Men dressed as women beat man at motel

Herbert James Bickham
By: Moses Gold

A brawl broke out at a motel with people unsure if the suspects are men or women, according to press reports in Louisiana.
But New Orleans Police said they are looking for two men who were dressed in women's underwear, who assaulted and robbed a man at a motel.

The Police Department of New Orleans said the alleged victim met with what he thought were two women on Friday in a motel room, a local Louisiana newspaper reported Saturday.

He tried to leave the room when he realized that the two women were in fact men. A third person left the motel bathroom and the three suspects allegedly beat the man, and fled with his cash, credit cards and cell phone, police said.

Police identified a suspect as Herbert James Bickham, who is known for wearing women's clothing and wigs. Police also said that the suspect frequents the motel where the incident took place.

Canadian flight grounded after family refuses to stop smoking

Sunwing airplane 
By: Moses Gold

Hundreds of passengers had to suffer because one family could not keep away from cigarettes during a flight, according to police reports in Canada.

A Sunwing flight from Halifax, Canada, on its way to the Dominican Republic, was forced to land in Bermuda, when three passengers refused to stop smoking, officials said.

Sunwing flight 454 landed in Bermuda on Friday night on its way to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, a Canadian television news station reported.
Police met the plane at the airport, boarded the plane and arrested three passengers, officials said.

"Those passengers seemed to be a father, a mother and a son. The parents seem to be in the 50s. The son, I think, is around 22-years-old or less," Inspector Paul Simons, said.
The family has been ordered not to leave Bermuda and their passports and travel documents have been seized by local police.

David Shellington said his wife was on the plane and sent him text messages about the incident.

"They were smoking in the bathroom and when they left they got into a bit of a discussion with the other passengers. They could not say where they threw away their cigarette butts and that caused a bit of a stir, I guess. After that the arguments intensified with the father, mother and son," Shellington said.

Simons said the plane was grounded overnight and that passengers were put in hotels.
"The flight was also based for Canadian trained mechanics so they can inspect the aircraft for undetermined reasons," Simons said.

Two sisters become national bodybuilding champions

Holly Semanoff 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) To make it as a national bodybuilder champion takes some real hard work.
Now, two Utah sisters shared a long road and motivated each other all the way. The two were pregnant together, new mothers together and now both are national bodybuilding champions together.

The sisters, 29-year-old Holly Semanoff and 34-year-old Heugly Tiffany, were pregnant together and after their babies were born just a month apart the couple decided to get fit together.
"By having a goal, you are always more motivated, as it gives you something to fight for," Heugly said.

The two sisters made ​​a pact to train for a fitness competition for one year. Their schedule included weightlifting and cardio six days a week, all in preparation for the Iron Man Naturally Bodybuilding Championships in Los Angeles.
A year later, they competed nationally in the figure category.

"The day of the competition is so much fun as it is when all your work pays off," Heugly said.
"The best and the most fun of this as I love to describe it as a beauty pageant with muscles," Semanoff said. "It really is," she added.

The competition is divided into subclasses based on height, so that the two sisters did not have to compete against each other. This worked out well for both of them.
"So I won my first place and then my sister has won first place as well," Heugly said.

The sisters said they were able to succeed because they worked together and they said it's great to look as good as they feel.

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Iranian man detained in German airport with $70 million check

German airport 
By: Debbie Gross

A man was serious about holding onto to his entire fortune while traveling, according to customs officials in Germany.
An Iranian man faces a hefty fine after attempting to enter Germany with a check for about $70 million in his luggage.

Customs officials at the airport in Dusseldorf say the man, he carried below the Euro 10,000 or $13,644 threshold that must be declared.
But when officers searched the unidentified 59-year-old’s bags they found a check for 300 million Venezuelan bolivars issued by the Bank of Venezuela.

Customs officials said in a statement Friday that the check was confiscated from the Iranian after he could not offer a plausible explanation about the intended plan and purpose for the millions.
The man faces a fine of up to Euro 1 million or $1.4 million.

Woman gets 15 years jail for drowning autistic son in bathtub

Daniel Corby 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested, charged and convicted after drowning her sick son in the bathtub, according to court proceedings in California.

