Officials defend Drilon vs SONA attack

first_imgCong. Lorenz Defensor (3rd District, Iloilo) said the President should have focused solely on the government’s plans and responses to pressing matters such as the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Duterte started his SONA by accusing Drilon of defending oligarchs, and specifically the Lopezes who own the closed ABS-CBN television network. “Dapat hindi niya ‘yan sinabi sa SONA, dapat sa iba na lang,” Cadiao told Panay News. In closing his SONA on July 27, Duterte again lambasted Drilon. He accused the senator of having a hand in the water concession agreement entered by the government with Manila Water. “I aired my support for the renewal of franchise of ABS-CBN because undeniably the network complements other stations in providing timely and accurate reportage even in the farthest locality unreachable to others, even to the government,” he added. The SONA is delivered by the President of the Philippines every year. In it, the Chief Executive reports on the state of the country, unveils the government’s agenda for the coming year, and may also propose to Congress certain legislative measures. For democracy to thrive, according to Drilon, “We need free press and to allow journalists to exercise complete freedom to do their mandate of reporting facts without fear.” “Kung may mali si Senator Drilon pag-usapan nila sa ibang forum,” said Cadiao who described the senator as “our kasimanwa, he is our neighbor.” The governor, however, said the President may just have been carried away by his emotions. Drilon said he was defending press freedom and not the Lopezes. “Unahon na lang naton ang gusto mabatian sang tawo sa subong pareho sang COVID response, economic stimulus, employment creation,” said Defensor. “Siguro mali ang forum,” said Antique’s Gov. Rhodora Cadiao.center_img The SONA is a constitutional obligation required by Article VII, Section 23 of the 1987 Constitution. ILOILO City – President Rodrigo Duterte should not have used his State of the Nation Address (SONA) to attack Ilonggo Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon, according to some officials in Panay Island. “It is something that is imbued with public interest, No. 1 because of the role of the media. How do I tell the people to follow this executive order kon wala ninyo kami gina-interview? No. 2, it involves a lot of workers and it’s a big investment,” said the governor. “Kon ako lang ‘ya, mas maayo kon nahatag ang franchise,” said Defensor. Drilon also denied having anything to do with the water concession agreement entered by the government with Manila Water. “The closure of the ABS-CBN sent a chilling effect,” he stressed. “Siguro napikon sia. Well, he is just human. Pero sige lang, pagbigyan natin. Pero mali ‘yon,” said Cadiao. For his part, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo shared Drilon’s concern over ABS-CBN’s franchise. He found it strange that the President singled out Drilon when the Ilonggo senator was not the only one in the Senate to have opposed the denial of a franchise to ABS-CBN. “I had nothing to do with that contract – not even a period or a comma. I have not seen a copy of that contract. It was signed by the government during the time of President (Fidel) Ramos. I think I was already in the Senate when that was signed. I had nothing to do whatsoever with that contract. I had no participation,” he stressed./PNlast_img read more



