BUSINESS: DONEGAL EDUCATION TRAINING FAIR HELPING YOU TO FIND A BRIGHTER FUTURE

first_imgSpring is a time of new beginnings a time when we can choose how we want our lives to be different.For many people education and training is a wonderful way of making changes you want in your life, be it retraining for a new career, brushing up on forgotten skills or simply taking up a new hobby or interest.You may also be feeling that you want to find your spark and create plans for the future so that you can create the life you really want! With a recovery now showing in the economy and more opportunities becoming available, it is an excellent time to find out all the opportunities that are available to you.The Donegal ETB Further Education and Training Fair 2015 will be taking place in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny on Thursday, the 26th March, from 10.30am to 3.30pm.The organisers are hosting an Employers Panel discussion from 10.30am to 11.45am followed by the Fair from 11.45am to 3.30pm.Over the last 12 years, the Donegal VEC Adult Learner Fair has been one of the most important annual events in the education calendar. Donegal ETB replaced Donegal VEC in 2013 following the establishment of SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority and the implementation of the most comprehensive reform of further Education and Training since the foundation of the State.This year Donegal ETB will be showcasing all its education and training courses following the transfer of the former FÁS Training Services and Apprenticeships Services to Donegal ETB last July.“This is a really important day for education and training in Donegal as this is the first time the public will be able to access information on adult and further education courses, training courses and apprenticeships under the remit of Donegal ETB – we see it as VEC + FÁS = ETB!” says Mary O’Malley, Manager of Training Services, Donegal ETB.With the publication of the Further Education and Training Strategy by SOLAS in 2014, Donegal ETB has been charged with providing a more integrated approach to the delivery of education and training in the county with a central focus on providing courses that meet the needs of employers.“Education for its own sake will always be important and we will continue to provide education for the simple enjoyment of learning a new hobby or as a first step to further learning. “Our vocational courses have always been aimed at helping people to gain qualifications needed for employment, which include basic certificates in English, maths and I.T. as well as higher level courses in a variety of subjects.“We are now finding however that more and more people are returning to education and training in order to find employment and we have a renewed focus on making sure that our courses provide appropriate certification and meet the needs of local employers” says Cróna Gallagher, Donegal ETB Adult Education Officer.To celebrate this change, Donegal ETB is hosting an Employers Panel from 10.30 am to 11.45 am where local experts will be sharing their top tips on what companies now look for when they take on new employees, how you can make yourself more employable and how education and training can help you find work.“Many people are struggling to find work, they feel unprepared for the job hunt and are disillusioned by continually sending out C.V.’s and getting nothing back in return” says Dearbhla Kelly, Guidance Counsellor with Donegal ETB, “This is why we are hosting an Employers Panel and we are delighted to announce that Padraig Monaghan, Managing Director and Senior Vice President, Government Claims of United Healthcare, Catherine Monahan, HR Manager of SOLÍS Lough Eske Hotel, Declan McBrearty, General Manager of KER Group and Declan Thomas, HR Executive with IBEC will be with us on the Employers Panel.“Their experience will give participants a fantastic opportunity to hear directly from successful employers and employment experts and give those looking for work a vital insight into maximizing their employability” continues Dearbhla Kelly.The Employers Panel will be followed by the exhibition of education and training opportunities and Donegal ETB hope this will be their best yet with over 45 organisations providing information and advice on courses, training, education and support covering a range of programmes from return to learning through to access to third level education and beyond.“We are really excited about this year’s event and we hope that the Fair will inspire adults to make informed decisions about their future – for those who need a little help in deciding what they would like to do, experienced Guidance Counsellors will be on hand to point people in the right direction” says Sean Debney, Adult Guidance Co-ordinator with Donegal ETB.The Fair will be of particular interest to those who are facing an uncertain time or are recently unemployed, those who are interested in returning to learning, maybe for the first time since leaving school, or for those who are on a course and want to find out where to go next.It will also be a great opportunity for those who are considering a career change or who want to improve their current job prospects.For further information on the Adult Learner Fair, please contact the Donegal ETB Adult Guidance and Information Service. Tel: 074 91 78088.BUSINESS: DONEGAL EDUCATION TRAINING FAIR HELPING YOU TO FIND A BRIGHTER FUTURE was last modified: March 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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Donegal family’s fury at €66k water connection

