PBA D-League: Chongson says Brickman worth the gamble for Tanduay

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PBA D-League: AMA coach hopes Teng’s arrival helps bring team to semis Chongson sees the selection as a gamble, with Brickman’s commitment still uncertain this conference.“Fifty-fifty. I’m not surprised some teams are scared of complications with his papers. But what surprised me is that no one tried to gamble on him,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“I picked him at the fourth round, so it’s harmless.”Still, Chongson hopes that the gamble will bear fruit for the Rhum Masters. Fil-American guards Jason Brickman and Kris Rosales defending each other. Photo by Kuk Thew/ABLTanduay coach Lawrence Chongson anticipated that somehow, Jason Brickman will fall into his lap.And the Fil-Am guard did, as the Rhum Masters plucked the former ABL standout in the fourth round in the 2016 PBA D-League Draft on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Regardless of what Brickman and Tanduay will agree upon, he sees the former Finals MVP for Westports Malaysia Dragons as a sleeper pick.“It’s like getting a gift on Christmas day. If in the next day, his papers arrive then I’ll get ‘pogi points’ from my boss.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHlast_img read more

Gaters surrender lead again

first_imgFor Clarendon Gaters, it seems to be a story of same thing, different day, in terms of how their results are playing out in this season’s Berger Elite League competition.In losses to Kingston Hummingbirds and St James Sharpes, the Gaters started the match well, leading against the Hummingbirds for much of the early portion, and against the Sharpes, Clarendon Gaters led for a much longer period, even into the fourth quarter.Against St Ann Orchids on Tuesday night, it was the same story, with the Gaters leading 11-9 after the first quarter and 36-33 to end the third quarter of Netball Jamaica’s competition before falling 48-43 in the end.”It’s something we have to work towards as a team, because each time we’re leading and we get into the final quarter, we tend to lose the game because we’re over-thinking,” said Shedieky Hamilton-Barnes, the team’s goal shooter.”I think we’re thinking too much and not focusing on what needs to be done by converting the shots. In the last three minutes we started to miss the shots that really mattered and it cost us the game. We just have to learn from this,” she added.Barnes, Clarendon Gaters’ goal shooter, sank 21 goals from 32 attempts, while Amanda Pinkney, 14 from 21, and Danielle Masters, eight from 15, scored the other goals.LACK OF TRAININGAssessing her team’s capabilities, Hamilton-Barnes noted that lack of training might be affecting the Gaters, as well as her own form.The Gaters only have three points from four matches, while St Ann Orchids moved to seven from four.Attacking player Adean Thomas said slowing down the game contributed to the Orchids’ excellent fourth-quarter play, which yielded 15 points to their opponents’ seven.”We were going too fast so we were losing the ball in attack. So when we went back out in the fourth quarter we decided to slow it down, take it one step at a time, and we remained disciplined,” noted Thomas, who earned the MVP award.St Ann Orchids’ scorers were Thristina Harwood, with 33 goals from 41 attempts; Simone Gordon, 12 from 13; and Tricia Brown, three from four.In Tuesday’s other game, Kingston Hummingbirds beat St James Sharpes 51-36 to move to nine points from four matches. They led 15-7, 25-17 and 38-26 after the first three quarters. Sabrina Spence was their main scorer, with 26 goals from 34 tries, while Hasana Williams, 19 from 24, and Shanice Beckford, who shot six of seven in the first quarter, netted the other goals.St James Sharpes, with one win and three points from four matches, got goals from Kestina Sturridge, with 22 from 37, Conique Moore, nine from 13 and Shanice Howe five from eight.Meanwhile, the competition continues today with a double-header, unbeaten St Ann Orchids (nine points) vs St Catherine Racers, the reverse fixture of a 39-39 clash, at 7:45 p.m., and Clarendon Gaters vs Manchester Spurs at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

