Lecturer in Systems Engineering

first_imgThe Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University seeksapplicants for a full-time teaching position (Lecturer) in the areaof systems engineering to be part of the teaching faculty in thedepartment of Civil and Systems Engineering (CaSE). This positionwill serve a key role in the department’s new program in SystemsEngineering and the growing Center for Systems Science andEngineering (CSSE). More experienced candidates may be consideredfor a Senior Lecturer position.This is a career-oriented, renewable appointment that isresponsible for the development and delivery of undergraduate andgraduate courses to those majoring in Civil and/or SystemsEngineering. Some potential areas for instruction could include:data sciences, mathematical modeling, risk analysis, networkmodeling, optimization, or any course at the intersection ofsystems engineering and civil infrastructure. The Whiting School ofEngineering has a well-established non-tenure track career path forfull-time teaching faculty culminating in the rank of TeachingProfessor.The successful candidate will be expected to help articulate therole of systems engineering in undergraduate and graduateeducation, particularly in the context of a department that broadlycovers the areas of systems, structures, and mechanics ofmaterials. See the department website for more information(case.wse.jhu.edu). Teaching faculty members are encouraged toengage in departmental and university service and may have advisingresponsibilities. In particular, this position is likely to includesome administrative responsibilities related to oversight of ourfull-time M.S. degree program in Systems Engineering and tocoordination of the ABET accreditation process for SystemsEngineering. Such activities will offset some of the teachingresponsibilities of the position.Applicants for the position must have a Ph.D. degree in SystemsEngineering or a closely related field. Related professionalexperience is considered a plus. Successful applicants must alsohave demonstrated excellence in, and commitment to, teaching, andhave excellent communication skills.Please include a cover letter and a CV and, optionally, a briefteaching portfolio including (sample) course evaluations from anyclasses taught by the applicant. While candidates who completetheir applications by January 15, 2021 will receive fullconsideration, the Department will consider exceptional applicantsat any time.The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfmlast_img read more

Clinical Assistant Professor – Pharmacy Practice and Translational Research – (FAC001405)

first_imgThe University of Houston College of Pharmacy invites qualifiedapplicants to interview for a full-time, clinical-track facultyposition at the rank of clinical assistant professor in theDepartment of Pharmacy Practice and Translational Research. We areseeking outstanding individuals with a desire to train our studentsand advance our profession. The successful candidate will beinvolved in the transformation of our PharmD curriculum withincreased emphasis on integrated and active learning in the area ofclinical pharmacy skills and interprofessional / experientialeducation.The Department of Pharmacy Practice and Translational Research ismade up of 33 full-time faculty members. The vision of thedepartment is to be a leader in pharmacy and postgraduate educationthrough excellence in translational, clinical, and outcomesresearch. The department has taken a lead to develop a newcurriculum for our professional pharmacy program. This will be akey position to help execute our new world-class curriculum.We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, orcommunity service has prepared them to contribute to our commitmentto diversity and excellence. We are specifically looking forcandidates with a passion to teach pharmacy-related skills in smalland large group formats. The chosen applicant will also be part ofa nucleus of faculty devoted to integrated education and activelearning. Candidates will be expected to develop a nationallyrecognized reputation in their chosen area of expertise throughteaching, service, and scholarship.The position is fully funded by the University of Houston Collegeof Pharmacy. Applicant screening will begin immediately and willcontinue until the position is filled.The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.Qualifications :Candidates should possess a PharmD degree and have completedpost-doctoral residency and/or fellowship training or haveequivalent experience. Applicants must be eligible for Texaslicensure; Salary will be commensurate with qualifications andexperience. Applicants will be expected to develop a nationallyrecognized reputation in their chosen area of expertise throughteaching, service, and scholarship.Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for afaculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of thefinal candidate. All positions at the univeristy are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more

