Palam Vihar Posh Address But Living is a Let Down


A SPRAWLING township under a private builder, which is mostly inhabited by retired defence personnel and equal number of ladies and kids alike, does not have much to offer when it comes to basic infrastructure. The contrast between reality and what's advertised is best exemplified by advertisements by property dealers who promote Palam Vihar as "well-planned, hi-tech, maintained housing area, great area." But the Ansals, who are responsible for its maintenance, along with local municipal bodies have a lot to answer as far as standard of living is considered when it comes to 21st century living. When approached Vice President Sunil Kumar Yadav of the Residents Welfare Association of Ansal's Palam Vihar, to elucidate on where Palam Vihar was falling short, the Vice President said that quality of civic infrastructure was affecting quality of life of the residents of Palam Vihar. Mr. Yadav lamented that inspite of giving a detailed account of what the resident's welfare association and the residents needed, the Ansals Group has not paid any heed to their requisitions. In a city where crime rate is high, housing societies and tax-paying citizens expect that at least basic law and order is taken care of and they don't have to worry about what would happen the next time they go out, or leave their house for a few days.

The RWA representative claims that 700 acres is what Palam Vihar is spread across and there should be a minimum of 100 guards to provide adequate security. The reality is that builders and their contractors do not even have 30 guards in total. Adding to the woes is the dilapidated condition of the guard rooms, which mostly stays inhabited with broken main entrances. Meanwhile, the residents of Palam Vihar also express concern about safety, cleanliness, and the situation of power, which is negatively affecting the quality of life of the residents. A retired professor said that the Palam Vyapar Kendra, which is a central shopping location in Palam Vihar, is very unkempt and dirty.

He further added that cases of thievery have been very frequent and unfortunately he himself was a victim when he went abroad with his family. Then there are stray animals, which give residents the jitters. Residents and shopkeepers spoken to said that frequent power cuts is affecting students, professionals, housewives, senior citizens and entreprenuers. For a supposedly well-planned area, Palam Vihar needs much more planning and execution in terms of co-ordinating with local municipal bodies and state government machinery in order to provide civic infrastructure that matches the expanse of the 'posh' area. After all, what good are tall buildings, mansions, schools, hospitals, and shopping complexes if they run on generators; no guards who can ensure security; thieves who can push off with your new car; and grime and rubbish strewn right opposite marble entrance.

Christian Orthodox Funeral For My Grandma


It is often tough for us to arrange for the funeral ceremonies of our closest persons. Nevertheless, you need to follow by some harsh realities at certain points of your life. I felt these facts from inside when my dearest grandma passed away last month. Being an orphan, I had grown up in hands of my grandma who had never let me feel the dearth of my parents. Maybe she had been my grand mom and our age difference was huge, she was more like a close friend to me. Seeping her death was extremely upsetting for me. However, I thought what I could do best for her is to arrange for a Christian orthodox funeral ceremony for the peace of her soul. In my entire life, I have hardly seen such a religious fellow like my grandma. There could be barely a Sunday on which she failed to visit her nearby church. Hence, an orthodox cremation ceremony might be the right kind of burial, as I thought. I was not ever aware of the customs of Christian funerals. I had lost my parents long back, and I could not even remember how they departed this poor world.

However, I believe that my grandma had arranged for a perfect cremation for them when both of them lost their lives in a road accident. My bringing up has been in a liberal environment. My grandma had never tried to enforce any religious belief on me. Arranging for the Christian burial for me therefore was a kind of big challenge when she passed away. If you have the experience of arranging funeral for any of your close one, you may feel it better how tough it is. For me, my grandma was everything. From sharing my college gossips to enjoying movies together, what not I have done with grandma! She was leaving me forever. It was a very very tough situation for me, but I needed to arrange for the perfect orthodox funeral in respect for her. For a couple of hours, I was at a loss but then I realize that I should wake up and go for the best arrangements possible for the dearest person of my life. I thought it better to call for the nearby church father and his companions to take charge of the funeral.

Even though shocked at the news, they agreed happily to arrange the same for her. The orthodox funerals Sydney, if you know are a thorough process. Roman Catholic burials are hugely different from the Protestants. It was not possible for me to look after everything. After all, I needed to receive the guests as well. Therefore, I contacted a funeral home too for making the cremation ceremony a satisfying one. In short, I took care so that my grandma receives the best sort of orthodox funeral that she had yearned throughout her life. I believe, now her soul rest in peace somewhere. It also lets me feel better that I have performed my responsibilities to my grandma correctly.

How to Get Press Passes From Authorized Organization


A press pass enables a journalist to access areas that are normally not accessible by presenting it when needed. This is especially required in places where breaking news is happening. It also acts as a form of verification which is usually required by the police, agencies, offices, firefighters, security and so many others where a journalist may require gaining entry and collect information including taking photographs. It also shows that the bearer is actively involved in journalism and also acts as a way of separating bystanders from official representatives of media houses.

Having an international recognized press pass is ideal as journalistic work cuts across geographical borders. It will assist a journalist to cover events that are not in their home country hence making it an invaluable thing to have. Here are a few tips that show how to get press passes: A journalist should register with a recognized press organization as he will be able to enjoy a better press discount. This will enable such journalists to buy state of the art equipment as well as enjoy amenities that will enable them to reach events in a short period of time. Being able to cover breaking news is very beneficial to the career of a journalist. In addition, being able to get a superior press discount shows that a photographer or writer is respected and highly recognized.

5 Degrees From Freedom – An Astrological Account Of Laura Ling And Enua Lee’s Tale


The story of the two journalists, is a complex tale of hopes and disappointments, ups and downs. It can be summarized in 5 parts - the incident, the decision, the trial, the plan, and the release. PART 1: THE INCIDENT - Journalists Captured The story began in March with Mercury, the ruling planet of reporters opposing Saturn, the ruler of boundaries and confinement. The opposition occurred at 17 degrees, with Mercury in Pisces, the sign of idealism, Ruled by Neptune who is known for blurring the lines and flowing over boundaries. Driven by their ideals, two American journalists crossed the border into North Korea. With Saturn analytical Virgo, the fault finder of the Zodiac, their action did not go unnoticed. They were captured and detained. A third planet figures predominantly in this story, Uranus - the planet of freedom. It the time of their capture Mercury was 5 degrees from conjoining Uranus, suggesting that freedom was in their future. However, freedom was 5 degrees away, about 5 months from happening, with a new twist in the road every 5 weeks.

PART 2: THE DECISION - They Will be Indicted In mid April Mercury in Taurus formed a Trine with Saturn (a slow planet who has moved very little since March). Trines represent a harmonious flow of energy, and at the same time Mercury formed a sextile, the aspect of opportunity, to the point where he was in mid-March. A few days later, 5 weeks after the journalists were captured, it was announced the journalists would put on trial. It seemed their captivity, an expression of Saturn was moving along smoothly, yet a trial was also the first opportunity they had for a change in their situation. Mercury was also just entering the retrograde zone, a period of time before a retrograde when he is covering the same area he will return to. Events during this time tend to be revisited during the retrograde.

PART 3 - THE TRIAL - Indicted and Convicted Although there was much talk of a trial, the two were not formally indicted until late May, just prior to the end of Mercury's retrograde cycle - and 5 weeks after the trial was announced. The trial began in early June. With Mercury squaring several planets in Aquarius, the sign of the humanitarian, it did not look promising they would be shown mercy. On June 7th The Full Moon fell at 17 degrees in Gemini and Sagittarius. Both signs relate to journalism, with Gemini being the sign of reporters and Sagittarius the sign of freedom of information. This Full Moon was exactly squaring the mid-March Mercury/Saturn opposition. On this day the journalists were officially convicted. With Jupiter, the planet of optimism, turning retrograde within a week, the situation seemed bleak, and hope began to fade. United states pleas for their release were yielding no results. However, Mercury was also making one sextile, the aspect of opportunity, at this time. The planet providing a glimmer of hope was Uranus - the cosmic wall breaker, the planet of freedom and changes, as well as the co-ruler of Aquarius. Despite the dismal outlook, there was a sudden turn of events 'in the stars'. There was no change in the situation for about a month.

PART 4: THE PLAN - Bill Clinton, the Diplomat On June 30th, after another 5 weeks, Uranus turned retrograde, suggesting secrecy, something was happening behind the scenes. There was no news around this time, although on June 29th the Washington Post had reported that the U.N. secretary general said he was making personal efforts to free the two. He told the post he had worked behind the scenes in similar situations before. A few days later, on the eve of the Unites States Independence Day, Mercury entered Cancer. The ruling planet of reporters transiting through the sign of home, had to set in motion the events finally leading to their return. Although Mercury would remain in cancer for only two weeks, it would host pivotal events. The Solar Eclipse on July 7th was the first in a rare series of three. Through these three powerful eclipses we have seen the story turn from one of lost hope, to one of success and freedom. This was in the signs of Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, and Cancer, the sign of home - as well as the sign currently occupied by Mercury. At the moment of the eclipse, both Sun and Moon were in sextile to Saturn. That day Laura Ling made a phone call to her sister, Lisa. Lisa Ling said the her sister had admitted guilt, saying they had defiantly broken the North Korean law - in fact she said, this point was made with great emphasis. This also brought about an important shift in U.S. policy. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the United States would accept the guilt of the Journalists, and seek a pardon rather than a release on humanitarian grounds. Mid - July, both the Sun and Mercury formed trines to Uranus. Hillary Clinton officially called for the pardon of Ling and Lee. It was later reported that Ling and Lee told their families, during conversations in mid-July, that North Korea would be open to negotiations with Bill Clinton. The second eclipse in this series, was the Solar Eclipse on July 21st. This was the beginning of the Waxing Moon phase, the time of beginnings, occurring in Cancer, the sign of home. The potent energy of the this eclipse (see my Solar Eclipse post) was all about changes, breaking restrictions, the blending of endings and beginnings. It brought the official beginning of the plan that finally worked. On July 24th and 25th National Security advisor Jim Jones spoke with Bill Clinton about traveling to North Korea. The morning of July 26th Moon crossed Bill Clinton's Ascendant - at 5 degrees Libra, the sign of the diplomat. There was little official news during this time, fitting with the degree of uncertainty carried by the Solar Eclipse. As it was the middle in a series of three eclipses, we look to the final eclipse for resolution.

PART 5: THE RELEASE - Home at Last! On August 3rd the Moon was in Capricorn, having arrived back at the point she was during the first eclipse in this series as Bill Clinton arrived in North Korea for negotiations. The next day, August 4th marked the was exactly 5 weeks after Uranus turned retrograde. This was exactly 20 weeks after the journalists were first detained; about 5 months, broken down in 5 important chapters. With the energy of the eclipse already building, only one day before it occurs, the Moon formed a sextile with Uranus. The same day she would enter Aquarius. This is the sign ruled or Uranus, and the sign hosting this final eclipse, the very next day. This coming eclipse was one of changes, crossroads, and events coming to a head (see my Lunar Eclipse post). It also formed quincunxes (known as fated aspects, bringing adjustment or change) to the original Mercury Saturn opposition under which they were first detained. On August 4th Laura Ling and Enua Lee were pardoned. August 5th, with Venus, the planet of harmony at 5 degrees Cancer, the sign of home - and only hours before the final eclipse - Lisa Ling and Enua Lee arrived home.

Press ID – A Boost for Media Professionals


Media credentials make it easy for writers and photographers to access event venues or hot spots. A credential is simply a pass or an identification tag that shows your name, photo and the media company you represent. Without such a pass, it would be difficult to get yourself to the center of the action. On the other hand, these documents are vital especially in cases where you are covering riots, war or other sensitive events. It is easy for anyone to front as a journalist. To avoid such confusion, authorities insist on media professionals having these badges. Freelance journalists, on the other hand, are not employees of media operators. They are people who offer themselves for hire and receive payment for it. Just like their counterparts, they also need to have the required media credentials. All media professionals require this document. However, you should know that such a document does not grant you automatic entry into every event. There are places where you will undergo further vetting before they can let you in. An example is an event where the president and top government officials are present. Security is usually tight especially among dignitaries. The press id must have come as a relief to media professionals. Hours before an event starts, you can use it to gain access to the venue and secure a good vantage point.

There are entrances set aside for members of the press. Your identification gives you the privilege of passing through such a gate rather than the one used by other members of the public. Usually, press cards have the word "press" inscribed in thick capital letters. Anyone who sees you wearing that badge steps aside to let you pass. This is a result of the respect people accord to news reporters and photographers. Reporters have a duty to inform the people about what is taking place around them. Without a press id, no one will believe you when you say that you are a journalist. There are instances where you need to get behind the scenes and interview people. This small card acts as your savior. Celebrities, sports personalities and even politicians will hardly speak to anyone asking questions. However, by producing a document that shows you are working on behalf of a news agency, these people will gladly speak to you. There is some magic behind your press card. Otherwise, journalists would have such a rough time before getting a story.

