Experienced skydiver killed in hard landing in Florida

first_imgChristopherBernard/iStock(SEBASTIAN, Fla.) — A skydiver with 20 years of experience was killed during a hard landing in Florida, authorities said.It appeared 49-year-old Christian Stevens was trying to avoid another skydiver during his landing Monday morning, causing him to slam into the ground, according to the Sebastian Police Department.Emergency crews rushed to the scene at the Sebastian Municipal Airport. Stevens was taken to Sebastian River Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.Stevens, of Canton, Ga., had about two decades of experience and was a skydiving instructor, according to police.Stevens was a husband, father and Army Ranger, according to his professional skydiving demonstration and performance group, Team Fastrax.A spokesperson for Team Fastrax did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Nursing homes seek $10B from feds as coronavirus cases continue to overwhelm elderly

first_imgCecilie_Arcurs/iStockBy ALLISON PECORIN and MATTHEW MOSK, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As new statistics show nursing home outbreaks accounting for more than half of the novel coronavirus deaths in some states, the industry is asking the Trump administration for $10 billion to help their facilities stay afloat financially, and to support desperately needed staffing and protective equipment.“What we need now is to rally around nursing homes and assisted living communities the same way the public health sector has around hospitals,” wrote Mark Parkinson, the president of the American Health Care Association, in a letter sent to Secretary of Health and Human Service Alex Azar.“It is not too late to make an enormous difference in the outcome of the COVID-19 battle in America’s long term care facilities,” Parkinson wrote. “The best public health policy is to focus where the battle is taking place, which is now most prevalent in nursing homes and assisted living communities across the country.”The elderly residents of nursing facilities have been dying in staggering numbers. The nationwide figure of 10,000 nursing home deaths, calculated by ABC News just last week from the reporting of 28 states, appears to already be well out of date.The exact figure remains difficult to track because the federal government does not report it, despite the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, led by Administrator Seema Verma, announcing last month that they would begin keeping a national tally.Just this week, New York officials reported the death toll in long-term care facilities nearing 5,000 in that state alone.The outbreak has hit nursing facilities hard, especially in New England where coronavirus has been most aggressive and nursing homes have shown to bare the biggest brunt of fatalities. Some 60% of the coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts occurred in nursing facilities, and 70% of those who died in neighboring Rhode Island and New Hampshire perished in long term care homes, according to figures released by those states Wednesday.On a call with Verma on Wednesday, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Senate Aging Committee Ranking Member Bob Casey, D-Penn., called on her to make this nursing home-specific coronavirus data public.“We have been calling for more than a month for infection and death data to be made available, and Administrator Verma’s unwillingness to commit to a timeline to publicly release this data means the Trump administration is failing seniors, their families, and the public health response to COVID-19,” Wyden and Casey said in a statement. “There have been no signs that the Trump administration has an effective plan to address the tragedy that is taking place in America’s nursing homes.”CMS did not reply to request for comment for this report Wednesday. In a previous interview with ABC News, Verma said she was proud of the efforts her agency has made to protect nursing home residents.“I think the federal government has had a very strong response,” Verma said in April. “And I’m proud of the hard work of my team that’s been working day and night to make sure that regulations were updated, that we gave flexibility to the nursing homes to support their efforts during this very difficult time.”More generally, the administration has said it is focused on Americans living in nursing homes. President Donald Trump last week named May “Older Americans Month” and announced that the administration would form an advisory panel to focus on nursing homes while the Federal Emergency Management Agency would push out shipments of personal protective equipment, known as PPE, directly to nursing home facilities.Two waves of shipments are expected to be distributed, each containing seven days worth of PPE. FEMA contracted with a provider to begin the first wave of shipments in early May, with the second wave expected to begin in June. Each wave will arrive first to areas with the highest need first before being distributed nationwide.Congress provided some aid to nursing homes as part of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package passed in March, including $200 million allocated to CMS to assist the agency with infection prevention in the homes. The stimulus also allocated $100 billion to provide assistance to health care facilities, for which nursing homes must compete with hospitals and other facilities. HHS is responsible for overseeing the disbursement of those funds.But still, the nursing care industry has called for a dramatic increase in federal support. Speaking to reporters earlier this week, Mark Gloth, the medical director for HCR Manorcare, one of the largest national nursing care chains with 25,000 residents, said the needs are substantial for both testing and equipment.“There still aren’t enough test kits available. I would love to test every single patient in every facility that we have,” Gloth said. “Unfortunately even in states where it is mandated. there still aren’t enough testing kits in order to perform tests in a timely manner.”Parkinson’s request to the administration is for enough funding to implement testing for all residents and nursing home staff, regardless of whether they’re showing symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently changed its testing guidelines to place a higher priority on those living in nursing home facilities, but has not yet made universal testing a requirement.Health officials in a number of states have argued that universal testing is a crucial step because without these tests, it is impossible to know which residents to isolate. Gloth said up to 70% of nursing care workers in Manorcare facilities who tested positive were completely asymptomatic. And in some facilities where universal testing has occurred, he said as many as 50% were not yet showing such telltale symptoms as cough or fever.This week, 82 Democratic members of Congress sent a separate letter to Azar and Verma urging them to allocate additional funds from a separate tranche of money allocated primarily to assist small businesses in the most recent coronavirus relief legislation directly to tests for long term care facilities.“We cannot successfully slow, contain, and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in long-term care settings unless we implement a testing strategy that reaches older Americans, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and all those living in nursing homes and congregate living settings, alongside the dedicated workers who care for them,” the lawmakers wrote.The letter also echoed the need for additional funding to support staffing and PPE shortages facing many nursing facilities.The Department of Health and Human Services did not immediately reply to request for comment on Parkinson’s letter or the letter from House Democrats.Combating these devastating numbers requires aid, according to Parkinson, if the homes are to have a hope of turning the corner.“Without adequate funding, testing and supplies, long term care facilities will not be able to overcome this unprecedented health crisis and protect our residents and caregivers,” Parkinson wrote.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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A quick look at the Arizona fintech sandbox