Barway Collins’ Father To Get 40 Years in Jail

first_imgA Liberian father, whose ten year old son’s lifeless body was found in the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, United States, has pleaded guilty to intentionally murdering his son for U$70, 000 insurance money, according to a report in Minneapolis (MN) based KAREll.com.Pierre Collins who has since been accused in the death of his 10-year-old son, Barway Collins and subsequently indicted by a grand jury on charges of first degree murder, entered a guilty plea Monday to second-degree intentional murder.As part of his plea, he has already agreed to 40 years in prison, KARE ll.com reported.The body of Barway Collins was found from the Mississippi River on April 11; his feet were bound with duct tape, and there was also tape found on his body. This was after he had gone missing for over three weeks.According to report, the late Barway was last spotted leaving a bus after school.Since the discovery, which came after a massive search, authorities and ordinary people have always suspected foul play in Barway’s death and the boy’s death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner’s office though they say he was killed by “unspecified means.”Little Barway’s biological mother, who was in Liberia at the time of his death and was very devastated about the incident, has tearfully welcomed the news and indicated that she is now relieved. Louise is anxious to know whether anyone helped Pierre in the act, and if so, that person too, should be brought to book.“I just want justice for my son,” KARE11 quoted Louise as saying.Investigators say Collins killed his son in order to collect the life insurance money. An investigation revealed Collins was in huge debt and believed this was his only way out, KARE ll said.The report further indicates that Collins had two life insurance policies on Barway, totaling $50,000. Two days before his son was last seen, Collins allegedly made a payment on that life insurance policy and called the company, asking about raising the amount of coverage to $20,000 more. Cell phone records place Collins at the river on the day his son disappeared, near the area where his son’s body was eventually found.The president of a foundation and advocacy group, which lobbied to ensure that Barway’s mother-Louise Karluah was transported to the US to attend her son’s final funeral rites, Emma Smith noted that the plea is a victory for Barway and his mother, Louise. She termed the plea as a success story.“Justice has shown its rightful face and I want to praise God for Louise,” Smith, a young, elegant, purposeful and a love for humanity oriented female said. She was in an exciting mood when she heard the news. “I’m lack of words and don’t even know what to say. Praise God that our prayers have been answered,” she said.Ms. Smith, a musician and social activist, along with other Liberian women, including Cllr. Yvette Chesson Wureh, were in the forefront in ensuring that Louise, a semi-literate woman, got to the US and be part of the search for her son’s killer. She also expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the US Embassy, and Concern Women Liberia for their roles in the advocacy.“I want to be grateful to God for this news. This is indeed a victory for humanity, those of our friends in the US who have been consistently part of this justice seeking initiative and we (Liberian women) on this side that rallied behind Louise to ensure that she got due recognition,” Smith told the Daily Observer in a telephone interview yesterday.She lauded all those who were involved in the process of bringing Pierre to face the consequences of his action. “Pierre is heartless. He is going to pay dearly for taking the life of an innocent child,” she said.Emma Smith is now hoping that Louise will get some benefits in order to educate herself and improve her life.Many, especially Liberians in the US have said that Pierre has not been fair and not been trustworthy. They believe that Pierre Collins is leaving out important parts of the story, and they insist that there is more that needs to be made public.Pierre Collins has a record of abusing children, including Louise Karluah, the mother of his deceased son. He impregnated Louise at the age of fifteen while she was his student in a Refugee Camp in Ghana. A horrible tale, according to her, she has been living with. Pierre has also been caught in improper acts with his own children.County of Hennepin child protection services filed a petition to terminate his parental rights to his one-year-old son because of his track record of abusing his kids.KAREll revealed findings from a two year investigation by the county into abuse allegations of his children, with family court records showing his then-wife Jennifer Lynn Collins, filed for an order of protection, claiming that Collins inappropriately kissed his 11-year-old daughter and “slapped” his other son in the face leaving a “huge red welt.” Six months later Collins was accused of sexually assaulting a third child.He at the time denied any wrong-doing and was never criminally charged, but agreed to an “Order for Protection” that banned him from the home, his children’s schools and allowed only “supervised” visitations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Enmore, Rose Hall workers could face similar fate as Wales’ – Chand

