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first_imgCanadian boxer Dave Leblond defeated local fighter Nico Yeyo in his return to the Wray and Nephew Contender Junior Middleweight Series at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium last night. Leblond, who had been recalled to the competition in place of countryman Ryan Wagner, after losing to Tsetsi Davis a few weeks ago, said it was a frustrating bout as he was constantly being held and hit in his back by Yeyo, who was making his professional debut. Judges Lindel Allen scored the bout 47-45 in favour of Leblond, as did Jeremy Hayes, who gave a score of 48-44, while Clifford Brown scored it a 46-46 draw. Team Jamaica and Team Canada are now locked at 3 wins apiece. In the amateur events on the evening, Canadian Joshua Frazer defeated Jamaican Damion Williams, while local boxer Janathan Hanson beat Canadian Jake Daoust.last_img read more

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Diaz marveled at Marquez’s impeccable timing which is also what he likes to see from his prized ward on July 15.READ: Pacquiao ‘85% ready’ says trainer as Matthysse fight draws nearFEATURED 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 crown“Marquez was not stronger, but he had timing and a fight plan where he had to find Pacquiao’s timing. We know Pacquiao is fast and throws a lot, but if you measure the timing, if you wait for the right opportunity and then you can connect with the right punch,” Diaz said in an interview with boxingscene.com.Diaz believes Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) has power to knockout Pacquiao, whom he feels is far from the fighter he once was. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on April 20, 2018, ahead of their world welterweight boxing championship bout in July. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANLucas Matthysse’s blueprint against Manny Pacquiao has Juan Manuel Marquez’s name in it.Joel Diaz, Matthysse’s veteran trainer, hopes to mirror Marquez’s ploy that worked wonders for much of his four epic duels with the Filipino boxing icon that culminated with a brutal knockout win in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Ravena leads POC anti-doping seminar Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 MOST READ View comments Diaz, however, is not taking Pacquiao lightly.READ: Pacquiao praying for critics’ enlightenment “One thing is certain, is that Pacquiao is no longer the same fighter that he was five years ago, and he no longer has the same body or reflexes, he is almost 40 years old, but we can not underestimate him,” Díaz told ESPN Deportes.“Do I think Matthysse can knock Pacquiao out? I believe he can, because Lucas hits hard and in the gym he shows a heavy hand when he’s sparring, and with gloves that are eight ounces and without a headgear there is a good possibility of a knockout.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueeslast_img read more

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first_imgPresident elect Tamba during a vote of thanks at the recent congress in Gbarnga, Bong CountyFocus on saving lives instead of political issues, healthcare workers advisedBy Evans P. DoahworIn an exclusive interview with this newspaper recently , the President elect of the National Health Workers’ Union of Liberia, Joseph S Tamba, called on the Liberian Government to prioritize health care in the country.According to Mr. Tamba, who was reelected in the Union’s recently held general and presidential elections in Gbarnga, Bong County, out of Liberia’s fifteen counties where reports were gathered by the Union, Lofa County has 32 clinics, most of which lack drugs and other medical supplies, thereby hampering the smooth operation of the clinics.He said it goes beyond reasoning for the government, its partners and well-meaning Liberians to take their time and money to build clinics for the sake of the citizenry, and yet not provide for these clinics to be stocked with enough drugs and equipment to make the work of the staff to save lives more effective and less strenuous.President Tamba said another issue that is seriously affecting healthcare delivery in Liberia is “inconsistent salary payments.” He said that as a result of salaries for healthcare workers not being paid on time consistently, the majority of these workers “are doing their own thing in the clinics, because their salaries are not coming in on time.” Tamba is calling on the Liberian government to intervene in these issues so as to bring relief to healthcare workers and the sector in Liberia.National health workers’ union president elect Joseph S. Tamba leads a procession along the principal street in Gbarnga, Bong County over the weekendAlthough he did not name the particular report, Tamba said that the same national report revealed that Nimba County has 