Pakistan smell victory after Younus hits 218

first_img(REUTERS)-Younus Khan’s superb 218 put Pakistan in a strong position before they picked up four England wickets to take complete control on the third day of the fourth and final Test at The Oval yesterday.Younis Khan celebrates his double-century at The Oval on the third day It was his sixth in Tests..Younis Khan celebrates his double-century at The Oval on the third day It was his sixth in Tests..Younus batted for more than seven hours to lift the touring side to 542 all out in their first innings, a lead of 214 runs, and they then removed Alastair Cook, Alex Hales, James Vince and Joe Root to leave England in deep trouble on 88 for four.Gary Ballance was unbeaten on four at the close with Jonny Bairstow on 14 but Pakistan should secure victory today to level the series 2-2.Younus shared a seventh-wicket partnership of 77 with Sarfraz Ahmed who was the only wicket to fall in the morning session, well caught by diving wicketkeeper Bairstow off Chris Woakes for 44.The experienced Younus shepherded the tail well, hitting four sixes and 31 fours as the England attack toiled in the sunshine.“As a senior there is a lot of expectation on me,” said the 38-year-old after compiling his sixth Test double hundred. “Everybody knows that if I can get through those first 20 or 25 balls I can make a big hundred.“The first three games I made some 30s but didn’t convert. In this game I was just very calm.”England began their second innings poorly as Cook, on seven, edged Wahab Riaz to Iftikhar Ahmed at first slip.Hales (12) was then trapped lbw by Yasir Shah and the leg-spinner had Vince caught by Misbah-ul-Haq at cover for a three-ball duck to leave the hosts reeling on 55 for three.Joe Root made a fluent 39 but he was deceived by a quicker ball from Shah that crashed into his pads and the home team, 126 runs behind, face an uphill task to save the match with two days remaining.“Those four wickets in the evening session hurt us as a team but we’ve been in these tricky situations before and we’ll be fighting as hard as we can tomorrow to come out and fight to save this match,” said England paceman Steven Finn.ENGLAND 1st innings 328 (M. Ali 108, J. Bairstow 55; S. Khan 5-68) Pakistan 1st innings (Overnight: 340-6)S. Aslam lbw b Broad 3Az. Ali c Bairstow b Ali 49Y. Shah c Root b Finn 26A. Shafiq c Broad b Finn 109Y. Khan lbw b Anderson 218Misbah-ul-Haq c Hales b Woakes 15I. Ahmed c Ali b Woakes 4S. Ahmed c Bairstow b Woakes 44W. Riaz st Bairstow b Ali 4M. Amir not out 39So. Khan c Broad b Finn 2Extras (b-18 lb-6 nb-2 w-3) 29Total (all out, 146 overs) 542Fall of wickets: 1-3 S. Aslam,2-52 Y. Shah,3-127 Az. Ali,4-277 A. Shafiq,5-316 Misbah-ul-Haq,6-320 I. Ahmed,7-397 S. Ahmed,8-434 W. Riaz,9-531 Y. Khan,10-542 So. KhanBowling: J. Anderson 29 – 10 – 78 – 1, S. Broad 29 – 5 – 99 – 1(nb-1 w-1),S. Finn 30 – 1 – 110 – 3(w-2),C. Woakes 30 – 8 – 82 – 3,M. Ali 23 – 1 – 128 – 2(nb-1,J. Root 5 – 0 – 21 – 0.ENGLAND 2nd inningsA. Cook c I. Ahmed b Riaz 7A. Hales lbw b Shah 12J. Root lbw b Shah 39J. Vince c Misbah-ul-Haq b Shah 0G. Ballance not out 4J. Bairstow not out 14Extras (b-4 lb-5 nb-3) 12Total (for 4 wickets, 31 overs) 88Fall of wickets: 1-14 A. Cook,2-49 A. Hales,3-55 J. Vince,4-74 J. RootTo bat: C. Woakes, M. Ali, S. Broad, S. Finn, J. AndersonBowling: M. Amir 10 – 3 – 30 – 0, So. Khan 8 – 2 – 18 – 0,W. Riaz 4 – 0 – 15 – 1(nb-3),Y. Shah 7 – 1 – 15 – 3,I. Ahmed 2 – 1 – 1 – 0.last_img read more

