McCatty: Refs to blame for basketball foul up

first_imgVeteran basketball official, Howard McCatty, has agreed with the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association’s (ISSA) competition’s director, George Forbes, that the referees are to blame for the incident which forced game one of the ISSA Southern Conference under-19 basketball final to be ruled null and void and ordered replayed.McCatty, a former basketball president and currently a referees’ trainer and technical commissioner, said the match officials erred by not ensuring that the teams were checked, even though others are sometimes assigned to fulfil this task.”They (referees) should have checked the identification cards before the game started. But, here in Kingston, we usually have someone checking it, and they (refs) thought it was checked by the table,” he explained.CHECKING ID’S”But I would put the blame on the referees because a technical commissioner should be at the table to check all IDs. In Northern (Conference), I check all IDs before the games starts,” he added.Calabar won game one of the series, only for Camperdown to launch a protest against their opponents for not having their IDs available for the game.However, ISSA investigations revealed that Calabar had no IDs. Camperdown did not have their full complement either and, as a result, a replay was ordered. Forbes blamed the match officials for not upholding the rules.”Our rules are quite simple, and that is you must have an ISSA-issued ID. The referees are the ones causing the problem. How do they know that a player has an ID? If I am the referee and I know you and I say you can play, that does not mean you satisfy the criteria,” Forbes said recently.McCatty admitted that sometimes schools have ID issues when they come to games, and insists that once it can be verified that a player is legitimate, they try to accommodate the schools as best as they can. However, he says next season, there will be no room for such leniency with the regulations.last_img read more

Lady Realtors notch 1st win

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Anisova fired 11 kills for 13 points while Field and Lastimosa chipped in 11 markers apiece for the Lady Realtors, who dominated the blocking department, 8-2.Despite the win, Sta. Lucia Realty head coach Jerry Yee said the Lady Realtors still have to work on minimizing their errors and solidifying their defense to survive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“Madami pa rin kaming errors and lapses then, hindi pa rin nagko-connect ang setter at middle hitters natin. Buti nalang nandiyan ‘yung ibang imports natin na kayang-kaya ‘yung outside hits (We had too many errors and lapses and our setter and middle hitters haven’t really connected yet. It’s a good thing our imports were there and they kept making outside hits),” said Yee.“Ang hirap noon kapag natalo pa kami. So, kahit papaano may konting pressure doon (It would have been more difficult if we lost. So there was a bit of pressure). We needed a win so we got a win,” he added. “Ito ang mga baby steps namin so we’ll take it (These are our baby steps and we’ll take it).” Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Pam Lastimosa hammers a point for Sta. Lucia.Sta. Lucia Realty finally barged into the win column, making short work of Victoria Sports-University of Santo Tomas, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19, Tuesday in the Chooks to-Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Realtors banked on the trio of Ukranian reinforcement Dana Anisova, Canadian Marisa Field and local star Pam Lastimosa in clinching their first victory in this prestigious club league.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Pacquiao wannabe plucks gold for Cebu; Aklan rules in the pool OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Dimdim Pacres scored nine points while Carla Sandoval and Caitlyn Viray tallied eight markers each for winless UST.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 View commentslast_img read more

