first_imgNow score it Lionel Messi 5, Cristiano Ronaldo 3.Messi won the Ballon d’Or trophy yesterday as the world’s best player in 2015, ending Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-year hold on soccer’s top individual honor.”It’s incredible that it’s my fifth,” said the 28-year-old Barcelona and Argentina forward, who won four straight FIFA awards from 2009-12.Messi earned his record-extending fifth after being runner-up to his great rival for the past two years.”It’s a very special moment for me to be back here on the stage,” Messi said in Spanish in his acceptance speech, “after being there in the audience watching Cristiano win.”Five major titles for Barcelona last year – leaving none for Ronaldo’s Real Madrid – brought the golden ball back into Messi’s hands. It was not even close.Messi got 41.33 percent of total voting points in a 23-candidate ballot. Ronaldo received 27.76 percent and third-place Neymar, Messi’s Barcelona teammate from Brazil, got 7.86 percent. Voting was by national team captains and coaches, plus invited journalists, from FIFA member countries.It was a stellar night for Barcelona and the World Cup-winning United States women’s coachLuis Enrique was named best coach after guiding Barcelona to win the Champions League, Spain’s La Liga and cup, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup.The women’s awards were won by U.S. captain Carli Lloyd and coach Jill Ellis.Lloyd stood out by scoring six World Cup goals, including a stunning hat-trick in the opening 16 minutes of a 5-2 rout of Japan in the final.”I honestly wouldn’t be sitting up here, standing up here, without my incredible teammates,” said Lloyd, who made the three-player shortlist for the first time at age 33.Lloyd got 35.28 per cent of the voting points, ahead of Germany’s Celia Sasic with 12.6 percent. Third-place Aya Miyama of Japan got 9.88 percent. Sasic also scored six goals in Canada to win the tournament Golden Boot, then retired aged just 27.Ellis won the coaching award in women’s football ahead of two men: Japan coach Norio Sasaki and Mark Sampson, who led England to third place at the World Cup.English-born Ellis got the most dominating win. She scored 42.98 percent, ahead of Sasaki on 17.79 percent and Sampson’s 10.68 percent.Pep Guardiola, now coaching Bayern Munich, placed second to his former teammate yesterday, getting 22.97 percent against for 31.08 per cent for Barcelona’s Luis Enrique. Neither could attend due to team commitments. Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli placed third, on 9.47 percent, for guiding the host to a first Copa America title.Messi lost out in the Puskas Award for most beautiful goal to Wendell Lira of Brazil. Lira’s bicycle kick for Goianesia against Atletico-GO in a league game topped an online poll that logged more than 1.6 million votes.last_img read more

first_imgOne of several 2014 health survey reports obtained by the Daily Observer indicates that the huge swarms of mosquitos infesting their communities continue to vex Monrovia’s slum dwellers.The survey report also revealed that the health perils for these poverty-stricken slum dwellers are owing to the huge breeding spots of mosquitoes in their communities.The health survey carried out by UN aid agencies and private Liberian health institutions further indicated that the slum settlements of Monrovia continue to be messed up by decades-old clogged drainages that are havens for mosquitoes and other harmful insects.Despite the increasing outcries over the years by Monrovia slum residents, successive administrations continue to ignore their concerns and appeals for measures to eradicate the breeding places of the mosquitos.Incidentally, some of the slum settlements are situated at the very foot of Liberia’s Executive Mansion in the heart of the nation’s capital, Monrovia.According to some of the slum dwellers contacted during the weekend, sometimes their sentiments and protests are not only ignored but on many occasions crushed by powerful voices and invisible hands.The slum dwellers further pointed out that construction of health and medical facilities in their communities are good initiatives, bringing relief to their door steps.But they indicated that if the critical issues of fixing clogged drains and removal of dumpsites and stagnant water cannot be prioritized, construction of health facilities would only amount to cosmetic solutions to the problem.Apart from the mosquito-breeding spots, some of the unwanted visitors infesting their neighborhoods include cockroaches, rats, scorpions and sometimes snakes and air and water borne diseases.On top of those menaces are the inadequate medical facilities that cannot cope with the enormous population of the three slum communities in Monrovia.In West Point, the largest of the three, Mr. Philip B. Wleh, 66, a fisherman said that for many years, persistent appeals have led authorities to address some of the numerous challenges.But, fisherman Wleh noted, most of their appeals have only fallen on deaf ears and conditions in West Point continue to degenerate.“It is our fervent prayer that one day the good Lord will speak to conscious-minded Liberians who will come to our rescue in this unbearable and poverty stricken community in Monrovia,” fisherman Wleh concluded.For slum dweller Martha B. Beyan, 68, of Buzzy Quarters at the foot of Liberia’s Executive Mansion, their cries go out repeatedly, year after year, and nothing has been done.Madam Beyan, a fishing basket maker, told the Daily Observer that she simply cannot understand why the authorities have chosen totally to ignore their cries.“Maybe one day we need to take to the streets like political parties or civil society groups before we can be rescued from these poverty-stricken conditions in which we live, right before the authorities’ eyes,” Madam Beyan concluded.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_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP, Fire and Ambulance all responded to a plane crash in Baldonnel, BC. The crash of the small plane involved two adult males and was determined to have no survivors. The Fort St. John RCMP are continuing with the investigation to determine the cause of the accident along with Transport Safety Board and the Coroner. Updates will be provided as they become available.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgCouncillor Mac Giolla Easbuig with Frances Boyle, manager of the centre.A local county councillor has hit out at the delay in addressing erosion affecting a local community centre.Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has said that it is a disgrace that it has taken so long to deal with the issue of erosion that is affecting the Maghery community and especially its community centre.Sand coming from the local sand dunes is blowing across towards the community centre.“I called out today again to Maghery to speak to some people within the community and to see how I can best support a resolution to this.“I have been in contact with the Donegal county council again today and have been informed that there is a number of meetings scheduled between roads section, environment and also the Maghey community.“As well as this I have been told that Coleraine University will conduct a study of the situation on Maghery Strand in conjunction with the community. I always believe that it is best to involve all parties affected to find the best solution.“In my capacity as local representative I will continue to support and work alongside the People of Maghery.” BLOWING SANDS CAUSING HAVOC AT LOCAL COMMUNITY CENTRE was last modified: July 7th, 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

first_img 7. N’Golo Kante (centre midfield) 11 11 3. Marcos Alonso (left wing-back) – check out the full line-up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above, right 10. Eden Hazard (left attack) 19. Diego Costa (centre forward) 15. Victor Moses (right wing-back) 11 11 30. David Luiz (centre back) 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) 21. Nemanja Matic (centre midfield) 11. Pedro (right attack) Jut one more win – that’s what Antonio Conte is telling his Chelsea players.Victory over West Bromwich Albion, which kicks off 19:45 BST tonight at the Hawthorns, would seal the Premier League title for Chelsea.Currently seven points above Tottenham Hotspur, Conte will be sending out his strongest team to seal the trophy against the Baggies.N’Golo Kante is fit again after missing out on the Middlesbrough contest mid-week, so will he make an instant return to the starting line-up?Scroll through the gallery above to check out talkSPORT’s predicted Chelsea XI. 11 11 11 11 24. Gary Cahill (centre back) 11 11 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (centre back) last_img read more

first_imgThe Senior Board Presentation Night was held last Saturday night in the Clock Tower, Presentations were made to the 25 year Jubilee teams of 1988 the Senior and Junior B championship winners. Congratulations to the following yearly award winners, Senior Player Benny Boyle, Reserve Player Christopher Cunningham, Ladies Player Yvonne McPartland, Club Person Sarah Tully, there also was special recognition for the 2013 Senior team on reaching the County Final.The Minor Board AGM will take place on Sunday the 5th of January at 6:00 pm in the Tara Hotel Function Room. Nomination papers will be available on the day. The Senior Board AGM will take place on Sunday the 12th of January at 6:00pm in the Tara Hotel Function Room. The Southern Board year books are now ready & Priced at €7.50, please contact Carmel. Limited Stock available.The Tara Hotel Leisure centre killybegs are now running a Special Reduced Membership for all adults team members at a reduced rate of €120 for 6 months, for any questions please contact the Tara hotel leisure club on 074 974100.For more details on the Advertising Hoarding boards at Eamonn Byrne Memorial Park and supporting CLG Na Cealla Beaga. Please contact Sarah Tully 0863311733.The Kilotto had no winner this week, numbers were 10, 12, 27, 28. Next week’s jackpot is €2,300. One Match 3 Rollover winning a seven week rollover of €420 was Rosaleen McHugh, Fintra Road Killybegs. Kilotto Sellers 4th January are Gracie O’Hara’s team and 11th January Dan Breslin’s team. There was no winner of the Bingo and next week’s Jackpot is €2,500 on 49 numbers.CLG Na Cealla Beaga would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.GAA NEWS – KILLYBEGS HOSTS JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS was last modified: December 31st, 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:killybegs gaa noteslast_img read more

first_imgThe Donegal trio after their swim.It was nice to be back on dry land for this trio of Donegal athletes.Karen Crawford, Keith McClean and Mark Loughridge completed the 10 kilometre Lough Gill Hospice swim in Sligo on Saturday last.In testing conditions they swam through wind and waves and all were delighted to complete the swim. Between them they raised over €3000 for the Hospice and the RNLI.The group are all from Letterkenny and do their training in Gartan lake and with the Letterkenny Triathlon Club.The guys will finish off the season with a night swim in Derry this Friday in aid of Foyle Search and Rescue.    DONEGAL TRIO’S MARATHON SWIM FOR HOSPICE AND RNLI was last modified: September 2nd, 2014 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:donegalLough Gill Hospice swimSWIMMINGlast_img read more

