HAN’S RETURN Now a travelling statesman in tae kwon do, Han returned from a 10-year hiatus after Choi’s death to join forces with the general’s son’s ITF as an advisor. However, he said he is open to “help any member of ITF”. “I will go anywhere to help tae kwon do,” he said. Han is also an advisor to the 36-member council Global Taekwon-Do Federation International (GTFI), headquartered in Malaysia. Its members are from 20 countries including USA, Spain, Armenia, Russia, Canada, Malaysia and others. GTFI is a professional tae kwon do body formed to bring all tae kwon do groups together without politics or other restrictions, which, its website said, “has destroyed many tae kwon do organisations. “We are waiting to make one banner, have one big world championships,” Han said, with, at last, a glimmer of hope in his eyes. FORMER STUDENTS Grandmaster Han Sam Soo, one of the pioneers of Tae kwon do, who had introduced the martial art to Jamaica in 1974, said the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which recognises the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), should once and for all “reach a compromise” to accept the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) into its fold. Han, 71, was recently honoured by ITF-affiliated Jamaica Taekwon-Do Association at a ceremony in Mandeville, Manchester. Now retired and living in Canada for the last 26 years, Han was sent to Jamaica four decades ago by the founder of tae kwon do, the late General Choi Hong Hi, who was born in Korea before the North-South divide. Han, also a Korean, spent three years in Jamaica establishing tae kwon do, training early pioneers, now masters, Claude Chin and Peter Lue, but left in 1977 due to what he described as a “civil war”. “Otherwise, I would have stayed. I like Jamaica. During this visit, I see Jamaica has not changed, very happy and relaxed,” he said. He was elated to see his former students upholding the principles of ‘tae kwon’, “foot and hand technique to defend yourself and others”, and , ‘do’, “the way of life based on the tenets of tae kwon do – courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit”. However, Han was visibly sad that the martial arts General Choi founded in 1955, split into three different ITFs plus the WTF. “The WTF was started in 1973 in South Korea after General Choi left the country for political reasons. General Choi was born in Korea when it was one Korea, but went to Japan to study. He joined the Japanese army then the South Korean army,” Han explained. “When General Choi moved from South Korea to Canada with the ITF, South Korea decided to call themselves World Taekwondo Federation, just to kill the general’s organisation,” he pointed out. WTF-style tae kwon do debuted as a demonstration sport at the Seoul 1982 Olympics in South Korea, embraced by the IOC, and has remained an Olympic event since, closing the door on the origins of the sport, ITF-style tae kwon do. “WTF should have used a different name. It’s like calling a beer a whiskey, saying it’s the same alcohol. The IOC knows ITF is the original tae kwon do but are holding hands for profit. We have to make a compromise and change the rules. All they are doing is slowly copying the ITF style,” he pointed out. “However, money and politics talk. The WTF is controlled by South Korea. General Choi and myself had met a few times with Juan Samaranch. He knew but didn’t want to recognise ITF because of money and politics,” Han added. The late Samaranch served as the seventh president of the IOC from 1980 to 2001. Meanwhile, General Choi’s ITF splintered into three groups shortly before and after his 2002 death. One is located in North Korea, where he had gone in 1980 and had started teaching the art in 1981. This was much to the displeasure of his son, Choi Jung Hwa, who, after his father’s death, started his own ITF, now headquartered in the United Kingdom. The third piece of the ITF puzzle, based in Alicante, Spain, to which the Jamaica Taekwon-do Association is affiliated, was explained by Han as General Choi’s then vice-president, Pablo Trajtenberg, being elevated to president, “western people who wanted to stay out of the politics”, he added.
The licensing of teachers, as recommended by a commission of inquiry into the education system, is currently being discussed with stakeholders.Chief Education Officer Marcel HutsonChief Education Officer Marcel Hutson explained to the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the recommendation is one of several suggested by the CoI last year. It is expected to improve the level of service the educators provide.Hutson opined that licensing teachers is necessary since the system would guarantee greater discipline and management of educators.He said, “This will require a complete rethink on how teachers are trained, certified, appraised, managed and disciplined. Every teacher should have an incentive to maintain his or her licence to teach.”The CoI report further stated that consideration must be given to the system’s renewal on a five-year basis, once “certain criteria for professional development, mental and physical assessment are fulfilled.”Asked what would happen to those uncertified persons who have been teaching for several years, Hutson said there are programmes currently ongoing to have them upgrade their skills.President David Granger had thus observed: “Teachers are the foundation on which a good education system is built; and a good education system is the foundation on which any nation is built.”
