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Israel: 900 Holocaust survivors died of COVID-19 in 2020

first_imgIsrael’s Central Bureau of Statistics says some 900 people who survived the Holocaust died from COVID-19 in Israel last year. The bureau reported Tuesday that about 5,300 survivors of the World War II-era mass murder of European Jews and other groups by the Nazis were infected in 2020 with the coronavirus. The pandemic began its global rampage about a year ago. About 17% of those Holocaust survivors died of the virus, similar to the percentage of others of the same age. All Holocaust survivors are at least 75 years old and COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, is especially lethal to seniors.last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Eighth (Sort Of) Harry Potter Book Sets Release Date & More

first_imgP.S. The previously reported Amazon pilot for The Interestings, just got even more, well, interesting. Broadway fave Corey Cott will appear alongside Gabriel Ebert in the screen adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s novel. Congratulations, Mr. Cott (but please remember you need to return to Broadway to do The Bandstand)! ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Eighth (Sort Of) Harry Potter Book Sets Release DateIt’s looking trickier to conjure up tickets to the new stage play Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts I & II than to even Hamilton. However, there is now some solace for fans of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world who’ve not been able to book seats at London’s Palace Theatre. Little Brown is scheduled to publish a special rehearsal edition of the play’s script on July 31, with online fansite Pottermore simultaneously releasing the e-book edition. Set 19 years after the initial seven novels, a collector’s version will be published later (on the basis that the production will inevitably change during previews). Starring Jamie Parker, Paul Thornley and Noma Dumezweni, Cursed Child is slated to begin performances in the West End on June 7 and officially open on July 30.Steven Boyer Tapped for NBC PilotSteven Boyer, who starred in Hand to God on Broadway last year, has landed an NBC pilot! Deadline reports that the Tony nominee will appear on The Trail, a spoof of crime documentaries such as Making a Murderer. The show is set to focus on lawyer Josh Simon and his defense team; Boyer will take on the role of his lead investigator, who isn’t the fizziest drink in the fridge…CBS Selects Tracy Letts’ Superior DonutsTony winner Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts, which bowed on Broadway back in 2009, is heading to the small screen. According to Variety, Jermaine Fowler will star in and co-executive produce the comedy pilot for CBS. Penned by Bob Daily, Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, the adaptation, set in a Chicago donut shop, will be directed by James Burrows. And we’re now dreaming of donuts. Superior ones, naturally.Amazing Grace Cast Album Sets Release DateMissing the sweet sound of Josh Young, Erin Mackey and Tony winner Chuck Cooper in Amazing Grace? The previously reported DMI Soundtracks cast album will drop in stores on February 26, with digital download pre-orders available on February 12. The musical, which ran at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre last year, is based on the true story behind the beloved song.Ruthie Ann Miles Wraps on The AmericansRuthie Ann Miles, who can currently be seen on Broadway in The King and I, has wrapped on the fourth season of The Americans. The Tony winner posted the below photo on Instagram reminding us all to watch the series when it returns to FX on March 16. We can’t wait!center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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East Northport Fatal Hit-and-run Suspect Charged

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An accused hit-and-run driver was arrested hours after allegedly running over and killing a crash victim and fleeing the scene in East Northport on Thursday, Suffolk County police said.Ryan Bales was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal incident.Police said the 24-year-old suspect struck Alexander Zydel, 20, who had been lying in Soundview Avenue after being ejected from Ford Explorer that he crashed into a tree shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday, police said.Zydel was taken to Huntington Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Both he and were from East Northport.Bales will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

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9/11 Zadroga Act Advocates Make Final Push for Funding

