Iraq football hit by age fraud scandals

first_imgUndeceived by the players’ hairless cheeks, Baghdad airport officials found that nine members of the team had falsified ages on their passports.The IFA quickly dismissed the team’s officials, who players said had instructed them to shave to look younger.It also promised to take action against “players who falsified their age”.For weeks, anti-fraud activists had posted evidence online that some of the players had voted in Iraq’s May elections, proving they were over 18.To avoid a $30,000 (26,000 euros) non-participation fine from the tournament, Iraq’s under-14 team was sent to play in their stead.ADVERTISEMENT But a series of cases of alleged age fraud has put Iraq’s international football reputation back into jeopardy, with players and coaches warning that authorities have long turned a blind eye to cheating if it will bring home a win.Karim Saddam, one of the country’s football legends, said the Iraqi Football Association (IFA) “tries by any means, by any cost to have teams achieve victories and to take credit for it”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’To do so, he said, “it will turn a blind eye to teams that have players with forged IDs”.The first tremor hit on July 30, when players on Iraq’s under-16 football squad were banned from taking off for a regional tournament in Jordan. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments MOST READ Representatives of Iraqi football teams vote for a new president of the Iraq Football Association in Baghdad on May 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ahmad al-RubayeWith players banned from travel, executives sacked and a national squad that just withdrew from the Asian Games, Iraqi football is paying the price for a string of age fraud scandals.Nearly five months ago, FIFA breathed life back into Iraqi football by lifting a three-decade ban on the country’s hosting of international matches.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Culture of forgery’One reason the IFA may be so desperate to win is because of its isolation at home, said Saddam, who played on Iraq’s 1986 World Cup team.The IFA is in conflict with the ministry of youth and sports over revenue from stadium ticket sales and has been boycotted by major football figures, he said.Sports journalist Zidan al-Rubaie said football fraud is only one facet of a “widespread culture of forgery”.Under Saddam Hussein’s rule, Iraqis were forced to find creative ways to circumvent more than a decade-long international embargo, and after his ouster, to survive sectarian violence and jihadists.In the chaos that ensued after Saddam’s fall, thousands of Iraqis falsified their ID cards, changing their religion, hometown or name to avoid the ire of armed groups.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginscenter_img $100,000 fine On August 1, Iraq’s under-23 squad dropped out of the Asian Games — set to begin later this month — after activists again took to social media alleging 17 of the team’s 23 players had lied about their age.The team faces a possible $100,000 fine and a potential ban from the next edition in 2022.Just days later, authorities dissolved the country’s under-19 team, expected in Indonesia this fall for the AFC Championship finals.Officials said the squad would be regrouped once player IDs were thoroughly screened.Sports authorities in Iraq have tried to contain the crisis by announcing new checks and insisting that they had been caught off guard by the scale of the problem.But “people who follow Iraqi football know very well why Iraq has withdrawn from the Asian Games”, said Hassan Ahmed, coach of Iraq’s first division Al-Naft club.“It’s out of fear that a second scandal will break out after the under-16s.”Ahmed rejected claims by the IFA that the team was forced to withdraw from the competition due to the unavailability of players retained by their clubs, including Al-Naft.“The teams that meet the Iraqis in junior championships are beginning to realize the age of the players,” he said. 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Inaugural Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference opens

