But Ferrari’s problems began mounting in the form of self-inflicted errors by drivers, crew and management, while Hamilton was sharpening into his typical second-half dominance.A Ferrari team mechanic’s leg was broken when Kimi Raikkonen’s car was released too early from a pit stop in Bahrain (a race Vettel won). Vettel crashed out from the lead late in the rainy German Grand Prix, allowing Hamilton to win.A week later in Hungary, Vettel spun out in qualifying. In Japan, a team gamble resulted in a poor tire choice in qualifying that cost Vettel dearly again.And tragedy struck Ferrari when Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne died in July from complications after surgery.Vettel’s last win came in Belgium on Aug. 26, and he hasn’t finished better than third since. He didn’t even make the podium in Ferrari’s home race in Italy.Hamilton won Italy and Vettel fumed about an opening-lap collision between the rivals. Most saw it as a good move by Hamilton in wheel-to-wheel racing.Vettel has been the target of pointed criticism over his mistakes. Hamilton, who has been steadily choking off the championship with six wins in the last seven races, defended Vettel on social media this week. Hamilton demanded “more respect for Sebastian” from media and fans.“As a four-time world champion, it is the most intense year that we’ve had,” Hamilton said in Texas. “Every hiccup is magnified … But there have been many, or several, times that I’ve been in the firing range and Seb’s always been really respectful and supported me, so I thought it only just to do the same.”Arrivabene also defended Vettel.“Criticism of Sebastian is not coming from the team. I have said many, many times, we are winning and losing together,” Arrivabene said. “We are here to compete with a mission impossible,” Arrivabene said Friday. “I know the numbers are all against us … our job is to go there to the track without giving up.”That’s an apt summation of Ferrari’s fading title chances on a Texas racetrack about an hour north of the Alamo.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 ChrissWith a 67-point lead and just four races left, Hamilton can win the championship Sunday with any result that puts him eight points clear of Vettel. If Hamilton wins, which he’s done here five of the previous six years, Vettel must finish no worse than second to extend the championship into next week in Mexico City.Even that got harder to do Friday when the early practice session produced another Ferrari unforced error in a season full of them. Vettel was given a three-place starting grid penalty for not slowing down quickly enough under a red flag. He was second in Saturday’s qualifying, and will start fifth. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Oladipo scores 25 points to lead Pacers past Nets MOST READ LATEST STORIES “We mustn’t look at the past as we can’t change it,” Vettel said when Ferrari arrived in Texas. “We need to focus and look forward to the next four races. We will still try to do our best and then we’ll see what happens.”No one at Ferrari wants to look at the past eight months. They would only see another collapse for the most famous team in racing.Ferrari hasn’t won an F1 driver’s championship since 2007. This season looked like it could be the one to break the drought.Vettel sparked a potentially delicious duel with Hamilton by winning the first two races. For a few months it was, as the two four-time champions chased a fifth title to tie Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio. Only Germany’s Michael Schumacher has more (seven).And early on, even Hamilton had to admit Ferrari had the better car.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, steers his car during the second practice session for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)AUSTIN, Texas — Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene watched his red cars slip and splash around a wet Circuit of the Americas while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton cut the quickest laps of the U.S. Grand Prix practice session.A few minutes later, Arrivabene sized up the task in front of Ferrari and driver Sebastian Vettel: Win Sunday or stay close enough to Hamilton to keep alive their rapidly-vanishing hopes of winning the season championship.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Changes are coming in 2019, some for certain, others rumored.Raikkonen, the last Ferrari driver to win a championship, is leaving. He’ll be replaced by Sauber’s Charles Leclerc. Ironically, Leclerc is the driver whose spin on the track Friday prompted the red flag that led to Vettel’s critical penalty.Leclerc has shown considerable skill and scored impressive results this season in an overmatched car, leading to speculation he could challenge Vettel once he’s in a Ferrari.Italian media have linked Arrivabene with a possible move to management in the Juventus soccer club. Arrivabene was appointed team principal at Ferrari by Marchionne in late 2014 with hopes he could deliver an elusive championship.“I said my future is in Ferrari, but it (is) the top management that have to give me their final blessing,” Arrivabene said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Taal View comments
Supplementary financing approval has been given for the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to fill high-level positions, to ensure the efficient functioning of the tax body.On Friday, November 17, the National Assembly passed the Supplementary Appropriation No 3/2017 which provided $2.9 billion for current and capital expenditures.Of that sum, $118 million was allocated to the GRA for additional employment in 2017. “There’re a total of 61 new persons that are being hired over the course of 2017. The amounts also cater for promotions and various other adjustments,” Finance Minister Winston Jordan explained.The high-level positions which remain to be filled include Comptroller of Customs and Commissioner. Over the last month, the GRA has been advertising the positions in the local newspapers.
