January 13, 2022 at 2:42 pm
AccuWeather meteorologists predict the storm will drop a foot of snow over most of the Midwest before bringing rain and sleet to the east coast.
Another winter storm is expected to bring frigid temperatures along with a mix of snow, rain and sleet to most of the Eastern United States over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
AccuWeather forecasters predict the storm will reach the northern plains states and Midwest by late Thursday covering North Dakota through Illinois down to parts of Missouri in half a foot of snow by Friday.
The major winter storm, dubbed by meteorologists as the “Saskatchewan screamer...
January 13, 2022 at 2:36 pm
Federal prosecutors have charged the founder of the Oath Keepers and 10 other members of the far-right group with seditious conspiracy for their role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
Stewart Rhodes, 56, was arrested Thursday in Little Elm, Texas, and also faces charges for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol.
The Oath Keepers leader and founder has said he was present at the riot but never entered the Capitol. But members of the group were seen donning paramilitary gear and using a military formation to pass through crowds and enter the Capitol.
“The seditious conspiracy indictment alleges that, following the Nov. 3, 2020, presidential election, Rhodes conspired with his co-defendants and others to oppose by force th...
January 13, 2022 at 2:30 pm
Nearly all teenagers needing intensive care for covid-19 were unvaccinated in a study of more than 1,000 hospital patients in the United States.
The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine prevented 94% of hospitalizations and was 98% effective at keeping patients out of intensive care (ICU) or from requiring life support, per the peer-reviewed analysis published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
As pediatric hospitalizations surge in many parts of the United States, fueled by the more transmissible omicron variant, the study’s findings help illustrate how vaccination can protect young people from severe complications and death.
“Nearly all hospitalizations and deaths in this population could have been prevented by vaccination,” writes Kathryn M. Edwards, s...
January 13, 2022 at 1:52 pm
Baltimore, MD - Jan.13, 2022— With the wind chill predicted to fall into the teens and even single digits at times, Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa today issued a Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration for Baltimore City beginning Friday evening, January 14 through Sunday evening, January 16.
“With dangerously cold temperatures expected in Baltimore, I am issuing the Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration beginning Friday evening through Sunday evening. I encourage residents to stay indoors, especially those most vulnerable to cold,” said Baltimore City Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa. “Extreme low temperatures can be life-threatening especially for our most vulnerable populations. Please be sure to check on neighbors who you think may be at risk to ensure th...
January 13, 2022 at 1:47 pm
Baltimore, MD – Jan. 13, 2022 - It is with regret that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira of Rebbetzin Miriam Tzivia Kranz, a"h, wife of Rabbi Herzl Kranz.
Shiva will be observed - through Wednesday morning - at 11703 Monticello Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20902. (301.681.5515)
Shiva times: 10:00AM – 1:00PM and 300PM – 8:00PM
Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
January 13, 2022 at 1:47 pm
Gov. Larry Hogan is adding testing sites and KN95 and N95 mask distribution as COVID-19 spreads. Nursing homes will also see new protocols.
After declaring a state of emergency in Maryland last week, Gov. Larry Hogan gave an update Thursday on the COVID-19 situation. He announced additional surge testing sites, new measures at nursing homes and free KN95 and N95 mask distribution, among other developments.
Maryland has completed more than 17 million COVID-19 tests, Hogan said Thursday, speaking at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton. Daily, the state is administering an average of 63,000 COVID-19 tests, he said.
More surge testing sites will open to screen people for COVID-19, including at these locations:
Anne Arundel County — Universi...
January 13, 2022 at 11:02 am
Amid the omicron variant, administration will begin this year’s town hall meetings virtually
TOWSON, MD — Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced his fourth annual series of signature town hall meetings to hear from constituents about their ideas and priorities for the County’s FY23 budget. Seven meetings, one for each Council district, will provide a forum for public discussion focused on future budget priorities and ensure that community members have the opportunity to provide input into the budget planning process. “Creating the accountable, responsive government that the people of Baltimore County deserve requires hearing directly from the residents we serve,” said Olszewski. “I’m proud that we&rsquo...
