Two employees fired after burning toy Jews in an oven

Gingerbread men in oven illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

Two employees were fired after telling colleagues they are burning Jews in the oven, according to a statement released by the company in Iowa.

Two Northern Iowa women were fired from their jobs at an assembly plant in New Hampton for allegedly joking about "the burning of the Jews" in a toy oven.

Christina Ott of New Hampton and her sister, Susan Ott of Lawler, were fired from Trimark Corp., an assembly plant in New Hampton.

According to testimony by plant officials at two unemployment claims hearings, Trimark’s five workers said they saw the two walk through an area carrying a toy Easy Bake oven with the gingerbread men inside.

One worker said the women told their colleagues, "Happy Hanukkah. We're burning the Jews." Other workers stood at a distance and they said they did not hear these comments from the women.

After the two were fired, they filed for unemployment benefits. During separate state public hearings, both women testified that they made no comment and said the only reason they were carrying the toy oven around was so that they could participate in a contest.

The administrative law judge in the case of Susan Ott, Terence Nice, said that she does not buy her explanation and ruled Ott had committed misconduct and was not entitled to benefits.

In the case of Christina Ott, Susan Ackerman, administrative law judge rejected the request for unemployment benefits for similar reasons.

“I am extremely happy with the judges’ decisions. Taxpayers should not have to pick up the tab when hateful people are fired from their jobs because they cannot keep their mouth shut and crack anti-Semitic jokes,” Joseph Hall, 55, of Des Moines, Iowa told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the Ott sisters.

"Just the act of carrying an oven out there with a few people in it while saying, 'Happy Hanukkah,' is offensive, let alone if she actually said the hate speech as well," Ackerman said.

Woman pronounced dead after missing since 2002, found alive in Florida

Brenda Heist 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A Pennsylvania woman who mysteriously disappeared 11 years ago was found in Florida.

The woman walked into a police station and told them who she was.

Police said the woman traveled there with a group of homeless people and she was sleeping under bridges in Key West Florida and she survived by panhandling.

Brenda Heist was going through a divorce in 2002, she was going through time, one day she just snapped, after dropping off her children age 8 and 12, to school. Heist went to a park where she befriended some homeless people. They invited her to join them as they began hitchhiking month-long trip to South Florida, Lititz Borough Police Detective John Schofield said.

Heist, 54, had been declared legally dead, said.

Detective Schofield said he met with Heist in Florida on Monday and she expressed shame and apologized for what he did to her family. Heist ex-husband Lee Heist, has asked the court in to declare her dead. She has been declared legally dead 2010 and her ex-husband collected her life insurance, he has since remarried.

In a press conference her ex-husband said he was angry about the effect of her disappearance had on his son and daughter. He said his children have expressed their desire to talk to their mother, but for now they are taking it slow. Heist will be staying with her mother in Texas.

Lee Heist was considered a suspect in her disappearance, but he has cooperated with investigators, and he took a polygraph and was finally cleared. "There were people in the neighborhood who do not allow their children to play with my kids, as I had been a suspect”, he said.

“This is an emotional time for the children, they thought their mother was killed only to learn that she actually left voluntarily, Hopefully they can reconnect and have their mother at their side for the rest of their lives” an emotional Donna Clark 52, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, told YourJewishNews.com about the story.

As for the life insurance policy that was paid to the ex-husband, he is unsure what will happen now.

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Man breaks into house to play with remote control helicopter

Jason Vickery 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested after he was caught playing with a toy helicopter inside a stranger's home.

The man allegedly broke into a house in Florida, where he played with the family’s remote control helicopter.

After he was arrested, the burglar admitted to having a good time while being in the couple's home, police officers said.

23-year-old Jason Vickery, broke into the home in St. Augustine. He told police he got into the home through an unlocked door. He allegedly went upstairs to masturbate in the bathroom, when he came out of the bathroom he ate a salad that he brought with him. Then, he spotted the remote control helicopter.

Vickery said he found some batteries and started playing with the helicopter until he heard voices outside of the house, so he ran. When he got outside, he was confronted by officers who were alerted to the scene for a burglary.

