New York - Authorities have identified the remains of another 9/11 victim found at the World Trade Center. The New York City medical examiners’ office on Thursday said the woman is the 1,644th person to be identified nearly 18 years after hijackers crashed airplanes into the trade center’s twin towers in 2001. The victim’s name, which is being withheld, was confirmed through DNA testing of remains recovered in 2002. It’s the second new identification of a World Trade Center victim in 2019. The medical examiner says about 40% of the 2,753 people reported missing remain unidentified.
Tel Aviv - Some 200 Olim, immigrants arrived in Israel on Wednesday from France, Russia, Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela aboard special flights organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel. The two biggest groups of Olim came from France and Russia, 100 from France and 80 from Russia. The newcomers, including 70 children who will enter the Israeli education system when school starts after summer vacation, were greeted at Ben Gurion Airport with a festive reception titled “Choosing Israel” hosted by The Jewish Agency, the Israeli Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, and Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal. The reception also featured 200 young adults, aged 18-35, who recently moved to Israel from 27 countries and are participating in special programs for new immigrants sponsored by...
 President Trump on Thursday night announced he's nominating attorney Gene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to replace Alex Acosta as secretary of labor. Scalia, 55, is currently a partner in the Washington office of the international law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is expected to face headwinds from Democrats in his confirmation hearings, in part because he has routinely represented major corporations in key cases involving workers' rights. Scalia served as the chief legal officer for the Labor Department under President George W. Bush. "I am pleased to announce that it is my intention to nominate Gene Scalia as the new Secretary of Labor," Trump wrote in a tweet late Thursday. "Gene has led a life of great success...
London - A passenger accused of severe misbehavior on a Jet2 flight that had to return to London’s Stansted Airport in June has received a huge bill from the airline. The airline has accused Chloe Haines of “aggressive, abusive and dangerous behavior” on a flight and sent her a bill for 85,000 pounds ($106,000). She has also been banned from the airline for the rest of her life. Officials say the plane bound for Turkey had to return to Stansted and was escorted by two Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets. The 25-year-old British woman was arrested by Essex Police when the plane landed and is free on bail. She was arrested on suspicion of common assault, criminal damage and endangering an aircraft. She is scheduled to be in court August 21. Jet2’s CEO Steve Heap...
Washington - Shot through by German machine gun bullets and tattered by the wind, an American flag that flew on the first U.S. invading ship on D-Day came home on Thursday in a White House ceremony. The flag handover was a main part of the visit to the White House by Mark Rutte, prime minister of the Netherlands, who held Oval Office talks with President Donald Trump. The flag has been owned by retired Dutch businessman and art collector Bert Kreuk, who said he bought it at auction three years ago with the intention of donating it to the United States. “I cannot keep it myself. It needs to go to the right institution. I need to give it back,” Kreuk said in a telephone interview ahead of the ceremony, at which he spoke. The flag is to be put on display at the Smithsonian Ins...
Two families who fled from Venezuela landed at Ben-Gurion on Wednesday amidst hundreds of olim from other countries. They received clandestine assistance to leave the country from the Jewish Agency. Venezuela, a once-wealthy country has descended into crisis over the past few years, with the current situation being total anarchy and economic destitution. The Jewish community, which included 25,000 members in the 1990s is down to about 4,000 members, with most Jews immigrating to the US, Mexico, Panama or other countries. Only about 12% immigrate to Israel, according to Jewish Agency chairman Yitzchak Herzog. “We had to leave Venezuela,” Avraham Ben Dayan, who immigrated to Israel with his wife and three children, told Ynet on Wednesday. “For three or four years now, the...
The Military Prosecution will file indictments against a career soldier and a soldier for removing weapons from the military and arms trading authorities and selling them to Arabs The MPCID investigation revealed that the military officer removed two M-16 assault rifles, two MAG rifles, two MAG barrels, some 48 rounds of ammunition, and three stun grenades. He sold the weapons and ammunition to an Arab citizen from Wadi Ara who was arrested by the Israel Police Department. Read more at Arutz Sheva.
