Europe grinds to halt as ECB is criticized for too little action

first_imgHis thinly veiled rebuke was echoed by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who said the task of the ECB is “not hindering but facilitating” and that the institution needs to create “favorable financial conditions.”Read also: Bank Indonesia announces 5 measures to support rupiah amid market routThe leaders’ criticism came as they announced a fresh set of measures to fortify their countries against the spreading virus. Schools in France will remain shuttered indefinitely, alongside nurseries and universities. Rome’s diocese announced all churches would suspend service until April 3, blocking off another artery of public life and social interaction in the crippled country.Key event While the region’s leaders have vowed to collaborate, measures taken in recent days still vary. In Germany and the UK, schools remain open, though both Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this might change as the disease spreads. Social gatherings should be avoided outright, Merkel said in Berlin on Thursday evening, while Johnson urged the frail and elderly to remain at home.“This is a key event that tests our resolve,” Merkel said. “We have to be prepared for the fact that this infection can’t be held up in any region.”The focus of the coronavirus epidemic that originated in China last year has shifted to Europe, where governments and institutions are still struggling to identify the right tools to stem the outbreak and ensuing financial meltdown. European stocks tumbled the most on record on Thursday after the ECB held off on cutting interest rates, charting a different path from the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England, which have both lowered borrowing costs.Using ammunitionCommenting on diverging bond prices, ECB President Christine Lagarde said “we are not here to close spreads, this is not the function or the mission of the ECB.”Instead, it’s the role of governments to be on the front line delivering fiscal stimulus to respond to the crisis, earning her a stinging rebuke from politicians in Italy and France.Italian Development Minister Stefano Patuanelli said Lagarde’s words were an “accident” that sparked the biggest loss on record for Milan’s stock exchange. Italian President Sergio Mattarella, departing from his largely ceremonial role, said his country “rightly expects, at least in consideration of the common interest, initiatives of solidarity rather than moves that may hinder its action.”Lagarde, who took office in November, later said in an interview with CNBC that she is “fully committed to avoid any fragmentation in a difficult moment for the euro area” and that the ECB would “use all the flexibility embedded in our asset purchase program.” A spokesman for the Frankfurt-based central bank declined to comment further.Read also: BI cuts reserve ratio, frees up $3.2b liquidity in local banks amid market sell-offECB governing member Klaas Knot said that as long as the virus isn’t under control, the ECB cannot bring back trust to the market. If the institution would have believed a rate cut was the right response, it would have acted accordingly, he said.“It’s better that we save this kind of ammunition until the moment we can use it,” Knott said on Dutch television.Travel banUnlike in the US, where Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has become a regular target for President Donald Trump’s demands to cut rates, governments in Europe seldom comment on the central bank’s policy, and even less so to offer criticism of the fiercely independent institution.The discord over the ECB highlights how governments and institutions are struggling to speak with a unified voice, despite all avowals that they can only fight the virus with a concerted effort. Adding to the sense of dislocation was Trump’s decision late on Wednesday to impose a ban on many Europeans entering the US to contain a disease he labeled a “foreign virus.” The UK, where officials said on Thursday that as many as 10,000 Britons may be infected, remains exempt from the blockade.In a jab at the US measures, Macron said “division won’t allow us to tackle what today is a global crisis,” instead calling for resolve and “our ability to act together.” The French president said he would speak to Trump on Friday to discuss measures that the G7 group of large economies can jointly take.No kissingCases in France have reached about 2,900, still far short of the 15,113 infections in Italy. German cases climbed to 2,369, with southern Germany and North-Rhine Westphalia, the country’s most populous federal state, particularly affected. There have been five reported fatalities so far, according to the Robert Koch Institute.School closures have become a prevalent feature across Europe, enacted in countries from Portugal to Ireland to Denmark, where the number of confirmed cases has spiked to over 500, a 10-fold increase within the span of just three days.Read also: Indonesia announces $742m stimulus to shield economy from virusMerkel said additional economic measures, including shorter, more flexible working hours, will be announced on Friday. The government has enough leeway to reconsider its pledge for a balanced budget, should extraordinary circumstances demand it. The chancellor warned that the outbreak will leave “deep marks” in the economy — industries like travel, banking and hospitality have been particularly hard hit, as people stay at home and flight restrictions cascade around the globe.Still, the worst may lie ahead, with the UK government suggesting the peak of the outbreak could be in 10-14 weeks. And the true scale of the outbreak may be “much higher” than the 590 confirmed cases in the UK so far, officials said.Given the severity, Macron appealed to his fellow citizens to dispense with a quintessentially French gesture: the ‘bise’ kisses on the cheeks to greet another person.“I count on you,” Macron said. “Because the government can’t do everything by itself.”Topics : France and Italy took a rare swipe at the European Central Bank after efforts to contain the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic failed to calm jittery markets and only deepened the rout.President Emmanuel Macron was joined by Italian officials in saying that an ECB stimulus package announced earlier in the day falls short of tackling the unfolding crisis. The virus has infected more than 17,000 people in Europe and killed in excess of 1,000 in Italy, the epicenter of the outbreak.“The ECB today shared its first decisions,” Macron said in a national address from the Elysee Palace. “Will they be enough? I don’t think so.”last_img read more

