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Down Syndrome students latch on to new skills #Limerick

first_imgEmail Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSCastletroyDown SyndromeDown Syndrome Irelandfeaturedlimerickstudents RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twittercenter_img WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads For the past five years, Down Syndrome Limerick have been running a ‘Latch on’ programme for students with disabilities. The two-year course has already made a big difference to more than 60 families in the Limerick area. Daragh Frawley reports.THE benefits from the ‘Latch On’ programme have been immeasurable. That’s the considered view of Down Syndrome Services Limerick Director Morgan McMahon whose own daughter Emma recently graduated from the programme.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up As he shows me the graduation pamphlet with individual messages from each of the 12 graduates, I get the sense of a man who is immensely proud of all those who helped provide such a sturdy platform for them to flourish.The students have successfully completed a two year ‘Latch On’ programme under the auspices of the University of Queensland which aims to support the literacy and technological functioning of adults with Down Syndrome.But, in practical terms, it goes much further.“The two-year course was provided under a license agreement between the University of Queensland and Down Syndrome Ireland and it involves the measurement of attainments through the course and the monitoring of progress as compared with peers in other ‘Latch On’ centres in Europe and Australia”, explained Mr McMahon.All teachers and tutors receive specialist training before the course begins and all pupils are assessed at the beginning, mid point and end of term.Explaining the intricate details of what the course entails Mr Morgan is keen to stress that parents of children with Down Syndrome should have no reservations about the environment their son or daughter would be involved in with the “Latch On’ programme.“The students are in class from 9.30am to 3pm on Wednesday and Thursday each week in our 5,000 sq ft Castletroy centre.“All the things that the state fails to provide, we look after”, he explains.“We cater for 60 families and we employ a qualified teacher and tutors. It roughly costs €25,000 to run the programme, but we cover half the costs per student per annum”In terms of funding, Down Syndrome Limerick received significant sponsorship from the JP McManus Benevolent fund and also received an allocation from the Government’s dormant accounts scheme .“Before we secured the funding, a family of one of the students gave us €5,000 as a kick-start. So far, we have managed to stand on our own feet, but this year we may need to draw on reserves”.Citing his own daughter Emma as an example, he explains how beneficial the ‘Latch On’ programme can be.“From a start, it was a mixed ability group. Emma, who is 21, was able to read and write in primary school, but her speech and social skills were a little awkward.“We would understand her at home, but there would be some anticipation with speech and many of her words would be small. Emma was educated in Catherine McAuley’s and had an excellent classroom assistant during her time in the primary school.When she finished at primary level, there was an assessment and from that followed a placement. In Emma’s case, she went to a smaller placement in the HSE in Dooradoyle which she attends five days a week for four years.“The HSE placement certainly compliments the ‘Latch On’ programme and the difference in two years has been immeasurable”.During the course, Emma and her peers have realised that society consists of more than just her family.“Before the course she would never have initiated a conversation, or would have reluctantly answered questions if asked”, explained Morgan.“Speaking to the teacher one of the most noticeable progressive factors has been the level of social interaction.“At the beginning, there was little or no chatting amongst the group but in the space of 24 months there has been a complete turnaround- you can barely keep them quiet!“As a parent, you notice where you started. Emma is a very well functioning member of her family, but now she is also fully aware of society around her.“Step by step, technology and literacy have combined to expand their world socially”, Mr Mc Mahon explained.Referencing his own family’s experience, he also spoke in broader terms in relation to the needs of the Down Syndrome community.“The theoretical services run out at roughly age 20-21.  Parents are getting older and start thinking ‘what is going to happen my child when I’m gone?“You can imagine a parent’s biggest fear, that their child ends up institutionalised or stuck and not in control, so this programme aims to open their world and give them greater potential down the line”.And it not just the McMahon family who have found the ‘Latch On’ programme to be highly beneficial.Other parents and guardians of pupils have sent in letters and told Down Syndrome Limerick how much they have benefitted from it.A new two-year course is planned fornext September and Down Syndrome Limerick is now inviting applications.“People of any age can apply and they don’t have to be able to read or write. There is an assessment but if there is anyway we can help, we absolutely get involved”.For more information visit www.downsyndrome.ie.by Daragh [email protected] Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleAnti-Islam group raise concerns in LimerickNext articleSorry, We’re Off the Air – (oops, I did it again) Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsCommunityDown Syndrome students latch on to new skills #LimerickBy Staff Reporter – June 2, 2016 1543 Linkedinlast_img read more

