UPDATE – Highway 29 between Hudson’s Hope and Chetwynd could open on Canada Day

first_img– Advertisement -UPDATE – As of 5 p.m. Friday, Highway 29 between Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope is open to single lane alternating traffic.  Expect delays in the area. Photo:  Crews work on just one section of Highway 29 – Submitted Highway 29 between Hudson’s Hope and Chetwynd could open by Friday afternoon.The Ministry of Transportation said Friday that they road could be open as soon as 4 p.m., but still say there is a lot of work ahead.If the road opens by Friday afternoon, some areas would still be single lane alternating traffic.On Wednesday the Ministry stated there were as many as 26 spots that need repairs between Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope.Advertisementcenter_img The Ministry will provide another update at 12 p.m. On whether or not the road will open by 4 p.m.You can also visit www.drivebc.ca for more updates on all the roads in the Peace.last_img read more

Spirit Games is venue for athletes to compete, meet

first_imgThe effort was a win for Robbins’ teammate Jeremy Galindo, 30. “I just played the game for my uncle, who’s passed away,” he said. “That’s why I dressed in black. For him.” Participants ranged from youngsters to seniors, and the althetes’ disabilities did not dampen their enthusiasm or the support of throngs of spectators. “The carnage! The madness! The chaos!” yelled James Magdaleno, 22, as he cheered the South Bay team and his friend, player David Nelund, 20. Geyer’s tips for players: Have a good time, play as a team and ignore the scoreboard. NEWHALL – Karen Geyer gave some of the best basketball coaches in the country a run for their money Saturday in Newhall as she urged on her Special Olympics team. Despite her best efforts, Geyer’s team did not prevail in their game – but they couldn’t have cared less. “I just go out there to be myself. My team needs me and I was there for them,” said Larry Robbins, 32, whose team hails from the South Bay-Torrance area. “Basketball is my life.” Robbins was among more than 750 Special Olympics athletes from teams in Southern California who competed in a variety of sports at the annual Spirit Games held at venues throughout Santa Clarita. The opponents, from Kern County, proved gracious winners. Sean Gubrud, 22, who’s enrolled in a program for independent living, said humbly: “I did much better than the last game I had.” For many beyond school age, the games are their only social involvement with their peers. A beaming Ryland Callaway, 15, from Simi Valley, took first place in the long jump and earned a silver medal in the softball throw. He planned to compete in a 50-meter run after lunch. His brother Jordan Callaway, 17, helped train the track and field team. “I’m having fun!” Jordan Callaway said of his volunteer efforts. The Special Olympics attracts roughly 800,000 athletes nationwide and 2 million worldwide, said Chris Clark, regional director for the event. More than 200 local athletes competed Saturday in basketball, track and field, bocce, swimming and tennis events. Among about 900 volunteers was Jennifer Cohan, who studies nursing at College of the Canyons. The former high school swimmer swapped stories with athletes at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center and reminded them to use sunscreen and drink plenty of water. “When you could relate to the Olympians, they got excited,” she said. Organizers replaced the VIP tent with a health information center for athletes. They handed out free pedometers, which were a big hit with one competitor who was found to have high blood pressure. “He’s been back three times to show me his steps,” said Melanie Cross, clinical director for Special Olympics International. “The athletes are our VIPs. We want them to know that.” judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 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

