Bethpage Black Adds The Barclays to Growing PGA Schedule

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Bethpage Black, long considered one of the top public golf courses in the nation, will play host to five PGA tournaments in the next decade and beyond after once again luring The Barclays tournament to the challenging, sprawling course.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that Bethpage Black, the most challenging of the five courses at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, will be the destination of The Barclays tournament in 2021 and 2027. The event, which kicks off the PGA Tour Playoffs, will also be played at Bethpage Black in 2016. The site will also host the PGA Championship in 2019 and Ryder Cup in 2024.“Bethpage State Park is one of the best public golf courses in the nation, and we are proud to welcome The Barclays back for two more tournaments,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming golfers and spectators to these world-class competitions and urge them to also experience all that Long Island has to offer.”The Barclays was last played at Bethpage Black in 2012. The course has become a favorite among PGA professionals who seem to embrace the raucous crowds that meet each player at every hole—a stark contrast to the more restrained crowds at courses across the country.With Long Island favorite Phil Mickelson getting up their in age (he’ll be 51 in 2021 and 57 in 2027), fans may have to find other top players to align themselves.“We’re thrilled to bring the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs to such a well-respected and challenging course again in 2021 and 2027,” PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said.last_img read more

Nikias critiques federal college ‘scorecard’ site

first_imgUniversity President C. L. Max Nikias believes that the limited data recently released by the Department of Education on their college “scorecard” website does not paint a full picture of USC.The new government-sponsored site features statistics on over 7,000 U.S. higher education institutions. It allows future college students the opportunity to sort and compare schools based on statistics such as graduation rate, school size and average financial aid benefits.Nikias expressed his concern for the website’s focus on quantifiable factors.“The College Scorecard metrics such as cost, access and outcomes are surely an important part of the consideration,” Nikias said, “But they do not fully take into account the academic quality of an institution as reflected in the quality of the faculty, students and curriculum. And it is these factors that have and will continue to guide USC’s academic mission.”President Barack Obama abandoned his initial effort to create a rating system for colleges in the United States. Under the original idea, all institutions of higher education would be assigned a ranking based on average student debt and post-graduation earning potential. Additionally, it would have been possible for colleges with low rankings to lose access to the billions of federal student aid dollars.Despite the lack of ratings on the new website, it still allows students and parents to compare schools based on relevant measurements. For example, students can filter schools based on average annual costs, graduation rates above 75 percent and average salaries after graduation of more than $50,000 per year.Undergraduate Student Government President Rini Sampath said there is a need for greater transparency at institutions of higher education.“I believe the new college scorecard is an innovative way to hold universities accountable for their actions,” she said. “When I was on a call with the White House earlier this summer, I brought up the need for governmental oversight of private institutions. We need some type of governmental support in our advocacy for greater accountability for spending at private universities like USC.”Sampath also mentioned that the newly consolidated data might not only help families explore affordable options, but also push colleges to focus on quality of education before profit. She said the realization that the government is keeping an eye on institutions like USC could potentially lead to future efforts to make education affordable and more worthwhile.“Students have emailed me saying they feel hopeless about their financial situation and continuing their education,” Sampath said. “There are students who work two to three jobs, skip meals, start GoFundMe’s and go sleepless in order to put themselves through school. That’s an embarrassment. I believe this college scorecard is one step forward in the larger picture of the government putting the pressure on universities to stop acting like for-profit businesses.”Since the website’s release, colleges and universities have called the quality of the 171 megabytes of data into question. The American Council on Education expressed its concern about the Department of Education compiling data without comprehensive external review.last_img read more

