Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite It was Petron’s first title in two years, completed after a three-hour Game 2 battle.The Blaze Spikers, who swept all 13 games in the 2015 edition, also reaped the rewards of a multimillion-peso build up that snagged for them A-list players like Mika Reyes and Rhea Dimaculangan and young chargers Bernadeth Pons and Remy Palma.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But at crunch time, it was team captain Ces Molina who delivered the goods, unleashing an ace for 14-11 after breaking free from an 11-all deadlock in the fifth.F2 Logistics was then slapped a net foul that had Petron’s bench storming the court in jubilation. The Blaze Spikers opened the best-of-three series with a 25-23, 25-21, 25-19 victory on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Malacañang gave full backing to the country’s hosting of the 19th Asian Senior Women’s Championships on Aug. 9 to 17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Saso pads lead to four; Malixi moves into contention Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERPetron proved Thursday night that it deserves to be called a super team.Holding off a hard-fighting F2 Logistics squad, Petron hacked out a 26-24, 24-26, 24-26, 25-23, 15-11 victory to capture the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference championship via a two-game sweep at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation
The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Special Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG), Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has called on the Liberian government, as well as other Ebola-affected countries, for regional collaboration to battle the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).The UNMEER SRSG made the call yesterday January 7, 2015 at the James Spriggs Payne Airport in Monrovia while addressing the press following his visit from Grand Cape Mount County.According to him, Liberia has made great progress in the fight against the deadly virus, but said that a lot needs to be done. He called on health authorities of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three hardest hit Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, to carry on regional collaboration by handling Ebola matters in a unique way that could eradicate the killer virus.He asserted that his vision is that the governments of the three countries take the eradication of the virus seriously, making it a government-led effort while coordinating with international partners, which could be another means to ensure success in eradicating the killer disease. The SRSG extended thanks to Liberians from all walks of life, lauding them for their effort and determination in the fight against the virus and urging everyone not to be complacent but to continue the preventive measures as put in place by health authorities.Also extending personal thanks to the government and citizens of Liberia, was the UNMEER Special Envoy of the SRSG on Ebola, David Nabarro, who highlighted the progress that has so far been made against the disease. He disclosed that the lives of Ebola survivors have been bad; adding that there is a need to provide more support for survivors in the country.“It’s time to look for where there is a case to fight against the virus by involving into super engagement because it is very significant and will help to eradicate the virus from Liberia,” he cautioned.Adding his voice to the press conference, World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director General, Bruce Aylward, frowned on the complacency of Liberians in the fight against the EVD, especially following the reduction of cases. “There is still Ebola in Liberia and people are not acting the way they should, in order to eradicate the virus from the country, they are forgetting to know that the huge progress made cannot get the virus to zero.”He thanked the government in the fight against the virus, but said that the people of Liberia are no longer going by the preventive measures in the fight against the killer disease, adding that it is the best time to fight because the virus is very dangerous and it takes a single person to destroy the entire the country.WHO Aylward called on the media to join the fight against the virus, noting that “If the media fails in the fight, the government also fails in eradicating the virus. And so serious action needs to be taken in this fight.”For his part the Incident Management Director, Tolbert Nyenswah, disclosed that there is no funding for Ebola survivors but that the government is seeking for support from partners in order to maintain Ebola survivors.He said the government is making efforts to keep the survivors safe and has organized the Survivors Network in order to keep in contact with them and provide more support to through international partners.“There is no funding for Ebola survivors yet but UNICEF is providing more support for the Ebola affected children in the country,” he added.Following Tolbert Nyenswah disclosure, UNMEER SRSG said his organization will design a program that will focus on the support and sustenance Ebola survivors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Gbarnga-Ganta highway now has a new look as the Chinese road building firm, CHICO, continues its engineering work under the World Bank contract.The new face of the road brought great delight to those who are plying the road daily; especially Nimbaians and those from the south-east.Nearly 40 years since the road was constructed under William R. Tolbert regime in 1976, it has in recent years turned very deplorable owing to what many believe was due to the long civil war.The worst condition was recalled in 2012 when rain damaged almost all poorly constructed roads in the country.The deplorable condition of roads that year hampered movement and made transportation fares to steadily rise.With funding from the World Bank, CHICO and the Government of Liberia in 2012, signed a contract to construct the piece of road from Gbarnga to Ganta Border for over US$ 100m.In mid-2013, CHICO began preparing its camps and setting up mechanism for the construction of the once talk about bad road around Liberia.Despite the late starting, the road work appears to be speeding than expected. At present, the portion of road from Jennepleta in Bong County to a village close to the boundary with Nimba had been paved.And on the Nimba side, the pavement is ongoing beginning from the town called Dukpe, near Kpain and moving toward Sokopa at the St. John River.Prior to the construction of the road, it took a vehicle over 2hrs to reach Ganta or Gbarnga from either side.Even the part of the road that is yet to be paved has been rehabilitated with the old tarmac removed thus creating a smooth condition for vehicles to freely move.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
