The army bomb disposal team arrive to examine the scene of yesterday’s explosion.Gardai have identified a chief suspect after a booby-trap bomb exploded under a jeep in Letterkenny yesterday.Extensive damage was caused to a Mitsubishi Pajero jeep which was parked outside a house on the Manor View Park housing estate off Long Lane.Residents inside the houses close to the scene were not hurt but were left terrified by the attack. No arrests have yet been made in the investigation.Gardai rushed to the scene and a number of homes were immediately evacuated after the loud blast just before 4am.Gardai cordoned off the area for fear that there may be other undetonated devices nearby.The Army Technical Bomb Unit was summoned from Finner Camp army base in Ballyshannon to carry out a full investigation of the scene. The unit spent two hours at the scene but later left after removing a number of objects from the scene.No arrests have yet been made but Garda are working on a theory that the man whose car was attacked may know his attacker.The victim is a married man in his 60s with three grown-up children.Speaking at the scene, Inspector Pat O’Donnell said “I can confirm there has been an explosion under a vehicle in this area.“We have sealed off the scene and we have asked for the assistance of the army technical officers in case there are secondary devices in the area. “I would ask anyone who may have info on what happened here this morning to contact Gardai at Letterkenny.“We are currently carrying out house to house enquiries and I can tell you that there is some CCTV footage in the area which we are also studying,” he said.Gardai also said they would like to speak to the driver of a silver car seen in the area just before the blast.Local Town councillor Cllr McMonagle, who lives locally, says he does not understand why the device was planted. “The reality is that this is a housing estate and totally innocent people including schoolchildren could have been killed.“I am not sure for the reasons behind it but such actions cannot be justified.“We hear of these things happening in the north but not in Co Donegal and not on a busy housing estate in Letterkenny.“I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact the Gardai,” he said.GARDAI IDENTIFY CHIEF SUSPECT IN CAR-BOMB ATTACK was last modified: November 23rd, 2013 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:car bombdonegalGardailetterkennyManor View Park
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally rendered a decision on Ohio’s list of impaired waters following several months of delay and two lawsuits filed to compel the EPA to make a decision.On May 19, 2017, the EPA decided to accept the Ohio EPA’s proposed list of impaired waters for the State of Ohio. Ohio’s list does not include the open waters in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. However, the State of Michigan’s list of impaired waters previously approved by the EPA does include the open waters in its portion of the Western Basin of Lake Erie.The EPA explained that the agency deferred to Ohio’s judgment not to include the open waters of the Western Basin of Lake Erie on the impaired waters list. “EPA recognizes the State’s ongoing efforts to control nutrient pollution in the Western Basin of Lake Erie,” stated Chris Korleski, EPA’s Region 5 Water Division Director and previously Ohio’s EPA Director. “EPA understands that Ohio EPA intends to evaluate options for developing objective criteria (e.g., microcystin or other metrics) for use in making decisions regarding the Western Basin for the 2018 list. EPA expects the development of appropriate metrics, and is committed to working with you on them.”For now, the EPA appears satisfied with Ohio’s plan for addressing nutrient reductions in Lake Erie’s Western Basin. It is possible, however, that additional lawsuits could be filed against the EPA in order to reconcile Ohio and Michigan’s different designations of water in the same general area.Read the EPA’s Approval of Ohio’s Submission of the State’s Integrated Report with Respect to Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act here.
