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Revisions can be a pain equally felt by video editors, motion designers, VFX artists, and colorists. Here are some tips on limiting endless video revision requests so you can get to work on your next project.All images via ShutterstockIf your clients are always satisfied with your first submission, you are some type of genius. For the rest of the world, in video production and out of the industry, revisions are something everyone deals with. This isn’t to say you don’t create quality content, but the client may have other ideas in mind. It’s your job to create what they want, not what you want.If a client can’t make up their mind, or has too many revisions to handle, you need to take it upon yourself to put an end to the endless revisions. Here are three easy ways to stop the video revision requests from coming.1. Set a Number of Revisions in the ContractThe best way to get clients to realize they don’t have an infinite number of revisions is to be upfront in the beginning. Set a number for the maximum round of revisions in your contract, that way clients know that any feedback they have must list as many changes at once. If the client wants additional revisions past your contracted obligation — you can then tell them that any additional revisions will cost extra. That means the clients know they must put as much information as possible in each video revision request to keep them from being charged extra.For example, a client may say they want to swap a clip for another. Then, in another email, they may also ask for a change to the lower thirds. Then, in a third email, they might ask for a different song. That example is already three separate revisions. What the client should have done is listed all three of those revisions in one single email — then it counts as one round of revisions. Explaining to clients that their correspondence must be as detailed as possible will save you time editing or designing. Much of the time wasted making revisions doesn’t actually come from making changes — it’s the render and export time associated with each change.2. Explain to Clients That Changes Can Take HoursYour clients need to understand that the simplest change can take hours, depending on the length or complexity of the project. Sure, they may not care, but it’s your job to make them understand. If a project is on a rushed timeline, explain that every additional round of revisions will be pushing their deadline. Ask for thorough, in-depth feedback for any proofs you send. The more information they offer on what they want to change, the quicker the final product can be delivered.If you’re charging an hourly rate, make sure to tell the client that all the render, export, and upload time is included in their final bill. Pretty much every single client is looking to spend as little as necessary. If you aren’t charging hourly, be sure to include all this extra time in your quote.3. Say No“No” is the hardest thing to tell a client. You may feel desperate to please them or in need to get paid. You always have the right to accept or decline any freelance work, it’s just a matter of doing it. You also need to consider your future. If a client is very difficult to deal with, do you want to continue working with them?If you did put a number a revisions into your contract, you are only limited to the number they agreed to. If they are unwilling to pay for extra revisions, you have no obligation to continue making any revisions to a project. If you didn’t put a number into your contract (or foolishly don’t have a contract in place), you’ve caught yourself in an endless loop until the client in satisfied. Don’t let this happen to you. It’s your job to create content for clients that can’t create the projects themselves. Know that they need you, but you don’t need them. Value yourself and your time. Otherwise you’re bound to burn out. Also, your folders will start to look like this. Have any more tips? How many revisions do you allow? Let us know in the comments below.
Opposition parties in Assam have joined wildlife and animal rights activists in opposing the bid to transport during the ongoing heatwave four juvenile elephants from the State to Gujarat for a religious procession.Wildlife officials in Assam —allegedly under “tremendous political pressure” — have been preparing to send the four elephants on a six-month lease for adding grandeur to Ahmedabad’s Jagannath Temple. The elephants are scheduled to take part in the ‘Rath Yatra’ scheduled on July 4.“The government will come across as one that promotes cruelty to animals if it goes ahead with sending the elephants to Ahmedabad,” said Suprakash Talukdar, CPI(M)’s central committee member.“Many wildlife activists have opposed the decision of the State government. India is facing a severe heatwave at the moment. Roughly half of the country is struggling through its worst drought in six decades. These are extreme conditions for the elephants to travel,” Assam’s Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi said in a letter to Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Thursday.The elephants are expected to travel about 3,100 km from eastern Assam’s Tinsukia by railway wagons that animal rights activists said would be too hot under the summer sun for the animals to survive.“In such a case, the elephants may suffer from acute skin infection and dehydration,” Mr. Gogoi said, pointing out that it was still unclear whether the elephants were captive or caught from the wild.“And do the government rules allow transportation of wild animals for religious events?” he asked, seeking instruction for withdrawing the decision on the elephants as soon as possible.Assam has had a tradition of catching juvenile or sub-adult elephants from the wild and using them extensively for logging and other heavy-duty work. The Supreme Court’s ban on felling in 1997 rendered many such elephants ‘jobless,’ forcing their owners to sell them off under the guise of a lease approved by the government.“A lease is for six months, but they are invariably extended. This way, elephants sent on lease to other States for religious or other purposes have never been returned,” wildlife specialist Bibhab Talukdar said.Records show that 40 domesticated elephants were transferred outside the State for specific periods between 2011 and 2015. But none of them were returned.Vets against travelWildlife officials, declining to be quoted, said elephants in Assam or elsewhere in the Northeast were not used to the extreme heat of northern, central or western India. “Gujarat could have easily procured elephants from neighbouring States such as Madhya Pradesh, where the elephants may be used to similar climatic conditions. But for some strange reasons, we were asked to send the elephants,” Mr. Talukdar said.Veterinarians in the State, meanwhile, have declined to accompany the elephants to Ahmedabad and have even offered to resign if they were forced to travel. This has put the Forest Department in a fix.“The veterinarians the government approached have expressed their unwillingness to be a party to any action that compromises the health and welfare of animals,” a departmental officer said.The veterinarians have pointed out that it would be difficult to maintain a tolerable temperature for the elephants in closed or semi-closed metal wagons while travelling through areas experiencing a heatwave. They have not been assured of cooling and circulation of air in the wagons, and sprinkling too much water on the elephants could make them slip.Experts have also expressed concern over the possibility of foot rot as the elephants would be defecating and urinating at the same place during the travel that would take four days.
