Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A nurse practioner was sentenced Tuesday to nine-to-19 years in prison illegally selling prescription painkillers from her Deer Park office in what authorities called one of the largest “pill mills” on eastern Long Island.Ingrid Gordon-Patterson was convicted of criminal sale of a prescription, conspiracy and criminal possession of a weapon at Suffolk County court in June.“She used a pen and prescription pad to make enormous sums of cash over the span of one year—an estimated $1 million paid to her by addicts and dealers who resold the oxycodone pills,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.Prosecutors said the 49-year-old Patchogue woman sold more than 1,100 prescriptions for 30-milligram Oxycodone tablets from June 11, 2011 to June 6, 2012. The street value of the pills at the time was $20 per 30-milligram tablet, according to investigators.Investigators also seized an unregistered, loaded .38-caliber Titan Tiger Revolver when they executed a search warrant on her office, authorities said.Prosecutors had asked Judge Richard Ambro to give Patterson the maximum sentence of 26 years in state prison.
– Advertisement – Image:A crowd of 85,021 watched Portsmouth beat Sunderland in the 2018-19 EFL Trophy final at Wembley The final, as always, will be held at Wembley Stadium on March 14, 2021. 1:19 Key datesEFL Trophy Matchday Three – Nov 10/11Round of 32 – Dec 8/9Round of 16 – Jan 12/13Quarter-finals – Feb 2/3Semi-Finals – Feb 16/17EFL Trophy Final – March 14 The group phase starts off with 48 clubs from League One and League Two, as well as 16 teams invited from both the Premier League and Championship with ‘Category One’ academies.Why has not every top-flight club entered an academy team though?Four Premier League clubs with ‘Category One’ academies did not take part this season – Burnley and Crystal Palace, both in their first full season of ‘Category One’ status, and Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, who both played in the previous year’s competition, but decided not to participate in this one.A fifth Premier League club’s academy, Sheffield United, does not have ‘Category One’ status, meaning the Norwich City academy was asked to take their place this season.OK, so what about the format? Correct, the EFL Trophy was sponsored by Leasing.com last season after the car leasing company had initially agreed a three-year deal to sponsor the competition last August.However, the competition was rebranded as the ‘Papa John’s Trophy’ in October after the EFL agreed a new lucrative three-year sponsorship deal with the takeaway pizza company.“The exclusive partnership, which will run until at least the end of the 2022/23 season, sees the competition become known as the ‘Papa John’s Trophy’ with immediate effect,” said the EFL when announcing the agreement on its official website last month.- Advertisement – Manchester United greats Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs were in attendance as their former side’s U21s thrashed the club they co-own 6-0 in the EFL Trophy – Advertisement – “In addition to the title sponsorship, Papa John’s will also be the Official Pizza of the EFL.”Meanwhile, EFL chief commercial officer, Ben Wright, said of the new partnership: “The EFL is delighted to welcome Papa John’s as title sponsor of the EFL Trophy and a new addition to the League’s portfolio of partners.“As we continue to navigate through the challenging times that the coronavirus pandemic presents, it is testament to the growing appeal of the EFL that we are able to attract new partners and invest the sponsorship fee into the competition through payments to clubs, which is important during this difficult period.”Right, so who’s taking part then? However, last season’s final – featuring holders Portsmouth and Salford City – has yet to take place, with the Wembley showpiece postponed following the coronavirus outbreak in March.Where can I see all the action?You can see highlights from this week’s group games – and the rest of the competition – on Sky Sports News, the Sky Sports app and the website on Wednesday morning. Highlights from AFC Wimbledon’s EFL Trophy win over Charlton and Fleetwood’s victory at Carlisle earlier this season Image:Manchester United U21s eased past Salford City 6-0 in their EFL Trophy group stage clash in Sept If you are a fan of a particular Premier League club, then you will almost certainly recognise a number of the youngsters on display.For example, the likes of Caoimhin Kelleher, Sepp van den Berg and Ben Woodburn have all featured for Liverpool in this season’s competition, while exciting forward Liam Delap has lined up for Manchester City.When is the final? The EFL Trophy, now known as the Papa John’s Trophy, returns to action with more group-stage matches on Tuesday night. Unsure about the exact format of the competition? Well, not to worry as we explain it all to you here…So, what is the Papa John’s Trophy?It is the English Football League [EFL] Trophy featuring clubs from League One and League Two, as well ‘Academy teams’ – with Category One status – from both the Premier League and Championship.Hang on, was it not known as the Leasing.com Trophy last season?- Advertisement – 1:44 It is a midweek knockout cup competition featuring a group stage consisting of 16 regional groups of four teams that runs between September and November.The groups are made up of one invited ‘Category One’ side, with the rest consisting of EFL Clubs from either League One or League Two, with fixtures done on a regionalised basis until the quarter-finals.Everyone plays each other once, either home or away, although academy sides play all their group matches away from home. And if the game ends in a draw after 90 minutes, a penalty shootout is then held, with the winning team earning an additional point.The top two from each group will then progress to the knockout stage of the competition, which gets underway in December and is also drawn on a regionalised basis.And which players are eligible to compete?EFL clubs must have at least four ‘qualifying’ outfield players in their line-ups, with such a player meeting these requirements:Any player who started the previous or following first-team fixtureAny player who is in the top 10 players at the club who have made the most starting appearances in league and domestic cup competitions that seasonAny player with 40 or more first-team appearances in their careerAny player on loan from a Premier League club or any EFL ‘Category One’ academy clubA club can play any eligible goalkeeper in the competitionAre there any academy players I may recognise?
Dec 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Although thorough cooking ensures that chicken and other poultry are safe to eat, birds from flocks infected with H5N1 avian influenza should be kept out of the food supply, international health and agriculture authorities said this week.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) warned against eating raw poultry parts or raw eggs from areas with avian flu outbreaks in poultry, as well as eating infected birds or using them for animal feed.The agencies said they wanted to clarify food safety issues raised by the avian flu crisis. The statement released this week is an abridged version of a bulletin issued in November through the International Food Safety Authorities Network.”In areas where there is no bird flu outbreak in poultry, there is no risk that consumers will be exposed to the virus via the handling or consumption of poultry and poultry products,” the statement said.Cooking to achieve a temperature of 70˚C throughout all parts of a bird, so that no part remains raw or red, will kill any H5N1 virus present, the agencies said. This will prevent infection from an infected bird that is mistakenly allowed into the food chain.”To date, there is no epidemiological evidence that people have become infected after eating contaminated poultry meat that has been properly cooked,” the statement said.Many of the people who have contracted avian flu were infected when slaughtering or handling diseased or dead birds before cooking, authorities said. Slaughtering poses the greatest risk of infection.Most strains of avian flu viruses are found mainly in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts of infected birds, not in the meat, the agencies said. But highly pathogenic viruses like H5N1 make their way into almost all parts of the bird, including the meat.Infected poultry excrete the virus in their secretions and feces, and people may be exposed by inhaling dust or touching contaminated surfaces. The virus can survive in feces for at least 35 days at low temperatures (4˚C) and for 6 days at higher temperatures (37˚C). It can survive on surfaces for several weeks, and it is not killed by refrigeration or freezing.It’s not always possible to distinguish infected and uninfected birds in outbreak areas, since ducks may harbor the virus without looking sick, officials said. This increases the importance of using preventive measures.Although public education campaigns about avian flu have reached rural people in affected countries, some continue to eat infected birds, the agencies said. They warned, “The practice of slaughtering and eating of infected birds, whether diseased or already dead, must be stopped. These birds should also not be used for animal feed.”The risk of getting infected by handling a bird produced through an industrialized slaughtering and processing chain is considered very low, even in countries with current outbreaks, authorities said.They also said eating vaccinated poultry poses no particular risk for consumers, provided the vaccination program follows proper standards