Castro admits De Ocampo irreplaceable

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “I’m still not used to it because he’s our captain, our vocal leader and that what makes him the anchor of the team,” said his former teammate Jayson Castro on Wednesday after the KaTropa edged NLEX, 112-107, in their first game without the veteran forward. “And you can’t really replace a Ranidel in your team.”“Trade has been done and we have no choice but to move forward and embrace the change. No one person can replace RDO. It takes everybody pitching in,” echoed TNT head coach Nash Racela in a text message to INQUIRER.net on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCastro knows exactly what he’s talking about having shared six championships with de Ocampo. Both won a couple of Finals MVP awards during those title runs.“It was sad when we found out that he got traded, but I guess there’s a reason why he was traded to Meralco,” said Castro, who was also teammates with de Ocampo with Gilas Pilipinas. The 35-year-old de Ocampo visited TNT practice to bid farewell to the team, which he played for eight seasons.Castro said de Ocampo told the team to just “accept” the change and “move on.”“That’s basketball. And it’s something we have no control over,” the explosive guard said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Winning start A costly, catty dispute finally settled A costly, catty dispute finally settled Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Golovkin skips birth of daughter to train for title fight LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Break new ground Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRanidel de Ocampo can space the floor, break down his defender in the post and has a knack for hitting big shots.De Ocampo was traded to Meralco on Monday and TNT will surely miss all of those and so much more.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

LRA Bids ITAS Consultant Farewell

first_imgThe Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Elfrieda Stewart Tamba has applauded the excellent services provided by an Integrated Tax Administration System (ITAS) Consultant, hoping that he will return to the country to continue aiding efforts aimed at putting the LRA on a modern revenue collection trajectory. “The LRA is an infant organization that requires enormous technical assistance in its drive to improve service delivery and to be a model revenue authority within West Africa and the world. We appreciate the technical support you provided our MIS Division and we look forward to working with you again when the extension of Adam Smith Support to the LRA is consummated by the IPFMRP/World Bank,” CG Tamba told Mr. Sintayehu Mitiku on Friday, August 12, at a farewell luncheon held in his honor.Mr. Mitiku spent eight months at the LRA as ITAS Implementation Advisor as part of support to the LRA by Adam Smith International under the IPFMRP Donor Funding Basket. He worked with the Management Information System Division (MISD), with specific focus on improving the application of the Standard Integrated Government Tax Administration System (SIGTAS) — a modern tax administration system designed to facilitate tax administration and improve revenue.CG Tamba said Mr. Mitiku was leaving when the project he was working on was not complete and hoped that the World Bank will shortly complete the extension of the Adam Smith contract. “We are hopeful that the extension would be made so that the project is completed; and by so doing, achieve our vision to introduce e-service, that is electronic payment and electronic filing, to tax payers.” CG Tamba said.According to the Commissioner General, engagements with Mr. Mitiku showed that he is a professional and dedicated person, and the LRA remains thankful to him.Both Deputy Commissioner Generals for Administrative Affairs (Oliver N. Rogers, II) and Technical Affairs (Decontee King-Sackie) also lauded Mr. Mitiku for his selfless services to the LRA and hoped that he returns to complete the e-service and related projects critical to enhancing service delivery at the LRA. “For the short time that you have been here, the impact you have made in the institution has been felt,” Mrs. King-Sackie said. “Even though you came as an ITAS international Consultant, you did not only confine yourself to that. You provided significant help in other areas, whether it was directly related to SIGTAS or not…you were willing to share and reach out. That, the LRA really appreciates what you’ve been able to do.”The DCGTA said the LRA will do the necessary to have Mr. Mitiku return to complete the projects, saying “we need people like you to help us put our reforms on the right trajectory to have it sustainable in the long term.”In a brief response, the honoree said he was pleased to have worked with the LRA and that he was excited by the honor and recognition. Mr. Mitiku said he is willing to return because he did not complete what he started, a press release from the LRA said yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Let The People Decide

