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India’s ReNew Power wins contract for 24/7 green energy with first year cost of $38/MWh

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:India’s renewable energy sector claimed a new milestone with the awarding of the country’s first tender for 24/7 green power that’s set to include storage as part of its deployment.Leading developer and IPP ReNew Power won the 400MW ‘round-the-clock’ (RTC) tender award after a competitive process run by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), which handles renewable auctions for the Indian government.The developer is free to deploy wind, solar or hybrid capacity in conjunction with storage to supply power day and night to two utilities – New Delhi Municipal Corporation and Dadar and Nagar Haveli. ReNew Power has been contacted by Recharge for more details.The debut RTC auction – which unlike some recent Indian tenders was more than twice oversubscribed – was hailed by India’s power minister RK Singh as “a beginning towards firm, schedulable & affordable RTC supply through 100% [renewable] power”.The winning price was 2.90 rupees/kWh ($0.038/kWh, $38/MWh) for the first year of the 15-year deals, rising by 3% annually.Sidharth Jain, managing director of India-based research group MEC+, said the escalation gives a median price of around 4 rupees/kWh.[Andrew Lee]More: India hails renewable milestone after first deal for 24/7 green power India’s ReNew Power wins contract for 24/7 green energy with first year cost of $38/MWhlast_img read more

Want to boost your credit union’s income?

first_imgIntuitively, we know delivering the services members want can convert your relationships into better financial performance. But now there’s proof: Investing in the right technology means higher returns.Callahan & Associates’ 2015 analysis reviewed the performance of a large group of credit unions that offered easy-access fintech services, like mobile banking, remote deposit capture and electronic bill pay. The study, which compared these credit unions’ results with that of institutions not offering these services, found investing in digital services technology leads to greater growth in three major categories: loans (7.1%, versus 4.1%), shares (3.2%, versus 2.0%) and assets (3.5%, versus 2.3%). What’s more, the forward-looking credit unions’ average member relationship increased by 4% over a six-year period, compared with 3% for those that didn’t make the investment.But offering anytime, anywhere digital access to members makes it more challenging to stay connected with them. So, how do you keep members engaged in an age of do-it-yourself banking?For many, the answer is to invest in a powerful Customer Relation Management (CRM) solution, which allows you to consolidate member information across the organization, whether their digital or person-to-person interactions are with a member services rep, loan officer or the call center. Members never have to tell their story twice, and employees aren’t left wondering how members’ concerns were resolved the last time. Research by Bain & Company’s Frederick Reichheld (who invented the net promoter score) shows increasing customer retention rates by 5% increases profits by 25% to 95%. The result is greater satisfaction for both members and your staff. And, the report noted, happier members are less likely to leave – and they purchase twice the number of products as unhappy ones. Further, a recent Gallup study showed that fully engaged retail bank customers bring 37% more annual revenue to their PFI than those who are unengaged. And because it’s less expensive to retain members than to attract and serve new ones, a mere 5% increase in retention can lift profits by as much as 80%.Armed with robust CRM data, your staff can focus marketing efforts on members who are most likely to accept an offer, boosting income up to 41% for each of your member service representatives, while cutting sales and marketing costs by 23%. According to Nucleus Research, the average returns from using a quality CRM system have increased since 2011, from $5.60 to $8.70 for every dollar spent.As business guru Peter Drucker famously said, “The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.” Using a powerful CRM to track and analyze your members’ needs can help you tailor marketing communication to each one’s specific interests – a benefit to both members and your bottom line.See for yourself how a robust CRM program can help your credit union grow revenues and keep members close. Contact Doxim to download our eBook, “CRM IN CREDIT UNIONS: The Undiscovered Revenue Source.” 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sean O’Donovan Sean O’Donovan is Chief Marketing Officer of Doxim, a leading provider of cloud-based customer engagement solutions for credit unions and wealth management firms. Find out more at www.doxim.com Web: www.doxim.com Detailslast_img read more

