Story Highlights The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation will be preparing a long term management plan for the maintenance of the Ward Theatre in downtown, Kingston. “Of course, we have started that planning already. I don’t want to say much about it, but we have to put in a management team responsible for managing the Ward Theatre,” Senator Williams said. Mayor of Kingston Senator Delroy Williams told JIS News that there are plans to put a management team in place. The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation will be preparing a long-term management plan for the maintenance of the Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston.Mayor of Kingston, Senator Delroy Williams, told JIS News that there are plans to put a management team in place.“Of course, we have started that planning already. I don’t want to say much about it, but we have to put in a management team responsible for managing the Ward Theatre,” he said.The Ward Theatre, a historical landmark situated on North Parade, Kingston, is one of two major Labour Day projects that will receive national attention on Tuesday, May 23. The other project is the Central Police Station in downtown Kingston.The Municipal Corporation is collaborating with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Ministry responsible for organising Workers’ Week and Labour Day, to carry out maintenance work on the Ward Theatre. It is part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the building.Mayor Williams said that some $40 million will be spent on renovation works at the Theatre, with part of the funds provided by the Ward Theatre Foundation.He said that work on Labour Day will involve repairs to the changing rooms and 13 bathrooms at the facility. Activities will also include painting, plumbing and the installation of electrical fittings.“We will be tiling, taking out the countertops, putting in new countertops, installing mirrors, lighting and we will also be doing electrical work in the Theatre,” he added. He noted that the roof and seats of the building will be renovated after Labour Day.Mayor Williams said that workers on the site have been receiving advice from the Jamaica National Heritage Trust “in keeping with the renovation of a heritage site.”“They have been supportive, they give technical advice and we are working closely together. It’s a team effort,” he said.The Mayor said that he is hoping to have the Theatre operational by August this year.“I am still working towards that commitment. I know that by December we should be very comfortable with the building,” he added.The Ward Theatre, which was donated to the city of Kingston by Colonel C.J. Ward in 1912, was declared a national monument in January 2000.
[email protected] doesn’t drive — unless he’s got a droptop and a Christmas Day game to get to. #TheShop pic.twitter.com/27n7Tq0WfZ— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) March 6, 2018Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James’ media company just dispatched a letter over to the University of Alabama, claiming copyright infringement.In the document obtained by ESPN, Uninterrupted is alleging the Crimson Tide football team of having a show way too similar to their own.A trailer for Alabama’s new show “Shop Talk” featuring football players Julio Jones, Eddie Jackson, and more getting their haircuts while talking about different topics is extremely similar to “The Shop”.Josh Tarnow, the head of Uninterrupted’s business and legal affairs listed in the letter that “”Shop Talk’” is clearly using the ideas, concepts and format previously created and exploited by Uninterrupted in connection with its program titled “The Shop,” and Uninterrupted believes “Shop Talk” infringes the copyright in “The Shop””.James’ media platform also claims “Shop Talk” “damages” the “commercial prospects” of their own talk show.“Your continued exploitation of “Shop Talk” infringes Uninterrupted’s copyright, trademark rights and other valuable intellectual property rights in “The Shop” and significantly damages Uninterrupted’s commercial prospects for “The Shop,”” the document stated.Tarnow also requested a “conversation” with the school before “getting into a ‘battle of legal letters’ or rushing into legal proceedings.”
