Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Twenty months after Sandy, South Nassau Urgent Care Center at Long Beach opened July 1, marking the first step in replacing the barrier island’s only hospital that closed down after the storm.It’s a starting point for an island with more than 50,000 residents that only has one other local urgent care facility to treat patients suffering from non-life-threatening ailments and injuries, forcing more serious cases to be taken to mainland Long Island hospitals. South Nassau Communities Hospital (SNCH) of Oceanside opened the new clinic next to the defunct Long Beach Medical Center (LBMC), most of which SNHC acquired after LBMC went bankrupt this year. SNCH also plans to open a freestanding, 24-hour 911-emergency receiving facility, pending New York State approval—but residents are concerned it’s not happening fast enough.“Looking back a year and a half ago, I can’t tell you how difficult it’s been trying to develop the plan and a process going forward to bring a facility like this online,” Richard Murphy, president and CEO at SNCH, said during the ribbon cutting last week.The state Department of Health (DOH) helped negotiate the deal in which SNCH purchased LBMC in federal bankruptcy court. SNCH acquired LBMC’s land, buildings and equipment—but the LMBC’s nursing home, Komanoff Center for Geriatric and Rehabilitative Medicine, was acquired by another bidder.Once having a staff of more than 1,200, LMBC had financial trouble even before Sandy. LBMC officials had repeatedly said that they would reopen after the storm—they even received $20 million in federal funds for repairs—but they still couldn’t afford to fix the damage. It is the last hospital in New York and New Jersey damaged in the 2012 storm to still be fully closed.SNCH’s new $3.36 million urgent care clinic, which was shipped from Raleigh, North Carolina, was funded by a $6.6 million grant. The rest of the money will cover the reparations for staff, clinical services, equipment, supplies and other start-up costs.The 4,700-square-foot facility on Easy Bay Drive is equipped to handle head injuries, abdominal pain, orthopedic injuries (fractures), respiratory distress, heart attacks, strokes and lacerations. It houses 10 private examination rooms, two procedure rooms, radiology imaging and laboratory suites, with two ambulances bays.“If there’s a life-threatening emergency, then we will handle it, but that’s not our primary mission today,” said Dr. Joshua Kugler, chairman of South Nassau’s department of emergency medicine.Long Beach Island residents are concerned that the facility is just a small bandage on a major wound. Even though many agree the center is a step in the right direction, community watchdogs said that it’s not enough for an island that swells with more than 100,000 visitors in the summer.“We have to have a facility that meets the needs of the community,” said Pyllis Libutti of the Beach to Bay Central Council of Civic Associations (BBCCA), which has been calling for the return of a full-service hospital. “If there’s traffic, our emergency responders can’t get to us in time and we can’t get to a hospital.”Many complain that hours of the facility don’t work on an island that is also known for its nightlife crowd. The facility’s hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.“I’m happy that this is here, it’s better than nothing, but it’s no way near what’s needed on the island,” said Barbara Bernardino, another member of the BBCC, which is still trying to push the process along. The group’s motto is: “Every day that is lost, a life is at risk.”Officials urged the civic leaders to have patience.“For those people who are very unhappy, we’re working to make it a 24-hour facility,” said Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach). “It’s going to happen, but you know we have to go through the process.”The planned 24-hour 911 emergency center will cost an estimated $220 million, which SNCH anticipates will receive $139 million in storm recovery grants for the new building.SNCH plans to host a forum with community leaders, the DOH, City of Long Beach and Nassau County officials for the development of a long-term plan. Among the problems facing the old LMBC are continued saltwater intrusion from Reynolds Channel, a need for safety equipment upgrades and environmental hazards such as asbestos and mold.Murphy, SNCH’s CEO, predicted that planning could take up to a year before repairs begin.“The engineering on this facility that needs to be done to determine its future will be a six-to-12-month undertaking,” he said.
