Sophomore Michelle Cobb played heroine for De La Salle as she helped the defending champion finish off University of the Philippines, 25-21, 25-22, 26-24, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Mentality is back as Galanza showcases best game since return Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Ironically, it was UP’s Isa Molde who would usher the Lady Maroons’ doom with an error that allowed La Salle to creep in 24-23.“I told them that UP is not an easy opponent to beat, but you even though it was almost impossible to win the team still pulled it off,” said La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus in Filipino.“My team just needed to display the maturity needed to win the game.”Cobb not only executed the team’s offense with 32 excellent sets but she also did a little dirty work with 10 points, the same scoring production as open spiker Desiree Cheng.Kianna Dy and Tin Tiamzon were the ones who paced La Salle in scoring with 13 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina With La Salle trailing 24-23, Cobb scored three straight service aces ending the Lady Maroons’ rebellion and sending the Lady Spikers to a 2-0 card.UP built a 23-19 buffer and looked to force a fifth set after Diana Carlos and Clarice Ramos teamed up for a block.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDesiree Cheng would score off UP’s blockade and Aduke Ogunsanya followed it up with a service ace that trimmed the margin to two, 23-21.After UP got the 24-21 set point, reigning MVP and captain Mary Joy Baron displayed a queenly poise and kept La Salle’s fight alive with an off-speed kill cutting the deficit to 24-22. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carlos had 19 points to lead the 1-1 Lady Maroons while Molde added 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ View comments
While the Alliance For Change (AFC) is singing the praises of the Cummingsburg Accord that brought it elections victory, a former executive member of the party is describing the agreement, three years later, as nothing more than a sham.Former AFC Executive Sase SinghAccording to former AFC Executive Sasenarine Singh, the Accord was marketed particularly to the youths as a forerunner to change. This change, Singh noted, was supposed to fulfill the wishes of youth.“However, history has exposed what a sham that promise proved to be; because, in reality, the Cummingsburg Accord has been one of the most dishonest documents (and) was hijacked by some very insincere people who cared little about the youths of Guyana.“It was more a document to facilitate some fat pensions and perks for some septuagenarians and octogenarians. To really talk about the Cummingsburg Accord, the entire situation must be given context. The way the Cummingsburg Accord was sold to the nation in 2015 was that it was going to be designed to reflect the wishes of the youths.”Reflecting on his time spent campaigning with and for the AFC on the frontlines during the 2011 General and Regional elections, Singh noted that the youths wanted change and a more accountable government.Singh also suggested that had the party’s co-founder, Sheila Holder, been alive today, she would have resisted an alliance with the People’s National Congress (PNC)- dominated APNU due to her independence of thought.PraiseEarlier this week, the Alliance For Change (AFC) Public Relations Committee had hailed the agreement in the wake of its anniversary. Despite persistent analysis and criticism of the party’s passivity in matters ranging from unconstitutional appointments to massive loss of jobs in the sugar belt, the AFC maintained the accord’s usefulness.“The Accord laid the foundation for the restoration of honour, dignity, credibility and unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in executive governance in Guyana. The Cummingsburg Accord is, without question or debate, one of the most significant partnership and collaborative agreements in the Caribbean’s political history,” the party had claimed.“The Cummingsburg Accord is a sunset agreement for 3 to 5 years. The three-year mark has been reached. Having achieved the initial objectives of the restoration of the rule of law and order in our beloved country, the party has been reviewing the accord as we work with all parties with shared interests to unlock Guyana’s true potential,” the AFC had continued.There have been other criticisms of the Accord, including the fact that certain provisions were never followed. The Accord had designated responsibilities, such as domestic affairs and chairing of the Cabinet, to AFC executive Moses Nagamootoo, the Prime Minister.Ever since these things did not materialise, the Prime Minister has always had to defend against claims that his role was ceremonial. In addition, Nagamootoo has, for some time, expressed the need for a revised agreement.In April of last year, Nagamootoo had said that he was of the firm opinion that a renegotiation of the Cummingsburg Accord was in high order. He had noted that the agreement was supposed to be for a limited time duration and that when the Government was midterm, it should be reviewed.Former AFC General Secretary and Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had, in the past, complained that the day-to-day administration of the Accord has been problematic, especially at the local level.
