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Fears over N.Korea attack during Winter Games an ‘exaggeration’

first_imgView comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Lee Hee-Beom, president of the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic Games (POCOG), speaks during the unveiling of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic medal in Seoul on September 21, 2017. The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 medals were officially unveiled on September 21, with features of the Korean alphabet consonants on their bodies. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-JeWith little more than 100 days to go before the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, chief organizer Lee Hee-Beom has dismissed fears of a potential attack by the nuclear-armed North as an “exaggeration.”Several countries have expressed concerns about the Pyeongchang Games, which will take place in February just 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which divides the Korean peninsula.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Koreans are “late buyers”, he said, predicting a last-minute surge — and if it does not materialise, the authorities will step in.“I am confident to achieve the full stadia,” said Lee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Pyongyang has been defying UN resolutions against its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes for years, but Lee said this situation was “quite different”.“North Korea violated resolutions against one country but if they do anything it’s a violation against all the world,” he said.Lee spoke to AFP in his office in Pyeongchang before flying to Greece to collect the Olympic flame, kindled from the sun’s rays at the ancient temple of Hera in Olympia.The flame will arrive in South Korea on Wednesday — 100 days before the opening ceremony — before being taken on a 2,018-kilometre relay through the country, avoiding both North Korea and the DMZ truce village of Panmunjom.Whether the North will participate in the Games in Pyeongchang, a largely rural area of rolling hills dotted with wind farms, remains open to question.It boycotted the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and officials in Pyongyang have told AFP that no final decision has been made.Two North Korean figure skaters are so far the only athletes from the country to qualify for the Games, and while others could do so in cross-country and short-track competitions running until January, their prospects are believed to be poor.As a result, Lee said, the IOC will consult with international sporting federations over wild card entries to enable more North Koreans to take part.Ticket bail-outA North Korean presence would add to the safety and security of the Games, he added, but he did not expect Pyongyang to make a decision until the last minute. North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test in September — by far its most powerful yet — and has lobbed missiles over Japan into the Pacific, while trading insults and threats of war with Washington.But Games chief Lee Hee-Beom told AFP that worries about a possible attack on Pyeongchang were overblown, and although contingency plans are in place, he does not believe they will be needed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Korea was not divided yesterday, Korea was divided since 1945,” the president of the Pyeongchang Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (POCOG) said in an interview.The South has held several “very safe and secure sports events”, he said. “Pyeongchang is not the exception,” he added, calling fears of an attack “a kind of exaggeration”. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “Those who respect peace should participate and can participate in the Olympic Games,” he said. “North Korea is not the exception.”Lee added that South Korea’s education ministry, regional authorities and banks had agreed to buy hundreds of thousands of tickets to fill up the Games venues, if domestic sales continue to disappoint.The 22 members of South Korea’s banking federation would take around 40,000 tickets if necessary, he said, with local governments committing to 120,000 and the education ministry almost 200,000 for distribution to students and teachers.Over the two weeks of the Games, 1.18 million tickets are available, with 180,000 sold internationally so far.With the host country a long way from the traditional winter sports markets of Europe and North America, attendance by South Koreans will be crucial.Domestic sales are strong for blue-riband events such as ice hockey finals, and sports traditionally popular in South Korea, such as short track, speedskating, and figure skating.But for disciplines such as luge and cross country skiing, they are weak, raising the embarrassing prospect of images of empty seats being beamed around the world.“We found big gaps between high demand and low demand,” acknowledged Lee.South Koreans have bought little more than 160,000, and at the current rate of about 3,000 per week it would take four years to sell out their allocation.But Lee insisted: “It is not the calculation.” Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Bundit stays as Ateneo coach France, Germany and Austria have raised concerns over the safety of their athletes during the Games, while Britain has drawn up evacuation plans in case of an emergency.The International Olympic Committee moved to quash speculation that the event could be cancelled or moved by pledging its “full support” to the Games at a summit last week.Wild cardLee pointed to previous major sporting events in the country, such as the 1988 Seoul summer Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, that passed off without a hitch — the latter despite a clash between the navies of North and South off the island of Yeonpyeong.The United Nations will also pass an Olympic truce resolution in November calling for a cessation of conflicts before and during the Games, he added.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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2 Rings! Astros’ Carlos Correa makes post-title proposal

