U.S. population growth is slowing, approaching zero, and even reversing in half of all states in 2020, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Early estimates are the U.S. population amid COVID-19 grew by just 0.35% for the year ending July 1, 2020, and more people died than were born in half of U.S. states, up from just five in 2019, according to the report.
That growth is already the lowest ever documented and some experts predict the U.S. population for 2020, with the impact of COVID-19, might have shrunk for the first time ever.
Fire-rescue teams that have been working at the site of the Surfside condo collapse for nearly a month straight will hand off the search for survivors to police, Miami-Dade County announced Friday, according to reports.
The search for bodies at the site of the collapsed condo officially concluded on Friday. The collapse killed 97, with at least one more missing person yet to be identified.
With the rubble having been moved offsite, police will now take over the search for remains and belongings, the Miami Herald reported.
President Joe Biden needs a cognitive test immediately, former white House physician Ronny Jackson tweeted Saturday.
The Texas Republican lawmaker made the comments after observing Biden’s televised town hall this past week, writing that “He’s completely LOST it” and that the president “needs a cognitive exam NOW!”
Jackson on Twitter also said, “Something’s SERIOUSLY wrong with Biden – and it’s only going to get WORSE! It’s past the point of embarrassment. He’s lost. He’s confused. He can barely put a coherent sentence together. He MUST have a cognitive exam and release the results!”
A shortage of jet fuel, coupled with supply chain issues and an urgent demand from firefighting aircraft, continues to cause problems at airports around the West.
In Nevada, state and federal lawmakers said they are investigating a possible shortage of jet fuel that could delay cargo delivery and passenger travel at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in the coming days.
A spike in demand for jet fuel both by commercial airlines and from firefighting aircraft in Montana and the Pacific Northwest led to departure problems and daylong flight delays recently at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.
In California, recent flights in and out of Fresno Yosemite International Airport were disrupted by jet fuel shortages blamed on the lack of tanker truck driver deliveries.
Lawmakers said the...
While Democrats are claiming their massive spending plans are designed to help the poorest Americans, the “multi-trillion-dollar inflation bomb” is a “reverse-Robin-Hood mission” that will only serve a handful of the richest, according to Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.
“This inflation bomb that they are proposing, which some are estimating could involve $4 trillion, is only going to worsen the already frightening inflation,” Lee told Sunday’s “The Cats Roundtable” on WABC 770 AM-N.Y. “Inflation carries out a reverse-Robin-Hood mission, where we rob the poor to give it to the rich. A small handful of people will get rich off of this.”
Lee was echoing the warning of former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who told Newsm...
Typhoon In-Fa made landfall in Eastern China on Sunday, causing the evacuation of more than 100,000 people, the cancellation of flights in and out of Shanghai and the halting of business operations, according to state media.
In-Fa landed in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province, at 12.30 p.m, local time, with a maximum wind force of 38 meters (125 feet) per second, the China Meteorological Administration said. Local authorities ordered schools, markets and businesses to close, and relocated more than 100,000 people, with forecast rainfall of 10 inches (25.5 centimeters) to 14 inches, media reported.
In neighboring Shanghai, all inbound and outbound flights scheduled on Sunday for the city’s two airports, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport, were canceled....
Jerusalem, Israel - July 26, 2021 - A striking image of a man dressed in a black cap and jacket, holding a bouquet of red flowers, is on display in Jerusalem, Israel's Municipal Plaza, Kikar Safra. One rolled-up sleeve reveals the numbers stamped on his arm. Moshe Haelyon was born in Greece in 1925, and with his family was transported in a packed freight wagon to Auschwitz.
Haelyon is one of 360 survivors, from 35 countries whose portraits are included in the Lonka Project now on display in Jerusalem. Each unique brilliantly done image is accompanied by a short biography. For example, we learn after being imprisoned by the British in Altit for a year, Haelyon joined the IDF, retiring in 1976, and serves on the board of Yad Vashem.
