Team Debbah in 3rd Week Session

first_imgThe newly appointed coaches of the various Lone Stars yesterday continued their practices with selected neighborhood players at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, as part of a program developed by the technical department of the Liberia Football Association.“The team they are working work is from the neighborhood around here,” technical director Henry Browne told the Daily Observer, “they have been working with these players for the last three weeks.”The Daily Observer observed coaches James Salinsa Debbah, Chris Wreh, Joe Nagbe, Jonah Sarwieh, Oliver Markoh, Janjay Jacobs, Kervin Sebwe and Thomas Kojo at the stadium. Kojo and Sebwe were actively working with a team of players, along with two females, including skipper Kebeh Lamine of Earth Angels.Thomas Kojo said, “Since the fight against the Ebola is still going on, we are now working with a limited number of players that will prepare us (coaches) on what is ahead of us.”Kojo meanwhile took the players into several stretching exercises, as the head coach of the senior national team, James Debbah and others gave him their attention.“Today’s session is being conducted by Kervin,” Kojo said, “and therefore as you can see the rest of the coaches are watching keenly while the LFA technical team of Browne, Tamba and Smith are also observing keenly.”The coaches’ have attended all sessions, since the session began three weeks ago, and the responses of the players have been impressive, Browne said.Because the fight against Ebola is still on-going, fans attendance to the training sessions are restricted, Browne told the Daily Observer.Meanwhile, after series of exercise with the men, Coach Sebwe joined two female players and took them through a series of stretching, ball control and possession exercises.“Every time we come here,” Kojo explained, “one of us (coaches) will lead the training while others pay attention to what a coach is doing.”And it was exactly what Kervin Sebwe was doing while the others were observing and taking notes.“Later we examine and critic each other,” Kojo said, “and that way we know what we are doing which will help us when we begin the actual work with our respective groups.”Browne said after the Christmas break, teams would be assigned to the various coaches to begin the actual work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Court Holds Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Contempt

first_imgThe continuous absence of lawyers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOF) at the Commercial Court for the hearing of their case yesterday was enough for Judge Chan-chan A. Paegar to charge the Ministry for disrespecting the court.Judge Paegar took the decision immediately after lawyers for Semah Group of Companies, seeking over US$4.8 million in damages from Winrock International and USAID, both US-based entities, for breach of contract, asked him to do so.The Ministry was mandated by Judge Paegar on numerous occasions to ensure that the two US institutions appear before the court to answer to Semah’s allegation, but their lawyers have failed to comply with the court’s order.Taking the action yesterday, Judge Paegar granted Semah’s legal team’s request to hold them in contempt for continuous non-appearance.Judge Paegar further warned that the Ministry should appear before him today to show reason why they should not be held in contempt for their failure to attend his scheduled hearing, although they received and signed notices asking them to do so.The Commercial Court judge did not mention any punishment for disrespecting the court’s order; instead, he instructed his clerk to again communicate with the Ministry so that they can attend their contempt hearing, which he scheduled for today.The case emerged after Semah Group of Companies filed a lawsuit against Winrock International and USAID at the Commercial Court for breach of contract.In its lawsuit, Semah is seeking US$4.5 million in general damages “for psychological effect and disparagement” and an additional US$379K in specific damages and “total contract price.”In the lawsuit, Semah Group stated that it entered into a contractual agreement with the respondent on May 1, 2014, for the construction of a biomass electricity pilot project.Semah further indicated that the initial contract was valued at US$296,535.56 on July 18, 2014, noting that seven modifications to the original contract were initiated and effected with an additional cost of US$82.5K, thus increasing the contract value to US$379,043.37.The document further contended that the duration of the initial contract was from May 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014, but that due to the Ebola crisis in Liberia, including quarantines and closure of borders on September 29, 2014, the said contract was extended to October 14, 2014.Semah said to their surprise, the defendants breached the contractual agreement by advertising the same contract for the construction of the Kwendin Biomass Project in violation of the contractual agreement between them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Community service for narco-trafficker

first_imgOswald Hendrick appeared last week before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates Courts and admitted that on October 28, 2018, at Stabroek Market, Georgetown, he had in his possession four grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.He was consequently fined $3000 and was ordered to complete six months of community service at the Brickdam Police Station.last_img

