Wolmer’s and Mona Preparatory schools captured the boys’ and girls’ titles, respectively, in the preparatory and primary section of the 18th annual Mayberry Investments Schools Swimming Championships held at the National Aquatic Centre last Saturday.Wolmer’s Boys amassed 232.50 points to finish ahead of Sts Peter and Paul Prep – 148. Third went to Mona, 138, while St Hugh’s Prep, 121, and Stella Maris, 118, rounded out the top five.In the girls’ section, Mona Prep scored 151 points and they were followed by Stella Maris, 133, Sts Peter and Paul, 130, Wolmer’s, 116 and St Hugh’s 109.A whopping 38 individual records were broken on Saturday, including what could be considered a standout performance from 10-year-old Zaneta Alvaranga of St Hugh’s Prep.She smashed a record per event, copping four individual records. She won the 50m backstroke girls 9-10 in 35:19 seconds; the 50m freestyle in 29:23; the girls 12 and under 100m freestyle in 1:07.08; and the 50m butterfly for girls 9-10 in 31.97.She also anchored her school to a new 200m freestyle relay record of 2 minutes 33:71 seconds for girls 9-10.Alvaranga picked up the high point trophy for the girls 9-10 age group with 36 points.Other high-point trophy winners were Stella Maris’ Jonathan Haynes and Nia-Kai Campbell of Mount Alvernia in the six and under age group; Kajaun Haughton of Wolmer’s Prep and Christanya Shirley, also of Wolmer’s Prep, in the 7-8 age group; Sts Peter and Paul’s Joshua Alleyne and Paig’e Lewis in the 11-12 age group.The three-day Tornadoes Swim meet will take place at the same venue, starting on Friday.
Dear Editor,Our Honourable Prime Minister, writing in his weekly column in the state-owned newspaper on Sunday, 26th August, made the Government’s case for the establishment of a homestead for Venezuelan refugees on humanitarian grounds.Editor, the PM makes and defeats many straw men in his column, which leaves those of us who really care about our country to ask the obvious questions: Can we help people seeking to escape a failed welfare state by creating a welfare homestead for them? Can we afford to provide welfare for foreigners, seeing how little we make available to our own citizens in need? Who owns the land in Region 1 identified for ‘purchase’? How much money has been allocated to this ad hoc humanitarian project? What are the national security implications of a Venezuelan homestead in Essequibo?Editor, the PM tells many tales to illustrate that Guyanese have at times claimed, and been granted, refugee status in foreign countries during the time of PNC rule. This is true, but at no time were Guyanese ever granted a homestead in any country; Guyanese emigrated and worked in every imaginable field of endeavour. Should the Government of Guyana wish to ease requirements for work permits for Venezuelans, they would have my support, but not welfare while teachers, nurses and law enforcement remain grossly underpaid.The biggest surprise of this ‘Homestead Initiative’ is the naivety of a Government led by a former Brigadier of the Guyana Defence Force to think that a Venezuelan Homestead in Essequibo (territory claimed by Venezuela) does not pose a grave threat to our territorial integrity.What happens when (not if) a Venezuelan citizen claims mistreatment? When they refuse repatriation and seek legal representation? What happens when the hope of welfare leads to an overwhelming flood of immigrants crossing the border? What happens when one million people pour into the country?Will our meagre law enforcement resources be enough to handle them? Will our GDF ranks load themselves into their 30 new Chinese buses and race to reinforce the border crossing?The PM and the APNU + AFC Administration would be better off with serious discussion and consideration of the very real scenarios as posited above, instead of the inane public relations missives such as the PM’s My Turn.We cannot hold out false hope for people; Guyana cannot afford this folly, it can only end badly for us. We must accept that our capabilities do not match all the good intentions we have towards our neighbours, and as Peter Tosh sang, “Sorry fi Maga Dog, Him turn around, bite you”.RespectfullyRobin Singh
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that some non-government organizations (NGOs) operating in the country are now going out the way by making themselves super-national bodies that have sought to challenge the sovereignty of the state though they themselves have financial and moral integrity problems.The Liberian leader said that since the restoration of peace and democratic governance in Liberia, NGOs, both national and international, continue to contribute to the reconstruction process of our country, but that does not give them the right to go beyond their borders. NGOs, during and after the civil crisis, some of them prior to the crisis, had traditionally provided services in wide areas of humanitarian assistance and development. But recently, more of the NGOs’ activities have been centered on improving democracy and governance; human rights; environment and natural resources.Giving her state of the nation’s address on Monday January 27, at the Capitol Building in Monrovia, the President noted that some NGOs in the above-mentioned sector have sought to become super-national bodies challenging national sovereignty even as they themselves lack national and international governance status and rules