NBA Union Plans Grievance Over New Flopping Fines

Anyway, Howard said the only problem he had with the new rule was that punishing floppers after the fact isn’t going to change any of the outcomes on the floor during the game. The new punishment for flopping the NBA instituted is being met with resistance by the players union, which said it will file a grievance and unfair labor practices charge against the league over the disciplinary guidelines aimed at curtailing flopping.“The NBA is not permitted to unilaterally impose new economic discipline against the players without first bargaining with the union,” executive director Billy Hunter said in a statement.Earlier Wednesday, the NBA announced a fine schedule for flopping, the practice of tricking the official into calling a foul by exaggerating contract. Under the guidelines being challenged by the union, the league said players would receive a warning for the first flop, followed by fines of $5,000 for the second offense, $10,000 for the third, $15,000 for the fourth and $30,000 for the fifth. Beyond that, players would be subject to increased discipline at the league’s discretion, including higher fines and/or suspension.All punishments would be handed out after possible flops are reviewed on video after the gameHunter called the new rules “without precedent in our sport or any other sport,” and characterized the penalties as “a vague and arbitrary overreaction and overreach by the commissioner’s office.”NBA spokesman Tim Frank said, “Although we haven’t seen any filing from the Players Association, our adoption of an anti-flopping rule is fully consistent with our rights and obligations under the collective bargaining agreement and the law.”The move by the NBPA was expected and largely procedural. Union officials are not necessarily opposed to putting rules in place to curtail flopping, but are prepared to argue that monetary discipline cannot be imposed outside of the fine schedule for various offenses already contained in the collective bargaining agreement.Player reaction Wednesday was strongly in favor of the new flopping guidelines, however — at least at Lakers camp, where Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash all gave their approval for the concept, if not the execution.“I’d love to see it have an impact on the game itself,” Bryant said. “In international play, they give you a technical foul, a free throw and you get the ball back. I like the rule, though. Shameless flopping is just a chump move. We’re familiar with it, and Vlade [Divac] kind of pioneered it in the playoffs against me and Shaq.” Nash said it’s “good, actually, to try to keep the game honest and penalize guys for trying to trick the referees.” Moments later, he was accused by his own teammate of flopping in practice. “I drove down the lane today and I saw him and as I was going towards him, I passed the ball to Kobe and [Nash] kind of touched me and said, ‘Ahhhh!’ and fell on the ground,” Howard said. “That’s a flop. And coach called a charge on me, but he’s going to get fined by me and David Stern.” After Howard informed his new point guard of this, Nash replied, “There’s no videotape in here.” Good comeback, but it’s not clear whether this incident was an indictment of flopping or the new offense the Lakers are running. Shouldn’t Nash — not Dwight — be driving down the lane and passing to Kobe? “If guys are going to flop in a game, we’re going to get the foul called,” Howard said. “So the fine is not really going to help us in the game. It is what it is. I’ve never flopped. I don’t know how to flop. For the guys who do, this is good. They can’t do it as much and guys like me can be a little bit more physical and get away with it.” read more

TCI Ports Authority Board meet with Stakeholders

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 5, 2018 – Providenciales – The Turks and Caicos Islands Ports Authority held its first Providenciales Stakeholders’ meeting for the year, on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, in the Conference Room, at the Ports Authority Office, South Dock, Providenciales. A similar stakeholders’ meeting is being planned for Grand Turk during February.  The TCI Ports Authority is committed to holding regular meetings with stakeholders.  The Board Chairman Mr. Devon Williams announced plans to introduce an annual meeting with Stakeholders – the inaugural meeting is to take place in March 2018.An overall summary of projects throughout the Port system was presented, and a wide range of issues relating to the shipping sector were discussed. The meeting was very successful and ended with a consensus between both groups to collaborate to address mutual concerns. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

4 Amazing Products From CES I Cant Wait to Use

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read January 6, 2017 Entrepreneur is on the ground at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Check back for highlights from the event as well as insights from thought leaders and innovators. My first day at CES was insane. I saw so much technology at CES, it was mind-numbing. This show is an overload — in the very best way. It’s a mob! I don’t know what took me so long. If you’re not at CES, you’re out of it.The booths that were packed and loud were very interactive. They had to be to stand out in this tech-obsessed crowd. The products upstairs — like 3D printers and smart watches — weren’t exactly revolutionary. These were more or less proven moneymakers. It was corporate.But the atmosphere downstairs was different. It was intense. The startups there are battling it out to eventually make it big and move upstairs, which I can’t help but love. They’re out there in the aisles, hustling. Fighting tool and nail to get noticed. These are my people. When something was hot, it was obvious, because the cameras were out. Some booths were three or four persons deep the entire day.Related: 9 Must-See Products at CESThese were the products that caught my eye the most:1. Holographic technology from Kino-mo Image Credit: Stephen KeyHolograms are here! And they are amazingly cool, especially Kino-mo. The company creates holographic technology to be used in advertising. This London-based company’s one-sentence benefit statement: Take your logo to the moon. And they definitely did that at CES.The booth I checked was for Hypervision, Kino-mo’s “holo-displays.” You can think of them like holograms, because that’s what they look like but less costly. That said, so far the holo-displays have been used by brands like Aston Martin, Intel, and Samsung for advertising.Someone on the team had been smart enough to mount the holograms high enough, so that they could easily be seen from a distance, which meant their booth was packed all day long. I must have walked by six times.The visuals themselves were vividly bright and looked as if they were floating. You had to pull your phone out.2. Sam’s Curious Cars from SAM Labs Image Credit: Stephen KeyI really dug SAM, an innovative new toy from UK-based startup SAM Labs that “allows kids to start building and creating in a really fun and intuitive way,” Morten B. Hagen, head of sales and marketing, told me. Using SAM’s small wireless building blocks and app, children can build and program their own inventions.When Hagen said, “You can think of it like Lego from the future,” within less than 15 seconds, I was sold. That’s a great benefit statement!Related: Artificial Intelligence Now Has a Voice, But Security Challenges Loom3. Magic Instruments high-tech guitarImage Credit: Stephen KeyDeveloped by a Julliard-trained musician, I was told anyone can play it. Officially, on their marketing materials, it’s “quick to play and fun to learn.” Interesting! The company graduated from Y Combinator in winter 2016 and raised $415,000 in pre-orders on Indiegogo.4. 3Dvarius high-end electric violinImage Credit: 3D VariusThis product was wild. Taking several hundred hours to hand-make in France, it marketed itself as a “combination of the latest technologies with ancient violin-making skills.” Customized and adopted to the user’s body, it was eye-catching and even more fun to watch the gentleman doing the demo wail on it. Related: No More Bad Hair Days With This Smart HairbrushI’ve been to a lot of trade shows but none that have been so interactive. Much of what I saw downstairs was pre-production and had gone or planned on going the crowdfunding route with Indiegogo and Amazon Launchpad’s presence felt.     Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more