Pandora Remixes Its Free Listening Limits

first_imgTags:#streaming music Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Faced with ever-rising music licensing fees, music streaming service Pandora has implemented a 40-hour per month limit on free mobile listening – a small change that has large implications on the state of music delivery services.The reason for the listening cap, according to Pandora cofounder Tim Westergren, is due to the increase in per-track royalty fees, which “have increased more than 25% over the last 3 years, including 9% in 2013 alone and are scheduled to increase an additional 16% over the next two years.”Westergren’s blog entry detailing the new policy was succinct and to the point. Emphasizing that this change would only effect less than 4% of Pandora’s monthly listeners, Westergren also took the opportunity to point out that computer users would be unaffected by the change, and that listeners were more than welcome to sign up for Pandora’s paid subscription services.Investors took note of the announcement too, with Pandora’s stock down as much as 6.5% percent just prior market opening this morning. (Though that dip was shallowing out to less than 1% by the time this story went to press.) The listening cap, and Westergren’s alternatives have revealed the continuing weak spot for online services: generating revenue on mobile platforms.Blame Mobile, AgainThe reason Pandora can continue offering free, unlimited and ad-supported music on computers is simple: there’s enough ad space shoved at free listeners’ eyeballs that will, along with the audio ads, cover the costs of those royalty fees. But on mobile, audio ads are about all Pandora can put in front of their listeners. You could increase the frequency of ads, of course, but that would likely lead to less listeners than more paid listeners.Cracking the mobile puzzle is very much an enigma for online services, because the form factor and use of many mobile devices preclude the type of ad displays and other revenue generators that worked on PC platforms. It is especially difficult for music services that, unlike social media services that have their content created by the very users they serve, have to come up with fixed licensing costs to broadcast music tracks.(See also Could Music Licensing Costs Kill Pandora? Last.fm’s Troubles Are A Warning Sign)While Pandora may take a bit of hit from this move, a smart trimming move like this should help weigh in costs and not irk users too much. Other services may see some migration from Pandora in the near-term, but those services are likely to be in the same boat and may have to implement similar moves of their own.Music is expensive and mobile is a revenue suck. This combination is a bad playlist for companies like Pandora, until they can figure out a better mix.center_img brian proffitt A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Canadians set to test this Astroskin smart shirt in space

first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#Astroskin#Canadian Space Agency#Carré Technologies#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#smart shirt#top Amanda Razani Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puckcenter_img The Canadian Space Agency just signed a $2.4m deal with Carré Technologies to test a smart shirt that can be remotely monitored via several sensors from extremely far distances.The shirt is designed to keep track of the wearer’s health and will be worn by Canadian astronaut, David Saint-Jacques, during a six-month space mission aboard the International Space Station,  that is set for 2018-2019.See Also: Phillips launches ecosystem of connected health wearablesThe smart shirt, named Astroskin, gathers health data on activity levels, vital signs, including blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, heart rate and electrical activity, along with rate of breathing and sleep quality.Co-founder and chief executive of Carré Technologies, Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, explains, “Deploying our wearable sensors and software to the ISS is significant as this represents the ultimate remote patient monitoring scenario. The findings tracking the health of astronauts will be used to make our healthcare system more accessible and support new home care and telemedicine services.”Astroskin has a future here on earthThe creators of Astroskin are already considering the technology’s future in sleep treatment and cardiology and are planning to use the data gathered from the ISS test to, hopefully, bring the smart shirt to the medical world for health monitoring of patients in remote areas of the world.Marc Garneau, Canadian minister for transport, states, “Astroskin may have many applications on Earth, such as medical monitoring of those confined to their homes by illness, people living in remote areas with limited medical access, and those working in hazardous environments. It is another in a long list of space technologies brought down to Earth for all of us.” Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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9 Tech Companies Likely to Be Acquired Next

