England women’s coach Phil Neville has denied being sexist and is confident he is the right person for the job despite his lack of experience.The former Manchester United defender has been widely criticised since his appointment last week after comments he made on Twitter a few years ago came to light, one of which said he had “just battered the wife”.In his first interview since being named manager, Neville reiterated an apology he made last week, saying he was wrong to post the remarks on social media in 2011 and 2012.“That tweet was not sent out in terms of domestic violence but the words were not right then and not right now,” Neville said. “That disappoints me more than anything.“I had to apologise, I didn’t like the words used. I’m not a sexist. I’ve lived my life right.”Neville, 41, has also been criticised for his lack of experience of women’s football, but he said he had coached extensively at a high level.“The gap (between the men’s and women’s game) is closing and I would have thought there were not many candidates with my experience of elite players,” he said.“I have taken my coaching badges and can’t be more qualified than I am. I am a fast learner.”
Mullings added that apart from still being in the physical shape he wants to be, his passion and hunger for excelling in the sport have also not waned. “It’s something I still want to do,” he said. “I still love waking up and boxing. I still love training and going to the gym. My mind and my heart are still in it.” But Mullings said that although he expects to be around for the next few years, he does not intend to be around long enough to be considered “washed up”. “I also don’t want to be one of the fighters that overstays their welcome and fights past their prime. Based on the years I have yet, I believe I have five years left in me, so I don’t want to overstay my welcome,” Mullings shared. Good shape Newly crowned Wray and Nephew Contender Series Champion Sakima ‘The Mauler’ Mullings says that he still has a lot left to offer to boxing and aims to compete at the highest level for another number of years. Mullings defeated Canadian Phil Rose in the competition’s grand final last month and said after the bout that his conditioning was unmatched throughout the competition and in the island. The 35-year-old said that his age means nothing in deciding how long he can continue in the sport and that he still aims to reach the heights of other top Jamaican boxers such as Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters, if possible. “At the end of the day, I believe that a boxer’s age can’t be judged chronologically,” he said. “A boxer is like a car. You age based on how many miles are on the speedometer. You judge the age based on whether it’s ever been in an accident. It’s whether you’ve really been damaged or hurt in a fight. I see myself still as a young fighter and I believe that physically, I’m not damaged goods. I don’t have a lot of miles on my speedometer and I’ve never been beat up. I’ve lost a fight before, but Sakima Mullings has never been beat up. I have very minimal wear and tear.”
Dear Editor,On Monday, 27th February 2017, about eleven children from the Uitvlugt Secondary School were rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital at various periods throughout the day, after the children started experiencing bouts of vomiting. Upon investigation, one vendor was fingered, because the children had purchased eatables from her. Tests were supposedly conducted on the various items she has for sale, and her home was inspected to determine the conditions under which she prepares the articles for sale at the school. The tests conducted determined that the sour she has for the various types of chips she sells was responsible for the children vomiting, and she was debarred from selling at the school until further notice.To my knowledge, only her place was inspected after that disaster. Those in authority, who are vested with the responsibility, are supposed to carry out random checks at the places of preparation and selling of eatables, especially where vendors at schools are concerned; because, over the years, many children from various schools have experienced similar unpleasant incidents. Guyana has many people who are being paid to do particular jobs, and only when a disaster strikes do those persons react and attempt to do their jobs.Editor, I’ve stated in previous letters I have penned that many vendors are not aware of the ingredients in some of the items they are selling (example: pork extract in Jell-O, among other things); nor are they aware of the expiry dates of some of those items; nor do they even consider that the things they prepare for consumption have a limited shelf life. Their principal objective it to make a profit, and they many go ‘the extra mile’ to get more profit whilst saving on expenses. One of the main ways they employ to make the profit they seek is by purchasing items at a cheaper cost; and one main way to achieve this is by ‘purchasing’ items from thieves, mainly junkies, who are in the habit of raiding people’s fruit trees or obtaining their items from dumpsites, roadways etc.Many vendors do not care, neither do they ask from whence ‘the seller’ has obtained the articles; because those articles are extremely cheap, many vendors would buy them, because the possibility exists that they would make a huge profit.Many persons plant trees and wait patiently to reap the fruits, only to wake up one morning to see the trees empty. They might not have even had a chance to taste one fruit from the crop. This makes people angry, because “you spend time behind your plants, and you cannot get to reap/taste from it.” That is why when some thieves are caught they are beaten mercilessly, even though many people would say that when a thief