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‘Hello fourth round!’ Arsenal fans VERY confident ahead of Spurs match

By on December 30, 2019

first_img1 Arsenal fans are very confident ahead of the Tottenham match in the Capital One Cup third round There are some Gooners who believe a place in the Capital One Cup fourth round is already secure.Arsenal were drawn against north London rivals Tottenham in the third round, with the White Hart Lane clash set for September.Matches between the two bitter enemies are always lively affairs and supporters from both sides of the divide have already begun fanning the flames.Here, talkSPORT looks at a selection of tweets from Arsenal fans ahead, some of whom were in confident mood…last_img read more

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Web site gives parents look at signs of autism

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first_imgThe new site is sponsored by two nonprofit advocacy groups: Autism Speaks and First Signs. They hope the site will promote early diagnosis and treatment, which can help young children with autism lead more normal lives. Pediatrician Dr. Michael Wasserman cautioned that the site might lead some parents to fret needlessly about normal behavior variations, and he said they shouldn’t use it to try to diagnose their own kids. “Just as there’s a spectrum in autism, … there’s a spectrum in normal development,” said Wasserman of Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. “Children don’t necessarily develop in a straight line.” But Amy Wetherby, a Florida State University professor of communications disorders who helped create the site, noted that sometimes “parents are the first to be concerned and the doctors aren’t necessarily worried.” She said the Web sites will help give parents terms to talk with the doctor as soon as they become worried. And while the children shown in the video clips titled “Red Flags” have been diagnosed with some form of autism, the site sponsors note that not all children who behave this way have something wrong with them. In fact, the behaviors in some of the short video clips – when viewed individually – look fairly normal. CHICAGO – What’s so unusual about a baby fascinated with spinning a cup, or a toddler flapping his hands, or a preschooler walking on her toes? Parents and even doctors sometimes miss these red flags for autism, but a new online video “glossary” makes them startlingly clear. A new Web site offers dozens of video clips of autistic kids’ behavior contrasted with that of unaffected children. Some of the side-by-side differences can make you gasp. Others are more subtle. The free site, debuting today, also defines and depicts “stimming,” “echolalia” and other confusing-sounding terms that describe autistic behavior. Stimming refers to repetitive, self-stimulating or soothing behavior, including hand-flapping and rocking, that autistic children sometimes do in reaction to light, sounds or excitement. Echolalia is echoing or repeating someone else’s words or phrases, sometimes out of context. The important thing is to seek medical help, to either rule out autism or get an early diagnosis, if a child persistently exhibits unusual behavior, said Alison Singer of Autism Speaks. Added Wetherby, “We now know that one out of 150 children has autism, or one out of 94 boys. It’s not a rare disability. We also know that early intervention is critical.” The site was to be available to the public starting today on the Autism Speaks Web site http://www.autismspeaks.org. Several autism specialists who reviewed it at the request of The Associated Press called it an unusually helpful tool for parents and doctors. “The moving pictures speak a million words,” said Dr. Edwin Cook, an autism researcher and educator at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “Not only do I see this as useful for the general public and for parents who might be wondering, … but I will frankly be using it for education” and training, Cook said. He has received research funding from Autism Speaks but is not connected with the new site.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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NHL NOTEBOOK Kings sign Brown to extension

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first_imgBy Matthew Kredell STAFF WRITER The Kings locked up Dustin Brown to a long-term contract Friday, signing the forward to a six-year extension worth $19.05 million. Brown, who turns 23 next month, could have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The new deal will pay him $3.175 million per season through 2013-14. Brown made his NHL debut for the Kings at 18 years old in 2003-04. He has 36 goals and 51 assists in 202 career games. Around the league Red Wings: Forward Kris Draper, a winner of three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings, signed a three-year contract extension that averages $1.6 million per season. The 36-year-old Draper has five goals through the first 10 games of his 14th season with Detroit. Avalanche: Defenseman Jordan Leopold will have wrist surgery and be sidelined about two months. The AP contributed to this notebook. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Dustin is an integral part of what we are building here with the Kings,” General Manager Dean Lombardi said. “We like how he competes, we like his toughness and we are very pleased with how his overall game has developed.” Brown has been one of the more versatile players for the Kings this season, playing on the power play and the penalty kill, as well as providing the toughness on the top scoring line. He has four goals and four assists in 11 games. “The most important thing is that six years provides me some security,” Brown said, “knowing that I’m going to be a King for a while, and that’s what I really wanted.” Just last week there were printed rumors in the Ottawa Sun that the Kings were shopping Brown for a goalie. Those appear to be unfounded, or at least in the past. Brown is making $1.175 million this season, his fourth in the league. He was the 13th selection in the first round by the Kings in 2003. last_img read more

