US-Cuba Relations Challenge Baseball

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Yasmany Tomas took his last practice swings, packed his bat and carried his oversized No. 24 duffel bag toward the clubhouse.On the way, a dozen fans waited just outside a fence, calling the 6-foot-2 Cuban slugger’s name, holding out balls and gloves and begging for autographs and selfies.“Where’s the fat guy?” the 24-year-old Tomas asked, suddenly uneasy with the small frenzy.He called again for his interpreter and full-time assistant, Ariel Prieto. “Gordo! Gordo!” he shouted, using the Spanish word for fat.Realizing his countryman was on another field at the Arizona Diamondbacks practice facility, Tomas paused, then walked toward the fans alone. He grabbed a ball from a young girl with blonde hair, signed it and rushed out.“Gracias,” she said.For Tomas and dozens of Cubans arriving in the majors, even simple moments can be daunting adjustments. Learning English. Finding their way in a new country. Dealing with dual pressures of pro sports and being away from family for the first time.Tomas made one of essentially three choices for Cubans hoping to make a living playing baseball: stay in Cuba and make $2,500 a month at best if you’re a star; play in other countries like Japan for a modest shot at earning a salary in the low seven figures with the government’s blessing; or give up family and life in Cuba on hopes of hitting the jackpot in the majors, where the average salary is more than $4 million.Since the U.S. and Cuba began 2015 with steps to improve rocky relations, players and their families now navigate those choices and life changes through uncharted political waters.“I would love to be there in the stands when he starts to play, to give him the support we’ve always given him,” said Tomas’ mother, Melba Rosa Bacallao, holding back tears as she sifted through an album with pictures of her son from her two-bedroom house in Havana. “He always tells me that his daughter and we are his priorities, that he wants to get ahead in life for us.”Optimism in both countries and demand from U.S. teams are clearly growing despite the complicated landscape. The governments have made few tangible policy changes that significantly impact players, their relatives and the game. Baseball is treading carefully, not wanting to step on diplomatic toes.There were 74 Cubans on major or minor league rosters on opening day, 11 more than last year and more than double the 29 in 2008. Most developed in state-run academies where kids breathe baseball from an early age.Baseball’s lure has rippled through Cuba, where attitudes toward the U.S. have softened in the last few years as the island adapts to social, political and economic changes.President Barack Obama met recently with Cuban president Raul Castro, and the island will be taken off the list of state sponsors of terrorism.Players in Cuba talk openly about wanting to play in the United States, commenting in ways that used to be considered sinful by authorities who severely punished big league dreams. Officials have also discussed playing spring training games on the island, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said.And through deals in other countries not limited by the U.S. embargo, Cuba has shown signs it is willing to let players enter baseball’s free market.“Of course I would like to play where they play the best baseball in the world,” Yulieski Gourriel, star infielder for the national team, said during the Caribbean Series in Puerto Rico in February. “As long as we have authorization, we’ll always want to do so.”Gourriel made $1 million in Japan last season, then returned his pro team in Havana. After accounting for Japanese taxes, he paid 10 percent to Cuba’s baseball federation (which acted as his agent), taking home enough to be rich in a Communist country with limited options for spending and investment.Leaving isn’t always as difficult and dramatic as it used to be. Teen sensation Yoan Moncada, who in March agreed to a record $31.5 million signing bonus with the Boston Red Sox, left Cuba last year thanks to 2013 laws that allow citizens to travel abroad without an exit visa.No midnight speedboat to Mexico, no shady smugglers. He asked for and was granted release, established residency in Guatemala, then worked out for MLB clubs.Ballplayers released by the federation can travel elsewhere legally, said Antonio Diaz, a spokesman for Cuba’s baseball federation. Moncada “was discharged because he was of no interest to the national team,” he said.But, in accordance with the embargo, those hoping to play in the U.S. must sign an affidavit that says they won’t return to Cuba.Face-to-face contact with family becomes tough. Cuban law allows defectors to revisit eight years after departing, which former MLB players Jose Contreras and Rey Ordonez utilized two years ago. But U.S. immigration and strict tourist regulations regarding Cuba haven’t changed.“It’s very difficult. It takes a lot of time to get a visa for your family in Cuba,” said Seattle Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias, who fled Cuba in 2010.Changes in Cuba-U.S. policy since December have come mainly from the American side and aren’t specific to baseball. In January, the U.S. quadrupled the amount U.S. residents could send to Cubans to $2,000 per quarter.It also eased travel restrictions for Americans and loosened controls on U.S. businesses to spur the island’s small private sector.Netflix, MasterCard and online home rental service Airbnb have entered the Cuban market, though few on the island have high-speed Internet and most credit card issuers prohibit transactions from the country.No MLB on-demand yet.“Everybody is kind of figuring it out as we go, taking our lead from the diplomatic talks,” Dodgers General Manager Farhan Zaidi said. “That’s the optimistic view, that there’ll be greater openness.”Teams aren’t shy to spend huge amounts to snatch up the next big-league stars like Yasiel Puig or Jose Abreu. Boston signed Rusney Castillo last year for $72.5 million over seven years, and Tomas signed with the Diamondbacks for $68.5 million for six seasons.“They’ve shown that they’re ready to play in the major leagues, and that they can do it almost immediately,” said Junior Noboa, the Diamondbacks VP for Latin America.Next in line for a big bonus could be infielder Andy Ibanez, the youngest player for Cuba during the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Ibanez left the country illegally.Departing Cuba and signing a contract are but the first of many issues for players and their families.“They have to start from zero, they have no idea what’s going on,” said Prieto, a 45-year old former Oakland Athletics pitcher hired by the Diamondbacks to mentor Tomas. “They know baseball, but they don’t know the different philosophy of U.S. teams.”Tomas said he passed on offers from Japanese teams, leaving behind his immediate family and a then 8-month-old daughter.He is focused on life’s new encounters: autograph seekers, income taxes, local traffic laws. The sport and its universal language help the transition — baseball, after all, is called “beisbol” in Spanish, a home run is a “jonron,” and a strike is, well, a “strike.”Away from the field, his thoughts drift home to Havana, where a flat-screen TV and new Chinese refrigerator are some of the perks his newfound riches have provided his family. Tomas thinks improved relations should make it easier for players to reunite with relatives.“It would be something good, beautiful, to be able to be with your family after so much time without seeing them,” Tomas said.His mother just wants to make sure he’s eating well and handling his unique opportunity properly. “I think he doesn’t know what that kind of money means,” she said. “Even I can’t imagine.”The shy slugger intimidated by a kindergarten-aged fan is far from the rambunctious son she remembers. “He always raised his voice, like thunder,” Bacallao said. “I hope he speaks a little softer over there.”___By Ricardo Zuniga. AP reporters Mike Weissenstein and Anne-Marie Garcia contributed to this report from HavanaTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Golden Still: Warriors Sweep Cavs for Second Straight Title