first_imgDr. Augustine KonnehBy Prof. Augustine Konneh, PhD2017 will be remembered in the annals of our history as a defining year. It is the first year since 1944 when one democratically elected government of Liberia will succeed another. Liberians took the first step on October 10, by going to the polls in droves to vote for their President and members of the House of Representatives. Because none of the 20 presidential contestants met the constitutional requirement of 50% Plus One, Presidential run-off between the two leading parties, the Unity Party (UP) and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) is scheduled for November 7, 2017.All things being equal, the scheduled run-off election between the Unity Party (UP) and the Coalition for Democratic Congress (CDC) is a critical juncture in our journey to a New Day in our dear country. This is the point where the road to prosperity and stability must be taken.After taking the first step in voting for our leaders on October 10, 2017, we must now complete the journey to be led by a tried, tested, trusted and dependable leader. We must choose a President that will give us new roads, resourceful industries, profitable work, quality education, and peaceful communities. We will be better-off with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, a leader that will guarantee every Liberian “freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.”I call on all Liberians to vote their conscience and country as we continue this journey to this New Day. All of us traveling on this journey, from every corner of our precious country, must stand together for peace and prosperity.  I call on all our people in every county, district, chiefdom and clan to come out and vote for a new President whose government that will reflect every facet and shade of Liberia, so that we can all together reach the New Day. It is a choice worth making.  I call on the young people, women, men, and the disable to come out and vote for this day. By the single act of expressing our franchises as citizens of this great Republic, God willing, we will have a visionary leader that is competent, prepared, experienced and qualified to lead our country to a period of greater peace, enlarged freedoms, and inclusive governance.   It is therefore time our people to decide their future.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Friends feared dead in Essequibo River accident

first_imgTwo friends are feared dead after one went to save the other who had fallen into the Essequibo River in the vicinity of Hog Island on Tuesday.Missing are 50-year-old Ravie Chutie of Hog Island and 56-year-old Ozard Russell of Aliki, Essequibo River.Reports are the two men, along with Janet Robinson, the reputed wife of Chutie, were travelling along the Essequibo River in a wooden boat powered by a 15-horsepower engine when they encountered rough waters.The pounding waves cause Chutie to lose balance and fall overboard and in a bid to save his friend’s life, Russell went after him, but either of them resurfaced.The boat drifted to the Hog Island foreshore where Robinson alerted persons. A group of men went in search of the two men, but came up empty handed. The Police were contacted and based on reports received, the woman said that the two men were intoxicated since they drank a bottle of alcohol before they departed from the Hubu Koker, Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).last_img read more

No one could have predicted what would happen after this Barcelona goal

first_img1 Lionel Messi with Ronaldinho A superb pass from Ronaldinho to Lionel Messi on 1 May, 2005, saw the Argentine score his first ever goal for Barcelona.Ten years after this finish against Albacete, the player is La Liga’s all-time goal scorer – surpassing Telmo Zarra’s 50-year record in November 2014 – and he has more than 400 for the club.In addition he has won three Champions Leagues, six Liga titles and the Ballon d’Or four times.And he’s still only 27.last_img

Increased defense budget leaves aircraft by wayside

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The $2.77 trillion federal budget unveiled Monday includes record increases in defense spending even as it eliminates the Boeing Co. C-17 cargo transports and some of Southern California’s most prominent military aircraft. The budget boosts border security and provides $100 million for the Metro Gold Line extension through East Los Angeles, while slashing social programs, including millions in vocational education and college preparedness for low-income California students. And, in what one Los Angeles County official described as the annual “Kabuki dance” between the White House and Congress, the administration proposed cutting federal reimbursements to California for the money it spends jailing criminal illegal immigrants. Federal lawmakers vowed to restore the funding, as they have every year since 2001. “I am convinced that we will have a good package to reimburse the states. I’m just sorry it wasn’t in the budget,” said Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora. Yet it was the elimination of the C-17 Globemaster III, assembled by some 6,500 workers in Long Beach, that touched off the most concern among the California delegation. While long-anticipated and partially revealed in a defense blueprint released last week, Monday’s budget made formal the Pentagon’s decision not to purchase additional C-17s once the last eight of the current fleet of 180 is delivered, likely by 2008. Members of Congress vowed to fight the decision. “With its in-flight refueling ability, only the C-17 is capable of carrying virtually any load anywhere around the globe and landing on almost any type of airstrip,” California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said. Separately, the budget also puts the F-117A Nighthawk and the U-2 spy plane on the chopping block. Both are modified in Palmdale by Lockheed Martin workers. Together, analysts said, the cuts represent a further gutting of Southern California’s shrunken aerospace industry. “The real damage was done years ago,” said Dan Goure, a senior analyst for the Lexington Institute, a defense research think tank in D.C. “The aerospace industry as a dominant force in California’s economy has passed its prime already. In a sense, aerospace in Southern California is sort of like auto-making in Michigan. It’s all migrating,” Goure said. Lockheed Martin spokeswoman Dianne Knippel said the company is “disappointed” with the Pentagon’s decision on the Nighthawk and U-2s. She would not say how many employees work on the two aircraft, noting only that the Palmdale plant employs about 4,000 workers for all its programs. While the Nighthawk might be what some defense experts call “aging iron,” Goure questioned the wisdom of retiring it with only a handful of F-22s and no F-35 joint strike fighters online yet to replace them. “It’s pretty damn risky,” Goure said. Likewise for the U-2, he said, “The question is, do we really have anything at present to replace it?” John Douglass, president of the Aerospace Industries Association, which represents nearly 300 aerospace firms, said despite the curtailments to Southern California-built aircraft, he sees a positive potential for buildup in the administration’s push to increase purchases of unmanned aerial vehicles and other aircraft. “I would guess there’s as many gains as losses for Southern California,” he said. Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 lisa.friedman@langnews.comlast_img read more

