How to Create the VHS Look in Premiere Pro + Free VHS Effect Presets

first_imgInterested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Stranger Things Among Us” by Julian Bell“Challenger” by Harrison Amer“All I Want Is You” by Luciano Music Co.“Back and Forth” by Hereafter Music“Retro Vibes” by WolvesLooking for more post-production video tutorials? Check these out.The Audio Ramp-Up: The Best Transition You Should Be UsingVideo Tutorial: Create a Callout Graphic in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Fine-Tune Keyframes in Adobe After EffectsHow to Create an Animated Circle Burst in Adobe After EffectsHow to Create a Stop-Motion Paper Crumple In this video tutorial, learn how to create a retro VHS Look, entirely with Adobe Premiere Pro — Includes free VHS effect presets!I am a big fan of the VHS look, and right now, it seems like it’s more popular than ever. In fact, this nostalgic style is one of 2019’s biggest creative trends. Most VHS Look tutorials rely on After Effects, and then sending your footage back into Premiere Pro. If you’re not experienced with After Effects — or are just in a hurry — this can slow your workflow. However, in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a VHS-inspired look entirely using Premiere Pro. We will even look at how we can add imperfections to the footage that would usually require work in After Effects.Ready to see the world in VHS? Let’s get started!Download the project file.These elements are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these assets.In order to create the VHS look in Premiere Pro, we will need use a combination of different effects. You can easily refine and customize these effects to fit the retro look you want. You can use these effects on any clips, but if you’re looking to create a real vintage feel, check out these retro-futuristic clips full of neon lights, light grids, and more from the Yesterday’s Tomorrow trend.The free project file for this tutorial includes extra VHS assets that you can use to accent your footage even more.Lumetri ColorThe first effect we need to use is Lumetri Color. With Lumetri Color, we can make some Basic Corrections to the Contrast and the White levels. Then we can make a variety of creative adjustments with the Faded Film, Curves, and Vignette settings. Lumetri Color is great because it allows us to dial-in the proper color tone with just one effect.Channel BlurNext, we will need the Channel Blur effect. Channel Blur gives the footage that recognizable VHS appearance. It works very similar to a Gaussian Blur, but it allows us to blur each color channel individually (red, green, and blue.) Because we can blur single color channels, this allows us to “bleed” colors together and push them “outside of the lines.” Use multiple copies of Channel Blur, set to different Blur Dimensions, to customize the look even more.Unsharp MaskUsing the Unsharp Mask effect, we can add over-exaggerated contrast to the edges and fine details of our footage. This gives our footage a “digitally sharpened” appearance that looks dated. Adjust the Radius setting to dial-in your desired look.Noise and GrainFor adding noise to your footage, you have two options. The first is using Premiere’s built-in Noise effect. This can yield great “filmic” results when set to a low value. The second option is to use a VHS or film grain overlay. (I included one in the project file.) Just place this clip over your footage, set the blending mode to Overlay, then adjust the opacity as necessary.4:3 Aspect RatioIf you want an authentic VHS look, you’ll need to set the aspect ratio to 4:3. My preferred method is to use a 4:3 image overlay on top of 16:9 footage. However, you can also adjust the Sequence settings to be 4:3. I recommend a frame size of 1440×1080 if you use this method.VHS Shake (Using Free Presets)Finally, if you would like to add some subtle VHS shake to your footage, you can do so with the Free VHS Presets in the project file. To install the presets, right-click on presets in the Effects window, then select “import presets.” Select the VHS presets from the project file. Now you can drag-and-drop the VHS Shake preset onto your footage. (The VHS Shake preset is designed to work on HD 1920×1080 footage. If your footage is a different size, nest it in a 1920×1080 sequence first. Then apply the preset to the nested sequence.) The VHS Shake preset works on video clips up to 1-minute in length. However, if you have a clip that is longer than one minute, just slice it in the middle using the Razor Tool, then add the VHS Shake preset to each half.last_img read more

