The United States is being ravaged by a deadly pandemic that is growing exponentially, overwhelming health care systems and costing thousands of lives, to say nothing of an economic recession that threatens to plague the nation for years to come.
But the American public seems to be over the pandemic, eager to get kids back in schools, ready to hit the bar scene and hungry for Major League Baseball to play its abbreviated season.
The startling divergence between the brutal reality of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the fantasy land of a forthcoming return to normalcy has public health experts depressed and anxious about what is to come. The worst is not behind us, they say, by any stretch of the imagination.
“It’s an absolute disconnect between our perceived reality and our actual r...
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R ) announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
The governor made the announcement during a press conference, according to a local ABC affiliate is reporting. His test came out positive Tuesday afternoon.
According to Oklahoma Watch, Stitt led a Commissioners of the Land Office meeting Tuesday morning, wearing a mask on his neck.
Stitt advocated for President Trump’s in-person campaign rally in Tulsa last month. He attended the rally himself and was seen in images of the event not wearing a face mask. Read more at The Hill
Jeff Sessions’ political career lay in ruins Tuesday night. From the White House, President Trump tweeted his delight that his former Justice Department chief lost out to his preferred candidate, former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, in Alabama’s runoff U.S. Senate primary election.
Sessions, meanwhile, only had warm words for the president. “Let me say this about the president and our relationship. I leave with no regrets,” the 73-year-old said. “I was honored to serve the people of Alabama in the Senate and I was extraordinarily proud of the accomplishments we had as attorney general… I took the road less traveled, didn’t try to excuse myself or get in a fight or undermine the leader of our country and the great wo...
At least 7 ships on fire in southern Iranian port city of Bushehr, according to Iranian report. Reason for fires not given.
At least seven ships were on fire in the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr, Tasnim reported on Wednesday, adding that the cause of the fires remains unclear.
Efforts are underway to bring the fire under control, IRNA cited Jahangir Dehghani, the head of the crisis management organization for Bushehr province, as saying.
The incident follows a series of explosions which have rocked Iran in recent weeks.
An explosion occurred at an Iranian chemical plant Monday, Iranian media reported.
The blast allegedly occurred at a gas condensate plant in the Kavian Fariman industrial zone in the Razavi Khorasan Province in eastern Iran. The ...
It never ends!! If it's not one thing, it's another. At the tail end of his life, having weathered forty years of complaints, rebellions, and near-disasters, Moshe had every reason to expect a tranquil conclusion to his legendary career. Having appointed his successor and eased the Jewish people to the border of Israel, he can now focus on writing the final book of the Torah. The new generation, which would ultimately inherit the land of Israel had been counted, the 'lottery' mechanism for land allocation had been established and, finally, the order of family inheritance had been institutionalized. Everything was ready for the final and long-awaited entry into the promised land….until it wasn't!!
Two and a half tribes approach Moshe proposing settlement on ...
Baltimore, MD - July 15, 2020 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Michoel And Simi Nussbaum on the birth of a daughter.
Mazel Tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Hillel Tendler and Mr. & Mrs. Shachi Nussbaum. Special Mazel Tov to Elte Zayde Rabbi & Rebbetzin Nosson Nussbaum, shlit"a
יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן
Retail giant to have staff at entrances of Walmart and Sam’s Club stores to enforce mask rules
Walmar will require shoppers to wear masks in all U.S. Walmart and Sam’s Club stores starting July 20, making it the largest retailer to mandate their use.
The retailer said it will place staff at store entrances to enforce the new mask rules.
More to follow at WSJ
Israel’s Cabinet on Monday approved the remaining elements of the “Safety Net 2020-2021” rescue plan for the country’s struggling economy.
The Cabinet approved a draft law for several aspects of the plan that will require changes to legislation, as well to expand the 2020-2021 budgetary framework by NIS 24 billion ($7 billion) to pay for the plan’s implementation. The draft legislation will be immediately submitted to the Knesset for approval, according to a joint statement by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Finance Ministry.
The plan, which was first presented by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Israel Katz on Thursday and part of which was approved on Sunday, includes the extension of full unemployment benefits until...
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was sued on Monday for failing to provide an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter during his press conferences and televised briefings regarding the coronavirus pandemic and the current hurricane season.
Disability Rights Florida, the National Association of the Deaf and four deaf and hard of hearing Floridians filed a complaint to a federal judge accusing DeSantis of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
The complaint states that there have been at least 48 instances since March 2 where DeSantis has discussed pandemic-related information such as school and business closures, testing, social distancing and other safety precautions without an in-frame ASL interpreter.
Closed captioning is not provided on all televi...
“I think it would be a great mistake for Hezbollah to try to carry out operations against Israel. I can’t see that having a good ending.”
CENTCOM head Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said it would be a great mistake for Hezbollah to try to carry out operations against Israel. “I can’t see that having a good ending,” he said at a briefing during a major trip to the Middle East this week. McKenzie has visited Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait. The US general also acknowledged continuing tensions in Syria and with Iran across the region.This is McKenzie’s first trip to the region since February. He visited Israel in November last year during the rising tensions between the US and Iran. Since February, US forces in Iraq have fa...
Number of coronavirus hospitalizations stabilizes as percentage of positive tests falls.
One patient infected with the coronavirus died Wednesday morning, raising the total number of coronavirus-related fatalities in Israel to 375, the Israeli Health Ministry reported Wednesday morning.
A total of 1,573 new cases of the coronavirus were reported Tuesday, with a further 211 cases diagnosed Wednesday morning.
Since the pandemic began, 42,813 cases of the virus have been confirmed, with 19,734 patients recovering, and 22,704 cases still active.
