Iraq withdraws its ambassador in Lisbon for a scandal with his children

first_imgIraq has decided to withdraw its ambassador to Lisbon, Saad Mohammed Ali, on understanding that “he is not in a position” to remain in the country after the controversy surrounding his children for an alleged assault on a Portuguese teenager.The Portuguese Foreign Minister, Augusto Santos Silva, unveiled this Thursday at a press conference the decision of the Iraqi authorities, who have refused to lift the diplomatic immunity that protects the ambassador’s children, which prevents them from being tried in Portugal. Embassy of Iraq in Portugal. Image: Google They allegedly pleased a Portuguese teenager“It is not in condition”, they have said from the Governmentcenter_img The twin sons of the ambassador, Haider and Ridha, 17, assumed in a television interview to be the perpetrators of a brutal aggression suffered in August by the Portuguese Rúben Cavaco, 15, but are protected by his father’s diplomatic immunity.The Portuguese Government then asked Iraq to withdraw diplomatic immunity from the two young men so that they could be interrogated by the Prosecutor’s Office and even threatened to declare the ambassador “non grata” person and expel him from Portugal if they did not.After months of diplomatic contacts, the Iraqi authorities have decided that “there are no reasons” to lift the immunity of the two young people, Santos Silva explained, who said that the judicial process involving the diplomat’s children will continue from Now in Iraq.The minister considered that the solution found is positive because it prevents Portugal from having to declare the Iraqi ambassador “non grata” person and ensures that the judicial process will continue.The Iraqi ambassador had already reached an out-of-court settlement last week with the family of the attacked minor to pay compensation in exchange for no charges. This agreement, considered “fair” by the family, does not end the judicial process because it is a crime of public aggression.last_img read more

Rey Nambatac grateful for chance to showcase late-game guts for Rain or Shine

first_imgView comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MANILA, Philippines—Rey Nambatac just proved that hard work will eventually reap anyone glory.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Bantamweight champ Reymart Gaballo demolishes Japanese foe for 2nd round KO Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title And in some sort of butterfly effect, Nambatac’s bigger role with the team came with Tiu’s retirement right before the start of the conference.“Actually I’ve been preparing myself for Chris’ retirement because once that happens I could get a bigger role with the team,” said Nambatac who finished with 11 points, four rebounds, and two steals.“Of course it’s hard to fill in Chris’ role so, for me, I’ll just stick on defense because that really is my bread and butter.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Despite being drafted no.7 overall in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, Nambatac wasn’t seen as a franchise changer especially when he arrived in a loaded Rain or Shine team that has Chris Tiu, James Yap, Gabe Norwood, and Maverick Ahanmisi in the guard and wing positions.Nambatac, however, displayed a tenacity of someone about to strike gold and this slow grind eventually earned him head coach Caloy Garcia’s trust to put him in late-game situations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsColegio de San Juan de Letran’s alum showed unflappable calm in the final three minutes of Rain or Shine’s 107-100 win over NorthPort in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.“I’m glad that coach has slowly given me the break,” said Nambatac in Filipino. “And whenever I’m in the game I just try to fill in the gaps and those are hustle and defense and I never veer away from my role in the team.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I just play my game and whenever I’m in the court I just focus on what I have to do and read the situation so I can do whatever I have to do to get the lead and for us to get momentum.”After James Yap’s gutsy three-pointer over Paolo Taha gave the Elasto Painters a 102-100 lead with 2:50 to play, Nambatac showed his aggressive side by pestering ball handlers and getting to the line a couple of times.Nambatac was able to steal the ball from Sean Anthony resulting in a split from the stripe for the 103-100 lead just 16 seconds after Yap’s three.The sophomore guard once again got a steal, this time at the expense of Stanley Pringle, but his jump shot at the 1:43 mark failed to get in.Nambatac, however, eventually iced the game from the free throw line hitting two of his freebies with 15 seconds left for Rain or Shine’s 104-100 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

