Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]N[/dropcap]othing screams “Welcome!” to the opening week of the 2015 Major League Baseball season like manufactured crises.That’s right, New York baseball fans—after suffering through a hellish winter and before that an autumn baseball season devoid of New York’s two clubs, you were neglected the optimism-filled Opening Day you so desired and deserved. (It was a different story for Mets fans until they lost their closer before the opener and then fell to the Nationals two days later in D.C. only to bounce back with their ace Matt Harvey on Thursday.)Thought you’d make it through the opening week without doomsday predictions and impending disasters hanging over your head? How naive! Forget it, folks. This is New York. And with tabloid sales plummeting faster than Congress’ approval ratings, you better believe there’d be plenty of incentive for writers to jump right into midseason form and make immediate judgments without taking the appropriate time to reflect on what’s at stake after one game: absolutely nothing.The fevered pitch panic that threatened to bring the Yankees empire to its knees after only four innings at Yankee Stadium on Monday was a direct result of a poor outing by Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka, who was an early Cy Young contender last year before he partially tore his UCL—an injury that sometimes leads to the dreaded Tommy John Surgery. No doubt, Tanaka was ineffective Monday. He surrendered five hits, five runs (four earned) and walked two Blue Jays over four frames. How dare he! Some observers were so incensed that they all but demanded he go under the knife right there on the mound. Why not? It’s not their bodies.It’s no shock that Tanaka’s initial start following an injury-shortened rookie season in the Bronx was scrutinized the way it was. When you invest $155 million in a player with a seemingly fragile elbow that could explode at any time, it’s understandable that scouts and media would react to a disappointing outing. But the reaction, even by New York standards, verged on hysterical. View image | gettyimages.com View image | gettyimages.com All spring, the talk centered around Tanaka’s perceived reduced velocity, which he attributed to throwing more two-seam fastballs rather than the more common four-seam fastball, which typically travels at greater speeds. On Monday, his fastballs hovered in the low 90s, sometimes topping off at 93 mph. Tanaka has never been a flamethrower, and his fastball will never be confused with fellow Yankee pitcher Dellin Betances’ upper-90s heater or even Andrew Miller’s mid-90s fastball, for that matter. Last season, Tanaka’s fastball averaged 91.1 mph and his two-seamer 91.7 mph, according to FanGraphs.com. Those are hardly Randy Johnson-like averages. Still, the media, and even former aces (See: Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling) are obsessing over the pace of those two pitches.Until Tanaka makes his next start—and appears every five days after that—we won’t truly be able to form an informed opinion on the heralded Japanese ace’s post-partial-UCL-tear Pinstripes career. Despite two poorly located fastballs—one was deposited in the left field seats and the other smashed through the second base hole—Tanaka, as he did last year, had success with his devastatingly effective splitter. He even managed to strike out six Blue Jays Monday.Was Tanaka’s miserable outing due to something as simple as poor location, or is he holding back out of fear of further damaging his $155-million elbow? Or is he really injured and just too stubborn to reveal problems with his arms out of fear of missing more time? If there is something wrong with his arm, we’ll surely find out in the coming weeks. You can’t stop nature from enforcing its will.But for some observers, instead of preaching patience, they saw it prudent to blow one start out of proportion.Of course, it’s necessary to question whether the Yankees and Tanaka acted appropriately last year when they sided with doctors who suggested the right-hander rehab his injury instead of succumb to a procedure that would’ve sidelined him for at least 12 months.But until Tanaka’s arm blows up, which it may not, let’s at least give Tanaka a shot to show the Yankees he’s still the dominant pitcher he was the first half of last season and during his decorated career in Japan.What a novel idea.