first_imgThe inaugural Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference hosted by the University of Guyana’s School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (SEBI) opened on Monday at the Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel.The aim of the conference is to build relations and networks between current and budding entrepreneurs. The conference is being hosted by the SEBI under the theme “Economic transformation through entrepreneurship and innovation”, and runs until May 22.UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith, has said SEBI must have a curriculum that is not only theoretical, but also practical, hence the reason for the conference. He noted that the conference will become an annual forum, where students, academics, businessmen and women within and beyond Guyana can be a part of advancing entrepreneurship while celebrating innovation.Some of the participants at the Conference“We decided that SEBI needs to actualize the realities of Guyana. One of that is that we are in a continent that speaks languages other than English, and we are not going to competitively undervalue yourselves by operating in English framework, and so we said students graduating through SEBI must know a language other than English,” Griffith said.“We are going to use the opportunity of tapping into the expertise of businessmen and women, so we are creating the position called Professors of Practice to allow businesspeople to come and impart their expertise (and) impart their knowledge. We are going to be creating a position called Executive in Residence, where a businesswoman or man can come and spend a week or month or semester (for) practical delivery, complementing those theoretical skills,” he added.The opening ceremony featured Chief Executive Officer of Ground Structures Engineering Consultants Inc, Charles Ceres, as the keynote speaker. He spoke extensively about the absence of incorporation of economic considerations into the engineering project and solutions in Guyana.Ceres, who is also a Civil, Geotechnical and Groundwater Hydrology Engineer, said the daily traffic pile-up on the East Bank Demerara road is as a result of poor planning and lack of forensic analysis prior to the implementation of the project.“This roadway is a local access roadway… apparently people who conceptualize these developments never considered the cost of lost working hours, increased fuel consumption, and the cost of human lives…certainly incorporated no assessment of risk, no U-turns and no dedicated single access points,” he explained.“The cost of lost time and lost lives probably exceeds the cost to put mitigation measures in place in the form of dedicated U-turns which will not snarl traffic… I suspect that people who conceptualize development along this corridor considered only direct cost to the public purse. The results of poor engineering conception and design has however increased the economic cost to the country in the form of lost time, increased fuel consumption, and lost lives,” he added.The conference includes presenters such as Business Minister Dominic Gaskin and Chief Executive Officer of GTT, Justin Nedd. Additionally, there are keynote speakers from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, the United States and the United Kingdom.last_img read more

SASOD calls for awareness, distribution of PrEP drugs

first_img…says it will engage the Public Health MinistryThe Society Against Sexual Orientation and Discrimination (SASOD) is appealing for partnerships with governmental and Private Sector entities as it relates to the distribution of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs, a pill that can prevent the contraction of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in persons who are HIV negative.Speaking at the SASOD headquarters on Thursday was the organisation’s Public Health Consultant, Dr Nastassia Rambarran, who indicated that a study was conducted by the organisation with HIV negative individuals so as to involve the opinions of the general population.They included 47 persons from Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-WestMembers of SASOD who were part of the team that conducted the studyDemerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) whereby the level of knowledge, attitudes and delivery preferences in relation to PrEP.According to Rambarran, the daily pill can result in 90 to 98 per cent protection against the disease and is mainly catered for those whose partners are HIV positive.Additionally, sex workers and transgender persons can also protect themselves from the virus but additional protection is needed against other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).“There are other forms [of the medication]. However, that [pill] is just the most common one and they’re also working on things apart from that but for now that’s what we have.”While a majority of these persons were interested in the benefits of the pill, they were concerned about the costs attached and the HIV stigma that follows upon inquiry of the drug.Hence, the group is requesting that Government and non-governmental organisations (NGO) take up the responsibility of providing the drugs to these persons. They would also be able to reduce the cost to about US$10 for one month’s supply of the medication.“Persons spoke about some barriers that could impede PrEP uptake and these include the fact that it is a pill that has to be remembered to be taken daily, side effects, denial about risk, lack of education and frequency of blood work. Two major barriers were the cost of the medication, if it had to be bought, and the continued stigma around HIV.Founder of SASOD, Joel Simpson, indicated that the next steps would entail engaging the Public Health Ministry and the National Aids Programme Secretariat (NAPS), given that the advantages of supplying the pills are numerous.“The first place that we think that we need to go is to get this before the policymakers at the Ministry of Public Health. We think we have enough [data] for implementation and our next step will be to meet with the Programme Manager at the National Aids Programme Secretariat,” Simpson.The organisation is also calling for the sensitisation of the general public on the use of pill which can provide protection against HIV if used as prescribed.last_img read more