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York View image | gettyimages.comJohn Feal and a group of Sept. 11, 2001 victim advocates have made 21 trips to Washington D.C. this year, or as Feal puts it, the equivalent of two months and eight days.“When we leave D.C., we make sure we take extra showers because we gotta get that ‘D.C. smell’ off of us,” Feal of Nesconset tells the Press.D.C. was indeed built on a swamp, but the “stench” Feal is referring to emanates from inside the halls of Congress, where bills with life-or-death implications get held hostage by elected officials and used as bargaining chips. Despite the odor, he intends to make one final trip.“One more time,” Feal says, “to see the bill get passed.”Feal is among a dedicated group of activists who has been lobbying members of Congress to extend the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. The bill, which boasts bipartisan support, would permanently fund medical care for the thousands of 9/11 first responders—police, firefighters, construction workers—who selflessly searched the wreckage at Ground Zero even as the rubble still smoldered. At the time, no one considered what the toxic stew of chemicals festering in the pit would mean for the health of those combing through the debris. Fourteen years later, nearly 2,000 people have died as a result of their exposure and tens of thousands are receiving treatment for insidious diseases that many simply can’t afford to pay for.That’s why Feal and others like him are imploring Congress to act.The World Trade Center Health Program, which was established under the Zadroga Act, expired in October. Another part of the act, the Victim Compensation Fund, is set to sunset next October. The Zadroga Act’s coffer is about to run out. It needs a multi-billion-dollar infusion, advocates say.The bill currently has all the sponsors it needs in both the Senate and the House of Representatives but it has yet to be called for a vote by the Republican leadership. One scenario had the act being tied to a federal transportation bill, but that failed. The most likely scenario is that the 9/11 health care bill will be included in an all-encompassing year-end omnibus spending bill. Long Island’s entire Congressional delegation supports it, as do New York’s US Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both Democrats. The bill also has received additional support from celebrities like former Daily Show Jon Stewart, who has also been making trips to D.C. to lobby support.In his guest return to the Daily Show Monday night, a fuming Stewart took aim at Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), the Senate majority leader.“Sen. Mitch McConnell doesn’t give a shit about anything but politics,” Stewart said, staring right into the camera. First responders, Stewart said, were told the Zadroga Act would be included in the transportation bill but the senator pulled it because he “couldn’t get concessions about loosening oil export regulations.”Locally, LI’s Congressional delegation have thrown their support behind 9/11 first responders who are fighting serious illnesses.“It is absolutely essential that Zadroga be reauthorized without delay,” said Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) in a statement.Sen. Gillibrand, who was among those who gathered at a rally in Lower Manhattan Sunday to push for the act’s extension, said on her Facebook page: “We owe it to our heroes and their families to ensure the health care they rely on for monitoring and treatment is there for them when they need it.” View image | gettyimages.comThe process has Feal pissed. He’s pissed that securing funding has stretched the entire calendar year. Pissed that politicians use the bill as a “political pawn.”“We’re just dismayed and literally disgusted by the way it’s going down,” he says.“We have zero tolerance for their bullshit,” Feal adds.If the bill doesn’t pass, Feal has threatened to get arrested.“Whatever it takes to get me arrested,” he says convincingly, “I’ll do it.”Feal has been advocating for better health care for first responders for a dozen years. In 2005, he created the Feal Good Foundation, which to date has donated $4 million. He was also instrumental in getting the Zadroga Act passed in 2010.The bill covers more than 60 forms of cancer and hundreds of other 9/11-related illnesses. More than 72,000 people are enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program, of whom 33,000 receive treatment for multiple maladies.More than 1,700 people who worked on the Ground Zero site have died from 9/11-related illnesses, Feal says. On Long Island, the World Trade Center Health Program treats about 7,000 annually.Feal has been to 149 funerals. The 9/11 death toll keeps climbing. Former FDNY battalion chief James Costello died from a 9/11-related disease on the day before Thanksgiving.“I cry at every one–emotionally it gets harder,” Feal says. “But when I leave, I get angrier. The bill could get passed as we speak right now, and I’ll still be angry cause it took 14 years to do the right thing.”Costello was 52 years old.center_img Despite his misgivings with Congress, Feal tells the Press he’s confident it will get passed before next week’s omnibus deadline.“We’re going to be there to make sure the bill does go, and hopefully it’s a victory press conference and rally,” Feal says.Feal and other advocates met with Sen. McConnell last week after camping outside his Washington D.C. office. McConnell pledged to support a bill that would permanently fund the program along with $4.6 billion for the Victim Compensation Fund, Feal says.“He gave us his word,” Feal says of McConnell, who had been accused of holding up the bill. “But we don’t believe anything until we see it.”The implications of it not passing can be life shattering, he says.“Many will die without the program because they can’t afford their medications, and many will be living on the streets when they die because they’ll be evicted from their homes and not be able to pay rent or mortgage,” he warns.last_img read more

