Leicester City’s Morgan will ‘give his best’ for Jamaica

first_imgLeicester City captain and Jamaica central defender, Wes Morgan, said he will be doing his best to replicate the successes he has been having at his English Premier League (EPL) team with the Reggae Boyz in their World Cup Qualifiers (WCQ).”International football is completely different. You meet up today and play a game a few days later. But with your club you play together week in week out and in terms of structure they are very organised. But it’s (WCQ) a challenge ahead of us and we have to do our best to win the games,” he told The Gleaner.”I always give my best and my all for the Jamaican team. I always want to make sure we qualify for the World Cup. But it’s going to take a group effort, it’s going to take everyone pulling together to try and win the games. If we do that there is no doubt we will come out with the victory and with the points.”We are going to try our best, that is all we can do. We know it will not be easy because Costa Rica is a very tough team, we have always had tough games against them, and they will want to do their best as well,” he continued.He believes that with the support of the 12th man (fans) victory, is much more attainable.”With the Jamaican people behind us and we (players) on top of our game and playing our best, we can come out with the win. We are in this together, we are all pulling in the same direction, which is to get to Russia World Cup, and it’s a long way to go. There will be ups and downs, but hopefully, there will be more ups and we can see through qualification,” he said.WINNING WAYSMeanwhile, the confident Leicester City defender believes things are shaping up nicely for his club to capture their first English Premier League (EPL) championship title and he has no doubt they can continue their winning ways.”We have always had that confidence and that belief, but sometimes you just need to get the breaks and I think this season everything has come together nicely. Some individuals are playing on top of their game and playing the best they have ever played, so it’s a combination of everything and the boys are full of confidence and just want to continue the good run,” he stated.- L. S.last_img read more

ECOWAS’ Founding Fathers

first_imgH. E. Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Côte d’Ivoire, The first effort at integration in West Africa dates back to 1945 with the creation of CFA franc that brought the francophone countries of the region into a single currency union. Then in 1964, Liberian President William V.S. Tubman proposed an economic union for West Africa leading to an agreement which was signed in 1965 by the four states of Cote d’Ivore, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.However, nothing concrete emanated from these consortiums until 1972 when Nigerian head of state General Yakubu Gowon and his Togolese counterpart Gnassingbe Eyadema toured the region in support of the integration idea. Thanks to the drafts that emanated from their efforts as they formed the basis for the emergence of the Treaty of Lagos in 1975,  ECOWAS was born. The Treaty of Lagos was initially limited to economic policies but emerging political events led to its revision and therewith the expansion of its scope and powers in 1993.H. E. Leopold Sedar Senghor, (Senegal)ECOWAS is meant to foster interstate economic and political cooperation. History is on its side in this regard. Dating back to pre-colonial times, West Africans have been among the world’s most mobile populations although much of the migration had been intraregional.About 7.5 million West African migrants (3 percent of the regional population) are living in ECOWAS countries other than their own. The 1.2 million other migrants are dispersed mainly in North America and Europe.Estimated at about 149 million in 2013, women constitute over 50 percent of the region’s population. The cross-border migration of women as traders and business persons places them as potential champions for promoting integration, even though this is a reality that is yet to be fully exploited.Refusing to take all the credits for the formation of ECOWAS in 1975 and for chairing the Group of Eminent Personalities that revised the organization’s Treaty in 1993, Gen. Gowon, who is 80 this year, paid tribute to all his peers, especially the late Togolese President Eyadema, government ministers, diplomats and senior civil servants of member States for their roles and contributions to the birthing of ECOWAS.H. E. Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Côte d’IvoireH. E. William Tolbert Jr., LiberiaH. E. General Yakubu Gowon, NigeriaH. E.  General Gnassingbe Eyadema, TogoH. E. Dawda Kairaba Jawara, The GambiaH. E.  Ahmed Sékou Touré, GuineaH. E. Moussa Traoré, MaliH. E.  Lt-Col Seyni Kountché, NigerH. E.  Leopold Sedar Senghor, SenegalH. E.  General Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, GhanaH. E.  Mathieu Kérékou, BeninH. E.  General El hadj Sangoulé Lamizana, Burkina-FasoH. E.  Luis Cabral, Guinée BissauH. E.  Moktar Ould Daddah, MauritaniaH. E Dr Siaka Stevens, Sierra LeoneShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Schools spared payback of funds

