Countdown to Hell (1)

first_imgMonrovia, 15 October 1992It was evidently the beginning of the end. Thousands of Liberians were trapped in Monrovia. Insecurity was prevalent and the government of Amos Sawyer was only ruling the city and apparently extremely nervous. Liberia was under siege. Rebels of the National Patriotic Front occupied the rest of the country, minus Monrovia. The breakaway Independent National Patriotic Front, under Field Marshal Prince Johnson, occupied Bushrod Island as King, though he claimed that the “gun that liberates shall not rule.”Unknown to the thousands in the city, hellfire was coming.Since the rebels were not ready to let peace a chance, they, too would not have peace. It was possible that the NPFL leader, Charles Ghankay Taylor, did not know this. And if he knew, he might have been drunk with the preeminence of power and never for once considered that a child, who would not let his mother to sleep, would also not sleep. So whether Ghankay and the entire NPFL leadership had reached the end of the Rubicon or not, they were recklessly prepared to cross whatever was at stake.Therefore, over the airwaves of the stolen FM-89.9 radio station, Mr. Taylor was triumphant in declaring the final count-down to hell:“I’m ordering my forces to invade the city and kill all my enemies,” the voice of the president of the NPRAG, Charles Ghankay Taylor, was commanding and strong. Thousands of his teenage rebels, including the young and fragile Under-15 years Small Boy Unit, SBU were ready and anxious.The Papay, as Taylor was affectionately referred to, was speaking and announcing the final determination of the existence of the national capital, Monrovia. His enemies were hiding behind the peacekeepers and they had to be overwhelmed by the patriotic power.“We’ve never have the occasion to destroy the enemies and we must march on to Monrovia and remove them now and forever. Oh, you are heroes of the revolution!” Ghankay was just like that. Whenever he wanted “people’s” children to march on the battle field to sacrifice their lives, he would refer to them as “heroes” of the revolution.This would energize the children. Like some unseen spirit, the soldiers would march on and sadly, many would never return alive. So they moved on, gallantly, at the declaration of the father behind the civil-war.The infamous Operation Octopus was underway.The patriotic forces could not wait to hear the final conclusion of their leader. They had heard enough. Monrovia had to be captured and there was no more time to waste. The final assault was against a city brimming and bursting at its seams with thousands of Liberians and other residents. The time was October 15, 1992. The rebels, who had been successful in their march across the country, were bogged down in Monrovia.The target, the Executive Mansion, the seat of the government was heavily guarded by the remnants of the Armed Forces of Liberia. It was the soldiers’ last stronghold. Barricaded behind a human mass were those the late President Samuel Kanyon Doe left behind. Sammy lived in a dreamland. His forces had failed to halt the advances of the rebels and could only offer some stiff resistance to deny them any chance of capturing the city.On the eastern section of the city was the presence of the Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia, under General Prince Johnson. The rebels were closing in. Despondency and lack of faith had unsettled the president and the entire city nervously waited for the impending doom that lurked on the horizon. The soldiers however had been fighting for their lives. Their effective tactics held the patriotic forces at bay, a stone throw from the seat of the embattled government. The rebels were more desperate now.The whole country was under the occupation of the patriotic forces beside the city where the “enemies” Ghankay said were running the show. It was unfair, the leadership of the NPRAG felt, to be denied the right to run the affairs of the nation from the capital. It was true that a government could be run from any part of the nation, the evidence suggested that with the capital out of his hands and control of his forces, the international community was not prepared to recognize the administration of a government running from the center of the nation.What was more; those who were running the show from the capital were part and parcel of the entire process to remove the fallen president and his government. So the NPRAG leadership was unhappy that their colleagues would rush to The Gambia to discuss the establishment of a new government, when already the country was under the control of the patriotic forces.And that was exactly what they did, and Sawyer was selected president, against Ghankay’s protests and tears over the selection. It was clear that Sawyer and the others were determined to deny him the trophy that he felt he deserved.He had taken on the might of the government of Liberia, an army that had received the full military and financial support of the American government. In six months, his forces, described as rag-tag had routed the national army, and at the last counting he was holding on to almost ninety percent of Liberia’s land mass. Why then could he not be selected as the interim leader till future elections? He reasoned that it was a conspiracy to deny him what he had sacrificed for.“We’ve come to a stage in our country’s existence where we’ve to take things heads on,” anger rose in his voice, showing his un-preparedness to accept any participation of the interim government with the “rats” in Monrovia. “I’m asking the gallant forces to march through the streets of Monrovia and chase the enemies into the Atlantic Ocean.” The message was sinking in. The various commando units and their commanders were already marching for the final battle. They had heard the directive from their portable radios, provided by the president of the revolution.