Wyandanch Vacant House Fire Kills 1

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A person was found dead following an abandoned house fire in Wyandanch early Saturday morning.Suffolk County police said officers and firefighters responded to a 911 call reporting a fire at a boarded up house on Irving Avenue at 2 a.m.Wyandanch Fire Department firefighters extinguished the flames and the body of a person was found inside the residence.The body was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office to determine the identity and cause of death.Homicide Squad and Arson Section detectives are continuing the investigation but have preliminarily determined the cause of the fire to be non-criminal.last_img

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Few children under 2 received flu shots in 2002-03

first_imgSep 23, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Few children between the ages of 6 and 23 months received influenza shots in the 2002-03 flu season, which marked the first time federal health officials formally encouraged shots for that age-group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because children younger than 2 are more likely to end up in a hospital if they contract the flu than older children are, the CDC this year upgraded the vaccination advice from “encouragement” to a full recommendation. In the 2002-03 season, only 7.4% of children in the 6- to 23-month age-group received at least one flu shot and only 4.4% were fully vaccinated, the CDC reports. The findings, based on the 2003 National Immunization Survey, are reported in the Sep 24 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Because children younger than 2 face an increased risk of flu-related complications, vaccination is also recommended for their family members, others living or working in their household, and childcare providers, the CDC said. Vaccination is especially important for people in contact with babies younger than 6 months, because vaccination is not approved for that age-group. In today’s news release, the CDC noted that 152 children died of flu-related causes in the 2003-04 flu season. Most of the children had not been fully vaccinated against flu. “Almost half of the children had an underlying medical condition, but 40% were previously healthy,” the agency said. CDC. Childhood influenza-vaccination coverage—United States, 2002-03 influenza season. MMWR 2004;53(37):863-6 [Full text] Vaccination coverage varied widely by state and urban area, the article says. The proportion of children receiving one or more shots ranged from 2.2% in El Paso County, Texas, to 26.6% in Rhode Island.center_img “Too few young children are protected against influenza, which for this age group, can be a very serious illness,” CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said in a news release today. “This season, CDC not only encourages flu shots for young children, we recommend them. We’re urging more parents to get their children vaccinated against influenza because annual flu shots will reduce cases of influenza and its complications, decrease hospitalizations, and save lives.” The CDC counted children as vaccinated if they received one or more flu shots between September and December 2002. Children were counted as fully vaccinated if they received two doses by December 2002 or January 2003, depending on the date of their first dose. Only children who were aged 6 to 23 months for the whole period of September through December 2002 were included. In the 2002-03 season, flu vaccination for healthy children aged 6 to 23 months was not yet covered by the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC), which provides free flu vaccine for vulnerable children such as Medicaid recipients and uninsured children, the report notes. The lack of VFC coverage and the absence of an official recommendation for vaccination probably contributed to the low vaccination coverage, the CDC says. The agency says vaccine supply problems probably were not a factor. See also: Sep 23 CDC news releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/r040923.htmlast_img read more

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Landslide victims should sue owner

first_imgRegarding the Barney Street lawsuits: I find it interesting that the people trying to sue for damages caused by the landslide are all going after the city of Schenectady.I’m guessing that because the city has deeper pockets, more money, that is the reason for these actions.But why not go after the people who owned the property that was the cause of the landslide instead?If they had notified the city to shut off water to the property they walked away from, it seems like there may not have been an issue. The city may have known that there was a possibility of a landslide under certain conditions, but it had no clue that said property was abandoned.If the people who suffered losses and injuries could prove that the city was aware of the abandoned property and water not shut off, then maybe you’d have a legal leg to stand on. Sorry that people had to go through something as awful as they did, but I don’t think these lawsuits will really fly.If the city can’t find the owners, good luck. But I think you’re going after the wrong people with your lawsuits.Jeannette KenneallySchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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In bid to slow coronavirus, Canada shuts borders to foreign nationals

first_imgAs the virus’ spread accelerates in Canada, Trudeau urged people to stay home and restrict contact with others.”Staying home is an important step to protect the community and each other. We all have to do it,” he said.Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said that the next two weeks were crucial in trying to stem the outbreak.The death toll in Canada rose to four on Monday from one on Sunday. The number of infected jumped to 407 from the 341 reported at 9 a.m. (1300 GMT) earlier in the day, medical officials said. Topics : The new deaths occurred in the same nursing home in the Pacific province of British Columbia, which is directly north of Washington, one of the worst-hit US states.Trade will not be affected by the border closing. Canada shares a long unguarded frontier with the United States, which takes 75% of Canadian goods exports.Asked why US citizens were exempt, Trudeau said the close bilateral integration meant the United States was in a different category from other nations. But he added that more measures could be announced soon.”Both countries rely on each other to provide essential goods … so it’s very important we do this with a degree of precision and in the spirit of a strong relationship,” Health Minister Patty Hajdu later told reporters.British Columbia said, however, it was concerned that US citizens would be allowed in.”Our strong message [is] that visitors from the United States not come to British Columbia,” said provincial Health Minister Adrian Dix.The border closure helped drive down Air Canada’s stock by as much as 38%.Canada will reroute all international flight arrivals to four airports – Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver – and has imposed tougher screening.Weddings, baptisms on hold?The country’s main stock market index tumbled nearly 10% and the Canadian dollar hit a four-year low.Ontario, the most-populous province, and one that accounts for nearly half of confirmed cases, said it would delay a March 25 budget and instead deliver an economic and fiscal update.Toronto, Canada’s largest city, recommended that bars and restaurants stop in-person service and that theaters close.Quebec on Monday recommended the suspension of all religious functions, including baptisms, weddings and funerals. For any funerals that proceed, the number of mourners should be reduced, the province said, without specifying how many.”If it’s possible for you to express your caring to the family, do it by internet, or by phone,” Public Health Director Horatio Arruda said.Trudeau, who has promised to unveil a major stimulus package soon, said that “in the medium term and then into the long term, we will need to invest significant amounts to restore people’s confidence in the economy.”center_img Canada closed its borders to all foreign nationals except US citizens and permanent residents on Monday, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging people to limit social contact to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.Several other countries have taken the same step. The 27-nation European Union proposed shutting its external borders for 30 days on Monday.”We will be denying entry into Canada to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents … it is a significant step that we take in exceptional circumstances,” Trudeau told reporters outside his home, where he is under quarantine after his wife, Sophie, tested positive for the respiratory virus.last_img read more

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Govt rolls out $43b stimulus in bid to rescue economy

first_imgThe decision to increase the social safety net comes as the government expects from 1.89 million to 4.89 million individuals to fall below the poverty line. Meanwhile, 3 million to 5.23 million individuals may lose their jobs as the pandemic brings economic activity to a standstill, according to official estimates.Sri Mulyani said the government was sticking by its forecast that the economy may grow at 2.3 percent, or contract by 0.4 percent this year in a worst-case scenario. The country’s economy grew by 2.97 percent in the first quarter this year, the weakest since 2001 and lower than consensus estimates.Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) deputy chairwoman Shinta Kamdani welcomed the government’s move to hike the economic stimulus, however, it still might be too little to support businesses.“The amount falls short of our expectations of defending the economy until the virus threat subsides,” Shinta told The Jakarta Post.Read also: Indonesia must boost recovery spending to $40b to keep businesses afloat: KadinThe government would need Rp 400 trillion for health care, Rp 600 trillion for social safety net programs and Rp 600 trillion for economic recovery, she added.“As the stimulus will not be enough, our projections of bankruptcies and layoffs remain high,” said Shinta.Topics : The government will revise again the 2020 state budget to accommodate the stimulus as it expects the budget deficit to further increase to 6.27 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), larger than the initial plan of a deficit amounting to 5.07 percent of GDP as stipulated in Presidential Regulation No. 54/2020.Sri Mulyani said the widening budget deficit was warranted as government revenues may drop by Rp 69.3 trillion to Rp 1.69 quadrillion, while the government boosts state spending by Rp 106 trillion to Rp 2.72 quadrillion.“State income will drop as a result of bigger tax incentives and weakening economic sectors and commodity prices,” Sri Mulyani told reporters. “Meanwhile, we will boost state spending to strengthen the economy against the COVID-19 pressures.”Read also: Government issues regulation on economic recovery program, focuses on SOEs, MSMEs The government is rolling out a Rp 641.17 trillion (US$43 billion) economic recovery stimulus, bigger than previous allocations, to soften the impact of COVID-19 on micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), as well as state-owned enterprises (SOEs).Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the “national economic recovery” program would include a strengthened social safety net, tax incentives, capital injections into SOEs and interest rate subsidies for MSMEs, among other measures.“The government will accelerate spending to help MSMEs and SOEs, apart from a consumer spending stimulus and tax incentives for industry,” Sri Mulyani said during a streamed news conference. “These efforts aim to stimulate the supply and demand sides for economic recovery.”center_img The government is planning a Rp 149.29 trillion bailout for 12 SOEs, mostly as cash compensation and working capital investments, to reduce the impact of the virus crisis. The funding includes Rp 48 trillion in compensation for electricity firm PLN, Rp 45 trillion in compensation for oil company Pertamina and Rp 8.5 trillion in working capital for flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.“This will serve as support for SOEs affected by COVID-19 including from supply chain disruption, falling demand and operations, as well as the severe financial impact,” said Sri Mulyani. The stimulus will be targeted at SOEs with strategic roles, she added.“We will involve the Supreme Audit Agency [BPK] and the Corruption Eradication Commission [KPK], among others, to oversee the operation and ensure the functionality of the SOEs,” the finance minister said.The government will also provide Rp 34.15 trillion worth of loan repayment subsidies for around 60 million borrowers to cope with the pandemic. Rp 87.59 trillion will also be allocated for banks to support their loan-restructuring programs.It is also planning to provide Rp 172.1 trillion for the social safety net, far higher than the previous plan of Rp 110 trillion, as well as increasing its tax incentives program to Rp 123 trillion from the initial plan of Rp 70.1 trillion.last_img read more

