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first_imgThe Butt Drama Circle hosted three wonderful evenings of drama by local primary schools in the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey recently. Over two hundred children took to the stage for the Annual Primary Schools Drama Festival.  The theatre was filled each night with proud parents and teachers as the talented school children experienced their first moments in the spotlight.The festival opened on June 11th with S.N. Taobhóige’s production of “Sabháil an Domhan.” This charming play was performed beautifully by children aged 4-8 and expertly directed by their teacher Ms. Ní Bhriain.  Sixth Class from Woodland N.S. then performed “The Holiday Show”.This presentation was particularly impressive as the class performed an original script written by their teacher Ms. Mc Hugh.St. Mary’s N.S., Stranorlar opened the evening on June 12th with their production of “School Daze” The school’s two Sixth Classes joined forces to present a hilarious comedy reminiscing on their years in primary school.  The cast of 46 children were directed by Ms. Moy, Ms. Duffner and Ms. Mc Nulty.The evening was brought to a close by Scoil an Linbh Íosa, Killymard with their play “Peggy Wright.” This innovative play was written by one the pupils and directed by Ms. O’Toole. The final night of the festival belonged to St. Eunan’s N.S., Raphoe.  The talented children from Junior and Senior Infants performed “Caterpillar Boogie” directed by Ms. Crawford.Senior Infants and First Class then took to the stage to present a colourful production of “The Clown Who Couldn’t Smile” directed by Ms. Gallagher.The much-loved story of “Beauty and the Beast” followed. This was directed by Ms. Keeve and starred Third and Fourth Class.The festival was brought to a close by an original script written by Ms. Daly and performed by her Fourth and Fifth Class.Maura Logue was the adjudicator of the festival and gave insightful commentary and feedback to the schools at the end of each evening. Every child was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for their performance and each school received a commemorative plaque.Run annually by the Butt Drama Circle, this event provides a unique opportunity for young children to have the experience of performing in a real theatre in front of a live audience.The adjudicator paid tribute to everyone involved- festival director Teresa Mc Nulty, the parents, teachers and schools who make such a memorable experience possible for the children.Picture Special: Local primary schools perform at annual Drama Fesitval was last modified: July 22nd, 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_imgNEW YORK — Giants Shaun Anderson has pitched in just four major league games, but he has already earned the attention and respect of the top rookie hitter in the National League.Mets slugger Pete Alonso thought the world of Anderson long before either player reached the majors.“I’m definitely looking forward to facing a buddy,” said Alonso, who was teammates with Anderson at the University of Florida. “It’s awesome that me and him are here right now. It seems so far away, but three years …last_img read more

first_imgThe search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean has moved closer to Australia with experts halving the target area. Though efforts so far have failed to find signs of the jet, search co-ordinators at the Australian Maritime Safety Authority remain confident. “With a smaller area closer to Perth and more aircraft, I hope we will do better tomorrow, ” the authority’s emergency response chief John Young said yesterday. He said though the search area had been significantly refined, it was still a very big area. Australian, New Zealand and US planes made four sorties yesterday, focusing on the refined 305,000sqkm — an area about one-third bigger than Victoria. The search for the plane with 239 passengers and crew has entered its 13th day and Australia continues to co-ordinate the search in the Indian Ocean. Mr Young said the planes given the job included two RAAF AP-3C Orions, a US Navy P-8 Poseidon and a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K Orion. Five merchant ships responded to a broadcast to shipping on Monday night to keep a lookout in the area. Three had traversed the zone with another two going through today but, like the air search, they made no sightings. Search conditions in the area yesterday were moderate. “This area is vast and remote, ” Mr Young said. “It will take several weeks to cover and it is a challenging operation.” The combined search for flight MH370 now involves 7.68 million sqkm, an area slightly bigger than Australia, after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday the plane flew seven hours towards an unknown destination after it vanished off radar. The 26 countries involved are covering a northern corridor over south and central Asia as well as the Australian southern zone deep into the Indian Ocean. Thailand’s military says its radar detected a plane just minutes after the jetliner’s communications stopped. It said it did not share the information with Malaysia earlier because it was not specifically asked for it. The twisting path took a plane to the Strait of Malacca, where Malaysia tracked MH370. A French expert who took part in the search for Air France Flight 447, which crashed in the South Atlantic in 2009, said finding the Malaysian plane would be much tougher. “Here we simply have no idea of the location of the aircraft because there were no ACARS signals, ” Jean-Paul Troadec, a special adviser with France’s civil aviation accident investigation agency, said. Chinese state media reported on Tuesday that China was expanding its search to waters south-east of the Bay of Bengal and west of Indonesia. Xinhua said nine Chinese ships would be involved and would focus on seas near Sumatra in western Indonesia. United Arab Emirates armed forces have joined the search and will cover a zone south over the Indian Ocean to Australia and north over south and central Asia.last_img read more