The CCJ should reject the flawed mathematical reasoning from Guyana’s Court of Appeal

first_imgDear Editor,This week, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will hear oral arguments regarding whether 34 votes (as opposed to 33) constitutes a “majority” and is required for a successful passage of a No-Confidence Motion brought in Guyana’s 65-membered Parliament, pursuant to Article 106 (6) of the Constitution of Guyana.In March, Guyana’s Court of Appeals (the Court), in a 2 to 1 vote, controversially overturned a decision by the lower court, which previously held that the aforesaid motion filed by Guyana’s Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, was successfully carried by a vote of 33 to 32, thereby warranting the Government’s resignation and new elections.The Government moved to court arguing that 34 votes were needed. The Court agreed, but in doing so, it erred significantly because the Government’s argument is only applicable in legislative bodies with even-numbered membership. Secondly, the Court’s calculation defied two universally accepted methods used for calculation: the median formula and the PEMDAS method of operation.For many decades, 33 has been accepted as a “majority” in Guyana’s 65-membered Parliament, as the Constitution of Guyana is silent as to what it is. The Government resorted to a definition found in the Constitution of the Republic of Vanuatu (a tiny island nation in South Pacific Ocean), which says that a “majority” is one-half the number plus one. In mathematical language that is: 1/2 n +1.Using this formula and a two-step process, the Government argued and the Court agreed that 34 votes were needed from a total of 65 elected members of Parliament to defeat the Government by way of a No-Confidence Motion.In the first step, we have 65 divided by 2 or (65/2) which is: 32.5 members. This 32.5 is rounded up to 33 in order to avoid having a fraction or a .5 person. In step two, we add 1 to 33. We add 1 because, as we recall, the Vanuatu Constitution tells us to do so: one-half the number plus one. Thirty-three plus one is 34 (33+1=34). This is how 34 became the new majority of 65.The Court of Appeal’s erroneous mathematical calculationHowever, as already noted, the Court erred in its calculation when it failed to comply with the median formula and the PEMDAS method of operation. The median formula is one half the sum of numbers plus one, or ½ (n +1). PEMDAS is a universally recognised acronym that tells us in what order we are to perform mathematical operations. It is as follows: parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and finally, subtraction.Here, had the Court complied with the median formula and the PEMDAS method, it would have addressed the items inside the parenthesis first; it would have taken 65 and add 1 to get 66, as its first step. Then as its second step, it would have divided this 66 by 2, (66/2), to get 33. Mathematically, 33 constitutes a “majority” in a 65-membered Parliament (as in Guyana).Without the median formula and the PEMDAS order for calculation, the Court’s method of calculation only works for legislative bodies with even-numbered membership. To illustrate, imagine a Parliament has 66 members. What is its majority? Using the Court’s formula of 1/2 n +1, we have half of 66 which is 33 in the first step. In the second step, we add 1 to 33 and that gives us 34. Thus, using the Court’s reasoning, a Parliament with 65 members and a Parliament with 66 members will have an identical majority of 34!Dire effects across the Caribbean and beyondClearly, this flawed method of calculation will introduce unprecedented confusion amongst educational, scientific, and legislative bodies across the entire Caribbean region, if not beyond. The effect is already being felt.For example, retired Professor Emeritus Errol Miller (The University of the West Indies), a recognised expert in elections matters, admitted that should the CCJ uphold the Court’s decision, it will have serious implications for Trinidad and Tobago’s 41-member Parliament. To avoid chaos on such an extraordinary scale, it is important that the CCJ reject the flawed mathematical reasoning upheld by the Court of Appeal of Guyana.Sincerely,Professor Dev Rawana,PhDlast_img read more

8-hour power outages for Regions 3, 4 this week

first_imgMaintenance by the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) will result in an eight-hour power interruption across Georgetown and sections of Demerara from Tuesday until Saturday this week.The utility company stated that the activity will commence on Tuesday, July 23, at Newtown, Kitty; Victoria to Nooten-Zuil on the East Coast of Demerara and Timehri on the East Bank of Demerara.On Wednesday, July 24, Canal Number Two Polder will see maintenance works, followed by Kitty on Thursday, July 25.A large network from Leonora on the West Coast of Demerara to Naamryck, East Bank Essequibo, will conclude these activities on Saturday, July 25.Consumers were advised that the works will be undertaken from 08:00h to 16:00h on each day mentioned.Last month, the company had announced its intentions of buying power as they continued to suffer from the challenges of providing reliable electricity.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GPL, Albert Gordon had disclosed at a press conference that they are in talks with both Giftland and Banks DIH Limited to buy power from them to boost the capacity of the interconnected system. GPL was looking to source some five megawatts of electricity during peak hours from both entities.At that time, additional pressure mounted when its submarine cable linking the Kingston and Vreed-en-Hoop stations developed technicalities and was de-energised. This affected distribution to the Demerara Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS), resulting in power outages in a number of locations.last_img read more

300 BEV shrimp processing workers on the breadline

first_img…as company closes operationsWith thousands of former sugar workers continuing to face challenges to find consistent employment, another sector will see some 300 employees without employment as the BEV Enterprises shrimp facility is shutting down operations next month. According to reports, which surfaced on Tuesday, over 100 of the workers could be absorbed into other seafood operations but many of BEV staff remain unsure as to how such an arrangement would be executed.BEV Processors IncThe majority of the workers are women and they are worried for their future as well as that of their children. However, when this Guyana Times approached them for official comment on Tuesday afternoon, many declined to speak.Sources told this publication that proprietor and head of BEV Processors Inc, Bruce Vieira, held a recent meeting where he assured workers that they would receive benefits for their years of service.They were also informed that operations will close by July 15 and the reactions were varied ranging from sheer shock to passive in nature.“We cannot do nothing more, life goes on,” one woman with 11 years of service told this newspaper.She said while she was saddened by the “shocking” announcement, the company is a private one and the owner must decide what he wants to do with his business.Another worker described the situation as “hopeless” but stressed that they have no choice other than to seek alternative employment.Further, a female worker said she had expected to see more involvement from the union representative to advocate on their behalf to bargain for their termination benefits. This newspaper was told that workers are part of Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU).Vieira was quoted in other sections of the media as saying that he is hopeful if Noble House Seafoods can purchase BEV’s plant and garner shrimp suppliers which can provide employment.Vieira denied that his decision to leave the industry was due to a deal he has with an oil company, which needs a sea front property.When Guyana Times approached the businessman’s office for comment on Tuesday, he declined to speak on the matter.In 2016 and 2017, over 4000 workers in the sugar industry were retrenched by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) which affected many of the village economies and family members of workers that were dependent on the sugar industry. Many observers have been warning Guyana against placing too much emphasis in the oil sector whilst neglecting other industries, otherwise called the Dutch Disease.There have been many local companies which are making moves to capitalise on the oil industry. With regards to equipment that was required for trawlers, monitoring equipment is one the safety measures Government has recommended for operators to utilise to guard against piracy.last_img read more

CELEBRITY CHEF NEVEN SET TO JOIN FINN HARPS (IN THE KITCHEN!)

first_imgCELEBRITY chef Neven Maguire has signed for Finn Harps – for one night only!Harps have persuaded the star to take to the stage in an exclusive demonstration with Donegal’s own Community Chef Brian Mc Dermott in Jackson’s Hotel Ballybofey on Tuesday 28th May at 8pm.The star of Home Chef on RTE, and celebrity chef and restaurateur from the MacNean House and Restaurant in Co Cavan, Neven is without doubt Ireland’s best loved Chef. All who attend on the night will be in with a chance of winning an overnight stay and dinner in Neven’s restaurant. (Good prize!)The evening is being held in association with McElhinneys Department Store.At the core of Neven and Brian’s philosophy is a dedication to using the finest locally sourced ingredients and this one off demonstration will see Neven & Brian create a range of exquisite dishes, availing of the wealth of exceptional produce from the North West, for the gathered audience.Recipes that will be created by the celebrity chef on the day will also come from his latest series of Home Chef, currently in a new 10 week run on RTE. The programme was recently afforded the accolade of the most watched cookery show to ever appear on the station, further cementing Neven’s place as one of the leading chefs of his generation. Neven believes his good friend Community Chef Brian Mc Dermott is now cemented on the chef scene nationally and deservedly so due to his innovative approach and passion for food.Said Neven: “I love Donegal and the people there have been so good to me and I always look forward to demonstrating in Donegal.“Brian and I encourage all food lovers to come along on 28th May to Jackson’s Hotel to support Finn Harps and see live cookery and exciting dishes “Tickets for event are €20 each and on sale from Friday May 10th at Gallagher’s Butchers , Ballybofey shopping centre , Link 2 Music and Gadgets, Letterkenny Shopping Centre, Wards Music Shop, The Diamond Donegal Town and Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey. You can also buy online on www.finnharps.com from event are €20 each and on sale from today at:• Gallaghers Butchers , Ballybofey shopping centre , Link 2 Music and Gadgets, Letterkenny Shopping Centre. CELEBRITY CHEF NEVEN SET TO JOIN FINN HARPS (IN THE KITCHEN!) was last modified: May 10th, 2013 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)Tags:CELEBRITY CHEF NEVEN SET TO JOIN FINN HARPS (IN THE KITCHEN!)last_img read more

