NY Eyes Extra Revenue But Forecasters Warn About New Virus

first_imgPhoto: Jim Bowen / CC BY 2.0ALBANY — New York could see at least $700 million in extra tax revenue through March 2021, but the state’s economic outlook is nonetheless uncertain because of the new coronavirus outbreak.The state’s latest economic forecast says the spread of the disease could end up severely restraining global and domestic growth and hurting global supply chains. But forecasters say a quick resolution to the outbreak could make the economic outlook less bleak.The governor and Legislature’s annual consensus forecast was released Sunday — the same day that the state confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in a woman who had recently returned from Iran.Amid worries about how the outbreak might affect the state’s economy, there was some good news: The forecast estimated that the state could have at least $700 million in extra revenue over the next year, and two separate reports by the state Senate and Assembly say New York could see even more money, predicting over $1 billion more in additional tax revenues through March 2021. Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are currently discussing how to use any extra revenues in the state budget, which is due by April 1.The state’s Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and fiscal watchdog groups are calling for more money in the state rainy day fund in case the economy worsens. Liberal advocacy groups want the state to direct more spending to education and the state’s increasingly costly Medicaid system serving 3 million low-income New Yorkers.The consensus forecast says the national economy will keep growing but at a slower pace due to declining global growth, a tight labor market and the waning impact of 2017 corporate tax cuts.The report estimates that personal income and wage growth will increase over the next two years but also at a slowing pace. Any increase to interest rates could also hit New York particularly hard, forecasters warn. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Construction starts on Hamilton’s Gallery House One project

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago Brookfield Residential Properties general manager Lee Butterworth said the success of the project proved that quality, riverfront property was in high demand in Brisbane.“Turning the sod on Gallery House One is a major milestone — made all the more significant by the fact we have simultaneously successfully launched the second phase of the project, Gallery House Two,” he said.“We have partnered with Multiplex to build these apartments to the highest standard and are looking forward to delivering our buyers their dream home.”Brookfield Residential Properties has already delivered six apartment buildings at the neighbouring Portside Wharf retail and residential community.Mr Butterworth said the company’s footprint in Northshore Hamilton would eventually total $1.3 billion — making up a fifth of the entire $5 billion urban renewal project, the largest of its kind in Queensland.The Northshore Hamilton Priority Development Area (PDA) covers 304 hectares of land, with a two kilometre river frontage. Developments are assessed and approved by Economic Development Queensland.“Brookfield recognised the potential of the Hamilton riverfront early and moved to control up to six hectares of unused State land that we have transformed from a disused industrial area into a thriving waterfront community,” Mr Butterworth said.“Our Portside Wharf development was the catalyst for the rejuvenation of Northshore Hamilton and a transformative project for the entire suburb.“Gallery House will continue this legacy, ensuring the Hamilton riverfront builds on its reputation of offering some of the best living opportunities in Queensland.”Gallery House One offers one, two, three and four bedroom apartments with balconies up to 240sq m. The building is topped with a residents-only rooftop sanctuary featuring resort-style amenities, including a 20 metre infinity pool, lounge and barbecue area.Remaining apartments in Gallery House One start from $419,000, with two penthouses available starting from $2.295 million. L-R Graham Cottam (Multiplex), Greg Chemello (EDQ) and Lee Brookfield Residential Properties general manager, Lee Butterworth, at the official sod-turning to mark the start of construction at Gallery House One.CONSTRUCTION at Brookfield Residential Properties’ Gallery House One project has begun, with the first sod turned yesterday.The start of works on the $140 million tower, which is now 80 per cent sold, comes as the project’s second and final tower — Gallery House Two — debuts to the market with $34 million in sales from registered buyers. Both towers, when completed, will form part of the $5 billion Northshore Hamilton riverfront precinct redevelopment.last_img read more

