Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar, has been offered an endorsement deal with Under Armour valued between $265 and $285 million over 10 years, which puts pressure on Nike to match it, according to ESPN.com.Superstar rapper Jay Z’s agency, Roc Nation Sports, brokered the deal that would have Under Armour stock and other incentives, including a community center built in his mother’s name.Durant is signed with Nike, which gained $175 million in business related to Durant last season. The brand leader will have the right to match, which is a condition of Durant’s current contract with it. Durant can still choose Nike if it doesn’t match, but can’t legally choose Under Armour if Nike does.Nike’s last offer, sources told ESPN.com, would have given Durant a base and a minimum royalty guarantee that would equal no less than $20 million a year.If Under Armour wins the services of Durant, it would be the largest sponsorship deal the company has ever committed to. The average of $26.5 million to $28.5 million per year means that Under Armour would be devoting nearly 10 percent of its current annual marketing budget on him. Although Under Armour has given investors guidance that it might hit $3 billion in revenues this year, only about 1 percent of that is from basketball shoes.Because Under Armour has such a small basketball business, the company has to guarantee Durant his money up front, instead of the typical shoe deals that offer a minimum guarantee, plus up to 5 percent royalty on the wholesale revenues. Michael Jordan, for example, made more than $100 million last year from Nike largely from royalties on sales of his Jordan brand.In 2007, before he played in his first NBA game, Durant wanted to sign with Nike badly enough that the $60 million contract he signed with the Swoosh was more than $20 million less than what Adidas had offered.But Roc Nation was interested in stronger negotiations, including both Under Armour and Adidas, which dropped out last week.
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A San Diego County sheriff’s deputy is accused in a civil claim of sexual misconduct with a pregnant inmate.Deputy Juan Pascua allegedly made sexually charged and drug-related comments to the unidentified woman last summer, as she was being transported from the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility to a health clinic for an exam, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday. She was nine months pregnant at the time, according to the newspaper.In her claim — a precursor to a lawsuit — the woman alleges that Pascua repeatedly harassed her, making comments about touching her and commenting about the amount of “offers” he received from other inmates and whether she would make him any such offers, leading her to report him, the U-T reported.The woman maintains that following her reporting of the alleged harassment, she was transferred to the county jail in Vista, where Pascua was assigned, leading her to fear retaliation. She also said she believed she was purposely relocated to the Vista facility because she reported Pascua, the newspaper reported.An internal affairs investigation was opened into the allegations, but the claim did not specify the results of that investigation, according to the U-T.The newspaper did not report why the woman was in jail, but noted that she is currently out of custody and living with her mother somewhere in San Diego County. February 26, 2019 Sheriff’s deputy accused of sexual misconduct with pregnant inmate Posted: February 26, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom
Training classes for the Indian Classic dance form Kathak are scheduled to begin at Kathak Nrityakala Kendra, in the Chicagoland Area of the United States. The academy was established by Anila Sinha Foundation in the year 1999, emphasizing a thorough study of Kathak dance, along with the associated subjects of music, choreography and stagecraft, with expert instructors from India.Kathak classes are conducted as individual private classes and as group classes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Anila Sinha Foundation was formed in memory of Anila Sinha, who devoted herself in promoting and teaching classical musics and dances of India. The foundation is also looking forward to collaborate with the local dance and music institutes for cultural exchange and training in the United states. The foundation, a non profit organization has also planned to celebrate the Indian festival of colors ‘Holi’ on 23 March at Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, Illinois.
Frolicking with colours imbibes a variety of connotations and to explain it through art, the Capital is ready to host a solo show of paintings titled Mook Samvad by Deepika Mishra. The week-long exhibition will start on Wednesday.Mishra says the theme of all her paintings is love. They revolve around relationship between married couples. Mishra says: “A firm belief in reincarnation has led me paint my subjects in that light,” Mishra lays an stress on the selection of colours in her paintings. She says colours depict human emotions. “The colours used in the paintings describe the relationship between a man and his wife. Women are associated with various emotions and depicting them perfectly is a challenge.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The acrylic artist added: “I love to dabble with colours. Women have always been an intriguing topic of my paintings.” “To display emotions in paintings, the mood needs to be blended with colours. So, I use of acrylics to depict the mood of a soul – their emotions – in perfect harmony with the nature,” added Mishra.The painter said: “The technique I have used is Anuvedh, which means blending. The acrylic on canvas depicts seamless blending of souls, with songs and colours of the earth. We are, from what we arise, the earth. While one part of our soul is connected to the earth, leaves, trees, sand and water; the other is connected to ‘Brahma’ – the Supreme Being. This offering aspires to give expression to our connection to the earth.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe artist also paints landscapes, abstracts, military depictions, murals, water colours and mixed media creations. She is also adept in using various other techniques for painting such as brushes, knives, charcoal, glass paint, glass, tiles and deco. Mishra is also a singer and has participated in a number of musical events. She says singing has always been her passion. Where: Beanstalk, Gurgaon When: June 17 -23 Timings: 10:30 AM to 8 PM
Yuji Obata is one of the few Japanese artists who presented his work to the Emperor of Japan. Obata’s work in Arita-yaki porcelain carries with it over 400 years of history and tradition yet expresses a fresh originality that signals a future for this ancient art. And now, he has come to India to present a glimpse of the soul of Japan through this exhibition of Arita-Yaki paintings.’Yuji Obata Exhibition-The world of Modern Arita from Japan’ started on August 25 and will last until August 31 at Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Center. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSelf-taught along each step of his creative process, from turning the potter’s wheel and kiln firing to decorating the surfaces of his pieces with delicate drawings, Obata departs from common practice in the Arita-yaki industry to carve out a special place for himself in this traditional porcelain art world. Not like typical Arita Yaki porcelain production, Yuji Obata takes his time, creates the shape, fires, and paints each product all by himself. He uses flowers, fish, and animals as motives. His favorite theme is cherry blossoms for which he uses a special Japanese pigment in pink. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFrom the decorative blocks to the intricate designer vases and decorative plates, he tried his best to present the Arita-Yaki form of painting in its most pristine form. As an artist of the Arita – Yaki style of paintings, Obata has devoted himself to the ethereal beauty of the Sakura tree. His creations captured the world of Sakura tree in all its stages – from full blossoms to the fall of the last leaf.Born in 1961, the artist has kept the traditional purity of the Jin Gama Pottery Klin established by his father. He Graduated from Ayoma Gakuin University in 1984, completed his training from Arita College of Ceramics in 1987 and became the member of the prestigious Japan Kaigi Association and Arita Ceramic Art Association. Obata does not believe in the use of modern machines in the creation of his artwork. He had prepared by his own hands the porcelain on which he composed his Arita-Yaki pieces for the exhibition. “The idea is to give new reach to the traditional style in Arita, especially the distinctive style that is Sakura. Aritayaki which is the oldest form of craft has always had a unique pull for art lovers”, said Obata.