“It scared me to hear that this man walked around our neighborhood looking for an unlocked house so he can use it as his own. I will double check to make sure my doors are always locked,” Linda Anderson, 36, of St. Augustine, Florida told YourJewishNews.com after hearing the reason for Vickery’s arrest.

Police confiscated a bag full of marijuana, other drug paraphernalia, a wig, a towel and a pack of chewing tobacco. Vickery was arrested on burglary and larceny charges.
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Employees promised pay raise only if they get company logo tattoo

Employee with company tattoo  
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video)A company has offered its workers a pay raise if they get the company’s logo tattooed on their body.

Interestingly enough, about 40 employees have taken the boss up on the offer. Employees can place the logo wherever they choose. So far, company owner Anthony Lolli, has not tattooed the logo on himself.

“This is great for the company as they get free advertisement on people’s bodies for life, despite the fact that the tattoo might last longer than their job. On the other hand, getting a 15 percent pay raise is a lot of money, so you might call it a win win situation,” Anthony Brown, 25, of Queens, New York who has many tattoos, himself, told YourJewishNews.com.

Rapid Realty’s owner Anthony Lolli offered all his employees a 15 percent increase in their paycheck if they ink a tattoo of the company’s logo on their body.

Rapid Realty is a real estate brokerage in New York that helps people find apartments in Manhattan and its surrounding municipalities. According to Inc.com, last year, the company had about 750 employees.

Lolli came up with the idea after ​​an employee voluntarily tattooed the company logo on his body.

“I decided to add the logo because I will make an extra $25,000 to $40,000 a year for the same amount of work, just by tattooing the logo on myself, why should I throw the money away?” Rapid Realty employee Stephanie Barry said.

Speaking of tattoos, a Japanese marketing company offers a way for girls to make money while getting companies a prime spot where they will surely be seen.

The company pays girls to put advertisement stickers on the their bare thighs.

One might think that such advertising would be frowned upon by most of the girls, but so far more than 1,300 young girls have participated in this form of advertising and the number is growing rapidly.

Girls interested in having their thighs registered with the “Absolute Territory” PR company must be at least 18 years of age. They also need to have a social media account with at least 20 friends.

Once the sticker advertisements are pasted on their thighs it must be their for at least eight hours a day. The girls must keep the advertisements exposed by wearing shorts or miniskirts, in order to comply with the conditions of the contract and receive payment.

The girls also have to post photos of themselves wearing the stickers on their thighs, on their Facebook, Twitter or other social media accounts.

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Mother of two accidentally kills husband during drunk gun lesson

Woman holding gun illustration 
By: Debbie Gross

A man was shot and killed by his wife while he taught her how to use a gun.

The Pennsylvania father of two died Saturday, when he showed his wife how to operate a semiautomatic pistol.

The couple has been drinking while their children ages 2, and 5-years-old, slept upstairs. The woman called police after she accidentally shot her husband.

"I shot him," Michele Wanko, 42, told Parkside police officer when authorities arrived at the home around 4:00 am.
Authorities found the husband, 43-year-old Michael Wanko, on the floor near the entrance, with a gunshot wound to the upper chest.

The couple had spent the night drinking vodka and lemonade when Michele asked her husband to teach her how to use a gun. They went down to the basement where Michael kept his guns in a safe.

"He took a number of handguns out and was showing her how the gun worked. He showed her how to take the magazine out and he showed her how to pull the slide back," Parkside police Chief John Egan said.

Michele took a gun, but when she pulled the slide back, the gun went off, hitting her husband in the chest. Michael was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.

“Why is a mother of two young children up till 4:00 am drinking? She has a responsibility to care for them without being drunk or hung over. Sadly, her bad choices left her in trouble and her children without a father,” Marry Perez, 39, of Philadelphia, Pennsylavania told YourJewishNews.com after hearing about the unfortunate drunken gun lesson which led to the husband’s death.

Michele was charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon. The children are staying with relatives.

Armed robber becomes victim after starting up with wrong man

Robber points gun at victim 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A man, tried to rob someone early one morning, but instead of getting money the thief’s car window was smashed with a gun.

