How these little elves brought festive fun to a local nursing home

first_imgWhat do you get when you bring over 20 pre-schoolers to put on a play in the local nursing home?A lot of singing, dancing, smiles, hugs and Christmas cheer.That’s what happened last Wednesday, when a class from Rainbow Nursery School in Woodlands visited St Eunan’s Nursing Home to stage their Christmas Show. This was the first time the two communities worked together, bringing young and old into the same space for festive fun.Rainbow Nursery stage their Christmas Show with Karen Murphy at St. Eunan’s Nursing Home, LetterkennyRainbow Nursery stage their Christmas Show with Karen Murphy at St. Eunan’s Nursing Home, LetterkennyRainbow Nursery stage their Christmas Show with Karen Murphy at St. Eunan’s Nursing Home, LetterkennyUnder the expert guidance of Speech and Drama teacher Karen Murphy, the enthusiastic little performers showed off all their singing and acting skills to the delight of the residents. The children had colourful props, entertaining stories and big voices for their variety show, which ended with a series of carols to get everyone singing, clapping and toe-tapping.After the show, there was time for the young stars to meet their appreciative audience.Rainbow Nursery stage their Christmas Show with Karen Murphy at St. Eunan’s Nursing Home, LetterkennyRainbow Nursery stage their Christmas Show with Karen Murphy at St. Eunan’s Nursing Home, LetterkennyThe collaborative event was hailed as a great success by Rainbow Nursery School and St Eunan’s. Karen Murphy, who runs Karen Murphy Speech, Drama & Communications and holds weekly classes at the creche, had originally come up with the idea.Karen told Donegal Daily: “I was coming to class one morning, and I saw a food van delivering to the home and I thought it was a great service. Then I realised that we have a service too, we’re right next door, why wouldn’t we reach out?”“Out of all the shows I’ve had this week, just seeing the smiles and the connection has just been fantastic,” she added.Rainbow Nursery stage their Christmas Show with Karen Murphy at St. Eunan’s Nursing Home, LetterkennyRainbow Nursery stage their Christmas Show with Karen Murphy at St. Eunan’s Nursing Home, LetterkennyDeirdre Murdy, manager of St. Eunan’s Nursing Home said: “Thank you to Rainbow Creche and thanks Karen Murphy for coming here to visit the residents.“At Christmas it’s really nice to get everybody in the community working together. It’s really nice to see a twinkle in everybody’s eye, especially the little ones. The residents were delighted to have them here and it’s great to see a twinkle in the residents’ eyes as well,” Deirdre added. Rainbow Nursery stage their Christmas Show with Karen Murphy at St. Eunan’s Nursing Home, LetterkennyRainbow Nursery stage their Christmas Show with Karen Murphy at St. Eunan’s Nursing Home, LetterkennyPatricia Mc Brearty, owner of Rainbow Montessori and Playschool, said the play and St Eunan’s visit was a wonderful way to enhance their Aistear curriculum by providing an opportunity to promote community involvement.The initial idea gathered great support from Deirdre Murdy and the pupils’ parents, who greeted it with interest and enthusiasm.Patricia said: “We felt that it would provide a valuable and meaningful learning experience for the children and the residents of St. Eunan’s.”Patricia recalled a funny moment in the lead up to the Christmas Show: “To prepare for the visit and to practice walking safely, the children walked over to St. Eunan’s on a number of occasions and waved in the windows at the residents. “One little boy said, ‘That’s the place where grannies and grandas live, and you have to be over 4 to live there!’”Rainbow Nursery stage their Christmas Show with Karen Murphy at St. Eunan’s Nursing Home, LetterkennyRainbow Nursery stage their Christmas Show with Karen Murphy at St. Eunan’s Nursing Home, LetterkennyPatricia added that the event could be the beginning of a whole new initiative.“This is a new and exciting idea for the children and the residents and we look forward to working together, sharing ideas and moving forward with a “Try it and See” approach and maybe we can come back and perform another little Christmas show next year.”How these little elves brought festive fun to a local nursing home was last modified: December 27th, 2018 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)Tags:christmas playKaren Murphy School of Speech Drama and CommunicationsRainbow crecheSt Eunan’s Nursing HomeWoodlandslast_img read more

Boks clinch series victory over Lions