Archery Guyana hosts second fundraiser for Mercy Hospital

first_imgARCHERY Guyana recently partnered with St Joseph Mercy Hospital for the second year in a row, by having an Archery Booth at the Hospital’s Annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Demerara Park, Banks DIH.Enthusiasm amongst patrons was high as usual, as lots of persons, (children and adults) were eager to try their hands with the bow and arrow.Those who wished to try were as usual, first advised on the safe and proper use of the equipment and the general safety guidelines since safety remains paramount in the sport.The prizes were provided by the Hospital Fair’s Organising Committee, with a grand prize of a giant teddy bear being up for grabs.This year’s prize was won by Jonathan DeGroot who racked up the most points.Last year, Archery Guyana was pleased to contribute all the funds raised towards the construction of the Mercy Resident Care Facility in Georgetown.Archery Guyana believes in giving back to the community as best as it can and to support persons of all walks of life and encourage anyone, (young, middle-aged or elderly), to join the sport of Archery, whether for recreation or for competition, by contacting any of our members.Archery is in fact a great leveller, so young and old, abled and disabled can compete against each other. It’s a sport where the basics are easy to pick up, but perfecting them takes lots of practice.There is no maximum age for archery and around the world many persons take up the sport after retiring.last_img read more

Victims recovering from Halloween shooting

first_imgGeno Hall, a former Crenshaw High School football star and 2009 L.A. City Football Player of the Year, was recovering from seven bullet wounds in critical but stable condition Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported.Eugene Hall, Geno’s father, told the Times that his son was recovering from a three-hour surgery in the intensive care unit of California Hospital Medical Center. The younger Hall sustained bullet wounds to the left thigh, back of leg, buttocks and arm, according to his father.“The doc says he’ll pull through but they’re keeping him up there,” Eugene Hall told the Times.Geno Hall was the intended victim of the shooting that occurred outside the Ronald Tutor Campus Center late Wednesday night. Three others were also admitted to California Hospital with minor injuries. None of the victims or suspects were affiliated with the university, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.LAPD officials said they expect the other three victims to make a full recovery.last_img read more

ANC 2019 Qualifier: Toothless Eagles Stunned by South Africa in Uyo

first_imgMidway through the first half the Super Eagles really should have claimed the lead, with Kelechi Iheanacho providing a low pass across the face of goal to find Oghenekaro Etebo, but his effort flashed wide of the far post.South Africa settled into the match, but struggled to pose much of an attacking threat. However, they almost broke the deadlock in the 42nd minute when Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi dropped Tebogo Langerman’s cross and Themba Zwane reacted quickly to the loose ball, only to hit the upright with his toe-poked shot.Bafana Bafana found themselves defending for most of the early stages in the second half, but on 54 minutes they claimed the lead through Rantie, who met Ramahlwe Mphahlele’s cross and beat Akpeyi at his near post with a downward header.With 20 minutes of regulation time remaining the visitors should have doubled their lead, with a counter attack opening up a chance for Zwane, who again beat Akpeyi only to see his effort rebound off the near post.On 78 minutes Nigeria almost forced an equaliser as Ahmed Musa and Etebo threatened in the penalty area and South Africa needed Dean Furman to make a desperate clearance from almost under his own crossbar.Yet the visitors’ second goal arrived in the 81st minute, with Keagan Dolly providing a perfectly weighted pass for substitute Tau, who sprinted clear, rounded Akpeyi and turned the ball into an empty net to end the game as a contest.Meanwhile, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr analysed the game thus: “First, my young team – the youngest of all the teams playing in the qualifying series – had a very good first half.They played well but they didn’t score. In the second half, the South Africans counter attacked us because our players were tired.“We played against an experienced SA side, in the first half, we lost plenty opportunities and my players tired out in the second half.“We made three offensive changes in the second half to add power to the attack. Going forward, we will make changes to the tactics.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram  Players tired in second half, says RohrThe Bafana Bafana of South Africa claimed a historic victory by defeating Nigeria’s Super Eagles for the first time in a competitive fixture. South Africa deservedly emerged 2-0 victors in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo saturday.Bafana Bafana, in their first match under new coach Stuart Baxter, put in a superb display marked by a resilient defence and speed on the counter attack, with second-half goals from Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau taking them to a famous victory at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.Nigeria enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the early stages and they created the first clear chance in the 11th minute when Wilfred Ndidi picked up on a loose ball on the edge of the box and sent a left-footed volley off target.last_img read more