39 clinics, but that the same issues of lack of medicines, medical equipment and inconsistent salaries are plaguing the healthcare delivery system of that county, adding: “This is something the government should urgently address.”In an effort to raise awareness and support of their situation, the national healthcare union workers are calling on their counterparts in Nigeria, Ghana, Togo and Benin to  buttress their advocacy for better government support to health and healthcare issues in Liberia. The union workers said their partners in Nigeria have made commitments to help them with physical and financial support to help improve the Liberian healthcare sector.Also making a remark during the interview, Dr. Medica, who is a medical doctor at Phebe Hospital, said that with this being the “political season in Liberia,” healthcare workers “should focus on saving lives instead of being entangled in political issues.” He said that with emotions running high during elections, healthcare workers should remember that regardless of political affiliations, their work is to save lives, and that “nothing should interfere with that.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgLONDON – Prime Minister Tony Blair warned Tuesday that his government could make public evidence that a British navy crew was in Iraqi waters when it was captured by Iran, saying he was prepared to take the standoff to a “different phase” if diplomacy fails to win their release. Iran said the 15 British sailors and marines were being treated well, but refused to say where they were being held, or rule out the possibility that they could be brought to trial for allegedly entering Iranian waters. “I hope we manage to get them to realize they have to release them,” Blair said in an interview with GMTV. “If not, then this will move into a different phase.” Blair’s spokesman said the prime minister was not hinting either at the possible expulsion of Iranian diplomats or military action, but that Britain may have to make public evidence proving that the Britons were seized in Iraqi – not Iranian – waters, if there is no swift release of the sailors. Releasing such evidence could have “an upside and a downside” because it could show the Iranian ships strayed into Iraqi territory and provoke a diplomatic row between the neighbors, the spokesman said on condition of anonymity in line with policy. Britain and the United States have said the sailors and marines were intercepted Friday after they completed a search of a civilian vessel in the Iraqi part of the Shatt al-Arab waterway, where the border between Iran and Iraq has been disputed for centuries. There were fears in Britain that the fate of the 15 could get caught up in the political tensions between Iran and the West, including the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program and accusations of Iranian help to Shiite militants in Iraq. Also Tuesday, Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett called Iran’s foreign minister for the second time and demanded the Britons’ swift release in “very robust terms”, the Foreign Office said. Blair’s spokesman did not specify whether Britain had set a deadline for the naval crew’s release but said negotiations would not be “indefinite.” He also refused to say whether satellite images or GPS coordinates had been shown to Iranian authorities and declined to reveal which territorial boundaries in the waterway Britain recognizes. Iran has said it is questioning the British sailors and marines to determine whether their alleged entry into Iranian waters was “intentional or unintentional” before deciding what to do with them – a sign Tehran could be seeking a way out of the standoff. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said the case was following normal procedures, holding out the possibility that the Britons could be brought to trial. He said the Britons were being treated well and that the only woman among the sailors, 26-year-old Faye Turney, had been given privacy. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgPOMONA – One month, five major busts and tons of marijuana worth more than $36million. The amount of marijuana seized by law enforcement in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties since March 7 is impressive. But will the busts that began with the discovery of three tons of marijuana inside an abandoned truck in Ontario make a difference on the streets? “Oh, it’s a significant amount,” said Art Marinello, task force commander for the San Bernardino County West End Narcotic Team. “But to put a number on it, or to say we’re talking 50 percent or 10 percent \ would be completely a guess on my part.” Marinello said when he began working in law enforcement 28 years ago, $10 could buy a sandwich bag full of pot. Today, a pound of low-grade pot sells for between $300 and $340. He said a