SWAT Head removed from post

first_imgAlcohol smuggling probeActing Police Commissioner David Ramnarine confirmed on Tuesday that Commander of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit, Deputy Superintendent Mootie Dookie has been removed from his post.Dookie is under investigation after he was reportedly caught smuggling 30 cases of whiskey.SWAT Commander Mootie DookieGuyana Times understands that Dookie will be out of his post pending the outcome of the investigation.When asked about Dookie’s replacement, the acting Top Cop said that although the SWAT has the capacity for someone to be appointed Officer in Charge, there is already sufficient oversight at the level of Police Headquarters.On December 30, the Head of SWAT was detained at the Whim Police Station and placed under close arrest after 30 cases of illegal whiskey were discovered in a vehicle in which he was travelling.The discovery was made when officers, in a special operation, stopped the minibus on the Whim Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice and Dookie had reportedly told the Police that there were only 10 cases of whiskey which were being taken to a party. However, a search proved otherwise as 30 cases were found.On Sunday, it was claimed that the Policeman later escaped from lawful custody, but a senior Police rank in B Division (Berbice) denied knowledge of any escape, and maintained that the detainee was still in custody. This publication was told that Dookie should not have been in Berbice in the first place based on confirmation that his commanding officer never permitted him to leave Police headquarters in Georgetown.Dookie was appointed to his post only three months ago following the removal of his predecessor, Lonsdale Withrite. Withrite was relieved of his duties on October 4, 2017, two days after he was allegedly robbed of his service weapon, 16 live rounds of ammunition and his motor car, while in the company of a female friend at the seawall at Kitty, Georgetown.last_img read more

Jobs at heart of SA’s development plan

first_img “Long-term growth and investment requires trust and co-operation between business, labour and government,” the plan states – while noting that trust levels in South Africa are low, and labour relations “unduly tense and sometimes violent”. The economy will never evolve in a more labour-intensive manner if this state of tension between employers and employees persists, the plan warns. “Promoting more rapid, job-creating growth means tackling these tensions in an honest and open manner.” ‘Must talk directly to the needs of our people’ In receiving the plan, President Zuma commended the commissioners for putting the elimination of poverty and reduction of inequality at the heart of their plan. “These two challenges, plus the need to eliminate illiteracy, are the ones that most South Africans feel most strongly about. Any plan that fails to talk directly to the needs of our people … will not be good enough for our country.” The President was also pleased that nation building and social cohesion had been identified as critical for the achievement of the plan’s objectives. “It is essential that we capture the balance in our Constitution to build a prosperous, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa,” he said. Minister for Planning in the Presidency Trevor Manuel said all South Africans needed to work together with the government, business and civil society to make the plan a reality. “While the state can build schools, we need communities to ensure that the schools work properly and that children study hard. Our paradigm is one where communities are active in their own development,” Manuel said. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said he appreciated the commissioners’ bravery in acting upon the mandate given to them by the President of taking a broad, cross-cutting and independent view of South Africa in drafting the plan. SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Raising exports, focusing on those areas in which South Africa already has endowments and comparative advantages, such as mining, construction, mid-skill manufacturing, agriculture and agro-processing, tourism and business services.Increasing the size and effectiveness of the country’s innovation system, and ensuring closer alignment with companies that operate in sectors that fit in with the growth strategy.Improving the functioning of the labour market to help the economy absorb more labour, through reforms and specific proposals concerning dispute resolution and discipline.Supporting small business through better coordination of the activities of small business agencies, development finance institutions, and private and public incubators.Improving the country’s skills base through better education and vocational training.Increasing investment in social and economic infrastructure in order to lower costs, raise productivity and bring more people into the mainstream of the economy.Reduce the regulatory burden in sectors where the private sector is the main investor, such as broadband internet connectivity, to achieve greater capacity and lower prices.Improve the capacity of the state to effectively implement economic policy. 14 November 2011 South Africa’s National Development Plan seeks to create a “virtuous cycle of growth and development” by removing the most pressing constraints to investment and job creation in order to eliminate poverty and sharply reduce inequality in the country by 2030. The wide-ranging draft plan, which will be refined through public engagement before going to Cabinet, was presented to President Jacob Zuma by Trevor Manuel, chairman of the National Planning Commission, in Pretoria on Friday.11-million new jobs by 2030 The plan builds on the government’s New Growth Path, which targets 5-million new jobs by 2020, setting an ambitious target of reducing South Africa’s unemployment rate from 27 percent in 2011 to 6 percent by 2030 by creating 11-million new jobs. This will require meeting the corollary target of annual average gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 5.4% between now and 2030, and the National Development Plan focuses strongly on economic interventions to achieve job-creating growth. However, its scope is much wider than that, ranging from improving the country’s infrastructure while integrating the rural economy and transitioning to a lower-carbon economy, to improving the quality of education, achieving quality universal health care, building safer communities, reforming the public service and beating corruption.‘South Africa needs to write a new story’ At its heart, the plan envisages a shift away from a paradigm of entitlement to a paradigm that promotes the development of capabilities, the creation of opportunities, and the participation of all citizens. “To make meaningful, rapid and sustained progress in reducing poverty and inequality over the next two decades, South Africa needs to write a new story,” the plan states. “At the core of this plan is a new development paradigm that seeks to involve communities, youth, workers, the unemployed and business in partnership with each other, and with a more capable state. “The aim is to develop the capabilities of individuals and of the country, and to create opportunities for all South Africans.”An economy that will create more jobs To increase both employment creation and economic growth, the plan proposes:last_img read more