in transparency and accessibility.Providing a statistical analysis of NGOs in the country, President Sirleaf said: “To date, Liberia has a total of 997 NGOs – 874 National and 123 International – operating in the 15 counties of Liberia. These NGOs had traditionally provided services in wide areas of humanitarian assistance and development.”She furthered, “More recentlythe emphasis has been on democracy and governance; human rights; environment and natural resources. In these latter functions, some NGOs have sought to become super-national bodies challenging national sovereignty even as they themselves lack national and international governance status and rules in transparency and accessibility.”The Liberian leader said that as government strives to speed up its post-conflict development “we must ensure efficiency, transparency and accountability by NGOs in their delivery of services to our people. We must guarantee a strong inter-sectoral framework and information-sharing mechanisms between the institutions of government and non-governmental organizations.”She indicated that to ensure this partnership is achieved, Government will require national and international NGOs to submit a report of their annual activities, and register with a relevant government agency every year; that NGOs disclose to the government the details of the funds pledged by donors for project implementation in the country; that funds secured for capacity-building are utilized, in collaboration with the relevant ministries or agencies of government.She also said that all funds released to NGOs by a donor should be transferred from the donor to the NGOs through an account in a commercial bank in Liberia; that all vehicles owned by NGOs should be registered in the name of the organization and be clearly marked with the name and logo of the organization or face impoundment; and that all assets owned by international non-governmental organizations—purchased or acquired with donor funds—are the property of the Liberian people who are the direct beneficiaries.“In an instance where an organization decides to close down its operations, the organization shall surrender such assets to the sector Ministries or Agencies of Government in which such NGO operated,” the Liberian President, noted.It is not clear to which organizations the president was referring. However, a number of NGOs stand out as having been extremely critial of various GOL policies over the past year.Global Witness, in partnership with well-established local firms such as Green Advocates and the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), have been particularly critical of the Liberian government on environmental issues such as Private Use Permits and what they describe as land grabbing on the part of multi-national corporations such as Sime Darby and Golden Veroleum.The Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) was also very vocal during the trial and subsequent incarceration of FrontPage Africa publisher Rodney Sieh. The CPJ brought pressure to bear on the GOL to release Sieh on human rights and press freedom grounds, whereas the government maintained that the case was a civil case.Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index ranked Liberia as the second most corrupt in the world and the Liberia National Police (LNP) as the most corrupt insititution in Liberia, specifically with regard to forced bribery.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
… also cites questionable judgement, repeated absenceChief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Allan Johnson, has been fired for embarrassing the Corporation in addition to his questionable judgement and repeated absence from Board meetings.The decision was taken by the GPHC’s Board of Directors and was announced bySacked GPHC’s CEO, Allan JohnsonChairperson Kessaundra Alves. Johnson’s firing is effective immediately.According to a GPHC missive announcing the firing, it was pointed out that in a letter to Johnson, Chairman Alves noted that “the incident before PAC (Public Accounts Committee) has embarrassed the Board and staff of this Corporation and, to our dismay, has caused the public to question the desire of the Board for transparency and accountability in the handling of the Corporation’s money.”Johnson and GPHC Finance Director, Ronald Charles were a week ago ousted from the Public Accounts Committee by Chairman Irfaan Ali, since both men were woefully ill-prepared when questioned about expenditure by the entity.The matter came to a head during the session when a member of the CommitteeBrigadier George Lewis, recently retired GDF Chief-of-Staff, was recently installed DeputyCEO of the GPHCquestioned failure by the GPHC to submit financial statements for 2015 in breach of the Public Corporation Act.Questions were left unanswered and a strange state of affairs was also unearthed as the Finance Director seemed unaware he was in fact Finance Director, since another person also served in the capacity.After the men failed on numerous occasions to provide specific answers on spending undertaken by the GPHC in 2015, Ali intervened and brought the proceedings to a close before ousting Johnson.Meanwhile, the GPHC Board in informing Johnson of the decision indicated that the entity also “had cause to question your judgement on a number of occasions. Moreover, you continue to be absent or request early release from Board and