Media Coverage of the 2010 NTL

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In A StarDominated Sport Theres Still A Place For Unselfish Basketball

“Those Knicks teams — the ’69-’70 team, the ’72-73 team — when you talk to basketball purists about the greatest teams they’ve ever seen, that little era always comes up,” a radio voice intones early in Michael Rapaport’s “When The Garden Was Eden,” a “30 for 30” film debuting on ESPN Tuesday. “That’s the way you’re supposed to play basketball.”Speaking as a card-carrying basketball purist (or at least a basketball history nut), he’s right — particularly on that last point. The Knicks of that era rank highly among the all-time great NBA teams, but not at the very top. Instead, where they really stand out is in how they won.The 1969-70 New York Knicks, who won the first of the franchise’s only two championships, consistently rank among the most dominant regular-season teams in NBA history, especially relative to the spread of talent in the league at that time. After adjusting for strength of schedule, their per-game point differential was +8.4 (17th all-time); it also outpaced the second-place Milwaukee Bucks that year by 4.2 points per game, the sixth-biggest gap ever between the league leader and runner-up. That was a big part of why the Knicks’ schedule-adjusted scoring margin was 2.4 standard deviations better than the average team’s in 1969-70 — the second-best such mark ever.The 1969-70 Knicks struggled on the road in the playoffs and were taken the distance twice in the span of three series. But the team’s playoff run — which saw New York outlast the Baltimore Bullets (led by future Knick Earl Monroe), overpower a rookie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his Milwaukee Bucks, and survive the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game NBA Finals classic — also ranks among the 50 or so best ever, after taking into account whom they had to beat.And the 1972-73 Knicks did even better in the postseason after adjusting for their road to the championship. When I listed the most dominating playoff performances ever back in 2010, that team ranked 11th all-time. With the exception of the 2014 San Antonio Spurs, it’s unlikely that it has been supplanted by more recent champions. En route to the title, New York beat the Baltimore Bullets (+2.9 schedule-adjusted PPG differential) in five games, the Boston Celtics (+7.4) in seven, and the Los Angeles Lakers (an NBA-best +8.2) in five — just about the toughest path any team has ever gone through to win an NBA championship.But bottom-line results are only half the equation when aficionados rave about the Knicks of the early 1970s. Perhaps an even bigger factor is how the team achieved its success, with a reputation for playing one the most unselfish, pass-friendly styles in basketball history.This isn’t gauzy, New York-media-baked myth-making. Among historical NBA champions, the 1972-73 Knicks rank 14th in assist percentage (the ratio of made baskets that were assisted) relative to league average. And, more importantly, they had the most balanced distribution of shot attempts among their starting five players of any championship team ever. During the 1973 playoffs, their leading scorer (the incomparable Walt Frazier) took 20.8 percent of the team’s shots when on the floor, while the fifth-ranked shooter among its starters (Bill Bradley) took 18.7 percent. By comparison, the 1992 Chicago Bulls’ leader — Michael Jordan — took 37 percent of that team’s shots when on the floor, while Bill Cartwright took 11 percent. (Coincidentally, that Bulls team was coached by early-’70s Knicks forward Phil Jackson.)My research shows that most NBA champs are more like Michael and the Jordanaires than Frazier, Bradley, Earl Monroe, Dave DeBusschere and Willis Reed. Historically, teams with an uneven distribution of the offensive workload — particularly with regard to the difference between their top two scoring options and the rest of the starting five — tend to win championships at a much higher rate than teams that spread their shots around more equally.That they bucked this trend is probably the lasting legacy of the Red Holzman-coached Knicks. In a sport dominated by singular scorers like Jordan (usually with good reason), New York showed that there’s also a place for unselfish, collectivist basketball in the circle of NBA champions. And as my colleagues Ben Morris and Rafe Bartholomew have noted, the San Antonio Spurs (winners of the 2014 NBA championship) have carried the torch for this phenomenon in recent years.With the 2014-15 NBA season tipping off next week, the Knicks are unlikely to add a third championship banner to Madison Square Garden’s rafters. But Rapaport’s film will recall fond memories of a time when basketball-crazed New York City was the center of the sport’s universe. read more

