IT has been a very good season so far for Demish Gaye of the GC Foster College, who has been in great form over the 400m. He was the first Jamaican to go under 45 seconds this season, when he clocked a personal best of 44.85 seconds in early May at a JAAA All Comers Meet inside the National Stadium. Since then, however, he has been bettered by two other Jamaicans in Nathan Allen, with 44.52 seconds, and Akeem Bloomfield, who clocked 44.74. Gaye showed, a few weeks ago, that he is now ready for top competition, as he looked quite relaxed in winning the one lap event at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet in 45.08 seconds where he defeated a decent field. Come this Saturday at the JN Racers Grand Prix, he will face his sternest test when he meets the likes of the Trinidad and Tobago duo of Lalonde Gordon and Machel Cedenio, along with the United States’ Vernon Norwood and Mike Berry and Jamaica’s own Fitzroy Dunkley and national 400m record holder Rusheen McDonald. Based on his progress so far this season, the very talented Gaye looks set to pass this test with flying colours. His coach at the GC Foster College, Maurice Wilson, who is the Technical Director of the country’s Senior Track and field programme, thinks he will do something special on Saturday. “Demish has improved tremendously in relation to his speed. He has so far run 20.48 seconds in 200m, almost 0.4 better than his previous personal best. This season he has run four major 400s and has shown improvement in various different parts of the race. The expectation based on his training is for him to do very well at the Racers Grand Prix Meet, then take that form in to the National Trials where the expectation is that he will take one of the individual spots to the World Championships,” said a very upbeat Wilson. Although he has not yet hit his best form yet this season, Cedenio, who was fourth in Rio last year with a best of 44.01 seconds, could hit top form on Saturday despite a season best of 45,65 seconds. Norwood shows at the Eugene Diamond League that he is getting near to his best after finishing third in 45.05 seconds and with a season best of 44.82 seconds, done in Baton Rouge earlier in the season, he could go all the way. Dunkley, however, showed good form at the Penn Relays when he anchored Jamaica to a rare win over the USA in the mile relay.
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He also said he is tired of being investigated or fined by the NBA for tampering when he comments on basketball on Twitter or even speaks to another organization’s player.Johnson, a longtime broadcaster and respected basketball figure before moving into the front office, has been investigated four times for tampering after everything from a joking comment about Paul George on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show to his response to an email sent to him by Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons.“I thought about Dwyane Wade retiring (Wednesday), and I can’t even tweet that out or be there,” Johnson said. “Serena Williams called me a week ago and said, ‘Will you mentor me and be on my advisory board?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to do that.’ So when Ben Simmons called and we went through the proper channels and they made me look like the bad guy out of that situation, but I didn’t do anything wrong … I was thinking about all those times, all those guys who want me to mentor them or be a part of their lives, and I can’t even do that. I had more fun on the other side.”Johnson, who will turn 60 in August, has many thriving business interests along with ownership stakes in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles FC.Johnson’s sudden decision ends another chapter in the remarkable life of the star point guard from Lansing, Michigan, who won an NCAA championship at Michigan State before claiming five NBA titles and three league MVP awards during his 12-year playing career as the leader of the Showtime Lakers.Johnson retired in 1991 after he tested positive for HIV, but later returned briefly to the Lakers as a player and a coach. Johnson says his current health is ideal, and he insists no health concerns were part of his decision to quit the job that seemed to be his ultimate destiny.Johnson was hired along with Pelinka when Buss dismissed her brother, Jim, and GM Mitch Kupchak just 26 months ago. The Buss children’s father, Jerry, had long envisioned Johnson in a powerful role in the Lakers’ front office, and Jeanie put Magic in charge of shaking up her storied franchise in the midst of its lengthy decline.Immediately after taking the job, Johnson stated his plan to land at least two free-agent superstars to return the Lakers to immediate title contention. That plan rankled feelings around the league and got him in trouble when he publicly acknowledged the Lakers’ interest in George, which led to an investigation that eventually stuck the Lakers with a $500,000 fine for Pelinka making improper contact with George’s agent.Johnson made several personnel moves to clear salary cap space for his ultimate goal, notably trading guard D’Angelo Russell to Brooklyn largely to rid the Lakers of Timofey Mozgov’s onerous contract in 2017.Johnson also criticized Russell for his maturity and playing style on the way out the door, but Russell has blossomed into an All-Star leader for the playoff-bound Nets. Some of Johnson’s other moves have worked out much better, including the Lakers’ drafting of Lonzo Ball, the acquisition of Kyle Kuzma and the bargain signing of center JaVale McGee. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Magic Johnson steps down as Los Angeles Lakers president LATEST STORIES “Somebody is going to have to tell my boss, because I know she’s going to be sick,” Johnson said. “But I knew I couldn’t face her face-to-face and tell her.”Buss didn’t attend the Lakers’ season finale, although Johnson waited by the executive parking area at Staples Center in hopes of seeing her. Buss tweeted her reaction at halftime.“Earvin, I loved working side by side with you,” Buss wrote. “You’ve brought us a long way. We will continue the journey. We love you.”Clearly blindsided by Johnson’s announcement, the Lakers also issued a team statement at halftime.“There is no greater Los Angeles Laker than Earvin Johnson,” it said. “We are deeply grateful to Magic for all that he has done for our franchise as a player, an ambassador and an executive. We thank him for his work these past two years as our President of Basketball Operations and wish him, (wife) Cookie, (children) Andre, EJ and Elisa all the best with their next steps. He will always be not only a Lakers icon, but our family. As we begin the process of moving forward, we will work in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future of our organization.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Magic Johnson wipes his eyes as he speaks to reporters prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. Johnson abruptly quit as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of the franchise just over two years ago. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this tempestuous franchise just over two years ago.Johnson didn’t tell owner Jeanie Buss or general manager Rob Pelinka about his shocking decision before he announced it in front of reporters about 90 minutes before the final game of the Lakers’ sixth consecutive losing season. Los Angeles was 37-44 heading into its game against Portland, missing the playoffs yet again despite the offseason addition of LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart MOST READ And though James was in charge of his decision to join the Lakers last summer, LeBron credited Magic with closing the deal in a meeting before he agreed to a four-year contract.But after James strained his groin at Christmas and subsequently sat out for the longest injury absence of his 16-year NBA career, the Lakers were unable to compile enough midseason wins to stay in playoff contention. The Lakers slumped before the trade deadline when Johnson aggressively pursued disgruntled New Orleans superstar Anthony Davis in a trade that would have required the Lakers to give up much of their talented young core.James was shut down for the season late last month, and he watched the Lakers’ season finale in street clothes on the bench.The Lakers have missed the postseason in each of their three springs since Johnson and Pelinka took over, and Magic didn’t stick around long enough to see whether his plan would yield another free-agent star this summer — when the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant should be in play — or next, when Davis should be available.The Lakers are finishing this season with their best record in six years, but they were eliminated from playoff contention back on March 22. They had never missed the playoffs in more than two consecutive seasons before this six-year drought.Johnson remained publicly supportive of Walton, but Magic also was widely thought to agree with Walton’s detractors who aren’t impressed by the former Lakers forward’s offensive game planning and rotations. Johnson’s decision to step down likely means the Lakers won’t make a decision on Walton’s future until a new front office is in place.Johnson and Pelinka, Kobe Bryant’s former agent, didn’t know each other before they were paired by Buss, but Johnson said he worked well with Pelinka. Johnson also pointedly refused to say whether Pelinka should remain as the Lakers’ general manager, saying the decision rested solely with Buss, whom he repeatedly called “my sister.”“She doesn’t know I’m standing here,” Johnson said. “Because I knew I would be crying like a baby in front of her.” “I want to go back to having fun,” Johnson said before fighting off tears. “I want to go back to being who I was before taking on this job. We’re halfway there with LeBron coming (last summer). I think this summer, with that other star coming in, whoever is going to bring him in, I think this team is really going to be in position to contend for a championship with the growth of the young players.”Johnson didn’t directly tie his decision to the future of Luke Walton, but the third-year coach was widely expected to be fired by Johnson. Without using names, Johnson repeatedly mentioned Buss’ affinity for Walton, who was in place before Johnson got the job in February 2017, and Johnson’s desire not to cause upheaval between the owner and her chosen coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“(On Wednesday) I would have to affect somebody’s livelihood and their life,” Johnson said. “And I thought about it and I said, ‘That’s not fun for me. That’s not who I am.’ And then I don’t want to put her in the middle of us, even though she said, ‘Hey, you can do what you want to do.’ I know she has great love for him and great love for me.”Johnson and Buss had a three-hour meeting Monday about the direction of the 16-time NBA champion Lakers, who haven’t made the postseason since 2013. Magic claimed he didn’t finalize his decision until Tuesday morning. 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West Ham United’s all-time top scorer is Vic Watson, who netted 326 goals between 1920-35. Mark Noble’s 47 goals make him the active player closest to breaking the all-time record. 20 Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer is Thierry Henry, with 228 goals for the Gunners. Theo Walcott is the active Arsenal player closest to breaking that record, having scored 107 times in all. 20 20 Southampton’s all-time top scorer is Mick Channon, with 228 goals for the Saints. Shane Long’s 25 goals make him the active player closest to breaking the record. Tottenham Hotspur’s all-time leading scorer is Jimmy Greaves, with 266 goals to his name. Harry Kane is the active player closest to breaking the record as he has scored 110 goals for Spurs. 20 20 20 20 20 Luther Blissett is Watford’s all-time leading scorer with 186 goals. Troy Deeney is closest to breaking the record having netted 106 times for the Hornets. Dixie Dean netted 383 goals for Everton, making him the Toffees’ all-time top scorer. Kevin Mirallas’ 38 goals make him the active Everton player closest to breaking the record. Manchester City’s leading scorer is Eric Brook with 177 goals scored between 1928-39. Sergio Aguero is the active player closest to breaking the record, as he is just one strike behind Brook on 176 goals. 20 Burnley’s all-time top scorer is George Beel, who netted 188 times for the Clarets. Sam Vokes is the active player closest to breaking the record, having scored 58 goals. Arthur Chandler scored 273 goals for Leicester City, making him the Foxes’ all-time leading scorer. Jamie Vardy has netted 71 times for Leicester, meaning he is the active player closest to breaking the record. Brighton and Hove Albion’s record scorer is Tommy Cook, with 123 goals for the Seagulls. The active player closest to breaking the record is Glenn Murray, who has 80 Brighton goals to his name. 20 20 20 Ron Eyre is Bournemouth’s all-time top scorer with 202 goals to his name. Marc Pugh’s 55 goals make him the active player closest to breaking Eyre’s record. Wayne Rooney is Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer with 253 goals. Juan Mata has netted 37 times for the Red Devils, meaning he is the active player closest to breaking the record. 20 20 Alan Shearer scored 206 times for Newcastle United, making him the Magpies’ record goalscorer. Ayoze Perez has only scored 25 goals, but he is the active player closest to breaking the record. Crystal Palace’s all-time leading scorer is Peter Simpson, having netted 165 goals for the south London club. Wilfried Zaha has scored 34 times for Palace, making him the active player closest to breaking the record. Ivor Allchurch scored 192 goals for Swansea City in two spells to become their all-time leading scorer. Wilfried Bony is the active player with most goals (35) having re-signed for the Swans over the summer. 20 Huddersfield Town’s all-time record scorer is George Brown, who netted 159 goals for the Terriers. Elias Kachunga is the active player closest to breaking the record despite having scored just 13 goals. 20 20 Sergio Aguero is sure to write himself into the history books this season.The Argentina striker was on an incredible run of form prior to the car accident which is set to keep him out of action for over a month with broken ribs. He had scored seven goals for Manchester City in just eight games, coming ever closer to becoming City’s all-time top goalscorer.Eric Brook currently holds the goal record for the Blues, having netted 177 times between 1928 and 1939. Aguero is just one behind Brook’s record on 176, and he missed a penalty against Shakhtar Donetsk to equal Brook’s total just two days before his car crash.When he returns to fitness, it surely will not take Aguero too long to break the record that has stood since before World War II.But, are there any other players who are close to breaking the all-time goal records of Premier League clubs?talkSPORT have dug through the data, and present every clubs’ all-time top goalscorer and the currently active player closest to breaking the record.You can see the results by clicking the right arrow, above… John Ritchie scored 176 goals for Stoke City, making him the Potters’ all-time top scorer. Peter Crouch is the active player closest to breaking the record as he has scored 56 goals. Chelsea’s all-time top scorer is Frank Lampard, with 211 goals for the Blues. The active Chelsea player closest to breaking the record is Eden Hazard, as the Belgium forward has scored 72 times. 20 Liverpool’s all-time top scorer is Ian Rush, with 346 goals to his name. Daniel Sturridge is the active player closest to breaking the record having netted 62 times for the Reds. West Bromwich Albion’s all-time goal record is held by Tony Brown, who netted 279 times for the Baggies. Chris Brunt has netted 47 times meaning he is the active player closest to breaking Brown’s record. 20 20