Kofi Kingston becomes second African American to win WWE title

first_imgOver 11 years after making his debut in WWE, Kofi Kingston is now a world champion. In beating Daniel Bryan on Sunday night at WrestleMania 35, Kingston not only reached a career milestone but made WWE history as well.The WWE championship, which the company debuted in 1963, had been around the waist of 50 different men in its history. Kingston on Sunday became just the second African American (following Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and first native African to hold WWE’s signature title.As is occasionally the case in WWE, Kingston’s elevation to the WWE title match at WrestleMania was a classic case of fans forcing the company to change its plans. Kingston, a longtime fan-favourite both as a singles competitor and member of popular tag team New Day, filled in during a gauntlet match for an injured superstar (Mustafa Ali) and nearly won despite starting the bout in the ring. Kingston pinned Bryan to open that match. H then nearly won an Elimination Chamber match for the WWE title in booking that was supposed to mirror the plan for Ali.While Ali was reportedly supposed to main event Fastlane against Bryan with a returning Kevin Owens planned to be Bryan’s ‘Mania opponent, the overwhelming fan support Kingston gained during those aforementioned matches forced the company to change its plans.Owens and Ali (inserted as a last-minute challenger) lost to Bryan at Fastlane with Kingston eventually earning his title shot at WrestleMania.In addition to Kingston’s victory being of historical importance, it is also socially significant for WWE fans as his ascension to the top of the company’s ranks provides much-needed representation for its viewerslast_img read more

Devon secure maiden England Boys’ County Finals title

first_img29 Aug 2019 Devon secure maiden England Boys’ County Finals title Tags: Boy’s County Finals, Devon, Kent, Lancashire, Northamptonshire Devon won the England Boys’ County Finals for the first time after a final day full of high drama at North Foreland Golf Club in Kent.The Devon team went into the last day knowing they needed at least a halved match to beat Lancashire in the decider and that is exactly what they achieved after a dogged display against formidable opponents who themselves were bidding for their first victory in the competition since 2006.The victory came in what was Devon’s fourth appearance in the Finals and was all-the-more emotional because it was achieved just a few months after their popular long-term captain, Grahame Moore, had passed away after a long battle with illness.Lancashire pair George Holland and Jack Anthony McPhail got the final day off to a great start when they beat Devon’s James Reed and Fred Bishop 3 & 1 in the opening foursomes but Devon’s Craig Passmore and David Baldwin quickly levelled things up with a one hole victory over Alex James and Charlie Ward and it was still all square at lunch when Devon duo Matt Millar and Jay Scott halved the third of the three foursomes against Lancashire’s Josh Fallows and Jamie Van Wyk.Lancashire had beaten holders Yorkshire in the Northern Qualifier to get to the Finals in Kent and briefly they looked like following their great rivals as champions when Holland beat Passmore in a high quality top singles which went all the way to the 18th before the Lancashire player won by one hole.Millar then put Devon’s first singles point on the board when he beat Ward 3 & 2 but the next two games went to Lancashire when Fallows beat Bishop 4 & 3 and Matthew Jackman defeated Jack Jeffery by one hole after the latter found his ball cruelly pugged in the sand on the final hole.At that stage the Devon team knew they needed to win both the last two matches to secure the 4 ½ – 4 ½ draw needed to clinch the trophy and almost simultaneously that is what happened when James Reed beat McPhail 3 & 2 and Scott defeated Van Wyk 2 & 1.“This is a very emotional moment for all of us”, admitted Devon captain, Gary Milne. “Grahame was team manager from 2008 or 2009 until he passed away in July, just before the South East Qualifier. That was a tough one for all of us, but we got through and have now gone one better.“It was always Grahame’s dream to win this, so I’m sure he will be looking down watching us with a smile on his face.“His wife, his son and his grandson were all here today and it makes it even more special for all of us to share this moment with them.“The boys have been fantastic all week,” he added. “Every boy has delivered and produced points. There has been a great team spirit. They’ve been brilliant and I couldn’t have asked for more from any of them.“I’m over the moon. It could easily have swung against us this afternoon, but we hung on in there when we had to and the guys at the back saw us through.“I always said that Grahame was still team captain, and that I’d see it through for him, and now that we’ve done it, I couldn’t be more pleased.”“It’s been a fantastic week,” said Lancashire captain, Michael Carney. “They battled hard all week. The first day we were behind, but they pulled it round in the afternoon. The same yesterday, they came back. I couldn’t have asked any more from them all week.“It was a great game today,” he added. “We’re undefeated over the three days but just weren’t quick good enough. All credit to Devon. But we’ll be back, back fighting.”In the other match on the final day Northamptonshire beat hosts Kent 7-2 to claim third place behind Lancashire. They started the day with a 2-1 win in the foursomes and then saw Harry Oddy, Josh Pritchett, Corey Neville, Joe Quin and Luis Witherall all win their singles. George Young earned a consolation point for Kent when he beat Owen Watts 4 & 3 in the last singles match.Picture credit: Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Fortt clinches Yamaha title in thrilling style

