McHUGH URGES SUPPORT FOR NEW DONEGAL RAILWAY INITIATIVE

first_imgThe only train in Donegal is the fun railway in FintownFine Gael TD for Donegal, Joe McHugh, has expressed his support for the West Ulster Rail Initiative, which was launched today in Letterkenny, saying he hopes private operators may one day provide services in Donegal.“The West Ulster Rail Initiative is a significant step forward in the campaign to re-establish rail connectivity in the northwest region. It makes sense for Donegal, Derry, Monaghan, Tyrone, Cavan and Fermanagh to come together to promote railway development in our region, both in the Republic of Ireland and in the North,” he said.“The disused pre-Independence rail lines that criss-cross this province provide the foundations for substantial cross-border rail infrastructure. It is significant that the Northern Ireland Executive has this year published ‘The Future Railway Investment Consultation Paper’, which projects extensions of the Northern Ireland Rail Network across the Border into the Republic of Ireland. “The 2014 European Parliament elections are an important opportunity for progressing rail development in the northwest. I encourage the people of the region to make rail connectivity an election issue for the 2014 European elections. Enormous credit is due to people like Canon David Crooks of Carrigans who aims high in consistently promoting the rail agenda in Donegal. All citizens of the north-west should similarly aim high in asking European Parliament candidates to commit to the West Ulster Rail Initiative, and to pledge to work in the European Parliament for political agreement and financial resourcing for cross-border rail development.“I encourage the West Ulster Rail Initiative to be ambitious in engaging with private rail companies from across Europe who may see an opportunity for investment in rail infrastructure in our region. Capital costs associated with rail development are obviously very substantial; a partnership approach between Government and private enterprise may be the best way forward.” McHUGH URGES SUPPORT FOR NEW DONEGAL RAILWAY INITIATIVE was last modified: August 29th, 2013 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:Donegal railwaysJoe McHughwest ulster rail initiativelast_img read more

‘It was a penalty’ – Pochettino bemoans no-call

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino felt his team merited a stoppage-time penalty in their 2-1 loss to Liverpool .Spurs were second best for long periods at Wembley as Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino scored either side of half-time, but a goal from substitute Erik Lamela set up a grandstand finale.And they might have had the chance to snatch a point from the spot, only for referee Michael Oliver to remain unmoved when Sadio Mane clumsily challenged Son Heung-min. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Of course, I think they were better. We competed, we were close and the last action was crazy because it was a penalty,” Pochettino told Sky Sports .”We should be talking in a different way, but Liverpool were better.”I am disappointed with the result. We need to keep working and improving. It’s only early in the season, we need to improve a lot.”Tottenham have now suffered back-to-back defeats, with Watford puncturing the early season optimism that followed a 3-0 win at Manchester United.Yet Pochettino insisted flaws were also on show at Old Trafford and believes the heavy workload a number of his first-team stars undertook during the World Cup have taken a toll.5 – All five of Tottenham’s goals conceded in the Premier League this season have been headers. Hindrance. #TOTLIV pic.twitter.com/kiB3Gcb2i8 — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 15, 2018 “It is easy to criticise the performance because we lost the game and conceded many chances, but the circumstances were the same when we beat Manchester United,” he said.”It is a lot to analyse and try to fix. I think we are far way in terms of performance.”It is early in the season. It is a moment to be calm and clear with the assessment, help the team to improve and be more consistent in our performance.”Pochettino added: “I am not a person who suffers too much. I try to find the solution. Don’t worry for me – we need to be worried for the real things. I am so good, I am so happy.”We started the season with good results, but we knew the circumstances and the reality after the World Cup were completely different.”I was relaxed and not worried and today I am relaxed and not worried. My faith in this group of players is 200 per cent, not 100 per cent.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Duke-Wisconsin For NCAA Title

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Duke languished in the shadows of Kentucky all season, the big blue juggernaut that nobody seemed to be talking about. It was a rarity for a program with such a championship pedigree, not to mention a record-setting coach and superstar freshmen.They can thank Wisconsin for finally returning to the limelight.The fun-loving Badgers ended the Wildcats’ pursuit of perfection in the national semifinals, and set up an intriguing showdown in the April 6 title game: Duke trying to give Mike Krzyzewski his fifth national championship, Wisconsin trying to capture its first in 74 years.“I don’t think basketball fans that I know would ever say that Duke didn’t have a good team,” countered Badgers coach Bo Ryan, who won four Division III titles at Wisconsin-Platteville.“A lot of people thought they had a pretty good team because they spanked our team at our place in December,” he said. “I can’t say that they were ignored, that’s for sure.”Yet the buzz at the Final Four this week was focused on Kentucky. The only folks giving the Badgers much of a chance were wearing red and white and scarfing down cheese.Along with the coach in the other locker room.“Coming into the year, I thought they’d be the best team in the country, and they have been,” Krzyzewski said. “It’s just that Kentucky’s undefeated performance has overshadowed just how good Wisconsin has been, until (Saturday) night. There aren’t any shadows anymore.”Only spotlights.The Blue Devils (34-4) have run roughshod through the NCAA Tournament, relying on suffocating defense and game-changing freshman Jahlil Okafor to shut down opponents. They’re allowing just 55 points per game, one of the finest defensive performances in tournament history.Meanwhile, Okafor and his merry band of freshmen — Justise Winslow, Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen — have risen to the challenge of the game’s biggest stage. The four led the way in a semifinal blowout of Michigan State, a game never in question after the first 5 minutes.“We want to be one of those teams that coach is bragging about five, seven years later,” senior guard Quinn Cook said. “So that’s the motivation for us, to be special.”As if they needed any more motivation, Krzyzewski has been waving his 2010 title ring in their faces all tournament. He earned it in Indianapolis, in the same building as this year’s Final Four, and steps away from where he won his first championship at the Hoosier Dome in 1991.“That’s what we want to get,” Okafor said, glancing at the glittering ring on Coach K’s hand. “We’ve always talked about us having an opportunity to have a national championship ring.”The loveable goofballs from Wisconsin (36-3) are standing in their way, and nobody can argue they haven’t earned the right. Only three other teams have faced the highest possible seed in every game on the way to the championship since the field expanded to 64 in 1985.Two of those lost in the title game. None had to face another No. 1 seed.“They know they have a chance to make a mark in history. They understand that,” Ryan said Sunday. “But they’re enjoying it while they do it, and that’s important, too.”Indeed, the Badgers have become the clown princes of the NCAA Tournament. From messing with stenographers to podium hijinks, to their penchant for playing Super Smash Bros., the free-spirited Big Ten champs have taken an entire fan base — and plenty of casual fans — on quite ride.“That’s just how we are,” explained the Badgers’ Sam Dekker. “Some people tell us on Twitter, ‘Focus, guys!’ But that’s just us. We know when to focus.”Or, as teammate Nigel Hayes put it, “We don’t try to be ourselves. We just ARE ourselves.”What they are is an offensive powerhouse led by AP player of the year Frank Kaminsky that is averaging nearly 80 points in the tournament. They’re a veteran group that’s been through the grind. They’re the counter argument to all those critics that argue the college game has fallen off, that scoring is down, execution is sloppy and the product has never been worse.They’re also the team that has already avenged a heartbreaking loss to Kentucky in last year’s national semifinals, and is now one step away from its first championship since 1941.“Whatever this team accomplishes Monday night, one way or the other, it’s still who they are,” Ryan said. “I’ve never been concerned if there are people that perceive us a different way, because we are who we are. We play the way we play. We’re sure happy with it. So we can live with that.”(DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Aguero injured in car accident

first_imgSergio Agüero Man City striker Aguero injured in car accident in Netherlands Goal Last updated 2 years ago 11:00 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty Images Sergio Agüero Manchester City Chelsea v Manchester City Chelsea Premier League The Argentine forward has been taken to hospital, with reports claiming that he has suffered broken ribs and that he could be out for two months Sergio Aguero has been taken to hospital after being injured in a car accident in the Netherlands, Goal can confirm.The Manchester City striker attended a concert in Amsterdam featuring Colombian singer Maluma and was reportedly hurt on his return to the airport when the taxi he was in was involved in an accident. Aguero, who it is claimed was wearing his seat belt, suffered broken ribs as a result of the crash, in which the taxi carrying the City star apparently hit a pole. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Aguero’s former club Independiente have since sent a tweet wishing the forward well, saying: “Strength and quick recovery. All Independiente is with you in this difficult time”.¡Fuerza y pronta recuperación @aguerosergiokun! Todo @Independiente está con vos en este difícil momento. pic.twitter.com/JpVHfLYTVD— C. A. Independiente (@Independiente) September 29, 2017The reports claim that Aguero will be out of action for an extended period of time, though there has as yet been no official confirmation from either Manchester City or the Argentina national team. If the striker is out for an extended period, he will miss a number of City’s Premier League and Champions League games, while he’ll also be absent for Argentina’s crucial final two World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador.Aguero has been in fine form at the start of the 2017-18 campaign, scoring seven goals in eight appearances in all competitions.last_img read more