0Shares0000Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey round of 16 second leg football match against Celta Vigo January 11, 2018 © AFP / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Jan 12 – Lionel Messi put on a masterclass in front of new recruit Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona trounced Celta Vigo 5-0 Thursday to ease into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals 6-1 on aggregate.Coutinho, dressed in a black shirt dotted with white stars, was in the stands at the Camp Nou for the first time since his 160 million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool. It didn’t take long for the Brazilian star to appreciate the playing riches on show on the pitch.“The first half was extraordinary,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.Level at 1-1 after the first leg, the three-time defending champions were 4-0 up by half-time.Messi grabbed the opening two goals in the 13th and 15th minutes, both finished with a sublime first touch with his left foot, both created by Jordi Alba.Messi then returned the favour by setting up Alba to score past the hapless Sergio Alvarez in the Celta goal before Luis Suarez made it 4-0 on the night after 30 minutes when the Uruguayan burst through the defence.The tie petered out in the second half but French international Ousmane Dembele showed why Barcelona paid 105 million euros for him last year when he dribbled past three defenders from the halfway line before being denied by a desperate tackle.Dembele did have time to set up the fifth goal of the night three minutes from the end when his corner was headed home from close range by an unmarked Ivan Rakitic.“It’s luxury to have Leo in the side, he’s the best in history. We always look for each other to score goals and today we have done it twice,” said Alba.Earlier Thursday, Espanyol overturned a 2-1 loss in the first leg to defeat Levante 2-0 with Leo Baptistao and Gerard Moreno on target either side of half-time.Sevilla also progressed with a 2-1 win at home to second-tier Cadiz for a 4-1 aggregate.Barcelona’s forward Ousmane Dembele (C) vies with Celta Vigo’s defender Sergi Gomez during the Spanish Copa del Rey round of 16 second leg football match January 11, 2018 © AFP / LLUIS GENEWissam Ben Yedder, after 31 minutes, and Joaquin Correa in the 54th minute, were on target for Vincenzo Montella’s team.On Wednesday, Real Madrid laboured to a 2-2 draw with Numancia to progress to the quarter-finals 5-2 on aggregate.In a much-changed side, Lucas Vazquez scored both of Real’s goals after the 11th and 59th minutes.But on both occasions, their modest visitors fought back thanks to a brace from Guillermo on the stroke of half-time and then after 82 minutes.Numancia ended the game with 10 men after captain Dani Calvo was red-carded in the dying moments.Leganes, a modest club from the Madrid suburbs, reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their 89-year existence.Despite losing 2-1 at Villarreal, who are currently sixth in La Liga, Leganes progressed on away goals having won the first leg 1-0.Moroccan international Nabil El Zhar scored the crucial away goal for mid-table Leganes on the half-hour mark.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue will address a major national conference on education policy this weekend. Fianna Fáil members, TDs, Senators, Councillors and education experts from across the country will attend the event at in Salthill, Co Galway on Saturday, 23 June 2012.The conference, entitled Developing a Policy Agenda, will focus on tackling mental health issues among children and young adults, developing quality early education and childcare and protecting small rural schools.Deputy McConalogue said today: “Protecting investment in education and providing equal access to quality education for all citizens is a top priority for Fianna Fáil. This conference will focus on how best we can address the needs of our young people, the needs of young families and the needs of our communities in Donegal and across the country as we work to restore growth. “This conference will bring together experts in the areas of early education and childcare, mental health and primary education. We will debate proposals on achieving more affordable childcare for families and equal access to early education.“Delegates will also discuss the increasing prevalence of mental health problems among children of all ages and how our education system can address these issues. We will also debate the threats to the future of small rural schools in parts of the country, particularly Donegal, and how the system can ensure strong small schools that remain at the heart of their communities.”The guest speakers at the event will include Avril Sweeney of the Donegal Childcare Committee, Sean Cottrell Director of the Irish Primary Principal’s Network, Caroline McGuigan, CEO of Suicide or Survive, Ciairín De Buis Director of Start Strong, and Tom Byrne Principal of Partry National School, Co Mayo.“Each of the issues up for discussion at Saturday’s conference effects families and communities across Co Donegal,” said the Donegal deputy. “People in this county feel particularly angry about the serious of broken promises from this Government and the targeted cuts to services in this region. They are worried about the future of our small schools and they know that this Government’s current policy will lead to forced amalgamations of small schools in Co Donegal.