Parkway Road Rage Ends in Assault Arrest

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Merrick man has been accused of beating a West Sayville man following a road rage altercation that led to a car crash on the Southern State Parkway in West Babylon over the weekend.New York State police said Rodney Selman, 42, got into a traffic dispute with the 49-year-old victim that resulted in one driver rear-ending the other while driving eastbound near exit 36 for Straight Path shortly before 9 p.m. Friday.When both drivers pulled over, the feud escalated into a physical fight with the suspect throwing the victim to the ground, police said. The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip for treatment.Selman was charged with assault. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Israel among countries reporting new H5N1 outbreaks

first_imgJan 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in Israel today notified the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of an H5 avian influenza outbreak at a site near Haifa, and media outlets are reporting that final tests have confirmed the virus is the lethal H5N1subtype.Eighteen of 20 chickens at a petting zoo adjacent to a kindergarten in the city of Binyamina in northern Israel were found dead this morning, reported Xinhua, China’s state news agency.Shmuel Rishpon, a Haifa district physician, said the kindergarten staff has been given preventive medicine and authorities believe none of the children or parents had contact with the birds.According to the OIE report, only chickens at the zoo were struck by the virus. Eight ducks and four pigeons were also housed with the chickens in a small enclosure.Polymerase chain reaction testing at Israel’s national laboratory at Kimron Veterinary Institute on samples from the infected birds were positive for the H5 serotype, but neuraminidase inhibition assay tests were pending, the OIE report said.However, the agriculture ministry said today the birds had the lethal H5N1 strain, according to the Jerusalem Post. Israel’s agriculture ministry received final test results from its department of veterinary services, indicating the birds had the H5N1 subtype, Globes Online, an Israeli business media outlet, reported today.The remaining birds were destroyed, and health officials placed a 3-kilometer protection zone and a 10-kilometer surveillance zone around the outbreak area, said the OIE report.Israel’s last H5N1 outbreak, which hit domestic poultry, occurred in March 2006, according to reports from the UN Food and Animal Organization (FAO). No human H5N1 cases or deaths have been reported in Israel.Elsewhere, animal health officials in Vietnam said the H5N1 virus killed 350 white-winged ducks in northern Vietnam’s Thai Nguyen province, according to a Reuters report today. The outbreak occurred at a farm in 2-month-old ducks. Animal health workers culled the remaining birds, the report said.The H5N1 virus also struck ducks and chickens in Tra Vinh province in southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, Reuters reported.Officials in Bangladesh yesterday said the H5N1 virus was detected on a poultry farm in Dinajpur in the northern part of the country, prompting the culling of 300 chickens, according to another Reuters report.In other developments, the state media in Myanmar on Dec 29 reported an outbreak of the H5N1 virus in chickens in a village near the Myanmar border with Thailand, the Associated Press (AP) reported.The New Light of Myanmar, the state-run newspaper, said the outbreak occurred in a village in Shan state among domestic chickens and was reported to livestock officials on Dec 23, according to the AP report.See also:OIE reports on Israeli avian flu outbreakFAO update on H5N1 in birdslast_img read more

Professional gatherings were held as part of the first day of the Croatian Tourism Days event