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NOT TICKLED PINK

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first_img“Awareness, we don’t need any more of,” she said. “We have plenty of awareness. The question is what we do now.” The pink sales campaigns are probably the biggest and best-known efforts in the world of “cause marketing,” where companies team up with charities with the aim of bringing in more money for both. Apple Inc. sells red iPods as part of the big (PRODUCT) RED effort of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. sells a stuffed giraffe whose proceeds support the World Wildlife Federation. Then, there’s Newman’s Own, the food company that gives its profits to various causes. The first blockbuster cause marketing campaign came in 1983, when American Express Co. announced it would contribute money to restoring Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty based on how much its customers charged. Applications for the card spiked, card use peaked, and $1.7 million was raised. And corporate America had a new sales pitch. “It focused a lot of attention that you could motivate consumers by appealing to the best in them,” said David Hessekiel, president of Cause Marketing Forum, a Rye, N.Y., company that puts on workshops about cause marketing. In 1982, the Dallas-based foundation now known as Susan G. Komen for the Cure began trying to get attention for breast cancer, a deadly and common disease that wasn’t much talked about. It started getting attention with its Race for the Cure. Some of the sponsors of the walk/run started marketing campaigns around the cause. Now, those campaigns are a juggernaut. In the last fiscal year, which ended March 31, Komen says it brought in more than $58 million from corporate sponsors. Much of that money came from peddlers of pink products, though some was also from Race for the Cure national sponsorships. Nearly 140 companies are currently running promotions to support Komen; additional companies are using pink and contributing to other breast-cancer causes. In the past 25 years, Komen has invested nearly $1 billion in breast cancer research, education and support. The interest it has raised is one reason government spending on the disease has grown in that time from $30 million per year to about $900 million per year. Cause Marketing Forum’s Hessekiel sees breast cancer as a natural for cause marketing because it reaches women, who do much of the nation’s shopping, and because it’s linked to the pink ribbon, which makes a handy symbol. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The companies say the “cause marketing” campaigns do good for the world – and they’re not bad for sales, either. It may sound like an idea that’s hard to argue with, but all the pink has some people seeing red. Pink Ribbons, Inc., a book published last year by Samantha King, a professor at Queen’s University in Ontario, found fault with the way corporate sponsorship has put the emphasis in finding a cure rather than figuring out why the cancer rate is so high. And for five years now, the San Francisco-based group Breast Cancer Action, which bills itself as the “bad girls of breast cancer,” has been running an anti-pink product campaign called “Think Before You Pink.” The group’s executive director, Barbara Brenner, a breast cancer survivor who never wears a pink ribbon herself, says that in many cases corporate images get what she calls a “pinkwash” while the cause gets nominal donations. By Geoff Mulvihill THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. – October used to be shrouded in black and orange, but in recent years, pink has been nudged into the palette. It seems just about every product you can buy – from Indianapolis Colts mini-helmets to M&M candies, from Avaya phone faceplates to Yoplait yogurt – is available in pink, or at least pink packaging, as part of a promotion to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. last_img read more

