Ebola Deaths Now Over 7,000, Cases Over 19,000, WHO Data Reports

first_imgDeaths from the Ebola outbreak are now over 7,000, according to the latest World Health Organization data.Time reported that the most hit by the deaths from the virus is Sierra Leone.The WHO data showed that there are 7,373 deaths as of Friday posting.The Guardian reported that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was in Sierra Leone Friday.He is optimistic that the disease is slowing down”We have a long way to go. Zero cases in Liberia, and this entire region, must be everyone’s goal,” he was quoted as saying. Ban also was in Liberia where it is now Ebola-free.The total number of cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia is now 19,031.Up from 18,569.Guinea and Sierra Leone are also taking measures to prevent transmission by imposing bans on new year’s eve celebrations such as “fireworks displays and beach gatherings,” according to The Guardian.The WHO website said the Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated.It added that Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo.However, the outbreak in March this year is the largest with more cases and deaths since it was discovered in 1976.”The most severely affected countries, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have very weak health systems, lacking human and infrastructural resources, having only recently emerged from long periods of conflict and instability. On August 8, the WHO Director-General declared this outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern,” the website added.WHO stated that humans are not infectious until they develop symptoms. First symptoms are the sudden onset of fever fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. Vomiting, diarrhea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function follow this.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Auditor wants GuySuCo to repay $4B loan to Govt

first_img– as Agriculture Ministry denies making such agreementThe cash-strapped Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is being asked to repay a loan of almost $4 billionAgriculture Minister Noel Holderwhich it received from Central Government as part of its $12 billion subsidy last year.Auditor General Deodat Sharma, during an audit of the nation’s accounts for last year, found that Cabinet in June 2015 had agreed that the sum of $3.8 billion, which was transferred to GuySuCo be treated as a loan.Amounts totalling $12 billion were released to GuySuCo during the period June to December 2015 and according to Auditor General Sharma, “An examination of Cabinet decision number, CP (2015) 6:3:BB dated 16 June 2015, indicated that the sum of $3.8 billion be treated as a loan.Sharma found, however, “no loan agreement was provided, as a result, we are unable to determine the terms and conditions of the repayment of this amount”.The Agriculture Ministry, in response to the auditors, claimed that GuySuCo never entered into a loan agreement for that amount.The Auditor General is adamant, however, that the Ministry complies with the CabinetDecision and enter into a loan agreement for the repayment of the $3.8 billion transferred to GuySuCo.This past week, Head of State, David Granger had bemoaned the state of affairs, with GuySuCo pointing to its $89 billion in local and international debt.The President was at the time addressing Parliament and said the most grave financial problem when his Administration took office in May 2015 was the bankruptcy of GuySuCo, which owed the aforementioned amount.“Your Government was forced to divert money from economic development and social projects to rescue the ailing corporation with an immediate injection of $12 billion. An additional $11 billion had to be provided the next year, 2016, making a total of $23 billion bailout in 18 months.”The President noted, “These transfers exclude the servicing of GuySuCo’s debts in respect of the Skeldon Estate Modernisation Project – a monstrous and monumental US$200 million mistake and, probably, Guyana’s single most costly industrial catastrophe of all time.”There has already been an indication too that GuySuCo will be looking to Central Government for yet another bailout before the end of the year.Chairman of the Board of Directors, Professor Clive Thomas is on record saying that the entity had initially requested $11 billion, but had only received $9 billion in the 2016 Budget and, as such, would have to approach Government before the end of the year to gain another $3 billion in subsidy.GuySuCo has already recorded a whopping $6 billion deficit in its accounts for the first half of 2016, but this has been masked by the $9 billion subsidy that was handed to the beleaguered entity by Government.In fact, while the $9 billion transferred was earmarked for the Corporation to be disbursed for the entire year, all of the money has already been transferred.Finance Minister Winston Jordan had documented in his 2016 Mid-Year Report that the reason the allocation was disbursed in its entirety by the end of June 2016 was “because of a deterioration in the Corporation’s cash balances that was due to a severe shortfall in production”.The subsidy that was transferred to GuySuCo has in fact allowed the company to record on its books an operating surplus of $2.9 billion, down from an operating surplus of $3 billion for the corresponding period last year.Jordan had earlier this year also complained bitterly about the lack of alignment between production costs and market prices which has resulted in the destabilisation of revenues and the eventual need for Government support packages.“This is exemplified in the case of GuySuCo, where constant demands for transfers continue to crowd out other priority Public Sector expenditure.”The inefficiencies, he said, compromise GuySuCo’s ability to compete globally, while facing growing competition from alternative sweeteners and sugar substitutes.According to Jordan, “In the short run, GuySuCo, in particular, poses a large risk to the Government’s fiscal position.”He said if sugar production failed to improve in the second half of 2016, GuySuCo may face financial strain that would lead to requests to the Government for further transfers, on top of the $9 billion it has already received.last_img read more

