Reaching for great goals after Youthreach

first_imgTwo local students are plotting their paths to college degrees after gaining an educational boost-up from Donegal ETB’s Youthreach programme.Jessica McMonagle (21) and Callum Hall (19) both completed the Youthreach education,  training and work experience programme after school didn’t quite work out the way they had planned. They used the two-year programme as a stepping stone into third level. Now, they are both on the Access Programme at LYIT and are looking forward to progressing into their dream courses next year. Youthreach is one of the many Further Education and Training (FET) programmes offered by Donegal ETB’s FET Service. Young people aged 16-20 who left school early and obtained little or no qualifications can benefit from the programme.Students gain a range of national Level 3 and 4 Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) awards during the programme, which are on the same level at the Junior and Leaving Certificates.Jessica and Callum both decided to do the Youthreach programme in the Lifford centre.Former Youthreach students Jessica McMonagle and Callum HallJessica, who is from Lifford, did not get the results she wanted from the Leaving Cert. When she turned 18, she applied for Youthreach and now has the results she needs as she works towards starting a Childcare degree. “Childcare is all I want to do,” Jessica told Donegal Daily. “I’m looking at a course here in LYIT next year.”Callum, who is from Coleraine, moved to Donegal after obtaining his GSCEs. “I never had a plan,” he said, “but I know I want to study something artistic or go into animation.” During Youthreach, students explore a wide variety of subjects including arts and crafts, computers, childcare, hairdressing, office skills, woodcraft and personal development. Jessica said she gained great insights from the work experience element: “I went to a playschool in Lifford, it was brilliant. I stayed with them for a month in July too, I loved it.” Meanwhile, Callum learned from his work experience in a cafe and convenience store.Looking back on the programme, Jessica said that the fun trips and events really stood out for her: “The summers at Youthreach are brilliant. During June we went to different places, we walked the Stairway to Heaven and climbed Errigal.”The learning element is not like school, the students said.  “The tutors and group are like a family. They don’t treat you like you’re in school, they treat you like a friend,” Jessica said.Callum added that he liked the way the course was assessed: “Instead of exams we had continual assessment and briefs every couple of days.”Callum recommends the course for young people who are not suited to school-style learning: “I would recommend it to people who go for the right reasons. For people who maybe had trouble in school and still want their qualifications. Youthreach lets you do it in a different way.”The course also provides a weekly training allowance to support students on the full-time programme.Jessica added that she gained more than certificates in the end: “It helped me with my confidence. I think it is a great base.”Both students found out about the LYIT’s Access course through their Youthreach guidance counsellor, Lochlainn McCool, who helped them apply for their next step.“Lochlainn helped us with everything to get us here,” Callum said.Thanks to Youthreach, both Callum and Jessica, and some of their former Youthreach classmates, are enjoying the beginnings of college life at LYIT and looking ahead to seizing more opportunities in the year to come.Donegal’s six Youthreach centres are now enrolling. If you, or someone you know, is thinking about joining the programme, you can find more information at this link: can also call the Youthreach Centres on the following numbers:Ballyshannon (Aidan) – 071 98 51286Buncrana/Glengad (Jayne) – 074 93 62626Gortahork (Caitriona) – 074 91 35218Letterkenny (Gillian) – 074 91 22585Lifford (Aidan) – 074 91 42114Check us out online!Facebook: DonegalYouthreachTwitter @DonegalYRYouTube: Donegal Youthreach ProgrammeYouthreach is co-funded by the Government of Ireland, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.Reaching for great goals after Youthreach was last modified: November 4th, 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:careersCollegeDonegal ETBeducationfurther educationlyit accessYOUTHREACHlast_img read more