Rapper’s son sets Tone for Burroughs

first_imgTop hitter Jon Villarreal (.321, 21 RBIs in 2006) and ace right-hander Justin Burke (5-7, 4.00 ERA) are back, and the team is also excited about freshman phenom Kevin Lenik, a 6-foot-3 outfielder/pitcher with a national travel-ball reputation. “I’m trying to get this team back on the map,” second-year coach Josh Lienhard said. “Granada Hills used to be really good, but the last time we made the (Championship) playoffs was 2001. We’ve won three Invitational titles in five years, but that’s not what we’re shooting for.” Saturday was an eventful day in community baseball circles. El Camino Real’s field in Woodland Hills was named after former coach Mike Maio during a campus ceremony. Also, former Alemany High of Mission Hills standout A.J. Anthony, a rookie in the Dodgers organization, returned to his hometown Mission Hills Little League to give the kids an opening-day pep talk in celebration of the league’s 50-year anniversary. Former Valencia High softball standout Courtney Baughman, now a Hawaii sophomore, returned to Southern California on Wednesday, pitching the Rainbows to a 14-1 victory at Loyola Marymount. The hard-throwing right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.82 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 22 innings. Moorpark High girls’ basketball player Lauren Carter is old school, pulling her socks all the way up to her knees but with a twist. One sock is green, the other gold, matching the school colors. Some local basketball alumni news to report. Monte Marcaccini, a former Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks standout who led the Knights to a 1993 section championship, has launched an Italian ice cream business with brothers Giancarlo (Notre Dame) and Gian-Andre (Crespi). “I love the ice-cream business,” Marcaccini said. “Our best flavor is hazelnut, and no, it’s not low-calorie. I’m trying to stay at my playing weight in high school, but it’s not easy.” Also, David Wright, a Buckley of Sherman Oaks standout during the school’s prime sports years in the mid-1970s, is working as a Tiffany’s executive. His daughter, Kat, a sixth-grader with lots of basketball potential, already is considered a star on the rise. Will we ever see another straight-on kicker in high school football? Today’s generation probably doesn’t even know what one looks like, unless they’ve seen old video of George Blanda. And finally, ever notice an abandoned newspaper is always missing its sports section? Gerry Gittelson’s column appears Sundays in the Daily News. (661) 257-5218 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The big basketball surprise at Burroughs High in Burbank isn’t that the underdog Indians started in the wild-card round and advanced all the way to the Southern Section Div. II-AA quarterfinals, before losing Friday to Murrieta Valley. It’s a well-kept secret that standout senior guard Chris Smith is the son of rapper Tone Loc, who is famous for the hits “Funky Cold Medina” and “Wild Thing.” Coach Art Sullivan tells people about Loc if asked, but he hasn’t gone around proclaiming to everyone that he is coaching the son of a well-known rap artist. “I try not to associate a player with who his dad is,” Sullivan said. “Tone is actually pretty demanding on Chris. He makes sure Chris stays on top of things.” A former gang member from Compton who hit the big time, Loc has made sure his son does well in school. Smith, who said he hopes to play college basketball, is Burroughs’ top player and a top student. “I remember my grades slipped a little at the end of my 10th grade year, and my dad wouldn’t let me play basketball all summer,” Smith said. Once among the San Fernando Valley’s most feared high school baseball programs, five-time City Section baseball champion Granada Hills hasn’t won a Championship- division title since 1984. But the Highlanders are hoping to reassert themselves and keep up with the Chatsworths, Kennedys and ECRs of the world, and they just might have the players – and attitude – to do it this season. center_img It has purposely been kept low key, so you wouldn’t have known Smith is Tone Loc’s son unless you happened to catch them cruising together in Loc’s Mercedes. “My dad still wears his gold glasses, so sometimes people recognize him and ask for an autograph,” Smith said. “Me, I don’t really get into singing or any of that myself. I just want to play basketball.” last_img read more

