Four years after being paralyzed, Binghamton man walks a mile for a good cause

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — A Binghamton man who was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident four years ago reached a significant milestone Saturday. Liam Wagner walked a mile on the Vestal Rail Trail with his family and friends cheering him on. 12 News caught up with Wagner after he crossed the finish line, breaking his own personal time record. “All of the nerves in the spinal cord were not severed which made it so i could start regaining strength in my legs after years and years,” he said. Now after four years of pushing himself every day, he gathered with dozens of supporters at the vestal rail trail, not just to walk, but to walk a mile. The walk was a milestone for Wagner, but it was also meant to benefit the foundation he says gave him the motivation to do it. The Kelly Brush Foundation gave Wagner a grant to help him get an adaptive mono-ski. “It’s a necessity for people in my situation to have these foundations out there and the Kelly Brush Foundation is one of the only foundations out there that’s specifically for spinal cord injuries,” he said. Wagner said taking up skiing brought back the competitive edge in him that he felt he had lost after the accident. To date Wagner has raised over $10,000 for the foundation. If you’d like to contribute you can do so by clicking here. “36 Minutes. It took me 28 minutes to do a half mile when I first started so that just goes to show that all of the effort I put in payed off and it really feels amazing,” he said. “The fact that I’m able to do any of this blows me away still, every day. I never thought four years ago I would even be able to stand up to get a plate out of the kitchen cabinet,” he said. Now he’s paying it forward one step at a time. Wagner says the accident took away mobility in his legs, but doctors told him at the time that there was hope. “You’ve lost half of your body, half of that function, so having something that makes you feel normal again like mono-skiing,” he said “When I’m on that mountain I’m exactly like every other skier out there, and actually I’m even faster than a lot of them.” last_img read more

China blows up dam in eastern province to ease flood risk

first_imgIn Anhui, a dam on the Chu river was demolished Sunday as water levels inched close to historic highs.Local authorities said the action was taken to ensure the safety of people living nearby.”Affected by continuous downpours and upstream flows, the water level of the Chu River, a tributary of the Yangtze River, has moved from a slow rise to a sharp one,” local media said Monday.The blasting of the dam was expected to reduce the level of the Chu River by around 70 centimeters, reported the state-run Global Times. Chinese media said the released water was being channeled into two downstream storage ponds.A total of 35 rivers and lakes in Anhui saw high water marks exceed warning levels by Saturday noon — including the Yangtze and Huaihe rivers — reported the official Xinhua news agency.Over the weekend the Three Gorges Dam also opened three floodgates after the water rose more than 15 meters above flood level.Last week soldiers erected sandbag flood barriers in a city near China’s largest freshwater lake after the heaviest rainfall in nearly six decades drenched the Yangtze River basin. Chinese authorities blew up part of a dam in eastern Anhui province to relieve flood pressure, local media reported, as heavy rains continue to swell rivers across parts of the country.Rising waters across central and eastern China have left over 140 people dead or missing, and floods have affected almost 24 million since the start of July, according to the ministry of emergency managementAuthorities have adopted measures such as diverting water into back-up reservoirs to keep levels manageable as major rivers and lakes hit record highs.center_img Topics :last_img read more

DILG: 23 brgy execs face raps over SAP anomaly

first_imgMost of the anomalies, according to Año, were committed by village chiefs, councilors, treasurers, secretaries, employees, purok leaders, and even social workers.“Puspusan na rin ang imbestigasyon at case buildup para masigurong makakalaboso ang mga walanghiyang tao na ito na nakuha pang manggantso sa mga mahihirap nating kababayan,” he said. Año recently transferred the investigation of graft and corrupt practices against barangay officials from the DILG field offices to the PNP-CIDG to expedite the investigation and the filing of criminal charges./PN MANILA – Twenty-three barangay officials are facing criminal over the alleged irregularities in the cash aid distribution under the social amelioration program (SAP).Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) has already filed the charges against these barangay officials before the Prosecutor’s Office of the Department of Justice.He said 12 complaints for alleged violation of Republic Act (RA) 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and RA 11469 of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act have been lodged against these local officials. Four more will be filed in the coming days.“Sunud-sunod na ang pagsampa ng kaso ng PNP-CIDG laban sa mga tiwaling opisyal ng barangay at sa kanilang mga kasabwat sa mga anomalya sa pagbibigay ng SAP,” Año said.last_img read more

Medical Examiner: South Florida Doctor Dies from COVID-19

first_imgA South Florida doctor is the first medical professional in the region to die from the novel coronavirus.Dr. Alex Hsu, who once practiced internal medicine at Northwest Medical Center in Margate, died from the virus, Broward County Medical Examiner Dr. Craig Mallak said Thursday.The 67-year-old doctor is the fourth person from Broward County to die as a result of COVID-19.Broward County has the second-most confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state.Dr. Alex Hsu, an internist in Margate for more than 35 years, is the latest casualty of the coronavirus in South Florida.The medical examiner has confirmed that Dr. Hsu died Wednesday night from complications related to the new coronavirus.The Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services listed Dr. Alex Hsu’s cause of death as COVID-19 and listed the manner of death as natural.Dr. Craig Mallak said no autopsy was performed.According to, he graduated from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine in 1982 and completed a residency at the University of Louisville.“Our community was very saddened by the news of Dr. Alex Hsu. He was very genuine. He never denied anyone without insurance,” family friend Lana Van said in a statement.last_img read more