Lady Charger Volleyball Teams On The Winning Side

first_imgNorth Decatur High School Girls Varsity Volleyball beat Rushville Consolidated High School 3-0. 25-18, 26-24, 25-23.The Lady Chargers top Rushville in 3 sets! We came out with a lot of intensity tonight and it was great to see the girls play as a team! We minimized unforced errors in regards to missed serves and passed the ball well.   Chargers Scoring: Kara Muckerheide set 97/100 with 32 assists, 3 kills, 5 blocks & 5 digs; Olivia Bohman adder 8 kills, 3 aces & 10 digs; Erika Kramer tallied 12 kills & 9 digs; Madelyn Bohman 11 digs, 7 kills & 4 blocks; Olivia O’Dell 7 digs & Anna Burkhart 5 digs.   The JV team won in 2: 25-17 & 25-14.   Abby Hartman & Erin Schwering each had 5 kills. Sami Luttel adder 12 assists & Brittany Krieger totaled 12 digs.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Ashley Gauck.North Decatur Girls 7th Grade Volleyball beat Edinburgh Schools 2-0. 25-13, 25-20.7th Grade North Decatur girls Volleyball defeated Edinburgh in 2 games in their first game of the season.  25-13, 25-20.Hannah Gorrell and Claire Kinker led the team in serves with 15 pts and 9 pts. Sydney Rohls and Ally Witaker led the team with 7 perfect passes each. Kelsey Haley had a strong night of setting to assist Hannah Gorrell for 6 Kills.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Molly Waechter.last_img read more

Munster Under 21 hurling decider

first_imgLimerick go in search of a second Munster title in three years when they face Cork at the Gaelic Grounds, in a repeat of the 2011 provincial final.The winners of that one will face Galway in the All Ireland semi finals.Despite fine wins over Clare and Tipperary to date, Limerick corner-forward Peter Casey says nothing can be taken for granted tonight. Kilkenny await the winners of the Ulster final pairing of Derry and Down.Derry have been beaten in the last three Ulster finals, while Down haven’t won since 2004.Both of tonight’s games throw in at 7.30. Photo © Tipp FMlast_img

Dodgers keep adding pitching on 2nd day of draft

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Beeter, 21, had Tommy John surgery in December 2017. He recovered to record eight saves as a redshirt freshman in 2019 though with some control issues (20 walks in 20 2/3 innings). He was Texas Tech’s top starter this spring, making four starts before the shutdown. In 21 innings, he had a 2.14 ERA with 33 strikeouts and four walks.Beeter’s improvements in this spring’s abbreviated college season were a challenge for the Dodgers’ evaluation but turned out to be a common thread in their eventual picks.“I guess when it’s all said and done, we bought into these upticks and these trends up in this four weeks of season,” Gasparino said. “We kind of bought in on all these guys. We think it’s real. We think it was going to last throughout the season, and in some ways it gave us a little bit of advantage if other teams didn’t and we got what we thought were really good talent.”The Dodgers’ fourth-round pick fit that profile as well. Switch-hitting catcher Carson Taylor from Virginia Tech struggled in last year’s Cape Cod League while playing with a broken hamate bone in his right wrist and batted just .152. This spring, Taylor was hitting .431 with a 1.230 OPS in 16 games before the sport was shut down.In the fifth and final round, the Dodgers took another college right-hander — Gavin Stone from Central Arkansas. After posting a 1.52 ERA last season, Stone was 3-1 with a 1.30 ERA and a .161 batting average against in four starts this spring. One of those starts was a nine-inning no-hitter against Southeastern Louisiana during which he struck out 13 and walked one.Draftees have until August 1 this year to sign. Starting Sunday, teams can sign an unlimited number of undrafted players but signing bonuses are capped at $20,000. The final pick of Thursday’s fifth round came with a slot value of $324,000.“We’re going to try to turn over every stone. I don’t have a great feel for what the answer would be,” Gasparino said. “I do think our track record of development and our success with later round picks is really going to help us when we go to sell our organization. Because it really is a recruiting process at this point.