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Trump hedges ‘bomb’ claim as US offers Lebanon aid after explosion

first_img“It looks like a terrible attack,” he said.But on Wednesday the US leader said the question was still unanswered, as he pledged US support to Lebanon.”I can tell you whatever happened, it’s terrible. But they don’t really know what it is. Nobody knows yet,” he said. “How can you say accident? Somebody …  left some terrible explosive-type devices and things around perhaps. Perhaps it was that. Perhaps it was an attack. I don’t think anybody can say right now.” “I’ve heard it both ways,” he added.Trump’s comments came after the Pentagon declined to confirm his “generals” claim and Defense Secretary Mark Esper supported the accident explanation for the explosion, which left at least 113 people dead, including at least one American, and thousands injured.”I’m still getting information on what happened,” Esper told the Aspen Security Forum.”Most believe that it was an accident as reported,” he said. Trump said the United States stands by Lebanon, a longstanding ally in the Middle East but whose powerful political and paramilitary group Hezbollah is designated a terrorist group by Washington. “We’re standing with that country. You know, we have a very good relationship with that country, but it is a country under a lot of turmoil and a lot of problems. We stand with them,” he said.Earlier Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered assistance in a phone call with Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab, the State Department said.Pompeo voiced “our steadfast commitment to assist the Lebanese people as they cope with the aftermath of this terrifying event,” according to a statement on the call.He “further stressed our solidarity with and support for the Lebanese people as they strive for the dignity, prosperity and security they deserve.”Pompeo later told a news conference that the United States would unveil measures to support Lebanon “in the coming days.” US President Donald Trump said Wednesday the deadly Beirut explosion may have been an accident, after raising eyebrows earlier suggesting it was an attack.Trump said it is still unclear what happened, although Lebanese officials have blamed the massive eruption on a poorly secured stockpile of highly volatile fertilizer ingredient ammonium nitrate.On Tuesday he said it appeared to have been caused by a “bomb of some kind,” citing unnamed US “generals” for the information.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Family Hope Program has boosted school enrollment, reduced stunting: Study

