Government ‘aim’ to boost childcare providers with €7,000 grant

first_imgThe DCCC are making childcare providers aware of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) grant that is being made available as part of a new scheme by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Are you a childcare provider? If so, you may be able to apply for a grant to create a more inclusive learning environment so that all children can succeed!Why is this grant being made available? All children have rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what language they speak or whether they have a disability or not. You can help create a more accessible, equal and inclusive pre-school for all children by making small changes to the physical environment.This can include the removal of physical barriers that prevent a child from participating in learning activities equally with his/her friends.More information is available at: http://www.donegalchildcare.com/the-access-and-inclusion-model-aim/This grant is available as part of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM), which is a new initiative from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to enable children with a disability to access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme. Under this programme, you can apply for equipment, appliances and/or a capital grant up to €7,000 towards the cost of minor alterations to the pre-school setting.How will this improve the quality of the pre-school?Creating a more inclusive environment will help parents and educators feel confident that every child has equal access to the play and learning activities organised through the early childhood curriculum.  A safe, inclusive environment will greatly benefit all children by strengthening their sense of belonging, participation and independence.What type of improvements are eligible?To help a child better engage with the early childhood curriculum, you can apply for a grant for play and learning materials or visual/hearing assistive technology resources. You could also create a quiet/sensory area within the ECCE room. You may want to widen doorframes to allow for easier access for wheelchair users or make bathrooms and toileting areas more accessible to increase the independence of all children.Grants also covers ramps, specialised chairs, hoists and slings, multi-sensory items, standing frames or any other item needed by a child to participate equally in play and learning experiences.A full and comprehensive list is available at: AIM-Level-5-Capital-Information.pdfSo what are you waiting for? How to apply … Early childhood service providers, in partnership with parents, can apply for support by filling in an online application in the PIP Portal at www.pobal.ie.If you need support, advice or guidance on this process, please contact Donegal County Childcare Committee 074 9123442 or [email protected] where we will be only too glad to help!Government ‘aim’ to boost childcare providers with €7,000 grant was last modified: September 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:childcareDCCCGovernmentgrantnewsProvidersSchemelast_img read more

Key Takeaways for Professionals on Building Trust & Credibility

first_imgOn Wednesday the MFLN Military Caregiving concentration hosted their monthly webinar on ‘Empowering Those We Help: Building Trust and Credibility’ to military helping professionals that may be working with family caregivers of wounded service members and those caring for someone with special needs.The professional development training was more of a “back to basics” guide that focused on principles to effective services on empowering families and increasing resilience, while recognizing that families have expert-level knowledge regarding their own experiences and key insight into the needs of their loved one.Upon completion of the webinar, presenter Alicia Cassels, Extension Professor from West Virginia University, provided key takeaways for professionals to think about as they go forth in their work with military families.  As you read the following key takeaways, think about how these may affect your work experience. Do these represent your current work environment or are there areas for improvement?Effective service provision empowers families and helps increase resilience.Effective service providers recognize that families have expert-level knowledge regarding their own experiences and key insight into the needs of their loved ones.Communication styles, family culture, base culture, special needs and other factors impact family decisions to seek support. Professional skills, personal attributes and experiences influence provider interactions with families.It is important for providers to learn as much as possible about the cultures that they serve.Effective helping professionals convey key characteristics when collaborating with families. These characteristics include: unbiased, emotionally mature, culturally competent, non-judgmental, accepting, empathetic, objective and empowering.Comprehensive needs assessments should be conducted prior to goal setting and should identify family strengths and needs.Periodic reviews of goals should be conducted in order to address changing family needs and priorities.Providers are ideally seen as hubs for accurate information, family support and needs-based referrals.Collaborative working relationships with organizations that serve your population will increase your capacity to help families access necessary services.It is important to assist families in adjusting expectations regarding services based on knowledge of typical timelines and experiences.If you missed Wednesday’s MFLNMC webinar there is still time to watch the recording and receive continuing education credit or a certificate of completion for training hours. Simply go to, ‘Empowering Those We Help: Building Trust and Credibility’ to learn more.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on August 21, 2015.last_img read more