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Ranji Trophy Final: Vidarbha in command courtesy Rajneesh Gurbani hat-trick and Wasim Jaffer fifty against Delhi

first_imgRajneesh Gurbani was the star for Vidarbha before veteran Wasim Jaffer with the bat took his team to 206/4 with an unbeaten half-century at stumps on day two of the Ranji Trophy 2017/18 final.Rajneesh Gurbani ended a 45-year-old drought by claiming his maiden hat-trick, to become only the second bowler after Tamil Nadu’s B Kalyanasundaram to take three wickets of successive deliveries as Vidarbha bowled out Delhi for 295.Wasim Jaffer in Vidarbha’s reply was batting on 61 off 120 balls and Akshay Wakhare was yet to open his account, as Vidabha trailed by 89 runs. The match hanging in a balance, how Delhi bowlers perform during the first hour of the third day, could well prove to be decisive in the final context of the match.Resuming on 271 for six, in-form seamer Gurbani rocked seven-time winners Delhi by removing three batsmen in as many balls in the second morning.WATCH VIDEO HEREThe victims at the Holkar Stadium also included centurion Dhruv Shorey, making Gurbani only the second man to claim a hat-trick in the final of India’s premier domestic competition. Tamil Nadus B Kalyanasundaram was the first, achieving the feat against Mumbai in 1972/73.On 123 overnight, Shorey laced his innings with 21 boundaries before his team was all out for 295. Delhi lost their last four wickets for only five runs.A day after a rather subdued outing, Gurbani found his mojo back as the 24-year-old ripped through the shaky defence of Vikas Mishra, Navdeep Saini and Shorey off successive deliveries before knocking over Kulwant Khejroliya, to cut short Delhi’s innings.advertisementWhat made the feat even more commendable was that Gurbani, bowling the hat-trick ball, was up against a batsman who was nearing 150. Having found the fence on 21 occasions, including fourtimes in the first session of day 2, Shorey was stunned when Gurbani got one to jag back from a shorter length and knock over the off-stump.Gurbani delivered three more scorchers on either side of Shorey’s dismissal, all resulting in the stumps getting knocked over. Trouble awaited them as Gurbani got one to prodigiouslycut back and remove an unmoved Mishra’s off-stump with the fifth ball of the 101st over. Saini, who got stuck to the crease, quickly went back to the dressing room as his stump was also sent flying by another sharp in-cutter. Vidarbha began their innings in earnest and went to lunch without suffering any damage while scoring 45 runs.This season’s most prolific opening duo of skipper Faiz Fazal (67)and Sanjay Ramaswamy (31) started the second session from where they had left, adding another 51 runs, before Akash Sudan sent Ramaswamy’s twostumps flying for the team’s first breakthrough.That broughtJaffer in the middle but, playing in only his second first-class game,Sudan dealt Vidarbha a body blow when the medium pacer had Fazal caughtbehind after the batsman prodded casually to a delivery that was movingaway.He faced 101 balls scoring 10 boundaries. Prior to that, an unfazed Fazal continued playing his shots and brought up his fifty with a paddle-sweep boundary off left-arm spinner Mishra.Fazal, the first-time finalists’ leading scorer in the season, drove with panache and employed the shots square off the wicket effectively. Two wickets in the bag, Rishabh Pant brought back his best bet, Saini, into the attack and it paid dividends.Veteran Ganesh Satish (12), coming off a crucial second- innings half-century in the semi-final against Karnataka, did not last long and was trapped in front of wicket by Saini, a reward for consistently running it hard and pitching it harder.Jaffer looked solid in the middle and hard as they tried, Delhi could dislodge the seasoned campaigner as an eventful day’s play came to an end. Before that, he entertained the sparse weekend crowd with a few delightful shots – a superb drive past the mid-on, a punch through point and cover drive that had lazy elegance written all over it.Eight-time Ranji Trophy winner with Mumbai, Jaffer used his wrists to flick Mishra and then glanced him to the third man fence for another boundary.Delhi kept pressing and were rewarded when tireless left-arm seamer Kulwant Kejroliya induced an edge from Apoorv Wankhade for Pant to complete a comfortable catch at the fag end.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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PAOK Shares Lead with AEK after Home Win

first_imgATHENS (AP) — PAOK added fresh drama to Greece’s title race by coming from behind to beat Atromitos 2-1 at home and share the league lead with AEK Athens on Monday.Atromitos went ahead with a header from Stephanos Strougis. Vieirinha leveled from the penalty spot before the break. Angolan striker Djalma Campos scored the winner, his ground-hugging shot helped by a deflection to beat goalkeeper Andreas Gianniotis.PAOK and AEK were level from 11 matches, and Atromitos and Olympiakos were a point behind.Olympiakos’ domestic dominance has slipped this season, along with its performance in Europe, where it has three losses and a draw in the Champions League ahead of a game on Wednesday at Sporting Lisbon.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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India on IAAF’s radar for holding Diamond League

