Is Kaieteur News only interested in pushing one side of this story?

first_imgDear Editor,Reference is made to certain sections of the media in response to my letter – penned in the Stabroek News captioned, ‘Questions for Minister Patterson’ – by one Leroy Nelson.Two interesting facts, Kaieteur News chose to publish a response to my letter – that was published in the Stabroek News – but failed to publish my letter in the Kaieteur News in the first place.Is this normal editorial practice? I thought the principle demands that all sides deserve a fair hearing? Or is Kaieteur News only interested in pushing one side of this story by pushing some letters and stalling others? What are the real objectives of the editorial team at Kaieteur News on this matter? Is there a design to muddle the issue and to cover for the Minister?But secondly, I found it interesting that Nelson believes my intentions have unique designs and I want to reassure him that he is correct. I, like many other Guyanese, would like to know if Derrick Patterson had facilitated Guyanese State supported access to the port of exits by way of a VIP Pass or any other preferential treatment because of his relationship with a serving Minister of the Government.I am told every day that the security controls at the ports of exit in Guyana are of a very high quality and thus the opportunities to beat the system should be very low. Such a situation raises the two issues – either Derrick Patterson was one lucky person or he had help and if so, where did this help come from. That is my design, Mr Nelson, getting to the truth.If we have a Minister and Cabinet official demonstrating fidelity to accountability and the rule of law, then clearly he can provide answers to the questions to reinforce these principles of transparency and accountability and set the record straight.Yours truly,Sasenarine SinghMarylandlast_img read more

No pain, no strain: Korean football, the Son Heung-min way

first_imgBut the results of too much training too soon can be grim, says Son senior, a gifted former striker who had his career cut short by an injury he blames on overwork.“Korea’s football system is obsessed with winning… so kids are exhausted from a young age,” he told AFP.Determined not to let his son suffer the same fate, he kept him from joining a football team until the age of 14 and trained him on his own, focusing on fundamentals.Son Woong-jung, the father of South Korean football star Son Heung-min, runs a football academy to train young players © AFP / Jung Yeon-jeSo when his peers were playing 11 on 11, Asia’s future superstar worked on mastering basic skills –- ball control, dribbling and passing –- and for no more than two hours a day, to prevent burnout.It paid off: the 26-year-old forward is among the few players who can comfortably shoot with both feet and recently signed a new five-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur after emerging as the top Asian scorer in Premier League history.Now the older Son is applying the same philosophy to dozens of teenagers attending his academy in Chuncheon, a small city about 75 kilometres (47 miles) east of Seoul, where Heung-min spent his childhood.– ‘I yell at the parents’ –The 56-year-old has big plans for the SON Football Academy, hoping to expand it to eventually include a school, soccer pitches, futsal facilities, a gym and a museum dedicated to his son.With a strong emphasis on fundamentals, the training programme offered at the academy is as good as the one he used to teach his son, “if not better”, Son said.More than half the student body is over 15 years of age — and none has been taught to shoot yet.“Maybe in two years,” Son said, adding that practising shooting too early could strain the muscle tissues and later cause knee dislocation.The repetitive routines and seemingly slow progress do not bother students like Ryu Dong-wan.“My handling of the ball has become much more accurate,” said the 16-year-old, who hero-worships Heung-min.Students at the South Korean academy say the repetitive routines and slow progress don’t bother them © AFP / Jung Yeon-jeAlthough Heung-min no longer requires private training from his father, the older Son is always by his side, analysing his play after each game.It has always been this way: when Heung-min took the highly unusual decision to leave school at 16 to join Hamburg SV’s youth academy in Germany, his father accompanied him.“I stayed in a cheap motel across the academy and would wake him up early in the morning… for weight training before he left for team practice,” Son said.He has devoted his life to supporting his son — who has often attributed his success to his father’s dedication — and expects the parents at his academy to do the same.“I always yell at the parents,” Son said, chuckling.“Whether it’s golf or tennis, in whatever area, parents who raise a successful child are different,” he added.– Golden ticket –Many of his students’ parents, who look up to the coach as a role model, visit the training grounds every day, watching their sons repeat basic manoeuvres in scorching temperatures.Soccer mum Jung Hee-suk did not hesitate to move her entire family to Chuncheon -– a requirement to enrol in the academy –- in the belief that she was putting her son in the best hands.“He has decades of know-how,” she said. “He knows football better than anyone else.”Parents watch young South Korean football students on the pitch at SON Football Academy © AFP / Jung Yeon-jeThe eyes of South Korea will be firmly fixed on Heung-min, their stand-out player during the World Cup, during this month’s Asian Games in Indonesia.While lacking the prestige of the World Cup, the tournament could be career-changing for Son, as the team can expect exemptions from South Korea’s 21-month military service if they win gold.But Son’s father said the prospect of avoiding military service was “secondary” compared to the opportunity to make his country proud.“Of course, if we win a medal and Heung-min benefits from it, it will be a win-win for the country and for us,” said Son senior who, of course, will join his son in Indonesia during the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The SON Football Academy in Chuncheon is run by the father of Premier League footballer Son Heung-min, and focuses on the fundamentals © AFP / Jung Yeon-jeCHUNCHEON, Korea, Republic of, Aug 16 – As Son Heung-min’s career takes off in England, his legacy is already taking shape in South Korea — at an innovative academy where ball control is king and shooting is frowned upon.The SON Football Academy in Son’s native Chuncheon, run by his father Son Woong-jung, takes an unusual approach for South Korea where typically, training is strenuous and young players practise for up to eight hours a day.last_img read more

