first_imgChairperson of Inishowen Children’s Autism Related Education (iCARE) and Donegal area representative for the Special Needs Parents Association, Liam Gill, has called for the retention of Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) in Donegal.Mr Gill made the call as Donegal County Council prepares to debate a motion from Sinn Féin’s Jack Murray which calls for the restoration of those SNAs who were cut in the last budget.Mr. Gill said: “With the budget on our doorstep many of us will be affected by general cuts and taxes that affect the rest of the population. “When you have a dependent with a disability who needs therapeutic interventions, educational supports, allowances and where the financial outlay may be greater than that of another, it’s a total nightmare for families thinking of these cutbacks.“I will be extremely shocked if there are further cutbacks to any special needs assistants in Donegal, if what we are reading in the national papers is true it will have severe consequences to our children, the decision will plunge children with disabilities back into 1950’s Ireland.“I appreciate the economic circumstances that have led to the decisions made over the previous years of cutbacks but is there any economic savings to the state overall as the financial burden shifts from the Department of Education & skills budget to the department of social protection with the proposed removal of over 200 special needs assistants?“Over the lifetime of this government, we will see children struggling through our education system unnecessarily and when the country does recover from this recession; those children will continue to struggle as they move through the system onto adulthood. “Irrespective of what increases in support that might arise in future years, the time in-between will be lost for thousands of children both with and without special needs.”He said principals and teachers are already under enormous pressure to differentiate the curriculum for every child and manage with fewer resources overall, but this problem is compounded further when they have to accommodate the substantial learning needs of some children who now will have no SNA support in class due to cutbacks. He said he would like to ask the current government to rethink this budget.Mr Gill insisted: “In my opinion this government has failed, they are still failing and will continue to fail our children.“SNA’s in our schools are vital to all children with and without a disability, councillors have a duty to fight for their retention, we vote for these people and they are supposed to be our voices.”CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO SAVE SPECIAL NEEDS ASSISTANTS IN COUNTY was last modified: November 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:iCAREInishowenSNAslast_img read more

Google Acquires Video Compression Specialists On2

first_imgGoogle today announced that it plans to acquire On2, a Clifton Park, NY-based video compression developer in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at $106.5 million. In its announcement, Google argues that this acquisition will help the company to “make the overall web experience better for users” and that “video compression technology should be part of the web platform.” On2 has a large number of customers for its compression technologies, and the latest version of its video codec, VP8, competes directly with H.264, the most popular format for high-quality video on the web right now.Maybe even more importantly, Adobe Flash uses On2’s older VP6 video codec and On2 continues to receive licensing fees for VP6, though the cost of these fees and On2’s licensing structure have driven a lot of customers to H.264.What Will Google Do With On2?Assuming this deal will get the green light from On2’s stockholders and government and industry regulators, it will be interesting to see what Google does with this technology. One theory that is being pushed by pundits right now is that Google will open-source at least some of On2’s codecs. One of On2’s earlier codecs became the basis for Ogg Theora, the video codec that the Mozilla foundation wanted to use as the standard video codec for HTML5. This project is on hold for now, but Google could still integrate one of On2’s current codecs into its Chrome browser.Google could also move YouTube to a new, potentially higher-quality format, though we don’t expect this to happen anytime soon. On2 also offers solutions for embedded and mobile devices – technologies that Google could potentially use for its mobile products. In addition, On2 offers encoding products for consumers. Judging from Google’s history, the company might just make these available to consumers for free in future.Maybe It’s Just About YouTubeHowever, we actually think that the real benefits for Google might be at the back-end. With YouTube, Google owns the Internet’s largest video service, and being able to bring more encoding know-how into the company might just save Google some money in electricity costs and server hardware. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Google#news#web center_img frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