Gift of the Givers 25 years of philanthropy: Dr Livan Meneses-Turino

first_imgIn a series of five articles, we share stories from Gift of the Givers volunteers in their own words as the organisation marks its 25th year of serving humanity. Dr Livan Meneses-Turino is an orthopaedic surgeon and in this, the final article, he describes Gift of the Givers as a family. He joined in 2010, and has never regretted serving mankind.Dr Livan Meneses-Turino with children he helped in the Philippines. (Image: Gift of the Givers)Sulaiman PhilipDr Livan Meneses-Turino: HOD of Orthopaedic Surgery in Northdale Hospital, PietermaritzburgWe are very often faced with decisions that are considered life or death. I hope and pray that those decisions are forgiven.In Haiti, we were faced with many casualties needing urgent attention. I remember a young man who had been trapped under the rubble. His left arm was severly damaged. Dr Duwayne Carlson, an American orthopaedic surgeon, spent the entire night trying to save his limb but could not stop the bleeding. My team mate, Dr Johnny de Beer, decided to perform an amputation of the patient’s upper limb to save his life. Carlson was devastated, but we prayed together and he came to understand that our mission involved the need to make aggressive decisions quickly to save lives.I came to South Africa from Cuba in 2001 as part of a programme to bring Cuban doctors to work in areas where doctors were scarce. My first mission with Gift of the Givers was to Haiti in 2010, and I’ve been a part of this family since then and have never regretted a single minute spent serving our fellow humans.In Palestine, volunteers got to teach surgical methods that had never been practiced there before, (Image: Gift of the Givers)I am a trauma doctor and orthopaedic surgeon, these are my modest skills, but I have been an assistant nurse, organiser, handyman. Like everyone else, I am there to do whatever is needed on a mission.Dr Meneses-Turino at work saving lives in Nepal. (Image: Gift of the Givers)If I am away from the hospital, whether I’m on holiday or abroad at conferences or congresses, I let Imtiaaz know so he can contact me in case of emergencies. My bags are always ready because I am among the first group that goes. I save my leave days to use for missions, but if I am called, my management board and colleagues are quick to back me. It is always difficult to leave our families behind but it is our duty to serve, and we could not do it without the help and understanding of the people around us.Its something I see with Gift of the Givers, we give without expecting anything in return. We serve, no we are blessed, to have a leader like Dr Sooliman who was sent from above. [He] is the most humble and dedicated person I have ever come across.I learnt in Haiti that to be succesful in what we do we need to be organised and prepared, and not just from a professional perspective but psychologically and spiritually as well, and Dr Sooliman is the calm centre that makes that possible.I pray that I am given the strength to continue to serve. Not only because we offer assistance where and whenever it is needed, but also because I learn so much and we leave behind a legacy. Going to Palestine in 2014 was one of the best things that has happened to me. There were 100 volunteers and I was one of only 10 that were allowed to enter. I was able to train Palestinian surgeon on how to do a pelvic surgery, a skill that had never been developed there.Dr Meneses-Turino in Nepal after the earthquake. (Image: Gift of the Givers)Another example came from our service in Nepal after the earthquake in 2015. When we arrived we found that surgeons were struggling with the number of casualties suffering from pelvic fracture injuries. Pelvic surgery is my sub speciality, so we decied the best way forward was to teach local surgeons how to treat this trauma. In the beginning we operated together with Nepalese surgeons, but soon they were doing cases on their own. I was at the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) Congress in Austria this year and saw a paper about pelvic and acetabular surgery  written by doctors from the Nepal Medical College Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu. That was such a heartwarming surprise.Our first profile was on medical co-ordinator, Dr YM Essack. Click here to read more.To find out how beekeeper, Owen Williams, has contributed to the organisation, click here.Emily Thomas, who works in logitistics at Gift of the Givers shares her story.Ahmed Bham is the head of search and rescue. Read his story here.The Gift of the Givers volunteers consider themselves part of one large family. (Image: Gift of the Givers)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Exceptional walleye hatch recorded for Lake Erie’s central basin

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Preliminary results from the fall trawl survey in Ohio’s portion of the central basin of Lake Erie show an exceptional hatch of walleye and an average hatch of yellow perch, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).The ODNR Division of Wildlife’s results from the 2018 survey indicate that young-of-the-year walleye catch rates were the highest recorded in the past 20 years of the central basin trawl survey (32 fish per hectare). This year’s results, combined with the excellent 2015 year-class, will ensure adult walleye abundance in the central basin will continue to increase.Trawl survey results for yellow perch indicate the hatch was the highest observed since 2014 (40 fish per hectare) and just below the long-term average (45 fish per hectare) for the central basin. In the individual management units, the western portion of the central basin (Huron to Fairport) index was 28 fish per hectare, below the average of 42 per hectare. The index in the eastern portion of the central basin (Fairport to Conneaut) was 51 fish per hectare, above the average of 41 per hectare.Because of low oxygen conditions that are often present in the central basin, trawl surveys are conducted later in the year than in the western basin of Lake Erie. Annual trawl surveys assess fish communities from Vermilion to Conneaut. Specific target species for the fall surveys include young-of-the-year and yearling yellow perch and walleye. Ohio central basin survey results, along with data collected by agencies from New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada, provide biologists with an initial estimate of how many young fish will enter the fishable population two years later.During the upcoming months, assessment data from all Lake Erie agencies will be combined to estimate the hatches and population size of walleye (lakewide) and yellow perch (individual basins) of Lake Erie. These estimates will be utilized in the process to determine jurisdictional quotas.Information on the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s Lake Erie research and management programs, fisheries resources, fishing reports, maps and more are available at read more

A Production Builder Offers Net-Zero-Energy Homes

first_imgBack in January of this year, during the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida, KB Home unveiled a prototype model, the KB Home GreenHouse, with the following advertising slogan: “An Idea Home Created with Martha Stewart.” Beyond its traditional look and amenities intended to evoke the Martha Stewart style, the builder promoted the home’s main performance feature: net-zero-energy operation.KB Home has since begun incorporating net-zero-energy performance into its production scheme through an initiative called ZeroHouse 2.0. The idea is to combine energy-efficiency measures with a photovoltaic (PV) system.The first ZeroHouse 2.0 models are being rolled out this week in Tampa, Florida, and in San Antonio and Austin, Texas. The company says that the ZeroHome 2.0 option will be introduced in more KB Home communities in 2012.Since the GreenHouse debut, KB Home has edged further into the energy-efficient home market with a commitment to build all its homes to meet the current Energy Star standard. In February, the company announced that it would provide an Energy Performance Guide (EPG) – essentially a “mileage sticker” estimate of monthly energy costs – for each model it offers. EPG energy costs are calculated via the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index, which uses as its reference a comparable home built to the specifications of the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code. Such a home would have a HERS rating of 100, and HERS Index scores below 100 indicate greater energy efficiency.A regional take on ZeroHouseThe ZeroHouse 2.0 model built in the Tampa area earned a HERS rating of -5, meaning its 5.9-kW PV system is expected to generate surplus electricity when the home is in normal use. Whether that actually happens will depend on occupant behavior. The house is cooled by a 19 SEER Carrier heat pump. It also is equipped with a Rainwater Hog modular rainwater collection system, which can be used for landscape irrigation as well as an emergency water supply for the home’s occupants.Bringing a KB Home in the Tampa area to the ZeroHome 2.0 adds about $50,000 to the cost of the house, though the up-charge varies from market to market, company spokeswoman Cara Kane tells GBA. Energy Star-rated homes in the company’s Emerald Oaks subdivision just east of Tampa, range in price from $148,990 for a 1,443-sq.-ft. three-bedroom to $203,990 for a 3,512-sq.-ft. home with three to six bedrooms.last_img read more

Couple claims Geeta as daughter

first_imgAfter External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj appealed recently to the public for help in locating the parents of Geeta, who was brought back after having inadvertently crossed over to Pakistan as a child, and earn ₹1 lakh as a reward, a couple in Bihar have claimed that she is their lost daughter. A couple from Alinagar village, Ramswaroop Choudhury and Chinta Devi, have claimed that Geeta is their daughter Puja, who had gone missing from a railway station when they were returning home from Karnal in Haryana. They said they were working as labourers at a brick kiln in Karnal. The incident had happened about a decade ago, they said. “If I or my wife come face to face with Geeta, she would certainly recognise us,” said Ramswaroop. He said Geeta had a tattoo and a cut mark on her head. Some of Ramswaroop’s neighbours, too, confirmed that Geeta resembled him, when she was seen on TV. Ramswaroop said he came to know about Geeta’s return when a relative at Asansol in West Bengal told him about Ms. Swaraj’s appeal. “I saw the image on TV and recognised my lost daughter…she is Puja,” he said.last_img read more