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Correa and Rodriguez are living together in Houston with a beautiful puppy named Groot. Correa, the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year, had five homers and 14 RBIs in an outstanding postseason, capped by eight hits in the World Series, including two homers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I knew we had championship potential, so I decided to hold out until the last game of the season,” Correasaid.Rodriguez said yes, once she regained the ability to speak.While Correa went to the clubhouse to spray champagne, Rodriguez gleefully flashed the huge ring to her fellow Astros wives and girlfriends, including Justin Verlander’s partner Kate Upton.Rodriquez said she’ll need a while to get over the shock.“Everyone knew besides me,” Rodriguez said. “I’m really good at finding stuff out. Every time I had a surprise birthday party, I would always find out. So I was literally in just the complete dark about this. Everyone knew but me.”ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? SMC group stands by Narvasa, questions move by ‘renegade’ PBA governors Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES The proposal from her boyfriend of over a year completely surprised Rodriguez, a former Miss Texas USA.“He had been so focused on the game,” Rodriguez said. “All he ever talked about was winning the World Series, so I never really thought something like this would be on his mind, so when it all went down, I was just shocked.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogShe also had no idea Correa had been urged to put a ring on it by his mother, and he was plotting a proposal for several weeks. Even Correa’s teammates were in on the scheme: Carlos Beltran, the Astros’ 40-year-old slugger, helped the 23-year-old shortstop pick out the ring.Correa said he gambled and waited for a dramatic finale to the Astros’ first championship year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Daniella Rodriguez, former Miss Texas shows off her engagement ring after Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa purposed after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — Carlos Correa and Daniella Rodriguez both left Dodger Stadium with rings.The Astros shortstop proposed to his girlfriend on live television moments after Houston earned its World Series title with a 5-1 victory in Game 7 on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Lindener on $20,000 bail for assault

first_imgA Lindener was granted ,000 bail by Magistrate Clive Nurse on Tuesday on a charge of assault.Ornoghue Simon, 41, was charged with unlawfully assaulting Donneka Archibald at Richmond Hill, Mackenzie, Linden on April 9.He pleaded not guilty to the charge and will make his next court appearance on May 18.last_img

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NPA Indicted Officials Free on US$1.2M Bail

first_imgSuspended National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Matilda Parker and her Controller, Christina K. Paelay, will remain free while they decide whether to cooperate with the government or fight what prosecutors have called the biggest ever criminal scheme discovered in the country.Judge Peter Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice allowed Parker and Paelay, who served the port for several years, to remain free on a US$1.2m bond secured on their behalf by the Family Dollar Universal Insurance on Tuesday, while the case continues.Prosecutors accused Parker and Paelay of designing a criminal scheme whereby they awarded two sole-source contracts without the approval of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) to co-defendant Deneah M. Flomo and his Denmat Enterprise on behalf of the NPA from 2011 to 2012.The alleged contracts were for co-defendant Flomo to remove wreckage from the port of Greenville, Sinoe County, and the provision of security consultancy at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and Greenville at the agreed priced of US$500,000 and US$300,000 respectively.The accused further made fraudulent payment of funds from the NPA’s accounts to co-defendant Flomo for expertise, which amounted to US$837,950.They will face many years behind bars if they are convicted.Surprisingly, the bond secured by the insurance company does not explicitly identify the time they will appear before the Court neither did it restrict their movements in and out of the country.Instead, it read, “the condition of this bond is such that the insurers shall appear before the Honorable Court and hereafter from day to day to answer all charges for economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy until they are duly discharged from said crimes.”It further said, “If convicted of said crimes they will surrender unto the custody of the Honorable Court to undergo the full sentence of the law and their presence shall become null and void or otherwise to remain in full and effect.”“It continues, “They would appear before the Honorable Court on the ——day of ———-AD 2015, at the hour of ________.” No specific date of their appearance in court was written on the bond sheet.But, several legal experts who spoke with the Daily Observer expressed fears that if the case is delayed there is a likelihood that the defendants may flee the country, “because there is no provision in the bond to restrict the defendants’ movements.”They also raised the issue of whether the insurance company has the financial muscle to pay back the over US$800,000 allegedly misapplied by the defendants, if they were to jump bail as happened in the First International Bank (FIB) US$1.2m theft case in which the defendants escaped.In that case the defendants were charged in 2010. Unfortunately, their case was scheduled for hearing in 2015, which the legal experts argued that the prolonged delay on the part of government to prosecute those defendants caused them to escape the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Military expanding its first West Coast amputee center