L-R: EU Senior official Emma Sundblad, Solidaridad Regional Director Gyamfi and MOA Deputy Minister Marshall at the Cocoa Project signing ceremony in Monrovia.-EU, Solidaridad on signing US$5.89M grant to boost cocoa sectorRepresentatives of the European Union delegation in the presence of officials of the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and Solidaridad West Africa yesterday signed a €5 million (US$5.89 million) grant for the Liberia Cocoa Sector Improvement Program (LICSIP).Cocoa has the potential to improve the livelihoods of many smallholder cocoa farmers in the country, a joint EU and Solidaridad statement said. However, the statement added that the Liberian cocoa sector is largely non-competitive compared to neighboring countries.The statement also explained that average yield in Liberia lags behind due to a number of reasons, including low-quality planting materials, aged and deteriorated farms, poor farm management and lack of post-harvest management skills.“In recognition of the potential of the cocoa sector, the Liberian government prioritized the development of the cocoa sector under the Liberia Agriculture Transformation Agenda (LATA),” the statement noted, adding that the LICSIP aims to create a vibrant, competitive and profitable cocoa economy driven primarily by farmers organizations and supply chain companies within a robust national and institutional framework.In concrete terms, the statement intimated that the project envisages training 5,000 cocoa farmers in good agricultural practices and how to improve farm management over the life of the project.The statement revealed that employment opportunities will be created for women and youth through cocoa value chain service provision businesses in targeted counties.It noted that the cocoa project will support the Liberian government with the creation of sector policies and develop coordinating structures.“Solidaridad intends to increase profits for Liberian businesses by exporting high-quality cocoa beans and by linking Liberian businesses to international cocoa traders,” the statement said.The core project counties are Bong, Nimba, and Lofa; and the cocoa project will be executed over a period of four years with an option to expand to other cocoa growing communities based on government approval.“The signing of this contract marks the start of the implementation of the EU Liberia Agriculture Program (EULAP), with further contracts expected to be signed in the next six months,” it said.The partnership grant agreement project, according to the statement, officially starts on January 15, 2018 in the initially targeted counties.In remarks, the Deputy Agriculture Minister for Technical Services, Aaron Marshall, underscored the need for the disclosure of what the project partners are doing or carrying out in the targeted counties.Minister Marshall assured the EU and Solidaridad officials of the ministry’s support and cooperation in the implementation of the cocoa sector project.Over the years, Minister Marshall said the Liberian government has imported the nation’s staple food (rice) at a staggering amount of US$200 million.He further stressed the need for effective coordination, monitoring, and evaluation of the various stages of the implementation processes of the cocoa sector project.For his part, the regional director of Solidaridad West Africa, Isaac Gyamfi, assured the EU and MOA of vibrant growth and progress of the Liberian cocoa sector during the implementation of the project in the targeted counties.“We can assure all Liberians and EU officials that Solidaridad West Africa will make the Liberian cocoa products competitive on the international market,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Nineteen-year-old Marlon Jeffrey of Agricola, Greater Georgetown, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with three charges including two counts of discharging a loaded firearm at police ranks and the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.Remanded: Marlon JeffreyThe teen, also called “‘Melvor Jeffrey” and “Buck” stood before Magistrate Leron Daly who read the charges detailing that on July 11, 2017, at Brutus Street, Agricola, he discharged a loaded firearm at Police Constables Romel Kato and David Bobb with intent to disable, disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm so as to prevent apprehension.The defendant was further charged for having in his possession one 12-gauge shotgun and eight live matching rounds of ammunition without being the licensed firearm holder.The unrepresented teen denied all the charges after they were read to him. Jeffrey is currently serving a prison sentence for escaping lawful custody, as such, the matter will be called again on May 31, 2019.According to reports, on the day in question, the defendant had allegedly been engaged in an exchange of gunfire with police ranks during which he was shot to his back.The defendant was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted and is being treated under police watch.However, the teen escaped from the hospital on July 19, 2017, but was later apprehended on July 23, 2017, hiding in a barrel of curtains.
