Exile of journalists named in murder plot shows need for plan to combat impunity

first_img May 13, 2021 Find out more Reports RSF_en News News RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Receive email alerts ColombiaAmericas to go further “My sources alerted me to the plan,” said Guillen. “They, too, are in great danger. A few days ago, I told the police where they could find the leaders of one of the most dangerous death squads in La Guajira. The person who gave me the information was murdered shortly afterwards. I have also learned that the brother of one of my bodyguards has been shot dead. Finally, sources have told me that Marcos Figueroa’s gang in La Guajira has kidnapped two Spanish tourists they suspect of collaborating with me.” Guillen sent a full report on the La Guajira allegations to the state prosecutor’s office just before the murder plan targeting him and his colleagues was revealed. Reporters Without Borders has received a copy. Has the submission of the document exposed the journalist to further danger? If so, how? The organization fears that, in these circumstances, spying is widespread as a result of the infiltration of the intelligence apparatus and public services by criminals since the “DASgate” scandal broke last year. “A plan to combat impunity must also take this into account,” the organization concluded. Organisation RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Colombia 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies June 12, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Exile of journalists named in murder plot shows need for plan to combat impunity Three journalists targeted in an assassination plot disclosed by the Colombian authorities on 15 May, Gonzalo Guillen, Leon Valencia (photo) and Ariel Avila, have resigned themselves to a period of temporary exile, despite benefitting from official protection at home.Two of them told Reporters Without Borders that they had reluctantly reached this decision as a compromise between security concerns and their duty to inform the public, which they refuse to forgo. The press freedom organization seeks greater protection in the long term for these journalists and stresses the urgency of bringing those behind the criminal conspiracy against them to justice. They said a fourth colleague, Tadeo Martínez, was also under threat.“Protection measures will have no effect without a mechanism to fight impunity that is capable of dealing with these circumstances effectively,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Threats and attacks are on the increase against journalists, human rights campaigners, union representatives and community activists, while the ongoing talks in Havana between the FARC guerrilla movement and the Colombian government are discussing the highly sensitive issue of the restitution of land seized by paramilitary groups at the height of the civil war.“Our concern over the fate of the journalists is heightened by the danger faced by their sources – some of whom have been murdered – in La Guajira department whose governor has been exposed by some of those involved as having links with criminal gangs known as ‘Bacrim’ and with the illegal drugs trade.“This shows the urgent need for an effective action plan against impunity which should not spare politicians who may be implicated.”One of the three journalists under threat, Leon Valencia, is a columnist with the news magazine Semana and a programme director for the public television station Canal Capital. He told Reporters Without Borders: “The assassination plot against us was hatched by Bacrim members linked to the Venezuelan drug gang leader Marcos Figueroa, who himself has close ties to the governor of La Guajira, Juan Francisco ‘Kiko’ Gomez.”He and Avila, both of whom worked until recently for the NGO Arcoiris Foundation, had disclosed the dangerous associations of Gomez, whose election campaigns have been allegedly supported directly by Bacrim and other armed groups, as have those of 126 other politicians. Guillen, a reporter for the U.S. newspaper Miami Herald, told us his investigation into Gomez began in February this year, after the murder a few months earlier of Yandra Britto, the former mayor of the town of Barrancas in the same department. “She contacted me to tell me her husband had been murdered, she believed, on the orders of the governor,” he said. “The latter had personally threatened her with the same fate, she said. Despite making a complaint on my advice, this woman was never given protection and was herself murdered in August last year.”The information gathered by the journalists was included in a story published in Semana a few days before the murder plot came to light, which apparently sparked an attempt to carry it out. October 21, 2020 Find out more News ColombiaAmericas Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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RWB supports independent probe into brutal attack on reporter