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — There were still a few seconds left on the clock when the Golden State Warriors stormed off their bench to begin a celebration that wasn’t guaranteed.They couldn’t wait any longer.They had reached their destination: dynasty.Stephen Curry scored 37 points, Kevin Durant added a triple-double and another NBA Finals MVP trophy and the Warriors won their second straight title and third in four years Friday night, 108-85 over the Cleveland Cavaliers to complete a sweep and perhaps drive LeBron James from his home again to chase championships.Love ’em or hate ’em, there is no denying them.“That’s how you know we’re a great team, is when everybody’s coming after us,” Durant said. “Whether it’s opponents, whether it’s different coaches panning for us, whether it’s the fans, the media that hate us, it feels good when you’re the team that everybody’s gunning for. It makes us better.”No team is better.Golden State. Golden standard.Overcoming obstacles all season long, the Warriors won their fourth straight finals matchup against James and Cleveland with ease.“Looking at this playoff journey, we knew it wasn’t going to be as easy as last year,” Curry said. “Then the challenges that faced us. In October we wanted to be back in this moment, and a lot went into it. It’s a great feeling to be back here.”It was the first sweep in the NBA Finals since 2007, when James was dismissed by a powerful San Antonio team in his first one. His eighth straight appearance didn’t go well either, and now there’s uncertainty where the superstar will play next.James, who said he “pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand” after injuring himself in frustration following Game 1, finished with 23 points and spent the final minutes on the bench, contemplating what went wrong and maybe his next move.Following the game, he sat quietly in his corner locker with a towel draped over his head. He arrived at his postgame news conference with a large black brace on his right hand and explained the injury was “self-inflicted” following an overtime loss in Game 1, which included a reversed official’s call and teammate J.R. Smith dribbling out the clock to end regulation.“I had emotions of you just don’t get an opportunity like this on the road versus Golden State to be able to get a Game 1, and I let the emotions get the best of me,” James said. “Pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand, so that’s what it is.”Act IV between the Warriors and Cavs featured a drama-filled Game 1. But from there on, Durant, Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green and the rest of this California crew showed why they’re the game’s gold standard.And they may stay that way.Not wanting to give the Cavs or their fans any hope despite the fact that no team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs, the Warriors built a nine-point halftime lead when Curry ignored a closeout by James and dropped a 3-pointer.Then the league’s best team tightened the screws on Cleveland in the third quarter, outscoring the Cavs 25-13 and prompting Golden State fans to begin those drawn-out “War-eee-orrss” chants that provide a perfect musical accompaniment to their 3-point barrages.By the start of the fourth, the only question was whether Curry would win his first NBA Finals MVP or if it would go to Durant for the second year in a row.And again, it was Durant, who added 12 rebounds and 10 assists — more satisfaction and validation for a player who couldn’t beat the Warriors so he joined them.After surviving a rougher-than-usual regular season and beating top-seeded Houston in Game 7 on the road in the West finals, the Warriors pushed aside James and joined an elite group of teams to win multiple championships in a four-year span.Only Bill Russell’s Boston Celtics, the “Showtime” Lakers and the Los Angeles squad led by Kobe and Shaq, and Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls have been as dominant in such a short period of time.The Dub Dynasty.The path to this title was more precarious than the first two for coach Steve Kerr and the Warriors, who overcame injuries, expectations, a built-to-dethrone-them Rockets team and the brilliance of James, who may have played his final game in Cleveland.The 33-year-old, who came back to the Cavs and ended the city’s 52-year championship drought in 2016, is expected to opt out of his $35.6 million contract and become a free agent.“I have no idea at this point,” he said when asked if he played his final game for the Cavs. “The one thing that I’ve always done is considered, obviously, my family. So sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I’ll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that.”James averaged 34 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10 assists in the series, but as has been the case in the past, he didn’t have enough help.Another Summer of LeBron is officially underway and there are already teams stretching from Philadelphia to Los Angeles hoping to land the three-time champion, who may have to go elsewhere to put together a cast strong enough — and as James made clear this week, smart enough — to bring down the Warriors.Right now, Golden State is on another tier and with Durant expected to re-sign with them in weeks and Curry, Thompson, Green and the rest still young and hungry, their reign could last much longer.“We’ve got a lot of three-time, two-time champs in there, and we’ll have plenty of time in our lives to discuss that later,” Curry said. “So want to keep this thing going as long as we can.”TIP-INSWarriors: Curry made a 3-pointer in his record 90th consecutive postseason game and extended his mark for 3s in road playoff games to 44. . Became the ninth team to sweep the finals. … Won a road game in 19 straight playoff series, tying the Heat’s NBA record.Cavaliers: James scored 748 points in the playoffs, the second most in a postseason behind Jordan, who scored 759 in 1992. Appeared in their 26th NBA Finals game, moving past Atlanta/St. Louis into 10th place all-time. … James averaged 34 points in his 13th postseason, his second-highest total.LUE BACKJames’ future isn’t the only one in question. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who took a medical leave this season while battling anxiety, said he intends to return.“I had some tough problems going on throughout the course of the season, and I probably could have folded myself, but I wasn’t going to do that,” he said. “I knew that even if I wasn’t feeling a hundred percent, I had to get back for the playoffs. That’s my time. That’s my moment. I had to fight through it. That’s what champions do. I gave everything I had.”By TOM WITHERS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Gattuso under pressure as Milan fail to score again

