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first_imgTemperatures are set to heat up in Donegal this week with warm, dry and sunny conditions on the way.Today, temperatures are hitting 23 degrees but it will be partly cloudy. It will be sunny with a risk of isolated showers this evening.The sun will come out tomorrow, as temperatures rise again to highs of 23C in the northwest. Met Eireann are forecasting a rain-free day with sunny spells and some patchy cloud. Thursday is due to be the hottest day of the week. Temperatures could rise to a hot 27C in parts of Ireland, but forecasters say it will be a few degrees lower in northern and eastern counties.Local forecasts for Donegal say that Thursday will see highs of 23C and 16C at night. We can look forward to warm sunshine during the day.Friday will stay warm and sunny with highs of 23C again, but clouds are expected to creep in over the west during the morning bringing a risk of rain.Weather: Highs of 23C on the way to Donegal was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgby Dora Doss, M.S., SLP-CCCFeeding issues frequently come up in MFLN Family Development Early Intervention webinar evaluations as a topic caregivers struggle to address with young finicky eaters. It is my hope that this blog will provide readers with some key resources related to feeding that others have found useful.Image from Pixabay.com, CC0As a parent and provider working with children with feeding disorders, I have found it helpful to have a few go-to resources. In my professional toolkit are two speech pathologists who have made it their mission to educate others; both of them offer something for the experienced provider and for the pediatric feeding newbie.Krisi Brackett, M.S., CCC-SLP has over 20 years of experience treating children with feeding difficulties.  She is co-director of the Pediatric Feeding Team at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Krisi teaches a graduate level pediatric dysphagia course at UNC and participates in current feeding research.Pediatric Feeding News Blog – This blog was developed to provide relevant information related to pediatric feeding and swallowing problems.  Krisi writes about current issues and research; she often features guest writers who are well known in the field of pediatric feeding.  In addition to being a go-to source for information, Krisi welcomes questions from professionals, parents, and caregivers.CAN-EAT Approach© – This approach includes three phases to evaluate and treat feeding disorders.Comfort And Nutrition (CAN):  Providers begin with a focus on gut comfort, nutrition, and growth. This includes medical and nutritional intervention for reflux, constipation, food intolerance, and hypersensitivity or pain issues.Establish Acceptance, then Therapy (EAT):  The second phase in the CAN-EAT Approach aims to establish acceptance of easy textures for the individual child.  This can be purees, soft solids, or other textures which the individual child manages with ease.  Finally, providers begin therapy for oral motor skill development and for improving intake volume and variety.There are workshops offered around the country which specifically address this approach and are geared toward for professionals who work with children with feeding difficulties.Melanie Potock, M.A., CCC-SLP is a speech pathologist and also the parent of a picky.  She is an international speaker and author of 4 books.  She has been featured in publications such as Parents magazine, the Bump, and the ASHA Leader. Melanie blogs at mymunchbug.com where she offers a variety of resources to assist parents and professionals as they work with children who are picky eaters.  A few of her resources are described below; these and others can be found on her blog.Adventures in Veggieland:  Help Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables with 101 Easy Activities and Recipes features recipes that are family-friendly and strategies to help children become more adventurous eaters.  Melanie uses 20 vegetables organized by the seasons of the calendar year which highlight the three phases to vegetable love: Expose, Explore, and Expand.  For example, Beet Tattoos is an activity that offers a colorful way to expose children to beets and have fun in the process.  Even more exciting is the secret vegetable that erases beet stains!  You can view Melanie’s videos related to this book on YouTube!Melanie has a vast library of videos on her YouTube channel.  In these videos, Melanie combines her experience as a parent of a picky eater with her professional experience to help the entire family eat healthier.  The videos vary in length from a few minutes to half an hour and cover topics such as ‘3 Reasons to Avoid the Kids Menu,’ ‘How Family Dinners Make Good Readers,’ and ‘Help Parents Get on the Same Page with a Picky Eater.’We would love to hear about your favorite feeding resources!  Is there an approach you used that you found valuable?  Are there additional feeding strategies you would like more information on, that MFLN might explore?  You can comment below or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter!This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, Ph.D., 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, on Twitter, and on YouTube.last_img read more

