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 team.best 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_img Sandals Foundation to the rescue for Dominica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Aug 2015 – Danny is dead. No trace of the storm which last week was at its worst, a category three hurricane and which yesterday was a Tropical Storm. Two systems are being monitored in the Atlantic; one late last night evolved to being Erika, a fast moving Tropical Storm moving west at 20 mph… the other still at a low chance for developing. Update on the Tropics; System forecast to strengthen Hurricane Joaquin damaging and costly to TCI Recommended for you Related Items:danny, erika, tropical stormlast_img read more


first_imgBy The Associated PressRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia student who worked with the nation’s first elected African-American governor is accusing him of sexually harassing her by kissing her without consent.The Washington Post reported Thursday that Sydney Black, 22, says L. Douglas Wilder, 88, offered to take her on trips and pay for law school and suggested she live at his house in 2017.Black reported the conduct to police and Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was working as an office assistant at the school’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. Wilder is a distinguished professor at the school.In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, file photo, L. Douglas Wilder speaks during the 34th Annual MLK Holiday Luncheon Celebration at The Lansing Center in downtown Lansing, Mich. A Virginia student who worked with Wilder, the nation’s first elected African-American governor, is accusing him of sexually harassing her by kissing her without consent. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP, File)Citing privacy concerns, VCU declined to answer questions, but the newspaper reports the university notified Black in a January letter that its Title IX office intended to investigate. Wilder didn’t respond to the newspaper’s repeated requests for comment over several weeks.The report comes nearly two months after revelations that Virginia’s current governor and attorney general had worn Blackface in the 1980s. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, meanwhile, has vehemently denied sexual assault allegations from two women. Wilder called for Gov. Ralph Northam’s resignation after he admitted wearing Blackface, but didn’t comment publicly about allegations against Fairfax.Black, an African-American woman, said she struggled with making a report that could tarnish Wilder’s legacy and attract negative attention.“I had to choose being a woman over being Black,” she said.In February 2017, Black said that Wilder took her to dinner on her 20th birthday, gave her alcohol and invited her back to his Richmond condo, where he kissed her. Wilder told her he could help her get accepted at the Howard University School of Law, where he is a board member, she said. When she asked what he wanted in return, he said, “As long as you stick with me, you should be fine.”They went to his condo, where he poured them both champagne, and as they talked, Black said he put his hand on her leg and then kissed her. She said she “immediately jerked away” asking why he “felt comfortable doing that” and he responded that he “shouldn’t have.”Three months later, Wilder told Black that funding for her position lapsed, Black said. She withdrew from college 2018 and re-enrolled this semester.“I was deceived,” she said. “I thought he was a different sort of person.”Black reported the alleged incident to the university in December and was directed to speak with Richmond Police Detective Eric Livengood, who confirmed he spoke to Black, but didn’t answer questions. A redacted Jan. 3 report says a 20-year-old woman reported that a Feb. 16, 2017, assault in a residence in the same block where Wilder owns a condo.After Black contacted VCU, she received a letter that said VCU’s Title IX office determined that the conduct Black reported “could possibly” meet the definitions of sexual assault or sex- or gender-based discrimination outlined in VCU policies. Last month, the deputy Title IX coordinator for students at VCU, Tammi Slovinsky, told Black in an email that an “external attorney-investigator with specialized training and experience” had been assigned to her case.Black’s mother, Margo Stokes, and grandmother, Pauline Carver of Wytheville, said Black called them independently in the days after the alleged incident and told them Wilder gave her alcohol and tried to kiss her.“He just took a lot from Sydney when he did this because she really admired him, and so did I,” Carver said.last_img read more