Liberia Sinking in Fresh Debts

first_imgBarely three years following completion of HIPC and attaining US$4.9 billion debt relief from foreign creditors, Liberia is sinking into new debts once again.According to the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), the country’s total public debt stock in the first quarter of 2014 rose to US$660.6 million, raising grim prospects for sustained economic growth.This amount, the CBL says, constitutes about 31.2 % of nominal gross domestic product (GDP) and is up from US$630.6 million during the same period in 2013. Compared with the previous and corresponding quarters in 2013, Liberia’s public debt stock grew by US$30.0 million [4.8 percent] and US$95.1 million [16.8 percent], respectively.Both external and domestic debt stocks at THE end of the first quarter, 2014, stood at US$365.7 million [17.3 % of GDP] and US$294.9 million [13.9 % of nominal GDP], constituting 55.4 percent and 44.6 percent of the country’s total public debt stock at the end of the quarter.The rise in the country’s external debt stock, the CBL noted, was attributed to new borrowings from the European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Bank’s fund for the world’s poorest countries; the International Development Association (IDA) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as domestic sources from financial institutions.In its Financial & Economic Bulleting for the 1st quarter of 2014, the CBL disclosed that external debt stock at the end of the quarter rose by US$27.9 million and US$75.2 million to US$365.7 million [17.5 % of nominal GDP] at end-March, 2014, compared with the debt stock of US$337.8 million recorded at end-December, 2013, and the corresponding period accumulation of US$290.5 million in 2013, respectively.“Multilateral debt stood at US$243.7 million [11.6 % of nominal GDP] at end-March, 2014, up from US$215.5 million and US$157.2 million stockpiles in the previous and corresponding quarters in 2013, respectively,” the Bank said.On the bilateral front, the country’s debt stock at the end of March, 2014, stood at US$122.0 million [5.8 % of nominal GDP], decreasing by US$0.4 million when compared to the amount recorded in the previous quarter.An annual comparison, meanwhile, shows that bilateral debt stock declined by US$11.2 million when matched against the level recorded at end of March, 2013. The CBL has attributed the growth in the country’s external debt stock to increase in credit from multilateral organizations.Domestic DebtThe domestic debt component of total debt overhang in the first quarter of 2014 rose to US$294.9 million. The increase constitutes about 14.1 percent of nominal GDP, growing by 0.8 percent compared to the stockpile of US$292.7 million recorded at end of December, 2013. In its first quarter Financial &Economic Bulletin, the CBL said the growth in the country’s domestic debt stock was primarily attributed to increase in credit from domestic sources, mainly financial institutions.When matched against its level at end-March, 2013, domestic debt stock increased by US$19.9 million. Meanwhile, domestic debt stock to financial institutions also increased by US$2.2 million [0.8 percent], up from US$285.8 million at end-December, 2013, to US$288.0 million [13.8 percent of nominal GDP] at the end of the quarter.Compared to the corresponding quarter in 2013, the CBL observed, domestic debt to financial institutions rose by US$20.8 million [7.8 percent] at end-March, 2014, and constituted 97.7 percent and 43.6 percent of domestic debt and public debt stocks, respectively. Domestic debt to suppliers’ credit and salary and allowances at end of March, 2014, stood at US$1.9 million and US$5.0Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local Area Drought Concerns

first_imgBased on earlier precipitation numbers there’s growing local area concern, about another year of drought conditions.With little rain or snow in the five day forecast and none after today, the February precipitation total is still running, at less than 10 millimeters and only about one third of the monthly norm.It is also less than one quarter of what we received last year, when the February total was 44 point eight.- Advertisement -Comparing the year-over-year numbers shows to date this year we’ve recorded about 41 millimeters as opposed to nearly 65, in January and February of last year.However, last year was a drought year and so, local area farmers and ranchers can only hope, that things are significantly better in June and July this year, than they were in 2008.They are traditionally the two highest precipitation months of the year, in this region, with a combined norm of nearly 155 millimeters.Advertisement Last year however, they combined to produce only 47 point three.last_img read more

Governor calls for teamwork in Washington

first_imgBoxer, meanwhile, said she wants to work with Schwarzenegger “as a team.” Besides, she joked as she sat next to the former Mr. Olympia on her office couch and offered him Austrian cookies, she needs to lift more weights before taking him on. “I’m only up to six pounds,” she said. Beneath the levity, however, Schwarzenegger and the California delegation had a laundry list of issues for the 110th Congress, from helping states cover the costs of jailing illegal immigrants to citrus-freeze disaster relief. With Democrats now in charge of the House and Senate and Schwarzenegger touting his newfound “post-partisanship” the once-estranged groups said they found vast areas of middle ground. WASHINGTON – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger courted congressional Democrats on Tuesday, vowing to work with them to pump up funding for the Golden State. Touting his health care plan and push for immigration reform in meetings with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Schwarzenegger continued his call for bipartisanship and said he wants to be an “inspiration” to Washington. And on the political front, Schwarzenegger and Boxer worked to dispel rumors that he might challenge the junior senator for her seat in 2010. “I don’t think about those things. I don’t want to know what I’m doing four years from now,” Schwarzenegger insisted, adding, “It would be boring for me. That’s why I never did TV shows.” Boxer said she and Schwarzenegger discussed global warming – and he has an “open invitation” to testify before her Environment and Public Works committee – as well as ways to extend the time states have for complying with new federal drivers’ license mandates. Feinstein spent more than 45 minutes talking with Schwarzenegger and pledged to help him expand the federal children’s health insurance program and work together on levees, communications and the environment. “We want to be helpful to him and he wants to be helpful to us,” Feinstein said. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, who leads the California Democratic delegation and helped organize a bipartisan meeting with Schwarzenegger, said she was encouraged. “I thought there was a lot more give and take” than previous meetings, which, she said, were essentially photo opportunities empty of substance. Republicans, meanwhile, continued to express skepticism – particularly about Schwarzenegger’s desire to see an immigration plan that allows illegal aliens to obtain citizenship. “It has the same flaw that the president’s (plan) has,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, said he thinks the governor is “trying to walk a different path than the position he was elected on” and said he opposes Schwarzenegger’s plan. Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, sidestepped a question of endorsing Schwarzenegger’s immigration platform, saying he was unaware the governor never discussed advocating citizenship for illegal immigrants. But when asked whether House Republicans might still be in power if they moved in a more moderate direction like Schwarzenegger, Dreier replied, “Yeah, I guess so.” Rohrabacher, however, panned Schwarzenegger’s bipartisan message. “There’s a purpose of a two-party system. It’s to give people a choice. For us to meld together and not offer distinct policy choices is contrary to the American system,” he said. (202) 662-8731160Want 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

