Should Dodgers still purse trade for Aroldis Chapman?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Tuesday that a player’s market value decreases “every time” that player has a criminal record. For the executive focused solely on increasing the value of his roster, the more crimes the player commits, the better. A free man with multiple felony convictions, the left arm of Randy Johnson, the bat speed of Barry Bonds, and a glove box full of unpaid parking tickets would be the ideal free agent or trade target.To that end, Friedman said he draws a line of citizenship that cannot be crossed.“Of course,” he said.Friedman can’t publicly comment on Chapman, who is still under contract to the Reds. Speaking generally, Friedman said “we do a tremendous amount of work on players we’re going to acquire or potentially going to acquire, in terms of make-up on field, type of teammate, type of person, and factor it all into the assessment.”In the past, those assessments have not deterred Friedman from trading for an accused rapist (Josh Lueke, who pled no contest to false imprisonment with violence) when he worked for the Tampa Bay Rays.• WHICKER: Dodgers, Angels should trade lightly at Winter MeetingsIn this instance Chapman wasn’t formally accused, let alone convicted, of committing a crime.“Even when we were with the Rays we did a tremendous amount of work on guys, to go into any decision with our eyes wide-open and talk through things,” Friedman said, “and understand the pros, the cons, trying to figure out what made the most sense.”AlsoThe contracts for free agent pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma and second baseman Chase Utley were still not finalized late Tuesday, presumably because their physicals have not been completed yet. … According to one report, the Miami Marlins asked the Dodgers for Julio Urias, Corey Seager, Joc Pederson and two more players in a trade for pitcher Jose Fernandez. Urias, who finished the season at Triple-A, is the Dodgers’ consensus number-1 prospect. … Asked if he considered Urias “untouchable” in any trade, Friedman said “I think the thing we pride ourselves on is not having any hard and fast rules. We’re open minded to having different conversations.” Ultimately, Chapman’s girlfriend chose not to file charges.“We want to make sure we have all the information and then the decision will be made,” said MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer, Joe Torre. “The only timetable is when we feel we’ve got as much information as we can get.”• RELATED: Miami DA reviewing Chapman’s domestic dispute caseMeanwhile the Dodgers, or any team interested in trading for Chapman, will have to place those negotiations on the back burner.The situation also invites an ethical dilemma. Given the contents of the police report, would fans continue to embrace a team that employs Chapman?center_img NASHVILLE >> When reports of a potential Dodgers trade for Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman first surfaced Sunday, it tested the boundaries of the baseball imagination. Two All-Star closers on the same roster? One, if the Dodgers traded Kenley Jansen and kept the Cuban left-hander with a 104-mph fastball?The imagination can still run wild. As of Tuesday, the trade isn’t off. Neither is it on, as long as Major League Baseball is investigating Chapman’s role in a domestic dispute in October. As first reported by Yahoo! Sports, Chapman’s girlfriend told police that the pitcher placed her in a choke-hold, then later fired gunshots in another part of their house during the argument. She and Chapman have an infant daughter who was also in the house. Chapman’s girlfriend told police that she gathered up the girl and ran out of the house in fear.last_img read more

Kyrie Irving posts lengthy social media response to angry Celtics fans

first_imgKyrie Irving heard the Celtics’ fans harsh words for him even though he wasn’t inside Boston’s TD Garden on Wednesday night. He had a few things to say in response.The injured Nets guard did not make the trip to the place he called home the previous two seasons, and he was skewered in absentia. Chants of “Kyrie sucks” pierced the air early in the night as fans voiced their opinions of the point guard who left Beantown for Brooklyn in the offseason. Irving wasn’t about to let that go. His response on Instagram centered on fans and media lacking perspective about sports in general, plus some of his personal struggles through the years. “This Game of Sports entertainment matters more than someone’s mental health and well being right?” Irving wrote. Kyrie Irving just posted a long IG story: pic.twitter.com/WiryDi1m4b— Boston.com Celtics News (@BDCCeltics) November 28, 2019MORE: Jarrett Allen shoots down Kyrie mood swings rumorIrving has missed the Nets’ past six games with a shoulder ailment. Brooklyn lost 121-110 on Wednesday. Irving’s replacement in Boston, Kemba Walker, scored a game-high 39 points in his return from a neck injury.Irving could return to action Friday when the Celtics travel to Barclays Center for a return visit.last_img read more

