Coronavirus deaths ‘likely to continue to rise’ in coming weeks, CDC says

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and ELLA TORRES, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 215,000 people worldwide.More than three million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks. Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than one million diagnosed cases and at least 58,365 deaths. Here’s how the news developed Tuesday. All times Eastern:In a joint letter from banks and credit unions Tuesday, obtained by ABC News, the group warns the Treasury Department and the Small Business Association that technical problems that have plagued the small business loan program, known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), continue to be significant:“Unfortunately, with the start of the second round of funding many lenders are having significant problems submitting loan applications into the SBA’s system, preventing them from delivering this critical financial assistance to small businesses that desperately need it,” the letter said. “Quite simply, it is taking too long to submit loans and get these funds where they need to go.”The group asks the two federal agencies to fix the problems or give an explanation to potential borrowers about what is causing the hold-up.“We have found the lack of transparency and timely guidance on the PPP process impedes the funding of loans to small businesses in need,” the letter said. ” … The sooner this program functions properly, the sooner more small businesses are able to receive the assistance they critically need.”6:39 p.m.: US COVID-19 deaths surpass Vietnam War death tollThree weeks ago, the New York City death toll from COVID-19 surpassed the number of people who died at the World Trade Center in the 9/11 terror attacks. Now the U.S. death toll has passed its own milestone.More Americans have now died from COVID-19 than were killed in the Vietnam War.There have been 58,365 coronavirus deaths in the United States as of Tuesday evening, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally.The official U.S. death toll from the nearly two-decade-long Vietnam War is 58,220. That number includes several deaths after the conflict’s end in 1975.Approximately 116,000 Americans died fighting in World War I, while 405,000 died in World War II.5:14 p.m.: Illinois reports highest daily death tollThe death toll in Illinois surpassed 2,000 after the state’s largest single-day total of COVID-19 deaths at 144, officials said.The majority of the deaths, about 80%, were Northern Illinois residents, while 14% of the deaths were Southern Illinois residents. Only 6% of people who died were from Central Illinois.In the same press conference, Gov. J. B. Pritzker said that the state’s stay-at-home order was “still very much in effect.” His comments came after a Clay County Circuit Court judge blocked the governor’s 30-day extension of the order, granting a temporary restraining order to a Republican state representative who argued that Pritzker had exceeded his authority.Pritzker called the ruling a “cheap political stunt.”“For those who aren’t familiar, the 109th district happens to have among the lowest hospital bed availability and ventilators in the state, making it uniquely ill-equipped to respond to a surge in cases,” the governor said. “The district is also home to the county experiencing Illinois’ highest death rate per capita from COVID-19. This ruling only applies to one person because it was only ever about one person.”He continued to say that the representative took the matter to court only to “see his name in headlines.” Pritzker added that he was taking the matter “very seriously.”4:21 p.m.: Maine announces plan to reopen economyMaine Gov. Janet Mills introduced the state’s plan to reopen the economy in four gradual stages.The first stage, set to begin on May 1, continues most of the measures already in place in the state, but additionally mandates that people out in public have to wear cloth face coverings in places where social distancing is hard to maintain, according to a statement from Mills’ office.However, in this stage, certain businesses will be allowed to expand operating with limitations, including barber shops, hair salons, pet grooming shops, auto dealerships and drive-in movie theaters. Religious services can also begin again, but only with limited drive-in and stay-in-your vehicle precautions.The subsequent stages will then be evaluated on a month-by-month basis. The second stage is expected to begin in June, the third is expected to begin in July and continue through August, and the fourth will start at a date to be determined in the future. The fourth stage would lift most restrictions, according to the governor’s office.In stage two, officials will contemplate revising the limitation on gatherings from less than 10 people to less than 50 people. More businesses, including restaurants, fitness centers, nail salons and retail stores, could reopen if they introduce new capacity limits. Lodging and campgrounds for Maine residents will also be allowed to operate for people who have met a 14-day quarantine requirement.The third stage would allow for the possible revision of prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people and the 14-day quarantine for people entering Maine. Bars, hotels, RV parks, spas, tattoo parlors and massage facilities could also reopen with limited capacity measures.By the fourth stage, officials would contemplate lifting most of the restrictions and all businesses and activities to resume with appropriate safety precautions.