first_imgIrish Water has come under further scrutiny in Donegal after they priced a family over €60,000 to install a 270-meter water pipe to their new home. The family, who do not want to be identified, contacted the Irish utility several weeks ago and were quoted €66,700 to place a three-quarter-inch water pipe on the premises.Concern was recently raised following the introduction of new rules applying to the installation of water connections in April 2019. Speaking to Donegal Daily, Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said: “When the family contacted me initially, I actually thought they must have got this wrong.“However, once they sent me on the documentation I was shocked and I started making contact with Irish Water and they were quite adamant that they were not overcharging and that was the correct price.”How did Irish Water respond? “At one point Irish Water said that they saw no ‘gain’ in meeting with me on the issue,” Mac Giolla Easbuig said.“It is very typical of Irish Water of not wanting to meet with public representatives on request, so I wasn’t shocked, disappointment yes, but not shocked. “But I kept on at them because that is what the taxpayers pay me to do, to do my work to the best of my ability and they eventually agreed to meet me.“But they wanted to do travel across the other side of the county in Ballyshannon, but I said that I expected them to be on-site so that they could grasp how ridiculous this is.“They told me there would be sticking to the price and that was because of the road safety management, but I am not ignorant of grounds work. I have been on building sites and I have worked with grounds work,” he added.“As I said to them, they must be paying the staff a couple of thousands of euro a day for that kind of money.“I thought it was very interesting when I contacted a local contractor and he quoted the same length of a road, five metres wide and about a metre deep at €20,000. “So with that, I would get three roads with that kind of money.”The west Donegal councillor said the issue had sparked real concern about the number of families who could be in a similar predicament.“So basically what Irish Water is doing here is putting that family in poverty or they are forcing them to immigrate abroad like the thousands of others in my community.“When we were out fighting Irish Water in 2011, our concern was the likes of this would happen, that they would not look after the people and they are there to look after the welfare of the people in our community and they are not doing that,” he said. “Irish Water needs to go back under the control fo the local authority so we can be part of the decision making on behalf of our communities.“Over the last couple of days, I have had people coming to me wondering if this what they are going to have to pay in order to have fully working water in their homes,” Mac Giolla Easbuig added.“All of these things have a roll-on effect and our community have already been destroyed by capitalism. Enough is enough.”Donegal family’s fury at €66k water connection was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ODA announces senior staff appointments

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director David T. Daniels today announced the appointment of Jared Parko as a new deputy director to the department’s senior management team.As deputy director, Parko will primarily focus on laboratory operations and animal health, dairy, food safety and meat issues. Prior to his new appointment, Parko served as laboratory operations manager for the Food Safety Net Services in Columbus, Ohio. He also previously worked in the Dairy Food Safety Laboratory at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a master’s degree in food safety and a bachelor’s degree in microbiology.In addition, ODA has recently made appointments to several senior staff positions: Terri Gerhardt became chief of the Division of Food Safety. Gerhardt has been with ODA since 2000 and previously served as the assistant chief of the Division of Food Safety. She earned her bachelor’s degree in dairy science and her master’s degree in agricultural economics, both from The Ohio State University.Dr. Nick Wagner became chief of the Division of Meat Inspection. Dr. Wagner has been with ODA since 2012 and previously served as assistant chief of the Division of Meat Inspection. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and applied economics and his doctor of veterinary medicine, both from The Ohio State University.Kirk Hines became chief of the Division of Soil and Water Conservation. Hines had been with the Division of Soil and Water Resources at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources since 2000 and previously served as deputy chief. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from The Ohio State University.last_img read more

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10 Most Memorable Sporting Events: Hitting the Bull’s eye

