How to frame your words to have a bigger impact

first_imgLeadership is a balancing act between guiding employees and giving them space to work autonomously. Each of us should strive daily to empower our team to handle their responsibilities – we hired them because of their capabilities, and we must reinforce that through our communications.Leadership guru Dan Rockwell warns leaders who seem to have their day filled with responding to one-off issues that arise that something larger might be amiss. If this sounds like you, consider whether you are a problem-solver or an answer-giver.Being a problem-solver isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I frequently encourage leaders to instill a sense of innovation and independence among employees so that they search for solutions to address problems head on. But that’s where Rockwell’s concerns lie: A leader shouldn’t devote his/her day to problem-solving. Leaders should be focused on the big picture and what opportunities are ripe to take advantage of.An answer-giver, though, has a more negative connotation. It falls under that micromanagement umbrella where leaders are too eager to jump in with their opinion, rather than let their team recommend the best course of action. Great leaders develop employees to be resourceful and thoughtful when issues arise. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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How to adjust your strategic plan with the Four S’s

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Your strategic plan created last fall is more than likely in a trashcan somewhere. Thank you, COVID-19.Strategic plans are one of the many casualties left in the pandemic’s wake. While situations have certainly changed, the need for a strategic plan has not.The Harvard Business Review recently noted, “Ad hoc responses won’t work; organizations must lay the groundwork for their recoveries now.”But how do credit unions and community banks practically do that? One of the best techniques you can do is pull out your plan, review every major strategic initiative and categorize your efforts into one of four buckets:last_img read more

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Long Island Press 2015 High School Journalism Awards Honor Outstanding High School Students