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GOVERNMENT WON’T REVIEW RENTS IN KILLYBEGS – TD

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first_imgThomas Pringle TD has called for genuine engagement with tenants and the need for a will on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine in negotiating rent reductions for fishery harbour centre tenants.“Currently, the department has in the region of 140 property agreements in place in the six Fishery Harbour Centres at Killybegs, Ros an Mhíl, Dingle, Castletownbere, Dunmore East and Howth,” he said.“In the region of 60 lease agreements contain rent review clauses, however Minister Coveney decided that following the completion of rent reviews due for the period up to mid-2008 that no rent reviews would be carried out for years subsequent to 2008 and that an effective freeze in rent would be applied across the board. “Last week I informed the Minister how this decision he made two years ago is affecting tenants who are living with the consequences of this and paying very high rents and want their rents to be reviewed and are happy to engage with the Department, but to no avail.“Minister Coveney justified his decision by stating that in the most recent round of rent reviews, numerous rents were increased. While this may be the case, the rent freeze is not enough and in some cases detrimental whereby numerous tenants are finding themselves at a disadvantage because of this. If there was a will within the department to engage with tenants and work towards negotiating fairer rents I believe that would be a constructive solution.“But since the Minister has decided to continue this approach in relation to rent reviews due in 2013 and for a rent freeze to be applied in all such cases, it looks like this situation will remain for some time.“This is an unfortunate situation for those who would otherwise be paying lower rents and I will continue to call on the Minister to constructively engage with these tenants,” stated Pringle.  GOVERNMENT WON’T REVIEW RENTS IN KILLYBEGS – TD was last modified: February 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GOVERNMENT WON’T REVIEW RENTS IN KILLYBEGS – TDlast_img read more

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‘No Country,’ ‘Blood’ make AFI top 10 list

By on December 29, 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAmong Globe best-drama nominees were “No Country for Old Men,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s Texas thriller starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin; “There Will Be Blood,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s California oil-boom epic with Daniel Day-Lewis; and “Michael Clayton,” Tony Gilroy’s corporate-lawsuit drama starring George Clooney. The AFI also released a top 10 list of TV shows and movies for 2007, featuring “Dexter,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Longford,” “Mad Men,” “Pushing Daisies,” “The Sopranos,” “Tell Me You Love Me,” “30 Rock” and “Ugly Betty.” The top-10 lists were chosen by two 13-member panels, one each for movies and television. Members included actress Melissa Gilbert, filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan and critics Leonard Maltin, David Ansen and Richard Schickel. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The crime tale “No Country for Old Men,” the oil saga “There Will Be Blood” and the legal drama “Michael Clayton” were among critical favorites that landed on the American Film Institute’s list of the year’s 10 best movies. Also on AFI’s list released Sunday were the jewel-heist story “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” the stroke-victim tale “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” the road drama “Into the Wild,” the pregnancy comedies “Juno” and “Knocked Up,” the animated rodent comedy “Ratatouille” and the sibling comic drama “The Savages.” Unlike other film honors, the institute does not rank films or pick one as the year’s best. The filmmakers behind the top-10 choices will be honored at a luncheon Jan. 11. Many of the films on the list picked up Golden Globe nominations last week and are expected to compete for Academy Awards. Nominations come out Jan. 22. last_img read more

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COMPETITION: WIN A DELICIOUS FAMILY BRUNCH AT THE FABULOUS FLORENCE FOOD CO.

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first_imgCOMPETITION: To celebrate International Day of Families this Sunday 15th May, Florence Food Co. is giving away brunch to the value of €40 for one lucky family.Entry is via a Share and Tag competition on the Florence Food Co. Facebook page and the winner will be announced on Saturday evening (14th May) at 6pm. Since opening its doors sixth months ago, Florence Food Co has established itself as one of Letterkenny’s finest cafés.Located at 63, Main St, Letterkenny, the café has built up a strong following among coffee lovers, in particular. The café prides itself on offering great-tasting, locally sourced food, coffee and bakes in beautiful surroundings.The brunch menu has something for everyone with delicious breakfasts, pancakes, omelettes, homemade burgers, fries and chicken wings. There’s also a great range of healthy and tasty options for children.Offering quality food, top-class service and excellent value, Florence Food Co is at the forefront of an exciting time for the food scene in Donegal. Nothing is ever frozen and everything on the menu is made from scratch and in-house, using the freshest local ingredients.The café opens Monday – Fri from 08.30-18.00, Saturday from 09.30-18.00 and Sunday from 11.00-17.00The closing date for entry to the competition is Saturday, 14th May at 5pm. For more information visit Florence Food Co. FacebookLINK:https://www.facebook.com/Florencefoodco/info/?tab=overviewCOMPETITION: WIN A DELICIOUS FAMILY BRUNCH AT THE FABULOUS FLORENCE FOOD CO. was last modified: May 13th, 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:BusinessFeaturesFlorence Food Conewslast_img read more