Syracuse seniors try to close out careers with College Hockey America championship

first_img Published on February 25, 2014 at 11:17 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Syracuse will rely on senior leadership to stabilize a young team seeking to advance to its second consecutive College Hockey of America championship game.Seniors goalkeeper Jenesica Drinkwater and defenders Caitlin Roach and Brittney Krebs have been anchors for the Orange (18-13-3, 9-8-3 CHA) on defense this season. Drinkwater has been the go-to goalie for head coach Paul Flanagan since senior goalkeeper Kallie Billadeau went down with a season-ending injury, and Krebs and Roach are ranked first and second respectively for most blocked shots on the team. All three have been essential to SU’s success this season and have come a long way since their days together as freshmen.“All of them have lent a lot of stability to our program and their team,” Flanagan said. “The leadership from them almost goes without saying.”The senior class extends past just those three individuals, with eight players in all headed toward their last postseason. They have experienced moderate playoff success, but have lost to Mercyhurst to end each of the last three seasons.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“This year we’re more of the underdogs,” Drinkwater said, “People are already starting to underestimate us. “But I think that’s the best way for us to come in and take the championship. We deserve it.”That’s been the goal for them since they first walked into Tennity Ice Pavilion as freshmen.All three players laughed and shook their heads as they recalled their playing days four years ago. Krebs remembers how scared she was when she first stepped on the ice.“My God, it was really scary for me,” Krebs said, “it took some time to get comfortable but it was great having some of the older players take us under their wing.”After going through the experience as young players themselves, the three of them have gone out of their way to provide the same leadership and role model status to younger players that was provided to them.Flanagan has praised their leadership on and off the ice. On the ice, Drinkwater, Roach and Krebs are all turning in their best seasons yet as seniors.Drinkwater isn’t particularly surprised.“Us three have really stepped up this season,” she said, “I mean, it is your senior year.“You don’t want to go out thinking, ‘Aw man, I didn’t do this right or I didn’t do that right.’”All three seniors have faced substantial adversity in their time playing for Flanagan. Drinkwater was prepared to split time with Billadeau in the net this year, but was forced to step up to play nearly every minute of the past 21 games since Billadeau was forced out due to injury.Krebs has built her confidence to an all-time high. Bouncing back from two lackluster seasons to start her collegiate career, she is now on the cusp of leading the team in blocked shots for the second consecutive year. The adversity for Roach has been overwhelming, starting her hockey career at Syracuse by breaking and then re-breaking her collarbone, followed by appendicitis.Roach recognized her weaknesses from her early playing days and made a point to get better each year.“I played scared my freshman year,” Roach said, “But I had a good group of girls behind me who had my back and helped me want to get better each year.”As the seniors lead their squad in a week’s worth of practices leading up to a weekend playoff series, the mantra being spread by the elders of the team is clear.“Going out with no regrets is probably the best thing we can do,” Drinkwater said, “And hey, if we can go out like that, that’s the best way to go.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lampard makes sentimental return as Chelsea change tack