Bristol dump Man Utd out of League Cup

first_imgBut as the match appeared to be drifting towards extra time with the score at 1-1, unfancied Bristol dug deep to fashion one last chance and Korey Smith’s strike sparked scenes of wild celebration at Ashton Gate.Bristol, third in the Championship, have now beaten four Premier League sides on their march to the last four of the League Cup and their reward is an even-more daunting-looking two-legged tie against runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.The other semi-final next month sees an all-London clash between Chelsea and Arsenal.“It’s an overwhelming feeling of pride, to beat Manchester United is incredible,” said manager Lee Johnson. “They are a special group. It has been a long time since we had a result like that at Ashton Gate.“The lads didn’t want to go into extra time and the scenes that winner set off were unbelievable. My dad always says he’s the most successful Bristol City manager so I have maybe pushed him close tonight.”The home side took the lead after an even first half, Joe Bryan firing the home side ahead in the 51st minute with a left-foot shot that arrowed into the net past the despairing dive of Sergio Romero.United were only behind for a few minutes before Ibrahimovic blasted the ball through the wall after a softish-looking free-kick awarded for a foul on Paul Pogba in a central position.Manager Jose Mourinho threw on even more attackers as he pushed for victory, with Romelu Lukaku replacing Daley Blind while Henrikh Mkhitaryan came on for Ibrahimovic.But despite pressure from the away side, Bristol held their nerve, taking advantage of some sloppy defensive play from United to score deep into injury time through Smith, who burst into the area, chested the ball down and finished coolly with his left foot.United surged forward for one last push but it was too late and at the final whistle joyous fans streamed onto the pitch.– ‘Unbelievable’ –Bristol City’s Korey Smith (R) celebrates scoring the second goal past Manchester United’s Sergio Romero (L) during their match in Bristol, southwest England on December 20, 2017 © AFP / Geoff CADDICK“Unbelievable, I don’t know what to say,” said matchwinner Smith. “We played brilliantly like we have all season. I wasn’t being tracked when I made the runs forward, I was gutted with the one in the first half but it was a great tackle to be fair.“I joined when we were in League One with three stands. We have been brilliant this season.”United welcomed midfield general Pogba back into the side after the three-match suspension he picked up against Arsenal earlier this month and Ibrahimovic, 36, made his first start since damaging knee ligaments in April.Mourinho said Bristol were lucky but praised them for their performance.“They played brilliantly, they fought like it was the game of their lives which probably it was,” he said. “A beautiful day for football. A team from the lower division won. A big day for them.“In the first half we lacked the intensity that they had. Physically and mentally. It was one more day in the office for my players, a day that some of them didn’t even want to come to the office.”At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea took an early lead through Willian and looked set to coast over the line before a late leveller from Dan Gosling threatened to take the tie into extra time.But within seconds the home side were back in front as substitute Alvaro Morata sealed their place in the semi-finals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bristol City players celebrate their victory after their quarter-final match against Manchester United in Bristol, southwest England on December 20, 2017 © AFP / Geoff CADDICKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 21 – English Championship side Bristol City dumped Manchester United out of the League Cup on Wednesday, scoring with seconds remaining to beat the holders 2-1 as Chelsea also progressed to the semi-finals after late drama of their own.United, second in the Premier League, made 10 changes from their weekend victory against West Brom but still boasted a star-studded line-up including a fearsome front three of Marcus Rashford, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial against the second-division high-flyers.last_img read more

World Cup fatigue could have caused De Bruyne injury, says Guardiola

first_img0Shares0000Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne will be a hard act to replace, admitted Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after it was announced he would be out for up to three months © AFP/File / Giuseppe CACACEManchester, United Kingdom, Aug 17 – Pep Guardiola has suggested post-World Cup fatigue could have been a factor in the knee injury that has ruled out Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne for around three months.De Bruyne only returned to training at City last week, having had a break after helping Belgium finish third in Russia in July. He played for the final 30 minutes last Sunday as Guardiola’s side began their Premier League title defence with a 2-0 victory at Arsenal.However, the midfielder then suffered a knee injury in training on Wednesday, and was spotted on crutches that night at the premiere of ‘All Or Nothing’, a documentary that features behind-the-scenes footage of City’s title victory.Guardiola expects De Bruyne to be fit again by the beginning of December, but acknowledges City will have a tough task dealing with his absence, just as they did when a knee injury ruled out left-back Benjamin Mendy for virtually the whole of last season.“We never know. My opinion is that when you ask a lot of the players, over more than 11 months, then after he comes back, this (injury) can happen,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.“Nobody knows, but I’m pretty sure this can influence it. When you are fresh here, fresh on your legs, it doesn’t happen. Sometimes it can.“It will be two or three months. We hope he can do as much as possible to get back and help us again.“It will be a big miss like last season with Mendy. Last season, Kevin was outstanding and of course for him and his family, you never want this.“It’s part of the game for the players –- it’s normal, they don’t rest. It’s a tough season, with short recovery times. They (the football authorities) say ‘let’s go’ and we are in the competition.“Human beings have a limit and sometimes these things happen.“My advice to him now is to rest, take the holidays he didn’t get in these two or three weeks, do it now. Then he’ll start training and we’ll be waiting for him with big arms.”– ‘Right moment’ –De Bruyne’s absence is set to give David Silva more opportunities to impress, with the Spain playmaker free to commit himself to club duties after announcing his international retirement on Monday.Silva missed several matches last season to spend time with his son Mateo, who was seriously ill in hospital after being born prematurely.Mateo was allowed to leave hospital in May, five months after being born, and his now recovering well.“I’m glad for him. If he has decided to do that, it is because he feels it is the right moment. Congratulations to him,” Guardiola said.“He has played more than 100 games, winning two European Championships and one World Cup. He is one of the most fascinating, incredible players in the whole history of Spain.“He decided. No one at Man City, and not myself, pushed him. The player has to feel it. He decided to rest a little bit more with his wife and his little boy, and play with us.”City are waiting to hear from Tottenham about where their Premier League match in London, scheduled for October 28, might be played.White Hart Lane will not be ready, as it is still being rebuilt, and Wembley is hosting an NFL match that day.Asked if City might reverse the fixtures, and switch October’s game to the Etihad Stadium, Guardiola said: “I don’t know — I can only say, if that happened, then four of our final five matches of the season would be away.“I think when you are maybe playing for the Premier League, four games away is a little bit different.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DACC CONTINUE TO EXPRESS FEARS OVER BREAST CANCER SERVICES