Board Committee meetings… (and) are therefore consistently unavailable to supply the Board with pertinent information or to take instructions from the Board.”The letter said Johnson shall no longer act in the position “with effect from Friday, 9th June, 2017.”The Public Health Ministry seconded Johnson from the New Amsterdam HospitalMichael Khan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GPHC, was sent on paid leavein 2015 to Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) to act as its CEO.According to the GPHC in making the announcement, “the Board unanimously decided to remove Johnson following a series of lapses which included the embarrassment of the Corporation before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) last month end.”The move by the nation’s premier State-owned health institution, comes days after Guyana Times published a critical assessment and “closer look at Government’s parallel appointments,” at the institution, questioning whether there was “Structured corruption at GPHC?”The GPHC has in recent months been coming under fire for repeated breaches of regulation, laws and financial excesses with regard the entity’s finances.GPHC was among the first agencies to begin receiving its annual allocations en bloc and without scrutiny ahead of parliamentary approval.The Public Health Ministry with effect from September 2015 commenced providing a subvention to GPHC and the entity has since no longer functioned as a budgetChairman of the PAC, Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali chides GPHC CEO Allan Johnson (left) and Finance Director Ronald Charles during the PAC meeting on Monday, May 29agency.This means the National Assembly no longer reviews details of the expenditure for the hospital since billions would be turned over from the Treasury in a bulk sum for the Granger Administration appointed officials to expend.Of the total $8.5 billion allocated to the entity for the year, employment costs account for $3.1 billion; capital expenditure has been budgeted at $527 million; dietary and meals at $537 million; and other purchases, such as cleaning supplies and security, have been budgeted at $579 million.This means there is about $2.6 billion for the year for the procurement of drugs and medical supplies.With $2 billion of that money already spent in the first two months of the year – representing some 77 per cent of the total allocation for the year – Government will undoubtedly be heading to the coffers for more money.A CLOSER LOOKThe financial affairs at the GPHC and the discrepancies raised by the Auditor General addressed this past week by the Public Accounts Committee – where it was discovered that more than a year later the officials appointed by the David Granger Administration are yet to comply with the laws of Guyana.A closer look at the appointments overlooking the expenditure reveals an interesting layout of an organisational chart for a government funded entity.It reveals parallel appointments serving in positions that essentially usurp the authority of the office holders in order to wield control over the entity’s finances and procurement systems.Michael Khan, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) was sent on leave but remains in the employ of GPHC, even as a coalition appointee Allan Johnson continues to perform the functions as acting CEO.In keeping with the slew of appointments of former military personnel to high office, George Lewis, the recently retired Army Brigadier was recently installed as Deputy CEO at the medical institution.One of the more glaring parallel appointments at the GPHC that led in part to the recent brouhaha at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is the position of Finance Director; in fact there are two Finance Directors at the GPHC.Ronald Charles was appointed by the coalition Government as Director of Finance but despite the substantive portfolio, he is in charge only for procurement – as was told to the Public Accounts Committee recently.DRUG SCANDALSMore recently, the GPHC was embroiled in another procurement related scandal when information surfaced that the management moved to sideline local companies for the purchase of emergency pharmaceuticals worth in excess of $605 million from a Trinidadian firm, ANSA McAL.That company subsequently made a multimillion-dollar donation to the Administration in the form of an Arch which was erected on the East Coast Demerara highway at Cummings Lodge.The emergency at the Hospital leading to the ‘emergency’ purchase was found to have been a manufactured incident since the officials appointed by the Granger Administration had delayed and cancelled four out of its five public tenders in the preceding months, creating a situation where there is a massive shortage of pharmaceuticals, which was initially denied by the authorities, and which would have caused deaths and aggravated illnesses in patients lacking medication.Another incident of note, in taking a closer look at the possibility of structured corruption at GPHC and Granger’s parallel appointments, was occasioned when the Hospital officials denied the Chairperson and members of the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services entry to the drug bond controlled by GPHC in light of the countrywide reports of drug shortages.Efforts to contact the GPHC CEO proved futile as several calls to his mobile phone went unanswered.