Press release: £600 penalty for man fishing without licence and removing fish

first_imgEvery year across the country, thousands of anglers are prosecuted for not having a fishing licence. As well as cheating other anglers, fishing illegally can carry a hefty penalty. Getting caught without a licence could land a fine of up to £2,500.Anglers who wish to buy their licence online should buy it directly from GOV.UK as they will receive a reference number allowing them to go fishing on the same day. Customers who use third party sites may be charged more and might not get added to the official database as quickly.Any angler aged 13 or over, fishing on a river, canal or still water needs a licence. A 1-day licence costs from just £6 and an annual licence costs from just £30 (concessions available). Junior licences are free for 13-16 year olds. Licences are available from www.gov.uk/get-a-fishing-licence or by calling the Environment Agency on 0344 800 5386 between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively you can purchase a licence from your local Post Office branch.The Environment Agency carries out enforcement work all year round and is supported by partners including the police and the Angling Trust. Fisheries enforcement work is intelligence-led, targeting known hot-spots and where illegal fishing is reported.Anyone with information about illegal fishing activities can contact the Environment Agency Incident Hotline 24/7 on 0800 80 70 60 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. A 29-year old Nottingham man has been fined almost £600 for fishing without a licence on the River Trent at Colwick, near Nottingham, and found with a bag full of Perch which he had removed from the water.The case was brought to Northampton Magistrates Court by the Environment Agency on 3 June 2019 where Constantnsocv Florin of Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham was proved guilty in absence and was ordered to pay a total penalty of £597.47. An annual fishing licence would have cost him just £30.The penalty includes a fine of £220 for fishing without a licence contrary to the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act (1975), a fine of £220 for removing fish contrary to the Environment Agency National Byelaws (2010), costs of £127.47 and a victim surcharge of £30.Following the verdict, Lee Watts, Fisheries Enforcement Officer for the Environment Agency, said: This case shows how seriously the courts take these offences and we hope the high penalty will act as a deterrent to any angler who is thinking of fishing without a licence. It also shows we are catching and prosecuting people for removing fish from waters, which is an offence under our national byelaws. We work 24/7 and carry out our enforcement duties throughout the evening and night. We have the same powers and liabilities as a police constable to uphold the legislation and can arrest and detain offenders, enter land, stop and search, seize boats, vessels, vehicles and equipment, and ask people to show them their fishing licences. Money raised from fishing licence sales is used to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries, benefitting anglers and, for those caught cheating the system, we will always prosecute.last_img read more

Got a Question for Bullets Star Zach Braff? Fire Away!

first_img Bullets Over Broadway He will be “sitting on top of the world,” and on Broadway.com’s comfy Ask a Star couch! Zach Braff, who is currently making his Main Stem debut in Bullets Over Broadway as the aspiring playwright David, is the latest star to answer your burning questions. Braff made his film debut in Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery, and has since appeared on screen in the series Scrubs and the films Garden State, Oz the Great and Powerful and the upcoming Wish I Was Here. Dying to know what working with Allen on screen and stage is like? Wonder what number Braff wants to see in a Scrubs musical? Want to know what’s really in Marin Mazzie’s flask? Here’s your chance to find out. Ask him anything! <a data-cke-saved-href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/z1mx99r1g7orqd/" href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/z1mx99r1g7orqd/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> View Comments Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 Zach Brafflast_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgMirabaud Asset Management – Emilio Barberá has been appointed as senior portfolio manager/analyst for Spanish equities at Mirabaud Asset Management in Barcelona. He joins from Inverseguros in Madrid, where he was responsible for a Spanish equity fund and involved in managing various European funds. Barberá will act as the deputy portfolio manager for the Equities Spain fund and analyst on Spanish equities, while Gemma Hurtado San Leandro will remain as the lead portfolio manager and team leader. Pioneer Investments – Craig Sterling has been hired by Pioneer Investments as head of equity research, US. In the new role, he is managing the company’s team of 14 equity research analysts based in Boston. He was previously managing director and head of global equity research at equity research firm EVA Dimensions in New York. Sterling will become a portfolio manager on Pioneer Investments’ research-based US equity strategies on 29 May. The current co-heads of US equity research, Paul Cloonan and John Peckham, will then focus on portfolio management, with Cloonan concentrating solely on the US large-cap growth portfolio and Peckham working on US value equity portfolio management. Pictet Group – Laurent Ramsey has been appointed to the partnership of the Pictet Group with effect from 1 January next year. Once a partner, Ramsey will keep his current responsibilities as deputy chief executive of Pictet Asset Management. Separately, the group announced that Jean-François Demole decided to retire from the partnership with effect from 30 August this year. Demole joined Pictet in 1991 and became a partner in 1998. After retiring, he will continue as board member of Banque Pictet & Cie and of Pictet Alternative Advisors, and will concentrate on private equity and real estate. PRI, Northern Trust, Investor Group on Climate Change, Sycomore Asset Management, Newton Investment Management, Mirabaud Asset Management, Pioneer Investments, Pictet GroupPrinciples for Responsible Investment (PRI) – Nathan Fabian has been appointed director of policy at the PRI and will start his new London-based role on 30 June. He has been chief executive of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) for six years and before that was head of ESG research at Regnan. Fabian has also worked as a senior consultant for Arthur Andersen. Separately, Mamadou-Abou Sarr, global head of environmental, social and governance investing at Northern Trust, has been chosen to join the listed equity steering committee and chair the outreach sub-committee for PRI. In addition, Northern Trust’s senior fixed income portfolio manager Geeta Sharma has joined PRI’s fixed income outreach committee. Sycomore Asset Management – Bertille Presta has been hired as fund manager and head of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research. From March last year, she worked at Financière de l’Echiquier, co-leading its SRI strategy and ESG integration process. At Sycomore Asset Management, Presta is taking over from Léa Dunand-Chatellet. She will manage the firm’s ESG team, which currently comprises Alban Préaubert and Claire Bataillie. She will be directly involved in running the company’s SRI portfolios and mandates, along with founding associate Cyril Charlot. Newton Investment Management – Elizabeth Para is joining BNY Mellon subsidiary Newton Investment Management as UK institutional business development manager. She will report to Julian Lyne, head of UK institutional business development and global consultants, and be responsible for forging links with new clients as well as building the firm’s business with corporate and local authority pensions. She will join a team of 14 staff. Para was most recently at Fundsmith, where she worked in institutional sales and consultant relations. Before that, she worked at State Street Global Advisors, BNP Paribas Investment Partners and Alliance Bernstein.  last_img read more