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In Los Angeles’ culture of narcissism and power, it is perhaps only the practical and the environmentally trendy who aspire to drive a Toyota Prius. So when the silver Prius chugged into the Sylmar High School parking lot on a recent winter day, only the personalized California license plate — S 20 — gave any hint of importance. In a matter of days, Richard Alarcón would be replacing that license plate, reserved for the representative of state Senate District 20, with another personalized plate — A 39. Just how long Alarcón holds on to that license plate will be up to the voters of the 7th City Council District, which Alarcón represented from 1993 until 1998 — and which he now wants back, even as he becomes accustomed to representing the 39th Assembly District. If there was ever a politician who knows how to play political musical chairs in the era of term limits, it is Alarcón. He is seen as the the biggest immediate beneficiary of Measure R, the voter-approved initiative that allows City Council members to serve a third four-year term. “I didn’t do Measure R,” Alarcón says in explaining how he found himself in an unexpected position. “I didn’t promote it whatsoever, but the voters decided it.” After being termed out in the Senate and winning an unchallenged race last month for the Assembly, Alarcón stunned Los Angeles’ political landscape by announcing he would seek re-election to the council. Alarcón’s decision angered those already running in the 7th District race, befuddled some political observers, and made the 53-year-old lawmaker appear overly ambitious and opportunistic in seeking the high-paying council job. But for the Prius-driving Alarcón, the move was utterly practical. “This is a very exciting time for the city under the leadership of Mayor (Antonio) Villaraigosa,” he says. “It’s a time when the city is moving forward, and I just want to be part of it.” Challengers withdraw In the weeks since Alarcón’s announcement, the two candidates who figured to offer the biggest challenge — Cindy Montañez and Felipe Fuentes — withdrew from the race and endorsed him. That development virtually clears the path back to City Hall for Alarcón, representing a district that includes Pacoima, Lake View Terrace, Panorama City, Mission Hills, North Hills and Sylmar. But perhaps more importantly, it underscores how the former schoolteacher has emerged as arguably the most powerful political figure in the San Fernando Valley. “He may well be,” says Jaime Regalado, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute at California State University, Los Angeles. “Of course, there are Congressmen (Howard) Berman and (Henry) Waxman. But Richard has proven that he’s up there … and certainly the most powerful Latino political figure in the Valley.” Alarcón sidesteps such thoughts, although he acknowledges that — as he seeks a second stint on the City Council — he does so as an anomaly: a lawmaker with almost two decades’ experience in elected office, and a throwback to an earlier, pre-term-limits era. “When I came to the council,” he recalled recently, “most of the members had been there for years — Richard Alatorre, Nate Holden, Joel Wachs — and some were legends like John Ferraro.” Ironically, it was an aspect of the 1993 election that first brought Alarcón to the City Council and now may bring him back. In that election, Los Angeles voters also imposed a two-term limit on elected officials. Knowing his years on the council were numbered, Alarcón left for the Senate in 1998, barely a year into his second term. Both his first two political campaigns were narrow triumphs: He won election to the council by 130 votes and then won a bitterly contested Senate race by 29 votes. But in winning those two elections, Alarcón changed San Fernando Valley politics — particularly in the East Valley, which LA Observed blogger Kevin Roderick has called “the rising center of Latino political power in Los Angeles.” In succeeding longtime incumbent Ernani Bernardi in 1993, Alarcón registered thousands of Latino voters who made up 70 percent of the 7th Council District’s population — turning what had been a demographically Latino area into a Latino political stronghold as well. He did the same with the 20th Senate District, edging out former Assemblyman Richard Katz and becoming the first Latino representative of a district that had once been a bastion for non-Latino, carpetbagging Democrats who kept moving into that district to seek office — Herschel Rosenthal before Alarcón, and David Roberti before Rosenthal. “There’s an inevitability about Richard and always has been,” says longtime Latino political consultant Bill Orozco, who worked for Roberti. “He made political history in the Valley, and he’ll make it again.” Behind the scenes Just how he will do it this time may not be so much an example of electoral power as of behind-the-scenes telephone calls, meetings, go-betweens and personal candor — involving Alarcón, Villaraigosa, Montañez, Fuentes and other Latino leaders of the Valley who were all intent on avoiding a political bloodbath that could possibly taint Alarcón and potentially destroy political careers. “For the three of us to have gone head-to-head would have been a grave, contentious situation,” Alarcón concedes. “They would have been strong candidates, and I can breathe a little easier. They’re both friends. … I’m very pleased that they’ve endorsed me, and I’m very excited about their futures because they both are phenomenal leaders, and I’ve vowed to do everything I can do to support their leadership.” Only days after the Nov. 7 election, having given up his council seat early to go to the Senate, Alex Padilla began squiring Fuentes around town and introducing his former chief of staff as his hand-picked successor. “Alex made it seem like