“There is a conspiracy against our efforts and such deceit, to connive with foreign powers to deny our people the freedom to live in peace is not only treasonable but demands instant execution of all those who are part of it.” Ghankay was not known to be a man who would negotiate when there was a chance of using military force to get his objectives accomplished. He was a man of blood.He was therefore determined to inspire his boys on to what he saw as the final countdown for the very existence of the national patriotic movement and Liberia.What gave Ghankay the confidence of success was that a week before he received a huge consignment of military hardware from various sources, despite the sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council. The Council didn’t do a good job since it did not control the various sources on the open market where anyone could go, once there was money; to purchase any kind and all kinds of military materiel for any adventure. So under various names, the national patriotic forces were re-armed with fresh consignment of AK-47 assault rifles; American-made M16 and their cousins of war.Despite his confidence, Ghankay was unhappy since the “rogues and the rats” in Monrovia were enjoying the security of the West African Peace Monitoring Group, Ecomog, and therefore they were making big talk in the city. He was also dissatisfied with the role the breakaway faction, INPFL, of renegade commander Prince Johnson had done to the movement. Johnson’s trick and murder of the late president did not resolve the war. If the war had to end then Ghankay should be named the interim president. Anything sort of that meant the continuation of the war.Total war, indeed!At worst, he was convinced that the possible death of Johnson could clear the way for an unchallenged and triumphant entry into the capital. How he had wished that day would come! As a Baptist “minister” he had always rejoiced to read about the Biblical story of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and he had always dreamed of such an entry.Ghankay wanted to hear thousands sing and dance, “Hosanna, Hosanna, happy is the one coming in the name of Liberians.”Though he had some premonition that his desire to be welcomed into Monrovia as the leader of men from the highways of Gbarnga would suffer, he was however convinced that it was possible, at a high cost of lives. He had become synonymous with war and destruction and suffering. In Monrovia proper, the mentioned of Charles Taylor meant nothing but war and suffering and anger to some, and to joy to others. However there were many who believed that Taylor was fighting a war of liberation.Therefore, the war was continuing because he had been denied what he was deserved. Sadly, that feeling gained support from thousands in the embattled city. On his part, Ghankay was willing to let his forces overwhelm Monrovia with a mighty force to throw the city into confusion. He was determined to convince the populace that peace at any level would come on his terms. However, he could not be certain to trust the Nigerians in their involvement in the Liberian situation. He was not sure if he could trust the Nigerian-controlled Ecomog soldiers to abide by his directive to just stand aside and watch as his forces vanquish his enemies in the city, either.He distrusted the Nigerians in the entire peacekeeping arrangement. Didn’t they provide some forces to help the late president when he saw he was losing the war? How would they rejoin other nations to come back as peacekeepers? Though the president was dead, how could he trust the Nigerians? The Ghanaians he could trust but he was unsure if Nigeria had exercised some control over them.HIS MIND WAS rioting against his best judgment. But he was sure as hell that the capture of Monrovia was the only way the rest of Liberia would become his and his forces alone.“Today,” his voice thundered, as he chose his words carefully, “I’m declaring ‘Operation Octopus’ to redeem Monrovia from those roaches and rats, which deserve nothing less than death.”There were rejoicing among the teeming fans and supporters and their commando teenage soldiers. “I’m requesting the peacekeepers, to wear their peace helmets and avoid any confrontation with the gallant men and women of our forces. We cannot wait and we’ve no choice but to act in the interests of the Liberian people.”The order for the capture of Monrovia was on. Ghankay was not interested very much in the thousands who had sought refuge in the city. He had always said they were what he described as collateral damage, should they become victims of the onslaught. Already, lack of food had reduced thousands into skeletons and people were barely surviving. That was probably not his concern. The interim government, headed by Sawyer or Moose, was nervously surviving, hoping that some sanity would prevail. Desperation and fear had set in. The government’s existence was at the mercy of the Nigerian-led peacekeepers.Hence, Ghankay’s declaration of war riddled the city and fear and uncertainty gripped the leaders and also the thousands who were trapped in it.Was Ghankay losing his mind? It was evident that Ghankay was more concern about the future of his administration to worry over the lives of thousands already trapped in Monrovia. Was that a mark of his insensitivity to the plight of the people? He didn’t think so. Already, the “Greater Liberia” under his control, was teeming with tens of thousands of Liberians. Those were the ones he cared about, though he had not really cared for them. Hundreds had been accused of being from one ethnic group or another and had been executed by his forces. He believed that one day the killings would end. But when? In his mind Operation Octopus, currently being waged, would solve the problem once and for all.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grand Bassa PMC Breaks Ground for School Extension