Now, the San Diego mother has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for drowning her 4-year-old autistic son in the bathtub.
The local newspaper reported that 37-year-old Patricia Corby, received the sentence Monday, about a month after giving a tearful guilty plea to murder.

Several anxious relatives of Corby spoke before sentencing, including the boy's father Duane Corby who called the woman "a disgusting person." After several of these types of comments from family members continued she groaned angrily "enough, enough".

On March 31, Corby came to a police station and told authorities that she had killed her son, Daniel, by filling a bathtub and holding the child under water until he died. His body was still wrapped in a wet blanket on the back seat of her vehicle.
She also claimed to have tried to drown herself, but failed.

Utah homeowner arrested after shooting at two burglars

Thief breaking into home 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with gun related crimes after shooting at several intruders who were burglarizing his home, according to police reports in Utah.

The Utah man was arrested after he allegedly fired two shots with a pistol after robbery suspects ran away from his home.
The local television news station reported that Clare Niederhauser, of Layton, was driving home last week, when he saw a car in his driveway and a man standing near the door holding a crowbar.

Niederhauser is accused of firing a shot into the getaway car and another shot after the third suspect fled on foot.
Police said that the use of deadly force is permitted when there is a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury and Niederhauser was not directly threatened by the suspects.

Niederhauser was booked into the Davis County Jail on two counts of misdemeanor reckless conduct.
Robert Cruz was arrested and charged with robbery after a foot chase.

Man arrested after growing $210,000 in pot at grandmother's house

Marijuana plants 
By: John Roberts

A man was arrested and charged with felony drug charges after he was caught growing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of drugs at his grandmother’s apartment, according to police reports in Georgia.

Sheriff's deputies say a central Georgia man was growing $210,000 in marijuana at his grandmother's house.
The local newspaper reported that Bibb County Sheriff investigators said in a press conference on Friday that they found over 100 plants of pot at the house of an 80-year-old woman.

Her grandson, 34-year-old Scott E. Seymour Jr. has been arrested on charges of trafficking in marijuana and other drug-related charges.
Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said that Seymour is also accused of endangering an elderly person.
Deputies seized hydroponic fertilizer bags at the home, a shotgun and a book entitled "Indoor Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor Bible".

Four arrested after vandalizing World War Two ship in Texas

USS Stewart 
By: Sarah Weiss

Several vandals were detained after a World War Two ship was found to be damaged, according to police reports in Texas.
Four men were arrested on charges of criminal conduct in destroying a WWII era ship on display in a park in Galveston.

The USS Stewart, a destroyer escort, in Seawolf Park had been restored since it was damaged during Hurricane Ike that hit on September 13, 2008.
Before dawn on Thursday, police found four men hiding inside the boat, which had been covered with powder from a fire extinguisher. The men allegedly sprayed the substance on the roof and much of the interior of the ship.

Penny Miller, executive director of the American Undersea Warfare Center in the park, told the local newspaper that the solvent that was sprayed would add to the problem of ship rust.
The volunteers, mostly veterans, had worked to repair rust damage after Ike.

Israeli Super Bowl advertisement goes viral after being banned

Sodastream banned Super Bowl advertisement 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) An Israeli Super Bowl advertisement that was banned went viral on the internet, according to video uploaded to the internet.

For advertisers seeking millions of eyes, there may be no better place than the Super Bowl. However, for brands looking to maximize publicity, there may not be a more better opportunity than to have the advertisement banned from the Super Bowl.

Such is the case of Sodastream, a company that sells soda-making machines.
SodaStream allegedly bought advertising space to air during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVII. According to sources, however, the advertisement was banned because it directly challenged two other major sponsors, which are Pepsi and Coca-Cola.

"SodaStream created an advertisement specifically for the Super Bowl named ‘game changer’, which was rejected by CBS last week," a SodaStream spokesperson wrote in a statement. "Because SodaStream is a direct competitor of large soda brands who tend to be advertisers during the Super Bowl, the rejection of one of the proposed advertisements of the company, which targets large soda brands, may not be surprising," the statement continued.

SodaStream has since returned to work out another advertisement which received approval from CBS, producing a spot that does not clearly mention their competitors. Meanwhile, the company has enjoyed a spike in publicity along with millions of free visits to its original advertisement, by posting the advertisement on YouTube.

This is not the first time SodaStream has been surprisingly successful with a banned ad, either. In November 2012, a U.K. company banned a similar advertisement from the company because it "denigrated other soft drink makers."

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Chabad Rabbi makes business deal with U.S. billionaire on Shark Tank TV show

Billionaire Damond John with Rabbi Moshe Weiss
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A Chabad Rabbi came up with unique products, to help make listening to the iPad much easier.

The rabbi, took his idea to the Shark Tank Television show. The show allows average U.S. entrepreneurs to pitch their idea and hopefully get one of the Sharks to invest in their business.

The Shark Tank helps take ideas to the next level.

Rabbi Moshe Weiss, lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota , with his wife and three children. He is a rabbi and a teacher by profession.

Rabbi Weiss, has a great sense of humor and good spirit. In his clear and precise demonstration, the rabbi showed off his new product called “SoundBender”.

The “SoundBender,” is a compact magnetic accessory that is placed on a iPad speaker for improved sound. When one watches videos they sit in the front of the machine, yet the speakers are towards the back, when you add the “SoundBender” it works by "doubling" sound from the rear to the front of the iPad, making listening to your iPad a lot more fun!

After spending about an hour and a half in the Shark Tank, Weiss, had offers from one billionaire and one millionaire. At the end Rabbi Weiss left with $54,000 from U.S. Billionaire Damond John, creator of the Fubu clothing brand. In exchange, John, will receive 40 percent of the company. “I chose to work with John, because he is a marketing genius. He built his product from one to millions of products sold,” Weiss said.

SoundBender is sold online at and at Walgreens stores at a price of $12.99.

U.S. Postal Service claims it can ignore police traffic tickets

U.S. Postal Service trucks
(Scroll down for video) The U.S. Postal Service, is refusing to pay for police issued traffic violations that were incurred by employees on the job. 

The U.S. Postal Service, is a government run enterprise, which believes that police have no authority to make the federal agency pay fines. 

But Mayor Gary Norton, Jr., of East Cleveland, argues that the U.S. Postal Service has to pay just like any other citizen.

Maybe, they just don’t have the funds to pay their fine. With all the new technology around, the U.S. Postal Service, is used much less than in the past. The U.S. Post Office is struggling to survive. The Postal Service reported losses of $15 billion in the last quarter.

Cleveland officials, are perplexed that the Post Office refuses to pay the seven traffic tickets totaling almost $700. The Post Office said it is immune to state and federal regulations.

According to reports, some of the violations were for speeding in a school zone.
“If they're allowed to speed through school zones and endanger kids, at least they should get the mail through faster," Norton said.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service, David G. Van Allen, issued the following statement Saturday:
"Postal Service employees in the U.S. are subject to obey traffic laws just like any other citizen. Nevertheless, the Postal Service cannot be legally required to cover traffic fines incurred by its employees.”

The federal Postal Service enjoys immunity, in part, so that every city and town does not make different regulations governing the mail, which would be costly and complex for the Postal Service to continue.

But Norton, was surprised that the Postal Service was invoking its immunity when it comes to careless traffic violations.

Israeli School Students Speak with Canadian Astronaut While in Space

Israeli school students 
By: Shifra Unger

Israeli school students were lucky to be able to speak to an astraunat while in space, according to press reports in Israel.

By Anav Silverman
Tazpit News Agency For

Ninth grade physics students at Hebrew University Secondary School (Leyada) in Jerusalem spoke with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield as he orbited the Earth aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday, February 3.

The Israeli high school students were the recent winners of the Ilan Ramon Space Olympics hosted each year by the Ilan Ramon Foundation, established in honor of Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon. Ramon perished in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster with six other American crew members, when the shuttle disintegrated entering back to earth 10 years ago.

Out of the 2,000 students from across Israel who participated in the Space Olympics, Leyada’s 19-member team won first prize for building a space platform to repair satellites and constructing a guesthouse in space.

The first prize granted the winning students a chance to speak with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who recently spoke with public school students in Ontario. According to Leyada’s Reuben Tel-Dan, the proud physics teacher who oversaw the project, '' I believe that Leyada is the first school in Israel to communicate with space.''