LeBron’s GOAT turnGoing into the summer of 2010, James’s future was as uncertain as it would ever be. He had just suffered the most high-profile failure of his career, inexplicably struggling as his Cleveland Cavaliers were bounced from the second round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics. He faced a looming free-agency “decision” — would he betray his hometown Cavs? — and persistent questions about whether he could lead a championship team. Statistically, James’s career was off to a stellar start, but by the NBA’s ring-obsessed standards, his path toward GOAT status was wobbling.Nearly a decade later, James is still not universally hailed as the greatest ever. (Michael Jordan’s shadow looms large.) But he is generally placed right in the conversation with MJ. He answered postseason critics with eight straight conference titles and three rings, including one that involved: a) one of the greatest NBA Finals comebacks ever; b) upsetting the winningest regular-season team in history; and c) ending Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought. At the same time, James has climbed up the all-time statistical mountain in countless categories, including passing Jordan on points in March. If James isn’t the GOAT, he has at least become the defining player of his generation — and in some ways, he even redefined the role of a superstar and the criteria we use to judge all-time greats.The rise of the WarriorsThe 2009-10 Golden State Warriors won only 26 games and got their coach, Don Nelson, fired. (The team would go through two more coaches before finding current boss Steve Kerr.) Few vestiges of Nelson’s 2006-07 “We Believe” Warriors — the franchise’s high-water mark for postseason success since the early 1990s — were still on the roster anyway. Newcomer Stephen Curry finished second in Rookie of the Year voting but gave scarcely any clues that he’d eventually become a transformational player. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were still 20-year-old college kids. From these not-so-promising beginnings, the single greatest dynasty in basketball history1If not all of sports history, if you compare their run to those of greats from other leagues. would be formed.Every dynasty requires a series of unlikely breaks to fall its way, but it’s difficult to overstate just how surprising it was that Golden State would barge into an NBA championship club that included just eight franchises (the Celtics, Bulls, Pistons, Rockets, Lakers, Heat, 76ers and Spurs) hoarding the 31 titles up for grabs from 1980 through 2010. Before they added Kevin Durant in free agency, the Warriors were a testament to the power of drafting home-grown stars and locking them up on team-friendly contract extensions. After inking Durant, they became the scariest collection of talent ever assembled. And it would all come completely out of the blue, from the perspective of a neutral observer in the summer of 2010.The superteam craze gets crazierIn conjunction with James’s emergence as arguably the best player ever (see above), he also helped usher in an era of star players dictating the direction of the league on their own terms. The Age of the Superteam had already gotten underway with the 2008 Boston Celtics’ title-winning team-up between Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. But James pushed the trend even further when he joined forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to form a trio of prime-age superstars on the 2011 Miami Heat. Ever since, most of the game’s highest-profile moves have been designed to either counterbalance or mimic James’s original flight of fancy made good.The league’s power balance, of course, has almost always been about an ever-escalating arms race between Big Twos and Threes. The difference this decade has been about who gets to choose both how and where those combinations form. Encouraged by a salary structure that prioritizes nonmonetary benefits and empowered by what strange quirks of the system do arise, superstars (and their agents) have become every bit as powerful in team-building as general managers. You can’t fault them for it, either: Rings are how players are judged, and star recruiting is the most sensible path to a title in the NBA. This was bound to happen eventually — and the past decade has only solidified the trend.Pacing and spacingThe Warriors didn’t just break the mold of dynasty-building — they helped redefine how a championship team plays the game. Before Curry and Co., the conventional wisdom was that a team who lives by the 3-pointer would eventually die by it before the playoffs ended. During the 2015 playoffs, former Lakers coach Phil Jackson famously tweeted a critique of jump-shooting teams during the 2015 playoffs; Charles Barkley voiced the same sentiment around the same time. The Warriors’ title that summer felt like a retort, invalidating any preconceived notions about what kind of great team could successfully win a title.Although the rise of the 3-point shot was set in motion long before Golden State formed its dynasty, the Warriors became its symbolic standard-bearer — even after they shifted away from small-ball lineups a bit and were surpassed by many other teams in their actual use of the 3-pointer. Whether influenced by Golden State or not, the league’s obsession with speed, spacing and shooting has intensified greatly over the past decade. Pace factor is up 8 percent since 2010, and 3-pointers per game are up 78 percent. (Huge dinosaurs still roamed the paint back in 2010; today’s game looks very different.) Offenses are the most efficient they’ve ever been, and the range at which players can reliably make threes is expanding constantly. James’s own development even mirrored these changes: Once criticized for a lack of shooting touch, he improved to eventually become one of the game’s best deep 3-point bombers by the end of the decade.The evolution of tankingIn addition to the LeBron-influenced spate of superteams, one of the league’s other primary off-court concerns this decade has been how to prevent teams from tanking — deliberately building bad (and often dirt-cheap) rosters in order to get high picks in that summer’s draft. The tactic is nothing new, but back in 2010, it still hadn’t been fully explored to its cynical conclusion — that wouldn’t truly come until Sam Hinkie took over the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013.2Perhaps the SuperSonics/Thunder of the mid-to-late 2000s could also be seen as a precursor to Hinkie’s Sixers, but even those teams were not as brazen in their tanking efforts as Philadelphia would become.Hinkie’s “Process” — designed specifically to acquire a franchise-altering talent like James — left a controversial legacy. It helped Philly eventually acquire many building blocks for their current contending squad, even after missing on a number of their high picks. It also produced some of the worst basketball ever along the way, and the results underscored the complete lack of certainty inherent in hitching a franchise’s fortunes to a randomized lottery system. Neither of this year’s NBA Finalists were built by tanking — in fact, Toronto methodically built a solid team until a superstar (Kawhi Leonard) fell into its lap. And the league readjusted its lottery odds this year anyway, flattening out the rewards for poor records and further discouraging intentionally bad roster construction. Unlike the dreadful 2002-03 Cavaliers team that drafted James, the next LeBron might not even enter the league with a team that lost on purpose to get him.The end of ‘Lakers exceptionalism’?Perhaps the starkest contrast between 2010 and the present is in the state of James’s current club, the L.A. Lakers. With a core of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Odom and young center Andrew Bynum, coached by Jackson, Los Angeles had just won its second consecutive title — and they appeared poised to contend for even more over the next few seasons. But Jackson retired from coaching in 2011; Bryant and Gasol got older; Bynum couldn’t stay healthy; Odom was traded; and the front office struggled to upgrade the supporting cast.An attempted superteam of Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Bryant and Gasol failed miserably. It also represented the last time the Lakers made the playoffs. Ever since, the team has tried desperately to replenish its once-endless supply of Hall of Famers, whether through the draft or in signing James, the game’s biggest star. But at the same time, L.A. has been hamstrung by ineffectual management, a story that extended to this week’s ESPN report about dysfunction between Magic Johnson, former president of basketball operations; general manager Rob Pelinka; James’s agent, Rich Paul; and the rest of the team and its staff. The Lakers still figure to aim for another huge star acquisition this offseason, but the era of what SB Nation’s Tom Ziller calls “Lakers exceptionalism” — the idea that L.A. is entitled to always dominate the NBA — is over, difficult as that would have been to believe in 2010. In many ways, it’s fitting that these 2019 finals would pit two of James’s longtime foils — the Raptors (who could never beat him in the playoffs) and the Warriors (whom he could seldom beat) — against each other. James’s shadow hangs over the series in absentia, if not simply for what his vacancy signals. He may return to the championship stage again sooner than later, particularly if the Warriors’ hegemony is threatened this summer. But for now, this series marks the end of an era — and the culmination of all the many changes that have remade basketball since the last time we weren’t debating James’s chances of adding another ring to his collection.Check out our latest NBA predictions. When Lamar Odom heaved the ball down-court to drain away what seconds remained between the 2010 Los Angeles Lakers and a championship, few realized that it marked the start of a new era. The period that followed was defined by who wasn’t in L.A. that June night: LeBron James. For each of the next eight seasons, a James-led team would make the NBA Finals — a streak of contesting the championship that won’t technically end until Thursday’s Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors.As the confetti filled the Staples Center air, there was little sense of just how profoundly the game was about to change — some changes because of James himself, others just moving on a parallel track to the game’s biggest star. With the benefit of hindsight, then, let’s take a look at exactly how many huge developments have transpired across the league since the last time we had an NBA Finals without LeBron James.From ABC News:
KUSI Newsroom, January 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 23, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An Escondido man who pulled out a gun and fired two shots in the air when he couldn’t get a ticket to a sold-out Ice Cube concert at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, prompting a sheriff’s deputy to shoot him four times, pleaded guilty Wednesday to discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.Daniel Elizarraras, 22, faces three years in prison when he is sentenced March 4. A charge of assault on a peace officer with a semi-automatic weapon was dismissed as part of the plea.Elizarraras had faced up to 19 years behind bars, said Deputy District Attorney David McNees. The defendant pleaded guilty on the day his preliminary hearing was scheduled to begin.Prior to the shooting last Sept. 2, fairgrounds officials had determined that the venue was at capacity and turned people away from the horse races and the concert by the rapper Ice Cube.Fights broke out between security guards and would-be concert-goers who were upset that they weren’t going to be allowed into the show, witnesses said.Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Eikermann — an 11-year veteran of the department — saw Elizarraras raise a silver-colored firearm and shoot into the air in a large crowd by a ticket booth, prompting the deputy to pull out his Taser, but it was ineffective, authorities said.Eikermann pulled out his firearm and shot Elizarraras four times when the defendant lower his right hand and pointed his semi-automatic weapon at the deputy, according to prosecutors.Elizarraras was hit three times in the torso and once in the arm. One bullet is still lodged near the defendant’s spine, McNees said.Earlier Report: Man shot by Sheriff’s Deputy outside Del Mar concert pleads not guilty Man who fired gun near sold-out Ice Cube concert in Del Mar pleads guilty
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Army has exceeded the target dwell time for active-duty soldiers since the fall of 2014, with service members spending about three years at home for every year of deployment, according to recent data.The goal for the Army’s active component is for at least one half of soldiers deploying a subsequent time to have spent two years at home for every year deployed. The Army has met that goal since January 2012, when major troop withdrawals began in Afghanistan, reported Army Times. The ratio has improved to 1:3 or better since late 2014.Officials emphasize, however, that dwell time varies greatly among career fields, with soldiers in some specialties, such as special operations, having shorter turnaround times than troops in other careers.The dwell time target for the reserve components is 1:4. Since the spring of 2015 the National Guard has maintained an average dwell of 1:4.1; the Army Reserve’s dwell ratio is 1:4.2.