Homecoming Revolution expands to African diaspora

first_imgAngel Jones, founder and CEO of Homecoming Revolution, at the Wharton African Business Forum. (Image: Homecoming Revolution) • Homecoming Revolution +27 11 879 1961 [email protected] • Meet Heshan de Silva, Kenya’s 25-year-old dollar multimillionaire • Bill Gates: Who says Africa will always be poor? • Cape to Cairo trade agreement to open African borders • Africa rising • A vision for 2030: South Africa’s National Development PlanSulaiman PhilipAngel Jones’s office at Homecoming Revolution is neat, professional and as tranquil as the surface of a pond. The mid-morning sun floods through the windows, adding a shimmer to an eye-catching fixture mounted to the wall – a pair of bronzed angel wings.It’s the room next door that reveals the frenzied work below the surface. Jones and her staff are busy finalising the first Homecoming Expo in four years, set for London on 15 and 16 March. Papers cascade off the table in what she calls the “sweat room”. Newsprint pasted to all four walls are a riot of lists and columns and colour, helping the staff keep track and make sense of the task ahead of them.Fifteen years ago, after seven years working in London, Jones felt the tug of home when she heard Nelson Mandela speak in Trafalgar Square. She came back to South Africa and, in 2003, set up Homecoming Revolution as a non-profit organisation to encourage expatriates to return to the country and smooth their trip home.Watch: Homecoming Revolution Africa – It’s time to come home:With just over a month to go to the London Expo there are still details to be finalised. For the first time, Homecoming Revolution is targeting not just South Africans but people from all across Africa who want to return.“We are expecting 2 000 delegates over the two days who want to hear from people who have returned and who are able to speak about the opportunities in Africa,” says Jones. “There are micro details that need to get sorted. Do we have corporates from across the continent? Is everyone able to make their speaking slot? For the first time we are bringing together Africans to celebrate the continent – it’s not just South Africans or Nigerians or Ugandans interested in their own part of the continent.”At the expo, corporations will showcase opportunities across sub-Saharan Africa. The focus is on getting the talent of the diaspora to return to Africa – but not necessarily to their own countries. “We want South Africans to consider opportunities in Lagos,” she says. “Or a Kenyan who wants to work in South Africa. We are there to provide assistance. It is important at this point in time that we celebrate the wider Africa.”Africa rising“The global slowdown has made Africa attractive, but the fact that Africa is on the rise is the reason so many educated Africans are looking to return. They see that Africa offers them a chance to be innovative and entrepreneurial in their careers.”The Homecoming Revolution message is simple: Africa needs the skills its citizens in the diaspora have acquired. The continent is on the cusp of greater prosperity, and it will take the talents of all of its people to grow it. As more expat Africans want to give back, the expo, taking place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London, will showcase opportunities and to provide assistance to those ready to return.Jones says Africa stays in your blood, and it is simply the role of initiatives like Homecoming Revolution to engage with people who want to return and to smooth the path home. “We began as an NGO and are stilled underpinned by the idea that Africa deserves its skills back. People are mobilising around that idea. They want to play their part, whether it’s by returning or investing or using their skills to mentor while on holiday.”The wave of immigration will benefit the continent, Jones says. While a significant minority are Europeans looking for an escape from an economy in the doldrums, the fact that the majority are successful Africans returning home is good news. For the most part they are Africans with skills in finance, engineering and construction, nursing and even retail. “These are people who have developed global relationships and, most important, they are people who know how to apply them in an African context.”Being part of something biggerThe decision to return is a personal one and, for those who make the leap, career advancement is the least important factor. Jones has found that those who haggle over an employment package are not ready to return and will leave as soon as a better offer comes along.“Africans choose to return because they want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. For me the trigger was hearing Mandela speak in Trafalgar Square. For others it is marriage or the birth of a child.”Being close to family and friends becomes important once you begin a family, she says. Also, she chuckles, don’t underestimate the lure of the lifestyle. You may have pictures of yourself in front of the Eiffel Tower to show off, but your friends who stayed behind own their home, have cars and house help.Going home isn’t easyOn a cold snowy day in London returning to sunny Africa may seem like the perfect dream, but there are snags to overcome once you are back. Not hiding these has helped the staff at Homecoming Revolution ease the path for returnees. “We don’t pretend everything will be perfect, we tell people it will be hard to settle. We tell them there will be frustrations to manage their expectations. Little things like opening a bank account or choosing a school or where to get fresh vegetables … there are people who have dealt with these annoyances and you can talk to them.”Africa may be full of problems, but six of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world over the past decade have been African. By 2015 the African middle class – people with an income of $3 000 a year – will number around 100-million. For every entrepreneur who returns and starts a business there are nine people, in both the formal and informal economy, who benefit.Jones realises that bureaucratic red tape is a stumbling block that adds to the stress of rebuilding a life in Africa. Homecoming Revolution helps with the little annoyances like applying for visas for a spouse and children or with the transfer of funds into the country. “The biggest concern for a lot of people who come to us is a work visa for a foreign spouse,” she says.“We are looking for ways to build a stronger relationship with the government. People want their kids to grow up barefoot on the grass, they want to feel like they are building their own nation, but they need help with the practical things. We fill this crazy void to help fast-track their return.”last_img read more

