Monrovia, 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)
The 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)
“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, MBAdvertisement
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.
A 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 DIASPORA
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.” 1
WITH 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)
An 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 firstname.lastname@example.orgAmerican 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 bottle