A bonafide shower was reported along the San Diego (405) Freeway corridor shortly before sunrise. Any rain is welcomed, since the Southland just suffered through its driest season on record, with only 3.21 inches between July 1, 2006 and the first of the month. “It happens, but it is fairly rare,” Bruno said, adding that monsoonal moisture typically starts streaming in front the south around midsummer, bringing the prospect of thunderstorms. The most rain fell in the mountains, but only a fraction of an inch. The Antelope Valley got about a hundreth of an inch, Bruno said. The record rainfall for the date in downtown Los Angeles is 0.08 of an inch, set in 1986, he said, adding that the average for July is 0.01 of an inch. Rain. Imagine that. Well, it is not enough to quench parched hillsides, but a rare summer rain did fall across most of the Los Angeles basin overnight and this morning and a 20 percent chance of rain or thundershowers is forecast for today. “A few areas may get lucky and few hundreths of an inch,” said Meteorologist Dave Bruno of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. In general, it doesn’t really rain in July. “There are several days in the month that it’s never rained” in about 130 years of record-keeping, Bruno said. The most it has ever rain in July is 0.24 of an inch, and that was in 1886, he said. Big raindrops first started hitting the streets last night, and light showers were reported around the region overnight, possibly contributing to an accident in which a vehicle crashed into a Starbucks in Sherman Oaks.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Freelancers often operate on a tight budget – and that means wrestling with money decisions. Sure, you should invest in your business’ success; but what’s a good investment, and what can you live without? These are the 4 things I’ve never regretted putting money into – and I think the same is true for most freelancers!SkillsI am a big – nay, a huge – believer in investing money in building skills.Numerous studies have shown that experiences – not material goods – are what we gain the most satisfaction from after a purchase. Putting your money into skill-building is, at its core, investing in yourself… and that’s invaluable.Continuing education not only keeps you professionally competitive; it also opens your mind and keeps your thinking flexible.Invest in a great class. Purchase sessions with a reputable coach. Heck, explore a interesting skill altogether tangential to your freelancing career; it’ll make you a more intriguing, well-rounded person, and that’s the kind of person clients want on their team.Tools that help you rise to the next levelI could, technically speaking, do all of my freelance writing on generic software – and the quality of the writing would be about the same.I invest, however, in slightly more expensive name-brand software because it’s the industry standard – it makes working with clients much easier, and (most importantly) it brands me as a professional.It might be superficial, but image is everything: You’d never see a pro athlete out of top-of-line sportswear, so treat your own business to the same level of professionality.Join the Union (it’s free!)Become a memberTools that make your life easierFrom an internal perspective, if there’s a tool out there that makes your life significantly easier, then by all means get it.If a tool will help you eliminate time-wasters or do tasks more accurately, or if it will help you work markedly faster, better, and more efficiently… it’s probably worth the money.From the dawn of recorded time, humans have been using tools to make their working lives a bit easier. If a new laptop is going to be unspeakably better than your current unreliable machine, it’s worth sucking up the cost.GOOD marketing materialsAgain, this may seem not seem fair. The freelancer with the generic, white-paper flier may be every bit as good as that guy with the great website, but Joe Generic is less likely to get the gig.It’s worth investing in good marketing – both online and offline – in order to make a great first impression.Aim for memorable, clean, readable marketing materials; make sure to check twice for accuracy. Strongly consider investing in expert help, like a graphic designer or website developer.You don’t need to pour your money into these areas all at once; take it slowly, step-by-step, building your business as you go.Invest judiciously in your freelancing, and it will invest in you – landing you better clients, more consistent work, and an easier, more self-sustaining lifestyle.Kate Hamill lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.
Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo will return to action against Real Betis on Wednesday after serving a five-match suspension, as the champions look to keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona.Ronaldo was sent off during the Spanish Super Cup win over Barcelona on August 13 and banned for five matches after pushing the referee, meaning he is yet to feature in the league this season.The Portuguese hitman struck twice in his only appearance since the incident, a comfortable 3-0 win over Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League last Wednesday.Youngster Borja Mayoral and Gareth Bale struck for a weakened Madrid on Sunday as they beat Real Sociedad 3-1, but as well as Ronaldo, Marcelo and Toni Kroos are expected to return after suspension and injury respectively.Despite the impressive display against a previously unbeaten Real Sociedad, Ronaldo’s return will be vital for Madrid as they look to take advantage of a soft fixture schedule over the next two months to push rivals Barcelona.The Catalans, who face Eibar on Tuesday, sit top of the table and are four points ahead of Madrid who are in fourth place.Barcelona were rocked by Ousmane Dembele’s injury during their 2-1 win at Getafe on Saturday, with the French winger set to miss around four months with a ruptured hamstring.Madrid’s home clash with Betis marks the start of a run of league fixtures which, on paper, they should win, including home games against Espanyol, Eibar and Las Palmas.”If we carry on like this we can do a lot of damage,” said Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane after his side’s win in the Basque Country.advertisement”We’re back on track but we’ve got to keep going because there’s another game on Wednesday.”Mid-table Betis have not beaten Madrid in the league at the Bernabeu in 19 years and only five times in 51 attempts.If they are to defeat them on Wednesday, they will need experienced winger Joaquin, 36, and summer signing Andres Guardado, 30, to continue their excellent form.”They are like kids in a school yard, they give it back to the guy that gives it back to them,” Betis coach Quique Setien said of the midfielders.”(Guardado) is a footballer I can’t describe, extraordinary. He has enormous quality and an enormous work rate. Just like Joaquin, they are reference points for the team.”
Michy Batshuayi Chelsea team news: Batshuayi & Hazard start against Crystal Palace Stephen Darwin Last updated 2 years ago 21:08 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Michy Batshuayi Eden Hazard Crystal Palace v Chelsea Crystal Palace Chelsea Premier League The Belgian striker is a direct replacement for the injured Alvaro Morata, with David Luiz also back in the starting XI having served a suspension Michy Batshuayi has been given the nod to start against Crystal Palace as Antonio Conte attempts to cope without injured striker Alvaro Morata.Eden Hazard is also in to make his second start of the Premier League campaign, with Willian getting the nod ahead of Pedro, who is left on the bench.Brazil international David Luiz is also back in the starting XI having now completed his suspension for the red card he received against Arsenal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Hazard. #CRYCHE pic.twitter.com/mkJlVrLaAR — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 14, 2017 For Crystal Palace, meanwhile, Wilfried Zaha makes his second appearance of the 2017-18 campaign having returned from a knee injury.Chelsea starting XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Hazard.Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Scott, Musonda, Pedro.Crystal Palace starting XI: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Sakho, Schlupp, van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Cabaye, McArthur, Townsend, Zaha.Subs: Henry, Tomkins, Fosu-Mensah, Riedewald, Puncheon, Sako, Kaikai.