first_imgDuring the first day of the most important tourist event, Days of Croatian Tourism, which take place this year in the City of Hvar on the island of Hvar, two expert meetings were held to discuss trends in the world of creative industries, ie the connection between film and tourism and Croatia’s recognition in the United States market. . The panel discussion “Film Industry and Tourism”, which opened the Days of Croatian Tourism, discussed how the film industry is transforming Croatian tourism. The panel brought together representatives of the Croatian and world film industry under the moderation of the director of the Croatian Audiovisual Center, Daniel Rafaelić. Mohamed Sarim El Haq Fassi Fihri, director of the Moroccan Film Institute, pointed out the positive impact of the foreign film industry on Moroccan tourism, but also  on the development of its rural parts due to the creation of new jobs for the local population. Revenues from the film industry and film tourism are rising year by year in Morocco, and Fassi Fihri  believes that Morocco’s film industry will be the world leader in the next 10 years with significant revenue growth. Director of the Hungarian Film Office Miklos Taba boasted of the enviable figures that Budapest achieves thanks to a large number of foreign film productions, which in the future could result in Budapest becoming the center of the film industry – the new Hollywood. Successful Croatian television producer and journalist Nebojsa Taraba He pointed out that film production in Croatia is developing more and more, which has been recognized by world television companies such as Netflix and HBO, which opens many opportunities for the Croatian film industry to develop, but also increase the recognition of film production, which, Taraba believes,  Croatian tradition.Croatian world-renowned director of photography with an American address, Vanja Černjul he spoke of safety as an important factor when choosing locations for filming movies and series, but also stressed that it is not crucial. In addition to safety, according to Černjul, important factors for choosing a location are infrastructure, incentives and conditions and quality of life, and it is Croatia that can offer all this. Černjul sees the future of the Croatian film industry in the young workforce, which the Croatian film industry can be proud of, and he hopes that Croatia will know how to use it. Director of the Pula Film Festival, Gordana Restović she spoke about the success of the Pula Film Festival, which gathers an increasing number every year  domestic and foreign visitors and especially emphasized the importance of the film festival as an integral part of cultural heritage and one of the increasingly common motives for visitors to Croatia. State Secretary at the Ministry of Culture Krešimir Partl he sees the development of the film industry in the opening of film studios in Croatia and is gathered  presented the support and contribution of the relevant ministry for the system of encouraging the export of audiovisual services and attracting international  film and television productions in Croatia. In addition, Secretary of State Partl pointed out that the initiative to open a new film studio has existed for many years, but in order for it to be formed in Croatia, it is necessary to make a study that would answer key questions such as study size, study funding, management, maintenance and Fig. Development of strategies and plans for cultural heritage management, says Partl, are necessary for their preservation.A lecture was held in the continuation of the program Ala Merschena, a leading PR and marketing expert on the American market called “Croatia – an attractive destination for American tourists.”  Merschen is the president and founder of MMGY Global, one of the most important marketing and PR companies in the United States that conducts independent research, and as part of this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism presented an author’s research conducted in the US market on the potential and recognition of Croatia as a tourist destination. presented the habits of Americans as tourists.  Europe, the study points out, Merschen pointed out, as  the most desirable location due to the ancestors of Americans and their interesting culture, and in recent years visitors from the American market are increasingly interested in Croatia as a tourist destination, ie as many as 47 percent of people from the study are interested in traveling to Croatia.  In conclusion, Merschen reminded that the changes in global tourism are very visible, for the money invested the goal of the trip is no longer beaches, sunbathing and the sea, but studying the culture of living and enjoying food and wine. Tourists want a certain value that they will later be able to share on their social networks and talk about their experiences with family and friends, and that is the best promotion a tourist destination can have.last_img read more

Planning: Handle with care

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How to get an online supermarket delivery slot if you are shielding