Washington - Some are moving factories out of China. Others are strategically redesigning products. Some are seeking loopholes in trade law or even mislabeling where their goods originate — all with the goal of evading President Donald Trump’s sweeping tariffs on goods from China. But most of the companies that stand to be hurt by Trump’s tariffs are hunkering down and waiting — waiting because they don’t know when, whether or how his yearlong trade war with China will end or which other countries the president might target next. Consider Xcel Brands, a New York-based company that owns such brands as Halston, Isaac Mizrahi and C. Wonder. Two years ago, it made all its clothing in China. Now it’s on the move — diversifying production to Vietnam, C...
You may have heard that the New York State Education Department recently published proposed Regulations about “substantial equivalency of instruction” required for students attending nonpublic schools. This can have severe ramifications for yeshivos and day schools across the board in NYS, so we wanted to provide some answers to common questions we are receiving about this serious development. Q: How might the proposed regulations affect my child’s yeshiva? A: The Regulations, on their face, may require schools to make major adjustments to their limudei kodesh and secular programming.  For example, the proposed regulations specify 1) the number of required hours – as many as 4-5 hours per d...
Baltimore, MD – July 18, 2019 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Mrs. Rivka Zakon, a’h, mother of Yosef Zakon, Yocheved (Rabbi Yisroel) Beller, Asher (Chaya) Zakon, Estee Lieber, Raizl Zakon, Sarah (Josh) Ashen, and Chaya (Dovid) Toplin, and sister of Helen Levi.  Mrs. Yocheved Beller and Mrs. Chaya Toplin are sitting shivah at 3720 Clarinth Rd, Baltimore, MD 21215, through Tuesday evening 7/23/2019. Hours of Shiva: Friday: 10-4 Sun-Tuesday: 11-3 and 5:30-8:30 . (Other siblings sitting in New York) No Minyanim Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
The campaign for a Mississippi Republican gubernatorial candidate who barred a female reporter’s solo access to accompany him on a ride-along because she’s a woman said Thursday it is selling bumper stickers with the phrase he used in his defense: “My truck. My rules.” State Rep. Robert Foster, one of three GOP gubernatorial candidates in the state, denied Mississippi Today reporter Larrison Campbell’s request to shadow him on a 15-hour trip. His campaign manager telling her that a “male colleague would need to accompany her” because the “optics of the candidate with a woman, even a working reporter, could be used in a smear campaign to insinuate [improprioties].” Foster told The Hill that, before deciding to run, he a...
Boeing announced Thursday an after-tax charge of $4.9 billion over the international grounding of the 737 Max aircraft. The charge will result in a $5.6 billion reduction in revenue and pre-tax earnings in the second quarter, the airplane manufacturer said in a statement. Boeing will release its second quarter earnings on July 24. The Boeing 737 Max was grounded globally after two deadly crashes in the last year. The manufacturer has yet to receive regulatory approval on software fixes to address the issues involved in the fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. "We remain focused on safely returning the 737 Max to service," Dennis Muilenburg said in a statement Thursday. Read more at The Hill
New York - Only hours after receiving a life sentence, convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was forced to make a sudden departure to the highest-security prison in the U.S. to serve the term, his lawyer said Thursday. A government helicopter whisked the narco, notorious for his daring jailbreaks, out of New York City on Wednesday after the sentencing in federal court in Brooklyn, said defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman. The lawyer said he was informed that his client was en route to the supermax facility in Florence, Colorado. For most defendants, there’s a lag between sentencing and a decision by the Bureau of Prisons on where to house them. In Guzman’s case, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan agreed at the close of his sentencing to recommend to the...
