Amazon holds on to prime on-line retail spot

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How Amazon is preparing for its annual megasale on Prime Day, its reign as the country’s largest online retailer is impressive: it is expected to generate more than 40% of the country’s e-commerce sales by the end of 2021.

Amazon’s dominance on the internet has only grown as online shopping becomes second nature for many consumers. This is exactly what has happened in the past 13 years.

In 2008, e-commerce sales represented only 3.6% of total retail sales in the United States, according to eMarketer. After growing gradually year on year, that number rose to 14% in 2020 as the Covid pandemic boosted online spending on everything from groceries and toilet paper to spinning wheels and workout clothes. Ecommerce sales are set to account for 15.3% of total retail sales by the end of this year and grow to 23.5% by 2025, eMarketer said.

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In second place behind Amazon and well behind the big box chain Walmart is expected to occupy about 7% of the digital retail market this year. Follows the two Ebay, Apple, Home depot, aim and Best buy, according to eMarketer.

As in previous years, Walmart and Target are holding competing deals events that coincide with Amazon Prime Day 2021. Both discount stores will start selling on Sunday, but Walmart’s offerings will extend through Wednesday, while Target and Amazon will end on Tuesday. Both Walmart and Target are hoping to reach customers who are already browsing the web for summer discounts on Prime Day.

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According to a recent research report of JPMorgan, Amazon is well on its way to overtaking Walmart as the largest US retailer in 2022 as it gains a growing share of the overall e-commerce market. The accelerated adoption of internet shopping by consumers during the Covid pandemic has also given other Amazon businesses a boost, JPMorgan said.

EMarketer predicts that total US digital revenue on Prime Day will grow 17.3% year over year to $ 12.18 billion. Sales, which will be exclusively on Amazon on Prime Day, will increase 18.3% from 2020 levels to $ 7.31 billion, it said.

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Last year Amazon’s typical July time for its shopping extravaganza was postponed until October due to the pandemic. Prime Day finally marked the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season.

Back to a more normal schedule, this year’s event has been postponed a bit in June. Experts say the company wants to increase spending in what is typically a slower time on the retail calendar. The new time could also lead to an earlier start shot for back-to-school shopping.

“Amazon will be shy when they announce this … so they have the benefit of knowing what they are doing to make sure they are in a good position,” said Rod Sides, vice chairman of retail and sales at Deloitte said in an interview. “While the others answer.”

—CNBCs Nate Rattner contributed to this report.

After COVID compelled them on-line, musicians return to the limelight | Leisure

In a normal year, the members of the band Scythian would play around 90 shows, which means they were out and about between 160 and 200 days.

That stopped when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in March 2020.

All of the band’s shows were canceled on March 14th, but Dan Fedoryka, who founded Scythian with his brother Alexander, had an idea: they should stream live on St. Patrick’s Day.

“I ordered the equipment and luckily I got some before it was all sold out,” said Fedoryka.

At the same time, the band was also crowdfunding their album and had to raise $ 7,000 in three days to achieve their goal. The results have been encouraging. The band’s stream garnered more than 50,000 views and their fans provided a total of $ 14,000.

Scythian decided to run “Quaranstreams” every two weeks to connect directly with their fans and offer some comfort to people during the outbreak. They also asked festivals and music events across the country to post their shows on their social media platforms.

The members of Scythian are among a wide variety of musicians in the United States who turned to alternative channels to connect with audiences and survive the pandemic.

The band will play a show at Down Home on Saturday July 10th as part of the release of their new CD Roots & Stones. The show has limited capacity and if it sells out a second show will be added.

Scythian has performed frequently at Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots and has played twice at the Blue Plum Festival.

In the first three months of their Quaranstreams, the band averaged about 40,000 views per stream, and in more than 30 streams, Scythian garnered more than 600,000 views. During this time it survived from Venmo tips and merchandise orders.

“We would take apart my living room, clear everything out of my living room and do a seven-camera shoot with lights, fog, smoke machine and full sound,” said Fedoryka.

The band also made their own satirical commercials and turned the streams into a variety show.

“We basically produced a show every two weeks,” he said.

Like many other industries, COVID-19 has devastated the music world. Venues were permanently closed and bands hung up their instruments.

Tyrique Shahmir, a hip-hop artist from Johnson City, was preparing for a tour ahead of the pandemic and said he was about to sign with a record label.

“Due to COVID and the lack of tours and travel, I deviated from it and decided to continue on the independent path,” said Shahmir.

Shahmir said he does an average of 25 to 30 shows a year, but COVID-19 has slowed that down.

Shahmir also turned to livestreams during the pandemic.

He ran three streams to keep in touch with his fan base and used social media platforms like Facebook, Twitch, YouTube and Instagram.

“It definitely opened my eyes to the fact that there are so many different ways and opportunities to introduce your music to people,” he said.

During the pandemic, Shahmir also worked on an album called “Eastside Misfit,” which will be released on August 20th. On July 20th he will release an EP “In Between a Gray Area”.

Fedoryka added that it is not yet known whether many music events will survive the pandemic. After so many months of isolation and quarantine, he hopes people will want to find an outlet.

“The margin of error is not very high with these independent music venues and independent musicians,” he said.

The Down Home, he said, is taking lingering fears of COVID-19 seriously and is hosting Scythian’s show at half capacity.

The community that emerged from the band’s quaran streams, Fedoryka said, has endured. Now when the band does CD release shows, people already know the words to the songs. The participants know each other from the live streams and see each other personally for the first time.

“It’s really something that has never been there,” said Fedoryka.