first_imgThe Indian Navy on Sunday detected a skeleton, possibly of another missing miner, trapped deep inside the 370-feet-deep coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, officials said. At least 15 miners were trapped after water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into the illegal rat-hole mine in Lumthari village in the Ksan area on December 13 last year. Two decomposed bodies were spotted earlier and out of the them only one body could be recovered, the officials said. On Sunday the rescue operations, the longest in the country, continued for the 74th day. The Army has also joined the rescue operations along with the Navy, the NDRF and other agencies.“The underwater ROV of the Indian Navy on Sunday detected skeletons of the third miner deep inside the coal mine. Efforts are on to retrieve it,” a senior district official told PTI. He said the skeletal remains were detected over 150 feet away from the bottom of the 370-feet-deep vertical mine shaft where the miners have been trapped. Operation spokesperson R Susngi said the “completely” decomposed body was detected and efforts are on to retrieve it. The second body was detected last month and it had slipped away from the jaws of the ROV. That body is yet to be located. Only one body could be retrieved till date, he said. The process of dewatering the mine is also on with three different organisations such as the Coal India Ltd, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd and KSB, discharging over 1 crore litres of water in a span of 24 hours, he said. The Supreme Court is monitoring the operation closely and the matter will come up for hearing on Monday. The state government has paid Rs 1 lakh interim relief to the family members of each of the victims. Home Minister James K Sangma had said the operations to search for the miners will continue as per orders of the Supreme Court. He also said the government is yet to get details of the expenses incurred in the operations which involved mostly dewatering of the mine.last_img read more

first_imgUK business leaders group the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called upon authorities to ensure upcoming changes to the country’s media regulations support convergence and a review the obligations placed upon public broadcasters to ensure they remain relevant in a digital world.The CBI said the UK communications sector is worth £50 billion (€60 billion) a year, but noted that the media sector faces increasing competition from Canada, China and Singapore among others. It is lobbying ahead of the latest version of the UK Communications Bill, which sets out the rules governing UK TV and media.The CBI also called upon the government to ensure that media regulator Ofcom maximised the potential of the UK media sector outside the UK and that BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of public broadcaster the BBC, had a role as facilitator and partner of smaller content companies seeking to expand internationally.Neil Bentley, CBI deputy director-general, said: “The UK is known around the world for its cultural exports, whether it’s Adele topping the charts in 18 countries around the world, or Downton Abbey being screened in over 200 territories. But the UK’s communications sector is worth much more than its high profile successes. It has the potential to grow its exports faster than most other sectors over the coming decade, and can therefore play a key role in rebalancing our economy and reducing our reliance on domestic consumption.”last_img read more

first_imgTiVo plans to bring the capabilities of consumer data specialist TRA, which it recently acquired, together with its existing StopWatch DVR ratings data portal to deliver deeper consumer data to service providers and advertisers, and will likely bring the combined product to Europe in the near future, according to Joshua Danovitz, vice-president and general manager, international.“You will see us using data backhaul from the service providers to drive products and research in a wider sense,” Danovitz told DTVE. “TiVo can backhaul that data anonymously and put it in a product that advertisers can use to make [decisions].”Danovitz said TiVo would update its existing StopWatch product, currently available only in the US, by meshing it together with TRA’s platform, which collates consumer data from reward card purchases and the like, enabling advertisers to correlate viewing and purchasing habits more accurately.Speaking about TiVo’s service provider business more widely, Danovitz said that delivering connected home services would best be done by a combination of ‘home cloud’ and network-based delivery. TiVo has just launched TiVo Stream, a new US$130 (€100) box that can connect to the home network via the existing wireless router and stream or download content from the TiVo DVR to mobile devices in the home.last_img read more

first_imgUkrainian service providers including leading telco Ukrtelecom and cable operator Volia have notified their subscribers that they will begin blocking access to a large number of Russian web resources in accordance with a controversial decree of President Petro Poroshenko.Poroshenko announced the ban on a number of Russian sites including Mail.ru, social networks VK and Odnoklassniki, and search engine Yandex, last week.The move is part of a wave of measures instituted by the Ukrainian government against Russia, including sanctions against individuals and companies and bans on Russian TV channels.Volia said it would being restricting access to the named sites from today, with work to be compelted by June 1. It wanrned subscribers with Russian domain email addresses to change their email services to Ukrainian and international ones, and save information on the two social network elsewhere.The Russian government, which itself maintains an extensive blacklist of websites, has condemned the move, as well as pointing out that Ukrainian citizens will able to circumvent it through the use of VPNs.Yandex complies with Russian data rules and was criticized for failing to provide access to news stories about anti-government protests earlier this year. Popular social network VK is now owned by Mail.ru, after founder Pavel Durov claimed he was forced to go into exile in 2014.last_img read more