first_img News Reporters Without Borders condemns the brutal attack on Tetyana Chornovil, an outspoken journalist with the Ukrainskaya Pravda daily newspaper, who was dragged from her car and badly beaten in Kiev on the night of 24 December.“We support the decision by the Institute for Mass Information, a Reporters Without Borders partner, to conduct an independent investigation to ensure that those responsible for this act of barbarity are brought to justice,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We are appalled by this violent attack, the gravest of all the many abuses against journalists in Ukraine in recent months. Such violations of the Ukrainian media’s safety and freedom of expression are intolerable.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Journalists must be able to work freely. We urge the Ukrainian authorities to guarantee respect for justice, freedom of information and fundamental rights.”A journalist who has become well known for her investigative reporting about senior government officials and politicians, Chornovil is also a leading activist in the “Euromaidan” protests in Kiev’s Independence Square against President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to back out of a partnership agreement with the European Union.She was driving in her car in a Kiev suburb on the night of 24 December when three unidentified men in an SUV forced her to stop, gave her a severe beating and left her at the side of road. Rushed to hospital with concussion and multiple facial fractures, she has undergone several operations and is still in intensive care.Chornovil attributes the attack to her latest article, posted on her blog on 24 December, in she wrote about a luxury villa owned by interior minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko.The attack has triggered a wave of outrage in Ukrainian civil society. Several demonstrations have been held supporting Chornovil and calling for the interior minister’s resignation, and many opposition leaders, including Yulia Tymoshenko, have condemned the attack.The police say they are investigating it as a case of “hooliganism” under article 296-2 of the Criminal Code and have arrested three suspects.There has been a sharp increase in violations of freedom of information since the start of the Euromaidan movement. At least 50 journalists have been physically attacked during demonstrations since the start of December and three opposition media were stormed on 9 December.According to the Institute for Mass Information, journalists have been the victims of a total of 101 physical attacks in 2013.Ukraine is ranked 126th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF_en Receive email alerts UkraineEurope – Central Asia March 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia (Photo : Institute for Mass Information)(Slideshow: ABC) Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV News December 27, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB supports independent probe into brutal attack on reporter to go further Organisation February 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Follow the news on Ukraine News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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NCLAT Sets Aside NCLT’s Order For Acquisition Of RICOH By Dharamshi- Jhunjhunwala Consortium [Read Order]