Chinese tourist guides visited Varaždin and Varaždin County

first_imgCroatia is visited annually by about 200 Chinese tourists, mostly located in Zagreb, where their base is from which they go on a tour of the rest of Croatia. And the growing trend of Chinese tourists is visible in the city of Varaždin and Varaždin County. Last year, 1630 overnight stays of Chinese tourists were realized in Varaždin, which is 400 percent more than last year.  “The increase in overnight stays was, among other things, due to the excellent sports cooperation, so young Chinese footballers stayed in Varaždin at the sports camp this year.” conclude from the Varaždin Tourist Board. In addition to touring the city and hosting the local and county tourist boards, guests had the opportunity to taste local products in the Kultnature on Varaždin Square and in the Medenjak Association, toured the Old Town and visited the Entomological Museum and met the Varaždin notary who handed them Varaždin passports. After the tour and lunch in Zlatne Gorice, the Chinese guides continued their tour of Varaždin County with a visit to the House of Magic Grass in Paka, Rabuzin’s house in Ključ and ended their visit with a themed dinner prepared from food grown according to biodynamic principles at the Bernarda restaurant in Varaždinske Toplice. RELATED NEWS: The visit of Chinese guides to Varaždin and the county is of great importance, because these are guides who are “hosts” to Chinese tourists who come to Zagreb and who with their advice and recommendations direct Chinese tourists to attractive and interesting destinations, the Varaždin Tourist Board points out and adds: “We want Chinese guides to recommend Varaždin to tourists as one of the destinations they must visit during their stay in Croatia. Therefore, such gatherings and getting to know the destination are of great importance, and the first results will be visible as early as next year, when an organized arrival of a larger group of Chinese tourists in Varaždin has been announced.. “center_img According to the readers of the Chinese edition of the American magazine Travel + Leisure, Croatia was declared the most desirable new European destination for Chinese tourists in 2018, and according to eVisitor data, Chinese tourists achieved the highest growth of overnight stays in Croatia. In the last days of last year, about 20 Chinese guides visited Varaždin and Varaždin County. The aim of the visit is to establish cooperation in creating tourist programs for Chinese tourists in the area of ​​Varaždin and Varaždin County. Source / Photo: Varaždin Tourist Boardlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Acts on House Bill 1071

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today vetoed House Bill 1071 and said the following in a veto message to the House of Representatives:“Pursuant to Article IV, Section 15 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, I am returning herewith, without my approval, House Bill 1071, Printer’s Number 1270.“This legislation does considerably more than forbid political subdivisions from imposing a ban, fee, surcharge, or tax on recyclable plastic bags provided to consumers. It potentially thwarts local governments from complying with their trustee obligations under Article I, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, to protect and preserve the environmental resources in their communities. The prohibition under this bill, therefore, is not consistent with the rights vested by the Environmental Rights Amendment of the Pennsylvania Constitution, and the duties upon all governmental actors, including municipalities.  The constitutional obligation under the amendment binds not only state but also local government. As such, the bill cannot remove a political subdivision’s separate authority to implement its independent constitutional duties. In practical terms, this means government, at all levels, is required to prevent the unreasonable degradation, diminution, or depletion of our water, air, and land. This prohibition hinders the performance of this important requirement.“This bill also contains a significant preemption issue as it relates to the rights of political subdivisions. In my view, the Commonwealth should only on rare occasions preempt the rights of local governments to implement laws and policies that it believes are in its best interest.  Here, the Commonwealth is impeding the freedom of local governments to regulate recyclable plastic bags.  This policy supporting this preemption is misguided and should not become the law of this Commonwealth.“For the reasons set forth above, I must withhold my signature from House Bill 1071, Printer’s Number 1270.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Acts on House Bill 1071center_img June 30, 2017last_img read more