first_imgMilan, Dec 26 (AFP) AC Milan’s push for a top-four finish in Serie A took a hit on Wednesday as Gennaro Gattuso’s side were held to an uneventful 0-0 draw at struggling Frosinone. The seven-time European champions have now failed to score in four consecutive league games for the first time since 1984, managing three goalless stalemates in the process. “To reach our objective of Champions League qualification we can’t play the way we did in the first half,” Gattuso told DAZN. “I’m the captain of this ship, so it’s only right that I take all the responsibility. It’s important for me to understand how to make my players play their best, because right now they’re performing below their ability. “There’s no calmness and they look nervous, that’s what I need to think about. As for the rest, anything can happen.” Milan remain fifth, behind fourth-placed Lazio on goal difference in the race for Champions League qualification. Milan have said they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after UEFA threatened to ban them from European competition for a season if they do not break even by June 2021. The club won a previous appeal to CAS earlier this year, following a Europa League ban for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations. But their efforts to secure European football for next season suffered a setback against a resolute Frosinone outfit who almost snatched a dramatic 93rd-minute winner when Camillo Ciano was denied by visiting goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Ciano had already seen a goal ruled out by VAR for a foul eight minutes before half-time.advertisement Frosinone remain second-bottom above only winless Chievo, having managed just one victory all season. Later on Wednesday, reigning champions Juventus travel to Atalanta looking to extend their eight-point lead at the top of the table, before second-placed Napoli face third-placed Inter Milan. (AFP) AHlast_img read more

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Pierre-Emile Højbjerg: ‘Bayern is the school of forming a champion’

first_imgfeatures Premier League and FA Cup semis: what to look out for this weekend Manchester City Pinterest Share on WhatsApp When Pep Guardiola confronted Nathan Redmond at the end of Manchester City’s 2-1 win against Southampton last November and launched into his wild-eyed preacher routine, it is fair to say it created a stir. One man inside the Etihad Stadium did not blink.“That is the guy I got to know,” Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, the Southampton midfielder, says. “What can I say? That is Pep. I was not shocked.”Højbjerg is looking forward to the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Sunday but to understand this deep-thinking and fiercely driven 22-year-old, it is instructive to look back. The Dane had wunderkind status when he joined Bayern Munich from Brondby as a 16‑year‑old and was four months shy of his 18th birthday when he became the youngest player to represent the German club in the Bundesliga.The debut came in April 2013 under Jupp Heynckes against Nuremberg and a few months later Guardiola entered his life when he took over as manager. As with everything at the club, it was an education. “It’s something that sits in here for the rest of your career,” Højbjerg says, tapping his temple.“Tactically, I made a big step under Pep. For him it was about understanding the game, about reading it. I liked the way he wanted to play football and thought about football.”Højbjerg depicts Guardiola – who has just led City to the Premier League title – as a person with insatiable passion. It would bubble over, just as it did against Southampton when Guardiola could not understand why a talented attacker such as Redmond would not always want to attack.“Did he ever direct it at me? Of course,” Højbjerg says. “Everyone has felt or is feeling in his team, right now, his passion. It is his way of expressing himself. He needs to keep that because it’s him.”Guardiola’s obsession with perfection, his desire to push for more, chimed with the Bayern ethos. Højbjerg tells a story to illustrate the point – about a training drill called Kopfball, in which players must head a ball on a piece of string and time it perfectly because it will come back.“When I came up – I was this 17-year-old boy – the second-team coach pulled a bit on the string, the ball moved higher and I missed the header,” Højbjerg says. “He was saying: ‘Come on!’ I went again and he pulled the string again. But it always made me jump. They were constantly pushing me. Bayern was the school of forming a champion. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg on stage with Pep Guardiola to celebrate Bayern’s 2014 Bundesliga title. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/AP “I was a privileged boy and I got to see things that maybe you never thought you would see – the reactions, the talks, the treatments, the way of training, of eating, of behaving. It was to be a top player 24 hours a day.“Eighty per cent of what I experienced was about mentality – preparing, getting back in, knowing when to do what. Bayern had some of the best players in the world and there was one aim: to end the season with titles. It starts on 1 July and it goes until 20 May. It’s a mentality. It’s in the blood. You get horny for titles.”Højbjerg has Bundesliga medals from his time at Bayern; he made 17 appearances in the competition across three title-winning seasons before loan moves to Augsburg and Schalke.The highlight was arguably the DFB-Pokal final in May 2014, when Guardiola thrust him into the starting lineup. Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 with extra-time goals from Arjen Robben and Thomas Müller. “I was 18,” Højbjerg says. “It was amazing but it all went so quick. I didn’t have time to be nervous.“I was called the night before into Guardiola’s room, he showed me some clips, some tactics, and he said: ‘Tomorrow, you will play.’ It was a very intense period for me. Seven days later, I got my national team debut for Denmark. And two weeks before, I lost my father.”Højbjerg’s father had stomach cancer. “It has haunted me, of course, ever since,” Højbjerg says. “Grief is a difficult thing. Suddenly, you feel that you stand alone – 18 years old, you are out in the big football world and you have to make decisions that define your career. When you are 18, 19, you don’t always see the big picture and the person that was always seeing the big picture was not there any more.”Højbjerg’s strength of character is remarkable. It was hardened at Bayern but it had long been apparent. At 14 he made the decision to swap FC Copenhagen for Brondby – a move Højbjerg has likened to “changing from Everton to Liverpool – it’s really like going to the enemy”. Twitter Pep Guardiola Pinterest Topics Copenhagen were the dominant force at that level in Danish youth football. But Højbjerg was not enjoying himself playing as a striker, so he took the plunge. “It was a crazy move for a kid to make but I think it was the idea of turning the wrong thing into the right thing,” he says. “The thing no one expected.”One of his first games for Brondby was against Copenhagen. His new club won 1-0, with Højbjerg scoring the goal. Eighteen months later, with Højbjerg having helped to establish Brondby as the pre-eminent youth team in Denmark, he faced Copenhagen once more.“We won 5-2,” Højbjerg says. “At half-time it was 3-1 and I’d scored two. Michael Tarnat, the Bayern academy chief, was watching and during half-time he went over to my father and my agent and said: ‘We are buying the kid. And if Bayern are not buying him, I will buy him myself with my own money.’ I actually lived in Tarnat’s house during my first year in Munich.”Bayern was a blessing, the making of Højbjerg but there have also been times when the club has felt like a curse. “It’s difficult because you come somewhere else, on loan or wherever, and they will look at you as the Bayern Munich boy,” he says. Stalemate at Leicester leaves Southampton’s hopes hanging by thread Share on Messenger Twitter Southampton Reuse this content Højbjerg after scoring for Augsburg against Borussia Mönchengladbach during a loan spell from Bayern. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images Read more Højbjerg’s time at Southampton has been stop-start. He was in and out of the lineup under Claude Puel and out of favour entirely under Mauricio Pellegrino at the beginning of this season. Apart from a six-minute cameo at Brighton, he did not feature until he started the 4-1 home win over Everton on 26 November, when he was the man of the match.Since then he has been in every squad – more in the starting XI than out of it – and he has played all but two minutes of Mark Hughes’s first five games.Højbjerg is obsessed by learning in good times and bad and he says that he worked “like I’d never worked before” to convince Pellegrino to reinstate him. “It’s strange to say but I really enjoyed it,” Højbjerg adds. “I enjoyed pushing myself to the limit and further. It’s a journey of learning and becoming better.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share via Email Facebook FA Cup Share on Facebook Facebook Read morelast_img read more

