Report: Many US nursing home staff decline first COVID shots

first_imgOnly a little more than a third of nursing home workers have been getting shots against COVID-19 when the vaccinations are first offered. That’s according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report Monday. It’s a national accounting of a problem that’s been noted anecdotally — many nursing home workers are not getting vaccinated. The CDC looked at more than 11,000 nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities that had at least one vaccination clinic between the middle of December and the middle of January. A CDC expert says more staffers do get vaccinated when a second or third clinic is held at a nursing home.last_img read more

Schumer: Emergency Fuel Reserve Coming to New York

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York More than a year-and-a-half following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, local and federal officials are continuing the arduous process of attempting to solve of the problems that contributed to the disaster—and that includes the memorable gap in gasoline supply, which sparked chaos at the pumps, leading to unbearable lines that snaked along local roads, some more than a mile long. On Friday, federal officials announced a plan to create an emergency fuel reserve near New York Harbor that will store a half-million barrels of gasoline meant for short-term relief in emergency situations. Sandy, which struck Long Island and New York City on Oct. 29, 2012, seriously damaged two area refineries, and also forced the closure of more than three-dozen terminals in New York Harbor due to power outages and water damage. Gas stations throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties also experienced outages, making them unable to accept deliveries and pump gasoline to fuel cars and generators. “The sudden, massive gas supply shortage after Superstorm Sandy resulted in interminable line, panic and delivered a gut shot to the region’s economy,” Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said in a statement. “That’s why we called for regionally-placed reserves to ensure an uninterrupted fuel supply in the event of future storms like Sandy.” The gasoline reserves will be established by the Department of Energy, officials said. In a statement, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the reserve will “help ease the effects of potential future gasoline supply disruptions.”The Energy Department anticipates awarding contracts for commercial storage by late summer 2014, officials said. Last October, New York State announced its own pilot program to prepare for a future gas supply crisis called the “Strategic Gasoline Reserve,” which Gov. Andrew Cuomo said “will prevent the days of long lines at gas stations if another storm hits.” The reserve, designed for Long Island, will hold approximately 3 million gallons of fuel for drivers and first responders, officials said.last_img read more

4 ways to quickly raise your credit score

first_imgDon’t miss a paymentThis is the number one thing that credit bureaus look at when determining your credit score. Your payment history makes up 35% of your FICO score. If you have trouble remembering to pay your credit card on time, set a reminder on your phone or auto schedule your payment.Pay as often as you canGoing a step further, pay on your debt as often as you can. Just because your payment isn’t due for 3 weeks, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go ahead and make a payment. You don’t know when your credit card company reports your balance to the credit bureaus, so try and keep as low a balance as possible.Reduce your debtEven if you’re making regular payments on your credit card, the goal is to get it paid off. If you’re keeping a balance from month to month, you’re getting charged more interest than you should be. Try and pay off your balance each month, and if that’s not possible, make your balance as low as you can. You should aim to keep your credit utilization under 30%.Raise your credit limitThis is more of a trick than a solution, but it can work for you. If you’ve used $950 on a $1,000 limit, try getting that limit raised to $2,000. Now you’ve got a card that’s only 50% utilized as opposed to one that’s nearly maxed out. 383SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Meford Home Invasion Suspects Charged

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two 23-year-old men have been arrested for their alleged role on a Medford home invasion in which a victim was hit with a shotgun early Valentine’s Day morning, Suffolk County police said.Andrew Montgomery of Meford and Felix Dilones of Patchogue were each charged with first-degree burglary.Police said the duo and a third suspect who has yet to be apprehended entered an Eagle Avenue home through an unlocked side door, demanded to see somebody and struck a resident in the head with the butt end of a shotgun shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.The suspects fled the scene empty handed, police said. No information was available about the third suspect.Judge Peter Cohalan set bail for both men at $75,000 cash or $225,000 bond. They are due back in court on Feb. 20.last_img read more

Expert: Jobs to return to Southern Tier, but slowly

first_imgThe Department of Labor is offering different job training over the phone and virtually. For more information, click here. (WBNG) — On May 15, if a region meets certain criteria, manufacturing and construction workers will be able to return to work across New York. To see jobs looking to hire as of May 8, click here. Murphy predicts restaurant jobs will not return until mid-June. And some positions may return as a part-time position if restaurants can only open at 25 to 50 percent capacity. It says workers will be on the job from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Monday through Thursday. Broome-Tioga Workforce Director Robert Murphy says other jobs in the area won’t return until later. On May 7, the Town of Owego Highway Department released a statement to 12 News saying it looking for workers. This is part of a four-phase plan to get the economy reopened after COVID-19 concerns shut much of the workforce down put put over 30 million Americans out of work. Those interested should pick up an application at the Town of Owego Highway Department.last_img read more

