Welding instructor Cathal McGee appointed to WorldSkills expert role

first_imgDonegal ETB welding instructor Cathal McGee has been appointed as a WorldSkills Ireland Expert for the skill area of Welding.The appointment comes ahead of the 45th WorldSkills competition which takes place in Kazan, Russia from 22-27 August 2019. It is the first time ever that welding staff from any ETB in the country have been appointed to this position.WorldSkills is the collective voice for skills excellence and development in vocational, technological, and service oriented careers around the globe. Every two years WorldSkills hosts the world championships of skills which attracts more than 1,600 competitors from over 60 countries. There are competitions in 56 skills across a wide range of industries.The competitors represent the best of their peers and are selected from skills competitions that are held in WorldSkills member countries and regions. Ireland’s National Skills Final took place from 21-23 March.Stranorlar native Cathal has worked with Donegal ETB for the last fifteen years.Speaking about his appointment, Cathal said, “I’m absolutely delighted with this appointment. The fact that this is the first time ever an ETB staff member has been appointed to the welding expert role makes it particularly special. The work of a WorldSkills Ireland Expert consists of preparing the Irish WorldSkills competitor is his skill area, welding in my case, training and coordinating the twelve week Special Training Programme (STP), as well as participating in the WorldSkills competition in Kazan.” Cathal McGee WorldSkills Ireland Welding Expert & Christopher Kehoe Irish WorldSkills Welding CompetitorSince 1950, WorldSkills has raised awareness among young people, as well as their parents, teachers and employers, that their future depends on an effective skills training system. The twenty largest economies in the world are Members of WorldSkills, as are the five most populous. In all, the membership represents two-thirds of the world’s population.The WorldSkills Ireland welding competitor Cathal will work with, in representing Ireland, Christopher Kehoe, was the winner of the National Skills Final, hosted by Ireland Skills Live, which took place in the RDS, Dublin from 21-23 March.Speaking about Cathal’s appointment, Cróna Gallagher, Donegal ETB’s Director of Further Education and Training (FET) said, “I’d like to congratulate Cathal on his appointment. Not only is this a huge honour for him and a testament to his own knowledge and skills, it highlights the quality of the training provided by Donegal ETB’s FET Service; we are the leading provider of welding training in the Irish further education and training sector, having been the first in Ireland to introduce augmented reality welding into our training and our staff are now leading the way on the national and international skills stage.”Cathal’s manager, Donegal ETB’s Area Training Manager Vinny McGroary, on congratulating Cathal commented, “Cathal’s appointment and his involvement in the WorldSkills competition will increase the visibility of skilled professional education. Welding comes under the Manufacturing and Engineering Technology category and the competition provides leaders in industry, government and education with the opportunity to exchange information and best practices regarding industry and professional education.”Cathal now has a busy few months ahead of him. In addition to training his competitor for the competition, he has to develop the STP for his area of welding, monitor progress of his competitor, be active on the WorldSkills Forum which requires completion of preparatory tasks and complete WorldSkills International Modules as part of his international professional development. Donegal ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh also added her congratulations saying, “We are absolutely delighted with Cathal’s appointment. It not only highlights Cathal’s skills but highlights the quality of the teaching and learning the people of Donegal have on their own doorstep. I would like to wish him and his competitor all the best with their preparations in the coming months and good luck in Kazan.”Welding instructor Cathal McGee appointed to WorldSkills expert role was last modified: June 24th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cathal mcgeeDonegal ETBweldinglast_img read more

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Cape olive oil among world’s best