12 Chinese COVID-19 experts arrive in PH

first_imgA medical team from China is arriving in Manila over weekend to help the country contain the spread of the coronavirus disease, according to the Chinese Embassy in Manila. FILE PHOTO/CNN MANILA – Twelve Chinese medical workerswho were experts in dealing with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) havearrived in the country on Sunday afternoon, the Department of Health (DOH)said.DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the Chinese COVID-19experts were doctors and nurses who would observe and give recommendations onthe Philippine effort against the illness.“Sila ay mag o-obserba at magbibigay ngrecomendasyon na angkop sa hakbang upang mapabuti ang ating infectionprevention and control, critical care atlaboratories,” Vergeire said in a virtual press conference.According to Vergeire, the Chinese medical experts will visit the ResearchInstitute for Tropical Medicine, the San Lazaro Hospital, and the Lung Centerof the Philippines. They will be staying in the country until April 19.The DOH has earlier asked China, through the Philippine Embassy, to provide theexperts given that China had been the first country to be massively affected bythe global pandemic.Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte is enjoining everyone, from allies and hiscritics, to help his government in addressing the coronavirus disease 2019pandemic in the country.This as the Chief Executive have expressed his appreciation to Vice President MariaLeonor “Leni” Robredo for taking the initiative to provide assistance to healthworkers who are sacrificing to fight COVID-19.“Those who respond to call for unity and cooperation must be encouraged andcommended instead of being harassed by subjecting them to a mindless governmentintrusion that smacks of partisan action,” Presidential Spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said.“His (Duterte) repeated calls for everybody, regardless of political beliefs tocooperate in the government’s efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus, isnot a meaningless appeal,” he added.In a public address on Friday, Duterte lauded Robredo for helping the medicalworkers in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He also fired PresidentialAnti-Corruption Commissioner Manuelito Luna for urging the National Bureau ofInvestigation to investigate Robredo’s initiative./PNlast_img read more

Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Juventus manager, Andrea Pirlo, had his coaching qualification approved by the Italian football federation on Wednesday, but was second best in his group to Thiago Motta.The federation revealed that Pirlo and Motta were the best two students, but the former PSG midfielder received a mark of 108 out of 110, whilst Pirlo earned a 107. The Juve boss completed his final exams and earned his UEFA Pro coaching badge on Monday.Pirlo is gearing up for his first Serie A match in charge of the Old Lady, with their opener against Sampdoria coming up this weekend.The qualification, following a year-long course, is required for a coach to lead a team in Serie A or B.The 41-year-old Pirlo was handed his first coaching job last month when he was put in charge of Juventus’ under-23 team, which plays in Serie C.But he had not led a game before he was promoted to replace the fired Maurizio Sarri. Spezia coach Vincenzo Italiano, Luca Toni and Thiago Motta also earned their badges this week.All the coaches had started the course in September 2019 and had to attend 240 hours of lessons, including online versions that were organized during the lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.They then had to take an exam and present their thesis.Tags: Andrea PirloJuventusSampdoriaSerie AThiago MottaUEFA Pro coaching badgelast_img read more

“Medeama will fall this weekend”- Liberty head coach David Ocloo declares

first_imgHead coach of Liberty Professionals, David Ocloo, has warned Medeama Sporting Club that their unbeaten start to the league season will be halted by Dansoman-based team this weekend at the Karl Reindorf Park.The two teams clash in the biggest match of Week 3 with either team hoping to secure victory for  their own respective reasons.Medeama are chasing their 3rd straight victory while Liberty are seeking their first win of the season after drawing with Legon Cities FC in Week 1 and Berekum Chelsea in Week 2. For David Ocloo, that victory will come to his team on Saturday.“We have prepared well and so, I am expecting a positive result. I see nothing but a victory for us. I am very confident that we are going to be the team that first stops Medeama this season.”Despite the absence of a victory to their name this season, Ocloo is happy with the evolution of the team and is confident that they will soon start reaping the rewards of the work being put in by the players.“I say that the team is a work in progress and so far, we have done a lot of good work and I am sure that will get all the points on Saturday. I urge all Liberty fans to come to the match and they should nothing but a win.”The last time the two teams met at the Karl Reindorf Park in Dansoman, the match ended in a 1-1 draw with Simon Zibo scoring for Liberty while Kwame Boateng found the net for Medeama.last_img read more