Death of 3 children at GPHC…says hospital should not be trusted to investigate itselfWhile the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) has promised to conduct its own investigation into the recent deaths of three children following pre-chemotherapy treatment at the institution, an activist has urged an external, independent investigation into the tragedies.Six-year-old Sharezer MendoncaRights of the Child Commissioner and activist, Nicole Cole expressed her view that an external investigation which includes representatives from recognised and relevant organisations is more in keeping with transparent and impartial than the hospital investigating itself.“I think an independent investigation should be carried out to determine the true facts. One cannot trust investigations done by GPHC to be impartial,” Cole explained, in an interview with this publication on Monday.“The investigations should have at least three key organisations represented which (are generally acknowledged to) work in the best interest of children.”Giving an example, she recommended that the Terms Of Reference (TOR) of such an investigation should include the Guyana Medical Council, the Rights of the Child Commission and the Caribbean Medical Council, in order to ensure impartiality.Following the death of three children, the GPHC had released a statement promising that it will deliver a transparent investigation of its own. According to the hospital in a statement, GPHC Board Chairperson Kesaundra Alves met with the mother and relatives of Sharezer Mendonca, one of the victims, on Friday. Alves also assured that a thorough and transparent investigation will be conducted.“GPHC understands the extreme distress and pain the families are facing at this difficult time and their anxieties for answers. The GPHC is making every effort to ensure that these investigations are completed in the shortest possible time.”At the same time, the hospital warned that it is duty bound to ensure that due process is followed to ensure the thoroughness and completeness of the investigations. While this is undertaken, the GPHC also committed itself to continue to provide support for the families.Three-year-old Roshani SeegobinSix-year-old Sharezer Mendonca was taken to the Paediatric Ward on January 3, where she was administered with an injection before undergoing treatment. However, shortly after, Mendonca became unresponsive.She was later transferred to the Intensive Care Unit. Michael Mendonca, the father of the child, told Guyana Times that it appeared as though her face was swollen but relatives were not allowed to touch her. Mendonca subsequently died and the family went through further trauma when her body was reportedly given to the wrong family for burial.During the same period which Mendonca was admitted, three-year-old Roshani Seegobin visited the said medical institution for cancer treatment but after returning home, her condition deteriorated. She was diagnosed with leukaemia and would usually receive treatment at the GPHC.This publication understands that another child, Curwayne Edwards, also passed away during this period after undergoing similar treatment. The use of the drug has reportedly since been discontinued.
