WYLIE TRACTOR RUN RAISES €14K FOR CANCER BUS SERVICE – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgAlan Wylie, Jnr, Alan Wylie, Snr. and Trevor Wylie (right) present Eamon McDevitt, Good and New Chairity shop with €13,905 euros raised on the Wylie Family Tractor Run held in September and dance at the Clanree Hotel on Friday night. Pic Clive WassonDrivers and supporters with Eamon McDevitt, Good and New Chairity shop who received a cheque for €13,905 raised on the Wylie Family Tractor Run held in September and dance at the held in the Clanree Hotel on Friday night. Pic Clive Wasson WYLIE TRACTOR RUN RAISES €14K FOR CANCER BUS SERVICE – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: November 21st, 2013 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:cancer busGood and New CharityWylie Tractor Runlast_img read more

US business delegation visits North West to forge trade links

first_imgRepresentatives from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development visited the North West region this week to forge links with local companies ahead of a trade visit to the US, scheduled to take place in November.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Nicholas Crossan believes that this cross-border regional approach is reaping dividends for the North West City Region.He said: “They were very keen to further explore the existing trade and export relationships that exist with companies from the North West region and Philadelphia, as well as the wider State of Pennsylvania. The visit was hugely important and very timely in that it came just weeks ahead of a planned delegation from Derry, Strabane and Donegal that is set to travel to Boston and Philadelphia in November with a number of businesses and partners.” Welcoming representatives from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to the North West region ahead of a trade visit to the US in November are from left Kevin O’Connor, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Michael Tunney, Donegal County Council, Ros Young, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Joseph Burke, Department of Community & Economic Development, Pennsylvania, Dennis Davin, Department of Community & Economic Development, Pennsylvania, Stephen Gillespie, Derry & Strabane District Council, Eve Anne McCarron, Donegal County Council and Cllr Paul Canning, Donegal County Council.The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Michaela Boyle welcoming the delegation to the City North West region said she was delighted to host this high-level grouping and to be given an opportunity to showcase our city and region for investment and collaborative working on a range of sectors including business, tourism and education.She said: “It was a real privilege to host the delegation and to hear from them directly about their interest in our city and district and the wider North West city region. They were very impressed with our offering and how well placed we are in terms of offering cost-competitive business opportunities in a cross border location along with high-level digital connectivity with a skilled talented workforce pool.During the trip, the delegation attended a number of site visits and meetings across the North West region including a site visit to Ulster University, LYIT and CoLab looking at the opportunities for partnership and relationship development between the university and education and business centres in the US.The delegation also travelled to Burt in Donegal to meet with businesses interested in opportunities in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia and international investors. Welcoming representatives from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to the North West region ahead of a trade visit to the US in November are seated from left the Mayor of Derry & Strabane District Council, Cllr Michaela Boyle, Dennis Davin, Department of Community & Economic Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Cllr Paul Canning, Donegal County Council. Back, from left are Michael Tunney, Donegal County Council, Ros Young, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Joseph Burke, Department of Community & Economic Development Pennsylvannia, Eve Anne McCarron, Donegal County Council, and Kevin O’Connor, Derry City & Strabane District Council.Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council Chief Executive, speaking in advance of the trade delegation travelling to the US in November said there would be a very strong emphasis on promoting the region’s strategic cross border location to the US market.“We will be actively promoting the fact that Donegal and Derry/Strabane is in a very unique geographical location post-Brexit with a cross border gateway to both the UK and EU marketplace and working to build on the already positive engagement we have with Massachusetts. We will also be showcasing our talent, skills and entrepreneurship along with our strong ICT strengths, well-established ecosystem and quality of life.”He also highlighted the importance of the collaborative approach to engaging with the US.“By working together with our partners in the education and business sectors we are successfully making connections, developing relationships and building trust and making a real and positive impact in strengthening cross border networks.”John Kelpie, Chief Executive with Derry City and Strabane District Council said the work being done collaboratively by Derry City and Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council and its partners to promote the City Region for investment was beginning to show real and positive signs. He said: “We are really seeing the benefits of this joined up and positive approach to establish strong economic development links and initiatives between the US and the North West region. Our relationship is very strong and there is a real eagerness to develop our relationship further. This collaborative approach for the development of the region’s civic, business and educational prospects is really positive and gaining momentum. The visit by this delegation puts us in a really positive position ahead of our trade mission planned for November,” he added.The North West City region trade delegation will visit the US from November visiting both Philadelphia and Boston. It will build on the work done over the past number of years to build strong political, economic and cultural links and to reach out to the diaspora. Key to the visit is the inclusion of the local companies to promote the region as an attractive investment proposition and to develop new market and network opportunities.The trade mission will be led by the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane and Donegal and include Council officials with businesses from both Council areas and organised in conjunction with and supported by the Executive Office and the Irish Government. The aim of the visit is to build on the strong political, economic and cultural linkages already established in both cities with the North West City region.This visit is part of the ongoing positive work being done by the two Councils to establish strong economic development links and initiatives in the US. It will build on the work done over the last number of years in promoting the North West region as an attractive investment proposition and on developing new market and network opportunities for businesses from Donegal, Derry and Strabane areas. US business delegation visits North West to forge trade links was last modified: September 23rd, 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