UP TO 75% OF DONEGAL POST OFFICES NOW FACE CLOSURE – UNION

first_imgCommunities across County Donegal are faced with the closure of half the county’s post offices within eighteen months, according to representatives of the Irish Postmasters Union this week.And as the crisis deepens, the postmasters were called to an urgent union meeting in Sligo at the weekend to hear a detailed analysis of the problems now facing the service. And the picture that has emerged is one of the bleakest ever scenarios for the future of Donegal’s seventy post offices.In fact, one postmaster told the Tirconail Tribune there is the very real possibility that An Post will close as much as 75% of its network in this county.Donegal has in the region of seventy post offices in the network, says Brian Cannon of Leitermacaward and that has fallen from one hundred and ten in recent years.He predicts that unless the Government takes immediate action as the main stake holder in the service, rural offices are about to disappear forever. As the Inishowen, Rosguill and Fanad Peninsulas into Dunfanaghy and Gweedore are faced with the closure of their remaining post offices, a public petition for the retention of the offices has begun this week and the community will travel to Dublin on February 26th as part of a nationwide protest outside the Dail.Back in the day the network in the Fanad Peninsula has seen office closures at Ballynashannagh: Tamney: Ballyheerin: Kindrum: Doaghbeg and Portsalon and only three offices remain…for the moment.This week the community has awoken to the realisation that all remaining five offices in Fanad and Rossguill are scheduled for closure, says the Union.There are deep concerns about the future of every single rural post office in Donegal, said Brian Cannon, postmaster at Leitermacaward.He says all they are getting is lip service from our politicians until the local elections are over: and then we will see the threats emerge into closures in the next couple of years.It has emerged that concerned postmasters have met this week withDeputy Joe McHugh at Milford to seek his party’s assistance in keeping rural post offices open. However we understand that the meetingachieved nothing by way of reassuring the postmaster that there is going to be any change of policy.In fact, said a number of postmasters the current policy of An Post to close post offices is Government policy and it is not going to be changed.The Irish Postmasters Union told members last weekend that the future of post offices is under the most serious threat in recent years. And the threat is so serious that unless and urgent action plan is put in place immediately most of the country’s network of 1150 branches will be shut down.The Union has pointed to the loss of revenue as a consequence of government failure to honour their commitment as laid down in the programme for Government to retain the network. The commitment says the Union included plans to increase footfall at these offices but the opposite has happened.An Post has completed the installation of post boxes outside of offices amid complaints that this decision has reduced drastically the numbers of people using the network to purchase stamps and other services that are available in the post office.The Postmasters Union points to the new departure by An Post to create a different services network outside of the company. This, they say includes services at Tesco stores, Supervalu and Green Apple filling stations.This service is called ‘Post & Pay’ and is having a serious impact on revenue in post offices. It has also emerged that the Social Welfare Contract which is An Post’s big earner could disappear within two year, says the postmasters.This contract believed to worth around €60 million to An Post only sees €20million going into the actual network and now the Dept of Social Welfare is about to seek a reduction in the cost of this contract.At the same time many in receipt of social welfare are using the banks since An Post has not allowed many of it’s smaller offices to process the banking arrangements.A spokeswoman for the Union told the Tribune: “Following the awarding of the welfare contract, An Post has tabled a proposal to reduce the rate paid for unemployment. This reduction, amounting to €4.6 million could result in the loss of up to 10% of their postmasters income.In those circumstances it would not be any longer viable to run the service.”It is also said that An Post may attempt to impose a new contract system on the postmasters that may do away with benefits they currently enjoy and which are factored into their income.And it is also believed the company is about to introduce a new model of remuneration that will reduce further the income of the postmasters.An Post is the biggest retail service network in the country with1,150 post offices and 170 postal agencies — most of which are operated by independent contractors who are paid on a transaction basis.Despite the closures, An Post has claimed Ireland still has one of the most extensive postal networks anywhere in Europe with 3.5 post offices for every 10,000 people. They are claiming that such a ratio ranked Ireland 3rd out of 31 countries in Europe.However it appears that regular mail now only accounts for 17% of An Post’s revenue. The single biggest income source is payment from the Department of Social Protection for the distribution of social welfare, which accounts for 35% of the company’s revenue, followed by the State’s savings products (30%).The major demonstration at the Dail is on February 26th with a number of coaches from Donegal now being organised.The Postmasters Union has secured an agreement with Deputies Seamus Healy and John Halligan to put down a private member’s motion in the Dail for the evenings of Feb, 25th and 26th. The motion will be supported by Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein but not by any government deputies.In the meantime, Cllr. Ian McGarvey, Mayor of Donegal is to travel with the Donegal group to the Dail to engage in an intense lobbying effort to save the post office network in Donegal.He told the Tribune that if the post offices are allowed to close it is yet another nail in the coffin for rural communities who’ve already seen most of their local services disappear.UP TO 75% OF DONEGAL POST OFFICES NOW FACE CLOSURE – UNION was last modified: February 13th, 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:An Postdonegallast_img read more

DDTV: DONEGAL STAR NEIL McGEE GETS BEHIND GAA IRISH LANGUAGE CAMPAIGN

first_imgTá ríméad ar Choiste na Gaeilge Chumann Lúthchleas Gael go bhfuil roinnt de na peileadóirí agus de na hiománaithe is aitheanta atá sa Chumann sásta a bheith páirteach i bhfeachtas a léireoidh an dlúthbhaint atá ag an eagraíocht leis an nGaeilge agus in iarracht tuilleadh daoine a spreagadh chun pé méid den teanga atá acu a labhairt.The GAA’s Coiste na Gaeilge is pleased to confirm that some of the Association’s top footballers and hurlers have agreed to participate in a campaign to raise awareness of the close ties between the GAA and the language and to try to encourage more people to speak whatever ‘Gaeilge’ they have.Click play to watch Neil McGee’s video supporting the campaign.  DDTV: DONEGAL STAR NEIL McGEE GETS BEHIND GAA IRISH LANGUAGE CAMPAIGN was last modified: June 15th, 2013 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:DDTV: DONEGAL STAR NEIL McGEE GETS BEHIND GAA IRISH LANGUAGE CAMPAIGNlast_img read more