A New Orleans, Louisiana man was threatened by a robber who was wielding a shotgun at him. The victim managed to grab the gun from the robber and use it to knock on the window of the car thief.

The attempted robbery took place on Saturday morning around 5:05 am. The victim was walking down the street and talking on his phone when the suspect approached him.

The suspect pointed a shotgun at the victim's face and demanded money. Instead, the victim grabbed the gun from the suspect and chased him, according the video uploaded to YouTube. The clumsy thief was not done yet, he wanted his gun back.

Moments later, as the victim was leaving, two men arrived in a black four-door sedan and the driver said: "Give me my gun and I'll give you your phone that you dropped," officials of the New Orleans Police Department said. The victim hit the rear windshield with the shotgun, causing it to break. The suspect fled the scene.

“I hope the robber gets caught. It was funny to watch him getting a taste of his own medicine as he ran for his life when the gun was pointed at him,” Charles Walker, 20, of Orlando, Florida told YourJewishNews.com after watching the video.

A surveillance video in the area recorded the incident which might help police track down the suspect. The gunman was described as a black male, approximately 16 to 20-years-old, 6 feet tall, thin built, wearing a black hat and a black t-shirt.

Police are hoping someone recognizes the armed robber in the video. If you know the person or you have information contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. A similar armed robbery took place the previous night in the same area and police believe the same thief may have been involved.

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School orders masked gunmen to enter school as part of drill

Shooters in a school illustration 
By: Moses Gold

Teachers were left terrified after two masked men entered their school with guns drawn during a school meeting.

The masked men came into the school with their guns drawn and started to shoot in the air, leaving teachers stunned.

Interestingly enough, these shooters were ordered by the school. School officials wanted to prepare their teachers for emergency situations such as a shooter entering the building.

The masked men entered the building during a teachers meeting in the Oregon elementary school. Teachers did not know that the men were order by the school, it was a drill, and the men were firing blank rounds.

In recent weeks, the staff at Pine Eagle Charter School had been trained to know how to handle situations involving an active shooter. School officials scheduled the surprise drill on a day when school was not in session. No children were present, but the teachers were in the building for a meeting.

Many people have criticized the school for scaring the teachers, while others felt it is important for teachers to be able to protect the students in light of the recent school shootings.

“I would have panicked if I was put in this situation, but school shooting has become a reality. When a crazy shooter enters the school he does not inform anyone before he starts shooting, teachers have to be prepared,” Jack Davis, 48, told YourJewishNews.com after the incident.

School principal Cammie DeCastro said she believes it was a beneficial exercise, as it showed how poorly prepared teachers would be in case such an event happened at the school.

In January, a high school in Chicago also conducted a mock school shooting, but with a fundamental difference: all students and teachers were informed about the event in advance.

Israel plans to cancel Value Added Tax exemption for tourists

Tourists enjoy Israeli beach 
By: David Ross

The good old days for tourists who were used to being exempt from paying any taxes in Israel, are over, according to a statement released by the Israel Ministry of Finance.

Tourists to Israel will soon be paying taxes on hotel stays and services, transportation, car rental and shopping, after being exempt from paying such taxes for many years.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid intends to cancel the VAT exemption for tourists, a move projected to raise 300 million to 500 million shekels for the state every year.

Previous attempts to remove the exemption failed, after opponents of the move argued that it would damage the tourism industry.
However, since the massive state deficit creates pressure to reduce spending, the government is looking for ways to increase revenue in order to reduce planned cuts.

Finance Ministry officials have also had their eyes on the exemption from VAT on fruits and vegetables, but the difficulty of enforcement in outdoor markets are said to have stalled efforts on that front.

“I think it is only fair that tourists, who enjoy the great services Israel has to offer, pay their fair share. After all, the United States, which also enjoys a huge tourism industry, has no tax exemption for tourists. I don’t believe that canceling the VAT exemption will hurt tourism at all,”

VAT is currently at 17 percent and it might be raised to 18 percent.

Domain name Israel.com put up for sale

A previous sale of Israel.com 
By: David Ross

A rare, valuable domain name was put up for sale, according to a statement released by a domain name brokerage company.

