Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Service launched its second FET Fair of the year this week.With a new and improved format, focusing exclusively on its own Further Education and Training provision, the Fair is also taking place at a new time of the year, from 6-7 November.Having been held in January for the last fifteen years, moving it to its new November date cements a change of time for subsequent years. Donegal ETB’s FET Fair remains the county’s number one event to explore education and training opportunities, attracting over one thousand adults and young people each year. It takes place again in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny over two sessions.On Wednesday 6 November, from 7.00-9.00pm, the FET Fair is aimed exclusively at Leaving Certificate students and their parents/guardians, school guidance counsellors and Principals and at those currently working and seeking to upskill.The number of school leavers choosing FET as their first preference is increasing steadily. The ETB’s FET staff will provide information on Post Leaving Certificate (PLC), specific skills training courses, traineeships and apprenticeships and explain first-hand what the benefits of FET are.Whether young people want to earn while they learn, fast track their way into employment, or need a stepping stone into third level education with nationally and internationally recognised qualifications, Donegal ETB has it covered. Speaking about the evening session on 6 November, Donegal ETB’s Director of Schools, Dr Martin Gormley, said: “It is important that students and parents consider Further Education and Training (FET) as a possible pathway for progression. Graduates from apprenticeships, FET courses and Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) courses are rated highly by employers in areas such as team-working, commercial awareness and entrepreneurial skills.Feedback from employers is that they are most satisfied with FET graduates’ computer skills; their ability to work effectively with others; verbal communication; numeracy; and written skills.In terms of personal attributes, employers rate highly FET students’ work ethic; reliability; positive attitudes and ethical and social awareness. Many of the FET courses on offer now have increased participation in work placements and engaged learning opportunities. The modes of assessment used often have increased focus on student project work and problem-solving which is so relevant in the employment context.”This evening session will also provide information on an exciting new initiative for those who are currently working. Skills to Advance can provide those currently in work and looking to upskill with free or part-funded part-time training opportunities from Levels 4-6.Skills for Work is another training initiative for those in work. The programme is particularly targeted at low skilled workers who, without the opportunity to participate in this training, may not have the confidence to embrace change in the workplace. On Thursday 7 November from 10.00am-2.00pm, the Fair is open to those who are currently unemployed and want information on the wide range full and part-time education and training opportunities offered by Donegal ETB’s FET Service to help them get back into the workforce.Donegal ETB tutors and advisers will be available to talk through these opportunities. As the largest provider of FET in the county, the ETB offers a comprehensive range of opportunities with qualifications including QQI, City & Guilds and industry-specific certification that allow students to choose their next best step.Those attending can try their hand at augmented reality welding or speak to current students to find out first-hand what it’s like to undertake an ETB FET course.Donegal ETB’s Director of FET, Cróna Gallagher, said, “People should take the time on 6 and 7 November to find out how our FET Service can help them to go further in developing their skills and to find out about the many education and training options available throughout the county.” Many of Donegal ETB’s programmes are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. In 2018, over 11,000 FET students completed courses in more than 120 venues, making Donegal ETB the largest FET provider in the county, offering opportunities to retrain, upskill, get on the job work experience and progress onto further and higher education.For more information please contact Donegal ETB’s Adult Guidance and Information Service on 0749178088 or email [email protected] or visit them at 2nd Floor, McKendrick Place, Pearse Road, Letterkenny. Further updates on the 2019 FET Fair can be found on Donegal ETB’s website (www.donegaletb.ie/news) and Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts (@DonegalETB) between now and the Fair.New Donegal ETB further education fair to take place next month was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
In theory, a bullpen featuring Blake Treinen, Lou Trivino and Liam Hendriks (the current iteration) is one of the best in baseball.Add Jake Diekman — which the Oakland A’s did Saturday morning in a trade with the Kansas City Royals — and that bullpen transforms into a behemoth.Right now, this untouchable bullpen is just a barely tangible concept. Off his injury Treinen is still struggling with his command and Trivino is just finding his footing as the stable late-inning force he was not long …