first_imgCorporateNCLAT Sets Aside NCLT’s Order For Acquisition Of RICOH By Dharamshi- Jhunjhunwala Consortium [Read Order] Shruti Sareen11 Aug 2020 7:57 AMShare This – xThe National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) allowed the appeal filed by Kotak Investment Advisors Limited (KIAL) challenging an order passed by the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) which had approved the resolution plan submitted by a consortium of Kalpraj Dharamshi and Rekha Jhunjhunwala. KIAL was one of the bidders for Ricoh India Limited…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) allowed the appeal filed by Kotak Investment Advisors Limited (KIAL) challenging an order passed by the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) which had approved the resolution plan submitted by a consortium of Kalpraj Dharamshi and Rekha Jhunjhunwala. KIAL was one of the bidders for Ricoh India Limited (Ricoh). The Principal Bench headed by Justices Bansi Lal Bhat, Acting Chairperson, V.P.Singh, Member (Technical), Alok Srivastava Member (Technical) held – “In the circumstances as stated above, we are of the considered opinion that the Resolution Professional committed a grave error in accepting the Resolution Plan of the Resolution Applicant Kalpraj Dharmshi & Rekha Jhunjhunwala after the expiry of the deadline for submission of the Bid/Resolution Plan without notifying/publishing the extension of the timeline for submission of EOI, as per provision of the I&B Code and Regulations thereof. The Adjudicating Authority has also failed to appreciate the illegalities and irregularities pointed out by the Appellant.” The Appellants had contended that Mr. Krishna Chamadia, the Resolution Professional (RP) had unduly accepted two resolution plans that had been submitted after the expiry of deadline for submission of Resolution Plan, without obtaining any resolution from the Committee of Creditors (CoC) to extend the deadline and issuing notice for inviting expression of interest from other potential resolution applicants. The bids by other resolution applicants had already been opened and deliberated upon by the CoC and offers made by it were disclosed to all the participants, including the resolution professional. RP had committed illegalities in the conduct of the corporate insolvency resolution process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC). The Appellate tribunal directed Ricoh’s CoC to take an afresh decision within 10 days on the resolution plans and further held – “If no decision is communicated to the Adjudicating Authority and the timeline for completion of CIRP has already expired, then the Adjudicating Authority is to pass an order for liquidation of the corporate debtor.” RP had argued that the correct procedure prescribed under the IBC was duly followed and the Dharamshi – Jhunjunwala consortium’s plan was approved by CoC with 85% of the votes in favour. Rejecting it’s claim, the Appellate Bench in its 43-page order asserted that the act of the RP to accept the resolution plan after opening the other bids could not by any means be justified and was a blatant misuse of the authority invested in the RP. The 3 member Bench questioning the RP’s conduct further held – “We fail to understand as to why the Resolution Professional had deviated from the earlier procedure of publication of notice for the invitation of EOI. Per contra, the Resolution Professional has accepted the Resolution Plan of the successful Resolution Applicant Kalpraj Dharamshi & Rekha Jhunjhunwala after the expiry of the deadline for submission of Resolution Plan without following the due process, under the guise of maximization of value. The act of the Resolution Professional to accept the Resolution Plan after opening the other bids, which were all submitted within the deadline for submission of Resolution Plan cannot be justified by any means and is a blatant misuse of the authority invested in the Resolution Professional to conduct CIRP. However, if the CoC took a commercial decision to extend the timeline, it should have done so by publishing a fresh notice in Form ‘G’ under Regulation 36A of the CIRP Regulations. By adopting a special procedure for accepting the Resolution Plan of the Successful Resolution Applicant, under the guise of maximization of value, the Resolution Professional and the CoC have deviated from the norms prescribed under the Code and the Regulations framed there under, which vitiates the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process conducted by the RP.” The order of the Hon’ble NCLAT is a big blow on the nexus of resolution professionals and resolution applicants who want to exploit the provisions of the IBC for their vested personal benefits. Earlier in 2018, two resolution plans were filed in time by Phoenix Asset Reconstruction Company Limited (an Associate of KIAL) and Karvy Group, and both were opened by CoC on January 10, 2019. In addition, two more resolution plans were belatedly accepted after expiry of the deadline for submission from WeP Peripherals and consortium of Dharamshi. KIAL had further contended that only a single-member bench of the NCLT had heard the arguments and reserved its order on the resolution plan. However, the final order had been passed by a two-person bench, which was in violation of principles of natural justice. The salutary principle applicable in the instant case was that of the maxim, “one who hears the matter must decide”, the Appellate bench observed. Mr Ramji Srinivasan, Sr Advocate with Mr Suresh Dutt Dobhal, Mr Rishab Kapoor and Mr Shikhar Singh, Advocates appeared for Kotak Mr Krishnendu Datta, Mr Prateek Kumar, Ms Raveena Raj and Mr Rohit Ghosh, Advocates appeared for Kalpraj Dharamshi and Rekha JhunjhunwalaMs Pooja Mahajan and Ms Avni Shrivastav Advocates appeared for RPCompany Appeal (AT) (Insolvency) No. 344 – 345 of 2020Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Reduced sugar NPD to drive growth in bakery, report finds

first_imgSource: Getty ImagesA heightened interest in health and wellbeing is fuelling demand for reduced sugar and calorie products, new research shows.The European Bakery Industry report, commissioned by Tate & Lyle, surveyed 400 senior bakery professionals across Germany, France, Spain and the UK.As many as 73% of respondents said foods with a lower sugar and calorie content were “the biggest driver of business growth”. It comes as Mr Kipling adds Viennese Whirls to its reduced sugar range, following the launch of 30% Less Sugar Angel, Chocolate and Lemon slices in 2019.The study found that more than two thirds (74%) of respondents were reducing the calorie content of products, 71% were cutting sugar levels and 54% were driving down fat levels. Meanwhile, more than half (54%) were focussed on free-from products, and 48% were looking to improve the product-consumption experience. The survey, which polled bakery executives in roles ranging from production and sales to research and development, HR and marketing, also revealed that 51% believed consumers were more likely to choose foods that offer additional nutritional benefits, such as added protein and added fibre.And 44% said a substantial proportion would be willing to pay more for healthy and nutritious foods, while 34% claimed shoppers were increasingly looking beyond the labels on products for details of nutritional contents.“More and more people are looking for ways to stay healthy and improve their wellbeing, a trend that has been building for a while and continues to grow,” said Olivier Kutz, category development manager, Tate & Lyle, Europe.“Paying more for products with enriched nutritional benefits has accelerated, as consumers gain interest in, and understanding of, exactly what is in the products they buy. A heightened awareness of healthier diets and the long-term health implications of the Covid-19 pandemic has also meant people spending more time at home and taking up baking as a hobby are wanting to use healthier products where possible.”Food and drink companies in the UK are working towards voluntary sugar reduction targets, as laid out by government agency Public Health England. Recent figures revealed progress in cakes and biscuits remained well below the 20% reduction outlined for 2020, versus a baseline of 2015.last_img read more