pound of high-grade pot goes for $2,500 to $6,000. mark.petix@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When L.A. County sheriff’s deputies served warrants on homes in Diamond Bar and Chino Hills last week, they found about $12 million in high-grade marijuana and the sophisticated equipment needed to grow it. Marinello says growers tapped into the power to bypass the electric meter and tapped natural gas lines to fuel generators feeding the plants CO2. Timers controlled everything from water and nutrients to the grow lights. Indoor growing allows marijuana cultivation year-round, says Manuel Ariza, deputy director of L.A. IMPACT, an inter-agency task force. “The organizations have become very sophisticated,” he said. “This is not a guy with two plants growing in the back yard.” last_img read more

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first_imgAMES, Iowa – Bas Van Leersum continued his stellar debut season with the Drake track and field team by shattering the school record in the men’s 400 meters Saturday at the Iowa State Classic Saturday.Van Leersum clocked in at 47.53 to finish fourth in the talented field. That time easily shattered the 34-year-old school record of 47.6 set by Mike Jorgensen in 1982.”Bas took the lead at the break and finished strong,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown. “He continues to always look effortless.”For the women’s team, Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) capped another strong weekend by winning the triple jump with a leap of 39-9.75. On Friday evening, she claimed the long jump crown with a mark of 19-0.75 to give her a sweep of the weekend’s horizontal jumps.”Kayla had another great meet,” Kaiser-Brown said. “She is still putting some things together with her training, but once again was able to turn in solid performances.”In the men’s jumps, Johnathan Osifuye (Woodbury, Minn.) was fifth in the triple jump on Saturday with a jump of 46-10 to lead a trio of Bulldogs in the top 10.Men’s sprinter Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.) also turned in a solid weekend with a pair of top-10 performances in the 60 and 200 meters. On Friday, he was 10th in the 200 meters at 21.83 and also finished 10th in the 60 meters on Saturday with a time of 6.90.This weekend’s action also saw another school record as Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) recorded the Bulldogs’ fastest ever indoor 5,000 meters at 16:17.30. Her performance bested the previous record, set in 2000, by more than 27 seconds. Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) nearly claimed a school record as well in the men’s 3,000 meters with a time of 8:06.88, just 0.44 seconds off the record pace.The Bulldogs will have next weekend off from competition as they prepare for the MVC Indoor Championship, Feb. 26-28, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Iowa State ClassicAmes, Iowa • Feb. 12-13, 2016 Drake Individual Women’s Results200 Meters20. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.35 400 Meters23. Rai Ahmed-Green, 57.1528. Virginia Hill, 57.8335. Kaylen Rettig, 59.64 800 Meters39. Meghan Kearney, 2:14.4645. Laura Gann, 2:15.2051. Danielle Griesbaum, 2:20.8453. Kayla Giuliano, 2:21.80 Mile42. Taylor Scholl, 5:03.0143. Cassie Aerts, 5:04.5747. Bailee Cofer, 5:06.87 5,000 Meters10. Emma Huston, 16:17.30  60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)9. Mary Young, 8.5913. Destani Welch, 8.8725. Virginia Hill, 9.27 4×400-Meter Relay15. Gann, Rettig, Coombe, Kearney, 4:00.38 High Jump17. Jaclyn Aremka, 5-3 Long Jump1. Kayla Bell, 19-0.75 Triple Jump1. Kayla Bell, 39-7.75Iowa State ClassicAmes, Iowa • Feb. 12-13, 2016 Drake Individual Men’s Results 60 Meters10. Pierce Vincent, 6.9017. Aaron Chier, 7.0618. Demetrius Shelton, 7.0625. Kendall Owens, 7.16 200 Meters10. Pierce Vincent, 21.8317. Aaron Chier, 22.1121. Demetrius Shelton, 22.1729. Kendall Owens, 22.4936. Nihad Ejubovic, 23.52 400 Meters4. Bas Van Leersum, 47.5328. Hudson Priebe, 49.2042. Dominic Lombardi, 50.9544. Cory Erickson, 51.7845. Tyler Zak, 52.5446. Nihad Ejubovic, 52.72 800 Meters52. James Saxton, 1:54.3858. George Webb, 1:55.48 Mile70. Chris Kaminski, 4:26.2272. Ali Jandal, 4:33.98 3,000 Meters19. Reed Fischer, 8:06.8839. Rob McCann, 8:17.14 60-Meter Hurdles26. Dominic Lombardi, 8.63 High Jump12. Forest Moses, 6-4.7513. Ryan Cook, 6-4.75 Long Jump14. Johnathan Osifuye, 21-10.75 Triple Jump5. Johnathan Osifuye, 46-107. Sean Buczek, 44-6.258. Ethan Turner, 43-9 Weight Throw19. Michael Dolan 51-0.25  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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first_img Tags: arsenalBenficaChelseaeuropa leagueFrankfurtnapoliSlavia PrahatopValenciaVillarreal Arsenal and Napoli are facing off for only the second time in history (Agency Photos)Arsenal vs NapoliEmirates Stadium, LondonThursday, 11-04-2019 @10pmReferee: Alberto Undiano (Spain)Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is in line to start against Napoli after illness restricted him to only a substitute appearance against Everton last weekend. Captain Laurent Koscielny (foot) and Granit Xhaka (Groin) will face a late fitness test to see if they will be able to play.For Napoli, forwards Lorenzo Insigne and Simone Verdi have been included in the match day squad following recent injury absences. With the two in the team, Napoli almost have a full strength squad to choose from for the game.Arsenal and Napoli have met just twice before in Europe – home and away in the group stages of the Champions League in 2013-14. Arsenal defeated the Italian side 2-0 at Emirates Stadium, before losing by the same scoreline at the Stadio San Paolo.Arsenal have reached the quarter-final stages of European competition in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2008-09/2009-10 in the Champions League. The Gunners knocked out CSKA Moscow at this stage of the Europa League last season (6-3 on aggregate) before falling to Atletico Madrid in the semi finals. Arsenal have been beaten just once in their last 17 home games in the UEFA Cup/Europa League (W12 D4) – losing 1-2 to Ostersunds FK in the last 32 in 2017-18.Napoli have reached the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup/Europa League for the third time in their history. They fell at the semi-final stage in 2014-15, but won the competition in 1988-89 with a side featuring Diego Maradona. They have never beaten an English side away from home in European competition (P8 W0 D1 L7) – they have previously lost in such games against Burnley, Leeds United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.Villarreal vs ValenciaEstadio de la Cerámica, VillarrealThursday, 11-04-2019 @10pmReferee: Mike Oliver (England)Daniele Bonera is expected to miss out for Villarreal after only lasting 28 minutes at the weekend before coming off. Pablo Fornals and Alvaro González will be fresh on Thursday after sitting out at the weekend through suspension. Karl Toko Ekambi, Carlos Bacca and Gerard Moreno all recovered from injury to feature in Villarreal’s defeat to Real Betis on Sunday. Jaume Costa, Miguelón, Javi Fuego, Manu Trigueros and Bruno Soriano remain injury concerns for the Yellow Submarines.Daniel Parejo and Facundo Roncaglia return from suspension but have now lost Carlos Soler to a one-match ban. Francis Coquelin and Rubén Sobrino are injury concerns for Valencia but neither were expected to start on Thursday. With Daniel Wass expected to replace Soler further down the right flank, Cristiano Piccini should be safe to start at right-back. Goncalo Guedes and Denis Cheryshev are in competition for a starting berth on the left flank.Villarreal and Valencia have met in European competition twice before – in the two-legged semi-final of the UEFA Cup in 2003-04. Los Che eked out a narrow 1-0 aggregate victory, before going on to lift the trophy. This is Villarreal’s fifth appearance in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup/Europa League. They have reached this stage previously in 2003-04, 2004-05, 2010-11 and 2015-16; only in 2004-05 were they eliminated, by AZ Alkmaar. Valencia have reached the quarter-final phase of the UEFA Cup/Europa League for the ninth time, progressing at this stage in three of their last four attempts. Villarreal have won just one of their previous eight all-Spanish European games (D2 L5), defeating Atletico Madrid 2-0 at home in the first leg of the UEFA Intertoto Cup final in August 2004. Valencia have been beaten only twice in their last 11 games in the Europa League (W8 D1), but both games were away to fellow Spanish sides (0-2 vs Sevilla in 2013-14 and 0-1 vs Athletic Bilbao in 2015-16).Benfica vs Eintracht FrankfurtEstadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, LisbonThursday, 11-04-2019 @10pmReferee: Anthony TaylorJonas is suspended for the first leg of Benfica’s quarter-final clash with Frankfurt, which means Joao Felix and Haris Seferovic will be safe to start up front for the home side. Tyronne Ebuehi, Gabriel Pires and German Conti are all expected to miss out for Benfica, though only Pires would have been in line to start against Frankfurt. Adel Taarabt has come back into favour in recent weeks but will drop down to the bench and possibly out of the squad in midweek.Luka Jovic is free to play against Benfica despite being on loan from the Portuguese outfit. Martin Hinteregger came off 38 minutes into Frankfurt’s 2-1 win away to Schalke at the weekend and is unlikely to feature here. Evan Ndicka is his likely replacement. Jonathan de Guzmán didn’t last much longer on Saturday before being replaced and is also a doubt. Gelson Fernandes returns for Frankfurt after missing their last Europa League match through suspension. Ante Rebic, Lucas Torro and David Abraham have all recovered from injury since Frankfurt last played in this competition. Benfica did eventually make it through to the quarter-finals, though they made hard work of seeing off a determined Dinamo Zagreb side. Having been forced into extra-time by the Croats, Thursday’s Portuguese hosts may find it tough against a Frankfurt side that proved just how good they are when beating Inter Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in the last-16. Since dropping out of the Champions League, Benfica, who reached the final of this competition in both 2013 and 2014, have underwhelmed. They are of course in the last eight, though their efforts haven’t exactly been impressive. They edged past Galatasaray in the last-16, failing to score in front of a home crowd, while they required an extra 30 minutes to see off Dinamo Zagreb in the previous round. Going forward, Benfica have looked somewhat tame since dropping out of the UCL, especially on their own patch. They failed to score when hosting Galatasaray in the last-16, while they only notched once before extra-time against Zagreb last time out in this competition. Moreover, their creativity numbers have been poor, as they posted 0.91 expected goals for against Galatasaray and just 1.14 in 130 minutes in the previous round. Such numbers don’t exactly point towards home goals on Thursday. Fortunately, Benfica have defended very well in front of a home crowd. In fact, they’ve done an excellent job of preventing their opponents from creating, as they’ve surrendered just 0.22 and 0.74 expected goals in their two home UEL home matches this season. Those two matches combined saw Thursday’s hosts give away a total of just four shots on target, which is a big part of why they’re yet to concede a goal on home soil. Unlike the hosts, Frankfurt have scored plenty of goals in the Europa League this season, especially away from home. However, their underlying numbers would suggest that they’ve been a tad fortunate to score as many as they have. Adi Hutter’s men have scored an impressive average of two goals per away match, but they’re averaging 1.39 expected goals for, which isn’t as impressive. To breach a very strong Benfica side, they may need to offer more in terms of creativity.Defensively, in terms of chances given away on the road, Frankfurt haven’t presented their opponents too much, despite what several of their results would have us believe. Thursday’s visitors have conceded an average of 1.22 expected goals on their travels, while they’ve surrendered numbers of just 0.7 and 1.3 since the beginning of the knockout rounds.Slavia Praha vs ChelseaSinobo Stadium, PragueThursday, 11-04-2019 @10pmReferee: Felix ZwayerEden Hazard could be rested for the game after Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri confirmed that the forward is tired.Marcos Alonso is also a doubt but has been included in the match-day squad. Long term absentees Marco Van Ginkel and Ethan Amapadu remain out.Hazard may be rested on Thursday.This will be the first competitive meeting between Slavia Prague and Chelsea. The Czech side have won just one of their previous nine games against English sides in Europe (D2 L6) – this coming against Leeds United in March 2000 in the UEFA Cup (2-1).That home victory over Leeds was Slavia Prague’s most recent game in a European quarter-final; they were eliminated having lost the first leg 0-3 at Elland Road. Their only progression from a European quarter final was in the 1995-96 UEFA Cup against Roma (3-3 on away goals).This is Chelsea’s 10th European quarter-final since 2003-04. The Blues have progressed from nine of those ties, only being eliminated by Manchester United in the Champions League in 2010-11. Chelsea have won more games (nine) and have a better goal difference (+21) than any other side in the Europa League this season. Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is the top scorer in this season’s Europa League with nine goals. The last player to surpass this figure in a single Europa League season was Aritz Aduriz, who netted 10 goals for Athletic Bilbao in 2015-16.Comments last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s not every day that you see a Kung Fu battle against robots in the Pramerica offices, but that’s just how exciting the ICT/FinTech could be to future learners!An explosive video was launched last week with a new website to promote ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in Co Donegal.The funny and action-packed movie takes viewers on a whirlwind journey across Donegal to key businesses, education hubs and scenic highlights, showcasing how a world of opportunities awaits in the north west. Watch Enter the Sector, created by Re-Act Productions here:The website, www.ictfintech.ie and accompanying promotional video, was launched in Pramerica by the Donegal ICT/FinTech Working Group with support from Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh, TD.It aims to inform young people and their parents, guardians, guidance counsellors and Principals about the range of ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in the county with the message of ‘stay local, go global.’ The crowd at the launch of a new website and promotional video, designed to promote ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in Co Donegal to young people with speakers seated from left David Roache, Pramerica, Joe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills, Oran Doherty, ICT FinTech and Photo Clive WassonThe Donegal ICT/FinTech Working Group was formed in March 2018, following the launch of the report The Skills Needs of the ICT and FinTech Sectors in the North West 2018 by the North West Regional Skills Forum (NWRSF). The Working Group is a collaboration between industry and education and training providers in the county to promote the studying of and working in ICT and FinTech in the county.The group, facilitated by the NWRSF, a Department of Education and Skills initiative, is comprised of representatives from local ICT and FinTech employers including Pramerica, SITA, Optum, Randox, ElectrRoute and ITUS Secure Technologies, along with education representatives from Donegal ETB, LYIT and the European Regions Network for the Application of Communications Technology (ERNACT).They aim to work closely with post-primary school to promote a thriving sector and encourage more females into the sector under the banner of ‘One County – One Team, Team Donegal.’Joe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills at the launch of a new website and promotional video, designed to promote ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in Co Donegal to young people. Photo Clive WassonParents, guardians, Principals, Deputy Principals and Guidance Counsellors have previously heard how Donegal is unable to meet the demand for ICT and FinTech skills in the coming years and the industry needs the help of the county’s post-primary schools.Working Group member, Pramerica Ireland’s Director of Financial Services, David Roche, opened the launch event, noting that, “Over the last four years, the growth in the ICT/FinTech sector in Donegal has been amazing. If I was to fast track the growth in the ICT/FinTech sector in Donegal between now and the next number of years, we will probably have an estimated growth of about 20% so it’s important that we explain what this ICT/FinTech sector is to the next generation of students.”Crona Gallagher, ETB, Martin Gormley, ETB and David Roche, Pramerica / FinTech at the launch of a new website and promotional video, designed to promote ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in Co Donegal to young people. Photo Clive WassonVinnie Kennedy, Senior Development Manager, SITA and Working Group Chair stated, “Principals, Guidance Counsellors and supporting bodies are absolute key stakeholders in the initiative and the objective that we are trying to follow through with in growing the ICT and FinTech sector in Donegal. The objective of the group is to promote working, studying and living in the ICT and FinTech sector in Donegal. Looking at the skills of the future and working collaboratively to identify the skills of the future. With those skills in mind, our aim is to build careers around those skills and work with our training and education providers to develop the courses and qualifications that will allow people a pathway into those careers. Our ultimate goal is stay local, go global – the opportunity for the workforce in Donegal to be able to have an international career, a global career, but reap all the benefits of living in Donegal. “What underpins all of this is collaboration. What we’ve done to date is awareness and collaboration. We’ve held a number of information events, we’ve engaged in all the post-primary schools in Donegal and we’re launching our website and promotional video today. That’s around awareness. In terms of collaboration, we’ve really improved the engagement between industry, LYIT and Donegal ETB; working together we’ve developed programmes that are looking to meet the industry needs, the needs that our businesses have today and to create placements for some of the students coming out of those courses.”Joe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills at the launch of a new website and promotional video, designed to promote ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in Co Donegal to young people. Photo Clive WassonKevin Cooley, Crana College, Anthony Duggan, Moville College, Joe Boyle, Deele College and Charlie Cannon, Errigal College at the launch of a new website and promotional video, designed to promote ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in Co Donegal to young people. Photo Clive WassonUrsla Donnelly, Enterprise Ireland, Carol Brennan, Enterprise Ireland and Michael Tunney, Local Enterprise Office Donegal at the launch of a new website and promotional video, designed to promote ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in Co Donegal to young people. Photo Clive WassonThe North West Regional Skills Forum Manager Dr. Oran Doherty took attendees through the new website which showcases the diverse careers in this sector, provides testimonials from people working in the sector, provides information on ICT/FinTech companies in the county and available jobs and information on the education and training opportunities provided by Donegal ETB and LYIT.The promotional video, aimed at 15-20 year olds, was launched by the video creators Re-act Productions and can be viewed on the news section of the website.Sean Duggan, Che Dooran and Ciaran McCann, Re-Act Productions at the launch of a new website and promotional video, designed to promote ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in Co Donegal to young people. Photo Clive WassonIn lending his support to the new website and video launch, Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh, T.D., said, “The question is how do we move into a more formal policy framework for this type of collaboration with school Principals and school leaders who are absolutely integral to the community approach of future education and our future country? We have to allow full participation, some sort of equal approach to ensuring that every young person gets full participation. We have to respond to and allow that creative space.” Michael Margey, LYIT, Mary Daly, Donegal County Council and Terry McNamara, IBEC at the launch of a new website and promotional video, designed to promote ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in Co Donegal to young people. Photo Clive WassonLoreto Secondary School, Letterkenny Principal, Sister Geraldine Mullan, provided some insight from a Principals’ point of view on how the group have been working with schools, “The opportunities that are available here are absolutely phenomenal. Students are beginning to realise that you don’t have to move away.  I am so conscious of everything that is being provided to us through Optum, LYIT, Pramerica, the ETB and FinTech.“The world of technology for girls in the past doesn’t seem to have been as accessible. It was more considered to be for the guys. Whereas now I can see that the girls are waking up to this world of technology. It’s not that they’re not into technology but they mightn’t have the same sense of confidence as what the boys seem to have. But I’m noticing a huge move in that whole area and it is opening up a world that prior to now wasn’t available to them.”Guest enjoying the new video at the launch of a new website and promotional video, designed to promote ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in Co Donegal to young people. Photo Clive WassonIn closing the launch event, Dr. Clare Ryan of ITUS Secure Technologies stated, “It is really important that we reach out to all of young people. We as a group are collectively investing in tomorrow’s workforce today. It is a long-term commitment that this group is making. ICT and FinTech changes so rapidly that every year there are new careers that are simply created with a new set of skills that are required and unless we can keep at the forefront of that, we won’t have the people to fill those jobs. We want our young people in Donegal to take up those roles.”See more photos from the launch below, by Clive Wasson:The crowd at the launch of a new website and promotional video, designed to promote ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in Co Donegal to young people with speakers seated from left David Roache, Pramerica, Joe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills, Oran Doherty, ICT FinTech and Vinnie Kennedy, Senior Manager, SITA. Photo Clive WassonShay Murran, Glenties Comprehensive and Maire McCullagh, St Columbas Stranorlar at the launch of a new website and promotional video, designed to promote ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in Co Donegal to young people. Photo Clive WassonFiona Temple, Mulroy Milford and Francis Bonnar, St. Columbas Glenties at the launch of a new website and promotional video, designed to promote ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in Co Donegal to young people. Photo Clive WassonMaria Faherty and Clive Monaghan, Abbey Vocational School at the launch of a new website and promotional video, designed to promote ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in Co Donegal to young people. Photo Clive WassonClaire McDermott, Scoil Mhuire Buncrana, Nicola Sharkey, St Catherines, Killybegs, Orla McCafferty, Scoil Mhuire Buncrana and Marie McCullagh, St Columbas Stranorlar at the launch of a new website and promotional video, designed to promote ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in Co Donegal to young people. Photo Clive WassonSinead McCarron, Moville Community College, Geardoine Brady, Deele College, Fiona Kelly, LYIT and Kren Crowe, Loretto Letterkenny at the launch of a new website and promotional video, designed to promote ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in Co Donegal to young people. Photo Clive WassonThe crowd gathered at the launch of a new website and promotional video, designed to promote ICT and FinTech learning and earning opportunities in Co Donegal to young people. Photo Clive WassonMind-blowing movie invites young people to enter Donegal’s ICT/FinTech sector was last modified: June 26th, 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)Tags:donegalDonegal ICT/FinTech Working GroupfintechICTlast_img read more

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first_imgAlmost a week has passed by, and some Warriors fans still have not gotten over it. They want to know: Why did Kevin Durant leave the Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets?In fairness, other Warriors fans are curious about other things. They want to know how the Warriors will finalize the rest of their roster. Or the likelihood that a trade happens next season. Or how the team will look itself. All of which sets up for a comprehensive mailbag.Here are a few appetizers first. I dove into Warriors …last_img read more

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first_imgThe ruckus over a creation-oriented geology book on Grand Canyon at the Visitor Center (see 01/18/2004 headline) is back in the news.  The Environmental Media Services reports that plans for a review have been shelved by the park:Despite telling members of Congress and the public that the legality and appropriateness of the National Park Service offering a creationist book for sale at Grand Canyon museums and bookstores was “under review at the national level by several offices,” no such review took place, according to materials obtained by PEER under the Freedom of Information Act.  Instead, the real agency position was expressed by NPS spokesperson Elaine Sevy as quoted in the Baptist Press News:    “Now that the book has become quite popular, we don’t want to remove it.”The group calling itself “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility” (PEER) complains that the Bush Administration has a “Faith-Based Parks” agenda:“Promoting creationism in our national parks is just as wrong as promoting it in our public schools,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, “If the Bush Administration is using public resources for pandering to Christian fundamentalists, it should at least have the decency to tell the truth about it.”This reporter found copies on the bottom row of the North Rim Visitor Center in August.  The Ranger on duty indicated that people seem to like the book and want it, so they keep it on hand.Update  On Oct. 19, World Net Daily posted an article on the controversy.  A National Park Service official said the review has not been shelved, but is “being looked at very carefully because it could be precedent-setting throughout the Park Service.”The Darwin Party can only thrive in a totalitarian regime.  They are so threatened by other interpretations of the scientific evidence, they must resort to intimidation, the courts, and lies to try to stop the other side from being heard.  The book in question is not a flaky mythology like some native American stories that get evangelistic support at many national parks.  Grand Canyon: A Different View was written by scientists (at least 13 with PhDs) and canyon explorers with a lot of experience studying the canyon.  They just don’t subscribe to the reigning uniformitarian myth, but neither do some non-creationist geologists (see 07/22/2002 headline).  Many of the evidences supporting the Flood model are well known within the scientific community.  The secularists have no explanation for these things, such as 160 million years of missing strata with no evidence of erosion, and all they can offer is just-so stories that assume the ages anyway.  It is perfectly legal for any scientific viewpoint to be heard, especially one that explains these things in a superior fashion.  Why should it be “legal” and “appropriate” for the Bush Administration to “pander” to the atheists?  Promoting atheism in our national parks is just as wrong as promoting it in our public schools.  PEER should at least have the decency to tell the truth about it.  Buy the book AT the Grand Canyon visitor center if you can.  It’s not only a vote for fairness, it’s a worthwhile book to read and enjoy.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more