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Freshman duo shines as Ohio State tops Walsh in exhibition matchup

Senior guard Shannon Scott (3) follows freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) down the court on a fast break during an exhibition game against Walsh on Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 77-37.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern photographerLess than a week before its season opener, the No. 20 Ohio State men’s basketball team dispatched Walsh University, 77-37, behind the play of a pair of freshmen.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell led the Buckeyes with a game-high 17 points while freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate added 10 points in the Sunday evening exhibition at the Schottenstein Center.Tate said making his first appearance in front of the Columbus crowd was something he’s dreamed of as a Pickerington, Ohio, native.“I’m from here, this was a dream come true,” he said after the game. “This was a good first game to get all the butterflies out and we are just ready to go and get this season rolling.”Russell and Tate each tallied eight rebounds, while Russell had six assists.OSU coach Thad Matta said Russell has shown throughout preseason practice that he has the ability to make an impact in a variety of ways.“That’s kinda what he’s done to this point,” Matta said after the game. “I think that he’s got a different pace about him, he sees things like a lot of freshmen don’t see them. And that’s good.”Russell said he came to OSU with a chip on his shoulder, and added he’s prepared to do anything the Buckeyes’ coaching staff asks of him this season.“Whatever coach needs me to do, I am going to do it,” he said after the game. “If he needs me to score, I’m gonna score. If he needs me to get everybody going, I am going to do it. Rebound, defend, I am going to do it.”Matta added that Tate can play bigger than his 6-foot, 4-inch frame would suggest.“Jae’Sean Tate plays big for his size, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.Senior forward Sam Thompson chipped in with 13 points in just 20 minutes of action.Russell and Tate were among five new faces for OSU coach Thad Matta, as three true freshmen, one redshirt-freshman and a redshirt-senior transfer took the floor for the Buckeyes. Russell started the game while Tate, freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop, redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams and Temple transfer forward Anthony Lee came off the bench.“It’s good for these guys to get through that,” Matta said of the young Buckeyes making their debuts. “I think from the standpoint of first time they’ve ever worn the jersey, I think they’ll be at a little bit more at ease as we move forward.”Because of an offensive rebound from senior center Amir Williams, OSU had two chances to score on its first possession of the game, but Thompson and senior guard Shannon Scott each missed three-pointers. From there, the Buckeyes shot seven of 13 from beyond the arc and added a buzzer-beating tip in by Tate to close out the first half with a 48-19 lead.Russell — a Louisville, Ky., native — finished the opening 20 minutes with 16 points on four-of-five shooting from three-point range.Through the first 10:11 of the second half, OSU opened up a 38-point advantage before closing out the game.But despite the 40-point win, Matta said the OSU offense could have run with a higher tempo at points in the second half.“I thought for the most part, that was the biggest thing,” he said. “We just stopped. We became very stagnant offensively there in the second half.”Behind Russell and Thompson, sophomore forward Marc Loving added 12 points and seven rebounds for OSU. Scott tied Russell for the game-high with six assists, while Thompson added three blocks. The 10 players to see the floor for the Buckeyes scored at least two points each.Tate said any player on the roster can make an impact offensively in any given game.“We just try to share the ball and get the win,” he said. “I think the team as a whole will carry the offense.”Junior guard Jesse Hardin Jr. had 10 points to lead Walsh.Sophomore center Trevor Thompson, senior forward Jake Lorbach and freshman center David Bell were the only players listed on the Buckeyes’ roster not to appear in the exhibition. Thompson has to sit out the season per NCAA transfer rules after coming to OSU from Virginia Tech. Lorbach is a senior walk on while Matta said Bell will likely redshirt this season. Neither Thompson nor Lorbach dressed for the game.OSU’s regular-season schedule is set to begin Friday against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell at the Schottenstein Center. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.“It’s the season now, practice this week, play a game,” Matta said. “It’s on us.” read more