first_img GoProTech company GoPro, specializing in cameras, camcorders, and drones, allegedly asked JP Morgan to help the brand find a buyer. With up-and-down sales and declining stock prices, many believe GoPro is looking to be acquired by a tech brand that can combine GoPro’s technology with another platform, such as Facebook or Snapchat.With GoPro’s price tag of nearly $900 million, Apple has long been at the center of GoPro acquisition rumors. With the repatriated cash option, many believe it will have the financial resources to do so; with the release of an Apple Watch that renders a phone unnecessary, GoPro’s technology may be appealing to Apple. InstacartInstacart has been making lots of moves lately that have drawn experts’ attention — its delivery partnership with Albertsons and acquisition of coupon shopping platform Unata signal the brand is looking to gain market share. And Amazon’s $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods has propelled Instacart even further; competing grocers reached out to Instacart to gain a delivery outlet.Target acquired Instacart competitor Shipt for $550 million at the close of 2017. That means those in head-to-head competition with Target will look to Instacart and others to upgrade their logistics and delivery platforms and remain competitive.While 2017 was undoubtedly an exciting year for tech, 2018 is shaping up to deliver some equally interesting tech acquisitions. As companies find their offerings in need of tech, they’ll be motivated to buy existing technology so they can supercharge their growth without slowing down. Related Posts Tech stocks blew expectations out of the water in 2017, outpacing the S&P 500 by 21 percentage points. While 2017 certainly marked an exceptional year for tech stocks, it was also a harbinger of things to come.The increasing — and, in some cases, renewed — interest in tech companies has revitalized not just industries, but also partnerships. As technology takes on a bigger role in businesses of all types, tech acquisitions become both short- and long-term investments. That means the next year or two will likely bring some blockbuster mergers and acquisitions as companies determine how they can mesh their services and products with others’.Here are nine to keep an eye on in the coming months. ValveValve, a gaming and technology firm, has found itself the source of acquisition rumors in connection with Microsoft. Microsoft is reportedly looking to acquire gaming companies Valve and EA to join its stable, which includes Xbox and Minecraft. An acquisition of Valve would give Microsoft virtual control of the PC gaming world, allowing the brand to not only profit from its position, but also gain data from players.Microsoft has backed itself into a wall with its exclusive game policy on Xbox, so many anticipate the brand will need to quickly acquire a large game publisher in order to right its ship. John Occhipinti is the Founder of Wheelhouse Partners, an investment firm focused on defining a new category of micro private equity. He is an investor in several Silicon Valley companies.Prior to his investment career, John was an early executive at Netscape Communications. John’s was an early executive at Netscape that went public during his tenure. ShippoBusiness shipping platform Shippo has experienced 71 percent year-over-year growth per customer and “quietly” raised $20 million. The company is aiming to capitalize on what it predicts will be a $4 trillion e-commerce industry in 2020, and its API and app make it a tech-savvy investment for other e-commerce strongholds.A large company expecting to see its growth fueled by online purchases would likely snap up Shippo to reduce its costs and open up possibilities of creating competitive lines in other categories. And as competitor Stamps.com continues to make acquisitions, Shippo becomes more appealing. SlackIn summer 2017, talk bubbled over about Slack’s possible acquisition; it was reported in June that Slack was focused on raising half a billion dollars on a $5 billion valuation. Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce were all reportedly interested in acquiring the office communication platform. And that makes sense: The appeal of a Slack acquisition lies in its ability to serve as a central location for tech companies, hosting everything from casual conversations to performance alerts.Most eyes are on Amazon to pull the trigger on acquiring Slack. With a purported $9 billion price tag, Amazon could combine Slack with its cloud-based storage system, Amazon Web Services, to make its subscription offerings more appealing and increase its (already large) user base. CoinbaseCoinbase, currently the largest bitcoin exchange in the U.S., sparked M&A discussions when it hired LinkedIn’s former head of mergers and acquisitions earlier this month. Coinbase nearly bought a digital custody company in 2017 and has been filling its executive roster, two signs the company is preparing for acquisition or going public.But the real buzz has been around Coinbase’s apparent interest in acquiring other companies, which may create a consolidated cryptocurrency exchange. Coinbase’s $1 billion valuation, combined with its large influence on the cryptocurrency community and healthy finances, puts it in a strong position to gobble up competitors. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …center_img John Occhipinti SkyBellThe Internet of Things has already seen some notable acquisitions, including SmartThings, Nest, and Dropcam. This trend continued with Amazon’s recent decision to buy smart security doorbell business Ring for $1.1 billion. SkyBell, a fellow smart video doorbell, looks like it could be the next startup in this trend, thanks to its patent portfolio and strong B2B business.With Amazon’s acquisition of Ring, eyes are on the reactions from Google, Walmart, ADT, Alarm.com, Samsung, and others — Amazon could “own” access to the front door while offering an inexpensive smart home security package built around Ring. For that reason, SkyBell and its patents likely make a necessary acquisition target for other large companies relying on the front door or video doorbells for long-term success.   NetflixStreaming entertainment company Netflix has long been the center of acquisition rumors, most recently in connection with Apple. In light of The Walt Disney Company’s $52.4 billion merger with 21st-Century Fox, many experts feel Netflix will need a stronger distribution and acquisition arm in order to compete. Netflix’s original content has won accolades, but its limited scope of subscribers and debt will hamper the brand’s growth without a big-player acquisition.Speculation abounds that the tax reform bill’s one-time allowance for businesses to repatriate international cash may spur an Apple deal of mammoth proportions. Apple has a big cash pile — which Netflix could use — and the industry has been nudging Apple to make a media acquisition for years. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture CSRAGovernment IT service CSRA was said to be in the process of being acquired by General Dynamics for $6.8 billion — but not before CACI International jumped in with a competing offer of $7.2 billion. The 8 percent higher bid sparked a bidding war in Washington, D.C.Federal IT services are experiencing a resurgence as the government looks to modernize its systems and increase its defense spending; with a market capitalization of $6.7 billion, CSRA is in a strong position to make a deal. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

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How to Turn Your Buyers Into Brand Believers

first_imgBrad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Simple Branding Is Key for Complex Tech, Says R… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Buyers always have the last say. Even when faced with limited choices, many would rather opt out than choose a brand they distrust. To successfully break through barriers of consumer hesitation and skepticism to achieve customer loyalty, companies must incorporate true value into their product and service offerings. Otherwise, shoppers won’t show an ounce of genuine loyalty.The Value of LoyaltyBig value doesn’t mean bargain prices. Actually, the more value you offer customers, the more money they might be willing to spend on your products and services. Plenty of relatively expensive or high-end brands have raving fans who could easily save dollars on competing items. However, these fans feel connected to their preferred companies and vote with their wallets. Rosetta Consulting statistics indicate that steadfast shoppers are five times more likely to buy from favored brands compared to less engaged buyers. Plus, they shell out 60 percent more each time they make a purchase.Businesses get not just a financial lift, but also a marketing boost, when they achieve this type of emotional response. It transcends a detached purchasing arrangement. According to a national survey from commerce marketing cloud Yotpo, more than half of brand believers will join loyalty programs. Sixty percent will talk positively about their favorite companies. In other words, they become an extension of the sales team and smooth the way for future transactions.Make no mistake: These aren’t directly compensated advocates, a la social media influencers or paid-to-promote celebs. Yet they demand a high degree of value as compensation for their ongoing zeal.If your company could use a boost from superfans, take these steps to give customers a reason to cheer.1. Mirror target customers’ beliefs.Buyers respond more reliably and earnestly when they feel a brand aligns with their beliefs. Take the beauty industry, for example. Emily Weiss, founder of Glossier and one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, used her experience in fashion and wellness to create a line of products focused on minimalism and natural beauty rather than glam. Despite early naysayers, she forged ahead with her plan to prove that beauty is a “conduit for connection.” She built a business now worth nearly $400 million.Writer Victoria Sands explains why companies like Glossier drive intense fanaticism and feverish loyalty: “These brands identify as a safe port in an otherwise unfriendly storm of consumerism.” Likewise, your company’s messaging and purpose must echo the values of your top buyers before you can count on blind promotion.2. Give the above-and-beyond value you hope to get.When you make a sale, you shouldn’t simply swap a product or service for currency. Instead, the exchange should always include a balanced value trade. Your customers are giving you the value of their disposable income and (hopefully) voices of approval, and you’re giving them value unique to your brand.How do you know if this value interchange is happening? Shelley Washburn, president of GSM, an automotive marketing company, likes to provide supporters with a reason to stand behind her brand. “Businesses need to be sure to give things to their casual supporters — whether it’s content, consultation, or to listen to what their needs are — in order to expect casual supporters to turn into brand ambassadors,” she says. For example, GSM recognizes its clients by promoting them on its blog, offering amplified exposure to those companies. Consider additional ways your brand can offer value, such as through educating your followers through content or contributing to charitable causes your customers support.3. Mobilize advocates to action with perks.Maybe you’ve noticed organic ambassadors popping up on social media. Rather than pat yourself on the back for generating brand-consumer kinship, go a step further and request a little link and word-of-mouth love. After all, video company One Productions estimates that traditional advertising leaves 33 percent of consumers unmoved, whereas Nielsen’s data has shown that 83 percent of buyers trust plugs that come from family and friends.Rather than rely on luck, formalize a system that incentivizes and rewards loyalty. Looking for an example? Think about Harry’s pre-launch email address-gathering campaign. Using social media, razor brand Harry’s invited people to sign up for information. The more friends someone signed up, the more free stuff the advocate received. And the best part: Harry’s drove excitement and loyalty before its razors ever touched a dollop of shaving cream.Sit down this week with team members to ask the tough questions: Does our brand offer value beyond the suggested retail price? If not, how can we improve our relationships with customers? Honest answers will help you figure out how to win the followers you need to achieve your most far-reaching goals. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Tags:#branding#buyer relationship#company branding#customer loyalty#customer relationship#marketing#retail#value proposition How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

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NAB 2014: The Foundry Announces Nuke Studio

first_imgThe Foundry just announced Nuke Studio at NAB 2014 – editing and visual effects in a single app.If you haven’t been able to keep up with all the news coming out of NAB 2014 than you are in good company. With dozens of new cameras and products being announced it’s hard to sort between the important announcements and the non-important. Well, we definitely have an important announcement to report! The software creators at the Foundry have just announced Nuke Studio, an all-in-one application specially designed for quick turn around projects that require VFX in a node based environment.Unlike other VFX software such as Adobe After Effects, Nuke Studio will allow users to edit, color, add VFX and master their videos all in one program. Nuke Studio gives users the ability to render in the background, giving editors the ability to edit and composite video while they are currently exporting. This feature will save editors time, and subsequently a lot of money too. Don’t take our word for it check out this unveiling video from this morning at NAB:Pricing and AvailabilityPricing has not been announced for Nuke Studio yet nor have we heard any credible rumors. We will definitely convey this information as soon as we get it. The Foundry stated that Nuke Studio should be available in late 2014 but that is as specific the information gets. If you want to register to be a beta tester or get up-to-date information you can “register your interest” on the Foundry’s website.What do you think of Nuke Studio? Will it be a serious competitor for Adobe? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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10 Incredible Camera Lenses

first_imgPhotographers and videographers – be jealous! Check out 10 of the most incredible camera lenses ever made.What’s inside your camera bag? In the following article we take a look at 10 of the most incredible and expensive lenses ever made…1. Nikon 6mm Fisheye LensCourtesy of PhotofactsUpon it’s release the Nikon 6mm f-2.8 was the widest lens in the world. It boasts a 220 degree angle of view and is no longer in production. However, If you’re lucky, you might find one pop-up on eBay every now and then.Price: $160,0002. Carl Zeiss 50mm Planar f/0.7Courtesy of PetaPixelThis lens was actually created by NASA to shoot the dark side of the moon. Stanley Kubrick used these lenses to shoot the candlelight scene in Barry Lyndon. You can even rent these same lenses today via the Kubrick Collection.Price: $23.1 million, adjusted to inflation3. Canon 5200mm F/14 Mirror LensCourtesy of eBayUsing a series of mirrors this lens can stretch it’s focal length to around 5200mm. This lens is perfect for shooting weddings 18-32 miles away! In fact, to even get your subject in focus they would have to be standing 394 feet away from the lens.Price: $45,0004. Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 1700mmCourtesy of Digital-CameraThis F/4 lens was unveiled in 2006 and can actually be purchased from Zeiss. Unlike most of the lenses on this list the Apo Sonnar was designed specifically for photographers, not the military or scientists. The lens weighs 564 pounds, yes you read that correctly. You might want to get a bigger camera bag.Price: $100,000+5. Leica 1600mm f/5.6 TelephotoCourtesy of SLRLoungeThe Leica 1600mm is special for a number of different ways. Not only is it made by the most prestigious lens manufacturer in the world, but it also just so happens to be one of the most expensive lenses ever made. The lens was purchased by Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani of Qatar and he hasn’t released any sample images (what a waste!) Because of the lens’s heavy weight, Al-Thani must carry it around in his Mercedes.Price: $2 million6. Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6Courtesy of Digital ImageWeighing in at about 36 lbs, the 1200mm lens the lens includes an ultrasonic motor built for autofocusing. The crystal required to build this lens takes a long time to grow, so only two 1200mm lenses are produced each year. For more specs see B&H.Price: $120,0007. Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DGCourtesy of PhotoJoeThe Sigma is one of the coolest looking lenses on our list. The lens weighs about 35lbs and stretches over 726mm in length. It was the first 500mm lens to have an F-stop of 2.8.Price: $32,0008. Rokinon 650-1300mm f/8-16Courtesy of RakursWhile we can’t comment on image quality, the Rokinon 650-1300mm lens definitely takes the cake in terms of affordability. The lens has an f-stop range of 8-16, so there will definitely be no low-light shooting with this lens. However, it might be a great lens if you’re shooting in daylight.Price: $2399. Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8Courtesy of PhotographyLifeA recent addition to the Sigma line, the 4.5 mm lens is one of the widest lenses in the world. The lens was designed to be used in scientific or artistic applications. With a minimum focus distance of 5.3 inches it looks like a great lens for shooting macro images.Price: $1,50010. Leica 50mm f/.95Courtesy of LeicaRumorsThe 50mm lens is a go-to lens for any photographer. An F/1.4 is usually considered a great 50mm lens but Leica took this to the extreme in 1975 with their invention of the Noctilux-M. The lens was their response to the discontinued Canon 50mm f/.95. This lens can also be adapted to work on a micro 4/3 mount camera.Price: $10,500Know of any other incredible camera lenses?Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Video Editing Tips: Consider Slides, Pushes, and Splits in Premiere Pro