first_imgDownsizing sugarAs the time draws near for the closure of two more sugar estates, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) feels that workers attached to both the East Demerara (Enmore) Estate and the Rose Hall Estate could face the same situation as Wales Sugar Estate cane cutters –they may not receive their severance package even if they refuse to be transferred.GAWU President Komal ChandGAWU president, Komal Chand, told Guyana Times on Monday that the chances of this happening are extremely high, because it does not appear that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has budgeted for the eventuality of the estates’ closure, which had earlier been announced. But more so, he said, GuySuCo did not cater for the possibility that workers would have to be transferred to estates that were out of bounds.“There is a possibility (of workers not getting severance) because it doesn’t appear that GuySuCo had budgeted (for) workers’ severance pay. They are financially broke at this point in time. One can conclude that the workers from these estates — if the closure is to be effected – can face a similar fate like the Wales sugar workers,” Chand opined.On the other hand, the GAWU president is of the view that GuySuCo could repeat what was done to cane cutters at Wales. “What can happen is (that) they can offer them work in far-flung areas, like Blairmont and Uitvlugt and those who refuse to go, ‘you don’t have any severance pay to receive’,” he stated, noting that other workers except cane cutters were provided with a severance package.Chand also drew this newspaper’s attention to the fact that GuySuCo had issued a press statement explaining that workers were refusing to work at Uitvlugt, and the Union was subsequently blamed for this situation.“If we had done that, it would have been exposed. Why didn’t we encourage the Skeldon workers to work at Rose Hall Estate and Albion? Why haven’t we discouraged the Enmore workers (from working) at Uitvlugt, because they worked there for two weeks? Planters worked there for a month,” he explained.In referring to the issue at Wales, the trade union leader said that while several workers there had their service transferred to Uitvlugt Sugar Estate, the remaining workers were promised severance payments, some since December 2016 and others by February 2017. However, it was at a community-level meeting between Wales residents and several Government Ministers that it was revealed that Government had no money to pay the severance to which the workers are entitled.The closure of Wales Estate was rationalised by Government as a cost-saving measure due to billions of dollars that were allocated to the declining sugar industry. The Government had also announced that it plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates and sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory.Many stakeholders had, however, called for social impact studies to be carried out to assess how communities across the sugar belt would be affected with these closures. Some estimates have pegged a figure of some 10,000 sugar workers being directly affected by estate closures, in addition to their family members and the local economies that depend on the sugar industry.Chand told Guyana Times that despite these impending closures, GAWU would continue to mobilise workers to take to the streets in massive protests against this move. He maintains that if the protest attracted enormous crowds like the parking meter project protests in Georgetown, it would send a strong message to the coalition Government to reverse this decision.A Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into GuySuCo had recommended that the Corporation be privatised within three years. It also recommended that a serious evaluation of all diversification options be conducted, to avoid total reliance on sugar for GuySuCo’s revenues.Along with rice and gold, sugar has remained one of the biggest foreign currency earners for Guyana.last_img read more

Sign two of these top class players and the title is Arsenal’s for the taking?

first_img Jason Denayer and Romelu Lukaku – Although Denayer has not played for Man City yet, the 21-year-old has gained quite a lot of experience elsewhere and is reportedly being tracked by Wenger. He spent time on loan at Celtic during the 2014/15 season and won the Scottish League Cup and Premiership alongside Virgil van Dijk. He then spent the following campaign at Galatasaray where he played Champions League football and then finished the season with a Turkish Cup win against rivals Fenerbahce. In addition he played for Belgium at Euro 2016, though was turned by Hal Robson-Kanu against Wales. It will be tougher to land Lukaku given Everton will demand a high fee for the striker and with new money coming in they do not need to sell given they have billionaire Farhad Moshiri as a major investor. 6 Shkodran Mustafi and Alexandre Lacazette – scroll through to see more defenders and forwards to finally propel Arsenal to title glory – “With Per [Mertesacker] being out, we are a bit short on the experience front and we are looking to bring somebody in,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. He was discussing the extent of the defender’s injury which is likely to keep him out for a number of months and the boss also explained he’d be looking to bring in another forward. So with a decent spine already containing the likes of Petr Cech, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil would additions at the back and at the front finally push them over that title line? Mustafi and Lacazette are two possibilities, with Arsenal reportedly opening talks with Valencia to sign Mustafi, while the club are said to have already had a bid of around £30m rejected by Lyon for goal machine Lacazette. Jeison Murillo and Jese Rodriguez – Murillo has only been at Inter since 2015, but has formed a solid understanding with Miranda in defence. The 24-year-old was named in the Team of the Tournament at the 2015 Copa America where he starred for Colombia and was also crowned the best young player. After a good season at Inter he has put himself in the shop window and has been non-committal on his future. Over at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane has hinted versatile 23-year-old Jese Rodriguez could be sold. He plays across the front three and on his profile on the Real Madrid website claims: “His ability to go past opponents and his determination to do so are a major problem for opposition defenders.” 6 6 Arsenal are without defender Per Mertesacker for the next few months and manager Arsene Wenger said he is looking to add experience to his back line.In addition the boss also revealed he is hopeful of bringing another forward in.Last season Leicester won the Premier League with a strong spine at the back and through the middle once Robert Huth and N’Golo Kante were bought and up front Jamie Vardy was already in place.Arsenal have Petr Cech behind the defence, have added Granit Xhaka and have Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez supplying the front line. So with an additional defender and another goal scorer, will this be enough to push them over the line and win a first title since 2004?Scroll through to see suggested players and let us know who you think would provide Arsenal with a good chance of winning the Premier League. Fabian Schar and Mario Mandzukic – Schar is another player under consideration. He only joined Hoffenheim last season after being linked with the Gunners while playing for Basel and is apparently back on the radar where he’d link up with Switzerland team-mate Granit Xhaka. Additionally, if Juventus are offered a good price for 30-year-old striker Mandzukic then he could leave. A player of his standard is unlikely to be happy playing second fiddle, which he will now Gonzalo Higuain has joined. 6 Thomas Vermaelen and Riyad Mahrez – Vermaelen is out of favour at Barcelona and is likely to leave. The 30-year-old is a man of considerable experience and played for the club between 2009 and 2014, while rumours linking Arsenal with Leicester whizz Mahrez refuse to go away. His 17 Premier League goals and 11 assists were crucial to the Foxes winning the league last season. A fee in excess of £30m has been mentioned. 6 6 Kostas Manolas and Wissam Ben Yedder – Manolas has been tracked by some big clubs in Europe, but Roma will make it difficult for anyone to sign him. The 25-year-old has been with the club since 2014 and Arsenal would face a battle with others to sign the player, just like they would with Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly. Ben Yedder might be slightly easier to sign, though the move would be a gamble coming from France’s Ligue 1 where he scored 17 times last season. He has consistently high numbers in terms of goals over the last few seasons and would reportedly cost £8m.last_img read more

