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Israeli researchers find video game-based therapy issues better results for patients recovering from stroke than traditional motor therapy Daniel Koren New research suggests that recovering stroke patients who use video games as a therapeutic exercise are more physically capable, making…

Israel flying aid gives food, generators, gas to hurricane Sandy New York, New Jersey victims

Photo: Rebecca McCann / INA

By Karen Levy Israel News Agency New York, NY — November 4, 2012 … Israel Flying Aid, the Israeli global humanitarian organization which was first to land in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, has been distributing large supplies of gas to hospitals, food, batteries and generators to Hurricane Sandy victims. “We have many years of disaster relief experience,” said Israel Flying Aid North American Operations Manager Moti Kahana. “Israel Flying Aid, in having Israelis on the ground here in New York and New Jersey, have made Israel the only foreign nation to provide humanitarian assistance to the US during this disaster. We are working in coordination with FEMA, local police, the American Red Cross and Jewish communities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.” Kahana said that most of the efforts had been donated by Israelis living in the US and this enabled gas to be distributed to hospitals in New York and New Jersey. Joel Leyden, an Israel Flying Aid Operations Specialist who was with the IFA in Haiti, has been working with the Greater Hartford Jewish Community to distribute both food and generators on Long Island. “We had a convoy of food and generators move out of the Greater Hartford area early yesterday morning,” said Leyden.

“The food had been donated by Panera Bread and Dunkin Donuts in the Hartford, Manchester Connecticut area. This food was distributed to hurricane victims on the south shore of Long Island, the Nassau County Police, the Freeport Fire Department and the Red Cross Shelter which is set up at Nassau Community College.” Leyden said that when they spotted hundreds of people lined up at gas stations to pour gas into their containers, they would get out of their cars and feed these people as they waited. The donuts and bread created smiles and positive moods which replaced the trauma of suffering in the dark and cold, he said. “We are so very proud to see you, to welcome you to New York,” said Dr. Jason Mallin, who normally practices neurology at North Shore University Hospital but was now volunteering with the Nassau County Department of Health. “We read about Israel and the great work you did in Haiti. We have thousands here that need you. It’s awesome that you are here!” Michael Duarte, a Red Cross volunteer from California who was supervising the Long Island shelter, hugged the Israel Flying Aid team as they arrived. “We had some bad press as a result of misunderstandings,” said Duarte. People in Staten Island, New York were looking for us but due to a New York State law, we could not start operations until after three days. We are now operating at full capacity throughout New York City and this Red Cross shelter at Nassau Community College with over 900 clients. These people have lost their homes. Lost everything. We are here for them and so very pleased to receive your good help.” Duarte, who hadn’t slept in three days, had coordinated a first class shelter and his staff could not have been more professional. Sleeping cots, Red Cross blankets, a cafeteria and even a play area for children had been carefully put into place. The fresh food from Israel Flying Aid was served as part of the dinner that evening. Super storm Hurricane Sandy, which was also referred to as Frankenstorm as it became one huge storm from three separate systems, slammed New York, New Jersey and the southern Connecticut shore with 100 mph winds. The devastation was historic as over 100 people perished, thousands of homes were destroyed and millions were left without electricity. “As Israelis, we know how to react to such disasters,” said Kahana. “We are trained in the military to be prepared and ready at a moment’s notice. This edge is what enables us to go places where others don’t and get the job done with little or no bureaucracy. We are proud to help the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut communities, people who have provided assistance to Israel throughout the years. What we critically need now is donations for our staff and volunteers to continue their life saving efforts as temperatures drop and people critically need generators and fuel for heat.” Israel Flying Aid, which is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that assists global communities after earthquakes and other natural and man made disasters, have saved lives in Japan, Haiti, Iraq, Turkey, South Sudan and the US after Hurricane Katrina. Israel Flying Aid is requesting that all donations be sent to: P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds Inc., 317 adison Avenue, Suite 607, New York, NY 10017.

VeriChip Present RFID Microchip and Virus Triage Detection System for the H1N1 Virus

VeriChip recently announced that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Scott R. Silverman, will present at the ID World International Congress in Milan, Italy, which runs from November 3-5, 2009, and is the world’s leading symposium on the future directions of identification technology. Mr. Silverman will discuss, among other things, the Company’s in vivo glucose-sensing RFID microchip and virus triage detection system for the H1N1 virus. There will be more than 150 speakers at ID WORLD 2009, including visionaries, CEOs, key end users and government

The global Muslim theocracy movement is worried

Oliver Javanpour
The past two weeks have been an eye-opener for a lot of people,
including Arab and Muslim communities around the world. While most
Middle East analysts and those familiar with Iranian politics knew that
the Iranian theocracy did not enjoy the support of the country's 70
million people, this was news to many in the West. In fact, Iranians
are more westernized, in their values and lifestyle, than we might
think from viewing most news stories about Iran. The majority of
Iranians have far different values from those ruling them at gunpoint.