first_imgGrowing tired of the same old default cross dissolve in Premiere Pro? Consider spicing up your splices with pushes, slides, and splits.Cover Image and Footage via Shutterstock.Good video editing requires a keen eye, a deft touch, and a deep understanding of what the scene needs to tell its story. It therefore stands to reason that good video editors would want a full array of tools at their disposal.If you’ve been solely using and relying on default video transitions in Premiere Pro (which would be the classic but over-used cross dissolve), you’ve been cutting your craft short. Here are three transitions to consider using in your next Premiere Pro editing project: the slide, the push, and the split.The Slide TransitionAll three of these transitions are in the Premiere Pro “Effects” Panel (which defaults to the upper left corner of your screen in the latest CC edition). They are all under “Video Transitions” and the “Slides” folder.Like the folder’s name indicates, all three of these transitions are variants of an editing “slide,” but let’s start with the namesake. If you have two shots — the first being your “A Shot” and the 2nd being your “B Shot” — the transition simply “slides” the B shot across the A shot.As you can see in the image above, once you’ve dropped your slide transition, you can change the alignment, the direction, the timing, and the borders. I’d recommend playing around with the borders and directions to get a feel for what you like.The Push TransitionSimilar to the slide transition, the push is, well, a little pushier. In this transition, the B shot literally “pushes” the A shot out. The result can be a little more jarring but also more playful — with the right juxtaposition.The “Effect Control” options are pretty much the same as you saw with the slide. In the image above, you can see some of the effect modifications, including the border width and the shot reversal (to give it a more interesting look).Pro-tip: Using the A and B previews, you can actually choose where you want each shot to begin, frame-by-frame, giving you pinpoint control of your transition.The Split TransitionPerhaps my favorite of these three, the split (as opposed to the center split, which I will not recommend in this article) operates on the slide principle of overlaying your B shot on top of your A shot. However, unlike the slide, the split begins from the middle and moves evenly out in opposite directions. You can also reverse this transition so the B shot appears to close over the A shot.The Effect Controls are the same as those you saw with the push. Personally, I try to use at least a six-point border width for these transitions as it gives the viewer a little more understanding of what they are seeing. Depending on your shot compositions, you can also use the split thematically to separate themes or create the feeling of either a reveal or closure.Looking for info on other video editing transitions or additional tips and tricks? Check out these other articles and resources.Quickly Applying Default Transitions in Premiere ProThe Hidden Meaning Behind Popular Video Transitions10 Free Packs: Over 125 Must-Have Assets for Video EditorsWhat are your go-to video editing transitions? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Smartphone Filmmaking: Pro iPhone Videographer Equipment

first_imgExplore the gear and accessories iPhone pros use to get those ridiculous “Shot on iPhone” shots.You may have seen them on billboards or on the sides of buildings downtown, or you may see them in television commercials or online ads, but how much weight do you put into Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” claims in their marketing photography and videos?Popular YouTube personality Marques Brownlee recently caused an internet stir when he pondered the mysterious “additional equipment and software used” disclaimer that often appears when Apple shows their “Shot on iPhone” footage.Sure, iPhones (and several other lines of smartphones) are becoming powerful photography and videography tools. While filmmakers are starting to take notice, it’s worth noting that to achieve the “Shot on iPhone” glamour, it may take some add-on equipment and accessories to get the same results.Let’s look at three types of innovative iPhone filmmaking accessories that are currently on the market.Lens AdaptersIn Brownlee’s video, the first (and arguably most important) accessory he suggests is a lens adapter. While the market is beginning to fill up with many different offerings for everything from wide fisheye lenses to extreme close-up macros, he suggests the latest lens adapter from Moment (which you can see above). You can watch a video shot on the lens adapter here.Here’s their full catalog of lens adapters.StabilizationAfter a lens adapter, one of the biggest and most noticeable differences between basic smartphone shooting and cinematic “Shot on iPhone” filming would be the use of some sort of stabilization device. Brownlee recommends a couple of options, like the DJI Osmo Mobile and Zhiyun Crane, but again, there are plenty more out there as well.Here’s DJI’s smartphone gimbal options.As well as Zhiyun’s expensive crane option.Audio RecordingWhile he doesn’t go much into it in the video, one other major aspect of smartphone filmmaking is recording quality audio — which iPhones and many smartphones will often leave you without. However, there are several in-camera apps and tricks, along with external options, to get professional-sounding audio on your project.Turn your iPhone into a 48kHz audio field recorder with this app.Check out the Mighty Mic attachable microphone (pictured above).What are your thoughts on the “Shot on iPhone” shots? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Shutterstock’s Free Plugin Brings 8 Million+ Clips to Premiere Pro