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Have Some Fat Trout for Father’s Day

first_img The Best Whiskey Quotes of All Time How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster Editors’ Recommendations We know that Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away, but here at The Manual, we’re already thinking about Father’s Day. It’s not that we don’t love our mothers (every good man does), but it’s just we know how quickly the time between parental celebrations can pass.This Father’s Day (June 15 in case you didn’t already know), we recommend buying your old man a bottle of The Fat Trout Scotch Whisky. In our opinion, a good scotch is always a solid gift for a distinguished gentleman, and Fat Trout is no different.Tabbed with the label “The Sportsman’s Choice”, The Fat Trout is a blended scotch whisky, which means that it goes down with less of the overt (but very often great) burn of a single malt scotch. Plus, The Fat Trout comes with a prestigious pedigree—it is produced in the Speyside Region of Scotland by the world renowned Ian Macleod Distillers. Established in 1933, Ian Macleod is responsible for some of the finest scotches in the world, including Glengoyne Highland Single Malt.You might ask, “But what if my dad isn’t a huge scotch fan?” But that’s just silly. In our opinion, all men are scotch fans whether they know it or not. The Fat Trout is the perfect scotch to ease your dad into the world of wonderful, peaty, smoky flavor. Its blend of thirty different single malts makes for a purely enjoyable drinking experience for even the most reluctant scotch drinker.The Fat Trout is the ideal sipping whisky for sitting on the dock or on the beach and casting a few lines into the water.  So, in the end, you give your dad two gifts on Father’s Day: a bottle of smooth scotch and a day of fishing together. That sounds like a pretty good deal to us. Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference? 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Ciderlast_img read more

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Daniel Hechter Brings Effortless French Flair to Everyday Menswear

first_img Editors’ Recommendations All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts French designer brand Daniel Hechter is now available to U.S. consumers after an absence of several years. A surprisingly affordable “total wardrobe” (about 200 unique pieces are offered each season) designed to be effortless and easy to wear, yet flawlessly pulled together, the new fall collection launched exclusively at Macy’s in October and will expand to other outlets and retailers come spring.The brand’s Paris-based creative director, Christophe Blondin-Péchabrier — who returned to the company nine years ago after gigs at high-end labels such as Lanvin, Kenzo, Cerruti, and Tods — recently shared the story behind Daniel Hechter’s welcome return stateside.How would you describe the Daniel Hechter aesthetic?It’s a “French smart casual” attitude, I think. And I’m talking about an attitude because I never talk about age when I think of the Daniel Hechter guy. It’s an attitude — a way of being well dressed without necessarily being in a black suit and tie.What are some of your favorite pieces in the current collection?I love the prints. Daniel Hechter is a lot about colors and prints. Every season we are offering two or three very strong prints which act as a sign of recognition. But what I really like is that it is all about the details. For example, one of our emblematic products is a trench coat with a removable lining, but when you look at the lining, it’s fused. It looks like a quilting. All this technology is coming from active sportswear into ready-to-wear, and it’s all about details.What is the brand’s history?It has been around for 55 years. It was created in 1962 by Daniel Hechter himself, and he wanted to bring the fashion to the streets, so it is very related to streets. It’s not a countryside or preppy heritage brand. It’s really a contemporary fashion brand, so it’s very now.It may be contemporary but it’s not at all flashy or trendy…No, no. It’s everyday wear. We wanted it to be pragmatic. When Daniel Hechter was creating this brand, he wanted to bring the fashion into the streets. He did not want it to be loud. He wanted it to just be right, with the right details, material, volumes, and colors at the right moment. And it’s not so easy to be right because you have to be sellable too. It’s a good balance to be reached and I think we are reaching it well.What are the top pieces in the current collection — or just in general — that a man should own and wear?A good pair of jeans, a good T-shirt — and do I mean a good one — and a good sport jacket.And you offer all three?Yeah, sure! But we also do formalwear and suits, which do very well. It’s a full wardrobe for any occasion. At Macy’s you’ll find the printed shirts but also more formal shirts.What sets Daniel Hechter apart?Well, it’s a quite a humble brand. We never claim fashion. It’s just about the allure and the attitude. That’s why I like this brand very much, and the product that we do, because it’s an everyday brand. It’s something that you feel comfortable with. It’s an easy piece and not an intellectual product. When you see it you don’t have to think: What am I going to wear this with?So it will look good with everything and make you look good?Yes!What can we expect from Daniel Hechter in the future?A lot of things, I hope. We are working on the formalwear with suits and dress shirts and the extension of the brand in the U.S. market that we already have in Europe showing the full lifestyle.What is the general price range?It’s very affordable designer collection. Shirts are between $75 and $120 and sport jackets reach up to $350. And the average price for outerwear is $250.What else should readers of The Manual know about Daniel Hechter?It’s an honest brand. For the price that you pay, we have the quality and the up-to-date styles and finishings. That’s why I call it honest.last_img read more