first_imgREPORTING & WRITING AWARDSANDREA REBELLO COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD1. Sanskriti BimalMineola High School, The Question Mark“Advocating Education For The Underprivileged Girl Child”2. Steven MolinaBellport High School, The Clipper“Students Can Make A Difference”3. Alexandra DoulosMassapequa High School, The Chief“The Art Of Affability: Massapequa Installs New ‘Koda Benches’”Honorable Mention. Kelly ChuW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Dots On Our Doors”ARTS FEATURE1. Debbie SoufianGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“The Art-icle”2. Thomas FitzgeraldNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Kanye West – The Ascension Of Yeezus”3. Rohit BachaniW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Go-Fish!”ARTS REVIEW – THEATER1. Kaitlyn LuceyMassapequa High School, The Chief“My Fair Lady Review”2. Arianne RogersSmithtown High School East, The Matador“Les Miz: Back In Show Biz”3. Giavanna TimsBellport High School, The Clipper“Everything’s Coming Up Gypsy”ARTS REVIEW – ART1. Debbie SoufianGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“The Art-icle”2. Sabrina WongJericho High School, JerEcho“Scholastic Art and Writing 2015”3. Kennedy RoseBellport High School, The Clipper“Bellport Students Shine At Recent Art Shows”ARTS REVIEW – VIDEO GAMES1. Claire NuñezSmithtown High School East, The Matador“Virtually Living The Sim-ple Life”2. Catherine SangiovanniCommack High School, The Courant“Game on: Xbox One Vs. PlayStation 4”ARTS REVIEW – BOOK REVIEW1. Cassie SlibaBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Teen Heroes Make Dystopian YA Big”2. Alasia PalmerBellport High School, The Clipper“Series Review: Heroes Of Olympus”3. Nelson Gomez and Nicholas PetrilloMassapequa High School, The Chief“New Harper Lee Novel To Be Released For A New Century”ARTS REVIEW – LOCAL MUSIC1. Tali Zingman and Elaine ChenLynbrook High School, Horizon“A Lynbrook Voice On His Way To ‘The Voice’”2. Sydney Sirota“Commack High School, The Courant“#MACKAPELLA Takeover”3. Tim KeuchlerMassapequa High School, The Chief“Aspiring Musician Rebecca White Takes Center Stage”ARTS REVIEW – NATIONAL MUSIC1. Alejandro SerranoBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Groove To The Guru, But Quickly”2. Kennedy RoseBellport High School, The Clipper“Concert Review: Monumentour”3. Nia TuckerBellport High School, The Clipper“Drake Mixtape Is Fire?”ARTS REVIEW – ALBUM1. Elma ThorarinssonNorth Shore High School, Viking View“Everything Is Still In Transit”2. Rebecca Simon and Evan SilveraJericho High School, JerEcho“‘Hozier’ Album Review”3. Tyler BaronNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Kendrick Spits Fire On Charts”ARTS REVIEW – FILM1. Shanon ThomasNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“A Timely Cry For Justice”2. Shaheer Ilyas and Roby DanielNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Wrestling With Demons”3. Abha JapiNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Students Can’t Get Enough Of The DUFF”ARTS REVIEW — TV1. Kaylie FelsbergBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Break Out Laughing Over ‘Kimmy Schmidt’2. Sotiris GeorgakopoulousSmithtown High School East, The Matador“ABC’s Killer New Show”3. Gabby DeVeglioEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“American Horror Story: Season 4: Freak Show”ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT1. Mikaela AdwarJericho High School, JerEcho“Star Struck With ‘The Fault In Our Stars’”2. Gregory KothesakisNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Netflix Takes The House With New Season”3. Kennedy RoseBellport High School, The Clipper“Concert Review: Monumentour”AURA DIAZ AWARD / FIRST PERSON1. Sharon AhmedBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Middle East Atrocities Spur Student To Action”2. Christopher SumanoEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“True Colors Of Racism in America”3. Olivia PumiliaShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“From Student To Jail Bird: My Trip To The County Jail”BUSINESS1. Erin-Marie DeytiquezW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Watch Your Dietect!”2. Nicholas CristofariNorth Shore High School, Viking View“Apple On A Diet: How Thin Can It Get?”3. Gabby GartenJericho High School, JerEcho“Students Race To Use Uber”COLUMN – SCHOOL1. Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The Chief“Commissioner King Resigns, Leaving Behind Uncertain Future”2. Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The Chief“District Debate Shifts From Budget to Declining Enrollment”3. Matthew WiglerGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“S.O. What’s Happening?”COLUMN – GENERAL1. Binita ShahW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Binita’s Bollywood Binge”2. Sally BishopGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“Sincerely, Sally”3. Meg TohillEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“Springing Into 2015”COMMUNITY SERVICE1. Victoria PonzoNorth Shore High School, Viking View“The ‘Ice-Bucket’ Comparison?”2. Ashley Dominquez-BonillaFreeport High School, Flashings“Ripples Of Hope Change The World”3. Judy MermelsteinCommack High School, The Courant“Helping The Community ‘Grow’”Deadline / Breaking NewsDEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS1. Gabriel AjzenmanLynbrook High School, Horizon“Ebola Epidemic Scares America”2. David MarquesMassapequa High School, The Chief“Nassau Cuts School Zone Speed Cameras; Lights Dim On Plan”3. Ava GerardiShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Locker Move Frustrating”EDITORIAL1. Gibran Caroline BoyceHalf Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird“Three High School Football Teams Deal With Tragedy”2. Maroon Echo StaffBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Lack Of Diversity In AP/IB Classes Should Be Addressed”3. Natalie Metaxas and Ashley RadparvarGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“S.O.S. Stamp Put Social Media 2014”EDITORIAL – NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL1. Matthew SwickleJericho High School, JerEcho“Feelings Of Hope For Greece”2. Pavithran RavindranW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Je Suis Charlie”3. Sotiris GeorgakopoulosSmithtown High School East, The Matador“CIA’s Inhumane Torture Needs To Stop”EDITORIAL – GENERAL1. Brandan LawrenceMassapequa High School, The Chief“Pressure For Perfection In Women Simply Artificial”2. Gibran BoyceHalf Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird“From Tragedy To Triumph”3. Camryn GarrettBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“When Making A Film, Remember I Exist, Too”EDUCATION – NATIONAL ISSUES1. Lily SaeliSouthold High School, The Sentinel“Common Core Commotion”2. Alechia CacaceBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Recent Grads Report High School Students Are Prepped For College”3. Alexandra DoulosMassapequa High School, The Chief“The (Once Again) Redesigned SAT: What You Need To Know”EDUCATION – LOCAL ISSUES1. Shaheer Ilyas and Roby DanielNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“SFT Contract Negotiations Continue”2. Teena ThomasNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“A Feud Worth Fighting For”3. Alejandro SerranoBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“District Wants Albany To Reconsider Field Tests”ENERGY REPORTING1. Sarah RiordanCommack High School, The Courant“Unlikely Union: Food And Genetics”2. Ariel AvgiNorth Shore High School, Viking View“The Weather. Brought To You By N.S.H.S.?”ENTERTAINMENT & LIFESTYLE1. Nicole LamannaNorth Shore High School, Viking View“Writers, Writers Everywhere”2. Daisy Rymer and Althea MignoneSouthold High School, The Sentinel“Netflix Hidden Gems”3. Sakshi SharmaHalf Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird“BMWi8”ENVIRONMENTAL STORY1. Andrea ParedesBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“You Better Bee-Lieve It: Bee Population Is Declining”2. Mary BertschiSouthold High School, The Sentinel“Gardening: A Natural Alternative”3. Mary BertschiSouthold High School, The Sentinel“Another Inconvenient Truth”FASHION FEATURE1. Rachel LeinerCalhoun High School, Hoofbeats“Fashion And Movies: A Heavenly Match”2. Katie McMahonMassapequa High School, The Chief“Haute or Horrible? The Question of Couture Raises Discussion”3. Jasmine BurgosLynbrook High School, Horizon“The Fashion Superbowl”FEATURE – GENERAL1. Elise AmbosBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Frazzled”2. Sarah QadirCommack High School, The Courant“Hometown Hero”3. Ariel AvgiNorth Shore High School, Viking View“Easy As Pie: The American Road Test”FEATURE – LOCAL1. Brianna MinneciShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Fall Farming Causes Frenzy”2. Nicole BienLynbrook High School, Horizon“This Could Be YOUtube”3. Jaclyn AngeloMassapequa High School, The Chief“Student Shows Community That ‘Everybody Deserves Music’”FOOD – COMMENTARY1. Jenna BarboneSmithtown High School East, The Matador“Goodbye Junk Food And Hello Healthy Eating”2. Camila Cabrera SalazarEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“Running On Dunkin’”3. Lauren PellerHalf Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird“‘Eggs-Ploring’ New Cholesterol Findings”FOOD – RESTAURANT REVIEW1. Jasmine GarciaNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Brewing Up A Conversation”2. Megan Konfino and Marlie AllenCommack High School, The Courant“Sushi Standoff”3. Alexandra Kessel and Brianna MinneciShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Local Tastes Of Mexico”FORMAT BUSTER1. Maroon Echo StaffBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Spanish Pages”2. Binita Shah and Kevin WangW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Where Do You Fit In?”3. Karen Papazian and Pavithran RavindranW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Mr. Feggeler: Taking The Midwest By Storm!”FIRST AMENDMENT/FREEDOM OF SPEECH AWARD1. Madison FlotteronBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“To Stand Or Not To Stand…”2. Carolyn RogersShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“The Fight For Student Rights Continues”3. Gianna BarberiaHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“Earning Equality: Let America Be America Again”GOVERNMENT – LOCAL1. Katie KontinoCommack High School, The Courant“Testing A New Method”2. Carly Lapidus and Nikki BerrinJericho High School, JerEcho“Where Did All The Baked Goods Go?”3. Keva LiGreat Neck North High School, The Guide Post“Grading The Teachers”GOVERNMENT – NATIONAL1. Emma La ReddolaCommack High School, The Courant“’Executive Order’ Orders Up Controversy”2. Alechia CacaceBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Fight Against ISIS Becomes Global”3. Claire NunezSmithtown High School East, The Matador“Foreign Relations: Close But No Cuban Cigar—Yet”HEADLINE – ENTERTAINMENT1. Sam NewmanJericho High School, JerEchoShrek Is An Ogre-Sized Success”2. Lester NetsNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“1989 Swiftly Rises To The Top”3. Amber BarneyBellport High School, The Clipper“Yoga Pants: A Boy’s Worst Nightmare”HEADLINE – EDITORIAL 1. Katie KonfinoCommack High School, The Courant“A Broken World”2. Shaheer IlyasNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“To Opt-out or Not To Opt-Out, That Is The Standardized Question”3. Gianna BarberiaHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“Earning Equality: Let America Be America Again”HUMOR1. Gregory QuistSouthold High School, The Sentinel“Dale’s Dilemma”2. Kennedy RoseBellport High School, The Clipper“Clipper Prints Final Issue Ever”3. Josalie QuiwaHigh Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“Pedals Over Pastries”IN-DEPTH REPORTING1. Alejandro SerranoBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Non-Native Students Make Journey For Better Education, Life”2. Amber FarooqBay Shore High Shore, Maroon Echo“Despite Mirroring National Stats, AP/IB Lack Diversity Of School”3. Katie KonfinoCommack High School, The Courant“The 21st Century Dilemma”INFORMATIONAL FEATURE1. Alejandro SerranoBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Killing Oneself Now The Leading Cause Of Death Due To Injury”2. Alexandra NolanJericho High School, JerEcho“Students’ Opinions Are Sound On Texting And Driving”3. Evan HochhauserHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“Paying For College Before You Can Even Start”ROBERT W. GREENE INVESTIGATIVE / ENTERPRISE REPORTING AWARD1. Alexandra EichensteinHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“The Cheating Epidemic And What We’re (Not) Doing To Stop It”2. Amber FarooqBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Genetically Modified Organisms Creeping Way Into School Menu”3. Shaheer Ilyas and Roby DanielNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“SFT Contract Negotiations Continue”Honorable Mention. Julia SaccamanoSouthold High School, The Sentinel“It’s All About The Price Tag: The Unexpected Cost Of Your Future”MEDIA COLUMN1. Michelle LuJericho High School, JerEcho“YouTubers Succeed Beyond YouTube”2. Jenna BarboneSmithtown High School East, The Matador“iCloud Hacker Exposes Celebrities”NEWS STORY1. David MarquesMassapequa High School, The Chief“Too Few ‘Just Say No,’ LI Drug Problem Continues To Escalate”2. Katie KonfinoCommack High School, The Courant“The 21st Century Dilemma”3. Shaheer Iylas and Roby DanielNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“SFT Contract Negotiations Continue”OPINION – GENERAL1. Kevin McCannNorth Shore High School, Viking View“Origins Of Post-Modern Life”2. Kennedy RoseBellport High School, The Clipper“I Need A Hero”3. Andrew ScialloEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“State Testing Could Determine Your Future”OPINION PIECE – NATIONAL1. Megan RodriguezW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“The Cost Of National Security”2. Christopher SumanoEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“True Colors Of Racism”3. Jack LockwoodNorth Shore High School, Viking View“Gimme Three (Over) Steps”OPINION – POP CULTURE1. Collin GiulaniHalf Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird“Two Directions”2. Camila CabreraEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“Entertainment Or Harassment?”3. Shannon Thomas and Fabiha KhalidNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Who’s The Boss?”OPINION PIECE – SCHOOL1. Alexandra EichensteinHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“The Cheating Epidemic And What We’re (Not) Doing To Stop It”2. Jenna RudolfskyCalhoun High School, Hoofbeats“BYOI: Bring Your Own Ink”3. Mary DzyrNorth Shore High School, Viking View“What About US?”POLITICAL – LOCAL FEATURE 1. Stephanie ZelenetzNorth Shore High School, Viking View“The Ebola Hysteria Continues…On Long Island?”2. Marie Allen and Megan KonfinoCommack High School, The Courant“Keeping It On Long Island”3. Sarah QadirCommack High School, The Courant“Hometown Hero”POLITICAL – NATIONAL FEATURE 1. Gianna BarberiaHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“Earning Equality: Let America Be America Again”2. Matthew Sheahan and Andre De LeonW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“ISIS: A Global Threat”3. Dorian PietraruNorth Shore High School, Viking View“A Chance For The Middle East”PROFILE1. Christina PanouisNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Thumbs Up For YasTube”2. Vishruth GirishNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot 
“All-Scrub To All-County”3. Teena ThomasNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The ChariotBrooke Cradin: Broadway Bound BiologistQ&A1. Ashley RadparvarGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“Interview With Nobel Prize Winner – David Baltimore”2. Katie BurkeEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“If You Could Take One Celebrity To Prom, Who Would It Be And Why?”3. Dennis Tavares and Matt WenkEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“Ask Derek”Q&A – SCHOOL1. Jessica CarusoSmithtown East, The Matador“East Student’s East Asian Experience”2. Katie BurkeEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“Who is One Teacher That Has Influenced Your Life and Why?”3. Karen Papazian and Pavithran RavindranW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Mr. Feggeler: Taking the Midwest By Storm”REVIEW/CRITICISM 1. Eleni KothesakisNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”2. Saumya SharmaNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Gotham Rises…Again”3. Sammi SteinJericho High School, JerEcho“’Orange’ Is Now Back”RELIGION/MULTICULTURAL 1. Isabel DeRanieri and Alishbah SaddiquiNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Rage Over Religion”2. Gianna BarberiaHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“Earning Equality: Let America Be America Again3. Steven MolinaBellport High School, The Clipper“Students Can Make A Difference”SCHOOL – FEATURE1. Madison FlotteronBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Last Class To Remember 9/11 Will Graduate This Year”2. Teena ThomasNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“A Feud Worth Fighting For”3. Danielle AjodanGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“A Taste of Hollywood: The Outskirts Shoot At North High”SCHOOL – NEWS1. Katie KonfinoCommack High School, The Courant“The 21st Century Dilemma”2. Michael BorelliEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“High School Receives Unexpected Renovation”3. Julia LosnerCalhoun High School, Hoofbeats“New Field Trip Policy In Effect”SCHOOL – FINANCIAL NEWS 1. David MenarchemShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Passing Bond Will Provide Much-Needed Improvements”2. Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The Chief“District Debate Shifts From Budget To Declining Enrollment”3. Gabriel AjzenmanLynbrook High School, Horizon“BOE Discusses LHS Expansion”SCHOOL SPIRIT1. Katie KonfinoCommack High School, The Courant“Brotherhood Triumphs: CBVS Wins It All”2. Kalleigh ReganMassapequa High School, The Chief“Spirit Week”3. Emma CaseyBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Peer Support’s Awareness Weekend Celebrates 25 Years”SCHOOL CULTURE REPORTING 1. Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The Chief“Questions On Diversity”2. Max SalitSyosset High School, The Pulse“Bathematics: Improving SHS Bathrooms”3. Krupa PatelNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Merry Hanakwanza”SCIENCE/HEALTH 1. Amber FarooqBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Genetically Modified Organisms Creeping Way Into School Menu”2. Christine CollinsCalhoun High School, Hoofbeats“Dispelling The Myth Of Ebola”3. Emily Budhram and Sara SalomonNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Concussions Cause Career-Ending Injuries”SOCIAL COMMENTARY – SCHOOL1. Alexandra EichensteinHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“The Cheating Epidemic and What We’re (Not) Doing To Stop It”2. Kaitlyn LuceyMassapequa High School, The Chief“Redressing The Massapequa High School Dress Code”3. Sephora FerjusteHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“Is Hills West A Safe Place To Come Out?”SOCIAL COMMENTARY – GENERAL 1. Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The ChiefGarner, Brown Cases Raise Questions On Diversity At MHS”2. Christopher SumanoEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“True Colors Of Racism In America”3. Kevin McCannNorth Shore High School, Viking View“The Origins Of Post-Modern Life”SERIOUS FEATURE1. Gianna BarberiaHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“Earning Equality: Let America Be America Again”2. Carolyn RogersShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“The Truth Behind Sexual Harassment”3. Jake BlandiShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Don’t Turn Your Head To Teen Violence”SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYSIS 1. Sarah ScanlonHalf Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird“Positives Of Social Media”2. Cassidy LathamShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Meninism: Just A Joke Or A Serious Movement?”3. Nicholas PetrilloMassapequa High School, The Chief“Yak-Attack: Yik Yak App Stampedes Campuses Nationwide”SPORTS FEATURE1. Lizzy VolavkaBay Shoe High School, Maroon Echo“High School Athletes Suffer From Burnout, Too”2. James ColganNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“From Highlight Reel To Movie Reel”3. Vishruth GirishNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“All-Scrub To All-County”SPORTS – SCHOOL1. James ColganNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Spiking The Competition”2. Lizzy VolavkaBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“After 23 Years, Girls Lacrosse Coach