The special event is part of NASA's Teaching From Space Program, which gives schoolchildren the chance to ask questions and hear answers from astronauts living aboard the space station via Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS). The contact is performed using the Amateur Radio telebridge network, a world-wide network of amateur radio ground stations that allow students to contact the space station, as it flies more than 200 miles above Earth.

Leyada students came prepared with a list of 20 questions for Hadfield, from everything about what life in space is like to homesickness and boredom. One of the ninth grade students, Ron, asked Hadfield where he slept more comfortably – on Earth or in the space station. Hadfield laughed, replying that ''sleeping in the space station is comfortable but I sleep better at home with my wife.'' Another student, Yoni wanted to know how astronauts distinguish between day and night in the space station. Hadfield explained that there were ''16 sunrises a day, but that the crew uses an alarm clock for their sleep routines.''

Along with the physics team, over 200 Leyada students listened carefully to the audio conversation which took place at 11 am in the morning.

Although the weak signals cut the fascinating conversation short, for Ya'arit Segal, one of the student leaders of the project, the prize was worth the hours that she and her team spent on the project for the past three months. The ninth grader described many sleepless nights that she her teammates experienced creating their successful space project. ''We spent days and nights working on our project and the process had a huge impact on us,'' she told Tazpit News Agency.

''I don't know if I'll be an astronaut someday,'' concedes Segal. ''But it would be so interesting to conduct experiments in space and learn how to work together with a crew.''

Leyada’s principal, Dr. Gilead Amir, was especially impressed with the students' initiative. ''Today was a great example for all of us, both students and teachers - in learning how school projects can directly impact our lives. Sometimes what we do at school can even lead to historical moments.

Orthodox Jewish female Knesset member announces her engagement

Hotovely with Alon 
By: Shifra Unger

An Orthodox Jewish female Knesset member announced this week her engagement to a wonderful man, to the public, according to a statement released by her office.

The most desired unmarried Knesset member, MK Tzipi Hotovely, who was sweared into office as a member of the 19th Knesset on Tuesday, is now engaged to be married, after she and her partner, attorney Latid Ohr Alon, 30, decided to formalize their relationship and take it to the next level.

Saturday night, Hotovely’s status on her facebook page writing: “Latid and I got engaged. Thank you all for your good wishes." In just several minutes she got many responses, greetings and more than a thousand likes.

Hotovely serves as the Chairwoman of the Knesset Committee on the Status of women. According to reports, Latid popped the question in the middle of last week, but it took time to finalize after waiting for the approval of both families.

Little girl sends Hello Kitty doll into space

Hello Kitty launched into space 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A little girl sent a Hello Kitty doll up into space for a science project at school, according to video uploaded to the internet.
That's just one small step for Hello Kitty, and one giant leap for fans of Hello Kitty.

A seventh grade girl sent the Hello Kitty doll into space for a science project.
When Lauren Rojas, a beautiful 13-year-old girl from Antioch, California, decided to launch a weather balloon carrying a rocket through the stratosphere, she knew one thing that would make the project even more exciting, Hello Kitty.

"I liked Hello Kitty since I was 6-years-old," Lauren told the a New York newspaper. "My love for Hello Kitty has never gone away and I never would have thought it would be so much fun to add the toy inside the rocket."
So Lauren tied her Hello Kitty doll that her mother bought her on a business trip in Tokyo. She made share to attach video cameras in order to record the entire journey.

"It took a few weeks to put everything together," she said.
She wanted to test the effects of altitude on air pressure and temperatures for a class project at Cornerstone Christian School.
Lauren, who was 12 at the time, launched the rocket which rose 93,625 feet above the earth.

At its highest point, the balloon is expanded 53 times larger than its original size on takeoff and burst open, causing the Hello Kitty to plummet back to Earth. But it did not reach the ground. The Hello Kitty was trapped 50 feet above the ground in a tree, 47.5 miles from the launch site.

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Alaska Airlines makes sudden emergency landing after pilot passes out

Alaska Airlines 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A commercial aircraft was forced into an emergency landing after the pilot suddenly passed out mid flight, according to press reports in New York.

It is always a good idea to keep the tray tables in their upright and locked position because you never know when an unconscious pilot will accelerate the flight and throw down your junk.
An aircraft was required to perform an emergency landing Thursday after a mid air mishap threatened to turn the flight into turbulence. The pilot passed out in the hallway when he was supposed to be flying the plane in the cabin.

