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Dr. Krista Lim-Hing has been appointed director of the Linda and John Bohlsen Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore.







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Talk show host launches new studio – Long Island Business News


For Donna Drake, this week marks a homecoming of sorts.

The talks show host launched Drake Media Studios on Monday in the former CBS/WLNY TV 10/55 in Melville where Drake  launched her media career in New York in 1997.

Drake is also the host of “The Donna Drake Show,” which she launched in 2009.

In the 3,000-square-foot  in Melville, Drake will host her show as well as renovate new studio space, whose redesign will include multipurpose grid-lit studios with technology upgrades, green screens, additional hard scenery and accent furnishings. Details were not immediately available as to the renovation costs.

The space will also feature a renovated greenroom and guest area, as well as a full-service podcast studio for production, creative resources and strategic partnerships for film, TV, radio and over-the-top video for streaming content.

“I am thrilled to be able to revitalize the original WLNY studio and newsroom in Melville,” Drake said in a statement.

“When I left the station to launch my show, I never imagined I would come full circle and physically return to the site that started my television career,” she added. “Being able to grow “The Donna Drake Show,” and in turn create a companion studio, especially during a global pandemic, are beyond my wildest dreams.”

The show airs on  CBS’s WLNY Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. and is also available on Dish and DIRECTv and other platforms.





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Australian families of White Island volcano victims hope charges laid over deadly eruption will lead to answers


The sister of a man killed in last year’s White Island volcano eruption says she hopes court action will lead to answers after charges were laid over the disaster.

WorkSafe New Zealand has filed charges against 13 parties over the 2019 tragedy, which claimed the lives of 22 people including 17 Australians.

Meredith Dallow’s brother Gavin and his 15-year-old stepdaughter Zoe Hosking were among those killed.

Lisa Dallow — wife of Gavin and mother of Zoe — was placed in an induced coma with severe burns, and only learned of her loved ones’ deaths weeks after the eruption.

Meredith Dallow, who lives in Adelaide, believes her brother was unnecessarily put at risk.

“They should never have been on the island that day and we should still have Gavin here with us,” she said.

Meredith Dallow says families deserve answers about the disaster.(ABC News: Brant Cumming)

Ms Dallow said jail time should be a possibility for those found guilty of wrongdoing.

“I’d like them to be more accountable because they’ll pay their fines and they’ll get on with their lives and that’ll be the end for them, whereas for us, it’ll never be over,” she said.

“Considering the seriousness of it all, I think jail time should be a possibility.

“I was quite shocked at the number of charges that have been laid. I wasn’t expecting that, that’s for sure.”

A woman and a girl
Lisa Dallow only learned of her loved ones’ deaths weeks later, in February.(Supplied)

Along with this, she said she hopes those involved could apologise to victims and families.

“We haven’t heard anything. I guess I’m not surprised. I’m hoping, coming up to the first anniversary, all the families are acknowledged,” she said.

“It would be nice to have a written apology from the tour operators but whether that happens or not, who knows? I guess we just have to wait until the court proceedings and the coroner’s inquest are completed.

“When we heard the news, we were absolutely shattered and gobsmacked and then as time’s gone on, we’re frustrated and angry they were allowed on the island on that day, considering the volcanos were showing signs, and even the tour guides were reacting to the signs saying it was a level two.”

Anniversary a difficult time for Queensland family

Julie Richards and her daughter Jessica Richards wearing pink fun run t-shirts smile in a selfie.
The family of Queensland mother and daughter Julie and Jessica Richards say they respect the judicial process after the charges were laid by New Zealand authorities.(Supplied: Barbara Whitehead)

The family of Brisbane woman Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica, 20, are satisfied that charges have been made.

Both women were remembered as lovers of the outdoors.

“It’s a tough time of year for the family,” said family spokesman John Mickel.

“Now the charges have been laid they respect the independence of and impartiality of the judicial system to allow the proper process to flow through.”

He said the anniversary of the tragedy falling so close to Christmas made it especially difficult.