ReCAAP: Three Crew Abducted by Abu Sayyaf

first_imgThree crew members of an unnamed boat were abducted on December 5, in the vicinity of Lahad Datu, Sabah, by a group of about 20 men believed to be members of the Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf Group.Aby Sayyaf is one of the most violent jihadist groups in the southern Philippines, notorious for kidnappings for ransom.The men armed with firearms boarded the boat and abducted the crew, ReCAAP said.As informed by Asian piracy watchdog, the three kidnapped men, one Malaysian and two Indonesians, were taken to Laminusa Island in Sulu Province on the following day before proceeding to So Dumlog, Brgy Likud, on December 7.The Joint Task Force Sulu is said to be exerting “an all-out effort to establish the status, condition and location of the alleged kidnapped victims.”This is the second abduction incident reported in 2018. The first incident occurred on board fishing trawler, Sri Dewi 1 in September, where two crew were abducted in Semporna waters, off Sabah. ReCAAP said that of the two abducted crew, one of them was rescued by the Philippine authorities on December 5, 2018.The abduction comes in less than a month since ReCAAP’s latest safety advisory which warned masters to exercise extra vigilance when transiting the waters off Eastern Sabah and Sulu-Celebes Seas, amid a threat of being kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf Group.last_img read more

Chief Justice John Roberts calls Sen. Chuck Schumer comments ‘dangerous’ threats

first_imgMario Tama/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a rare public rebuke of a sitting member of Congress on Wednesday, accusing Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of making “dangerous” threats against two justices by name.Schumer, speaking at a rally earlier Wednesday outside the court, which was hearing a case on abortion, called out the two justices appointed by President Donald Trump — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — saying, “you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You will not know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”The comments were delivered before a raucous crowd of several hundred abortion rights activists who had assembled at the steps of the high court as the justices heard oral arguments over a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of their clinic.The case marks the first time Gorsuch and Kavanaugh will weigh in on the issue of abortion since being confirmed.“We know what’s at stake. Over the last three years, women’s reproductive rights have come under attack in a way we haven’t seen in modern history,” Schumer shouted as the crowd roared. “We will tell President Trump and Senate Republicans who have stacked the court with right-wing ideologues that you’re going to be gone in November, and you will never be able to do what you’re trying to do now ever, ever again.”Several hours later, after Schumer’s comments ricochetted across social media, Roberts issued a statement through a court spokeswoman.“Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous,” Roberts said in the statement. “All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”Roberts has said he feels an obligation to defend members of the federal judiciary who typically cannot defend themselves from intense public criticism in order to remain impartial; but he has also deliberately sought to avoid the spotlight and public statements that might politicize the court.In 2018, Roberts issued an extraordinary direct response to Trump’s criticism of federal judges, but did not mention the president by name.Roberts did not respond last month when Trump, for the first time in the White House, directly attacked Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, accusing them of bias.Schumer spokesman Justin Goodman said the Democratic leader’s comments were “a reference to the political price Senate Republicans will pay for putting these justices on the court, and a warning that the justices will unleash a major grassroots movement on the issue of reproductive rights against the decision.”He accused conservatives of “deliberate misinterpretation” of Schumer’s remarks.“To me this sounds like he’s talking about a physical price, violence,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., in an emotional statement from the Senate floor. “These are members of the Supreme Court — he the minority leader of the United States. … I believe these statements are outrageous. They’re uncalled for. They’re out of bounds. And on their face, they appear to invite violence against members of the Supreme Court.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mom, to campaign for Miami Dade Commission…

