A question of trusts?

first_imgAt the end of 2015 cross-bench peer, Lord Aberdare, tabled an amendment to the Enterprise Bill. The amendment sought to protect cash retentions by placing them in a ring-fenced account. The amendment was withdrawn following a promise by the (then) business minister, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, to review the retention system. That review is delayed and unlikely to be published until after the election: in the meantime, on 26 April, Alan Brown MP introduced a Construction Industry (Protection of Retentions) Bill as a private member’s bill. This would have required cash retentions to be placed in trust but, again, the election has intervened.On 31 March (just gone) legislation was implemented in New Zealand imposing trust status on retention money. There is a growing recognition around the world that some form of protection is required. This comprises everything from payment bonds and bank guarantees to charges on the land (on which the work was carried out) and statutory trusts. Anything less than some form of statutory protection will not help to safeguard retention cash. The UK government’s Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter has an “ambition” to get rid of retentions by 2025 but no mechanism to achieve this. If cash retentions are to be kept in a secure “pot”, there would be little point in withholding the cash – since it cannot be used.Anything less than some form of statutory protection will not help to safeguard retention moniesA recent independent scrutiny of the accounts of the UK’s top dozen contractors revealed that they were owed £1bn worth of retention cash. Approximately 90% of the £1bn is funded by their supply chains. No other industry sector would tolerate such volume of cash being wholly at risk. In 2015 almost £50m worth of retentions was lost by SMEs following insolvencies further up the supply chain. Not surprisingly lending institutions do not consider a firm’s retention ledger as sufficient security for lending purposes.All contracting firms have their horror stories. One small plumbing company recently revealed that it had lost £150,000 worth of retention over the last five years because of insolvencies. In recent years the insolvency risk has increased because large companies are holding on to their supply chains’ retentions for a longer period. Subcontract retention release has been pushed out to two, three or more years after handover. This is to counteract the fact that main contractors can no longer simply delay release by linking subcontract release dates to some certificate stating that the main contract works are fully compliant.But contractual consent for holding back retentions (from already due payments) does not extend to their being defrayed for the purpose of satisfying the payer’s creditors. Their purpose – ostensibly – is to provide security in the event that a firm does not return (whether for reasons of insolvency or any other reason) to remedy non-compliant work. Contractors agreeing to retentions being withheld should insist on greater clarity as to the purpose for which the money is handed over.Firms concerned about the security of their retentions may be able to obtain a declaration from an adjudicator that the money is trust moneyIn effect retentions are a conditional loan; the condition being that the loan will be repaid in the event that the works are in accordance with the contract or the contractor has rectified any non-complaint work. In a 1970 case, Barclays Bank vs Quistclose Investments Ltd, Quistclose had lent money to a company to enable it to pay a dividend to shareholders. Instead the company had used the loan to pay off an overdraft owed to Barclays Bank. The House of Lords (as it then was) decided that Barclays held the money on trust for Quistclose, because it had not been used for its intended purpose.Similarly misuse of retention cash (that is, using the cash for unconnected purposes such as paying off a loan or bolstering working capital) could attract trust status. In a more recent case (Twinsectra Limited vs Yardley and Others [2002]) Lord Millett in the House of Lords explained the Quistclose trust as follows: “[It] is a simple, commercial arrangement akin […] to a retention of title clause […] which enables the borrower to have recourse to the lender’s money for a particular purpose.”Until or unless the money is used for the designated purpose, it is branded as trust money and should be ring-fenced. Firms concerned about the security of their retentions may be able to obtain a declaration from an adjudicator that the money is trust money. As such it should be ring-fenced in a trust account.For now we await publication of the government’s review.Professor Rudi Klein is a barrister and chief executive of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Grouplast_img read more

How to Do Internships the Right Way

first_imgAccording to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 72 percent of interns are offered a job, and 85 percent accept. Historically, the retention rate of hired interns is higher than other entry-level employees, Beaudry said. “Even though I think that stat is more likely for larger employers. It’s probably 30-40 percent for smaller employers because they don’t have as many entry-level jobs to offer.” Internships are not meant to be free help. They are not meant to replace an employee. And they shouldn’t be used for busy work. “It’s a ‘try before you buy’ approach,” she said. “You’ll be able to reap the benefits later on.” [SHRM members-only toolkit: Employing Interns] Beaudry advised HR professionals at the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition to think long-term when designing an internship program. Internships are a great way for students to get real-world experience in a particular career and for employers to scope out potential new hires upon graduation. But when they are not well planned, they won’t be successful for the interns or the employer, said Sharon Beaudry, a former HR director and currently an assistant professor of management and program director at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls. To continue reading this article, please click here.last_img read more