Both fires are reported to be caused by lightning.The third fire, which is burning 12 miles Northeast of Prophet River, has been estimated at roughly 300 hectares in size. It was discovered on Monday.Meanwhile, a fire burning 65 km west of Lillooet is 70 per cent contained. The human-caused fire is estimated at eight thousand hectares in size. Evacuation Orders remain in effect for Marshall Lake, Liza Lake, and Carol Lake.For more information on active fires, visit www.bcwildfires.caAdvertisement View Current Northern Fires in a larger mapThis map shows the current fires burning in Northern BCThree fires continue to burn in Northern BC.- Advertisement -The largest of the three, the Liard/Smith fire, remains at around 231 square kilometers.According to the Ministry of Forest and Range, the fire is still 30 per cent contained. The fire is still threatening the Alaska Highway due to heavy smoke. Traffic control will be in place and delays can be expected until further notice.Now, firefighters are tackling another blaze 50 miles away from the Liard/Smith fire. It was discovered on June 12th, and is remaining around 80 hectares in size.Advertisement
HAD enough turkey? Fed up with being cooped up like one?Fear not…those good people at the Donegal Mountain Biking Club have a cunning plan to get you into the great outdoors – the Snowman Race!“We think snow is out of the question and we hope the wind goes away too,” said organiser Findhan Strain. “The event starts at noon on Saturday two miles outside the Glen Bar in the village of Glen. It’s a nice 10k event“Everyone from complete beginner to an advanced stage are very welcome and are guaranteed a good day’s craic.”Race entry fees are €20. Online registration and more details can be found at:http://www.donegalmtb.com/Snowman/SnowmanXC.html (or registration on the day is also possible).© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com SHAKE OFF THOSE COBWEBS WITH THE SNOWMAN RACE! was last modified: December 29th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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 MOUNTAIN BIKING CLUBxmas racexmas racew
A FOUR-month investigation into ‘sledging’ by Tyrone Minor players of a Donegal player during a game in May has concluded that it did happen – but found the ‘unwelcome comments’ were not about the death of the Donegal player’s father, Donegal Daily has learned.The report found that “on balance of probabilities and following a review of the evidence, it was likely that some Tyrone players made unwelcome verbal comments towards the Donegal player during the game.”The investigation report went on however: “Both County Committees and the Investigation Committee accept that the comments were not about the death of the player’s father.” “All sides accept that the comments made by players and others on social and open media channels were not reflective of the views and ethos of either Tyrone or Donegal GAA.“Tyrone GAA has expressed their best wishes to the Donegal player in question. The Donegal GAA officials welcomed and thanked Tyrone GAA for their comments and have also expressed the same sentiments to all the Tyrone players. This matter is now concluded.”There was a row this week when the Tyrone fans website teamtalkmag.com claimed the Tyrone players had been cleared by the inquiry – and went on to attack the Donegal management team.Former manager Declan Bonner says he was upset by that report – and said the Ulster GAA response to teamtalkmag.com didn’t go far enough. “My stance on it is that I was disappointed that teamtalkmag.com came out with that statement on Tuesday because as far as we were concerned the Ulster Council had produced its findings and for them to come out with a lot of inaccuracies just wasn’t on,” said Bonner.“At no stage were those Tyrone players exonerated completely. That wasn’t true. That’s disappointing. We wanted to move on to be quite honest; we didn’t want any young players being handed hefty suspensions but we had to highlight it because that has no place on any football field. There was no way we were letting it go.“From our point of view we know exactly what happened. Why would we have made that up?”He said that he would have preferred the conclusions of the provincial council to have been released.“To me the Ulster Council need to be a bit clearer in terms of the findings because it’s very vague in terms of what they came out with – that there were inaccuracies in the teamtalk statement. A stronger statement needed to come out to be honest rather than just there were ‘inaccuracies’,” he added. REVEALED: WHAT ULSTER GAA INVESTIGATION DID FIND IN MINOR SLEDGING ROW was last modified: November 6th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalGAAminirsMinorsrowTyroneUlster GAA