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh Jakarta, Aug 25 (PTI) India might get to host the Diamond League of athletics as the glitzy showpiece, which features the top stars of the sport, needs to be taken to all major cities of the world, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said today. Here for the ongoing Asian Games, Coe spoke to PTI about the possibility of Diamond League coming to India. “The concentration of Diamond League or world events has historically been in European countries. We want to maintain that strength, but we have to make sure that big cities are hosting our sport, cities like Delhi, Tokyo, Beijing in Asia,” Coe said. The Diamond League is a 14-leg series in which top athletes compete for prize money and points. It was established in 2010 to replace the Golden League to take the sport beyond Europe and as IAAF’s contract with the event sponsors draws to an end, discussions are being held to take it to new cities. “We have one more year with the Diamond League contract. Those discussions are taking place at the moment but I want to see our world events being spread around the world. I want to see the sport in big populations, in big cities and this has to be the objective,” the two-time Olympic champion said. “Next year we have Asian athletics championship in Doha, then Olympic games in Tokyo and the world indoor championship in Nanjing in 2020. Asia is going to be the focus of the sport for next four or five years,” he added.advertisement Apart from Europe, Asian countries such as China, Qatar and Morocco are already hosting Diamond League events. Coe, who won the 1500m gold medals at the 1980 and the 1984 Olympic Games, was impressed with the rise of Indian athletes such as Hima Das and Neeraj Chopra. “She was very impressive. I was in the stadium. In know the impact that had in India. This is a good sign, athletics is beginning to grab the consciousness of the population. I remember the CWG in 2010, you had stadiums full every night.” The IAAF President said India is an important market for his organisaton. “It is very encouraging, India is a very important country for the potential to grow our sport. You have a federation which is very ambitious to grow the sport,” he said. “I see India as very important for helping us globalise our sport and there is a huge sponsorship and broadcast market which is something we should be doing a lot more work in. That’s the objective of the IAAF,” he added. Mixed relay event, with two men and two women athletes competing together as a team, will make its debut at the Asian Games in Jakarta. Coe said innovation was the need of the hour. “We have had mixed relay in 2015 at the world youth championships, the world relay event in Bahamas was particularly successful. They will be in 2020 in Tokyo and we showcase one in Doha to globalise it before we take it to Tokyo. “We have to be creative and innovative and do things differently. We will review the impact now and the next year. Obviously we can’t have it in every event but it’s a good sign. It has got a new dimension,” he said. The Dynamic New Athletics (DNA) style will make its debut the European Games next year. In the new format, mixed-gender teams will compete in a knockout format over five days, the action concluding in two hours. Asked if the format can be tried at the Asian Games too, Coe said, “Every sport is looking to do things differently. It does not always mean, it will be successful, it does not always mean that you take it to mainstream.” Talking about dope-tainted Russia’s inclusion in IAAF, Coe said it will still take some time. “Good progress has been made but that’s not quite enough. We are waiting for next report in November. There are elements of testing (WADA) and controlling some of the coaches. Some have been banned, generally good progress,” he said. PTI AT PM PMlast_img read more

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India vs Australia: MS Dhoni stretches 2.14 metres to foil Handscomb stumping attempt

first_imgBrief scores – India 190/4 (20 overs) against Australia in Bengaluru. Kohli (72*), Rahul (47), Dhoni (40), Behrendorff (1/17). Scorecard | Live BlogMahendra Singh Dhoni is not only among the fittest cricketers on the planet but he is also one of the most flexible ones to grace the field as was evident yet again during the second T20 international against Australia on Wednesday.During the 12th over of India’s innings, Dhoni advanced down the pitch but Adam Zampa saw him coming and bowled it a bit wide to make the batsman miss the ball which turned away from the former Indian captain and was grabbed by the wicket-keeper.Peter Handscomb took off the bails in a flash as soon as he got hold of the ball. The players went up in a loud appeal with Dhoni’s backfoot planted on the crease as he stretched full length to get back.Replays showed Dhoni made the crease in time. The broadcasters further revealed that Dhoni had stretched a whopping 2.14 metres to get back in the crease and foil Handscomb’s stumping attempt.He had just faced his second delivery at the time and was yet to open his account.How’s that for a stretch from @msdhonihttps://t.co/9hYmrJBmii #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/MXvXIvov0GBCCI (@BCCI) February 27, 2019The 37-year-old went on to play a swashbuckling innings from there on as he added 100 runs for the fourth wicket with his skipper Virat Kohli to propel India to 190 for 4 after Australia won the toss and opted to bowl at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.advertisementDhoni smashed 40 off 23 balls with three boundaries and as many sixes while Kohli top-scored with 72 not out off 38 balls with 2 fours and six sixes.During the course of their innings, both Dhoni and Kohli hit their 50th sixes in T20 Internationals.Rohit Sharma, who was rested for the second T20I, has the most sixes in the format by an Indian. In fact, he needs just two sixes to go past Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle as the man with most sixes in T20 Internationals.Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are now among five Indians with 50 plus sixes in T20 Internationals.Rohit Sharma leads the pack with 102 sixes while Yuvraj Singh has 74 sixes under his belt in T20 Internationals. Suresh Raina has 58 sixes in T20Is.Also Read | India vs Australia: Shikhar Dhawan 6th Indian to feature in 50 T20IsAlso Read | Sanjay Manjrekar, Aakash Chopra question India’s team selection in 2nd T20Ilast_img read more

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‘Ox has been transformed at Liverpool’

first_imgLiverpool ‘Oxlade-Chamberlain transformed under Klopp’ Harry Sherlock 19:12 12/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool Arsenal Premier League Jamie Redknapp believes the former Arsenal midfielder has become a better player since moving to Anfield in the summer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been transformed under the management of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, according to former Reds midfielder Jamie Redknapp.Oxlade-Chamberlain moved to Anfield from Arsenal in a £40 million summer deal, bringing to an end a six-year stint in north London.Redknapp believes that the England international somewhat stagnated during his long stay at the Gunners, but believes that he has completely altered his mindset under the German. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I wasn’t sure about the move for him to start with and I was wondering how he was going to do, but he has surprised me,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.”I looked at him at Arsenal and it was like he was treading water and going nowhere, but under Jurgen Klopp I am seeing a completely different player. I am seeing he is fit, with a great attitude and wanting to win tackles.”It’s probably unfair to question how he was coached under Arsene Wenger but I watched him play and I didn’t feel he developed for years. It looked like he was standing still. I feel a lot of players at Arsenal are in a similar situation.”You can go and sign a new contract and say ‘OK, I’ll be on the bench’, but he has taken a risk in his career. He could have stayed at Arsenal and signed a new contract but he wanted to challenge himself and has gone to live up north and given himself a chance to play in the first team.”He wasn’t guaranteed a spot but he is in now and it will be hard to dispossess him of the shirt.”It was a really bold move for him and one that is really paying off. Look at how much he is improving, he has got fitter, stronger, and he is a different player than he was at Arsenal.”Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored three goals and provided two assists for the Reds thus far this season. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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CDPQ Acquires Stake in DP Worlds Canadian Terminals

first_imgzoom Dubai-based port and terminal operator DP World has closed the transaction to monetize 45% of its Canadian container terminals for CAD 869 million (USD 655 million).The stake in two terminals, Vancouver and Prince Rupert, was acquired by North America’s pension fund manager Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ).In early-December 2016, DP World and CDPQ joined forces to create an investment vehicle to invest in ports and terminals globally, excluding the United Arab Emirates (UAE).The investment platform, worth USD 3.7 billion, with DP World having a 55% share and CDPQ the remaining 45%, will invest in the assets across their lifecycle, with a focus on investment grade countries.Last month, DP World said the investment would cover existing assets, with up to 25% invested in greenfield opportunities.last_img read more