first_imgSo what should those who have received a letter do to secure a slot? “I’ve wasted hours, getting up in the middle of the night to try and find slots”Hazel Dakers received a text from the NHS on March 31, informing her that she had been identified as extremely vulnerable. A four-page letter followed days later, spelling out that coronavirus put her at “very high risk of severe illness”.Warned to stay at home “at all times” and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks, Dakers went online in the hope she could get groceries delivered rather than put herself at risk by visiting a store in person.Like so many others who have received the NHS letter, securing a delivery slot has been close to impossible.“I have been battling to obtain a supermarket slot on a regular – even if not frequent – basis. I have been banging my head against a brick wall,” said the 70-year-old, who suffers from asthma and other chronic conditions. “I feel very distressed.””I have been banging my head against a brick wall”Dakers, who lives in Brentford in west London, had already bought an Ocado Smart Pass on the advice of her son in March, booked one delivery and received it. But she hasn’t been able to secure a slot since, because three deliveries with the pass are required before Ocado considers someone a priority customer. She has a Waitrose card and had set up an order three weeks in advance. As she was editing her order to include items for neighbours, the slot vanished.“I was dismayed, and angry,” Dakers said. “It’s not what I find entertaining.”Dakers called the Sainsbury’s customer careline and left her details. Weeks later came an automated call back: “The wording and tone came across as though they didn’t believe me.” The advice given if she thought they had made a mistake was to call another number, but she would need a Nectar card first, which she doesn’t have.By “sheer chance” – tipped off by her daughter, who had heard on a community website that Tesco were releasing new slots one evening – Dakers managed to secure a one-time slot with the supermarket.“I’ve wasted hours, getting up in the middle of the night to try and find slots. Many times at midnight trying to find one. And many hours trying to source things elsewhere from independent shops,” Dakers says. “I’m extremely vulnerable, and they can’t be bothered.” Last month, the NHS wrote to around 1.5 million people in England warning they were at “very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus”.Recipients have been told to stay at home “at all times” and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks. That includes “going out for food”.To get supplies, those deemed “extremely vulnerable” are advised to “ask a friend, neighbour or family member” for help. The letter implies that it’s also risky for someone else in the household to do the shopping, even though those on the so-called ‘shield list’ are advised to minimise contact with them, too.As a result, many of those shielding are turning to online grocery as their last hope in staying fed. They are not alone. Supermarket delivery services have been swamped by demand in recent weeks as Brits look to avoid going to the shops. You have completed the additional support form AND are an existing online customer of a supermarket. Now what?In most cases the supermarket will be proactively trying to contact you. In other cases, next time you log in there will be slots available to you.Waitrose: “We’ll be in touch with our customers on the list – they will see priority access to delivery slots when they log in (on an ongoing basis). Please be reassured that we’re doing all we can as quickly as possible. To allow us to cope with demand, we are kindly asking customers to wait for communication from us rather than trying to get in touch at this time.”Ocado: “We have already identified our customers on this list and reached out to offer them delivery slots with We will continue to play our part as the government updates its shield list of people in need of support. In order for us to identify you on the government’s list, you must declare that you are in need of getting essential supplies delivered to you.”Asda: “We’ve contacted everyone who is on the list the government gave us and offered them free, recurring delivery slots.”Tesco: Existing customers should call 0800 917 7359.Sainsbury’s: “We continue to receive more data and have been able to match nearly 250,000 additional customers against our database so far, and are contacting them to arrange priority home delivery.”Morrisons: Has not revealed any use of the government database to give priority to those in it.Iceland: “We are regularly emailing customers that we have matched and are providing exclusive times for them to book a slot before other customers. The details on how to do this are contained within the email they receive, including a special link to use.” If you have received a letter and want to get a priority supermarket delivery slot, you must visit the website on the letter and fill out the online formThe government is sharing a database of people on the shield list with supermarkets to help them assign priority slots.However, the government is not sharing the entire shield list. To get on the database shared with supermarkets, letter recipients must register here.Although the website wording can seem like you are registering to get on the shield list, you are registering to “get support” as a shielding person, which includes priority deliveries.The online form will ask for your name and details, and your NHS number. This number is on the letter, but you can also proceed if you don’t have it to hand.The form asks: “Do you have a way of getting essential supplies delivered at the moment? For example, friends or family who can make sure you have enough food.”To get on the list shared with supermarkets, you must answer ‘No’.Next, the form asks if you have any dietary requirements and tells you that “deliveries will be left on the doorstep”. This is because everyone on the shield list also qualifies for a free food package from the government. Even if you don’t need a free food package from government, you must answer these questions and submit the online form in order to get on the database shared with supermarkets.Defra advises those shielding who only need access to online delivery slots to turn away the free food box at the doorstep when it arrives if they don’t want it, and it will be given to someone else. Once a delivery slot has been secured with a supermarket, you can go back and edit your needs.It is understood supermarkets are receiving updates to the database on a weekly basis. You have completed the additional support form BUT are NOT an existing online customer of a supermarket. Now what?“We are looking at how we can assist those who are clinically vulnerable, but who are not on any supermarkets’ existing online customer list, to gain access to an online delivery slot,” Defra says.In the meantime, if you are on the database shared with supermarkets but are not on the retailer’s own customer database, you will need to register as a new customer with one.Most supermarkets are still accepting new online customer registrations.Tesco: “New customers who have a letter from the NHS can either create an account online or call us on 0800 917 7359. We will then be able to verify whether they are on the government’s list.”Iceland: “We’re receiving regularly updated data from the government, so for new customers to be matched to this, they just need to create an Iceland account. Customers should make sure that the data they register with matches that which they have provided to the government to ensure we can match it.”Sainsbury’s: “We are working with government to understand how we can support customers who are not already signed up to a home delivery service.”Asda, Waitrose and Morrisons are also accepting new online customer registrations. Ocado is not. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland the whole process is similar. But supermarkets can’t help yetIn Scotland 136,000 people are in the shielded group and have been asked by text if they want their details forwarded to supermarkets for priority service. In Wales 88,000 are on the shield list, which has been passed to supermarkets.Housing minister Julie James last week acknowledged it was “very unlikely” all would get a priority slot and urged family and friends to help. In Northern Ireland there are 10,400 homes where someone is shielding.NI minister for communities Deirdre Hargey has said informing retailers is more complicated than in England because patient information is held on disparate databases.The supermarkets have stated they are ready to assist those on shield lists in each country but are waiting to receive government databases.last_img read more