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img For this week’s One Million by One Million roundtable, we turned the spotlight on Latin and Central America. One of the things I have enjoyed tremendously about 1M/1M is its distinctly international nature. Over the years, we’ve had entrepreneurs from all over the world attend and pitch, and I’m delighted to see that we’re propagating the methodology and the platform far and wide.1M/1M and ENTREPRENEUR JOURNEYS represent my attempt to capture the tribal knowledge accumulated in the private lives of great entrepreneurs and institutionalize it, so entrepreneurs all over the world can use it. In Silicon Valley, we’ve had access to the tribal knowledge, but no one has tried to capture it, derive a methodology out of it, and package it in a way that entrepreneurs around the world can benefit from this knowledge and expertise.We have done that in 1M/1M.And over time, I envision that eco-system after eco-system around the world would learn how to use this program to do effective and precise entrepreneurship development, not spray and pray, which is largely what goes on today, with huge amount of resources being wasted.As I said to an entrepreneur from Hong Kong at a previous roundtable: whether you are building a startup in Silicon Valley or Timbuktu, the methodology of bringing a product or service to market is not that much different.With that, let’s look at the two entrepreneurs who pitched today from Costa Rica. Entrepreneurs from Latin and Central America were given first priority to pitch their businesses at today’s roundtable co-hosted by Innova Tiquicia and Startup Weekend Costa Rica.FinqItFirst up, Adrian Montero from Belen, Heredia, Costa Rica, presented FinqIt. Adrian wants to build a location-based service focused on assembling, and then reviewing and rating various services from fixing roofs to plumbing.What Adrian described sounds to me like a concept arbitrage on Angie’s List, a popular service for the US market, and is a fine value proposition for the Costa Rican market. It is however, still a concept, not yet a business, and Adrian should not be under the misconception that VCs would be lining up outside his door to fund the business. He needs to bootstrap it to a certain level, and following the 1M/1M methodology would be a good start.HandIt.meMarcial Cambronero, also from Costa Rica, pitched HandIt.me, an intriguing concept for “social shipping.” Marcial proposes to use friends living in the United States to transport products on behalf of consumers in Costa Rica who are regular customers of products from the US e-commerce vendors.As I listened to his pitch, however, I felt that a better and more interesting value proposition would be to create a “marketplace” for crowd-commerce, so to speak, where Marcial can create small groups of consumers segmented by location and merchandise interest, and have them aggregate their orders from US merchants, to cut down on expensive shipping charges. Consumers can take turns in placing the order, and Marcial would need to provide the infrastructure to manage the flow of funds, as well as the distribution of merchandise locally. A well designed trust system with reviews and ratings and dispute settlement would be necessary to prevent fraud, the way other exchanges like eBay do.Overall, I like this notion of social shipping, since as we become a more global world, and as e-commerce takes off in more geographies, this could be a service not only applicable to Costa Rica, but much more broadly in many nations.Words To Live ByNext, Alexandra Suarez-Mondshein of Miami, Florida, discussed Words To Live By, a neat concept of designing and producing high quality books with fine paper and fabric for special occasion gift giving. The service has the functionality for a group of people to submit custom messages to commemorate occasions like bridal shower, baby shower, milestone birthdays, anniversaries, etc., and each book costs $375 retail.My feedback to Alex was that the $375 price-point is way too high, and I asked her if she has the provision to pool together the money for a group gift? Well, she doesn’t.In my opinion, to gain fast adoption, this offering needs to be a group-gift, and it needs to be positioned as such. Ten people paying $37.50 each is much more acceptable than one person paying $375, and my suggestion is to focus on making the product a group-gifting service.ResortHuntAdarsh Patil from Bangalore, India, presented ResortHunt. Adarsh observes that there are over 30 million search queries for the term “Resort” and over 25 million for the term “spa”. He wants to convert lookers to buyers by creating a spa and resort booking site with specific advantages for the owners of those properties.Adarsh really needs to do some thorough competitive analysis and decide which market may have room for him to enter. The travel booking category is excruciatingly competitive, crowded, and continues to attract new entrants all the time. I probed his market entry strategy, and it was all over the place. So, I suggested, as a first order of business, that he determines where there is a gap, and where he can meaningfully compete.EnziLast up was Ashni Mohnot from Mountain View, California, discussing Enzi, an income linked education loan program for students. Ashni wants to create a Kiva-like exchange whereby consumers can fund the education of students in exchange of a percentage of the future income of those students.While I like the general concept, I feel that the program needs to be specific to alumni associations, and not an open, public exchange. The trust factor needs to come from being part of an alumni association, and as such, it should be a white label solution – software and services – offered by various alumni associations, to their alumni and students as a way of giving back, and directly engaging with students.I also suggested that Ashni focuses on funding science, technology and engineering program students, since there is so much energy today around America’s role in the world, and whether the country is losing its edge in science and technology. This would be a way to engage alumni around a specific program, and let’s not forget, the employability of the students post-graduation is an important aspect to ensure the loan repayment.The 1M/1M roundtables are pretty much oversubscribed by at least 250% every week, right now, so if you are trying to get a slot to pitch, I suggest you sign up early, or you can join the premium program to access a broader and more comprehensive range of services.Next week, the 1M/1M roundtable will be co-hosted with TiE Midwest. You can register for the next roundtable here.You can also listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here and select the business you like best through a poll on the 1M/1M Facebook page. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M) initiative, an educational, business development and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant, she writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. From 2008 to 2010, Mitra was a columnist for Forbes. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tags:#How To#start sramana mitralast_img read more

