7 Ways to Make Your Corporate Videos Exciting and Fun

first_imgCorporate video doesn’t have to suck the life out of the room. Here are seven simple ways to make your corporate video as entertaining as it is informative!Cover image via ShutterstockCorporate video production has been a mainstay of the film and video production world for as long as cameras have been around. However, for almost just as long, they have suffered a negative reputation as unimaginative, uninspired, and downright boring to watch, shoot, or edit. That does not have to be the case.Sure, they often feature subjects, people, and companies that are not usually the most interesting or extreme, but with the right tricks, you can make your corporate videos fun again. If you still have soul enough to be up for the challenge, here are seven ways to make your corporate videos exciting, fun, and wildly watchable. 1. Animate LogosIn this day and age, knowing that some videos still have flat, non-animated logo reveals at their beginnings and ends is kind of ridiculous.For those who think a logo card fading in from black or white is still an acceptable way to grab your audience’s attention, well, you’re wrong. You’re actually losing your audience from the get-go. Aside from a plethora of tutorials available online that show you how to create animated logos, there are several free and cheap options available on this site alone (like the one featured above). You’ll find a few more resources below. Use them!3 FREE Animated Logo RevealsFree Logo Reveals and Animated FontsBest Animated Logo Reveal Tutorials2. Use After Effects TemplatesAlong with an animated logo reveal, using a full After Effects template throughout your corporate video can make a world of difference in style and storytelling. A good AE pack will feature eye-catching logo reveals, lower thirds, slide animations, animated fonts, and customizable colors, all of which can be dragged and dropped into your original footage with ease. Here are some resources below, or just head straight to RocketStock and browse their selection online.9 FREE After Effects Templates10 MORE FREE After Effects TemplatesTypography After Effects Templates3. Get Your Subjects Out of White SpaceImage via VimeoThe white cyc wall was all the rage after Apple’s successful run of minimalist commercials — however, it’s become somewhat of the norm in corporate videos ever since. While not necessarily a bad thing in the right circumstances, if you’re looking to give your videos a boost, try taking out the shots that literally offer nothing besides their subjects. Offices may not be sexy, but bringing subjects to life creatively in their actual workspaces and environments can give your videos an instant boost.4. Use Better Stock FootageWhether you’re using it for a pick-up shot or editing a full video off a stock budget, there are times when you need to call upon some dynamic stock footage to show corporate synergy and collaboration.Sure, there are almost as many places to get stock assets as there are miscellaneous shots of workers pointing at white boards, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find quality. Using a service like Shutterstock is a great way to get your video to stand out.5. Try to Avoid Flat Compositions and Straight LinesImage via BTV Business TelevisionWhen shooting corporate video, it’s important to remind yourself that you’re already down in the count against boring an audience. Filming for convenience (i.e. setting an interview against a wall for minimal set dressing) may be a common urge — but you should resist that urge when possible.It might not look like a big difference, but the image above at the very least gives some depth in space and color, as well as several different line planes to direct the eye back to the subject — all helpful devices in giving your audience a reason to keep watching.6. Minimize Corporate BuzzwordsVideo via AvayaThis may be easier said than done (following the next step listed below might help), but one of the biggest flaws in the realm of corporate video is the amount of buzzspeak, buzzwords, and industry terms that — while helpful to those with explicit knowledge — can instantly take any bystander or less business-savvy viewer out of the video. If you hear one of these words dropped in an interview, make a point to get the speaker to explain things in a more rudimentary fashion.7. Have Conversations, Not ScriptsImage via Black Label Film StudioWhich brings us to our final tip. Some videos need to be tightly scripted — like whiteboards or animated pieces — but for those that rely on corporate employees talking into the camera, scripts can be devastating when read poorly and unconfidently.One of the best ways to entice the best out of your subjects is to get them talking to you in a conversational way, straying away from rigid, scripted reciting of information. Get them comfortable in a spot in the room and focused away from the camera. If they’re any good at their jobs, they’ll usually be excited to talk about it — just, you know, to another person, not a camera lens.How do you keep your corporate videos from boring the audience? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

