Thursday, November 23, 2017

Inside Saudi Arabia's Ritz-Carlton Prison

Dozens of prominent Saudi figures are being held at Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton hotel. Many names are still secret, but the list is said to comprise at least 11 princes. It is part of an anti-corruption drive by the young Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

The BBC's Lyse Doucet was the first journalist to be allowed inside the hotel. She was given access by Saudi authorities.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Police Defends Traffic Stop Of Expectant Jewish Couple

A Lakewood man rushing his expecting wife to the hospital passed through Howell, NJ

The result: a speeding ticket.

The delay made for a close call.

The baby entered the world shortly after the couple arrived at Monmouth Medical Center, the man said.

The couple, unnamed in a statement by the police, was heading to the medical center in Long Branch at the direction of the woman’s doctor shortly before midnight on Nov. 14. Howell Patrolman Anthony Marotta stopped the 2010 Toyota Sienna they were in on Squankum Road, Route 547.

The story was first reported by the Lakewood Scoop, which ran a redacted picture of the traffic ticket, an anonymous statement from the Lakewood man and a photo of a his wife's hospital bracelet that shows the time and date as 12:35 a.m. November 15.

The Howell police issued a statement based on the department’s internal review which included an inspection of the video footage from the vehicle and body cameras.

The exchange between Marotta and the couple is in dispute.

After being told by the woman’s doctor they needed to get to the hospital quickly once labor began, the man drove at a normal speed until hitting Squankum Road, he said.

“My wife told me she is starting to feel it is getting closer to birth,” he wrote in the statement. “I became quite frantic, so I automatically picked up speed, without realizing I was going way over the speed limit.”

Marotta pulled the Sienna over at 11:57 p.m. He asked for documents and the man told him his wife was in “advanced labor,” according to the Howell police statement. Marotta explained to the driver that he was going nearly 80 mph - ticketed for 78 mph - in a 50-mph zone. He returned to his patrol car.

“This exchange lasted about 40 seconds,” the police statement reads.

Marotta returned in six minutes. Police said all went well.

“Both the operator of the vehicle, his pregnant wife and the officer were calm, respectful and courteous to one another,” the statement reads.

The expecting husband had a different view.

NY Daily News ft. Rabbis and Humor

Some Jewish humor during the gathering for annual photo of chabad shluchim outside ‘770’ in Crown Heights

Together You Can Reach Everything

Matt Dubb - Sababa Video - Behind the Scenes

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Bus Arrives Right on Time

An Atlanta city bus arrived right on schedule for the perfect photobomb on Monday.

The Weather Channel had been live-streaming for 40 minutes in anticipation of the planned demolition of the Georgia Dome at on Monday morning, only to have a MARTA city bus pull up juuuust in time to block the money shot of the building collapsing.

Weather Channel editor James Crugnale watched in horror as the bus obscured just about the entire shot of the Georgia Dome, a 71,250-seat stadium that was once home to the Atlanta Falcons, the 1996 Olympics, two Super Bowls and a Final Four.

A crowd had gathered and a countdown began over the loudspeakers in anticipation of the 12-second collapse of the 25-year-old stadium. A thin tuft could be seen as the explosion began on the roof, and then the bus pulled up like something out of a comedy skit.

"No, bus get out of the way,'' Crugnale said. "Bus!"

Crugnale added in some expletives in exasperation as the bus rumbled away just as the drama ended. He had a good sense of humor about it afterward.

At least we know the buses in Atlanta are running right on schedule.

102 Year Old Holocaust Survivor Meets Discovered Nephew

Eliahu Pietruszka shuffled his 102-year-old body through the lobby of his retirement home toward a stranger he had never met and collapsed into him in a teary embrace. Then he kissed both cheeks of his visitor and in a frail, squeaky voice began blurting out greetings in Russian, a language he hadn't spoken in decades.

Only days earlier, the Holocaust survivor who fled Poland at the beginning of World War II and thought his entire family had perished learned that a younger brother had also survived, and his brother's son, 66-year-old Alexandre, was flying in from a remote part of Russia to see him.

The emotional meeting was made possible by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial's comprehensive online database of Holocaust victims, a powerful genealogy tool that has reunited hundreds of long-lost relatives. But given the dwindling number of survivors and their advanced ages, Thursday's event seemed likely to be among the last of its kind.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Gershon Veroba - Ani Yisrael - Album Sampler

On this album, Israeli superstar Gad Elbaz, composer/singer Ari Goldwag, Brazilian phenomenon Micha Gamerman and Israeli Mizrachi performer Elikam Buta added not only their voices but also their musical creativity to create perfect fusion with Gershon's versaility.

Even many of his die-hard fans have never heard this side of Gershon. Ani Yisrael features 10 all new songs, including two of his own, with others from hit-makers Ari Goldwag (Yesh Tikva, Ivri Anochi...) and Elie Schwab (Schar Mitzvah, Yachad...), as well as GV's new talent discovery, Simcha Kranczer.

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Pilot Makes Incredible Crash Landing

A video has captured the moment a pilot made an incredible 'crash' landing after his small plane malfunctioned on Monday November 20 2017. The pilot had circled St. Mary's County Regional Airport, in Maryland, for more than 90 minutes after he realized his landing gear was defective.

An NBC chopper captured the drama from the skies as the plane finally came into land on its belly.

Footage showed an incredibly smooth landing as the aircraft touched down, without its wheels, coming to a slow but steady stop. Only a little smoke could be seen rising from behind it, from where metal dragged along the tarmac.

Moments later, the pilot opened the door of the aircraft and very casually jumping off the wing and strolling off the runway.

St. Mary's County Fire and Rescue, who had been on hand for the landing, were later seen investigating the plane - which was later removed from the runway with a crane.

Slippery Slope in Russia

Russian drivers were caught by heavy snowfall on November 17 in Vladivostok. Footage shows repeated attempts by motorists to scale a slippery slope. Despite their best efforts, not one driver was successful. Some even ended up skidding into parked cars and moving traffic.

Mordechai Ben David - Motty Steinmetz Kumzitz