Kings land veteran free agents Zach Randolph, George Hill

first_imgKawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs tries to strip Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies of the ball in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on April 17, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFPThe Sacramento Kings added veteran help to their young roster on Tuesday by agreeing to free-agent contracts with forward Zach Randolph and point guard George Hill.Randolph left Memphis for a $24 million, two-year deal to reunite with former Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger in Sacramento, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT After a rocky start to his career in Portland and New York, Randolph found himself in Memphis. He spent eight years with the Grizzlies, emerging as one of the central figures of the team’s “grit and grind” mantra.He helped Memphis make the playoffs the past seven years, including a trip to the conference final in 2013 when Joerger was an assistant. Joerger took over as head coach the following year and had three years with Randolph, including a trip to the second round in 2015.Randolph, who turns 36 later this month, averaged 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game last season and is still considered one of the better post players in the game.He is expected to be a mentor for young big men like Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere and Harry Giles, one of the team’s three first-round picks last month.It’s quite a reversal for Randolph, who was considered a malcontent in need of mentoring when he arrived in Memphis in 2009 after failed tenures in Portland, New York and with the Los Angeles Clippers. But he grew into a leadership role with the Grizzlies and became a trusted veteran.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Hill will be expected to provide similar traits in Sacramento, while grooming rookie point guards De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III. The 31-year-old has spent nine years in the NBA with San Antonio, Indiana and Utah.He averaged a career-high 16.9 points per game last season for the Jazz, helping them make the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2010. He also averaged 4.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He played only 49 games in the regular season because of various injuries.After going into the draft last month with no point guards on the roster, the Kings have invested heavily in the position the past two weeks. They took Fox fifth overall and then used their second-round pick on Mason.Fox is extremely quick and a skilled ball handler who showed the ability to get to the basket in his one season at Kentucky. He averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.Mason was a four-year player at Kansas and won numerous player-of-the-year awards last season, including from The Associated Press. He averaged 20.9 points and 5.2 assists per game as a senior and finished sixth all-time at Kansas in both points (1,885) and assists (576).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infectioncenter_img I quit! Federer, Djokovic benefit from Wimbledon retirements ESPN first reported the agreement.Hill announced on Twitter that he was coming to Sacramento. Yahoo Sports first reported the deal, saying Hill would get $57 million over three years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Kings started free agency with just two players on the roster who are not on their rookie contracts – guard Garrett Temple and center Kosta Koufos – and were seeking some proven players to provide stability. Sacramento went 30-52 last season, Joerger’s first year, and has not made the playoffs since 2006.The Kings hope the additions of Randolph and Hill will help change that. 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11 days agoArsenal star Lacazette: Guendouzi aims to become the best

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal star Lacazette: Guendouzi aims to become the bestby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexandre Lacazette says Arsenal teammate Matteo Guendouzi wants to become the best. The 20-year-old midfielder was recently named as the Gunners’ Player of the Month for September.”He is like the younger brother [in the friendship group with me and Auba]!” Lacazette told Arsenal.com. “We all really have a good relationship, we like to work and to laugh together so it’s really good.”I’m really happy for Matteo [for being named September Player of the Month], he played really well, he helped the team when we needed him, he is really improving each season so we are all really happy with his performances this month. “We can see that every top midfielder in the world is like this [in terms of demanding the ball and being brave]. They all want to take the ball. “Matteo has a good ambition, he wants to be one of the best players in his position so every day he is trying to be the best and this month he showed that he can be.” last_img read more

