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) MGN ImageALBANY – New York’s Senate and Assembly has voted to allocate $40 million toward fighting the Novel Coronavirus in New York State.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a news conference Wednesday that there are six cases so far in the state.Since the outbreak, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the state additional funding to conduct its own testing, but the Governor says he wanted $40 million allocated toward combating the virus.“I think first, as a piece of legislation, it was critical, these quarantines, when we say someone has to be quarantined or we have to set up a congregate quarantine facility, you need the legal authority to do that,” said Governor Cuomo. Cuomo says the federal funding allows the state to conduct 1,000 tests per day within the week.Not everyone in the state agrees though, Local Senator George Borrello says the legislation excessively expands the duties of the governor.Speaking to other lawmakers in the state capital, Borrello says the allocation is more like a “power grab” by Governor Cuomo.“While I fully supported the funding appropriation, I could not support handing the Governor the power to act unilaterally during any event he deems an ‘emergency.’ The bill would have given him sweeping and sole authority to suspend and alter any state or local law or rule and issue directives,” explained Borrello. “It unnecessarily added language to allow the Governor to declare a wide spectrum of events as ‘disasters’ – even blight — giving him ultimate authority.”Borrello says during his time as county executive, he had several crises arise that required quick action by the county legislature to approve emergency appropriations, not the executive office.“Those occasions were never used as opportunities to expand the power of the executive and diminish the role of lawmakers,” said Borrello. “Had I attempted such a move, my colleagues would have voted “no” and rightly so. Many of my fellow legislators in both the Senate and Assembly, and from both sides of the aisle, expressed serious concerns with the overreach in this bill. That is why I could not, in good conscious, vote in favor of this measure.”The U.S. outbreak began in January. Since then, six people have died from the disease; all of them were from Washington State.
The Ghana Olympic Committee has secured scholarships for two sports coaches to train abroad through the Olympic solidarity.The Two coaches, Ibrahim Issah of the Ghana Swimming Association and Taekwando coach Martin Prince Oppan were selected by the GOC after a screening exercise to meet the selection criteria for the courses abroad.Swimming Coach Ibrahim Issah has already left the country for the international coaching course in Budapest Hungary while Taewkwando coach Martin Prince Opan will leave for America on September 27 to take part in an international coaching enrichment certificate programme at the University of Delaware in Colorado Springs.In a related development the Ghana Olympic Committee has also secured Olympic solidarity scholarships for four athletes to prepare towards the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.The athletes are made up of two swimmers, Kwaku Addo and Ophelia Swayne, weightlifter Juliana Arko and Abram Ayittey, a badminton player.
DES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds is again lobbying President Trump and his Administration on ethanol policy.The EPA has signaled it will appeal a court ruling that sided with the ethanol industry and against some of the EPA’s waivers that let small oil refineries skip blending ethanol into gasoline.“We don’t think they should appeal it,” Reynolds said. “We think they should let it stand and that should be something that they implement nationwide.”Reynolds and other ethanol advocates have argued many of the hardship waivers for oil refineries were not warranted and a federal court agreed.“We’re going to continue to reach out to the White House and say: ‘Let it go,’” Reynolds told Radio Iowa.A federal court ruled in January that any oil refinery waivers granted after 2010 should be extensions. The policy would significantly limit the number of waivers the EPA could grant. The Trump Administration has until March 24 to make a decision on whether to appeal. Groups representing farmers and the biofuels industry have been voicing their objections to an appeal.“Families in my state are looking at each other across the kitchen table this morning and wondering why the president through this appeal would try to prolong this fight between farmers, the EPA and oil interests,” said Dave Walton, who raises corn, soybeans and livestock on a farm near Wilton on eastern Iowa. “It’s kind of baffling to us.”Walton, who is active in the Soybean Association at the state and national level, said the waivers impact the biodiesel industry, too, and it would be “a kick in the teeth” if the Trump Administration sides with the oil industry and appeals the ruling.“This issue could destroy President Trump’s relationship with leaders and voters across the heartland,” Walton said.National Corn Growers Association president Kevin Ross, who farms near Minden in southwest Iowa, said the potential appeal has injected more unneeded uncertainty into the marketplace.“This is a united front from agriculture, our biofuels groups and other supporters of the decision,” he said during a conference call with Midwest reporters which Walton joined, too.If the court ruling stands, the number of oil industry waivers from biofuel blending requirements would be drastically reduced in the future. The oil industry argues forcing small refineries to blend ethanol into gasoline puts a financial strain on small refineries. Farmers and biofuels groups say the waivers have depressed demand for ethanol and biodiesel.