Mbappe started Monaco’s first two competitive matches of the season but sat on the bench for the duration of the principality club’s 4-1 Ligue 1 victory at Dijon on Sunday.Jardim said after that match that dropping Mbappe was a “decision by the club” but the Portuguese coach told media on Wednesday that it was not taken to punish the French international.“We never punish our players. That is not the right word. ‘Protected’ is a better word. When so many things are happening around an 18-year-old kid, it is our responsibility to protect him,” said Jardim.“That means me, Vadim (Vasilyev, the vice-president) and the sporting director (Antonio Cordon). It is always to protect the squad, the player and the club.“Kylian is not at 100 percent. He is not in great form. But that is to be expected of a kid who is just 18… Even you (journalists), if tomorrow another newspaper offers you a contract where you will earn 15 times more, you won’t be so good when it comes to tapping the keys on your computer keyboard,” he added with a smile.Mbappe, whose Monaco contract runs until June 2019, could again be left out when his side travel to Metz on league duty on Friday evening.“The philosophy at AS Monaco is to play those who are at 100 percent and totally available to the squad,” said the coach, whose side have won their opening two Ligue 1 matches.If he does not play, either Guido Carrillo or Adama Diakhaby will partner Radamel Falcao — scorer of a hat-trick in Dijon — against Metz.Mbappe won his first four caps for France at the tail end of last season but Jardim accepted that the current situation puts at risk his chances of being called up for his country’s World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands at the end of the month.But the former Sporting Lisbon boss is more concerned with what losing Mbappe might mean for his squad after seeing Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Valere Germain leave, amongst others, since winning the title.“I always say we have to adapt. Those who stay are always the most important. The objective is to be able to play well with those who remain. That is the mentality. I never cry about those who leave.“I know the transfer market. Twenty percent of it is about buying players to strengthen the team and the other 80 percent is about weakening the opposition and messing things up for everyone else.“It is a strategy. There are only two weeks left. After that it’s finished.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe scored 21 goals for Monaco in Ligue 1 and the Champions League last season © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEMONACO, Monaco, Aug 16 – Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has claimed that star striker Kylian Mbappe was left on the bench last weekend “to protect him” rather than as a punishment.The 18-year-old sensation reportedly wants away from the French champions, with Paris Saint-Germain his favoured destination but Real Madrid also reportedly ready to pay 180 million euros ($211 million) for his services.
