Africa Needs Sound Economic Policies

first_imgAfrican leaders have been implored to adopt good economic policies in order to improve the continent’s infrastructure and reduce poverty. The call was made by participants of the just-ended week-long regional course on economic and financial analyses for analysts in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown. The one-week seminar was jointly organized by the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACDF). Thirty-two executive, senior and middle-level officials drawn from ministries of finance, central banks, print and electronic media institutions and networks from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and The Gambia participated in the seminar. In their communiqué, the participants highlighted how Africa’s poverty level is on the rise, a situation, they blamed on bad governance by African leaders.They stressed the importance of increased awareness on regional integration by member countries of the sub-region and underlined sovereignty protection and corruption as some of the reasons for the slow pace of attaining regional economic integration.The workshop was declared open on June 23, by the Governor of the Central Bank of Sierra Leone, Mr. Sheku Sambadeen Sesay, who was represented by Mr. I. K. Lamin, Director of the Financial Markets Department of the Bank of Sierra Leone. In his opening address, the Governor commended the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) for collaborating with WAIFEM to build capacity of participants in the Sub- region.While expressing his views on the importance of the course, he observed that in economic analysis the strengths and weaknesses of an economy are analyzed while financial analysis aims at assessing profitability, solvency, liquidity and stability of public and private entities.He therefore noted that, economic and financial analysts must have adequate knowledge on issues like cost-benefit analysis, economic impact analysis, trade policy analysis, economic development and growth analysis as well as basic macroeconomics and interpretation of financial indicators.Mr. Lamin highlighted some of the challenges in economic and financial analysis which include the lack of many knowledgeable professionals especially in the sub-region and the need for timely, accessible and quality data dissemination. Finally, the Governor encouraged participants to take advantage of the workshop and learn more about domestic and international economic and financial issues in the interest of the sub-region. In his welcoming remarks, the Director General of WAIFEM, Prof. Akpan H. Ekpo, who was also represented by Mr. Ousman Sowe, Director of Financial Sector Management Department, expressed his appreciation to the President, government and people of Sierra Leone for providing the opportunity to conduct the training workshop in Freetown.He commended the management and staff of the Central Bank of Sierra Leone for their excellent logistic support to WAIFEM and also, to ACBF for joining them in building the capacity of financial analysts in the sub-region.He used the occasion to enjoin participants to take maximum advantage of the opportunity afforded by the workshop and to derive maximum benefits from the vast and valuable wealth of knowledge and experience of the experts drawn from the academia, practitioners and WAIFEM faculty to facilitate the course. The main objective of workshop was to equip participants with an excellent practical overview and insight into economic and financial markets. It was also intended to update the knowledge and upgrade the skills of financial analysts in economic and financial policies with a strong emphasis on economic and financial analysis and performance monitoring.The seminar covered broad themes such as Review of Basic Macroeconomic Model; Design and Tools of Monetary Policy; Coordination of Monetary and Fiscal Policy; Interrelationships among the Macroeconomic Sectors; Regional Economic Integration: Rationale, Challenges & Prospects; Role of Financial Markets; Fiscal Policy Management; Role of Statistics in Economic Management and Money Laundering and Financial Crimes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Murdered US-Liberian Child’s Last Gift to His Mother

