Croatia’s captain was an inspirational figure as they surpassed all expectations to reach the World Cup final and also played a big role in Madrid’s Champions League and Club World Cup wins.“I hope that Luka will be the best player in the world,” Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic told AFP.“He deserves it because he was the best player in the Club World Cup and the best player in the World Cup.“Messi and Ronaldo are fantastic players, but this year is the year of Luka.”Salah also makes the podium for the first time after an incredible 44-goal debut season for Liverpool that carried the Reds to the Champions League final.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal However, a shoulder injury suffered early on in the final robbed him of the chance to help Liverpool lift the trophy and also meant he wasn’t in peak condition to lead Egypt’s World Cup bid.Despite scoring in each of his two appearances in Russia, The Pharaohs bowed out at the group stage with three defeats.France’s World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps is favourite to win the best coach award ahead of Dalic and former Real coach Zinedine Zidane, who stepped down in June after overseeing three Champions League triumphs in just two and a half years in charge.Even if they lose out on the best player award, Messi and Ronaldo could walk away with a prize as they are both nominated for the Puskas award for best goal.Messi’s solitary World Cup goal against Nigeria and Ronaldo’s spectacular overhead kick against his future employers in the Champions League quarter-finals are two of 10 goals on the shortlist, also including Gareth Bale’s acrobatic strike for Real in the Champions League final.The best goalkeeper prize is to be contested by France captain Hugo Lloris, Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel and Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois, whose World Cup heroics earned him a move to Madrid from Chelsea.Lyon’s Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg and German midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan are joined by Brazilian five-time winner Marta of Orlando Pride in the running for the best women’s player after winning the Champions League with the French giants.Reynold Pedros of Lyon, Japan boss Asako Takakura and Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman are in the running for best women’s coach. 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Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric looks on during the UEFA Champions League group G football match between Real Madrid CF and AS Roma at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSCristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards is under threat from Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric and Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah when FIFA’s player of the year is announced on Monday.For the first time in 12 years Messi is not even nominated among the three finalists for the award after early exits for Argentina at the World Cup and Barcelona in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES 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 Both Messi and Ronaldo have won FIFA’s award in different guises five times each, and the Portuguese can move out on his own after winning a third straight Champions League title with Real Madrid before heading for pastures new with Juventus in July.For a sixth straight season, Ronaldo was the Champions League’s top scorer with 15 goals and also scored four times at the World Cup, including a hat-trick against Spain in a thrilling 3-3 draw to open Portugal’s campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHowever, Portugal’s last 16 exit to Uruguay in Russia and Ronaldo’s failure to score in the semi-finals or final of the Champions League has opened the door for Modric.‘The year of Luka’ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
Mr. Blama (center) with stakeholders at the start of the workshop.Authorities of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Danish Technical University (DTU) Partnership on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, commenced a three-day inception workshop on a Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Project.According to an EPA release, the project assists developing countries, which are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to determine their technology priorities for the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change.It is implemented by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Danish Technical University (DTU) Partnership on behalf of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). EPA Executive Director, Nathanial T. Blama, Sr., said the project seeks to transfer technological knowledge and skills from developed countries to Liberia. Blama said that as a member of a global village, Liberia benefits from technology advancement, including the invention of mobile phones, and disclosed that the project seeks to transfer some of this knowledge used to develop phones and other devices.According to him, the project will not achieve its objectives in the absence of information on Liberia’s technology deficit; therefore, Blama called on participants representing line ministries and agencies to cooperate with the project team by releasing information on their capacities whenever they are approached.He said the world has evolved from one level to the other to the extent that people are leaning on their strength to do research and development. “To develop your capacities to adapt to the change in the environment or the occurrences within the environment, you cannot do it with your naked eye neither with your naked instincts. It has to be through technology advancement.”Mr. Blama said UNEP Liberia Country Coordinator, Lucy Gregersen, corroborated that the project intends to help Liberia prioritize technologies that would contribute or adapt to climate change. According to Ms. Gregersen, the project is a country-driven process and should, therefore, be considered a national development goal. “It is also a participatory process where the involvement of all stakeholders is crucial, which is why we have asked you all to join us in the process,” she told the participants.Ms. Gregersin said that the value gained from involving the different stakeholders in the process means that the country will become stronger in tackling climate change, especially as the TNA provides a roadmap for stakeholders to join in the country’s technological and innovation system in climate change.She lauded Mr. Blama for organizing the workshop.Dr. Bothwell Batidziral, senior research officer at Cape Town University, South Africa, said that the workshop signifies the launch of the TNA project in Liberia. Dr. Batidziral said that each participant represents key institutions in the country which is expected to contribute to the implementation of the project.