first_imgPride in our collective sporting achievements, regret at the opportunities missed due to lack of support at the right time for our athletes and despair at the inefficiencies and corruption which have dented our image in the world outside. That sums up the past 35 years for me. The 10,Pride in our collective sporting achievements, regret at the opportunities missed due to lack of support at the right time for our athletes and despair at the inefficiencies and corruption which have dented our image in the world outside. That sums up the past 35 years for me. The 10 memorable moments in Indian sports, not in any order of merit, are:1998 KPS Gill sacks six members of Asiad gold winning hockey team The Indian contingent danced through the night at the Asiad Village, celebrating the hockey gold which Dhanraj Pillay and his team won at the Bangkok Asian Games after a gap of 32 years only to experience despair and anger after a week when KPS Gill, the then president of the Indian Hockey Federation, removed Pillay, Ashish Balal (the goalkeeper instrumental for the victory in the final) and four other key members from the national team. Thankfully the our athletes have given us many more moments of pride that outnumber such self-goals.1983 India win the Cricket World CupKapil Dev With The World CupRepresenting a country obsessed with cricket, Kapil Dev, playing with panache and fearless abandon, led his team to an improbable victory at the Lords in London, and destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the mighty West Indies. It was India’s first World Cup triumph and one that was cherished by every Indian across the world.1999 Anil Kumble takes all 10 wickets in a Test innings in DelhiThere is something so special about being the first ever. To achieve a feat which no other countryman has in your discipline and when it is done in a competitive arena and that too in a Test between arch rivals Pakistan and India, then it just makes that memorable moment so much sweeter. There are only two names-the other being England’s Jim Laker-against this record in the 133-year-old history of Test cricket.advertisement2008 Abhinav Bindra becomes the first Indian to win an individual Olympic Gold medal with a stellar show in the 10m air rifle finalAbhinav Bindra In 2008I have always maintained that India’s sporting identity will be defined on the world stage by her achievements at the greatest sporting spectacle on earth-the Olympics. And for me, Bindra’s gold, India’s first Olympic individual gold, will always be the gold that will be remembered for instilling belief into the generations of athletes who came after him.1996 Leander Paes wins bronze at Olympic Games in AtlantaAn indelible image in my mind is the visual of Leander Paes on the victory stand at Atlanta and tears rolling down his cheeks. It encapsulates the intensity of patriotic emotion experienced by athletes when they win a medal for their country. He has achieved great personal milestones, but that Olympic bronze will be the one that the country will always remember.1980 Prakash Padukone wins All England badminton titleHe proved that nice men can win. He proved that physical fitness and dexterity at the nets can go hand in hand. “When I went to Indonesia and saw the top players train there, I realised they were far ahead in fitness and stamina. I came back and changed the way I trained. I worked harder and longer and eventually this paid off,? says Padukone.1986 P.T. Usha’s four gold and a silver in the Asian Games at SeoulP.T.Usha In 1986She is the golden queen of Indian Athletics. Her authority and dominance in Asian track and field events made her a household name in India and, more importantly, lifted the image and future of Indian women athletes. So what if she went on to miss the Olympic bronze by a hair’s breadth. Her performance at the Seoul Asian Games catapulted her again into the limelight and made other Asian countries look up and notice.2000 Viswanathan Anand wins World chess ChampionshipAsk any Indian sportsperson who they think is India’s greatest contemporary sportsperson and an overwhelming majority will take Viswanathan Anand’s name almost instinctively. Path-finders and players who have forged ahead and defied the supremacy of established sportspersons and nations and broken long traditions are special. Anand took to a sport which was dominated by the Russians, the Americans and the Europeans. He discarded the psychological timidity which had afflicted many Indian sportspersons before him, and wore his boldness and courage in international tournaments with ease and confidence, converting his 1987 Junior World Championship victory into the World Championship title in 2000. He went on to win three more world titles but the first will be his and India’s most memorable.advertisement2010 Mary Kom wins her fifth world Boxing championshipWhat can you say about a woman who wins her fifth world boxing title in the 46-48kg weight category? The feat is memorable when one considers that she has remained unbeaten since 2002 in the World Boxing Champions hip in her category and that the 2008 world title was won after she took a break in 2006 to get married and deliver twins.2009 Saina Nehwal becomes the first Indian woman to win a Super Series tournament at JakartaPrakash Padukone had done it and her coach P. Gopichand had also won international titles in badminton. Saina Nehwal, however, forged a new path to become the first Indian woman player to assert herself on the world stage and audaciously questioned the dominance of the Indonesians and Chinese.last_img read more

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DBJ to Issue 64 Bank Guarantees to SMEs

first_imgThe Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) will be issuing 64 bank guarantees to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the upcoming fiscal year.This exercise is to be carried out under the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)-funded Credit Enhancement Programme.A sum of $250 million has been set aside in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure for this purpose.The project, which is slated to run from September 2017 to September 2022, aims to promote productive investments in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Jamaica by enhancing their access to financing, particularly medium- and long-term loans.The Estimates was tabled in the House of Representatives on February 15 by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw.last_img

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