Poe’s Perspective: LAFC is the future of Los Angeles’ soccer scene

first_imgIn the months following Vela’s signing, the club’s emphasis on Latino fans became clear. The official supporters’ group crafted chants in Spanish as well as English, borrowing concepts from Liga MX and the Premier League alike. The team’s events took place at staple sites in downtown L.A., at Randy’s Donuts and Pink’s Hot Dogs and dollar stores alike. The club even released a jersey for Steven Beitashour scripted in Farsi, the Iranian defender’s first language. You can learn everything you need to know about the Los Angeles Football Club within  five minutes of stepping foot in its stadium. It’s only been a year, but LAFC has already earned the right to say that it is the soccer club of Los Angeles. Sure, this team is the new kid on the block, but the tired nobility in Carson has been losing steam for ages, and the glitter of imported European stars will only keep the blood pumping for so much longer. As the Major League Soccer season approaches this weekend, the two teams will start the second leg of their fight for Los Angeles, and LAFC is poised to take the city. The MLS tried to recapture Latino fans in Los Angeles in the past with Chivas USA, an off-shoot of a Liga MX club, but that venture fell through. This time, however, LAFC made certain these fans weren’t missed. The club’s first signing was Carlos Vela, a Mexican national team star fondly referred to as “Carlito” by many Mexican fans. His acquisition was an incredible tactical move — he led the team in goals and assists last year despite missing a month of the season for the World Cup — and he also helped solidify Mexican fan support for the club. That momentum comes from the club’s mentality off the field, built off the motto that it was founded on — street by street, block by block, one by one. The club centered itself in this ideal before construction on its stadium began and, in the process, conquered the most important battle in winning dominance in the city — capturing Latino fans. The club’s outreach programs truly worked street by street to create a network of fans in the heart of Los Angeles. LAFC recognized everything that the Galaxy did wrong — it didn’t plant itself in a suburb rather than in the city and didn’t appeal to a white “family friendly” ideal rather than to the Latino community that dominates local soccer fandom. In the past year, I’ve seen enough of this club to know that it has legs. Something is different with LAFC. Its stadium has the hum of a championship team, the buzz of a storied club. The power that it holds among its fans is already greater and deeper than that held by the Galaxy, and if the club keeps winning, that momentum will only build. Banc of California Stadium is gleaming, especially when its facade catches the glow of a Los Angeles sunset. Yet it’s the energy within the bowl of the stadium that truly defines this club. Specifically, the north end of the stadium is a sheer wall of standing-room-only pandemonium. By kick-off, this section is filled with 3,252 fans with painted faces and flags that won’t stop waving until long after the final whistle. To watch an LAFC game is to experience a cacophony of black and gold. I’ve covered LAFC since its stadium was just a skeleton, since its roster consisted of three players. I was drenched in beer in the supporters section when Laurent Ciman scored the first-ever goal on the team’s home turf. I’ve seen fans outlast an hours-long rain delay, roaring chants and beating drums even when the thunder drowned them out. Julia Poe is a senior writing about her personal connection to sports. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs weekly on Thursdays. It’s hard to say what will happen if LAFC doesn’t keep winning, but one thing is for sure — this team hasn’t been around for long, but it’s certainly here to stay. The result has been a beautiful fan experience completely molded by a fanbase as colorful and vibrantly unique as Los Angeles itself. Fans wave the Korean, Vietnamese, Uruguayan and Mexican flags alongside the LAFC flags in the stands during games, and chants are sung in a mix of Spanish and English, with other fans quickly picking up the new language. LAFC is a celebration of this city’s rich history, its overlapping cultures and a common thread that brings them together — the game of soccer.  In truth, LAFC and the L.A. Galaxy didn’t finish last season that far apart. The Galaxy ended the season just below the red line, missing the playoffs, but there were only three games of difference between the two teams. Yet week in and week out, it felt as if LAFC had much more to work with, mainly because the club’s fans were so desperately, unyieldingly loud in their support.last_img read more