Seniors transit tours tomorrow in Fort St. John

first_imgThe tour will go over how to get to the bus stop and recognize the correct bus, as well as getting on and off the bus and pay the fare.The information session will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, October 31 at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Buses will pick up and drop off those taking part at the Senior’s Hall, Heritage Manor II, and Peace Lutheran Apartments. The event is free, but space is limited. To register, contact the local transit office at 250-787-7433.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Ten-man Liverpool grateful for van Dijk double

first_imgSpanish replacement Adrian came on but his first act was to pick the ball out of the net as Lewis Dunk rolled the free-kick past the Liverpool wall and an unprepared goalkeeper.The loss in midweek of influential midfielder Fabinho had taken the gloss off a successful period for Jurgen Klopp’s side, with an ankle injury ruling the Brazilian out for six weeks.But the mood around Anfield before kick-off was certainly lifted when news came through from the north-east that their rivals Manchester City had unexpectedly dropped two points at Newcastle.It did not take long for that mood to improve still further as Liverpool set about their task of attempting to move 11 points clear of Pep Guardiola’s side, the defending champions and the team still seen as their greatest challengers.It took 18 minutes for Klopp’s men to take a deserved lead after Pascal Gross fouled Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain outside the Brighton area.Trent Alexander-Arnold floated in the perfect free-kick and van Dijk rose powerfully above Adam Webster to head in his second goal of the season and first since the opening day of the season.It did not take as long for van Dijk to wait for his third of the season — six minutes to be precise — as Brighton failed to learn from conceding the opener and allowed the same combination to double the lead.This time it was from a left-wing corner as Alexander-Arnold delivered a perfect centre and the Dutch defender rose magnificently to beat Dunk and power a bullet header past a helpless Mat Ryan.In between, van Dijk might have found the back of the net again, only this time his own, as he sliced a Davy Propper cross that flew inches wide of Liverpool’s far post.But that was a rare moment of respite for Brighton, whose poor set-piece defending had left them facing a near impossible task against a Liverpool side unbeaten in home league games since Crystal Palace beat them in April 2017, 951 days ago.Ryan had already made three key saves to keep his side in contention, two from Roberto Firmino and another from Sadio Mane.But, as the half progressed, there were moments of concern for a Liverpool side without a clean sheet in 11 games.Jordan Henderson filled the absent Fabinho’s holding midfield position although he could not prevent the visitors from creating a couple of glorious openings late in the half as Propper was denied by Alisson and Dunk missed the target, unmarked, from 12 yards.There were similar glimmers of hope for the visitors early in the second half, Dunk glancing a header wide and Aaron Connolly shooting straight at Alisson, before Liverpool began to threaten on the counter attack.In the late drama that followed Alisson’s dismissal Brighton pressed for an equaliser.Adrian saved well from Aaron Mooy but almost fumbled a header from Gross into his own goal.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool held on for a 2-1 win over Brighton despite goalkeeper Alisson being sent off with under a quarter-of-an-hour remaining © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Nov 30 – A first-half brace from Virgil van Dijk lifted Liverpool 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League in a 2-1 win over Brighton that was filled with drama after the sending off of home goalkeeper Alisson.The Brazilian was dismissed on 76 minutes as he raced out of his area to handle an attempted chip by Brighton substitute Leandro Trossard.last_img read more


