Tony Becca: Who will be the kings of Eden Gardens?

first_img This tournament has been exciting and wonderful, and it has produced some lovely cricket. It has not produced too much of the hit-or-miss swinging while batting. It has produced some elegant and classical strokes, some quality hitting straight down the ground, some extraordinary fielding and catching, and some teasing and baffling right-arm leg-spin bowling instead of the fast and straight variety pitched just short-of-a-length. The spin bowling throughout the entire tournament has been good, the batting of Gayle, 100 off 48 deliveries against England, including 11 sixes, was exciting, and the batting of Kohli, 55 off 37 deliveries against Pakistan, 82 not out off 51 deliveries against Australia, and 89 not out off 47 deliveries against the West Indies were magnificent. The batting of Roy, 78 off 44 deliveries against New Zealand, was tasty, the batting of Buttler, 32 off 17 against New Zealand was delightful, the bowling of spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner of New Zealand, throughout was impressive, the stumping of Sabbir Rahman by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Suresh Raina against Bangladesh was almost unbelievable, and many of the catches were simply extraordinary. India’s comeback victory over Bangladesh in the last over at the end of the innings, as Bangladesh, needing one run to tie with three wickets in hand, lost to India by one run off the last delivery; India beat Australia off the last delivery with Dhoni hitting a six, and the West Indies defeated South Africa with two deliveries to spare were some of the thrilling moments of 2016. If Gayle, Samuels, Russell, Badree and company from the West Indies; and England’s Root, Stokes, Buttler, and Rashid parade their skills today, the Eden Gardens will be the place to be. The action should be exciting and extraordinary, and it may not really matter who wins. The tournament started with eight of the 16 teams very close and having an equal chance of victory, and it is finishing, after some thrilling and exciting matches, with two of them, the powerful, hard-hitting West Indies, and the conservative, easy-going England, boasting an equal chance of snatching victory, even though my favourites must be the West Indies, who have already beaten England. England go in with a thrilling victory over the previously unbeaten New Zealand, the West Indies with an exciting victory with two deliveries to spare. In a nutshell, the teams boast exciting batting, probably with the exception of India’s Virat Kohli, the best in Twenty20 cricket, and they bat deep, one parading a batting powerhouse capable of hitting many sixes and many fours, the other known for their elegant drives and cuts which race away to the boundary. In Gayle, especially, and Charles, Samuels, and Simmons, however, plus Bravo, Russell, Sammy, and Brathwaite, the West Indies boast a batting line-up which, although it always promises to hit the ball very far hard and very far, and when it does, it can be very destructive, it sometimes, and quite often, falls very short of its attempted distance or regularity. England, on the other hand, possess more controlled batting, the type which can sometimes be conservative, more reliable and productive. The batting on either side, but especially on the West Indies side, could, however, depend on the luck of the day, on the opposition’s fielding on the day, and on their bowling throughout the day. The West Indies bowling, which may be Samuel Badree, Russell, Bravo, Brathwaite, Sulieman Benn, and probably Gayle, may, but for Badree, and probably Benn, find the going rough. England’s attack of the left-handed David Willey, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Stokes, Moeen Ali, and Adil Rashid is a bit more skilful and devious. It could put the West Indies batsmen under pressure, especially because of their big-hitting and sometimes careless reputation. On the other hand, if they report to the Eden Gardens bubbling with confidence, the West Indies batsmen could easily rip them apart. Despite their lack of skill, however, the West Indies bowlers may dismantle England’s sometimes timid batting. The key to the West Indies bowling could well be Bravo. His slower, dipping deliveries can be deadly, if he gets them right. One thing is certain, the fielding on both sides will be extraordinary. England’s fielding, especially that of Stokes and Jordan, is good, and sometimes brilliant. The West Indies fielding, especially the catching of Russell, Bravo, and Sammy, is sometimes truly breathtaking. Batting powerhouse Based on the action which has gone before, today’s finals of the ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournaments at the beautiful Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata promise to be a grand occasion to be played before an estimated 100,000 cheering spectators. The finalists are the West Indies and Australia in the women’s event, and the West Indies against England in the men’s final. And after the triumph of the young West Indians recently, it will be a great day for the West Indies, especially if they win one or both matches. The men’s final, however, is the stellar event, and however it goes, it should be a shoot-out to remember. It features some of the finest players, not only in the new, flashy, and exciting style of T20 cricket, but also some of the best in the longer, more traditional, and more celebrated format and representing the West Indies and England, two past champions. On one hand, representing the West Indies, the people’s favourite is Chris Gayle, the world’s most destructive batsman, a big left-hander with 98 sixes already in his bag, and he is backed up by a few others who fear no foe, by Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, and others like Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, and Carlos Brathwaite. On the other hand, representing England, the founders of the game, is Joe Root, one of the world’s best batsman technically, an elegant, attractive, and confident right-hander with a pocketful of runs in his possession, and he is supported by a mixture of fine batsmen in the confident opening pair of Jason Roy and Alex Hales, the solid Eoin Morgan, the dashing and fearless all-rounder Ben Stokes, the attacking Jos Buttler, and a few others. The two teams, who lit up the tournament, one in 2010 and one in 2012, are desperate for success this time around. England are fighting to establish themselves, especially in this exciting format of the game, and the West Indies are determined to confirm their success in the T20 style as opposed to their struggling and disappointing form in the longer versions of the game. Quality hittinglast_img read more

Man City, Man United rediscover old selves in EPL wins

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES And according to Guardiola, the title race could be over after that game unless City wins.“With the position of Liverpool, if we drop points then it is over, it is finished. It would be almost impossible,” Guardiola said. “We are not here to send a message, Liverpool know what they have to do, we know what we have to do on Thursday.”For Pogba and United, the race for a top-four spot is only now starting to build up some steam.Pogba scored two goals and added an assist as United put in another impressive attacking display under Solskjaer, who now has three straight wins since taking over from the fired Jose Mourinho — with the team netting 12 goals in that span.“Obviously it’s different,” Pogba said. “It’s just a different style of play, we are more offensive I would say, so we create more chances, and a bit higher as well. … That’s how we want to play, we want to attack, the manager wants to attack, and that’s what we do on the pitch.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew City beat Southampton 3-1 on Sunday to end a run of two straight losses — and three defeats in four matches — while United overpowered Bournemouth 4-1 to continue its resurgence under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Chelsea also held on for a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace to strengthen its grip on four place, while Burnley ended a three-match losing streak with a 2-0 home victory over West Ham.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCity’s title defense had looked in danger of collapsing completely during the busy festive period after surprising losses to Palace and Leicester, but Pep Guardiola’s team found its attacking verve at Southampton thanks to two quick goals just before halftime. David Silva and Sergio Aguero scored for the visitors, who also benefited from a fortunate own-goal by James Ward-Prowse.The win puts City back into second place, two points ahead of Tottenham but still seven behind leader Liverpool ahead of the Reds’ highly anticipated visit to the Etihad on Thursday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Etheridge’s time has come Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(Martin Rickett/PA via AP)LONDON — Manchester City finally rediscovered the kind of football that made it Premier League champion, just in time for this week’s crucial top-of-the-table clash against Liverpool.Paul Pogba and Manchester United are finally looking like their old selves, too, although whether there’s still time to launch a challenge for the Champions League spots remains to be seen.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The French World Cup winner, who had been relegated to the bench during the final weeks of Jose Mourinho’s reign after falling out with the Portuguese manager, put United 2-0 up after 33 minutes before Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku added a goal apiece at Old Trafford. Nathan Ake had given Bournemouth some hope by pulling a goal back for 3-1 just before the halftime break.Pogba celebrated his first goal by performing a playful shimmy with his arms folded across his stomach — a move that TV cameras revealed he had been practicing on the pitch before kickoff.Pogba, though, insisted it wasn’t a rehearsed routine.“No, no, no, it’s just coming,” he said. “Everybody knows I love to dance. That’s how I celebrate my goals.”The win puts United just three points behind fifth-placed Arsenal, but they remain eight points behind Chelsea in the final Champions League spot after N’Golo Kante secured a narrow victory at Palace.After a frustrating first half for the visitors, Kante provided the breakthrough when he ran onto a ball over the top from David Luiz in the 51st minute, chested it down with his first touch and slotted the ball under goalkeeper Vicente Guaita with his second.Olivier Giroud also had two well-taken strikes questionably ruled out for offside — one in each half — while Willian and Ross Barkley both hit the post for Chelsea.Burnley got first-half goals from Chris Wood and Dwight McNeil against a surprisingly toothless West Ham side, giving the team only its second win since Sept. 30. Sean Dyche’s side remained in 18th place, but now only trails Southampton on goal difference and is just four points from 14th in a tight bottom third of the table. 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Taxi driver charged for raping passengers