first_imgChad Lindsay61971115%44%$204,510 BEHOLDER, STELLAR WIND WORK FOR REMATCHChampions Beholder and Stellar Wind, first and second in the Grade I Vanity Mile on June 4, Sunday morning at Santa Anita worked towards an expected rematch in the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar July 30.Under Janeen Painter, Beholder went five furlongs in company with Air Light in 1:00.80, while her stablemate was clocked in 1:01.20.“It was just a little maintenance work,” trainer Richard Mandella said of Beholder’s drill. “She’ll have a stronger one here next week before shipping to Del Mar.”Also in company, Stellar Wind worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 under regular rider Victor Espinoza for trainer John Sadler. Stablemate Carnival Lights went in 1:01.80.“John’s happy, I’m happy and Stellar Wind is happy,” said Sadler assistant Larry Benavidez after the workout. IMPRESSIVE WINNERS CLASH IN LANDALUCE STAKESThe filly counterpart of the Santa Anita Juvenile also will be run next Saturday in the form of the $125,000 Landaluce Stakes for two-year-old fillies at 5 ½ furlongs.Cioppino Pasadino may have surprised some folks when she won her only start by 4 ¼ lengths at 8-1 on May 28, but trainer and part owner Gary Sherlock wasn’t one of them.“She wasn’t a surprise to me,” said Sherlock, who owns the California-bred daughter of Time to Get Even with breeder Terry Lovingier. “She’s very, very fast, and we want to run her Saturday because the CTBA Stakes (for Cal-bred fillies at Del Mar) was moved to July 29, so now we can run here and there.“If I didn’t run Saturday and waited for the CTBA, it would be eight weeks between starts, a bit too long. This should set her up for that race.”Cioppino Pasadino will be ridden by Edwin Maldonado, who is enjoying a quietly spectacular Spring Meet with 26 wins, good for fourth in the standings.Among those expected to face Cioppino Pasadino are Miss Southern Miss (Flavien Prat) and Theonewewaitedfor (Rafael Bejarano). DERBY DREAMS START IN SANTA ANITA JUVENILETWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES ON PARADE IN LANDALUCE BEHOLDER AND STELLAR WIND WORK FOR HIRSCHCELEBRATE DOLLAR DAY, JULY 4 AT SANTA ANITA Edwin Maldonado14426221518%44%$987,556 Santiago Gonzalez16821242813%43%$1,062,475 Stewart Elliott918879%25%$369,615 Martin Pedroza771191214%42%$362,870 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Miller561014718%55%$479,060 Fernando Perez911110812%32%$427,403 Rafael Bejarano16841342924%62%$2,291,570 Doug O’Neill939211910%53%$695,986 Tyler Baze18028383116%54%$1,453,922 HALL OF FAME JOCKEYS TO SIGN ONE-OF-A-KIND POSTER NEXT SUNDAYNext Sunday, July 10, closing day of the Spring Meet, Hall of Fame jockeys Gary Stevens and Mike Smith will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to sign one-of-a-kind posters featuring three-time champion mare Beholder and the undefeated filly Songbird.Signings will take place in the shaded saddling enclosure. Families are invited to bring the kids, as Santa Anita mascots, Winnie and Lucky, will be on-hand to greet fans and offer Beholder peppermints, her favorite treat. Joseph Talamo13224171918%45%$1,425,618 FINISH LINES: Mike Smith, slightly sore from a training mishap early Saturday morning, took off his only mount today, 4-1 morning line chance Gloryzapper in the Southern Truce Stakes. She will now be ridden by Rafael Bejarano . . . Rito Almanza, who won his first race in the United States on only his second mount in this country when he guided $52.20 outsider Valentine Boy to a 5 ¾-length stunner for trainer Felipe Souza in Saturday’s ninth race, fulfilled one of his dreams with the victory. “I always wanted to compete with the best,” the 23-year-old Almanza said through Michael Burns, his agent and interpreter. “I only arrived in the U.S. (from his native Peru) on June 14. The win was very emotional for me. Rafael Bejarano (also from Peru) has been very helpful to me. I hang out with him in the jocks’ room and we’ve gone out to dinner together. He’s been a big supporter.” . . . Mario Gutierrez, Martin Pedroza and Joe Talamo ride at Belmont Park next Saturday, Gutierrez on Ralis in the $1,250,000 Belmont Derby Invitational at 1 ¼ miles on turf and Land Over Sea in the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational at 1 ¼ miles on turf; Pedroza on Private Zone in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship; and Talamo on unbeaten Coppa in the Grade III Victory Ride Stakes . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Flamboyant, a candidate for the Grade II Eddie Read at Del Mar July 23, worked six furlongs on the main track Sunday in 1:12.20 for Paddy Gallagher with Drayden Van Dyke up . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Om, who had his second breeze Friday after being turned out for two months, is ticketed for the Grade II Del Mar Mile on turf Aug. 21, trainer Dan Hendricks said . . . With four racing days remaining in the Spring Meet, Bejarano holds a 41-36 lead over runner-up Flavien Prat in the jockeys’ race, while D’Amato has a commanding 23-14 lead over runners-up Bob Baffert and Jerry Hollendorfer among trainers. Favorites are winning at a 32.91 percent rate (103 out of 313); on dirt at 33.92 percent (77 of 227) and on turf, 30.23 percent (26 of 86). Odds-on favorites have won 47.13 percent of the time (41 of 87), favorites have been in the money 75.08 percent of the time (235 of 313), and odds-on favorites have been in the money 88.51 percent of the time (77 of 87) . . . Santa Anita’s Spring Meet closes out with a three-day week next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 10. Simulcast wagering will be offered on Thursday, when there is free Grandstand Admission and free grandstand parking that day and on Friday, July 8. FANS CAN WIN MERCEDES-BENZ TOMORROW, DOLLAR DAYTomorrow, July 4, is Fan Appreciation Day at Santa Anita. Fans can enter to win a chance at a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC, presented by Rusnak/Arcadia, reserved seating for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Nov. 4 and 5, VIP packages good for the track’s Autumn Meet which begins Sept. 30, and $500 betting vouchers.Veterans and active duty military will receive free General Admission Monday at Santa Anita as well. Monday also is also Dollar Day, with one dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs available throughout the day.Following are details on Santa Anita’s Fan Appreciation Day offerings: Each fan (with paid admission) will receive a contest entry card as they enter Santa Anita. The card, once completed, can be placed in a number of designated contest locations or bins throughout the facility. All entries must be submitted by 3 p.m. Martin Garcia771261316%40%$646,734 Bob Baffert501410628%60%$787,603 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Woncenter_img DERBY FEVER COULD BEGIN NEXT SATURDAYIt’s 10 months too early to come down with a serious case of Derby Fever, but symptoms could start next Saturday when two-year-olds with Triple Crown aspirations run in the $125,000 Santa Anita Juvenile at 5 ½ furlongs.Two likely starters are trained by Doug O’Neill, who already has a successful template for winning the Kentucky Derby, having done so with I’ll Have Another in 2012 and champion Nyquist on May 7 this year.O’Neill plans to start two impressive maiden winners in the Juvenile, Green With Eddie and Secret House. Green With Eddie, a bay colt sired by the “now” stallion Square Eddie, was bred and is owned by Reddam Racing, who owned I’ll Have Another and also owns Nyquist.Nyquist, whose long-range goal is the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, is scheduled to work five furlongs Monday under regular rider Mario Gutierrez.Also expected for the Juvenile is California Diamond, an impressive first-out winner for trainer John Brocklebank under Edwin Maldonado, who retains the mount Saturday.Green With Eddie worked four furlongs Sunday in 48.20. John Sadler62971215%45%$739,973 James Cassidy4474616%39%$427,500 Richard Mandella3795724%57%$723,132 Mario Gutierrez71715410%37%$583,775 Kent Desormeaux54108319%39%$411,685 Philip D’Amato912318825%54%$1,500,658 Mark Glatt6712151018%55%$454,266 Peter Eurton4285519%43%$481,515 Jerry Hollendorfer721471419%49%$973,463 Mike Puype51106520%41%$328,650 Mike Smith40138133%55%$926,437 Patrick Gallagher2872225%39%$261,390 Richard Baltas54991217%56%$401,190 The contest cards will be used to draw the winners, who will be announced throughout the day from the Winner’s Circle.One lucky fan will become the final contestant entered into the drawing for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC presented by Rusnak/Arcadia. All 10 qualifiers will be on-track and will be assigned to a specific horse in a designated race on Monday. The contestants will watch their race from the Winner’s Circle and the winning horse will determine the winner of the Mercedes-Benz GLC.Betting vouchers worth $500 will be given away, as will four 2016 Autumn Meet “VIP Day at the Races” packages.Two Breeders’ Cup Reserved Seating Packages, including a Four-Pack for Friday, Nov. 4, and a Four-Pack for Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, Saturday, Nov. 5, will be given away.Visit http://www.santaanita.com/events-and-tickets/ for contest rules plus additional info on giveaways and VIP packages. Flavien Prat13436211927%57%$1,768,280 Tiago Pereira100915169%40%$449,857 (Current Through Saturday, July 2) JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Wonlast_img read more