first_imgInjuries like that would once have ended military service, but not now. Between 17 percent and 20 percent of amputees remain on active duty, compared with just 3 percent in the Vietnam War, Harsch said, and there is a good chance Jacobs will be able to rejoin a Marine squad. “Is it realistic? Absolutely,” said Harsch, 36, who has been fine-tuning Jacobs’ prosthetic leg. “You never know how somebody is going to do; the heart and the will overpower pretty much anything.” After eight months of surgeries and excruciating pain, Jacobs was told his shattered left heel would never again bear weight. He decided to amputate his leg below the knee. “They said that I would walk better on a prosthetic on my worst day than I would on the best day if they saved my leg,” said Jacobs, of Steamboat Springs, Colo. Within days of his amputation, Jacobs took his first steps. Fitted with a super-light carbon-fiber leg, Jacobs can now run. His new foot flexes to preserve more kinetic energy than older devices. SAN DIEGO – Where some see scarred stumps and horrific wounds, Peter Harsch sees carbon-fiber feet, hydraulic legs and bionic knees. Harsch became the Navy Medical Center San Diego’s first full-time prosthetist last fall as part of the military’s push to treat hundreds of troops who have lost arms and legs in Iraq and Afghanistan. He heads the military’s first major amputee center on the West Coast and only its third in the country. The department houses 17 patients, but will expand to 40 beds by July and, depending on demand, may grow to 100 beds. It’s a key part of a unit the Navy is building to treat traumatic brain injury, serious burns, combat stress and other debilitating battlefield injuries. Petty Officer Third Class Daniel Jacobs’ legs were shredded and his hands lacerated in a roadside bomb attack in Ramadi in February 2006. Two Marines in his Humvee died. His hands healed, Jacobs, 21, is now focused on returning to Iraq. Despite his wounds and a phantom nerve pain from where his leg once was, that’s the only place he wants to be. “I just miss being with my guys,” he said. Army figures show that 571 U.S. servicemen and women lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan as of April 1. About two-thirds are from the Army and much of the rest are Marines. More than 100 lost more than one limb. The Navy expanded the amputee treatment center at its San Diego hospital to let injured West Coast servicemen be closer to their families. The military’s two other main centers are at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and Brooke Army Medical Center in Houston. After graduating from California State University, Dominguez Hills, in prosthetics in 1998, Harsch worked as a private clinician, then at a prosthetics company. When the war in Iraq began, he started consulting for the military and was offered the Navy hospital position. Harsch said accepting the job was a no-brainer. He knew he could focus on patients instead of wrangling with insurance companies over expensive prosthetics. Several patients have lost both legs at a replacement cost of $120,000, a figure that many insurers would balk at. Wars unleash money for technological advances. In the last four years, Harsch has seen a surge in development of artificial limbs. One innovation is the bionic knee. The $80,000 device has an internal motor that enables the wearer to stand up more easily and walk up stairs. Microprocessor knees mimic a wearer’s natural gait and make constant adjustments as terrain and walking speed change. Harsch’s arsenal includes electronic arms that the wearer controls by firing specific muscles in their stump. Harsch is not an amputee but his life has long been entwined with those who have lost limbs. He competed last year in the “The Amazing Race” television show with a woman who has an artificial leg. He coaches for the U.S. Paralymics team. His patients include Army Spc. Alroy Billiman, who lost his right arm in November when the Humvee he was driving struck a roadside bomb in Iraq’s Al Anbar province. Billiman, 27, is learning how to fire the muscles in the stump of his myoelectric arm. “I just want to be a productive citizen,” said Billiman. He plans to move to New Mexico. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Brave little Timmy gets set of prosthetic hooves

