Former rider named chief steward in California

first_imgARCADIA, California (AP):Darrel McHargue, who, as a jockey, won the 1975 Preakness Stakes and has been a racing official for 27 years, was named to the newly created position of chief steward in California.The California Horse Racing Board announced yesterday that McHargue will handle daily supervision of all stewards at the state’s racetracks. Executive director Rick Baedeker says the board’s goal is to be consistent in the interpretation of racing board rules statewide.McHargue has been a California steward since 1990. He begins his new job on December 26, when Santa Anita’s winter meet opens. He will work with stewards to review race films and discuss and evaluate decisions and rulings.The 61-year-old McHargue won an Eclipse Award in 1978 as the nation’s outstanding jockey.last_img read more

‘Solid’ PH boxing team capable of taking home golds in SEAG

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “I’m not guaranteeing that [we’re going to get all the gold medals] but I can tell you that they are very determined to get the gold medal.The boxers are currently training in Guangzhou, China. The team returns on July 22 and will leave for Malaysia on Aug. 17 three days before the competition unfolds.“We hope the exposure the boxers are getting are enough. There’s no excuse for failure because they’ve been given exposure and equipment,” said Picson.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano CJ Perez backs up the hype in Pirates debut Charly Suarez (light welterweight), Eumir Felix Marcial (middleweight), Carlo Paalam (light flyweight), Ian Bautista (flyweight) and John Martin (light heavyweight) are carrying the country’s fight in the sport.“At the risk of sounding immodest, six,” Picson told reporters during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum when asked about ABAP’s end goal in the SEA Games. “I think we have a pretty solid team in the SEA Games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Picson is convinced the boxers have what it takes to deliver.“We’re not going to send a boxer that has no chance of winning. I believe that all our boxers are capable,” Picson said. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Great Britain’s Joseph Cordina (R) fights Philippines’ Charly Coronel Suarez during the Men’s Light (60kg) match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro – Pavilion 6 in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZAssociation of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines is not guaranteeing anything when it comes to the Philippines’ bid in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur next month, but it’s not tempering expectations either.Abap executive director Ed Picson on Tuesday said ABAP is aiming to sweep all six gold medals at stake in boxing tournament of the biennial meet.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)last_img read more

IOC says boxing’s Olympic future in jeopardy

first_img“At the same time we would like to reassure the athletes that the IOC will — as it has always done in such situations and is currently doing at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 — do its utmost to ensure that the athletes do not have to suffer under these circumstances and that we will protect their Olympic dream.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Witness details secret payments in college hoops recruiting FILE – (R-L) Cuba’s Joahnys Argilagos, USA’s Nico Miguel Hernandez, Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov and Colombia’s Yurberjen Herney Martinez pose with their medals after winning in the boxing matches in the Rio Olympics at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016.Uzbekistan’s first gold medal of the Rio Olympics when he beat Colombia’s Yurberjen Martinez on unanimous points. Bronze medals went to Cuba’s Joahnys Argilagos of Cuba and the American Nico Hernandez, who each lost in the semi-finals. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZBoxing risks being thrown out of the Olympics unless the sport’s ruling body addresses “grave” concerns regarding its governance, the International Olympic Committee executive board said on Wednesday. A strongly worded IOC statement warned that the International Boxing Association (AIBA) must tackle governance issues at its upcoming congress or it could face sanctions.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “The Executive Board of the IOC today expressed its ongoing extreme concern with the grave situation within the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and its current governance,” the board said in a statement.“These include the circumstances of the establishment of the election list and the misleading communication within the AIBA membership regarding the IOC’s position.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe executive board, meeting in Buenos Aires where the Youth Olympic Games begin on Saturday, said the troubles in the AIBA affect “not just the reputation of AIBA and boxing but of sport in general”.“Therefore, the IOC reiterates its clear position that if the governance issues are not properly addressed to the satisfaction of the IOC at the forthcoming AIBA Congress, the existence of boxing on the Olympic programme and even the recognition of AIBA as an International Federation recognised by the IOC are under threat.” MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The IOC warned in July that boxing could still be axed from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics if the AIBA did not put its house in order.In February the IOC said they were worried by the nomination of Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov for the AIBA’s interim presidency.However Rakhimov, who has been linked to organized crime by the US Treasury Department, is now the only candidate for the presidency to be voted on at the AIBA congress in Moscow in November.In attempting to force change at the AIBA this year, the IOC had already suspended financial contributions from the IOC to the AIBA.Even though the IOC believes sweeping change is needed at the AIBA, the governing body voiced support for boxers themselves.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

