Cricket News WATCH: MS Dhoni’s daughter Ziva has special message for voters

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Iconic cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni took time out of his hectic IPL schedule to cast his vote alongside his family, here Monday. Dhoni reached the polling station less than 24 hours after leading Chennai Super Kings in an IPL game against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.After casting his vote, Dhoni also put up a short video on social media with daughter Ziva, who told his father’s legion of fans to “go and vote just like Mumma and Papa did”. On Tuesday in Chennai, he will lead CSK against Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 of the IPL.On this ocassion, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s daughter Ziva said, “Go and vote, just like mumma (mom) and papa (dad) did.” Here’s the Instagram post: last_img read more

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Syracuse earns No. 8 seed, will face 9th-seeded Nebraska in Columbia, South Carolina

first_img Published on March 16, 2015 at 7:33 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (21-9, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) has earned a No. 8 seed in the Greensboro Region of the NCAA tournament and will play No. 9-seed Nebraska on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Columbia, South Carolina. The game will be televised on ESPN2.If Syracuse defeats the Cornhuskers (21-10, 10-8 Big Ten), it will advance to play the winner of No. 1-seed South Carolina and No. 16-seed Savannah State, a game that will take place on Friday at 5 p.m.“We understand that going to the (NCAA) tournament three years in a row is big, and that’s what we want to do every year is to get into the tournament and have a chance to win the national championship,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We’re very excited about the opportunity.”Hillsman said that he knew some about the Cornhuskers before the announcement was made and quickly researched them before he spoke to the media. Hillsman said he knows Nebraska is a good rebounding team and a “decent” 3-point shooting team.The Cornhuskers will be without leading scorer Rachel Theriot, whose season ended early because of an ankle injury she suffered in practice on Feb. 3. The guard underwent surgery on Feb. 19 and missed Nebraska’s final eight regular-season games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“As soon as you get the draw, you go and do a little bit of homework,” Hillsman said. “… I’ve seen them some. They’re a very good basketball team, so we’ve got a really, really tough game ahead of us.”If SU advances past the Cornhuskers, it may have a rematch with South Carolina, which beat the Orange 67-63 on Nov. 28 in the championship game of the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas. The Orange, though, led by 10 points with seven minutes to go in regulation.The Greensboro bracket also features a pair of ACC foes in second-seeded Florida State and No. 4 seed North Carolina. The Orange fell to the then-No.9 Seminoles 62-52 on Feb. 2 in Tallahassee and upset the then-No. 13 Tar Heels 61-56 on Feb. 5 in the Carrier Dome.“We’re going to be ready for this game,” Hillsman said. “Obviously, it’s Monday. The game is Friday, so we have plenty of time to get our legs under us and prepare.” Commentslast_img read more

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Word on the Street: What do you like about Alpena’s Brown Trout Festival?

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisReporter Lauren Mixon asks people in Alpena what they like about Alpena’s Brown Trout Festival.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Brown Trout, Brown Trout FestivalContinue ReadingPrevious Besser free family fun day this weekend will encourage S.T.E.A.M learningNext John Hopkins Graduate students extend an invitation to NOAAlast_img

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Hoffarth on the media: Just when it looked like the clock might run out on DodgerBlues.com