A BITTER row has erupted between France and South Korea that could see the 431 km Seoul – Pusan TGV line delayed by more than the four years already likely because of problems with civil engineering work (RG 12.96 p777). The problem stems from a decision last December by France’s privatisation commission not to permit the sale of the Thomson Multimedia group to Korea’s Daewoo Electronics.The Koreans took it badly, demanding renegotiation of contracts with French suppliers – such as the deal which sees GEC Alsthom and its partners building prototype trains and providing know-how for Korean companies to build their own TGVs (RG 11.96 p735). French emissaries travelled to Seoul to try and smooth things over, but they returned empty-handed. Worse, the Koreans accused the French of ’yellow racism’, with President Kim Young Sam saying that France could not be trusted to keep its word. The French have not exactly handled the situation with aplomb. It seems that the Thomson-Daewoo deal was announced before the privatisation commission had given its ruling, and attempts to explain to the Koreans that the commission was an independent body met with incomprehension. Calling off the deal was seen as revenge for Korea’s previous cancellation of air defence contracts in favour of American companies that had allegedly offered hefty bribes to the then President Roh Tae Woo, now serving a gaol sentence for corruption.The freak cold weather in France in early January that immobilised TGVs for hours (RG 2.97 p82) prompted the Koreans to set up a formal investigation to see if TGVs suffered from ’critical defects’. They also took the opportunity to suggest that the Seoul – Pusan TGV contract be renegotiated. This may turn out to be cover for further problems with the civil engineering work – there are indications that the 300 km/h line may not be ready until 2010. o
Barcelona’s clash with Real Madrid on December 18 could be thrown into chaos by pro-Catalan independence protestors.A group called ‘Tsunami Democratic’ have more than 18,000 supporters and have called for them to meet in four different locations close to the Nou Camp before El Clasico.They plan on gathering four hours before kick-off, which is at 7pm GMT, and have issued a rallying cry on social media. Many of the supporters also have tickets for the game, meaning there could be increased tension in the stadium.Originally, the first Clasico of the season was supposed to have been played on October 26 but it was postponed due to security issues in Catalonia.In the autumn, nine Catalan separatist leaders were jailed and Tsunami Democratic flooded the city’s El Prat airport with protesters, costing millions as it was brought to a halt.El Clasico is watched by millions of fans all over the world and those protesting inside and outside the stadium could have their pro-Catalan independence message beamed to the masses.Tsunami Democratic said: ‘In an exceptional situation, it is necessary to act exceptionally.’‘At this time, an important part of the Catalan population suffers from exclusion for ideological reasons.‘It cannot exercise fundamental rights without repression, nor can it exercise his right to self-determination. In addition, dozens of people are or have been arrested simply for exercising and promoting these rights.‘After verifying the impossibility of agreeing with FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF the opportunity to make visible, in the stands and on the pitch, in an effective form, the call for dialogue that Spain ignores, Tsunami Democratic commits to doing so.‘For this, Tsunami Democratic convenes a massive concentration on December 18 at 4pm outside Camp Nou. So far, more than 18,000 people have signed up to the call.‘Many of these people, with tickets or membership [of FC Barcelona], have already received the relevant slogans and have organised to develop the actions planned for a day that will be followed by 650 million people around the world.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Federer salutes the crowd Federer, 38, hit 34 winners while Belgian Goffin could only manage eight.He will face Grigor Dimitrov or Alex de Minaur in the last eight.“It was great. David didn’t have his best day either, he was struggling,” said Federer. “I was down on the score early so had to come back mentally.“But then when I was up a break I started to feel like he wasn’t playing the same way and I was very happy with my level of play.”The third seed had dropped the first sets in both of his opening two matches, but played with a swagger when he beat British number two Dan Evans in 80 minutes in the last round.That form continued against Goffin, with the Belgian winning less than half Federer’s total of 83 with 39.Federer booked his place in the quarter-finals for the 13th time in New York with a stunning passing shot down the line and remains on course to face world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals – a rematch of the epic Wimbledon final which the Serb won in a fifth-set tie-break.And should Federer make it to the last day for the first time since his defeat by Djokovic in 2015, he could come up against Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal for the first time at the US Open in the final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Roger Federer cruised into the US Open quarter-finals, thrashing 15th seed David Goffin 6-2 6-2 6-0 in just 78 minutes.The Swiss five-time champion fell a break down early in the first set but then won six games in a row to establish control in the fourth-round match.
