CALABASAS – It started 27 years ago as a means to sell off excess sweets from the Overton family’s bakery in Beverly Hills and took five years before it mustered a second location. A third came another five years after that, giving The Cheesecake Factory a taste of a growth plan. It would be years before the concept caught on beyond its loyal local following around Los Angeles. On Monday, that pokey little company will open its 100th location in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Its locations bring in more than $11 million apiece on average each year and the company has never shuttered a restaurant. By far, it is the highest unit volume in the restaurant industry. “There are very few competitors that have the quality, brand and culture that Cheesecake has,” said Dean Haskell, a director and analyst with JMP Securities in San Francisco. “There’s no one else like them on a national scale.” And after it hits that 100th location, the company has no plans to slow down. It opened 18 spots in the last year and plans to proceed at a similar clip until it gets in the 200 range. For its upscale Grand Luxe Cafe, the Calabasas-based company aims to grow from its current five restaurants to as many as 150. And there’s plenty of people who need that strength; each restaurant opens with 10-14 managers and an hourly staff of as many as 200 employees. The company has advised investors that finding enough quality workers to run the new sites has been the only drag on even more growth. With as many as 250 more restaurants planned between its two concepts, that’s more than 50,000 people the company would have to recruit just to run its stores. “We’re growing rapidly, but it’s in the same way we always have,” Dixon said. “We still deliver the same taste and the same experience as we always have. . . In a country of this size, 100 restaurants isn’t that many, so we’re a long way from being saturated.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We’re in a great position where with the success we’ve had, we can pick and choose the sites we think are best,” said Mike Dixon, the company’s chief financial officer. “We’ve got landlords who want us in their projects and they’ll actually build a new structure just for us.” In the early expansion days, the company generally went into premier food towns like Miami, Las Vegas and Chicago. Now, it’s become large enough that they company can pull off openings in Des Moines and the Chicago suburb of Lincolnshire. Its main concern finding locations is a population density of 250,000 people within five miles with an above-average income. Once found, it won’t build another Cheesecake Factory within five miles, though it has found Grand Luxes won’t cannibalize sales from the flagship concept. But even with an empire that spans Hawaii to New York, it’s still run with elements of the philosophy from it’s beginning as a one-spot joint. Founder David Overton, who’s both chairman and chief executive officer, still visits each restaurant before opening with a team of executives. Even with an 18-page menu with 200 offerings, the company still reviews its cuisine twice a year, swapping out 10 items at a time for something new. Nearly every item’s still made from scratch. “When the founder of the company cares that much for every single detail in the restaurant, it really strengthens every single person who works for us,” said Howard Gordon, senior vice president of business development and marketing.
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Share on LinkedIn The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Twitter Share on Messenger The Napoli chairman, Aurelio De Laurentiis, said last week: “I paid €30m for Fabián and he’s a fantastic player. If some of the European top clubs were to offer €180m we can start talking about selling him.”The relationship between Napoli and City took a turn for the worse over Jorginho, who ended up joining Chelsea together with the then Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri in July 2018, but that is not expected to be a problem if an offer for Ruiz meets Napoli’s valuation. Barcelona Manchester City Napoli Share via Email Topics Manchester City are stepping up their pursuit of Napoli’s Fabián Ruiz and sent a scout to the Champions League game against Salzburg on Wednesday to watch the midfielder in action. Read more Napoli paid the buyout clause of €30m (£25.5m) when they signed Ruiz from Betis last year but will expect a significant return on that investment if he leaves in the summer. Share on Facebook Sterling hat-trick helps 10-man Manchester City thrash Atalanta 5-1 Bayern consider Ralf Rangnick with Manchester United also monitoring Read more The 23-year-old was the outstanding player of the Under-21 European Championship last summer when Spain won their fifth title and has impressed in Serie A since joining Napoli from Real Betis in 2018.City face competition from Barcelona and Real Madrid, who are keeping an eye on the development of a player who can play centrally or on the left of midfield and has been likened to David Silva. He made his Spain debut in June and has five caps. Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Real Madrid Reuse this content