After three Syracuse runners qualified for the NCAA Division I Track and Field Outdoor Championships on day one of the NCAA East Preliminary Round, multiple runners came up short on Saturday in the second day of action.Junior Rachel Bonner finished four places shy in the women’s 5,000-meter finals. Her time of 16:38.14 was nine seconds away from a spot at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas.The women’s 4×100-meter relay team competed in the quarterfinals but failed to clinch a spot in the semifinals, as they finished .19 seconds away from the final place in the NCAA Championships. The team’s time was a school record.Senior Richard Floyd failed to qualify for the quarterfinals in the 110-meter hurdles. His time of 14.04 was .07 seconds from a qualifying spot.Freshman Matthew Scrape also failed to secure his spot in Austin, missing out on a qualification spot in the men’s 5,000-meter quarterfinals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on May 25, 2019 at 10:36 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+
Around 9:42 a.m. PT (5:45 pm in Ghana) Hours before their fatal helicopter crash, Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were taking communion before an early-morning church service.Minutes before the crash, their pilot was trying to get special permission to fly though foggy conditions.Seconds before the crash that killed all nine people on board, the pilot told air traffic control he was trying to avoid a cloud layer. It was the last time anyone on the ground heard from him.While federal investigators try to determine what caused the crash, excerpts of air traffic control recordings help build a timeline of what happened in the flight’s final moments. The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter takes off from Orange County, California, according to the flight tracking site FlightRadar24.com.The helicopter was headed from the southern Los Angeles area to the northern Los Angeles suburbs.Bryant was supposed to coach a youth basketball team, the Lady Mambas, at their 12 p.m. game in Thousand Oaks, California. Gianna, 13, was on that team. Two other girls in the helicopter, Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, were also on board. Around 9:21 a.m. PT (5:21 pm in Ghana) Around 9:24 a.m. PT (5:24 pm in Ghana)An air traffic controller says “it’s gonna be a little bit” before the pilot can continue.“OK, we’ll continue holding,” Zobayan replies.A National Transportation Safety Board member later said there was a delay because of traffic.Around 9:33 a.m. PT (5:33 pm in Ghana) Source: CNN 9:06 a.m. PT Sunday (5:06 pm in Ghana) The helicopter heads north. Air traffic control tells the pilot to “follow the 5 Freeway” and maintain SVFR conditions.The pilot confirms he heard the instructions: “Maintain special VFR at or below 2500, I-5 northbound.”Later, the Burbank air traffic controller tells the pilot to switch to Van Nuys air traffic control.The pilot contacts the Van Nuys tower: “Van Nuys, Helicopter 2EX with you for the special VFR transition. We are currently at 1400.”The controller tells the pilot: “Wind calm, visibility 2 1/2 , ceiling 1100 overcast, Van Nuys altimeters 30.16. Cleared into Van Nuys Class D northeast of Van Nuys.”At one point, the pilot requested flight following, which is radar assistance for a flight that helps the pilot avoid traffic, NTSB member Jennifer Homendy said.But air traffic control said the helicopter was too low to provide flight following assistance, Homendy said.The pilot told air traffic control he was going to climb higher to avoid a cloud layer. It was his last transmission. An air traffic controller tries to contact the pilot, but gets no response.“72EX, you’re following a 1200 code. So you’re requesting flight following?” the controller asks.“Say intentions,” the controller adds. “You’re still too low level for flight following at this time.” 9:45 a.m. PT (5:45 pm in Ghana)The helicopter falls off the radar, the NTSB said.9:47 a.m. PT (5:47 pm in Ghana)The first 911 call comes in about the crash, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.12 p.m. PT (8:00 pm in Ghana)The Lady Mambas’ basketball game is scheduled to begin at Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks. The helicopter starts circling over Glendale, California, close to the city of Burbank.“Helicopter 2EX, hold outside Burbank Class C airspace. I have an aircraft going around,” an air traffic controller says.“2EX, holding,” the pilot replies.Air traffic control audio indicates the pilot, Ara Zobayan, had requested SVFR clearance, or special visual flight rules clearance.SVFR clearance allows a pilot to fly in weather conditions worse than those allowed for regular visual flight rules. Sunday morning, the Los Angeles Police Department had grounded its helicopters because of low visibility from fog.Pilots sometimes request SVFR clearance mid-flight if weather conditions suddenly change. Those granted permission typically keep closer contact with air traffic control. Tags: GiannaHelicopter crashKobe Bryant
Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying 4. Maddie Madayag (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AMaddie Madayag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo has managed to shrug off its opening weekend loss to La Salle and has so far racked up four straight wins to capture the top spot of the standings when it pummeled University of the Philippines in its lone game this week.It was a game that had so much hype since the winner gets the No. 1 seed after Week 4 while the loser ends up in fifth.And the Lady Eagles made sure they would leave the week as the league’s queens after a resounding sweep of the Lady Maroons.Leading Ateneo’s romp of UP was Maddie Madayag.Mainly a defensive force, Madayag was Ateneo’s top scorer against UP with 14 points, highlighted by six blocks.5. Celine Domingo (Far Eastern University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ACeline Domingo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCeline Domingo is living up to her position.Middle blockers are there to provide stability for their teams and Domingo has definitely brought that to FEU.Domingo has been solid for the Lady Tamaraws in their two wins this week, putting up 17 points against UE and 14 points against the Adamson. LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title As for the bigger picture, Domingo is fifth in the Best Scorers table with 83 total points.6. Dimdim Pacres (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ADimdim Pacres. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDimdim Pacres is never considered as one of the top stars in the UAAP but she’s always there when UST needs that valuable third option on offense.When Season 80 Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini went down with an injured left knee, Pacres took it upon herself to become UST’s third asset.Pacres has been a reliable third fiddle to UST’s star duo of Cherry Rondina and Eya Laure.In UST’s pair of wins this week, Pacres scored a total of 20 points and it wasn’t just her offense that made her of value for the Golden Tigresses.Pacres was UST’s best digger this week tallying a total of 28 excellent digs.7. Heather Guino-o (Far Eastern University, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AHeather Guino-o. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEU has had a stable week and there was one Lady Tamaraw who was polarizing in every sense of the word.The Lady Tamaraws went 2-0 this week with Heather Guino-o going from dormant to blazing. 1. Eya Laure (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 2Last week: N/AEya Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Rookie of the Year race has been blown wide open and Eya Laure has left destruction at her wake.UST’s super freshman was nothing short of spectacular in Week 4, leading the Golden Tigresses to two straight wins with victories over defending champion De La Salle and National University.The Golden Tigresses’ win over NU meant more to Laure since it was the Lady Bulldogs’ high school team that tormented the UST star and foiled her attempts to get another UAAP title in the girls’ high school division.Laure released some of her frustration and punished the Lady Bulldogs with 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT University of Santo Tomas racked up two straight wins this past week to create a pileup in the second seed of the standings with a 4-2 record to tie La Salle and Far Eastern University.Ateneo is at the helm with a 4-1 card while University of the Philippines dropped all the way to fifth with a 3-2 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNational University and Adamson University are tied in sixth with 1-4 records while University of the East is at the bottom at 1-5.With that out of the way, here are the top seven players that made this week as maddening as it can be. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history After scoring just seven points in FEU’s win over the Lady Warriors, Guino-o fired 20 points to lead the Lady Tamaraws in their five-set win over the Lady Falcons.Her 20-point explosion pushed Guino-o from the 14th spot in the Best Scorers table to eighth, overtaking the likes of Eli Soyud, Mary Ann Mendrez, and Isa Molde.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steve Kerr laughs off lipreading criticism of Draymond Green Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.MANILA, Philippines—This year may be the Year of the Pig but Week 4 of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament is the week of the Golden Tigresses.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award More importantly, Laure’s combined 35 points in the week made her the second-leading scorer in the league with a total of 102 points.2. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 2Last week: N/ACherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netC“The Cherry Bomb” is explosive as ever and no shelter is strong enough to protect the league from Cherry Rondina.UST’s superstar is still the offensive mayhem that she is and after leading the Golden Tigresses to two wins this week she’s racked up a total of 105 points to take the top spot of the league’s Best Scorers table.If Rondina let Laure had her fun against the Bulldogs, she made sure that she was front and center when the Golden Tigresses humbled the Lady Spikers.Rondina wasn’t fazed with the defending champions pedigree and she proceeded to put up 19 points in the Golden Tigresses sweep of La Salle.3. Lycha Ebon (Far Eastern University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ALycha Ebon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLaure may have been this season’s favorite for the top rookie honors but Far Eastern University’s Lycha Ebon has also been impressive in her own way.After her first five games in the collegiate level, Ebon has emerged to be the third-best scorer in the league with a total of 86 points. She’s also led the Lady Tamaraws to two wins this week.Ebon shone in FEU’s five-set win over University of the East with 21 points and she remained impactful in the Lady Tamaraws’ second victory of the week with 17 points against Adamson. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments