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UAAP finds no referee bias in controversial La Salle-Adamson game

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments There was glaring discrepancy between the number of fouls by both teams. Adamson was whistled for 33 fouls as compared to La Salle’s 12 that resulted to a huge free throw disparity. The Green Archers went to the line 39 times while the Falcons only had five attempts.But Saguisag said that the numbers don’t show everything as he found no controversy with how the game was handled upon review.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“The stat sheets show that 33 fouls were called against Adamson and 12 were called against La Salle. While the disparity in statistics tend to suggest biased officiating, it is imperative to focus on whether or not the non-calls were actually incorrect since the disparity in non-calls could be an indication of how the teams played, i.e., one team was more focused on its inside game and lane incursions, while the other team was more predisposed in its perimeter game, among other factors,” the statement read.Just like any other game, Saguisag resigned to the fact that errors, bad calls and non-calls, will always be a part of the game for the referees, and the said game wasn’t an exception. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We recognize the importance of having officials who must be able to perform at the highest levels. We also acknowledge the need to maintain public confidence in the league. Further to their preventive suspension (provisional in nature and not based on a finding of guilt), the officials concerned have been heavily reprimanded with a warning of stiffer penalties should evidence of bad faith or malice surface even after this review. They also remain excluded from the pool of referees for the finals series to remove any cloud of doubt in the Finals,” he said. LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MVP calls for longer preparation for Gilas ahead of duel vs Aussies “After a thorough review, it appears that there were a number of incorrect non-calls. Particularly, there were 10 incorrect non-calls on fouls committed by La Salle. However, there were seven incorrect non-calls on fouls committed by Adamson as well,” he said. “We do understand the frustration of the players, coaches, supporters, and the viewing public in general when the right call is not made. Teams train hard and lay everything on the floor to compete.”Saguisag assured everyone that the league office is as impartial as ever as he vows fairness in every game played in the UAAP.“The office of the commissioner will never tolerate or condone any conduct, act, or omission that would compromise the integrity of the sport,” he said. “However, bias or partiality on the part of the officials cannot be presumed. Partiality is related to intention which is a mental process, an internal state of mind, that must be judged by the person’s overt acts.“This office cannot infer bias or partiality on the basis of errors in judgment. These must be proved with clear and convincing evidence — which, upon meticulous review of the game, are absent in the case. To hold otherwise would be to render refereeing untenable, for no one called upon to officiate a sport, where you only have a brief moment to decide (without the benefit of a replay), can be infallible in their judgment.”Saguisag also said referees Enan Alejo, Ian Borbe, and Mollie de Luna, will remain out of the officials pool for Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals, as well as in the ongoing juniors tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Rebo Saguisag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe UAAP has concluded its judicious review and found no referee bias in the controversial Final Four game between La Salle and Adamson last November 18.“We conclude that while there were errors in officiating, the evidence at hand is insufficient to prove bias or partiality,” wrote UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag in a letter released on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Controversial SARA Bill passed by Govt majority

first_imgRuckus in the House as– Opposition MPs stage walkout, expected to mount legal challengeThe State Assets Recovery Bill 2017 was passed after a tumultuous debate in the National Assembly on Thursday evening, but the Opposition has made it clear that the Government can expect legal challenges to the bill from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and possibly from civil society.Contention arose in the National Assembly after Government Member of Parliament and Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes, contended that the bill speaks of civil proceedings against those in wrongful possession of state assets. She stressed that “no one would be arrested.”But according to Opposition MP Juan Edghill, the bill clearly indicates that power is conferred on the Director of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) to decide what kind of proceedings will be initiated against suspects.Indeed, a perusal of part two, section seven (three) of the bill reads that: “In discharging the functions of SARA, the Director shall consider whether the recovery of State property may be better secured by means of criminal investigations and criminal proceedings.”The bill goes on to state: “the Director shall decide which particular operations are to be mounted by SARA, and how those operations are to be conducted.”Edghill argued that many of the bill’s core functions are already provided for in the laws of Guyana. He expressed concern that the bill in fact confers on the Director extra powers that supersede the powers of other heads of agencies.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said Government’s implementation of the bill was just in keeping with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). Trotman lambasted the Opposition for not implementing such measures to recover state assets.But Edghill said Government was not really serious about going after corruption in a unilateral way. He observed that many of the UNCAC’s provisions — such as those to oversee campaign financing — have been completely ignored by the coalition. Edghill also observed that the foremost persons within the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) are all people known for their strong political views and their activism against the PPP. He referred here to SARU head, Dr Clive Thomas, and SARU executive Eric Phillips, against whom the PPP filed a police complaint as recently as last month for perceived threats against party officials and against Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo.The Opposition’s pleadings for the bill to be sent to a Parliamentary Special Select Committee for a review were ignored, and upon Trotman moving a motion to adjourn proceedings immediately after Edghill’s 30-minute presentation, there were loud cries of dissent.When the Government side used its majority to pass the bill, the Opposition members promptly staged a walk out of the National Assembly. At an impromptu press conference held outside the Chamber, top PPP officials backed Edghill as he decried the hasty passage of the bill.He referred to the bill as an attempt to silence the Opposition, and observed that the motion to adjourn came just as salient points in the bill were being raised – points which he said were not even addressed by the architects of the bill.“We want to express our grave disappointment with the move by (Raphael) Trotman to use the Standing Orders that the question be put….What he essentially did was shut down the debate.You would have noticed that we were starting to highlight and we were building a case to highlight the illegality, unconstitutionality, and every reason why this bill does not just need to go to a Select Committee, it needs to be revamped,” Edghill explained.“This is a mad haste to pass through the legislation, to empower a group of political activists to witch hunt their political opponents,” Edghill declared.Former Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand, also pointed out that the speakers from the Government side came to the debate with prepared speeches and regurgitated aspects of the bill.Opposition MP Anil Nandlall noted that even before the bill had reached the National Assembly, several important stakeholder organisations had expressed concerns about the bill.“Despite all the concerns that have been raised in and out of the Parliament, a democratic government which cares about its image would want to ensure it goes the extra mile so as to be able to educate the public and deal with the apprehensions of the public. And here you have it, the Government did exactly the opposite,” Nandlall said.The former Attorney General made it clear that the party would be mounting a legal challenge against the bill, regardless of whether members of civil society wished to do the same.last_img read more