RELAY FOR LIFE DONEGAL LAUNCH INAUGURAL CANCER SURVIVORSHIP CONFERENCE

first_imgThe Relay for Life Donegal 2014 committee are delighted to announce that they will host an inaugural Cancer Survivorship Conference on the 5th April 2014 in The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Relay for Life Donegal is more than just a fundraising event. In addition to providing the Irish Cancer Society with the finance to fund numerous vital cancer services, the committee also aim to offer vital information and support networks.The committee feel that this is necessary due to the fact that 1000 people each year in Donegal hear the words ‘YOU HAVE CANCER’.Cancer survivors are central to every Relay for Life Donegal decision being made and every Relay for Life Donegal event being held, as cancer survivors are Relay for Life Donegal’s VIP’s.This conference has been organised to highlight Relay for Life Donegal’s commitment to all cancer patients and their families. The conference title is “LIVING BEYOND CANCER – SUPPORTING CANCER SURVIVORS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS”The theme of the event is “FOR YOU, BECAUSE OF YOU, THANKS TO YOU”This conference is FOR YOU if you have been impacted by a cancer diagnosis.The conference is BECAUSE OF YOU, because of the 1000 people diagnosed with cancer each year in Donegal.BECAUSE OF YOU we need to keep you updated and informed.BECAUSE OF YOU we need to create awareness of how we can help ourselves. BECAUSE OF YOU we are determined to find a cure for cancer.It is THANKS TO YOU, that we, the Relay for Life Donegal committee can host this conference for your benefit.It is THANKS TO YOU that we are committed to supporting all who are impacted by cancer in Donegal.It is THANKS TO YOU for supporting Relay for Life Donegal which now affords us the opportunity to bring all this expertise together to support you back in return. Attendance at the conference is limited and free (including lunch) to all those who attend.As attendance is limited and no registration will take place on the day of the conference, it is essential to register in advance to avoid disappointment.In order to register your interest in attending and secure a place at Donegal’s first Cancer Survivorship Conference on the 5th April 2014 email us at relayforlifedonegal@gmail.com, or alternatively telephone one of the following, Ena at 087 9966096, Mags at 087 6865828, Laura at 086 3517202 or Robert on 087 2716344.RELAY FOR LIFE DONEGAL LAUNCH INAUGURAL CANCER SURVIVORSHIP CONFERENCE was last modified: February 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FeatureshealthnewsRelay for Lifelast_img read more

Former Donegal manager pays tribute to ‘Warrior’ Kevin Cassidy

first_imgFormer Donegal manager Brian McEniff has praised Kevin Cassidy – describing him as a ‘warrior’ – after he called time on his playing career. The wing-back decided to call it a day, and announced his retirement from club football following Gaoth Dobhair’s heavy Donegal SFC defeat to Naomh Conaill.Cassidy has enjoyed a mixed relationship with Donegal fans, once revered by them, his exclusion from the squad under Jim McGuinness divided opinion. However, the 1992 All-Ireland winning manager said his exit from the Donegal panel in such controversial circumstances shouldn’t be what he is remembered for.McEniff told The Irish News, “He lived on the edge and he played on the edge and that was one of the things that made him truly great and he was always the very best of company and played from the heart.“Kevin was a warrior, a leader, a superb athlete and a great reader of the game and that point he scored against Kildare (in the 2011 All-Ireland quarter-final) was one of the greatest ever.“As a player, he was very committed, was a passionate Gaoth Dobhair man and really loved pulled on the Donegal jersey.” Former Donegal manager pays tribute to ‘Warrior’ Kevin Cassidy was last modified: September 5th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brian McEniffKevin CassidynewsSportlast_img read more

