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first_imgSt Crona’s National School in Dungloe is to gain a new autism unit in time for the new school year this September.The approval of the special needs facility will also create new posts for an additional teacher and two SNAs. A second unit was required at the school due to high demand for places and special education services. Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher, Leas-Cheann Comhairle has welcomed the approval of the unit and commended the staff at St Crona’s. “The school has been carrying out excellent work for the special needs sector for some time now,” Deputy Gallagher said.He added: “Scoil Chróine covers the area from Ardara to Gweedore for special needs education requirement for that district. The unit approved today will be the second such unit within the school. The necessary conversion works will be fully completed by September in order to meet the growing demand on the school’s services at present.“Earlier this year approval was given for further improvement works at the school, for canopy works at the school frontage in order to give the necessary shelter for students attending the school. “It is expected that all these works which are already approved will be completed by summer end. I wish to compliment the school authorities and the school staff for their ongoing work in the school and for the trojan works they do on behalf of the disability sector. “These additional works to be carried out at Scoil Chróine will assist in the delivery of their educational demands and needs of the student in the years ahead,” concluded Pat the Cope.Dungloe school gains approval for second autism unit was last modified: April 4th, 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:dungloescoil chroineSt.Cróna’s National schoollast_img read more


first_img(Visited 62 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Stressed out by politics or work?  Take a walk in the park under the trees.  It’s a proven remedy.Natural scenes have long been known to calm the mind.  Now there’s proof, an article on Medical Xpress says:Writers, outdoor enthusiasts and leaf-peeping tourists have known for centuries that nature has restorative powers that reduce feelings of stress and promote a sense of tranquility.While numerous studies have affirmed nature’s stress-reduction properties, scientists haven’t known the specific amount of exposure needed to induce these calming effects.However, a study led by researchers at the University of Illinois is believed to be the first study to describe a dose-response curve derived from exposure to nature.The researchers found significant reductions in stress as measured both anecdotally and through biomarkers, such as skin conductance and saliva cortisol level.  To induce stress, they made the participants (80 men and 78 women) do what many people fear most: give an impromptu speech to a group on camera.  They were also given math problems to solve before and after the test.  Stress indicators fell as much as 60 percent after watching a 10-minute 3-D video of landscapes with trees.Participants, in other words, didn’t even need to go outside to get the benefit.  And the more trees in the video, the better the stress reduction score.  2% tree cover had little effect, but 90% of participants felt calmer when the tree cover rose to 36%.For some reason, the men showed more stress reduction than the women, although the women reported feeling calmer, too.  Since stress is linked to many physical problems, the researchers feel that city planners need to seriously consider the beneficial role of tree-lined nature walkways and parks in neighborhood design.Trees, with their leafy limbs reaching high into the sky, are God’s gift to the world.  One surely must pity those living in areas deprived of trees, such as blighted inner city neighborhoods.  Does the lack of access to nature contribute to crime?  Perhaps, if stress contributes to bad behavior.  Some live in deserts, where only scrubby plants and cacti can grow.  But if you can plant a tree, it should do good for your health.  At least watch videos of nature and view trees on your computer screen as often as you can.Here are some photos of trees with fall colors to test the benefit on your own mind.  Does it work?  If you are student studying for a test, or a speaker preparing to deliver a speech, maybe a ten-minute walk under the trees would help with your performance.  Try it anytime life’s pressure is getting you down.This study also offers ways to assist shut-ins and hospital patients.  Find some beautiful nature footage or photos to put on a laptop, and bring them some of God’s beautiful creation.  It will be a kindness with real benefit to the body, mind, and soul.  Here’s a suggested DVD for them and for all: King of Creation.  Watch the trailer.  We highly recommend this combination of nature scenes, Scripture and music as a stress reliever and faith builder.last_img read more


first_imgSales is about conversations of value and commitments. You cannot pretend that selling is only about the conversations, just like you can’t pretend that closing would be effective without the value-creating conversations. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now I once wrote Always Be Advancing. I borrowed the term from Neil Rackham’s 1988 hit, SPIN Selling. The idea is exactly right the way Rackham laid it out in the book. Now I am afraid it is exactly wrong, but only because salespeople are softer than ever and more afraid of any conflict. The word closing is stronger than the word advance.The right advice is to always being closing, and any advice to the contrary will prove detrimental to your sales results. You need commitments.If you never close you will never gain the commitment for the first meeting. Asking for the meeting to explore working together is closing.If you never close you will never gain the commitment for the meetings you need to help your client discover their needs. And you’ll never gain the follow through on commitments. You must close for these commitments.If you never close you will never gain access to the stakeholders who influence the buying committee, and you will never gain access to the buying committee members. Without closing for these commitments, you dramatically hurt your chances of moving an opportunity forward or acquiring the business.If you never close you will never gain the commitment to present your ideas or to modify those ideas after you have gotten feedback from your contacts. You’ll also never gain the commitment to resolve their concerns. These outcomes require that you close.In negotiations, you close your client on the value that you create or they close you on a lowered perception of that value. But, know that you are closing.last_img read more


first_imgWorld number two Rafael Nadal has said he is excited to head into a new season but concedes starting afresh, especially after a long injury layoff is “challenging”.Nadal hasn’t played on the tour since September due to knee and abdominal issues. The 32-year-old pulled out of US Open midway during his semi-final bout against Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro. Nadal was trailing 7-6, 6-2 when a knee injury forced him to retire.The 17-time Grand Slam champion was slated for a comeback at the Paris Masters in November but he withdrew with an abdominal injury thereby conceding the top spot on ATP rankings to rival, Novak Djokovic. Nadal was also absent from a star-studded field at ATP Finals last month as he withdrew from the season-ending tournament after failing to recover in time.Nadal underwent knee surgery soon after in order to get himself ready to face the challenges in the new season. Having made an earlier-than-expected recovery, the Spanish great will be playing the first tournament of his new season at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship – an exhibition event for men’s singles stars in Abu Dhabi between December 27 and 29.Nadal will then head to Brisbane for the season-opening ATP 250 tournament after which he will bid for a second Australian Open title at the year’s first Grand Slam.”I am still excited about starting another season. At the age of 32-and-a-half, I never expected when I was 23, 22 to still do what I am. That’s something that I appreciate a lot, and I enjoy that fact,” Nadal told CNN.advertisement”I enjoy the fact that for me, it’s a challenge, always, to be back again after a tough period of time because of injuries. For me, it’s a challenge to start a new season,” he added.”I am making a lot of steps forward since the surgery on the foot. I started practising tennis one week earlier, and in higher intensity than we had thought. It was a little bit of risk that we don’t make it into the beginning of the season, but here we are, practicing more or less hard and we are excited to start the new season.”2018 was an amazing year: NadalNadal also insisted that 2018 has been an “amazing year” despite being troubled by injuries towards the end of the season. The King of Clay reigned supreme on the red dirt, winning his 11th French Open title and three Masters 1000 titles.”In a year that you finish as the world No. 2, you win a grand slam, you win Monte Carlo and Barcelona, Rome and Toronto — so three Masters 1000s — you can’t say it’s not a good year. Obviously, it is a good year,” Nadal added.”With all these issues … to be able to manage to keep winning important things, it has been, not a miracle, but an amazing year in terms of quality of tennis.”Also Read | Asian Games bronze medallist Prajnesh aims for top 50, ability to play five setsAlso Read | Rafael Nadal donates 1.15 million dollars to Mallorca flood victimsAlso Read | Tata Open Maharashtra: Rohan Bopanna-Divij Sharan named top seedlast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid wing-back Hakimi: Best decision to join Borussia Dortmundby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid wing-back Achraf Hakimi says his move to Borussia Dortmund has been the best decision of his career.Hakimi is on-loan at BVB this season.He said, “I grew up in the youth clubs of Real Madrid, with whom I did the whole route up to the first team, but I needed to change, I need to grow as a player, gaining more space and achieving new goals as a starter.”In Dortmund everything is going well, I hope it goes on for a long time.”I am very happy to be here. It was not easy to adapt, but now I find myself at ease.” last_img read more


first_imgJaylon Smith helped off the field by trainers.Jaylon Smith Injury Jaylon Smith InjuryJaylon Smith InjuryFew players had a worse NFL Combine than Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith, through no fault of his own. Smith was failed by multiple teams on his physical due to potential nerve damage stemming from the significant knee injury he suffered against Ohio State, which included a torn ACL and LCL.Smith, once viewed as a potential top 10 draft pick, will probably fall out of the first round altogether, but he’s doing whatever he can to prove that he is healing up. In an interview with Yahoo Sports, he revealed that he is currently leg pressing over 600 pounds, and squatting over 400.Can Smith feel a tangible difference physically in the past five weeks?“Oh yeah, absolutely,” Smith said. “A few weeks have made a huge difference, even the past two weeks. I can feel it.“Rehab is going great. I am leg-pressing over 600 pounds right now. I am squatting over 400 pounds. I am getting that strength back. It’s just a matter of time.”Asked whether it has been determined if he suffered nerve in the injury, Smith was a bit vague, but he remained upbeat.“We’ll see when I go back there [to the medical recheck],” Smith said. “We’ll see what the doctors say then. I feel like I’ve regained some of it. I’m happy where I am at right now.”When healthy, Smith is an incredibly impressive prospect. Hopefully he finds a team that will take a chance on him.[Yahoo Sports]More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Championship >>>last_img read more


