first_imgJamaican Michael Gardener, representing the Caribbean team in the Wray and Nephew Contender 2016 Series, makes his debut as a professional boxer tonight. Gardener will face USA boxer José Guzman, over five rounds in the fifth week of competition at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium. Fight time is 9.30 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica. Last week the series heated up considerably when Guyanese boxer Revlon Lake fought a bruising battle against Anthony Woods from The Bahamas to take a majority decision, and tonight’s fight promises to be in the same vein. The 22 year-old Gardener is faced with a huge task, in this his debut, but he and his camp have stated that they are very confident of victory, despite the fact that Guzman, who is 27, is a seasoned professional with 20 fights on his rÈsumÈ. It is not an impressive one, as he has won six, lost 13, and had one draw, but the fact is that he has been a professional since 2006. He last fought on March 5, losing to John Hernandez in New York over six rounds. Gardener has been one of Jamaica’s best amateur boxers and has been a champion in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions. He has represented Jamaica in overseas competitions several times and is known to be a hard-hitting boxer. His major fault as an amateur was that being primarily a counter-puncher, he had the tendency to react and fight back rather than lead and be aggressive. As a result, he was usually coming from behind, and in a three-round fight, he therefore, found himself in trouble on several occasions. Over five rounds, he has some more time, but he still cannot afford to lose the early rounds as catching up would be difficult. The tactics that he uses tonight will be very important if he is to make a successful debut. He has good punching power, but his opponent, who was born in Puerto Rico and who has been living in the Bronx, New York, for some time, is quite likely to be very aggressive, so the ingredients are there for an exciting contest. The winner tonight moves into the quarter-final, and will be one step closer to the Contender 2016 title and first prize of $2million. The runner-up takes home $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000. In the next stage of the competition, the boxers will still challenge each other over five rounds, but the semi-finals will be over seven rounds, and the final in July will be a 10-round contest.last_img read more

first_imgNorth West manufacturing industries will face increased demand for supply chain logistics, electrical skills, and professional development skills in the next 12 months, according to a new report. Donegal ETB’s Letterkenny Training Centre hosted the Donegal launch of The Skills Needs of the Manufacturing in the North West 2019 on Friday last. The report was coordinated by the North West Regional Skills Forum (NWRSF) in collaboration with Fasttrack to IT (FIT).The in-depth skills audit with local manufacturing employers was carried out to determine their current and future requirements in relation to recruitment, education and skills, in order to maximize manufacturing employment opportunities in the North West region over the coming years. Drew Chambers, Fleming and Charles Young, LYIT. Photo Clive WassonTwenty six employers, employing 3,137 people in the region, contributed to the report which will be used by local education and training providers to further inform them about new programme development and changes to existing programmes.The event highlighted some of the findings from the report, which can be found at https://www.regionalskills.ie/regions/northwest/news/the-skills-needs-of-manufacturing-in-the-north-west-2019.pdf and provided an opportunity for employers to learn more about how Donegal ETB and LYIT can support them with training, education, funding, recruitment, research and much more.Paul Hannigan, President, LYIT and Lorraine Murray, Senior Training Advisor ETB. Photo Clive WassonA key requirement articulated in the skills audit was for skills in supply chain logistics in particular inventory planning and inventory management followed by make/buy decision making, cost modelling and metrics/ measures/standards.The findings also reflected strong demand for manufacturing skills across a range of intermediate level technical areas. These include electrical, control systems, manufacturing, mechanical, workshop and electronic skills. Manufacturing plays a critical role in the economy as a driver of exports, as an employer, as a source of revenue and as a key driver of growth. The manufacturing sector also has significant spin-off effects to other sectors including services, logistics, mining/quarrying, agriculture and sub supply.The report also highlights the many services available to manufacturing employers in the region from Donegal ETB, MSL ETB, Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), IT Sligo and St. Angela’s College, Sligo.Cróna Gallagher, Donegal ETB’s Director of Further Education and Training (FET) Photo Clive WassonDennis McFadden, Head of School, Department of Electronic and Mechanical at LYIT speaking at the Donegal launch of The Skills Needs of the Manufacturing in the North West 2019 Photo Clive WassonDr. Oran Doherty, North West Regional Skills Forum Manager Photo Clive WassonAilish McFadden ERNACT and Carol Brennan Enterprise Ireland. Photo Clive WassonThe report was officially launched by LYIT President Paul Hannigan and Donegal ETB Chief Executive, Anne McHugh, who noted that, “This report tells us what employers want – there’s no point is us in the ETB or LYIT providing courses that aren’t going to be relevant and suitable for people to eventually progress onto work. It’s great to have the chance for you, manufacturing employers, to input with ourselves into the kind of training you want us to provide.”In outlining