Students of Harmony Secondary School in Wismar, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) were the first to be introduced to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Guyana Robotics Workshop on Monday.The programme which is aimed at sparking inspiration and to introduce the students to a new way of using modern technology saw 34 students participating in the four-days workshop which is been hosted in collaboration with STEM Guyana’s co-founder, Karen Abrams and Team Guyana.First Lady Sandra Granger handing over Robotics Kits to the students and head teacher of Harmony Secondary School, Vernell Razack-GilesDuring her address to the students, First Lady Sandra Granger said the STEM workshops have had tremendous success across the country. She urged the students to embrace the opportunity to learn as it may inspire their future career choices.“Anything that your imagination can conceive, you can make it with a robot and you can programme it because apart from what you are doing now in school, this is where the jobs will be… You are the first school to be having a robotics camp in Linden and I hope you will set up, with your teachers’ assistance, your own robotics club, so that you could begin competing nationally,” the First Lady said.Mrs Granger further explained that consideration is being given to a written request from Head of the Science Department and Integrated Science Teacher, Abigail Samuels, for some much-needed equipment to aid the learning process.Meanwhile, in her charge to the students, founder of the STEM robotics programme, Karen Abrams, urged the participants to create similar social application programme as the popular Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and other social media platforms“What we are trying to do, in collaboration with the Office of the First Lady, is to allow you to prepare for the next generation of developments all over the world that will require knowledge of technology,” she said.In an invited comment, 16-year-old Third Form student, Master Clairmont Skeete, said although he does not know much about robotics, he was excited to be participating in the workshop. ”It would be something good coming to the school because it will allow the children to learn and to build different things,” he said.The hosting of the workshops is made possible by donations from several groups and businesses locally and in Canada and the United States.Since the programme’s introduction, STEM Guyana launched the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) app and took a team to the first Global Robotics Olympics where they placed tenth after six rounds.
MCGLINCHEYThe death has occurred of Father James McGlinchey of Buncrana, Co Donegal. Retired C.C. Desertegney, Buncrana, native of Aughnamerrigan, Gortin, Co. Tyrone. Removal today, Saturday, from Letterkenny Mortuary Chapel at 3pm to The Star of The Sea Church, Desertegney. Funeral Mass on Monday at 12 noon with burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.STRAIN The death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Philomena Strain of Main Street Kilmacrennan. Reposing at her home from 4pm today, Saturday. Requiem Mass in St. Columba’s Church, Kilmacrennan, at 12 noon on Monday, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. Deeply regretted by her brother Fr. Willie, sister Maura, sister-in-law Pauline, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.O’DONNELLThe death has occurred of Michael John O’Donnell of Thoer, Inver. Peacefully, at Letterkenny General Hospital. Reposing at the family home from 5.30pm this evening, Saturday. Removal on Monday morning at 10.15am for 11am Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Frosses. Interment afterwards in Cranny Road Cemetery. Sadly missed by his wife, sons, daughters and extended family.BONNER The death has occured, at the Donegal Hospice, of Patrick Bonner (Bonner Engineering), Crieve Road, Oldtown, Letterkenny. Remains reposing at the family home. Funeral Mass on Sunday at 12.30pm in St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny, with removal of remains to The Eternal Light Chapel of Rest Mountain Top, Letterkenny. Cremation will take place in Roselawn Crematorium at 12 noon on Monday, November 7, 2011. Family flowers only, please.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2011 was last modified: November 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2011DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAYNOVEMBER 5