first_imgFrank Lampard at Chelsea. photo via @ChelseaFCLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Frank Lampard has accepted the challenge of taking over Chelsea just one year into his managerial career as the return of the club’s record goalscorer to Stamford Bridge was confirmed on Thursday.Chelsea’s latest managerial search following Maurizio Sarri’s move to Juventus has seen a change of tack, with sentiment backed over a stellar coaching CV.In response to Sarri’s sour relationship with the Chelsea support, Roman Abramovich has turned to a fans’ favourite to ease the Londoners through what could be a difficult season of transition.That decision is a risky one for both. Lampard lacks experience and could see his burgeoning reputation as a coach burned at a club where no manager has lasted long under Abramovich.However, his appointment hints at a change of approach by the Blues.Lampard’s one campaign at Derby led the Rams to the brink of a return to the Premier League, only to fall short in the Championship play-off final against Aston Villa.But his season in England’s second tier showed a willingness and ability to develop young players, including some of Chelsea’s academy products, that made him a perfect fit for the current state of affairs at Stamford Bridge.– Midfield goal machine –As a player, Lampard joined Chelsea just before the wave of Abramovich investment swept the club into its most successful era.He scored an incredible 211 goals from midfield and won three Premier League titles, the Champions League and Europa League among a 13-trophy haul.Yet Chelsea are no longer the Premier League’s big spenders.Abramovich’s interest has wained since his UK visa was not renewed last year and even the riches of a Russian billionaire have been overtaken by Abu Dhabi’s backing of Manchester City.Indeed, it is unlikely Chelsea will be able to spend anything on new recruits this summer as they serve a two-window transfer ban.And their best player of recent times has also gone after Eden Hazard completed a 100-million euro ($114 million) move to Real Madrid. The transfer ban, coupled with the loss of Hazard, should temper expectations and presents an opportunity for the kind of culture change the club’s hierarchy have wanted for some time.John Terry, who made his debut in 1998, remains the last Chelsea academy graduate to become a first team regular.Lampard used his Chelsea contacts to take Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount on loan at Derby last season where both excelled.Other returning loanees such as Tammy Abraham and Reece James are also expected to get their chance as Chelsea plug the gaps in their squad.“The transfer ban is probably not what the club wanted but for us it is exciting,” said Abraham when playing for England at the recent European under-21 championship.“There will never be a better time to play the youngsters. This year is the most important year for us. It is now or never.”Should Chelsea’s youth finally be given a chance, 19-year-old England international Callum Hudson-Odoi might also be more likely to extend his contract beyond 2020, despite interest from Bayern Munich.Lampard’s assistant, Jody Morris, also has extensive knowledge of the Chelsea youth system, having been a key figure at the club’s academy prior to joining Lampard at Derby last summer.Petr Cech, another familiar face of Chelsea’s rise under Abramovich, has been appointed the new technical and performance advisor.Chelsea described one of the former goalkeeper’s primary tasks as to “facilitate strong links between our men’s and academy teams.”However, the history of Abramovich’s time in charge suggests patience is not one of his virtues.Chelsea finished 26 points behind City last season and only stumbled into the top four thanks to the faltering form of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United.Without Hazard, Lampard and a young squad will need time to rebuild. Whether Abramovich will for once be happy to forgo instant success for a longer term approach remains to be seen.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Two Killed, Two Injured in Overnight Shooting at Broward Street Party

first_imgDetectives are investigating a early Sunday shooting in Broward County that left two people dead and two others wounded.According to Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Gerdy St. Louis, the gunfire occurred around 1:30 a.m. near the 3000 block of NW 12th Court, in the unincorporated part of the county.Genesie Homes, a neighbor who witnessed the incident, described a scene with “people running everywhere” after the shooting started during a street party.“A girl was running and fell,” she said. “I was trying to revive her. She still had a pulse. I worked on her until police took over. She was shot in the head.”Several people called 911 to report the shooting.“All of 30th Terrace was full of people,” Homes said. “I heard a whole heap of shots. We were all running and ducking.”Responding deputies found four individuals bleeding from gunshot wounds.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue treated the wounded, but two victims ultimately died at the scene.Paramedics rushed the other two to a local hospital for treatment.The names and ages of the victims have not yet been released.Homes says a man driving through the neighborhood was also shot and taken to the hospital for treatment.This is a developing story.last_img read more

