Two of Liverpool Football Club’s youth players are under investigation allegedly for sexually harassing female teachers and young girls at the school they attend.Rainhill High School in Merseyside has launched an inquiry into both rising stars of the Premier League club following allegations about inappropriate sexual comments and behaviour. Whistleblowers told The Daily Telegraph how staff and pupils had complained about the conduct of the club’s young players but that the school management had been slow to act.In one case, it was claimed that the Liverpool players acted in a sexually intimidating manner toward a group of 11-year-old girls during their sports lesson, parading around with shirts off and trousers undone. It was alleged they were shouting and swearing.In another instance, one player allegedly sexually harassed a female teacher. The school was made aware of both these cases after staff made formal complaints.A source close to the school told The Daily Telegraph: “They are really big, well-built lads and they have been intimidating staff and pupils, making sexualised comments aimed at them, and jeering.“A lot of people feel that the behaviour is out of control. It has really escalated. We have been told that the club is taking it seriously.” The source told how the Liverpool youth players had also been responsible for “horrendous” vandalism.“There is a lot of anti-social behaviour: kicking balls at windows and smashing them, kicking balls at children,” they said.The school is the nominated place for players enrolled at Liverpool Football Club’s academy.Another source said that “the lads do whatever they want” while the school’s management “turns a blind eye”. They added: “The attitude is that ‘boys will be boys’.”The source told how they witnessed two of the club’s young players shouting crude sexual comments at a female student. “The incident was reported but nothing was done,” they said.Staff wrote to Ofsted, the schools inspectorate, to alert them about their concerns, and that triggered inquiries from the local council about safeguarding, The Telegraph understands.A spokesman for Ofsted said it could not comment on individual cases, but added that it brought any concerns, relating to safeguarding or allegations of abuse, to the attention of the local authority social services and the police.The school was last inspected in 2014 when it was ranked “good”, with inspectors noting that “the curriculum provides some outstanding opportunities for students’ spiritual, moral social and cultural development and prepares them well for life in modern Britain”. Inspectors said that “safeguarding, particularly of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged students, is strong”, adding that all statutory requirements were met by the school.A spokesman for Liverpool FC said: “We are aware Rainhill High School is currently looking into complaints made against two of their pupils who are also young players at Liverpool.“The club will allow the school to conclude its own inquiries in the first instance before considering their findings.“Until the school completes its own process, the club will not be making any further comment.”A St Helens council spokesperson said: “The council can confirm that no investigations are currently being carried out at Rainhill High School in relation to safeguarding concerns.”Rainhill High School did not respond to requests for comment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Nigeria’s Business Day reports that “coal which used to be a major source of energy in the country before the discovery of oil is gradually on the brink of collapse.” “There are no coal power plants operating in the country currently because there were factors to consider in designing and running them. For you to be able to build a coal power plant you must determine the amount of coal deposit you have and how many years it can last,” the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Musa Sada, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). The Nigeria coal industry has four closed non-operational mines of Okpara and Onyeama in Enugu State, Okaba surface mine in Kogi State and Owukpa underground mine in Benue State. “In addition to these there are about 13 undeveloped coalfields,” Business Day reports.“Some industrialists and electricity generating companies in the country are already initiating moves to import coal from South Africa as a proactive measure against the lingering power crisis in the country. The move is believed to be as a result of the frustrations the operators experience in getting gas to fuel their respective power plants, according to experts.“Dangote Cement is leading the coal import initiative from South Africa as the company has placed an initial order of 30,000 t of the commodity from the continent’s second largest economy. The company has already slated $250 million for power generating conversion, which would involve the establishment of three plants at Dangote Cement’s facilities at Obajana in Kogi State; Gboko in Benue State; and Ibeshe in Ogun State.“Even though Nigerian coal is currently in high demand in the international market on account of its low sulphur and moderate ash content, it is still in low supply, leading to the loss of $1 billion annually, information from the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) revealed.“The loss is attributed to abandoned coal mines and lack of necessary and modern infrastructure needed to drive the long-neglected sector, which has the export capacity or potential of 15 Mt/y.”Nigeria has experienced and continues to experience severe power outages. This has increased production costs and caused many businesses to close down. Many businesses have resorted to the acquisition of standby generators which has further increased their operating cost thus slowing the growth of the economy.“The recent dip in power supply has been due mainly to inadequate gas supply to thermal power plants,” said the Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo.Last month, Business Day reported that President (at the time) Olusegun Obasanjo’s government “approved private companies to begin operating coal fields in joint ventures with the Nigeria Coal Corp (NCC), with an eventual goal of completely selling off the NCC’s assets to private investors, but nothing concrete was achieved. In 2013, the federal government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with HTG/Pacific Energy Co, with substantial technical partnership with Chinese experts, for a $3.7 billion coal-to-power project; yet there is nothing to show for it.“Records show that coal occurrences in Nigeria have been identified in more than 22 coalfields spread over 13 States of the federation. And the proven coal reserves in Nigeria is about 639 Mt, while the contingent (sic) reserves sum up to 2,750 Mt.”