19 01 20

first_img“At this point in my career, I’m looking to be happy, and play in the proper weeks, whether No. 1 or No. 5 in the rankings.”Top seed Nadal will start as the favourite to win in Mexico this week, where he also won in 2005 and 2013. Nadal meanwhile said he has fully recovered from the right leg injury that scuppered his Australian Open campaign.“I took a couple of weeks of rest and worked hard on rehabilitation,” he said. “Last week I started practising hard again. I feel ready. Injuries are part of my career. It’s not the first time.“Of course it’s tough, especially at this point when you feel ready to compete well.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer “For me it was a good chance to be fighting for an important title in Australia. But it happened and I can’t complain.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spain’s Rafael Nadal challenges a line call as he plays Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Rafael Nadal says he will not be thinking about reclaiming his world number one ranking when he makes his return from injury at the Mexico Open in Acapulco on Tuesday.The 31-year-old Spanish star will play his first match since limping out of the quarter-finals at the Australian Open when he faces Feliciano Lopez. ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jr. NBA draws record crowd in Butuan selection camp View comments Following his exit in Melbourne last month, Nadal has ceded his number one ranking to Roger Federer, who became the oldest player to claim top spot on February 19.While a victory this week would not be good enough to overhaul Federer, it would leave Nadal primed to replace the Swiss star at Indian Wells or Miami next month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNadal however insists he is not motivated by a desire to reclaim the position from his long-time rival.“I play this tournament because I like it and, not because I’m trying to be number one in the world,” Nadal said. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

18 01 20

first_imgI am not youAnd you are not meYou interfere in my affairsAs if they are yours and you are meYou drink and smokeWaste your time on sinful pleasuresWhich I am indifferentSo, how can you be meAnd how can I be youYou are unjust, unwiseAnd not resourcefulYou only ant things for yourselfAnd very foolish and stupid in doing themI can’t be youAnd you will not be meGod made me meAnd God made you youFor God’s sakeLet me be meShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

14 01 20

first_imgIn spite of the Ebola menace that forbids gathering of large crowds, residents of Yarwin Mehnsonon District in Nimba County, over the weekend, converged in their numbers at the home of Mr. Peter S. Doekpar on Duport Road, outside Monrovia, where they inducted into office their interim leadership.One the prominent sons of the district, the director of secretariat at the Land Commission (LC), MacArthur Paybayee, was thrilled by such a gathering, which was under the canopy of Mehnsonon Seletorwaa Development Association (MSDA). Seletorwaa is a Mano word  that means “Struggling for our land in the name of development.”Mr. Paybayee, in his keynote address prior to the induction ceremony, challenged the elected officers and other residents of the district to forge together in unity to achieve their development objectives.Mr. Paybayee said unity was necessary, particularly during this time when the Yarwin Mehnsonon District and most of its educated sons and daughters were lagging behind in development.Mr. Paybayee wants the educated ones to translate their academic achievement into development-oriented projects, because they all are obliged to work for the improvement of the district.In her brief induction remark, former Nimba County Superintendent Edith Gongloe Weh admonished the MSDA interim leadership to follow  Mr. Paybayee’s by bringing the inhabitants together despite the Ebola spread.  If they did this, then all other good and wholesome things would  follow.Those inducted into office were, Columbus G. Dorliae,  president, Erickson H. Kpontu, 1st vice president, Marshall Goinleh, 2nd vice presidentA member of the board of directors, Migbeh S. Gbarto-Dor, said the organization was founded in the 80s on the principle of love and unity among residents of the district for developmental purposes.The ceremony, which was climaxed with a fund raising rally, was attended by several high profile citizens who hail from Yarwin Mehnsonson. They included former Solicitor-general, Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe, the managing partner of TIALA Law and Associates, Cllr. Yarmie Quiqui-Gbeisay, Sr., lawmaker from the district, Rep. R. Mantenokay Tingban and two former superintendents of the county, Atty. S. Yarlor Saywon, and Mrs. Edith Gongloe Weh. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

