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Officer-involved shootings under investigation
A pair of shooting deaths occurred over the Memorial Day weekend in New Jersey. The shooting involved state police, and a male civilian was severely injured. As per the attorney general’s office, the incident took place on Saturday, around 6:30 am on The Garden State Parkway, Bass River. On the same day, around 1:00 am, another civilian was severely wounded in another shooting that involved an officer in Paterson. As per a spokesman for the Passaic County sheriff’s office, the injured officer was treated at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and discharged. The names of the two men are not yet known, and the investigation is carried out by the office of public integrity and the accountability in the state police central crime bureau and attorney general’s office. The State law needs that the attorney general’s office should look into deaths occurring during encounters with law enforcement.
NYC Teachers showing their support to frontline workers by delivering meals
Two New York City teachers had come forward to support the frontline workers for their fight with Coronavirus.
Co-founders at Brooklyn Cares managed to make around 1,000 meals in just three weeks with their local support.
"It's been a very grassroots thing for us because neither one of us in the nonprofit world," Michele Levin, of Brooklyn Cares, said.
Another member at Brooklyn Cares, Stephanie Schragger, said that it was all possible with the support they received.
"We are so overwhelmed by the support that we've had from people," Schragger said.
Both managed to do this while teaching at St. Ann's School and also homeschooling their young kids.
Levin said that they had to try extra hard to make this project work "in the little pockets of time before class, after class, when our children are in bed, or on the weekends."
They decided to open Brooklyn Cares after seeing the impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare system and neighborhood restaurants and
thought to help both groups.
By now, they have received nearly $17,000 to provide meals to the frontline workers. The meals prepared by them go to healthcare facilities, including Cobble Hill Health Center -- a nursing home hit hard by COVID-19.
Columbia University research shows, thousands of lives could have been saved if lockdown started a week earlier in U.S.
According to new data published by the researchers at Columbia University, if the U.S. would have implemented lockdown around a week earlier, thousands of lives could have been saved.
More than 91,000 people had died due to Coronavirus in the U.S. till May 20. Still, according to the research data from researchers, around 36,000 lives could have been saved by implementing social distancing laws and locking down just a week before it was placed. And another report in the New York Times said that if these measures had been taken two weeks earlier, the number of saved lives could have been 54,000.
New York being the hardest-hit city, went on lockdown from March 22, and the first U.S. confirmed cases came on January 20. New York took months to implement an action plan which worsened the conditions according to the report.
Researchers also acknowledged that the estimates were based on idealized hypothetical assumptions. The effect would have been different as some countries such as South Korea and Italy started aggressive plans at the end of February.
As an answer to this report, the White House blamed China for lack of transparency and WHO for the deaths caused in the U.S. and the entire world.
Tips to ensure Fitness is not compromised during the pandemic
The lockdown has kept gyms and fitness studios on a pause, and more New Yorkers are on the street for cardio.
Dr Anthony Fauci, a Coronavirus task force member, is a runner. Also, Gov. Cuomo had taken up this hobby with his daughters between his gubernatorial duties. But Annick Lamar, New York Runners coach, puts forward the fact safety is essential.
Therefore, if one is up for a run or a virtual marathon, there are some tips from NYRR:
a) Maintain Distance
Lamar says that one should follow CDC regulations and stay 6 feet away from others and one should be aware of their state rules. Also, she suggests that heading out for a run while roadways are empty, is a safer option, i.e. early morning or later in the afternoon or otherwise saving the run for a drizzly day.
She also suggests to be creative with the routes to avoid the crowd, and on seeing too many people on the same street, one can immediately take a different course.
b) Always wear a mask
Wearing a mask while heading out for a run is very important, and also, one must make sure there is enough space for others around. Trying a neck gaiter is a good alternative, although mask alone also works.
c) Running not a compulsion
Lamar also puts a counter-intuitive point that in the current situation, one does not require to run if one does not feel safe to be out there.
d) Start Slow
New runners should first try two or three 20-minute runs and avoid speeding up too quickly. She also suggests taking “walk-runs” to get one’s body becomes used to running. The walk-runs would include alternate running for two to five minutes and walking for about 30 seconds or a minute.
e) Gradually Pace Yourself
Generally for new runners, Lamar asks to keep a pace where one can hold a conversation with someone and to ensure this, one may need to talk out loud despite no company to make sure the breathing is in check.
f) Ensure wearing proper Running shoes
Good running shoes can go a long way in letting one feel comfortable and gives an enjoyable first jog. Virtual fittings and consultations for new runners are also available if required.
g) Keep at It
There is no particular thing that makes anyone a runner. It is all about making it a part of life. Lamar says that runners are whoever does it. Running may take a long time to make one feel used to it, but gradually, it will become a good habit.