first_imgThis beautiful baby foal only came into the world just over a month ago, but has already proved to his carers at Donegal Donkey Sanctuary that he is a tough little fighter with lots of courage.Timmy was been born with a deformity and his hind legs were bent and twisted, preventing him from standing or feeding normally. He had quite a severe problem with tendons around the fetlock area.The staff at the sanctuary have stopped at nothing to help Timmy on his journey to good health, and he has come on leaps and bounds. Unfortunately Timmy had a setback two weeks ago when the vet discovered that tendons in one of his legs tightened, causing the ball to become unaligned with the socket joint.To help him with this, the farrier has fitted Timmy with a new set of prosthetic shoes which are glued to his tiny hooves using a special adhesive.Timmy and his vetThe vet is hoping that his new shoes will raise his back legs into a normal position and hold them there, and with time his right leg will strengthen and the tendons will tighten. Donegal Donkey Sanctuary said;”Timmy was very relaxed when they were being fitted and even managed to ‘nod off’ during the process!”“Our vet contacted University College Dublin in order to get a second opinion on his X-rays and current situation and they confirmed that these correctional shoes are the best option for him at the moment.”Here’s a video of Timmy showing off his new high heels. If you’d like to help this brave little foal you can donate here. You can also check out Donegal Donkey Sanctuary’s Facebook page for updates on him.Brave little Timmy gets set of prosthetic hooves was last modified: September 4th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:cutedonegal donkey sanctuarydonkeyfoallittle timmyprosthetic hooveslast_img read more

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DONEGAL COUNTY BOARD CONFIRMS €17,800 STOLEN FROM ITS BANK ACCOUNT

first_imgTHE DONEGAL County Board has tonight confirmed that €17,800 was stolen from its bank account during the summer.An official said thieves had hacked into the Board’s details and transferred the money into an account in England.The money was then withdrawn from the English account. The incident is believed to have happened in early August and an investigation involving both Gardai in Letterkenny and police in Reading has been under way “for some time.”It’s not clear if the Bank of Ireland is liable for the transfer. DONEGAL COUNTY BOARD CONFIRMS €17,800 STOLEN FROM ITS BANK ACCOUNT was last modified: November 13th, 2013 by John2Share 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:bank accountdonegal county boardtheftlast_img read more

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LETTERKENNY TRI-ATHLETES SHINE THROUGH AT ANNUAL LIAM BALL EVENT

first_imgSunday past saw the 26th Liam Ball sprint triathlon take place at the templemore sports complex on the outskirts of Derry City. It was a great day for the Letterkenny club and its members who travelled in numbers to take part in the event.With weather conditions almost perfect a number of athletes shone through and came to the fore in their respective age groups and categories.Alan Mitchell was first home for the Letterkenny based club, finishing in 3rd place overall and 1st place in his age group in a time of 1.05.40 getting himself off to a great start for this coming season providing a platform from which to build on over the coming summer months. Margret Kelly, seems to be back to her best, finishing in 2nd place overall and 1st in her age group with a time of 1.18.11 which will more than make more up for the disappointment of Limavady a couple weeks ago. Other club members Ben George, Padraig Mitchell, Mark Nicholls, Lee Davies, Paul O Gara and Nick Fowell also had good performances finishing in the top 50 on this tough course in a field full of talented athletes from across the country.Siobhan Gallgher who was competing in her first triathlon and Bronagh O Gara also finished very positively with excellent performances placing themselves in the top 10 female finishers, which will no doubt give themselves great confidence for the coming season.David Gallagher, Adrian Mc Gettigan, Kevin Hennessey competed well and will be happy with their performances on the day, congratulations also goes out to Cathal Roarty and Niall Mulrine on completing their first tri, which will hopefully be the first of many.This was a great display by individual athletes as many of the club are only in their 2nd competitive season, and is testament to the attitude and dedication of everyone. The benefits of the tough winter training are finally starting to show for everyone. The next outing for most athletes is Athy county Kildare this coming weekend, on what is thought to be the best tri course in the country, here’s hoping that we see some more great performances and the club can continue to take huge leaps forward in its development, and build on it’s reputation as one of the best up and coming clubs in the country.The club would also like to wish its chairman Gavin Crawford all the best as he takes part in the Army European Triathlon Championships in Holland this Wednesday.Pic Caption: Margret Kelly in action on Sunday in the Liam Ball Sprint Triathlon, on her way to victory in her AG and second place overall.LETTERKENNY TRI-ATHLETES SHINE THROUGH AT ANNUAL LIAM BALL EVENT was last modified: May 30th, 2011 by gregShare 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:letterkenny 24/7last_img read more

