One Killed, Three People Shot During Performance At NYC’s Irving Plaza

first_imgUpdate: The New York Times are reporting that one person has been killed and three remain under hospital care after being shot at this Irving Plaza concert. As of now, no arrests have been made, and the motive for the shooting remains unclear, though there was reportedly some altercations that took place on the floor of the show. The NYTimes also reports that there were metal detectors to get inside the club, and it’s unclear how the gun was brought in.Multiple people were shot at a concert held by rapper T.I. at the popular New York venue Irving Plaza tonight, as reported by PIX11. According to the source, three people were shot at the show, and two of them were immediately rushed to the nearby Bellevue Hospital. One of the two remains in critical condition, while the other is stable. The third was transported to Beth Israel, and is in serious but stable condition.The building has a heavy police presence, and there is no suspect yet in custody. According to PIX11, a witness said that people were not being searched upon entry. Roughly 1,000 people were reportedly in attendance for the performance. Our heart goes out to everyone affected by this nightmare.last_img read more

Savannah River’s health

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThe tiny creatures that thrive in the Savannah River’s flood plain and the fish that feed on them can tell a lot about the river’s health, says a University of Georgia entomologist, and may help regulators better manage it.A healthy river has a natural pulse, one that creates a flood plain when water flows over its banks during heavy rainfall, says Darold Batzer, a research entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He studies water-dwelling invertebrates, or animals without backbones like fly and mosquito larvae and microscopic crustaceans. Invertebrates feed on the plant matter and are closer to the beginning of the food chain. This makes them an important link to a healthy animal population.“The main river is tied to what happens in the flood plains,” he said. “Much of the energy for the fish comes from the flood plain. You break that connection and you can negatively impact the river.”For a half century, the Savannah River’s flow has been controlled by a series of dams handled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This control has restricted the river’s natural flooding, or its pulse. And conservation groups are concerned, he said.In cooperation with The Nature Conservancy, the corps now wants to manage the flow to improve the health of the river and the things that live in and around it. “Some people think floods need to be controlled,” Batzer said. “But in many ways they are what make Southeastern rivers tick.”With funding from TNC and the U.S. Geological Survey, Batzer has studied the invertebrates and fish in the river’s flood plain. Over the past three years, the corps has carried out new flow scenarios to mimic the river’s natural pulse in an effort to restore ecosystems. To get an idea of what a less-regulated, more natural flood plain should be like, Batzer has studied the Altamaha River for the past six years. By knowing how many and what species of invertebrates and fish are in the Altamaha flood plain, regulators will know better what the Savannah flood plain should be like.The Altamaha has one big flood, or pulse, at least once a year if there is no drought, he said. It’s having one right now. The water flows over the banks and remains for a few weeks filling swamps for a few months. Smaller pulses can reconnect the swamps throughout the year.Batzer has set collection sites throughout both plains. He and his team use core samples and nets to collect the invertebrates and mild electric shock to collect the fish. The Altamaha’s flood plain is much more dynamic than Savannah’s plain, he said. It contains hundreds of species of invertebrates and dozens of fish.Creatures like the dytiscid beetles and fingernail clams are easily found in the Altamaha plain, but not in the Savannah plain. But mosquito larvae are more common on the Savannah plain, he said. With little to no flooding, the fish in the Savannah River can’t get to the larvae and eat them in the rain-fed pools created on the flood plain there. It’s too early to know if the corps’ new efforts on the Savannah River are working, he said. “It will take many years to detect a recovery of the system.” The Savannah River runs the border between Georgia and South Carolina and is about 350 miles long. The Altamaha River starts around Hazlehurst, Ga., in southeast Georgia and runs 140 miles south to the Atlantic Ocean.last_img read more

Sunnova to offer solar-plus-storage systems to Texas homeowners

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:Sunnova Energy Corporation, a Houston-based solar energy company, said Thursday that it is bringing a solar-plus-storage system that will allow homeowners to store solar energy in batteries for later use to Texas.Solar energy production ebbs and flows with the sun, which is why many solar panels are connected to the grid — homeowners contribute power to the grid whenever the sun is shining in exchange for credit they can use for power later. What are known as solar-plus-storage systems allows homes with solar panels to store energy during the day and dispense it when needed, reducing dependence on the grid. Sunnova’s residential solar-plus-storage system, SunSafe, debuted in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria caused the longest blackout in U.S. history. The service provides a 25-year performance guarantee.“In Texas, we’ve seen firsthand the devastation caused by storms and hurricanes, and homeowners across the state want to ensure they’re protecting their families from extended power outages and electricity instability,” said Michael Grasso, chief marketing officer for Sunnova Energy Corporation. “By offering Sunnova SunSafe, homeowners are given that peace of mind knowing that they’ll have reliable energy, day and night.”The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has funded solar-plus-storage systems for utilities, but residential shoppers have been showing increasing interest in solar-plus-storage service as well. Nearly three quarters of customers shopping for solar products say they are interested in energy storage, according to the most recent report by EnergySage, a solar marketplace.More: Sunnova brings solar power storage system to Texas Sunnova to offer solar-plus-storage systems to Texas homeownerslast_img read more

Can a Cannabis-Based Pill Help Treat Concussions?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former investment adviser from Roslyn Heights is taking his talents to South Beach.Jonathan Gilbert, CEO of Scythian Biosciences Inc., a biotech firm, has secured $16 million in funding for a promising trial at the University of Miami considering the potential impact of a cannabis-based compound to treat concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).The cannabinoid compound at the center of the trials, cannabidiol (CBD), is believed to contain neuroprotective properties that could, in theory, reduce inflammation in the brain caused by head trauma. Adding to the intrigue, the drug would not contain Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which creates the psychoactive effect in the brain when using marijuana.Researchers at the University of Miami hope the trial could produce a first-of-its-kind pharmaceutical answer to concussions, which has recently been the focus of millions of dollars in research, largely in response to the impact concussions have had on current and former NFL players.For Gilbert, a career investment adviser who worked for a Connecticut-based hedge fund, it’s incredibly exciting transitioning to biotech, focusing his efforts on a potentially game-changing drug, something that has thus far remained elusive to concussion patients.“I can’t sleep at night thinking about what I can be accomplishing here,” he told the Press. “What an amazing accomplishment to create something that could be effective for everyone on Earth.”Gilbert founded Scythian Biosciences Inc. three years ago, following a Tourette Syndrome support group session in which teenagers indicated they had used marijuana to “self medicate.” Gilbert and his wife have three kids, the youngest of whom suffers from the neurological disorder.The conversation with the teens got Gilbert thinking: how could marijuana benefit not only his son, but people inflicted with various ailments, including concussion?Gilbert knew his extensive list of contacts and ability to raise money and attract talent would make up for whatever experience he lacked in the pharmaceutical industry. In the latter years of his investment career, he noticed an uptick in medical marijuana businesses seeking funding, though most pitches were underwhelming. Still keen on the idea of marijuana-based treatment, he made a decision to go his own route.Initially Gilbert’s goal was to enter the industry in Canada, whose prime minister, Justin Trudeau, recently introduced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana nationwide. The prospect of similar legislation being proposed by the Trump administration appears far-fetched.Gilbert went ahead and purchased a facility in Canada with the idea of growing and selling medical marijuana. But instead of joining the growing medical marijuana industry, Gilbert, with his own son in mind, gambled on an entry into the pharmaceutical industry.Mindful of the surprisingly minimal treatment options for concussions, Gilbert got the sense that it was a “wide open space” with the potential of becoming a billion-dollar industry.“I’m learning as I go,” he said.Even so, Gilbert already sounds experienced.“Our therapy, which involves the use of two drugs, targets two different brain receptors which are involved in suppressing this immune response and the associated inflammation,” he explained.Scythian Biosciences Inc now has offices in Canada and the United States—including one at the University of Miami. The company has applied for a patent for its treatment and the University of Miami is in the pre-trial phase of the five-year study.Heading the university’s research is Dr. Gillian Hotz, research professor of neurological surgery and director of the concussion program at University of Miami Health System Sports Medicine.When the university announced the study, Hotz acknowledged the previous work her team had done to develop concussion protocols and better educate high school, collegiate and professional athletes.“One thing has eluded us—a clinically proven medication to treat concussion,’ she said. “Whether or not this study leads to a pill that could treat concussion, this type of research will pave the way for UM and other researchers to better manage concussion. It’s a privilege to help lead this journey.”Researchers are currently examining TBI in rodents before testing the compound in the form of a pill on humans. Clues to as to whether the treatment could be the game-changer Gilbert is hoping it is won’t come until the third phase, which is expected to take three years.The University of Miami trial comes as medical professionals have earnestly been scrutinizing new ways to treat concussed patients. The US government has funded studies into hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which uses oxygen to reduce swelling and increase blood flow. At the University of Buffalo, researchers are testing how recently concussed athletes react to light aerobics, which would undermine years of conventional thinking that long periods of rest is best for a concussed brain.Gilbert welcomes the deluge of research. Given how pervasive concussions have become, he recognizes the need for changes in how concussions are treated—even if it means increased competition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, upwards of 3.6 million people suffer a TBI each year. Additionally, an analysis by Blue Cross Blue Shield found that concussions increased by more than 40 percent in the past five years.Gilbert is hardly alone in advocating for cannabis treatment to tackle America’s concussion problem. Harvard psychiatrist Lester Grinspoon in 2014 penned a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging the league to pursue marijuana treatment.“Already, many doctors and researchers believe that marijuana has incredibly powerful neuroprotective properties, an understanding based on both laboratory and clinical data,” Grinspoon wrote. “But unfortunately, the extensive research required to definitively determine cannabis’s ability to prevent CTE will require millions of dollars in upfront investment, and despite the great promise many now see in cannabinopathic medicine, it’s hard to imagine who else has both the motive and the means to provide such funding.”It appears Gilbert is both motivated and has found the financial backing for such an effort. And while he waits for the study to take shape, he said he’ll continue to raise money for his company, and perhaps even find a way to help more people like his son.last_img read more

Center Moriches Armed Home Invasion Suspects Arrested

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three men were arrested for allegedly committing an armed home invasion in Center Moriches on Wednesday night, Suffolk County police said.Akim Adams, 26, who is homeless, 29-year-old Alexander Vaughn and 19-year-old George Bidi, both of Brooklyn, were each charged with first-degree burglary.Police said the trio was armed with baseball bats and a handgun when they entered a home through an unlocked garage, confronted the homeowners and stole jewelry, cash and a cell phone at 10:20 p.m.Third Precinct officers apprehended the three men in a Hyundai sedan on the Southern State Parkway in Bay Shore shortly before midnight, police said.Seventh Squad detectives are continuing the investigation. All three are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Vietnam reports two H5N1 cases

first_imgJun 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnamese health officials announced yesterday that two more patients tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, while animal-health officials suggested that unvaccinated ducks may be to blame for Vietnam’s recent rash of poultry outbreaks.Nguyen Huy Nga, director of Vietnam’s preventive medicine administration, said tests at a Vietnamese laboratory confirmed that a 28-year-old man from Tranh Hoa province and a 29-year-old woman from Ha Nam province, both in the northern part of the country, were infected with the H5N1 virus, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday.Other media reports were unclear on the patients’ exact ages and the gender of the patient from Tranh Hoa. However, most reports, including stories today from two Vietnamese news services, said the patient from Tranh Hoa got sick after eating meat from an infected duck and was released from a hospital after recovering from pneumonia-like symptoms.Vietnamese news services also reported that the woman from Ha Nam province was in critical condition at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi. Officials were trying to learn how she was exposed to the virus.If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the two cases and two others reported by Vietnam over the past few weeks, the country’s H5N1 case count will rise to 97. For now, the count stands at 93 cases and 42 deaths.Since early May, Vietnam has battled H5N1 outbreaks in 15 provinces. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Vietnamese agriculture officials recently conducted a joint investigation of outbreaks in Nam Dinh province, one of the affected areas. In a report released 2 days ago, the FAO said this year’s outbreaks are occurring later in the year than expected.Historically, January and February have been the worst months for the spread of H5N1, because of high consumer demand for poultry products during Lunar New Year (Tet) celebrations and because cooler temperature have been thought to favor the virus’s survival in the environment, the FAO report said.Investigators believe an increase in the numbers of ducks, many of which are unvaccinated, released to graze on newly harvested rice paddies are the reason for the later-than-usual spike in bird outbreaks this year, the report said. Farmers typically bring ducks that are hatched in nearby provinces to graze on harvested paddies in Nam Dinh province. Investigators found that unvaccinated young ducks, whose breeding cycles may not have corresponded with local vaccination campaigns, were released onto the rice paddies.”Free range duck production is an excellent system for farming, but there are risks and challenges involved,” said Andrew Speedy, FAO’s Vietnam representative, in the report. The agency recommends that officials ensure that all ducks are vaccinated, require hatcheries to meet basic biosecurity standards, and discourage small hatcheries.The FAO said current poultry vaccines are still effective and that it was assisting the government with the study of the H5N1 virus circulating in poultry. Jeffrey Gilbert, chief technical advisor of the FAO’s avian influenza program in Vietnam, said, “So far, genetic sequencing of recent viral isolates has shown no significant changes in the antigenicity of the virus.”Elsewhere, the health ministry in Malaysia said yesterday that five people in two central states have been quarantined for suspected H5N1 infection, Agence-France Presse (AFP) reported. The patients include three children and two adults. An 11-year-old boy was isolated at a hospital in Selangor state, while the others were hospitalized in Pahang state, the AFP report said.Chua Soi Lek, a health ministry official, told AFP all the patients had had contact with dead chickens. He added that 16 other people who were hospitalized with flulike symptoms have tested negative for the virus.The H5N1 virus resurfaced in Malaysian poultry early this month, marking the country’s first outbreak since February 2006, but it has never had a confirmed human H5N1 case.Meanwhile, the WHO yesterday confirmed the latest H5N1 case reported in Egypt, in a 4-year-old girl from Qena governorate who got sick on Jun 7 and was hospitalized 3 days later. She was reported to be in stable condition. An initial investigation revealed the girl had been exposed to dead birds. The case confirmation brings Egypt’s H5N1 total to 36 cases, of which 15 have been fatal.See also:Jun 7 FAO reporthttp://www.fao.org/avianflu/news/vietnam.htmlJun 12 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_06_12/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Premier League suffers first postponement as Arsenal players quarantined

