After Balanced Budget with Sustainable Revenues, Moody’s Revises Commonwealth Outlook to Stable

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf August 09, 2016 Economy,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Moody’s Investor Service has revised Pennsylvania’s outlook to stable from negative. This follows the final enactment of the commonwealth’s 2016-17 budget that is balanced and includes sustainable, recurring revenue.“The 2016-17 budget was an important step forward, and Moody’s revision of Pennsylvania’s outlook to stable from negative reflects that fact,” said Governor Wolf. “Working with Republicans and Democrats in the legislature, we completed a budget that is balanced and includes sustainable, recurring revenue. When I came into office, following years of unbalanced budgets, the commonwealth faced a structural deficit of more than $2 billion. Now, we have made significant progress in reducing the deficit, but we still have more to do and I look forward to continuing to work with the legislature to fix the commonwealth’s deficit.”Moody’s said the following:“Moody’s Investors Service has revised the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s outlook to stable from negative… Still, the 2017 budget fight represents some improvement: the legislature and governor agreed on a budget, and a government that had been unable to pass new revenues in 2016 was able to do so in 2017.”For the entire report from Moody’s, see below: After Balanced Budget with Sustainable Revenues, Moody’s Revises Commonwealth Outlook to Stablelast_img read more

Why buyers are buying total hovels in Brisbane

first_imgBut Ray White East Brisbane marketing agent Ryan McHarg said that the condition of the property had done little to deter potential buyers. “Inquiries have been good. They are quite lengthy as you can’t get inside the house so people have a lot of questions about what needs to be done,” he said.“But structurally, it looks to be okay. There was a fire in one room but a lot of it looks to be cosmetic.” Elvis was ‘king’ when this house was last renovated 22 Deighton Rd Dutton Park. Pic Mark Cranitch.“Within this dilapidated circa 1920 home lies VJ interior, high ceilings, ornate timber breezeways and wide pine flooring but the overall condition and foundations have deteriorated,” the listing said. Enough said. But the property sold under the hammer in the rain for $700,000 below the site’s land value, with 26 bids in under 13 minutes. It was bought by Adam and Laura Barbaro, who only laid eyes on the interior of the property when the contract settled on May 13. But with vacant land becoming harder to find in Brisbane’s inner suburbs, buyers are no longer afraid to take on a project, injecting some sweat equity in to a complete rebuild or a jaw-dropping transformation.Here we look at the worst houses in the southeast corner, and revisit some of the hovel homes that have sold this year. PROPERTY PORN: Mansion ‘record-breaker’ up for grabs 50 Deighton Road Status: Under Offer On the market for offers over $2.5 million, Mascotte — which means lucky charm or something that brings luck to a household in French — is packed full of character features.But its restoration is “not for the faint hearted”, according to the listing. *** ZILLMERE 22 Deighton Road As a result, young buyers were not afraid to get their hands dirty, she said.Ms Navarro said demand often outstripped supply in The Gap so older houses were proving popular with buyers determined to get in to the leafy suburb, which is popular due its hiking and cycling tracks.*** DUTTON PARK Status: Sold, Knocked Down, New BuildA new Hampton’s-style house now stands in place of “Australia’s worst house”. The original house, which was part of a deceased estate, had fallen in to total disrepair, with its owners Rina and Ryan Zlatkin building a modern home in its place.That house is now available for rent for $1095 a week. “The buyer was a 24-year-old first homebuyer who is good with hands, good at woodworking and general maintenance, that sort of thing,” Ms Navarro said.Ms Navarro said the buyer was keen to buy locally, and wasn’t put off by the resident termites.“The block itself is probably slightly smaller than the average in The Gap but it is in a gorgeous area,” she said. “A lot of first home buyers want the same great Australian dream as their parents achieved, and want to live in the area they grew up in.” The original house at 50 Deighton Rd at Dutton ParkMs Zlatkin said the original house was a lost cause, with termites making a meal out of the property.“We couldn’t even go inside the house,” she said. “The floorboards, ceilings and stumps had collapsed.“But we still had to jump through a lot of hoops in order to knock it down as it was in a heritage area.