Pioneering Grandmaster looking to bring tae kwon do unity

first_img 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.last_img read more

Licensing of teachers being discussed – CEO Marcel Huston

first_imgThe 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.”last_img read more

Three fires burning in Northern BC

first_imgBoth 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.Advertisementlast_img read more

Death of a special teacher

first_img“She loved her family, she loved the church and, more importantly, she loved God and she had a relationship with him. “She was a huge blessing to our church and we’re going to miss her.” Clary’s husband, David, told authorities he found his wife’s body about 5:20 p.m. Thursday, inside their home on a quiet cul-de-sac in the 29900 block of Shadow Place. Authorities said their initial investigation indicated that Clary died of blunt-force trauma, and they consider her death a homicide. At Valencia High, Clary taught about 20 students, most of whom were developmentally disabled. Wanting them to learn to live independently, she taught them how to order a meal at a fast-food restaurant and ride a bus. “My son loved her; he absolutely adored her,” said John Krinkel, whose 18-year-old son, Jeffrey, was in Clary’s class. “She had a tremendous relationship with the students in her classroom.” In the classroom, Clary taught everything from math to social studies – all to her students’ level. “She just felt she had a calling for it,” said Paul Priesz, principal at Valencia High. “That was the group of students she wanted to work with. Not every teacher can do that.” Clary’s neighbors in the five-year-old development said the couple kept to themselves, but had dogs that barked. But a neighbor said the dogs were not barking Thursday, and she saw no sign of commotion until sheriff’s deputies arrived. “I was here all day,” said Danielle Lincoln, who lives across the street. “I didn’t hear anything.” On an Internet site dedicated to rescued dogs, Dave and LaWana Clary are listed as the owners of a dog named Bear. The couple apparently created a Web site a few years ago dedicated to their pet. Alice Lee, 31, is a new resident who was just moving in this week, and she never got a chance to know Clary. “Looking at that house, it just looks so idyllic,” she said. “… I can’t believe anything happened behind those walls.” A couple of cars were parked in the driveway at the Clary home Friday, but Lincoln said another vehicle was towed away during the investigation. David Clary, 38, works with computers, said Craig, who last spoke to the couple at Wednesday services at First Baptist. “LaWana, her and Dave, were fun-loving people, and we were always kidding one another,” he said. Valencia High is due to resume classes after spring break Monday. A school yearbook included a quote from Clary on what teaching meant to her. “For the most part, my students really want to learn,” she wrote. “You can never replace the look on their face when they finally `get it.”‘ (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – Committed to her special-education students at Valencia High School, LaWana Clary took them out into the community twice a week, teaching them to function on their own. Devoted to God, she was active at First Baptist Church of Castaic, attending services with her husband three times a week. But three days before Easter, the 51-year-old veteran educator was found bludgeoned to death inside her home. Her husband found her body when he returned from work. “If I could sum LaWana’s life up, she was a very faithful lady,” the Rev. Jeff Craig of First Baptist Church said Friday, as he mourned his parishioner. last_img