and includes appropriate monitoring.Eggs from infected birds can be contaminated on both the inside and the shell, according to the agencies. Although sick birds normally stop laying eggs, eggs laid in the early phase of the disease could be contaminated. Proper cooking kills the virus, as does pasteurization used by industry for liquid egg products.Eggs from areas with outbreaks in poultry should not be consumed raw or partially cooked (with runny yolk), FAO/WHO say. But so far there is no epidemiologic evidence that people have been infected with avian flu by eating eggs or egg products.See also:FAO/WHO news releasehttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2005/1000172/index.htmlFull-length bulletinhttp://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/No_07_AI_Nov05_en.pdf
The number of novel coronavirus cases in the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip have risen tenfold over the past two weeks, bringing the total to over 1,000, Palestinian officials said Monday.In the past 24 hours, 182 infections were registered in the coastal enclave, bringing the number of cases to 1,151, including eight deaths, the Palestinian Authority health ministry said.The crowded and impoverished Gaza Strip had maintained low infection rates since the start of the pandemic, as it remained isolated from much of the world. The narrow territory is sealed off by a formidable security barrier on its landward sides, with just two crossing points: one into Israel and the other into Egypt.But crossings at both points were blocked in March, with few exceptions.Gazans stuck outside the enclave were allowed to return home, but had to be isolated for three weeks in quarantine centers.Four virus cases were detected at the end of August outside these centers as tensions flared between Israel and Palestinian fighters in Hamas-controlled Gaza, sparking concern of a rise in infections and forcing the closure of schools, mosques and markets.During the flare-up, Israel bombed Gaza almost daily from August 6 in response to rocket attacks and the launch of so-called fire balloons — homemade incendiary devices.Amid the fighting, Israel tightened its Gaza blockade by closing the Kerem Shalom goods crossing and stopping fuel deliveries, exacerbating Gaza’s daily power outages.The Palestinian health ministry on Monday also reported that 26,633 coronavirus cases so far have been registered across the Israeli-occupied West Bank, including 178 deaths.Topics :
More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoVilla World’s Michael Vinodolac (left) and Logan Mayor Luke Smith (right) at the official launch of Killara earlier this year.To date, 97 per cent of the first release has been snapped up while a half of the parcels in the second release are sold.Lots in the initial stages of Killara are priced from $181,000 and range in size from 273sq m to more than 500sq m. Killara’s masterplan will create five with a variety of housing product to cater for different stages of life.Residents will be surrounded by parkland, adventure trails, bike tracks and playgrounds. Construction of the display village precinct at Killara will start next month, with completion expected in the first half of 2018.Builders who will showcase their designs and craftsmanship in the village include boutique builders and a mix of major and local builders. Located on Chambers Flat Road, Killara is just a short drive from major shopping, primary and secondary schools and Griffith University’s Logan campus.The Killara sales centre is open between 10am and 5pm daily. Villa World is reporting record sales at its Killara estate in Logan Reserve as first-home buyers and family upsizers step in.THIS estate in Logan Reserve is the fastest selling project in national developer Villa World’s portfolio with sales running at more than 20 per month since February.The 726 lot Killara community in Logan Reserve has first home buyers and upsizing families leading the charge to secure a site.Developer Villa World has sold 108 lots since its launch to market last year, with 28 sales in the pipeline. The company currently has 19 estates throughout Australia, 10 of those in Queensland.Work is about to begin on Killara’s display village precinct, set to give buyers plenty of inspiration and choice with 29 homes from 19 major and boutique builders.Villa World development manager Gary Hunter said sales had predominantly been to first-time purchasers and families wishing to swap suburbia for a parkland lifestyle in a semirural area. “They love that they can build their home in Killara’s bushland setting while still being close to all the infrastructure, facilities and amenities they need for everyday life,” Mr Hunter said.“The affordable price point has really appealed to buyers who are seeing that this idyllic yet convenient parkland lifestyle is within their reach.”
