Are Arsenal only a step away from the PL’s best?

first_imgAdvertisement 7huNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs0w330Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1qs3a( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8Would you ever consider trying this?😱as0brrnCan your students do this? 🌚2t38Roller skating! Powered by Firework Its not the cut-throat and rampant brand of football that Manchester City are displaying or the clinical , fluid and precise football that Liverpool are playing that is in Arsenal’s armory but there is something about them that makes them one of the best in the land.Advertisement Something had been missing since so many years at North London. ‘An ability to dream’ perhaps some would say or ‘an urge to excel’ , whatever it may be, a revolution was the need of the moment at these parts. Unai Emery has done nothing short of a revolution. The Spaniard has galvanized hearts , ambitions and interests of everyone at Emirates starting from the players.Advertisement Alexandre Lacazette earned the Gunners a point at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, cancelling out James Milner’s second-half opener to extend the north London outfit’s unbeaten streak to 14 games.Arsenal’s only previous encounter with current top-four opposition in the league was a pair of clashes against champions Manchester City and rivals Chelsea in August, losing both.The Gunners haven’t had to look back after the defeat to Chelsea and have been undefeated ever since. With that in mind, one would find it difficult to separate Arsenal football club from some of the best in England.Advertisement “The Premier League is the first competition for us. It gives us the big regularity for the season – 38 matches,”  Unai Emery told reporters in his post-match press conference.“It’s very important when you play against City, Chelsea and Liverpool and if you win it’s better.“But the other games are important also because three points are the same against Liverpool or Crystal Palace or next week against Wolves. Today is one test, how we are against a team like Liverpool.“Maybe after Manchester City and Chelsea, today we are more near those teams, but we need this quality in every match. Every game is important.”Arsenal are now fifth in the Premier League table, four points behind leaders Liverpool. Advertisementlast_img read more

Whyte and Parker on different paths

first_imgPhoto: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images. Caption: Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker embrace after their heavyweight fight. As a combination, the two heavyweights put on a show worthy of topping the pay-per-view bill at the O2 in London, their contrasting methods meshing together in a way that left the outcome always in doubt right through to the closing seconds.Now, though, they will head in different directions. It was billed as a must-win for both; triumph and a world-title shot was an apparent certainty – lose and risk falling out of the picture, at least for the foreseeable future.In reality, a defeat is rarely as disastrous for your career prospects as suggested in the build-up to a big bout. Opportunities are never too far away in boxing, it’s just your bargaining position that fluctuates.Whyte was the one who prevailed on points, all three judges at ringside scoring the bout in his favour, but not before he had taken a late trip to the canvas that threatened to turn the tables in stunning fashion.Still, the fighter nicknamed The Body Snatcher once again demonstrated he has the stomach for a fight. Chumbawamba’s 1997 hit “Tubthumping” is an appropriate theme for Whyte, who got knocked down, but got up again to triumph.”I’m a savage – I will always get up and fight on,” he said in the post-fight press conference. “There’s something inside of me that, you know… it takes a lot to put me away. A lot.”About last night..what we live for! pic.twitter.com/XMs0brwzGw— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) July 29, 2018Parker and his team knew as much beforehand, though. They only needed to view Whyte’s display against Anthony Joshua in December 2015, when he heroically lost to his rival in a dramatic domestic dust-up – to know he would be a tough nut to crack.Knowing this in advance, his performance offered more questions than answers.The New Zealander started brightly – flashing an eye-catching one-two combination in the opening seconds – and finished strongly, flooring Whyte with a straight right, yet in between struggled to find a way to cope with his opponent’s aggression. He will return home to ponder if he left it too late to produce some of his best work.However, as Whyte’s trainer Mark Tibbs pointed out, the key takeaway was not Parker’s up-and-down performance but Whyte’s statement to the leading names in the division, most notably Joshua and Deontay Wilder.”It’s not what Parker did wrong, it’s about what he [Whyte] did right,” Tibbs said.”What he [Whyte] has done is marvellous, considering the limited experienced he’s had. What he’s done is a feat – a feat and a half.”There are areas for improvement. But, fight by fight, he’s slowly getting experience.”Say it loud and Say it Proud #BodySnatcherMaMan pic.twitter.com/MacxIf2YNz— Mark Tibbs (@MarkTibbsBoxing) July 29, 2018Parker faced questions about his future from the media in the aftermath, but was offered words of comfort from the man who handed him a second career defeat.”With two decent wins, he’s back in contention,” Whyte proclaimed.Parker can undoubtedly rise again – he is 26, has no issue with miles on the clock and has shown enough talent, albeit in occasional flashes, to suggest he belongs in the upper echelon of a division brimming with options.The key for Parker and his team is picking the right opponent next, as well as making sure he is motivated for the right reasons. Having headlined in two successive major events, against Joshua and now Whyte, money should no longer be a prime reason for lacing up the gloves.In contrast, Whyte’s stock has never been so high.”The better the fights, the better I fight. When the chips are down, I roll the dice,” he said.He gambled in choosing to take on the former WBO world champion, yet the risk was worth the reward. The 30-year-old claimed his most notable scalp to date in a professional career that goes from strength to strength, once again doing it the hard way with his willingness to get involved in a scrap.While Whyte can now wait to be seated at the heavyweight top table, the beaten Parker must work out a way to maximise his potential. He only needs to look at his last opponent to see how it is possible to recover from a setback.last_img read more