Sanjeev SanyalIn his Budget speech, Arun Jaitley reiterated the NDA Government’s plan to build a hundred ‘smart cities’, presumably by upgrading and expanding existing towns and raising a few new urban centres. The finance minister also announced five new IITs, as many IIMs and four AIIMS-pattern institutions. Fine proposals except,Sanjeev SanyalIn his Budget speech, Arun Jaitley reiterated the NDA Government’s plan to build a hundred ‘smart cities’, presumably by upgrading and expanding existing towns and raising a few new urban centres. The finance minister also announced five new IITs, as many IIMs and four AIIMS-pattern institutions. Fine proposals except these will be seen as separate, mutually exclusive projects during implementation. That would be a pity, for these are inextricably linked. Universities, for instance, are critical to making cities successful. It is almost impossible to imagine Boston, US, without Harvard, MIT and other institutions clustered in and around the Boston-Cambridge area. In Britain, Oxford and Cambridge are vibrant towns largely because they host the two famous universities. Indeed, many global cities such as London and New York would be much diminished without LSE, LBS, Columbia University, NYU. Rather than being walled off from the rest of the two cities, these institutions are an integral part of their urban ecosystems.Newly successful cities such as Singapore too have invested heavily in universities, think tanks and research institutes, not just as centres for intellectual activity but as part of the wider urban ecosystem. Indeed, when the country’s government planned the Singapore Management University, it set it up in the middle of the city. The city benefits from the “urban buzz” brought by young people while the university profits from being close to state and corporate institutions. Contrast this with Indian planners’ idea of academic institutions: merely places for teaching students that have little direct link with the daily functioning of the city. This is so because they see town projects as mechanical silos and do not think in terms of organic ecosystems. Thus, universities built after Independence were housed in sealed-off campuses, often in remote places, that discourage interaction with the city. Modelled on a socialist-era factory township, their walls continue to isolate them socially and intellectually even where the cities have expanded to surround them. This is why Kanpur and Kharagpur benefit little from being home to a prestigious institution like an IIT. Even in Delhi and Mumbai, IITs are closed worlds. Before Independence, on the other hand, universities were seen as part of the urban fabric. The colleges of Bombay and Calcutta were built into the city much like those of London. Allahabad and Aligarh were driven largely by their vibrant universities, much like Oxford and Cambridge.advertisementWhenever I ask Indian officials and planners about ‘smart cities’, I get a laundry list of hardware infrastructure that is needed: state-of-the-art public transportation, smart power grids and so on.This is indeed important, but it overlooks the fact that cities are ultimately about people, not buildings. Successful cities are those that can cluster human capital and encourage innovation, creativity and exchange of ideas. To be ‘smart’, therefore, cities need both hardware and software. Universities are an essential part of this software. This is why great cities of the past-Athens, Florence, Constantinople, Rome, Alexandria, Ujjain, Varanasi-were almost always also great intellectual centres. They attracted talent, encouraged the churn of ideas and triggered innovation. Translated in modern terms, universities do not just attract young people to cities but provide venues for conferences, seminars, cultural and sporting events enabling human interaction that makes for lively urban clusters. Indian planners see town projects as mechanical silos and do not think in terms of organic ecosystems.Now that the Government has announced its intention to build new academic institutes, the focus will likely be on getting large tracts of land and constructing standalone buildings. If anything, success will be measured by how much land has been acquired. This is wasteful, and not just at one level. First, this approach requires unnecessary acquisition of productive farm and forest land. Why do we need hundreds of acres to educate a few thousand students? As Jaitley would know, his alma mater, Shri Ram College of Commerce, runs one of India’s top colleges on just 17 acres. There are many top-notch institutions around the world that operate from much less. Second, a standalone institute requires the creation of expensive infrastructure in isolated locations, including staff housing, convocation halls, seminar rooms and so on. But, how often will the convocation hall be used? In a city location, these facilities would have added to the overall urban infrastructure. Moreover, such remote campuses are inconsiderate of the social and career needs of the families of the faculty and staff, a major constraint to finding good faculty. We can’t envision universities as industrial-era factory townships where wives stay at home and children study in the company school. Finally, and most damagingly from an urban perspective, these isolated campuses are unable to add to the ecosystem. Students come and they leave, so human capital does not accumulate in the host city.The Government should, therefore, consider using new institutions to seed the ‘smart cities’. This would mean weaving new IITs, IIMs and AIIMSs into the surrounding urban fabric. This may look messy on a master plan drawing board but, on the ground, it would create cities that are vibrant and, indeed, smart.advertisement- Sanjeev Sanyal is an economist, writer and urban theorist
Similarly, Trinidad will need to break from Wednesday night’s defensive 4-5-1 formation to put some points up against Guatemala.We’ll be updating our predictions periodically throughout the CONCACAF tournament.Oliver Roeder contributed analysis.CORRECTION (Oct. 24, 4:37 p.m.): A previous version of this post included a table with an incorrect column header. The table lists the chances of placing third, not reaching the third-place game. The opening matches of the 2014 CONCACAF Championship were played on Wednesday, marking the start of the nine-month countdown to next summer’s Women’s World Cup. Although the focus Wednesday night was on the United States (six-time CONCACAF champions and the tournament’s host), the spotlight quickly shifted to the U.S. women’s opponent, Trinidad and Tobago. The Trinidadians managed to hold the Americans scoreless until the 55th minute, when Abby Wambach headed in her 171st international goal (the all-time record for any American player, male or female). The U.S. won 1-0.Up to five teams from the North American, Central American and Caribbean football associations might appear at next year’s World Cup. Only three CONCACAF teams played in the 2011 tournament (the U.S., Canada and Mexico). As next year’s host, Canada receives an automatic bid, which in turn allows for an “extra” CONCACAF spot. The top three teams from the CONCACAF Championship will automatically qualify. The fourth-place team will play in a two-game series against Ecuador, who placed third in the 2014 Copa América Femenina, to determine who goes to the World Cup.All of this to say that an otherwise unlikely CONCACAF team, like Trinidad and Tobago, could make its World Cup debut in 2015. But just how likely are the Soca Princesses to be one of the top four CONCACAF tournament teams?To calculate the expected wins and various probabilities for each team in the tournament, we used the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, which are based on a variant of our old friend the Elo ratings. FIFA provides a nice explanation of how to turn their ratings into win probabilities for a given matchup (though for group stage matches we had to adjust the formula a bit to account for the possibility of draws). Once we had the ratings and probabilities, we programmed a Monte Carlo simulation to run 1,000 simulations and track how well each team performed in the group stage, as well as how far it advanced in the knockout round.Despite last night’s disorganized formation and lack of finishing from the U.S. side, the Americans are still far and away the CONCACAF favorites, with a 95.5 percent chance of winning the tournament. Mexico is the next most likely team to win, but it has only a 3.8 percent chance. Trinidad and Tobago, on the other hand, has a less than 1 percent chance of winning.Below are the expected group points and win probabilities for every CONCACAF tournament team:Fortunately for Trinidad and Tobago, reaching the knockout round of the tournament is enough to give the team a shot at going to the World Cup, and it has a 51.2 percent chance of doing just that. Wednesday night’s quality performance, including 11 saves by Trinidadian goalkeeper Kimika Forbes, may bode well. Haiti sits just behind Trinidad in Group A, with a 45.3 percent chance of reaching the knockout round. Haiti also edged past Guatemala last night 1-0, despite going down a player in the 17th minute after goalkeeper Cynthia Chery was issued a straight red card.The Group B matches start Thursday night, with Costa Rica taking on top-seeded Mexico, and Jamaica playing Martinique (Martinique can’t qualify for the World Cup because it is not a member of FIFA, so we threw out the two simulations we ran where Martinique advanced). Mexico is the most likely team to advance from Group B, with a 94.4 percent chance, but Costa Rican standout Shirley Cruz Traña (who plays for the French club Paris Saint-Germain in one of the top women’s leagues) will likely be a major threat in Thursday’s game.The next Group A matches take place Friday, when the U.S. will resume play against Haiti. After Wednesday night’s performance, newly appointed head coach Jill Ellis may be looking to tweak a rather chaotic formation. The U.S. players veered from their typical 4-4-2 formation against the Trinidadians; Wambach sat in an attacking midfield spot but she often drifted forward, creating what looked almost like a 4-1-3-2 at times.