Seniors urged to cash in on sellers market

first_imgPeter Lavelle with his dog Hilda May“I had a good idea of what I wanted in a house, and a yard, but needed to find what suited me,” he said. “I wanted no more than 2 bedrooms and a small yard for my little dog and somewhere I could grow herbs and vegetables.“My advice … think of yourself and what is good for you.“I’m going travelling again and my neighbour is going to water my garden when I go. We look after each other. That’s what community living is all about.” Ingenia Lifestyle BethaniaAsset-rich but cash-poor seniors are being urged to consider downsizing in order to free up funds for their retirement.Brisbane property agent Tim Heffernan said median house prices were continuing to rise and seniors could downsize their large homes, boost their cash reserve and improve their lifestyle.“With the current property market showing strong signs in favour of sellers, there is a lot more potential to sell your home for what you want, or more, and it’s a good idea to capitalise on that with such a busy real estate market,” Mr Heffernan said.“There is a big influx of buyers and stock is low, so anyone who is curious about downsizing should investigate their options.“Seniors looking to downsize can also gain a lot more interest in their listed properties with a wave of Sydneysiders and Melbourne-based residents choosing to migrate north into Queensland as they seek new job opportunities and a new lifestyle.”The UDIA Regional Radar November 2017 report shows the median house sale price rose 0.4 per cent to $665,500 in Brisbane and $450,000 in Moreton Bay in the last quarter.The price jump was even higher on the Gold Coast and in Logan, with 1.1 per cent and 1.2 per cent respectively.The median house price in Logan is currently $410,000 – a 13.9 per cent increase in five years, according to recent data from CoreLogic. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoBy comparison, both Aveo (Springfield) and Ingenia Lifestyle (Bethania) are spruiking apartments within their Logan over 50s developments from $299,000. Opal by Living Gems has homes from $360,000 at Logan Village.Mr Heffernan, who has spoken about downsizing at various retirement seminars, said it was a sellers market, and retirees could unlock a substantial financial resource. Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania resident Peter Lavelle sold his Brisbane apartment to make the move to the over 50s resort.last_img read more

LD to manage new DKK80bn fund under holiday law plan

first_imgThe actual amount of funds transferred to LD from companies could amount to DKK25bn, the committee estimated. This alone would increase the assets currently managed by LD by more than 50%.LD – which manages a non-contributory scheme based on cost-of-living allowances that were granted to Danish employees decades ago – had total assets under management of DKK42.8bn at the end of 2016.The frozen holiday fund money is set to be paid out by Danish employers as a result of a proposed change in the law.After an EU Commission decision that Danish rules on delayed holiday rights were against EU law, the Danish government commission was established in 2015 to come up with a new law taking this into account.Under EU law, all employees must have the right to four weeks’ paid holiday a year. Under Denmark’s current system, however, employees start accruing their right to paid holiday as much as 16 months before they can actually take any of it.When the new proposed law comes into force in 2020, staff will be able to take some holiday from their first month of employment.This means people already in the system could have up to an extra 12 months’ worth of holiday entitlement when the change takes place.Because the committee considered it not economically viable for all workers to take extra holiday in that year, their proposal involved freezing this allowance and putting it into an invested fund until retirement. This would ensure the resources keep pace with inflation and generate extra returns.The committee proposed allowing employers to owe the new fund these outstanding holiday entitlements until the fund was ready to make payouts to employees, in order to ease companies’ liquidity situation.Many employers were likely to take advantage of the opportunity to ‘borrow’ money in the holiday fund for a number of years, according to LD. Employers would also be able to deposit the entire amount into the new fund at any time to rid themselves of the debt item.The pension fund said the committee’s estimate that about DKK25bn will be transferred to LD’s investment – with the rest remaining at employers for a shorter or longer period – was very uncertain.“The capital management of the holiday fund will take place in the same set-up as the management of the LD funds,” LD said.“However, the fund management of the holiday fund will consist of two parts – partly loans from employers and partly frozen holiday funds which will be transferred to the LD assets.”The fund added that its investment management structure was flexible and the new assets would fit easily into its existing investment funds structure.“Joint investment with the LD scheme ensures low costs and access to qualified investment advisers from day one in all key areas,” it said. Denmark’s Lønmodtagernes Dyrtidsfond (LD) is to manage a new DKK80bn (€10.7bn) fund to hold a year’s worth of frozen holiday entitlements on behalf of all Danish employees, according to a proposal from a government committee.Under the proposal from the Holiday Law Committee (Ferielovsudvalget) published yesterday, LD would manage the entitlements in the form of loans to employers, as well as funds transferred from employers, until the resources are given back to employees on retirement.The panel also proposed that ATP, Denmark’s largest pension fund – which also carries out many benefits-related administrative tasks on behalf of the government – should provide technical assistance to LD on the administration of the frozen holiday entitlements.LD said total assets in the new fund would be between DKK80bn and DKK85bn. Should this materialise, LD will become one of the top 10 biggest pension funds in Denmark and one of the top 100 in Europe, according to IPE data collected for the forthcoming Top 1000 Pension Funds report to be published in September.last_img read more