first_imgThe Grand Bassa County Project Management Committee (PMC) recently broke ground for the extension of the Gio Town Elementary and Junior High School in District #4.At the ground breaking occasion, the county’s PMC chairman, Theophilus Wah Bedell, said the extension of the school came in the wake of the recent county council sitting when US$75, 000 was allotted for the project.He explained that the project is the first of several major projects the PMC planned to undertake during the administration of Mr. Bedell, whose leadership started in 2015.He said the project, which is awarded to the Unity Construction Company, when completed by July this year, will accommodate the influx of students from the Gio Town community and the surrounding villages.Grand Bassa County Electoral District #5 Representative, Robertson Neewendeh Siaway, expressed gratitude to the PMC for the project.He encouraged the residents to work along with the contractors by willingly providing at least drinking water and whatever they can afford to speed up the project.Rep. Siaway strongly warned the residents of the community not to steal any of the materials intended for the project.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Steroids panel: It’s batter up

first_imgThe chairman of the special commission set up to examine the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball said for the first time on Friday that he has asked a number of active players to appear before the commission, a move that marks a major turning point in the yearlong investigation. Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell of Maine, who is overseeing a team of lawyers and investigators working on the case, declined to say how many players have been sent letters requesting their appearance. But others familiar with elements of the investigation said they believe that at least three dozen current and former players are being sought by the panel. The prospect of any number of elite players being linked to the steroids issue would throw Major League Baseball into considerable turmoil only a month into the season, as players turn to hiring lawyers rather than focusing on their hitting and pitching. Mitchell, responding by e-mail to a series of written questions from The New York Times, described his investigation as entering its final phases. “We expect to meet soon with the players whose interviews we have requested,” Mitchell said in his e-mail to the Times. Mitchell has no subpoena power, and said that if players refuse to talk to his panel, which reports to Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, “we will deal with the issue at that time.” Mitchell also said Selig had agreed that Mitchell’s final report would be made public. Bonds to be asked? Officials from the commissioner’s office declined to comment Friday on any phase of the Mitchell investigation, including which players might be asked to appear. League officials and union officials both said they are unaware of which players have been or will be asked to speak to Mitchell. A union official said the union had received copies in the past of letters Mitchell sent to former players. Barry Bonds, the San Francisco Giants slugger who is 13 home runs shy of breaking Hank Aaron’s career record, most likely will not be asked to meet with the panel soon, according to a person briefed on the investigation. Bonds is under federal investigation for possibly perjuring himself during grand jury testimony in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative case, which involved the distribution of steroids to elite athletes in a wide range of sports. Bonds’ lawyer, Michael Rains, said in an interview that Bonds would decline to speak to the panel if it would risk incriminating himself. The investigation has left baseball in the uncomfortable position of trying to decide how to celebrate the moment if and when Bonds breaks Aaron’s record; it is highly unlikely that the questions surrounding his actions will be resolved when that homer is hit. Rains said he still expects Bonds to receive a letter from Mitchell “down the road,” because he anticipates that the Mitchell investigation will seek to talk to everyone involved in the BALCO (Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative) case. But he said Bonds would co-operate with Mitchell’s group only if federal prosecutors promised to end the investigation of Bonds. “I told my client, `There’s not a chance in the world you will make a statement directly to the government, or indirectly, through the Mitchell investigation, unless the federal government gets off your back,”‘ Rains said in an interview Thursday. Known for diplomacy Mitchell, a Democrat who has headed many investigations since he left the Senate in 1995, is known for his work in seeking a settlement in Northern Ireland and for his Middle East diplomacy under President Clinton. A practicing lawyer, he has conducted the investigation quietly over the past year, first seeking background information from former players and others associated with the game, then seeking specific evidence. In responding to inquiries, Mitchell stepped around questions of whether he is using names provided by Kirk Radomski, a former Mets clubhouse assistant who pleaded guilty last week to selling drugs to major leaguers. In his plea bargain, Radomski, of Manorville, N.Y., admitted to distributing steroids, human growth hormone, amphetamines and other drugs to dozens of current and former players in the major leagues from 1995 to 2005. As part of that plea, he agreed to cooperate with Mitchell’s investigation. Radomski has also given at least 36 names of current and former major leaguers to federal prosecutors, according to people familiar with the case. “I anticipate issuing a report of my findings and recommendations to the Commissioner, and he has agreed that report will be made available to the public,” Mitchell wrote. He said Selig would be responsible for making any decisions about punishment of players determined to have used steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Fort St. John ranks one of Canada’s sexiest cities