first_imgA taxi driver appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday charged for raping three female passengers before robbing them.Lindon Daniels was not required to plead to the offences, the first of which alleged that he engaged in sexual activity with a woman over the age of 17 at New Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on February 18, 2019.It is also alleged that on January 30, 2019 at Kuru Kuru, Soesdyke, EBD, he engaged in sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16.Further, it is alleged that he engaged in sexual activity with another woman over the age of 17 on February 13, 2019 at New Providence.The Court also heard that on two occasions, Daniels stole phones belonging to two of the victims. He denied this allegation when he was allowed to enter a plea.Bail was denied after the Police Prosecutor objected to it being granted based on the seriousness of the offence. Daniels was remanded and was scheduled to make his next court appearance on Friday, March 1, 2019.last_img read more

Chelsea staff ‘turned blind eye’ to sexual abuse

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea said in a statement that its former chief scout Eddie Heath “was a dangerous and prolific child abuser” whose conduct was “beyond reprehensible © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 6 – Young hopefuls at Premier League giants Chelsea were abused for years by a “prolific and manipulative” coach as staff at the club “turned a blind eye”, an independent report said Tuesday.The report, led by lawyer Charles Geekie, found that the club’s former chief scout Eddie Heath, who died in 1983, was able to operate “unchallenged”, abusing boys aged between 10 and 17 in the 1970s. Victims recalled that Heath used “sexual innuendo” in the changing room, but made sure “that his most serious sexual assaults took place in private,” it added.Heath’s behaviour was an open secret among players and staff.“The boys all knew it was safety in numbers, you didn’t want to be the last in the van, you risked being groped by him or having your bum slapped. He was regarded as ‘Nightmare Eddie’,” one witness said.Chelsea said in a statement that “Heath was a dangerous and prolific child abuser” whose conduct was “beyond reprehensible”.“Although the club today is a very different place from the club then… we will not shy away from responsibility for what happened in the past,” it added.Claims for compensation are being assessed by insurers for the former European champions.– ‘Manipulative risk-taker’ –Heath was sacked when England World Cup-winning hero Geoff Hurst took over the club in 1979. But the former striker, now aged 77, denied knowing about Heath’s behaviour and turned down requests to be interviewed for the report.Geekie talked to 23 witnesses who claim that they were targeted by Heath, saying they painted a picture of an “audacious, manipulative risk-taker”.One witness said staff and players “must have known or been suspicious of what he was doing… but turned a blind eye to it.”One former player described how Heath would come into the urinals and watch, while another said he peered over the shower cubicle while he was inside.Heath would lavish praise on his “favourites”, inviting them around to his house to watch football matches, offering out money and sweets and befriending their parents.Many said they were fearful of telling the authorities and getting Heath into trouble, while others “wanted to impress him” to ensure they kept being picked.One former player said the abuse had had a “massive impact on me and my family”.Veteran manager Dario Gradi, who worked at Chelsea at the time, also came in for criticism, with the report finding he failed to report Heath despite receiving a complaint that he had indecently assaulted a boy in the showers.Ex-Chelsea football star Alan Hudson said it was “common knowledge” that Heath was a paedophile.“It was common knowledge that Eddie Heath was a ‘nonce’ (slang for paedophile),” Hudson wrote on Facebook when the allegations first surfaced.Players from other London clubs he worked for, Leyton Orient and Charlton, also came forward about his predatory behaviour.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Neighbors’ dispute ends in death

first_imgVAL VERDE – Three woman stood Wednesday alongside a narrow road praying the rosary in Spanish, their eyes fixed on the large blood stain on the asphalt. When they were finished, they splashed holy water from a gallon plastic jug onto the spots that had trickled down the street. The death the night before of Hermilo Talamante, 34, marked the second fatal shooting in rural Val Verde in less than a week. “It’s sad, it’s so sad,” Prescilla de la Rosa said in Spanish, her granddaughter Jessica Garibay serving as interpreter. Talamante was the boyfriend of Garibay’s mother. Talamante and Clarence Pullum were neighbors on Arlington Street, and had been involved in a long-running dispute regarding family members, Sgt. Martin Rodriguez said. Talamante, who has two young daughters, was the second person shot to death in less than a week in quiet Val Verde, tucked in the hills northwest of Santa Clarita. Violent crime is rare in this hamlet, a diverse mix of races and income levels. Tiny bungalows sit on narrow roads next to two-story suburban-style homes, a sign of the evolution Val Verde, once a resort for blacks, has made over the decades. At 3:30 a.m. Saturday, a 25-year-old man was killed in a home-invasion robbery. Two masked men armed with guns broke into the unidentified victim’s Lexington Avenue home and ordered him and his roommate to the ground. The roommate struggled and got a gun away from one of the intruders, but the second victim was shot to death. Carrillo said the two cases are unrelated and not a cause for alarm. “I’ve worked homicide 24 1/2 years of my 36 years with the department and that’s the second time I’ve been in Val Verde,” he said. (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The shooting happened about 8 p.m. Tuesday after the two were involved in a fistfight, and both went home to retrieve handguns. Talamante was shot in the lower torso and pronounced dead a short time later at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. Pullum, 38, was interviewed and released, and the case initially was deemed to be self-defense. However, it is still under investigation and will be reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office, sheriff’s Lt. Gil Carrillo said. “The alleged suspect has been released,” Carrillo said. “We believe the case at this point in time is one of … a man in defense of his life.” last_img read more

Waystation copes; problems persist

first_imgSYLMAR – Four months after its operators pleaded for money to help it stay afloat, the Wildlife Waystation has gotten enough donations to keep running but still faces financial challenges, officials said Wednesday. In August, the nonprofit sanctuary had threatened to leave its 400 lions, tigers and other animals to the care of state and county animal regulators if funds weren’t forthcoming. The public responded with enough donations to help pay for the thousands of dollars in monthly operating expenses, Waystation founder and director Martine Colette said. But the operation also needed to lay off workers to help balance the bottom line and still has a $1 million debt incurred over the past year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAnd now, a pending decision by Chief Administrative Law Judge Marc R. Hillson on whether to withdraw an exhibition permit in Collette’s name could deal a major blow. Without a permit, the Waystation would be barred from exhibiting tigers and animals at off-site fundraisers and other events. “The issue right now is, we have a complaint against her in court and that issue is still pending,” said Jessica Milteer, a U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman. “If Martine Colette’s license is revoked, she wouldn’t be allowed to exhibit animals in public or on television.” The 160-acre exotic-wildlife sanctuary in Little Tujunga Canyon has cared for abandoned, abused and injured wildlife for 31 years with the help of volunteers. But over the summer, five of its eight board members quit – apparently fed up with the problems there – and a $100,000-a-year manager was let go. Half of the sanctuary’s 48 paid staff was laid off. In September, a U.S. Department of Agriculture administrative law judge fined the Waystation $25,000 for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including failing to hire a full-time attending veterinarian, substandard vet care in dealing with animal diseases and injuries, and improper exhibiting of exotic animals to ensure public safety. Waystation officials say fundraising slowed in 2001 after it was closed to visitors by the county and ordered to upgrade its sewage system, widen roads and install a water tank for fighting fires. Tax records show that the Waystation had operated in the black through 2006. Then the agency took a financial plunge this year, something Colette attributes to an incomplete environmental study required by the county to renew a conditional-use permit. “We’ve started it, but we can’t finish it,” she said of the report, adding that she doesn’t have the money to pay for the study. “That’s part of why we are $1 million in debt.” She said she really doesn’t know what happened to the Waystation’s finances after former board Chairman Robert Lorsch assumed operational control in 2002, adding that she hopes to perform a forensic audit. Colette said she will speak with Palm Springs officials about plans – funds permitting – to move part of the sanctuary to a 50-acre site along Highway 111. Despite the financial shortfall, she insisted that the animals are in tip-top condition. On Wednesday, they were given Christmas goodies to munch on as part of a publicity event. “The animals are fabulous. They are cared for,” she said. “The volunteers have stepped up as best they can. The staff deserves a medal.” But critics said it’s time for the 31-year-old Waystation to close. “The general problem of the Waystation is that they’ve taken millions of dollars in donations but have made no improvements in obtaining their county operating permit,” said Victoria VanCamp, a former Waystation volunteer. “They have no sewage system. They have no potable water. No legal electrical system. Their hospital has been red-tagged by the county Fire Department. “The Waystation should be closed,” she said. “The animals should be transferred to other facilities.” 818-713-3730160Want 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

Leeds back on top with comeback win over Wigan

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 4 4 no dice Kemar Roofe was Leeds’ match-winner ADVICE BEST OF 4 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED BBC Sport Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Hernandez was also seeing plenty of the ball for Leeds, and he worked a decent shooting opportunity for himself with some clever footwork, but his shot was weak.It almost worked in Leeds’ favour, with Roofe attempting to take advantage, but he could not quite get a foot on the ball with only the goalkeeper to beat.Hernandez sent another curling shot just over the bar before the break, and Wigan would have been delighted to be all-square at the halfway mark.However, that only remained the case for a further 39 seconds of the second half, when Leeds were gifted the goal that saw them take the lead.An awful mix-up at the back between Cedric Kipre and Walton allowed Roofe to walk the ball into the net with embarrassing ease. And despite taking the lead through Reece James inside six minutes, goals from Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe saw Leeds to an away win they undoubtedly warranted.Wigan were quickly into their stride and took the lead with virtually their first sight of goal.Joe Garner was felled by Liam Cooper 30 yards from goal, and there seemed to be little danger as James lined up the free-kick.However, the on-loan Chelsea right-back curled a magnificent set-piece over the wall and past the despairing dive of Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.Some fans rave about Reece James’ free-kickcenter_img Wigan, missing a number of first-team regulars through injury, were up against it now, and had to be content with playing on the break as Leeds enjoyed more and more of the ball.On one rare Latics foray, Josh Windass found himself temporarily one-on-one against Forshaw who, in the blink of an eye, was joined by seven of his colleagues to snuff out the danger.But the visitors were managing to control the game well, without really doing too much in he final third.They came within inches of finding a third goal in stoppage time, with Hernandez taking delivery of a neat back-heel from Forshaw, only to fire against the far post.The rebound fell to substitute Jason Shackleton, who fired wide of the mark from right in front.CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE huge blow MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Leeds fought back from a goal down to secure a 2-1 victory at Wigan and take over Norwich as leaders of the Championship.The hosts were hoping to give Dave Whelan and grandson David Sharpe a winning send-off with the club being taken over by International Entertainment Corporation. Credit to the visitors, though, who were back on level terms within three minutes.Mateusz Klich got himself free down the left-hand side, and his cross was finished off perfectly by Hernandez.Leeds then gradually gained a stranglehold on the game, with former Wigan man Adam Forshaw absolutely running the show in midfield.A great strike from Forshaw forced a brilliant save from Christian Walton, who then had to tip over a speculative cross from Ezgjan Alioski that was probably missing the far post, but the goalkeeper could not take any chances. Marcelo Bielsa’s men were only behind for a matter of moments This is Whelan’s last game for his beloved Wigan REVEALED 4 Latest Football Newslast_img read more