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Egypt Starts Building New Terminal at Damietta Port

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Damietta Port Egypt has laid the foundation stone for a EGP 1.3 billion (USD 73.6 million) multipurpose terminal at Damietta Port.The multipurpose terminal is scheduled to be completed within 18 months from the start of construction work.The project includes the construction of a berth with a length of 630 meters and a depth of 17 meters and an area of 75 thousand square meters. It is expected to achieve an increase in volume of 4 million tons annually and revenues of about EGP 160 million per year.The terminal would reduce the waiting period of vessels at the outer ancharge and increase the bulk cargo handling rates, especially grains and increase the cargo loads expected to be receive on the sidewalks from 14 meters up to 17 meters. The new facility will be capable of handling liquid bulk, dry bulk, as well as general cargo vessels.Launched by Egypt’s minister of transport Hisham Arafat, minister of petroleum Tarek El Mulla and chairman of Damietta Port Authority Ayman Saleh, the terminal is a part of the Ministry of Transport’s plan to develop the port system.The ministers also inaugurated the EGP 12 million expansion of the operations center at the port and raised the flag on two tugboats to improve the level of service and increase performance rates to meet the current and expected increase in ship traffic.last_img read more

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Serena faces Sharapova in US Open 1st round

first_imgNew York: Five-time champion Serena Williams will be facing 2006 winner Maria Sharapova in the first round of the 2019 US Open. This though the 22nd time that the two former world number ones will clash, it is the first time ever they will do so at the US Open. Serena has been chasing a 24th Grand Slam title and a first since her victory at the 2017 Australian Open after which she had taken a lengthy break from the game to give birth to her daughter. Sharapova has only managed to beat Serena twice. Defending champion Naomi Osaka, who beat Serena in the final in 2018, starts against Russian Anna Blinkova while Wimbledon winner Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova both play qualifiers.last_img

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Carles Puyol Says Cristiano Ronaldo One of the Best Players But

Rabat – Debates on who serves football spectators best will last forever. Barcelona’s central defender,  Carles Puyol , has labelled Real Madrid’s key forward, Cristiano Ronaldo “one of the greatest footballers in history.” He still believes, however, that Lionel Messi remains the best.The retired footballer told reporters on Tuesday at Under-17 World Cup event in India that Messi is better than Ronaldo. He added that Barcelona’s key forward, Leo is always improving his skills and that his passion for the game always keeps him consistent.Puyol, 39, retired in 2014 after a brilliant career with Barcelona and Spain. The former international footballer added that he will be more happy for his former team-mate Messi if he wins something with his national club, Argentina, in the future.Cristiano Ronaldo has won four Ballon d’Or awards. Barcelona’s Leo, however, hBallonas won five. Who will win the Ballon d’Or in 2017? This is a question for the future. read more

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IAEA calls for tougher precautions against terrorist dirty bomb

“High-risk radioactive sources that are not under secure and regulated control, including so-called ‘orphan’ sources, raise serious security and safety concerns,” the International Conference on Security of Radioactive Sources said at the conclusion of a three-day meeting in Vienna. “Effective national infrastructures for the safe and secure management of vulnerable and dangerous radioactive sources are essential for ensuring the long-term security and control of such sources.”Orphaned sources are those that, due to loss, theft, or abandonment, have fallen outside official regulatory control. In some countries, regulatory control of radioactive sources, used extensively in medicine and industry, remains weak, IAEA said. Global fears that terrorists could use radioactive sources to make radiological dispersal devices, or so-called dirty bombs, escalated after the September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.To effectively deal with the threat the conference called for new international initiatives aimed at facilitating the location, recovery and securing of high-risk radioactive sources throughout the world, under IAEA aegis. Key recommendations included stronger measures to detect, interdict and respond to illicit trafficking in such sources and concerted efforts by all states and the IAEA to enhance current national and international arrangements to respond proactively to the possible malevolent use of such materials.More than 700 delegates from over 120 countries and global law enforcement agencies attended the conference, which was co-sponsored by the Russian Federation and the United States in co-operation with the European Commission (EC), the European Police Office (EUROPOL), the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO-Interpol) and the World Customs Organization (WCO). read more

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Senior UN adviser on Africa says peace remains the main challenge for