Chelsea, Arsenal count their losses as top four soar

first_imgAt the other end of the table, seven clubs are separated by just four points but West Brom look down and out after a fourth straight Premier League defeat against Huddersfield.AFP Sports looks at the major talking points from the Premier League weekend.Chelsea on the slideAfter the opening half hour on Sunday, Chelsea looked on course to move level on points with United as they deservedly led through Willian’s opener.However, they are now six points adrift of Mourinho’s men as they wilted after the break.“At the end we are talking about another defeat,” said Conte, whose side have now lost three of their past four league games.“We must be disappointed because when you have this type of situation you have to manage the game better with experience and maturity to get three points. Instead for another time we are talking about a loss.”Worse could be to come for Chelsea as they make the daunting trip to City next Sunday, while Spurs, Liverpool and United face Huddersfield, Newcastle and Crystal Palace next weekend.Awful few days for ArsenalIf losing the League Cup final in a meek 3-0 submission to Manchester City was not bad enough, Arsenal also saw Tottenham, in fourth, open up a 10-point gap on their north London rivals.Arsene Wenger’s men now realistically need to inflict just City’s second league defeat of the season when the sides meet again on Thursday to remain in contention for the top four.“Arsenal really needs to win against City or then the distance will be too big for them like it happened for us last season,” said United manager Jose Mourinho.United salvaged Mourinho’s debut season at Old Trafford by qualifying for the Champions League via the Europa League.But even that route looks less likely for Arsenal than a few days ago after they drew AC Milan in the last-16.103 not out for LiverpoolLiverpool’s 100th goal of the season may have come from an unlikely source as Emre Can got the ball rolling in a 4-1 rout of West Ham at Anfield.However, the familiar three then took over as Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane took their combined tally for the campaign to 66.Jurgen Klopp declared the display “a joy to watch” and beyond even his own expectations.Tellingly, Klopp also highlighted the importance a 10-day break before Saturday’s clash had been to help his side reach peak performance.The German has rotated more than any other manager in the Premier League this season and Liverpool look refreshed rather than running on fumes for the final stages of the season as they have in Klopp’s previous two seasons.West Brom cut adriftWest Brom boss Alan Pardew admitted he had “a bag-and-a-half packed” even before Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Huddersfield, given his inability to turn the Baggies fortunes around.Reports say Pardew will be handed one more week to save his job when West Brom travel to Watford this weekend, but time is rapidly running out not only for Pardew’s prospects of remaining in charge but West Brom’s chances of survival.Seven points now separate them from safety with just 10 games remaining.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho (L) watched his side come from behind to beat Antonio Conte’s Chelsea on Sunday © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 26 – Manchester United inflicted a miserable weekend on Chelsea as Jose Mourinho won his personal duel with Antonio Conte and helped shunt the champions out of the Premier League’s top four.Former Chelsea man Romelu Lukaku scored and set up the winner for Jesse Lingard in a 2-1 defeat for Conte’s team, whose bid for a Champions League place was further hit by victories for Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.last_img read more

The highest scoring Premier League defences this season ranked by goals contributed to total tally