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Only One Libyan Oil Export Terminal Up and Running

first_imgzoom After the federalist rebels had reached an agreement with the Libyan Government early this month to reopen the country’s two occupied oil ports, the Zueitina and Hariga, with two more to follow, the Ras Lanuf and Es Sider, the Hariga terminal was the only one to re-start exports, according to ICAP Shipping.Zueitina TerminalThe 70,000 bpd Zueitina terminal was also supposed to resume exports but technical issues prevented any loading from happening.This Sunday, Libya’s Justice Minister Salah Bashir Margani announced that the terminal would reopen once the damage of the infrastructure had been assessed.The two biggest terminals: Ras Lanuf and Es Sider were expected to start operating in a month following the agreement. However, it appears unlikely that they will resume exports before the Zueitina terminal becomes operational.Libya’s oil exports suffered 80% decline in the past eight months after the closures of oil ports led by rebels. The country that produced around 1.6 million barrels a day back in 2011, last moth recorded production at a daily rate of 250,000 barrels.Press Release, April 29, 2014last_img read more

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Surplus Auction Set For June 27

first_imgVehicles, heavy equipment, electronics and a host of other items will be sold at the provincial government’s surplus auction on Saturday, June 27, in Dartmouth. The auction will also include items seized by the Crown as proceeds of crime. Among the items expected to be auctioned are cars and light trucks, mowers, plowing equipment, commercial food equipment, plumbing fittings and equipment, a utility trailer, photo equipment, GPS equipment, a satellite dish, electric pallet jacks and two-wheel carts. A list, with photos, is available at www.auctionad.ca . The auction will be held at 10 a.m., at the Auction Advantage warehouse at 11 Mount Hope Ave., Dartmouth. The items can be seen Friday, June 26, from noon until 4 p.m., and on auction day between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Revenue from the sale goes towards the province’s debt and to help pay for services for victims of crime and crime prevention initiatives. The auction will be conducted by Auction Advantage. Cash, debit and credit cards will be accepted.last_img read more

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Macys unveils new store experience in 36 stores

NEW YORK — A year after buying startup Story, Macy’s is bringing to life the retail concept to 36 stores in 15 states including its Manhattan flagship store.The concept, which curates merchandise around a theme and rotates every four to six weeks, comes at a time when department stores are trying to rethink how to better excite shoppers who are increasingly going online.Industry watchers are closely watching Macy’s partnership with Story which was founded by Rachel Shechtman, who joined Macy’s as its new brand experience officer.The first version, opened Wednesday, is called Color, and is anchored by three big brands: MAC Cosmetics, crayon maker Crayola and jeans giant Levi’s. But it features items from roughly 70 small businesses. The average shop carries about 400 impulse items including $20 unicorn-themed socks.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

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SeaWorld lays off undisclosed number of employees

ORLANDO, Fla. — SeaWorld has laid off an undisclosed number of employees around the country in a move its says is aimed toward improving efficiency.SeaWorld Entertainment spokeswoman Suzanne Pelisson-Beasley told the Orlando Sentinel on Saturday that the layoffs occurred Friday. She declined to say how many employees were let go or where or how much the company is saving. In addition to SeaWorld Orlando, the company has 11 parks around the country.The company reported 4,700 full-time and 12,000 part-time employees in latest stock filing.The company’s leaders have said they are trying to save millions as it opens new attractions and rebounds from years of attendance struggles stemming in part from backlash created by the documentary “Blackfish,” which alleged mistreatment of captive whales.___Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/The Associated Press read more

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Top UN rights official appoints personal envoy for Cuba

High Commissioner Sergio Vieira de Mello announced yesterday the appointment of Christine Chanet, a French judge specializing in criminal law who has been a member of the UN Human Rights Committee since 1996. In 1997 and 1998, she became the first woman in the panel’s 20-year history to hold the position of president.Ms. Chanet’s appointment follows the adoption of a resolution last April by the UN Commission on Human Rights, which asked the High Commissioner to take the necessary steps to send a personal representative to cooperate with the Cuban Government’s endeavours to achieve progress in the field of human rights, as well as civil and political rights, equal to that it had achieved in the field of social rights for the people of the country despite an unfavourable international environment.Ms. Chanet is expected to present a report to the next session of the Geneva-based Commission, which opens 17 March. read more