Unemployment eases in third quarter

first_img30 October 2013South Africa’s unemployment rate eased to 24.7% in the third quarter, down from 25.6% in the second quarter, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday.“The unemployment rate decreased by 0.9% of a percentage point from 25.6% in quarter two 2013 to 24.7% in quarter three of 2013,” Stats SA said as it released its quarterly labour force survey (QLFS) for the third quarter.The QLFS is a household-based sample survey which collects data on the labour market activities of individuals aged 15 years and above who live in South Africa.Stats SA said that quarter-to-quarter employment increased by 308 000 in the third quarter, while the number of those seeking jobs fell by 114 000.“This resulted in an increase of 194 000 in the labour force,” Stats SA noted, adding that the formal sector and private households contributed positively in the increase in employment.The growth in employment was driven by growth in the formal sector, where quarter-to-quarter job gains were 314 000, while the informal sector lost 39 000 jobs.Nedbank economists said the rise in formal sector jobs was encouraging, but did not reflect a sustained increase in job levels.“Subdued economic growth on the back of still weak, although improving, global conditions and lacklustre domestic output growth points towards job creation remaining generally slow in the next few quarters,” Nedbank said.Trade, community and finance and other business services in the quarter-to-quarter results were revealed as the largest contributors to the 308 000 net gain in employment, with trade gaining 100 000 jobs and community and social services gaining 96 000 jobs, Stats SA said.“Compared to a year ago, in quarter three of 2013, employment increased by 2.8% (383 000), and unemployment decreased by 1.2% (58 000).”According to the survey, the number of discouraged work seekers (people who are willing and are able to work but are not actively looking for employment) fell by 125 000 to 2.24-million during the quarter.Nedbank’s economists said they expected the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee to keep interest rates unchanged.“These numbers … confirm that demand-driven inflation remains subdued. We therefore expect the Reserve Bank to keep interest rates unchanged well into 2014 as it strikes a balance between high cost-push inflation and modest domestic growth,” Nedbank said.The central bank will hold its last monetary policy committee meeting for the year from 19 to 21 November.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