first_img 20 20 Joint eighth: Newcastle – 11% of the Magpies’ goals have come from defenders – In a turbulent season on Tyneside, the Magpies defenders have registered four goals including one for captain Fabricio Coloccini. 20 20 20 1. Everton – 20% of the Toffees’ goals have come from defenders – The Toffees defenders, spearheaded by their rampaging full backs Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines, have at times shown Romelu Lukaku how it’s done. After John Stones’ goal for Everton against Manchester United last weekend, the Toffees now boast some mean goalscoring statistics from their defensive options.Stones, Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines have contributed nine league goals this season – more than Liverpool’s strikers have managed between them.Defenders in the modern game are expected to exude more than just the traditional defensive responsibilities, with many of them now adding telling contributions at the other end of the pitch.Chelsea captain John Terry, who scored against Leicester City on Wednesday night, embodies that mentality, having scored in 15 consecutive Premier League seasons and now equalling the competition’s all-time goal tally for a defender.As a result, talkSPORT have compiled a list of which club’s defenders have contributed the highest proportion of their team’s goals in the Premier League this season.*All statistics correct on 30 April 2015 Joint 17th: Stoke – 5% of the Potters’ goals have come from defenders – Perhaps a surprising statistic given the Potters’ ‘ugly’ football reputation, but also testament to their changing footballing mentality under Mark Hughes. 20 20 20 Joint third: Hull – 13% of the Tigers’ goals have come from defenders – Hull haven’t scored that many but strikes from defenders, like Michael Dawson’s goal against Liverpool this week, may prove their weight in gold. Joint sixth: Aston Villa – 12% of the Villans’ goals have come from defenders – No team has scored fewer goals than the Villans this season, which might suggest why their percentage is quite high in comparison. Joint 14th: Tottenham – 7% of Spurs’ goals have come from defenders – Eric Dier scored in the opening two games of the season, but only two Tottenham defenders have registered in the Premier League since. 20 20 20 20 20 Joint 10th: West Ham – 10% of the Irons’ goals have come from defenders – Aaron Cresswell has been one of the signings of the season and has scored twice, including a stunning recent free kick against Stoke, for the Hammers in his debut Premier League campaign. Joint 10th: West Brom – 10% of the Baggies’ goals have come from defenders – West Brom have improved drastically under Tony Pulis’ management and the defenders have amassed three goals between them this season. 20 Joint sixth: Crystal Palace – 12% of the Eagles’ goals have come from defenders – The Eagles have had a stable season and central defenders Scott Dann and Brede Hangeland have registered twice apiece. 12. Liverpool – 9% of the Reds’ goals have come from defenders – The Reds defence have had to chip in this season with their strikers falling short on so many occasions, with Alberto Moreno (2) impressing from left back. Joint eighth: Arsenal – 11% of the Gunners’ goals have come from defenders – Hector Bellerin (2) has been one of the finest emerging talents this season as the Gunners continue their fantastic recent form. 20 20 2. Leicester – 19% of the Foxes’ goals have come from defenders – The Foxes’ recent form could propel them to safety from a seemingly impossible position a month ago, and Nigel Pearson’s side have all contributed towards their goal tally. Joint 19th: None of Sunderland’s goals have come from defenders so far this season* – Not a single Black Cats defender has registered this season for the league’s joint lowest scorers. Joint 14th: Manchester United – 7% of the Red Devils’ goals have come from defenders – Chris Smalling (4) is the only recognised United defender to score this season. 20 Joint third: Southampton – 13% of the Saints’ goals have come from defenders – The division’s best defence have also come up with the goods at the other end, with full backs Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand particularly impressing. 16. Manchester City – 6% of the defending champions’ goals have come from defenders – The league’s highest scorers boast some incredible firepower in attack, so rarely have to call on their defensive options to bail them out. Joint 19th: None of Swansea’s goals have come from defenders so far this season – The Swans have had a good season, but the majority of the goals have come from strikers like Wilfried Bony and Bafetimbi Gomis. Joint third: Chelsea – 13% of the Blues’ goals have come from defenders – The Blues are marching towards a first Premier League title since 2010, and the likes of John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill have all contributing heavily. Joint 17th: QPR – 5% of the Rs’ goals have come from defenders – Charlie Austin has scored nearly half of the Hoops’ goals, although Clint Hill did open his Premier League account last month. 20 20 20 13. Burnley – 8% of the Clarets’ goals have come from defenders – Like Smalling, Ben Mee (2) is the only defender to have scored for his side this season. last_img read more

Brentford ace slams ‘disrespectful’ Middlesbrough ahead of crunch play-off clash

first_img Jake Bidwell 1 Middlesbrough have been labelled “disrespectful and unprofessional” by Brentford defender Jake Bidwell ahead of their play-off clash.The left-back and his team-mates have been made aware that Boro took their foot off the gas in their final match of the Championship season in a 0-0 draw with Brighton.The surprise scoreline ensured Aitor Karanka’s side finished fourth and faced the fifth-placed Bees in their first-leg match at Griffin Park.But the tactical stroke has riled the west London side who are now aiming for consecutive promotions at the expense of Boro.“There was a rumour going around but we tried to ignore it because you don’t think a club would be so disrespectful or unprofessional to do something like that,” Bidwell said.“But if they see us as the weakest of the teams that they could have faced then it is up to us to prove them wrong over the two games.“We just concentrate on ourselves. If they think we are the weak link, we have been proving everyone wrong all season.“Everyone had us down to be relegated and we quickly put that to bed, so it’s just another challenge and an obstacle for us to overcome.”The 22-year-old joined Mark Warburton’s side in 2011 from Everton, initially on a one-month loan.He has now made over 150 appearances for his permanent club but surprisingly, for a one-time Leighton Baines protégé, he is yet to score a goal.“It is about time I got a goal,” he said. “Anyone who has come down to training the last couple of weeks will have seen me out with the strikers doing extra shooting practice.“I would like to say I have come close a few times this season and hopefully I am saving it for a big game.”last_img read more