by Karen Shirer, Associate DeanI wonder if you are like me. Every year in late December I set resolutions for a healthier and happier new year. Then, a few months later my best intentions have often ended up on the garbage heap of lost causes. This year my resolutions included maintaining a healthy weight, focusing on the positive and what I can control and change, practicing yoga and running, and well…. being better in whatever way I can imagine. I think you get the picture.This year has been no different. I’ve done okay on weight and physical activity, but focusing on the positive and what I can control and change — not so much. Which brings me to this blog post. Maybe like me, you struggle with keeping your resolutions past the first few months of the year. The slide into spring on March 20 provides a fresh start to forget those New Year’s resolutions and spring ahead with goals instead!When faced with a perplexing issue, I do a web search to find out how to address the situation. Here’s what I learned this year that you may find useful.Tip #1: Remind yourself that you’re not alone in struggling to keep your new year’s resolutions.Fast Company magazine recently reported that 27 percent of people give up on their resolutions by the end of the first week of January, and 31 percent give them up by the third week. Just over 50 percent make it to the one month mark.The article goes on to explain that the one big difference between those who stay resolute and those who don’t is based on how one feels about the resolution. To stay committed, the article says, we need to set goals for which we have passion and that are based on our values, beliefs and interests.One last thought on this tip: Cut yourself some slack if you are part of the 50 percent who have given up. Personal change is hard, requiring time and lots of mistakes and false starts. Make sure you are talking to yourself in an encouraging way with thoughts like “I can do this,” “What did I learn from this attempt that can help me be more successful in the future?” and “I have a whole year to get this right!”Tip #2: Reset and swap out your resolutions for goals that work.The Fast Company article also gives wise advice on setting goals. Most important, our goals need to be about what we want to accomplish in the end. Instead of starting with “I am going to spend less money” or “I am going to run five days a week,” think about the overarching goal of improving financial or physical health.Once we are clear on our overall goal, we can identify activities and concrete steps to get us closer to it. (This is where “I am going to run five days a week” makes more sense.) We also should try to understand everything we can about our goal and why it’s important to us; take immediate steps for fast wins; and realize we’ll make mistakes.So here is how I would swap the resolution that isn’t working for me:Swap resolution: Focus on the positive and what I can control and change.For goal: I will find ways to enhance my mental well-being and lower my stress over the next year.I’ve already taken some concrete action steps to achieve my newly stated goal:Learn everything I can about ways to improve positivity in my personal and professional life.Practice mindfulness by listening to the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Military Caregiving Mindfulness Podcast Series.Get my physical activity outside (instead of inside) whenever the weather permits because soaking up some sunlight lifts the spirits.Tell myself “I am learning something new every day to reach my goal” when I fall short.These steps are ever evolving and change frequently. But now that I’ve swapped my resolution for an aspirational goal — mental well-being — I have a better sense of what steps to take and what to avoid. Try it and see how it works for you.Tip #3: Access all the resources you can, including support from others, to reach your goals. I found a useful resource before the new year — some tips in The Guardian newspaper:Make your goal aspirational, but then break it down into concrete, achievable action steps. This makes the goal easier to reach. In a way, you are making the healthy choice the easy choice for yourself.Take advantage of mornings to focus on your goal. The articles cites a study that showed that simple habits form more quickly in the morning due to elevated cortisol.Get a system in place to track your progress like a journal, an app or a spreadsheet. Again, research shows that tracking improves success.Set up a rewards program for yourself when you act on your goal and reward yourself immediately after reaching it. And make the reward fun.Resist finding excuses to not follow through on your action steps. When I sense resistance, I often tell myself “I don’t have to be perfect but just need to do something.” It really helps me with the excuses.In addition to these tips, look at your support network and identify others who can help you with your goals. A “goal buddy” or a group with like interests will help keep you on track and build you up when you hit the rough spots.Rich with resourcesOf course, the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) is rich with resources in the areas of family transitions, nutrition and wellness, personal finance, personal and family relationships, and mental health As part of our network, we encourage you to use these resources to reach your goals! In addition to the Mindfulness Podcast Series mentioned above, here are a few of my top recommendations:New Year, Stronger Connections! blogMake Your Financial Goals SMART an Your Savings Systematic blogAre You a Resilient Professional? blogHealth is a Family Affair: Connecting the Dots between Health & Family blogFinding Joy in the Face of Adversity blogMission Possible … Mastering the Process of Change blogCommunity Capacity Building: Say what?? blogFinding the Golden Ratio-Using Positive Emotions in Every Day Life and During Times of Stress blogBurning the Candle at Both Ends: How to Combat Burnout blogNavigating the space between our personal and professional roles blogTo sum up: Swap your resolutions for goals and action steps, and begin your reset today with an easy win. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself when things don’t go as planned. You will be more successful in the long run. Embrace the New Year …. and take steps to spring ahead to achieve your goals in the remaining months. Karen Shirer is a member of the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions Team and the Associate Dean with the University of Minnesota, Extension Center for Family Development. Karen is also the parent of two adult daughters, a grandmother, a spouse, and a cancer survivor.