first_img“As a result, the players are unavailable for tonight’s (Wednesday’s) match against Manchester City and the Premier League has decided the game should be postponed.”The first postponement in the Premier League, which has a huge worldwide following, follows widespread disruption to football and other sports across the globe.Arsenal were knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiakos on February 27. Marinakis, owner of the Greek club and English side Nottingham Forest, announced on Tuesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.But Arsenal said the players and staff, who met Marinakis after the game at the Emirates Stadium, will return to work on Friday ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton. “The medical advice we have received puts the risk of them developing COVID-19 at extremely low,” it added.Olympiacos players, backroom staff and board members have all tested negative, the club said in a statement on Wednesday.The Premier League called the move a “precautionary measure” and said there were no plans to postpone any other games.Arsenal’s opponents on Saturday, struggling Brighton, tweeted that their game was still on.”Albion’s match against Arsenal this Saturday remains scheduled to go ahead as planned, in line with government advice, and following consultation with the Premier League and medical advisors. #BHAFC,” they tweeted.The postponement means Liverpool’s hopes of winning their first title since 1991 without kicking a ball have been dashed.However, should City lose to Burnley on Saturday Jurgen Klopp’s side can seal their first Premier League title on Monday with the added spice they can do so by beating city rivals Everton.  ‘We’re not happy to go’  The Football Association, though, could take a financial hit according to the Daily Mail.The FA have no insurance covering public health epidemics or what are deemed force majeure ‘acts of God’.So if they are forced to cancel matches — which seems the likely scenario for the high profile friendly with Italy on March 27 — or play them behind closed doors, it will cost them £3 million ($3.9 million) a game.  Football’s Serie A and all other sports have been put on hold in Italy, while the top two divisions in Spain and France will be played in empty stadiums for at least the next two weeks.UEFA’s Champions League and Europa League have also been both forced to arrange matches behind closed doors as the epidemic spreads.Olympiakos host Wolverhampton Wanderers in Athens this week in the Europa League, in one of the last-16 games that will be played in front of an empty stadium. Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has joined a number of managers, including Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, in voicing disquiet at being asked to play without fans.”If we have to go we will. But we don’t agree — we’re not happy to go,” he told Sky Sports.”Behind closed doors doesn’t make sense,” he added. “We’re pretending to live a normal life when things aren’t normal.”Topics :center_img Arsenal’s game at Manchester City on Wednesday was postponed after players from the London club were put into quarantine, making it the first Premier League football fixture to be called off because of coronavirus.Arsenal said players and four staff had been isolated at their homes after coming into contact with the owner of Greek club Olympiakos, Vangelis Marinakis, who has since tested positive for COVID-19.”We are strictly following the government guidelines which recommend that anyone coming into close contact with someone with the virus should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the last time they had contact,” an Arsenal statement said.last_img read more

Dredging Operations on Tangipahoa River Kick Off

first_imgTangipahoa Parish President, Robby Miller, has announced that the dredging project on the Tangipahoa River is set to begin today, Tangipahoa Parish Government said in its latest release. Miller said that dredging operations on the Tangipahoa Bar Channel will start Tuesday, October 31, and is expected to continue through Thursday, November 2, at the mouth of the river.The project, to be conducted by Quality First Construction LLC, was designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who will supervise the construction.Miller said that the only time the project may interfere with boating is in the event of bad weather. In that case, the dredger would have to enter the river for safe harbor during storm conditions.The plan is for the contractor to discharge the dredging material on the shoreline where it will be flattened on the beach using two marsh buggies. The area behind the breakwater will be off limits for a period of 30-50 days.Signs will be posted during the construction period, the Tangipahoa Parish President said.[mappress mapid=”24575″]last_img read more