Montoya a hit in Mexico

first_img“Montoya heads the stars,” roared the headline in the Mexican daily Diario de Mexico in its preview for Sunday’s Telcel-Motorola 200. “It’s an honor to be racing alongside a driver like Montoya, a Latino who has had so much success in racing,” Mexico City native Jorge Goeters said. “Montoya is a born champion.” “He is a very good driver and he knows this track well,” Jourdain said. “Sooner or later, he will make a real impact in NASCAR.” The curvy track was built for open-wheel racing and there is little opportunity to pass, except near the end of a tight straightaway. But the track has seen some changes since Montoya was here last. A 1,000-foot long chicane that used to slow drivers on the opening stretch was taken out recently. Robbie Weiss, NASCAR’s managing director for international affairs, said Montoya brings in a lot of Mexican fans who are familiar with open-wheel racing. “NASCAR is a brand just being introduced here, but every year it becomes more and more known,” Weiss said. “A big name like Montoya brings in the open-wheel fans. And once people try this product they always discover they like it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEXICO CITY – Juan Pablo Montoya was clearly the center of attention Thursday as Busch Series drivers prepared for NASCAR’s third race in Mexico City. The Colombian driver who jumped from Formula One to NASCAR late last season gained a strong following in Mexico with Formula N victories in the 1990s. Now the Mexican fans hope a fellow Latino might finally win a NASCAR race on their soil. center_img When NASCAR kick-started its Mexico City event in 2005, much was made about the Mexican drivers’ knowledge of the 2.518-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course and his experience racing at 7,400 feet, an altitude that gives the cars a little less down force, robbing them of grip and horsepower. The expectations for local drivers appeared to be playing out when Goeters stunned the field by winning the pole. But Goeter’s first NASCAR pit stop was a disaster and the final results looked a lot like any other Busch Series race, with Martin Truex Jr. using an early pit stop to outlast Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards. In the 2006 Mexico City event, Denny Hamlin won. Mexican driver Adrian Fernandez started in fourth and moved up a spot early, but had a minor crash, injuring his thumb, forcing him to settle for 12th. Mexican driver Michel Jourdain has raced alongside Montoya at the Hermanos Rodriguez. last_img read more

Rasmussen fans 15 to lead Poly

first_img“Rob amazes you every time he goes out there,” Panthers coach Wayne Ellis said. “This is the first time I can remember our school being able to compete with teams of this caliber.” Brian Dearth went the first four innings for the Rams (4-1) and struck out five, but gave up three third-inning runs. Rasmussen walked and scored on an RBI single by James Wiley. Tim Feess doubled and scored on a single by Michael Defazio and Simmons Borchert drove in Wiley with a sacrifice fly. Michael Mendoza doubled and scored on a double by William Do for the Rams’ lone run. “Winning this tournament was a goal of ours, but we weren’t sure how realistic it was for a small school like ours,” Rasmussen said. “I’m happy with how well we played this tournament, but Rasmussen was just better than us today,” Rams coach Barry Bacon said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At one point, Rasmussen struck out eight consecutive and 10 of 11 batters between the second and fifth innings. “This is probably the best high school game I’ve played in against this kind of competition,” Rasmussen said. center_img TEMPLE CITY – Rob Rasmussen’s 15th strikeout of the game helped lift Pasadena Poly’s baseball team to a 3-1 victory over Temple City in the championship game of the Monrovia-Temple City Tournament on Saturday. The UCLA-bound left-hander gave up two doubles in the first inning and then dominated the rest of the game. He went the distance, giving up three hits and a walk. last_img read more


first_imgHundreds of people are expected to converge on Letterkenny’s Clanree Hotel today for the annual North West Truck Fest.Dozens of trucks of all shapes and sizes will be on show.As well as trucks, there will be a fleet of classic bikes and vintage cars for all to see. This is the seventh year of the event and the second time it has been staged in Letterkenny.So far the organising committee of the event has managed to raise a staggering €70,000 for local charities.This year’s even is being held in aid of the Donegal Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Marc Anderson Budapest Treatment Fund.For those with only a passing interest in trucks and cars, there will be plenty of other distractions! On Sunday afternoon there will be live music and family entertainment including bouncy castles.One of the highlights of the bust weekend will be the convoy of trucks through Letterkenny starting at 5pm on Sunday, bringing the weekend events to a close.More information can be found on HUNDREDS EXPECTED AT TRUCK FEST THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 25th, 2013 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:letterkennyTruck Festlast_img read more