10 Thoughts on Oklahoma State’s 70-53 Win Over Texas Tech

first_imgBOX SCOREOklahoma State’s football team didn’t have to dress up for Halloween this year. They’ve been dressed as 2014 Florida State for about a month now. And you know what, it keeps working.The Pokes went down 31-14 early in the second quarter on Saturday against Texas Tech before outscoring the Fightin’ Kingsburys 56-22 the rest of the way for a not-as-easy-as-it-looked 70-53 win. The 123 combined points are the most scored in a FBS game so far this season.It was a pair of JWs who led the charge in the second half as Glenn Spencer’s defense locked up Kingsbury’s offense, only allowing 15 points after intermission. J.W. Walsh took the reins from Mason Rudolph early in the second half (more on that later) and threw for 167 yards on five (!) passes. He also ran for 80 yards on just eight carries and added three total TDs.James Washington added 200 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns in a homecoming of sorts to Lubbock. Ramon Richards (!) sealed the deal with a pick six late on Patty Mahomes, and Oklahoma State is 8-0 for just the third time in school history. On to the 10 thoughts!1. The QB “controversy” is anything butAs much as we want to make it about who “the guy” is, it’s really not. Mason Rudolph is the starter and will be (barring the “I word” for the rest of his career). J.W. Walsh isn’t even really the backup. He’s a running back who runs trick pass plays when Mike & Mike feel like calling them. The dude played more or less half the game and threw five times! That doesn’t work for long stretches but against one of the worse run defenses in college football history? Sure, fine.What a run by the General. pic.twitter.com/HWYTRg7fbM— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 31, 2015I was wrong about Gundy needing to ride Rudolph during the second half (I was swayed by his 260 and a TD in the first half, stupid me!), but it’s also silly to take up sides here without recognizing what both actually are. It does feel like Gundy is getting a tad liberal in the way he uses them. He even praised the system on Monday at his presser.Have I loved No. 4 inside the red zone and No. 2 everywhere else? Yes. Does it seem like we’re trending towards Gundy trading them out on every single play? Also yes.I trust what Mike & Mike are doing (I can’t believe I’m typing that) and J.W. takes OSU’s average to above average offense and makes it really, really strong. Maybe strong enough to escape November with a trophy. Let’s just not forget who brought you there.2. The RB controversy on the other handUhhh … has Gundy’s anti-Midas touch extended to RB1 as well? I get that Tech’s run defense is borderline TV-MA but Raymond Taylor ran like a man who wants a starting job. Gundy even acknowledged as much in his post-game presser.Gundy on Raymond Taylor. “We need to use him more. He’s earned his stripes. He’s a success story for us.” #okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 31, 2015I don’t want to make too much of him coming in against a gassed Tech defense (which is like playing video games against a 3-year-old kid whose eyes you just gouged out), but Ray Tay ran for 58 yards on five carries and had a pair of touchdowns on rushes like this. He’ll play more. And he should.3. It felt like OSU forced more than three turnoversWhen the second half started, I thought OSU needed to win the turnover battle by two or more in the second half. It got three and it felt like five. Two Mahomes picks (one by my dude, Ramon) and a fumble that effectively sealed the deal. But there was also the turnover on downs on the botched punt and the turnover on downs on the fumbled fourth down.The numbers won’t come out until Sunday, but Oklahoma State is flirting with the top spot in the Big 12 in turnover margin. You guys know what that means.4. Glenn Spencer is going as magician for HalloweenIt’s not like OSU exactly shut down Texas Tech, but they did what they needed to do and held Tech scoreless for a quarter (the third) for just the third time all season (36 total quarters). Tech’s second-half drives:TO on downsPuntPuntTO on downsTDINTTDFumbleINTEnd of gameOSU has become a second half team (which is just atrocious for the blood pressure of those of us watching) and the main reason why is Glenn Spencer.#okstate has now outscored opponents 184-74 in the second half of games this year. Pretty impressive.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 1, 20155. Tre Flowers is a beastWhen you give up nearly seven hundy on defense, there aren’t a ton of bright spots, but I thought Tre Flowers was tremendous. Jakeem Grant was Tyreek 2.0 for most of the first half and No. 31 lit him up a couple of times in the second.Is he out of position a lot? Yes. Does he get beat deep every once in a while? Absolutely. But he and Jordan Sterns bring it every single game at the safety position.6. How awesome was the Jalen McClleskey punt return?All year we’ve all been like, “what was Mike Gundy thinking rolling this freshman out there to return punts? WHERE IS DAVID GLIDDEN WE MISS TYREEK WHY DOES MCCLESKEY TRY TO CATCH EVERY SINGLE PUNT NO MATTER IF IT’S IN THE THIRD ROW?”Joke’s on us, it turns out.What a punt return. Pokes, HANGING! pic.twitter.com/D7UcIkJsMp— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 31, 2015While we’re here, I feel like the punts alone in this game could have their own 10 thoughts. Did you guys smell the panic wafting from Camp Kingsbury after he faked one at the end of the third quarter? They scored on it, but you could tell he knew they needed something special late to hang with OSU. It’s a pretty cool thing to be on the other side of that because I feel like OSU was in that boat for a long time.I actually got an email from a reader earlier this week asking when the last time OSU ran a trick play was. I couldn’t really remember. They haven’t needed it. (They will need it in November).7. Have a day, James WashingtonAs my sister pointed out, he did the Tyreek track star finish on this play here. It was slight but it happened. Washington went for two bills on four (!) receptions and had two touchdowns. Washington had a lot of folks at the game from his hometown, and he performed like it. It was just the 10th 200-yard receiving performance in Oklahoma State history.The other JW. Pokes up 11. pic.twitter.com/p6ipI9Bkf5— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 31, 2015Also, he almost completed the greatest flag football-turned-FBS play in history.8. Mike Yurcich deserves some creditHe should go as smoke and mirrors for Halloween tonight when he gets back to Stillwater because I have no idea how he’s doing this, but he’s doing this. OSU is going to be one of a handful of teams on Sunday averaging ~45 points a game. He’s now gone 25-9 in his stint as offensive coordinator and elevated this OSU offense from “completely unwatchable” to “I have absolutely no idea what they’re doing and I’m pretty sure they don’t either, but we’ve scored 126 points in the last two weeks.”Granted, you were playing two of the worst defense in the country (if not the two worst), but he’s emptying the tank every single week. Reverses, double reverses, WR passes, the whole thing. Props to Mike & Mike for not going Carson up the gut every play and at least feigning some creativity.Also, I should point out (as others have), OSU’s run/pass numbers have become a little bit deceiving because that little flip pass to McCleskey that is basically OSU’s new base run play gets counted as a pass but it’s effectively a run. Maybe I’m the only one who cares about that at this point, but it’s worth mentioning.9. You’re playing with fire, scarecrowIt’s almost like Gundy is mid-2000s Tiger Woods just toying around with things to up his degree of difficulty every week. Change QBs in Austin and have to have your kicker boot two from 40 yards for the win? No issues. Need a pair of monstrous drives at home against Kansas State late for the win? Fine. OT in Morgantown? Got it. Down 17 to Tech on the road in Lubbock on Halloween? Cover the spread by two TDs.It’s not a brand of football I particularly love, but he clearly trusts his defense and at least doesn’t distrust his offense. Maybe that fire gets you burned eventually. Maybe not …10. But …There will be 16 wins and zero losses taking the field in Stillwater next weekend when TCU comes to town. That’s pretty unbelievable, isn’t it? Oklahoma State is three home games and a trip to Ames from making the College Football Playoff (and I don’t know which one I’m more worried about). It will be a miracle if they get through unscathed, but it’s like they say, you can’t win ’em all if you don’t win the first eight.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment. If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Filipe Luis to decide future after Copa America

