The Port Truckers Association (PTA) of Liberia has taken serious exception to a recent contractual agreement signed between the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Conakry and United Mining, a Guinean trucking company, to provide transport services in Liberia on behalf of WFP Monrovia’s Ebola response. The Liberian truckers have rejected the agreement, describing it as an attempt to undermine the Liberianization policy and hurt the viability of the country’s transport industry. In a statement issued on Thursday, December 10 the PTA announced that it has filed formal complaints with several regulatory institutions in the country, including the National Port Authority (NPA), the Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Transportation, respectively, seeking their immediate intervention in investigating the contract entered into between the WFP Conakry Office and the private Guinean company. An investigation conducted by the Daily Observer revealed that United Mining, a private Guinean Company, has already imported 29 trucks and signed a contract valued at US$240,000 monthly, to transport the UN-WFP Liberia Ebola response food and other supplies in Liberia only. Our investigation also revealed that the Guinean trucking firm has already brought in truck drivers and conductors, all Guinean nationals, to operate the trucks here in Liberia.The contract is valued at US$ 240,000.00 monthly with an annual value of US$ 2,880,000.00 should it be extended to a year. At present, all 29 trucks under this contract are parked at the Samuel K. Doe (SKD) Sports Complex in Paynesville City outside Monrovia, awaiting clearance by the Bureau of Customs and Excise, whose officials have also raised concerns about the ownership of the trucks.Mr. William Dewalt, president of the Port Truckers Association, who signed the statement, said the Association had been diligently working with all major entities providing humanitarian assistance in Liberia, including the US Army and WFP Monrovia since September 2014. “The PTA has made over 2,500 trips all across Liberia with over 100 member trucks delivering relief supplies, medical equipment, personal protective equipments (PPEs), containers, and much more, to over twenty Ebola treatment centers, and has done so without any major incidents,” said Mr. Dewalt. “Our work has continued to receive praises. On October 1, 2014 we were awarded a formal contract with a US Logistics firm operating in Liberia to assist in the movement of its humanitarian supplies across Liberia,” he stated. The Port Truckers Association is a legitimate and recognized trade organization in Liberia representing the interests of Liberian truckers, drivers, vehicle owners and logistics companies.“We have a standing operational Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Port Authority (NPA) and therefore will not allow trucks from a Guinean company to enter the Freeport until all issues pertaining to the awarding of such a ‘lucrative contract’ to a Guinean Company — to the detriment of Liberian truckers — is fully addressed by the Government of Liberia and the World Health Organization (WHO),” Dewalt added.The Association has meanwhile vowed to pursue every legal avenue at its disposal to protect the livelihood and the rights of its members to equal opportunities; and to earn a living here in Liberia. The Liberian truckers raised several issues and concerns which they want to be addressed immediately. They want an answer to the burning question of why would the WFP-Conakry award such a lucrative contract to a Guinean Company and not offer the opportunity to Liberians? “Note that the entire contract was negotiated in Guinea and awarded to a Guinean company with absolutely no consideration whatsoever to Liberian companies. Why is WFP-Conakry entering into contracts for work in Liberia?” the Liberian truckers asked.They wondered why a private company in Guinea that leases trucks to the WFP does not have duty free privileges and cannot benefit simply because it rents trucks to the WFP, especially when local Liberian truckers are not awarded such a privilege when working for relief organizations with tax exempt status.Another issue raised by the Liberian truckers is whether the Guinean Company is exempt from paying income tax to the government of Liberia for income earned for work done in the country. They also want to know the position of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) on this matter. The Liberian truckers also want to know the arrangement with the Ministry of Labor and the Bureau of Immigration for permitting Guinean drivers and “conductors” by the Guinean Company and the WFP into Liberia to operate those trucks in the country when Liberians are available to do the work; and especially given the high unemployment and economic devastation from the Ebola outbreak.The Liberian truckers explained that Guinea Transport Authority does not allow Liberian trucks to transport goods back whenever they [Liberian trucks] go to Guinea to deliver goods.