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TEL AVIV — Scientists say they have discovered a new kind of early human after studying pieces of fossilized bone dug up at a site used by a cement plant in central Israel. "It enables us to make new sense of previously found human fossils, add another piece to the puzzle of human evolution, and understand the migrations of humans in the old world." The study said the Nesher Ramla resembled pre-Neanderthal groups in Europe. What they did match, May said, were a small number of enigmatic human fossils found elsewhere in Israel, dating back even earlier, that anthropologists had never been able to place. The Nesher Ramla fossils “look like something on a lineage heading toward Neanderthal," said Eric Delson, a paleoanthropologist at Lehman College in New York who was not involved in the study.
Persons: , AMMAR AWAD, Israel, Yossi Zaidner, Dan David Center, May, Rachel Sarig, Sheela Athreya, M University paleoanthropologist, Eric Delson Organizations: TEL AVIV — Scientists, Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, NBC, Hebrew University, Dan, Shmunis Institute of Tel Aviv University . Experts, M University, Lehman College Locations: TEL AVIV, Israel, Ramla, Tel Aviv, Europe, Africa, Asia, Texas, North Africa, New York
Vaccinated People Account for Half of New Covid-19 Delta Cases in Israeli Outbreak
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( Dov Lieber | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Preliminary findings by Israeli health officials suggest about 90% of the new infections were caused by the Delta variant, according to Ran Balicer, who leads an expert advisory panel on Covid-19 for the government. Around half of those infected were fully vaccinated, he said. Israel is now reassessing its Covid-19 regulations after moving to open up its society and economy after multiple lockdowns last year. “The entrance of the delta variant has changed the transition dynamics,” said Prof. Balicer, who is also the chief innovation officer for Israel’s largest health-management organization, Clalit. The Delta variant, which first emerged in India in late 2020 and is also known as B.1.617.2, has now been detected in more than 70 countries.
Persons: Ran Balicer, , Balicer Organizations: Pfizer Inc Locations: TEL AVIV, Israel, India, U.S
LOS ANGELES — Conan O'Brien ended his 11-year run on TBS' "Conan" by touting the "intersection between smart and stupid." Conan O'Brien of TBS's CONAN speaks onstage during the WarnerMedia Upfront 2019 show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 15, 2019. Black also reminded O'Brien that his first-ever talk show appearance was on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." "It's been a great way for me to hide my money in banks all around the world," O'Brien said. I think when smart and stupid come together, it's very difficult.
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Live Covid-19 Live Updates: More U.S. States Try Lotteries to Tackle Vaccine Hesitancy Louisiana, where the inoculation rate has lagged significantly behind the national average, is among the latest to dangle cash prizes and scholarships in return for getting a shot. Six of the bottom eight states are in the South: They include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee. The Biden administration has made a concerted push to overcome vaccine hesitancy, particularly in the South. In some states, he said, the lotteries coincided with making the vaccine available to teenagers, which could skew the numbers. He suggested comparing the vaccination rates in states with lotteries to those without them.
Persons: John Bel Edwards, Donna Edwards, Hilary Scheinuk, Edwards, , we’ve, they’ve, ” Mr, Biden, Jill Biden, Mike DeWine, DeWine, Mr, Dr, Mark Fendrick, , Fendrick, , Kate Brown, Charles Boyle, Brown, Boyle, ” Daniel E, Slotnik, Loren Elliott, Gladys Berejiklian, Dan Balilty, Chezy Levy, Anat Danieli, caseload, Naftali Bennett, Nachman Ash Organizations: States, Gov, Associated Press, New York Times, University of Michigan Center, Michigan, Oregonian, New, , ., The New York Times, Health Ministry, Pfizer, BioNTech, Oxford University, Israel’s Tourism Ministry Locations: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama , Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, California , Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Washington, In Oregon, Oregon, , Oregon, Sydney, Australia’s, Australia, Credit, New South Wales, Israel, Tel Aviv, The New York Times JERUSALEM, Moderna
Poland's lower house of parliament on Thursday passed the draft bill affecting claims for the restitution of property, drawing a furious response from Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, who labelled it a "disgrace". read more"Yesterday's @israelMFA @yairlapid statement must be unequivocally denounced," Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski responded, in comments posted in English on Twitter. Jewish former property owners and their descendants have been campaigning for compensation since the fall of communism in 1989. The nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) government has said that as a victim in World War Two Poland should not be saddled with any financial obligations. The legacy of World War Two has previously strained ties between Poland and Israel.
Persons: Kacper, Yair Lapid, Pawel Jablonski, Jablonski's, Alan Charlish, Pawel Florkiewicz, Joanna Plucinska, Rami Ayyub, Stephen Farrel, Alex Richardson Organizations: Nazi, REUTERS, Israeli, Twitter, EU, and Justice, Thomson Locations: Brzezinka, Oswiecim, Poland, WARSAW, Nazi, Nazi Germany, Israel, United States, Warsaw, Jerusalem
Some nations with high rates of the Delta variant are seeing an uptick in COVID-19 related deaths. The Delta coronavirus variant appears to be more transmissible and more able to cause symptomatic illnesses among people who have been given one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Russia, Indonesia, Britain, and Israel have been dealing with a surge in cases, which they attribute to the Delta variant. As of Wednesday, just 11% of its population has been fully vaccinated, and 14% have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the Associated Press reported. Indonesia recently reported that hundreds of healthcare workers vaccinated with the Chinese vaccine Sinovac caught the coronavirus.
Persons: Aria Bendix, Sinovac, Sarah Al, Arshani Organizations: Israel, Associated Press, Pfizer, AstraZeneca Locations: COVID, Russia, Indonesia, Britain, Israel, UK
Palestinian mourners call for change at funeral of Abbas critic
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( Yosri Al Jamal | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Ammar AwadHEBRON, West Bank, June 25 (Reuters) - Palestinian mourners called on Friday for a change of government as they marched through Hebron for the funeral of one of President Mahmoud Abbas's most prominent critics, who died after he was arrested by security forces. Thousands of people accompanied Nizar Banat's coffin through the streets of the occupied West Bank city, many of them chanting "the people want the fall of the regime" and "leave, leave Abbas". Banat, 43, was a social activist who had accused Abbas's PA of corruption, including over a short-lived COVID-19 vaccine exchange with Israel this month and Abbas's postponement of a long-delayed election in May. The United States, United Nations and European Union called on the PA to conduct a "transparent" inquiry into Banat's death. Abbas and the PA, which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank, reject accusations they are corrupt and that they arrest people for their political views.
Persons: Ammar Awad HEBRON, Mahmoud Abbas's, Nizar, Abbas, Jibrin Al, Bakri, Abbas's, Rami Ayyub, Ali Sawafta, Andrew Heavens Organizations: REUTERS, West Bank, West, Protesters, Palestinian Authority, Human Rights, Rights Watch, United Nations, European Union, Thomson Locations: Nizar Banat, Al, Aqsa, Jerusalem's Old City, West, Hebron, West Bank, Gaza, Ramallah, East Jerusalem's Al, Banat, Israel, United States, European
JERUSALEM — An outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority who was a candidate in parliamentary elections called off earlier this year died after Palestinian security forces arrested him and beat him with batons on Thursday, his family said. Earlier this week, another prominent activist was detained by the PA and held overnight after criticizing it on Facebook. Mohammed Banat, a cousin who witnessed the arrest, said a group of men, some wearing masks, burst into the house where Nizar was staying and sprayed everyone with pepper spray. In a brief statement, the Hebron governorate said Nizar's "health deteriorated" when Palestinian forces went to arrest him early Thursday. He blamed the attack on Abbas' Fatah party, which dominates the security forces.
Persons: Mahmoud Abbas, Nizar, Mohammad Shtayyeh, Abbas, Fatah, Antony Blinken, Biden, Donald Trump Organizations: Palestinian Authority, West Bank, Facebook, Hamas, Associated Press, Palestinian, European Union, United Nations, NBC Locations: JERUSALEM, Nizar Banat, Israel, Jerusalem, Gaza, Mohammed Banat, Hebron
Ad-Tech Company Innovid to Go Public Through Proposed SPAC Merger
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Alexandra Bruell | ) www.wsj.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
Advertising-technology company Innovid Inc. said it plans to go public through a merger with a new special-purpose acquisition company from ION Asset Management Ltd., adding to a growing list of ad-tech firms going public or considering deals. Innovid is planning to raise $403 million through a roughly $150 million private investment in public equity, or PIPE, at $10 per share, and $253 million from the SPAC, called ION Acquisition Corp. 2. ION Asset Management is an Israel-based investment management company. “Innovid is entering an exciting new chapter of growth as a public company, a major milestone that corresponds with rising adoption and demands for streaming television,” said Zvika Netter, co-founder and chief executive of Innovid, in a statement. Innovid’s existing investors, including Goldman Sachs, Sequoia Capital, NewSpring Capital, Genesis Partners and Vintage Investment Partners, will remain shareholders after the proposed SPAC merger is completed, the company said.