Greatest Bets: A fast information to (principally) on-line leisure and digital experiences

The La Jolla Light showcases this ongoing series of online activities that you can do on your computer or tablet during your quarantine issue, as well as local in-person events following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lectures & learning

• I Love a Clean San Diego and the City of Encinitas present the sixth annual Zero Waste Fair online on Saturday, June 12th at 9:00 am. The live event offers training and workshops for all ages on low-waste living resources, composting tips, recycling, cutting edge environmental justice issues, and more. Free of charge, but donations are welcome. CleanSD.org

• The San Diego County Bike Coalition is launching City Cycling online on Thursday, June 17th at 6:00 pm. The virtual class is designed to help drivers feel more comfortable on the road. Class topics include general bicycle safety, legal rights and obligations, and emergency maneuvering skills. Free. sdbikecoalition.org/basic-road-safety-class

• The La Jolla Community Center presents “Spanish for Beginners” from 10am Wednesday 23 June at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The eight-week course runs through Wednesday, August 11th. $ 140 for community center members; $ 160 for non-members. ljcommunitycenter.org

Family & children

• The San Diego Architectural Foundation presents KidSketch online on Saturday, June 12th at 11am. Open to children – and adults – of all ages, the event features a lesson on sketching the Salomon Apartments on Bankers Hill, designed by La Jolla-based architect Henry Hester in the late 1950s. The KidSketch series is repeated every second Saturday of the month. Free. sdaf.wildapricot.org/event-4301545

• La Jolla Playhouse presents “Pick Me Last” which is now streamed online. The production of the Schauspielhaus Performance Outreach Program Tour 2021 for young audiences is about standing up for your friends and learning to let them stand up for themselves. Free of charge (use password pop2021). bit.ly/LJPlayhousePickMeLast

Art and culture

• Adventures by the Book presents “Book Bingo (Mystery and Suspense): A Virtual Adventure by the Book” at 5pm on Thursday, June 10th, online. The event will be attended by writers Kim Taylor Blakemore, Laurie Buchanan, Rich Farrell, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, Ona Russell and Wendy Walker. Free. bit.ly/ABBJune10

• Mainly Mozart will present his All-Star Orchestra Festival 2021 from June 11th to 19th
the Del Mar Surf Cup Sports Park on Via de la Valle 14989. The event will feature personal, socially distant, assigned seating in an outdoor venue. On June 11, 12, 16, 18 and 19 there will be five concerts with members of renowned orchestras with works by Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and others. $ 49- $ 500. mainlymozart.org / festival-orchestra

• DG Wills Books presents author and journalist Douglas Cavanaugh on Sunday, June 13th at 2pm at 7461 Girard Avenue. Cavanaugh will discuss his new book. “Remembering Butch: The Story of Butch Van Artsdalen.” Free. dgwillsbooks.com

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents “Jazz at the Athenaeum Streaming Live” with Josh Nelson and Larry Koonse.

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents the next “Jazz at the Athenaeum Streaming Live” concert on Monday, June 14th online with pianist Josh Nelson and guitarist Larry Koonse.

(Myles Regan / Regan digital image)

• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents the next “Jazz at the Athenaeum Streaming Live” concert online on Monday, June 14th at 7pm. The final event in the series features guitarist Larry Koonse and pianist Josh Nelson. $ 15 for Athenaeum members; $ 20 for non-members. ljathenaeum.org/jazz

• The Warwick Bookstore is launching author Lionel Shriver online on Tuesday, June 15 at 4:00 PM. Shriver will be talking about her new book, Should We Stay or Should We Go. Free. warwicks.com/event/shriver-2021

• The New Children’s Museum will present “Reimagining Emotion with Risa Puno” online on Wednesday, June 16 at 6 pm. In the latest edition of the museum’s virtual “Artist Talks” series, the New York-based artist Puno discusses how a playful approach to serious world issues can help us better understand ourselves and relate to others. Free. thinkplaycreate.org/explore/artist-talks

Storytellers of San Diego presents “Storytelling: Tales and Legends of Scotland” online on Thursday, June 17th at 6:30 pm.

Storytellers of San Diego presents “Storytelling: Tales and Legends of Scotland” online on Thursday, June 17th at 6:30 pm.

(Courtesy Jonathan Kruk)

• Storytellers of San Diego presents “Storytelling: Tales and Legends of Scotland” online on Thursday, June 17th at 6:30 pm. The annual event, in conjunction with the San Diego Highland Games, features Scottish stories told by members of the Storytellers of San Diego. From 12 years. Free. storytellersofsandiego.org

• La Jolla Playhouse presents the “AAPI Artists Launch #StopAsianHate Campaign” streaming now online. Artists Arianna Afsar, Jess McLeod, Lauren Yee, and theater director Eric Keen-Louie launched the digital video campaign with nearly 40 Asian-American and Pacific islanders to spread awareness of anti-Asian hatred in America. Free. bit.ly/LJPlayhouseStopAsianHate

• The North Coast Repertory Theater presents “Becoming Dr. Ruth ”until Sunday, July 4th, online. The solo showcase, written by Mark St. Germain, plays Tovah Feldshuh as media figure Dr. Ruth. $ 35 for single viewing; $ 54 for group viewing. nordcoastrep.org

• Quint Gallery is hosting an exhibition of works by San Diego-based artist Kelsey Brookes at 7655 Girard Avenue through Saturday, July 24th. The exhibition is an overview of Brookes’ art over the past 12 years. Free. quintgallery.com

Galas & Events

• The Center for Community Solutions will hold its “Tea & Tonic with a Twist” online and in person at the Coasterra in San Diego on Friday, June 18 at 2:00 pm. The event features live music, a silent auction, and writer Chanel Miller. $ 150 and up for virtual or in-person. ccssd.org/tea-tonic-2021

• Promises2Kids presents its peer-to-peer fundraiser for the Brighter Futures Ball Drop on Thursday June 24th at 5pm at the Bernardo Heights Country Club in Rancho Bernardo and will be streamed live online. Participants can buy golf balls at noon until June 24th, which will be loaded into a helicopter for ball dropping. The ball that lands closest to the pin wins a cash prize of $ 2,500 for its owner. The proceeds go to the care of foster children. Contestants don’t have to be there to win. $ 25 per golf ball. give.promises2kids.org/brighterfutures