“How are you mean to renovate a house you can’t even enter?” From hovel to hot property The termites had moved in to this house in leafy The Gap, but that didn’t deter buyersListed for offers over $460,000, this property was marketed for its land value, with an added “bonus house”.Achieve Real Estate agent Nicole Navarro said there had been a good mix of buyers, from renovation teams and builders to first home buyers looking to get their foot on the ladder.But she said the house was “termite ridden”, which scared off a lot of the competition. The house obviously touched the hearts of the vandals who gained access to the house. Pic Mark Cranitch.“Laura’s dad is a builder and he specialises in renovations,” he said.“His first house was a rundown bikie house at Moorooka and his second house was a rundown Queenslander at Camp Hill.“He texted Laura and told her we should have a look at houses like this one and do it up.”And that’s what the couple plan to do. They hope to renovate the ugly duckling and turn it into a swan they can call home. Once an iconic Queenslander, this house just screams “unloved”. So much so that there is even danger warning tape cordoning off one room, and it would seem that even the exterior paint has vacated the property. It looks all right from aboveShe said the property offered an “awesome opportunity” for a buyer with a vision to create a brand new home on the site.“It is a no hoper at the moment,” she said. “But its on a great street, in a great location and it just needs the right buyer to take it on.”*** PADDINGTON And the new house that stands on the same spot nowMs Zlatkin said she knew the minute she saw the original house that it would have to be demolished.“It had no hope in hell,” she said. “But we were attracted to its location and possibilities.“We knew it would have its challenges, and it sure did, taking four years to get from start to finish.“We had to engage a whole heap of professionals, even renovation professionals, even though we knew there was nothing to save.“But we decided to be brave and take it on … I am a big believer in change and new opportunities.” Status: Sold for $665,000When the word “salvage” pops up in a listing, you just know you have your work cut out for you.Sold by the Public Trustee, this house is located on the same street as another house that was dubbed “Australia’s Worst House”. Status: Sold for $467,000 Adam and Laura Barbaro at the delapidated house they bought at Dutton Park. Pic Mark Cranitch.“It was worse than we thought it would be,” Mr Barbaro said. “It was shocking, in fact.“The doors weren’t falling off but it was pretty grubby and gross, and the foundations aren’t great.”Mr Barbaro said the house was surrounded by security fencing after squatters broke in, with sleeping bags and graffiti still littered throughout the house. But the couple saw past its exterior. There weren’t many photographs of this renovators delightMr Hadgelias said Mascotte would have been one of Garfield Streets grandest home back in its heyday, and the new owners, who are “seasoned renovators”, were keen to make it their home.He said that there had been plenty of local and interstate interest in the property, but it was local buyers who knew the value of its position. *** DUTTON PARK Status: Under Contract Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59DILAPIDATED, derelict, abandoned. These are the words often used to describe some of the no-hoper houses listed for sale.And you know a house is a total hovel when aerial images only are used for its marketing, or the residence is considered merely a “bonus” to the land it sits on. MORE NEWS: Vacant lot values in Brisbane have jumped 9% in 12 months BARGAIN BUY: Australia’s ‘cheapest house’ in Rockhampton comes with a catch The only other photographs of this “free house” were aerial shotsThis one is being marketed as “Land Value + A Free House”, which says it all really. Listed with Ray White Aspley Group, the property does have its positive points, like “the monster block” it sits on, which is surrounded by houseproud neighbours.Agent Angela Duncan said the property was “probably unliveable” and “not photogenic” in its current state, but it could be cleaned up and renovated. Status: Auction, June 1 4.30pmWhen an agent describes a house as a “mystery box”, and openly declares that there is no “doctored real estate photos or styling to make a property present better than it is”, you may just want to shield your eyes and hold your nose, even pop on a hazmat suit.This one is a mess. 45 Garfield Drive .Mr McHarg said the “bones” of the property appeared to be intact, and the house had been well-maintained until the “unpaying tenants” moved in.“This would suit a buyer who can look beyond the damage,” he said. “It could be a first homebuyer, an investor, a flipper.