first_img29 June 2009It took a stirring fight-back and a last-gasp kick for the Springboks to beat the British and Irish Lions 28-25 in the second test in Pretoria on Saturday, but the win gave South Africa an unassailable 2-0 series lead over after a controversial, drama-packed encounter.“This win is colossal,” Springbok skipper John Smit said afterwards. “The ante was upped after last week, and this was a proper test match for the full 80 minutes.“After losing a player early on, we faced an uphill battle from the word go,” Smit said. “But this team built character over the years from being in dark places, and knows how to find victory in a dark room.”‘Very disappointing’Lions’ captain Paul O’Connell reflected afterwards on a missed opportunity, saying: “To lose like this was very disappointing.“Tough times lie ahead for all of us, but to be honest, we shouldn’t have been in that position. We should’ve played more in the second half, like we did in the first half, but we did not.”The irony of the South African victory was that the willy-nilly use of Springbok substitutions in the first test had almost resulted in the Boks losing the match, while the substitutions in the second test – not all of them chosen, but forced by injury – won the game for the home side.Unlike the first test in Durban, in which South Africa got away to a great start and built-up a good first-half lead, the script was reversed in Pretoria, with the Lions dominating the opening stanza and taking a nice lead into the break.ExperienceThe experience of the Springbok team, however, played a big role in them being able to pull out a victory. Although other things factored into the win, some of them very controversial, it was the experienced spine of a World Cup winning team that was the ultimate decider.The series defeat surely stings for the Lions and their passionate supporters because they had opportunities to win both tests. In many ways defeats by five points and three points are far tougher to deal with than defeats by 20 points or 25 points.The same sort of thinking is behind the pain many South African rugby players and fans feel about losing the 1997 series 2-1 to the Lions. The Springboks outscored the Lions nine tries to three in the series, but still lost.They ran in three tries to nil in Durban, but none were converted and six penalties missed as the Lions clinched the series with an 18-15 win on the back of five penalties by Neil Jenkins and a dropped goal by Jeremy Guscott.ControversyMany Lions supporters will think that they should have won the Pretoria test because, they will contend, Schalk Burger should have been sent off in the first minute of the match, leaving the game as a contest of 14 players against 15. Many in the British media are espousing that viewpoint, and some Lions players have said the same thing.Burger, who was the only change to the Springbok starting fifteen from the first test, had returned to the South African side after overcoming an injury and he led the team onto the field in his fiftieth test in the green and gold. But boy did he blot his copybook!The game started with the Lions kicking off and Victor Matfield taking the kick off comfortably – something that he excelled at all afternoon – before the Boks drove the ball impressively up the field.Referee Christophe Berdos awarded the Springboks a penalty after the Lions halted the progress of the maul illegally, but assistant ref Bryce Lawrence then stepped in and pulled Berdos aside. He said Burger should be shown “at least a yellow card” for “fingers in the eye area” of Luke Fitzgerald.‘At least a yellow’It could easily have been a red, considering Lawrence’s recommendation of “at least a yellow”, but Berdos opted to send the flanker to the sin bin only 32 seconds into the contest.The penalty was reversed and the Lions, displaying their intent, spurned a shot at goal and kicked for the corner flag. From the lineout they forced another penalty and this time opted to kick for goal. Stephen Jones was on target with the easy opprtunity and the Lions were 3-0 up.The tension between the teams was obvious when Victor Matfield gave a Lions’ player a shove after the whistle had sounded in the fourth minute. Brian O’Driscoll rushed in and threw a few punches at the Springbok lock, which all fell harmlessly wide of the big man. Within moments players from both sides were involved in pushing and shoving and grabbing.Referee Berdos penalised O’Driscoll as the first man in to add to what was a two-man disagreement, but also warned Springbok flanker Juan Smith.SilencedTwo minutes later the home support in the Loftus Versfeld crowd was stunned into silence as the Lions broke through for a try.Flyhalf Stephen Jones took the ball to the right, drew two defenders, and then popped the ball out of the back of his hand as he was tackled to set up an overlap. Fullback Rob Kearney took the pass and raced up the field with Tommy Bowe to his right.Springbok fullback Francois Steyn was put in a tough position and backed off. Kearney threw a dummy to Bowe and then headed for the tryline. Steyn got a tackle in, but the Irishman stretched over in the corner and scored.Jones converted with a nice kick and the Lions had leapt into a 10-0 lead in the seventh minute.Springbok tryWhen Burger returned to the game, the Springboks were about to throw in to a lineout near the Lions’ 22-metre area. Smit threw deep, picking out Smith. His quick catch and release went to scrumhalf Fourie du Preez, who was already on the run. He drew the defence and popped the ball up on his inside for JP Pietersen, who was steaming up at full