Hong Kong-listed COSCO SHIPPING Holdings Co., flagship of China Ocean Shipping Company, has raised USD 1.1 billion (RMB 7.7 billion) from a private share offering. The net proceeds were lower from the initial plan under which COSCO Shipping Holdings was aiming to collect RMB 15 billion (USD 2.1 billion).The private share offering raised interest from nine private investors.After completion of the proposed non-public issuance of A shares, COSCO directly holds 4.5 billion of A shares and indirectly holds 87 million of H shares through Peaktrade Investments Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of COSCO SHIPPING (Hong Kong) Co. As such COSCO holds 4.6 billion shares in total, representing 37.89% of the enlarged total issued share capital in the company, and is the direct controlling shareholder.As informed earlier, the company plans to use to net proceeds to fund 20 boxships under construction, six of which would have a capacity of over 21,200 TEU.
Leaders of the five-nation East African Community (EAC) bloc are today expected to meet in Dar es Salaam on Monday to yet again try and resolve the political crisis in Burundi.At least 70 people have been killed in two months of protests there, sparked by president Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid to stand for a third term.Burundi’s electoral commission is yet to release results from the recent,parliamentary elections, boycotted by the opposition and internationally condemned as not being credible.The Ministers/Cabinet Secretaries will be considering the Report of the working visit of the Ministers of EAC Partner States plus the Republic of South Africa to the Republic of Burundi, and the Report of the Joint International Facilitation Team comprising the EAC, International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, the African Union, and the United Nations.Meanwhile Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza, skipped the regional talks aimed at brokering a deal to end weeks of unrest in the country, choosing instead to campaign for his controversial third term.“President Pierre Nkurunziza will not attend the summit,” said spokesman Gervais Abahiro, adding that Foreign Minister Alain Aime-Nyamitwe would take his place.Mr Nkurunziza will instead lead his presidential campaign in Burundi’s central Mwaro and Gitega regions.he crisis in Burundi surrounds Mr Nkurunziza’s bid to stand for a third consecutive five-year term in office, a move branded by opponents as unconstitutional and a violation of a peace deal that brought an end to years of civil war in 2006.More than 70 people have been killed in more than two months of protests and a failed coup attempt, with almost 144,000 refugees fleeing into neighbouring nations.Parliamentary and local elections held last Monday were boycotted by the Opposition.The UN electoral observer mission said the polls took place “in a tense political crisis, and a climate of widespread fear and intimidation”. Parliamentary elections have just concluded in Burundi
Special Olympics Dominica hopes to recruit more athletes this year.Special Olympics is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year.Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic sports for children and adults with disabilities.Head of Special Olympics Dominica, Ainsworth Irish disclosed that the association is prepared to begin its recruitment drive.“We want to around the country in our three [districts], Kalinago Territory, Portsmouth and Roseau and recruit more volunteers and more people with challenges to get involved. This is a big thing internationally and our number of active athletes has dropped from 60 to 35.”He further relayed that training is scheduled to resume in preparation for upcoming games. “There should be a Caribbean game in Guadeloupe in 2021 and the world games in Germany will take place in 2023. We want to make sure we have a good athletic base and structure to participate,” Irish said.He assures, “The board will meet soon to look at the challenges and the prospects for the way forward.” 67 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet EntertainmentLifestyleLocalNews Special Olympics Dominica Wants More Athletes by: – January 6, 2020 Share Share Share