first_img Indo-Asian News Service Sao PauloJune 12, 2019UPDATED: June 12, 2019 09:02 IST Filipe Luis to decide future after Copa America. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLuis has spent eight of the past nine seasons at Atletico MadridLuis is the first-choice left-back of Selecao boss TiteBrazil will kick off the Copa America against Bolivia on FridayBrazil’s Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis has said that he will decide his future after the Copa America amid interest from teams in Europe and Brazil.The left-back’s contract with Atletico expires on June 30 and in recent weeks he has been linked with Barcelona and Flamengo, among other clubs. The 33-year-old has also not ruled out remaining at Atletico, where he has spent eight of the past nine seasons, reports Xinhua news agency.”I have a chance to stay or leave,” Luis told a news conference here on Tuesday. “I know the doors are open (at Atletico). I already told the coaching staff that I will not say yes to any club before the Copa America ends. Any queries they have, they can speak to me directly.”I’m only going to tell you (journalists) where I’ll play when the Copa America is over.”When asked about the prospect of returning to a Brazilian club, Luis said: “I haven’t made a decision yet, but I would like to play again here and have this experience. Brazil loses out in some respects, but in others, it beats Europe. Which Brazilian kid doesn’t dream of winning the (Brazilian) Serie A?”Luis, who has long been an understudy to Marcelo in Brazil’s national team, is currently the first-choice left-back of Selecao boss Tite following the Real Madrid player’s recent struggles with form and fitness.Brazil will kick off the Copa America against Bolivia at Sao Paulo’s Morumbi stadium on Friday. The five-time world champions will also meet Peru and Venezuela in Group A.advertisementAlso Read | Copa America: Neymar’s absence could be blessing in disguise for hosts BrazilAlso Read | Neymar wants controversial Santos-Barca transfer trial to be held in BarcelonaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Filipe LuisFollow Copa AmericaFollow Atletico Filipe Luis to decide future after Copa AmericaFilipe Luis will decide his future between teams in Europe and Brazil, after the Copa America. Luis’ contract with Atletico Madrid expires on June 30 and has been in touch with Barcelona and Flamengo, but he has not ruled out remaining at Atletico Madrid.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

LeadingEdge Renovations at Halifax Infirmary Moving Forward

first_imgOne of Canada’s leading architectural firms has been awarded the contract to design state-of-the-art operating rooms and interventional suites at the Halifax Infirmary, part of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Government awarded the contract to Architecture49 today, March 23. “Nova Scotia is taking the lead in providing specialized operating rooms in eastern Canada,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Health and Wellness. “We are excited to enhance our surgical and interventional services which will benefit patient care.” The Halifax branch of Architecture49 is the health-care specialist for the national firm. It is working in association with Cannon Design, an international firm with extensive experience in current hospital design including projects at Stony Brook University Medical Center and the Gates Vascular Institute, both in New York state. Architecture49 will do the design for renovations to the third floor of the Halifax Infirmary. This will allow two interventional suites to be moved from the fifth floor. The suites provide many health-care services, including treatment for acute stroke patients. These changes will improve patient care and efficiency for patients undergoing minimally invasive procedures, resulting in shorter recovery periods and hospital stays. The fifth-floor space will be renovated to include two new operating rooms. One of the rooms, called a hybrid operating room, will have specialized equipment and features that will allow the use of advanced diagnostic imaging equipment. The renovations are expected to be completed in the fall of 2020. ”This is another exciting step toward the future of health care in Nova Scotia,” said Janet Knox, Nova Scotia Health Authority president and CEO. “With these additions we are well positioned to provide excellent patient care now and 20 years from now.” The QEII Foundation will be collaborating with the Nova Scotia Health Authority on this project. “The QEII Foundation exists for a singular purpose – to advance health care at the QEII Health Sciences Centre,” said Bill Bean, president and CEO of the QEII Foundation. “By working with our community of donors, the Foundation looks forward to being part of bringing new, state-of-the art technologies to the QEII that will change lives and save lives.” The QEII redevelopment project includes the expansion of the Halifax Infirmary, along with improvements to the Dartmouth General Hospital, the Hants Community Hospital and other sites that will support the eventual closure of the Centennial and Victoria buildings in Halifax. For updates on the QEII redevelopment project, go to QE2redevelopment.ca.last_img read more

NDA govt committed to countrys allround development says Puri

first_imgAmritsar: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Sunday said the NDA government is committed to the all-round development of the country.In an official press statement here, Puri said Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave him three important portfolios and that the various welfare schemes part of his portfolios would be implemented in letter and spirit for the benefit of the people. He said an action plan will be prepared soon for the all-round development of towns. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCAmid distress in the civil aviation sector that recently saw grounding of a private airline, Puri, who has been given the rank of Minister of State (Independent Charge), categorically stated that problems in the sector would be overcome very soon in a professional manner. Puri held the Housing and Urban Affairs portfolio in the first tenure of Prime Minister Modi’s government, which he has managed to retain. Puri, who unsuccessfully contested the recently held Lok Sabha elections from Amritsar, disclosed a website “Puri for the guru ki nagri” would be launched within a week through which the people of Punjab will be able to give their valuable suggestions and messages regarding development of Amritsar city. The civil aviation minister said connectivity to Amritsar airport will be increased by adding more flights to Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport. He said for the development of Amritsar town a vision document was released by him during the Lok Sabha election and he will fulfil the committments made in the document.last_img read more