first_imgNorth Korea is of course firmly in the news right now. It may seem absurd to suggest visiting a nation whose rulers, not for the first time, threaten nuclear war on the world. But with the international spotlight firmly on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, interest in this mysterious country has never been higher. So how about a holiday in Pyongyang?Updated: 8 April 2013Why would anyone want to go there?Good question. Two weeks in Majorca is a more likely holiday option for most of us, but North Korea has long held a certain allure to the more adventurous traveller. The biggest draw of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (what most of the world refers to as North Korea) is the very fact that it’s so cut off from the outside world. Nicknamed the Hermit State, it’s an isolated country, almost entirely untouched by tourists (fewer than 2000 foreign visitors are admitted each year).North Korea was formed in 1948, when the Korean Peninsula was divided into north and south following the Korean War and has been off limits to outsiders ever since. Considered the last true outpost of communism, North Korea makes a very unique travel experience to a place which in some ways resembles George Orwell’s vision of the state controlled future in his book 1984. Today Kim Jong-un continues the ideological regime of his father, whom the DPRK’s people refer to in revered tones as Mr Kim.What is there to see?Most visitors will spend the majority of their time in capital Pyongyang, reportedly one the strangest cities on the planet. Its most obvious attractions are its vast architectural wonders, including statues, towers and buildings that were created to showcase the achievements of the Kim rule, offering a fascinating insight into the products of a totalitarian dictatorship. BBC Radio broadcaster, Andy Kershaw, describes North Korea as “the greatest possible adventure” and “mind-blowingly wonderful”. (Listen to his fascinating radio documentary about North Korea here).Some itineraries can be extended to also include a visit to Paekdusan, the highest mountain in the country at 2744m and one of the most impressive sites on the Korean Peninsula, with a vast crater lake in the centre. There are also chances to visit the incredible spectacle of the Mass Games (which involves 100,000 performers) and the hot springs resort of Nampo.Danger and difficultyEven outwith the present heightened state of security, independent travel in North Korea is impossible. All visitors must be accompanied by official guides or drivers at almost all times, and contact with everyday North Koreans is extremely limited. However, there are several companies offering tours to North Korea who can help arrange a visa as well as accommodation, food and transport.In terms of crime, North Korea is ranked as one of the safest countries in the world to visit, and it’s highly unlikely that you would have any problems with pick-pockets, muggings etc.However, you will need to watch your tongue and where you point your camera; insulting or criticising the ‘regime’s leaders is illegal and could get you and your guide into serious trouble (think fines, prison or even death) so keep your thoughts on North Korea’s political system to yourself. (Read more: Life and Travel in North Korea: 9 secrets of the Hermit Kingdom).What’s the current situation?Despite the current tensions, with the North Korean government issuing warnings that it cannot guarantee the safety of foreign nationals in the event of the outbreak of war, the UK Foreign Office says: “Our overall assessment is that there is currently no immediate increased risk or danger to those living in or travelling to the DPRK as a result of these statements.”Koryo Tours, the leading travel company specialising in travel to the DPRK are currently still operating as normal.Should I visit North Korea?Apart from the obvious threat of nuclear war, there are some who believe North Korea should be boycotted by visitors due to suspected human rights abuses. However, although contact with locals is limited, meeting North Koreans is likely to help dispell preconceived stereotypes, and therefore benefit their understanding of the West and vice versa – which in our opinion, can only be good thing.Learn more:Life and Travel in North Korea: 9 Secrets of the Hermit KingdomNothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea: book reivewPyongyang: A Journey in North Korea: graphic novel: book reviewRead more on the world of War Tourism here. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedNothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea: BOOK REVIEWNothing to Envy has been hailed as one of the best books on ‘ordinary’ life within countryTravel and life in North Korea: 9 secrets of the Hermit KingdomWe speak to Koryo tours to get the inside information about life and travel in North Korea5 obscure Olympic countriesThey’ve grabbed the headlines at London 2012 but they’re on no-one’s bucket list.last_img read more