London’s Buckingham Palace area to get royal IoT treatment

first_imgDonal Power Tags:#Buckingham Palace#Internet of Things#IoT#London#Mesh#Mesh Networking#Silver Springs#smartcity#Starfish How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Follow the Puck London’s Westminster City will soon be wired with the Silver Spring Networks’ Starfish Internet of Things (IoT) mesh network, transforming the venerable neighborhood of palaces and cathedrals into a modern smart city.The firm announced its latest deployment in a media announcement against the backdrop of the Internet of Things World Conference and Exposition, in Santa Clara, Calif.Silicon Valley-headquartered Silver Spring will expand its Starfish IoT network in collaboration with go-to-market partner urbancontrol. The project will activate a wireless IPv6 mesh canopy across London’s Westminster City that includes such tourist attractions as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral, the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey.Westminster City Council is planning to initially connect more than 4,000 lighted signs and traffic poles via the IoT network as part of its “Smart Signs” program that will improve public safety and reduce operational costs.“Westminster is taking an innovative approach to managing their assets to create even greater efficiencies and experiences by leveraging a two-way digital communication platform,” said urbancontrol director Stuart Wilson. “Our hope is that other boroughs will adopt proven technology and open standards in order to provide a seamless experience for the public throughout London, as they consider their long-terms plans for additional smart city and IoT services.”Silver Springs network coming to other cities soonStarfish enables access to a public IoT network platform that can connect industrial IoT equipment with the backing of service level agreements (SLAs). This network will be of use to commercial enterprises, highway and transportation departments, administrations, city agencies, public lighting operators and utilities.In the future Silver Spring plans to roll out Starfish in San Jose, San Antonio, Chicago, Bristol, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Kolkata.“By embracing IoT technology, cities can enhance the sharing of information between people and their city to deliver a more efficient, prosperous and economically thriving community,” said Silver Spring Networks’s Executive Vice President of Global Development Eric Dresselhuys.center_img Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

2016 National Touch League – Live!

first_imgCan’t make it to the 2016 National Touch League but want to watch some games live? We’ll be live streaming more games than ever to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel. Every field one game will be streamed from Wednesday to Saturday lunchtime, with Power Productions taking over on Saturday afternoon for their grand final coverage. To view the games, please click on the links below: Wednesday, 9 March 12.20pm – Sydney Rebels v SWQ Swans (Mixed Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW4HvVEyalc 1.10pm – SQ Sharks v Hunter Western Hornets (Mixed Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SulVTW9LWxM 2.00pm – NSW Scorpions v QLD Cowboys (Women’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eWZK2zmgq0 2.50pm – QLD Broncos v NSW Country (Women’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3stOpkoak4   3.40pm – NSW Scorpions v QLD Cowboys (Men’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mayNqOj8jDg 4.30pm – QLD Broncos v NSW Country (Men’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ME-MRpDpD8 5.20pm – QLD Broncos v NSW Mets (Women’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0JjteXGaCk 6.10pm – NSW Scorpions v QLD Titans (Women’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAdpMSaXZuI 7.00pm – QLD Broncos v NSW Mets (Men’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfitnwzRgNo 7.50pm – NSW Scorpions v QLD Titans (Men’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdBmHroogRM Thursday, 10 March 9.00am – Northern Eagles v Tasmania (Men’s T League) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWeJivjMpUs 9.50am – CQ Bulls (A) v Victoria (Men’s T League) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEtHe1Lf4ts 10.40am – QLD Broncos v NSW Scorpions (Women’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_PH9LJAWes 11.30am – QLD Titans v NSW Rebels (Women’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP4Y54eHEpw 12.20pm – QLD Broncos v NSW Scorpions (Men’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8lsDgFxylU 1.10pm – QLD Titans v NSW Rebels (Men’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoycDxzttXs 2.00pm – SQ Sharks v Northern Eagles (Men’s 30’s) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNOMIcUgXsQ 2.50pm – NSW Mets v Alliance (Women’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pi3Lvo6Cq4 3.40pm – QLD Titans v QLD Cowboys (Women’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix_PCBrGx34 4.30pm – NSW Mets v Alliance (Men’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hIGDdU3s5w 5.20pm – QLD Titans v QLD Cowboys (Men’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrusRzdI1bs Friday, 11 March 9.00am – Brisbane City Cobras v WA Tigers (Women’s T League) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gWwvNgeB3k 9.50am – CQ Bulls v Tasmania (Women’s T League) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MzZHGSd2hQ 10.40am – QLD Titans v Alliance (Women’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRKriwdPiGQ 11.30am – NSW Country Mavericks v NSW Rebels (Women’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3BCcQXvbX0 12.20pm – QLD Titans v Alliance (Men’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YrMGUlNwGc 1.10pm – NSW Country v NSW Rebels (Men’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmBH35MKtKw 2.00pm – NQ Cyclones v Sunshine Coast Pineapples (Women’s 27’s) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKWRKQFSZzs 2.50pm – NSW Mets v NSW Rebels (Women’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gxc7v01rFA 3.40pm – QLD Cowboys v NSW Country (Women’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoC6qKHs_Mg 4.35pm – NSW Mets v NSW Rebels (Men’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_GN4N_xTCQ 5.25pm – QLD Cowboys v NSW Country Mavericks (Men’s Elite Eight) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPnU6v0r97Q 6.20pm – Men’s T League Quarter Final – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eICgk8nLBA Saturday, 12 March9.00am – Men’s T League Semi Final 1 – Brisbane City Cobras v South QLD Sharks – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAw37Xz4jBk 9.55am – Women’s 27’s Grand Final – Sydney Rebels v South QLD Sharks – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QpkFeMWd_8 10.50am – Women’s  Elite Eight Semi Final 1 – NSW Mets v QLD Titans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJYsWiIGOTs 11.45am – Men’s Elite Eight Semi Final 1 – QLD Cowboys v NSW Mets https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LwZvn4bEzI From 12.30pm – Power Productions Coverage (Men’s 30’s final, Women’s T League final, Men’s T League, Mixed Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Open) – https://livestream.com/powerproductions/events/4935887. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 National Touch League:Website – www.touchfootball.com.au and www.ntl.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#NTL2016)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (#NTL2016)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related Links2016 NTL – Live!last_img read more