Kane wants assurances before Premier League returns

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp “About a week ago we started going to the training ground, we were allowed to have one-on-one training with one member of staff on one pitch, self-distancing from everyone,” he said.“We had tests on Monday, all the players and staff had tests, and everyone came back negative, which was great.”Kane said Liverpool’s 25-point lead would make them worthy champions however the 2019/20 campaign ends, with the absence of their fans from the conclusion to the season a necessary evil because of the pandemic.“Liverpool deserve to lift the title and with their fans missing it will be a strange situation. But we’ve not been through a time like this in our lifetimes,” he said.“I guess if we want to finish the season then we are going to have to do that.”Kane also revealed he had been contact with team-mate Dele Alli after the Spurs midfielder was burgled at knifepoint.“I think he’s a little bit angry. He said the most important thing was that he was OK, his family was OK and nobody was hurt. But it’s horrible to hear, especially when it’s someone close to you,” Kane said. London, United Kingdom | AFP | England captain Harry Kane says players are waiting for safety guidance from the Premier League after the government said it was “opening the door” for the return of football next month.Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said Thursday’s meeting with the Football Association, Premier League and English Football League had “progressed plans for the resumption of the professional game in England”.The Premier League hopes for a return to action on June 12, with matches played behind closed doors.Tottenham striker Kane is willing to take the next step, moving from individual training to small group sessions, but suggested more information was needed.“I don’t think anyone knows the right answer at the moment,” he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme.“I think the majority of players are looking forward to playing again as soon as possible but we know we want it to be as safe as possible too.“From what I have heard — obviously I haven’t seen too much of my team-mates — at the moment everyone is OK. We want to see how the Premier League gives us a plan and what that looks like.”Kane confirmed that he, along with the rest of the Spurs squad, had taken initial tests for coronavirus, with no positive results following their return to training.last_img read more

Riverhounds sign midfielder Joseph Ngwenya

first_imgJOSEPH NGWENYAThe Pittsburgh Riverhounds are pleased to announce the signing of midfielder Joseph Ngwenya, pending USSF approval.Ngwenya spent the 2013 season with the Richmond Kickers, where he tallied 23 points (9G, 5A) in 20 appearances en route to being named to the USL PRO All-League First Team and one of three finalists for league MVP.“I really liked the atmosphere when we played in Pittsburgh. It was sold out and the fans were amazing, “said Ngwenya, “I think the club has the best facilities in the league and the club’s ambition to win a championship is what ultimately drew me to Pittsburgh.”Originally chosen third overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by the Los Angeles Galaxy, Ngwenya has made a total of 118 MLS appearances during stints with LA, the Houston Dynamo, Columbus Crew, and D.C. United.“Joe will bring a wealth of experience to the squad this year,” said head coach Justin Evans.  “He is a player who we think will come in and add even more power to our offense in 2014.”In January of 2008, Ngwenya was signed by Austrian Bundesliga club SK Austria Kärnten. In July, he appeared in the unofficial T-Home German Supercup for Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund.Ngwenya made his senior international debut for Zimbabwe on June 1, 2008 in a World Cup qualifier against Guinea with additional appearances against Kenya and Namibia.last_img read more

Election 2017: Holmdel GOP Seeks To Continue Agenda, Dems Push For…

first_imgBy Jay Cook |HOLMDEL – A choice awaits Holmdel voters at the polls on Nov. 7: should residents push onward with the status quo of an entirely Republican governing body, or should voters side with Democrats looking to make changes within town lines?This year’s election for two open seats on the five-member Holmdel Township Committee features Greg Buontempo and Rocco Pascucci, a pair of Republicans both with two terms of elected experience, and Larry Luttrell and Barbara Singer, two Democrats who continue to keep the pressure on their opposition.Running for his third term in 2017 is Buontempo, 52, the incumbent Republican mayor who works as an area sales director for Sprint.Buontempo, a member of the township’s planning board, as well as a member of the Monmouth County Improvement Authority, said one of the highlights of his political career has been the creation of a new township library. Instead of staying in the basement of Town Hall, the library will soon have its own dedicated space inside the 2 million-square-foot Bell Works facility, located at 101 Crawfords Corner Road. A ribbon-cutting to officially open the library is set for Nov. 1, and Buontempo said the project has been important to residents in more than one way.“We’re really trying to fund everything so the residents have no financial impact on them,” he said. “But we want to make this more than a regular library because it’s in a very unique building.”After some changes earlier this month, the updated cost of the library construction is just shy of $1.8 million, with $1 million covered by Somerset Development, Bell Works’ property owner. Fundraising to cover the remaining costs will continue into the new year, Buontempo said.Buontempo added if he’s re-elected, he’ll continue to work with Monmouth County officials on shared service agreements for roadway improvement projects. Streets like Wildhedge Lane, Tanglewood Lane and Sweet Briar Lane were among the streets resurfaced with new curbing in 2017. Buontempo said the bill came in $1.1 million under budget, thanks to shared services with the county.“To be able to do all that and not impact our residents with a municipal tax increase is an accomplishment,” he said.Buontempo has run for office previously with Deputy Mayor Patrick Impreveduto, who is currently running on the Republican ticket for a seat on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders. But this year, joining Buontempo on the municipal ballot is Pascucci, 67, a pediatrician at Bethany Pediatrics, Hazlet.Pascucci served on the Holmdel Township Committee for two terms from 2006 to 2011. He did not seek reelection in that final year due to changes in the healthcare industry that affected his practice.“With Obamacare coming, it put a big strain on the office, lots of changes, and I just didn’t have the time,” he said. “But now I do.”Pascucci said the biggest threat to Holmdel today is the Monmouth County Reliability Project, a 10-mile long, 230 kV transmission line along the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line. It’s designed to run from Aberdeen to Red Bank, through Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown, but is still being litigated in the courts.In talking with seniors at Village Grande and Cedar Village, two communities which abut the rail line, Pascucci said it certainly would be a detriment to Holmdel residents.“I’m not going to let it happen and I don’t believe that it’s going to happen,” he said.Also, as a board-certified pediatrician, Pascucci said he is aware of health defects from high voltage powerlines. While studies vary from country to country, he said, one thing is still certain. “Look at everywhere in the state,” he said. “(Powerlines) are put way far from people, and not by their houses. And here, people will be riding under them all day.”Pascucci also serves as the deputy director of Holmdel’s Emergency Management office. He believes there needs to be more funding for township first responders, and pointed to drone usage as a next generation method of inspection and recovery. Holmdel Fire Department is already using drones, he said.While Republicans push to continue their plan for Holmdel, the two Democratic challengers are looking to flip the script on exactly how that government would work.Luttrell, 46, an attorney with Law Offices of Lawrence Luttrell, Holmdel, said it’s time for Holmdel to abandon its system of selecting a mayor. Currently, the mayoral position is chosen at the annual reorganization meeting by Township Committee members in January. But he has issue with that.“Having five people get in a back room on Jan. 1 to pick who the mayor is going to be is not democratic in my opinion,” Luttrell said. “We think the people should directly elect the mayor, and not the politicians.”He’s proposing Holmdel convert its government to a Faulkner Act-type town, where the mayor is directly elected by residents. Red Bank and Highlands are two towns operating under similar guidelines.Luttrell said residents he has spoken with favor his plan. He hopes it can ultimately loosen the Republican grip in Holmdel.“The problem with 5-0 majorities is they’re all ‘walk in lock-step’ and someone could be slammed if they don’t toe the line,” he said. “That’s not good for any form of government, in my opinion.”In addition to the government change, Luttrell said he wants to improve Holmdel’s credit rating, which was downgraded in 2010 to Aa2 from A1 by Moody’s. He said that hurts the finances in town and puts too much reliability on the County to cover the shortfall.Accompanying Luttrell this election season is Singer, 49, an attorney with Drazin & Warshaw. In 2016, she ran for Township Committee with fellow Democrat Karen Strickland.One of Singer’s chief issues in Holmdel is how the township is moving forward with its affordable housing obligations. The Two River Times reported in June that Holmdel is obligated to provide 393 new affordable housing credits, as per a Fair Share Housing Center report.Singer said plans by Holmdel elected officials to build approximately 450 housing units across town is “due to a lack of planning.”As Democrats, Singer and Luttrell said they are certainly not opposed to affordable housing, yet they want to see it completed responsibly. Singer added housing agreements with 12 to 16 units per acre “is not like anything Holmdel has right now.”Her plan would be to utilize two-for-one affordable housing credit plans and check on the feasibility of a housing complex across from Bayshore Medical Center on North Beers Street.Singer also acknowledged that Holmdel would benefit from having two acting attorneys on the township committee. With pending litigation for affordable housing, the Monmouth County Reliability Project, and the New Jersey Natural Gas regulator station proposal, she said communication to concerned residents could be improved.“When you bring lawyers in on things and they analyze everything, they don’t just accept what’s going on,” Singer said.This article was first published in the Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