“While this plan presents a path forward for gradually and safely restarting our economy, it should not lure Maine people into thinking that this pandemic is almost over or that things will be back to normal soon,” Mills said in a statement. “The hard truth is that they are not; that they likely will not be for a long time; and that, with this plan, we are inventing a new normal — a different way of doing business, shopping, traveling, and enjoying the Maine outdoors in ways that keep us all safe.”3:56 p.m.: Deaths in US ‘likely to continue to rise’ in coming weeks: CDCDeaths in the United States “are likely to continue to rise in the coming weeks” if social distancing isn’t strongly maintained, according to an analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Exactly how much fatalities would increase remains “very uncertain,” according to the CDC. However, the agency noted that models in which “strong contact reduction” was not incorporated, it appeared that deaths would continue to rise quickly.The agency also examined models that did incorporate “strong contact reduction” and the results suggested that while deaths would continue, they would slow substantially over the next four weeks.The models that the CDC identified as containing “strong contact reduction” include the Mobs Lab at Northeastern University and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation — both of which “are conditional on existing social distancing measures continuing through the projected period.”The current death toll in the U.S. is at least 57,812, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.2:05 p.m.: US cases top 1 millionThe number of confirmed cases in the United States has surpassed 1 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.There are now at least 1,002,498 confirmed cases in the country, according to the data.Out of the 3 million cases reported in the world, the U.S. has by far the most. Spain has the second-highest number with at least 232,128.1:31 p.m.: Massachusetts to extend stay-at-home orderMassachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced that the state’s stay-at-home order will be extended until May 18.All nonessential businesses must remain closed until then, according to the governor.Baker said although the number of new cases in the state has flattened and hospitalizations are no longer climbing, it’s still not enough to safely reopen the state.“We’re moving in the right direction with respect to the virus, but we are not where we need to be,” Baker said.He noted that while he understands some people may be frustrated with his decision, he can’t lift restrictions until there is a steady downward trend. He described the state’s current trend as “flattened out.”“Everyone has said we need to see downward trends, yes it has flattened out but we have not seen a downward trend there,” the governor said.On Monday, Massachusetts surpassed 3,000 deaths statewide.Baker announced that the state will create an economic reopening advisory board to develop a plan for a phased reopening. The board will be led by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, and City of Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera.1:10 p.m.: Some Alabama businesses to reopen this weekAlabama will begin to ease some of its restrictions on Thursday, with some businesses allowed to reopen.Gov. Kay Ivey made the announcement Tuesday, saying the current “stay-at-home” order will expire on Thursday. It will be replaced with a “safer-at-home” order. Under that order, businesses will be allowed to reopen under social distancing guidelines at 5 p.m. on April 30. Retail stores can reopen at 50% occupancy and beaches will also be allowed to reopen, but gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited. However, restaurants, bars and barber shops will remain closed. In Alabama, there have been at least 6,600 confirmed cases and 242 deaths.12:54 p.m.: New hospitalizations in NY below 1,000, Cuomo saysThe number of new hospitalizations in New York state fell below 1,000 for the first time in over a month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.Cuomo said 900 people were hospitalized in the last 24 hours, calling the decline “good news” but noting that “after all this, we still had 900 new infections.”The last time that number was below 1,000 statewide was at the end of March. In New York City, March 22 was the last day the number of hospitalizations was below 1,000.The governor said when it comes to reopening the state, hospitals must be below 70% capacity and the transmission rate cannot be at 1.1, which he said scientists have deemed an “outbreak” rate.He also announced that the state created the New York Reopening Advisory Board on Tuesday. The board is made up of 100 business, community and civic leaders to help guide the reopening strategy.Businesses should expect to continue social distancing, testing and adopt ongoing monitoring if they want to reopen, according to Cuomo.“Again, I know it’s emotion, and I know people are feeling emotional,” he said. “But emotions can’t drive a reopening process, right? We’re talking about infection rates. We’re talking about hospital capacity.”In terms of the state’s tracing capacity, Cuomo said the current recommendation is at least 30 tracers per 100,000 people and isolation facilities for someone to stay in after testing positive.10:39 a.m.: Tokyo Olympics will be canceled if pandemic not over next summer, top official saysTokyo 2020 President Yoshiro More said the Olympic Games will be canceled if the coronavirus pandemic is not over by next summer, according to an interview published Tuesday in Japanese newspaper Nikkan Sports. The Olympic and Paralympic Games originally slated to kick off this summer in Tokyo were rescheduled to start next summer due to the global health crisis. Mori told Nikkan Sports that the Olympics have only been canceled in the past during times of war, and he compared the battle against the novel coronavirus to “fighting an invisible enemy.”When asked whether the Tokyo Games would be postponed again if the pandemic was still going on next summer, Mori was quoted as saying: “No. In that case, it’s canceled.”9:07 a.m.: Official responds to backlash over White House’s testing planAdm. Brett Giroir, the official in charge of the White House’s coronavirus testing efforts, responded to backlash over the federal government’s new guidelines for states to ramp up testing and expand rapid response programs.The U.S. has completed 5.4 million tests for COVID-19 so far, but researchers at Harvard University said that number will have to rise dramatically — up to 20 million a day — before the country can safely reopen its economy. Under the plan unveiled by President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday, the federal government would send each state enough tests to screen at least 2% of their residents per month, which critics say is too low.A copy of the plan’s blueprint document, which ABC News has obtained and reviewed, says that “testing plans and rapid response programs will be federally supported, state managed and locally executed.” A number of governors have criticized the approach, saying only the federal government has the ability to accelerate testing capacity and coordinate a national testing strategy.“Our team has contacted and are working with every single state, D.C., Puerto Rico to define really the specifics of what that state needs according to their state reopening plan,” Giroir, who is the assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.“The 2% really is sort of a minimum floor. There are many states that want to do 4%, 6%, 8% every month. We have the supply chains figured out,” he added. “So we really are much more sophisticated. The overall strategy is a strategy; it’s not a state-by-state plan — that’s what we’re doing individually with the states.”Giroir, who is also a medical doctor, said using the Defense Production Act (DPA) is “not necessary” for most circumstances “because there is maximum production, all the industry are working together.” The 1950 wartime law requires private companies to prioritize any product orders from the federal government over others.“On the supply chain related to testing, there will be a DPA action today but it’s not one of the forceful DPA actions,” he said. “It’s a hand-up, it’s an investment in American industry that will greatly expand the testing we need, some of the testing supplies, so that particularly by fall when we may have COVID circulating with influenza and need drastically more tests than we have now, we’ll have the supplies that we need.”“The DPA has been used selectively when it’s necessary,” he added. “But in most regards, certainly regarding testing it’s really unnecessary.”8:16 a.m.: Quest Diagnostics launches direct-to-consumer antibody testing serviceFor $119, people can now purchase novel coronavirus antibody testing for themselves without having to visit a doctor’s office. Quest Diagnostics launched QuestDirect on Tuesday, its consumer-initiated testing business through which individuals can request the antibody test and pay for the service online. Each request is reviewed and, if deemed appropriate, an order for testing is issued by a licensed physician and the consumer will schedule an appointment for a blood draw at one of the company’s 2,200 patient service centers around the United States. On average, test results are available online via the company’s secure patient portal one to two days after the blood draw. Consumers will have the opportunity to speak with a licensed physician about their results, according to a press release from Quest Diagnostics. Antibody testing cannot detect whether a patient is currently infected with the novel coronavirus, but it can indicate whether the individual was previously infected and developed the antibodies to fight the virus. “While the science on COVID-19 is evolving, testing for antibodies may identify people who have likely been exposed to COVID-19 and might have mounted an immune response to the virus,” Dr. Jay Wohlgemuth, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Quest Diagnostics, said in a statement Tuesday. The New Jersey-based diagnostic testing giant noted several limitations to the antibody testing, including that positive results may be due to past or present infection with other coronavirus strains which don’t cause COVID-19.7:55 a.m.: CityMD now offering COVID-19 nasal swab and antibody testsCityMD said it is now able to offer both a COVID-19 test and an antibody test to patients at all its locations. The New York-based healthcare company, which runs more than 120 urgent care centers in New York, New Jersey and Washington state, announced Monday that it will be able to conduct nasal swab molecular tests on patients who currently have COVID-19 symptoms as well as those who had symptoms but have since recovered and need a negative test to return to work. It will take three to five days to receive results from the molecular test, during which patients must self-quarantine, according to a press release from CityMD. Starting Tuesday, CityMD said it will also offer an antibody blood test which will indicate “with high accuracy” if a patient had previously contracted the novel coronavirus, whether or not they experienced symptoms. All patients will receive their antibody test results three to five days after testing, if not sooner, according to the press release.7:24 a.m.: Family’s dog thought to be first in US to test positive for COVID-19The novel coronavirus has been detected in a family’s pet dog taking part in a research study at Duke University in North Carolina, officials said.The animal is participating in the “Molecular and Epidemiological Study of Suspected Infection.” Dr. Chris Woods, the lead investigator of the study, said he believes it’s the country’s first known positive case of COVID-19 in a canine.“To our knowledge, this is the first instance in which the virus has been detected in a dog,” Woods told ABC News in a statement Tuesday. “Little additional information is known at this time as we work to learn more about the exposure.”5:48 a.m.: New York City doctor who treated coronavirus patients dies by suicideA New York City emergency room doctor who treated patients infected with the novel coronavirus has died by suicide, police said.Dr. Lorna Breen, medical director of the emergency department at NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, was in Charlottesville, Virginia, when she died on Sunday. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment where she later succumbed to “self-inflicted injuries,” according to a press release from the Charlottesville Police Department.“Frontline healthcare professionals and first responders are not immune to the mental or physical effects of the current pandemic,” Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney said in a statement Monday. “On a daily basis, these professionals operate under the most stressful of circumstances, and the coronavirus has introduced additional stressors.”“Personal protective equipment (PPE) can reduce the likelihood of being infected,” Brackney added, “but what they cannot protect heroes like Dr. Lorna Breen or our first responders against is the emotional and mental devastation caused by this disease.”In an interview with The New York Times, Breen’s father, Dr. Philip C. Breen, said his daughter had contracted COVID-19 herself and recovered. A week and a half after returning to work, the hospital sent her home and her “family intervened to bring her to Charlottesville,” the newspaper reported. She was staying with family at the time of her death.Breen’s father told The New York Times that she had no history of mental illness but that, when he last talked to her, she seemed “detached.”“She was truly in the trenches of the front line,” the elder Dr. Breen told the newspaper. “She tried to do her job, and it killed her.”3:30 a.m: Pandemic ‘far from over’ and ‘the world should have listened,’ WHO saysWorld Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the pandemic is “far from over” and said “the world should have listened” to the agency three months ago when it declared the novel coronavirus a global health emergency.After the new virus emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December and began to spread overseas, Tedros said the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak “the highest level of global emergency” on Jan. 30.