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EXPERTS TO GIVE FREE ADVICE TO SELF-BUILDERS AND HOUSE DEVELOPERS AT #BUILD16 EXPO

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first_imgPhoto by Clive Wasson.BUSINESS: House builders will be given free access to essential information from leading experts at Donegal’s first ever building advice expo, #Build16 in Letterkenny on Saturday June 11.Sponsored by EBS Letterkenny, #Build16 has brought together a team of trusted local professionals to walk house builders step by step through the build process. The expo, which will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny on Saturday, June 11, is designed for anyone building, renovating or extending their property – whether first time self-builders or experienced multi-site developers.Garry Clarke, a property law expert from Lanigan Clarke Solicitors in Letterkenny, says the event is designed to help home builders save both time and money while achieving the best results in their build projects.The property solicitor leads the #Build16 team of experts: Dean Spencer, BER in Donegal; Darren Donaghy, Donaghy Training; Peter Cullinane, Cullinane Steele Architects; Bert Galbraith, Galbraith Construction; Christy Lynch, Efficient Renewables and Gareth McLarnon, Glen Estates.Mr Clarke explains: “The number of people planning to build new homes, renovate old ones and add extensions to existing properties is on the rise and we want to ensure that they benefit from the right advice before they begin. “#Build16 is a free entry event which is open to the public and will shed light on the build process from inception to inhabitation. Our trusted experts will highlight all the important do’s and don’ts in situations which home builders are likely to encounter during their build projects.“#Build16 is the first event of its kind in Donegal. Sponsored by EBS, #Build16 brings a highly experienced and recommended team of local professionals all under one roof to provide practical advice and helpful tips on self-build and larger scale development projects.“Attendees will receive up-to-date information which could save many thousands of euro on build costs and help them avoid unnecessary delays in the process.“From adhering to the latest planning stipulations to side stepping the legal pitfalls of property development and from maximising energy efficiency to ensuring the highest levels of site safety – attendees can rest assured that #Build16 has got it covered,” Mr Clarke adds.Fidelma Kelly, from event sponsor EBS Letterkenny, said: “We are delighted to sponsor this event as building a home can be a daunting prospect.“At EBS we know how much time and energy goes into building your own home and we want to support you every step of the way.” #Build16 attendees will be given access to practical advice and essential information from experts in the areas of mortgages, property law, planning, site safety, building affordability, energy efficiency, building energy rating and property valuation.”#Build16 will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Saturday, June 11 from 9.30am – 2pm. Complimentary tea and coffee will be available on arrival.Entry to both the event and the #Build16 prize draw is free. To register your free place at #Build16 today email: buildnw16@gmail.com  or call 086 088 5070.Each speaker will be available to answer questions after addressing the event on topics as follows: ‘Compliance with new building regulations and planning conditions’Peter Cullinane, RIAI Architect, Cullinane Steele Architects‘Site Safety – what you need to know’Darren Donaghy, Donaghy Safety Training ‘Building high quality affordable homes’Bert Galbraith, Galbraith Construction‘Legal pitfalls in planning and house purchases’Garry Clarke, Lanigan Clarke Solicitors ‘Cost saving heating and water saving systems’Christy Lynch, Efficient Renewables/Efficient Heating and Plumbing‘Market Intelligence – The property market in 2016’Gareth McLarnon, Glen Estates‘Building Energy Ratings and how to make you home efficient’Dean Spencer, BER In DonegalEXPERTS TO GIVE FREE ADVICE TO SELF-BUILDERS AND HOUSE DEVELOPERS AT #BUILD16 EXPO was last modified: June 10th, 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:#BUILD16BusinessconstructionexpoFeaturesfreenewslast_img read more