“Obviously, it’s been a tough year for the family with the loss of people who are close to them and the anniversary coming as it does so close to Christmas it’s an especially difficult time for them,” he said.

“We understand there’s going to be a memorial [in New Zealand], we’re thankful for the people remembering loved ones, and all the families involved in what has been a horrible year for everyone.”



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Fraser Island bushfire continues to burn as weather conditions worsen


Crews are continuing to battle a “significant fire” that has been burning on Fraser Island off south-east Queensland for more than six weeks, while more than 350 campers are told to limit their movements as weather conditions are set to worsen this afternoon.

The blaze, which is burning on two fronts, north of Kingfisher Bay Resort and west of Cathedrals, has already ripped through 74,000 hectares of land on the World Heritage-listed island since starting from an illegal campfire on October 15.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Greg Leach said the fire was expected to be influenced by deteriorating weather today.

“By high temperatures in the low 30s … but more importantly by a strong northerly wind which will potentially drive the fire in a southerly direction,” he said.

Mr Leach said crews had tried to get the upper hand on the blaze over the last few days.

“To this point, we haven’t been successful at that — we will continue to try and contain this fire over coming days,” he said.

Incident controller Superintendent James Haig said today’s conditions had been “as we predicted and prepared for”.

The bushfire has been burning on Fraser Island for more than a month.(Facebook: East Booral Rural Fire Brigade)

Island remains closed to new visitors

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) confirmed there were currently 362 people on the island and the tourist hotspot was still closed to new visitors.

QPWS senior ranger Scott Brook said no campers on the island were currently at risk, but smoke from the fire may be “uncomfortable”.

“Areas that would be influenced by fire front have been swept numerous times and roads that might lead people into danger have been closed,” he said.

Rural Fire Service vehicle parked on a burnt-out sand track from a bushfire on Fraser Island off south-east Queensland.
The blaze has already ripped through 74,000 hectares on Fraser Island.(Facebook: East Booral Rural Fire Brigade)

Kingfisher Bay Resort to close

Meanwhile, a letter received by a guest staying at the Kingfisher Bay Resort said it would close from tomorrow.

The letter said as fire authorities had restricted new arrivals to Fraser Island, the resort had decided to take “precautionary action” and close to guests from 10:30am on Monday, November 30, until December 14.

“Rest assured that this is not an evacuation, and our team will work closely with guests, to assist with all travel amendments,” the letter said.

“Until the time of your departure, we request that guests remain within the resort grounds, as access to the inland tracks are closed.

“Guided tours have also been postponed until further notice.”

The letter said it had made “extensive preparations to ensure the safety of guests and team members” should the fire approach the resort.

“These preparations include having firefighting units based at the resort to ensure that any event is dealt with quickly and effectively,” the letter said.

Welcome sign in bushland near jetty at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island off south-east Queensland.
Preparations include firefighting units being based at the resort.(ABC News: Elaine Ford)

The letter said there would be additional ferry services departing the resort on Monday.

When the ABC contacted the resort about the letter, a spokesperson said it was not making any comment at this stage.

The resort has since posted about the closure on its Facebook page.

Blue vehicle ferry on way to Kingfisher Bay Resort, with Fraser Island in background.
The letter said there would be additional ferry services departing the resort on Monday.(ABC News: Elaine Ford)

Smoke haze moves south

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) senior meteorologist Peter Markworth said smoke from the fire had begun moving south.

“That smoke, in particular, could reach down towards the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane city,” he said.

“We’ve seen a little bit of haze around the city today.”

Mr Markworth said the climbing temperatures over the next few days would “enhance” the blaze.

We’re just expecting persistent northerlies with a very slight and temporary wind change to the east.”

Smoke plume from bushfire coming over the hill at Cathedrals on Fraser Island.
Smoke plume from bushfire coming over the hill at Cathedrals on Fraser Island.(Facebook: East Booral Rural Fire Brigade)



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Cuomo warns post-holiday uptick could stress hospitals – Long Island Business News


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned of a post-Thanksgiving uptick Wednesday that could stress hospitals across the state, which has recorded the highest seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases since late April.

New York recorded 6,265 new positive cases Tuesday, the highest for a single day since April 24. About 3% of tests over the past week have come back positive, more than double the rate a month ago.

New infections have been on the rise in New York this fall, and state and county public health officials say Halloween parties have helped fuel the latest surge this month. Hospitalizations rose to nearly 3,000 COVID-19 patients as of Tuesday. The state has averaged 2,599 patients daily over the past seven days, an 82% increase from compared to 1,428 two weeks ago.

“This is where I think if we’re going to get in trouble, you’re going to see it in a few days, seven days after this Thanksgiving weekend, you’ll start to feel the number,” Cuomo said at a news conference Wednesday in Rochester.

The state averaged 5,599 new cases each day over the past seven days. That’s up 56% from two weeks ago, and more than triple the average as of four weeks ago.

Cuomo has tried to control the spread of COVID-19 by imposing restrictions on hot spots in neighborhoods around the state and officials have warned people to stay home and avoid large Thanksgiving gatherings. Cuomo himself reversed course and canceled plans to celebrate Thanksgiving in person with his 89-year-old mother.

“Focus on the people closest to you and small gatherings and virtual gatherings and avoid travel to keep everyone safe, it makes such a difference,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at his daily news briefing.

Cuomo has shuttered schools and certain nonessential businesses and banned indoor dining in designated orange zones in parts of the suburbs north of the city, central and western New York and on Staten Island, where he has reopened an emergency field hospital.

Cuomo’s plan primarily looks at the percentage of tests coming back positive in a particular area, as well as evidence of community spread. Cuomo said Wednesday that he wants to update his plan for the winter to consider hospitalization rates.

“We have to prioritize hospital beds,” he said. “We have to make sure we don’t overwhelm hospitals.”

New York City schools have been closed to in-person learning since Nov. 19. De Blasio said it won’t be until next week that the city puts out a plan for reopening them, which will be done in phases over the following weeks. The mayor had promised to have such a plan in place before Thanksgiving.

De Blasio also highlighted an initiative called “Shop Your City” that encourages New Yorkers to do their holiday shopping at small businesses, which have been hit hard by pandemic-related closures. The city is also providing economic support to small businesses, including 0% loans of up to $100,000, he said.

De Blasio, appearing unusually merry at times during his pre-holiday briefing, said he’ll be having a “very small gathering” Thursday with hopes of a bigger, better one next year.

Proclaiming himself a culinary traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving, the mayor lamented that most people only eat the usual holiday foods — turkey, sage stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce — once a year.

“It’s like the perfect meal,” he offered.





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While Vacationing on an Isolated Island, She Had a Stroke


WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (American Heart Association News)

Lawnae Hunter was ecstatic to escape snowy Oregon and her hectic schedule for a 10-day Christmas vacation with her son, daughter-in-law and then-9-year-old granddaughter in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The foursome savored lounging by the pool, combing the beach for seashells and sampling the seafood in the remote Caribbean nation.

Over what was supposed to be their final breakfast, they reminisced about how much fun they’d had, then headed to the pool one last time. Lawnae’s granddaughter, Lauren, begged her to go down the pool slide with her.

“I wanted to be that hip Nana,” Lawnae said. “I said, ‘Sure, honey, let’s go.'”

Hand-in-hand, Lawnae and Lauren climbed the steps to the windy slide. Lauren went first, squealing as she sped down, then Lawnae eased herself onto the slippery slide and raced toward the water.

“When I landed in the pool, I was choking and I couldn’t breathe,” said Lawnae, who was 65 at the time in 2014.

Lifeguards rushed to help. When her son, Dan, reached her, he said, “Mom, your face has fallen. You had a stroke.”

Dan told Lawnae he was calling an ambulance.

“Don’t you dare,” she said. “I’m in my bathing suit.”

Lawnae insisted on returning to her room, where her daughter-in-law, Kim, helped her change clothes. When Lawnae arrived at the hospital an hour and a half later, the left side of her body had gone limp.