first_img“We divided the amount of revenue in each region by the number of adults who live there, according to the census, to tell us the average amount of sales per capital,” PinkCherry’s website reads.These sales include sex toys, adult novelties and lingerie.The top three cities are Kentville NS, Colwood B.C, and Fort McMurray AB.- Advertisement -Grande Prairie AB came in close at number 4 while Dawson Creek B.C. secured number 11 on the list.Below is PinkCherry’s entire list of Canada’s Top 50 Sexiest Cities.1.Kentville, NS2.Colwood, BC3.Fort McMurray, AB4.Grande Prairie, AB5.Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL6.Cold Lake, AB7.Victoria, BC8.Terrace, BC9.Truro, NS10.Corner Brook, NL11.Dawson Creek, BC12.New Glasgow, NS13.Spruce Grove, AB14.Whistler, BC15.Saugeen Shores, ON16.Nelson, BC17.View Royal, BC18.Courtenay, BC19.Williams Lake, BC20.Thompson, MB21.Fredericton, NB22.Parksville, BC23.Fort St. John, BC24.Gander, NL25.Salmon Arm, BC26. Yellowknife, NT27. Airdrie, AB28. Summerside, PE29. Sydney, NS30. Moncton, NB31. Leduc, AB32. Whitehorse, YT33. Mount Pearl, NL34. Bedford, NS35. Red Deer, AB36. Charlottetown, PE37. Pembroke, ON38. Collingwood, ON39. Petawawa, ON40. Cranbrook, BC41. St. John’s, NL42. Lloydminster, AB43. Okotoks, AB44. Lethbridge, AB45. Dartmouth, NS46. Waterloo, ON47. Vancouver, BC48. Calgary, AB49. Camrose, AB50. Brandon, MBAdvertisementlast_img read more