DES MOINES — Drivers in Iowa who linger too long in the left-hand lane of an interstate or four-lane highway could face a $100 fine under a proposal that has advanced to a House committee.Representative Gary Worthan of Storm Lake is a truck driver and he often sees motorists driving way below the speed limit in the left-hand lane. “I have followed two cars driving side-by-side for miles that I wanted to pass with a truck…You get close to that road rage type situation where you just want to strangle somebody,” Worthan said this morning, with a laugh.Many trucking companies now install a device on a semi to control the truck’s speed in an effort to save fuel costs and Worthan expects more trucking firms go that route.“One guy’s truck will go 65 and the other one will go 66. It takes about four miles for a truck to pass and that backs up traffic,” Worthan said during a subcommittee meeting, “so the problem’s going to get worse instead of better.”Susan Cameron Daeman, a lobbyist for the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association, said the group backs establishing a new fine for loitering in the left lane.“Law enforcement isn’t interested in this so that they can write tickets,” Cameron Daeman said. “They’re interested in this so that the roadways can be safer and we’ve all been on interstates, especially Interstate 80, where you have truck traffic side-by-side and then you’ve got someone that is pushing them.”Representative Jon Thorup of Knoxville is a state trooper and he said a fine might help spread the message that the left lane is for brief use while passing.“It is astounding how many people will not move over out of the lane even if I’m driving and I have my lights and siren on,” Thorup said. “It is amazing how many people do not look in their rear view mirror or maybe they have their radio on so loud they can’t even hear the siren.”Legislators working on the bill may add language to make it clear driving in the left lane on an urban freeway during crowded, rush-hour traffic would be permissible for longer periods of time. The State of Illinois recently established a $120 fine for motorists who hang out in the left lane.
If you thought you smelled smoke in the air on Saturday, you were not imagining things, nor were you alone.Palm Beach County Fire Rescue’s Captain Albert Borroto issued a statement Saturday morning that it all originated in the Everglades.“There are no active brush fires currently in the county. This smell of smoke is coming from fires outside the county and it is being pushed in by the weather front that was predicted to move in this weekend,” Borroto said.Improvement is expected through mid-morning as daytime heating will increase the wind which will help the atmosphere mix and disperse the smoke more easily. pic.twitter.com/tcVq4TmxKj— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) May 9, 2020 However, officials added that the weekend smoke was unrelated to several wildfires that have been burning in Florida’s Panhandle since last Monday.The Five Mile Swamp fire in Santa Rosa County burned through more than 2,000 acres and destroyed at least 17 homes, according to the Florida Forest Service.Rather, the reason for Saturday’s smoky air was due to the Moon Fish Wildfire that was discovered on Thursday at the southeast corner of Big Cypress National Preserve and close to the Everglades National Park boundary.According to a news release from Laurie Humphrey, Big Cypress’ lead park ranger, the fire was “human caused,” a truck fire. The person was cited, she said.By Friday evening, the Moon Fish Wildfire was covering about 12,181 acres, and was burning through sawgrass and cypress as aerial and ground crews tried to contain it.The National Weather Service also said smoke from fires in the Everglades could impact visibility over portions of South Florida during the early part of the weekend.
Facebook8Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County EDCThurston EDC is hosting an “Expanding Your Business in China Workshop” June 29, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 4220 6th Avenue SE, Lacey.With the world’s largest population, China is the second largest economy as well as the second largest importer and consumer in the world. China has now entered a new development stage when consumption keeps increasing, indicating enormous potential for the growth of imports.In the next five years, China is expected to import products and services valuing more than 10 trillion U.S. Dollars, which provides a historic opportunity for enterprises across the region to enter the huge Chinese market.
