Three Donegal graduates selected for Bord Bia Talent Academy

first_imgThree Donegal natives have been selected as part of the Bord Bia Talent Academy and will do a masters with UCD Smurfit business school while also completing 23 months’ industry placement.Cliona Regan from Mountcharles, Darragh Boyd from Raphoe and Conor Quinn from Buncrana are three of 69 new recruits joining Bord Bia’s Talent Academy.It is Bord Bia’s largest-ever investment in talent acquisition for the Irish food and drink industry, in its 25-year history. The Talent Academy features four programmes run in conjunction with UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and gives students the opportunity to gain professional food and drink industry experience while undertaking a Masters programme with UCD.Michael Murphy, Industry Talent Director at Bord Bia commented: “Investing in talent is a key priority for Bord Bia and through our talent programmes we are ensuring that we attract the best people into the food and drink industry.“The new recruits, who underwent a rigorous selection process, come from a range of academic and professional backgrounds and bring a variety of skills and aptitudes to their respective roles.“They can expect a hothouse environment over the next weeks and months; a place where their talent will be nurtured in order to drive the success and growth of the Irish food and drink industry.” Boyd will be based in the UK as a Bord Bia Marketing Fellow, working on behalf of Irish food and drink companies wishing to grow and defend Irish exports to the UK.In total 19 graduates join the Fellowship programme with placements across the globe including Mexico, Vietnam, Tokyo, Dubai, New York, Stockholm and the UK.Regan (based in Dublin) is one of 32 International Graduates who will work directly with Bord Bia, placed in one of Bord Bia’s network of 14 offices worldwide.Ten recruits will be placed overseas with multinational food and beverage organisations as Origin Green Ambassadors working to implement the principles of the Origin Green programme into their sustainability plans.Quinn is one of eight recruits to the Retail and Foodservice Account Management programme, who will work with major UK retailers to secure business for Irish suppliers. Following an immersion and study period of three to five weeks (depending on their chosen programme), the new recruits take up their roles around the world.  For the remainder of the programme, recruits will undergo block release modules with UCD Michael Smurfit and complete academic assignments that support real business and marketing projects.Three Donegal graduates selected for Bord Bia Talent Academy was last modified: July 19th, 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)last_img read more

Man arrested after cars attacked in Letterkenny traffic jam

first_imgA man has been arrested after a number of cars were damaged in traffic in Letterkenny this evening.The incident happened close to the Oldtown Bridge just after 7.30pm.The man, who was carrying some type of implement, damaged a number of cars which were queued in traffic. The man, who is in his late 20s, moved off but was later involved in an altercation close to McDonalds fast-food outlet.Gardai arrived on the scene and the man was arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.It is not understood anybody in the cars was hurt but at least three people were left shaken.A number of cars were damaged as a result of the attack. Man arrested after cars attacked in Letterkenny traffic jam was last modified: August 9th, 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:arrestattackcarsdonegalletterkennylast_img read more

Driver under the influence of coke and cannabis stopped in Letterkenny

first_imgA Donegal motorist was stopped on Wednesday night for driving dangerously while under the influence of drugs. GardaÍ received a report from a member of the public in relation to a car driving dangerously.Gardaí stopped the vehicle in Letterkenny when they observed it being driven erratically close to Mountain Top, Letterkenny. The driver was arrested having tested positive for cocaine and cannabis and for being in possession of a small quantity of drugs.The motorist will now face court in due course.Driver under the influence of coke and cannabis stopped in Letterkenny was last modified: September 13th, 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)last_img read more

“Get on with the job” – Mica Action Group urges govt to give redress scheme ‘ urgency it deserves’

