The Galaxy emerged as the front-runner for Gerrard’s services almost as soon as the 34-year-old confirmed that he would be heading to America when he leaves Liverpool at the end of the English Premiership season.Gerrard will be ending a 25-year association with Liverpool.Although details of a deal with the Galaxy reported by media outlets on both sides of the Atlantic differ slightly, most predict an 18-month contract.A BBC report, which did not cite any sources, said the former England captain would sign a contract worth some £6 million ($9.1 million, 7.6 million euros) with the Galaxy.The Guardian reported that Gerrard would likely receive a basic salary of £4 million with merchandising rights raising the figure.ESPN and the Washington Post had reported at the weekend that such a deal was in the works, even as MLS and Galaxy officials declined to comment.A move to the Galaxy would reunite Gerrard with his old Liverpool team-mate Robbie Keane and see him follow in the footsteps of former England colleague David Beckham, who spent five years at the California club.The Galaxy won their fifth MLS title in December, and have a vacancy to fill thanks to the retirement of longtime star Landon Donovan.Donovan’s departure left the Galaxy with a vacant designated player berth, which they can use to ink high-priced stars with relief from salary cap constraints.Other MLS clubs with designated player spots available include New York Red Bulls, with the departure of France’s Thierry Henry, and Orlando City, who have signed Brazilian star Kaka and Honduran striker Bryan Rochez for their inaugural season but haven’t filled their third designated player spot.A report in the Daily Telegraph that the New York Cosmos were interested in Gerrard seems nothing more than a red-herring.The Cosmos are a glamorous name in US football thanks to their heyday in the 1970s, when they lured such global icons as Pele.But the North American Soccer League in which they operate is a second-tier league.Such a move by a player of Gerrard’s stature would certainly be a slap in the face to MLS, already stung by the decision of Manchester City owners to keep Frank Lampard in England until May rather than having him arrive for duty with MLS’s New York City FC for it’s first season starting in March.Manchester City are part-owners of NYCFC and the move was widely interpreted as a sign that their fledgling MLS venture is a low priority.MLS Commissioner Don Garber told Sports Illustrated that NYCFC will need to work to rebuild trust with New York Sports Fans who were expecting Lampard to play the full season.But he noted that it’s nothing new for European stars coming into MLS to make their debuts in mid-season — as Gerrard will do and as Beckham, Keane and Henry did before him.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LOS ANGELES, January 7 – A Hollywood ending for Steven Gerrard’s storied career seemed all but set Tuesday, with the Liverpool captain’s move to the Los Angeles Galaxy widely reported to be an all-but-done deal.
Sheriff seeks power to ease jail overcrowdingLos Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who came under fire when he released celebutante Paris Hilton to home confinement, is seeking the authority to force thousands of inmates into house arrest in an effort to curb overcrowding in jails. Baca said the proposal, contained in a bill passed Wednesday by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, would be a short-term fix, but could end up keeping many inmates in custody longer than if they served their sentences behind bars. Baca says the jail system is so overcrowded it is not unusual for nonviolent offenders to be released after serving as little as 10 percent of their sentences. The shooting occurred in the 700 block of West Greenleaf Boulevard, one block east of Wilmington Avenue, about 7:10 p.m. yesterday, police said. The victim, described only as a man, was standing outside the location when another man approached him on foot, officials said. Words were exchanged, and the suspect shot the victim once in the upper torso. The victim was taken to a hospital where he died. Nearly a month ago, there were five killings in Compton and the adjacent unincorporated area of East Rancho Dominguez in a five-day period, authorities said. Spector’s former attorney risks being jailed A former attorney for Phil Spector could be sentenced to jail today if she refuses to testify at the music producer’s murder trial about a possible piece of evidence allegedly withheld by a defense expert. Sara Caplan was scheduled to appear in court this morning, a day after the California Supreme Court refused to hear her appeal of a contempt order for declining to tell jurors about possible removal of evidence. Caplan was a member of an original defense team that examined the scene in Spector’s home where actress Lana Clarkson died of a gunshot wound to the mouth on Feb. 3, 2003. Her story about the possible evidence emerged unexpectedly in hearings outside the jury’s presence. She said she saw famous forensic expert Henry Lee pick up a small white object the size of a fingernail at the scene and put it in a vial. Autopsy pictures of Clarkson show a small piece of acrylic fingernail missing from her right thumb. Lee denied picking up such an item, but the judge found that Caplan was more credible and made a formal finding that Lee had removed something from the scene and never turned it over to the prosecution. Caplan claimed attorney-client privilege in refusing to repeat her testimony to the jury, but the judge said the privilege did not apply. Lee flew to China on a business trip Tuesday and told The Associated Press it was now unlikely he would testify in the trial. Spector, 67, rose to fame in the 1960s with a recording technique known as the “Wall of Sound.” Clarkson was best known for her starring role in “Barbarian Queen.” Clarkson was shot after going home with Spector after the pair met at the House of Blues.Galaxy soccer gets new uniforms in time for Beckham CARSON – The Los Angeles Galaxy unveiled its new uniforms, colors and logo today, two days before English star David Beckham joins the Major League Soccer team. The 12-year-old team is switching its colors from green and gold to collegiate navy, gold and white, and adopting a “Quasar” logo crest. The new uniform features the team crest as a woven badge on the jersey with two embroidered stars representing its two MLS Cup championships. The jersey has the three stripes logo of Adidas, one of its sponsors, down the sleeves. Beckham will be presented with a personalized version of the new uniform Friday when he is formally introduced as a member of the team at a news conference at The Home Depot Center. Super Lotto jackpot grows to $32 million No SuperLotto Plus tickets sold for the most recent drawing matched all six numbers, and the jackpot for Saturday’s drawing will grow to $32 million, lottery officials said today. Two tickets sold matched five numbers, but didn’t have the Mega number and are each worth $41,029. The numbers in last night’s SuperLotto Plus draw were 22, 23, 28, 32, 39 and the Mega number was 14. The jackpot was $27 million. The odds of picking all five numbers and the Mega number is 41,416,353 to 1, according to the California Lottery Web site. The drawing was the 10th since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold. That ticket for the June 6 drawing was worth $27 million and sold at a Palms district gasoline station. Commute could be slowed this morning WESTWOOD – Your commute this morning could be affected by a lane being closed for maintenance from overnight on a section of the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway was closed in Westwood, authorities said. The No. 5 lane of the northbound portion of the freeway between Wilshire and Sunset boulevards was closed at 10:44 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The lane was expected to reopen at 5 this morning. Temps in 80s and 90s todayTemperatures today will hover in the 80s and 90s in most Southern California areas. Temperatures today are expected to be near 90 in Woodland Hills, 85 in Glendale, 99 in Palmdale, 97 in Lancaster, 91 in Santa Clarita, and 83 in downtown Los Angeles. Crime news For up-to-date news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Home detention, with electronic monitoring, is the best alternative to overcrowded jails, because the offender can’t go anywhere,” he said. “They are not going to be free to commit other crimes.” The legislation would allow the county Board of Supervisors to authorize the correctional administrator to require participation in the home detention program when it is determined that prisoners would otherwise face early release because of lack of jail space. Currently, applications for the program is voluntary. The measure already has passed the Senate, setting the state for a final vote by the full Assembly. Man fatally shot COMPTON – A man was fatally shot while standing outside in a Compton neighborhood, authorities said today.