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Coronavirus may never go away: WHO

first_imgBut the WHO warned there was no way to guarantee that easing the restrictions would not trigger a second wave of infections.”Many countries would like to get out of the different measures,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.”But our recommendation is still the alert at any country should be at the highest level possible.” The new coronavirus may never go away and populations around the world will have to learn to live with it, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday.As some countries around the world begin gradually easing lockdown restrictions imposed in a bid to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading, the WHO said it may never be wiped out entirely. The virus first emerged in Wuhan in China late last year and has since infected more than 4.2 million people and killed nearly 300,000 worldwide. ‘Long way to go’ Ryan added that there was a “long, long way to go” on the path to returning to normal, insisting that countries would have to stay the course.”There is some magical thinking going on that lockdowns work perfectly and that unlocking lockdowns will go great. Both are fraught with dangers,” the Irish epidemiologist said.Ryan also condemned attacks on healthcare workers that were linked to the pandemic, saying more than 35 “quite serious” such incidents were recorded in April alone in 11 countries.He said the attacks were often over-reactions from ill-informed communities — while others were more sinister.”COVID-19 is bringing out the best in us, but it’s also bringing out some of the worst,” he said.”People feel empowered to take out their frustrations on individuals who are purely trying to help.”These are senseless acts of violence and discrimination that must be resisted.”But he insisted that in finding a way to conquer the virus was a chance for humanity to take major step forward by finding a vaccine and making it widely accessible.”It’s a massive opportunity for the world,” Ryan said. “We have a new virus entering the human population for the first time and therefore it is very hard to predict when we will prevail over it,” said Michael Ryan, the WHO’s emergencies director.”This virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away,” he told a virtual press conference in Geneva.”HIV has not gone away — but we have come to terms with the virus.”More than half of humanity has been put under some form of lockdown since the coronavirus crisis began. Topics :last_img read more

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LCP: Dutch schemes urged to improve performance reporting

first_imgDutch pension funds could improve how they report performance by clearly distinguishing between gross and net returns, according to consultancy firm LCP.The group examined annual reports of 222 pension funds covering 2017. It also looked at pension funds that had transferred to sections of general pension funds (APF). The research showed that approximately half of the schemes had failed to provide clarity on whether their returns were gross or net of fees and costs.However, LCP noted that reporting of the contribution of interest rate and currency hedges to schemes’ overall results had improved relative to previous years.Jeroen Koopmans, partner at LCP Netherlands, said that at half of the pension funds the company assessed it was not immediately obvious whether the reported return was before or after costs. “The answer could usually be found elsewhere in the annual report, but sometimes not at all.”Koopmans cited examples of pension funds’ use of phrases such as “weighted return” or “usually excluding costs and asset management fees”, which he said could be confusing.LCP found that schemes with such confusing descriptions about returns included the pension fund of supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank.In the consultancy’s opinion, pension funds should report both gross and net returns as percentage of their assets, with the difference corresponding to their asset management costs.“Improved uniformity would be desirable as it would avoid a wrong interpretation, and it would also improve the comparability between pension funds,” said Koopmans.Despite lauding the improved reporting of the results of hedging strategies, he said the impacts of interest rate hedging were difficult to compare “as some funds predominantly hedged through swaps, whereas others favoured bonds for this purpose”.LCP also advised pension funds to report the returns of individual asset classes in percentage terms rather than in nominal currency terms.last_img read more