The pilot of Flight 473 of Alaska Airlines, from Los Angeles to Seattle, opened the cabin door and collapsed in the hallway in front of the passengers.
"The stewardess was going up and down the aisle saying, any paramedics, doctors, nurses, someone who can come help," one passenger said.

The co-pilot took control of the aircraft and safely returned the plane with 116 passengers and five crew to land in an emergency landing at the Portland International Airport, just after 9:00 pm local time, according to Alaska Airlines.
An ambulance took the pilot, who has been flying with the airline for 28 years, to a nearby hospital.

An airline spokesperson said the pilot suffered from a medical condition, but, citing company policy, declined to be more specific.
Another crew came and brought the passengers to Seattle in the same plane later that night.

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Elderly man charged with murder after killing young man for parking in his driveway

Phillip Walker Sailors 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with murder after shooting and killing a young man because he pulled into his driveway, according to police reports in Georgia.
Police said the man, 69-years-old from Atlanta, faces a murder charge after authorities said he shot and killed a man, 22-years-old, who had pulled into his driveway.

Gwinnett County jail records showed that Phillip Walker Sailors, was arrested on a charge of murder after the shooting Saturday night in Lilburn, northeast of Atlanta.
The court documents state that 22-year-old Rodrigo Abad Diaz, of Duluth, was shot in the head while trying to get away from Sailors’ home.

Sailors’ attorney, Michael Puglise, told the local newspaper that his client was home with his wife late at night and mistook the young man who came to his home as a home invasion in progress.
Puglise said that Sailors was defending his home and maintains his innocence.
Lilburn Police refused to give further information on the circumstances of the shooting.

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Bar Refaeli kisses ugly guy in an advertisement for the super bowl

Bar Refaeli kisses Jesse Heiman

(Scroll down for video) Israeli supermodel, 27-year-old Bar Refaeli, is being featured in an advertisement for the Super Bowl. 

In the advertisement, Refaeli, had to kiss a guy, which one would think would be a sexy guy. But instead, Refaeli kissed an overweight “geek” with curly hair. His name is Jesse Heiman.

Heiman, is no ordinary guy. He is a renowned Hollywood actor who's appeared in over 130 movies and television shows.

The advertisement was done for GoDaddy, is known for using a sexy girl to brand their website.

In the video below, Refaeli represents the "sexy side" of, while, Heiman represents the "smart side" of When you put both together, you create a company, which not surprisingly, is

The point of this commercial is to emphasize that "when sexy meets smart, your small business scores.”

According to reports, it took 45 tries of kissing before Refaeli, and Heiman, managed to get the perfect kiss that was good enough for the Super Bowl advertisement.

According to reports, the price for an average Super Bowl advertisement is about $4 million. It is up $500,000, from last year, as in 2012, an advertisement in the Super Bowl was $3.5 million.

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Young woman freezes her brain in case brain cancer cure is discovered

Kim Suozzi with her boyfriend
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A young woman was confident that scientist will eventually find a cure for cancer, that she had her brain frozen.

The woman, had her head cryopreserved in order to be able to be reborn when a cure for cancer is found.

23-year-old Kim Suozzi, of Saint Louis, Missouri, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme, a highly aggressive form of brain cancer.
Sadly, two months before she was set to graduate from Truman State University in Missouri, Suozzi, then 21, learned that her cancer was back and she was given less than two years to live.

In an effort to save her life, Suozzi, has undergone numerous surgeries and experimental treatments but none of them have been successful.

Before she passed away in January, Suozzi, made all the necessary arraignment to have her head frozen. Being cryopreserved is very expensive and Suozzi, did not have the money to have her final wish granted.

She asked people to help her raise money for her cause. “I'm trying to be preserved because I've done everything else in my power to help extend my life,” she wrote. “I've looked at essentially every diet, supplement, clinical trial, and ‘miracle treatment’ out there. This is the last thing I can possibly do to fight for another chance and if it does happen to work, it will be incredible.” She added.

As a student of neuroscience in college, Suozzi, said her interest in cryonics awoke long before her diagnosis. With the help of friends Suozzi, raised the necessary funds to be cryopreserved.

