first_imgThe shortlist was decided by the 80 coaches of the clubs that played in the Champions League and Europa League group stages, as well as 55 journalists.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has won the award twice, as has Portuguese forward Ronaldo.Since its inception in 2011, unlike other similar individual awards, the UEFA accolade has not been totally dominated by Ronaldo and Messi.Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta won the honour in 2012, followed by French winger Franck Ribery a year later.Real Madrid, who have lifted the European Cup in three of the past four seasons, had four players in the top 10, with Luka Modric fourth, Toni Kroos fifth and Sergio Ramos seventh.Argentinian forward Paulo Dybala (sixth) joined his Juve team-mate Buffon in being named, while Monaco’s rising teenage star Kylian Mbappe, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and former Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic rounded out the top 10.Luis Suarez, who scored 37 goals for Barcelona in all competitions last season, missed out, as did his former team-mate Neymar, who has since joined Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record 222-million-euro ($260.9m) move.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been shortlisted for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo © AFP/File / TIMOTHY A. CLARYPARIS, France, Aug 15 – Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been named as one of three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, European football’s governing body announced on Tuesday.The 39-year-old Buffon was a key member of the Juventus side that reached last season’s Champions League final, but he missed out on a first winner’s medal as the Italians were beaten 4-1 by Ronaldo’s Real Madrid in Cardiff.last_img read more

first_img She was addressing a JIS Think Tank at the agency’s head office on Half-Way Tree Road on Thursday (May 18). “We have to get back to why it was in the first place that the whole initiative of Labour Day resonated with Jamaica the way it did, and I cannot think of a better time than now to volunteer,” said Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Dr. Janice Lindsay. Jamaicans are being urged to bring back the spirit of volunteerism as the country prepares to participate in a slew of Labour Day activities islandwide on Tuesday, May 23. Story Highlights Jamaicans are being urged to bring back the spirit of volunteerism as the country prepares to participate in a slew of Labour Day activities islandwide on Tuesday, May 23.“We have to get back to why it was in the first place that the whole initiative of Labour Day resonated with Jamaica the way it did, and I cannot think of a better time than now to volunteer,” said Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Dr. Janice Lindsay.She was addressing a JIS Think Tank at the agency’s head office on Half-Way Tree Road on Thursday (May 18).Dr. Lindsay noted that volunteering is even more pertinent at this time, in light of the displacement caused by recent flood rains. “This is an opportunity to mobilise the people to get communities back up and running again,” she said.She is encouraging persons to go out and participate in the major projects that will be carried out in each parish.In Kingston and St. Andrew, renovations will continue at the Ward Theatre, and the Central Police Station will also benefit from construction and repair works. These are also the national projects.In Manchester, works will be carried out at the Mandeville Courthouse and Police Station and at the parish’s infirmary. Other general repairs, whitewashing of kerbs and painting of pedestrian crossings will also be undertaken.Other projects include work at the Lucky Hill Basic School in Glengoffe, St. Catherine; painting and fence repairs at the Neville Antonio Park in Portland; painting, bushing and washing of walls at the Trelawny courthouse; and bushing and planting along the New Holland Main Road in St. Elizabeth.Fences will be constructed in Lemington District in Westmoreland, and painting will be done and a gate built at the Dundee Primary and Infant School in the parish.In St. Mary, volunteers are expected to gather at the Fort Haldane Civic Centre for the planting of palms, painting, de-bushing and the reinstallation of a cannon that was removed.The repair of the road leading to the Montego Hill Police Station is the national project for St. James.Meanwhile, significant work is to be done at the Heritage Park in Stony Gut, St. Thomas, including the bushing of verges from the Spring Garden main road to the heritage site.Earthen drains on the site are to be cleaned; septic covers, trees and fence posts will be painted; and garbage bins installed.last_img read more