CDC: Flu Hospitalizations Of Elderly Hit Record High
Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago.
About 198 out of every 100,000 people 65 and older have been hospitalized with flu-related illness this flu season. That’s roughly 86,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC officials released the new flu season numbers on Friday.
It’s the highest level seen since the ...
Amid Measles Outbreak, White House Says Science Indicates Parents Should Vaccinate Their Kids
Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children.
President Barack Obama's press secretary says the science on vaccinations "is really clear." Josh Earnest tells journalists that Obama believes vaccination decisions should be made by parents, with a bias toward good science.
About 100 cases of the measles have been reported in the U.S. since last month in the second-biggest outbreak in at ...
Dems Still Miffed About Israeli Leader's Address to Congress
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is still peeved over Republicans' decision to ask the leader of Israel - an archenemy of Iran - to address Congress in March right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program.
Asked Friday if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be well-advised to speak out in favor of heavier sanctions on Iran somewhere other than a joint meeting of Congress, Pelosi said "the opportunities are great," and noted that the Israeli ...
Rep. Nadler's Statement on Speaker Boehner's Invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu
Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) released the following statement on Speaker Boehner's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu:
“The Prime Minister of Israel, our key strategic ally and friend in the Middle East, is always welcome in the United States. And indeed the Israeli Prime Minister has a moral imperative to give his view to the world about Iran’s looming and very real threat to Israel, and to voice his concern that a potential nuclear deal, if it were too weak, ...
Hezbollah Warns Israel It Won't Tolerate More Attacks
The leader of the Hezbollah terrorist group said this week's cross-border attack was a message that it will no longer tolerate any Israeli attacks against its members.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah told thousands of supporters in south Beirut Friday that Hezbollah does not fear war and is ready if Israel provokes further violence.
It was Nasrallah's first comments since six Hezbollah terrorists and an Iranian general were killed on Jan. 18 in an Israeli airstrike in Syria. Hezbollah retaliated ...
Shas Founder MK Nissim Ze'ev Left Out in the Cold
Shas MK Nissim Ze’ev is a founding member of the party, one who was involved in the early building of the party. He has been serving as a Shas MK since 1999, yet he has been ousted from a realistic slot by the party’s Torah Council.
Ze’ev ran under the Shas banner in local Jerusalem elections before Shas entered Knesset. This was in the 1980s and early 90s.
The final Shas list:
1. Aryeh Deri
2. Yitzchak Cohen
3. Meshulam Nahari
4. Yaakov Margi
5. David Azoulai
Business Offering Office/Internet Services Opens in Ramat Shlomo Shul
Mispallalim in the Siach Eliezer Shul in the Ramat Shlomo community of Yerushalayim explain they are not bothered or really aware of the operation of a new business that is set up in the shul. The business, which offers internet connectivity to those who require it for parnasa is called "דרכא אחרינא". At present one is offered access to limited internet sites and computer access and the business hope to add printing and fax service in the future.
The company’s adverts promise the ...
Shas MK Amnon Cohen Calls it Quits
Shas MK Amnon Cohen on Thursday, 9 Shevat sent a letter of resignation to Shas’ Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael, informing the rabbonim of his decision to step down from a life of politics. Cohen served in the 15th through 19th Knessets, having been an MK since 1999. Cohen explained that he consulted with his family and reached the decision that while he plans to continue working for the tzibur ‘from the outside’, it is time for him to step down.
Party leader Aryeh Deri praised Cohen’s ...
UN: Destruction of Syria Chemical Weapons Facilities Begins
International investigators say the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons production facilities has begun.
The latest report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says the destruction of the 12 facilities is expected to be complete by the end of June. The destruction is a key part of the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile as ordered by the U.N. Security Council in September 2013.
The OPCW has already reported that all of Syria's declared chemical ...
Marzel Refuses to Shake the Hand of the Head of Central Elections Committee
When Baruch Marzel arrived with others from the Yachad/Otzma Yehudit list to submit the final lineup on Thursday night 9 Shevat, he refused to shake the hand of the head of the Central Election Committee, retired Justice Salim Jubran.
Marzel explained to the media that his reason is simple, reminding Israelis that as a Supreme Court justice and during his career, Jubran used every opportunity to come out against Israel and the IDF. Jubran created a media storm back in 2012, when he, a ...
FAA Investigating After Jet Blue Plane Collision Averted In NY
The FAA says it's investigating a weekend incident involving two planes at New York's Westchester County Airport.
JetBlue Flight 94 had begun its descent Sunday when its collision-warning system alerted pilots that an unidentified small plane coming toward it.
JetBlue says its pilots' quick reaction averted a collision.
A passenger, Megan Sikorski, tells WABC that as the JetBlue plane shot upward in a defensive maneuver, she could hear the "whoosh" of the small plane beneath ...
Kalfa Tried to Come Back but Bennett Refused
MK Zevulun Kalfa resigned from the party earlier in the week in protest over Naftali Bennett appointing retired soccer player Eli Ochana to the Bayit Yehudi’s 11th slot. Kalfa was in the 18th slot.
After Ochana bowed out of the race under mounting public pressure from inside and out of the party, Kalfa asked to return. Bennett demanded a firm apology for the harsh criticism leveled against him by Kalfa over the appointment. Kalfa’s sharp words were not his alone, but echoed by other ...
NY Wage Board To Discuss Raising Tipped Wage To $7
A state board is poised to vote on whether to raise the hourly wage made by restaurant servers and other tipped workers.
The state's wage board is scheduled to meet Friday in Albany. The board is charged with making a recommendation to the state's labor commissioner on whether the tipped wage should be raised.
The law allows employers to pay tipped workers less than the minimum wage as long as gratuities make up the difference. Currently, servers make about $5 per hour before ...
Marzel on Yachad List - Rav Tau Disassociates from the Party
After days of speculation, resignations and in-fighting, a deal was closed between Yachad and Otzma Yehudit, albeit with changes. Representing Otzma in a realistic slot is Baruch Marzel and not Dr. Michael Ben-Ari. Marzel will be in the fourth slot in the lineup.
The final Yachad list:
1. Eli Yishai
2. Yoni Chetboun
3. Michael Ayash
4. Baruch Marzel
5. Sasson Terbelsi
Prominent dati leumi rav and rosh yeshiva HaGaon HaRav Tzvi Tau Shlita was quick to release a letter ...
BREAKING: Former GOP Nominee Romney Will Not Run For President In '16
After a three-week flirtation with another run for president, Mitt Romney said definitively on Friday that he will not seek the White House in 2016.
The Republican Party's 2012 nominee plans to tell supporters about his plans to pass on another national campaign during a conference call. He first let his staff know in a separate call that he was out of the race.
"After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the ...
Halachic Analysis: An Apartment Above A Shul
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman]
With the housing crunch in many Jewish areas, the following topic has become very acute.
Some young American bochurim who were studying in Yerushalayim had raised an intriguing problem.
The building was once called the Ner Yaakov Yeshiva and Kollel on Rechov Press, in the Geulah section of Yerushalayim. It is located across the street from the Brisker Yeshiva run by Rav Avrohom Yehoshua Soloveitchik Shlita. The building was sold a number of years ago. Now, the ...
Chinese MH370 Relatives Reject Word That Passengers Are Dead
About 100 Chinese families of passengers on the missing Malaysian airliner demanded Friday that Malaysian officials retract their statement that all aboard died, saying that without hard evidence they don't want to start compensation claims.
Malaysia's government formally declared still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 an accident on Thursday and said all those 239 people on board were presumed dead, paving the way for claims to begin. Most of the victims' families in China — where the ...