KSAMC to Repave Streets in Proposed Downtown Kingston Art District

first_img Kingston’s Mayor, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, has announced that the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be repaving roadways in the sections of downtown Kingston where a proposed street art district is to be established by the entity Kingston Creative. Speaking at Tuesday’s (November 27) launch of Kingston Creative’s initiative, dubbed ‘First 50 Impact Investment Campaign’, at F&B Downtown on Harbour Street in downtown Kingston, Senator Williams said it is estimated that the repaving exercise will cost upwards of $40 million. “The discussion is [that] we would use paving stones for the areas on those streets. We have also been coordinating with Kingston Creative in terms of the Innovation Hub, and we will be making an investment there from the city’s treasury. We will, additionally, be assisting with signage… to enhance the aesthetics of the art district and the wider downtown Kingston area,” he added. Kingston’s Mayor, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, has announced that the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be repaving roadways in the sections of downtown Kingston where a proposed street art district is to be established by the entity Kingston Creative.Speaking at Tuesday’s (November 27) launch of Kingston Creative’s initiative, dubbed ‘First 50 Impact Investment Campaign’, at F&B Downtown on Harbour Street in downtown Kingston, Senator Williams said it is estimated that the repaving exercise will cost upwards of $40 million.“The discussion is [that] we would use paving stones for the areas on those streets. We have also been coordinating with Kingston Creative in terms of the Innovation Hub, and we will be making an investment there from the city’s treasury.  We will, additionally, be assisting with signage… to enhance the aesthetics of the art district and the wider downtown Kingston area,” he added.Meanwhile, Senator Williams said the KSAMC is playing its part in the revival of downtown Kingston, citing the Flag Circle, which was officially opened in June, as an example.“We are also pushing the idea of creating a recreational and historical space within the Parade area, from Ward Theatre… along Coke Methodist Church, Kingston Parish Church, right across [to] the Big Tree. That is an area of rich history and cannot [remain] as it is now with all of the buses coming in disorderly… we have to clean up that area,” he said.The Mayor pointed out that a part of that transformational process will entail the proposed discontinuation of public passenger vehicle transits through the Parade area.“The [KSAMC] is recommending that we construct a true transport centre, and the Municipality is willing to donate the lands for that, [because] we need a proper transport centre that will be central to how public transport enters and leaves the city,” he explained.Senator Williams advised that he has discussed the proposal with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; and Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, adding that “we have already assembled a team to begin discussing the logistics”.Kingston Creative’s First 50 Impact Investment Campaign aims to raise $50 million towards the development of the Caribbean’s first-ever dedicated art district and creative hub, being sited in downtown Kingston.Work to this end has commenced, as artwork by Kingston Creative’s artists is emblazoned on walls along Water Lane.Kingston Creative also hosts a free event on the last Sunday of each month, which brings together a wide range of artists, artisans and designers.It is deemed to be laying the groundwork for the development of the art district and hub for creative entrepreneurs.Stakeholder support for the initiative has already been committed by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; KSAMC; Red Stripe; Jamaica Observer; C.B. Facey Foundation; F&B Downtown; and PaperboyJA. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Celebrities Participate In MPTFs Reel Stories Real Lives