New Consumer Protection Agency Launches ConsumerFinance.gov, Crowdsources Fraud Reports

first_imgFulfilling the agency’s mission won’t depend only upon the new ConsumerFinance.gov. Citizens can connect with the CFPB on Facebook and CFPB on Flickr, follow the @CFPB or watch videos on the YouTube channel. The use of Twitter and YouTube accounts appear noteworthy, given that the new ConsumerFinance.gov asks citizens to share suggestion using YouTube and Twitter.The new website, which staff are quick to caution is “still in beta,” also includes Warren’s calendar and more information about the bureau, including an animated video narrated by director Ron Howard that presents the CFPB’s account of the financial crisis that precipitated the agency’s creation. This morning a startup in Washington, D.C. launched its website. What’s the news? The website is a .gov, not a .com, and the startup is a government agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 established the agency last year. Republican lawmakers have been highly critical of the powers given to the new consumer bureau, which they say could stifle growth in the financial industry. They’re expected to hold hearings about its future in the coming months. But the CFPB’s head, Elizabeth Warren, is wasting no time in getting her agency up and running. Today’s launch marks the beginning of a countdown to when many elements of the new bureau go into action on July 21.The look and feel of the new ConsumerFinance.gov departs from the standard .gov websites online visitors might expect, with a beautiful, clean design organized around the current goals of the agency: reaching out to the public for idea and feedback. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There’s also a draft of the agency’s structure, which offers new insight into how the CFPB might cohere internally.The new website is just that – a website. How the bureau delivers on its mission will depend upon more than its digital assets. The digital outposts that the CFPB has put up around the Internet on social media will only be as successful as the staff operating them. The CFPB has quietly assembled some of the best new media talent in the federal government, however, and these social media platforms look clearly aligned with the agency’s mission to engage citizens and gather feedback. The next step, where the CFPB officially launches, aspire to use data to do much more. Crowdsourcing for FraudAs Bill Swindell reported for NextGov last year, the new consumer protection agency plans to use crowdsourcing to detect issues in the market earlier. In a world where studios can use tweets to estimate movie profits or researchers can use Twitter to predict the stock market, it makes sense for government to seriously examine data mining blogs and social networks to pick up the weak signals that predate real problems. Choosing to use such a methodology is applying a lesson from Web 2.0 to Gov 2.0. This isn’t the first time the federal government has tried to use crowdsourcing for collaborative innovation in open government, certainly, but detecting consumer fraud in a networked world is such a massive challenge that the effort deserves special attention and scrutiny. After today’s launch, citizens have many more ways to deliver it. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alexander howardcenter_img Related Posts The website is only a first step in implementing its online presence. That said, it’s a significant one. If the CFPB is truly going to be a “21st century regulator,” it will need the tools and the people to match the title. The first “Startup.gov” in decades has its sights on using crowdsourcing, big data and mobile technology to detect and address consumer fraud before it causes the next great financial crisis.“We have the opportunity to create a brand new consumer agency from the ground up. This agency will put a cop on the beat to enforce the laws on credit cards, mortgages, student loans, prepaid cards, and other kinds of consumer financial products and services,” said Warren, who is also an assistant to the President and a special advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the CFPB, in a statement. “We want to make sure that the American people are with us all the way while we build it.” Warren’s full statement on being open for suggestions is below: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Government#politics#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

The Costume Design of Star Trek, House of Cards, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding

first_imgWe spoke with costume designer Gersha Phillips about her bold designs for Star Trek: Discovery, all the suits in House of Cards, and working on My Big Fat Greek Wedding.Sonequa Martin-Green and Costume Designer Gersha Phillips on the Red Carpet during the Season 2 STAR TREK: DISCOVERY premiere party, held at the Conrad, New York on January, 17th. Photo Cr: Brad Barket/CBS © 2019 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.PremiumBeat: The Star Trek franchise is storied. Were you given a prime directive for the look and feel of Star Trek: Discovery? Or were you tasked to bring the creative team a vision first? How was it tackling something so iconic?Gersha Phillips: It is a huge responsibility, and it’s an amazing creative challenge. I am so grateful to have this opportunity! We hold the entire genre, the whole canon, and the fans in all of our creative processes and decision-making.It gives us an opportunity to look into current technology and the future and imagine the possibilities. And it adds a whole new element to costume design! It’s been an inspiring experience.And it’s also such an honor to think about my designs and my work and my team’s work being included in this iconic series of the Star Trek universe. It’s pretty cool!I was invited to the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas last year, and it was incredibly surreal, humbling, and amazing to see the Star Trek fans and cosplayers dressed in their versions of our costumes!Image via Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access).PB: When designing for women on the show — it’s been problematic in the past when the female characters were so sexualized (from the original Star Trek series with mini skirts to Seven of Nine in Voyager wearing body suits and high heels). What was your strategy to devise the sexy without the sexist?  Because the women look amazing, yet unexploited.GP: I find this part so fascinating. Sexy means something different to every person you talk to, and I love working with that. My goal was to empower the female and male cast equally.This creative journey gives us a great opportunity to showcase these very personal and culture-based concepts like “sexy” or “power” in terms of dress. We had to imagine what these things will mean far into the future and where we will be in terms of sexual politics, gender, sex, culture, and values. I think we knew very early on that Star Trek: Discovery was a progressive and inclusive show, and one of the major thoughts for me was that the definition of sex and gender would become irrelevant in the future. Working towards a non-binary element to costuming was really important to us, empowering all characters equally.Image via Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access).PB: You’ve worked on series and on features. We often hear that TV is a writer’s medium and film is the director’s purview. Where do you feel the costume designer enjoys the most creative freedom? Or is it impossible to generalize?GP: Twenty-two years ago, I would have said designing for film is definitely more creative without a doubt. But Star Trek: Discovery has become a case unto itself as we build 75-85 percent of the costumes on the show, and everyone is involved. I work closely with our showrunners, writers, producers, directors, production designer, DP, VFX, and props. It’s a very creative and collaborative environment to work in, and as an artist, I feel very grateful.As always, what we do is driven by the scripts. We are so fortunate on this show that we are given a tremendous amount of creative freedom.Image via House of Cards (Netflix).PB: You worked on the second season of House of Cards, which I imagine could simply have been a sea of red or blue ties and dark suits. Obama famously was called out for the audacity of once wearing a tan jacket. How do you find a character’s individual style in a series where political characters have the objective of blending in to remain uncontroversial?GP: This is an example of the art of costume design — recreating reality even when it’s all navy blue! This is the look of the world of American politics, and delivering anything other than that would have a really distracting effect. You never want the clothing to compete with the script or the world it operates in. As costume designers, we bring characters and stories to life, and we recreate worlds. Some days, it’s Brooks Brothers, and other days it’s outer space in year 2259.Image via My Big Fat Greek Wedding (IFC Films).PB: My Big Fat Greek Wedding was a smash, surprise hit. Your budget had to have been modest — how do you approach style economically?GP: I love this question because it’s another way that creativity and design work can be impacted — THE MONEY!Sometimes we have a great budget, and we can explore all sorts of possibilities, and other times less so, and then we get creative; we dig deeper, and sometimes we find gold. Depending on the look of a show, resale designer, used clothing, and rentals can really enhance the character and make the show more believable. This is less about budget and more about feeling and creating a world. It’s a really great topic because budgets are a huge part of our work in costume departments.PB: Finally, what do you want producers, directors, and talent to know to make your job more successful and seamless?GP: Making a film or a TV series like Star Trek: Discovery is an exciting challenge for everyone involved! For the producers, department heads, actors, and crew — we all work together and do our best. On Star Trek: Discovery we are so lucky to be heard and supported. The producers and directors are wonderful at meeting us halfway in order to serve an amazing final product.The most important things we keep in mind is to keep the conversations going, be flexible, and trust each other. We all know what we are talking about!Cover image via CBS All Access.Want more industry interviews? Check these out.The Story Behind Editing a Movie About Dungeons & DragonsIn Sundance Movie Paddleton, Limited Space and Time Yield A Genuine BromanceInterview: Christina Kallas on Writing and Directing Multi-Protagonist ScreenplaysTom Cross, ACE on Editing First Man and Working with IMAX FootageRound Table: Three Film Composers Converge on Sundancelast_img read more