speed. In the gap, he broke to the outside to race over for a well-executed try.Bok flyhalf Ruan Pienaar missed the simple conversion, hitting the right-hand post, after Pietersen had taken the ball close in to the uprights.A few minutes later the Lions extended their lead when Jones landed another penalty to make it 13-5.It took 15 minutes before the first scrum of the game took place. The Lions, who were on the back foot in the set piece in the Durban test, forced the Springbok scrum backwards this time.A clever cross kick from Du Preez then found Pietersen on the right wing. He grubbered through when confronted by a defender and Steyn, with clear intent, forced the last Lions’ defender back over the tryline, thus winning the Springboks a five-metre scrum.Tighthead prop Adam Jones, however, won pats on the back from his team-mates as he disrupted the Springbok scrum and forced a penalty to end a potentially dangerous attacking position for the home team.Midway through the half, Steyn had a long range attempt at goal. He had the length but not the direction and the Lions retained their eight-point advantage.More controversyAnother controversial moment occurred when Pietersen hit Kearney late, and it looked like a bad hit at first. Replays revealed that the Springbok winger had been only moments late and that his arm, which he had held up to block Kearney’s kick, had then hit the fullback’s shoulder and bounced up to the side of his head. At any rate, the referee’s decision to award only a penalty to the Lions was the right one.Five minutes from the break the Lions moved 11 points ahead. After putting the Boks under pressure for an extended period of time, but finding no give in the stubborn South African defence, flyhalf Jones opted for a drop goal. He didn’t hit it sweetly, but it went over and made the score 16-5 to Ian McGeechan’s charges.In the 39th minute the Lions’ backline was penalised for crossing and obstructing. The penalty was inside the Springboks half and wide out on the left, but Steyn stepped up for a long range attempt at goal, nonetheless. He hit it well and added three points to the Springboks’ total,and gave his team a vital boost just before the break.The teams went into half-time with the Lions leading 16-8.Dramatic changeFive minutes into the second half, the game changed dramatically when both Lions’ props were forced from the field with injuries. This led to the bizarre sight of a top tier test match featuring uncontested scrums for almost the entire second half.Both props were later operated upon in the evening – Jenkins for a fractured cheekbone and Jones for a dislocated shoulder, caused by a Bakkies Botha charge at a ruck, which earned the Springbok hardman a citing.In the 47th minute the Springboks were awarded a penalty for a high tackle by Matthew Rees on Burger, but Pienaar was again off target with his kick at goal.A minute later, Pienaar missed once more and some boos started up in the crowd, as well as a call for the Bulls’ Super 14 hero Morne Steyn to take over from him at flyhalf.Pienaar missed another opportunity three minutes after that and it was clear he was having one of those days when his goal-kicking boots are cold as ice. It also showed the folly of going into a test without a kicker who is at least the kicker for his provincial team. The calls for Morne Steyn grew louder and a big cheer arose as he removed his tracksuit to begin warming up.Jean de Villiers, who appeared to be injured, was then replaced by Jaque Fourie, and in the 58th minute Andries Bekker and Danie Rossouw replaced Bakkies Botha and Juan Smith respectively.Steyn on for PienaarOn the hour mark, the Lions again extended their lead to 11 points when Jones landed another penalty to keep his 100 percent record intact. To the cheers of the Pretoria crowd, Morne Steyn was then sent into action.Another of the turning points in the match occurred almost immediately afterwards when O’Driscoll, way offsides, charged into a tackle on Rossouw. The pair met with a sickening crash of heads and Rossouw tumbled back to the turf when he tried to stand up. O’Driscoll, too, was in trouble.Rossouw was replaced by Heinrich Brussouw, which was to prove a major plus for the Springboks. O’Driscoll lasted only a couple of minutes longer and went off.SA tryIn the 62nd minute, for the second time in the game, a well-worked set move by the Springboks resulted in a try. It created some space for Bryan Habana to take a ball at pace and before the Lions could close the gap that had been created he had turned on the afterburners and crashed over the line for a try.Morne Steyn knocked over the easy conversion and suddenly there were only four points in the game, with the Lions 19-15 ahead.The Springboks could have made it a one-point game three minutes later when they were awarded a penalty in the Lions’ 22. Bismarck du Plessis took a quick tap and the Lions tackled him before they had retreated 10 metres. Referee Berdos allowed them to get away with it, however, and Paul O’Connell’s men turned the ball over and kicked it to touch.Brussouw then showed his worth by