‘Senate Bill Deprives Liberians’

first_imgThe Liberia Labor Congress (LLC) in a strongly-worded statement says the current legislation enacted by the Senate to alienate officials of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) including the governor, J. Mills Jones, deprives ordinary Liberians of the ability to exercise their political rights guaranteed under the Constitution.The LLC viewed the current situation at the Senate as “troubling and not healthy for our emerging democracy.”  A statement issued yesterday under the signature of LLC secretary general, J. Nyemah Natt, Sr., also said, its attention has been drawn to the ongoing saga between the National Legislature, the CBL Governor and other bank executives forcing them to resign three years before contesting any elected government post.“While the National Legislature may have a different understanding of the CBL Loan Program, we believe it is intended to stimulate growth in the economy by giving loans to ordinary Liberians who do not have the capacity to obtain them from financial and banking institutions that have high interest rates and collateral.Since the launch of the CBL loan scheme, the program has been providing self- employment to many Liberians; especially those in the informal sector of the labor market, thereby raising the living standard of poverty-stricken Liberians.Meanwhile, the LLC has called on the three branches of government to find a common ground to the current state of affairs in the country, and prioritizing the wellbeing of ‘underpaid workers.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GECOM must produce a credible voters’ list now!

first_imgDear Editor,As we quickly approach September 18, 2019, tensions are skyrocketing across our nation in reaction to the wanton lawlessness of the PNCR push for a state of emergency in Guyana. Our citizens are Guyanese who are worried about the future of the nation, even as the widely unacceptable and condemned House-to-House Registration has led to a most confused and unauthorised situation with no verification being done.To conduct the activities, the GECOM Secretariat selected numerous biased PNC enumerators who proved to be outrageously deficient, given the limited training provided. Under the PNC orchestrator’s wicked delaying scheme, the chosen enumerators along with multiple PNC scrutineers rushed into action to counter the immediacy of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) upholding that the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) was properly passed in the Guyana National Assembly on December 21, 2018.Combined with the absence of Opposition scrutineers, who were deliberately excluded by CEO Keith Lowenfield, the concocted plans resulted in threats of charges and prosecution to citizens who did not register. They were threatening the residents with the present ID card becoming non-commissioned and the need to get register to obtain a new ID card. Some citizens were wrongly placed to sit on the benches in the police stations and in the lock-ups while the cahoots used the police to force others to report to the stations, yet nobody was charged.This was the wicked, disgraceful, and anti-social behaviour of some enumerators, who were clearly not fit and proper for the conduct of any House-to-House activity. Their lackadaisical attitude contributed to their woeful and unprofessional conduct when dealing with registrants, which led to numerous rejections. It cannot be, therefore, seen or reasoned on any front that such biased and unqualified approach which lacks validation of additions to the National Register of Registrants, would earn the confidence and respect of Guyanese citizens.Further, there are numerous additional questions which taint the Lowenfield-PNC design in this instance and further informing the need for the highly credible and proven approach of the Claims and Objections. Why is more than ninety per cent of GECOM’s staff one ethnic origin? Who gave permission for the GECOM Secretariat to recruit temporary and permanent staff at GECOM?It is clear to all Guyanese that it is the Commission, which has the responsibility to employ all staff at GECOM, and the Commission was not in a place to address these matters at the time Lowenfield usurped the authority of the Commission.With less than two weeks before the deadline for Regional and National Elections, the Commission must be supportive to the Chairperson, Retired Justice Claudette Singh, who clearly has some very difficult but necessary decisions to make in upholding Guyana’s Constitution. It is indeed very disappointing to observe the Secretariat recommending March 2020 as the proposed period for the holding of General and Regional Elections.It is unbelievable that at the last statutory meeting, held on Tuesday, the issues on the table included fingerprint cross-matching of persons registered under the Lowenfield House-to-House activity; the possible printing of National Identification Cards and the preparation of a Preliminary Voters’ List. In fact, the merger of data from the highly controversial and unverified House-to-House Registration is a recipe for serious challenges and it is all because the APNU and Granger, in particular, are dodging and delaying the imminent Regional and National Elections.The PPP Commissioners at GECOM should continue to be resilient and strong to carry their argument for elections at the earliest, knowing that it was due since March this year. The ID card printing seems to be the next area the caretaker Government is holding strong to, in further delaying the process. One hundred and forty-four days to print ID cards is total absurdity and Madam Justice Retired, Claudette Singh, is expected to make firm decisions in this regard to establish a clean list in the shortest possible time.Let it be known that after September 18, 2019, there will be no cover for the illegal Ministers, sadly prompting a total disintegration of norms in our dear land.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

