the U.P. Anti-Terrorism Squad for a detailed examination. The report was prepared after talking to a more than 100 people who had met Mr. Wani, including his teachers, supervisor, classmates and hostel-mates. Meanwhile, the AMU Students Union (AMUSU) has decided to launch a nationwide campaign demanding the government “declare concrete evidence that Wani had joined a terror group”. AMUSU president Mashqoor Ahmad Usmani told media, “It is indeed sad and unfortunate that merely on the basis of social media reports, the Government of India concluded that Wani has joined a terror group. Even the investigative agencies do not have any proof or evidence to substantiate the allegation.”last_img read more

  • Man mistaken as thief flogged to death in Rajkot

    first_imgA Dalit man was allegedly flogged to death by five persons at Rajkot in Gujarat.Identified as Mukesh Vania, a rag picker, the man was tied to a pole and beaten mercilessly by five persons, who mistook him for a thief at a factory in the Rajkot Industrial Area. He died later at the Rajkot Civil Hospital.Following the incident, the police arrested five persons, including the factory owner and booked under law on atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.Mevani condemns“Mr. Mukesh Vaniya belonging to a Scheduled Caste was miserably thrashed and murdered by factory owners in Rajkot, and his wife was brutally beaten up,” Gujarat’s independent MLA and Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani tweeted, condemning the incident.He described the Rajkot incident as worse than the Una flogging case and said that lawlessness prevailed in Gujarat. “This is a far more gruesome incident than [that in] Una. In Una, the victims were beaten up and humiliated. Whereas, here a man lost his life amidst caste violence… The government of Gujarat has still not learned from its past mistakes,” Mr Mevani wrote on Facebook.The whole incident was caught on CCTV. Later the footage went viral, sparking protests by Dalit groups.The State authorities immediately swung into action and announced a compensation of ₹8.5 lakh to the victim’s family with the assurance that the accused would not be spared.last_img read more

  • Suspected criminal shot dead by police in Muzaffarnagar encounter

    first_imgA suspected criminal was gunned down by police in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh in an alleged encounter, an official said on Monday.Police said that a police inspector in Purkazi area of Muzaffarnagar had a “chance encounter” with three motorcycle-borne suspected criminals while he was on patrolling duty.”In an exchange of fire one accused and the inspector were injured. Both injured were sent to the hospital,” said UP police spokesperson Rahul Srivastava.The accused died on the way to hospital. He was identified as Ramesh alias Rishipal, a resident of Deoband in Saharanpur.A 32-bore pistol with live cartridges and a stolen motorbike were recovered from him, police said.Police parties have been pressed to nab the other two, Mr. Srivastava added.Many cases against himAccording to police, Ramesh carried a bounty of ₹ 50,000 and had over two dozen criminal cases against him including loot, murder, attempt to murder and gangster activities in the districts of Meerut, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar and Baghpat.”He is an active member and shooter of the Jamshed gang,” said Mr. Srivastava.last_img read more

  • Debate on EVMs will go on: CEC

    first_imgThe Chief Election Commissioner of India O.P Rawat has reiterated that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were “unbiased and tamper-proof” and said the EC will allay concerns of all political parties on the matter.Mr. Rawat, who was in Nagpur on Tuesday to deliver a lecture on “Questions on the Electoral process: Apprehensions and Solutions”, claimed that the EVMs did not witness any malfunction and its failure rate was 0.5 %.“Today, many political parties are raising apprehensions about the EVMs. When the ballot papers were being used, lakhs of votes would get invalidated because of some small reason and at times, the victory margin would be less than the invalidated votes. Election by ballot paper involved many dangers and risks of manipulation. Our two neighbouring countries recently witnessed elections using ballot paper. But in both these countries, large-scale complaints are being received. Our technical experts from IIT Mumbai, Delhi and Bhilai have done a root cause analysis (of the EVMs) and improved it. Now you don’t witness [EVM] failures like the previous elections. Despite all this, some political parties are going to demand election by ballot paper. We will give them time and try to address their concerns,” Mr. Rawat said.Posing a counter question to those who raise doubts over the EVMs, Mr. Rawat said, “Common people, political parties, and the election commission have to decide [on the EVM]. If you can do transactions involving crore of rupees by electronic means, why do you want to go the other way [in terms of voting]?” Blaming the non-seriousness of some polling officials while taking training for EVM snags, Mr. Rawat said that some polling officials miss out on important details during training which causes EVM snags but the blame goes to the EVM.To a question from Congress leader and former Lok Sabha MP Nana Patole regarding malfunctioning of EVMs during the by-election in Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha constituency, the CEC said, “It wasn’t the EVM which witnessed snags. It was the VVPAT. New machines and those (officials), who didn’t take training properly, caused it. The VVPAT machines should be compatible with the same generation of the EVMs and the companies which is why the EVMs were brought from Surat for this election. The Election Commission is committed to resolving all the concerns of the stakeholders i.e. the people and political parties.”Terming the media management, including social media, and money management during elections as a worry for the Election Commission, Mr. Rawat said he was concerned over the misuse of money and public data during elections.Admitting that fake news affected elections, the CEC asked the people not to be vulnerable to it.“Have faith in the strength of the Constitution and the country’s institutions. Don’t doubt common citizen of this country. There are people who take money (from political parties) but vote for only those who do good work,” he added.He termed the Election Commission’s ruling over the Rajya Sabha election of Congress leader Ahmad Patel last year as proof of how the ECI was competent enough to take unbiased decisions. At the same time he expressed concerns over illiteracy of voters and democratic deficit.“The debate on the EVMs will go on. Some people are spreading rumours that the VVPAT captures pictures of the voters. We are running a campaign against this. We had connected 30 crore voter IDs to Aadhaar but the Supreme Court put a stay on it. We will start the process as soon as the court’s ruling comes,” he said and refused to comment on a “hypothetical question” if the Election Commission was ready for an early Lok Sabha election.last_img read more