OSU PA announcer Bob Kennedy sits at the announcers’ table before a men’s basketball game against American Nov. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 63-52.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhile the more than 100,000 people who attend Ohio State’s football games are focused on the field during game time, there’s one voice that reaches out to all of them.That’s the voice of Bob Kennedy, the OSU public address announcer.“This is my 11th year doing football at Ohio State,” Kennedy said. “It’s an honor and a privilege — it really is.”Kennedy’s passion for radio and broadcasting started back in his early childhood, Kennedy’s first cousin Shelly Pfaub said. “He just wanted to do it since he was little.”As a child, Kennedy would try to talk like a radio announcer using pencils or Lincoln Logs as a make-believe microphone, she said, laughing.“I’m proud of him,” Pfaub added. “He has this booming voice.”Kennedy said his career in broadcasting “in one form or another” has been going on for more than three decades. He was born in Sunbury, Ohio, where the early beginnings of his career started.“I did some Little League games for a youth athletic association in Sunbury,” Kennedy said. “Sometimes you really have to yell at the top of your lungs ‘cause the PA system didn’t always work the way it should.”Kennedy graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication with a concentration on broadcasting from Otterbein College, where he also started working as a professional PA announcer for the school’s basketball games 24 years ago. It wasn’t long before he was doing the PA announcing for Otterbein’s marching band.Then 14 years ago, Kennedy expanded his services to OSU as a backup PA announcer.“I was just looking to fill in periodically. I wasn’t looking to do any sports on a regular basis per se,” Kennedy said. “I wound up doing three sports on a regular basis my first year.”Kennedy was the regular PA announcer for women’s ice hockey and soccer, as well as baseball during the 2000-01 academic year.The following year, after becoming the regular announcer for the men’s soccer team, Kennedy got his first taste as the announcer for OSU’s football games. The announcer at the time had to miss the game against Kent State, which conflicted with a religious holiday, Kennedy said.“They liked how I announced and everything,” he added. “They kind of liked my approach to how I did (it).”David Brown, the associate athletic director at the time, agreed.“He has the voice for (PA announcing), no question,” Brown said. “It wasn’t monotone … He was able to get excited about plays.”That was when the wheels started turning for Kennedy. In the spring of 2003, Kennedy received a call from Brown.“Dave says, ‘I know you’ve worked games at Otterbein. What I want you to do is check their football schedule, check our football schedule. See if there are any conflicts,’” Kennedy said. “So right now, I know something’s up … The next day I get another call and he says, ‘OK, the jig’s up — here’s what we want. We want you to take over doing announcing for Ohio State football on one condition: you do all the games or you do none at all.’”This posed a complication for Kennedy, who knew Otterbein might want the same privilege. He then called Dick Reynolds, the athletic director and men’s basketball coach for Otterbein at the time, who was out of town in New Orleans for the national coaches convention at the time.“He said, ‘You’d be a fool not to take this,’” Kennedy said, adding that there was one condition. “He says, ‘When you need to be at Ohio State and we have a football game here at Otterbein, you make sure that you have … our butt covered by having somebody in that press box doing the PA for our football games’ … and that’s the agreement we’ve had ever since.”During the 11 years as the regular PA announcer for Ohio State football, Kennedy said two moments especially stand out to him.The most memorable was his first game as a regular PA announcer where OSU was facing off against Washington.“The team was coming out of the tunnel right before the national anthem, and there was a sunset over the ‘Shoe that is just breathtaking,” Kennedy said. “I got cold chills. I literally got cold chills.”However, the 2006 Ohio State-Michigan game, when both teams held the top two spots in the BCS rankings, came in as a close second, he added.“If that game had gone overtime, I don’t think I would have any of my voice left,” Kennedy said. “I was losing my voice in the fourth quarter. I was carrying cough drops with me to keep my voice moist and loose, and I was out of cough drops by the end of the third quarter, so I was really hurt.”Since his time with OSU, Kennedy said he has done PA announcing for 20 of the 37 sports offered at the university as a regular or fill-in. In addition to PA announcing for Otterbein and OSU games, Kennedy works as a morning news anchor for 98.9 “The Answer” radio station and has been the PA announcer for the Columbus Clippers for almost 11 years.“Bob’s a great guy,” said Rich Hanchette, the former PA announcer for the Clippers and a motion graphic artist for the Cleveland Browns. “There’s only one person I knew I wanted to be my successor, and that’s Bob Kennedy.”Though he continues to work in the broadcasting field, Kennedy said there’s a lot of uncertainty in terms of his future.“As unstable and insecure as my line of work has become over the years, it is really difficult to say what you will be doing in five minutes, much less five years because things can change that quickly,” he said. “You’re pretty much forced to make your crystal ball look only one day in advance.”
