(An extract from the novel August 1990) Chapter Thirty-eightAt about seven o’clock the next morning, the young ladies were led out of the jail and into the yard. Now it was a big place, with rows of apartment houses. There were some military jeeps and trucks in the yard, along with a few other cars, their doors removed and frames painted in graffiti. There were hundreds of rebel fighters, with AK-47 assault rifles slung over their shoulders. Among them were some women and teenage girls, including small boys of about twelve years of age. A group of rebel new recruits, their heads shaven, could be seen marching across the yard and singing at the top of their voices. Some of the men carried wooden clubs. Others were armed with machetes.The girls were taken into one of the apartment houses, where a group of rebel elderly women waited with towels draped over their shoulders. One after another, they were led into a bathroom and scrubbed with soap and hot water. The women then took them into a large room where their hairs were braided and their bodies oiled until they shone. Then they were dressed in attractive clothing, including very short pants. Among them was a tall, Nubian-looking girl, with big hips and waists that were so small a child could put both his hands around them.They were then led into another house. There they found a group of distinguished-looking fighters sitting with pistols on their hips, and behind each man stood a bodyguard, with an AK-47 assault rifle slung over his chest.In the middle of the room was a low, large table, brimming with assorted drinks cooling from the refrigerator, and a tray full of hot jolof rice.A rebel boy of about seven years of age, dressed in the rank of a colonel, was dancing to the tune of the music, hoping first on one foot and then the other as sweat streamed across his face.Suddenly the girls entered, and silence fell on the room. The small boy took his seat with the fighters sitting with guards behind them, lit a cigarette, and began to smoke, pointing and laughing at the pairs of short trousers in which the girls were dressed.One of the rebels rose from his chair. He motioned the girls to the middle of the room. Trembling, they approached and stood next to the table. They were each asked what their names were, and one after the other they answered, their voices shaky. One of the distinguished-looking rebels rose from his seat and began to inspect them. They were told to open their mouths so that the fighter, who looked not unlike a slave trader, could scrutinize their teeth. Each of the fighters, the little rebel colonel among them, then took a girl for himself.Forcing themselves to smile and hiding their fears as best they could, the girls began to eat and drink with the fighters.For nearly the whole of that morning the fighters made the young ladies eat and drink until finally they were all drunk and lying on the floor.Then one of the fighters bent down, put both his hands under the arms of one of the girls, and tried to pull her to her feet.“Hey! Kola Nut move yor hand from my woman,” one of the other fighters shouted suddenly, pointing at Kola with an army knife in his hand.Everybody burst out laughing.He was a man of about forty, his face red and swollen from drink. He had had more Club Beer than any of the other men but did not appear to be drunk.“Maybe the girl wants Kola,” said one fighter.Kola said, “Let me take her to my room and give her what she lookin for.”The drunkard looked up and shot Kola a wicked eye. “Leave my woman alone. I’m warnin you for the last time.”“But sah…”“Shut up. If you don’t have respect for woman I will kill you.”“Don’t kill him chief,” said another fighter. “You no Kola jes like woman biznis.”“Leh deh man jes leave my woman alone,” said the drunkard, “if he don wan any trouble.”Kola smiled broadly. “I jes wanted to dance with deh girl chief.”“Find diffren girl to dance with, you foolish boy. This one da ma woman. You hear? If you put yor hand on her again, I swear bamboo will divide kola.”“Yes sah.” Kola came to attention and saluted, clicking the heels of his boots.Everybody laughed.“What’s all this fuss about woman business,” said another fighter, taking a sip from his bottle of beer and wiping his mouth with the back of his hand. He spoke and in fact had the air of a man of some learning. He was slight in stature and looked in his middle forties. “I believe in times of war women should be made to comfort soldiers. During World War Two the Japanese had these so-called comfort women, which would be a polite way to say they weren’t prostitutes, and kept them in large houses. Even the Germans made dolls for their soldiers’ comfort!”“What!”“You jokin.”“The man can lie.”“Germa made dog for their soldors!”“I didn’t say dogs!”“Sorry chief.”“They made dolls because they were afraid that the German soldiers would contract venereal diseases from the whorehouses in France. But whether the Germans used dolls is better than having no woman at all. Besides, we are not Tecumseh Roberts, are we? ”“Not at all!”