Retires”3. Lindsay DieumgardBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Teams Rebuild After Seniors Graduate”SPORTS NATIONAL1. James ColganNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Picking Up The Pace”2. James ColganNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Pitchers Hooked On Tommy John”3. Matt SchwartzHalf Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird“Baltimore: Home Of America’s Comeback Team”STORYTELLING 1. Katie KonfinoCommack High School, The Courant“Brotherhood Triumphs: CBVS Wins It All”2. Jake NeedlemanSyosset High School, The Pulse“North Carolina To Sign Syosset Head Coach, John Calabria”3. Ben SenzerSyosset High School, The Pulse“Commotion In Student Government”STUDENT ISSUES 1. Danielle SchwartzNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Sweethearts Share Secrets To Success”2. Emily FlyerLynbrook High School, Horizon“What’s The Science Behind This One?”3. Amber BarneyBellport High School, The Clipper“Sadness Isn’t Pretty”STUDENT PROFILE 1. Vishruth GirishNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“All-Scrub To All-County”2. Christina PanouisNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Thumbs Up For YasTube”3. Kordell HammondBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“From Bay Shore To Broadway”TECHNOLOGY1. Sara Salomon and Emily BudhramNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Groundbreaking Lander Reaches New Heights”2. Marchella VerdiShoreham-Wading River High School“Technology Affects Teenage Brains”3. Alec Rich and Josh NouriyelianGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“North High Implements Freshmen Year Curriculum And Technology Changes”TRAVEL1. Tyler Baron and Jaclyn WilliamsNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Gladiators Go Global”2. Michelle Furman and Aliyha GillEast Meadow High School, Jet Gazette“Amsterdam/London, Baby!”3. Steven MolinaBellport High School, The Clipper“Students Can Make A Difference”Honorable Mention. Antonia BentelPortledge School, Portledge Press“La Belle Vie En France” READ DAVID NORTH’S “LETTERS TO A YOUNG JOURNALIST” HEREInspiring words were delivered by Press/Morey Publishing Managing Editor Timothy Bolger, Press Senior Editor Spencer Rumsey, Press Staff/Education Reporter Jaime Franchi, Morey Publishing Sales Director John Meyers, New Media Director Michael Conforti and Graphic Designer Jon Chim, whose short but powerful remarks were sure to invoke at least a few starry eyes from those in attendance, as they did at last year’s gala.“Art and design are critical components of a truly great story,” declared Chim while introducing the “Newspaper Design/Illustration & Headline” category and several winners. “Photographs and masterful illustrations can elevate any article and make them works of art in themselves. Exceptional design work can streamline a story, directing the readers’ eyes and hearts to its most impactful and emotional elements.”“A great news story is not merely an account of how, what, where, when and why,” explained [#Tomothy] Bolger as he introduced the winners for “Best News Story.” “Yes, it contains all of those elements, but a great news story is truly so much more. A great news story captivates the reader from the first syllable. A great news story shows both sides of the issue. A great news story leaves no stone unturned, serves to inform and incite, and is a catalyst of meaningful reflection and action.“A great news story affects people,” he continued. “It is a public service.”Special awards were dedicated to Aura Diaz, the 16-year-old mother from Brentwood who was murdered in 2005 and Andrea Rebello, the 21-year-old Hofstra junior who tragically lost her life in a shooting two years ago.Twarowski presented the contest’s Robert W. Greene Investigative / Enterprise Journalism Award—named in honor of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Robert “Bob” Greene, who besides being a force of nature in the field, was also a powerhouse for good in the classroom and a longtime teacher at the university. The legendary Newsday editor was also instrumental in founding Hofstra University’s journalism and communication programs.“One of the things I love most about journalism is its power to illuminate,” he proclaimed. “To give voice to the voiceless. To shine a light on all the dark places. That’s what investigative journalism does, and here at Hofstra once taught one of the very best of the craft.”“These writers and stories embody Bob Greene’s spirit, his passion, his quest for the truth,” he added. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The 2015 Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards Program was a resounding success yet again, culminating in its annual awards gala May 27 at Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse attended by hundreds of high school students, faculty and parents from across Long Island.It was a celebration that will undoubtedly be remembered for a long, long time.The annual awards competition and gala, now in its eighth year, recognizes outstanding high school journalism in print, video and online, including reporting, writing, design, artwork and illustration across more than 100 individual categories, ranging from “Best Arts Feature” to Best School Spirit Video.” Special awards are also presented for Story of the Year, Student Journalist of the Year, Advisor of the Year and Newspaper of the Year.With nearly 1,600 entries from more than two dozen high schools throughout Nassau and Suffolk, the 2015 contest was unprecedented in its scope and quality of submissions. As always, Long Island Press staffers spent weeks judging these entries and were impressed by the students’ exceptional depth and caliber of work.All Smiles: (L-R) Bay Shore High School ‘Maroon Echo’ Advisor Walt Fishon, Massapequa High School ‘The Chief’ Advisor Elyn Coyle, Commack High School ‘The Courant’ Advisor Christina Semple and New Hyde Park Memorial High School ‘The Chariot’ Advisor Mike Stencel were all crowned Advisors of the Year at the 2015 Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards Gala at Hofstra University on May 27, 2015! CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICTURES FROM THE 2015 LONG ISLAND PRESS HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM AWARDS GALA AT HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY!“Submissions ran the gamut—from colorful arts and entertainment coverage and insightful enterprise and investigative articles to emotionally moving first-person accounts of everything from protesting war in the Middle East to what it’s like to come face-to-face with racism,” wrote Press/Morey Publishing Editor in Chief Christopher Twarowski in a special letter to students published within a program booklet distributed at the event. “Students provided in-depth analysis of such hot-button national issues as Common Core and police brutality to First Amendment rights and terrorism. They wrote about the environment, school budgets, pay equality, standardized testing, sexism and transgender rights. They wrote about government, sports, fashion. They wrote about food, technology, health, humor, the prom and war.”“From breathtaking photo spreads and smart, gripping headlines to elements such as layout, flow, placement of graphics and artwork, use of pull-quotes and headlines—entrants in the design categories were likewise impressive,” he continued. “So were students’ video submissions, which included inspirational recoveries from rare diseases, impressive school spirit montages and introspective vignettes about everyday school life.”“Of course, all of these topics, no matter how far-reaching, have local consequences and ramifications, and students did an outstanding job documenting them,” added Twarowski. “Their coverage of the Opt-Out movement, school speed cameras and the high-stress environment consuming students throughout all grade levels added perspectives all-too-easily ignored by some local news outlets.“Journalism is a challenging and rewarding field,” wrote Evan Cornog, Ph.D., dean of The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University in another letter to students within the booklet. “Challenging because it is hard to root out the truth, and when you succeed there will always be some who will not thank you; rewarding because you have the power to bring injustices to light and help build a better world.”The gala kicked off with an introduction from Press/Morey Publishing Associate Publisher Beverly Fortune, followed by opening remarks by Press Publisher Jed Morey and a keynote address from Dean Cornog.The program and this magnificent awards celebration, in which students from throughout the participating schools proudly walked onstage to accept their various awards and pose for photographs with fellow classmates, winners and advisors, would have not been possible, of course, without the continued tremendous support of its chief sponsor, Hofstra University and The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.The annual awards gala was once again emceed by award-winning journalist, broadcaster, Press Club of Long Island board member and Long Island Press High School Awards Program Coordinator (and all-around superhero) David North, who interspersed the hundreds of students’ names and their respective honors with knee-slapping jokes and observations. His infectious charm, passion and wit kept the night moving along smoothly, occasionally handing the microphone over to a host of Press staffers for truly moving remarks.Night To Remember: (L-R) Long Island Press Associate Publisher Beverly Fortune, High School Journalism Awards Program Coordinator (broadcaster, emcee and all-around superhero) David North, and Hofstra University’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Dean Evan Cornog were among the all-star speakers and presenters at the 2015 Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards Gala at Hofstra University on May 27, 2015! VIDEO AWARDSNEWS STORY1. Nick Albicocco, Ryan Kamber and Eric BrettJericho High School, JerEcho“Jericho Residents Blast New Speed Camera”2. David Schaeffler and Billy FrielingsdorfHauppauge High School, Eagle Watch“Forest Brook Elementary ALS Ice Bucket Challenge”3. Derek SemonHauppauge High School, Eagle Watch“Immigration Day”FEATURE STORY 1. Giulia MilanaJericho High School, JerEcho“Nicolas Vigliotti: One Year Later”2. Rachel HirschheimerJericho High School, JerEcho“Sweet Treats At Jericho’s Homecoming 2014”3. Dylan Rice and Dan NastaHauppauge High School, Eagle Watch“9/11 Memorial”SPORTS1. Nicolas Cecchini andJennifer HugHauppauge High School, Eagle Watch“Kicks For Cancer”ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT1. Katie Prudente 