CIBC expects 50 per cent drop in new mortgages in latter half

first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce anticipates it will issue half as many new mortgages in the latter part of the year as it did in the same period of 2017 amid cooling in the real estate market.The bank has noticed a slowdown in the housing market in the last few months, likely due to changes to mortgage underwriting guidelines, Christina Kramer, CIBC’s group head of personal and small business banking for Canada, said Wednesday. Those changes include a new stress test for buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance, which has made it harder for some would-be homebuyers to qualify.“When we take a look at the second half, we continue to see that there will be origination decline, probably in around 50 per cent range relative to the same period last year,” Kramer told analysts on a call discussing CIBC’s results for its second quarter, ended April 30.CIBC, the first of Canada’s Big Six banks to report second-quarter results, announced a double-digit profit bump Wednesday, handily beating market expectations despite slowing growth in mortgage lending.Concern has been mounting over the impact of a cooling real estate market on mortgage loans at Canada’s biggest banks, as national housing sales activity reach lows not seen in several years.In April, home sales dropped to a seven-year low for the month that typically kicks off the busy spring real estate season. The Canadian Real Estate Association largely blamed a new stress test for uninsured mortgages that came info effect on Jan. 1. The new stress test requires would-be homebuyers with more than a 20 per cent down payment to prove they can service their mortgage if interest rates rise.CIBC’s said its quarterly profit attributable to common shareholders was $1.29 billion, up from $1.04 billion a year ago on strong results both at home and south of the border after some U.S. acquisitions last year.On an adjusted basis, it earned $1.32 billion, or $2.95 per diluted share for the quarter, up from $1.06 billion, or $2.64 a year earlier. Analysts had expected a profit of $2.81 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.CIBC’s spot mortgage balance for the second quarter was $203 billion, up 6.8 per cent from a year ago, but flat compared with the first quarter. By comparison, in the second quarter of 2017, CIBC’s spot mortgage balance was up 12.4 per cent from the previous year and up 2.2 per cent from the previous quarter.In the latest quarter, the bank booked $7 billion in uninsured residential mortgage originations, down from $11 billion a year ago.“We’ve actually seen a very soft start with the spring market,” Kramer told analysts. “We don’t know whether that’s a bit of a pause in the market or consumers changing behaviour or waiting to see what happens.”The slowdown in mortgage originations at CIBC was welcomed by analysts, which had been concerned about how quickly the bank’s mortgage book was growing compared to its peers.“CIBC’s domestic residential mortgage growth was essentially flat, potentially relieving a relative overhang on the stock as investors have become increasingly concerned with CM’s relative exposure,” Barclays analyst John Aiken said in a research note.Real estate secured lending accounted for 49 per cent of total net loans across the Big Six Canadian banks during the fiscal first quarter of 2018, according to a recent CIBC World Markets report. CIBC had the highest exposure among its peers, at 62.8 per cent.Kramer said CIBC has become less reliant on real estate lending for revenues.“A year ago, two-thirds of our revenue would be directly related to our mortgage performance and our mortgage business. And today that’s about one-quarter.”In other banking operations, CIBC’s U.S. commercial banking and wealth management arm saw net income in the second quarter jump by 431 per cent year-over-year to $138 million, helped by its acquisition of Chicago-based PrivateBancorp, which closed in June 2017.The lender’s domestic commercial banking and wealth management arm earned $310 million for the quarter, marking a nine per cent increase from the same period a year ago. However, its capital markets arm saw a seven per cent decrease in net income to $249 million compared with one year ago.Despite headwinds in the Canadian real estate market, CIBC’s chief executive Victor Dodig said the bank expects to continue generating strong earnings growth in excess of its five per cent target going forward, if macroeconomic environment conditions remain benign or relatively positive.However, Shannon Stemm, an analyst with Edward Jones based in St. Louis., said while it appears CIBC’s diversification is paying off, questions remain about how it will compensate for lower mortgage revenues.“It could be difficult for them to continue to offset such a big chunk of what’s been driving growth, over the next couple of years.”Companies in this story: (TSX:CM)last_img read more

New Saskatchewan energy minister to be in charge of any sale of

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 23, 2016 3:58 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2016 at 5:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says his new minister responsible for SaskTel will be the point man with the public if there is an offer to buy the Crown telecommunications company.Wall made Dustin Duncan energy and resources minister in a cabinet shuffle Tuesday, but also gave him SaskTel duties.The premier said any offer for SaskTel that checked off a number of boxes would be taken to people for input — and Duncan would lead that consultation.Wall said any deal would have to generate a significant amount of cash — preferably enough to eliminate the debt — create jobs in Regina and provide better phone service.The premier and Duncan both emphasized there’s no offer for SaskTel at the moment.A report released in June said the takeover of Manitoba Telecom Services by Bell poses serious risks to SaskTel, which faces competition from the three big national wireless companies. New Saskatchewan energy minister to be in charge of any sale of SaskTel read more