More safe houses needed to protect victims – acting Chief Magistrate

first_imgDomestic violenceAs a two-year study by Red Thread wrapped up and the findings were presented on Friday at the University of Guyana Turkeyen campus, Acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus expressed her conviction that there is grave need forActing Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcusavailability of more safe houses to protect domestic violence victims and survivors.According to statistics from the study, 81 per cent of domestic violence cases were reported by women as against 17 per cent being reported by men. And in regard to persons being subjected to court orders, 83 per cent of men were respondents to the orders, as against 17 per cent women.The Acting Chief Magistrate has recommended that there be more specialised counselling services for children even as she drew attention to the shortage of Probation and Welfare Officers to service the courts.“In many instances they are adjournments because the Probation Officer is not ready with the report, and that is because that one Probation Officer is servicing three or four Magistrates’ Courts,” she explained.The Red Thread survey found that between January and May 2018, some 333 of the 3,067 matters filed in the East Demerara Magisterial District were domestic violence matters. In the Essequibo Magisterial District, 3084 matters were filed, with 35 of those being domestic violence matters. In the Georgetown Magisterial District, there were 7,972 matters filed, with 352 of those being domestic violence matters. And in the Berbice Magisterial District, there were 1947 matters filed, of which 35 were domestic violence cases.Several presentations clearly pointed out that, in most cases, victims of domestic violence have nowhere else to go, and would stay in abusive relationships because of that reason. A call was accordingly made for more sensitisation to be done, so victims would feel convinced that they do not have to stay in those types of relationships.On Wednesday last, an East Bank Berbice man was found hanging from a rafter under an abandoned house at Glasgow Village moments after he had reportedly killed his wife and daughter.Jainarine Seetaram, 41, also called “Radoo, allegedly killed his wife Dindamattie Behari, 37, and daughter Surujdai Khan, 20, in a gruesome manner at their home at Lot 1078 Glasgow New Housing Scheme, Greater New Amsterdam, Berbice, after he had reportedly accused his wife of infidelity.When 2018 was just four months old, some 13 women had already died at the hands of their partners, as domestic violence in Guyana continues its upsurge.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has since said this scourge is not something that can just be tackled from a law enforcement perspective. Rather, it requires intensified inter-agency collaboration.“There is a lot of socioeconomic and non-law enforcement policies that will have to take care of that: better parenting, schooling, the religious communities, have to deal with that. Law enforcement has to do with when the law is broken, but, as a Government, we have an obligation to ensure prevention; but it is a very difficult thing to prevent when someone (is) feeling angry for whatever reason,” Ramjattan said.“I don’t know what we can do, or how we can legislate against that. It is an extraordinarily difficult thing. What we have to do is to develop the community, ensure better education; but, there again, the officer (Orwain Sandy) that did what he did was an educated fella,” he had added.last_img read more