first_imgThe young Pattaya rider was elated with his latest race success and also his massive achievements this season and went on to thank his team and sponsors for their invaluable help and support. Pattaya motorcycle racer Ben Fortt rides his Kawasaki zx10r 1000cc bike at the Buriram International Circuit, Sunday, January 21. (Photo/Kaato-Ztudios)Pattaya superbike rider Ben Fortt took the long journey to the Buriram International Circuit on January 20 to contest the last 2 races in the Kawasaki Road Racing Championship.Ben, riding his well prepared Kawasaki zx10r 1000cc bike, was leading the championship on points but needed to have a pair of good finishes to clinch the title.  Saturday qualifying was a very close battle and saw Ben in the zone as he took pole position for the 2 races on Sunday.Team orders told Ben not to take any undue risks and try for a top three finish in each race, but he had other ideas and only had eyes on winning and that he did, giving his rivals no chances and winning both races in true professional style to clinch the championship title.Ben had already won the Elf GPI Professional Championship at Bira circuit in Pattaya and finished runner up in the national championship, only losing to the strong factory Yamaha racing team.last_img read more

A Life Well Lived

first_imgBy John BurtonRumson woman recalls a century of livingRUMSON – Rose Rimali has seen a lot. From the Italy of a century ago as a baby and the hardscrabble life of immigrant New York City to her later life and now living with her daughter and son-in-law in their Rumson home, Rimali is amazed at the path her life has taken.Rimali marked a milestone on Saturday, June 1, that few get to see – the celebration of her 100th birthday.“I feel pretty good,” she said, acknowledging her back occasionally bothers her and she relies on a walker to get around.Rose Rimali of Rumson celebrated her 100th birthday June 1.She credited the fact that she never smoked and drinks “a half a glass of wine every day,” as factors contributing to her longevity. Her love of wine comes naturally; her father, an Italian immigrant, made his own.Rimali’s father came to America in 1911 from the Messina region of Sicily to settle and establish himself in the United States before eventually bringing his family over.Her father, a gardener in his native country, worked in hotels and “did any odd jobs,” in New York City, Rimali said. “Whatever he could.”Her family lived in Green­wich Village when her mother and siblings first arrived in New York when Rimali was an infant, and then moved on to the Bronx. There, her parents and their seven children “use to live in a three-room apartment.”The apartment had a coal stove and a gas meter that needed to be fed with coins to work. “We had to go to 23rd Street to take a bath,” a fair distance from the family home, she said, recalling how the family had to use a public bathhouse at that time.It was tough times back then. “There were a lot of families struggling like we were,” she said.Rimali remembered being a young girl and going with her older brother to the movies – silent in those days – during which a pianist would accompany the movie, adding to the excitement.It was a time when a horse and carriage was the most common type of transportation.“When a car did pass, we would run outside to see it,” she said. “It was amazing.”As a young girl, Rimali remembered seeing a man being shot in their neighborhood, clutching his chest and weaving before falling. She remembered telling her mother about it later, thinking the man was dancing.At 22, she married Lou Rimali, someone she had known for years. “We waited three years to get married because times were so bad,” she said. The couple started their life together and had two daughters. Rimali worked as a dressmaker and her husband worked as a “cutter” in the same factory, cutting cloth for the garments that were to be made.When Rimali was eight months pregnant, her brother approached them about starting a business, asking if they were interested in opening a small store in the Bronx.Rose and Lou Rimali invested their life savings in the venture. “We had saved $900,” she said. “To me that was a big deal.”The store, located in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, started out as a modest shop selling housewares and notions. Eventually it grew into a small but established area department store called Crosby’s.The Rimali family operated the store for 37 years, until Lou Rimali was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.Her husband died when he was 67, and Rimali eventually went to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Bob Slavin, in their North Ward Avenue home.With her siblings all gone and her parents dying relatively young, Rimali’s long life seemed to surprise her.“I was the sickly one,” growing up, she said. “When I was in my 90s I thought any day now,” would be her last, she joked.She doesn’t get to do much cooking anymore, but “she keeps her nose in the kitchen” as others work, son-in-law Bob Slavin acknowledged.Rimali’s daughter confided that her mother still can make killer meatballs – though she won’t divulge the recipe. The centenarian also still takes out the sewing machine – the one her mother bought for her many years ago – and does some work with it.Rimali has four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and will have a great-great-grandchild expected to be born this month. Life is good, even with a few aches and pains, she said.It’s been a long way and a long time since that little Bronx apartment, as Rimali looks out at on this home, with a built-in swimming pool, neatly manicured lawn and a view of the Shrewsbury River, Sea Bright and the Atlantic Ocean.“Are you kidding?” she responded when asked how she liked living there, recalling how she would have to make a meal on 50 cents. “When we were children and we saw this,” she said as she pointed to the yard and home, “we would have thought we were in paradise.”last_img read more

The Cost of Dependency

first_imgThe People’s Republic of China has been very generous to Liberia. They built and later rehabilitated the S.K.D Sports Complex; they resumed and completed the new Health and Social Welfare Ministry Building.They have given US$10 million to revamp and expand the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC).  In the biggest assistance initiative of all, they have pledged US$60 million to build a ministerial complex to house the government’s ministries.  But this important project has been stalled because of the quarrel over location.  That, believe it or not, relates directly to the theme of this editorial–the cost of dependency.What do we mean?The Chinese insist on visibility and the Liberian government seems to want to please this totally unnecessary wish.  Monrovia is a relatively small city, where nothing can hide.  First, they wanted the complex built at ELWA compound right on the Robertsfield Highway. Because of the controversy that it provoked, the government started leaning to the most logical and suitable place for the complex, the Buzzi Quarter area, which is next to the center of power—the Legislature, Executive Mansion and the Temple of Justice.  The people there said they welcomed the ministerial complex in their area and were willing to be relocated. No, the government changed again, saying they wanted to locate the complex at Peace Island.  But the thousands who reside there, mostly non-combatants and their families, say they are not moving anywhere.Why the government feels it has to answer to whatever the Chinese want beats most Liberians; but GOL feels that this is part of the cost of dependency, forgetting that we are a sovereign nation and those who want to help us should do so on our terms, not their own. But dependency often breeds subservience, though it does not have to be that way.Another tangible indication of the cost of subservience is the attitude of the Chinese in Liberia.  Many of them feel they can do anything here and get away with it.  Many are involved in petty trading, which should be the exclusive preserve of Liberians.Last week en route to Sinoe, the President herself saw Chinese gold miners preparing for mining operations, even though they had not yet secured a license for that.  They were even mining sand in the Cestos River, undermining the free flow of the river and endangering the structure of the Cestos Bridge.President Sirleaf was incensed by this and ordered an immediate halt to the Chinese operations.  She was gentle with them; she could have ordered their arrest, since they were violating the law, for which country can one enter and start mining gold without first obtaining an official permit to do so?But this is part of the cost of dependency.  Some Chinese feel that because their country is helping Liberia, they can come here and do anything and get away with it.That is why Liberians should work harder at everything they do, be more creative, more patriotic and strive to make our country stronger and more self-reliant.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

And So They Came

first_imgA few years before the slaughter, Doe could remember that the country had been awash with anguish and anger. There had been much criticism about the practices of the ruling True Whig Party (TWP) and the Tolbert-led government, made largely up of Americo-Liberians, or Congo people. These were thought to be of lighter complexion, many of them crops of American colleges and universities, and more educated than ordinary Liberians. One account was that ever since independence they had dominated the country and the disparate ethnic groups that made up the bulk of the population. Although Tolbert had started a program to bring more indigenous, or country people, into the government, many Americo-Liberians had been dissatisfied, accusing him, as it were, of “letting the peasants into the kitchen.” Thus while the ordinary people, the educated ones especially, who could have been appointed to government positions but were still seen as backward, considered the changes made by Tolbert as occurring too slowly, many Americo-Liberians felt it was moving too fast. Then came the rice riots of April 14, 1979. President Tolbert, along with his Finance Minister Florence Chenoweth, had increased the price of rice and the nation’s staple food, leading to outcries throughout the country. It had been twenty dollars for a one hundred pound bag of rice and would now be raised to twenty-six. One story was that the Tolbert and Chenoweth families were in possessions of huge rice farms, primarily stood to gain large amounts of income from the price increase, and many saw this as a self-serving gesture. The Progressive Alliance of Liberia (PAL), led by Liberian university professor, Gabriel Bacchus Matthews, and economist Tobga Nah-Tipoteh (then Rudolph Nah-Roberts), had called for a peaceful demonstration. Before long, they were joined by thousands of “back street boys.” There had then followed a wave of looting and plundering. Police and soldiers were sent to suppress the riots. Met with an ever-increasing state of lawlessness, they had responded by firing live bullets into the crowd, turning everything upside down. President Tolbert had then turned to his ally and fellow Guinean counterpart, Ahmed Sekou Toure. In response, Toure had dispatched hundreds of Guinean troops to Liberia. But the Guineans had done only so much as to pour gas on the flames and were believed to have raped and tortured a number of the protesters. By the time the rioting ended the country was estimated to have lost about 60 million dollars in private property.Samuel Doe could recall that the very day following the rice riots, President Tolbert, looking traumatized and upset, had spoken with hundreds of soldiers in the yard of the Executive Mansion. Bearded, disheveled, dressed in his nightgown, the president’s had quivered as he spoke, his voice the sound of a man talking with his mouth full of water. With him were some of his cabinet ministers, many of whom would be killed in the few days that were to follow. Their knees knocking together, they had all looked suspiciously at the armed soldiers in front of them, suspecting that a plot had already been hatched to topple the regime. When President William R. Tolbert ended his speech – a monologue that lasted for almost three hours – many of the soldiers had left convinced of their own importance and that the days of the Tolbert regime were numbered. Back at their Barclay Training Center barracks, Samuel Doe had broached the subject, making particular emphasis on the President’s apprehension. Doe had told the gathering that Tolbert’s uneasiness was a clear and evident signal that he was aware of his own dismal failure and could therefore not be trusted to run the country any longer. Hundreds of soldiers had applauded, rallying around Doe. Their pulses throbbing, thoughts of hijacking the rice riots left them as though possessed.That had then led to the April 12 coup d’état of 1980, which saw seventeen noncommissioned officers, led by Samuel Doe, entered the Executive Mansion. Tolbert was killed. Doe had then announced over state radio and television the entrance of the People’s Redemption Council (PRC).After a 1985 presidential election considered fraudulent by international observers, he had ascended the steps to the presidential palace. And now it would no longer be as an obscure AFL soldier but as Master Sergeant Samuel Kanyon Doe, President of the Republic of Liberia. Whether he had rigged the election was no longer an issue. He was, of course, being backed by the United States of America, which after the Cold War had emerged as a world superpower. Besides he could recall that the days during his presidential campaign his supporters had gone cheering and singing: Who you voting for? Doe!Who you voting for? Doe!Who you voting for? Doe But years later that same crowd, made up of diehard market women, had gone running through the streets again. This time they were angry and had shouted at the top of their lungs:Monkey come down!Monkey come down!Monkey come down!He had responded by dispatching soldiers that fired live bullets into the mob. Wounding and killing a number of the rioters and thus ruthlessly crushing the insurrection, he had made it known in no uncertain terms that they were, in fact, the monkey.But a month after the election, on November 12, 1985, came a counter-coup d’état to topple his regime. This had been led by Thomas Quiwonkpa, a former Commanding General of the Armed Forces of Liberia, whom he had demoted. The invaders had entered the country through neighboring Sierra Leone. Within a few days they were in Monrovia. But the coup was soon suppressed and the leaders were rounded up. One report has it that Doe had received a tipoff from the American Embassy in Monrovia, warning him of the invaders. In any case, Quiwonkpa was himself killed, so the story went, and eaten. Samuel Doe had then within a few minutes of suppressing the rebellion taken once more to the airwaves. Denouncing the unsuccessful coup and proclaiming that he was still in full control of the country, he had warned potential coup-makers that any further attempts to depose his government would be met with the same brutality. But now who could have foreseen a civil war of this magnitude, since the nearly ten years he and those non-commissioned officers had deposed the Tolbert administration? To hell with the Americans, the President shouted inside his head and began to pace the floor angrily, his hands behind his back. No one other than the Americans was to blame. If only they had extradited Charles Taylor to Liberia then the situation would have been different. Yet they had chosen to tell him a pack of lies. Anyone could see that Taylor had not broken out of the detention facility the Americans claimed to have put him but that they had actually allowed the thieving former government minister to escape. It was always like that when you fell out of favor with the Americans. Soon they began to plot your downfall and would stop at nothing until they brought your utter destruction. They had started with Tolbert when after many years of the pro-Western policies of William V.S. Tubman and of the Americans literally licking their elbows the former president had begun to look towards the Soviets, the Chinese, the Cubans, and a few eastern bloc countries. Concession contracts signed with the Americans had been renegotiated, forcing them to pay back taxes in millions of dollars. That was why they had remained quiet when he killed Tolberts, courting him with millions in economic aid until he felt as though he would be suffocated. But he himself had since fallen out of favor with the Americans and could remember that at the beginning of the war he had called them on a telephone and told them pointedly: “America wants to overthrow Doe because Doe is trying to build Liberia. But I remain here to say no to America and no to the supporters of Charles Taylor. Period,” he had concluded, banging down the edge of his hand on the table for emphasis. The Americans had life and death in their hands and could, if they choose, decide the fate of the whole planet, which they had shown when they dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But being a friend of the Americans, as much as being an enemy of them, he knew often spelled disaster. They were given to double standards and one could hardly tell the extent to which they were plotting one’s downfall. Obviously you found yourself in a better position when you were an enemy of the Americans, thought the president, because then you could see clearly that they were nothing but turncoats, extorting on the pretext of economic aid a feeling of fear and subservience from weaker nations. But this foresight had arrived too late. Now here he was at the mercy of the very Charles Taylor who, along with thousands of armed gangs, should have been rotting at the Belle Yella prison or probably thrown from a military aircraft, as he had shown the ill-fated A.B. Tolbert. But despite all this he had one consolation. When he thought of it he couldn’t help smiling to himself: Nancy and the children, including a few of his relations, he had sent ahead of him to England aboard his government only passenger aircraft. And they would be saved.An army orderly came in to report that the newly arrived ECOMOG peacekeeping force had docked at the Freeport of Monrovia and that they had already set up their headquarters. President Samuel Doe stopped pacing the floor and, for the first time since the civil war broke out he saw a flicker of hope, this time solid and palpable rise on the horizon.To be cont’d.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more