Once you start working as a journalist, make sure you secure a presse ausweis. Once you get it, always carry it with you. This is the only document that identifies media people as professional journalists. Anyone who wishes to confirm the validity of your status need only take details of your presse ausweis. They can then contact the issuing authority for verification. Media agencies and press associations are the sole issuers of press credentials. For this reason, even security agents recognize press cards as authentic. Before you get one, the issuer must have proof of your training and qualifications.

Cowboys Prepare Showdown Against Redskins With Issues in The Offensive Line


Despite still accusing pain from cracked ribs and a collapsed lung, in Dallas they are confident about Tony Romo's presence versus Washington, which is not the case with Miles Austin, who will be out for at least two weeks. If after the loss against the New York Jets the Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, came out to publically defend quarterback Tony Romo from the critics, this time his intervention with the media has been to clarify that the 31-year-old player's "ability to handle the pain" is what will determine whether or not he plays on Monday Night Football against the Washington Redskins, he said. While head coach Jason Garrett expressed on that there shouldn't be a reason for Romo not to play. Luckily for Dallas, Romo knows how to manage pain; otherwise he wouldn't have played in Sunday's overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers by 27-24. Although much of the strength to endure the pain during that game came out of his hurt pride, after being strongly criticized for his mistakes in the season opener against the NY Jets, Romo forgot about his fractured ribs to quiet his detractors and lead the team to their first victory.

In case Romo can't make it through the pain again, 39-year-old veteran Jon Kitna would fill in, who this season has a passer rating of 82.1 , with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Wide receiver Miles Austin -who wasn't able to play the overtime in the victory over the 49ers after accusing a knee injury- is not even in doubt as, he is expected to miss the next two weeks due to injury. Along with Romo, Austin was one of the stars in Dallas' victory against the 49ers over the weekend, reporting 143 yards and 3 touchdowns, reason why he will be greatly missed against Washington. Positive news is that running back Felix Jones will be available for the Monday Night Football showdown, despite having dislocated his shoulder in the victory over San Francisco. Much more is expected from him after his poor performance this season, as well as from running backs DeMarco Murray and Tashard Choice. While Jones has averaged just 2.7 yards per carry on 26 attempts and one TD, the rookie and the veteran combine for only 30 rushing yards and 0 TDs.

No wonder why the Cowboys are struggling so much to win. If the Cowboys don't want to have a losing season like their previous (6-10) one, they better pick their running game from the less than three yards per carry that is currently averaging. Not to forget that after two games Romo has suffered five sacks, which is also a wake-up call for him. They will face a team that is unbeaten this season, Washington, and leads the NFC East Division, therefore the Cowboys need to get the ball running if they plan to snatch No. 1. Last time they met was in Week 15 of last season, at Cowboys Stadium, and the game ended up with a victory for the home team by 33-30, which Dallas will try to repeat on Monday.

Media Students Need to Know Who Owns Y.M.C.A


Knowledge of copyright and intellectual property is important for media and law students. So who owns the rights to Village People's YMCA? We have all danced to it at one stage in our life, most of us more than once, whether you are six to sixty and upwards. The song and many others are soon to be part of a new copyright battle between song writers and the record companies that distribute their work. Copyright and intellectual property is becoming an ever more important issue for the creative and cultural industries. Protecting your rights is important for film and documentary makers, photographers, and journalists across all media. In Griffith College's??journalism??and??photography??courses intellectual property and copyright is an increasing feature of the curriculum. In the??Law programmes??it is an essential course topic. Getting the true value of your content is difficult in a digital technology orientated world where on the one hand you want your content to go viral online but still want to get paid for it. In the United States this week one new front in the copyright discussions has emerged called "Termination Rights".