first_imgRelated Articles But then Game 7 played out Wednesday night.Segal had the Dodger Blues all over again.“Despite the skepticism the team trained me to have, and how I had protected myself over the years, going into Game 7 I thought they were going to win,” admitted the 42-year-old landscape architect, married and with three young daughters living in the San Fernando Valley.“At least, for about a minute and a half.”That’s about all it took for Yu Darvish to give up a couple of runs to the Houston Astros in the first inning. Three more runs in the second inning. Then the Dodgers bats went silent.Segal felt duped all over again.“Suddenly the Dodgers looked dead, and sloppy, and familiar to me,” continued Segal, who watched it at a nearby bar full of fans who apparently seemed more apathetic as the game devolved.“It was the ultimate hurt. They beckoned me back in and kept saying, ‘Come, come closer …’ And I knew better … I wasn’t going to do it. But I was suckered in and the next thing I knew, they were kicking me in the nuts, slapping me in the face, turning me around and, ‘Saying go away, come back next year’.”FANNING THE FLAMESEnough Dodgers fan-driven websites have come and gone over the last dozen years, each serving pretty much the same purpose – a place to post “citizen-filtered journalism” and litter it with a bunch of selfies about the team’s on-field performance. Over time, some of these site “editors” have managed to procure a media credential from the team, get some press box space, then pound away on their keyboards to emote even more passion into cyberspace.Segal’s site was unpleasantly and thankfully a bit different.It had an honest snark and bark from his seat in the park, in front of his TV set or where ever he decided to take in a contest. It cursed. It had self-created graphics and references to obscure players and events.It felt authentic to a degree where, if it didn’t always take itself seriously, it acknowledged the abuse a real fan has to endure if he or she is to truly be “true blue.”As a single guy with a communications degree from UC San Diego, Segal also kept everything anonymous, just adding to the mystique.Was it coming from someone inside the organization? A comedy writer trying to stay sharp by using fodder from the Dodgers’ futility under the post-O’Malley and pre-Guggenheim Group ownership that was ripe for ridicule?“I’ve been a cynical Dodgers fan since birth – it’s a deep obsession that runs in my family,” explained Segal, also a huge Howard Stern fan who grew up in West L.A. and, if falling asleep before the game ended, would find a note from his parents awaiting him the next morning with all the highlights before he went to school.“I would always take it emotionally hard when they weren’t doing well.” One down for SBVC, 3 to go As the owner, gatekeeper, and lamentation provocateur of this website “for the frustrated Los Angeles Dodgers fan,” with the intent of  “celebrating the futility, disappointment and humor” of the franchise for more than 10 years, Segal sort of gave up on the whole project in 2012. But he was willing to swim back to shore one last time considering the recent circumstances.As he would later show on his Twitter account, Segal had created a “Game Over” graphic through Photoshop that he was prepared to slap over that clock this week with the exact digits marking the time between the Gibson homer and the Dodgers’ clinching the 2017 World Series. It was enough channeled angst to where he got to know the college dorm maintenance guy – he had to frequently come over to fix holes in the wall that Segal created out his frustrations from watching the Dodgers’ flounder.Writing newspaper letters to the sports editor was one way to challenge his creative angst, so eventually Segal decided to register the domain name for DodgerBlues.com, as well as a few others, in 1999, not knowing what to do with them. In 2001, with not much competition or clutter, he started a somewhat therapeutic process of posting his rants and watching the community react.“A lot of people saw it as a ‘Dodger bashing’ site, when it was really just generating dialogue as an outlet for many people,” said Segal. “The fans who understood it cared enough to be angry, not passive, during that time. I don’t think my anger was balanced with a lot of positivity, which is just part of my personality, but back then, there really wasn’t a lot of good stuff going on with the organization.”Segal caught wind that some players on the team enjoyed the daily posts, and none ever fought back or tried to track him down to out him.  Mainstream media sites picked up on it and referenced it. If one did a Google search for “Dodgers” during the peak years when some 4,000 a day read it, Segal’s site would often come up third in line after the team’s official site and ESPN’s Dodgers-related site, a testament to whatever binary analytics were breaking in his favor.The desire to get married and start a family – his future wife didn’t even know for awhile that he ran this site — precluded him from spending all those hours watching, writing and rewriting. Then, Mark Walter’s group came in to run the show. More Dodger sites like ThinkBlueLA.com or TrueBlueLA.com, DodgersDigest.com or SonsOfSteveGarvey.com popped up.