first_imgNaomh Brid GAA Club and the Sandhouse Hotel Solo Challenge raised an astonishing €12,310.00 for the Donegal Hospice, the club announced today.From the initial meeting with the title sponsor Paul Diver of the Sandhouse Hotel, to their discussions with the other sponsors: Abrakebabra Letterkenny, DMG Motors, TG Tunnelling, 3D Personnel, Dew Drop Inn Laghey, Cllr. Sean Mc Eniff and E&J Oil Services Ltd, everyone was more than willing to come on board in support of the club and Donegal Hospice. Also it was great that throughout the challenge that we were able to raise awareness of the “Opt for Life” movement being spearheaded by Joe Brolly. During the weekend of the challenge itself bucket collections were carried out by 63 club volunteers in 11 towns and villages along the route to Clones. Naomh Brid GAA Club and the Sandhouse Hotel Solo Challenge are very happy to announce that in total €12,310.00 was raised for Donegal Hospice.“We would like to thank those who helped or contributed in making this a reality,” said Michael Quinn from the club. SOLO CHALLENGERS HAND OVER MASSIVE €12K CHEQUE TO DONEGAL HOSPICE was last modified: August 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:SOLO CHALLENGERS HAND OVER MASSIVE €12K CHEQUE TO DONEGAL HOSPICElast_img read more

How Etsy is Using Node.js

first_img“If Engineering at Etsy has a religion, it’s the Church of Graphs,” Ian Malpass writes on the Etsy Code as Craft blog. And how is Etsy fulfilling its religious obligations? With a Node.js daemon called StatsD, which the company has made available on GitHub. StatsD listens for messages on a UDP port, conducts its counting or timing, and then sends the info off to graphite for graphing.It’s based on a Perl daemon of the same name created by Cal Henderson for Flickr.Malpass ellaborates:We like graphite for a number of reasons: it’s very easy to use, and has very powerful graphing and data manipulation capabilities. We can combine data from StatsD with data from our other metrics-gathering systems. Most importantly for StatsD, you can create new metrics in graphite just by sending it data for that metric. That means there’s no management overhead for engineers to start tracking something new: simply tell StatsD you want to track “grue.dinners” and it’ll automagically appear in graphite. (By the way, because we flush data to graphite every 10 seconds, our StatsD metrics are near-realtime.) How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts Tags:#hack#Tools 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid klint finley Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