  • Meghalaya mine mishap: SC to hear petition seeking urgent rescue measures

    first_imgThe Supreme Court agreed to hear on January 3 a writ petition seeking urgent measures to rescue 15 miners trapped inside a rat-hole mine in Meghalaya.Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday said the petition, which was orally mentioned by senior advocate Anand Grover for petitioner Aditya N. Prasad, will be listed on Thursday even as a multi-agency rescue operation is underway in the north-eastern State to locate and rescue the miners.Besides seeking for the framing of a standard operating procedure for rescue in mines and similar situations, the petition said the court should order the government to utilise the services of the expert technical arms of the Forces in the rescue operation immediately.The petition has also asked for the requisitioning of high capacity pumps, including the ones built by the Kirloskar Brothers Ltd., which were offered to the Royal Thai government in June/July 2018 during the cave rescue of the school boys and their teacher.The petition urged the court to order Coal India Ltd. to provide necessary technical know-how, equipment and guidance immediately at the rescue site.The miners were trapped on December 13 when water from Lytein river flooded the mine.last_img read more

  • Nagas take out rally in Delhi

    first_imgCarrying blue flags, thousands of Nagas marched in Delhi on Saturday to demand an “immediate political solution” to the Naga issue lingering on for decades.This was the first time that such a large mobilisation of Naga residents had taken place in Delhi after August 2015, when the government signed an agreement with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), the largest group representing the Nagas. A press statement issued by the group said, “The BJP has no merit to campaign for support among the Nagas in the upcoming 2019 general election unless there is a concrete promise for a solution.” The solution should be “honourable and acceptable” to them, they said.The Naga peace accord, which has been hanging fire since a framework agreement was signed with the NSCN-IM in 2015, is tied in knots.The rally was organised by the Naga Student Union Delhi (NSUD) in collaboration with the Naga community in Delhi under the theme ‘Global Nagas call for immediate political solution — honourable and acceptable”.After signing an agreement with the NSCN-IM, the Centre signed a preamble in November 2017 with six Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) to further hold discussions to find a solution to the issue.The protesters were carrying banners which said, “PM Modi pass an ordinance to solve Indo-Naga issue within stipulated time. PM Modi, where is the promised solution?” Around 3,000 Naga residents converged at Mandi House and later marched towards Jantar Mantar.last_img read more

  • Cyclone Fani: GoAir cancels flights to Bhubaneswar from Mumbai, Kolkata for Friday

    first_imgBudget carrier GoAir cancelled its flights on the Kolkata-Bhubaneswar and Mumbai-Bhubaneswar routes for Friday, owing to cyclone Fani and provide full refund to the passengers for its action. The extremely severe cyclonic storm is expected to hit the Odisha coast on Friday.“Owing to cyclonic storm Fani, the flights on the Kolkata-Bhubaneswar-Kolkata and Mumbai-Bhubaneswar-Mumbai routes stand cancelled for May 3,” GoAir said in a statement on Thursday.Earlier the airline had also announced waiving of the rescheduling/cancellations for its flights to and from Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Ranchi between May 2 and May 5 in the wake of the cyclone.The operations of various domestic airlines have already been affected due to the oncoming cyclone.“GoAir is waiving cancellation and change fees for Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Ranchi flights for travel between May 2 and May 5,” the airline said. It also said the passengers can re-book their flights within seven days of scheduled departure of the flight.Other States on the eastern coast, such as West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are also expected to be affected by the cyclone. Two other carriers – full service Vistara and budget carrier IndiGo – have already issued travel advisories to their respective customers on Twitter.IndiGo, later, in a revised statement said due to cyclone Fani, IndiGo flights to or from Bhubaneshwar have been disrupted. Flights later in the evening on Thursday are likely to be affected and all flights operating on Friday, stand cancelled.“We are accommodating passengers to the next available flights at no additional charge, waiving off cancellation fee and refunding full amount,” it said adding the airline will continue to review the situation and provide real time updates to passengers through various social platforms.last_img read more

  • Bill Revising Federal Grants Process Wouldn’t Change Practices at NIH and NSF, Says Sponsor

    first_imgChill out.The author of legislation that would alter how federal agencies manage competitive grants says his bill isn’t aimed at research agencies and “would not change” how those agencies do their jobs. He also said he plans to fix several provisions that are causing the most heartburn among academics and their institutions.Last week, Representative James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Grant Reform and New Transparency (GRANT) Act (H.R. 3316). The bill would force government granting agencies to, among other requirements, post funded applications on the Web, provide lists of reviewers, and enable unsuccessful applicants to request a “debriefing” from agency officials. Lankford says the legislation, a slightly revised version of something he proposed in 2011, is intended to level the playing field for grant applicants and give those who aren’t funded “the opportunity to learn from the experience.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Some of those provisions worry academic groups, who fear they would strip away the anonymity of reviewers or result in the disclosure of sensitive and proprietary information. But in an interview yesterday with ScienceInsider, Lankford said that’s not his intent. He said that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) “does a great job” and that his bill would affect only those agencies—he mentioned the departments of Education, Justice, and Commerce—“that do not have a transparent process in place.” And he said the legislation is still a work in progress.Lankford’s bill appears to be on a legislative fast track. Introduced on 23 October, the bill was approved Tuesday by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives along strict party lines and could come before the entire body later this fall.But Lankford says he is still tinkering with provisions that Democrats on the committee want to change. “As the bill stands now,” he told ScienceInsider yesterday, “it should not go to the floor” until those differences are worked out. An earlier version of his bill also cleared the committee in November 2011, but it never came up for a vote by the full House.Academic lobbyists say that they don’t object to the bill’s overall intent. “We appreciate the need for appropriate transparency to help ensure that taxpayers and policymakers have the necessary information and assurances that federal grant monies are well-managed and executed as intended,” a coalition of research universities wrote Lankford and committee Chairman Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) in 2011. Their fight, then and now, is over how much and what type of information should be made public.Posting proposalsOne major bone of contention is a provision that would require agencies to put the contents of every funded proposal on a government-wide website. “Posting full grant applications would make such ideas and preliminary results available to anyone, domestic and foreign, … thus undermining the hard work and intellectual capital the applicant and institution have already invested in the project,” notes the coalition’s 2011 letter. The bill allows agencies to delay such posting for up to 60 days.At Tuesday’s markup of the bill, Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) offered an amendment in which posting an abstract of the proposal, instead of the full text, would be the default option. The public would still have the right to request entire copies of winning proposals through a process governed by an existing sunshine law known as the Freedom of Information Act. The amendment was rejected along party lines by a vote of 19 to 15.However, Lankford told ScienceInsider that he thinks Connolly’s idea makes sense for research agencies such as NIH and the National Science Foundation (NSF). “It will probably end up that way,” Lankford says. “We’re working with Mr. Connolly to be able to have that option for a science project. Why wouldn’t you do that?”The reason he has insisted on posting the full proposal, Lankford says, is because the majority of grants don’t contain such sensitive information. “When you’re talking about a grant proposal for smart boards in the classroom, that’s not exactly intellectual property,” he explains.Identifying reviewersThe scientific community also objects to language that it fears could make it possible to identify individual reviewers. The bill language is ambiguous, calling for disclosure of “[t]he employer, and either the name and title or a unique identifier, of each individual who served as a peer reviewer for the grant program” during the previous 6 months. During the markup, Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) spoke in favor of using only the “unique identifier,” but the Republican majority dismissed the idea.However, Lankford says that Pocan’s suggestion is still on the table, and that, in fact, he expects research agencies to take that approach if the bill becomes law. “I can’t imagine that, among the science agencies, they would use anything except a unique identifier,” Lankford told ScienceInsider. “They are not going to use names because it’s a relatively small number of people involved. So they will use identifiers to protect who those individuals are.” He says that his goal is to make sure that agencies “don’t have the same people doing the reviewing year after year.”Getting a debriefingThe bill also gives losing applicants the chance to learn why their proposal was rejected. Agency officials have expressed concern over the additional time and resources that might be needed to conduct such “debriefings.” But again, Lankford says that he wasn’t thinking about research agencies when he inserted the provision.“I think that what NIH and NSF do now would suffice,” he told ScienceInsider. “But a fire department or a rural school that applies for a grant doesn’t have a professional grants writer. They just want to see a sample of what a winning grant looks like, and how they can avoid losing again if they apply next year.”Academic leaders believe that Lankford’s bill is redundant—as one put it, “it is an example of over-compliance.” They say that federal science agencies already go to great lengths to make their peer-review system transparent, to attract fresh reviewers, and to provide plenty of feedback to those whose proposals are not funded.During the interview, Lankford repeatedly praised how NIH and NSF now operate and said the bill would not require them to revise their policies and procedures significantly. “Other than unique identifiers, I can’t think of anything that NIH would have to do differently,” he noted.Despite his admiration for the status quo at many science agencies, Lankford thinks his bill sends an important message about how the federal government should operate. “There is no entitlement when it comes to a federal grant,” he says. “They are funded with taxpayer dollars, and they should be handled in the most open and transparent way possible.”last_img read more