“During that time, as you may remember, there were only 82 cases outside China. No cases in Latin America, actually. No cases in Africa. Only 10 cases in Europe. No deaths in the rest of the world, nothing,” Tedros said. “And every country could have triggered all its public health measures possible.”“The world should have listened to WHO then, carefully,” he added.The declaration officially called a “public health emergency of international concern” — cannot force countries to take action, rather it’s merely guidance. The role of the WHO, the health arm of the United Nations, is only to offer advice “based on science and evidence,” and it’s up to governments “whether to take it or not,” Tedros said.“We advised the whole world to implement a comprehensive public health approach, and we said, find, test, isolate and do contract tracing,” he continued. “We don’t have any mandate to force countries to implement what we advise them.”Tedros said the countries who followed the agency’s advice “are in a better position than others.”“This is fact,” he added. “At the end of the day, each country takes its own responsibility.”  Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Howard Dean and Senator Bill Frist discuss challenges and promises of Health Care Reform

first_imgPharmaceutical Marketing Research Group (PMRG) Annual National Conference (ANC) keynote speakers Governor Howard Dean, MD, and Senator Bill Frist, MD, recently tackled one of today’s most pressing issues ‘ the future of health care reform ‘ and what it may mean for the pharmaceutical industry.This dynamic discussion, hailed by those in attendance as both informative and refreshingly non-partisan, left the audience of 500 industry professionals encouraged about the evolving realities of reform and inspired to continue the conversation about new ideas for successful implementation. Those members who were unable to make the trip to the ANC this year can now view the presentation online at is external).Examining the Affordable Care ActThe presentation kicked off with a look at the Affordable Care Act and what it means for patients, the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, and the nation as a whole. Both former physicians agreed that while the bill addresses only one piece of the health care puzzle’expanding access’and will likely be stripped of its individual mandate portion by the Supreme Court, it is significant in setting some ground rules from which a national dialogue and greater reform can emerge. “Today is different,” remarked Sen. Frist. “There is some element of certainty out thereâ ¦and with that certainty, smartly we can get togetherâ ¦and make a big difference.”Pushing reform forward across the USThey also agreed that much of the reform will come at the state and private sector levels and that it will need to address the untenable costs of health care, while also improving or maintaining quality’a tall order indeed.So how do we get there? The former legislators agreed on some points’namely that the current fee-for-service health care model needs to shift toward a model that emphasizes primary care physicians and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), in which all care for a large group of patients is coordinated within one network that gets paid a flat per-patient fee. As expected, however, they disagreed on some of the details.According to Gov. Dean, the main issue is that the current free-market, fee-for-service system doesn’t work in health care because it encourages doctors to do more to get paid more, resulting in unnecessary procedures and soaring costs. The former Vermont governor noted that even in a capitated care system, a push for profits is in direct opposition to the needs of patients. “HMOs are a really good idea,” Gov. Dean said by way of example. “But when HMOs go public and are traded on Wall Street, you then set up this enormousâ ¦conflict where the fiduciary responsibility to the shareholders is on one side and the moral responsibility to the patient is on the other.”To this end, Gov. Dean advocated placing non-profit hospitals at the core of ACOs and encouraging these systems to invest more heavily in less expensive and more effective disease prevention rather than high-cost, technology-intensive care of advanced disease. The former governor also supported the establishment of state health insurance exchanges to add greater transparency in the purchase of health insurance and impose limits “so you can’t buy junk.”Conversely, Sen. Frist argued that profit in health care is a positive, but agreed that greater transparency and a move toward value-based savings are key. He called for ACOs with a shared-savings cost model, which rewards health care systems or providers with a portion of the savings attained by reducing total patient costs. The former Tennessee senator also advocated for greater information and connectivity through such technology as online ratings for doctors and