10 months agoEssien impressed by work of Chelsea manager Sarri

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Essien impressed by work of Chelsea manager Sarriby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Michael Essien is impressed by the work of manager Maurizio Sarri.The Italian currently looks on course to steer the Blues to a top-four finish.Essien says the 59-year-old has got his players on side.“Sarri came in and didn’t really have much time,” explained Essien to the Daily Express.“He had to go straight into pre-season but he came in and bought some good players.“They’ve been doing very well and everyone is buying into his system and how he wants his players to play.“So yes, he’s been very good so far and hopefully they can continue like that until the end of the season.” last_img read more

10 months agoNuno admits Wolves waiting for ‘special player’ amid Abraham interest

first_imgNuno admits Wolves waiting for ‘special player’ amid Abraham interestby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo says the club will only sign a “special” player during the winter transfer window.A move for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been put on hold, although Wolves remain hopeful they will be able to sign the England international, who is currently on loan with Aston Villa.And Nuno says he will only bring in somebody who can dramatically change his team.”When you bring someone, you have to be careful what you bring,” he said.”It has to be something we don’t have already.”If someone comes, they have to bring something really, really special, because we already have something good.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock in France for crunch Sala talks

first_imgCardiff boss Warnock in France for crunch Sala talksby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock is in France today for talks with Nantes striker Emiliano Sala.Warnock is trying to persuade the prolific Argentinian to join him and had talks after his side Nantes played Montpellier.The Sun says Nantes are willing to sell Sala for around £20million but the South American was hoping for a bigger move in this window.Warnock’s personal touch is a major boost to his cause and Sala is expected to make a decision by the weekend.Cardiff want Sala signed as soon as possible to help their fight to stay up and Warnock will move elsewhere if he fails to respond. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoNewcastle director Charnley in contract talks with four players

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle director Charnley in contract talks with four playersby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United managing director Lee Charnley is in the process of securing several players to new deals.The Evening Chronicle says four players are in contract talks with the club.Behind the scenes, the next few weeks and months will be crucial. Martin Dubravka is close to signing a new deal and Charnley has been in discussions with the representatives of the nucleus of the squad about extending their contracts.Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden and Fabian Schar’s contracts are all up in 2021. last_img