It was all smiles in National Lottery offices today when the winners of last Saturday’s Lotto jackpot of €5,146,800 collected their big prize.The winning married couple, who live in the locality, are from Co. Donegal and purchased their lucky ticket in Moore’s Costcutters store in Ballybofey on Saturday, the day of the draw.It was a €4 ticket, and the lucky wife, who purchased the ticket in Costcutters, used the numbers she’s been playing for a long time, made up of family birthdays. This win is the second highest Lotto jackpot win in Donegal. The biggest jackpot was on 25 January 2012 when the jackpot was €5.48M and the winners were from Derry. The lucky ticket on that occasion was purchased in the Top Shop in Killea, Donegal.Today’s ‘delighted’ couple, who do not wish their win to be public, did not get too excited when they realised their good fortune on Saturday last.“I was watching the draw on Saturday night and I had the ticket in my hand,” said the lucky wife.“After the draw, I asked my husband to check the numbers but as he hadn’t seen the draw, he didn’t know what numbers won! “I thought I had to have the bonus ball to win the jackpot, so I checked the numbers on Aertel later on that night and then I saw in the results that I had the winning ticket. The two of us were a bit disbelieving about it all, but we went to bed at the normal time, told no one, and slept soundly all night,” smiled the lucky lady.She continued: “Next day, at Mass in Stranorlar, everyone was speculating about who had won the Lotto. I joined in the speculation, but didn’t tell a soul. Sunday was spent the same way it always is: I cooked our dinner and we relaxed in the afternoon. We didn’t want to come down to Dublin on Monday to collect so we waited until today but it didn’t bother us at all.”The couple had plans for spending their win, which included some unusual thoughts.“We’d like to give some donations to charities which do good work. Included in that group will be the Simon Community in Letterkenny; the Capuchin Fathers and Fr. Peter McVerry’s charity’.“For myself, I’d love to buy a Camper Van and travel around a bit. We’ve only been out of the country once before. But I’d need to take driving lessons before I buy the van, because I’ve never driven anything in my life!’ laughed the lucky Donegal woman as she finished her glass of champagne in National Lottery offices. IT WAS US! TWIN TOWNS COUPLE GET THEIR HANDS ON €5,146,800 LOTTO CHEQUE! was last modified: April 11th, 2013 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:146800 LOTTO CHEQUE!IT WAS US! TWIN TOWNS COUPLE GET THEIR HANDS ON €5
The trial of a Co Donegal man involved in one of Ireland’s most high-profile dangerous driving cases is scheduled to be heard today.Shaun Kelly, who is charged with causing the deaths of eight people, has been adjourned a number of times.Judge John O’Hagan has already expressed his “considerable disappointment” that the case has not gone ahead already. All eight people, including seven of Kelly’s friends, were killed following a crash outside Clonmany in July, 2010.Judge John O’Hagan had ordered the trial of Shaun Kelly to go ahead after a number of previous adjournments on February 4th.However at the latest sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court two months ago before Judge Keenan Johnson, the court was told the trial was still not ready to go ahead.The crash killed eight peopleA number of family members of those killed in the crash have consistently turned up for the case.Defence barrister Peter Nolan told the court at the last sitting that Kelly, 24, was not fit to plead.He told the court that a psychological report had been made which he had just sent to the state barrister.Judge Johnson adjourned the case until today with peremptory against the accused.Judge John O’Hagan said later that he is determined that the case go ahead at the current sitting of the circuit court which starts today.He said he was considerably disappointed that his colleague, Judge Johnson, was constrained from allowing the case to go ahead.