Bangalore versus Rajasthan IPL match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore was called off due to unrelenting rains. Details | PhotosWith the match called off, both teams were awarded one point each.Rajasthan now have five points from five matches and Bangalore are at the bottom of the IPL points tally with 3 points from equal number of matches.Originally, the match was scheduled to begin at 10:30pm after the rains had stopped and on-field umpires Billy Doctrove and Rudi Koertzen had decided that the match could be a 12-over-a-side affair. But, just when the teams were beginning to wear their cricketing gear, it began to drizzle forcing the covers back on. And in minutes the drizzle turned into heavy showers.Teams: Royal Challengers Bangalore (From): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers(w), Saurabh Tiwary, Mohammad Kaif, Asad Pathan, Daniel Vettori(c), Ryan Ninan, Zaheer Khan, Charl Langeveldt, Mayank Agarwal, Sreenath Aravind, Arun Karthik, BN Bharath, Raju Bhatkal, Nuwan Pradeep, Muralidharen Gautam, Abrar Kazi, Abhimanyu Mithun, Dirk Nannes, Luke Pomersbach, Rilee Rossouw, Johan van der Wath, Jonathan Vandiar Rajasthan Royals (From): Rahul Dravid, Shane Watson, Johan Botha, Ajinkya Rahane, Ross Taylor, Amit Paunikar(w), Stuart Binny, Shane Warne(c), Nayan Doshi, Siddharth Trivedi, Amit Singh, Swapnil Asnodkar, Deepak Chahar, Ankeet Chavan, Aakash Chopra, Ashok Menaria, Paul Collingwood, Aditya Dole, Samad Fallah, Faiz Fazal, Sumit Narwal, Pankaj Singh, Abhishek Raut, Pinal Shah, Shaun Tait, Dishant Yagnik, Jacob Oram
MELBOURNE, Australia – Once again Li Na had the Rod Laver Arena crowd on its feet, roaring — this time with laughter.Her encore to a 7-6 (3), 6-0 win over Dominika Cibulkova in the Australian Open title match Jan. 24 night made her even more popular at Melbourne Park, where she’d lost two finals in the previous three years.So she paid her supporters back with one of the best of her improv stand-up routines.First she thanked her agent “for making me rich,” then her coach Carlos Rodriguez and then her husband, Shan Jiang — her former coach and constant traveling companion.“Thanks for him give up everything just traveling with me to be my hitting partner, fix the drinks, fix the racket — so thanks a lot, you are a nice guy,” she told Shan in a rare public compliment, pausing for the laughter. “Also you are so lucky (to) find me.”Li, who will turn 32 next month, is the oldest women’s champion in Australia in the Open era. She didn’t see age as a barrier, obviously, replying to a question on the topic with a smile and an opinion: “I’m not old!”“Yeah, start of tournament everybody talking about the age. I would like to say age is nothing,” she said. “Still can win the Grand Slam. So pretty happy about my age. I got more experience on the court.”Li lost Australian Open finals to Kim Clijsters in 2011 and to Victoria Azarenka last year, when she twisted her ankle twice in the second and third sets and needed a medical time out after hitting her head on the court. In between, she won the 2011 French Open in one of the many firsts she’s established for Chinese tennis.Yet it was a defeat that almost had the biggest impact on her career, with heavy criticism in the domestic media following a second-round loss at last year’s French Open sending her to the verge of retiring.Rodriguez, who previously worked with Justine Henin, had to talk Li into playing Wimbledon, encouraging her to just see how she progressed at the All England club before making such a big career decision. She responded by reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, the semifinals at the U.S. Open and now breaking her drought in Australia.She paid tribute to Rodriguez’ calm, composed approach and support.