Pics and bits; World Cup trophy lands in 254

first_img0Shares0000Traditional dancers welcome the FIFA World Cup at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport during its tour of Kenya on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26- At about 11:02am, the aircraft carrying the most coveted trophy in the world of football, the 18-carat, 6.1kg FIFA World Cup trophy touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi from Addis Ababa Ethiopia.The plane carrying the FIFA World Cup trophy taxies at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as it arrived for its two-day tour of Kenya on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaWelcomed by a ceremonial water canon treatment, accorded to aircraft only on special occasions, the trophy was received by a host of dignitaries led by three Cabinet Secretaries; Sports’ Rashid Echesa, Tourism’s Najib Balala as well as Youth and Gender’s Margaret Kobia. Government officials among others Tourism CS Najib Balala, Gender and Youth’s Margaret Kobia Sports’ Rashid Echesa and his PS Kirimi Kaberia take selfies on the plane ferrying the World Cup during its tour of Kenya on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaSo special is this trophy that no matter how high ranking you are in the government, your fingerprints will never get close to the trophy. Not even the world’s best players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are allowed to touch it.Tourism CS Najib Balala and his Sports’ counterpart Rashid Echesa pose with the FIFA World Cup during its tour of Kenya on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe prestige of laying hands on the trophy is only left to sitting Heads of State and precious winners. Kenya having never even come close to playing in the event, only President Uhuru Kenyatta was allowed to lay his hands on the prestigious piece of silverware.Security officers carry in the FIFA World Cup trophy into State House during its tour of Kenya on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAfter a short ceremony at the airport, the trophy headed to the House on the Hill where despite a delay of close to three hours, the ceremony got underway in a bit of glitz.A seven-a-side exhibition game pitting Bunge FC against a combined team from the Copa Coca-Cola tournament provided the appetizer to the greater event, the game ending in a 1-1 draw.Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen vies for the ball with a player from the Copa Coca-Cola combined team during an exhibition match at State House when the FIFA World Cup trophy was hosted by the President on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaElgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen might have scored Bunge’s lone goal, but it was Kieni legislator Kanini Kega who stole the show.Kega was the team’s goalkeeper and made several superb saves, including a penalty to ensure the waheshimiwas were not embarrassed by the budding stars.President Uhuru Kenyatta exchanges pleasantries with players from the Copa Coca-Cola combined team during an exhibition match at State House against Bunge FC when the FIFA World Cup trophy was hosted by the President on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaOthers who were part of the team included Machakos’ Victor Munyaka, Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama who is a former national team volleyball player as well as Football Kenya Federation National Executive member David Gikaria, also the Nakuru town East MP.The President got the opportunity to interact with the trophy even as he urged Kenya’s Harambee Stars to qualify for the event held once in four years.President Uhuru Kenyatta admires the FIFA World Cup trophy when it was hosted at State House on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaPupils from across several primary schools who had attended the event also got the opportunity to have photo-ops with the Head of State, a once in a while opportunity.On this day, the President, clad in a simple Coca-Cola branded tee-shirt was eased out and mingled freely with the crowd.President Uhuru Kenyatta takes a penalty against Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi during the FIFA World Cup trophy hosting ceremony at State House on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThere were some more moments of cheer when the President took, and scored, a penalty against Harambee Stars’ CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup winning keeper Patrick Matasi.Matasi saved three penalties during the win against Zanzibar last December but on this occasion, he failed to land in a save against the country’s Commander in Chief.President Kenyatta was definitely pleased with his achievement and almost fell into doing a ‘dab celebration’… or probably trying a #WakandaForever kinda thing.President Uhuru Kenyatta shares a joke with Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa during the FIFA World Cup trophy hosting ceremony at State House on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe trophy will now be hosted for a public viewing ceremony at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre on Tuesday before heading to Maputo, Mozambique in the evening.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

High Court to decide who will pay for large Garda operation at ‘The Kube’

first_imgThe High Court will decide this Friday who will pay for a large Garda operation around a Letterkenny building known as The Kube.Up to 70 Gardai were involved in an early morning operation on Monday yesterday to secure the building at Thorn Road, allegedly illegally occupied since last month. Gardaí only found three people inside the building when they arrived at 5am but another 40 or 50 people later arrived, Mr Justice Tony O’Connor was told.The Irish Times has reported the others did not enter the building and the situation was quite tense for a few minutes but order eventually prevailed and the crowd dissipated, Anthony McBride BL told the judge.Mr McBride was appearing on behalf of the Garda Commissioner, following a request from the judge for him to be informed of any difficulties gardaí would have in executing orders directing the protestors inside the building to leave immediately.The occupation began on November 18th when around 20 people stormed the building and told Donegal County Council staff – housed on the second floor – to leave before changing the locks.Among them was local businessman Brendan Gildea, who had leased out the building before it was taken over by a receiver appointed by Danske Bank which was owed millions by Mr Gildea’s company, the court heard.Mr Gildea, it is alleged, demanded the council sign a new lease with him before the occupation would end.The receiver got High Court orders against Mr Gildea and Noel Devine – requiring them to leave immediately. The orders also applied to anyone else with knowledge of them.Mr McBride said 70 gardaí, some from as far away as Roscommon, were deployed in the operation to secure possession of the building.There were three people inside who, after the court order was read to them, left, counsel said.Council staff, including its water testing service, who had been out of their offices since the occupation began, have returned.Gardaí cannot be expected to remain on the premises but the local chief superintendent advised she was prepared to give advice and assistance to the receiver, Martin Ferris, to enable him secure it, Mr McBride said.Mr McBride said significant public funds had been expended in this operation to secure a private premises.Just as gardaí are reimbursed for providing security at public events such as concerts, the commissioner wished to apply to recover those costs from the receiver.John Gleeson SC, with John Kennedy BL, for the receiver, said that application could be heard later this week when the court could be updated on efforts by gardaí to arrest Noel Devine for alleged contempt of the court orders.Mr Devine was believed to be in Northern Ireland, the court heard.Mr Gleeson said apart from damage to a window in the building, files and computers were dislodged and gardaí may have to treat this as criminal damage.Mr Justice O’Connor welcomed that the building had been got back and the assurance gardaí would assist the receiver with advice in securing it from now on.He will hear submissions on Friday on the commissioner’s bid to have the costs of the Garda operation paid by the receiver.High Court to decide who will pay for large Garda operation at ‘The Kube’ was last modified: December 13th, 2016 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