“This conference is about figuring out a better way to do things. Fianna Fáil believes that educational advancement must be at the heart of Government policy if we are to restore growth and give our children a bright future at home in Ireland.” DONEGAL TD TO ADDRESS PARTY EDUCATION CONFERENCE was last modified: June 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals One of the tools that has helped many, particularly younger buyers, to get in the market is the home-mortgage deduction, which allows them to write off the interest paid on the home loan. For Californians, that can equal several hundred dollars a month and can mean the difference between homeownership and remaining a renter indefinitely. Unfortunately, President George W. Bush’s Advisory Panel and Tax Reform recently recommended as part of its tax-simplification report that the deduction be replaced with a credit equal to up to 15 percent of the interest paid on a home – with a regional limit set at just $312,989. This would virtually wipe out the deduction. And for many, it would mean they could no longer afford their home. Surely, reform of the complicated and unfair federal tax code is something that most Americans could get behind. But exchanging it with a system that could so curtail families’ ability to procure their piece of the American dream would be catastrophic. Hopefully, Bush will reject this recommendation to avoid being remembered as the president who shattered the American dreams of so many. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In this uncertain world, there’s very little average working Americans can count on. There’s little job security anymore, with workers and employers considering each other disposable. Pensions are fast becoming a relic of the 20th century. Even 401(k) accounts are not reliable, as Wall Street has proven from time to time. What’s left is the gold standard, the piece of the American dream that has not yet let us down: Owning a home. But that’s becoming ever more elusive for Californians, many of whom are finding homeownership beyond their financial reach, despite low interest rates. And many of those who do manage to buy find themselves stretching their resources as thin as possible just to get in before the median home price rises again above the current $568,000 for California.
There has been widespread sadness and shock at the sudden death of Brendan Ryan.The late Bendan Ryan (left) with Frank McBrearty Jnr and son Danny Ryan.A true gentleman and keen sportsman, the well-known Raphoe native passed away suddenly today aged 67.The husband of Kathleen, father of former boxer Danny Ryan and hairdresser Bernie Ryan, Brendan was one of life’s true characters. As well as a loving father and grandfather, he will be remembered as a driving force behind amateur boxing in Donegal.He helped set up Raphoe Boxing Club in 1988 as well as steering his son Danny to a hugely successful amateur and professional career.His close friend and boxing colleague Peter O’Donnell told Donegal Daily that he was just devastated by Brendan’s passing.“Nobody will speak a bad word about Brendan Ryan because he was such a decent man. The late Brendan Ryan who passed away today.“We have been down a lot of roads together and we could tell some stories.“We was a good husband and a great grandfather to his grandchildren.“I will miss him deeply as I know so many people will,” said Peter.As well as boxing Brendan was a keen Finn Harps fan and could be seen at all of Finn Harps home games.He retired from Donegal County Council two years ago. The staff of Donegal Daily would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the Ryan family at this time.DEEP SADNESS AT PASSING OF DONEGAL BOXING LEGEND BRENDAN RYAN was last modified: July 31st, 2014 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:boxingBrendan RyandonegalRaphoe ABC
Gardai in Letterkenny are investigating an incident in which children were approached by a man at a local park.The children were along with the father last weekend at Bernard McGlinchey Town Park.The children’s father was buttoning the coat of one of the childrenwhen the stranger approached asking the other children to show him thetoilets. The worried mother said “When he saw my husband walking towards him,he moved away very quickly and was almost at the main exit of the parkby the time my husband reached the children and asked them what he hadbeen speaking to them about.”The terrified mum said she didn’t like to think why he wanted thechildren to go over to the toilet with him.Gardai have confirmed they have received a report on the matter andurged anyone who notices anybody acting suspiciously to come forward.Mother warns parents after children approached by stranger in park was last modified: March 29th, 2018 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:approachGardailetterkennyparkstranger