“I cannot emphasise strongly enough how anxious I am that it must proceed. This is a case that should go on,” he said.The men who died in the crash on July 11th, 2010 were Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany, Eamon McDaid (22)of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin, (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.CASE AGAINST MAN CHARGED IN INISHOWEN CRASH SCHEDULED FOR HEARING was last modified: April 1st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:buncranacourtcrashdonegalInishowenJUdge John O’HaganShaun Kelly
Story Links “Now the tournament starts and it really is a clean slate,” Smith said. “Everything is up for grabs. The week off will do us well and allow our guys to recharge the batteries and freshen up and get rid of some nagging injuries. It also gives us time to get in proper training sessions before the tournament starts and clean some areas up and get some guys healthy.” Western Illinois (7-9-1) went on the scoreboard first in the 16th minute (16:32) as Daniel Collins found the back of the net off an assist from his teammate, Jacob Bevan. Full Schedule Roster Print Friendly Version Next Game: Preview The teams traded shots in the second half before Western Illinois broke through for the go-ahead goal in the 78th minute. The Leathernecks had a corner kick that the Bulldogs didn’t clear and it went to Alejandro Pacheco, who fired a shot past Drake goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario). Watch Live vs. Bradley 11/8/2016 – 12 PM Live Stats PDF Box Score Drake, the defending 2015 MVC Tournament champions, is the sixth seed for next week’s 2016 MVC Tournament to be held in Springfield, Mo., from Nov. 8-13. Drake and seventh-seeded Bradley will play each other in the play-in game on Nov. 8 at 12 p.m., as the winner will advance to play the third seed in the quarterfinals on Nov. 9. DES MOINES, Iowa – Western Illinois scored in the 78th minute to edge the Drake University men’s soccer team, 2-1, Tuesday, Nov. 1 night at the Cownie Soccer Complex. The non-conference match closes the regular season for Drake. The two teams battled the rest of the half as the score was 1-1 at halftime. Western Illinois finished with five shots and Drake had four in the first half. MacLeod, who is already the program’s all-time leader in wins, minutes, shutouts and games, registered four saves to take possession of the all-time mark with 304. The Bulldogs had two near answers in the 82nd minute. Junior Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.) headed a ball off a cross that Hansen made a diving save of that redshirt senior Ben LeMay (Hugo, Minn.) was able to make a second effort on but Hansen blocked it wide. Drake’s corner kick was cleared out as the Bulldogs didn’t register another shot as the Leathernecks held on for the win. HTML Box Score The Valley On ESPN3 “Very exciting game with a great crowd and atmosphere tonight,” said head coach Gareth Smith of the crowd on fan appreciation night. “Overall we performed relatively well, created good chances, but missed on a couple assignments that cost us in the last 10-12 minutes. We are doing enough to win games, but in some areas we aren’t doing enough to prevent opponents from scoring and it comes down to execution. We have to get back to training, work on parts of the process and help work out the defending areas. We are creating chances and scoring goals, but we have to make sure we aren’t conceding them.” Drake (5-11-1) wasted little time getting the equalizer as senior James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) came through once again for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Nic Jaimes (Olathe, Kan.) fired a deep shot towards the Leathernecks’ goal that was deflected and sent high into the air. The ball landed in front of Wypych who gathered the ball and fired a volley past the WIU goalkeeper, Tim Hansen. Wypych’s goal (19:12) was his fifth goal in the past four games. He leads the Bulldogs and ranks third in the league with eight goals this season.