The iconic images of the Eagle Lunar Module’s descent to the Moon rank among the most incredible footage ever recorded. The black-and-white film was shot from a 16-mm time-lapse camera mounted in Buzz Aldrin’s window on the right side of the Eagle Lunar Module.  However, there is no record of what Apollo 11 Mission Commander Neil Armstrong saw from his window. “Due to the small size of the LM windows and the angle at which the movie camera was mounted, what mission commander Neil Armstrong saw as he flew and landed the LM was not recorded,” explains NASA in a statement on its website. In an attempt to provide insight into the final moments of the incredible mission, NASA has used imagery captur...
Baltimore, MD - July 18, 2019 - For adults grieving the death of a spouse, Jewish Community Services and Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, are offering an eight session Grief Support Group beginning August 15, 2019.  The group will meet at Jewish Community Services, 5750 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215.  The group is open to the public and there is no cost to participate; however, space is limited and pre-registration is required. JCS grief support groups provide a welcoming place to share and process your grief, connect with others who have experienced a similar loss, learn coping strategies, and talk with a grief specialist. For more information, including the group’s meeting time, and to register, call Jewish Community Services, 410-466-9200. Jewish Com...
Bilaam tells Balak the Jews are impervious to his curses, for “Who has counted the dust of Yaakov, or who can number the seed of Israel”.    Rashi explains the first half of this verse as referring to the ‘countless’ mitzvos that are fulfilled with עפר, ‘dust’:  You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey [together]; You shall not sow your field with a mixture of seeds, the ashes of the red cow, the dust used for a woman, a Sotah, suspected of infidelity, and others similar to these. The second half of the verse alludes to G-d attending to each potential ‘seed’ during copulation, wondering when will the drop of the righteous one come to fruition. What is so unique about the various mitzvos that revolve around ‘dust&r...
The Senate will vote next week on a House-passed bill to extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.   Under a deal reached on the Senate floor, lawmakers will vote on the bill by next Wednesday. As part of the agreement they are expected to also vote on two amendments to the bill, one from Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and one from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).  The bill, which passed the House in a 402-12 vote, would reauthorize funding through fiscal 2090. It's expected to easily pass the Senate. Lee, before setting up the agreement, stressed that he supported extending money for the fund, which pays out claims for deaths and illnesses related to the attack, but had concerns for how long the House bill would extend it for.    "In Washing...
Illnesses related to the 9/11 attacks claimed their 200th New York firefighter this week. Firefighters Kevin Nolan and Richard Driscoll died on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) confirmed to The Hill on Thursday. “It is almost incomprehensible that, after losing 343 members on September 11, we have now had 200 more FDNY members die from World Trade Center illnesses," Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said in a statement. "These heroes gave their lives bravely fighting to rescue and recover others. We will never forget them.” Their deaths come as lawmakers advance a bill to authorize funding for the Sept. 11, 2001, victims compensation fund through 2090. The House passed the legislation last week. Sen...
Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project got a second day of withering criticism on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, with one California congressman saying its potential dangers could be worse than the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. ‘The most innovative thing that happened this century is when Osama bin Laden came up with the innovative idea of flying two airplanes into towers. That’s the most consequential innovation, although this may do more to endanger America than even that.’Rep. Brad Sherman As Sherman compared Libra with the 9/11 attacks, he said that Zuckerberg is creating a cryptocurrency, like the popular and controversial digital-asset bitcoin that is often associated with providing “privacy to drug dealers, human traffickers, terrorists, tax evade...
A Democratic candidate vying for a seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives reportedly fatally shot his wife and then himself on Tuesday, police said. Carl Robinson, 43, entered the Williams Medical Clinic in Potts Camp, Miss., — where his estranged wife, 34-year-old Latoya Thompson, was working at the front desk — on Tuesday morning, NBC News reports. Robinson pulled a gun on Thompson and shot her before hopping over the counter and shooting himself, Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson told the network. Officers responded to the scene at about 10 a.m., and Thompson died before a helicopter could get her to a hospital. "We found the shooter dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head," Dickerson said. Robinson and Thompson...
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