first_img13Jun Rep. LaFave: Plan expanding internship options to high school students signed into law State Rep. Beau LaFave today announced his plan helping high school students earn course credit through an internship or work study program has been signed into law.“Education today goes well beyond what’s in the classroom, especially as our children grow older and advance through high school,” LaFave said. “The real-world experience that an internship can provide is important to our job providers and students, helping identify what the future may hold for both. We’ve got to encourage these kinds of opportunities to explore if a certain career track is a strong fit or not before earning a high school diploma.”The legislation sets guidelines stating that students can work four to 10 hours a week and, with the local district board of education’s oversight, will receive credit for graduation. The internship may be paid or volunteer. Partner legislation also safeguards funding for school districts, allowing students participating in an internship or a work experience program off campus to continue to qualify as a full-time student.Although current Michigan Department of Education guidelines allow work-based internships in grades 9-12, LaFave’s new law makes it less prohibitive for students and school districts, especially in Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties.“There are several major corporations in Michigan that have facilitated internships to both high school and college students, which is great to see. However, my legislation opens the door to smaller local businesses and the mom and pop’s like we have in the Upper Peninsula, not just billion dollar companies,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “Hands-on experience is at a premium in today’s workplace. Expanding more authority to local school districts to decide on appropriate programs, while cutting through the red tape, will help both the students and the local job creators.”LaFave noted he had letters of support on the plan from the Gladstone, Carney-Nadeau and Breitung Township school districts. Also supporting the legislation are the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of School Boards and the Great Lakes Education Project.House Bill 4106 is now Public Act 184 of 2018.##### Categories: LaFave News,Newslast_img read more


Russian service provider MTS lost 12% of its pay TV subscribers last year, potentially knocking it out of the list of the top three fixed line pay TV operators in the country, according to the latest figures from iKS Consulting.MTS had 2.58 million TV customers at the end of 2013, down from 2.94 million in 2012, according to iKS, as reported by Vedemosti.MTS said that the fall was largely attributable to a dropping off in the number of people taking its social TV packages via collective antenna systems as the operator migrated services from analogue to digital.According to iKS, MTS now has over 600,000 digital subscribers, triple the amount at the end of 2012, meaning that the proportion of digital subscribers in MTS’s base is higher than that of other fixed line providers.The operator said that its TV ARPU grew over the same period.According to iKS Consulting, the pay TV market in Russia grew by 16% last year, with total sales of RUB54 billion (€1 billion). The research group predicts that grow will slow to 11% this year as the market reaches maturity.According to the group, satellite TV operator Tricolor TV remains the market leader with 10.1 million subscribers, growing 14% last year, followed by Rostelecom, which also grew by 14% to reach 7.51 million. ER-Telecom is now snapping at MTS’s heels with 2.57 million subscribers, up 9%, followed by satellite TV player Orion Telecom, which saw 89% growth in its base last year to reach 1.98 million. Akado and VimpelCom make up the top seven, with 1.13 million and 1.04 million TV customers respectively. read more


first_imgJames MurdochDirect-to-consumer streaming is an “option” for 21st Century Fox in the US market, and the company has the expertise to launch such an offering, according to CEO James Murdoch.Speaking to analysts after Fox announced its latest quarterly figures. Murdoch said that Fox was focused primarily on developing its authenticated streaming service in partnership with pay TV providers for now.However, he said, it remains “an option for us in the future” to develop “independently priced access to that suite of apps”.Murdoch said that while Fox had not yet decided to go down that route, such an approach is “one that we feel we have the capability and the wherewithal and experience in terms of managing direct-to-consumer and subscriber businesses to tackle”.Murdoch said that Fox had successfully developed a direct-to-consumer OTT proposition in India with its Hotstar platform. “Whether or not there’s a future for us in, for example, the way that CBS has taken some steps in the US is a decision that we can take at a later date,” he said.Murdoch said that for now Fox was “very focused” on the authenticated partnership model, including developing services for “new digital MVPD partners” such as Sling Media, DirectTV Now, Hulu’s new platform and Google’s forthcoming service.In his opening remarks on the call, he said that Fox would launch a “major overhaul” of its streaming apps “within the next few months”.Murdoch’s comments came as 21st posted Q2 revenues of US$7.68 billion, up 4%, and operating income before depreciation and amortization of US$1.99 billion, up 15%.Addressing Fox’s planned acquisition of the 61% of Sky that it doesn’t already own, Murdoch said that the deal represented a “major step” in “a long process that started a number of years ago” to realign Fox “around the future of video”.  He said that “the combination of strengths required to operate a high-volume content business and a vast international video platform business is precisely the combination of strengths that we’re developing”. Murdoch said that using the company’s core strength in content to build a platform that reflected the long-term trends of high-speed connectivity, proliferation of end-user display devices and the opportunity to access content in the cloud “presents one of the most promising opportunities for our company in decades”.Fox co-executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch said that the deal would “deliver more balanced revenue streams and geographic spread” and simplify the group’s “structure and operating model” as well as being “significantly accretive to our earnings per share and our free cash-flow”.last_img read more