It is believed that 80% of jobs in the future will need studies in the Stem subjects, but only 10% of schoolgirls have an interest in maths and science. MEDO has a plan to change that. A project recently launched, aims to train about 150 high school girls in science and technology activities, and design a payload for Africa’s first private satellite. (Image: MEDO)Melissa JavanHigh school girls are on the road to launching Africa‘s first private satellite in 2016, through a project started in Cape Town earlier this year, called Young Women in Stem.The Micro Enterprise Development Organisation (MEDO) founded this five-year project to encourage underprivileged girls and young women to choose to study science, technology, engineering and applied mathematics – the Stem subjects – with a view to following a career in one of these fields.Judi Sandrock, the chief executive officer of MEDO, told the South African Broadcasting Corporation that 80% of jobs and opportunities in the future would be Stem-related. “I ask high school learners to focus on maths and science because it opens up a world of opportunities later on.”The ultimate aim of the project is to construct the payload to be launched with Africa’s first ever private satellite. “We have to send the completed satellite to the US early next year,” Sandrock said.“It would have numerous satellite launches over the next five years, Sandrock explained. The first satellite was scheduled for launch in the second quarter of 2016. “We certainly know we are going to be learning a lot while going on. Probably the programme will morph and change a little bit as we go along.MEDO’s programme for high school girls includes one-day workshops. Sandrock explained that during these workshops, the schoolgirls started working with different electronics. “We then go on to weeklong boot camps. We have one in October during the school holidays and another in December.“During the December boot camp, we will be putting together the final design and structure of the payload of the satellite,” she said.Interviewed on the Expresso television breakfast show, Sandrock said the idea to build the private satellite came when they realised there was a massive growing industry in the private sector when it came to small satellites. “What we’ve done is that we purchased a small satellite to launch next year.“We have decided in order to design the payload for that satellite, we would give the opportunity to high school learners to do exactly that. We want to inspire young women to get involved in the field,” she said.Bjarke Gotfredsen, a founder of MEDO, said 19 girls from grades 10 to 12 participated in the first young women in Stem workshop in June. “They were from five high schools in the Cape Town area.”The programme is divided into three stages: Space Prep, Space Trek and the actual satellite development. Space Prep is the first stage, during which the one-day workshops take place.It is followed by Space Trek, during which weeklong camps take place in the school holidays. The participants design their satellite payload experiments during the week, as well as test them using high altitude weather balloons. Those who will attend the camp will be identified at the Space Prep workshops.Approximately 25 girls and young women will participate in the final stage of the satellite development. They will do this in conjunction with Morehead State University of the United States.Gotfredsen said MEDO was planning to roll out a regular programme of Stem workshops soon. It would include events that coincide with Women’s Month in August and International Girls Day in October.“The next Space Prep will be in George. We have planned to train 150 more high school learners before 4 October, so a number of tours (Space Preps) have been planned and are ready to roll out. The first Space Trek is, as mentioned, going to take place from 4 to 11 October.”With the current sponsor, the group could only afford to work in one province, the Western Cape, he said. The deadline to launch Africa’s first private satellite is next year. The girls who are chosen out of more than 150 participants will design a payload for a satellite that looks like this. According to Gotfredsen, MEDO bought the satellite from Interorbital Systems. It was one of more than 50 institutions from all over the world that bought satellites.MEDO’s Carla de Klerk defined maths and science as fields of problem solving. “If you look at South Africa especially, we have structural problems that need solving.”Less than 10% of girls at school level showed an interest in maths and science, she said. “We really need girls to get interested, get those girls growing with it.”MEDO is an independent company that helps larger organisations get their BBBEE goals, with a specific focus on enterprise and supplier development as well as socio-economic development.In explaining its decision to start this young women in Stem project, MEDO said: “We have a Stem problem. It is predicted that 80% of jobs require a Stem background where only 10% of young women in school currently have an interest in maths and science… We need to get our schoolgirls into Stem and MEDO has decided to address the issue by allowing them to design a satellite.”After partnering with big business in their supplier and enterprise development programmes, MEDO said it realised that there was “a considerable shortage of technical skills required to fulfil the technical needs of businesses in this country”.