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Former Garda to join local HR company to tackle workplace investigations

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first_imgA leading Donegal HR firm is to launch a new service into workplace investigations which is to be joined by a former local Garda Sergeant.Boyd HR is a long standing and trusted provider of HR solutions to Owner/Managers of SME’s in the North West.Now Michael Boyd and his team are launching a new service – Independent Workplace Investigations on February 1, 2017 through the local Chamber of Commerce at the Radisson Hotel. The team will be joined ex-Garda Sergeant Philip Gillespie, who has 30 years’ investigative experience with An Garda Siochana, is joining his Team.Two years ago, Michael was approached by an employer who suspected that one of his employees was stealing from him. Given the nature of the incident he engaged the services of Philip Gillespie. Since then they have dealt with several cases of theft, bullying and harassment in the workplace.As a result of his work in this area Michael has identified a need for the development of this aspect of his business. With his and his staff’s experience in HR and the investigative experience of Philip Gillespie, Michael is satisfied that they will be able to meet all the needs of businesses in the North West when it comes to conducting independent investigations in the workplace.In an ideal world, employers would employ perfect employees who would never cause concern when it comes to the workplace. However, employees are people and they come to work with all sorts of personal baggage. They could have money worries, they may possess character flaws, which leaves them less than honest, or they may be argumentative and difficult to work with. Whatever employee issues arise employers must deal with them for the benefit and protection of his staff and his business. Employee theft is a major problem in businesses. Forty percent of theft (€183.9m worth of items) is attributed to shoplifters with an alarming 36.8% attributed to employees resulting in a loss of €166.7 million worth of items (An Garda Siochana ‘Thefts from shops Prevention and Reduction Strategy’ 2011). Research would also indicate that most employers don’t report the matter to the Gardai.So how do employers deal with suspected theft? “With great difficulty” Michael would say. There are a lot of things for an employer to consider when confronted with a suspected case of theft. In addition to the emotional trauma, employers are required to consider practical aspects in relation to handling such a difficult situation.They must ask themselves – Do they have the resources within their company to appoint an independent person to carry out an investigation? Does the person appointed possess the necessary skills? Does he/she have sufficient knowledge of employment legislation and procedure? What are the implications for the staff and business going forward? Can confidentiality be maintained? Are they satisfied that their actions or decisions would stand up to scrutiny at a tribunal hearing or court case? Can they afford to get it wrong?Some employers adopt the ‘Head on’ approach and rush in dismissing employees without a proper investigation taking place. Others ‘bury their head in the sand’ & hope the problem will magically go away!! Still others try to get rid of suspected employees by phasing them out of the workplace.They may reduce their hours of work, change their areas of responsibility, exclude them from meetings etc. These actions can lead to an unfair or constructive dismissal case being taken against the employer. The Employment Appeals Tribunal 2014 report states that almost 4,200 cases were referred to them, 40% of which related to unfair dismissal. The average award made to employees was for €17,588. This, added to the legal fees and the potential damage to the organisation’s reputation, could prove very costly for an employer. It is not just small businesses that are getting it wrong sometimes, but some of the large organisations also.Bullying and harassment are other areas that employers should be mindful of. Employees have a right to be treated with dignity and respect at work and a Code of Practice was published by the Health and Safety Authority setting out practices to be adhered to when dealing with bullying and harassment in the workplace.The employer has a duty to ensure that the prevention of bullying forms part of their management system and they are required to have a policy document reflecting this. If an employee alleges they are being bullied, the employer has no option but to have the complaint dealt with either by an informal or formal process. The formal process requires to be investigated in an independent and impartial way.Boyd HR is about minimising or eliminating the risk to the employer. Conducting independent workplace investigations, that establishes the facts of any given situation, provides the firm basis to take whatever corrective action that an Employer deems necessary. Former Garda to join local HR company to tackle workplace investigations was last modified: January 31st, 2017 by StephenShare 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:Boyd HRworkplace investigationslast_img read more

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