first_imgLast week, MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) hosted its sixth annual “Reel Stories, Real Lives” event, a unique evening of powerful readings which told the stories of industry members and their families who have benefitted from MPTF’s services in recent years.Josh Hartnett Attends Reel Stories, Real LivesMatthew Broderick, Josh Hartnett, Chrissy Metz, Jessica Rothe, and Will Fetters served as the storytellers. Each story was written by some of Hollywood’s leading feature and television writers including Dorothy Blyskal, Will Fetters, Seth Grahame-Smith, Monica Macer, and Billy Ray. The evening was hosted by actor/writer Kumail Nanjiani, and included a special piece featuring Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, introduced by Melissa McCarthy in a hilarious video piece.To close the show, Gianopulos shared the story of why he got involved with MPTF back at the organization’s 80th Anniversary event. It was there that he heard Ethel Winant, the first female executive at CBS, talk about how MPTF had been there when she needed them most. Gianopulos shared with the audience, “I have told her story a hundred times in the 16 years since I first heard it and each time it reminds me of the power of storytelling and how one person can make a difference. Ethel did not have to share her story as openly and with such grace and dignity as she did, but by doing so, many of us who had little awareness of MPTF were moved to action.” He encouraged the crowd to take action as well, to each “Play Their Part,” and text “MPTF” to 51555 to make a donation to MPTF.Ford Motor Company continued their partnership with MPTF as a Presenting Sponsor of the event, honoring the organization with a $100,000 grant. The gift will enable MPTF to continue to provide quality care, and other services, to entertainment industry members in need. The check was presented by MPTF’s NextGen Board Co-Chairs Natalie Bruss and Brian Toombs, and accepted by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation. FORD’s relationship with the entertainment industry dates back to the earliest days of film when Henry Ford partnered with silent film producers to feature the iconic FORD Model T in the Keystone Cop movies. Through multiple events and a grass roots campaign, FORD aims to raise awareness of MPTF while driving funds for the organization through a meaningful collaboration. “Reel Stories, Real Lives” received additional support from City National Bank and Delta Air Lines.The event also marked the official launch of MPTF’s “We All Play Our Part” campaign to increase awareness and ensure everyone in the entertainment community knows they can turn to MPTF in times of need. For over 95 years, MPTF has created a legacy of caring for our industry family, which was passed down from Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin, and remains MPTF’s guiding principal. From child care, to finding the right health insurance plan, to caring for an aging parent, to retirement living; MPTF helps thousands of industry members at every stage of life who perform every function in the industry. Everyone can play their part by spreading the word about MPTF to anyone in the industry who may be facing a challenge where they could use some extra help.“FORD wants to invest in programs that make the world a better place,” said Alessandro Uzielli, Head of Ford Global Brand Entertainment. “Given our long history of partnering with the entertainment industry, we felt it was important to support MPTF as a way to give back to the community that we have collaborated with for so long. FORD’s contribution will help the myriad of services that MPTF provides, allowing them to continue their mission of taking care of their own.”The evening drew approximately 500 industry leaders and celebrity guests and was produced by Guymon Casady, Julie Darmody, William Gerber, Eric Kranzler, Kevin McCormick, Tendo Nagenda, Karen Rosenfelt, Greg Sills, Courtenay Valenti, and Warren Zavala.last_img read more