14 01 20

first_imgIn order to impart good character in children, a prominent resident of the S.D. Cooper Road community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, has urged BRAC-Liberia, a non-governmental organization, to teach adolescent girls moral and civil behavior.Mr. Moses Labeli said that if parents are not willing to spend time with their children they are likely to turn to peers who may or may not be interested in behaving in a morally acceptable manner.He made this statement recently in Monrovia during a program showcasing the talents of adolescent girls and what they have learned from one of BRAC’s programs, Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA).About a hundred adolescent girls from the four communities of Logan Town, West Point, ELBC and S.D. Cooper Road in Montserrado County participated in the daylong program. The program was held under the theme, “Investment in Realizing the Power of Girls Upholds Their Rights Today and Share Equitable and Prosperous Future.’’ “In as much as your goal is to empower adolescent girls in our country and improve their talents in society, we would like for you to include moral and civil education in one of your programs,’’ Mr. Labeli suggested to BRAC.He noted that there are many disrespectful young people in Liberia and most of them do not even respect their parents, teachers and leaders, and as such “we need programs that will change them,” said Labeli.He encouraged the girls to use the opportunities given to them by BRAC Liberia to promote good moral values and put what they have learned into practice.Earlier, Anita Anzoyo, Program Director for ELA, said the program is designed to empower adolescent girls by providing a safe social space, livelihood training, life‐skills training and community support in adolescent development.Ms. Anzoyo said the ELA program is part of the organization’s initiative to explore the talents of adolescent girls in countries where BRAC operates.She used the occasion to remind participants that if they failed to incorporate moral, social and other values into their lives, their future will be bleak and elusive.ELA was launched in Liberia in 2014 in two counties Montserrado and Margibi Counties with an initial goal of reaching 15 girls’ clubs. It is funded by BRAC USA for the initial phase.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgNew ChairmanBy Jarryl BryanThe sordid revelations of procurement abuse at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), as highlighted by a special audit from the Auditor General’s office, are among the issues which Commissioners expect to have their new Chairman confront.GECOM Chairman Justice (R’td) James PattersonDuring the absence of a Chairman, there had been reports of no meetings being held and the contents of the explosive audit not being addressed. According to GECOM Commissioner Sase Gunraj, the issue is now on the front burner with the appointment.“Yes, we’ve been having regular meetings. The issue of the GECOM audit report has been raised and we are putting ourselves in a state of readiness to discuss the report. We’re still getting accustom to the new Chairman but other than that, I think we are well on track to have the issues we want discussed, discussed.”Gunraj noted that coming out of the controversy, substantial issues such as procurement practises at the Commission will be addressed. This is even as the Commission must get ready for upcoming Local Government Elections, followed by General and Regional Elections.“There are obviously larger issues of procurement practises and methods at the Commission, as well as specific issues that were raised in the reports. That is to say, the specific items raised in the reports.”The auditA special audit was launched last year after the Audit Office of Guyana reportedly noticed some discrepancies with the purchasing of 50 VHF communication radios by GECOM for close to $100 million.The purchases had occurred prior to the May 2015 General and Regional Elections. It raised concerns over the extraordinarily high cost of the equipment. The investigation’s scope had included contracts and inventories, in addition to spending for the May 2015 General and Regional Elections.It is understood that auditors were working from GECOM’s head office in High Street, Kingston. Besides the radios, some of the things that the State’s auditors were looking into were the purchase of a quantity of toners, pliers and batteries.Based on reports, the radio sets were purchased for use during the 2015 General and Regional Elections, particularly in the outlying regions of Guyana; however, they were never put into use after it was discovered many of them were not working.Later, information surfaced that while the electoral body would have collected quotations from a number of suppliers, it handed the contract for the supply of the equipment to Mobile Authority, a company owned by a Water Street, Georgetown businessman.But media reports later surfaced that some of the equipment purchased was obsolete and was not covered by warranty. As a matter of fact, sections of the Guyanese media reported that the Australia-based manufacturer, Barrett Communications, through its European office, distanced itself from the purchase.The company made it clear that it had ceased to produce the equipment more than five years ago. Barrett said it had also tendered through the Advanced Office Systems for the supply of new radio equipment for the 2015 elections. However, GECOM subsequently cancelled the order.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has been calling for the release of the findings, in addition to questioning the deafening silence of GECOM’s then outgoing Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally and the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, on the matter.For its part, GECOM has in the past defended itself against the audit by noting that because of the prorogued Parliament, it was forced to operate in unusual circumstances.last_img read more