first_imgIn the UK meanwhile there has been much discussion around the creation of ‘Kangaroo 2’, a joint platform that references an earlier project that was blocked on anticompetitive grounds in a very different media environment.The German plan does not yet include an agreement between the main national broadcast players, as those in France and Spain do. ProSiebenSat.1’s deputy CEO Conrad Albert told ANGA COM executives earlier this month that a joint OTT TV platform made sense.““It is not easy to open up our own OTT platform to competitors but I think it could be to the benefit of all,” he said, earning a riposte from cable operator Unitymedia’s CEO Lutz Schuler that a lot of time had already been lost, enabling the likes of Netflix and Amazon to gain a much stronger foothold in the German streaming market.ProSiebenSat.1’s existing SVOD platform Maxdome has around a million subscribers, compared with an estimated 2.6 million for Netflix and 3.3 million for Amazon. Whether the new venture can close the gap is open to debate. The pair’s target of 10 million subscribers seems ambitious, particularly in a market that is slow to embrace premium services generally. The inclusion of Eurosport Player, with its Bundesliga football rights, could boost take-up if the price is right. However, it’s worth noting that both Discovery Channel and Eurosport Player are already present on the Amazon Channels service.This is illustrative of a wider point. For all the talk about creating national or even pan-European platforms that can take on the might of Netflix, pay TV broadcasters like Discovery are likely to hedge their bets, forging alliances of convenience as part of a multi-pronged strategy.For national players such as ProSiebenSat.1, the stakes are arguably higher. They see younger viewers increasingly consuming video online rather than via broadcast and no that they are in a battle to defend their established business models. Regulators are now actively encouraging them to collaborate – a significant change from the fate of such projects in the pre-Netflix age.Unlike national broadcasters, Netflix and Amazon can exploit original content rights across multiple territories within their own platform. The same is true to some extent of an emerging global player such as a combined Disney-21st Century Fox (or Comcast-21st Century Fox) as well as Discovery itself.National broadcasters on the other hand are restricted to their own particular territory for the most part. They also face growing competition not only from internet-based players but from telecom operators and other pay TV platforms that are pouring cash into original series. Meanwhile, inflation in content production costs means that they are turning to the likes of Netflix or Amazon to co-produce high-end drama and other content.After years of false starts, national broadcasters are now racing to create joint platforms, this time with the support of regulators. They still have an often under-appreciated asset in the shape of national reach for their still-popular broadcast services. It is to be hoped that they can transfer that legacy to the online world as the shift in consumption starts to accelerate. This week saw German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 team up with the mighty Discovery to launch a new OTT TV platform for Germany.The service, to be launched in the first half of next year, will incorporate ProSiebenSat.1’s 7TV and Maxdome services, Eurosport Player and a range of other content. The pair are however opening the platform plan up to the possible inclusion of rival broadcasters including RTL as well as public broadcasters ARD and ZDF.The alliance between Discovery and ProSiebenSat.1 builds on an existing free-to-view venture, 7TV, that the pair teamed up to create last yearThe idea of a national streaming platform open to all broadcasters is very much in vogue currently. Earlier this month, France’s main broadcast groups cooked up a similar plan – though without the participation of a pay TV giant like Discovery. The joint project, to be developed by France Télévisions, TF1 and under the Salto brand that has been around for a few years, will offer access to catch-up and current content as well as a subscription video-on-demand service without a contract commitment.In Spain, RTVE, Mediaset España and Atresmedia teamed up in May to develop a joint HbbTV platform with plans to create an OTT TV service further down the line.last_img read more

first_imgOPERATION BIJOUX: ONE MAN ARRESTED, FOUR PREMISES SEARCHED AND £1,600 IN FAKE NOTES SEIZED was last modified: March 29th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: “If you have any information on stuff like that, let us know by calling 101, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.” POLICE are jubilant after a haul of counterfeit notes and some stolen items were recovered during a pro-active search operation across Derry and Strabane.Local policing commander Gordon McCalmont said the raids – codenamed Operation Bijoux – were part of a crackdown on criminality across the district.The search operation involved teams from the Tactical Support Group, local District Support Team and Local Policing Teams. “Searches were conducted in relation to fraud at four premises which turned up over £1,600 in counterfeit currency.“We also managed to track down some items we believe to have been stolen.“One person was arrested for questioning.“Fraud like this doesn’t just affect your local spar, if notes aren’t picked up on, you could easily end up with one in your possession and be out of pocket.center_img ShareTweet 600 IN FAKE NOTES SEIZEDFOUR PREMISES SEARCHED AND £1GORDON MCCALMONTOPERATION BIJOUX: ONE MAN ARRESTEDlast_img read more