More pictures of Tottenham’s new stadium emerge and it’s looking good

first_img targets 7 7 no dice Twitter – @LightySpurs 7 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The new stadium has a real European feel to it Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ punished REVEALED Latest Tottenham Hotspur News Tottenham were supposed to be playing at their new stadium by now but things haven’t gone to plan.They are still playing at temporary home Wembley Stadium as there has been obstacle after obstacle in the construction of the multi-million pound project. @LightySpurs One fan suggested ex-Spurs player Pedro Mendes should officially open this bar! Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card gameday cracker A view from the inside of the South Stand 7 Spurs have been playing their home games at the national stadium since the beginning of last season Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Twitter – @LightySpurs One of the more complete looking rooms on the inside Twitter – @LightySpurs REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won OFF 7 Twitter – @LightySpurs Players will walk through here when the match begins 7 Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa 7 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas @LightySpurs However, it’s gradually getting there and one Spurs fan has been given access to how the new home is looking.The Twitter account @LightySpurs did stress a lot more work was needed to be done on the inside which is hardly surprising considering there are things such as a cheese room, an in-house bakery, a microbrewery, and even an abseiling ring.Below you can see some of the best pictures of Spurs’ new stadium. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The pitch looks basically ready last_img read more


first_imgBridgeen Harkin during one of her trips to Kenya.Two Donegal charity workers have been left traumatised after being robbed of money and jewelry during an aid trip to Kenya.Sisters Bridgeen and Sonia Harkin were left terrified after being confronted by six men at a special needs unit in Nairobi.The young women were just a couple of days into a planned two week trip when the horrific hold-up took place last Thursday. The women, from Buncrana, were at a meeting at the Songa Mbela na Masomo Special Needs Complex when six men burst in.Bridgeen, 35, told Donegal Daily “These men burst in and started shouting and all the other workers lay down on their stomachs.“We didn’t realise what was happening so we didn’t lie down. They came over to us and started pulling at my back.“I refused to let it go but they pulled it so hard they broke the strap. “They also began to roar at Sonia and she initially wouldn’t give them her bag as our passports were in it.“I told her just to give it to them as I was terrified of what they might do to her if she didn’t.”As well as €980 the gang got away with their watches, phones and they even pulled a ring off Bridgeen’s finger.“That was the worst of it all. My grandmother Bridget Harkin gave me that ring a few years ago and I’ll never be able to replace it, she added.The women’s passports were found by a river the following day. The two aid workers, who were working with charity group Africa Direct, were so shaken by the incident that they decided to leave the country and return to Ireland the following day.Bridgeen, who was on her sixth charity trip to Nairobi, said she was very shaken but sister Sonia, who was on her first trip, is still very shaken up.“Sonia was very nervous going out in the first place but I never thought anything like this would happen.“This was my sixth trip and I never had any bother before,” she said. The Buncrana woman admits that she is unsure if she will go on another charity trip to the region.“It’s to early to even think about it because we are still very shaken. I’m not sure.“I will continue to raise money for the unit and for Nairobi but I’m not sure if I will go back or not yet,” she said.DONEGAL AID WORKER HAS GRANDMOTHER’S RING PULLED FROM FINGER DURING BRUTAL ROBBERY was last modified: July 12th, 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:Bridgeen Hakrinbuncranacharity workdonegalNairobirobbedSonia Harkinlast_img read more

Gardai investigate damage to solar panels at student apartments

first_imgVandals have damaged six solar panels on a block of student accommodation in Letterkenny.The damage to the student block on the Port Road close to the Polestar Roundabout was caused before August 22nd.The block is currently being renovated and is due to house a number of students for the new college year. Gardai have appealed for anybody who knows about the incident or who may have seen anybody acting suspiciously near the accommodation to contact Letterkenny Gardai.Gardai investigate damage to solar panels at student apartments was last modified: August 27th, 2019 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