No quick fix for Hamilton problems, say Mercedes

first_imgFormula One champions Mercedes have no “magic bullets” to solve the problems that slowed Lewis Hamilton in Russia last month, but they are focusing on finding a solution, team boss Toto Wolff said.Hamilton started and finished fourth in Sochi on April 30, ending a run of eight successive appearances on the podium. The triple world champion was left puzzling over “a very odd weekend”.The Briton had complained of his Mercedes overheating from early on. He ended up finishing 36 seconds behind team mate Valtteri Bottas, who took the first win of his Formula One career.“Lewis had a difficult weekend in both qualifying and the race,” Wolff said in a preview for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, the fifth round of the season, in Barcelona.“We have spent our time since then unpicking what happened to understand why we couldn’t get the car in the right window (of performance) so he could feel comfortable with it,” added the Austrian.“There are no magic bullets to understanding that, just a lot of hard work and attention to detail. We must give him the tools he needs to do the job in the next races and that will be a big focus for us.”Hamilton failed to finish in Spain last year after colliding with then-team mate Nico Rosberg at the start, a clash that allowed Red Bull’s Dutch teenager Max Verstappen to win.This season, Ferrari and Mercedes have each won two races so far.Wolff said Mercedes, who lead Ferrari in the constructors’ standings by a single point, needed to make plenty of improvements.“The prevailing feeling is that there is lots of homework to do to come back stronger with a car that can perform on a consistent level every weekend,” he said.“I have the feeling that we are moving in the right direction, but we need 24/7 shifts to achieve our ultimate targets.”last_img read more

Spurs sparkle on Mourinho’s happy return

first_imgJose Mourinho got off to the best possible start as Tottenham Hotspur manager as his new side beat West Ham United 3-2 at London Stadium on Saturday — their first Premier League away win in 10 months.First-half goals from Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura and another after the break from Harry Kane — his 175th for the club — inflicted West Ham’s fifth league defeat in seven games and piled more pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini whose side sit close to the drop zone.Mourinho, however, will not be happy with the way Spurs conceded two late goals as substitute Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna capitalised on familiar errors in a defence that has kept just one league clean sheet all season.After Kane had an early effort ruled out for offside, Son put the visitors ahead on 36 minutes, sweeping by Papa Diop and firing past West Ham’s unconvincing keeper Roberto for his sixth goal in as many games.Mourinho, returning to English football after 11 months, punched the air in celebration and his mood improved further before the break when an outrageous scooped pass from Dele Alli freed Son on the left.The South Korean’s inviting cross was forced home at the back post by Moura, who was one of three changes on Mourinho’s first teamsheet.Kane was completely unmarked to head home Tottenham‘s third on 49 minutes and move third on Spurs’ list of all-time scorers, behind Jimmy Greaves (266) and Bobby Smith (208).Declan Rice had a late effort disallowed for offside by VAR as West Ham rallied, although the result was never in doubt, Ogbonna netting their second deep into stoppage-time.last_img read more

Gerrard appears set for Hollywood ending

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

Morning report: Sheriff wants power to curb jail overcrowding, shooting leaves one dead

first_imgSheriff 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. last_img read more

Arsene Wenger on Alexis Sanches’s hopes of returning for Arsenal against Stoke

first_img1 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 last_img read more

Blockbuster DC Reaches One-Million Hour Safety Goal

first_imgOn 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 nowlast_img read more

California Will Not Tax Amounts from Carson Carousel Housing Tract Cleanup

first_imgCalifornia 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.last_img read more