A LITTLE TASTE OF CHRISTMAS IS COMING VERY SOON TO DONEGAL TOWN

first_imgA Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town will take place on Sunday 30th November 2014 from 11.00am to 6.30pm in The Abbey Hotel.Our Annual Christmas Lights switch on will also take place at 7.00 pm.They will have Exhibitor Stands where Business’s can promote, sell, and take orders for Christmas etc. There will be a large variety of products available to the public, ranging from, cosmetics, jewellery, fashion, art, toys for big boys, and loads of gift ideas for the Festive season, a great way to promote your business in the lead up to Christmas.This event will also give your customers the opportunity to place orders for all their Christmas food requirements, all of which can be done with very little effort in one venue.We will also have celebrity cookery and wine demonstrations, live entertainment for all ages, and much more throughout the day.For further information follow us on www.donegaltown.ie or www.atasteofdonegal.com and also on Donegal Town Community and A Taste of Donegal Food Festival Facebook Pages. MERRY & BRIGHT LIVE ENTERTAINMENT!!!!A Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town on Sunday 30th November has the “CHEERIST” entertainment for all ages.Treat the children to something different. Bring them along to the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town.While you browse our exhibitor’s stands for Christmas gift ideas or watch our celebrity chef’s cookery demonstrations, Christmas cheer and magic will have all your little ones enchanted when Mr. Scallywag’s seasonal puppet show commences.Face painting and Christmas movies also to be enjoyed! Let the MAGIC continue wrap up the little ones and join Santa Clause and his helpers to officially light up Donegal Town at 7.00pm on the Diamond. There will be an opportunity to MEET & GREET Mickey & Minnie. This pair just loves to POSE with visitors of all ages!!Much-loved by our A Taste of Donegal Food Festival visitors Adrian Cullen Dean Martin Tribute Show will revisit Donegal Town to serenade you all at “A Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town”If you are interested and would like to take part in our 4th “A Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town” contact Mary Mc Gettigan on 087-1777140 or email development@donegaltown.ieA LITTLE TASTE OF CHRISTMAS IS COMING VERY SOON TO DONEGAL TOWN was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:A LIttle Taste of ChristmasBusinessEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Raiders notes: Osemele, Martin, Roberts questionable to face Steelers

first_imgALAMEDA — Guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Doug Martin and wide receiver Seth Roberts remained questionable Friday to face the Pittsburgh Steelers.The Raiders (2-10) host the Steelers (7-4-1) Sunday at 1:25 p.m. at the Coliseum.Osemele, who earlier this season missed two games with a knee injury, sat out practice with a toe injury after being limited the previous two days. Martin, the Raiders’ leading rusher, was a full participant but in a walkthrough setting and hasn’t been …last_img read more