Hauppauge High School, Eagle Watch“Inherit The Wind”2. Gianna BarberiaHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“MoMA”3. Emma Casey and Chloe GuldeBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Page To Screen”SCHOOL SPIRIT1. Giulia Milana, Mikaela Adwar, Carly Lapidus, Sam Newman and Evan SilveraJericho High School, JerEcho“Lip Dub 2015”2. Gianna BarberiaHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“End Of The Year Montage”3. Gianna BarberiaHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“Homecoming 2014 Recap” ONLINE AWARDSONLINE – NEWS SITE1. JerEchoJericho High School2. The Chief OnlineMassapequa High School3. Guide Post OnlineGreat Neck North High SchoolONLINE – FEATURE1. Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The Chief“New York Testing Procedures Face Increased Public Scrutiny”2. Alanna Levine andRachel HoffmanJericho High School, JerEcho“Minutes Away, Worlds Apart”3. Jenna BarboneSmithtown East High School, Smithtown Today News Online“‘The Dress’ Used To Address An Important Issue”ONLINE – PHOTO SERIES1. Amanda Damon, Carly Lapidus and Rebecca SimonJericho High School, JerEcho“Humans Of Jericho: Success Edition”2. Kalleigh ReganMassapequa High School, The Chief“Catch A Wave Shines Bright For A Cause”ONLINE – ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT1. Sam NewmanJericho High School, JerEcho“Newman’s Oscars”2. Tim KeuchlerMassapequa High School, The Chief“Taylor Swift’s Album ‘1989’ Arrives In Style”3. Kerry YoungMassapequa High School, The Chief“MHS Students Shine At The School’s Annual Express Night”ONLINE- EDITORIAL1. Rebecca SimonJericho High School, JerEcho“JPOV: Feminism Yesterday And Tomorrow” HERE’S THE COMPLETE LIST OF 2015 LONG ISLAND PRESS HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM AWARDS WINNERS:STORY OF THE YEARFIRST PLACE. Alexandra Eichenstein – Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“The Cheating Epidemic And What We’re (Not) Doing To Stop It”SECOND PLACE. Alejandro Serrano – Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Non-Native Students Make Journey For Better Education, Life”THIRD PLACE. Amber Merlini – Massapequa High School, The Chief“Right Gender, Wrong Body: Transgender Students In MHS”HONORABLE MENTION. Amber Farooq – Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Genetically Modified Organisms Creeping Way Into School Menu”STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEARFIRST PLACE. Alejandro Serrano – Bay Shore High School, Maroon EchoSECOND PLACE. Nelson Gomez – Massapequa High School, The ChiefTHIRD PLACE. James Colgan – New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The ChariotHONORABLE MENTION. Katie Konfino – Commack High School, The CourantADVISOR OF THE YEARFIRST PLACE. Walt Fishon – Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo (FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW)SECOND PLACE. Elyn Coyle – Massapequa High School, The ChiefTHIRD PLACE. Christina Semple – Commack High School, The CourantHONORABLE MENTION. Mike Stencel – New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The ChariotNEWSPAPER OF THE YEARFIRST PLACE. Bay Shore High School, Maroon EchoSECOND PLACE. Massapequa High School, The ChiefTHIRD PLACE. New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The ChariotHONORABLE MENTION. Commack High School, The Courant NEWSPAPER DESIGN/ILLUSTRATION & HEADLINECARTOON1. Priyanka AlguNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“To Opt Out Or Not To Opt Out”2. Priyanka AlguNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Who’s The Boss”3. Priyanka AlguNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“NHP Celebrates Local Heroes”CARTOON – ENTERTAINMENT 1. Fabio RiveraW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Fabio’s Corner”2. Michael DonderoEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“Why Must We Always Wait?”3. Michael DonderoEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“Growing Up In The Spotlight”CARTOON – POLITICAL 1. Priyanka AlguNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“To Opt Out Or Not To Opt Out”2. Priyanka AlguNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Who’s The Boss?”3. Michael DonderoEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“Running On Dunkin’”CARTOON/SCHOOL ILLUSTRATION 1. Priyanka AlguNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“To Opt Out Or Not To Opt Out”2. Nicole NunezBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“DC Vs. Marvel”3. Arianna ScavoneJericho High School, JerEcho“Wonderful World”FEATURE DESIGN 1. Kalleigh Regan, Brandan Lawrence and Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The Chief“My Fair Lady”2. Amber FarooqBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Food Fight”3. Julia SaccamanoSouthold High School, The Sentinel“Teachers’ Extracurricular Activities”FEATURE HEADLINE 1. Sarah QadirCommack High School, The Courant“I’m Geeking Out”2. Andrea ParedesBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“You Better Bee-lieve it: Bee Population Is Declining”3. Clare WalterEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“Seniors: The Most ‘Common’ Way To APPly”LAYOUT/SECTION 1. Kalleigh Regan, Brandan Lawrence and Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The Chief“My Fair Lady”2. Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The Chief“Spirit Week”3. Nicole Nunez and Lindsey DieumegardBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Maroon Echo Sports”LAYOUT/FRONT COVER1. Julia SaccamanoSouthold High School, The Sentinel“Shaving Cream Contest”2. Editorial Board – Katie KonfinoCommack High School, The Courant“November 2014 – Special Issue”3. Amber FarooqBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Maroon Echo Front Page”LAYOUT/OVERALL1. Guide Post StaffGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“March 2015”2. Hoofbeats StaffCalhoun High School, Hoofbeats“April 2015 Issue”3. Kevin WangW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“February 2015: Issue II”NEWS DESIGN1. Graelin MandelGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“News Section March 2015”2. Editorial Board – Katie KontinoCommack High School, The Courant“November 2014 Cover – Special Issue”3. Editorial Board – Anna TobinCommack High School, The Courant“News, Page 3”NEWS HEADLINE1. Brandan LawrenceMassapequa High School, The Chief“Are the Students Livin’ It Up In The Hotel Massapequa?”2. Amber FarooqBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“How Do You Like Them Apples?”3. Megan KontinoCommack High School, The Courant“Double The Trouble”NEWS ILLUSTRATION1. Solomon AguirreBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Teen Sleep Deprivation Rates Increasing”2. Alejandro SerranoBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Suicide”3. Yolanda HernandezBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“The Death Of The Teen Flick”ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION1. Emily RosenbergHalf Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird“2014 High School East Student Film Festival”2. Juliane Van GordenSouthold High School, The Sentinel“Winter Fashion”3. Melita HowellShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“From Student To Jail Bird: My Trip To The County Jail”PHOTO ESSAY1. Kalleigh Regan and Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The Chief“Spirit Week”2. Alexandra Nolan and Gabby GartenJericho High School, JerEcho“Park At Your Own Risk”3. Amber Farooq and Tommy LinaresBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“A Spirited Bunch”PHOTOGRAPHY/SERIES1. Karen Papazian and Pavithran RavindranW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Mr. Feggeler: Taking The Midwest By Storm!”2. Kalleigh ReganMassapequa High School, The Chief“Roving Reporter: MHS Weighs In On New Lanyard Policy”3. Lily SaeliSouthold High School, The Sentinel“Spirit Day”LAYOUT/SINGLE PAGE – SCHOOL1. Avani SinghW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Humans Of Clarke”2. Karen Papazian and Pavithran RavindranW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Mr. Feggeler: Taking The Midwest By Storm!”3. Nicole NunezBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Injuries On The Field”LAYOUT/SINGLE PAGE – GENERAL1. Julia Kaluta and Julia MargalitGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“Tips And Tricks To An Organized Day”2. Sam Berger and Brandon DiazEast Meadow High School, Jet Gazette“Sports”3. Kevin RosandEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“February Issue, Page 5”SINGLE PHOTO1. Joseph WoryszSouthold High School, The Sentinel“Southold’s Spirit Day Shaving Cream War”2. Kalleigh ReganMassapequa High School, The Chief“A New Epidemic?”3. Tommy LinaresBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“To Stand Or Not To Stand…”GRAPHIC ART1. Nicole NunezBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“AP/IB Lack Diversity”2. Carolyn RogersShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“The Truth Behind Sexual Harassment”3. Nelson Gomez, Kalleigh Regan and Brandan LawrenceMassapequa High School, The Chief“My Fair Lady”SPORTS PHOTO1. Alicia RendaDivision Avenue High School, Dragon Tales“Swim Team Goes Undefeated”2. Skyler KesslerLynbrook High School, Horizon“Raymond Farrell High Jump”3. Nicole NunezBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Softball Pitcher”NEWSPAPER SPECIAL SECTIONS AWARDSSPORTS 1. Katie KonfinoCommack High School, The Courant“November 2014 Special Issue Wrap Around”2. Danielle Ajodan and Won JungGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“Sports November 2014”3. Lindsay DieumgardBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Maroon Echo Sports”OPEN CATEGORY1. Katie KontinoCommack High School, The Courant“Freshman Survival Guide”2. Amber Merlini, Jacqueline Rapisardi, Danielle Anzelone, Jillian Hand and Kaitlyn LuceyMassapequa High School, The Chief“Gender Issues”SPECIAL ISSUE – MAGAZINE1. Great Neck North High School, Guide Post“200th Anniversary Guide Post Special Edition: Great Neck North High School – Throughout The Years – 1929 And Beyond”last_img read more