• La Jolla Community Center is holding its “Summer Soiree: Happy Summer & Welcome Back to La Jolla Community Center” on Friday June 25th, 6811 La Jolla Blvd at 4:00 pm. The event includes live entertainment, refreshments, raffles, gifts and more. $ 35 for community center members; $ 40 for non-members. Registration and payment by Monday, June 21. ljcommunitycenter.org/soiree

Do you have an event – online or in person – that you would like to see here? Email your leads to efrausto@lajollalight.com. ◆

Finest Bets: A fast information to (principally) on-line leisure and digital experiences

This is an ongoing set of online activities that you can do on your computer or tablet during your quarantine situation, as well as local in-person events as we move out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lectures & learning

• UC San Diego’s African and African-American Studies Research Center is hosting its 27th Annual Awards Banquet online on Friday, June 4th at 4:00 pm online. The event recognizes the achievements of scientists, students and administrative staff. Shannen Hill of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art will speak. Free of charge, but donations are accepted. tinyurl.com/AAASRCAwards2021

Families & children

• La Jolla Playhouse presents “Pick Me Last” which is now streamed online. The production of the Schauspielhaus Performance Outreach Program Tour 2021 for young audiences is about standing up for your friends and learning to let them stand up for themselves. Free of charge (use password pop2021). bit.ly/LJPlayhousePickMeLast

Art and culture

• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will end its lecture series on the artist Joseph Beuys on Tuesday, June 8th, at 6.30pm online. The fifth lecture, led by art historian Victoria Martino, deals with Beuys’ legacy. $ 14 for Athenaeum members; $ 19 for non-members. ljathenaeum.org/kunstgeschichte-vorlesungen

• The North Coast Repertory Theater presents “Becoming Dr. Ruth ”, online from 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9th. The solo showcase, written by Mark St. Germain, shows Tovah Feldshuh as the media figure Dr. Ruth and runs through Sunday 4th July. $ 35 for single views; $ 54 for group viewing. nordcoastrep.org

• The Warwick Bookstore will feature writer Elizabeth Letts on Thursday, June 10th at 4pm on Facebook Live. Letts will discuss her new book “The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America” ​​with author Christina Baker Kline. Free. warwicks.com/event/letts-2021

• DG Wills Books presents writer and journalist Douglas Cavanaugh on Sunday June 13th at 2pm at 7461 Girard Ave. in La Jolla. Cavanaugh will review his new book “Remembering Butch: The Story of Butch Van Artsdalen.” Free. dgwillsbooks.com

Kelsey Brookes'

Kelsey Brookes’ “LSD” (2012) is part of the artist’s exhibition at the Quint Gallery in La Jolla.

(Courtesy Kelsey Brookes and Quint Gallery)

• Quint Gallery is hosting an exhibition of works by San Diego-based artist Kelsey Brookes at 7655 Girard Avenue in La Jolla through Saturday, July 24th. The exhibition is an overview of Brookes’ art created over the past 12 years. Free. quintgallery.com

• La Jolla Playhouse presents the “AAPI Artists Launch #StopAsianHate Campaign,” which is now streamed online. Artists Arianna Afsar, Jess McLeod, Lauren Yee, and theater director Eric Keen-Louie launched the digital video campaign with nearly 40 Asian-American and Pacific islanders to spread awareness of anti-Asian hatred in America. Free. bit.ly/LJPlayhouseStopAsianHate

Galas & Events

Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center is offering an online cooking class on Saturday June 5th.

The Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists San Diego – Tijuana Chapter will present the Olivewood Kitchenista Rosamaria’s Culinary Traditions cooking class online on Saturday June 5th.

(Courtesy Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center)

• Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists San Diego – Tijuana Chapter present “Olivewood Kitchenista Rosamaria’s Culinary Traditions” online on Saturday, June 5th at 4:00 pm online. Traditional vegan recipes are presented at the virtual cooking event, a fundraiser for Olivewood’s nutrition and gardening programs. $ 20. bit.ly/olivewoodclass

• St. Germaine Children’s Charity will have lunch in June on Tuesday, June 8th at 11am at Lot La Jolla, 7611 Fay Ave. hold off. Subsidies will be made to the leaders of social services who work to prevent child abuse. The newly appointed board of directors will also be announced. $ 60. Email Janice Farnow at jfarnow@san.rr.com.

• Doors of Change will be presenting its 20th anniversary symposium online on Wednesday, June 9th at 6:00 pm. The virtual event examines what municipalities, states and federal governments can and do for homeless young people. Speakers include US MP Sara Jacobs (D-San Diego) and San Diego County’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Nathan Fletcher. Free. türenofchange.org

• The Center for Community Solutions will hold its “Tea & Tonic with a Twist” online and in person on Friday June 18th at 2pm at the Coasterra in San Diego. The event features live music, a silent auction, and writer Chanel Miller. $ 150 and up for virtual or in-person. ccssd.org/tea-tonic-2021

• Promises2Kids is hosting its peer-to-peer fundraiser for the Brighter Futures Ball Drop on Thursday June 24th at 5pm at the Bernardo Heights Country Club in Rancho Bernardo and will be streamed online. Participants can buy golf balls at lunchtime until June 24th, which will then be loaded into a helicopter to drop the ball. The ball that lands closest to the pin wins a $ 2,500 award for its owner. The proceeds go to the care of foster children. Contestants don’t have to be there to win. $ 25 per golf ball. give.promises2kids.org/brighterfutures

Do you have an event – online or in person – that you would like to see here? Email your leads to efrausto@lajollalight.com. ◆

Finest Bets: A fast information to (principally) on-line leisure and digital experiences

This provides an ongoing set of online activities to do on your computer or tablet during your quarantine dilemma, as well as local personal events as we emerge from the pandemic.

Remembrance day

• The Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial is hosting a Memorial Day Memorial Day event online and in person on Monday, May 31st at 12:00 noon on 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive South. The event will honor Air Force Airman 1st Class William Pitsenbarger, a posthumous Medal of Honor recipient whose story of heroism during the Vietnam War was portrayed in the recent film The Last Full Measure. Free. Memorialdaylive.com

Lectures & learning

• League of Women Voters San Diego presents “Meet San Diego’s New Councilmembers” online on Thursday, May 27th at 11:30 am. Councilor Joe LaCava (District 1), Council Chairman Pro Tem Stephen Whitburn (District 3) and Councilor Raul Campillo (District 7) will discuss why they ran for office this year and what their priorities are. Free. bit.ly/LOWVMay

• UC San Diego presents “Crossing Borders: Exploring San Diego’s Dynamic Binational Region” online on Thursday, May 27th at 5:00 pm. The event, which is part of the university’s “Evenings of Unconventional Wisdom” series, looks at the challenges and opportunities that border communities face. Free. bit.ly/UCSDBinational

Art and culture

• Project [BLANK] Olivier Messiaen’s “Harawi” will be presented online on Friday, May 28th at 7pm and on Sunday, May 30th, at 2pm. The concert will feature original video art by Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli mixed live with performances by mezzo-soprano Leslie Ann Leytham and pianist Brendan Nguyen and performed at the Front Arte & Cultura Gallery in San Ysidro. $ 20 for general admission; $ 10 for students and seniors. bit.ly/HarawiLive

• The San Diego Symphony will present an online preview of the Rady Shell at 7:00 pm on Friday, May 28, in Jacobs Park, the orchestra’s state-of-the-art venue on the Bay. Music theater star Bryonha Marie will perform classic and modern Broadway plays. The Rady Shell will be open for live performances this summer. $ 25. sandiegosymphony.org/digitalpass

Warwick's Bookstore and the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild are proud to present author Steven Rowley online on Wednesday June 2nd.

Warwick’s Bookstore and the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild are proud to present author Steven Rowley online on Wednesday June 2nd.

(Byron Lane)

• Warwick’s Bookstore and the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild will be showcasing author Steven Rowley on Wednesday, June 2nd at 4pm on Facebook Live. Rowley will be discussing his new book “The Guncle” with Byron Lane. Free. warwicks.com/event/rowley-2021

• Coronado Playhouse presents “Constellations”, which will be streamed online until Sunday, May 30th. The piece is about the infinite possibilities within a relationship. $ 15 using the San Diego Theater Week promotional code SDTW21. coronadoplayhouse.org/constellations

• Point Loma Playhouse presents “A Provincetown Playhouse Retrospective,” which will be streamed online through Monday, May 31st. Two short pieces can be seen: “Before Breakfast” by Eugene O’Neill and “Aria de Capo” by Edna St. Vincent-Millay. Free. pointlomaplayhouse.com

• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will continue its lecture series on the artist Joseph Beuys on Tuesday, June 1st at 6.30 pm online. The five-week course, led by art historian Victoria Martino, celebrates Beuys’ 100th birthday. The fourth lecture discusses his later years and his death 1972-86. $ 14 per talk for Athenaeum members; $ 19 for non-members. ljathenaeum.org/art-history-lectures

One by Quint Gallery presents “Heartsong”, a new painting by La Jolla-based artist Peter Halasz, through June 19th.

One by Quint Gallery presents Heartsong, a new painting by La Jolla-based artist Peter Halasz, until Saturday, June 19, at 7722 Girard Ave.

(Courtesy Peter Halasz and One by Quint Gallery)

• One by Quint Gallery presents Heartsong, a new painting by La Jolla-based artist Peter Halasz, on Girard Ave until Saturday, June 19th. 7722. The concept of the exhibition is to show only one work of art at a time to promote the idea of ​​“slow art” where the viewer can spend up to an hour on a single work. Free; only by appointment. Email glad@quintgallery.com or text (858) 454-3409.

Galas & Events

• Voices for Children is hosting its annual judges luncheon online on Tuesday June 1st at 12:00 noon. A jury will discuss the complexity of the dependency system, the effects of COVID-19 on children in foster care, and the role of court-appointed voluntary special lawyers. Free. speakupnow.org/judges-luncheon

• St. Germaine Children’s Charity will have their June lunch on Tuesday, June 8th at 11:00 AM at Lot La Jolla, 7611 Fay Ave. Social service leaders for whom St. Germaine is fundraising will be in attendance to receive awards and meet with guests. $ 60. Email Janice Farnow at jfarnow@san.rr.com.

• The Center for Community Solutions is hosting its “Tea & Tonic with a Twist” online and in person on Friday, June 18 at 2:00 pm at Coasterra, 880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego. The event features live music, a silent auction and author Chanel Miller. $ 150 and up for virtual or in-person. ccssd.org/tea-tonic-2021

Do you have an event – online or in person – that you would like to see here? Email your leads to efrausto@lajollalight.com. ◆

Finest Bets: A fast information to (principally) on-line leisure and digital experiences

The La Jolla Light showcases this ongoing series of online activities to do on your computer or tablet during your quarantine dilemma, as well as local personal events as we emerge from the pandemic.

Remembrance day

• The Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial is hosting a Memorial Day Memorial Day event online and in person on Monday, May 31st at 12:00 noon on 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive South. The event will honor Air Force Airman 1st Class William Pitsenbarger, a posthumous Medal of Honor recipient whose story of heroism during the Vietnam War was portrayed in the recent film The Last Full Measure. Free. Memorialdaylive.com

Lectures & learning

• League of Women Voters San Diego presents “Meet San Diego’s New Councilmembers” online on Thursday, May 27th at 11:30 am. Councilor Joe LaCava (District 1), Council Chairman Pro Tem Stephen Whitburn (District 3) and Councilor Raul Campillo (District 7) will discuss why they ran for office this year and what their priorities are. Free. bit.ly/LOWVMay

• UC San Diego presents “Crossing Borders: Exploring San Diego’s Dynamic Binational Region” online on Thursday, May 27th at 5:00 pm. The event, which is part of the university’s “Evenings of Unconventional Wisdom” series, looks at the challenges and opportunities that border communities face. Free. bit.ly/UCSDBinational