Persons: Innovid, , Zvika Netter, Goldman Sachs, Zoë Soriano, Alexandra Bruell Organizations: Innovid Inc, ION Asset Management Ltd, ION, Corp, Management, Sprinklr Inc, Science Inc, Inc, Viant Technology Inc, AppLovin Corp, DoubleVerify Holdings Inc, Taboola Ltd, Sequoia Capital, NewSpring, Genesis Partners, Vintage Investment Partners Locations: Israel, New York
THE MONEY DIARIES OF HILL STAFFERS: Capitol Hill staffers have put up with low wages for years. Ambitious Capitol Hill staffers open up about working second jobs, snagging free food, and struggling to cover expenses on salaries starting in the $20,000s. See how Capitol Hill staffers get creative to make their salaries last the month. As former White House ethics czar Walt Shaub summed it up: "Yikes." Biden's pick to oversee Capitol riot cases: The White House is expected to nominate Matt Graves as US Attorney for the District of Columbia.
Persons: Grace Panetta, Brent Griffiths, Jordan Erb, Nancy Pelosi, Caroline Brehman, Joshua Roberts, Alex Wong, Samantha Lee, Biden, John Kerry, Walt Shaub, Matt Graves, Graves, who's, AG Merrick Garland, Garland, Brandi Levy, Danna Singer, Josh Barro, Sanders, Dems, Bernie Sanders, Ron DeSantis, , DeSantis, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump, Anna Moneymaker, Trump, Jared Kushner's, That's, Kushner, Trump's, Ivanka, John McAfee, McAfee Organizations: I'm, Twitter, Inc, Getty, Capitol Hill, Republican House, Postmates, Democratic, Biden, Centerbridge Partners, State Department, White House, Capitol, District of Columbia, DC US, AG, Justice Department, DOJ, Mahanoy, School, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, Reuters, Supreme, White, United Arab, CNN, Trump, NBA Locations: zeroing, Mahanoy City , Pennsylvania, U.S, Pennsylvania, Florida, . WASHINGTON, DC, Bahrain, Israel, Washington , DC, United Arab Emirates, Barcelona, Spain, New Jersey
Critic of Abbas dies in Palestinian custody, U.N. demands investigation
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Relatives of Palestinian critic Nizar Banat, who, according to officials, died while being arrested by members of Palestinian security forces, react in Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 24, 2021. REUTERS/Mussa QawasmaHEBRON, West Bank, June 24 (Reuters) - A Palestinian parliamentary candidate who criticised the internationally-backed Palestinian Authority died on Thursday after being arrested by PA security forces, drawing international demands for an investigation. According to relatives, Nizar Banat was severely beaten during his arrest by Palestinian security forces in Hebron overnight. Reuters contacted a spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority asking for more details of the arrest but there was no immediate reply. The Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights said it viewed Banat's death with "great severity" and had launched an investigation.
Persons: Nizar, Mahmoud Abbas's, Jibrin Al, Bakri, Tor Wennesland, Wennesland, Lynn Hastings, Abbas, Ali Sawafta, Nidal al, Peter Graff Organizations: West Bank, REUTERS, Palestinian, Abaas, Reuters, Banat, Palestinian Authority, United Nations, Twitter, European Union, Palestinian Independent Commission, Human Rights Locations: Hebron, HEBRON, West, Nizar Banat, Banat, Israel, Hussein Banat, , East, U.N, East Jerusalem
The Delta variant seems to be causing an uptick in Israel's COVID-19 cases, particularly in schools. Delta represents around 40% of Israel's coronavirus cases over the last four weeks, according to the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data. Israel's health ministry reported that 70% of the 125 new infections recorded on Monday were caused by the Delta variant. Young people increasingly represent the majority of new coronavirus cases not just in Israel, but around the world. The Scotland researchers found that Delta cases were more prevalent among younger age groups.
Persons: they've, Israel, Eyal Leshem, Amir Cohen, Naftali Bennett, Nitzan Horowitz, Leshem, Hagai Levine, Israel's Ben, Jack Guez, Young Organizations: Global, Sheba Medical, Reuters Israel's, Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical Center School of Public Health, Getty, Public Health England, Alpha, Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Delta, Public Health Locations: Israel's COVID, Israel, Jaffa, quarantines, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico, Russia, Israel's Ben Gurion, Tel Aviv, AFP, Scotland, Delta
As many as half of new COVID-19 cases in Israel are in vaccinated people, health officials said. Israel's new cases are driven by the Delta variant, which is not as easily beaten by vaccines. As Israel is facing a surge in cases driven by the Delta variant, its health officials said as many as half of those are among people who were vaccinated. It is also not clear whether those would have been fully vaccinated or received only one shot of the vaccine. About 70% of those were caused by the Delta variant, Levy said on Monday.
Persons: Chezy Levy, Levy, Israel, Balicer, Clalit, Mike Ryan Organizations: Israel's Health, Kan Bet, John Hopkins University, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Delta, The Telegraph Locations: Israel
Palestinian demonstrators hold torches during a night protest against Israeli settlements in Beita in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 22, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamad TorokmanBEITA, West Bank, June 24 (Reuters) - In a fusion of the modern and the medieval, green laser beams and flaming torches light up the night sky in a remote part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, as Palestinians wage a battle to stop a new Jewish settlement. The Israeli military did not comment on fatalities, but said troops used live fire only as a last resort. The Israeli military said it faced "hundreds of Palestinians throwing stones, lighting fires, burning tires and throwing explosives" at its troops. The evacuation order has since been postponed, the Israeli military said, and Bennett has not said if he plans to implement it.
Persons: Mohamad Torokman BEITA, Givat Eviatar, Jarrah, Eviatar Borovsky, Naftali Bennett, Bennett, Benjamin Netanyahu, Jabal, Eli Shapira, Israel, Yossi Dagan, Moussa Hamayel, Rami Amichay, Rami Ayyub, Stephen Farrell, Mike Collett Organizations: West Bank, REUTERS, Shomron Regional, Sunday, White, Thomson Locations: Beita, West, Nablus, East Jerusalem's, Israel, Gaza, Jabal Al, Shomron
After Years of Sex and Lies, David Choe Is Ready for TV
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Edmund Lee | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.80   time to read: +1 min
An hour into our interview, the artist David Choe admits that he lied about something. He said he had turned down two offers to do a television show many years ago, one from the producer Scott Rudin, the other from the celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. The news media descended on him, and he gave interviews to Howard Stern and Barbara Walters. He discussed his struggles with gambling, sex addiction and rage. And he said he had turned down two TV offers because the medium could never capture his true self.
Persons: David Choe, Scott Rudin, Anthony Bourdain, . Choe, Howard Stern, Barbara Walters Locations: Los Feliz, Los Angeles, United States, Israel, Republic of Congo
Israel to ease more Gaza restrictions as truce holds
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
TEL AVIV, June 24 (Reuters) - Israel said on Thursday it would ease restrictions on trade and fisheries in the Gaza Strip that had been tightened during 11 days of fighting with the Palestinian enclave's Hamas rulers last month. The Israeli restrictions were intensified during the May fighting - halting Gaza exports, restricting imports of raw materials and limiting the area that Palestinians are permitted to fish. With an Egyptian-mediated truce largely holding, Israel on Monday allowed a limited resumption of commercial exports from Gaza. At least one factory in the Strip, Pepsi Gaza, had shut down due to Israeli restrictions on raw materials imports, including carbon dioxide gas. At least 250 Palestinians and 13 in Israel were killed in the May fighting, which saw Gaza militants fire rockets towards Israeli cities and Israel carry out air strikes across the coastal enclave.
Persons: Israel, COGAT, Rami Ayyub, Giles Elgood Organizations: Palestinian, Israel, Pepsi, United Nations, Thomson Locations: TEL AVIV, Gaza, Israel, Egypt, Pepsi Gaza
Mike Pence is positioned to counterattack Donald Trump
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Tom Lobianco | ) www.businessinsider.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
Mike Pence must soon decide whether to hit back at former President Donald Trump. Thursday night might finally be the night former Vice President Mike Pence — a man with his own 2024 presidential ambitions — starts striking back at Donald Trump, who almost got him killed six months ago. He stood by Trump through the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, after Trump directed a riotous mob, shouting "Hang Mike Pence! Some Republicans familiar with both Trump and Pence are skeptical he will ever fully break from Trump. Tom LoBianco is a Washington correspondent for Insider and author of the Mike Pence biography, "Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House."
Persons: Mike Pence, Donald Trump, Trump, Pence, , MAGA, Ronald Reagan, reemerging, South Carolina —, it's, Doug Heye, you've, Heye, ducking, Tom LoBianco Organizations: Reagan, Trump, Ronald, Republican Party, Heritage Foundation, Republicans, Republican, Twitter, Facebook, White Locations: stoke, Florida, Pence, Trump, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio, Israel, Jerusalem, Washington
In Israel, half of the 125 new infections reported on Monday were among children, according to the country's health ministry. About 70% of Monday's new infections, the ministry added, were caused by the Delta variant. (The Delta variant now accounts for up to 99% of the UK's coronavirus cases, according to Public Health England.) At that rate, experts predict the Delta variant will become the nation's dominant strain in a matter of weeks. In very rare circumstances, some kids may get severely ill from the Delta variant.
Persons: haven't, that's, they're, Erlinda Ulloa, Scott Gottlieb, Allen J, Ulloa, Eyal Leshem, Pedro Vilela, we've, Gottlieb, she'd Organizations: University of California, Public Health England, Alpha, Centers for Disease Control, Public Health, Financial Times, Food and Drug Administration, CNBC, Los Angeles Times, Sheba Medical, Getty Images Pfizer, Moderna Locations: Irvine, Israel, Scotland, Los Angeles, Ilha de Marajo, Brazil
New research suggests Nesher Ramla homo interbred with humans, as well as our Neanderthal cousins. By that time, Homo sapiens — anatomically modern humans — had migrated out of Africa and settled in modern-day Israel and Arabia. Now, new research reveals that a third human ancestor was hunting and gathering in the same landscape. Two studies published Thursday in the journal Science describe a previously unknown hominin called the Nesher Ramla homo. The researchers calculated that the animal teeth and flint were between 120,000 and 140,000 years old, suggesting Nesher Ramla homo lived then, too.
Persons: , hominin, Rachel Sarig, Ariel Pokhojaev, Sarig, Ramla, Yossi Zaidner, Nikola Solic, Rogovski, Homo Organizations: Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel, Tel Aviv University Sarig Locations: Ramla, Israel, Arabia, Africa, Eurasia, Tel Aviv, Judean, Jerusalem, Europe
The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card are two of the most popular rewards credit cards. While both of these travel rewards credit cards are made from metal, each offers a unique set of rewards, benefits, and costs. Read more: Chase Sapphire Preferred card reviewThe Chase Sapphire Preferred offers 2 points per dollar on travel and dining purchases and 1 point per dollar everywhere else. The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is better for those looking for really easy and flexible redemptions. Chase Sapphire Preferred and Capital One Venture benefits comparisonBoth the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card come with no foreign transaction fees and a wide range of travel and purchase coverage.
Persons: it's, Here's, Read, DashPass, Chase Sapphire, Chase, You'll, LifeMiles, Smiles, Wyndham, You've, Eric Rosenberg Organizations: American, Chase, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Capital, Venture, DoorDash, Preferred, Sapphire, Chevron, Aer Lingus, Air France, KLM Flying Blue British Airways Executive Club Emirates, JetBlue, Singapore Airlines, Rapid, United, Virgin Atlantic Flying, Hyatt, Chase Sapphire, Aeromexico Club, Air Canada, KLM, Blue, Alitalia MilleMiglia, British Airways Executive Club, Cathay, Emirates, Etihad, Qantas Frequent, TAP Air Portugal Miles, Turkish Airlines Miles, Wyndham Rewards, One Venture Locations: Israel, Iberia, Capital, Cathay Pacific Asia, Singapore, Emirates, Ventura , California
Polish parliament passes bill to limit WW2 property restitution claims
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Jewish former property owners and their descendants have been campaigning for compensation since the fall of communism in 1989. In March, a parliamentary committee proposed a bill to implement that ruling with deadlines ranging from 10-30 years. read moreCritics say that would put a time limit on requests for restitution. Earlier this week, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin wrote to Polish President Andrzej Duda expressing concern over the rules. A group of Western diplomats in Warsaw also wrote to the Polish officials to voice their worries.