Vehicle insurance could be linked to road safety

first_imgYour annual vehicle insurance premium could well depend on your driving habits as the transport department is looking for ways to improve road safety in the state and reduce the number of accidents and fatalities. State Transport Commissioner Shekhar Channe told journalists at a Road Safety Workshop on Tuesday that providing incentives for good driving practices in the form of lower insurance premiums can be looked at. “For the first time there’s a dedicated agency looking at road safety and the transport department will work on a war footing to reduce the road accidents in the State by at least 10% next year,” Mr. Channe said. The requisite infrastructure for implementing such an idea — the VAHAN database, a record of all offences and accidents — was there and all that was needed was to link it with data from insurers and the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority. “There is already a serious issue with regard to motorists not having vehicle insurance, especially with private vehicles,” he said. Maharashtra witnessed 13,059 fatalities in road accidents in 2018, which was 4 % higher than 2017. Mr. Channe said the traffic police has started taking strict action against offenders They have already suspended driving licenses of more than 13,000 drivers for breaching traffic rules across Maharashtra.During the session speakers said that basic road safety practices such as wearing a seat belt or a helmet would go a long way to reduce fatalities. “The helmet should be part of a two-wheeler. They should make modifications to it so that there is space for riders to keep two helmets,” Vijay Patil, Superintendent of Police, Highway Police, Maharashtra, said. He added that according to the law it is the responsibility of the dealer to provide a helmet along with the two-wheeler and people should demand it while buying one.last_img read more

A US Ride-sharing App For Helicopters Is Expanding Its Operations To India

first_imgBlade, which launched a service between Manhattan and the Hamptons in 2014, has announced it will connect the Indian city of Mumbai with heliports at the city of Pune and religious site of Shirdi.Working with local partners Hunch Ventures, Blade will start the service in March and claims passengers will be able to swap traffic-strewn eight-hour drives into trips as short as 35 minutes.Read it at CNBC Related Itemslast_img

London Olympics: How Deepika became India’s big hope, and biggest disappointment

first_imgBefore the 2012 Olympics, there was a buzz around Deepika Kumari. The young girl from Ranchi was being talked about as one of India’s standout medal hopefuls. Even MS Dhoni, the Indian cricket captain, who also hails from Ranchi, was rooting for her. In fact, some believed that a spot on the podium was a given.The hype was perhaps justified. After all, Deepika did have the world number one tag on her bow. She had won a medal at every event that she had entered in the past few months. She was, on paper, the woman to beat in London.But all the hopes were shattered in the first few days of the archery competition in the iconic fields of the Lord’s cricket ground. Deepika flopped big time in the team event. The faithfuls termed it a blip. She would show her mettle in the individual competition, they claimed.On came the singles event. India watched with hope and anticipation. However, the result was disappointing again. In many ways, worse than what it was in the team competition.So what went wrong? Did form desert Deepika? Did the conditions play traunt with her? Or was she just not good enough?Over the last few days, it has become clear that the last, rather harsh, criticism is what the Indian contingent might have to come to terms with.Experts suggest that Deepika’s world number one ranking, which eventually led to a host of expectations, was simply an eyewash. Although the Indian shot well in various events in the run up to the London Olympics and made the most of her chances, many believe the performances didn’t quite merit the kind of climb that she had in the rankings.advertisementThose in the know of archery claim that Deepika’s ascent came about because other top competitors around the world stopped competeing in ranking tournaments and concentrated on the Olympics. Yes, Deepika was the number one in a list on a computer, but still no match for the best in real terms.What made matters worse was the Indian archer’s inexperience at the big stage. Participating in the Olympic Games is always a daunting prospect for any athlete. Deepika turned out to be no different. She clearly felt the jitters with every arrow she shot in this arena of champions — nerves got the better of her.To some extent, the weather too played a part in giving Deepika cold feet. The grey and damp mornings in London weren’t quite to her liking and it showed through the competition.In hindsight, the hype around Deepika may have turned out to be over the top. But the truth is, she is better than the bracket — first round loser — she finds herself in. Age is on her side and with some tough lessons learnt, she can surely return stronger in Rio in four years.last_img read more