Facebook to launch $200 virtual reality headset later this year

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#mobile#Oculus#Qualcomm#virtual reality#VR#wearable#Xiaomi Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Facebook may be looking to sell a standalone virtual reality headset next year for $200, capable of working without a linked PC or mobile device.The unnamed device will be tailored to customers that cannot afford a high-spec PC or mobile, according to Bloomberg. The report did not say if the device will be a loss leader, bankrolled by Facebook in the hope of getting VR into more homes.See Also: VR/AR headset sales to reach 100 million by 2021, says IDCEven with the reduction in cost, Facebook is hoping that the VR headset will be able to power immersive games, alongside video and social networking services.Facebook will partner with Xiaomi to launch the product in China, everywhere else it will be under the Oculus brand. Xiaomi will supposedly add its own branding and software to the device.Better than Gear VR?The report suggests the device will be more powerful than the Gear VR, Samsung’s own headset that is powered by the company’s high-end smartphones. It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, although the report does not say which one.Facebook is clearly not happy with the current sales figures for Oculus, estimated between 100,000 to 400,000. It recently lowered the price of the Rift for the second time, down to $399 for the Rift and Touch controllers.To fix this, the social network may be looking at bridging the cost gap, even if it means going into the red for a few years while the technology becomes cheaper and the audience gets more engaged.It is expected to announce the VR headset later this year, with a launch date sometime in 2018. David Curry Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more


The Future of Content Marketing Infused with Artificial Intelligence

first_imgOne of the terms that we seem to be hearing about a lot these days is AI (Artificial intelligence). Artificial intelligence has already influenced the world on a vast scale, especially in areas like gaming, marketing, interior design, healthcare, and finance. The revenues gained from the use of AI in technology is massive, and this is evident from how little things like even the smartphone apps are changing. These advancements show us the type and scale of technology we can look forward to in the future. Here’s forecasted cumulative global artificial intelligence revenue by 2025, based on different industries.Image Source: StatistaIn regards to AI in marketing, it’s evident that it’s currently at an infant stage, and hence we’re just beginning to see artificial intelligence being used in content marketing.Artificial intelligence is intelligence demonstrated by machines which in contrast is to mimic the natural intelligence displayed by humans. When used together in unison, it is thought that AI can boost human knowledge and capabilities, at least stretch the limits of a human brain. Some of the benefits of AI that marketers can take advantage of is automated processes, market research, personalized content, synchronization of social media, improved data collection and management.Let’s take a look at how AI will further innovate the content marketing field.But first, let’s determine what content marketing is and explore different formats. Content marketing is an act of promoting and distributing valuable and relevant content that informs and educates the audience. In this day and age, content may come in many different formats.Here’re some common forms of content (and tools to help create each one – in case you’re wondering). Blog Posts & Articles – the standard form of text contentInfographics – a typical kind of visualizing information. Tools live Canva allows you to create these easily. Interactive Charts & Visualised Data – turning boring data and figures into engaging content. Tools like Infogram, Tableau, and ChartBlocks can help.Slides – turning text and images into presentations. Use tools like PoweredTemplate to create presentations quickly and efficiently. Video – more than 500 million hours of videos are watched on YouTube daily. Tools like PowToon enable to create animated videos. One of the primary functions of AI in digital marketing is the ability to analyze large data sets and incorporate them into something useful for marketers. The use of AI and its integration into businesses is only getting better, and because it can quickly segment data, it can help companies better understand the more delicate details of their audience, giving them more clarity on how to market better. AI enables businesses to create content that caters to their audience across different means and platforms. AI can also offer the ability for faster optimization of content. AI can help customers get straight to the information that it knows they would be more interested in, which is done by utilizing content personalization by learning how a particular user behaves. For instance, if someone owns a travel website, AI can enable the owner to personalize the homepage based on an individual’s search habits and history. If someone is searching for vacations in Spain and Italy 80% of the time, it sure means that if AI can personalize the page to show great deals for these two countries, the viewer is much more likely to convert. This is how AI can help with faster content optimization and not waste your audience’s time or deter them away from the site if they can not find what they are looking for, hence filtering and giving the audience better access.AI also has the potential to change and transform content creation strategies. Companies like Yahoo have already experienced the use of robots which are capable of generating pieces of content in an enormous quantity that is correct and interesting. AI will also not only aid in scanning key phrases through search engines, but it will also develop the ability for visual search capabilities based on specific images that a user might research online. This new development could pave the way for more creative approaches behind outreach strategies from content marketers.AI offers Security and Privacy for marketing. Because there were 1.2 billion data breaches in the U.S. alone in 2018, AI can definitely help when it comes to security.Image Source: StatistaA simple user ID and password combination used to work for security; however, these credentials may no longer assure the safety of data. AI can help by identifying threats faster, and with a secure overview of the risks involved, the technology will be able to carry out a systematic examination of data that is available from previous cyber-attacks and other distinct sources in order to prevent and eliminate any future threats.It is thought that AI will not only change or automate certain activities connected to content marketing but will also change how marketing channels work in the future and what skill sets will be needed to flourish in the near future. Social media platforms such as Facebook or online marketplace platforms like Amazon depend on user-contributed content to drive conversions and traffic to their website. This opens the door for AI, where marketers can better ensure the targeted delivery of their content to satisfy the demand that flows through both large and small platforms. The technology of AI will take content marketing further than we have ever imagined. The ability to create specific content for the target audience will add an immense amount of value. Businesses will be given the opportunity to rise above current positions they hold and interact with their market with more fluidity. Because of the advantage that AI can provide, it’s not a surprise that the concept has taken off and will further progress in the coming future. The technology itself will help marketers make better decisions and ensure their audience is having the best user experience when interacting with their content. It will help marketers make sense of the information they have in front of them at a deeper level providing them with the ability to boost their business forward. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Dmytro is a CEO at Solvid, a creative content creation agency based in London. He’s also the founder of Pridicto, a web analytics startup. His work has been featured in various publications, including Entrepreneur.com, TechRadar, Hackernoon, TNW, Huff Post, and ReadWrite. Tags:#AI#artificial intellgence#Content Marketing Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Dmytro Spilka AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storagelast_img read more