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Marco Asensio could replace Ronaldo as Real Madrids new false nine

first_imgNew Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui has admitted that he is open to using Marco Asensio as a false nine ahead of his maiden campaign in chargeThe Champions League holders have a huge gap to fill in the centre of their attack with Karim Benzema being the only real option to take on the role as a false nine for the season ahead following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus last month.But Lopetegui made a surprise tactical change in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the International Champions Cup by putting Asensio in the role after coming off the bench.And the move proved to be a masterstroke with Asensio grabbing a brace to secure victory for the Spanish giants.Now Lopetegui has suggested that we may be seeing more of Asensio as a false nine for next season.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“It’s an option,” he admitted, via Goal.“Pre-season is a time when we can test different things and what we need to do is look for resources or different ideas within the team.“It was good to see him play at that position and he played extremely well. It’s not important where he plays but how he plays.”Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, although any prospective deal for the duo now appears to be extremely unlikely.Real will face AS Roma on Wednesday for their final pre-season friendly before taking on city rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cuplast_img read more

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Christmas Travel Outlook For Kenai Peninsula

first_imgBut traveling during the holidays doesn’t have to turn you into the Grinch. If you plan to venture out of the Kenai Peninsula visit 511.alaska.gov prior to embarking on the roadways to check road conditions and possible delays. For travelers heading to Anchorage from the Peninsula, Hewitt advised them to be aware of pothole damage in the Girdwood area, and winter driving conditions are ‘fair’. With temperatures expected to remain below freezing through Christmas Day, Alaskan travelers are urged to prepare a simple winter safety kit for holiday road trips. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享“Home for the Holidays” is a familiar refrain during December. But for a growing segment of Kenai Peninsula residents, Christmas time has become a popular time to travel. Breke Hewitt with the Department of Transportation says driving conditions throughout the Kenai Peninsula for the holiday weekend are ‘fair with some slightly icy patches’: “Drive with your headlights on, give yourself plenty of time to safely get where you may be going for the holiday weekend.” AAA said in a report, that roughly 107.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during December 23 through January 1, a 3.1 percent increase from a year earlier and the most ever recorded. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-christmas-travel-outlook-.mp3VmJennifer-on-christmas-travel-outlook-.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

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Soldotna Makes Last Minute Push For Field House Prior To Special Election

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Representatives with the City of Soldotna, and the Field House project team presented an overview of the proposed field house to a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. PROPOSITION NO. 2019-AGENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FORCONSTRUCTION OF A FIELD HOUSE AND RELATED CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTSAT THE SOLDOTNA REGIONAL SPORTS COMPLEXShall the City of Soldotna incur debt and issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed Ten Million Dollars ($10,000,000) for the purpose of paying costs of construction of a Field House containing an indoor turf field and elevated track, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex?The bonds shall be secured by a pledge of full faith and credit of the City of Soldotna (Ordinance 2018-035)Yes     A “YES” approves the issuance of general obligation bonds.No      A “NO” opposes the issuance general obligation bonds. Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen, Public Works Director Kyle Kornelis and Project Co-Chair Tim Dillon gave the presentation. The question will go before the voters in a special election on March 5, for a 0.5% increase in the city’s year-round sales tax rate implemented for the 10-year life of the bond. This would increase the city’s sale tax rate from 3% to 3.5%. Dillon: “For years our young people have been traveling from Soldotna up to Anchorage on the weekends in order to use indoor facilities. You think about the safety back and forth, and the economic side of things. Well, with some of those people coming down this way paying for gas and food, that is going to dictate how this thing will get paid for.” center_img The Soldotna City Council approved an ordinance back in December that will ask the voters if the city should borrow $10 million in a bond to build a proposed field house and increase the city’s sales tax by a half percent to cover the debt service on the 10-year bond. Dillon: “I just think it’s something that is much needed, and it’s been on people’s mind for a long time, 15-20 years. I’m excited to see it come to a vote on March 5, and we will see where people want to go.”  The proposal will go before the voters within the City of Soldotna on March 5.last_img read more