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UN trade law office should help countries deal with globalization legal counsel

Addressing the General Assembly’s Legal Committee on Monday, Under-Secretary-General Hans Corell noted that the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) was established in 1966 to coordinate the work of organizations harmonizing trade law and to encourage cooperation among them.He noted that he had streamlined the UN Office of Legal Affairs expressly to make resources available for expanding and strengthening UNCITRAL because he favoured using its secretariat to advise the governments of developing countries.”This is a crucial matter for many developing States and I view this work not only as an element in the field of commercial law. This is a matter that belongs to the sphere of international peace and security,” he said.While UNCITRAL was operating with an understaffed secretariat, “the number of international organizations preparing rules governing international trade has been growing in line with the regional and universal processes of economic integration of states,” Mr. Corell said. “If the work of these international organizations is not coordinated, there will be, as has already happened in the past, duplication of work. Furthermore, the rules produced by different bodies may be in conflict.”Meanwhile, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) was proposing that some of the agreements and legal standards it had already prepared be globalized, he said. UNCITRAL had expressed the view that the extension of the ECE’s mandate might “reduce the effectiveness of its (the UN’s) action in support of modernization of trade law.” read more

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Colorado routs South Dakota 8258 for 4th straight win

BOULDER, Colo. — D’Shawn Schwartz and Evan Battey each scored 14 points as Colorado routed South Dakota 82-58 on Tuesday night for its fourth straight win.Tyler Bey added 13 points for the Buffaloes (6-1), who never trailed en route to earning win No. 1,300 in program history. They’re 1,300-1,198 over their 116 seasons.Colorado experimented with some different looks against the Coyotes (4-4) out of the Summit League. The Buffaloes used Shane Gatling as a ball handler, ran plays around Battey in the post and showed some different wrinkles within their motion offence.It all went right to help Colorado build a lead that stretched to as many as 29 points late in the second half.Tyler Peterson led South Dakota with 15 points, while Trey Burch-Manning chipped in 12.Battey frequently drew quite a crowd in the paint, leading to pass after pass back out to the perimeter. He finished with four assists and four rebounds as he steadily rounds back into form. An academic redshirt last season, Battey was playing pickup basketball with his friends last December when he suffered a stroke. He’s regained the feeling on his right side.The Coyotes were plagued by foul trouble as Stanley Umude fouled out with 15:17 remaining. Burch-Manning and Peterson played a good portion of the second half with four fouls.South Dakota was already short-handed with starters Tyler Hagedorn and Cody Kelley sidelined by injuries. Hagedorn has yet to play this season after averaging 13 points a game in 2017-18. Kelley’s missed the last four contests.It was a sloppy first half with Colorado and South Dakota nearly combining for almost as many turnovers (18) as field goals (20).BIG PICTURESouth Dakota: Every game this season, the Coyotes have held the opposition’s leading scorer under their average. Guard McKinley Wright IV was their primary focus in the contest and he was held to 11 points, which was slightly below his 14.8 average. The difficulty was Colorado had four players averaging in double figures. It was challenging to pick just one.Colorado: The Buffs improved to 82-27 in nonconference regular season games under coach Tad Boyle.UP NEXTSouth Dakota: Plays UMKC on Saturday — the first of two straight at home.Colorado: Hosts Illinois-Chicago out of the Horizon League on Saturday.___More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25Pat Graham, The Associated Press read more

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Maptek looks to the future for mining technology

first_imgIn 2011 Maptek will celebrate 30 years of developing innovative technology for the mining industry. To mark this milestone, it has established a new scholarship at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. The Maptek Mining Engineering scholarship will be awarded to a final year student with a keen interest in the application of computers in mining. Mining engineering students at the university already use Maptek Vulcan software for their final year project, with an award for the best mine design.‘We pioneered 3D modelling software for mining applications and put it in the hands of the geologists and engineers who needed it. We will evolve our technology towards an integrated tool that respects the modern workflow,’ said Maptek Chairman and Founder Dr Bob Johnson on announcing the new scholarship.‘Having set the goals we want to ensure the standard continues to rise with our future generation of mining professionals,’ Johnson added.Maptek already has strong ties with research and education sectors through its global operations in the USA, UK and South America. The Centre of Mining at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, one of the country’s oldest universities, is incorporating Vulcan in mine design and mine planning courses.Giving the students the opportunity to work with real information to produce designs for an open cut copper mine, results in better understanding of the technical and economic parameters which affect business outcomes.Using real case studies is an ideal approach for hands-on learning, and the latest technology makes for easy visualisation of the results.Maptek provides for two scholarships annually at the South Dakota School of Mines and sponsored the establishment of a new state-of-the-art computerised mine design laboratory in 2008. Training and academic licences are provided to many institutions globally, including the Camborne School of Mines in the UK and the Technological Educational Institute of Western Macedonia.last_img read more

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SYRIZA snubs Papandreou as KKE digs in heels

first_imgGreek election favorites SYRIZA on Tuesday ruled out cooperation with George Papandreou’s newly launched Movement of Democratic Socialists after the January 25 ballot, as the Communist Party (KKE) went on to snub Alexis Tsipras’s own political overture.“The man who invited the IMF and the troika into Greece has the political audacity to believe that we have forgotten his political responsibilities,” SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis said Tuesday, adding that the party had “dumped [Papandreou’s] proposal in the trash.”In an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera published earlier in the day, Papandreou said he would be willing to work with SYRIZA if the leftist party committed to a program of structural reforms.Skourletis’s remarks prompted a reaction from Giorgos Petalotis, spokesman for Papandreou’s splinter party, which is polling below the 3 percent threshold. Petalotis, who denied that Papandreou had actually reached out to SYRIZA, sneered at Tsipras’s alleged rapprochement with the right-wing anti-bailout Independent Greeks party.Meanwhile Tuesday, Communist Party secretary general Dimitris Koutsoumbas blew off the latest SYRIZA invite for cooperation if the party fails to win an outright majority on January 25.Speaking during an interview with Star TV late on Monday, Tsipras had said “it would be unthinkable” for Communist MPs to turn their back on SYRIZA if the latter needed KKE’s consent or parliamentary support to carry out its program.“What is unthinkable,” Koutsoumbas said, is for SYRIZA to be asking the Greek Communists to join hands in order “to save the EU, the euro, the big monopolies.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Un nouveau séisme frappe le Japon