When requesting donations, one of her friends wrote “please help me freeze my friend."
Together they raised nearly $7,000 and they also received donations of more than $60,000 from a cryo-advocacy group, The Society for Venturism.

At first, Suozzi’s mother, had a hard time accepting her daughter’s wishes especially when she learned they would freeze her daughter’s head.

Suozzi, spent the last two weeks of her life in a hospice in Scottsdale, Arizona, as she wanted to die in the area of the cryopreservation facility where she was to be cryopreserved. The facility is called Alcor Life Extension.

Suozzi, passed away on January 17, may she rest in peace.

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Judge pleads guilty to dismissing her own tickets

Kelly S. Ballentine

By: John Roberts
A judge, was suspended and charged after she was caught dismissing her own parking tickets.

The judge, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was suspended with pay, after she was caught dismissing several traffic violations against his own car, including two parking tickets and a third for expired registration on her BMW, totalling $268.50, according to prosecutors.

Now, the former judge, Kelly S. Ballentine, 44, pleaded guilty to ticket fixing.

According to reports, Ballentine’s guilty plea came a day after she was convicted of operating a clothing store without a license. She was ordered to pay a fine of $369 in that case.

When she pleaded guilty, Ballentine denied any intent to defraud the county. The state attorney general agreed to drop six of the nine charges and reduce the other three counts of tampering with public records from felonies to misdemeanors.

Ballentine, faces a maximum of two years in prison.
According to reports, Judge Charles B. Smith, said he would defer his sentencing decision pending action by the state Judicial Conduct Board.
The board has the power to revoke the salary of Ballentine who has been paid during the suspension or they could disbar her altogether.

Brazil honors 2 diplomats who worked to save Jews

Aracy Guimaraes Rosa
By: Sarah Weiss

Brazil decided to honor citizens who worked to save Jews during the Holocaust, according to press reports in the United States.

Two Brazilian diplomats who helped save hundreds of Jews in order not to end up in Nazi concentration camps were honored during a ceremony at the International Day of Holocaust Remembrance.

The ceremony Wednesday night honored Aracy Guimaraes Rosa, a staff member of the Brazilian consulate in Hamburg between 1930 and 1940 and Luis Martins de Souza Dantas, Brazil's ambassador to France during the same period. Both issued visas to hundreds of Jews.

President Dilma Rousseff attended the ceremony organized by the Jewish Confederation of Brazil and Brasilia Jewish Cultural Association.

Lottenberg Claudio, president of the Jewish Federation, said the two diplomats had "the courage to disobey orders to restrict foreign ministry entry of Jews into Brazil, therby saving hundreds of Jews from certain death in the hands of the Nazis."

Israeli media watchdog group TADMIT wins media criticism prize

By: Aryeh Savir: Tazpit News Agency
Chanie Luz, Founder of TADMIT (Hebrew acronym for the "Strengthening of democracy in the Israeli media"), an Israeli media watch dog, was announced the recipient of the 2013 Abramowitz Israeli Prize for Media Criticism awarded by Israel's Media Watch, an Israeli media monitor and research organization.

The prize is awarded annually to an "especially valiant, significant and qualitative contribution to media criticism in Israel", as defined by IMW'S site. It is awarded for media critic journalism, for providing and forming appropriate forums for media criticism, and for increasing pluralism and reducing monopolies in the Israeli media. The objective of the prize is to encourage the Israeli media to open itself to criticism, whether from the journalists themselves or external sources such as intellectuals, academics and public figures.

TADMIT, meaning perception in Hebrew, is a media watch group which objective is to defend the rights of Israelis who are oppressed or persecuted by the Israeli media. The organization promotes an "Open Sky" policy which enables the expression of diverse opinions in the media, thus enhancing democracy in the state controlled or state owned media.

Luztold Tazpit News Agency that she was very glad to hear of this recognition of her endeavors. Luz, a resident of Beit-El, a mother of six and grandmother of one, left the Hi-Tech world to dedicate her time and efforts to participate in what she terms the "Mind battle": "There is a media war being waged within Israel against the communities in Judea and Samaria, a fierce battle strong enough to affect the agenda and policies of the government."