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GECOM Chair orders halt to H2H Registration

first_img…PPP raises concern over merging unverified data with Register…calls for immediate Claims and Objections exerciseGECOM Chair Retired Justice Claudette SinghThe controversial House-to-House exercise will come to an end on August 31, 2019Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette “Iron lady” Singh, has ordered an end to the ongoing House-to-House Registration exercise, bringing an end to a controversial chapter of GECOM’s recent history.The decision was taken at a statutory meeting on Tuesday, where she decided that the exercise will be concluded as of August 31, 2019, and that GECOM will afterwards embark on more concrete steps towards the hosting of General and Regional Elections.It was also decided that the data gathered so far by the House-to-House exercise will be merged with the existing database. Further, a statement from GECOM explained that the Chairperson has decided that the Commission will move to an extensive Claims and Objections, after publishing the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE).The People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-nominated Commissioners are less than happy, however, about the decision to merge the House-to-House Registration data with the National Register of Registrants (NRR). According to Commissioner Robeson Benn, this was not a product of their proposals.“The difficulty we have is merging and verification of the data. It was not our proposal. We have said that any merging or verification of the data is wrong, it will take a long time and it will contaminate the NRR. It will result in duplicates. And having appeared as duplicates, each one of those will have to be investigated”.“The resort to use the House-to-House Registration information is only another ploy to delay the holding of elections as required by the No-Confidence Motion. We are very unhappy about that,” Benn said.Jamaica tripMeanwhile, Commissioner Bibi Shadick noted that a team from GECOM— including Deputy Chief Elections Officer Roxanne Myers and the Information Technology Manager— are presently in Jamaica observing the process of cross matching fingerprints.She explained that after they return, Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield will prepare a plan proposing the timeframe to merge the data with the Register. According to Shadick, this plan will be discussed by the Commission and if necessary, further decisions will be made.Reports indicate that during the exercise, the only political party that supervised the enumerators was the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU). The PPP was not even invited. The fact that the data was obtained at a time when the PPP played no part in supervising the enumerators was referenced by Opposition-nominated Commissioner Sase Gunraj.“I maintain that the information contained in the house-to-house process is unverified data and as a consequence should not be used. But it’s left to be seen what the secretariat comes within terms of the use of that data,” Gunraj said.Monday’s meeting was one of several meetings between the Chairperson and her Commissioners. The previous meetings had ended in no consensus being reached, with the Government Commissioners pushing for House-to-House to be continued and persons questioning the delay for GECOM to come to a decision.It is understood that over 200,000 persons were registered by GECOM during the house-to-house exercise. However, many of these registrations are believed to be duplications, which is against the law in section 21 of the National Registration Act.More questions than answersMeanwhile, the PPP in a statement afterwards noted that the statement issued by GECOM afterwards leaves more questions than answers. For instance, the Party noted that if the data is to be merged, then it cannot be the entire 270,000 persons GECOM claimed it registered, since this would include duplicates. The PPP pointed out that instead of seeking to merge the data, which will take months, Claims and Objections could achieve the same result in a shorter time.“Secondly, the GECOM press statement said: ‘Based on the ruling of the Chief Justice on 14th August 2019 that House-to-House Registration is not unlawful and is constitutional, the data garnered from that registration exercise must be merged with the existing National Register of Registrants Database.’ This is an attempt to distort the ruling of the High Court. Nowhere in the ruling of the Chief Justice did she direct any merger of data garnered from House-to-House Registration with the NRR”.“We reiterate the position of the PPP, which is that the planned merger of data from the House-to-House Registration will not improve the quality or ‘credibility’ of the database – rather, it will further contaminate the National Register of Registrants and cause further delays in the holding of elections,” the Party added.In its statement, the Party went on to urge GECOM to move decisively by immediately launching its Claims and Objections exercise. This, the Party noted, would allow anyone not on the NRR and eligible, to be registered.The Party added that for weeks now, its General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo, has said that House-to-House Registration, in addition to being a waste of taxpayers’ resources, was intended to delay the holding of General and Regional Elections, which should have been held since March 21, 2019.Further, the Party is of the view that the decision made by GECOM on Tuesday is the only logical decision that could have been made.last_img read more