Presenting a mixed report card on African development over the past five years, the top United Nations adviser on the continent warned today that the challenge for all Africans is to put in place the conditions for lasting peace or risk all the progress made in infrastructure, education, health and other areas under the region’s common development strategy coming to nothing.The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) was adopted by the continent’s leaders five years ago, Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser on Africa, told reporters, emphasizing that it was an “African initiative” that lays out an agreed vision of social and economic development.“Unless there is peace on the continent, of course, all the projects under NEPAD will come to nought and therefore the struggle followed by the Africans is to make sure that we can create conditions on the continent for peace to prevail and of course if peace prevails, development will flourish,” said Mr. Legwaila.He acknowledged that people were often sceptical as to whether peace was advancing in Africa, but picked out several countries, including Liberia and Sierra Leone, as showing the way forward although at the same time acknowledging that they needed support.“Progress has been made although people sometimes are confused by the fact that most of the peacekeeping forces by the United Nations are in Africa because most of the conflict is located in Africa.”“People think that there is no progress. There is progress. Burundi – the peace process there was successful, although there are some little difficulties… and then of course we have Liberia, Sierra Leone. These are countries which were helped by the United Nations to end conflict.”Earlier in the day, the General Assembly began debating Mr. Annan’s latest report on NEPAD and international support for the strategy, with its President, Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa of Bahrain, similarly acknowledging progress had been made on the continent but also calling for more to be done.“It is encouraging to note that the report recognized progress in the key priority areas of NEPAD ranging from infrastructure to information and communication technologies, to education and health, environment, agriculture, science and technology, gender mainstreaming and the African Peer Review Mechanism,” she told the Assembly.“The report reflects the recognition of the progress made since last year, but also underlines the importance of undertaking policy measures to accelerate its implementation.”Also on Africa, the Assembly started debate today on Mr. Annan’s report on the causes and prevention of conflict on the continent, which notes that, while steady progress is being made in preventing strife, “increased and concerted action is needed to prevent simmering crises from escalating and to ensure that the hard-won peace in countries emerging from conflict becomes irreversible.”The gathering of 192 Member States also discussed the decade of rolling back malaria in developing countries initiative – particularly in Africa, with Sheikha Haya quoting World Health Organization (WHO) figures to the Assembly showing that the disease continues to threaten the lives of at least three billion people in 107 countries and territories. read more

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Mediterranean death toll in 2016 worst we have seen – UN refugee

“From one death for every 269 arrivals last year, in 2016 the likelihood of dying has spiralled to one in 88,” William Spindler, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told journalists at the regular news briefing at the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG).“On the Central Mediterranean route between Libya and Italy the likelihood of dying is even higher, at one death for every 47 arrivals,” he added.The grim ratio for this route has worsened by more than 5.7-times.“This is the worst we have seen,” expressed the UNHCR spokesperson.According to the agency, at least 3,740 lives are reported lost between January and October 2016 – just short of the 3,771 deaths reported for the whole of 2015. This high loss of life comes despite a large overall fall this year in the number of people seeking to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.Last year at least 1,015,078 people made the crossing. This year so far, crossings stand at 327,800. “About half those who have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year have travelled from North Africa to Italy – a known more perilous route,” said Mr. Spindler explaining one of the causes behind the rise.He further said that other causes include people smugglers using lower-quality “vessels” – no more than flimsy inflatable rafts that often do not last the journey; and the changing tactics of smugglers, with mass embarkations of thousands of people at a time. Such changes could be used to lower detecting risks but also make the work of rescuers much more difficult, according to UNHCR. Against this bleak backdrop, the UN agency urged all countries to do more, calling for, among others, greater and urgent attention to means such as enhanced resettlement and humanitarian admissions, family reunification, private sponsorship, and humanitarian, student and work visas for refugees. UNHCR official also underscored that the high death rate is a reminder of the importance of continuing and robust search and rescue capacities – without which the fatality rates would almost certainly be higher. read more