Born in Konigsberg, Doroth...
Tu B'Av is the beginning of the reconstruction process, rebuilding what we lost with the sin of the meraglim of Tisha B'Av. It is a day of healing, starting the process of teshuva that culminates on Yom Kippur. This day was traditionally celebrated with matchmaking-building Jewish homes-which is a micro manifestation of Hashem's presence in this world. The Beis Hamikdash, which is the macro manifestation of Hashem's presence, starts to be rebuilt through this process, and through the day of Tu B'Av.
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1,398 new cases of contamination were diagnosed on Sunday in 24 hour period
108 patients with coronavirus were identified on Monday morning according to an official report from the Ministry of Health, with 11 additional patients in serious condition since midnight.
Among them, 20 people are placed on artificial ventilators, a figure which is rising slowly but continuously.
1,398 new cases of contamination were also diagnosed Sunday in 24 hours out of 67,676 screening tests carried out, a positive test rate of 2.08 percent – a rise from 1.79 percent the day before.
State media reports that some of the demonstrators chanted 'political' slogans
A number of people demonstrated in the center of the Iranian capital Tehran on Monday against power cuts, the state television website reported, with some demonstrators chanting "political" slogans.
It said a "limited gathering" began before noon when some shop owners at the Aladdin and Charsou malls, two of the city's main mobile and tech markets, marched down Jomhouri Street to "protest problems caused by power cuts."
"At the same time, a group tried to use the dissatisfaction and make it political" by chanting "norm-breaking slogans," the website added.
The term "norm-breaking" is regularly used by Iranian media to refer to slogans critical of the authorities in the Islamic Republic.
Nearly three-quarters of voters support reinstating mask mandates in their area if there is a spike in coronavirus cases, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.
Seventy-four percent of registered voters in the July 16-17 survey said they support reissuing a mask mandate if their area experiences a rise in cases.
That includes 46 percent who strongly support bringing back mask mandates and 28 percent who somewhat support the idea.
By contrast, 26 percent of respondents said they oppose such a move, including 12 percent who somewhat oppose and 14 percent who strongly oppose.
Ninety-three percent of Democrats said they support reinstating mask mandates if their areas sees an upswing in COVID-19 cases, along with 71 percent of independents and 59 percent of Republicans.
Over the weekend...
Following the announcement that eligibility for daycare subsidies would depend on both parents working at least 24 hours weekly, various ideas on how to get around the law have been put forward.The new policy will go into effect in November.
According to Kikar Hashabbat, Rabbi Yitzhak Zilberstein, who serves as rabbi of Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center, the Ramat Elchanan neighborhood of Bnei Brak, and the dean of Kollel Beit David in Holon, was asked whether "a couple where the husband learns Torah can register for divorce - without divorcing - with the Chief Rabbinate and go through the process of mediation, arguments, and claims and pushing off hearings by mutual agreement and not by mutual agreement, and manage the process as if they were officially separated for se...
BURLINGTON, VT, JULY 26, 2021 -- The Israeli-American Council (IAC) flew a banner over Ben & Jerry’s factory and global headquarters in South Burlington, VT reading “Serve Ice Cream, Not Hate,” the social media hashtag #BDSisHATE, and the American and Israeli flags as part of a campaign the IAC launched today demanding Ben & Jerry’s stop their boycott of part of the Israeli population.
The flyover this past Friday kicked off a global advocacy effort that also features a social media campaign urging people to call on Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company, Unilever, not to align with the BDS hate movement targeting Israel, and to renew the ice cream maker’s license with its Israeli manufacturer.
In recent months the IAC has become one of the...
We are pleased to announce that we will iy'H be having The Agudah Convention this coming November – specifically, with a change from the usual date to November 18 - November 21, 2021 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stamford, CT. (Please note the CHANGE OF DATE.)
The convention has always been our organization's signature event of the year, bringing together our "Agudah family" for several days of chizuk, chavershaft and practical planning in the presence of many of the leading Gedolei Yisroel of our time.