first_imgOn Monday, via a YouTube video, Sybrina Fulton the mother of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Miami teenager who was shot and killed in 2012 as he walked to his father’s house in Sanford, Florida, by George Zimmerman, a white neighborhood volunteer, launched her bid for a seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission. On Saturday May 18 she announced her election bid saying,  “Since 2012, I have advocated tirelessly to empower our communities and make them safer. But the work is not done. I am proud to announce that I will run to represent District 1 on the county commission.”Running against Miami Garden’s mayorThe District 1 seat is currently held by Commissioner Barbara Jordan who because of term limits will relinquish the seat in 2020.  It has been reporting that incumbent Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert will also campaigning for that seat.If elected, Fulton hopes to use her platform to promote gun control through more thorough background checks and limiting private gun sales.In her campaign video she said, “This is an opportunity to continue to turn the tragedy in my family into positive action that helps thousands of other families……I’m a real, everyday Miami-Dade mom, but I’ve also worked my way up in county government,” Fulton said. “I know the need for new leaders focused on narrowing the gap between the rich and the poor. I’m determined to make economic and social change for my community.”Since her son’s murder in 2012, and the subsequent exoneration of Zimmernan by a Florida court, Fulton has become an inspiring spokesperson, along with Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin for parents, especially those who lost children to gun violence, and concerned citizens across the country. The couple also co-authored the book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.Role modelThe publicity surrounding Trayvon’s death and the ensuing trial catapulted the country into national debate. Despite the intense struggle of losing a child, Fulton has become a role model to many by turning her grief into advocacy. Remaining strong throughout the trial and ensuing months, she lends her voice to speak against violence towards children and the need to build better, safer communities for all.A Miami native, Fulton graduated from Florida Memorial University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. She  worked for the Miami-Dade County Housing Development Agency for over 25 years, and is a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens.Although she has been an ardent advocate against gun violence since her son’s death Fulton has indicated she is not anti-gun. Campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016, she said, “We need to get to a place where people who own guns are responsible gun owners,” she says. “It’s not about being for or against guns. It’s about everybody being responsible.”Ending gun violence – a key issueShe plans to make ending gun violence a key issue of her election campaign, saying in a recent campaign statement, “Our county must continue moving forward so our families are safe from violence, can afford to live in Miami-Dade, and have access to good paying jobs. I am ready to take on these issues and many others in county government.”Along with ending gun violence she highlighted public safety, affordable housing, and reducing the cost of living as other key issues in her campaign video.last_img read more

Kenya beat Zanzibar on penalties to win Cecafa Cup

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Kenya wins Cecafa Challenge Cup 2017. Photo via @DrAlfredMutuaMachakos, Kenya | AFP | Kenya won the Cecafa Challenge Cup on Sunday as they edged Zanzibar 3-2 in a penalty shootout following a 2-2 draw after extra time in the final in Machakos.Ovella Ochieng put hosts Kenya into a fifth-minute lead after bending in a long-range strike, but Zanzibar, chasing a first title in 22 years, levelled on 87 minutes through Khamisi Mussa.BREAKING! #HarambeeStars win the #CECAFAKe2017 after defeating Zanzibar on penalties after a 2-2 draw,#seanknows pic.twitter.com/8VIgKT913r— Sean Cardovillis (@seancardo) December 17, 2017Kenya went 2-1 ahead seven minutes into the first half of extra time when Masood Juma capitalised on a goalkeeping mistake, but Zanzibar hit back once more as Mussa pounced on a loose ball in the Kenya box to send the match to penalties.Kenyan goalkeeper Patrick Matasi starred in the shootout, making three saves as he was voted the tournament’s best player. It is the seventh time Kenya have lifted the trophy, with new coach Paul Put making a winning start to his reign after taking charge of the national team last month.Former champions Uganda came from a goal down to beat Burundi 2-1 in the third-place play-off.last_img read more

James makes Cavs better, now East more wide open

first_imgA fan waves a cutout of LeBron James during a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Cleveland. James announced earlier Friday he is returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)NEW YORK (AP) — A word of caution to anyone anointing the Cleveland Cavaliers as the NBA favorites.Yes, the Cavaliers are going to be good, no doubt. It’s impossible not to be with the game’s best player. But even LeBron James knows Cleveland has a lot of work to do.“We’re not ready right now. No way,” he wrote in his first-person essay in Sports Illustrated.Quite a different tone than when he arrived in Miami four years ago.Quite a different situation, too.While the player dominos continue to fall in place during free agency, James’ decision has leveled the playing field even more in the up-for-grabs Eastern Conference.And the battle should be very entertaining: James vs. the likes of Pat Riley, Phil Jackson and Larry Bird.Cleveland won’t even be a sure thing within its own division where Bird’s Indiana Pacers and the Chicago Bulls have veteran squads that have played together for years.And an NBA championship is surely no guarantee, not with the San Antonio Spurs possibly even stronger than the powerhouse that rolled through James and the Heat in the NBA Finals. The Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers are potent, and the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers don’t look far away.So if Cleveland’s a favorite, it may only be a sentimental one, for those wanting to see James lead his home team to a title that has eluded the city in all major sports for 50 years.“We have to pull for the Cavaliers now,” Charles Barkley said on NBA TV. “We have to pull for that team.”Some will, but it’s going to be a challenge.Toronto (Kyle Lowry) and Washington (Marcin Gortat) held on to key pieces from their up-and-coming squads. Brooklyn believes it has another year to contend if Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett stick around, and the Knicks have been telling Carmelo Anthony they expect to be better if he returns.Even James’ old team could remain formidable with Chris Bosh sticking around and Dwyane Wade expected to do the same, setting up the potential for a wide-open Eastern Conference race that didn’t exist while the Heat ruled it since 2011.But in the hours after James announced he was trading Biscayne Bay for Lake Erie, it was hard not to get excited about the Cavs’ possibilities.“LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins have the potential to be a great ‘Big 3,’” Hall of Famer Magic Johnson wrote on Twitter.His Lakers tussled with one of the best, the Celtics with Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish. Boston later had another championship trio with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, and the Spurs’ core of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili is the winningest postseason trio of them all.It was those models that forced James to leave home in the first place, realizing he needed the help he found with Wade and Bosh. He boasted of “not two, not three, not four …” titles upon his arrival, though he abandoned that chase to return to Ohio.There’s potential there. Irving was the MVP of the All-Star game last year, and Wiggins was the No. 1 pick in the draft. The Cavs’ roster features a fourth No. 1 pick, Anthony Bennett, who struggled badly as a rookie last season but should benefit from a full offseason after he was sidelined while recovering from shoulder surgery last summer.But potential has gotten many coaches fired.Oddsmakers, however, seemed convinced, many Las Vegas sports books making the Cavs a 4-1 favorite to win the championship. It will be the fifth straight season James’ team is the preseason NBA favorite, according to RJ Bell, founder of the website Pregame.com.The other team with them is the Spurs, who got Duncan to return and re-signed coach Gregg Popovich and key players Boris Diaw and Patty Mills to multiyear deals. If they can get Pau Gasol, who tweeted Friday that he’s close to deciding on a team, it’s hard to envision much drop-off from last season’s 62 victories.But the Spurs are always a sure thing. Things are more uncertain for James and his new team.He knew he was on an instant title contender when he went to Miami. Even he realizes that may not be the case heading home.The road to the Eastern Conference championship may no longer go through Miami. The question is whether it still goes through James.“LeBron’s still in the East,” new Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “It still makes my job difficult.”last_img read more