Don’t laugh. Here me out on this. It actually may be time to seriously consider that question.The reality is that upstate and downstate New York have been living separate lives for years in terms of priorities.For decades, upstate New York’s quality of life has been protected by a balance of power in state government thanks to a Republican majority in the state Senate, which provided checks and balances to the largely downstate-driven Democratic leadership. That changed in November 2018 with the Senate Democrats taking a 40-seat majority, joining an impenetrable 107-seat Democratic majority in the Assembly and the election of a Democratic governor to a third term.With no Republican majority to serve as a safety valve to stop or at least mitigate some of their extreme, regressive policies, the newly emboldened Democratic majority has passed a litany of measures destined to turn the “Empire State” into the “Empty State.”New York leads the nation in out-migration of residents to other states. More than 189,000 people left the state just last year and 1 million over the past decade. The weather is not why many people left, as our governor has suggested. And it’s not the federal government, as this exodus has been happening for years.It’s the extreme downstate agenda that has driven people and jobs out, making New York one of the highest taxed states in the nation. Our state consistently leads the nation in highest taxes and is on the list as one of the worst places to retire. The ascendancy of the Senate Democratic majority is only making this geographic discrimination against upstate more obvious and pronounced.I, and many of my Republican colleagues in the Senate and Assembly, have been and will continue to be a strong voice to speak up for upstate and our quality of life. But it may be time to try a new approach to the upstate/downstate divide.My colleagues from western New York, Sen. Joseph Robach (R-Rochester) and Assemblyman Stephen Hawley (R-Batavia), are sponsoring legislation for a non-binding referendum to gauge public support for the separation of upstate and downstate New York into two separate states. I never seriously considered this proposal until recently. But it’s becoming clearer each day that something outside the box must be done to protect upstate’s quality of life and get downstate’s attention that we exist and we matter. Should upstate become the 51st state? Maybe it’s time to see what the voters think.Sen. Jim Tedisco (R-Glenville) represents the 49th State Senate District, which includes parts of Saratoga, Schenectady and Herkimer counties and all of Fulton and Hamilton counties.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Instead of offering solutions to reverse those alarming statistics, such as lowering taxes, capping state spending and removing obstacles to private-sector job growth, in the past month, the governor and legislative majorities have passed one of the most extreme and radical agendas this or any other state has ever seen.For instance, the governor’s budget proposes to eliminate $60 million in AIM (Aid and Incentives to Municipalities) funding affecting more than 90 percent of towns and villages across the state, especially those cash-strapped municipalities upstate.This is just the beginning of the downstate Democrats’ radical reshaping of our state.This is against the backdrop of the governor’s recent announcement that he wants to give away $3 billion in taxpayer-funded incentives to lure Amazon to New York City.Meanwhile, parts of the 49th Senate District have no broadband or cellular coverage, which is essential for economic development and communications.The governor is in his ninth year of office and I’ve yet to hear a coherent upstate economic plan from his administration.Unfortunately, upstate New York has been an afterthought of the downstate political establishment for a long time. We are like a “flyover state” to them. Categories: Editorial, OpinionShould upstate New York become the 51st state?
As part of the scheme, five Indonesian male gymnasts will go to Japan in April to train for 10 days. International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) president Morinari Watanabe has vowed to improve the sport’s popularity level. Watanabe, of Japan, who took the helm of the federation in 2016 from Bruno Grandi, is trying to provide access for countries to develop gymnastics through what he calls the Family Strategy. “We didn’t promote [the sport]. We didn’t give a lot of money for the athletes. Now that’s changed. For example, the world championship only provides minor prizes and now we are trying to change that as gymnastics is a major sport,” he said. Ita, meanwhile, said her team planned to organize a festival in each region first before holding the major one in the capital. The sport often struggles to fund training for athletes abroad as its lack of popularity has determined the government’s attention toward it. Indonesia currently only has one single promising talent, Rifda Irfanaluthfi, who competes in artistic gymnastics. Rifda