Payne hits another jackpot with fourth IMCA Duel In the Desert victory

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 9) – On a record-setting weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Jeremy Payne extended his own Duel In The Desert record to four. Payne won the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified special at the LVMS half-mile Dirt Track for the fourth time Saturday night in a 40-lapper that ran green to checkered. The $7,777 victory put the Missouri hotshoe on the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Terry Phillips, Jeff Taylor, Aaron Turnbull and Dominic Ursetta completed the Modified top five. Justin O’Brien started 15th and finished sixth. Dean Abbey was the $777 IMCA SportMod winner, ahead of Tyler Frye, Chad Dolan, Robert Elliott and Ben Kates. Total car count for the 16th annual Duel was a record 320. That total includes a best-ever 74 SportMod entries. Phillips, a two-time Duel winner, started the main event from the pole, flanked by Dominic Ursetta. Phillips jumped out to an early lead as Payne moved past Ursetta for second place. Payne caught Phillips on lap seven and the battle for the lead commenced as the pair pulled away from the pack. At halfway, Phillips continued to lead with Payne staying within striking distance.With 10 laps remaining, the leader encountered heavy lapped traffic, allowing Payne to close the gap. Payne made his move in turn two and grabbed the lead. Phillips refused to give up the fight and remained glued to Payne’s rear bumper as third running Jeff Taylor was catching up.Taylor and Phillips both ran out of time, however, as Payne collected the checkered flag.“That car was awesome. It’s an awesome night,” said Payne, also winner of the 2005, 2006 and 2012 Duels. “You always want to be pretty close to the leader when he gets into lapped traffic. I could get some runs on him early, then he’d get away. I settled down and found a groove and it was awesome.”Justen Yeager was the EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Shootout winner. Travis Hagen topped the Young Guns feature for drivers 18 and under; Steve Simpson Jr. was first in the Legends feature for competitors 55 and over. Abbey drew the pole for the 25-lap SportMod feature, with Dolan to the outside. He checked out on the field and left a four-car battle for second place in his wake. A caution flag on lap eight bunched up the field but Abbey pulled away again. His romp was thwarted once again by a four-car accident on the back straightaway and resulting red flag on lap nine.Once back to green, Abbey motored away in the low groove, leaving Frye to try the high groove in second place. With a handful of laps remaining, Frye used the high groove to catch up with Abbey but jumped the cushion in the second turn with two laps left.The miscue was costly as Abbey got the breathing room he needed. “This feels great,” said Abbey. “We came out here last year with a new car and finished fourth. It feels good to come back out here and win a race. “I figured he (Frye) was back there and I knew my motor was laying down,” Abbey continued. “I was just gonna do the best I could and hold onto it and see what happened.”Jake Krone was disqualified from third in post-race tech.Phillips and Turnbull won Thursday qualifying features for the Modifieds while Payne and Ursetta paced Friday qualifiers. Frye was the SportMod winner on Friday.Twenty-one states and three provinces were represented in the Modified entries. SportMods were on hand from 16 states and two provinces. Darin Wendt, Hagen and Bob Moore won $500, $300 and $200, respectively, in the XSAN Best Appearing Car presented by Wells Design contest for the Modifieds. Modified feature results – 1. Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo.; 2. Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 3. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 4. Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 5. Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.; 6. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 7. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.; 8. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 9. Dustin Boney, Gower, Mo.; 10. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 11. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 12. Justen Yeager, Green River, Wyo.; 13. Kyle Rohleder, WaKeeney, Kan.; 14. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; 15. Cody Gearhart, Turpin, Okla.; 16. Jesse Stovall, Galena, Mo.; 17. Jared Hoefelman, Columbus, Neb.; 18. Jay Marks, Bakersfield, Calif.; 19. Jeremy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo.; 20. John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; 21. Will Brack, Mead, Colo.; 22. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, Iowa; 23. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 24. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; 25. Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; 26. Bobby Hogge IV, Salinas, Calif.; 27. Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas; 28. Travis Sherfick, WaKeeney, Kan.SportMod feature results – 1. Dean Abbey, Waco, Texas; 2. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan.; 3. Chad Dolan, Gibbon, Neb.; 4. Robert Elliott, Clinton, Okla.; 5. Ben Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.; 6. Chuck Delp, Rock Springs, Wyo.; 7. John Piker, Bakersfield, Calif.; 8. Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; 9. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 10. Kruz Griffith, Bakersfield, Calif.; 11. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 12. Trenton Kleweno, Hays, Kan.; 13. Ryan Henley, Aztec, N.M.; 14. John Reid, Loving, N.M.; 15. Danny Roe, Turlock, Calif.; 16. Tony Rost, Utica, Neb.; 17. Matt Mueller, Stamford, Texas; 18. Chad Reichenbach, Bakersfield, Calif.; 19. Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 20. Jake Krone, Beloit, Kan.Wild West Tour Shootout – 1. Justen Yeager; 2. Zane DeVilbiss; 3. Wade Taylor, Spring Creek; 4. Bryan Wordelman, Salt Lake City; 5. Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.; 6. Shawn Reed, Casper, Wyo.; 7. Richard Anderson, Shelley, Idaho; 8. Bert Beech, Rock Springs, Wyo.; 9. Jake Donnelly, Rigby, Idaho; 10. Casey Delp, Rock Springs, Wyo.Young Guns feature – 1. Travis Hagen, Williston, N.D.; 2. Mason Daughters, Polo, Mo.; 3. Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.; 4. Wyatt Howard, Price, Utah; 5. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 6. Eric Hamilton, Hanford, Calif.; 7. Riley Emmel, Estevan, Sask.; 8. Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif.; 9. Justin Dyke, Jamul, Calif.; 10. Cole Dick, Ramona, Calif.Legends feature – 1. Steve Simpson Jr., Kingman, Ariz.; 2. Steve Streeter, Madera, Calif.; 3. Kevin Lisafeld, Lampman, Sask.; 4. Bill Brack, Mead, Colo.; 5. Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas; 6. Roger Bonneville, Calgary, Alb.; 7. Richard Mueller, Jackson, Wyo.; 8. Terry DeCarlo, Martinez, Calif.; 9. Raymond Keldsen Sr., Aromas, Calif.; 10. Lawrence O’Connor, Port Hardy, B.C.; 11. John Pierce, San Jose, Calif.last_img read more

Greensburg area tornado sirens now operational

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Officials from the Decatur County Emergency Management Agency say the tornado sirens are now back in operation. The sirens were first reported out on February 22.last_img

O’Driscoll desperate to maintain fitness

first_img O’Driscoll opened the RBS 6 Nations with a man-of-the-match performance headlined by the genius that created the opening try for Simon Zebo, but also notable for his own touch down and a frenzied shift in defence. “The big thing is trying to be fit and getting as close to 100% fit as you possibly can when you take to the pitch,” said O’Driscoll. “I felt good against Wales, my ankles both felt good, as did all the other bumps and bruises. If you can start games that way you have every chance of putting in a half decent performance.” Brian O’Driscoll hopes his battered body does not betray him as he embarks on a potentially career-defining six months that began in virtuoso fashion with Ireland’s 30-22 victory over Wales. He added: “Who doesn’t like man of the match? They are few and far between these days, but when they’re there you enjoy them.” Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards described O’Driscoll as “the difference between the two teams” while Ireland coach Declan Kidney declared “the bottom line is you would love to have the guy around forever”. But having witnessed a pulsating championship opener in Cardiff that consisted of an almost-uninterrupted second half of defensive bravery from the Irish, Kidney sounded a note of caution over the inevitable physical toll. “If you look at the performance he put in, that’s not easy on the body,” Kidney said. “Huge credit to him, given the amount of game time he has had, to come out and give such an international-class performance like he did.” Kidney’s decision to relieve O’Driscoll of the Ireland captaincy – a post he has held with distinction since 2004 – and award it to Jamie Heaslip was widely debated before the Six Nations. It could yet prove a masterstroke, inspiring a reaction from a player able to concentrate on his own game, even if the Leinster centre insists his role remains the same. “The captaincy doesn’t make any difference, I still see myself as a leader in the team and helping Jamie out where I can,” he said. “You don’t play any differently if you’re captain, you always try to lead by the way you play.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Right move by Davis