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Guyana police killings prompt calls for inquiry

first_img 17 Views   no discussions Tweet Share NewsRegional Guyana police killings prompt calls for inquiry by: – July 20, 2012 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Home Affairs and National Security Minister Clement Rohee (L) allegedly instructed Police Commissioner Leroy Brummell (R) to fire at protestorsGEORGETOWN, Guyana — The shooting to death by police of three unarmed protestors in Guyana’s mining town of Linden on Wednesday has prompted widespread calls for a government inquiry into the incident.The three shooting victims were part of a large demonstration protesting a 50 percent increase in electricity rates. Protestors reportedly blocked the Wismar Bridge, which facilitates vehicular traffic to and from the country’s vast and natural resources rich hinterland region. This prompted riot police sent in from Georgetown to fire teargas and rubber bullets. Protestors responded by throwing stones and teargas canisters back at police, who responded with live rounds, killing three and wounding dozens. Calling for a Commission of Inquiry into the shooting, Rickford Burke, president of the New York-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID), said, “These killings are a wanton slaughter of African-Guyanese by Guyana police. The peoples of the Caribbean region must express outrage at these killings and solidarity with the black population in Guyana.”Sharma Solomon, regional chairman of Region Ten – Upper Demerara/Berbice, the geographic and local government administration with jurisdiction over Linden, on Wednesday confirmed that three males have been killed, including Ron Somerset, a Guyana Defense Force officer. Solomon also confirmed several injuries and said many were admitted to hospital. Demerara Waves news service has quoted the chairman as saying the town was “in pandemonium.”Burke said the buck stopped at President Donald Ramotar and Home Affairs and National Security Minister Clement Rohee who allegedly instructed Police Commissioner Leroy Brummell to fire at protestors. He also urged opposition leader Brigadier David Granger to be more assertive, saying, “I hope Mr Granger as leader of the party that is the political representative of the people of Linden will relinquish his non-confrontational posture and adopt political measures to wrest from the government a genuine account of the chain of command and who issued the orders to shoot. He must also understand that his supporters expect him to ensure criminal prosecutions must be a consequence of any inquiry or a term of resolution of this horrific incident.” Late Wednesday night several government buildings were reportedly ablaze, including the offices of the government’s Inland Revenue Department. Prime Minister Samuel Hinds further angered residents with a statement condemning the protest and expressing regret at the disruption of business. He made no reference to the killings nor offered any form of condolences. The police have issued a statement calling for calm and the government on Thursday announced that the military has been called out to patrol the town. Ramotar scheduled an emergency meeting with Granger, who made an emergency visit to Linden on Wednesday night. He visited shooting victims at the McKenzie hospital as well as grieving relatives of those killed. Granger said on Thursday that country’s commissioner of police should immediately be suspended.Meanwhile, Ramotar said he regrets the deaths and injuries caused by the shootings and that authorities will open an investigation once calm is restored to the area. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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Long trip to Arlington pays off for Sprint winner Smith

first_imgTrevor Smith won for the first time in his IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car career Saturday night at Arlington Raceway. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)ARLINGTON, Minn. (July 22) – Trevor Smith made the 2-1/2 hour trek to Arlington Raceway pay off, leading all 15 laps of Saturday’s 95.7 the Rock IMCA RaceSaver Sprint car feature for his ca­reer-first win in the division.It was a proud moment for his father Jim, who was track champion in 1988 at Arlington, where he motored his no. 33s sprint car around the ½-mile and picked up his own first feature win 29 years ago.Brian Loscheider picked up an extra bounty of $50 by ending Cory Probst’s streak of 10 Premier Logistics IMCA Hobby Stock wins in as many events.Dave Moriarty ran three-wide with Brad Lange and Matt Speckman before taking the B & B Rac­ing Chassis IMCA Stock Car win by a margin measured in inches. Jeff Lloyd topped the Unhinged Pizza IMCA Northern SportMod main.Tyler Limoges led every lap of the Minnesota 93 IMCA Modified feature while Ryan Bryant was the third and final Coors Light IMCA Sport Compact leader.last_img read more