first_imgUsing the Shutterstock Plugin for Premiere ProI wanted to experience the Shutterstock Plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro myself, so I downloaded it and put it to the test.1. Download the Shutterstock Plugin for the Adobe Creative CloudYou’ll first need to download the Shutterstock plugin for the Adobe Creative Cloud. In addition to the Premiere Pro plugin I am testing, you will also get access to Shutterstock’s image library in Photoshop, and access to Shutterstock’s vectors and graphics in Illustrator and InDesign.You can go download the plugin from Shutterstock by clicking on the button below.DOWNLOAD THE ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE PLUGIN2. Install the Shutterstock PluginNext, use the Shutterstock installer to install the plugin into the Adobe CC applications — Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. (You will need to restart all Adobe Creative Cloud applications after the Shutterstock install.)3. Open the Shutterstock Plugin in Premiere ProOpen a project in Premiere Pro. Go to Window > Extensions > Shutterstock. Once you select the Shutterstock option, a new drag-and-drop work panel will appear.4. Arrange the Shutterstock Plugin PanelIf you prefer to dock the plugin, or place it with other tabs, you can easily drag the Shutterstock plugin into any of the available areas in Premiere Pro.5. Search the Shutterstock Footage Library or Browse Curated “Director’s Choice” CollectionsWith the plugin installed, you can now search or browse the entire Shutterstock video library within Premiere Pro. Simply choose a clip from Director’s Choice Collections, or use the advanced search options to find footage by popularity, resolution, aspect ratio, and length.6. Import and Edit Free Watermarked Clips to Your ProjectThe Shutterstock Plugin not only allows you to search for clips but also to preview them. Once you find the right clip, just click on the download icon to import a free preview into your project. (On your first use, the Shutterstock plugin will ask where you want to save your footage. Hit the Browse… button and choose your destination.)You can edit the preview clip like traditional footage, and once you license the footage, the licensed footage will automatically replace the watermarked preview.7. License Footage Through the Shutterstock PluginIf you find that the watermarked clip works with your project, you can then simply license the footage, and it will automatically replace the preview. It may take a little while to do so, but I ran into no issues with the licensed clips replacing watermarked footage.To license a clip, just go back to the Shutterstock plugin and click on the License Video button. If this is your first time using the Shutterstock plugin, you’ll need to sign into your Shutterstock account. Once you do, you can then proceed with the final options. You’ll choose the definition of the clip you need and Confirm Purchase, and then just click the License Video button to license the footage.8. You’re DoneThat’s it. Once you license the clip, everything else works on its own in the background. The watermark will be removed and you are ready to carry on with your edits, and export your video with ease! Visit Shutterstock.com, your source of stunning stock photos, vector images, 4K video clips, and more.If you’re the creative who also works in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign as well  — you’ll be equally pleased in the ease of using the Shutterstock Plugin in those programs as well. Download the free Shutterstock Plugin for the Adobe Creative Cloud and give it a try yourself.DOWNLOAD THE PLUGIN FOR FREE Access the entire Shutterstock video library without ever leaving Premiere Pro with the Shutterstock Plugin for the Adobe Creative Cloud.The brand new Shutterstock plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro gives you access to over 8 million 4K, HD, and archival clips from the Shutterstock library. Preview footage and download free watermarked previews without leaving Premiere Pro. If the footage works with your video, just click a button to license the clip, and the plugin will automatically replace the watermarked clip with the licensed footage.Shutterstock Plugin for Adobe Premiere ProPreview and edit full resolution clips directly in your timeline.License them and your edits will automatically reapply.Search video clips by frame rate and resolution.Browse our Director’s Choices, with establishing shots, production elements, and more.last_img read more

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Revive Your Footage With Resolve 15’s Automatic Dirt Repair and Dust Buster Tools

first_imgMotion Estimation — You have four options: None, Faster, Normal, and Better. These will change the effect’s performance and quality.Neighbor Frames — This will let you choose how many frames the effect should reference when removing dirt. If you find the dirt lingers for more than a few frames, you should increase the amount. However, increasing this number will also increase the processing of the effect, which will cause slower machines to struggle.Repair Strength — Of course, the function is in the name. The default setting is 0.9 (with a 1.0 max). If you feel like Resolve has cleaned up too much dirt and the archival footage has lost its charm, you can reduce this number. The imperfections are part of the charm of archival footage. However, sometimes they can be a bit much. Resolve has the solution.There is a refined beauty to archival footage, despite how often it’s spoiled with wear, dirt, grain, and other imperfections. Historical footage can transport us back in time more effectively than ultra-sharp 4k recreations. However, there may be a time when you’re using older material, and the imperfections are severe enough that they are detracting from the viewing experience. Thankfully, In Resolve 15, there are two revival tools can help you fix this problem.If you tend to upgrade your software to the latest version without reading the patch notes (I’m guilty of this with all Adobe programs other than Premiere), then you may not know about two new features in Resolve 15: Automatic Dirt Removal and Dust Buster. The effects are incredibly easy to use — for both tools, and in most cases, it is simply a drag-and-drop operation. So, if you missed these new additions in the update, or are new to Resolve, you need to know what these tools can do.(Before we proceed, it’s worth noting that while the primary purpose of these effects is to revive and remaster older footage, you can, of course, also use them for an array of problems with modern footage.)Automatic Dirt RemovalBeforeAfterFirst, let’s look at what you can do when you have too much dirt in your clip. This isn’t necessarily a noise remover like Neat Video or Resolve’s built-in noise remover; it uses optical flow technology to remove and repair elements that temporarily appear over a frame or two. So, what does that mean? Well, it’s not going to remove features that consistently appear throughout the entire shot, such as a lens smudge or a consistent scratch (as in the example above). But for dust, hair, dirt, and any other unwanted elements that appear in the shot for only a frame or two, this is the tool for the job.As I mentioned, the Automatic Dirt Remover is ridiculously easy to use. You quite literally apply the effect to a node, and in most cases, that’s it. There are, however, a few sliders and drop-down menus you can use to enhance the quality of the effect.The first panel is your main controls. Here you can adjust how the dirt removal tool interacts with your footage. Dust BusterBefore (thick dirt mark on the left of the frame)AfterWhile you can use the Dust Buster on its own, it is primarily a backup to the Automatic Dirt Removal when that tool can’t remove the heavy imperfections from a clip. The primary difference is that you, the user, have to direct where you want Resolve to apply the Dust Buster. Similar to the Automatic Dirt Removal but with less horsepower, this tool is for imperfections that appear in just one frame. If the blemish lasts longer than a single frame, you’ll need to move through the clip frame by frame, drawing a box around the defect.You’ll find the Dust Buster in the same OpenFX panel category as the Automatic Dirt Removal. Once you find it, apply the effect to a new node. You need to make sure that the OpenFX icon is displayed in the drop-down menu below the viewer; otherwise, you’ll be unable to repair your footage. Then, find the imperfection in your clip, and with your cursor, expand a box around it and let Resolve work its black magic. The process can be slightly confusing because Resolve doesn’t give you an indication that the effect is active, and when you draw a box around the error, there’s no change to the cursor’s appearance.That’s it. It’s remarkably powerful, and even someone brand-new to Resolve can use it. While in my example the hair clip was off to the side and free from any moving objects, this process will work on practically any shot.As with any effect, these tools can cause setbacks, especially when you use the Automatic Dirt Repair on a large number of clips. It will cause playback issues, and both of these tools will only really clean specific imperfections for a few frames at a time. But for cases like the problems listed here, these will be your new go-to tools.Lewis McGregor is a certified DaVinci Resolve trainer.Looking for more Resolve tips and tricks? Check these out.How to Use the Shared Node Feature in DaVinci ResolveQuick Tip: How To Use Optimized Media In DaVinci ResolveRemove Unwanted Shot Features With Resolve 15’s Patch ReplacerResolve’s Lens Reflections and Film Damage FX AnalyzedVideo Tutorial: How to Configure The ADR Panel In Resolve 15last_img read more