first_imgDonegal Action Against Cancer Care has again highlighted its fears over the breast cancer unit at Letterkenny General Hospital.Betty Holmes of DACC.While a follow up meeting has been confirmed for 20th August at the Dept. of Health in Dublin, DACC continue to highlight their concerns.The centralisation of the referral process of appointments for people who are referred to the Breast Unit are now made through the Lead Breast Surgeon at Galway University Hospital.This means that all appointments for the Breast Unit at Letterkenny Hospital were made on a daily basis at LGH for almost 10 years.Now all requests for appointments to the Breast Unit must now be forwarded to Galway University Hospital on a daily basis and the appointments are made twice weekly for these patients by the Lead Breast Surgeon in Galway.A spokesperson for DACC said “We in DACC are being told by Saolta that this referral process is working well…how can it? And who decides it is? The Breast Unit at Letterkenny Hospital was allocating its own appointments for patients for approx. ten years now we have decisions on appointments made twice weekly by Galway.“We feel that there is little awareness by people of what this will mean for the Breast Unit at Letterkenny Hospital. What is wrong with Letterkenny’s Breast Unit Breast Surgeon allocating appointments for Donegal patient’s? Is the Breast Surgeon at Letterkenny being forced into a position where he will leave, we in DACC ask? This is the first step in downgrading the Breast Unit and if we the people don’t get involved the Breast Unit will be taken away and we will see everyone having to travel to Galway by the end of 2017 or earlier. Is this what the people and more importantly Donegal breast cancer patients want & need? If you think it can’t or won’t happen remember that Letterkenny Hospital was a leader in Ireland with their Prostate Cancer Services for 20 years which were removed to Galway as part of the Rapid Access Clinics. Now we have bus loads of men heading down the road to Galway Hospital for a service that should have bene retained at Letterkenny Hospital” says Betty Holmes DACC.She continued “It is 308 KM one way from Malin to Galway. Why was this massive change made by Saolta? Is this in the best interest of the Breast Cancer Patient and the Breast Unit? Is this Medical Politics? Remember the administrative staff at the Breast Unit must now daily spend what we imagine must be two or three hours sending all the appointments requests to Galway Hospital. How does this impact on their daily working day?“Commitments were given at the meeting in the Dept. of Health on the 27th Feb that Galway Breast Consultants would travel to Letterkenny Hospital ¾ days per month. This hasn’t happened. One consultant who has been a supporter of the Breast Unit continues to come up. Where are the other four Consultants? Why have they not been up? Remember we in DACC believe each Breast Surgeon should have 50 new Breast Cancers , have the 5 consultants in Galway this number each? The Dept of Health, the HSE & Saolta keep telling Donegal Action for Cancer Care that the Breast Cancer Services at Letterkenny Hospital are safe & secure. We ask them as we have done where will they all be at the end of 2017 or sooner when the services are removed? Still in their jobs no doubt!DACC CONTINUE TO EXPRESS FEARS OVER BREAST CANCER SERVICES was last modified: July 18th, 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:Betty HolmesdonegalDonegal Action Against Cancer Carelast_img read more