The global impact of the Iranian rejection of theocracy on Muslim
activism has started to be noticed. There is a sense of confusion and
despair among many recipients of Iranian government funding around the
world. The links between Iran and the movements it supports will become
more visible as its beneficiaries try to find their place in the chaos.
In fact, while uncorroborated like most news coming out of Iran now,
we've even heard about a brief appearance of Lebanese Hizbullah and
Palestinian Hamas on the streets of Teheran and Mashhad. It is
understandable that at any given time there will be groups belonging to
Hizbullah …

Rome catacomb reveals "oldest" image of St Paul

ROME (Reuters) – Vatican archaeologists using laser technology have
discovered what they believe is the oldest image in existence of St
Paul the Apostle, dating from the late 4th century, on the walls of
catacomb beneath Rome.

Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, revealing the find on Sunday,
published a picture of a frescoed image of the face of a man with a
pointed black beard on a red background, inside a bright yellow halo.
The high forehead is furrowed.

Experts of the Ponitifical Commission for Sacred Archaeology made the
discovery on June 19 in the Catacomb of Santa Tecla in Rome and
describe it as the “oldest icon in history dedicated to the cult of the
Apostle,” according to the Vatican newspaper.

The discovery, which involved removing layers of clay and limestone
using lasers, was announced a day before Rome observes a religious
holiday for the Feasts of St Peter and St Paul.

Peter and Paul are revered by Christians as the greatest early
missionaries. Converting on the road to Damascus following a blinding
vision of Jesus, Paul took the Gospel to pagan Greeks and Romans and
met his martyrdom in Rome in about 65 AD.
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Obama supporters shut down Atlanta tea party

Wait until days before event to object to 'political' nature

President Obama may restrict his reaction to the nationwide tea party
movement whereby tens of thousands of people are objecting to the
spending spree on which the U.S. government has embarked under his
leadership, but some of his supporters are taking more direct action:
using an easement agreement to cancel a July 4th event scheduled on
private property in Atlanta.

Jason Lee at the American Thinker blog describes the situation that has
developed for the 20,000 people expected to meet in Atlanta on July 4.

There, organizers had been working since March with officials to set up
the tea party event in a parking lot of an old Macy's building at
Gwinnett Place Mall, owned by Simon Properties Group.

Then only days ago, mall officials objected, giving organizers no
opportunity to find a replacement location and no choice but to cancel.

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Senators get 705,000-plus letters opposing 'hate crimes'

Source: 'Bill has become much more controversial as a result'

By Bob Unruh
Part of the FedEx campaign of letters from citizens opposing the “hate
crimes” bill.

A special Fed Ex campaign to warn U.S. Senate members of the dangers of
the “hate crimes” plan scheduled for a hearing this week dispatched
more than 705,000 letters to senators.

But opponents of the proposal say while the letter campaign has
concluded, voters still need to be aware of the dangers of the
legislation that will be the subject of a hearing before the Senate
Judiciary Committee Thursday at 10 a.m.

“The Senate Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing entitled '
on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Senate
Dirksen Office Building,” the committee's website announcement
confirmed.

Attorney General Eric Holder, who has publicly promoted the bill, S.
909, is listed as the only witness so far.

The letter-writing effort was organized by WND columnist Janet Porter,
who also heads the Faith2Action Christian ministry. It allowed citizens
to send individually addressed letters to all 100 senators over their
own “signature” for only $10.95.

Joseph Farah, WND founder and editor, said, “We don't know of …

Rick Warren to Speak at Islamic Society Convention

By Eric Barger

It shouldn't shock us, but this Sunday the Indianapolis Star will run a
feature story reporting that Rick Warren – author of The Purpose Driven
Life and Pastor of Saddleback Church in southern California – is going
to be a featured speaker at the annual convention of The Islamic
Society of North America, July 3-6 in Washington, DC. Warren's picture
currently appears on the groups website. (Click here for story) I do
wonder what sort of Purpose Driven church – er, ah, make that mosque -
growth tips Warren will share with the conference participants? Is
peace at any cost worth it Rick?

Warren will be in some very dubious company in Washington. Another
speaker at the conference will be Dr. Muzammil Husain Siddiqi, the
Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County (California), and
former Director of Islamic Affairs for the Muslim World League Office
in New York. You have probably seen Dr. Siddiqi before since he was
chosen to address the world during the National Day of Prayer and
Remembrance service held at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC
just three days after the 9/11 attacks on Sept. 14, 2001. As our nation
mourned that …