By: Lauren Messina, PhD, LCMFT, David Lee Sexton, Jr., & Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTIt is no secret that well-being is a construct made up of several, sometimes competing, factors. After all, our overall health is really a combination of our health at various levels, including psychological, physical, spiritual, and many more. In addition, some of these categories often have a tendency to compete for our attention. In other words, it can be difficult to maintain our health in each of these areas at the same time. Take your job, for example. Perhaps going to work each day provides you opportunities to interact with your colleagues and build relationships that support your social health; on the flip side, the stressors you deal with on a daily basis at work may take a toll on your psychological health if you are not careful. While important to everyone, maintaining optimal well-being is especially important to military service members and their families due to the nature of their work.What is HPRC?The Human Performance Resource Center (HPRC) is a DoD initiative, providing tools, research, and other helpful resources to help you achieve your Total Force Fitness (TFF) and Human Performance Optimization (HPO). What exactly are TFF and HPO, you ask? HPO is more than just staying active and striving for good nutrition; it’s an optimal state of readiness. TFF is a framework that encourages individuals to focus on the whole self and those life domains that are key to health and peak performance and it includes eight domains: social, physical, environmental, medical and dental, spiritual, nutritional, psychological, and behavioral health. HPO combined with TFF engages Service Members, their loved ones, and units while they’re healthy to perform their best for any goal or mission—whether deployed in combat operations, competing in a sporting event, or raising children.HPRC helps military familiesHPRC is a military-specific, health and wellness purple website that’s available to the public. HPRC translates research into resources, strategies, tools, apps, and videos to help Service Members and their families make the best health decisions possible, so they can develop the resilience and meet the demands of their military and family roles with optimal performance. On their website, you can find new content weekly which includes the following domains:Total Force Fitness explores the connection between mind, body, environment, and relationships to help Warfighters and their families develop resilience and optimize performance. TFF includes integrative programs and practices plus detailed strategies for pain management and substance use.Physical Fitness covers topics such as exercise, injury prevention, and weight management.Nutrition has topics such as nutrition basics, Warfighter nutrition, and other resources to help military families maintain healthy body weight.Family & Relationships explores social fitness—including information about romantic, work, friend, and parenting relationships—military family resilience, deployment phases, sex, sexuality, and intimacy.Mental Fitness addresses issues such as mental toughness, focus, resilience, relaxation, stress management, and healthy sleep.Environment contains information that helps Service Members perform well in their surroundings—whether you’re training in heat or deployed at altitude or other austere environments.Dietary Supplements—now with its own website at OPSS.org—provides information about the safety and effectiveness of dietary supplements.Utility for Service ProvidersFamilies of deployed loved ones face a plethora of challenges that have the potential to affect their well-being and generally report higher rates of depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and other mental health-related issues (Potter and Enoch, 2017). Furthermore, challenges persist and shift throughout each stage of deployment, ranging from increased anxiety during the pre-deployment phase and challenges associated with extra responsibility being dispersed throughout the family during the deployment (Potter and Enoch, 2017). The varied nature of the challenges faced presents a problem that the HPRC may be able to help manage because it addresses well-being from a variety of angles. Rather than focusing on one element of well-being, such as psychological health, the resources provided offer military service members and their families the tools to take care of themselves in multiple domains of health. By identifying the domain being challenged by a particular stressor, service providers could utilize this resource to inform strategies for addressing areas of health in which individuals are struggling and strengthening their ability to balance each domain without neglecting others.Military Children’s Health MonthApril is Military Children’s Health Month and the HPRC will be joining the Military Health System in raising awareness about the health and service of military kids. Check out this infographic on ways YOU can get involved!LinksTips to Raise a Resilient Military Kid (Calendar)HPRC on