HUNDREDS OF DONEGAL SCHOOLCHILDREN ATTEND ROAD SAFETY EVENT – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgHUNDREDS OF DONEGAL SCHOOLCHILDREN ATTEND ROAD SAFETY EVENT – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: October 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Featuresnewslast_img read more

PR execs guilty on all counts

first_imgCapping a five-week trial that grew out of a sweeping investigation into City Hall corruption, a federal jury on Tuesday found two former Fleishman-Hillard executives guilty of padding bills to the DWP by more than $300,000. Doug Dowie, a power broker who headed the Los Angeles office of the prestigious public relations firm, and John Stodder, his right-hand man, showed little emotion as the verdicts were read by U.S. District Judge Gary Allen Feess. The jury deliberated 5 1/2 days before finding Dowie, 58, and Stodder, 50, guilty of conspiracy and wire fraud charges. Dowie faces up to 240 years in prison, Stodder up to 225 years. A sentencing date has not been set and both remain free on bond. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“I’m very, very disappointed,” Dowie said as he left the courtroom flanked by his attorneys. One of them, Tom Holliday, said Dowie would continue his legal fight. Stodder’s attorney, Jan Handzlik, called the verdict “deeply disappointing.” “We continue to believe John Stodder was a victim of Fleishman-Hillard’s chaotic and haphazard billing system. We also believe John Stodder never intended to cheat or defraud anyone,” he said. Attorneys for Dowie and Stodder said they will appeal after filing motions this summer that are expected to include a request to the judge to dismiss the jury’s verdict. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Kamenstein said his office was pleased with the convictions. While Fleishman-Hillard was not a defendant in the federal trial, Richard S. Kline, the firm’s general manager in Los Angeles, said the company hopes the verdict will end a difficult chapter. “We deeply regret that improper and indefensible bills were presented to several of our Los Angeles clients, and we again apologize to the residents of Los Angeles,” Kline said in a statement. The company paid nearly $6 million to settle a civil lawsuit filed by the city alleging overbilling of the Department of Water and Power. Neither Dowie nor Stodder took the stand in their trial as prosecutors called more than a dozen witnesses to bolster e-mails and billing records that they claimed showed a conspiracy to defraud the DWP, the Port of Los Angeles, the Worldwide Church of God and architect Frank Gehry’s firm. The charges grew out of a sweeping federal-state investigation into accusations that former Mayor James Hahn’s administration engaged in “pay-to-play” practices, although no public officials have been charged in connection with any of the allegations of squeezing political money from city contractors. City Controller Laura Chick, who in the summer of 2002 questioned the DWP’s $3 million-a-year contract with Fleishman-Hillard, expressed mixed feelings about the verdict against Dowie, who had been a friend. “It’s very difficult to see how it played out for him and his family,” Chick said. “It’s very sad when good people cross the line. But it’s important that the justice system works like it did today, giving a strong warning … (so) the rest of us don’t cross the line.” After the verdict, jurors said they were convinced by the accumulation of evidence, including an exchange of e-mails Jan. 6, 2003, when Dowie asked Stodder how much they could “pad” the DWP account with “ambiguous counseling” for then-Mayor Hahn and two former top-ranking utility officials. “That chain of e-mails was the glue that cemented in our minds (what we saw) in the billing records,” one juror said. Another juror said the e-mails – in which Stodder cautioned Dowie that adding $30,000 to the DWP’s bill for December 2002 was “more than the system could bear” – helped crystallize the issue as hundreds of billing documents were presented and witnesses testified that the bills had been inflated for work not performed. Dowie is a former managing editor of the Los Angeles Daily News and ex-chief of staff to former state Assemblyman Richard Katz. Dowie was joined Tuesday by Stodder and a contingent of several dozen attorneys, family members and friends who paced the corridor of the Roybal Federal Courthouse for nearly an hour, waiting for the verdict to be read. After the verdict, Dowie, an ex-Marine who served in Vietnam, walked out onto a plaza where television cameras followed him along the sidewalk. Stodder left with less fanfare. During the trial, Steve Sugerman, a former Fleishman-Hillard senior vice president and spokesman for former Mayor Richard Riordan, testified that Dowie ordered him to “figure it out” when billings fell short of monthly projections on the DWP account, even though it was too late to do more legitimate work. Lawyers for Dowie said in opening and closing statements that any wrongdoing was the result of subordinates acting without his authorization. On cross-examination, Sugerman – who pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a deal with prosecutors – said he believed Dowie wanted him to inflate the bills, although he was never told to do so directly. Former company Vice President Monique Moret testified under immunity that Dowie was told in an Oct. 10, 2003, meeting by Stodder that the DWP bills were being inflated. She said Dowie asked whether Fred Muir, a senior vice president who had made allegations of fraudulent DWP billings as he resigned that day, had any evidence. But defense witness Matt Middlebrook – formerly Hahn’s spokesman, who had just joined the firm – testified he couldn’t recall such a conference, although Moret said he was in the meeting with her, Dowie and Stodder. Moret also testified that she added unworked hours worth tens of thousands of dollars starting in December 2002 at the direction of Stodder, her boss. Her former assistant, Candice Campbell, also testifying under immunity, said Stodder twice told her to “write up” the DWP account by $10,000. Prosecutors emphasized the series of Jan. 6, 2003, e-mails among Dowie, Stodder and others after notification that the L.A. office was $59,000 short of its December revenue projections. In one e-mail to Stodder, Dowie asked how much they could “pad” the DWP account and whether it could take as much as $30,000. When Stodder e-mailed back that was more than the system could bear, Dowie responded, “How much will it bear?” Told by Stodder that Moret thought she could add $15,000 across the board, Dowie e-mailed, “OK let’s do it.” beth.barrett@dailynews.com (818) 713-3731160Want 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