The Government is in the process of developing more robust, clear and uniformed legislation aimed at protecting personal data, State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Hon. Julian Robinson, has informed.Mr. Robinson said the Data Protection Act will safeguard, in general, the privacy of individuals in relation to personal data as well as regulate the collection, regulation, processing, keeping, use and disclosure of certain information in physical or electronic form.The State Minister was speaking on October 3, at the opening of a round table discussion on managing information and data risk, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.Mr. Robinson said the impending legislation will seek to set out the rights of the individual, with respect to their personal data. This will include, for example, the right to confirm whether or not personal information or data is being processed by an organisation.It will also seek to determine the right to access information in the custody or control of an organisation, subject to certain exceptions, such as legal privileges; to take action to rectify incomplete, inaccurate or misleading information; or to block, erase, or destroy unlawful or unnecessary information.“The legislation will prevent personal data from being disclosed or transferred to third parties, unless the data subject was informed that such disclosure may take place and the consent of the data subject obtained,” he added.The transfer of personal information by organisations to recipients in other jurisdictions will be limited to jurisdictions that afford the same or greater levels of protection as provided the sender.“(This means) that companies will have to ensure that third parties contracted to process data on their behalf are reputable, have secure systems and adhere to the company’s legislative obligations of security and confidentiality,” he pointed out.Mr. Robinson argued that the introduction of legislation in this area also means that the public and private sectors will have to introduce appropriate, technical, and institutional security measures to protect data in their custody or control.These measures include providing training to employees who process personal data and establishing structures that will avoid loss, unauthorised access, deliberate interference, fraudulent misuse, modification or the disclosure of data.The one-day forum was organised by Columbus Business Solutions, under the theme: ‘Managing information and data risk: Data storage considerations, trends and disaster recovery’. It aimed to facilitate dialogue as well as the sharing of ideas on the application of technology in specific sectors to enhance business efficiency and profitability.The event featured presentations from industry leaders, academia and policy makers on the opportunities and challenges involved in the use of technology. The impending legislation will seek to set out the rights of the individual, with respect to their personal data. The Data Protection Act will safeguard, in general, the privacy of individuals in relation to personal data. Story Highlights It will also seek to determine the right to access information in the custody or control of an organisation.
But it’s not only that the Seahawks and Patriots are strong teams: They’re just about evenly matched. The Vegas line opened as a pick ’em, and most sports books have the Patriots as mere one-point favorites. Elo, which loves the Seahawks, differs slightly here: It has Seattle as 2.5-point favorites. But that’s partly because the system, in its simplicity, punished the Patriots for their meaningless Week 17 loss against Buffalo. Without that game, the Patriots’ Elo rating would be 1756, which would make Seattle only one-point favorites and which would vault this matchup ahead of Super Bowl XIII into the top slot of all time.We can place past Super Bowls into four quadrants, as we have in the chart below. The horizontal axis represents the average Elo rating of the two participants; the vertical axis represents the Elo-rating difference between the teams. (The years in the chart correspond to the year of the NFL regular season. For example, Super Bowl XX, played Jan. 26, 1986, is designated as 1985 because that’s the year most of us would associate with the 1985 Chicago Bears.)The top-left quadrant represents games in which the teams were fairly evenly matched but not particularly great — like the Super Bowl we had two seasons ago between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. The bottom-right quadrant is for Super Bowls when the average Elo rating was high but because of one spectacular team, like when the undefeated 2007 Patriots played (and lost to) the New York Giants.It’s the games in the top-right quadrant that had both things going for them, as this one does: great teams but also a reasonably even matchup.But here’s the catch: Those great-seeming matchups didn’t translate into great Super Bowls.Below, we’ve ranked the 48 prior Super Bowls based on a version of the Excitement Index, which measures the quality of a game based on how much win probability changes over the course of it. This season’s NFC Championship would, obviously, qualify as an extraordinarily exciting game — the Seahawks’ win probability shifted from near zero to very likely late in the fourth quarter, and then back to basically 50-50 after the Packers kicked a field goal to send the game to overtime, and then up to 100 percent once the Seahawks won in OT. By contrast, the AFC Championship — the Patriots were favored, pulled ahead early and never looked back — would have a low Excitement Index.The Excitement Index is not perfect — compared with how we would rank the games