6 01 20

first_img0Shares0000West Ham co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan were forced to flee when fans ran riot during Saturday’s game against Burnley while missiles were seen to be thrown in the direction of the executive seats © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 11 – West Ham co-owner David Sullivan was hit by a coin amid ugly protests as angry fans ran riot during Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Burnley at the London Stadium, former player and manager Trevor Brooking said.Sullivan and fellow co-owner David Gold were forced to flee their seats in the directors’ box as fans crowded around them with thrown missiles mixed with chants of “sack the board” and “you killed our club”. Brooking cut a lonely figure as he sat in the directors’ box alone for the final stages of the match that saw West Ham slip to 16th in the Premier League, just three points above the relegation zone.And Brooking said Sunday that Sullivan had been struck.“I think a coin did hit David Sullivan, his glasses,” Brooking told BBC 5 Live.“I didn’t see it myself but I did have that confirmed, which was part of the reason why the people in the directors’ box had to go inside to save any more problems like that.”West Ham defender James Collins (2R) confronts a pitch invader carrying a corner flag during the English Premier League match against Burnley at The London Stadium in east London on March 10, 2018 © AFP / Ben STANSALLWest Ham said an emergency meeting had been called with all London Stadium stakeholders, which includes Gold and Sullivan, whose decision to uproot the club from Upton Park to the site that hosted London’s 2012 Olympic Games has caused resentment.Saturday’s events are being investigated by the Football Association and the Premier League as several West Ham supporters also invaded the pitch.West Ham captain Mark Noble grappled one fan to the floor and team-mate James Collins marched two others away, whilst Burnley players and staff allowed frightened young supporters take shelter on their bench.Brooking believes stewards were not equipped to deal with the situation.“The actual level of aggression was something I couldn’t believe West Ham fans would get involved with,” he added.“A lot of the stewards who are on duty on matchdays are not West Ham people – they’re actually stadium people and sometimes until they get a job there haven’t had any experience dealing with football crowds.“They were quite young and couldn’t deal with the aggression they were faced with.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_img“Term limits (do) limit corruption, and lobbyists don’t like it,” said Spillane, referring to two of the study’s findings. “Lobbyists hate term limits because it prevents them from establishing long-term relationships. I was pleased with the report because it acknowledged the benefits of term limits more than most academic studies do. That’s significant to have that third-party validation.” The report said it did not find California’s term-limits law to be “significantly dysfunctional,” but that a 12-year plan would “improve some of its structural weaknesses.” The study also noted how rarely legislators serve the full 14 years – only 19 have done so since 1990. Often, the study’s author Sasha Horwitz said, legislators serve two or four years in the Assembly before jumping to the Senate; or, they serve just six years in the Assembly, unable – or often unwilling to even try – to unseat an incumbent senator. “It’s a myth,” Horwitz said, “that they’re serving the full 14 years.” Among the more interesting findings in the report is that the term-limits law has changed the face of the Capitol. From 1990 through 2008, 369 legislators will have served, compared to 296 in the previous 18-year period – an increase of 25 percent. More women and minorities have been elected, though the report acknowledges the shift in minority representation was just as influenced by demographics as term limits. The strongest gains among minorities are in Latino representation, up from 5.8 percent in 1991-1992 to 23.3 percent now. During that time, Latino population grew from 24 percent of the state’s population to 35 percent. Redistricting in 1991, which created more districts where minority groups were an electoral majority, was also influential. White representation has dropped from 87 percent to 63 percent – just as the white population in California has dipped from 57 percent to 44 percent. The idea of more citizen-legislators, however, was debunked in the study. The Legislature now includes more members who had previously served in local government than there were before term limits. And legislators are likely to continue to seek political office once termed out. “It’s always been people more politically involved and politically minded that tend to go into the Legislature,” Horwitz said. “There are not as many people as advocates had hoped who would return to civilian life.” But, there have been changes in the types of people running for the Legislature. There are fewer lawyers, farmers and ranchers and more business people and educators. The only professional area that has stayed consistent among legislators is in the health-care field. The good thing about shorter terms, the report says, is that legislators have less time to be corruptible. Newly arrived members are more skeptical of lobbyists and “lack the knowledge to exploit the political process for personal gain.” Longer tenures give legislators more time to understand where the perks are, establish deeper ties with lobbyists, and greater access to government resources, the report said, that “may lead to the appearance or actuality of corruption.” Or, put another way, the report concludes the best and worst of politicians: Loosening term limits would give lawmakers more time to understand complicated issues – and more time to take advantage of the system. sharmon@cctimes.com (916) 441-2101160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIn other words, the report, “Termed Out: Reforming California’s Legislative Term Limits,” comes down squarely on both sides of Proposition 93. “Some of these changes are good for the state,” the report said. “Most are neutral; and a few are harmful.” The report ultimately did not take a position on Proposition 93, which voters will decide in February, although it left plenty of ammunition for both sides. “The core principle of Prop. 93 is to make the Legislature more effective and efficient by having the most experienced legislators,” said Richard Stapler, a spokesman for “Yes on 93.” “And Prop. 93 retains what’s good about term limits. We applaud the study’s findings.” Kevin Spillane, spokesman for the “No on 93” campaign, countered that the study affirms term limits’ benefits and debunks some claims made by proponents. SACRAMENTO – An expansive new report by the Center for Governmental Studies on term limits concludes that Proposition 93 is a mixed bag. So much so, in fact, that both sides of the ballot fight over loosening term limits claim the report supports their view. On one hand, the report likes that the measure will allow lawmakers to spend up to 12 years in either the Assembly or Senate – instead of the 6-year limit in the Assembly and the 8-year limit in the Senate. Loosening that restriction, the report says, will increase legislative experience, expertise and oversight. On the other hand, the report expresses reservations over a loophole in the proposition that would allow 41 of the 120 incumbent legislators to stay in office beyond the current 14-year limit. Those lawmakers are mostly senators who previously termed out in the Assembly but haven’t yet served 12 years in the Senate. last_img read more

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first_imgA popular Donegal hotel has been nominated for a Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) award.The Allingham Arms Hotel in Bundoran has been nominated as one of Ulsters best live music venues in 2015. The hotel is the only venue in Donegal that has been nominated.The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) announced the shortlist for the eighth annual IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards.The awards recognise the Irish venues which deliver the very best standards in live music entertainment.Hundreds of venues across Ireland qualified for the awards and more than 11,000 IMRO members were asked to vote for their top choices in an online poll. Venues have been judged on their ambience, staging, sound and lighting facilities, the diversity of their music programming, the staff and management at each venue and the work they undertake in promoting the venue and its programme of music events.If you’d like to vote for The Allingham Arms Hotel then click on the link below.Here is the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/?sm=jz1mjygcQcZHSeny60KoMMXtc8%2bVClbvHya5fChP39s%3d DONEGAL HOTEL NOMINATED FOR IRELAND’S BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARD was last modified: February 10th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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

29 12 19

first_imgCompanies showcasing the North West region’s creative, life science, agri/food and advance manufacturing and engineering industries are travelling to Boston Massachusetts later this year as part of a joint collaboration between Councils in Donegal and Derry/Strabane.The trip is part of the region’s strategy to promote inward investment and provide local businesses access to potential export opportunity.The trip is being organised to showcase the region’s entrepreneurship and innovation and provide the companies with an opportunity to tap into the US market. Among the companies from Donegal that are travelling as part of the delegation are Aniar Cumhacht Teoranta; Algaran Teoranta; O’Donnell’s Bakery; Silver Birch Gallery; Meastoiri Domhanda Teo; Eilis Galbraith and DS Environmental Services Ltd.While AE Global (formerly Allpipe Engineering); The Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC); ActionSense Ltd; Makematic; NeuroConcise; O’Neill’s Irish International Sports Co Ltd; Troll Inc; and Type 40 Creative, from the Derry / Strabane Council area will also be taking part.The Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle says the visit is part of the ongoing work being done to build on current links aimed at leading to real and long-term business and cultural links.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Maolíosa McHugh speaking ahead of the visit says it presents businesses with a unique opportunity to tap into the US market and showcase their businesses to a new audience. Seamus Neely, Chief Executive with Donegal County Council says the strong collaborative working relationship between the two Councils has been very successful to date in advancing the North West of Ireland as a region for business and economic growth, physical and environment development and community, social cohesion and wellbeing.John Kelpie, Chief Executive of Derry City and Strabane District Council says that while the trip is very trade and investment focused, there will be a strong emphasis on education and further developing the strong cultural and economic linkages between the North West region and Massachusetts. Accompanying Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council will be representatives from Udaras na nGaeltachta, Donegal Local Enterprise Office, the Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, the Nerve Centre, and the North West Regional College.The visit is part of the ongoing positive work being done by the two Councils to establish strong economic development links and initiatives in the US.Seamus Neely added: “The North West is ranked in the top 10 economies in the world for ease of doing business and starting a business, and has a strong and diverse SME base that reflects the spirit of entrepreneurship and we are looking forward to reinforcing that message to the US and showcasing our local businesses.” John Kelpie says: “We can offer companies, with expansion plans the opportunity to trade within both the EU and UK regulatory environments. We can support this expansion through superfast broadband connectivity, a highly educated