The word springs from legislation passed by the US Congress into law in 1978 that allows song writers regain control of their work 35 years after it was first realised by a record company. You have to apply two years before the date your work was commercially released. This week the New York Times and other news media have reported about the termination rights issue this week as January 1st 2013 will mark the first year Termination Rights can be granted. Albums released in 1978 that could see the rights fully return to their creator include Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town, Billy Joel's 52nd??Street, Funkadelic's One Nation Under a Groove and Village People's Y.M.C.A. Victor Willis, the original lead singer in the group has filed termination rights for Y.M.C.A and 32 other Village People tunes. With a song like this played at weddings, sports events on advertisements and even computer games ownership of the rights could be very lucrative. The case is being contested and could be the first of many such copyright disputes.

Dictation Tools For Journalists


In the field of journalism, the focus is on text, interviews and the production of quality media for the public. One of the main steps in the journalistic process is gathering facts and details for stories. To gather facts, journalists have several techniques they use to gather information. The most traditional form of gathering information is by taking notes manually. However, most journalists keep a digital recorder with them so they don't miss an important bit of information or quote. Since digital recording is crucial in the field of journalism, journalists need necessary tools to gather the information they need for articles. Not only do they need digital recorders with substantial memory and options, but they also need tools that help with transcription of recordings. It's easy for a journalist to flip a switch and record an interview, but it's more time consuming for a journalist to listen to that recording and convert the information to text. Dragon NaturallySpeaking software offers a tool that so many journalists need, which is technology that converts audio to text.

For journalists, if time can be saved during the transcription process, then more time can be allotted for interviews and the writing process. In the field of journalism, efficiency and productivity is important to get the best story to the public in the right amount of time. All journalists have to do is pair their digital recorder with Dragon software and let a computer do all the tedious work. Transcribing text has never been easier for journalists since the invention of this type of software. Now, journalists can conduct the interviews they want, record the information they need and convert recordings into text so the writing process can begin. Time saved during transcription leaves time for other tasks. Instead of a journalist missing an opportunity to cover other stories because of the demand of transcription, journalists now can cover more news and developments and have time to do everything needed.

Transcription software is the tool that alleviates the hassle of converting audio to text and is the tool that every journalist needs. Never again will a journalist miss a lead or an opportunity to cover a story with transcription software. Software provides necessary shortcuts that work and provide the most efficiency for the user. It's time for journalists to acquire technology that improves their work and start producing more content because of the tools available.

Presseausweis For a New Era of Journalism


In the pre-internet age, the "press" mostly consisted of dedicated, full-time professionals, who worked for major newspapers, wire services, magazines, or network news organizations. Now, with the multitude of sites that allow people to share their take on current events widely and instantly, theoretically anyone with a blog and a laptop can call themselves a journalist. Today, readers have a vast array of news sources to choose from, which has spurred greater creativity and given voice to a far wider variety of opinions. However, the expansion of the journalism field beyond the traditional press corps of traditional news reporting creates new challenges for credentialing reporters, which is still critical to ensure the security at public events that these journalists may be covering.

Even though many of the old traditions of reporting the news are slowly fading away, the need for a secure international presseausweis credentials remains. Given the changing landscape of journalism though, it needs to be flexible enough to allow people who may not have in the recent past been considered true journalists can still get press passes if they demonstrate their expertise and professionalism in news reporting. One of the barriers that individuals outside of the mainstream news establishment face to getting a press pass is that the passes are often issued by journalist organizations that are heavily dominated by trade unions. These groups have an incentive to protect their members by only issuing credentials to full time representatives of major news outlets, which shuts out part time journalists, freelancers, and bloggers. Alternatives to these established organizations are arising though to accommodate the face of international news journalism. International press organizations are issuing press passes to a wide range of self-employed journalists who are not affiliated with a major news organizations. Even the large legacy news outfits are changing their business model, increasingly relying on outsourcing their reporting to part time freelance writers.

While the need for freeing "the new journalists" from the domination of more traditional news outlets is necessary as the way the news gets reported continues to change, the liberalization of credentialing also needs to be balanced with security. Security at public events, particularly those where notable business and government leaders gather, is getting tighter as global security threats persist. If getting a press pass is too easy, individuals who mean to disrupt public gatherings with violence may gain preferential access to those events. However, new organizations that have recently earned the privilege of issuing press passes have had to pass rigorous reviews, and hopefully can be expected to protect that privilege by carefully screening the professionals that they issue passes to. On the other hand, in order to protect the freedom and independence of the press journalists should not be denied access because they report a controversial viewpoint, even those that seem extreme to many.