UAAP 80 Final Four keys to victory: La Salle-NU

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments La Salle and NU were the polar opposites during Season 80.On one hand, the Lady Spikers were practically unflappable during the whole tournament while the Lady Bulldogs only had the strength for one round.After the Lady Bulldogs went on a 6-1 record in the first round, its best start in school history, the complete inverse happened as they won just one game in the second round and got into the Final Four after Adamson University and University of the Philippines dropped crucial games in the latter half of the tournament.La Salle, for its part, went 4-2 in its first six games but eventually went on a rampant run that saw the Lady Spikers go on an eight-game winning streak to finish with a league-best 12-2 record.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. De La Salle and National University took two vastly different routes to the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.If the Lady Spikers went the methodical and dominant way to the first seed, the Lady Bulldogs got into the semifinals by the skin of their teeth.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ LATEST STORIES NU’s first round win over La Salle, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, meant nothing in the second round as the Lady Spikers shot down the Lady Bulldogs in straight sets, 27-25, 27-25, 25-16.At the mercyIf numbers alone would be the basis of this matchup, NU is already on the losing side of things.The Lady Spikers are the best serving and the fourth-best spiking team in the league and that is the defining distinction the defending champions have against the Lady Bulldogs.NU, even before the start of the Final Four, already looks in trouble, as the Lady Bulldogs are the worst team in terms of digging and receiving.La Salle averaged 2.72 aces a set throughout the eliminations and that would be deadly for the NU that has an efficiency rating of 22.49 percent, the worst in the league, in its receptions.Making matters worse for the Lady Bulldogs, La Salle has the two best servers in the league in Desiree Cheng and Michelle Cobb who combine for more than an average of one ace per set.Jaja against the worldJaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJaja Santiago is undoubtedly one of the greatest offensive threats in all of UAAP. The defending champion La Salle amassed a 12-2 record to become the no. 1 team after the eliminations while the Lady Bulldogs’ 7-7 record barely got them to the Final Four.NU had the better record after the first round against La Salle, 6-1 to 5-2, but the second round became a different chapter altogether as the Lady Spikers won all seven of their second-half games while the Lady Bulldogs mustered just one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAnd on Sunday, La Salle’s streak will be put to the test against an NU team that that got into the semifinals almost by luck.Consistency vs. inconsistency Serena Williams, Andy Murray on French Open entry list The 6-foot-5 Lady Bulldog compiled a total of 280 points and averaged 20 a game the whole season to become the second leading scorer of the tournament.Although Santiago has become an almost unstoppable force in front of the net, her supporting cast hasn’t made a mark.The Lady Bulldog closest to Santiago in terms of scoring is Risa Sato whose 116 points didn’t even reach half of what the NU captain put up the whole season.NU needs Sato, Roselyn Doria, and Aiko Urdas—whose combined total of 287 points is just seven points ahead of Santiago’s total—to pick up the slack for the Lady Bulldogs.Kianna Dy, La Salle’s leading scorer for the season with an average of 13.36 points, perfectly said the Lady Bulldogs’ predicament.“Jaja can’t do it alone, NU has to work as a team,” said Dy in Filipino.Tale of two settersIf there’s an individual matchup that would get a spotlight in this Final Four pairing, it would be the chess match between setters Jasmine Nabor and Michelle Cobb.Nabor sits at the second spot in the Best Setters table, behind Ateneo’s Deanna Wong, while Cobb is at third. The two setters aren’t that far apart in terms of production with Nabor putting up an average of 8.32 excellent sets per period while Cobb’s production is at 8.26.Cobb and Nabor are both quality setters, but the defining factors would be the designated spikers.Nabor has Santiago on her side as well as Sato, but a couple of consistent hitters won’t figure much against the Lady Spikers as Cobb has a plethora of spikers at her disposal.If Nabor has two spikers on the top 25 of the Best Scorers table, Cobb has five.Cobb has the option to go to Dy, reigning MVP Mary Joy Baron, Desiree Cheng, Tin Tiamzon, and Aduke Ogunsanya.La Salle may not have a volume scorer as Santiago, but what the defending champions have are multiple scoring options that have made them one of the most formidable teams in the league.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. 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KCB beat Coast Stima, closer to promotion