One of the three dead pines found dumped at the weekend.These are the gruesome remains of three ponies which were dumped in a scenic area in Killygordan over the weekend.The remains of the horses were discovered on Friday evening in the townland of Lismullyduff by ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley.It followed a tip-off by a member of the public. The legs of this pony were tied.Two of the animals were fresh while the third discovery was that of skeletal remains.Inspector McGInley scanned the animals but none of them contained microchips.One was a grey yearling mare and the other was a piebald.Inspector McGinley told Donegal Daily that there was simply no excuse for dumping animals in such a way. “WE do not know yet how they died. This area is close tot he border so these animals could have originated form either side of the border.“It was quite a disturbing scene. It would have been harrowing for any young child out walking with their family to come across such a scene,” he said.Inspector McGinley said the cost on the owner of disposing of the dead carcasses would most likely have been a factor in the dumping of the ponies illegally.“Whoever dumped these animals here knew they were not microchipped and knew it would be difficult to trace them,” he said.Anybody with any information on the dead animals is asked to contact the ISPCA on 1890 515 515. Another of the dead animals found dumped.DISGUST AS THREE DEAD PONIES DUMPED IN SCENIC AREA was last modified: March 9th, 2015 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)
December 3rd 2017 will see Lough Eske Castle launch its annual Christmas food appeal and Christmas light switch-on event. The Castle invites everyone to help support the local St Vincent de Paul by bringing non-perishable food, such as tinned soups, pasta and sauces, to feed local Donegal families in need during the festive period. Sunday the 3rd December not only marks the launch of Lough Eske Castle’s charity drive, but will also see the annual light switch-on ceremony with performances by Tirconaill Youth Choir and a Children’s Disco.The winner of the Castle’s annual story writing competition this year is Ms. Neave Jerin from Scoil Chatríona in Ballyshannon who will be crowned The Princess of the Castle – The Princess will be treated to a Signature Christmas Tea Party with her classmates on the day.Don’t forget the camera for some fantastic photo opportunities – visitors might even catch one of Santa Claus himself! Seán Carney, Managing Director of Lough Eske Castle praised SVP: “The charity involved provides invaluable support for families across Donegal and we are pleased to be supporting this great work once again.“We’ve had fantastic success with previous appeals and would like to invite the Donegal community to once again join us in making Christmas special for everyone this year.“This is our tenth year of trading and with that comes the responsibility to be valuable and contributing members of the community. Since the Christmas Appeal was launched over €60,000 has been raised through the kindness and generosity of our employees, guests and the local community.”The Castle is working alongside Kavanagh’s Supervalu in Donegal and both locations will be collecting food items from Sunday 3rd December until 24th December for this deserving cause.Lough Eske Castle to host special charity drive during Christmas lights switch-on ceremony was last modified: November 24th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:charitychistmasLIGHTSLough Eske Castlesvdp
This week’s episode of Ireland’s Paramedics is set to feature Donegal call operators as they face urgent situations with expecting mothers. The reality documentary series continues on Thursday 12th April at 9pm on TV3, when Donegal paramedics reveal the highs and lows of pre-hospital emergency care.At the National Ambulance Service Emergency Operations Centre in Dublin and Donegal, 999 call takers face the difficult questions and the shock reality of talking expecting mothers and bystanders through delivering babies over the phone. When one woman goes into labour in the middle of a supermarket, time is of the essence to safely deliver the baby.Donegal viewers will be sure to see some familiar faces as cameras visit the men and women of the HSE National Ambulance Service call centre.In the upcoming episode, crews also respond to an emergency call from a farm in the North East where a half tonne hay bale has fallen on top of a farmer in his tractor. In Cork, intermediate care crew Ritchie and Aoife are dispatched to an elderly man who is due to be transferred to hospital for a check-up, but on arrival, things are not as they seem. From falls, trips and spills to time-critical medical emergencies, this episode of Ireland’s Paramedics is due to be full of tense and uplifting moments. Donegal Paramedics deal with shocking pregnancy calls in TV3 series was last modified: April 11th, 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:ireland’s paramedicsTV3