Rising star Iwobi

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):There’s growing competition for discovery of the season in the English Premier League.Leading the way are N’Golo Kante, the box-to-box French midfielder propelling Leicester to an unlikely title triumph; Dele Alli, the Tottenham playmaker plucked from England’s third tier; and Marcus Rashford, Manchester United’s 18-year-old striker who seems born for the big time.Time to add Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi to the list.Iwobi, like Rashford, is a shy yet fearless teenager who has burst onto centre stage in the world’s most popular league in recent weeks. Arsenal’s all-star midfield is a tough department to break into, yet Iwobi has achieved it seemingly out of nowhere.He has started four of Arsenal’s last five matches, including a Champions League game away to the mighty Barcelona. He has scored and been named man of the match in the last two appearances, against Everton and Watford in the Premier League.Theo Walcott is in desperate need of game time to retain his place in England’s squad for the European Championship, but is currently playing second fiddle to Iwobi on the right wing.He may have to get used to it.Iwobi, 19, is the nephew of Nigeria great Jay-Jay Okocha and has been at Arsenal since the age of eight, having grown up in London. He is a powerful, hard-working, technically gifted attacker with an eye for goal just as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger likes it.BIG HITIwobi, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez as the three floating forwards behind the main striker? It’s some prospect and already proving a big hit.”He is an intelligent boy who loves football, very passionate about the game, keen to learn, very humble as well,” Wenger has said of Iwobi.”It’s surprising how quickly he’s integrated into our game.”Iwobi’s accomplished display at the Camp Nou really made people sit up and take note of a player who didn’t start a game in the first half of the season. During the recent international break, Iwobi made his debut for Nigeria in a loss to Egypt – stamping his allegiance to the African country having played for England’s youth teams up to under-18 level.A call-up to Nigeria’s squad for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August is in the offing – but first he might just be Arsenal’s secret weapon as the team looks to secure a 19th straight season of Champions League football.Impressive wins over Everton and Watford have consolidated third place with seven games left, and even kept Arsenal with an outside shot at the title. That, however, would require an implosion by surprise leaders Leicester, who are seven clear of second-place Tottenham and 11 ahead of Arsenal, who have a game in hand.Arsenal visit West Ham tomorrow while Leicester travel to relegation-threatened Sunderland and Tottenham host Manchester United.TITLE IN SIGHTLeicester are grinding out the wins as they close in on arguably the most stunning title success in English football history, having picked up four straight 1-0 victories ahead of the trip to Sunderland.Sunderland are proving tough to beat of late, drawing their last four games, but have slipped four points from safety. Sunderland might be in more desperate need of the points at the Stadium of Light.last_img read more

US$2.6B Funding Gap for Modernization of Liberia’s Road Network

first_imgMinister Gyude Moore said said a Road Fund Act will help to raise funds through the collection of road user feesPublic Works Minister William Gyude Moore hosted a stakeholders’ meeting last Friday, June 30, where he briefed partners on a US$2.6 billion funding gap for road reconstruction network in Monrovia.The well-attended meeting was held at the ministry’s conference hall, where the minister made a powerpoint presentation.Minister Moore told the gathering that after a study spanning many years, the Liberian government has finally decided to shift from asphalt road construction to concrete cement pavement for primary and secondary roads in the country. He explained that the Road Fund Act was created to institutionalize a culture of maintenance so that Liberia’s investments in roads are maintained.Minister Moore said the Road Fund Act will help to raise funds through the collection of road user fees. 60 percent of the funds will be reserved for road maintenance; and over time, under the Road Fund Act, maintenance of secondary and feeder roads will be managed by counties applying for project financing.He disclosed that some experiments have been carried out in Monrovia, including the concrete cement pavement of the Redemption Road behind the Barclay Military Training Center.Besides, Minister Moore cited the paved streets of Harper, Maryland, Zwedru, Grand Gedeh and Buchanan, Grand Bassa, as well as Mechlin Street in Monrovia, Montserrado County dating back to the 1950’s and 80’s. He reminded stakeholders that the concrete cement pavement is not as expensive as asphalt road construction, which is not only expensive, but is associated with too many maintenance costs as compared to the concrete pavement. He pointed out that the roadmap presented to the partners is part of a 20-year plan for the reconstruction of roads throughout the country.“I am of the strongest conviction that if this master plan is accepted and financially supported our country is on the way to socioeconomic progress to improve the lives of our citizens,” Minister Moore said.Across the nation for many decades, Minister Moore said, roads continue to create hardship for the majority of rural Liberians as a result of their deplorable conditions and the headache of the financial cost of maintenance.Meanwhile, in an interview with the Daily Observer, when asked whether there were inputs from the partners on the preparation of the roadmap, Minister Moore responded in the affirmative and added that a World Bank expert assisted the ministry.He disclosed that the MPW needs US$120 million for the construction of concrete pavement of the primary and secondary roads in the country. Minister Moore underscored the need for the future mobilization of funds through a trust fund to ensure accountability.He said the Road Trust Fund will be used to maintain feeder, primary and secondary roads in the country. Minister Moore clarified that if the National Legislature passes the Local Government Act, the maintenance of feeder roads would be carried out by county administrations across the country.Minister Moore said currently, Liberia’s rural access index is estimated at 41.9 percent, and that 2.3 million Liberians lack access to good roads. He stressed that Liberia’s long-term road network planning strives to advance inclusive growth by following development corridors identified by the country’s Agenda for Transformation designed to maximize agriculture value chains.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgAn allocation of €40,000 has been made to the Lough Swilly Ferry and Fanad Lighthouse through Donegal County Council Strategic Project Allocations.Fanad Lighthouse.The allocation has been welcomed by Minister Joe McHugh TD, and Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh.Minister of State McHugh said the allocation of €20,000 each is a very welcome announcement, for both the Lough Swilly Ferry Service and for Fanad Lighthouse. “The Lough Swilly Ferry Service wasn’t in operation last year due to financial difficulties and challenges with passenger numbers, forcing the service to become commercially unviable. Since then, a lot of work has taken place behind the scenes between the various groups on the Rathmullan to Buncrana Ferry Service, myself and Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh, and we are hopeful that this financial commitment will help encourage and facilitate a positive outcome.“The Fanad Lighthouse Company has been working extremely hard over the last number of years towards the development at the lighthouse, as well as the promotion of tourism in Fanad and the surrounding areas. I am delighted that their persistence has been recognised in their successful application to the Strategic Fund Initiative. These funds will enable the continued progress of their preparation of the Lighthouse as a leading Tourism centre.Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh also welcomed the news.“€200,000 was distributed yesterday under the Strategic Development Fund, with over 100 local projects and groups being funded, and we are delighted that both the Lough Swilly Ferry Service and Fanad Lighthouse were included in the allocation. Both projects are hugely important in promoting tourism in North Donegal, and play a vital role in being part of the Wild Atlantic Way, and I believe this announcement will be to the benefit of both projects.”  WELCOME FOR €40,000 ALLOCATION FOR FANAD LIGHTHOUSE AND SWILLY FERRY was last modified: April 16th, 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)last_img read more