Leicester suffer fifth straight loss

first_img TEAM EFFORT Olsson’s goal came from more of a team move, with Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson combining to send the Sweden international through down the left. He closed in on Schmeichel and buried a low shot inside the goalkeeper’s near post. Watched by its Thai owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabh, Leicester dominated the second half but couldn’t end its goal drought as substitute Slimani was denied by Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, and Jamie Vardy blazed high and wide from the edge of the area. “It’s hard to put it into words,” Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater said. “We need to get out of this, we need to keep on fighting. “We haven’t changed much. It seems that we’re not having the rub of the green or something, but we believe in ourselves as a bunch of lads.” Swansea moved above Leicester and four points clear of the bottom three. SWANSEA, Wales (AP): Leicester’s title defence in the Premier League sunk to a new low yesterday when the slumping champions lost 2-0 to Swansea for a fifth straight defeat. Two first-half goals by defenders did the damage for Swansea, with centre back Alfie Mawson volleying home in the 36th minute and left back Martin Olsson adding a second with a low drive in stoppage time. Leicester dropped to 17th place in the 20-team league, one place and one point above the relegation zone. Just nine months ago, the unfashionable club from central England enchanted the sporting world by becoming the most unlikely champion at preseason odds of 5,000-1. Leicester is still to score a league goal in 2017 – it’s more than 10 hours of play since Islam Slimani’s winner against West Ham on December 31 – and the defence can’t keep them out at the other end. “It’s the same. It’s unbelievable,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “We have two problems; we concede goals and don’t score. We have to stick together and find a solution. It’s not possible to continue this way.” Both of Swansea’s goals were excellently taken. Mawson executed his like a striker, meeting a header back across the area by fellow centre back Federico Fernandez with a sweet first-time strike from 10 metres that flew past Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. It was Mawson’s third goal in his last six games.last_img read more

iPhone 4: Pros & Cons After a Weekend of Tinkering

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#web A lot of speculation was dished out leading up to the launch of the latest iteration of the iPhone, and plenty more has followed since it has started landing in the hands of early adopters. I was one of the lucky few that managed to secure a pre-ordered phone, but wasn’t able to get it shipped to my home. Instead, I woke up and the crack of dawn and stood in line for several hours to get my iPhone 4 – meeting several great people during the process. Since having time to play and experiment over the weekend, I’ve been surprised by several things – good and bad, big and small – about the phone and the new OS.The Good: High Resolution Screen & 5 Megapixel CameraThe absolute best thing about the phone, and the single-most influential reason for which I bought it, is the high-resolution screen. Upon turning on the phone for the first time and looking at the icons and text of the home screen, the quadrupling of pixels is immediately noticeable. Videos, photos, apps, and text all look absolutely amazing on this screen and I am very excited to see more devices, like the iPad, include the technology. The second best feature, in my opinion, are the major improvements made to the phone’s outward-facing camera. The camera takes surprisingly great shots in poorly-lit conditions, and the flash works great as well at capturing crisp images with a short exposure. The camera also takes great close-up photos, and can focus on objects roughly three inches away. With the excellent assortment of apps to edit photos, some great shots are sure to come from the device, like the one on the right of my TV remote.The Bad: Battery Life & The AntennaThere are several bad things about the phone as well, and its hard to pick which is the worst. The first big negative I noticed, and was surprised by, is the battery life. Other media outlets with pre-release devices reported using the phone for over 30 hours with normal everyday use, but personally I have not seen this myself. I have found the battery life to be equal to, if not a little worse, than that of its predecessor, the iPhone 3GS. The other issue that falls in the bad category is the antenna and the problems caused by holding the phone. From my own tests, I can submit that, yes, holding the phone in the most normal of fashions is likely to have some effect on signal. While holding my phone, I steadily watched the bars tick down from 5 to 1, and at times to an entire loss of signal. To make sure this was an accurate representation of the signal, I tried sending a text message, which hung on about 90% on its progress bar. Upon releasing my grip and letting the phone rest in my palm, the message sent almost immediately. I have not found myself lacking a strong enough signal to send and receive calls or text messages when holding the phone during normal use, however. The only time holding the phone has been a problem was during my tests when I held it for a prolonged period of time and with more pressure than one would normally apply. The antenna issue does, however, have an influence on the behavior of users. While the antenna problems are not likely to have a direct effect on signal in normal use, it exists enough to make you aware of how you hold the device when you are trying to assure you have enough signal to complete various tasks. I have found myself resting the device in my palm as a form of early troubleshooting if I can’t seem to load a webpage or update my Twitter app. The fact that the problem exists is enough to make users of the device think twice about how they hold device, whether it is the real solution to their signal problems at that time or not.The Meh: FaceTimeI tried FaceTime on a few occasions from various WiFi connections. It seems the most important factor in the quality of video calls is the WiFi connection. Attempting to FaceTime with a friend using public WiFi at a Starbucks was a terrible experience, but it was far better when both of us were on secured private networks in our homes. Even then, however, the call failed once and we had to redial each other. Hopefully this will get better in time, but for now, once the novelty of video calling on a mobile device wears off, FaceTime may not be that exciting.The Huh? Strange Bugs and Quirks The iPhone 4 is buggy. Very buggy. One of the most annoying ones, especially for a user like me who takes a lot of photos, involves the deletion of photos from the camera roll. Almost every time I delete a photo while viewing the camera roll, some error occurs where the photo is replaced by an immovable black box. I have noticed, however, that deleting items while viewing them (by tapping the trash can icon while viewing a photo, for example) does not produce the same problem. It only seems to occur when marking one or more items with the red deletion check mark that it happens. Usually, syncing the device in iTunes will fix the issue, but sometimes that will even make things worse. I have had several photos disappear and deleted videos reappear unplayable in my camera roll, which was only fixed with another iTunes sync. The mail app is also very bug-prone. I noticed some strange things happening with mail back on my 3GS before switching, and now they are better, but still odd. Before, emails would appear and quickly disappear in my inbox, only to be re-downloaded, or sometimes not. Now, the mail app seems intent on peppering my inbox with emails from the distant past (or future depending on how you look at it). An email with no sender, no subject and no content, sent on 12/31/69 has appeared on more than one occasion, though it has been less frequent in the last day or two.The Multitasker’s DilemmaThe other source of bugs comes from apps that do not support or properly implement the phone’s multitasking capabilities. I have had some apps break or become unusable, and the only solution was to delete them from the multitasking menu and “relaunch” them. While this is not really Apple’s fault, it does, however, create a new level of thinking for users when it comes to their apps and troubleshooting. Previously, apps started from scratch whenever you clicked their icons. Now, for better or for worse, some apps resume from their last active state. In the case of messaging apps, this can be useful. In the case of apps like Settings, it can be annoying when you last closed the app after digging several levels deep into various sub-menus. To truly “relaunch” an application, users must now click the home button, then double tap the home button again to launch the multitasking menu, then hold down their finger on an app until it begins to wiggle, and finally click a red minus sign icon to remove it. In most cases this isn’t really necessary, but when an app is not responding correctly, I find myself using this tactic as a crude form of “ctrl+alt+del.” Here’s an example of when this problem occurred.One Hot Phone. No Really, I Mean Hot! When out doing errands, a strange thing happened with my iPhone. I found myself with 5 bars of signal and 3G service but unable to refresh my stream of messages on my Twitter application. It couldn’t be the reception, I had 5 bars, so I clicked the home button and then re-entered the app, but it still didn’t work. That is when I deleted the app from the multitask menu, effectively force quitting it, but another attempt still didn’t work. Then I tried other apps, and I quickly discovered nothing was working. I made sure the phone wasn’t trying to use some random WiFi, so I turned WiFi off. Still nothing. I flipped airplane mode on and off to reset the connection to AT&T, but that still didn’t work. Then I noticed how the phone felt in my hand – it was hot. Very hot. And not just because I was in 100 degree Arizona weather. It still felt hot in my cool air conditioned car.The phone had overheated, and while I could navigate to apps and menus, sending or receiving any data was impossible. I turned the phone off and immediately noticed the temperature of the device drop significantly. I turned it back on and all was back to normal, but as you can see from this example, the complexity added by multitasking changes the way users will approach troubleshooting problems on their device. The entire time I was trying to no avail, the phone was resting in my palm, a testament to the paranoia also caused by the antenna.Final Nitpickingly Annoying ThoughtsI remember when I first heard of the very first iPhone, the biggest thing that excited me was the ability to combine my phone with my iPod. No longer would I have to keep carrying both items, and I would never miss a call while listening to music ever again. Needless to say, I am an avid listener of music. I am disappointed not only in the fact that the newest iPhone didn’t get the standard 64 GB storage bump many had assumed was coming, but also that iOS 4.0 changes some behaviors for the iPod app. Now that double-clicking the home button brings up the multitasking menu, the way controlling music and podcasts works is slightly different. Previously, I used the double-click to launch music controls from wherever I was on the phone. I don’t mind having to the side the multitasking menu to the right to view the controls, but the behavior of the double-click in another situation is causing me grief.When the phone is sleeping and the screen is off, a double-click of the home button always brought up the music controls, whether anything was playing or not. Now, it seems hit or miss on when this function works the way I expect it to. When music is playing, double-clicking usually works to bring up the controls. When nothing is playing, a double-click will only bring up the regular lock screen without controls, unless the iPod app was active when I hit the sleep button. Sometimes. The reason for this strange behavior is elusive, and annoying. So between the great added features and the upsetting disappointments, things are kinda so-so with the new iPhone. I’m still glad I bought it, and the good outweighs most of the bad. But I still find it odd how many bugs and quirks the phone has, and I guess I will have to master the the triple click if I want the music controls to work my way. Other than that, it’s a great device. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… chris cameron 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Building Communication Through Interactive Storybook Reading

first_imgBy Juliann Woods, PhD, SLP-CCC & Mollie Romano, PhD, SLP-CCCImage from Pixabay.com, 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