Darwin Debates Attract Rhetoricians, Some Pro, Some Not

first_imgNothing like a controversy to get people talking.  Some understand the issues and speak with skill and style; some just like to be part of the excitement.  Here are samples from the war of the words over evolution:Connect the Dots:  Having just read Richard Weikart’s From Darwin to Hitler (02/03/2005), Chuck Colson on BreakPoint drew parallels to the Terry Schiavo incident.The Skill of Skell:  Dr. Philip S. Skell again showed the power of a cogent editorial as he asked “Why Do We Invoke Darwin?” in The Scientist.  He claimed that Darwinian evolution is essentially useless as a heuristic in experimental biology.  The subscription-only article has been reprinted by Discovery Institute.Sports ID:  Sally Jenkins, sports writer in the Washington Post, gave surprisingly good press to ID.  Her point is not that ID is good science, but a little philosophical adventurism can be helpful.  She seems to have a point here and there, but mostly engages in name-dropping and complaining that the human body isn’t perfect.  Rob Crowther at Evolution News liked it.  He thought she hit a home run – at least for getting the definition of ID straight. Larsony:  Edward J. Larson, professor of science history (U of Georgia), told the LA Times what he thought the country needs to do about ID: not replace Darwinism, which he feels has been useful to science, but use it as a teachable moment: “good biology teachers could use issues raised by the intelligent design movement to help their classes better understand Darwinism.”  Larson delivered the lectures “The Theory of Evolution: A History of Controversy” in 2002 for The Teaching Company Great Courses Series.  He recognized then and now that most people do not accept doctrinaire evolution and that their values need to be taken into consideration by scientists and educators.  Nevertheless, he agrees with the scientific establishment that science must operate by methodological naturalism.  Tom Magnuson at Access Research Network considers Larson a brilliant man with blinders on.[A]theistic Science:  Cornelia Dean in the New York Times wrote about varying views on God among scientists, focusing on the theistic-evolution views of Dr. Francis Collins of the Human Genome Project.Highlander Games:  No Bobby Burns is he; guest columnist for The Scotsman, Robin Dunbar, called ID a “dangerous folly” and let President Bush have a piece of his mind.When the rhetoric flies, exercise sense, not sensationalism.  Some get it right, some have no context.  This debate has deep roots in history.  Perpetuating buzzwords or labels is not going to make the debate over naturalism vs. design disappear.  Caution: read news articles and editorials on this issue only with Baloney Detector engaged and in good working order – but do read.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Q&A with Fruit South Africa on new SA-China agreement