Getting to Know You: A Follow Up to Our Speech Development Webinar

first_imgby Mollie Romano, Ph.D., SLP-CCCImage from Pixabay.com, CC0Infants spend much of their very first year getting to know their caregivers, as caregivers get to know them! Even after a few weeks of life, sensitive and nurturing parents know what their baby likes and doesn’t like, their habits, their temperaments, and their quirks as they watch development unfold rapidly. While my own children are bigger now, I love watching my friends get to know their own newborns.  I follow their postings on Facebook as they muse over the way their newborn sleeps with his eyes partially open, or the funny sounds she makes after eating just before falling asleep. These little things mark the growing connection between caregivers and their children, and it sets the stage for communication development within the context of those early relationships. During our webinar on March 8, Dr. Woods and I discussed major milestones during that incredible first year, from vocalization development to gesture use to the emergence of a first true word.A few questions came up during our webinar regarding the early vocalizations infants begin to intentionally produce around 8 weeks of age.  I mentioned how the “control of phonation” stage typically involves vowel production. There is minimal normative data that points to a specific order of acquisition of vowel sounds. However, what is known about motor development provides some clues.  In most areas of development, babies master the easier skills first and use them to build more advanced skills. In terms of speech sounds, vowels are very easy to produce – all you have to do is move your tongue to a different spot in your mouth and send some sounds out of your vocal folds. Easy as pie compared to some consonant sounds that require specific positions in the mouth! Because infants in this age range do not yet have much head and neck control and are on their backs much of the time, gravity pulls the tongue back in the mouth. For this reason, the so-called back vowels, like “ah” and “oooo” are some of the early sounds infants begin to vocalize intentionally! But in short order, they begin playing around with other sounds too, and it is a delight to hear!Additionally, all that vocal play isn’t just about the sounds themselves, it is about drawing in a responsive partner who makes those silly sounds back and engages in a “conversation” with the baby. Yet some children do not produce the inventory of speech sounds we should hear in the first year of life. Children with hearing loss, for instance, do not vocalize with the same variety of sounds as a typical infant would, and this is an early marker for detecting a problem with hearing. Likewise, because these sounds develop in a social context, children with social communication difficulties like autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often show differences in speech sound production. Data indicate that infants and toddlers with ASD use speech sounds for communication at a lower rate than their peers, but they also vocalize to show distress at a higher rate than typical infants [1].  Other special populations begin to show differences in speech sound development in their first year as well. Infants with Down syndrome typically begin by vocalizing with vowels and at a similar rate as their peers, but by the end of the first year, they do not use as wide a range of consonants or patterns of syllables in their babbling [2].Parents and teachers can do so much to support sound development by imitating the sounds that a baby makes, and by adding on a few additional sounds! No fancy tools or gadgets are required! By engaging with the baby, copying her first, and adding on sounds in a simple and fun way, caregivers can build up or increase those sounds.In fact, many caregivers just do this naturally through what used to be called “motherese.”  “Motherese,” or the more gender equitable “infant-directed speech,” involves using an exaggerated intonation, a higher pitch, and lots more repetition. Interestingly, research shows that it works and that instinctively caregivers use infant-directed speech around the world!  Infant-directed speech keeps little ones more engaged and conversant and helps them participate in those early conversations. It may feel silly for some adults, but it works and is an effective way to draw infants into back and forth exchanges with a social partner. For children who are dual language learners, this fun, exaggerated speech could aid each of their language systems even more!There is so much more to learn and discuss about the first year of language development, and we will continue to build on it in the next webinar. We will focus more on dual language learners as well as how language builds up to conversations and toward pre-academic skills. Join us on June 28, 2018, for all that, and more!  To learn more about the upcoming webinar and to register visit the Learn Event page for more information.ReferencesPlumb, A. M., & Wetherby, A. M. (2013). Vocalization development in toddlers with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56(2), 721-734.Sokol, S. B., & Fey, M. E. (2013). Consonant and syllable complexity of toddlers with Down syndrome and mixed-aetiology developmental delays. International journal of speech-language pathology, 15(6), 575-585.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, Ph.D., members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on YouTube.last_img read more

What To Do During the Last Two Weeks of the Year

first_imgThere is a lot of whining this time of the year about how no one is in the office, and there is no work that a salesperson can reasonably do. It is not true that “no one” is at work. And there is always work you can do during the last two weeks of the year.If They Are at WorkA lot of the people who you need to call will be out during the last two weeks of the year. They will take time off for the holidays, and they may add vacation time on either end of the holidays.Just knowing that people are gone can sound like tough sledding. It’s difficult enough to get your prospective clients on the phone during a normal work week (you are using the phone, aren’t you?), let alone making calls when many people are not at work.But some people are at work. And those that are at work have very little to do. Many of them are simply killing time, cleaning their desk, and organizing themselves for the next year. Some are standing at the water cooler chatting it up.The people who are at work have time to kill.If You Have Chops and a PlanIf you have the chops to pick up the phone and schedule appointments, you will find people willing to speak with you (If you’ve been reading this blog for any reasonable period, you have the chops, don’t you?). Even if it isn’t the main contact that you feel you need to meet, there is much you can learn from other people who work inside your dream client’s company.Spend time with the people who agree to meet with you, doing as much discovery work as possible. Find out about the company, and find out about the other stakeholders you need to meet. And spend time on some personal chatter because that’s what people like to do around the holidays.When you schedule an appointment, stop by the store and pick up a couple of stockings and stuff them with candy. Give one to the person who is willing to meet with you, and leave one for the contact you are trying to reach with a note.If you are at work, work. Make appointments with people who are at work inside your dream client’s company, and start developing relationships and insights.last_img read more