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  • Barcelona also fails in Gran Canaria and maintains the lead before the Copa del Rey

    first_imgBarça overcame this Sunday the resistance of the Herbalife Gran Canaria based on rotations and intensity in the painting (65-81) in a duel in which he played rest for the power forward Nikola Mirotic, top scorer of the Endesa League.The trio Oriola-Higgins-Tomic (44 points among the three) closed all glimpses of epic by the islanders, who could only hold on this occasion to the success of Georgian Beqa Burjanadze (13 points and 16 valuation) and Beirán ( another 11 and 3 rebounds).In a start of great tactical rigor, not free of precipitations in attack, the Herbalife began hitting with the medium distance shots of Shurna and Harper, placing in the electronic a 10-4 in the middle of Ecuador of the first quarter.Two consecutive Tomic hooks, plus a triple of Oriola, allowed the Catalan team to flip the scoreboard (10-11) and, with the passing of the rotations, Barça once again exhibited its greater closet depth, sealing the first fourth with a 15-20.The meeting hardened in the following period, with numerous personnel in both rings, defense throughout the field and a carousel of changes that allowed to increase the intensity of the crash, although the score was kept in low figures. A triple by Fabio Santana and another from Burjanadze gave hope to the Claretian team (23-25), but an intentional foul by Bourousis on Smits gave oxygen back to Barcelona (23-29).Burjanadze led his team, but stroking the boards in the electronic, the Canarian team saw how Barça, very successful in painting and from the line of staff (28-36), returned to move away on the scoreboard, which led to a new dead time of Fotis Katsikaris.With the initial quintet again on track, the Herbalife managed to cauterize half a wound with two pitches from outside Harper and Costello, but a final mate of the Ukrainian Artem Pustovyi left the contest 36-42 in favor of the visitors.In the resumption, Barcelona continued administering its small mattress, surpassing the ten points of distance in the 26th minute (42-55), after a tray of Tomic and a triple of Oriola. Despite the tactical stop imposed by the Katsikaris board, the spill was maintained with its particular drip of 13 points (51-64).Faced with this panorama, the Herbalife launched its ordage especially from the perimeter, but the success was not that of previous nights. On the other hand, the Catalan team did not miss any loopholes, surpassing the score after an ‘alley-oop’ to Hanga’s board (56-76) five minutes before the conclusion.From there, the meeting entered a phase of makeup and scoring aesthetics, with the Claretians trying in vain to minimize bleeding, while the secondary players of the squad continued to fatten their statistics in the final stretch. – Data sheet:–Herbalife Gran Canaria (15 + 21 + 15 + 14): Cook (7), Shurna (4), Rabaseda (7), Costello (5), Harper (9)? Initial quintet-, Okoye (2), Bourousis (-), Santana (7), Diop (-), Burjanadze (13) and Beirán (11).–Barça (20 + 22 + 22 + 17): Hanga (6), Oriola (14), Abrines (-), Higgins (16), Tomic (14)? Initial quintet-, Davies (8), Smits (6), Pustovyi (6), Delaney (4), Kuric (5) and Claver (2). –Referees: Carlos Peruga, Francisco J. Araña and Cristóbal Sánchez Cutillas. Matt Costello was eliminated by personnel.–Incidents: Match corresponding to the twenty-first day played in the Gran Canaria Arena before 7,271 spectators, according to official figures of the club. Photo: EFEcenter_img Mirotic rested but those of Pesic did not notice his offensive absenceOriola, Higgins and Tomic were responsible for sentencing the Canarian cadrelast_img read more

  • Good Signs for LRA, But GOL Budgetary Support Needed

    first_imgThe newly created Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) started off on a dynamic and hopeful footing.  In the very first quarter of its existence, January to March, 2014, LRA recorded a US$2.6 million surplus in its tax collections.According to LRA’s Commissioner General, Madam Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, the Authority had benchmarked itself to collect US$122 million in revenues in the first quarter, but actually collected US$124 million or 2.6% in excessThis is a clear sign that the LRA is up to the task and needs all the support, especially budgetary, that will empower it to meet the challenge of getting people and institutions to pay their taxes on time and do so with honesty and transparency.  This will enable GOL to garner the financial resources it needs to execute successfully its development agenda.Budgetary support is even more crucial now that the LRA, like the entire government and the whole country, is faced with the Ebola pandemic that has devastated the economy and every aspect of life in our country.  The drastic decline in the revenue intake in July and August provides tangible evidence of the negative impact that Ebola has had on the economy.  In July collections declined yielding only US$43.4 million or 35% of its target. Performance dipped further in August from 35% to 28% (US$34 million).  However, September showed a slightly better performance, rising to 37%, or US$45.8 million.We consider these numbers to be very serious challenges for LRA.  This calls for GOL to become even more vigorous in its support for the Authority, so that it is empowered to meet all of the administrative and logistical challenges as it executes its primary task of revenue collection.Commissioner Stewart-Tamba, in a brief interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, outlined what she meant by budgetary support. Her first point was that GOL make the best possible use of the revenues collected, by investing wholesomely in healthcare delivery, education, energy, roads and agriculture.  These are long-term initiatives that will empower the people to contribute meaningfully and dynamically to national development.GOL, Madam Stewart-Tamba further suggested, should attract long-term investments, both local and foreign, into the country, to keep the economy developing and expanding, thus   enabling the LRA to collect more revenues.Commissioner General Stewart Tamba was quite cognizant of the immediate needs of LRA.  She began with salaries and other benefits for her staff.  The salaries and pension benefits of the revenue collectors need serious adjustments, as a motivation to work hard, honestly and productively in their collections.She gave the Daily Observer a somewhat alarming revelation: that the Chief Examiner at the Free Port of Monrovia earns a meager US$350 per month!  Yet this is the country’s main port of entry for most of the commercial, industrial, food and other commodities.  We know exactly what we are asking for when the Chief Examiner, who is part of the leadership of all Customs Officers at the Free Port of Monrovia, is so poorly paid.  Madam Stewart-Tamba stressed the need for not only much improved salaries but also pension benefits and regular and sustained payments to the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP).  When GOL can improve the salaries and benefits of its Revenue Collectors, then GOL can expect from them the most efficient, productive and transparent performance.Commissioner General Stewart-Tamba and her Board of Directors should take the necessary steps to provide appropriate salaries and benefits for LRA’s tax force without delay and empower them to perform their duties with alacrity, integrity and productivity. A word of caution however:  higher pay does not necessarily translate into honesty and hard work judging by the high level of corruption that prevails in every aspect of our society.  Many Liberians were recruited at very high salaries, and yet they were found stealing.  Some of them were even convicted and imprisoned.  High salaries also do not necessarily guarantee or promote high productivity, competence, commitment or patriotism.A rigorous monitoring system needs to be established to ensure that employees perform with integrity and competence and meet productivity measurements.  Whistle blowers should be encouraged and handsomely rewarded if their reports are proven to be factual.Well communicated terms and conditions of service, continuous training, mentoring and incentives for excellence also go a long way to building an admirable workforce.Godspeed, Madam Stewart Tamba.        Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more