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Questions for the End of Quarter

first_imgEnd of quarter. I know.Is Your Problem Above the FunnelDo you have enough hunters? Are you giving them enough time to hunt? Or are your hunters really farmers? Do they do more order taking than they do opportunity creating?Do you have a hunter’s culture? Do you emphasize, reward, and recognize new client and new opportunity creation? Or do you reward (or tolerate) a lack of opportunity creating activities?Is your pipeline providing you enough coverage? Can you make your numbers when the big deal you’re counting on falls out? Or are you exposed?How much of a typical day is spent on opportunity creation? How much time is spent face-to-face or on the telephone pursuing opportunities? As an overall percentage, how much time is spent on opportunity creation and how much is spent on email? How do you change the emphasis?Is Your Problem In the Middle of the FunnelIs your process being followed? Is it being followed well enough that you can predict with any certainty when deals will be won? Who determines what date an opportunity will close?Do you go from commitment to commitment, always creating or advancing an opportunity during every interaction with a client or prospect? Do you release yourself from calls where no value is being created?Do know at what stage your buyers are in their process? Do you know what they need or expect from you in the way of value in order to agree to the commitment you are asking for?Do you have all of the stakeholders you need in every opportunity to get to a decision? Have you helped your power sponsors build consensus?End GameThere isn’t any reason to write about the end of the funnel. If you get the answers to the above questions right, you won’t find yourself in a bad position during the end game. But if you get the answer to these questions wrong, the end of quarter can be a difficult time.The truth is that you can’t get there without enough opportunities. And you can’t get there without doing what is necessary once you have the opportunities. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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How to Have Work-Life Balance

first_imgOne of the questions I am asked most often is how one can balance their business goals with the goals of being a good parent and spouse. The people asking this question want to be both a family-oriented and achievement-oriented, and they are struggling to have both, mostly because they want more time with their family. There are two ideas worth looking at if this is your challenge.First, the amount of time you spend at work or with your family is only one indicator you might look at to determine how you are doing as it pertains to fulfilling your obligations in either category, and I would argue that it isn’t the best indicator. There are plenty of people who pride themselves on the amount of time they spend working, even though they produce very little during the time they are at work. It’s also true that one may be at home while not being present at all. As much as we like to comment on teens and their devices, it’s the same for adults, as many of us are guilty of having our physical body at home and our mind at work.Time isn’t the best measurement. Presence is a better measurement. The outcomes of the time spent together, like most things, is a greater factor. Was the time well spent? Was it meaningful? Were you fully present?The second thing worth looking at as what you do with your time. Waking up at 4:30 AM will give you a full two and half hours to work when no on Earth wants your attention, leaving an hour to get ready or get yourself to work. Adding two and half hours to your workday every weekday gives you 12.5 extra work hours each week. If you add 2.5 hours on Saturday and Sunday, you have 17.5 additional hours. This frees up time after work for your family, while also giving you almost an extra half week every week, when compared to your clock-punching peers.If you want to stay up late, watch television, play a lot of golf, hang out with your friends, and spend a lot of time distracted by entertainment, you are choosing to spend time in these areas, and there is nothing wrong with that if it makes you happy and fulfilled. But if you have to give up something to make time for the things you want more than a few hours of comfort and distraction, you might look at doing a lot less of these things so you can do more of what is really important.It is healthy to want to be fulfilled in both areas of your life, but if you are looking for balance, look to the outcomes you produce—and don’t complain about not having enough time if you aren’t investing your time in the things that you say you want.  You can’t have it all without being willing to pay the price in full to have it. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Village to be named after Trump, says Sulabh chief

first_imgA village in Rajasthan’s Mewat region will be named after U.S. President Donald Trump, a top Indian sociologist and social worker has said, prompting the State government to rule out any such plan.“I announce to name one village in India as Trump Village,” Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak said at a community event organised on the suburbs of Washington DC. This, he said, was part of his efforts to enhance India-U.S. relationship. However, Rajasthan government officials said there was no such proposal to rename any village after the U.S. president.“It is the government which renames a village and there is laid down procedures for that. As of now, there is no such proposal with the department to name a village after the U.S. president. I have nothing to comment on what Mr. Pathak has said,” Alok, Rajasthan government’s Principal Secretary of the Revenue department, told PTI in Jaipur.The Mewat region falls under Alwar district and Alwar District Collector Rajan Vishal also said there was no such proposal.“The competence of renaming a village lies with the government and no private man can do that. We have no such proposal or request in this regard,” Mr. Vishal said.Giving a presentation to local community and political leaders in the U.S., Mr. Pathak said he was working to provide affordable sanitation and toilets to the masses and end the practice of manual scavenging.last_img read more