first_imgThe newly signed agreement between South Africa and China will mean more jobs in the export agriculture sector says the Fruit South Africa CEO Dr Konanani Liphadzi.The South African and Chinese governments recently signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the market access for fruit. South Africa’s exporters are expected to increase their produce from 110 000 tons fruit to 350 000 tons within the next five years. (Image: Supplied)Melissa JavanSouth African farmers and cooperatives will export more of their fruit harvest after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the South African government and the People’s Republic of China earlier this month.The MOU was signed in Beijing, China, by Willem Bestbier, vice-chairperson of Fruit South Africa (Fruit SA) and his counterpart, Wang Xin, vice-chairperson of the Chinese Quarantine and Inspection Association (CIQA) on 1 November 2016.South Africa’s fruit exporters are mainly from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga provinces. (Image to illustrate: Brand South Africa)For now negotiations are underway to increase market access for South African pears. Avocados and other fruit will be considered in the next round of negotiations.Last year China imported 3.8-million tons of fruit, of which 110 000 tons were from South Africa. The Chinese fruit market is valued at US$ 5-billion (about R71-billion), and within 5 years South Africa’s access will be one and half times greater.Dr Konanani Liphadzi, chief executive officer of Fruit SA shares insights on the impact of the MOU on agriculture in South Africa.Dr Konanani Liphadzi is chief executive officer of Fruit SA. She says the fruit industry will increase job creation because of the new agreement between China and South Africa relating to exports.Dr Liphadzi, what does this new agreement with China mean for South Africa?Liphadzi: In regards to the new MOU, this means the initiative is broadening market access. Secondly, we could share technical information like quarantine issues and also assist them with information needed. It goes both ways.We also have a partner on the ground in China, who can share things like policy changes.This partnership builds on the foundation we already have with China.Lastly, there will be a lot of job creation, from hand pickers in South Africa to people doing packaging that will be hired, because of increased demand.What fruit do we export to China?KL: The three main produce we supply to the Chinese market are apples, citrus and table grapes.How many fruit suppliers in South Africa currently export to China?KL: Currently there are 12 companies that supply to China.How many people are employed currently within the fruit industry?KL: Currently 50% of our fruit produce are being exported. This is to 87 countries worldwide, with China being one of them. Overall 2.7-million tons fruit are exported globally, and 110 000 of it go to China. That is 300 000 jobs locally in the fruit industry, that’s along the value chain, from the farm to where it ends with the consumer.Tell us about the South African exporters.KL: The 12 companies include the following:We have companies that buy fruit from the farmers;Other produce their own fruit and buy from different farmers;Lastly, we have cooperatives, a group working together producing fruit. Then they have a marketing company advertising for them.The exporters are mainly from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.The major producers come from the Western Cape, because it has a unique environment.Are any of the fruit sent to China being genetically modified?KL: We don’t produce genetically modified fruit in South Africa.How can an entrepreneur or any other farmer(s) get their fruit exported?KL: There is room for new exporters, especially in terms of transformation. The Fresh Produce Exporters’ forum is an association for developing new entries within the export market. It is a challenging process to get into exports, because it is not an easy industry.Anyone interested in exports, can contact me.Will China export any of their fruit to South Africa?KL: They also want to send fruit. We are counter season to them. So, when we are harvesting, they have winter there. Selling fruit to them won’t be a major issue. Our department of agriculture is considering citrus from them. We are not competing with them.Is there anything you would like to add?KL: In regards to the new MOU, this means the initiative is broadening market access.This is in line with what our country’s National Development Plan 2030 wants to achieve. We have identified a commodity, are increasing volumes to create jobs, and are opening the a market for our produce.We appreciate the effort of the government to open the market, and that they are creating a good relationship with the Chinese government.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