Police seek help in `thrill’ slaying

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – The metallic blue Chevrolet Blazer pulled up swiftly under the glow of a gas station’s fluorescent lights.A man in a beige shirt paced with his hands in his jacket pockets just feet away, and suddenly turned and walked to the car.As the man stood talking to the occupants of the Blazer, the sound of a gunshot burst through the station’s background music and the man – 24-year-old Andre Laurent – fell backward to the ground.The exchange took nine seconds.Police showed a videotape Friday of the fatal shooting of Laurent, a San Dimas man who was on his way to the movies with friends when he became the victim of a random shooting.“Somebody knows something, and we’re pretty sure these cowards are going to brag about what they did,” said Pomona police Detective Danny Kono.The shooters remained at large two days after the shooting, but police continued to pursue leads in the case. Meanwhile, am-pm Mini Mart, the business where the shooting occurred, posted a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunmen.Investigators also revealed they believe the shooters opened fire in the parking lot of the Strip Joint at 1405 E. Mission Blvd. 10 minutes before they came to the gas station.The men were escorted out of the business after they got into an argument with one of the dancers, Nelson said. They left and then returned, firing numerous shots, but not hitting anyone, police said.Nine members of Laurent’s family attended the news conference to plead for someone to help police find the shooters. A tearful Mary Laurent, the victim’s mother, dabbed her eyes with tissue as she stood before the microphones.“Please help us find these people so they don’t do what they did to my son to anybody else,” she said.Laurent and two friends were driving to the movies when they pulled off the Pomona (60) Freeway and stopped at the am/pm Mini Mart at 2488 S. Reservoir St.While he was putting gas in the car, two men in the Blazer drove up and one of the men inside said something.Because the area is frequented by truck drivers, it was difficult for Laurent to hear what the man said, so he approached the car.Laurent asked what the man said and the man answered, “Do you have a problem with me?” Kono explained.Laurent said no. The man then asked why Laurent was staring at him and asked Laurent if his friends had a problem with him. Laurent again said no.The man in the Blazer then fired one shot, striking Laurent. Laurent’s two friends were not wounded. The Blazer sped away and Laurent’s friends ran inside, asking the clerk in Spanish to “Call somebody.”Police say the video surveillance is important because it captured the Blazer, which has either a custom or a rare type of baby-blue paint job. It also has whitewall tires and chrome rims.“If that car passed you today and you looked over, you would say, `That’s the car.’ That’s how strongly we believe this car is recognizable,” said Detective Bobby Nelson.The shooting was apparently a random act because there was no evidence of a robbery, and the victim wasn’t tied to gangs, police said. Police are investigating whether the shooters might be gang members.Kono and Nelson, partners in the case, said they have investigated many homicides and this is one of the few that appears to have been done for no reason.“In this case, we have absolutely no motive,” Kono said. “As far as we know, it could have been a thrill kill.”Anyone with information about the shooting can call Pomona police detectives at (909) 620-2174 or (909) 620-2358. 483-9378last_img