Affordable homes still scarce here

first_imgThe Los Angeles area remained the nation’s least-affordable housing market for the seventh consecutive quarter in the April-through-June period, according to survey results released Tuesday. And the 10 least-affordable large-market and small-market areas were all in California, said the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo in its Housing Opportunity Index. In the Los Angeles-Glendale-Long Beach area, just 1.9 percent of new and previously owned homes were affordable to those earning a median family income of $56,200. The median sales price during the period was $521,000. The affordability was 1.7 percentage points less than in the year-ago period. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine area was the second least affordable of areas of 500,000 or more residents. Of the homes sold, only 3.2 percent were affordable to those earning the area’s median family income of $78,000. The median sales price was $630,000. The dubious honor of being the 10th-least-affordable big market went to the Oxnard-Thousand Oaks area, where 8.1 percent of the homes sold were affordable to buyers earning the median income of $79,500. The median price was $586,000. The survey tracked 199 markets and included the 10 most-affordable and 10 least-affordable markets in each of the two categories, with more or fewer than 500,000 residents. The bottom 10 of these were all in California. Of the big markets, Indianapolis was the most affordable, with 87.4 percent of the homes sold within reach of families earning the median income of $65,100. The median sales price was $120,000. Overall, Springfield, Ohio, was the most-affordable area in the second quarter, with 91.4 percent of the homes sold affordable to families earning the median income of $55,400. That’s close to the median sales price of $85,000. The index is not intended to show sales patterns in local markets, said Gopal Ahluwalia, staff vice president for research for the index. “This index is not by any means an absolute measure. It’s relative. It tells you how it changed over time,” he said. The index is based in part on the assumption that no more than 28 percent of a household’s income can be used for the monthly mortgage payment. On that basis nationally, 40.6 percent of the homes sold were affordable to families earning $59,600. But the housing market is in the midst of a big shift nationally, and in the Los Angeles area sales are well under year-ago levels and price appreciation has cooled. Does this mean that the decline in affordability is at an end? “If prices go down and interest rates stay steady, then affordability will definitely go up,” said Ahluwalia. This is the second report this month that shows affordability eroding in California. Last week the California Association of Realtors rolled out its new index format that tracked first-time buyer status. It showed that affordability statewide was 23 percent in the second quarter versus 30 percent in the year-ago period. In Los Angeles County, it was 19 percent for the second quarter this year versus 27 percent in same period of 2005. The California Realtors measured the percentage of households that can afford the median-priced home in their area. The old California format, including both new and repeat buyers, lagged the market by two months. The last one was issued in January. It showed that in November 2005, just 14 percent of state households could afford the median-priced home, while in Los Angeles County affordability was 11 percent. Since there is a new methodology in place, the old and new indexes cannot be compared. John Karevoll, an analyst at DataQuick Information Systems, is not sure how accurately these indexes reflect buying activity. For example, these indexes have showed affordability sinking even as sales stayed near historically high levels. “None of the so-called affordability or opportunity indexes we’ve seen the past few years have been able to track what’s actually been happening,” he said. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want 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