Datebook

first_imgTUESDAY: The Mountain Lion Foundation will hold a “Living With Lions” presentation to understand their behavior and biology from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Reseda Park, 18411 Victory Blvd. Free. For information, call (800) 319-7621. Castlebay Lane Elementary School will host a scholastic book fair, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on campus, 19010 Castlebay Lane, Northridge. The book fair will run through Friday. California Lutheran University will host a seminar on intelligent design, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Nelson Room, 60 W. Olsen Road, No. 1800, Thousand Oaks. Admission is free. (805) 493-3151. California State University, Northridge, will have a used-book sale in front of the Oviatt Library lobby, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 18111 Nordhoff St. Call (818) 677-5573 to donate books and volunteer. Parking: $4. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council will meet at 7 p.m. at Toluca Lake Elementary School, 4800 Cahuenga Blvd. For information, call (818) 755-7674 or go to www.toulcalake-nc.com. The Encino Community Center will host an educational program on child safety, 4:30-5 p.m. at Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd. Call (818) 995-1690 to register. Astronaut Marsha Ivins will visit Nestle Elementary School, 5-7:30 p.m., as a part of NASA Day, 5060 Nestle Ave., Tarzana. For more information, call (818) 342-6148. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgNORWALK – A Thanksgiving Day theft has ended with a trailer loaded with 80,000 pounds of shrimp being returned to its owner.The victim flagged down Whittier police in a Norwalk parking lot at 3:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and told officers that his trailer had been stolen from the lot.Officers found the trailer nearby and returned it to the owner, said Officer Alan dela Pena.No suspects were found. Woman suspected of grand theft auto WHITTIER – Police arrested a woman on suspicion of grand theft auto, after officers spotted her driving a stolen vehicle near College and Sargent avenues, said Officer Alan dela Pena.Police identified the woman as Katherine Weaver, 22, of unincorporated Whittier. She was booked on suspicion of grand theft auto and on several outstanding traffic warrants. Man found asleep in stolen car WHITTIER – Whittier police officers found a man sleeping in a stolen car in the 7600 block of Newlin Avenue on Saturday morning, Officer Alan dela Pena said.The man was identified as 23-year-old Ricardo Arroyo of Whittier.He was booked on suspicion of grand theft auto and on a previous no-bail warrant for a narcotics violation.Hearing delayedfor 3 suspectsNORWALK – A judge Monday granted another delay of a preliminary hearing for Leonardo Cisneros, Bernadette Corvera and Sara Lopez, who are charged with murder in the shooting death of a worker at a Subway Sandwich shop in Whittier two weeks before Christmas 2004.Cisneros also is charged with a second, unrelated killing. A Norwalk Court judge set the preliminary hearing for Jan. 13. Choral group to perform Sunday WHITTIER – Save the date. The New Century Singers Whittier performs its annual holiday concert, “Let’s Celebrate the Season,” at 3p.m. Sunday at East Whittier Methodist Church, 10005 Cole Road. Join director Judy Kertes and accompanist Clella Snider at this free community event. The chorus also accepts donations of support and for its scholarship fund. For more information, call (562) 695-1785. Elks lodge to host holiday brunch WHITTIER – The Whittier Elks Lodge will hold a holiday brunch/arts and crafts bazaar from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at 13620 Whittier Blvd. Client-made craft items will be available for purchase. Door prizes will be awarded and Santa Claus will pay a visit. All proceeds will benefit the programs and services of the Intercommunity Blind Center. For more information, call (562) 696-7117. Firoozeh Dumas to sign book MONTEBELLO – Meet writer Firoozeh Dumas, author of “Funny in Farsi,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Montebello Library, 1550 W. Beverly Blvd.Her book will be available for purchase and signing after the program. Persian refreshments will be served.For more information, call (323) 722-6551. From Staff Reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