The number of coronavirus patients in hospitals continued to rise, but at a slower rate, increasing from 524 hospitalizations as of Tuesday morning to 547 Wednesday morning.
Of those, 195 are in serious condition, up from 192 on Tuesday and 18...
Today Moderna published the data on Phase 1 clinical safety trials on 45 adults. It looks like two doses per season will be the established dose approximately one month apart . The 100 microgram dose appears to have elicited very good neutralizing antibody response with minimal immediate side effects. Phase 2 studies looking at 600 adults will likely be reported on in the next 4-6 weeks. The company is initiating Phase 3 trials on 30,000 individuals after July 27, 2020. This will be the most critical phase in order to see how the vaccine protects in actual exposed populations during an outbreak. The post Phase 3 observation period is expected to go on for several months in order to ensure safety as discussed previously. At that point if the current progress continues , the FDA w...
Moderna shares jumped more than 15% in after-hours trading on Tuesday.
CHICAGO - Moderna Inc's experimental vaccine for COVID-19 showed it was safe and provoked immune responses in all 45 healthy volunteers in an ongoing early-stage study, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.No study volunteers experienced a serious side effect, but more than half reported mild or moderate reactions such as fatigue, headache, chills, muscle aches or pain at the injection site.
These were more likely to occur after the second dose and in people who got the highest dose, the team reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.Moderna shares jumped more than 15% in after-hours trading on Tuesday.Moderna was the first to start human testing of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus&nbs...
There are currently 22,324 active coronavirus cases in Israel. Four people have died in the last 24 hours.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, 42,360 people have been diagnosed with the virus in Israel, according to data released by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday night.
To date, 371 people have died from the virus in Israel, four of them in the last day. 19,665 people have recovered from coronavirus to date while 22,324 people are defined as active cases as of 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Of the active patients, 529 people are hospitalized, while 21,795 patients are in home care or in isolation in one of the coronavirus hotels.
183 of the hospitalized patients are in serious condition, and 56 are on respirators. 114 additional patients are hospitalized in moderate conditio...
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Tuesday that the coronavirus crisis would continue at least until the end of next year, while infections continued to rise within the ranks of the IDF.
Israel Hayom reported that, in a Zoom meeting on Tuesday with the IDF commanders tasked with combating the coronavirus, as well as Defense Ministry officials, Gantz said that the military’s crisis-management measures would have to remain active until the end of 2021.
All activities during that year, he added, “will be around the crisis.”
“I regret to say I find it difficult to see how this ends earlier,” Gantz said.
“Therefore, your task is to continue to provide this operational-logistical service, and to create breathing space for yourself, the commanders an...
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing blistering criticism over an internal report that found no strong link between a controversial state directive that sent thousands of recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes and some of the nation’s deadliest nursing home outbreaks.
Scientists, health care professionals and elected officials assailed the report released last week for failing to address the actual impact of the March 25 order, which by the state’s own count ushered more than 6,300 recovering virus patients into nursing homes at the height of the pandemic.
And some accused the state of using the veneer of a scientific study to absolve the Democratic governor by reaching the same conclusion he had been floating for weeks — that unknowingly infected nursing ho...
Hillary Clinton warned that the US should be prepared for President Trump to blame a re-election loss in November on voter fraud and refuse to leave the White House.
“Well, I think it is a fair point to raise as to whether or not, if he loses, he’s going to go quietly or not. And we have to be ready for that,” the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee told host Trevor Noah on Monday’s “The Daily Show.”
“I want a fair election. If people get to vote and they, for whatever reason, vote for Donald Trump — OK. We’ll accept it, not happily,” she said. “But I don’t think that’s what will happen, because I think the more people who can actually get to the polls, whether by mail or in-person, and get their votes counted...
NEW YORK (JNS/Laureen Lipsky) – Instead of working towards securing the safety of New York City’s residents after a wave of Black Lives Matter riots targeted businesses, instead of protecting inner-city areas of New York where shootings are at a rise not seen in decades, instead of safely opening up the city to invite back those who originally left for the coronavirus shutdown, Mayor Bill de Blasio chose to allow a giant Black Lives Matter banner be painted on Fifth Avenue. There might as well be a giant “Palestinian” terrorist flag splayed along a stretch of the upscale commercial heart of Manhattan.
Black lives matter, all black people matter—black cops included, black innocent Americans who are being gunned down in certain neighborhoods because of the cast...
WASHINGTON (JNS) – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has endorsed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for re-election in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, announced Omar’s campaign on Monday.
In touting endorsements from Pelosi and Minnesota House of Representatives Speaker Melissa Hortman, Omar’s campaign said in a statement that the congresswoman “now has the support of the Democratic leaders of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Minnesota legislature, representing the support of the state and national Democratic party at the highest levels.”
Omar has perpetuated anti-Semitic tropes on Twitter and introduced a resolution in Congress that promotes boycotts of Israel, likening them to boycotts of Nazi Germany.
In February 2019, a mont...
JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Israeli Public Security minister Amir Ohana promised Monday to keep a close tab on police brutality against Chareidim and to take steps to curb it. On the same night a policeman shoved a Chareidi cameraman to the ground while he was taking photographs of the demonstration against the closure of Chareidi neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Footage of the violent attack was taken by another person standing at the scene and the minister saw it and decided to act.
The cameraman, Meir Kakon, was treated at the scene but said the next day that he was still suffering from a headache.
Just minutes after journalist Ariel Elharar posted the clip, the minister tweeted him back:
“Hi Ariel, thanks for bringing to our attention. The policeman has been located. The matter wil...