Pringle calls for extra supports for children with special needs

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Previous articleDonegal fishermen left in ‘appalling situation’Next articleDonegal bus escort raises safety issues over return to school News Highland Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pringle calls for extra supports for children with special needs Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Twitter Pinterest By News Highland – January 15, 2021 AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook There are calls for programmes to be put in place for children with additional needs following reports of major regression for some children while schools have been closed.The Education Minister announced yesterday that special needs students at primary level will be able to return to the classroom next Thursday.However, Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle told the Dail, its vital additional support is provided for these children.He also hit out at Norma Foley over the Government’s U-turns on school reopenings:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR cliniclast_img read more

Control Mosquitos

first_img Asian Tiger mosquitos are one of the most prevelant types of mosquitos in Georgia. Mosquito control is very important in stopping the spread of disease. Photo:Leonard Mustermann As spring arrives, Georgians treasure the amazing azaleas and dogwoods but dread those menacing mosquitoes. After last year’s outbreak of West Nile Virus in Georgia, many are fearing the biting problem.”The 2001 mosquito season was one of the most eventful mosquito seasons in recent memory,” said Elmer Gray, a University of Georgia Extension entomologist. West Nile Virus Ready “The rapid and widespread occurrence of the West Nile Virus this past summer,” he said, “is one of the most interesting and unique occurrences in the entomological field in a long time.”Since its discovery in the New York City area during the summer of 1999, WNV has spread from Ontario, Canada to the Florida Keys, most places in between and some beyond. While many experts predicted the disease’s spread, it would have been hard to predict how fast it would spread last summer.Fortunately, the Georgia Department of Agriculture had already begun the Georgia West Nile Task Force before the disease arrived, Gray said.”The task force had members from most of the primary parties that could and would end up being affected by the disease,” he said. “Little did any of the participants realize that Georgia would become a focal point for WNV by midsummer 2001.”Main Mosquito-borne DiseasesBefore WNV showed up in Georgia, the state’s main mosquito-borne diseases had been Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis and LaCrosse encephalitis.”While each of these diseases can be serious, debilitating and even deadly, they’re fortunately relatively rare,” Gray said.Since 1964, Georgia has had only 41 confirmed cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (23), St. Louis encephalitis (5) and LaCrosse encephalitis (13).The latest figures show that seven people died from West Nile Virus in 2001 in the United States. One of them was in Georgia, where six cases were reported. In three years nationally, the virus has killed 16 people, or 11.5 percent of the 139 human cases reported.Horses have been severely affected, with many U.S. cases and a mortality rate of about 23 percent. A vaccine has been rushed to market that should help reduce the risks to horses.”Considering these numbers and the fact that there were six human cases of WNV in Georgia in 2001, it may pose a more serious mosquito-borne risk than we have had before,” Gray said.”Unfortunately,” he said, “the surveillance and reporting of all of these diseases has been inconsistent and poorly supported during the time frames reported. With the arrival of WNV into Georgia, it’s more important than ever that the accurate and timely reporting of all mosquito-borne diseases be conducted.”Integrated Mosquito Control ImportantThe risk of WNV and the other mosquito-borne diseases can be reduced if everyone supports comprehensive and integrated mosquito control, he said. This includes education, surveillance, source reduction and, when warranted, using insecticides to kill larvae and adult mosquitoes.”Often, mosquito production occurs around our homes and properties as a result of a lack of information or diligence,” Gray said. “Mosquitoes develop in standing water. By reducing the amount of standing water, the number of adult mosquitoes that could possibly transmit disease can be reduced.”No one knows what this year’s mosquito disease season will hold.”But considering the lengthy drought Georgia has had,” Gray said, “when normal rains return, increased mosquito populations are sure to follow. Considering the new threat presented by the WNV, suppressing our state’s mosquito populations has never been more important.”For the latest information on mosquito control, contact your county Extension Service office.last_img read more

Nikon’s Latest Software Will Let You Use Your DSLR or Mirrorless Camera as a Webcam

first_imgTo use it, download and install the Nikon Webcam Utility. It can be downloaded for Windows and macOS.Then, connect your compatible Nikon camera to the computer using the USB cable. If you’re using an external mic, plug that into the computer’s mic port. After this, you can open any of the compatible video conferencing software (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Facebook Messenger and Skype work).To use the software, you’ll need a compatible Nikon camera, a USB cable (provided with your Nikon camera), Nikon Webcam Utility, compatible video conferencing software, and a fully charged camera battery or AC power adapter. Supported digital cameras include Z 7II, Z 7, Z 6II, Z 6, Z 5, Z 50, D6, D5, D850, D810, D780, D750, D500, D7500, D7200, D5600, D5500, D5300 and D3500.To enhance the experience, Nikon recommends that you use a tripod or a clamp as a mount. A constant light source such as small LED light panels and an external microphone can also be used.- Advertisement – Mi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement –center_img Nikon has released the full version of its software that will let you use your compatible DSLR or mirrorless camera as a high-end webcam. The company’s Webcam Utility Software is available for free on Windows 10 and macOS. It allows you to connect your Nikon camera to a computer via USB and use it as a webcam. Nikon’s Webcam Utility Software was launched in Beta a few months ago and was only supporting Windows devices, but has now expanded.The Webcam Utility Software can be used via USB. Nikon says it is ideal for those seeking a high quality video stream with a simple setup and no additional hardware. Besides video calls, it can also be used for livestreaming.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Durant among Brooklyn Nets players diagnosed with COVID-19