first_imgI cannot applaud the actions of the New York Knicks’ Antonio Davis any more than this: I’m writing my first regular column on an athlete from the Big Apple (yech!). I am a Miami guy, which is to say I am about as anti-New York as they come.Jets, Giants, Knicks, Mets, I despise them all. And unless you are talking about the fine side dish at Mickie’s Dairy Bar, the Yanks are a bunch of bums too.But the actions of Davis are so exemplary that they overshadow all my distaste for the city that never sleeps.Last Wednesday night, the Knickerbockers were in Chicago playing the Bulls in what was to be just another boring mid-week NBA contest between two teams going nowhere. In all reality, even the fact that the game went down to the final shot in overtime probably wouldn’t have made it part of the first 20 minutes of SportsCenter.But with just over a minute remaining in overtime, Davis went into the stands to protect his wife, whom he thought was being threatened by a fan during a New York full timeout.Television cameras showed Davis look up into the stands and then briskly make his way to the scorer’s table, which he calmly jumped over as gracefully as a horse in an equestrian competition, and made his way over to his wife, Kendra.That was it. No more. Kendra Davis looked like she told her husband to return to the floor and once security arrived, he did. End of story.Now, the gravity of a player leaving the field (or in this case, court) of play is not lost on me at all. The Indiana-Detroit chaos set off by Ron Artest last year is the darkest moment in the history of the NBA.And if you take into account all the catastrophic events that could’ve occurred once Davis was among the ticket-holders, such as the fan punching him, or some guy tossing a beer at him, then it is easy to say that Davis’s decision was reckless and stupid.However, the most important fact is that Davis wasn’t going after a fan; he was going after his wife, who he perceived was being threatened. A man has to protect his family, period, case closed, end of story. What real man wouldn’t do anything it took to protect his kin?Take Arnold Schwarzenegger. In what movie involving the Governator’s family being taken hostage (which is most of them) does the big guy not risk it all? Sure, he blows up millions of dollars in property and probably causes a few deaths here and there, but in the end he always protects his loved ones. That is why he is a movie hero.In fact, if Davis should be criticized, it should be for not letting loose a haymaker first and asking questions later, which is more then I can say I would’ve done (had it been me, you would’ve seen a lot more Jackie Chan and a lot less Jesse Jackson in my actions).Davis made the right move in running into the stands to protect his family, on multiple levels.First off, Davis is the Knicks’ unquestioned leader in the locker room. Actually, as the president of the NBA players’ association, Davis is the unquestioned leader of every player in the league. What kind of message would it have sent if Davis had not intervened? He acted as a leader should, and led by example.Family is the first priority.Some say it was poor leadership by Davis to go into the stands because it cost New York Davis’ services for five games. That is flat out … Just for the sake of argument, let’s pretend the Knicks lose all five games Davis misses, and that if he had played they would’ve won all five. The Knicks would still be far under .500 and at best scrounging for one of the last two playoff berths, for which Detroit or Miami would reward them with a first-round trouncing.Even Spike Lee (who is usually as overstated about the Knicks’ chances as Wilt Chamberlain was about how many women he slept with) knows the team is going nowhere this year, so Davis isn’t hurting his team at all.Lastly, what about the reward Davis is set to receive? All guys know that women want a man in shining armor (and women, if you think this is stereotypical, then stop going to see movies like “Kate and Leopold,” and “Ten Things I Hate About You”) and Davis was the knight that evening. He risked life and limb to protect his fair maiden and will now be “rewarded” with an 11-day vacation where he will surely find himself being thanked many times, by said maiden. Many times.Damn that Antonio Davis and his luck. Just one more reason to hate New York.last_img read more