January 13, 2022 at 10:59 am
President Biden plans to order an additional 500 million more Covid-19 tests in addition to the first 500 million he's in the process of ordering now, a White House official confirms.
These will be ordered after they obtain the first half a billion he's promised, which have not yet been secured.
An HHS official testified this week that they have bought about 50 million so far and are in the process of signing contracts for the rest.
More than 151,000 Americans were in the hospital with Covid-19 nationwide on Wednesday, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. And the US averaged more than 747,260 new Covid-19 cases daily over the last week, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
January 13, 2022 at 10:47 am
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 13, 2022 - This Saturday, January 15, while supplies last. Note: Pikesville Branch at 1301 Reisterstown Road, 21208, is distributing on Friday, January 14 due to Shabbat. Each branch has a limited supply (around 600) of BinaxNOW or Flowflex test kits. Each person receives two tests (either two of Flowflex or one box of BinaxNOW). First come, first served. Branch doors open at 9 a.m.
Details and other pickup sites on Baltimore County's website.
January 13, 2022 at 10:37 am
'Officers were killed after a mistaken identification led to a friendly fire incident'
Two Israeli military officers were killed on Wednesday night in a friendly fire incident at a base in the Jordan Valley, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Thursday.
They were identified as Maj. Itamar Elharar, 26, and Maj. Ofek Aharon, 28.
The company commanders in the Oz Brigade’s Egoz Unit had just finished a drill in the firing zone of the Nabi Musa base when they identified a suspicious figure during a security patrol along the outside perimeter of the base and fired warning shots into the air as per official procedure.
The two were then shot and killed by another IDF soldier who was nearby and mistook them for possible terrorists attempting to infiltrate the base.
January 13, 2022 at 10:21 am
As of Sunday, January 9, Israel’s borders are open to many vaccinated or recovered tourists. However, many of the entry rules and regulations are confusing and complicated. The Chaim V’Chessed Bureaucratic Staff has prepared this helpful FAQ to ease your journey.
Israeli Citizens/ Permanent Residents
Israeli citizens or permanent residents (toshavei keva) may enter Israel, regardless of vaccination/recovery status.
Foreigners: Tourists and Visa Holders
Currently, travelers who are recognized as recovered/vaccinated by Israel may enter Israel, under certain conditions:
Travelers who are vaccinated twice may enter Israel, provided that six months have not passed since the second vaccine.
Any vaccine recognized by the World Health Organization is acce...
January 13, 2022 at 8:00 am
January 13, 2022, Netanya, Israel: The Laniado Development Fund (LDF) of Laniado Hospital of Netanya, Israel is pleased to announce that Rabbi Chanan Daniel Skurnik of Baltimore, Maryland will serve as our Mid-Atlantic Director. Rabbi Skurnik has extensive experience in development, community relations, and non-profit organizational management. More importantly, Rabbi Skurnik's character is perfectly aligned with Laniado Hospital's mission of helping those in need, especially the ill and vulnerable, with genuine compassion and kindness. Meir Mark, Executive Vice President of Development and Foreign Relations, commented "as the communities around the hospital grow and flourish, we stay committed to effectively servicing the region by providing the best possible care, utilizing cut...
January 13, 2022 at 5:32 am
Baltimorean, MD - Jan. 12, 2022 - I could barely get in the door of the entrance to the Bais Yaakov Middle School lobby, so packed was the lobby where the Dolphin Club girls were selling homemade soup and croutons. Sales were fast and furious as the dollars piled up in the bright blue and yellow bowls managed with confidence and competence by seasoned Dolphin Club money mavens. The soup sale was part of the fundraiser for the club's latest chessed project to help orphans in Eretz Yisroel.The Dolphin Club, known for the many tzedaka projects that are conceived, planned and implemented by its teenage members, makes a meaningful difference in the lives of Jews across the world through just such humble events as this past Wednesday's soup sale.In addition to the soup sale the ...