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Touch Football Australia have released the fourth edition of the High Performance Herald Newsletter. The Christmas edition gives the latest news and views from deep inside the Australian Camp as the seven National Teams approach the closing stages of their preparation phase for the Federation of International Touch World Cup in Stellenbosch, South Africa 17-21 January 2007.Please open the below attachment to read the High Performance Herald – Volume 4.Related Fileshigh_performance_herald_volume_4-pdf
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp snappy over claims Man Utd underdogsby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has played down their favourites tag against Manchester United.The two fierce rivals will go toe-to-toe at Old Trafford on Sunday.”On Sky you made a combined line-up and had 11 players of Liverpool. It’s like a joke, like building a banana skin,” Klopp said in his Friday press conference.”The world at the moment is like a circus, and we are at the centre. I’m not influenced by it. I am 100 per cent sure of the strength of Manchester United.”The German also casted doubt on the injuries of Paul Pogba and David de Gea who have been ear-marked to miss the encounter.He added: “Yesterday, Pogba and De Gea there is ‘no chance’. Today it is ‘maybe’, tomorrow it is ‘a chance’!”
Story Highlights Mrs. Johnson Smith said the organisational structure identified is one that will ensure that the functions previously performed by the RMF will be satisfactorily performed and buttressed by the Human Resource Management and Information Technology (IT) services resident within the Ministry. Seven new posts have been created within the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to accommodate persons who will be displaced as a result of the impending closure of the Road Maintenance Fund (RMF).There will be two accounting jobs and five positions in the technical services division, which will first be advertised among the former officers of the RMF.This was disclosed by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, while piloting the Road Maintenance Fund (Repeal) Bill in the Senate on Friday (November 24).She explained that the addition of the new posts will serve to boost the capacity of the Ministry in these areas.“The addition of these posts to the Ministry’s technical team will enhance the Ministry’s general capacity and its engineering capacity to properly execute and manage the duties, functions and responsibilities formerly carried out by the RMF,” she said.The closure of the RMF is being undertaken as part of the Government’s public sector transformation exercise. The Fund, which finances main road maintenance activities across Jamaica, is one of the public bodies identified to be abolished and its functions transferred to its parent Ministry – the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.Mrs. Johnson Smith said the organisational structure identified is one that will ensure that the functions previously performed by the RMF will be satisfactorily performed and buttressed by the Human Resource Management and Information Technology (IT) services resident within the Ministry.She argued that the absorption of the RMF within the Ministry responsible for Works “makes good sense”, and is an example of how the public sector can be more efficient with a shared services model.“As mergers and closures occur, and as shared services are implemented, we must acknowledge that there will, inevitably, be some displacements, but we must also be mindful that there will be opportunities for growth. A more efficient Government that delivers more will support growth, and users of Government services will benefit from a higher quality of service delivery,” she said.Senator Johnson Smith further noted that the rationalisation of public bodies to align to service delivery to increase efficiencies and to reduce costs is an imperative of the Government.As a result of the absorption, she said, the Government will save $35 million on the direct cost related to the operations of the RMF, based on the transfer of the funds to the Ministry.This includes rental, board fees, office expenses, electricity and general administration costs.“The salaries and related costs of approximately $51 million will be substantively reduced since the Human Resources Management, IT and Administrative functions and some of the technical functions will be subsumed into the existing divisions of the Ministry,” she said.She further informed that separation costs have been calculated at approximately $20 million.The Bill was approved by the Senate. It seeks to repeal the Road Maintenance Fund Act and to discontinue the Road Maintenance Fund, to transfer the functions performed by the Board of management of the RMF to the Ministry with responsibility for Works, and to transfer all the monies held in the name of the Fund or due to the Fund into the Consolidated Fund. Seven new posts have been created within the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to accommodate persons who will be displaced as a result of the impending closure of the Road Maintenance Fund (RMF). “The addition of these posts to the Ministry’s technical team will enhance the Ministry’s general capacity and its engineering capacity to properly execute and manage the duties, functions and responsibilities formerly carried out by the RMF,” she said.
