New York - Less than two weeks after re-releasing regulations that would have given New York State control over the number of hours of secular studies taught at private schools statewide, as well as mandating curriculum requirements, Department of Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has unexpectedly resigned.
Politico reported Anna Gronewold announced the news on Twitter, saying that Elia had submitted her letter of resignation today, catching the Board of Regents by surprise and quoting Chancellor Betty Rosa as saying “obviously this is an issue that has caught us all off guard.”
Chalkbeat New York tweeted that Elia was resigning for personal reasons, with more details to follow later this afternoon.
Elia’s latest effort to exercise state control over private school...
Canberra, Australasia - Four children aged 10 to 14 packed fishing rods in a parent’s SUV, left a farewell note then drove more than 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) down the Australian east coast before they were stopped by police the next day, an officer said on Monday.
When the children were stopped by police near Grafton in New South Wales state at 10:40 p.m. Sunday, they locked the doors and refused to get out, Acting Police Inspector Darren Williams said.
A police officer used a baton to break a window of the Nissan Patrol, that had been reported stolen, Williams said.
Police were not sure which child or children drove or why they left Rockhampton in Queensland state on Saturday. The children are a 14-year-old boy, two 13-year-old boys and a 10-year-old girl.
Williams said they...
Jerusalem - President Reuven Rivlin on Monday met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul at the Blue House, the official president’s residence.
Rivlin is in the country for a five-day state visit, the first such visit by an Israeli president since 1992.
The two countries signed Memorandums of Understandings (MOU) in the fields of energy and education.
The two leaders shared lunch and spoke about the growing ties between the countries and where the cooperation can be expanded. Rivlin invited the South Korean president and his wife to visit Israel in the near future.
Rivlin noted that 2018 was a record year for Korean tourism to Israel, with some 45,000 tourists visiting the Holy Land. He also stressed that the full potential is not being realized due to the stringent Kor...
Norfolk, VA - July 15, 2019 - For those who are interested in sending any messages to Mrs. Bauman or any of the Bauman/Stern families, an email address has been created for this purpose: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Fouad M. AbdelWahed, an Egyptian professor of Hebrew at King Saud University, said in an episode of the anti-Semitic Egyptian TV show “Blue Line” that aired last month that some Jews eat matzah on Pesach that contain human blood.
He said that he believes that some members of the community donate the blood for the purpose of preparing the matzah, and that the practice, which he said is today limited to “extremist” charedi Jews, was once widespread among Jews.
Abdel Wahed also said that the consumption of this matzah has negative effects on one’s health.
The show aired on Channel 2 TV (Egypt).
Thousands of people in Sweden are having futuristic microchips implanted into their skin to carry out everyday activities and replace credit cards and cash.
More than 4,000 people have already had the sci-fi-like chips, about the size of a grain of rice, inserted into their hands — with the pioneers predicting millions will soon join them as they hope to take it global.
Like glorified smartwatches, the chips help Swedes monitor their health, replace keycards to allow them to enter offices and buildings and enabling owners to pay in stores with a simple swipe of the hand, a big deal in a forward-looking country that is moving towards eliminating cash.
Read more at THE NY POST.
New York - In a scathing op-ed published Sunday night, The New York Post slammed New York City Mayor de Blasio, calling for his removal from office because of his handling of the Saturday night blackout that hit Midtown, leaving tens of thousands in the dark in the midst of the summer’s heat and humidity.
The Post op-ed (nyp.st/2Gd5SlE) described de Blasio’s performance as lackluster, blasting him for his perpetual lateness and for spending hundreds of millions of dollars on pet projects that produce little results, including his wife Chirlane McCray’s Thrive NYC mental health initiative which received $850 million in city funding. The Post also alleged that the city’s current safe environment is due to programs introduced by de Blasio’s predecessors an...
West Bank - Palestinians on Monday denounced President Donald Trump’s attack on U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, accusing him of racism and saying it once again proves his bias against the Palestinian people.
Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat and daughter of Palestinian immigrants, was one of four congresswomen of color who were targeted in a Trump Twitter barrage over the weekend.
Trump said the women should go back to the “broken and crime infested” places they came from, ignoring the fact that all are American citizens and three, including Tlaib, were born in the U.S. Trump also accused them of saying “terrible things” about the U.S. and said they “hate Israel.”
Although Tlaib has never lived in the West Bank, she still has relatives in the area and is wide...
Congress is currently considering two key bills that will significantly boost security for our community institutions - shuls, schools, religious facilities, charitable and social service centers - under the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). Facing an increasing threat of violence - including murderous attacks this past year in Pittsburgh and Poway -- the Jewish community has a strong stake in this program and must support Congress's efforts to strengthen it!
The NSGP provides assistance (in many cases up to $150,000) to nonprofits to make security enhancements to their facilities. These enhancements may include security cameras, concrete barriers, reinforced doors, etc. It may also include in certain circumstances security personnel. Eligible nonprofits mus...
For those who are interested in passing on any messages to Mrs. Bauman or any of the Bauman/Stern families, an email address has been created for this purpose: email@example.comUpdated as of July 15, 4:25 AM: The levayah will be held Monday morning, at B’nai Israel Congregation, 420 Spotswood Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia. It is currently scheduled for 10:30 a.m., but may be delayed. People may listen to the funeral on the phone at 712-770-4160, Access Code 271789#.
The levayah will then proceed to the airport for kevurah at the KAJ section of the King Solomon Memorial Park Cemetery 550 Dwasline Road, Clifton, NJ, Clifton, New Jersey, late afternoon/early evening.A notice will wil be posted on www.kajinc.org when time of kevuro is better know...
To Acheinu Bnei Yisroel,
When we began this campaign 4 days ago, we embarked upon the impossible. We desperately needed to raise 2M+ in the course of a few days to save of the life of our daughter Eliana. Very quickly, Klal Yisroel joined together and in an unprecedented display of Achdus, this lifesaving campaign gathered force. With great Siyata Dishamya and B’chasdei Hashem, we were able to reach this unprecedented goal and are now in a position to receive the miracle drug.
We want to take the opportunity to recognize and thank each and every one of you for your tefillos and generous support.
Please continue to pray for Chana bas Shani, as we still have a long way to go!Eliana Cohen, daughter of Shani Levi Cohen and Ariel Cohen, ( Miami Forida) is about to turn 2 years old...
Baltimore, MD - July 15, 2019 - A suspect and another man were killed and a Baltimore police officer was injured Monday morning in a shooting at a methadone clinic.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the shooting was reported at 7:09 a.m. at the Man Alive methadone clinic in the 2100 block of Maryland Avenue. Police received a call for an armed person.
Harrison said the officers tried to de-escalate the situation, but the suspect began shooting at the officers.
"As the suspect fired upon our officer, he returned gunfire but was struck by the suspect's rounds," Harrison said.
Baltimore police Sgt. Bill Shiflett, a 25-year veteran assigned to the Northern District, was shot in his lower abdomen under his bulletproof vest. Shock Trauma officials said Shiflett underwe...
Michael Neuman of Miami Beach, grandson of David & Celia Neuman of Baltimore and Florida, said he’s always been an athletic person who loves sports, but as an observant Orthodox Jew, he faced an obstacle to improve his skills as a child with leagues typically played on Saturdays during the Sabbath. However, a dream was fulfilled for Neuman, 26, when he competed on the CBS Show “Million Dollar Mile” wearing a yarmulke.
The show, produced by LeBron James and hosted by Tim Tebow, features amateur athletes who compete against professional athletes in a mile-long obstacle course for a chance to win $1 million dollars. Neuman’s segment, which has already been filmed, airs during the July 13 episode at 9 p.m. on CBS.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged lower in early trading Monday on Wall Street as a decline in banks offset solid gains in technology companies.
The losses follow record high finishes for every major stock index last week. The S&P 500 index also pushed above 3,000 for the first time.
Citi led banks lower, despite reporting a jump in profit that beat Wall Street forecasts. It is the first of the major U.S. banks to report second quarter financial results. The sector is currently under the shadow of expected interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve. The move would hurt their ability to charge more interest on loans.
Broadcom helped lift the technology sector on reports that it has ceased negotiations with Symantec, a security software maker. Apple also made solid gains.
New York - Amazon.com Inc’s Prime Day is now a major marketing opportunity and shopping event in the annual calendar for other U.S. retail companies, rivaling the Thanksgiving holiday’s Black Friday as a driver of sales.
Walmart Inc, Target Corp and eBay Inc all run their own special promotions to coincide with the annual sale, which this year Amazon has stretched to two days.
Target announced deal days which will run on the same days as Prime Day - July 15 and 16. Walmart offered promotions from July 14th-17th, while eBay announced a July 15 “crash sale.”
“As the awareness of this shopping moment continues to build, we see this as a great opportunity to showcase our competitive advantage on price and inventory,” an eBay spokesperson said.
Rima's case caught the attention of US Special Representative for International Negotiations and Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt.
A Palestinian father has been challenging the Palestinian Authority over denying his daughter treatment in Israel. Journalist Fathi Sabbah's daughter Rima suffers from a form of blood cancer. She was one of the thousands of Palestinian patients affected by the PA's decision to stop funding medical treatment in Israel for its citizens. The cessation of services went into effect on March 26.
According to the news website Days of Palestine, Sabbah was promised by PA prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh that he would personally follow Rima's case to make sure that she would receive the treatments she needs. Shtayyeh contacted Sabbah vi...
מסע קודש של כ"ק מרן אדמו"ר מצאנז שליט"א לארצינו הקדושה
Sanz Rebbe Visiting Eretz Yisrael
צילום: שלומי טריכטער, אלימלך גרסטל
Brussels - European Union nations were looking to deescalate tensions in the Persian Gulf area on Monday and call on Iran to stick to the 2015 nuclear deal, despite the pullout of the United States from the accord and the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Tehran.
Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said that “it is still not too late, but Iran really has to stick to its obligations.”
Iran recently begun surpassing uranium enrichment limits set in its 2015 nuclear deal, saying these moves can be reversed if the other parties to the agreement — Germany, France, Britain, China, Russia and the European Union — come up with enough economic incentives to effectively offset the U.S. sanctions.
But EU foreign ministers first and foremost want to get Iran to respect the ter...
Hillary Clinton on Sunday night criticized President Trump for suggesting that freshman Democrats “go back” to the countries they’re from — saying it’s his government that needs help.
“They’re from America,” Clinton wrote about three of the freshman Democrats — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley — who Trump told to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Clinton continued, “and you’re right about one thing: Currently their government is a complete and total catastrophe.”
Read more at THE NY POST.
Jerusalem - Israel’s beach season is in full swing and the annual jellyfish season has also begun, inconveniencing local beachgoers and tourists alike.
The swarm, consisting of tens of millions of jellyfish, has reached Israel’s coast over the past week. Israelis have come to know the phenomenon far too well. The marine animals spoil the beach experience for beach lovers across Israel’s beaches every year, with painful stings that render the water almost inaccessible.
Luckily, the plague lasts only a few weeks. The swarm has also become the cause of concern for industry, as they invaded a power station in southern Israel.
Concerns have also been raised over the creatures’ effect on local marine life. Dr. Tamar Lotan and Professor Dror Angel, experts at the Univer...