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Tech Talk / Any special offers to switch to FIOS?
« on: March 01, 2021, 10:58:44 AM »
I have Optimum and the price keeps going up for lousy service.

Anyone aware of special promo codes or promotions to switch?

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Up In The Air / Closure of TLV until March 7
« on: February 17, 2021, 01:13:45 PM »
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After US pressure, Delta, United to fly Tel Aviv - New York

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The closure of Ben Gurion airport, except for rescue flights, is expected to be extended until March 7.
After an official complaint from the US administration to the Israeli government, United and Delta will be allowed to operate passenger flights between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Under the new arrangement El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. (TASE: ELAL), United and Delta will coordinate one daily flight each every three days between Tel Aviv and New York in each direction. In addition, United and Delta will be allowed to take passengers leaving Israel on flights that have brought in cargo.

Delta has already announced that it will be operating Tel Aviv - New York flights on February 21 and February 25. United will operate flights from Tel Aviv to Newark on Saturday night February 20, February 23 and February 26.

A similar arrangement with other carriers is likely to be implemented on the daily Tel Aviv - Frankfurt currently operated exclusively by Israir Airlines and Tourism Ltd., even though there have been no official complaint by any European carriers or governments.

Rescue flights are also likely to be launched between Tel Aviv and Kiev.

At present, Israeli's skies are officially closed to all passenger flights except on the rescue flights to and from New York and Frankfurt until February 20 but it is expected that Israel's borders will remain closed until at least March 7. Meanwhile all passengers flying must have prior approval from the Israeli government's exceptions committee as well as a negative Covid test from the previous 72 hours.

https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-after-us-pressure-delta-united-to-fly-tel-aviv-new-york-1001361137

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Up In The Air / Virgin Atlantic from TLV to LHR TODAY
« on: February 16, 2021, 01:36:35 PM »
I was checking the Delta site to see if flights from TLV to JFK had been officially listed as cancelled and I came across a flight for TODAY from TLV to LHR which landed at 836 GMT.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL4421

Has Israel now caved to allow other airlines to fly again out of Lod, or was this a one off?

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For the first time since COVID-19 closed down sporting events, close to 60 runners of Team Lifeline Israel will participate in a special marathon initiated by "Chaiyanu"an organization, which helps cancer patients and their families, and Chai Lifeline Israel. It is slated to include six different parts of a half marathon and is expected to take place in the Adulam Park area near Beit Shemesh.

The race organizers received special approval for its existence, thanks to a special set of rules approved by the Israel Police, where the runners will be required to follow the instructions of the police and the Ministry of Health and will run in 6 different capsules.

Elad Maimon, CEO of "Chaiyanu" and Chai Lifeline Israel, commented, "Every year we hold a race whose entire income is dedicated to continuing to help children with cancer and their families. Last year, after 9 consecutive years of taking part of the Jerusalem marathon, with our Team Lifeline Israel, we had to cancel the event just as COVID-19 broke out in the country. I am happy that our tenth marathon in support of the families will be the first sporting event since the virus broke out. The runners and entire staff of Chaiyanu and Team Lifeline Israel are counting the minutes until the starting buzzer.”


https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/296686

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Deals/Deal Requests / Replacement heads for Norelco Shavers
« on: February 10, 2021, 12:19:42 PM »
I have a Philips Norelco sensotouch  (Philips Norelco 1150BT/48 Sensotouch 2D Electric Razor with  Click-On Beard Styler (Series 6000) which BH has lasted me almost 7 years and I am having issues finding replacement heads.

I know it can take 2D and 3D heads (RQ11, RQ 12 or RQ12+) but its getting hard to find these.

Any leads on a site that has Philips/Norelco branded (not knockoffs or "compatible") replacement heads at a decent price?

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Not too much in the way of real details about the drug itself, but seems promising:

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A new treatment developed by an Israeli hospital could offer hope for thousands of hospitalized coronavirus patients.

Officials at Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv announced Friday morning that the medication, named EXO-CD24, which is being tested at the hospital has shown promising results, with an estimated 95% effectiveness in treating the coronavirus.