has been caught he/she should be taken to the police.Some police men and women say that thieving is petty crime, and the police have other serious matters to investigate; but when a thief has been caught, the justice meted out might not please the authorities. Many people now resort to their own ways of dealing with thieves; and I’ve heard many saying that they have poisoned the fruits on their trees in order that they might catch the culprit(s) who are stealing their fruits. The main way to poison such fruits is to inject some sort of poison into some of the fruits. Many people also spray some sort of chemicals on their plants to keep pests away; and if someone were to steal those fruits, they wouldn’t know or care about the spray. And whoever purchases those fruits is unaware that they have purchased fruits that have been sprayed or injected with dangerous chemicals.I’ve seen people boiling sour in aluminum pots, and when the boiling has been completed, they leave the sour in the pots (sometimes open) for days, just reheating same and taking out daily the amount they need. I’ve heard that leaving food in aluminum pots for long periods is dangerous. It’s not dangerous to use aluminum pots, but if you leave food in them for long periods, the situation could be dangerous.Adults might look at someone’s appearance, or the vending environment, before purchasing something to eat, but school children are not so cautious/observant. Thus, as a parent, I advise my children; but I cannot deter them from what they want, and vendors should give consideration to people’s children’s health and stop the nonsense they are practising.If a thorough investigation were carried out after any similar incident, I’m quite sure it would be revealed that many vendors purchase items coming mainly from illegal sources. Thus vendors should be more thoroughly monitored; because, for too long, this nonsense has been happening.Sincerely,Sahadeo Bates
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “My goal is just getting a shot,” said Robinette, who already has the answer for any team wanting to know why it should take a chance of a guy who’s been out of football for two years: because he’s been serving his country, growing as a leader and following the chain of command.“I’ll say, ‘I can still play at a high level, I’m very coachable and really able to buy into an organization and their mission and goal,’” Robinette said. “You don’t have to worry about me being a knucklehead.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I wasn’t raised that way, to carry a grudge, to be bitter about something like that,” Robinette said.He had the same outlook after his commission and graduation were subsequently delayed by several months.“Absolutely, it was another part of my path,” Robinette said. “Because I was associated with someone who was in an open investigation, I was a witness and with that going on, the academy felt that until that played out, I had to stay there in close range until things got settled down or they figured out what was going on.”Meantime, Robinette was invited to minicamps with the Bills and Patriots but neither team signed him with his two-year active-duty commitment looming.He received his commission and graduation on Sept. 7, 2017, and was stationed at Nellis, where he said he was determined to grow as an Air Force officer and train in his spare time to keep his NFL dream alive.At first he was only able to lift weights and do some speed work, but this year he began training with the 58th Rescue Squadron, which has its own workout facility because its tasks are so arduous.“So now I have a full field where I can work on route running, agility drills, stuff like that,” he said.A week before Ohio State’s pro day, Robinette went back to Colorado Springs for Air Force’s pro day, where his trainer clocked him at 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash, nearly a 10th of a second faster than his 4.62 clocking at the NFL combine two years ago.Even though he’ll need to shake some rust off his game, Robinette said, “people are always developing in the NFL.” Besides, he said he’s a better prospect now for having spent the last two years focusing on growing as an officer and a teammate.He’ll gladly pack weight onto his 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame if somebody sees him as a tight end prospect instead of a receiver: “Heck, if you need me to put my hand in the ground and play tackle, I’m fine with that.” Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Passengers face long queues at Araneta Center Bus Terminal00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award That year, the DOD revised its pro sports policy, allowing graduates of service academies to apply for Ready Reserve so they could begin their pro sports careers immediately.Robinette maintained a full class load his final semester while commuting 100 miles six days a week to train with other NFL hopefuls, including Christian McCaffrey, at Landow Performance, a facility in suburban Denver owned by Loren Landow, who is now the Denver Broncos strength coach.Robinette was projected as a mid-round selection in 2017 but went undrafted after learning he would have to fulfill his two-year active duty commitment after all. He was told as the first round was underway that Air Force leaders had informed the academy that cadets would still be required to serve at least two years on active duty. That was a precursor to an official reversal of the DOD’s pro sports policy shortly after Jim Mattis was appointed secretary of defense.The Pentagon said graduates from military academies receive their educations at taxpayer expense, so prospective professional athletes would have to follow in the steps of Roger Staubach, Chad Hennings and David Robinson and first serve their country.Robinette insists he wasn’t embittered by the policy reversal .ADVERTISEMENT ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far “I think that day was pretty much a win for me as far as, first of all, being there,” Robinette told The Associated Press by phone from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, where he’s a logistics flight commander for the 58th Rescue Squadron. “It looked like 100 people that were there from the NFL.