first_imgPain is one of the most frequently reported symptoms by service members returning from military deployment seeking medical assistance. As a caregiver, understanding and managing the physical and psychological pain of your wounded warrior can play an important role in his or her rehabilitation and reintegration process.Chronic pain has the potential to significantly affect your loved one during the recovery phase. According to the American Chronic Pain Association, chronic pain is pain that continues beyond an expected healing period of an injury. The pain can linger even if your warrior is no longer ill or injured and in some cases, exist even if an injury is absent.Chronic pain can come from just normal wear and tear on the body or from aging. During military operations, however, chronic pain may come from combat-related injuries or day-to-day military activities. Many service members that sustain less traumatic wounds return home with back problems, joint immobility, or other ailments. There can be consequences if your service member does not seek immediate attention for his or her chronic pain.Potential dangers of untreated chronic painIsolationSubstance abusePhysical deconditioned or loss of physical fitnessSleep disturbanceReduced sexual activityImpaired ability to workLower self-esteemIrritabilityDepressionEveryone is different and perceives pain in different ways. Those who suffer from chronic pain are less likely to function in simple day-to-day activities such as walking, sitting, standing, lifting or even touching objects.Be aware of signs that indicate your loved one may be in pain:Facial expression, such as grimacingHeavy breathingUnusual body movements (such as limping)Behavioral changes (such as not wanting to eat or sleep)Emotional (such as irritable or crying)Service Members Battling PainWhile coping with chronic pain may seem overwhelming at times, military personnel can learn ways to manage their chronic pain and restore their lives to a more productive and meaningful life.Develop a comprehensive treatment plan with your doctor or nurse care manager.Speak up to your healthcare provider; describe your pain and any activities that lessen or increase their pain.Participate in the treatment process early on.Set realistic goals with your healthcare provider concerning treatment plans.Write down any questions or concerns you may have before each appointment.Know your limitations when it comes to overexertion.Keep up with regular sleep schedules.Eat healthy.Exercise regularly.Realize that there will be good and bad days.Talk to your doctor or nurse care manager about support groups for warriors in similar chronic pain situations.Track your pain episodes. Write down how long the pain lasts, the severity of the pain and activities that may have brought about pain.Learn to relax. Relaxation exercises are one way of reclaiming control over the body.Find ways to distract from the pain (such as listening to music, reading, etc.).Caring for the CaregiverCaring for a service member with chronic pain can be hard, as is caring for anyone injured in combat. It is important that you, as the caregiver, learn to help your wounded warrior and yourself.Communicate between the two of you. Talk about issues and concerns as they arise.Take care of your health.Learn about specific problems your service member may be experiencing (such as sleeping disorder, depression, intimacy, etc.).Be patient. Understand when to help and when to encourage self-help.Believe in your loved one’s report of pain (validation).Attend medical visits with your wounded warrior.Take responsibility for all medications.Talk to your service member’s doctor or nurse case manager if his or her pain begins to disrupt their sleep.Join a support group for caregivers in similar wounded warrior situations.Report any major change you observe in your loved one’s symptoms, mood, abilities, or daily activities.Your caregiving journey can be physically and mentally challenging, especially if you are caring for a wounded warrior who is suffering from chronic pain.Learning as much as you can about this condition will help you better serve your loved one during this difficult time. And remember…never give up! Staying positive will keep your loved one optimistic and help him or her stay motivated during the rehabilitation process.For more information on how to successfully manage your service member’s chronic pain go to the Real Warriors.last_img read more

first_imgView comments Rodriguez, Superal join LPGT hunt Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “Since we made the trades, we became the No. 1 defensive team,” Garcia said after the Painters rose to 4-2 while dealing a first loss in five starts on the Hotshots.“The [defensive] effort is there. When we play good defense, the offense comes.”In the nightcap, NLEX earned at least a tie for a quarterfinal slot with a 103-100 triumph over San Miguel Beer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Painters battle the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen next, and even with J’Nathan Bullock not dominating any department, Garcia believes he has the perfect import that will take the team deep into the tournament.Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan returned to duty after serving the country in the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon and finished with a combined 28 points, 25 rebounds and seven assists.Despite being under the weather, Almazan forced himself to play and won Player of the Game honors with 13 points and 14 rebounds in less than 19 minutes. He was wheeled out of the dugout on a stretcher and taken to a hospital after the match. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion James Yap. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter trades seen by many to have weakened the team, and with an import that is not putting up monster numbers compared to the others, Rain or Shine roared to a third straight win on Sunday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Elasto Painters held Star to its fewest output in the conference and pulled off a 92-88 victory as they continued to climb up the standings, ironically, after trading away a veteran superstar and a blue-chip rookie.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more