Why your child’s education might be permanently changed

first_imgAdministration staff say there’s been only one situation similar, and the district is still recovering from it. On top of cuts already made, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced if New York does not receive $61B in federal funding, 20% cuts will be made to schools, hospitals and local municipalities. Harpursville Central Schools Superintendent Michael Rullo said not only could these cuts come mid-year, which makes planning for them more difficult, they would completely change our educational system. “Back in 2013, we were going through the Gap Elimination Adjustment, which was where the state had given us state aid and then was taking some of it back and the impact of that, we still haven’t recovered,” said Karry Mullins, assistant to the superintendent of the BCSD. “We lost well over 22 million dollars.” For more information on how to vote in your specific school district, click here. (WBNG) — While the coronavirus pandemic has only been around for a few months, its effects will be felt for years to come in local schools. The economic damage caused by the virus has forced drastic cuts in state funding. The Binghamton City School District says it had to make up $2.5M as a result in cuts to state aid. Because of this, roughly 25 positions were eliminated, although some are slowly being hired back. “I don’t even know how we offer something called education, in any way shape or form,” Rullo told 12 News Monday. “I hope we don’t have to figure it out.”last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: More spray vaccine, seasonal flu shots in Quebec, Russian H1N1 reporting, non-drug measures

first_imgSep 23, 2009US orders 29 million more doses of H1N1 spray vaccineThe US government has ordered another 29 million doses of nasal-spray pandemic H1N1 flu vaccine from MedImmune, the company announced this week. The government had previously ordered about 13 million doses. The government has now ordered a total of about 251 million doses of H1N1 vaccine from five firms. MedImmune said it has already made enough vaccine to fill its orders, and the Food and Drug Administration has released 3.4 million doses, which are expected to reach providers in early October. 21 MedImmune news releaseQuebec may delay or cancel seasonal flu shotsQuebec may delay or shelve its seasonal flu vaccination campaign and concentrate on vaccinating people against pandemic H1N1 instead, CBC News reported today. For now, seasonal flu shots are “on hold,” said Karine White, a spokeswoman for the provincial health ministry. She said officials are considering delaying seasonal flu shots until after the pandemic vaccine is delivered, narrowing the effort to focus on those at highest risk, such as seniors, or even canceling the drive altogether. 23 CBC News storyScientist: Russia underreporting pandemic flu casesOne of Russia’s leading virologists claims that the country is underestimating its number of pandemic H1N1 cases, the Wall Street Journal reported today. Dr Dmitry Lvov made the claims in a state TV interview on Sep 21 and said Russia had also confirmed its first novel flu death. The country’s health ministry has disputed both of Lvov’s claims. 23 Wall Street Journal articleReview suggests non-drug measures can curb fluA meta-analysis of nonpharmaceutical interventions such as hand washing, masks, gloves, and gowns shows they can curb the spread of flu and should be pursued more vigorously, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) reported yesterday. The review included 58 papers, which varied in quality. N-95 respirators were generally superior to surgical masks, but the N-95s caused skin irritation. The authors said more studies are needed to gauge the efficacy of individual interventions. 22 BMJ reportMeta-analysis supports link between flu and heart attackA meta-analysis of 39 studies supports the idea that influenza (including flu-like illness) increases the risk of myocardial infarction, according to a report by British researchers in Lancet Infectious Diseases. Many observational studies showed consistent links between flu and acute myocardial infarction. One small randomized trial showed that flu vaccination reduced the risk of cardiac death in people with cardiovascular disease, but another randomized trial was inconclusive. Infectious Diseases article summarylast_img read more

COVID-19: North Sumatra residents deny Chinese fishing vessel permission to dock

first_imgResidents in Pulau Sembilan village of Langkat regency, North Sumatra, refused to allow a Chinese fishing vessel to dock at a local port on Sunday over fears of COVID-19 transmission.The MV Cheung Kam Wing initially planned to transport grouper fish from a local fishing company in the regency but eventually changed course over fears of a backlash from the residents.One local, Misnaldi, said residents had never prevented foreign fishing vessels from docking before, but said they were concerned the crew could transmit the disease. Langkat Police deputy chief Com. Delami Saleh said the situation in the area had calmed after the ship changed course.”It is now under control. The locals were reluctant to let a Chinese fishing vessel dock because they were concerned the crew might carry the coronavirus,” Delami told the Post.Langkat is one of several regencies in North Sumatra that have been categorized as “green zones”, or safe areas, amid the COVID-19 outbreak.Langkat COVID-19 rapid response task force spokesman Muhammad Arifin Sinaga said no confirmed cases had been recorded in the regency so far. (nal)Topics : “We’re worried that foreign crews could transmit COVID-19 to the locals. This is the reason we are denying foreign ships entry to Pulau Sembilan,” Misnaldi told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.Misnaldi said he was baffled by the government’s decision to still allow foreign ships to enter Indonesian waters, especially as it had asked residents to stay at home and had enforced a mudik (exodus) ban to curb the spread of the virus.Read also: COVID-19: KM Kelud put in quarantine in Medan after crewmen test positive”It’s not fair, foreign citizens are allowed to enter the country, while Indonesians are forbidden to go anywhere to curb the spread of COVID-19,” he said.last_img read more

Why everyone wants to live in Mermaid Waters

first_imgSource: Oceanic Drive, Mermaid Waters, $916,00017 Peter Blondell Drive, Mermaid Waters, $825,00017 Sundowner Court, Mermaid Waters, $1.33 million168 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters, $665,0004 Vevey St, Mermaid Waters, $1.45 million316 Rio Vista Boulevard, Mermaid Waters, $860,00016 Peninsula Court, $860,00058 Arcadia Drive, Mermaid Waters, $913,0004 Reef Court, Mermaid Waters, $1.14 million4 Montebello Court, $1.5 million8 Nicolson Court, Mermaid Waters, $1.075 million RECENT SALES 17 Sundowner Court, Mermaid Waters recently sold for $1.33 million.Andrew Henderson, Professionals John Henderson Real Estate Mermaid Beach principal, said the “typical homeowner” at Mermaid Waters had dramatically changed over the decades.“When I first moved into the suburb 20 years ago there were a lot of retirees but now it’s a whole different dynamic to what is was,” Mr Henderson said.“The average age through there was quite high, but over the years has come down as younger families move in.”Mr Henderson said houses built in the 1980s and in original condition were popular with buyers wanting to renovate.His agency was taking a house at 18 Salacia Ave to auction on Saturday and was expecting plenty of interest. More young families and professionals are now calling Mermaid Waters home. MORE NEWS: First time buyers line up for a crack at renovated charmer 8 Nicolson Court, Mermaid Waters recently sold for $1.075 million.He said with interest rates so low, there had been an influx of buyers from outer suburbs including Robina and Ashmore upgrading to Mermaid Waters.Christine Tucker, of Harcourts Coastal, had a similar view.“The 4218 postcode in my eyes is central Gold Coast (and is) close to Pacific Fair, Robina Town Centre and small great schools for young families,” Ms Tucker said.“The light rail extension from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads will only push the prices up.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago 18 Salacia Avenue, Mermaid Waters is going under the hammer this weekend.“It’s a non-waterfront block and an older house but it’s in immaculate condition,” Mr Henderson said. “I would imagine someone would do a big renovation on it.”Ray White Broadbeach Waters principal Mitch Palmer said there was a mixture of buyers including strong demand from families.“We sell in both Broadbeach Waters and Mermaid Waters but we are finding Mermaid Waters to be stronger at the moment,” Mr Palmer said.“It’s from a value perspective. The properties you are getting in Mermaid Waters offer similar lifestyle benefits to Broadbeach Waters but at a lower price point.“For those people who want to live near good schools, parks and have good access to the beach, Mermaid Waters definitely provides that.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Real estate agents are reporting a spike in interest, with huge numbers through open homes in the suburb where the median house price hit $980,000 in the 12 months to July – a 35 per cent increase over five years with agents predicting the suburb to join the elite million dollar median club soon. Gold Coast real estate market in for a blooming springlast_img read more

Oceanteam Bags Cable Transportation Contract

first_imgOceanteam Solutions has signed a contract with an undisclosed UK energy company for the supply of a barge for the transport of cables from Norway to the Netherlands.The barge will be equipped with a 5300t turntable and auxiliary equipment for the project which is planned to be executed this month.Besides executing the cable transport with a barge and turntable spread, Oceanteam will also assist on the multiple cable loadouts in the appointed ports by supplying cable handling equipment and cable handling crew.All the project management, engineering, HSES, QA and certification related activities and documentation required to complete client’s scope of work will also be Oceanteam’s responsibility, the company informed.As the barge and turntable spread is readily mobile and fully mobilized it only needs a short preparation time in the Netherlands before the towing to Norway and start of the cable loadout.Lars van ‘t Kruijs, managing director at Oceanteam Solutions, said: “We would like to thank this new client for choosing us to execute this project, we are looking forward to bringing this and future projects to a successful conclusion together. Needless to say, they can rely on our extensive know-how and experience in cable handling and cable transport with our excellent equipment and crew.”last_img read more