Five takeaways First drive offense high expectations and Binjimen Victor

OSU freshman wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) catches his first career touchdown during the second half of the Buckeyes 62-3 win against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorReminiscent of 2014, Ohio State has found itself benefitting from a crazy string of events. In a bizarre Saturday evening in which the Buckeyes destroyed an unranked and overmatched Maryland team 62-3, it seems like a real possibility that OSU will be in playoff talks come Tuesday when the latest College Football Playoff poll is released. After the complete blowout of the Terrapins, the Buckeyes have established themselves as one of the most dominate teams in the Big Ten and in all of college football. Saturday was an example of the incredible talent the team holds within, and how OSU coach Urban Meyer has become one of the best coaches in the NCAA.With Clemson likely out and OSU likely in the playoff picture, here are five takeaways from Saturday’s 62-3 victory over Maryland.Ohio State has lofty expectationsThe Buckeyes are rolling right now, and that’s an understatement. With more than 120 points scored in the past two games, and less than seven points allowed, the team is the definition of dominating right now. But with strong performances come lofty expectations, and those expectations will be in the clouds now that OSU will be in the playoff hunt. OSU coach Urban Meyer is confident in his players ability, and is ready to see how they do the rest of the season.“We’re going to find out now but our offensive line is playing much better in the last two weeks, and we know exactly what’s coming down the road,” he said.The fan base will be hungry for more blowouts, and the toughest test of the year lies ahead for the Buckeyes.Offense no longer an issue1,171 yards in two weeks is an impressive mark for the Buckeyes’ offense. After floundering against Penn State and Northwestern, the offense has been on fire in consecutive weeks. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett has been smooth and solid, and junior H-back Curtis Samuel is filling into his Swiss Army Knife role. Meanwhile, the offensive line has given up just two sacks in as many weeks.“I think the main thing is go hard in practice and come out here and execute and just try to play our best ball in November … that’s where the season really hangs your hat on, those November games,” Barrett said. “So we try to do our best in those games.”The offense is firing on all cylinders at all the right times for the Buckeyes, and no longer will OSU have to worry about a stagnant offense.It gets worse for RutgersThings are just not going in the right direction for Chris Ash and the Scarlet Knights. Ash is 2-8 in his first season at the helm, and remains winless in the conference.What makes everything worse for Rutgers is the fact the rest of the year will be no smoother, as the team faces a top-10 Penn State squad and Maryland.The Terrapins were just demolished by OSU, so why should Rutgers worry?This week, Michigan State dominated the Scarlet Knights 49-0. Earlier this year, the Spartans dropped a 28-17 contest in College Park, which is exactly where Rutgers faces Maryland in two weeks.It’s still early in Ash’s tenure as coach, but things are not looking great in New Jersey.Binjimen Victor can be a threat down the fieldThe freshman has been seeing more and more playing time in November, and has presented himself as an over-the-top threat. Last week, Victor was close to having his first touchdown reception, but could not hang on and get his foot down in the back of the end zone. This week, Victor stutter-stepped in front of Maryland sophomore cornerback J.C. Jackson at the line of scrimmage and broke free on the inside of Jackson. Victor got the inside shoulder and a step on his defender, and redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Burrow delivered a crisp pass.Even though he was interfered with on the play, Victor pulled it in for his first score of both the season and his career. Meyer said going Victor’s way in the redzone has been a part of the plan for a while now.“I think Bin Victor, we’ve been dying to get him the ball,” he said. “His wingspan, he’s really a good player. He’s starting to learn the high level of football, the speed that’s required and understand the offense.”It was initially thought that Victor would not make much of a mark this year due to his relatively skinny frame (6-foot-4, 185 pounds), but the Buckeyes might have found their downfield target for the remainder of the season.Opening drive dilemma a thing of the pastFor weeks, OSU could not find a way to score on the opening drives. Marred by turnovers, missed opportunities and a lack of touchdowns, the last three weeks have resulted in three touchdowns on the team’s opening drives.In the previous seven games, OSU scored just three points on the initial drives.With a defense that has allowed just 26 points over the course of the last three games, getting out to an early lead foreshadows an OSU win.“I felt like the offense was flowing well,” Samuel said. “First half, everything was really going our way, execution was high, everything was going great.”The OSU offense will be looking to capitalize on the first drive for an early lead again next week. And with the way Michigan State has played this season, don’t be surprised if the Buckeyes can open up their next game with yet another touchdown. read more