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Nassau Nursing Home Nurses, Aide Charged With Fatally Neglecting Patient

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two nurses and an aide were arrested for endangering an 81-year-old resident of a Uniondale nursing home who died after they allegedly neglected to respond to the patient’s ventilator alarms, authorities said.The registered nurses, 42-year-old Sijimole Reji of Smithtown and 57-year-old Annieamma Augustine of West Hempstead, and a certified nurse’s aide, 41-year-old Martine Morland of Freeport, pleaded not guilty Wednesday at Nassau County court to charges of endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person or an incompetent or physically disabled person and willful violation of health laws.“These allegations paint a picture of blatant neglect that ultimately resulted in the death of a patient,” said New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.Prosecutors said the victim—a wheelchair-bound, ventilator-dependent resident of A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility whose identity is being kept confidential—became disconnected from her ventilator and was unable to breathe on the morning of Dec. 20, 2015.Although the nursing staff is required to respond to ventilator alarms like the one that went off at the time, the trio ignored it for more than nine minutes, authorities said. By the time they responded, the victim was unresponsive and unconscious. She died the following day at Nassau University Medical Center.Judge James Darcy released all three without bail. None still works at the facility. They face up to seven years in prison, if convicted.last_img read more

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State Police investigating deadly weekend crash in town of Chenango