first_imgRecipients of the government-funded social assistance Family Hope Program (PKH) have seen their livelihoods improve after receiving conditional cash transfers, according to a study.World Bank senior protection specialist Ekki Syamsulhakim said Thursday the program had successfully increased school enrollment rates, reduced stunting and prevented child labor by providing extremely impoverished families with an additional safety net.“While the program has not performed well according to some statistical indicators, it has had a positive impact on some important indicators, such as the recipient families’ health, and resulted in an intended behavioral change. In conclusion, the PKH has had a positive impact,” he said during an online webinar held by the SMERU Research Institute. “The program has already shown a positive outcome. However, we need to strengthen the monitoring system and create a ‘graduation’ system for families so they are able to live without the aid,” Ekki said.The government hopes to help recipients “graduate” from the program within six years, by ensuring that their economic situations improve to the point that they no longer need to receive the assistance.Despite the progress that has been made, a study by SMERU and was published by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) in 2019 showed that social mobility among poor children in Indonesia remained abysmal.The study, which analyzed Indonesian Family Life Survey (IFLS) data on more than 1,500 children aged between 8 and 17 from 2000 to 2014, showed that children who lived in poor families earned on average 87 percent less than children from more well-off backgrounds. In addition, children who live in the highest quintile earn 78 percent more during adulthood than those from the lower four quintiles.“Poor children showed worse results in cognitive and math tests, remained in school for two years less than their counterparts and had lower access to health services. If we look at their earnings in 2014, there was a huge difference compared to non-poor children,” SMERU researcher Mayang Rizky said during the discussionMayang added that the government’s cash transfer program (BLT) and rice subsidy (Raskin) program had not helped children escape from structural poverty nor provided them with better paying work in the future.“From our study, we highly recommend that the government evaluate its programs in order to break the vicious cycle of intergenerational poverty,” she said.Dyah Larasati, the coordinator for the National Team for Poverty Acceleration Alleviation (TNP2K), defended the programs during the webinar, saying that the Raskin and BLT programs were intended to help cushion the economic hardships felt by poor families and were not intended to be silver bullets to solve poverty.“I think it’s a bit of an overstretch to presume that Raskin and the BLT could improve their recipients’ economic status. The BLT isn’t given annually to families, so [alleviating poverty] is not the main target of the program. Instead, it’s aimed at reducing economic shocks,” she said.The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion for its COVID-19 response, of which Rp 203.9 trillion has been set aside for social safety net programs, including the PKH and the staple food card program.It had disbursed Rp 304.6 trillion or 43.8 percent of the funds as of Sept. 28, with social safety net spending accelerating while healthcare spending has continued to lag, said national economic recovery committee head Budi Gunadi Sadikin on Sept. 30.The government has spent Rp 150.8 trillion, or 74 percent of the social safety net budget, in the hopes of softening the hit to consumer demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and helping people stay afloat amid the economic downturn.Editor’s note: This article has been revised to correctly state that Ekki Syamsulhakim is World Bank senior protection specialist and that the study published by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) in 2019 is conducted by the SMERU Research Institute.Topics : The government disbursed Rp 32.65 trillion (US$2.21 billion) through the PKH program to 10 million families last year, according to the Social Affairs Ministry. Each family received a base benefit of Rp 550,000 per year and added benefits depending on the family’s circumstances, such as an additional Rp 2 million per annum if there was a high school student in the family.The study found that the PKH had increased school re-enrollment by 53 percent for recipient families’ children aged 7 to 15 years old who were not enrolled or had left school, and reduced the number of children engaged in wage work by 48 percent.In terms of health, toddlers of recipient families are now 23 percent less likely to suffer from stunting. The research also showed that pregnant mothers that received PKH aid were more likely to deliver their children at a health facility.Despite the success in reducing stunting, the PKH has not resulted in a significant increase in the child immunization rate or vitamin A consumption.last_img read more

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‘ESG will not happen’ if Solvency II comes to pension funds: Leppälä

first_imgThe Solvency II directive, which covered half of the European pension market, had pushed pension insurance companies “almost totally” out of equity investments, said Leppälä.In June a survey by the trade association InsuranceEurope found that almost half (48%) of insurers across Europe said Solvency II had led them to invest “less than optimum amounts in equities, long-term bonds, private placements or unrated debt”. Matti Leppälä, PensionsEurope CEOPension funds, noted Leppälä, had successfully resisted such regulation, so in countries such as the Netherlands they were continuing to invest in the real economy and for the long-term.That, said Leppälä, was the transition that needed to take place.He hoped that “in the end there will be a re-evaluation of the financial market regulatory framework”, and that there would not be – as there had been previously – a push to include pension funds in the same financial framework as banks and insurance companies.Restrictive capital requirementsElaborating on his comments in Brussels, Leppälä told IPE that if pension funds were faced with similar risk-based capital requirements as those for insurance companies under Solvency II, their equity investments would be very limited – as would other investments considered risky such as private equity, venture capital, infrastructure and real estate.These types of investment were “crucial for ESG and sustainable finance”, he added.PensionsEurope is lobbying against the introduction of delegated acts in the EU pension fund directive as part of the Commission’s package of sustainable finance measures.Some of its members fear that this could pave the way for the introduction of Solvency II requirements for pension funds. The industry successfully lobbied against this in the process leading to the new EU pension fund directive, IORP II, but remains on its guard. The European Commission’s sustainability goals risk not being achieved if EU financial regulation restricts pension fund investment in risky assets, the CEO of Europe’s occupational pension fund association has suggested.Speaking at a Eurosif event in Brussels on Monday, Matti Leppälä of PensionsEurope said: “ESG will not happen if everything is in euro-denominated government bonds.”“You have to be able to take risk to be able to get real returns, have growth in the real economy, have good employment, and then make the necessary investments into infrastructure, into impact investing, into private equity,” he added.PensionsEurope has been concerned with a trend in European regulation “to harmonise everything on a short-term time horizon”, he said.last_img read more