Books cool at beach

first_img l=14 “How Full is Your Bucket?” by the late Donald Clifton and his grandson Tom Rath (Gallup Press, 2004) is a quick read with a simple message: Personalized acknowledgments and expressions of support are better motivators than just about anything else. And there’s an added bonus: Filling someone else’s bucket with deserved praise nourishes the bucket-filler as well. This philosophy is based on the insights of Clifton, formerly chairman of the Gallup Organization, who is also known as “the father of positive psychology.” Try this one at home. If you don’t know Margaret Wheatley, an inspirational writer and organizational consultant with Peace Corps experience who gained fame from her 1992 best-seller, “Leadership and the New Science: Learning about Organization from An Orderly Universe” (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1992), you should pick up one of her books for thought-provoking perspectives on challenging problems. In her latest book, “Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time” (Berrett-Koehler, 2005), Wheatley offers essays applying her unique take on a variety of topics, from parenting to running organizations. f=LB Helvetica Black s=14Mind-Expanding l=14 Still on my to-read list are “China, Inc: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World” by Ted C. Fishman (Scribner, 2005) and “The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the 21st Century” by James Howard Kunstler (Grove/Atlantic, 2005). Fishman, the rare business writer with business experience, focuses his lens on a trading partner all Americans should get to know better. Kunstler’s book, which predicts the decline of the global oil supply and a shortage of alternative energy to take its place, expects a Dark Age to descend. What better way to relax on the beach? As always, the riches of reader feedback are welcome. What’s the most inspiring book you have read this year? Let me know. Leslie Whitaker is co-author of “The Good Girl’s Guide to Negotiating.” Write her at goodgirls@contentthatworks.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 f=LB Helvetica Black s=14Passion l=14 It’s a key to so many people’s success. Stick with the complexly structured “Chronicles: Volume 1” by Bob Dylan (Simon & Schuster, 2004) for a window into this extraordinary artist’s inner drive to soak up American musical history. Read “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner (Modern Library, 2002), originally published in 1987, for an insightful fictional account of what happens when a passion is put aside for more practical concerns. f=LB Helvetica Black s=14Humility l=14 Despite the reviewers’ charge that Ron Howard’s latest film, “Cinderella Man,” is a sappy version of boxer Jim Braddock’s inspirational comeback during the Great Depression, the movie is a terrific reminder that past generations and, indeed, millions of people around the world today have accomplished much without all the comforts that so many Americans enjoy. The book on which the movie is based, “Cinderella Man” by Jeremy Schaap (Mass Market Paperback, 2005), paints a fuller portrait of the boxer, providing more humanizing details, such as what Braddock’s favorite card game was (Hearts) and what movies he most enjoyed (any starring Charlie Chaplain). f=LB Helvetica Black s=14Mutual gain Dear Readers, It’s that wonderful season again summer, a great time to slow down and pick up a book. I have a tall stack of books on my own bedside table, waiting to be read, dwarfing the number of volumes finished earlier in the year. Below are some of my favorite picks, business-oriented or simply stimulating, from both stacks: f=LB Helvetica Black s=14Imagination l=14 Fiction, any fiction, is always first on my list of recommendations. If you aren’t in the habit of reading fiction because you run on overload, you’ll be surprised at how efficient it is, relaxing and stimulating the brain at the same time. If you happen upon a character you like, you’re likely to get some useful insights into your own life, useful both at home and at the office. If dipping into fiction helps you in the summer, imagine what it could do year-round. last_img read more

Women’s Soccer Edged By Illinois State, 3-2

first_imgDrake sophomore Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.) evened the score at 2-2 at the 50-minute mark (50:27) as Brand beat the ISU defense, fired a strike from deep on the far side of the field that found the back of the net for her team-leading fifth goal. “Tonight’s result is disheartening,” said head coach Lindsey Horner. “We got the ball into dangerous areas and were quite good for stretches of the game especially in the second half.  We defended so well and to deflect two goals into our own net was too much for us to overcome this evening.”  at Iowa State 10/18/2016 – 7 PM Illinois State took the lead back at the 57-minute mark (57:59) as Koehl scored again. Drake (9-4-2, 0-3-1 MVC) scored the match’s first goal as senior Kayla Armstrong (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) stole the ball from Illinois State’s (9-5-2, 3-0-1 MVC) defense. Armstrong fired a shot to the far post that found the back of the net to put the Bulldogs up 1-0. Her goal came in the 22nd minute (22:05) of the match and is the fourth of the year for the senior. PDF Box Score Drake visits Ames, Iowa, Oct. 18 for a non-conference match with the Iowa State Cyclones. First kick at the Cyclone Sports Complex is set for 7 p.m. The Bulldogs host their season-finale on Oct. 22 when they welcome Missouri State at 2 p.m. Print Friendly Version Cyclones TV In the final 10 minutes, senior Sarah Grace Nicholson (Overland Park, Kan.) headed a ball off a deep service ball that was just left of the net. Later junior Brooke Salisbury (Kearney, Mo.) blasted a shot that ISU’s goalie, Haley Smith had slip through her hands but go out of the goal box. Watch Live DES MOINES, Iowa – The Illinois State Redbirds rallied to defeat the Drake University women’s soccer team, 3-2, Saturday night in Missouri Valley Conference play at the Cownie Soccer Stadium.center_img Live Stats Next Game: Illinois State answered with goals from Lauren Koehl (26:42) and Kelli Zickert (34:42) as the Redbirds led 2-1 at halftime. HTML Box Score Story Links Drake continued to be the aggressive team firing several more shots that were so close to finding the net. Full Schedule Roster “Credit Illinois State for putting the ball into dangerous areas,” Horner said. “It was great to see Kayla put the team on her back and be so dangerous with the ball. Alyssa’s goal was pure determination. At this point we have to continue to work for results and fight our way into the MVC tournament. There is a sense of fight about us and enough quality that we can grind out some results here to come.” Previewlast_img read more

DOHERTY WINS LETTERKENNY AC FIVE MILER IN STYLE – WHERE DID YOU COME?