Cinema 4D Video Tutorial: Inflated Text

first_imgUse the pressure parameter to create an awesome inflated text effect in Cinema 4D.Object dynamics are incredibly easy to manipulate in Cinema 4D. However, one of the dynamic settings that sometimes gets overlooked is the pressure parameter.In short, the pressure parameter expands your object to make it appear inflated or deflated. The following video tutorial shows us how to create this simulated look using Cinema 4D native tools. The tutorial covers:Activating the Collision ParameterWorking in the Soft Body TabUsing the Pressure ParameterUsing the Graph Editor to Smoot Keyframes This video was first shared by HelloLuxx on their YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing guys!If you like this look and want to learn more check out a few of the following links:How to Make a Balloon Typeface in Cinema 4D – Tarek AkkadCinema 4D Inflate and Explode – FXChannelHouseQuick Tip: Inflate an Object – Rate My FuneralWant to take your Cinema 4D skills to the next level? Check out the Cinema 4D section of the PremiumBeat blog. We have dozens of exclusive video tutorials exclusively designed to take your Cinema 4D skills to the next level.Have tips for working with soft body dynamics in Cinema 4D? Share in the comments below.last_img read more


Go Ahead and Change Your Mind

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now It’s okay to change your mind. You can be committed to some position for years or decades and later to decide that you believe or support something else.New InformationOver time, you should be getting smarter. Being entirely consistent in everything you believe can mean that you aren’t growing. There has never been a time where so much new knowledge is being created, and with it, the occasional new wisdom.Not changing your mind about anything means that you are not taking in new information, new knowledge, or new wisdom.Ignoring new evidence means stagnation. Consistency in the face of new information and new evidence is stagnation.New BeliefsWhat beliefs have you changed in the last few years? It’s unlikely that you’ve changed your religion or your political affiliation. It’s equally likely that you share both of these beliefs with your parents, not to suggest that you shouldn’t.This economy is a different economy than your parent’s and grandparent’s. The challenges are different and more difficult. The opportunities are greater, and some of the obstacles have all but disappeared. The ideas that may have served you well three decades ago will now do more harm than good. Have your beliefs about the economy changed?Work is different now. Work was different 30, 40, and 70 years ago. Careers were different. Does the word “work” or “career” mean something different to you now? Have your ideas changed?How to Change Your MindYou shouldn’t be embarrassed to have changed your mind. It is a sign that you are learning, discovering, and growing. It’s more dangerous to stay locked to a belief that no longer serves you, especially when there is a good reason to adopt a new idea.When pressed about having abandoned a long-held position, you simply say, “I have changed my mind about that. I no longer believe what I used to believe.” No apologies. No shame. Instead, growth.If your beliefs haven’t changed, it’s worth taking them time to examine them and see if they still serve you, and to measure them against new evidence and new information. If you haven’t changed your mind about anything, it may indicate a need to explore ideas that make you uncomfortable.last_img read more