Amazing home reno: Bulimba Queenslander makeover a mix of old meets new

first_imgJill Warlow at the Bulimba property she renovated and is now selling. Image: AAP/Claudia Baxter.AS if life as a doctor and mother-of-five isn’t busy enough, somehow Jill Warlow finds the time to indulge in her other passion — home renovation.Her latest passion project in Bulimba is turning heads, even in a suburb already overflowing with restored Queenslander homes.Dr Warlow bought the house at 53 Harrison Street last year through a buyer’s agent who was aware of her love of old Queenslanders. RELATED: Fixer uppers prove hot for buyers BEFORE: The front of the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation. AFTER: The back of the house after the renovation.Wall-to-wall glass doors and louvred windows connect the lower level with a decked alfresco pavilion, long glass-framed swimming pool and large lawn.The biggest challenge during the renovation process was mother nature.It rained for two weeks after the hole for the pool had been dug out, and it actually collapsed at one point and had to be redug. “It is so well engineered now that it would not move,” Dr Warlow said. “He said; ‘Oh, Jill, this one’s a great one!’” Dr Warlow said. BEFORE: One of the bedrooms in the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation. AFTER: The main bathroom after the renovation.This was Dr Warlow’s sixth building and renovation project.“My grandfather was brought over from Scotland to plan and build Wellington Harbour years ago, so I’ve got this in my blood really,” she said.“I just love real estate. I love old properties.” BEFORE: The main bathroom in the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoBEFORE: The back deck on the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation.center_img AFTER: The back deck and outdoor entertaining area after the renovation.The original three-bedroom, one-bathroom house has been transformed into a five-bedroom, three-bathroom property.The property was actually in good condition as it was, but Dr Warlow has spared no expense in transforming into a large family home fusing the old with the new. MORE: River home fetches massive price AFTER: One of the bedrooms after the renovation.After recruiting a designer and builder, she set about raising the property and bringing the house forward to make room for a pool and a decent sized backyard, “because that’s what people want”.That required restumping the house and also replacing the roof.The lower level of the home is ultra-modern, with an open-plan living, dining and kitchen space, while the upper level honours the home’s rich history, with its restored VJ walls, decorative timberwork and stained-glass windows. BEFORE: The back of the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation. AFTER: The front of the house after the renovation.One inspection later and she knew it was the perfect property. “I’ve always loved the old Queenslanders and I’ve never destroyed a house ever,” Dr Warlow said.“I’m always excited when I get something I can lift and make beautiful and new.” BEFORE: The kitchen in the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation. AFTER: The kitchen after the renovation.Dr Warlow said she loved the finished product so much, she had considered keeping it for herself and moving in.Marketing agent Brenton Faehrmann of Place – Bulimba said many buyers were looking for Queenslander homes that had been fully renovated, so that they could reap the benefits of a character home without the maintenance.“If you buy a Queenslander that’s not renovated or hasn’t been for quite some time, there’s a lot of work in maintaining it,” Mr Faehrmann said.“A home like this offers all the benefits of a new home, but with the feel of a Queenslander.”The property is scheduled for auction on Saturday, June 29.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 10 months Total spend: $800,000last_img read more

Foetal epilepsy drug danger shown

first_img Share HealthLifestyle Foetal epilepsy drug danger shown by: – June 8, 2011 Share Share 11 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Too much electrical signalling in the brain can cause a fit.The risk posed to unborn children by powerful epilepsy drugs could be easier to avoid, following an 11-year study.While the four most common drugs are all linked with a higher chance of birth defects, researchers believe they have pinpointed the safest.The 3,900 patient study, published in Lancet Neurology, could help doctors work out whether to switch drugs or cut doses.The Epilepsy Society said avoiding seizures in pregnancy was a priority.The link between epilepsy drugs and birth defects was first noticed in the 1960s, but choosing the right drug for women of childbearing age without exposing them to the risk of seizures can be a balancing act for doctors.Simply taking a patient off medication entirely is not usually an option, as uncontrolled seizures could harm both baby and mother.Earlier studies have highlighted valproic acid as the drug most linked to birth defects, but there has been little information as to the safety of alternatives.The latest research, from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the University of Pavia in Italy, also looked in detail at other drugs such as carbamazepine, lamotrigine and phenobarbital.Researchers studied 3,909 women and 4,540 pregnancies. Of those, there were 230 pregnancies involving major birth defects, including heart defects and neural tube defects such as spina bifida.None of the major drugs was given the all clear, and as the dose of each increased, so did the risk.However, the lowest risk was linked to smaller doses of lamotrigine and carbamazepine.Healthy majorityThe researchers stressed that, regardless of which drug was used, the vast majority of women still gave birth to perfectly healthy children.They added: “Our results show that dose selection is as crucial as the choice of drug.”In an editorial in the same journal Professor W Allen Hauser, from Colombia University in New York, said that the findings were “important” because they offered alternatives to the drugs linked most strongly to problems.He said: “The data provide another reason for use of the lowest dose of a drug associated with optimum seizure control.“Incidence of major congenital malformations associated with a low dose of a higher risk drug might be lower than that associated with a high dose of a lower-risk drug.”Professor John Duncan, Medical Director at The Epilepsy Society, said that the results would be useful to GPs with a specialist interest in epilepsy and hospital neurologists, both of whom would be well placed to offer advice to women.But he warned that controlling seizures should remain a priority, even during pregnancy: “It should be remembered that a lot of women have epilepsy, and it is not an uncommon cause of death during pregnancy.“This research helps to clarify the extent of the risks involved with these drugs – and all drugs carry some degree of risk.”BBC Newslast_img read more

Domestic violence suspect arrested

first_imgHerson Lausing, 45, was caught around 9 a.m. on June 12, a police report showed. The Zarraga police staged Lausing’s apprehension on the strength.  ILOILO City – Charged with domestic violence, a man was arrested in Barangay Tuburan Sulbod, Zarraga, Iloilo. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the municipal police station. The court recommended a P72,000 bail bond for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img