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) Image by Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.ALBANY – New York’s unemployment rate went up to 14.5 percent in April, according to recently released numbers from the New York State Department of Labor.The State Department of Labor called April the “largest monthly employment drop on record.” Nationally, the unemployment rate for April was 14.7 percent.“We went from about 50,000 calls on a maximum per day at the Department of Labor dealing with unemployment calls to a high of 8 million calls a day now averaging about three million calls,” said New York State Budget Dir. Robert Mujica.Mujica said when the pandemic began, the state had a staff of 500 people to deal with claims. That number then bumped up to over 3,000 and is now 7,000. He said the state hired five outside contractors to “staff up quickly.” “We’ve gotten $10 billion out the door, so we now have over two million New Yorkers. So 100 percent of full-time employees are New York State workers. The vast majority of the private contractors are using New York State employees,” he said.The largest hit sector has been leisure and hospitality. The virus has also taken a toll on small businesses. On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced additional state assistance.“New York State is starting its own small business relief program working with private banks. We have over $100 million available to make loans to small businesses,” he said.Cuomo said the priority will be for minority and women owned businesses with 20 or less employees and less than $3 million in revenues.
It happened again, 10 years later. The Mets suffered another walkoff loss after a muffed popup.Dominic Smith joined Luis Castillo in the franchise’s Hall of Shame on Friday by allowing a routine ball to drop and a runner to score from first base with two outs. The Giants’ Alex Dickerson did the hustling this time, sliding home with the only run in a 1-0, 10-inning San Francisco victory. MORE: Watch live MLB games all season long on fuboTV (7-day free trial) Castillo is still an internet meme after dropping Alex Rodriguez’s popup to shallow right field at Yankee Stadium on June 12, 2009. Mark Teixeira, running all the way, followed Derek Jeter home and scored the winning run in a 9-8 Yankees victory.Smith committed his gaffe while charging in from left field on a ball hit by Pablo Sandoval. The converted first baseman pulled up as he saw Mets shortstop Amed Rosario approaching, and the ball fell in. Smith relayed the ball to third baseman Todd Frazier, who fired to the plate, only to see that Mets catcher Wilson Ramos was on the opposite side of the dish and not ready to receive the throw.MORE: Smith says he doesn’t want to be tradedSmith and Rosario had a similar mixup last season, also against the Giants, with similar results: The ball fell and the Mets lost in extras. That game was at Citi Field, however, so the Mets had a chance to rally. Smith said he was having flashbacks to that play on Friday.Here’s Dominic Smith on the final play of tonight’s game. He said last year’s collision with Amed Rosario on a similar ball was on his mind. pic.twitter.com/YO7Qm9gg46— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 20, 2019If you want to choose which error was worse, here are the videos: Castillo and then Smith. The good news (maybe) for Mets fans is that the team won the next day in 2009 and Castillo had two hits against the Yankees. We’ll see how Smith and the Mets respond Saturday in San Francisco.
Bennett made the statement after England’s narrow 20-18 semi-final win over Tonga but Kangaroos prop David Klemmer said those kind of mind games won’t engender any complacency in the Australian squad.Klemmer insisted Bennett would instil belief in the England squad that they could upset the host nation. “That’s just how Wayne is,” Klemmer said when asked about Bennett’s remarks.“He is probably trying to take the heat off England at the moment, but we know what they are capable of.“They have attacking strike across the park, big bodies and they are very passionate about representing their country. “Wayne Bennett is one of the greatest coaches in rugby league and he will probably have some sort of plan for us this week and he’ll be telling the England fellas how to beat Australia. We know we are up for an almighty fight.”Bench forward Wade Graham expects a better England performance than in the opening pool clash where Australia put the game to bed late to win 18-4.Graham said Bennett had “seen and done it all” and did not believe his defeatist remarks.“I don’t read too much into that,” Graham said.“We are expecting a better version of them and they are expecting a better version of us [than the first World Cup clash].“It was our first game together in the tournament when we met each other and both teams have no doubt improved in a lot of areas.”Klemmer said losing Josh Hodgson to a knee injury was “massive” for England but added that replacement James Roby would be up to the task.He knows the class of NRL stars James Graham and Sam Burgess in the forward pack only too well.“I versed them in that first game and it was tough in the middle. They are both fierce competitors and love playing for England so we will have to be on our game,” Klemmer said.“England had a bit of a scare against Tonga last week but they are a world class outfit.“That first Test against them was pretty tough and we knew the back end of the tournament we’d be versing them somewhere.”Meanwhile, Graham said the opportunity to play in a World Cup final was not on his radar at the start of 2017.“It has definitely gone beyond the goals I set at the start of the year,” he said.“After the Origin period there was a down part there with the loss [by NSW], and Origin takes a lot out of you physically and mentally.“Then my focus was on the Sharkies and we bowed out not where we wanted to.“To get an opportunity to be in this Australian squad and play as many games as I have, I am over the moon.“Mal names the team Tuesday and to potentially be in position to play a World Cup final is something I never would have dreamed of.”