The LeBron James DecisionMaking Machine

Every four years, the basketball world holds its collective breath and waits for LeBron James to decide which team he’ll carry to the NBA Finals on an annual basis next. We’ve been through all this before: In 2010, James took his talents from Cleveland to South Beach (where he won two championships). In 2014, he went back home to the Cavs (and won yet another ring). So … what’s in store for LeBron as a free agent now? We can’t shed any light on what team he will pick this summer, but we can offer a little advice about which team he should pick.Using our CARMELO player projections and a little modeling of each team’s salary-cap situation, we created 30 hypothetical LeBron James free-agency scenarios, one for each NBA franchise. Not every team can afford to outright sign LeBron, of course, so we had to make some trades1Which we made sure were roughly balanced according to each player’s future projected upside (although we did lean toward best-case scenarios for LeBron’s new teammates, since it seems unlikely that he would join a squad whose roster had been badly stripped). Also, some situations required LeBron to accept the opt-in clause in his contract to facilitate a trade, which he may not do in real life. Finally, certain potentially impactful draft picks (such as Cleveland’s Collin Sexton and Philadelphia’s Zhaire Smith) were considered, but lesser rookies were not considered. and shuffle around some salaries to squeeze him onto each roster — sometimes at the cost of many other promising players. (On the other hand, a few teams even managed to snag another big-time free agent — such as Paul George — to accompany LeBron, although that arrangement was rare.) Based on each team’s projected talent level and average age2Weighted by the projected wins added by each player. after adding LeBron, we then estimated its odds of winning at least one NBA championship over the next four years — which, based on LeBron’s history, is presumably how long he’d sign on to a new city.Of course, winning rings is only part of the equation behind any LeBron decision. The other half: legacy. How will a new team affect how James is perceived in the greater pantheon of NBA legends? To measure that, we took an informal straw poll of FiveThirtyEight staffers and friends of the site, asking them to rate how much each destination would help or hurt James’s legacy, in a narrative sense.3From FiveThirtyEight, we solicited ratings from editor-in-chief Nate Silver, senior sportswriter Chris Herring, senior editor Geoff Foster, deputy editor Micah Cohen, video producer Tony Chow and general editor Sara Ziegler. (I participated in this exercise as well.) We also got input from Ben Alamar of ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Jody Avirgan of ESPN’s 30 for 30 Podcasts, Ian Levy of Nylon Calculus and freelance sportswriter Owen Phillips. On our scale, a “0” means going to that team would damage James’s reputation among historical greats, while a “10” means that making the move would benefit it. (Admittedly, it’s not the most scientific metric in the world. OK, fine, it’s not at all scientific.)Finally, we merged together the two sets of ratings — the coldly analytical probability of a championship and the subjectively emotional legacy grades — to help come up with the perfect place for LeBron to spend the next phase of his career.4Certainly, there are considerations that our method ignores, including James’s family and the relative market sizes of his potential destinations.Don’t even think about itWe can cross a few choices off the list for LeBron right away. Some teams, such as the Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings, neither add to the narrative arc of LeBron’s career nor offer him any real chance to win future championships. Others, such as the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics, provide a very good chance to win but would actively damage LeBron’s legacy if he signed there, since they’d require him to stoop to Kevin Durant’s level and join a talented longtime rival. Still others, such as the New York Knicks, would be great picks in terms of narrative — except that they’ve botched their rosters so badly that even with LeBron, winning would be nearly impossible.Those five teams and 16 others5The rest are the Thunder, Wizards, Raptors, Bucks, Bulls, Hornets, Nets, Nuggets, Pistons, Clippers, Blazers, Pacers, Mavericks, Magic, Grizzlies and Hawks. have nothing to offer James in either area that another team in the league can’t at least match. So according to the principle of Pareto efficiency — which says we can rule out any destinations for which there is another choice that improves LeBron’s standing on one dimension without reducing it on the other dimension — he shouldn’t waste his time even thinking about them as potential landing spots.Sorry, Knicks fans: Maybe they’ll be able to make a better pitch in four years.Fine options … but not the bestNext up, we have a group of teams that James either is reportedly considering or should consider — they’re roughly as good as the ones he is thinking about. These teams are still not Pareto optimal, in the sense that there are others out there that can offer a greater chance of winning a ring and/or better narrative value, but these clubs are close enough to think about.The Heat, which are nearly $20 million over the salary cap even if they renounce all their free agents, probably couldn’t sign LeBron this summer without some massive wheeling and dealing to trade away contracts. But they could pick him up in a trade if he opts into the final year of his Cavs contract and Cleveland works a deal with Miami, which would probably require the Heat to send away such valuable pieces as Kelly Olynyk, Justise Winslow, Bam Adebayo and/or Josh Richardson in the process.After all that roster-gutting, the Heat would be left with a supporting cast that isn’t much better than the one James had in Cleveland this year, so LeBron wouldn’t stand to gain much on the championship front by choosing Miami. The only reason Miami even ranks in this group at all is that it had the sixth-best narrative grade of any NBA team, perhaps because we’ve seen LeBron in a Heat jersey before and it would be a second homecoming of sorts. But aside from that (and the fact that our algorithm isn’t accounting for Pat Riley’s knack for recruiting star talent), it’s tough to recommend a second stint in Miami for James.This is admittedly a strange option, since most stars who find themselves on the T-Wolves have eventually left Minnesota before all was said and done. The Wolves are also capped out and would need to go the opt-in, then-trade route with James and the Cavs to snag The King. But depending on who the Wolves would send to