what the manufacturing sector looks like in Ireland, Dr. Oran Doherty, North West Regional Skills Forum Manager noted that, “Manufacturing in Ireland has undergone significant changes in the last ten years. Employers in our region are increasingly focusing on high-tech manufacturing due to shifting global demand for goods and increasing competition from countries which have competitive advantages due to cheaper labour”.Anne McHugh, CE Donegal ETB and Paul Hannigan, President LYIT who jointly launched the report on The Skills Needs of the Manufacturing in the North West 2019 at the Donegal ETB’s Letterkenny Training Centre on Friday last with Dennis McFadden, Head of School, Department of Electronic and Mechanical at LYIT, Vinny McGrory, Area Training Manager ETB and Lorraine Murray, Apprenticeships Senior Training Advisor. The report was coordinated by the North West Regional Skills Forum (NWRSF) in collaboration with Fasttrack to IT (FIT). Photo Clive WassonCollectively, the findings point to a rich diversity in manufacturing operations within the North West with a different range of operations matching themselves to equally different types of location. Many of the world’s largest multinational MedTech companies have facilities in the North West, some with more than one facility. There are also indigenous Irish MedTech manufacturers and innovators in the North West. In addition, there are a large number of local companies providing specialist support services across Ireland to both multinational corporations and indigenous organisations. Cróna Gallagher, Donegal ETB’s Director of Further Education and Training (FET) and Dennis McFadden, Head of School, Department of Electronic and Mechanical at LYIT both outlined the range of education, training and research provision both organisations can make available to employers in the county.Declan Doherty, DEASP, Crona Gallagher, ETB and Anne McDevitt, DEASP. Photo Clive WassonThe North West Regional Skills Forum is one of nine Regional Skills Fora, which were established by Government as part of its National Skills Strategy to provide an opportunity for employers and the education and training system to work together to meet the emerging skills needs within the region.The region’s Education and Training Boards (Donegal ETB and Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB) and Higher Education Institutions (Letterkenny Institute of Technology, IT Sligo and St. Angela’s College) along with numerous employers and employer representative bodies are represented on the forum.Donegal ETB’s Letterkenny Training Centre hosted the Donegal launch of The Skills Needs of the Manufacturing in the North West 2019 on Friday last. The report was coordinated by the North West Regional Skills Forum (NWRSF) in collaboration with Fasttrack to IT (FIT). Pictured are John Andy Bonar, LYIT, Mairead Carlin, ETB, Terry McNamara, IBEC and Vinny McGrory, ETB. Photo Clive WassonDonegal ETB’s Letterkenny Training Centre hosted the Donegal launch of The Skills Needs of the Manufacturing in the North West 2019 on Friday last. The report was coordinated by the North West Regional Skills Forum (NWRSF) in collaboration with Fasttrack to IT (FIT). Pictured at the launch are Dearbhla Kelly, Brenda Donnagher and Anne McHug, Chief Executive Donegal ETB. Photo Clive WassonDr. Oran Doherty, North West Regional Skills Forum Manager speaking at the Donegal launch of The Skills Needs of the Manufacturing in the North West 2019 on Friday last in the Donegal ETB Training Centre in Letterkenny. The report was coordinated by the North West Regional Skills Forum (NWRSF) in collaboration with Fasttrack to IT (FIT). Photo Clive WassonSkills needs of the north west revealed in new report – Picture Special was last modified: June 18th, 2019 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:Donegal ETBLYITManufacturingreportskillslast_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights Minister Paulwell hailed the Jamaica Alternative Energy Expo and Conference JPSCo has reported a significant reduction in the use of electricity over the last two years The benefits from the use of alternative and renewable energy across Jamaica are beginning to flow Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Hon. Phillip Paulwell,  says the benefits from the use of alternative and renewable energy across Jamaica are beginning to flow, and will amount to savings in the country’s oil importation bill.“The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) is telling me that there has been a significant reduction in the use of electricity in the country over the last two years.  This means that people are actually now paying less for electricity, and that we are going to see, I believe this year, savings in the total amount of money we spend on imported fossil fuel,” the Minister said.In an interview with JIS News, following a tour of some 50 booths at the Jamaica Alternative Energy Expo and Conference, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James, on September 20, Mr. Paulwell said that if the demand is reducing as rapidly as is being reported by the JPSCo., then the benefits will be evident in the near future.The two-day conference and energy expo showcase the latest in technology on how to counter high energy and utility bills.Minister Paulwell described the expo as an excellent one, adding that he was very pleased that almost all the businesses with exhibits have told him that they are doing well economically.“They have attributed that largely to the removal of taxation, both import duties and GCT, that we were able to effect last year, and also the marketing and advocacy that the Ministry have been doing,” he said.The Minister appealed to the wider Western Jamaica community to support the expo, and start to adopt some of the cost saving systems that are being exhibited.last_img read more