In what comes as very tragic news, a newlywed Manhattan couple drowned on their Caribbean honeymoon. In the midst of a deadly global pandemic, 26-year-old corporate attorney Muhammad Malik and his 29-year-old bride Dr Noor Shah, a surgical resident at NYU Langone Health, managed to survive getting infected, but their life came to an abrupt halt in the most shocking of ways. The newly-wed couple drowned on October 28, after struggling against a strong riptide while celebrating at a Turks and Caicos Islands resort four days after their wedding in Long Island.
The pair had been swimming in chest-deep waters near Como Parrot Cay when they were suddenly pulled underwater by a strong riptide. According to the groom’s father, Col R Maqbool Malik, a well-known figure in Long Island’s Pakistani American community, witnesses were able to pull the couple from the water and performed CPR but both died at the scene. Malik said he was told of the death by the American Embassy in the Bahamas. His other two sons, 41-year-old Salman Malik, and 26-year-old Ahmad Malik travelled to Turks and Caicos to identify the bodies.
While the drowning is accidental, Malik is critical of the resort for failing to put up warning signs that would have told swimmers about the potentially dangerous swimming conditions. Resort officials are yet to respond to comment on the situation. “It’s a devastating loss,” he told Newsday. “This is a shock beyond belief. And it’s a tragedy of different dimensions when you have to lay two children to rest in a joint funeral,” he added.
The couple’s bodies are expected to arrive in New York on Saturday. A funeral will be held Sunday in Teaneck, New Jersey, followed by burial in Totowa. The U.S. State Department, which confirmed the two deaths, said it has “worked to provide all appropriate consular assistance to the families. Out of respect to the families during this difficult time, we have no further comment.”
Mohammad Malik and Noor Shah were dating for about two years. “They were truly in love with each other. The kind of chemistry that we saw in those two human beings was amazingly fascinating. They loved each other.”
In a statement, Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP, the Manhattan firm where Malik worked, said, “‘It is with a great degree of sadness that we inform you of the tragic accidental death of Mohammad Malik and his wife Dr. Noor Shah Malik. They were both shining lights who touched everyone who had the benefit of knowing them. Mohammad was a humble, bright and talented attorney and a truly kind and gentle soul. Mohammad always strove to live life to the fullest and to appreciate the richness of human experience.”
“Mohammad always strove to live life to the fullest and to appreciate the richness of human experience. We deeply mourn this incomprehensible loss of exceptional members of our Olshan family. They will be deeply missed.”
Shah, a fourth-year resident in the Department of Surgery at NYU Langone Health, was also in the prime of life and health. “She was an excellent resident and a promising surgeon and she will be deeply missed,” the hospital said in a statement.
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The Earth’s deepest secret was just revealed by scientists
The research into what lies deep, deep beneath our feet has yielded precious few details over the past few decades. We all grew up learning that we live on the Earth’s crust, which is just a thin layer above the mantle. Beneath that, the outer core surrounds the inner core, and… well, that’s it, or so we thought. Now, scientists have offered us an update to this model, and they believe the discovery may be concrete enough to warrant the rewriting of textbooks.
In a new paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, a small team of scientists says that the most widely accepted model of the interior of the Earth doesn’t necessarily jive with the data that is available. In its place, the researchers propose a new model that includes a new layer within the inner core, and they say that, based on the data, it may be evidence of a “traumatic event” somewhere in Earth’s history.
The new layer the researchers are said to have confirmed is distinct from the inner core and would represent a new “central inner core,” for lack of a better term. To do this, the team collected a massive amount of data from seismic events over decades, then tested them against models of the Earth’s interior. What they found was that the notion of a new core layer was the best way to match the data with a model.
“Traditionally we’ve been taught the Earth has four main layers: the crust, the mantle, the outer core and the inner core,” Joanne Stephenson, lead author of the work, said in a statement. “The idea of another distinct layer was proposed a couple of decades ago, but the data has been very unclear. We got around this by using a very clever search algorithm to trawl through thousands of the models of the inner core.”
How exactly this newly-identified layer formed is anyone’s guess, but it may point to a more complex story of early Earth formation than was previously accepted.
“We found evidence that may indicate a change in the structure of iron, which suggests perhaps two separate cooling events in Earth’s history. The details of this big event are still a bit of a mystery, but we’ve added another piece of the puzzle when it comes to our knowledge of the Earths’ inner core.”
The discovery of a new core layer may not change much when it comes to our daily lives, but it’s a big step toward better understanding how our planets and others like it form. If we hope to have a solid understanding of the nature of planets, figuring out what is hiding deep within them is a prerequisite and a pretty big one.
Bodies of 11 Infants Found in Ceiling of Funeral Home May Have Been Hidden Because Parents Couldn’t Pay
On Friday, Michigan state investigators received an “anonymous letter” directing them to a Detroit funeral home that closed in April for “deplorable, unsanitary conditions.”
According to the Detroit Free Press, investigators entered the Cantrell Funeral Home with permission from the new owner, who was in the process of converting it to a community center, Detroit Police Lt. Brian Bowser said.
There, they located the bodies of 11 infants and “stillborns” hidden inside a “drop-down ceiling” between the first and second floor of the building.
Nine of the bodies were located hidden inside a box, and two were found inside a garbage bag in a small casket, Bowser confirmed at a press conference.
Police have not confirmed the identities of the infants or why they were hidden in the ceiling. The bodies were badly decomposed; some were “mummified,” and others were “embalmed.”
In April, the funeral home was shut down over unsanitary conditions after inspectors found bodies that had been left to mold and decay.
Owner Raymond Cantrell II admitted he kept bodies when the families couldn’t pay. At the time, he told WJBK:
“Those who have asked me to hold their loved ones will know I was doing them a favor to accommodate them. For those that weren’t, like the many of the cremated they are trying to take from here or that they are taking from here. Those individuals we called we’ve tried to notify and they haven’t been picked up.”
Police have not confirmed that’s why the infants were kept. But Pastor William C. Curtis, who owns three Detroit funeral homes, said that could be the case.
He told the Detroit News:
“A lot of times the family don’t pay and you have to take them to court. There is no recourse, but holding a body isn’t justifiable. It’s not like repossessing a car, you can’t give the body back.”
Cantrell took over the funeral home from his father in 2017. Curtis said they “used to get a lot of business.”
The medical examiner’s office is currently working to identify all the infants and reunite them with their families, it said in a statement.
Cantrell is not facing charges in relation to the discovery at this time.
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