won silver in the floor exercise at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra, and brought home one gold and three silver medals from the latest Southeast Asian Games in Philippines last December. Despite its status as the mother of sports, gymnastics is still struggling to gain popularity. The sport, which has introduced stars like Simone Biles and Nastia Liukin to the world, is still finding its place, especially in countries where gymnastics is not well supported. “We have to make it interesting. We must change from [only providing a] sport to also [offering] entertainment. Other sports have done that,” he said. Unlike soccer world governing body FIFA, the FIG does not have a development program that distributes funding for national federations. FIFA, through its FIFA Forward Development Program, provides funding for its members with limited financial capacity as aid that can be used for the federations’ daily operations and to design long-term plans. Watanabe’s seriousness in developing Indonesian gymnastics was also seen from his remark where he wanted to make Indonesia the world training center and that the FIG would donate all the equipment required for the facility. However, he said the plan could only be realized if the government could provide the space for the training center first. In Indonesia, gymnastics has also found a similar struggle as the sport has not met with popular support even though it has the potential to boost the country’s achievements in a multi-sports event. “The international federation cannot support every country in the world. We can say, ‘we will support it,’ but the reality is we can’t,” he told journalists. Therefore, he has developed a strategy to assist the gymnastics community in countries like Indonesia in getting access to better training facilities offered by countries with strong gymnastics traditions. The Family Strategy hailed by Watanabe sees the FIG act like a father with strong gymnastics countries like the United States and China playing the role of older siblings. Indonesia and other countries which are trying to develop the sport are treated like junior siblings. In 2018, the FIG started to move further with its development program by naming a development officer for the African continent with the delegate working “to address Africa’s peculiar challenges and to help accelerate the development of gymnastics in Africa.” During his visit to the Indonesia’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) office in Jakarta last week, Watanabe explained that his federation was currently trying to expand by providing access to developing countries to accelerate their gymnastics development. “Of course the FIG is overseeing these big brothers and sisters but they [are expected] to support the developing countries,” he added. Watanabe expressed an interest in working hand-in-hand with the Indonesian Gymnastics Association (Persani) to develop gymnastics in Indonesia. In a meeting with Persani’s chairman Ita Yuliati, Watanabe said he planned to organize a Gymnastics for Life festival in Jakarta, a one-week festival that aims to promote the sport. NOC Indonesia chief Raja Sapta Oktohari said Watanabe’s visit could be an input to involve gymnastics as part of children’s basic education as the way to promote the sport could be through the inclusion of gymnastics in the curriculum.Topics :
China faces a potential second wave of coronavirus infections due to a lack of immunity among its population, its government’s senior medical advisor has warned.After months of lockdowns and curbs on travel China has largely brought the virus under control, but fears of a second wave have risen as clusters have emerged in northeast provinces and in the central city of Wuhan.”The majority of… Chinese at the moment are still susceptible of the COVID-19 infection, because [of[ a lack of immunity,” Zhong Nanshan, the public face of government’s response to the pandemic, told CNN. Topics : But he added he believed data published after Wuhan was locked down in late January, and when the central government took control of the response, “will be correct”.The novel coronavirus has killed at least 309,296 people, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP, with scientists around the world racing to find a vaccine.Zhong cautioned that a “perfect” vaccine for a disease that the World Health Organization (WHO) says may never disappear could take “years”. “We are facing [a] big challenge,” Zhong added. “It’s not better than the foreign countries I think at the moment.” Zhong, who helped expose the scale of the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), also said authorities in ground-zero Wuhan had under-reported cases during the early days of the pandemic.”The local authorities, they didn’t like to tell the truth at that time,” said Zhong, who was part of a team of experts sent to Wuhan to investigate the outbreak.”I didn’t believe that result [the number of cases reported] so I [kept] asking and then, you have to give me the real number,” he said.
SHARE TWEET By: Mary Isenhour, Chief of Staff October 28, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Education, Free The Six-Pack, Liquor Reform, Memo The 2016 fall legislative session has ended, capping Governor Wolf’s first two years in office. Working with Republicans and Democrats alike, the governor has achieved significant progress on issues that have confronted the commonwealth for years, and in some cases, decades including historic education funding increases at all levels, a fair funding formula, expanding access to health care, fighting the opioid and heroin epidemic, modernizing the sale of liquor and beer, and legalizing medical marijuana.During the fall session alone, Governor Wolf worked with leaders and members of both parties and in both chambers to pass significant legislation. Here’s four of his major accomplishments:Combatting the opioid and heroin crisisIn late September, Governor Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly to outline a set of shared, specific legislative goals that would help tackle the opioid and heroin crisis. Together with Republicans and Democrats in both the House and Senate, Governor Wolf made a commitment to prioritize helping the victims of substance use disorder and the communities that have been devastated by this terrible disease.During the fall session, we made real progress in helping the victims of substance use disorder and the communities that have been devastated by this terrible disease. The governor and legislators made significant achievements toward fighting this epidemic by passing five major bills that will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, restrict the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or in emergency rooms, establish education curriculum on safe prescribing, and create more locations for the drop-off of drugs among other important initiatives.Modernizing the sale of beer and liquorIn his first two years, Governor Wolf has worked hard with Republicans and Democrats in the General Assembly to modernize the sale of liquor, wine, and beer in Pennsylvania in order to bring the commonwealth’s wine and spirits system into the 21st century.During the fall session, the governor worked with lawmakers to approve the sale of six-packs of beer at distributors throughout the commonwealth. This legislation further enhances the customer experience by providing greater convenience and satisfaction to the residents of Pennsylvania.Legalizing ride-sharing across the CommonwealthGovernor Wolf worked with both parties in the legislature to finally pass a long-term solution for ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate everywhere in Pennsylvania.This legislation not only permanently legalizes ride-sharing, but it will also send two-thirds of the revenue derived from ride sharing in the city of Philadelphia to the Philadelphia School District to help the district continue to strengthen its financial footing. This funding is on top of the additional $97 million Governor Wolf worked to secure Philadelphia schools in his first two budgets.Since taking office, Governor Wolf has secured historic increases in his first two years:$415 million in basic education funding.$60 million for early childhood education.$50 million in special education funding.$14.6 million for early intervention$81.4 million for PASSHE and state-related schools.$16.4 million for Community Colleges.Making critical reforms to Unemployment InsuranceThe governor and lawmakers from both parties also came together to pass a necessary and critical reform bill that will provide nearly 50,000 additional people with access to unemployment insurance.This agreement brought together both Republicans and Democrats, as well as advocates in the business community and organized labor, to ensure that we help the unemployed while they try to find work. This was also accomplished in a fiscally responsible manner ensuring we are good stewards of taxpayer dollars.——These accomplishments built on Governor Wolf’s successful first two years, and while we continue to move Pennsylvania forward, there is more work to do. Governor Wolf looks forward to continuing to work with legislative leaders and members from both parties to make Pennsylvania stronger. Governor Wolf’s Four Major Accomplishments of the Fall Session SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
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SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Blog, Weekly Update On Friday, Governor Wolf signed the funding bills for Penn State, Pitt, Temple, Lincoln, and PennVet. The Wolf administration is now able to release these funds after the General Assembly passed the bills earlier this week.The governor continues to call on House Republican leaders to consider severance tax legislation for a vote. On Thursday, Governor Wolf was joined by Southeast lawmakers to urge the passage of this tax.This week, the Wolf administration announced a partnership between CVS Health and OVR’s Hiram G. Andrews Center to create jobs for individuals with disabilities as part of Governor Wolf’s ‘Jobs That Pay’ initiative.On Wednesday, Governor Wolf launched a series of public meetings to hear from small diverse businesses about the issues they face when working to get state contracts. The public meetings are part of a Commonwealth Disparity Study by the Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Small Business Opportunity.On Friday, the governor traveled to Bethlehem to announce Manufacturing PA, a new initiative that will support job-creating investments in manufacturing and workforce development.Ensuring that all Pennsylvanians are treated fairly and feel safe in the commonwealth is important to Governor Wolf. This week, Governor Wolf called on the legislature to vote on the PA Fairness Act that would extend non-discrimination provisions in state law to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation, and gender expression or identity. The governor also urged for the passing of legislation that would provide protections to victims of domestic violence.Governor Wolf’s Week, October 22 – October 28, 2017Monday, 10/23/17Governor Wolf Calls for Vote on Stalled LGBT Non-Discrimination ProtectionsGovernor Wolf Names Five New Members to Commission on Asian Pacific American AffairsGovernor Wolf Sets Special Elections for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional DistrictTuesday, 10/24/17Governor Wolf Urges Passage of Legislation to Protect Victims of Domestic ViolenceWolf Administration to Announce Partnership with CVS Health to Create ‘Jobs That Pay’ for Pennsylvanians with DisabilitiesGovernor Wolf Announces Record $690 Million in Human Services’ Recoveries and Coast AvoidanceGovernor Wolf Urges House Leaders to Hold Vote on Severance TaxWolf Administration Offers Program to Help Health Systems Seamlessly Integrate with Prescription Drug Monitoring ProgramWednesday, 10/25/17Governor Wolf to Examine Overhaul of Pennsylvania’s Professional Licensing SystemGO-TIME: DEP Grant Modernization Is Increasing Efficiency, Improving Review TimelinesGovernor Wolf Kicks Off Sunday to Level the Playing Field of Small Diverse Businesses with State ContractsBreast Cancer Awareness Month, 2017Thursday, 10/26/17Governor Wolf Announces Public Awareness Campaign Launch to Help Pennsylvanians Shop for Health InsuranceGovernor Wolf to Announces Details of New Manufacturing InitiativeGovernor Wolf: Severance Tax Right Thing To DoGovernor Wolf Statement on President Trump Declaration of Opioid Epidemic as Public Health EmergencyGovernor Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf Honor Recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the ArtsFriday, 10/30/17Governor Wolf Signs Funding for Pitt, Penn State, Temple, Lincoln, PennVetGovernor Wolf Announces $25.4 Million Investment in Clean Water Infrastructure Impacting Seven CountiesGovernor Wolf Announces Thousands of Roadway Miles Paved, Hundreds of Bridge Projects Initiated this YearGovernor Wolf Moves to Protect Senior Programs with New Lottery InitiativeGovernor Wolf Launches New Manufacturing PA InitiativeHighlights from The BlogOctober Jobs That Pay Update: #AmazonInPA, Launching Google Skills, Moving Jobs from NYC to the Lehigh ValleyHighlights from TwitterIt’s past time the legislature pass a full non-discrimination law covering sexual orientation & gender identity. https://t.co/Q8iKUGYGn1 pic.twitter.com/Wes6l3E71p— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 23, 2017 October 27, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Weekly Update: Signing State Related University Funding, Calling for Shale Tax Passage, Supporting PA Jobs and Business PA should no longer be the only gas-producing state without a #ShaleTax. The PA House must hold a vote this week. https://t.co/MH9GTvOIQa— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 24, 2017
IT’S been a seven months since the Mickan family moved into their newly built home at North Shore.The family of four has never regretted their decision to build in Townsville’s biggest master planned community, describing their four-bedroom property as their ultimate dream home.With plenty of parks, playgrounds and even a tavern nearby, the Mickans are living the life always envisioned.“We moved here from Burdell, so we already lived in the area and knew we wanted to built on this side of town,” Mr Mickan said.“We wanted a bigger block, stay close to town and I also really wanted a shed.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Jason and Nicole Mickan with boys Dylan 6yo and Hilton 8yo.Mr Mickan and his wife, Nicole, eventually found the ideal land parcel that they had been looking for – a 900 sqm block at North Shore.“We moved here in September and love it. I guess you could call this our dream home, which comes with a swimming pool and outdoor entertaining area,” he said.“We already know all of our neighbours and the kids love all the parks nearby.“We’ll be here for a long time to come and it’s nice knowing that our kids will grow up here. That this is their family home.”North Shore, located 20 minutes from the Townsville CBD is North Queensland’s largest master-planned community.
Image courtesy of Höegh LNGNorway-based FSRU provider, Höegh LNG signed a shipbuilding contract with the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries for its ninth FSRU in January. The vessel, currently known as HN2909 will have a storage capacity of 170,000 cubic meters and a regasification capacity of 1,000 MMscf/day, with full trading capabilities.On Friday, Höegh LNG, through its social media channels, showed the HN2909 hull floating at the South Korean shipyard.The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2018 and it was assigned to serve the charter deal Höegh LNG signed with Pakistan’s Global Energy Infrastructure Limited that had a scheduled start-up in the second quarter of 2018.However, following unsuccessful negotiations with GEIL, the consortium comprising Höegh LNG, Qatar Petroleum, Total, Mitsubishi and ExxonMobil, that was set to develop the project dissolved. Due to the dissolution, Höegh LNG is evaluating its options in regard to the FSRU agreement it has signed with GEIL, and is looking for alternative employment for the FSRU. LNG World News Staff
Share HealthLifestyle CARPHA expected to transform regional health sector by: – June 16, 2011 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Stethoscope. Photo credit: etftrends.comGEORGETOWN, Guyana — The Caribbean Regional Public Health Agency (CARPHA) could truly transform the health sector in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CARICOM acting secretary-general, Ambassador Lolita Applewhaite, made this assertion on Monday at the second annual partners of CARPHA conference.The meeting, which is taking place at the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Headquarters in Washington, involves CARICOM, international development partners and other key stakeholders and is aimed at securing more support for CARPHA.Participants, led by Dr Denzil Douglas, prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis and CARICOM lead head of government with responsibility for health, human resources and HIV/AIDS, will discuss the objectives for the regional public health agency in the context of regional and international imperatives for health and development.The CARPHA steering committee, led by Guyana’s Minister of Health, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, will also update partners on the status of implementation and plans to sustain that regional body, even while seeking continued international support for this step-change in public health in the region.At Monday’s opening ceremony, Applewhaite told the meeting of more than 30 partners including Canada, France, the US and the United Kingdom that the transformation of the health sector would create an enabling environment in which the economic drivers could perform more effectively and attract further investments for economic growth.“The vision for CARPHA is one of creating an environment in which our economies could draw on a pool of healthy workers. And also one in which our citizens, as well as visitors to our shores, could be guaranteed good public health facilities and regulations,” she explained.CARICOM heads of government in March 2010 approved the establishment of CARPHA to rationalise the regional public health sector to make it more efficient, effective and viable. This feat requires bringing the five regional public health agencies under one governance umbrella, pooling resources and building on existing public health knowledge and expertise across the Caribbean in order to prevent duplication of efforts and resources.And according to Applewhaite, it is only by “pooling our resources and sharing services, that our small-sized economies could provide sustainable, first rate public health functions for our people.”CARPHA’s partners and stakeholders have agreed that by enhancing population and individual health, CARPHA will boost economic and social development, which would ultimately redound to a better quality of life for the Community.It is against this background that the acting CARICOM secretary-general stressed the need for continued partnerships, noting that “CARPHA is consistent with the new modalities for achieving cost effectiveness and value for money that has become a clarion call by most development agencies and no less so for us in the Caribbean Community.”She further acknowledged the support of all the partners to date — particularly PAHO — for what she called “demonstrated commitment to the implementation process, intent on guaranteeing that CARPHA becomes a reality.”With the mechanisms now in place for the signing of the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA), it is expected that CARPHA will be legally established by July 2011. Already, five member states — Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis and Saint Lucia – have signed the IGA.Caribbean News Now 14 Views no discussions
The 3A #2 Greensburg Lady Pirates were defeated by #1 Northwestern Lady Tigers 63-42 in The Girls Basketball State Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.The Lady Pirates finish the season at 23-4 while The Lady Tigers wrap up at 29-1.Northwestern’s expected run to a Class 3A state championship got off to a bit of a sluggish start, but coach Kathie Layden’s Tigers used a 16-1 run in the second quarter to take command and roll to a 63-42 win over Greensburg at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.The No. 2 Pirates led early and trailed only 15-13 early in the second quarter before Northwestern went on its decisive run. The Tigers eventually led by as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter before settling for the final margin.The victory gives top-ranked Northwestern (29-1) its first state title in program history, although head coach Kathie Layden became the second coach to lead two different schools to a state championship joining Donna Cheatham. She guided Tri-Central to Class A titles in 2002, 2003 and 2004.Stephanie Burns led the Tigers (who finish with a 22-game winning streak) with 17 points, while Kendal Bostic added 14 and Madison Layden (the coach’s daughter) with 13 points.Misha Morrison led Greensburg (23-4) with 12 points.Following the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee named Sarah Vas of Northwestern High School as the winner of the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award in Class 3A Girls Basketball.
Wanita Sue Linkel, age 67 of Batesville, Indiana, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Ripley Crossing in Milan.The daughter of Leonard and Opal (Wehr) Narwold was born on October 14, 1950, in Batesville. The 1968 Batesville High School graduate had a passion for baking and canning. Family members looked forward to her potato salad, streusel cake, and fruit dip. Other hobbies she enjoyed were putting puzzles together and making cards.Wanita worked at Batesville Casket Company as a Quality Lab Technician for 37 years. She loved her job. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Crossroads where she taught Sunday School and was part of the Ladies Aid. Being a school board member for the Batesville Community School Corporation was something that meant a great deal to her. She served on the school board since 2003.One of her most beloved activities was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She could often be found cheering on her grandchildren at their many sporting events. Traveling to Florida for vacations with her family was something that she treasured. Trips to Gulf Shores, Destin, and Disney World were some of her favorites.Missing her dearly will be two daughters Sheryl (Steve) McCreary and Kim Linkel both of Batesville; one son Scott (Amy) Linkel of Cross Plains; and four grandchildren Madison and Meredith McCreary and Brady and Brionna Linkel. She will also be missed by her sister Pam Narwold and two brothers Richard (Carol) Narwold and Tim Narwold all of Batesville along with numerous nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Wanita was preceded in death by four siblings, David, Johnny, Jimmy, and Melinda.Visitation will be Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 29 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Crossroads in Batesville with Pastor Creighton P. Leptak officiating. Burial will be in the St. Paul Cemetery in Batesville.Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Cemetery Fund c/o the funeral home.