Broome County Farmer’s Market offers yoga class with a twist

first_img“The goats kind of will run around, jump on you, may nibble on you, you just never know what’s going to happen,” said Molly McManus, Events Coordinator for the Broome County Regional Farmer’s Market. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — The Broome County Regional Farmer’s Market had some special friends join their customers on Saturday. The event served as a fundraiser for the market to help them continue their operations year-round.center_img The goats were scattered throughout the market as part of a special yoga session offered. The furry friends joined yoga lovers for an hour-long class. last_img

Treatment comes first in HHS antiviral guidance

first_img Risk of resistanceHHS also says that several comments focused on risks and uncertainties related to antiviral use, including the possibility of resistant viruses and adverse events. In addition, in response to a suggestion that families should be able to stockpile antivirals, HHS says that any recommendations on home stockpiling will depend on the results of pending studies. In the revised guidance, school dormitories may be considered a “closed setting for post-exposure prophylaxis during an outbreak,” if the students have not been dismissed HHS is buying antiviral drugs for the Strategic National Stockpile, and states are stockpiling the drugs with a 25% federal subsidy. The overall goal for public stockpiles is 81 million treatment courses, including 75 million courses for treatment and 6 million for containment and for delaying the spread of pandemic flu into the United States. Prophylaxis of high-risk healthcare and emergency services personnel for the duration of community pandemic outbreaks Roche and GlaxoSmithKline, the makers of oseltamivir and zanamivir, respectively, are developing home kits designed for stockpiling, HHS says. “Approval of these ‘medkits’ by the Food and Drug Administration will depend on studies showing that the kits can be appropriately maintained, the instructions understood, and the drug used appropriately at the correct time,” the agency says. “Any HHS guidance on home stockpiling will depend on the results of these studies and FDA approval of these products.” Containing or suppressing initial pandemic outbreaks overseas and in the United States with treatment and postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) among individuals identified as exposed to pandemic flu and for geographically targeted prophylaxis in areas where exposure may occur Reducing introduction of infection into the United States early in an influenza pandemic as part of a risk-based policy at US borders Like the draft version, the revised guidance says that antivirals for preventive treatment of healthcare workers and others will have to come mostly from supplies bought by private organizations and businesses for their employees. About 73 million courses are currently in federal and state stockpiles, according to HHS’s response to comments on the guidance. It also says “many federal agencies” are “acquiring additional stockpiles to support prophylaxis as recommended in the guidance,” but it does not list the amounts of these supplies. Dec 16, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A revised federal guidance document on the use of antiviral drugs in an influenza pandemic reaffirms that public supplies of the drugs should be reserved mainly for treating the sick and that preventive treatment for high-risk workers should rely on private supplies. HHS also released a separate document summarizing the 28 comments it received on the draft version and presenting responses to them. At the same time, HHS released a revision of its guidance on employer stockpiling of antivirals, with no major changes. Despite the risks related to antiviral stockpiling, the working group that wrote the recommendations considers them appropriate and the pandemic threat great enough to justify the investment in the context of other preparedness measures, the document says. Providing antiviral prophylaxis to the families of healthcare and emergency workers is not recommended, because they have no greater risk of pandemic flu than the general population The problems of cost and limited shelf-life may be reduced through programs recently announced by the antiviral manufacturers, whereby organizations can reserve an up-to-date supply of the drugs by paying a small annual per-regimen fee, the revised guidance says. At the time of a pandemic, organizations could pay for the drugs and receive them within 48 hours. The agency added two significant pieces to the guidance in response to comments. One addresses implementation difficulties, mainly concerning barriers to the stockpiling of antivirals for health and emergency workers; the other deals with risks and uncertainties, such as antiviral resistance and treatment effectiveness. Its recommendations are just that—not standards of care or requirements HHS says the 28 comments it received on the draft guidance came from public health workers, healthcare providers, healthcare organizations, the pharmaceutical industry, business associations, public health organizations, and labor groups, among others. See also: “Antiviral resistance does represent a threat to the potential effectiveness of treatment and prophylaxis,” HHS acknowledges in its responses to the comments. The emergence of oseltamivir resistance in some influenza A/H1N1 viruses last winter illustrated this. But there is no evidence that use of oseltamivir induced this resistance, and H1N1 and other seasonal flu viruses remain susceptible to zanamivir, the agency adds. Editor’s note: This story was revised Dec 17 to include an item that was mistakenly left out of the list of five main recommendations on antiviral use in a pandemic. In addition, the guidance says that a recent declaration by HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt provides that state and local governments will be immune to liability related to the use of oseltamivir