Hearts of Oak have been boosted by news that striker Mahatma Otoo will be available for selection against arch-rivals Asante Kotoko on Sunday in the Ghana Premier League derby.Otoo picked an injury during their Premier League game with Liberty Professionals on Saturday and there have been concerns about his ability to recover fully in time for Ghana’s version of the ”El-Classico.”The Ghana Under-20 captain has declared himself fit to face Kotoko.“I picked a minor knock in the game but now I feel good and I’m ready for Kotoko on Sunday. It was a deliberate attempt to come out of the game that early so I can be fully ready for the game as been suggested by some fans,” Otoo told GHANAsoccernet.com”Matches involving Kotoko and Hearts of Oak have always been uncompromising and it will be a feather in my cup and that of my team-mates if we beat them. We know it’s going to be tough but I’m positive about our chances.”Hearts beat Kotoko in the first leg 1-0 at the Baba Yara Stadium. Source; Ghanasoccernet.com
DES MOINES — Iowa’s top tax man says the computer systems that handle tax collections in 38 other states have been modernized in the past decade.Iowa Department of Revenue director Kraig Paulsen is asking lawmakers to spend tens of millions over the next five years to replace his agency’s ancient computer networks.“We operate about 24 systems and each one of them is independent,” Paulsen says. “They are basically as old as when they were implemented, so some of them may be 10 years old. Some of them may be 20 years old. Literally there are those that are 30 years or older.”It will cost the state about $18 million this year alone to keep those systems running. Plus, Paulsen warns it’s getting harder to find people to fix things because they have to know COBOL, a computer programming language created in 1959.“We’ve tried to weave this web together and make it function,” Paulsen says, “but we believe it’s time to move forward.”The digital upgrade Paulsen envisions would let Iowa taxpayers log on and see their returns on the department’s website – and check both payments and refunds.“It will absolutely be much more user-friendly,” Paulsen says. “I am confident in the security of the systems and the protection of Iowans’ information…That’s obviously something we stay very vigilant on.”Paulsen says the companies he’s investigated build systems that send reminders to taxpayers, too. The nearly $90 million project Paulsen proposes includes upgrading computer systems for the Iowa Lottery and the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission at the same time. The project would take three to five years to complete.