A family who spent three days trying to register with Irish Water has now been handed a handsome bill by their phone company… for an astonishing 278 calls.Jon and Breid Champney Warrener, from Kerrykeel, discovered to their cost that they were charged handsomely for the 278 phone calls on an itemised bill that runs into three full pages of detail.And what is more outrageous is that Irish Water has charged the family for the privilege of talking to an automated answering machine!The Tirconail Tribune reports that during their three day battle they failed to make one single contact with a human being at Irish Water.The ironic contradiction is that the family was attempting, in vain to register for payment of their water charges and nobody answered their calls.However Irish Water says their contact centre was open to customer queries at all times.But the company failed to explain why, after three days and 278 attempts by the Champney Warreners, no contact could be made with Irish Water.Attempts so far by the family to get any explanation for the cockup has failed and they say that trying to contact this company is a nightmare.Last night the family said they’ve been treated in the most shocking offhand manner by Irish Water. “Irish Water’s handling of customer queries is a total disaster,” said the couple.The family had assumed that since they were not able to contact an operator, the calls would not have been registered or charged. Now they’ve discovered otherwise and Irish Water is refusing to foot the bill. The company flatly rejected reimbursing the family for costs saying they do not refund telephone expenses incurred by customers.As the February 2nd deadline for registration approached the couple tried in vain over three days to connect with some human being in Irish Water… but to no avail.The family tried to register for water charges after being told by their landlord that the meter bill was their responsibility as tenants of the house.Breid Champney Warrener wrote to Irish Water after getting a vastly increased phone bill.She explained they wanted to pay their water charges and in principle had no objections to about paying a reasonable amount for water.She also said that she was not prepared to pay twice for water given that on top of their quarterly bill they’d now found themselves with an even bigger demand from the phone company.In response to queries from the Tribune this week the water company said: “Irish Water received a high volume of calls from customers in and around the February 2nd 2015 registration deadline, and some customers may have experienced a waiting time. The Contact Centre was however open to customer queries at all times. Irish Water does not refund telephone expenses incurred by customers.While we cannot comment on individual cases for reasons of personal data protection, we would be happy to discuss this customer’s concerns with them to ensure that they have all the information that they require.”When we rejected this reply as inadequate, the company then said they would contact the family to deal directly with their complaints.Reacting to the response from the water company, the Champney Warrener’s said the response does not come anywhere near answering our concerns of this couple. We made 278 phone calls over the three days leading up to the original deadline and we have been treated in the most shocking offhand manner by Irish Water. And to say that Irish Water does not refund expenses for not being able to get in contact with you is outrageous. Jon Champney Warrener said “Irish Water appears to have conveniently missed the real point of the complaint in that we made many attempts before and since to comply with the regulations. We have been in touch with Irish Water seeking to have this problem resolved and to no avail. I believe the lack of competency in Irish Water’s handling of customer queries is a total disaster,” he added.Then after further queries from the Tribune a spokesman for the company said in a single sentence reply: “Irish Water will contact this customer directly to deal with this complaint.”FAMILY’S 278 CALLS TO IRISH WATER LEAVES THEM WITH ANOTHER HEFTY BILL! was last modified: May 27th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:BilldonegalIrish WaterKERRYKEELphonecalls
Over 100 members of the community attended the first ever meeting of the Cloughaneely Language Planning Forum Halla Fionnáin, Falcarragh on Tuesday last.The forum has being established to help the language planning committee in their efforts to implement the local Irish-language plan.Under the direction of the facilitator, Páraic Mac Donncha, the forum made a number of key decisions as regards the direction the language planning process and it is hoped to put implement the recommendations made at the meeting over the next year. Representatives from many of the area’s community and voluntary groups, organisations sports clubs and businesses attended the forum.There was robust debate and many innovative opinions and recommendations were put forward.Among the actions decided on at the meeting was the implementation of a signage system in local businesses so as customers and visitors know where services in Irish are available.The creation of a forum for young people was also discussed, where they can decide on what social activities should be provided for them in Irish, and the creation of parent and toddlers groups in Irish. Committee members hard at work at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonAoife Nic an Iomaire taking notes at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonTom Feeney, Eddie Curran and John Fitzgerald at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonMicheal Mac Aoidh, Paraic Mac Donncha and Bearnai O Gallchoir at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonThe packed hall at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonCommittee members, Máire Nic Fhearraigh, Máire Ni Bhaoil, Mary Cassidy, Caitlin Uí Lafferty and Mary Nic Phadein