The drug is designed to treat moderate and serious cases of the coronavirus, and is given to patients via inhalation directly into the lungs.


In the first stage of testing, 30 patients in serious or moderate condition were given EXO-CD24 and observed for changes to their condition.

Of the 30 test subjects, 29 showed significant improvement in the three to five days immediately after they received the medication.

The 30th subject also showed significant improvement, but after the initial five-day period.

Prof. Nadir Arber of Ichilov’s Integrated Cancer Prevention Center said the medication will serve an important role in combating the pandemic, even after the mass vaccination campaign is completed.

‘Even if the vaccines do their job, and even if there aren’t any new mutations, one way or another, the coronavirus will be staying with us. That’s why we developed this special medication: EXO-CD24. This is unprecedented. It’s been about half a year from the time the idea was hatched and the technologies created, to the first human trials conducted and phase one of testing completed.”

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/296293

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COVID-19 Discussion Board / Stamford Hill COVID study
« on: February 04, 2021, 10:04:36 AM »
New York post reported this, but I don't know how "new" the story is. Still the numbers are very interesting and I would love to see whether (IYH) they were unaffected by the UK mutation.

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At least three-quarters of the adults in London’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community got COVID-19 last year — one of the highest known rates of infection in a community ever recorded, according to a study.

Blood samples taken showed that 75 percent of adults tested in the UK capital’s Orthodox community had antibodies — with almost the same percentage of school children aged over 11 also showing antibodies to the virus.

The study was completed by early December, before the UK saw a dramatic surge in cases — meaning the true rate of infection is now likely far higher, according to the researchers.

Meanwhile, children under 5 within the community showed a much lower infection rate of 28 percent, strengthening research that young children are less affected by the contagion.

Despite small children lowering the community’s overall infection rate to 64 percent, it is still more than nine times the UK’s average of 7 percent nationally.

“The rates we observed are among the highest reported anywhere in the world to date,” said Dr. Michael Marks, one of the leaders of the study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

The study, which is yet to be peer-reviewed, did not identify those involved other than that they were part of the “tight-knit” strictly-Orthodox Jewish community based in London.

They got samples from 1,242 participants — from 343 households — with “senior Rabbinical support,” according to Rabbi Hershel Grunfeld, whose medical group supported the study.

The study did not evaluate exactly why the infection rate was so high.

The researchers stressed that the reasons behind this high rate of infection are not yet clear.

However, they noted, “This group shares characteristics with other ethnic minorities including larger family sizes, higher rates of household crowding and relative socioeconomic deprivation.”

One London council recently said it was a challenge communicating health advice to the ultra-Orthodox community because they had “no access to TV, radio, mainstream media and little digital access,” The Times of London said.

The community has also seen mass gatherings despite warnings from public health officials.

Rabbi Herschel Gluck called the pandemic “very painful” for his community.

“I think what we need to do is help the living conditions of many people in the neighborhood who, due to the housing crisis, are living in very cramped conditions which are contributing to the rate of infection,” he told the UK Times.

https://nypost.com/2021/02/03/londons-ultra-orthodox-jewish-community-records-staggering-covid-rates/

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Deals/Deal Requests / Free 12 pack of Blue Moon Light Sky
« on: January 31, 2021, 05:11:03 PM »
https://www.bluemoonrebates.com/#/home

Offer # 21-36360

Rebate offer valid 1/27/21 - 2/19/21, or while supplies last, whichever occurs first. Request must be postmarked or submitted online by 3/6/21.

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COVID-19 Discussion Board / The Shalom Challenge
« on: January 27, 2021, 04:41:22 PM »
There was a thread which ran in this forum about whether people felt that there was bullying or intolerance of views related to COVID issues.

After many contentious posts, the Mods deleted the thread which was probably the right decision.

Coincidentally, the Chafetz Chaim Heritage Foundation stared a new program today called the Shalom Challenge with a motto

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The differences are real.
The division doesn’t have to be.

They circulated a video today by Whatsapp which was extremely powerful and you can get it by Whatsapp here - https://wa.me/message/C3AQMYQ5NFACM1

If you don't do whatsapp you can signup on this site - https://www.cchfshalom.org/


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