Champion finish for Lancashire’s Oliver Clarke

first_img10 Sep 2016 Champion finish for Lancashire’s Oliver Clarke Lancashire’s Oliver Clarke birdied the last two holes on the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa to score a one-shot win in the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions tournament. He pipped Dorset’s Bradley Cox (Broadstone), who was playing his first England event; while Wiltshire’s Jake Bolton (Ogbourne Downs) climbed into third place with his closing three-under 70, the low round of the day. Clarke, 18, (image © Leaderboard Photography) is an England boy international who signs off from junior golf with this win and he said: “This is great, I couldn’t ask for more. “I’m especially happy for the county because they’ve been so good to me over the years – I’ve been playing for Lancashire since I was 11.” He finished the 36-hole tournament on one-over after rounds of 74 and level par 73 – despite a continuous downpour and lack of sleep. “We couldn’t get here in time for a practice round,” said Clarke, from Hillside. “We left at 3am this morning and I couldn’t sleep on the way down so I played on about three hours sleep. “I was expecting to be half decent in the first round but I thought I might lose energy in the second – but I didn’t.” After this morning’s round Clarke was three behind Cox, who opened with two-under 71, and the afternoon round developed into a battle between the pair. Clarke caught the Dorset player with birdies on five and six but dropped back with a triple bogey on the 13th after getting into trouble with a bad drive. Cox, who was playing ahead, was soon finishing his round and signing for a two-over total. Behind them George Gill from Warwickshire was also well in contention. “I realised I needed to get it in gear and somehow I managed to do it,” said Clarke. He birdied the long 14th despite having to play his second shot from well below his feet, then he holed a 12ft birdie putt on 17, before pulling off a remarkable up-and-down for a winning birdie on 18, chipping out of a dip and from under a tree to 10ft. This was Clarke’s only appearance at the Boys’ Champion of Champions – although he has held the Lancashire title before, in addition to the county U14 and U16 championships. On the previous occasion he qualified he was unable to play because he was representing England in Canada. Runner-up Bradley Cox (Broadstone) was a little disappointed with his second round 77 but he said: “It was tricky out there, everything was soaking and I’d only had about 15 minutes between rounds.” He went on: “It’s a good day’s work, it’s my first England event and to come here without expectations and to finish as I have is really good, I’m over the moon.” Cox, 18, has played golf for only four years, turning to the sport after he was ruled out of football by injury. “I wouldn’t change it now,” he said. Meanwhile Jake Bolton staged the comeback of the day, scoring three-under 70 this afternoon to improve on his first round by 10 shots and take third place. “This morning I missed fairways and didn’t hole any putts. This afternoon I was a little bit more aggressive, but not overly, and I knew that if I shot three or four under I would move into the top five.” Bolton and Danny Daniels (Essendon) who finished sixth are among four players flying off tomorrow to represent England in the Canadian International Junior Challenge. George Gill (The Warwickshire) dropped back into fourth place after a double bogey on the 17th proved costly. Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

Tis the Season for Stormy Weather

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0As the latest stormy weather moves out of the area, it’s a reminder that storm and flood season is here and inclement weather will soon return.Rain, wind and cloudy weather is forecast again for Thursday, December 10, and a revised forecast for periods of rain and showers tapering off in the evening, will allow the rivers to recede below flood stage.Thurston County Emergency Management encourages everyone to take this break in the weather as an opportunity to improve their preparedness and safety. A primary preparedness tip includes storing enough food and water to be on your own for at least 72 hours. There are many preparedness links on the Emergency Management website at www.co.thurston.wa.us/em or you can email [email protected] of unincorporated Thurston County can call the Roads Maintenance division at (360) 867-2300 to report flooded roads. Residents are urged to only use 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies and any downed power lines. For power outages, please contact Puget Sound Energy at 800-225-5773 to ensure they are aware of the outage.Thurston County Emergency Management officials urge drivers to use caution in wet weather and stay away from flooded roads. “It only takes 18 inches of water to float a small car, so even if a roadway isn’t officially closed, the only safe bet is to avoid flooded roads and find an alternate route,” says Sandy Johnson, Thurston County Emergency Management Manager. Do NOT drive around road barricades!For more emergency information, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/em/EI/EI.asp or call 360-867-2800. Stay connected with TCEM with social media and get Thurston County Emergency Management updates on Facebook and Twitter:Facebook: ThurstonEMTwitter: @ThurstonEMlast_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Stadium construction 1

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Cape Town Stadium under constructionin April 2008.Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Cape Town Stadium under constructionin September 2009.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Cape Town Stadium under constructionin August 2008.Photo: Bruce Sutherland, City of Cape Town• Download high-resolution image Royal Bafokeng Stadium under constructionin March 2008Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Royal Bafokeng Stadium under constructionin March 2008Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Royal Bafokeng Stadium under constructionin March 2008Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Royal Bafokeng Stadium under constructionin March 2008Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Royal Bafokeng Stadium under constructionin March 2008Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Royal Bafokeng Stadium under constructionin March 2008Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Royal Bafokeng Stadium under constructionin March 2008Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Weekend Project: Break Into Your Mobile Apps