“Our trucks are NOT allowed by the Guinean authorities to transport goods back to Liberia, so they come back empty. The Guinean transport authorities are emphatic that any goods leaving Guinea must be brought out by Guinean trucks,” declared Mr. Dewalt. “If the Guineans are willing to protect their workers, why are Liberians not willing to do the same? Should the Government of Liberia really allow this level of unfairness towards Liberian workers?The Port Truckers Association has completely rejected the attempt of the WFP, which they say is apparently a very questionable contractual arrangement. They have called on the WFP, as an agency of the United Nations (UN), to be an organization that builds people up, not breaks them down economically, especially a small and fragile economy like Liberia’s that is already suffering under the devastation of Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– as over 200 residents affectedOne day after the Chairman of Region Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo) complained about the high levels of mercury present in the region and affecting more than 200 residents in the Rupununi, Government, through Minister of State Joseph Harmon at last week’s post cabinet press briefing, has committed to look into the situation.Minister Harmon has said that while he does not have any information on the issue, he would engage the Natural Resources and Communities Ministries to ensure that the matter is looked into.“This is something that the President has actually been very firm on – the question of the use of mercury, particularly in the gold and diamond mining industries, where they use that in the extraction of (the minerals).“I don’t have the specific details of [this particular case], but what I can say is that wherever that has occurred, the Government will take very clear and decisive actions in regard (to having the situation addressed),” he assured.Region Nine Chairman, Brain Allicock, disclosed at a press conference on Thursday that the situation of high mercury levels in the Rupununi was discovered following studies and surveys conducted by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in collaboration with the South Rupununi District Council earlier this year. Villages in close proximity to areas with mining activities have been targeted.Allicock declared the situation is so severe that the metal has been detected in the systems of an entire village of some 200 residents, the contamination having occurred by the village using contaminated water.“Actually, one hundred per cent of the people in Para Bara are contaminated. That’s like 200-plus persons. There’re some other traces within nearby communities… some in Aishalton. They did several tests using the hair [of residents]. Samples were sent overseas too, to be analysed further, and they came up with the same type of results, with the indication as to where [is contaminated],” Allicock noted.Chairman Allicock explained that these villages are being affected because the ‘head water’ is contaminated, and as a result of the outflows of the rivers, the contamination gets into all the rivers. However, he noted that the only river not yet contaminated is the Rupununi.Chairman Allicock blames the presence of mercury in the region’s water network on illegal mining activities, which he said are proving to be difficult to eradicate.“There is a lot of illegal mining that cannot be controlled, even though we have rangers and so. There’s a network where, by the time I send our guys in — the military and the Police – everybody knows they’re going, so whatever they have, they put away and hide,” the Chairman revealed.He also highlighted that there are mining activities ongoing in certain restricted areas, but he said the miners have documents purportedly issued by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).Probed in this respect, the GGMC has denied issuing documents authorising mining activities in restricted areas, despite signatures and stamps being attached to those documents.“I don’t know if they have a similar stamp from GGMC anywhere else that they’re using to stamp these documents with signatures too… [But] the thing is, it’s our people that are suffering; not the people on the coast; not the ministers out here, but our people; and that’s what we have to address. How do we help our people to come out of those situations?” a concerned Allicock questioned.This is not the first report of mercury contamination coming out of the Region. Last week, officials from the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) decried “wilful” damages being registered on its infrastructure by illegal miners, saying this action is not only disrupting distribution services to communities such as Mahdia, but can also prove to be harmful to residents utilising water from those breached waterlines.“We don’t know what chemicals these miners are using, and if those chemicals get into the pipes, (they) could get to the communities. And these same miners will have families residing in Mahdia, and they won’t want to have chemicals which are dangerous to (people’s) health getting into the lines and then getting to (their) family members or friends or (their) loved ones. So that is one of the risks that are facing us right now,” GWI’s Planning and Implementation Director, Ramchand Jailall, highlighted.Last year, at the 1st Conference of parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Geneva, Switzerland, President David Granger recommitted to eliminating the use of mercury in Guyana by 2027.Against this backdrop, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman on Friday disclosed that he has restricted the importation of 30,000 kg of mercury into Guyana from Mexico, given the increasing cases of mercury contamination occurring within the hinterland regions, coupled with the incident wherein employees of the GGMC and Guyana Gold Board have suffered from mercury poisoning.
People’s Choice Financial, which operates a sub-prime mortgage unit, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday. In papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana, the Irvine-based company estimated it had assets worth more than $100 million and liabilities exceeding $100 million. Among its subsidiaries is People’s Choice Home Loan Inc., which became the latest sub-prime mortgage lender to fall during the current shakeout. Such lenders specialize in relatively expensive loans to people with low credit scores. Other sub-prime lenders, including Ownit Mortgage Solutions and Mortgage Lenders Network Inc., have also sought bankruptcy protection in recent months. The company said it intends to “explore financial and strategic alternatives.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On Monday, Wells Fargo & Co. said it was eliminating more than 500 jobs in a division that makes home loans to high-risk borrowers, adding to the economic distress caused by the decaying sub-prime mortgage market. People’s Choice Financial Corp. said it has more than 10,000 creditors, with the largest unsecured claim against it approaching $43,000. People’s Choice listed six lenders, including Wachovia Bank, Residential Funding Corp. and Credit Suisse, but did not disclose specific loan amounts. A call to People’s Choice was not immediately returned Tuesday. The company released a statement citing problems securing financing for its loans, requests by lenders to repurchase loans and declining prices for sub-prime loans sold in the secondary market.
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching as we all know and Magees Pharmacy have compiled a list of 12 reasons why she deserves the best on March 15th.1. She can power clean the house in 5 minutes if someone decides to drop by without notice.2. She will listen to overly descriptive drama, and sound interested (“So then he was like, and then I was like, and then she was like, and then she did this!!!”) 3. She will be your personal taxi driver, for FREE… (Seriously, be grateful!)4. She will be able to make a meal out of leftover roast chicken, a half leftover pepper and peanut butter.5. She knows what sibling jealousy means and becomes a Chemistry Master when it comes to pouring fruit juice (“HEY!! Jamie got more than me!! NOT FAIR!”)6. She knows how to use “On the way back” when the kids are being bratty 7. She cannot sleep until she knows everyone is home safely. She wonders why she looks tired all the time!8. She knows best. Every single time. Just because.9. She can find literally anything, anywhere. Nothing is ever lost for long.10. She will LIKE all of your Facebook posts and comment “Mom-ish” things for your friends to call you on.11. She will write “LOVE, MOM” at the end of every text message, like we couldn’t possibly know who the message is from otherwise. It will also take her a little more time to “get with the kids”, in a lovable way: 12. She is a teacher, a nurse, a cook, a shoulder to cry on. She is your best friend and sometimes your enemy. She has the ability to annoy and embarrass you beyond reason. She is all of the above, and certainly irreplaceable.WE LOVE YOU MUM!!If our 12 reasons aren’t enough to convince you to get her something special, then….WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU??For others, visit www.magees.ie for her favorite fragrance, skincare, or pampering package. Or for the mammy who doesn’t need anything else as she is already perfect, get her a personalised photo gift using your favourite family photo!PS: We are also running a “JAMMY MAMMY” themed Facebook giveaway to win a hamper of beauty products worth over €500!Enter here by Liking and Sharing this post.Love to all mums,Magees xxMAGEES PHARMACY OUTLINE 12 REASONS WHY YOUR MUM DESERVES THE BEST THIS MOTHER’S DAY was last modified: March 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesMagee’s PharmacyMother’s Daynews
People all over the world will be able to tune in LIVE for the glamourous showcase of this year’s Mary from Dungloe International Festival Crowning Cabaret.The entertainment spectacular, hosted by International Superstar Daniel O’Donnell, promises to be a wonderful finale to this year’s special anniversary celebrations, rounding up an incredible programme of events.Donegal Daily, along with Jacksons Media TV, will be broadcasting live coverage online of the Crowning Cabaret on August 6th. This is a wonderful chance for people at home to cheer on the Marys as they take to the stage to be interviewed and do their party piece. The 2017 Marys at The McElhinney’s of Ballybofey Golden Jubilee Banquet at the 50th Mary From Dungloe International Festival. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinWhen is it? Sunday 6th August at 8pm (Irish Time) Here’s how you can tune in:1 – Via our websites. www.donegaldaily.com and www.donegalwoman.ie will host links to the live stream.2 – Facebook Live. The coverage will be shown via Facebook Live on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily/3 – Smart TV. Have you got a smart tv? Then, why not hook us up by going into our YouTube channel – Donegal Daily TV – CLICK HERE – where the coverage will also be running. The atmosphere in Ionad Spóirt Na Rosann Dungloe is going to be electric for what promises to be a fantastic night of live entertainment. The Crowning Cabaret takes on special significance this year as it is the 50th anniversary of the Mary from Dungloe International Festival.COMPETITION: WIN with Castle GroveTo celebrate Donegal Daily’s live coverage of the Mary from Dungloe, Castle Grove Country House Hotel are giving away a wonderful break for two.Castle Grove Country House HotelOne lucky winner will get a chance to escape to the quiet country for a luxurious overnight stay at Castle Grove outside Letterkenny.The prize is one night’s B&B, plus an evening dinner for two in the award winning restaurant.To win, all you have to do is LIKE and SHARE this article on Donegal Daily’s Facebook Timeline www.facebook.com/donegaldaily/ T&C’s apply. Visit Castle Grove on Facebook to plan your visit.The 2017 Marys had a wonderful time this week visiting the hotel and hearing the rich history of the land:Don’t forget to tune in on Sunday 6th August! Daniel O’Donnell himself is looking forward to the big night, and so are we!How to watch the Mary from Dungloe Crowning Cabaret. Plus: WIN a stay at Castle Grove! was last modified: August 1st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:castle grove country house hotelcrowning cabaretlive streamMary from Dungloe International Festival
Falcarragh man Jason McGee is currently studying Sport at LYIT after completing a Youthreach programme in Gortahork.Having failed the Leaving Cert Mathematics exam in 2016, Jason (19) enrolled as an external learner at Youthreach in Gortahork in order to secure his place at LYIT alongside over twenty other learners on the programme.GAA player Jason says that Youthreach involved a mixture of both practical and theory-based study, “there was construction and art, which was a lot of practical work, but math and communication subjects included written work. Each learner has a folder with assignments to have done and are then graded.” Donegal ETB’s Youthreach programme provides Level 2, 3 and 4 education, training and work experience programmes to help young people between the ages of 16 and 20 to progress to employment or college.Youthreach tutors employ a balanced programme of education, training and personal development whilst teaching.“The tutors were all brilliant and easy to get along with. They’re slightly different to the ordinary school teacher they’re more friendly and outgoing to all the learners and I think that the learners all respected them for that.“I enjoyed just getting an hour or two myself to study my maths and had plenty maths to do from my grinds teacher but PE was always good. “There was plenty of group projects and days out that way everyone bonded brilliantly.”From completing the course, Jason says he developed his communication and computing skills, and feels the work experience at a local gym has been a huge help to his career prospects as he wishes to go on to do Physical Education.“My aim was to pass my Leaving Cert and studying in the centre helped me as I probably wouldn’t have worked as hard at home.”The training allowance offered by Youthreach makes the courses more accessible for learners, which Jason says was a big help.Jason has now set his sights on obtaining a degree and is looking forward to working full-time doing what he loves. About YouthreachYouthreach offers young people a wide range of learning and training opportunities. A range of national QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) qualifications are provided including Level 2 General Learning, Level 3 Employability Skills and Level 4 General Learning.Subjects, varying from centre to centre, include art and craft, catering, computers, childcare, hairdressing, health and fitness, literacy, numeracy, office skills, outdoor pursuits, personal development, woodcraft and many more.Work experience is also an important part of the Youthreach programme. Other qualifications include basic food hygiene, ECDL, First Aid and Gaisce Awards.Centres also provide an extensive health promotion programme covering areas such as positive mental health, sexual health, alcohol and drugs, road safety, citizenship and money management. Fun is also an important part of Youthreach and regular trips and events such as an annual county-wide table quiz, MasterChef, pool, bowling and football competitions also take place throughout the year.For more information you can follow this link: http://www.donegaletb.ie/schools-youth-services/youthreach/.You can also call the Youthreach Centres on the following numbers:Ballyshannon (Antoinette) – 071 98 51286Buncrana/Glengad (Jayne) – 074 93 62466Gortahork (Ciaran) – 074 91 35218Letterkenny (Gillian) – 074 91 22585Lifford (Aidan) – 074 91 42114Easy as Pi: How Youthreach helped Jason enrol in dream college course was last modified: September 23rd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Donegal ETBYOUTHREACH
Tags:#Autonomous car#driverless#Michigan#Otto#Self-Driving#Uber#Wixom For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… David Curry Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Uber has settled on Wixom, Michigan as the base for its new autonomous vehicle research center, which will focus on embedding the company’s self-driving system into cars.Michigan is one of the hottest areas for tech and auto firms trialling self-driving tech. This gives Uber easy access to several automakers that could become potential partners in the future, when the ride-hailing firm rolls out its self-driving taxis in major cities.See Also: Northwest U.S. drivers won’t hand the wheel to self-driving carsUber started to look into a Michigan base of operations in September, but only finalized the location this month, according to Detroit Free Press. It has not said if it will test its self-driving vehicles on public roads in Michigan, as it does in Pittsburgh and Arizona.“We will be focused on integrating our technology into automakers’ vehicles,” said Sherif Marakby, Uber vice president of global vehicle development. “We started a few months ago on recruiting and already have engineers in Detroit to meet with Tier 1 suppliers. We’ve also had discussions with automakers.”Uber doesn’t want to get into hardwareUber recently said it does not want to handle the design or manufacturing of self-driving cars, instead it will use commercial vehicles, like the Ford Fusion and Volvo X90 hybrid, and embed the self-driving software.That might work for now, but as General Motors and Ford start to spend more on building their own self-driving systems, it might be harder for Uber to establish partnerships with these huge automakers.Michigan recently legalized self-driving cars on the road, making it one of the most progressive states on autonomous car laws. It stands in contrast to California, which recently deregistered more than a dozen of the company’s self-driving taxis from the roads for failing to submit the correct autonomous permit.That led to the firm shipping all of its self-driving taxis from the state to Arizona, where the governor has approved of the company’s self-driving program. 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…
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Sea stars, one of the most iconic animals of North America’s coastal waters, are succumbing to an unknown, gruesome disease. Animals waste away, their bodies falling apart and arms ripping themselves off. This time-lapse video from the Vancouver Aquarium shows a sick sea star losing its arms, one symptom of the disease in the wild. Wasting syndrome was not confirmed in this individual.The massive outbreak has researchers baffled, because the syndrome is far more widespread and is afflicting many more species than ever before. “It comes in quickly, hits hard, and spreads far,” says Carolyn Friedman of the University of Washington, Seattle. Researchers are conducting laboratory experiments and genetic analyses to identify the elusive culprit. Meanwhile, many local populations have crashed, all along the west and east coasts of North America, and some researchers fear that some species may even go extinct. “The magnitude of the potential loss to invertebrate biodiversity is so overwhelming,” says Drew Harvell of Cornell University in a New Focus article in tomorrow’s issue of Science. Because sea stars are top predators, their disappearance will likely have a broad ecological impact in coming years.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
F.C. Barcelona defender Gerard Pique on Thursday admitted that Real Madrid C.F. star Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to win the 2017 Ballon d’Or award, given to best footballer of the season by France Football magazine since 1956.Pique chose Ronaldo over his Barcelona clubmate Lionel Messi following the Portuguese striker’s title win in La Liga and Champions League.Messi and Ronaldo have shared nine Ballon d’Or awards between them since 2008.”Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Champions League and La Liga, so he is the favourite. Messi is considered the best player in history and then there are other options,” Pique was quoted saying by Marca newspaper.Pique also denied having any grudges over Spanish national teammate and defender Sergio Ramos who plays for Real Madrid.”The rivalry between Real Madrid C.F. and Barcelona F.C. is very big, Ramos defends Madrid and I, Barcelona,” he said.”When we face each other, we try to defend our colours, but when we go with the national team we fight together,” Pique said.Talking about his future aspirations after retirement, Pique mentioned he wants to become his club president.”Someday I would like to be president of Barcelona F.C., but that is still a long way off. I don’t think about it, just to have a long career as a footballer,” he said.