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Asthma drug can half chance of suffering severe attack

first_imgChildren who were small in the womb are more likely to be asthmatic a second study showed  These findings suggest that antenatal factors contribute to life-long respiratory wellbeingDr Stephen Turner Patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma have very few treatment options once they are already taking high-dose inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta agonists The drug is an antibody – a special protein in the immune system which latches on to foreign invaders, flagging them up to garbage-disposal cells. In this case, the antibody targets the rogue immune cells, called eosinophils, which trigger asthma attacks.“Patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma have very few treatment options once they are already taking high-dose inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta agonists,” said Professor Eugene Bleecker, Centre for Genomics and Personalised Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, who led one of the trials.“Benralizumab depletes eosinophils directly, and our studies show that eosinophil counts were nearly completely depleted by week four of treatment.”Prof  Mark FitzGerald, of the University of British Columbia, in Canada, who led the second trial added: “Additional therapeutic options to control severe asthma are urgently neededThe findings are published in The Lancet medical journal and were presented at the European Respiratory Society’s annual meeting in London. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We hope that our findings can aid clinicians identifying asthma risks in different individuals. By understanding which individuals are at risk of developing more severe asthma, we can encourage lifestyle changes that can help reduce this risk.”A third study by the University of Aberdeen found that babies who were small in the womb were also more likely to develop asthma in childhood.“These findings suggest that antenatal factors contribute to life-long respiratory wellbeing,” said Dr Stephen Turner,  of the University of Aberdeen.“Ultimately, any intervention is going to boil down to mothers not smoking or drinking, having a balanced diet and taking regular exercise – but this is good incentive for a healthy maternal lifestyle.”Dr Erika Kennington, Asthma UK’s Head of Research, said: “Research like this is starting to show that experiences in childhood could have an impact on your asthma in later life, but there is still so much about this we don’t yet know.“Greater investment in research is needed to discover why some people develop asthma while others don’t so we can help them to reduce that risk.”  The meeting also heard how maintaining a healthy weight as a child can prevent asthma as an adult.Scientists in Denmark compared the Body Mass Index scores of 300,000 schoolchildren aged between seven and 13 to see if it had an impact on asthma when they became adults.They found that being overweight increased the chance of a woman being admitted to hospital for a severe asthma attack by 39 per cent. In contrast, for men being underweight was the biggest risk factor, raising the chance of a hospital admission by 25 per cent.Professor Charlotte Suppli Ulrik, lead author from the Hvidovre Hospital and the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, said: “Our findings present an intriguing look at the differences we see between men and women when we identify predictors of asthma among children.“This could be due to a range of factors including levels of physical activity, lung mechanics and different environmental factors. Children who were small in the womb are more likely to be asthmatic a second study showed  A new asthma drug which can half  the chance of suffering a severe attack could prevent hundreds of deaths a year.Monthly injections of benralizumab were found to reduce episodes of serious shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness by up to 51 per cent.Approximately quarter of a million people in Britain suffer from severe asthma and every 10 seconds someone suffers a serious attack. Around 1,200 people a year die from the condition.But two trials on more than 2,500 patients showed that the benralizumab could offer new hope for people whose asthma can no longer be controlled by steroid inhalers and other drugs.last_img read more

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Mens EHF EURO 2018 Norway with France – Serbs with host in

← Previous Story Poland gets wild card for Germany 2017 Next Story → Four teams for three spots in Germany 2017 Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D Assisting with the draw were the top players: Igor Vori (Croatia), Kristian Sæverås (Norway), Gergely Harsányi (Hungary) and Gašper Marguč (Slovenia).Main round venuesFollowing the preliminary round, the main round will be played in Zagreb and Varazdin.The three best ranked teams from Group A and Group B will continue in the main round group in Zagreb, while the top three teams from Group C and Group D each will play in the main round group in Varazdin.The venue for the final weekend is the Arena Zagreb in the nation’s capital. SerbiaNorwayMontenegroCzech Republic IcelandAustriaSloveniaHungary SplitPorecZagrebVarazdin SwedenBelarusFYR MacedoniaDenmark CroatiaFranceGermanySpain The draw for the Preliminary  Round at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia was held in Zagreb last night. Here are the groups. read more

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Jonas Truchanovicius Dreams come true We are the champions

The first Lithuanian player ever to win the VELUX EHF Champions League and the most dangerous secret weapon of Patrice Canayer – Jonas Truchanovicius was delighted in the mix zone of the Lanxess Arena, after fantastic final match in which his Montpellier Handball beat HBC Nantes 32:26 (17:14) for the second EHF CL title in the history of club (first in 2003). ← Previous Story Montpellier Handball are new EHF CL winners! Next Story → SYMBOL OF PERSISTANCE: Patrice Canayer wins it again – 40th trophy in 24 years!

