Category Archives: States

Knicks with Five Wins at Midpoint

Although the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association had a mediocre roster coming into the 2014-2015 season, no one could have anticipated just how badly the Knicks would be playing as they have closed out the midpoint of their season. There was high speculation from fans like Mark Ahn on Twitter as the season was beginning that the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers may be in fact the worst team to ever play basketball in the NBA; however, they have already posted eight wins for the season. Although their season is poor at best, they have surpassed their expectations on the season.

The New York Knicks, on the other hand, have been so pathetically bad this season that they sit with a mere five losses, while having a staggering thirty-six losses. There has been a ton of media controversy surrounding the team’s massive amount of losses this season, but the Knicks players and rookie head coach Derek Fisher have not been able to produce an answer. Yes, they have had injuries to Carmelo Anthony as well as some other key players for the Knicks, but the horrid play that they have brought to the court on a nightly basis is simply inexcusable.

A lot of people thought that they would make a turnaround somewhat when they made the trade with the Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder several weeks ago, but nothing has changed in New York and doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.

Kentucky pulls tax breaks for Noah’s Ark Theme Park

A planned Biblical theme park in Kentucky has seen planned tax breaks removed after local officials claimed the nature of the planned park had changed from a tourist attraction to a form of religious ministry. Over the course of the next ten years the planned tax breaks would have provided incentives totaling around $18 million for the park that is to be known as the Ark Encounter, Reuters reports.

Problems began for the Answers in Genesis group who are developing the planned park when news broke that all new employees at the park would have to sign a contract stating their belief in creationism and the flood detailed in the Bible. Officials from the state of Kentucky demanded changes be made to the contracts allowing workers from any faith or belief system to be employed. Without changes to the planned contracts, the state believes it is within its rights to withhold the tax breaks as the mission of the planned park will have changed to a religious advancement ministry.

Tourism chiefs from Kentucky believe the theme park has already changed course from the planned leisure attraction detailed in the initial plans. Development of the park will continue as the initial phase based around a wooden replica of the Ark were already planned without the financial breaks offered by tax incentives. This was shared with me by Vijay Eswaran this morning.