World merchandise exports show tepid growth for 2012 UN reports

Global merchandise exports grew by only 0.2 percent in value in 2012 after two years of significant expansion, with a decline among developed countries offset by 3.6 percent growth among developing countries fuelled by petroleum and gas, according to United Nations figures released today. Developed nations registered a 2.75 per cent drop in merchandise exports, with the total global value 2012 reaching $18.325 trillion, as compared to $18.292 trillion in 2011, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which promotes the integration of developing countries into the world economyBut even in the developing world, primary exporters of commodities other than fuels saw exports drop by 2.54 per cent, with the 3.6 per cent growth confined mostly to major petroleum- and gas-exporting nations, which recorded a 5.1 per cent increase, according to UNCTAD. Shortly before and after the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, the growth of merchandise trade exports worldwide was significant, with the highest rate occurring in 2010 – 21.9 per cent. Such exports also climbed by 19.63 per cent in 2011. The year of greatest impact from the crisis – 2009 – saw a 22.27 per cent decline in merchandise exports.Downward trends for primary commodity prices in 2012, excluding fuel, seriously impacted the export performance of major commodity exporters. Developing economies continued a trend in which their share of world trade has improved year by year. At the end of 2012, these economies accounted for 44.4 per cent of the global export market. By contrast, in 2005 their share stood at 36.2 per cent. read more

Intensity pervades Urban Meyers first preseason practice with Ohio State football

If the tenor set by Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer on the first day of preseason practice is any indication about what the coming season holds, the 2012 campaign will be an intense one. Meyer led veteran OSU players in an early-morning workout at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center that included stretching, running and drill work, according to an OSU release. Freshmen and upperclassmen walk-on players took part in their first fall practice under Meyer at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Meyer, who was hired Nov. 29, begins preparations for his first season with OSU after stints at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. Meyer was not made available following his first-ever preseason practice at OSU, but sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby confirmed the arrival of a new era in OSU football from players’ perspectives when he said the morning session was more intense than what the team had experienced under former head coaches Jim Tressel and current OSU defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. “You can tell just by practice. It was totally different than coach Tressel,” Roby said. “Just the whole intensity of practice – It’s more urgent, more intensity. Not more competitive, but (coaches) stress the competitiveness so that brings out more.” Roby, who also called the Friday practice high-paced and crisp, said it was Meyer’s newly assembled coaching staff “being on you more” that brought the intense showing from players. Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, appearing less camera-shy and open to discussion with the media, said that his teammates came together during the summer. Miller, who rushed for 715 yard and seven touchdown while passing for 1,159 yards and 13 touchdowns during his freshman campaign, also credited the coaching staff for changes in his physique. “I feel a lot (different). My body’s changing, my attitude,” he said. “I had a talk with the coaches about, like, ‘how can I be a better leader?” In keeping with the theme of intensity, Miller also said he had some words of encouragement for his teammates before the early-morning practice. “Let’s go man,” Miller said. “We’re not here to lounge around.” New Season, New Numbers  Three players, including Roby, are wearing new numbers this fall.  Roby, who sported the No. 25 jersey last year, is wearing No. 1 for the 2012 season.  Additionally, senior linebacker Ross Oltorik is wearing the No. 20 jersey and freshman defensive lineman Se’von Pittman will sport the No. 95 jersey.  OSU begins its 2012 season Sept. 1 against Miami (Ohio) at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff, set for 29 days from Friday, is scheduled for noon.  Patrick Maks contributed to this story. read more

DDay headquarters staff in underground bunkers were given light therapy treatment to

Vitamin D helps regulate calcium and phosphate in the body. Having too little Vitamin D can lead to pain in the bones and muscles.Sun lamps were invented in the first years of the last century. One of the first regular users was King George V, who famously received light treatment for the near-fatal pneumonia he suffered in 1928.Mrs Scott lived through the blitz and had not been evacuated from London as her younger sister was at a different school and her parents had not wanted to split the girls up. Living in Clapham, she said when the docks in East London were bombed she could see the sky turning red, the fires were so enormous.She worked on a switchboard operator relaying messages from the soldiers fighting on the D-Day beaches to General Eisenhower’s headquarters. The conditions were “not terribly pleasant,” she told the Telegraph. “There were no oranges, or fruit juice – we didn’t have that during the war.”  The air in the underground tunnels was pretty fetid. “Doctors say ‘oh, you’ve got 1920s lungs’, but here we are, still here” she jokes.After a few months underground with only occasional respite in the open air, her military commanders decided the wireless operators, plotters, planners and telegraphists were suffering from Vitamin D deficiency. Marie Scott has been awarded the Legion d'Honneur, France's highest honour, for the efforts of her and her colleagues in liberating France from Nazi occupation.  Britain’s wartime switchboard operators were given light therapy as commanders feared they were missing out on Vitamin D while working underground, a D-Day hero has revealed.Military staff in underground headquarters had to work for so long without access to natural light that they had mandatory sunlamp treatment.The women had to strip to the waist and wear specially designed goggles to protect their eyes from the radiation during their sessions.Marie Scott, 92, worked as a switchboard operator at Southwick Park, the underground headquarters based in the cliffs outside Portsmouth from where the D-Day landings were monitored.Aged 17 she worked eight-hour watches over a day-long duty. She and her colleagues were able to rest on three-tier bunks in small, cramped rooms with no natural light. Marie Scott has been awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honour, for the efforts of her and her colleagues in liberating France from Nazi occupation. Credit:Portsmouth News/Solent News & Photo Agency Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The group of about 50 women were made to sit in a large circle in a room, with sunlamps in the middle facing out. They were issued with goggles and all told to strip to the waist.“We were ordered to have compulsory sunlamp treatment,” she said, “it was all rather hilarious.“There were all shapes and sizes. It was so hilarious and such a novelty most of us sat there with tears streaming from under our goggles.” “When they passed their messages you could hear gunfire, cannon fire, all the sounds of war.“And suddenly you realised that this was the reality of war. Men were dying there. At 17, and being rather naive, I don’t think it had fully registered until the moment I got the first message back and could hear the sounds of war.”Mrs Scott has been awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honour, in recognition of the country’s gratitude to the service men and women of the war. Princess Anne said Marie’s Legion d’Honneur was “Typically French”. Marie replied, “Full of style”. read more