it was a fait accompli,” says Hollywood restaurateur Lucy Casado, whose late husband, Frank, was a founder of the Mexican-American Political Association and herself is a do?a of Los Angeles Latino political circles. “I guess it wasn’t. “My, how quickly things can change in the Valley.” Montañez, the former mayor of San Fernando, had also been priming herself to compete for the open council seat when she heard Alarcón had entered the race. Montañez accused him of wanting to return to the council for the additional $50,000 the post pays every year, as well as a city pension that would kick in for a cumulative 10 years of service. As an assemblyman, Alarcón earns $110,800 annually, plus a $153 per diem for the days the legislative body meets. Beginning Jan. 1, City Council members will get $171,168 a year. But all that criticism is now in the past, especially since Alarcón’s endorsement could heavily influence who succeeds him in the Assembly, presuming he is elected to the council. Alarcón, Montañez and Fuentes each deny a political deal was brokered, and a Villaraigosa representative said the mayor had no comment. The prospect of Alarcón on the council would give Villaraigosa another backer — certainly more of an ally than he had in Padilla. If there was ever any question about their ties, last spring’s campaign to succeed Alarcón in the Senate erased them, as both the mayor and Alarcón endorsed Montañez in her unsuccessful bid against Padilla. In last year’s mayoral runoff, Alarcón endorsed Villaraigosa — as he had in 2001 — and introduced and nominated him at the important Los Angeles County Democratic Party endorsement meeting. There, daughter Andrea Alarcón delivered one of the three critical votes that gave Villaraigosa the party’s backing. Andrea Alarcón was later appointed by Villaraigosa to the city’s Transportation Commission. Like the mayor, Alarcón supports plans for expanding the Palmdale Regional Airport and building high-speed rail for connections to other airports as part of adopting a regional approach to meeting Southern California’s air travel needs. In education, Alarcón revived one of his own pledges of his own ill-fated mayoral campaign when his brainchild — the Valley Education Collaborative — announced last month that it was targeting four low-performing Northeast Valley high schools for dramatic improvements in graduation rates and college admissions. Alarcón, who as a volunteer teaches a class each semester at Arleta High, said it is not simply coincidence that the collaborative has undertaken its new role as the mayor eyes reform of the Los Angeles Unified School District as one of his top priorities. ‘More hands-on’ At times, Alarcón talks as if he has never been away. “From a professional career, I’ve been a part of the city’s culture for more than 20 years,” he says. “The difference between being a state and local legislator is that it’s a much more hands-on and not partisan job working on the City Council. “It’s also much more enjoyable, and there’s more you can do on the City Council. Others have said this, and I agree. The best job I’ve ever had was on the City Council.” Los Angeles politics, he says, is part of his life, a world he was weaned on and in which he rose in 1989 to become Mayor Tom Bradley’s deputy for the San Fernando Valley. In the last of Bradley’s four terms, Alarcón learned the subtleties of City Hall’s bureaucracy — far different than Sacramento’s — and made lasting connections with the politicians, labor leaders, lobbyists and special interests who can make or break careers. Ultimately, that led to the Eastside political clique that had dominated Latino politics in California for an entire generation — a clique that was run by Richard Polanco, then a powerful state senator and now an influential lobbyist. Today, Polanco’s former chief of staff, Saeed M. Ali, is Alarcón’s chief of staff, and insiders believe that with ties still intact with Polanco, Alarcón would have little difficulty raising money for a rough-and-tumble spring campaign, if it comes to that. But as anyone who drives a Prius will tell you, life isn’t about only the money. “Los Angeles is a city of glamour, and Antonio and a few others have proved that old legislators — termed-out legislators in Sacramento — do have some shot” (at elected office in Los Angeles), says Jaime Regalado, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State Los Angeles, who has followed several of Alarcón’s campaigns. “Antonio opened that door, at least a bit. But it’s the fact that he did, and the fact that Richard ran a good race in the mayor’s campaign in which virtually everybody gave him plaudits. “All that, I think, emboldened him to at least look close at coming home. There’s the money, but I don’t think it’s the primary motivator. I think he would love not necessarily being the council person, but being (eventually) the mayor.” Ambition has spoken Alarcón is too shrewd politically to touch that, but his ambition has already spoken. He was the first to announce his challenge to incumbent Mayor James Hahn’s re-election, only to be forced aside by Villaraigosa and others — though he always left a favorable impression during the debates. It was the result, say those close to Alarcón, of the hard work he puts into issues behind the scenes. Former Alarcón legislative aide Jos? Atilio Hern?ndez remembers the long hours that his boss poured into developing his education plans, as well as his idealistic agenda that harkens back to the era of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and the dreams of Bobby Kennedy. “He wants to end poverty in California,” says Hern?ndez, now a consultant for an educational policy nonprofit. “That right there tells you a lot about the man.” But not all. That in an age when too often politicians’ biographies talk about overcoming troubled childhoods, Alarcón delights in reminiscing about growing up in Sun Valley and talking about his father, who ran a furniture upholstery shop. That Alarcón grew up well-adjusted and well-liked — being elected student body president at Francis Polytechnic High School. That he’s still a bowler and that he has lived with his mother in her stucco home since the 2000 breakup of his marriage to ex-wife Corina, while he served in the Senate. Nor the watershed moment in 1987 when a drunk driver killed the youngest of his five children, 3-year-old Richie Alarcón, as well as the boy’s grandmother, Alarcón’s mother-in-law. Almost inconsolable, Alarcón eventually found forgiveness for the drunk driver, who also was killed in the crash. He and comedian George Lopez, a friend, created a scholarship foundation in Richie’s name, and he became involved with Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and in gang- and youth-violence prevention programs. “I come to this from my religious beliefs,” says Alarcón. “I went to Catholic school in the ’60s, during the Church’s Ecumenical Council period and the idea of social justice was very prominent. I observed the culture of trying to do something to help the poor, and that’s what I’m still trying to do.” At Sylmar High School last month, he spoke movingly about a young man he met whose positive outlook on life changed when he lost some teeth in a freak accident. Alarcón personally sought out a dentist for pro bono work that repaired the teenager’s smile and restored his self-confidence. “The way we solve some of the problems our young people face,” said Alarcón, “is by taking action and doing something about one problem at a time.” He has updated his populist agenda from last year’s mayoral campaign: Cleaning up City Hall with a ban on campaign donations of more than $100 from contractors and developers; giving the neighborhood councils real power and control. Most of all, look for Alarcón to praise the traditional values of the San Fernando Valley, as well as the hopes and aspirations of its growing Latino influence. “No one understands the desire to attain the middle-class dream better than I do,” he told an auditorium of teenage students wanting to go to college and their parents wanting desperately to see them there. “Building middle-class dreams is about ending poverty.” — Tony Castro, (818) 713-3761 firstname.lastname@example.org
“We’re under no illusions as to where we stand as a team; we’ve finished in the final four but we’re not a top-four team yet, we know that and we’ve never hidden behind that.“Against the very best teams we’ve come up short but we’ve had a wonderful adventure and some experiences that will stand this group of players and staff in really good stead for the future.“I couldn’t ask any more of any of the players today or right the way through the seven weeks we’ve worked together.”Belgium boss Roberto Martinez was full of praise for his side after they claimed their best-ever World Cup finish, finishing third to eclipse their previous record – a fourth-place at Mexico 86. England manager Gareth Southgate said his side aren’t a top four side yet despite finishing fourth at the World Cup.After the Three Lions were defeated 2-0 by Belgium in the third-place play-off, Southgate conceded his team have come up short against the very best teams and that their final placing doesn’t reflect where his side are at.However, he said the team has taken pride in their achievements of reaching the semi-final and believes their experience in Russia will help to create a brighter future for the national side.He said: “In the end we are very proud of what we’ve done. He said: “We wanted to win it. “When you beat Brazil and get into the semi-final, the focus has to be to try to win the World Cup. “But you need to be realistic when you finish the tournament and look back. These players made history back in Belgium and that’s all that matters. These players deserve to have that accolade.“The generation of Mexico 86 set a real inspiration and real vision for all the footballers in Belgium. “Now this group of players overcame that and that’s historic; it took 32 years to be able to be in this position, so there’s real satisfaction and real success. “It’s the manner we achieved that – the football we played is Belgian football, it’s our brand. And the togetherness and flexibility we had tactically shows what we want to be as a footballing nation.“It has been a really nice journey, a really successful journey but in football you need to look forward and try to improve in the next opportunity that we have.”Southgate’s captain Harry Kane, who leads the race for the golden boot, said his teammates put everything into the third-placed play-off against the Belgians.He said: “In the second half we played really well.“We had them on the ropes for the first half-hour of that and we just couldn’t get a goal.“We had one cleared off the line and we put the pressure on.“But the lads couldn’t give any more, it has been a tough tournament.“Belgium are obviously a good team. I can’t fault the lads, we gave it everything.”