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Tributes have been pouring in for the young Donegal man who was critically injured following an incident outside a premises in Derry yesterday morning.Caolan Page, 19, from Killea, suffered serious head injuries as a result of the incident which happened on Magazine Street in the city centre.Several of Caolan’s friends have said he passed away at Altnagelvin Hospital yesterday but there is still no official confirmation. A Facebook site in honour of the popular young man, RIP Caolan Page, and has almost 3,000 likes on it already.Many personal tributes have been paid on the site to the 19 year old former St.Columb’s student.The Facebook site claims that Caolan was attacked in Derry city centre.Initial reports had suggested he had fallen from Derry’s walls but there is still no official confirmation on the status of the police investigation. The PSNI cordoned off the area where Caolan was found yesterday as forensics officers moved in.The PSNI also appealed for anybody who was in the vicinity of Magazine Street around 2am yesterday to contact them if they may have witnessed anything unusual.MYSTERY SURROUNDS CRITICAL ATTACK ON TRAGIC DONEGAL MAN was last modified: October 16th, 2011 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:Caolan PageDerryKillea
INDEPENDENT election candidate Frank McBrearty Jnr says he and his campaign team have already taken down their election posters.The former Mayor is at his count in Stranorlar today where he is expected to be comfortably re-elected, possibly on the first count.“It’s important that posters are taken down quickly and we’ve done that already,” he said. “I’m hoping we have taken them all down, but just in case anyone sees one we’ve missed we’d be grateful if they’d get it touch.” ELECTION 2014: ‘I’VE ALREADY TAKEN MY POSTERS DOWN’ SAYS McBREARTY was last modified: May 25th, 2014 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:Frank McBreartypostersStranorlar
Jim Duncan Track Update – July 14 Story Links Drake University’s iconic Blue Oval is undergoing a facelift this summer as a new state-of-the-art Jim Duncan Track is being installed inside the venerable stadium.A new Mondo Super X surface will be placed upon the existing track, guaranteeing that the Jim Duncan Track remains a world-class competitive venue for years to come.The new track, which will bear the familiar blue hue of its predecessor, is the same surface that the 2012 London Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics were contested on. The prefabricated synthetic rubber surface is composed of two layers vulcanized together to produce a seamless surface. Designed to produce superior athletic performance, the Mondo track surface provides the optimum blend of energy return and comfort for both sprint and distance events and guarantees an ideal combination of shock absorption and elasticity for jumpers.Progress on the resurfacing continues on schedule with the entire oval now covered in the new surface, view the entire photo gallery of the project’s progress here. The project’s progress will be updated throughout the summer on www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com.Print Friendly Version
137: Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, presents the Golden Bridges Award for Education to Professor Neil Gershenfeld on behalf of The Nerve Centre’s John Peto.148: Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely, presents the Golden Bridges Award for Commerce to Vice President of Campsie based Bemis Company Inc, Marty Scaminaci.Golden Bridges Person of the Year Awarded to Inishowen Flood Relief Campaigner was last modified: November 20th, 2017 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) Captions for images:161: Leas Chathoirleach of Donegal County Council, Councillor Noel Jordan presents the Golden Bridges Person of the Year to Declan Houton from Glengad, organiser of the ‘Homes for Donegal’ Fundraiser. Inishowen flood relief campaigner Declan Houton, organiser of the ‘Homes for Donegal’ fundraising campaign, has claimed the prestigious Person of the Year Award at the Golden Bridges Awards Luncheon in Boston.The Awards were part of the Golden Bridges Conference, the climax of the joint Donegal Derry/Strabane trade mission to Boston and seek to honour those forging transatlantic partnerships between Ireland and the US.Leas-Chathaoirleach Cllr Noel Jordan presented the Person of the Year Award to Glengad native Declan Houton in recognition of his outstanding efforts to raise funds to support those affected by the devastating floods in Inishowen in August. “It was an honour for me to present this award to Declan Houton and to recognise his outstanding contribution to help alleviate the suffering experienced by those affected by the floods in August”.“These awards are a great way to continue to build on the very strong relationships between both regions and to highlight the special connection that exists between Donegal Derry & Strabane and our diaspora in the Greater Boston area”.The Nerve Centre’s John Peto was also among the winners as he received the Education award for his Fab Foundation project that develops local young people’s skills in digital manufacturing while the Vice President of Campsie based Bemis Company Inc, Marty Scaminaci, received the award for Commerce.Cllr Maolíosa McHugh Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council said “the Golden Bridges awards were a fitting climax to our week long trip in Boston and a great way to honour the dynamic relationships being forged in the various community, business, education, arts and culture initiatives in Ireland and the US. “I was particularly pleased for the local winners among the honourees who have carried out tireless work to improve the lives of people on both sides of the Atlantic and maintain the close ties between our regions.“The Golden Bridges Conference that preceded Friday’s awards was an ideal forum to showcase our region, share ideas and discuss how best to progress the transatlantic relationship between Boston and the North West of Ireland.”Among the other Golden Bridges honourees were Director of the NI Bureau Norman Houston who received the Peace and Reconciliation award, Maureen Coyne Norris from the Maine Irish Cultural Centre who was recognised for her services to the diaspora while The Dave Burke Award went to Bob Collins of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.Representative Mary Keefe from Worcester, MA received the services to Irish American politics award while the award for Irish Literature went to Dr Kelly Matthews, Associate Professor of Literature at Framington State University.The morning’s conference saw officers from Ulster University, Letterkenny IT and the North West Regional College join representatives from Harvard in a panel discussion on the benefits of a strategic alliance between the three further and higher education providers in the region and the increasing partnerships with Boston-based colleges. Delegates heard from Donegal County Council Chief Executive Seamus Neely and Derry City and Strabane District Council Chief Executive John Kelpie who discussed Ireland’s role as America’s Best Friend in Europe.Officers from both Councils also discussed ‘Driving Tourism to the North West through World Class Events’ and ‘Helping Start-ups Survive and Thrive’.The North West delegation, which included 15 local companies and was led by Leas Chathoirleach of Donegal County Council, Councillor Noel Jordan and Mayor McHugh and returned to Ireland on Saturday and work will begin this week on building on the strong connections made during their week in the US.Follow up projects include a first ever trade and investment delegation trip to Pennsylvania in the summer following a successful meeting with Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney last Monday. The packed week long itinerary included a meeting with the President of the Worcester Chamber Tim Murray, Irish Consul-General Fionnuala Quinlan and members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.Several networking engagements took place including an Ireland North West Showcase event and an Invest NI Breakfast with Ireland’s Ambassador to the USA Daniel Mulhall and key influencers in the Boston area.Ends
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By DANA CORDELL, DENA FAM, and NICK FLORINEditor’s note: The authors are Australian. Every year thousands of new contaminants enter the market in common consumer products and are washed down our drains without treatment. They end up in the water we drink, the fish we eat, and other marine life. These contaminants are lawfully produced and sold by the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.Contaminants can range from microbeads and nanoparticles in cosmetics, to microthreads or cancer-causing NPEs and phthalates in synthetic clothing and flame retardants. They can also be antimicrobials and endocrine disruptors from our medication.Regulations are unable to keep up with the barrage of potentially dangerous contaminants entering the market. Instead, we believe companies should take more responsibility for the damage they cause our environment and public health, by making sure their products aren’t toxic before they hit the market. Should You Worry About PFOA in Your Water?Adopting a Green Lifestyle Ten Things You Need to Know About the New U.S.Chemicals LawIs There Lead in the Water of Your Green Building?Study Linking Autism to Vinyl Flooring Stokes Phthalate Debate RELATED ARTICLES U.S. researchers have identified some 80,000 chemical contaminants in wastewater sludge, while the European Union has identified at least 140,000. It is hard to say how many exist in Australian wastewater, but given that Australian consumers buy and use similar products to Americans and Europeans, we can safely assume broadly similar levels.This makes for a vast range of substances for regulators to consider. Furthermore, restricted pollutants, such as bisphenol A (BPA), can be substituted with compounds that haven’t attracted the same level of scrutiny. Current guidelines mostly focus on a narrow list of “mainstream” contaminants, such as heavy metals like lead and mercury.The environmental risk is increased by the changing ways we manage solid waste and wastewater, especially as waste is increasingly diverted for use in energy and food production. We need to act on the potential threat of chemical compounds in our wastewater that don’t break down or become concentrated in higher quantities as they move up the food chain. And wastewater contaminants are typically much harder than solid waste to trace back to their original source.The potential impacts on the environment, human health, and infrastructure are broad and in many cases unknown. Some contaminants can exert their toxic effects in local aquatic ecosystems very quickly. An example is the impact of estrogen on the feminization of fish.While other countries have begun regulating these hazardous compounds, we are falling behind. A Greenpeace report, Toxic Threads, singled out Australia as at risk of becoming the dumping ground of the Western world.Presently, much of the burden to manage these risks falls on wastewater service providers, environmental protection authorities, regulatory bodies and ultimately ratepayers. However, we have the opportunity to transform how we manage tens of thousands of emergent and existing contaminants. We have the potential to involve the companies that produce these contaminants in their responsible life-cycle management to ensure environmental and public health is maintained. Extending responsibility to producersThese companies can take a lesson from the solid waste sector. A good example is the EU, where manufacturers of everything from cars to carpets can be legally required to take back their products at the end of their life. This is known as “extended producer responsibility,” or product stewardship.A U.N. project, Chemicals in Products, helps fill in knowledge gaps along product supply chains to ensure potentially hazardous chemicals can be traced back to their source. In Australia, more than 