Gym Owner Questions Cuomo’s Decision Making On Reopenings

first_imgShare: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) Submitted image.WEST ELLICOTT — The owner of a local gym feels crushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision not to include gyms in his phase four reopening and it has her questioning his decision making.Erica Dix, co-owner of Anytime Fitness, told WNYNewsNow Cuomo’s decision is arbitrary.“It’s all been arbitrary, I feel. It’s soul crushing, our members are suffering,” Dix said.The impact goes far beyond the loss of business, she said. “Working out boosts immunity and it was just sort of ripped away from us,” she said.Asked what she would say directly to Cuomo, she was quick to reply.“Good thing you’re asking me and not my husband because he might not be so nice,” she said. “I would just ask him for clarification and I would give him the reasons why gyms should be open. It (working out) builds immunity, it fights the COVID Virus, it fights the Flu, it builds strength, it helps mental stability, it fights depression. There’s all these things that working out does for you and he’s just taken that away from the entire state.”Dix said a lawsuit is possible and that she has discussed such action with her attorney.“I just want our members to know we love them. Our members are our family and we miss them,” she said.Submitted image.She keeps in contact with members and stream some workouts, but that isn’t as good as in person workouts, she explained.“We try to keep each other focused and motivated there, but you don’t have the personal cheering session you do. It’s different. It’s not the same as in person,” she said.Her gym is clean and safe, she said, and has always used comprehensive cleaning standards.“For our gym, we’ve always had a cleaning process implemented. Members wipe off the equipment when they’re done with it. We clean it thoroughly daily, its not a dirty gym.,” Dix said. “And now for the governor to say it’s because of the air conditioning quality, Home Depot has air conditioning, Wegmans has air conditioning, liquor stores have air conditioning. There’s just no rhyme or reason.”In addition, cardio equipment has been set up to ensure social distancing, as is most of the equipment in the facility, she said.“There’s nothing after phase four so I don’t know how he’s (Cuomo) picking and choosing. He’s just completely, arbitrarily making decisions as he goes,” said Dix.Asked what she will do if there is no official opening after Phase 4, she said “Wait. I don’t know that we have any option.”She said she has emailed local politicians, all the officials in state development and Cuomo’s office. The state response was “a cookie cutter basic response.”Expenses continue and they have cut where they could, she explained.“We still have rent, we still have utilities. although the utilities are less than usual because we suspended services, we turned off the heat and the air.”“We haven’t charged our members since April first and we’ve had several members say ‘Take our money, take our money, but we can’t take money for a service we can’t provide,” she said. “It’s not just us, as the business owners that are effected, it’s everybody from our instructors to members to everyone that’s involved.last_img read more

Groups Seek Federal Inquiry Into Utah-Oakland Coal-Export Subsidy

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From KSL News (Salt Lake City):Environmental groups and other organizations sent a letter Monday asking U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other high-ranking federal officials to investigate a $53 million investment in a proposed coal shipping terminal in Oakland, California.The letter was written on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, Living Rivers and Colorado Riverkeeper, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, Earthjustice, Alliance for a Better Utah, HEAL Utah, Sierra Club and Grand Canyon Trust. A joint statement released by the organizations Monday says the 19-page letter brings attention to “potential legal and ethical violations” of the investment.“The contents of this letter require an external review by several oversight bodies. … The economic, fiscal, financial, environmental, governance, ethical and political red flags raised by the state of Utah’s actions are too numerous to ignore,” Tom Sanzillo, an executive with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a research organization in favor of reducing coal dependence, said in a statement.The investment, passed by the Utah Legislature earlier this year, is slated to grant Carbon, Emery, Sanpete and Sevier counties 49 percent access in the as-yet unbuilt coal terminal. Proponents of the measure say it will help increase short-term coal exports to developing countries, a much-needed boon for the struggling industry.The investment is set to be facilitated by a three-way money transfer involving the state’s specially designated community impact fund, which according to its website “provides loans or grants to state agencies and subdivisions of the state that are socially or economically impacted by mineral resource development on federal lands.” The first stage of the transfer is to begin July 1.Keith Heaton, chairman of the fund’s board, has said the swapping of funds for the project is not considered unusual compared with other projects statewide, particularly transportation projects.However, opponents are also criticizing the community impact fund board, in addition to the state Legislature, and calling for an audit of the deal. Among other accusations, the letter issued Monday says the investment is tied to heavy political conflict of interest, was designed as a brazen a way around environmental and other regulations of the federal Mineral Leasing Act, and is environmentally harmful to residents close to the proposed terminal.John Weisheit, co-founder of the environmental group Living Rivers and Colorado Riverkeeper, said in a statement that the Community Impact Fund Board is complicit in an unscrupulous deal.“The Utah state Legislature and the community impact board are laundering public money through the state transportation fund to provide financial assistance to energy corporations, and not to communities where it truly belongs,” Weisheit said.The letter was also addressed to Mary Kendall, deputy inspector general for the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Gregory Gould, director of the federal Office of Natural Resources Revenue. The letter also indicated copies were distributed to Gov. Gary Herbert and John Huber, U.S. district attorney for Utah.Groups write US Attorney General asking for investigation of coal shipping terminal deal Groups Seek Federal Inquiry Into Utah-Oakland Coal-Export Subsidylast_img read more

Di Canio dampens Royals speculation

first_img The former Swindon boss watched Saturday’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat by Aston Villa from the directors’ box at the Madejski Stadium. McDermott was sacked as Reading manager on Tuesday, prompting speculation the Italian could be in line to replace McDermott. However, Di Canio told BBC Sport: “It was just a coincidence. I was there only to watch the game.” Paolo Di Canio claims his visit to the Madejski Stadium at the weekend had nothing to do with the departure of Reading manager Brian McDermott. He added: “I was sat with Stuart Pearce at Reading and we had some discussions about the game. “I want to watch games at the top level and [the Madejski Stadium] was full of passion, so it was good to go there. “Next time it could be Swansea or Southampton or Tottenham, I don’t know, but this is what I am going to do for the next few weeks.” However, the 44-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham striker, who resigned as Swindon manager last month, added: “It is my ambition to manage at the top level.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Warriors F Andre Iguodala replaces LeBron James as VP of NBPA

first_imgPaul, 33 is expected to serve as the NBPA president through 2023 while Iguodala is 35-years-old.Brogdon, Brown and Biyombo are all younger than 27. LeBron James is no longer the First Vice President of the NBA Players Association.James’ four-year term has expired, and he will be replaced by Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, who has been a vice president since 2013. Lakers coach Luke Walton says he and LeBron James ‘get along just fine’ NBPA Executive Committee ResultsLink:— NBPA (@TheNBPA) February 18, 2019Stephen Curry and Carmelo Anthony will relinquish their positions on the committee, as well. Jaylen Brown, Malcolm Brogdon and Bismack Biyombo will replace them as vice presidents.“Malcolm, Jaylen and Bismack have all shown a great commitment to the union since they arrived in the league,” NBPA president Chris Paul said. “I have no doubt they will bring a fresh perspective and passion to the Executive Committee and I am excited to start working with them.” Related Newslast_img read more