first_imgInishowen Sinn Féin public representatives, Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Cllrs Albert Doherty and Jack Murray have repeated their strong opposition to proposals to scale back the NowDoc service in the peninsula.They were responding to confirmation from HSE management that they are to “live test” the proposed new NowDoc service over the next number of weeks.They said “We again outline our strong opposition to scale back the NowDoc service in Inishowen. People living in rural areas must have equality of access to vital health services with those living in urban areas. “Rather than adequately resource the NowDoc service across Donegal, the HSE on behalf of the Government have placed the onus to deliver the service onto GPs. This has apparently stretched the resources of many GPs, particularly those serving rural communities.”Proposals have emerged to reduce the current NowDoc service from a doctor and driver on call from 12pm to 8am at three locations in Carndonagh, Letterkenny and Gweedore down to two doctors and drivers based in Letterkenny but available to travel to meet patients in Carndonagh and Gweedore.The current practice of having a further GP on standby for emergencies will continue, they say.They continued “The practical issue here is that many families live a short distance from the surgery in Carndonagh. If these proposals become a reality, typically the family calling out of hours and in worry and distress will have to wait much longer than at present for the doctor and driver to arrive. This is a diminution in service and a loss, no matter how it is presented. “The bottom line is that GPs have been forced into this proposal due to a failure by the HSE to adequately resource the NowDoc service. People living in rural areas of Donegal are being asked again to accept a scaling back of their primary health service and this is not acceptable. We Sinn Féin public representatives are opposed to these proposals and we welcome the opposition of the other public representatives. The HSE need to go back to the drawing board”.INISHOWEN’S NOWDOC SERVICES MUST NOT BE CUT – SINN FEIN was last modified: July 30th, 2015 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:InishowenNowDocSinn Feinlast_img read more

Rafa Benitez to STAY at Newcastle following promotion

first_imgRafa Benitez has confirmed he will stay as Newcastle United manager following the Magpies’ promotion to the Premier League, according to reports.The Spaniard guided the Tyneside club back to the top flight as second division champions, having been unable to save them from relegation last season.Despite his success at St James’ Park this term, there had been suggestions Benitez would walk away in the summer due to a falling out with owner Mike Ashley.However, he has been promised a large budget for transfer dealings following secret talks between the pair, along with managing director Lee Charnley, and a statement from Ashley read: “I’ve confirmed to Rafa and Lee that they can have every last penny that the club generates through promotion, player sales and other means in order to build for next season.”Benitez added: “I’m pleased with how the meeting went and the positive approach we are all taking together to build on what we have started this season.“There will be challenges ahead, of course – the summer will not be easy – but the hard work has been going on for some time and we can now continue positively with the development of the squad ahead of the start of the new season.“I wish fans an enjoyable summer.”This has allayed fears Benitez would leave just 12 months into a three-year contract, and preparations can now start going ahead for the kick-off of the 2017/18 Premier League season. Rafa Benitez guided Newcastle to promotion from the Championship as champions 1last_img read more


first_imgA big high 5 to St Francis’ National School, Barnesmore, which has been awarded its first Active School Flag for excellence in physical education by the Department of Education and Skills.At a flag raising ceremony in the school the significant contributions of various sections of the school community were duly acknowledged. These included the Board of Management, teachers, ancillary staff, parents and pupils, local clubs, the HSE, members of the school gardening committee and an Garda SíochánaThe extent of pupil engagement with the process was also noted. This included: • participation in sporting events (home and away),• performance (including rap, song and dance)• active school displays,• cross curricular projects, • logo competition• art exhibitionThe awarding of the flag culminated in a high octane Active School week, featuring the World Premiere of Happy at St Francis’ NS., a video recorded in and around the school by 6th class student, Emily Erskine.Fr Danny McBrearty blessed the flag and endorsed the school’s commitment to continued engagement in active projects for physical and mental health in the future. Students from the ASF committee then stepped forward to raise the flag.As it shimmied up the flagpole, the fingers of a gentle June breeze unfurled it tentatively to an approving sun. There was applause and final words of thanks which were drowned out by the growl of a passing tractor.It didn’t matter, however. For all present the raucous racket might just as well have been rockin’ to the Pharrell Williams’ Happy, adopted sound track of St Francis’ NS Active School Year 2013-2014.WHY THEY’RE ACTIVE AND HAPPY IN BARNES was last modified: July 4th, 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:BarnesmoredonegalSt Farnces NAtional Schoollast_img read more

The Man Utd v QPR quiz

first_imgOn Sunday QPR head to Old Trafford – the scene of one of their greatest victories, along with plenty of defeats. How much do you know about the history between the two clubs? Answer these 10 questions to find out…[mtouchquiz 4]Click here for another QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img