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr My partner repeatedly tells me that I’m not as old as I think I am, but I remember playing in public sandboxes as a kid. I’m honestly not sure people make those anymore—they’re probably “unsafe” or “unhygienic” or something. Still, I remember the freedom of a sandbox. In the short run, you can create your own castle, moat, and entire surrounding village if you want.Like most sandboxes in the tech world, the Arizona fintech sandbox is geared toward securely testing new software. There’s no actual sand involved, which makes cleanup much easier.But the freedom is still there.Sandboxes as stable, virtual software testing sites may at first sound less exciting than real sandboxes with real sand, but actually, they’re so much cooler. continue reading »last_img read more

Raiders use 3rd-round pick to select Pryor

first_imgNAPA, Calif. (AP)—The Oakland Raiders used a third-round pick Monday in the NFL’s supplemental draft to select Jeanette, Pa. native and former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.The Raiders and the league announced that Oakland used the 18th selection of the round for Pryor. Oakland forfeits its third-round selection in the 2012 draft.Pryor’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said his client was excited about going in the third round. “We’re tickled and thrilled that Terrelle went in the third round and to the Raiders,” Rosenhaus said. “The third round is quite an accomplishment for a young man who had his pro day 48 hours ago and didn’t know he would be in the draft until Thursday morning and wasn’t able to meet with any decision makers.”Pryor immediately headed to the Bay Area after being drafted and Rosenhaus said he hoped to finalize a contract as soon as possible to get Pryor on the practice field.Pryor will be able to practice immediately after signing and play in the remaining two exhibition games. But he will not be eligible to practice with or play for Oakland during the regular season until the team’s sixth game.When he was allowed to enter Monday’s draft, he was handed a five-game suspension by Commissioner Roger Goodell—the same number of games he would have sat out had he returned to Ohio State. Pryor has said he will not appeal the suspension.Pryor gave up his final season with the Buckeyes after an investigation into the team’s memorabilia-for-cash scandal that cost coach Jim Tressel his job.His selection by the Raiders hardly is surprising. Oakland often makes bold moves in the draft because owner Al Davis covets size and speed. Pryor ran a 4.36 in the 40 during his workout for 17 NFL teams Saturday. At 6-foot-5 and 232 pounds, he is similar in height to JaMarcus Russell, the LSU quarterback chosen No. 1 overall by the Raiders in the 2007 draft.But Pryor is much more mobile. As a junior, Pryor had his best season statistically, throwing for 2,772 yards and 27 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. He also ran for 754 yards and four scores while helping the Buckeyes win the Sugar Bowl.“We all know how Al Davis likes big players who can run and Terrelle brings a dimension of size and speed that’s unique to the quarterback position,” Rosenhaus said. “The Raiders are a good fit for him because they have had an unsettled quarterback situation for a number of years. Any young quarterback would like the opportunity to go there and compete and be the guy.”Oakland’s starting quarterback is Jason Campbell, now in his second season with the Raiders after being acquired from Washington, where he spent five seasons. Campbell is in the last year of his contract, as are backups Kyle Boller and Trent Edwards.The Raiders considered drafting a quarterback to groom for the future in April but did not find the right fit. Now they have Pryor to fill that role.No other players were chosen. HEADED TO OAKLAND—This Jan. 4, file photo shows Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor celebrating amid confetti following Ohio State’s 31-26 win over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File) last_img read more

