Just two days away from the 64th anniversary of the armistice which ended the Korean war, which North Korea has labelled “Victory Day”, officers from the army, navy and air force promised to crush the US.
Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong-so said he wants his nation to wage “more dynamic struggle to add shine to the history of great victory in the war generation after generation and bring July 27 of final victory as early as possible”.
The armistice has left North and South Korea in a state of war, yet Pyongyang celebrates the date as a win over the US.
It is feared North Korea may launch another missile test to celebrate their perverted holiday.
Launching equipment was detected arriving in Kusong last Friday, and according to a US defence official it signals Kim Jong-un is preparing to launch another test ICBM within days.
The Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) believes the secretive state is on track to build a nuclear-equipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) within the next year, shaving two years off the previous projections.
According to the DIA, North Korea will be able to produce a “reliable, nuclear-capable ICBM” missile at some point in 2018.
One US official sought to calm tensions by saying: “The DIA and the South Koreans tend to be at the leading edge of estimates on North Korea’s military programs, and that’s understandable.”
On a surface that includes just the boxscores and highlight packages, Phil Jackson’s acquisition of Derrick Rose wouldn’t hold up as the debilitating blunder it represents.
Rose’s 64 games were more than most expected on those fragile legs. He averaged more points at a higher shooting percentage than in any season following his knee surgery in 2012. During his brief time in a Knick uniform, Rose reinforced his status as one of the greatest guards at exploding to the rim and finishing — often acrobatically — rivaled in that department by only Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook.
Except that’s just the surface, or inside the vacuum that created a misnomer that the trade was a low-risk move. And now that Rose is gone to Cleveland on a minimum contract to potentially replace Irving, Jackson’s mistake officially became a one-year failed experiment with repercussions that will haunt the Knicks for the length of Joakim Noah’s contract.
It was one of the bigger dominoes that fell to create this environment, with Jackson enjoying a stress-free $ 24 million view from his Lake House and Steve Mills wanting no part of Rose when he took over.
“They’re saying us and Golden State are the super teams,” Rose famously remarked before the disappointment unfolded.
In June of 2016, the philosophy behind the trade went like this: the Knicks needed a point guard who was the opposite of Jose Calderon, one who could move and create scoring opportunities while taking advantage of Carmelo Anthony’s fading prime.
The move was applauded — even by this writer — because the reward seemed greater than the risk of injury that followed Rose with every foot plant. In making the trade, Jackson also abandoned his plan to build slowly around his low-key hand-picked players, namely Robin Lopez, who helped the Knicks improve by 15 wins from the season prior.
Two years of rebuilding around the triangle were tossed off the Chase Bridge.
“One of my questions to Carmelo was — are we moving quickly enough for you and your anticipation of trying to be into a competitive playoff situation?” Jackson said at the time. “I think that was our conversation and established the fact of his desire, the idea that he is getting into an age where things have to happen for him. So we decided to activate ourselves.”
Nothing worked out, though. It was a disaster. The departure of Lopez in the trade led to the signing of Noah at four years, $ 72 million, which quite possibly ranks as the worst and most untradeable contract in the NBA. Noah, 32, who endured two surgeries and a drug suspension last season, will be paid more than $ 19 million for the 2019-20 season. He was recruited by Rose and committed to the Knicks less than a week after the trade.
Kristaps Porzingis had paired nicely in the frontcourt with Lopez, but couldn’t establish the same chemistry with oft-injured Noah, who probably already lost the starting job to Willy Hernangomez. Plus, Rose commanded the ball so much that it stunted Porzingis’ development and, according to the NY Times, contributed to the Latvian’s frustration with the organization.
Off the court, Rose was a lightning rod for controversy, starting in preseason, when he missed all but one game while attending a civil rape trial in California. He handled himself well with the media, representing an accessible and genuine voice in a locker room that often became a ghost town when reporters were allowed inside. While many players privately rebelled and grumped about the offense, Rose actually put his name behind comments about the “foreign” triangle. He deserves credit for honesty in an environment more conducive to backchannels and backstabbing. The Knicks were also better last season with the 28-year-old (26-38) than without him (5-13).
But that couldn’t save Rose from being publicly filleted for going AWOL on a game day in January. He couldn’t escape the criticism for executing defensive closeouts with a gingerly stroll, or the losses that piled up because the Knicks’ perimeter D sprung more leaks than the Donald Trump administration.