But even more than that: With so much happening on the contemporary Jewish scene – the unprecedented historic threat against the independence of our yeshivos; the alarming rise in anti-Semitism both in America and abroad; the rapidly deteriorating political climate in...
Former prime minister says country needs two million more doses so elderly citizens can get booster shot
Israeli Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the new government's handling of coronavirus vaccines during a Likud faction meeting in the Knesset.
The former prime minister posted a video of his speech to Twitter, accusing the government of failing to bring millions of vaccine to the country already paid for so that elderly citizens can be administered a third dose to protect against the delta variant that has caused an uptick in daily reported infections.
"They distribute jobs (referring to Yair Golan and Eli Avidar who were recently given cabinet posts) instead of distributing the third vaccine to Israeli citizens — that is the only way to save lives and keep...
Here are some shocking numbers: 7 people have drowned in the last 24 hours on beaches or in swimming pools in Israel; from the start of the bathing season, 22 Israelis have drowned, including 12 children; 133 have required medical attention and August is not yet here. There are a number of explanations for these tragedies: bathing in areas not designated as beaches; entering stormy waters; children going into the water without parental supervision, and others.I thought that the coronavirus would have changed our perspective. If we were so concerned about every patient on a ventilator, scrupulously counted every coronavirus patient and victim, and carefully adhered to social distancing and wearing masks -- how could this pandemic not have taught us to have greater appreciation for life unde...
A Dutch Jewish woman who saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish children during the Holocaust was honored in Amsterdam on Sunday.
Seventy-eight years after Henriëtte Pimentel was killed at Auschwitz, she was awarded the Jewish Rescuers Citation at the Verzetsmuseum (The Resistance Museum), a museum telling the story of the “response of the civil Dutch population to the occupation by the dictatorial, racist Nazi-regime,” reported Dutch News.
During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, Pimentel ran an Amsterdam daycare situated across from the Hollandsche Schouwburg theatre where Jewish families where placed before being transported to death camps. The daycare successfully managed to smuggle many of their children out of the area in boxes and baskets.
With Nazis po...
The Israeli government may impose a fourth lockdown, a senior Israeli health official warned Monday.
Health Ministry Director-General Nachman Ash told the Knesset Channel Monday morning that a new lockdown may be imposed during the upcoming holiday season.
“The upward trend of the number of new cases and also the number of seriously ill patients hasn’t changed,” Ash said, “so the possibility remains.”
“I don’t want to get to that point, and I don’t think it is correct. It isn’t something we’re signaling, but we do expect to see a change in the trends.”
“There is another statistic which has to be taken into account, and that is the number of people on respirators and in critical condition. Right now, there...
Sudan’s Mohamed Abdalrasool didn’t show up to face Israel’s Tohar Butbul in their round of 32 bout Monday
A second judo athlete has dropped out of the Olympics before facing Israel’s Tohar Butbul in the 73-kilogram division.
Olympic officials say Sudan’s Mohamed Abdalrasool didn’t show up to face Butbul in their round of 32 bout Monday despite weighing in for the bout earlier.
The International Judo Foundation didn’t immediately announce a reason why Abdalrasool didn’t compete, and the governing body didn’t respond to requests for comment. Sudanese Olympic officials also didn’t immediately comment.
Algeria’s Fethi Nourine was sent home from the Tokyo Games and suspended by the IJF on Saturday after ...
Conflicting mask recommendations and orders from all levels of government and advocacy groups have emerged over the past few weeks, flustering the public as back-to-school season approaches.
Confusion is mounting over whether children should wear masks in school and whether their vaccination status should play a role in any guidance ahead of next month, when many schools plan to fully reopen for in-person learning.
President Biden addressed the debate this week, saying during a Wednesday town hall that he expects the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to urge unvaccinated students to wear masks in schools and to continue to advise vaccinated students that they don’t need masks.
“The CDC is going to say that what we should do is, eve...