Boy Scouts Councils facing pressure due to high number of sex abuse lawsuits and their costs
On Tuesday, nine sex abuse lawsuits were filed against Boy Scout local councils in New York. This is causing more pressure on the councils nationwide as they have to pay a significant share of a settlement in Scout's bankruptcy proceedings.
As the courts in some parts of New York had started handling some civil cases again, the lawsuits were recent.
Mike Pfau, the lawyer handling the filing of these cases, his firm is expected to file more lawsuits in some other [parts of New York as well as New Jersey and California after the courts are fully reopened.
Two other firms, Oregon-based Crew Janci LLP and Chicago-based Hurley McKenna & Mertz, also planned to file more cases as there may be hundreds of similar lawsuits.
According to an injunction issued by the bankruptcy judge, Laurie Selber Silverstein had blocked lawyers from proceeding lawsuit against local council through June 8.
According to recent changes in state laws, people are allowed to sue over long ago sexual abuse. This new state law increased lawsuits against Boy Scouts of America, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February in hopes of surviving a barrage in lawsuits.
Adult Film actor Ron Jeremy fights to save the tree planted by his father
Ron Jeremy, an adult film star, is fighting to save a tree from being cut that was planted by his father when he was born.
He Twitted on Saturday, saying that utility Con Edison is trying to cut a tree that was planted in Queens in 1953. Along with this, Jeremy also uploaded a photo of himself hugging the tree outside his home on Bell Boulevard in Bayside.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Ron is living in the Hollywood Hotel. He told us that his neighbor told him that the tree trunk was wrapped in yellow tape, ready to be cut last week.
"I looked after that tree all my life. They tried to chop the tree down years ago, but I wouldn't let them," Jeremy said. "I even belted myself to the tree."
Con Edison replied to Ron's tweet by saying that the tree is on city property, and the Parks Department can remove it if required. It is entirely upon the city to whether or not to cut the tree and prevent any kind of damage the tree can cause to powerlines.
"Let my little tree live," Jeremy said. "He ain't ready to go yet."
Varying symptoms of Pediatric Inflammatory Syndrome
Many children are suffering from COVID-19, and it is observed that the number of children with pediatric multi-system inflammatory disease is increasing; although the symptoms differ.
Three cases have been analysed in detail wherein three children of 8, 12, and 14 years have differently developed this lethal inflammatory illness. All three children have nearly escaped death, and they all had antibodies for COVID-19, but they were unaware.
First case: 8-year old Jayden Hardowar
As per 23rd April reports, Jayden was healthy and involved in singing, LEGO’s as well as remote learning. But that night he suffered from 103-degree fever and thus, his parents took him to a paediatrician for a personal visit, who asked them to take Jayden home and supervise Tylenol. His father told that at this time, Jayden had no appetite and was thirsty all the time. After two days, his temperature was optimum, but he started suffering from diarrhoea.
The 25th April Telehealth visit helped the paediatrician to note that Jayden was not eating and advised to take Pedialyte. The parents thought that these symptoms were the result of his low diet, but the child went into cardiac arrest. The child’s 15-year old brother Tyron supported with CPR until the ambulance reached. He has recovered but still very weak.
Second Case: 12-year old Jissel Rosario from New Jersey
Jissel experienced pain in her upper thigh one morning and her mom, Alma Cruz thought that this was because she might have slept wrong. Cruz told that she was quite alert about staying indoors to prevent exposure from COVID-19, to leave their Newark apartment. But she took her for an emergency check-up when she observed swelling in Jissel’s thigh. In the next few days, the 12-year old’s leg became worse, and the prescribed medications were not working. When her foot began changing colours, her mother took her to the hospital where Ultrasound helped to detect the fatal blood clot in her foot. Jissel was in a critical condition, but it became worse when the clot reached her lung during a process to treat the clot, and she suffered from cardiac arrest. Following the 45-minute CPR, Jissel was assisted with life support.