Israel.com, one of the world’s most valuable geographic domain names is now available exclusively for sale at Domain Holdings.

Domain Holdings Group, a world-class leader in premium domain brokerage and monetization, recently announced the exclusive premium domain offering, Israel.com.

Israel.com, originally registered in 1994, is an extremely rare and valuable asset and is now available at a price the market has never seen before. “Israel.com is an asset with so many potential buyers that only a few domains could ever compare,” James Bauman, International Brand Manager at Domain Holdings said.

A strong global brand, Israel.com is not only important by the political nature of the domain but Israel itself is home to an ever increasing tourist population, many of the world’s largest technology companies and the second highest source of venture capital next to the United States.

Interested parties in Israel.com are encouraged to contact Domain Holdings at sales@domainholdings.com or call 1-561 634-7349.

Evyatar Borovsky: A murdered Israeli settler with an actor’s legacy

Evyatar Borovsky actively acting 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) The murdered Israeli settler is being portrayed internationally as a hardline settler, but in reality, Evyatar Borovsky, was a brilliant actor.

By Anav Silverman

Tazpit News Agency For
YourJewishNews.com

In the recent media coverage of Evyatar Borovsky’s murder, the 31-year-old father of five young children was described in several international reports as a “hardline settler.” Borovsky, who hailed from the community of Yitzhar, was on his way to a theater rehearsal when he was stabbed to death by a Palestinian on the morning of April 30 at the Tapuach Junction, a central point for buses and hitchhiking used by Arabs and Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria.

“Even Israelis outside of Judea and Samaria are not familiar with life here,” the spokesman for Yitzhar, Avraham Binyamin told Tazpit News Agency. “There is a rich theater and arts culture in Judea and Samaria, and there are many residents who work in these professions.” In Yitzhar alone, there are three different acting groups.

“It is important for us to give a human face to this tragedy - Evyatar was a story in himself,” says Binyamin.

Borovsky was a popular actor in the Ar El Group, an acting troupe made up of settlers from Judea and Samaria, which performs across Israel. The group incorporates improvisation, psychodrama and other role-playing techniques to help others overcome traumatic experiences through theater.

In addition to his work as an actor, Borovsky was also studying to become a licensed clown therapist in order to work with sick children in hospitals.

His close friends and acting colleagues describe Borovsky as a shy man who found acting as an outlet to express himself.

“Life was not easy for Evyatar,” says his close friend and fellow actor of the Ar El Group, Assaf Yossef Pney-el. “Although many people saw him as a happy, cheerful person, always joking, there was another side as well.”

“Many times Evyatar had to cancel rehearsals because he had to bring his sick daughter to the hospital. Just recently the car he had bought broke down. It seemed that life was always throwing hardballs at him.”

“But he knew how to turn bad situations and describe them in a funny way. He knew how to smile at life,” recalls Pney-el.

Borovsky always carried with him a toy – a pair of puppet eyes in his work bag; two plastic eyeballs that he would place on his fingers to create a hand puppet in his theater work. “It was a kind of animated character that Evyatar would use in his work and his interaction with children,” explains Pney-el. “We talked about how this character would be his trademark as a clown therapist and so we ordered a bunch of these puppet eyes from the US. They arrived on the day of he was stabbed.”

Borovsky’s friend and another fellow actor, Oshri Maimon, who also went through a terror attack in the Otniel community and saw four of his friends killed, decided that the best thing that could done with the puppet eyes was to bring them to Evyatar’s funeral and give them out to family and friends. “It was in the spirit of Evyatar, to bring his way of coping with tragedy and pain” Maimon explains.

“Evyatar was simple, innocent and honest. He would take everyone seriously and never looked down at anyone. He could make little kids laugh and talk to them in a language that they would understand,” continues Maimon.

“In order to really know Evyatar, you had to see him when he acted,” elaborates Maimon, referring to a video available on YouTube of an Ar El Group play called “How I Met Ahmed,” in which Borovsky starred in. The play, which is acted out mostly in English, demonstrates the frustration of many in the settler community as they address their place in Israeli society.

