Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 50-year-old man died and two others were wounded in a Roosevelt house fire early Friday morning, authorities said.Nassau County police and firefighters responded to the blaze on Debevoise Avenue, where they found the victim dead on the second floor at 2:20 a.m., officials said. His identity was not immediately available.Two others jumped from the second floor to escape. They suffered minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital.More than 100 firefighters responded to help the Roosevelt Fire Department extinguish the flames, including North Merrick, Baldwin, South Hempstead, Uniondale, Merrick, Freeport and North Bellmore.The Red Cross responded to assist the 10 residents that were left homeless.Arson/Bomb Squad detectives are continuing the investigation into the cause of the fire, which preliminarily appears to be non-suspicious and caused by an overloaded electrical connection.
Aug 4, 2009Federal officials weigh narrowing school closure adviceFederal officials are considering plans to recommend fewer school closures, according to anonymous sources cited in a Washington Post story today. Early in the novel H1N1 flu outbreak, officials recommended closures when student illnesses were confirmed, but later recommended closing only when large numbers were ill. The new guidance might recommend closure only under “extenuating circumstances,” such as schools that have large numbers of children with chronic medical conditions.http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20090804/ARTICLE/908041065?Title=U-S-guidelines-on-swine-flu-under-revisionAug 4 Washington Post story Some call for more use of pneumococcal vaccine in H1N1 battleSome infectious disease experts say the pneumococcal vaccine Pneumovax should be used more widely as a way to prevent serious cases of novel H1N1 flu, the Los Angeles Times reported today. Preliminary CDC data indicate that about 30% of H1N1-related pneumonia cases are caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, which is targeted by Pneumovax. At least 70 million Americans are in groups advised to receive the vaccine, but coverage among non-elderly groups is fairly low.http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-sci-pneumonia4-2009aug04,0,6872284.storyAug 4 LA Times story China cancels camps in flu-stricken areasChina’s health ministry is canceling summer camps in areas where novel H1N1 outbreaks are occurring, China Daily reported, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story today. The action follows reports of more than 120 illnesses in students and adults at summer camps in Beijing and in Guangzhou in southern China. The ministry statement said camps elsewhere in the country should be held “only when necessary.”http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?sectionName=HomePage&id=afbaf412-f683-432d-ae1f-07a7ccfc8999&Headline=China+cancels+summer+camps+over+swine+flu+State+mediaAug 4 AFP story Russian official warns against travel to UKRussia’s chief health officer, Gennadi Onischenko, urged Russians not to travel to Wales for a World Cup soccer match on Sep 9 because of Britain’s novel H1N1 flu epidemic, according to the British newspaper the Times. Onischenko blamed Britain for most of Russia’s H1N1 cases and called travel there “absolutely inappropriate.” He suggested that Britain is covering up virus spread. The story said Wales is the least affected part of the country, with 89 confirmed cases and no deaths.http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/Swine_flu/article6737973.eceAug 4 Times report
The other four laboratories are the Center for Research and Development of Vector and Reservoir Diseases (B2P2VRP) in Salatiga, the Kariadi Hospital in Semarang, the Moewardi Hospital and Sebelas Maret University Hospital, both in Surakarta.The drive-thru service lets people have their specimens taken without getting out of their car. They only need to stop their vehicle in front of the hospital lobby. Medical workers using protective gear will immediately come over to take a swab sample.RSND director Sutopo Patriajati said the method was considered safe and aimed at reducing the potential of COVID-19 transmission, as people did not need to crowd in a waiting room and make contact with many people.Sutopo said the lab was able to process up to 100 swab samples per day.”We will continue increasing the lab capacity and human resources, as well as testing more samples,” he said.With the establishment of RSND as a PCR laboratory, the handling of COVID-19 in Central Java is expected to be faster.”Health workers could make faster decisions in handling COVID-19 patients as the need to treat patients in hospitals keeps growing,” Ganjar said.Topics : Diponegoro National Hospital (RSND) in Semarang is offering drive-thru polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for COVID-19, lauded as the only such service in Central Java.“This is very cool. Very innovative. I think this drive-thru PCR test is the first in Central Java,” Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said when launching the service on Wednesday.RSND of Diponegoro University is the fifth laboratory appointed to conduct PCR tests to detect COVID-19 in the province.
ILOILO City – The truck he was driving crashedagainst tree on General Luna Street, City Proper. The 33-year-old Romeo Calonia ofBarangay Rizal Pala-Pala, Iloilo City sustained bruises and slight scratches tohis knees, a police report showed. According to the report, the incidenthappened around 12 p.m. on Wednesday. Calonia was navigating the road when theElf truck he was driving lost its break. He avoided hitting other vehicles,which resulted in the crash./PN The front of this truck sustained heavy damage after crashing into a tree along General Luna Street, City Proper on Wednesday. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN
The “What do you think they are smoking over there at Emirates?” message was written on the American’s Twitter account just after 2am local time in Boston, seemingly in response to the Gunners’ offer of £40million plus £1 for the Uruguayan. While it may seem out of character – club officials have not yet been able to verify it was sent by Henry himself because of the time difference to the US – it undoubtedly reflects the stance of the club, which insists Suarez is not for sale. Press Association Liverpool owner John Henry appears to have ridiculed Arsenal’s latest bid for striker Luis Suarez in one seemingly dismissive tweet. Liverpool had already rejected the bid and plan talks with their star striker after Wednesday’s friendly against Melbourne Victory, where he starts on the bench after completing just two training sessions having arrived in Australia on Sunday after an extended break following Confederations Cup action. Reports have suggested a complicated contractual clause means the player can speak to any club offering more than £40million but the club insist that figure is not his buy-out price. Press Association Sport understands when Arsenal made their first approach of £30million over a fortnight ago they were told by Liverpool that they would not entertain selling their prize asset even for £40million. However, manager Brendan Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre plan to hold talks with Suarez after the game as they attempt to persuade the 26-year-old to stay despite his agent Pere Guardiola earlier this month indicating his client wants Champions League football. Suarez will not be allowed to leave the club’s tour early, with another friendly scheduled in Bangkok later this week before they return home. Difficulties may arise, however, if Suarez and his advisors believe the £40million figure is tantamount to a sale fee and insist he is entitled to negotiate with the Gunners over a move.
…US seeking extraditionGuyanese businessman, Shervington Lovell, has been arrested in Jamaica for suspected drug trafficking. This was confirmed by a source close to the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU). Lovell is the owner of Tower Hotel on Main Street, Georgetown.Arrested: Shervington LovellIt was reported that Lovell, who had been under CANU’s radar and that of international investigators for a lengthy period, was arrested along with two others as soon as they arrived in Jamaica on a flight from Guyana.Guyana Times understands that the hotelier is expected to face several charges of drug trafficking along with money laundering.A vessel, purportedly owned by Lovell, was also intercepted which is suspected to be used by the businessman to ship the illicit drugs from Jamaica to St Maarten.According to reports, authorities in the United States have filed eradication proceedings for Lovell in connection with drug trafficking to the US.A CANU source has confirmed that Lovell and several other persons have been under the agency’s radar since 2010.