Luz has opted to focus primarily on the mainstream Israeli public electronic media: "You can't complain about the world media being biased against Israel, when they are only reiterating what they hear and see in the Israeli media regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict, specifically in Judea and Samaria. The Israeli media is constantly slanting the news, concealing the facts and the truth. It ignores the ongoing daily terror against the Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria, while overreacting to graffiti in Arab towns, blowing them up to size an international catastrophe.

I hope my reception of this prize will enhance the understanding that the Israeli media has a long way to go before it can present itself as free, balanced, all inclusive and fair source of information. The Israeli media acts as a governmental body, strongly influencing important processes within Israel, including the last elections, thus rendering the local democracy ineffective, to say the least. I will continue to promote fairer use of the media in Israel, and call to strengthen the Democracy in Israeli Media."

Luz, who was voted for the prize by the general public, wished to thank her family for their support over the years and to thank all the supporters of her work over the years, and those who voted her venture as the most significant in the Israeli media watch-dog scene over the past year. She stated she was pleasantly surprised by their overwhelming support. She further wished to thank IMW, whose work over the past fifteen years she has respected and admired.

IMF warns Argentina to stop releasing false economic data

International Monetary Fund building 
By: Eva Fett
Argentina has received a strong warning from the international community to stop releasing false economic data, according to a statement by the International Monetary Fund.

The International Monetary Fund issued a "declaration of no confidence" against Argentina on Friday in its strongest rebuke to date on the quality of inflation and GDP growth data, and gave the country several months to make changes.

The IMF Executive Board said that Argentina had failed to make sufficient progress in improving the accuracy of the data. It appealed to the government to fix their problems with the data without delay.

"As a result, the fund has issued a statement of censure against Argentina in connection with the breach of the obligation for funds," the IMF said in a statement.

The IMF said it will review progress at a later date, when it could impose sanctions on Argentina, which is one of the largest economies in South America.

The IMF left the door open to changes, saying it was willing to continue discussions with Argentina on improving data and more generally, to strengthen relations with the country.

Woman gives birth 2 times in 8 months

Claire Ormrod with her family 
By: Shifra Unger
A woman did the unthinkable and gave birth to two children who are not twins in just 8 months, according to hospital officials in the United Kingdom.
The 26-year-old woman in the U.K. has given birth twice in eight months and the babies are not twins, the press in the United Kingdom reported this week.

Claire Ormrod of Wales was pregnant with Alice, when she had an emergency cesarean procedure just 25 weeks into her pregnancy. Alice weighed 1 pound, 3 ounces, and doctors believed she would not survive.
However, Alice survived and seven weeks later, despite taking the contraceptive pill, Ormrod became pregnant again.
After several months her son Gareth was also born prematurely, at 29 weeks. He weighed 2 pounds.

"I was absolutely petrified when I found out I was pregnant again," Ormrod told a newspaper. "My doctor said I should terminate the pregnancy and said it would eventually kill me and the baby. But I said, no, in a straight line," she told the newspaper.
Ormrod has three older children, who were born despite the doctors warnings, the newspaper reported.

Alice has brain damage on the left side of her brain and she suffers from necrotizing enterocolitis, causing neonatal intestinal obstruction. However, doctors do not know the extent of her brain damage until she will be older.

9-year-old girl comes to the rescue after mother passes out at the wheel

Aleksandra Sheridan 
By: Shifra Unger
A little girl saved her mother after she passed out at the wheel, according to press reports in Chicago, Illinois.
the 9-year-old girl is credited with saving the life of her mother, by stopping her car after her mother fainted at the wheel during a diabetic emergency.

The local television news station reported that Aleksandra Sheridan was riding in the passenger seat of the car of her mother in Frankfort, Illinois, when her blood sugar fell dangerously low and she lost control of the vehicle.
Aleksandra turned the key to stop the vehicle, preventing the vehicle from crashing into a tree. Her mother, Jennifer, was apparently speeding before the car stopped.

"At one point she went through a red light and then the next point she was going over 70 miles per hour," Aleksandra told the television news station. "She slowed down once I told her and she just went off the road," she added.
Aleksandra gave her chocolate bars while they waited for police to arrive. No one was injured during the incident.

"Thank God we were not hurt and did not get to an accident or hurt anyone else," the third grader told the television news station.
Aleksandra’s mother said she is now getting her medicine for diabetes using an insulin pump, the report said.

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