skills base and a competitive corporation tax base.”The trade delegation will travel to the US in mid-November.The following are the companies traveling to Boston as part of the trip.Donegal County Council Aniar Cumhacht Teoranta designs and sells Internet of Things (IOT) solutions. IOT is the new buzz word for a diverse area set for strong growth. Aniar Cumhacht Teoranta has a developed core IOT technology which is simple to use and priced to give customers their ROI.Algaran Teoranta manufactures a whole range of edible Seaweed, Seaweed Foods and Seaweed Cosmetics, all Certified Organic by Organic Trust Ltd, Licence 778 and is based in Malinmore, Glencolmcille.O’Donnell’s Bakery has been in the baking business since 1969 and operates in the retail and catering markets. O’Donnells is a traditional craft bakery with a modern twist, using only the best signature ingredients. The bakery has expanded its operations in Ireland and Northern Ireland and now has 22 employees and 8 vans covering a wide territory across the island of Ireland.Silver Birch Gallery is the home of Donegal Artist, Sharon McDaid, who works primarily in oil and mixed media. Her paintings are inspired by her native Inishowen. These distinctive works capture the immediacy and diversity of the ever changing light and shade of the Donegal Landscape.Meastoiri Domhanda Teo are international framers specialising in multi-family wood framing for large-scale projects and have framed millions of square footage of completed projects.Global Estimators is their pre-construction division specializing in detailed material lists and 3D modelling for large scale construction projects.Eilis Galbraith is a textile designer who specialises in printed textiles, designing and repeating patterns which are digitally printed for use on products including soft home furnishings.DS Environmental Services Ltd offers environmental services such as mobile sludge de-watering, cleaning and decommissioning of hazardous waste, disposal and recycling of waste oils and reservoir cleaning.Derry City and Strabane District CouncilAE Global is a small to medium enterprise operating in the mechanical and electrical contracting and construction business specialising in the fabrication of bespoke piping systems at their manufacturing plant in Derry.O’Neills Irish International Sports Company Ltd is a customised sportswear manufacturer that supplies quality sportswear to over 7000 schools, clubs, universities and professional teams across the world.NeuroCONCISE provides affordable, high quality neurotechnology and related services for movement free diagnostics, communication and control, to address the needs of an estimated 100m people who are severely physically impaired due to disease or injury. The company is a Ulster University spinout and underpinned by two patent, algorithms and knowledge developed over 14 years.Makematic is a fast and simple way for teachers to learn new technology skills. Makematic is a Derry based company that has created short 2-3min video lessons with practical activities that make is simple for teachers to learn digital skills wherever and whenever they want.C-TRIC promotes and facilitates translational and clinical research by streamlining the process of taking developments from the laboratory to the market place. Based at the Altnagelvin hospital site, C-TRIC facilitates partnerships between academic researchers, clinical practitioners.TROLL INC are a Derry based video game studio who develop games for everything from phones, PCs and games consoles. Among the games the company have released include Seagull Swipe, Star Troll, Jellyflug and Graffiti Grinder.TYPE 40 Creative is a creative content studio that specialises in video, motion graphics and animation and have been involved in creating content for the music industry including TV ads, music videos and trailers. Among their clients are bands such as Coldplay and the Prodigy. They also make product videos and infographics for tech companies.ActionSense Ltd produces novel wearable technology to monitor and measure the angle of movement in the fingers to aid the assessment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. In addition to the wearable device they design and supply the software to monitor record and interpret the data produced from the device for both users and clinicians.North West delegation are Boston-bound to showcase entrepreneurship and innovation was last modified: September 22nd, 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:bostoncouncildonegallast_img read more

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first_imgEXCLUSIVE: A man said he believes a tree in his garden saved the lives of his family after a car-bomb exploded outside their home.Alan Coyle points to the tree outside his home which was hit by a device or shrapnel from a bomb. Pic copyright Donegal Daily.Alan Coyle, 59, was left terrified after thugs targeted his home in Letterkenny, on Friday morning.Alan was with his wife Geraldine and their 13 year old daughter Katie at Manor View Park when he heard a massive explosion at about 3.40am. He noticed that two of his windows had been smashed and there was a smell of “sweet burning” all around his house.He called the Gardai immediately who evacuated homes on the normally-quiet estate.Alan noticed shrapnel in his garden and was then told by Gardai that his jeep had been severely damaged.The front of Alan’s Mitsubishi Pajero jeep was badly damaged and the two front wheels were blown outwards. At first light on Friday morning the Army Bomb Disposal team arrived in Letterkenny from Finner Camp army base in Ballyshannon.The ground on which the device exploded beneath Alan’s jeep is still scorched. Pic copyright Donegal Daily.Garda Inspector Pat O’Donnell has said he feared there may be secondary devices planted in the area.The army left the area after two hours after being satisfied there were no more viable devices in the area.Alan and other people on the estate were allowed to return to their homes at 6pm on Friday night.Speaking yesterday for the first time, Alan, a former fisheries officer, told Donegal Daily he feels the tree in his front garden may have saved his family from being badly injured. “I am almost certain of that. I think a device was thrown at the house, hit the tree and bounced back under the jeep.“I think it then exploded and caused all the damage. Only for it hit the tree it could have came into my bedroom and God knows what kind of harm it would have done,” he said.Alan pointed to a number of areas of damage including a hole in his bedroom window which was hit by debris which failed to smash the double glazing.Two of his neighbours’ houses also have holes in them from where they were hit by debris. The army bomb disposal team arrive to examine the scene of Friday’s explosion. Pic copyright Donegal Daily.Alan says his daughter Katie is too terrified to return to the family home but hopes she will in a few days time.He says he has his own theory about who is behind the attack and why but wants the message to go out that he is not involved in any criminality.“There are all sorts of rumours out there but I want to state that this has nothing to do with drugs or there is no paramilitary thing.“I have my own suspicions that it is connected to a dispute I was involved in. I just never thought it would be taken to this extreme,” he said.But despite the horrific attack, Alan, who is well known in hunting circles, says he will not be intimidated out of his family home.“I will not be moving. I will not be frightened out of my home.“I have spoken to the Gardai who I have to say have been so professional in their approach in all of this. I will be improving my personal and home security but I will not be leaving my home,” he said.MAN SAYS TREE SAVED HIS FAMILY FROM CAR-BOMB BLAST was last modified: November 24th, 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:Alan Coyleblastbomb blastGardaiManor View ParkTREElast_img read more