On Friday, a combination of excitement, suspense and anticipation filled the atmosphere at the Stabroek Market Square, Georgetown, as GTT’s Christmas promotion’s four finalists competed against each other for the grand prize BMW X1, which comes with one-year free insurance and one year free super 95 gas from Guyoil.Families and supporters of the four finalists flooded the location to back their favourite contestant.Voting was the first leg of the competition, then Shameer Rahamut, Shinella Charles, Noel Fernandes and Sean Charles all battled through several obstacle challenges in the second leg of the competition to win the grand prize. The second leg of the competition comprised of Cake Eating, Dunk that Junk, Balloon blow up, Question and Answers on GTT’s Plus Sized promotion and a sing off battle.Quadrupling his competitors’ votes with help from the public, was Enterprise Gardens’, Noel Fernandes. He also scored ample points in the obstacle challenges which led to Fernandes emerging as the winner of GTT’s BMW X1.After being announced the winner of the BMW X1, Fernandes in full excitement said he was elated to be the victor of the competition. “I feel very deserving.I placed my best foot forward and this is the reward I am reaping now. I am just thankful to GTT for affording me such an opportunity and I promise to take good care of the vehicle and drive responsibly.” An overjoyed Fernandes drove off in his new BMW X1 with his wife and son who both shared his sentiments.Copping the second prize was Sean Charles from Agricola who took home $150,000. Stealing the crowd’s heart was Shinella Charles who placed third and took away $100,000, followed by Shameer Rahamut who walked away with $50,000.Partnering on the promotion with GTT was Guyoil who handed over one-year free supply of Super 95 Gas to the winner of the BMW X1.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake But van Anraat argued he was unaware the materials would be used in chemical warfare, and that he was being unfairly targeted while countless others have not been prosecuted for supplying arms and military intelligence to Iraq. Although the court determined that the slaughter of thousands of Kurds in the villages constituted genocide, it said van Anraat could not be held responsible for genocide since his chemicals were delivered to Iraq before the mass killings began. He was instead found guilty of multiple counts of war crimes, violating the laws and customs of war and causing death and serious bodily harm to the whole or entire Kurdish population, said presiding Judge Roel van Rossum. The court also awarded total damages of $11,800 to 15 victims, the maximum under Dutch law applicable in the case. The defense said it would appeal the conviction. Van Anraat’s lawyers did not contest the occurrence of “awful crimes.” But they argued that, at worst, he had violated economic guidelines, not international humanitarian law. They said the time limit to prosecute those economic crimes has expired and the events occurred so long ago that witness statements were neither accurate nor reliable. THE HAGUE, Netherlands – A Dutch chemicals merchant was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for selling Saddam Hussein’s regime the materials used to kill thousands in lethal gas attacks on Kurdish villages in the 1980s. Frans van Anraat, 63, was not in the courtroom when the judges found him guilty of war crimes but acquitted him of genocide charges. Outside the courtroom, more than 100 Kurds sang, banged drums and danced in celebration. “I spoke to my family in Halabja and they cried with joy,” said Dana Habajal, who survived the March 16, 1988, poison gas attack on the Iraqi town that killed 5,000 Kurds. “I’m so happy, I don’t know what to say. I hope Saddam Hussein faces the same.” Prosecutors said van Anraat shipped at least 1,100 tons of chemicals to Iraq from 1986 to 1988 using a roundabout route that was meant to conceal the destination. The indictment said the lethal gas was used in attacks on the villages of Halabja, Goptata, Birjinni and Zewa with the intention of wiping out the ethnic Kurdish population. Van Rossum said the maximum penalty of 15 years was insufficient for the case, noting that van Anraat’s goods fed into a chemical weapons program that “made possible a large number of attacks on defenseless civilians.” He said van Anraat knew he was violating an export ban to Iraq and mislabeled shipments so as not to attract the attention of authorities. Van Anraat, 63, eluded justice for years, even though at one point he topped the CIA’s most wanted list and was detained at the request of U.S. authorities in Italy in 1989. He was released by an Italian judge who ruled the charges were politically motivated. He returned to the Netherlands following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Melbourne Renegades beat the Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets to kick their Big Bash League 2017 campaign off on a winning note in Hobart.Dwayne Bravo starred with the ball while Cameron White’s unbeaten 79 and Marcus Harris’ 34-ball 50 helped the Renegades reach the target with nine balls to spare in their BBL 2017 opener.It was Bravo who set the game up after the Renegades elected to bowl after winning the toss. He bowled four one over spells and returned with figures of 5/28 to help the Melbourne side restrict the Hurricanes for 164/8 from their 20 overs. This was DJ Bravo’s second five-wicket haul in T20s. Not only that, he also became the first bowler to reach the 400-wicket mark in the shortest format of the game.Hobart’s opening pair — D’Arcy Short and Alex Doolan scored 48 from five overs before Bravo’s array of slower balls bamboozled Doolan and then took him out, caught at short third man. Short’s troubles against spin compared to his class against pace was out in the open when when Brad Hogg slid one into his front pad as he was out leg-before while trying to sweep.Ben McDermott and George Bailey then started the counter-attack and took 22 off Hogg in the 11th over of the innings. That over moved the total to a healthy 102/2.Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi then came into the act and delivered an excellent over in the following over, conceding just four runs. Following that, the Hurricanes were struggling to get boundaries and went 17 balls without one. Bravo came back on and reaped the reward of the pressure and got McDermott’s wicket, who was caught off another slower ball.advertisementGreat start of @BBLofficial @RenegadesBBL @newbigdog47. 5 wk pic.twitter.com/O5zJGME982- Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) December 21, 2017The Hurricanes spluttered from there with Nabi bowling four overs for just 25 and picking up Bailey. Matthew Wade was the only one to hit Bravo over the rope before he became the seamer’s fifth victim off the final ball of the innings.The Hurricanes failed to gain momentum since as Nabi continued his tight bowling. He returned with figures of 1/25 from his four overs. He picked up the prized wicket of Bailey, who fell for a 24-ball 25. Matthew Wade tried to up the ante and score some runs before becoming Bravo’s fifth victim of the match, falling for 15 on the last ball of the innings.Renegades’ chase didn’t start well as Aaron Finch fell in the first over. But the incoming White and Harris then stitched together a 113-run stand after seeing off the Hurricanes express pace bowlers. They relied upon good cricketing shots, using the pace of the bowlers and a bit of luck to score their runs.Jofra Archer tried to put a leash on scoring and took 2 for 17 from four overs including a double-wicket maiden in the 14th by removing Harris and Tom Cooper to rock the chase a bit.But the seasoned Brad Hodge played a breezy unbeaten knock of 22 from 14 balls to avoid any hiccups accompanying White, who went on with his work with minimal risk to take the Renegades home.Bravo was awarded the man-of-the-match for his fifer.You don’t bowl like that and not end up being the ‘Player of the Match’!Great to have you back @DJBravo47 #BBL07 #GetOnRed pic.twitter.com/CKiC6ai3ez- Melbourne Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) December 21, 2017