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The Netherlands – Bangladesh Cooperation to Continue

first_imgThe Government of Netherlands will in the future continue to support Bangladesh in its land reclamation and river dredging activities, reports United News of Bangladesh (UNB).According to UNB, this message was conveyed to Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands, Sheikh Mohammed Belal, during his meeting with the Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment, Melanie Schultz, in The Hague earlier this week.During the meeting, the Dutch Minister and Bangladesh Ambassador expressed satisfaction over the expanding and fast growing bilateral relations between the two countries.Referring to the signing of three important agreements between the two sides in June 2015 on resilient and sustainable delta management, collaboration in land reclamation in Bangladesh, and partnership on knowledge and innovation for sustainable development, the Dutch Minister assured Bangladesh Ambassador of taking measures for early implementation of the deals specially on land reclamation and accretion, added UNB.Both sides agreed to initiate commencing pilot/demonstration projects in this regard, specifically on land reclamation in and around Chittagong Port. Also in the focus will be Bangladesh’s proposals for estuary development and potential cross dam projects for land reclamation in the coastal zones.last_img read more

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Why a Good Person Can Vote Against Same-Sex Marriage

first_imgDennis Prager – Townhall 30 Oct 2012Next week voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington will vote on whether to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples.Given that there are good people on both sides of this issue, how are we to explain their opposing views?The primary explanation is this: Proponents and opponents ask two different questions.Proponents of same-sex marriage ask: Is keeping the definition of marriage as man-woman fair to gays? Opponents of same-sex marriage ask: Is same-sex marriage good for society?Few on either side honestly address the question of the other side. Opponents of same-sex marriage rarely acknowledge how unfair the age-old man-woman definition is to gay couples. And proponents rarely, if ever, acknowledge that this unprecedented redefinition of marriage may not be good for society.That is why proponents have it much easier. All they need to do is to focus the public’s attention on individual gay people, show wonderful gay individuals who love each other, and ask the American public: Is it fair to continue to deprive these people of the right to marry one another?When added to Americans’ aversion to discrimination, to the elevation of compassion to perhaps the highest national value, and to the equating of opposition to same-sex marriage with opposition to interracial marriage, it is no wonder that many Americans have been persuaded that opposition to same-sex marriage is hateful, backwards and the moral equivalent of racism.Is there any argument that can compete with the emotionally compelling fairness argument?The answer is that one can — namely, the answer to the second question, Is it good for society?http://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2012/10/30/why_a_good_person_can_vote_against_samesex_marriage/page/full/last_img read more

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SPEDER wins ‘Mga Bagong Rizal Pag-asa ng Bayan’ Award

first_imgThey will serve as exemplars of what acomplete Filipino youth is. BY ALONA V. RAYMUNDO Sixteen other leaders from differentparts of the country were also conferred the award.  They were chosen from400 others, who were nominated. Mayor Jerry Treñas congratulatedTunguia and awarded her a Certificate of Recognition during city hall’s flagceremony last Dec. 23, 2019. ILOILO City – An elementarypupil from SPED-Integrated School for Exceptional Children (SPED-ISEC) washonored during the last day of the “National Week for Filipino Gifted and Talented”last Nov. 29, 2019 at Hive Hotel in Quezon City by the Philippine Center forGifted Education, Inc. (PCGE, Inc.). “Mga Bagong Rizal Pag-asa ng Bayan” isa biennial search which envisions to look for high quality to gifted youngFilipinos from Grade 3 to college level who personify the values of ournational hero Dr. Jose Rizal, the epitome of who the Filipino gifted is:brilliant, nationalistic, spiritual, hardworking, humble, and with many othertraits. “It’s an honor and a privilege tobe given an award from PCGE, especially coming from a prestigious organizationand in honor of our National Hero,” said Tunguia. Sophia Kirsten Mallada Tunguia, aGrade VI pupil, was given recognition by PCGE as one of the 17 recipients ofthe 2019 Mga Bagong Rizal Pag-asa ng Bayan award and part of the 17 outstandingyouth nationwide. Grade VI pupil Sophia Kirsten Mallada Tunguia of Iloilo City’s SPED-Integrated School for Exceptional Children is the youngest “Mga Bagong Rizal Pag-asa ng Bayan” awardee for 2019. The search is also intended to helpelevate Filipino consciousness for a life with integrity, dignity, truth,honesty, and love of country thru self-awareness, leadership and skillsdevelopment and recognition.  “We will do whatever we could just toembody our Hero’s effort to mold the youths in our society. My message to myfellow youth is to continue persevering to attain our hopes and dreams like Dr.Jose Rizal and together let’s envision a good picture for our country, make ithappen through hard work, passion, dedication, discipline and prayers,” sheadded. Tunguia underwent orientation,leadership and skills training and project planning by the PCGE, after whichthey will be part of the PCGE’s role to mold other youth programs and they areexpected to keep an updated journal of their activities emphasizing how theseactivities will enhance their nationalism being a Filipino and how they canshow their love for the country and the people like Rizal. All nominees from the differentregions went through stringent qualifiers set by the PCGE headed by Dr. LeteciaPenano-Ho. Tunguia is currently the Supreme PupilGovernment President of her school and is continuously engaged in variouscommunity service./PN Tunguia is the youngest awardee ofthis batch at only 12 years old.last_img read more