The Chief Information Office(r), Republic of Liberia

first_imgWhen President Barack Obama took over in 2009 one of the first things he did was to appoint a Federal Chief Information Officer at the White House. Vivek Kundra (2009-2011) would lead Obama’s technology initiatives, direct the policy and strategic planning of federal information technology investments and have oversight of federal technology spending. He would also establish and oversee enterprise architecture ensuring system interoperability, information sharing, information security and privacy across the federal government. Kundra helped lower the cost of government operations and used innovation and the power of technology to improve performance and operational efficiency in the US Government.Vivek Kundra left the Obama administration in 2011 and is credited with saving taxpayers at least $3 billion by scrutinizing IT spending and identifying underperforming projects. His replacement, Steven VanRoekel who previously served as Managing Director for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and at Microsoft, also stepped down from the role in September 2014, and returned to USAID to advise the agency on technology matters in its response to the Ebola outbreak.  In Liberia, unlike President Obama, the establishment of the Chief Information Office did not make the first to-do list of President Sirleaf. It would take almost six years after her ascendency to nations highest office before the Government of Liberia began the establishment of the CIO Regime, and the subsequent appointment of the first Chief Information Officer of the Republic of Liberia.  But what is this office? What does it do; where is it; and who runs it?Enshrined in the National Telecommunications & ICT Policy 2010-2015 is a mandate for the establishment of the National ICT Governing Board to “oversee, monitor and evaluate the operations and implementation of ICT objectives and programs.” This Board is comprised of members of the ICT for Development (ICT4D) Steering Committee   which includes members from the Government of Liberia’s (GoL) ministries, agencies, corporations/commissions, the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) mobile, fixed and ISP operators, and other sector stakeholders.The policy further mandates the ICT Governing Board to commission a central implementing body to be called the Chief Information Office or CIO. This body according to the mandate “shall be housed at the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications. The CIO shall comprise of core staff to include systems engineers, technicians, and several policy staff. It shall coordinate with every ICT unit across ministries and agencies to help the GoL determine how ICT can help transform government processes, by making it efficient, transparent and citizen-centric.”Another mandate from the Policy requires executive line ministries to “nominate a champion from each ministry who will become a part of the CIO Governing Council once the CIO regime is established.” This CIO Regime is headed by the Chief Information Officer, Republic of Liberia. The Chief Information Officer strategically focuses on improving practices in the design, modernization, use, sharing and performance of GoL information resources. In addition to being responsible for formulating programs in pursuit of the vision of the ICT Governing Board, the CIO is also responsible to handle and monitor GoL IT procurement to ensure cost effectiveness, standardization, and benefit from economies of scale.Liberia’s Chief Information Office is currently headed by Honorable Sekou Kromah. Honorable Kromah is the first CIO and comes to the job with a vast experience in the telecommunications sector. Prior to the CIO position, Honorable Kromah served as Managing Director of the Liberia Produce and Marketing Corporation (LPMC), and the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), now LIBTELCO. He later moved from his role as the head of the national operator (LIBTELCO) to become the Deputy Minister of the Government’s telecommunications and ICT policy maker, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.Unlike his American counterpart, Kromah’s job is more challenging since he inherited a totally disintegrated and “chaotic” government ICT landscape, where almost everyone is doing what he or she wants to do with Government ICT. Yet, he stands to pioneer a lot of ICT initiatives in government; one of them involving it’s e-government program. Kromah aims is to bring some “sanity” into government’s ICT landscape and hopefully bridge the gap between Government and the people through ICTs. His goal is to bring government services online and do away with “citizens standing in line.” In addition, he is working to apply sound procurement policies, ensuring standardization of the GoL ICT platform, and maintaining a highly skilled, efficient and effective team of professionals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more