The Jaguars Finally Rank First In Something Besides Ineptitude

MIA60OAK54OAK 27, MIA 24+12.4– Jacksonville (yes, Jacksonville) has the NFL’s best defenseThe Jaguars’ defensive ranks since 2012 PER GAME 72009Jets8.99-7Lost in conference championship PHI75PHI77DEN 23, PHI 51-1.0– 102011Ravens7.912-4Lost in conference championship NO79NO74TB 10, NO 30-4.2– 32006Ravens10.813-3Lost in divisional playoffs Jaguars defense could end up being the best in a decadeTop 10 defensive expected points added per game since 2006 42008Steelers10.212-4Won Super Bowl KC52KC59KC 17, DAL 28-10.1– NYG51LAR62LAR 51, NYG 17+9.5– 12008Ravens11.611-5Lost in conference championship Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 9Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 9 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game JAX62JAX65CIN 7, JAX 23+0.1– 22017*Jaguars11.05-3 SEA76SEA73WSH 17, SEA 14+1.8– 20142626222718 2017*131271 ARI66ARI62ARI 20, SF 10-5.7– 62008Eagles9.09-6Lost in conference championship *Through Week 9Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.RESULTREADERS’ NET PTS YEARPOINTSYARDSPASS YARDSRUSH YARDSEPA HOU72HOU73IND 20, HOU 14-4.5– Another half of the football season still remains, and Jacksonville has work to do to ensure a playoff berth. But their chances of making the postseason are partly predicated on the strength of their remaining schedule: Of their eight remaining games, the Jags have a higher Elo rating than seven of their opponents. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll finish with a 12-4 record — they do play four of those remaining games on the road, and they are still the Jaguars after all. (Sorry, we had to slip one more in.)FiveThirtyEight vs. The ReadersWeek 9 in the NFL saw plenty of teams fighting for their playoff spots — in some cases quite literally. Jacksonville’s Jalen Ramsey and Cincinnati’s A.J. Green’s double ejection sparked an all-out brawl. And things got heated in New Orleans when the Saints and Buccaneers got into it on the Tampa Bay sideline. In our NFL prediction game this week — in which we invite you to outsmart our Elo algorithm — the readers had a couple of double-digit wins, the largest of which came as the Lions beat the Packers on the road to net the readers a whopping 18.8 points. For some reason, Elo picked Jay Cutler and Miami and was punished for doing so in the Raiders’ 27-24 win over the Dolphins, which netted readers 12.4 points. Make sure you get your Week 10 predictions in early — see you next week. RANKYEARTEAMEPA/GAMERECORDPLAYOFFS OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION *Through Week 9Source: ESPN STATS & INFORMATION GROUP 20132827252927 52006Bears9.113-3Lost Super Bowl The Jags’ rapid ascent to the top of the league’s defensive rankings has been sudden, so you’d be forgiven for missing it. Of their eight games so far this year, they’ve held opposing teams to 7 points or fewer in four of them (most in the NFL), compared with zero all of last year. And they’re not just the best in 2017. Seth Walder of the ESPN Stats & Information Group neatly detailed before Week 9 that the Jags’ secondary is on pace to become the best pass defense since 2006 — yes, better than the Legion of Boom. From an overall view, of the 10 defenses with the highest expected points added per game since 2006, only Ray Lewis’s 2008 Baltimore Ravens rank ahead of Doug Marrone’s defense. 201625651913 We would like to use this moment to offer a formal apology to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Over the past few years, pointing out Jacksonville’s many hilarious inadequacies has been one of our favorite hobbies (like we did here, here and here). And on occasion, we’ve gone out of our way to insert jokes about the Jaguars into articles that weren’t even about them (such as here and here). In our defense, they did deserve it: Between 2011 and 2016, Jacksonville won just 22 games — the fewest in the NFL. But this season, no one is laughing about the Jaguars, who are 5-3 and tied for first place in the AFC South. For the first time since 2010, the Jags have an Elo rating of more than 1500, meaning that after seven years, they’re finally an above average team again.1An Elo rating of approximately 1500 is considered average.The last time Jacksonville was this good, the Apple iPad was just a few months old, “The Social Network” had just been released, and the Chicago Bears were playoff-bound. And the Jaguars aren’t just above average. With their 23-7 win over the Bengals in Week 9, the Jags now have an 83 percent chance of making the postseason for the first time since 2007, according to our NFL Elo predictions. While much-maligned (by us) quarterback Blake Bortles has shown marginal improvements this year, it’s been the defense that’s had the biggest influence on the Jaguars’ winning ways. (“Jaguars” and “winning ways” sounds so strange to say aloud.)In the past two drafts, almost two-thirds of Jacksonville’s picks have been on the defensive end, including Yannick Ngakoue, who has 6.5 sacks so far this season. In free agency this year, the Jags signed Calais Campbell to a four-year, $60 million deal, and Campbell currently leads the league in sacks with 11. The dividends this season of the team’s focus on defense have been tremendous: Through Week 9, the Jags rank No. 1 in the league in points per game allowed with just 14.6 and expected points added with 11 per game. GB66%DET54%DET 30, GB 17+18.8– 82012Bears8.410-6Missed playoffs 20122930223028 TEN56TEN55BAL 20, TEN 23-2.6– BUF59BUF64BUF 21, NYJ 34-8.4– ATL51ATL52ATL 17, CAR 20-2.7– 20153124291524 92013Seahawks8.013-3Won Super Bowl The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. read more

Ohio State defensive line adopting a pack mentality to replace departed starters

OSU then-redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) celebrates after a fumble recovery during a game against Penn State on Oct. 17 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe change in seasons is not the only change this spring at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. With 22 players having departed the program, the remaining players and staff for the Ohio State football team are left trying to fill those voids. A lot of that change can be seen in the defensive line. A gaping hole at the right side of that line is leaving many wondering how OSU will fare without Joey Bosa. Bosa, a two-time winner of the Big Ten’s Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year award and a projected first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft, leaves big shoes to fill. OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson said he believes that the new contributors don’t need to be carbon copies of the player they’re stepping in for but can find ways to make themselves successful in different ways. “My philosophy is that you don’t try to replace them, you just try and find a guy to raise their game to the next level,” Johnson said. “I think the talent is there, and they want to be very good. What I do as a coach is to try and get them to raise their game.” Redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard is one such player expected to raise his game to the next level. The 6-foot-5 Cincinnati native is well aware that the ghost of No. 97’s shadow will be looming over the defensive line all season long, but he’s trying to avoid that pressure. “I don’t want to be Joey Bosa,” Hubbard said. “He’s a great player, but I just want to be the best Sam Hubbard.”Fortunately for Hubbard, he was able to accumulate enough experience last season to set him up for his newfound spotlight. Hubbard, who recorded 6.5 sacks as a redshirt freshman, was in the rotation, often giving Bosa a few downs off or even playing on opposite sides of the line. His biggest test, however, was when he replaced Bosa after the starter was ejected in the first quarter against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. From that point forward, Hubbard said he knew he needed to be a leader of the unit. “I used to watch the older guys, and now the younger guys are watching me,” Hubbard said. “There are great players that came before us, and if we have any drop off, then our possibility of losing the game is higher. We have to continue at the level of play that is expected at Ohio State.”One of the younger guys who could be a factor next year has a familiar surname: Nick Bosa. Before he even takes a snap donning scarlet and gray, one of the most highly touted recruits in the nation already has exceedingly high expectations. Although Nick Bosa is still on the road to recovery after sustaining a torn ACL as a high school senior, Johnson said he believes that once the younger Bosa gets back to work after his injury, the sky’s the limit.“He is so far ahead in his rehab right now, and we are talking and communicating. I am getting great video of what he is doing,” Johnson said. Johnson and his staff have yet to make a decision on where on the defensive line Nick Bosa will play. His older brother played on the outside, but the incoming freshman could find himself on the interior.“He can do both,” Johnson said. “We are going to see what’s the best fit for him and put the best 11 guys on the field. If he is a part of the best 11, we are going for it.”Alongside Hubbard is Tyquan Lewis, a redshirt junior defensive end from North Carolina. After playing through a shoulder injury last year, Lewis is spending his spring rehabilitating to get back and lead the younger guys. For Lewis, though, it’s not about one guy but the whole unit defensively. “We all have to play within ourselves but understand that we are playing together as one,” Lewis said. “The expectations for all of us are high because this is big-time football at a big-time university, so we want to make sure everyone gets a piece of the pie.”The culture that Johnson is helping bring to the defensive line is to limit the expectations of the individual but heighten expectations of the unit. This kind of collectivist thinking is influencing the players to think of themselves as one of 11. Hubbard, a primary leader of the defensive line, said he sets the example for not only the younger guys but for the entire defense.“I just want to never lose a rep, be a disruption, make plays, do my job, and be my one-eleventh part of the defense that everyone can rely on,” Hubbard said.OSU is set to make its return to the field on Saturday in the annual intrasquad spring game. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium following the men’s lacrosse game against Michigan. read more

Shooting at Catholic primary school in Nassau

first_img Related Items:#nassaucrime, #primaryschoolcrimescene, #stfrancisstjoseph Recommended for you Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNASSAU, Bahamas – November 16, 2017 – A primary school in Nassau was today turned into a crime scene  as Police try to nail down what led to a shooting at or near the institution on Boyd Road.When parents of St. Francis & St. Joseph Catholic primary thought it was just another ordinary run to collect their children from school, it was anything but.  We were unable to get police for a comment up to news time, but we understand that at least two shots rang out near the institution and a man was struck in the hand. Cell phone video shows the frenzy of activity at the campus and comments about who was behind the manic shooting, at a school where little children learn and play, and at an hour when they would be out and about.A woman’s voice is heard saying the gunman was ‘wearing a hoodie,’ another says the victim knew the gunman.  It is also reported that the violence traumatized the children who were said to be crying.It is believed no children were hurt in the shooting.Police were said to be on the scene investigating. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

44 of employees are happy with their benefits package

first_imgLess than half (44%) of employees are happy with the benefits they receive, a drop from 53% last year, according to research by Willis PMI Group.The survey, which polled 1,197 UK-based full- or part-time employees aged between 18 and 64 on their perceptions of benefits and wellbeing schemes, also showed that health and wellbeing provision was lowest in the Midlands, with 30% of respondents receiving these rewards.The research also found:55% of London-based employees and 52% of Scotland-based employees were reasonably satisfied with the benefits being offered to them.37% said their employers currently made provisions to look after their health and wellbeing, but this varies by region. Nearly half (48%) of Scottish respondents and 44% of London respondents said their employers look after their health and wellbeing.36% of respondents in the north west are satisfied with their benefit offering.Mike Blake (pictured), director at Willis PMI Group, said: “Given the current focus on reducing the burden of employee ill health and sickness absence on the economy, it is surprising to find the perception of benefits provision is actually on the decline. [Organisations] might ask whether this is due to increasing expectation, a shortfall in provision or a failure to properly communicate available benefits to staff.“It is important for employers to identify the specific challenges faced by their business and actively engage with their staff in order to better understand what benefits are both needed and wanted. Schemes will be most successful when they align the goals of the organisation with the desires of the employees.”Find out how to engage staff with benefits at Employee Benefits Live 2016 on 11-12 October at Olympia National, Londonlast_img read more