“Before the match he was telling me to relax, just think it’s a match, don’t think it’s a final,” she recounted, admitting that she’d even taken time out for a short afternoon sleep. “He always say ‘believe in yourself.’ He always believed in me, I never believed in myself. That was my problem.”In both her previous finals at Melbourne Park, Li won the first set but went down in three.She had no such trouble against No. 20-seeded Cibulkova, who was playing in her first major final.Li opened the final by breaking Cibulkova, holding, and then getting a breakpoint chance in the third game. But Cibulkova held, and then broke back in the sixth game thanks to a pair of double-faults from Li. Another service break followed, and Li had a set point before losing three straight points to ensure it went to the tiebreaker.As the second set began, a fan in Rod Laver yelled “C’mon Li Na, bagel her!” She did.A half hour later she was holding up both thumbs to the crowd, and holding back tears as she hugged her Slovakian rival. She went to the side of the court to see Rodriguez, but the stands were too high and they could only shake hands.The diminutive Cibulkova, one of the shortest players ever to reach a Grand Slam final at 1.61-meters (5-foot-3), had four wins over Top 20 players on her way to the final, including a fourth-round upset of third-seeded Maria Sharapova and a straight-sets semifinal trouncing of No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska.She had to pull the microphone down closer to her before her post-match speech. “These were just fantastic two weeks of my life,” she said, adding: “Hello to everybody in Slovakia. This means a lot for our country and I’m happy I can be the one here for Slovakia.”No. 4-seeded Li, who reportedly has four-times more followers on her Chinese social networking site than there are people in Slovakia, had a good run through the tournament as other star players like Serena Williams, Sharapova and Azarenka tumbled out by the quarterfinals.She didn’t have to face a player ranked in the Top 20 en route to the final, opening with wins over the two youngest players in the tournament, then saving a match point in her third-round win over Lucie Safarova, who was a fraction away from causing a major upset.“I think I should send email to Safarova,” Li said. “Sorry … and send smile to her as well.”Now she’s already promising to come back and defend her Australian title. “Finally I got her,” Li said as she put a hand on the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup for the first time. “Last two times was very close.”(John Pye, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri happy with Hudson-Odoi for Spurs defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased with the performance of Callum Hudson-Odoi for last night’s Carabao Cup semifinal first-leg defeat to Tottenham.Sarri gave the winger a start amid transfer talk linking him with Bayern Munich.The manager said, “Hudson-Odoi in the last week has been very normal.”I saw him every day in training and he was really very normal. He is improving, in the last match he played very well and also today a very good match. He played like a player of 25, 26 years. A very good match with application, very good in the defensive phase, but he has been completely normal. Maybe he does not read anything.”