Yosef Ben-Avraham, Borovsky’s neighbor who spoke at his funeral, added that when he saw Evyatar’s body after the stabbing, he saw someone “who looked similar to Evyatar.”

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Company produces shirt that never requires ironing or washing

The new Wool&Prince shirt 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) For all those guys who just hate to wash and iron their shirts there is finally a new shirt special for you that doesn't need ironing or washing, ever, according to a statement released by a company in New York.

The New York City startup is saying that it produced a men's wool button down shirt that is super soft, never needs ironing, and will never smell even after being used for 100 days without washing.

The clothing company, named Wool&Prince, was launched several months ago by Portland, Oregon native Mac Bishop, with two of his friends. His prototype button-down shirt which was made from wool was put through a special process to make it smooth, wrinkle-resistant and odorless. The company did not reveal what techniques are used to achieve this.

“I hate washing and ironing my shirts. I will definitely buy a lot of these shirts. I now have to figure out what to do with all the extra time I will now have since I don’t need to spend time washing and ironing my shirts,” Michael Hill, 29, of Concord, New Hampshire told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the shirts.

The company recently created a campaign to sell the shirts at $98 each, so they can raise enough money to make an order at the factory.




2 pounds of loose skin removed from fat dog who lost 40 pounds

Obie recovering after surgery 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A fat dog who lost 40 pounds after going on a strict diet had 2 pounds of loose skin removed through surgery this week, according to a statement released by the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin in Tualatin, Oregon.

Obie, the former obese dachshund is recovering in the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin after surgery to remove more than two pounds of loose skin. The skin was what was left of the 40 pounds it lost in eight months of a weight loss diet.
Owner Nora Vanatta said the surgery went well. She hoped to bring him home soon after an overnight stay in the clinic for surgery aftercare.

Obie began his weight loss journey weighing 77 pounds. Before surgery Tuesday, the dog weighed 37 pounds, four ounces.
"We have not weighed the dog since the surgery, but it lost 2 and a half pounds of skin," Nora said. "So it should weigh around 35 pounds now. I imagine its healthy weight to be between 28 and 30 pounds," Nora added.

“I have to say that the dog came a long way. It is amazing how good the dog looks, now, after the weight loss program. I think people can learn from the dog that it can be done,” Amy Martin, 19 of Nashua, New Hampshire told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the dog’s weight loss.

Many people across the country have been following the battle of the bulge. Nora also created a Facebook page for Obie.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Teacher suspended after including Peeping Tom, Ted Bundy in homework assignment

Homework sheet with Ted Bundy and Peeping Tom 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A teacher was suspended from a school after including a serial killer and a pervert, into school homework assignments, according to a statement released by school officials in Oklahoma.

The substitute teacher at the high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, may be out of a job after including references to serial murderer Ted Bundy and Peeping Tom.

The substitute teacher was replacing a geometry teacher at Nathan Hale High School.

One question asked students to measure Ted Bundy’s imaginary ladder:
The serial murderer Ted Bundy has a 20-foot ladder leaning against his favorite tree. The ladder was placed at a 64 ° angle. How far up the tree does the ladder reach?

Another question referenced a Peeping Tom called "Creepy John":
Creepy John observed his neighbors with a telescope. Your apartment is 12 feet from the ground. John is 36 feet from the ground. If the angle of depression from the apartment of John is 47 °, how far are the two apartment buildings?

Caleb Starr, the principal of the school said that the substitute, whose name was not released, wanted to "engage students in order to get their attention with colorful questions"

Instead, it caught the attention of some of their parents. "The first thing that came to mind was that it's creepy," Christina Mattaliano, the father of one of the students said. "I do not know if he's trying to be funny or if perhaps that's part of the teacher’s personal interests," the parent added.

“When I saw the questions I simply freaked out. I think it was a horrible idea to include serial killers and perverts into school assignments. This teacher must be nuts. If I see this teacher back at school I will definitely pull out my children,” Jessica Harris, 32, of Tulsa, Oklahoma told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the creepy questions.

Starr said the substitute will not be asked back at Nathan Hale High School. It is unclear if the substitute will continue to work in other schools in the district.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Thief caught stealing at 'Finders Keepers' store tells police he though items were free

Finders Keepers thrift store 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) Attention shoppers, the store named “Finders Keepers” is not a shop which distributed free items, according to a statement released by the company after a recent confused man told police he thought it was fine to take items from the store and not pay for them.

After being accused of stealing items from a thrift store in Derry, New Hampshire, called Finders Keepers, Ruben Pavon argued that he was simply confused by the name of the store.

Surveillance video showed how Pavon took a grill on the porch of the store. Pavon said: "I grabbed the box. I thought it was a fire pit or something. Later I realized it was a grill, and I took it home."

It was not the first time that Pavon took what he said he thought was free merchandise. He also said:
“I thought it was there for the taking. The sign said ‘Finders Keepers’. So I took a DVD player. A couple of weeks later, the stuff was still there on the porch, so I'm thinking to myself, 'Finders Keepers. Probably just put things out there for people to take.’"

“If I owned the store I would definitely change the name. Some people are malicious, while others are not so smart and they will really believe that the items on display are free to take. If Pavon really thought the items are free he should not be arrested. I think it was just a stupid mistake,” Shirley Andeson, 20, of Concord, New Hampshire told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the store Finders Keepers.

The store owner, Laura Barker, rejected Pavon’s reasoning:

“I know of no store where there are free things. It would be nice if there was. I would be there myself regularly.
The official site of Finders Keepers explains that some of the articles are donations, in which the cash raised from the sale of the products will help the needs of local community organizations which help children in need."

Pavon returned all the items to the store. The police continue to investigate. There is still no word on whether criminal charges will be filed. It is not known if Barker intends to change the name of her store to make sure that people will not get confused.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

6 story tall duck caught on video floating into Hong Kong harbor

Giant rubber duck floats into Hong Kong 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) The scene at the Hong Kong harbor was more like the one you see in a horror movie, as a giant rubber duck, about 6 stories tall, suddenly floated by in the river, according to video uploaded to the internet.

The rubber duck, which is 54 feet high, sailed into the port in Hong Kong on Thursday.
Hundreds gathered at the port of Victoria to cheer the arrival of the duck, which was designed by the Dutch artist Flortentijn Hofman. The huge duckling was built in 2007 and has already traveled to 13 cities and nine countries.

"My sculptures provoke shock, surprise and put a smile on your face," Hoffman said about his duck. "They give people a break from their daily routine. Bystanders stand in front of them and enter into conversation with other viewers. People are connecting with each other again," he added.

Over the years, Hofman has created a series of strange and larger than life creatures, including a red dog, a parrot named after political movie maker Michael Moore, and even a dead fly.

“I saw the huge duck coming in, and initially I was shocked, as I had no idea that it is coming. I went outside to greet the duck and to take pictures. It is a wonderful creation by Hofman,” Mia Luing, 35, of Tuen Mun, Hong Kong told YourJewishNews.com after watching the rubber duck sailing into the harbor.

The duck also carries a specific message to the people of the world.

Hofman's website offers the following explanation of the history of his creation: "The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it does not discriminate against people, and does not have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties. It can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!"Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

New York City bans fat people from bike sharing program

Fat woman riding a bike 
By: Eva Fett

If you thought of moving to New York City in order to join the new bike sharing program, just forget about it.

The city has announced that those weighing more than 260 pounds will not be able to sign up for the bike sharing program, according to a statement released by New York City officials.

New York City has reached international headlines with its efforts to curb obesity through weird proposals, such as an attempt to ban large sodas.

The city has launched a new obesity fighting effort that has also been copied by other cities in the United States, a bike sharing program, but if you are hoping to shed the pounds, there is a catch, as the city said that you must weigh less than 260 pounds to join.

The city said that the weight limit was enacted on the recommendations of the bicycle manufacturers.
When the program is fully implemented, it will offer more than 10,000 bikes at 600 locations across the city, the largest in the United States.

“The weight limit is a silly rule. What was the point of launching the bike sharing program to begin with? Was it not to help fat people lose some weight? The city should purchase bikes that are strong enough to hold obese people,” Kimberly Taylor, 33, of New York City told YourJewishNews.com after learning of the weight limit.