TORONTO – Everywhere Google’s chief economist Hal Varian goes, people want to ask him what Google is working on.He usually tells them “everything you can think of plus a lot more” because the tech giant has its hands in everything from internet searches to advertising, news and even autonomous vehicles.As Google prepares to mark its 20th anniversary in Canada, Varian sat down with The Canadian Press on Wednesday to talk about the company, its role in the country and some of the technology sector’s most pressing challenges — fake news, automation, backlash against human dependence on devices and a growing debate around taxation.What do you see as Google’s role in Canada?Google is a huge facilitator. Canada is a country where exports are very important, particularly exports to the U.S. and so you want to make sure that your products are recognized there and the great thing about using Google for advertising is it can be so targeted. I once talked to a mathematician who built the best program in the world for a certain type of optimization. He said, “it’s a wonderful product, but there are only 100 users in the world. How do I find them?” So you type in mixed integer quadratic programming into Google and you get these nice academic papers and there’s an ad for his software. That’s specialized. The only medium you can effectively advertise on is a search medium.Google put out a report with Deloitte this morning looking at its economic impact in Canada. Among other things, it said that Google search ads from Canadian businesses supported between $10.4 and $18.5 billion in economic activity or 112,000 to 200,000 full-time jobs. What was your big takeaway from the report?One of the remarkable things for Canada in that report is that 35 per cent of all clicks are coming from outside of Canada. That means you are really reaching a global market and I haven’t seen that in the other reports (from other countries).What other differences did you see between Canada and other markets?There are probably more searches for hockey per capita than in say Hawaii.Do you think Google should be threatened by some of the other social media players who are carving out a big advertising business themselves?I think we are still king, but uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. We can’t be complacent about that. We keep looking at developments and we are expanding into lots of other technology areas, like autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and cloud computing.Lately in Canada there has been a lot of discussion around whether technology companies should be charging and paying tax on advertising on their platforms. How do you feel about that?I think that is up to Canada. If they draft a law that says advertising companies need to pay tax, of course we will pay. But right now, as I understand the situation, it is pretty ambiguous whether or not this tax is happening.So it’s best left up to the government then?Well, of course, to tax anything the government has to pass a bill or amend a bill that describes what is being taxed and how the data will be collected and how it will be remitted. You can’t just say send me a cheque.Do you find one of the biggest challenges Google is facing is fake news?Not so much on the ad side of things, (but) fake news on content that is trying to draw attention to itself for one reason or another. (When it comes to) people that advertise stuff that is bogus, we do a pretty good job of weeding out a lot of that stuff.If you want to find spurious news about Hollywood gossip, you can go to the supermarket or you can go to YouTube. There’s a lot of that stuff around, but we try to control it so far as we can.On Google News, we have a pretty carefully curated process to get people to legitimate news. It doesn’t always work. Things slip through, but by and large, it’s a pretty trustworthy sources, we think.What is the biggest challenge facing the tech sector?On the policy side of things, we hear the word techlash, like backlash against technology. People are saying the world is facing all these problems with fake news and hostile powers and exploitation of this and that. That is of course much more difficult to deal with because it is vague and amorphous.Technology is changing quickly and things are happening and so there is a certain amount of anxiety, but I do believe that will be overcome as people learn the value of tech.What should be done to help humanity overcome techlash?You have to recognize there are changes going on. Those changes are primarily going help people live better, more productive, more useful and more stimulating lives, but you also have to build some controls over those things. It is the same with automobiles, with telephones, with steam engines.What role do you think Google should have in the techlash?The very first thing is understanding it and once we think we have an understanding of it, we think about policies that might be helpful in dealing with issues that could arise.You have been working on a paper that recently touched on this and labour. Can you talk a bit about the major takeaways?We’re going to see a significant decline in the labour force in the next 20 or 30 years basically because the baby boomers are retiring and what that means is you’ve got to produce more output to provide consumption opportunities for all those people. With the labour force declining, we are in good shape compared to countries like Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Italy, Spain, where they’re seeing quite significant declines. Without technology, without some increase in productivity, we’re in big trouble.With those labour declines and Google looking into automation, will robots take over the world?Robots are going to augment human labour for the most part. That is true with all of the technological advances, despite the anxiety that goes along with them. Augmenting labour gives you more jobs and less work, which is what most people are seeking.This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