In the end, Rose left the Knicks with a torn meniscus and a dramatic decrease in value. Jackson was open to bringing him back in free agency, perhaps because he always sold the trade as something more than a one-year rental.
But while distancing himself from his former boss, Mills told people from the start of free agency that he wasn’t re-signing Rose. A rollercoaster ended with the point guard agreeing to a one-year, $ 2.1 million deal with the Cavs, where he will try to erase the disappointment from last season and rebuild his value for next summer.
The Knicks are also trying to recover from a trade that fell flat.
Kate Hudson has pulled a G.I. Jane (and countless other badass Hollywood heroines) by completely shaving her famous golden locks … and like all of them, she looks great.
Kate was seen on set Tuesday in L.A. for a new flick she’s working on with Sia, and she’s rocking a new shaved ‘do for the role.
Gotta say, as well as she wears it … we almost didn’t recognize her here at first.
Going bald seems to be back in style in Tinseltown. Cara Delevingne recently did the same for a movie, as did Kristen Stewart and, of course, Milly Bobby Brown for her role as Eleven in “Stranger Things.”
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry thought he was part of an official international conversation, but ended up in a discussion about manure with a pair of Russian pranksters.
Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov somehow got on the line with the former Texas governor for more than 20 minutes by pretending to be from Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.
The conversation, posted in full by Russian site Vesti, started off with what seemed to be a typical high-level exchange between government figures, talking about plans to develop oil and gas in Ukraine.
Perry began making his way off the call, though the pranksters got in a few parting shots at Poroshenko, whose country has been in conflict with Russia since the 2014 invasion and annexation of Crimea.
They said beyond his fuel concoctions, the leader also discusses international relations with a squirrel.
After news of the prank reached the U.S., the Department of Energy told Bloomberg “Secretary Perry is the latest target of two Russian pranksters.”
“These individuals are known for pranking high level officials and celebrities, particularly those who are supportive of an agenda that is not in line with their governments. In this case, the energy security of Ukraine.”
Two state lawmakers from Brooklyn say they plan to introduce legislation to decriminalize turnstile jumping cases, a criminal offense predominately affecting people of color with low incomes.
State Sen. Jesse Hamilton (D-Crown Heights) and Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant) will propose the measure during the next legislative session.
“No one should face the nightmare of arrest, a criminal record, loss of housing or deportation over fare evasion,” Hamilton said during a press conference Tuesday morning on Eastern Parkway and Franklin Ave. in Crown Heights.
The push comes after Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced his office will charge first-time turnstile jumpers with a civil summons and fine. Repeat offenders will get a desk-appearance ticket and a chance to finish a diversion program before going to court.
Soon afterward, the Brooklyn DA’s office announced it’s adopting a similar policy.
The move is expected to drastically reduce a taxed court system.
The number of arrests for “theft of services” has gone down by 19% over the past four years, from 32,667 in 2013 to 26,463 in 2016, according to the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services.
“Although these numbers are trending in the right direction, criminal records and jail time should not be the result based on inability to pay a transit fare,” a report issued by Hamilton’s office said.
In 2016, almost 92% of those arrested for fare evasion were people of color, the report said. Many spent at least one day in jail, records show.
Under the proposed legislation, turnstile jumping would no longer lead to an arrest and misdemeanor charges. Instead, it would be handled as a civil matter by the MTA’s Adjudication Bureau. The fine for turnstile jumping is currently $ 100.
Todd Frazier, the Toms River, New Jersey Little League star, made his home debut in pinstripes Tuesday in the Yankees’ 4-2 win, but Frazier did not get off to a rousing start after he grounded into a triple play in the bottom of the second inning, his first at-bat as a Yankee in the Bronx.
The bases were loaded with no outs in the second when Frazier came to the plate, after Matt Holliday, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley had hit consecutive singles off Reds starter Luis Castillo. But Frazier scorched a grounder to Reds shortstop Jose Peraza, who stepped on second to begin a double play. Gregorius, who was on second when the play started, hesitated when he started toward third base, and then got caught in a rundown between second and third, before he was eventually tagged out by Peraza.
Yankees southpaw Jordan Montgomery carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Reds right fielder Scott Schebler socked a double to right-center. Schebler later scored Cincinnati’s first run on an RBI groundout, but the rookie Montgomery (7-5) was brilliant in 6.2 innings of work, as the Yankees (52-46) won their second straight. Montgomery surrendered one run on two hits while walking one and striking out six Reds (Eugenio Suarez twice).