first_imgUn nouveau séisme frappe le JaponDimanche soir, un séisme de magnitude 6,1 sur l’échelle de Richter a une nouvelle fois ébranlé la côte nord-est du Japon. L’alerte au tsunami qui a suivi la violente secousse a été levée.Le nord-est du Japon a une nouvelle fois été éprouvé par un séisme de magnitude 6,1 selon les mesures effectuées par l’Institut de géophysique américain (USGS). La secousse s’est fait ressentir dimanche à 22H24 (heure de Paris). Elle provient de l’océan Pacifique, à 5,9 kilomètres de profondeur et seulement à une centaine de kilomètres de la ville de Sendai. Selon l’Agence météorologique japonaise, il pourrait s’agir d’une réplique du violent séisme de magnitude 9 qui a frappé le Japon le vendredi 11 mars. En effet, celui-ci avait été localisé dans la même région de l’océan Pacifique. À lire aussiLe volcan Etna pourrait s’effondrer et créer un tsunami dévastateur en MéditerranéeUne alerte au tsunami a été lancée hier quelques temps après la secousse par l’Agence météorologique en prévention d’un raz-de-marée sur le littoral de la préfecture de Miyagi. Cette alerte a depuis été levée. Pour l’heure, les médias japonais estiment que la secousse n’a fait aucun dégât matériel et humain. Quant aux victimes du séisme et du tsunami du 11 mars, un dernier bilan effectué par la police nationale fait état de 10.668 morts et 16.574 disparus.
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Fuel CellPowered SURUS is a Modular Autonomous Vehicle Built for Work

first_img Never Miss Another Putt With Nissan’s Self-Driving Golf BallScania Unveils Multi-Purpose Autonomous Vehicle Concept Stay on target Like competing automakers, GM is adding EVs and other alternative fuel vehicles to their fleet. They’re also investing heavily in autonomous driving tech, and it’s not just about chauffeuring us to work.Vehicles have plenty of other jobs to do, too… like shifting freight around ports and warehouses, moving supplies around construction sites, and even shuttling humans to the hospital when they require medical attention.GM’s newest EV concept is built to handle all kinds of tasks like that. The “truck” you see above is SURUS, which stands for Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure. With a name like that, you’ve probably already guessed that it’s initially being pitched to the U.S. government.Because the SURUS is powered by fuel cells it can move around stealthily, producing minimal noise and very little heat. That would make it an excellent choice for running resupply missions and shuttling troops (both healthy and wounded). Fuel cells give SURUS an impressive range of about 400 miles and it can cover the whole distance without a human driver.Its computerized brain also allows multiple SURUS units to form a convoy for tackling bigger jobs, and it’s designed to handle rough terrain with ease. GM has equipped SURUS with external plugs so you can trade some of that 400-mile range in for juice. Plug in tools, lights, pumps, or anything else that you need to get the job done.SURUS is a modular platform, and GM envisions offering several different add-ons for specific applications. Here, it’s a rolling medical facility. Its flat deck is (logically enough) sized to fit standard shipping containers so that it can quietly help organize freight on a large scale. Pop on a cab and it’s ready to haul workers and materials around the job site.The Truth About Cars notes that SURUS is intended as a “blank slate” platform. The modules GM has mocked up are just a few of the possibilities, but the future customers could have plenty of others. The Army will probably come up with dozens of different ways to utilize SURUS while it’s on display this week.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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NASAs Cassini Spacecraft Discovers New Sculpting in Saturns Rings

first_imgStay on target Saturn is known for its complex rings and NASA’s Cassini spacecraft unveiled more details on their intricate textures, colors, and temperatures.Even though Cassini’s mission concluded two years ago, the spacecraft’s trip to Saturn is still providing data on the planet and how it has evolved over the years. A new paper published in Science follows four Cassini instruments that observed Saturn’s main rings, and how tiny moons embedded in the planet’s rings (named A through G) interact with the particles around them, said a NASA press release. With this observation data, scientists can see how Saturn’s rings are part of the astrophysical disk processes that impact our solar system.Cassini noticed fine details of features that were sculpted by masses within the rings, such as patterns and textures, which each varied from clumpy to straw-like, popping out of its images. New maps also reveal how chemistry, colors, and temperature change across Saturn’s rings. The Cassini data studied was collected during the Ring Grazing Orbits (December 2016 to April 2017) and the Grand Finale (April to September 2017). Scientists are now studying the interactions that sparked these new sculpting details.The spacecraft’s observations also enable scientists to have a better grasp of Saturn’s complex system. Scientists hypothesize that the outer edge of Saturn’s main rings, which are a series of similar-impact generated streaks in the F ring, exhibit the same length and orientation, demonstrating that they were most likely a result of a flock of impactors that all hit the ring simultaneously. This information demonstrates that the ring was shaped by material streams that circle around Saturn itself, rather than cometary debris that moved around the sun and randomly crashed into Saturn’s rings.New images of Saturn’s rings show more detailed features, including straw-like clumps and textures. (Photo Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute)Close-up images of Saturn’s rings highlighted three different textures (clumpy, smooth, and streaky), noting that these textures happen in belts with sharp boundaries. The strange part is that in many places, the belts are not connected to any ring characteristics identified by scientists.“This tells us the way the rings look is not just a function of how much material there is. There has to be something different about the characteristics of the particles, perhaps affecting what happens when two ring particles collide and bounce off each other,” Matt Tiscareno, lead author and Cassini scientist, said in the press release. “And, we don’t yet know what it is.”An infrared spectral map of Saturn’s A, B, and C rings, captured by Cassini’s VIMS. (Photo Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / University of Arizona / CNRS / LPG-Nantes)One more mystery was uncovered by Cassini’s Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS). It detected unusually weak water-ice bands in the A ring’s outermost area. Scientists were shocked to find the water-ice bands, because the vicinity is known to be very reflective, which could be a sign of less-contaminated ice and fortified water-ice bands.The new spectral map also gave details on the rings’ composition. Even though scientists already knew that water ice is a main component of Saturn’s rings, the spectral map confirmed that detectable ammonia ice and methane ice were not ingredients. However, the spectral map didn’t spot organic compounds.“It’s like turning the power up one more notch on what we could see in the rings. Everyone just got a clearer view of what’s going on,” said Cassini project scientist Linda Spilker. “Getting that extra resolution answered many questions, but so many tantalizing ones remain.”More on Geek.com:NASA’s Cassini Reveals Disappearing Lakes on Saturn’s Titan MoonNASA’s Cassini Reveals Secrets of Saturn’s Mini ‘Ravioli’ Moons Unusual Ice Formation on Saturn’s Titan Moon Stretches for Miles Hubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring SystemTonight: See Saturn at Its Best and Brightest for the Year last_img read more