“I would take our chances against any other team in executing and really trying to sell these guys and who we are and what we’ve done and what we’ve done in the past. I’m excited to be able to do that. I just don’t have a real good grasp on the reality of what $20,000, you know, how enticing that is. It won’t be for everyone and it might not be for many.”Gasparino said the Dodgers are putting together a recruiting video to send to undrafted players they target.“We’re gonna pull out all the stops,” he said. “Maybe Magic Johnson will call a few people, maybe Dave Roberts. We’re gonna try to do our best here — whatever you can think of that’s legal in the recording world.”Related Articles Leading up to this week’s draft, Dodgers director of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino said the talent pool was deep, particularly in college pitching. He used four of the Dodgers’ six picks in a shortened draft on some of it.After taking Louisville right-hander Bobby Miller with their first pick in this year’s draft on Wednesday, the Dodgers chose two more right-handers as the draft continued Thursday — East Tennessee State’s Landon Knack in the second round (the 60th pick overall) and Texas Tech’s Clayton Beeter with the competitive-balance pick (66th overall) received from the Minnesota Twins in the trade for Kenta Maeda.“We’re fired up. We just got a lot of velocity, a lot of pure stuff,” Gasparino said Thursday night. “It’s big. It’s right handed. It was the strength of the draft, and we just took advantage of it.”In the third round, the Dodgers took speedy outfielder Jake Vogel from Huntington Beach High. Vogel was the only prep player chosen by the Dodgers this season. He has committed to UCLA but the 100th pick overall comes with a slot value of $581,000. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “He’s a dynamic athlete,” Gasparino said of Vogel. “He’s only 5-11, 190 pounds but it’s a 70 runner with a big arm and it’s plus center field defense. He’s got power. He’s just a really physically-gifted kid that missed some of last summer with a back injury and that came out this fall and early spring and performed really well and kind of really shot up our board.”If Vogel signs rather than attends UCLA, he might enter the Dodgers’ system as the fastest player in the organization.“If it’s not the top it’s top two or three,” Gasparino said. “This is like running back, sprinter speed — strong, explosive, powerful strides. He can really get after it.”Knack, 22, was a fifth-year senior at East Tennessee State this spring after pitching for a junior college (Walters State in Tennessee). Undrafted out of high school, Knack’s development was set back by injuries to both shoulders in high school and at junior college — a torn right labrum in 2015 and a dislocated left shoulder in 2017. Both injuries occurred while he was running the bases.Knack had a 2.60 ERA over 15 starts (97 innings) last season and showed increased velocity this spring while posting impressive numbers in four starts before the sport was shutdown — 51 strikeouts and just one walk in 25 innings. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more

All in with Shannon Spake: Fox Sports’ broadcasting polymath is always on the move — literally

first_imgIn high school and college, Spake said, she had to wake up at 5 a.m. to go to swim practice on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On top of that, she had practice every day after school, not to mention meets on Saturdays.Spake said her life began to move “in a positive direction” once she moved to New York after college in 1999. But she credits swimming as the element that gave her the foundation for that push. Swimming, she said, kept her on the rails as much as it could.While Spake was in New York, those rails took her through positions at Nickelodeon, CBS News and HBO. A reporter/producer position WCCB-TV brought her to Charlotte in 2003, and in 2005, she began the NASCAR reporting/hosting portion of her career at Fox Sports’ Speed. In 2006, she left Speed for ESPN.Then, while Spake was working for ESPN in 2014, the rails brought her back to swimming … and biking … and running.Another chapter in Spake’s life, another reason to go all-in.