Persons: Yair Lapid, Reuven Rivlin, Andrzej Duda, Joanna Plucinska, Alan Charlish, Stephen Farrell, Marguerita Choy Organizations: WARSAW, Senate, Thomson Locations: German, Israel, United States, Poland, Warsaw, WARSAW, JERUSALEM
Jewish college students have been attacked and threatened on online forums for expressing their values. Jewish students have been made to feel excluded in their own communities. None of this is acceptable, though online hate — often protected by freedom of speech rules — may seem the least pernicious of these manifestations of anti-Semitism. In recent weeks, the spread of hate online has become an epidemic of its own that must be confronted immediately by university leaders. An identifiably Jewish student at Princeton was reportedly subject to verbal harassment over commencement weekend.
Persons: Hitler, Organizations: Defamation League, Jewish, College, Princeton, University of New, University of Michigan Locations: TEL AVIV, East, Israel, University of New Mexico, America
There’s no evidence yet to suggest that a Covid-19 vaccine booster shot is needed, a working group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Another question posed to the advisory committee is what evidence should be used to decide whether boosters are needed? Though the current evidence suggests that at this point, a booster isn’t needed, scientists will continue to monitor the data. This finding will help researchers in all vaccine trials determine whether a person’s immunity has fallen below necessary levels. Any trial looking at booster dose study will likely focus on laboratory data as opposed to looking at how protective the vaccine is in the real world, which is what the original vaccine trials did, Barouch said.
Persons: , , Keipp Talbot, Sharon Frey, ” Frey, Dr, Jose Romero, don’t, ” Romero, Doran Fink, Johnson, Sara Oliver, ” Oliver, John Beigel, Beigel, Dan Barouch, ” Barouch, Barouch Organizations: Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Vanderbilt University, Center for Vaccine, Saint Louis University Medical School, Food, Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna, National Institute of Allergy, CDC's National Center, NBC, NBC News, virology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical, Johnson, Twitter, Facebook Locations: U.S, reinfection, United States, Boston
Israel committed to responsible 2021-2022 budget, key lawmaker says
  + stars: | 2021-06-23 | by ( Steven Scheer | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The incoming head of Israel’s parliamentary finance committee on Wednesday put his backing behind approving a state budget that would not raise the deficit. Israel swore in a new government earlier this month led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. “But I am not Santa Claus who is coming to distribute gifts,” he told during a meeting with finance ministry officials. “If we do not pursue responsible policies we will lose control of Israel’s economy.”At present, Israel is still using a pro-rated version of the 2019 budget that was approved in mid-2018. The Bank of Israel expects the budget deficit to slip to 8.2% in 2021 and 3.6% in 2022.
Persons: Alex Kushnir, , Amir Yaron, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, Naftali Bennett, Avigdor Lieberman, Santa Claus Organizations: Bank of Israel, New, The Bank, Israel Locations: JERUSALEM, Santa, Israel
A Month Before the Olympics, How Is Japan Faring With Covid?
  + stars: | 2021-06-23 | by ( Lauren Leatherby | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
With a month to go until the Tokyo Olympics and a state of emergency freshly lifted in most of the country, Japan is seeing relatively low coronavirus case counts after a surge last month. This weekend, as cases continued to fall, Japan ended the emergency measures in most prefectures but will maintain some targeted restrictions in Tokyo and elsewhere. Japan has managed to keep cases relatively low throughout the pandemic compared with other rich countries, though variants have made recent outbreaks harder to control. New cases in Japan per day, seven-day average April 1, Jan. 1, June 21, 2020 2021 2021 First state of emergency declared. Two months after many other countries, Japan administers the first shots of the Covid vaccine to health care workers.
Persons: caseload Organizations: Tokyo, Games, Seychelles Singapore Chile Uruguay San Marino U.K, China Japan Malta U.S, Singapore Seychelles Chile Uruguay San Marino U.K, Bank, for Systems Science, Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Pfizer, Olympics, Moderna, AstraZeneca Locations: Japan, Japan Greece China Malta U.S, Seychelles Singapore Chile Uruguay, Israel Germany Turkey Brazil Morocco Australia Mozambique, China Japan Malta, Singapore Seychelles Chile Uruguay, Japan Portugal Turkey, Seychelles Israel U.S, China Germany Vietnam, Tokyo, United States, United Kingdom, Moderna
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