Donegal childcare providers call for funding boost ahead of pre-budget briefing

first_imgChildcare providers from Donegal will attend a special pre-budget briefing event in Dublin next week to call for greater investment in early years in Budget 2020.Hosted by Early Childhood Ireland, the event will see providers meet local representatives at Buswells Hotel, close to Leinster House.It is understood that TDs and Senators from the Donegal constituency are expected to attend the event. Early Childhood Ireland is calling on the government to prioritise the establishment of a dedicated early years agency in Budget 2020.Childcare providers representing its 108 members from across Co. Donegal will join fellow members from elsewhere in Ireland at the pre-Budget event, where they will share their experiences of delivering quality services for babies and children and call for greater funding and supports in the forthcoming Budget, including the establishment of this important agency.Speaking ahead of the event, Frances Byrne, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Early Childhood Ireland, said:  ‘We are very proud to welcome our Donegal members to Dublin for this important pre-Budget briefing.“This is a vital opportunity for TDs and Senators from across Co. Donegal to hear directly from our members about their experiences in delivering quality early years supports to local families and communities.’ She continued: ‘Ireland has, unfortunately, a long history of underinvestment in children’s earliest experiences.“We currently invest the lowest amount per capita of any EU country in early years, meaning our members face significant ongoing challenges in providing sustainable services for children and families,” she added.“At today’s event, local representatives from Donegal will have a unique opportunity to hear from our members on what is needed to ensure our youngest citizens, and the people supporting and nurturing them every day, can thrive,”Ms. Byrne concluded: ‘The establishment of a single overseeing and funding agency, and greater investment in early years and in the dedicated staff of the sector, is imperative if we are to ensure universal quality experiences for children, sustainability for providers, and affordability for parents.’Donegal childcare providers call for funding boost ahead of pre-budget briefing was last modified: September 25th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Donegal woman Elaine McGlinchey still giving back to cancer charity

first_imgA tractor run in memory of Killygordon woman Elaine McGlinchey has raised a staggering €14,323.The event in memory of Elaine raised the funds for the Sperrin Unit, North West Cancer Centre.The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) gratefully acknowledged the wonderful donation. Elaine had received treatment in the Sperrin Unit as she battled the disease.Elaine’s husband John, son JJ, family and friends presented the cheque to Dr Lucy Jellett, Consultant Oncologist and staff members from the Sperrin Unit including Rachelle McMenamin, Roisin Herron, Charlotte McGrory and Michelle Duffy.Donegal woman Elaine McGlinchey still giving back to cancer charity was last modified: October 21st, 2019 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)last_img read more

Reports: QPR fall short with striker bid, Zamora faces pay cut

first_imgAjax reportedly want more money from QPR for Icelandic striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.West London Sport revealed this week that Rangers were in talks with the Dutch club and subsequently that they offered £5m for Sigthorsson.But Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf  has reported that Ajax are unimpressed and that the two clubs are a long way from a deal.Meanwhile, the Sunday People say Bobby Zamora has been told he must take a £50,000-per-week pay cut to stay at QPR.It is claimed that Zamora, whose late goal in the play-off final took Rangers back to the Premier League, has been offered a £15,000-per-week deal.The People also say Andy Johnson, recently released by QPR, has been offered £300,000 to play in the Indian Premier Soccer League for three months.Johnson is said to be choosing between a move to India or Sheffield Wednesday.Finally, it is suggested in the Mail on Sunday that R’s boss Harry Redknapp will sign Rio Ferdinand but failed with an attempt to take Frank Lampard to Loftus Road.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kaepernick will work out for NFL teams Saturday, per report

first_imgAfter the workout, Kaepernick will participate in an interview session, … Colin Kaepernick’s effort to return to the NFL will reach a new stage this week.The ex-49ers quarterback is set for a private workout in Atlanta on Saturday, and all 32 of the league’s teams are invited to attend, according to a memo obtained by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.[vemba-video id=”sports/2019/11/13/nfl-colin-kaepernick-private-workout-mxp-vpx.hln”]VIDEO: NFL teams invite Kaepernick to private workoutlast_img

Virgin Australia rebadges economy legroom seats

first_imgVIRGIN Australia has rebadged its Extra Legroom product as Economy Space + and added new options to make it more enticing to passengers.Passengers who shell out as little $10 one-way for the new product on domestic flights will receive priority boarding, at least 25 per cent more legroom in exit or first row seats along with “preferred” overhead lockers.A spokeswoman said the preferred lockers would likely be badged but customers taking the new option would also get early access because of the priority boarding.Choosing the option on short-haul international flights gets access to dedicated check-in facilities and  a more expansive flagship package on the airline’s long-haul Boeing 777-300ERs starts at $50 one-way.In addition to exit rows, the long-haul product is available in five rows of Economy Space + seating in a secluded cabin area behind premium economy. It also includes premium noise cancelling headphones and a guaranteed first meal choice.The price will vary by route, market, fare type and time of purchase with the long-haul option costing as much as $165 one way for last minute travellers booking within six days of departure. The option will appear as an extra during the booking process and will be cheaper for those booking further ahead. Passengers can also use Velocity points.The move follows overseas trends to boost revenue by offering passengers extras for which they are willing to pay and comes as Virgin is changing its fare structure.Virgin is expanding its ticket options from September 7 in a new “Fares For You’’ structure but unlike US airlines, it is not remove existing domestic flight entitlements such as complimentary baggage, food and entertainment.“We believe Economy Space+ provides great value and will be very popular with travellers in the main cabin,” said Virgin Australia chief commercial officer Judith Crompton.last_img read more

Hormone keys to plant growth or stress tolerance, but not both

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Plants that grow well tend to be sensitive to heat and drought, and plants that can handle those stresses often have stunted growth. A Purdue University plant scientist has found the switch that creates that antagonism, opening opportunities to develop plants that exhibit both characteristics.“Normally these two are antagonistic, but in nature, some plants tolerate stress and grow well. The questions is why some plants can have both, but most plants cannot,” said Jian-Kang Zhu, distinguished professor of plant biology in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. “Once you know how the stress response and growth pathways are connected, hopefully we will be able to decouple them.”Working with model plant Arabidopsis, Zhu found that abscisic acid (ABA), a plant hormone, is activated in plants that can tolerate stresses such as salt and drought. But ABA sets off a chain reaction that stymies plant growth.Zhu found that in stressed plants, the ABA pathway is activated and leads to phosphorylation of the Target of Rapamycin (TOR) kinase. This essentially turns off the TOR kinase, which is essential for plant growth.The opposite happens in unstressed plants. TOR disrupts ABA perception, shutting down the plant’s stress responses. Those plants tend to exhibit strong growth.“This is the key to the antagonism between stress and growth,” Zhu said.The findings, published in the journal Molecular Cell, could help scientists and breeders who want to develop plants that can handle environmental stresses and still grow well.The Chinese Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Institutes of Health supported the research.last_img read more

Upcoming OSU Extension and OARDC agronomy field days

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistIt has been an interesting spring. Have questions? We may have the answers; we certainly want to have the discussion. Come to one or all three of our field days in July.OSU Weed Day, South Charleston — July 11Western ARS Agronomy Field Day, South Charleston — July 182018 Ohio Manure Science Review, Forest — July 25 The OSU Weed Science Field Day will be held on July 11 at OARDC Western Ag Research Station at 7721 South Charleston Pike (SR41), South Charleston Ohio. As in previous years, it’s a mostly self-directed event and a chance to look at all of our research. The day runs from 9 to noon, followed by lunch for those who preregister. Feel free to bring anyone you like and to tell others, but please send an email to Bruce Ackley to preregister — [email protected] — telling him how many are coming so he can plan appropriately. The registration fee $35, includes lunch and the plot book, payable on the day of the tour. We will be around as usual to answer questions and lead some brief discussions.The OSU/OARDC Western ARS Agronomy Field Day will be held July 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be no charge this year as we are soliciting sponsors to offset that cost. Lunch is included, and we will of course have our in-season updates as well as talk about some ongoing research. The location is the Western Agricultural Research Station at 7721 So. Charleston Pike, South Charleston south of I-70 and just west of the Ohio 54 and SR 41 intersection or from the west exit from I-71 onto SR 41, south, drive about 4 miles and you will see the station on the right. Western is one of three agronomy research stations across the state for OSU and you.Topics and speakers include:Keynote speaker: Robert Mullen, Chief Agronomist with Nutrien. Robert has much Ohio and international experience and will share his insight.Weed challenges this season with Mark LouxAnd back by popular demand is the mode of action weed screen plots. Walk through them and see what happened and why.Ohio soil fertility research update leading to the new fertilizer recommendations to come out later this season with Steve CulmanWater quality and fertilizer application research update; this work is what will bring the new P-Index to Ohio with Libby DaytonPrecision planting and smart seed firmers with Alex Lindsey. Can knowing your organic matter, soil temperature and soil type help you make seed depth decisions at planting?Disease and Insect Scouting School with Kelley Tilmon, Anne Dorrance, and Andy Michel. This class will be hands on help for mid-season scouting of insects and diseases. Want to know what else may pop up this summer? You will learn from the experts.CCA continuing education credits will be available.Pre-registration is required by July 11, 2018. To RSVP please email to Joe Davlin, [email protected] or Harold Watters, [email protected] Or to register by phone call the farm at 937 462-8016. The Ohio Manure Science Review this year is near Forest, Ohio on the Watkins farm on July 25. Learn how to avoid manure spills, limit spreading weeds with manure, and more. There will be demonstrations on surface runoff, soil health, sidedressing manure, manure spreader calibration, and more. Check-in, coffee and donuts: 8:15-8:45 a.m. Program: 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.The location is 18361 Township Rd 90, Forest, Ohio 45843.For Certified Livestock Managers attending the event, you will be able to receive a total of 4.5 continuing education units. Collect CCA, ODA Fertilizer as well as Indiana and Pennsylvania credits too.Register online at http://go.osu.edu/msr2018. Available until July 16 for $25 per person.For questions, contact Mary Wicks at (330) 202-3533 or email at [email protected]last_img read more

Apple may unveil iMac with retina display with OS X Yosemite in October

first_imgIf leaked reports are to be believed, Apple is on the final stages of testing iMac desktop featuring retina display, which is expected to be released at its upcoming event in October, along with OS X Yosemite.Reportedly other than the improved Wi-Fi connectivity and enhanced processors, the new iMac comes in an ultra-slim built that mirrors present generation of iMac machines. It is being conjectured in the reports that the iMac desktop with retina display will sport a  5K display resolution indicating resolutions recorded in the most recent OS X Yosemite betas – 6400×3600 pixel, 5760×3240 pixel, and 4096×2304 pixel, one of which could eventually go to the proposed Retina show iMac.The present 21.5 inch iMac features 1920X1080 pixels while the bigger 27 inch variant features 2560X1440 pixels screen.Apart from the new iMac desktops the reports also mentions the improved iMovie and Final Cut Pro (FCP) applications which are expected to sport 4K video editing. Apple is also speculate to be gearing up to launch  on a 12-inch Macbook Air laptop and iPads.last_img read more