But Everton, who had earlier seen Steven Naismith pass up two glorious opportunities to fire his side ahead at the Stadium of Light, got there in the end to leapfrog Arsenal into the top four. The pre-match tribute to the Hillsborough victims was marred slightly as some spectators reacted angrily to others arriving late and not realising the period of silence had started. However, once the formalities were completed, a relatively even first half got under way with the combatants embarking upon the contest with widely differing aspirations. Everton arrived knowing a point would take them into fourth place with the Gunners in FA Cup action this weekend, while Sunderland knew anything other than a win would hammer another nail into their coffin. In the event, both sides headed for the dressing room content with aspects of their first-half performance, but knowing much more was required to secure the reward they craved. Black Cats boss Gus Poyet, who had holding midfielder Liam Bridcutt absent after his partner went into labour, opted to return to his tried and trusted 4-1-4-1 formation, this time with youngster Connor Wickham at its peak, and his side looked more compact as a result. However, Everton’s ball retention and fluid passing and movement ensured they were repeatedly stretched, with Leighton Baines and Deulofeu in particular causing problems in wide positions. Romelu Lukaku and Fabio Borini missed the target at either end in a lively opening, but the visitors should really have been ahead with 14 minutes played. Wes Brown’s own goal took Everton into the Champions League places as Sunderland’s relegation fears took a turn for the worse. Naismith spun superbly on to Baines’ cross to leave Brown for dead, but from just 12 yards out blazed his right-foot shot high over the crossbar. That was to become a theme of Everton’s first-half play, with Lukaku, Deulofeu and Baines all uncharacteristically wasteful in promising positions. Their profligacy might have been punished too had defender John Stones not rescued Baines 14 minutes before the break. The full-back left his back-pass to keeper Tim Howard woefully short and Borini nipped in round him, only to see Stones block his shot from a tight angle at the near-post. Deulofeu caused panic in the home defence with a determined run and inviting 51st-minute cross, but Mannone got down well to claim the ball before it could do any real damage, and Naismith stabbed a weak shot at the Italian after Seamus Coleman had recycled Deulofeu’s repelled cross five minutes later. However, Howard was relieved to see Borini’s effort deflected wide as Sunderland established a bridgehead from which Phil Bardsley had a header cleared by Baines and Wickham a shot blocked in the resulting goalmouth melee. But they might have gone ahead with 59 minutes gone when Ki Sung-yueng climbed above Naismith at the far post to meet Johnson’s cross, only to head wide of the upright. The Black Cats were almost punished twice within seconds when Deulofeu ghosted past Marcos Alonso on the right to send the ball across the face of goal, and Naismith failed to make the most of a mix-up between Mannone and Cattermole when he lifted the ball wide of the target, admittedly from distance. Substitute Ross Barkley forced a save from Mannone after stabbing Sylvain Distin’s cross towards goal with the visitors building momentum, although Alonso tested Howard from distance with the game opening up. Howard was almost embarrassed by another long-range strike by Ki, but it was his opposite number whose success ran out with 15 minutes remaining. Deulofeu once again skipped past Alonso and this time saw his cross cannon off the unfortunate Brown and into the net. The Black Cats showed genuine signs of getting themselves back into the game as time ran by with Ki twice and Wickham going close, but there was to be no lifeline. The former Manchester United defender unwittingly turned Gerard Deulofeu’s cross past goalkeeper Vito Mannone to claim his side’s sixth Barclays Premier League own goal of the season. It was tough on Sunderland, who gave as good as they got for long periods before slipping to a fifth successive league defeat and with just six games left in which to pull off an escape of increasingly epic proportions. Press Association
The Florida Panthers is reporting that a part-time employee of the BB&T Center in Sunrise has tested positive for the coronavirus.The team was notified about the employee’s health status on March 15th and has been working to notify all other employees, teams, and organizations about the discovery:“After being informed of this confirmed case, the Florida Panthers reached out to all staff who may have come in close contact with this employee during their shift. Those individuals have been asked to observe all precautions and report any existing symptoms to the Broward Department of Health,” the news release stated. “The health and well-being of BB&T Center staff, employees, fans, touring event personnel and our team is of the upmost importance to the organization. We continue to direct our staff to work remotely and observe all recommended precautions.”According to the report, the staff member last worked at the arena on March 8th and has since been self-quarantined and is receiving medical care.The Panthers are also urging anyone who has recently been at the BB&T Center and is feeling ill to call the Broward County Health Department at 954-412-7300 to talk to a health professional and possibly schedule an appointment to get tested.