Taking a look at balancing food, energy and economics

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest January’s public program by the Environmental Professionals Network will look at humanity’s balancing act: producing enough food and energy, improving economies and social conditions, and protecting the environment, all while facing climate change and, by 2050, possibly 2 billion more people on the planet.“They’re enormous challenges,” said the network’s coordinator, David Hanselmann, a lecturer in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.The network is a statewide professional group based in the college’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.The program, called “Adaptive, Resilient Land Management: Goals for the 21st Century,” is from 7:15 to 9:40 a.m. Jan. 26 in Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus.Speaking will be:* Allison Thomson, science and research director at Washington, D.C.-based Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. The alliance, according to its website, works “to create opportunities across the agricultural supply chain for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality and human well-being.”* Ernie Shea, president and CEO of Lutherville, Maryland-based Solutions from the Land and coordinator of its North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance. The alliance is helping farmers and foresters understand and adapt to climate change while maintaining their productivity.Moderating the discussion will be Fred Yoder, a corn, wheat and soybean farmer from Madison County, Ohio, and a past president of the National Corn Growers Association. In 2013, President Obama honored Yoder as a “Champion for Change” for his sustainability and climate change work.“Agricultural producers, other landowners and our broader society face enormous challenges and opportunities locally, nationally and globally,” Hanselmann said. “With little exaggeration, life itself hinges on our success in these matters.”Registration for the event is $10 and includes breakfast. The deadline to register is Jan. 22. Details and a link to register are at go.osu.edu/Jan2016EPN.Contact Hanselmann at [email protected] or 614-247-1908 for more information.Sponsoring the event are the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, Ohio Soybean Council, and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.last_img read more

Two bronze medals for PH swimming star Alkhaldi

first_imgLATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Elite fan playoff hopes with 2OT win LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Read Next Alkhaldi, 24, fought hard in the thrilling dash to the final 10 meters of her favorite 100m free but Ting Wen Quah of Singapore edged her for a record-setting time.Quah clocked 55.76 seconds erasing the 55.93 standard of the event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThi An Vien Nguyen of Vietnam was second with a time that also surpassed the record, coming in at 55.70 seconds.The two-time Olympian, who is finishing business administration in marketing and management at University of Hawaii, finished in 55.90. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program KUALA LUMPUR—Jasmine Alkhaldi, the country’s brightest hope in swimming, could only come up with two bronze medals Wednesday night in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.She finished third in women’s 100-meter freestyle, before coming up with the same performance in 50m butterfly event.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

The Game Changers: Women in sports

first_imgBeyonce didn’t bluff when she sang, Who run the world? Girls. It rang true in sports in 2018 as women hit new milestones. Mary Kom made history as the first female boxer to win six gold medals at the World Championships, matching Cuban pugilist Felix Savon’s haul of six medals.,Beyonce didn’t bluff when she sang, Who run the world? Girls. It rang true in sports in 2018 as women hit new milestones. Mary Kom made history as the first female boxer to win six gold medals at the World Championships, matching Cuban pugilist Felix Savon’s haul of six medals. Shuttler PV Sindhu ended 2018 on a high, becoming the first Indian to win the BWF World Tour finals, a tournament that rewards the most consistently good players on tour. In Hima Das, a star was born. After being crowned the under-20 champion in 400 metres, the Assamese sprinter lived up to the hype at the Asian Games with two medals, which include gold in 4 x 400 m relay. Swapna Barman, 22: Her gritty heptathlon performance at the Asian Games got India the gold. (Photo: Reuters)Swapna Barman acquainted Indians with the heptathlon, giving a gutsy gold-winning performance at the Asian Games. And Vinesh Phogat became one of three Indianswrestler Bajrang Punia and javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra being the othersto score the double this year: gold in both the Comm­onwealth and Asian Games.Kom, at 35, demonstrated that age and motherhood are no bar when it comes to excelling in a gruelling sport as she defeated a much younger competitor to win her first world title in seven years. MC Mary Kom 35: The first female boxer to win six gold medals at the World Championships (Photo: Pankaj Nangia)Sindhu, 23, was the epitome of patience and resilience after being a losing finalist at this year’s World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Facing incessant questions about her mental fortitude, Sindhu illustrated that the tag of choker’ was not for her as she defeated arch-rival Nozomi Okuhara to win the year-ending tournament. I feel really happy and I think I have no words because this is my first win [title] this year, she said, emphasising the magnitude of the victory. Separated by 12 years, Kom and Sindhu remain two of the most popular sporting icons, winning people over with their true grit.advertisement PV Sindhu, 23: Refusing to let the choker’ tag stick, she became the first Indian to win the BWF World Tour final. (Photo: Reuters)In Das, the Indian sporting scene got a much-welcomed flamboyant sportswoman whose persona is as big as her talent. Not since PT Usha has Indian athletics had a poster girl, and Das has been more than ready to fill the void with her candidness and tomboyish swagger, much of it evident in the photographs she shares on Twitter as it is in her demeanour on track. Hima Das, 18: With two Asian Games medals, including the 4 x 400 metres gold, she proved she was no hype. (Photo: Reuters)I have said that I was very mischievous, headstrong and a bit of a bodmash (hellraiser), said Das in an interview to india today in July 2018. I do not fear anything… I believe in time and in God. Nothing else bothers me. Time indeed will be the biggest hurdle for the 18-year-old athlete, who moves to senior level and runs against tougher competition to clock in a time that gets her a ticket to Tokyo.Das could learn a thing or two from six-time national wrestling champion Phogat. In what is seen as a man’s domain, the Phogat sisters continue to impress, with Vinesh, cousin of Geeta and Babita, proving that women are not far behind in the combative sport. With gold at the Asian and Commonwealth Games each and a silver at the Asian Championships in 2018, Vinesh, who missed the World Championships due to an elbow injury, won a Grade A contract with the Wrestling Federation of India. It’s just the encouragement she needs as she begins her qualification campaign for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Vinesh Phogat, 24: No stopping this wrestler who bagged gold medals in both the Commonwealth and Asian Games. (Photo: PTI)The quintet is India’s strongest bet at the Olympics where each will be aiming for nothing short of gold. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Sindhu was just a step away from the podium; Vinesh suffered a knee injury in her first bout, which ended her campaign, and Kom failed to qualify. The next edition is perhaps her last shot to improve on her bronze at the London Games in 2012. She’ll want to end her innings with a powerful punch.last_img read more

8 days agoMan Utd target Longstaff stalling on Newcastle contract talks

first_imgMan Utd target Longstaff stalling on Newcastle contract talksby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSean Longstaff is stalling on new contract talks with Newcastle United.The Daily Mail says Newcastle are eager to see their prized asset sign a new contract at the club but report talks are ‘at an impasse’ with Manchester United still monitoring his situation.Should the Tyneside club fail to agree new terms, Longstaff could yet move to Old Trafford. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign a new midfielder after allowing Ander Herrera to join Paris-Saint Germain on a free transfer over the summer without a replacement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

5-Star C Diamond Stone, Who Got Bashed By Wisconsin Fans For Picking Maryland, Seems Pretty Happy Right Now

first_imgIn late March, five-star center Diamond Stone (Milwaukee, Wisc.) committed to Maryland over home-state program Wisconsin. This, obviously, did not please Badgers’ fans. Stone took a beating from various UW faithful on Twitter, message boards, etc. Wisconsin lost to Duke, 68-63, in the national championship game Monday night. This seems to please the future Terrapins’ big man.  — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015I LOVE — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015They Do A lot Of Talking…— All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015Stone will get his chance to quiet the Wisconsin fans next season. Maryland is expected to be a top-five team in 2015-16.last_img read more