FD Webinar| From Diapers to Diplomas: Exploring Resilience in Military Children

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTPhotoSpin by Alena OzerovaIt goes without saying that children in military and veteran families are faced with many challenges including frequent family relocations, deployment of a family member, and the perpetual fear that their family member may be injured or killed during deployment or other assigned duties.  To say that these children are resilient is simply not enough. While they do have an uncanny ability to remain strong in the face of adversity and bounce back after life’s difficulties, these children still need proper support and understanding.Dr. Catherine Mogil, Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and Director of Training and Intervention Development for the Nathanson Family Resilience Center, will be joining us on July 13 at 11:00 am Eastern to shed some light on this important and urgent topic.Please join us as we learn more about the needs of these children and the ways in which we can enhance their resilience for their optimal psychological functioning throughout their development and childhood- from diapers to diplomas.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The MFLN Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Dez Bryant Merchandise Sales was No. 1 Among NFL Players in 2016 Q1

first_imgFormer Oklahoma State turned Dallas Cowboy Dez Bryant is No. 1 on the NFLPA top 50 player sales in quarter 1 of the 2016 year, according to a release from the NFLPA.Bryant is the first player since the list was created in 2013 to top the list that isn’t a quarterback. And apparently, it pays to be a Dallas Cowboy. Four of the top five players listed in the top sales are Dallas Cowboys: No. 1 Dez Bryant, No. 2 Tony Romo, No. 3 Ezekiel Elliott, No. 5 Jason Witten.The list is based on total sales of all officially licensed NFL player merchandise, and this specific list references March 1-May 31 of this year.Check out the full list below:Source: NFLPASource: NFLPAIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Judge sides with Trumps pick to take over consumer agency

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump scored a victory Tuesday when a federal judge refused to block the president’s choice to temporarily run the nation’s top consumer financial watchdog and, for the moment, ended a two-way battle for leadership of the agency.Judge Timothy Kelly declined to stop the Republican president from putting Mick Mulvaney in place as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In doing so, Kelly ruled against Leandra English, the bureau’s deputy director, who had requested an emergency restraining order to stop Mulvaney from becoming the acting director.Mulvaney and English had claimed to be the rightful acting director, each citing different federal laws. The leadership crisis developed over the weekend after the bureau’s permanent director, Richard Cordray, resigned and appointed English as his successor. Shortly afterward, the White House announced that Mulvaney, currently budget director, would take over the bureau on an interim basis.The judge’s ruling Tuesday is not the final decision in the case. But in making his decision, the judge said that English had not shown a substantial likelihood that she eventually would succeed on the merits of her case. The judge’s decision is not immediately appealable.The judge was nominated by Trump and was confirmed by the majority-Republican Senate in September.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was established after the financial crisis to make sure that customers are not being exploited and that banks are complying with the consumer protection laws on the books. Cordray, appointed by President Barack Obama, was criticized by congressional Republicans as being overzealous but was lauded by consumer advocates for aggressively going after banks for wrongdoing.On Monday, Mulvaney said the bureau under a Trump administration would act differently than the agency under the Obama administration.Lawyers for English will have to make a choice about how to proceed. After the hearing, a lawyer for English, Deepak Gupta, said he hopes to be able to move the case along quickly.“I’m going to have to explore the options with my client, so I don’t know what the next step is and I’m not going to say that right now,” he said, adding options include asking the judge for a final decision on the merits of the case.Gupta said it is not in his client’s interest or the government’s interest to have a “cloud of impropriety and uncertainty hanging over the bureau for any longer than is necessary.”The White House said it “applauds the court’s decision,” saying it provides “further support for the president’s rightful authority to designate Director Mulvaney as acting director of the CFPB.”Trump’s authority to install Mulvaney was backed up by Mary McLeod, the bureau’s general counsel, who wrote a memo over the weekend agreeing with the White House that Mulvaney should be recognized as acting director. The Office of Legal Counsel, which acts as a legal adviser to the president, also argued that Mulvaney, not English, was the legitimate acting director of the agency.___Sweet reported from New York.last_img read more

Annual pace of housing starts picked up in October topped expectations

first_imgOTTAWA – An increase in multi-unit projects such as condominiums, apartments and townhouses helped push the annual pace of housing starts in October higher, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Thursday.The housing agency said the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts last month came in at 205,925 units, up from 189,730 in September.Economists had expected an annual rate of 200,000, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.CMHC said the six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates was 206,171 in October, down from 207,809 in September.BMO Capital Markets senior economist Sal Guatieri said the housing market continues to stabilize after getting dinged by tougher mortgage rules earlier this year, and remains healthy despite higher interest rates.“The report confirms that national housing construction, though slowing, remains healthy and above long-run household formation rates, supported by solid demographic trends,” Guatieri wrote in a brief report.However, CIBC economist Royce Mendes noted the growth was due to the multiples component.“The fact that headline starts rose on the month is still a positive for tracking estimates of the economy,” Mendes wrote.“But given that it came on the back of an increase in multiples coupled with a drop in singles, means that the latest reading on starts may not prove sustainable. We still see the cocktail of tighter lending rules and higher interest rates as causing housing activity to become a drag on the economy come 2019.”The growth in housing starts in October came as the annual pace of urban starts climbed by 8.6 per cent to 191,964 units.The annual rate of urban multiple-unit projects increased by 16.8 per cent to 145,442 units. Urban starts for single-detached homes fell 10.7 per cent to 46,522 units.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 13,961 units.Earlier this week, CMHC said it expected the real estate market to moderate over the next two years.In its annual outlook, the agency forecasted housing starts and sales to both decline in 2019 and 2020.It expects housing starts for single and multi-unit starts will fall to between 193,700 and 204,500 in 2019, while sales are expected come in between 478,400 and 497,400 units.Prices are anticipated to range from $501,400 and $521,600.last_img read more

Fort St John Coop to match Red Cross wildfire donations

first_imgLussier said that the Co-op received and matched several thousand dollars during last year’s fundraiser, and he hopes that residents will step up once again, especially after the provincial government announced that it would match all Red Cross donations up to $20 million until October 12th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Co-op is currently accepting donations to the Red Cross in support of B.C. wildfire evacuees, and will be matching all donations it receives.Co-op General Manager Brad Lussier said that residents wishing to make a donation to the Red Cross can do so at both Co-op locations in Fort St. John during regular business hours.Last year, the local Co-op held an identical fundraiser during the worst-ever wildfire season in the province, when over 1.2 million hectares of forests were consumed, forcing a cumulative total of 65,000 B.C. residents from their homes.last_img read more

Sena announces 21 candidates drops MP who slapped AI staff

first_imgMumbai: The Shiv Sena on Friday declared its first list of 21 candidates in Maharashtra for next month’s Lok Sabha polls, retaining 17 sitting MPs and denying ticket to the lawmaker who had allegedly slapped an Air India employee in 2017.Ravindra Gaikwad, the 59-year-old MP from Osmanabad constituency, had hit an Air India staffer with a slipper at the IGI Airport in New Delhi and then openly boasted about it. The Sena replaced Gaikwad, who briefly faced a travel ban by airlines for his act, with Omraje Nimbalkar in Osmanabad in central Maharashtra. Another Sena Member of Parliament, Rajan Vichare, who was accused of force-feeding a canteen employee on fast during Ramzan in 2014, has been fielded again from Thane. As per the pre-poll alliance sealed by the BJP and the Shiv Sena, the former will contest on 25 seats and the latter on 23 out of the Lok Sabha 48 constituencies in Maharashtra. Of these 23 seats, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party announced candidates on 21, leaving out two constituencies — Palghar and Satara — in the first list. Currently, the Palghar seat adjoining Mumbai has a BJP MP, but the Sena has staked its claim to the constituency. “We will announce the names of remaining candidates by Sunday,” senior Sena leader and Maharashtra minister Subhash Desai told reporters here after releasing the list. The constituency-wise list of Sena candidates: South Mumbai-Arvind Sawant; South Central Mumbai-Rahul Shewale; Mumbai North West-Gajanan Kirtikar; Kalyan-Shrikant Shinde; Raigad-Anant Gite; Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg seat-Vinayak Raut; Kolhapur-Sanjay Mandlik; Hatkanangle-Dhairyasheel Mane; Nashik-Hemant Godse; Shirdi-Sadashiv Lokhande; Shirur-Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil; Aurangabad-Chandrakant Khaire; Yavatmal Washim-Bhawana Gawli; Buldana-Prataprao Jadhav; Ramtek-Kripal Tumane; Amravati-Anandrao Adsul; Parbhani-Sanjay Jadhav; Maval-Shrirang Barne; Hingoli-Hemant Patil, Osmanabad-Omraje Nimbalkar and Thane-Rajan Vichare.last_img read more

Meet The Personal Stats Analyst Who Helped Kevin Durant Win The MVP

Personal trainers have been a part of professional sports for decades. Personal data analysts are newer.As a trained mathematician, Justin Zormelo provided Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder with personalized analytics during Durant’s MVP season. And in his most recent undertaking, Zormelo is training a 17-year-old, 7-foot-1-inch Sudan native named Thon Maker. Zormelo’s story is told in the latest “Signals” film from FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films: “By The Numb3rs (With Justin Zormelo),” directed by Jamie Schutz. read more