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Press Release Season five of Total Divas returns 119

first_img Nikki Bella Nikki Bella: Artem Chivbinstev is a great kiser Are John Cena And Nikki Bella Finally Dunzo? Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey WhatsApp Videos Articles Brie Bella Now Playing Up Next WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Now Playing Up Next Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 Now Playing Up Next WWE and Full Sail University announce expanded partnership for NXT Television Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img E! sent out the following:THE DIVA DRAMA CONTINUES IN SEASON FIVE OF E!’S HIT SERIES “TOTAL DIVAS” PREMIERING TUESDAY, JANUARY 19 AT 9PM ET/PTThe Bella Twins™, Eva Marie™, Paige™, Natalya™, Rosa Mendes™, and Alicia Fox™ Return Along With WWE’s Newest Diva Mandy™SNEAK PEEK: http://www.eonline.com/videos/243870/the-mean-girls-are-back-on-total-divas-jan-19LOS ANGELES – December 17, 2015 – E!, WWE® and Bunim-Murray Productions’ “Total Divas” returns for its explosive fifth season on Tuesday, January 19 at 9pm ET/PT. The Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie Bella), Eva Marie, Paige, Natalya (Nattie), Rosa Mendes, and Alicia Fox will continue to give viewers an exclusive glimpse outside the arena and inside life in the WWE spotlight. Joining the Divas this season is the young and beautiful Mandy, the runner-up on the most recent season of WWE Tough Enough®, who brings her own flavor to the already vibrant group. Now Mandy must prove she can hold her own amongst the veteran Divas in their highly competitive world.This season, Brie has a lot of conflict with her sister Nikki as their lives and careers go in different directions. Brie and Nikki don’t see eye-to-eye on a huge business venture, and when Nikki gets injured during her final days as the WWE Divas Champion, it leaves The Bella Twins’ career in question. Brie has to contemplate her next career and life move, while Nikki wrestles with coming clean to her boyfriend, WWE Superstar John Cena®, about the romantic advances made towards her by her ex-boyfriend, WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler®. This love triangle puts John and Nikki’s relationship to the test.Eva Marie continues to thrive with her in-ring training, despite the constant polarization from the other Divas. Paige confesses her true feelings about the quick engagement to her fiancé. Rosa faces the challenge of finding purpose in her professional life while pregnant with her first child. Alicia warily ventures into a new romantic relationship. Nattie continues to work through the trials and tribulations of marriage while grappling with the feeling that the younger Divas’ careers are flourishing more than hers. Mandy comes into the division wide-eyed and eager to fit in, only to find out that in order to make it as a WWE Diva, you need to be much more than just a pretty face to earn the respect of your fellow performers and fans alike.Season five of E!’s hit “Total Divas” returns on Tuesday, January 19 at 9pm ET/PT.“Total Divas” is produced by WWE and Bunim-Murray Productions. Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins and Russell Jay are Executive Producers for Bunim-Murray Productions. Kevin Dunn is Executive Producer for WWE.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClip’Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John CenaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Google+ John Cena Twitter Nikki Bella buys a Ferrari as therapy for John Cena break-up Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Facebooklast_img read more

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Weather Eye Enjoy weekends summerlike weather harvest moon next week

first_img Late Wednesday afternoon skies cleared enough to allow the temperature to bounce above the 70-degree mark finally, after two cloudy drippy days. After some morning clouds we should see skies clear today and temperatures inch up.Friday will be the best day weather wise this week and we may get into the low 80s when those easterly winds kick in. Saturday looks nice and Sunday not bad. We took the rain out of the picture except maybe just to our north but really, nothing to fret about.Looking to next week it appears we rebound back in to the 80 or better category and some summer-like weather. I don’t think we get any really hot weather from now on.Are you aware that our average mean temperature for the first seven days of the month is running seven degrees below normal? The average mean temperature is only 60 degrees. We are doing okay on the rainfall, a little above average, but that will surely go in the minus category soon.Our average high is 78-79 degrees this week, which we should achieve the next couple of days. Meanwhile the landscape has the look and feel of autumn. Each passing day we cherish the hazy sunshine that shines down upon us. The rainy season usually kicks off later in October so plenty of time to get in some outdoor time and complete projects. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

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