Third child succumbs at GPHC

Dead: Sharezer MendoncaAfter undergoing a chemotherapy treatment which left 6-year-old Sharezer Mendonca battling for her life at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in an unresponsive state, it was revealed that she took her last breaths on Thursday.Mendonca suddenly fell ill after receiving chemotherapy treatment at the said medical institution and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).Relatives related that she was taken to the Pediatric Ward on January 3, where she was administered with an injection before undergoing treatment. However, a short while after, Mendonca became unresponsive and cried out that her body was aching.Father of the child, Michael Mendonca told the INews on Monday that his daughter was admitted again to the ICU after being placed in the wards for a few hours. He noted that it appeared as though her face was swollen but relatives were not allowed to touch her body. Doctors also indicated that anything could be expected within a few days.During the same period which Mendonca was admitted, three-year-old Roshnie Seegobin visited the said medical institution for the cancer treatment but after returning home, her condition deteriorated. She was diagnosed with leukemia and would usually receive treatment at GPHC.Mother of Seegobin, Pranita Harripaul explained that her child woke up the following day and complained that her feet were aching. A few moments after, she was unresponsive and later taken to GPHC where she was admitted.After her daughter’s condition deteriorated further, Harripaul reportedly questioned this occurrence. The response she received was that her child was injected to her spine, which affected the functioning of her nervous system. Seegobin died at the hospital shortly after.This publication understands that another child, Corwin Edwards also passed away during this period as well after undergoing similar treatment.In response to these alarming incidents, GPHC notified that an investigation was launched earlier in the week to find an answer to the ‘adverse’ reaction to the medication provided.According to the institution, the usage of the medication was stopped. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related3rd child succumbs at GPHC after receiving injection prior to chemotherapyJanuary 25, 2019In “latest news”Death of 3 children: Amidst concerns of GPHC investigating itself, PAHO to assistJanuary 29, 2019In “Crime”Family of Sharezer Mendonca to sue GPHCMarch 11, 2019In “Health” read more

Barminco awarded Renison tin contract and extends contract at Flying Fox

first_imgBarmico has been awarded a three year development and production mining contract for the Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture (Bluestone) Renison Tin project in Tasmania as well as renewing its contract with Western Areas to deliver underground mining services at the Flying Fox Nickely mine in Western Australia. Bluestone is a 50:50 JV between diversified mining group Metals X and Yannan Tin Parksong Australia Holdings, a subsidiary of Yunnan Tin. The project will have a workforce of 130 personnel and will utilise 3 Development Jumbos, 2 Longhole Rigs, 4 Boggers and 3 Trucks.Peter Stokes, Barminco CEO said “ The award of Renison marks a strong start to the new year for Barmico as we focus on aligning the company with clients that we can build strong and long term partnerships with.” Ross Cook, General Manager of Bluestone added “Barminco is a leader in its field and the commitment to the delivery of value is important to us. With this, we look forward to our partnership at Renison.”Barmico has also renewed its contract with Western Areas. The two year extension will continue to employ 175 people. Barminco began operations at Flying Fox in 2004 and the contract extension will involve 7,800 m of jumbo development and 740,000 t of ore production.Stokes said “The renewal of our contract at Flying Fox signifies our ability to deliver performance outcomes and demonstrates the strong and valued partnership that we have built with Western Areas. Across all our projects, we are committed to delivering the highest standards in safety and quality of service.”last_img read more

Central Bank tells government to save rather than spend windfalls to help

first_img 38 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Niall Carson Aug 28th 2019, 6:42 PM Central Bank tells government to save rather than spend windfalls to help buffer Ireland against future downturns If windfalls are going to be to be used, they should be used to reduce Ireland’s debt. Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 6:42 PM Short URL 11,510 Views center_img https://jrnl.ie/4786011 Image: Niall Carson By Christina Finn As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: THE GOVERNMENT HAS been urged to be “prudent” in October’s Budget by Acting Governor of the Central Bank, Sharon Donnery.In her annual pre-Budget submission letter to the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe she said such an approach will be “critical” to ensure Ireland has “room to manoeuvre” and is buffered against any future downturns in the economy.However, if windfalls are going to be to be used, they should be used to reduce Ireland’s debt, which stands at just over €200 billion. The national debt rose to €206 billion last year, an increase of €5 billion, according to a government report published this month. The annual report on Public Debt states this is the equivalent of €42,500 for every person living in the State, one of the highest in the OECD.The national debt is about four times what it was before the recession. The Central Bank advice follows on from the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) stating that the chances of a recession in Ireland are 100%. National debt The acting governor noted the importance of reducing public debt in the current favourable financial market conditions, stating that fiscal windfalls, including those from corporation tax, could be ring-fenced to play a part in reducing the public debt burden.She urged that earlier proposals made in Budget 2017 to introduce an Irish specific debt target of 45% of GDP “should be formalised by the government as soon as possible”.Addressing the “specific substantial challenges” facing the country, she said the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit would have an immediate and severe impact on almost all areas of economic activity.She said certain sectors such as agriculture, food production and manufacturing which  have particularly strong links to the UK will be “disproportionately affected by the imposition of tariffs and non-tariff barriers such as increased border delays and significantly increased administrative requirements for firms exporting goods both to the UK as a final destination and through the UK to continental Europe”.If a disorderly Brexit can be avoided, the economy is expected to perform strongly in 2019 and 2020. However, she warned the government that there is a “material risk that continued expansion would give rise to overheating pressures”.   Share5 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