“Just being there and to have eyes on me, especially after laying low for the last two years, was awesome,” Robinette said. “And I think from a performance stance, I did pretty well. I looked pretty smooth. I feel really good about it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRobinette told teams he expects to be available full time by August or September but has saved up vacation days to be able to attend offseason training programs, minicamps and training camps to show his hiatus from football wasn’t a hindrance.Robinette was the first Air Force player ever invited to the East-West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl and the NFL scouting combine. He also expected to be the first one ever to go straight into the pros like standout Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds had done a year earlier when he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. FIFA chief hails re-election of Asian football chief View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2017, file photo, Air Force wide receiver Jalen Robinette takes part in a drill to prepare for the NFL Combine at a workout facility in Centennial, Colo. Two years after the U.S. Defense Department thwarted his plans of going straight from the Air Force Academy to the NFL, Robinette is determined to turn that detour into a dream delayed as he approaches the fulfillment of his two-year commitment of active duty. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)DENVER — Two years after the U.S. Defense Department thwarted his plans of going straight from the Air Force Academy to the NFL, Falcons all-time leading receiver Jalen Robinette is determined to turn that detour into a dream delayed, not dashed.Close to fulfilling his two-year active-duty commitment, Robinette recently competed in Ohio State’s pro day, where he caught passes from quarterback Dwayne Haskins and glances from pro scouts intrigued by the muscular 25-year-old who hasn’t played since 2016, when he led the nation with a 27.4-yard average.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
The Guyana Government has reached out to its regional counterparts through its institutional support mechanisms to assist with its review of the Value Added Tax (VAT) imposed on numerous products locally at a rate of 16 per cent.According to information recently divulged when Finance Minister Winston Jordon revealed the mid-year report on the nation’s accounts and spending, Government reached out to the Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC) to review the efficiency of the application of VAT.A mission from that regional body is due to arrive in Guyana in the third quarter of this year, according to the Ministry.It was explained that since taking office in 2015, Government established a Tax Reform Committee (TRC) which examined the country’s taxation system and made recommendations for improving its efficiency and in order to inform policy decisions on the way forward with respect to the application of VAT.A systemic review of VAT was considered necessary by that review panel.According to the Finance Ministry, a reduction in the VAT without due analytical rigour will possibly cause a significant loss in revenue thereby handicapping the delivery of public services such as health, education, public assistance, and infrastructure.Guyana currently has 177 items that have been zero rated and 11 that are exempt from VAT and it is anticipated that the review will include both the rate and the base on which VAT is applied to ensure stability of revenue collections, and lowered minimum threshold for VAT.VAT rates across the Region range from 7.5 per cent in The Bahamas to 18 per cent in The Dominican Republic.Guyana currently has 177 items that have been zero rated and 11 that are exempt from VAT and according to the Finance Ministry, it is anticipated that the review will include both the rate and the base on which VAT is applied to ensure stability of revenue collections, and lowered minimum threshold for VAT.The Finance Minister in his report documents VAT collections for the first half of the year at $17.3 billion, which is 5.0 per cent more than the same period in 2015.VAT on imports did decline by $1.4 billion while VAT on domestic supplies increased by $436.4 million.It was pointed out that the declining VAT revenues on imports was due to a fall in imports by the wholesale and retail sector, while significant collections of VAT arrears, amounting to $125 million and $75 million from the manufacturing and services sectors, respectively, were responsible for the increases in VAT on domestic supplies.The Finance Minister has also reported that Excise tax collections reached $15 billion during the first half of 2016, but this represents a decline of $311.5 million compared to the same period in 2015.The Ministry explained that this has resulted from a decrease in collections on imports for petroleum products of $429 million, tobacco of $71.2 million and alcoholic beverages of $43.5 million which together more than offset increases in domestic collections of which collections on alcoholic beverages rose by $227.7 million.The reduction in excise taxes collected was also said to be due in part to measures implemented, namely the removal of the tax charged on the importation of vehicles under four years old.