“I couldn’t compete with all the others,” Segal admitted, “and I didn’t want to.”The non-subscription site never made money, either, so there was that reality, even if he sold enough ads and T-shirts to get slapped with a couple of cease-and-desist orders from MLB for logo infringement. Segal felt almost an obligation to keep it going because of the response even if he was essentially done with it.Like a reliquary of resistance, the residue of his work remains as an archaeological dig,  available to read at the same URL he continues to pay about $15 a year to keep. Storage space from his wife’s business site as well as her hosting package apparently keep it from completely disappearing.And there’s that clock, kept alive like the beating heart of a cyberspace-organism that will never go away as long as the domain name bills are paid up.‘A CLEAN BREAK’Segal said that for the last five years since he stopped doing the site “I did a good job of detaching myself from the team,” which was aided and abetted a bit by having DirecTV during the SportsNet L.A. distribution debacle.But as the team started generating championship expectations, his fandom was rekindled. Maybe there could be some closure.“That would have made it a clean break,” he said. “And made things easier for the rest of my life.”Instead, this past World Series was “the ultimate tease,” he says. “It just feels like things are status quo again. I’m bummed out. I fell for it.“Now I’m stuck.”Stuck in a sense that he has no time or desire to even do much more with the website or on social media, even if Twitter has become an easier media-ready platform to keep the vibe alive, still rather anonymously until he agreed at this point to reveal his identity.“People are asking if I’ll bring the site back. I remember back then when even if things were good, I think I found a way to focus on things that weren’t, which is kind of sick, and twisted, and unhealthy. But that’s me.“I’m proud of that site. I still consider myself a hard-core Dodgers fan because I’ll never follow another team, regardless of how much time I have to devote to it. What I realized was this last month has been an amazing distraction considering all that’s going on in the world with politics and natural disasters and mass shootings.“I was skeptical that I could get into the playoffs because it seemed too trivial to me. I went to the first divisional series game, and it was trivial – but it was also necessary. It was something to get excited about and forget everything else. Being a fan again was a great thing.“I always expect the worst and am surprised by the best. But I saw what it’s done for me over the last few weeks just for my own attitude. There was something there – a vibe, a comfortable feeling, that I haven’t seen or felt for a long time in L.A. And now with a few days to look back on it, it was such a great World Series.“I may even try to watch more games next season.”If only to keep that clock mocking the passing of time and a Dodgers fan’s patience. A clock continues ticking on the top right corner of the DodgerBlues.com home page, marking “the time since the last meaningful Dodger moment.”That would be Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series Game 1 walk-off homer that sparked the team to a championship. Thus, the digital numbers read T-plus 29 years … wait, the days and hours seem …“I know, somehow it’s off by about 20 days now,” Josh Segal admitted, dipping another tortilla chip in the hot sauce at a Sherman Oaks Mexican restaurant over lunch. “I don’t know what happened or how to fix it.”That’s a minor glitch.center_img Look who’s back More media notes at www.insidesocal.com/tomhoffarthMEASURING MEDIA MAYHEMWHAT SMOKES* We see the same theories rehashed ad nauseum about why NFL ratings aren’t as robust as usual. Anthem protests? Millennial viewing habits? With ratings reported to be down 5 percent from last year and 15 percent from 2015, a Wall Street Journal piece this week re-purposed through AwfulAnnouncing.com quoted CBS Sports chair Sean McManus as agreeing in the premise that the sport “has clearly diluted the Sunday afternoon packages … it’s simple mathematics” because of airing games on Thursday night, plus more early-morning games from London. CBS is part of that Thursday night package, and this is somewhat of a pivot from how McManus justified his network’s involvement in expanding coverage a years ago. Ponder that with Peyton Manning over a slice of Papa John’s pizza.WHAT CHOKES* ESPN president John Skipper decided to update the company’s 2011 social media guidelines and policies with another memo this past week, this time making it more clear that employees “do not break news on social platforms” because it must be vetted through editors first. Also, avoid commenting on social issues. It all seems reasonable. Yet, despite a clear and present danger of having all this down in black and white, it drew a Twitter response from former ESPN employee and current editor of TheRinger.com Bill Simmons: “Here’s our @ringer social media policy: ‘Feel free to be a human being on the internet’.” Sure. See how long that lasts. College campus upgrades earn kudos Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Tomislav Brkić at the ITF Futures Finals