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Harry Redknapp tells talkSPORT he has met FA chief Dan Ashworth for talks

first_imgHarry Redknapp has confirmed he has held talks with Dan Ashworth as the Football Association step up their search for a new England manager.FA technical director Ashworth is part of a three-man panel, along with Martin Glenn and David Gill, tasked with selecting Roy Hodgson’s successor.Redknapp, tipped as a potential candidate for the role, does not expect to have any involvement in the new set-up, but he has been sought out for his opinion.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Tottenham, QPR and West Ham boss said: “I did have a meeting with Dan Ashworth.“We had a coffee and a chat. It was generally about football. I enjoyed it. I had a good meeting with him, it was interesting.”Sam Allardyce is the current frontrunner to succeed Hodgson, who quit after overseeing a disastrous Euro 2016 campaign.The Sunderland boss left the club’s pre-season training camp in Austria earlier this week to hold talks over the job.Redknapp had pushed Glenn Hoddle forward for a second spell as Three Lions boss last month, but he believes Big Sam would be a good choice by the FA if he does get it.“I was in Glenn’s camp… but I will be delighted if Sam gets it,” he insisted.“Sam is a good man. He has plenty of knowledge, he will have plenty of enthusiasm for the job, so I will have no problems if Sam gets the job.“I want an English manager, that is important to me. I want to see one of the English boys get it.“It will be interesting if Sam gets the job who they put alongside him. I am sure they will want to bring in a young guy as a manager for the future. That seems to be the plan. It will be interesting who they select, if Sam gets the job, to work with him.”last_img read more

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CASH-STRAPPED FINN HARPS MUST PAY HUGE FINE

first_imgFinn Harps have failed in their appeal to the FAI Disciplinary Committee after fielding an ineligible player in their scoreless draw with Monaghan United.So they will be fined €2,500 and the game, which was a scoreless draw, will be awarded as a 3-0 win for Monaghan.Harps, who now lose a point from the game, can now appeal by arbitration. The club had played Aaron O’Hagan in the game three weeks ago when he should have been suspended for bookings picked up in the A Championship.Meanwhile defender JP Gallagher has left the club due to work commitments.CASH-STRAPPED FINN HARPS MUST PAY HUGE FINE was last modified: September 16th, 2011 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:finedfinn harpslast_img read more

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Motorcycle escort to increase for Santa

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The Christmas parade, named for William J. “Pete” Knight, the deceased state senator and Palmdale mayor, will begin at 10 a.m. on Palmdale Boulevard at 20th Street East, then run west to 10th Street East. The parade will feature about 120 bands, floats, youth groups, car clubs and other organizations. After it ends, the chamber’s annual holiday festival will be held from noon to 3 p.m. in the civic center’s Poncitlan Square at Ninth Street East and Avenue Q-9. At the festival, there will be food booths and crafts and games for children. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will pose for photos in the square gazebo, and Mayor Jim Ledford will read Christmas stories on the gazebo steps. Palmdale High School’s chamber singers will perform, and other holiday music will be provided by disc jockey Mark Vincent. PALMDALE – Santa Claus will bring up the rear as usual Saturday, but Palmdale’s annual Christmas parade will start off with something different out front. Leading the parade will be a much bigger motorized escort than there was last year. Decorated for the holidays, 200 motorcycles will lead the parade. “It’s going to be spectacular,” said the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive officer, Isaac Barcelona. Chamber Chairman Ron Emard, a motorcycle enthusiast and co-owner of the local Harley-Davidson dealership, will be at the head of the pack in which 50 motorcyclists rode last year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Department of Education ‘continue to monitor situation’ ahead of Storm Lorenzo