But normally lights-out reliever Dellin Betances had a shaky eighth inning with the Bombers leading 3-1. He walked two of the first three batters he faced, and after recording two outs, surrendered an RBI double to Billy Hamilton that Aaron Judge leaped to catch and narrowly missed. Adam Warren replaced Betances and struck out Suarez to end the frame. Aroldis Chapman earned his 12th save.
Holliday scored the Yankees’ first run on Frazier’s triple play groundout, although Frazier was not credited with an RBI. Gregorius hit his 15th home run of the season — a much-needed insurance run in the bottom of the eighth — and also had a sacrifice fly, while Yankee catcher Austin Romine hit an RBI double in the fifth inning.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Todd Frazier’s Yankee home debut will be a forever memory, just not the kind for the scrapbook. Frazier’s second-inning, triple-play groundout was officially scored 6-6-3-3-5-6.
Scott Schebler’s sixth-inning double. Up until Schebler’s hit, Yankee starter Jordan Montgomery had a no-hitter in the works.
STAR OF GAME
Montgomery. The rookie gave the Yankees a much-needed strong outing, lasting 6.2 innings.
16.51. Dellin Betances’ K/9.0IP ratio entering Tuesday’s game was the highest in the majors among relievers.
Betances. The Yankee reliever entered in the eighth inning to protect a 3-1 lead, and walked two of the first three batters he faced. Betances got two outs before he gave up an RBI double to Billy Hamilton.
Adam Warren. The right-hander replaced Betances in the top eighth and preserved the tenuous 3-2 lead by striking out Eugenio Suarez to end the inning.
Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, 1:05 pm. RHP Luis Severino (6-4, 3.21) vs. RHP Homer Bailey (2-4, 8.56)
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I heard about five, six hundred people are coming from Toms River to today’s game.” – Yankee third baseman Todd Frazier, before making his home debut in pinstripes
Nearly three years after an NYPD officer got his wings — the slain cop has an angel of his own.
The widow of Officer Wenjian Liu gave birth Tuesday to a baby girl after she became pregnant using sperm preserved from her husband. Pei Xia Chen welcomed her 6-pound, 13-ounce bundle of joy into the world around 4:30 a.m. at New York Presbyterian/Cornell Medical Center.
Liu’s mother pointed to the sky in tribute to her son and beamed with pride over her granddaughter.
“Her name is Angelina, like an angel, like my son is an angel,” Liu’s mom Xiu Yan Li told the Daily News. “I’m just so happy.”
Liu, 32, and Officer Rafael Ramos, 40, were shot to death on Dec. 20, 2014 as they sat in a marked patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. On the night of the shooting, Wenjian Liu’s wife — who also goes by Sanny Liu — requested her husband’s semen be frozen.
Police said the wife had a dream that night during which Liu handed her a baby girl.
“I told my friend, ‘It’s going to be a girl,’” Liu’s wife said Tuesday, according to police. “My friend said, ‘No, you haven’t even checked the sonograms.’ But I was right.”
Experts say that even after a murder, there’s a 24-hour window where sperm can be collected. If frozen properly, it can last forever. In vitro fertilization — the process used by Chen — has a 70-80% success rate in women with normal fertility levels.
The first-time mom is eager to tell her daughter that her dad was a New York City hero.
Angelina’s grandmother visited the baby and said the newborn’s face was a perfect blend of her parents.
“She looks like my daughter-in-law,” she said via Cantonese translation from Susan Zhuang, chief of staff for Assemblyman William Colton. “But this part, the eyes and the forehead, looks like my son. The top of the face looks like my son. The bottom looks like her mother. The head looks exactly like my son. I see my son in her.”
Liu’s father Wei Tang Liu simply smiled and made a gesture as if he was holding a baby in his arms.
“It’s much easier to act presidential than what we’re doing here tonight,” he said, criticizing those who have claimed his frequent Twitter outbursts and perpetual campaigning is unworthy of the Oval Office.
Lincoln was not the only President to gain a special mention in Trump’s stump speech, with oft-forgotten William McKinley also praised for trade policies.
Trump’s Ohio address closely mirrored one of his campaign rallies, with the President pacing around the stage in between the crowd’s cheers.
In addition to his own presidential-ness, Trump bashed Democrats for opposing efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, praised the deportation of immigrants and bashed the “fake news” media.