1 Arsene Wenger says it would be a ‘gamble’ to play Alexis Sanchez at Stoke this weekend with the Chilean still not completely fit after his hamstring problem.Sanchez has been missing since November when he sustained the problem during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Norwich.It was hoped that he would be fit enough to feature at Stoke this weekend but Wenger admits that it might be unwise to throw the 27-year-old former Barcelona star back into action.At Friday’s pre-match press conference, Wenger said: “He has two decisive days – today and tomorrow.“He is fit, has worked very hard and the decision we have to take is whether to take a gamble or not on his injury.” Alexis Sanchez in Arsenal training
On Thursday, March 7, 2002, at 4:30 p.m., the Blockbuster distribution center in McKinney, Texas, accomplished a major goal—one million work hours without a lost-time injury. Reaching this goal was no small task. It required diligent research, careful planning, dedicated teamwork, and strong management to establish and implement the strategies that would result in a safe workplace.“This is a tremendous accomplishment,” says Galen Erickson, senior vice president of Blockbuster distribution. “In eleven months, we haven’t had a single employee miss work because of an on-the-job injury. And during that period, we processed and distributed about 98-million movies and games. Many organizations strive to reach this goal, but few succeed.”This accomplishment is so significant that Ted Borek, executive vice president and COO of the National Safety Council, recently visited the Blockbuster distribution center to present a special plaque and deliver a letter of achievement written by the director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.- Sponsor – According to the National Safety Council, only seven companies in Texas have achieved this goal in the past four years and just 224 companies nationwide in the past two years. Borek’s visit came during a celebratory dinner Blockbuster held for its more than 900 DC employees as a reward for 1 million accident-free work hours. Following the dinner, a drawing was held for a number of door prizes, including two new Blockbuster-blue Ford mustangs.Building a Safety StrategyThe impetus for the program began in 1998 when Blockbuster opened their state-of- the-art distribution center with the goal of creating the safest DC in the industry.Research demonstrated the importance of keeping people at work, and that an employee who stays at work is able to heal quicker, does not lose income, and remains current in his departmental functions.The DC management team was comprised of Bill Wissing, vice president of distribution; Mitch Clark, senior director of distribution; Terri Seagroat, director of distribution; Danny Rand, director of facilities; Rick Romero, director of inventory control; Raymond Moss, director of human resources; and myself, the director of loss prevention.This senior group holds the firm belief that every employee, supervisor, and manager is accountable for the safety of the workplace. The loss prevention organization backs this position with our assumption that it is not acceptable for an employee to get hurt in Blockbuster’s environment. This safety philosophy led to developing the strategies and providing employees with proper equipment and necessary training to foster a safe workplace.Developing a successful safety program centered around four key strategies:Determining and attacking the causes of injuries,Building a strong safety team,Motivating employees to work safely, andUtilizing vendors to enhance the internal program.Accident Assessment. The distribution center staff started with a thorough accident assessment that pinpointed what accidents were occurring, where in the building the accidents were happening, what time of the day or night they occurred, what manager was on duty at the time, and what training had been provided to employees in the area.Armed with the data from the assessment, management determined the root causes of every accident and attacked the causes (not the employees) of the accidents. Once this analysis was completed, we were able to develop safety disciplines and best practices throughout the organization.These best practices were put in place through a number of policies and procedures written collectively by loss prevention, human resources, legal, and operations. In addition, we created a series of safety audits, performed by the loss prevention department, to ensure that the organization is continuing to practice safety.Safety Team. As one of the first steps, we established an in-house safety team that is the focal point for implementing the program throughout the organization. Members of the team are employees with good safety records and have all been trained to be front-line trainers and cheerleaders for working safely.The safety team holds monthly meetings and carries new information back to the individual departments and each work shift. Each department has daily stand-up meetings where the safety team members can communicate information both verbally and visually. The LP team provides handouts and brochures in both English and Spanish for use in these department training meetings.The significance of providing Spanish-language communications became apparent early on when we realized there was a void in the success of the training. To fill the void, we decided that all training and awareness must be provided in English and Spanish. Once this was implemented, we began to see immediate results.The vast majority of the training for safety team members is provided by the safety coordinator, Miguel Amaro, and loss prevention. There are also training videos provided by Summit Training, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, as well as trained supervisors and managers who provide training to the various departments.Incident Review Board. Working in tandem with the safety team is an incident review board that investigates every accident or near miss, including damage to the building. The board aims to ensure consistency across all work shifts, identify the root cause of each accident, and determine how similar incidents can be avoided in the future.The incident review board is made up of the following people: the operations manager, loss prevention supervisor, human resources specialist, department manager and safety team member of the department where the incident occurred, maintenance supervisor, and any witness and employee involved in the event.New Tools and Training. In a tactical move aimed at reducing specific injuries identified in the accident assessment, we incorporated new tools and training focused on specific injuries in the distribution center.One such tool was the Hyde knife. In 1998, the number one injury at the DC was a cut to the left thumb while opening a box. Thanks to the Hyde knife’s self-retracting box cutter with a rounded blade and extensive training on box-cutter safety, we greatly reduced the number of boxcutter injuries.We also focused much of our employee safety training on lifting and the importance of back safety…another of the most frequent injuries identified by the assessment. Every February, each employee participates in a 45-minute course offering step-by-step tips to aid in safe lifting. Anthony Prusa, owner of DynaTest, instructs employees on how to keep their backs healthy using stretches to avoid back pain and simple techniques for sitting and standing. The number of liftingrelated accidents has been cut in half each of the three years since this training was implemented.Awareness Program. While building the safety program, our goal was to create a program that not only complied with the law, but one that worked and was fun. To help us achieve this goal, we designed an in-house awareness program that included methods of improvement and positive behavior modification to keep employees focused on maintaining a conscious focus on safety.To help communicate the safety message, management decided the program needed a symbol or spokesperson. When the DC reached 250,000 hours without a lost-time accident, we introduced “Captain Safety,” co-created by Blockbuster and Recognition Concepts of Farmers Branch, Texas.The Captain Safety character became the key figure in an ongoing awareness program, appearing on posters and other training tools for managers to use to teach their employees about specific topics, such as forklift and conveyor belt safety and proper lifting. Captain Safety is visible in every part of the DC and has proven to bea huge success to the program.Blockbuster’s program has a number of elements built in, including incentives. This program is not an incentive-based program, but a program with incentives.An example of this is safety bingo, a proven incentive activity that we updated to energize employees and help reinforce positive behaviors. We incorporatedpopular sports events, such as the Olympics and Dallas Cowboy football, into the bingo games to further involve the employees.In our version of safety bingo, each employee was given a bingo card with the winner selecting from a wealth of prizes, ranging from Blockbuster GiftCards® to telephones and tools. Each day that the DC did not have an accident, a bingo number was drawn. During the Olympics, additional bingo numbers were drawn for each medal won by the United States.We also created The Safety Zone, an area adjacent to the entry/exit way of the DC that showcases the various elements of the awareness program, including a safety bulletin board and safety bingo awards case. The Safety Zone also houses the year’s theme: “Committed to Safety Excellence.”Outside Service Providers. The review of the types of accidents that were most common in the DC led us to believe that most injuries could be treated on site.In September 1999, Medcor Health Services was hired to provide a licensed paramedic on site 16 hours a day, five days a week. Instead of an employee having to see a doctor for a minor cut, the employee can be immediately seen by a Medcor paramedic. If the paramedic cannot take care of the issue, or if the employee desires, then Medcor will send or refer the employee to a local area doctor for further treatment.Additionally, Medcor provides daily follow up to monitor the employee on the DC floor to ensure that he or she is in compliance with any prescribed modified duty.Medcor also is charged with maintaining an accident database, which has proven an important tool in the ongoing efforts to track accident and nearmiss trends.We have also found success by inviting area doctors to tour the distribution center. The loss prevention department has provided tours of the facility to those doctors and physician assistants who treat our employees. The health care professionals have been able to see the areas where the employees work and gain an understanding and appreciation for the facility. This in turn demonstrates to the doctors the trustworthiness of Blockbuster’s loss prevention and Medcor staff.Contributing to the Bottom LineAlthough the million-hour feat was accomplished in less than a year, it came after an intensive three-year program that included training and communication in both English and Spanish to help ensure that employees understand management’s expectations and how to avoid mishaps.Our philosophy was simple—accidents happen for a reason. Someone, somewhere, and at some time fails to act or work properly, and that’s when an accident happens. By concentrating our efforts and offering comprehensive training, tools, and communication, we were able to keep our employees safe, save the company time and money, and reach the prestigious goal of one-million work hours without a lost-time injury.“This accomplishment could only have been achieved by the entire Blockbuster distribution team working together,” says Erickson. “I am extremely proud of what we have achieved. It’s great that we have prevented injury and kept our employees safe. But this milestone is important to the entire company as well, because eliminating accidents can save millions of dollars a year in expenses and lost time.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
California will not tax amounts received by taxpayers as a result of the Carousel Housing Tract cleanup in Carson, California. Taxpayers may exclude these amounts from gross income when computing:corporation franchise and income taxes; andpersonal income tax.Who Qualifies for the Exclusion?Taxpayers qualify for the exclusion if they receive amounts pursuant to California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region, Order R4-2011-046, and they:currently own or previously owned property in the Carousel Housing Tract; orreside or previously resided in the Carousel Housing Tract.What Amounts Can They Exclude?Taxpayers can exclude amounts they receive:from the Shell Oil Company for temporary accommodations and relocation;under the Optional Real Estate Program of the Revised Remedial Action Plan; orfrom a settlement arising out of the investigation, cleanup, or abatement of waste discharged at the former Kast Property Tank Farm facility.Taxpayers cannot exclude any reimbursed amounts representing expenses that they have deducted.For What Tax Years Does the Exclusion Apply?The exclusion applies to all tax years. If a taxpayer previously paid tax on these amounts, the taxpayer has until September 28, 2019, to file for a credit or refund.The regular limitations period for claiming a credit or refund from the overpayment will not apply.Ch. 887 (S.B. 343), Laws 2018, effective September 28, 2018, and applicable as notedLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
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Former Australian prime minister John Howard on Wednesday hit out at the Afro-Asian members of the International Cricket Council for not disclosing the reason why they rejected his candidature for the ICC vice-president’s post.Howard’s ambition to head the International Cricket Council after India’s Sharad Pawar was thwarted by the powerful Afro-Asian bloc at an ICC Executive Board meeting in Singapore on Wednesday.”Those who’ve indicated they don’t support it have not given a reason. Even in private discussions, they’re very reluctant to give a particular reason. It’s certainly an unusual situation because I haven’t been told, nor have the representatives of Cricket Australia been told, why this attitude at this stage should be as it is,” he said.”My nomination went forward with the full support of both Australia and New Zealand and I’m disappointed at the outcome. I wanted to do this job, I felt I could do it well and I would have devoted my full time to it,” Howard was quoted as saying by the ‘Sky News’.Howard said if his candidature was rejected because of his past link with politics, it would set a “bad precedent”.”That’s not been said although it’s been widely speculated. If it was in some way based on past political positions, well that’s a very bad precedent to be establishing,” he said.Howard’s tough stance against Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and past criticism of Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan were believed to be the key factors behind ICC’s decision.But a defiant Howard said he would wear it as a “badge of honour” if African members rejected him because of his hardline stance against Zimbabwe President Mugabe while in office.advertisement”I wear the criticism as a badge of honour. I don’t apologise in any way for the criticism I offered of the Mugabe regime. If it was in some way based on past political positions, well that’s a very bad precedent to be establishing for the ICC,” he said.”I’m out of politics. I don’t have any political agenda internationally other than of course promoting good relations between Australia and our long-term friends, many of which are cricket-playing nations in both Asia and Africa.