at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonPáraic Mac Donncha, The Facilitator at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonCarmeal and Eibhlín Curran at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonCaitríona Ní Cheallaigh at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonBearnaí Ó Gallchóir, Chairperson of Cloughaneely Language Planning at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonPaul Bonnar and Manus Ó Ceallaigh in discussion at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonTommy Francis speaking at the event at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonMicheal Mac Aoidh, the Language planning officer for Cloughaneely at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonThe Facilitator, Páraic Mac Donncha who oversaw the event at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive Wasson Delight as Cloughaneely Language Forum hold first ever meeting – Pic Special was last modified: March 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:CloughaneelyCloughaneely Language Planning Forum
Career Guidance Counsellor Rory White’s column series continues with a student guide to understanding the potential of the PLC option.What are PLC courses?Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses are usually full-time, one year long, QQI courses comprised of eight modules. They are generally at Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications, though some may progress onto a second year for a Level 6. They provide learners with a qualification for entry level employment or progression to further study. Where can I study a PLC course?In Donegal there are several options run by Donegal ETB. Errigal College in Letterkenny offers eight courses in the areas of Business, Childcare, Sport, Art, Youthwork and Health Service Skills. Finn Valley College in Stranorlar offers three options- Business, Childcare and Sport, while St Catherine’s Vocational School in Killybegs runs PLC courses in Childcare and Nursing Studies. There are also PLC colleges in Sligo, Cavan and Monaghan, while some private institutions also have courses on offer. St. Catherine’s Vocational School, KillybegsErrigal College, LetterkennyFinn Valley College, StranorlarHow do I apply? As PLC courses are not part of CAO, points are not required. Applications are free and can often be made directly with the school or college. More information can be obtained from any of the three schools, from Donegal ETB’s website and www.fetchcourses.ie.Are there any costs involved?PLC courses provided by Donegal ETB are subject to a €100 registration fee which covers the cost of books, photocopying and insurance. There is also a government levy of €200 and a QQI examination fee of €50. Medical card holders, SUSI grant eligible students and Back to Education applicants are exempt from the latter two costs. SUSI will continue to pay eligible students the grant if and when they continue on to college after the PLC course, providing the student is progressing up the framework ladder (i.e. from Level 5 onto a Level 6/7/8)Why should I consider doing a PLC? Some students may not feel ready to progress to college due to age or not being fully sure what they want to do. The Leaving Certificate may not have worked out for some students and very often PLC is a much better option than repeating. Some students might like to sample a career area before committing to a four year degree or are looking for a qualification that can lead into employment.What are the benefits of studying a PLC?PLC courses are excellent preparation for college as the modules operate in much the same way, a mix of assignments and exams, while ICT skills are also greatly improved. In the Communications module, common to all PLC courses, students learn presentation and interview skills which are excellent skills transferable to both college and the workplace. Finally, a key element of PLC courses is the built-in work experience which must be undertaken in a related work environment. (E.g. A Business Admin student will work in an office setting) Work experience is usually one day per week however, some may take the form of block release. What are my progression options after doing a PLC?There are a huge variety of options for progressing after completing a PLC course. The Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS) helps PLC graduates gain places in Higher education providers throughout the country by ‘ring-fencing’ places specifically for PLC applicants. For students looking to progress locally, LYIT has done great work in recent times by creating many more PLC pathways onto their degree courses. Another excellent option available to students which many people are not aware of is that there are up to 100 places set aside in the Arts degree at NUI Galway and Maynooth University for students who have completed certain PLC courses. Some very high demand degree courses, for example Nursing, only accept specific PLC courses related to nursing, however there are well over 1,200 courses (and counting!) nationwide that will accept any PLC course for entry. Anywhere I can get further information?Again, as there are so many course-specific variations of pathways and requirements, your school Guidance Counsellor is the best person to talk to about the options open to you. www.qualifax.ie and www.careersportal.ie are two excellent websites where students can learn more about progression routes from PLC.Rory has been a Guidance Counsellor at Finn Valley College for the past 10 years and is a member of the Donegal Branch of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. Applying for college or changing careers is one of the most important and exciting decisions someone can make, and Rory will be here to offer advice and top tips on the many options that are available.Career Guidance with Rory White: The potential of the PLC was last modified: November 19th, 2019 by Rory WhiteShare 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:career guidanceeducationPLCRory White