hospitals that would allow consumers of health care to make more informed choices.What reform means for pharmaceutical marketingGov. Dean also brought the issues closer to home for the audience of pharmaceutical marketing researchers. Touching on the fact that ‘big pharma’ has often been an ideal target of blame in the conversation about soaring medical costs, he noted that medication cost needs to be brought into perspective against the cost of other health care services. From his view, pharmaceuticals have saved us “an enormous amount of money,” rather than driving up costs as many people believe. Gov. Dean noted that a patient suffering a major heart attack who, 30 years ago, would have been in the hospital for 10-14 days can now be out in 3-4 days because of medicine. “If you think it’s expensive to take some of these cardiac drugsâ ¦yeah, they’re expensive, but they’re a whole lot cheaper than $3,000 a day for a coronary care bed.”Gov. Dean pushed for greater advocacy for the biopharmaceutical industry, both from legislators and patients. “We can’t lose the biotech industryâ ¦but it’s happening,” he stated, citing a combination of factors, including the move toward offshore clinical trials and licensing as well as an increasingly risk-averse FDA and insufficient patent protection. Gov. Dean called for a greater debate about risk-benefit analysis with the FDA, spurred by patients who understand that when it comes to pharmaceuticals to treat serious disease, “without risk, they die” as well as patent extension to protect U.S. companies in order to spur greater innovation.In an open question-and-answer session following the presentation, the speakers addressed a wide range of concerns from the impact of reform on physicians to the need for greater transparency in pricing, and the disparity between prescription drug prices in the U.S. compared to the rest of the world.The presentation was followed by a full day of sessions taking a deeper dive into the intricacies of the PPAC Act, the future of the pharmaceutical marketing research industry, and the implementation of programs and technologies, such as electronic medical records, that can help to move the industry closer to the seemingly elusive goal of cost savings and increased quality.About PMRGAs the leading health care marketing research professional association, PMRG serves U.S. and global client researchers and service providers representing pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical/surgical device and diagnostics. Since 1961, the association has been advancing the principles, practice and power of health care marketing research by creating a community that supports individual professional development and acts as an advocate for the profession as a whole.SOURCE Pharmaceutical Marketing Research Group (PMRG) MINNEOLA, Fla., April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

Haiti tame Lady Jags 3-0 in CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship quarter-finals

first_imgGUYANA’S exceptional run in this year’s CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship came to an end yesterday in the quarter-finals, when they went down 3-0 to Haiti in the Dominican Republic.It was Guyana’s second defeat at the tournament, following their 3-0 loss to Mexico in the competition’s group stage.Haiti encountered the contest of the tournament’s most prolific goal-scoring teaming, finding the net 34 times in four outings. Along with the USA, they are the only team to not concede a goal.Melchie Dumoornay netted a hat-trick (15th, 54th, 60th) for the women from the French-speaking province of the dual-country Island, who would move on to play the winners of the clash between Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico in the semi-finals.For Guyana, they would leave the tournament, which also serves as a qualifier for the 2020 FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup, with their heads held high, especially after becoming the first Youth team from Guyana to reach the knockout stage of any major tournament on the international scene.last_img read more

Pictures of Moville arson suspect released in garda probe

first_imgGardaí have released CCTV images of a suspect male following the arson attack at Caiseal Mara Hotel in November last year.The investigation continues into the attack on the hotel which was due to house up to 100 asylum seekers.A fire was started deliberately at Caiseal Mara at approx 4.50am on Sunday 25th November. The owner of the hotel was injured in the incident. CCTV captured one male suspect who used bottles of accelerant to set the hotel alight causing severe fire damage.CCTV footage from an Arson incident that occurred at “Caiseal Mara” Hotel, on Foyle Street on Sunday 25th November 2018 at approximately 4.50am.CCTV footage from an Arson incident that occurred at “Caiseal Mara” Hotel, on Foyle Street on Sunday 25th November 2018 at approximately 4.50am.Gardaí are renewing their appeal to anyone with information in relation to this arson incident to come forward.The public is being asked to examine the CCTV images in an effort to identify the suspect.If you have any information, please contact the incident room at Buncrana Garda Station on 074 93 20540, use the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.   Pictures of Moville arson suspect released in garda probe was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:arsonCaiseal MaraCCTVmovillelast_img read more