first_imgAssembly Bill 2947 would have required districts to repay the state for part of the cost of constructing special education classrooms that were built with 100 percent state funding given to the Los Angeles County Office of Education when it ran the programs. Fourteen school districts in the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys apparently will not have to reimburse the state up to $15 million for the construction of special education classrooms. Officials had feared a new law would unfairly penalize the districts for taking over the operation of special education programs for severely disabled students several years ago from Los Angeles County. But after nine local schools superintendents went to Sacramento to discuss the law, state officials assured them the law would not be applied retroactively. “The trip was effective. It was important to make. There was power in the room and they listened to us,” said Lori Ordway-Peck, deputy superintendent of the Palmdale School District, which stood to lose $6 million to $10 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Voters pass LAUSD term-limit plan

first_imgThe measure, authored by Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, also requires candidates to disclose campaign contributions and independent expenditures. And the city Ethics Commission will be enforcing the rules, a step that officials estimate will cost taxpayers an additional $150,000 a year. “I think people wanted to see more transparency in school board elections,” Huizar said. “As of right now, the school board elections were not accountable to anyone. This is going to bring them in line,” he said. A committee also will be created to set and review board members’ salaries, which could eventually transform the board from part- to full-time status. Members currently earn about $24,000 annually. Los Angeles Unified school board members will be able to serve just three terms and will be subjected to campaign-funding caps under a measure approved Tuesday by 68 percent of voters, according to unofficial results released today. Under Measure L, candidates for the seven-member board will be allowed to accept a maximum $1,000 from any single contributor in an election. And beginning in May, board members can serve a maximum of three four-year terms. Members sitting on the board when the provision takes effect will be able to serve an additional three terms. Currently, there is no limit on the number of terms an LAUSD member can serve. Meanwhile, Measure M – which would create a program for police and firefighters to purchase credits with the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension Plan based on their previous full-time service in the military or other public agencies – also passed, with 60 percent of voters in favor. susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Newcastle star wary of Manchester United ‘game changer’ Fellaini

first_imgNewcastle United star Tim Krul has warned his team-mates they must be ready for whatever tactics Manchester United throw at them when they clash on Wednesday night.Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has been criticised for his style this season with West Ham boss Sam Allardyce saying he’d never seen them play so direct.But Krul believes his former national team boss just has a versatile side at his disposal and is wary about their multi-faceted squad of talented players.“Manchester United have some great quality players and we have to ready for any style they play in,” he told talkSPORT.“Obviously they have Marouane Fellaini in the team who changes the whole way they play.“You have to be careful because they have got world-class players like Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney, who can exploit us as well.”But despite their strong squad, the Toon shot-stopper is convinced he and his team-mates have a chance of claiming victory at Old Trafford.He added: “We will have a great gameplan to hit them and hopefully they will not be at their best and we can get the three points.”last_img read more


first_imgA young Letterkenny girl who saw her twin brother crushed to death by a bin lorry on a local housing estate when she was aged just three has received €100,000 for post traumatic stress.The father and mother of the late Patrick McDonagh Jnr, Patrick McDonagh Snr and Shirley McDonagh. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Rose Margaret McDonagh and brother Patrick were playing with a tennis ball when tragedy struck outside their home at Ballymacool in February, 2010. The ball rolled down a hill and as Patrick was bending down to pick up the ball, a refuse truck belonging to Ferry’s Refuse, rolled over him.Mr Justice Anthony Barr was told that it has taken the McDonagh family years to come to terms with the tragic and untimely death of Patrick.The twins were very close and had communciated through their own language, the court heard.Rose Margaret, of Ballymacool Wood, Letterkenny, had through her mother Shirley McDonagh, sued Ferrys Refuse Collection Ltd, trading as Ferrys Refuse of Rossbracken, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.The court heard the lorry driver, Alex McDaid, was later cleared of dangerous driving causing the death of the little boy.The Irish Independent reports that it was claimed Rose Margaret, who is now 8, suffered post traumatic stress disorder after witnessing the accident.Bin lorry driver Alex McDaidThe aftermath was very harrowing, the court heard, as the little girl saw her father kneeling beside her dead brother screaming.She accompanied her father to the hospital and it was claimed, despite her tender years. she was aware of what had occurred.It was further claimed the little girl was disturbed for months after the accident.It was claimed there was an alleged failure to stop the refuse vehicle immediately when a bump was felt and instead a presumption was made it was a manhole and the manoeuvre continued.It was further claimed there was a failure to turn the vehicle at the bottom of the road rather than reversing into the cul de sac in a manner which, it was alleged, was unsafe and dangerous. The claims were denied.Mr Justice Barr said it was a reasonable settlement and noted Patrick and Rose Margarets’ parents were happy with it.In a separate case taken by Mrs McDonagh, a settlement of €50,000 was announced to the court in relation to expenses incurred by the family over the accident and its aftermath.The court was also told the, Patrick and Shirley, had previously settled an action for mental distress in relation to the accident.CHILD WHO SAW TWIN BROTHER CRUSHED IS AWARDED €100K FOR POST TRAUMATIC STRESS was last modified: May 14th, 2015 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:bin lorrycourtCRUSHEDDamagesferry’s refusePatrick McDonaghlast_img read more

Ched Evans wants Wales recall after sealing move to Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town

first_img Evans was prolific during his first spell with the Blades – scoring 35 goals in all competitions in the 2011/12 season possible xi Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Evans struggled with form and fitness issues at Sheffield United last season smart causal NEW ERA “I just feel like with this season, it has to go well in a way but, if it doesn’t I’ve got next season.“But personally, I want this season to be one of my best.“Potentially getting back into the Wales squad obviously is a massive goal of mine this season.“But first and foremost I just need to be on the pitch playing and keeping my body right. If that happens, I’m confident the goals will come and the good performances.” How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence 3 who plays? highlights gameday Ched Evans is hoping his loan move to Fleetwood Town can put him back in the reckoning for a Wales recall.The striker joined Joey Barton’s side on a season-long deal from Sheffield United after failing to break into Chris Wilder’s side. predicted How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? center_img Evans endured a torrid start to last season, eventually having surgery on a troublesome ankle injury which ruled him out for nearly half the season.After breaking into the Manchester City from the academy, the former Sheffield United striker was capped and consequently scored on his debut for Wales aged just 19.Whilst in the Citizens academy, Evans became familiar with current Cod Army boss Barton – whom he admits is a joy to work under already.He said: “When I was growing up, he was obviously in the first team as I was in and around the reserves and obviously he was the captain. How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Latest Football stories 3 ALTERED Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener After spending two and a half years in prison, the 29-year-old regained his goalscoring form at Chesterfield, prompting the move to the Blades.But under the tutelage of former Manchester City teammate Barton, Evans is looking to kickstart his international career once again.“When you look at football nowadays, players are just coming from everywhere and surprising people,” he told Jim White on talkSPORT.“But personally, I don’t think this is the last straw for me – I know what I’m capable of. “It’s nice to work with him again and I met him a couple of weeks ago and he went through his philosophy of how he wants to play.“And you could see from the first moment I went into the club, the atmosphere he was trying to create – there’s a massive togetherness, all the lads are in it together so I’m really pleased.”You can listen to Jim White on talkSPORT every weekday morning from 10am – 1pm. 3 Evans wants a return to the Wales international squad, he is pictured in 2008 tangling with Michael Ballack last_img read more


