April ended on a cool and somewhat damp note Monday with highs way below average, only in the mid- to upper 50s around Clark County. As much as I love April, my birthday month, I am glad to see it go. Those cool and wet days were a little much.Today is May Day, and in ancient times, May 1 was considered the first day of summer while the actual summer solstice on June 21 was considered midsummer. Regardless, there are many celebrations today around the world in many countries.It appears we get to warm up and dry out again Wednesday through Friday. There is a forecasted upper-level low in the atmosphere that will infringe on our activities over the weekend. However, it is still up in the air if and how much rain will fall. Most likely there will be varying amounts of clouds and sunshine, and highs in the 60s. Maybe showers over the Cascades and coastal mountains.Meanwhile, enjoy the few days of summerlike weather this week. April was a little wetter than normal and only slightly warmer than average, but not by much. It seemed like a cool and wet month, maybe because we got most of the rain in a short period. When it rains it pours, it seems? April is a spring month, yet winter retreats reluctantly.May can be a majestic month, sometimes less cloudy than June. There’s early warmth thanks to longer days and the weakening of weather systems generated in the Gulf of Alaska; foliage and flowers burst with greenery and color. It is a wonderful time of the year. Can’t you smell the lilacs?Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him athttp://patricktimm.com. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.
MGM China is racing the clock to finish some of its highly-anticipated The Mansion luxury villas in time for Chinese New Year in early February 2019. But the company remains on track to launch its premium mass President’s Club gaming area before the end of this year.The latest update to progress on MGM COTAI’s high-end offerings was delivered by MGM China CEO and Executive Director Grant Bowie during MGM Resorts’ 3Q18 earnings call on Wednesday, with the company having earlier announced a 37% year-on-year increase in net revenue to HK$4.8 billion from its Macau operations for the quarter. RelatedPosts APE completes new installation of Konami’s “Fortune Cup” at MGM Cotai The Mansion, a private enclave housing 27 villas ranging in size from 215 to 570 square meters each, is seen as the last piece in the jigsaw for MGM COTAI’s VIP plans, with five junket operators expected to be up and running at the property in early 2019.“President’s [Club] will be ready before the end of the year, in December,” Bowie said, “and we’re working really hard to get some of the Mansion villas available for Chinese New Year.“We have good grounds to think that’s going to happen, so that’s a big positive for us.”While MGM enjoyed strong growth in 3Q18 on the back of MGM COTAI’s 13 February 2018 launch, much of that growth came from the mass market segment with VIP at MGM COTAI contributing just HK$65.2 million.Asked about the prospect of ramping its VIP operations at a time when the segment is exhibiting signs of a slowdown, Bowie said, “Clearly market conditions in China are a little more volatile … but the critical point I’ll make on junkets is that there still seems to be a lot of liquidity.“What this seems to be is much more of a controlled pause rather than the effect of running out of liquidity which is really critical in that segment. So I think what we’re all expecting is a little softness for a little while until we stabilize.“But once we get the President’s Club done and the Mansion done and all those construction things out of the way, we’re very, very positive that it will allow us to build our base.” Load More MGM China enters into new revolving credit facility Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests