first_imgBOTH governments will spend more than £100M on upgrading parts of the A5 route over the next four years – but it will be a decade before the road is properly upgrade, the North/South Ministerial Council meeting in Armagh has agreed.Administrations in Belfast and Dublin will also explore alternative funding for the project including possible help from Europe.Our government has set aside – as we reported last week – £50M. Deputy Joe McHugh said talks in Armagh were very constructive.“We’ve kept the project alive and that is good,” said the Fine Gael TD.Two civil servants from each jurisdiction will meet next week to discuss taking the issue further.Taoiseach Enda Kenny, First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness all reaffirmed their commitment to the road that will run from Derry to Augnacloy, linking Donegal to Dublin. But its future direction will now depend on the fresh round of discussions between officials from north and south. Mr McGuinness said: “I think it is still a work in progress.”He said people were tempted to write off the project when news of the Irish government decision was made known but as a result of discussions the government had now agreed to assign £25 million in 2015 and £25 million in 2016.Mr McGuinness said: “Against the backdrop of the financial difficulties that exist, it’s a matter of how we can take the process forward. It is far, far too soon to write this project off.”Mr Robinson said the Executive was still committed to the A5 and the A8 that runs from the Port of Larne to Belfast.The Taoiseach said the decision to support the A5 was a formal decision of government and he reaffirmed that commitment. He added: “That has sent out the message that the commitment that we have made is against the background of very changed economic circumstances. “We recognise this as being a flagship project for the North West and we want to see that it happens, and given the constraints that are on us financially, we have made that visible, formal decision to allocate in 2015 and 2016.”Mr McGuinness said: “I think it’s fair to say that we are content that officials, as a result of an NSMC decision, have been charged with the responsibility to bring forward a funding and implementation plan.”UPDATED: A5 PROJECT – DECADE BEFORE IT WILL BE BUILT was last modified: November 19th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

Arsenal sign Ivorian forward Nicolas Pepe in club record deal

first_imgArsenal have signed forward Nicolas Pepe from French club Lille for a club-record fee, the Premier League side said on Thursday. He is now the most expensive African footballer of all time.Financial details of the transfer were not revealed but British media reported it was around 72 million pounds, eclipsing the 56 million pounds paid to Borussia Dortmund for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last year.”Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said in a statement here.Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I’m delighted he’s joining.He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team.Welcome to The Arsenal, Nicolas Pepe#PepeIsHere pic.twitter.com/nXJIB9XdLWArsenal (@Arsenal) August 1, 2019The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international signed a five-year deal and will wear the number 19 shirt at the London club.Pepe, who was also linked with many European clubs in the close season, scored 22 goals in Ligue 1 last season second only to Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe who scored 33 goals and also grabbed 11 assists.Being here is very emotional because it has not been easy for me, said Pepe. I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.Pepe is Arsenal’s fourth recruit of the close season after the club signed Brazilian winger Gabriel Martinelli, midfielder Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid and centre back William Saliba, who has been loaned back to St Etienne for the season.advertisementArsenal, who finished fifth last season, play a friendly against Barcelona on Sunday before they begin the new league campaign with a trip to Newcastle United on Aug. 11.Read more | FIFA approves expansion of women’s World Cup to 32 teams in 2023Also see:last_img read more

Muller magic sees Bayern past Dortmund

first_imgBayern Munich 2 Borussia Dortmund 1: Boateng, Muller earn DFB-Pokal revenge Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 05:37 12/21/17 thomas muller - cropped Bongarts Bayern Munich’s treble dreams are still alive after they knocked holders Borussia Dortmund out of the DFB-Pokal. Bayern Munich moved into the fourth round of the DFB-Pokal after a 2-1 win over holders Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena.First-half goals from Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller were enough to keep Bayern’s treble dreams alive and avenge a semi-final defeat at the hands of Dortmund last season, despite Andriy Yarmolenko’s lifeline.The result is Peter Stoger’s first defeat since taking charge of BVB this month, with his side having won back-to-back Bundesliga matches since he was appointed as successor to Peter Bosz. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Dortmund stunned Bayern in the last four in 2016-17 as they came from two goals down to win 3-2, but their chances of another upset were dealt a blow before kick-off as the injured Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to make the squad.Boateng nodded the home side ahead in the 12th minute after a spell of early dominance and Muller doubled the lead before the break at the end of a fine passing move, shortly after Yarmolenko had seen an effort cleared off the line.Dortmund improved in the second half but they had Roman Burki to thank for keeping his side just about in the contest, the goalkeeper making excellent saves to deny James Rodriguez and Muller in particular.Yarmolenko gave BVB some hope but Bayern held out for their sixth win in a row in all competitions, and they can now prepare for a quarter-final tie beginning in January, with duties for 2017 completed.Jérôme Bo-AIR-teng  #FCBBVB #MiaSanMia #DFBPokal 1-0 pic.twitter.com/TPRziljd4d— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) December 20, 2017Bayern’s bright start almost yielded a goal in the third minute, with Arturo Vidal smacking the crossbar with a diving header following Joshua Kimmich’s pinpoint cross.Burki could only watch the ball bounce clear but the goalkeeper was in the thick of the action five minutes later, standing tall to block Robert Lewandowski’s chip after the striker sprung Dortmund’s offside trap.Shortly after, Burki blocked a rasping drive from Franck Ribery before Lewandowski hooked the rebound wide, as Bayern continued to threaten in the opening exchanges.The breakthrough duly arrived with 12 minutes gone, as Boateng steered the rebound into the right-hand corner of the net after Niklas Sule crashed a header off the bar.Dortmund had offered little support to Yarmolenko and Christian Pulisic in attack but they almost snatched an equaliser 10 minutes before the break, with Yarmolenko placing a shot past Sven Ulreich only for David Alaba to clear brilliantly off the line.It proved to be a costly miss as, five minutes later, Bayern doubled their lead. Lewandowski’s clever pass sent Muller free into the penalty area, where he chipped a clever finish past Burki from six yards out.16 – @esmuellert_ scored in 16 games in the @DFBPokal_EN – @FCBayern_EN won each of this 16 games. Mojo. #FCBBVB @FCBayernUS pic.twitter.com/3NAP6ACvpk— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) December 20, 2017The home side nearly had a third in the first minute of the second half, with Burki getting down swiftly to claw away James’ effort, before Sule headed the resulting corner over the bar.Muller thought he had scored a second when he met Alaba’s cross at the right-hand post, only for Burki to produce the save of the match, the Switzerland goalkeeper lifting a foot to keep out the header.Shinji Kagawa shot wide from a tight angle as Dortmund pushed forward looking for a lifeline, but Muller nearly squeezed in his side’s third on the counter-attack, with James just unable to connect with the loose ball.Bayern were punished for dropping deeper and deeper with 13 minutes left, as Yarmolenko headed past Ulreich after being picked out brilliantly by Kagawa, but Dortmund could not manage another famous comeback as they ended 2017 in disappointing fashion. read morelast_img read more