Month: July 2008

New search engine

A new search engine has been launched called Cuil ( pronounced ‘cool’) by people who previously worked for Google.
In the press release it says that it is the world’s biggest search engine, examining more pages than any other, and:
Rather than rely on superficial popularity metrics, Cuil searches for and ranks pages based on their content and relevance. When we find a page with your keywords, we stay on that page and analyze the rest of its content, its concepts, their inter-relationships and the page’s coherency.
Apparently cuil ‘is an old Irish word for knowledge. For knowledge, ask Cuil’.
I have done a search for Conductive Education and found the layout of hits to be in two columns and quite different to other search engines. A few of the hits have the Foundation for Conductive Education logo attached despite having nothing to do with FCE. A temporary glitch, no doubt!
Any new service is worth investigating and taking the time to familiarise oneself should show whether it is a viable option to user-friendly Google for you or another complementary engine. I find using several different search services can produce different selections.

 

Let me know what you think.

News

It just shows what determined parents can do. Three mothers from central Oregon have managed to raise funds and get a conductor for a summer camp for a month in Bend, Oregon. This has resulted in a substantial report in their local newspaper, The Bulletin, looking at their efforts, their children and the CE situation in North America.

http://www.bendbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080703/NEWS0107/807030309&nav_category

I have not seen such a long piece for quite a while and it will be interesting to see if it sparks off further interest and reporting in Oregon.

How many collections?

Recently I discovered online, the Conductive Education Resource Library catalogue of the Jockey Club Marion Fang Conductive Learning Centre, SAHK .
http://jcmfclc.spastic.org.hk/Library_Catalog.doc
This lists a substantial amount of material on CE and associated subjects held by SAHK (previously the Spastics Association of Hong Kong), some of which -I think! – is new to me. It is hard to be sure as details of some items are basic, but I hope to follow up on these. Up until then I was only aware of two libraries (at the Peto Institute and the Foundation for Conductive Education) with collections of a reasonable size. The published literature of CE is small (but growing) and unpublished items far outweigh these in number, therefore it is very difficult to keep track,obtain copies and raise awareness of ALL that there is.
Are there any other collections whose contents lists are so freely available? Are there any other organisations or even individuals starting or hoping to start a library?The two libraries I mention are not so accessible because one catalogue is up on a Hungarian language website http://libsrv.peto.hu/F and the other, the National Library of Conductive Education catalogue is not available on the internet. Perhaps there could be a way of working together to share what we have.
I hope to post here lists of new additions to the National Library regularly to keep people up to date.

Conductive Education in the news

Conductive Education does not feature very often in the news in either a big or small way, but I do a trawl of the internet almost daily to see what has been reported and add items to my extensive collection of cuttings from the media that go back to the 1960s. The instant availablility via the internet of items in newspapers and periodicals all over the world has been a great benefit to keeping up to date.Over this last week CE has featured as a side issue to the award of what is thought to be the largest compensation payment by a hospital trust in the UK, resulting in 14 articles picked up by Google. After errors by hospital staff at the birth of Owen Johnson in 1999 he was left severely disabled with cerebral palsy and has now been awarded £8 million. Owen has attended the National Institute of Conductive Education and made good progress as mentioned by
http://www.expressandstar.com/2008/07/01/8m-for-boy-left-disabled/
http://www.birminghampost.net/news/west-midlands-health-news/2008/07/01/8-million-payout-for-dudley-boy-disabled-by-medical-failure-65233-21212564/

and not just the regional papers covered this:

http://www.legal-medical.co.uk/news/11910.html

http://itn.co.uk/news/ec810395d218c3d18d8c45ea79507247.html

The regional TV programme Midlands Today report can be seen at

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7484431.stm

Other items include a community award to a centre in Leicestershire

http://www.loughboroughecho.net/news/loughborough-news/2008/07/03/community-award-winners-revealed-73871-21220948/
A fundraising effort to send a child to centre in County Durham

http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/39I39ll-get-my-skates-on.4242263.jp

A centre in New York, Standing Tall has been named as a charity partner for the NY marathon by NIKE

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/06-19-2008/0004835336&EDATE=

Not all search engines produce the same results so its worth checking others such as Acoona

http://www.accoona.com/search?col=mc&expw=1&expb=0&expn=0&pg=1&order=0&qt=%22conductive+education%22

and Yahoo http://uk.news.yahoo.com/

and it is possible to set up an alert to your email in-box from some search engines, e.g. Yahoo, Google when items are posted or even blog postings from Google!