“Talking of Tecumseh, I feel like killing the damn homosexual ten times over,” said the scholar.Suddenly a group of cars was heard in the yard. Moments later a rebel boy of about ten years of age entered the room. Standing just inside the door and saluting the group of rebel officers, he said, “Deh chief na come.”Immediately all the fighters rose to their feet and somebody shut off the tape recorder. Throwing out of their mouths the marijuana they had been smoking and snuffing them out onto the floor with the tips of their boots, the fighters grabbed their rifles, adjusted their uniforms and, pushing each other, went out of the room and into the yard where a large group of INFPL rebels were standing to attention.Outside, they met Prince Johnson. Although the rebel leader glanced at them reproachfully, he said nothing. Instead, he began to walk up and down in front of the troops, stroking his moustache. He had earlier that morning, along with a few of his fighters, left the Caldwell base and returned looking pensive and thoughtful. Probably that was why he had paid no attention to the soldiers, reeking of beer and marijuana.As they stood to attention, their faces full of relief, the delinquent troops were only too glad for their lives. Prince Johnson spoke with the troops for a few moments. Then he got into a jeep and, along with two military trucks full of INPFL fighters, drove out of the base.Once the fighters had left the elderly women, who earlier that morning had attended the young ladies and taken them to see the rebel officers, hoisted up one young girl after the other and took them into another room.It was a large room with no furnishings except that at the window was a yellow curtain that fell in ample folds. The sun streamed through the window, giving an added effect to the bedroom walls, which were painted in yellow. The women lay the young ladies on mattresses on the floor and left.Nearly an hour later, Prince Johnson and those of the rebels who had not long ago driven off somewhere returned to the base. At the back of the trucks were several men and teenage boys, some with their arms bound behind them while others had been blindfolded. They were all ordered out of the trucks. Those who cried or resisted were beaten severely.To be cont’d.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Brendan Rodgers has wasted no time in reinforcing his Liverpool squad this summer as they prepare for life back in the Champions League but the Reds boss clearly wants more.Seven players have already arrived at Anfield but Liverpool have shown no signs of slowing down as they look to bring in several more faces before the transfer window slams shut.The Premier League runners-up are in desperate need of bolstering their defence, which was suspect at times last season, and there remains just the small matter of replacing one of the world’s best players in Luis Suarez. Impossible as that may be, you can guarantee Rodgers will want to bring in some more firepower in to compensate for the Uruguayan’s loss.Six players in particular are generating plenty of talk on Merseyside, so click the arrow to see who they are.What area do the club still need to strengthen? Wilfried Bony: Swansea – Click the arrows to get the latest on more Liverpool targets – Brendan Rodgers knows Luis Suarez is irreplaceable but so far he has only spent £4million of his transfer kitty on a striker, veteran Rickie Lambert, who has struggled in pre-season. Liverpool met Bony’s £19million release clause at Swansea but then turned their back on the deal when they thought Loic Remy was on his way to Anfield for just £8.5m. One collapsed move later and the Reds are considering returning for the Ivorian, particularly as the Jacks are now debating whether to sell the unsettled striker for less than his release clause. 6 6 Jose Callejon: Napoli – Callejon enjoyed a great debut season in Serie A after leaving Real Madrid, bagging 15 goals and racking up six assists. Already the Italian side have rebuffed the attentions of Atletico Madrid and they have now firmly shot down an enquiry from Liverpool. The Italian side’s boss and former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez said: “A team made us several large offers for him but we rejected them, we don’t want to sell him and there is no chance we will.” Ezequiel Lavezzi: PSG – Another forward high on Rodgers wish list is Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina star Lavezzi. Angel di Marias imminent arrival in the French capital is likely to push his compatriot out the exit door and Liverpool would be happy to take him off the Ligue 1 champions. A figure of £18.5m has been mooted for the 29-year-old but the Merseyside outfit will need to beat Juventus and AC Milan to his signature. 6 6 Javier Manquillo: Atletico Madrid – Similarly to Moreno, Atletico Madrid right-back Manquillo is expected to be unveiled as a Liverpool player this week. The 20-year-old is expected to join on a two-year loan deal and has already been snapped at Liverpool Airport posing for a picture with a Reds supporter before undergoing a medical with the club. 6 Xabi Alonso: Real Madrid – Real are said to be open to offers for their midfield enforcer despite him recently signing a new contract. Alonso has been linked with a move back to Anfield where he played 210 times between 2004 and 2009. A return to Liverpool would be hugely popular with fans even though the player is 32. Graham Hunter told talkSPORT interest in Alonso does not surprise him. 6 Alberto Moreno: Sevilla – This transfer saga has rumbled on and Liverpool are unimpressed by Sevillas £20m demand for the left-back. However, in recent days there has appeared to finally be light at the end of the tunnel with the Reds convincing the La Liga side to let the Moreno leave for £16m. Expect him to join in the coming days.
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1 Wayne Hennessey is confident he will be fit for Wales’ crunch Euro 2016 showdown with England.The 29-year-old goalkeeper suffered a back spasm on the eve of the Group B opener against Slovakia and was forced to watch from the sidelines as his side sealed a 2-1 win.But Hennessey, who was replaced by Liverpool youngster Danny Ward, expects to return to the starting line-up for Thursday’s massive match in Lens.“I had one (spasm) and missed the Liverpool game at home for Crystal Palace,” said Hennessey.“I had exactly a similar one. So I’ll have an injection now and I will probably be back in 24 hours which sounds crazy.“It is one of those things that you go from broke to mended in about 24 hours.“It was an unsettling time for myself, but our motto is ‘Together Stronger’ and it is all about the boys.“I thought Danny did really well, it was a big situation for him to come in but I thought he was tremendous.” Wayne Hennessey in action for Wales
Local residents are angry that the developer of a wind farm in Co Donegal has applied to increase the height of the turbines to become one of the highest in the whole of Ireland – and the biggest in the county.The Inishowen Wind Energy Awareness Group says it will oppose the plans near Kinnagoe Bay.“In his application the developers says it is a ‘slight’ increase. We don’t call increasing the height of the hub from 69 metres to 85 metres ‘slight’,” said a spokesman for IWEAG. “That is an increase of almost a quarter of the permitted height. It will be the height of a five story building. It takes the full turbine height to 132 metres. The highest turbine is in Greystones in Wicklow at 139 metres.The developer is proposing to increase the height by 16 metres making them nearly forty metres higher than any building in Ireland. The highest building is St John’s Cathedral in Limerick at 93.8 metres.“It would make the turbines almost twice the height of St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny,” said a local resident.Part of the reason all this is making people angry, is that after the first application for the two turbine wind farm was turned down by Donegal County Council Planning Authority the developer appealed to An Bord Pleanala. In the appeal process, Donegal Council was asked by An Bord Pleanala to comment on the appeal and again DCC turned it down on the same grounds: wrong place for a wind farm.An Bord Pleanala’s inspector visited the site on Crockbrack Hill and also decided it was the wrong place for a wind farm.As well as DCC Planning, the Inspector of An Bord Pleanala did not think, that if something is ‘open for consideration for wind farms’, it means it has to be done under any circumstances.But the board of An Bord Pleanala decided to ignore their own inspector’s report and recommendations, ignore the recommendations of the DCC planning department and ignore the submissions made by local residents and granted the appeal.In An Bord Pleanala’s Board Directions there is a set of 19 conditions for this development, which are to be complied with by the developer. It is stated in condition no. 5:Prior to commencement of development, details of the proposed turbines, including design, height and colour, shall be submitted to and agreed in writing with the planning authority. The hub height of the proposed turbines shall not exceed 69 metres and the diameter of the rotary blades shall not exceed 94 metres.“How can the developer now apply to increase the height? He has already successfully applied to have the road extended across the top of the hill and moved the substation to another location higher up on the hill,” said the group spokesman.“Is it really possible, even though An Bord Pleanala agreed to one application with strict conditions, ( see An Board Pleanala, ref. No: 240394: Crockbrack Hill, Carrowbeg and Meenletterbale, Moville, Co.Donegal (12/70002)) that the developer can at a later date change everything in it. How can that be?” “Our community is kept in the dark” says a local resident.The developer advertised the 5 planning applications involved in this one development.The first one was placed into the Irish Times and that’s why it slipped past the attention of the local community. (See article in the Donegal Daily, March 9, 2012 – INISHOWEN RESIDENTS SNUBBED BY PLANNING APPLICATION FOR WIND FARM.Thousands of residents across Inishowen couldn’t object to a planning application for a wind farm – because they didn’t know about the application.The second, third and fourth advertisement for changes to the original application were placed in one of our local papers and because of this the local community was informed about it immediately. The fifth and current planning application was advertised (as the first one) in the Irish Times, and was seen by the local community.If people want to object to the latest application (14/50014) to increase the height above the limit placed on him by An Bord Pleanala they have until 14th February to write in an objection to the Council.USEFUL LINKSPleanála: 240394: Crockbrack Hill, Carrowbeg and Meenletterbale, Moville, Co.Donegal (12/70002)HYPERLINK “http://www.pleanala.ie/casenum/240394.htm” \t “_blank”http://www.pleanala.ie/casenum/240394.htmDonegal County Council Planning EnquiryHYPERLINK “http://www.donegalcdb.ie/eplan/internetenquiry/rpt_querybysurforrecloc.asp” \t“_blank”http://www.donegalcdb.ie/eplan/internetenquiry/rpt_querybysurforrecloc.aspList of tallest structures in Ireland – Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaHYPERLINK “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_structures_in_Ireland” \t “_blank”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_structures_in_IrelandPhotos and Diagrams of Wind Turbine Size Compared to Boeing Jumbo 747 [ HYPERLINK “http://AWEO.org” \t “_blank” AWEO.org]HYPERLINK “http://www.aweo.org/windsize.html” \t “_blank”http://www.aweo.org/windsize.htmlPhotos of Wind Power Facilities [ HY[ HYPERLINK “http://AWEO.org” \t “_blank” AWEO.org]ERLINK “http://www.aweo.org/windtehachapi.html” \t “_blank”http://www.aweo.org/windtehachapi.htmlWIND TURBINE ACCIDENT COMPILATION WorldwideHYPERLINK “http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk/fullaccidents.pdf” \t “_blank” http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk/fullaccidents.pdfWill giant turbines blow away Ireland’s support for windpower? – Telegraph BlogsHYPERLINK “http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/geoffreylean/100253502/will-giant-turbines- blow-away-irelands-support-for-windpower/” \t “_blank”http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/geoffreylean/100253502/will-giant-turbines-blow-away- irelands-support-for-windpower/￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼RESIDENTS’ ANGER AS DEVELOPER BIDS TO ERECT DONEGAL’S BIGGEST WIND TURBINE was last modified: January 31st, 2014 by John2Share 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:InishowenKinnegoeTurbine
COMMUNITY ALERT: The crime wave in Co Donegal continues.Homes and cars were raided in the Glenwood area of Letterkenny on Thursday night.A sum of money was taken from one home, the family’s car was broken into – and there were attempts to rob two other homes and cars. Be vigilant folks.If you see anything suspicious call Gardai on 999 immediately. COMMUNITY ALERT: ANGER AS BURGLARS STRIKE AGAIN was last modified: February 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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:burglarscommunity alertGlenwoodletterkenny
A Judge has said it was a miracle that someone was not seriously hurt when a gang attacked a family home with nailguns.Donal Coyle and his family escaped with their lives when a gang of men shot up their home in Letterkenny in November 2006. The gang, from Derry, had been ordered to carry out the attack by Marcus Spratt who had accused Mr Coyle of previously attacking his van.The gang arrived at Mr Coyle’s home at Glencar Park and pumped it with nails from a nailgun.They smashed several windows and sprayed the inside of the house with nails with one of the nails missing Mr Coyle’s three-year-old son by inches.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how Spratt, of Gortnacorrib, Letterkenny, pleaded guilty to making threats to kill, causing criminal damage and being in possession of an offensive weapon in July 2012.However, before he was sentenced he fled to London where he has worked successfully as a building contractor in recent years.Two weeks ago he was arrested at Heathrow Airport under a European Arrest Warrant and returned to Ireland.He appeared before Judge John Aylmer for sentence on all the outstanding sentences.The Judge remarked how the nailgun used in the attack was as powerful as any firearm as it had penetrated the hall door of Mr Coyle’s home and missed striking his son by just inches.“It is somewhat of a miracle that Mr Coyle and his family were not seriously injured,” he added.He sentenced Spratt to a total of three and half years on both the threat to kill and possession of an offensive weapon charge and a further two and half years for the criminal damage charge with all charges to run concurrently.Spratt had denied that he had been present at the house when it was attacked but was in another village, Convoy.He added that he was horrified when he later learned that there was a young child in the house when it was attacked by the gang under his orders.A victim impact statement on behalf of Mr Coyle was handed into the court by state prosecutor Ms Patricia McLaughlin.Barrister Mr Ivan Toner said that Mr Coyle and his client had since made up and that Spratt had since been living a successful life in London.His ex-partner had facilitated him in bringing the couple’s two sons to London and on holiday in Disneyworld, Legoland and Lanzarote.The court was told that Spratt said there were “certain issues” as to why he could not hang around and be sentenced.Man who ordered gang to attack rival’s home is jailed for three and a half years was last modified: January 28th, 2018 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:courtDonal CoyledonegalgangletterkennyMarcus SprattnailgunRival
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants need to make some hay on this six-game homestand if they are to realistically rejoin the race for the second wild card spot in the National League.It started off on a sour note, as the Giants left 11 runners on base in a 6-4 loss to the equally desperate Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.The sixth inning was especially frustrating.On a sharply hit ball by Brandon Crawford, Abiatal Avelino, starting at second base, ran through the stop sign of Giants’ third …
In a move that has surprised many in the Australian wine community but which has been broadly hailed as “visionary” Qantas has done away with its long standing wine panels in favour of a new arrangement with Neil Perry’s Rockpool Group.Under the new deal, announced this week in Sydney, a “Sommeliers and Mixologists” group made up entirely of the Rockpool Group’s senior wine and bar staff, will conduct the regular tastings and decision making about which wines will make the cut on First and Business Class wine lists and in the First Class lounges.The three person Qantas Wine Selection Panel – of which WA Wine maker Vanya Cullen was a long serving member – have done a “marvellous job” according to Perry who adds responsibility for wine selection and buying to his already close food and food delivery links with Qantas.Although there’s been some backlash at the decision (mostly protesting the perceived hegemony of the Rockpool Group, the demise of the wine maker panels and the concern that small winemakers will now not get a look in) the wine selection process will be far more reaching and far more in tune with the Qantas food program which has been looked after by Rockpool Group for nearly two decades.The new team, The Qantas Rockpool Sommeliers will blind taste, review and select from 1,200 Australian wines and Champagnes over four days each year and provide tasting notes for the International First and Domestic Business cabins. They also provide recommendations for wine in the lounges and for the first time, Rockpool mixologists will create monthly cocktails.The Rockpool wine team will feature16 highly experienced sommeliers and mixologists. Among the group is Head of Sommeliers Australia, David Lawler and one of only two Master Sommeliers in Australia, Sebastian Crowther, as well as Head Bartenders of Rockpool restaurants around the country.Rockpool boss Neil Perry said his team’s expertise in wine and mixology will offer the very best restaurant experience in the sky to Qantas passengers.“Rockpool has worked with Qantas for over 18 years to design menus and we are thrilled to be working more closely to select beverages for the airline. We are committed to continue providing the finest Champagnes and the boldest wines from across Australia and deliver a restaurant experience on the ground and in the air,” said Mr Perry.“The Rockpool Group has some of the most awarded and industry recognised sommeliers and mixologists in the country, and they work with customers dining in the restaurant every day, so they will be able to offer valuable insight into customer preferences and wine trends.”Perry says training will be a big thing. “Rockpool Sommeliers will also be part of the Qantas Advanced Sommelier in the Sky training program for cabin crew. More than 150 cabin crew are currently trained as on-board sommeliers and more will be joining this elite group in 2015.”Although presumably not their intent, the amalgamation of Qantas’s $15 million p/a wine purchases and the Rockpool Group’s annual $8 million wine buy, makes Qantas/Rockpool the third largest wine buyer in the country after major supermarkets, Woolworths and Coles.The Qantas Rockpool Sommeliers will hold its first Qantas wine tasting in July.