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Magath hails Fulham feelgood factor

first_img Having struggled to keep their heads above water all season, a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa last weekend moved the Whites up to 18th in the table and five points behind Saturday’s visitors. It was only Magath’s second league win since he became Fulham’s third manager of the season following the 1-0 success over Newcastle on March 15 and the former Bayern Munich boss wants to see that result matched against the Canaries, who will be under the stewardship of Neil Adams for the first time. Fulham manager Felix Magath is hoping the extra spring in the step of his players during training can translate into a second straight Barclays Premier League win at home to Norwich. “It helps us a lot – this feeling and the atmosphere,” he said. “You feel it this week, the players are free, laughing and so I think it was an important win to go on in fighting against relegation. We need another win in the next game and we will try against Norwich. “They are not afraid to make mistakes and that is how we have to play and why I’m convinced we will stay in the league. The whole club now believes after the win at Aston Villa.” For Adams, the game at Craven Cottage will be seen as a crucial fixture if he is to keep the Canaries afloat with their last four games coming against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. Fulham’s run-in is less daunting but Magath feels that every game between now and the end of the season is pivotal to his side’s survival bid while suggesting Norwich may have left it too late to replace Chris Hughton in their own fight against the drop. “For us it doesn’t matter who is the opponent because we have only important games now,” he said. “Norwich have a very bad schedule, they have very, very difficult games ahead. They have changed their manager now and this will give them new energy so we will have to be careful. “You can never say what has happened at another club but they took a manager who knows everything about the club – it is a chance to change something and I think it was a good decision. Maybe it was just a little bit too late.” Former Ipswich striker Darren Bent, currently on loan at Fulham from Villa, will be hoping to start against Norwich having scored in the FA Cup third-round replay victory against the Norfolk club in January. The England international has not featured on a regular basis under Magath as the German looks to give every player in his squad an opportunity to impress. He said: “If I come here as a new manager I have to take care of all the players, not only of Darren Bent. “I have to give everyone a chance to show the fans, the club and me how good he is and I think everybody has had their chance. He will get another chance. Everybody wants to play, if I ask the players everyone tells me they want to play. “I’m only regarding the training sessions and I have to choose after training who was good and who has convinced me and then I decide who is playing. He is fit this weekend.” Bent will battle it out with Villa Park match-winner Hugo Rodallega and youngster Cauley Woodrow to lead the line on Saturday, with club-record signing Kostas Mitroglou once again ruled out with injury. The Greece international has made only two appearances since moving to Craven Cottage from Olympiacos in January but Magath did confirm he hopes to have the 26-year-old available for the short trip to Tottenham in a fortnight. Press Associationlast_img read more

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