“It could also suit someone wanting to upgrade from a unit to a house. “I have also had a lot of calls from parents who are wanting to get their kids in to the market.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago Built in the early 1920s, Mascotte was owned by the vendor for 32 years, but needs some love.Ray White Paddington agent Max Hadgelias said the new owners were Paddo locals, and planned to do an extensive renovation on the house.“There were some rooms that you couldn’t even enter because of structural issues so it is a big job but it is, in my opinion, in one of Paddington’s best spots,” he said. 32 Grant Street The vandals who got their hands on this property seem to love Kylee but hate SteveThe house itself has been deemed unliveable thanks to squatters and vandals so potential buyers are not even allowed inside to inspect it.Every wall has been kicked in or sprayed with graffiti, and there is even signs of a fire in the front bedroom. 55 Koorong Street Rina Zlatkin and her sons Ryan and James Zlatkin at the site of the home once dubbed the worst in Australia. Saturday February 16, 2019. (AAP image, John Gass)What now stands in the place of “Australia’s worst house” is a contemporary, Hamptons-style home with five bedrooms, a modern kitchen and open plan living spaces. Ms Zlatkin said they were thrilled with the end result but would now take a break to “recover from the process”.“In cases like ours, a one-size-fits-all approach is not realistic,” she said. Despite its rough exterior, some of the character features are still intact at Adam and Laura Barbaro’s delapidated house in Dutton Park. Pic Mark Cranitch.*** WILSTON *** THE GAP Call in the TV reno squad!But like so many dilapidated houses in Brisbane’s sought-after suburbs, buyers looked beyond its ugly duckling exterior and saw its potential, and its enviable block size and proximity to the city. BIG SALE: Massive $6mn sale in Rinehart stretch But there are some sweet character features still intact.Agent Mario Sultana of Place Newmarket said they had received over 150 inquiries about the property prior to the auction.He said that bids got to $955,000 at the auction, but they were later able to secure a successful offer of $980,000.“It was bought by a young couple with three children,” he said. “They plan to fully renovate it, and are in the process of going through architects now.“I dare say it will be a million-dollar renovation but if you wanted to buy a fully-renovated house on a block like that in Wilston, you would easily be paying over $2 million anyway.”*** MARSDEN 67 Vardon St Status: Auction, June 8 at 3pm 47 Birch Streetlast_img read more

Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler returns to DL before rehab start for Quakes

first_imgRANCHO CUCAMONGA — If he needed reminding, Walker Buehler was reintroduced to the charms of Cal League baseball on Tuesday night.At Dodger Stadium, organist Dieter Ruehle serenades home team strikeouts with the opening bars of Beethoven’s Fifth. At Rancho Cucamonga, they play the LoanMart jingle, in honor of the ballpark’s title sponsor.Optioned to the Class-A Quakes on Friday after a hectic week that included a pointless round trip to Oklahoma City (where he was scheduled to make a rehab start but didn’t), Buehler’s status changed late Tuesday afternoon when he was moved to the Dodgers’ disabled list.That made his outing for the Quakes technically a rehab start. He went three innings, pitching to one batter in a fourth, against the Angels’ Inland Empire affiliate. He threw 41 pitches, 30 of them strikes, and heard the sponsor’s theme five times while giving up two hits and one walk. Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense In retrospect, Buehler was asked, if he could do it over would he rather not have tried to make a rehab appearance on the major league level, as he did last Thursday against the Cubs?“That’s kind of the beauty of this organization,” he said. “We made that decision as a unit. I was asked … It didn’t work out the way we wanted, but that’s OK. We’re on the same page, and if we ever have to do it again it’ll go better.”ALL-STARSThere was a time when the All-Star managers filled out the roster for the midseason exhibition and often did so by loading it with players from their own team. That time has passed. Roberts will manage the National League team this year but he said the manager no longer chooses any of the players.“I don’t. I get zero,” he said. “In years past, you’d see managers pick five, six of their own guys. I don’t have one choice actually.”The addition of player voting in recent years narrowed those choices. Now the commissioner’s office handles it all, Roberts said.“It’s become a lot easier on the manager,” he said. “Basically, you have the fan vote and the player vote, then the commissioner’s office is filling out the rest. It’s kind of a good thing and a bad thing for the manager.”TV GUIDEThe Dodgers and KTLA have reached agreement to simulcast five more games on KTLA/5 and SportsNet LA.The five simulcasts are all home games starting with the World Series rematch with the Houston Astros on Aug. 4 at 6:10 p.m. There will be three more simulcasts in August – Aug. 15 at 7:10 p.m. against the San Francisco Giants, Aug. 20 at 7:10 p.m. against the St. Louis Cardinals and Aug. 31 at 7:10 p.m. against the Arizona Diamondbacks.The final scheduled simulcast will be Sept. 4 at 7:10 p.m. against the New York Mets.SportsNet LA’s pregame show will also be aired as part of each simulcast, starting 40 minutes prior to the first pitch.ALSOIt is “status quo” with injured relievers Tony Cingrani, Pedro Baez and Josh Fields, Roberts said.“They’re still moving along but it’s not going to happen in the coming week as far as activation,” he said. “We still have some time with those guys.”The Pirates placed right-hander Joe Musgrove on the DL Tuesday with an infected index finger on his pitching hand. Musgrove was scheduled to start Wednesday.UP NEXTPirates (TBA) at Dodgers (LHP Rich Hill, 1-3, 4.68 ERA), Wednesday, 5:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Staff writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this notebook.Related Articles Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Buehler came out after giving up a leadoff triple to Brandon Marsh in the fourth inning and then went right to the bullpen to complete his work for the evening. He threw “18 or 20 pitches, another inning basically,” he said.His velocity was around 95-96, and he said he “felt like the ball was coming out of my hand fine, and the offspeed stuff was sharp, so that’s the big thing.”The question now is how much more work Buehler will need to do before rejoining the Dodgers’ rotation. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he expects Buehler to throw a bullpen session this weekend and then almost certainly make another rehab start to increase his pitch count. Before Tuesday, he had thrown just one inning since going on the DL on June 8 with a microfracture in a rib on his right side.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“If you look at three (innings) and 45 (pitches) tonight, if he throws an extra one on the side after the third inning and potentially goes five next time … it could change but I think if we look at it, two rehab starts is very plausible,” Roberts said.That would leave time for Buehler to make one more start with the Dodgers before the All-Star break. Roberts acknowledged that Buehler would “not necessarily” have to wait until after the break to rejoin the Dodgers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Muhamed Bikić: Once Journalist, forever Journalist!

first_imgBorn on May 23rd 1973 in Sarajevo, where he finished elementary and high school, and then graduated from the Faculty of Law in Sarajevo. Mr.Bikić finished master studies at the Faculty of Sports and Physical Education, on the topic “Attitudes and personal traits of national team players in team sports and of sports journalists in BiH”, also in Sarajevo. He is one of the founders of the idea of sports law in BiH, and his master thesis was precisely about that, where he sublimed sports, law, journalism and psychology. He is a longtime sports journalist in written and electronic media.Loyal readers know you as an extraordinary journalist and connoisseur of sports, both in BiH and in the world. Moreover, they know you for the books you have written and for the show “As exkluziv”. Can you tell us how your love for sports was born and when you started doing shows?I have been in this job since I was a student and I have always loved sports and football. I was almost a rising star for Željezničar, of Igman from Ilidža. However, spending five continuous years in the army impacted on my sporting career. Truth is, I used to imagine myself as a good attorney, but I never managed to definitely decide and say ‘enough’ to journalism and go to an office. The unwritten rule is that attorneys are the best journalists, and there is also the famous saying ‘once a journalist, always a journalist’. I started editing and hosting shows on Hayat TV: “Sportski vremeplov” and “Hayat Sport”, and now on TV Alfa “As exkluziv”. In terms of other electronic media, I was working for TV Sarajevo and I worked in printed media for “Dnevni avaz”, “Ljiljan” and in “Avaz sport” where I still work. I also write for the web portal “Al Jazeera Balkans”. I have written books such as “Hadžijsko drvo”, “Po(r)uka” and “sportskivremeplov.ba”.[wzslider autoplay=”true”]In the show “As exkluziv” you had an opportunity to talk to many famous individuals from the world of sports. Can you single out two of the most important shows and share details with our readers?So far, I have hosted 115 episodes of the show. It all started with the legendary Ivica Osim, then there was Safet Sušić who left for Mundial in Brazil almost straight from the studio, then Mehmed Baždarević, who told his life story in “As exkluziv” right after being appointed the coach of BiH national football team. Our guest for the 100th episode of the show was Amel Tuka, currently the best BiH athlete. This project received numerous recognitions and the greatest recognition of them all is the judgment of the auditory, because this show is one of the most commented on via social networks and is being watched all around the world. Everyone eagerly anticipates the show on Sunday at 8 p.m. and if they do not make it on time, they can watch the show on YouTube.May 2, 1996 is the date remembered by the majority of people in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the day when Sarajevo and Željezničar played their first derby after the end of the war in BiH. That day was especially emotional because the former President Alija Izetbegović started the game. Can you share with us the memories of that day?I spent the entire period of aggression on BiH in Sarajevo, as a member of the Army of RBiH and precisely at the Square of Heroes, near the stadium of Željo. Many people dreamt about the day of the return on Grbavica. Destiny wanted several of us, who were near Grbavica during the aggression and watched Željo’s stadium, our pride, as in Tifa’s song “Grbavica”, to witness that historical sport event in different roles. Edin Sprečo, the legend of Željezničar, member of the first champion generation and active in the defence of Sarajevo and BiH, got out onto the field together with the first president of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina Alija Izetbegović, who kicked the game off. The final result of the 66th league match was 1:1. On that May 2nd, nearly 20.000 spectators gathered at the almost completely demolished Grbavica. The entire western wooden stand no longer existed, because it completely burned on May 4, 1992. The north stand was still in function although devastated as well, but it was somehow prepared to host the blue and Bordeaux fans who left the devastated Grbavica that day satisfied. The truth is that war scars were visible in every corner of the Valley of Cups, on the east and south stands, but the joy, pride and satisfaction were in the air. Because, the city derby is eternal and the Grbavica song is eternal as well…In your expert opinion, what is the current situation of football in Bosnia and Herzegovina? Can you make a short analysis?Regarding the national championship, I believe that the quality of BiH football will increase with the shortening of the league. This past season showed that a step forward was made. However, more investments must be made in BiH football and infrastructure because good results cannot be expected without adequate conditions.BiH is rich in talented football players who are appreciated in great clubs around the world. Those same football players, when invited by the coach, play for the national team. In your opinion, when will BiH play in the World Championships again? Is talent enough, or football cannot exist without politics?Qualifying for Mundial in Brazil was a great success. We almost qualified for the Euros, but I hope we will be participants among the best national teams in the world again. Talent? Of course it is important, but a lot of work and persistence are needed, too. When it comes to politics, I always avoid it in my shows and any public performances. There is no room for politics in sports.Interview by Zejna SYlast_img read more

Cancun combi driver ignores ambulance siren causes accident

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — An accident between a public transport van and an ambulance has left five injured.The accident occurred Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Cancun when a private ambulance crashed into a combi. The crash took place at the crossing of the Francisco I. Madero (Route 4) with CTM.The ambulance, who was on a service call, collided with the combi when it failed to yield to the siren. Reports say that upon seeing the damage, the combi driver fled the scene.The impact caused a rebound that ended in a private car also being involved. Firemen arrived to tend to potential chemical spillage from the vehicles.Police and paramedics arrived to transfer the injured, most of whom were from the combi, to hospitals. Nearly 20 people were involved in the three-car accident.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more