European cities leading the way in battling climate change

first_imgVAXJO, Sweden – When this quiet city in southern Sweden decided in 1996 to wean itself off fossil fuels, most people doubted the ambitious goal would have any impact beyond the town limits. A few melting glaciers later, Vaxjo is attracting a green pilgrimage of politicians, scientists and business leaders from as far afield as the U.S. and North Korea seeking inspiration from a city program that has allowed it to cut CO2 emissions 30 percent since 1993. Vaxjo is a pioneer in a growing movement in dozens of European cities, large and small, that aren’t waiting for national or international measures to curb global warming. From London’s congestion charge to Paris’ city bike program and Barcelona’s solar power campaign, initiatives taken at the local level are being introduced across the continent – often influencing national policies instead of the other way around. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“People used to ask: Isn’t it better to do this at a national or international level?” said Henrik Johansson, environmental controller in Vaxjo, a city of 78,000 on the shores of Lake Helga, surrounded by thick pine forest in the heart of Smaland province. “We want to show everyone else that you can accomplish a lot at the local level.” The European Union, mindful that many member states are failing to meet mandated emissions cuts under the Kyoto climate treaty, has taken notice of the trend and is encouraging cities to adopt their own emissions targets. The bloc awarded one of its inaugural Sustainable Energy Europe awards this year to Vaxjo, which aims to have cut emissions by 50 percent by 2010 and 70 percent by 2025. “We are convinced that the cities are a key element to change behavior and get results,” said Pedro Ballesteros Torres, manager of the Sustainable Energy Europe campaign. “Climate change is a global problem but the origin of the problem is very local.” So far only a handful of European capitals have set emissions targets, including Stockholm, Copenhagen and London. Torres said he hopes to convince about 30 European cities to commit to targets next year. While such goals are welcome, they may not always be the best way forward, said Simon Reddy, who manages the C40 project, a global network of major cities exchanging ideas on tackling climate change. “At the moment a lot of cities don’t know what they’re emitting so it’s very difficult to set targets,” Reddy said. More important than emissions targets, he said, is that cities draft action plans, outlining specific goals needed to reduce emissions, like switching a certain percentage of the public transit system to alternative fuels. London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s Climate Action Plan calls for cutting the city’s CO2 emissions by 60 percent in 2025, compared to 1990 levels. However, planners acknowledge the cuts are not realistic unless the government introduces a system of carbon pricing. Barcelona, Spain’s second biggest city, has, since 2006, required all new and renovated buildings to install solar panels to supply at least 60 percent of the energy needed to heat water. The project has been emulated by dozens of Spanish cities and inspired national legislation with similar, though less stringent, requirements, said Angels Codina Relat of the Barcelona Energy Agency. It’s not only in Europe that cities are taking action on climate change. Several U.S. cities including Austin, Texas; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle have launched programs to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Bogota, the capital of Colombia, has reduced emissions with the TransMilenio municipal bus system and an extensive network of bicycle paths. In Vaxjo, (pronounced VECK-shur), the vast majority of emissions cuts have been achieved at the heating and power plant, which replaced oil with wood chips from local sawmills as its main source of fuel. Ashes from the furnace are returned to the forest as nutrients. “This is the best fir in Sweden,” said plant manager Ulf Johnsson, scooping up a fistful of wood chips from a giant heap outside the factory. He had just led Michael Wood, the U.S. ambassador to Sweden, on a guided tour of the facility, which is considered state of the art. Not only does it generate electricity, but the water that is warmed up in the process of cooling the plant is used to heat homes and offices in Vaxjo. Every week, foreign visitors arrive to see Vaxjo’s environmental campaign. Last year, even a delegation of 10 energy officials from reclusive North Korea got a tour. A similar but much larger system is in place in Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, where waste heat from incineration and combined heat and power plants is pumped through a purpose-built 800-mile network of pipes to 97 percent of city. Copenhagen is often cited as a climate pioneer among European cities. It cut CO2 emissions by 187,600 tons annually in the late `90s by switching from coal to natural gas and biofuels at its energy plants. Its goal is to reduce emissions by 35 percent by 2010, compared to 1990 levels, even more ambitious than Denmark’s national target of 21 percent cuts under the Kyoto accord. In 1995, the city became one of the first European capitals to introduce a public bicycle service that lets people pick up and return bikes at dozens of stations citywide for a small fee. Similar initiatives have since taken root in Paris and several other European cities. Next, Copenhagen plans to spend about $38 million on various initiatives to get more residents to use bicycles instead of cars. Transport is one of the hardest areas for local leaders to control since traffic is not confined to a single city. Without stronger national policies promoting biofuels over gasoline, Vaxjo, for one, will never reach its long-term target of becoming free of fossil fuels. But it’s doing what it can locally. So-called “green cars” running on biofuels park for free anywhere in the city. About one-fifth of the city’s own fleet runs on biogas produced at the local sewage treatment plant. Using biofuels instead of gasoline in cars is generally considered to cut CO2 emissions, although some scientists say greenhouse gases released during the production of biofuel crops can offset those gains. Vaxjo has also invested in energy efficiency, from the light bulbs used in street lights to a new residential area with Europe’s tallest all-wood apartment buildings. Wood requires less energy to produce than steel or concrete.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgHAD 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: (or registration on the day is also possible).© 2011, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on anything on 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 racewlast_img read more


first_imgA 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 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 didn’t go far enough. “My stance on it is that I was disappointed that 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 GAAlast_img read more


first_imgOne 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)last_img read more

Lough Eske Castle to host special charity drive during Christmas lights switch-on ceremony

first_imgDecember 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 Castlesvdplast_img read more

Donegal Paramedics deal with shocking pregnancy calls in TV3 series

first_imgThis 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 paramedicsTV3last_img read more