1 of 14 Photo submitted by Tanner Gurbacs Advertisement Firefighters battle a fire at the Ridgeview Village Apartment building last Saturday night. Submitted photo. A photo submitted by Dustin Tanner Carnell A look at the building early Sunday morning on 86 street. The cause of the fire is currently unknown as crews are still investigating the area.Everyone was able to evacuate safely and fire crews were able to save all six cats in the building.If you have any pictures, video or information you’d like to share with us about the fire, email email@example.com Photo submitted by Tanner Gurbacs FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Salvation Army will be coordinating donations for residents of the Ridgeview apartment fire starting Monday.Anyone that would like to make a donation is asked to call the Salvation Army first before making a donation. This way the Salvation Army can ensure residents get the donations they need and the donations don’t go to waste. The Salvation Army will start to accept donations at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, 2018. The Salvation Army number is (250) 785-5891.- Advertisement -Residents of the Ridgeview apartment can also contact the Salvation Army to receive any donations to help in the aftermath of the fire. Make sure to bring your yellow registration form when you pick up the items you need.Residents looking for more information about how to help the victims of the fire and for residents who have been affected by the fire, watch the City of Fort St. John Facebook page for updates.According to Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows, the fire started at approximately 10:50 p.m. on the third floor of the west side of the building. Crews were on the scene battling the blaze until about 4:30 a.m.Burrows explained that the fire spread to the roof and that heavy winds pushed it into the attic space. Burrows added that if not for a firewall separating the east and west side of the building, the entire roof could have gone up in flames.Advertisement
“It’s really brown out there, scary brown,” said Lynne Dahl, administrator at Warm Springs, which houses up to 199 patients and 35 staffers. The center continuously trains its staff to handle evacuations – they’ve been ordered out twice in the last four years, Dahl said. “We have an extensive evacuation plan we go over and over this time of year,” she said. Fire drills are conducted and this year U.S. Forest Service firefighters have made frequent visits to ensure brush has been cut back to protect the facility and no other hazards exist that could mean catastrophe should fire sweep through. “They’re more nervous this year,” Dahl said of forest officials. “We’re pretty isolated and it’s really dry. We have a little creek and the water level is dropping.” In July 2004, some 37,000 acres burned in the Santa Clara-Mojave Rivers district, and the fire danger wasn’t termed “extreme” until two months later. The following year, more than 50 inches of rain wiped out the fire concern. With this year’s warning, issued Aug. 1, came restrictions in the forest that will last until the weather improves. Wood or charcoal fires are prohibited and only propane or jelled gas stoves may be used by those holding state campfire permits. Smoking is allowed only in enclosed buildings or vehicles. Shooting, power tools, welding, grinding and other activities that could produce sparks also are prohibited, Forest Service spokesman Stanton Florea said. Proof of the danger is evident in the Los Padres where the Zaca Fire has burned 38,400 acres since July 4, largely in deep wilderness, but prompting some evacuations in remote areas of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Santa Barbara County sheriff’s officials said that blaze was sparked on a private ranch by workers grinding metal to repair a water pipe. Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Mike Ricker works Station 81 in Agua Dulce, a semirural enclave northeast of Santa Clarita and on the forest’s edge. Adding to the worry of a bad fire year is the fact that residents have no public water source, relying on private wells. The hazards of a bad fire season are well-known about town and most residents are quick to take precautions, Ricker said. They got a warning last month when fire consumed 700 acres and threatened about 40 homes – though no structures were lost. “This year, we have had the rain and the fuel moisture is really low, but the people are a lot more cognizant and most of them take steps to protect their property,” Ricker said. “Anything they can do makes our job easier.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – No place shows the trouble on the horizon better than the dusty turnoff along winding Lake Hughes Road. Some 60 miles to the west – but appearing much, much closer – billows a giant plume of smoke from the massive and relentless Zaca Fire that started a month ago in the Los Padres National Forest. There’s no question it could happen in the Angeles National Forest, where the U.S. Forest Service has increased the fire danger from “very high” to “extreme,” a designation that usually doesn’t come until the fall of a dry year. The region’s seen a scant 3 inches of rain since Oct. 1, compared with a norm of about 20 inches. On top of that, the heat this spring and summer has been sweltering and it shows in the thickets covering parched hillsides. “We have an extraordinary situation,” said John Capell, ranger in charge in the Santa Clara-Mojave Rivers Ranger District. “The fuel moistures, they’re at a level that is beyond where we are typically by September, even October. It’s much drier that normal.” On this spot in the Angeles forest, overlooking the sprawling Castaic Lake, the plant life is parched to a crisp. It’s been far too long since any significant rainfall hit the spread of Angeles between the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys and forest officials worry that, indeed, there is trouble on the horizon. All it takes is a car overheating as it makes it way up the steep grade of Interstate 5 toward the Grapevine to spark a fire that can devastate this stretch of the Angeles, Capell said. Forest Service officials have worried for years that fire in this section of forest along the freeway can jump lanes and charge toward the Los Padres, which lost 163,000 acres to last summer’s month-long Day Fire. “A very common cause of fires is traffic collisions, traffic accidents,” he said. “They very frequently cause fires.” At stake is the obvious, swaths of the vast wilderness that provide escape so close to Los Angeles. And then there’s the not-so-obvious. Small towns are pocketed within the forest, their only escape the winding, narrow mountain roads. There are seasonal camps, some for kids with special needs. And a dozen miles up Lake Hughes Road from Castaic is the county-run Warm Springs Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center.