Headed toward a crash landing only LeBron James can redirect the Cavs

LeBron James might be 48 minutes from free agency.Technically, he’ll have to officially reject the player option on his contract, but that’s been a forgone conclusion since he signed his current contract three years ago.But one loss, in Game 6 in front of what will surely be a raucous crowd at the Boston Garden, and the Cleveland Cavaliers will no longer have a leash on the league MVP.That statement alone sparks an adrenaline rush in Cavs fans, shivers creeping down their backs.Unfortunately for them, it hasn’t had the same effect on their beloved team and superstar.Urgency. It’s a word that applies to all facets of life, whether it’s taking an ill relative to the emergency room, cramming the night before an exam or playing with fire in a game that could swing a postseason series in one team’s favor and also send the best player in the NBA bolting the city for another market.The Cavs played with as much passion and tenacity in Game 5 as the elderly do on bingo night.That lack of fire starts with one person who needs to set the Garden ablaze in Game 6: LeBron.It’s LeBron’s Cleveland clock ticking toward zero. No one is more aware of the chance that he won’t be sporting wine and gold two months from now.But forecasting July’s events should wait until after the postseason.LeBron might never have a supporting cast as talented as the one that serves him now.Sure, Mike Brown makes unjustifiable substitutions, can’t decide on a rotation and has been severely outcoached by Doc Rivers.But The King’s drama-queen persona has placed LeBron on a pedestal, high above his coach on the Cavs’ totem pole. It’s LeBron’s team. He, not the coach, is the leader.If the Cavs can’t stop the bleeding tonight, Brown will probably lose his job. But make no mistake about it — owner Dan Gilbert, GM Danny Ferry and just about every Cleveland fan will throw themselves at King James between then and July 1.The Celtics have earned recognition as the gritty, veteran group that “knows how to win.”But the Cavs play a number of seasoned veterans as well. Shaquille O’Neal has more rings (four) than the Celtics’ vaunted “Big Three” of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce has combined (three). LeBron, Brown and several other Cavs reached the NBA Finals a mere three years ago.However, it’s the mindsets of the two teams that has one side exceeding expectations and the other on the brink of a city-wide Armageddon, the largest, most catastrophic meltdown since Chernobyl.The Celtics have summoned the swagger that pushed them to a championship 23 months ago. The Cavs strolled the floor at The Q Tuesday night boasting an undeserved sense of entitlement, as if even a subpar effort would do the job.Does LeBron care more about marketing his services to the most attractive suitor in two months than he does about winning postseason games that aid in defining his basketball legacy? His passive, uninspired play in Game 5 favors the former.LeBron’s actions and mannerisms rub off on his teammates more than any player in the league. His teammates take part in his intricate handshake routines, they join him in dancing away the fourth quarters of blowouts and they model their on-court resolve after their fearless leader. The ineffectiveness and timidness displayed by Mo Williams, Delonte West, Antawn Jamison and others are as much a reflection on LeBron as they are on the individuals themselves.If LeBron was a movie director, then Game 5 was his Blair Witch Project (although for Clevelanders, it was actually scary).After a scoreless first half, LeBron continued his submissive approach after intermission. His first basket — a soft dunk off of a cherry-picked fast break midway through the third quarter — epitomized his lackluster effort.And LeBron’s post-game demeanor didn’t exactly offer any hope to Cavs fans searching for a killer instinct somewhere within his 6-foot-8-inch, 260-pound frame.“I spoil a lot of people with my play,” he said. “When you have three bad games in seven years, it’s easy to point them out.”In other words, “Cleveland, appreciate what I’ve brought you, not what I haven’t brought you.”As the adage goes, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” But Clevelanders don’t have to wait until LeBron departs to know what they don’t have — a championship team that actually lives up to haughty expectations.“I put a lot of pressure on myself to be out there and be the best player on the court, and when I’m not I feel bad for myself because I’m not going out there and doing the things I can do,” he said. “But I don’t hang my head low or make any excuses about anything that may be going on, because that’s not the type of player or person I am.”Not exactly the fired-up, PO’ed attitude we expect elite talents to convey after monumental defeats.This loss didn’t officially end the series, but LeBron’s actions and words suggest that the end of an era might be just around the corner.Entering Game 5, the general consensus indicated that LeBron would likely stay in Cleveland, where he starred on a perennial championship-caliber team with a spend-happy owner.After one, landscape-altering performance, that conjecture has taken a 180.That dramatic switch is all on LeBron. And maybe that’s the way he prefers it.But if Michael Jordan had trailed at halftime of a must-win game on his home court, he would have taken it upon himself to motivate his troops and embrace his role as pilot.Instead, LeBron is driving the Cavs’ plane into the ground.There’s still a small amount of time to re-route it onto its expected path. The city of Cleveland anticipates a crash landing. But if the plane goes down, LeBron, the pilot, could be the lone survivor. read more