first_img0Shares0000KCB players line up before their National Super League match against Green Commandos at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – KCB FC moved a step closer to gaining promotion back to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) after beating Coast Stima 2-0 at the Mbaraki Complex in Mombasa on Wednesday.The result that saw them move five points clear of third placed Nairobi Stima who played to a 1-1 draw with Western Stima in Naivasha. While already promoted Western Stima have just one match remaining in the National Super League (NSL) both Nairobi Stima and KCB have two more to go. KCB will assure themselves of promotion if they beat FC Talanta on Sunday at Camp Toyoyo.“This was the most important win for us and at least now we see the finish line in sight. It was a very tough game but I am happy we won. The boys have not taken their eye off the prize and this is the same mentality we want to take to the two remaining games,” head coach Elvis Ayanya told Capital Sport.He added; “We want to finish the job this Sunday when we play Talanta and the players don’t want to take it to the final day of the season. We want to go in to that game without pressure.”KCB FC players celebrate Kennedy Owino’s second goal against Green Commandos during their National Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluCoincidentally, KCB face Nairobi Stima in their final match of the season on November 13 and a failure to beat Talanta this Sunday will mean they play a mouth-watering Cup final against Stima.The bankers ensured three points against Coast Stima with the impressive Dennis Ng’ang’a breaking the deadlock early with a well taken freekick while the returning Chrispinus Onyango who had gone for a short stint in the USA made it 2-0 with a simple finish one on one with the keeper.Stima fought back for a draw against their ‘big brothers’ Western Stima in Naivasha with Ghanaian import Stephen Owusu stretching his lead at the top of the golden boot chase with an equalizer.“It was a tough game with some bit of luck we should have won. It is now tougher for us and the reality now is that we have to fight to get that play-off slot. We have two games remaining and we should work to win to keep hope alive,” assistant coach Fred Ambani said.Ushuru FC players hurdle together before their National Super League match against St. Joseph Youth at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.Nairobi Stima face Kenya Police this weekend before finishing the season against KCB. They now look likely to fight it off for the promotion slot with Ushuru who made a late case for themselves with a commanding 4-0 thrashing of GFE 105.Ushuru’s huge win against All Stars took them to 65 points, two away from Nairobi Stima. If Stima falter and Ushuru win this weekend, then Ken Kenyatta will be in pole position to guide his team for a second consecutive play-off against the 16th placed team from the KPL.Ushuru picked the win with Max Ravel scoring twice while Bill Oporia added the other before Edwin Mwaura crowned off the win. They will face Nakuru All Stars in Nakuru on Sunday before concluding their season away to Bidco United.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

RAISE FINANCE ON YOUR EXISTING ASSETS BY SPEAKING TO FINANCIAL EXPERTS AT CONSULTAS

first_imgArrange a meeting today with the financial experts at CONSULTAS and lean on their expertise and knowledge to make sure you make the RIGHT financial decisions for your business.Does your business require access to credit, can you raise finance on your existing assets?Whatever your question may be, the hardworking, innovative and dynamic team at CONSULTAS will help you get the financial answers you need. CONSULTAS is an independent financial services company that specialises in raising finance for new and existing business.Access to short term working capital remains a concern for business in Ireland today.In many cases businesses hold valuable assets or equipment that can be utilised to raise funds.CONSULTAS can advise you on the best options in the market for your enterprise and prepare comprehensive applications for funding. Talk to Tom 0872834207 or Niall 0834274881 today to start a new era for your business.www.consultas.ieinfo@consultas.ieConsultas Financial Services Limited is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland RAISE FINANCE ON YOUR EXISTING ASSETS BY SPEAKING TO FINANCIAL EXPERTS AT CONSULTAS was last modified: April 15th, 2015 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:AdviceArrangeBusinessConsultasexpertsFeaturesFinancialmeetingnewslast_img read more