first_imgThe last team to play the Nets was the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers, who were stunned 104-102 by Brooklyn on March 10.”All players and members of the Nets travel party are being asked to remain isolated, closely monitor their health and maintain constant communication with team medical staff,” the Nets said.The four cases more than double the known number of cases of COVID-19 among NBA players.Utah Jazz defensive standout Rudy Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive — his illness triggering the NBA’s current closure.Teammate Donovan Mitchell and Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons have also tested positive for the virus.Woods was tested after reporting flu-like symptoms to the Pistons medical staff.Mitchell was tested after Gobert’s positive test, but had not experienced symptoms.”I don’t have any symptoms,” Mitchell said in an interview broadcast by ABC television on Monday. “I could walk down the street [and] if it wasn’t public knowledge that I was sick, you wouldn’t know it. I think that’s the scariest part about this virus.”You may seem fine, be fine. And you never know who you may be talking to, who they’re going home to.” Kevin Durant is reportedly among four Brooklyn Nets players who have tested positive for the new coronavirus and are in isolation.The injured Durant, who has yet to play for the Nets since signing for the club last year, confirmed to The Athletic website he had tested positive for the virus.”Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this,” Durant was quoted as saying. News that the two-time NBA Finals MVP was among those who had contracted the virus came soon after the Nets confirmed four players had tested positive for COVID-19.”Four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus,” the team said in a statement. “Of the four, one player is exhibiting symptoms while three are asymptomatic.”All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians.”The Nets said they were notifying known contacts of the players including those from teams who played against the Nets shortly before the NBA shut down its season indefinitely on March 12.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Pardew set to accept FA charge

first_img Press Association Sport understands the 52-year-old will accept the charge of improper conduct announced on Monday after head-butting Meyler on the touchline at the KC Stadium on Saturday. Pardew has until 6pm on Thursday to respond, and has the right to request a personal hearing to give himself an opportunity to explain his actions. Pardew apologised immediately after the game, which his side won 4-1, but was fined £100,000 and handed a formal warning by the Magpies hours later. He is likely to receive a significant further penalty if he either accepts or is convicted on the FA charge, and that could include a stadium ban. However, he will not face criminal charges over the incident with Humberside Police having confirmed neither Meyler nor Hull have made a complaint. Meyler is on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, who face Serbia in Dublin on Wednesday night. Press Associationcenter_img Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is not expected to contest a Football Association charge over his head-butt on Hull midfielder David Meyler.last_img read more

Clippers notes: Matt Barnes has unenviable task of guarding league MVP Kevin Durant

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY – At Wednesday’s morning shootaround, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was asked to talk about Matt Barnes being assigned the task of guarding the not-so-guardable Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. It brought Rivers back to his days as coach of the Celtics.“That’s a hard role,” Rivers said of Barnes’ assignment, ahead of Game 2 of his team’s Western Conference semifinals series against OKC at Chesapeake Energy Arena. “You know, it’s like Chris (Paul) had the role last series when he had to defend Stephen Curry (of Golden State). That’s a great thing about playoffs, it’s your turn.“We used to always say that in Boston. We’d play one series and all the players would jump on the guy who had to guard the hard guy, you know, joke around about it. Then the next series, ‘Now it’s your turn.’ And that’s basically what it is.”Rivers conceded trying to defend Durant is often futile. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It was long, and much of it was directed at his teammates, as well as his family – in particular, his mother Wanda. It was all good.“Yeah, I thought it was great, I thought it was really nice,” Rivers said. “You know, very few people can be MVP. One a year. And the class that he’s in is amazing, so I loved the fact that he thanked all his teammates and his coaching and everything. I thought that was great. … But the neat part for me was his mom. I mean, his mom and him and his brother had been through so much.“And it’s rare that you get a chance to publicly thank your parents, is the way I looked at that, and I thought that was really cool.”Here’s an excerpt from Durant’s speech directed at his mother: “We weren’t supposed to be here. You made us believe. You kept us off the street, put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to bed hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.”All the while, KD was shedding tears. As was mom. Or should we say, Mama D, as she is referred to here.Brooks also touchedDurant’s address is the talk of the town here, and Thunder coach Scott Brooks was equally moved.“I love Kevin Durant,” Brooks said two hours before tipoff Wednesday. “Yesterday, that was a special moment for all of us. There are so many layers to that amazing speech that he gave. Just the mother-son relationship. Obviously, we all have a special place with that and you get to that point and you think about that for yourself and you don’t want to leave that place you have with your mom.“You saw that, and that was special.”center_img “You know, Kevin’s the MVP,” Rivers said of Durant, who Tuesday was officially crowned as such. “He’s the best scorer in the league, he’s impossible to guard at times, and we understand that. And Matt understands that, too.“Having said that, when Matt starts the game, his job is to try to shut him down. That’s probably not going to happen. But in his mind you have to think that it can.”Durant scored 25 points on 9-of-19 shooting in the Clippers’ Game 1 rout of OKC on Monday. That’s seven fewer points than his season average of 32.0; he averaged 29.9 points in his team’s seven-game series win over Memphis in the first round.Doc liked MVP speechBy now everyone has heard that OKC’s Durant gave a long and heartfelt acceptance speech upon receiving his MVP award in front of about 1,000 in nearby Edmond. Rivers wasn’t there as his team was meeting with reporters following its practice. But he heard about it, and liked it.last_img read more