Overtime 10-2-13

first_imgFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier BILL NEAL :10 Yeah, I am in my spot.  So what!  A lot of good it’s doing me…Can I please ask a question here? Well, in a manner of speaking I guess that is a question.  Anyway, why in the good Lord’s name if you have 39 seconds on the clock before the half do you not throw the ball down field at least twice, or at the very least position yourself for the field goal?!?!:09 You realize of course that those low grades in Chicago shot damn near more people in two days than the terrorists shot at that mall in Kenya. But you want to keep thinking we don’t have a problem and there’s nothing you need to do. To make the world a better place. Yea…you keep thinking that.:08 Hey, my bad. The third Manning brother’s name is Cooper, not Charles, and he didn’t play because of injury and illness, not lack of talent. Sorry Coop…what?…what? Ok, I made my third mistake of the year…deal with it!:07 All you Tiger haters, and yes you’re out there and yes there are many…and all because you can’t have 17 White women on call!  Anyway, he’s the player of the year.  Now run tell that!:06 Here’s the problem in a nutshell and any old school baller will tell you.  If I hit harder than you, if I block better than you, and if I tackle better than you, I am going to win period!  Go ahead ask somebody. Better than that, go ask a “Westinghouse Bulldog.” They’ll tell ya (and you have to be meaner and nastier than the other guy—ya just gotta be—ask Mean Joe Greene).:05 While we’re at it. It doesn’t hurt if I am smarter than you. And oh, by the way, I told you when they gave Ben the $100 million he wasn’t worth it.  Bettis and the defense carried him. Ok, I’ll give him two great throws in the Super Bowl wins, but they were great catches too.:04 Do-over…take-back…my-bad!…Call it what you want, but Paula Patton is not finer than Halle Berry or “J-Lo.”  Man, I’m sorry I said it. C’mon, ya’ll know I’ve had 4 or 5 concussions back in the day.  All that said, here’s your movie review you know and love. Baggage Claim, starring Ms. Patton and a bunch of stars, gets 2-1/2 basketballs. Cute movie, predictable, but enjoyable.  Halle’s still the queen.:03 I am gonna have to get another spare job to pay Gary White down at The Savoy the $100 I am going to owe him if the Steelers can’t win nine games.  C’mon man.:02 Because he’s the star and tearing it up on both sides of the box. Here’s to my cousin Denny Briggs Jr. and his Shadyside Acad­emy team. They’re 5-0 and Denny is on his way to Pitt.  Way to go cuz. (Ya’ll know I gotta pump him up so I can get them free Pitt tickets next year!):01 Hey, did I mention the Pirates are in the playoffs?  Well they are.  Now somebody go wake up that “Jolly Roger” guy they keep talking about.:00 OVERTIME—I know, I know, if…if…if…if! If the Steelers win just 9 games, they’re in. Well you know what they say.  If my uncle had better looking legs, he would be my aunt!!:00 DOUBLE OVERTIME–It is with a heavy, heavy heart that we say farewell to a super, super, super, super man who allowed me the privilege of being his friend.  God Bless You L.C. “Hollywood Bags” Greenwood! You now join heaven’s Hall of Fame.~ GAME  OVER ~last_img read more