TD SAYS CLOSURE OF FAMOUS DONEGAL SHOP INDICATIVE OF GOVERNMENT FAILURE

first_imgThe closure of a well-known shop in Donegal Town is another indication of this government’s failure of the domestic economy in Donegal and throughout the country says Independent Deputy Thomas Pringle.Mary’s of Donegal pulled down the shutters for the last time this week.‘This is a savage blow for the staff and community in Donegal Town and the loss of the sixteen jobs in Marys will be hard felt all across the community. This government has totally neglected the domestic economy and the constant refrain of an export led recovery rings hollow for the staff and community in Donegal Town’ continues Pringle. ‘Where are the commitments to end upward only rent reviews and reforms that assist businesses that this government promised’ asks Pringle.‘These changes may not have helped in the situation Marys has found itself but they could have helped to return confidence to the local economy and encourage people to continue on and shown that the government has the interests of the local people at heart. We can see what an export led recovery means for Donegal when only 28 of the 6,500 jobs created by the IDA are in the North West’ said Pringle.‘The government has totally refused to provide any stimulus to job creation other than increasing the numbers on CE schemes. We need more than that from the people who are charged with the recovery of the economy.“They could have used Budget 2013 to introduce a part-time work initiative that would have provided 100,000 places for long term unemployed, supported the creative economy in the North West that has the potential to create up to 18000 jobs in the next five years and provide additional capital spending that will create jobs and improve the conditions for future job creation in the country. Instead the government attacks those that can least afford it and removes billions of Euros from the economy in a policy that even the IMF have said has failed’ continued Pringle. “All across Donegal retail premises are lying empty and more and more small businesses are considering their future and the government does nothing. When will they take action and stop the decimation of our communities through unemployment, stagnation and emigration?’ asks Pringle.“What we need is a government that puts its people and citizens at the heart of decision making and not the FG/Labour coalition that is more interested in pleasing the ECB and Europe than protecting it’s citizens,”concluded Pringle. TD SAYS CLOSURE OF FAMOUS DONEGAL SHOP INDICATIVE OF GOVERNMENT FAILURE was last modified: January 11th, 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:TD SAYS CLOSURE OF FAMOUS DONEGAL SHOP INDICATIVE OF GOVERNMENT FAILURElast_img read more