January 12, 2022 at 11:02 pm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday that the agency's guidance on face masks would not change.
"[The] CDC continues to recommend that any mask is better than no mask and we do encourage all Americans to wear a well-fitting mask to protect themselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19. And, the recommendation is not going to change," she told reporters during the White House COVID-19 response team briefing.
"Maybe I'll just note that we are preparing an update to the information on our mask website to best reflect the options that are available to people, as you note, and the different levels of protection different masks provide. And, we want to provide Americans [with] the best and most up...
January 12, 2022 at 10:41 pm
As Omicron continues to sweep through Israel, numerous government offices are closed or are set to be closing.
Bituach Leumi will have no in-person reception beginning tomorrow, January 13. This will be especially difficult for non-Israelis who may have difficulty accessing their online or phone Bituach Leumi account. There is currently no expected date for reopening.
In a similar vein, Misrad HaPnim officials have advised Chaim V’Chessed that service in the Jerusalem visa department is currently extremely curtailed. Only urgent cases will be accepted. Those requesting appointments should also expect lengthy delays.
The Jerusalem Municipality remains open for urgent cases only, with advance appointment and a Tav Yarok. Officials strongly urge t...
January 12, 2022 at 10:37 pm
Pfizer is racing ahead with plans to manufacture 50 million to 100 million doses of a new omicron-specific version of its coronavirus vaccine, a reflection of rising concerns that current vaccine formulations may need to be tweaked for the new threat.
Pfizer also is testing hybrid combinations of vaccine to target multiple coronavirus forms, as well as larger doses.
The omicron-specific doses will be created “at risk,” CEO Albert Bourla said Monday, meaning that if they are not needed, Pfizer will absorb the costs. The company has climbed to the lead in global vaccine production with 3 billion doses in 2021 and is planning to produce up to 4 billion doses in 2022.
If it turns out to be necessary to roll out an omicron-targeting vaccine, Pfizer will be ready, Bourla said.
January 12, 2022 at 10:35 pm
'I do not want people to lose their workplaces. I do not want to see businesses closing down'
Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett denied the need for a lockdown on Tuesday during a live press conference.
Bennett reiterated the need to keep the economy open as Covid cases continue to rise.
"I do not want people to lose their workplaces. I do not want to see businesses closing down." He called on people to work from home as much as possible, noting that the state will fund quarantine days, including for the self-employed.
Bennett said that lockdowns don’t work, citing other countries as an example of why he refuses to implement total restrictions in Israel.
"We saw that other countries imposed measures as harsh as a lockdown. The Netherlands, for e...
January 12, 2022 at 10:33 pm
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has announced that Israelis quarantined due to COVID-19 will continue to receive salaries, starting from the first day of isolation.
“We are confronting a wave of infection the likes of which the world has not seen in 100 years,” said Bennett at a press conference at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv.
One of the government’s main guiding principles in responding to the expected increase in cases due to the Omicron variant of the SARs-CoV-2 virus, said Bennett, was to mitigate the damage to the economy as much as possible.
“I do not want people to lose their jobs. I do not want businesses to close. It is easy to fire; it is more difficult to find work afterward. It is easy to close a business; it is difficult to r...
January 12, 2022 at 10:31 pm
AIRPORT CITY, Israel (Reuters) - Courier services company DHL Express has opened the Middle East's largest robotic sorting centre in central Israel, the company said on Wednesday.
Had it not made the 250 million shekel ($80 million) investment in the facility near Ben Gurion Airport, the company said it would not have been able to keep up with the pace of orders in Israel.
A hundred conveyor belts sort 20,000 packages an hour, roughly five times more than before, matching the most advanced centres in Europe, said Yair Bitton, CEO of DHL Express Israel.
A cargo plane can now be handled in 50 minutes instead of four hours. The automated sorting system requires 70% less manpower, so employees have been trained for other roles, DHL said.
"When we planned this facilit...