Whoa, what was that?After months of relative calm, Wall Street has been jolted by a sudden run of turbulent trading.The swoon wiped more than 1,300 points from the Dow Jones Industrial Average over two days and dragged the benchmark S&P 500 index down more than 5 per cent. The VIX index, which measures how worried traders are about a decline in stocks, climbed Thursday to its highest level since February, when the S&P last had a correction, or a 10 per cent drop.What now?Experts say this new eruption of market volatility should not be surprising, especially after the long stretch of relative calm investors have enjoyed.Over the summer, traders set aside worries about the escalating U.S.-China trade dispute and instead focused on more encouraging developments: solid economic growth and record corporate earnings. It helped that stocks were on the rise — the S&P 500 hit an all-time high just four weeks ago.So after several months of gains, a pullback would be expected, said John Lynch, chief investment strategist at LPL Research.“Volatility is back and it may require more active strategies on the part of investors to pursue their long-term goals,” Lynch said. “Volatility is also not to be feared, but embraced, as varying data points will cause bouts of market anxiety. But remember that fundamentals are still strong.”The economy is indeed quite strong by many measures — consumer spending is growing, unemployment is low and manufacturing surveys are near record levels. And many experts say that is more important than the market’s daily ups and downs.So what’s behind this week’s upset?Investors have grown concerned about a recent, steep drop in U.S. government bond prices and an ensuing upward move in bond yields, which makes bonds more attractive relative to stocks. The market is also worried about rising interest rates, which tend to climb on expectations of future economic growth and inflation and can increase costs for business — slowing growth and dampening corporate profits.“There’s some concern that third-quarter earnings could be maybe a little bit less robust than they were in the second quarter and there could be more pressure on profit margins,” said Willie Delwiche, investment strategist at Baird.Worries about a slowdown in the global economy and the escalating U.S.-China trade dispute also have contributed to investors’ unease. And markets typically see increased volatility in months preceding midterm elections.“We are not surprised by the uptick in volatility toward more normal levels,” market strategists at Wells Fargo Investment Institute wrote in a report Thursday, adding that “it’s too soon to say that the pullback is over.”Having bonds and equities selling off may feel like the worst of both worlds for investment portfolios, but the market’s shift isn’t as bad as it might seem, said Michael Crook, head of institutional strategy at UBS Global Wealth Management.He notes that the S&P 500 is basically back to where it was during the summer, and only down slightly from its all-time high. In addition, the negative return in bonds barely registers when one considers how bonds have performed this year.“That’s very normal volatility, and while it has been acute — like all market drops — it only erases a few weeks of gains,” Crook said.The market’s stability in 2017 may have given investors a false sense of security too, said Nationwide Chief of Investment Research Mark Hackett. The fundamental strength of that year resulted in historically low volatility and market pullbacks.One natural reaction to increased volatility is the inclination to get off the wild ride and sell. If you have a lengthy time horizon for the investment, say a decade, the general recommendation is to resist that temptation. Stocks have historically offered some of the biggest returns over the long term for investors.For investors who want less volatility, bonds, savings accounts or other investments offer less risk. The trade-off is that returns over the coming decade will likely be lower.Remember that what is happening in the headlines is not necessarily what is happening in your portfolio, said Judith Ward, a senior financial planner at T. Rowe Price.Still feeling jumpy? Review your portfolio and make sure your holdings are where you want them to be and that they’re on course to meet your goals. Rebalance the portfolio, if needed, but resist the urge to flee.Any financial adviser will remind you that those who sold in the depths of the global financial meltdown missed out on big gains in years that followed.
EDMONTON — The Alberta government has ordered a mandatory cut to crude oil production next year to deal with historically low prices being paid for Canadian oil. Here are six things to know about Canada’s resource:Light or heavy: Each type of oil around the world has its own price. New-York-traded West Texas Intermediate (WTI), delivered at Cushing, Okla., is the benchmark price for light crude oil in North America. Western Canadian Select (WCS) is the reference price for heavy crude oil from the oilsands delivered at Hardisty, Alta.Price differential: Canada’s heavy crude usually trades at a discount because of refining and transportation costs, so a price gap or differential is typical between WTI and WCS.Record gap: The differential is usually between US$10 to US$15 per barrel. The biggest gap — US$52 per barrel — was recorded in October. Experts say the extreme discount happened due to a reliance on high-cost transportation — rail and truck — instead of new pipelines.The glut: Alberta says about 190,000 barrels of raw crude oil and bitumen are being produced each day that can’t be shipped out. Roughly 35 million barrels, about twice the normal level, are in storage.Cutting production: The province has ordered the output of raw crude oil and bitumen to be reduced by 8.7 per cent, or 325,000 barrels per day, starting in January. As the excess storage clears, the reduction is expected to drop to 95,000 barrels a day until the end of next December. The move is expected to narrow the differential by at least $4 per barrel.Winners and losers: Calgary economist Trevor Tombe says $4 per barrel doesn’t sound like much but, over a year, it’s worth about $1 billion to the Alberta government’s budget. While some companies will also benefit, those with their own refining and upgrading operations may not.The Canadian Press