‘Rent’ could pay dues for musicals

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals If “Rent” connects with audiences, it will be setting the stage for another movie version of a recent Broadway show, “The Producers,” which will open in theaters next month. “It will be very interesting for the genre to see how these do because they were two of the movies inspired by the successes of ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ‘Chicago.’ Those musicals fared well because they were unique,” said Brandon Gray, president of Box Office Mojo. The success of the critically praised “Moulin Rouge” and the Oscar-winning “Chicago” was supposed to signal the return of the Hollywood musical. But it hasn’t quite happened. Last year’s “The Phantom of the Opera” was largely panned and earned just over $50 million domestically, while Kevin Spacey’s “Beyond the Sea” and 2004’s Cole Porter biopic “De-Lovely” barely registered with moviegoers. But only “Phantom” was based on a hit Broadway show, and both “Rent” and “The Producers” have the advantage of featuring most of their original Broadway cast on the big screen. The nationwide release today of “Rent”- the big-screen version of one of the most successful Broadway musicals ever – is a watershed event for the show’s legions of fans, simply known as “rentheads.” But it’s still up in the air whether “Rent” will have enough widespread appeal to be a commercial success along the lines of 2003’s “Chicago,” which took in more than $170 million at the domestic box office. “The people who know ‘Rent’ and love `Rent,’ they are there,” said Revolution Studios’ Tom Sherak, whose company is producing the film. “The question becomes, ‘How often will they come back?’ But it also has to expand itself. The hope is the movie’s positive word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising we will have.” Written by the late Jonathan Larson, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning “Rent” tells the story of Bohemians living in the East Village of New York City. The Sony Pictures Entertainment release is debuting in 2,400 theaters. “They are counting on a familiarity with the stage material, especially with ‘Rent,”‘ Gray said. The two most familiar faces in the “Rent” cast are “Law & Order” star Jesse Martin and Taye Diggs, who starred in last year’s “Kevin Hill” series. “With ‘Rent,’ they didn’t spend a fortune because they didn’t have people like Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise in the lead roles,” observed box office analyst Robert Bucksbaum, president of Reel Source Inc. Bucksbaum said the film has been tracking well with young moviegoers, especially girls, who he predicts will be the film’s core audience. “All the musicals that we’ve seen recently have basically been geared toward older audiences,” he said. “`Rent’ is skewing as young as 12 or 13. It is phenomenal for a musical to generate that young audience. It bodes well for the future and is great for the business.” Bucksbaum, who owns several movie theaters, including The Crest in Westwood, has seen the enthusiasm first-hand. His was among the theaters in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco that sold out midnight shows Tuesday. But Gray wonders whether the film will play to mainstream audiences and thinks the decade-plus that has passed since the original Broadway production debuted, might not bode well for its commercial prospects. Universal Pictures won’t have to refresh anyone’s memory with “The Producers.” The show’s hugely successful Broadway run began in 2001. It won a record 12 Tony Awards and then enjoyed a stellar national tour. Another plus: stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are currently back on The Great White Way in a new version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” “Because of the strong live performances around the country, we wanted to ‘eventize’ this movie,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s president of distribution. “There aren’t very many movie musicals. You always want to be cautious when you put out a piece of entertainment like this.” “The Producers” was a 1968 film adapted as a Broadway musical by Mel Brooks. It tells the story of a down-on-his-luck producer (Lane) and his accountant (Broderick) and their unique get-rich-quick scheme. The film co-stars Uma Thurman and Will Ferrell and will have a limited opening Dec. 16 in just six cities before it goes into wider release Dec. 25, expanding to 1,200 locations. “Sometimes you put it in 5,000 play dates, and sometimes you don’t,” Rocco said. “With this piece of entertainment, it’s always nice to have full auditoriums.” “Rent” and “The Producers” will not be the only stage musicals getting big-screen treatment in the near future. In preproduction or development are feature-film versions of several other Broadway hits tentatively set for release next year or in 2007. One of the most highly anticipated is “Dreamgirls,” with Beyonce Knowles leading a cast that also includes Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. The movie, loosely based on the real-life Motown group The Supremes, will be directed by Bill Condon (“Kinsey”) for a December 2006 release by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. Also on tap from DreamWorks for 2006 is “Sweeney Todd,” which is currently enjoying a successful Broadway revival. The film version is set to be directed by Sam Mendes, Oscar winner for “American Beauty.” Set to begin shooting next spring is “Hairspray,” to be directed by Adam Shankman for release sometime in 2007 by New Line Cinema. Paramount is also mounting a big-screen version of “Sunset Boulevard,” starring Glenn Close, who won a Tony Award for her performance of Norma Desmond on Broadway. “They don’t make that many musicals, but as they make more and more, it will be interesting to see if they can maintain appeal, picture to picture,” Gray said. “Musicals have commercial hope if they are telling or singing a good story.” Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com!dtpost 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

GOING, GOING GONE! CAR SWEPT OUT TO SEA WITH THE HIGH TIDE

first_imgTHIS was the scene at Rossnowlagh beach earlier this evening, as one motorist said ‘goodbye’ to his beloved red Toyota.The car was gobbled up by one of the highest tides of the year.Of course it isn’t the first time it has happened on the golden sands at Rossnowlagh. And it probably won’t be the last.As one local man said afterwards: “That’s one way of dipping your headlights.”The incident however baffled many.Paul Diver, owner of the Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa, told us: “This has happened many times over the years. “As locals we are amazed it continues to happen. It’s very sad for the car’s owner but anyone who parks on a beach should know the tide does come back in again.“It’s also a high tide this evening.”Last Saturday a local man had to tow another car out of the water after a motorist dozed off whilst parked on the beach. GOING, GOING GONE! CAR SWEPT OUT TO SEA WITH THE HIGH TIDE was last modified: October 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:beachcarRossnowlaghSANDHOUSE HOTELwashed awaylast_img read more