The E-Sports Industry Is Growing — Now Web Infrastructure Needs to Keep Up

first_imgRelated Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Like traditional sports, e-sports can be costly. A prime component of e-sports infrastructure is video streaming, which enables competition. Viewers are able to share the videos and streaming links to millions, requiring companies to build their own solutions or work with solid tech companies to deal with heavy bandwidth. Services like highlights, instant replays, live streaming, and anti-cheating detection measures are some of the instant services that need to be available for viewers and gamers.In order for the e-sport infrastructure to thrive, software developers need to find a way to scale in a way that works effectively on a cloud mixed platform, as well as on dedicated servers. Once dedicated platforms achieve the ability to scale with automation features typically found on scale cloud platforms, scaling the e-sports platform to meet high-performance criteria will be much easier.A report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts that the sports industry will inevitably face problems due to the drastic decline in viewership. The entire industry is running on a distribution model that is stuck in the past. What’s worse is that some of the most influential companies in the industry are slow to implement innovative technology measures.New revenue models are truly reinventing the way users engage with content online. Services like Twitch provide a platform for streaming thousands of games online daily. Some of the most popular games on this service, namely “League of Legends” and “Dota 2,” generate close to 70 million views each month. Given the high number of viewers these services experience, there is no denying the importance of game streaming in today’s culture — and web infrastructure needs to be able to keep up with these changes.How to Select the Right Web Infrastructure PartnersThere are estimated to be more than 500 million individuals around the world who watch other people play video games.To be able to handle high volumes of traffic during peak seasons, it’s crucial to have the ability to deal with low-latency applications and high bandwidth simultaneously without disruption. A high-performance network available around the globe is extremely important, and it’s one of the driving factors of player satisfaction.It’s also important to automate and provide scalable capacity on both cloud and non-cloud platforms at a competitive price. The availability of equipment in a global data center will provide low bandwidth cost combined with a lower latency to create a better user experience.It’s also likely that game developers in the future will embrace artificial intelligence and machine learning to form a better understanding of how players interact with characters in their games. These tools will ensure a more customized gaming experience for players who could have packages tailored to their particular interests.The Success of E-SportsThe success of online gaming is directly related to the performance, price, and availability of the infrastructures they are offered on. If games are slow to load or glitch often, fans will start leaving in droves.The infrastructure needs to be top-notch in order for companies to maximize their return. Working with a partner that can provide a sufficient balance between price and performance will make a big difference for the players and publishers alike.Also, it’s not just gamers and sports enthusiasts who realize that e-sports are the next big thing. Vision Esports, a holding company co-founded by NBA star Rick Fox that invests in up-and-coming brands in the e-sports industry, has received backing from sports stars such as Kevin Durant and Odell Beckham Jr., sports teams like the St. Louis Cardinals, and even other big agencies like Shamrock Holdings — the Disney family’s personal investment company.For this industry to continue to grow, it is important for infrastructure development to meet the needs of its users. A reliable platform is crucial to ensure the widespread growth of e-sports is fully supported for years to come. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Robert van der MeulenTechnical Evangelist at Leaseweb Robert van der Meulen is the technical evangelist at Leaseweb, a global IaaS provider. last_img read more

Why the Rain Dance Brings Rain

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Parts of the Southwestern United States are very dry, very arid regions. In the past, the Native American tribes that lived there needed the rain to survive. When the rain didn’t come, the Native American tribes would do what is called rainmaking or, a rain dance.The Native Americans participating in the rain dance would dress up in special headdresses and jewelry. And even though most dances excluded women, the women also danced. Rain was important.A Native American rain dance is unlike other dances. It’s more complicated. It’s not just a circle; it’s a pattern woven over and over again. And the dances could go on for hours. Sometimes they could go on for days.But what you may not know about the Native American Rain Dance is that it always worked. Eventually, the rain came. The reason the Native American rain dance always worked is because the Native Americans didn’t stop dancing until it rained. They persisted.last_img read more

Kia defends latest trade, prefers veteran talent over one rookie

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH San Sebastian moves up the stepladder, sets date vs San Beda Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets PLAY LIST 01:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets00:50Trending Articles00:48No ceasefire on 2020 budget? Sotto says Senate would prefer it01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games It’s just that the Picanto are looking for more seasoned players, according to the legendary coach.READ: Kia pleads for understanding: ‘Give us a chance to prove our philosophy’“Everybody that will come from draft might not have the necessary experience that we’ll be needing in molding a competitive team. Besides, I always believe that players that make it to the PBA are talented to make it to the pros.”Lipa said that the decision to trade the pick to San Miguel for a number of veterans fits more with what the Picanto’s wants to be “unconventional type of basketball” this season.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC New Kia team manager Joe Lipa and team governor Bobby Rosales. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netNewly appointed Kia team manager Joe Lipa is well aware of the talent his team will miss out on as the controversial trade involving the top pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft pushed through on Friday.But Lipa said he doesn’t mind losing one top-flight player if that means Kia will acquire veterans who will all embrace the mentality they are trying to inculcate going forward.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “One man cannot spell the difference from a team winning a championship. But for us to have three to four veteran players who we believe isn’t only talented but can also contribute to the development of the younger players, we believe that we can be very competitive,” said Lipa Friday during a small chat with reporters at Azure Residences in Bicutan hours before the trade was approved.READ: PBA approves Kia-San Miguel tradeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Picanto acquired Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, and a 2019 first round pick in exchange for their top pick this year, which is expected to be Christian Standhardinger.“Don’t get me wrong, Christian Standhardinger is a great player. I’ve seen him play and the boy has a big potential,” he said MOST READlast_img read more