first_imgSarah KennedyA young Co Donegal woman has reached the final of SKY’s Next Top Model.Sarah Kennedy, from Portnoo, was Miss Donegal and Miss Ireland last year.The 22-year-old has featured on the Sky Living Channel for a number of weeks as the search goes on for Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model. She is hoping she can go a long way in the show.“This is my dream,” she said.“I want to be here and I know I deserve to be here. And I know I had to go to London to do this because there aren’t any modelling agencies at home.“God didn’t give me long legs, red hair and fair skin for nothing; this is what I am meant to do.” Judges include singer Danni Minogue and supermodel Elle MacPherson.  DONEGAL WOMAN REACHES FINAL OF SKY’S NEXT TOP MODEL was last modified: August 30th, 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:Sarah KennedySky’s Next Top Modellast_img read more

Vehicle sales break all records

first_img5 April 2006A strong economy, high consumer and business confidence, low interest rates and increased affordability boosted new vehicle sales in South Africa to an all-time record high in March 2006, according to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa).The association announced on Tuesday that a total of 56 341 new vehicles were sold in the month, up 29.1% on the 43 635 units sold in March 2005.New car sales easily surpassed all previous monthly sales records, up 30.9% on the same period last year and 15.8% higher than in February 2006. Sales for the first quarter of this year exceeded those in the 2005 first quarter by an impressive 21.3%.As a result of the record sales, Naamsa said in a statement that it has revised its growth projections for 2006 from 10% to between 15% and 20%.“As things stand now, 2006 will be the best year ever for the South African motor industry,” McCarthy Motor Holdings chairperson Brand Pretorius told Business Day.He said contributing factors in the record growth were tax concessions in Finance Minister Trevor Manuel’s latest Budget and the introduction of new models into the market.March sales of new commercial vehicles, bakkies and minibuses of 3 163 units were 24.5% higher than they were in March last year.Naamsa said there were substantial increases in sales of medium and heavy trucks. Medium commercial vehicles sales rose 38.3%, while those of heavy commercial vehicles rose 29.5%.“Positive fixed investment trends and strong expansionary fiscal spending on infrastructural projects should continue to underpin demand in this segment,” Naamsa said.Vehicle exports for the first two months of 2006 increased by 7 869 units, or 54.4%, on the same period last year.“A positive macro environment, strong business and consumer confidence, relatively low interest rates, substantially enhanced new vehicle affordability and the increasingly frequent introduction of technologically advanced, fuel efficient new and/or face-lift models would continue to support the market in the short to medium term,” Naamsa said.“It was clear that 2006 would represent another record year for the South African automotive industry.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this story on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: March 07, 2016 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withNew Delhi: March 07, 2016 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATIONAL Guwahati: Fashion Show in Guwahati(A) New Delhi: DPCC Protest(A+B) Bhopal/Bikaner/Bhubaneswar/Allahabad /Haridwar/Guwahat/Junagadh/Surat: Devotees worshippingLord Shiva on the occasion of “Maha Shivratri” (A+B) Kolkata: Launch of Bajaj new motorcycle(A+B) New Delhi: Afghan refugees(A+B) Kolkata: Security in Kolkata(B) Surat : Security in Surat(B) Nashik: Leopard shifted in a cage, in Nashik(B) Kolkata: WB elections(A) Gurgaon: Haryana Investors Summit(B) Trichy: DMK womens meet(A)INTERNATIONAL Jakarta: Extraordinary OIC summit(A+B) Flint: Democratic presidential primary debate(B) New York: AR Rahman in US(B)SPORTS Dhaka: Ind vs Bang Asia Cup Twenty20 internationalcricket final(A+B) Nashville: SheBelieves Cup womens soccer match(B) Portland: MLS soccer match(B) West Bromwich: English Premier League soccer match(B) Kolkata: West Indies and Indian cricketers arrive(A+B) PTI PHOTO HS GCS KSClast_img read more