Villaraigosa and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley shook hands as they entered the hotel conference room. The L.A. team sat on one side of the room, Chicago on the other. Ueberroth praised both cities, saying, “If I had all power – and sometimes people accuse me of that – I would take the map and merge the two cities.” Even Ueberroth didn’t know the winner as an aide handed him a sealed envelope containing the results of the committee’s secret vote. Ueberroth ripped open the envelope and pronounced Chicago the nominee. Daley and others leapt from their seats and cheered. Villaraigosa and Los Angeles officials shook hands with their counterparts, and then were ushered into a room where they made calls and checked their Blackberries while Chicago leaders held a victory press conference. “I felt like we had it,” said Joseph McCarthy, a two-time Paralympian who was among the Los Angeles presenters. “Everybody on our committee performed to the maximum,” McCarthy said. “We couldn’t be upset because we gave it our best.” Olympic pundits had dubbed Los Angeles the “safe choice.” Having hosted the event in 1932 and again in 1984, the city already had facilities and could offer assurances that it knew how to host a successful global sporting event. But throughout the day in Washington, the energy was with Chicago. The hotel where the USOC made Saturday’s announcement was packed with Chicago media, prompting some to dub Los Angeles “blas ” and “laid back” about the prospect of hosting the Olympics for a third time. Some repeatedly noted the absence of L.A. television stations, forcing Villaraigosa to go on the offensive about his city’s enthusiasm. Ueberroth on Saturday flatly denied that Los Angeles’ previous hosting of the games worked against it. “These were the two best cities by far. It was a close vote,” he said. He and others with the USOC, however, gave little indication as to what specifically tipped the scales in Chicago’s favor. Board members said they are keeping the vote tally confidential in order to present a united front on behalf of the winning city to the International Olympic Committee. Longtime Olympic watchers, however, said they read easily into the members’ gushing remarks about Chicago’s proposed athlete’s village. “That lakefront legacy really was the tipping point,” said David Carter, executive director of the Sports Business Institute at the University of Southern California. “Yes, the financial guarantees were there. Yes there was a groundswell of support from Chicagoans. But the point of separation was the lakefront legacy,” he said. Still, Carter said, “Their bid must have been extraordinary, knowing how buttoned-up and polished Los Angeles’ bid was. To beat out L.A., Chicago’s must have been extraordinary.” In Los Angeles, supporters and members of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games gathered at The Grove to listen to a live audio feed of the announcement. As Chicago was announced, the crowd fell quiet with a sense of resignation and disappointment. Many said they had expected Chicago would get the nod. “We did everything we possibly could,” said John Naber, a 1976 Olympic medalist in swimming and a vice president of the committee. “I support Chicago. We want them to do well.” Andy Knox, another committee vice president, said the panel had been cautiously optimistic about Los Angeles’s bid. “It was a tale of two different bids. Chicago’s more centralized,” he said. “I can genuinely tell you that we couldn’t have done anything better.” Villaraigosa also insisted that there was nothing Los Angeles could or should have changed. “This wasn’t about a weak point,” he said. “These were two great presentations here. Somebody had to win. I feel strongly that we put our best foot forward. I wouldn’t change one single thing.” Daley also had only praise for Los Angeles. “Los Angeles is a great city. They put us through our paces,” he said, adding, “It’s a great day for Chicago, and 2016, here we come.” Chicago will now vie against Madrid, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and other international hubs to host the games. The 115-member IOC will vote in Copenhagen in 2009, and the winning locale will need at least 60 of those votes. “The race is just beginning, and this will be a long and difficult process, ” Ctvrtlik said. Daily News Staff Writer Alejandro Guzman contributed. email@example.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Ending a fierce yearlong competition, Los Angeles’ bid to host a third Olympics slipped away Saturday as the U.S. Olympic Committee chose Chicago to be America’s candidate for the 2016 Summer Games. In the end, it appeared that Lake Michigan seduced the committee more than the Pacific Ocean. Specifically, USOC board members said they were enticed by Chicago’s proposal to build a $1.1 billion athlete’s village and various facilities on the city’s downtown lakefront. “Personally, I love the idea of the athletes on the lakefront. I don’t think that’s ever happened, and it could be great,” said USOC Chairman Peter Ueberroth. “For the Olympic Games to be a success, we need to re-create a certain magic,” said USOC Vice President Bob Ctvrtlik, noting the Lake Michigan village could do that. Los Angeles officials, who had rolled out a glitzy campaign to woo the committee that included a final promise of funding guarantees, admitted to shock and disappointment after the vote. But Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pledged to work as hard for the Windy City as he would have for the City of Angels, and he vowed to use his personal global contacts to push Chicago’s bid as it now vies against international cities. “This was a true competition in the greatest sense. It was two great cities battling to the very end. But once the competition is over, we come together,” he said. The decision caps a year of bid proposals, official visits and power-point presentations from both cities hoping to be America’s official Olympic hopeful. On Saturday morning, both teams met with the 11-member board to give their final pitches. Less than three hours later, the USOC announced the winner in a scene at the Hilton Washington Embassy Row Hotel that had all the suspense of an Oscar award.