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UPDATED: CLOUD? WHAT CLOUD? NORTHERN LIGHTS ON DISPLAY OVER INISHOWEN!

first_imgUPDATED: THIS is the latest incredible scene over Inishowen tonight – as the Northern Lights displays continue.Despite Met Eireann forecasts, the clouds parted as the Aurora lit up the night sky.The picture – taken by John McCandless – was over Ballyliffin. Solar storms which cause the Northern Lights are offering the best chance in five years for viewings – but Met Eireann is predicting cloud and mizzle overnight for Donegal, hitting the chances for viewing them.As donegaldaily.com reported three days ago after an Aurora Alert from Donegal Skies, this particular solar storm would make viewing the lights at lower latitudes here in Ireland much more likely.The powerful solar storm is bombarding Earth’s magnetic field, say scientists.Two solar flares (explosions) on the Sun’s surface have sparked the biggest magnetic storm the Earth has experienced in five years. A huge cloud of solar particles is speeding through space towards us and could disrupt power grids, and some planes may have to change their routes around the polar regions.It might affect satellites too, sending sat nav systems haywire!The storm is not harmful to humans though.Send your pix to info@donegaldaily.com UPDATED: CLOUD? WHAT CLOUD? NORTHERN LIGHTS ON DISPLAY OVER INISHOWEN! was last modified: March 9th, 2012 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:UPDATED: CLOUD AND MIZZLE HITTING CHANCES OF NORTHERN LIGHTS VIEWSlast_img read more

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Doing the Business: How Paul secured his IT ambitions

first_imgDOING THE BUSINESS: Donegal Daily in conjunction with the ETB will be profiling a number of individuals and businesses who have successfully graduated from one of the many training programmes ETB has to offer.As the ETB launch their latest diverse range of courses, Donegal Daily spoke with Paul Carr from Glenties. Paul trained as an IT Technician with the Donegal ETB, which led him to do a third level course at the LYIT and gain employment at Pramerica in Letterkenny.Before taking on the course, Paul had been working on the pier of Killybegs ever since leaving school. He decided to study IT in 2012, and was amazed by the doors it opened up for him. “My prior knowledge in IT before doing the course was fixing computers for friends and family,” he said. “The course started from the very beginning and progressed, and by the end there was a lot of knowledge to be gained from it.”The 47 week level six FETAC course ran on a full-time basis and covered a lot of topics in the IT sector, including A+ and Network+. Paul gained such a depth of knowledge about one particular subject, CompTIA Network+, that he is now teaching classes on it at Pramerica.Paul went on to study Computer Security and Digital Forensics at the LYIT after finishing the course, and as a result of his qualification with the ETB, he was able to bypass the first year of the degree.Pramerica accepted Paul onto a 10-week internship when he was six months into his studies at LYIT. He recalls being in competition with third and fourth year students for the placement, but puts his acceptance down to his extra ETB qualification. “I must have done something right at Pramerica, because they allowed me to progress into my final year part-time and work with them too,” he said. Paul graduated from the LYIT last week.Paul now works as a web application pen tester (ethical hacker) at Pramerica. “I’m very happy in my work and I love my job. Working in security changes everyday. Unlike with programmers, tomorrow when I come into work it could be different than today,” he said.“The course was how I got to where I am today,” Paul said, “it was probably one of the best courses I did in my life, and I would definitely recommend it.”For people considering studying IT with the ETB, Paul recommends that they go down to talk to staff. He remains in contact with his past teachers and visits them to discuss networking while he teaches the subject himself at Pramerica.The approachable staff at the ETB will help prospective students with any questions, he said. “Do what I did. Go down and speak to them if you have a question. The course starts at the start and doesn’t require vast extensive knowledge in IT. You need a small idea of computer parts, but I would highly recommend it to anybody with an interest in IT,” he said.The programme Paul studied in 2012 is equivalent to the former FETAC level 6 course. Participants taking on the course now will not achieve the FETAC (Now QQI) certificate but the range of CompTia (industry standard) qualifications on successful completion.For further information on these programs and others contact Sarah on 074-9120542 Email for course inquiries: coursesdonegaltc@donegaletb.ie Visit www.donegaletb.ieClick here for more details on the course.Doing the Business: How Paul secured his IT ambitions was last modified: November 1st, 2016 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)last_img read more

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