forcing a penalty for the Boks at a ruck. Flyhalf Steyn stepped up and nailed the kick, leaving the Springboks only a point behind with 13 minutes to play.The Lions’ four-point advantage was restored soon afterwards as Jones, given a chance to kick at goal from right in front of the posts, slotted the kick to make it 22-18 in favour of the tourists.Lead changeWith six minutes to play, South Africa sent the ball wide to the right where Brussouw straightened up the line before passing to Jaque Fourie on his outside. The big Bok centre lowered his shoulder and knocked Ronan O’Gara flying as the Lions’ substitute attempted a tackle. Then, with two men hanging onto him, Fourie stretched across the tryline and smashed the ball into the Loftus turf.The decision went to the television match official. After a lengthy wait, the try was awarded and the home fans erupted with joy as South Africa led for the first time in the contest. When Steyn converted superbly from the sidelines the Springboks’ advantage grew to three points.A high tackle by Andries Bekker then gave the Lions a penalty in a kickable position. Captain O’Connell decided Jones should kick at posts instead of going for the win from a lineout deep in South African territory.Jones made it six for six on the day – five penalties and a dropped goal – to level the scores at 25-25.Final minuteIn the final minute, O’Gara fielded a kick deep in Lions’ territory. He launched a high-up-and-under and gave chase. Du Preez went up to make the catch and while in the air had his feet knocked out from under him by a shoulder charge from the Irishmen.Referee Berdos raised his arm for a penalty four metres inside the Springbok half and the ball was handed to Morne Steyn for a 54-metre kick to win the test and the series. Like a veteran, not like the international rookie that he truly is, Steyn comfortably kicked the goal and was immediately swamped by his ecstatic team-mates as the final whistle sounded.Springbok fans celebrated with their team while many Lions’ players and supporters stared dead-eyed in disbelief, with some of the players slumping to the ground. It was the cruelest of cruel blows.Third testAfter the massive impact of Jaque Fourie, Heinrich Brussouw, and the match-winner Morne Steyn off the bench, it will be interesting to see whether the selectors can find any reason in their minds why those three players should be left out of the starting fifteen at Ellis Park.In Brussouw’s case the decision has been made for them. Burger was handed an eight-week ban for his contact with Fitzgerald’s eyes – at the lower end of the scale for such offences.The selectors would have fielded Bekker in Botha’s place in the second row after Botha was handed a two-week ban for not binding when entering a ruck, but Bekker has been ruled out of the Ellis Park match with a knee injury. Instead, Sharks’ captain Johan Muller has been called up to the Springboks squad.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Growing degree days and emergence timing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.A great deal of field work has been done over the past few weeks. As corn is being planted across the eastern Corn Belt and another growing season has begun, it will be time to walk and scout fields. Once corn is planted, the next critical event will be uniform emergence. Many producers have read or heard that it takes about 100 to 120 Growing Degree Days (GDDs) for corn to emerge, but what does that mean?A GDD (also referred to as Growing Degree Units) is a calculation based on daily high and low temperatures. This calculation helps to predict stages of growth in corn based on an accumulation of heat units or GDDs. The basic formula for calculating GDDs is: add the daily maximum temperature to the daily minimum, divide by 2, then subtract 50. The value calculated by this formula is the total number of GDDs accumulated in one day. It is a fairly simple equation with a few limitations: The highest maximum temperature that can be used in the equation is 86 degrees F (even if actual temps are higher) and the lowest value for the low temperature that can be used is 50 degrees F (even if actual temps are lower). The reason for these limits is that corn growth and development is significantly reduced and/or stopped at temperatures above 86 degrees F and below 50 degrees F.When daily accumulations of GDDs (accumulated after planting) add up to a total of 100 to 120GDDs, corn seedlings should be emerging. While watching fields for corn to emerge this spring, keep in mind that daily temperature fluctuations will play a significant role in determining the period of time between planting and emergence.last_img read more

How HP Champions Modern Storage Needs