The Kings Got Fleeced In The Cousins Trade

CARMELO projection for DeMarcus Cousins 2018-199.25.354.5 2017-1810.65.7$59.6m 2019-207.84.946.8 SEASONWARBPMVALUE 2020-217.14.144.3 2023-244.83.035.0 2022-235.23.235.8 Word broke late Sunday night why DeMarcus Cousins played only two minutes in that evening’s All-Star game: He’d been traded. The Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans agreed on a deal that will send Cousins and Omri Casspi to New Orleans in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a protected 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-rounder. While the Kings may have been concerned about Cousins’s surliness and ongoing feud with referees, they were absolutely fleeced in basketball terms.The tradeAccording to an updated version of FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projections, which assumes Cousins’s production will remain steady for the remainder of this season, we’d expect Cousins to produce 46.5 Wins Above Replacement over the next six seasons, and value equivalent to $284.4 million on the open market. That’s a top-10 projection in the league over that period, and one that dwarfs the expected production of the players coming back to Sacramento. Of course, usage rate is a broad indicator, and doesn’t account for the other big unknown: How will two dominant big men fare in a league increasingly run by guards? It’s probably too early to answer that, but there will be plenty of complications to work through. Take the logjam in the post: Cousins posts up on 20.9 percent of his possessions, according to Synergy Sport Technology, and Davis on 16 percent of his. Both are good but not great at these possessions — Davis is in the 58th percentile in points per possession, Cousins the 65th — but the bigger concern is that post-ups tend to engage only one big man in the play, lessening the impact of the other star. Cousins has shot 36.4 percent on spot-up threes this season, so the Pelicans have some options there, but they likely didn’t trade for him with the intent of sitting him in a corner where he could jack league-average threes.That said, there are also reasons to think Cousins may be even better on the Pelicans. For instance, Cousins has been assisted on just 42.4 percent of his 2-point attempts this season, a staggeringly low number for a big man, especially one who uses as many possessions as Cousins does. That isn’t a one-season phenomenon, either — throughout his career, Cousins has ranged from the mid-40s to low 50s on percent-assisted.On the one hand, a center putting up a 37.5 usage rate while also having to create most of his own shots, while also putting up a career-high true shooting percent (56.2) is incredible. Alleviating some of the pressure to create every shot on his own should free Cousins to be even more devastating. That’s generally how the usage-to-efficiency relationship works. On the other hand, a career-long history of grabbing the rock and going it alone may be a hard habit to shake.And that’s the conundrum a team trading for Cousins faced: Cousins has not had much help, but Cousins has not accepted much, either. How he deals with that help coming in the form of an All-NBA power forward will determine whether this deal remains as lopsided as it appears today, or becomes a bad time for everyone.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Hield has been a disappointment in his first season, shooting 39.2 percent from the floor and 36.9 percent from three while having minimal impact in other facets of the game. He’s only a rookie, so he has time to improve, but at 23 years old he is also a good deal older than most NBA rookies. (He’s also in the mold of other shooting guards favored by the Kings in recent drafts, such as Nik Stauskas and Ben McLemore, so it’s possible the Kings think Hield is a bigger asset than he’s shown himself to be so far.) The version of CARMELO that isn’t updated with this season’s stats expects him to produce around $37.4 million in value over the next five seasons. Evans, 27, is expected to produce around $77.4 million in value over the next five seasons, though he is only signed through the remainder of this season.The real value for Sacramento, such as it exists, is of course the draft picks. The 2017 draft pool is widely considered to be full of franchise-altering players, such as Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball, and securing an extra lottery pick is a big deal. However, the top-3 protection is a bigger deal than it may seem.While the draft lottery largely slots teams into a range of picks relative to their standings, all teams have a set chance to jump out of their place in line and into the top three slots. As it stands today, the Pelicans have a little under an 8 percent chance to luck into a top-3 pick. But if they begin to struggle and fall just two games in the standings relative to the other lottery teams, supplanting Philadelphia for the fifth-worst record, that chance shoots to over 31 percent.It’s more likely than not that the Pelicans will remain outside of the top three, but even that doesn’t swing things entirely in the Kings’ favor. Because of the top-heavy nature of the NBA draft, the first few picks are disproportionately valuable compared to later picks, even in the lottery. This means the Pelicans retain the rights to the biggest prizes. In other words, a small chance at a big reward (a top-three pick) can be nearly as valuable as a far greater chance at a just-OK one.By making this trade, the Kings are implicitly betting against Cousins. They’re betting against his living up to his projections and being a difference maker on an imperfectly constructed team. But in a perverse way, that’s why the top-three protection on the draft pick is such a killer. Let’s say everything breaks the Kings’ way — Cousins turns out to be a player who isn’t conducive to winning, the Pelicans struggle to integrate Cousins into the team, and the team struggles down the stretch. But if the Pelicans do tank with Cousins, the only way that affects the Kings is to lower the odds they actually get their hands on that 2017 lottery pick. And if things go the other way and the Pelicans make the playoffs, the pick can be no better than 15th.Re-signing CousinsCousins has one year remaining on his deal, and can’t become a free agent until the summer of 2018. However, due to terms in the new collective bargaining agreement, Cousins was up for a five-year, $209 million “Designated Player Extension” this summer, which would have been added to the one year remaining on his deal and locked him up through 2023.Unlike other contract extension rights, however, the right to sign this designated player extension does not transfer with a trade, so the most Cousins can sign for now is five years and $180 million.It’s far too early to begin speculating whether Cousins will re-sign in New Orleans, but as we evaluate the trade, it’s important to remember that Sacramento had a massive advantage in re-signing Cousins if it chose to do so, making fear of losing him for nothing a much smaller issue than it often is for other teams trading superstars.Cousins and DavisThe big question will be whether Cousins and Davis can both continue to produce as prolifically as they have on their own. The answer pretty obviously is “no,” since there is only one basketball and their current combined usage rates (32.5 for Davis, 37.5 for Cousins) would leave barely any possessions for their teammates. But usage also tends to find equilibrium among teammates, especially ones who aren’t occupying the same areas of the floor and getting in each other’s way. That’s a problem if you’re, say, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, who both loved to hang out on the left wing.A glance at their shot charts, via StatMuse, shows that while both big men operate out of the post, they shouldn’t be fighting for space outside of the immediate basket area. 2021-226.64.043.4 Updated with 2016-17 stats through Feb. 19. read more