Cleveland — dare we say Andrew Wiggins, back to the team who drafted him? — James could have a very strong talent base to work with. Even in the more likely scenario, that James is dealt for Jimmy Butler and Gorgui Dieng for salary-matching purposes,6Which, in our calculations, we considered much more likely than a James-for-Wiggins swap. (We did assume Minnesota would get someone back from Cleveland to balance things out, such as Larry Nance Jr.) with another cheap/decent piece coming back from Cleveland to balance things out, the Wolves would have a 50-50 shot at a title with LeBron over the next four seasons.So from the perspective of winning ballgames, James could certainly do worse than jetting to the Twin Cities. Our legacy grade for the T-Wolves, however, ranks 14th in the league, meaning that they’re sort of a neutral destination. He can probably do better.If James is going to join up with a younger superstar, he might as well go all-out and pick Anthony Davis as his running mate. CARMELO projects Davis to be the eleventh-most valuable player in the league over the next seven seasons, and his game could mesh with James’s in interesting ways. Add in the possibility that New Orleans also re-signs DeMarcus Cousins, and the potential exists for James to forge a new Big Three in the Big Easy.That team would have basically a coin flip’s chance of winning at least one NBA title over the next four years, and the Pelicans would boast a stronger narrative value for LeBron’s career arc than the T-Wolves, according to our straw poll. (Maybe simply because New Orleans is viewed as a more exciting city than Minneapolis?) It’s a long shot, but James knows better than anybody about the championship potential of three major stars on the same team.Surprised to see the Lakers in this tier of teams? I was, too. After all, Los Angeles is the betting favorite to land James this summer — particularly since he might be able to lure at least one other superstar (Paul George) to join him, if not two (if only the Spurs would cooperate on that front). Of course, there’s no “potential to make boatloads of money outside of basketball” variable in these ratings — we’re not factoring in James’s stated desire to follow Michael Jordan on the path to billionaire status.But, realistically speaking, the Lakers might not be as strong an on-court contender as we think, even if they do snag both James and George. To facilitate that deal, they probably wouldn’t be able to bring back free-agent forward Julius Randle for next year’s team, leaving the two stars with an extremely young supporting cast of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma. That’s a promising young core, but our research has shown that teams need more star power than that to realistically contend for titles.In the parlance of my boss, Nate Silver, James is an “Alpha” (meaning a top-tier star) and George is probably a “Gamma” (the third, and lowest, tier of star).7According to Nate’s research, Gammas add between 2.0 and 3.5 points per 100 possessions to a team’s efficiency margin while on the court. George was projected to be a Gamma going into the season and added 2.9 points per 100 to Oklahoma City’s margin last season, so I think it’s a fair designation. Unless one of LA’s other young players develops into at least a Gamma in his own right — and CARMELO thinks that’s a possibility only with Ball — the LeBron/PG-13 Lakers would still be a bit short of a championship talent base. There’s no denying the narrative value of James reviving one of the league’s proudest franchises, but there are probably better destinations if he wants to win rings while he’s still playing at his highest level.If the Lakers are being overvalued as a destination for James, the Jazz are undervalued. LeBron and his people don’t seem to be even entertaining offers from Utah — not that we’d expect them to — but they should be. If James joins the Jazz, which he could do as a free agent if Utah finds takers for veterans such as Ricky Rubio, Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko in separate trades,8Rubio and Jerebko have expiring contracts, which shouldn’t too be hard to move. Crowder, who has two years left on his deal and is coming off a disappointing season, might be a tougher sell, but he could still be useful in the right situation. he’d find himself surrounded by rising young star Donovan Mitchell and reigning defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert — making for an underrated Big Three — plus some intriguing supporting pieces such as Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neale.The weakness for the Jazz comes in terms of LeBron’s legacy-building, where Utah ranked only 10th in our straw poll. It’s tough to even think of the last veteran of any repute who willingly switched teams to join the Jazz — Pete Maravich, Bernard King and Jeff Hornacek all arrived via trade, so it may have been Carlos Boozer in 2004 — and the lasting image of Utah on the championship stage is Jordan releasing his final shot as a Chicago Bull over Bryon Russell. But just the same, Utah’s current potential to blossom around James could provide him with an interesting way to one-up MJ, finally bringing a title to his longtime foil.The top fourStrong candidates though they are, each of the teams listed above can still be beaten in both the championship-potential and narrative departments by at least one other squad. That cannot be said, however, about the following teams, meaning that each is operating at the Pareto frontier: LeBron cannot maximize things in one dimension without sacrificing along the other dimension.But that doesn’t mean each choice below is created equal. Here are our four best picks for LeBron, roughly in reverse order from the weakest combination of winning plus legacy to the strongest:Just as they were back in 2010, the Cavaliers are the sentimental choice. Cleveland ranks far and away as No. 1 in our legacy poll,9The Knicks are a very distant No. 2. with the lowest standard deviation in that grade as well. (So, pretty much everyone agreed that returning to Cleveland would have great narrative value for James’s career.) In fact, perhaps the only thing that could top LeBron’s 2014 return to the Cavs and his subsequent title run would be if he stayed with them now and continued to battle against the Warriors on the off-chance that he could engineer another monumental upset.However, LeBron’s championship ambitions may have outgrown the Cavs once again. This roster is capped out ($45 million over the salary cap if they sign LeBron to a max deal10Assuming that James inks a five-year deal worth $205 million.) and significantly over the luxury tax line as well. It’s unlikely that Cleveland would be able to go into 2018-19 with anything better