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles City Council is considering doling out $219 million to buy a downtown office complex that now costs twice as much as when officials first rejected the option. The council voted 11-0 Friday to authorize the city to submit a letter of interest to the owners of the twin-tower Figueroa Plaza and approved $95,000 for a city review of the property. The city pays $8.7 million a year to lease about half of the 615,000-square-foot towers for city employees and first considered buying the plaza five years ago. At that time, its price tag was $92 million. “It’s amazing,” David Fleming, chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, said of the council’s previous decision not to purchase the site on North Figueroa. “He who hesitates is lost.” The council reconsidered buying the towers three years ago for $125 million. Beacon Capital Partners ultimately bought the site for about $133 million. Now, company officials said the building is part of a fund that is being sold off, and the site is up for sale. Former City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski had warned at the time that the council was making a mistake by not purchasing the building as property rates were soaring. “It’s striking. It’s strikingly good for the L.A. economy, but not so good for the buyers,” Miscikowski said. “That’s very sad, but it’s the reality.” Councilman Tony Cardenas opposed the purchase in 2004 and said he’s still not convinced buying the property is in the city’s best interest. “The thing is, you could cut it in a lot of ways — that we made a mistake in not buying it,” Cardenas said. But he said consultants and city staffers at the time were unable to answer key questions. “Our third-party advisers … thought it was a good purchase, but they didn’t explain why. Even when I’m buying a house for my own family, you don’t go around and just get a yes-and-no answer,” he said. City officials, including Reginald Jones-Sawyer, director of asset management for the city’s Department of General Services, said purchasing the building now — even at the higher price — still makes sense. “It still makes good financial sense at $219 (million),” Jones-Sawyer said, adding that private tenants’ leases would cover much of the city’s debt payment. “The numbers still work well for the city and the taxpayers.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday that the city might need to purchase the plaza as prices downtown continue to soar. “If it makes sense, we’ll buy it,” he said. “If it doesn’t, we won’t.” Councilman Bernard Parks, who introduced the motion last week to reconsider buying the plaza, said the city made a mistake not doing it three years ago. “I expect when the (plaza) lease is up in 2010, those costs could go up significantly,” he said. Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller said he’s recommending that the council move ahead with evaluating the purchase. “It certainly would be much cheaper over the long run to own rather than to rent,” Miller said. Councilwoman Jan Perry, whose district contains the towers, backed evaluating a possible purchase. “It would be a dereliction of our duties not to investigate,” she said. But Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said the city faces tough choices as downtown space tightens and lease rates climb. “The question is, do you bite the bullet now when you’re faced with a tight budget situation, or do you look down the road and keep leasing when as soon as they can jack up the (lease) rates, they will,” Kyser said. “When they had the chance to buy last time, they should have.” — Beth Barrett, (818) firstname.lastname@example.org
0Shares0000Eric Gordon scored 30 points as the Houston Rockets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-98, on January 18, 2018 © GETTY/AFP/File / Christian PetersenLOS ANGELES, United States, Jan 19 – Eric Gordon scored 30 points and James Harden added 10 in his return from injury as the Houston Rockets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-98 on Thursday.Harden was back in the lineup after missing seven games with a left hamstring strain and finished with 10 points on three-of-15 shooting. He played 26 minutes and also had seven assists, two steals and two blocks. Chris Paul had 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and Clint Capela added 20 points in the win. Houston has won 15 of the past 17 meetings with Minnesota, including a 10-game winning streak at home.Coming into the NBA contest, Harden was leading the league in scoring (32.3 points) and ranked third in assists (9.1). He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of a double-overtime victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on December 31.Harden also extended his streak of double-digit scoring games to 227, the second-longest active streak behind Cleveland’s LeBron James (834).Gordon’s three-pointer helped the Rockets finish the third quarter on a 16-4 run to take an 89-70 lead into the fourth with their largest advantage of the game.With Rockets forward Trevor Ariza sitting out the first part of a two-game suspension for a postgame locker room incident on Monday in Los Angeles, Luc Mbah a Moute started in Ariza’s spot, scoring 14 points.Along with Ariza, guard Gerald Green was also serving the first of a two-game suspension for the altercation with the Clippers.Jimmy Butler led Minnesota with 23 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns added 22 points and 16 rebounds and five blocks. Andrew Wiggins finished with 16 points.Elsewhere, Isaiah Thomas made two clutch free throws with 11 seconds remaining as Cleveland blew a 23-point lead but managed to hold on for a 104-103 win over the Orlando Magic.Cleveland’s James finished with 16 points and now needs 25 to become the seventh player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points. He’ll likely reach the milestone on Saturday when Cleveland hosts Oklahoma City.James committed six turnovers and went two of eight from the free-throw line on Thursday for Cleveland who earned just their fourth win in their last 13 games. Thomas finished with 21 points.“We know we’ve been struggling as of late,” James said. “We’re just trying to figure out how we can put two halves together.“We’ve got to keep pushing, keep watching film and seeing ways we can be better.”Cleveland guard Derrick Rose returned after missing more than two months with ankle injuries and scored nine points in 13 minutes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Errigal College’s annual P.L.C. Graduation Ceremony Picture Special: This year’s P.L.C. Graduation ceremony was held in Errigal College on Friday 1st Sept. This is an annual presentation of Q.Q.I. Level 5 certificates to the school’s P.L.C. students.Errigal College Principal, Mr Charlie Cannon opened this year’s Graduation by welcoming the graduates, their families and friends, members of the Board of Management, and special guest, Dr Martin Gormley, Co. Donegal E.T.B. Director of Schools. “We are here today to celebrate the achievement of the graduating P.L.C. students of 2015/‘16”. He congratulated them for “undertaking the challenge of returning to school and successfully completing” their various courses. He went on to explain that Q.Q.I. plays a very important role in Errigal College.Mr Cannon then congratulated and thanked Errigal College’s Q.Q.I. Coordinator, Mrs Michelle O’Reilly and her teaching team: “Well done on an excellent job!” He also stressed the commitment and hard work of Errigal College teacher and Q.Q.I. secretary, Mrs Elaine McGettigan and the Q.Q.I. coordinators. He also thanked the local employers in the Letterkenny area for providing work experience for Errigal College’s P.L.C. students every year.Guest of honour at the ceremony was Dr Martin Gormley, Co. Donegal E.T.B. Director of Schools. He began by thanking Mr Cannon and said that it was always a pleasure when he was given the “opportunity to recognise achievement”. Dr Gormley stated that Errigal College is unique because it provides both mainstream and P.L.C. education. He went on to thank the five coordinators of the P.L.C. courses, and he also thanked the teachers and all the ancillary staff in Errigal College. He paid particular tribute to Mrs Michelle O’Reilly for her hard work and dedication.He encouraged the graduates to go into the working world or into further education, explaining the “Errigal College has afforded you all with the opportunity to take another step forward”. He advised them all to go on and develop a reputation as a good worker: “Build a brand for yourself”.Many of the graduates have already taken the first step in this process, taking places in Level 7 courses, including Nursing, Social Care, Business and many others. Others have commenced work in areas as diverse as special needs assisting, sports coaching and healthcare.Sports, Recreation and Exercise graduate Patrick McHugh later explained how grateful the graduates are “for allowing us all the opportunity to take the next steps in our careers and in education”.Mr Cannon thanked Dr Gormley and before beginning the presentations he explained that 85% of Errigal College’s teaching staff are working with the P.L.C. students.Errigal College’s Q.Q.I. Level five P.L.C. courses are:Art, Craft & Design coordinated by Mrs Marie Crossan; Business Studies coordinated by Mrs Michelle O’Reilly;Early Childhood Care and Education coordinated by Ms Deirdre Markham;Nursing Studies coordinated by Ms Eimear Logue;Sports, Recreation and Exercise coordinated by Mr Sean Molloy. The Students of the Year in each course were:Art, Craft & Design – Paul McCaffrey;Business Studies – Liam Gillespie;Early Childhood Care and Education – Liam Callanan;Nursing Studies – Maira AhmedSports, Recreation and Exercise – Charlene Squires.Taylor Mae Lynch won this year’s overall student of the year. Mr Cannon spoke in glowing terms of her record as a mainstream student in Errigal College, as well as the 100% dedication she always showed to her P.L.C. course. She is about to start a Level 8 Intellectual Disability Nursing degree in L.Y.I.T.Errigal College would also like to thank Mr Eoghan Megannety for his excellent photography at these awards, as well as at many events during the school year.Errigal College’s Annual P.L.C. Graduation Ceremony – Picture Special was last modified: September 7th, 2016 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:educationerrigal collegeFeaturesgraduationnewsPLC