Now 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.
Ramson George, principal of Elder John Massey Junior High School, has been fined US$10,000 by the Civil Law Court, at the Temple of Justice.George was held liable (guilty) of forging the signature the late Bishop Philip Teah, to prepare a 25-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to run the affairs of the Elder John Massey Junior High School.The court also cancelled the fraudulent agreement and subsequently returned the school’s ownership to the Calvary Pentecostal Redemption Church.Principal George is the brain behind the preparation of the fraudulent agreement between the school and the church, the court said.The church’s school is situated in the Logan Town Community in Monrovia.Confirming their unanimous verdict on Wednesday, October 22, Judge Emery Paye declared that the “unanimous guilty verdict of the jury panel is hereby confirmed and affirmed. Defendant Ramson W. George is also fined US$10,000 and is authorized to immediately return the school to its legitimate owner, the Calvary Pentecostal Redemption Church.” The document allegedly prepared by the church and probated on May 27, 2004, at the Monthly and Probate Court for Montserrado County and copied to the Daily Observer, carried the signatures of David Sieh, chairman, school’s board, Ramson W. George, principal, T. Augustine Nyenswah, vice principal and H. Slewion Forh, registrar.David Sieh, whose name appeared on the fraudulent agreement, as chairman of the school’s board, is believed to be a relative of the Bishop Philip Teah, founder of the Calvary Pentecostal Redemption Church.The fake document had in it, “Authorization to run the affairs of the Elder John Massey Junior High School.”It further quoted the church as saying, “We the undersigned representatives, senior executives and authorities of the Calvary Pentecostal Redemption Church Inc, hereby turn over the Elder John Massey Junior High School to the Logan Town Community through and by its representatives in person of David Sieh, chairman, school’s board, Ramson W. George, principal, T. Augustine Nyenswah, vice principal and H. Slewion Forh, registrar.”It alleged, among other things, that “The decision by the Church to turn over the school to the community is predicated upon the below listed factors and reasons.”The document went ahead to name the reasons as follows: the inability of the Church to adequately run the day-to-day affairs of the school, due to lack of training and commitment of our church members in the field of education.”It maintained, “Lack of development vision to change the infrastructure of the school since 1991.”It also mentioned “the lack of trained and professional teachers to stimulate the increase in enrollment and learning environment of the school.”Therefore, the document quoted the church as saying, “The Elder John Massy School shall be in their care as proprietors for the development until they (the community) shall deem it necessary to turn over the school to us (the Church), if they think they are unable to achieve the goals for which the school has been given to them.Meanwhile, it further maintained,” “the school shall make available 25% of the bank balance, after the operations of each year to the Church as its tithe and the MOU shall be binding for a period of 25 years beginning May 27, 2004.”Henceforth, the document concluded, “the community has all rights and privileges over the running of the day-to-day and development of the Elder John Massy School.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)