Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award for fourth time

first_imgHe beat runner-up and great rival Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to complete a sweep of top individual awards.FIFA Awards:Best men’s player: Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Real Madrid)Best women’s player: Carli Lloyd (USA)Best men’s coach: Claudio Ranieri (Leicester)Best women’s coach: Silvia Neid (GER)Best goal: Mohd Faiz Subri (Penang)Fan award: Liverpool/Borussia Dortmund”2016 was the best year of my career,” Ronaldo said in Portuguese in his acceptance speech, which he began by exclaiming “Wow, wow, wow.”Ronaldo got 34.54 per cent of total voting points in a 23-candidate ballot. Messi received 26.42 percent, and third-place Griezmann got 7.53 percent. Voting was by national team captains and coaches, selected media, and fans online.Ronaldo’s fourth FIFA award closed the gap on five-time winner Messi, the runner-up to each Ronaldo victory, who did not attend the ceremony.Ronaldo’s 2016 trophy haul included the European Championship, Champions League, and Club World Cup, plus individual best player awards from UEFA and France Football magazine.Messi’s Barcelona won the Spanish league and cup double, though he captained Argentina to lose the Copa America final.Griezmann’s France and Atletico Madrid lost both finals to Ronaldo’s teams.Ronaldo’s coaches for club and country were beaten by Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, who earned the men’s coaching prize for a stunning English Premier League title.”What happened last year was something strange. The god of football said ‘Leicester must win’,” said Ranieri.He was in his first season at the unfashionable provincial club widely tipped for relegation.Ranieri collected his trophy from Diego Maradona, who earlier Monday played in an exhibition match with other retired greats at FIFA headquarters.Like Ronaldo, Carli Lloyd of the United States won a FIFA player prize for the second year in a row.Lloyd won despite Germany midfielder Melanie Behringer playing on the Olympic gold medal-winning team. Five-time winner Marta was runner-up and Behringer was third.”I honestly was not expecting this,” Lloyd said. “I know Melanie did fantastic in the 2016 Olympics.”Germany did win the women’s coaching prize as Silvia Neid earned her second FIFA prize, after also winning the 2010 award. Neid beat two previous winners: Pia Sundhage of Sweden, the Olympic silver medalist, and last year’s winner, Jill Ellis of the United States.The Puskas Award for best goal was won by Mohd Faiz Subri, who scored with a wildly swerving long-range free kick for Malaysian club Penang.A players’ vote organized by international union FIFPro gave a World XI of: Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich); Dani Alves (Brazil, Barcelona/Juventus), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Spain, Barcelona), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid); Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid), Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona), Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid); Messi, Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Barcelona), Ronaldo.The First FIFA fan award was chosen by fans and was made to supporters of Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund, who joined in singing the English club’s anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” before a Europa League quarterfinal.The other nominees were Iceland fans at Euro 2016, and Dutch club ADO Den Haag, whose fans brought soft toys to children supporting rival team Feyenoord.FIFA made its Fair Play Award to Atletico Nacional, the Colombian club which was scheduled to host Chapecoense in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final on November 30.After most of the Brazilian team died in a plane crash flying to the match, Atletico Nacional asked the South American soccer confederation to present the title and trophy to Chapecoense.APlast_img read more

FEU didn’t play its best in four-set win over UE, says coach

first_imgFar Eastern University head coach George Pascua said that his players did show a little bit of mercy when they beat University of the East in four sets in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “We have to explain to each other that we have to give it all especially in our future games,” added Pons as she finished with 21 points.As for Domingo, putting up 19 points and scoring off six blocks was a testament that she’s happy with her current situation with the Lady Tamaraws as they improved to 3-2 in the standings.“It’s quite challenging because I was thinking that I used to play with these girls in front of me, I was with them two years ago,” said Domingo in Filipino. “So what I did is play, do my part, and show that I am happy here in FEU.”Domingo was vital in the clutch for FEU, first denying Mary Ann Mendrez for the Lady Tamaraws’ 23-19 lead in the fourth before scoring an off-balanced kill for her team’s 24-21 match point.ADVERTISEMENT It might have been that middle blocker Celine Domingo used to don the red of the Lady Warriors, but skipper Bernadeth Pons echoed her mentor’s words.Pons admitted what they displayed in their victory over UE, 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-22, wasn’t their best and they vow to do better in the future games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We all know that the way we played wasn’t in the level on what we are capable of,” said Pons in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “We weren’t at one hundred percent there, coach said that it was just 60 percent.”The 0-6 Lady Warriors, who played their first game without beleaguered former head coach Francis Vicente, managed to steal the third set to prevent a sweep. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano FEU posts 2nd straight win at expense of UE Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedlast_img read more

NEW Drivers Union Discloses Plan to Control Traffic

first_imgA newly emerged drivers union, the National Drivers Union of Liberia (NADUL), is contemplating a regulatory system to restrict and carefully monitor the movements of commercial vehicles for accountability purposes.The organization’s president, Charles S. Garyu, in an interview with the Daily Observer earlier this week noted that driving is randomly done in the country without regulations and accountability, and as such drivers need to come together under this umbrella to develop a system that will protect them and passengers they carry in their vehicles.He expressed disappointment that there are transport unions in Liberia that collect fees from drivers for their so-called services, but the very drivers from who the money is collected remain vulnerable.Moreover, the NADUL president said since these unions came in existence with the Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL) being the oldest, vehicles continue to be parked in a disorganized way in front of stores and street places without a terminal being built.Mr. Garyu also attributed the vulnerability of drivers to the fact that they have not had an organized body to uphold them, noting that such is responsible for extortion of money from them by transport union operators.He further indicated that with the collaboration of the Ministry of Transport and the Liberian National Police (LNP), NADUL will begin giving stickers to commercials driver to direct them where to run daily.According to him, a sticker will bear the location of where the driver would head at a time in the day.  This will help even the passenger to be notified of where the vehicle is going. Furthermore, the NADUL president told the Daily Observer that with the cooperation of commercial drivers, there will be control of passengers and drivers will not be rushing for passengers since a driver knows where he/she will be plying.With the sticker system, Garyu explained, criminals at Red-Light and other places claiming to be car loaders will have no grounds to extort  money from passengers and drivers, and at the same time steal from them under the guise of loading.In this effort, the Ministry of Transport and LNP have reached a consensus with the organization to put the sticker regulation in place to help control the traffic.“As we introduce this system, vehicle that will have a sticker for Red-Light and heads to another direction not in line with instruction given the driver will be stopped, seized and turned over to the LNP for investigation, and the required penalty will levied against that driver,” Garyu said.According to the NADUL president, transport unions have a social responsibility to the drivers to train them (drivers), but over the time the unions have failed to meet their obligations.As the new drivers union comes into force, he said, it is going to work in line with the LNP to train commerce drivers and advocate on their behalf as most decisions in the country affect them.The transport sector of Liberia is one disorganized sector where  restriction is rarely seen, he observed.Vehicles randomly park and receive passengers sometimes in accordance with the passenger’s discretion or the driver’s.However, different men are regularly seen in the streets collecting parking fees from drivers under the umbrella of the Federation of Road Transport Union.Mr. Garyu further disclosed plans to trained vehicle owners and drivers.  The training is intended to buttress the effort of government, thereby improving the transportation sector of the country, particularly drivers and vehicle owners.Quoting the vehicle and traffic law of Liberia, Mr. Garyu said before any drivers obtained a license from government, that person should be tested and evaluated by the Ministry of Transport before being issued a driver’s license. He noted that the portion of that traffic law is no longer effective and as such, the training is designed to help vehicle owners to protect their vehicles.“We will train them on Standard control and prevention of accident, mechanical default and maintenance of vehicle.”“We conducted our research on Liberia and discovered that what we found out was frightening. We have about five groups  of transport unions in Liberia that have been existing for many years and we have not been able to detect any positive impact in the lives of drivers,” he declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Labor Ministry Fines ArcelorMittal, China Union, Western Cluster, Others

first_imgThe Ministry of Labor has imposed fines on several institutions for employing non-Liberians without valid work permits and their failure to submit statistical reports to the Ministry in keeping with Regulation No. 17, Section 3(a) and Section 4(b) of the Labor Practices Laws of Liberia.Those fined include: Arcelor Mittal, China Union, Western Cluster and PIOM.Others are: Cavalla Rubber Corporation, Maryland Oil Palm Plantation, Nimba Rubber Inc., Morris American Farm, Firestone Liberia, Sime Darby, Lee Groups of Companies, APM Terminal, Fuzion Inc; LIB_24 Radio and TV, among others.The Labour ministry mandates all employing entities to adhere to the Labour Practices Laws of Liberia and cautions them that it will not relent in ensuring compliance.The fine is to ensure that Liberian employment interest at work places is prioritized. The Ministry further announced that it will continue to adopt and implement measures to enforce compliance with its mandate to ensure that Liberians are given the required employment preferences.In another development, the ministry has denied several applications for the issuance of alien work permits from employers seeking employment for non-Liberians for various positions in their institutions.The ministry wants the public and employing entities to be aware of a vigorous enforcement of its renewed commitment to grant preferential treatment to Liberians for certain positions at work places in line with the Labour Practices Laws of the country.It can be recalled that during several consultative meetings held in the last quarter of 2014 with stakeholders in the agricultural, forestry, telecommunications and mining sectors, as well as with the leaderships of the Indian and Lebanese Communities and other major stakeholders in the labor sector, these matters were flagged and the Ministry’s action is in keeping with previous commitments.Labour Minister Neto Zarzar Lighe, informed employers that his ministry will not be issuing work permits for non-Liberians seeking employment for positions such as Accountants, Human Resource Managers and Administrative Managers.The MoL, at the same time called on all employers to advertise vacancies for those positions in the local media and on their respective websites to allow qualified Liberians at home and abroad to compete for those positions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Europa League last-32 draw: Tottenham v Fiorentina, Liverpool v Augsburg, Man United v Midtjylland

first_img1 Tottenham’s Erik Lamela against Fiorentina last season Tottenham are set for a re-match with Italian side Fiorentina in the last-32 of the Europa League.Spurs will travel to Florence looking to avenge the 3-1 aggregate defeat which saw them exit the competition at the same stage back in February.Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp faces a return to Germany, though the Reds were denied the chance to meet his former side Borussia Dortmund in the first knockout stage.Klopp’s men will play away at Augsburg, who won three and lost three of their six ties to finish runners-up to Athletic Bilbao in Group L.Meanwhile, following their drop from the Champions League, Manchester United were perhaps handed the easiest tie of all the Premier League teams with Louis van Gaal’s side to meet Danish outfit Midtjylland.All three English clubs will be at home for the second leg because they were seeded.Elsewhere in the draw, Gary Neville’s Valencia have been paired with Rapid Vienna while Borussia Dortmund will meet Porto.Europa League last-32 draw in full:Valencia v Rapid ViennaFiorentina v TottenhamBorussia Dortmund v PortoFenerbahce v Lokomotiv MoscowAnderlecht v OlympiacosMidtjylland v Manchester UnitedAugsburg v Liverpool Sparta Prague v KrasnodarGalatasaray v LazioSion v BragaShakhtar Donetsk v SchalkeMarseille v Athletic BilbaoSevilla v MoldeSporting Lisbon v Bayer LeverkusenVillarreal v NapoliSt Etienne v BasleFirst legs to be played on February 18. Second legs to be played on February 24/25last_img read more


first_imgFéile Earthcore 2012 promises to be a superb weekend – and one lucky reader will  win VIP passes to its top events.Gaoth Dobhair is bracing itself for its second annual Summer festival, Féile Earthcore, which will take place this year from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July. This year’s event comes after a successful event last year.The festival has something for everyone with live concerts, 3 discos, family orientated activities throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday and a food and crafts market on Saturday 14th from 1-6pm. Legendary folk music group, The Wolfe Tones, will take to the Earthcore stage on Saturday 14th July live in the purpose built festival marquee with tickets only €15 and includes admission to the festival disco afterwards.On Sunday 15Th July top Irish comedian, Brendan Grace, will perform live in the marquee with tickets from €27.50 (Includes admission to Festival Disco after).We’ve teamed up with Earthcore to offer VIP passes for:* The Wolf Tones, with a reserved table at the front * Brendan Grace, with two reserved seats at the front* Free entry to festival discos on both nights.To win these passes simply answer the following question:True or False: The Wolf Tones rendition of ‘A Nation Once Again’ was voted the world’s most popular song in a BBC Radio World Service vote.Email your answer to by next Monday, July 9th, at 12 noon. Simply give us your name, where you are from and a contact telephone number. No cash alternative. Editor’s decision is final. Winner drawn from all correct entries. Good luck. Don’t want to risk it? Then get your tickets now>For more information about this event visit or contact 074 9531159. Tickets on sale from hotel reception or Link 2 Letterkenny shopping centre.WIN 2 VIP PASSES TO SEE WOLF TONES AND BRENDAN GRACE AT EARTHCORE FESTIVAL was last modified: July 4th, 2012 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)Tags:WIN 2 VIP PASSES TO SEE WOLF TONES AND BRENDAN GRACE AT EARTHCORE FESTIVALlast_img read more


first_imgRosses ACViking House this Friday night 14th December is our Club Social night. This night is open to all adults involved in the club – parents, athletes, coaches, etc. including partners and friends. Meeting up about 8:30 – 9pm so lets be having you!!!!! A few PB’s being planned on the night. Thanks to Aidan Gillespie who held a High Jump coaching practice in the Rosses Community School gym for athletes born 2002 and older. For the diaries, the Naomh Mhuire club are organising a 5k from the clubhouse at the Banks on Boxing day which is a family event for walkers, joggers and runners which will be followed by a club 5k Spring series of three races in the new year with dates to be confirmed. The Spring Series of races is almost finalised so watch this space.ATHLETICS NEWS: ROSSES AC NOTES was last modified: December 11th, 2012 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:Rosses AC noteslast_img read more


first_imgGOLDEN GIRL: KATIE TAYLORIRELAND’S gold medal bidding boxer Katie Taylor says she was “thrilled to bits” after learning that Donegal goalie Shay Given had travelled to London – to watch her semi-final!Raphoe badminton Olympian Chloe Magee was also in the stadium for the incredible bout which has set up this afternoon’s Olympic final.“Oh that’s amazing, really, the support is incredible,” said Katie when told the Aston Villa star had managed to get a day off pre-season training to be there. “Everyone’s comments have been unbelievable over the last few days too. To have people like that come out to support you as well is great.“Shay is one of my heroes, definitely. He’s a huge star obviously at home.”Given himself was delighted to be there!“It’s class. It was like being in Dublin or something. There was a GB fighter on before and the Irish made 10 times more noise than them,” said the Lifford man. “We were just here to be part of the fans and to support her. We’re all Irish at the end of the day. It’s fantastic that we can really get behind her. Please God she brings home the gold.“I’m training so I can’t go to the final but I had the day off and managed to get tickets so I came here for this and I’m glad I did “It was amazing. It was great to see her live. I’ve seen her on TV of course, in the last fight, and it was great to be here to watch her in action. She was fantastic.“I’ve not met her but I’d like to meet her one day. She’s a fantastic talent. She’s brilliant for the country.“The fans were amazing as well. It was just nice to be here to sample the atmosphere and to see how good and how quick she is and how hard she punches.“She’s a real role model and athlete. She obviously works so hard behind the scenes, which people don’t see. “We turn up and watch her for a few rounds but the amount of work she and her dad put in behind the scenes, the dedication she is putting in is fantastic. She’s a great talent and we’re lucky she’s Irish. I think she’s great.”KATIE TAYLOR’S DELIGHT AS SHAY GIVEN AND CHLOE MAGEE CHEER HER ON was last modified: August 9th, 2012 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)Tags:KATIE TAYLOR’S DELIGHT AS SHAY GIVEN AND CHLOE MAGEE CHEER HER ONlast_img read more