Ex-CJIA technicians fined in excess of $17M, get 4 years in prison

first_imgTwo former Air Conditioning (AC) technicians of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) were on Monday jailed for four years and fined in excess of million each by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, afterJailed: Lorrick Williams (gray shirt) and Chris Douglas (yellow shirt)they were found guilty in relation to a 2015 drug bust at the Airport.The men, Lorrick Williams, 25, and Chris Douglas had attempted to export three bottles of El Dorado 5year rum laced with cocaine on May 29, 2015.They first appeared in court on June 1, 2015 along with the alleged mastermind of the crime, Kean Brewster, all charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking .They had a total of 6.304 kilograms of cocaine.At the time of the bust, both Williams and Douglas worked at the Airport as AC technicians.It is reported that they gave Brewster three bottles of El Dorado 5 year rum laced with cocaine to take to the United States of America. The transaction had allegedly taken place in the washroom area of the Airport.During check-in, Brewster was searched when the rum looked unusually thick.The contents of the bottles were tested and found to be cocaine.Brewster subsequently admitted that he intended to traffic the illegal substance to the US, before he pointed out the other two accused, as the persons who gave him the bottles.The prosecution further informed the Court that footage from the Airport’s security cameras showed the three men entering the washroom. It was also stated that the defendants admitted they were paid various sums of cash to play their part in the drug deal.Both Williams and Douglas maintained their innocence, up until their sentencing.last_img read more

Small Businesses Expect Fully Electric Fleets Within 20 Years

first_imgSmall businesses look to autonomous EVs in the futureAccording to Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance‘s global survey, two thirds (66% from 3257 respondents) of small businesses believe their fleets will be fully electric within 20 years.About 50% of respondents expressed expectation about 10 years, which – if true for the entire market – would be pretty encouraging. Separately, 55% think that fleets will become autonomous in 20 years.See Also Source: Electric Vehicle News Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Revealed As Commercial Vehicle Results are presented in form of infographic:Press release:Small businesses believe their fleets will be fully electric within 20 yearsNew data from Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi highlights the strong demand for electric and autonomous fleets as e-commerce drives change2019/02/26Sustainability is high priority for small business fleetsThe larger the fleet and the higher the company turnover, the more critical environmental sustainability appears to becomeImproved connectivity is the answer to logistical success, according to small businessesTwo thirds (66%)1 of small businesses predict their fleets will be fully electric within the next 20 years, with 50%2 expecting this to happen in half that time, global data shows.The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi LCV business – which is part of the Alliance, the world’s leading automotive partnership – commissioned this survey to gain insight into thousands of small business owners and decision makers globally and found that almost all (93%) of business owners or decision-makers responsible for 50 vehicles or more, consider environmental sustainability of high importance. 3This development comes at a time when automakers are dramatically increasing their efforts to respond to a growing customer need for sustainable vehicles, as businesses prepare for tighter emissions regulations and seek ways to address climate change.This trend towards electrification was reflected in Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi LCV business’ latest sales results, as Renault’s European leadership of EV vans (46.2% market share) contributed to a 13.5% year-on-year growth of light commercial vehicles. The LCV business’ combined sales, which includes trucks, vans and frame-based SUVs, reached almost 2 million units, the highest sales totals in the organization’s history.Groupe Renault, whose electrified LCV line-up is comprised of the Kangoo Z.E., Master Z.E., Twizy Cargo, and Zoe Societe, has announced that 100% of its vans will be electrified by 2022. The Nissan e-NV200 small all-electric van is seeing a significant upswing in demand. In 2018, production was up by 50% compared to the previous year to reach a total of 6,000 units. Mitsubishi offers the MINICAB MiEV van in Japan as well as commercial versions of the Outlander PHEV in some global markets.This latest research has shown that the higher the turnover of the company and the bigger the fleet, the more important sustainability is to them.Ashwani Gupta, Senior Vice President of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi LCV business, said: “These results show that the electrification of fleets is increasingly on the minds of our customers – not just for the financial efficiencies that EVs can deliver, but because environmental sustainability is clearly crucial to the future of their businesses. I’m impressed at how optimistic these fleet managers are about the speed in which their vehicles will be fully electrified.“Renault is the global leader in making vans. Nissan makes great trucks and Mitsubishi are at the top when it comes to the production of frame vehicles. Combined, we are a truly global powerhouse, and working together on connectivity, powertrain developments and autonomous technologies will allow us to meet the rising demands of our customers and their businesses.”In addition:55% see their fleets becoming fully autonomous within the next 20 years, with 38% saying this is likely to happen within as little as 10 years.448% of businesses with a turnover of $100m or more stated environmental sustainability is “very important,’ while only 25% of businesses with turnover between $100k – $9.9m said the same.535% of respondents said that business efficiency is their main motivation for adopting new technologies.6The top identified logistical business challenge is the growth of e-commerce and the rising demand for deliveries, at 18%, even more so than keeping up with regulations (17%) and changing customer expectations for delivery times.7Connectivity will be most key to success from a logistics perspective, according to a fifth of the business leaders surveyed. 8 Other business owners believe automation will play the biggest role in their future success (14%).9In terms of an organization’s willingness to adopt new technologies, more than a third (35%) 14 said business efficiencies are the main reason for investing in new tech within their fleet, 21% 15 said that cost saving drives their decisions, and 14%16 highlighted their desire to be more sustainable.Renault offers fleet management services for its commercial line-up. Renault EASY CONNECT for Fleet is an ecosystem of connected services for business users that simplifies managing vehicle fleets and reduces running costs.As part of the Alliance 2022 mid-term plan, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is continuing to forecast that annual synergies will exceed €10 billion by the end of 2022. The member companies will also increase commonality, targeting nine million units based on four common platforms. The plan will also extend the use of common powertrains to 75 percent of total sales. In addition, 12 new zero-emission electric vehicles will be launched during the plan, and 40 vehicles will be introduced with different levels of autonomy.REFERENCES[1] [2] Global survey results of 3257 respondents Q7. Cumulative figures derived from 20.3% believing electrification will happen within the next 5 years, 29.5% in the next 10 years, and 16.4% in the next 20 years.[3] Global survey results of 3257 respondents Q6 – How important is environmental sustainability for your company’s logistics? Cumulative figures were derived from 44.2% answering “very important”, 48.8% answering “fairly important” when combining the following two fleet size options, (“51-100 vehicles’ category & “More than 100 vehicles’ category into a “Greater than 50 vehicles’ category) in our reporting software.[4] Global survey results of 3257 respondents Q8 – In your opinion, how long will it be before fleets are fully autonomous? Cumulative figures derived from 13.9% responding in 5 years, 23.7% saying in 10 years, and 17.4% saying in 20 years.[5] Global survey results of 3257 respondents Q6 – How important is environmental sustainability for your company’s logistics?  48% of businesses with a turnover of $100m or more responded “very important”. Only 24.2% of businesses earning $100k – $999,999 responded “very important; only 25.1% of businesses earning $1m – $9.9m responded “very important.”[6] Global survey results of 3257 respondents Q3 – What is your main motivation for adopting new technologies within your fleet? 35.4% of respondents answered “business efficiency.”[7] Global survey results of 3257 respondents Q2 – Logistically, what is your biggest challenge as a business? 17.8% of respondents answered “The growth of e-commerce and the rising demand for overall deliveries”[8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] Global survey results of 3257 respondents Q1 – Logistically, what do you believe is most key to the future of your success as a business? 19.9% of respondents answered “improved connectivity”, 13.9% answered “autonomous technologies,” 9.2% answered “sub-contracting third party delivery services,” 7.4% answered “more vehicles”, 4.8% answered “drone deliveries”, 4.1% answered “fleet electrification.”[14] [15] [16] Global survey results of 3257 respondents Q3 – What is your main motivation for adopting new technologies within your fleet? 35.4% of respondents answered “business efficiency”, 21.1% answered “cost savings”, 14% answered “to be more sustainable.” French Post Now Uses 7,000 Renault Kangoo Z.E. Electric Vans The Alliance already offers several models and develops more:Renault (46.2% market share among EV vans in Europe)Kangoo Z.E.Master Z.E.Twizy CargoZOE Societe100% of its vans will be electrified by 2022center_img MitsubishiMINICAB MiEV in JapanOutlander PHEV (commercial versions) in some global markets Nissane-NV200 (in 2018 up by 50% to 6,000)new models expected Nissan To Cancel Diesel NV200, Only Electric e-NV200 Remains Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 3, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more