first_img N’Golo Kante quickly established himself as a fan favourite at Chelsea JIBE punished targets Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ According to the Standard, Kante’s contract negotiations could be concluded as soon as next week.A back-to-back Premier League champion with Leicester and Chelsea, plus a World Cup winner with France, the 27-year-old has shot to prominence since arriving in English football in 2015.As a result of his success, Kante has been linked with potential transfers to European giants such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and most often Paris Saint-Germain. OFF Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January tense Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante is reported to be very close to signing a huge new contract with the club.The French midfielder is now understood to be in advanced talks about a £290,000-a-week deal, which would see him remain at Stamford Bridge for the next five years and become the team’s highest-paid player, which is currently Eden Hazard thanks to his reported £220,000 pay packet. gameday cracker Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Latest Chelsea News Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea center_img REVEALED REAL DEAL 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The PSG rumours have ramped up slightly due to the fact that the Frenchman has been utilised in a new position under Maurizio Sarri this season, which has not seen him quite reaching the ethereal heights of his performances in recent years.However, this latest update would indicate that Kante is content in London and set to almost double his old £150,000-a-week deal which expires in 2021. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa shining REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I hunted with a cat the other evening. I was after deer while the feline was stalking smaller mammals as I watched it undetected from my treestand above its perch. We shared a small swamp flanked by harvested bean and corn fields and accessed by narrow, overgrown fencerows connecting to wood lots. The farmer had left some standing corn and beans in the corners and around a wind-fallen ash tree, and the bonus grain and cover was a magnet to the local game, both feathered and furred.I know fellows who say they shoot feral cats when they see them in the field, taking care to target felines that are far from any farmhouse where they might double as pets. The argument is that the cats have gone native and, with no natural predators, ravage local game- and song-bird populations. You may have read about some recent studies done on the subject. I did, and have invited one feral cat expert on to my show next month to learn more about the issue. I’ll welcome Matt Clayton to Buckeye Sportsman on the Dec. 9 broadcast.I watched that cat as it crept up to the end of a branch off a fallen tree, settling in from that higher vantage point much the way I had in my stand 17 feet above. While I had the benefit of head to toe woodland camouflage to blend in with our shared surroundings, the feline had an unfortunate coloration: pure white but for a tail ringed like a raccoon and a pair of grown eye patches. You could see the stark-white predator working its way through the brush and stalks from clear across the field. The poor cat’s unnatural camo couldn’t be worse, I thought, then shuddered with a blast of the north wind that found its way down the back of my neck. That’s when it occurred to me that when the snow flies and living off the land is at its leanest, that cat’s coat will fit right in when it needs it the most. I wished the feline luck as it eventually padded off into a thick clump of timothy, and I sat shivering ‘til dark waiting for game that never showed. Waterfowl IDSpeaking of hunting, with waterfowl seasons in full swing across the state as Ohio’s duck and goose seasons begin, hunters are encouraged to familiarize themselves with waterfowl identification before heading out. Ohio waterfowl hunters frequently encounter a variety of species of birds when in the field and marsh, and some species of ducks, geese and swans may look similar.Some species, like the state-threatened trumpeter swans and occasionally migrating tundra swans, are protected and may be encountered. Although waterfowl hunters in Ohio rarely encounter snow geese, hunters should still be able to distinguish between swans and snow geese. With proper species identification and attention, there should be little confusion between the species. Trumpeter swan (threatened and protected species)• Mature birds have pure-white plumage (sometime stained heads) and young birds are more gray• Long necks relative to the body size• Length of 4 to 5 feet with a wingspan of 7 feet and weight of 17 to 28 pounds. Tundra swan (protected species)• Mature birds have pure- white plumage and young birds are more gray• Long necks relative to the body size• Length of 4.5 feet with a wingspan of 5.5 feet and weight of 8 to 23 pounds. Canada goose (legal game species)• Black-necked plumage with chin strap, black head, tan breast, brown back, long necks• Length of 2.5 to 3.5 feet with a wingspan of 4 to 5.5 feet, and weight of 6.5 to 20 pounds. Snow goose (legal game species)• White with black wing tips, short necks relative to the body size• Length of 2.5 feet with a wingspan of 4.5 feet and weight 3.5 to 7 pounds.For more information about waterfowl hunting in Ohio visit read more

first_imgRecently the FD Early Intervention team was able to sit down with Carol M. Trivette, PhD., an associate professor at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN.   In this short video she shares her thoughts on how early interventionists can best support military families facing deployment.Carol says, “Deployment can be a time of stress for families and when there is a child with a disability, it can be even more stressful. However you can reduce some of this stress by helping a parent identify successful strategies that were used in the past and new strategies the parent might want to try during the upcoming deployment. Taking the time to really listen to what a parent wants to share about previous deployment experiences including who helped, how daily routines and activities were accomplished as well as what challenges they encountered is an key first step in supporting families through this experience.”Carol M. Trivette, PhD earned her degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Child Development and Family Relations. She provided direct supports to children with disabilities and their families in home-base programs and in classrooms and was the director of an early intervention program. During most of her career, she has also been involved in applied research. Her research interests focus on identifying evidence-based practices for working with children and families in the areas of responsive parental interactions with their children with disabilities, children’s early language and literacy development, family-centered practices and family support, and the development of tools and scales to support the implementation of evidence-based practices with fidelity. She is currently an Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, where she works mainly with doctoral students focused on enhancing their research skills.This post was written by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Amy Santos, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more