‘A TROUBLED TIME’ INDEED FOR DONEGAL AT POPULAR AUTHOR’S BOOK LAUNCH

first_imgMC & Proprietor Of the Four Masters Bookshop; Colm O Rourke addressing the crowdThe Four Master’s Bookshop, Donegal Town was the location for the launch of Malachy Sweeney’s new book ‘A Troubled Time.’The 560 page tome is a factual and fascinating chronicle of events in County Donegal from 1914 to 1922.by Paul O’Sullivan It’s unlikely this book will attract the same controversy as Roy Keane’s new book but it’s sure to be big seller in this county at least in the run up to Christmas.Over two hundred Invited guests and friends of the former Abbey Vocational School teacher gathered to hear Councillor Tom Conaghan say he was “delighted and honoured to be asked to launch this book”“Malachy and I go back a long way and I’m delighted to see so many people here tonight,” he said.Malachy with his wife Goretti, Sons Dermot, Barry, Briam and grandaughter EllaThe Mayor of Donegal Town; Patricia Callaghan was also there and referring to a few anecdotes in the book said it was a “fabulous read and a massive achievement.” The author himself then took to the plinth and modestly acknowledged his literary achievement .He thanked his wife Gorreti, sons Barry, Dermot and Brian, and other family members for their support. A special mention was given to Michael Cassidy.Colm & Rosaleen O Rourke were the perfect hosts for the evening, their bookshop is the ideal venue for a local book launch with support from Joan, Annettee and Orla.Colm told Donegal Daily “Malachy’s first book Sands of Time was a great success for us so we were delighted to be all back here again tonight.”Councillor Tom Conaghan, Malachy Sweeney & Mayor Patricia CallaghanOrla Bennett, Pater Ward & Rosaleen O Rourke Therese & Colm Campbell with Michelle McKee Ann Kennedy and Malachy Old Townies” Seamus Doherty & Tom Connaghan Una , Seamus & Rebecca Faulkner Annette McMullan & Rosaleen O Rourke ‘A TROUBLED TIME’ INDEED FOR DONEGAL AT POPULAR AUTHOR’S BOOK LAUNCH was last modified: October 13th, 2014 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:A Troubled Timebook launchDonegal TownFour Masters Book Shoplast_img read more

Burtonport Harbour redevelopment progress welcomed

first_imgA formal planning application has now formally been submitted for the redevelopment of Burtonport Harbour in West Donegal, according to local Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher.It is hoped that the redevelopment project, which has an estimated €3m cost, will tackle a number of issues at the site.Cllr Gallagher has welcomed news that Part 8 Planning has begun this week. The Sinn Féin councillor said: “This is a very welcome development. I have been working on securing a major project for Burtonport Harbour for over seven years now and this proposal has the potential to be transformative for the area.“This project will tackle a number of issues currently causing difficulty at the site, these include the problem of limited parking at the pier, the need for better facilities for the fishing community as well as enhanced facilities for ferry operators such a new ferry terminal, tourist information centre, etc.”Donegal County Councill is due to meet with the local community in the near future to explain the changes to the previous proposal put forward.“I am hopeful that this project will get the support of government and that the €3m funding it requires will be allocated to Burtonport,” added Cllr Gallagher. Burtonport Harbour redevelopment progress welcomed was last modified: May 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Amazon AutoRip Is Cool, But I Still Won’t Buy CDs