Who inspired you to follow your dream to pursue acting?I am a huge Broadway fan and it all started from random visit of Broadway production Fiddler on the Roof in NYC with my Ukrainian friends. When I saw that and just realized there is nothing else I want to do but work my butt off to be like them. And I mean, just imagine how much work being put by every member of the team, not just in theater but film, tv, actors and crew spend countless hours learn practice and then sometimes even volunteer for experience. I have so much respect for industry people. So when I see a high quality production, it’s like a bell for me that says: “Alex, are you still doing your best and you like them, are you putting all your efforts?” so yeah this keeps me inspired and creative.What challenges have you faced in the entertainment industry? What has been your most rewarding experience?Haha where do I start. So when I came to Canada my English wasn’t very good. And I would come to the audition and would hear: “Slate please” – I had no idea what they want, literally for the guy from Ukraine with English as his third language I had no idea what they were asking me, until like third or fourth audition when someone explained me it means to introduce yourself. I think some people just laughed at me that time but likely I stayed on my path and here I am talking to you as an award-winning actor. I had some really great experiences working with amazing individuals. I guess my most notable experience was studying with Larry Moss. I think I will remember it all my life. What a man he is, just wow. Dedication, ability to see you, empathy there is so many words. And I guess the other one was winning an award for best male performance at the film festival in Los Angeles. I star and helped produce short film called “Forever a Gentleman” and I would never expect what will come out of it but I guess if you do your best good things might come your way.What is your favourite type of character to play?That’s always a tough one. Either some historic figure (this one time I played Benito Mussolini in Dictator’s Playbook directed by Mark Stevenson) or someone like Joker, I have fun playing bad guys.What market do you currently work in? Are there other areas you would like to work?I work in Toronto as of the moment but of course always to open anywhere really. I want to do more theater. Just yesterday I was auditioning for a play so fingers crossed!What advice would you give to someone new trying to make it in the acting industry?Hm…do I have to pick just one? Ok i got it. Do your best – always – just do your best! Do look at other people, circumstances etc. Come in give it all, leave. And you never know what will come back to you. Also take classes, learn as much as you can! I can recommend some great places like LB Acting Studio or if you are a foreigner and what to work on accents, Rae Ellen Bodie is amazing! And if you want to stay ready, check out The Actors Place that has drop-ins for $10 which can be really good if you are on a budget. It was started as actors gym by this multifaceted actor and host Ivan Wanis Ruiz; and it’s a great community to meet actors and work on your skills! Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Alexander Kotsyk is a Toronto based award winning Canadian-Ukrainian actor and producer. From early days Alex gravitated towards being on stage, performing and hosting. He started his acting Regina, SK where he was getting his Master’s Degree in Public Policy. After graduating Alex went to Toronto and studied Meisner technique while working on some award winning indie projects. He continued learning the craft in different studio and coaches in Toronto.We had a chance to catch up to discuss his career.As a child, did you want to be an actor, or did it fall into place through other activities?I never wanted to be an actor, it just happened…I mean its sounds like something unreal but I am a guy from a small town in Ukraine called Chernivtsi, something like Regina, SK. Acting wasn’t something that was widely offered and I can’t even recall classes that you could go to and study. I guess it was always inside waiting for the moment and not until I came to Canada seven years ago I had an opportunity to engage with my creative side. You know Canada and Ukraine its a bit different because where I am from, we first think about money and security because you can’t predict whats going to happen tomorrow and after all the hustle there is not much energy left to be creative. While in Canada, I feel like we are more secure in our future and government can back us up. I mean, I might be wrong about this but that’s the image I have. Facebook Written By: Darlene MorrisonIf you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured in our Aspiring Talent SeriesContact Darlene via email at [email protected] to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.) Advertisement Advertisement What fuels your passion? Ability to tell stories and be a part of helping people see and relate to things they haven’t before. This one time I was working on Chinese TV series for NTDtv and it was a fictional story about how Chinese government destroy people’s lives if they don’t agree with their policies. It was a fiction but then somewhere in the middle, I was like wow that’s actually happening right now in China and just to be a part of this was a great honor for me. I think people should have same rights regardless of where they are born, gender and how much wealth their parents have.What is something about you that most people would never