and zanamivir only to the extent the drugs are obtained by voluntary means, not confiscation. The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act gives the HHS secretary the authority to do that, the document states. Some other comments addressed several of the same difficulties mentioned by those who commented on the general guidance: the cost of antivirals, limited shelf-life of the drugs, and the possibility of government confiscation. In its response, HHS makes generally the same points as in its response to comments on the general guidance. The PREP Act provides immunity from tort liability for both public and private groups that make, distribute, and administer antivirals in accordance with the HHS secretary’s declaration, the guidance says. In addition, the guidance document says that mathematical modeling studies suggest that “antiviral treatment and prophylaxis would remain beneficial overall unless some of the pandemic viruses introduced into the U.S. at the beginning of a pandemic are both resistant and fully transmissible.” Lowering barriers to implementationSeveral commentators said private organizations are unlikely to buy antivirals for their employees because of the cost, and several suggested that the federal government should buy the additional supplies needed to implement the guidance, according to HHS. Others said more information and materials were needed to support implementation. Treating people with pandemic flu who present for care early during their illness and would benefit from such treatment As for the possibility of government seizure of private antiviral supplies, the revised guidance says this would be very unlikely. Health officials who participated in a working group convened by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) “recognized the benefits of enhanced preparedness and coordination between public and private sectors and emphasized that this authority would be very unlikely to be used,” HHS says. The thrust of the general guidance is that, in a pandemic, antivirals should primarily be used to treat the sick, but they should also be used to prevent illness in high-risk healthcare and emergency workers and to both prevent and treat illness in the context of initial outbreaks both in the Untied States and overseas. The guidance pertains mainly to the two licensed neuraminidase inhibitors, oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). Leavitt made the declaration on Oct 10 on grounds that governmental seizure of antivirals “would undermine national preparedness efforts and should be discouraged,” it adds. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its draft guidance on the topic in June. A revision released yesterday includes no major changes but does have some new material added in response to comments, particularly on implementation problems and risks and uncertainties. No members of the interagency working group that wrote the guidance had ties to the antiviral drug manufacturers, and the latter were not included or consulted in developing the guidance The guidance also states that the antivirals may be less effective if “the usual dose and duration of therapy are not optimal for a pandemic virus.” In the responses to comments, HHS says that side effects of oseltamivir and zanamivir are uncommon. However, the guidance says that widespread use of the drugs may lead to the identification of new side effects. It notes that neurobehavioral problems have been seen in a few people treated with oseltamivir The revised guidance says that barriers to antiviral stockpiling for healthcare workers include not only the cost, but also drug shelf-life, the potential for seizure of private stockpiles by state health departments, and liability concerns. These problems were identified in the stakeholder meetings conducted in developing the guidance. Prophylaxis of healthcare and emergency services workers who are not at high exposure risk, people with compromised immune systems who are less likely to be protected by pandemic vaccination, and people living in group settings such as nursing homes and prisons if outbreaks occur in their facilities The five main recommendations are unchanged in the revised guidance. It calls for using antivirals for the following purposes: Revised guidance for employersThe revised guidance on employer stockpiling of antivirals, like the draft released in June, recommends that businesses providing frontline healthcare and emergency services plan to provide preventive antivirals for employees who will be exposed to sick people in a pandemic. It also says that critical infrastructure employers should “strongly consider” providing antiviral prophylaxis for essential workers. In its responses to the comments, HHS also states that: In a separate document, HHS says it received comments on the draft employer guidance from 31 stakeholders, ranging from academics and labor unions to critical infrastructure companies and public health groups. Several of the comments focused on whether antiviral stockpiling would be considered a “standard of care.” In its response, HHS says its recommendations are only guidance and do not establish a requirement, but rather represent a prudent approach. The revised version also reiterates that employers will have to acquire their own antiviral stockpiles for preventive use, since there are no plans for major expansion of public stockpiles. Despite the various measures designed to facilitate implementation of the guidance, some organizations will probably not have “the capacity or willingness to comply,” the document states. “In such settings, it is important to emphasize that antiviral drugs are only one component of a comprehensive program to protect workers and maintain essential services.” HHS report “Considerations for Antiviral Drug Stockpiling by Employers in Preparation for an Influenza Pandemic”http://www.flu.gov/planning-preparedness/business/antiviral_employer.pdf Jun 3 CIDRAP News story “HHS offers pandemic guidance on masks, antivirals”last_img read more

Greater Jakarta bans ‘ojek’ from transporting passengers: Agency

first_imgThe regional administrations in the Greater Jakarta area have decided to prohibit app-based ride-hailing ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers from transporting passengers during a partial lockdown despite a new ministerial regulation saying otherwise.  Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan had announced earlier that ride-hailing ojek were not allowed to transport passengers and were only permitted to transport goods while large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were in effect in the capital, in accordance with Health Ministry Regulation No. 9/2020 on PSBB implementation guidelines.However, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, who is also the acting transportation minister, then issued Transportation Ministerial Regulation No. 18/2020 on transportation management to prevent COVID-19 transmission. The regulation stipulates that ride-hailing ojek were permitted to transport passengers, in direct opposition to the health minister’s decision.Read also: App-based motorcycle taxis can take passengers if regional government allowsThe policy has created confusion among the public and prompted the Transportation Ministry to relax the regulation to allow individual regional governments to make adjustments. Other than Jakarta, the Health Ministry has also granted PSBB status to Bogor, Bekasi and Depok in West Java and Tangerang and South Tangerang in Banten.  Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) chairperson Polana B. Pramesti said in a statement that all regional heads who attended a virtual meeting with the agency on Monday had agreed with the Health Ministry’s policy.She said that those present at the meeting had also agreed to synchronize their regions’ transportation policies to avoid further confusion. Each region would formulate a policy that catered to their unique needs, Polana added.Under the PSBB, public transportation in Greater Jakarta will operate daily from 6 a.m to 6 p.m., with all services adhering to the COVID-19 health protocol to prevent the further spread of the infectious disease.“The bottom line is that we are not suspending public transportation, but limiting its operational hours and [passenger capacity],” Polana said.Editor’s note: The article has been updated for clarity.Topics :last_img read more

China revises up virus death toll by 39% amid data mistrust

first_imgSecondly, there was late and incomplete reporting due to medical workers and institutions being occupied by treating patients during epidemic. Another factor was that designated hospitals to treat patients were expanded to institutions at the municipal and district level, including private hospitals, and not all were connected to and feeding timely information to the central epidemic network, Xinhua reported. A similar revision up in death toll occurred in New York City a few days ago, adding over 3,700 people who died at home before being tested. Still, China’s move is likely to fuel speculation about the accuracy of its data, which has been questioned by US President Donald Trump. American intelligence officials have concluded that China concealed the extent of its outbreak and under-reported number of cases and deaths.Last month, pictures of thousands of ash urns being ferried to funeral homes in Wuhan circulated on Chinese social media platforms, raising concern that the real number of deaths in the city where the virus first emerged is higher than officially acknowledged.China has refuted charges that it intentionally under-reported its numbers, saying that it shares what information it has transparently. But its repeated revisions of data throughout the crisis — including a one-day addition of nearly 15,000 cases diagnosed through a different clinical method in February — has fueled mistrust.While the revision marks a substantial surge, China’s new official death toll is still low compared to the US where reported deaths have climbed past 30,000. In Italy and Spain, deaths number around 20,000 in each country. China has revised its official count of deaths from the coronavirus, adding some 1,290 deaths in Wuhan, the city where the virus first emerged last December.The addition, reported by state media on Friday, brings the nationwide death toll to 4,636, the majority coming from Hubei province, where Wuhan is located.The additional deaths were all counted in Wuhan and the late reporting of deaths are due to several reasons, said the report. The first is that some patients died at home without seeing a doctor or being tested for the virus as hospitals were overwhelmed during the epidemic’s peak. Topics :last_img read more