COVID-19 could not be confirmed as the reason for the blood clot as she was tested negative for COVID-19, but she tested positive for this virus’ antibodies. This suggests that she had suffered from the pandemic, but she recovered. According to the paediatrician, a similar pattern is observed in many corona cases wherein it is believed that due to the overreaction of the immune system, there is inflammation in the blood vessels that develops after the infection with the virus.
Dr James Schneider of Cohen Children’s Hospital informed that inflammation could lead to such clots, and the coronavirus infections can also be related to abnormal clotting.
Third case: 14-year old Jack McMorrow from Queens
Jack observed a strange rash on his hands, and this rash began spreading from the palm to the wrist. The teen did not experience any underlying conditions, but after three days, he developed a sore throat, and his temperature was 101.8. His paediatrician recommended amoxicillin as he suspected this to be a bacterial infection, but Jack’s condition became worse.
Jack tested negative for COVID-19 and Mononucleosis, and by night, he felt acute pain from head to toe, his temperature rose to 104.7, and the size of the lymph node in his chest increased. His heart rate increased, and blood pressure levels decreased. In the ICU, he was treated with steroids, and he tested positive for Corona antibodies. Eventually, he recovered.
Voters getting frustrated on voter fraud allegations due to vote-by-mail procedure
Some voters got frustrated due to the voter fraud allegations in Paterson in this week's vote-by-mail city council election and are raising voice against Gov. Phil Murphy, who implemented the plan of the election.
This week, Councilman Luis Velez said that if the corruption cases continue to grow, Gov. Phil should consider cancelling the elections and organize a new vote this summer.
The governor said there are no plans to change the rules of the election and said," I don't have any specific insights on Tuesday in Paterson. It is clearly something we are looking at. My guess is with some fullness of time, and we'll have more to tell on that."
There are reports that hundreds of votes were allegedly found bundled and stuffed in a single mailbox in Haledon. According to postal workers, they also saw hundreds of other vote-by-mail ballots in mailboxes around the city. A video released on social media showed a voter mailing many votes. Such videos and incidents would raise a question if there were any organized effort by one campaign to steal the election.
"He (Gov. Murphy) has now placed us in a position where we are being cheated out of our votes," said community activist Ernest Rucker.
Storm hits Tri sate region with tornados possibilities
On Friday evening, the critical storm moved towards the tri-state region with a risk of high-speed winds, frequent lightning, and heavy rains. In New York, a tornado warning was issued for Ulster County, with a tornado watch in Dutchess and Ulster counties until 10 p.m. The overall effect of the storm was low, but Northern New Jersey and Hudson Valley remain at high risk for tornados on Friday night. Even if the tornados remain absent, high-speed winds may damage the northwest of New York City.
The warning for severe storms was in effect all through the evening for Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, and Westchester counties in New York, along with Fairfield County in Connecticut. The wind speeds reached 60 mph, which crossed through Carmel, New York, and across state lines into Danbury. Many trees were knocked down and power lines in Putnam and Ulster.
The storm first entered into the region at around 5 p.m., and the affected the weather of the city and coastal area in the night. The effects included some rain and far weaker isolated thunderstorms passing through Friday into Saturday.
The storm was a result of muggy humidity and soaring temperatures in the region last days.
New Jersey state to expand it's testing capacity
The state of New Jersey is planning on expanding its testing capacity by bringing in a robust
contact tracing program, Gov. Phil Murphy said “Implementing an expanded testing regime and
robust contact tracing strategy are the underpinnings of putting New Jersey on the road back to
With this new strategy, the state will be increasing its testing capacity two-fold times and will be
able to test at least 20,000 and 25,000 people in a day by the end of May and June respectively.
This new testing program will provide access for frontline health care workers, first responders
and transit workers
Vulnerable populations, residents in long-term care facilities, individuals in the corrections
system, individuals in homeless shelters, patients in psychiatric hospitals and seasonal farm
workers will be of top priority.
This testing plan will include mobile testing units and soon testing sites may open at churches
and mosques as well.
Governor announced that the state will be using local, county and regional health departments
support to use the CommCare technological platform for contact tracing, also, the state is
planning on hiring 10,000 contact tracers to carry out the task.