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus admits even he has been surprised by his start in English football.The 19-year-old joined up with his new club last month after a deal was agreed with Brazilian side Palmeiras in the summer.His impact has been nothing short of startling with three goals in just four appearances, including a double to down Swansea on Sunday.Jesus has kept Sergio Aguero out of the starting line-up for the last two matches, which has led to speculation about the Argentinian’s long-term future at the club.“Yes, I am very surprised,” Jesus told mancity.com when asked about how things were going.“Although I work a lot every single day, with everyone’s support, in order for that to happen.“I am very happy. Each day I feel that I am adjusting really well, with the support of everyone in the club.“The players, they help me every day and that makes me happy, even more because I am able to make a good start in a City shirt.” 1 Gabriel Jesus has had a lightning start to life in the Premier League
targets festive treat Premier League live: Man City vs Leicester feature in talkSPORT’s Saturday coverage The vile racist abuse is alleged to have taken place just outside Selhurst Park REVEALED Crystal Palace released a statement regarding the incident, which read: “We utterly deplore the racist comments made to our Club doctor while he was heading to today’s match with his children.“It must have been an awful experience for him and his family and this disgraceful incident shows that the scourge of racism remains in our society.“Crystal Palace Football Club is committed to inclusivity and diversity and we will offer Dr Zaf our full support if he chooses to take the matter further.” How the Premier League table could change this weekend – where will your club end up? revealed ANALYSIS How hard every Premier League team’s Christmas fixture list is The Crystal Palace team doctor was racially abused just yards away from Selhurst Park on Sunday.Dr Zafar Iqbal was taking his two youngest children to watch the Premier League final day clash with Bournemouth. New Year’s Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT BIG PRESENTS UP TOP However, before entering the stadium, the former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool doctor was left ‘speechless’ after the racial abuse from a three-year-old.Dr Iqbal, who is head of sports medicine for the Eagles, claims the child’s father tried to ‘scold’ him for his remarks following the incident.He tweeted: “Devastated and speechless. Taking my 2 youngest kids to their first ever game at Selhurst park and walking a few hundred yards from the stadium a 3 y old shouted to his dad – “Look daddy there’s some P****”. His dad ‘attempted to scold’ him.“Racism is not just a football problem.” The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas review Alternative Premier League table based on expected goals – lucky Spurs? 2 gameday cracker GAMEDAY Dr Zafar Iqbal was taking his youngest children to their first ever game Chelsea beat Spurs, Man United lose – What happened in the Premier League LATEST CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS XMAS 2 He continued: “I didn’t know how to react. I couldn’t tell off the 3 y old kid. Should I have said something to the dad while my 2 young kids were there?”The game itself was a thrilling affair, with both sides throwing caution to the wind on the final day.But the abuse of Dr Iqbal, a British Muslim Pakistani, will undoubtedly leave a sour taste in the mouths of Eagles supporters. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT
Kolo Toure has rejoined Celtic just months after his playing contract expired, becoming a member of the coaching staff at the club.The 36-year old played nine times last season as Celtic lifted the Treble and qualified for the Champions League group stages, but left at the end of his one-year deal.The Ivorian has now been appointed as a technical assistant within Rodgers’ team and said he was delighted to be returning to Glasgow.“I couldn’t be happier to be back at this great club,” he told Celtic TV. “This is a new chapter in my career, a new beginning. The football is over now. I can officially say I am retired from playing and now I am fully concentrating on coaching.”The former defender also played under Rodgers at Liverpool and said he would reap the benefits of learning from the Northern Irishman as he takes the first steps of his new career.“I can learn so much from working with Brendan Rodgers, he is a top manager. I will be working with him and his staff very closely each day.“He is one of the best young managers in the world right now. What he’s doing for Celtic is there for all to see, he’s doing amazingly right now.” Rodgers welcomed Toure back to Celtic, saying that he would be a perfect example for younger players who would benefit from following the advice of a model professional.“This is great news for Celtic that we are able to bring a man of Kolo’s experience into our coaching team,” the Celtic manager said. “In everything he does, he is quite simply a fantastic example to anyone.“He has worked at the top of the game for so many years and he has all the qualities which any player of any age should aspire to. He is a fantastic role model for our younger players and someone who has a level of experience and knowledge which can only be invaluable to our established players.” “We are delighted that we will benefit from this experience and I know will make a real contribution to the club in this role.”