‘Sex abuse’ priest faces extradition

first_img Share Jozef Wesolowski, 66, was found guilty of abusing Dominican children by a Vatican tribunal in JuneThe Vatican has stripped the former papal envoy to the Dominican Republic of his diplomatic immunity, opening the way for him to be extradited to face sex abuse allegations in the country.The Polish priest Jozef Wesolowski was found guilty of sexually abusing young Dominican boys by the Vatican in June.Correspondents say the Caribbean state was unhappy at his immediate recalling by the Church when the claims surfaced.He is the most senior Vatican official to be investigated for sex abuse.Pope Francis has pledged a crackdown on clerics and employees of the Church who exploit minors, comparing their actions to a “satanic mass”.Wesolowski had served as ambassador to the Dominican Republic for five years.‘A serious and delicate case’In a statement late on Monday, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi denied that the Vatican had tried to cover up the case by immediately recalling Wesolowski.He said the 66-year-old former archbishop no longer had immunity and “might also be subjected to judicial procedures from the courts that could have specific jurisdiction over him”.Pope Francis wants to see justice done and the Vatican had moved without delay in its investigation, he insisted.“Far from any intention of a cover-up, this action demonstrates the full and direct undertaking of the Holy See’s responsibility, even in such a serious and delicate case,” he added.The case is seen as highly sensitive because Wesolowski was an ambassador for the Church and had been ordained both a priest and a bishop by Pope John Paul II.A Vatican tribunal found him guilty and threw him out of the priesthood in June.The BBC’s Alan Johnston in Rome says Wesolowski is appealing against the verdict and a decision on the appeal is due in October.If it is upheld he is expected to face a Vatican State criminal trial and could face up to 12 years in jail if found guilty.Authorities in the Dominican Republic have also opened an investigation into the allegations, but have not charged him.Some people in the Caribbean country feel that the Church’s handling of this sensitive case has lacked transparency, our correspondent adds.A recent report by US newspaper The New York Times highlighted the frustration in the Dominican Republic at the fact Wesolowski appeared to have been put beyond the reach of its courts.BBC News 509 Views   no discussions Share FaithInternationalLifestylePrint ‘Sex abuse’ priest faces extradition by: – August 26, 2014center_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

Batesville Council approves smoking ban in city parks

first_imgPhoto of first responders and other employees/volunteers that helped with last Monday’s apartment fire.BATESVILLE, Ind. — Monday night, the Batesville City Council approved Ordinance #1-2017.This ordinance prohibits smoking at the city parks as follows, “No smoking or vaping shall be permitted in any of the city’s parks, with the exception that smoking or vaping may be permitted in Liberty Park, other than inside any structures located in said park where it shall be prohibited. Whoever violates this section shall be fined not more than $1,000. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day that a violation occurs or continues.”In new business, the council approved a contract with the town of Sunman, for the town to use the Batesville City Court to enforce Sunman Ordinance Violations.2 different Belterra Fund requests were made, both by Batesville Fire and Rescue.The first request was for a new backup generator for the station. The fire department is requesting $11,000 to finish the project. The total cost of the project is $56,000. The council decided to table the decision until the March meeting to find a few more bids to find a better price on the right size generator.The second request was for an auto loading power ambulance cot. The department is requesting $8679.19, while the total cost for the new cot is $32,000. The second request was approved.At the end of the council meeting, Mayor Mike Bettice took time to thank many of the firefighters and first responders for their aid in fighting last Monday’s apartment fire. Mayor Bettice said there were 53 firefighters on scene.Mayor Bettice also took time to thank the numerous volunteers and donors that helped with the relief effort. Bettice says he is overwhelmed with the generosity of the community and is thankful to live in a such a community.In the board of works meeting prior to the council meeting, the board approved two street closures for different 5Ks as well as two parking lot usage requests.The board approved a contract with LADD engineering to begin different studies for upcoming projects on the north side of Batesville.Finally, the Board of Works approved a four-year contract with Medicount Management for EMS billing services.The last contract was for three years for the city to determine whether the company was worth the fee.The city approved the four-year contract as they have seen an increase in EMS revenues with Medicount.last_img read more