Web metrics firm Compete has an interesting post, outlining the top 20 websites (for US traffic). According toCompete, all 20 of them got over 20 million unique visitors in October 2006. Here is thechart: richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A couple of people noted in the comments that if you add Microsoft’s 4 top 20properties together (msn.com, live.com, microsoft.com and passport.net), then they wouldprobably be number 1. However a counter to that is that a lot of passport.net domainscurrently re-direct to live.com. I think there may be some crossover between live.com andMSN too. So it may well be that Yahoo remains number 1, even accounting for Microsoft’smultiple brands. Plus of course Yahoo and Google both have separately branded properties too – e.g. Flickr, YouTube. If I was to estimate, I’d put Microsoft at number 2 overall – butinterested to hear what others think.Compete notes that Adobe.com, Live.com, Wikipedia.org and YouTube.com are new to the top 20 over the past year,while Expedia.com, Monster.com, Paypal.com and Weather.com have all dropped out.Looking at the Alexadata for US traffic, the top 20 is quite different:1. yahoo.com2. google.com3. myspace.com4. msn.com5. ebay.com6. amazon.com7. youtube.com8. craigslist.org9. wikipedia.org10. cnn.com11. facebook.com12. go.com13. live.com14. blogger.com15. aol.com16. microsoft.com17. comcast.net18. imdb.com19. digg.com20. flickr.comThe Alexa list is (I think) only counting US traffic, but it is quite different fromCompete’s stats. The presence of non-mainstream web 2.0 sites in Alexa’s top 20(blogger.com, digg, flickr) suggests that the traffic is heavily skewed towards technicalusers – which makes sense, given Alexa relies on toolbar downloads to get theirstats.Also interesting to note there is just one Microsoft property in the top 10 inAlexa, compared to 3 for Compete.Any other trends you can spot from this data? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Statistics#web
Several data points in recent weeks led to this update on the state of retail self-checkout (SCO) deployments. Among these are the increased self-service stores openings with Asia / North America taking the lead, the evolution from stationary SCOs to multiple variations of scan-and-go applications, and new research, some of which you will only see in this article, on the theft challenges with these new autonomous solutions.My favorite story was a February 2019 article indicating that Walmart was transitioning from a consumer-powered to a store associate-powered “Check Out With Me” scan-and-go model, with shopper theft cited as one of the major reasons. “In one case, during the (consumer) Scan & Go rollout, a customer tried to leave a Walmart store with a cart of about 100 items, only 40 of which he had scanned.”Self-Checkout Is a Growth Retail ApplicationAccording to Greg Buzek at the IHL Group, retailers that have traditional self-checkout see about 40 percent of their transactions and 20 percent of their sales volume now taking place at self-checkout stations. About 20 percent of large retailers/restaurants are rolling out scan-and-go consumer options in the next twelve months, and 44 percent will have that option through their apps by 2020.- Sponsor – The SCO market is expected to exceed more than $5 billion by 2024 at a CAGR of 10.3 percent in the forecast period. Sample North America retail chains either deploying or piloting the scan-and-go variation include Kroger, Dollar General, and 7-Eleven.With ten stores opened so far, the Amazon Go self-service store model could be a $4 billion business for the company by 2021. Over 500 Bingo Box self-service locations are already open in China.The Categories and the Generation GapForty-eight percent of US internet users believe that scan-and-go technology would make shopping easier, and 43 percent would rather try scan-and-go than wait in a checkout line. Favorite categories are groceries, home goods, and fashion items.Sixty percent of internet users worldwide would prefer to shop at other retailers, if they offered an Amazon Go-like experience. Not surprisingly in this digitally connected era, this jumps to 77 percent for consumers aged 18-34.The Retail Self-Checkout ChallengeLate last year, the Europe-based ECR Community Shrink and OSA Group published an extensive study quantifying the risk associated with self-checkout. Among the key findings:Data comparing stores with and without fixed SCO found that levels of loss were higher in the former than the latter, with some grocery case studies recording losses in the region of 33 percent to 147 percent higher.Stores where 55-60 percent of transactions went through fixed SCO can expect their shrinkage losses to be 31 percent higher.For a store with 50 percent of transactions being processed through fixed SCO, it can expect its shrinkage losses to be 75 percent higher than the average rate found in grocery retailing.Stores using scan-and-go technology could see overall losses in the region of 0.96 percent of sales—a 43 percent increase.The ECR report concludes that the data was not clear in its theft conclusions. Many assert based on their experiences that the losses are more likely to be mistakes and errors. Valuable guidance is provided on a framework featuring eleven themes that retailers can implement to manage the associated risks with the use of SCO technologies.Why Is Self-Checkout a Theft Target?The US-based Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) asked actual shoplifters” “Why would you use self-checkouts to commit theft?” Exclusive to this article, here is what is in the mind of a shoplifter:The Loss Prevention (LP) Cxx MomentAs the data clearly indicates, SCO is a major, growing retail application. According to multiple global retailers, it is a core element of their future innovation roadmap that meets the “must-have” of new, digitally empowered generations.In my globally delivered “The Disruptive Future of Retail” keynote presentation, I share this chart, where I elaborate that this autonomous transition is a major opportunity to evolve the retail industry.Digital transformation trends are leading to a collision between a technology-empowered consumer and increased theft opportunities. For loss prevention, the SCO challenge is one of those unique Cxx moments to evolve to differentiated strategies/technologies that securely enhance the value of the retail brand.The solutions to the SCO deployment risks are more intensive consumer/associate engagement for proper use and a new set of strategies and emerging technologies focused on frictionless consumer experiences. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
A McKinsey report sees the trend towards AI as a huge opportunity for semiconductor companies. “The AI and DL revolution gives the semiconductor industry the greatest opportunity to generate value that it has had in decades. Hardware can be the differentiator that determines whether leading-edge applications reach the market and grab attention. The best semiconductor companies will understand these trends and pursue innovations that help take AI hardware to a new level.” Daniel Riek, senior director of AI for Red Hat, said that “with AI, we are back to where performance actually matters. Suddenly there is a direct business impact, and we have people talking about instruction sets and processor speeds again.” AI is affecting all aspects of both our work and life. Joel Emer, Computer Science professor at MIT, said that “many AI accomplishments were made possible because of advances in hardware. Hardware is the foundation of everything you can do in software.” It’s not just the algorithms and software where we’re seeing big technology advances. Hardware has been a key enabler of AI, if not the key. Karl Freund, Senior Analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy, said that “I cannot think of an industry that will not be impacted. From government to education to finance to healthcare to manufacturing…. AI will be pervasive.”