Prep football full of surprises

first_img Yes, coaching (Brian Walsh is in his first season as his alma mater St. Anthony’s head coach, and Calvin Bryant has only been Compton’s head coach for two years) can make a significant difference on a football program’s fortunes. Moore football stuff OK, raise your hand if, a month ago, you thought there was a decent chance that the St. Anthony and Compton High school football teams a combined 1-19 in 2004 would open their respective seasons going 4-0. And keep that right arm pointed upward if, prior to the start of the season, you had a hunch that the Friday night Compton at Dominguez contest would prove to be the area’s most intriguing matchup in the second weekend of October. Uh, yeah. … The Bruins’ defense will face the most challenging offense on its schedule so far when UCLA plays host to Cal Saturday evening in the Rose Bowl. And the Trojans, after punching out Arizona Saturday afternoon in the Coliseum, still have dates at Notre Dame (Oct. 15) and in Berkeley (Nov. 12) that loom as potential streak busters. Stunning college score of this past weekend: Penn State 44, (then) No. 18 Minnesota 14. So much for Joe Paterno hanging it up anytime soon. Orange Lutheran’s athletic programs move into the Serra League beginning in the 2006-07 school year and that’s got to make the schools in the league (the Empire) down-right giddy with the Lancers’ departure. The move will have a major impact on CIF Southern Section Division I football, for sure. The Lancers, who will have to settle for a second consecutive Division VI title in December, have knocked off Mater Dei, Santa Margarita and Crenshaw and could be the second-best team in the Southern Section this season. The best? It’s the club that resides in Mission Viejo. A sportswriter knows he really is getting old when he’s in a group having dinner with the Moore League football coaches and he realizes that he covered three of them Raul Lara (Poly), Scott Meyer (Jordan), and Marcus Turner (Cabrillo) when they were players for Poly, Wilson and Jordan, respectively. Yikes. Even if Adrian Peterson can’t lug the pigskin (dig the football terminology) for Oklahoma Saturday, I still kind of like the Sooners’ chances to upset Texas. Basketball stuff Spencer Hawes is expected to announce at a press conference at Seattle Prep High today that he will sign a national letter of intent with the University of Washington next month after narrowing his choices to the Huskies, North Carolina and Stanford. The 6-foot-11 Hawes is one of the two best prospects (along with Greg Oden of Lawrence North High in Indianapolis) in the national prep class of 2006. His impact on the Pacific-10 Conference and national scenes in his freshman and, likely, only season of college hoops will be immense. He could have the same caliber of impact on Lorenzo Romar’s program in 2006-07 that Carmelo Anthony had on Syracuse in 2002-03. For those with short memories, Anthony led the Orange (then called the Orangemen) to a national title in New Orleans that season. Sophomore forward Josh Shipp is expected to be out of action for eight to 12 weeks after undergoing hip surgery last week. But UCLA is much better equipped to handle the loss of one of its three best players (along with classmates Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar) now than it would have been in the first two seasons with Ben Howland as its coach. The Bruins have a multitude of options to turn to in order to fill in for Shipp, including senior Cedric Bozeman (sidelined last season after suffering a torn ACL) and freshmen Mike Roll and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. They could also slide Afflalo into Shipp’s spot and have another freshman, Darren Collison, join Farmar in the backcourt. All that being said … the Bruins will be a better team once Shipp is back on the floor. If you’re so inclined, there’s enough high school basketball action on tap this weekend to keep you from having to watch football or the Major League Playoffs. The fifth Fullcourt Press All-Frosh/Soph Camp will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Southern California Basketball Academy in Cypress. Many of the better ninth-and 10th-graders in the West, including the usual suspects Brandon Jennings (Dominguez), DeMar DeRozan (Compton), Larry Drew (Taft), Jrue Holiday (Campbell Hall), Troy Guillenwater (Fremont) and twin freshmen David and Travis Wear (Mater Dei) are expected to participate. The Cerritos College Winter League, with hefty representation from Moore, San Gabriel and Suburban League schools, is being held on Saturdays, beginning at 9 a.m. And Cal State Dominguez Hills will play host Sunday to the 4th Southern California Competition Clinic from noon to 5 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img My size 11’s are still firmly planted on that USC bandwagon, even with as poorly as the Trojans played in the first half at Arizona State Saturday. But they’ll have to clean up their first-half act, considerably, if they are going to depart South Bend on Oct. 15 with a 28-game winning streak. I finally saw that Bud Light commercial the one where the real estate agent is showing the couple the rundown house during ABC’s USC-ASU broadcast Saturday. A “beer tree” man, who thinks of those things? Is it way too early to contemplate the likelihood of USC and UCLA hooking up with 11-0 and 10-0 records at the Coliseum on Dec. 3? last_img read more

Donegal is in for a ‘dumping’ of snow, forecasters warn

first_imgIt seems that the worst of the snowfall is yet to come as weather warnings are placed on every Irish county this weekend.Under the current cold snap, a weather phenomenon on Saturday night is set to bring significant levels of snowfall to Ireland.Forecasters have today warned that 4-8cm of snow is due to fall on Saturday night and into Sunday. A status orange weather alert is in place for this, while the north west is set to be worst affected by the weather system. Temperatures could plummet to as low as -5 degrees in Ulster. Siobhan Ryan of Met Eireann has said the upcoming overnight snow event could cause major disruption:“The snow in the last couple of days has been very scattered. The snow accompanied with this event could be quite significant and it could cause some major disruption by virtue of the fact that it will be a dumping of snow rather than a scattering of showers,” she told RTE Radio One.The Meteorologist said that temperatures leading up to Saturday night will be extremely cold. A weather feature moving over Ireland is expected to produce significant volumes of rain, which will create the heavy snow event when met with stagnant cold air.Ms Ryan warned that snowfall accumulations could be higher over the north west. Friday night is due to be a very cold night too, with lows of -4 degrees and sharp frost expected overnight.Donegal is in for a ‘dumping’ of snow, forecasters warn was last modified: December 9th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:snowweatherlast_img read more

India’s software services exports are experiencing their longest slump in seven years

first_imgThe resignation of Vishal Sikka as chief executive officer of India’s bellwether technology company masks the rot in India’s once feted export sector.While Sikka cited heightened acrimony with a cohort of founders at Infosys Ltd., the malaise is much deeper, and threatens to become a faultline for Asia’s No. 3 economy. Software services exports are experiencing their longest slump in seven years, which could blow the current account deficit to the widest since 2013 and pressure the rupee. Policy makers are also bracing for a hit where it hurts the most: jobs.“Indian service companies gained scale over the last decade as the disrupters, creating the modern offshoring industry, but they are now the incumbents, challenged by a slew of specialized and niche start-ups bred in this new environment,” Arvind Subramanian, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s top economic adviser, said in his economic survey published this month. Growing anti-globalization tendencies “in the U.S. during and after elections and the Brexit referendum” also threaten Indian jobs, he said.Employment was Modi’s key pledge when he swept to power in 2014 and will probably emerge as a top issue in 2019 elections. India’s tech industry is the country’s largest private sector employer, and Indian engineers had become ubiquitous to the point of parody in TV shows and books over the past decade. They are also crucial dollar-earners, with services exports helping offset a goods-trade deficit. But part of their appeal was that they came cheap, making them the target of public anger as wages plunged in developed economies.India’s economic survey cited President Donald Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ executive order and the U.K.’s increase in visa costs as factors limiting the free movement of Indian engineers. Moreover, automation threatens 69 percent of jobs in India, according to a 2016 World Bank report. Executive search firm Head Hunters India estimates that 175,000 to 200,000 technology jobs will be lost in the country each year through 2020, and newspapers are rife with reports of mass layoffs in the sector.“Hiring momentum remains slow,” NASSCOM, which represents India’s $154 billion information technology and business-process management industry, said in its review for the April-June quarter. However incremental revenue was the strongest in four years and global activity is recovering, it said.The recovery won’t be strong enough to meet India’s needs. Teresa John, a Mumbai-based economist at brokerage Nirmal Bang, predicts the current account deficit will balloon to 1.9 percent of gross domestic product in the year through March 2018, potentially weakening the rupee.“The invisibles surplus, which has traditionally offset India’s trade deficit, is facing structural headwinds on account of the decline in software exports as well as remittances from oil-dependent Gulf countries,” she said.Infosys is India’s second-largest software exporter. Started in 1981 by seven engineers, it’s now a company with a net profit of $2 billion and revenue of over $10 billion this year and almost 200,000 employees — mainly based in Bengaluru, India’s Silicon Valley. The company has been trying to haul itself out of a growth slowdown through job cuts and investment into news areas such as data analytics.Sikka had created a new business line that accounts for 50 percent of Infosys’s incremental revenues over the past two financial years, while traditional businesses grew just 4 percent, said Rahul Jain, an analyst at Emkay Global Financial Services Ltd. India’s net services exports were $5.9 billion dollars in June, little changed from the previous month.“Services exports have remained stagnant since early 2017,” said Dhananjay Sinha, an economist at Emkay. “We maintain that India’s current account deficit will widen.”— Bloomberg Related ItemsInfosysITTech Industrylast_img read more