first_img22 November 2005Fine wines have been produced in South Africa’s Western Cape province for centuries, but few know that the region is slowly making inroads into the global market for another exclusive liquid – olive oil.The Cape winelands are home to a growing number of boutique oil-makers, who say their product can compare with the best oils that Spain, Italy and Greece can offer – and they have the awards to prove it.Morgenster olive oil, produced by Morgenster Estate in Somerset West, was named the Southern Hemisphere New Season Extra Virgin Olive Oil of 2004 in a competition between oils from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. It was also – some years back – the first South African olive oil to receive the prestigious Orciolo d’Oro award. Willow Creek in the Nuy Valley won a coveted Grand Mention Diploma at the Leone d’Oro dei Mastri Oleari olive oil awards in Perugia, Italy in 2005, putting the oil on a par with the best in the world.“South African producers are going really big – it’s going to be an exciting industry in a couple of years,” Paul Robinson, marketing and sales director for Willow Creek, told the Washington Post in an article published in July.The Willow Creek Estate is home to the Rabie family, who have been farming there since 1793. Traditionally a wine farm, the estate began producing olives in 1999.Willow Creek’s production is still small relative to European standards, according to the Washington Post. It exported about 4 000 litres last year, mainly to Britain, Finland and Germany.Local demandAccording to John Scrimgeour, chair of the SA Olive Industry Association, South Africa’s total olive oil production was 490 tons in 2004, compared with total world output of about three million tons.“But it’s a growing industry, make no mistake,” he told the Washington Post. “We’re exporting very little – we’re battling to meet local demand.”But he says consumers must be taught the difference between high quality and mediocre oils. Most of South Africa’s output is extra virgin oil, with less than 0.8% fatty acids.According to the International Olive Oil Council, extra virgin and virgin olive oil are completely natural and unrefined. All other oils can be assumed to be refined or to contain a proportion of refined olive oil. These are usually sold as pure olive oil, olive oil or light olive oil.“You won’t get any benefits from third-rate olives,” says Carlo Costa, whose grandfather established South Africa’s first commercial olive operation in the Paarl district.“There’s olive oil and there’s olive oil,” he told the Washington Post. “An olive mustn’t smell like dirty socks.”South African producers complain that olive farmers in Europe are heavily subsidised, so an imported Spanish or Italian oil can cost half as much as a South African oil in local supermarkets, according to the newspaper.But South African oil is worth the extra money because it is fresher than the imports.Jan Pretorius, oil maker at the Olive Shed near Stellenbosch, holds olive oil tastings in which he first passes around an imported oil for visitors to smell, then follows it with his own products pressed from three different cultivars – Frantoio, Leccino and Mission.“Europeans like the slightly sweeter taste of South African oil,” Pretorius told the Washington Post. The Olive Shed exports small quantities to Switzerland and Denmark, after tourists toured the mill and liked what they found.The southern advantageOne advantage South African producers have is latitude. They press their oils in the European off-season, when oil is scarce and northern demand for “fresh-from-the-mill flavour” is high.“We have competition from Chile and Australia, but that’s good,” Costa told the Washington Post. “Our oils do very well in international competition.”Kloovenburg Estate in Riebeek Kasteel won a prestigious mention in 2004 in the Italian world olive oil guide published by Cucina and Vini, which named it as one of the best 15 oils in the world.“We exported last year for the first time, to Europe and America,” says Annalene du Toit, the estate’s marketing director. “Not very much – about 1 500 litres – but there are lots of possibilities.”There’s also local demand for olive trees, especially because South Africa is prone to drought and the plants have modest water requirements. Willow Creek’s Robinson says people are ordering 10 000 or 20 000 trees at a time, and planting is increasing rapidly.“The key is marketing,” Robinson told the Washington Post. “There’s a little bit of surprise in Europe that South Africa produces olive oil. But people know South Africa makes good wines, so we have been able to ride on wine’s coat tails.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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UAAP volleyball: La Salle back on winning track, hammers UE

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Arum open to Pacquiao-Matthysse but not in Aprilcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Cheng and reigning MVP Mary Joy Baron had 13 points apiece to lead the Lady Spikers while Aduke Ogunsanya added 12.Mary Ann Mendrez led UE with 12 points with Shaya Adorador pitching in 11. La Salle Lady Spikers vs UE Lady Warriors. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter having its winning run snapped, De La Salle vented its frustrations on woeful University of the East, 25-18,25-17, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Spikers lost to National University in five sets last Sunday, but have returned to form to improve to 4-1 while the Lady Warriors are still seeking for their first win in five games.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle had a comfortable 23-17 lead after UE committed two straight errors, but the Lady Warriors were able to trim the lead down to four, 23-19, after a miscue on the Lady Spikers’ side as Arianne Layug hit the net.Desiree Cheng eventually finished things off for the defending champions and scored the Lady Spikers’ two final points, an off-the-block kill and a crosscourt hit that landed on the bottom-right corner of UE’s side of the floor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough La Salle was able to trump UE in just three sets, head coach Ramil De Jesus wanted more from his team.“The result is important but as for the performance, I’m quite dissatisfied because I couldn’t see the aggressiveness on the court,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “When they saw that we had a bid lead and the win was within reach they became quite complacent.” Read Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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FIFA World Cup: Uruguay striker Luis Suarez bites Italian opponent Giorgio Chiellini during game