first_imgThe Bosnian tennis player Tomislav Brkić iis the first finalist of the ITF Futures Tournament in Este (Italy) which is played for the prize fund of 15 000 Dollars.Brkić won the local representative Walter Trusendi in the semi-finals with 6:0, 3:6, 6:1.In the finals, he will play with the winner of the match Tristan Lamasine (Fra) – Francesco Picco (Ita).(Source: Fena)last_img

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CALLAGHAN’S BELLAFINA HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 LA BREA STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS

first_imgFirst Star–Drayden Van Dyke–122Del Mar May–Joe Bravo–120Free Cover–Abel Cedillo–120Stirred–Geovanni Franco–120Bellafina–Flavien Prat–122Bell’s the One–Javier Castellano–122Hard Not to Love–Mike Smith–120Motion Emotion–Mario Gutierrez–120Mother Mother–Joel Rosario–120Special early first post time on opening day is at 11 a.m.  Admission gates will open at 9 a.m.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. CALLAGHAN’S BELLAFINA HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 LA BREA STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS LA BREA IS ONE OF SIX GRADED STAKES ON OPENING DAY DOCKET; FIRST POST TIME SET FOR 11 A.M.ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2019)–Trainer Simon Callaghan’s brilliant Bellafina, a fast finishing second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint here on Nov. 2, heads a field of nine sophomore fillies in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes, one of six graded offerings on Santa Anita’s Winter Meet opening day.The leading money winner in the field with earnings of $1,386,725, Bellafina will face stiff competition recent Grade II winner Bell’s the One, who ships in from her New Orleans base, Bob Baffert’s Mother Mother, who’s been twice second to the top choice and trainer John Shirreffs’ improving allowance winner, Hard Not to Love.BELLAFINAOwner:  Kaleem Shah, Inc., Magnier, Tabor, et alTrainer:  Simon CallaghanA 5 ¼ length winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 6, she was subsequently fifth as the 9-5 favorite in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks May 3 and was a well beaten third as the 2-1 choice in the Grade I Test Stakes at Saratoga three starts back on Aug. 3.  A well beaten fourth in the Grade I Cotillion Stakes at Parx Sept. 21, she then earned a career best 105 Beyer Speed figure in running second in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.  With two wins, a second and a third from four tries at seven furlongs, Bellafina is strictly the horse to beat in the La Brea.THE GRADE I LA BREA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 11 Approximate post time 2 p.m. PTlast_img read more

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Why would WPA leaders heap scorn upon Roopnaraine? (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,In 1979, when the WPA declared itself a political party, the social reality of Guyana took a dramatic turn. It had changed from a pressure group into a contender for political power. It was a direct challenge to the “big boys”. Prime Minister Burnham declared that university professors could engage in academic exercises, but once they stepped into the political arena, they would be subjected to a different set of rules, rules more akin to the Roman amphitheatre. He boasted of his sharper steel. The political reality of Guyana took on a new persona, one that forever changed the historical narrative of Guyana from that day forward, creating a new narrative regarding the sociological reality in terms of the racial divide. The Jagan/Burnham political/racial dichotomy had been seriously challenged, and both men realised the danger the WPA posed to their racial blocs.At a public meeting, Eusi Kwayana raised the hands of both Walter Rodney and Rupert Roopnaraine, clasped them together, and proclaimed that these two men represented the new political/racial reality of Guyana. It was a moment of inspiration for many Guyanese of all races, one that they will forever cherish. Without that hope of a new dawn, Guyana is doomed. With the assassination of Walter Rodney, Rupert Roopnaraine, at that time, assumed a heavy burden of ensuring that vision of the WPA remained alive.Freddie Kissoon makes the claim that, “I knew the WPA burnt down the Ministry of National Development. I know that it stole the arms that were removed from the People’s Temple when Jonestown collapsed and other conspiratorial things. I know the little illegal things I did.”There is no indication by Kissoon whether his knowledge of the events he claimed were first hand or second hand. It raises the question as to why the Burnham-led PNC State was unable to prove what Kissoon claims that he has definitive proof of, despite hauling the arson trio to court as in the case of the burning down of the Ministry of National Development, a ministry which was in reality the PNC headquarters financed by State funds under the Doctrine of the Paramountcy of the ruling party.Many of the young cadres at the time felt the loss of Dr Rodney profoundly as he was their mentor. Several sought solace in the person of Dr Roopnaraine for leadership at that critical juncture of the party’s history. They were granted that invaluable insight that Kissoon wished he had access to, but deliberately spurned, that of “being close to such a giant of an intellectual with such a deep analytical mind.” These young men and women did learn “priceless and valuable lessons in sociology and history.” Dr Roopnaraine shared his profound insights with them. Today they yearn for the person they knew him to be. Kissoon’s “tragic decline of a brilliant mind” reminds us of that reality.If Kissoon’s definition of “honesty” is taken at face value, should Dr Roopnaraine have confessed to the burning down of the de facto PNC headquarters assuming Kissoon’s knowledge of the facts of the matter to be true? If Kissoon is prepared to argue that “history is more important than friendship”, then he must tell us when “history” begins and when “friendship” ends. There is also a question mark as to what Kissoon meant by “friendship”.Kissoon failed to give testimony at the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry, where his “honesty” would have set the historical record straight. He states that Dr Roopnaraine did not give names to the claim “(w) hen he admitted that the WPA was stockpiling arms to overthrow Burnham”. It is unlikely such testimony would carry much weight, since any person could make such claims without any means of corroboration from independent sources. More fundamentally, the WPA never depended on the use of arms to remove the Burnham dictatorship, so the statement is very inaccurate if taken out of context.The claim that the WPA is a dead party has been made by Kissoon on numerous occasions. Is Kissoon making a case that “the decline of a brilliant mind” of Dr Rupert Roopnaraine is a major contributing factor to the lingering presence of the corpse? Political parties are known to come back to life when the occasion demands it. Kissoon, more than any other critic, has kept the WPA alive with his high expectations of the party, expectations he claims it has failed to live up to. He remains one of the WPA’s best friends with his critique of the shortcomings of the party, regardless if they be real or imagined.Sincerely,Rohit KanhaiWPAOA Memberlast_img read more

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Crystal Cup returning bigger and better

first_imgThe tournament won’t see too many changes to the actual game play, however this year, helmets will be mandatory for all players to avoid any possible injuries.Along with the eight tournament rinks, a ninth, full size skating rink is being added this year so players and public can play games of shinny throughout the day, keeping their skills sharp and bodies warm in between games.The Charlie Lake site, located on the south banks fifteen minutes north of Fort St. John, will also include a children’s rink, food vendors, as well as a “beverage” garden.New to the tournament this year is a website, outlining tournament information, how and where to register, how to become a sponsor, news and updates and various other attractions.Advertisement Registration opened Wednesday, December 12, and only the first 60 teams to register will secure a spot in the tournament. The cost to register is $125 per team and can be completed online, or dropped off at the North Peace Leisure Pool desk. Registration closes on January 31, 2013 at 10 p.m.For more information on the tournament, including rules and how to sign up, visit the Crystal Cup’s brand new website.Evans adds that as it is the second year of the tournament, organizers are entering this year’s event much more prepared than last year.”Absolutely, I think its going to run significantly smoother. I think worst case scenarios from every angle happened last year, especially from Mother Nature, who threw us for a complete loop Saturday. We are going to be quite a bit more prepared for snow removal equipment. As well we’re building a burm surrounding the entire area with snow fencing, so hopefully that will deter some of the snow drifts coming off the lake.”Recently, Crystal Cup organizers were denied funding from the City of Fort St. John for the tournament’s new website. As a result, organizers are seeking extra sponsors this year, which can provide sponsorship through a variety of ways, either monetary, or with equipment.Advertisement The Crystal Cup board has put together sponsorship packages, which are available through the website.center_img Both the Crystal Cup and High on Ice have moved dates this year, to coincide with B.C.’s new Family Day holiday.Neil Evans, CEO and creator, says this year’s tournament is expected to be bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event.”This year what we’ve done with the Crystal Cup, just from the popularity from last year, we’ve decided to double it in size and go to 60 teams. We are also going to incorporate a social event this year into the mix, which is going to be happening Friday night for Crystal Cup members and their buddies. Basically what that will do is allow everyone to have an ice breaker, while also allowing the committee to go over rules and regulations and a bit more about the tournament.”- Advertisement -The social event is being held at the Lido Theatre on Friday February 8, and Evans says organizers are attempting to bring in a comedian, as well as a keynote speaker, possibly an NHL Alumni, to help make the event a bit more special for everyone involved.Evans adds the expansion of teams also comes from increased interest from teams outside of town to participate. He says following last year’s tournament, organizers were flooded with interest calls from teams from various B.C. communities, Alberta and even as far as Minnesota.The tournament even gained enough notoriety to be included in the latest edition of Pond Hockey-opoly.Advertisementlast_img read more

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VACANCIES: ARE YOU LOOKING FOR YOUR CAREER TO ‘EVOLVE’?

first_imgEvolve Menswear is one of the leading clothing retailers in the North-West.Now it is looking to expand even further and you could be part of their growing team.The company is looking to hire in a number of areas. It is looking to recruit full-time sales advisers, an experienced full-time book-keeper and an experienced marketing/digital marketing manager.If you think you have the attributes to fill any of the above positions then simply email hr@evolvemenswear.comThe closing dates for applications in March 9th.VACANCIES: ARE YOU LOOKING FOR YOUR CAREER TO ‘EVOLVE’? was last modified: February 24th, 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) Tags:donegalevolve menswearjobslast_img read more

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‘I have a bright future ahead thanks to my Engineering degree at LYIT’

first_imgProspective students across Donegal are considering their next step in education in advance of the 1 February CAO application deadline, with many considering programmes at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. This week, Donegal Daily talked to successful student Michael O’Donnell to hear how his education at LYIT set him on his ideal career path:Michael, who was born in Leeds and grew up in Meenbanad, always had an interest in engineering. The opportunity came to follow this passion in 2011 when he decided to study Mechanical Engineering at LYIT as a mature student. He had no previous experience in the industry, having worked in construction sector since finishing school in 2000. Four years later, with an Honours Degree in his back pocket, Michael is a Mechanical Design Engineer with Omagh-based Telestack Ltd. He works on the design of large-scale bulk material handling systems for sectors such as Quarry, Coal, Mining and Aggregates, Ports and Terminals, and Rail Yards to name but a few. Michael O’DonnellLooking back, Michael said that taking his LYIT education the extra mile has brought him to this point of success. He added to his ordinary Bachelor of Engineering programme with a final fourth year honours degree that has brought him many rewards:“I knew that taking this final step would be extremely challenging yet the rewards that could be gained by successfully completing the Honours Degree course would enable me to secure a lifelong career in the engineering sector,” Michael said.“Achieving a First Class Honours was above and beyond what I expected from this course and the sense of achievement and pride that was felt upon graduation was indescribable.” Engineering students at the LYIT Letterkenny campus enjoy unique benefits for their projects and assignments, Michael points out. “Engineering students would have access to the Engineering Workshop from year 1, right through to year 4, a privilege few students get to experience in other institutes. “Modules on Hydraulics and pneumatics are built into the course which offered greater opportunities to graduates especially to those willing to work in the North where heavy machinery design and manufacturing is widespread.”The programme had a particular focus on equipping students with the skills to make them workplace ready, Michael said. “The fourth year programme was especially beneficial as it concentrated heavily on professional development of the student as well as project planning and presentation skills all of which employers look for in a candidate.”Challenges become rewarding achievements if you put the effort in, Michael explained. He said returning to education as a mature student took a few short weeks of adjustment, and he still counts it as one of his best decisions: “The nerves soon dissipated and the course took a grip on me. It was probably the most difficult decision I had made coming back but also the best as I have a bright future ahead of me thanks to undertaking this course.”Michael O’DonnellFollowing graduation, Michael got his foot in the door at Telestack Ltd. through a Fusion Programme with InterTradeIreland – a programme which provides a company with a recent graduate of specific disciplines to solve specific problems. As part of the programme, Michael had the opportunity to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Management at Queen’s University Belfast, all the while taking on a variety of responsibilities within the Telestack Company.“My role during this time was to introduce a Finite Element Analysis (FEA) training programme for engineers in the company and perform analyses and verification methods on components to identify weaknesses (if any existed) in proposed and existing designs. I also tested the capabilities and limitations of the simulation software and hardware utilised by the company by performing large scale analyses.” Michael transitioned into the design office as a Mechanical Design Engineer following the Fusion Programme. He still works on FEA projects alongside his diverse range of day-to-day activities. Michael’s regular tasks include releasing BOM’s (Bill of Materials) for machines, to working as part of a team on large scale one-off projects, completing Engineering Change Orders, or specifying the hydraulic components of a machine and creating hydraulic circuit diagrams for fitters. “The list of tasks goes on and grows daily but this keeps work very diverse and interesting in nature,” he said.For any student considering applying for an Engineering degree this September, Michael advises them to expect challenging projects which will require methodical thought processes and procedures along with teamwork, planning and research and study.“My advice would be to begin work on and complete assessments as soon as they are received to avoid or reduce the accumulation of assignments in the last few weeks. “Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help at any stage of the course as both lecturers and fellow students are more than willing to help and do whatever is in their power to make life easier,” he said.The college community is one of the main reasons why Michael would recommend LYIT. He said, “as the classes are relatively small in size when compared to universities, interactions between student and lecturer are more informal in nature creating a relaxed and interactive environment for lessons. “Lecturers welcome any questions students have and so I feel a greater understanding of each subject can be gained by the student.”For anyone considering their next big step into third level learning, Michael’s advice is to just go for it: “I regret not taking the opportunity when I was younger and think of all the experience I could have gained up to this point in my life, so I would say it is always worth trying some course, especially if you have an interest in the subject. Trying and failing is better than not trying at all.”If you would like to find out more about this programme, visit: https://www.lyit.ie/courses/electronicmechanicalengineering/LY617/ or alternatively check out our new Level 8 Honours degree in this area: http://www.lyit.ie/courses/electronicmechanicalengineering/ly608/Click here to find out more about LYIT’s CAO course offerings for 2018/2019.For information about all LYIT courses and admissions, email admissions@lyit.ie, telephone 074 918 6000 or visit www.lyit.ie‘I have a bright future ahead thanks to my Engineering degree at LYIT’ was last modified: January 31st, 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:CAOeducationengineeringjobsLetterkenny Institute of TechnologyLYITMichael O’DonnellstudentThird levellast_img read more

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