first_imgMembers of the Mica Action Group (MAG) have urged the government to start the roll-out of the highly anticipated redress scheme to enable repair of the homes of those affected by the defective blocks issue across the county.The announcement comes as homeowners await details on how a €20million investment, which was announced earlier this year, will be used on a redress scheme.On Tuesday, Minister Joe McHugh said that a ‘special funding pot’ of €40million will be set aside in 2020 for the fixing of homes affected by both Mica and Pyrite. However, MAG believes that this is not nearly enough to get all of the homes fixed; where government estimates put the number of those affected to be in the region of 5000 homes.Ann Owens Chairperson of the MAG said: “Over the course of the last number of months, MAG asked the Department of Housing for a significant increase in the Budget for 2020 to enable work to get underway to fix the homes of those affected by the mica issue.“With the allocation of an additional twenty-million euro, our initial thoughts were that this was not nearly enough to fix all of the homes affected.“However, we have sought clarity on this issue and today received confirmation that should this money be spent throughout 2020, we are in position to seek further drawdown of funds from the Department of Housing to continue this work over the course of this year. “This is what happened in the case of Pyrite and Minister Damien English has confirmed MAG are in position to seek the same treatment to apply to homeowners in Donegal.“Currently we have over 1400 homeowners registered with MAG, however, we believe the number to be significantly larger than this.“It is imperative that affected homeowners continue to register in order for us to continue to exert pressure on government and to illustrate the huge scale of this problem.“Importantly, the level of the Budget allocated becomes significant only when the actual scheme is opened.  Last week it was one year since we received the news that redress was approved by Cabinet.“It is very disappointing and frustrating therefore to think that a year on we are still effectively no further forward and few details of the scheme have been provided and importantly the applications process is still not open. “It is time to give this issue the urgency it deserves. We have had enough procrastination and delay and quite honestly homeowners are at the end of their tether.“On a daily basis, we are contacted by homeowners who tell us how their homes are deteriorating at an alarming rate. Over the weekend one of these families posted a video on our Facebook page showing the blocks in such bad condition now that they simply disintegrate in the home owner’s hands.“This situation is a catastrophe waiting to happen and the Government is putting homeowners lives at risk and in an impossible position as they have nowhere else to go.“There is no single bigger issue than this in the county at the minute and it is time that those tasked with finalising this scheme and with its roll-out, treated this with the immediate action it deserves. “We, therefore, call on the Department of Housing and Donegal County Council to stop pointing the finger at each other and to just get on with the job of getting the homes of families who are desperately affected by this issue, fixed as soon as possible.”“Get on with the job” – Mica Action Group urges govt to give redress scheme ‘ urgency it deserves’ was last modified: October 14th, 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)last_img read more

Govt has done nothing to tackle issue of homelessness in Donegal – Doherty

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has hit out at the Government over what he said is its continuing failure to get to grips with the homelessness crisis gripping Donegal and the Northwest.His criticism comes following remarks made by the Taoiseach in the Dáil last week.Having been challenged by members of the opposition over the government’s housing policies, Mr Varadkar defended the government’s position on housing claiming that it is one which is focused on delivering more housing for all and not one driven by ideology. However, the Sinn Fein politician rubbished the Taoiseach’s statement.He said the Department’s own figures on the number of people accessing local authority managed emergency accommodation here shows that there has been no reduction in the levels of homelessness across the northwest within the last twelve months with 55 adults, including five families, having been recorded as homeless here according to the latest statistics.He added “Last week in the Dáil, in a attempt at defending his Government’s record on housing, the Taoiseach made the bold claim that his government was focused on delivering more housing and that their policies with respect to housing is not in any way driven by ideology unlike – he argued – some members of the opposition.“In other words, the Taosieach wants us to believe that his Government has no ideological preference at all in terms of its housing policies and that they are merely being pragmatic and doing their best to tackle the housing and homelessness crisis. “Yet, despite the Taoiseach’s claims, it’s clear that nothing could be further from the truth and that Fine Gael’s long standing preference, which has been to shell out huge sums of public money to private landlords and developers to house those who qualify for social housing supports, is completely driven by party ideology for letting the market decide.“And for any government to try and even defend its policies on housing at a time when we currently have the greatest levels of homelessness ever experienced in the history of the State is simply beyond belief.”The Donegal TD said we only have to look at the Department’s own homelessness figures to see that Minister Eoghan Murphy and this government are completely failing to get to grips with the scale of the problem.“In fact, if we look at September last year, the data shows that there has not been any reduction in the numbers recorded as being homeless throughout the northwest region twelve months on.“In September 2018, there were 54 adults across counties Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim who were forced to access local authority managed emergency accommodation and that that number – one year on – has now risen to 55 adults, including five families representing a total of 17 children classed as homeless. “Meanwhile across the state, the same report shows the number of people officially living in emergency accommodation overall remains over 10,000 for the eighth month in a row.“This government’s failure to deal with this crisis is normalising homelessness and, rather than addressing those failures, the Taoiseach and his Minister are instead opting to take cheap shots at opposition TDs for the sake of political point scoring.“This response is not helpful particularly at a time when we are talking about more than figures here. We are talking about people: men, women and children who are living day in and day out with the realities of having no place to call home.“This government should hang its head in shame because it will be the administration remembered for having presiding over this crisis.” Govt has done nothing to tackle issue of homelessness in Donegal – Doherty was last modified: November 26th, 2019 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:Deputy Pearse DohertydonegalGovernmentHOMELESSNESSlast_img read more