Doctors said they weren’t equipped to treat stroke patients. So Dan arranged for an air ambulance to take her to Florida. In the air, Kim held her mother-in-law’s hand.

“They were sure I was going to die,” Lawnae said.

Nearly 10 hours after the onset of the stroke, Lawnae arrived at a Florida hospital. Due to the delay in treatment, Lawnae experienced complications and required a breathing tube. When it was inserted, she suffered a damaged trachea.

Her family surrounded her day and night, balancing fear and frustration.

“It was a wait-and-see situation,” Dan said. “We were truly frightened we might lose her.”

It wasn’t the Christmas they’d imagined.

Lawnae’s condition stabilized and her trachea became the focus. Lawnae had a tracheotomy and couldn’t speak. Although her left side remained immobile, she’s right-handed so was able to scribble notes in a spiral-bound notebook. She also prayed: “Dear God, if I have any brain cells left, help me get out of here and to a place that can help me.”

She wrote in the notebook, “Take me to Stanford.” Lawnae knew Stanford’s reputation as a top hospital and she wanted to be there for her care.

Her family arranged for another air ambulance to Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, California. Doctors there removed four centimeters of her damaged trachea. After four months of rehab learning to speak and move again, “my trachea is as good as yours,” she said.

Along the way, Lawnae also learned the likely cause of her stroke: a benign tumor pressing on her brain. The tumor was removed. Her left side remains compromised; her arm remains limp, but she is able to walk with a cane.

The most difficult part of her recovery was accepting that her body may never work the same. In rehab, she learned to reflect on her accomplishments from the prior day and the blessings in her life.

“Finally,” she said, “I just came to a place of peace.”

She also had invaluable help from her younger brother, Patrick, who flew in from Colombia. For six months, he drove her to doctors’ appointments and helped with tasks like cooking.

Seven months after her stroke, and back in Oregon, Lawnae returned part-time to her job in real estate development. She also became a stroke advocate for her community.

“Throughout my journey, I kept thinking, ‘What can I do to help people who come after me?'” she said.

Lawnae and a doctor co-founded Stroke Awareness Oregon, a nonprofit organization that educates people and connects local stroke survivors. Her group plans to bring stroke education into local schools, and recently received a grant to publish educational materials in Spanish.

More people need to know the signs of a stroke, she said. Since learning the details, she realized that she missed them herself. A month before her stroke, she had a brief episode of not being able to speak while on the phone with a friend.

“I couldn’t make sense of why I couldn’t talk,” Lawnae said. “But it passed and I didn’t go to the ER. Would it have changed my outcome? Yes, it probably would have. I relive this every day.”

Her son wonders about it, too.

“Were there signs earlier that day we should have noticed that something was amiss?” Dan said. “What if we hadn’t encouraged her to go on that waterslide?”




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Lawnae continues to do physical therapy, acupuncture and water therapy. Because various sorts of therapy have been so important to her recovery, she encourages fellow stroke survivors to get the therapy they need.

“This is a hard road, but it’s not the end of the world,” Lawnae said. “But how we recover, it’s really based on our attitude.”

American Heart Association News covers heart and brain health. Not all views expressed in this story reflect the official position of the American Heart Association. Copyright is owned or held by the American Heart Association, Inc., and all rights are reserved. If you have questions or comments about this story, please email [email protected]

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US mortgage rates stay at record low 2.72% for 30 years – Long Island Business News


A home for sale with a “Sold” sign attached is viewed Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. U.S. long-term mortgage rates remained at record lows this week as the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten the economy. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)



U.S. long-term mortgage rates remained at record lows this week as the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten the economy.

Mortgage finance giant Freddie Mac reported Wednesday that the average rate on the 30-year fixed-rate home loan was unchanged this week from a record low 2.72%. A year ago, the benchmark rate was 3.68%.

The rate on 15-year fixed-rate loans stayed at 2.28%. It was 3.15% a year ago.

Interest rates have fallen this year as the virus batters the economy and the Federal Reserve pours money into the financial system to support a recovery.

Low rates have encouraged Americans to buy homes or refinance existing mortgages.






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