Art and culture

• Project [BLANK] Olivier Messiaen’s “Harawi” will be presented online on Friday, May 28th at 7pm and on Sunday, May 30th, at 2pm. The concert will feature original video art by Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli mixed live with performances by mezzo-soprano Leslie Ann Leytham and pianist Brendan Nguyen and performed at the Front Arte & Cultura Gallery in San Ysidro. $ 20 for general admission; $ 10 for students and seniors. bit.ly/HarawiLive

• The San Diego Symphony will present an online preview of the Rady Shell at 7:00 pm on Friday, May 28, in Jacobs Park, the orchestra’s state-of-the-art venue on the Bay. Music theater star Bryonha Marie will perform classic and modern Broadway plays. The Rady Shell will be open for live performances this summer. $ 25. sandiegosymphony.org/digitalpass

Warwick's Bookstore and the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild are proud to present author Steven Rowley online on Wednesday June 2nd.

Warwick’s Bookstore and the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild are proud to present author Steven Rowley online on Wednesday June 2nd.

(Byron Lane)

• Warwick’s Bookstore and the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild will be showcasing author Steven Rowley on Wednesday, June 2nd at 4pm on Facebook Live. Rowley will be discussing his new book “The Guncle” with Byron Lane. Free. warwicks.com/event/rowley-2021

• Coronado Playhouse presents “Constellations”, which will be streamed online until Sunday, May 30th. The piece is about the infinite possibilities within a relationship. $ 15 using the San Diego Theater Week promotional code SDTW21. coronadoplayhouse.org/constellations

• Point Loma Playhouse presents “A Provincetown Playhouse Retrospective,” which will be streamed online through Monday, May 31st. Two short pieces can be seen: “Before Breakfast” by Eugene O’Neill and “Aria de Capo” by Edna St. Vincent-Millay. Free. pointlomaplayhouse.com

• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will continue its lecture series on the artist Joseph Beuys on Tuesday, June 1st at 6.30 pm online. The five-week course, led by art historian Victoria Martino, celebrates Beuys’ 100th birthday. The fourth lecture discusses his later years and his death 1972-86. $ 14 per talk for Athenaeum members; $ 19 for non-members. ljathenaeum.org/art-history-lectures

One by Quint Gallery presents “Heartsong”, a new painting by La Jolla-based artist Peter Halasz, through June 19th.

One by Quint Gallery presents Heartsong, a new painting by La Jolla-based artist Peter Halasz, until Saturday, June 19, at 7722 Girard Ave.

(Courtesy Peter Halasz and One by Quint Gallery)

• One by Quint Gallery presents Heartsong, a new painting by La Jolla-based artist Peter Halasz, on Girard Ave until Saturday, June 19th. 7722. The concept of the exhibition is to show only one work of art at a time to promote the idea of ​​“slow art” where the viewer can spend up to an hour on a single work. Free; only by appointment. Email glad@quintgallery.com or text (858) 454-3409.

Galas & Events

• Voices for Children is hosting its annual judges luncheon online on Tuesday June 1st at 12:00 noon. A jury will discuss the complexity of the dependency system, the effects of COVID-19 on children in foster care, and the role of court-appointed voluntary special lawyers. Free. speakupnow.org/judges-luncheon

• St. Germaine Children’s Charity will have their June lunch on Tuesday, June 8th at 11:00 AM at Lot La Jolla, 7611 Fay Ave. Social service leaders for whom St. Germaine is fundraising will be in attendance to receive awards and meet with guests. $ 60. Email Janice Farnow at jfarnow@san.rr.com.

• The Center for Community Solutions is hosting its “Tea & Tonic with a Twist” online and in person on Friday, June 18 at 2:00 pm at Coasterra, 880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego. The event features live music, a silent auction and author Chanel Miller. $ 150 and up for virtual or in-person. ccssd.org/tea-tonic-2021

Do you have an event – online or in person – that you would like to see here? Email your leads to efrausto@lajollalight.com. ◆

Good About Cash: Tricks to keep away from on-line scams

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“Phone scams keep coming – here are tips on how to avoid them,” read the headline of a recent Boston Globe consumer protection column.

Nick Maffeo

Tips to Avoid Fraud? In theory good, but with so many scams coming from so many directions, it is best to be aware of the new twists and turns in general as you actively prepare for what you will do when one day you are on the receiving end of a threatening one Message that actually makes you anxious or even terribly anxious.

When I was talking to a local businessman the other day, the “Professional Photographer / Copyright Infringement” scam came up. An email comes with a threat of legal action and a link that the recipient should click to see the allegedly outrageous “copyright infringement” for themselves.

This gentleman had just received the “Professional Photographer / Copyright Infringement” email again that morning but was not concerned because he had seen it about three times before.

The first time he wanted to send the email to his web person in case a photo was innocently misused. But first he came up with the idea of ​​Googling “professional photographer email scams”. Millions of Google results confirmed that it was indeed a scam.

Calmed and relieved, he deleted the scam email and didn’t even bother reaching his web person. When a very similar email came in a few months later and then again the other day, he knew what it was and just hit delete.

Recently, a couple in Hingham lost $ 17,000 to a fraudster who claims to be the police chief. They believed the call was genuine because the main police department business number was on their caller ID. Fear overwhelmed them so quickly that they followed the deceiver’s instructions exactly.

The Hingham police were very sorry about what happened to this couple. They urged people not to rely on caller ID “as it can be changed to display any name or phone number”. That’s 100 percent true.

Perhaps you wouldn’t be afraid of this or that scam. People get better at spotting and ignoring the most common scams.

But scammers keep adapting and specialize in pushing emotional buttons with downright believable claims. One day a scam might “come to you”.

It will be a situation where you fear what you are being told may be true. The scammer will put tremendous pressure on you to act before you have time to think about or control the adrenaline rush, just like the couple in Hingham.

Take this opportunity now, like a fire drill, to plan how you, your family and friends will deal with an “alarming news” that could lead to a “terrible” potential outcome.

First, don’t trust the messenger no matter who he is or what is on the caller ID. Don’t act right away. Break the contact and take a 10-minute break. Get some water. Fraudsters often push for “secrecy”. So, talk to someone who you are sure will keep calm. Think about your options to independently review alarms. Google is a great fraud confirmation tool. Your local police force and bank are resources to you at such a moment as well. Call them on phone numbers given in person from their official websites.

Find out what you’re really dealing with and then your next steps will be clear – especially if it is a scam. If your “prior preparation” prevents you from falling for a scam, spread the word. Tell others what happened and learn how to prepare to save themselves.

Nick Maffeo is President and CEO of Canton Co-operative Bank in Canton. Have a question? Email to submissions@thecantoncitizen.com.

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UK consultants worry an increase in on-line playing hurt

EXETER, ENGLAND – MARCH 18: A sign is displayed in the window of a high street bookmaker listing the canceled sporting events on March 18, 2020 in Exeter, England.

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LONDON – Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, UK gaming companies have increasingly tried to strengthen and expand their online offerings.

The closure of commercial and social venues and the persistent cancellation of major sporting events have fundamentally changed the gambling landscape around the world.

For example, even though most of the physical stores have been closed for the past 12 months, FTSE 100-listed Ladbrokes owner Receive Core earnings grew 11% to £ 843.1 million ($ 1.19 billion) through 2020, of which £ 803.5 million was due to a 50% increase in online gaming.

The company’s stock hit a record high at £ 17.25 per share in late April, up more than 36% year-to-date as of Monday’s close. It is currently up around 124% from its recent low during the first Covid-induced crash in March 2020 888 holdings, Rank group and Gamesys have all played strong since last March. Meanwhile, Bet365 CEO Denise Coates posted an annual salary package of £ 469million last year, one of the highest in the UK’s corporate history.

However, given the increased isolation, boredom, stress, anxiety or financial worries many people experienced during the pandemic, concerns about a possible spike in addiction and harmful gambling have also emerged.

The Gambling Commission, the UK’s regulator, found that during the pandemic, fewer people gambled, many already committed online gambling consumers moved into new activities and spent more time and money betting.

The Commission noted that engaging in a wider range of gambling activities may correlate with higher levels of “medium risk and problems gambling” and expressed particular concern about the increased prevalence of online slot machines.

Dependence on the vulnerable

Matt Zarb-cousin, co-founder of Gamban, a software provider that blocks access to gambling sites, told CNBC that the cancellation of sporting events and the tripling of digital advertising since the UK was first blocked in March last year has attracted many casual gamers more intense activities such as slots and casino games.

“By and large, the business model is to get people to bet on football, racing, or sports in general, do so with a very small margin – sometimes not at all, sometimes even with a loss leader – and so many of them to get people to the slots and casino games as possible, where there is a significantly higher margin and these are addicting products, “explained Zarb-cousin.

He also noted that while gambling companies allow customers to exclude themselves from their services if they are concerned about the extent of their gambling, they actually depend on a very small proportion of customers who are most responsible for a significant percentage of sales are at risk.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 16: A general view inside the Ladbrokes betting shop on Putney High Street as betting shops reopen in front of Royal Ascot on June 16, 2020

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A study carried out last year by researchers at the University of Liverpool found that across all UK gambling companies, the 5% of the highest annual spending accounts that Zarb-cousin identified as those at the highest risk for damage from gambling generated 86% of the accounts GGY of the companies (gross gaming return).

Slot machines and casino games accounted for 93% of the GGY from online gambling among the operators participating in the study, while gambling products were also more likely to be used by people from areas with higher levels of deprivation. According to the study, players from the UK’s most deprived areas had disproportionately high spending on GGY.

Meanwhile, most account holders have either made money or lost a modest amount over the year, with 84.5% of account holders spending less than £ 200 over the year. The study found that 1.4% of accounts had more than 20 separate bets placed on an average betting day.

No disruption, little regulation

The UK government is currently conducting a review of the Gambling Act 2005, the basis of all gambling regulations, to test its suitability for the digital age.

Gambling companies in the UK have grown exponentially over the past decade as smartphones made online gambling ubiquitous. Zarb-Cousin, who himself had overcome an addiction to betting terminals with fixed odds, said the previous lax regulation had allowed these firms to become “giant monoliths” in the UK economy.

“That says a lot about our economy and our approach to regulation, and usually when you make huge profits you inevitably have more regulation or disruption,” he said.

“There has been no innovation or disruption to gambling at all, and regulation has been pretty bad in every way.”

However, he suggested that tighter regulation was inevitable in the coming years as the government scrutinized the industry further.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 1: A general view of a closed betting shop on Putney High Street as horse racing resumes competition action on June 1, 2020 in London, England

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Industry association Betting and Gaming Council has highlighted that its members support 119,000 jobs in the UK and generate £ 4.5 billion in taxes for the UK Treasury and £ 7.7 billion for the UK economy in terms of gross value added.

In addition to substantial contributions to sports sponsorship, BGC members have allocated £ 10 million to the Youth Gambling Damage Prevention Program and £ 100 million to address problem gambling by 2024.

A BGC spokesman told CNBC that the agency welcomes the review of the Gambling Act and the government’s assurance that it is an “evidence-based process”, noting that the overall rate of problem gambling has been stable at 0.5 for 20 years % lies. according to the latest government data.

“During the pandemic, the number of safer gambling messages on betting websites has more than doubled, while the number of direct interventions, where customers spent more time and money than before, has increased by 25%,” the spokesman said.

“We hope the Gambling Review does not safely strike a balance between properly protecting the vulnerable and jeopardizing the enjoyment of the millions of Britons who enjoy fluttering.”

Help calls become “more difficult”

Anna Hemmings, CEO of GamCare, a charity that supports gambling addiction, told CNBC that after an initial abandonment at the start of the pandemic when people were grappling with a range of other issues, the number of people calling for help has now grown steadily above the stand. Pandemic level.

“What is important is that the nature of the calls has become more difficult so that we see more mental health issues, more protection concerns, more domestic violence, etc.,” she added.

Independently of the Gambling Commission review, the Department of Health and Welfare has vowed to expand and improve the treatment of damage related to gambling to reconcile the problem of drug and alcohol addiction.

“There is a serious problem with the levels of funding for research, education and treatment. They are very, very low compared to drugs and alcohol, and they themselves have seen huge cuts in recent years,” Hemmings said, noting that further investment has been made GamCare has been a top priority in treatment programs as it awaits government review.

Along with Gamban and GamStop, a free self-exclusion program that allows players to limit their online activities, GamCare has a partnership called TalkBanStop, a program that combines advice with practical tools to help those at risk begin their recovery.

“People tend to let things get pretty bad before they seek help, and a lot of our work is trying to encourage people to get in touch earlier because the sooner you get help, the sooner you can do the damage “said Hemmings, noting that help – overall search has decreased during the pandemic due to NHS residues and reluctance to burden health services.

“We have to get the entire population back into the mode of seeking help, in which it is legitimate and positive to seek help at an early stage.”

International Browser Video games Market Report 2021: Main Gamers Embrace King Digital Leisure, NCSOFT, GungHo On-line, Zynga, Tencent, Microsoft, Activision Blizzard Inc., Sega, Sony and Peak Video games

The “Browser Games Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery by 2030” Report was added ResearchAndMarkets.com Offer.

Major players in the browser games market are King Digital Entertainment, NCSOFT, GungHo Online, Zynga, Tencent, Microsoft, Activision Blizzard Inc., Sega, Sony Corporation and Peak Games.

The global browser games market is projected to grow from $ 23.81 billion in 2020 to $ 24.99 billion in 2021, with an average annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5%.

The market is projected to reach $ 34.47 billion in 2025 with an annual growth rate of 8%.

The rapid increase in the number of active players around the world is driving the browser game market. According to the League of Betting, the number of online gamblers is projected to reach 1 billion by 2024, up from 877 million in 2020. According to the online gaming report as of 2019, gamers play an average of seven hours and seven minutes a week, but younger gamers spend a lot more time playing games, while 26- to 35-year-olds play 8 hours 12 minutes a week.

Germany and the United States were linked with the highest number of players playing for more than 20 hours at 11.6% per week. Hence, the rapid increase in the number of active players around the world is expected to drive the browser game market.

Player frustration from slow downloads is the main limiting factor in the browser game market. The time it takes to download games has been reported as the world’s biggest problem. 33.8 percent said this is the main problem.

Seasoned gamers are most concerned about download speed. Over 41% of ambitious professionals and experts indicate that experienced gamers are more likely to play more complex games that require larger downloads. The download performance affects their games more from experience.

According to the 2019 Online Gaming Report, frustration with download speed is highest in the US, where 39.4% of gamers register sluggish downloads as a primary concern. Hence, the frustration of gamers from slow downloads is expected to hamper the growth of the browser game market.

The story goes on

The browser games market covered in this report is divided into cellphone games, pay-to-play games, free-to-play games, pay-in-play games by type, and by end-users in smartphone and tablet, PC, TV, etc. divided.

Companies in the browser gaming market are focusing on technologies like Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) to improve the gaming experience and offer better products. Industry experts expect VR / AR games to get a big boost in 2019 and headset prices to become more affordable for an even more immersive gaming experience. Many popular games are likely to incorporate VR and IR.

Stormland, which was released in 2019, is an open world shooter. It has some great features like reloading and updating that use VR technology in very creative ways. It also includes a play area that has been procedurally created to ensure that each playthrough is different.

Pokemon GO is probably the most popular augmented reality game and is expected to release some new updates in 2019 to ensure it stays strong for a while. Niantic Labs, developer of the Pokemon Go game, has already raised $ 225 million in the company’s funding round and is now focused on developing more AR-based games.

In September 2020, Microsoft Corporation, a US-based technology company, acquired ZeniMax Media for $ 7.5 billion in cash. With this acquisition, Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and add Bethesda’s franchise to Xbox Game Pass. ZeniMax Media, an American video game holding company based in Rockville, Maryland.

Main topics covered:

1. Summary

2. Market characteristics of browser games

3. Market trends and strategies for browser games

4. Effects of COVID-19 on browser games

5. Browser Games Market Size and Growth

5.1. Historic Global Browser Games Market, 2015-2020, Billion US Dollars

5.1.1. Driver of the market

5.1.2. Restrictions in the market

5.2. Global Browser Games Market Forecast, 2020-2025F, 2030F, Billion US Dollars

5.2.1. Driver of the market

5.2.2. Restrictions in the market

6. Market segmentation for browser games

6.1. Global Browser Games Market, Segmentation By Type, Historical And Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, Billion US Dollars

  • Mobile games

  • Pay-to-play games

  • Free games

  • Pay-in-play games

6.2. Global Browser Games Market, Segmentation By End User, Historical And Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, Billion US Dollars

  • Smartphone and tablet

  • Pc

  • TV

  • Other

6.3. Global Browser Games Market, Segmentation By Operating System, Historical And Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, Billion US Dollars

7. Browser games Market regional and country analysis

7.1. Global Browser Games Market Split by Regions, Historical and Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, Billion US Dollars

7.2. Global Browser Games Market Split by Country, Historical and Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, Billion US Dollars

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Finest Bets for the Break: A fast information to on-line leisure and digital experiences

The La Jolla Light presents this ongoing series of online activities that you can do on your computer or tablet during your quarantine dilemma.

Lectures & learning

• The Congregation Beth Israel will present its next men’s club forum “A Conversation with the Deputy Head of Mission Eitan Weiss” on Wednesday, May 19th at 7:00 pm. Weiss from the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles will discuss current issues that pose challenges and opportunities for Israel and the region. Free and open to the public. Registration required. cbisd.org/programs/mens-club-monthly-forum-may

• The San Diego County Bike Coalition presents City Cycling online on Thursday, May 20th at 6:00 pm. The virtual class is designed to help drivers feel more comfortable on the road. Topics include general bicycle safety, legal rights and obligations, and emergency maneuver skills. Free. sdbikecoalition.org/basic-road-safety-class

Family & children

The San Diego Children's Discovery Museum presents “Roots: Portugal” online on Thursday, May 13th.

The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum presents “Roots: Portugal” online on Thursday, May 13th.

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• The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum will present “Roots: Portugal” on Facebook Live on Thursday, May 13th at 4pm. The event includes a tour of the Portuguese historical center, a cooking demonstration, a language class and much more. The museum, in partnership with the San Diego Public Library, also offers free activity kits for children inspired by Portuguese culture and tradition. sdcdm.org/virtual-roots-portugal

• The Nature Collective presents “Virtual Connections: Oh, Octopus!” Thursday, May 20th, at 3:30 pm, online. Connect with the largest of all octopuses, the giant Pacific octopus, and learn about its nine brains and three hearts. High school environmentalists will run an online pet shop. Free. thenaturecollective.org/events

Art and culture

• La Jolla Symphony & Chorus presents “A Meeting in Time – Bach and Messiaen”, which will be streamed online starting Friday May 14th. The selection of Bach’s “Cantata No. 106” is arranged and performed by Steven Schick (drums) and Ruben Valenzuela (keyboards). $ 18- $ 39. lajollasymphony.com/events-tickets

• The San Diego International Film Festival is hosting the first ever San Diego International ShortsFest online, May 14-16. The three-day event includes 100 short films from around the world, 11 filmmaker panels and more. $ 29 and more. SDFilmFest.com/shortsfest

• The San Diego Women’s Choir presents “Stronger on the Other Side” on Saturday, May 15 at 7:00 pm on YouTube and on Sunday at 4:00 pm. May 16 on Facebook Live. The virtual concerts offer newly recorded songs of hope, joy and resilience. Free. sdwc.org

• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will present the next concert “Jazz at the Athenaeum Streaming Live” online on Monday, May 17th at 7pm. The third event in a row will feature alto saxophonist Charles McPherson with pianist Randy Porter. $ 15 for Athenaeum members; $ 20 for non-members. ljathenaeum.org/jazz

• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will continue its lecture series on the artist Joseph Beuys on Tuesday, May 18, at 6.30 pm online. The five-week course, led by art historian Victoria Martino, celebrates Beuys’ 100th birthday. The second lecture discusses his early training from 1946 to 1961. $ 14 per lecture for Athenaeum members; $ 19 for non-members. ljathenaeum.org/art-history-lectures

A still image of

A still from Guide On, one of 38 films to be shown online during the GI Film Festival in San Diego from May 18-23.

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• The GI Film Festival in San Diego is presenting its annual listings online from May 18-23. Presented to, by, and about active members of the military and veterans, the festival will include 38 entries. $ 10 each; $ 8 for military, veterans, students, or CPBS members with bundled tickets and all-access passes ranging from $ 40 to $ 125. gifilmfestivalsd.org/2021

• The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art presents “Collaboration: Perspectives on Collaboration, Diversity, and Women in Print” online on Thursday, May 20th at 5:00 pm. The panel discussion on women in printmaking is part of the museum’s “Experiments on Stone: Four Artists from the Tamarind Lithography Workshop” exhibition and is moderated by the MCASD’s deputy curator, Alana Hernandez. Free. bit.ly/MCASDpanelMay

• The San Diego Symphony will be hosting an online preview performance of The Shell, the orchestra bay venue on Friday, May 21st at 7:00 pm. The concert entitled “What’s That Sound? First Music from The Shell ”is conducted by music director Rafael Payare and contains Wagner’s“ Siegfried Idyll ”and Mozart’s“ Jupiter ”symphony. Shell will be open to the public for live performances this summer. $ 25. sandiegosymphony.org/digitalpass

• The San Diego City Ballet will be hosting “Raymonda” streaming online upon request through Sunday, May 23rd. The performance features ballets by Elizabeth Wistrich and Geoff Gonzalez. $ 29 and more. cityballet.org

Virtual galas & events

• The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s San Diego Chapter presents Raise Your Spirits online on Friday, May 14th at 6:30 pm. The event, a curated home liquor tasting event, features libations from the Cutwater Spirits distillery and an interactive streaming program. The proceeds will support local research, education and support programs. Tasting kits start at $ 150. bidpal.net/rys21

• The National Conflict Resolution Center will present its 33rd annual Peacemaker Awards online on Saturday, May 15th at 6:50 pm. The event will honor individuals and organizations dedicated to peacebuilding in their neighborhood and around the world. Dr. Anthony Fauci is the 2021 National Peacemaker. Free. bit.ly/NCRCawards

• Gelson’s will host an online virtual Wisconsin cheese tasting event on Thursday, May 20th at 6:00 pm. Wisconsin cheese representatives will lead the event, which will feature a curated cheese platter for two. Order by Monday, May 17, for collection on May 19 or 20 at Gelsons Pacific Beach, 730 Turquoise St .; Gelsons Del Mar, 2707 Via de la Valle; and Gelsons Carlsbad, 7660 El Camino Real. $ 23.99. gelsons.com/wisconsin

• Soroptimist International from La Jolla and Soroptimist International from Mission Valley present “Dreams of Italy” online on Saturday, May 22nd at 4.30pm. The event, an annual recognition of Live Your Dream winners, features an interactive evening of Italian wines and appetizers with wine specialist Stefano Poggi. $ 20 and more. soroptimistlj.org

What entertainment and other activities have you found at (social) distance? Email your leads to efrausto@lajollalight.com. ◆