Dublin homeless charities amazed by delivery from Donegal

first_imgDublin-based homeless charities received a much-welcomed delivery this week thanks to kind-hearted Donegal donators.Almost 600 backpacks were sent to Dublin this week following a ‘School Bags for the Homeless’ appeal which inspired hundreds of people around Donegal to pack worthwhile gifts for strangers in need.The idea began with Annagry woman Linda Ní Ghallchóir, who wanted to make a difference for people living on the streets. Linda started a school bag appeal – where people could fill bags with essential items to help people who are living rough or in emergency accommodation.The project, which was shared widely online, spurred people to make an effort to do #OneActOfKindness and team up for large-scale charity collections.The result was 581 schoolbags plus many other vital items being packed and sent to Dublin as the cold winter nights set in. €300 was also raised for the delivery costs.“Donegal be proud we will always be ready to give a helping hand to those who need it!,” said the collection team on Facebook. Two vans were driven to the capital this week to bring the donations to the volunteers at ‘Homeless Mobile Run’, who work directly with the homeless via soup kitchens in Dublin. Bags were distributed to the Inner City Helping Homeless and Feed Our Homeless charities.“We can’t believe their generosity,” said a spokesperson for Inner City Helping Homeless.Inner City Helping Homeless with the Donegal to Dublin Schoolbags for the Homeless. photo: Inner City Helping HomelessInner City Helping Homeless with the Donegal to Dublin Schoolbags for the Homeless. photo: Inner City Helping Homeless  Dublin homeless charities amazed by delivery from Donegal was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Video Tutorial: Paint Drips in After Effects

first_imgWant to create a graffiti or wet paint look in your video projects? Using the Trapcode Particular plugin you can create this effect in After Effects.  The following video tutorial shows you how.Red Giant Software’s Trapcode Particular is a powerful visual effects toolset that can be used to create complex lighting and particle motion design, but it can also be utilized for more simple visual effects.  The following video tutorial by Red Giant’s own Harry Frank shows how he uses particular to mimic the look of wet paint in After Effects, a cool effect for giving your video projects a graffiti look.Follow the video tutorial through the steps of creating your own custom graffiti effect in AE or head over to the Red Giant site to grab the free project file.Creating realisitic paint drips in After Effects takes a bit of skill and more steps than you might imagine, so this isn’t a tutorial for the AE beginner.  Some AE experience is suggested.Note: Trapcode Particular is a third party After Effects plugin and can be purchased on the Red Giant site.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement DIRECTOR’S BIO:  Camille Thoman is a Canadian/American writer/director. Camille wrote and directed the 2017 thriller Never Here starring Mireille Enos, Sam Shepard, Vincent Piazza, Goran Visnjic, Nina Arianda and Desmin Borges. Never Here is a genre-blend between a classic Hitchcockian suspense mystery (Whodunnit?) and a harrowing journey into disintegration of self (Who Am I?). Facebook Login/Register With: WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR FILM?I would say my biggest influence was the work of novelist Paul Auster. Primarily, The New York Trilogy, but other works as well. When I first read the NY trilogy at the age of 20 or so, I felt like the novelist had reached from the pages of the novel and squeezed my heart. He was able to create detective fiction— intrigue! enthralling suspense!— and then connect out from the pages of the book in 3D and reference me sitting there reading it. It was a shocking moment, to be funneled into a “detective fiction” set up, and then realize that the author is talking about much more than just his plot. I thought: this is something I want to do in cinema. I want to entertain and titillate, but also ask questions of the viewer, reference theme sitting in their chairs, not just allow them to be subsumed by the narrative.WHAT WERE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED DURING THE FILM?Never Here was a hard film to get financed. It took me and a very hardworking team of producers & EPs years– as well as many iterations of cast & budget– until we finally were greenlit. Never Here blends genres, has a complicated female