A Greek inside the G20

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Tony Abbot’s first point of call with the world leaders at the G20 summit was thanks to John Paraskevopoulos.Dubbed the ‘official greeter’ of the summit, John was the middle man in formally introducing the prime minister to the world’s most prominent leaders.Already having worked on the G20 summit for close to 18 months, the role was thrust upon the 47-year-old thanks to his foreign affairs experience. Currently working as a senior adviser in the prime minister’s department for five and a half years, John was previously a director in the national security and intelligence branch of the department of foreign affairs. As an official greeter, he had to quickly learn more than 30 correct titles and pronunciations for all the world leaders, a job that could easily end in national embarrassment.“Every time a leader arrived I had to rehearse the correct title so you don’t cause offence,” John says. “You can’t call a prime minister ‘Your Excellency’, that’s only for a head of state, usually like a president. “But someone like the Crown Prince of Arabia, you can’t call them ‘Your Excellency’ [either] because you’ll offend them, they have to be ‘Your Royal Highness’.”Over a couple of days, John was able to see first hand the personality traits that distinguished the leaders. Those that stood out were the ones that shattered stereotypes but also exuded a certain aura. One of the most impressive world leaders John met was US President Barack Obama. “People always talk about the star quality of someone like Obama,” he says.“What impressed me about him was that he was warm and engaging, and he was the only leader of those that I met that asked for my name, and he was genuinely interested in me. It was a shock, because I was there to do all the introductions but he introduced himself to me first before I had a chance to speak.”Amazingly, President Obama extended pleasantries to almost every staff member at the G20, whether they were big players or to a young girl controlling the lift. “He broke away from the group and made a bee line for her and said “I just want to thank you for all your help today, you’ve done a great job”,” John says. “She was just shaking, she didn’t expect it. She didn’t expect that sort of reception.”While Obama carried the star power, no one made John more nervous than Russia’s president Vladimir Putin.“I was very apprehensive about meeting Putin, he probably didn’t feel very welcome here given what’s happened, but he was actually somewhat understated in his demeanour – almost shy,” John reveals. “I expected a tough guy persona which one often hears about but I was surprised to see quite the opposite on that occasion.”John was also able to see how many of the politicians exuded high levels of charisma.“The president of Mexico (Enrique Peña Nieto) is very very charismatic and charming. He’s the suavest man I’ve ever met,” John says. “Then you had the very young Italian prime minster (Matteo Renzi), he’s only 39 but again he was quite casual and ‘Latin’ in his body language – winking at me and saying Buongiorno in Italian as we shook hands.”Away from the leaders at the summit, the past 18 months have been undeniably a challenge for John. Taking on the role as a member of the G20 taskforce and working alongside 160 people, the past week has been the culmination of more than two years’ work for his team.Returning back to Canberra mid week, John is still in recovery mode from the G20.“What’s next? I don’t know, I’m just relieved that there weren’t any major calamities,” he says with a laugh. “When you try and bring that many people and that many leaders in such a short period of time the logistics are a nightmare but there was a lot of very good preparation for it and it went quite smoothly.”Always connected to the government of the day, John has been an advisor on complex issues for more than 25 years. Before his role in the prime minister’s office, he spent three years at Parliament House as the parliamentary liaison officer for the Senate, where he handled complex relationships to help facilitate the passage of important government legislation. He was privy to sensitive negotiations at a very high level and had the job of providing accurate advice to the prime minister’s office, federal senators and senior officials on parliamentary procedures. John’s contributions to the country haven’t gone unnoticed, as he received the National Australia Day Achievement Award for his contribution to the establishment of a new national heritage regime for Australia.last_img read more

London stay was key – Mourinho of FA Cup game win

first_imgJose Mourinho thanked Fulham for their hospitality and voiced his opinion that Manchester United’s stay in London was one of the key factors in the win in the FA Cup semi-final clash over Tottenham.United will be going to their 20th FA Cup final after their win, while the Spurs will be going home in the semi-final stage of the FA Cup for eighth consecutive time.Before the game, Mourinho & co. stayed in London for five days, training at Craven Cottage and Fulham’s Motspur Way training complex.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The fact we stayed together for five days was good,” Mourinho said, according to the Standard.“We stayed away from Manchester, away from home, we stayed in London, we stayed together, we spend our time, we spoke, I had a chance to feel them and I had the chance to speak with some individually, everything was really good, I think the weather helped too.”“Fulham was fantastic to provide for us, fantastic conditions for our training session,” Mourinho went on to add.last_img read more

Bayern Munich Kovac fears for Coman

first_imgBayern Munich manager Niko Kovac fears for the club’s winger Kingsley Coman after he picked up an injury in their opening game of the season against Hoffenheim.The manager who was taking charge of his first game in the Bundesliga fears Coman could have reinjured the same ankle that underwent surgery back in February.The Frenchman was helped off the pitch after being on the receiving end of a strong challenge from Hoffenheim’s Nico Schulz.The 22-year-old was making his first Bundesliga appearance since a blow to the same ankle scuppered his hopes of a spot in France’s World Cup squad.While the extent of the damage is not yet known, Kovac is concerned it could force Coman into another lengthy spell on the sideline.“It doesn’t look good for now. He is in severe pain,” the Croatian told reporters.” As quoted by SportsKeeda.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“He will have tests tonight. I hope it’s not serious but we are fearing the worst.”Adam Szalai’s equalizer for Hoffenheim and Coman’s injury looked to put a dampener on Kovac’s first Bundesliga match in charge.The champions eventually prevailed after Robert Lewandowski converted a contentious penalty at the second time of asking before Arjen Robben sealed three points with a late third.However, an honest Kovac admitted that, had he been in charge, he would not have awarded the game-changing spot-kick that allowed Bayern to retake the lead in the 82nd minute.Franck Ribery made the most of a Havard Nordtveit tackle and Hoffenheim protests were waved away by referee Bastian Dankert.“[The foul] wasn’t crystal clear,” Kovac said. “I wouldn’t have given it.”last_img read more