intuitively, it seems to give too little credit to unlikely fourth-quarter comebacks, for instance. But it does a reasonable job of ranking the Super Bowls. The top Super Bowl of all time, according to the Excitement Index, was Super Bowl XXIII, played after the 1988 regular season between the 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals. Most of the other obvious candidates — like Wide Right and the Giants’ upset of the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII — also rank highly.The win probability data we’re using is from Pro-Football-Reference.com, and accounts for the point spread, so a game that turns out to be lopsided between teams that looked evenly matched beforehand (like last year’s Super Bowl or Super Bowl XVIII) will get a bit of credit. A game in which a heavy favorite romps to victory (like Super Bowl XXIX, when the 49ers, as 19-point (!) favorites against the San Diego Chargers, were ahead 14-0 after four minutes of play) will get almost none.But the hope is for a Super Bowl that stays tight from wire to wire with plenty of drama in between. And if you’re looking at those matchups that looked best on paper going in — those from the top-right quadrant of the chart — you won’t find many that turned into great games.There’s one very encouraging precedent. The aforementioned Super Bowl XIII, played after the 1978 regular season, had a lot of parallels to this one. The Cowboys, like this year’s Seahawks, were a 12-4 team coming off a Super Bowl championship. The Steelers, like this year’s Patriots, were an aging dynasty hoping for one more ring. (As it turns out, they’d win two more.) The Steelers won 35-31, and the outcome might have different if not for a dropped touchdown catch by Cowboys tight end Jackie Smith. Super Bowl XIII ranks very well in the Excitement Index and even higher on subjective lists of the best Super Bowls, one of which has it as the best game ever.But pretty much every other game in the top-right quadrant stunk:There’s last year’s Seahawks-Denver Broncos debacle.There’s Super Bowl XIX (played after the 1984 regular season). What was supposed to be a spectacular matchup between Joe Montana and Dan Marino turned into a rout as the 49ers clobbered the Miami Dolphins 38-16.There’s Super Bowl XII (1977), which never really became competitive; the Cowboys’ win probability was up to 95 percent by the middle of the second quarter and they coasted to a 27-10 win over the Broncos.There’s Super Bowl VIII (1973), one of several poor Super Bowls involving the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings didn’t score until the fourth quarter and lost to the Dolphins 24-7.There’s another Vikings stinker from a few years later, Super Bowl XI, when they lost to the Oakland Raiders 32-14.There’s Super Bowl XXVI (1991), when the Bills were down 24-0 to the Washington Redskins before scoring a few “junk time” touchdowns and losing 37-24.There’s Super Bowl XXXIII (1998), won by John Elway’s Broncos over the Atlanta Falcons, which proved anti-climactic after the Falcons upset the 15-1 Vikings in the NFC Championship.We wouldn’t say to expect a bad Super Bowl on Sunday. This is a noisy data set. It’s probably a fluke that the games that looked best on paper turned out to be among the worst on the field.But that’s the point: Any one game won’t tell you all that much, and as we’ve pointed out before, an NFL matchup that looks just about even beforehand is only slightly more likely than average to result in a great game. This could be a super Super Bowl — but it could just as easily turn out to be a dud, in which case Deflate-gate and Katy Perry will burn an SEO-optimized hole into our collective memories. So what if the pregame story lines have been asinine and absurd? On Sunday, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will be among the most talented teams to take the field in the Super Bowl.According to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo ratings, this year’s Seahawks are the fifth-best team to participate in a Super Bowl since the AFC-NFC merger. And the Patriots aren’t far behind. The average Elo rating of the teams this year is the second-best in a Super Bowl since that merger, trailing only Super Bowl XIII when the Dallas Cowboys played the Pittsburgh Steelers.Elo’s lofty ranking of the game might seem surprising given that the Seahawks and Patriots each went 12-4 in the regular season, excellent but hardly extraordinary records. Those records probably underestimates their strength, however. Both teams played relatively tough schedules, and both finished the season stronger than they started it — notwithstanding the Patriots’ throwaway loss in Week 17, when they rested their stars against the Buffalo Bills.Furthermore, both teams have been at the top of the league for some time. That matters when assessing the historical strength of an NFL team: 16 regular-season games just isn’t all that large a sample, so Elo ratings predict performance better because they carry over some of a team’s rating from one season to the next. The Seahawks and Patriots entered this season ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in Elo, respectively, based on their ratings at the end of 2013. It’s not as though either of these teams backed into the Super Bowl — as, for instance, the 2003 Carolina Panthers did when reaching the title game with a 11-5 record. (Those same Panthers went 1-15 in 2001, 7-9 in 2002 and 7-9 in 2004.)
Aaron Rodgers is arguably the greatest quarterback of all time,1By career quarterback passer rating, he is. so it’s hard to imagine that there could ever be too much Rodgers in a game plan. Yet this seemed to be the problem for Mike McCarthy and Green Bay through the first nine weeks of the season. On Sunday, though, the Packers flipped the script for a 31-12 victory against the Miami Dolphins, a win keyed by one of the best rushing performances in the Rodgers era.The Packers entered Week 10 last in the NFL in share of running plays on first down (39.6 percent) despite being second in the league in play success on those runs (48.5 percent).2A successful first-down play is defined as getting a first down or touchdown or gaining at least 40 percent of the yardage needed to convert a first down. But on Sunday, they ran on more than half of their first downs (51.85 percent) and gained 142 yards on their 14 carries, including 117 yards on nine carries by Aaron Jones.Even with their Week 10 performance, the Packers still stand out when we juxtapose how often they run on first down with how well they run: On Sunday, the Packers weren’t just taking advantage of a soft run defense to make this kind of structural change: Miami entered the game in the middle of the pack in play success allowed to opponents running on first down. Instead, a renewed focus on the run has been in the works in Green Bay for several weeks.Just giving the ball to Jones was a massive step in the right direction for Green Bay. He only recently became the Packers’ primary running back. After serving a suspension the first two games of the year for a substance abuse violation, Jones split snaps with Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams largely because of the Packers’ passing emphasis. McCarthy saw him as an incomplete running back because of his shortcomings as a blocker and as a receiving threat.“There’s more to playing the position than just running the football,” McCarthy said in early October. And that’s especially true if running the football is not remotely a point of emphasis for a team.But that’s changing now. And why shouldn’t it? Let’s compare the first 19 games of Aaron Jones’s career to the first 19 games of another back with a Hall of Fame quarterback who ended up changing his team’s scheme:Jones: 154 carries for 942 yards (6.12 yards per rush), 8 rushing TDsAlvin Kamara: 157 carries for 869 yards (5.54 yards per rush), 10 rushing TDsWhile NFL teams generally run too much — especially on first down — it’s a problem specifically when defenses are geared to stop the run. But that’s not the case for teams facing Green Bay. Like Kamara and the Saints last year, Jones has a quarterback whom defenses fear so much that they don’t dare put an extra defender in the box to stuff the running back.This season, the Packers have faced eight or more defenders in the box on first down just eight times in 272 snaps, a league-low rate of 2.94 percent (8.75 percent is average). Defenses are pretty much willing to concede the run — similar to how teams defend the Los Angeles Rams, who face stacked boxes almost as infrequently (3.8 percent). But the Rams, who are the only team better than the Packers in rushing success rate (51.1 percent), run the ball on first down 56.3 percent of the time, including 49.4 percent in the first half, when the score of the game is less likely to influence these play calls.Can the Packers, at 4-4-1, maintain this newfound offensive balance and ride their running ways to the postseason? Their first test will be Thursday at Seattle before they travel to Minnesota in Week 12 in a game that could determine an NFC wild-card spot. The promos and advertisements for that Sunday Night Football contest will spotlight Aaron Rodgers, but the Packers featuring less of him may be the key to getting that victory.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Ohio State’s redshirt senior Blake Leeson anticipates to block a George Mason attempt at the game against on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Reporter.In a near identical match to Thursday’s five-set thriller, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team closed out the regular season, and its tenure at St. John Arena, downing Ball State in five sets, 19-25, 25-17, 15-25, 25-23 and 15-9. The Buckeyes (10-18, 5-9 MIVA) tallied 6.5 blocks and 21 kills to win the final two sets in a comeback victory despite being both out-blocked 10 to 8.5 and out-killed 51 to 50 by the Cardinals (15-13, 6-7 MIVA). In both matches on Thursday and Saturday, Ohio State fell in the first and third sets, setting up a fourth-and-fifth-set comeback. Head coach Pete Hanson said the Buckeyes’ early struggles have a lot to do with team confidence. “Once we’ve kind of let the jitters die down or let our anxieties flow away because we’re getting tired, then we settle in,” Hanson said. “We’re trying to do too much too early.” With Ball State holding a 13-12 lead in the first set, senior middle blocker Parker Swartz struck a kill and two aces, extending the Cardinals’ advantage to four. Despite an ace by Ohio State senior setter Sanil Thomas and kills by redshirt senior middle blocker Blake Leeson and freshman outside hitter Sean Ryan, Ball State used kills by Swartz and junior outside attacker Matt Szews, as well as Ohio State errors to hold the Buckeyes off in the first set, 25-19. Swartz finished with a team-high four aces, adding nine kills, two digs and three block assists. Junior outside hitter Blake Reardon led the Cardinals with 14 kills, also contributing an ace, two digs and three block assists. Down two sets to one, Ohio State stormed back in the fourth set. After falling behind 9-4 early, the Buckeyes exploded for scoring runs of three and five points, including an ace by freshman middle blocker Ethan Talley, kills by sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes and junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss and two blocks, taking a 15-12 lead. Despite a late surge by Ball State, Ohio State held the Cardinals’ attack at bay, holding onto a two-point lead en route to a 25-23 fourth set victory, ensuring a fifth and final set. Devilbiss ended with 14 kills, a dig and four block assists. Hanes led the Buckeyes with 19 kills and two aces, adding three digs and three block assists. His two aces came as part of a five-ace second set, establishing a foundation for the Buckeyes’ comeback victory three sets later. Ohio State brought its fourth-set momentum into the fifth set, using a five-point run to take a 10-5 lead from three Ball State attack errors and two blocks featuring Devilbiss, Talley and Thomas. Kills by Reardon and junior middle blocker Lemuel Turner helped the Cardinals cut into Ohio State’s lead, but three kills by Hanes, Leeson and redshirt sophomore outside hitter Tyler Alter snuffed out the comeback attempt, leaving the Buckeyes victorious in the fifth set, 15-9, and the match, 3-2. Leeson, a senior who played in his final regular season match for the Buckeyes Saturday night, said this was a special win for him. “I’m just so proud of the guys and to go out and put [St. John Arena] to bed with a win against a team that usually gives us a lot of trouble was a great feeling,” Leeson said. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Ohio State will return to action in the MIVA tournament Saturday against No. 10 Loyola Chicago in Chicago.
Russian central midfielder has just joined the Ligue 1 team, but will not debut soon because of an ankle injuryAleksandr Golovin was the best footballer of the Russia National Team during the 2018 World Cup.This attracted Ligue 1 club Monaco, and the team paid for his transfer from CSKA Moscow to the small European country.But the midfielder’s debut will have to wait because he just got an ankle injury.“I have an ankle injury, the operation is not required,” Golovin told Sport-Express.“The process of recovery will take about three-to-four weeks,” he said.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The Russian player joined Ligue 1 Monaco just last month but was not feature on the Trophee des Champions last week.His team lost 4-0 against Paris Saint-Germain.? Aleksandr Golovin souffre d’une entorse de la cheville droite contractée ce jour à l’entraînement. pic.twitter.com/nptD7jeoKt— AS Monaco ?? (@AS_Monaco) August 8, 2018