first_imgPolice noted the road was covered in snow. New York State Police said 82-year-old Harold Sickles was killed when another driver lost control of their vehicle, crossed into the opposite lane and struck Sickles’ head-on Castle Creek Road. Sickles was transported to Wilson Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) — Police are investigating a deadly car crash that occurred Saturday morning. The crash remains under investigation.last_img

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Department of Labor gives unemployment update; how you can speed up processing on your claim

first_imgWhile many people are facing unprocessed claims, Reardon says one of the most common reasons applications are labeled as “partially complete” is because the Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) is either missing or incorrect. Correcting those errors requires a call from a NYSDOL representative, which Reardon says can lead to significant delays on claims. (WBNG) — The New York State Department of Labor announced they have delivered more than three billion dollars to more than one million residents in the last six weeks. New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon says they are operating seven days a week to keep up with the hundreds of thousands of calls they are receiving daily. If you are still experiencing an unprocessed claim, NYSDOL is asking you to not call in. Reardon says a NYSDOL representative will reach out if they need any additional information. If you experience a denied claim and would like to appeal, head over to this related article about pro bono legal assistance.center_img That directive was sent out to 320,000 New York State businesses. Reardon also recommends a few ways to ensure you receive your benefits as fast as possible. File your claim online, be sure to fill out the information completely, and use direct deposit if possible. If you receive benefits through a KeyBank debit card, you can switch to direct deposit by visiting www.labor.ny.gov. Click on “unemployment services”, then “update personal information”, and lastly selecting “register for direct deposit”. “I’m issuing a directive reminding all businesses in New York State, they have a legal obligation to provide their workers with the information they need to apply for unemployment insurance, including the business FEIN,” said Reardon. last_img read more

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Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers in Chenango and Tioga counties

first_img(WBNG) — The following is updated coronavirus information from Chenango and Tioga counties. Chenango County 103 positive cases32 recoveries14 deaths74 individuals in mandatory quarantineOne individual in precautionary quarantine Tioga County:center_img 99 positive cases73 recoveriesFour deaths43 individuals in mandatory quarantineFour individuals in precautionary quarantinesix active hospitalizations For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img

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Thai botulism outbreak sickened 163

first_img By Apr 10, only 25 patients still remained in the hospital, 9 of them on respirators, the CDC noted. None of the 163 patients died. A study assessing the outcomes of some of the cases is ongoing, the agency noted. The bamboo shoots had been produced locally by a women’s group, the CDC wrote. They were processed in large containers that held roughly 26 pounds each. Most of the 53 cans made in September 2005 were sold locally. No other outbreaks have been recorded since those cans were produced. Thai health officials quickly traced the outbreak to a Mar 14 religious rite in Nawaimai Village, Pakaluang subdistrict, Baan Luang district of Nan Province, the report said. Investigators interviewed 145 of the 200 people who had attended the festival about their food intake. The only food in common was home-canned bamboo shoots, which are often eaten with chili and shrimp paste. The report said the outbreak occurred 8 years after a smaller botulism outbreak that also was associated with home-canned bamboo shoots. Following that episode, information on safe canning was disseminated throughout the country. Mar 22 CIDRAP News story on outbreakhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/mar2206botu.html Antitoxin was not available in Thailand, so Thai officials sought help from several international partners. The United Kingdom (with support form the World Health Organization) sent 20 vials of heptavalent antitoxin; CDC sent 50 vials of bivalent antitoxin; and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Japan sent 23 vials of trivalent antitoxin. A Canadian company sold Thailand an additional 10 vials of bivalent antitoxin. Apr 18, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The recent outbreak of botulism poisoning traced to bamboo shoots served at a religious festival in Thailand sickened 163 people, according to a report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “This recurrence 8 years later indicates the importance of long-term follow up and continuous inspection and assurance of the quality of food canning,” the CDC said. CDC. Botulism from home-canned bamboo shoots—Nan Province, Thailand, March 2006. MMWR 2006: 55(14) 389-92 [Full text] Of that number, 141 patients had to be hospitalized, and 10 more were treated as outpatients. A majority experienced abdominal pain, dry mouth, and/or nausea. Forty-two of the hospitalized patients needed mechanical ventilation, the CDC said in the Apr 14 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. See also: last_img read more