first_imgDANNY Mooney won today’s St Stephen’s Day 5k hosted by Finn Valley ACMicky The Post got the runners underway and despite blustery condition there was a great turn-out with  more than 800 entries.There was a great atmosphere as the runners – many donned in Santa hats – limbered up for the race. The results for those who want those are below: 1 Danny Mooney 15:412 Pauric Mc Laughlin 16:053 Michael Black 16:204 Gerard Gallagher 16:385 James Speight 16:426 Kieran Carlin 16:447 Domnic Bonner 16:468 Caitriona Jennings 16:489 Dean Toland 16:5310 Gavin Walker 17:0111 Gavin Crawford 17:1712 David Scanlon 17:l913 Sean Mc Gettigan 17:2214 Darren Mc Glinchey 17:3415 Finn Corrigan 17:3716 Colin Mc Nulty 17;3717 Barry Meehan 17;4018 Ryan Porter 17;4319 Pat Hegarty 17;4420 Shane Mc Nulty 17;4721 Ruairi Maguire 17;5322 Shane Mc Cauley 17;5623 Dermot Brennan 18;1224 Aidan Callaghan 18;1925 Teresa Mc Gloin 18;2226 Kevin Carlin 18;2427 Conor Morrison 18;3128 Aileen Morrison 18;3529 Oisin Gallen 18;3930 Tom Thompson 18;4031 Ian Ward 18;4032 Karol Mc Laughlin 18;4233 Ralph Wilson 18;4534 Simon Ward 18;4735 Alan Cavanagh 18;5036 Michael Penrose SM 18:5537 Paul Gallagher 18:5638 Kevin Connolly 19:0039 Ciaran Bannon 19:0240 Justin Brown 19:0441 Helena Crosan 19:0842 Martin Devenney 19:0943 Dean Bonner 19:1044 Martin Mc Crossan 19:1745 Pauric Patton 19:1846 Patrick Mc Glynn 19:2147 Kevin Grant 19:2248 Gareth Mc Laughlin 19:2349 Liam Murray 19:2450 Liam Mc Glynn 19:2551 Stephen Fowley 19:2752 Trevor Doherty 19;2853 Gerard Callaghan 19;2854 Drew Doherty 19;3355 Mark Mc cauley 19;3556 Peter Kardos 19;3557 Mark Mc Nulty 19;3958 Enda Doherty 19:4059 Niall Mc Keever 19:4060 Seamus Muldoon 19;4261 Manus O’ Donnell 19;4362 Michael Collins 19;4463 Angela Speight 19;4564 Morris Sharkey 19;4665 Davey Reid 19;4766 Daneil Mc Geehan 19;5267 Brendan Dunleavy 20;0068 Donal Ronan 20;0169 Patrick Penrose 20;0270 Sam Oliver 20;0371 Sean Paul Byrne 20;0572 Noleen Porter 20;0673 Brian Lafferty 20;1074 Catherine Brogan 20;1175 Darren Wallace 20;1176 Joe Brennan 20;1277 Jack O’ Doherty 20;1378 Eugene Mc gettigan 20;1579 Hugh Gallagher 20;1680 Colm Bannon 20:2081 Aaron Mc Bride 20:2182 Odhran Mc Dermott 20:2283 Andy Scanlon 20:2484 Joe Carlin 20:2585 Raymond Mc Namee 20:2886 Chris Mc Bride 20:3087 Raymond Doherty 20:3088 Kevin Roarty 20:3089 Stanislaw Twardzik 20:3190 Mark Hegarty 20:3291 Garvan Mulligan 20:3592 Peadar Mc Glinchey 20:3593 Kevin Haughey 20:3694 Paul Armstrong 20:3695 Rory Dowds 20:3896 Paddy Ward 20:3897 Daniel Brogan 20:3998 Niall Bonner 20:4099 John Mc Glinchey 20:45100 Sean Armstrong 20:49FINN VALLEY AC ST STEPHEN’S DAY 5K RESULTS was last modified: December 26th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:FINN VALLEY AC ST STEPHEN’S DAY 5K RESULTSlast_img read more


first_imgShaun Friel pictured working with colleagues in the UK.Stephen Cuffe working in Inish Pharmacy.With the CAO application deadline looming (1 February at 5.15pm), approximately 2,400 Leaving Certificate students within Co. Donegal are currently making that all important choice.The great news for students is there are a large number of options out there for them, including at Letterkenny IT.At LYIT, they believe that learning can be engaging, practical and above all inspirational. They offer over 100 courses in Science, Engineering, Business and Tourism, many developed with industry, up to Masters level.One of the greatest strengths of LYIT is the fact that there is a proven track record of progression and employability on all CAO programmes being offered.This certainly was true for Shaun Friel who hails from Kerrykeel, Co. Donegal and currently lives in Dublin.Shaun originally completed a National Diploma in Civil Engineering (which in 2014 required 275 points to be guaranteed a place on course). He then proceeded to complete a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Civil Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University where he was awarded a First Class Honours degree. He progressed to a Master of Science in Construction and Project Management at Queen’s University Belfast and concluded with a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering at University of Ulster, Jordanstown.A fantastic educational portfolio for any person to boast.When asked why he decided to take this route and choose LYIT as his first education destination Shaun said, “The reason I chose this path was because it gave me time to decide on which Level 8 course I wanted to pursue and at which university I wanted to pursue it.It is fair to say that this is one of the most common themes being fed back by Leaving Certificate students.Shaun added, “The lecturers and careers centre offered excellent advice on the options available to students post level 7 in Civil Engineering. “University open-day visits, career days and workshops made choosing my future career path and the transition to level 8 study straightforward.There is a lot of negative publicity around the construction sector at the minute but it is refreshing to hear a story of a person who is really succeeding and making a career for himself in this sector.Shaun’s career began as a Student Engineer with Donegal County Council where he worked in the Roads & Transportation and Water & Environment sections.From there he took up the position of Quality Manager with Pavement Management Services Ltd. in Co. Galway. After this he was employed as Technical/Laboratory Manager with Roadbridge Ltd. on the Shell Corrib Gas Terminal Project in Bellanaboy, Co. Mayo.Construction of the gas processing terminal was the largest engineering and construction project ever undertaken in Ireland, with 1,200 people employed on-site at peak construction.Shaun then held the position of Product Development Manager for Ennis-Flint in the UK.He is now currently employed as Research and Materials Engineer at Irish Tar and Bitumen Suppliers based in Dublin.His current role covers three main aspects: overseeing and providing technical designs for road surfacing materials to customers, provision of technical support to customers, and research and development of new products and techniques.When discussing the sector he is employed in Shaun reflects, “There is no doubt that the last seven years has been particularly tough for the Civil Engineering industry in terms of reducing budgets and reduced infrastructure investment.“This has had a significant knock-on effect on employment opportunities both locally and nationally within the industry.However, in my opinion the future is looking much brighter in terms of employment opportunities.“The world will always need Civil Engineers to design, construct and maintain infrastructure assets such as bridges, roads, railways, tunnels, buildings, transportation systems, water resources, coastal erosion and flood defences.“Without these assets, economies and societies cannot progress.”When Shaun was asked would he recommend LYIT and the educational route he took to others he said, “Yes I would, because it gives a solid grounding in a wide range of subject areas within Civil Engineering before progressing to level 8.“There are certain Universities in Ireland and the UK which offer level 8 Civil Engineering degrees but have very little time dedicated to practical training.“The emphasis on practical training within LYIT in subject areas such as surveying, soil mechanics and fluid mechanics were invaluable to me during my level 8 studies.“This helped me to develop my understanding of Civil Engineering principles as well as bridge the gap between the theory and practical in engineering projects after gaining employment.Stephen Cuffe, from Buncrana, is a Science graduate from LYIT who shares a similar story as Shaun.The first course he completed was the National Diploma in Analytical Science in 2003. Then in September 2009 he enrolled in the Higher Certificate in Science (Pharmacy Technician) which he completed in January 2011 (this course in 2014 required 285 points to be guaranteed a place).On completion of the Pharmacy Technician course he enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) at Ulster University in September 2011 and is currently in the final year of the course.Such an impressive progression but as Stephen points out “Initially I started the course with the aim of becoming a Pharmacy Technician, but after encouragement from LYIT staff members I took the decision to advance to the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) course in Ulster University at the Coleraine campus.Stephen has worked at Inish Pharmacy since January 2011 and now works on a part-time basis while he completes his MPharm. He is delighted he followed this route. He added, “My experience at LYIT provided me with a great insight into my profession of choice.“The course provides great practical experience in the classroom as well as dedicated work experience.“Also if you don’t get into your number one choice on a high point course, LYIT can be a great starting point which can be used as a stepping stone for progression.“LYIT also has great degree courses with Masters opportunities as well.Stephen sums up his experience by adding, “LYIT have a wide variety of excellent courses taught by well-trained professionals.“The campus is continually expanding and progressing and has excellent facilities.” They also offer encouragement to proceed and succeed.There are many more great stories from students who have walked through the doors of LYIT – it is always nice to hear of local people who are doing well for themselves.This year LYIT has added more degrees in exciting new areas with almost half of their courses offering a work placement option.Over 3,500 students choose to study at Letterkenny IT for the relevance and quality of the courses.What they are guaranteed to take away are excellent qualifications and an innovative experience, one which will stay with them forever – just like Shaun and Stephen.For further information and before the deadline this coming Sunday, visit email or contact Irene on 074 918 6120LETTERKENNY IT – COURSES WHICH GUARANTEE A BRIGHT CAREER was last modified: January 28th, 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:BusinessCAOFeaturesLYITnewslast_img read more