Building Communication Through Interactive Storybook Reading

first_imgBy Juliann Woods, PhD, SLP-CCC & Mollie Romano, PhD, SLP-CCCImage from, CC0In this blog Dr. Juliann Woods and Dr. Mollie Romano discuss shared book reading and a few tips and strategies.  In the final 2018 FDEI webinar on Nov. 29 Drs. Woods and Romano will expand on this topic and discuss other strategies to support language development, social communication, and early literacy skills.  Additionally our presenters will address aspects of the coaching model they had hoped to share previously.  Join us on Nov. 29, 2018 at 11 a.m. EST.  To learn more, click here.Interactive Storybook ReadingMany of us take reading for granted.  We don’t think about it; we just do it.  In actuality, being able to read is a really big deal.  It’s often said, we learn to read and then we read to learn. Reading opens a world of knowledge and experiences to us.  We also read for fun and to solve problems, gain perspective, energize or improve ourselves, and develop new ideas and innovations.  As we get older reading helps to keep our brains active and slow down the aging process. What and how we read changes over the lifespan as do the tools we use to support our habit.  Whether we use board books, photo albums, magazines, or a tablet, reading is a wonderful social communication and language learning activity that can be interactive or done independently.Interactive book reading is particularly important for young learners. It is a shared experience, often called “lap reading,” for toddlers and continues into the preschool years.  Reading together is about more than just the book and the words on the page.  Reading together is about:Interaction between the reader and the childTime together with shared attention to a book or story of interestWords, sounds, and facial expressions in a turn taking exchangeThe reader’s voice, facial expressions, hugs and touches while reading or telling the storyBuilding social-emotional connectionsLearning turn taking skills and the talk-and-pause pattern essential to conversationsGestures, such as clapping, pointing, and turning pages to signal “more”Supporting listening, imitating sounds, phonological awareness, and remembering what comes nextOpportunities to learn new vocabulary, labels and action words as well as concepts such as numbers and colors, and emotionsInteractive story book reading is a powerful communication tool.  Hearing words helps to build a rich network of vocabulary in a baby’s brain. Children whose parents frequently talk or read to them know more words by age 2 than children who have not had those same experiences. Children who are read to during their early years also are more likely to learn to read and enjoy it.Getting StartedThe importance of reading to children of all ages is well known.  However, it can be easy to overlook the ways in which families and early care providers may need help in getting started in meaningful book sharing interactions with young children. Following are some tips and information to share with caregivers:Young babies may not know what the pictures in a book mean, but they can focus on them, especially faces, bright colors, and contrasting patterns. Holding a little one while reading and rocking promotes an important social attachment, and babies love the repetition that comes with multiple readings of a book. Caregivers can read or sing lullabies and nursery rhymes to entertain and soothe their infant.Between 4 and 6 months, a baby may begin to show more interest in books. He or she will grab and hold books, but will mouth, chew, and drop them as well. Choose sturdy vinyl or cloth books with bright colors and repetitive or rhyming text. This a great time to make a small, inexpensive, and durable family photo book with family and pet pictures to stay connected to family members near and far.Between 6 and 12 months, the child begins to understand that pictures represent objects, and most likely will develop preferences for certain pictures, pages, or even entire stories. A baby at this age will definitely have favorite books they want read over and over. Repetition is good!  Babies respond best when they are familiar with a story and can actively participate.As children develop more words (around 18 months), they are interested in actions and how words combine for people and animals to do things. They love to imitate the characters in the stories and mimic what they say and do.  Books do not have to be long and caregivers can even paraphrase the text – or not read it at all.  The pictures and your ideas are more important to young children.By age two, children are interested in simple storylines and sequences. They can follow and anticipate what comes first, next, and at the end.  They also are interested in emotions and stories which can be a great way to help them learn self-regulation, how to transition between activities, and how to understand fears or new situations.At three years of age, when sentences are increasing in length and growing more complex, the child can become the storyteller! Turn the book over to the child and listen with encouragement to the story shared so many times before! Storybook reading is also a great time to engage in sound play and practice. The wolf who “huffs and puffs” provides fun words to work on with easy sounds to produce (H & P) and final sounds (F) in words.Stories can follow the children’s interests as they grow and range widely from holiday books to family favorites, to TV and movie themes. The preschool years are also a great time to begin going to the library and checking out a variety of books to read.  Many children and families begin to use screens, either on a smart phone or tablet, for story book reading.  The key here is to keep them interactive.  Read together, share information, stay connected, engage in conversations, and enjoy each other through the book.When and How to ReadTry to read every day. Make books available for children in the toy box, diaper bag, even in the car.Read aloud for a few minutes at a time, and do it often.Don’t worry about finishing entire books — focus on pages that are enjoyable to both the caregiver and the baby.Establish a routine. Let the child choose the book, hand it to their caregiver, and climb into their lap. Help them hold the book and learn to turn the pages.Cuddle while reading. Help the child feel safe, warm, and connected to their caregiver and the story.Read with expression, by altering the tone of voice (higher or lower where it’s appropriate) or using different voices for different characters.Stop once in a while and let the child take the lead. Ask a question (“Where’s the kitty? There he is! What a cute black kitty.”). The child might not be able to respond yet, but this lays the groundwork for doing so later on.Ask a few open-ended questions that can engage the child in sharing the story (i.e., What’s your favorite kind of ice cream? What do you think will happen next?). Adjust the questions to the child’s language level but encourage creative responses and prediction.Finally, don’t forget to have fun!  Book reading with children should be a fun and enjoyable experience.  In the video below you can see just how much fun this grandma had while reading The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith.The Family Development Early Intervention team has developed a list of children’s books and supporting materials that may be useful in your practice.  You can learn more here.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, onTwitter, and YouTube.last_img read more

Mitsubishi Heavy to Restructure Its Shipbuilding Business

first_imgzoom Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is considering to restructure its shipbuilding activities and enter local partnerships due to a low demand for new ships, Bloomberg reports. The decision about the restructuring is likely to be announced in July, Bloomberg cited Eiji Matsubara, MHI’s spokesperson, as saying.In October 2016, MHI revealed plans to cut production of large passenger ships amid financial losses accrued from the construction of Aida Cruises two ships, AIDAprima and AIDAperla.What is more, MHI’s move is said to be triggered also by a plunge of 80 percent in new shipbuilding orders recorded last year as ship owners refrained from ordering amid tonnage oversupply.MHI also unveiled plans in late-August 2016 to launch discussions toward forming new alliances with three compatriot shipbuilders – Imabari Shipbuilding, Oshima Shipbuilding and Namura Shipbuilding.With this move, MHI said it would integrate strengths in shipbuilding technology and engineering with the three partners’ manufacturing capabilities and cost competitiveness, boosting ship development capabilities, enhancing negotiation response, and enabling further cost reductions.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Erosion at Site C Dam said to be stable

first_imgConway goes on to share, localized erosion is typical during excavation activities of that size and nature, and it’s something they have been monitoring since the start of construction.With work continuing on the drainage channels that will manage future water runoff on the north bank slope. Conway said, “We anticipate this work will be completed in the coming months.”Photo by Laila Yuile FB photo FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Recent images posted to FB show surface erosion and a crack line down the north bank.Photo by Laila Yuile FB ImageDavid Conway, Community Relations Manager of the Site C Project shares with the recent rain in the region some surface erosion has occurred on the north bank of the dam site. There are no stability or safety concerns as a result of this surface erosion.last_img read more

Drew Brees Deserves Credit For The Saints Running Game Too

Excludes plays that are obvious passing or rushing situations: when a team is down by at least two scores, is in a short-yardage situation, is at the goal line or is showing three or more WRs; or when the game is in the final six minutes.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Tennessee3.931.0239 Indianapolis3.620.02727 Cleveland4.123.21022 New Orleans5.121.5%125 San Francisco4.127.31316 LA Rams4.522.6324 Atlanta4.217.3732 New England4.427.7515 Carolina3.642.0282 Denver4.021.21826 Arizona3.444.0301 NY Giants4.033.9168 TeamYards/Rush8+ Box RateYards/Rush8+ Box Oakland4.137.5113 Philadelphia4.534.547 Detroit3.318.03131 Chicago4.119.51429 Washington3.627.92614 Minnesota4.028.31912 NY Jets4.030.52010 Kansas City4.722.9223 Dallas4.336.665 Pittsburgh4.037.2174 LA Chargers3.924.12221 RANK Teams don’t crowd the line to stop New OrleansNFL teams by rushing yards from running backs in 2017, with how often each offense faced at least eight defenders in the box Cincinnati3.719.62528 Tampa Bay3.525.22918 Jacksonville4.236.296 Buffalo4.028.92111 Seattle3.318.23230 Miami4.128.01513 Baltimore4.227.0817 Green Bay4.124.61220 Houston3.824.82419 After more than a decade of tearing teams to shreds through the air, the New Orleans Saints made a stunning change this season to their offense: They grounded their arsenal. The 2017 Saints are the most dominant rushing team in football, comfortably leading the league in yards gained by running backs. So the obvious solution for the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s wild-card game is to stack the box with too many defenders for the Saints offensive line to block.But this won’t happen. And here’s what makes the New Orleans offense something that previously existed only in a defensive coordinator’s night terror: Drew Brees is still one of the NFL’s most effective passers, even when he’s leading the game’s best rushing attack. To put it another way, the Saints are winning because of their running game, and the Saints running game is winning because of Brees.Despite racking up more than 2,000 rushing yards by mostly Mark Ingram (1,124) and Alvin Kamara (728), the running backs and the team’s offensive line rarely had to account for eight or more defenders near the line of scrimmage. Saints’ opponents have been unwilling to commit to stopping the run — which is what you generally do against great running teams. To measure this fairly across the league, we first need to get rid of all the obvious pass or run scenarios based on down and distance or game situation.1We threw out any play where there were more than two wide receivers in the formation or an offense was down two or more scores because this suggests to a defense that a pass is coming. We also dumped all short-yardage plays (1 yard from a first down) and goal-line situations (3 or fewer yards from the end zone). Lastly, we ignored the final six minutes of the game because an offense’s intentions here are frequently obvious — whether it’s to play catch-up (pass) or to kill clock (run). Looking at what’s left, the Saints faced stacked fronts of eight or more defenders on just 37 of their 172 rushing plays, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group — a rate of 21.5 percent that’s 25th in the league. The average for all NFL teams is 28 percent. The Saints weren’t the only team that seemed to be preventing defenses from loading the box, but they had by far the most running success. Like the Saints, the Chiefs and Falcons ranked in the top five in yards per pass, which was enough to keep defenses from committing to stopping the run. While the Rams appear to fit this profile too, they played so many three-plus WR sets that teams simply could not commit that many defenders to the line of scrimmage.Playing against conventional fronts even when employing run-friendly personnel (no more than two WRs) is the key to the Saints’ success in generating yards before contact. Their running backs led the NFL in 2.85 yards on average before encountering a defender. Yes, a lot of this is good vision by the backs and effective offensive line blocking. But the fact that there weren’t often too many defenders at the line of scrimmage was Kamara and Ingram’s secret weapon.On paper, Brees’s role in the offense seems more minimized than ever: 23 touchdown passes after nine straight years of 30 or more, just 536 pass attempts after averaging 656 the prior seven seasons, and a Saints career low of 4,334 yards. But this isn’t 2015 Peyton Manning clearly wheezing to the finish line and needing the team to dominate in other areas in order to win. Brees, 38, led the NFL this year in yards per pass attempt, and his 103.9 passer rating was his best since 2013.Look no further than the Saints’ opponent on Sunday for an example of a team that has to deal with stacked fronts because defenses don’t fear the passing game. Carolina running backs had to face at least eight defenders in the box on 42 percent of the rushing plays in our sample, the second-highest rate in the league. And why not? Cam Newton ranks 21st in passing yards per attempt and 24th in passer rating, and he’s more a threat when he’s running himself.But even Ben Roethlisberger’s Steelers (37.2 percent) and Tom Brady’s Patriots (27.7 percent) were forced to send running backs into defenses with extra run-stoppers at the line of scrimmage far more often than the Saints. Maybe defenses have been slow to adjust to the Saints’ new offensive model, but Brees’s presence helping the running game find room is no recent phenomenon. Since 2010, the Saints’ average of 4.5 yards per rush by their running backs is the third-best rate in football.The even worse news for Carolina on Sunday is that perhaps no team has been more flustered by the multidimensional Saints than these Panthers. In their two prior meetings, both Saints wins, Carolina allowed 149 and 148 rushing yards. Those are the two worst performances by the Panthers’ run defense all year. And it’s not like they’re stopping Brees either: The future Hall of Famer posted a 117.8 passer rating with four TD passes in those two contests. The Panthers seem to have been caught in between the new Saints and the old-model Saints — and able to stop neither.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Ohio State womens track dashes to 2nd consecutive Big Ten championship

The Ohio State women’s track and field team won their conference championship for the second year in a row on Sunday, successfully defending their title at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The championships were held in Madison, Wis., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. OSU was victorious on the women’s side, scoring 117 points. On the men’s side, the Wisconsin Badgers were winners on their home track, with OSU finishing 35 points back in fourth place. The OSU women stood in sixth place following two days of competition, but they made a Sunday surge to come back to win the meet with a seven-point advantage. Nebraska and Illinois tied for second place with 110 points each. Coach Karen Dennis told The Lantern the slow start in scoring points did not concern her because of how many OSU women qualified for the finals in their events on Saturday. “We’ve been there before,” Dennis said. “We qualified 14 people, and that’s what made the difference.” Dennis said she felt the experienced team members led the way with their performances. “The keys were the seniors,” Dennis said. “They brought us here, they stepped up and deserved to take the trophy home.” OSU’s contingent of 100-meter dash runners played a major role in the victory. The Buckeyes took four of the top five places in that event, with senior Christina Manning winning in 11.49 seconds. Senior Madison McNary finished second (11.71), junior Christienne Linton (11.72) was third and sophomore Chesna Sykes came in fifth (11.80). Manning, McNary, Linton and Sykes also teamed up to win the 4×100-meter relay, setting a school and meet record with a time of 43.70. Manning also won the 100-meter hurdles (12.71) and finished second in the 200-meter dash (23.30 seconds). Junior Alexis Thomas was also an individual winner in the hammer throw. She set Big Ten meet and OSU school records in the event with a winning throw of 64.62 meters. Thomas told The Lantern she felt fortunate that her performance helped lead her team to a championship. “It’s amazing (to win the Big Ten championship),” Thomas said. “It’s a great feeling.” OSU men’s track and field was unable to match the success of its female counterparts. They finished the meet with 86 points. Wisconsin led the way with 121 points, while Nebraska (115.5 points) edged Indiana (115) for second place. Men’s interim coach Ed Beathea did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. The Buckeye men only had one individual event winner. That was senior Michael Hartfield, who won the individual Big Ten title in the long jump for the second consecutive year with a jump of 7.96 meters. Hartfield said in a press release that winning his event was “a blessing”. “It feels good especially after getting your behind kicked all year,” Hartfield said. “To come back at Big Tens and really make a statement, you know it feels good.” Redshirt junior distance runner Cory Leslie was a double runner-up. He finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase; he surpassed the previous meet record with a time of 8:32.48 but finished second to Michigan’s Craig Forys. He also finished second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:42.03. The OSU track and field teams will compete next at the NCAA East Prelims, which will be held in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 24-26. read more

Ancelotti pays tribute to John Terry

first_imgNapoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti has described it an honour to have worked with John Terry in his latest tribute to the former England player following his retirement.Carlo Ancelotti had a successful stint at Chelsea, winning the Premier League and FA Cup in the 2009-10 season before being sacked the following summer after a trophyless campaign.Last night his skipper for those occasions, who made over 700 appearances for the Blues, announced his retirement and Ancelotti paid tribute on his Instagram page.“An honour to have had you as captain,” the Napoli manager wrote.“Wishing you much success in your future endeavours.”John Terry has been tipped to nail a managerial role in the next few months to come in the bid to replicate his success story.And most Chelsea fans will be hoping he gets the chance to manage his beloved club.last_img read more

Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – Repeated instances of sabotage to the fire trucks at the South Caicos airport have hindered operations and on Friday the TCIAA clarified that these senseless acts did not cause the airport to be completely closed. InterCaribbean Airways had found that request to have the larger, 30-seater aircraft fly into the South Caicos airport recently for a funeral could not be accommodated because the fire service was not up to Civil Aviation standard.One truck was down; ICA usually flies a 9-seater into South. Magnetic Media spoke to Trevor Sadler, GM of InterCaribbean Airways on Friday (Mar 4) he said the TCIAA should do a better job of security the property which includes the fire trucks, the airport site where there is construction underway and the runway. The inability to accommodate that InterCaribbean Airways bigger plane into South Caicos created a dismal situation for family and friends. “We were entirely disappointed with the Airports Authority not securing the highly valuable equipment; especially since it is so important to the people of South Caicos.” The Airports Authority said they are shocked by the vandalism; and have now beefed up security at the property. Sadler agrees that it is about time security was enhanced, especially since there have been repeated strikes on the trucks. Recommended for you Related Items:Intercaribbean Airways, sabotage, south caicos airport, Tciaa Airports Authority reveals sabotage at South Caicos Airport Turks and Caicos airline, ICA, now flies to Havana Former Premier says PNP left plan for Salt Cay airport, but there is no evidence of the claimlast_img read more

Latrvia Grant Award Created at Brighton University to Honour Late Past Student

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurkss and Caicos, June 12, 2017 – Providenciales – Latrivia Grant, Former Turks and Caicos Islands student of Brighton University has been honoured with a prestigious award, in her name, at the University.The late daughter of Tracey Ewing-Hurddle and Albert Grant Jr. was a student of Event Planning and Hospitality studies at Brighton.The Student Union created the Latrivia Grant Award, which is aimed at commemorating the hard work and commitment Latrivia executed to the union and fellow students, and the charisma she radiated. The awardee of the Latrivia Grant Award must reflect a similar level of dedication, diligence and conscientiousness that Latrivia put at the heart of everything she did. This year’s award ceremony was held earlier this week.Latrivia passed away at 22 years of age on December 23, 2016.#magneticmedianews#latriviagrantaward Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#latriviagrantaward, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more