No room for collusion, corruption – GRA

first_img…says 30 to 40% of taxes not receivedGuyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Commissioner General Godfrey Statia said the entity has taken a zero-tolerance stance against corruption in any form at the revenue body, noting that should each eligible person pay their taxes, the country would most certainly be a better place.GRA Commissioner General Godfrey StatiaThe Commissioner General, who took the helm of the revenue body some five months ago, was at the time speaking to Journalists, at his very first press briefing.He was also at the time addressing the issue of alcohol and cigarettes smuggling, relaying that the Agency has lost close to $2 billion in taxes per year as a result. He said many of these things happen because of erring taxpayers and unscrupulous employees within the system.“We intend to minimise that collusion. I have said it before, I will say it again: I will not tolerate collusion, because if everyone pay their share of taxes – which as far as I am aware – is close to 30-40 per cent of our taxes that are not paid – if everyone pay their rightful taxes, certainly the tax rates will go down,” Statia told the boardroom of journalists and heads of department.He said the entity has to change its approach, and seek out those persons who are bent on evading the system.“We will be minimising our efforts on the people that we know that usually pay their taxes and concentrate our efforts on those we know that do not pay their taxes. People that are the employees, versus the businesses that accumulate wealth and pay their taxes. So come 2017, our resources will be challenged in the area of compliance, enforcement review and audit,” he said.With regard to the issue of alcohol and cigarette smuggling, Statia said the GRA would soon have stamps on these imports so as to minimise smuggling.He said there has also been intense smuggling of fuel. The GRA chief revealed that a team was sent into the border town of Eteringbang, and based on previous information, found that the GRA has lost millions of dollars owing to fuel smuggling. He noted that the Agency would be increasing its presence in Eteringbang and Morowana, to minimise the smuggling.“We all know that if everybody pays their fair share of taxation, once you widen the tax base, tax rates will reduce.”According to him, many persons have also been “falling through the cracks” because of the issues with the entity’s Information Technology programme. The GRA has also been seeing a lot of businesses operating without licences; this would have to be addressed through stringent measures, the GRA Commissioner General promised.“Coupled with that, we have close to 32,000 businesses that are non-registered that are actively out there…because we have been stymied registering businesses. In the new budget, we have decided that all of those unregistered businesses, we will give them what is called a provisional registration, so we have them in the tax net and then we give them a number of years in which they will actually legally register under the law.” (Alexis Rodney)last_img read more


first_imgThe final arrangements are being put in place for this weekend’s Taste of Donegal Food Festival in Donegal Town.Thousands of people are expected to attend the weekend event which will showcase all that is good about Donegal food.To cope with the large crowds expected, the committee have put in place extensive car parking arrangements. The following are the parking arrangements for A Taste of Donegal Food Festival Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August 2012Camper Vans / Recreational Vehicles : free parking at the Saint John Bosco Centre located opposite the Community Playground and beside The Railway Lodge Bed & Breakfast.Car Parking available at the following locations:Donegal Livestock Mart (behind the Saint John Bosco Centre) Four Masters GAA Pitch Revlin Mountcharles Road Donegal Town.Behind Donegal Tyre Centre Drumlonagher Donegal Town.Public Car Parks behind Main Street,Bank Walk, and any other designated parking areas available.    LARGE CROWDS EXPECTED AS PARKING ARRANGEMENTS ANNOUNCED FOR TASTE OF DONEGAL FOOD FESTIVAL was last modified: August 20th, 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) Tags:PARKING ARRANGEMENTSTASTE OF DONEGAL FOOD FESTIVALlast_img read more