first_imgA judge in the North has warned that fraudster Francois de Dietrich must be ready to go to jail if he is found – but his case has been put back because the conman claims he can’t afford a legal defence.The conman faces an 18-month sentence for failing to disclose assets but his appeal was put back yesterday when the court was told the crook doesn’t have any money – despite stealing millions!Donegaldaily unmasked the fraudster six months ago, exposing how he bagged €20M from people in Donegal. Court proceedings launched by the Financial Services Authority led to an injunction banning de Dietrich and his company ETIC Solutions from taking any more cash from victomsThe regulatory body also obtained an initial order freezing more than £20m in assets linked to the businessman.De Dietrich was then held to be in contempt of an order to disclose his financial affairs in full to the FSA.Yesterday the North’s most senior judge Sir Declan Morgan was told that a solicitor for the businessman has been able to receive ‘indirect’ instructions from him. Sir Declan described the information given to him as “very opaque”.However, he agreed to take the case out and have it mentioned again in September.“It seems to us that the liberty of Mr de Dietrich is, at least in theory, at issue in this case,” he said.“Therefore where an issue of funding for legal representation to enable points to be made on his behalf arises we should afford a reasonable opportunity to enable an application for such funding to be obtained.”The judge added: “It remains the position that Mr de Dietrich is subject to the contempt order made by Mr Justice Deeny. “In the event he is discovered it must be expected he will be required to serve the term imposed on him.”CROOK FRANCOIS: COURT CASE ADJOURNED AS FRAUDSTER SAYS ‘I’M BROKE’! was last modified: June 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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

Arsenal confirm World Cup star has joined Serie A giants

first_img Ospina played in Arsene Wenger’s last ever game in charge of Arsenal Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST The COlombia international produced an incredible save to deny Jordan Henderson in the penalty shootout loss to England RANKED targets David Ospina has joined Napoli on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal.With Unai Emery confirming Petr Cech as his No.1 and the club signing Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen this summer. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Latest Transfer News But he is not in new boss Unai Emery’s plans and has been deemed surplus to requirements, with Emery preferring Peter Cech and Bernd Leno.He headed to Naples on Thursday for a medical, which presented no problems, though the deal is still subject to ratification from the various authorities. The Colombia international, who played at the World Cup, will spend the 2018-19 campaign with the Serie A side.Carlo Ancelotti’s men will have the option to make the deal permanent.A brief Arsenal statement on their official website read: “We would like to wish David the very best for the season.”Ospina, 29, joined the Gunners in 2014 from Nice and has made 70 appearances, winning the FA Cup twice. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 2 LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets 2 REVEALED IN DEMAND The Italian club have been looking for a new goalkeeper for much of the summer following an injury to Alex Meret.Ospina, who saved Jordan Henderson’s penalty in his country’s World Cup last-16 shootout defeat to England in July, could be involved in Napoli’s Serie A opener against Lazio on Saturday.last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal designer has more than a small part in Ireland’s Eurovision entry.Singer Kasey SmithEurovision hopeful Kasey Smith will be taking a leaf out of Laura Whitmore’s style book for the singing showdown.The stunning singer (23) will be donning a creation by Donegal designer Oliver Doherty Duncan as she tries to turn head in Copenhagen next week. She’ll be taking to the stage in a stunning gold and brown Kathy de Stafford creation teamed with a gold neckpiece made especially for her by Oliver.He’s the same designer from the Inishowen Peninsula that Laura Whitmore chose for the IFTAs and is now based in the Design Centre.Now Kasey and group Cann-Linn will be setting pulses racing when she performs Heartbeat for an estimated TV audience of more than 100 million people.A source explained to the Evening Herald how the dress was inspired by the warrior princess image that Kasey wants to portray. “It’s very Game of Thrones — that’s the kind of look we’re going for,” she said. DONEGAL DESIGNER HELPING TO WOO EUROVISION VOTES FOR KASEY! was last modified: May 2nd, 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:Eurovision Song ContestKasey SmithOliver Doherty Duncanlast_img read more

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