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Buy the house, get a fully stocked wine cellar

first_imgOther features include ducted zoned airconditioning, four zone security system, hardwood feature walls and a Vacuum maid.Mr Hicks said the property, listed about a week ago, had already received plenty of interest.“It has had interest from what I call executive couples and families including a family from Sydney and a family from Melbourne, both of whom are currently in temporary accommodation wanting to find a home,” Mr Hicks said.“It will be going to auction (March 23 at 9am) and I believe it has enough special features, and a great location, that puts it above its competition.”Mr Hicks said that, on top of the fully stocked wine cellar, he would be throwing in a bottle of champers for the lucky buyer.Bottoms up! Upstairs is four more bedrooms including the master bedroom, which has a large walk-in robe and an ensuite with a double vanity, his/hers shower and stylish timber accents. Also on this level is the study, family bathroom and a huge family room.Outside, there is a private, glass-framed, heated saltwater swimming pool, as well as a fire pit, plenty of grass for children and pets and a fully covered alfresco deck. Behind that front door is a fully-stocked wine cellar and it could be yours!The new owners of this entertainers house will have plenty to celebrate — and they won’t need to stop by the bottle shop to buy party plonk anytime soon.This house will be sold with a fully stocked wine cellar — that’s 96 bottles of vino! The kitchen has quality appliances including dual ovens, an induction cooktop, an integrated range hood and a dishwasher, plus waterfall stone benchtops, a breakfast bar and spacious walk-in pantry. The wine cellar is also located on this floor.center_img The ground floor consists of a bedroom, laundry, and the main living spaces which have 2.7m high ceilings.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago And there it is, in all of its glory!!!!Place Bulimba agent Shane Hicks said the house was already a showstopper but the fully-stocked wine cellar added a real wow factor.“It happens from time to time but not often, and it is a nice gesture,” he said.“The owners put in the wine cellar and its an impressive feature and the current owners wanted to pass that on.”Mr Hicks said the house was “what I call an entertainer”.“It is just two years old and better than new because the gardens have established, the window coevring are installed, there is a beautiful firepit out the back,” Mr Hicks said.“The kitchen has all of the bells and whistles and you can see out to the pool, which has its own wow factor at night.”The five bedroom, three bathroom ‘near new’ contemporary house is located in Camp Hill.It has an open plan layout, with formal and informal living and entertaining areas spread across the two levels.last_img read more

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A clean slate in Belgian Gardens

first_imgThis one-off Hamptons inspired home in Belgian Gardens was snapped up halfway through construction. PICTURE: SUPPLIEDAWARD-WINNING designer Pam Ellis has studied and refined her original flare for home design around the world, working on the hit TV show The Block, and studying at the California Interior Designers Institute. Her most recent accomplishment has been in developing two, one-off luxury houses in Belgian Gardens as part of her designer collection. “Our daughters are six, four and one in age, and after Pam met them, she put little teddy bears on the draw handles in their bathroom.” (Pictured above).“I wish I’d known about Ellis Developments two years ago because we probably would have designed a home with Pam back then.” “That’s where I came up with the idea of doing a kids’ wing, and then I added designer features like vertical slats, textures on the wall, high ceilings, a pendant light, and just doing different things so the finish would be really special.”The Hamptons-style design won over the family with its unique features, and Ms Ellis’s personal touches made the house feel like home.“We loved the high ceilings, and now that it’s complete the kitchen is just perfect — the marble splashback is incredible,” Ms Lenahan said. The newest project is currently in the process of being developed, and is still up for grabs — with it on track to be ready for move-in by Christmas.Her newly completed home, dubbed the Nora Jones house after its previous late property owner, was snapped up before it even finished coming out of the ground. It is now home to the Lenahan family who officially moved in at the beginning of this month, after losing everything in the recent floods. “For about three years we had been looking to buy in Belgian Gardens, but we couldn’t find anything that was the right fit for our family,” Ms Lenahan said.“When we came in to have a look at this place, we walked through it, half completed — and it was just perfect.” 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 2020Ms Ellis said she felt the Townsville property market was missing something, and was inspired by her experiences abroad.“I wanted to create something different to what’s generally offered in Townsville,” Ms Ellis said.“I’ve studied and done developments in places like California, Georgia, and Italy, and I had so much inspiration and had seen so many ideas that just weren’t being brought to the Townsville market.”Ms Ellis added that her approach to the custom project was different to the usual method of building for an existing client. “Usually when I do a design job, I start with a client in mind, and with this one I just came up the client in my head — I knew it would be a family, with young children who needed two separate living spaces.last_img read more

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