Activists vow to fight to keep TCU

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“There is nothing conclusive at this point,” said Andie Bogdan, a Newhall Memorial spokeswoman. “We are still collecting information to understand the needs and the trends.” Still, activists are alarmed at the prospect of the ward closing. “This is our hospital,” said Dr. Gene Dorio, a local physician and committee member. “We don’t want it to go bankrupt. We just want to do this for our seniors when they reach that point.” In the meantime, the committee will devise alternatives, though Berens said it’s difficult to build new nursing homes. “This has to be a two-track approach,” he said. “There are a lot of hurdles to be able to get some additional skill nursing facilities out here, and it’s going to take some time to do so.” SANTA CLARITA – Senior activists plan to take the fight to preserve Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s transitional care unit to the board room. Committee Against Closing the TCU organizers declared at a town hall meeting Thursday their intention to step up lobbying of the hospital’s board of directors on behalf the 27-bed wing, which provides skilled nursing care to frail patients – mostly seniors – who have been discharged from the hospital but are not ready to go home. “The consensus is we talk to the board of directors of Henry Mayo, that as part of planning for the future, that the TCU remains,” said Brad Berens, a committee member and executive director of the Santa Clarita Committee on Aging. “We keep that continuity of care and we search out for additional possibilities of skilled nursing care.” Hospital officials have not decided whether to convert the TCU into acute-care beds, which officials said are needed to meet future patient demand and offers higher insurance reimbursement. A study being conducted on the issue was expected to be completed near the end of July. The barriers are mostly financial. Berens said few nursing home operators are willing to invest in new facilities in untested markets – they merely take over existing buildings, and expand as needed. Santa Clarita Valley remains a relatively young community with only one 99-bed convalescent hospital. “They almost are never built from the ground up anymore,” Berens said. “The TCU must remain open. The hospital needs to put it in their strategic planning … and to find (another) way to build out additional beds.” The meeting drew about 40, including Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste, who offered ideas on possible sites for a nursing home, though the city has not taken action. “The TCU is a critical component of being an elder-friendly community,” Weste said Friday. “It would be just a tremendous loss of our community. … It will not fall through the cracks.” But hospital officials said they must attend to needs beyond transitional care, which most other Southland medical centers have dropped. Newhall Memorial projects that by 2010, 8 percent of Santa Clarita Valley residents will be age 65 or older, compared with about 6.7 percent in 2005. That’s also the age when hospitalization needs double. Of the hospital’s 217 beds, 131 are designated for acute care – inpatient surgery, observation and intensive care. The hospital two years ago converted 29 beds of the then 56-bed TCU for acute care. Officials were required to build a corridor connecting the existing acute-care unit with the Nursing Pavilion. TCU advocates pointed to the corridor, slated to be completed in April, as a sign hospital management already decided to convert the entire wing. Bogdan dismissed the speculation – the construction was approved by the state in 2003, with plans submitted at least two years before. “That is not the key to the decision,” Bogdan said. “This advocacy group wants an answer right now … but we don’t have the answer for them yet. It’s human nature to fill in the blanks when you can.” While Bogdan said the hospital is willing to help seek ways to attract nursing home operators to the valley, transitional care won’t be their core business. “Hospitals are good at certain things,” she said. “They are trauma care and acute care and caring for the very, very ill.” Dorio said the ward is too valuable a resource to do away with. “We’re not just another community, and Henry Mayo is striving to be a regional provider,” Dorio said. “We want the transitional (care) unit to be part of that.” Anita Fraser, who operates the Santa Clarita Homes for the Elderly, an assisted care home serving about 30 seniors ages 65 to 100, said losing the TCU would be “devastating.” “If you are recovering from an illness and you are released too soon, you have to go to a hospital again because you have a relapse,” she said. “You have to stay in the TCU.” (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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first_imgStudents meet Minister Brendan Howlin on their trip to China.A ground-breaking new diploma programme at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) educating participants in how to work, live, and do business in China has been hailed as a major success.A total of 13 mature students were the first to take part in LYITs Diploma in Professional Selling and International Marketing (China) (DPSIM) which has just reached its conclusion. Students came from a number of different sectors, including finance, design, hospitality and sales.LYIT students get down to work with their Chinese counterparts.And although their hopes for future careers were all very diverse, they were strongly supported through this unique programme.Returning from Shanghai in recent weeks the group have been fortunate to have been part of a programme which is helping to forge some very important business and trade links between Ireland and one of the world’s leading economic powers.This innovative course is the first of its kind in Ireland to provide participants with intensive exposure to businesses and potential employers in Shanghai. The programme is fully funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) through