West Ham and Birmingham keepers linked as Warnock is said to want Kenny

first_imgLeeds United boss Neil Warnock wants to sign Paddy Kenny from QPR, who are eyeing Robert Green and Ben Foster as potential replacements, according to The People.Kenny knows Warnock well.Kenny, whose contract expires in 2013, was signed for Rangers by Warnock and also played under him at Sheffield United and Bury.Warnock’s Loftus Road successor Mark Hughes was linked with Birmingham keeper Foster before the transfer deadline and it is now claimed that West Ham’s Green is also on his radar.The People also suggest that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is to hold face-to-face talks with Jose Mourinho about a return to Stamford Bridge for the Real Madrid boss.France coach Laurent Blanc is also said to have been sounded out, but Mourinho is apparently willing to discuss taking his old job back.But The Sun on Sunday say Abramovich has ruled out taking Mourinho back to the club.Abramovich is said to be interested in appointing Capello.It is claimed that although Mourinho has been linked with the manager’s position, Abramovich has no intention of appointing him.A Blues source is quoted as saying: “There is absolutely no way Roman will go back in for Jose — no way.“Russians never go back, they replace things rather than fix them and they never admit they are wrong.“While Roman continues to own the club people should forget about him returning.”The Sun on Sunday also say that Salomon Kalou, whose Chelsea contract expires this summer, is a target for Tottenham and Arsenal as well as Bayern Munich and clubs in France, Russia and Spain.Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday suggest Fabio Capello is ready to return to England to manage in the Premier League, which will apparently alert Abramovich to the possibility of appointing him.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Toms handed chance to regain title

first_imgNortholt’s Ryan Toms has been given the chance to regain the southern area light-middleweight title.Steve O’Meara, who dethroned Toms with a first-round knockout when the two West Londoners met last year, has relinquished the belt and is fighting experienced Welshman Bradley Pryce next month.It means Toms, 30, will face Yassine El Maachi for the now vacant championship at the Brentwood Centre in Essex on 26 May.The fight will be on the same show as the all-west London heavyweight clash between Audley Harrison and Chelsea-based Iraqi Ali Adams.El Maachi, who was keen to challenge O’Meara, was born in Morocco, lives in Finsbury Park and has a record of 14 wins and four losses.Last year the 32-year-old won the televised Prizefighter tournament, beating former world champion Junior Witter in the final.Toms (9-2-1) was unbeaten as a professional prior to his defeat against O’Meara at York Hall last September.Related story: O’Meara stuns Toms in west London clashFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Graham keen to snub other clubs and join Sunderland – report

first_imgSwansea striker Danny Graham wants talks with boss Michael Laudrup to force a move to Sunderland, according to The Sun.QPR have been linked with the 27-year-old because manager Harry Redknapp recently appeared to suggest he was interested.Reading have expressed an interest and Norwich are also reported to be keen.But it is claimed the Gateshead-born former Middlesbrough player would like to return to the North-East.The Daily Mail speculate that Lucas Piazon joining Malaga on loan could be a tactical move by Chelsea in their apparent quest to sign Isco from the Spanish club.Playmaker Isco, 20, is said to be a target for Real Madrid but has also been linked with the Blues, who have agreed to let Malaga have teenage forward Piazon for the rest of the season.The Sun suggest Chelsea or Fulham could sign Nordsjaelland defender Jores Okore if they pay £4m.And the Daily Mirror report that Reading are the only club to have made an official offer for Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas, who was reported to be on his way to Chelsea.“At the moment there is no agreement with any club,” a source is quoted as saying.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Phillips admits displays have been poor

first_imgMatt Phillips has admitted that his performances for QPR this season have been poor. The winger struggled for fitness and form after his move from Blackpool in the summer of 2013, having missed pre-season with an arm injury.He was playing well before his season was then ended by an ankle injury in February and he is again looking to get back to his best.“I haven’t been happy with my own performances,” Phillips told Rangers’ website.“I spent a lot of time out of the game last season and it’s going to take a few games to get my form going and build my confidence. I’ll keep working hard and hopefully it will come.”Phillips missed good chances to score in Rangers’ 4-0 defeats at Tottenham and Manchester United.“I’m my own biggest critic, and I’ve been critical of myself over a couple of bad performances,” he added.“When that happens you’re always looking to the next game to put it right.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Middlesbrough v QPR: Five R’s changes

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesQPR have made five changes for the game at the Riverside Stadium, where recent signing David Wheeler makes his full debut.With skipper Nedum Onuoha having joined Rangers’ list of injury defenders, Darnell Furlong comes into the starting line-up and Massimo Luongo has been named captain.There are also starting places for Ryan Manning, Matt Smith and Kazenga LuaLua.Josh Scowen and Conor Washington are both out injured. Middlesbrough are without the injured Martin Braithwaite and Rudy Gestede as well as the suspended Adama Traore.Middlesbrough: Randolph, Christie, Fry, Gibson, Fabio, Clayton, Leadbitter, Downing, Johnson, Baker, Assombalonga.Subs: Konstantopoulos, Friend, Shotton, Forshaw, Howson, Fletcher, BamfordQPR: Smithies, Furlong, Baptiste, Robinson, Wheeler, Luongo, Manning, Freeman, Bidwell, LuaLua, Smith.Subs: Lumley, Mackie, Borysiuk, Osayi-Samuel, Wszolek, Ngbakoto.See also:QPR captain Onuoha ruled out of Boro gameNo QPR return for former skipper Hilllast_img read more