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Alexa speakers can now talk to Roku streamers and TVs

first_img $229 3:20 Amazon Echo Show Review • The Amazon Echo Show is back and better than before Roku’s streamers and TVs also work with Google Home speakers as of last year. They work in pretty much the same way as this Alexa skill. Netflix isn’t supported in either case, and you need to append “Roku” to the command to get it to work. Roku also has its own voice system, which you can use by speaking into compatible Roku remote controls or via Roku’s phone app.Amazon’s Fire TV streamers and televisions, which compete directly against Roku, also work with Alexa speakers. That combination does support Netflix and does not require any extra trigger words. Check out our full Roku vs. Amazon Fire TV comparison for details.To use the new Alexa skill with your Roku, head to the Alexa app on your phone and turn it on it under Settings > TV & Video. Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Show Second Generation (Sandstone) Dell CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $229 Which Roku player should you buy? See it $229 Comment See It Preview • Amazon gives Echo Show sequel sleeker looks and better soundcenter_img Crutchfield Media Streamers Best Buy News • Grab a 1st-gen Amazon Echo Show for $70 Tags $229 Now playing: Watch this: Alexa Amazon Google Roku 1 See It Share your voice See It David Katzmaier/CNET If you have both an Amazon Echo and a Roku in the house, get ready to start talking to the TV.The new Roku skill, available now, lets Alexa speakers such as the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show and others accept your voice commands to control Roku streamers and TVs.You can now use Alexa to:Launch Apps (“Alexa, open Hulu on Roku”)Control playback (“Alexa, pause Roku”)Search (“Alexa, find dramas on Roku”)Roku TV owners get additional capabilities, including power (“Alexa, turn on Roku”), volume and mute, input switching and channel changing (with an over-th-air antenna).The big exception? Netflix. The most popular subscription streaming video service in the world doesn’t accept Alexa commands to Roku devices.Hands-free voice control is an increasingly popular alternative to the good old remote control, and numerous smart TVs already have Alexa skills. It’s a lot easier to use many of the features by voice. Asking Alexa to find a particular TV show or movie is far easier than typing into a cumbersome on-screen keyboard, for example.last_img read more

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State Bank of India posts 134 rise in net profit for Q3

first_imgState Bank of India (SBI) shares were trading with gains of 1.58 percent at Rs 280 at around 1.19 pm on the BSE in response to the state-run lender posting 134 percent spike YoY in December quarter (Q3) standalone net profit to Rs 2,610 crore. The sharp increase was on account of higher other income and interest on deposits with the RBI and other lenders.Read: SBI may raise up to Rs 15,000 crore in next 18 months from capital markets, SBI Life IPOOther income rose 58 percent to Rs 9,662 crore on account of the bank selling 3.9 percent stake in its subsidiary SBI Life Insurance Company for Rs 1,755 crore. SBI’s holding as a result, now stands at 70.10 percent in the subsidiary. The bank’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) and net NPAs stood at 7.23 percent and 4.24 percent, respectively, in Q3, marking an increase from 5.10 percent and 2.89 percent in the corresponding quarter last financial year. In the September quarter (Q2), the gross and net NPAs stood at 7.14 percent and 4.19 percent, respectively.Net interest income (NII) rose 7.69 percent to Rs 14,751 crore in Q3 as against Rs 13,697 crore in the year-ago period.Tota income was Rs 53,587 crore in Q3 as against Rs 46,731 crore in December 2015 quarter.SBI is the biggest lender in India and accounts for about a fourth of bank deposits and loans. Deposits spiked due to people returning the demonetised notes and stood at Rs 20,40,777 crore as of December 31, 2016 as against Rs 18,58,999 crore as of September 30, 2016.The BSE Sensex was trading 20 points higher at 28,349, led by Adani Ports, NTPC and TCS.last_img read more

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Sensex Nifty advance 2 after Centre takes steps to spur growth

first_imgAmong top gainers on the Sensex were Yes Bank, up 6.16 per cent, followed by HDFC, Bajaj Finance and Larsen and Toubro.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesBoth the key market indices — Sensex and Nifty — on Monday, August 26, surged over 2 per cent led by gains made by public sector banks (PSBs) and financial sector stocks, following a slew of measures announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last week.At 2.35 pm on Monday, the Sensex jumped over 793 points to 37,463.90, while the Nifty traded 216.95 points higher to top the 11,000-point mark at 11,046.30.The Nifty PSB index and financial services company stocks surged over 3 per cent, while metal scrips continued to trade in the red. The Finance Minister on Friday announced the capital infusion of Rs 70,000 crore in PSBs.The most crucial announcement was the roll-back of the tax surcharge on foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), which is aiding the market rally on Monday.Among top gainers on the Sensex were Yes Bank, up 6.16 per cent, followed by HDFC, Bajaj Finance and Larsen and Toubro.Tata Steel, SunPharma, Vedanta, HeroMotoCorp and Tata Motors DVR lost in the 1 to 3 per cent range.Thirty-nine stocks of the NSE index’s 50 constituents finished the day in positive territory.last_img read more

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Hurricane Hunters Land In Galveston To Raise Awareness

first_img– / 3Hurricane season begins June 1, and to make residents aware of it, officials are touring the Gulf Coast with their “Hurricane Hunter” airplanes. Crew chief Angel Negron gives me a tour of the G4 Hurricane Hunter by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.The jet is tasked with flying near a hurricane that has formed over the water and determining which way it is moving.“After this airplane started flying in 1997, it improved the track models by about 25 percent,” Negron says.James McFadden manages the hurricane program for NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center.“We drop sondes around the hurricane and out in the environment away from the hurricane, looking for the steering currents that will drive the hurricane,” he explains.These devices are small tubes with instruments inside. As they glide down with a parachute, they send information, such as temperature, pressure and wind speed, back to the plane.Visitors at the Scholes airport in Galveston also get to tour a C-130 Air Force plane that actually flies through hurricanes. It delivers the sondes into the storm to determine its strength and potential.Steven Cooper, director of the National Weather Service southern region, says they do this awareness tour every year – alternating between the Gulf and the East Coast.“We bring the planes out because it’s a good thing to grab, a visual grabber,” he says. “We have typically, I think there are about 600 school kids that are coming through today.”Cooper says it’s important to get people thinking ahead of the hurricane season so they make preparations and don’t get complacent.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share X 00:00 /01:36last_img read more

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Digital terrestrial television is booming in Latin

first_imgDigital terrestrial television is booming in Latin America and will be in 94.5% of homes by 2020, according to a new report.This means 132 million DTT homes will be added in the region in the decade between 2010 and 2020, according to the Digital TV Latin America report, and that DTT will account for half of all digital TV homes added by 2020.In comparison, just 18.1% of homeswere DTT-enabled four years ago.“Much of this growth is being driven by satellite TV, especially lower-cost and prepaid packages – although these subscribers are forcing down average ARPU figures,” said Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research, the report’s creator.Nearly 14.4 million satellite pay TV households will be added between 2013 and 2020, with 3.1 million added this year alone. Pay satellite TV penetration will be 21.1% by end-2014 – up from 9.6% in 2010 – and up to 25.8% in 2020, which indicates much of the fastest growth has already taken place.Free-to air DTT will overtake pay satellite in 2015, Digital TV Research predicts. This will see the number of primary DTT homes rocket from 4.3 million at end-2010 (3% penetration) to 27.1 million (18%) in 2014 and on to 71.1 million (42%) by 2010.Brazil, Mexico and Argentina are predicted to dominate the region. Brazil alone will add 37 million digital TV households between 2013 and 2020, with Mexico contributing 15 million and Argentina nearly seven million more.Digital TV households will also increase rapidly in the other 16 countries covered in this report – collectively adding 34 million digital homes between 2013 and 2020.The report studied trends in 19 territories across the region, and each will see rapid increases in digital FTA uptake, with a collective 34 million homes added between 2013 and 2020. Pay TV penetration will also rise, but not as significantly – up 12% in 2010 from year-end-2013.Pay TV revenues will be US$4.5 billion higher in 2020 than in 2013, taking an overall US$24.7 billion. Satellite will remain the largest contributor at US$17.6 billion, while cable will add US$6.1 billion.last_img read more

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looking just the slightest bit downcast."His father was having none of it. “But we’ve reached a situation in which the preliminary skirmishes have become serious, call (701) 746-2720 by March 26.Y. July 2014 Kevin Kunstadt for TIME 1 of 11 Advertisement The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now View Sample Sign Up Now Listen to the most important stories of the day Write to Helen Regan at helenregan@timeasiacomAndreas Dracopoulos is not a popular man among the wealthiest one percent in Greece As an heir to one of the greatest shipping fortunes in modern history he has been among the only members of this secretive caste to speak up about its failure to help Greece through its financial crisis As that crisis hurtles toward an all-out catastrophe this week he says its time for Greek tycoons to start pulling their weight "Im very upset with this class of people" Dracopoulos says in an interview in his Athens office a plush and heavily guarded compound across the street from the American embassy "Its nothing personal I know some of them Theyre my friends old schoolmates But Im very vocal ethically practically that they are not doing enough that they could do more" Over the past five years even as the Greek economy has suffered a downturn deeper and more protracted than the US Great Depression many of the countrys richest families have been sitting on their hands and their fortunes as millions of their fellow Greeks descend into poverty "You have all these people who have money but who dont do any of the three things they should do” Dracopoulos tells TIME "They dont do philanthropy they dont pay taxes and they dont start businesses" The tax status of Greek shipping magnates has been a particular point of contention during Greeces fraught negotiations with its creditors Under a provision written into the Greek constitution half a century ago the government is forbidden from taxing what the ship owners earn abroad a hallmark of the political influence these oligarchs have enjoyed for decades In recent weeks European leaders have urged Greece to shift more of the countrys financial burden onto the super rich and have apparently been rebuffed "I had to do the job of the Greek government" lamented the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker who has been a key figure in the recent efforts to save Greece from crashing out of the European currency union During a press conference in Brussels on June 29 when those efforts broke down Juncker revealed how he had pushed the Greek government to "impose a less favorable tax treatment for ship owners although this is common sense and in line with tax justice" Before coming to power earlier this year the far-left Syriza party seemed to agree with his message Its leader Alexis Tsipras pledged at the height of the crisis in 2012 to seek an agreement with the shipping industry that would abolish "the provocative 58 different tax exemptions" its businesses enjoy But Tsipras has backed off of these promises since he became Prime Minister in January and has focused instead on getting debt relief from Greeces foreign creditors This approach has robbed Greece of a vast pool of potential revenue says Haris Theoharis a Greek lawmaker who was in charge of the national tax police until late last year The exemptions for the shipping industry he says cost the government a source of income worth up to one percent of GDP per year The shipping industry has a tax burden of about 3% while other industries pay an average of 20-25% in taxes "This skews the numbers" Theoharis tells TIME "Its very easy for them to get their way Not just through lobbying and political pressure Theyre covered They say OK this is shipping money and its zero Its written into the constitution: no taxes on shipping" The political will to change this anomaly in the Greek constitution has been remarkably weak for generations Part of the reason has to do with the sheer size of the Greek shipping industry which employs about 200000 workers and sustains another 300000 of their family members in a nation of only 11 million people The Greek merchant fleet is also the largest in the world comprising nearly a quarter of all the bulk carrier ships globally and according to the Greek chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce Greek-owned ships carry about one sixth of all the seaborne cargo in the world "We are the taxi drivers of the world economy" boasts Nicos Vernicos the Chambers President and a prominent Greek ship owner Shipping tycoon Nicos Vernicos pictured on one of his tugs at Piraeus Port in Athens on July 1 2015 Andrew McConnell—Panos for TIME Amid the crisis he says that rich Greeks have been giving back to their communities in quiet ways staying true to a long tradition of avoiding conspicuous displays of wealth especially at times of growing poverty "When the Greek people are suffering I cannot go to my island with an expensive car" says Vernicos whose familys shipping empire was founded in the mid-19th century by his ancestor Emmanuel Vernicos "My heart is blue" he continues "I cannot go out in the night and break plates like I was doing when I was your age" But blue as his heart may be Vernicos says it would be unwise for the government to antagonize ship owners by dramatically raising their taxes He points out that Greek shipping companies already agreed to a "voluntary" increase in their tax burden in 2013 collectively offering an extra 105 million euros in annual revenues to the government through 2017 when the agreement will expire But forcing the industry to pay much more would only encourage shipping companies to move their operations offshore "I need money to buy new ships" Vernicos explains And if the tax rate in Greece ceases to be competitive "the banks who finance me theyre going to say Mr Vernicos we like you youre very good But we cannot support you now that shipping [in Greece] is bad and you have to pay tax" In Greece there is an extra level of protection for ship owners in the enormous pride the locals take in their industry It is the only business where this seafaring nation has maintained its dominance for generations and along with tourism it has been a rare island of prosperity amidst the financial crisis In 2002 when Greeces admission into the European currency union allowed its mints to release a Greek version of euro coins the government even put an oil tanker on the back of the five-cent piece It seemed a fitting homage in those times of plenty to the era of the so-called Golden Greeks Aristotle Onassis and Stavros Niarchos whose rivalry on the high seas fascinated the tabloids of the 1960s and 70s Back then Niarchos would entertain Hollywood celebrities on his yacht while at the height of his wealth and influence in 1968 Onassis married the widow of an American President Jacqueline Kennedy Dracopoulos who along with his two cousins inherited much of the Niarchos shipping fortune after Stavros Niarchos died in 1996 says the constitutional tax exemption has outlived its purpose It was instated to lure Greek shipping fortunes and their patriarchs back home to Greece from their tax havens in places like Monaco "Thats when Onassis and my uncle came back" and began investing heavily in Greece building oil refineries shipyards and other infrastructure says Dracopoulos "It was a different law for different circumstances It was done so you could bring money in because Greece needed investments But I believe this law has been abused" he says Vernicos who is a board member of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping counters by listing all the ways Greek ship owners have given back "Go to any island and you will see that the schools the hospitals the city hall its all built by ship owners" he says including on the Vernicos familys ancestral island of Sifnos In Athens the main cardiovascular hospital was built by the Onassis familys foundation And countless development projects have indeed been bankrolled by these elites over the years But during the financial crisis the developments have not always been targeted to the neediest segments of the population Under an agreement reached with the Greek government in 2006 about two years before the crisis hit the Niarchos family agreed to build an enormous cultural center in Athens worth $600 million When it is unveiled early next year it will include a new opera house and a new national library even though the Greek capital already has those things Dracopoulos who serves as co-president of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation acknowledges that operas and libraries may not be the primary need of the Greek people at a time when half the youth is unemployed He is also sensitive to the criticism that the Greek state which has proven shockingly inefficient even at the task of tax collection may not be able to run the culture center properly once the foundation hands it over with no strings attached "Its like the stupid uncle from America who comes gives the money and goes" says Dracopoulos a naturalized US citizen who spends most of his time in New York City When the pain of the financial crisis became acute for Greece in 2010 he says "We did question ourselves what the hell are we doing here building a cultural center when Greece is struggling" Ultimately the family decided to carry on with the project as a way to boost public morale and create hope for a more prosperous future "Its a social investment" Dracopoulos says To alleviate the most immediate effects of the crisis his familys foundation donated $100 million to fight hunger and poverty in 2010 and another $100 million to combat youth unemployment in 2012 This week as Greeces failure to secure another bailout brought the country to the edge of bankruptcy the Niarchos Foundation announced another $100 million program to help the worst-affected citizens weather the crisis More broadly it has become easier to secure philanthropic donations from wealthy Greeks since the crisis began says Marilena Mamidakis a shipping heiress who heads a charity for impoverished children and their families Last Monday when Greek banks shut their doors to prevent a run on deposits she says she got a call from one of the wealthiest ship owners in Greece "He told me Anything you need anything just ask and it’s yours" she says declining to name the caller In quiet ways other wealthy Greeks have been giving back she says including through the purchase of guns and fuel for the police force But she acknowledges that their aid is not always commensurate with the size of their fortunes "They could buy half of Greece" she says At the very least they could invest a lot more in local businesses to help alleviate unemployment or give cheap loans to young entrepreneurs says Dracopoulos "As a class of people they should go out and do more" he says "And dont let anybody fool you They could do a lot" Contact us at editors@timecom Kevin Kunstadt 36th Ave. Flushing Queens NY, scientists at Allergan and outside of the company began studying whether Botox could be a successful therapy for people with a condition called severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis.

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