Southampton 4-1 Everton: Charlie Austin’s double downs dour Toffees

first_imgManagerless Everton suffered further misery as Charlie Austin’s brace for Southampton condemned them to a 4-1 defeat at St Mary’s.Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino finally handed Austin a chance from the start and he repaid the new-found faith shown in him by converting two second-half headers, with a late Steven Davis effort completing the scoring.Dusan Tadic had put the hosts ahead only for David Unsworth’s Everton, showing eight changes to the side humbled 5-1 by Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday, to level in spectacular style through Gylfi Sigurdsson.Austin had not scored a league goal in open play in almost a year, netting the only goal in victory over the Toffees at St Mary’s 364 days ago.But Pellegrino picked him ahead of Manolo Gabbiadini as Southampton finally found their form in front of goal, having hit just nine goals in their previous 12 league games heading into this game.Everton were as bad as their form and league position of 16th suggests, Sigurdsson’s strike a standalone moment of class on another afternoon of anguish for caretaker boss Unsworth.Austin blazed high and wide when stretching for a chance inside the box as Saints looked to take advantage of Everton’s fragile confidence by striking early.The visitors were gifted their first opportunity as Tadic presented the ball to Aaron Lennon, who ran at the Southampton defence with the ball eventually finding its way through to Kevin Mirallas with the Belgium international shooting wide.Chances were being created at both ends as Cedric Soares stole in ahead of Sigurdsson to cross in to Austin, who this time saw his shot whistle past the post.Mirallas was again the beneficiary of a defensive mix-up by the hosts but this time goalkeeper Fraser Forster burst from his line to clear away before the forward could strike.The next attack brought the game’s first goal as Tadic beat Phil Jagielka to Ryan Bertrand’s cross and held off the England international before guiding the ball home past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.Southampton slowly took control of the contest without truly testing Pickford, although Virgil van Dijk headed wide five minutes before the break when he should have done better.Everton made them pay for not putting the game to bed as Sigurdsson bent a superb long-range effort over Forster, off the crossbar and both posts before it crossed the line to draw the visitors level on the stroke of half-time.Southampton needed just seven second-half minutes to regain their advantage as Austin headed home Bertrand’s cross, his effort hitting the bar – in the same place as Sigurdsson’s strike – before bouncing over Pickford’s line.Austin repeated the feat six minutes later, arriving free in the Everton box to nod Tadic’s cross home and put space between the sides.Only a superb stop from Pickford prevented Shane Long, on for Austin, adding a fourth before Davis obliged with an angled finish from the edge of the box.Everton have now shipped 20 goals in Unsworth’s seven games at the helm and have the worst defensive record in the top flight as Wednesday’s visit of fellow strugglers West Ham takes on even greater importance. 1 Charlie Austin celebrates scoring for Southampton last_img read more

Klopp’s advice to Coutinho before he moved to Barcelona appears to be spot on

first_img 2 Klopp and Liverpool reluctantly sold Coutinho to the LaLiga giants for £142m BEST OF 2 There were also reports that Liverpool’s long time rivals Manchester United were interested in the playmaker.Coutinho’s departure from Liverpool got messy at points in the summer of 2017 as the club tried everything to keep their best player.One of the things Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said to him before he left has now appeared to have come true, however.In May 2017, Klopp advised Coutinho: “Stay here and they will end up building a statue in your honour. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “Go somewhere else, to Barcelona, to Bayern Munich, to Real Madrid, and you will be just another player. Here you can be something more.”Coutinho did manage to score his first goal since October on Thursday night in a game where Barca lost to Levante in the Copa del Rey.After the match, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde warned the No.7 that he needs to improve.Valverde said: “When you do not play and you are not happy, you have to fight to change the situation. Today was a match for that.“Coutinho is a great player who has given us a lot and will give us a lot.” Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY RANKED Latest Football News REVEALED Coutinho has struggled for form at Barca center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move A year on from completing his dream move to Barcelona, it’s fair to say things haven’t gone as Philippe Coutinho would have liked.The Brazilian has failed to nail down a regular spot in the first-team and now his future is in doubt as Barca are considering selling him to help fund a deal to re-sign Neymar. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE huge blow REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

Marko Calasan: Mini Mozart of Computers

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting lidija davis Tags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Eight year old Marco Calasan from Skopje, Macedonia has been dubbed the Mozart of Computers by local press after becoming the worlds youngest IT Professional when he passed the Microsoft Certified System Administrator exam.According to a report in the Times last week, Microsoft presented Marko with games and DVDs after he’d passed the exams, and although he considered it a nice gesture, he said he wasn’t “really interested in those things.”Marko, who has a bent for mathematics and physics, was reading and writing by the time he was two years old, and by four he was speaking in English. In a video posted on YouTube (Macedonian), Marko explains that computing is a simple matter of mathematics and following instructions.This simple understanding has made him into something of a local celebrity who has since been offered his own IT lab by the Macedonian Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski. Marko’s parents plan to publish a book for small children about computing based on Marko’s experience and success.Photo Credit: Daniel F. Pigattolast_img read more