Press Association Stephanie Roche has missed out on becoming the first woman to win the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year. Colombia’s James Rodriguez was declared the winner from a three-strong shortlist including Republic of Ireland international Roche and Dutch striker Robin van Persie. Roche became an internet sensation following her stunning volley for Peamount United against Wexford Youths Women last year. Over six million fans viewed the goal on Youtube and sparked hopes Roche could become the first woman to claim the coveted award at FIFA’s Ballon d’Or ceremony. But despite a concerted campaign Roche was beaten in the public vote by Rodriguez’s stunning effort against Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup. Unlike her two rivals for the award, Roche’s goal was watched by just 95 spectators and was filmed on a camcorder by Wexford coach John Flood. Roche collected a short cross from the right on her right instep, flicked it over bemused defender Laura Heffernan with her other boot and from 25 yards magicked up a left-footed missile of a volley that found the top-right corner. Following her nomination, Roche left Ireland to join ASPTT Albi in the south of France – though she is soon to leave the club after struggling with the language barrier.
The former winger was assistant to Louis Van Gaal and while it’s reported he has been offered a role under Mourinho it’s uncertain which one.Scholes says Giggs has a lot to offer. In other manager news, it seems Rafa Benitez will stay on as Newcastle manager.Having arrived late this season Benitez could not save the club from relegation despite improving their form.It’s believed he’s agreed a three year deal with the Magpies.It’s reported the former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager will have full control over the clubs transfers dealings. Meanwhile, Arsenal have finally announced the signing of Swiss international Granit Xhaka.The highly rated midfielder will join from German side Borussia Monchengladbach for an undisclosed fee.Pictures of Xhaka in an Arsenal kit emerged on social media at the weekend.
The Inter-American Development Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is providing a US$285 million contingent loan to Jamaica to help the island bolster its response efforts to natural disasters and help protect its public purse.On Wednesday, the Washington-based financial institution said the financing allows Jamaica to pay for “any extraordinary public expenses that could arise from emergencies caused by natural disasters. “The loan is intended to buffer the financial shock of a disaster on the Jamaica’s fiscal balance, thereby, increasing the nation’s financial stability and efficiency, as well as its disaster preparedness and response,” it said. Ranks 19th globally for exposure to natural disasters With a population of more than 2.7 million, the IDB said Jamaica ranks 19th in the world for its exposure to natural disasters, which include hurricanes, earthquakes and droughts. Between 1988 and 2012, the IDB said 11 named storms made landfall in Jamaica. It’s estimated that hurricane Gilbert cost Jamaica 28 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), the IDB said.More frequent intense weather events expected“As the effects of climate change intensify, Jamaica can expect extreme weather events to become more frequent and more intense, resulting in greater impacts on the environment, economy and population,” it said. The IDB noted that Moody’s financial rating service lists Jamaica as among the four most vulnerable small-island countries, “when it comes to the credit implications of climate change.”
After completing her first year as a 2nd-grade teacher, Jamaican 26-year-old FIU Graduate, Shellora Lewin began to feel fatigued while preparing for her summer role as a Bible camp counselor. With swollen lymph nodes in the neck, Lewin was treated for a common cold and prescribed medicine that was ineffective in treatment. Shortly after, Lewin remained hospitalized for 30 days due to the diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.To save her life, Shellora will need a blood stem cell transplant. The challenge she faces is to find a match on a registry of 19 million that is only equivalent to roughly a 23% chance at survival. Many patients like Shellora endure the same challenge due to the lack of an ethnically diverse registry. It is crucial that supporters and donors of minority join the registry in order to improve the chances of fighting this disease for ethnically diverse patients. Shellora Lewin is undoubtedly an admirable example of a youth leader in her community. In addition to her education experience, she served as an Americorps City Year volunteer for one year after graduating from Florida International University. She has also done community service in the Dominican Republic. She loves her family and her church. Naturally quiet and calm, she prefers to spend her free time reading books. Shellora is joined by her mother, Denise Lewin, and older brother, who lives with down syndrome. Help save this family today, in addition to those similarly affected, by registering as a potential donor at join.bethematch/shellora or by texting the word Shellora to 6147About Be The Match® For people with life-threatening blood cancers—like leukemia and lymphoma—or other diseases, a cure exists. Be The Match® connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can contribute to the cure as a member of the Be The Match Registry® , financial contributor or volunteer. Be The Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during and after transplant. Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved. To learn more about the cure, visit join.bethematch.org/saveshellora or text Shellora to 614-74.