first_imgRelated Posts Breaking into Android Apps Have an Android phone instead? There’s a similar – OK, slightly more tricky – procedure for breaking into Android apps. This procedure involves accessing the contents in the .dex file – the single file that contains all of an app’s resources, assets, code and its manifest file.Again, may we remind you: educational purposes only! Locate the Android app on your computer and change the file extension from .apk to .zip.Unzip the zip file. (Alternately, you can use a program like 7Zip to open an .apk file). Inside the file contents, find the file classes.dex, this contains all the Java files, but it’s encrypted.To decrypt the file, download Dex2Jar from here and a Java compiler like JD from here. (Yep, we told you this was a bit harder). Copy classes.dex to the folder where you unzipped Dex2Jar and run from the command line: “dex2jar.bat classes.dex” – this will convert the classes.dex file to a JAR file. This creates a file with an odd name like classes.dex.dex2jar.jar. Launch JD decompiler. ?Open the classes.dex.dex2jar.jar file and view the .class files.At least, those are the steps according to WebageSolutions. AndroidGuys says you can stop at #6 then just use WinRAR to open the file.There’s also another method using a tool called apktool, hosted here on Google Code. This software is designed for reengineering Android apps. It can decode resources to nearly original form and rebuild them after making some modifications. As noted on the Google Code site, this tool is not meant for piracy or illegal uses, but can be helpful in “localizing, adding some features or support for custom platforms and other GOOD purposes.”Or, you know, because you can?To go this route instead, follow the detailed instructions on the project home page.Whichever way you find easier, the end result is the same: you can break into your Android apps, too.Some people don’t like when tutorials like this are posted online, because they could encourage piracy. But frankly, people who are going to pirate apps don’t need our help – they’ll find a way on their own. However, for budding developers – maybe those who want to try out Google’s DIY App Inventor, for example – being able to peer inside an app’s folders is a good first step in beginning to understand mobile software’s structure. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#Google#How To#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perez Champagne and fireworks not your thing? Instead of partying it up this New Year’s Eve weekend, why not take the time to do a little hacking instead???Every so often, we like to feature a “weekend project” here on ReadWriteWeb. These generally consist of the kind of things you’ll want to try out and play with when you have some free time, like over a weekend. Past projects have included things like hacking Nike+ for automatic Foursquare check-ins, a resource list on how to get started hacking Microsoft Kinect, experimenting with a customized, third-party version of Chrome OS called “Vanilla,” and more.This weekend, we’ve decided to round up a few resources detailing how to peek inside your mobile applications.Breaking into iOS AppsThanks to a guide we found on Appstorm, we discovered that you can “break into” your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch applications, so you can see what’s inside of them. Why on earth would you want to do this? Well, Appstorm says it could be useful if you wanted to get to the content they contain – like video tutorials that are taking up more space on your phone than you would like, and that you want to watch on a larger screen. Or maybe there’s a soundtrack to a game that you want to grab and mix, mashup or turn into a ringtone.Of course, you should proceed carefully here – that content doesn’t belong to you, and the rights associated with it should be observed.However, we have a perfectly good reason you should try this out: because you can.  And c’mon, fellow geeks – isn’t that good enough for you? Consider this a guide meant for “educational purposes only.” Something you learn about, not something you do because you want to steal code, music, videos, images or anything else an app contains.A short how-to on the break-in process is below, but we recommend checking out the more detailed guide on Appstorm if you run into trouble. We added some tips for Windows users, too, since Appstorm only focused on Mac systems.Find your apps in iTunes, right-click on the app, select “Show in Finder” or in Windows “Show in Windows Explorer.” (Alternately, you can just navigate to the iTunes folder “Mobile Applications” to see your apps). Copy the app from its original location to somewhere else, like your desktop. Change the file extension from .ipa to .zipUnzip the file.On Mac, go into the Payload folder, right-click on the .app file and choose “Show Package Contents.” This will open a second Finder window showing everything contained in the app. On Windows, you can just double-click on the .app file to do the same (tested on Windows 7). That’s it! You’re inside your app! Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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

Exhibition on LGBTQ issues in Goa

first_imgGoa-based Museum of Goa (MoG) Foundation will hold a “colourful flying exhibition” to celebrate the recent Supreme Court decision of scrapping section 377 of the India Penal Code , from November 10 to 30.Celebrated Goan artist and sculptor Subodh Kerakar, Director of MoG, told presspersons here that the exhibition, based on the theme “Freedom is in the air”, will be held in collaboration with Hamsafar Trust and Goa Livelihood Forum(GLF), at MoG museum in Pilerna in North coastal Goa.The Foundation has invited entries from artists from across the country to present works of art on LGBTQ issues.last_img