first_imgThe Department of Education have said they will “continue to monitor the situation” ahead of Storm Lorenzo’s arrival.Donegal, who will be under two yellow weather warnings tomorrow (Thursday), is expected to escape the worst of the storm.Schools and colleges are being told to “err on the side of caution” The Department of Education said in a statement: “A status orange wind warning has been issued by Met Eireann for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick and will be in place from 6pm on Thursday to 3am on Friday morning.“Schools and all education centres (universities, IoTs and further education centres) in areas affected by a status orange alert should remain vigilant, and keep themselves appraised of any hourly and other updates from Met Eireann, and from their local authorities, local radio, and an Garda Siochana.“In all events, and if in any doubt, schools and other education settings should err on the side of caution.Department of Education ‘continue to monitor situation’ ahead of Storm Lorenzo was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

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Sharks forward determined not to let history repeat itself

first_imgLike our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation.SAN JOSE — Newly acquired defenseman Erik Karlsson has been — and will continue to be — the focal point of Sharks training camp, with the two-time Norris Trophy winner set to participate in his first practice with his new team on Wednesday morning.Tuesday, though, was the first real opportunity for several players to show they should be in the opening night lineup with Karlsson, a group that includes …last_img read more

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Instant Geology and Undersea Activity

first_imgWe’re accustomed to thinking of geological processes as slow and gradual, except for volcanoes, earthquakes and landslides, but some recent stories are surprising for the speed and extent of active processes.Run: The Earth Is Splitting Apart:  Geologists were amazed to find a rift in the Afar desert east of Ethiopia opening up 8 meters wide and 60 kilometers long in just three weeks, reported BBC News.  They call this a rapid episode in the slow formation of a new ocean basin, a process that normally takes millions of years.  This rapid change was called “unprecedented in scientific history.”Springs of the Sea:  Hydrothermal vents are popping up everywhere, wherever scientists look.  USA Today said they ocean floor is covered with them; MSNBC News said they are not just along tectonic plate boundaries like the pacific Ring of Fire, as previously assumed.Wow, at 8 meters every 3 weeks, that ocean basin would be 82,000 miles wide in a million years, bigger than the whole earth!  Just kidding, of course.  Nobody is saying that is a typical or uniform rate.  It does illustrate, however, that big things can happen in a short time if the conditions are right.  Faster rates than that could be envisioned, and must have been the case for certain large-scale, catastrophically-formed regions.    It’s time to relegate Lyell to the history books where he belongs.  His uniformitarian gradualism was useful to Darwin in the Victorian age.  Darwin became obsessed with the vision of how large changes could occur by the accumulation of small variations over long eons of time.  That vision has seen too many challenges to be assumed in our day.    By the way, how did the ancient philosopher Job know about hydrothermal vents?  “Have you entered the springs of the sea?  Or have you walked in search of the depths?” (Job 38:16).  He must have been told by someone who knew.  There’s another source of data too often overlooked by moderns: direct testimony from the Architect.(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Ohio Farm Bureau launches new online safety program for farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nearly everyone in Ohio’s agriculture community knows someone who has been seriously injured or who has perished from an on-farm related incident. While fatalities in farming activities have declined over the last few years, the ultimate goal is to eliminate farm-related accidents altogether. That’s the vision of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Cultivating Safe Farm Operations eLearning Safety Series, a new, interactive, engaging and accessible online education program developed for a broad audience of farmers, workers and on-farm youth to make real changes in their farm safety habits.Developed in partnership with Nationwide and Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Science’s Ag Safety and Health Program, the online safety series offers three 40-minute modules for learners and covers several basic agricultural risks. Each module integrates an assessment into the online platform to assure basic comprehension, which will help cultivate on-farm behavior modification.To access the modules, prospective learners must create an account through the Farm Bureau University platform, which is provided in partnership with American Farm Bureau Federation and includes additional self-directed learning opportunities. In addition, successful completion of the modules satisfies the annual Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Program safety training requirement for Ohio Farm Bureau members who are participants.The Cultivating Safe Farm Operations eLearning Safety Series would not be possible without the help of Dr. Dee Jepsen and Kent McGuire of Ohio State’s Ag Safety and Health Program, the team at Nationwide Insurance Risk Management Services and Ohio Farm Bureau’s e-learning consultant and Medina County Farm Bureau member Victoria Shaw. Additional thanks go to Alyssa Fodor of Medina County who shared a very personal story of her grandfather’s passing in a tractor rollover which was included in the program. These combined initiative efforts aim to fulfill the vision of “Creating a culture of farm safety to eliminate incidents in Ohio’s agricultural community.”Visit ofbf.org/agsafety for full details and to access this free training program.last_img read more

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