first_imgThe semi-finals of the A McLean 525 are the feature races at tonight’s greyhound racing at Lifford Stadium.The card also features three first round heats of the €200 Track Buster 525.There are 12 races down for decision, runners are (first race 7.00pm): Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Run China Girl; 2, Mullbrook Da Girl; 3, Ballylaw Ace; 4, Road to Haven; 5, Rash Judgement; 6, Academy Warrior.Race 2 Booking Office 350 (350 yards): 1, Kildallon Rapid; 2, Gabbys Tango; 3, Tons of Speed; 4, Tarmac Patch; 5, Curragh Brae; 6, Nosey Paul.Race 3 €200 Track Buster 525, round one, heat one (525 yards): 1, Corner Plane; 2, Original Song; 3, Tydon Marquis; 4, Supersonic; 5, Pipeline Jean; 6, Fernhill Dice.Race 4 €200 Track Buster 525, round one, heat two (525 yards): 1, Quare Dame; 2, Spotty Totty; 3, Geneva Danny; 4, Swanson Rosette; 5, Townsend Panter; 6, Flaming Ember. Race 5 €200 Track Buster 525, round one, heat three (525 yards): 1, On the Snaff; 2, Calcutta Queen; 3, Tommylees Buddy; 4, Some Effort; 5, Bua Pakie; 6, Leahs Rocket.Race 6 Ultimate Dining Exeperience 350 (350 yards): 1, Gabbys Mondays; 2, Ballybun Oshea; 3, Quare Evening; 4, Gortkelly Blake; 5, Ardnasool Kagawa; 6, Knockmant Junior.Race 7 Macmillan Cancer Support (525 yards): 1, Wrong Note; 2, Shanmoyle Legend; 3, Battle Born; 4, Mullrook No Cash; 5, Maid of More; 6, Beraghill Monty.Race 8 Marie Curie Cancer Cure 525 (525 yards): 1, Rocky Black; 2, Hi Dibbles; 3, Blackstone Maxx; 4, Imperial Tank; 5, Skater Amy; 6, Raughlan Blaze.Race 9 Loughery Family 525 (525 yards): 1, Altmore Champ; 2, Burnpark Lee; 3, Smurfing Convoy; 4, Belindas Cruise; 5, Tahina Kadyn; 6, Locnamon Royal. Race 10 A McLean Bookmakers 525 semi-final (525 yards): 1, Rampant Razzle; 2, Kingsmill Aguero; 3, tahina Kellie; 4, Gortkelly Turbo; 5, Aughduff Murt; 6, Dartrey Snow.Race 11 A McLean Bookmakers 525 semi-final (525 yards): 1, Bleu Paradise; 2, Westwood Lee; 3, Thrill Me; 4, Natureofthetrade; 5, Turbine Tulip; 6, Mongys Girl.Race 11 Getting Out 525 Bumper Stakes (525 yards): 1, Budders Luck; 2, Storm Warrior; 3, Smurfing Manx; 4, Nosey Meg; 5, Flaming Jenny; 6, Take Cover.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: September 12th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:cardgreyhoundLiffordRacinglast_img read more

Warriors blown out by Thunder 120-92, start season 0-2

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY — It’s been a frustrating start to the season for the Warriors.The Warriors lost 120-92 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, starting the season with two straight losses. Frustrations boiled over in a game that, like the opening night loss to the Clippers, was out of reach early. During the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr kicked the scorer’s table and guard Stephen Curry debated a technical all before guard D’Angelo Russell was ejected in the third quarter for a verbal …last_img read more