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Carr-Gruden union looks good — for a half

first_imgGet Raiders news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free Raiders HQ newsletter. OAKLAND — It was the waning moments of a 33-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, and what was left of the home crowd was letting the Raiders have it.There were boos and catcalls. “Hey, D.C., you stink”  … “Way to move the rock, Chucky!”A promising first half … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.WATCH: Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on their loss to the Rams.last_img

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The Professor Of Chikmagalore

first_imgChikmagalur, a rainy and hilly district in southern Karnataka, draws a growing number of tourists from Bangalore, who come here for spectacular views of the Western Ghats, or to spend a night in Kemmanagundi, the local hill station. But for a few visitors-and I am one of them-a trip to,Chikmagalur, a rainy and hilly district in southern Karnataka, draws a growing number of tourists from Bangalore, who come here for spectacular views of the Western Ghats, or to spend a night in Kemmanagundi, the local hill station. But for a few visitors-and I am one of them-a trip to Chikmagalur is always accompanied by the hope that we might spot its most famous resident, Professor Carvalho. He should be easy to find: He’s a Mangalorean Catholic, somewhat unusual for these parts, sports a silvery beard, and his Kannada, though formal, is interspersed with English phrases like “My dear young man” and “Yesyes”. So we crane our necks out of cars and buses and stare at the locals, wondering if Carvalho is among them-though we know, of course, that he is not.Aravind AdigaHe lives only in a novel. Published in 1980, Poornachandra Tejaswi’s Kannada classic Karvalo is set around the town of Mudugere in Chikmagalur. A typical town in the Western Ghats: The locals grow honey, rear cattle, and live a hard life, which is made harder by police and politicians. They have a stranger in their midst. Professor Carvalho, a scientist posted at a nearby research centre, is a treasury of information on all kinds of agricultural problems, an expert on glow-worms, and a man who receives photographs and letters from around the world. Though the kindly Mangalorean is always ready to help the locals, some of them are suspicious. What is this urbane, prosperous scientist doing in the middle of nowhere? Is he a foreign agent?One day Carvalho confesses. He is on the trail of a very rare lizard, one that can fly. The creature is a living fossil, a relative of the dinosaurs that survived their extinction by growing wings. Though it was last observed a hundred years ago in Africa, Carvalho is sure it matches the descriptions of a creature seen recently in the forests of the Western Ghats. He has written to the Smithsonian Institute and the British Geographical Institute, and they have jointly offered a reward for this amazing lizard-payable in pounds sterling!advertisementNow all the locals want to be friends with Carvalho. A search party, armed with a cook, heads into the woods. Fatigue sets in quickly, and men who are used to coming to the wilderness only for firewood or shikar grow weary of its monotony. The scientist revives them. He makes them see the forest with new eyes: He touches the branch of a tree, and lo!-it sprouts a moustache and legs and turns into a worm. Under the dark cover of the trees, the locals hold discussions with Carvalho. Does God exist? Does He oversee Evolution? If all creatures are subject to Evolution, how has this living fossil alone opted out of the process? At last they find the lizard-or something that might be their lizard-and give it chase as it glides through the trees, slipping past their hands again and again to reach the very edge of the Western Ghats. Now Carvalho and the others think they have got it: The lizard is at a sheer cliff with nowhere to go. The mysterious reptile, however, has one last trick to play on its pursuers.Tejaswi-whose father, Kuvempu, was a celebrated Kannada poet-made his literary reputation in the early 1970s with the short story collection Abachoorina Post Office. Inspired by Ram Manohar Lohia’s call for a social revolution, these angry and poetic stories are as unsettling as anything by Manto. The multi-talented Tejaswi published essays on astronomy and natural history, took photographs of Chikmagalur (where he lived), and translated wildlife books from English into Kannada; by 1980, he had mellowed enough to write Karvalo. The language is simple and precise; the vision, genial and humanistic, rests equally on commitment to one’s fellow men and respect for the environment. If he lacks the nationwide reputation of U.R. Ananthamurthy or cult following of S.L. Bhyrappa-the Mysorean novelist who is a favourite of the Hindutva crowd, Tejaswi, who died in 2007-is adored in Karnataka as no other writer is. Both comic and cosmic, Karvalo expands out of Chikmagalur. Wherever I am in the hills, in Mussoorie or Germany, there are times when leaves rustle behind me and I turn, expecting to find an eccentric Mangalorean scientist in pursuit of a flying lizard that is as ancient as the dinosaurs. -Aravind Adiga is a Booker Prize-winning novelist.last_img read more