Investigation under way after Air Force training aircraft skids off runway in East Java

first_img‘We’ll find the cause of [the incident] through the investigation,” he added.The accident happened at around 1 p.m. on Monday when the South Korean-made jet fighter trainer, belonging to the Indonesian Air Force, was used for a routine training exercise.The aircraft skidded off the runway during take-off. At that time, the cadet was sitting in front while the instructor was sitting behind, and both managed to get out of the aircraft afterward, Fajar said.”They are currently receiving treatment at hospital,” he added.Less than two months earlier, an Indonesian Air Force Hawk 209 jet fighter crashed on June 15 in a residential area of Kampar regency in Riau. At least two houses were damaged and no fatalities were reported. (afr)Topics : The Indonesian Air Force has launched a probe into an accident of a T-50 Golden Eagle jet fighter that skidded off the runway during a training course at Iswahjudi Air Force Base in Madiun, East Java, on Monday.No casualties were reported. An Air Force instructor and a cadet pilot who was piloting the aircraft suffered minor injuries in the accident, Air Force spokesperson Air Commodore Fajar Adriyanto said.”[The aircraft] sustained significant damage,” Fajar said on Monday without elaborating further on the matter.last_img read more

Lakers’ Dwight Howard involved in fracas with Orlando Magic, but tries to let go of past

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. — An hour before his 10th tip-off as a visitor at the Amway Center, Dwight Howard was finding his happy place.He closed his eyes and stuck out his fingers in his best Buddha impression as reporters approached: “Do you guys come in peace?” he asked. As the locker room churned on with pregame activity, Howard summoned the spiritual tones of a pastor: “You’ve got to let it gooooo,” he sang.Howard was trying to communicate his peace with the Lakers, his career and the troubled relationship he’s long had with Orlando, where he played eight of his best seasons. But the words were drowned out in the fourth quarter, when Howard was fouled and decided to give a few parting shoves to Magic players in the paint.Like a firecracker, Wes Iwundu ran over to Howard and got in his face. The Lakers’ Jared Dudley responded in kind, leaning into the sudden fracas. Throughout the tumult, Howard tried to pull away, as he often has. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years “I had to let that bitterness go,” he said. “There’s no need to hold onto it. When I let it go, it just made my life a lot better. Just more free. I got blessed to come back and play with the Lakers, and I’m in a really good situation. So I’m pretty sure there were a lot of people here who were super hurt and disappointed that I left. And I’m sorry for that. You know, I apologize if they felt that way. But I never would have been the person I am today if I would have stayed here.”At least as a player, Howard seems a lot different. For the first time in his career, he’s played a convincing supporting role. Entering Wednesday night, he was averaging 7 points and 7 rebounds per game without a single start.Magic coach Steve Clifford, who coached him as an assistant in Orlando and later in Charlotte, said he was happy to see Howard healthy and contributing to a winning team. Pointing out Howard’s surgeries in the last few years, the most impressive part of Howard’s second run with the Lakers has been his durability.“I’m not sure people are grasping how hard he’s worked to get his body to be able to do this,” he said. “When he was younger, he could kind of eat what he wanted and show up and play. … But now, it’s diet, it’s flexibility. I mean, the guy has to put so much into it just to go out there every night.”Entering to a smattering of boos yet again, Howard’s game on Wednesday night was just average: two points, six rebounds, one blocked shot. He was generally outplayed by Mo Bamba (13 points, four rebounds), who the Magic hope succeeds him as the franchise’s next great center.Related Articles But even though Howard always played in the shadow of Shaquille O’Neal, it’s his name that looms above the franchise’s all-time leaders in points, rebounds and blocks. The Magic have never retired a jersey, and while Howard might be one of the greatest villains in franchise history, the man they used to call “Superman” remains one of their greatest heroes, too.When asked if he hoped that the Magic might one day honor him, Howard said: “That’d be great.“When I was here, I gave this city, this team 110 percent of me every single night,” he said. “I did it on the court, I did it off the court, I did whatever I could to help this city and this team become where they are today. So, I don’t think we should always focus on the negative or the things that happened that wasn’t good.”Among those good things: Two of Howard’s children sat on the baseline near the Lakers. Howard went to hug and kiss them after the final buzzer sounded.As reporters departed following his interviews, he still found words of zen.“All right,” he said. “Now, go in peace.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersLater, he said he was trying to rile the team up in a tight game – perhaps meditation hasn’t settled him down as much as he hoped.“Just got to make sure I keep my head,” he said. “I know they’re going to foul me, know they’re going to do things to try to get me to react so just got to do a better job of that.”A three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Howard has been persona non grata in Orlando since 2012, when he forced his way out in a trade to the Lakers. At the time he was a franchise star – his departure was seen as the end of a hopeful era for the Magic, and a new beacon of stardom for the Lakers.Things played out differently than imagined in both places, but time has circled everyone back to where they were roughly seven years ago: Howard is back with the Lakers on a contending team, and Orlando, coming off a playoff appearance last year, still has some hope left with a roster of young lottery picks.Howard admitted that he was hurt for years when he was poorly received by the fans who used to cheer him on for eight seasons, including a 2009 NBA Finals berth. But this summer, he said, he was finally able to move on. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Havelange, FIFA king who abdicated in corruption scandal, dead at 100