guess?haha oh this is going to come back to me…I don’t know how to ride a bike.If you were to do it all over again, would you do things exactly the same? Do you have any regrets? Successes that make you proud? Absolutely not! With this experience and knowledge I would definitely do things differently and more efficiently. Just as a guy from Ukraine I didn’t know what to do and where to go if you want to be actor. It took me a lot of time to figure out road maps. I don’t have any regrets, I don’t believe in them. I think what happened is done and all you can do is get the best out of it and make sure you learn from it. Also don’t forget to have some fun during as it is life and I’ve heard we only have one!To follow Alex, check out his social media links below:IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6180065/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexkotsyk/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kotsyk Twitter
“There’s always next year.”The famous adage, which easily rolls off the tongue for any Cubs, Lions, Clippers or Cleveland sports follower, is recited by fans of all but one team per sport each year.It’s a phrase that evokes a sense of disappointment, letdown or regret. But in the case of the Ohio State football team, it should imply a feeling of eagerness and anticipation.Losing to USC in such a heartbreaking fashion probably reduced the Buckeyes’ appeal as Big Ten play arrives and the team looks up in the rankings to conference rival Penn State.In college football, one loss — at any point in the season — can immediately quash a team’s lofty expectations or hopes. And while the Bucks’ chances of returning to a BCS bowl game are still favorable, the ideal target remains a BCS Championship. That bull’s-eye likely won’t be hit this season, not with the big-game failures reputation lingering around after the loss to Southern Cal.Next year, however, provides hope. Not the artificial, “we can’t possibly be this bad again,” or “we’re due for a ring,” type of pseudo-optimism. The Buckeyes are typically good every year. Next year, they will be great.Barring any premature jumps to the NFL, OSU should return all but two starters on offense and all but four on defense. Jim Cordle can be replaced at right tackle by the team’s myriad of options along the offensive line. And the Buckeyes rarely throw to their tight ends, so Jake Ballard won’t be missed too much in the passing game.Defensively, the departure of safeties Kurt Coleman and Anderson Russell will have the largest effect. Coleman has been a consistent playmaker for three years, and his leadership will be missed. Junior Jermale Hines has already started to steal away playing time from Russell, so permanently inserting Hines into the secondary shouldn’t hamper the defense.The key, clearly, will still be the progression of sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor. An encouraging factor is that his supporting cast will be intact. He’ll still have his running back duo of “Boom” and “Zoom,” and highly touted freshman Jamaal Berry could play into the mix. Pryor’s top receiving option, sophomore DeVier Posey will have another year under his belt to nullify his lack of experience. He was thrust into a starting role this year after totaling just 11 receptions in his freshman season.In addition to Posey, Pryor has also found a rapport with junior receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, who is expected back for one final year.Coach Jim Tressel will have the ideal roster he likely envisioned when recruiting each talent over the past few years.OSU also takes on a favorable schedule, with Ohio Stadium playing host to all of the potentially difficult contests.The Buckeyes welcome Miami (Fla.), Penn State and Michigan all to The Horseshoe, while playing weaker opponents such as Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota away from home.Clearly, the stars align for OSU in 2010. The loss to Southern Cal might have signaled some fans to throw up the white flag on ’09. If that’s the case, at least next season is shaping up in the Bucks’ favor. But opportunities like this appear few and far between — just ask Chicagoans or Clevelanders. When a bright future arises, keep in mind: there’s not always next year.
Bayern Munich have confirmed that Kingsley Coman will undergo surgery after sustaining a syndesmosis ligament tear in their opening day 3-1 win over HoffenheimThe French winger got caught up in a late challenge by Hoffenheim’s Nico Schulz towards the end of the first half at the Allianz Arena.While laying on the pitch, Coman was in tears and had to be consoled by his team-mates before being helped off the pitch by Bayern’s medical staff.And now the club have confirmed that he will be out for “several weeks”.“Kingsley Coman sustained a syndesmosis ligament tear above his left ankle in the 3-1 victory over TSG Hoffenheim,” read a statement.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“That was the diagnosis of an examination by the medical unit after the match. Coman has to undergo surgery and will be sidelined for a number of weeks.”Just last season in February, the 22-year-old had to undergo surgery on the very same left ankle which left him sidelined for the final three months of the campaign.It also cost him a spot in France’s World Cup-winning squad this summer.Bayern won the game itself 3-1 after goals from Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski and substitute Arjen Robben (who replaced Coman) to begin the defence of their Bundesliga crown on a winning note.