HOLMDEL – A technology company with a history of working with the military, including Fort Monmouth, will be the first to occupy space at the former Bell Labs complex, now called Bell Works.Holmdel Mayor Eric Hinds said Symbolic Systems will be the first official occupant of the 2,000,000 square-foot Bell Works, currently undergoing a massive renovation under owner Somerset Development of Lakewood.Regarding the hotel/conference center, Hinds would only say that a deal “is close but not done. We’re hopeful for an announcement by July. We hoped to announce it last January.”In addition to the new tenant, local officials will soon launch a fund-raising effort to cover the costs of relocating the municipal library from the basement of Township Hall to a new 18,000 square-foot space inside Bell Works, donated by Somerset. The township must supply construction, equipment and furnishings.Symbolic Systems Inc., a provider of information technology, data engineering and software development is currently located in an office building at 106 Apple Street, Tinton Falls. Other offices are located in Aberdeen, Maryland, where many former Fort Monmouth employees and personnel transferred to the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) after the New Jersey base closed in 2005.Founded by Frank Ponzio Jr. in 1968, Symbolic Systems, Inc. also works with private industry, the federal Dept. of Defense, and government entities. Its Maryland facility was established as part of the federal BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) process. Ponzio holds several patents for his inventions and designs.Fort Monmouth, which is still owned by the Army, has been on an almost parallel course with Bell Works to attract technology and business tenants.“I’ve been frustrated, but it’s best I remain positive,” Mayor Hinds said last week. “I’m excited about all the activity going on now. About two dozen solid companies are in the loop but nothing has closed. My biggest hope is that the hotel/conference center would take a substantial piece, leading to a lot of other synergistic tenants. The vision is to make Bell Works the East Coast Silicon Valley. It has that history.” He said prospective tenants include primarily technology companies and professionals, including a certified public accounting firm, a law firm and an engineering company. Most are from New Jersey.Bell Works also envisions retail, restaurant, and entertainment uses, creating an indoor “town square” for Holmdel.Somerset President Ralph Zucker told the Two River Times on May 26, “Bell Works has received much interest including letters of intent from potential tenants. Although (we are) unable to share specific information at this time due to legal reasons, we are excited to see the vision of Bell Works come to life.”“The public can expect to see a completely revamped pedestrian street spanning the entire length of this magnificent building. Everything that cluttered the atrium has been removed to create an incredible cathedral-like space,” he added. Internationally renowned architect Eero Saarinen designed the building in 1959.Bell Works was recently featured in filmmaker Daniel Arsham’s “Future Relic ‘03”, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. According to Beckerman PR of Hackensack, Somerset’s public relations representative, Arsham’s team reached out in 2014 through Bell Works’ architect, Alex Gorlin. Arsham, a fan of Saarinen’s work, visited the 473-acre site and deemed it the “perfect location.”“The building is so far ahead of its time,” Mayor Hinds said. “The infrastructure is there for mixed use. A lot of capital is being spent. In fairness to Somerset, it is a challenging time in New Jersey. I’ve met with people from the state’s ‘Choose NJ’ economic development program. New Jersey is not doing a good job driving business into it; we’re doing a good job of driving business out. There are not enough large employers south of the (Driscoll) bridge. It’s going to take six to eight years for the building to be fully occupied. We need to be patient, realize the right vision, and get the right mix of tenants.” Hinds said that commercial real estate firm Garibaldi Group of Chatham has been working on securing tenants for Bell Works for over a year, but much work had to be done before it could be marketed.As far as the donation of space for the township library and learning center, Deputy Mayor Gregory Buontempo said, “Ralph Zucker wanted to do something positive to make the building part of the community.” Other options for the relocation and expansion were considered but discounted due to high costs. “Having it inside Bell Works saves taxpayers the extra financial burden.”“We want a dynamic library that will accommodate today’s needs and Holmdel’s future needs,” Buontempo said. “We hope to kick off the effort in the next few months with the goal of raising $1.8 million.”Township Architect Anthony Iovino is working with Somerset Development on the design. Iovino has previous experience creating libraries and studied Saarinen’s work in school.“At first I was concerned about locating the library in a multi-use building,” Buontempo said. Our architect told me it’s just the opposite. Minneapolis put their library in a mall and attendance went up 400 percent. Times have changed and libraries are evolving. Now I think it’s a home run.”“Somerset is willing to help us move in sooner,” Mayor Hinds said. “We want to be in sooner than later. It will be more than a library. It will be a community heartbeat.”Toll Brothers’ plan for 40 estate homes and 185 “active adult” carriage homes on the main interior road leading to the building remain on hold. In its agreement with Somerset, Holmdel officials built in a stipulation that residential construction cannot begin until 20 percent of the building is leased or occupied.“That’s how we protected ourselves,” Hinds said. The homes, which generated significant controversy among local opponents, must also undergo the lengthy approval processes of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.