first_imgMoney games Havelange neither drank nor smoked and met with Pope John Paul II on no less than three occasions. However, there was a less savory side to the clean-living sports powerbroker.Amid swirling allegations of corruption, Havelange resigned from the IOC in December 2011. Officially he left for health reasons, but his departure was two days before he was due to face an ethics investigation into allegations he had taken bribes to funnel contracts to a marketing company called ISL.In 2013, Havelange resigned as honorary president of FIFA after confirmation of reports that he had taken bribes.Critics say that corruption was as much Havelange’s legacy as the successful internationalization of football. His successor Blatter would himself announce his resignation in June 2015 after a massive corruption probe led to the arrests of seven top FIFA officials.Havelange still casts a long shadow over international sport.Athletes competing in the Rio Games race in a stadium which — despite complaints from some quarters — still bears the name: Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium. Global game Under Havelange the World Cup expanded from a 16-nation event focused on Europe and a few South American sides to the planet-wide sporting festival it has become.By the time Havelange handed over the FIFA reins to Sepp Blatter in 1998, the number of competing nations had doubled to 32, with 12 coming from Asia, Africa or the CONCACAF region for North and Central America and the Caribbean.He also oversaw FIFA’s inauguration of the Under-17 World Cup, the World Youth Cup, the Women’s World Cup, the Indoor World Cup and also introduced the Confederations’ Cup, played between continental champions.“I did not become president of FIFA just to watch good football and applaud,” Havelange said just before making way for Blatter. Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | Joao Havelange, who has died at 100, was the man who made FIFA a global powerhouse, only to resign under a cloud of corruption that has darkened the world footballing body’s reputation.His death was confirmed Tuesday by the Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro. He had been treated there as recently as July for pneumonia.As head of FIFA for 24 years and with half a century on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Havelange thought and acted big, becoming a central figure in the evolution of today’s sporting mega-events.Among his last achievements was to use his clout to help Rio win its bid to host this year’s Olympic Games — the first held in South America.Havelange “sees the world through a telescope and not through a microscope,” former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger said.Born to a wealthy Belgian immigrant family in Rio de Janeiro in 1916, Jean-Marie Faustin Goedefroid de Havelange graduated with a law degree, but sport was his true love.He represented Brazil in swimming at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin and again in Helsinki in 1952, where he was on the water polo team.His real calling turned out to be in management where he rose to the top echelons of sporting bodies, setting a standard for the kind of lengthy — and deeply entrenched — reigns that some critics blame for fostering a culture of corruption.Havelange was president of the Brazilian Sports Confederation for 15 years and joined the Brazilian Olympic Committee in 1955, then the IOC in 1963 where he would remain until 2011.In 1974 he got the job of FIFA president, succeeding Sir Stanley Rous as the first non-European in the role. Over the next quarter century Havelange would change the way the world experienced football.last_img read more

A German train company says Climate Activist Greta Thunberg is “full of hot air”

first_imgThunberg tweeted of herself sitting amid bags and suitcases on the floor of what she called “overcrowded trains through Germany.”The company released a statement apologizing and saying they “continue working hard on getting more trains, connections and seats.”They also thanked Thunberg for supporting the company’s battle against climate change.But upon reflection, Deutsche Bahn said that Thunberg’s “overcrowded” claims were just hot air.DB responded testily, pointing out that Thunberg had travelled in first class during her journey through Germany.“Dear Greta, thanks for supporting us railway workers in our fight against climate change. We are happy that you travelled with us on the ICE 174 on Saturday,” tweeted DB’s official account in German.“It would have been nicer if you had also mentioned the friendly and competent manner in which you were treated by staff at your seat in first class,” they added.The company then followed up the tweets with a press release, in which they added that Greta’s travel companions “were sitting in first class from Frankfurt onwards”.Thunberg hit back on Twitter, claiming she had found a seat at a stop after Frankfurt, which she said was “no problem”.The rail company claimed that the teenager had a seat in first class between Kassel and Hamburg and that other members of her team were already sitting in first class from Frankfurt onwards.“It would have been even nicer if you had also reported how friendly and competently our team served you at your seat in first class,” the company added.Thunberg then claimed that jam-packed trains were actually great and having to sit on the floor wasn’t an issue. A German railway company has taken back an apology they made to Greta Thunberg after they realized the climate activist wasn’t schlepping it on the train’s floor but instead was treated “friendly” in first class.Thunberg, 16, provoked a testy reaction from Germany’s oft-maligned rail operator when she tweeted from a DB train on her journey home from the COP25 climate summit in Madrid.“Traveling on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I’m finally on my way home!” wrote Thunberg above a picture of herself sitting on the floor of a carriage surrounded by suitcases.Greta Thunberg, a self-described activist with psychological problems, wrote that she was travelling on overcrowded trains through Germany. It turns out that she had a first class train ticket but opted to sit on the ground without any reason! SHAME ON YOU! #GretaThunberg pic.twitter.com/2JeE0ZORWj— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldtrodi) December 15, 2019last_img read more

Woman sues TripAdvisor after breaking her arm while on an excursion

first_imgA woman from New Jersey is suing TripAdvisor for negligence after she fell off of a camel and broke her arm while on a trip in Marrakech, Morocco.The woman identified in the report as Breanne Ayala, and her family, booked a sunset camel tour through TripAdvisor’s subsidiary Viator in January of 2018 and says she was injured on the excursion after the camel she was placed on threw her to the ground and ran off during the tour.Ayala says in addition to her family not receiving a safety briefing before the excursion, the handlers waited almost an hour to call an ambulance to allow for the tour company’s owner to arrive at the scene.The 24-year-old was then taken to a hospital in Morocco where she underwent surgery and endured a two-day hospital stay.In the lawsuit filed Monday in the Norfolk Superior Court, Ayala Monday claims that the Massachusetts-based company was negligent and is in breach of contract for failing to ensure the camel tour company was operating safely.The attorney representing Ayala says he believes this case goes beyond the standard “At your own risk” case:“What was supposed to happen didn’t happen, and I don’t think you can say, ‘It’s at your own risk, too bad.’”A spokeswoman for TripAdvisor reported that the company does not comment on the pending litigation.last_img read more

Alexa assists authorities in the takedown of a burglar

first_imgAuthorities in Ormond Beach Florida are crediting an Amazon Alexa device with helping them arrest a thief who broke into an assisted living facility and attempted to rob one of the residents.The incident was reported at the Brookdale Assisted Living Facility on December 22nd.Officials say 47-year-old Russell Bannister entered an elderly resident’s room while they were away, and stole cash and credit cards from the room. While Bannister was in the room, however, the resident’s Alexa device notified a relative that someone other than the resident had entered the room. The relative immediately went to the room to see what was going on and found Bannister going through their loved- ones things.When Bannister noticed the other person, he fled the scene on foot but was apprehended by police a short while after the relative contacted the police.During questioning, Bannister told the officer that his name was James Gowgiallo and that he was at the assisted living facility because he was trying to visit his aunt. Bannister told the officer that a staff member informed him that his aunt was not at the facility and as he was speaking with that staff member, he was forced to flee the scene because another person began threatening him and then attacked him.Bannister told the officer that despite being attacked,  he did not want to press charges against that person and that he just really wanted to go home.After speaking more with Bannister, the officer determined that Bannister was lying about the incident. He is now facing multiple charges including an organized scheme to defraud, burglary of an occupied dwelling, burglary with assault or battery, and fleeing the scene.This is not Bannister’s first arrest for attempting to defraud an elderly person. Authorities say Bannister is known in the area for defrauding elderly people by offering to do handy work in exchange for cash but takes the payment without doing the work.last_img read more