* * *These days, Spake’s workout routine borders on excessive. In 2014, when she started training for her first triathlon, the bar was lower.Spake’s passion for endurance training is the result of the kind of break that no longer exists in her calendar. The 2013-14 college basketball season had ended, and she had four months before college football season would bring her back to work.Most would have selected Spake’s other option — sitting around and drinking wine for a few months. But she likes to stay motivated. “Not busy; motivated.” She instead followed the lead of some NASCAR drivers who had been competing in triathlons.”I was like, ‘All right, I was a swimmer in high school,’ I had already run a couple of marathons in ’05 and ’06, so I knew that I could do the distance thing.” Spake said. “I knew that I had the discipline to train, and I was like, ‘Might as well just try it.'”That year, she trained for and competed in a sprint triathlon (0.5-mile swim, 12.4-mile ride, 3.1-mile run). She loved it. The next year, she trained for and competed in an Olympic triathlon, double the distance of the sprint. She loved it.In 2016, Spake signed up for her first 70.3, also known as a Half Ironman. For this level, she needed a trainer, and he installed the training regimen Spake continues today. View this post on Instagram (FOX Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/df/dd/shannon-spake-family-082019-foxjpg_mrpa3h5edwz61kf8gb867fmkd.jpg?t=-1256736868&w=500&quality=80 (FOX Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b4/fc/shannon-spake-082019-foxjpg_10teslq0ij077116a9e5jeygxk.jpg?t=-1256930204&w=500&quality=80 (FOX Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f/d8/shannon-spake-082019-fox-ftrjpg_1mbh1wj7g26dv18lkua6oy6wb8.jpg?t=-1331445884&w=500&quality=80 Spake describes her routine as “pretty manageable.” You be the judge. The following is her weekly schedule in the fall.Monday is swim day: “I’ll wake up, get my kids up, my husband will drive them to school, and I’ll go to the pool. I’ll swim for an hour, hour and a half, go home, take a shower, come here (Fox Sports).”Tuesday is bike day: “I do the same thing; get my kids up in the morning. If it’s a long bike, I’ll get on the bike before they get up. If I have a five-hour bike ride, I’ll get up and get on the bike by 4 a.m. so I can get two or 2 1/2 hours done before they wake up. And plus, if I have to be (at work) at noon, and I have a six-hour bike ride, I have to get on the bike by 5 or 6 a.m.”Wednesday is for running. During NFL season, Thursdays are her off-days: “I’ll wake up and kind of get some stuff done. I’ll do some prep work (for the game she’s covering that weekend).”On Friday, she flies to the location of the game, but not before she gets in her long run for the week. When it’s not football season, Spake on Friday bikes and runs (typically a half-hour bike ride followed by a three-mile run). On Saturday, she’ll run 12 or so miles — sometimes more, sometimes less depending on the stage of her training.Spake insists endurance training is a bigger challenge mentally than it is physically. When she runs, she listens to podcasts to avoid letting her mind wander. “Because if you do, it’s going to tell you to stop.” During long bike rides on her Peloton, she watches NFL games. For somebody so busy, multitasking is key.”I love the discipline, and I love the structure,” Spake said. “I love the fact that I knew today I had to wake up and do an hour bike ride, and then tomorrow I have to run nine miles.”It makes me a better person doing something for myself because — I think it was Kelley Earnhardt who told me (this), and I picked up on the analogy — a lot of moms are always filling other people’s cups: the work cup, or the kid cup, or the husband cup, or the family cup. And then you go, well, where’s the time and the energy to fill my cup?”I need to fill my cup. This does that.”* * *In 2016, Stanford’s football home opener against Kansas State received a jolt of electricity. Christian McCaffrey, then a junior for the Cardinal, returned a punt 98 yards for a touchdown. The play didn’t count; it was called back due to a penalty. But it still sticks with Spake, who was reporting for Fox on the sidelines that night.”I had never seen a human being move as fast as he did,” Spake said of McCaffrey, who now plays in the NFL for the Panthers. “And he’s 10 times the athlete now than he was when he was at Stanford.”Witnessing the athleticism of professional athletes is “100 percent” what Spake enjoys most about covering the NFL, which she has been doing for Fox Sports since 2017. Part of the reason: Despite her unusually strong endurance, she does not consider herself athletically inclined.”I’m not a very balanced person,” Spake stated frankly. “If I were to try to run a route, I’d fall all over myself. I can’t shoot a basket. If I try to dirt bike or mountain bike with my husband, I fall all over myself. But I can go and do some of these endurance things.” See you tomorrow! @atlantafalconsA post shared by Shannon Spake (@shannonspake) on Nov 25, 2017 at 7:45am PST* * *Spake isn’t sure if she experiences pain because she’s a 43-year-old who runs 70.3s, or if she experiences pain because she has two rods in her back.Regardless, the pain does come; it’s the downside of Spake’s hyperactive lifestyle.But the payoff is worth it. Sure, the pride associated with endurance racing is great, but Spake insists the best parts about Ironman events are the people and the relationships.Spake, who is an Ironman Foundation Ambassador, said the foundation is hosting a massive service project at Ironman Florida this year to rebuild structures that were destroyed by the hurricane last year. Such service projects are commonplace around Ironman events.”When people ask me how a race goes, the race part of it is, to me, it’s what allows me to experience everything around it,” Spake said. “The physical part, it allows me to kind of experience all these beautiful things around it.” Spake was training for her next athletic achievement, and she needed a twist to her Saturday morning run, a new source of focus. Nothing motivates the 43-year-old more than her husband, Jerry, and identical twin boys, so her house, as part of a newly configured running loop, would serve as her water station. She would be able to use her own family as a checkpoint, of sorts.This particular Saturday was Jerry’s birthday, and the air conditioning in Spake’s house was broken. That wasn’t expected to be a problem. Spake’s husband would welcome the repair man at 7:30 a.m. while she was on her run. Sure enough, when Spake reached her house for her final water checkpoint of the morning, Jerry was dealing with the A/C repair man.Spake’s husband, though, gave her a look of frustration upon her arrival; the dog had given Jerry the last thing he wanted on this already chaotic birthday — a nice dropping inside the house. She felt obligated to delay the rest of her run and clean up the poop herself, so she did. Her two boys, fixated on their iPads, didn’t even notice their mom’s brief visit.”I am never going back to the house again,” Spake told Sporting News with a laugh as she recalled her reaction. “Like, once I’m on my run, I am not going back!”Now Spake’s Saturday morning runs — you know, just your typical, 19-mile jogs — go relatively uninterrupted. “I’m just there to have a good time and to use it as training for Chicago in October,” Spake said.That training seemingly never stops. Spake the human — both as an athlete and as a broadcaster — never stops, either, save for the couple hours before she goes to bed each night. That time is reserved for wine.So, make that two things that can stop Shannon Spake: dog poop and wine. The only thing that can stop Shannon Spake is dog poop.The veteran sports broadcaster found out the hard away about a year ago. Many recognize Spake for her work with Fox Sports, where she handles all anchor duties for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series races and pre-race shows, co-hosts “NASCAR Race Hub” on FS1 and reports from sidelines at NFL and college basketball games.Few know she is a badass athlete herself.When Spake encountered the dog poop last year, she had already run 14 of her 19 miles that day. She was training for Ironman Florida, a full Ironman triathlon that consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a 26.22-mile run. The event was postponed when Hurricane Michael slammed into Panama City, Fla., in October. Spake, who had been granted a week off from her NFL reporting duties to race in the triathlon, instead entered the New York City Marathon, which was scheduled for the same weekend.Having trained for a 140.3-mile triathlon, Spake was “more than ready” for NYC.Imagine running a marathon — especially that marathon — and thinking, eh, piece of cake.This weekend, Spake will compete in an Ironman 70.3 (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, 13.1-mile run) in Michigan, her second 70.3 in the span of one month. When she runs in the Chicago Marathon in October, it will mark her fourth completed marathon.This is the result of Spake’s persistence. She somehow manages all of her duties at Fox Sports while improving upon her already-ridiculous physical endurance. She does all of this while raising her two 9-year-old boys.”I’m an all-in person,” Spake explained.She has always been an all-in person. That wasn’t always a good thing.* * *While on a recent cruise, Spake and her husband were getting massages at the ship’s spa. Spake’s massage therapist encountered a surprise.”You forgot?” Jerry asked. Yep. Spake failed to warn the massage therapist of the two rods in her back.Spake was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 9. A few years’ worth of chiropractor visits later, she was told she needed surgery to address the curvature of her spine. The rods were inserted on each side of her spine, and they immediately became a massive part of her life.”I had to quit dancing; I had to quit all kinds of sports,” Spake said. “I had to take some time off of school. I had to be aware for about a year until the fusion settled.”There were kids that didn’t understand and heckled me a little bit. I always had the scar, which goes all the way down my back.”At the time, Spake didn’t know her scoliosis diagnosis and subsequent surgery would indirectly lead to the discipline and structure that continues to define her life, both professionally and athletically.Spake grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., under a single mother who worked three jobs. She said she did not have much guidance early in her life, and she often got derailed.”I didn’t have the best academic situation,” Spake admitted. “Again, I’m all-in, so if I was going to clubs at 17, I was going to clubs at 17. It wasn’t about school. If I was going out with my friends on a Friday or Saturday night, I was going out!”Beneath the surface, though, the seeds that would facilitate Spake’s rise had already been planted. With other sports out of the question in the wake of her surgery, she took up swimming, a non-impact, straight-line sport that would allow her to remain active. View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram Work. @nflonfoxA post shared by Shannon Spake (@shannonspake) on Nov 18, 2018 at 2:37pm PSTSpake understands her variation of athleticism is different than the kind possessed by the athletes she covers. But her life away from work gives her a greater appreciation of what they do, and from a mental standpoint, she can relate.For example, Spake understands how athletes enter a zone in which they can’t hear the crowd screaming. She knows all about the anxiety athletes feel before a game or a race. When she interviews an athlete, she asks the same questions she would appreciate being asked of herself before or after an event.Of course, many of the athletes Spake interviews don’t know that, distance-wise, she can easily outrun, say, Julio Jones. Yet she has never felt disrespected by a subject.”I don’t think I’ve ever given off the impression that I can relate to them physically, because I can’t,” Spake said. “I don’t know what it’s like to get in that huddle. But I do feel like I’ve spent a lot of time at practices and a lot of time watching film.”That’s a huge thing for me, and it always has been in my career, going to all those practices and allowing those players or drivers to see me giving their team and what they do as much respect as they feel like it deserves.”After all, Spake is a sports fan who grew up yearning for the NFL sideline gig she now has. And her job allows her a unique ability to blend her interests.In 2013, she began a tradition of running stadium stairs while on site at college football games. She’s proud to say she has run the steps at Wisconsin, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Alabama, the Rose Bowl and the Cotton Bowl, to name a few. Her favorite experience was reaching the highest point of Penn State’s Beaver Stadium on a Friday morning with the massive venue all to herself.Spake has run the stairs at basketball arenas and NFL stadiums, too. This football season, she plans to add to her list that already includes 35 sports venues. Done! Thank you all for the support!!! Number 4 in the books!!! 06:35:21 @im_foundation @ironmantri #santarosa703A post shared by Shannon Spake (@shannonspake) on Jul 27, 2019 at 2:16pm PDTSpake again has her eyes on a full Ironman Triathlon. After missing out on Ironman Florida last year, next year’s Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, is on her radar, though she has not yet committed.As a college football fan would, Spake described the Kona event as “the granddaddy of them all,” a daunting event due to the island’s volatile climate. The 2020 edition of Kona is tempting, she said, because she is “not getting any younger.”For now, though, Spake will continue with her current routine. This weekend’s event in Michigan will be her fifth 70.3. She is not shooting for a personal-best time, which is just under six hours. Simply being able to complete two half Ironman triathlons in one month is the goal.last_img read more