first_imgThe 29-year-old Lahiri is making his fourth appearance at The 29-year-old Lahiri is making his fourth appearance at The Open where he enjoyed a tied 31st outing in his debut in 2012 which included a magical hole-in-one during the third round and equal 30th last year. “The Open is truly a special tournament,” said Lahiri. “Ive had a couple of decent outings but feel like I missed out both times on a top-10 finish. Hopefully Troon suits my eye and I can play consistently throughout the week. A top-10 or better would be my goal this year.” From the time he holed out his tee shot for the ace in 2012 and celebrated exuberantly with caddie and father who was watching from the galleries, Lahiri has cherished the challenge of links golf, which he hopes will spark his return to top form. Playing his rookie season on the PGA Tour in the United States, Lahiri has missed only four cuts from 17 starts, but has only registered one top-10 finish to his name. Competing on a new golf course every week has been his biggest challenge. “Its been a very slow and sluggish season. I have been inconsistent and have got off to good starts on a few occasions only to have a disappointing weekends. Its frustrating when your A game feels right around the corner but does not show up as frequently as you would like,” he said. Lahiri is also hoping to shine again at the PGA Championships where he announced his arrival on the global stage with an impressive top-five finish last year. With a crowded schedule, Lahiri will place importance in keeping his energy levels at a sustainable pace. “My coach was in America for two weeks to work on all aspects of the game and sharpen it up for the Majors and the Olympics. Hopefully I can pace myself just right to peak during the Majors and Olympics. Thats the goal,” he said. “There can be no greater joy than hearing your name as the Champion Golfer of the Year! added the Indian. PTI Cor SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus render reveals full-screen display, dual rear camera setup

first_imgXiaomi is working on the Redmi 5 series that will likely see the launch of the Redmi 5, Redmi Note 5 and Redmi 5A in the coming months. Earlier this month, we saw a hands-on look of an alleged Redmi 5 Plus, which could also be the Redmi Note 5, that showed a near bezel-less display and a dual rear camera setup. Now, a fresh render of the smartphone backs the design and suggests Xiaomi is ready to bring edge-to-edge displays to its mid-range lineup. The new Redmi 5 Plus render was revealed by GizChina via Chinese social media site Weibo. The image is in line with the hands-on picture we saw earlier this month. Notably, the handset highlights narrow bezels on the top and bottom of the display. Over on the back, the smartphone is shown to sport two cameras vertically aligned around the centre. The fingerprint sensor is placed below the LED flash. The right side will see the power button and volume controls. Interestingly, the rear design is quite similar to the Redmi Note 4, which makes it likely that what we are seeing is the Redmi Note 5 rather than Redmi 5 Plus.  If the render is true, the Redmi 5 Plus could be offered in Black. A Grey colour option is also likely based on the hands-on image from earlier this month.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus hands-on images leaked, shows thin bezels and dual camerasFrom what we know so far, the Redmi 5 Plus (or Redmi Note 5) will sport mid-range specs that includes a Snapdragon 625 or 630 SoC, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with microSD card support for expandability. As per past rumours, the handset could sport a 5.9-inch FHD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. This would make it the first Redmi smartphone to sport a near bezel-less display.  advertisementThe dual camera setup seen on the back will likely comprise of a 16-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor. The cameras may support a bokeh mode, but there is no information as of as to the functionalities of the dual cameras. The Plus-sized handset could sport a large 4000mAh battery. There is no word on when Xiaomi plans to unveil the Redmi 5 Plus, but given the frequency of the leaks, we could see a launch before the year ends.last_img read more