protagonist who may or may not be traditionally likeable, and was directed by a first time feature film filmmaker. It took a lot of dedication and support from a lot of people to put Never Here in the world!WHAT APPEAL DO YOU THINK YOUR FILM WILL HAVE FOR AUDIENCESI love a good, old fashioned thriller. Never Here is a genre-blend between a classic Hitchcockian suspense thriller (Whodunnit?) and a journey into the disintegration of a person’s identity (Who Am I?). Its a film that titallates in the way that all good thrillers must. By bringing in themes of identity, Never Here is also a film that asks an audience to think, question and be active participants.WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CREATOR?I’ve been directing plays and “movies” since I can remember. First, with my friends. When my friends got too old, with my little sister and her friends. Directing and performing are always what I loved, its how I was born. There was never much question I would do anything else.WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?I’m making a horror film! A film set in Northern Canada, about a family who begins to believe it is haunted by a demon…It Follows meets Wind River. Also working on a noir set in China.WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING FILMMAKERS?If you have a great idea, and the drive to manifest the idea, you can do anything. Also, get good at team playing, you need to teamplay a lot in film!WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 FAVOURITE FILMS OF ALL TIME?Don’t Look Now; Late August, Early September (A French film by Olivier Assayas); The Shining are the first three that come to mind…IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FILM IN THREE WORDS … WHAT WOULD THEY BE?Eerie, visceral, disquieting.IF YOU COULD RESHOOT ANY FILM MADE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE IT?Well, I haven’t seen The Snowman, but when I read the book I responded viscerally to the images and was dying to get my hands on it! I was sad when someone else got there first!WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS? (AND WHY)The first people that come to mind are my EPs Zachary Quinto and Neal Dodson from Before The Door Pictures (producers of Margin Call and A Most Violent Year). When (EP Greg Ainsworth and I) met them in 2011, they decided they liked the script and would be our “godfathers”. Meaning, they would give us access to talent and potential financing. They (along with Corey Moosa who became a full producer on the movie) sheparded the film, and stuck with it for 8 years, and were consistent streams of encouragement, support, work. Pretty Amazing. I feel all of my producers and EPs were mentors. They were all early believers in the movie, believers in me, a first time filmmaker. They stuck by the movie for years through thick and thin, put either money/time/care into the movie. That’s mentorship! Lastly, my mother is an important mentor for me. She has been very encouraging and supportive of me taking this path. Since its not the easiest of paths, having someone close to me who believed in my work has meant a lot.WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SHOWTIMES:– NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 3:00 PM – RAINBOW THEATRE– DECEMBER 2, 2017, 1:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7GET YOUR TICKETS AT: Disturbing events lead an artist who photographs strangers to suspect that someone out there is watching HER. Boundaries blur between real and imaginary, crime and art, the watcher and the watched.CASTING AND CREDITS:Executive Producers: Greg Ainsworth, Alvin Chau, Luke Daniels, Neal Dodson, Erika Hampson, Brandon K. Hogan, Subi Liang, Dan Milne, Ho-Cheung Pang, Alan Pao, Zachary Quinto, Wenke Sterns, Alex Tong, Wonderbar ProductionsProducers: Julian Cautherley, Radium Cheung, Bronwyn Cornelius, Corey Moosa, Camille Thoman, Before The Door PicturesCast: Mireille Enos, Sam Shepard, Goran VisnjicCinematographer: Sebastian WinterøEditing: Robin Hill, Camille ThomanScreenplay: Camille Thoman Mireille Enos Sam Shepard Vincent Piazza Nina Arianda Goran Visnjic Mireille Enos Never Here – Theatrical Poster GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL TODAY Twittercenter_img Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Camille’s award-winning documentary The Longest Game will premiere on PBS in Spring 2018. The Longest Game follows a group of zestful octogenarians who meet every day at 1p.m. for a game of “paddle tennis”. This daily game has been going on for 25 years. The Longest Game explores cycles of life, and the relentless forces of time & change. In 2006, Camille directed the short film Falling Objects, starring Mireille Enos, Timothy Hutton, Melissa Leo and Kevin Rahm, also a film about cycles of change. Camille’s solo performance pieces have toured the UK and been performed by her in London at The Young Vic and the Battersea Arts Center. She is a graduate of the University of Bristol, U.K.last_img read more