Garda Commissioner “deeply saddened” at garda death

first_img Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – December 14, 2009 Facebook Facebook Previous article300 jobs lost at Stream in DerryNext articleDonegal priest refused Supreme Court appeal of rape conviction News Highland WhatsApp WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry The Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy says he’s deeply saddened by the death of a young officer in Co. Donegal. 24 year old Garda Gary McLoughlin lost his fight for life in hospital overnight, after he was injured in a crash while on duty in Buncrana in the early hours of yesterday morning. The crash happened on the Letterkenny to Bridgend road at around half past one yesterday morning.Two gardai – Garda Gary Mc Loughlin and Garda Brendan Mc Loughlin – had been called out to support colleagues, in pursuit of a Northern registered Opel Astra, that had been seen leaving a filling station at high speed. It’s understood the accident happened when the Northern registered car turned on the road and collided with the marked garda car.Both officers were rushed to hospital, where Garda Gary Mc Loughlin lost his fight for life overnight. In extending his sympathies this morning, the Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy said his thoughts and prayers are with Garda Mc Loughlin’s family, friends and colleagues. He said this tragedy and the death earlier this year of Garda Robbie Mc Callion in Letterkenny, highlight in stark terms the dangers gardai face every day, as they go about their work. The Mayor of Buncrana Lee Tedstone has been reacting to the news.He says it’s a very difficult time: [podcast][/podcast] Pinterest Garda Commissioner “deeply saddened” at garda deathcenter_img Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th News Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

Long a Harvardian, now an American

first_imgMarina Betancur knows the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) well. Five days a week, she’s there before dawn to prepare the café for a long day of operation.But on Tuesday (April 5), the 47-year-old Colombia native got to see a different side of the School she loves, one usually reserved for visiting diplomats and world leaders. Surrounded by family and friends, as well as by teachers and tutors from the Harvard Bridge Program, Betancur and 15 other Harvard employees were feted by President Drew Faust at a dinner in the Taubman building.Their accomplishment? Becoming Harvard’s newest American citizens. For Betancur, who was formally sworn in as a citizen last September, the annual dinner was a victory lap after a long and arduous trek to becoming an American.“Sometimes I forget I am [a] citizen,” she said with a humble laugh.When Betancur, then a young newcomer to the United States, gave birth to a baby girl 21 years ago, she made a promise that her daughter would go to college.“My plan was to stay here for two years,” she said. “But I knew, for my daughter, the future was here.”At the time, she was newly married and working as a seamstress in a Boston factory. She spoke little English and worked long, physically demanding hours. Her life began to turn around, she said, when she found a new job at HKS in 2000.“I love the people at my job, and they love me,” Betancur said.Every weekday morning, Betancur wakes up at 4 a.m. to ride the T from East Boston to her job at the HKS café, where she preps and runs the grill. In the afternoon, when her shift ends, she heads to her second job at a Boston cleaning company.In between, Betancur makes time for twice-weekly classes at the Bridge. Founded by Harvard human resources employee Carol Kolenik, the Bridge Program was conceived in 1999 to offer English language classes to hourly and union employees. Kolenik is director of the program, which has expanded to include courses on General Education Development (GED) and Adult Diploma Program (ADP) test preparation, college preparation, computers, and citizenship preparation.Through her 18-hour days, Betancur wears a radiant smile that threatens to overtake her tiny frame. “I like to work,” she said with a laugh. “My goal was to come here to make money for my family and me. But when I was here, I was so happy.”Now in her 10th year taking English and computer literacy classes, Betancur has been a Bridge student for twice as long as she attended school in Colombia, where she started working right out of elementary school. She relishes the opportunity to learn English, even though it’s been the hardest task of her time in the United States, she said.“She’s one of the most special people I’ve encountered,” said Carla Fontaine, Betancur’s ESL instructor.Betancur’s journey to citizenship has been fraught with difficulty. Her immigration lawyer failed to send in her legal paperwork, she said. That lapse, she later discovered, landed her on a deportation list. With support from the Bridge Program, she connected with a new lawyer who made the case that she had been unfairly targeted, and she was allowed to stay in the country.She began preparing to take the citizenship test with the help of the Bridge Program’s citizenship tutoring program, which pairs hopeful citizens with Harvard undergraduate tutors from the Institute of Politics.In preparing employees for the test — which assesses English comprehension and fluency, and quizzes test takers on civics and history — Harvard is validating some of the hardest-working members of its community, said Ana Roche, co-coordinator of the program. “For many people, becoming a citizen is part of their American dream coming true, a culmination of their hard work and perseverance. [America] has given them a lot, and they’ve given the United States a lot, too.”Betancur’s daughter is now a student at Mt. Ida College in Newton, and Betancur can remain in America to watch her graduate without worrying about deportation. She pauses, her eyes as wide as her smile, when she considers Bridge’s effect on her life.“God is in these people,” she said. “They have given me a lot.”last_img read more

Angels Offseason Options: J.T. Realmuto

first_img(This is the first in a series of quick profiles on players who fit for the Angels to add over the winter. This is purely “informed speculation,” based on what we know about the Angels’ roster needs along with General Manager Billy Eppler’s preferences and history. We’ll have a new one every weekday, until the GM Meetings, which are the unofficial start of the hot stove season.)J.T. REALMUTO, catcher, Miami MarlinsThe basics: Realmuto is the best all-around catcher in baseball. Next year will be his age 28 season. He’s a right-handed hitter.2018 season: He hit .277 with 21 home runs and an .825 OPS, both career highs.Contract status: Arbitration-eligible for two more years before free agency, set to make around $5 million to $6 million in 2019. Why he makes sense: Although José Briceño and Francisco Arcia did well in short stints last season, it’s unlikely the Angels view either as a No. 1 catcher. When Eppler was describing how he believes the Angels have internal options for most of their everyday spots, he conceded that catcher is a position at which they need to be “open-minded.” Realmuto can also play first base, so he could help share that spot with Albert Pujols, so the Angels could keep his bat in the lineup even when he’s not catching.The prospect cost for Realmuto would be steep, but it might still make sense. In November 2015, when the Angels were staring at a potential void at shortstop, Erick Aybar was coming into his final year and the Angels had no heir apparent. In that case, they simply paid the high prospect price for Andrelton Simmons. Eppler reasoned that shortstops of that caliber just don’t become available often, and it was worth the cost. You could say the same about Realmuto.It’s safe to guess that dealing for Realmuto would require two of the Angels’ top 10 prospects, and maybe even a third lesser prospect. There is probably room for a deal that wouldn’t include top prospect Jo Adell, though. If the Angels did get Realmuto, they probably would have depleted their prospect capital to the point that they couldn’t make any other major trades this winter.Why he doesn’t: Even for only two years, it’s possible the prospect cost for Realmuto would be exorbitant. There are other teams looking for catchers, and the market is thin. The top free agents are Yasmani Grandal and Wilson Ramos. The Marlins also might choose to build around him, signing him to an extension.Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto is a player the Angels could consider pursuing in the offseason, but the asking price is sure to be steep. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more