TwitterReferencesPotter, C., & Enoch, M. (2017). Healthy military families: A case study for all communities. Parks & Recreation, 52(11), 42-45.This blog was written by Dr. Lauren Messina of the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) and David Lee Sexton, Jr. of the MFLN Family Development team.The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Andy Ruiz stuns Anthony Joshua for heavyweight title Sao Paulo state’s Public Security Secretariat, which oversees police, confirmed in a statement that the complaint was registered, but did not offer details.Neymar’s representatives have not replied to a request for comment, but his father and agent Neymar da Silva Santos denied any wrongdoing by the player in a television interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSantos said Neymar had consensual sexual relations with the accuser and was blackmailed by her lawyer after they broke up.“This is a tough moment. If we can’t show the truth quickly it will be a snowball. If we have to show Neymar’s WhatsApp messages and the conversations with this lady, we will,” Santos told TV Band. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Fan love for the player has also been stained because of politics after his showing of support to far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has made a series of racist, misogynistic and anti-gay statements.As Neymar prepared for his return after the injury, Brazilian media reported his father had met Bolsonaro and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes to discuss the player’s tax problems, which didn’t help him with fans that will pressure him more than ever to win a Copa America on home soil later this month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Neymar’s father said he has evidence that his son was blackmailed, including pictures and witnesses, but did not show either in the interview. He also said his son is already preparing his defense for a legal case if needed.The Paris police and the city’s prosecutors’ office said through spokesmen that they were unaware of any complaint.The woman says she and the Brazil star met in France after exchanging Instagram messages.She told police a representative of the Paris Saint-Germain player named Gallo allegedly bought her tickets to Paris and booked her a hotel room. She said Neymar arrived apparently drunk at the hotel.The woman described to police that they “touched each other, but in a given moment Neymar became aggressive and, with violence, had sexual intercourse against the victim’s will.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Sanchez kin: ‘Let bullets hit us if our father is guilty’ PLAY LIST 06:45Sanchez kin: ‘Let bullets hit us if our father is guilty’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Brazil’s soccer player Neymar runs for the ball during a practice session at the Granja Comary training center ahead of the Copa America tournament, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)A Brazilian police document says an unidentified woman has accused soccer star Neymar of raping her in Paris last month. The player’s father calls the incident “a setup” against his son.The document obtained by The Associated Press on Saturday says the incident took place May 15 at 8:20 p.m. in a hotel. The woman went to police on Friday in Sao Paulo.ADVERTISEMENT The text also says the woman left Paris two days later and said she did not file her complaint in Paris because she was shaken.The police document says the woman will go through medical exams as part of an investigation.Neymar is in Brazil preparing for the Copa America starting next week. He arrived at the Granja Comary training ground outside Rio de Janeiro 10 days after the alleged incident.Brazil players had a day off Saturday. Neymar left the training ground with other teammates in his helicopter earlier in the day.On Sunday, an event named after the player is expected to take place in Rio, but his presence is not assured.The 27-year-old Brazilian has had problems on and off the pitch. One week before the accusation of rape became known, he lost Brazil’s national team’s captaincy for the Copa America to veteran Dani Alves. Coach Tite did not lay out the reasons for the move, but he was under pressure to punish Neymar for his disciplinary problems at Paris Saint-Germain.After PSG lost the French Cup final to tiny Rennes on April 27, Neymar had altercation with a fan and publicly criticized teammates he didn’t name for not listening to him enough.That was one of his first matches since January, when he once more picked up a fifth metatarsal injury in his right-foot. That was the same problem that affected his performances in the last World Cup, a tournament he prefers to forget because of an image disaster caused by his constant diving.Brazil’s fitness coaches say he will be in better shape once the South American tournament begins.This week Neymar skipped two Brazil training sessions in Copa America preparations because of pains in his left knee. Brazil’s soccer confederation said Friday he was fully recovered. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments