Can New Look Knicks Put Pathetic Season Behind Them?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York View image | gettyimages.comAs the Milwaukee Bucks took a quick 11-4 lead in the first quarter of the Knicks’ season opener Wednesday, if you listened closely, you could hear tortured Knicks fans across the Big Apple letting out a collective groan. Missed shots, poor ball movement and unabated drives to the basket by the opposition were sure to be the portent of bad things to come for a long 82-game season.That’s life as a Knicks fan—always dreading the worst, embracing mediocrity, and forever bowing in disappointment, or disgust. It’s our burden, and we begrudgingly carry it around until the day MSG can shake off the last decade of futility, both on and off the court.In last year’s disastrous campaign the lowly Knicks managed only 17 victories—their worst record ever—but they did win more than the terrible Timberwolves, so even the smallest signs of improvement may be enough to provide fans with a tinge of hope, however fleeting it is.Phil Jackson went ahead and gutted almost the entire roster and basically started anew, save for a few players, including star forward Carmelo Anthony. For their ineptitude on the hardwood, the Knicks were awarded the fourth overall selection, which they used to draft rail-thin 20-year-old Kristaps Porzingis from Latvia, who, we’re told, boasted a deft touch despite his lanky 7-foot-3 frame. Later in the first round Jackson took Notre Dame senior point guard Jerian Grant, an athletic ball handler. Jackson then used James Dolan’s money to sign big man Robin Lopez and a slew of other bodies just to fill out the roster for the upcoming season, or so it seemed. He famously missed out on all-star LaMarcus Aldridge and failed to convince free agent center Greg Monroe to bring his many talents to the Garden. Now Knicks fans are already dreaming of Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant’s impending free agency, even though history has not been kind to the Knicks when it comes to signing MVP-caliber players on the open market.So the franchise was left with one top 15 player in Anthony and a potpourri of role players with little star power. And the selection of Porzingis, who was booed vociferously on draft night by the Knicks faithful, did little to appease a fanbase yet to wash away the stench that wafted through the Garden last season and stunk up the joint.Knicks fans can’t be criticized for sitting down and viewing Wednesday’s opener against the Bucks with hefty skepticism. Afterall, the franchise has done little to reciprocate the loyalty demonstrated by its steadfast supporters over the last dozen years. So when the Bucks took a quick seven-point lead in the first quarter, we collectively cringed.Surprisingly, the team fought back. Knicks head coach Derek Fisher replaced a number of lethargic starters with spirited reserves, who were aggressive on defense and were flying to the basket. Former second overall pick Derrick Williams, who played well in the preseason, continued to impress with a team-leading 24-point outburst. The bench, led by Williams, point guard Langston Galloway, and power forward Kyle O’Quinn, who grabbed 12 rebounds, opened up a double-digit lead that the Knicks never relinquished. Imagine that!The reserves appeared to be all over the court. They crowded passing lanes, gambled defensively to force turnovers, and swarmed to the ball.Even Porzingis contributed with 16 points and five rebounds. Porzingis, who is blessed with a lethal stroke from the perimeter but has a frail frame, showed some guts by battling in the post and frequently attacking the rim, which is encouraging to watch. But how long his body can sustain the abuse of a grueling NBA season remains to be seen.Not everyone enjoyed a fruitful night. Anthony missed 12 of 16 shots, perhaps due to constant double teams, and point guard Jose Calderon came up empty on a number of occasions.But for one night, the Knicks did display encouraging signs. But let’s not forget it was only the first game in a long season, so not even success-starved Knicks fans will let Wednesday’s 122-97 victory go to their heads. Our skepticism is too entrenched for that.A quick trip to the past would also be helpful. Last season, the Knicks opened the year by defeating LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers. After that, the Knicks only captured 16 more victories.On the surface, this doesn’t look like an NBA team destined for the basement of its division. So, maybe looking back is meaningless. This is an entirely different team. But these are still the Knicks we’re talking about, and they never fail to surprise us. Or disappoint.last_img read more

FDA sets procedures for detaining contaminated food

first_img The owner or agent in charge of the food can appeal a detention order and request an informal hearing, the FDA said. The agency then must hold a hearing within 2 days and issue a written report of the hearing. Participants in the hearing will have 4 hours to review the report and comment on it, Fraser said. The FDA must issue a decision within 5 days after the hearing. The Bioterrorism Act of 2002 authorized the FDA to detain food for up to 30 days if the agency has evidence that it poses a serious threat to humans or animals. That authority began when the act was passed, but the agency’s procedures for using the power were not established until now. In the past, the FDA generally relied on the states to detain hazardous food temporarily until the FDA could get court authority to deal with it, FDA officials said in a telephone news conference today. The bioterrorism law gives the agency authority to act immediately on its own, officials said. The administrative detention rule is one of four major pieces of the 2002 bioterrorism law that pertain to the FDA. Last October the agency published final rules requiring food firms and facilities to register with the government and to provide advance notice of shipments of imported food. The FDA said it will soon issue a fourth rule, dealing with record-keeping requirements designed to help the FDA track contaminated food. The FDA first proposed its “administrative detention” rule a year ago, and it generated more than 100 comments from the public, according to Crawford. Fraser said the agency made minor changes in the rule in response to the comments. One change was to add the requirement that the FDA hearing officer issue a written report of any appeal hearing, she said. In response to a question, Fraser said the FDA does not have authority to reimburse the owner if the food goes bad while it is being detained. “We have to have credible evidence or information that we have a serious health threat here, so we want to make sure we err on the side of consumer safety while we hold the food to investigate whether there is a health threat,” she said. The bioterrorism law doesn’t provide for reimbursement, she added. May 27, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a final rule spelling out its procedures for detaining food suspected of being hazardous because of intentional or accidental contamination. The rule applies to all foods under FDA jurisdiction and to nonfood items that touch food, said Leslye M. Fraser, associate director for regulations at the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. (The FDA does not regulate meat, poultry, and eggs, which are under the US Department of Agriculture’s jurisdiction.) The standard for detaining a food item is “credible evidence” that it poses a threat of “serious adverse health consequences.” Crawford said the agency will soon announce how it defines “serous adverse health consequences.” “This rule describes how FDA can hold food in place while it initiates legal action in court to seize it and permanently remove it from commerce,” Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Lester M. Crawford stated in a news release. “Alternately, our experts can determine that the food is safe, and the detention order may be terminated.” See also:May 27 FDA news release read more

STGC ready to Glenmuir fight

first_imgSt George’s College go into today’s FLOW/ISSA Super Cup quarter-final game against Glenmuir very mindful that they exited the tournament at this very stage last season.Wolmer’s stunned the North Street school 3-0 to advance to last season’s semi-final. However, assistant coach Marcel Gayle says the team is determined to get past the last eight, and into the final this year.”Last year, we were in the same position and we lost, and it cost us, so we cannot take anything for granted. We will have to do what we have to to get the win,” he said.Many people have placed a question mark on St George’s character and their ability to fight to the death, with many calling Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell’s team soft.However, since the end of the first round, the ‘Light Blues’ have raised their game to another level and their early-round vulnerability seems to be in the distant past, as they have toyed with opponents in their last four matches, with only St Jago putting up any real resistance to their offensive onslaught.But although they start favourite against the wily Patrick ‘Jackie’ Walters and his Glenmuir side for the contest, Bell does not expect a walkover and insists that his players will roll up their sleeves and fight tooth and nail if that is required.”We know it’s not going to be a stroll in the park and we will probably have to dig deep and show our determination and our character, but we will if we have to,” he continued.Alex Marshall continue to lead the way for Bell’s team with an impressive 16 goals in all competitions. He has been greatly supported by Shevon Stewart (12) and Gregory Messam Jr (12).Marshall and Stewart, in particular, have proven to be a handful for most teams, and if they are allowed to have their way again today, St George’s will only take the game today.Although the ‘Georgians’ have conceded nine goals this season, their attack more than compensate for their shortcomings in defence, with over 51 goals scored so far this season.last_img read more