first_imgCiaran Doherty was comfortably the first runner across the line in this evening’s Letterkenny AC’s Five Miler.The Letterkenny AC man had more than a minute and a half to spare on his nearest rival Ciaran McGonagle from Rosses AC.Well done to the one hundred plus runners who took part. Below is a list of participants and their times.Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 576 25.32 Ciaran Doherty SM Letterkenny A C2 504 27.08 Ciaran McGonagle SM Rosses A.C. 3 296 27.30 Daniel Hannigan SM Letterkenny A C4 421 27.33 Teresa McGloin SW Finn Valley A C5 559 28.26 Mike Patton SM Individual6 513 28.35 Raymond Birch SM Letterkenny A C7 427 28.51 Kevin Ferry M40 Letterkenny A C 8 424 28.56 Liam Doherty SM Cranford A C9 554 29.14 Kevin McGee M40 Rosses A.C.10 555 29.21 Paul Doherty SM 24/7 Triathlon11 524 29.24 Eddie Sweeney SM Cranford A C 12 422 29.35 Brian Ferry SM Letterkenny A C13 562 29.42 John Conlon SM Letterkenny A C14 426 29.54 Barry Meehan SM Letterkenny A C15 423 29.59 Darren Price SM Letterkenny A C16 518 30.24 Aidan McKenna M40 Letterkenny A C17 99 30.30 Gerard McGranaghan SM LAC18 508 30.35 Paul Russell SM Individual19 534 30.53 Edward Harkin SM Rosses A.C.20 569 31.01 Kieran Crawford SM Letterkenny A C21 548 31.04 John Daly M40 24/7 Triathlon22 549 31.10 Martin Devenney SM 24/7 Triathlon23 547 31.34 Ciaran O’Donnell M40 LAC24 512 31.40 Collie O’Donnell M40 Letterkenny A C25 587 31.52 Brian Jordan JM Individual26 530 32.00 Damien McGoohan SM 24/7 Triathlon27 428 32.06 Irene McFadden SW Letterkenny A C28 592 32.06 Shaun Mc Fadden SM Letterkenny A C29 552 32.23 Adrian Gill SM Individual23 April 2015 Page 1 of 4Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club30 544 32.31 Liam Mac Giolla Bhride SM Individual31 293 32.34 Frankie Lavelle M40 Inishowen A C32 100 32.54 Connell Porter SM Individual33 429 33.12 Anthony McDaid SM Individual34 523 33.18 Barry Mackey M50 Letterkenny A C35 95 33.25 Rayan Maguella JM LAC36 298 33.27 Frances Judge W45 Letterkenny A C37 294 33.27 Liam McKinney M40 Inishowen A C38 295 33.29 Michael Galvin M40 Letterkenny A C39 525 33.30 Paul Lee M45 Letterkenny A C40 300 33.40 Jane McGinley SW Letterkenny A C41 529 33.41 Darren Beecroft M45 Letterkenny A C42 564 33.41 Gerard Callaghan M40 24/7 Triathlon43 517 33.47 Shauna McGeehan SW Letterkenny A C44 532 33.54 Kieran McMonagle SM UnitedHelathGroup45 539 34.09 Simon Stevens SM Individual46 430 34.15 Eugene McCafferty SM Rosses A.C.47 553 34.25 Seamus Mallon SM Individual48 589 34.40 Adam McCrudden JM Finn Valley A C49 528 34.41 Michael Shiels SM Individual50 521 34.52 Mark McFadden M40 Individual51 561 35.24 Cathal Morrison M40 Individual52 568 35.35 PJ McMenamin SM Individual53 50 35.36 Cliodhna NiDuinn SW LAC54 425 35.40 Kevin Kiely M60 Individual55 545 35.45 Paul Sweeney SM Letterkenny A C56 542 35.45 Shean McDaid SM Individual57 526 35.50 David Harvey SM Individual58 574 35.50 Phil Boyle M40 Letterkenny A C59 299 36.14 Seamus Gallagher M50 Letterkenny A C60 511 36.23 Serena McDaid SW Letterkenny A C61 563 36.51 Philip Nicholson SM Individual23 April 2015 Page 2 of 4Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club62 510 36.54 John Hughes M50 Letterkenny A C63 297 37.12 Louise Finnegan W45 Letterkenny A C64 550 37.13 Ciaran Liddy SM LAC65 516 37.14 Pat McDermott SM Individual66 556 37.24 Angus Hunter M40 Individual67 519 37.31 Pat McKenna W40 Letterkenny A C68 585 37.33 Karen Higgin SW Individual69 514 37.35 Barry Cox SM Individual70 575 37.48 Naoise Enright M40 Letterkenny A C71 538 37.54 Eugene McGinley M50 Raphoe72 97 38.45 David McHale SM Individual73 536 39.20 Terence Quinn M50 Raphoe74 537 39.20 Raj Meehan M40 Raphoe75 551 39.32 Ian Melly M40 Individual76 546 39.36 John Craig SM Lifford A C77 509 39.37 Joseph Casey M40 Individual78 540 39.45 Martina McDaid SW Individual79 558 39.50 Hugo Blake M50 Individual80 572 39.52 Eimear McClafferty SW Individual81 543 39.52 Ben George M40 LAC82 573 39.52 Nitika Burke SW Letterkenny A C83 560 40.12 Rosaleen Doherty SW Individual84 531 40.46 Shaun O’Donnell M50 Individual85 571 40.54 Carina Murray SW Individual86 527 41.28 Kevin Blake M45 Individual87 541 41.30 Fiona McDaid SW Individual88 570 41.32 Rachel Bell SW Raphoe89 522 41.37 Sinead Peoples SW Letterkenny A C90 520 41.39 Trevor Duncan M40 Individual91 565 43.14 Dean Spencer M40 Individual92 586 43.14 Martin Doherty SM Individual93 515 43.46 David Doherty SM Individual23 April 2015 Page 3 of 4Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club94 577 44.42 Tara McFadden SW Individual95 591 44.46 Eileen Morning W35 Individual96 533 44.51 Mary Bonner W50 Individual97 98 45.51 Alfie McHale SM Individual98 590 46.18 Aideen McGrory SW Individual99 557 46.26 Aisling Gallagher SW Individual100 588 51.41 Teresa McCrudden SW Individual101 535 56.14 Gretta Boyle SW Rosses A.C.Total Runners: 101DOHERTY WINS LETTERKENNY AC FIVE MILER IN STYLE – WHERE DID YOU COME? was last modified: April 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ciaran DohertyFive MilerLetterkenny AClast_img read more