first_imgA majority of African teenagers who are lucky to make it to the US never bother to call back home and greet parents left behind after the first few months. Kids as young as 5 years old are just too young to remember close relatives, including their biological parents.But for Barway Collins who at age five, had to leave his biological mother Louise and travel to the US to live with his dad, Pierre Collins, that motherly touch was always present.  It never left him up to the day he was reported missing followed by the discovery of his body in the Mississippi River, near Minneapolis, Minnesota. Unlike typical American children of Barway’s age who run to the toy store whenever they have some money, Barway Collins remembered his mom each time he raised a considerable amount of money in his piggy-bank. It is said the last amount he sent to Louise prior to his tragic death was US$50.  This information was revealed by Liberian immigrant pastor, Alexander Collins, during a news conference Thursday, at the offices of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM), located in Brooklyn Park.The act of remembering and reaching out to his mother no doubt confirms the African adage that a child destined to do great things in life will exhibit the signs at an early age and such was the nature of 10 year-old Barway. Alas, his life was brought to an early, tragic end.Barway’s mother Louise is being escorted to a waiting carThe Barway’s father, Pierre Collins, has been charged in connection to his son’s murder and is currently awaiting trial in the state of Minnesota.  At the press conference, the boy’s mother Louise spoke briefly to US media for the first time since she arrived from Liberia Wednesday, in preparation for her son’s funeral, which was held on Saturday, May 2. She thanked the American people and Liberian women for their continued support to the grieving family, including finding the remains of Barway so he would be given a decent burial.  Overcome by grief, Louise appeared agitated, unable to answer questions from the media. She didn’t acknowledge a female reporter that tried to persuade her to narrate the story of Barway’s childhood in Liberia. She stayed silent during much of the conference, and often stared at news reporters and TV cameramen who scrambled to get their best out of the event.  At Louise’s request, the committee for the Barway Search Team made a special appeal to sympathizers to wear white attires for the funeral rites to honor Barway who, according to the master of ceremonies, was dressed in white.Louise tries to get into a carLouise was later escorted to the Estes Funeral Chapel in Minneapolis to get her first glimpse of her son’s remains but she immediately broke down while viewing the body and was led away. She sobbed endlessly in the chapel hallways and it was a devastating scene that even family, friends and religious leaders who tried to comfort her ended up in tears. As she screamed in her native language and English, Louise kept asking why her son was murdered. It is a question that perhaps no one will ever find a straight answer for.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Electricity in the Liberian Context

first_imgEditor’s note: The following is the first installment of a 4-part article on the business of providing electricity in Liberia. The author, William Thomas Bernard King, is writing from a unique vantage point having worked at one of the leading electricity utility providers in the United States, as well as from his own research of relevant literature and first-hand experiences with the electricity issue in Liberia. ObjectiveThe intent of this correspondence is to provide a common context in which we will be able to comprehend all of the facets or variables in play relating to bringing a safe, reliable, affordable (cheap) electricity to every home, industry or business in Liberia. At the conclusion of this article my hope is that we will be able to not only comprehend all of the key players in the electricity utility industry but also be able to hold an informed conversation with those in charge of the herculean task of bringing electricity to Liberia. There is an opportunity for a paradigm shift on how we see the electricity business which will no doubt impact our views and insights into conversations or policies concerning electricity in Liberia. Our views and inputs do matter as it will determine whether or not we “Liberians” truly achieve a grid of the future where we can all benefit. To those who understand the electricity business, this information will be nothing new. This article simply attempts to increase and broaden the awareness of the business of electricity for all citizens of Liberia, in the hope that this will in turn make the conversation flow much better and remove the proverbial sense of distrust and paranoia that we can at times harbor due to unmet expectations of past promises. Liberians are eagerly anticipating an additional supply of safe, reliable, and affordable electricity when Mt. Coffee Hydro comes on line at the end of 2016, this much needed electricity supply will complement what is already being provided by the Heavy Fuel Oil Generating facilities, and the diesel generators. These combined generating facilities will provide an estimated 32MW in dry season or 76MW in the wet season. In addition, the Electricity Law that recently passed, providing a mandate for the formation of a regulatory entity that will set the rules, processes, and guidelines that encompasses tariffs, generations, transmissions and distributions, customer services, independent power producers and licensing, will begin to make the pot boil in the electricity sector. In the past, electricity – as a product — was left to governments or large industries to provide for the customer and electricity companies was oligopolies, working as the sole license provider within a defined territory without the threat of outside competition. In today’s environment small scale commercial power generation, environmental regulations, and improvement in technologies have changed the playing field. It appears that all pieces of the electricity supply chain have the ability to run independently of each other. While this may be true, the question is “Is this model applicable and beneficial for Liberia?”The above question can be best answered by identifying the stakeholders in the electricity business arena and what drives them to deliver safe, reliable and affordable electricity. Each stakeholder uses a different rationale within the same electricity business context in looking to deliver safe, reliable, and affordable electricity. Their unique rationale will impact the journey to electrifying Liberia. Whether or not Liberia truly achieves a grid of the future that we can all benefit from will be left up to how quickly we can identify and contextualize our current position with regard to electricity in the West African region and globally. Key Stakeholders:Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC): Currently LEC is authorized to perform: generation, transmission and distribution, customer service, and management of electricity, they are the producers and sellers. The regulation and governance is under the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy, within the office of the Deputy Minister for Energy. LEC has a clear mission, “To increase reliable access to affordable electricity throughout LEC’s service areas, in the quickest, most prudent and sustainable manner possible.’’ A private generation company that wants to produce and sell electricity at a commercial level in Liberia will have to coordinate and communicate their intent to LEC if they are looking to provide power through the national grid and to recoup their cost with some profit. To be sure, before LEC looks to purchase privately generated electricity, there must be a need for more electricity consumption than LEC can provide at a reasonable rate. At the moment LEC generates more than it can transmit and a portion of their cost is subsidized by donors. West African Power Pool (WAPP):The West African Power Pool (WAPP) is a specialized institution of ECOWAS, covering 14 of the 15 countries of the regional economic community (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo). International organization of public interest, the WAPP is to ensure Regional Power System integration and realization of a Regional Electricity Market. WAPP is made up of Public and Private Generation, Transmission and Distribution companies involved in the operation of electricity in West Africa. It has, to date, 26 member companies, including LEC. Liberia is part of the Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea line, which will span approximately 1,200 kilometers throughout these four countries. The construction has already begun and there are designated connection points in Liberia with one being Mt. Coffee Hydro. This will allow for Liberia to potentially sell power not being consumed to the other countries and vice versa. This will be helpful for Liberia because the lines will run through areas that LEC cannot service at the moment. Another benefit with having the WAPP is that private generation companies may sell directly into this market via a Power Purchase Agreement. International Donor Organization (IDO): International Monetary Fund, USAID, World Bank, African Development Bank, United Nations, etc… Although not impossible, it would have been an even more difficult task for Liberia to begin to establish the hydro facility such as Mt. Coffee, the Transmission & Distribution, the Liberian Electricity Law, a regulatory body, and any elements of electricity as listed without the financial and human capital resources of the IDO’s. By the end of either 2016 or mid 2017 depending on when Mt. Coffee Hydro comes on line, and LEC reaches its 2016 or 2017 T&D connection goals, at least $400 million would have been spent on the Liberia electricity sector of which over 70% to 80% is from the international community, and 30% to 20% from the Government of Liberia. These IDO’s play a vital and decisive role in the firm establishments of all of the elements for the safe, reliable, and affordable delivery of electricity. The magnitude of investments by the IDO’s may potentially dictate the terms at which privatization occurs in the generation and T&D electricity element. In the early years of deployment the electricity sector could very well be an oligopoly by design until a substantial amount of cost is recuperated to satisfy debt obligations. It will be a bit naïve on our part to think that the privatization of the electricity sector will happen quickly. At the present moment the private sector has yet to at least come up with an affordable pricing generation model that can complement or compete with Liberia’s current electricity schedule long term. By providing grant funding and low cost capital, the IDO’s have made sure that generation (Mt. Coffee), T&D and the other components of the electricity sector are competitively priced, creating an incentive for major power consumers to temporarily endure the high cost of self-generation knowing that down the line the competitive price from LEC will beat out a long term commitment from a direct purchase from an independent power producer (IPP). One can drive down the cost to consumer in two ways: 1) Enormous capital (cash) infusion in electricity infrastructure or 2) government subsidizes the cost to consumer on a monthly basis. With our limited capital resource option 1 or 2 presents many challenges. Nigeria has experience how expensive it is to subsidize the cost of electricity and it does not promote economic growth as some were led to believe. A recent report from Global Subsidies Initiative, “A Citizen’s Guide to Energy Subsidies In Nigeria;” produced by the Center for Public Policy Alternative (CPPA) and the international Institute for Sustainable Development’s Global Subsidies Initiative states:“The cost of underpricing electricity has been in the range of NGN 232.5─356.5 billion (US$1.5–2.3 billion) between 2005–2009. This has caused insufficient maintenance and reinvestment in Nigeria’s electricity supply, causing serious problems with access and reliability, at high cost to businesses and the broader economy. Plans are now underway to gradually increase tariffs to cover costs in full, while maintaining a cheaper tariff for low-income consumers.” Nigeria is moving away from such a taxing model on its economy; we should be weary of any IPP that makes this recommendation — this should raise the red flag for our regulators. Option 1 may be feasible depending on Government of Liberia’s (GoL) cash availability. Government of Liberia (GoL – Executive, Legislature, and Judiciary): Establishes the Electricity Law, the master plan for electricity, the formulation and development of national energy policies, and appoints the electricity commission that will be responsible for implementing the policies and procedures as mandated by the electricity laws and governing policies. The Minister of Lands, Mines & Energy, or the Deputy Minister for Energy are not able to set the price of electricity. They may have an opinion but cannot dictate or influence what the tariff will be.Commission / Regulator: Implements the mandate of the Electricity Law, regulates the industry, and sets the tariff for electricity. Ensures electricity companies are in line with country’s objectives. Responsible for making sure that all government mandates are carried out and that all players in the electricity sector are in compliance, establishes and updates construction and material standards to ensure the safety of all personnel and consumers, ensure national security is not compromised, issue licenses, provide a space for consumer advocate group voice to be heard. The issuance of licenses is not an automatic commitment from the GoL, nor the regulator or LEC to purchase power.Investors: Private entities who engage in the electricity sector for profit. They see that there is a need and look to provide a solution that is sustainable for the going concern of the entity and its shareholders. Private investors will look to provide a solution in any area of the electricity sector that they are licensed for and that is profitable per their business model. When the regulatory framework is established independent power producers (IPP) may be licensed to generate power and provide it into the grid, whether or not they can do so at a competitive price will be key.Consumer: Those who purchase electricity. Normally electricity is charged at a different tariff rate depending on the intended use. The regulatory arm sets the tariff price for each tier. Based on multiple constraints and their complexities and financial implications, tier pricing may not be available at early stages of deployment in Liberia. Below are a few examples of some categories of tier pricing:1. Residential – Customers who use their premises exclusively for residential purposes.2. Commercial – Customers who use their premises for any other purposes other than residential or as factories.3. Manufacturing – Customers who use their premises for manufacturing goods.4. Street Lights – Lights managed by national or municipal government.With so many pivotal stakeholders involved, adapting a decentralized modern micro grid business model in Liberia could possibly work but a lot of work and resources would be required. In the next few parts that will be published, we will explore our current electricity situation and the way forward. Work Cited and Research Articles1. West African Power Pool: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)2. Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy: Energy Briefing for Partners (Power Point Presentation for Partners)3. Energypedia: https://energypedia.info/wiki/Main_Page4. Electric Reliability Council of Texas: http://www.ercot.com/mktinfo/5. Electricity Local: http://www.electricitylocal.com/states/california/los-angeles/6. Global Subsidies Initiative:“A Citizen’s Guide to Energy Subsidies In Nigeria;” produced by Center for Public Policy Alternative (CPPA) and the international Institute for Sustainable Development’s Global Subsidies Initiative. https://www.iisd.org/gsi/resources/introductions-non-experts/citizens-guide-energy-subsidies-nigeriaAbout the Author: William Thomas Bernard King works for Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the largest private electricity utility companies in the United States and the company with the biggest renewable energy portfolio. In 2014 SCE delivered 17.7 billion kWh of renewable, roughly 24% of all the electricity delivered. William’s 10 years at SCE has afforded him the opportunity to comprehend the business of electricity and the constraints of providing safe, reliable, and affordable electricity. He frequently visits Liberia to see his family and in 2012 spent 3 months visiting and exploring the country. If you would like to share a comment with William, his email is: William.TB.King@gmail.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Schwarzenegger rejects liquefied natural gas plan

first_img“For the many communities facing these types of projects being foisted onto them, it’s a very, very tough battle,” said Susan Jordan, who heads the California Coastal Protection Network, a nonprofit that led the opposition. Jordan and Linda Krop, chief counsel for the Environmental Defense Center, said they would not necessarily oppose all LNG projects. “We would certainly look at it on its own merits,” Krop said of future proposals.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The terminal was to be built about 14 miles off Malibu and 20 miles off Oxnard. Residents, including a number of celebrities, said it would be an eyesore and pollute the air. The plan involved bringing chilled gas overseas to be heated and then piped ashore. From there, Southern California Gas Co. would deliver it to consumers. BHP spokesman Patrick Cassidy said the company was disappointed with Schwarzenegger’s decision. “For now, we’re considering the comments made about Cabrillo Port to determine what our next steps will be,” he said. Conservationists, meanwhile, agreed with the governor’s decision. SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rejected an application Friday by an Australian energy company to build an $800 million floating liquefied natural gas terminal off the Southern California coast. BHP Billiton’s proposal previously was rejected by the State Lands Commission and the California Coastal Commission. The company needed permission from both bodies and the governor to build the terminal. Schwarzenegger said he was open to the idea of building a terminal off the coast as a means of diversifying the state’s fuel supply. But he said the current proposal did not pass muster. “Liquefied natural gas can and must be an important addition to California’s energy portfolio,” the governor said in a statement. “However, any LNG import facility must meet the strict environmental standards California demands to continue to improve our air quality, protect our coast and preserve our marine environment. The Cabrillo Port LNG project, as designed, fails to meet that test.” last_img read more

FIFA says it trusts Russia to ensure safe World Cup despite clashes

first_imgThe local security department said the death was not “directly” linked to an injury he received in street battles with scores of Russians wearing black hoodies.He “suddenly felt ill during the serious incidents…Despite being taken quickly to hospital, he suffered cardiac arrest,” the Basque security department said.Police said they had detained nine people — including three Russians and a Pole — whom Moscow’s Sport Express daily identified as right-wing Spartak hooligans and left-wing Basques.FIFA said it “deeply regrets” the incident but did not assign any blame.“As far as security for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is concerned, FIFA has complete trust in the security arrangements and comprehensive security concept developed by the Russian authorities and the Local Organising Committee,” a FIFA spokesperson told AFP.“As demonstrated during the FIFA Confederations Cup last year, Russia’s already high security standards have been adapted to meet the specific needs of such major sporting events.”Russia will be hosting its first World Cup from June 14 to July 15 after securing its rights in a ugly battle with England in 2010 that included unproven bribery allegations.But preparations have been shadowed by fears of a repeat of the June 2016 rampage by Russian hooligans that erupted in the French port city of Marseille during the Euro tournament.The clashes left 35 people injured and shocked the world.Russian President Vladimir Putin only wondered dismissively at the time “how 200 of our fans could beat up several thousand English”.German police Thursday announced the arrest of one Russian hooligan wanted for the “attempted homicide” of an England supporter in the violence.– Right-wing ultras –Scenes of helmeted Spanish police armed with metal shields fighting Russians hurling stones and flammable objects flashed across Russian TV screens and prompted government media to rally to the supporters’ defence.“Local ultras provoked Russians,” Vesti state television said in a news bulletin. “Our fans were heading to the stadium when they were attacked with firecracker bombs, which resulted in a fight.”A column on the website of Russia’s main sport channel Match TV accused the police of “having insufficient experience” in dealing with converging groups of fans.But Moscow’s authoritative Sport Express daily said it was clair that “the Spartak fans are no saints”.“They really did include people with right-wing views — including ultra-right-wings ones,” Sport Express said. “And they were ready to square off against the ultra-left-wing Basques.”Hooliganism experts say Russia’s powerful FSB security service has cracked down hard on football gangs and blacklisted many of their leaders in the run-up.The Russian government’s official plan is to force both foreign and domestic supporters to undergo background checks before receiving a special Fan ID card required to enter the country.A security source said Russian law enforcement agents were also working with their counterparts from England and other countries to determine which fans were safe.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Some Spartak fans were friendly, but others battled police in Bilbao © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Feb 23 – The world football governing body FIFA expressed “complete trust” Friday in Russia’s ability to ensure a safe World Cup despite fan violence in Spain during which a policeman died.The Basque officer suffered a heart attack Thursday as hundreds of security forces clashed with supporters of Russian club Spartak Moscow in Bilbao before the start of a Europa League match.last_img read more

MAJELLA SHOCKS DANIEL WITH SURPRISE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY VIDEO

first_imgMajella O’Donnell yesterday surprised husband Daniel with a special wedding anniversary video at an American gig.Daniel and MajellaMajella, 53, who is battling cancer, was thousands of miles away from the country star as they celebrated being married for 11 years.She decided to shock the singer on stage in Branson, Missouri, with a sweet video as she couldn’t travel to be there in person. Fans watched as Majella – who wore a scarf over her shaved head – told how she “can’t wait for him to get home” and that she needs her “wonderful husband” back with her in Ireland.She said: “Please excuse this interruption into your afternoon’s entertainment. For those of you who don’t know, I am Majella O’Donnell, and I am Daniel’s wife. Today is our 11th anniversary. I can’t be with him and I normally am. I normally go to Branson every year.“I look forward to seeing all the regulars and I’m missing all of that this year.“I wanted to say hi to all, but particularly to send my love to Daniel today, and to tell him I don’t know what I’d do without him.” Daniel later revealed the video was a complete surprise.He said: “This is the first year we haven’t been together. During the show I sang the song Wherever You Are and dedicated it to her.“Little did I know she had a video message made as a surprise to be played during the show.”MAJELLA SHOCKS DANIEL WITH SURPRISE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY VIDEO was last modified: November 6th, 2013 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:daniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnellwedding anniversarylast_img read more

Forget about Big Sam! Ex-England star urges FA to look abroad for next boss

first_imgDavid James has urged the Football Association to look abroad for the next England boss.Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is the frontrunner for the job having been given permission to hold talks over succeeding Roy Hodgson, who quit following the disastrous showing at Euro 2016.But James believes an experienced foreign candidate would be a better bet to lead the Three Lions and has called on the FA not to be rushed into a quick decision.In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, the former England goalkeeper said: “I think England should be looking abroad for a new manager.“I look at the England players and 99 per cent of the players had foreign managers at club level going into the tournament. “Sam is one of the rare English managers in the Premier League. Increasingly it seems you have foreign managers managing English players and if there is such a thing as foreign identity that becomes compromised when you have an English manager with an English identity for the national side, because you are asking the players to be completely different.”Former Germany boss Jurgen Klinsmann, currently managing the US national side, is one foreign candidate who has been talked about as a potential successor to Hodgson.And James believes he would be far more suitable for the Three Lions role than Allardyce.He added: “If it was Klinsman, then you have got someone who has played in England, who was liked tremendously by Tottenham fans and generally in the Premier League.  He had a very good air about him.“He has done very well with the US national side, he has been a winner himself, so when it comes to ticking boxes then Jurgen Klinsmann would tick far more than most other candidates at the moment.”last_img read more

LISTEN: Jagielka responds to rumours he could leave Everton for Sheffield United

first_imgPhil Jagielka has dismissed speculation he could re-join Sheffield United this summer.The veteran Everton defender has been linked with a shock move back to Bramall Lane, where he started his professional career.But Jagielka is not expecting to end his ten-year stay at Goodison Park.Asked if there is anything in the Blades rumours, he told Hawksbee and Jacobs on talkSPORT: “If there was, obviously I wouldn’t be coming on the radio and discussing it!“I’ve heard the rumours myself – had some texts – but as of yet there’s nothing in that.“The main goal is to get back to pre-season as fit as I possibly can and go from there.”The 34-year-old also discussed Everton’s transfer business this summer, his preparations for the new campaign and his involvement in a Ryder Cup-style golf tournament. Listen to the interview in full above.last_img read more

ST ERNAN’S NATIONAL SCHOOL 5K DETAILS ANNOUNCED

first_imgSt. Ernan’s National School Ballintra are hosting a 5K Fun Run and Walk on Sunday the 8th of June.Start time will be 2pm from the school building with registration starting at noon.Professional athletics clubs will be in attendance and numerous cash prizes will be handed out on the day. The proceeds are in aid of the school and your support will be greatly appreciated.Entry fee is €10; or €20 per family. ST ERNAN’S NATIONAL SCHOOL 5K DETAILS ANNOUNCED was last modified: May 30th, 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:5kBallintraSt Ernan’s National Schoollast_img read more

Bosco Tech runners get coveted Hawaiian invite

first_img Bosco is coming off a tight Del Rey League victory over Cathedral last Friday at the Del Rey League Invitational at Santa Fe Dam. The Tigers were paced by junior Michael Najera, who finished second (16:53). Other top finishers were Michael Herrera (17:02) who took fourth, senior Ben Cervantes, who placed sixth, junior Jose Hernandez, who was seventh and sophomore Carlos Avitia, who finished in 13th. Wednesday afternoon couldn’t have finished any more perfectly for La Salle High coach Billy Williams. His girls team defeated Sunshine League rival Bell Jeff 21-34 in the first race of the day at the Rose Bowl, only to be upended by a more surprising boys’ victory. The boys shocked everyone, including Williams, in knocking off Santa Fe League rival Salesian 33-36. ”I’ve been coaching here for four years and we haven’t even come close to beating Salesian,” Williams said. ”It was fun. My (boys) ran really well.” The boys were led by senior Alex Leos, who finished first (16:55), while the girls were paced by junior Margaret Sitker, who finished second with a time of 20:52. A few local schools had some success last weekend at the prestigious Stanford Invitational. As usual, the Arcadia Apaches had a strong showing, finishing seventh place overall in Division I. Arcadia had three runners finish in the top 50, led by senior Paul Beck, who finished 19th with a time of 16:01. St. Francis’ top runner, senior J.P. Theis, had the best finish among locals in Division III, placing 28th with a time of 17:03. Also representing the city of La Canada was Flintridge Sacred Heart. The Tologs took 13th overall in team competition in Division IV. Freshman Allissa Chan was the top Tologs’ runner, finishing 37th with a time of 21:44. Junior Torie Rhodes was not too far behind with a time of 27:16, good for 58th place. Other Tologs in the top 100 were Rachelle Leduc (71), Meagan Brown (83), Amanda O’Toole (97) and Amanda Rincon (100). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For the Don Bosco Tech Tigers, however, their next venue might very well trump all other locations. The Tigers will be taking part in the exclusive Kamehameha Invitational this Saturday in Hawaii. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Bosco is only one of a handful of schools from Southern California invited to participate. ”We just got the invitation a few weeks ago,” cross country coach Sal Perez said. ”The organizers had seen that we’ve done well the last couple of years and we were invited.” Needless to say, more than just the students were excited to go. ”It’s a great experience, running over in Hawaii,” Perez said. ”I told (sports information director Nolan) Ortiz about the trip. He’s catching a red eye flight.” The Tigers will be heading to Hawaii with a bit of momentum. center_img One of the unspoken perks of running high school cross-country is the travel. Whether it’s heading up to Palo Alto for the Stanford Invitational or to Fresno’s Woodward Park, cross-country affords many student-athletes the opportunity to see and visit many different places. last_img read more