than the group that stabilized the team’s season after a big trade-deadline shakeup. That crew proved (barely) good enough to win the East but was crushed in the NBA Finals despite James’s heroics, and it’s primed to decline further as time passes.11Rookie Collin Sexton should help eventually, but he probably won’t develop into a superstar. Our metrics give LeBron a mere 1-in-4 chance of winning another title over the next four years if he stays in Cleveland, roughly the same odds as he’d have in Orlando, Atlanta or Memphis. It might be time for James to take his talents elsewhere again.The Spurs are one of the most interesting choices for LeBron, given how glowingly he has spoken of San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich (and vice versa), as well as the place the Spurs have in the mythology of James’s career. To join the team, LeBron would probably take the opt-in-and-trade route, with the Spurs potentially sending some combination of Danny Green and the injured/disgruntled Kawhi Leonard back to balance the salaries and talent being swapped.The Spurs have some cap flexibility, so they could snag James via trade and, say, re-sign free agent forward Kyle Anderson, too. In essence, they’d be adding LeBron to the majority of a core that won 47 games without Leonard last season, which isn’t a bad selling point. Combine that with a strong narrative score (third-best in our poll), and the Spurs have a lot going for them in the LeBron derby. Having said that, they might not even be the best choice within the state of Texas …If LeBron wants to win right away, the Houston Rockets are the obvious choice. The salary-cap machinations would be involved — James would have to opt into the final year of his Cavs contract, and the teams would need to work a trade that basically guts Houston’s entire roster, all while the Rockets would probably want to simultaneously re-sign Chris Paul and Clint Capela to new contracts as well. The resulting luxury-tax bill would be enormous, and it’s not clear how James, Paul and James Harden would play together. But if it all came together — and last year’s Rockets could help assuage some of those concerns about fit — this Houston superteam might instantly have a better NBA-title shot than even the Warriors (!) do.12Seriously. CARMELO thinks a core of James, Harden, Paul and Capela would win 66 games even if surrounded by Ryan Anderson and stray minimum-salary finds; as currently constituted, the Warriors project to win about 60 games next season. And any playoff experience adjustments might not tilt things back in Golden State’s direction much, since the Rockets would be adding a guy who has made the NBA Finals eight times in a row.Perhaps the only question is whether the potential for championships outweighs the negative effects such a move might have on the narrative arc of LeBron’s career. According to our straw poll, Houston was the ninth-most-damaging potential location for James’s legacy — though it was also the most polarizing destination in the poll. Through one lens, James’s suiting up for the Rockets could be viewed as “taking the easy way out” to join up with other stars. But it could also be spun as an Avengers-style team-up, with the mission of ending the Warriors’ stranglehold on the league.The Philadelphia 76ers don’t offer James the best odds of winning a title during his next contract, nor do they provide his best narrative potential. But the Sixers are the team with the best mix of both factors — and that’s why, out of all 30 possible destinations, Philadelphia should be LeBron’s next home.The Sixers have an unmatched base of budding talent in center Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons — the closest thing the NBA has to the Orlando Magic’s Shaquille O’Neal/Penny Hardaway tandem of yesteryear. They also boast improving young forward Dario Saric, 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and unsung supporting star (at least, in the eyes of the advanced metrics) Robert Covington. And Philly has the cap space to sign James outright if it can find a taker for Jerryd Bayless’s expiring contract and perhaps either Justin Anderson or Richaun Holmes in related trades. So to bring LeBron aboard, it wouldn’t have to gut its entire roster (but would probably have to sacrifice pending free-agent shooter JJ Redick).The Sixers also have a strong narrative argument to present The King. Philly ranks among the league’s most historic franchises, having won the third-most games of any NBA club ever (trailing only the Celtics and Lakers). Yet LeBron would be no bandwagon-jumper if he signed there — the team hasn’t won an NBA title since 1983, when another former MVP (Moses Malone) joined forces with Julius Erving and company to win a championship. According to our straw poll, Philadelphia had the fourth-best legacy-building potential for LeBron of any team in the league, in addition to the third-best championship potential. For our money, that’s a difficult combo to beat.Yes, there are real concerns about how Simmons, a ball-dominant point guard who literally never shoots 3-pointers, would coexist with James, who has tended to run his own show with the ball (and who had to work years to refine his shooting touch). Fultz was a mess most of his rookie season, Embiid has a long history of injuries (plus his personality is an acquired taste), and the team is rolling with coach Brett Brown as GM right now, after Bryan Colangelo resigned amid a scandal involving burner Twitter accounts. But every destination has its flaws. Philly gives James the best combination of championship potential and possible upside for his brand as an all-time NBA legend. That’s why, this time around, LeBron should take his talents to South Broad. read more


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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 27, 2017 – Providenciales – The Revenue Department in the Ministry of Finance reminds the business community that Business License Renewal period for 2017/18 is nearing its end.  Payment for renewal must be made on or before Friday, April 28th 2017 to avoid penalties of 10% per month.Businesses that acquired a business license to operate during the period April 2016 to 31st March 2017 and will not be operational during the period 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 are required to notify the Revenue Department immediately to avoid arrears being applied to your business license.For more information, please visit the Revenue Department at www.gov.tc/revenue or at one of our offices in Grand Turk, Providenciales or the District Commissioner’s Offices in the family islands.Press Release: TCIG#endofbusinesslicenserenewalperiod Related Items:#endofbusinesslicenserenewalperiodlast_img read more