Committee Focuses on Fort Hancock Repair, Future Use

first_imgBy John BurtonSANDY HOOK – In what is expected to be a two- or three-year process, a citizens’ committee studying the future of Fort Hancock and its historic structures has begun its work.The National Park Ser­vice (NPS) has convened a 20-member committee from a variety of fields to look at the possible future use and pre­servation of 38 structures at the former military installation, located at the northern tip of Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook.Officers Row at Fort Hancock after Super Storm SandyMany of the location’s structures, most of them more than a century old, have been deteriorating. “Some of these buildings, it may be too late to save already,” NPS spokesman John Harlan Warren said.Warren said Linda Canzanelli, superintendent for Gateway recreation areas, told the committee as they gathered for the first time last week it was “the last best chance to save Fort Hancock.”“I think that sums it up quite nicely,” Warren said.Warren also acknowledged “There will be little or no NPS money for the long-term preservation.”Among the committee members is Lynda Rose, president and chief operating officer of the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce. Rose said, while it was “way too soon” to be talking about possible strategies for the location’s future, “there are some wonderful ideas out there.”Eventually, “like any good strategy session, we’ll put everything on the table and then talk about what’s possible, what’s not possible and why isn’t it possible,” Rose said.Another committee member, Mary Eileen Fouratt, executive director of the Monmouth County Arts Council, the arts education and advocacy organization headquartered in Red Bank, is looking to “see where the possibilities are.“I just think it is a beautiful place and has such a great history,” Fouratt said, “I’d like to see something happen other than buildings falling down.”Rose said that as a chamber of commerce president she would “like to see some hotels out there. I’d like to see some B and Bs out there.” But, she would also like to see arts venues and educational components and all should be accomplished while keeping with the park’s natural beauty and environment in mind.“There are ways to do things: wrong ways and right ways,” she said.While the committee is the first convened by the park service under the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA) to investigate ways to rehabilitate the former Army fort’s structures, it is not the first time the NPS has tried to work out a strategy to preserve them by way of a public/private partnership.The park service struck a deal with a private developer in 1999 to renovate the buildings that the developer then would lease out for a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit uses. The plan became quite controversial. A bitter battle lasted for about 10 years with opponents going to federal court to block the plan, alleging it would allow for the commercialization of parkland intended for the public’s recreational use. Proponents, including the park service, contended the plan was a means of preserving a historic resource without relying on taxpayer dollars.The park service eventually canceled the agreement when the developer failed to obtain the necessary financial backing to move the project forward. Only two buildings were renovated.Rose said the public/private partnership “can be done,” pointing to other national park areas, including The Presidio and Cavallo Point, located in Northern California. Those locations are “very respectful of the community, of the property and more important, the history,” of the sites, she said.During the committee’s first meeting last week at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch, George Moffatt offered a different view. “The only use for those buildings should be educational and recreational,” he said.Moffatt was a board member of Save Sandy Hook, the group that had opposed the park service’s plan to work with the developer.Prior to Super Storm Sandy – which resulted in the park being temporarily closed due to damage – fort buildings were used by educational, nonprofit and government entities. While sections of the recreation area sustained considerable storm damage, Fort Hancock managed to escape the worst of it.Work to fix and rehabilitate the park is ongoing, but major projects, including the repair of the sewerage system, will have to wait until money from the Sandy relief bill, signed Tuesday night by President Obama, makes its way through the funding system, Warren said.Committee members, who are volunteers with experience in science, real estate, cultural arts, education and local and county government, are expected to meet four to six times a year during the next two to three years to devise recommendations for the site.last_img read more

International visitors honoured with mayoral reception at ERASMUS+ Programme

first_imgInternational guests were honoured last week as part of the ERASMUS+ Programme with a mayoral reception. Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr. John O’Donnell hosted the welcome reception in Letterkenny Public Services Centre.Teachers and staff from Woodlands National School in Letterkenny along with 27 teachers and staff from schools in Croatia, Poland, Greece and Italy who visited Donegal attended the welcome reception. Picture also includes Liam Ward, Director of Service, Donegal County Council.International visitors honoured with mayoral reception at ERASMUS+ Programme was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Letterkenny council warned that someone will be hurt at town park outdoor gym

first_imgLetterkenny Municipal Council has been warned that somebody will be hurt if age restrictions and signage are not put on the new town park outdoor gymnasium.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh appealed to the council to put up signs warning that the equipment should not be used by young people.“This equipment is not designed for use by children and a child will be hurt at some stage. I would actually ask how the council stand on this legally if someone is hurt,” he said. The motion was backed by Cllr Gerry McMonagle.He said that theme parks carry similar restrictions and warnings.“Youngsters could go on this apparatus which is not intended for them and they could sustain a fall,” he said.  Letterkenny council warned that someone will be hurt at town park outdoor gym was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dangerdonegalequipmentgymLetterkenny Town Parklast_img read more

Manorcunningham residents ‘concerned for safety’ on dark evenings

first_imgA lack of street lighting is causing concern among residents in Manorcunningham during dark winter evenings.The issue was raised at the Letterkenny-Milford November council meeting as Cllr Kevin Bradley called for extra street lighting at the Manor Orange Hall.Cllr Bradley said that residents are concerned for their safety during dark evenings on the Main Street.  He added that locals “aren’t happy” with anti-social behaviour and would like to have brighter lights in the area.The council responded to the request and said the matter would be considered in the workshop on year 3 of the “3 Year Footpath and Public Lighting Programme”.Manorcunningham residents ‘concerned for safety’ on dark evenings was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Red Bluff girls volleyball sweeps LP for fourth straight victory

first_imgOroville >> The long trip down SR 99 didn’t deter the Red Bluff High girls volleyball team, with the Spartans easily dispatching Las Plumas of Oroville in straight sets (25-6, 25-11, 25-27) in a nonleague battle. The Spartans (10-5) have won four in a row and seven of their last eight matches heading into the start of Eastern Athletic-Sac River League Sept. 26 at home against Enterprise (7-9).Senior Logan Wheeler led Red Bluff with 10 kills on 19 attacks, while sophomore Sarah Reineman added …last_img