The governor’s plan included convincing lawmakers and voters to approve the sale of $68 billion in bonds to help pay for the projects. The various bond proposals would be spread over elections from 2006 to 2014. The balance of the money comes from existing sources and assumptions the administration made about receiving federal funds. Schwarzenegger amended his plan last week by asking for an additional $3.5 billion in flood control bonds, saying California would likely get little financial help from the federal government. One of his aides, H.D. Palmer, said the change wouldn’t necessarily increase the overall size of the governor’s bond package. That is subject to negotiations with lawmakers, said Palmer, spokesman for the department of finance. The Legislature has held a series of hearings about Schwarzenegger’s proposals, and lawmakers have recommended scores of changes. Those include passing a smaller bond package and adding funding for affordable housing, transit, parks, intercity rail and making hospitals safer during earthquakes. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez, D-Los Angeles, said the Republican governor had shown some willingness to add money for housing, transit, parks and other “natural resource” projects and that they were not far apart on a school bond measure. “The main difference we still have is what is the size of the bonds collectively,” he said after a meeting with Schwarzenegger on Thursday. “The governor expressed a willingness to make some movement where that is concerned.” Nuez said he prefers a total bond package of $30 billion to $34 billion, half of Schwarzenegger’s proposal. He also said he wants to reach agreement by Friday so a bond proposal can be placed on the June ballot, even if it’s only for school construction and renovation. “But I am not hanging my hat on it,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has until Friday to get parts of his record public works spending plan on the June ballot, a deadline that doesn’t seem to have him particularly concerned. “If you’re lucky, we can do it for the June ballot. But both … parties agree that we should not really think about that so much, but let’s think about doing it well and doing the right thing,” he said last week before leaving for Ohio for the Arnold Classic, a weekend of fitness and athletic events. “It could be done by June or it could be done by November. One way or the other, we’re going to get it done.” Others, however, warn that the governor’s $222 billion plan – or more likely a heavily amended version of it – might not even make the November ballot if negotiations drag on much longer. That would force Schwarzenegger to run for a second term without a significant re-election-year policy achievement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “If this goes too long, it’s going to get caught up in the budget (negotiations) and the partisan election,” said Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. “All the urgency we need is present right now. We all recognize that.” The California Infrastructure Coalition, a group that includes local governments and construction industry companies, has begun running newspaper advertisements and holding news conferences urging lawmakers and the governor to meet the June ballot deadline. “Our concern is that if it does not happen for June, it will not happen this year,” said Beth Miller Malek, the coalition’s executive director. “The political realities set in despite the best of intentions. … “We have seen infrastructure rise to the top of the public policy agenda, and we don’t want an opportunity like the June ballot affords us to be lost because of politics and other delays.” During his state of the state address in January, the Republican governor proposed spending $222.6 billion over 10 years to ease the state’s congested highways, repair levees and build new schools, university facilities, prisons, jails, dams and courthouses.
Letterkenny Youthreach centre has this week launched a novel and innovative story and art competition for local primary schools within the Centre’s catchment area.As part of Youthreach’s on-going 25th year celebration, they are inviting primary school classes of 4th, 5th and 6th years to write an original short story based on a character from one of their favourite books.Along with the story, the kids are asked to draw an adventure playground of their own, inspired by their story, which they would like to have in their school playground. Whoever’s story is chosen as the overall winner, then the learners at Letterkenny Youthreach will collaborate with the primary school to help design, build and install their adventure playground for them.All primary schools from Newtowncunningham to Ballybofey, Churchill to Milford, Rathmullan to Letterkenny and all areas in-between are eligible to enter.Final entry date is Wednesday 16th March and any school who did not get an entry form please contact Letterkenny Youthreach on 07491 22585 or email: firstname.lastname@example.orgMonthly Newsletter: February also saw the launch of Letterkenny Youthreach’s first Monthly Newsletter. As yet just a four-page product, the newsletter has editorials and pictures of recent past events such as the 25th anniversary book and dvd launch, the learners’ graduation, the recent visit to the cross border road safety seminar and the very successful Christmas charity fairs whereby all monies collected are to benefit local charities chosen by the learners. Also included are up-to-date news items on visa’s concerning student travel to USA, internet safety tips, in-house attendance awards and quiz, all with the involvement of the learners’ themselves.Letterkenny Youthreach is firmly established as a centre for education!WIN A FREE PLAYGROUND WITH LETTERKENNY YOUTHREACH! was last modified: February 16th, 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:donegalLetterkenny Youthreachplayground
Gaeil Fhánada GAA News:Lotto ResultsNumbers drawn were 03, 04, 06, 08, 14. Bonus No 10. No jackpot winner. €100 winner Brendan Conmee, London and Rinmore. €50 winner Deirdre Friel, Gortnatra.Jackpot next week €1,350.Seniors & Reserves League Division 2 Round 3Donegal Intermediate Championship Group 3Gaeil Fhánada play N. Columba at Tria Lough, Fanad this Sunday 23rd August 2015 at 1.30p.m. and 3.00p.m.Bord na nÓgGaeil Fhánada U14sWell done to Gaeil Fhánada U14 boys who are now through to the Northern Semi Final after beating St Eunans B by 7:10 to 0:03. Well done boys. GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA HOST NAOMH COLUMBA IN INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: August 18th, 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:Sport
However, Brown is also expected to receive an offer from Western Melbourne if they are granted a licence to start playing in the A-League in the coming years.The consortium is one of six bidders still being considered for entry into an expanded competition that will begin either next season or the campaign after, 2020/21.Football Federation Australia are expected to announce which two expansion teams have been accepted for the A-League on October 31.And the Daily Mail say Western Melbourne are hoping to tempt Brown with an offer should they be granted a licence. moving on Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland three-way race RANKED 2 targets LATEST Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? The consortium’s director of football, Steve Horvat refused to confirm or deny whether Western Melbourne are specifically looking at Brown, though he did admit they will target big-name signings upon entrance into the league system.“We have made our aspirations quite clear in the media about signing high profile marquee players and coaches for our first season if granted a licence,” Horvat told the Sydney Morning Herald.“I cannot verify these claims as we have spoken to numerous agents who may be reaching out to players and coaches. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 “We do understand that time is of the essence and if awarded a licence that we need to hit the ground running with appointments.”The A-League has found itself enjoying increased attention over the past couple of months with Usain Bolt, the former world champion sprinter, currently on trial with Central Coast Mariners. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January IN DEMAND Celtic captain Scott Brown is being linked with a shock transfer to the A-League, the highest division in Australia’s league system.Brown, the midfielder, is into his 12th season as a Celtic player and he’s currently in talks with the club to extend his contract, which expires next summer. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing REVEALED Latest transfer news TOP WORK Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Western Melbourne plan to build the 15,000-seater Wyndham Stadium if granted an A-League licence Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Brown is closing in on his 500th appearance for Celtic
As Donegal’s young people continue to flock to foreign shores, donegaldaily.com reporter Marie Duffy presents the first of a series of interviews speaking to some of the people who are creating a new life abroad. “Donegal is where my heart is, but unfortunately it doesn’t have the opportunities [workwise] to offer me right now.”CIARA McMenamin is 26 and from Castlefinn and left for Australia in 2009. However, unlike many backpackers who leave Ireland each year, Ciara left in order to progress her career which she felt she could not do in Ireland.Ciara lives in Australia with her partner Cathair and both have secured long –term employment in Australia’s thriving IT industry.“We arrived in Sydney in November and within a few days my partner, Cathair, found a job in IT and shortly afterwards I found work. We have been here ever since.” She said.Ciara was determined to find a job which would enhance her skills and secured a job working for Australia’s largest internet provider. “I work as a QA Systems tester for Big Pond Media which Australia’s largest Internet Service Provider”, she explained.“I am in the Media test team which tests all the major sporting websites aswell as a Movies database for major clients like LG and Samsung TV. I ensure that all the media applications and websites work before it has been launched to the public.”Both Ciara and Cathair plan to stay in Australia for as long as they can, and have been lucky enough to secure a four-year visa.However, despite loving her new lifestyle Ciara realises that Australia cannot offer her everything. What she really wants is to be back in Ireland amongst her family and friends.“Although I have a great network of friends here, I miss being part of my community in Castlefinn”, she said. “I really miss my friends and family, and it’s the small things like having a cup of tea and a chat, or the Sunday dinners and the conversations around the table afterwards. The likes of Facebook and Skype are great for keeping in contact with everyone, but it’s not the same as meeting them in person.”She regularly keeps up to date with everything in Ireland, and is saddened to read about the worsening job crisis back home. However, she hopes things will improve and allow her to return home.“I read donegaldaily online and I do my best to keep update on all news throughout the country. I think it’s extremely important to be aware of what is happening back at home. It makes me sad to hear of so many people out of work.“Donegal is where my heart is, but unfortunately it doesn’t have the opportunities [workwise] to offer me right now. I really hope it can in the future.” DONEGAL ABROAD: LETTER FROM……AUSTRALIA was last modified: June 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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:castlefinciaran mcmenamindonegaldailydonegaldaily.comsydney