The bike sharing program works by allowing people to collect a bicycle at a fixed location and then either return it to the same place or take it a different location.

However, the restriction is sure to draw more negative attention to the efforts of the health program. Before people can participate in the program, which costs $98 per month or $25 per week, they must sign a contract stating that they meet the weight requirements.

Man with no arms angry after receiving ticket for failing to wear seat belt

Steve Simonar 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Public anger is growing in Canada after a disabled man with no arms received a ticket for driving without wearing a seat belt.

The man without any arms in western Canada, said he will do everything possible to fight the ticket for not wearing a seat belt.

Steve Simonar, 55, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who lost his arms when he was electrocuted more than 30 years ago, has a custom truck that allows him to drive, but the man is unable to buckle up, and last week he was issued a fine for $175.

"I will go to the Supreme Court, I will go to jail for this. I'm never going to pay this fine," he said with anger.

Simonar said that he presented the Saskatoon police with a doctor's note the day after receiving the ticket. The officer, who was described as "arrogant and ignorant" and Simonar said his behavior was the same despite seeing the note. “I treat everyone equally, and you disabled people expect different treatment," the police officer said.

Simonar said that he only learned after he got the ticket that he needs to receive a special exemption from the Saskatchewan Government Insurance, if he does not want to wear a seat belt.

“This officer is the lowest of the low. He should be removed immediately as he has shown that he has no sensitivity towards disabled people. Shame on him,” Laura Davis, 22, of Ogden, Utah told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the man with no arms.

Alyson Edwards, a police spokesperson, said officers have the discretion not to issue tickets, but once they have done so the matter is in the hands of the traffic court.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Man, 53, arrested after having sex on public beach because he couldn't control himself

Ward Powell and Tanya Wheeler 
By: Moses Gold

Police have arrested and charged a couple with public lewdness related charges after they were caught having sex on a public beach, according to a statement released by Florida police.

Police in Florida said that the man caught having sex on a public beach, said he had been skinny dipping with a woman, one thing led to another, and he just couldn't help himself.

The Manalapan Police Department said they responded to a report of a couple having sex on a public beach and when they arrived they found Ward Powell, 53, of Boynton Beach, Florida, and Tanya Wheeler, 34, of Greenville, South Carolina, still naked. The call came in at 8:30 in the morning.

Powell told officers he and Wheeler had been skinny dipping in the sea and "one thing led to another."

The man told police he could not help it but to have sex with the woman. He also told police that he could not control himself after feeling the woman naked.

“The 53-year-old man should have had more self control and wait until he got to his hotel room. It was a public beach with children around. No one was interested to see the man having sex with a woman. I hope he learned his lesson,” Michelle Thomas, 19, of Salt Lake City, Utah told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the couple.

Powell and Wheeler were arrested and charged with lewd conduct and indecent exposure.

100-year-old man drinks 2,500 gallons of beer at same pub for 80 years

Norman Rushworth at his favorite pub 
By: Moses Gold

An elderly man reached the 2,500 gallons of beer mark after drinking at the same pub for the past 80 years.

The 100-year-old man, Norman Rushworth, who turned 100-years-old last month, visited the Golden Cross in Shrewsbury since 1933, downing more than 20,000 pints of his favorite beer, Shropshire Gold.

The Royal Air Force veteran, who since joining the pub has seen the price of a pint rise from 5 pence to 3.80 pounds, said that the Golden Cross has greatly improved since he started drinking in the tavern.

"Some of my friends and I used to meet some days at noon and on weekends," the grandfather said.
"We couldn't afford to come every day. We used to sing songs and play," he added.

Rushworth, who drove an ambulance that was converted into a mobile dental surgery unit for troops in Europe after D-Day, also gave some tips to stay fit and healthy at 100-years-old.

“I love this old man. I like the idea how he took the time to relax often at the pub with a pint of beer along with his friends. It is difficult these days, with everyone being too busy to relax everyday,” Sharon Jones, of Bradford, England told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the 100-year-old man.

"My secret for long life is a pint of beer everyday, of course," Rushworth said. "I also like dancing and women. What else is there?" He added.



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