Arnold’s deal

first_imgRe “Arnold steers deal to GM” (Sept. 23): It smells like impropriety any way you look at it. It started with a state-directed procurement of a few flex-fuel vehicles from GM (one of Arnie’s favorite political contributors) and is still ongoing with millions of dollars having been needlessly wasted for no benefits: In 2005, an Arnie-supported/directed procurement was made from GM for 25 flex-fuel vehicles for an evaluation project. No attempt was made to involve other car manufacturers. The state immediately followed this with purchase orders for 1,400 flex-fuel vehicles that only GM could supply. No supply of E85 fuel was ever established. Practically none of these cars has ever been operated on E85. Political payback or another bungled program? What do you think? – William H. Harrison West Hills Garcetti pleased Re “Deal in LAFD-hazing suit” (Sept. 22): Eric Garcetti may be pleased with the Tennie Pierce settlement, but I am no willing party to this highway robbery. This is just the latest lottery-style lawsuit generated by city nonsense, and it won’t be the last, but it should be the last straw. Taxpayers need to demand change from their so-called leaders who are actually congratulating themselves on “saving” taxpayer money while none questions the system that puts our taxes up for grabs in the first place. Are Tennie Pierce’s fellow firehouse pranksters or their supervisors going to cover this obscene payout to him? A libertarian society would make those responsible liable, and cases with little merit less profitable to pursue. Meanwhile, big-city socialism will continue to target our (collective) deep pockets. – Edward Bowers Sherman Oaks Taste of dog food Re “Deal in LAFD-hazing suit” (Sept. 22): I am appalled at the city of Los Angeles awarding a fireman over $1 million of my hard-earned tax money due to a harmless prank. If eating dog food can garner someone $1 million and a full-benefits retirement, then maybe we should start awarding the 100,000-plus homeless in our city the same benefits. You decision-makers in this city need to have your heads examined. I work extremely hard to pay my taxes on time, and you burn it up! – Carl Arrechea Chatsworth Dog food all around Re “Deal in LAFD-hazing suit” (Sept. 22): As a taxpaying citizen of Los Angeles, my only complaint regarding the settlement with fireman Tennie Pierce is that the firemen involved in this “prank” are not required to pay at least a portion of the settlement out of their own pockets. Or, as an alternative, be required to sit down and have Pierce serve them a dish of dog food for lunch. – Charlotte Gussin-Root Tarzana Infant mortality Re “Growth a real friend to developing world” (Their Opinions, Sept. 24): Rich Lowry hails economic growth through global capitalism as the reason the infant-mortality rate is dropping in the developing world. He should have been asking why the USA is 33rd on the infant-mortality rate tables, with only Greece in the modern world having a higher infant-mortality rate. It is probable that the USA will continue to decline in the infant-mortality tables, as well as the life-expectancy tables on which it has now dropped to 38th, with only Portugal in the modern world lower, as more developing countries experience the advantages of economic growth. What he fails to mention is that all the countries that are ahead of the USA in these very important areas have universal health coverage. – Paul Hutchinson Calabasas Church is responsible Re “Goofball politics” (Our Opinions, Sept. 21): For your information, the mayor of Simi advised the church not to give sanctuary to Liliana. He was informed by Save Our State of the church’s plan to house her. He was also informed that SOS would be protesting the church, that there would be opposition (which there always is) and that these counterprotesters get unruly. The church is the responsible party for giving sanctuary to a known lawbreaker. – Thomas Nave Tarzana No comparison Re “Uproar over racial strife still growing” (Their Opinions, Sept. 24): Amy Goodman says “The African-American teens were dealt with differently.” By comparing the “punishment” but not the crimes, she evokes anger at an implied disproportion – pure propaganda. I’m certain a host of Democracy Now has harangued often about “freedom of speech,” and while hanging nooses to frighten African-Americans should be dealt with as harshly as the law and school regulations permit, isn’t that “free speech”? Does she really feel that the action of six youths physically beating up a single white young man is equivalent to an implied threat? And, apparently, the white youth wasn’t even involved with the nooses. – Aaron L. Kolom Los Angeles Walden on Dorrell Re “Even with win, Dorrell loses” (Sports, Sept. 21): Mike Walden writes that the “rabble” labels Karl Dorrell a loser because UCLA beat Washington. Makes Walden part of the “rabble,” right? A gutless Walden hatchet job hides behind “speculation” and faceless “Bruin insiders” and “others” who think UCLA will fire Dorrell. Walden ridiculously suggests scratching UCLA’s 10-2 record (2005), to lower Dorrell’s winning percentage, and faults the Utah loss, played without several injured players. He injects Iraq into his column. Please! We already get a steady diet of Bush-bashing cartoons and columns in the Daily News virtually every day. Do we need it in sports columns? – Matt Diederich Santa Clarita Ahmadinejad’s motive Re “Ahmadinejad speech as controversial as expected” (Sept. 25): We all support freedom of speech. Ahmadinejad’s purpose in speaking at the U.N. and Columbia University is to convince us that he really has no ulterior motives. It is the same methodology used by Hitler before World War II. Iran’s objectives are to destroy Israel and to gain control of all the oil-producing nations in the Middle East. Ahmadinejad has already said that Israel should be destroyed. Iran has been proven to be the supporter of Arab terrorist groups in many other Arab nations. Giving Ahmadinejad a platform to tell lies has no value, but it does legitimize his nation. – Don Evans Canoga Park `The War’ With appreciation to Ken Burns for his documentary, “The War,” let me emphasize what he glossed over. In the 1930s, as now, we had pacifists and isolationists. They kept us from entering the war in time to minimize its toll, so it cost us not 4,000 soldiers but 400,000, and it cost the world 50 million to 60 million dead. Pacifists and isolationists could not prevent our involvement, only delay it till we were dragged in on our enemies’ timetable. Our men were overseas, with no rotation, for four years. Other countries suffered six years or more. Had our news media and politicians expressed the same defeatism to which we are subjected now, we would have surrendered on the first day of fighting, having already lost as many men as in the last four years in Iraq. – Louis Richter Encino American blood Re “Shame and dishonor” (Your Opinions, Sept. 23): Dolly Green sarcastically suggests that “maybe we should apologize to bin Laden for disrupting his jihad.” Here’s a news flash. The soldiers who are being killed on a daily basis are American. It doesn’t matter if they’re killed in New York or Iraq. They are still Americans. – Jose G. Contreras Sylmar Daylight-saving time Between the spring equinox, March 21, and the autumn equinox, Sept. 23, days are longer and nights shorter. It makes sense to shift the “extra” morning daylight to the afternoon with daylight-saving time. Now, after the equinox, there is no extra daylight. DST sets our clocks for a later sunrise and darker mornings than standard time. Children have to walk to school as the rising sun glares into the eyes of sleepy commuters. Extending DST to well past September is dangerous. In 2005, the Republican-controlled Congress extended DST until the first Sunday of November. Now we should change back to standard time. – Bruce Joffe Piedmont O.J.’s confused Could someone please explain to O.J. that Las Vegas is the city known for getting away with murder, not robbery? I think he’s confused. – NyKethia Taylor Panarama City160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

‘That’s the best Wenger can do?!’ Arsenal fans react to striker signing for club

first_img Takuma Asano (centre) in action for Japan 1 Arsenal have announced the signing of Japan forward Takuma Asano.The 21-year-old, who has five caps for his country, has been snapped up by Arsene Wenger and is described by the Frenchman as ‘very much one for the future’.But having been linked to such strikers as Alexandre Lacazette, Gonazalo Higuain and Jamie Vardy over the past few months, is he a player that Gunners fans are excited about?  Take a look at the best tweets reacting to Arsenal’s latest signing in the summer transfer window below.last_img

DDTV VIDEO: SINGER’S TRIBUTE TO THE DONEGAL DIASPORA

first_imgA CO Donegal singer has re-issued an emigrant song – as a tribute to Donegal people around the world.Kenny Gillespie, 32, lives in Braade Kincasslagh and currently working in Teach Phaidi Og in Crolly.He recorded The Irishman six years ago when he was in Australia.“I recently decided to re-issue it with a St Patricks Day theme dedicating it to all our young people being forced to emigrate in recent times,” said Kenny. “I hope your thousands of readers from Co Donegal who are living all over the world now enjoy it.”© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily DDTV VIDEO: SINGER’S TRIBUTE TO THE DONEGAL DIASPORA was last modified: March 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV VIDEO: SINGER’S TRIBUTE TO THE DONEGAL DIASPORAlast_img read more

‘I couldn’t care less’ – John Terry dismisses criticism over Chelsea farewell

first_img John Terry has left Chelsea after 22 years at the club John Terry has insisted he “could not care less” about the criticism surrounding his Chelsea farewell.The Blues skipper said an emotional goodbye to Stamford Bridge by arranging his own substitution after 26 minutes of last Sunday’s clash with Sunderland.Terry’s contrived departure, leaving the field to a guard of honour from his team-mates, was criticised by some pundits with Garth Crooks saying: “This isn’t Hollywood, this is a Premier League fixture.”Further concerns were raised after a bookmaker paid out thousands of pounds to three punters who bet on the specific time of the substitution, which corresponded to Terry’s shirt number.But despite the flak coming his way, 36-year-old defender Terry remains unrepentant.“I couldn’t care less, I promise you,” he said. “All I care about is celebrating with my Chelsea fans. Me and them have a wonderful rapport and have done for 22 years.“Nothing that people write or say can ever get in the way of that.“If that’s the way I want to go out, that’s the way I go out because I’ve been here 22 years, I’ve won so many trophies – so if I wanted to play one minute and come off, I would have done.“I wanted to play 26 minutes because the shirt number means a lot to me and the supporters so as long as they are happy – and I was over the moon with the reception – I promise you I could not care less.”Terry hopes to make his 718th and last appearance for the Blues in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Arsenal.But the former England captain says he will never forget the ovation he received from the Stamford Bridge faithful.“It was an unbelievable send-off from the supporters to help me to celebrate 22 years at the club,” he added.“I’m very grateful to them, and it was something I will never forget. It was so emotional after the game, I was in bits.” 1last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: DUBLIN HAMMERING TYRONE

first_imgWITH less than 15 minutes left in the All-Ireland quarter final at Croke Park, Dublin are hammering Tyrone.It’s 0-19 to 0-11 – an eight point lead. Looks like Dublin for Donegal in the semi-final.BREAKING NEWS: DUBLIN HAMMERING TYRONE was last modified: August 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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

American man searches for Donegal family who found his message in a bottle in 2001

first_imgAn American man is hoping to reconnect with a Donegal family who became his penpals after a remarkable coincidence occurred almost two decades ago.A Donegal man found a bottle washed up on a beach near his home six years after it had been thrown into a river in Indiana, USA, by Lt. Michael Lehoskey.It transpired that the Donegal man was actually born in Indiana, near where the bottle was first dropped into the water by Lehoskey. The Donegal man, Damiad McAulliffe, wrote only once to Lehoskey in 2001. This is where the correspondence ended until September 2017, when McAulliffe’s daughter Mary Kathleen McLaughlin wrote to Lehoskey with the sad news that her father had since passed away. Mary Kathleen says that her sister’s daughter lives in New Mexico, and that she would be visiting the US for the first time.No return address was given, with Mary Kathleen simply referring to the fact she is from a “village” in Donegal.Lehoskey now hopes to get in touch with Mary Kathleen once more.In the 1990s Lt. Michael Lehoskey of Lake Station in Indiana began launching bottles into Deep River, along with a note, a self-addressed envelope, and a dollar bill to catch the eye. Lt. Michael Lehoskey threw about twenty bottles over the course of four years, before launching the last one in 1996. Speaking to the Northwest Indiana Times, Lehoskey was delighted when, six years later in 2001, a letter arrived with a Donegal return address.Donegal man Damiad McAulliffe wrote that as he was walking along the beach with his dog Lilly, he found Lehoskey’s bottle and was astounded that the bottle could have travelled across the Atlantic to settle “a stone’s throw from my house and our town of a population of 78.”McAulliffe never stated which town he was referring to with the population of 78.In the letter, McAulliffe went on to reveal that he was actually born in Valparaiso, Indiana before moving to Donegal as a child.He says he lived in a small village, Wheeler, outside of Valparaiso. He said that as a child, his family “lived down a gravel lane at a crossroad named Froberg Road. A white farmhouse it was and across the lane was a milk houce (sic) and barns three. A short trip to the west was the only other farm called the Latek farm operated by a wonderful man called Stanly, God rest his soul, as I am sure he is in the land beyond Christ’s Clouds.” McAulliffe’s mother never allowed him to return to the US “because of the draft registry.” His grandfather had died during the 1916 Easter Rising, “and me mom swore on his grave that no son would ever die of a country colonized by the bloody Brits.”The last time McAulliffe had visited America was in 1962 when he was 27.Michael Lehoskey is hoping to get in touch with Mary Kathleen. If you can help us reach Mary Kathleen, please don’t hesitate to message info@donegaldaily.comAmerican man searches for Donegal family who found his message in a bottle in 2001 was last modified: February 2nd, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Damiad McAulliffeindianamary kathleen mc laughlinmessage in a bottlelast_img read more