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Eight drown while clicking selfies on boat

first_imgEight persons who were enjoying a boat ride in the Vena reservoir near Nagpur on Sunday, drowned when they tried to take a selfie. One of the victims, Pankaj Doifode, 25, was live on Facebook along with his seven friends. “Majjani life. Panike bich me” (Enjoying life right at the centre of the reservoir),” one of them could be seen shouting in the Facebook video.The boat carrying Pankaj, his seven friends and three villagers who had provided them the boat, capsized minutes after the video was posted on the Facebook. “Of the 11 people on the boat, eight drowned. Three swam to safety. The accident seems to have happened when the young men came on one side of the boat to click selfies and videos which tilted the boat. They were busy clicking photos and videos that they overlooked the water that was entering their boat. Some of them were under the influence of alcohol. We have recovered seven bodies and search is on for one body,” police inspector Chandrashekhar Bahadure, who was supervising the search, told The Hindu.last_img read more

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Militants gun down woman in south Kashmir: police

first_imgA woman was killed and another injured by gunmen in Pulwama on Sunday afternoon, as militants stepped up attacks on mainstream political leaders and the homes of security personnel in the past 24 hours in south Kashmir.A police official said 18-year-old Yasmeena, a resident of Khonmoh, was killed and Rubeena, a resident of Seer Jagir, was injured when militants barged into the latter’s house and fired at them. Sources said the attackers mentioned the name of the injured woman and said “she owed them money.”In a separate incident in Tral, militants lobbed a grenade at the residence of National Conference leader Muhammad Ashraf Bhat. “A CRPF jawan on duty was injured,” said a police official. Sunday’s attack is the third such grenade attack on mainstream leaders this week. Earlier, residences of Tral MLA, Mushtaq Shah and Wachi MLA Ajaz Mir — both from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) — were attacked.A top police official confirmed to The Hindu that militants have stepped up raids on mainstream leaders in south Kashmir. “Militants raided the houses of PDP zonal president Peer Ashraf in Tral and two workers in Kulgam too,” said the official.The militants also ransacked the house of army jawan Ishfaq Ahmad of Pulwama and policeman Ghulam Ahmad of Tral in the past 24 hours.Eviction threatHizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo has threatened to enforce “migration of mainstream leaders and workers, besides the policemen, if ransacking of militant houses does not stop in south Kashmir”.“Treat it as a last warning. All small or big workers of PDP and NC are warned to stop their activities… it is gun versus gun. What have our families to do with it? If our houses are damaged, we will go after every mainstream leader and policemen,” Hizb commander Naikoo is seen as saying in a video released on Sunday.Sources said several houses of Hizb militants in south Kashmir were raided this week after PDP leader Showkat Kumar was killed outside his house in Shopian on October 16. Supporters of the militants also tried to burn the house as a Hizb militant was also killed in the scuffle with Kumar’s family.Since then militants have targeted PDP MLAs and workers in south Kashmir “to avenge raids on Hizb militants’ houses”, said sources.Among other militants, Hizb commander Hammad Khan’s house was raided by the security forces after the killing of Kumar.Militant killedMeanwhile, security forces gunned down a militant in north Kashmir’s Handwara.An Army spokesman said a contact with a group of militants was “established around 5 a.m. on Sunday”.“One terrorist was killed a weapon recovered from Langate area,” said the spokesman.last_img read more

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Manguesh temple accessibility row: disability rights group seeks apology from temple management

first_imgThe Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) on Saturday refuted the Manguesh Temple administration’s claim on availability of wheelchair facility on its premises. The body also objected to the temple not allowing personal wheel-chairs on the pretext that “the purity and sanctity of the temple” would be defiled. On October 17, a 17-year-old Navi-Mumbai based differently-abled girl, Sanika Keskar, was disallowed to enter the temple in her wheel-chair. Her mother Shubhada started an online petition against the temple management, to which the management claimed the family was misinterpreting the issue. After meeting Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday, the temple’s president C. V. Dhume said the Keskar family had not filed any oral or written complaint with the management yet. He also claimed that the temple management has made a wheel-chair of its own available since 2004 for physically challenged devotees to use.According to Mr. Dhume it was the Keskars who refused to use wheel-chair available in the temple. “The temple managing committee does not allow visitors to use their personal wheel-chairs in order to maintain purity, cleanliness and sanctity of the temple,” said Mr. Dhume, adding that a non-issue is being raked up “just to tarnish the image of the reputed Devasthan.”When contacted by The Hindu, the Keskars denied all the claims and charges of the temple committee. In an e-mail reply, Ms. Keskar said Sanika was deeply anguished and stressed by these charges and was no more interested in visiting any temples after the entire trauma she underwent in this episode in Goa and thereafter.The DRAG president, Avelio de Sa, who took up the complaint of the family with State Disability Rights Commissioner and police, on Saturday replied to the temple president with a copy to Chief Minister, saying, “It is totally false that the wheel-chair facility of the temple was offered to the Keskars which they refused. As can be seen from his letter Mr. Dhume clearly admits that the temple has no provision to accommodate wheel-chairs. It is also false that the Keskars did not approach the temple committee to redress their grievances. When the temple security guard refused entry to the Keskars with their wheelchair Ms. [Shubhada] Keskar spoke to Secretary of temple committee Anil Kenkre who did not mention anything about the temple having a wheel-chair. On the contrary he told them that they were not invited to the temple.”Denying the charge of tarnishing the image of the temple outright, as regards the purity and sanctity of the temple being affected with the entry of personal wheel-chairs, the DRAG asked, ” We would also like to know if God would have any objections to his “divyangs” entering the temple with their personal wheel-chair? We wish to bring to your notice that many temples in India are accessible for persons with disability and are allowing persons with disability to take their personal wheel-chair into the temple.”The DRAG has requested Mr. Parrikar to direct the temple committee to issue public apology to the Keskars and also to direct the temple committee to make the temple accessible for persons with disabilities within six months.last_img read more

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Doctor suspended for dengue post on FB

first_imgThe West Bengal government has suspended a doctor of a public hospital for alleging in a social media post that the State government was suppressing data regarding the dengue outbreak.The doctor, Arunachal Dutta Choudhury, worked as a medical officer (MO) at the Barasat District Hospital in North 24 Parganas district, which according to the government, is the worst affected by dengue.In the suspension letter issued by the State’s Health Department, Dr. Choudhury has been accused of “posting some unverified statistics as well as unfounded remarks in the social media [Facebook]” which was “derogatory” to the State’s health administration.‘Withhold information’In his Facebook post, Dr. Choudhury alleged that there is an “unofficial diktat” to “suppress” any information regarding the lack of adequate infrastructure at government hospitals. He also indicated that the government forced him not to mention dengue in death certificates. Dr. Choudhury further alleged that the “only duty of local health officials was to suppress [dengue-related] data.”Speaking to journalists, Dr. Choudhury said, “I am a government employee and I leave it to the government to decide on my job.”last_img read more

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Patidar and Thakor camps push for seats

first_imgMembers of the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and Other Backward Class (OBC) leader Alpesh Thakor, who joined the Congress recently, have held meetings with top party leaders to decide on candidates as both groups are striving to get ticket for their members from the Congress.On Friday, Dinesh Bambhania, Manoj Panara, Lalit Vasoya and Kirit Patel of the PAAS held meetings with senior Congress leaders, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel and national general secretary and Gujarat in-charge Ashok Gehlot.“We have accepted the reservation formula suggested by the Congress leader and legal expert Kapil Sibal but a formal announcement will be made in the next few days,” a PAAS member from Delhi told The Hindu.He said the Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel would make the announcement after the candidates were decided. The PAAS had demanded around a dozen Patidar-dominated seats in Saurashtra, and a few seats in north Gujarat. Mr. Thakor’s camp has demanded seats in the Thakor-dominated north Gujarat districts. Sources said that Mr. Thakor would contest on the Congress ticket from a seat dominated by the Thakor community in north Gujarat.last_img read more

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Two Army men killed as militants storm Sunjwan camp near Jammu city

first_imgArmy clarifies on casualty in Jammu terrorist attack Two soldiers including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and two militants were killed when a heavily-armed fidayeen group stormed a camp housing families of the Army’s 36 Brigade in Jammu’s Sunjuwan area on Saturday.Nine persons, including five women and children, were injured in the pre-dawn attack that continued late into Saturday night. The condition of two of the injured is said to be “critical”.The dead soldiers were identified as Lieutenant Madan Lal Chaudhary of 4 JAKLI and Subedar Ashraf Mir.A Jammu-based Army spokesman said two militants wearing Army fatigues were killed in the operation. “Both were carrying AK-56 rifles and large amounts of ammunition and grenades. They belonged to the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM),” said the spokesman.Also Read  Major Avijit Singh of 6 Mahar suffered injuries in the counter attack.State Parliamentary Affairs Minister A.R. Veeri said the group of militants managed to enter the premises of JCO’s family quarters as they lobbed grenades and opened indiscriminate fire around 4:10 a.m.Briefing media persons at the camp, Jammu-based Army PRO Lt. Col. Devender Anand said, “The quick response teams have cordoned off the area and isolated the terrorists, who are holed up in a few houses (inside the camp).”“Due to the presence of women and children in the housing colony, the operations is being progressed cautiously to minimise the casualties,” he said. “Over 150 houses have been cleared and the occupants moved to safety.”The Army airlifted special commandos from the Northern Command Headquarters in Udhampur to the encounter site and a helicopter was used to identify the militants’ positions. Generators and searchlights were brought to the camp, apparently in preparation for a night assault.Though the exact number of militants was not known, officials said preliminary estimates suggested that there could be three to four of them inside the camp.“It seems a well-planned attack. They seem to have come with the motive of prolonging the operation. Intermittent fire was on till late Saturday evening,” said a police official.The attack comes just a day after the fifth death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. JeM’s Afzal Guru squad, has in the past too, carried out similar attacks in Jammu and Kashmir Valley.Mehbooba condemns attack Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who condemned the attack, chaired a meeting of security agencies in Jammu “to assess the situation”.“The attack is an effort by elements inimical to peace to break the developmental pace in the State. All sections of the society should stand together in such a sensitive time and defeat the designs of the perpetrators, who also want to divide people under different names,” said Ms. Mufti.She asked security agencies “to maintain strict vigil on vital installations, airports, bus stations and other crowded places”.All political parties in J&K, including National Conference, Congress, Peoples Democratic Party and BJP, have condemned the attack.last_img read more

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31 killed as wedding party truck falls into drain from bridge in Gujarat

first_imgThirty one persons belonging to a marriage party were killed when a truck fell into a pit on Bhavnagar Rajkot highway in Gujarat on Tuesday. The accident occurred when the truck driver lost control while trying to overtake another vehicle on a narrow bridge. .A total of 60 persons belonging to Anida village were travelling in the truck for the wedding at the bride’s home in Totam village in Botad district. Among those killed include the groom’s parents and relatives.PM expresses griefPrime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the incident, while Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani ordered an inquiry and announced an ex gratia of Rs four lakh to the kin of each deceased.”My condolences to all those who lost their loved ones due to an accident near Ranghola in Gujarat. The accident was extremely unfortunate and anguishing. May those who have been injured recover at the earliest,” the PMO said in a tweet.“It is a tragic incident. The government is with the victims,” said junior Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja in the State Assembly. He added that people were on their way to attend a wedding ceremony in Botad district when the vehicle fell from the bridge on the Bhavnagar-Rajkot highway while overtaking a vehicle.Minister’s statement”The truck fell on a concrete base under the bridge in which 26 persons died on the spot while five others died during treatment,” Mr Jadeja said while making a statement on the incident in the Assembly.Injured persons were receiving treatment in Bhavnagar hospital.last_img read more

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