Pundit Graeme Souness has blasted referee Anthony Taylor for not sending off Watford’s Etienne Capoue for a challenge on Wilfried Zaha.Etienne Capoue was shown only a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Wilfried Zaha, however, Souness disagreed with the referee’s decision and also hit out at the Watford player.“He (Capoue) set out to nail Zaha,” Souness told Sky Sports.“Just look where the referee is. What is he, three, four yards away from it? For the life of me, how does the referee not see that as a red card?“It tells me one of two things: he’s completely bottled it, or he doesn’t understand football.How Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“He (Capoue) is trying to hurt him badly. When you damage your Achilles tendon badly, which there was a real danger of happening there, you’re never the same player again.“The referee, for me… I find it so frustrating. You can’t just say he got it wrong. It’s not as if he has got an obscured view. It’s not as if it could be or might be a red card.“That is 100 per cent a red card. There’s leaving a bit on someone, and there’s real malice in that, trying to injure him for a long, long time.”Fellow pundits Jamie Redknapp and Alan Smith both agreed with Souness that Capoue should have been sent off for that challenge.
Arsenal must now allow a future captain in Aaron Ramsey to leave at the end of the season, says former midfielder Jack WilshereThe Wales international has spent a decade at the Emirates Stadium and is now regarded as one of the Premier League’s finest midfielders.But Ramsey’s current contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the season and talks have not progressed between either side.Latest reports indicate that Arsenal have reportedly withdrawn a new contract offer for Ramsey and are considering a January sale rather than allowing him to leave on a free transfer in the summer.Although Wilshere, who left the Gunners on a free transfer himself for West Ham in the summer, insists that they must do everything possible to retain Ramsey.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“For me, he’s a future Arsenal captain. I know he loves the club,” Wilshere told Islington Gazette.“It’s difficult for me to comment on because I’m not there but I do know he’s a great player – if it was me I know I would want to keep him around.“He’s a great guy to have around. He’s been at the club so long and knows it inside out. If you look at what he’s done for the club too.”Ramsey has managed 59 goals and 60 assists in 338 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal.
NBA star Dwayne Wade in TCI NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade Hosts Inspirational Summit For Turks & Caicos Youth Enid Capron Student To Star In A Public Service Announcement Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:dwayne wade, game changer, Michael robinson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Jan 2015 – It is now on YouTube and you can find it through Magnetic Media; the Game Changer video featuring the Turks and Caicos’ own, 11 year old Michael Robinson and three time NBA Champion, Dwyane Wade. Michael is a natural and the one minute video created by the Sandals Foundation, Game Changer and the Wade’s World Foundation is so well done, so naturally and beautifully Turks and Caicos the Magnetic Media team loves it. From young Michael in his bed being awaken by the sound of an alarm clock and announcement that D Wade is in town… to telling his father (Terrance Roberts) goodbye as he goes out to play basketball, to a shot of a herd of goats, Michael being towed on a bicycle, ‘hailing up’ some lovely young Clement Howell High school girls who are way too old for him by the way, to running by some older men playing dominoes in Blue Hills, to having fun with a sales lady at Kishco Music Man store down town. Young Michael, who was selected to be in the video with Wade by Beaches Resort Villages & Spa is dribbling at Sailing Paradise and drinking coconut water, he is on the newly refurbished Wheeland Basketball court and then in Five Cays with the man himself, D Wade who spent his honeymoon at Beaches Resort in Provo last year. The video was filmed at that time. Dwyane Wade is seen smiling and ready to play ball, one on one with Enid Capron Primary’s Michael Robinson, and Wade is lending his voice to the brilliant production. You’ve got to check it out… we’re sending it over our nine social media today; look for Magnetic Media. Recommended for you