Soccer: Success in Blanchardstown for LYIT team

first_imgLYIT Soccer team secured a second victory ‘on the trot’ yesterday in Blanchardstown in the Colleges & Universities Football League Division 1 North fixture. Shane Byrne’s team were faced with their second away fixture to a Dublin team, having secured the points in Tallaght last week.The game lived up to it’s promise of one of the best fixtures of the round with Blanchardstown IT and Letterkenny IT considered to be two of the best teams in the group. The action started as early as the 9th minute with Daire McDaid, playing in midfield, striking wide of the upright as he made one of many attacks from his central position on goal. LYIT welcomed a newcomer to the defence, Ciaran Kelly, the Finn Harps U 19 player, showed all the experience needed to cope with the unrelenting attacks from Blanchardstown in the opening 45 minutes. Ciaran was paired in central defence with Fearghal Harkin, Clonmany, now an established player in LYIT rear guard.With honours even at the break, the second half brought with it all that is good in clever wing play from Simon McGlynn and Ryan Connolly. McGlynn pressed hard on Alan Keogh in the Blanchardstown right back position and found space on many occasions behind their defence line. His efforts were almost rewarded as early as the 12th minute of the second half when McGlynn rounded Keogh and drew the goalkeeper only to strike the post.Ryan Connolly, the Rathmullan player, made all of the running on the right flank with Karl Byrne, the well regarded left back from Blanchardstown unable to move the ball with his usual efficiency, thanks to Connolly’s pressure. Thanks to Connolly’s work on the right, Adrian Delap delivered the quality passing typical of his play.Ryan Connolly on the attack for LYIT against Blanchardstown IT on Wednesday, LYIT won 2-0 with goals from Martin Doherty and Paul McVeigh (Paddy Gallagher)Adrian Delap playing for LYIT closing on a Blanchardstown IT attack in the CUFL game this week in Dublin, LYIT won 2-1. (Paddy Gallagher)The LYIT first goal came from the hard working Paul McVeigh who found both Simon McGlynn and Martin Doherty in support as he slipped his marker on the right flank. McVeigh held the play up sufficiently to allow Martin Doherty, Cockhill Celtic, to strike and score from close range on 75 minutes. Blanchardstown worked hard to establish level terms, Simon McGlynn pressed the full back and went close once again, narrowly clipping his shot over the crossbar. Eight minutes after the first LYIY goal, Paul McVeigh made victory for the travelling side a certainty. Having been fouled just outside the area, McVeigh himself struck the ball over the Blanchardstown defensive wall into the net.LYIT:Mark McElhinney, Caolan McDaid, Fearghal Harkin, Ciaran Kelly, Adrian Delap, Brian McVeigh, Martin Doherty, Daire McDaid, Captain, Paul McVeigh, Simon McGlynn, Ryan Connolly, Subs Michael Kusigagbe, Shay Durning, Ibrahim , Derek Ani and Eoghan Doherty.Soccer: Success in Blanchardstown for LYIT team was last modified: October 27th, 2016 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)last_img read more

DOHERTY LOSES HIGH COURT CHALLENGE AGAINST REFERENDUM

first_imgDonegal TD Pearse Doherty has lost his High Court challenge against the Referendum Commission ahead of tomorrow’s Fiscal Treaty vote.The HIgh Court sat late last night to hear submissions on the challenge.The court in Dublin has rejected claims that the Commission made conflicting or erroneous statements about the government’s ability to veto the ESM.  DOHERTY LOSES HIGH COURT CHALLENGE AGAINST REFERENDUM was last modified: May 30th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Donegal man finds a fulfilling career in healthcare with Donegal ETB

first_imgAs the ETB launch their latest diverse range of courses for 2018, Donegal Daily in conjunction with the ETB present a profile of learners who have successfully graduated from one of the many training programmes ETB has to offer.This week Donegal Daily spoke with John Mc Glynn from Letterkenny, who has set out on a new and fulfilling career path in Healthcare.John has been enjoying his rewarding work as a PA and care assistant for the past year since he qualified in Healthcare Support. John, now in his early 50s, worked in Insurance for over 30 years before the business was sold and he took redundancy. He decided to pursue an entirely new path when he enrolled with Donegal ETB“I fancied a change,” John tells Donegal Daily, “I saw that course and I went for it. I was a bit unsure in the first few days but I soon settled in and enjoyed the learning and I made great friends.”Nine months later, John qualified with a QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) Level 5 Award which gave him the essential foundations to work in the healthcare sector.The ETB is known for helping people step up to new levels of employment, and John was no different. His work placement providers at Brentwood Manor Nursing Home offered to keep him on, so he had a new job to begin before he had even finished the programme. “I like my work, it’s very rewarding. I work part-time in the dementia unit at Brentwood. I wanted to experience different parts of healthcare so I started six months ago as a PA with the Irish Wheelchair Association as well,” John said.It may be a completely new career path for the former insurance man, but medical work was always in John’s blood as his mother and father were both nurses.John studied over 10 modules at the Letterkenny Training Centre, including anatomy, physiology, human growth and development, care of the older person, first aid, patient handling and more.The work experience was one of the most beneficial elements, John said: “You learn a lot in work experience. I did 300 days and in that time I put my training into good practice. In fact, most of my class got work from their placements.”John said he would recommend the course to anyone considering work as a carer:“I found the course good and the tutors were excellent. Definitely give it a go, and if you’re older it might be daunting going back to school but you’ll soon settle in. “It’s nine months of a lot of assignments and hard work but, if you’re prepared to do it, it’s well worth it. There is a good sense of satisfaction when you complete it.“One thing you do need before you start is empathy – and that can’t be taught.”John completed a mix of written and practical assignments to gain his qualification. Now, John is enjoying the daily rewards of caring for others, while he has a range of possibilities before him and a thirst for more experience:“You need that QQI Level 5 Award to get started. Now that I have it, I might diversify into some other aspect of healthcare in the future.”Discover more about the Healthcare Support programme with Donegal ETB in Gweedore which is starting on the 26th of February, also available in Letterkenny and Greencastle by visiting www.donegaletb.ie For further information on these programmes and others contact Bridin on  074-9120542Email for course inquiries: coursesdonegaltc@donegaletb.iewww.donegaletb.ieDonegal man finds a fulfilling career in healthcare with Donegal ETB was last modified: January 19th, 2018 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:BusinessCareerDonegal ETBeducation trainingEmploymentHealthcarejobsskillslast_img read more