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Ireland provides €50k to Balkans after worst flooding in living memory

first_imgIRELAND IS PROVIDING €50,000 worth of humanitarian assistance to organisations working to restore normality in the Balkans following cataclysmic floods.The death toll rose by six to 57 on Friday as people returned home to salvage what belongings they could amid a huge clean-up operation.The task facing the thousands of rescue workers, volunteers and soldiers is immense, with dozens of towns and villages devastated by the region’s worst natural disaster in living memory.Vast areas still remain under water, and tens of thousands of the nearly 150,000 people evacuated in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia — the biggest exodus since the wars of the 1990s — were stuck in shelters.Plastered with mudIn many areas, homes, schools, shops and roads were plastered with mud and littered with everything from bashed-up cars to bloated dead cows. Health officials were spraying disinfectant to prevent disease.Ireland has stepped in to do what it can and is providing funding intended to be use to provide psychological support and counselling services to children affected by the floods, and also for vaccines.The funding will be provided to World Vision Ireland to support their work in Bosnia and Herzegovina.“The funding will be used to provide psychological support and counselling services to children affected by the floods and to purchase vaccines to prevent the outbreak of infectious diseases,” Minister Costello said in a statement.He added that ‘essential relief items’ could be provided to the region if humanitarian organisations request such assistance.last_img read more

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Geek deals 289 off this Core i7powered Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition

first_imgThe average laptop in the sub-$1000 range still lacks a few things that make using a PC more efficient and pleasant: large screen size, high resolution display, and extensive port selection. Getting this combination of features that make a laptop truly a desktop replacement has required an unacceptably bulky design or an unacceptably high price tag.Our Geek deal of the day is able to solve both of those problems and meet even the most demanding user’s needs for years to come. Dell’s Inspiron 15R Special Edition was introduced back in May, along with Intel’s 3rd generation “Ivy Bridge” processor platform.Dubbed the “Special Edition,” this lineup gets a series of features that make this machine stand out. All models come with the quad-core 3rd gen Core i7 processor, a Full HD 1080p screen, backlit keyboard, and a “Stealth Black” anodized aluminum chassis.The little features are similarly decked out, offering four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, 8-in-1 card reader, HD webcam, and more. The model featured in our deal comes very well configured with 8GB of RAM and a rare 7500rpm 750GB hard drive.We were able to find a rare $150 coupon for this well-loaded model, which stacks with $139 instant savings for the lowest price we’ve seen yet on this system: $849.99 with free shipping.Click here to get this deal from Dell. Apply coupon code QH3XW509GT$BBL for total $289 instant savings. This deal expires October 1 or sooner.last_img read more

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Renewed appeal after hitandrun that killed 67yearold Alister Hines

first_img Short URL Image: Niall Carson/PA 9,016 Views Friday 29 Jun 2018, 12:48 PM GARDAÍ IN MALLOW, Co Cork, have renewed their appeal for information about a hit-and-run that killed a 67-year-old man.Alister Hines’ body was discovered on the road side at Ballybane in Liscarroll shortly before 9.30am on 17 June. His funeral service will take place this afternoon in Ringaskiddy.No arrests have been made in this investigation.Inspector Brian Goulding said he wanted to thank members of the public who provided information to date and again appealed for anyone with information to get in touch.“We are particularly appealing to motorists who travelled on the road from Castlecor to John’s Bridge on the morning of the incident between 1am and 9.30am to come forward,” he said.Anyone with information is asked to contact Mallow Garda Station on 022 31450, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111, or any garda station. Share17 Tweet Email Renewed appeal after hit-and-run that killed 67-year-old Alister Hines The victim’s funeral will take place this afternoon. Jun 29th 2018, 12:48 PM By Michelle Hennessy Image: Niall Carson/PA http://jrnl.ie/4099160 7 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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