Schools closed due to the virus Philadelphia
Schools closed due to the virus
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, on Thursday, announced that all schools in the state would remain closed through at least Friday, May 15. All schools will have to comply with this order. More than 600 school districts in the state were closed since March 16. Many teachers had even taken up remote teaching because of the coronavirus outbreak.
According to him, new classroom configurations and gathering configurations would need to be in place before the schools could reopen. Much of it would involve testing, and the spread must drastically reduce. On Thursdays alone, 362 new cases were reported while the deaths have increased by over 1,000 since Easter. He also said more New Jerseyans had died now than fighting in World War 1. The northern part of the state has been hard hit due to the pandemic striking the New York area.
The reviving of New Jersey will be in a joint effort with neighboring states like Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York. Murphy named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO Dr. Richard Besser, the previous acting director of the CDC, and former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to speak to New Jersey on the multistate board on Thursday afternoon. Any plan to reopen can only come after expanded testing, Murphy emphasized.
Murphy encouraged individuals who must go out for essential work to cover their appearances and remain safe by maintaining distance from others. He urged me to continue keeping caution without thinking about how you would appear.
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Halladay had high levels of amphetamines and morphine when he had a deadly plane crash
The former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies star Roy Halladay, 40, was found to have high levels of amphetamines and was performing acrobatic stunts when he lost his control on the plane and had a nosedive into Tampa bay in 2017, and died of blunt force trauma and drowning said by a report National Transportation Safety Board issued on Wednesday.
His levels of amphetamines were around ten times the recommended levels along with high levels of morphine and an antidepressant, which can deplete judgment making skills during high-intensity acrobatics due to the high force of gravity.
This kind of maneuver put a force of two times the gravity on the plane. Halladay had bought a new Icon A5 last month which he was driving during the crash. His final maneuver was very low in height, and the speed came down to 85 miles per hour, which lead to a nosedive and crash into the water. The report had not stated the final reason for the crash, which is expected soon. Halladay, was an eight times All-Star, pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter in 2010.
He was also an experienced pilot as he had completed 700 hours of flight time after getting his pilot's license in 2013, including 51 hours in Icon A5s and 14 hours on the plane, which got crashed.
The A5 is an amphibious plane and had foldable wings, which made it easy to transport from home to lake and take it off at the lake.
Rail conductor dies of Coronavirus infection on Wednesday said SEPTA
An employee of SEPTA named Mike Hill had died due to COVID-19, and another two workers are in a Critical position, said the president of a union of transit agency workers on Wednesday.
The president's name is Willie Brown, and he leads the Transit Workers of America Local 234, which represents the most significant number of SEPTA's union employees.
There is no official declaration of death from SEPTA, and no information is given about the last day of work for the conductor and on which line he was a conductor. According to his co-workers, Hill was an "as easy as they come" kind of a person. He joined SEPTA in 1989 as an assistant conductor.
SEPTA also announced that three other workers had died due to infection of COVID-19. They were air conditioning specialist, a bus fueler and a man who held various positions in the transit agency.
SEPTA and city officials were working together and had taken specific steps to stop the spread of Coronavirus like encouraging passengers to wear masks and face covers and reducing the number of passengers in local transits. On Wednesday, the agency announced they are providing the passengers a mask after the police had to pull off a passenger not wearing mask amid face mask policy by SEPTA. SEPTA had also announced that the face mask policy would no longer be enforced.
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Paramedic dies fighting against COVID-19
A Delaware County paramedic was honored by local first responders who died fighting against the coronavirus pandemic. The paramedic, Kevin Bundy, was facing complications due to the virus when he passed away at 33-years-old. He was working for Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Crozer Keystone EMS. He served the frontlines of the pandemic and was described as a true hero by the Police of Delaware County.
A procession was held for Bundy – led by Police officers, firefighters, and paramedics on Tuesday afternoon as his body was taken from Mercy Fitzgerald to a funeral home. Marked police and fire vehicles also lined up in the parking lot of Mercy Fitzgerald's EMS office in Yeadon on Monday in honor of Bundy. He was the first reported first responder in Delaware County to die from COVID-19.
Ben Simmons uses influence to help the needy
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers guard, is attempting to help raise money for food-related charities such as Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen, and No Kid Hungry with his star influence. The #AllInChallenge involves bidding in an auction to win courtside seats for you and nine of your friends plus some extra exclusive perks like suiting up with the all Nike gear. It also includes playing five on five at the Wells Fargo Arena, with Ben as the coach of your team and another Sixers player coaching the other side.
A pregame drip fit picture is also being offered to be taken as if the bidder is part of the team. The bidding that starts at $10,000 is in addition to his auction. He also challenged LeBron James to be involved.
Simmons has also helped in organizing The Philly Pledge, which is raising money for the PHL COVID-19 Fund as well as Philabundance. Sixers' partner Michael Rubin is also offering the "Ultimate Sports Fan Experience," which you can win via raffle. The winner will be given tickets to the Super Bowl for themselves and 20 other friends. It also includes a $100,000 Fanatics gift card. He is also giving away tickets to the NBA Finals, NHL Stanley Cup Final, the World Series, and many other games. Philly hip hop star Meek Mill also has auctioned his 2018 Rolls Royce.
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Rare mega-drought is on its way, said scientists.
The five-year drought was said to have ended after record rain three winters ago. The forests are greener, and reservoirs are fuller. The widespread water restrictions are gone. Many believe that in the past few years, dry times are gone. However, a group of scientists have issued a report in which they said that the American West, including California, has been in the midst of a prolonged drought since the beginning of the century — one on par with only four mega-droughts experienced over the past 1,200 years and one capable of causing major social upheaval.
The last mega-drought that the researchers describe, between 1575 and 1593, is believed to have forced Native Americans to relocate whole communities from sprawling mesas to lower river valleys. The fear is that if current dry times continue, which the paper’s authors say is more likely than not, the modern era will soon be in the grip of its first mega-drought.
California’s undocumented recognized as essential workers by coronavirus aid.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has planned to provide some monetary relief to the undocumented people who do not qualify for federal funds during the coronavirus pandemic. The group of advocates and lawmakers who support the initiative said that this is a start to recognize their worth for the country. Sonja Diaz, executive director of the Latino Politics and Policy Initiative at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in her statement that the most important thing is that the coronavirus has affected all of us.
Newsom announced a $125 million public-private Disaster Relief Fund for California workers who do not have permanent legal status. The fund, which will start taking applications next month, will pay a one-time cash benefit of $500 per adult, capped at $1,000 per household.