Workers hold protest in West Palm Beach demanding South Florida reopen

first_imgA number of Palm Beach County residents held a protest on Friday on the South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach after Palm Beach County was left out of the governor’s Phase 1 plan to slowly reopen.Protesters held signs that read, “We Need Our Freedom Back” and “Get Me Back to Work or Pay My Bills.”The number of Americans who have filed for unemployment went up to 30 million in the last 6 weeks. Florida is one of the states who has been hit the hardest.Florida is the slowest state to process unemployment claimslast_img read more

NL Central teams at the start of spring training

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, left, hugs catcher Russell Martin, right, as he arrives for the team’s first day of baseball spring training for pitchers and catchers, in Bradenton, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)A team-by-team look at the National League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:___St. Louis CardinalsManager: Mike Matheny (third season).2013: 97-65, first place, lost World Series to Boston.Training Town: Jupiter, Fla.Park: Roger Dean Stadium.First Workout: Feb. 13/18.He’s Here: SS Jhonny Peralta, CF Peter Bourjos, INF Mark Ellis, OF Randall Grichuk, OF Oscar Taveras, RHP Jorge Rondon, assistant batting coach David Bell.He’s Outta Here: OF Carlos Beltran, 3B David Freese, RHP Edward Mujica, RHP Chris Carpenter, RHP Jake Westbrook, OF Adron Chambers, OF Brock Peterson, RHP Fernando Salas, RHP John Axford, INF Ryan Jackson.Going campin’: Coming off their second World Series appearance in three years, the Cardinals didn’t require a significant makeover. Peralta fills the biggest void, replacing the light-hitting combination of Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso. The Cardinals love Bourjos’ speed on the bases and in the field, and he enters camp as the starting CF ahead of incumbent Jon Jay. The Bourjos trade with the Angels for Freese also created an opening for rookie 2B Kolten Wong, among the team’s top prospects, with Matt Carpenter moving to 3B coming off a breakout year. After missing 2013 due to reconstructive elbow surgery, Jason Motte returns to the bullpen as a setup man for closer Trevor Rosenthal. There’s a surplus of starting rotation candidates led by 19-game winner Adam Wainwright, second in Cy Young Award balloting. Michael Wacha is coming off an electric finish to his debut season, fellow rookie Shelby Miller won 15 games before getting shut down during the postseason and lefty Jaime Garcia is back from shoulder surgery.___Pittsburgh PiratesManager: Clint Hurdle (fourth season).2013: 94-68, second place, wild card, lost to Cardinals in division series.Training Town: Bradenton, Fla.Park: McKechnie Field.First Workout: Feb. 13/18.He’s Here: RHP Edinson Volquez, C Chris Stewart, OF Jaff Decker, LHP Daniel Schlereth, 1B Travis Ishikawa, OF Chris Dickerson.He’s Outta Here: RHP A.J. Burnett, RF Marlon Byrd, 1B Justin Morneau, 1B-OF Garrett Jones, C Michael McKenry, OF Felix Pie, RHP Kyle Farnsworth.Going campin’: The franchise’s first playoff berth in 21 years did little to change Pittsburgh’s typically economical approach to free agency. The only major addition came in the form of Volquez, and the Pirates will try to turn him into the 2014 version of Francisco Liriano. Pittsburgh grabbed Liriano on the cheap last winter and he ended up winning 16 games and earning a handful of Cy Young votes. The rest of the signees were depth-related. The loss of Burnett will hurt, though the top of the rotation should be solid behind Liriano and Gerrit Cole, who was remarkable during his rookie season. Volquez is in the mix for the fifth spot, while the bullpen should look much the same as it did last season when Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli provided one of the best setup-closer combinations in baseball. The only real question marks as camp begins remain the ones Pittsburgh faced when last season ended: first base and right field. Gaby Sanchez and Andrew Lambo will likely platoon at first, while Jose Tabata and Travis Snider get one last shot to earn a big league spot in right as highly touted Gregory Polanco gets some needed seasoning with Triple-A Indianapolis. Polanco and former first-round pick Jameson Taillon – who could join the rotation sometime in 2014 – will start camp with the big league club and provide a glimpse of why Pittsburgh decided to double down on its thriving minor league system rather than open up the checkbook for free agents.