its Springboard initiative and supported by the Department of Social Protection (DSP).Springboard provides free higher education opportunities to people who lost their jobs in recent years as a result of the economic crash. Springboard provides people with the opportunity to reskill and get back to work, thus contributing to building Ireland’s future.The main focus of the Diploma was to enable students to make connections and develop networking opportunities with Chinese companies and the ex-pat business community so they can continue to develop, not only their own careers, but also strengthen ties between Ireland and China.The course programme was delivered in two parts; firstly, a semester on campus at LYIT before the group travelled to Shanghai for six weeks.During the first semester at LYIT the students studied professional selling and international marketing. It was during this time that the group were also given an all-important grounding in what doing business in China is all about.Having completed the first semester at LYIT, the group left for China on February 15th. The first six weeks were spent on site in Shanghai working on case studies for Chinese companies who are looking to enter the Irish and European Market. During their first week in Shanghai the group got to put some of their skills learned back in Letterkenny into practice. The induction week also taught the basic survival skills of how to get a mobile phone sim card, how to use the public transport system and how to order food. And with the basics mastered, the group were quickly back on track to begin the second part of their course. They met with government officials and visited two of the major industrial zones in Shanghai, at Jiading and Pudong.SUCCESSA significant portion of the course was devoted to learning the language, culture and business etiquette of China. It is a well-known fact that even the most successful of western businesspeople have not and will not succeed in China without understanding the Chinese way of doing business.As the Head of LYIT’s School of Business, Mr Michael Margey explained: “This has been such an opportunity for these students. For anyone who is interested in working in China or for Chinese companies, this first-hand experience cannot be underestimated. Having visited China for work, I would never have known how important simple things like sending a thank-you e-mail after a meeting can be. The Chinese culture has been in existence for such a long time, compared with the culture we have here in the west. It is a fascinating and very different culture to the one we are used to and for that reason, being offered an insight like these students have been given is an invaluable contribution to their future prospects” He continued: “I am delighted that LYIT have been so pro-active in offering this Diploma programme. I think there is no doubt that it will be of enormous benefit to those who have taken part, and indeed to the county as a whole.”Essential to the success of this Springboard programme has been the input of LYIT’s Chinese Partners and facilitators, Dublin-based Zhida International ( involvement, coupled with the excellent links already forged between LYIT and China enabled Springboard course participants to gain access to some of the most eminent experts on doing business in china.One of the programme highlights was a meeting with Mr Tom Doctoroff, one of Asia’s most respected advertising professionals and a leading expert in Chinese consumer psychology.IMPORTANCEThe importance of this unique course at LYIT cannot be under-estimated and its value has already been recognised by government and business sectors alike.Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin, TD, travelled to Shanghai this year as part of the government’s programme to promote Ireland across the world on St Patrick’s Day. While there, Minister Howlin met with the LYIT students where he recognised the important role they would play in fostering inward investment to Ireland.Since his return, Minister Howlin has spoken publicly of the significance of having a programme like this available in Ireland.“I was delighted to meet with students of Letterkenny IT’s Diploma in Professional Selling and International Marketing while in Shanghai over the St. Patrick’s Day period as part of the Government’s Promote Ireland programme.“The students, of all ages, showed real enthusiasm for and knowledge of China’s culture, language and economy. China is a key market for Ireland. It is encouraging to see our Educational Institutions pro-actively preparing their students for emerging markets like China.”RECOGNITIONThe programme has also been given great recognition and support by Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Consulate in Shanghai. Speaking following a recent meeting with the group in Shanghai, Mr Gormley the Consular General stated: “The group is really a credit to Donegal and to LYIT and we look forward to hearing of progress with the programme and to seeing more groups visit in future.”Course participant, Robert Nuttall made some observations on how he felt he was benefitting from the cultural immersion of his stay in Shanghai.“The Enterprise Ireland event in the evening allowed us to mingle with some of the consulate staff, ex pats and locals. It was great to hear some real insight into life as an expat in china, we got some sound advice and I also managed to make a contact within the design industry.”“I’m learning that China does not do things by halves and am blown away by the sheer scale of what has been done here in such a short space of time”The students and the Diploma course also generated considerable interest in China. They were invited to a press conference and featured in more than 20 newspapers. They also appeared on Shanghai Morning News and were the feature of a documentary being made by CCTV, China’s national broadcaster.LYIT HAILED FOR ‘DOING THE BUSINESS’ ON CHINESE COURSE was last modified: May 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessChinadonegalLYITlast_img read more