ASA Seeking Conservation Legacy Awards Nominees

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA), Monsanto and The Corn and Soybean Digest magazine are seeking nominations for the 2005 Conservation Legacy Awards. The Conservation Legacy Program is a national awards program designed to recognize the outstanding environmental and conservation achievements of U.S. soybean farmers.Any ASA member who actively farms, including an individual or farm family, is eligible to receive the Conservation Legacy Award. One ASA member actively engaged in soybean production will be selected from each of the following four regions: Western, Southern, Midwestern and Northeastern. One national winner will be selected from the regional winners, based on the nomination form and visits to each regional winner’s farm.Producers interested in receiving the award must complete an application form. Application forms have been mailed to ASA members. Forms are also available by calling 800/688-7692 or on ASA’s website, www.SoyGrowers.com. A national selection committee composed of soybean farmers, environmentalists, soybean industry representatives and government officials will judge applications. Award winners will be selected based upon a combination of environmental criteria.“The Conservation Legacy Awards are an excellent way to communicate what the U.S. farmer is doing to conserve land and promote natural resources stewardship,” said Neal Bredehoeft, President of ASA. “The program allows us to show the non-farming public just how environmentally conscious we are and how progressive modern farming has become. We are proud to be a part of the Conservation Legacy Awards.”All four regional winners and a spouse/guest will receive a trip to Commodity Classic, the annual joint convention of the American Soybean Association and National Corn Growers Association, February 24-26, 2005, in Austin, Texas. The regional winners will be featured in a special article in The Corn and Soybean Digest. The national winner will be named at the ASA Awards Banquet during Commodity Classic. The national winner will also have the honor of participating, along with ASA, in the promotion of environmental stewardship and conservation policy.Completed applications are due to ASA by October 1, 2004. Along with ASA, the program is co-sponsored by Monsanto and The Corn and Soybean Digest magazine.last_img read more

Judge OKs recordsetting 2B sale of Clippers

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.In allowing the deal to go forward, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided Monday with Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, who negotiated the record sale after the NBA banned the 80-year-old billionaire for making offensive remarks about blacks. Shelly Sterling sought the probate judge’s approval to ink the deal after taking away her husband’s control of the family trust that owned the team because doctors found he had signs of Alzheimer’s disease and couldn’t manage his affairs.The judge said Shelly Sterling had negotiated a good deal and that her removal of her husband as a co-trustee was in good faith and not part of a secret plan to seize the team.Shelly Sterling hugged her lawyer and wept after the judge explained his ruling from the bench.“I can’t believe it’s over,” she said. “This is the best thing.”An unusual provision of the ruling bars Donald Sterling from seeking a court-ordered delay of the sale as he appeals. His lawyers plan to seek permission from an appellate court to file an appeal.last_img read more

Wilson ready eager for her first session

first_imgThe region’s newest state representative said politics was never part of her plan. But in many ways, in an election cycle when conservative Republicans made big gains, Lynda Wilson could not have charted a better course to Olympia. President Barack Obama’s election in 2008 galvanized Wilson and turned her from someone who watched political news and “yelled at the TV, like you do in football” to someone who decided to “get on the field and try and make a change.” She became the chairwoman of “We the People,” a group many considered to have Tea Party leanings. “We never described ourselves as Tea Party. We didn’t have any money. … We were interested in learning more about the Constitution,” Wilson said about the group. She started attending commission and city council meetings; she would testify in Olympia on behalf of the National Federation of Independent Business and landed on the government affairs committee for the Association of Washington Business. Wilson became a vocal gun-rights advocate, pushing Vancouver Public Schools to allow teachers to carry firearms and replace “gun-free zones” signs in schools with “protected by armed personnel.”last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE 79 offer private medical insurance to staff

first_imgRead the full Employee Benefits/Staffcare Benefits research 2017. EXCLUSIVE: More than three-quarters (79%) of employer respondents offer private medical insurance (PMI) to employees, according to research by Employee Benefits and Staffcare.The Employee Benefits/Staffcare Benefits research 2017, which surveyed 271 employer respondents in February-March 2017, also found that 73% of respondents offer PMI to partners and dependents.In 2016, 71% offered PMI to staff, and 62% offered it to partners and dependents.Ten years ago, when asked which benefits they offered as part of their core benefits package for all or some staff, 28% and 38% of all respondents listed PMI for employees, respectively. This year, among the 79% of respondents that offer PMI for employees, 45% do so as a core benefit to all staff and 40% do so for some staff.Counselling or employee assistance programmes (EAPs) have long been a mainstay of employers’ core benefits package, with their popularity growing over the years. In 2004, just 30% of respondents offered an EAP for staff. By 2007, 51% of respondents offered this to all staff and 7% to some employees. Ten years on, 70% of respondents offer counselling or an EAP for employees, of which 89% do so on a core basis for all staff, while 3% do so as core for some of their workforce. This growth may be due to employers’ increasing awareness of stress and mental wellbeing issues and their corresponding desire to provide support for staff.Notably, more than a quarter (26%) of respondents provide mental health first aid or champion training, and 10% plan to introduce this.last_img read more