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Two latest H5N1 cases push WHO count to 251

first_imgSep 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed reports of two more human H5N1 avian influenza cases, one in Indonesia and one in Thailand, raising the official global tally to 251 cases with 147 deaths.The two cases involve a 20-year-old Indonesian man who is part of a suspected case cluster in Bandung, West Java, and a 59-year-old farmer from northeastern Thailand. Both cases were reported by news services yesterday.The Indonesian man became ill with a fever and cough on Sep 17 and has been hospitalized since Sep 24, the WHO said. The man’s 23-year-old brother fell ill on Sep 16 and died 2 hours after he was admitted to a hospital on the 24th. H5N1 infection is suspected in his case, but it can’t be confirmed because no samples were taken, the agency said. Both men had fed dead chickens to their dogs, and there was evidence of H5 infection in household birds.In addition, a 15-year-old sister of the two men was hospitalized Sep 25 with a fever and cough and remains hospitalized in stable condition, the WHO said. Initial tests were negative for H5 viruses and positive for H1 virus, indicating that she has normal seasonal flu rather than avian flu, the statement said.Dr. Hudi Yusuf, a physician involved in caring for the two siblings, said the girl would be tested twice more in the next 2 days, according to an Agence France-Presse report published today. He reported that the girl was doing well but described her brother’s condition as bad. Yusuf told the Jakarta Post that the brother has pneumonia in both lungs and is on a ventilator.The latest case raises Indonesia’s H5N1 toll to 68 cases with 51 deaths.In confirming the Thai farmer’s case, the WHO said he was ill for nearly a month and repeatedly tested negative for H5N1. The farmer, a 59-year-old from Nong Bua Lam Phu province, got sick with a fever Jul 14, was hospitalized Jul 21, and died Aug 10, the WHO said. Thailand has had 25 human H5N1 cases, 17 of them fatal.Repeated polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on samples from the man’s upper respiratory tract were negative for influenza A viruses, including H5N1, the WHO said. The virus’s presence was not confirmed until after his death, when lung samples were tested. Several fighting cocks belonging to the farmer had died in the days before he fell ill, the agency said.A report today in the Thai newspaper The Nation filled in more details about the man’s case. Thawat Suntrajarn, director of the government’s disease control department, said doctors initially suspected the man had leptospirosis, the story said. It wasn’t until he had been sick for 2 weeks that his wife told doctors the patient had nursed sick chickens. Doctors then started treating him with oseltamivir.An autopsy showed that the farmer’s death was actually caused by drug-resistant Acinetobacter bacteria, rather than by the viral infection itself, the newspaper reported. News reports yesterday said the man had died of a bacterial infection.The story said nine PCR tests failed to detect the H5N1 virus in the man. One doctor, Tawee Chotpitayasundond of the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health, speculated that the oseltamivir treatment might have eliminated the virus from the part of the respiratory tract where swabs were taken for testing, according to the story.See also: WHO confirmation of H5N1 case in Indonesiahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_27a/en/index.htmlWHO confirmation of case in Thailandhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_27/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Public concern over vaccine, effective Chinese vaccine, Tamiflu resistance in Taiwan, vaccine option in Canada

first_imgOctober 22, 2009Poll shows growing flu concern, uncertainty about vaccineAmericans are more concerned about pandemic H1N1 flu than they were a couple of months ago, with about 52% saying they are greatly or somewhat worried, according to the latest Washington Post–ABC poll. The number is up 13 percentage points from August. However, only about a third say they’ll get the vaccine, though half said they’ll have their kids vaccinated. Those saying they’ll pass on the vaccine listed side-effect worries and perceived lack of testing as influencing their decision.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/polls/postpoll_101909.htmlOct 15-18 Washington Post–ABC News PollSingle dose of Chinese H1N1 vaccine found effectiveIn a clinical trial, a single 15-microgram dose of a nonadjuvanted H1N1 vaccine recently licensed in China was found to induce a probably protective immune response in volunteers between the ages of 12 and 60, according to an report published yesterday by the New England Journal of Medicine. Lesser immune responses were seen with a single dose in younger and older people. The vaccine is made by Hualan Biological Bacterin Co.http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/NEJMoa0908535Oct 21 NEJM reportCanada’s pandemic vaccine campaign will have an unadjuvanted optionCanada has purchased 1.8 million doses of unadjuvanted pandemic H1N1 vaccine to use in the youngest children as well as pregnant women and others who might want an alternative to the adjuvanted version, the Canadian Press reported yesterday. Canada’s adjuvanted vaccine was approved on Oct 16. Officials predict that the unadjuvanted vaccine will be cleared in early November, but they don’t want people to wait for it even though experts say it may produce a more robust response in children under age 3.Doctors report rhabdomyolysis in pandemic flu patientAustralian physicians have documented a rare complication in a patient with pandemic H1N1 flu, myositis, and rhabdomyolysis. They reported their findings in an early online edition of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. According to a news report today about the study, the 16-year-old boy experienced intense muscle pain and nearly black urine 3 days after his flu symptoms began in June when the first wave of the pandemic hit Australia. He recovered after 8 days in the hospital.http://journals.lww.com/pidj/Abstract/publishahead/Melting_Muscles__Novel_H1N1_Influenza_A_Associated.99512.aspxOct 16 PIDJ abstractTamiflu treatment spawned resistance in Taiwan H1N1 caseTaiwan reported this week that the pandemic H1N1 virus became resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) after a patient was treated with the drug. Oseltamivir-sensitive H1N1 was isolated from a 20-year-old man before treatment, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control said. Three days later, after treatment began, an isolate from the man showed the resistance mutation. The man recovered, and there was no evidence that the virus spread to others. His case marked Taiwan’s first report of H1N1 resistance to the agent.http://www.cdc.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=26002&ctNode=960&mp=5Oct 20 Taiwan CDC reportFlu control measures seem to reduce other diseases in BoliviaHealth officials in Bolivia say a massive campaign to promote handwashing to prevent H1N1 flu seems to have reduced the spread of other common diseases, according to a Time magazine report. Dr. Rene Lenis, Bolivia’s director of epidemiology, reported a 10% to 15% drop in incidence of acute diarrheal diseases in all age-groups this year compared with last year. Public health agencies began promoting handwashing when the virus emerged in April.http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1931223,00.html?xid=rss-topstoriesOct 22 Time reportEgyptian capital cuts class sizes to curb flu spreadEgypt’s health and education ministries have ordered schools in Cairo to halve class sizes to slow the spread of the pandemic virus, IRIN News, a United Nations publication, reported today. Children will attend school on 3 alternate days instead of 6 double-shift days, a variation on a long-standing system to reduce crowding. The World Health Organization has said school closures can be disruptive and has recommended that schools take other preventive measures, such as easing crowding.http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=86695Oct 22 IRIN storylast_img read more

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