first_imgTags:#music 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout john paul titlowcenter_img Related Posts Now here’s something the record labels never would have agreed to tens years ago. With the purchase of select CDs, Amazon customers will get a free MP3 copy of the album, which is instantly available in their Cloud Player account.It’s a great idea. No longer will people who buy CDs from Amazon have to go through the trouble of ripping them onto a computer for the inevitable (and pretty much only) use case: listening to the music on a portable device. They’ll even retroactively rip your past purchases from as far back as 1998, assuming the CDs you bought previously are AutoRip-approved.Sounds Good? This is a pretty useful feature for people who buy CDs, but that’s a population that’s been quickly dwindling for some time. Personally, I ripped all of mine about ten years ago and got rid of them. The only time I’ve considered buying a new CD is the rare event that a favorite artist of mine puts out some super-deluxe, premium-packaged disc mixed in 2.1 surround sound or it’s bundled with a DVD. Like most people, most of the music I consume is from the Internet. For years, that meant digital downloads. Today, that’s supplemented by Spotify’s massive library. If I really love something, I’ll buy it on vinyl and cash in the free MP3 download right away.And there are problems with the service itself. When I went to try AutoRip, my Cloud Player library was still completely empty. If I’ve purchased any CDs in the last 7 years, they apparently weren’t AutoRip-supported. Oh well. Too Late To HelpWhile AutoRip is nice a bonus for CD buyers, it’s probably not going to reverse the inevitable trend: Physical album sales have been slashed in half since 2000 and as digital grows (it’s now more than 50% of the recorded music market), there’s no way those numbers are ever going to pick back up. Everyone’s streaming from Spotify and Rdio or redeeming their iTunes gift cards. Vinyl has been seeing a bit of a resurgence in recent years, but that’s still a niche market filled with audiophiles and super-fans. Good riddance to the compact disc. At least with vinyl, you get a tangible, collectible good with a free download. With subscription services, you get access to unprecedented quantities of music, which you can access from any device. With CDs, all you get is a plastic disc that will inevitably start getting scratched as soon as you remove it from its breakable, poorly designed case. I moved on from CDs years ago. As convenient as AutoRip is, I’m not any more likely to return to a physical format. I can’t imagine anybody else is. Now, if Amazon would come out with AutoRip for books, that’d be a whole other story. Lead photo by Fanch the System.  12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Supporting the Inclusion of Young Children with Autism

first_imgClick the image to access a PDF version to download & share. Return to article. Long DescriptionClick the image to access a PDF version to download and share.by Hedda Meadan, PhDCurrent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 1 in every 59 children in the US have autism. Boys are diagnosed with autism four times more than girls and autism occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Although young children with autism have unique abilities and needs that might require additional support within educational and community settings, societal values about promoting opportunities for development and learning, and a sense of belonging for every child and family call for inclusion for all.In 2009 The National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Division for Early Childhood issued a joint statement in support of inclusion. The joint statement includes this definition of early childhood inclusion:“Early childhood inclusion embodies the values, policies, and practices that support the right of every infant and young child and his or her family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society. The desired results of inclusive experiences for children with and without disabilities and their families include a sense of belonging and membership, positive social relationships and friendships, and development and learning to reach their full potential.” Researchers report many benefits of high-quality inclusion of young children with autism and other developmental disabilities in early educational settings. Inclusion supports and benefits not only children with autism, but also their typically developing peers, family members, teachers and professionals, and the community as a whole.Autism Speaks published Pre-School Inclusion Programming for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Toolkit for Training and Program Development which includes information, checklists, tools, and printable materials for supporting inclusion of young children with autism. The Organization for Autism Research further describes the importance of inclusion. In addition, Operation Autism: A Resource Guide for Military Families provides resources for developing partnerships with educators to support the inclusion of children with autism and for understanding the different educational placements options for children with autism.Our final webinar in the 2019 Early Intervention series, “Sunrise to Sunset: Supporting Children with Autism Through Their Day” will focus on supporting the inclusion of young children with autism.  Join us on December 4, 2019, at 11 a.m. EST.  We will describe what inclusion is, the benefits of inclusion, and strategies for modifying the social and physical environment to support the inclusion of young children with autism.  To RSVP for the webinar, “Welcome to the Group: Inclusion of Young Children with Autism,” go to its event website and look for the RSVP button on the right side of the page.last_img read more