It was one prized medal missing from the cabinet of Saina Nehwal. Her failure to go beyond the quarter-finals of the world championships on five previous occasions had set the tongues wagging. Her ability to deliver on the big stage was questioned, too. Though she won an Olympic bronze in 2012, returning empty-handed from the world championships had started playing on Saina’s mind, the ace shuttler revealed.Also read: I am the best, says Saina Nehwal So when she got down with Vimal Kumar to fine tune her game last September after an expansive period of feeling low, the world championships was high on the priority list. Back to Hyderabad after becoming the first Indian shuttler to win a silver medal at the world championships, Saina can now afford a smile. “It (medal at world championships) was long pending. A lot of people were saying that I do not have a world championships medal and it was something that was playing in my head. That way it is a huge burden off my shoulder,” Saina told Mail Today in an interview. “Yes, I would definitely try to improve on the colour of the medal, be it the Olympics or the world championships. And now that I have a medal in every big event, I will be playing more freely. It will help me win more medals for the country.” When the moment arrived, a normally restrained Saina went berserk in celebrations. She had beaten her long time nemesis Wang Yihan in a high-pressure, high quality quarter-final, displaying extraordinary grit and patience. She threw her racquet while letting up a guttural roar. “The win against Wang Yihan was a very emotional moment. I can’t describe it in words. I just did not know what to do after the win and I celebrated like that,” she gushed. It indeed was an epic battle on all counts, with both Saina and Wang locked in an intense fight. “It was a long match of one more than an hour and drained out both of us. In the second game I was leading. She is very strong and suddenly I saw the scores levelled 13-13. It was tough but I had to hang on. In the decider, we were winning one-one points and when she took the lead 18-16, I was a little worried. I just gave everything. It was a wonderful match and after the match we had a nice talk.”advertisementAlso read: I was thinking about quitting Badminton last year, says Saina Nehwal Saina has been experiencing a new high this year where she reached the finals of both All England and World Championships for the first time, besides being the World No. 1, a place which she is all set to regain on Thursday. One of the reasons she points out for her recent turnaround is the ‘personal attention’ she is getting at the Prakash Padukone badminton academy in Bangalore under Vimal. “A player at this level cannot get coaching with 10-20 other people around,” she says. “I think I have improved a lot. I am quicker, comfortable in fast-paced rallies. My strokes have improved a little bit more. I am patient on points. All this has happened because of Vimal sir and the personal attention that he is giving me.”Saina of today carries the self belief of beating the best in business. “Vimal sir made me believe like a champion.Also read: PM Narendra Modi congratulates ace shuttler Saina Nehwal “When you know that you are getting personal attention, your training is going absolutely fine then it fills you with self belief. You are confident while taking on the top players, you can achieve anything.” The 25-year-old is now geared up to prepare herself against recent World Champion Carolina Marin who is proving to be a roadblock for her. “I went into the final thinking that I am going to give my 100 per cent. It was the second game where I made a misjudgment which proved crucial. I went into the quarter-finals and semi-finals with the same thought and I was able to execute. I was confident before final also but in such matches sometimes it happens that you are not able to do it. I have to find a way to beat her, may be next time,” she shrugged. For now Saina, can breathe easy and smile before immersing herself in the punishing grind which has taken her to the pinnacle of world badminton.
AdvertisementReal Madrid have recorded a two nil loss to Eibar on the final day of their already abysmal season. Plenty of players have underperformed. Kroos , Modric , Vasquez are just to name a few.One man who has become infamous for his poor performances is left back Marcelo. The Brazilian had a sizzling partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portuguese’s departure seems to have left a void in Marcelo’s gameplay.“We are the guilty ones,” he told BeIn Sports after the match. “We started the season badly and we’ve ended the season badly. It has been a tough year, even tougher on a personal level.“The next season will soon start and we can’t make the same mistakes.“Real Madrid never left, it is always good, fighting for everything. In seven years we have achieved almost everything, a bad season is not going to change what Real Madrid is. Madrid is very big.”Zidane has dropped 16 points after taking over Solari. Real Madrid have scraped their way to third place in La Liga and will look to revamp their squad as soon as the transfer window opens.Advertisement
Neymar gave Brazil an injury scare ahead of their final 2018 World Cup qualifiers by limping off the pitch during a training session.Neymar appeared to suffer a knock to his right foot while disputing a ball with fellow forward Diego Tardelli at Brazil’s Granja Comary training base here on Monday, reports Xinhua news agency.Brazil team officials later played down the incident, saying the 25-year-old was not expected to last the entire session.O @neymarjr j est ensaiando os dribles… melhor sair da frente! ????????? #TreinodaSeleo #GigantesPorNatureza pic.twitter.com/jMakx5jLet- CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) October 2, 2017Just 16 players took part in Brazil training on Monday with eight others due to arrive after long-haul flights from Europe on Tuesday.The five-time World Cup winners will play Bolivia in La Paz on Thursday and Chile in Sao Paulo five days later.Brazil are already guaranteed a place in Russia next year and lead the South American zone’s CONMEBOL standings with 37 points from 16 matches.