County hate crimes declined dramatically in 2004

first_imgHate crimes in the county last year hit a 15-year low, despite slight increases in violence against Asians and Latinos and between Latino and African-American gangs, according to a report released Monday. • Download: 2004 Hate Crime Report by the L.A. County Commission on Human Relations. For More Info In the Whittier area, four hate crimes based on sexual orientation were reported last year, according to the Commission on Human Relations’ annual hate crimes survey.The total number of hate crimes in the county dropped from 691 in 2003 to 502 last year, a 27-percent decline, the report said.That put hate crimes at their lowest level since 1989, when 378 hate crimes were counted.In one crime detailed in the report, 10-15 young Latino men severely beat a young African-American man while the man was walking in a grocery store parking lot in Covina.The youths were from an Azusa street gang, according to the report.Anti-Latino crimes increased from 54 incidents to 62 – including a 173-percent jump in crimes specifically against Mexicans. Hate crimes against Asians rose from 27 incidents in 2003 to 29 in 2004. Crimes against Muslims rose from seven to eight. ben.baeder@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Man who couldn’t walk amazes friends by doing Dublin Marathon

first_imgA man who was told he would never walk again after a life-changing accident has completed the Dublin Marathon.Carndonagh-based Jason Le Masurier suffered a severe brain injury after a kite-surfing accident in 2007.The accident left him paralysed down his left side. He eventually got out of hospital after two years but doctors told him he would never walk again.But against all the odds amazing Jason proved all the medics wrong.He even managed to jog down the aisle to wed his partner Liz in Carndonagh.Jason, who never ran before, tackled yesterday’s event to aid the Irish Community Air Ambulance. Man who couldn’t walk amazes friends by doing Dublin Marathon was last modified: October 31st, 2017 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:accidentCarndonaghInishowenJason Le MasurierMarathonlast_img read more

Ten games every Sharks fan should watch this season

first_imgSAN JOSE — The grind of a six-month regular season for the Sharks begins Wednesday at home against the Anaheim Ducks and let’s face it, only the most die-hard fans will be able to watch every period of all 82 games.And if we’re being honest, some games just stand out a bit more than others.To help sort everything out, here are 10 games this season that every Sharks fan should take time to watch.Oct. 3 vs. Anaheim Ducks, SAP Center — There’s nothing quite like opening night. Players get …last_img read more

Mollom Blocks 100 Millionth Spam Message

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Editor’s note: we offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write ‘Sponsor Posts’ and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.Mollom, the spam-filtering startup that eliminates comment and post spam on popular content management systems, just reached two important milestones: it processed 100,000,000 messages and is now actively protecting over 10,000 websites.It was only about three months ago when the startup, began by Dries Buytaert and Benjamin Schrauwen, celebrated its 50 million message milestone, and only two months before that when the company reached 25 million. Mollom is still a young company, but these milestones are coming fast because so many websites are getting on the bandwagon with the aim of increasing the quality of their website interaction by blocking spam.Even more impressive is that these statistics are for Mollom’s public servers only and don’t include message processing on private servers operated for large-volume clients, such as Netlog, an online social portal for European youth.Mollom set up dedicated servers in Netlog’s data center to provide automated around-the-clock monitoring and custom-trained content classifiers. Mollom’s servers analyze more than 50 messages per second for Netlog, adding up to an additional 4 million messages per day that are not counted in the latest milestone.Large sites such as Netlog are turning increasingly to Mollom for its ability to filter spam in near real-time. Another site, popular citizen journalism hub NowPublic, had been receiving almost 25,000 spam posts per day before implementing Mollom’s service. After NowPublic installed Mollom, the number of legitimate comments by users jumped 180%, while spam comments fell to nearly zero.Taking into account the traffic from the 10,000 websites that Mollom protects, Mollom currently processes up to 150 million messages a month, making it one of the largest website spam filtering services available today.But Mollom is not content to rest on its past achievements. The company is currently changing the architecture of its back-end, which will make the software learn faster and make its actions easier to debug, analyze, and oversee.Mollom offers its services in tiers, with products targeted at small blogs, mid-sized sites, and large enterprise-level Web properties. Mollom Free, designed for small blogs and sites with small posting volumes, is provided free of charge to the Web community, while Mollom Plus and Mollom Premium are commercial services designed for sites with higher volumes and reliability requirements. More information about its service plans is available on Mollom’s website. rww sponsor 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Sponsors#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more