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These Cavs Could Be LeBrons Best Supporting Cast Ever

As we wrote Thursday, the 2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers figure to be a very good basketball team after acquiring Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a trade this week. That move came on top of the offseason’s biggest coup — persuading LeBron James to return to Ohio after a four-season stint in Miami — and it gives the Cavs two of the top six or so players in the NBA. According to our calculations, Cleveland has the talent to rattle off more than 60 wins next season.James is no stranger to helping rack up big win totals. His teams have won 60 or more games in a season three times in his 12-year NBA career, and 50 or more games eight times (pro-rating the 2011-12 Heat’s 46 wins in 66 games up to 57.2 wins in the NBA’s usual 82-game schedule). But, provided they stay relatively healthy next year, James’s new Cleveland teammates could supply him with the best supporting cast he’s ever had.We can measure the contributions of James’s teammates by looking at how well a statistic like Real Plus/Minus (RPM) or Statistical Plus/Minus (SPM) would predict they’d play if his team replaced him with an average player. For example, RPM calls for the 2014-15 Cavaliers to produce a +9.6 efficiency differential, or the gap between offensive efficiency and defensive efficiency (and a predictor of future success). James is projected for a +9.1 RPM while playing 72.9 percent of the team’s available minutes. Given his performance and playing time, his teammates would need +0.7 RPM apiece for the team’s overall differential to add up to 9.6. This implies that a team composed of James’s Cavs teammates — plus an average player (with a rating of 0.0) taking up James’s 72.9 percent of available minutes — would instead have a differential of +2.9.We can calculate this for each of James’s teams, using both SPM and RPM, to find the most talented supporting casts he’s played alongside:If we use our earlier projected distribution of minutes played, then the 2014-15 Cavaliers will easily feature the best supporting cast James has ever lined up with. However, as we noted earlier, there are a few reasons to think James’s new teammates might be closer to the pack.First, injuries could matter quite a bit for this group. Kyrie Irving and Love combined for 148 games played last season but were limited to 67 the year before. Using Houston Rockets analyst Ed Kupfer’s rule of thumb that players should be penalized one game for each six missed last season and one for each 20 missed two years before (from a baseline forecast of 76 games played), the Cavs would project to give 2,125 minutes to players unaccounted for on our roster projection. If those replacement-level players performed at a level of -2.0 points per 100 possessions, then the 2014-15 Cavs’ supporting cast would produce an RPM differential of +1.4 without James, which would be only marginally ahead of that provided by James’s teammates on the 2013-14 Heat.There’s also the issue of growing pains — and diminishing returns — when a new roster comes together. Love might be a perfect fit with James and the Cavs, but players joining unfamiliar teams tend to perform worse than their plus/minus ratings would predict. This could especially be true because of the adjustment that will be required of Love, who used 28.6 percent of the Timberwolves’ possessions while on the floor last season. He’ll be joining forces with James (31.0 percent of possessions used with the Heat), plus Kyrie Irving (28.1 percent) and Dion Waiters (25.8 percent). Following in the footsteps of the 2010-11 Heat, next year’s Cleveland squad will probably blow away records for possession-users coming together on a team. However, it’s not always easy to predict how much of a difference there will be between the sum of a team’s parts and its actual performance.Even so, the Cavaliers are considered the favorites to win next year’s NBA championship. A lot of that is due to James’s return, but it doesn’t hurt that he’ll play with the most gifted set of teammates he’s ever had. read more

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