Children wait more than a year for speech therapy

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick nurse helping the fight against COVID-19, calls for round the clock garda patrols near University of Limerick following “out of control” student parties Advertisement TAGSeducationhealthInclusion IrelandSpeech and Language TherapyUniversity of Limerick Gardai make arrests following chaotic student party near University of Limerick Twitter University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success Linkedin Email Previous articleRussell pleads for more support for Limerick FCNext articleThe Limerick priests who served and died in the First World War John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img WhatsApp University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party Decision on FIBA European Championships in Limerick to be made in May  by Kathy [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up CHILDREN in the Mid West are going without appropriate speech and language therapy for more than a year because of a HSE recruitment freeze.According to parents and health professionals, a lack of cover for therapists who are on sick leave or maternity leave is a major issue nationwide.One parent, whose five-year-old son has not seen a speech and language therapist for more than a year, told the Limerick Post: “My son was first assessed in Newport Speech and Language Clinic in January 2013 and was seen only once in May 2013, when we were told by the therapist that she would be going on maternity leave and no-one would be replacing her due to cutbacks. He started school this September and we’re still on the waiting list.”“I think it would have made a big difference to him if he had been seen regularly before he started school, it has affected his confidence. I don’t understand why speech therapy is not given more priority.“Early intervention is key in children with speech and language difficulties. More money and extra resources could end up being used on him in primary school, so no-one is saving anything. The children are the losers.”A report released by Inclusion Ireland this week revealed that there were on average 203 children in need of therapy for each speech and language therapist in the Mid West.The report also found that a child’s access to speech and language therapy can depend on where they live, and that many families are availing of private or non-profit therapy providers while awaiting a public service.Carol-Anne Murphy, a lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Limerick, said that those figures refer to a subgroup and do not reflect the actual number of therapists working with children in the region, or the number of children accessing services.However, she agrees that there is a need for additional speech and language therapists.“We still need more therapists, that is something that is clear from all the reports that have been compiled. But it’s not just a question of putting in more therapists. What is also required is to look at what happens when children are in the system, that we don’t allow gaps or discontinuity due to therapists going on maternity leave and things like that.“It’s not just a question of taking children off the waiting list, it’s also important to see if they are getting enough intervention over a long enough period of time to meet their needs.”She added that there is still significant demand for places on the course despite the recruitment freeze, but that some graduates have had to emigrate to find work. Facebook Print NewsHealthChildren wait more than a year for speech therapyBy John Keogh – September 25, 2014 940 Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 44 | Immersive Software Engineeringlast_img read more

85 people on trolleys in Limerick, the highest figure ever recorded…

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp Email Print NewsHealth85 people on trolleys in Limerick, the highest figure ever recorded in an Irish hospital in a single dayBy Staff Reporter – November 25, 2019 471 Twittercenter_img Advertisement University Hospital LimerickTHE NUMBER of people without beds in University Hospital Limerick (UHL) this morning was the highest figure recorded in an Irish hospital in a single day.85 patients were without beds in UHL this morning – the highest figure ever recorded in an Irish hospital in a single day – the previous record was 82, set in October 2019, also in Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Patients without beds are typically on chairs and trolleys, often in corridors. In Limerick today, there are 55 patients in the emergency department and 30 in wards elsewhere in the hospital.INMO Assistant Director of Industrial Relations for the region, Mary Fogarty said, “Despite the best efforts of local staff, the situation in Limerick continues to escalate. The hospital is breaking records in the worst possible way.“Promises of future improvement will not suffice. Real action is needed today.“We simply do not have sufficient capacity. Without an increase in beds and the professionals to staff them, this problem will continue to escalate.“Our members are on the frontline providing the best care they can – but the situation is intolerable for them and unsafe for patients.”The INMO has called for a direct, immediate intervention in the hospital from senior HSE management, including:Cancellation of non-essential elective workMore home care packages to move patients out of the hospitalEmergency funding for extra agency staffAn immediate end to the recruitment ban for nurses and midwivesExtra support for GPs and Public Health Nurses to allow more home/community treatmentThere are 631 patients without beds across the country today – 22 of them children. A full breakdown is attached. The other worst-hit hospitals include:Cork University Hospital – 52Letterkenny University Hospital – 47Tallaght University Hospital – 36University Hospital Galway – 33 Linkedin Previous articleAdam Scott among the latest JP McManus Pro-Am announcement, as well as Christmas Ticket Tender detailsNext articleThe Limerick man who was the first voice of Clare radio Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

A sad day for humanity

first_imgGay marriage made legal across USNZ Herald 27 June 2015Gay and lesbian Americans have the same right to marry as any other couples, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Friday in a historic ruling deciding one of America’s most contentious and emotional legal questions. Celebrations and joyful weddings quickly followed states where they had been forbidden.The vote was narrow – 5-4 – but the ruling will put an end to same-sex marriage bans in the 14 states that still maintain them, and provide an exclamation point for breathtaking changes in America’s social norms in recent years. As recently as last October, just over one-third of the states permitted gay marriages.Public acceptance has also shot up in recent years, in stark contrast to the widespread outcry against a 2004 ruling by the high court in Massachusetts legalizing same-sex marriage there, prompting several states to ban it and galvanizing conservative voter turnout during George W. Bush’s re-election campaign.Just over a decade later, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion was clear and firm: “The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them.”Kennedy’s reading of the ruling elicited tears in the courtroom, euphoria outside and the immediate issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in county offices in Georgia and Texas. In Dallas, Kenneth Denson said he and Gabriel Mendez had been legally married in 2013 in California but “we’re Texans; we want to get married in Texas.”In praise of the decision, President Barack Obama called it “justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11472020last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgBolt to run at London Diamond League LONDON (AP): Usain Bolt said he will run at the London Diamond League meeting in July, weeks before he defends his Olympic titles in Rio de Janeiro. Bolt will run on July 22-23 at the Olympic Stadium, the venue where he won 100, 200 and 4×100-metre gold at the London Games. The Rio Olympics run from August 5-21, with track and field scheduled for August 12-19. Bolt said he is competing in London because “there are a lot of Jamaicans living in the UK and I always get great support. It is like my home away from home.” Bolt took part in the event this year, winning the 100m. He then won another sprint triple at the World Championships in Beijing in August. Gayle plans Test return in 2016 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Former West Indies captain Chris Gayle hopes to return to Test cricket next year after a two-year absence. The 36-year-old Gayle told reporters yesterday in Australia, where he is playing in the Twenty20 Big Bash League, that he hopes to be injury-free and able to bolster a struggling West Indies line-up in 2016. He said a back injury had prevented him playing for the West Indies who were mauled by Australia in a Test in Hobart last week, though he continues to play in lucrative Twenty 20 competitions. Gayle said “there’s no way I could have actually been part of that Test team, I’m just coming back from injury. Next year, hopefully, Test cricket is on the agenda.” Australia to add first-class day-night matches MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Cricket Australia is continuing its push for more day-night Test cricket, scheduling first-class matches under lights at three venues early next year. Australia beat New Zealand last month in the first ever Test match played under lights and with a pink ball, at the Adelaide Oval. Sheffield Shield matches at Adelaide, the Gabba in Brisbane and the WACA ground in Perth will be played under lights in the round starting February 14 to continue refining the equipment.last_img read more

Get your smart card ID at your nearest bank

first_imgSouth African citizens will be able to apply for their smart card ID cards at Home Affairs kiosks in FNB and Standard Bank branches as part of a pilot project set to start in April 2015.Two of South Africa’s biggest banks – FNB and Standard Bank – had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Home Affairs for the pilot project, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said at a media briefing in Cape Town on Tuesday.Nedbank has expressed its willingness to participate, Gigaba said, adding he was hopeful Absa and the South African Post Office would soon join in too.Gigaba said the plan was part of the government’s plans to help make the ID cards accessible to all citizens.“There are several new innovations that are going to be introduced by the department in the course of this and the next financial years to assist South Africans in applying for their Smart ID Cards and passports in an extremely convenient way.Those that are eligible to apply for Smart IDs are pensioners older than 60 years or 16 year-olds.Citizens will be able to submit their application as well as their biometric data via the kiosk at the bank. This includes taking a “biometric photograph”, submitting automated fingerprints and electronic signatures.The minister said it was hoped the innovation would help ease the queues at Home Affairs’ 403 offices, while also delivering a crucial service to citizens more efficiently.TargetThe government plans to convert the more than 38-million citizens with green-coded ID books to Smart ID Cards.“We have issued over 1-million Smart ID Cards in less than a year,” Gigaba said. “We are confident of reaching the target of 1.6-million cards by the end of the 2014/15 financial year.”Deadline for birth registrationThe government was also continuing with its campaign to register children within 30 days of birth in efforts to maintain the integrity of the National Population Register, Gigaba said.“We will cease the process of the late registration of births by 31 December 2015. This critical milestone will ensure that we safeguard our identity, citizenship and secure our population register.”Source: SAnews.gov.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The Dark Figure Of Social Media: What Can Twitter Teach Criminologists?

first_imgTags:#crowdsourcing#Real-Time Web#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts The “Dark Figure of Crime” is not, as one would imagine, a London-fog-bedecked, cloak-and-dagger figure slinking down a shadowy alleyway. It sounds very Hollywood, but “The Dark Figure” is simply a term used by statisticians to describe a crime that goes unreported.Serious and even violent crimes go unreported for a myriad of social, political and personal reasons. What does this have to do with Twitter? Criminologists have for years grappled with that dark figure, and while police science research on social media is in its infancy, the ability to compare official and real-time crowdsourced data could change how we research crime.Guest author Laura Madison is the co-founder of the Canadian Association of Police on Social Media. She will be publishing the results of a survey regarding Twitter use by North American and U.K. in the coming weeks. She tweets @org9 and @canadianpolice.Crime that has been reported by victims – a burglary for example – is only a percentage of what is actually occurring in our communities. How do we know? We use what are called social surveys. Some of the survey questions could be: “Have you been the victim of a burglary in the past five years?” and “Did you report it to police?” We then look at the official reported crimes involving burglary and compare that with social survey results.All of this is very interesting but what does this have to do with social media, annotation, metadata and Twitter’s Promoted Tweets? For me as a social scientist on Twitter, there’s an exciting potential for everyone from governments to nonprofits to utilize the power of real-time to hypothesize, design, conduct and finally utilize analytics.If good research design is defined as “the analysis of data in a manner that aims to combine relevance to the research purpose with economy in procedure,” then Twitter’s new promotional platform not only adheres to this principle but advances the potential for rapid-paced and geographically salient research results on just about any topic.Possibilities For Policing AgenciesAs a criminologist I think a lot about how social media can be utilized in my field and in the field of police sciences. We can study attitudes about crime, fear of crime, urban myths, moral panics, laws, legislation, police services, victim impact, sentencing reform, prison reform and restorative justice. We can look at social media studies and compare them to official crime rates and government social surveys, reports and peer-published research and analysis.We can do research around issues such as the Facebook panic button and other social media applications directed at sex offender detection, and importantly we can elicit responses from those who currently use social media.Policing agencies, for example, could use their annual communications budgets to purchase a number of Promotional Tweets to, for instance, alert the public about a wanted person or request information from targeted geographic population. They could use polls to gauge performance, community perceptions, satisfaction and reform. Then they can use the associated data for back-end analytics and to illustrate what I call user-to-user “resonance chains” that show where their tweets went and who retweeted them, and lay out this info for further proactive planning.For a good example of this in action check out @vpdcanada, @trafficservices and @deputysloly; a further good source for police information on social media is @cops2point0.What Must Happen NextWith all of the positive out of the way, let’s look at some issues that may need to be addressed before some of what I outlined can come to fruition. I will also introduce some of my ideas for application development.First comes privacy wherein an application that we could build would gather relevant data such as age, location, education level, etc., but would hide identifying information by assigning a code number for those wishing to contribute to social science research.Second, ethically acceptable research policy beings with the establishment of a clear and fair agreement between the investigator/agency and research participant that clarifies the responsibility of both. Professional researchers and agencies may request a release before research is conducted. We could make an application for all sorts of legal and research releases for use on social media, could we not?Third, random sampling is a requirement for many experimental designs. How can we do this on Twitter? Perhaps this can be achieved by the creation of an application that can do random samples or shuffling of willing participants.Fourth, not everyone who may want to purchase promoted Tweets knows how to design an effective 140-character promotion, so how can we assist? Again, create an application or an easy editor/style guide that enriches what Twitter might already have.A Final NoteAs Twitter rolls out its platform for Promoted Tweets, I encourage my peers and social media scholars to get to know what they look like and begin to imagine new ways this could be harnessed for social change as well as for promotional value. I invite further discussion about these are ideas, and I’m hoping that together through innovation we can make Twitter a socially and scientifically accepted tool with which people can do valid and welcomed research. Photo by georgie_c.center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… guest author 1last_img read more

This is the Creepy, Super Cool Future of Smartphones & Social Networks

first_imgRelated Posts There’s very little gray area on this one: You’re either completely excited by the potential for built-in facial recognition combined with smartphones and social networks, or your entirely creeped out and afraid for the future of the planet.The future is nearly here and I, for one, welcome our new overlords, who today come to us in the form of a Silicon Valley company called Viewdle that we first wrote about last October. Read on to find out how they plan to make what you see above a reality. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Last October, Viewdle raised $10 million and told us that it’s primary function would be to assist with tagging photos on smartphones before they’re even uploaded to sites like Facebook, that way they wouldn’t get lost in the cloud. Today, however, Austin-based PSFK Salon writes that the company was out and about at the Mobile World Congress showing off a much deeper integration, wherein its visual analysis technology is used to link faces with social media. Viewdle sits between the camera and the user analysing faces in the camera stream, identifying them, then offering links to Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and other social media platforms. A user can identify and tag people in pictures & videos then pass the information to their social networks. As they tag others the software learns to recognize them, and can even share these new visual profiles with other users. The live view also offers an augmented reality tagging overlay that reveals information about the people around you.According to Viewdle’s website, a number of implementations are on the way, from ViewdleFaces to ViewdlePlaces to ViewdleGames. For now, however, Viewdle Uploader – a desktop program – is the only thing available. Its mobile apps, which it says are coming soon, stand apart from other recognition programs with one big distinction. They do all of the facial recognition procession locally, on the device, instead of outsourcing that functionality to the cloud.What do you say? Are you stoked or completely creeped out? I know that I could use a little help once in a while and certainly wouldn’t mind if a smartphone app could help me out. Maybe we’re friends on Twitter already, but I’m blanking on a name or a context. Would it be so bad if I pointed my phone across the room and figured it out?Fine. For now, I’ll suffer in peace, wander over and admit that, once again, I have forgotten your name. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Augmented Reality#mobile#social networks#web mike melansonlast_img read more

Watch, Shoot, & Edit Videos with Vimeo’s New (Free) iPhone App

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In fact, you’ll be able to accomplish pretty much everything that you’d do on the Vimeo website from the new app: watch videos, download videos, organize your collection, edit titles and tags, share, and view your stats on daily plays and feedback.The app is free, and I’d say it rivals Apple’s own iMovie app which will set you back $4.99. The app is compatible with the iPhone and iPad 2, but requires a free Vimeo account in order to upload your content to the site. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Video Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters The video-sharing website Vimeo has finally released an iPhone app (iTunes link). And it’s totally worth the wait. The new app doesn’t just allow you to watch videos on your iPhone and share them to various social networks, but lets you actually edit the video as well.The app is well-designed and easy-to-use. It includes a video recording interface that should make your mobile videos better, letting you capture video with focus control and grid alignment. Then, once recorded, you can edit and trim your videos, adding transitions, titles, special effects and music. Finished videos can be uploaded to Vimeo from within the app as well. You can upload in high- or low-resolution and – important if you’re on 3G – you can pause those uploads and resume them when you’re on WiFi. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Ayo rues La Salle defense in loss to UP

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “Desiderio already did that to us back in Davao so we prepared ourselves for that but the players didn’t respond,” said Ayo. “UP just did the things it usually does but the thing was we didn’t execute our game plan.”“Maybe they’re fatigued because this is our third game in a week and with the system we have on both ends of the floor where we always push the tempo and keep running I think the kids just lost gas.” MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH02:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  La Salle coach Aldin Ayo. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle head coach Aldin Ayo was adamant that University of the Philippines didn’t do anything special in their game on Saturday in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.Ayo cited his team’s inability to defend UP’s shooters and cutters that led to the Green Archers’ stunning 98-87 loss to the Fighting Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. UP tied the league record for most 3-pointers made with 16 set by University of Santo Tomas in 2010, while also scoring on 11 uncontested shots.“Those 3-pointers wouldn’t have happened had we played proper defense,” said Ayo at Mall of Asia Arena. “Our big men didn’t help our little guys and the little guys just stood there. UP didn’t do anything exceptional.”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 shutoutAyo said it was his scouting report on UP when they last played in the Kadayawan Cup during the offseason in Davao.And Ayo knew UP guard Paul Desiderio, who had a career-high 30 points, is capable of scoring in bunches. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Ravena impresses in Fiba Asia Champions Cup View comments LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

Embiid, Redick help 76ers beat Knicks, end 5-game skid

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Embiid had 25 points and 16 rebounds, JJ Redick scored 24 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 105-98 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday (Tuesday Manila time).“Especially after what we’ve been through the past four years, I was so excited to play tonight because we’ve been through so much losing,” Embiid said. “And to be able to be one of the few teams in our league that can play on this day, it just shows you how much we’ve improved.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderNeither Embiid nor Redick was cleared to play until going through pregame warmups, and their presence gave the 76ers just enough to win their first Christmas Day appearance since 2001.Embiid, who has been battling a bad back, powered through a big-man duel with Enes Kanter, who had a season-high 31 points and tied a career best with 22 rebounds. He joined Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Bob Lanier as the only players with a 30-20 game on Christmas, according to research provided to the Knicks by Elias. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “I respect the guy a lot because that guy didn’t play three, four years and coming back (at the) level he’s playing right now,” Kanter said of Embiid. “So it’s cool to play against, go against a guy like that.”Redick, who missed the last game with right hamstring tightness, helped the 76ers pull away from an 89-all tie midway through the fourth quarter. He’s played in Christmas games before — and made clear again he’s not a fan of them — and he thought his young teammates responded well to their first opportunity.“There’s a tendency to try to put on a show instead of just going out and competing, and I think we did a great job of just going out and competing,” Redick said.Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points for the Knicks, who fell to 22-30 on Christmas with their fifth straight loss on the holiday.Backup point guard T.J. McConnell had Philadelphia’s final eight points of the third quarter, and the 76ers pushed the lead to nine with about 9 minutes left in the game. The Knicks battled back to tied it 89 on Porzingis’ three-point play with 5:20 left, but Philadelphia promptly scored the next seven to go up 96-89 on Redick’s 3-pointer with 3:34 to play.ADVERTISEMENT Philadelphia’s young stars kept the Knicks from getting much closer, with Embiid making a 3-pointer and Ben Simmons stealing Porzingis’ pass and dunking it, both times hiking the lead back to eight.TIP-INS76ers: Coach Brett Brown called Embiid a “borrowed stud” who they get to “inherit” when he is able to play. “He doesn’t practice and he comes in and plays games and we’re trying to grow him into a situation where he is a normal part of a team,” Brown said. … The Sixers franchise is 17-13 on Christmas.Knicks: Hall of Famer Bernard King, who set the Christmas record when he scored 60 points for the Knicks against the Nets in 1984, was at the game. … New York had won seven straight at home over Philadelphia.FULTZ UPDATENo. 1 pick Markelle Fultz, who has missed two months with right shoulder soreness, is on the trip with the 76ers. Brown said the purpose of having the guard from Washington with the team was “to make sure that he understands completely he is a significant part of our future and that we are with him unconditionally.”“We will help move him forward in a timeline that’s responsible and I just like having him with his extended family, his teammates, with me, with us,” Brown added. “Those types of things.”WHAT COULD’VE BEENPorzingis could’ve been playing for the 76ers instead of against them. The Knicks took him with the No. 4 pick in 2015, one spot after Philadelphia went with Jahlil Okafor, who eventually fell out of the rotation entirely and was dealt earlier this month to Brooklyn. But Brown declined to look back, saying “next question” when asked if he ever wondered “what if?” when it came to Porzingis. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Matter of when Man City wins title and how many records fall MOST READ LATEST STORIES Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, left, and New York Knicks’ Michael Beasley battle for position during the second half of an NBA basketball game. APNEW YORK — Joel Embiid has endured too much misery in the NBA to miss one of the fun days on the schedule.So as soon as he knew his back felt up to it, he couldn’t wait to get on the court for his first Christmas Day game.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next View commentslast_img read more