352 Free Letterbox Templates for Video Editing (8K, 4K, HD & More)

first_imgThe templates (seen above) can be used to convert footage into the following aspect ratios:1:1 Square4:3 Silent Film/NTSC1.37:1 Academy Ratio1.43:1 IMAX3:2 Classic 35mm7:4 Metroscope1.85:1 Vistavision2:1 Panascope & RED2.2:1 Todd AI2.35:1 Cinemascope2.39:1 Theatrical & Blu-ray2.55:1 Vintage Cinemascope2.75:1 Ultra Panavision2.76:1 MGM Camera 653:1 Extreme Scope4:1 PolyVisionAll of the templates are available in both black and white letterbox formats.Using the Free Letterbox TemplatesThese free letterbox templates are incredibly easy to use and manipulate. All of the files are PNG images with alpha channels. To use the templates, simply drag and drop the appropriate resolution letterbox above your sequence in your video editing application of choice.DOWNLOAD FREE LETTERBOX TEMPLATES Easily give your videos the cinematic cropping they deserve with these free high-res letterbox templates for video editing.Despite having the ability to export footage in virtually any resolution, filmmakers and video producers are still limited to showing their work on screens with a very specific aspect ratios. Because of this, you need to export your footage with letterboxes if you want to view your footage in an aspect ratio that’s different than 16:9.What Are Letterbox Templates?Simply put, letterboxes are small bars that can be applied to your footage to give them an irregular aspect ratio while still retaining their 16:9 size. Letterboxes can be used to crop footage shot in 16:9 to a more cinematic 2.35:1. They can also be a great tool for pre-visualizing how your video will be cropped on an irregularly sized screen.In the past if you wanted to drop letterboxes into your project, you had to either download a limited free template or create your own. These options aren’t ideal — so we created a future-proof pack full of letterbox templates for virtually every format in the world.What’s in the Free Letterbox Template Pack?Our free pack of 352 letterbox templates includes templates for every popular video resolution in the world, including:HD 720HD 10802K2.5K3K3K HD4K4K UHD5K6K8Klast_img read more

How to Create Unique Effects by Editing Your Videos in Photoshop

first_imgYes, you can edit video in Photoshop, but should you? Here are a few tricks you can pull off to quickly and easily add a little life to your projects.Why would anyone want to do edit video in Photoshop when there are non-linear editing programs designed specifically for the task? Until a couple of months ago, I didn’t even know it was possible. However, editing video in Photoshop can be a creative way to add visual effects to your projects that your viewers have never seen.In this article, we’ll break down how to edit video in Photoshop, and then we’ll dive into some techniques you can use for your own special effects.Getting StartedIf you’re familiar with Adobe products, then learning to edit video in Photoshop shouldn’t be too difficult. Once you open PS, you need to switch your layout to “motion,” which you’ll find in the top-right corner of your screen. Once you’ve made this selection, a timeline should appear; click Create new sequence. I recommend doing most of your basic editing in Premiere f— or whichever editing program you use — before dropping your video into Photoshop. This way, you can focus on adding effects rather than worrying about timeline work.Once you’ve exported your sequence from your NLE of choice, import your video into the Photoshop timeline by clicking Add media next to Layer 1. Delete the default blank layer, and move your clip to the beginning of the sequence. Depending on the length and other specifics of your clip, you can set the two markers at the top as in and out points to focus on a specific section. This is particularly useful if you’re making small adjustments and want to analyze specific frames.For example, if you’re editing a photo, I recommend creating a new layer if you want to manipulate certain shapes or aspects of your image without changing the whole thing.What You Can Do in Photoshop1. Add Color and TextureA couple of months ago, I saw Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The animation style and the visual effects left me so inspired that I decided to try to make my own 30-second homage to the film. To recreate some of the comic book-like effects, I exported each clip into PS and used different brushes to create shading and highlights. By creating individual layers for each aspect of the image and then setting in and out keyframes, I was able to track the different layers to the moving image. The result was a short sequence inspired by the film with my own unique twist. (I made a full video about this process if you want to check it out.)2. Create Interesting Titles or Text OverlaysIn Photoshop, the possibilities are endless, whether it’s creating unique shapes or adding textures to text or backgrounds. Using these tools to add your own personal details makes your work unique.3. Use Animations to Add Emphasis and InterestThese images show two consecutive frames of a woman walking across the shot holding a baby. In order to make this more visually intriguing, I added a couple of different designs to emphasize her movement and create a more stylized look. First, I added a geometric outline to the woman that shifts with every frame. The three dots remain fixed in place and disappear as the subject overlaps with them. Inspired by a more illustrative, animated style, the half-moon shapes emphasize the subject’s movement and her swinging bag, creating more visual movement.Cover image via Sony Pictures.Looking for more video production tips and tricks? Check these out.How to Create a Mid-’90s DV Camcorder Look in After EffectsWhy You Should Be Using Film Grain on Digital Video + 5 Free Film Grain OverlaysQuick Tips: Improving Your Product Shots and Commercials3 Easy Stereo Recording Techniques For Your Next ProjectThe Whys and Hows of Tracking: Handheld vs. Stabilizedlast_img read more

New Washington player joins push for NIH funding

first_imgScores of patient groups, scientific societies, and university coalitions devote much of their time to lobbying the U.S. Congress for more funding for biomedical research and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This week another group, ACT for NIH: Advancing Cures Today, joined their ranks.The organization stands out for a few reasons: It was launched with largesse from a new face, New York City and Houston, Texas, real estate investor Jed Manocherian, whose time on the Board of Visitors of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston stoked his concern about NIH’s past decade of flat funding. Its all-star advisory board includes Nobel Prize winner David Baltimore and MD Anderson President Ronald DePinho. And it is headed by biomedical science lobbying veteran Patrick White, who has spent more than 2 decades working on Capitol Hill, in government, and for various research interest groups. Until 3 months ago, White was the top legislative aide to NIH Director Francis Collins.White discussed his organization’s plans with ScienceInsider. 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NIH has lost 25% of its purchasing power since 2003 due to flat budgets and cuts. We are losing a generation of young scientists. People are shutting down their labs. They’re laying people off and delaying equipment purchases. This is hurting our economy and job creation and growth. And we are doing this to ourselves at a time when other countries are making serious efforts in terms of upping their investments in biomedical research.Q: Lots of other groups make those same arguments. Why not just throw in with them? A: A lot of other groups do very good work but they also have a broader agenda. We are trying to bring a laserlike focus to the issue of NIH funding. What we aim to do is work directly with key lawmakers [in Congress] who are interested in trying to address this challenge. And what we’re doing is complementary to what the rest of the community is doing.I haven’t talked to a single member of Congress who is opposed to more biomedical research funding. There’s been a shift in the tone in the last 2 years where more and more members of Congress are willing to have an open discussion about our disinvestment in NIH.And so in what is overall a quite bleak picture, I think some members now are realizing we need to do something. That’s the opportunity that I’m trying to seize.Q: Talk a little bit about tactics. A: The idea is to identify and work with members on both sides of the aisle who over the last 3 to 5 years have either done or said important things about the state of NIH funding and essentially to open a dialogue with them and see if there isn’t some sort of possibility of a consensus to try and address the funding crisis.Do we have a plan? Do we have a legislative proposal for how we’re going to fix this? We do not. But there have been amazing conversations in NIH’s appropriations hearings over the last couple of years, where members have started talking about other sources of revenue. There’s even been discussion of perhaps some kind of mandatory funding. We’re not endorsing or pushing anything. We just want to see something good and something significant happen to turn this around.Q: Does your group have a planned lifespan? A: We actually don’t intend to be in business for a long time. We’re sort of looking at this as an 18-month to maybe 2-year process. My charge is to succeed or fail, and do so quickly.last_img read more