first_imgA snapshot of the tweet by BBC sports shows Uruguay striker Luis Suarez apparently biting his Italian opponent Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup game in Natal.Uruguay striker Luis Suarez could once again be in trouble after appearing to bite an Italian opponent Tuesday in a key World Cup qualifying game. It is the third biting incident involving the talented but controversial striker. The incident, shown on television replays, showed Suarez apparently bite the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini as the pair clashed in the Italian penalty area. It happened about a minute before Uruguay scored in the 81st. Uruguay won 1-0 and qualified for the knockout stages, while four-time champion Italy was eliminated. Suarez was banned for seven matches by the Netherlands football federation in 2010 after biting PSV Eindhoven player Otman Bakkal in a league match when he played for Ajax. Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini displays his shoulder showing apparent teeth marks after colliding with the mouth of Uruguay’s Luis Suarez during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy andUruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Photo by Hassan Ammar(AP)After moving to Liverpool, he bit Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in 2013 and was banned for 10 games. FIFA can sanction players with bans of up to two years if its disciplinary commission decides there is a case to answer. After the incident Tuesday, Chiellini protested loudly but the referee did not appear to have spotted the incident. The Italian player pulled his shirt off his shoulder to point out to the referee what appeared to be a mark, but no immediate action was taken against Suarez on the field.advertisement In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Suarez was sent off in the quarterfinal against Ghana for handling the ball on the goal-line. He was sent off, but Uruguay won the game in a penalty shootout to reach the semifinals.last_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd keeper De Gea: Fornals a quality player

first_imgMan Utd keeper De Gea: Fornals a quality playerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea full of praise for West Ham midfielder Pablo Fornals.The 27-year-old is determined to record another shutout and one of the players he may have to stop is Fornals, his international team-mate with Spain who joined West Ham in the summer.“I know him from the national team, we’ve been called up together in the same squad once or twice,” De Gea told manutd.com. “He’s a quality player and I think he can contribute very well for West Ham. He really showed what he could do at Villarreal and he has a lot of talent and he’s a top player.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Ohio State Fan Gets “85 Yards Through The Heart Of The South” Tattoo

first_imgezekiel elliott runs the ball during the sugar bowl win over alabamaNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State and Alabama met in the Sugar Bowl this past January, and, as we all know, the Buckeyes emerged victorious behind a 230-yard rushing performance from running back Ezekiel Elliott. One OSU fan has decided to ink herself in honor of Zeke’s big day.The Ohio State fan, Veronica Chapa, went a bit of a different route, though. Chapa got a tattoo that mimics a tee shirt that Eleven Warriors sold in the aftermath of the contest. It’s titled “85 Yards Through The Heart Of The South.” It honor’s Elliott’s 85-yard run that gave Ohio State a 42-28 lead late in the fourth quarter.Tattoo perfect, still number 1!!#GoBucks #BuckeyeForLife #BuckeyeNation #Buckeyes #Zone6 pic.twitter.com/CWDWiXwdUY— Veronica Chapa (@veronicalchapa) October 22, 2015The wait is over. Get your “85 Yards Through the Heart of the South” tee now. http://t.co/igvja54KZd pic.twitter.com/GmRzIuHhOE— Eleven Warriors (@11W) February 20, 2015Ohio State fans – what do you think?last_img read more

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William F White Intl Announces Inaugural Winner of the William F WhiteVilmos

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO of Comweb Corp. and leading equipment provider, William F. White International Inc. (Whites) announced the winner of the inaugural William F. White/Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematography Scholarship at the annual Whites VIP TIFF Reception at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Congratulations to Adam Madrzyk on winning $3,000.00 towards completing his 3rd year of Film Studies at Ryerson University. Adam, who is already an accomplished independent filmmaker with several feature films, short films and music videos to his name, also submitted a compelling essay highlighting the cinematographic and technical achievements of Zsigmond’s Oscar-winning film, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”The William F. White/Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematography Scholarship was created to provide a new generation of Canadian cinematographers with access to post-secondary hard skills training and development. Applicants were adjudicated by a scholarship committee which chose the successful candidate by taking into account academic achievement, extra-curricular activities and interests, community involvement and awards.“We wanted to honour Vilmos’ recent passing, along with our longstanding friendship and business partnership with a lasting tribute, something which we could do in perpetuity,” states Bronfman. “After all, Vilmos was a terrific gentleman and world-renowned cinematographer who helped Whites gain respect throughout Europe and beyond. We feel honoured and privileged to have been his partners at Sparks Camera & Lighting in Budapest for over 25 years and this scholarship is the perfect vehicle by which to pay homage to his legacy and contributions to the art of cinema.” “We’re really excited that Adam has won the first ever William F. White/Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematography Scholarship,” said Whites VP, Business Development, Rick Perotto. “Adam’s demo reel is outstanding and we’re very proud to support his education and future career endeavors.”Famed cinematographer and Oscar-winner, Vilmos Zsigmond passed away on January 1st of this year at the age of 85. A long-time business partner of Whites since 1991, Zsigmond was one of the founders and owners of Whites’ affiliate, Sparks Camera and Lighting Ltd., a leading Budapest, Hungary-based provider of top-notch professional production equipment servicing western and eastern European content creators. Sparks was originally co-founded through Whites as a joint business venture with Zsigmond.Zsigmond was not only well-known for his artistic merit, but also for his numerous industry achievements, including his co-founding of the Global Cinematography Institute in Los Angeles and membership on the Board of Governors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, among many others. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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UK business groups plead for deal to prevent nodeal Brexit