Proper marketing creates a connection between IT and our customers and partners. Effective marketing means connecting with customers at a personal level, transaction by transaction. The result will be delivery of the right services at the right time, based on the unique needs of the audience, and increased trust. Marketing Can’t Replace Good IT Practices and ExecutionDeveloping better relationships with our customers and using marketing techniques will not mask poor IT performance or service. However, marketing can re-enforce positive impressions and help deliver the competitive advantage our businesses want. I often hear IT professionals state, and I agree, that we must run IT as a business—optimize investment decisions, prioritize our programs like a portfolio, and monitor progress, making required course corrections. If that is the case, what business would choose toforgo marketing and miss the opportunity to understand its customers’ needs? We should embrace the concepts of marketing in IT. Four Effective Ways to Embrace IT MarketingIntel IT has embraced the importance of marketing our organization’s capability and solutions to our partners and employees. Here are a few of our “best practices.”1. Annual Performance Report. For the past 10 years, our IT organization has published an IT Annual Performance Report to communicate our operational strategies and results to our partners, employees, and other IT professionals. IT is often the silent hero, or visible to customers only when something goes wrong. People often know only the part of IT that they rely on, but don’t have an appreciation for the breadth of IT’s responsibilities. It’s easy to cry, “why aren’t you prioritizing me” when you don’t realize there are other programs on the priority list. Documenting and communicating the breadth of services we offer and the value we provide has helped uschange that perception.2. Productivity Tips for Employees. For the past five years, the Intel IT Products and Services Communications team has published an internal bi-weekly corporate-wide newsletter (we call it Digital Edge) focused on the technology and solutions available from Intel IT. Digital Edge articles educate Intel employees on a variety of information technology topics to help them improve productivity and take advantage of new IT products and services. Over time, readership of this newsletter has grown to 70 percent of its distribution, an incredibly high readership for a “pushed” communication. Some of these articles have been republished for external consumption at www.intel.com/IT.3. IT-to-Admin Audiocasts. No one markets to a homogeneous population, and therefore segmenting your customers is imperative. We found that the administrative assistant community is a key influence point that propagates awareness of IT service and perception. IT hosts a series of quarterly audiocasts for Intel’s administrative assistant community. This format provides quick, timely updates to an influential audience, with IT experts on hand to answer questions.4. Offering Information at Users’ “Point of Need.” Our IT communications and training teams develop content to help employees learn and make the most of IT solutions. Our internal IT intranet portal offers the latest “IT news,” optimized search, and a comprehensive product catalog. We monitor support calls, chats, and submitted help tickets to identify topics that warrant additional focus. A new focus for us is to deliver this content at the user’s “point of need”—for example, when an employee goes to investigate, order, or download a specific product or application, they also get theinformation, tips-and-tricks, and training on how to best use that specific product.Let’s Take Charge of Our Own Destiny through MarketingWe all seek better partnership with our business stakeholders. We want to improve IT’s ability to create a competitive advantage for our respective organizations. I believe there is a need to “market” IT. Create the connection between IT and the business – that’s marketing! Certainly, marketing is alive and well inside Intel IT.How are you working to market your department’s accomplishments and expertise?Do you have a formal plan in place? Marketing Helps Us Connect with Business Partners Every IT organization seems to be under constant performance pressure. The pace of business is increasing. Budget pressure is always present. The complexity of regulatory compliance is exploding. Employees expect full support of the latest, often consumer-orientated, technologies… yesterday.This pressure is amplified as our businesses become even more dependent on IT. The business looks to us in IT for a competitive advantage—solutions for faster product development and delivery cycles, business intelligence and automated analytics tools for better decision making, and an overall reduction in the cost of doing business. On this journey to forge a competitive advantage, we are faced with limitless challenges. To be successful, we need to market IT.Marketing is a SkillMarketing often has an undeserved negative perception as an instrument of deception and manipulation, or a creative “spin” of reality. Marketing is actually about understanding customer requirements and translating the value of a product or service into terms the user can understand and appreciate—a skill that is critical to achieving the goals discussed above.