___Cincinnati RedsManager: Bryan Price (first season).2013: 90-72, third place, lost wild-card game to Pirates.Training Town: Goodyear, Ariz.Park: Goodyear Ballpark.First Workout: Feb. 14/19.He’s Here: 2B-OF Skip Schumaker, C Brayan Pena.He’s Outta Here: Manager Dusty Baker, CF Shin-Soo Choo, RHP Bronson Arroyo, C Ryan Hanigan.Going campin’: The Reds made very few additions to their roster, which had a few notable losses. Arroyo left as a free agent, costing the rotation a dependable, 200-inning starter. Choo was one of the majors’ top leadoff hitters last season, but wanted a big, multiyear deal. And Hanigan was part of a three-team trade that brought the Reds a prospect and opened the way for Devin Mesoraco to become the everyday catcher. LHP Tony Cingrani will move into Arroyo’s spot. Touted speedster Billy Hamilton takes over Choo’s spot at the top of the order despite his lack of experience at the major league level and newness to playing the outfield. The Reds are counting on LF Ryan Ludwick – their cleanup hitter – to be fully recovered from a shoulder injury that wiped out more than half of his season last year. The Reds have made the playoffs in three of the last four years, but failed to get past the opening round each time. They elevated Price, their pitching coach, in hopes that a change at the top trickles down in the postseason.___Milwaukee BrewersManager: Ron Roenicke (fourth season).2013: 74-88, fourth place.Training Town: Maryvale, Ariz.Park: Maryvale Baseball Park.First Workout: Feb. 17/22.He’s Here: RHP Matt Garza, 1B Lyle Overbay, 3B-1B Mark Reynolds, LHP Zach Duke, LHP Will Smith.He’s Outta Here: 1B-OF Corey Hart, OF Norichika Aoki, RHP Chris Narveson, INF Yuniesky Betancourt, RHP Burke Badenhop, 1B Mat Gamel.Going campin’: The Brewers spiced up an otherwise quiet offseason with the surprise signing of Garza to a $50 million, four-year contract with an option for a fifth year. He joins Yovani Gallardo and Kyle Lohse to form a solid top of the rotation, while lessening pressure on Wily Peralta and increasing the competition for the fifth spot. Young pitchers like Smith and Jimmy Nelson may be among the candidates. Milwaukee will have a familiar face in a new position when slugger Ryan Braun returns from his 65-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs and gets acquainted to right field after years in left. Braun has tried to make amends all through the offseason. He says he’s also over the thumb injury that set him back last season, and vows to come back as good as ever. Milwaukee also hopes to get clarity in camp with its muddled situation at 1B, where veterans Overbay and Reynolds were signed to minor league deals to help fill a huge offensive hole.___Chicago CubsManager: Rick Renteria (first season).2013: 66-96, fifth place.Training Town: Mesa, Ariz.Park: Cubs Park.First Workout: Feb. 14/19.He’s Here: RHP Jose Veras, LHP Wesley Wright, C George Kottaras, OF Justin Ruggiano.He’s Outta Here: Manager Dale Sveum, OF Brian Bogusevic, RHP Marcos Mateo.Going campin’: The offseason was defined more by what the Cubs didn’t do than what they did. They fired Sveum and struck out trying to land manager Joe Girardi. He decided to stick with the Yankees, and when it came to the pursuit of prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, Chicago again was the second city with New York prevailing. Signing Tanaka might have at least signaled the Cubs were accelerating a painful rebuilding effort. Either way, they’re hoping Renteria can get the most out of young players such as SS Starlin Castro and 1B Anthony Rizzo after they struggled last season. In the meantime, Chicago is waiting for top prospects such as Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Albert Almora to develop in the minors. For now, the Cubs are selling hope. What choice do they have? They haven’t had a winning season since 2009, when they won 83 games under Lou Piniella. Since then, they’re 273-375 with at least 91 losses each of the past three years.last_img read more