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s five leading business groups are pleading with the government to act to prevent the country’s departure from the European Union without a deal.In an unusual expression of unity, the groups that represent hundreds of thousands of businesses employing millions told the nation’s leaders to put their political party affiliations aside and prevent a so-called “no deal” Brexit.The statement says “businesses have been watching in horror as politicians have focused on factional disputes rather than practical steps that business needs to move forward. The lack of progress … means that the risk of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit is rising.”The statement was signed by the British Chambers of Commerce, the Confederation of British Industry, the manufacturers’ organization called EEF, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of DirectorsThe Associated Presslast_img read more

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Snowplows ready for the snow in the North Peace

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A snowfall warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace, and Yellowhead Road and Bridge is getting ready for up to 15 cm of snow.Temperatures are expected to drop overnight which will create the potential for ice.  On top of the ice, the North Peace could receive anywhere from 10 to 15cm of snow.  In the South Peace, some areas could see up to 20 cm, and in the Pine Pass, it could be as high as 25 cm.Yellowhead Road and Bridge maintain the highways in the North Peace say they have a full staff working over the weekend in anticipation of the forecast and will be plowing and sanding throughout the storm. Expected heavy snow tonight with accumulations reaching up to 10cm. YRB will have full staff working through the expected storm to ensure safe travel. Be sure to drive to conditions and check #drivebc for important updates. #hwy97 #yxj— YRB North Peace Ltd (@YRBNorthPeace) November 3, 2018The City of Fort St. John also shared their snow clearing crews are ready for the storm.For updates on the roads, visit www.drivebc.ca or follow YRB on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the storm.If you spot a hazard or road condition contact YRB at 1-888-883-6688.last_img read more

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Indianorigin head of US pharmaceutical major found guilty of bribing doctors to

first_imgNew York: A 76-year-old Indian-origin head of a US pharmaceutical major has become the first top executive of a drugmaker to be convicted of bribing doctors in America to prescribe addictive painkillers, fuelling a national opioid crisis which has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people over two decades. John Nath Kapoor, the founder of Insys Therapeutics pharmaceutical company based in Arizona state’s Chandler city, was found guilty of criminal conspiracy by a jury in Boston, Washington-based National Public Radio reported. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraKapoor, a onetime billionaire, was convicted on Wednesday along with four other former executives of the company. They face up to 20 years in prison. Kapoor and his co-defendants were accused by the federal government of running a nationwide bribery scheme. India-born Kapoor founded Insys Therapeutics in 1990. Between 2012 and 2015, Insys allegedly paid doctors to prescribe its potent opioid medication and then lied to insurance companies to ensure that the expensive fentanyl-based painkiller would be covered, the report said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe prosecutors claimed that doctors, who were bribed, often prescribed Subsys — approved in 2012 by the US Food and Drug Administration only for use in treating severe cancer — to patients even without cancer. This practice increased the sales for Kapoor’s firm. Kapoor is among the highest-ranking pharmaceutical executives to face trial amidst a national opioid epidemic. He was arrested on the same day US President Donald Trump in 2017 declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency that has caused tens of thousands of overdose deaths annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 400,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription or illicit opioids over the past two decades. Opiate overdose claimed the lives of about 48,000 people in 2017 alone. The guilty verdict could strengthen the cases against other pharmaceutical executives implicated in the opioid crisis, the report said. “Today’s convictions mark the first successful prosecution of top pharmaceutical executives for crimes related to the illicit marketing and prescribing of opioids,” US Attorney Andrew E Lelling said in a statement. “Just as we would street-level drug dealers, we will hold pharmaceutical executives responsible for fuelling the opioid epidemic by recklessly and illegally distributing these drugs, especially while conspiring to commit racketeering along the way,” he said. “This is a landmark prosecution that vindicated the public’s interest in staunching the flow of opioids into our homes and streets,” he said. Brad Bailey, a criminal defence attorney in Boston and a former federal prosecutor, said the 10-week trial represented a rare instance in which the federal government used criminal charges to go after corporate executives. “That’s always unusual. That’s always an attention grabber. The big issue is the use of racketeering charges, which had been originally designed to go after the Mafia,” said Bailey. The prosecutors argued that Kapoor was motivated by money and willing to put patients’ lives at stake to improve his bottom line, the report said. Insys allegedly targeted doctors with a track record of liberally prescribing opioids, inviting them to participate in a “speakers program”, it said. According to the government, doctors were paid handsomely even if nobody showed up for the lectures, but only if the doctors wrote a lot of prescriptions for Subsys. Meanwhile, Kapoor’s lead attorney Beth Wilkinson said: “Dr Kapoor is disappointed in the verdict, as are we”. “Four weeks of jury deliberations confirm that this was far from an open-and-shut case,” Wilkinson said.last_img read more

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