Brazil vs Chile: Hosts showing some nerves ahead of Round of 16 tie

first_imgBrazil will take on Chile in the first tie of the FIFA World Cup, Round of 16 stage on Saturday There’s no denying it, the thought of sudden World Cup elimination is on the minds of Luiz Felipe Scolari and his Brazil squad.The veteran coach wants to assure the people of the host nation, though, that nerves are nothing to be worried about.”It’s normal to feel uncomfortable and anxious ahead of this first elimination game,” Scolari said Friday, on the eve of Brazil’s second-round match against Chile. “We are a bit more scared and nervous.”It’s normal in any competition, not only because this one is in Brazil. We know we can’t make mistakes, we can’t lose.”A win over Chile at the Mineirao Stadium will keep Brazil on track for its sixth World Cup title, while a loss would be considered a massive failure in a country which has invested billions to stage the tournament.Scolari said there’s a chance that Chile plays better than Brazil and eliminates the hosts, which shouldn’t be considered the end of the world if it happens.”We have been doing our job with a lot of dedication, but we have to understand that if they are better than we are in the game and they win, we can’t lower our heads, end our lives and throw ourselves into a well,” he said.Brazil has reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup every time since 1994. Its last elimination in the second round was against Argentina in 1990.advertisementThe Brazilians haven’t lost to Chile since a World Cup qualifier in 2000, and have never lost a head-to-head with the Chileans on home soil. Since 2000, Brazil has won 10 of 12 matches against the Chileans. The teams have met three times in World Cups, with Brazil winning 4-2 in the semifinals of the 1962 tournament in Chile, then 4-1 in the second round in 1998 and 3-0 at the same stage in 2010.”Statistics don’t mean anything to us,” Brazil captain Thiago Silva said. “We have to remember that in the other side there is a team with the same dreams that we do. So if we can’t advance, life must go on.”Scolari hinted that he will change the team’s midfield for the match, replacing defensive midfielder Paulinho with Fernandinho, who played well as a second-half substitute in the 4-1 win against Cameroon. The Manchester City player, a late addition to the World Cup squad, scored a goal and helped set up another.It remained unclear if defender David Luiz would be fit to play after leaving Thursday’s practice because of a back problem. The Brazilian federation said he participated in part of the team’s training session on Friday, and an MRI scan didn’t show any serious injury. The federation said he would remain undergoing treatment until shortly before the match.Brazil has four players going into Saturday’s match with a yellow card, including Silva, striker Neymar and defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo. Another yellow against Chile will sideline them from the quarterfinals if Brazil advances.last_img read more

British doctor alleges he doped leading sportsmen

first_imgUK Anti-Doping (UKAD) said it was “deeply concerned and shocked” by a Sunday Times report in which a British doctor alleged he had prescribed banned performance-enhancing drugs to 150 sportsmen including several Premier League footballers.The paper said Dr Mark Bonar claimed his “clients” included an England cricketer, British Tour de France cyclists, a British boxing champion, tennis players and martial arts competitors as well as footballers.In the past six years he had treated more than 150 sportsmen from the UK and abroad with banned substances such as erythropoietin (EPO), steroids and human growth hormone, and the performance improvements were “phenomenal”, the report added.The Sunday Times said that during a series of meetings with undercover reporters, Bonar had spoken about sportsmen he had treated. The newspaper also sent a sportsman to Bonar’s clinic, who recorded his appointments with a hidden camera.Neither the newspaper nor Reuters was able to substantiate the claims made by the doctor.UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead said the body had been aware of allegations against Bonar after a sportsperson approached them two years ago but had not been able to act upon them because he was not affiliated to any particular sport.”Under current legislation, UKAD has the power only to investigate athletes and entourage (including medics) who are themselves governed by a sport,” she said.UKAD had considered informing the General Medical Council, which overseas medical practitioners in Britain, but decided the evidence they had was insufficient for such a referral, Sapstead added.UKAD chairman David Kenworthy said an independent review would be conducted into the issues raised by the report.advertisement”They will be asked to look at the way the information supplied by the sportsperson was handled and whether proper procedures were followed,” he said.”They will also be asked to make any recommendations to improve the way in which intelligence is dealt with in the future so that UKAD can be as effective as possible in keeping sport clean.”The news is likely to cast a further shadow on the sporting world ahead of the Rio Olympics.Russia was suspended from international track and field last year following a report exposing widespread cheating and corruption among its athletes.The country faces a ban from the Olympics unless Russia can prove to the World Anti-Doping Agency and the IAAF governing body that it has met a series of conditions regarding its anti-doping operations.last_img read more