20 predominantly voluntary industry-led initiatives promote active responsibility for products across their lifespan, including after they have been discarded.These schemes can help to drive innovations in product and process design, such as building computers and refrigerators for easy disassembly and reuse. Currently, such rules only apply to solid waste products, but the federal government’s Product Stewardship Act (2011) is soon to be reviewed. There’s an opportunity to expand this type of extended producer responsibility approach to a broader range of products and contaminants that end up in wastewater to better share management and the burden of clean-up among manufacturers, retailers, waste service providers and consumers. Tens of thousands of contaminantsContaminants in common products like shampoos, toothpaste and makeup are almost impossible to manage once they hit our shelves. Once sold, they almost inevitably end up washed down the drain, where the burden of dealing with them falls largely on the taxpayer-funded wastewater system. Transforming our approachGiven the rate at which new contaminants of unknown toxicity enter our cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and cleaning products (and end up in our waterways), the precautionary principle may need to apply.For example, companies could be required to prove their new chemical compounds have a benign effect on the environment and human health before being released onto the market.This precautionary principle, which puts the burden of proof on companies, was first applied to hazardous chemicals introduced to the European market. This pre-market approach has since been implemented in California and China.Mitigating risks of individual contaminants will require a range of possible policy, industry, and consumer responses. In the case of microbeads, for example, consumers can choose to avoid buying such products, and governments can and are banning microbeads.Extended producer responsibility provides an incentive for industry to avoid contaminants altogether at the product design stage. In the pharmaceutical industry there are examples of companies adopting “green chemistry” approaches that avoid the use of hazardous ingredients in the production of medicines and the need for downstream waste treatment. Either way, questions about the potential risks and environmental impact of the different approaches taken will need to be answered.However, managing unknown risks of thousands of emergent contaminants in wastewater for which there is little traceability — and hence accountability — may require an integrated and precautionary approach. But the question still remains: whose responsibility? The authors are research directors at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.
Seeking to enhance economic, business and cultural relations with African countries, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday assured representatives of African nations that India will continue to be their trusted partner and work closely for their economic and social empowerment. Ms. Swaraj was in Gandhinagar to participate in Africa Day event held as part of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in which representatives, including ministers and diplomats, of over 50 African countries participated. “Our PM has accorded top priority to Africa in our foreign and economic policy. As Africa marches in its journey towards security, renewal and prosperity, India will remain a trusted partner, working closely with Africa for the economic and social empowerment of its people,” she said in her address. “Strong relations between India and Africa will go a long way in redefining the contours of the international order on more egalitarian lines,” she said.Stressing the importance of Africa for the government in India, she said it was the first time India dedicated an entire day to a continent during the investors’ meet. According to her, it’s being held during the 150th birth anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi and the 100th birth anniversary of iconic African leader Nelson Mandela.Talking about growing business and economic ties between India and African nations, she said Africa had emerged as an important trade and investment partner of India. “The trade between India and Africa stood at USD 62.66 billion for 2017-18, which reflects a nearly 22% increase over the previous year. India is ranked third largest export destination in Africa,” she added. India has accorded Duty Free Tariff Preference (DFTP) Scheme to 38 African countries. She said the recent signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement will further boost trade and economic ties with Africa.“In recent years, there has been a surge in Indian investment in Africa. India is the fifth largest investor in Africa with cumulative investments of USD 54 billion,” she said. Indian investments in African will grow manifold in the coming years due to the Indian government’s thrust in strengthening ties with the resource-rich continent. According to her, major areas identified for investments are minerals and mining, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, infrastructure, high-technology manufacturing and information and communication technology.“Currently, 189 projects in 42 African countries for nearly USD 11.4 billion are being implemented under the Indian Line of Credits). These projects have had a positive impact in many African countries and are changing the lives of its people by covering a range of sectors,” she added.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday recommended India’s top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for the prestigious Arjuna award.Besides Pujara, Indian woman’s cricket team player Harmanpreet Kaur has also been nominated by the Board for the award.Pujara has been India’s prolific run-scorer this season having notched up 1,316 runs, which is the highest ever aggregate of runs by an Indian batsman in a single Test season.As far as his Test career is concerned so far, Pujara has amassed 3798 runs in 48 Tests he played at an average of 51.Harmanpreet, on the other hand, has been the best batswoman for the country in limited-overs format.She played a significant role during India’s T20 series victory against Australia Down Under besides also playing a pivotal role in Women’s Asia Cup triumph.