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#cloud storage#storage#Storage Evolution ReadWrite Sponsors The Internet has evolved from a virtual buffet of content to a hyper-connected network of people and things creating massive amounts of information. Businesses continue to struggle finding ways to store all this data in a way that makes it available anywhere and anytime it’s needed.Historically, adding storage space was measured in the number of devices and the capacity of the media. From tape, to floppies, to optical media, to hard drives, to USB drives… storage technology continues to improve and the prices continue to drop. The market for storage is expected to rise to $37.3 billion by 2015, according to forecasts by analyst firm IDC. But there never seems to be enough.The modern trend of what IDC calls the “slow and deliberate,” use of cloud-based storage has created a different paradigm – one that challenges those managing information on the Internet. People around the world create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. And the company estimates that 90% of all data in the world was created in the last two years.To keep up, businesses have been forced to act like squirrels preparing for winter, putting bits of personal and public customer information hither and thither, loosely tied together as a patchwork of devices and services. Too often, companies complain that storing information online is limited by the boundaries between providers, an inability to react to growing demands and services that are complex to manage and slow to install.This is why companies like Hewlett-Packard have adopted a multi-layered approach that simplifies the process of storage for business. HP’s Converged Storage Systems and Services takes advantage of the trends of storage technologies to provide an easy method for application integration, virtualized infrastructure and cloud services.The suite’s current lineup includesHP 3PAR StoreServ StorageHP StoreOnce Backup with StoreOnce CatalystHP StoreAll StorageHP StoreVirtual StorageHP StoreEasy StorageHP StoreVirtual VSAHP Storage Addresses Big DataEven before the inclusion of magnetic-card storage in the HP 9100A desktop calculator (personal computer) in 1968, Hewlett-Packard used storage media to address the data being created by its business customers. The latest technology trend of so-called Big Sata has put unprecedented pressure on storage strategies and technologies. It’s also delivering unprecedented benefits to the companies of all sizes that are able to leverage Big Data with systems on site or in the cloud.For example, the HoneyBaked Ham company uses a consolidated suite of HP storage systems to track customer data and transactions. The company reports improved performance in creating reports and providing information to executives.Other sectors taking advantage of HP’s storage suite include healthcare, media and entertainment, financial services and public sector industries.HP Storage Taps Into The CloudAs cloud computing has emerged as a basic networking practice, more and more content is stored in virtualized, interconnected storage devices. Not only does this make it possible to access massive files from anywhere at any time, it also makes storage more affordable, efficient and easier to manage.One customer that knows about accessing massive files is Hostworks, which used HP’s cloud computing storage products to assist Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) in its tracking of fan traffic during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Using HP’s cloud service, Hostworks recorded 1.5 million unique visitors, more than 25 million page impressions and two million video views as well as tracking matches and featuring up-to-the-minute information on the competition.HP Storage Empowers The DatacenterConverged storage systems don’t sit under the desktop, they support large data centers, storage arrays, and dedicated data stores. Providing timely access to information has become paramount for companies and storage service providers alike. One of the latest trends is to use solid-state devices to supplement datacenter storage to speed up all applications by replacing or augmenting memory caches. HP is no stranger here, having championed solid-state drives since 1993 with the advent of the HP Omnibook 300.More recent implementations of SSD drives have helped companies maximize the effectiveness of their existing datacenters. For example, – one of the world’s largest online hotel reservation and travel services – doubled its datacenter capacity and service speeds with HP’s converged storage products. More compact HP hardware with solid-state storage and HP software to manage the systems was installed, resulting in a 65% decrease in the space needed to run the storage array.As trends go, storage has never been sexy, even by enterprise IT standards. But it’s importance in handling new technology trends such as Big Data, cloud computing and virtualization – as well as its ability to make datacenters more efficient – cannot be ignored. Hewlett-Packard’s Converged Storage Systems and Services has helped thousands of enterprise IT leaders make their companies leaner, more agile and more efficient. Enterprise storage needs are unlikely to become smaller, or less important, so it’s important to know that companies like HP are already working to meet those requirements. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more